ABC is a phenomenal network known for its tantalizing and groundbreaking dramas. We’ve been captivated by “Desperate Housewives,” riveted by “Scandal,” and empathized with “Revenge.” Now, a new series, “Black Box,” leads us to humanity’s final frontier–the brain!
ABC’s “Scandal” is more than a hit, it’s a phenomenon! After three strong seasons this show still delivers the plot twists, backstabbing, and drama we as humans so deliciously enjoy– so long as it isn’t happening to us! Although all the characters on Scandal are stellar, this season one took the cake, outwitting and outmatching “The Great and Revered Olivia Pope” and almost took out her super scary father, Rowan. That character is none other than Maya Pope!
“Single Ladies” is VH-1’s first original series. Created by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit production company the show has been a hit for the network from its inception. Initially the show centered around Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy, and Charity Shea, who respectively portrayed Val Stokes, Keisha Green, and April Goldberg. with the success of “The Real Housewives” franchises and ratchet reality television shows, it became an oasis of positivity celebrating the strong bond of friendship women can have when they behave more like sisters, and less like rivals. After just one season, veteran actress Stacey Dash left the show. Fans (that includes me) were shocked and wondered how the show could move on without its star character. Miraculously, the show pulled it off when they brought on former soap star, Denise Vasi in the role of “Raquel Lancaster.”
Initially there were noticeable similarities between Val and Raquel. Both are hopeless romantics, impressive businesswomen, fashionistas, and great friends. However, unlike Val, Raquel is a fighter. Whereas, Val fled embarassment in Atlanta for refuge in Italy, Raquel manages to pull herself together and save her love for another day and another guy. Beyond her beauty (and the girl is a goddess), Raquel is written to have poise, a refreshing change from the less than classy ladies on many of primetime’s other dramas. Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, you would think “Buckhead” as Terrance so affectionately calls her, would solely go for men who are socialites and CEOs. Not this lady, she knows a smart woman has options, and a good men can come from all walks of life. Whether you’re a grease ball mechanic or the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company you definitely have a chance to woo Raquel Lancaster.
Even though “Single Ladies” is ending on March 24th it is my hope my favorite single lady will have somewhat of a happy ending. This girl truly knows life is a little less lustrous when you do not have someone to call your own. For all these reason and because she wants “passion in her love, not logic;” Raquel Lancaster is one of “My Guiltiest Pleasures…”
By now everyone in America is familiar with the tantalizing affair between Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant and Olivia Pope. In fact, it is one of the few instances where millions of people are rooting for the other woman to win. Few realize, however, what makes their determination so intriguing is Fitz’s wife and First Lady, Mellie Grant ‘s plots to keep them apart!
First off, let’s just all admit Mellie Grant is the most awesome First Lady to ever hit fiction. Whereas real life First Ladies have all come off as poised and on a pedestal. The “behind the scenes” motif of “Scandal” gives us a rare glimpse of a First Lady actually being human. Mellie has faults, insecurities, a sense of entitlement, and is an expert at political war fare. Most women in her position would succumb to their powerful husband’s wishes, but not this woman. She has got dreams of doing it big and no one, not even the President of The United States is going to stop.
Until recently, I like so many others, was not a Mellie fan. I found her to be distant and cold, almost feeling as though she pushed Fitz to cheat on her. I felt Olivia provided him with everything she refused to give. However, after watching the episode, “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie,” I realized we all owe her an apology.
Growing up, we are taught of the cosmic clash between good and evil. On the side of good we have our heroes, ready to save us and the world at large. Then on the other side are the villains, the boogeymen we dread, ready to do whatever it takes to rule the world. This binary rule seems to be the norm in the world of comics, but then as with any rule, you’ll find an exception. Magneto is that exception! This character grew up during the Holocaust and watched as his large Jewish family was massacred by the Nazis. Believing mutants, humans born with super powers that manifests at puberty, would meet a similar fate he has taken a more militant stance in ensuring their survival. Believing evolution dictates their superiority, he wants nothing more than a mutant-dominated world–even if he has to kill a few billion humans in the process. As the supreme “Master of Magnetism” he has been close to doing so more times than not.
If you have ever been a member of a persecuted minority then you sympathize with Magneto’s plight, and in fact understand his methods. In many ways his mantra is similar to Malcolm X’s, “…by any means necessary!” Unbeknownst to most people his creation was inspired by the slain civil rights activist’s stance. Whereas, the founder of the X-Men, Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X), believes mutants and humans can peacefully coexists. Magneto realizes that human nature fears anything different. Sadly, throughout most of his history he’s caused more to fear him than aspire to be like him. This has caused him to clash with not only the X-Men, but the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four as well. Still Magneto’s not your typical villain. He’s that rare “anti-villain,” an honorable villain who has more in common with heroes than other villains. His “good nature” has also caused him to clash with major villains like Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister, Dr. Doom, and a host of others. To put it simply Magneto is only on the side he feels will keep his people safe, and even then he has his own methods and tactics. This only proves that ultimately he may only be on his own side! That’s why he’s my latest guiltiest pleasure.
