Saturday, January 31

CLOSING SALE: Circuit City Slashes Prices

I got this ad (put together much better than I could on here) in an e-mail .. thought I'd share ... {my income tax check isn't getting here fast enough!!!! :( }

The store is still pretty full (with the exception of some TVs and other entertainment system type needs) ... check em out thought cuz this ad will probably be in the paper on Sunday.

*** peace!

Friday, January 30

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Thursday, January 29


It's that time of year when revelry is taken to the extreme in the great state of Louisiana.

Partying is encouraged, drinking in excess is the norm, flashing body parts is not unusual and collecting hundreds of beads is a badge of honor ....

Yes it's MARDI GRAS time!!!

With the help of the Shreveport Times, I've completed the painstaking task of putting together the complete list of Mardi Gras events in and Around The SBC ....

Check them out ... and go get your Mardi Gras on!!!! :)


7 pm: Krewe of Akewa Bal V @ Holiday Inn-Bossier City

Doors open at 7 pm, Presentation at 8 pm. Entertainment by Gator Dilla. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Call (318) 780-5211 for more information.


7 pm: Krewe of Gemini Grand Ball @ Bossier Civic Center

Live music by Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs. Open Bar. Admission is $75. Call 469-1568 for more information.


6 pm: Krewe of Cotton Country Ball @ Belcher Community Center (Church St., Belcher)

This year's theme is "Wild Wild West". Call (318) 378-4504 for more information.


11:30 am - Woman's Department Jazz Brunch @ Woman's Department Club

This event will include the presentation of Kings and Queens in the gala second-line dance parade, a brunch, and music by Timeless Tunes. Tickets are $25. Reservations are due by February 5th. Call 222-4286 for more information. The Club is located at 802 Margaret Place.

1 pm: Springhill Main Street Mardi Gras Parade on Main

This year's parade theme is "Hot, Hot, Hot!" This parade begins at the mall, travels down South Main Street, goes North to City Park and returns down First Street. This event is free. To get more information, become a vendor or participate in the parade, call (318) 539-5699.

1 pm: Krewe of Cotton Country Parade in Belcher

This event is free. To participate in the parade or get more info, call (318) 655-2447.

6 pm: Krewe of Elders Event @ American Legion

"Stepping Out With the Elders" will feature live entertainment, a raffle, a buffet and a cash bar. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. The American Legion is located at 5315 South Lakeshore Drive (on Cross Lake). For event or ticket info, call (318) 635-4901 or 464-4275.

6 pm: Krewe of Aquarius Parade in Logansport

This parade starts at Logansport High (on Hwy. 5) and ends at Riverfront Park. Float winners will be announced and receive trophies at the end of the parade. For more info, call (318) 464-8850 or 617-9363.

7 pm: Krewe of Dionysos Grand Bal @ Natchitoches Events Center

This is a formal event. Tickets are $45 for members, $65 for guests. Call Cindy Davis at (318) 332-8038 for more information, or e-mail her at


5 pm: Krewe of Atlas Bal @ American Legion

This year's theme is "Around The World in 80 Days." The Bal includes dinner. Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at The Legion is located at 5315 S. Lakeshore Dr. Call (318) 868-4362 for more information on the event.


6 pm: Centaur Float Loading Party @ Centaur Den

Come out and see the floats get prepped for the parade and enjoy food, drinks and music. Dress is casual and the event is FREE. The Den is located at 948 N. Market St. in Shreveport. Call (318) 798-6341 for more information.


4:30 pm - Krewe of Centaur Parade in Downtown Shreveport

This year's theme is "Centaur Says It All." The parade will begin on Clyde Fant Parkway, travel down Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy and end on Preston Ave. For more info, call (318) 798-6341.


6:30 pm - Krewe of Arepo Grand Bal @ Horseshoe Riverdome

The theme of this year's Bal is "60 Years of Brilliance", paying tribute to Shreveport Opera's 60th anniversary. The event will include dinner, wine and beer, a cash bar, live entertainment and the presentation of all Mardi Gras courts. Tickets are $100 - $500. Call (318) 227-9563 for more information or visit


5 pm: Krewe of Gemini Float Loading Party @ Gemini Den

Preview the floats before the parade. There will be a cash bar, music and face paiting. This even is Free. The Den is located at 2101 E. Texas St. in Bossier City. Call (318) 469-1568.

