Embrace Life: Don’t Abuse Yourself

embracelife We only get one life.  We need to learn to embrace it and make it the best we can for ourselves.   Time goes by fast, so don’t waste it on negativity, hate and issues or people who drain the life out of you.

Recently I became very ill.  I saw three doctors who all said the same thing, “Honey, your stress level is way too high. It’s going to kill you”!  It was a real eye opener for me.  I didn’t have the best childhood.  Actually, most people don’t know (because I don’t discuss my personal business a lot) that I suffered a lot of abuse as a kid.  That abuse carried over into my first few relationships until my jaw was cracked and my ribs were bruised. That day I looked in the mirror and said to myself, “No more”! From that day forward I changed everything for the better; for me!

I got off track a bit.  As a result of suffering and abusive childhood, I ended up being a people pleaser.  I was OCD about doing things right and fixing things around me.  I was always the person to lend a helping hand, give my last dollar, give my time and energy to those who needed it…but…I forgot about me.  Don’t get me wrong, I still am a giver by nature.  I think that as a human being we should all help one another when and if we can.   I think the thing is we need to learn to give to ourselves as well.  Don’t abuse yourself by not taking care of yourself.  We all have upkeep just like a car!  It’s so important that you take care of your mind, body and soul.  Learn how to meditate or find things that make you feel happy inside.  Don’t look to other people to make you happy because really it all starts with you!  If you have dreams (which I hope we all do), follow them! Never give up on your dreams.  It doesn’t matter what age you are, with age comes wisdom.   Life is full of mistakes that are really just lessons.  It’s up to you how you apply what you have learned.

Life is a gift.  A short, beautiful gift that we should embrace.  Learn to enjoy all the simple things in life.  You never know when tragedy is going to strike and everything is taken away from you.  You don’t know when your last day on earth is.  All you know is that you have the current day that you woke up into.  Take that day and make it worth living.  Laugh more, love more, kiss more and hug more! Did you know that Buddhists believe that hugging is essential to living a happy life?  I believe it.  Do things outside your circle, outside your box.  Talk to someone you don’t normally talk to, learn another language, travel to some place you dream of.   I’m guilty of working and always trying to save money for something.   What if the day never comes that I can do that something?  Plan those trips, follow those dreams, learn those de-stressing techniques.  Give thanks and gratitude to God or the universe. Whatever you believe in is your preference but always remember to be grateful.   Embrace life! Embrace you!

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Shemar Moore and the S.W.A.T Team

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Hollywood, CA. 2017 – What’s buzzzing in the La La land news? Shemar Moore! Shemar’s fans, homies and baby girls (as he calls them) are waiting patiently for the T.V premiere of the new S.W.A.T series directed by Justin Lin.  Most people may think this is just a typical reboot series however, Shemar has expressed to his fans that this is much more than that.  SWAT tackles current issues that are happening in the world today.  Moore plays the role of #HONDO (Daniel Harrelson).  HONDO is a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant whose torn between loyalty to the streets and his duty to his fellow officers.  He’s tasked with the responsibility to run a highly-trained unit that’s the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.  One can imagine how relate-able this show may be to some, especially in this current age of violence, chaos and confusion.

As many Moore fans know, Shemar faced many challenges himself growing up, as he is bi-racial.  That has never stopped Shemar from doing anything.  He openly talks about how he is proud and accepts all areas of his race.  With the increasingly high tensions in the world today regarding racism, as well as other highly explosive controversial topics, SWAT will no doubt touch on some very sensitive topics.  Loyalty is royalty and in my own opinion, many of us humans are confused about what loyalty really is and means.  HONDO will have to make some rough decisions.

Shemar Moore takes the lead in this show. Although he is part of team, just as he was in the T.V show Criminal Minds, this time Moore is the leader.  From his social media comments you can see how serious he is about taking not only this show but his own personal career to a higher level.  Shemar Moore has passion, drive and purpose when it comes to his career.  He’s spent over 22 years in the entertainment industry and he’s not slowing down now!  He’s true to himself and true to his fans.  His homies, fans and baby girls are waiting with bated breaths to see if he delivers what he’s promised.  No doubt he will, as he has been training hard and embracing the role of HONDO with 100 percent focus.

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Moore is joined by a talented cast:

  • Stephanie Sigman as Jessica Cortez.
  • Alex Russell as Jim Street.
  • Jay Harrington as David “Deacon” Kay.
  • Lina Esco as Christina “Chris” Alonso.
  • Kenny Johnson as Dominique Luca.
  • Peter Onorati as Jeff Mumford.
  • David Lim as Victor Tan.

