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#NoBareLips30 Lipstick Challenge: A Call To Black Women To Define Their Own Beauty

April 17th, 2014 - By La Truly
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On the heels of the sudden and tragic passing of natural hair and social entrepreneur, Karyn White, who began The #DarkSkinRedLip Project, another black women’s empowerment movement is gaining momentum to keep her message going. #NoBareLips30, started last year by blogger Keiko Kaveri, started out as just a personal challenge to prove that lipstick could be worn everyday without purchasing anything new.

After posting the simple rules to the challenge on Instagram, Keiko was surprised to see that almost 1,000 photos with the hashtag #NoBareLips30 had been posted in solidarity.

“The biggest blessing of #NoBareLips30 was seeing so much self-love and self-acceptance,” Kaveri wrote on her blog about the overwhelming success of the campaign.

After A$AP Rocky’s outlandish remarks about black women wearing red lipstick last year and even black women coming for other black women who choose to wear various bright shades of lip color, I began to question my own views of wearing lipstick. I was convinced for years that I looked like a clown or a crime scene in red lipstick and that maybe, as a a black woman, those shades just weren’t for me. However, after a conversation with Keiko about #NoBareLips and its success last year, I decided to begin purchasing simple drugstore brands and looking for shades that complimented my skin tone. The initial discomfort I felt quickly faded after I posted a few photos and received such great feedback from other women of color. My confidence in wearing lip color has grown and so has my stash of lipsticks!

With seemingly everyone policing the bodies of black women so closely and viciously, it is easy to want to give up on defining our own beauty standards. There is always an article, a rap lyric, or a debate about how we should look. If we choose to apply makeup, others expect a reason other than us wanting to look good and feel good for ourselves. We hear ” some black women shouldn’t wear this,” “some black women look crazy wearing that,” all the time. Those baseless and oppressive critiques were the exact reason why Keiko thought up #NoBareLips30:

“I wanted to do something fun as winter was approaching. I wanted to prove that it is possible to wear various shades of pink, red, purple, brown, and orange as a brown lady. I wanted to throw on my lipstick and snap selfies without having to answer to the inquiries of who I was looking good for.”

With the rise of social media, criticism has risen, undoubtedly. However, social media has presented itself as a tool of empowerment and solidarity for many who probably never would have connected without it – especially women of color.

If you use social media and would like to participate in the Spring 2014 edition of #NoBareLips30 here are some of the details:

  1. #NoBareLips starts on April 28, 2014 and ends on May 27.
  2. There will be a calendar and you will need a red, a pink, a brown, a nude, and a bunch of fun shades!
  3. You don’t have to post every day.
  4. Use the hashtag: #NoBareLips30 and please unlock your accounts for the thirty days (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook are the most popular social networks for this challenge).
  5. Have fun!

For those who missed the first #NoBareLips30 T-shirt campaign, never fear! Ms. Kaveri may be releasing another line soon. Be sure to check her site for updates and for testimonials about the first round of the #NoBareLips30 challenge.

La Truly is a writer, college professor and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences  to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly and check out her site: www.hersoulinc.com.

 

Chanel Iman And A$AP Rocky… Engaged?

April 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Supermodel Chanel Iman and ASAP Rocky are reportedly engaged.

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Speaking of marriage, it’s rumored that Victoria’s Secret Angel Chanel Iman and boyfriend, A$AP Rocky are engaged to be married.

Sources tell Page Six that the Harlem rapper recently proposed to the 23-year-old beauty and she “happily accepted his proposal.” According to the insider, the couple has decided to keep their engagement quiet for now. So far, they have yet to confirm on deny the reports.  And Chanel was recently spotted at Montblanc’s 90th anniversary celebration without an engagement ring.

Rocky and his supermodel boo have been an item since early 2013 and have been spotted arm-in-arm at several red carpet events together. For the most part, they’ve managed to keep their relationship business out of headlines. So if the rumors are true, it may be a while before the big news is officially confirmed.

Artists Who Got Called Out For Not Having Black Women In Their Videos

February 26th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Last night Pharrell’s new album “Girl” streamed on iTunes radio, much to fans’ delight. By morning, though, any excitement for the producer’s new project was dimmed by concerns over his album cover and its lack of color — and by color we mean Black women. No matter how you feel about this particular situation, Pharrell is far from the first Black man to be called out on this issue. Check out this list of artists who offended plenty of fans by not featuring black women in their videos.

Him So Purrty: 15 Of The Prettiest Celebrity Men

January 15th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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In Hollywood there are pretty boys — you know the Diddys of the world who place photos of themselves on Instagram with cucumber patches under their eyes and take more time to get ready than the average woman — and then there are men who are just plain pretty. They have the long eyelashes, soft facial features, and grooming habits that just make you swoon and say, you know what, that’s a pretty man right there. Check out our favorite pretty celebrity men.

