Disney, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Featurette, Ballet, Ballerina, Misty Copeland, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, 2018 Films, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Disney, Kiere Knightley, Ballet, Movies, Review

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Review.

On November 2nd, 2018, Disney released The Nutcracker and The Four Realms to theaters and I was so happy I got to see it. It told the story of a girl named Clara (Mackenzie Foy) who is given a sliver-shaped egg on Christmas Eve, which was left to her by her late mother. The problem? There is a key missing. So Clara goes to her godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman), to try and retrieve the key. Little does she know that Clara’s mother’s dying wish was for Clara to go back to the place her mother ruled as queen, and bring peace to the Four Realms. While there, Clara finds the true meaning of her mother’s gift, as well as not only bringing peace to her late mother’s kingdom but seeing that she’s not the only one grieving her mother’s death.

If you couldn’t tell while I was blogging about this movie before it came out, I’m a big Misty Copeland fan and was mesmerized seeing her dance in the movie. I’m so happy Disney not only included her in the film but also made her a big part of the advertisement!

I had to do a double take when I realized it was Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy! I had forgotten which part she was cast in. By the time I was sure it was her, I had forgotten about all of her other wonderful performances and just saw her as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Keira is seriously underrated as an actress, and this film thankfully allowed her to shine all the more.

This movie is great for families, but I wouldn’t recommend it for toddlers. I would say if the child is at least ten, they should be fine. The reason why I say this is because the movie can get pretty creepy at times and it would be pretty unsettling for a young child. However, older children, as well as adults, should have fun watching the film.

Overall, the was a beautiful film from start to finish and is perfect for the Christmas Season. I hope you all get a chance to see it while it’s playing in theaters!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, 2018 Films, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Disney, Kiere Knightley, Ballet, Movies, Review, Uncategorized

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms & The Best Christmas Gift I’ve Ever Given.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be opening on Friday, November, 2nd, 2018. The synopsis is as follows:

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

This reminds me of the best gift I ever gave someone for Christmas. It was to my husband, Sean. Three years ago I gave him a retro Super Nintendo so he could play old-school Super NES games. This gift was meaningful because he is not only an avid video game player but also a collector, and he had missed the glory days of the Super NES. Giving him this piece of video game history meant a lot to the both of us because it not only took him back to a period of the 1990’s that he cherished, but it also took me back to my childhood. So, in a way, we could share this gift with each other as well as our memories.

Remember, the movie opens November 2nd! Be sure to check it out! In the meantime, check out this featurette!

 

Willo Davis, YouTube, Commentary, Jaimie Smith,

My Interview with YouTuber, WiLLo Davis.

I recently discovered a member of the YouTube vlogging/commentary community, WiLLo Davis. I loved his laid-back vibe and his semi-sarcastic sense of humor. As I kept watching him, I got to know an even better guy than I had already gotten a sense of. I learned about his love of animals, his girlfriend, and how he seems to take everything in stride (including negativity). I knew I needed to get to know him more, so I was delighted when he agreed to a Skype interview!

I started out our interview asking how Jamie (his girlfriend) was, and he said that she was good and had gone out to eat. I confirmed that he and Jaimie had been together for three years now. He’s been vegan for two and a half years, and I asked if he could refresh my memory as to how he became so. WiLLo said that Jaimie was already vegan when they met and that she wasn’t bothered that he wasn’t vegan, but they would always eat at restaurants that we vegan that he liked. Later, WiLLo watched some documentaries that helped his decision. What really set it in stone for him was when he and Jaimie went to an animal sanctuary in New York and were treated to a nice vegan meal. WiLLo said the farm animals looked so content in their farm that he couldn’t even think about going back to eating them.

While we were on the subject of becoming a vegan, I asked him what his advice would be for someone who is finding it hard to turn to veganism (such as myself). WiLLo said to find as many replacements for the non-vegan foods you love as possible. For example, if it’s cheese you love, find the best vegan cheese out there that will satisfy your craving for it, since not all vegan substitutes are made the same way. I felt like that was really good advice.

