Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fame Kills: Promo and Gaga's Comments

Fame Kills from kwest on Vimeo.



Lady Gaga and Kanye West are two of the most controversial flamboyantly talented musicians in popular music today. They are joining forces for a tour titled Fame Kills and Lady Gaga has summed up a few concepts behind the tour.

Gaga says they will use a new stage that stretches from one side of the arena to the other - ..."The storyline is that Kanye is on one end of the stage and I'm on the other, and the whole show, we are trying to get to where each other is," she said. "I want something that he has, which is the fame, and he wants something that I have, which is home, and my humble beginnings. So we battle each other throughout the entire performance to steal each other's spaces." "So I'm essentially on a quest to kill Kanye West to steal his fame." (Canadian Press)

Gaga also revealed some pre-tour compromises:

Before agreeing to tour with Kanye West this fall, Gaga told the rapper, "I just want to be clear before we decide to do this together: I'm gay. My music is gay. My show is gay. And I love that it's gay. And I love my gay fans and they're all going to be coming to our show. And it's going to remain gay." That's another clause in the Gagaland constitution: Gay culture shall gush undiluted into the rapids of society. It shall not be co-opted, fancified, dolled up, or Uncle Tommed. "I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream," she says, "It's not an underground tool for me. It's my whole life. So I always sort of joke the real motivation is to just turn the world gay." (Out Magazine)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Compose Yourself: 5-0 Brutality

Police Forcefully Slam Elderly Woman to the Ground



Knife or no knife...
You don't have to slam an elderly woman to the ground in order to subdue her. She was walking with a cane and moving rather slowly. Unnecessary force...
Gotta love Wal-Mart...
Those pigs need to go somewhere and compose themselves...

Janet Shines in Milan

Janet Jackson
in Milan for the
Annual amfAR Milano Gala
[source]

Janet is looking amazing these days. After the loss of her brother, she seems to be coping well and has been glowing in the media spotlight. Fresh off of her spectacular tribute to her brother at MTV's VMAs, Janet is now working on a book and a new album. After the poor reception of Discipline, her last studio album which I felt was amazing, I really hope this can give her a new break.
Whitney and Mariah have new studio albums as well as Barbra Streisand. Along with Madonna's new greatest hits LP and Janet's new work, this is shaping up to be the season for divas.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Obama at the Black Caucus

Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

President Barack Obama and wife Michelle attended the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Michelle Obama wore a black cocktail dress by Jason Wu, the same designer who crafted her dress for the inaugural ball.

President Obama spoke on the need for urgency on health care reform. He cited the fight's star dating way back to the era of Teddy Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. He also discussed the effects on different communities and the economic disparities between blacks and whites and the access to health care that results, or lack thereof.

"I know there are voices out there telling us we're moving too fast when it comes to health insurance reform," President Obama said. "They're telling us to slow down. They're telling us to wait."
"There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over," Obama told the cheering crowd." There comes a time to remember the fierce urgency of right now. Now's the time," the president said.




Bombshells: Chanel & Sessilee

Models Chanel Iman & Sessilee Lopez
Allure Magazine
Editorial: Bombshells
Photography: Regan Cameron
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Icons: The Chart Topper

Icon: Mariah Carey, Singer

"I don't mind being compared to Whitney, there are people miles worse to be compared to.""

"If critics have problems with my personal life, it's their problem. Anybody with half a brain would realize that it's the charts that count."
-Mariah Carey

We Belong Together [Live]


Marcus Lloyd: A New Dance

Model Marcus Lloyd
Bleu Magazine
Editorial: A New Dance
Styling: Carlos Nazario
Photography: Michael Rudin
[source]


I posted one of these pics months ago in a Marcus Lloyd post and I didn't know the source nor could I find any info on who was the photographer behind the shoot. I opened an issue of Bleu Magazine that I received a while ago and low and behold, there was the shoot. So, I looked up the photographer so that I could post the pics here without scanning the pages. Overall, I love the styling here and the black and white vibe.

