Monday, 28 February 2011

30 Seconds In The Mind Of...

The All-Important Thumbs Up From The Bard
K.O.Reuben, 23, who describes himself as blessed by God is an avid writer of poetry, prose, plays and drama. He is currently in the process of completing his degree at Roehampton University where he is hoping to get a degree in Journalism & Creative Writing (just like me). By refusing to put a cap on the opportunities available to him, this hard-working gentleman hopes to achieve as much success as he can obtain before he graduates this summer. With aspirations to live a Godly life, whilst finding himself a beautiful woman to call his wife, K.O.Reuben faced one of his most challenging times at the age of 14 when he contracted typhoid in Nigeria and was bed ridden for months in hospital. As it stands K.O.Reuben doesn't yet have a moment which he deems as his proudest but, if I say so myself, this 30 second insight into his mind should top the list...

What couldn't you live without?
My Father in heaven - he looks after me way better than anyone on earth.

What would you say is your worst habit?
Underachieving and working below par when I know God's given me the ability to do so much more.

What do you find really annoying in other people?
Hate; where there is hate, bridges are always burnt. If there was more love in the world, the world would be a better place - it's very "hippie" of me but it's true.

What is your guilty pleasure? 
(Laughs) I thought you'd never ask - apart from chocolate; I would have to say it's incessant flirting with women, which I think is from my Dad, and swearing when I'm captaining my football team.

What would your dream job be?
Teaching in schools and churches; both are pretty amazing and jobs that I've done before.

ONE thing no-one knows about you...
My Mum was going to name me Sebastian but that had already been taken by my cousin, so my Dad named after a nickname his mate gave him in school.

K.O.Reuben's Favourites
The Burning Bush by Hans Zimmer


Kingsley The Bard - it's my little haven.

You can follow K.O.Reuben on TWITTER or check out his BLOG

Monday, 21 February 2011

Shut Up & Drive...To The Hairdressers!!

Before I get into this post I just wanna say to all you die hard Rihanna fans that I'm not a "hater" and I admire Rihanna as an artist. I also believe that Rihanna is one of a few stars that can adapt to various trends and works it as if it was made for her. Finally, I have all her albums and a couple of her songs are in my top played iTunes list. Now that I'm done grovelling, it's time to get down to business; so Rihanna's been trying out this red hair for a hot minute and I for one am not buying it.

The Centre Parting (New Year's Eve @ PURE)
I've blogged about Rihanna's bodged hair before; she obviously didn't read that post because if she had this problem would've been resolved. When I last touched on this subject she was rocking a little curly 'fro and I didn't love it but I liked it. Following on from that, she then rocked the hairstyle in the picture above, and as we can see it's not a good look for her. The main reason why that hairstyle doesn't work is because (and I apologise if that comes out rude) Rihanna's got a big forehead. Now some people can rock big foreheads - I'll get back to you with an example - but Rihanna isn't one of them. Another reason why this hairstyle doesn't quite work is because it's very granny-fied.

The Sideshow Bob Wig (Pre-Grammy Party)
See with this wig, I knew it was obvious that Rihanna was taking the mick, because I don't know what she was thinking; but ofcourse she wasn't thinking. I really didn't understand how this wig co-ordinated with what she was wearing but I'll high five her as the forehead was covered. What amuses me most about this wig is that fact that I'm not the only one who looked at it and was reminded of Sideshow Bob - good times. 

The Monsterous Ponytail (NBA All Star Game)
*Sighs* This ponytail is wrong on sooo many levels. Firstly, ponytails are supposed to be slick. Secondly, I don't know where Rihanna's hairdresser, and I'm using that term extremely loosely, got that piece of weave that he or she stuck on the back of Rihanna's head; somebody needs to get fired. Finally, Rihanna obviously doesn't have any "real" friends because if she did someone would've have told her, "Oooh naa naa" - point blank, Rihanna needs to fix up and stop acting like her hair looks nice and find her way to a proper hairdresser's chair ASAP!

As J. Cole would say, girl you loosing your balance; Rihanna's it's time to go back to what you do best - short hair (preferably with a fringe to cover up your forehead). I was going to end this post by saying, as many say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", but as I'm not a total bitch, I'll end this post by uploading Rihanna's performance from the NBA All Star Game. I can't deny that I enjoyed the performance and I believe Rihanna did a good job but she still can't sing and even if she could sing I'm not looking past that ponytail. Hmmm...maybe I am a bit of a bitch.



Friday, 18 February 2011

Something I Think You Should Hear...

So I've decided that hibernation is boring and after a quick revamp I'm in love with my blog again - Yay me!

Miguel - All I Want Is You

Every artist's first album sets the tone for the rest of their entire career; some choose to launch themselves on a platform which is beatable, others fail to launch, but then there are the few that launch right off into space - Miguel is a fine example of those who aim for the stars. This dude can SING!! His voice is actually amazing, not only can the brother sing, but he also writes which only makes his music more enjoyable and hella sexy.

