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Franchesca Ramsey’s MTV News Show, “Decoded” Is A Winner

June 5th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This week, YouTube sensation Franchesca Ramsey announced her new MTV News webseries titled, Decoded. The Huffington Post reports Ramsey will discuss various topics on race, social issues and pop culture in order to educate viewers. She told the media outlet, “A show like ‘Decoded’ highlights why we need to break these subjects down, because there’s a lot of people who don’t understand and get uncomfortable when we talk about race. There’s still a lot of discomfort, there’s a lot people who need to learn things, but we’re trying to focus on people who are confused and want to learn and comedy helps to infiltrate that.”

In Decoded’s  premiere episode, Ramsey focused on the racial stereotypes of watermelon and fried chicken. Throughout the video, Ramsey taught history lessons on how the two foods received stigma and notoriety when used to describe Black people. Although some may find lessons about race condescending and abrasive, Ramsey makes it hard to find fault in her delivery.

Perfectly equipped with intellect and compassion, Ramsey continues to show viewers why they fell in love with her in the first place. Since her humorous 2012 viral video, “Sh!t White Girls Say To Black Girls,” Ramsey takes a realistic approach to highlight how Black people are treated as “other” in America without taunting those who are not well-informed. Ramsey told The Huffington Post, “I just hope people can have some teachable moment or frame of reference for what they can do to treat other people better, have conversations about them and help educate people in their community.”

Watch the first episode of Decoded, below!

[Watch] Reginae’s Super Sweet 16th Birthday Is Coming To MTV

February 11th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We all saw the pictures of Reginae’s 16th birthday party and we all heard about the Ferrari and BMW she received from her parents. We saw the clips of Nicki Minaj’s performance and Reginae’s three outfit changes. It was extravagant.

But as with any lavish party, preparation is key. And thanks to the good people at MTV, we get to see all the work and the drama that went into preparing Reginae’s party during her “My Super Sweet 16″ special.

Here’s what MTV said in their official release:

Hip-Hop mogul Lil Wayne has a daughter, Reginae, and she is finally turning 16. As hip-hop royalty, the pressure is on to throw the most talked about party of the year. However, friendship drama threatens to turn Reginae’s party into a spectacle of another sort. Will Weezy’s daughter’s coming of age celebration end up being totally fabulous or totally fizzle?

Oh…As a fan of “My Super Sweet 16,” I’m here for it.

The show is set to air next Monday, February 16 at 7 PM but in the meantime, check out the trailer.

Would You Ever Consider A Threesome? Watch What Happens To This Couple First

December 16th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: MTV

True Life has finally answered the question on couples’ minds around America: What would happen if I had a threesome? Lucky for us, this Dallas couple found out for us — you won’t be able to guess what happens next.

Watch Blue Ivy Talk To Her Mommy Backstage At The MTV Awards

September 5th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Watch Blue Ivy Talk To Her Mommy Backstage At The MTV Awards

If you ask me, the best part of Beyoncé’s MTV performance came when she was singing to her daughter and when that same little girl took the stage and told her mother she did a good job.

Now, Beyoncé is letting us know about all the hard work that went into creating, crafting and editing that performance. MTV was tardy on the staging, Bey decided an hour before showtime that she wanted her dancers painted white and the singer and her troupe only got to practice their 15 minute routine once on stage.

That’s interesting but I’m sharing this video for the words Blue shared with her mother once she stopped waving to adoring fans on stage. And it seems that Mama Tina’s boo Richard Lawson makes an appearance around the 3:48 mark.

Check out the MTV Behind The Scenes video below.

Ariana Grande Opens Up About Relationship With Big Sean…Kinda

September 1st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Ariana Grande Opens Up About Relationship With Big Sean

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During the MTV Awards, in addition to some of the night’s lack luster performances, there was a moment back stage that left people’s tongues wagging.

It was the above image of Ariana Grande and Big Sean walking hand in hand backstage at the show.

The rumors have been swirling ever since someone spotted these two making out at the movies. But so far, neither one of them has spoken publicly about their relationship. That was until she spoke to E! Online.

Grande told Ryan Seacrest, “I’ll tell you when we’re not on air. I trust you. I’ve known you for a long time. I don’t know about these millions of people listening in right now.”

But she was a bit more forthcoming when she spoke to International Business Times. 

Before she performed on NBC, the 21 year old sat down with Matt Lauer and he asked about her romantic life. She beat around the bush for a while, “Y’all are putting me on the spot!” And then she said, “Im happy.”

Well there it is.


I get why she’s not too quick to speak about their relationship, particularly since both of them just came out of something. And then there are those pesky theories that Big Sean is just trying to attach his name to anyone right now to get his career to pop. You know what they say, two celebrities are better than one.

I don’t know…call me crazy I kind of like them together in an interesting, unexpected way. But if he starts showing up on the red carpet in matching outfits like he did with Naya…then I’ll have to retract that with a quickness.

