Archive | August, 2012

Where is the Oogielove?

26 Aug

Since I’ve had kids, I’ve been asking myself, “where has the romance in my marriage gone?” I’m sure parents with small kids can relate to this – prior to having children, there is a level of intimacy between husband and wife – after children, just getting to bed at the same time is a treat. I’ll use this time to reiterate to those of us who have small children, make time for your spouse! Don’t get so wrapped up in the kids that you forget to spend quality time with your spouse. I’m preaching to the choir here. Don’t have your spouse asking, “where is the Oogielove?”

Some of you may be asking, “what exactly is Oogielove?” I’m glad you asked. I wish this was some sort of endearing phrase that I had thought of to call the intimate time between my husband and me when we have gotten the kids off to sleep and have some quality time to ourselves – well it’s not. Last week, I had the awesome privilege of attending a movie premiere, with the kids, to see a new “G” rated movie titled “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.”

Prior to the movie showing the kids participated in Camp Oogie where they saw movie clips, learned the Oogie Cheer and dance and decorated their own lunch bag. Us parents, bloggers, and members of the press were escorted to a continental breakfast and had the opportunity to chat with Kenn Viselman, Producer and Visionary for the movie.

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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is an interactive movie experience for children and their families. The film follows the Oogieloves: Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie as they set out on a special adventure in LovelyLoveville. This movie is unique in that it encourages and allows the children to stand up and dance and sing at various points in the movie. This is quite different from how our children have  been taught to conduct themselves in a movie theater. My observation was that some of the children were a little hesitant initially when encouraged to get out of their seats and do the Oogie Cheer – after a few times, all reservations had disappeared.

During our talk time with producer and visionary, he stated that the basis of the movie and characters is to promote love; to demonstrate conflict without evil and violence. His goal was to bring a more appropriate “G” rated film to the marketplace.  He also shared how the idea of an interactive movie for kids came about as a result of him seeing a Tyler Perry movie where movie goers were talking back at the movie. The audience members talking back to the movie was quite shocking to him, a white male, in attendance at a movie where the movie goers were a predominately black audience.  From that experience, the idea to create an interactive kid’s movie where children can dance, move and be children at the movies; have a show type experience at a movie that is a fraction of the cost came to fruition.

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Overall, I thought the movie was a home run. The characters are kid friendly, the setting in the town of LovelyLoveville is quaint , cute and charming. And the cast includes first class entertainers such as: Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, and Jamie Pressly.  Don’t be surprised if at the end of the 88 minute movie run you are chanting the Oogie Cheer.

For additional information, check out the website, http://www.oogieloves.com

Movie Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1kVrIkDW6Q

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Who Cares That WR Chad Johnson was cut from the Miami Dolphins?

13 Aug

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Unless you’ve been under a rock or out of the country these past couple of days, those of us who follow pop culture know that wide receiver Chad (formerly Ochocinco) Johnson was cut from the Miami Dolphins football team. I think most of us are saying, “I saw that one coming.” Especially if you watch HBO’s Hard Knocks reality show that is following the Miami Dolphins training camp this year. In the show’s most recent episode, Johnson was warned by the team Coach that his comments at a recent press conference were not acceptable; that the team had an image to maintain and his actions could have dire consequences. Well, the wide receiver is now out of a job.

Johnson’s latest media spectacle surrounds an alleged domestic violence incident with new wife Evelyn Lozada Johnson, cast member on VH1’s Basketball Wives. TMZ has reported that the couple got into a verbal altercation when Evelyn found a receipt for condoms in Chad’s vehicle. The argument escalated to the point where Chad allegedly head-butted Evelyn causing a laceration on her forehead. The police report stated that Evelyn went to a neighbor’s house to get away from Chad where she called the police.Image

The couple appears to be magnets for negative media attention. The new Mrs. Johnson has made quite a name for herself in realty TV. Just this past season on the show Basketball Wives, she has thrown a bottle of wine at a fellow cast member, has leaped across a table in an attempt to fight a former best friend, and is ever ready to curse somebody who challenges and/or looks at her sideways. This all made her less than popular with the viewing audience.

The former Ochocinco has made a couple of cameo appearances on this past season’s Basketball Wives reality show. Me personally, I never understood what Evelyn’s attraction was to him. He was portrayed on the show as a significant other that was constantly insulting and degrading his wife-to-be. I recall one comment that he said to her, “you are like the last slice of pizza that nobody else wants.” She laughed at the comment, however, what woman in her right mind would laugh at and brush off such foolishness?  I also remember the “serious” and I use that term loosely conversation that the two had about rumors that he was cheating. He candidly told her that he was not a one woman man, then joked with her about bringing a third person to their bed of intimacy. I’m paraphrasing her response that was something of the effect, “if you have to cheat, use protection.”

The fact that she told him that if he was going to sleep around and cheat, that he should use protection – why then is she upset when she finds a receipt for condoms in his vehicle? This appeared to be the common question on my Facebook timeline from everyone who had commentary on the issue. If you have given your fiancé the green light to cheat by telling him to use protection, why are you upset when you find evidence that suggests he may be cheating?

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What are your thoughts on the situation? Do you think she missed some major red flags in her quest to wear the dress?

Additional Reading:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/12/2947931/chad-johnsons-bond-set-at-2500.html

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/08/12/chad-johnson-released-by-dolphins-following-domestic-battery-arrest/?test=latestnews

http://www.popularcritic.com/2012/08/12/basketball-wives-evelyn-lozadas-husband-chad-johnson-caught-cheating/

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