Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
"Lose My Breath" [Live @ 2005 World Music Awards]
Teairra actually gave me the most. Rihanna was blah. It's amazing what a haircut did for her. And Amerie...that hair...That's all.
I can dig this. It gives me an Alice in Wonderland feel. Alice on acid.
Mac always makes the girls look so PC [Pussy-cunt as my co-worker would say]
cunt [kuhnt] adjective- Displaying a strong sense of femininity and high degree of being fabulous.
origin- afro-homo street vernacular
Thing 1: "Look at Miss Beyoncé's shoes. That bitch is so cunt."
Thing 2: "I know, right. And her mug is beat. Makeup is on point. Is that MAC?"
Thing 1: "It's gotta be."
Both: "Everyone knows it's all about MAC."
Thing 2: "And we ain't talkin computers, honey."
White House Gershwin Honors
Stevie Wonder was being honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House. The prize “celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.”
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So, I have compiled the songs that I feel like are the most sexual and sensual tracks from recent artists. You may see some favorites or some new ones. Download and fill up that iPod with the sounds of R. Kelly, Beyoncé, Usher, and more. [I sound like a damn infomercial]
Anyway, click the links to download.
Call your friend over and sip a cocktail or two...
And you know...
[DOWNLOAD Naked Mixtape Disc 1]
1. Customer Raheem DeVaughn
2. Take You Down Chris Brown
3. Promise Ciara
4. Bed J. Holiday
5. Falsetto The Dream
7. Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude) Alicia Keys
8. Can You Handle It Usher
9. This Woman's Work Maxwell
10. Secret Place (Interlude) Danity Kane
11. Until the End of Time Justin Timberlake & Beyoncé
12. Tell Me Do You Wanna Ginuwine
13. Speechless Beyoncé
14. Feels So Good Brandy
[DOWNLOAD Naked Mixtape Disc 2]
1.Sweet Love 112
2. All I Jill Scott
3. T-Shirt Destiny's Child
4. Red Light Special TLC
5. Follow Me Brandy
6. Nice and Slow Usher
7. Naked Marques Houston
8. Untitled (How Does It Feel) D'Angelo
9. Let's Get Lifted Again John Legend
10. Crown Royal Jill Scott
11. I Need Love Robin Thicke
12. The Greatest Sex R. Kelly
13. Do It to Me Usher
14. Discipline Janet Jackson
Monday, February 23, 2009
You know what I'm going to say...
Elite Model Management
It was a grand idea, but it left me a little cold.
Jackman is great but Zac and Vanessa bother me. And Beyoncé wasn't really needed. However, she's graced the Oscar stage five times, more than any modern performer (especially African-American) that comes to mind at the moment. So, I can't really knock the hustle. They appear to love her.
These Oscar performances often create a weird dynamic. The Oscar telecast is part ceremony and part television event so they have to balance star power and authenticity. A song from Motorcycle Diaries won the Oscar a few years back and the composer and performer of the song was substituted for Antonio Banderas. Beyoncé filled in for Minnie Driver for the Phantom of the Opera number Learn to Be Lonely a few years ago. Celine replaced Whitney the year she was supposed to perform and Whitney had nothing to do with the actual films nominated. Should Diana Krall sing the jaz number accompanying the montage of fallen stars or was Queen Latifah a good choice? Last night, John Legend was a strange choice to honor the song nominees.
Some peope take issue when the original singers of the nominated material are snubbed for recording stars. I understand the issue, but big stars draw viewers.
Can Beyoncé sing in French effectively? No. Can she draw viewers and interest? Yes. Is that right? Maybe, maybe not. I'm not a purist in this area. I didn't cry because M.I.A. didn't perform.
John, Queen Latifah, and Beyoncé are not musical theater performers but their job is to entertain. I think they are more than effective in that area.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I will never forget the time I rolled up beside a middle aged white chick and she was bumping this track.
Glitter meets ghetto.
"Where dey at? Where dey at?"
