The Great Facebook Cleanse of 2014


Out with the old and in with the new. With a new year comes new challenges, new adventures, and probably new friends. Now I know Drake said, “No new friends,” but I believe there’s always room to meet new people. There’s also room to let go of some of those old friends. In this case I mean Facebook friends.

I remember a time when I used to want 1,000 Facebook friends. I thought that would be cool, to say I knew all these people. The thing is you might know 1,000 people but you don’t actually know them. Either you met them that one time at a party or you were once friends but you’re not anymore, or you don’t even remember how you became friends with this person. Either way, there’s a bunch of people that you probably don’t actually need to be friends with on Facebook and although it might be hard to let go it may be for the best. Here’s a list of some of the people you may want to delete before the New Year:

  1. Your ex – Yes, Facebook stalking might be fun and vindicating but it’s probably not healthy
  2. Ex-friends – see previous
  3. Someone you haven’t spoken to in the last six months
  4. Someone who’s name you can’t immediately recognize
  5. Any organizations that you felt obligated to be friends with at some point but now realize you don’t actually have to be friends with someone that’s not even a real person (unless you’re in that organization, in which case you might want to leave it alone for now)
  6. Anyone you’ve only remained friends with to stalk them (#StopFacebookStalking2015)
  7. That one person that you added because they looked cute but then never actually spoke to (or you did and it didn’t work out, see #1)
  8. Anyone that’s still poking you, sending you invites to games (Candy Crush especially), or is just generally annoying you on Facebook

Of course, there are exceptions to the rules. Family members are off limits (even if they’re your third cousin twice removed). Childhood friends that you haven’t seen in a while but you still have fond memories of are totally allowed to stay. And really anyone you just feel wrong parting with, don’t. Obviously these exceptions could make all these rules invalid and that’s fine. Maybe you don’t want to get rid of any of your Facebook friends. No judgment.

Just remember all those people that you’re friends with can also back stalk you. Just a thought. Happy cleansing!

Book Review: Lies


*This book is part of my Dystopia Book Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. It happens in one night: a girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead—or so they thought.

Perdido Beach burns and battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ, but are the kids of Perdido Beach desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

Lies is book three in Michael Grant’s Gone series and it seems these books get progressively darker as we go forward. I enjoyed this book but I also have a few issues with it but let’s start with the good stuff.

I actually liked how dark this book was. Grant doesn’t hold back in the realism of a world with no adults and a lot of chaos. I especially liked that we got to see some character changes and development. Astrid, for one, breaks through her “Astrid the Genius” mold completely in this novel. As head of the council she has all these ideas on how to make Perdido Beach better but is forced to face the fact that some things are out of her control.

Sam, although he did disappoint me at some points, also went through some questions in his character. So far in the series Sam has always been the hero. Even in book two when (*spoiler alert if you haven’t read Hunger*) he kind of loses it and gets beat by Drake, at the end of the day he’s still kind of the hero. He figured out how to take out The Darkness and used his wit (with Duck’s help) to do so.

In Lies Sam really starts to crumble apart and so does Astrid and it really forces them to look at their relationship. One question I think they really need to consider is if the FAYZ ended would they remain together or are they just clinging to each other because the FAYZ sucks and they want to hold onto something good? Who knows? Either way their relationship was seriously tested in this novel.

Now here’s my issues with the book. There will be spoilers so beware. As much as I liked this book the truth of the matter is there were some things in the plot that just didn’t really make sense:

  1. How did no one realize there was an island with a huge mansion and a yacht with a helicopter on it for seven months. Quinn and his fishing crew never saw it? Or in book one when Sam and co. hopped in a boat to the power plant, no one noticed it? Also how did the people on the island not see these people when they were out in the water? Maybe they did but it was never mentioned so I can’t be sure.
  2. The whole half Brittney, half Drake monster makes no sense to me. Lana has the ability to heal and she did give Drake his whip arm but how did The Darkness combine Lana’s healing with Brittney’s immortality. Their bodies weren’t anywhere near each other when they died. Brittney was buried in the plaza and Drake was buried deep in the mine shaft with Caine’s tornado. How did they merge together? It just doesn’t make sense. Of course nothing in this novel is at all plausible but still that’s a big stretch.
  3. The extent of Pete’s powers is getting out of hand. I understand that’s part of the mystery and it does add something to the series that makes it extra interesting but I’m beginning to think Pete can do anything. He can make things/people disappear. He can create things/people. He created the FAYZ. He was able to somehow show Astrid what was happening in some illusion. He can teleport himself and his sister. And he’s The Darkness’ biggest opponent. It feels like with each book Grant makes Pete more and more powerful and although it adds to the story it’s stretching. Everyone else’s powers are focused on one thing (Sam with his laser beam hands, Caine can move things with his mind, Brianna is fast, etc.). Pete has various different powers. Again maybe that’s Grant’s point and we’ll learn more about why Pete’s so different later but at points it feels like Grant is just adding to Pete’s powers to try and make sure the storyline makes sense.

Overall, I did enjoy the book a lot. A lot went down and it was crazy to see just how … well, crazy everything is getting in the FAYZ. Everyone in Perdido Beach is kind of losing it and truthfully I’m wondering how long they’ll all be able to survive like this. Definitely a good read and worth checking out.

Favorite Line: 

Yeah, Sam, you’re still necessary. You’re like a god to us mere mortals. We can’t live without you. Later we’re going to build you a temple. Satisfied?

Stars: 4 out of 5. As much as I enjoyed this book I couldn’t ignore the fact that some things just didn’t make sense.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is the first book in the series that I bought and I don’t regret it. If I had more money I’d probably buy the whole series.

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15 Black Men To Spice Up Your BHM

Honestly it was hard to pick just 15 but if I kept going we’d be here all day. Feel free to comment who you think should’ve be on this list. Now, shall we begin? (Disclaimer: This is in no particular order.)

Musical Accompaniment:

1. Idris Elba



Although this list isn’t in any special order Idris had to be number one. Let’s be real about this.


2. Shemar Moore


It should be criminal for him to look this fine.

3. Usher


Let us hope Usher continues to look this good forever more.

4. Morris Chestnut

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Yes. A 1000 times yes.

5. Taye Diggs

He’s going to be back on the market soon ladies. Get ready!

6. Drake





This boy is all swirled up and ready to go.


7. Columbus Short

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In summary, it’s handled!


8. LL Cool J





His nickname literally means, “Ladies Love Cool James”. It might be cocky but it’s true.

9. Laz Alonso




His role as the horrible husband in This Christmas gave me a negative impression about him but his good looks fixes all of that.


10. Lance Gross







11. Blair Underwood





Another actor who played a horrible character but has the smile of an angel. *sigh*


12. Will Smith



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Keeping it fresh since the 90s.


13. Djimon Hounsou




The darker the berry the sweeter the fruit, y’all. 😉


14. Trey Songz




His smile + the dimples + the abs = everything I’ve ever wanted.


15. Michael Ealy




His eyes just draw me in. Every time.




Sorry I had to do it. He’s too attractive. I just can’t.

Happy Black History Month everyone!