Monday, December 28, 2009

Sleepy Monday's

Happy Holidays ...

&

Happy Sleepy Monday!

This pic was taken in Flushing Queens.

I wonder what caused this??

Was it the cheeseburger or should he blame it on the alcohol?



*If you don't see what's going on here... I will be more than happy to zoom in for you

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Live Music: Corrine Bailey Rae

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a performance by Corrine Bailey Rae at Joe's Pub.

All of the songs she performed were soulful and deep. She has an amazing voice and I love the fact that her crowd was mature and sophisticated. I had a great time.

After doing a bit of research on her I became even more impressed not only by her talent and music career but by her strength and ability to write, perform, and tour. In 2008, Corrine's husband was found dead in a friends apartment from an accidental overdose of methadone and alcohol. Her husband Jason Rae was a fellow musician, he played the saxophone with her on occasion. (the photo below is of her and Jason)



Here' a quote from Corrine about her soon to be released album titled The Sea.



I managed to record a song of Corrine's at Joe's Pub. Check it out.



Click here for more history on Corrine Bailey Rae

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Puerto Rico Graffiti Tour Video Part 6 of 6

Here's the 6th and final installment of Cortesnyc's Puerto Rico graffiti tour.

Check it out. It's a cool mural, I was really impressed with the art work and the footage.
(And if you haven't watch the other videos in this series click here: Cortesnyc's Puerto Rico Graff Tour Videos)



Monday, December 21, 2009

2 Wrongs Don't Make A Right

Here are 2 videos that I came across that are just plain ole' wrong.

#1 - Yesterday a few hundred people gathered in the streets of Washington DC to have a snowball fight... During the "fight" some kids threw a few snowballs at an undercover cop's car he got out with his gun .... why black man why? What happened to Christmas spirit?





#2- Oh damn now the computers are racist. Some black guy and his white co-worker discovers that the new HP webcams are racist. Check out the vid to see.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

America's Obssession w/ "Pumping It"

In American Pop Culture the word "Pump" is commonly used.
Here's a time line showing 22 years of "Pumping".

1987 ----- Eric B & Rakim release the hit single: "I Know You Got Soul"

At 0:27 the term "pump up the volume" is used.





1987 (Later that year) ----- a Grammy nominated recording group named M.A.R.R.S. released a hit song called "Pump Up The Volume" .

They "sampled" Eric B & Rakim's phrase from the "I Know You Got Soul" song and turned their remix into an international hit.



1988/1989 ----- Saturday Night Live airs a recurring sketch called "Pumping Up with Hans & Franz". In the sketch, Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon played a pair of muscle-bound Australian jocks who mimicked/spoofed Arnold Schwarzenegger by using padding for fake muscles, gray sweatsuits, weight belts, and Austrian accents.



1989 ----- Sneaker company Reebok released their latest sneaker hit: "Reebok Pumps"

The Reebok Pump was a line of athletic shoes that was extremely popular. It was the first shoe to have a internal inflation mechanism that regulated the pressure in the air cushion. The advertising campaign for the original shoes used the tag line "Pump Up, Air Out"




1989/1990 ----- A music group named Technotronic released the international hit "Pump Up The Jam" Although the lyrics were written and the vocals were sang by artist Ya Kid K on "Pump Up The Jam", Technotronic had the blue-lipped fashion model Felly perform in the video.


It became an unexpected international smash, eventually hitting #2 on the American Hot 100 charts in late 1989/early 1990, becoming the first ever house record to break through to the pop mainstream.



1994 ----- Mc Hammer drops the "MC" and just becomes Hammer and releases a single called "Pumps in a Bump"
The video for "Pumps and a Bump" generated a great deal of controversy because it depicted MC Hammer in speedos and what appeared to be an erection. Some argue that the "Pumps in a Bump" video was the main factor in unraveling MC Hammer's career.


Hammer - Pumps In A Bump
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1998 ----- Dance music duo The Black & White Brothers released a song titled "Put your hands up" (Pump it Up) - The song was later remixed and made popular by Belgian artist Danzel. (The lyrics in this song and Danzel's are 99% the same).



2003 ----- Rapper Joe Budden releases a summer hit titled: "Pump it Up"



2004 ----- A Belgian techno/house dance musician named Danzel releases a hit song titled: "Pump it Up" (The lyrics are exactly same as The Black & White Brothers song "Put your hands up" - Pump it Up)



2005 ----- Black Eyed Peas releases a song titled "Pump It" it heavily incorporates music from the Dick Dale version of the song "Misirlou" (known by many for being featured in the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction).