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Prince

Musician Prince has always had an androgynous look about him. With his high cheekbones, deep, soulful eyes and soft lips, the Purple One has worn clothes such as ruffled blouses and boots with heels that at the very least could be labeled unisex. The legendary artist has been romantically linked to beautiful women but he’s always been the prettier one in the relationship. Prince, who normally wore his hair similar to Halle Berry’s signature short hairstyle, debuted his new look sporting an afro on ABC’s “The View” which made him look a little more masculine.

Ya Won’t Be Slapping Fans Over Here! A$AP Rocky Gets Dropped From Canadian Music Festival

September 13th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A$AP Rocky will probably think twice before he raises his hand to slap another female fan. Back in July video footage surfaced of the Harlem rapper forcefully slapping a female fan at a concert in Australia. Two months later, another woman by the name of Lisa Wade came forward claiming that the 24-year-old problem child slapped her at this summer’s Made In America festival in Philadelphia.

“He slapped me pretty hard. My whole neck shifted. I was in shock and couldn’t even think straight afterwards [...] He literally slapped me in my face. He looked at me and slapped me. I had a mark. I was bruised. I went to the hospital. I had to leave the concert because I was so upset [...] There’s no excuse for a man to ever hit a female… ever. Am I gonna sue him? No, but I want to make sure that he gets prosecuted for this and he gets in trouble because this isn’t the first time that he’s done it and it isn’t the first time that a performer or a rap star has hit someone in the face and hasn’t gotten in trouble for it,” said his latest alleged assault victim who recently pressed charges against him.

Now it also appears that Rocky’s alleged slap-happy ways have also caused him to miss out on a gig at York University in Toronto. According to TMZ, hip hop’s problem child was scheduled to perform at a music festival being held at the university next week, but the student federation pulled him off of the concert expressing that “the event cannot proceed until this matter is resolved.” They were also sure to specify that just because they dropped him from the event doesn’t mean that they believe he’s guilty.

Welp, it doesn’t mean they think he’s innocent either.

What do you think of their decision to pull the plug?

You Sure? A$AP Rocky Apologizes To Jason Collins, Says He’s Not Homophobic

September 11th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed that A$AP Rocky’s been acting a fool pretty much the entire year. There were his comments about darker skinned, black women wearing red lipstick, just a couple of weeks ago he was seen slapping a female fan and then during the MTV Awards, audiences thought he was throwing slight shade to Jason Collins and his sexuality by the weird facial expressions he was making while the two were on stage together introducing rapper Macklemore.

If you don’t remember the strangely, awkward moment, take a look at it again in the video below.

Yeah, weird.

Immediately, people assumed that A$AP really did have a problem with Jason Collins despite his words to the contrary.

In an interview with Stashed, A$AP explained that he’s actually not homophobic at all and apologized to Jason Collins for how it might have appeared on television:

“I’m mad that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic,” said Rocky. “I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it. I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and Isht, and you know… I really don’t think that’s funny. I saw they were making all the memes and pictures and making fun of him. There’s people out there that think I was doing that to be funny, and truthfully I got gay people in my family. I don’t give a Fawk if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this N***a when they are talking about gay people, that’s all. You know what I’m saying?”

Once again, A$AP was doing well all the way up until that second to last sentence. You found it odd that they had you standing next to him? The only point was about unity, bringing people who would seem like polar opposites together. Apparently A$AP didn’t get that.

Check out the interview from Stashed on the next page.

‘He Slapped The Hell Out Of Me:’ A$AP Rocky Alleged Assault Victim Speaks

September 6th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday we told you that Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky was under fire for allegedly slapping yet another fan. In case you missed it, the 24-year-old has been charged with assault in Philadelphia after a fan by the name of Lisa Wade accused him of slapping her square in the face during a concert. Wade recently spoke to TMZ regarding the incident and she expressed that she definitely wants the rapper to pay for his actions—especially since this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of hitting a female fan.

“He slapped me pretty hard. My whole neck shifted. I was in shock and couldn’t even think straight afterwards,” Wade told TMZ.

“I was actually a little bit dizzy. I couldn’t even defend myself [laughs].”

She went on to describe exactly how the incident occurred.

“So me and one of my friends, we were rocking out to 2 Chainz. He was performing, which was absolutely amazing and I hear people screaming, ‘A$AP Rocky is walking through.’ So at the moment, all of these girls were like pushing and shoving me and my friend to get to him and then I guess as soon as he turned around, I happened to be right there. And out of nowhere, I made eye contact with him and he just slapped the hell out of me,” Wade said.

