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Bey, Nicki’s Butt, Ariana Grande & Big Sean’s Love Connection: The Most Talked About Moments From The 2014 MTV VMAs
The 2014 VMAs came on and had people talking in no time flat on Twitter–and for good reason! There were wardrobe malfunctions, love connections, and of course, Queen Bey was scheduled to put on a historic performance. All in all…we were a little underwhelmed by the end of the night, but here are 10 things about the big show that did have us talking. What about you?
Questionable Wardrobe Choices
From Nicki’s booty popping in a tiny two-piece to the rapper wearing a dress that wouldn’t zip while performing “Bang Bang,” a lot of skin was exposed during the show. And did anybody else peep Amber Rose’s revealing gown!? Her husband, Wiz Khalifa, rocked a shirt that brought awareness to teen suicide, but Rose’s ensemble distracted from that big time…
Earlier we told you that Attorney General Eric Holder was traveling to Ferguson, Missouri to meet with law enforcement to discuss how they can improve the ways in which things have been run down there. It seems to be helping a bit. Today, the governor ordered that National Guard withdraw from the protests. What we didn’t know was that Holder was also planning on meeting with the parents of the slain teenager, Michael Brown.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Brown’s parents spoke about their meeting with Holder and whether or not it restored any of their faith in the justice system.
Here’s what Michael’s mother Lesley McSpadden had to say:
You can read a person. And when you’re looking at them and they’re looking at you in your eyes, it put some trust back there, that you lost. And he did ensure that it’ll be a fair and thorough investigation.
Anderson Cooper: Do you have confidence in the investigations- the county, state and federal investigations?
Up until yesterday, I didn’t. But just hearing the words come directly from his mouth, face to face, he made me feel like one day I will. And I’m not saying today or yesterday but one day, they’ll regain my trust.
You can watch the clip of their interview below.
And in other Ferguson news, Iyanla Vanzant has traveled to the suburb of St. Louis to not only is she there filming a special episode of “Iyanla Fix My Life” but to speak to some of the protesters and community members and pray for peace and healing for Ferguson and for our very troubled nation. Today, at 3 pm she started her 14 day peace challenge while the legal process unfolds. And Iyanla not only issued the challenge, she also asked some prominent members of the Hip Hop community to join her. She said the young people feel like the elders in the community aren’t hearing them or taking part so she asked that people who young people listen to and respect should show go to Ferguson and participate in the challenge. In a video posted on her Facebook page yesterday, Vanzant challenged rappers Jay Z, LeBron James, common, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Drake and Lil Wayne. Take a look at it below.
Torrei Hart isn’t the only person who can’t seem to get over their ex. In his recent interview with Uptown Magazine, rapper turned actor Common spoke about everything from violence in Chicago, the death of his dear friend J. Dilla and his relationship with Serena Williams.
Sitting, with the beautiful Selita Ebanks seductively and suggestively stroking his face, inside the issue Common explained what the reality of Rashid is really like. Check out some of the highlights below.
On almost marrying Serena Williams:
Common is single now, and enjoying his unattached life, but says he believes in marriage. He thought it would happen with Williams, but he is taking his time now before he jumps into something else. “If I’m in it as much as I was with Serena, as much as I loved her…it takes time to heal and find that peace to be able to move on.”
On being labeled as “soft”:
“I’m hardcore which to me is coming from the heart. Putting your heart on that paper and being true.”
Speaking for the first time on the death of close friend and industry peer J. Dilla:
“He was physically deteriorating. It would be sad for me to see. You know you coming home healthy. You feel guilty. It brought my own immortality to the forefront […] Until I did ["Rewind That"], I wouldn’t answer questions in interviews about him. I wouldn’t keep pictures around. That song has been part of my process in dealing with it still.”
On his tenth album Nobody’s Smiling and the youth of Chicago:
“One way of giving back is by having young Chicago artists on the album. This album is an action to increase awareness to people in the city. I owe it to Chicago […] The most beautiful thing about this project is it’s not ahead of its time, it’s not a throwback album. It feels like today. I feel like a new artist. There are people out there that don’t know my music, but they know me from acting. Some don’t know me at all.”
I find it so interesting that Common always finds a way to bring Serena’s name up–or agrees to talk about her so often in his interviews. I didn’t think too much of it until I heard that Serena straight up called Common one day and asked why he was always talking about her when they were no longer together? You’d think that maybe he’d pull up. But naw, she confronted him in 2010 and it’s 2014 and you just read her name. Perhaps Common is lamenting the love he lost. Who knows. But do you think he should chill a bit?
Now that Common has lifted his personal ban on dating industry women, has he found love in the arms of actress Regina King? For quite some time now, there have been rumors that the Chicago rapper has been dating the former “Southland” actress. During an interview with The Rickey Smiley Show, Common addressed those rumors.
