Throwback Thursday — “Celebrity” Shoe Spotlight: Olivia Pope

25 09 2014

On this Thursday, I have to share with you guys one of my favorite posts from the recent past — the shoe spotlight of Olivia Pope. Especially because ABC’s Scandal has its fall premiere tonight!! Check out the post, and get ready for the opener. I can’t wait to see what kind of foolery happens.

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Photo: PopSugar.co.uk

Photo: PopSugar.co.uk

Olivia Pope, while not a real person, is a woman after my own shoe-heart, because she loooves a good sassy pump! Not to mention, she’s had her fair share of shoe moments already in the brief history of the show, like when she wore heels to the woods and the President had to switch her shoes to boots, or when she spent quite some time choosing between two pairs of heels for her date with Jake before finally deciding to cancel at the last minute. And who can forget her running/strutting away from the President in her stilettos only for him to grab her arm, pull her into a closet, and well — we know what happened then. Now, if you haven’t had a chance to watch Scandal (shame on you!), something you must at least know is that the woman is just as known for her fashion as she is for her scandalous decisions and the way she “handles” top notch crisis situations.

And since the heavily anticipated season premiere of Scandal debuts tomorrow, I figured this was as good a time as any to spotlight some of my favorite shoes the leading lady has worn on the show, as well as some moments when Kerry Washington has shown her own pump acumen. Come take a journey down memory lane with me, and then let’s get ready to see what shoes she comes blasting out with tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!

View the slideshow of photos here.

And then make sure to come back after the show is over, so we can dish about some of the shoes worn.





“Celebrity” Shoe Spotlight – Olivia Pope

2 10 2013
Photo: PopSugar.co.uk

Photo: PopSugar.co.uk

Olivia Pope, while not a real person, is a woman after my own shoe-heart, because she loooves a good sassy pump! Not to mention, she’s had her fair share of shoe moments already in the brief history of the show, like when she wore heels to the woods and the President had to switch her shoes to boots, or when she spent quite some time choosing between two pairs of heels for her date with Jake before finally deciding to cancel at the last minute. And who can forget her running/strutting away from the President in her stilettos only for him to grab her arm, pull her into a closet, and well — we know what happened then. Now, if you haven’t had a chance to watch Scandal (shame on you!), something you must at least know is that the woman is just as known for her fashion as she is for her scandalous decisions and the way she “handles” top notch crisis situations.

And since the heavily anticipated season premiere of Scandal debuts tomorrow, I figured this was as good a time as any to spotlight some of my favorite shoes the leading lady has worn on the show, as well as some moments when Kerry Washington has shown her own pump acumen. Come take a journey down memory lane with me, and then let’s get ready to see what shoes she comes blasting out with tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!

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Was there any particular time you found yourself with shoe envy while watching Scandal??





That Damn HI

1 03 2013

Several weeks ago, on the hit TV show, Scandal, we were all witness to the power of one little word: Hi.

This simple, two-letter word has been the kryptonite for many women throughout the ages, but in one scene (albeit a very popular one), Shonda Rhimes gave away our dirty little secret. And while many men began jokingly tweeting “Hi” to their favorite tweetettes (Twitter gals, Twitter-ettes? whatever you get my point), I chuckled to myself because I knew so many of them still didn’t get the power in what they were doing. They were joking, but I bet you some woman somewhere was hoping for that two-letter word from one of them.

Now, in the show, Olivia is excited to hear her Hi because it proved that the President was alive, but I’d be willing to bet that many women flashed back to their own Hi moments as they watched Olivia have hers on TV. And while maybe not as dramatic, they were probably just as significant. I can certainly recall the last Hi moment I had. Heck, I can recall many of the first Hi’s from those guys who, knowingly or not, could make my lip quiver just by looking at me.

So why is the Hi so powerful? Well, first, as with most things – it’s powerful because of who it comes from. Whether its a cutie pie crush or a significant other, that special Hi usually comes from someone you absolutely adore. It takes a special person to make someone melt with only two letters, you know?

