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Nicki Minaj Skirts Race Issue Discussing VMA Firestorm On GMA

July 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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When Nicki Minaj expressed her frustration about MTV failing to nominate “Anaconda” for video of the year, we immediately assumed she referencing an issue of race. MTV has a very long history of pushing Black artists and other artist of color into the margins.

The story dominated the news cycle, particularly when Taylor Swift came out asking Nicki why she was coming for her, when she had been nothing but supportive. You know the mainstream is always here for Taylor’s victimization.

But before her performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Nicki addressed the Twitter discussion. And her comments made us wonder if this was about race at all…

Read the excerpts and then watch the entire interview below.

Well, first of all I spoke to Taylor Swift yesterday on the phone. She was super, super sweet and she apologized. She said, ‘You know look, I didn’t understand the big picture of what you were saying but now I get it.’  

So we’re all good. 

I was just saying– I posted something on my Instagram and it just showed the stats of other videos that had been nominated previously and there just seemed to be a little funny business going on.

“Anaconda” had such a huge cultural impact and on top of that we broke the Vevo record. So, this is actually my third time breaking the Vevo record and Anaconda, therefore should have been nominated for it. And I do think that if it was one of the pop girls, they would have had many nominations for it. 

I think I got two nominations for Anaconda for female and for hip hop but it should have been for the year. 

I think that we just have to have both images for girls. We can’t have only one type of body being glorified in the media because it just makes girls even more insecure than we already are. 

Interesting.

In addition to mentioning body type and pop in her initial Twitter rants, she also said:

“I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pope culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.” 

She later deleted that tweet.

During her comments this morning, she softened her language a little bit, referencing body types and pop vs. rap. It’s coded and watered down a bit for the White folks but the implications are still the same. Pop= White, Rap= Black. Slim bodies = White girls. Thicker bodies=Black girls.

But maybe the predominately White crowd and White host weren’t ready for the race talk.

What do you think about Nicki’s explanation on GMA? Do you think people will understand the greater, deeper, racial implications behind her message or will they be lost in the sauce?


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MTV Announces 2015 Video Music Awards, Queen Bey Nominated Five Times

July 21st, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Mark your calendars!

The MTV Video Music Awards will air on August 30, 2015 and today, the pop culture driven media outlet released this year’s nominations. Queen Bey, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are the leading nominees who are most likely to earn a Moon Man during the award’s ceremony. Also, newcomer and hitmaker Fetty Wap has been nominated for the 2015 summer jam, “Trap Queen.”

Here are a few highlighted nominations along with the award categories from the 2015 Video Music Awards:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

Fans can cast their votes for their favorite artist who have been nominated in the following categories: “Video of The Year,” “Best Male Video,” “Best Female Video” by visiting vma.mtv.com. After Madonna, Beyoncé has earned over 15 VMA awards during the span of her career; last year she was awarded the Video Vanguard Award for making a profound impact on MTV culture.

To see the entire 2015 VMAs nominations, click here.

[Watch] MTV’s New Documentary Helps White People Explore Privilege And Shed White Tears

July 8th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Earlier this month, The New York Times premiered a video on White people speaking on racism and how their whiteness benefits them.

Throughout the video, the participants fumble to find the right words to not appear offensive. At the same time, they’re upfront about how they contribute to or challenge the institution of racism.

Interestingly enough, MTV will debut a documentary titled White People on July 22, also exploring the topic. The series will ask white millennials to think about the construction of whiteness and the privilege they receive from it. Though a brilliant idea, the trailer shows a lot of “white frustration and tears” that may warrant lots of eye-rolling.

Dee Locket, editor for Vulturesuggests one should not expect racial resolutions to take place as the participants of White People dissect their white guilt or prejudice. Viewers (especially viewers of color) should focus on how Pulitzer Prize winning journalist José Antonio Vargas helps white people (and even people of color) look into the bigotry their cultures have raised them with. White People will also explore how young people struggle to maintain the idea of whiteness in American culture.

White People will air on July 22, 2015 at 8 PM EST on MTV. You can also view the docu-series on MTV.com or the MTV app.

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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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.

Confirmed.

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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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.

Read more about the MTV VMA Nominations at StyleBlazer.com

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

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.