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I guess the saying is true…money can’t buy you everything. Well, at least when it comes to these celebs’ poor make-up choices! Either they need to spend the extra dollar or two on better make-up or someone needs to get fired! Let’s have a look at those women who have beautiful faces, but fall victim to bad make-up choices:
Tamar Braxton is a good example of the reasoning that just because something exists, it doesn’t mean you should wear it. This woman is guilty of a little bit too much make-up. What’s up with the over the top blush and porcelain doll eye shadow? Well, just like those dolls, it makes her look a little too fake.
Come on girl, get it together!
Dear Readers, we at Madame Noire indulge in a lot of things. Mostly philosophizing, qualitative matters, and world situations. But in the midst of all this deep thinking (“So, if we get the soda with the meal it’ll be cheaper?”) we know that sometimes delving into the world of frivolity is sometimes fun. With that being said:
Within North America sometimes if a person is of color, but their nationality isn’t as obvious, people tend to just categorize them as black (or being “mixed”). However, in this big Melting Pot we like to call the U. S. of A. there are so many different nationalities, and even celebrities can get classified as belonging to one group when they are actually proud members of another.
Along with this frivolity, you’ll have to click; a small price to pay.
How come every time a white woman entertainer feels the need to affirm herself, it is always a person of color who has to bear the brunt of her license of liberation?
Like for instance, last week Madonna took to the airwaves to express her “disappointment” with M.I.A, international electronica-star and rebel rouser. You see, Madonna was gracious enough to invite M.I.A, along with Nicki Minaj, to engage in a little girl power by being muted (if you count the 30-second “verse” they were allowed to spit), cheerleading bookends to Madge’s awesomeness. However, M.I.A, being the bad girl she is, decided that doing all that wasn’t enough and flipped the bird at the camera. Tsk, tsk. According to Madonna, who gave her two cents during a conversation with Ryan Seacreast, M.I.A.’s one-finger salute was simply “out of place” at a show characterized by “such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity,” and was totally a “teenager … irrelevant thing to do.”
This is coming from the woman whose claim to fame was using taboo religious imagery in “Like A Prayer,” putting out a book of pornographic self-portraits, gyrating butt naked in the banned from MTV “Justify my Love” video and only a few years ago, engaged in a little tongue action with both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on a music station known for appealing to young viewers. Likewise, how is a 51-year-old woman bouncing around in cheerleading outfits and pom-poms chastising others about maturity and relevance? I love Madonna but she truly has some nerve. The queen of shock is policing another woman about how she chooses to be equally daring? Classic.
But that’s not the only thing I’m irked about. Last week, a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook with Chelsea Handler dishing about her relationship with 50 Cent, particularly the reasons behind why they broke up. According to Handler, 50 had called her wanting her to listen to a conversation with his ex-girlfriend Ciara. She said that 50 said that Ciara wanted to get back with him and he wanted Handler to listen in, and I guess, mock the poor girls pleas for a second chance.
Handler, disgusted by 50’s immaturity, decided that she had enough. But in the mix of her telling him where to go with his childish antics, Handler also let something else out the bag. According to an interview with Howard Stern, Handler said, “I think I called him the worst thing you could say to a black person short of calling him the N-word. I said something like, you’re like a street person basically. Something along the lines of being a gangster, and it was really, really offensive and I hung up and I’ve never spoken to him again.” This was followed by a laugh.
When pressed about what exactly she said that wasn’t quite “n*****” but just as bad, Handler said she couldn’t remember but said that she said something like that. “I said, ‘You have no business even talking to someone like me, and it was very mean.’”
The artistic types are known for pushing the envelope when it comes to fashion. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s just all wrong.
See which artists rocked some of the craziest outfits at The Grammys over the years.
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M.I.A. may have apologized for flipping 111.3 million viewers the bird at the Super Bowl, but she meant that middle finger. It’s easy to write off her behavior as just another instance of musicians being rebellious. But, throughout her career M.I.A. has shown that she puts a lot of time and effort into her image. More than spur of the moment bad behavior, that finger had a higher purpose on game day: to tell the world that M.I.A. is making a comeback.
M.I.A. was a critic and hipster darling when she burst on the scene with her debut album Arular in 2005 and Kala in 2006 – her music and image an energetic mash-up of hip-hop and her Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She left the limelight shortly after the success of her crossover hit, “Paper Planes” to get married and have a baby. However, her third album, Maya, failed to meet expectations. Its experimental sound alienated critics and audiences, and her follow-up mixtape failed to generate buzz. Then came that brutal profile in New York Times Magazine.
Once the smoke cleared, pop culture had moved on and the internet started to overflow with independent, rebellious artists making experimental hip-hop. For her next album to be a success M.I.A. needed to breakthrough to new and old audiences in a cluttered market. She needed to make a big impression. She needed a strategy.
Step 1: When presented with an opportunity, maximize its benefits
If you listen to her song with Madonna, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” without knowing its context, it is baffling why M.I.A. even participated. Granted, it is Madonna. But, disco pop isn’t exactly M.I.A.’s specialty. And she’s featured on the song for 10 seconds. She’s regulated to playing cheerleader, the polar opposite of her image.
But, the video has a football theme for a reason. Madonna is staging a splashy comeback of her own, complete with Super Bowl Halftime Show. The pop legend uses guest spots from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. to keep her image current. In exchange, M.I.A. receives the legend’s seal of approval and gets some buzz of her own. But, even performing at the Super Bowl can be a spectacle people forget the next day.
Step 2: When you have attention, keep them engaged
The video for “Bad Girls,” M.I.A.’s new single, was released within hours of the video for her song with Madonna. It plays like a flashy CliffsNotes guide to who she is as an artist – a rugged, stylized marriage of urban and Sri Lankan culture. M.I.A. played her part for Madonna, but made sure audiences were given a stimulating taste of who she truly is as an artist.
Step 3: When given the stage, steal the show
There was a lot going on, on Madonna’s halftime stage. Spartans. Marching bands. More dancers than you can count and more guest performers than you can name. Four costume changes. And the next morning all anyone can talk about is M.I.A. She may have offended the FCC, but she caught the attention of countless viewers. If they didn’t know who M.I.A. was before, they know now.
Cortney Cleveland is a public relations practitioner and freelance culture & business writer working in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter @CleveInTheCity.
If you thought the Super Bowl collaboration between Madonna, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. was a little random, it’s because the trio came together to create a track.
And “Give Me All Your Luvin’” was born.
You can check out the video at Necole Bitchie.com.
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