Sunday, November 29, 2009

All That Glitters...

Model Snejana Onopka
Numéro Korea December 2009
Editorial: Show Me
Photography: Mariano Vivanco
Digital Artist: Chris Roome

Fuckin' fabulous.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tyson for Armand Basi

Model Tyson Ballou
for Armand Basi Autumn/Winter 09
Photography: Giampaolo Sgura


Precision. Poise. Placement
A Basic Lesson in Snap
courtesy of the Institute of Snap!thology

Take notes. [snaps]

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Golden Child

We Are Golden [Music Video]

That's funny. That's the exact same dancing I do when I hear this song. lol
Mika is wonderful.
[I know this video is not new but I love it]

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Behind the Scenes: Video Phone
serves up a funny parody of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.
The impersonations and jokes were spot on.

Video Phone
[Behind the Scenes]

"For this video I wanted to exceed beyond every video I've done without a doubt, I wanted to film in a studio wearing House of Dereon bodysuits."
They came for them. Haha

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

L'amour est à la mode

Models Sessilee Lopez & Wendell Lissimore
Photography: Mark Squires

Fashion's most lovely couple. I love it.

Two Black Guys walked into a Bar...

The people over at keep me laughing. Here are two satirical videos dealing with race. The first is about white people reacting to a black hiker featuring Blair Underwood and the second is a play on tokenism.

If only the second video were a real thing. I could make a lot of money. haha

Glambert Seals it With a Kiss

It's no secret that Adam Lambert is gay. Very gay. The American Idol runner up was never shy about his sexual content and has come out publicly since the show's finale. Unlike stars like Clay Aiken and NSync's Lance Bass, Lambert has grabbed the gay bull by the horns and decided to make it work for him.
Of course, he can hardly hide it anyway. His love for nail polish, eyeliner, and glam looks make it quite obvious that he is not like other boys.
I didn't see any episodes from last season's Idol but I was drawn to Lambert for his shock value. With the passing of Michael Jackson, it became painfully obvious that we had no more androgynous male stars.
Gone are the days of Boy George, David Bowie, KISS, Prince, and Sylvester. Every male star today seems to be a hip hop version of Michael Jackson or an All-American cookie cutter heartthrob. Lambert is definitely something different.

As you all know by now, Lambert gave a sexually charged performance of his single For Your Entertainment in which he simulated oral sex, grabbed his crotch, and kissed a male band member. ABC has since received over 1500 complaints about the show and has canceled Lambert's upcoming concert on Good Morning America.

"They're outraged," said Timothy Winters, president of the Parents Television Council. "They just can't believe the nature of the content, the explicit nature, and how much graphic content there was."

Even before controversy broke out, Lambert expressed that the kiss was not planned and was a spontaneous act. The kiss was "in the moment" according to him.
He added "As an afterthought, I do feel like there is a double standard in the entertainment community, on television, on radio. I feel like women performers have been pushing the envelope sexually for the past 20 years and all of a sudden a male does it and everybody goes 'oh we can't show that on TV' and to me that is a form of discrimination. And it's a double standard, and that's too bad."

He's right. Britney and Madonna infamously kissed on the VMAs years ago, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie lip-locked on stage, Adrien Brody tackled Halle Berry at the Academy Awards with a kiss, and Katy Perry made a hit out of casual lesbianism. Toni Braxton, a married woman, recently made waves by kissing Trey Songz during the Soul Train Music Awards telecast.
What's the difference?
America isn't ready to see two men kiss.
A lesbian kiss is fine. An adulterous kiss is fine. But not two men kissing. Heavens no.

The issue is deeper. The entertainment world loves the gays. Where would fashion, music, movies, and any other form of entertainment be without gay men and women?
Of course, the media only loves the sexless gay person. Ellen and Rosie are not voluptuous gorgeous women who men would love. I don't think Pamela Anderson would have had a career if she were an out lesbian. People love the animated gay male character. He's witty, funny, stylish, but not a sexual being.
Lambert is unapologetic about his sexuality. He gyrates his hips and basks in the delight of man on man action. I'm sure many Idol fans aren't happy embracing that side of him. Could a grown man buy the new Adam Lambert album with its campy and glamorous cover art and still feel like a man? Could he sing along with the lyrics, many of which contains references about loving men and trips to the MAC counter?

