The Rosario Dawson Invitational

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Welcome to the intersection of Hot and Damn! I gotta tell you, putting this ensemble of lovelies together raised the temps on my thermostat so effectively, I had to do a double take when my calendar didn’t come back at me with July. And I blame the lovely Rosario Dawson for this. She’s been delivering up A-list performances since back in the day with no signs of letting up any time soon. And my Godness, if she doesn’t get better looking every day. She was a slam dunk choice to lead my latest cabal of beauties.

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Joy Taylor- The co-host of The Herd with Colin Cowherd puts the sizzle in sports talk during the week. The girl with a thousand hair styles is an anomaly in her industry in that she practices brevity over bravado. Her narratives are usually spot on, sans the hot take nonsense that too many sports talkers rely on. The little sister of Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, Joy is style AND substance and she’s just getting started. Lucky us.

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Lupita Nyong’o- I first discovered this stunner in the 2014 Liam Neeson flick Non-Stop, and well . . can you blame me for wanting more? I can’t decide whether it’s those come hither eyes or that Mona Lisa smile whose brilliant mystery transforms me into a schoolboy, so Imma go with both. She was the hands down best thing about the frustratingly bizarre movie Us and she has a couple of vehicles (One movie and one television series) on the horizon. I’ll follow her anywhere, but not in a creepy stalker kind of way. I learned my lesson after Mr. Farmiga got a restraining order on my ass.

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Nathalie Emmanuel- I was remiss in not including Game of Thrones on my TV show list the other day. Because I went back to drink from the well of this epically fantastic show recently. And so of course I ran into Emmanuel, bringing that Southern heat to my cold February days here in the Northeast. You need look no further than her character Missandei to figure out why GOT was the place to be once upon a time. As if battle scenes, palace intrigue and extraordinary sets weren’t enough . . they dished up sexy on a doctorate level. And since I ain’t watching past Season 6, Missandei will remain that chica who put the mighty in Aphrodite, forever after.

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Normani Kordei- I first came upon this luscious little lady when I read an interview where she talked about having been bullied when she was younger. My first reaction was “gimme five minutes with those punks”, but that sentiment was shushed by her peaceful reconciliation in which she stated that she has moved on, and that she loves everyone. Even the haters. So here you have a young lady who’s got beauty on the outside and the inside? Sold.

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Lianne La Havas- So what if the British didn’t win the Revolutionary War? All I know is, they can lay claim to this beauty, who hails from London England, and so I gotta ask . . . who really won? Lianne’s been on the music scene for nearly a decade as a singer and songwriter whose voice could melt butter and whose lyrical prowess gained the attention of none other than Prince himself. So much so that the legendary rock star called her to talk music. And when she recounts the story in that British accent, I find myself humming God Save The Queen. Let’s umm . . not tell Homeland Security about this, coo?

I hope you enjoyed reading up on the latest in lovelies as much as I enjoyed bringing them to you. And as we head through the final quarter (okay, the final quarter and a half) of sub-freezing temps, remember to always be thinking sizzle. I mean summer.

Okay, both.

The Rebecca Hall Invitational

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It’s been so hot lately . . . How hot has it been Marco? . .  It’s been so hot lately that Trump’s hair has been deemed a fire hazard, the Miami Heat are being asked to change their name and the Sun is suing us for copyright infringement.

So with the thermostat impersonating an NBA score, I figured on dishing up a hot plate of purr. The mistress of ceremonies, Rebecca Hall, was kind enough to lend us her feminine wiles for the occasion. She is my latest hostess for this semi-ish annual event. And don’t you worry because Vera will be returning for a fall special.

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Rebecca Hall- Why wouldn’t we start things off with this gal? She’s uber talented, she’s got the smile, the resume, the height (she feels tall, okay?) and the British accent. And that’s just the starters on this stunner, who can rock any hair style whilst playing spy games with your most particular senses. She can play nice or naughty, and she brings the funk to a rock and roll song that gets written every time she walks in the room. That’s called checking all the boxes.

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Scarlett Johansson- Perhaps at no time in the history of sexy has a name fit the face the way these two fit each other. And I am still wondering why NYC hasn’t given this dame a key to the city . . for having been born there. I mean, what’s in the water? Because they really should bottle that stuff and issue an IPO, stat! Better yet, name her Queen of New York. She can live in Madison Square Garden since there ain’t nothing going on in that joint anyways.

Logan Browning

Logan Browning- Keep those eyes away from me, because they will force me under . . to a place I’ll never want to leave. She is dynamite, all squared up with some place to go. She’s the girl next door that you give a key to just in case she needed to borrow anything at all. And she plays shy with that look, but you know she understands her powers full well. Those eyes . . . they do not play fair.

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Maribel Verdu- She could pass for Rebecca Hall’s sexy sister, but every time I see her I think of a Spanish Chrissie Hynde, singing songs of love to me. Don’t get me wrong (Had to), because Maribel earned this spot all by her Queen Bee self. She combines elegance, confidence and beauty in her inimitably timeless way. She doesn’t just rise to the occasion, she is the occasion.