2007/2008 ----- Jessica Simpson promotes her hair extension line called "Bump up the Volume"



2009 ----- MTV airs a reality television series that follows eight housemates spending their summer on the New Jersey Shore. The reality series illustrates the "fist pumping" gesture and it's growing popularity amongst young people and in entertainment.



Friday, December 18, 2009

Cartwheels & Va-Jay-Jays

Last night I had the pleasure of watching the latest episode of Jersey Shore AND live chat about it. Thanks to PatriceC and about 15 others I was able to vent about the absurd happenings.

Of course there was fist pumping... and my favorite scene was not the black screen which replaced Snooki getting punched in the face! But it was the shore guys "beating up this song"... lol

But this post is not about fist pumping. It's about Snooki doing cartwheels and her showing off her va-jay-jay... I bet the editor of the show had a great time blurring out her lady junk.

If you didn't see it... check it out... (thnx dlisted)



And check out this news report showing the punch.

MTV we don't need you to air the punch... it's all over the internets and the news! haha..womp womp

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sleepy Monday's

Good Morning All.
Happy Sleepy Monday....
This photo was taken on an express Main Street bound 7 train. The train was so crowded and I was so close to this man I just had to snap a photo.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Santa Con NYC 2009



Yesterday two of my friends and I participated in Santa Con. Everywhere we went everyone kept asking us "what are you guys doing? what's going on?"

For those of you who still wonder why myself and thousands of other New Yorkers were dressed as Santa's yesterday here's a proper explanation:



I had blast! I'm really glad I participated.
I was amazed at how many people were dressed up and it was a pleasant surprise to see how many new yorkers were just so happy.

Along the way Patrice, Angie and I made a few food stops. My favorite stop of the day was to the Peanut Butter & Co Sandwich Shop. I got to try the
"Elvis" - that's peanut butter, bananas, honey and we added bacon. It was delicious.

And my favorite stop of Santa Con was in Washington Square Park where we were surrounded by hundreds of Santa's and everyone started dancing and singing Purple Rain.

The funniest parts of the night started when we spotted Santa's at various places. We saw Santa's having Thai, Santa's eating falafels, Santa's eating pasta, Santa's in CVS, and Santa's having wine.

I had such a good time, the weather wasn't bad, and any time's a good time when your with friends.

I hear the Boston Santa Con is next week. (If it's not too cold and you live in Boston just go!) Check out the main site for info: SantaCon

Here are some photo's I snapped and a few video clips of the day.









Saturday, December 12, 2009

What's your Jersey Shore Name????

The cast of Jersey Shore have some pretty hilarious nick names (self proclaimed I bet) like:
Jenni “J-WOW”, Mike "The Situation", Nicole “Snooki”, Angelina "Jolie", Sammy "Sweetheart", and DJ Ronnie D.


Now you too can have a wonderful name just like the one's above???

Try the Jersey Shore Nickname Generator....


It's cute ... it's fun ... try it out .... I did.... (here's a screen grab of my Jersey Shore name)


~ T--Cat... meow!!!!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fist Pump

Everyone is talking about the new reality show; Jersey Shore.

Just in case you are out of the loop do know that all of the hubbub is about one of MTV's typical reality show set up's where the production team puts a handful of 20'something years old's in a decked out living space filled with booze for about 2-3 weeks.
The difference with this show is that it takes place in New Jersey and the entire cast consist of "guidos" and "guidettes".



When I saw the trailers for the show I didn't think anything of it until I sat down yesterday and watched an episode and what made it even better is that next week one of the female characters getting punched in the face at a bar over a drink .... I know it's horrible to want to see a female get punched in the face but this train wreck of a situation needs to be watched. If you haven't seen the punch or you just want to see it again (before the show actually airs) check out this nice .gif file that I came across today on Bossip.com SNOOKIE GETTING PUNCHED GIF

Now......... the face punch is entertaining to me but not as much as my first time seeing some one do the "Fist Pump"...

Through out my years I must have seen some one at club "fist pump" but I guess I never seemed to pay attention to it until now and I think the fist pump is hilarious. Jersey Shore has opened up my eyes to this phenomenon. And now I totally understand the purpose of the song "Pump it Up" by Danzel ... oh goodness everything is coming full circle now.....



I've been trying to find fist pump videos and can't find much... I did find this Talk Soup clip though



*If you have any great fist pump vids please tweet it to me: twitter.com/tameekatime

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Favorites: Christmas Songs

Out of all the Christmas songs ever played on the radio my favorite one is Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. I can't remember the first time I heard this song but it just helps move along my Christmas spirit.

