Witches' Brew | White Jesus Approved http://witchesbrewonline.com LOVE : LIFE : FOOLERY : FACTS Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Brew Tube: Phaedra breaks her silence http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brew-tube-phaedra-breaks-her-silence/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brew-tube-phaedra-breaks-her-silence/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:04:57 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36825 phaedra-parks-1-1024Photo: People

Phaedra Parks pulled out her “we got company” accent to spill all the tea to Ellen about her failed marriage to Apollo Asunder.  After reminding Ellen that she has FIVE degrees, Phaedra said she did not know Apollo was ridin’ dirty during their marriage. How-and-ever,  Ms. Ellen hit her with the “buttah wasn’t he on parole when you met him?” DOUBLE BLOOP! #FIXITJESUS

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Doin’ the ‘Doe-eyed’ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/doin-the-doe-eyed/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/doin-the-doe-eyed/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:07:18 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36817 I am so fixated with How to Get Away with Murder‘s Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch). I have never seen someone look that innocent and clueless, but yummy at the same. damn. time. I mean he definitely has to smell like milk and Gain detergent, the Mountain Breeze scent.  Al and Hit The Floor’s (Vh1) Taylour Paige, who also boasts a wide-eye “did I do that?” look at all times should have a non-threatening, innocent doe-eye one nighter…. of course with the lights on and covers pulled up mid-way and napkins on standby for “the thing”.



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Brew Fairy Godmother: If I Was a Girl http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brew-fairy-godmother-if-i-was-a-girl/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brew-fairy-godmother-if-i-was-a-girl/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:46:19 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36814
The Brew’s Fairy Godmother, guest blogs to  offer her thoughts on parenting in a crazy crazy world. A world where pre-teen  girls get back to school weaves…a world where a young man’s jeggings are so  tight you can see his future babies.  A world where “Fleek” is a word. – Witch E.


When I picked my daughter up from her first day of school last month, I couldn’t help noticing how much her classmates have grown since the last school year ended, especially the girls. A quite a few of them had the noticeable beginnings of lady lumps (check it OUT!). It helped explain why a month earlier, she made that rite of passage comment mothers of daughters all over the world have heard or will hear –  “I need a bra.”
I didn’t want to give her the “For what? You ain’t got nothing,” comment that I got back in the day. Even though she’s showing the initial stages of developing, it’ll be a minute before we’re heading to Vickie S.  I wondered what made her think she needed a bra. Did she see some music video of the latest pop princess puttin’ ‘em on the glass? Had she heard her older brother talking to his friends about some girl he met with hypnotizing boobs? I usually pride myself on being a hip mom, but I was uncomfortable having this talk.
“Why are we talking about this?” I asked trying unsuccessfully not to show my uneasiness.
“I’m changing. Didn’t you notice?”
“I noticed you are growing and . . . ” I said easing myself into this minefield.
“I just want one, because . . .” she hesitated, “I want to feel more like a girl.”
I remember that feeling that way. I didn’t develop as fast as some of my classmates. They were on the fast track of what it meant to be feminine and I was stuck Flatsville. Then one morning I woke up to an explosion of growth on my chest (more like a firecracker pop), and I had the beginnings of tah-tees. If I could see them, clearly everyone else could too. Finally, I could wear a training bra like other girls were wearing. I could be in the club (not “da club,” although one day my breast would play a role there as well)! I would finally be able to pop my collar i.e. my bra strap to let everyone know, “I am woman here me roar! Rrrrrrrrr!” Then I asked my mother for a bra, and . . . you know how that went.
The thing that causes me pause is – what does it mean to be a girl today? Sure, some things are timeless and universal in terms of rites of passage, but there are some pretty insane in the membrane things going on too that makes me feel for kids today. Will my daughter and her peers decide their natural development is not enough and opt for implants and surgeries to make them “feel like girls?” Will they bare their lady lumps in texts and IG accounts and store them in the Cloud to one day be exposed by someone else? Will they care if they are exposed or will they look at that experience too as what it means to be a girl? Will they value and care for their bodies or will they exploit them and claim it as their version of feminism? Hell, I don’t even know what it means to be a woman today when everything is super-sized sexualized, on display, photoshopped, and women in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s are all making songs about their bums. Buying her a bra seems to be the least of my worries!
“You’re not ready for a bra yet,” I finally said. “Once you get breasts, you’ve got them for life, God willing. Don’t worry. Your time will come.”
“Oooookkkkkkay,” and she was off singing, “I woke up like dis!”
See? This is what it means to be a girl these days. Ten years old and already it’s in her head that not only does she have to be flawless, but also she should wake up that way – perfect face, tiny waist, thick booty, and full and perky boobs.  One day my daughter will need a bra and have something to put in it. I just hope that she won’t decide that two breasts are not enough and opt for a third.
Fairy GM reminds those of you of a certain age with lovely lady lumps to “Check ‘em out” with self-examinations and mammograms!
 - By Elise Chance, Brew Fairy Godmother
Read more from Elise on black and pop culture, politics, and social networks on her blog For Real Though https://cujo85.wordpress.com


