Monday , March 20th marks the first day of spring ! Some spent it at the gig, others had the luxury of spending it in the sun, on a sandy beach while the rest of us imagined we were sun bathing on the beach towel next to you !
Spring cleaning means we clean up the crib, the whip, the mind, body and spirit. Out with the old , and in with the new . A new cut , a new do, a new whip, a new you ? Possibly.. (Now what to do about this healthcare crisis? CALL YOUR LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM NOT TO DO AWAY WITH OBAMACARE.
NBA in the Mix
Evening folks , anybody catch the game last night ? The Houston Rockets took home another victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. Final score 122 to 103 ! Good game H-town .
The NBA most definitely shook things up at the beginning of the season with all the trades that took place prior to the season’s launch . Key players were plucked, pruned and sown all over again with hopes of reaping a greater harvest. Derrick Rose and his right hand man, Joakim Noah , made a successful transition over to the NY Knicks . It’s almost surreal to see star players like Wade and Rondo playing on any other team other than the Heat or Celtics. Either way, the NBA shake up has definitely made for some good, wholesome entertainment.
“It’s been a long time.. I shouldn’t have left you.. without something to step to”
Hello stranger, hello friend, hello song that never ends. I have to start off and extend my sincerest apologies. The last I blogged was approximately 02/07/16 .. shame on me, but honestly at some point the poliTRICKS got the best of me . I got tired of keeping up with the gimmicks and the lies. I yearn for the truth or at least something that closely resembles the truth.. you know ? Like its prototype .
So much has taken place within the past year. Trump swindled his way in the White house, Hillary was humiliated once again after a long , arduous political battle for office, the Oscars added a little more flavor to the pot , and Nikki Minaj was finally put back into her plastic box (thank God and thank you Remy Ma)!
Ever since Donnie stumbled into his Presidency , the NATIONS have united in protest in an act to essentially trump him out of office ! Millions of people across the world joined in protest marching against him and all that he stands for. And since then, Trump’s belligerent , racial, sexist slurs have either brought out the best or the worse of the US citizens . The day he took office, women all across America came together to protest against him being in head of office. We were all left in shock and awe as to what comes next ? Phuck the founding fathers.. WHAT ABOUT THE MOTHERS ? What about their daughters, their sisters , their aunts , their grandmothers. God bless America ..
On a brighter note, the Oscars were all the rage this year in 2017! So much life , so much talent, and one of my favorite late night , talk-show hosts did a fine job of keeping us all engaged during the ceremony . Jimmy Kimmel , you’ve gotta love him !
From left to right: Merhashala Ali Best supporting Actor in Moonlight, Emma Stone Best Actress in La La Land, Viola Davis Best supporting Actress in Fences , and Casey Affleck Best Actor in Manchester By the Sea.
It’s raining JUNIOR MINTS at the OSCARS 2017 !
Who’s wearing WHO??
Janelle Monae poised in Ellie Saab COUTURE ! Yes ma’am and that pixie cut is giving us all life honey !
Ms. Janelle Monae has hit the ground running this year in 2017. Opening up doors for young girls that aspire to be like her. Making her debut appearance in a best selling movie , Hidden Figures, and taking home a win for Best Picture in Moonlight . Congrats Ms. Monae ! Your Black Girl Magic is untouchable !
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Queen Bey gave us all a stunning surprise yesterday ! Reasserting herself in this music game! She could care less about the rumors and hearsay . She’s black, beautiful and proud , and if anyone has anything to say in opposition; she’ll graciously give you the finger !
“Always stay gracious , best REVENGE is your Paper ..” #Beyonce
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Queen Bey teaches us all the ins and outs of what women of color, strength and charisma face within this nasty industry. She defies stereotypes , yet stays true to herself and her family. Even the greatest stars require the best management team, and sources have revealed, the Queen has recently revamped her entire management team. Keep it up Bey ! It’s working in your favor ! #SlayBeySlay
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Speaking of WINS.. what’s the real deal with the Oscars? Recently there have been quite a few artists and celebrities speaking out against the bias of the Academy Awards. The beautiful and talented Jada Pinkett Smith spoke out recently addressing her observations of how many Black actors in Hollywood are often overlooked and receive little to no recognition for their talents. Rumors flew about the possibilities of boycott. When in actuality, Ms. Smith did not use those words, “boycott”. She simply said she would not be in attendance, and her husband stood by her.
Obama State of the Union Address
“We the people ..” … ” ALL the people, not just some”
Tonight the President discussed the current state of affairs. He addressed our recovering economy, affordable education, affordable healthcare, and the country’s future.