Beyoncé: Acoustic for the Kids

Pop phenomenon Beyoncé stopped by a hospital in Singapore to visit and serenade patients as well as the staff.

As the youtuber who captured the videos reported:

She visited the kids in the cancer ward this afternoon before F1 in Singapore. (: It was really sweet of her. And the ward invited a few previous patients and a lot of current patients and their family to see her. She even signed a few autographs and went to talk to a few of the patients in the ward.

Radio [Acoustic LIVE]



Halo [Acoustic LIVE]



I always love to see pop stars perform acoustic sets of their songs. Lady Gaga does it a lot and the songs take on a new shape. I always feel like behind the beats and glossy presentations pop songs really are great songs. After all. there is a reason we listen to them over and over.
I wish Beyoncé would record and release a set of these.
Anyway, I see she is in full charitable mode. Good look.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Glenn Beck on White Culture



Glenn Beck of Fox News discusses his comments in which he proclaimed that President Obama hates "white culture"...well actually he refused to discuss it.
I really don't understand this man.
This seems to be the way of right wing extremists. They make statements and can't find factual evidence or a plausible argument to back them up.

Kate for French Vogue

Supermodel Kate Moss
VOGUE Paris October 2009
Photography: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
[source]


Red Ribbons No More?

New studies show promising results for a new HIV/AIDS vaccine.



"What is exciting is that this has provided a proof of concept, that we can do this," Cate Hankins, chief scientific officer at UNAIDS, told Bloomberg News. "Anything is possible now, it feels. It is a scientific breakthrough," Hankins said by phone from London.

The results were described as "encouraging but not decisive."

The formula appears to be effective in 30 percent of the tested cases. It will not likely be considered for licensing or approval any time soon because to be approved for general medicine it would have to be at least 50-70 percent effective.

This is great that they are making strides in helping to curve the effects of HIV/AIDS across the world. What would happen if there were a vaccine and it proved to be effective and became accessible? Would that change the culture of sex? While it would be a good find, would it promote promiscuity without the risk of contracting the virus? Either way, if something like this could be perfected and mass produced, it would change the lives of so many people.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Video Premiere: Amerie's Heard Em All

Amerie
Heard Em All [Video Premiere]



You may recognize the dark and gritty style of the video because it's directed by Anthony Mandler, the man behind Jay-Z's Run This Town and Rihanna's Disturbia.

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Behind the Scenes



Amerie's new album is due in stores on November 3rd.


Wendell for Slurp

Model Wendell Lissimore
Slurp Magazine
Styling: Matteo Greco
Photography: Angelo Sindaco
[source]


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Parodies: Youtube's Crosbylicious

Rachel Zoe Project Recession Parody



This is a hilarious take on Bravo's Rachel Zoe Project in which they create a recession friendly look for a homeless lady.
Watch it. You are going to d-i-e.
I died. Literally. Well not literally.

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Kate Gosselin from Jon & Kate Plus Eight
Match.com Ad



"Party in the front. Soccer mom in the back!"

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Trey Songz for Urban Ink

Singer Trey Songz
Urban Ink Magazine September 2009
Photography: Howard Huang
[source]


Click the images to see the full size and read the piece in which the artist discusses the meaning of his body art.

The Real Victims of Health Care Reform Revealed

The Real Victims of Health Care Reform



Funny. :)

Nostalgia: Boogie Fever

The Sylvers
Boogie Fever
Live on Soul Train (1975)



I LOVE this song. My sister used to sing it all the time when I was little.
Is it me or does the lead singer sound and look A LOT like Chris Brown??
Somebody get a paternity test.

Au Naturale: Tyra On Larry King

Black hair has been in the forefront a lot lately. Chris Rock has a new film coming out discussing the concepts of good vs bad hair. Michelle Obama's hair as well as controversy surrounding the straightening, and lack thereof, of her daughter Malia's hair.

