Thursday, November 15, 2007

PAINT IT BLACK!!!!

Hey Folks, I can't begin to express in words the emotions I feel and, how proud I am to have been apart of such an amazing event sponsored by the Black Student Union last night. But I am going to try my best!

It is safe to say this was the best program Columbia College Chicago has seen this semester. I know you are wondering what Paint It Black is. Paint It Black pays tribute to African American Artist new and old such as Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Alvin Ailey, Maya Angelou, Mary J. Blige, Katherine Dunham, Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks and all performances were by Columbia College Chicago students.

We all worked intensely on this project, for a moment is consumed our lives. It started as a vision of the BSU facility sponsor and became a reality last night. During the development process it didn't seem like things were going to come out like we all imagined. Everything continually changed, people didn't agree, advertisement wasn't going well, everyone had an opinion and not everyone had action. You all know how it can be when there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Honestly, many times I wanted to walk away from this project because it seemed so chaotic. I worked on the order of the performance and, I didn't realize until last night how important it was. You didn't want to bore people to death, but you had some acts that were longer, and you had to keep everyone attention. On paper it didn't seem completely right, but last night it flowed perfectly, and all the hard work paid off!!! Did I mention we had delicious soul food!!!

I never got a chance to see the talent chosen from the audition since I was always so busy with other stuff. Now I am glad I didn't see them until last night, I was able to appreciate them more. Let me tell you, there is some serious talent at Columbia College. You know how sometimes everyone is not so impressive, and a few are great? Not here... everyone was GREAT!! Not to mention the band was spectacular. Did I mention we started at 7pm (which was exactly on schedule) and ended 9:50pm which gave the audience and performers time to have a jam session. Last night I worked on the audio and visual (where did I learn that from) part of the slide show (yes I messed up a few times), it was so funny to keep hearing people say" wow I can't believe they are on schedule". Yep that's right black people can start and end on time, even with a little bit of extra jam sessions. The best moment of the night was when the last Stevie Wonder song "Living in the City" was sung. We stood there in the back watching the audience and the performer have a great time singing along (doing the electric slide) and our mission had been accomplished. The emotions I felt last night I can't even explain. It actually turned out better than we all imagined.

With my short lived time here in Chicago, I am extremely excited to have been a part of something so GREAT! Shout out to BSU!!! We did it!! Now let’s try to pass our classes this semester and get some sleep.

Oh yeah did I mention that one of my articles is featured in a newsletter that goes out across Chicago...WOW!

Until next time on “The Journey of Ms. Devereaux"

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ok I Am Back...

Hey folks, I know it has been awhile since I have spoken with you but I have been busy for real this time and, a lot of cool things are going with me. I wanted to write sooner but I just didn't know what to say. I mean am I talking about the same things over and over? Do I bore my readers yet? Anyway enough with the random questions let me tell you guys everything I can remember has happen to me over the last month.

I took my first midterm in 5yrs and I almost had a stroke, of course I was the last person in the class to finish. I have no clue how I did and there were a few distractions.

I wrote my first two articles that will be published in an online magazine this month through my internship. I am so EXCITED about that.

I went on a couple of dates... nothing to talk about really.

I have been having extreme writers block lately.

I turned 26yrs old a couple of weeks ago we had a blast (shout out to the girls!) and I feel good at this point in my life which is really a great feeling.

I am suppose to give someone a quarter every time I curse, I am officially $99.25 in the hole...lol I really need to stop cursing but it seems like nothing else can express the passion I feel about a particular subject at the time like a curse word. I know it is wrong and not ladylike, but I am dealing with it....lol

Why when you tell someone you didn't hear them they feel the need to talk slower instead of louder?

It is cold here finally and I do not like it.

I have been going out and having fun, doing my single, grown & sexy thang, which is odd and cool at the same time.

I don't think I like my fiction writing class anymore, I feel like knowing all the techniques behind writing doesn't make it fun anymore. However the information is helpful and I am sure will make me a better writer, but it is not fun anymore.

I had some really good topics to blog about but since I don't have my own computer the ideas get lost in translation in my head.

I am happy I went to therapy before I came here, it is really helping me cope with people and there ways. Shout out to the House of Healing and Mr. D!

Is it me or there are way too many school shootings going on lately?

I think I have to be careful now because I was so excited about my blog I would tell everyone about it and want them to read. Since these other indivuals don't know me they might think I am really off balanced.

I went to see American Gangster it was great! I love Idris Alba and of course Denzel is amazing, let me not forget Common. T.I. is so skinny.

Over all people, I am living life enjoying every step of my journey. God is truly good to me despite my evil ways. I am grateful for my daily experiences, those who help me everyday as I take these steps toward success, my guardian angel, I am thankful that I have people who really believe in me. I am thankful that I am starting to believe in myself and my abilities. Anyone who is looking to make a change in there life as I always say go for it!

I can't wait to go home for Thanksgiving and see my GRANDMA and EAT!

Anyway I have to go I will let you all know when my articles are out. Until next time on “The Journey of Ms. Devereaux". I hope I didn't bore you guys too much I just have alot on my mind. We will talk again soon and I won't stay gone so long.