” Our collective futures depends on your duties as a citizen to VOTE.” – POTUS
Personally, free community college is the golden ticket. For the students that are responsible and dedicated; if the President is able to follow through with this plan in 2016, this can also have a direct impact on the uptick of our economy.
Present day, a four year degree is almost the equivalent of what a high school diploma once was. If you’re anything like me, Sallie Mae is most definitely a pain in your back side. Higher education has always been extremely expensive, and has left a number of Americans in debt. President Obama’s concern leaves this country with a sense of promise.
Unfortunately, the country is still somewhat in “limbo” with the new election fast approaching. Trump is currently running neck and neck with Cruz in the Republican party, and Hillary Clinton is still struggling to secure her seat in the White House.
I’ll rock my vote eventually, but honestly… I value integrity, and so far the current candidates have me all scratching my head …
Golden Globes 2016
A star-studded affair – some of our television favorites walked away with the recognition they deserved. Taraji P Henson received a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series for her role as Cookie Lyon in the hit series Empire.
Ga Ga gracefully walked away with her first nomination and win for her role as the Countess on American Horror Story , Best Actress in a mini-series.
And Hollywood studs: Denzel, Stalone and DiCaprio received recognition and rewards for their stellar performances.
Future president ? Nah.. but Kanye West just might know the real definition of a Real Friend.
This is the YE we all crave for ! His cut-throat honesty, his soul, his passion ! Looking forward to the final release of his album ” SWISH ” 02/11/2016 !!
2015 RAP UP “SKILLZ”
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2015 Highlights .. What were some of the most memorable moments of 2015 ? For me personally, it was the fam, my MU$IC, and my day job.. (gotta pay the bills honey).
In Pop Culture , we shared parallel worlds: Mr. West and his wife conceived a second child and he showed us all it’s okay to dare to dream. The Yeezy Boosts catapulted the gym shoe to NEXT LEVEL. Nah.. I didn’t cop a pair, but if you’ve got $350 bones to splurge ? Be my guest !
Ri- Ri is apparently still looking for the bih that didn’t pay her back in a timely fashion, and her Navy is still anxiously awaiting the release of ANTI diaRy.
” Hear no evil, speak no evil, See no evil ”
A couple more wig changes, wardrobe malfunctions and several albums later .. Niki Minaj is still slaying on all levels of Urban and Pop Culture, but 2016 is the year of WOMAN.. Standing Ovations for the women that opened the doors and paved the way for others to step in and show out.
This year will determine the culture shift ; we all have the potential to impact the world with love and compassion , verses the over saturation of sex and women’s exploitation.
Last night, the home-girl Ke Ke Palmer rang in the new year with her talent and sealed the deal with a kiss !
2016… Bring it ON!
” A message to the HATERS.. You were right, I was doing everything wrong, and I promise to be better from now on “, said Scott Aukerman #ComedyBangBang
The homie Kidd Cudi scored a hot-seat on IFC’s “Comedy Bang Bang”! I’m corky .. so this type of stuff excites me. Improvisational humor, cute rappers, and nice sweaters. After all, ’tis the season’, for sweater-weather that is.
The ever so GORGEOUS A$AP made a guest appearance on the show recently.. left us all dazed and confused.
Love, $EX , Dream$
Remember when Pretty Flacko first came out? That young Harlem boy, surfing over high hats and 808s, accompanied by a hypnotic chop and screw. Gold fronts in his mouth.. ” We be reppin’ the $outh.. “, Po UP? .. (For me? maybe some Patron, but I say, NO to the lean).
“Drink responsibly me amigos!”
HOtline Bling Video
“DAncehall a-go GO UP “
Hey world.. I’d like to apologize for my brief hiatus. So much has taken place within the last couple of months, and I still don’t know who to vote for ..lol.
Not too long ago Hip-Hop icon, Kanye West, made the announcement he’d be running for President in the year 2020! Now, if your sense of humor is anything like mine.. I nearly fell out of my seat in laughter following his speech! Nothing wrong with having a sense of humor. Honestly, with Trump in the lead, Mr. West’s “joke” doesn’t seem too far fetch. Recently, President Obama shared his thoughts on the current state of the 2016 Presidential race.
Where do we go from here ? ..We can march, we can sing it out , but when will our voices truly be heard and respected?
“What the WORLD needs now .. is LOVE.. sweet LOVE !”
Well.. is it? In 2015 it seems like the word “loyalty” has lost its value.. has “love”?. On the other hand, others may argue that love, and promiscuity go hand in hand; “free-love”. Then, there’s the debate of man vs. woman, the promiscuous man verses the free-spirited woman. If he has more than one partner, he’s a man..
So, then the question lies in who is happy and content with the “arrangement”, and who is NOT. Personally, I’ve never been too keen on sharing anything I consider to be MINE. Call me crazy, obsessive, or old fashion, but I like what I like..
The lines are blurred once the woman mirrors his infidelity.. “free love”? Or “NO love”? ..
“I love the 80’s “
Arguably one of the Nation’s best decades. The 80’s played a paramount role in shaping the U.S. of A. Music having one of the biggest influences in both politics and pop culture. Ronald Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States of America. He also had the privilege of carrying the presidential torch for both terms from 1981 -1989. Reagan coined the term , “Reaganomics” : reducing inflation, tax cuts, and improving the state of the US economy during his term.
” Let’s Make America Great Again! “
Present day, a familiar face is claiming they’re planning to sing a similar tune , ” make America great again ! ” , Trump.
Donald Trump, currently leading in the poles, believes he’s the answer to all the World’s ills. His cocky yet gregarious approach in addressing the current state of our economy has somehow worked in his favor. Last night Trump addressed the current state of affairs at the first Town Hall Meeting.
MTV’s first documentary of “White People” aired last week Wednesday. A social experiment that addressed some real life issues present day. The elite, the privileged, white people. Discussions of self identity, “social” security, and the rippling effect it plays in today’s society.
Question: “What’s it like to be white ?”
Her answer: “You kind of get this feeling that things belong to you ..”
His answer: “White is the default – it’s the default race. ”
A touchy, but necessary social stigma is addressed countless times throughout the documentary. From the perspective of the minority to the majority. The social awareness of race, creed, culture, and social entitlement.. your thoughts ?
Janet Jackson is back, and between now and 2016, Ms. Jackson will more than likely be in a city near you! (Where’s my Ticket Oak ?!)
Ciara pays tribute to Ms. Janet Jackson at the 2015 BET Awards ! (Very strong resemblance 🙂 You GO Girl !)
Jason Derulo, Ciara, Tinashe serve it!
Janet accepts the Ultimate ICON Award BET Awards 2015
If you’re anything like me; Amy is the first artist I look to when I karaoke. Passionate, soulful, vulnerable Amy. This isn’t the first biopic that’s been released since the tragic loss of this Icon, but I’m sure it will give us a closer look into the fragile, climactic life of Ms. Amy Winehouse. Check out the trailer below ..
Gone but never forgotten :/ we LOVE you AMY!
After the tragedy of Charleston that took place several weeks ago; the crude display of hate sent the Nation in an uproar. I can attest to one of the individuals who signed the petition for the removal of a flag that once soared high above the city’s Capitol. Today marks a historic moment in our Nation’s history, because today we took that flag down!
It was a constant debate of culture verses a blatant display of racism, in spite of the abomination that took place in Charleston just shy of a month a go. The city and the Nation overcame and unified displaying love and support for one another as the Nation grieved Charleston’s multiple losses and we were all faced with the reality of “hate”. The removal of the flag is one more step in the right direction for our Nation under God.
South Carolina taking down the confederate flag – ” A signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.”
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 10, 2015
The 2016 elections have already stirred up quite a few discussions due to the fact that our selection of candidates include a woman, a former reality-tv star, and unsurprisingly enough – another Bush.
Recent polls indicate a tight race between the two. I don’t like to prod at politics too much.. but I would encourage you to stand for what you feel is right and just. Don’t vote solely on the political party, and although I consider myself to be a feminist; I’m not bias when it comes to gender. Vote for who you feel is the strongest candidate to lead our Nation to higher ground.
Rep yuh Flag! WAVE YUH FLAG !
Today is National Flag Day! Historically, an American Holiday, but June marks the celebration of Caribbean, American Heritage! So, all my West Indian Massive UNITE !! Represent where yuh come from ! V.I. Till I die! XOXO
Plenty curry, roti, fish and dumpling, rice pilaf, fry plantain, sorrel, and passion fruit juice. Whe’ di parti ?!
In case you didn’t get the memo; just the other day Rachel Dolezal was accused of falsely representing her ethnicity and posing as an African American woman. Rachel Dolezal, 37 yrs. old, and head of the local Spokane, chapter of the NAACP is pictured above. Why the false identity? Flattery or mockery? Perhaps her curiosity of the culture overshadowed her perception of reality, ultimately fabricating the facade she successfully fooled the masses with for the past 8 yrs. Recently her biological, Caucasian parents decided to speak up and out about her false identity.
“Black Face” vs. “Barbie”
Arguably, some would question the faces of our black, starlets. Naturally, blonde bombshells, verses the occasional ombre and 22 piece extension, some tucked and nipped.. made to fit the image of whom?