Next, it’s powerful because it usually comes during an unexpected time. Sure, you probably say hi all day to people with little to no regard. But hearing the right Hi from that person after a long day at work, or after he’s been out of town for awhile, or in the morning right as you wake up, or when you haven’t talked to him in sometime, well let’s just say it can produce that same look Kerry has at the 17 second mark in the video above.

And mostly, it’s powerful because no matter who he or she is, that Hi and its subsequent reaction proves that THAT person makes you ridiculously, squeamishly, over the moon happy – whether you want them to or not – just by being them. And there’s not too many things more powerful than that.





The Importance and Awesomeness of ABC’s Scandal

21 09 2012

In about a week, ABC will premiere the season opener for Scandal, a drama created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes of Grey’s Anatomy fame. And while I’ll definitely be watching it for all the reasons that most people become invested in shows – the great writing, the outstanding cast, the cliffhanger season finale, the drama and intrigue, etc… – I’ll also be watching because there’s a part of me that feels a certain obligation to do so.

Now, here me out – that obligation is NOT why I love this show. I love this show because it’s got all the great drama and sexy scandals I love from Grey’s Anatomy (one of my fav shows!) mixed with the political flair of the Nation’s Capitol. I also love it because it’s smart without seeming like it’s talking down to its audience, it keeps you on your toes and makes you pay attention to every detail, however small. And honestly, I love it because Kerry Washington is so damn fabulous!

And here’s where that piece of obligation comes in to play (at least for me as a writer and as someone who is friends with many people who want to follow in Shonda Rhimes’ footsteps).

Real quick – do me a favor and name another hour long drama on network TV where the main character is a black woman.

Don’t worry. I’ll give you some time to think about it.

Uh huh.

Hmmm.

You’re thinking.

No, Glee doesn’t count. Mercedes was never the lead character, and while Glee may be an hour long, it’s not really a drama.

Keep trying.

Got nothing? You give up? Yeah, exactly my point. Now, I’m not saying that a show has to have a black woman lead character in order for me to like it (heck, often the shows I like don’t have any), but when I see Kerry on this show?? I don’t know, it just does something for me. I look at her and think ‘not only is she complex and fly and ridiculously smart and sexy and all things amazing, but she’s black too?! YESSSS!!!’

Maybe that’s not politically correct to say, but it’s true. And in this time of media where it seems to be harder and harder to find black and brown faces on scripted dramas (on network and cable TV), it’s not only refreshing but important to see it happening so successfully on Scandal. If my Twitter timeline and Facebook Newsfeed are any indication, there are a lot of people waiting in anticipation for the fall season to begin.

I don’t want to put any undue pressure on Ms. Rhimes, because it’s certainly not her responsibility to do anything but make good TV. But I’m glad that she has made a consistent effort to show the diversity of this country on all her shows. And it never feels forced. It never feels stereotypical. Just like Cristina Yang on Grey’s is all these other attributes besides being Asian, so Kerry Washington’s character is all these things besides being Black. Except they both are Asian and Black respectively. It’s important just for them to be who they are. Neither character hides from it, nor is defined by it. But it’s there, and it seems seamless and real.

So yes, I’ll be watching Scandal next week and the weeks to come because it’s absolutely amazing. But I’ll also be watching because I’d love to see even more complex Black women in dramas on TV, and the success of Scandal might just be the vehicle to make that happen.

PS: Thanks to some of my amazing readers, Choices, Voices, and Sole was nominated in 4 categories for the Black Weblog Awards. Please take a moment to head over to their page to vote for yours truly in the following categories: Best Writing in a Blog, Best Personal Blog, Best Blog Post Series (for the Shoe Stories) and Best Sex or Relationship Blog. You can vote here –> Black Weblog Awards voting page. Semi-finalist voting ends October 1, 2012.