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The singer-songwriter known for his fedoras, three-piece suits and unorthodox fashion mixes tops a list of the 10 most stylish men in America by men’s magazine GQ. "He’s the guy we end up dressing like a year after he’s adopted the look," the magazine says. The 28-year-old Grammy winner heads his own clothing line, William Rast, producing items like skinny jeans, vests and graphic T-shirts. The suits-with-sneakers look Timberlake made famous on tour is a nod to practicality. "I just put sneakers on because I couldn’t dance in the shoes I had," he explains. "I couldn’t leap with just insoles and dress shoes. I would’ve hurt myself."
Rappers Kanye West & T.I. as well as photographer Alexi Lubomirski were faves of mine on the list.
I can dig it J.T. Now come on, King of Pop. When's your next album? Can we get the next one an album of the year nod like the first two? Don't leave us waiting...
"It was pretty brutal and, yeah, it was racist," he added. "But things opened up a lot by Paris, so I paid it no mind."
Mr. Sutton was one of 24 models in a show whose casting, for once, reflected some ethnic diversity. It is early days in New York’s Fashion Week, but already there are signs that the recent industry habits of exclusion may be undergoing a shift. Call it the Obama effect, if you will.
"Oh, it’s totally about Obama," said Marcus Lloyd [second from left in photo above], a 22-year-old African American model from Dallas. "I remember my agent was like, ‘If Obama does become president, there’s going to be a lot more work for you guys."’
Personal life aside, she is a gem.
The songs from her first album, Frank, showcase a lighter side of Amy. The best part for me is actually the bonus disc of demos and live performances.
Here's her fabulous recording of the jazz standard Someone to Watch Over Me. The mood really evokes Ella, Sarah, and Billie...
Amy was definitely born in the wrong era.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I love fashion because it's art. It's a fantasy. Editorials and runway shows are art but I don't try to emulate them.
Give me a cardigan, some skinny jeans, and some driving shoes and I'm complete. No purple label needed. My most recent purchase was some 60s style vintage glasses that I had seen Malcolm X sporting as well as my dad in my fave pic of him.
Anyway, Esquire publishes an annual special issue centering around Men's style called The Big Black Book. I have bought it upon every release because it's helpful. It gives tips about suit purchases, shoe care, and overall etiquette for men. It's all about the basics.
I recently purchase the above book, Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man's Guide to Looking Good, for myself and a friend. It is an overall lifestyle guide for men, including trip packing tips, grooming strategies, and of course style tips.
I think it's essential for any man who calls himself a gentleman. I need to publish my own soon.
Compose Yourself: George Arnett's Guide to Being a Gentleman
I could work, right...
In the meantime, get some Esquire in your life.
Ok...I haven't had a political post in a while. Mostly because I have been busy and I haven't had the chance to be glued to the papers, TV, and news sites to take in everything. The whole stimulus package is Greek to me. I don't know enough about it. Apparently, I'm not alone.
Congress voted on the stimulus bill and it seems safe to assume that they didn't read it. The document wasn't posted on the government's Web site until after 10 p.m. the day before the vote to pass it was taken. I doubt that they rush to comb through the document in that short period of time. That's a bit unsettling...
I don't have all of the numbers straight and it's hard to really break down where the money is going. All of the money from the first bailout is even account for. What I do feel is that Obama is too stuck on bi-partisanship. I know that it's best to not alienate the GOP members, but enough with the excessive compromising. It could be a shrewd political move given the opposition he has been met with. From here out he could argue that he tried to work with the Republicans and now it's time to play hardball. One problem is that the Democrats have hardly been united through all of this.
The biggest problem is that the stimulus may not be enough and the powers that be have not ruled out another stimulus plan in the near future. It seems as if in efforts to rebuild the economy, spending has spiraled out of control. Many private economists have predicted that the national debt will grow dramatically in the new few years. Maybe that isn't avoidable. Most of the issues we face will involve being realistic and not falling into the mentality that things will change overnight. It seems that Obama's entire presidency will center around managing expectations. He is compared to Lincoln and FDR so often and his true test may just be keeping the nation together and orchestrating a Reconstruction of his own. That mild temperament and pragmatic approach will come in handy.