7 pm: Krewe of Highland Bal Masque @ Randle T. Moore Center

This year's theme is "British Invasion". The event will include hors d'oeuvres. Dress in formal attire or a costume but you MUST wear a mask. Tickets are $35. The RTM Center is located at 3101 Fairfield Ave. Call (318) 560-7171 for more information.

7 pm: Krewe of Dionysus Pre-Parade Party @ Knights of Columbus (Natchitoches)

Tickets are $10 (for nonmembers). Dress is casual. The event is at the Knights of Columbus, located at 1105 East 5th Street in Natchitoches. For more info, call Cheryl Calvert at (318) 352-2373 or 472-9494.


4:30 pm - Krewe of Gemini Parade in Downtown Shreveport

The parade will take the same route as the Centaur Parade (beginning on Clyde Fant). Call (318) 469-1568 for more information.

5:30 pm - Krewe of Dionysos Parade in Natchitoches

(Route to be announced). For more information call (318) 332-8038.

7 pm: Krewe of Harambee Bal @ Horseshoe Riverdome

This year's theme is "Harambee Goes Carnival." There will be a buffet and cash bar. Tickets are $50. Call (318) 286-5878.


2 pm: Krewe of Highland Parade (in Highland area of Shreveport)

This parade will start at Byrd High School and roll through the Highland neighborhood. Call (318) 560-7171.


6 pm: Krewe of Aesclepius Fat Tuesday Children's Parade @ Louisiana Boardwalk

Royalty will ride in convertibles and floats, wearing costumes and collar pieces. This event is free. Call (318) 573-1542 for more information.

11 pm: Krewe of Aesclepius Bridge Closing Ceremony & Toast @ Texas St. Bridge

A float from the Aesclepius parade will be in the center of the bridge and a float from Centaur and Gemini will be on either side of it ... Champagne will be poured and dispensed to the crowd for tasting. This event is free. Call (318) 573-1542.


For information on Mardi Gras events in NEW ORLEANS, go HERE.

EVENT ALERT: RFC & Funny Bone Host Super Bowl Parties

If you're looking for somewhere to watch the Big Game (i.e. SuperBowl 43) between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cadirnals this Sunday (2.1.09) ... the
Robinson Film Center has a suggestion for you ...

The RFC is hosting a Tailgate Party and Game Viewing on Super Bowl Sunday ...

The game will be shown in HD on three HUGE screens, plus Abby Singer's Bistro will be offering tailgating food and drink specials all day long.

Coverage of the game will begin at 5:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

There's also a party at the Funny Bone ... with 98 cent drinks! ... and they're giving away tickets to see Cedric the Entertainer in March ...

Check out the flyer
HERE or go to for more info.

  • Get ALL your Super Bowl XLIII info (including pre-game events, the MVP ballot and halftime performances) HERE. Jennifer Hudson is singing the national Anthem! :) Kick-off is 5:20 pm.

  • And check out RIHANNA and FALLOUT BOY in a the Pepsi Smash show Tonight (Thursday) on VH1 at 9/8 c.

EVENT PICS/ALERT: Party Times in West Shreveport

Soooo, it seems that West Shreveport is having it's turn in the SBC Party Spotlight.

The Hilton Garden Inn (off Pines Road/Financial Plaza) has hosted a couple of parties in the new year and will host PLEASURE NITE (a Party Pushaz affair) this Saturday, Jan. 31st. (Read the flyer at the bottom of this blog for more information).

** Now I get much love from lots of promoters in this area but have yet to receive any from the companies I'll mention in this blog entry. So TRUST .. there will be no more advanced promotion ... as I have contacted them both and have received no response .. I will no longer post things in advance, I'll just show you the No-No pics after the party! LOL ... ) ***


This FREAKUM DRESS party held at the the aforementioned Hilton Garden Inn on Jan. 18th. The party pics were posted hella late (ahem @ VIP) ... but I still wanna make mention of the tomfoolery in the building .. and for once, I'll let the pics speak for themselves (kinda LOL):

(Flav? Is that you?)