When asked if she wanted him to actually be prosecuted for the alleged assault, Wade made it clear that she wants him to pay for what he did to her.

“Absolutely, he literally slapped me in my face. He looked at me and slapped me. I had a mark. I was bruised. I went to the hospital. I had to leave the concert because I was so upset.”

She also insists that the alleged assault was no accident.

“I said mistakenly because he didn’t target me and I wasn’t the one touching him or whatever the situation was with all of these other girls.”

She adds that A$AP’s camp has yet to reach out to her, but even if they did apologize, she still wants him criminally prosecuted. Wade also reluctantly claimed that she doesn’t plan to sue.

“There’s no excuse for a man to ever hit a female… ever.”

“Am I gonna sue him? No, but I want to make sure that he gets prosecuted for this and he gets in trouble because this isn’t the first time that he’s done it and it isn’t the first time that a performer or a rap star has hit someone in the face and hasn’t gotten in trouble for it.”

“It’s absolutely unacceptable. Why do I have to go to the hospital and be hurt because of you? It’s just unacceptable. It shouldn’t have happened,” Wade concluded.

Turn the page to hear Lisa Wade’s interview. Thoughts?

A$AP Rocky Charged With Assault After Allegedly Slapping Another Female Fan

September 5th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Give some people a little money and they start thinking they’re so important they can go around slapping folks.

According to TMZ, rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault in Philly after he reportedly slapped a female fan during his time at the Made in America festival this past weekend. According to the site, the woman who received a hand to the face was attending the concerts going on during the festival on Saturday, and she says that when A$AP was making his way through the crowd, some eager fans were pulling on his clothes. He clearly didn’t appreciate that, which is understandable. But for some crazy reason, he allegedly turned around and hauled off and slapped the young woman, hitting her with an open hand. It’s not clear if she was doing any of the clothes pulling, but it looks like he assumed she was.

From there, the story gets a little dramatic. The woman claims she was injured during the altercation, saying that she suffered whiplash from the sudden slap and its impact. After making such claims, the District Attorney’s office looked into her case and found there was enough proof to charge A$AP with misdemeanor simple assault. No response as of yet from the rapper, but this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of slapping a female fan.

If you’ll recall, we did a post showing you video where the rapper looks to have slapped a fan. In a similar scenario, in July, while in Sydney, Australia, the rapper was moving through a crowd of fans. In an effort to get his attention, a woman tapped hard on his head, and in response, he reached up and slapped her, then proceeded to point at her in what some would call a “playful” way. The rapper has a history of giving a hand to his fans–to the face that is–so this new scenario might isn’t too hard to believe. Hands to yourself, bruh.

 

Kendrick Lamar Calls On Men In Hip-Hop To Up Their Game, But Where The Ladies At?

August 16th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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Kendrick Lamar has managed to bring back what hip-hop truists have long said was missing from the music: a respect for the fundamentals.

If you haven’t yet heard the Big Sean song “Control,” mainly because I’m assuming that you just might not be into hip-hop like that, here is a part of the verse, which has everyone talking:

I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all
New n-ggas just new n-ggas, don’t get involved

I’m usually homeboys with the same n-ggas I’m rhymin wit
But this is hip hop and them n-ggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n-ggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n-ggas…”

I think we get the gist.

As noted by Lamar himself, this was not a diss but rather a challenge. A challenge for rappers to get creative and step their games up lyrically. It’s a poignant challenge, as explained in this must see video of 9th Wonder and Young Guru giving their reaction to his lyrical call out/challenge. Said 9th Wonder:

This is why it is so chess perfect, number one: I’m not going at your coast. I’m telling you that I’m the king of Hip Hop. It don’t matter where you’re from. I got both of them n*ggas in my one hand juggling. I’m the king of the west and east; I’m the king of Hip Hop Period. Number 2: I came at y’all n*ggas on the s**t y’all complaining hasn’t been in the game. This is lyrical; this ain’t about who got the best beat; this ain’t about who got Future on the hook; What he shot at you, is lyrics. What people is missing here is that when we do our arguments about so & so is hot – so & so is nice – to regular people, in a barbershop or something, they always hit you with, ‘he ain’t sold no records.’ Now you got somebody who sold records and is relevant in the culture, to change the Zeitgeist of the feel of what’s going on right now.”

Who knew hip hop was that deep?