We got on the subject of his Q&A video where he was asked about the “negative vegan YouTubers” some of whom were named. I went on to tell him that I loved the fact that he didn’t acknowledge any of them and said that he only focused on the positive ones. (Like Jenna Marbles and her boyfriend Julien Solosmita.) WiLLo said that when you ignore the negative YouTubers like them, then you don’t give them the audience that they crave. I love that!

I asked him when he took off in popularity as a YouTuber. He said it was a few weeks before this interview took place when he started covering Amberlynn Reid. We then talked about videos he’s done from Amberlynn to this one. The title is “I WAS IN THEIR ROOMS WHEN THEY DIED” (Ashli Gay Reaction) and it is a must-see! I told him how hard I laughed every time he looked offended and said, “Cindy!” WiLLO laughed and said that Jaimie found the Ashli Gay video and that he plans on responding to more of those types of offbeat videos in the future.

WiLLo told me that he has a Twitch Stream and that’s something he wants to focus more on in the future. We got on the subject of games and found out he really likes Elder Scrolls and is looking forward to the new game and wants to eventually buy the Nintendo Switch as well. I enjoyed talking about games with him and suggested Curse of Monkey Island for the Playstation 2 & 3.

As for the future, WiLLo is hoping to get back into music because he is a big fan of metal and bands such as Judas Priest, and playing in a metal band is something that he’s definitely wanting to do.

I asked him about his and Jaimie’s future but assured him that he didn’t have to answer if he wasn’t comfortable. WiLLo said that once he and Jamie become more financially stable, they plan to move in together; he alluded to the two of them staying together from here on out. In fact, when the two of them met on Tinder, WiLLO said they were specifically looking for a meaningful relationship. That’s very sweet and the two of them are a very lovely couple!

Speaking of Jaimie, WiLLLo said that she’s planning on doing her own channel. It may be a makeup channel or it may be the two of them cooking. Time will tell. (I will be subscribing once she gets her channel going, by the way!) UPDATE: Jaimie has her own Channel! Subscribe here!

I asked him if he plans on getting a P.O. Box in the future and he said once he gets the money, definitely. I can’t wait for him to get one!

As I said, I had a great time getting to know WiLLo and think he’s an amazing person. Please, if you haven’t subscribed to him already, you need to, because he is hilarious and is very, very nice. You can also follow him on Twitter here and he will be streaming on Twitch soon under the name willodavis.

WiLLo, thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me and allowing me to get to know you as well. I believe you’re a wonderful person and will always support both you and Jaimie.

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Disney, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Featurette, Ballet, Ballerina, Misty Copeland

Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Featurette on Ballerina, Misty Copeland.

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be coming to theaters this Friday, November 2nd. One of the ballerinas featured in this beautiful film is Misty Copeland, who is the first African-American woman in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history to be promoted to principal dancer in 2015.

Disney has released a featurette on this enchanting ballerina on YouTube and I was blessed to be able to put it on my blog to show you her talent. Be sure to watch the featurette and see the movie this Friday, November, 2nd!

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice, and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

Opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

Directors:  Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston

Producers:  Mark Gordon, Larry Franco

Executive producers:  Sara Smith, Lindy Goldstein

Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford, #MeToo, #WhyIDidntReport

Brett Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court Justice System. It’s Time I Told Both of My #MeToo Stories and #WhyIDidntReport

I wrote to my Senators, begging them not to vote for Brett Kavanaugh. One said he would vote for him while the other said he would vote no (thank you, Doug Jones). Now, after a trial where the FBI failed to do their jobs and Brett acted like a spoiled brat, the “man” was voted in any way. There’s nothing I can do about it, except support Dr. Ford and share both of my #MeToo stories and #WhyIDidntReport.