I applaud Lambert for being brave. It may hurt his sales a bit but he's getting major press as well. Kris Allen is barely spoken of and he was the actual winner of Idol.
Shock value keeps people talking.
As for Lambert's music, it's actually good. His album is pretty solid and you can see his influences.
I said that his music is like Boy George, George Michael, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, and Queen having an orgy and producing a child. My friend added that Grace Jones would stop by and take pictures. Hopefully his music won't be completely overshadowed by the tabloid fodder. He seems to have some talent. Like him or not, he's got your attention. And that in itself is a feat in this overly saturated market of music today.

Adam Lambert
For Your Entertainment
[Video Premiere]

The Daily: Don't Settle

"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."
Maureen Dowd, in New York Times

Sometimes we short change ourselves and don't really see our worth. Never settle. Something better is always coming along. This applies to career, love, life, and happiness in general. Be patient and what you really deserve will come along if you make the effort. Never stick with something just because you don't want to be bored or alone. That will only lead to many regrets.

Stop Telephonin Me...

Lady Gaga & Beyoncé

Pretty cool.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Nostalgia: Damian Dame

Damian Dame
Right Down to It


The duo comprised of Debra Jean "Deah Dame" Hurd and Bruce Edward "Damian" Broadus were the first artists signed to LaFace Records. Their songs Exclusivity and Down to It bring back so many memories for me.
Sadly, before they could release a sophomore album they met tragic ends. Hurd was killed in an automobile accident and Broadus died of colon cancer two years later to the day. She was 35 and he was only 29.

The Dilemma

Mike Wallace
The Homosexuals (1967) Excerpt

We have come a long way...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Beyoncé Gets Crazy

Crazy in Love Live in Vegas
I Am Yours DVD Preview

In reaction to her record company saying that she did not have one hit on her first solo album after she initially played it for them she says, "They were kinda right...I had five."
Haha I love it.
The background dancers give me ghetto Tina Turner with a little Leyomi lean in this video.

And With His Stripes...

Model Abiah Hostvedt
Photography: Minoru Kaburagi
Styling & Designs: Kenta Miyamoto

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Oprah's Fans Mourn the "Loss"

In the words of Miranda Priestley, "Did she die or something?"

I didn't post anything when Oprah's announcement came that she will end her popular talk show in 2011. After all, she has made that announcement before. She will be around. She has a magazine, many other ventures, and she is developing a network. She will be more than visible, TV show or not.

I just thought the way this particular story about her set departure was worded was funny. In the entire piece they made it seem as if she was dead.
Taken from fans tweets on Twitter:
"Soooo sad, eternal depression begins now and will worsen on Sept 9, 2011,"...
"I really don't know what I'm going to do at 4 o'clock everyday now,"...
Winfrey's friend Gayle King, who is also the editor-at-large for Winfrey's magazine, devoted her entire Sirius satellite radio show on Friday to fielding phone calls from devastated Winfrey fans.

"I am wearing black today -- I am going to have a brief period of bereavement because I still can't even believe the news myself. And I've known that this was coming, but even after you hear it it's still hard to believe," King said.

A bit melodramatic, don't you think?
But I guess how can one not be melodramatic with Oprah...

Janet Makes You Groove

Janet Jackson
Make Me [Video Premiere]

Janet is back on the scene fresh off of a break up and the death of her brother. After little success with her last album (which was actually a wonderful album in my opinion) she is back to work with a new project. I love this song. I'm not sure how radio will react to it because it sounds like old Janet but I love it.
She looks really happy despite recent events. She looks beautiful. Does she ever age?
I love that she has a little weight on her. She looks like early Janet and it's a really soft and refreshing look.
Anyway, I'm interested in seeing what she has in store.
We'll see at the American Music Awards!
[The girl can still move! Wow]

Dream Girl: Jourdan Goes Mod for iD

Model Jourdan Dunn
for i-D Magazine
Styling: Edward Enninful
Hair: Malcolm Edwards
Photography: Kerry Halluan

Thursday, November 19, 2009

No Best New Artist for Gaga

Apparently, Lady Gaga is ineligible for next year's Grammy nomination for Best New Artist since she was nominated for a Grammy in the 2009 award ceremony for Just Dance which lost to Daft Punk's Harder Better Faster Stronger. That technically rules her out from being placed on the coming ceremony's ballot as a new artist. Bummer!!