“Nah, I mean I love Regina King as an actress and I think she’s a beautiful woman,” he explained. “I haven’t even talked to Regina King in a little while. I seen her somewhere, but um nah, that’s not true.”
He also expressed that out of all of his famous exes, if he had to, he would be most willing to do a relationship do-over with Serena Williams.
“Um, probably Serena. Yes, point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time. I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”
However, he doesn’t seem like he’s trying to go there.
“The only love there is tennis,” he said in response to a question about whether or not he still loves the tennis star. “You know what I’m talking about? [Laughs]. Nah, I do got love for Serena, I ain’t gonna lie. I got love for her, that’s my buddy.”
Listen to his interview below. Do you think Common and Regina would’ve been a good match?
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Over the past few weeks, Common has spoken quite openly about his relationships with both Serena Williams and Erkyah Badu. During a recent chat with The Breakfast Club, he went on to further expound on his relationships with these celebrity women, as well as his past relationship with actress Taraji P. Henson.
While the actor and rapper says that he was definitely serious about both Erkyah and Serena, it doesn’t really seem that a reunion between either couple is likely.
“It’s like once I’ve experienced that person its like man, sometimes life goes on,” he explained. “I can’t say I never would go back but Serena and Erkyah was the most serious relationships that I had as an adult and after, it’s one of those things, it’s like, ‘I have to move forward.’ It was real love right there. Both of those women I could’ve married. I was like if I’m not supposed to be there, we’re just supposed to be friends.”
Speaking of marriage, Common doesn’t seem too sure that he’ll be making the big leap in the future—or ever.
“I don’t know. I was thinking about that last night while talking to one of my lady friends. I don’t know if I’m marriage material, maybe someday” he expressed.
“I be focused on my music and my work a lot. Sometimes that’s hard to balance with a relationship. I do like relationships, but a lot of times when I’m in relationships, I don’t make my best albums. Put it this way, I would have to find the right relationship. You know, a woman who understands the time that you gotta give. to your work. That’s really what it is.”
He also further explained his previous comment that Erkyah has that “good good.”
“The hood knows what it is. Erkyah got something with her, she got something special. Erykah a raw girl, she got a lot to her. She’s from the hood, point blank. She’s just one of those people from the hood that’s artsy, artistic, spiritual, she’s got a lot to her.”
As for the public believing that Serena broke his heart, Common had this to say:
“Me and Serena was together. We broke up. I don’t know specifically her and Drake, it felt like obviously something was going on [after we broke up], I ain’t dwell on it too much. I ain’t have no problem with that, you do what you do. After a while I felt like in some of Drake’s songs he was saying stuff that was subliminal to me. And I was like, you just don’t know nowadays cats be doing them sneak disses and after a while it was like I’m just going to come out and say what I need to say. It was a show I was at and I left and Drake said something out to the crowd, some tough stuff. So then I was like, ‘aight, it was that time’ because I knew he was directing it to me. We kept it on record and after that it was squashed.”
The Chicago rapper-turned-actor also confessed to confronting Serena about her relationship with Drake.
“I definitely talked to her about it. At the end of the day, once she aint ya lady, what can I say? It don’t have nothing to do with me at that point.”
He also seemed to confirm rumors that he once had a thing with Kerry Washington by releasing a bashful giggle.
“Easy, easy. Ain’t no scandal here. She’s married now.”
Out of all of his celebrity exes, Common says his mama loved Taraji the most.
“My mother loved Taraji and funny enough she got cool with Serena even more after we broke up.”
Watch Common’s full interview on the next page. Thoughts?
“The ‘Badu Box’ Is Real”: Common Speaks On Erykah Badu’s Voodoo, And How Their Relationship Changed Him
In an interview with The Combat Jack Show, Common spoke about his new album, Nobody’s Smiling, and the topic of his past relationships came up. Of course, he was once involved with Erykah Badu (they were together from 2000 and 2002) and during the time he was with her, it seemed that the rapper’s whole style changed. A similar change occurred when Badu was involved with Andre 3000 back in the day (but he never looked back), and because of this, many have joked about the effect she has on rappers–a “voodoo” of sorts. There has been a song about it (“She Got That Erykah Badu“) and everything. But Common is the first man she’s been with to really talk about such jokes and claims. Badu was his first love, and while he joked about the power of the “Badu box,” he admits that she was a big inspiration to him.
When speaking on the effect she has on men, Common says she’s just that special.
