Throwback To A Farewell

In honor of baseball broadcasting LEGEND Vin Scully joining Bill Russell in sports heaven, here he is back on October 2, 2016 (I know it’s not that far back but compared to today, October 2016 was a totally different time), delivering a send-off for the ages. It was only fitting that the very last game he broadcasted was a Giants-Bums game.

I may be a Giants fan (I know, I know), but I always had mad respect for Scully. Then again, I felt like he was more than Dodger baseball; he was baseball.

Rest in peace, Vincent Edward Scully.

Farewell, Mr. Russell

THE GOAT Celtics player (sorry, #33). Eleven-time champion, and the only one to win all dem rings to this day. The NBA’s first player-coach, and first black coach. Destroyer of Laker dreams during the 1960s. Olympic Gold medalist. Advocate for civil rights and social justice. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (when it wasn’t tainted and yes I said it). Hall of Famer. And, in the words of NBA commish Adam Silver, “the greatest champion in all of team sports.” All the truth!

Rest in peace and power, William Felton Russell. Because I like to remember the good times, here’s this clip of him getting savage at an awards show!

A Glamorous Farewell

violet with mugler

Badass glamour has sadly gone to heaven with the passing of legendary fashion designer Thierry Mugler today (seen above with drag queen Violet Chachki). Now he’ll be trading bitchy bon mots with Andre Leon Talley and designing Betty White’s dress for her third 100th birthday gala up in the heavens.

For those who aren’t familiar with Mugler’s work, first off, shame on you! Second, watch these clips and prepare yourself for an onslaught of sex alien high-heeled waist-cinched FASHUN eleganza that could turn all the leggings and frayed-up skinny jeans at Macy’s into a meager pile of basic rubble.

Though this version of George Michael’s “Too Funky” video is the one all of us know, this vid is Mugler’s nipple-raising director’s cut.

And, of course, I cannot forget his cheeky appearance in Robert Altman’s Ready To Wear Pret-a-Porter!

“It’s all about getting a great fuck, honey” (on his sartorial works of art). Maybe I should make that my epitaph.

Repose en paix, Monsieur Mugler.

Pic courtesy of Reddit

Definition Of Legendary

The first black actor to win a Best Actor Oscar and be a major box-office draw. The undeniable talent and handsomeness. That bitchslap felt ’round the world! The Defiant Ones, A Raisin In The Sun, Lillies Of The Field, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, In The Heat Of The Night, To Sir With Love. A trailblazer, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (before it got tainted), a famed battler against Mecha Streisand, and an icon and star in the truest sense. Sidney Poitier was all of it. Farewell and rest in utmost peace, Mr. Tibbs. 

Pic courtesy of NPR

Viva Versace

If I was a rich bitch (for now I’m just a bitch), one of the things I’d blow my money on would be vintage Versace outfits. Granted, none of them would fit me properly, but I’ve always wanted to collect a few pieces from the Gianni days. Like a gown that Liz Hurley would’ve worn back in the mid-90s.

Today would’ve been the 75th birthday of Gianni Versace, so for this week’s Throwback Thursday, here are a couple of my favorite collections of his, as well as a clip of his work from VH1’s first ever Fashion Awards. Compare his designs to that of his sister Donatella’s after his untimely death in 1997; it’s like night and day.

And if you’re device malfunctions while watching these videos, it’s because it couldn’t handle all the glamour and fashun from these clips!

(Side note: I adore Claudia Schiffer, but this show alone highlights how cringe her walk was.)

Farewell, Hammerin’ Hank

I know I’m over a day late in this (I had to deal with some unexpected shit yesterday when the news broke), but better late than never when it comes to paying respects to Hall of Famer, baseball/sports legend, and civil rights advocate Hank Aaron.

Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic and his take on Aaron’s career and legacy is miles better than what I would’ve said (because, I’ll admit, I haven’t fully followed his story outside his home run milestone):

…Many of us never saw Aaron hit a home run in person. We did not need to see that to fully appreciate and understand his legacy. Aaron was a Black man who made people feel threatened as he closed in on surpassing the shiny piece of Americana who was Babe Ruth as the greatest to ever hit a baseball over a fence. It all comes back to the fact that Aaron was unfairly vilified for simply living and working while Black, something that still goes on today…

…Hank Aaron had to be perfect. He had to do everything right with the idea that for some, he’d still be in the wrong. Even with that, there was a regality to his approach. It was knowing he always had to be “on” even when he had every right to not be. Yes, we celebrate the records and winning, but it was his dignity that made him so inspiring…You think, “He dealt with so much worse and did it with strength. Why can’t I?”…

Keep hammering those homers in heaven, Hank! You will be sorely missed.