Fans…set your calendars, your DVRs and plan your watch parties for the CBS premiere of S.W.A.T scheduled to air on November 2nd, 2017 at 10 p.m. PST.  You won’t want to miss it.  Take a sneak peek at the trailer here:

The Bachelorette is Back..and she wants to FIX the men.

 

bachelorreteWell it’s been a while since I’ve been on my blog, so I thought I’d humor you all again.  It’s that time of year where I’m  hooked on reality T.V and the fantasy of dating two dozen men at once!  Yup..”The Bachelorette” is back in full swing. This year brings you Rachel Lindsay.

I actually really admire Rachel Lindsay. She’s got  it going on.  She’s beautiful, intelligent and seems to be a whole lot of fun.  Her taste in men though….not so much.  She seems to be going for the airheads instead of the well-balanced and complimenting men.  You would think a lady lawyer would want a man who can challenge her intellectually and encourage her to grow in areas where she needs growing.  Instead, she seems to be going for the fun loving, ‘save me’ cases.   Don’t get me wrong, I have a heart and I definitely believe in helping people but at some point in ones life, you must realize you can not fix others.  People only fix themselves when they want to.  You can encourage, support, suggest and be a role model when hoping to ‘fix’ someone.  Really, you’re probably wasting your time.

So let’s see who is left: Peter Kraus, 31; Bryan Abasolo, 37; and Eric Bigger, 29.  Kraus seems to have reservations about getting married. I’m not sure he’s even said “I love you” yet. So why is she keeping him around? Although, seems to me Peter Kraus is the smartest one on the show. I mean really? Who truly falls in love in just a few months of filming? Lust maybe, interest maybe, infatuation maybe but true love? I think true love takes time and definitely time away from the cameras. After all, you DO have to get to know each other in the real world.  Bryan Abasolo seems well fit for Rachel. He makes her laugh, is apparently pretty go with the flow and she seems to really enjoy his company. Eric Bigger, well Eric is definitely a ‘fix me’ situation.  He’s probably a super nice guy but does he have enough to challenge Rachel in the areas of life that she needs challenging in?  He’s good looking, smiles a lot, makes her think but you also seems glimpses of a temper that flares now and then. I think Rachel better think long about that one.  Having a temper is for sure a big red flag.

Now it’s that stage in the game where the overnights are coming up.  That’s right, Rachel gets to opt for private time and over night stays with these three young men.  We all know that spells SEX!  So does it come down to who she has the best chemistry with? My point is again, how on Earth can people fall in real love on a reality show. Okay, I know that Tristan and Ryan from like season one did but I’m convinced that’s a rare case. At any rate, I wish Rachel luck.  The one piece of advice I would give her is this, “Take your time. Really get to know these guys before saying I do to anyone.  You can’t get to know who they really are until you spend time with them in the real world.”

Well that’s my opinion for today. Who do you think Rachel will pick? Time to tune in to the show! Here’s a little peek at Rachel:

 

 

 

GET OUT: Horror,Racism or Both?

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Get Out, the concept has  been done before.  Inter-racial relationship; black man with a white woman.  You can pretty much guess the story line from there…or can you? Daniel Kaluuya plays a young black man (Chris) who goes home with his white girlfriend  played by Allison Williams.   Jordan Peele who is the one half of well known comedians “Key and Peele” wrote and directed this film.  Although there are definitely some comedic undertones, Peele writes this film as a Horror.

Get Out is about racism but not put to the screen in a manner you would automatically think of.  The director doesn’t talk about slavery or the typical topics usually discussed in racism conversations.  Instead, he finds a way to make the audience get that ‘gut’ feeling of uneasiness regarding the highly sensitive topic by making you think about the deeper and bigger picture.

After dating for  five months, Chris (Kaluuya) and Rose (Williams) are headed to stay with her aggressive and strange white parents.  Rose’s father  Dean (Bradley Whitford) is a neurosurgeon and mother Missy (Catherine Keener) is a therapist who uses hypnosis with her clients.  Chris is a tad bit hesitant about meeting Rose’s parents since she hasn’t told them yet that he’s a black man.  She assures him that they will be very welcoming, although warns they  are a little strange.

Once Chris and Rose arrive at the parents’ house, things start to unfold quite friendly and naturally.  Chris however, starts to notice subtle little clues as that alert him things are not quite as they seem.  Both the grounds keeper and the maid are black and acting very peculiar.  They act almost robotic.  During a conversation Rose’s mom asks Chris if he smokes then offers to hypnotize him to help cure his nasty addiction.  Chris declines but Rose later finds a way to put him under, so to speak.

