Monica Medina’s Blog TheGritsnCheeseDish![TM]

Visit Gritsncheese.com: The Website

Monica Peters Hits New York City Public Schools

Monica Peters hit the NYC Public School System in Harlem to speak with high school students.

The day’s activities consisted of Peters speaking to students from 9th-12th grade including at risk youth about life choices and career options.

Peters three hours visit, of going to various classrooms was a memorable experience. She spoke in intimate settings with honor students as well as teens who have lost interest in graduating high school sharing her own personal experiences about challenges she had to overcome in life. Peters also discussed priorities in life and pressed the importance of graduating high school and charting their career path despite what they see in their neighborhood or obstacles they may be facing at home. Some students expressed their fear about entering the workforce or having a 9-5 job because they may not be able to live a comfortable lifestyle they wish. It is clear that these students are concerned about having a quality life in the future not just surviving.

Since many of the kids already were familiar with GritsnCheese.com, it laid the groundwork for Peters to be very open. “I want them to know that success come from hard work, and to know the obstacles I had to overcome to be here today.” The principle also had Peters go over her website so students can read the daily post for the day and get insight on what it takes to run GritsnCheese.com on a daily basis.

Peters also took the time to inform students not to believe the hype of the glitz and glamour they see on popular television mediums. “Many rappers you see on TV are flat broke or in debt to their record labels. They can’t even afford to buy a home.”

“I’m honored to have been invited, and viewed as someone who is relevant to our youth. Hopefully I changed lives and made a difference.”

Peters will be in New York for more upcoming speaking engagements. Details developing.

Advertisements

April 30, 2008 Posted by | monica medina, thegritsncheesedish, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

India and Whoopi Hitting Broadway

By Monica Peters Medina

India Arie will be hitting Broadway this summer starring in Ntozake Strange‘s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” The revived production originally on Broadway back in 1976 will be produced by Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment.

The play is a collection of choreopoems that touches on the realities and hardships of being Black and female delving into topics such as rape, abandonment and abortion. The original Broadway version starred Lynn Whitfield, Alfre Woodard, Laurie Carlos and Sarita Allen.

GritsnCheese.com and Monica Peters Medina highly recommend you go see this play. In the meantime, the original version is available on DVD.

***ATTN GNC READERS:  We have a new blog home now. Come on over and visit. www.thegritsncheesedish.blogspot.com. Tell a friend!  Thank you for your support*

Monica Peters Medina

April 10, 2008 Posted by | thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Trekky” Tyler Perry can’t talk about it!

tyler-perry-black-white.jpeg

Tyler Perry will be starring in the new Star Trek movie hitting theaters spring of 2009. Rumor has it he has to stay tight lipped about the film. It will be the first film that Tyler will star in that he has not directed or written.

Right now Tyler is directing and filming his new movie “The Family That Preys” starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Cover”-The Must See Film of The Year: Trailer & Film Review Below

By Monica Peters Medinacover-promo.jpg

“COVER”

“One of the best and powerful films I’ve seen in the past two years..Right up there with The Great Debaters”..Monica Medina

Hey everyone,

“Cover” the murder mystery thriller directed by legend, icon and actor Bill Duke is nothing short of phenomenal. The film starring Aunjanue Ellis, Raz Adoti, Leon, Louis Gossett Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Roger Guenevere Smith and Paula Jai Parker leaves audiences in shock-literally. Director Bill Duke’s gift for story telling truly speaks to why he is one of the greatest legends, icons and directors of our generation. “Cover” takes many twists and turns that keeps movie goers engaged. The story line touches deeply on the AIDS and downlow epidemics in the African-American community. The shining gem of this film is that the storyline is in no way shape or form predictable. Everytime you think you know what’s going to happen next, you really don’t. The events are realistic, believable and gives the movie goer deep insight into a secretive world and culture. Although “Cover” is a murder mystery thriller with a serious message, it also has it’s fair share of humor and extreme characters to lighten up the mood.

This film is a must see but it is truly an excellent movie on all levels from the storyline to the fine cast of actors. This is one of the best films I’ve seen in the past two years.

If you are still not convinced why you should see Bill Duke’s murder mystery thriller “Cover”: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN CONSIST OF 73% OF ALL THE AIDS CASES IN THE US. IN WASHINGTON DC ALONE, ONE IN EVERY SEVEN AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES ARE INFECTED WITH THE HIV VIRUS. *Interview with Bill Duke and actor Raz Adoti on GritsnCheese.com now.

March 7, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film, GritsnCheese, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Chris Rock Finds His Roots and Cries on Oprah

By Monica Medinachris-rock-cries-on-oprah.jpg

First I must say, that it’s refreshing to see a man cry. It’s good for men to show their emotions. Chris Rock was on Oprah talking about the upcoming series that will air on PBS called “African American Lives 2” hosted by Henry Louis Gates. On the series, Chris discovers that his great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tinghman, went from being a slave to serving in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. Tinghman also was elected into the South Carolina legislature at 27 years old. He went from being a slave to owning 65 acres of land when he died in 1917.