CHAMPION Serena Williams
Congratulations to Serena Williams on rightfully earning her second win in the French Open Grand Slam 2015! Recently rid with the flu, Ms. Williams fought tooth and nail: vulnerable, yet determined , strong and unbroken she pushed herself beyond her own expectations. Congrats again Ms. Williams! An aggressive athlete that hones the self determination to follow through deserves ALL the WINS !
2015 NBA Playoffs
Now.. anyone who really knows me? Well, they know I’m a die hard Derrick Rose fan, and prior to the finals I had my eyes glued to the big screen. Cheering on the Bulls all the way to a disheartening end, when the Cavs defeated the Bulls 94-73.
The capacity of Derrick Rose’s humility is admirable. He’s not a man of many words, but when he speaks his team listens. Joakim Noah, Rose’s right hand man, and Gasol held on as tight as he could until his injury dismissed him from the court. Jimmy Butler earned recognition this year for “Most Improved” player. Mirotic’s and Dunleavy’s strong offense and defense worked in the team’s favor throughout the series as well. All in all, a big pat on the back for the Bulls for toughing it out. Salute to the Chicago Bulls on a strong season. We will see you next year !
Last night we all tuned in to eyewitness the excitement of the 2015 NBA Finals . Warriors take on the first win in the Finals … “Who you got ?!”
In honor of “Black Music Month” we pay homage to the real Rock Stars who created timeless hits for generations X & Y to sample at will. One thing we can all agree on, you can’t replicate what’s real. Prototype? Perhaps, but originality, tenacity, ambition and soul is what created the Rock and Roll stars we admire and will cherish forever.
The 2015 “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” inducted artists such as: Bill Withers
Famous for his timeless hits , “Ain’t no sunshine” , “Grandma’s hands”, and “Lovely day”. Artists Stevie Wonder (he’s such a wonder) paying tribute to Mr. Withers, serenading him and the audience with a familiar tune.
John Legend tips his hat to a living legend, singing Withers greatest hits.
Rock and Roll Hall of fame also paid respects to Lou Reed.
“Hey Suga.. take a walk on the wild side..and The Colored girls Sang.. ”
“EGGS! BACON! GRITZ!.. You betta use a condom if you tekkin’ it ! #SAUSAGE !! ”
Lil Mama serves us up something hot, yet appropriate. Mixed reviews on her latest single. From “chicken noodle soup”, lip gloss, and now a second helping of breakfast? Watch it Here!
Pretty, HOT and tempting; this dynamic duo does it yet again. The gorgeous, flirty, and playful Queen Bey pairs with the vivacious, Queen Bee – Nicki Minaj.
Last month the two released the video exclusively via TIDAL.. (I’m guilty, I haven’t signed up yet) *shrugs
Kendrick Lamar X Taylor Swift “Bad Blood”
Standing ovations for the star studded visual, Taylor Swift’s moving lyricism, her performance as well as an effortless collaboration with Hip Hop’s own, Kendrick Lamar.
Iggy Azalea X Brittney Spears
“Fun, radical, and totally awesome.. ”
It’s throwback thursday and my jam of the day is Mr. Sean Carter, aka the Jigga Man’s “Bitches and Sisters” .
A bonus track from the platinum-selling recording artist’s Blue Print 2: The Gift & The Curse . If you’re easily offended; cover your ears, but if you know where you stand go ahead and turn UP the volume on today’s selection!
TIME: 100 Most Influential People
Mr. Kanye West “The Boundary Breaker”
Mr. West fought through the wire, gruesome rumors, and all the messy press to earn his respect, and dare I say.. POWER. Whether you’re a fan of Kanye or his wife; a Chitown native has proven himself to be one of the 100 most influential people in 2015.
BRANDY on BROADWAY!
Forever bold, bright and beautiful; Ms. Brandy Norwood debuts in her first Broadway appearance in the longest running Broadway musical in American History, CHICAGO! Brandy takes on her STAR role as Ms. Roxie Hart .. (Where’s my ” Ticket Oak” ?! )
“Gentrification or self annihilation ?..”
Touchy topic ? Possibly , but at that time the conversation was cavalier enough to entertain over happy hour on Thursday night. A margarita and wings on that guy. Gratitude ! Then a random, stranger brings up the topic of “the hood”. His debate, “Gentrification ? Or black people just don’t know how to take care of sh!t,” end quote .
Now before we get our panties in a bunch; trust me , I was just as frazzled as you may be at this very moment . I mean how dare he, a black , educated, young man depreciating his own race? To say that those that are less fortunate simply don’t know how to maintain their communities? Have others made a conscious effort not to care? To argue whether or not some communities have chosen self deprecation as a lifestyle ? Verses the debate of the city benefiting financially from impoverish displacement.
