Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Negative Connotation: Abiah and Trent for Razor Red

Models Abiah Hostvedt & Trent Kendrick
for Razor Red Magazine
Photography: Aurora Crowley
Styling: Cameron K. Carpenter
[source]


Toni Performs on Ellen

Toni Braxton
Make My Heart
Live on Ellen



It's been five years since the diva's last appearance on the show. She returned to perform her new track from her brand new album, Pulse.

Fierce...but a bit different from this performance of the same track on the Wendy Williams Show in February. Toni ditched the girls for real girls on Ellen. haha


T.I.'s "I'm Back"

T.I.
I'm Back [Official Video]



His new album King Uncaged drops 8.17.10

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Video: M.I.A. "Born Free"

M.I.A.
Born Free [Video Premiere]
Director: Romain Gavras
Director of Photography : André Chemetoff
Producer : Mourad Belkeddar




Wow. Never one to shy away from a political statement, M.I.A. does it again.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Reese's Piece: Ryan Phillippe for Men's Health

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.”

Check out the entire article from Men's Health HERE
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MacGruber Trailer



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Phillippe also appeared on Saturday's episode of Saturday Night Live as the host.
Here is the video of his opening monologue.


Friday, April 23, 2010

My Icons: King of Calypso

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

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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.

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Harry Belafonte with Nat King Cole


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jeans, el regreso: Sessilee for Spanish Harper's Bazaar

Model Sessilee Lopez
for Harper's Bazaar Espana May 2010
Photography: Xevi MMuntané
[source]


Hit the Road: Chad White by Justin Wu

Model Chad White
Photography/Video: Justin Wu
jwuphoto.com
Styling: Shan Sarwar (Artist Group Limited)
Photo Assistant: Peter Williams
Style Assistant: Jade Winder
Make Up & Grooming: Denise Richards




Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Joan Pedrola for Hercules

Model Joan Pedrola
for Hercules Magazine
Fashion Editing: Francesco Sourigues
Photography: Daniel Riera
[source]


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kelly in Command

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.

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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]


Ciara on the Offense in New Video

Ciara
Basic Instint (U Got Me) [Video Promo]



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. :)

Henry Watkins for Sport & Street

Model Henry Watkins
for Sport & Street Collezioni F/W 1011
Photography: Mark Gong
Styling: Bernardo Siaotong
[source]


Heat Stroke: Natasha Poly by Mario Sorrenti

Model Natasha Poly
Photographer: Mario Sorrenti
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Emmanuelle Alt
[source]


Sizzling.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Khia...Surely You Jest

Khia
Been a Bad Girl [Video Premiere]
Director: Clifton Bell



The rapper responsible for My Neck, 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.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Compose Yourself: "Precious" Spoof

Precious Spoof
Starring: Kevin Wasson & Stefon O'neal
of KreativeKoncepts




"Can I have the last porkchop?"
Funny stuff.

In the Stripe Zone: Matt Kemp for GQ

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.

She's Tyler Moore, She's Mary: Toni for the "Kids"

Toni Braxton
Make My Heart [Official Video]



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.]

Gaga "Telephone" Live

Lady Gaga
Telephone [Live on Japan’s Music Station]



She is crazy. And I love it. I live for the ending for some reason. Telephone is currently number 1 on the World Singles Chart. Come on, Gaga!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Daily Tea: A Little Optimism

"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.

Video Premiere: Melanie Fiona's "Ay Yo"

Melanie Fiona
Ay Yo [Video Premiere]



Dope Song. Love her.
I hate that her lead single It Kills Me totally misrepresents the sound of the rest of her album.

Il Pagliaccio Scuro

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.