Take Note!

Pictures and videos used on this site are all borrowed (well not all, some are actually mine) for everyone's viewing pleasure.  They are not being used in a malicious matter, it is all in good fun and most likely to promote the good stuff found.  Please don't threaten to sue, just ask me to take it down if it is a bother.  If not, thanks for the borrow!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Farewell 2008...

"Get ready, tonight.  Gonna make this a night to remember..." A Night To Remember - Shalamar

I am actually looking forward to tomorrow night.  Another year has passed and I have no idea where it went to.  This year brought about phenomenal new friendships, amazing personal revelations and a blueprint for what I have yet to achieve come 2009.  I have so many dreams on the horizon and my list grows every time I cross out a completed goal.  I allow no one or anything to stand in my way, I am too ambitious for that.  I have also decided to do some end of year cleansing and cut off or let go some of the vampires that I have in my life.  It's all for the better, new beginnings and such for 2009.  Just living my life.

So with that cleanse in mind, I was going through some of my concert clips on Ivory and realized there are quite a few that I have not shared with you.  Instead of bringing you my top tens of 2008, I have decided to give you a taste of a few artists that you will be sure to read more about here in 2009 and a few snippets from concerts I thoroughly enjoyed this year.

1) Eric Benet at B.B. Kings killing his next single, "Chocolate Legs."

2) Lorenda Robinson from Brown Baby Girl broke down "What You Won't Do For Love" @ Billie's Black: 

3) At the Brown Baby Girl show, Kimberly Nichole made "Love Without A Limit" her own.

4) The beautiful Mika sang one of her new songs from her forthcoming album to be released next summer, entitled "Summer Love" @ Billie's Black:

5) Here is Grammy Nominated Wayna singing her nominated track "Loving You (Music) @ Billie's Black (sorry it's a bit dark):

6) And lastly, I saw the marvelous diva herself Chaka Khan.  I was grinning from ear to ear.  This was the ONLY snippet I was able to get because of her stage po-po at the front.

These are a handful of snippets from the slew of shows I was lucky enough to see this year. Earth, Wind & Fire, MAXWELL, GEORGE MICHAEL, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Billy Joel, The Police, PJ Morton, Big Daddy Kane, Wayna, Mika, Eric Benet, Monica, Dru Hill (yes, them), Mint Condition and the list goes on - it has been a very musical year.  Next year is only a day away.

On that note, I would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year.  May the New Year bring to you, everything positive that you put out in the universe to receive.  

See y'all soon...

Tha Connoisseur 

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays...

A quick note to all of you:

I am not going to be around for the next few days, as I plan to take in and enjoy the time with my family.  Have to take a pensive moment to assess everything that we are thankful for and of course give thanks for the simple fact that we are able to have a roof over our heads, food to eat, friends to share the good times with and love from our family and all around.

From my family unto you, I would love to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  May you all continue to be blessed and divinely favored.

See y'all soon...

Tha Connoisseur 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Monday Madness - Not Quite...

"I came to bring the pain hardcore from the brain, let's go inside my astral plane..." Bring The Pain - Method Man

Pain is an understatement from where I am sitting.  The excruciating physical pain of traveling for hours on a bus, definitely does give a whole new meaning to love.  The things I do for my family.  I say that, only because to them - me deciding to fly rather than take the bus to and from Montreal and New York, shows my shi shi pooh pooh tendencies.  DO.NOT.CARE.  The bus, particularly Greyhound, is full of drama, void of any communication skills and just plain old unreliable.  After enduring about 14 hours of torture, I am most definitely ecstatic that I made it here to Montreal in one piece.  So on that note, you know that I have absolutely no energy to bang out a Monday Madness installment today.  Sorry.

During my pause, I think you all should check out a few of my favorite spots who are compiling their Best of 2008 lists.  Check out my girl Vivrant Thang as she goes through some of her favorite performances, albums and something else I am sure she will have up by tomorrow.  Then there's my boy QH who listed his Top Records of 2008.  And DJ Stylus has also compiled his 2008 Hot List, which is a must see.  Please don't be shy to show some love to my blogroll.  Only the best of the best in my world make it there.  

And of course, I am willing to share a few tidbits that balance my week musically:

Monday: My girl DJ Diva always has a funky mix to get your week started.  Check her out here.

