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Leave it to Diddy to stir up some controversy just as he’s starting one of the biggest things he’s done in years.
For those who don’t know, Sean “Diddy” Combs launched Revolt Tv on Monday on Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The network is being touted as American music oriented cable channel that will focus on music videos, live performances, music news and entertainment.
But early Saturday morning, Diddy posted a picture on Instagram that might make a lot of people turn him all the way off.
In the photo, a black woman is standing tall in the center while white women are basically bowing down to her in a circle. Diddy captioned the photo with, “As it Should Be!!!!!!! #BlackIsBeautiful”
Ring the alarms.
The comments section were immediately on fire with some white people angry at Diddy for posting “something like this,” some black people happy he did it and a mix of everyone else a bit unsure of the reason for posting it. Oh, and it wouldn’t be social media if people weren’t just arguing with each other.
Here’s a sample (we’ll quote them without sharing names):
“All the white chicks on this post look better than this black b***h”
“I see it as him telling black women you are beautiful and it’s time we see that. I don’t see the black woman being pulled down but instead lifted by white women…”
“‘As it should be?’ Wrong! That’s counter racism! That’s just as ignorant with the roles turned around.”
“Boy please…then why u don’t use black females as lead models then??? Hypocrite!”
As you can see, the comments section has gotten intense with more than four THOUSAND responses.
What do you think? Was Diddy’s post or caption reverse racism? Ignorant? Right on track with what you believe?
There’s something about Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka being together that we just…love. Plus, when you see them in a picture together, we can’t help but do a double take.
Anyway, the singer and her NBA player boyfriend stepped out into the Oklahoma City streets Friday night for the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Gala. The event, held annually, is the most successful fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House charities and they gain most of their resources to keep going through the money they raise at the Red Shoe Gala.
But back to Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka.
The hot couple donned their finest threads for the gala, with Keri wearing a blue spaghetti strapped dress with a little keyhole opening in front and Serge in a nice black and white pinstriped suit. Keri is also still rocking the braids and had on very little makeup.
There’d been rumors over the summer that these two had called it quits, but judging from their social media accounts, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
We’re sure she’ll be back in Oklahoma City when the NBA regular season starts in November to cheer on her boo and his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
For those of you looking for a new Keri Hilson album? I wouldn’t hold my breath, she looks pretty content these days!
Well, The Game is making another move to push his music career to the next level: He signed to Cash Money/Young Money Records.
On Saturday evening, Baby/Birdman/Whatever you want to call him, tweeted the news making it official and welcoming The Game to the YMCB family. The Game followed with his own tweet saying it was time to “close the doors” on others.
According to Miss Info’s site, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he’d sign to the label. His last album, Jesus Piece, was his fifth and final release on Interscope Records.
Young Money/Cash Money has been seemingly snatching up artists left and right, but besides albums from their stars – Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and the slightly lesser know Tyga – none of them have actually released anything. Bow Wow has been signed to Cash Money since 2009 and the one album that was scheduled to be released, Underrated, hasn’t been talked about since 2011. Busta Rhymes and Mystikal have been signed to the label for two years with no album releases while Christina Milian joined the YM family in 2012 with… nothing.
So we’ll see if The Game will actually ever have an album come out on Young Money/Cash Money. There’s a chance something will come out on the label seeing as though of all the recent signees, he’s the most musically successful one in recent years.
Time will tell but good luck to Jayceon (The Game’s real name)!
She might play one on television, but actress Denise Vasi is no longer a single lady!
On Saturday afternoon, the 30 year old actress married 40 year old video director and photographer Anthony Mandler in front of their close friends and family members.
The wedding was held at a posh vineyard in Santa Ynez, California. Her beautiful dress was courtesy of Kleinfeld Bridal.
As the way everyone receives information evolves, people are almost forced to go with it. With that in mind, there was a sign outside the reception that said, “If you Instagram, #vasimandlermerge.” Trust, the guests took full advantage of it as pictures were all over Instagram the entire night.