Why I Love Him:
-He ripped the adamantium from “the mighty” Wolverine’s bones.
-He’s a dangerous hero and a powerful villain
-He’s one of the few villains to actually coerce the entire world into given them control of a country, google “Genosha!”
-He’s one of a few who has safely had sex with Rogue.
-His children are kick ass! Google “The Scarlet Witch,” “Quicksilver,” and “Polaris!”
-He single-handedly saved San Francisco from a deadly earthquake
-He held the entire Earth hostage by reversing the manipulating the Earth’s magnetic field, disrupting all air traffic and forms of communication.
-He can manipulate the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Check out his powers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magneto_(comics)#Powers_and_abilities
Is Magneto a “Guilty Pleasure” of yours as well? Check him out in all X-Men related comic book series and coming later this year his solo, self-titled series, “Magneto!”
Real Housewives of Atlanta has been one of my favorite shows for six years now. Audiences, worldwide, have watched as these lovely Southern ladies dished dirt, drama, fun, and excitement with twists no one saw coming. Over the years the cast has had it shake ups leaving Nene Leakes as the last original housewife. Interestingly, even though she’s currently seen as the breakout star of the show her shenanigans and “reads” have been outclassed and out shined by newcomer Kenya Moore.
Last season we watched Kenya make her reality television debut on the show. Prior to this commitment she was Miss Amer–I mean Miss USA (sorry Kenya!), appeared on multiple television shows and movies, and even produced and directed a few other projects. Kenya began with a bang! Immediately forming an intense rivalry with fellow cast mate, Porsha Williams-Stewart, and later an even more personal and adversarial relationship with celebrity lawyer, Phaedra Parks. Amongst allegations of attempted man stealing, stealing others’ ideas, and general “thirstiness;” she proved to be the real reason we all watch reality television. To put it shortly, Kenya has stolen the show! Whereas, Nene is content being the mother hen/big sister, Ms. Moore has taken her drama to the wind, spreading it not only to the cast– but their friends and family as well. Say what you want but this pretty housewife is a ratings maker! Yes she is a real television villainess and proverbial “shit stirrer,” but that does not stop Kenya Moore from being my latest “Guiltiest Pleasure!”
Why I Love Her:
-She’s gorgeous! I dare say she’s the prettiest Atlanta Housewife!
-“Gone With The Wind Fabulous” may be played out now, but you’ve got to admit it’s hella catchy!
-When she said “She’s so damn dumb it’s hurtful…” concerning Porsha’s ignorance about the Underground Railroad.
-When she came in that crazy swim suit and with butt pads impersonating Phaedra.
-Pulling Nene’s ear! I swore she was gonna get popped!
-Telling a pregnant Phaedra, “…you’ll be picking your teeth up off the ground pregnant and all!”
-If I were a woman I’d want a “stallion booty” not a “donkey booty.” Sorry Phaedra!
To stay “gone with the wind fabulous” with Kenya Moore and everything “Kenya” follow her on Twitter @KenyaMoore, and Instagram @thekenyamoore. Also, check out her website, http://www.kenyamoore.com.
Love & Hip – Hop is nothing short of a ratings giant for VH-1! Since its inception, it has introduced us to a few noteworthy celebrities and attempted to bring the spotlight to a few relatively obscure ones. When it first debuted Jim Jones ‘s lady love, Chrissy Lampkin was its reigning Queen Bee. Now, after four seasons there are new girls on the block. Most of them are beautiful and somewhat successful in their own right, but none deliver the drama and fun of Erica Mena!
Erica debuted on the second season of Love & Hip-Hop, but prior to this she was a noted model and video vixen. She came on the show seemingly sweet, but soon developed and intense rivalry with fellow cast mate Kimbella. The two even got into a heated cat fight with hair pulling, scratching, and all the works of a good girl fight!
Buy season 3, Erica was a core cast member and in a relationship with Olivia ‘s manager/friend Rich Dollaz. We watched a whole season of the two of them try to make a romantic and working relationship possible. It is now common knowledge that their relationship fell to HELL. But nowadays Erica seems to be making her own way. With a sexy new girlfriend (Cyn Santana! Google her!), Rich working for her, and a new book; this banging Latina seems to be on her way to the top!
Why I Love Her:
-Have you seen her in a bikini? You’ll find yourself in heaven. The girl’s drop dead gorgeous!
– Who else do you know can perfectly throw liquid smack dab in someone’s face who is standing behind someone else! That was a liquor curveball for the ages!
-She throws plates! C’mon now you gotta admit Peter Gunz deserved that!
-Telling Olivia she was still in “December.”
– She just so happened to have a purse full of singles to throw at Nya Lee when they got to arguing at the strip club.
-When she told Rich’s spying ex, “…you taking yo last breaths bitch!”
To stay up on Erica Mena and all her hijinks follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @iamErica_Mena!