Here's a Sim's/CGI type of video (it's a lil strange that they don't fee the baby lol)



And in my other searches for the song.. I came across a girl on a stripper pole in front of her Christmas tree just twirling away. I was hoping that she would fall on her head but she didn't. At one point you see her pet sitting near the tree kind of watching her. Oh ho! ho! ho! I guess she's "rockin around the Christmas tree" literally.


Pole Dancing - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - The top video clips of the week are here

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sade's Back!!


After a 10 year wait Sade has finally released an album.

Soldier of Love was released today.

Have a listen to the first single, Soldier of Love.



From the sound of it I guess she kept her old band members. Her voice is so soothing.... Wooohooo for new music! This holiday season is looking bright!

Bad Tiger, Bad Kitty


Oh goodness... here we go... more Tiger Woods news... this morning a blond lady was taken from his home on a stretcher, with the help of another blond lady (how many blonds does this man have in his house?) The press believes it's his mother in law but it still could be his wife or one of her friends. I hope this will not turn into another OJ situation.

And what happened to the super star that we all knew? The first "black" golfer to succeed and represent us "blacks" well. (ohhh please)

Now that 10 different women have spoken out to the press that they've had affairs with him, he's seeming like every other black pro athlete.

Shame shame shame on Tigre.

I wonder if Tiger has ever showed the chocolate ladies love?

If you haven't heard the whole story check out this report ... the best part of the video is CGI Tiger..



To find out more click on the photo above or this link: Tiger - Rarrrrr

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

TV's got me!

For a good year and a half I stayed away from watching television shows.
But, recently I've been watching a ton of tv and I am in loved with the Travel Channel.

My two new favorite shows are "Meet the Natives" and "Man vs Food".

Meet the Natives is a documentary style reality show about 5 men from the island of Tanna (South Pacific) who are given mini-dv cameras and are flown to Montana, New York City, Orange County, CA, and Illinois. These men go to America to spread their message of peace, being that they come from a small island that thrives on being happy. It's a good concept and I hope a lot of people get a chance to watch the show. It's interesting to see how they react to hunting, holidays, food, snow, and pop culture. From doing a little research 5 other men were chosen a few years ago and sent to the UK to meet with Prince Philip and I don't think that meet-up worked out so well. Hopefully these guys get to meet Obama (which will be unlikely) but I'd like to see it. Here's a "sneak peak" of the show.



Man vs Food is a reality show based on an actor and "food enthusiast" named Adam Richman. He travels the US eating the biggest and spiciest foods made. I enjoy the fact that Adam is from Brooklyn -- its so funny - his accent, his gestures, i love it! The first episode I watched he was able to eat the spiciest wings ever made!
It was pretty funny seeing him sweating...
Check out a clips below..... one is of the suicide wing challenge, and the other is of the spicy tuna hand roll challenge.
*And for those who have Netflix you can watch full episodes of Man vs. Food season 1



Monday, November 30, 2009

Sleepy Monday's

Good Morning All!

After all of the turkey and stuffing....
I feel like how this man looks


This photo was taken on an Manhattan bound R train

Sunday, November 29, 2009

NYC Food & Restaurants - Drinks

For some reason on Sunday's I crave bubble tea. I blame my new love of Flushing Queens for this obsession.

I'm not too bias on where I purchase my bubble tea but there's one place near the train station called Quickly that never disappoints me when it comes to taste.




My preferred bubble tea is the black tea and I usually just get a small to soothe my craving.



If you know of any bubble tea places or bubble tea flavors that I should try send me a message or tweet it to me:

tameekatime@gmail.com --- twitter.com/tameekatime

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Casserole Crazy


A month ago (give or take a few days) I participated in a Brooklyn's Fifth Annual Casserole Party hosted by Casserole Diva Emily Farris held at Brooklyn Label in Greenpoint.
I paired up with my friend Kelly and we stormed through the competition as "Team Rice & Beans".
Kelly being the Rice and I the beans.


Her and I sat down and decided to create an "ethnic" casserole. We wanted to turn a traditional dish and add some our Caribbean and Latin heritage flavor. Our slogan was "Mi casa es su Casserole".


Our casserole included white rice (made Spanish style), red beans, steak, home made sofrito, queso blanco and topped it with maduros (soft plantains).




Kelly and I did not follow a typical casserole recipe, we basically free-styled it.

The casserole came out pretty good. We came in the competition as rookies. Between the two of us it was our first casseroles ever!

