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Cultural Theft Or Appreciation? 10 White Celebrities Who Embrace Black Culture

October 28th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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When it comes to culture, is it only for a particular ethnic group? The new Moguldom Studios documentary Bleaching Black Culture takes a look at many of the trends and success from the Black community and how it translates into the American culture. From influences in music to fashion, there’s no denying how Blacks have played a role in our nation’s evolving identity. The question is whether or not our contributions have been acknowledged or stolen.

“Don’t do my thing and not give me my share,” says actor Lamman Rucker (Why Did I Get Married?). “That’s when it becomes theft.”

Is Black culture only for Black people? If others try to make contributions, is it cultural appropriation, or theft? You be the judge. Here’s a look at 10 white celebrities who have embraced Black culture. Obviously we can add many more to this list, but what do you think about each person?

Check out the trailer for “Bleaching Black Culture,” which is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon now.

What Do The Kids Learn When A High School Cancels Dance Out of Fear Of Twerking?

September 11th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Did you hear the story about the high school that canceled this year’s homecoming dance out of fear that there would be twerking?

That’s right. The Twerk.

According to a letter published in the Bennington Banner, Sue Maguire, principal of Mount Anthony Union High School in Vermont, explains how she, as well as the dean of students, came to this decision:

Over the past couple of years, since Miley Cyrus took the stage “twerking” at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, our students’ dancing behavior has crossed the line of what we can condone as appropriate behavior at a school. Twerking is dancing to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving a low squatting stance and thrusting movements. Students do not face one another or remain with the same person for the length of the song.

Oh my goodness, the kids are engaging in polygamous dancing! Next they’ll be trying to date more than one person at the same time. And you know where that will lead? Threesomes with Satan. Also, if you are thrusting as you are “twerking” then you are likely doing the whole twerk wrong. Or even another dance like grinding or maybe whinning. But definitely not twerking. I should know, I’d once considered twerking in front of the now-dismantled Kara Walker Sugar Baby exhibit.

But outside of the principal’s broad paint brushing of dancing that involves actually moving the hips and behind, she also raises some valid concerns in her letter about consent, particularly noting how some student “twerkers” described feeling uncomfortable with other students grinding on them from behind without permission. And instead of homecoming, Maguire wanted to “engage in conversations with our students about how to be respectful of each other.”

She also adds, “Last spring, administration asked to meet with the MAUHS student government to try to come up with a way to have students help us monitor this. The students have been very realistic about this, many agreeing that something needs to change at our dances, and although a respectful conversation occurred, as a school community, we have yet to come up with a solution. We plan on continuing the dialogue in hopes that we can work together to reinstate dances.”

Well, one possible solution is having this discussion about permission and respecting boundaries prior to the homecoming dance while still having the actual homecoming dance? The administration could even make it mandatory. Or perhaps social contracts and those who violate are therefore banned from future homecoming dances or other school functions like prom. It just seems like a heavy-handed response to what amounts to a non-issue, which has been around since Patrick Swayze pulled Baby out of he corner. And is it really a problem?

I do wonder about how the racial demographics of Bennington, which is 97 percent White, plays into this fear of a dance, which is largely associated with the African and African American communities? Historically speaking, White people, particularly its women, have been put on pedestals to be both admired and mirrored as the epitome of modesty, grace, purity and self-control. Whereas Black people, particularly Black women, have largely been seen, throughout history, as promiscuous, uncivilized, corrupt and animalistic. If we are looking through those lenses, we can see better what just may be at the real source of this fear of the twerk. Sort of like a cultural gentrification where first comes the big booty songs and next thing you know, actual Black guys start showing up at the party…

Not to mention, the subtle way in which this school’s administration has gone about policing women’s bodies and putting the burden of respectability literally on their backsides. Seriously, why are we banning twerking when the real problem here (supposedly) is these young men’s inability to ask permission before invading another person’s space? And no, a dancing woman, no matter how allegedly “provocative” she moves, is not an invitation to assume control of another person’s body – that’s what the lesson and monitoring should be here. After all, young men have been sneaking up on the booty and grinding way before the twerk was just a bouncing twinkle in Miley Cyrus’ eyes.