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Brew Beauty: Sonequa Martin-Green http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brew-beauty-sonequa-martin-green/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brew-beauty-sonequa-martin-green/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:29:53 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36796 MV5BMTQ0MTA0MTg3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzM2MTcxNQ@@._V1._CR1397,250.06666564941406,1531,1903.999984741211_SY317_CR20,0,214,317_AL_ Who else is ready for some ZOMBIES!?! Whooo hoo!! Season 5 of The Walking Dead, premieres toooo- mickeyficky-night! And a Witch is  amped to see how they come out of that box car and kick some cannibal culo!  But I digress.

TWD is not remotely known for glamour but, how darn pretty is Sonequa Martin Green? Even covered in zombie sludge, her pretty shines through.  And hey, natural hair zealots, she might be the only sista on network TV sportin’ a wash & go! (I’m not doing that research, so I’m sure someone will be happy to correct me).21

The actress, (who always puts me in mind of ANTM alum Yaya Dacosta..minus the resting bitch face and reality TV active bitch antics) has had substantial guest turns on a myriad of big deal prime time dramas “The Good Wife”, “Once Upon A Time” and the now cancelled “NYC 22″ (don’t judge me Netflix is a helluva drug).

An Alabama native, Sonequa earned a degree in theater from the University of Alabama in 2007.  She and her husband, fellow thespian, Kenric Green are expecting their first bambino in January.


How cute it she?! (This interview dude’s shirt is so damn tight…)

Here’s the first 4 mins of tonight’s season premiere… just a taste, like zombie amuse bouche.

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Hollywood Fast Fact! http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/hollywood-fast-fact/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/hollywood-fast-fact/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:20:48 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36788 sharon-leal1361296877_dania-ramirez-bev-land-lg

I was bored and on the goo-goo this morning and I stumbled upon an interesting fact: Actress Sharon Leal (Addicted, Why Did I Get Married 1, 2, 5, & 10) was married and had a son with Director Bev Land who is now married to Latina cutie Dania Ramirez.  Who knew? Hollywood is really just like the hood! Bev has a type, huh? He’s also the grandson of the dude who found Aflac.


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LA Divas… Fa Reals? http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/la-divas-fa-reals/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/la-divas-fa-reals/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:39:01 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36720 Thanks a lot (?) to a friend for alerting me  that this show was nigh upon us…

(NOTE: a Witch realizes this aired last night..and totally didn’t watch!)

LA Divas. Not to be confused with R & B Divas: Momma I Just Wanna Sang or Slores and Slags of LA Looking for Love When Suicide Aint Enuff.

I don’t even need to read the project description to tell you all: “A random Collection of Black Women, some with actual acting credentials will be complaining.  There may be some fighting. There will be a break down or two. And there WILL be horribly bad weave. It has been written.”

First of all, I would like to discuss the use of the word ‘Diva’ in itself.  We’re really effing stretching here, TV One.  Per Wikiepeida, every Phoenix Grad’s encyclopedia: A diva (/ˈdvə/; Italian: [ˈdiːva]) is a celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera, and by extension in theatre, cinema and popular music. The meaning of diva is closely related to that of prima donna.

Or if you Ask Beyoncé…Grad of Pelvic Thrust and Onsies.

Now with either fairly acceptable definition in mind, let’s look at the cast…. Shall we?


hwd_lisa_0737_v2Lisa Wu:  Official Birther of Spawns of Sweat BKA Former RHOA cast member that no one misses. Seriously, I’d rather watch Tight Teeth  say “jewerrry” on endless loop, than hear about how the former reality persona (I shant not call her a star) is now a serious thespian. The  Julliard trained cast of Orange Is the New Black, spits pon your direction. And may the ghost of Nene Leake’s hairhats past haunt you forever.





hwd_paula_jai_1538_v3Paula Jai Parker: She’s been in the game fo’ years, with an impressive list of Blacktress classics under her belt.  The Taraji P. Henson of the 90′s if you will.  She should at least be playing someone’s auntie on a bad cable show.  I feel bad if she’s struggling. But not bad enough to watch.