My first one happened when I was nineteen, by someone who was a very close, older friend of mine. After we spent the day hanging out, he pulled me into his car as he dropped me off at his house, forced himself on top of me and stuck his tongue in my mouth. I tried repeatedly to pull away, but I finally gave in because he wouldn’t let me go. After I gave in, he was satisfied and let me inside. I sat on my bed for twenty minutes and finally called up my then boyfriend, who shrugged it off.

The next couple of months, my “friend” was trying to convince me that I loved him and that I secretly wanted to be with him. I didn’t want to let years of our friendship go, so I played along, hoping that our friendship would go back to normal. Stupid I know. It only took a few months before I snapped out of it and told him to stop contacting me.

Ashamed of what I had let happened, I buried it, only to let it out once I married my husband. Sadly, my second #MeToo moment wasn’t far off from the first one.

My ex (the same who’d shrugged it off) and I broke up a year later and he didn’t take it well. I wanted to see other people and he didn’t. I had fallen out of love with him and he didn’t want to accept that. Our relationship had been very toxic for quite some time. Every time we would start to get into a small disagreement, he would blow up and start crying hysterically. That wasn’t all, my ex constantly tried to pressure me to do things I wasn’t comfortable with. My ex would say things like, “Don’t you love me? Don’t you want me to be happy?” I had to spend all my time, away from family and friends, talking on the phone with him if I wasn’t already at his house. I thought if we broke up, I’d be free.

I wasn’t.

My ex threatened self-harm and much worse if I didn’t give in to the same demands as before. I had to spend all my time talking to him and had to go to his house often. When I went to his house, he would always promise a relaxing time between two friends, but it would always turn into him screaming at me for leaving me and him crying in the corner.

One day, I was exhausted from the fighting, so I laid on his bed to catch my breath. He then removed his shirt, pinned me down, nuzzle me and tried to force a kiss onto me. I had to push him off with all my strength and yell “Stop!” It didn’t take long after that before I cut off contact with him. But, when I tried telling people, no one wanted to hear it. My ex had perfectly crafted the nice guy role and no one wanted that image of him tainted. So, once again, I buried it, until my husband.

I have my husband to thank for helping me get through over a decade of blaming myself and feeling like I had no one to turn to because I can always turn to my soulmate. It’s because of him that I realized neither one of those instances were my fault.

I’m not saying you need a significant other or a spouse to help you through horrible things like these, but it helped me. If you can find help, even if it’s within yourself, I applaud you.

I didn’t report because of shame, guilt and I knew the second time, no one would believe me. Those nights still haunt me, but not like they used to.

Brett Kavanaugh may have been voted in, but that doesn’t mean he will silence any of us. I just want you to know if you’ve had a #MeToo moment, I’m sorry and I’m here if you want to talk.

I love you all.

Smokey Glow, YouTube, Beauty Community, Beauty Guru, Commentary Channels, College

My Interview with YouTuber, Smokey Glow.

There are so many different communities on YouTube that I’m a fan of. Two of them are the drama/commentary Channels and the other is the beauty community (among many, many others). I had been casually watching a Beauty YouTuber/Commentary Channel called Smokey Glow for quite some time. I was in awe of her tell-it-like-it-is personality, yet she still knows how to be friendly, has killer makeup skills, and is willing to open up about her personal life. She showed me over time that she’s beautiful on both the inside and out. When I hit that “Subscribe” Button, I knew I was going to be a fan for life!

I can’t tell you how excited I was and still am that she agreed to do an interview with me! She was so sweet and personable. It was such a pleasure interviewing her and I hope to catch up in the future.

So, enough chit-chat, on to the interview!