Oh and it gets even deeper. The challenge has become so culturally significant that Kendrick Lamar responses have popped up all over the Internet. The hip hop magazine XXL has a nice detailed timeline of all the responses from some of our favorite rappers, and many we have yet to hear from. Likewise, social media sites exploded with hashtags related to the Lamar challenge, claiming four of the top 10 on Tuesday’s Twitter trending topics alone. Bloggers and ordinary fans alike offered up their own rankings and critiques of the responses. And there was plenty of debate too: Did Cassidy comes from the shadows of obscurity and basically massacre this challenge with his nearly six-minute freestyle response? Why was Lupe’s SLR 2 (Kendrick Lamar Diss) so masterfully shady? Who is this dude Los and why isn’t he signed yet? It’s really a beautiful thing when you stop to think about it. And yet through all the creative energy and lyrical competitiveness, what’s missing from this Battle Royale of true emcees, wishing to stake their claims among the lyrical legends, are the ladies.

It’s probably one the most glaringly obvious yet less spoken about omissions to this challenge. Lamar didn’t utter a single female rapper’s name in his call out of all the tops in the game. Doesn’t matter if Nicki Minaj is your personal taste or not, she is still one of the top rappers – male or female – in hip-hop. And she writes her own lyrics. Therefore, omitting her from the challenge does follow the thinking, sometimes subconscious, that women emcees are not valid, or equally yoked, to be seen as competitors.

But even without the personal invitation, there has been a lack of participation from emcees, hailing from the more fairer sex. No Angel Haze, no Sharaya J, or Lola Monroe? I can understand why the more established vets like Jean Grae, Rah Digga and Lauryn Hill might opt to sit this one out. But what about Lil’ Mama? She likes jumping on stages. Or even Azealia Banks? We know how much she loves to beef. Heck, I’ll even take some bars from Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown too – just for the nostalgia. However, the only response I’ve seen from the only woman to speak on the challenge, thus far, has been Iggy Azalea, who only chimed in to say how “awesome” she thought the whole thing was. Honestly, it’s kind of depressing.

Traditionally, hip-hop has always been thought of as solely a boys’ club. And it is – if we only go largely on television and what we hear on the radio. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of ladies taking their places in front of the mic. YouTube is full of this unsigned hype. One such channel called Queen Of The Ring has amassed over 67,000 subscribers and features some of the most vicious female battle rappers this side of a breast cancer ribbon. Despite some folks’ belief that women just don’t have the verbal stamina, word play and sheer grit to hang with the fellas, these women prove video after video that they are fully capable of holding their own with their own brand of feminine machismo. But as noted by UK rapper Lady Leshurr in this recent interview from the Guardian UK, “The only way to promote female rappers is to pit them against each other.” And yet most of these ladies won’t rise above what amounts to a female version of the chitlin’ circuit because this forced segregation paints female rappers as something contrary, or even subpar, to what a more “traditional” rapper looks (i.e. male).

I have heard among many lady rappers, including Jean Grae in this interview on Huffington Post Live, that they don’t like to be labelled as a femcees. I tend to agree with that sentiment. There are no female rappers, there are only rappers. But how else do women re-write or evolve the legacy of what a rapper is, if when in a challenge put out for the “best,” the fellas are the only ones to respond? Any hip-hop historian worth his black and white composition notebook will tell you that the battle is one of the most fundamental parts of hip hop culture. There is nothing more status elevating than the ability to verbally beat your opponent into submission with metaphors, similes, punchlines and good timing. And I don’t care how flashy your gimmick is as an entertainer, if you can’t prove how fit you are lyrically as a rapper, no one is going to take your stuff seriously outside of a few drunken nights at the club. That is why women shouldn’t be on the sideline cheerleading the fellas on in “their” pissing match. We need to see and hear from them. They should jump right in the mix, calling out all these wack dudes, and ending careers too. I mean, who says that the kings of hip hop all have to be men?

Someone Has Some Explaining To Do: Footage Surfaces Of A Man Who Appears To Be A$AP Rocky Slapping A Female Fan

July 2nd, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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24-year-old Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky is no stranger to controversy, but this is a bit much, even for him. A video surfaced on the ‘net recently of a young woman, who attended one of the rapper’s sold out shows at the Horden Pavilion in Sydney, Australia being slapped in the face by a man believed to be Rocky.

In the video clip, the “Wild for the Night” rapper can be seen making his way through a crowd of rowdy fans when the woman attempts to tap Rocky on the head in an effort to get his attention. Someone can be seen reaching up and pushing the woman’s hands away, but she proceeds to tap him on the head, puckering her lips in what appears to be a relentless attempt to blow him a kiss. Then, without warning, a hand emerges from the sea of people and slaps the woman in the face. Following the slap, the guy who appears to be Rocky proceeds to point at the woman. Some perceived the slap as a playful love tap, but it’s really difficult to tell. Others blame the young woman for hitting him in the head.

So far, the controversial rapper has yet to confirm or deny whether or not he was the one doing the slapping in the video, but the evidence looks pretty damaging. If in fact he was the one who slapped the young woman, he may have a lot of explaining to do.

Check out the clip on the next page. What are your thoughts on this?

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