Monday, October 18, 2010

New Video: Willow Smith "Whip My Hair"

Willow Smith
Whip My Hair [Official Video]
Director: Ray Kay

Two words: Leyomi Mizrahi! The vogue legend made a stunning cameo in Willow Smith clip to accompany her sensation of a pop song Whip My Hair. I love it how they kept it age appropriate while still managing to make it ferocious. The Smith family is soooo bankable. If you saw Willow's interview on 106&Park, you saw how much of a charmer she is. She sure does have some cute little star presence. And her daddy's ears. haha

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hot Album Art: Yeezy, Breezy, Cudi, and Ronson

I am old-fashioned when it comes to album art. I still buy CDs. I hate downloading on iTunes because I like to get the album packaging and actually feel it and look at it.
In the age that we live in where everything is going digital, it's becoming a lost art to hang on to album art. Think about years from now. Would your collection of mp3s on your hard drive really compare to that collection of vinyls that your elders had? No.
Anyway, here are four new album covers that I think are pretty cool. All from stylish gentlemen.

Mark Ronson & the Business Intl
Record Collection

Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
[This cover is allegedly banned in most U.S. major retails outlets for nudity]

Chris Brown
Yeah 3x [Single Cover]

Kid Cudi
Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr Rager

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Flick Picks: Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"

Here is an exclusive trailer from Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls

The film is based on the critically acclaimed play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Yeah, that's a mouthful. The film stars heavy hitting actresses such as Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, and Loretta Devine as well as appearances from Perry favorites Janet Jackson and Kimberly Elise. Whether or not the film will work hinges on Perry's ability to capture the essence of the work rather than fall into the mood of forced melodrama that plagues many of his films. Can this film do for this generation what The Color Purple, The Women of Brewster Place, and Waiting to Exhale did for black women? We will find out soon.
The emotionally charged film is set hit theaters on November 5th.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sesame Street: I Love My Hair

Check out this cute video from a recently aired Sesame Street episode. The piece title “I Love My Hair" teaches little girls, black girls in particular, about loving and valuing their own hair. Cool and positive video.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Video: Kid Cudi "Erase Me" ft. Kanye West

Kid Cudi
Erase Me featuring Kanye West
[Official Video]
Director: Jason Goldwatch

Rapper Kid Cudi channels Jimi Hendrix in this clip for Erase Me. I love this track! Kid Cudi is great for Hip-Hop. [Anger issues and all]

Bruno Mars for Wal-mart Soundcheck

Doo-Wops and Hooligans by Bruno Mars has easily become one of my favorite albums of the year. His voice is awesome and he really has a gift for melody. Something about the whole thing just really seems honest and connects with me. His hits with Travie McCoy and B.O.B. landed him on the charts but his own material is equally strong.
Anyway, the two videos below are from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for Wal-mart Soundcheck’s Risers series. Love it.


I love Grenade. It's nice to see a man sing about a relationship lacking reciprocity. Those tracks always come from female vocalists. It's not like men don't have feelings too.

Nothing on You

He really is a refreshing artist to me [despite his drug problems...ugh]. I hope he sticks around for a while.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Video: Ciara "Gimmie Dat"

Gimmie Dat [Official Video]


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Stars and Strife: Reconsider Columbus?

"Do you really want to celebrate the legacy of a man who committed heinous crimes against the Indigenous people of the Caribbean and throughout the Americas?"

That's what this campaign is asking. Reconsider Columbus Day asks us all to examine the dark side of our nation's history, something I often do. I love celebrating stars and stripes and patriotism, but we have to acknowledge the fact that our nation's way was paved through plundering, pillaging, mass genocide, forced migration, and slavery.
The campaign described in the video above asks that we push for a national holiday that would honor the indigenous peoples of America.
I don't think it is necessary to take away from the Columbus holiday but there should be a holiday honoring the natives of this nation. That would make sense given the fact that they were the first here and have suffered the most. Through disease, murder, and being pushed West, the natives of America have the saddest story in our land. However, they are the most overlooked. Aside from the fact that Columbus didn't actually "discover" what he was looking for, we have to realize that while he helped to shape this nation, he was really no more than an explorer in search of making money by any means necessary. Put that in your peace pipe and smoke it.

