Was Chris Rock Too Much??

Yes, yes, yes.  I watched the Oscars last night.  I know I may seem like I shouldn’t have, but I did.  I know a lot of my friends who did and a lot who didn’t; and I support all of them.  I just chose to watch it, because I wanted to see what Chris Rock was going to say, and honestly, I wanted to see if Leo would REALLY win an Oscar this year (I mean come on, I’m sure most of the world was wondering this too! Lol).

Anywho, one of the things I wanted to see, was how Chris Rock was going to address the controversy behind the Oscars, and how there was no person of color nominated for any category this year.  I found that to be shocking to say the least. So, with anticipation, I tuned in to see exactly what he was going to say. 

I’m actually glad that Chris Rock did address the issue with the Academy and not having any people of color nominated.  Just like I thought he would, he addressed the elephant in the room right up front!  He addressed how this isn’t the first time that people of color have been snubbed on Oscar nominations (which sparked the question of “why boycott now?”), and also how Hollywood is in fact racist on some level.  Most people say he went to far in some areas, and some say he didn’t go far enough. I think he hit the nail on the head with several parts of the conversation.  I’m not going to lie, I think my favorite part is where he threw shade on Jada (because let’s face it, I had my opinion on why she was boycotting in the first place). 

Overall, do I think he went too far? Nope. I think he addressed the situation the best and only way Chris Rock could. He made it funny, but he had valid points in his opening, and even continued to throw subtle shots at the Academy during the awards. Salute to Chris Rock for saying what some may have been too afraid to say on stage! 

For a full clip of his opening monologue, click here !! 

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American Crime Season 2

If you have not been watching American Crime this season, I highly recommend taking a day off and binge watching the series.  It is in many ways, horrifically awesome writing and acting by all players.  I am not sure what type of ratings the show is getting, but it really needs some recognition because it is truly jaw-dropping. 

I started watching American Crime when it first came out, and I’ve been a fan ever since.  I was afraid that the second season would not deliver like the first, but boy did it ever! I know the series is not over yet; however, so far it is pulling me all into my feels and it pulls me in deeper and deeper with every episode.

This season took on a very controversial issue in today’s society; everything from sexual assault, homosexuality and the “stigma” behind it,

The actors in the show, in my opinion, portrayed society perfectly in this season.  You have family members who are denying that boys “can’t be raped”, a family who has created a divide within itself, because of a unexpected confession, a family with deep-rooted mental health issues, resentment and regret; that ultimately led to a tragic and traumatic situation. 

Each episode captures the controversy behind racial tension, gender discrimination and taboo conversation around homosexuality and bullying. I highly recommend that people tune in to the show; and like I said before, if you need to, download Hulu and binge binge binge! 

 

10 simple ways to reward your staff

Some things I like to use to reward my team!

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If you are a manager, have you asked yourself this question, how do you reward your team?

If you are not leading a team, ask yourself too, how do you wish to be rewarded?

Many people associate rewards for good work with promotion and pay raise. What if the company just unable to pay more? Well, here are 10 simple ways that I used to reward my staff without breaking my own bank and the amount is small enough that I don’t need to claim from my company.

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    I love to buy little treat like Halloween candies on sale that comes in bite sizes Snickers or Mars bars. I would buy them and reward my staff with these little treats. No doubt they are not your 3-year-old kid but who doesn’t like a bite-sized midday snack to perk up the rest of the day? There must be a reason…

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Happy Anniversary to Me!

One year ago, I began my journey into blogging seriously.  So far, I have had good moments, bad moments, and moments that have truly taken my breath away.

Being that I am a very humble person, I never imagined that I would have the reception that I have had on my blog.  I figured I would get lost in the shadows of all the other amazing blogs on here.  To my surprise, there are at least 207 people out there that found me interesting enough to follow me at one point or another.  For whatever reason you followed, I appreciate the show of love and support to a fellow blogger.

I know in these types of posts, one would usually talk about what their plans are for their blogs going forward.  I haven’t thought it through very much, but I do know that I want to continue to write about my experiences in life, relationships, parenting, etc., continue to document my loc journey for those out there just beginning or looking for different conversations about different things.  I also want to continue to push the envelope on the controversial issues I used to be hesitant to write about, for fear of the backlash for my opinion.  I realize though, this is the reason why I want to blog.  I want to be able to write thought-provoking posts; posts that push people’s buttons and get people to have meaningful conversations and healthy debates.  Someone has to start a little riot, why not me? Lol.

So, here’s to one year in the game; and hopefully a pretty long time to go! #Cheers