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What’s an end of the year recap without a little controversy? We had plenty of that in 2013, from outing celebrities who went under the knife one too many times to calling out the women who left their faithful partners for industry men once they got a little fame. And of course we can’t forget our most talked about article ever — the group of celebs we lost complete and utter respect for.
Forgot some of these gems? No worries, we’re counting down all of the madness for you. Check out the video recap of MadameNoire’s most controversial articles of 2013 up top. And in case you want to give these articles a second read, feel free to click the links below and see what all the drama was about.
Need help getting your stuff in order in 2014? You’re not alone. To help you get off on the good foot on January 1, here are 11 New Year’s resolutions for black women to commit to for the next 12 months. And trust us when we say we’re talking to ourselves with these resolutions too.
1. Stop judging natural or relaxed hair
Look, it’s not your head; therefore it does not matter whether the sista next to you has been bantu knotting her natural tresses since the beginning of time or just got a touch up at the salon. Let it go and do what you do.
It’s that time of year again: time to look at the celebrities whose shenanigans and foolery went so far, we’ll never look at them the same way again. Here’s a list of 15 famous folks we lost respect for in 2013 and who we hope can get their ish together in 2014.
Touré isn’t the only one done with Don Lemon. He lost all of his coming-out-of-the-closet cool points when he endorsed Stop and Frisk, suggested that black folks could succeed if they’d just pull up their pants, and said Bill O’Reilly “doesn’t go far enough” in his criticism of black culture.
No other song defined 2013 more than French Montana’s I Ain’t Worried About Nothin’
Not global warming. Not the future of public education. Not the backroom dealings in Washington D.C. Not even about the mystery of how French Montana, a Moroccan dude who immigrated to South Bronx in his teens, could end up rapping like he grew up below the Mason Dixon Line. People weren’t concerned about any of it this year – unless it concerned them personally.
This year was definitely the year that folks really were about feeling themselves. Even the Oxford Dictionaries’ acknowledges our culture’s obsession with self-hype and promotion when it named “selfies” as the Word of the Year for 2013. And there were plenty of selfies. There were funeral selfies including one involving President Obama, and two other world leaders, at the memorial service for freedom fighter and former South African president, Nelson Mandela. There were shirtless selfies of old conservative Fox News Hispanic anchorman with pervy mustaches and eery bathroom mirror selfies of overexposed couple Kim and Kanye, which could make the CandyMan blush. There was even Starbucks Drake Hands. And don’t forget the peen selfies. It was hard to keep track of how many “celebrity” men unintentionally showed the world their beans and kielbasas to the world (however the website Funky Dineva has a nice consortium of this year’s most memorable and easily forgettable packages).
It’s no surprise that this generation’s biggest artists all dropped albums this year, which embodied the same “I Ain’t Worried About Nothin” -but myself spirit, which has permeated society as of late. Jay “without the hyphen” Z’s first solo album since 2009 smacked of the same self-aggrandizing themes recycled throughout its 16 tracks. In the song “Crown,” Jay even goes as far as to remind us mere mortals that, “You in the presence of a king / Scratch that, you in the presence of a God.” His Goddess Beyoncé Knowles-Carter released her fifth studio album this year, aptly titled Beyoncé, which was equally self-affirming and indulgent. Ironically, it would be acting legend and long-time activist Harry Belafonte, who would this year condemn the billion dollar couple for selfishness and shirking from social responsibilities, to which Jay Z responded, “My presence is charity.”And then he went on with his partnership with department store Barneys, who had been accused of racially profiling black customers. And then there is the always fun megalomaniac Kanye West, whose Yeezus album not only declared him God but then engaged in some twisted distortion of slavery to justify being attached to designers, who charged $120.00 for Fruit of the Loom white-tees.