This school administration might believe it means well, but when you stop to think about it, there is some really bad messaging being taught to kids here. For one, their expression including sexuality is not their own but at the bequest of an authority figure in society – in this case the school administration, which in all honesty, should not be in the business of teaching morals and values. And secondly, instead of taking the time to really listen and learn from the youth, why they love to twerk, she bans it.

As such, any potential learning opportunities to share with the next generation all of the historical and cultural context and roots of the dance (so that they could develop a better appreciation for its movements) are lost. Hell, the school could even parlay that into a discussion about all the other more socially acceptable sexual dances like the Tango, belly dancing, among others.

But lord forbid we actually teach the kids something.

 

 

Success & Shade: Winners & Losers From The 2014 MTV VMAs

August 25th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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The MTV Video Music Awards is a pretty popular ceremony that brings some of the best entertainers in the music game. Each year, artists put on stylish (or questionable outfits) and unleash a few surprises, patiently waiting to see whether or not they will take home a coveted Moon Man. Obviously this is no Grammy but still held with pretty high regard.

Here’s a look at some notable winners from last night’s event who are making major waves throughout the music industry — along with folks who got shut out. Are you surprised by any winners or losers?

Get A Sneak Peek Of The Nominees! The 2014 Billboard Music Awards… By The Numbers

May 16th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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It’s that time of year again — when we shout angrily at the TV when our favorite nominees lose and figuratively throw tomatoes at the host’s awful jokes. Yep, that’s right, it’s  the 2014 Billboard Music Awards! Who will sweep the all the trophies? Who will be presenting? Will Pharrell wear that dang hat again? Our answers will be answered on Sunday night. Until then, let’s take a look at the BMAs by the numbers, shall we?

What makes the BMAs unique from other award shows is that there’s no mysterious, secret panel of industry “experts” (ahem, Grammys) that choose the winners. The BMAs look at airplay, sales, and downloads via Nielsen data which makes them slightly less biased. Slightly. So the top nominees are guaranteed to be popular artists that polluted the airwaves and made a mint off digital and record sales.

That being said, here are this year’s nominees for “Top Artist”: Miley Cyrus (I know, I know), Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry.

Miley Cyrus, in terms of album sales, hasn’t exactly done her best. Bangerz made $4.5 million and falls flat compared to her first two albums (Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout), but Bangerz did way better than her last album, Can’t Be Tamed ($1.6 million). The tongue-wagging twerker surely can’t be tamed as her erotic Bangerz Tour has reeled in a sweet $6.9 million, her best tour yet! The pop princess has proven to be versatile as she crossed over to hip-hop (against many of our wishes) and turned singles into gold (Will.i.am’s Feelin’ Myself and Mike Will’s 23). And as much as we hate to admit it, Wrecking Ball and Can’t Stop are catchy.

But the question still remains — does she deserve to win as the BMA’s Top Artist?

Justin Timberlake  had the best selling album and top selling digital record of 2013 thanks to 20/20 — 2.43 million units sold. After a seven-year hiatus, Timberlake came back and permeated the airwaves with hot singles such as Suit & TieMirrors, and TKO.  Not to mention Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience Tour grossed $200 million so far, Billboard said. I don’t know about you, but looking at the rest of the nominees, I’m rooting for JT — he’s got 11 nominations.

Who are the Imagine Dragons anyway? They’re a four-man rock band with a record-breaking song called Radioactive. They also killed it at the Grammys with Kendrick Lamar, which you probably remember if you watched. (There was lots of colored powder involved.) It shattered Billboard’s 55-year chart longevity record as they endured atop the Hot 100 for 87 weeks — they knocked AWOLNATION’s Sail (79 weeks) right off the throne.

“It’s unbelievable,” lead singer Dan Reynolds told Billboard, “. . .we could never have expected to see one of our songs have legs like this.” Their album sales for Night Vision, though, flopped with $2.1 million in U.S.sales. Imagine Dragons (along with Lorde) lead the pack with a whopping 12 BMA nominations! I’ve got a feeling this unassuming rock group may take the win.

Bruno Mars melted hearts this year as he slayed the Super Bowl halftime show and said that he wanted to Marry You. Billboard named him “Artist of the Year” in 2013 and his three singles, Locked out of Heaven, Treasure, and When I Was Your Man “landed in the top 10 of the Hot 100 in 2013,” Yahoo said. The Hawaiian-born firecracker is also nominated for “Top Male Artist” and “Top Radio Songs Artist.”

