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[VIDEO] WHO WON ‘THE VOICE’ 2013? RECAP & REVIEWS…AND THE WINNER IS?

So who won “The Voice” 2013?  Well, first let me start with just how much I enjoyed the finale.  It was full of excitement and guest performances which were flawless.

My personal favorite was the performance by WORLD renowned artist Lady Gaga!  I wondered how she would pull off her mega hit Do What You Want without R. Kelly, but her replacement, Christina Aguilera, did it justice.  They rocked it….and it was purely entertaining.  If you missed it, check out the video below…it will blow your mind!

The collaboration of Celene Dion and Tessanne Chin was my second favorite performance.  It was obvious this finalist was in awe singing with such a superstar.

When the top contestants joined the three finalists, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin and Tessanne Chin
this was also jaw dropping.  They were all so good!  It reminded me just how much talent was unveiled this season on The Voice.

In the end, it was no surprise that the clear favorite won ‘The Voice’.  Yes, it was Tessanne Chin….Yes she deserved it…Yes she is already a SUPERSTAR…Yes, she was my pick to WIN.  This was a no brainer…she is seasoned, flawless and pure perfection. Jamaica was certainly cheering for her…I could hear them all the way in CHICAGO!

Very happy that ‘Team Adam’ finally beat out Blake Shelton…was getting a bit tired of his bragging.  Maybe Blake will be a bit more reserved next season!  Now Mr. Levine can be the “Sexiest Man Alive” AND The Voice winner!

Great job to the producers…by far their BEST finale yet. However, I do have one question for them.  Why would they shove a mic in the hands of the winner and make them sing after telling them they won?  How crazy is that!  She could barely get the notes out….surprised she even remembered the lyrics:).

On another note, I am really happy to see Christina in a more humble light.  At least this year it is not ALL ABOUT HER.  Maybe her new confidence since slimming down has brought our her “better side”. She normally annoys me…:).

COMPARE THE DUET WITH THE LADY GAGA & R. KELLY VERSION BELOW….THOUGHTS?

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2013 in THE VOICE BLOGS

 

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[VIDEO 2013] WARREN BUFFETT ANNOUNCES BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY MERGER…KOENIG & STREY – PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF JOIN FORCES

On Tuesday November 12, 2013, billionaire Warren Buffett made an exciting announcement; about two legendary Chicago real estate firms set to merge this spring.  Luxury home sales powerhouse Koenig & Strey Real Living and Prudential Rubloff will join forces under his Berkshire Hathaway brand.  They are set to become one of the top real estate brokerage firms in the entire Chicagoland area, gaining a huge percentage of market share.

Essentially, Prudential Rubloff sold its ownership interest in their company to Home Services of America; a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.  Making this the most notable real estate merger in Chicago’s history.  Both firms are leaders in the luxury housing market and their similar styles make this a perfect fit.

Over 400 agents showed up to a last-minute surprise meeting at the Drake Hotel, after receiving an email invitation late in the day on Monday (including me!).  It was a shock to hear about the merger, not because it was unexpected, but due to the complete secrecy of this news.  There were no rumors nor talks in advance throughout the company, at least not at an agents level.

The exciting part about this merger, is that they will now both fall under the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway brand.  The company was named The World’s Most Admired Companieswhich offers buyers and sellers even more confidence when using its services.  Major backing of these exclusive firms by Buffett was confirmed; since it is the FIRST time he has allowed a real estate affiliate to fall under the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway name.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE via 2013: WARREN BUFFETT ANNOUNCES BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY MERGER…KOENIG & STREY – PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF JOIN FORCES.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in CHICAGO NEWS

 

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(VIDEO) THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY MOVIE REVIEWS…LIVES UP TO THE HYPE!

‘The Best Man Holiday’ hit theatres this weekend to rave reviews.  Many questioned if it would live up to all the hype and let me tell you…it absolutely does.  It was shocking to realize the original film ‘The Best Man’ was released 15 years ago!

There is no question it was worth the wait and they actually got it better the second time around.  They took the long break to fine tune the character’s and clearly the actors have grown significantly over time.  It was funny to see how much they have all changed over the year’s and how much they have refined their craft.

There are no words to express the joy in seeing such great acting and a script which was realistic and well-balanced.  Will you laugh….absolutely.  Will you cry…for sure.  Will you leave feeling good…definitely.  Will you be glad you saw it…darn right!  Finally a movie worth my hard-earned money…after a year full of duds.

It has an all-star cast including; Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau , Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall.  Most of them can thank the original movie for launching very successful acting careers.

Since it is no fun watching a film after someone blows it by telling you the entire plot…I will leave you with the above trailer to wet your whistle.  But I will say that if you want to escape for a mere 120 minutes, go check it out!  I give it TWO TOES UP! (cannot use thumbs and risk being sued:)

Wait…did I say how HILARIOUS Terrance Howard was in this movie???  Well, he stole the show and was INCREDIBLE in this role!  And the handsome men doing their dance moves while “air singing” was worth an extra $10 bucks:).

