The 3 dancers in Omi’s “Cheerleader” video

A while back I posted info on the lead dancer/actress in Omi’s “Cheerleader” video. She’s Sheila Marie, and she can move! But there are a couple of dancers who join her on the Florida beach. I won’t even call them “the other dancers” because they’re so good!

“All these other girls are tempting…”

Yeah, these 2 dancers are cute, and they sure can dance! But who are they? Scroll down to find out! dancers1The one in the yellow skirt is Ja’Naye Thurston. As I looked into it more, I got a lesson on how talented she is: she’s a dancer for the Miami Heat basketball team, coaches dance, models, and appears in music videos and television programs. Oh, and I thought this was pretty cool: it wasn’t too long ago that she was a cashier at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant, and a sales associate at Macy’s (both according to her LinkedIn page). Not to mention she has a LinkedIn page! She makes having a LinkedIn page look cool. In fact, it’s endearing because it’s such a regular person thing to do. It just goes to show that hard work, a boatload of talent, and I guess being on LinkedIn, might just get you where you want to be!

Ja'Naye Thurston
Ja’Naye Thurston

The dancer with the bikini top is Yaritza Medina (pictured below on the right).
dancer3aShe’s appeared in quite a few music videos, programs on Univision and Telemundo, a couple of reality TV shows, and evidently knows Spanish really well; most of what I found about her was in Spanish, whether it was her Facebook fan page, or her Twitter and Instagram feed. So just like Ja’Naye, she’s got a lot going on, too, including acting, modeling, and choreographing.
dancers4There you have it! These three girls are working hard and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of them in music videos, on TV, and perhaps even movies if they choose to pursue that.

-Out of the Wilderness

What I Really Want To Say

I actually wrote this post about 2 years ago soon after my dad’s father passed away. Never posted it for some reason. Anyway, here it is, with zero updates since the day I wrote it. It’s called, “What I Really Want To Say”:

My last living grandfather passed away a few weeks ago and it’s still feeling surreal. It’s like, that’s Pop. He’s always there. I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that he’s gone. And lately what I’ve been struggling with is that I want to write about how he’s in Heaven now and have some sort of encouragement for anyone who reads this but I don’t believe I’d be writing my honest feelings. While I do believe he’s in Heaven, I don’t want to skirt around the fact that death stinks. I haven’t ever liked it and I never will. And who knows if I’ll recognize Pop in Heaven? I certainly hope so but at the end of the day, no one really knows what Heaven is going to be like, except that we’ll be with God and that’s definitely reassuring. I guess you could say I had sort of a Cinderella story as my childhood because the first death I really felt was the family dog when I was in college. By that age, a lot of people have lost grandparents, parents, maybe even brothers or sisters, but definitely a pet or three. My grandparents and extended family have really been blessed, and I’ve been blessed because they all have lived long lives. I guess I knew the day would come. Now both of my mom’s parents are gone, and my dad’s dad is gone, too. And one of my favorite relatives, Sister Walters, she was actually the first of that generation to pass away. She was awesome. She made the best lemon squares, and always got a kick out of me eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch in high school and college. She was a die-hard Seminole fan and just an all around happy person. She taught me that it’s OK to vacuum around the furniture, and it’s ok to have a room no one sees because it’s where you throw everything when you’re cleaning. She was very thoughtful.