Supernova: Chanel Iman for Flare Magazine

Model Chanel Iman
Magazine: Flare October 2010
Editorial: Supernova
Stylist: Elizabeth Cabral
Photography: Max Abadian

It Gets Better: Protecting Our GLBT Youth

In light of recent spikes in suicides among young people, specifically LGBT youth, awareness has been raised in terms of protecting those who feel hopeless.
The It Gets Better Project has been a prominent part of the movement with people rushing to the aid of troubled teens. Even celebrities have weighed in. It's amazing to see the outpouring of love and support for our youth. With the Eddie Long controversy, the proposed repealing of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the back to back suicides that have made national news, gay issues are at the forefront. During the Obama campaign, I often said I felt like I lived in the 1960s because of all of the activism among youth and the national conversations about race. Well, now I suppose we are in the 1970s, as gay people feel a new freedom and sense of urgency to fight back. I recently said that we need another Harvey [Milk]. I suppose we don't. We each need to channel our own inner Harvey.

"You gotta give 'em hope." - Harvey Milk
It does get better, indeed.

Jake Shears of the band Scissor Sisters
on coming out

Singer Jewel
on her experiences with defending a gay friend

Fashion guru and star of Project Runway
Tim Gunn
on his own suicide attempt

For Tyler Clementi, Seth Walch, Gwen Arujo, Matthew Shepard, and the countless others.

Cee-Lo "F*ck You" Live in UK

I immediately fell in love with the funky obscene tune by Cee-Lo Green known as F*ck You (Forget You). The song is so upbeat and fun that you forget that it is a diss record.The message is pretty much the same as Outkast's Roses and John Legend's Used to Love You:
I hope you die, you gold-digging b *tch. :)

F*ck You [Uncensored]
Live on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland Show

Offical Video

Willow's Hair Whipping Ignites the Masses

I'm still in awe of how little 9 year old Willow Smith has taken the net and the airwaves by a storm. Remember the youtube dance craze that Single Ladies inspired? Well, Whip My Hair hasn't quite reached that level, but the ubiquitous track has inspired some interesting choreography in some videos that have since gone viral.

A group of little girls below who appear to be Willow's age show us how they whip their hair.

This time, a dance troop made up of adult females clad in black try their hand at whipping their hair.

The video directly above this one was choreographed by a guy, but the one below has a guy actually dancing. Of course, he is a scene stealer.

I knew it was only a matter of time before someone edited a video of Beyonce, the queen of hair whipping. Here is a compilation of moments from the pop superstar's careers. Whip that hair!

And last but not least, it's Britney, b*tch.

Come on, Willow. It's time for you to drop a video. Show us what you've got.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Crazy Horse: Francisco Lachowski for Huge

Model Francisco Lachowski
Magazine: Huge November 2010
Editorial: Crazy Horse
Direction & Styling: Tsuyoshi Noguchi
Hair: TAKU Make-up: Yoshiyuki Wada
Photography: Wataru

Sunday, October 3, 2010

La Lettre: Karl Lagerfeld for HOGAN

Designer Karl Lagerfeld is collaborating with Italian clothing brand HOGAN. Above is a short flim "La Lettre" which was directed by the designer/photographer. It depicts his muse, model Baptiste Giabiconi, in a love drama with model Magdalena Frackowiak.

Suit Yourself: Patrick Kafka for BBM

Model Patrick Kafka
Magazine: BBM
Stylist: Paolo Turina
Photography: Stefano Moro

I love these shots. The styling and overall composition is great. I love that menswear is fun now and people aren't afraid to use color.

Power Hungry: Kanye Live on SNL

Kanye West
Live on Saturday Night Live


Runaway feat. Pusha T

This guy has some epic concepts. Essentially turning the SNL stage into a work of art is no easy feat. Love it.
Good to see that he and SNL kissed and made up.