Golden Brooks: Poor kid…I don’t know if Maya was anyone’s favorite “Girlfriend”, but as part of an ensemble cast of a beloved Negroidian show, for 5011 years, she should at least be on a TV Land show, that no one watches. “Cold in Texas” or some ish.








Elise Neal: you seem like a nice enough lady. But, I always call you “Not Tamala Jones” and I don’t see myself stopping that any time soon.  Well…and since Tamela is a gainfully employed regular on “Castle”, might I suggest many of these highly acceptable and wonderfully vague career alternatives to get you through these lean audition times: “consultant”, “real estate agent”, “mortgage broker” or “stylist’. Go diversify your bonds, boo.




Rounding out the cast.


The one.  The only. Countess. Mugfugging. Vaughn.  Diva. Sigh.








Did you watch? Will you bother?


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Brewchies At The Movies: All Is By My Side http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brewchies-at-the-movies-all-is-by-my-side/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brewchies-at-the-movies-all-is-by-my-side/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:00:09 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36769

I’d been waiting for a good while for Andre 3000′s turn as Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side, so when I noticed it was finally playing in a few local theaters, I immediately made time to check it out. I wanted to love this movie SO.BADLY. But, I didn’t. All Is By My Side focused on a short window of Hendrix’s life in London, as his star was beginning to rise. This is not your typical biopic, however. There are no flashback scenes and no real emphasis on the artist’s creative process. It’s simply the makings of Jimi the rock star, the early days of his rise to greatness, which –on the surface– doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The film was written and directed by John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave. We get a minor mention of Jimi’s past, where he comes from and his relationship with his family, one studio session and just a few full-on performance scenes. Hendrix’s music was not licensed for the movie, so there’s no ‘scuse me while I kiss the sky moment in this one. Just a Beatles cover and a would-be jam session with Eric Clapton. This version of Jimi doesn’t even come across as someone you’d want to root for. The thing that bugged me most about the film is the notion that British white women seemed to shape his career and even tell him how to perform his music. I mean, maybe they dropped a note or two in the suggestion box, but 3000′s easy-going, spacey portrayal of Hendrix leaves you with the impression that he did what he wanted regardless of what others thought. You’re also left with the impression that Hendrix didn’t connect to the struggle of his people back home — something widely discussed on these here interwebs. I wanted to love this. I wanted to leave feeling like an expert on Jimi. Maybe there will be a sequel or something. I still love Three Stacks. I think he’s got a future as an actor. But this one left me looking at my watch like…is it over? It was beautifully shot, very colorful and the wardrobe styling was awesome, butummmerah… I give this one 2 out of 5 cauldrons.

All Is By My Side opened September 26th. Check your local listings for show times.

Have you seen All Is By My Side? What did you think? Did you love it, or nah?

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Brewchies At The Movies: I Am Ali http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brewchies-at-the-movies-i-am-ali/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brewchies-at-the-movies-i-am-ali/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:49:26 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36762

A new film gives us an intimate look inside the makings of boxer/father/activist Muhammad Ali. I Am Ali: The Man Behind The Legend – An Intimate Portrait paints a vivid picture of Ali as a fully-realized man, not just the living legend with the witty comebacks and pronouncements of his greatness. We see how Cassius Clay discovered boxing, came of age, advocated for the black community and realized Islam was the way for his life. Most of all, the film artfully intertwines news and file footage, as well as audio that Ali recorded of his children nearly 40 years ago. We hear from three of Ali’s nine children and one former wife in the film. A common theme in I Am Ali is how he was able to prophesy his future and walk into his own truth. Even the act of recording his children and the emphasis he put on how the tapes would become part of history and important to the kids as they aged served as proof of his ability to foresee the future. In the film, we also hear from his peers in sports (Jim Brown), his opponents (George Foreman) and many of the men who helped shape his boxing career. Take a peek.

The film is a brilliant ode to a man in the golden years of his life. I give it 5 out of 5 cauldrons! Brewchies, bring your tissues because you’ll probably fall apart near the end and leave with this face.

I Am Ali hits theaters and On Demand October 10th. Visit the website to find out where it will be playing.