Chris became choked up. “It’s weird how you don’t realize what low expectations you have for yourself until somebody shows you what your people have actually accomplished. It made me a little sad because I always considered myself so lucky. Yes, there’s a lot of luck with the success … but when you see that people before you managed to make it, you feel like maybe it’s your birthright or destiny. We as black people don’t feel that we’re destined to do anything but bad.”

AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 airs Wednesdays, February 6-13, 2008, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Television, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , | Leave a comment

Coming to GritsnCheese.com 1/28: GritsnCheese.com Triple Play! Deborah Gregory, Miasha, Alicia M. Rivers

Exclusive Interviews Coming to GritsnCheese.com the website on 1/28

Best-selling authors Deborah Gregory, Miasha

and Jolie Magazine Editor-n-Chief Alicia M. Rivers

gritsncheese-promo.jpg

GritsnCheese has an awesome line up of interviews hitting on Monday 1/28. (Or who knows we may put them up earlier, hint hint).

Deborah Gregory author of the mega hit novel series Cheetah Girls talks about growing up in NYC foster care system.  She also gives the scoop on the business side of turning books into movies!

Best-Selling Author Miasha talks about her successful and phenomenal career as an author and her new novel hitting in March “Sistah For Sale.” She gives the scoop on good and bad book deals, why she didn’t take her first offer from Terri Woods and her advice to authors who hate on “urban street literature.”

Alicia M. Rivers, Editor-n-Chief of Jolie Magazine talks all things beauty, her career in the publishing industry and lots more.  She also discusses the natural vs. enhanced beauty controversy.

Read GritsnCheese.com the website and the blog here thegritsncheesedish.wordpress.com everyday. You never want to miss a dish of grits!

January 23, 2008 Posted by | books, monica medina, thegritsncheesedish, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Honoring His Memory: Dr. Martin Luther King

Honoring The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
Honor his legacy everyday, not just today.
martin-luther-king-jr-pic.jpg

January 21, 2008 Posted by | thegritsncheesedish, world news | , , , | Leave a comment

“First Sunday” Screening Ends in Prayer. Director Urges to Support Good Black Film

By Monica Medina

Photo: Monica Medina & Director David E. Talbert Photo credit: M. Dennis

david-talbet-monica-photo.jpgHi family,
I had the opportunity to go back to my hometown to host the advance screening of “First Sunday” and introduce the film’s director David E. Talbert who was in attendance. David chose to debut First Sunday which stars Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan in Philadelphia first . Philadelphians were literally the first moviegoers in the country to see the movie, a privilege usually afforded to Los Angeles and New York. On a brisk cold Wednesday evening a sea of moviegoers huddled in the theater lobby. As the theater filled to capacity, many movie goers were shut out. It was clear that Mr. Talbert has a strong & devout core fan base. Some moviegoers sat on the floor while others were willing to stand. He urges the crowd to support good Black films. At the end of the autographing and Q&A session, a group of supporters formed a circle around David as he sat in the chair and prayed for his personal well being and the success of all his endeavors. That was truly a cool moment. It is obvious that this man puts God first in everything that he does.

So what did I think about the film First Sunday?…..Check back here on thegritsncheesedish! (www.thegritsncheesedish.wordpress.com). Nothing like a cliffhanger on a beautiful afternoon.

Monica Medina

January 2, 2008 Posted by | Black Film, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Obsession Continues: Great Debaters Gets The Golden Globe Nod, But Debuts at #6 on Christmas Day

By Monica Medina

denzel-teaching.jpg

Hello everyone,

The obsession continues with “The Great Debaters.” The film has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture, Drama (Golden Globes nominations usually translate into Oscar nominations). However it placed #6 at the box office. The goal is that we want to make it the #1 movie in America. On Christmas Day “The Great Debaters” only raked in $3, 604,000. Those of you who did not support the film have no right to complain why Hollywood does not make positive African-American films that reflect our history and stories. It seems as if African-American films do not have excessive violence, constant degradation, or if it is non-entertainment related–we will not support it. We made Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” #1 (great movie by the way) as well as American Gangster. Why did we not show the same support for “The Great Debaters”? Trust me, Hollywood is watching these numbers to determine if they should continue to produce quality African American films or stereotypical African American films. Based on the box office sales of “The Great Debaters” the latter may be true.

There may be a solution to this. …….To be continued….Monica Medina
*Thanks to our reader Fred H. for the scoop!

December 29, 2007 Posted by | Black Film, Denzel Washington, monica medina, The Great Debaters, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , | 1 Comment

RIP Benazir Bhutto

What is the world coming to when we assassinate WOMEN?
….Something to think about
bhutto.jpg

December 28, 2007 Posted by | monica medina, thegritsncheesedish, Uncategorized, world news | , , , , | 1 Comment