In 2010 the Harold Ickes homes eradicated hundreds of families in Chicago, IL . Hundreds left to fend for little to nothing. The CHA aggravated what already seemed to be a troubled community. The Chicago Housing Authority, aka the slumlords of the hood. The institution responsible for the social experiment that took a turn for the worst. Demolishing the only grasp of hope left: family, friends and enemies .
#Chiraq a #spikeleejoint
I’m always a fan of a good “Spike Lee Joint”! This is the film legend responsible for creating classics: Crooklyn , She’s Gotta Have it , and Do the Right Thing. The man who’s not afraid to address social injustice through the expression of art.
Spike Lee is infamous for his bold, controversial approach in film . Lee takes on his latest hurdle with “Chiraq”. Some Chicagoans already stirring because of the title and the connotation that is associated with the word.
The locals speaking out against Chicago’s violence epidemic find the title of Lee’s latest debut to be offensive . Arguably, with an all star line up like Samuel L Jackson, and two of Chicago’s shining stars, Common and Kanye West; Lee has the fighting power to convert the non believers.
In celebration of Women’s History month, we recognize the Queens who paved the way for aspiring artists of our generation, their impact present day , and their waves of vibrations resonating for generations to come .
Ms. Lauryn Hill, a legend in her right; recently selected as one of the 25 records archived in the Library of Congress, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Time Hop ..
Ms. Lena Horne, an American actress, singer, dancer and Civil Rights Activist. The timeless beauty who made what was once impossible, possible; black women in film and theatre.
A career of a lifetime: 70 years in film, television and Broadway. Ms. Lena Horne, we salute you!
“Halle Berry! Halle Berry!” The first African American, woman to recieve an Oscar for Best Actress.
This is a Man’s World !
March marks the month of the celebration of women and our femininity. Too bad we still have to tolerate the world’s restrictions once the month is out. Hell, “It’s a Man’s world !” after all. At least according to the God Father, politics, politricks and all of the above.
The almighty Boy’s Club. The Dictators of our government, and the gate keepers of our salaries . The man, the leader and the head. Some would even question why another would question a woman’s place as “second best” , verses a man’s equal. Physically they’re stronger but does that leave room for the female to be bullied or overshadowed within any given working, industry?
According to Mrs. Carter, we all have a little more confidence knowing we have the potential to run this world. Salute!
For decades women have experienced the plague of stereotypes, and set expectations of how we should conduct ourselves; who we should be. Experiencing discrimination within our work place, labeled “bossy”, “sassy” or accused of having an attitude if one chooses to show any sign of self confidence or leadership. Today we celebrate the women who dared to go against the grain, and break through the glass ceilings set in place . Today, March 8th, 2015 we celebrate International Women’s day.
Black Women in America: When keeping it real goes wrong..
“It’s the first of the month .. Wake up wake up.”
Relationships – side chic vs . side who?!
The other day I had this very random discussion about relationships. Fidelity verses infidelity. Questioning the parallel worlds of the uncommitted young man verses the uncommitted young woman. Where is the line drawn? Who determines who’s right from who’s wrong? Discussing all this and more in today’s hot topics .
In 2015 , the evolution of love and relationships have taken on new plights, or some would say, a new “perspective”. The act of free liberation within one’s said “open relationship”, and still the possibility of one or all parties getting hurt in the process. From “just friends” all the way to the other end of the spectrum, monogamy.
Personally, I’m an old fashion kind of gal ,but times are changing faster than the next viral, social application. The real debate is whether or not women should be judged for stepping outside of their relationship. For example, when a guy and a girl meet; if they like one another, the two will eventually come to some form of mutual understanding if they continue to date. In a perfect world , both parties would have a clear understanding of whether or not they’re going to commit to one another, verses an occasional good time. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not so perfect…
“YEEZY taught me..”
2015 has already proven to be a monumental year for hip hop, and the legends that have helped to open new doors of opportunity. Artists taking risks and leaving their impression, whether good or bad; we all kept watching. Kanye West, a man of many words who often is misunderstood proves that perseverance will eventually attribute to the fruits of your labor.
Kanye West and Will Smith spotted here outside of a recording studio in Brazil. A future collaboration in the works with one of Hollywood’s best film actors.
#Flawless Remix FT. ONIKA..
“I’M TEXAS FOREVER.. THESE THOTS CAN’T CLOCK ME NOWADAYZ..” Yonce’
Bold and unapologetic Yonce’ addresses the infamous elevator incident..
““We escalate, up in this bitch like elevators, of course sometimes s–t go down when there’s billion dollars on an elevator,” Bey.