On another note, I heard it is already breaking box office records.  The movie bumped “THOR: THE DARK WORLD” by raking in $10.7 million its first night!  Let’s hope Hollywood takes note… there really is a pent-up demand for GOOD black films.  Clearly we need more…maybe they will get the message. 

Just in case the director Malcolm D. Lee does not win an OSCAR…he is hereby nominated BEST DIRECTOR by my blog:).  Did you know he is the cousin of director Spike Lee?  Trivia for your mind!

DID YOU SEE THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY?  WHAT DID YOU THINK?  POST YOUR COMMENTS AND TAKE THE POLL BELOW!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2013 in MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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MOVIE CRITICS BASH BLACK FILMS UNFAIRLY; ‘BAGGAGE CLAIM’ TRUE MOVIE REVIEW

It has been a while since I blogged due to the busy real estate market.  However, this angered me enough to take time out from my busy schedule to share my thoughts.  This is about black films….and has me ticked off!  Why do critics bash black films? 

Recently, I wanted to see a good movie to take a quick break from my stressful work schedule. Since my time is limited, I decided to check the reviews on new releases to make sure to find a hit.  There were a few films on my list to see, including ”Baggage Claim”, starring Paula Patton (wife of Robin Thicke), Taye Diggs (one of my favs), Boris Kodjoe, Adam Brody, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, LaLa Anthony, Tia Mowry (she was FUNNY!)  Jennifer Lewis (HILARIOUS!) and directed by David E. Talbert.

Of course I did what most movie goers do….I checked the critic reviews on the internet.  Most, if not all of them, completely dissed the movie.  This left me feeling disappointed, since the trailer seemed really interesting.  So I passed and saw what the critics said was “good movie” and it was HORRIBLE (won’t even admit to seeing this stupid movie)!   The following week there were no good movies released, so I broke down and still saw Baggage Claim.  And guess what….it was AMAZING & ENTERTAINING!

It’s unfortunate that I almost missed supporting a well-acted, well-directed and really funny movie.  Boy was I mad, because this is not the first time it has happened.  In the past critics have given harsh reviews for Tyler Perry films as well, but I know to disregard those.

I’m not sure if mainstream critics are so out of touch with different types of ethnic humor, or if is a conspiracy against the success of black actors, producer’s and director’s.  How many times have they given GREAT REVIEWS to incredibly stupid “other films“?  It makes me sick and seems that we need a good BLACK critic to review black films.  Hate to say it, but having a black President does not seem to be enough.

If you have not yet seen Baggage Claim, I urge you to see it before it’s gone from theatres.  It may not win an Oscar, but it was extremely entertaining.  Another thing to note; David E. Talbert is the first person of color to write, direct and produce a film inspired by his own book…now that’s an accomplishment!  It is based on the adaptation of his Best-Selling novel with the same name.

Did I mention Talbert has also has written 14 plays, received 24 NAACP Image Award nominations and won Best Playwright of the Year? 

Maybe I should be come a movie critic…then the true reviews can be written when it comes to films released by different ethnic groups.  It’s bad enough we rarely win Academy Awards. This could be why.  HUMMMMM???

And no…this is NOT a paid announcement.  Just in case you were wondering.

READ MORE ABOUT DAVID E. TALBERT HERE; http://www.davidetalbert.com/site.php

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in MOVIE REVIEWS

 

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2013 GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WAS A JOKE…BUT I’M NOT LAUGHING

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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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[VIDEO] JENNIFER LOPEZ RETURNS TO AMERICAN IDOL 2013; BEST 17 MILLION EVER SPENT!

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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in AMERICAN IDOL BLOGS

 

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[VIDEO] 2013: “THE WORST TWERK EVER FAIL” VIDEO GOES VIRAL; GIRL CATCHES ON FIRE…FAKE?

This video starts out nice enough, a girl getting her grove on in a lonely apartment.  But after she is abruptly interrupted and catches on fire…the video heats up.  It may be why it has already gone viral and has over 7 million views on Youtube…AND COUNTING!  It instantly hit 3 million views but doubled vitually overnight.

Not sure if it was such a great idea dancing with a door….you may NOT want to try this at home!  Looks like she may get fame whether she was looking for it or not…it’s really amazing what goes viral these days.  Are we all just idiots?

Was I the only one who had to look up Twerking?  Man, I must be getting old!

Update: According to many news outlets it is fake and many of us are suckers for believing it.  If it looks too perfect to be true…typically that’s a sign.  Crap….my brother said it looked fake all along….guess he is the smart one in the family:)!

WHY DIDN’T MY VIDEO TO SIMON COWELL GO VIRAL?  UGH….SIMON NEVER EVEN CALLED ME!  SHOULD I SHAKE MY BOOTY IN FRONT OF MY DOOR?

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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