Monday, July 26, 2010

Michelle Williams for Cancer 4 the Cause

Singer Michelle Williams
for Cancer 4 The Cause
Michelle recently attended the charity’s 2nd Annual event in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato for Teen Vogue

Singers Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato
Magazine: Teen Vogue August 2010
Editorial: Blue Crush
Hair: Dennis DeVoy
Makeup: Sammy Mourabit
Stylist: Lawren Howell
Photographer: Norman Jean Roy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Video: Nicki Minaj "Your Love"

Nicki Minaj
Your Love [Video Premiere]

I don't love Nicki. I don't hate Nicki. I am utterly confused by Nicki. However, she has been ubiquitous, appearing on countless tracks with other artists.

The video above is for her single Your Love from her upcoming yet to be titled debut album due in stores November 23rd. The song samples the Annie Lennox hit No More "I Love You's". Actor/Martial Artist Michael Jai White makes a cameo in the martial arts inspired clip. The colors and style is reminiscent of martial arts flicks like Hero and House of Flying Daggers. I like the use of the fabric to show certain element of the scene. During the fighting scene, the green represents the bamboo forests and the blue fabric shows flowing water. The end of the video shows the red fabric as the blood of the wounded Minaj. Overall, I like the video. For the first time, it seems like this is Minaj as a focused artist rather than an erratic imitator. Though the song isn't groundbreaking, it's perfect for the summer.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Proving You Wrong: Skewby

Rapper Skewby
Angels Remix
Shot by: Holiday Communism

Above is the studio video for Memphian Skewby's take on Diddy's 2010 single Angels.
Skewby's album/mixtape Proving You Wrong Since 1988 has become quite the underground classic since its release. A breath of fresh air in the usually gangster driven Memphis rap scene, Skewby's mixtape title uses the year that many see as the peak in hip-hop which is also the year of his birth.
In a time when hip-hop artists such as Drake, Wale, and Kid Cudi are generating heavy buzz, it's safe to say that hip-hop in its original form is making a comeback.
Check out more about the talented MC at his website:

Fresh Face: Ford's Daje Barbour

Model Daje Barbour
Featured on, Daje is represented by Ford Chicago. He was scouted on orientation day at the university where he’s due to start studying Information Technology. Great look. Great potential.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Daily Tea: Live By Example

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”
Oliver Goldsmith, Irish writer/poet

As I grow older, I have tried my best to resist the urge to jump into advice mode when talking to friends. I give great advice most of the time. I have a knack for it. However, talk can be cheap. I would rather live by example. I'm not perfect. None of us are. We can only strive to live the best lives we can and hope to get it right. Be seen more than you are heard. Think of what you would say to someone and instead put those words into action. Practice what you preach. In the end, you'll find yourself preaching less often.

Max Mara Elegante Preview

Max Mara Elegante Preview
Models Arthur Sales, Nate Gill, Sean Harju, Blaine Cook and Matthew Coatsworth

Theory of Evolution: Shaun Ross for Tandem Magazine

Model Shaun Ross
Magazine: Tandem
Editorial: Time to Evolve
Styling: Tre Knight
Clothing: Asher Levine
Photography: Zackery Michael

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cover: Reba McEntire covers Beyoncé

Reba McEntire
If I Were a Boy

First Beyoncé teamed up with Sugarland for performances of Irreplaceable. Now Reba is covering a song by her. Lord help us if Beyoncé announces she is going country. I meant to post this a while ago.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New Video: Monica "Love All Over Me

All Over Me [Video Premiere]
Monica looks great and the storyline is pretty interesting. It's definitely somewhat uncharted waters in the world of female videos and the handling of love.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Video: Usher "There Goes My Baby"

There Goes My Baby [Video Premiere]

Usher will also release Raymond v. Raymond (The Deluxe Edition). The new edition will include tracks from Versus, as well as material from the original version of Raymond v. Raymond that leaked online before his album's release and didn't make the final tracklisting.

Model of the Year: Sessilee Lopez

Rising supermodel Sessilee Lopez picked up a Model Of The Year Award in South Africa at the African Fashion Awards 2010. Top awards also went to Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedina Alaiia and Josheph Ettendgui who each received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Grace Jones was given the award for Female Style Icon, while Michael Jackson won the award for Male Style Influencer. Top Makeup Artist was given to the Pat McGrath and Edward Enniful of iD Magazine was named Stylist of the Year. [source]

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Model Sessilee Lopez
Magazine: Tush
Editorial: Full Of Grace
Styled by Avena Gallagher
Photography: Nagi Sakai

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Brandy for 160 Grams

Singer Brandy
for 160 Grams July/August 2010
Photography: Steven Gomillion & Dennis Leupold

Friday, July 9, 2010

My Icons: The Titan

Icon: Celine Dion, Singer

"There's been nothing but discipline, discipline, discipline all my life."
“It's the moment you think you can't that you realize you can.”
-Celine Dion

The 90s power ballad is personified by the voice of Celine Dion. While many point to Mariah and Whitney, Dion's voice truly carried the genre. Building a meticulously planned career from humble beginnings in Canada, her songs Power of Love, Titanic's My Heart Will Go On, and Because You Loved Me catapulted her into the stratosphere of pop divas. Dion has lived a life void of tabloid fodder and meltdowns. Coupled with her incredibly polished vocal technique, it's easy to bill her as a bore. However, the Grammy and Academy Award winning star will go down in history as orchestrating one of the most preserved and consistent careers in the business. Only recently taking breaks to focus on family, she still commands a huge concert following years after her peak.

Because You Loved Me

River Deep Mountain High
Live in Vegas

Interesting to note, in the style of many classic stars such as Sinatra and Streisand, Dion's career was built on covers. Most of her chart topping hits were previously recorded by another singer.
Spawning contemporaries such as Christina Aguilera and Leona Lewis, she set the bar for girls with pipes. Collaborating in the past with everyone from Luciano Pavarotti to Destiny's Child, Dion is a versatile talent, a consummate professional, and a legend.

Urban Girl: Krista White for Fiasco

Model Krista White
Magazine: Fiasco July/August 2010
Editorial: Urban Girl
Photographer: Pino Gomes
Fashion Stylist: Vanessa Torrico
Executive Producer: Tina Gomes
Hair & Make Up by: Pino Gomes

You may or not recognize her, but Miss Krista White was the most recent winner of the Tyra Banks creation known as America's Next Top Model. She shines here in this stunning black and white shoot by photographer Pino Gomes for Fiasco Magazine's second issue.

Christina Aguilera Behind the Scenes

Christina Aguilera
Behind the Scenes of You Lost Me Video

David Agbodji & Arthur Kulkov by O'Brien

Models David Agbodji & Arthur Kulkov
Photography: Kevin O’Brien

Sunday, July 4, 2010

New Video: Corinne Bailey Rae's "Closer"

Corrine Bailey Rae
Closer [Video Premiere]

Independence Day

Today, we remember those who built this nation and share pride in being part of the rich tapestry that is America.
In the midst of cookouts, parades, fireworks, and church services, think about what makes you feel free. Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fuga Em Los Angeles: Evandro and Leslie for L'Officiel

Models Evandro Soldati & Leslie Bibb
for L'Officiel Brazil
Editorial: Fuga Em Los Angeles
Styling: Donald Lawrence
Photography: Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold