Saturdays are not for the weary. This morning started out with an amazing event called Train LA with fitness trainer Jillian Michaels. If you don’t know who she is, just know she is the GOAT of fitness. Probably one of the best female trainers to ever do it. Her brand, her image, her impact- Jillian is the truth.
Train LA is exactly what it sounds like: a workout class. But not just any- this was an iconic bucket list experience for Jillian’s fans at The Shrine in LA. While this venue is huge, this was a 45-minute session in a small, intimate setting.
Translation: get your ass kicked, and then you get to hang out with Jillian. I thought this was such a great idea- especially for how many girls look up to her. This was their chance to meet her IRL. It was followed by a 45-minute Q&A, where fans were able to ask questions to Jillian directly. The cutest part: Jillian had her baby boy on stage with her. Let’s not even talk about her body after giving birth. Not even going there.
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) July 8, 2017
Unfortunately, I was 15 minutes late. And I still died lmao. I hurry to find a spot and join in on the squats, lunges, push-ups, burpees, BURPEES. I hate burpees. I suck at burpees. I was embarrassed lmao. Working so much, I haven’t had time to work out or even do yoga. The turn out was great, though. Lots of ambitious, motivated individuals, female and male. Being that the venue is across the street from USC, def saw a lot of college students.
Towards the end of the workout, Jillian ran through the crowd, giving high-fives and hugs to literally everyone. It was so heartwarming to see and the very reason why she is who she is. She’s so powerful. Everything that came out of her mouth was so encouraging, motivating, inspirational, and… real. She keeps it 100% real and does not sugar coat anything. It’s so admirable.
Huge thanks to Emma and Mapuana with Goldenvoice for having me. This was such a wonderful event. I believe tickets were around $30, but it was worth every penny. You not only got a workout but you got to meet Jillian, but you were exposed to her biggest tips and secrets. She genuinely wants everyone to live the best life they can, covering everything from fitness to diet to being a mother. She’s so nurturing. It was so adorable seeing her run around with her son right behind her.
It was so crazy listening to her tell her story, which included being a chubby kid going up and dreading PE. Now, look at her lmao. She admitted not even liking to work out, but the way it makes her feel. You could also get VIP which was a Meet & Greet and photo opp after the event concluded. I was legit there until they kicked me out.
Quick shower, then on to the next one. Ray J‘s Raydempton visual album screening at TCL Chinese Theater in the heart of Hollywood. I’ve covered a lot of events here, so I knew exactly where to go. The red carpet started at 2:30pm and I didn’t pull up until around 3pm. Of course- hot mess. Red carpets always are. I’m just glad this shit was indoors. It was like 100 degrees out today.
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) July 8, 2017
I literally track down Ray J, who was being pulled in every single direction. Makes sense- he was the star of the show. But his attention span made me laugh. They were hurrying him from every media outlet. I just chimed in when I could and luckily he fucked with DX.
Honestly though, he was such a sweetheart. He’s been around for so long, and is still killing it. Legendary.
On my way over, I was researching and saw that Vince Staples idolizes him. I thought that was so interesting. Fr. If Vince fucks with you, you the real deal. Had to ask him about that.
Look how happy he looks lmao. Saw Safaree Samuels and my journalist instincts kicked in. MEEK.
I was proceeding with caution because I didn’t want to piss him off. Last time, I asked Irv Gotti about 50 Cent and he cussed me out :(. I didn’t even write about it because it was that bad lmao. But yeah. I asked if he would ever find peace with Meek Mill and his was his response.
Sadly, I didn’t stay for the actual screening, which I heard was supposed to be similar to Queen Bey’s LEMONADE . Well, I tried. But when it didn’t start after 45 minutes of sitting there, I had to get going. This lead to a torturous 4 hours at The Genius Bar at The Grove. My phone’s been acting up, and my alarms haven’t been going off (hence why I was late this morning).
Nothing kills my soul more than waiting at The Genius Bar. Nothing. I was also a walk-in, so you can imagine. I got so much anxiety at one point, I had to go outside and talk a walk. I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. Smh :(. That being said, I was super fucking happy my only plans for the evening were to see Spider-Man: Homecoming .
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) July 9, 2017
There’s nothing I’d rather do more than spend Saturday night at the movies. Nothing. Shout out to my babygirl Ari for convincing me to see this in 4D too. We had a blast. We hit the 9:30pm showing at Regal L.A. Live, the only theater 4D on the West Coast (I think I got that right). Think 3D, on crack.
— Spider-Man (@SpiderManMovie) July 7, 2017
This is like the Shrek movie ride at Universal Studios, where the chair moves, the air blows on you, the seat vibrates, the water sprays you, etc. Spider-Man was honestly perfect for this- because it was laced with action, but also had a storyline. Honestly, Marvel can’t lose. This is one of those movies that you talk about on Friday like, “Dude, Spider-Man is out this weekend!”
.@SpiderManMovie was fucking hilarious.
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) July 9, 2017
People were saying this is the best Spider-Man to date. Not that I remember the others, but this was pretty fucking good. Plus it got like 95% on Rotton Tomatoes. I guess this time around, they were going a whole new route. It’s over 2 hours like every Marvel movie, but it was totally doable. I didn’t text throughout the entire movie and that never happens lmao.
Ironman is still my fav Marvel character. Tony Stark’s sarcasm makes me lol each time. Go see this! And let me know what you think.