While watching this film I couldn’t help but think of the old classic Rosemary’s Baby, as it seems to point to the feeling women get of having another being in your body during pregnancy.  I immediately sensed a bit of the Stepford Wives. The characters in the film had that robotic smile thing going on.  A dead give away however that perhaps they have been hypnotized?  I’m not going to give away the ending or more details. This is a must see film. Jordan Peele does a fantastic job at getting his point across in a scary but slightly comedic way.  I’d definitely give it 4 out of 5 coffee cups!

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The Bachelor and Wild Corrine

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Oh, can we ever get enough of reality T.V?  This season 21 of The Bachelor is already setting the stage for wild and crazy!  Bachelor Nick Viall is not new to the whole dating on T.V. scene.   Nick was on 2 previous seasons of the Bachelor where he wound up as one of the finalists and had his heart broken into a million tiny pieces.  He didn’t stop there.  He ended up going to paradise….Bachelor In Paradise that is.  Yes, another find love reality show.  He didn’t find it there either.  Is the 4th time the charm for Nick?  A lot of people find Nick irritating but I find him a bit endearing. He kind of grows on you.  Spoiler alert, last episode he cried when he realized he just may find love this time around! Good for you Nick! I so hope he finds the woman of his dreams on this partially scripted and completely wild show, The Bachelor: Season 21.

Every season has it’s villain or vixen.  This season is no different.  The show has introduced Corrine!  Corrine, who apparently runs a multi million dollar business (so why is she on the Bachelor), is quite the wild child!  I hope her parents aren’t watching.  She’s had her eye on the prize from the word go!  She is in it to win it no matter what she has to do.   That makes one wonder if she’s really in it for Nick or is she there for the few minutes of fame?   So far she’s mauled him in a bouncy house, doused herself in whip cream and had Nick lick it off, steals him away from the other girls every few minutes and has made it clear she already wants to have sex with him!  Strangely enough Nick seems to be attracted to her.  Hmmmmm is it strange really?  What man doesn’t like a challenge or have a libido for a hot woman throwing themselves at him?   He has got to be turned on and curious.  However, is that marriage material?  It was also revealed that Corrine has a NANNY! Yes, that’s right, a nanny.  A full grown young woman has another full grown woman taking care of her.  I would call that having a maid but Corrine clearly called her a nanny and told all of America how she can barely take care of herself.  Nick…what on Earth are you thinking?

This season has already proven to be a producer’s dream.  The moxie and craziness of Corrine will draw in an audience just to see what she does next.  Although I really wish Nick Viall well and hope he sincerely finds love, I also hope he keeps Corrine around awhile just so we can watch her bizarre behavior!  I mean, for those of you who watch, can you think of a season where the girl was given the first impression rose, went to bed and didn’t show up for the rose ceremony? HA! There you have it.  Let’s see what happens next week.  Chris Harrison is a smart cookie.  I bet he’s pulling Nick aside and telling him, “Hey buddy, keep Corrine around because she’s great for ratings”.   You can bet if she doesn’t make it to the final rose, we will probably see her in Paradise.  Stay tuned for next week. Make sure you catch The Bachelor Monday nights, 8 p.m PST on ABC.

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Here’s a little peak at Corrine sleeping through the rose ceremony:

Hidden Figures: Best film I’ve seen in a long time!

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I finally had a chance to see Hidden Figures this weekend.  I must say it is the best film I’ve seen in a long time.  The story was on point, the acting was excellent and the history is a lesson that should be taught in every history book.

How many of you knew that 3 African-American women were largely responsible for getting the Mercury program into orbit and winning the U.S. space race against the Soviets?  That’s right, 3 beautiful and intelligent African-American ladies who worked for NASA in 1962 were front and center contributing their knowledge and skills to the success of the Mercury program.  Katherine Johnson who was portrayed by Taraji Henson, was a math prodigy who brought her amazing talent to NASA in Langley, Virginia in 1961. Things were far from open minded back then but Katherine stood out and was instrumental in several changes, including NASA doing away with segregated bathrooms.  Her math skills helped astronaut John Glenn to successfully fly into space and back to Earth safely.  Ms. Johnson is currently 98 years old and has lived to see a research facility named after her.

There was not one weak actor in this whole film.  Along with Taraji were Octavia Spencer who played the role of Dorothy Vaughn who also was instrumental in changes at NASA.  Dorothy fought for supervisory position and lead a team of women to advance into higher positions at NASA.  Dorothy learned how to run the first IBM computers at NASA and taught her team how to do the same.

