Actor Ryan Phillippe for Men's Health May 2010 Photography: Anthony Mandler
Heartthrob Ryan Phillippe got his start on the daytime drama One Life to Live and soon rose to fame among the crop of teen stars of the late 90s such as Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, and Selma Blair. Eventually, he went on to marry his Cruel Intentions co-star Reese Witherspoon. The two have since divorced and Ryan has been a bit under the radar...until now. Ryan covers the May issue of Men's Health. He opened up about his divorce from Reese, working with Kristin Wig and Will Forte on his upcoming film MacGruber based on the SNL character, and his mentor Clint Eastwood.
From the article: On this divorce with actress, Reese Witherspoon: “I still have sadness and complicated feelings about my divorce,” he says. “But how beneficial is it to keep hanging onto those feelings?”
On his breakout role at age 17 as a gay teen on the soap opera One Life to Live: “I would worry, ‘What will the people at school think?’ And they shunned me in a lot of ways,” Phillippe recalls. “But it ended up being an incredible experience and such a time of growth for me.”
On his mentor, Clint Eastwood: “He’s in the latter part of his experience on the planet, and he’s still growing. He’s open to new ideas and he’s changing the way he sees things,” says Phillippe. “It’s something I want to encourage in myself: Don’t close off.”
On getting older: “I thought the most experience you had, the more certain you would be about life,” the 35-year-old star says. “But I’m finding the opposite, man. I’m more in wonder and confusion than I was in my 20s.”
Icon: Harry Belafonte American singer, actor, social activist
“When I was born, I was colored. I soon became a Negro. Not long after that I was black. Most recently I was African-American. It seems we're on a roll here. But I am still first and foremost in search of freedom.” -Harry Belafonte
*** Jamaica Farewell
Dubbed the King of Calypso at the height of his career, Harry Belafonte brought the sounds of the Caribbean to the mainstream and became one of the most popular performers of his time. Belafonte is perhaps best known for performing the Banana Boat Song with its signature Day-O lyrics. Though most of his career centered around music, he also had an acting career and was a beacon in the struggle for civil rights. Belafonte's activisim wasn't limited to black civil rights on US soil, as he was a strong opponent of colonialism in Africa. Eventually becoming the first black man to win an Emmy for his his first solo TV special Tonight with Belafonte (1959), he modeled himself after other performers of the era who excelled at their craft and still made a mark in the social activism scene. Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson were two controversial figures from which Belafonte drew inspiration. Most recently, he was a strong voice against the George W. Bush administration and even likened Secretaries of State Powell and Rice to house slaves. Having been blacklisted in the McCarthy era and a close friend of Martin Luther King, Jr, Belafonte is no stranger to controversy and should be known for far more than the King of Calypso, but as being a great humanitarian.
Kelly Rowland Commander Live at Supafest extravaganza in Adelaide
Fresh off the heels of her Grammy award winning song When Love Takes Over with David Guetta, Kelly Rowland is ready to release her next studio album. After not fairing so well with Ms. Kelly, I think that she has found her niche. The new European dance sound may not go over well with her urban fans but the international market is loving it. It is certainly more convincing than her singing Ghetto with Snoop Dogg. I can't wait for Commander to officially drop because from the sound of it, the track is going to be hot.
*** Also, here is an interview with Kelly on Australia's Morning Show. She discussed her solo work, her involvement with charity, and how David Guetta changed her career. Once I got past her opening shade expressions, it was a cool interview. I must have played the beginning back about fifty times. haha. Who pissed off Ms. Kelly? [You also have to endure poor audio which causes everyone to seem to have a speech impediment]
Say what you want about CiCi, I love her. I love the grit mixed with femininity. Sure her vocals aren't the best but there is no other female artist that nails choreography comparable to Janet and Mike, but with a hood twist. I have always loved her ghetto princess image and though I initially hated the comparisons, she is the closest that we have to Aaliyah and TLC, a great blend of a pretty face and a little tomboy swagger. I thought that her last album was underrated. She just seemed to be grasping at straws for single choices but there was some great tracks on Fantasy Ride. This time around she plans to reclaim her spot in the game. With this scathing message in the video, I'm sure she will at least have people talking. She is slated to shell out her new single Ride soon with Ludacris. I'm rooting for Miss CiCi. Gotta rep for the south. :)
Khia Been a Bad Girl [Video Premiere] Director: Clifton Bell
The rapper responsible for MyNeck, My Back has been in the news a lot lately from dissing everyone, most notably Nicki Minaj. She has released multiple statements trashing the Young Money rapper. I don't hold a banner up for Nicki either but come on Khia...It looks like Kiely Williams has been topped for worst video of the year. Khia needs to sit down with this lackluster track and these crazy dollar store Grace Jones creations that she is wearing. Maybe she will release a statement saying that this was a joke. SMH... At least we got a cameo from fashion model Lamar James in the video. That's the only thing that made it tolerable.
Athlete Matt Kemp for GQ Magazine May 2010 Photography: Michel Comte [source]
Modeling polo shirts for the newest issue of GQ, pro baseball star Matt Kemp has been known lately not for baseball, but for his rumored romance with pop starlet Rihanna. After being photographed getting close on a vacation, the two sent the gossip blogs into frenzy. He has since said that they were only friends while she has admitted that he is her boyfriend. I wonder if they are on the same page. Nevertheless, I hope it makes people stop talking about her and a certain male R&B's star's relationship.
This video has been out for a second but I didn't want to post it until I had time to talk about it. Toni has officially entered diva mode. There is a time in every diva's career in which she gives it to the gays. haha. Toni was a monster R&B star in the 90s and early 00s but if we are honest with ourselves we have to admit that her star has faded. Her talent is still there but music is not kind to aging females. She has, however, maintained a large following. What compromises most of a diva's fan base? The gays. With this video, it's like she asked someone what is every element of gay culture and how can I incorporate it. She did it. The blond twinks. The thug trade. The fierce, big busted fat girl. The ghetto-fab black girls with high ponytails. Black boys who vogue, church ladies fanning, and Tina Turner fringe dresses. Throw in a beaded catsuit and a couple of shirtless men and you have it! haha Anyway, I dig the song and the video. The song is fun and I'm sure the clubs will eat it up.
I love 3:15, 0:49, 0:52, 1:36 & 1:39,
[My friend and I were just talking about how street dancing such as Vogue has officially become a part of mainstream dance. And then comes Toni's video.]
"Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by ours tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again."
-Alex Tan, author
See the bright side in bad experiences. Crying can be cleansing and pain can produce a new outlook on life. No matter what we go through, we walk away with new information. We learn lessons. Sometimes we have to go through things to appreciate life and see more clearly. The world holds too many new people and opportunities to miss out on them. Dust yourself off and keep moving.
Model Jarek as the Joker for Qvest Magazine Editorial: We Two Are One Styling: Andrzej Sobolewski Hair: Kacper Raczkowski Make up: Wilson Photography: Zuza Krajewska and Bartek Wieczorek krajewska-wieczorek.com [source]
Model Jarek stirs up a wonderfully playful portrayal of the Joker. Shot by Polish photographers Zuza Krajewska and Bartek Wieczorek. I love this shoot! The Joker is one of our culture's most iconic characters. Jarek seems to perfectly blend the whimsical look of Jack Nicholson's Joker with the sinister look of Heath Ledger's.