As for Katy Perry, people really love Dark Horse. She rode that baby for 46 weeks at No.1 for Billboard’s Pop Song Radio Airplay chart — that’s more than any other artist in its 21-year history. She surpassed Mariah Carey who has a record of 45 weeks. Katy Perry’s fourth album, Prism, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and sold more than 286,000 copies the first week. This is the “largest debut week for a female artist’s album since Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ in April 2012,” Yahoo wrote.

She currently has 10 nominations under her belt (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis follow with eight nominations). Think Ms. Perry has a chance? Tune on on Sunday, May 18th, at 8PM ET on ABC.

Performers include Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin, Lorde, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, OneRepublic, and many more.

 

Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight

March 11th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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No one could dispute that being a celebrity certainly comes with privileges, but there’s a downside to everything. Unfortunately, because these stars spend so much time in the limelight, they’ve been the target of negative criticism after being bullied because their weight.

Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight

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Ke$ha

Ke$ha doesn’t fit the stereotype of how the average singer/rapper is supposed to look. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old marches to the beat of her own drum, so when it was revealed that the “Die Young” rapper checked into rehab for an eating disorder earlier this year, fans were shocked. Even worse, her mother revealed that Ke$ha was bullied to lose weight by people within her own inner circle. Soon after checking in, Ke$sha released a statement: “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice.” She continued that she was aiming “to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am.”

The 15 Craziest Celebrity Fan Tattoos

March 3rd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There’s being a fan and then there’s taking things too far. These fans decided to show their undying loyalty to their favorite celebrities by professing their love in ink…unfortunately.

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The Ciara neck tattoo

She may be engaged to Atlanta singer/songwriter Future, and thus taken, but that didn’t stop one man from getting Ciara’s face tattooed on his neck. The die hard C-squad fan club member showed off his ink on social media and the soon-to-be mom reposted it on her instagram page with a shout-out to her faithful follower. No word yet how Future feels about the tattoo.

Beyoncé, Gaga, Nicki, Miley: Patti LaBelle Finally Identifies Which “Divas” Actually Deserve The Title

February 26th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Diva is NOT the female version of a hustler anymore, guys. According to Patti LaBelle, a diva is either someone with at least 25 to 30 years in the game or a woman with real, undeniable talent.

Of course, Patti has made her distress clear in the last month or so over female performers being called “divas” so soon, and when so many can barely hold a note. And I can somewhat agree with her grievances, especially since every lineup for the VH1 Divas show since the golden days of Mary J Blige and Whitney, Aretha and Tina Turner, have been divas-in-training like Demi Lovato, Keri Hilson and Jordin Sparks.

On Watch What Happens Live, LaBelle was given a cow bell to ring when the image of a performer from today flashed on the screen and she didn’t agree that they were the divas people had pegged them as. I guess this was done to finally put some names and faces to who the modern-day divas are and who has falsely been labeled as one.

Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift were featured, but I’ll let you check out the video to see who she said was diva-worthy and who wasn’t. But LaBelle did reiterate her initial complaints when defining what a “diva” is:

“These heifers have to get on stage and show that they can perform. Not with 20 people up there with them. No.”

So what do you think of the women LaBelle believed were true divas? There are some surprises, right? Talk about it below.

Strike A Pose: Miley Cyrus Channels Madonna

February 8th, 2014 - By rcollier2
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Miley Cyrus channels Madonna on the latest cover of Vogue Germany.  The singer lets her body “go with the flow” again rocking lingerie, leather, fishnet stockings and a bold red lip matching an even bolder display of her body parts.  Photographer Mario Testino is behind the provocative images that display a topless Cyrus.

Ever since she twerked across the MTV Video Music Awards stage last year Miley has gotten mighty comfortable with nudity.  The 21-year old recently posed completely naked for an issue of W magazine and swung across the screen in the buff in her video for “Wrecking Ball”.  And while the pictures are tastefully sexy, we have to wonder if Miley is bringing much else to the table but being barely dressed.  The pop star straddles between famous images of Madonna and other iconic blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe. Satirical newspaper, The Onion called the images, “powerfully original”.  It’s a concept that’s been there, done that and come back with the troubled teen stars to prove it. Lindsay Lohan did a similar tribute to Marilyn Monroe in 2008 for New York Magazine.

