Category Archives: just for fun

Are We Ready for the End of Harry Potter?

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) in the first installment of "Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows"

I’m not prone to tears, but I cried when I read the last page of the seventh Harry Potter Book. I’d been reading those books for a decade and now they were over. It wasn’t too sad. There were still films left to be released, so my mind was put at ease.

Tomorrow is the penultimate moment of a huge chapter in millions of lives. We all secretly waited for an owl to bring us a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts (don’t deny it!). Train stations took on a new sense of mystery, as children searched for people walking through walls that lead to platform 9¾. Even bricks became things of intrigue that could lead us to the Wizarding World.

At an age when most of us are starting to lose our imagination in favor of reality, J.K. Rowling let us hold on to a piece of it every time we went to a midnight book release party and curled up with our books, refusing to stop for anything besides food that our mother’s forced us to eat as our nose stayed glued to the action-packed pages. There was magic in those books (and I’m not just talking about the wizardry).

Reading them from ages 10 to 19 was a way to keep the little semblance I had left of my childhood. So many adults lose the ability to believe in magic; to believe in the impossible. I don’t really think, there’s a Wizarding World, but I do think that there are people like Harry, Ron and Hermione who will give up normalcy to follow their destiny; who will put others before themselves. I believe young people can really make a difference if they are willing to do whatever it takes (2008 Election, anyone?) to force change, even if others won’t believe in you. If there weren’t, this world would be an even worse place.

Next summer, when the credits roll on the last film and our childhoods really end, will we be ready to face the possibility of a world where we may no longer be reminded to believe in the impossible?

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The Next Generation of Graduation Songs?

When I graduated from high school, we went old school with our senior song. After a vote from the senior class, which included a lot of lobbying from me and my best friend to get this song voted in, we chose “I Will Get There” by Boyz II Men. It was a great inspirational song, but it reflected our mood without reflecting our generation. Sure, we were taking the next step in our lives, but it the sound was outdated.

Good graduation songs only come out about every ten years. There are a few like “I Will Get There” that we pass off as graduation songs out of necessity. Songs like Vitamin C’s “Graduation (Friends Forever)” are rare and so overused that alternatives must be found.

I’ve been listening to music a lot more lately and I came across two songs that could definitely fit the graduation bill–“Night is Young” by Nelly Furtado and “Long Live” by Taylor Swift. The lyrics allude that what happens during graduation and sound is current.

Even though we don’t have a graduation song in college, “Long Live” will be my unofficial one.

Listen to the songs below:

“Night is Young” by Nelly Furtado

“Long Live” by Taylor Swift

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Answered: Who’s the Hot Guy in Nicki Minaj’s “Right Thru Me” Video?

French model Willie Monfret shows off his fit body. He plays Nicki Minaj's love interest in her music video for "Right Thru Me."

After the premiere of Nicki Minaj’s video for her single “Right Thru Me,” women almost broke the Internet with talk about her hunky love interest. I was curious, so I did a little digging.

His name is Willy Monfret and he’s a model from France. His ethnicity is French and African.

Monfret isn’t just a gorgeous face. He was a track star before he became a model, but an injury ended that chapter of his life. But don’t feel sorry for him. In addition to having modeled on numerous fashion campaigns and on the runway, he also has a master’s degree in business and, according to his Myspace, he’s working on a French fashion brand called Shams. Did I mention he’s also a DJ?

He’s the total package–cute, educated and driven.

Plus, he’s on Twitter and Facebook!

While you’re at it, follow me on Tumblr for a more photographic version of popular culture. I always follow back.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch Nicki Minaj’s “Right Thru Me” below. (Look for a post later on Nicki’s natural beauty look in this video.)

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The Vagina Monologues

My vagina was angry.

But that was before I found the monologues. They are such an amazing thing. I have been up since 6:30 because I had a dress rehearsal and we have two performances today.

I thought the monologues were just for fun. That they were a funny way to say “vagina.” I basically thought it was a comic routine until I started doing it last year. It’s so much more than that.

Eve Ensler, the playwright, uses the proceeds from the monologues to help women around the world. She’s trying to make sure no woman will ever be victimized again or made to feel less because of her gender. She plans on going until the violence stops, and I hope she’ll be able to close shop one day. Board up her windows and bid adieu because violence against women has stopped.

I don’t see that coming in her lifetime, but if we all work hard enough, we can do it.

The show in general is just fun. During our first performance, the audience couldn’t stop laughing. You hear women making orgasmic sounds, talking about tampons and trips to the gynecologist’s office.

In the same show, you find out about genital mutilation and rapes that occur across the globe that have been under-reported by the media. Go to vday.com and look up shows in your area!

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Abraham Lincoln liked to wrestle

I just spent an ungodly amount of money on the sunglasses referenced in my last post and a few 80s throwbacks that aren’t too juvenile looking. I came home, much poorer, and I was watching the American Idol results show when this commercial came on. I thought it was pretty funny!

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