I love the simplicity and smooth feel of this video. It is very Janet in that sense. But Ciara still looks like Ciara. My only issue is that Ciara's music style is always molded by others. She has her own look and way of doing things but with The-Dream writing the bulk of her material, it sounds like his music and not hers.
As much as I applaud her for gaining such mainstream acclaim rather quickly, I must say that I am tired of these sing-song pop singles. If Nicki is to be billed as a rapper, I want her to rap. I love Your Love and hate Check it Out. It feels like both of them could be a single for a singer with Nicki as the featured rapper. Check it Out could have been just as effective as a Fergie song. It probably would have been better. Nicki has really shined as a feature artist. She has been on a track with everyone. Is that what she is limited to? Can she sustain a rap record alone?
Vogue Paris celebrates its 90th Anniversary with a sensational cover starring supermodel Lara Stone. Carine Roitfeld, the editor-in-chief of the French publication, is throwing a a special costume ball in celebration of the issue.
Memphis native K. Michelle stopped by BET's 106&Park to promote her upcoming album Pain Medicine. The Jive records R&B act performed and discussed her upbringing, including her single parenthood and her parents' initial disapproval of her pursuing music.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
We learn from our mistakes and we cherish our memories. That's how we grasp what life is all about. Situations can makes us smile and they can change us for the better. On the other hand, we can be bitter and anxious due to things that happen to us. There is nothing wrong with examining our past, as long as it doesn't keep us from moving on to better things.
David Agbodji is smokin in this shoot reminiscent of Grace Jones. Even with the feminine touches in the styling, his masculinity is burning through the images. He is quickly gaining steam as a top male model in the industry. One could see why.
[Interesting tidbit: A couple of the hats seen in this shoot were worn by Beyoncé in the director's cut of her Diva video. The hats are by designer Franc Fernandez for Brian Lichtenberg.]
"I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."
The first artist of national descent to become and international star in art, Basquiat started as a graffiti artist but eventually evolved into a neo-expressionist painter. His work incorporated folk images fused with modern abstract styles. He often used his work as commentary on the state of African-Americans post Jim Crow era, especially taking aim at complicit blacks who he felt were only puppets of the dominant white ideology. One example of this is his 1981 piece "Irony of Negro Policeman". He was close friend with Andy Warhol and though he possessed a great deal of talent and potential, his life was plagued by drug use. In 1988, Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27, one year after the death of Warhol.
Below, the two can be seen in a British documentary State of the Art.
I previously posted an editorial with model Ty Okungoya posing as Basquiat for Vogue Hommes international. View the post here.
His speech is almost unintelligible. I can't believe that there are kids that look up to him and watch him everyday, patterning their lives after him. Epic fail. Waka Flocka, go and get a book. Find someone to teach you to read it. And then try and compose yourself. In the mean time, "Ay hold up, we gotta run dat back!"
Unless you have been living under a massive rock, you've heard Whip My Hair by Willow Smith by now. The nine year old daughter of Will and Jada is embarking on an exciting musical journey and has lit the airwaves and blogosphere afire with her debut track. Tinged with Keri Hilson and Rihanna swag, this song has arrived with quite a force. Banging in the clubs and being like by everyone from grown straight men to thirteen year old girls, she is set to grab her own piece of the Smith empire. The song is ridiculously catchy and her image has been meticulously crafted over the last couple of years so she very well may be a smash. Let's wait and see.
We use photographic and animation techniques that were developed to draw moving 3-dimensional typography and objects with an iPad. In dark environments, we play movies on the surface of the iPad that extrude 3-d light forms as they move through the exposure. Multiple exposures with slightly different movies make up the stop-frame animation.
This shoot makes me almost forgive Nicki Minaj for the catastrophe that was her VMA performance. I love these images for LGBT magazine OUT. They really remind me of the work of French artist/graphic designer Jean-Paul Goode. Anyway, the accompanying written piece by Caryn Ganz speaks about Nicki's rise to fame and what her flirts with lesbianism can do to help lessen homophobia in hip-hop.
This year has been a great year for mixtapes with releases from Chris Brown, Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry), and Estelle to name a few. Here is another from underrated artists JoJo. She is a great talent. The mixtape features the single "In the Dark" plus work from Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, Kenna, Neff-U, Oak, Beau Dozier, Jordan Gatsby, Travis Garland, and more. Check it out.
However, the entire video seemed like a less inspired version of Usher's Confessions. I love Trey but I think he needs to quickly capitalize on his new fame and carve his own lane so that he can ditch the comparisons. That's the only way he will have longevity.