Archive | April, 2010

Britney on Glee!

24 Apr

After Tuesday’s successful “Madonna” themed Glee episode, rumors began swirling that there would soon be a Britney Spears “Glee” in the works.

Glee executives at FOX have confirmed that they are, in fact, considering an all-Britney episode of Glee, and are very interested in the concept!

Both Brit-and-Glee fans are rejoicing over this news, in starting a Facebook page in support of the idea, as well as by trying to get #BritneySpearsGLEE to become a Twitter trending topic.

So far, nothing has been set in stone, but it certainly would be a match made in pop culture heaven.

Ten years of  “Brit Brit” mega-hits on this ultra-hip/quirky, yet, somehow timeless, show? Yes, please!

Support Britney on Glee via Facebook.

Tweet #BritneySpearsGLEE to @GLEEonFOX on Twitter!

Pssssst……PS: A similar initiative was started a while back by Justin Timberlake fans after he stated on the 2010 SAG Awards red carpet that he was disappointed that HE wasn’t asked to do an episode of Glee. Maybe a “battle of the exes” themed episode?? Hmmm….??

View JT’s thoughts on GLEE, here:

Read more about “The Britney” on GLEE, from Entertainment Weekly, here.

What’s Up in Da’ Burgh? – Let Them Eat Cake, PA Film Industry, Power Hour, PRSA, Arthritis Walk & More!

24 Apr

Some fun events this weekend and coming up soon in and around Pittsburgh …

Let Them Eat Cake – This event is a “cake tasting” and cake decorating contest benefitting the Midwife Center. Held at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Grand Hall, it begins tonight (4/24) at 7:30 pm and runs until 10pm, featuring premier cakes, fun entertainment, and fabulous attendees, as well as an awesome auction. Buy tickets online at Blacktie Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Film Industry Networking Event – This is a FREE event held by the PaFIA. To be held at the Firehouse Lounge, it is tomorrow, April 25th, 2010, from 6-9pm, and features a cash bar and appetizers. More info can be found at the Nancy Mosser Casting Blog, here.

Get Involved! Power Hour – This event will be held on Tuesday, April 27 from 5:30-7:30 at Alto Lounge. Held by Baker Leadership, it will feature a panel of guests and community leaders who come together to brainstorm ways to make a difference in our region. Get more info, here.

New PR Professionals’ Happy Hour presented by PRSA Pittsburgh – This event – a Happy Hour at Bar Louie Pittsburgh – is for young, up-and-coming PR professionals, and will take place on Thursday, 4/29, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Don’t forget …. there’s still time to join the Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania on May 8th for their 3-Mile Arthritis Walk, Wellness & Family Fun Day at Kennywood Park. Join or Start a Team HERE: Help spread the word about Juvenile Arthritis and let the world know that, “Kids Get Arthritis, Too!”

Photo of the Day: Cartoon Me!

24 Apr

Using I created a “cartoon me” just for fun.

Cute, eh??

The 1st Annual Get Involved Service Summit in Pittsburgh – Great Success!

23 Apr

I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 “Get Involved!” Service Summit, hosted by Baker Leadership, at the Union Project yesterday in Pittsburgh.

It was an amazing event, and a great networking experience!

I heard inspiring stories from compelling speakers such as PA State Senator John Pippy, City Councilman Bill Peduto, author Chuck Herring, life coach Lisa Spahr, Chaz Kellem from the Pittsburgh Pirates, speaker Jeff Tobe of Color Outside the Lines, the esteemed Jim Roddey, Jim Lokay from KDKA, an expert panel of nonprofits and board members, and more!

It was a wonderful experience! I got to meet Senator Pippy, AND, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth

Day yesterday, picked up a cute bag for charity that one of the vendors was selling – made out of recycled t-shirts!

I can’t wait to attend next year, and after this year’s event, I look forward to reading Tom Baker’s book! Also, I would like to extend a “congrats” to all of the award winners this year, and a “nice to meet you” to all whom I was lucky enough to come into contact with.

Thanks for a great day!

-Ashley B

Butler-born Bret Michaels Hospitalized with Brain Hemorrhage

23 Apr

Singer Bret Michaels, best known from the band, Poison, and more recently, VH1 reality show, Rock of Love, has been hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage.

Michaels is a diehard Steelers fan and was born in the Pittsburgh area, hailing from Butler, Pa, though he lived most of his life in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

According to his publicist, he is in critical condition. He was rushed into intensive care last night after a terrible headache.

There is bleeding at the base of his brain stem and tests are being done; no other information has been provided.

Michaels does suffer from diabetes and a history of drug use, and last week had an emergency appendectomy. There’s no word as to whether or not any of these factors have anything to do with the hemorrhage.

Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family at this time.

What IS the Price of Beauty?

20 Apr

Have any of you seen the show “Price of Beauty” with Jessica Simpson?

I must say that I really enjoy it.

I always love learning about the everyday social norms of other cultures, and it is really interesting to see what other cultures traditionally consider beautiful. I’m always open-minded and try not to judge, and I am fully aware that I shouldn’t base my concepts of what is beautiful on a magazine cover.

However, being a young woman in the United States, it is very difficult not to do so.

It is refreshing to journey to other countries with Jessica Simpson and company, and to see other cultures’ perceptions of what is beautiful vs. what is not – both inside and out, and to explore both current and historical beauty regimens.