Will you be seeing this one?

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VOTE For Us: 2014 Black Weblog Awards http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/vote-for-us-2014-black-weblog-awards/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/vote-for-us-2014-black-weblog-awards/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:30:55 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36749 Black_Weblog_Badge_2014Thank you, Brewchies, for your support in the nominations stage of the Black Weblog Awards. WE MADE IT!

Once again, we’re nominated in the Best Entertainment Blog, Best Group Blog and Best Humor Blog categories. We also made the cut for the new category: Best Facebook Page! First round voting opens TODAY. View the full list of nominees here. We’d love your vote to make it to the finals stage. Winners will be announced in early November and honored during a live ceremony at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference next June in Austin,TX.


Thanks for your continued support!
The Witches

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Restore Your Nails & Get Fall Ready with Probelle + GIVEAWAY http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/probelle_review/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/probelle_review/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:56:49 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36738

The weather change from summer to fall can take a toll on skin, hair and nails. Less humidity in the air and cooler weather always cause changes in my look, whether it’s cracked skin or janky (an official beauty term) cuticles. But, thankfully, I’ve found a new way to keep my nails in check as the seasons change. It’s called Probelle! Hop on over to my review on Beautiful Brown Girls to find out more about the product and enter to WIN your own below.

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Brewchies At The Movies: The Judge http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brewchies-at-the-movies-the-judge/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brewchies-at-the-movies-the-judge/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:08:06 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36742 The Judge. Find out what a Witch thought of it. Will you be seeing this?]]>

A hotshot, take no prisoners lawyer gets called home to handle a family tragedy, only to watch his father’s life quickly start to unravel when he’s accused of murder. That’s the premise of the new Warner Bros. flick, The Judge. An incredibly handsome Robert Downey Jr. (like, really, has he always been this cute?) stars as a big city defense lawyer who’s made a life of defending the guilty, while never looking back. His father, Robert Duvall, is a well-respected small town judge with a tough as nails personality. The two are famously estranged, but now, the judge needs his son. And, thus begins the tension and plotline of the film. Take a look.

The Judge will make you laugh, cry and maybe even question your professional purpose. It’s a great look inside a family –a dysfunctional one, but whose isn’t?– that’s trying to discover the love they lost. I give it 4 out of 5 cauldrons. The Judge opens Friday, October 10th.

Will you go see it?

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Brew Tube: Paula Deen to Mentor Black Boys http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brew-tube-paula-deen-to-mentor-black-boys/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/10/brew-tube-paula-deen-to-mentor-black-boys/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:22:21 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36734

Paula Deen’s comeback tour continues with an assist from Steve Harvey. The comedian/talk show host/radio host/author/I’m running out of slashes runs a mentoring program for young men. He’s tapped Deen to teach cooking skills to the boys who are interested in a culinary career path. Take a look at the announcement.

Isn’t there enough butter and ‘betes in the black community? Do we need Paula teaching the next generation of cooks how to smother lard? I mean, was G Garvin busy? I hear the Neelys have an opening. Anyway, what do you think? Are we still side eyeing Paula or nah?

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Are You Here for the Aaliyah Biopic? http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/are-you-here-for-the-aaliyah-biopic/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/are-you-here-for-the-aaliyah-biopic/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:05:01 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36710

Lifetime dropped the first look at its upcoming controversial Aaliyah biopic. After much hullabaloo about who would star in it, who’d produce it and what shade the characters should be, the network finally has its stars. Alexandra Shipp (I had to Google her, too) flat ironed her hair, tossed it over her eye and put on some Timbs to star as the fallen singer after actress Zendaya Coleman dropped was e-bullied out. The project does not have the blessing of Aaliyah’s family and there were reports the family was blocking Lifetime from using her music. But, somehow, the movie will tell the story of Aaliyah’s rise to fame and her troubled relationship with R. Kelly. Talk show host Wendy Williams is executive producing the TV movie, which premieres on Lifetime November 15th. Here’s a peek…

So,will you watch Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B?

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Brew Commentary: No ‘ordinary’ love…. http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/brew-commentary-no-ordinary-love/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/brew-commentary-no-ordinary-love/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:33:08 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36687 092314-celebs-out-omari-hardwick-wife-son
5008_1093986188049_143975_n<–The “I’m getting that Omari peen and ya’ll not” side-eye

It was the thug type threat heard ’round Black Twitter; Actor Omari Hardwick read your cousins for filth for going in on his Queen Jae. Some fans were appalled by her face parts, others, her hue.