1. I love your Youtube channel and have a blast watching it! What inspired you to start a channel?
Awe thank you so much! Honestly, I have no one in my life who loves makeup like I do.  I really loved the idea of starting a youtube channel because I was able to talk to people about new makeup releases and products.  I also have no one in my life who cares about youtube drama so that’s kind of why my channel became a hybrid of makeup and commentary.  I wanted to create a place where maybe 10-15 people would talk to me about things I was interested in and the fact that it has turned into something so much bigger is really exciting.  I love having people in my life who care about all this stuff and actually enjoy listening to me talk about it.
2. I know you’ve talked about your studies before, but could you remind us again what you’re studying and how is school going?
I am studying Social Work at a college in Rochester NY! I actually have been working the past year and a half to get my grades up so I could get accepted into the program, and now I will be starting classes at the end of August.  I’m going to be a junior in college this semester so I know that will come with an increased workload but it’s work I really enjoy.  Social work is something I am very passionate about and I love helping people.  Last semester I interned at the Center for Disability Rights and really enjoyed working in advocacy, but I think in the future I will be more focused on working with kids.  I am 99% sure I want to end up in a school setting but who knows!  College has always been something that I didn’t think I would be successful in but last semester I was able to maintain a 4.0 and I am really hoping to be able to do that again in the fall.
3. What are your plans after college is over? Do you plan to go to grad school or is it time for job hunting in your career field?
I am jumping right into grad school! My school has a program where if you do the 2-year social work program you can get your masters degree in a year! Once I am done with that I plan on finding work! The biggest appeal to working in a school is that I would be able to have summers off to volunteer.  The reason I realized I want to be in the helping field is because I spent 3 months in Nepal volunteering at a school.  The experience was so life-changing and I would love to keep traveling and volunteering in countries that need it as I grow older.
4. I love when you do GRWM’s and talk about the latest YouTube Gossip. Is there any topic on YouTube (or person) that you believe would be off limits? Why or why not?
I definitely think there are things you can’t talk about.  These topics can be really controversial and people are going to have strong opinions.  One of the number one things I try to stay away from is politics.  I live in the US and tensions are really high right now.  I never want to make anyone on my channel feel ostracized.  Another thing I don’t feel is acceptable is anything in regards to someone’s loss, whether it be a physical loss or an emotional one.  When Jaclyn Hill got divorced I saw a lot of people talking about it and trying to turn that into “tea” and it really grossed me out.  I felt the same when I saw people making videos about Nikki Tutorials brother passing away.  To profit from that in anyway is wrong in my opinion.  I really try to not cross the line of being a drama channel.  There are so many amazing drama channels out there that do what they do so well but that just isn’t me.  I think there is a real need for female creators in the commentary community and I would like to keep working on my content to fill that gap.
5. How’s your Project Pan coming? You probably mentioned it, so I’m sorry for bringing it up again, but what made you start? What’s your advice for people that have just gotten started, like me?
I haven’t updated anyone over the summer actually! I really wanted to just kind of do it and give an update in the fall! For some products it’s going really well, and for others it’s been kinda a fail.  I think the best advice I could give someone is to start small and have low expectations.  I really wanted to try and finish 18 products in 2018 and for me that was kinda an ambitious goal.  I’ve realized while I like trying to use up certain products I also really enjoy versatility.  I think I will definitely see pan by December, just not on everything I had initially hoped for.  The last advice I would give is to not get too discouraged if you don’t see pan! Project pans are supposed to fun, so don’t stress if everything doesn’t go as planned!
6. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers, both in the beauty community and outside the community?
In the beauty community, I have been loving James Charle’s content! I think he has some great ideas that will take him far! I also enjoy Raw Beauty Kristi, Tati, Spooky Lips and Fat Hips, Georgia Harris and Thomas Halbert.  Drama channels who I love are Petty Paige, DISHWASHINGLICKWID, Nosy Hausfrau and Peter Monn.  As far as other content goes, I really love David Dobriks vlogs they instantly stop my anxiety.  I have also obviously been loving all of Shane’s new content (who hasn’t), Casey Neigstat, Jenna Marbles and all other commentary channels like inabber, Eddy Burback, Drew Gooden and Danny Gonzalez.
7. Finally, where do you see yourself in the future, both professionally and personally? Do you plan to keep up with YouTube for years to come? I hope so!
I love creating content! No matter how stressed out I am filming and editing videos always makes me feel better.  I 100% do not see this as a career and I frankly don’t want it to be.  This is such a fun hobby and I don’t really ever want it to turn stressful! I Think I will keep making videos as long as I keep having things to say!  I love my channel and am so proud of it and am excited to see where it will go.  It is already 100X bigger than I thought it would get so anything that happens from here is just a huge bonus!
Thank you very much! You are such an inspiration, knowing the career field you want to get into. You are for sure a girl boss! I’m so proud to have been able to interview you and to be able to call myself a forever fan. I wish you the best of luck and blessing in everything you do. Also, I can’t wait to watch your Channel grow more and more, because I know it will!
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Taylor Chapman, Dunkin' Donuts, YouTube, 2009, Controversy, Mental Health

