Thursday, August 27, 2009

College Do's and Don'ts

Don't be one of those people that eats Ramen Noodles all the time! I hate to be preachy but one package of Ramen Noodles is about 80% of our daily value of sodium, wow! There are so many healthy options and I know that especially now in this economy food is expensive but you can still find good values. Trader Joe's, for example, is my savior; their food is really good, affordable, and most of it is good for you. Check out their website, and sign up for their e-newsletter ---

Do network; form as many meaningful connections with people as possible. College, like the job world, is all about networking, or at least laying the groundwork for some serious networking in the future.

Don't wait until you have the bare minimum left in clothes to do laundry. You never know when you will have a fashion emergency (and a "do" within a don't, do separate your lights and darks and delicates).

Do invest in nice bedding, and wash it weekly no matter where you live. Nice, soft, quality sheets mean a good night's sleep. They also mean that whoever you do bring back to your room will no doubt be impressed with your maturity, sophistication, and cleanliness (and he/ she is more likely to come back).

Don't burn the candle at both ends; in other words, make sure you get enough sleep, or college will kick your butt!

Do attend class as much as possible. Most schools require you to attend a certain percentage of classes to attain a certain grade no matter what you get on your mid term and final. This also ties back to networking as well; you may meet a lot of people in class who could help you in the future so it does benefit you to crack a book and go.

Don't go to class in sweats or pajamas; it's just wrong on so many levels. Sweats is something you wear in your house when your relaxing or chilling out. It doesn't look professional to colleagues or the professor when you walk in to class in that type of attire. At the very least, wear jeans a nice top. Also I don't know/ haven't seen any guy that has attracted a girl wearing sweats in class, and I don't know any girl that has attracted a "quality" guy in class wearing sweats or pajamas.

Do form as many long lasting friendships as possible because some of the friends you meet with and bond with in college will be your friends for life.

Don't forget what college is all about. Have fun because that is a big part of the college experience, but don't lose sight of why you are really there. College is also a major time for self discovery, you will, no doubt, learn a lot about yourself and what you need and want from life (on a side note, this self discovery will continue throughout your 20's).

Do take risks because they will almost always pay off and you will regret it later if you don't. Risks are a necessary part of life because they make you a more well rounded person, you will be more open minded, and people will respect the fact that you took a chance even if it didn't work out how it was supposed to.

Bonus: Don't be like me in this next regard; do learn how to dance in college if you don't already know how; it will so come in handy later in life, and throughout your time in college. You don't have to take professional lessons, ask a friend to teach you, it can be a great bonding experience, and it's fun to learn.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Danyl Johnson: One to Watch

I was randomly surfing the net and I came upon "Ex Factor" auditions (they discovered Leona Lewis!) and I watched this 27 year old teacher Danyl Johnson auditioned and I was left speechless. This young man is going to be a star; I just feel it. Anyway, I felt compelled to share his very first audition with all of you and I guarantee you will watch it over again when it's over.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 5

Besides my soap operas which I should really write a blog entry about sometime, So You Think You Can Dance has been my savior this summer. I have watched, it has inspired me, but not just to try to learn how to dance but to just go out and have an effect on others. If you can effect others through a talent that you have, it is such an added bonus. The contestants have been amazing this season; I have never seen a season of this show with such a balanced group of talent. I started thinking about what type of piece I could write about the show; I considered writing my top 10 performances from the show this season, but there were way more than 10 that I liked. Now while I am totally aware that I haven't introduced you to the dancers, you can do that for yourself by going to the official website: . I cannot wait to see how many of these routines they decide to do on the tour.

Week 1

Jeanine & Phillip dancing a Tabitha & Napoleon Hip Hop to "Mad" by Neyo-- I loved this so much and the amazing thing was that their chemistry was so real even though they had only been partnered together for one week. Phillip has a great partner presence; he is very aware of where his partner is and he takes care of her. She doesn't have to be scared to do any of the dance moves. At about a minute and four seconds into the dance, they do this amazing lift/ hold; it's hip hop perfection!

Randi & Evan dancing a Tyce Diorio Jazz routine to "I Only Have Eyes for You" by Jamie Cullum-- I thought this was an amazing performance because of the beautiful lines. It is emotionally demanding, and I think the best moment of the dance is when they see each other for the first time and run towards each other.

Caitlin & Jason dancing a Nakul Dev Mahajan Bollywood routine to "Jai Ho" from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack-- Guest Judge Adam Shankman said that they rocked; it looked really quite effortless on their parts. I also agree with Nigel, the dance really was quite beautiful. It was not very synchronized but I do not think it was necessarily supposed to be.