We did learn two valuable lessons:

#1 - Add plenty of cheese when making a casserole.

#2 - When competing in a casserole competition the contains rice, cut the casserole in slices - so the judges have a fair amount of your casserole.

Overall, it was a good time, I got to taste a lot of different casseroles like fried chicken casseroles, casserole's topped with nachos, cornbread casseroles, sweet potato casserole, and duck confit casserole (which was the winner).

When I spotted the duck confit I remember telling my friend "Oh no someone made duck - I think they're gonna win".

And the winning casserole was the Duck Confit casserole, which was actually pretty tasty.

For more info on the Casserole Crazy party click the link below:

Casserole Crazy


Check out some articles about this Casserole Party here:

Metromix
50bucksAweek Blog
Greenpoint Gazette


(Never mind my last name is spelled wrong.. but its okay ^_^)



And check out some of Emily's photos on her facebook:

Emily Farris's Photos - The Fifth Annual Casserole Party


And I came across this great with a ton of casserole recipes:

Mom-Mom

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sweet Potato Pie

Today I made a sweet potato pudding pie for the first time.
It was rather easy to make.
Every year I have sweet potato pudding pie at my parents house (made by my mother or my grandmother) but this year I made the pie.
I got the recipe from About.com (click on the link below to see the full recipe).

Sweet Potato Pudding Pie Recipe from About.com

I took a few pics of the all the ingredients gathered in my kitchen.

It took about an hour and a half to prepare the whole pie.

My advice if you decide to make this is to follow the recipe and the pie will turn out perfect.
I liked this pie but I think I should have included some vanilla extract to it.

But overall I really enjoyed making it.










Happy Turkey Day

Hola Blog Readers!

Just wanted to wish you a happy thanksgiving. I am thankful to have such loyal readers of this page.

Today I will be spending time with my family, stuffing my face with macaroni and cheese and watching the entire season 4 of Dexter.

I hope everyone enjoys their day no matter how or who your spending it with.

Here's a cute thanksgiving commercial. I can totally see myself having the same trouble with such a large turkey.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Birthday Times - Karaoke!!!



In the spirit of giving thanks....this past week(end) I celebrated my 25th Birthday.
And I want to give a special thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate.
I'd like to also thank all of my blog readers and facebook friends.

And for those who didn't get a chance to have a lil Tameeka Time during the week of November 20th. I hope these video clips make you feel like you were there.

In the first video you'll get to meet some special people in my life. We had the pleasure of chowing down on some delicious family style Korean BBQ at Don's Bogam in Korea Town

Tameeka Time's Korean BBQ Times from Tameeka Time on Vimeo.



Now that you've met everyone... now it's time to hear us sing. (The place was pretty dark but you can make out who's who and who's singing what).

Tameeka Time & Friends Karaoke Fun from Tameeka Time on Vimeo.



Once again, thanks for all the love.

*If you think these people in the video are cool... check out what they do:

(Me) Tameeka - Check out my Youtube vids
Cortesnyc - Cortes Creates
J-Smalls - John Smalls
Patrice - Hellandheartaches (Blog)
Paigey - The Art of Paigey (Blog)
Brother Love - Brother Love Rocks

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hump Day

Happy Hump Day All!

I finally got to catch up on the internets and here are my 2 favorite videos of the week...

I can do without either song but I like Rihanna's Russian Roulette video because of her shoes

and because she looks like she belongs guest starring on True Blood... plus she's not just shaking it for the camera or singing about damned umbrellas. And I just like Lady Gaga's Bad Romance video because it looks like someone actually art directed this video and while I was watching the it I remembered this shot from Marilyn Mansion's The Beautiful People video...




Have a look.

Rihanna - Russian Roulette




Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NYC Food & Restaurants - Sushi

In my mission to organize my life, I'm starting out with organizing the photos in my iphone.

According to my iphone, this past summer and this current fall I have been to a lot of restaurants and I've taken a lot of photos of these places and their food.

So.... I decided to start posting lil blurbs about the restaurants I've been to.

Here's my first:

Hana Sushi



It's located on 7th avenue between 22nd & 23rd Street.

It's a cool sushi spot if you want to catch a quick dinner. It's not a fancy place and the vibe tends to be after-work casual. I've also gotten lunch as well as take out from this place. The lunch is reasonable but I recommend sitting and eating in here. Something tends to get lost in transit when your favorite rolls come in a plastic container.

Overall, the rolls were delicious and the service was great.

I recommend: the dragon rolls




Wednesday, November 11, 2009

VOTE FOR ME!!