I Been On: Yonce Racks Up 8 MTV VMA Nominations

July 18th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

Of course. Of course. Today MTV announced their nominees for the 2014 Video Music Awards (via Snapchat, interestingly enough) and, obviously, Beyoncé was nominated for all the awards–well, eight to be exact, but that’s more than anybody else got this year. She’s in the running for Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Collaboration, and more. Coming in at a close second were breakout star Iggy Azalea and rap veteranEminem, who each got seven nominees.

Only one nomination from the top, Iggy and Eminem were almost too close for comfort. Is Queen Bey’s power waning? We’ll know for sure when the awards air next month on August 24.

We already know that Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Usher are all performing, but based on Bey’s penchant for surprises and just showing everyone up all the time, she could just pop up and start performing in the middle of the show.

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New Study Credits MTV’s ’16 And Pregnant’ For Dramatic Dip In Teen Pregnancies

January 14th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Teen mom Leah from 16 and Pregnant's Facebook page

Teen mom Leah from 16 and Pregnant’s Facebook page

So while many critics have been chastising MTV’s 16 and Pregnant for glamorizing teen pregnancy, a new study finds that the controversial reality show has dropped the rate of child-bearing teens by nearly six percent, CNN reports.

Released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the report says that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant is to be credited for America’s 5.7 percent dip in teen moms. Since the show’s inception in 2009, the reality series rattled many nerves as teens pranced around with their round tummies and attained fame for the buns in their ovens.

One writer from CNN, under the title “MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ Glamorizes Getting Pregnant,” expressed her disgust with the reality TV series:

“Why would anyone want to promote a behavior that often leaves families trapped in a cycle of poverty? Who would knowingly encourage activity that often leads to poor prenatal care, lower birth weight babies and more preterm births?”

Little did the writer know, however, that the show actually does the complete opposite of what she believed. The teen pregnancy rate — between 1991 and 2008 — has been dropping at a steady rate of about 2.5 percent a year. But within the past four years, during 16 & Pregnant’s peak, the teen pregnancy rate dropped dramatically at a 7.5 percent rate.

When 16 and Pregnant aired, Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine, the two lead investigators of the study, analyzed Nielsen ratings as well as search data from Google and Twitter. The pair found that geographic locations that gossiped the most about 16 & Pregnant also saw a spike in “birth control” and “abortion” searches. 

Most interestingly, the two also discovered that places that watched 16 & Pregnant the most had the biggest drops in teen pregnancy.

“The results of our analysis indicate that exposure to ’16 and Pregnant’ was high and that it had an influence on teens’ thinking regarding birth control and abortion,” the researchers wrote.

The most compelling evidence, Kearney and Levine noted, was the social media language. “This reminds me to take my birth control,” said one tweet. “‘Watching 16 & Pregnant, going to take my birth control,” another would say.

But of course, the MTV isn’t solely responsible for the drop in teen pregnancy rates. The researchers also point to the recession being the main driving force behind the dip in early pregnancies. Teens were more conscientious about how difficult it would be to find a job and provide for the baby.

In short, Kearney and Levine credit MTV’s 16 and Pregnant for preventing 20,000 teen pregnancies — one third of the overall decline in childbearing teenagers.

Did You See The Oakland Woman “Catfished” By Her Online Lover Last Night?

September 11th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Source: MTV



From BlackVoices

It was heartbreak and cruelty on the latest episode of “Catfish: The TV Show” when 18-year-old Aaliyah finally met her online love of the past 10 months. For nearly a year, she’d been in a relationship with Alicia, who only lived 70 blocks away. But the two had never met.

Over the course of their relationship, Aaliyah had sent Alicia a total of $600, plus an iPhone. She also paid for the phone’s service, despite the fact that Aaliyah was struggling financially herself. So Nev Schulman and Max Joseph did what they do and discovered that at least Alicia was who she said she was. She just wasn’t in love with Aaliyah. She wasn’t even a lesbian.

“All I have to say, girl, is if I wanted to meet you, we stay in the same city! I would’ve made that happen,” Alicia told Aaliyah. She admitted that it had all been a con to get money out of Aaliyah. When Aaliyah was struggling to understand what she was hearing, Alicia started laughing in her face. “Oh my God,” she said. “It was a lie. What?”

“Do you know you ruined my life?” Aaliyah asked, but Alicia only laughed harder. After that, Aaliyah broke down in tears while Alicia continued to laugh.

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Parents Television Council Not Gaga Over MTV’s Continuous “Sexual Exploitation Of Young Women”

August 27th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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While you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who was satisfied with the strange performances that took place during MTV’s Video Music Award’s Sunday night, besides Miley Cyrus Perhaps, one organization has noted a particular distaste for the acts that graced the stage at the Barclay Center. As a result of the booty cheek brigade we witnessed during the VMAs, courtesy of Miley and Lady Gaga, the Parents Television Council (PTC) has issued a statement condemning MTV and the aforementioned singers.  PTC Director of Public Policy Dan Isett said specifically in the release:

“MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials — while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable. This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children. MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act? How is it appropriate for 14-year-olds to see a condom commercial and a promo for an R-rated movie during the first commercial break?