Mary Jackson played by Jonelle Monae’ fights for a job opening as an engineer. She goes to court and fights for her right to attend an all white school.  Without giving away the story, since some of you haven’t seen it yet, I’ll just say that all three women make a huge difference.

The men in this film also held a strong performance.  Kevin Costner plays manager Al Harrison, who is in charge of the “Space Task Force”.   He sees the potential and value in Katherine Johnson and implements changes within the program to make her feel comfortable and accepted.   Mahershala Ali adds some romance to the film when he becomes quite smitten with Katherine Johnson. True to form, Mahershala does gives a wonderful performance.  I can’t forget Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). I was surprised to see Jim in this film.  Pleasantly surprised, as he did a great job in his role as well.

Hidden Figures is a wonderful film.  The director, Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) didn’t really need to add any fluff to the film. All he had to do was tell the story. This story needed to be told.  Personally, I think this story should be in every text book, in schools across the globe.  The three women in this film deliver a powerful and outstanding performance in this film.  They do more than justice not only to the history but to the Civil Rights movement.  If this film doesn’t win all kinds of awards, I’ll be shocked.  Great job to the cast crew!  I was engaged in the film and the story the entire time it was on the screen.

 

 

City to Country Magazine

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I wanted to share with you all about the awesome magazine I write for.  Yes, I have my “Sue’s Coffee Talk” blog right here.  I love blogging to you guys.  Browse through and check out my NEWS, REVIEWS and OPINIONS!  I also write for “City to Country” magazine. I’ve been fortunate to interview and write about some very fun and awesome celebrities such as the legendary Pat O’Brien, your favorite ‘lamplighter – Leo’ Brian Krause, Actor and well known author, Kevin E. West and recently Celebrity Chef John Corey, who not only competed in the World Food Championships but has been on shows such as Food Network.

Coming up in the next City to Country issue, you’ll be able to read my review of actor/producer Shemar Moore’s recent Indie film, “The Bounce Back”.  Read my opinion on Shemar as a producer as well as the man.  See what influence he has on his fans and how he goes out of his way to help others.

City to Country magazine was founded by CEO Lisa Snyder.  She has put together an amazing staff who bring not only their writing skills but graphic skills and more.  Her core teammates are Terri Bassett (graphics) and Tammy KC Hegyes who is Lisa’s right hand. Lisa not only runs the magazine, she finds time to cook, bake and share her amazing recipes with readers.  To learn more about our team, click on the link below.

Make sure you check out my column #SuesCoffeeTalk along with my celebrity interviews. Read great articles on some top talent, fashion, music, film and more, not only by me but by a team of well rounded writers.  We hope you enjoy our magazine. Thanks for visiting and keep following Sue’s Coffee Talk right here!

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Giving Isn’t Always Expensive

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The holiday season is upon us.  It’s the time of year where stress increases, people start to worry about where they are going to get more money to buy gifts, how are they going to be able to pay bills and how they are going to get through the holidays.  Many people have lost loved ones, feel alone and have no one to celebrate with.  Here’s what I have to say about that.  Embrace the fact that you have life!

I tend to be a realist.  I look at what is right in front of me.  Every day when I wake up I give t hanks for waking up and for at least one thing I have to be thankful for.  People and life will test you.  Many times things can go wrong, bills can’t be paid, friends will cause you grief….the trick is to let it go!  Let go of the negativity surrounding the issue and figure out positive solutions.  There is always something you can do to make things better…you just have to calmly and logically find the solution. You need to realize that LIFE itself is a gift! Every morning when you wake up just say the words, “thank you” to God or to the Universe or whoever or whatever you believe in.  If you drink coffee or tea inhale the aroma before you automatically down it.  Start to recognize the simple things around you that make you feel good inside.

As for ‘gift giving’, don’t stress over that.  The most important gifts you can give someone are the ones that don’t cost anything.  Here are a few gifts that people love and once given, they can’t be taken back:

1- TIME:  Give someone your time.  Let them know they matter.  Pick up the phone and call them, arrange to meet them and just hang out.  By giving someone your time, you are telling them you care and they matter.

2- HUGS:  Did you know the Buddhist believe that hugging is one of the best forms of medicine there is?  A simple good, long hug increases endorphins which release happiness! Now how cool is that? Besides, hugs just feel good.

