The Kamala Harris Invitational

Kamala Harris Makes History as First Woman and Woman of Color as Vice President - The New York Times

In honor of the first female Vice President in our nation’s history, Imma deliver up a roster of hot dishes whose extraordinary talents serve to make them that much more beautiful in my book. This gallery of gaga is what I like to call divinity meeting femininity, and we, their grateful admirers.

And before you go calling me a Johnny Come Bandwagon, let the record show that I featured our Vice President-Elect in a previous Vera Invitational post (Click here for best results!) . . . before she made history. Am I gonna take any credit for the fact that Joe read that particular post and had a genius idea for his ticket? Well . . . I’m not not going to take some credit for it. I am an American, after all, doing my civic duty.

To Madam Vice President, congratulations and thank you. For making an otherwise forgettable year something much more hopeful. Your beauty is more than skin deep, and your class and dignity will be a welcomed breath of fresh air in a house that is in dire need of just that.

Vera Farmiga | NUVO

I said to myself “Self, why don’t you have the Queen of your Crush River crash this invitational? Seeing as how you ain’t featured her all summer!” And I gotta admit, Self was making some big sense. So yes, Vera ends up here . . as it should be. And I really don’t have many superlative pitches in my repertoire when it comes to this timeless beauty, only because I’ve used them all. Okay, here’s one I never mentioned. She was the best thing about “The Departed”. There . . . I said it.

128.9k Likes, 1,022 Comments - Taissa Farmiga (@taissafarmiga) on Instagram: “Fishing for something.” | Pretty people, American horror story, Vera farmiga

Alright . . I know. I’m pouring it on now because guilt is eating at me for not having featured Vera all summer. I mentioned Taissa Farmiga in passing in an Invitational post many moons ago, by saying Vera was so talented that she had her own farm team. But her niece wouldn’t be here on looks alone. Like her aunt, she’s gone deep in a variety of different roles and she’s just getting better. Couple things. For one, this photo ain’t professional in nature and I’m not sure what’s going on. I feel like her boyfriend caught her in the middle of an argument and she was just about to punch him in the face for taking her picture. I don’t know why I find that sexy, but I do. But the mussed up hair . . it’s winning. And for another, and this is no slight on this pretty little chica but . . . in fifteen years, she is going to be absolutely breathtaking. Trust me on this.

From Top Model To Black Panther, Actress Yaya Alafia Is 'Truly African-American' : NPR

And okay, Imma get this out of the way straight off by saying Yaya? Como va? Because Yaya Dacosta is that classic beauty who fills you with song and wonder whenever she makes the screen. And no matter the size of that screen, she’s busy commanding it. On the small screen, she’s starred on All My Children, Ugly Betty, Law and Order:SVU, House and Chicago Fire and is currently a regular on Chicago Med. She also scored, and nailed, the role as Whitney Houston in the Lifetime bio-pic Whitney. On the silver screen, she’s got The Messenger, The Butler, Tron, The Kids are Alright and The Shanghai Hotel on her resume, among others. And that’s not even talking about the music videos she’s appeared in with the likes of Kanye and Jay-Z. Classic beauty and big talent get you to the Invitational, and who knows . . maybe she’s got politics in her future too. Just saying.

In Conversation With Emmy Raver-Lampman — Rose & Ivy

If you’re not familiar with Emmy Raver-Lampman, you will be. She made her Broadway debut in 2011 in the musical Hair. After that stint, she went on a fantastical caravan- touring the country and starring in productions of Jekyll and Hyde, Wicked and Hamilton. She’s since scored several television roles, most notably as Number Three in my current Netflix go to Umbrella Academy, where Lampman plays “Number Three”. And speaking of hair . . hers is a blossom of sun and fire that speaks funky beautiful truths and she can do anything and everything with it, after which all I can muster is yes, please and thank you so very much. And that voice, it’s like hot buttah. I heard a rumor that Umbrella Academy is locked and loaded for a third season, because hey, if Netflix is gonna raise its rates it better make damn certain it raises the roof right along with it. With Lampman on board, that’s a given.