Wednesday: EJ Flavors certainly knows how to take you back to the old school.  Check him out here.

Friday: A new find for me, Fave and his Friday Favecasts have been the way to close out my week. Check it out here.

And that's all I have for today.

Flashback of the day:  Easy going, laid back...just grooving.

See y'all soon...

Tha Connoisseur

Friday, December 19, 2008

Old School Friday:Tis The Season And Stuff...

Friday is here and this may very well be the shortest entry you will ever see from me.  Today's OSF theme is: Favorite Christmas Song.

To be honest, Christmas has not been the same for me for quite some time now.  It isn't that jolly holiday that I used to look forward to.  However, I do give thanks for being able bodied to visit my family and share in love, food and company.  What more could I say or want?

I have been steering clear of playing parang (West Indian Christmas Carols for those who do not know) or Christmas Carols on the whole.  My cousins even went so far as to call me Scrooge...lol  But everyone understands it's a tough time of year for me, so I deal and we move on.

Contrary to my mood and ranting, I do have a couple of favorite Christmas Carols to share. 

I love this movie and just watched it the other day for the umpteenth time. Will Ferrel is PRECIOUS and always manages to make me smile.

And my other song: I heart this album and play it every single year without fail.  

Check out the other fabulous OSF participants here.  Have a great weekend...

Tha Connoisseur 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

ONUTSS Christmas Show Extravaganza...

"Happy Birthday to ya...Happy Birthday to ya...Happy Birthday!..."  Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder

Oh right, wrong holiday (yes my birthday is a holiday, just not a national one).  Well it certainly felt like my bday last night over at the Shrine World Music Venue.  ONUTSS (One Nation Under The Soul Shack) hosted their annual Holiday/Year End Celebration and it sure was a spectacular event.  A number of indie artists were in the house to show Pam and Detrel love and thanks for what ONUTSS is about.  For those of you who do not know, ONUTSS represents a place where the love for quality soul music, amazing musicianship and camaraderie all reside.  All of the phenomenal stuff you don't hear on the radio?  Best believe that ONUTSS will bring it to you live and direct.  Artists, media, fans - you name it, all were there to represent and enjoy a night of spectacular talent and positive vibes.

The ladies behind ONUTSS - Detrel & Pam

The bill had quite a few stellar acts performing - Serena, Tom Paul, Robin Small, Keith Fluitt and Abby Dobson and they each brought down the house with their own style of seductive or interpretive soul.  Each artist took to the stage and showcased two of their tracks for the patrons to enjoy.  I will go through one from each.  Serena started off the show with "Nobody Has To Know," a stellar mellow track that had everyone in the groove right from the start.  Robin Small followed with her powerful gospel tinged voice, taking us all to chuch.  She surely delivered the message with "I Surrender" and I know that it did not fall on deal ears.  Tom Paul debuted "A Different World" and had harmonies floating from patrons in every corner of the room.  Abby Dobson represented with her unique, yearning and powerful voice on "Born 2 Love U" leaving everyone craving for more.  Angela Johnson, Monet, Mike Hammond,  Starbrite and Mika were all present (forgive me if I forgot anyone!) and so was Vivian Sessoms, who took the stage.  She blessed us with a passionate cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy."  The versions I have heard lately from both Kimberly Nichole and Vivian, have been ON POINT.  No need to say anymore on that.  However, it was the finale that was worthy of an encore or two.  Keith Fluitt took to the stage along with most of the amazing talent in the house: Myoshi, Ra-Re Valverde, Andricka Hall and the artists on the bill - for a rousing rendition of "This Christmas."  It was a beautiful night that ended on a high note indeed. 

Everything just flowed...great company, good vibes and lots of love all around.  For those who were trying to disturb the groove - God does not like ugly.  They know who they are.  That is the reason why the night went on without a hitch.  Not to mention, I must say that I have been blessed to become friends with a lot of these artists.  I give thanks for these wonderful friendships and look forward to what 2009 brings forth for all of them.  I send out nothing but love and positive vibes.

Flashback of the day: I thought it would only be right to go a bit further back into time with this one.

See y'all soon...

Tha Connoisseur 

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Monday Madness...