(They make Coach sneaks for men? And what's up with the Crayola Checkered pics?)

(You know you're young when you're still sporting your class ring .. smh)

(Thas a shirt ... not a dress ... I'm pretty sure of it)

(How about you DON'T let me see your grill)

(Ditto -- and thas a little TOO close for comfort ...)

(Um ...)

(Almost fabulous ... the braids made it un-chic)

(Cross at the ANKLES ladies!!!)

(SMH .. No comment)

(Who let her outta the house like that? The T-shirt and Panties party was LAST year)

(And the 80's party was last summer ... interesting look, wrong crowd)

  • To see all of the pics from the party, go HERE.

Tuesday, January 27

SBC 411: Af-Am Achievement Award Taking Nominations

The 21st African-American Awards Banquet is accepting nominations for the 2009 African-American Achievement Award.

The celebration will be held Saturday, February 28th. The speaker for the event will be Caddo Parish School Board Superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins. Tickets are $20.

To nominate someone or get more information on the event, call Ken Latin at (318) 424-8679.

Monday, January 26

NEW STUFF: E. Lynn Harris Returns + The Grammys & Left Eye Drop Albums

If you're an E. Lynn Harris fan, you'll love this -- his new novel "Basketball Jones" hits bookstores (and some other retail outlets today).

Some fans were disappointed by his last book, Just Too Good To Be True. And to be honest, I never bought it, and have YET to finish reading his memoir (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), but I'm thinking this new one just may make us fall in love with his twisted kind of drama all over again ... here's the story:

Aldridge James “AJ” Richardson is living the good life. He has a gorgeous town house in always-flavorful New Orleans, plenty of frequent-flier miles from jet-setting around the country on a whim, and an MBA—but he’s never had to work a regular job. He owes it all to his longtime lover, Dray Jones.

Dray Jones the rich and famous NBA star. They fell in love in college when AJ was hired to tutor Dray, a freshman on the basketball team. But Dray knew if he wanted to make it to the big time, he must juggle his public image and his private desires. Built on a deep, abiding love, their hidden relationship sustains them both, but when Dray’s teammates begin to ask insinuating questions about AJ, Dray puts their doubts to rest by marrying Judi, a beautiful and ambitious woman. Judi knows nothing about Dray’s “other life.” Or does she?

In Basketball Jones, E. Lynn Harris explores the consequences of loving someone who is forced to conform to the rules society demands its public heroes follow. Filled with nonstop twists and turns, it will keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.

I'm soooooo excited! I just can't hid it!!! :)

Less than a week before the Grammys are air LIVE on CBS, they're dropping their annual GRAMMYs ALBUM.

The album features lots of Grammy Nominees, including: NE-YO (nominated for five awards), ESTELLE (2 nominations), LIL' WAYNE (7 noms) and M.I.A. ...

  • I'll have a GRAMMYs preview later this week, so stay tuned!!!!

Also dropping Tuesday in a WTF moment is "Eye Legacy," the 2nd solo (and first posthumous) album by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

It's hard to believe it's almost been SEVEN years since Left Eye was killed ... when her SUV veered off the road in Honduras. She was only 30 years old.

VH1 has kept the intriguing documentary "The Last Days of Left Eye" in heavy rotation (and it is now available on DVD). If you haven't seen it yet ... it's a MUST.

According to an article on Wikipedia
, this new album is said to have been in the works before Left Eye's death:

Before her death in 2002, Lisa recorded some songs for an album. In 2008 Lisa's family decided to work with producers at Surefire Music Group to create a posthumous album in honor of her.

Originally set to be released October 28, 2008, the release date was pushed back to November 11, then to January 27 2009. "Crank It", which features her younger sister Reigndrop Lopes, was released as a promo single.

The first official single from the album, "Let's Just Do It", was released on January 13, 2009 and features Missy Elliott and TLC.

The album includes a bonus DVD of never before seen footage of Left Eye. The album booklet will also contain fan messages that were collected through the Eye Legacy official MySpace page.

Album guest appearances include:
Chamillionaire, Bone Crusher, Bobby Valentino, Chilli, T-Boz, Wanya Morris, Lil Mama, Free, Ryan Toby, and Claudette Ortiz.