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini on their dark friendship in Netflix's 'Dead to Me' - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Another first here at the Invitational, as I’m featuring a dynamic duo. Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are tasty goodness a la carte. But when paired together, as they are in the Netflix show Dead to Me? Everybody wins. My favorite show of the year, thanks to these two, who are the dark side version of Ethel and Lucy, by which I mean they work so damn well together. Do you know how you make dynamite? Put these two in the same script . . . and BOOM!

I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had putting it together. And I’m going to close up shop on this episode with Vice President Harris’s victory speech. The venue was so 2020, seeing as how it took place at a drive-in. But the feeling? Well, she made us feel like the world really can change for the better.

I’ll buy that.

75 thoughts on “The Kamala Harris Invitational

  1. B,

    You definitely know how to call ’em. I have absolutely no problem agreeing with your choices. They are wonderful, beautiful and successful women in so many different ways.

    You did have Kamala before we knew she could become your VP! Talk about vision 😉

    Vera’s beautiful niece looks a lot like her aunt so I’m going to add my bet to yours.

    Yaya plays on one of “my” shows and I am amazed at her beauty. Truly.

    And yes! UA’s Number Three, Allison, Emmy, definitely deserves to be here.

    Love the dynamic duo! Can’t wait for season three because you right, you right. Their chemistry? Definitely the darker Ethel and Lucy!

    I loved your invitational. I love how you share your latest hot dishes.

    Perfection to end with Ms. Harris’ speech, to boot. Worth a relisten. She gives me hope for your great country.


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    • Q

      Kamala made this entry simple, after which it was a matter of building the roster. Vera was easy, seeing as how she HAD to crash the Invitational. Her niece was a given as well, as she is proving to have plenty of ups in the movie business in her own right.

      BEFORE Kamala Harris was Vice President-Elect, she was here, on these pages. And hey, I have no idea if Joe actually read that particular entry. But there’s every chance he did!

      Yaya Decosta . . the name is a beauty and so’s the gal who owns it.

      Emmy is great stuff on the show. And yeah, it became clear who was going when I started thinking up a lineup for this edition.

      The hot dishes, served up with smarts and cheeky!

      Couldn’t be a music video. Not when history was right there, begging me to include it.


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      • I believe it. Timing was perfect. Okay, you timed this perfectly.

        And yeah, of course you had to invite your numero uno babe which was bonusified with the niece!

        I’m thinking he just might’ve seen your original. And why not?

        Coolest name to go with the beauty. What’s not to love?

        She is… I hear a rumour that…

        Smarts and cheeky – perfect descriptors.

        No. Definitely could not. Not this time.

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        • And with the election results now making it official that the Biden/Harris ticket have won for the twelfth time since Election Day . . it’s safe to post it!

          Vera was starting to worry. Joe told me as much. Pesci . . Joe Pesci . . .

          Joe? Biden? And if HE saw it, then you know Obama saw it. Which means Oprah saw it!


          Haha! You like that huh?

          Has to be that way. Posters ain’t gonna work on mine. And no teeny boppers. And none of that fake this and artificial that which comes off as much too apparent. I’ll leave Maxim to do that nonsense.

          No huay! No how! History has spoken and it needs to be heard. Again. And again.

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          • Has it only been twelve times? And yet, still we wait for a concession speech…

            Then it is a good thing you eased her worries.

            Now we’re talking! Prepare for the onslaught!


            I did. Might be because I’ve been accused of being both 😉

            You are absolutely right. God no! Please, no teeny-boppers (Taissa is borderline but you did specify that she is a watch out for the future submission, already showing great promise).

            No fake and artificial is a fantastic thing. I love that you put more mature women, too (Kamala and I being the same age makes this invitational inviting for women to agree to…)

            Yes. I love that you are a feminist.

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          • What Trump is doing is building his bank for what is to come after he leaves office. He has amassed a small fortune in the last couple weeks. Once again, he knows exactly what he’s doing. Mostly . . .

            This is unsubstantiated and cannot be proven in any way shape or form. Sort of like all those claims Rudy G is making about voter fraud.


