The Eighth Deadly Sin

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Ignorance. The root of all evils is fueled by the negligence to open up to the world around you and understand what makes society the way it is today. Living in the 21st century, technology has globalized ideas rapidly, making us all a more united population. It is our duty to seek information and knowledge to help us explore what kinds of people walk amongst us, their beliefs, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. If we continue to stereotype and fail to escape the minuscule narrow cardboard box of a mind, then this world will never develop. Wars occur throughout countries based off of misunderstandings that no one thought to clear up. Innocent lives are lost, friendships die out, and bonds are already broken between you and people who you never even had the courage to speak to. Speak nothing about those who you do not understand. If one person from a particular faith does something outrageous, don’t assume. Dig deeper, search further… for the truth. Don’t rely on a rumor or a common assumed ideology. Ignorance kills. You can save us.

Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Prompt: The Eighth Sin. “Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?” If it were up to you to pick an eighth deadly sin, what would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic!

Culture, Fashion & Beauty

Who has a perfect jawline, flawless beige complexion, eternal eyebrows on fleek, and can’t bend her knees? You guessed it! It’s your childhood Barbie doll. However, things are about to change this year. Just like society has been enhancing in terms of accepting the beauty of all body types, so has the the toy industry. Mattel has unveiled three new bodies: tall, curvy, and petite along with the original model. This was Barbie’s most dramatic body transformation in its 57 year history. With shifting demographics in the 21st century and controversy on the unrealistic proportions of the original model, it was high time that change was implemented.  

Click here to watch Ken Speaks: ‘I Will Always Love Barbie, No Matter Her Size’

In 2015, Mattel added different combinations of hair colors and skin tones. Additionally, with the new body types introduced this year, we can finally say that Barbie represents at least 70% of the American population. We all know that Ken will love Barbie just as much regardless of her shape, size, and color. It’s the beauty inside that matters more.

Click here to watch Barbie’s 57-Year Evolution in 37 Seconds

The latest dolls have unique outfits, hair colors, and shoes to represent that each woman has her own individuality and ways to express herself. The dolls even have the option of wearing flat shoes for those who don’t wear heels every moment of their daily lives. Can I get a “Hallelujah”? For the average American woman, heels are restricted to photos. Camera turns off, and she whips out her ballet flats.

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The new body shapes will be sold online beginning January 28th at Barbie.com and will appear in retail stores later in 2016. Hopefully, the sales for the Barbie doll will take off after a four year slump. Children can now approach their local Target and look for a doll who looks just like them, unique and beautiful in her own way. They deserve it.

 

FEATURE PHOTO CREDIT: MATTEL/GRAPHIC BY DYLAN PETROHILOS

 

Who Wants to Attend the 2016 Oscars?

Culture

America, the land of opportunity and so called “equality” has not yet reached the point at which all races are equally represented. Even the famous 88th Academy Awards having approximately 36.6 million viewers, has deteriorated in terms of diversifying nominations throughout the years. But not to worry, the stars will not cease to shine. They are taking action.

It was announced that no actors of color were chosen for any of the 20 major Academy Award nominations, marking the second year in a row that every single acting nominee was white. This prompted the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to start trending on Twitter. As a result of the outrage, several celebrities have declared that they will be boycotting the 2016 Oscars or simply not watching. Jada Pinkett Smith proposed the boycott in a tweet, creating a ripple effect among other celebrities who decided to join such as Reese Witherspoon, Snoop Dogg, Mark Ruffalo, Will Smith, George Clooney, Donald Trump, and many more.

Amid controversy, the Academy decided to make some changes. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced that the Academy plans to double female and minority membership by 2020.

Different celebrities have varied opinions that segregation was a problem even before the Academy Awards, boycotting the ceremony will help mitigate the problem, the nominations had nothing to do with skin color but quality of performance, and that we must integrate rather than segregate by putting an end to targeted television channels such as BET (Black Entertainment Television). What do you think?

Would you go to the Oscars this year? Let me know in the comments below.

And the Liebster Award Goes to… One More Shot Please!

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The Liebster Award is an award that is passed from blogger to blogger in order to help readers— just like you— find new and enticing blogs to follow! In all honesty, the first time I saw this award name, I was confused why I was being nominated for a Lobster award!

I would like to thank the blogger who nominated me, Alex from head2toe.  I am a fairly new blogger who started in December 2015. This has been a wonderful journey and I would like to thank all my lovely readers who motivate me to keep writing.

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Here is the award!

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Alex asked me the following questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I have always been an avid reader since my childhood and that compelled me to write too. When I was younger, I wrote short stories and several poems but I grew out of the habit after middle school. Now that I am in college, I realized that writing is a dream that I don’t want to lose touch with just because I don’t have time. You have to make time for the things you love. WordPress seemed like the perfect outlet for me to express my thoughts, so here I am!

2. What do you do in your free time?

For one, I blog. When I am not doing that, I watch a lot of Netflix (more than I am proud to admit), spend time with friends and family, try new activities in town, try new foods, indulge in a good book, and do some photography.

3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Blogging as a whole is a thrilling experience. But my favorite aspect of it would have to be reading other blogs, seeing the world through their eyes, living their experiences vicariously, and being inspired. That spark when you have ideas on your next post cannot be replicated by anything else.

4. What inspires you?

Reading something with a lot of vivid imagery or depth that makes you want to reevaluate your own life, good poetry, and nature.

5. Is there a specific thing you like to blog about?

I like to dabble in a lot of different directions just so I can interest a vast array of readers from different backgrounds. I usually tend to write more about the latest celebrity and TV show trends.

6. Who is your favorite TV/movie series character?

I am currently binge watching 5 shows. So hmm… this is a tough one. It would probably be Erin Silver from 90210.