Hello Lovely & Loyal Blog Readers,

I need your help. Myself and artist Christian Cortes entered our graff/art videos into this contest for Babelgum. We are going for the Best Street Art Video Award and the winner will receive a cash prize of $ 5,000 and our video will be screened in Times Square.

So if you can just click on any banner in this post and vote for the video's I shot and edited (you don't even have to sign up - just vote). Votes are counted daily so share this with all your friends) Help us win this!!

Here's some info on the contest:

Babelgum Metropolis is looking for the globe’s best and edgiest artists for the world’s biggest art show (probably!). Winners will have their work shown on giant advertising screens this December in Times Square, the neon heart of New York City. Not only will you share your artwork with millions in the world’s contemporary art capital, you’ll also enjoy the kudos of being a maverick art squatter among New York’s most expensive advertising real estate! Overall winners will be chosen by iconic arthouse actress and video artist Isabella Rossellini and an illustrious panel of judges from the art world. See the "Meet the Judges" panel on the right to find out more.




Puerto Rico Graffiti Tour Video Part 5 of 6

Here's the 5th installment of Cortesnyc's Puerto Rico graffiti tour.
I really enjoyed editing this video mostly because of the documentary portion.
In this one Cortes got a chance to interview graff and tattoo artist Blen167. The interview takes place in Blen's tattoo shop and we've even got a few shots of him tattoo'ing another artist; John Smalls.

Check it out. It's an interesting video.
(And if you haven't watch the other videos in this series click here: Cortesnyc's Puerto Rico Graff Tour Videos)



Video shot by J.Smalls (http://www.youtube.com/user/artbysmalls )
Edited by Tameeka Ballance ( http://www.youtube.com/user/tameekab )
Music by CortesNyc (http://cortescreates.com)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Good Hair Movie Review


I finally made time and went to the 34th Street AMC Loews Theater and watched Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair.

I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd that was viewing the film. It was a mixed bag of Whites, Blacks, and Asians.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the film itself. I liked the film for what it was. I'm glad that Chris Rock is trying to inform people about black hair since it is a topic/issue in every black woman's life.

I did leave the theater thinking about my own hair situation, which means Chris Rock did something right. A well produced documentary should make the viewers (or at least one viewer) think about their own situation and how they can relate to the film.

There were a few aspects of the film that I did like and some that I felt were not necessary (or it's role could have been shortened in the film).

Such as the topic of "natural hair". Rock spoke about every type of weave, perms, wigs, and styles but he didn't inform people that not all women have to perm their hair or wear wings. People should know that there are alternatives.



There were scenes of Rock interviewing women in various salons getting their hair weaved, braided, and permed. I would have liked him to ask every woman "why don't you just go natural and leave the "creamy crack" (perm) alone." The topic was bought up but not discussed heavily, I think that would have made for some great on screen conversations amongst the women.



The film was heavily casted with B & C list celebrities (and maybe an A list celeb or two). But to me that added a bit of charm to the documentary. I think it helped the female audience relate to their favorite r&b singer or black actress.



I was surprised to see rapper/actor Ice-T in this doc. I forgot that he was always known for his luxurious pimp like style. He surely added a masculine touch to the interview portion.

Everyone gave good, light hearted, even humorous interviews. The only one that bothered me was Raven Symone (Olivia from The Cosby Show). She was a bit awkward and came off a little too obsessed with her weaves and when Chris Rock asked her about starting her own line of hair, she responded like she was making a joke but being half serious, it was just weird.



As for the "hair show portion" of the film, it was well spread out but it played a bigger role than it should have especially in a film about "good hair". The characters that were followed didn't even talk about what "good hair" meant to them, they were just worried about their performance in the hair show not how their models hair styles looked. So that was a bit odd to me.

There were two things that I learned from this film. I did not know that women were allowing their 3-year old daughters to get their hair permed.


That's insane. I was shocked when Chris Rock was talking to little girls and they were taught to think that perming your hair is what you are supposed to do. I also learned that Indian hair is a huge commodity amongst black people. I did know that women were purchasing and wearing Indian hair but I just didn't know it was so expensive and in such demand. There are even stories of a young Indian girls getting their hair stolen off of their heads (in India not America).



Over all, I think this documentary is worth seeing. Everyone can learn about the "black hair struggle".

I am not too fond of Rock's comedy (especially in this film) but he did make a great point that "what's on the inside is what really matters."

**If I happened to convince you to see this film and you haven't watched the trailer yet, check it out here.

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