Where’s HIP-HOP headed ?… With more and more crossing over to a genre wrought with aggression, sex, compassion, drugs, and street life; some question whether or not the new comers are making a mockery of what we once held so dear to our hearts. Hip Hop and it’s commercialization; Iggy shares her skewed point of view below.
“Music is art to me . You don’t censor art. You don’t go into a museum and censor things,” Iggy.
“It’s different, it’s weird to say, ‘She’s a white rapper or she can’t do this because she’s this color – this color does this thing. These are the boxes we have, this is what it is, don’t try to change it.’ And it’s crazy to me because I’m just not from that world, so I can’t really rock with it all the way,” Iggy.
Seventeen year old singer/songwriter made a huge impact on the Billboard charts this year with her hit single , “ROYALS”. She serves up a dose of REALITY with her audacious lyrics and bellows out the truth from the pits of her soul..
My friends and I—we’ve cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the train to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows that we’re fine with this,
We didn’t come from money.
But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom.
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
Hip Hop’s gone global.. let’s learn to embrace it xoxox.
YONCE’ and JIGGA ON THE RUN..
The Queen Bee has been taking names for over a decade in this music industry and she’s not letting her foot off the gas pedal! This Power couple locked arms and took flight touring the US of A in their most recent tour, “On the Run”.
Rumors have been circulating about a possibility of their marriage being on the rocks, but as we all know; RUMORS hold no merit. These two hold power in their names, and their bond is unbreakable. It’s beautiful to see a strong, black man treat a beautiful, talented, strong black women with the utmost respect. True LOVE is the glue that holds it ALL in place.
“Natural Nicki” finally released her CHART TOPPING visual for “Pills and Potions”. A closer, intimate, softer shade of Nicki. She unveils her vulnerabilities in this number, with rap-star, GAME making his chameo appearance..
“SEX, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL”
“I still Love you..”
Signing on after a busy week of music, fashion and some occasional gossip.. (sigh) but I guess even the BRIGHTEST of stars can’t escape the hate. Mixed reviews of Kimye’s wedding and the Ever so Rude, Ri-Ri draped in Swarovski crystals at the CFDA Fashion Awards earlier this week.
Rihanna proudly accepts the award for Fashion Icon Winner . According to our sources; the gown was composed of over 230,000 Swarovski crystals. She stunned us all with this revealing twist! She’s probably the one and ONLY celeb that could pull this one off; a true work of ART. ( For the skeptics, our sources confirmed Rihanna left the venue in a much less revealing dress. ) *wink smile*
finally tie the knot xoxo !
On this day we mourn the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Poet, and author of over 30 best sellers, actress, singer and political, civil rights activist passes at 86 years of age. Dr. Maya Angelou will forever reign, reminding young women and those coming of age that we too have a voice, purpose and mission to stand for what we believe in. A constant reminder that we should give love and receive love with every waking breath.
The Original “Miss Calypso” captured here from a 1950’s performance.
“Nobody is going to take you to the front of the line — you need to push to the front of the line,” ~ Dr. Combs ~
Earlier this month Diddy took on a fourth name and added another accomplishment to his bucket list, humbly accepting the Honorary doctorate from Howard University! His drive is a constant reminder of a “can-do” attitude. Congrats Dr. Sean Combs, and an even bigger congratulations to the class of 2014!!
Pray for our nation.. and shoot up an even bigger vibe for the world. Bring back our girls .
“The first billionaire in HIP HOP right here from the motherf—-n West Coast,” Dre announces.
Today rumors flew about the Doc’s most recent accomplishment; the God stumbled across the deal of a lifetime ! According to our sources Dr. Dre is set to close a $3.2 billion dollar deal with his new partner in crime, Apple Inc.
Jimmy Iovine, Apple executive, head of Interscope Records and original founder of Beats Headphones hinted at the merger earlier this year. With Beats and Apple partnering it would only contribute to the “music empire” , keeping apple users connected via i-Tunes, i-Pod and or their personal i-Phones.
in the meantime.. SHOTS FIRED !!
Natural Nicki set a fire that won’t stop Blazing! Young Money’s Tyga responds to “Chi-Raq” with his own rendition of heavy-weight rhymes accompanied by the infamous GAME to follow up on Durk’s attack! Who is “Lil-Durk” ? .. According to the GAME , absolutely nobody..
Listen HERE! >>> Tyga Ft. the GAME .. “CHI-RAQ” remix (Durk Diss)
“You know lil’ Durk?! ..”
What’s good world ?! So much has taken place in such a short period of time.. but don’t worry I’ll catch you up on what you might’ve missed starting with one of the biggest weeks in Fashion, highlighting the best moments from the 2014 Met Gala. This year lovers of fashion honored the legendary Charles James.
