I used to be depressed until I came to Italy to eat gelato.

Never much cared for the movie Eat, Pray, Love:   Well- off, white woman is unhappy.  She feels unfulfilled by life and by her handsome husband who just loves her too much or something; so she curls up on the bathroom floor and cries about it.   In hopes of curing her angst and lack of fulfillment, she flees to India to meditate with monks, drinks wine as a complement to pizza in Italy and screws Javier Bardiem in Bali.  Not so surprisingly, by the end of the flick she perks the fuck up.  Duh.  Is this fix- your- life trip available for people with real problems?  I’m sure there’s a non white woman living in the Bronx with three kids, three jobs and a cancer diagnosis who  would love to drop it all to seek enlightenment  in an Indonesian love nest.  Instead she’s smashed between two assholes on the 6 train.  What then?  Maybe before the credits rolled they should have given a few tips for getting your spirituality on– on a budget.   BUT, maybe the movie dumbed everything down and I should have just read the BOOK.   Because author of the Eat, Pray, Love (the book)  Elizabeth Gilbert seems to be much more complex and down to earth than the movie based on her might suggest.  Check out her talk  on nurturing creativity.  It’s a must see for ARTISTS.  Peace and Love–  Blacktress World

P.S.  And btw if  anyone  out there is actually looking for tips for getting their spirituality on– on a budget, here’s one:  Be grateful.  There’s a gift in everything.




If you haven’t been watching Kerry Washington on ABC’s Scandal, slap yourself.  Not only are you missing some good TV but you’re also skipping the opportunity to support the first network TV show to star an African American woman since Nixon was president. (Shout out to Diahann Carroll who starred in Julia on NBC from 1968-71)

Last week’s episode The Trail, was by far the best yet.   The electric chemistry between Olivia Pope (Washington’s character) and President Grant (Tony Goldwyn), managed to not only make the creepy, asshole guy from Ghost sexy again but also cemented the show’s status as the can’t -miss drama on ABC.   We haven’t seen a Black woman this smart, sexy, flawed and fast talking on TV before and we won’t again unless we watch.   With a season shorter than a Chinese gymnast (only 7 episodes) Shonda Rhimes (creator) had to make every episode count.  And she did!  Tune in TOMORROW for THE SEASON FINALE.  If you need to ketchup, the entire series is online at hulu.com and abc.com.  Don’t sleep.

Things get heated between Olivia Pope and the President but not at all in a tawdry Bill Clinton with a nasty cigar kind of way.

CLICK MORE to watch the SEASON FINALE promo and Kerry on THE VIEW.