“This content would likely not be given a forum if it were on a broadcast network,” the statement continued. “Yet MTV continues to push limits because it’s a cable network. But that does not mean MTV’s decisions have no consequences, especially for the millions of children who were targeted by MTV. We urge Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs – the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don’t want. After MTV’s display last night, it’s time to give control back to consumers.”

I want to support PTC, but whenever these debates over whether certain content is appropriate for children arise, my first thought isn’t to blame a network, it’s to tell parents they should be monitoring what their children are watching. After all, parenting is their responsibility, not MTV’s or any other network’s. Furthermore, Miley is not 14, she’s a 20-year-old adult (in the legal sense at least). It would be nice if teens could look up to her, but the fact that they can’t — or shouldn’t — is Miley’s choice not MTV’s fault. And to that end, both she and Gaga chose to perform scantily clad. I’m pretty certain no one at MTV encouraged that shell thong Lady Gaga sashayed around in during the awards ceremony. And while I’m also certain they weren’t mad at it (ratings!), this statement from PTC seems misdirected and quite frankly ineffective. What do you think?

True Life: I’m Too Old For The VMAs

August 26th, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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The VMAs have increasingly become an exercise in making me feel old and irrelevant. Towards the end of summer the flashy promos roll out. They always start around my birthday and they used to carry me to the start of the school year. Three letters blinking on my screen bring flashbacks of Britney Spears writhing with a snake, or Kanye storming the stage in a Hennessy-fueled rage. Against my better judgement, excitement for the show always creeps in.

This year it was about halfway into Justin Timberlake’s song and dance that defeat settled in its place. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

This year Lady Gaga opened the show. If you told me a few years ago that a pop princess with a penchant for meat dresses would turn predictable, I don’t know if I’d have believed you. But there I was last night, bored from the start. Kooky costumes, gay dancers, and fame. Got it. What’s next?

Miley Cyrus. Because MTV loves to make viewers and performers alike regret their decisions.  There was Hannah Montana, on stage in a furry leotard, and then a latex bikini, shaking her a$$ like a manic looney tune on molly. Then for no reason at all – literally no reason, other than making Black people regret their tolerance of cultural appropriation – Robin Thicke joins her on stage. Then, out comes 2 Chainz. Followed by Kendrick Lamar. Cuts to Miley’s private twerk session to stage right are interlaced between the men’s dueling performances. And I’m confused and troubled. Why are they there? Why am I here? Who’s song is this? Why did they agree to this? Where am I? Wha– why?

I should have abandoned ship right there. But I don’t. I’m a pop culture masochist. I stay on the ride with the rest of Twitter. People I’ve never heard of win awards. Which isn’t abnormal for my awards showing viewing experience. But at the VMAs the winners are all people I probably could have gotten paid to babysit five years ago. Oh yeah, Kanye West performed. For 30 seconds. In front of a picture of trees that evoke a protest song whose lyrics he sampled but never acknowledges. So there was that.

A carousel of young, beautiful, overly-styled people parade on and off the stage until the moment I’d been holding on for finally arrives: the ‘NSync reunion. And reunite they do. For 15 seconds in a 30-minute set that allowed Justin Timberlake to take us on a tour of the three albums that make him legend.

That’s when I cracked.

Like Joey Fatone, I was tired and ready to eat a brownie and go to bed. Even the frequent cutaway shots to Rihanna’s unimpressed face couldn’t hold me there. It was time to accept the cold, hard fact: I am 26 years old and too old for the VMAs. I don’t know these people. And I don’t want to. I enjoy the alternate universe Spotify affords me, one where teenagers desperately vying for validation don’t exist. I’m concerned with my career and my living situation. People my age are getting their graduate degrees, moving up the ladder, starting their own businesses, budgeting for adult responsibilities. This just isn’t my thing anymore.

Are the VMAs still relevant? Check the ratings. It’s all anyone on Twitter could talk about, so there’s a chance it is. One thing I’m 100 percent clear on: a torch has been passed. My exit out of the coveted 18-to-25 demographic has been swift and final. I’m not the cool kid anymore. Pop culture doesn’t revolve around what I like anymore. I’m only on trend if nostalgia is en vogue. Advertisers don’t care what I think, although they should, since I actually have money to spend now.

I’ve known this for some time. But it takes big events like the VMAs to drive the point home. I’m not bitter though. While the rest of world wasted away for another hour waiting for Katy Perry to perform her biggest hit yet (I still haven’t heard it), I got some serious reading done. And the brownie I had with my book was a-MAY-zing. That’s a win in this newly-crowned old-head’s book.

C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveOutLoud) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).