“Yeah, the ‘Badu Box’ is real. Man, it could take you to another universe [laughs]. Nah but seriously. That’s when you meet somebody that’s real special and you’re like, ‘Man, this woman’s got…she got something else, man. It ain’t just sex, it ain’t just the looks. It’s just something that’s kind of like spirit-wise where you’re like, ‘This woman got something else.’ And that’s all it is. but for me, I just appreciated her for all those aspects: Her being super-talented, of being real fresh, and being into new s**t I just wasn’t up on. And then at the same token that whole spiritual things is real. We’re both Pisces.”
And he also explained why he was walking around in kufis and crochet ensembles for a time while they dated.
“She definitely was not like, ‘wear this.’ It was something that was coming from me. Moving to New York I had the aspirations to do something new, to change, to grow, just try new things. She definitely was an influence I can’t act like she wasn’t an influence because she introduced me to certain people that were creative artists, but as far as my choice – it was my choice to say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that.’ She wasn’t agreeing with some of my fashion choices either to be honest. But that period in my life, I had a great time. Erykah, I be listening to some of her songs, and I’m like, ‘This girl is dope.’”
Badu has spoken in the past about the jokes about her mystical powers on men, According to Global Grind, she had this to say a while back:
“I learned just as much from them as they learned from me. I’m a cold motherf***a though. But the people I’m with are cold too, they’re a reflection of that. Become a cold motherf***a and the motherf***a will just come like magnets.”
You might want to write that last part down so you too can become a “cold motherf***a.” But in all seriousness, what do you think of what Common had to say?
Check out the full interview, which is more than an hour long, here. The question about Badu occurs at the 1:25:30 mark.
It’d be virtually impossible to measure the scope and depth of influence her work has left on the people she’s touched, but as we mourn the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou today we also want to celebrate her legacy. Here are just some of gems she’s dropped on us over the past 86 years.
We already know Chicago has been is still going through some things when it comes to youth violence and unemployment in the city. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there’s a connection between the two. In January, a report detailed the depressing landscape for young, black males in the work force with 92 percent joblessness.
To remedy the problem the Urban League partnered with rapper and Chicago native Common and songwriter Che “Rhymefest” Smith to create 1,000 year-round jobs for teens.
Spawned by the feedback from teens at the end of the summer job programs, the partnership will include a music festival fundraiser this summer.
Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of the Urban League said, “Every year, we hold a hearing where young people in the summer jobs programs come and talk about the impact the jobs had on their lives.”
But this year the teens brought up an entirely different issue.
They told Zopp, “Their need for a job doesn’t end in September. They have needs to support their families, take care of themselves. They want to work year-round. So in our community, we have to focus on that topic.”
Rev. Michael Pfleger, who attended the announcement says jobs are the solution to decreased crime in the city. “Ninety-five percent of the brothers I deal with every day on the streets wants the same thing every kid on the North Side and on the North Shore wants. Until we offer them options, the violence is our fault, because we’ve failed them.”
The program will launch 1,000 jobs initially with a goal to have 15,000 jobs within the next five years.
The music festival will raise funds for youth programs supported by Common’s Common Ground Foundation, and rapper Kanye West’s charity Donda’s House run by Rhymefest and his wife.
Here’s what Common had to say about it.
“Any time I hear of innocent people getting shot and killed and young people with guns, it hurts. I felt I have to do more than just write songs about Chicago. Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this? And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”
True. Kudos to Common, Kanye and Rhymefest.
The inaugural fundraiser will be held September 20-21.
Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.
Usher and Chilli
In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.
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Even though he’s got his SAG card, you can never count Common out of the Hip Hop game, specifically when it’s time to speak on something important.
Recently, Common announced the approach of his new album Nobody Smiling. And from that we’ve got the single “War.” The song, with lyrics set over an almost epic sounding military marching beat, Common describes the harrowing scene of not just the violence but how it specifically affects the lives of those directly involved.
In one verse he speaks about the death of a young man.
Mama kissed him, body was colder
She was shaking, I tried to hold her
Tears on my shoulder
He was supposed to be going to his junior year,
This is his funeral year
Pall bearers all looking like kids
Some faces show anger, some show tears
No mustaches no beards probably had the same aspirations as his.
And then he addresses the seemingly heartless perpetrators of that violence in the chorus.
“To all the killas and the hundred dolla bills. Real hittas who ain’t got no feelings.”
He even speaks about the government and media’s role in the violence and how some entities are using the very real violence and subsequent deaths to promote their own self serving agendas.
“I’m living in this sh*t while the world exploit it.”
And then he goes on to speak on how the completely innocent are plagued by the turmoil as well.
Politicians ain’t did enough
Want to get rid of us
Hopped in the back as soon as shots hit the truck
Looked at my son, I could see his soul
Shot and killed at 3 years old.
At the end of the track we hear Common talking about the reason he decided to name his project “Nobody Smiling,” the violence that extends beyond just Chicago and what he hopes people take from this record.
Take a listen to the song below and let us know what you think about it. Pass or play?