Charles James is well known for his sexy silhouettes and signature ball gowns, and all the celebrities showed up and out to pay homage to the legendary Charles James in this year’s 2014 Met Gala ! A few celebrities took the traditional “ballgown” approach while others teetered on the edge of risque ..
Rihanna wins BIG at this year’s iHeart Awards sporting her Bantu knots with absolutely NO APOLOGIES ! Congrats Ri Ri.. Phoenix Rising
Queen Bey graces the cover of TIME, crowned one of the “Most Influential people of 2014” .
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.” ..
” Even the sun goes down .. heroes eventually die. Horoscopes often lie, and sometimes why ? Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, nothing lasts forever, but until they close the curtain; it’s Him and I – AQUEMINI ..” – OUTKAST
Outkast reunited for the first time in 12 years to perform at the Coachella Valley music and Arts festival ! 2014 marks Outkasts’ 20th anniversary. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years; these guys are the RAP GODS of our generation. The ONLY HIP HOP GROUP to have received a grammy for Album of the Year in 2004. This year Andre 3k and Big Boi plan to tour and perform at over 40 festivals worldwide in commemoration of their 20th anniversary! ( Where’s my “ticket Oak” ?)
Mr. Williams puts on an ELECTRIC, STAR-STUDDED performance with an iconic, surprise guest..
” I ain’t NO HOLLA BACK GIRL…” 44 and she’s STILL sizzling HOT !
LOVE IN 2014 ..
Dating in 2014? For those that are single, sexy and free; pay CLOSE attention. 2014 marks the year of the RE-BIRTH of “lady” and “gent”.
There’s no debating.. the media is over saturated with sex, sex, and more SEX! Which leaves the majority of young ladies inclined to believe that’s all her new bow is in pursuit of . On the other hand, the “hot guy” you’re dating just may be interested in you. So, how do you differentiate the two?
Online dating ? Personally not my cup of tea.. but for those that fancy the occasional “virtual flirt” ; be sure to choose wisely. Do your research, and don’t be afraid to mix and mingle in the REAL WORLD before you arrange to meet up with a complete stranger you met online.. catfish ?
Friends first vs “friend zone”
.. Seems pretty self explanatory right ? If he’s willing to be a friend and he’s HOT .. YOU WIN!
Fashionistas , if you’ve tuned into the second season of “The Face” this year; you too have had the privilege of eye-witnessing Ms. Naomi Campbell’s transformation of young, aspiring models. Naomi shines so bright and shares her world, mentoring a handful of models competing to be “THE FACE”.
This past week the girls were introduced to one of their most difficult challenges thus far. “Cross Dressing ?”
The Face made a bold statement with the gals posing with their mentors as the OPPOSITE SEX , and Naomi’s team took home the WIN after their stellar performance on set.
Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Williams !! .. ( Always right on time ) Signing on weekly to inform you of what you just might have missed . First and foremost, we must pay homage to one of the finest and most talented cats in the game, “Skateboard – P” a.k.a Pharrell .
Pharrell came in the game swingin’ big blows in 2013 with top charting hits , “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s , “Get Lucky!”. 2014 bared the fruits of his labor; receiving recognition for “Producer of the Year” at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Mr. Williams sets the bar high when it comes to music and fashion; he’s never been afraid to push the envelope!
Check him out in his latest issue of GQ .
Lady Gaga graced Sway with her presence the other day; giving us an inside look backstage! Gaga was even humble enough to exclusively welcome us into her get-a-way apartment ..
LADY GAGA TAKEOVER <<<<< WATCH IT HERE ..
What is ” steam punk ” ?? Well according to Wiki, STEAMPUNK “is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery” . The term “steam punk” came about in the late 80’s (1987 to be exact). Ironically, this unique style of fashion is heavily influenced by yester-year’s works of fiction; dating as far back as 1950. Yes, fashion can be impractical at times.. but I know the real fashionistas can appreciate whatever she has to offer!
JAY-Z set to release 60 MINUTE BIO documentary, ” A Genius Leaves the Hood ” .
“You have to have a soul of a poet and a mind of a killer ..”