"And the tears come streaming down your face,  when you loose something you can't replace.  When you love someone but it goes to waste, could it be worse?"  Fix You - Coldplay

Another week has begun, much to the chagrin of some of us.  For me, it brings me closer to another time of year that I am not too crazy over.  Along with the fact that I absolutely detest the commercialization of Christmas, I lament over other things.  I give thanks for the opportunity to have another year to be with my friends and family, however for the past couple of years it has been hard to digest because of the loss of my Daddy.  As I try to painstakingly go through the memories of having his boisterous and deep laughter fill the house, it hurts me to my core to even come to terms with the fact that I will be going back home and he will not be there to greet me.  

Yet on a happier note, I am off to Montreal's cold ass weather to see my peeps and family and I am looking forward to that.  I plan on cooking down the place with my Mom, bothering the hell out of my younger siblings, drinking it up, going to visit my Dad and tell him about my semester and such and do the damn thing up in Canada for a week.

On that note, let's just jump into it shall we?  Here is Monday Madness, the news that made me cuss, cringe and shake my head.

1) What could I possibly say?: I really miss "Rock With You" and "Don't Stop Til' You Get Enough" Michael.  Apparently he was out and about shopping in this get up.  You would think we would be used to it by now, but...UGH. 

2) The last thing I have to say about the matter: I am extremely happy that Jennifer Hudson's family can somewhat rest easy, knowing that the person behind the heinous acts of violence on their family is in custody.  Obviously it is not comforting to know that the person in question is someone they once considered to be family.  What really irks me, is the reasoning behind the murders.  William Balfour had the audacity to say that he murdered the family members because he thought a gift that was sent to Julia was from another man.  I remain speechless...

3) Why?: I have always liked Jennifer Anniston, but why the naked GQ Magazine bit?  Perhaps I am behind on my news bits, but does she have a movie coming out (oh wait, she does!  Something about a misbehaved dog?), is she trying to prove something?  This is not her usual ammo. Or is she trying to remind Brad what he left behind?  Especially since she is still answering questions about the whole marriage thing.  I think it's time to just tell everyone to shove the question where the sun doesn't shine.  Her answering them, personally, looks to me that she is still hurt by the situation - but sweets obviously Brad has moved on.  It's time you do the same.  Or better yet, keep your comments out of the magazines, that's a bit petty n'est pas?  Here's her pic for those of you who have not seen it. 

4) Times are HARD!: Things are not easy in the U.S. economy and everyone is feeling the pinch.  Even celebrities.  I am sure you have heard about the list of people who have been loosing property over the past few weeks.  From NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta business (although she is saying she "left"), to Fantasia, Aretha Franklin (an attorney's mistake, really?)and now T-Boz.  Like a bullet, the recession obviously does not discriminate.  

5) And the winner for the Monday video laugh (thanks to Afrobella): Oh this is PRECIOUS.  And my West Indian massive will laugh their asses off.  The rest of you can read the print in the boxes...LOL

Flashback of the day: In listening to my favorite podcast on Wednesday's (EJ, it's all about EJ y'all!), I heard a Soul II Soul song and it reminded me of how fond I was of Caron Wheeler.  

See y'all soon...

Tha Connoisseur 

Friday, December 12, 2008

Old School Friday: My Favorite Band...

And hello there y'all, it's now 3:20 am, I walked in about an hour ago, I have to get up in about 6 hours, yet I am wired.  Don't you just hate it when that happens?

Well, now is the time for me to bang out a short and sweet OSF.  This week's theme is - favorite band.  In this day and age, it seems like the idea of a band in soul music is next to nil.  With the exception of a few, I do feel like the Snufalupagus syndrome (around, yet thought to be extinct) bows it's ugly head when it comes to this topic.

Anyhow without further adieu, I will share three of them with you.

One - I just had a flashback moment the other day with these cats.  Kool and the Gang were THE ultimate band for me when I was younger.  It's the brass, it gets me every time.  They were just so...Kool.  And please do not even get me started about James "J.T." Fine-ass Taylor.

Next up, without a doubt one of my Dad's favorite bands, which of course became one of mine.  I absolutely love, love, LOVE this track and they were known as The Stax Records Band.  It does not get any better than that.

And lastly, my favorite band from the day they released "Pretty Brown Eyes."  Stokley put it on ME.  And I have been a serious, die hard fan ever since.  I have crossed borders to see this band perform and the musicianship and love for the art and craft of music is exactly what this group personifies.  So many favorites, I have no idea which to choose...

