Crush Groovin’: Sabi

I’m not too late, am I? Yaaaay, I’m not late!

Wow. I feel like I haven’t posted anything since last year! I’m currently in the process of redesigning Skinny Girl in a Curvy World, complete with photos and new blog entries pertaining to more than just music and girl crushes. Hopefully, I can kick it off really soon! Nevertheless, it’s the last day of January, which means I can’t miss posting about my girl crush of the month.

Now introducing . . .


If you don’t know who this beauty is, you’re about to now. Her name is Sabi (real name Jenice Dena Portlock), and I think she is hawt! If she wasn’t she wouldn’t be anywhere near my list. Maybe you know her from Cobra Starships’s fun song (one wtdtaof my favorite dance tunes, just to let you know); maybe you don’t. But that’s how I know her, and that one song led me to others she released on her own and more collaborations she has done with other artists like Britney Spears, Tyga, and Diplo, to name a few.

By the way, is it me or does the Inglewood, California-born vixen resemble August’s girl crush? Either way, she’s a beauty in her own right. I wish her all the best in finding her place in the overpopulated world of music. But I’d rather her not become a mainstream puppet. (Nevermind what I want. Those are just my selfish feels talking.)

Hit the play button here and below to see why she’s the pick for January’s crush groovin’. Any chick who can rock this deserves to be on the list, don’t you agree?


“Champagne” (This is one of those songs that always makes me want to kick it with my girls and dance the night away.)


Getting to Know Me: 15 Questions Answered (Part II)



The following are questions others have asked me in the past. More to come.


Elegantdamus…do you think you would survive a real zombiepocalyse? And how would you try to survive?
I’d probably be eaten.

Are you outgoing or shy?
I’m a true example of an introvert. If I had to pick one on this spectrum, then I am shy. Although, I wouldn’t call myself shy since I can at times be outgoing when I really want something. I live in my head moreso so than out of it, so if you meet me and I’m quiet, it’s not because I am shy but because I am absorbing everything and processing it mentally.

What are you sure of?
My faith in The Holy Trinity. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without having all three operating in it. I’d be lost for sure.

What’s your motto?
I have two: “Worry about nothing; pray about everything.” “Nothing to lose, everything to gain.”

What was the last thing you bought?
I’m into odd rings at the moment, so I bought three different rings to add to my collection.

What is your favorite ice cream?
Blue Bell’s buttered pecan.

Are there any places you are afraid to visit?
I wish I could visit Egypt. There’s too much unrest there, though, and I’m uncertain of how I would be treated as a female. I know an Egyptian and he had to go back to Egypt for a family emergency. Even he was unsure if he would return safely.

What is your favorite sporting activity?
Ok. I don’t play sports at all. I do love SEC football (I’m from the south, so it’s kinda mandatory). I’m also a big fan of short track speedskating and super motorbike racing.

Who are your enemies?
Anyone who is against me. But I have found that for each one that is against me, there are two more who are for me.

What Makes You Smile?
It’s difficult to narrow it down to one thing since I love to laugh and can find humor in just about anything. But I will say the laughter of a small child makes me smile. I don’t have any children of my own, but whenever I hear a child laugh it brightens my heart instantly.

Can you cook?
I can, but I don’t like to because I hate the preparation part. I prefer to just eat the food. I only enjoy cooking when those who eat it enjoy my cooking.

What’s your dream job?
I have an ear for music, so I wouldn’t mind becoming a bass player for popular artists of any genre and tour many countries with them. I think that would be a cool job to have. Hey, you never know!

What’s the perfect place for a first date?
New experiences are always good I think. If both can agree on a location, I think a first date should be somewhere neither person has been before. Whether the experience is good or bad, they will have something memorable to talk about. “Remember that time when we went to…” It’s important that they agree on a location instead of one merely suggesting a place because if it is disastrous, then the person who made the suggestion may not get a second date.

Whats your most favorite black comedy?
I’m a fan of blaxploitation films for all of their jive talk and cheesy fight scenes. My favorite black comedy is “Petey Wheatstraw” starring Rudy Ray Moore, bka, “Dolemite.” But his delivery of jive talk in any of his films is hilarious to me. Google “Hush Puppy Dolemite” and watch the 3-min YouTube clip that returns for an example. So many funny elements in that one scene: the “acting,” the music, the fight scene, the occasional boom mic cameo…

What is your idea of perfect relaxation?
Me, alone, with a glass of wine and jazz or chillout music is good enough. I often do this when I want to unwind.

Music Monday: What Are You Afraid Of?

Christian artist, Kerrie Roberts, suggests for you to face your fears in this cute little contemporary pop song.

This was so not the original song I was going to share for the first Monday of the new year. I’ve practically planned out which songs I wanted to share for each month, but apparently those plans are subject to change along with everything else in my life!

How has my new year been thus far? Somewhat good with a hint of stressful details here and there but still good. The thing is, I’m working on something major that can be life-changing if it materializes, and as a result, I’m having to deal with so many overwhelming concerns of not only my own but my family’s, too. On top of that, I’ve been seeking God in this particular matter for several months now and everytime I believe I’ve made a firm decision, a brand new concern overrides my decision, causing me to re-evaluate that decision. Imagine what that’s like for someone who lives internally and in her thoughts 90 percent of the time. No, I will tell you what it’s like: IT’S DRAINING!

Just as I was asking God for confirmation for the 54th time (because this is a HUGE decision, I want to be sure God is at the helm of this thing), I was reminded of Kerrie Roberts’ What Are You Afraid Of? I’ve heard this song so many times before thanks to the Christian-based boutique I work in. I’ve even listened to it a handful of times at home. This time, though, when I asked God to confirm for me what I needed to do for Him, it reached my crowded soul. And, man! Did He ever confirm it! I listened to the lyrics thoroughly this time and realized how Roberts is really addressing me in her lyrics. She doesn’t know it, but she really wrote that song for me. *laughs*

Yes, I’ve been “compared to the girl who has everything” when it came to a love interest choosing another woman who could do the most for his image. Yes, I’m the one “who is the last to know about everything.” And I’m definitely the girl “who had given her whole world for love for the boy to say no.” Even most recently, I’m facing a breakthrough but I’m paralyzed by others’ fears. My eagerness to change my life for the better and to do something so bizarre is causing everyone’s comfort zone to be shaken; therefore, I’m hurting the ones I love the most.

But God! He is encouraging me through not only His Word but, too, through this simple pop song. He’s answered my concerns, telling me to let it all go and to not be afraid because His grace has me covered for all of eternity. Wow. Just . . . wow.

It’s incredible how I’m the very girl Roberts sings about. I swear the first verse is about the 2013 me and the second verse is the current me in 2014. So while I had another song to share, this particular track fits perfectly in the present circumstance I am in.

If you’ve ever had a big dream that seemed impossible–and because it seemed impossible you never pursued it–I want you to know that it is never too late to take the necessary steps to achieve it. The only one who is in your way is yourself. 

So what are you afraid of?


Kerrie Roberts: What Are You Afraid Of? lyric video: