Archive for February, 2012

Literature Lessons with Former Rilo Kiley Guitarist, Blake Sennett of The Elected

Posted by    |    February 6th, 2012 at 9:17 am

Wearing a yellow Bob Marley tee paired with seersucker shorts, Blake Sennett casually walks through Club Dada, hours before he will perform to a hipster crowd that looks as if they rolled around in Buffalo Exchange moments before arriving at the venue.

As we sit down for his interview, the lead singer of The Elected band fumbles through the Facebook application on his iPhone, frustrated with social media.

“I have my own personal Facebook, and then I have ‘The Elected’ Facebook, and the label put me on as an ‘administrator’ which, I know that gives me access to things, but how do I post to something if I’m an admin?” questions the former Rilo Kiley guitarist.

As I show him a strategic method to technologically morph from Blake Sennett the man into The Elected the band, we discuss our California origins, and joke about the stronghold technology has over our lives.

I ask him if I’m allowed to say that I was – am – a big Rilo Kiley fan. “Yeah, aw thanks,” he responds, a hint of longing resounding in his vocal chords, “Yeah, I liked Rilo Kiley too. I think we all loved Rilo Kiley,” he says, poking around on his touch screen phone before clarifying, “I mean; not everybody, I just mean, people in the band.” (more…)

Texas Black Film Festival This Week

Posted by    |    February 2nd, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Robert Townsend.  Lynn Whitfield.  Irma P. Hall.  These are just a few of the legendary actors who you might not recognize by name at first, but would recognize the second their face came on to the big screen. Right now, the Texas Black Film Festival is not only honoring these three (whose works include Eddie Murphy RAW, The Josephine Baker Story, and Soul Food,) but giving new filmmakers the chance to showcase their latest creation to hungry audiences.

Kicking off this past Wed. night, the sixth year of the festival brings short films, classic films, docu-series, feature-length, and educational screenings at the Studio Movie Grill in Dallas.  If you’d like to be a part of this amazing event that runs until this Saturday, check out

You’ll find film dates, times, descriptions, and volunteer information.  Don’s miss the chance to honor black filmmakers and Texas talent this weekend!


Kristen Bell Freaks Out Over a Sloth, You’ll Freak Out Over Kristen

Posted by    |    February 2nd, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I was never really sure how I felt about actress Kristen Bell in terms of personality or talent, I only knew her as the narrator’s voice on Gossip Girl (which is not a television show that I watch, if that’s what you’re assuming) until I saw her interview on Chelsea Lately (which I admittedly do watch) and completely fell in love with her fun-loving, good-natured, free-spirited, charming personality.

Bell was recently interviewed by Ellen, and described a birthday party when fiancé Dax Shepard invited an actual Sloth to the party. She recounts the total freak out moment when she realized she was about to meet her dream animal. Check out the video above for what is highly likely to be the cutest thing you’ll see all day.

By the way, if you Google “Kristen Bell” right now, the second thing that comes up (after her name) is “Kristen Bell Sloth”. It’s that cute.