Russell Brand has sparked the attention of a lot of people in recent months with his interview on BBC newsnight called "Russell Exposes the Truth". It's very entertaining because you can tell the interviewer is trying to make a joke out of Brand only to quickly realize the depth of Brands intellect and how motivated and well spoken this "actor" really is.
Weekly Wud Ups
This past week I was fortunate enough to visit Chicago's Back Room Lounge. This place was incredible and I highly recommend it if you are venturing to Chi Town. The bar is located down a back alley in the heart of downtown Chicago. The way it works is that you pay a cover, our's was $5 per person because we said we had reservations, the usual is $20 per person so if you can call ahead, and then it's a 2 drink minimum inside for every set. Each set last about 50 minutes so when a new set takes the stage you would have to pay another cover and order another 2 drinks. I know this sounds a little intense but TRUST me it is well worth the money and really just hitting one 50 minute show is more than enough. During our visit The Skinny Williams Band took the stage with the incredible Lady Dallas and this band had the place on their feet. The band wasn't shy to interact with the crowd and everyone was screaming "Hell Yeah" by the second song. The wait staff was unreal and I really can't say enough about this venue. I've attached the website to The Back Room and the picture I've posted is myself with some of the band members. All around PHENOMENAL night, and Cheers to The Skinny Williams Band and the Back Room.
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to one of the greatest leaders of all time. In truth, it wasn't until I started traveling that I came to know who Nelson Mandela was. On my very first adventure there was a gentleman at the hostel I was living in who was reading literature on Mandela. There was a quote that stood out to me that said "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." As a young girl in my early 20's I, alone, wanted to conquer the world. I'm not saying that I wasn't afraid, but it was a fear I had to face.
"Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality."
“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation”
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Peace, Love and Respect
To all the people who celebrate this awesome day of the year WHUD UP to you!! I remember as a kid thinking about what I was going to be for weeks and weeks beforehand. My incredible mother would spend hours helping to sew costumes, find props and even change our hair colour with some coloured hair spray that came in a can and made your hair feel like chalk and string….this product also smelled horrible by the way; thankfully, on halloween all the stops came out. I grew up in a house where we took this one day and made it the most fun you could imagine and I'm happy to say my mother still holds the title for the best halloween house on the block. She has grave stones, ghouls, flying bats, an 18ft ghost, and a son-in-law who sits on the porch to scare the crap out of the not so young trick or treaters.