JAY-Z’s bio doc has the critics in an up roar.. , “If we’re going to be the one’s idolizing him; then we need to look at ourselves and say, why are we idolizing someone who we know promotes commercialism ?? “
“When a member of that group rise to some kind of stature, they owe something back to their people.. “
WATCH THE TEASER HERE!! >>>>> http://youtu.be/X3r1Q3wDtAE <<<
” A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized STORY OF JAY-Z ”
“We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music,” says Wu-Tang Clan member Robert “RZA” Diggs. “We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
If you haven’t heard.. Wu-Tang is cooking up something monumental this year! 2014 marks the year of Wu-Tang’s 20th anniversary. In commemoration of their legacy, the reunion album, “A Better Tomorrow” , is set to be released this summer. Following that album’s release, Wu-Tang plan on doing what no artist has done before – Releasing a SINGLE ALBUM for their most devoted fans to bid on !
The double-album , “Once upon a time in Shaolin” , is one the Clan have been working on in secret for the past few years. The album is encased in a silver, nickel box crafted by British Moroccan artist , Yahya. Prior to the album’s sale; the album will tour the world, being featured in special museums and galleries. Just like a high-profile exhibit at a major institution, there’ll be a cost to attend, likely in the $30-$50 range. Once the album completes its tour, Wu-Tang will make it available for purchase for a price in the millions!
This diva has been one of the most influential female, rap artists of our generation. Crossing genres, genders and color lines .. kids cover your ears and leave the room this Queen Bee has NO FILTER..
Nicki’s latest single , “Lookin’ ass nigga” didn’t cease to amaze. If anyone has the art of “shock and awe” down to its science – it’s this chic. Ms. Minaj puts the shoe on the other foot and serves up a dose of hip hop’s own degrading poison. If you’re at all familiar with the culture and the current state of music – black women are not necessarily the most respected key figures in this industry. In fact , “hoe” and “b!tch” are the two most profane words used to describe women in the majority of the commercial music that’s shared with the masses today.
When it comes to hustle and ambition; this Diva sets the bar high! Yonce’ surprised us all with her latest album release, self titled, “Beyonce” . Stirring up quite a few discussions about her bold lyrics, and racy visuals.
Mrs. Carter can do no wrong.. Truth is – he ” put a ring on it ” , and as a grown woman – Queen Bey’ has the liberty to express herself as she chooses…
Uncle Rush appeared on Arsenio Hall last night addressing some very touchy topics : the “n-word” , Kid Cudi and the direction of where Hip-Hop is headed . Promising ? ..
BOONDOCKS SEASON 4 PREMIER 4/21/14
For all you “hipsters” , back-packers , hip-hop heads aka “nerds” .. I know you’re geeked about the season premier ( I AM!! *sets dvr* )
Twenty states including the District of Columbia have enacted laws that allow people to use medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. Two of those states – Colorado and Washington – have legalized marijuana for “play time” .. So puff – puff pass xoxo.
KIM-YE STRIKE A POSE in the latest Vogue Issue
Lady Gaga releases 11min Vid “G.U.Y” ( Girl under You ) Aphrodite ..yummy ~
Gaga never let’s you down .. she’ll leave you spell bound with just the flip of her wig! Hold onto your lace fronts ladies (no worries, there’s no vomit or raw meat in this rendition). Instead she’s serving it all , holding nothing back, living and reveling with the Goddess of Love. Only the “best freaks” can relate *applause applause*
GAGA G.U.Y <<< WATCH IT HERE!! <<<<
JAY-Z VS. DRIZZY – DRAKE ??
Jay-Z partners with Hip-Hop’s living legend Jay Electronica “We Made it” . SHOTS FIRED!
listen here >>JIGGA VS. DRIZZY
“Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk. Silly me, rappin’ ’bout sh*t that I really bought – while these rappers rap about guns that they ain’t shot – and a bunch of other silly sh*t that they ain’t got.”
Spring Fashion !! Ladies get ready to dump the “vamp-lip” this spring calls for peaches, pinks and a sexy nude lip!
BRIGHT COLORS for the spring! Flowers are blossoming and so are you beautiful ..
Tom Ford Makeup Collection Spring 2014
Longer days call for an increase in your activities. “Hot Bods” require a certain level of discipline and commitment. I don’t take myself too seriously when it comes to staying fit, but I do stand firm on exercising at least 3 days out of the week (minimum). Do what works for you: cycling, running, lifting light weights , yoga etc . As long as you don’t get stuck in the SAME ROUTINE . Switch it up from time to time to keep work outs challenging and fun! Working out shouldn’t be a task , once you’ve motivated yourself to get up and do it, don’t stop xoxo.
Try setting personal goals: 100 crunches a day – 4 sets of 25
One Hundred squats a day.. almost there lift that rump ! 😉
BIG BAD KITTY..
What’s good World .. it’s your girl Shayna Love signin’ ON . Excited to share the re-launch of our website. Updating you weekly with my “bias” *wink smile* take on the latest in Current Events, pop-culture and just for fun – the occasional “Haves and Have Nots! ”