            She’s definitely a future stock. I once had a rule that none of my chicas in my lineup could be less than thirty. But I was roundly condemned for it by a coven, and seeing as how I’m scared of witches . . .

            I am thinking of doing a Vintage Invitational after coming across an article on Dorothy Dandridge recently. I think I’ll do it.

            Me? Just an open minded individual who believes in living and letting others live.

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          • Is that what it is? And I’ve zero doubt that he has built up and is continuing to build up his fortune. Oh, he knows, all right.

            Uh huh… Gotcha 😉

            That so?

            She definitely is. Were you, now? I wouldn’t think you would be coerced into changing your standards. But then, beauty comes in all ages.

            I think a Vintage Invitational is a smashing idea! I encourage you to 🙂

            You. More than just an open-minded individual.

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          • He’s got a world of hurt waiting for him so this is a war chest. And his apologists are behaving like that kindly old lady who gives Benny Hinn her life savings because she thinks that horrible hair will get her through the pearly gates.


            I see it.

            They threatened to burn me at the stake. And what’s worse, I was going to be the main entree! I felt like a turkey on Thanksgiving week.

            Done! Well, I gotta write it but I already have a list.

            Why thank you. You da best.

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          • That he does. Haha! Again you have sent me to Google.


            Then who am I to argue?

            Oh you poor dear. Best to give the witches a wide berth, then.

            I am not surprised.

            Just honest.

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          • The MAGA crowd cannot accept defeat and so now they’re getting soaked by their hero. Can’t say they don’t deserve it.



            I leave them to do their thing. It’s best that way.



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          • Here’s the thing. They cry about entitlements and they behaved as if they are entitled to everything. They cry as if they are disenfranchised while making up the lion’s share of the earnings in the workplace. They cry that their guns are going to be taken away when that’s NOT the debate(it’s about banning assault weapons). They cry about the welfare state while corporate welfare is out of control and a much bigger problem.


            Mmmm Hmmmm.


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  2. Between you, Dale, and Frank it is hard to get a word in edgewise. Great choices, Pilgrim. I’m a little queasy when it comes to admiring a politician so I’ll hold off on joining the fan club on Harris. The rest were spectacular and it was so nice seeing that smoky. shot of Vera. Here’s hoping old Joe gives you a nod for the discovery of Harris.

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  3. Was that a speech or was THAT a speech. Audacity. Love it. She’s fierce on the Senate floor when she be questioning people and that is awwwwwwesome and definitely beautiful. Incidentally I LOVE Umbrella Academy I just got on that ride during quarantine and I can’t believe I waited so long. SO GOOD and happy to hear the next season is on deck. Number 3 so beautiful 🙂 I hadn’t seen her before that plus the darker side of Lucy and Ethel is a PERFECT description! That dynamic duo definitely needed a mention. Lucy and Ethel… ha! That right there that’s a mic drop line 🙂 Thanks for the post 🙂 Sunshine and waves

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    • Great speech, I agree.

      Gotta be honest, I wasn’t sure about Umbrella Academy a couple episodes in. But so glad I stuck with it because really, it just keeps getting better and better.

      Emmy is great stuff in UA. But my favorite character is Klaus. That guy is an absolute riot!

      They are definitely the dark side of Ethel and Lucy. In such a delightfully wicked kinda way. Christina Applegate cracks me up, every single time.

      Muchas gracias hermana.

      Sunshine and waves . . and chocolate too

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      • Klaus is so funny, he’s an unexpected growth in progress and I enjoy watching him each episode. The poster for the show threw me off it was that helmet fish and I was like what IS that? But I agree it DOES get better and the cliffhangers DUDE! have me wanting to find out what happens next. But I got to say #1 cracks me up with his anger that actor is fun to watch. They’re all pretty good.

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        • Seriously, I never saw him coming until he was making me crack up like nobody’s business.

          I really didn’t think I would be able to get into this one. I watched The Boys, and really liked it. But as far as superhero shows go, I never really warmed up to most of them.

          Number One with his Popeye arms and his serious crush on Allison, yeah he is so funny.


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