The album is entitled, 'All I Want Is You' which shares the same title as the first track he released from the album that featured J. Cole. Miguel's album is the perfect R&B album as he sticks to the classic formula used by so many others however he owns every concept and theme explored by blending his sultry voice with lyrics that showcase his talent for songwriting.

Favourites from this album have to be (1) Quickie, (2) All I Want Is You ft. J. Cole, and (3) Pay Me.

Usually I upload official videos of my favourite track but I think this video does the job nicely. Here's a video of Miguel performing one of my favourite tracks off the album:

Miguel - Quickie

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Still In Hibernation...

Ok, I know I said that I was in hibernation but I can't leave my blog without gracing it with the video below.

So you've probably grasped that I'm a big fan of music, and every so often a song will come along that is just amazing. On average I spend about  12 hours in a week on my laptop updating my iPod - this is not a fact, it's simply for emphasis, meaning that I have an decent collection of music which varies across different genres.

I've known about J. Cole for a while now. I liked his song 'Who Dat', his verse on Miguel's track 'All I Want Is You' was banging and I thought his mixtapes were alright. I remember getting his mixtape, 'Friday Night Lights' around about the same time I got Kanye West's album, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' and so naturally I just skimmed through Cole's mixtape, whilst I banged out Mr. West's album. Therefore, the only times I listened to J. Cole's tracks was when my iPod was on shuffle and I couldn't be asked to change the track - hey, I've gotta be honest but I still liked him.

His first two mixtape's (The Come Up & The Warm Up) were decent and he kind of reminded me of Nas a little bit, which is of course a good thing, but there was something about them that just didn't have me hooked. Difference is now I've listened to his mixtape properly and in my opinion it could've been an album. Since Tuesday 15th February, the only song that I have been listening to is the video below, and it's because I can not get enough of the way this song has been put together. Each note and each word is perfectly in sync; I salute J. Cole (and Drake - even though I do not appreciate the fact he has failed to go to the gym or get a haircut or visit his stylist) because I thought good music was dying out but he's proved me wrong and the video's not too bad either; actually tell a lie, I really like the video.

I'm officially a J. Cole fan, so enjoy.

J. Cole - In The Morning ft. Drake

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Gone Until Spring...

It Has To Be Done - Sorry

If you've noticed I've failed to post anything for a while.

Although I have alot of posts saved to drafts, I just haven't had the time to perfect them because it's that time of year where uni is demanding all my time, and as I would like to graduate with a decent grade; I'm going to have to abandon my blog for awhile.

BUT! I promise I will be back and when I'm done handing in all my assignments, I'll have so much to talk about; so expect me to become a mega-blogger. Until then, it's 'Goodbye' for now - continue eating ice-cream and dream chasing.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Glamourous Life...

This Post Is Dedicated To An Amazing Friend - Happy Birthday!
Issue 119: February 2011
Magazine cover
Yeah - I Don't Know Who She Is Or What She Does But What I Do Know Is Her Outfit Sucks!
So it's the month of love and my copy of GLAMOUR has just been delivered to my door, and now here I am giving you my best bits from the February issue. This month's cover star is Abbey Clancy and to my surprise I don't know who she is - not off to a great start with this issue. But as I turn the pages of my treasured monthly, I'm reunited with my favourite page, 'Hey, it's OK...' and the best from this month were:
  1. " not want your iPod to go on 'shuffle' at a party. Backstreet Boys are for your ears only"
  2. " machine wash a 'dry-clean only' item with everything crossed. Dry-cleaning bill? You may as well buy another dress"
  3. " have some guys' numbers saved in your phone because you don't ever want to answer them. 'Nuts man from train' or 'creepy ex' are the favourites in the GLAMOUR office"
I've realised that one of the elements I love most about GLAMOUR magazine is all the quirky captions that accompany the pictures; they're actually hilarious. But onto the features, in the 'YouYouYou' section of this issue I enjoyed reading 'How To Be Popular'. This piece was based around tips from author of 'How To Be A People Magnet', Leil Lowndes. As I like to think of myself as people's person, this piece offered me with some top tips and in case you failed, for whatever lame reason, to get yourself this issue, here four types that might just boost your popularity:
  1. Don't smile at people too soon.
  2. Let them 'showpony'.
  3. Self-deprecate, slightly.
  4. Show your vulnerable.
'Your Newest Questions About LOVE & SEX' by Penny Wrenn was a very interesting read. This piece of writing was made up of questions asked by women but answered by handful of male actors, authors, comedians and musicians. What was brillant about this piece was the sheer honesty of all the answers; I particularly enjoyed reading what the gorgeous Kid Cudi had to say about group dates and vajazzling.

"Beware, you're leaving the door wide open for us to think, 'Oh man, why'd she do that?' The female body is fine as it is - more than fine." - Kid Cudi on Vajazzling

With those wise words from the cutie that is Cudi, I'm going to wrap up this month's review of GLAMOUR and wish you all a 'Happy Valentine's Day'.