Friday, July 15, 2011

Free for All Friday, July 15

It's Free for All Friday and I've got a hodgepodge of things to talk about, so let's get started.


"The Black Weblog Awards was founded in 2005 to give recognition to Black bloggers (and those of the African diaspora) which were largely overlooked by other Internet award events online. What started out as a barely-known event has now grown into an international showcase. With participants from over 90 countries, the Black Weblog Awards stands out as one of the most widespread Internet award events for Black bloggers." - source  A few of you were nice enough to nominate me for the category of Best Book, Author, Literature blog and even more of you voted for me.  As you can tell by my over dramatic avatar, I won!  So to the new readers I've picked up as a result of the exposure, let me bring you up to speed on all things Reads4Pleasure.

I read, write and rant about books and literary happenings at least three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays), though occasionally I'll drop a weekend post.  In early 2010 I started giving every book I read a theme song after one book (can't remember which one) just screamed for it.  Theme songs may have nothing to do with the book, they're just songs that reminded me of a character, a scene, etc. while I read the book.  Unless a review is accredited to a guest blogger, it's safe to assume that I've read every book I review here, even the horribly bad ones.  It all balances out when I read the extremely magnificent ones.  I read and review primarily books by or about African-Americans and other people of color and chick lit.  Street lit and erotica make my skin crawl so the chances of me reading and reviewing them are slim to none.  There's nothing worse than posting a review and getting no feedback, so please feel free to comment!  Moving on.

Emmy nominations were announced yesterday and I have to acknowledge some of my favorites actors and shows that received accolades.

Downton Abbey - Outstanding Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special and gobs more.  Including Elizabeth McGovern for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series as Cora, Countess of Grantham and Maggie Smith for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries of Movie as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham



Idris Elba - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for the role of John Luther in Luther and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for the role of Lenny in The Big C.
Laurence "Don't Call Me Larry" Fishburne - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for the role of Thurgood Marshall in Thurgood.







Loretta Devine - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for the role of Adele Webber in Grey's Anatomy.

 



Andre Braugher - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the role of Owen in Men of A Certain Age.

Alfre Woodard - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for the role of Ruby Jean in True Blood

Pillars of the Earth - Outstanding Miniseries or Movie


Mildred Pierce - Outstanding Miniseries of Movie; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special.  Kate Winslet also got a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries, Movie or Drama


Upstairs Downstairs - Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special;
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has gone above and beyond with their nominations this year.  Normally I don't bother to tune in because the shows and/or actors I like aren't nominated.  This year I'll be tuned in with a bag of kettlecorn and a Pepsi.  How about you? Did any of your favorites get nominated?

The floor is open so feel free to share whatever's on your mind.

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