Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Kid On the Block: Abiah Hostvedt

Abiah Hostvedt
Red Model Management
(because they rule the world)

From G...
[photos by Ricardo Louis]




...To Gent
[photos by Nisha Sondhe]





Way to rep for the skinny boys.
Fierce.

What Were They Thinking?


You know it's true...
[click to enlarge]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Double Take: Single Black Female

Is that LL Cool J and Janet?
In this photo by the Associated Press, Nelly and Ciara sure are giving me Deja Vu.


In Ciara news, the artist confessed that she is dying to collaborate with Miss Jackson:

"My dream is to collaborate with Janet Jackson. She was my big idol growing up," Ciara told the Daily Star.

"JJ is amazing and, no matter what, you can't forget what she has contributed to American music. Janet is truly an icon. She was the only person I listened to as a kid, along with her big bro Michael."
[source]

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Although I like the fact that she acknowledges her predecessors, I feel that Ciara should be doing everything in her power to distance herself from Janet comparisons as she did with Aaliyah. It may not be possible since her performance style is so much like that of her idol, but she will never be relevant if all she has to offer is imitations. Her music doesn't resemble Miss Jackson's much, so she should focus on revamping that image. As much as I would love to see that duet, it would not profit either artist.

Fear Itself

History of Fear in America
from Bowling for Columbine
a film by Michael Moore



I thought of this because of Moore's stance on America's preoccupation with fear. Unless you have lived under a rock lately, you have heard of the swine flu. Deja vu anyone? Remember how the bird flu was supposed to cause an international health crisis? Or what about SARS? Killer bees, earthquakes, national disasters, even changes in politics (insert Obama's imaginary socialism here) scare the wits out of Americans.
Will the swine flu cause a pandemic?
Mass paranoia is more like it.

Mother & Child

Naomi Campbell &
Chanel Iman
V Magazine
First Ever Swimsuit Issue



Compose Yourself: Divas Animated

Beyoncé & Brandy
Go at It



"House of cheap...that's the T."

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Janet & Mariah
Read the Girls in the Industry



"I will make these girls see what a diva is...what an international hoe is."

These were funny. They actually said a lot of true things in the process of poking fun.

Ain't I a Woman?

First Lady Michelle Obama &
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Unveiling a bust of abolitionist/women's rights activist
Sojourner Truth

in Emancipation Hall of the US Capitol

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Daily Tea: Maya on Courage

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." -Maya Angelou

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You know how much easier it is to lie than to tell the truth and risk hurting someone or exposing yourself? Also, we don't always want to reach out and help others. Sometimes it's hard to stick to your principles but you have to have the courage to do so. Anyone can take the easy way out.

Sorry, Ms. Jackson


[pics from Getty Images]

Ciara
performed in London recently, looking quite Janet-esque.
She is promoting her new album Fantasy Ride which is due in stores May 5.



Most of the material from the album leaked early but after a few spins I am really feeling it. Ciara isn't breaking any new ground but the album is pretty solid [for her]. I was no fan of Goodies, but since then I have been feeling CiCi. I have been blasting "High Price" in the car for months.
There's still a little something missing with her, but she sure is good for some party prep.

Download "Echo","Work", "G is for Girl (A to Z)", and "Keep Dancin"...hell just check out the album!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Slam Dunk

Nike Dunks
Nylon Magazine
May 2009 Photo shoot + Video








Fans are Obsessed

Obsessed, the new thriller starring Ali Larter, Idris Elba, and Beyoncé Knowles has taken the number one spot in the box office. Raking in an estimated $28 million, $10 million more than projected, the film is now the record holder for an opening in the last week of April.

This opening is the second largest for Knowles after Austin Powers: Goldmember which opened with $70.3 million and marks a milestone for her. This was her first non-singing role.

Although this is a triumph for Knowles, reviews were less than stellar. So...what did I think of it? I thought you'd never ask.

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The film depicts Elba and Knowles as a happy couple whose life was turned upside down by Larter's character who became obsessed with destroying the couple.

It's no secret that I had not planned to see it. I was afraid that it would be another Pink Panther and be full of cringe worthy moments in acting. I was pleasantly surprised. The script was witty and the portrayal of Beyoncé's character was believable and real. I liked how they made her seem like a real woman (complete with a smart mouth) and not just a weak trophy wife. The movie did seem fresh from Lifetime and was similar to films such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Fatal Attraction. However, it still felt fresh and entertaining.

I also liked the musical choices.The film seemed to go for a broad appeal. Overall, it was a good flick. Nothing groundbreaking and not without some "hmm" moments from Beyoncé's acting. Elba was fabulous and Larter gave a chilling performance. Will it go down in history as an amazing film by Knowles? No. But it did serve as a vehicle to provide another platform besides a singing role for her.

If you peep the credits, you will see the Knowles name plastered everywhere. So, I can't knock the hustle. Beyoncé has proven that she is a bankable film star. Get that money.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ghetto Glam: K. Michelle

K. Michelle featuring Trina
Self Made




Miss K. Michelle...
I can remember the swag of K. Michelle at Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts here in Memphis, Tennessee, also my alma mater.

A lot has changed since then but one thing hasn't, Miss Kimberly Michelle Pate still has a passion for music. Reppin' Memphis to the fullest, the artist is determined to leave her mark on the industry.

"I need for my songs to be big records, emotional records and motivating records that people will always be able to remember."

A former dancer and lover of all types of music ranging from country to pop to hip-hop, K. Michelle is ready to claim her fame. Joining the ranks of Christina Aguilera and Lil' Kim as pint-sized chicks with a whole lot of attitude, she's ready to shake it up from the bottom to the top.