Please check out my fellow OSF peeps here.  Have a good weekend y'all...

Tha Connoisseur 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

PJ Morton At Billie's Black...

"Come out, come out, come out, wherever you are.  Do you know who you are?..."  Superstar - PJ Morton

Last Thursday after a long day of work and school, I decided to head up to Harlem, meet up with my ladies from ONUTSS and catch PJ Morton in session at Billie's Black.  

For those of you who do not know, Billie's Black is a small, quaint venue.  It surely brings a whole new meaning to an "intimate" soiree.  With a miniscule stage tucked towards the front of the restaurant, it is a great venue for a more personal feel for a special musical experience.  

PJ Morton hails from N'awlins (New Orleans) and brings the heat like it's nobody's business.   He brings it to you raw and that is a pleasure to see in this day of autotune, vocoder and all that mess.  But then again, when do I ever review any of those artists?  Moving along...

PJ made the venue his home - just him, his keyboard, his percussionist and bass player.  So heavy, yet so light.  They meshed seamlessly, because obviously you don't always need a huge 10 piece band to be the filler.  Sometimes, less is more.  And in this case, it was exactly what everyone needed.

Starting his set with the feel-good, sing-song track "Blah Blah Blah," (Jiborish) he was already in everyone's good graces.  The whole restaurant was singing along from the first word, and literally took over the song during the chorus.  Track after track, the Grammy Award winning writer had everyone geared up for the night ahead.  With the rhapsodic "Superstar," the floaty "Fly Away," the unforgiving "How We Were" and the jazz fused "No Ordinary Love,' it was an evening worthy of a fireplace, a glass of wine and a room full of good friends.  And that was the exact vibe emanating from Billie's Black that night.  Midway through the show, we where treated to a phenomenal rendition of  Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" by Kimberly Nichole.  Kimberly took control of the mic and by the end of the first verse, she made the song her own.  Delivered through her power and testament to the song, I seriously thought I was in chuch.  And of course after an evening of sing-a-longs and break downs (PJ stopped in the middle of "Today" to break it down so it could forever and consistently be broken), he ended the set with a seasonal Christmas Carol - "The Christmas Song."  Sorry it's a bit dark, as the restaurant's lighting was dimmed.  Thanks to my girl Detrel from ONUTSS for the borrow:

That was my first foray into the world of PJ Morton and I will say, it is a trip I do intend to take again.  I love his music, but never saw him live until now.  I do hope to catch him in full concert again sometime soon.  Perhaps during the release of his new album in 2009.  Right now, you can enjoy the sounds of PJ Morton Live From LA and find more info about the talented singer on his official website here and his MySpace page here.

Flashback of the day:  PJ put me in a mellowed out mood and seriously made me all warm inside.  Took me back to this song right here.  One of, or perhaps, Tha Connoisseur's favorite song EVER.  I can't explain the bliss and heart palpitations that I am overcome with when I hear this song:

See y'all soon...

Tha Connoisseur

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Monday Madness...

"Video killed the radio star..."  Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles

I know, this one is quite obvious but my brain has been void of any type of creative flow for the day.  So bear with me.  At least this week y'all have a few things to look forward to - a review on PJ Morton's show I caught last Thursday and a little write up on Common's Listening Party for "Universal Mind Control" that I will be attending tonight.

During the week, for some odd reason, I have fallen upon some vids that had me falling off of my seat and breaking out into a laughing and coughing fit.  I figured since there wasn't that much on the news front that really tickled my fancy this week (why babble about the obvious stupidity of O.J. or Plaxico), why not share the vids so you can all get a good laugh?  It is Monday after all, so we can all do for a joke or two or three..

On that note, here is your installment of Monday Madness in video.  The news that made me cuss, cringe and shake my head (and reel and kick up!!).

1) Colbert vs Kanye: This is just too PRECIOUS.  One delightful day last week on Twitter, Kanye left a message asking "Who the fuck is Stephen Colbert?" - now of course someone went and did the research for all of us as to why Kanye was so incensed about Mr. Colbert.  Well, this was the reason.  Let me entertain you...