Tyra Banks made waves recently when she revealed her real hair to the world.
Banks appeared also on Larry King as well without any hair pieces or extensions. The media mogul and former model discussed everything from Oprah comparisons to body image issues surrounding those infamously unflattering bathing suit pics which prompted Banks to tell paparazzi to kiss her "fat ass".

During much of the interview, she talked about her hair and the issues everyday black women face with their hair.

Banks: Let's talk about my hair right now.

I know it's been a big mystery. And I was like it was an unsolved mystery, and I felt like I needed to solve this mystery.

Like I've worn weaves and wigs and pieces and clip-ons and clip-outs and clip-downs and around since I was 17, 18, and I wanted to show the real me...
But, I mean, hair for black women, we spend $9 billion a year on hair products -- black women do. So growing up as a young girl and seeing images in the media where they're saying that a certain type of hair is beautiful and yours isn't is very difficult for a black woman -- for black women and it's a -- it's a long, political thing that we can do a whole show about. But I felt it was my responsibility to show as much of my real hair as possible.

[Read the Full CNN Story HERE]

Barack Obama on Letterman

Barack Obama
on The Late Show with David Letterman



Obama is no stranger to the Letterman show having made an appearance there six times. However, this marked the first time that a President has appeared while still in office. He stopped by to discuss race, the economy, and more importantly health care reform.

My favorite quote of the night:

“First of all, I think it’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election," Obama said after being asked if race was the main factor in people's opposition to his health care plans.

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Also, the White House has released a 4 minute video in efforts to make it easier to grasp the details of health care reform. It contains excerpts from Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress earlier this month and text outlines of key points of reform.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Compose Yourself: Not THAT Black Card



"Was she playing the black card?"
An experiment was done that showed racial profiling in stores and the reactions of those who witness it. It was pretty interesting to see who came to the defense of the wronged customer and who didn't.

The Daily Tea: No Child's Play

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11

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As I get older, my tastes change. I guess that's only natural.
Trips to night spots to seek inebriation have been replaced by quiet dinners at home with friends and laughter over games of Taboo. Loud and thumping techno bass lines have been replaced by smooth live music and soft piano tunes in lounges.
I'll always love pop and fashion for the fantasy elements, but with the knowledge that they are in fact a fantasy.
The quest for cute suitors and love interests has been replaced by an urgency to maintain great friendships. Memories of laughter last longer than memories of kisses.
I've also learned that solitude is a friend, not a foe.
The notion of "cool" has been redefined. I fall asleep while watching movies with the girls. I sip wine and celebrate anniversaries with the boys. Growth has trumped the subject of romantic conquests. I've had the same friends for about ten years. And the other friends that I value, I seem to have known for years even if it's only been one solid year.
If you stop growing, you die. Growing doesn't mean less fun. It means that fun takes on a new shape.

Edwards for GQ Style

Model Ollie Edwards
GQ Style UK
Fall Winter 09/10
Photography: Ben Dunbar-Brunton
[source]


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Compose Yourself: In Love With a Stripper



I saw this on a friend's page and I couldn't resist posting it.
And you thought Scarlett's tumble looked painful...
I laughed so hard I could barely compose myself. haha

Unexpected: Michelle Williams

Singer Michelle Williams
Random Magazine
Photography: Seyes Lisik
[source]


Shot on location at St. Bartholomew church in London, the 8 page spread features Williams wearing garments by Mathew Williamson and Romina Karimarna, shoes by Christian Louboutin, and jewelry by Stephen Webster.
Michelle has been hustling in the last few years post Destiny's Child fame with her first non-gospel album, club tours, and more recently a run as Roxie Hart in London's West End revival of the musical Chicago. Michelle and Kelly have both found love from fans across the pond and have seemingly escaped the Knowles shadow over there. More power to them. If I might say so, Michelle looks amazing in these photos.

Baggage Check

Model Adrien Brunier
Styling: Sara Frania
Photography: Pierre Mandreau
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