3- KISS:  Okay, well you can’t just randomly go up and kiss people. However, a friend, a family member, a nice kiss on the cheek or forehead says, “I love you. I care about you, you are special to me. ”  If it’s your lover…well that’s a different story. Kiss longer 🙂

4 – LAUGHTER:  Go visit someone who is feeling alone and bring along a ‘feel good’ movie. A good comedy almost never fails. Tell a good joke or talk about good times. Laughter is a healer.

Those are just a few things you can do to give. Life is a gift. Learn to enjoy it while you can. Learn to give to others instead of always being on the receiving end.  People are under the false perception that you should only give to those in your immediate proximity. NOT TRUE!  Look around at how many people are around you. Be observant about how they may be feeling this holiday season.  Extend yourself past your comfort zone.  To those who can afford it, send a card, flowers, or take someone to lunch. Do something nice for the homeless person on the corner.  Trust me, by giving to others your heart will grow a few sizes bigger…and so will your happiness.

Happy holidays!

Agreement Pictures

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Reno,NV., Aug. 2016 –  AGREEMENT PICTURES Production Company is based out of Reno, Nevada and Los Angeles, California.  Founded by CEO Brian Perry and President Tony Boldi, the company has put together a strong and highly skilled team. The team works well together and has a vision to bring quality entertainment to a wide audience. Take a look at the new company web page to see who the team is, how you can become involved and how Agreement Pictures can help you bring your dreams alive. Make sure you sign up for their free email updates which will keep you informed on projects, investment opportunities, company news, distribution, castings and more. Follow team Agreement on social media.

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Afternoon Delight Live from WCOBM Hollywood

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Hollywood, CA May 2016 – LIVE from Hollywood n Vine and the #WCOBM studios, show host Tony Boldi brings you, “Afternoon Delight”. Join Tony and a rotating chair of guest co-hosts like DJ Ken Millen and Brian Perry (Actor/Producer)  as they interview celebrity guests! Everyone from behind the scenes to some of the top talent in the entertainment industry! This Tuesday, May 10th Special guest Chris LaVrar brings his ‘freestyle’ LIVE in studio! Chris is known as a ‘Hip-Hop renaissance man’ with the uncanny ability to conjure inspired, seemingly fully formed lyrics from thin air.  He was previously seen on “America’s Got Talent” season 7 in 2012.  Chris is also an actor and much more. Tune in and get your questions ready for Chris!

Editor Eric Olsson put together a sneak peek of the upcoming, “Afternoon Delight” show with some amazing talent! Take a look:

Also joining the show this week are actress Veronica Sixtos and Sadie Katz. Veronica began her acting career at a very young age. In 2006 she booked a role on the Award winning film, “Quincenera”.  She’s been booked on several T.V. series and has starred in several feature films. Veronica’s talent landed her guest star roles in several television series’ including, Strong Medicine as Marcela Cortez, and the popular Nickelodeon sitcoms Zoey 101 and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. In 2008, she played the lead role in the short film, Father Time. She continued her career landing recurring roles on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place as the bright and bubbly, Nellie Rodriguez (2007-2008) and TBS’ Tyler Perry’s House of Payne playing the role of the next door neighbor, Alexandra Hernandez(2009). She starred in the fun and witty feature film, The Prankster(2010), as the charming love interest, Mariah Rivera. In 2012, she released her first music video, Stars, revealing her special talent as a singer/songwriter and musician. Soon after, she was offered to sing the theme song for the film Secret Asian Man: Rise of the Zodiac. More recently, she played the role of the terrified and tormented Azalea in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Well, now in post-production. Her most challenging role yet was in the feature film Pocha, where she plays a young girl on a search to find herself in a seemingly cold and merciless world.

Sadie Katz is widely known as the ‘Scream Queen’. Sadie is a working actress living in Los Angeles. Her most recent film Credits include starring in 20th Century Fox’s Fan Favorite Horror franchise “Wrong Turn 6” playing the twisted, sexy Sally Hillicker. Showing her range and acting chops she also played the sweet sensitive, leading lady in “Chavez: Cage of Glory” opening in 400 theaters September 2013 along side Danny Trejo, Steven Bauer and Hector Echavarria. Katz also stars in the thriller “House of Bad” Fan Favorite Award Winner at Big Bear Horror Fest 2013. You can also see Sadie starring as a free-spirited party girl with issues in “Nipple and Palm Trees” on Amazon, ITunes with Hulu just re-releasing it dubbing it a “Cult Comedy.” Katz also penned the screenplay “Scorned” starring Anna Lynn McCord and Zane, release date February 2014 by Anchor Bay.

Get your questions ready and enjoy the show!

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