Lady Gaga
The Fame Monster Trailer

Also here's a little video feature from her tour.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Robin Thicke's Sexual Healing

Robin Thicke
Sex Therapy [Video Premiere]

I love the luxurious look of the video. From the location to the camera work, it brings a level of sophistication that matches the work of Thicke. His music is always sensual without being crude. Grown and sexy so to speak...
Anyway, his album Sex Therapy will be in stores December 8th.

Black Card: Shawn Sutton

Model Shawn Sutton
Styling: Fredo Montes
Photography: Britta Leuermann

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Brandy: Stupid in Love

This is a track from Rihanna's new album but a version of the song hit the net not too long ago with Brandy singing it instead. I ignored it for a second so you may have heard it but I love this version so much more. Brandy's background vocals and just overall delivery made the song a better listen and much more convincing. Brandy kills it. She gives a real depth to the song.

[DOWNLOAD Brandy Stupid in Love]

Tina & Cher Slay Bey&Gaga

Tina Turner & Cher
Shame Shame

Before Beyoncé and Lady Gaga...
There were the real divas.

Rico Nieves: VMan's Newest Cover Boy

Model Rico Nieves
for VMAN
Newest winner of VMan Magazine's Model Search
Photography: Nick Knight

GQ: Game Changers

Rappers Wale, Drake, & Kid Cudi
GQ Man of the Year Issue December 2009

I love these guys. They have changed hip hop lately and helped to shed the gangsta image by bringing back the original way that rappers conveyed messages, through style and rhymes instead of constant talk of violence and miscegenation. Sure, that has its place in rap but these three remind us that the genre of music is far from one dimensional. My only question is...where's Lupe??

Compose Yourself: Universal's Blackout

Let's play a game. Spot the difference between these two photos.
What's missing?
The answer: Actors Faizon Love and Kali Hawk, black stars who portray a couple in the new Vince Vaughn comedy Couples Retreat. The first picture is a promo pic from the US and the one below that is the same pic altered for distribution in the UK, only in the second one the black actors have been removed from the picture.

In response to outrage over the move, a Universal spokesman said the altered poster aimed "to simplify the poster to actors who are most [recognizable] in international markets."

Simply put, said industry watcher James Ulmer, "The international marketplace is still fairly racist."

Apparently, films with black actors aren't thought to perform well overseas. Maybe it's for reasons like this. Why would they remove the co stars from the poster altogether? The film's actual star is a white man. The black couple are only in supporting role. It makes you wonder how movies starring black actors such as Will Smith and Halle Berry are marketed overseas. The stars would be box office candy here but are they the opposite abroad? Universal has apologized but I think that was a poor decision on their parts to alter the photo in the first place. It seems to be a setback for them to remove the actors rather than stand up for them and leave them in the promos. I guess the token blacks in the film aren't as appealing outside of the states.

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Icons: Original Bombshell

Icon: Bettie Page, American Model

"I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer. I wasn`t trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didn`t think of myself as liberated, and I don`t believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didn`t know any other way to be, or any other way to live."
Bettie Page

Peep the Bettie Page influences in Beyoncé's new video. Page was a pioneer pinup who was known for her curves. It's only fitting that today's curvy pop star would pay a tribute to her.

Video Phone Premiere

featuring Lady Gaga
Video Phone [Extended Remix Video Premiere]

They gave me life.
They gave me death.
Then they resurrected me.
The beat goes on...
The video was very Beyoncé. Nothing taken to the next level, but hot nevertheless.
My only gripe is that Beyoncé doesn't seem to be growing creatively. The video's look was very Check On It-like. It was better than most female artists, but she is one of the greatest performers alive. There really seems to be a lack of creativity among artists these days, even the ones set to become icons. Lady Gaga is the only artist bringing us performance art in videos that rivals those like Michael, Janet, & Madonna. If we could find a performer with Gaga's creativity, Rihanna's fashion sense, and Beyoncé's stage performances we would have the prototype. Michael, Madonna, Prince, and Janet had all of those things.
I'm wondering why Gaga's videos look so expensive and cinematic compared to Beyoncé's. Surely Beyoncé has a bigger budget.
It all comes down to good taste and ingenuity. Miss Knowles performs on stage better than anyone, even some of the greats. However, when it comes to concepts and video's she should broaden her spectrum. I like that she still gives us some hood flavor but why not merge that with something spectacular?
Overall, this video was a good video. But up against Bad Romance, it looks elementary. That's a problem coming from the woman that is repeatedly named the world's greatest female entertainer.

Got a Big Ego...

Singer Michelle Williams
Alter Ego Photoshoot
Photography: Derek Blanks