A percentage of the proceeds from the album sales will go to the Lisa Lopes Foundation and her orphanage in Honduras.


Sunday, January 25

OBAMA 411: The Inauguration, By The Numbers ...

President Obama has been a permanent resident of the White House for almost a week now. But the world is still a-buzz about his historic inauguration.

The Inaug website has finally posted the important tidbits about the Big Event that make you realize just how amazingly grand this day was ...

Here's the Inauguration - By The Numbers:

1,120,000: Metro train rides taken on January 20th, setting a new record for one-day ridership.

18,000: Volunteers provided support for the inaugural activities.

Over 13,000: Service events organized in response to President Obama’s call to service.

13,000: Participants marched in the Inaugural Parade.

8,000: Members of America’s police departments provided security on Inauguration Day.

1,382: Applications received by the PIC, from groups requesting to march in the Inaugural Parade.

Over 1,000: Neighborhood Ball Parties organized across the country.

432: Presidential Inaugural Committee staff worked to put together the most open and accessible inauguration in history.

Over 90: Groups marched in the Inaugural Parade.

58: Agencies collaborated on the security for the Inauguration.

10: Jumbo screens on the National Mall broadcasted inaugural events.

And here are some more numbers I pulled from Wikipedia's article on the Inauguration:

1.4 to 1.8 million: The estimated number of people in attendance on Inauguration Day.

37.8 million: The number of people estimated to have watched the Inauguration on TV (this doesn't include those who watched online).

15: The number of years since Barack Obama bought a brand new tux (he bought the first in 15 years for the Inauguration).Bold

26: The age of the New York designer that created Michelle Obama's Inaugural Ball gown.

17: The number of networks that broadcast the Big Event.

136 million: The number of web site hits CNN had on Inauguration Day

5 to 21 million: The number of estimated people who logged onto the web to watch live video streams of the Inauguation events (the numbers varied at different times of the day but 21 million was the peak number).

1,000: The number of FBI agents that assisted with security on January 20th.

35: The number of words in the Oath of Office.

18 1/2: The length (in minutes) of Obama's Inaugural Address. (Give or take a second).

Amazing huh??? :)

  • For a complete look at all the interesting facts linked to Obama's Inauguration, go HERE.

Saturday, January 24

OBAMA-MANIA! ... Images From The Phattest Tuesday Ever!





They came, they saw, and they were a part of history. Millions of Americans converged on D. C. this week to be a witness, as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

There were soooooo many photos, videos and articles to sift through (it literallly took me DAYS to finish!), but I found some AMAZING images to share with you. The ones above are just the TIP of the iceberg ...

I have posted lots of links on the side panel in the OBAMA-MANIA section, but here are some links to some other posts I wrote with LOTS more photos:

I put these posts on a different page so they wouldn't take up so much room here ... but make sure you check them ALL out ... Because there are sooooo many great images ...

(And check out the links in the OBAMA-MANIA side panel as well !!!).



[photos: (1) jae c. hong, (2) alex brandon, (3) & (4) carolyn kaster]

Thursday, January 22

EVENT PICS: MLK & Harambee Parades

Monday was a day of honor for the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parades were held on both sides of the river this past Saturday (1.17) to commemorate the special day:

In the MLK Neighborhood, residents came from all over the area to join in the celebration. The event began with prayer and song ...

The everyone got ready for a parade!

Bands performed for the crowds ... Including neighborhood school Green Oaks High (pictured below).

  • See ALL of the Shreveport MLK Parade pics HERE. (photos by Douglas Collier/The Times)

The City of Bossier hosted a parade as well on Saturday ...

  • See all of THEIR parade pics HERE. (photos by Val Horvath/The Times).

The Krewe of Harambee continued the MLK love on Monday (1.19 - the actual Holiday) with an MLK/Mardi Gras parade through downtown Shreveport:

The Krewe was joined by local organizations and social groups (including the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, the fraternity of MLK), plus hundreds of residents braving the chilly temperatures to see the parade and catch some beads and candy. The parade was also televised by KPXJ/CW 21.


And don't forget, Centenary College continues ITS celebration of DREAM WEEK through January 29th. Go HERE for more details.


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