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Stana Katic- Oh Stana, how far we’ve come from those days when I would bypass you when it came time for another Invitational. It wasn’t your fault you reminded me of an old flame in every conceivable way- most notably, how you come off as God’s gift. But then came your work in Absentia, where you slummed it as Special Agent Emily Byrne. You were so damned good that you forced me to overlook the fact that you were a lying, cheating bad girl who loved her drink too much . . just like my ex. Is that the definition of hurts so good?

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Maria Taylor- When it comes to college football, Georgia knows its business. But it’s beauties like Taylor that give the state its shine. The most beautiful sound I ever heard (on ESPN)? Maria . . of course. She stands out on the four letter, because she doesn’t have a schtick. She’s all business and she knows her stuff, and I hope she goes elsewhere some day seeing as how I no longer have cable.

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Jessica Rothe- If you combine beauty, a smart ass personality and acting chops . . that’s the triple crown skill set that gets you to the Invitational. Rothe’s got it, and here’s my prediction of the week . . drum roll, por favor. She’s gonna win an Oscar some day. I just know it.

I can’t top an Oscar prediction, so I ain’t gonna try. Instead I’ll just ask you to keep it safe as we trudge through these dog days of summer. And sorry if I raised the temperature in here, but hey . . I was working off a script that is as old as Aphrodite, and every bit as powerful.

Stay sexy.





The Sarah Michelle Gellar Invitational

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I know, right?

Welp, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading a What’s Hot Invitational, then you are familiar with Vera Farmiga as being the linch pin to this sexy ride. And while Vera ain’t lost an ounce of her felonious appeal, I decided to break out another tasty spice. This is like when Billy Crystal decided to take a break from the Oscars. Only, this is sexy.

Besides, Vera has a lot going on these days so she wouldn’t be able to drop by to comment (yet again!) anyways. She’s got a new movie in theaters with two more coming up next year. And she’s happily married, and a devout Catholic girl. So yeah . . I hopped on another bus. And Imma blame Paul Simon for that shit.

Sarah Michelle happens to be happily married as well. But she ain’t devout. And that matters something wisely to my way of getting down. I’m not doing too much research on SMG, because really . . why should she be different from any other female I’ve ever gone juicy fruit for? Other than this . . . if you haven’t seen Veronika Decides to Die, you should check it out. The soundtrack is slightly annoying, but her performance has chops. Deliciously so.

Lauren Rutledge

Laura Rutledge- ESPN host on Get Up and pastry pinup pretty lady, this gal has game. She’s the one (only) solid reason to tune in to the show. At least, I think she’s a regular on the show. Anyways, whenever and wherever I surf her onto my screen, she gives me a reason to stay tuned.


Jessica Lucas- Bad girls rule. And Jessica played a bad girl with a good heart, which is really unfair, but Imma accept it. If you’re not caught up on Gotham, then you might want to stop reading what I have to say about Lucas, right now. Because her leaving the show . . and the way she left the show . . it left me verklempt.

Grace Gummer

Grace Gummer- She plays an FBI agent who couldn’t give a fig for glitz or glam on the show Mr. Robot. She’s a hard boiled beauty with wild Irish locks and a razor sharp sense of humor. Do we need more evidence in order to detain her? Because I am plenty fine with that.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner- This woman has played every kind of character- from a deadly assassin in Daredevil to a dream girl crush in 13 Going On 30 and she has served it up like a Boss Woman. To refurbish a line from Karen Carpenter, on the day that Garner was born, the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true soccer mom with the kind of acting range that would impress NASA. And the fact that she divorced the Boston Red Sox guy makes her that much more beautiful in my eyes.

Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly- The girl possesses an exquisite versatility in that she can hone in on a variety of moods depending on the hairstyle. From wearing it up to going all frizzy to straight to permanent press to Holy Jesus! And no matter what she dials up, she’s gonna tempura anyone with a Y chromosome. Hells, she’s gonna do the same for the double XX crowd now that I think about it.

Adria Arjona

Adria Arjona- Those eyes. I mean . . they follow me everywhere. After which I fantasize about how they’re beaming me up into her space crib as old Blue Eyes sings us into Jupiter and Mars. There’s no doubting those heels are a Carrie Bradshaw Grand Slam, but you have to check our her creamy schoolmistress getup in Good Omens. It’s a show about heaven and hell, to which she fits perfectly.

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan- God Bless America. This sexy forward for the Orlando Pride and the co-captain of the US women’s national team is a two time Olympic gold medal winner and after Sunday’s win over the Netherlands, a two time World Cup winner as well. But that’s not even the most impressive thing about her, nope. Ya see . . the girl has Americans digging on tea now. Goooooaaaaaallllll!!!!

Welp, that’ll do it for this make over invitational. I’d like to thank the Buffy as ever Sarah Michelle for her sultry work as my emcee hammer. And a big gracias to all the ladies who participated in this historic edition.

Vera would be proud.