2) McDonalds really did it this time: My Canadian readers will understand when I say that sometimes we are just lucky that some programming does not reach our airwaves.  Let us take this McDonalds commercial for example.  It is the epitome of cheese and stank athletes foot.  And to make it worse, I am hearing that my boy Ne-Yo wrote it??  If that is the truth, he just lost some points in my book.  I detest this commercial that is being driven into my brain at least every other hour by some broadcasting network.  Not impressed, but it sure is corny - the dude is singing about McNuggets!  The commercial is called...wait for it...McNuggets Love.

3) The Ad Council: So much fun!!  My sister kept on talking about this commercial when she was up here and I never had the chance to see it, until recently.  I L-O-V-E it.  I think it really speaks for itself.  It is an ad focusing on the troubling statistic of families coping with the absence of a patriarchal presence.  It is not just in America, but it should resonate everywhere.  This add just puts a big ol' uncontrollable smile on my face.  I know it's only a commercial, but if only we had more like him...

4) Oh Mother of Satan I rebuke thee!!: I have no idea what to say about this one.  I know that everyone has to channel their creativity in which ever way they see fit.  Nonetheless, when I saw this video?  I was...speechless.   And I will tell you what I told my friend after I saw the video: "Prince is in a corner somewhere rocking back and forth."  And that is all I will say on this.  Here, take a look for yourself, at Supa Nova Slom.  I couldn't even watch the whole video...LOL (thanks Buttababy).

5) Star Wars is killah...if you didn't know...: We are obviously not the only one's that enjoy good music.  I was watching Return of the Jedi yet again the other night and I completely forgot about this scene!!  It brought me right back to my childhood, not to mention The Max Rebo Band was SERIOUS.  A touch of jazz and funk, okay not in english of course, but funkay nonetheless.  And with their own Alvin Ailey dancer in the background?  It can't get any better than that!

Flashback of the day:  I am in a hip hop mood and I am getting ready to immerse myself in Common's world tonight.  So, I thought I would dig in the crate and go waaay back with my favorite track by Chubb Rock.

See y'all later...

Tha Connoisseur 

Friday, December 05, 2008

Old School Friday: Singers Turned Actors/Actors Turned Singers...

Its OSF y'all and I must say, I let the holiday last week lead me astray.  And have mercy, it was one of the most important posts too!!!  A tribute to the one most musically high - Stevie Wonder.  So we all know I am going to have to do an entry in ode to his glorious self.  And on another quick note, CONGRATULATIONS to all of the amazing and talented artists that I absolutely adore who are nominated for a Grammy: Eric Benet, Jazmine Sullivan, Boyz II Men, Anthony David & India.Arie, Raphael Saadiq, Stevie Wonder and CJ Hilton, Wayne Brady, Al Green & Anthony Hamilton, Kenna, Maiysha, Chrisette Michelle, Janelle Monae, Wayna & Kokayi, Ne-Yo, Coldplay, Adele, Duffy, Radiohead, Beck, Gnarls Barkley, John Mayer, Nathalie Cole, Daft Punk, Eagles, Gerald Albright, Marcus Miller, Estelle, Pink and anything touched by Jay - Z.  Now if that listing did not give you an inkling of my musical spread, I don't know what will.  :)

Alright, now back to the lecture at hand.  Today's OSF is singers that turned actors/actors turned singers.  Of course, all of the horrible examples are the ones that play on the cinema screen in the back of my mind (thanks Mrs. Grapevine!).  Mariah Carey and Terrance Howard are right there at the top.  I am even tempted to put Jamie Foxx on that list, but his Golden Statue prohibits me.  If he would stop with the booty shit, we would have a winner all around.  However, these two below are examples of how things are done right. 

First up: The Diva representing for singer turned actor - Ms. Diana Ross.  Mahogany, The Supremes, The Wiz, Lady Sings The Blues - Ms. Ross did the damn thing.  My favorite song from this woman,  the Theme from Mahogany.

And secondly, my actor turned singer goes to Tisha Campbell.  Yes, I went THERE.  I loved this woman.  We all know she was that chick in House Party and who can forget her as Gina.  But back in the day, when my girl dropped "Push" and "Love Me Down," Tisha gained a fan in me. Like her best friend Tichina Arnold, both can B-L-O-W.  Not to mention Tisha knew her way around a dance floor like it was nobody's business.  Friday Night Videos killed out both songs and I loved every minute of it.  I didn't know which one to post, so here are both "Push" and "Love Me Down."  

