Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

He's Just Not That Into You

Girl, should I call him first or wait for him to call me?

If he says "nice to meet you" at the end of the date does that mean he's digging me?

We've done it many times but he introduces me as a "friend " to his boys. Does that mean we're not together?

Those are a just a few of the many questions tackled in the romantic comedy"He's Just Not That Into You." It's based on the 2004 bestselling book by former "Sex and the City" writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. The movie carries a star studded cast including Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly from "Entourage"(love him!), Scarlett Johansson etc.

"He's Just Not that Into You" follows the tangled love lives of nine young professionals in Baltimore (This isn't the Baltimore we saw in "The Wire"). There are a lot of story lines but overall the movie illustrates two things: love is complicated because we make it complicated, and there are signs when a guy or girl isn't into you. Like Neil and Beth (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston) who've been dating for seven years, but Neil doesn't want to say "I Do". Then there's the player Connor (Kevin Connolly). He can't shake his feelings for Anna (Scarlett Johansson), a yoga instructor who uses him when she needs an ego boost.

Jennifer Connolly and Drew Barrymore are some of the bigger names tied to the film but who really shined was Ginnifer Goodwin from HBO's "Big Love." She played the perfect sweet, naive, man stalking, desperate romantic Gigi. There's a little bit of Gigi in all of us...I hope just a little bit. We've checked our cell phone a million times to see if "he" called after that first date; or over romanticized a relationship in our head that in reality wasn't a relationship to begin with. Some of ya'll may have even gone to a brotha's job unannounced just days after you met him. Hmmmm...

No need to hit up your bootleg seller in the hair salon. "He's Just Not That Into" gets my Box Office stamp. The characters are interesting and their love problems were believable. I thought some parts of the ending were unrealistic. However the writers did a good job creating multiple storylines that were easy for the viewers to follow. It's definitely a fun film to watch.


  1. Thanks for the review I think I'll go and see it.


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