Melissa & Ade dancing a Mandy Moore Contemporary to "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx-- These two were my favorite partnership from the beginning; I love this delicate trained ballerina being partnered with this strong yet gentle man. Adam said Melissa is like a fine wine that gets better with age, and he said that Ade has a profound quiet power. Nigel suggested that we have not seen the best of these two dancers yet.

Kayla & Max dancing a Louis Van Amstel Samba to "Jum Bah Day" by House of Gypsies--Kayla was smokin hot in this little number, and pay close attention to her outfit. Max was great, especially considering that ballroom is his genre, and as for Kayla, well she dances like she was born in a ballroom. Mary Murphy put them on the hot tamale train the first week.

Week 2

Randi & Evan dancing a Louis Van Amstel Jive to "Shake A Tail Feather" by Ray Charles-- This routine was super full of energy with great tricks, like Evan jumping over Randi who leans back. These two shorties are powerful; Lil C said their partnership was great. Nigel called them tremendous as a couple.

Melissa & Ade dancing a Sonya Tayeh Jazz number to "24 Hours" by Terry Poison-- I loved this dance; the moves throughout were just mad sexy. Lil C called it "buck" and said Ade was everyone's competition with his manipulation of movement. Mary gave it some tough love because it was tough not to love everything about the performance. Nigel called Ade strong and said that Melissa equaled it.

Kayla & Max dancing a Brian Friedman Pop Jazz number to "Hot Like Wow" by Nadia Oh-- I absolutely loved this; Lil C called Kayla and Max amazing. Mary said they were on her hot tamale train. Nigel called Max a young Kevin Spacey and said he kept up with his brilliant partner.

Week 3

Melissa & Ade dancing a Tony Meredith Rumba to "Emotion" by Destiny's Child-- Nigel said what a difference "Ade" makes. Mary said that Tony told them to sell the emotion and what they are selling, she is buying. She loved how Ade was with Melissa through the whole dance.

Janette & Brandon dancing a Dave Scott Hip Hop to "What A World" by Common-- I liked how Brandon attacked the hip hop; he hit everything throughout the performance hard. His pop locking skills were on point. Jeanette really came across to me as a rock dancer even though she is a salsa dancer.

Randi & Evan dancing a Mia Michaels Contemporary to "Koop Island Blue" by Koop feat. Ane Brun-- Also known as the "butt" dance; this was a dance that was completely followed through from beginning to end. Nigel said it was danced extremely well and guest judge Toni Basil says they lived up to tough choreography.

Week 4

Janette & Brandon dancing a Jean Marc Genereux Cha Cha to "Hush Hush" by The Pussycat Dolls-- This cha cha was fast and precise; Brandon's feet were really tight especially for someone that is not a ballroom or salsa dancer. Mia took back her harsh words about Brandon in this piece and called him amazing.

Kayla & Kupono dancing a Sonya Tayeh Contemporary to "Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation-- Mia loved Kayla's lines and said that Kupono had this quiet power and every week he improves and grows. I personally loved this pairing and I think they complimented each other really well.

Jeanine & Phillip dancing a Tabitha & Napoleon Hip Hop to "Love Lockdown" by Kanye West--Wow, I loved the whole idea of this dance, the chain and how it kept them together . I liked how Phillip had the key the whole time and pulled it out at the end giving Jeanine a choice. Nigel said if you keep dancing together like that, you should be chained together for life.

Melissa & Ade dancing a Thordal Christensen Pas De Deux to "Romeo & Juliet"-- I loved the opening of this performance, Melissa and Ade's hands touching, and then they put their hands together. It was amazing to see Melissa do what she was trained in: ballet. The way Ade lifted her and held her was so beautiful. Mia praised then for dancing so well, and I like Mia, loved that is was a black and white Romeo & Juliet.

Week 5

Melissa & Ade dancing a Doriana Sanchez Disco to "Move On Up" by Destination-- Nigel called them a really good, strong couple; he said they are super exciting and both of them are just tremendous. Ade made the lifts look super easy. Tyce called Melissa's body brilliant and slammin, and said Ade's timing and rhythm was incredible. He embodied disco.

Kayla & Kupono dancing a Mia Michaels Contemporary to "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles-- This was a dance about addiction and trying to overcome it; I thought it was extremely powerful. The technique was pretty untouchable; Kupono's intensity was so consistent. Mary said that Kayla is flawless every week. Tyce called her a phenomenal, beautiful, incredible beast.

Janette & Bradon dancing a Leonardo Barrionuevo and Miriam Larici Argentine Tango to "Libertango" from Forever Tango-- They received a standing ovation from the judges, and credited it to their teachers. The routine itself was near flawless, and Nigel said it was the best ballroom routine danced in the show's history. The lifts were beautiful and easy looking; the kicks were in sink and overall this was sexy.