This year, those artists were unapologetic in their solipsism and yet, as a culture, which is largely dependent on our ability to take care of our fellow man, we ate it up. There is little doubt that social media, which often means putting our lives on display for an imagined audience, is partially responsibly for the year of self. But I also think that there might be more comforting reasons, such as helping people to rebuild a broken self-esteem. For instance, culturally it has been a rough year for folks, particularly an economic recession, which pushed the international financial markets into a tail spin. Even if you were fortunate enough not to become the millions (billions worldwide) of people out of work and thrust into financial limbo (or even poverty), you might have been among the less-hopeful young college educated adults, who found themselves having to patchwork together sustainable wages. Statistics show that most of us nowadays are not living large and our situations are slow to improve. But we are largely faithful. And aspirational. And mostly optimistic.
In essence, the year when many of us weren’t “worried about nothin” is not just about some folks skirting social responsibility in favor of rampant individualism. But rather a way for some other folks to feel empowered in the face of personal flaws and negative circumstances, which suggest they should feel differently. It’s no different when Bobby McFerrin was telling us “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” or The Secret, which is all about think and you will become. Many of us, who this year posed in front of the bathroom mirrors and our flashing camera lights on our iPhone 5s, with our lips poked and stomach sucked all the way in while bobbing our heads and singing along to lyrics of songs, which affirmed realities that are often contrary and in some ways contradictory to our own, do so because one day, we really hope one day we will wake up and truly not have to worry about nothing. Maybe in 2014.
What do aging action heroes, needless sequels, and the biggest ensemble cast ever created have in common? They were all a part of some of the worst movies of 2013.
15. Battle Of The Year
Dance movies can be a hit or miss and this year’s Battle of the Year was a sure-fire miss. The 3D dance flick follows two friends trying to put together a B-boy crew to win the upcoming Battle of the Year. Starring Laz Alonso and Chris Brown, Battle of the Year failed to recoup the $20 million it cost to make by pulling in only $12 million at the box office.
While some celebrities had a very successful year, others are all too happy 2013 is coming to an end, especially these stars.
In just a few short years, Lamar Odom went from winning the Sixth Man of the Year award with the Los Angeles Lakers to an unemployed NBA player who allegedly disappears on crack binges for days at a time. Instead of suiting up to play in the 2013-14 season, Odom has been mysteriously absent. Although his wife of four years initially vowed to stand by her husband’s side while he battles drug addiction, even Khloe Kardashian-Odom has her limits. After weeks of speculation, the reality television star has filed for divorce and asked the courts to officially drop her married name.
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The holidays bring out festive, cheery moods in many of us as we reflect on what we’re thankful for as well as practice the selfless act of giving. It’s a time to come together as a family and celebrate our blessings, but let’s not forget that it is also a time of mourning for many as well. It is only right for us to stop and send up prayers for those we have lost and the families who undoubtedly mourn their loss that much more during the holiday season. Our prayers go out to you and yours, as well as the stars and notable figures we’ve lost this year.
Our favorite celebs made a lot of bold hair moves in 2013. Let’s take a look at some of the best…and the worst hair moments of 2013.
2013 was the year of the pixie cut and Bey surprised us all when she cut all her hair off in August. But before we could get used to her new look, she went back to her signature length.
Ohh baby, baby! Every time we turned around in 2012 it seemed a celebrity was announcing their pregnancy — and that meant for tons of new bundles of joy in 2013. Can’t remember all the new cutie pies that were welcomed into the world over the past 12 months, here’s a look back at the 2013 celebrity baby births.
2013 is done and in the history books. While most of us are just happy to make it to 2014 alive, these celebrities actually have a lot to celebrate. They had a stellar year and, to put it plainly, were killing it in 2013.
Tamar Braxton has finally come out from the shadows of her big sisters and stepped into the limelight alone. After winning fans, or Tamartians, over on her family’s reality show, “Braxtons Family Values,” Tamar landed her own spin-off, which focused on juggling being a wife and then expecting a baby while getting her solo career off of the ground. All of her hard work paid off when Love and War debuted on the Billboard charts in the number two slot after selling over 115,000 copies. Not wasting any time, Tamar released a Christmas album Winter Loversland a few weeks ago.