7. What are your favorite foods to snack on?

I am a proud health freak so anything with fruits, nuts, or vegetables will make my day. On the days I am more vulnerable or just straight up grumpy, Ferrero Rocher and any flavor of ice cream.

8.  Are you a coffee or tea person?

I drink green tea after every meal because it tastes good and has several health benefits. I also enjoy Earl Grey black tea and lemon tea. When I need something to keep me up, coffee does the trick but I try not to make it a habit.

9. Is this your first blog or have you had others?

This is my first blog, but maybe in a few years I may decide to expand. You will just have to wait and see!

10. Are you happy with your blog?

Yes, definitely. One More Shot Please is slowly gaining exposure but I am content as it is now too. I love my readers more than anything. They never let me feel like I am wasting my time or am not talented. It is for them that I strive to make every post better than the previous one.

10 random facts about myself:

1. I am left-handed.
2. My zodiac sign is Cancer.
3. My favorite cuisines are Mediterranean and Indian.
4. I have been to 10 different schools until college.
5. Every member of my family has a different last name. None of us are adopted.
6. My favorite drinks are fruit infused water and green tea.
7. I do not drink any kind of soda.
8. I read all the twilight book series in 3 weeks when I was in the 6th grade.
9. Ranveer Singh and Kareena Kapoor are my favorite Bollywood actor and actress.
10. My favorite genre of music is rock.

I would like to nominate the following blogs (in no particular order):

1. Chelsea, from Persistent Positivity
2. Lydia, from A lot from Lydia
3. Shauna, from the FLAVORED word
4. Senatus, from multilingualshades
5. Rudy, from Rudy’s Ruminations
6. Michael, from appropriatef*cks
7. mumsumsum
8. Leah, from travel.taste.create
9. Leighann, from Living Free, Loving Life, Laughing Hard

10. kiwinana, from Ramblings of a Writer

This was kind of hard because some of you don’t have the number of followers on your blogs so I really don’t know if it is under 200 or not.

Here are my 10 questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your dream vacation destination?
3. If you were stranded on an island and could take any three things and people with you, what and who would they be?
4. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it?
5. If a film adaption of a book comes out, do you read the book or see the movie first?
6. What song(s) are you listening to on repeat right now?
7. How many different countries have you visited?
8. Name your favorite author, favorite musician/music group, favorite book, and favorite movie.
9. If you could meet any celebrity (dead or alive), who would it be?
10. Are you part of any fandoms, and if so, which ones? (ex. Harry Potter, One Direction, Twilight, etc.)

I apologize if you’ve previously been nominated or have already done a Liebster post.But hey, that means several people think you are a great blogger!

TAKE A CHILL PILL : January 18

Culture, Take a Chill Pill, Wellness

I really don’t know. Don’t ask XD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGXDKrUoVrw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_IzYUJANfk

*sigh* what some people will say to seem cool on national television. Have you been to Coachella?  Let me know in the comments below. It’s definitely on my bucket list, but I will be honest if a reporter comes up to me. I know your tricks, Kimmel.

 

Say What? A Friends Reunion?

Blog, Culture

A few days ago the internet nearly broke after it was announced that the renowned Friends will be airing a two-hour special—possibly a Friends reunion— as a tribute to producer-director James Burrows completing his 1000th episode behind the camera. Unfortunately for all of us gaping with glee, according to David Schwimmer the term “reunion” is nothing but inaccurate with one of the main cast members Matthew Perry being out of country. Perry is currently in London working on his play The End of Longing, which begins previews on Tuesday, Feb. 2. He will still be involved in the tribute to Burrows, but he will introduce his former cast members via video.

Despite this attempt to be involved in the tribute, we can all agree that it just won’t be the same with only five out of the six characters present. “I mean, in no way is it a Friends reunion when one member is out of the country,” Schwimmer said at FX’s Television Critics Association panel. How sweet can this man get? This is exactly why we love Ross (er… I mean Schwimmer).

The last time the “Friends” cast actually reunited was in August 2014 for a skit on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Click here to watch. It is disheartening to see such great friends drift apart after the end of the show binding them together. After they lost that last tie, they got caught up in their own lives and all six characters have rarely been in a single room together since.

Co-creator of Friends Marta Kauffman will also be present at NBC’s James Burrows special, but when asked about the so called “reunion,” stated that the show was a wonderful part of her life that will not be revisited. The show has run its course. We all understand that, but this show has still not ended for me. I believe that there shall be a day when all six cast members will meet and resume where they left off in the show, reuniting once and for all both on and off-screen. At least for one last hurrah. Can I get an Amen? Keep your eyes peeled for NBC’s Friends special on February 21. You can bet I will be watching.

MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO FOR THE WEEK : January 18

Culture, Motivation & Inspiration, Wellness

Be grateful for what you have in life. Help others who were not as lucky as you. Never look down on another individual because I kid you not, they may move mountains. Last but not least, don’t worry about what the world thinks of you because asking yourself “What will people think?” is exactly what hinders your imagination and creativity, preventing you from being the best you can be. Very touching video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snDQe3tWwRQ

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6 Steps to Eating a Kit Kat

Culture, Take a Chill Pill, Wellness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te0lyq6no98

I honestly have no clue why I just watched Kourtney eating a Kit Kat for 2 minutes. Maybe it’s the same reason people are addicted to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I assume that since you eat it so slow, you get tired of eating and it’s supposed to act as a dieting technique (kind of like drinking a lot of water before a meal to fill you up sooner). But hey, whatever floats her boat! I just devour them one after another– wow, that explains a lot. Let me know in the comments below how you eat your Kit Kats!