Have a good weekend y'all...

Tha Connoisseur 

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

100 Posts Strong...

"Do you know what today is?  It's [my] anniversary..." Anniversary - Tony! Toni! Tone!

Alright, it's not really today, it was actually last Wednesday.  However, better late than never is what they say (who the hell are 'they' anyway?).  First let me take time out to say thank you to my girl Marvalus One, who has blessed me with another blog award and has a sister blushing, yet again.  I am honored and humbled to accept the Uber Amazing Blog Award.  I love to write and share thoughts and I am ecstatic that so many of you out there enjoy hearing my rants... :)  I thank you immensely (I promise I will spread the love on an upcoming entry).

Anyhow, I figured it would be fun to go through the top 5 or 10 - depending on how I feel after 5 - of my favorite posts in my 100 strong pile.  Let us begin:

5) My "6 Questions With" Series: If it is one thing that I have learned over the years about interviewing, is that it is so much easier to talk with a person than at a person.  What I mean is, I always find that artists end up becoming extremely comfortable with you when they are relaxed and not bombarded with similar questions they have answered for the umpteenth time.  Two of my favorite interviews I have ever conducted were with Teedra Moses and Tamia.  So I decided to use that so called charm that I have and apply it to my blog.  It is only 6 questions, but I have fun doing it and it gives us a little insight into the artist.  Hopefully a few tidbits that you did not know before are shared as well.  I have not done many, but that will soon change as I am working on a few good ones to bring forth.  For now, check out 6 Questions With Taniq and the first entry in the series, with Sy Smith.  

4) My Album of The Week: I have no idea what I would do or be without music.  Music is what fuels me and it continues to be my muse.  It has taken me to great heights and has bailed me out of great lows.  A lot of the music I feature under this title are favorites that I dig from the crates.  I have not written too many posts, but again, that will soon change as it has become a favorite of mine and a lot of you out there as well have made it clear that you would like to see more.  I aim to please!  A couple of my favorites include Maxwell's "Urban Hang Suite" (no kidding) and my boys Intro

3) Concert Reviews: Who doesn't like to hear about a concert that they could not attend?  I love to write concert reviews, especially if the concert is off the chain.  I try to bring the concert to you - the vibe, the songs, the flow of the soiree.  I make an effort to bring it to you to the best of my ability.  I usually run home and with the last beat of the drum snare in my head, I come in at 3 am and bang out the review so it is fresh.  My favorite reviews thus far are of COURSE Maxwell's show (still fanning myself vigorously) and my boy George Michael's show

2) Monday Madness: Now how could I pass Monday Madness?  It is so funny how this regular entry took off.  I think you all like to hear my rant and of course, I feed off of that!  The news is always filled with such negative reports - this one dead, this was blown up, this person was shot - sometimes all we need is a smile to bring things back into perspective.  They (there 'they' are again!) say that laughter is the best medicine!  And those who know me are quite aware that I love a good laugh.  I cannot and will not even think of choosing my favorite Monday Madness entry, however please feel free to dig in the crates and click on any entry.  I promise, you will not be disappointed!

1) Flashback of the Day: This is my FAVORITE part of my entry.  The part where I get to share a bit of my musical knowledge.  I mean, I do have to live up to my moniker after all.  I have mostly stuck with the genre of R&B, however I will be changing that as I go along.  I have always shared that I listen to a little bit of everything and I believe you have to in order to be a connoisseur and true lover of music.  I know as well that this is the best part of my entry for a lot of you out there and I am (in the illustrious words of Stevie) overjoyed that you enjoy the tracks I choose.  I will keep them coming as I know I have to meet high expectations...LOL

Well ladies and gents, you will be seeing a lot of changes here soon.  I am trying to diversify and do Tha Connoisseur.  I will let you know about the changes as we go along, but for now I would like to thank everyone for riding with me.  Also, I thank all the AMAZING and BRILLIANT blogger friends I have made and continue to make along the way.  And again, I thank all of YOU for reading my blog, commenting and having fun with me.

Flashback of the day:  I was inspired by Nelson George's Soul Cities tonight.  Joke is,  I started watching it after I wrote my quote above.  Funny how things come full circle.  My favorite Tony! Toni! Tone! song EVER!

See y'all soon...

Tha Connoisseur