In one country in Africa, the bigger you are, the more beautiful you are. “Fat” is not a derogatory word. “Skinny” women are frowned upon. In Japan, the eyes that many consider beautiful and exotic are a burden for some of the women there, who have cosmetic surgery to have their eyes made to appear more rounded and bigger, like a “doll.” Also in Japan, there are two very different cultures of women: the Harajuku girls who are very modern and whimsical in their clothing choices, and then also the very ultra-traditional Geisha, and everything in-between. In a Middle-Eastern country, Jessica gets scolded for showing too much leg, as the woman doing the scolding was showing quite a bit of cleavage. But who are we to judge? To each his (or her) own.

One common theme throughout the show is not about the rituals (some of which are crazy – fish that eat fungi off of your feet, laying buried in sand for 2 hours, mud baths, grape jacuzzis, and more) – but a theme of finding inner peace, loving yourself, and thus, radiating beautiful from the inside out.

The concept of this show could become cliche and contrived. However, as corny as it gets at times, Jessica and her friends give it the perfect dose of comedy and humor mixed with an honest vulnerability and a true desire to learn what, exactly, true beauty really is.

I love it, and I think that Jessica has become stronger because of it. Let’s face it – the girl has been a target of tabloids and “fans” alike. I think she’s great and I applaud her! (read my recent blog about Jessica’s recent “no-makeup” Marie Claire shoot, here.)

Celebrate Art, Celebrate Life! Persad Center Patron Party and Art Auction

20 Apr

Pittsburgh, do you know about the Persad Center?

The Persad Center is our nation’s 2nd oldest licensed counseling center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, and Pittsburgh is lucky enough to have them right here in our community.

Aside from the cause that they support, they host wonderful events in Pittsburgh for the entire community to enjoy!

If you’re an art lover, you surely won’t want to miss their initiative, Celebrate Art, Celebrate Life!

This past Saturday, April 17th, the Persad Center hosted the Patron Party at the brand-new August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The Patron Party, was a reception for approximately 500 artists and special contributors. Sponsors and special guests were lucky enough to be able to preview  a selection of artwork and enjoy dinner and cocktails at this distinctive event.  This event attracted a diverse crowd including business and community leaders, regional artists, and professionals of all ages. The Persad Center hopes that the May 10th  “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” 2010 Auction and Benefit will do the same.

Stay tuned to learn more about the May event – for now, enjoy photos from the Persad Patron Party, here:

Follow Persad on Twitter @PersadCenter

Follow Persad on Facebook here.

Whoopi is my Twitter BFF (kind of.)

20 Apr

Ok, so I wouldn’t go as far as to say we are “BFF’s” … Ok, well…not by any means…..

BUT… I *am* pretty excited to say that, since Saturday, I’ve gotten a tweet or two – even 3 or 4 – per day, from the one, the only, Ms. Whoopi Goldberg!

Formerly very anti-Twitter, the Whoopster herself has been very sweet and chatty with me on my personal Twitter account, even calling me her trademark pet names, “gurl”, “chica”, and “baby.”

A woman I’ve always admired as being strong and inspiring, Whoopi is known for her intelligent, level-headed – and pretty darn funny – opinions on “The View” (along with her perfect lead-ins and outtros, I must say!) and, of course, her stellar and acclaimed acting and standup comedy career. (Today, she may have been known for calling Kate Gosselin an “angry bitch” but, that’s neither here nor there, and made me giggle, regardless.)

She’s also a published author, including the recently published children’s book “Perfectly Prima” which is the third in a series called Sugar Plum Ballerinas. (Very cute!)

Goldberg also happens to be involved in a fabulous website (which I’ve also blogged for) entitled Women on the Web, or, According to the site, “wowOwow is an online community created, owned & run for women by women.”

She may have only spoken to me a handful of times, 140 characters or less, but that just goes to show that she’s a pretty stand-up lady. Sure, I’ve talked to Justin Timberlake, Sherri Shepherd, Dane Cook, and a handful of other celebrities online, but Whoopi has actually been kind enough to take the time to tell me to have a nice day, and to say she’ll check out my blogs.

Whoopi, if you’re reading this, a sincere THANK YOU goes out to you! Truly. I’ve been having some rough times lately, and just the simple fact that someone like you took the time to say hello to me, no matter how small that may seem, was pretty cool to me, and admittedly kinda made my day!   *blush*

– BuellaMarie (or, as the world “in-real-life” knows me, Ashley Boynes)

“Cake in the Break Room” Video … Oh How I Love the Morning Freak Show on 96.1 KISS!

15 Apr

So, in my humble opinion, NOTHING can touch the “Ball Shorts” video …. The Filet O’ Fish and Snuggie ones are classic, too, BUT ….. I must admit, Mikey & Big Bob’s latest, “Cake in the Break Room” had me LOLing as well!

Features a cameo from our hometown girl iJustine … and … Bob in drag.


While you’re at it, Ball Shorts is a MUST for this time of year, too [EXPLICIT VERSION]

Always good for a laugh, those guys 😉

Visit them at:

GLEEful thoughts…

15 Apr

So, I watched a few episodes of Glee last season, but never was an avid fan.

Yesterday, I watched the most recent episode – and, I admit it – I’m now hooked. What a lighthearted, fun, and funny show, that, to me, just about ANYONE can enjoy. I love it! So fabulously, deliciously creative!

Official, born-again “Gleek” right here!

Anyone have the DVD so I can catch up on past episodes?

And who’s excited for the Madonna episode?

While I personally consider Madonna vastly overrated (yes. I just said that.) I’m looking forward to it. Her tunes are timeless, are oh-so-fun ~ just like the show!