Check it:

This got me thinking about how shallow we woman can be. We get upset when a male celebrity picks an ‘exotical’, huffing “typical” under ours breaths, while hard rolling our eyes at the computer screen. However, when a man chooses a mate for other reasons that might not be immediately apparent because of facial arrangement misfortunes, or other oddities, we deem his choice unworthy, UNLESS said broad is a ride or die chick, a la Tiny.  She’s off limits to everyone, immejiately!

ti-and-tiny< –stanky leg love!

So I thought we’d take a walk down Plain Jane Road to give some kudos to dudes who picked their mate for much more and took the heat:


Sting and Trudie Styler – I mean, they’re like English so I’ll chalk this up to we just don’t see it. Plus doesn’t like the entire country have bad hair and teeth? Well, except Kate Moss…

Redskins QB (for now) Robert Griffin III and his wife Becky  (giggles) – well in all fairness, he’s a spicy bamma in his own right – so maybe they cancel each other out?


Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborrah-Lee Furness – He’s 45, she’s 58. So being OG of the “Janes”, Deborrah-Lee issued this pre-emptive read to you judgy mofos!

Moral of this story; be okay with who YOU picked. In bird speak; “At the end of the day” you lay down with him/her, we do not, so why even justify your selection? Looks fade and in some cases ugly grows, but if you like it, like pre-cray Lauryn Hill and pre-crack D’Angelo sang, Nothing Even Matters…



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Life & love according to @boobysworld… http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/life-love-according-to-boobysworld/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/life-love-according-to-boobysworld/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:16:21 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36684 While Keyshia “Fish Plate” Cole is running around handing out Floyd Mayweathers to love rivals, her ex-boo, Daniel Boobie Gibson is talking about their failed marriage to VLAD TV. Now I’ve always been a big fan of Boobie since the couples’ reality show, Keyshia and Daniel: Family First. He’s a cutie, and has some damn sense, but I really like what he has to say about love and marriage. As far as a youngin’ goes, he gets it!

Listen up:


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Brew Bits: Reporter quits live on-air! http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/brew-bits-reporter-quits-live-on-air/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/brew-bits-reporter-quits-live-on-air/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:23:22 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36679 charlo-greene
A television reporter and owner of a marijuana activist club in Anchorage, Alaska quit during a live broadcast. Charlo Greene, who was reporting on efforts to legalize marijuana, revealed she was the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club then said “f*ck it, I quit” and walked off! Damn, girl!

Hmmmm black, marijuana activist from Anchorage? Oh, she different! But I did read somewhere that the ratio of men to woman in Alaska is like 20 to 1! So Char and her Lands Ends gear be all up in the great frontier smoking blunts with the loggers? Okay, then boo.



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Brew Review: Beat Acne & Aging with illuMask + GIVEAWAY http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/illumask-giveaway/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/illumask-giveaway/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:36:49 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36624

I am always game to try something new when it comes to beauty. A new cream, a bronzer or unique hair product always finds its way to my bathroom counter. But, I didn’t quite know what to do when I got the offer to review a face mask that lights up! Find out how the anti-aging La Lumière illuMask worked for me! Hop over to my review on Beautiful Brown Girls for more and enter to win your own mask below.

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CBS Pissed Off The Bajan Princess http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/cbs-pissed-off-the-bajan-princess/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/cbs-pissed-off-the-bajan-princess/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:42:33 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36666
2014 Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game

Rihanna is finally speaking out about CBS’ decision to yank “Run This Town” from last week’s Thursday Night Football broadcast in the wake of the Ray Rice debacle. The song included a Don Cheadle voiceover and was to open the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. CBS, presumably in cahoots with the NFL, opted to take a more serious tone and pulled the song and other parts of the pre-show. Rihanna, herself a victim of DV, was basically victimized again by having her project pulled from the show amid whispers of the obvious…linking her abuse to the current issues in the league. CBS decided to bring the song back, causing Rihanna to unleash on the twitters.

Now, CBS has again flip-flopped, deciding to scrap the song altogether (but will keep Cheadle’s part).

Do you think NFL fans are smart enough not to link Rihanna to the current domestic violence issues in the league? Will she forever be a “face” of DV? Or, do you think CBS/NFL pulled it simply to go with a more serious tone for the game? What’s your call?