Whatever Happened to the Woman who Made Went Viral in a 2009 Dunkin’ Donuts Video?

In 2009, a woman by the name of Taylor Chapman was 27-years-old in 2009 and appeared in many local marketing videos in Florida, where she lived at the time. In the summer of that year, Taylor walked into the fast-food chain waiting for her breakfast when she started yelling (while recording on her iPhone) that she didn’t receive a receipt for a purchase she had made before, which meant she deserved a free breakfast. As she waited for her food, she hurled offensive insults at the employee, (who remained polite) and Taylor said that everything would go live on Facebook. Taylor also told a customer that she would upload it to YouTube, unaware of what was to come.

As you can imagine, the internet went wild, calling her names and wishing that she would kill herself, among many other threats. What the internet didn’t know until a few years later, was that Taylor had mental health issues and as of 2011 was off her medications, according to her fiance’s sister.

The video that Taylor posted caused her to lose her job, delete all of her social media, and change her phone number.

Taylor was engaged at the time to a man named Sean Hosch, who had his own criminal history. The two of them had a very intense relationship where they would get into heated arguments one night and would be just fine the next morning.

Taylor had a series of mental meltdowns (which you can read about in the sources I’ve provided down below) before the video was made, from going down to a construction site wearing nothing but a G-string bikini in order to make the wives mad, to starting fights at work, and more.

After all that, Taylor and Sean were kicked out of his Aunt’s house and they moved into a one bedroom apartment. Sean would fix old cars, and that where Taylor found her job making videos for making marketing videos until she made that video on her iPhone.

In 2015, at the age of 29, Taylor took her own life. Taylor’s family was heartbroken because they had just convinced her to leave Florida, live with them and get help for her drug issues. The family said that she was ashamed of her past and had a long time problem with drugs, and she thought that she’d finally get the help she needed.

I want everyone to know that I’m not condoning what Taylor did and feel horrible for the people who had to work at Dunkin’ Donuts that day, especially the woman who was called all those horrible names. But I think this proves a lesson that we can say things like “How horrible,” and “That’s awful,” without wishing death on someone or harassing them online.

If someone like Taylor uploads something as racist as that to YouTube, then they’ve dug their own grave. We don’t need to do any more “dirty work” for them. Just remember that while what they did was horrible, there’s probably more going on than what we know.

I pray that she’s at peace now, as well as her family. (Also, for the Dunkin’ Donuts employees that day.)

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below? Just to be clear once again, I’m not making excuses for the horrible things she said, just providing more context to her story. But, like I said, I want to hear your thoughts. Sound off!

Sources:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/taylor-chapman-dunkin-donuts-viral-video-856341

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/dunkin-donuts-ranter-has-mental-issues-6392536

http://mydeathspace.com/article/2015/06/23/Taylor_Chapman_(29)_took_her_own_life_after_she_became_infamous_on_the_internet_for_going_on_a_racist_tirade_against_a_Dunkin__Donuts_employee

 

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