The overkill of Miley Cyrus’s mission to bring sexy back is little a disappointing, since it’s such a distraction from the fact that she’s actually talented.  Cyrus’s voice is pretty impressive when she’s actually focusing on singing and not being naked.  If she keeps up this behavior we don’t know what we’ll be sick of seeing first: her twerking or her tongue.

Shine Bright, Shine Far: Tyra Confirms “Life Size” Sequel

January 20th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting the day! The day you would get word about whether or not the all time classic, Disney Channel Movie, Life Size would be getting a sequel. I jest. I know ya’ll haven’t thought about Life Size in a minute…those of you who’ve actually seen it. I haven’t either. Aside from the rare moments when “Shine bright, shine far. Be a star! Where you live where you are be a staaaaarrr!” pops into my head, Life Size has not been on my radar. That is until today.

According to US WeeklyTyra Banks confirmed that there will indeed be a sequel. Here’s what she had to say to Digital Spy about the project.

“I have a meeting today to go over the script!” Banks said on Jan. 19. “I swear! I don’t think it’ll be out until probably 2015, but I’m guessing it could be late 2014 or 2015. but it will be back, Life-Size will be back, better than ever.” 

And all my Disney fans said haaayyy! I’m not going to front, the part of me that is still 13 got super geeked when I read this headline.

For those of you who are completely confused right now, the premise of Life Size is that Casey Stuart, a tweenie played by Lindsay Lohan, is dealing with the death of her mother. She attempts to cast a spell to bring her back but instead of resurrecting her mother, she ends up bring her Barbie doll, Eve, (Tyra Banks), to life.

Of course it was cheesy but for the time I was into it. And I’m sure todays’ tweenagers will dig this sequel as well…not to mention the fans of the original.

Naturally, Banks couldn’t speak too openly about the project, so there’s no word on whether or not Lindsay will be involved. It would certainly be nice to see her in this one, but it’s not imperative that she be cast. Tyra did say though that this film will have a very modern take.

I’m excited. And apparently, I’m not the only one. Here’s what Miley Cyrus, a Disney alum, tweeted:

I’ll definitely tune in. Now I have to watch the original tonight and refresh my memory for the upcoming project.

Were you a fan of the original movie back in 2000? Will you watch the sequel?

Love Magazine Says Miley Cyrus Never Called Out Beyoncé: ‘The Quotes Were Made Up’

January 3rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday some interesting quotes alleged to have been made by former Disney star Miley Cyrus began circulating on the web. In case you missed it, it was alleged that Miley made comments about her ability to replace Beyoncé during a recent interview with the U.K.’s Love magazine.

“Beyoncé has been a big inspiration to me but she’s been out for such a long time,” Miley reportedly said. “She’s so talented and I think she’s at the top of the game now but people are always looking for new blood and that’s what I bring to the game now, new blood.”

“As Beyoncé grows in motherhood and all the crap it does to your body, it will create a vacuum for fresh young faces to rise up, and no one else can properly fill that void right now. I’m the only white female singer that could fill that slot right now and do it right, you know?” the quote continues. “I got the total package, you know, the curves, the rhythm and the voice. I’m just the best.”

Love magazine has since come forward claiming that the quotes were made up and insisting that Miley never mentioned Bey.

“@MileyCyrus never said anything to us about Beyoncé,” the publication tweeted. The quotes were made up and we’re trying to get to the bottom of where this came from. WE ALL LOVE BEYONCÉ.”

Miley also did some damage control of her own.

“That quote people MADE UP about Beyoncé just made me lol!” the “Wrecking Ball” singer tweeted. “Imagine if I said I got ‘the looks and the curves I’m just better!’ Bahahahhaha.”

“How are people allowed to make up shit & then put quotes around it saying I said that shit! WTF!!?!”

“Thank god I just woke up from this nightmare.”

Like Love magazine, she vowed to get to the bottom of the fabricated quotes.

“Don’t worry, getting to the bottom of this sh**. Making the liar retract the statement. You can cause A LOT of drama but NOT between me & B!”

And there you have it. Miley hasn’t lost her entire mind—yet.

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