Obama has made a few missteps with appointments and such, yet his approval rating is soaring. However, we must not forget that Bush also had excellent ratings around 9/11. We know how that ended... We have to let Brother Barack prove himself. He has it in him but we put too much investment in this one man.
In the meantime, I will try to stay on my grind and postpone any dreamy vacations I have thought about. All of my efforts need to be focused on securing my future the best way I can. I'm about to be past the halfway point through my twenties so it's time to make some moves. We all can boost our own pockets by cutting corners and avoid splurging. It's not as easy as it sounds, but Americans need to change some behavior before anything drastic will happen as far as economic improvment goes. We have to be more responsible when buying houses we can't afford, driving cars we can't afford and living lifestyles that are a mere fantasy.
The American Dream is just that, a dream. We are now living in the American reality.
Gerlan Jeans Fall 2009
"Put this in the magazine: There's nothing more to be said about music. I'm the f*cking end-all, be-all of music. I know what I'm doing. I did 808s in three weeks. I got it. It's on cruise control. . . . Man, we talked about music for God knows how long! Now let's talk about how my f*cking sweater didn't come back right from Korea. That's what's interesting me."
“Titles are very important. I like to embody titles, y’know, or words that have negative connotations, and explain why that’s good. Take the word gay — like, in hip-hop, that’s a negative thing, right? But in the past two, three years, all the gay people I’ve encountered have been, like, really, really, extremely dope. Y’know, I haven’t, like, gone to a gay bar, nor do I ever plan to. But where I would talk to a gay person — the conversation would be mostly around, like, art or design — it’d be really dope. From a design standpoint, kids’ll say, ‘Dude, those pants are gay.’ But if it’s, like, good, good, good fashion-level, design-level stuff, where it’s on a higher level than the average commercial design stuff, it’s, like, gay people that do that. I think that should be said as a compliment. Like, ‘Dude, that’s so good it’s almost … gay.’”
[Check out the article here]
I had stopped reading Details...It just wasn't the same anymore. Maybe I will resume my subscription now.
Say what you want, this man is a genius. Shag haircut and all... LOL
Speaking of which, here's Kid Cudi, Kanye West and model Amber Rose at the Michael Bastian presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Swag in full effect. She gives me everything....
Monday, February 16, 2009
A little Electro, a little Hip-Hop, a little Soul...
All part of a balanced breakfast.
No lengthy reviews for these but I am digging them.
Go to iTunes. Download a track or two.
Music is good for the soul.
These guys are so refreshing. And Solange is a fan too, which makes it all better. :-)
Before the drugs, the tats, and the pompadour... I love it.
Page Six Magazine from the New York Post
I love how she talked about staying thin while eating soul food. Most people would probably think she's just talking. I mean how could she weigh 5 pounds and indulge in such "heavy foods"? I understand Miss Thing. I understand.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
-Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher.
We all have that issue.
Have you ever felt like you have been in a relationship or sought one out only because you didn't want to be alone, not because you loved that person?
Sometimes we are afraid to spend time alone because it forces us to live with ourselves and confront our issues rather than be distracted by someone else.
People say that you are born alone and you will die alone. It's grim but it's true. People go in and out of our lives and it's essential to learn to stand alone.
A song from the film version of Phantom of the Opera comes to mind.
It's called Learn to Be Lonely
"...Learn to be your one companion.
Who will be there for you, comfort and care for you?...
Never dream that out in the world there are arms to hold you.
You've always known your heart was on its own.
So laugh in your loneliness...
Learn to be lonely.
Learn how to love life that is lived alone."
I know that the song sounds a bit melancholy but I really like it because it talks about relishing in your own company. Even when there is no one around to talk to, we should be able to be happy with ourselves and love our own time alone.
Grab a book, get a quiet corner, and bask in the silence.
Friday, February 13, 2009