Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Flick Picks: Berry in "Frankie & Alice"

Halle Berry stars along with Chaundra Wilson of Grey's Anatomy and Phylicia Rashad in a new film called Frankie & Alice. Berry stars as a woman with multiple personality disorder. Alice, her character has trouble controlling her racist alter-ego, Frankie, who comes out during in occasional dramatic moments.

The Geoffrey Sax directed film opens worldwide on February 4, 2011.

Lady Gaga's Album of the Decade?

Lady Gaga has made a claim that is sure to leave tongues wagging. Born This Way, her forthcoming album is set to be the biggest album of the decade. At least that is what she would have us believe.

Gaga told the crowd at a Polish show seen above that the album would be “so much deeper than a wig or lipstick or an outfit, or a f—ing meat dress,” and that it will be “about what keeps us up at night and what makes us afraid.” [source]

Hmm...While Gaga has made a huge impact on music in a short amount of time, this is quite a statement to make. As I have said before, Gaga isn't exactly the most original act that we have. However, she is genius at drawing from the past and making it so above and beyond that we forget that we have seen it before. [See Beyoncé's career also] Gaga has single handedly revived the genre of pop music, aligned the fashion and music industries, and saved the music video. With that being said, many still see her as a flash in the pan. A fluke. If Born This Way is anything close to what Gaga claims, she will have her critics eating humble pie.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Daily Tea: Chin Up

Whenever I am at the barbershop and my barber [my brother] shapes up my facial hair, he has to tell me several times to look up. Today was no different. He eventually said, "Keep your chin up." We both laughed because it's something that he tells me often about life in general.
When things get low for you, do just that. Keep your chin up. Brighter days are ahead.

Massive Attack: Nicki for Ebony

Rapper Nicki Minaj
for Ebony Magazine
Photography: Derek Blanks

Only Girl in the World

Pop star Rihanna
Magazine: Interview
December January 2010.11
Photography: Mikael Jansson

Continuing with her floral themes, the Bajan beauty covers Interview with a story by Kanye West. Her newest LP LOUD debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts and has spawned the smash #1 hit What's My Name which features Drake.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Korean Peninsula Divided Once Again

North Korea's artillery attacks have the leadership in South Korea all riled up. South Korea's president said that "enormous retaliation is needed" after the deadly attack which killed a number of South Korean civilians.
"The provocation this time can be regarded as an invasion of South Korean territory," President Lee Myung-bak said at the headquarters of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

The relations between North and South Korea have always been strained. Can we forget the "forgotten" Korean War in the early 1950s? Considering the fact that my father took a bullet during that conflict, I know that I can't.

This new action comes on the heels of North Korea receiving more sanctions after suspicion arose about their alleged development of nuclear weapons.
President Obama has defended South Korea.
"South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean War and we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance," he told ABC News.
He also added that he can not speculate about whether or not we will send troops. This makes me very uneasy. You know that we can't help but get involved in things. We still are wrapped up in Middle Eastern wars. North Korea, though a small nation, has always been a ticking time bomb [no pun intended]. And while they may be a small nation, we can't afford to angry the big beast that is China, an ally of North Korea. Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has urged China to "restrain" North Korea.

Well, I guess we will see how this all plays out.
[Scary music plays in background]

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Dark Twisted Fanatic

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy...A f--kin classic. No rapper has had such a strong sense of musicianship and attention to detail. I will go on a limb and say that. He blends genres seamlessly and evolves effortlessly. He is more of a composer than a rapper. Have you heard the haunting piano on the Runaway track??
Also, recently released were Rihanna's LOUD which is a strong showing from the pop princess. She returned from the dark side and presented a collection of peppy hits, injecting more island flavor than she had recently. Nicki Minaj dropped Pink Friday which has been met with many lukewarm reviews. However, her fan base is solid and she is set to pull some big numbers. I like half of the album. I could do without the pop made for radio stuff. Nicki works best when she is murdering the tracks while rapping. Another classic record that has been recently released it Cee Lo's Lady Killer. It has been criminally slept on. F--k You was one of the greatest songs of the year, capturing some of the same magic that Cee Lo was able to give us with Crazy while partnered with Danger Mouse. The album gives me 1965 and 2017 at the same time. I love the espionage themes and the retro feels.
There are soooo many big releases in the latter part of this year. It's going to be hard to narrow down my top ten albums of the year.

The Daily Tea: Don't Look at the Wall

There is this guy on TV and he is on death row. They asked him if he is afraid of dying and he told a story about how they train race care drivers not to look at the wall. They can look at the track, other cars, and inside their own car. But they should never look at the wall, or else they will plow into it.
I thought that was a nice way of looking at things. This year has been so tumultuous for me and I was searching for answers by reading everything I could. I can remember passages in The Secret when they talk about the law of attraction and how we often draw bad things to us by being worrisome. Sometimes, the best way to live life is to stop focusing on what you are afraid of.
Don't look at the wall. Life will throw you curved and turns. Just drive.