Oh No! Chipotle Hit By Hackers, Customers Payment Info Compromised

*Mexican food retailer Chipotle just can’t seem to get a break. Ever since they were hit with the whole food poisoning claim in 2015, the restaurant chain has been struggling to get their financial footing back on track and convince former customers (I was one of ’em) that it’s safe to come back. They were just beginning to recover financially before they were forced to put out a statement saying hackers have used malware to steal customer payment data from their restaurants over a three-week span.

The breach affects roughly 2,250 restaurants for varying amounts of time between March 24 and April 18, according to what spokesman Chris Arnold told Reuters via email. Continue reading

Even NBC’s Al Roker said “NO!!” to Burger King’s Unholy Mac n’ Cheetos Mash-Up

*Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos are back for a limited time!

After selling out quickly in June of 2016, the fast food giant is trotting this unholy hybrid of traditional macaroni and cheese encased in a deep fried Cheetos shell.

Yeah.  That’s what I said.

Let’s just address the elephant in the room:  I’m nervous whenever white folks try to serve up mac & cheese.  There.  I said it.  I love my white folks, but mac & cheese is not one of their strong suits.  Brie and crackers, maybe.  But mac & cheese?  No.

Then, there’s the Cheetos shell.  Even more than I love my white folks, I love my Cheetos. A handful of Flamin’ Hot Puffed Cheetos is hard to beat.  But using that precious Cheetos dust to wrap up what’s basically boxed mac & cheese?  No.

Just no. Continue reading

Eight Things The Happiest Couples Do Before Bed

*HuffPost recently ran an article that began by describing the marital bed.  They wrote:

“Your bed should be a place for sleeping, sex and conversation — not for scrolling mindlessly through your Instagram feed.”

At the risk of echoing Julie Andrews, sleeping, sex and conversation are a few of my favorite things, so HuffPost had by attention.

(Although ironically, Andrews sang that song with a bunch of kids in her bed, which is counter to one of the eight tips below…BUT I DIGRESS!)

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings…”

Although I don’t use Instagram, my Twitter feed and I have been an item for years, and I’ve certainly been known to “scroll mindlessly” through the minutia of the Facebook version of everybody else’s life.  Since I’m looking forward to my current marriage being my last, I kept reading.

The article is supported by specific tips from experts who sure sound like they know what they’re talking about.

Here are the highlights: Continue reading

Black Man. Botched Circumcision. Transplant. White ‘Johnson’…You Do the Math

DaYUM! Talk about stories from down there! My heart goes out to this man from South Africa. Seventeen years ago he went in for a circumcision and, I don’t know all the details, but he “lost” his penis as a result. Now, at 40-years-old, he has managed to get a penis transplant.

But here’s the thing…and I’m going to need for you to hold onto something…tight.

Ready?

The doctors gave him a white penis.

Let me repeat that for the slow to comprehend.

HE NOW HAS A WHITE PENIS! Continue reading

Carl ‘Apollo Creed’ Weathers Directs ‘Danny & The Deep Blue Sea’ (Opens July 1)

Carl Weathers was famous first as an NFL player with the Oakland Raiders, then as an actor for his iconic movie roles (Apollo Creed, Action Jackson), and his roles as a regular on several TV series (Chicago Justice, Brothers, In the Heat of the Night, Street Justice), and as a television director (Always Night, For the People, Sheena, Strong Medicine, Silk Stalkings). He is set to direct John Patrick Shanley’s unlikely romance Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in The Rainbow Theatre Company production at Edgemar Center.

The story: The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the animal,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. Continue reading

Survey Lists Top II Safest Recreational Drugs…Are You Ready to Trip?

*Where all my hippies at? [sic] Holla! It’s your time! The annual Global Drug Survey has concluded that magic mushrooms — surely you remember those — have been deemed the  safest recreational drug. Let’s use the proper name for those of a more intellectual ilk: Psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Now, now weed smokers — before you go feeling left out, marijuana came in a close second.

 The survey covered 120,000 from 50 different countries and more than 12,000 reported that they had taken “magic” mushrooms in 2016. Only a small percentage, 0.2% in fact, needed medical attention as a result.

Did you take this trip?

In contrast 0.6% of the marijuana smokers needed medical attention as a result; making it the second least dangerous drug, according to the study.  Continue reading

Bresha Meadows, Teen Who Killed Abusive Dad, Accepts Plea Deal

*“Today is a good day!” Those were the words spoken by a smiling Bresha Meadows, the teen who, at 14-years-of age was sentenced to a detention center for killing her abusive dad. Meadows has been incarcerated for the past ten months. She smiled yesterday as she left her court hearing and hugged her family, friends and attorneys saying she is happy with the plea deal she accepted.

The Root asked Brad S. Wolfe, one of several attorneys representing the teen, what made her accept the plea deal? “It was an obvious and easy decision as it allows her to reintegrate into life,” Wolfe responded. Faced with the possibility of serving life without parole at first, Wolfe said, “Bresha’s family and the entire defense team is elated and relieved with this resolution. This young lady just got her life back.” Continue reading

‘Elevator’ The Play, Extends: Who Are You Really, Behind Closed Doors?

The cast of ELEVATOR (L-R): Deborah Vancelette, Devon Werkheiser, David Abed, Karsen Rigby, William Stanford Davis, Kristina St. Peter, Erica Katzin. Photo Credit: Michelle Young & Max Feldman

*(Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2017)  The successful Los Angeles return extends for a second time — ELEVATOR, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, is now performing at The Coast Playhouse (8325 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood) through July 30.  The production is An 11:11 Experience.

Imagine your worst urban nightmare — seven strangers are in an elevator when it stops.  Now forced together, given nothing but four walls and each other, these seeming archetypes prove to be human after all.  It’s only a matter of time (90 minutes for the audience, hours for the characters) before they show their real selves.  One by one stereotypes and judgments are shed.  Replete with musical sequences and cinematic style, ELEVATOR is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche asking the fundamental question: who are you behind closed doors?

The Los Angeles Times named it a Best Bet: “The elevator becomes a de facto confessional where secrets are revealed and unlikely bonds are formed.  In good Sartrean style, hell is other people … and the resident misanthropes, like Grinches, develop rapidly expanding hearts.  Great lighting and a truly remarkable set, set a high standard for 99-seat theater.”

Stage and Cinema said, “Seven distinct believable characters take a ride — exhilarating, smooth, bumpy and noisy – and win our hearts.  With the aid of a wonderful ensemble and inventive stagecraft author and director Leoni succeeds in arousing our empathy and self-examination.” Continue reading

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