Melissa & Ade dancing a Ray Montez Waltz to "Natural Woman" by Mary J. Blige-- Nigel called it an overall beautiful performance. Melissa was just so lovely and mesmerizing as Mary said, and Ade's lifts and spins were unreal and effortless. Mary said that everything that they've done together as a couple they have done with class.

Week 6

Janette & Ade dancing a Tabitha & Napoleon Hip Hop to "Love, Sex, Magic" by Ciara and Justin Timberlake-- Nigel said to Ade, if that's what you can do by wearing a pick in your hair I am wearing one next week. He said that Ade has funk. Mary called it funky and said Ade got down and groovy; she called Janine a fireball. Debbie Allen said, well you wore me out, and she told Ade to stay away from her daughter with the pick.

Jeanine & Jason dancing a Travis Wall Contemporary to "If It Kills Me" (The Casa Nova Sessions) by Jason Mraz-- Nigel said, both of you have become stars tonight. He also said that Jeanine finally has a partner in Jason that can keep up with her technically. Mary was at a loss for words but went on to say that they are stars and she is so proud. She said that Travis brought Jason to a new level and that people should not underestimate his power, and Jeanine just continues to grow. Debbie Allen said bravo and that no doubt they would see that dance on the tour! And the dance ended with a full out make out session on the stage; crazy chemistry.

Week 7

Kayla & Jason dancing a Tyce Diorio Broadway number to "Mr. Monotony" by Kim Criswell-- I have to say that for a Broadway routine; I thought this was flawless. Nigel said at times, Jason reminded him of Gene Kelly, and that Kayla can take on anything thrown at her.

Jeanine & Brandon dancing a Laurie Ann Gibson Pop Jazz routine to "Battlefield" by Jordin Sparks-- I thought their facial expressions were so perfect and essential. Nigel loved it, and admired how Jeanine stayed with Brandon through the routine. Mary called the performance strong, powerful, and dynamic. Mia called Laurie Ann a convictive choreographer and called Brandon a powerhouse, wow!

Melissa & Ade dancing a Tyce Diorio Contemporary to "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell-- Nigel called it one of the most memorable routines in "So You Think You Can Dance" history. Nigel said he couldn't think of a better couple to dance it, Ade's strength and Melissa's maturity were incredible. Guest host Ellen Degeneres said she will remember it forever. A crying Mia said what an important piece of work it was and that she wishes that she had that same strength for her dad. Mary said the dance went beyond them.

Kayla & Jason dancing a Shane Sparks Hip Hop to "They're Everywhere" by Izza Kizza-- Nigel loved the musicality and thought it was fantastic. Mary found it to be very hard hitting. Mia called it her favorite Shane Sparks routine ever, and said both dancers gave very good performances.

Week 8

Kayla & Brandon dancing a Stacey Tookey Contemporary to "All I Want" by Ahn Trio-- Lil C called it intense and beyond amazing. He said that this is the first time that Kayla has had a partner that is equally matched to her abilities. Mary called it exquisite and said Kayla has never taken one wrong step. Nigel said the chemistry between them was not all that but the technique was.

Jeanine & Ade dancing a Tabitha & Napoleon Hip Hop to "Move if You Wanna" by MIMS-- Lil C said that if moving was really that fun he would relocate every day. He also said that Ade utilized his dirty groove and pulled Jeanine into it; it was buck. Nigel praised the two of them for turning around the routine and making it better than it was in rehearsal; he said that both dancers went where they needed to go.

Week 9

Jeanine & Brandon dancing a Louis Van Amstel Paso Doble to "Tetsujin" from the Matrix Revolutions-- This paso doble was so hot; all the turns and spins were tight and precise. Adam said they filled out everything in between, the transitions were great. Mary called the routine phenomenal and their promenades were better than any couples this season. Nigel said they carried the piece off perfectly, and are the two front runners to win the season.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

All the Buzz.......Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce?

When OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder wrote "Halo" for Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson is beginning to think he was also thinking about her new released single "Already Gone". Tedder co-penned both tunes; Halo was released as Beyonce's fourth single from her album, "I Am.... Sasha Fierce". It was written by Tedder, Evan Bogart, and Knowles, and was released on January 20, 09. "Halo" was originally offered to Leona Lewis but her schedule was too full at the time so the track went to Beyonce; at the time, Tedder was also working on a similar track for Kelly Clarkson called "Already Gone".

"Already Gone" is the third single off Clarkson's album "All I Ever Wanted" which most critics say marks her return to mainstream pop and her best album since 2004's "Breakaway". Clarkson is now accusing Tedder of giving her the same musical arrangement that "Halo" has for her song "Already Gone".

Lyrically the songs are very different but both are called power ballads. "Halo" is about that person in your relationship that you just cannot imagine life without, your angel, and "Already Gone" is about the end of a relationship.

Here are the videos for the two songs; you be the judge, and leave your comments. "Halo" "Already Gone"