Adventures in AmbiLand

Ambi = Ethnically Ambiguous

Sometimes Love knocks you down March 26, 2009

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Heard this song on the radio today–for a split second I thought it might be some new Rihanna ft Chris Brown. LUCKILY, it’s just Keri Hilson ft Ne-Yo (and Kanye of course)     

Close call!


Auto Tuning: Vimeo Tribute to T-Painist Vocal Technique.

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I meant to post this last week- hilarious! Vodpod videos no longer available.


Small Victories: Joining the Twitter Party March 25, 2009

Small Victories

OK- so I finally got it together and joined Twitter.  I had been avoiding for a variety of reasons-

#1 I am not the best at keeping up with blogging, email and FB correspondence, I just didn’t feel like I adding to my online “responsibilities”
#2 who needs more internet-based distractions?
#3 and perhaps most importantly- who needs to hand-feed stalkers by up to the minute life reports!?!

Paronoid much Ambijawn? Absolutely 😉

But for some reason today was different.  Today I was struck with the insiration to join Twitter in the most unlikely of places: In line at Philadelphia Traffic Court.

See- the scene was so thick- so rich with ridiculousness I just wondered how great it would be to describe it to my online friends.  I mean- there’s the grown man in front of me with the Super Mario PJs on- he’s in there at least once month he tells me, and assures me that DO NOT need a photocopy of my Photo ID, no matter what the sign says.  Then there was the NE Philly looking, camo wearing father and son duo, looking disappointed after shelling out $1.00 to photocopy their ID. Woman sucking their teeth at the super slow service…everyone looking Extra worried under the ultra-bright florescent lights…

you can't make this sh#t up

Did I mention there are a lot of good looking men in traffic court! (Heeeeey Shawn ;-)) It’s true- a very unexpected, yet welcome perk of traffic court.  Except well, they are in traffic court on a Tuesday morning which would be cool if they looked like they were on their was to work or something, but most of them looked like they were on their way to the “club”- fresh to def like we were shooting a video or something.   Except the Super M.  PJs guy in front of me- they wont even let you in the club w/ sneaker on nowadays– his house slippers DEFINITELY would not have made the cut!!

Not only was the scene great- but it would have been nice to give the play by play of how I brought in the $110 cash to pay the ticket if need be,  and walked out of the building with the money still in my pocket!! Victory never felt so sweet 🙂  Am I wrong for celebrating by treating myself to spring jacket from H&M??  Probably, but at least it was %50 off!

What does this have to do with Twitter?  The bottom line is this: If Badu feels comfortable tweet about the birth of her 3rd child, I suppose I can feel comfortable enough to tweet about some of life’s unheralded victories.

So here we go…


Bumble Bars…Yum March 20, 2009

Filed under: nutrition — lauren @ 4:03 pm
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Dear Reader,

Every once in a while, I pick up a new health food “habit”.  And by habit, I mean addiction.  It’s usually something healthy, some organic, and also unreasonably expensive.  This week it’s Bumble Bars:

$1.86 worth of organic goodness


They cost about 2 dollars per bar, but it is waaaaaaay worth it.  Aside from tasting really good, Bumble Bars are vegan, gluten free and best of all, they resemble  slim rectangle of birdseed- which is really WAY cooler than it sounds.  Try one- you can find them at your local health food co-op, or Whole Foods, of course.

Enjoy you day!   ~Jawn Lightening


Enough is enough Gwyneth Paltrow–This White on White Violence has got to cease! March 17, 2009

Gwyneth Paltrow is here to put you fake rappers on notice!

bye, good hollywood, hello hip hop

So real- he dont even NEED 2 four finger rings- he can make it happen with a ball point pen. That's right, not metal just a B.I.C. Ya heard!?!?!?

Ok- so actor Joaquin Pheonix says ‘Bye, Good’ to Hollywood and ‘Hello’ to a rap career

Then here come his recent co-star  Ms Paltrow talking about what he NEEDS to do to get a liiiiiiiiittle more ‘rapperly’

"What advice would I give to Joaquin? Hmmm...maybe to go live in the projects for a few years to get some authenticity, maybe."

"What advice would I give to Joaquin? Hmmm...maybe to go live in the projects for a few years to get some authenticity, maybe."


I’m confused.

Sooooooo are you saying that only people from the “projects” can be rappers?

Perhaps because your husband (Chris Martin from Coldplay, not to be confused with Chris Martin from Kid n Play) has worked with rappers like Jay-Z and Kanye, you are now somehow qualified to dispense advice on how to increase hip hop credibility?

Chris n Chris

Chris n Chris

Gwyn, if you’re reading, get at me.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this before I ‘come at your neck’.  I’m sorry, that hip hop vernacular just slipped in. I enjoyed you in Sliding Doors and have always admired you graceful visage.  I’m not really admiring this cultural assessment though.  Let’s talk it out.

This whole scenario is just so silly, on so many levels–I’m just gonna let you guys marinate on this for a minute and draw your own conclusions.

What advice would I (AmbiJawn) give Joaquin??

Well, based off these recent press pictures, it seems that a haircut and some multi-faceted detox would be a good place to start…


Jasmine Guy- Still got it! March 16, 2009

Did you know, I get up to 40 hits per day from Jasmine Guy alone? I mean, I used her picture in a post almost 2 months ago, but her stats are still going strong!  Y’all can say what you will about way Whitely Gilbert has aged, she is still hot to someone- well, about 40 people per day to be exact…

Wait- she had a singing career too?? I did not know that.  Actually, I think I did know that, just blocked it out of my mind…No diss Jas- do your thing!!  You might not be Ambi, but you were an early role model for sista’s with white mamas (along w/ Lisa Bonet, Cree Summer and hmm…lotsa mixed flolks at “Hillman”…I wonder what Mr Cosby was trying to say…


Rhianna- Keep ya head up- Ghostface cares if no on else cares :/ March 13, 2009

Not sure if this makes me wanna laugh…or cry:

Help me out here…