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Brewchies at the Movies: No Good Deed http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/no-good-deed-review/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/no-good-deed-review/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:31:12 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36645
Three of your Witches joined all the restless aunties in America this weekend at the theater to see Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson in “No Good Deed“.

Ya’ll know the premise by now; convict, doorbell ringing, bad judgment calls and a twist.

So let’s stir this cauldron a bit.


Fleur:  Hmmm, Taraji is my DC boo but she basically plays the same chick in every movie. Looks like she borrowed Bey’s frizzy wig from “Obsessed” and gave it trim and a dark rinse.  I kept expecting her to call Idris, “Jody”. She still gets props though.  Idris was good but too restrained. Let your inner psycho go!

Hazel: Taraji joined Gabrielle Union at the school of “How to Portray Yourself in All Movies.” I love her. But, come on, be honest. She is the same person, every time. And, what was up with Idris’ accent? Was he Southern… generic “middle American?” Some words had a drawl, some didn’t. That bugged me a little but his shirtless scenes made up for it.

Piper:  So, Taraji will always be that around the way chick that you root for, but um er rah, I always go to her movies not expecting to see anyone other than Taraji, I don’t wanna knock her talent because well, there’s always her Oscar nominated performance in “Benjamin Button” right? but well, I felt like I was watching her play herself in an ‘Investigation Discovery ’ channel reenactment. So well, take that for what it’s worth. Also of note, and probably only bugged me cause y’all know a witch loves her hair hats, I kept wanting to heat up my curling wand and blend the front of her natural hair through the screen with the curly ‘fro they graced her with, but again, probably just my thing (the two textures really got outta sync the more terrified she became).


Fleur:  The plot was ok. I needed more flashbacks to when Idris was a bad, bad boy for context. I also wanted it to be grimier, darker. You gonna be bad, then be bad! Like when he killed his boo, he should have bathed her, post-mortem, dressed her back up and propped her ass on the bed next to the Annabelle doll, you know, some sadistic shinnnaaaaiiiiiieeeeee.  Or he needed to at least get some cutty before he killed her. I mean wasn’t he in prison for five damn years?

Hazel: Is it Oscar-worthy? Not a chance. It was a step away from a Lifetime movie. There were some definite holes (um, police manhunt or nah?), but, I did enjoy seeing black people in regular movie roles. No slavery, Jim Crow period pieces. Just black people… being black and married, wearing pseudo-naturally curly wigs that shrink and grow with your emotions, being insane and of questionable judgment… you know, ALL the emotions. ALL the feels.

Piper:  Well as plots go, it was typical deranged fine dude who loves to get his kill on. It woulda been nice to see flashbacks of his childhood that show his mama beating him and maybe following it up with a bat in his anus or something, something that would explain his NEED to off the ladies. But we never got that, we only got fine deranged dude with awesome abs. I’m certainly not complaining, in the theatre I saw it in, I forgot I was at the movies because in one scene where he’s taking off his shirt, women were screaming “take it off baybay”! (or maybe that was me, which I’m sure my man did not find the least bit amusing)….. Anyway, the plot twist is actually the reason to see this, otherwise, it’s a typical “RUUUUNNNNNNN GIRL, HE FINNA KILL YOU!!!” type of flick.


Fleur: I give it 6 out of 10.

Hazel: I give it a 7. I did not see that plot twist coming. And, my O.G. NYPD Blue boo Henry Simmons was a niiiiiice added bonus. (He, too, went to the same acting school as Taraji and Gab U. But, he fine tho!)

Piper: I’d give it a 6.5 out of 10

The Witches have spoken. What’s your take?


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Brew Quotes: Martha Stewart on Gwyneth Paltrow & OITNB http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/brew-quotes-martha-stewart-on-gwyneth-paltrow-oitnb/ http://witchesbrewonline.com/2014/09/brew-quotes-martha-stewart-on-gwyneth-paltrow-oitnb/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:31:07 +0000 http://witchesbrewonline.com/?p=36629

Martha Stewart wants goopy Gwyneth Paltrow put a sock in it… a fancy, cashmere one. Stewart tells Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine that the actress/lifestyle/food/health “expert” should shut up and not quit her day job.

“She just needs to be quiet. She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.”

The former inmate also took a minute to critique the hit series Orange Is the New Black, saying:

“They could have done that so much better. That girl [Taylor Schilling] is not good enough, the lead actress. I met the real Piper [Kerman]. She was in prison either the same time or after me, and I talked to her about it.”

I can’t wait to be 73 with no filter.
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