“My talent speaks for itself but now I’m just waiting for my stars to align. It’s inevitable and I won’t be denied.”

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A Message from K. Michelle



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Behind the Scenes of a Promo Photoshoot



"I love this blond hair..I feel like black barbie from the hood....That's some shit for ya. Hood Barbie...That's what I got. Ghetto Glam..."

Only a Memphian can rock jewels while sippin' Jack Daniels from a disposable cup. Ghetto glam indeed. :-)

[Check out K. Michelle's Myspace HERE]

Not Your Mother's Shoulder Pads

Named for the Tony Award nominated French designer which started the fashion house, Balmain is rejuvenated and taking the fashion world by a storm. It has been a favorite of celebrities and I love it!

Designer Christophe Decarnin for
Balmain

Leather, Mini skirts, metallics, and let's not forget those shoulders!
The 80s power shoulder is back.
[And you know I love the 80s.]

Here are some looks and some celebrity clients.
[Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer, Gwyneth, and Selita...]








Beautiful Dirty Rich

Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs
for VOGUE Magazine
[pic courtesy of jt4breakfast.com]

My Icons: Curious George

Icon: Boy George

"I can do anything. In GQ, I appeared as a man." -Boy George

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Culture Club
Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me?



His real name is George O'Dowd.
Coincidence?
I think not. Hehe

It's a Bird, It's a Plane

President Barack Obama
DC's Washingtonian Magazine
Shirtless and Retouched

Kelly Goes Techno

DJ David Guetta featuring
Kelly Rowland
When Love Takes Over



So...I dig this. As far as the live show goes, her hair is wacky and she is a bit erratic, but I love the song. It gives me Backstreet in Memphis or S4 in Dallas.
Strobe lights, fog, and thumping bass.
It makes me want to jump up and down with glow sticks. haha

Kelly is trying different things. I like that. If she dabbles in this sound it can provide an outlet for some great success for her in the European market which she has been doing well in.
Can't knock the hustle. Gotta let the Knowles dream go.

[Check out DAVID GUETTA's Website Here]

You're a Pal & a Confidante

Bea Arthur
and Angela Lansbury
Bosom Buddies from "Mame"



To Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Beatrice Arthur, best known for Mame, Maude, and Golden Girls,
Thank you for being a friend.
Tell Estelle we said hello. :-)

Compose Yourself: Umm...

If you don't like a post, there's a beautiful red "x" in the top right corner for your clicking pleasure. :-)

Refer to the comment on the post below this one.
Thanks boo.
"Anonymous" failed to keep his/her composure.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hit Me Like a Ray of Sun

Beyoncé
Halo
Live on the Today Show



Finally, we get the low note in a live performance. It was cute. haha
[I hate how she pronounces Thierry Mugler's name...]

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Nostalgia: Wash Causes a Storm

A name that every dancefloor should know is Martha Wash.
A favorite of the gays, her voice has contributed to some of the most iconic dance tracks in history.

Wash and Izora Armstead made up the group The Weather Girls, most famous for their 1982 #1 hit It's Raining Men. That song has gone on to be one of the most drag lip-synched, dance club banging karaoke fodder to ever grace the airwaves.

The Weather Girls
It's Raining Men



The group is largely known to be a one hit wonder. However, Martha wasn't finished.

90s dance music powerhouses C&C Music Factory and Black Box used Wash's voice on their tracks while a much thinner and svelte female served as the front for the group. Wash was deemed unmarketable due to her weight.
The women lip-synched using Wash's vocals but the controversy came to light after the outing of Milli Vanilli.

Wash sued and won credits as a vocalist. It also awarded her a recording contract with RCA Records, which led to her debut, self-titled solo album in 1993. The album scored three top ten club/dance hits including "Carry On", "Give It to You", and "Runaround." The first two hit number one.

Zelma Davis, the front girl of C&C Music Factory appeared on the groups Do You Wanna Get Funky which used her own vocals in addition to Wash's.
Below are videos of Wash's songs.

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Martha Wash
Everybody Everybody
[originally by Black Box]



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C&C Music Factory

Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)



The Fray Covers Yeezy

The Fray
Heartless
Originally performed by Kanye West



Hot! You know I love acoustic covers...

Put a Ring On it

If you like it...

I don't wear jewelry. Most men don't wear rings, aside from wedding bands and sports/class rings.
If you are bold, get a little brass knuckle action in your life with these rings below.

Surface to air
Three finger ring

[View Here]


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Sterling Silver Two Finger Knuckle Ring

[View Here]




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2 finger brass knuckle ring
solid pewter with black powder coat finish

[View Here]


Beyoncé Composes Herself

Beyoncé
On Access Hollywood
speaking on her mother's role in her life.



I love to see her look more human and not so pageant-like and robotic.

My favorite line from the taping:
At time stamp 2:31
"Tina's daughter took a break to compose herself."

Yes!!! LOL

[thanks Kort]

Fresh Faces: Henry Watkins

Henry Watkins
Red Model Management
photos: William Lords





A lot of blogs have been buzzing about him and he seems like a winner. Red Model Management has a monopoly...sheesh...
[I really like the looks here]

Music: Hot Mixtapes

BIG SEAN
UKNOWBIGSEAN Mixtape



KID CUDI
Dat Kid From Cleveland Mixtape



[DOWNLOAD KID CUDI HERE]

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I've been digging mixtapes a lot lately.
From Kanye's Team, Big Sean is great.
And of course Kid Cudi is the SHIZNIZZLE. lol
Get into it!