Vasi, a former model, has been acting for years. Her biggest role came during her time on ABC’s All My children (from 2008 until it ended in 2011) and she currently plays Raquel on VH1′s Single Ladies which is slated to return later this television season. Mandler is a major video director, with his biggest client being the one and only Rihanna. He’s also working on his first feature film.
We’re sure the reception was everything as the DJ of the night was DJ D-Nice.
Congratulations to the happy couple on their new union!
In other wedding news: After rumors swirled that Pharrell would be tying the knot this weekend, it’s been confirmed that his nuptial to Helen Lasichanh did indeed happen on Saturday in Miami. Congrats to them too!
I can hear it now: “Who cares? Ashanti isn’t even relevant!” That may or may not be true, but she looks good!
Today is the singer’s 33rd birthday and she’s been celebrating all weekend! She rang in her birthday by hosting a huge birthday bash at Lavo in Las Vegas. Joined by her momager Tina Douglas, her dad and other guests, Shani, as she’s affectionately known, rocked an extremely sparkly Jovani Fashions dress and Ruthie Davis Shoes.
Her new bob was done by celebrity stylist Oscar James, who also tames the locs of Nikki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and countless others. We’ll have to get a closer look to see if it was her hair that was cut or if he just did his thing on the weave (we know how much you all care).
On Friday night, Ashanti’s friends and family surprised her with a pre-birthday party at SL night club in NYC. This is the second year in a row they’ve managed to “surprise” her for her birthday.Her birthday cake chronicled her music career by having pictures (likely edible) of each album on it.
The singer is still working on her new album that is supposed to be released on her own label, Written Entertainment. Unfortunately, it’s been pushed back a few times and as of now, there’s no telling when it will actually come out.
But in this moment, she seems to just be having fun living life! Check out the next page for a couple of pictures from Ashanti’s pre-birthday bash!
If you were feeling that sultry duet “Fire We Make” by Alicia Keys and Maxwell, we have great news. The soul-singing duo are thinking about coming out with a collaborative album. Back in July Maxwell told Billboard that he and Alicia and definiately going to collaborate for an EP.
“We’re definitely working on an EP that’s sort of Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrrell. We got a thing musically. That’s like my little sister. What’s funny is Swizz [Beatz, Keys' husband] is the champion of all of it. He’s like, ‘You guys have a thing when you make music together.’ We had a really successful tour together when she first came on the scene and she’s like family. She’s someone that I trust. I’m like that, by the way. Most of the people you see me working for me are actually with me. And I’m proud to say that I’ve known them for 20 years almost. I’ve written songs with, produced songs with them a lot of times. I don’t deviate form my comfort zone. I feel like when God brings people to you it’s good to keep ‘em around. Not to say I haven’t cut a few fools off [laughs], but for the essential I keep it close,” Maxwell said.
While out promoting her new film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, Alicia revealed to Essence that her pal was a bit premature in his duet announcement.
“Maxwell has such a big mouth! (Laughs jokingly) We’ve spoken about a couple of different things. We’ve spoken about definitely doing something creative together. But which way that comes together… I’m not sure yet.”
Hopefully they can iron out the details and make this happen! Speaking of music and creativity, Alicia also revealed that what her hubby, Swizz Beatz, loves most about her is what a great producer she is and the way that she holds their family together.
“I think what he likes most about Alicia Keys is that I really put my time into [music]—that I produce, that I create, that I write the songs. He’s always bragging that I’m a better producer than most producers. He likes that I create my own thing. What he would say he likes most about Alicia Dean… I think he would say how good of a mother I am. He would also say how I care about him and our family.”
Would you like to see a collaborative album happen between Maxwell and Alicia Keys.
Say What?! Recent Chris Brown Interview Discusses Him Losing His Virginity At 8 & Whether or Not He’s Self-Destructive
Two words: Stop talking. A recent Chris Brown interview with UK paper The Guardian was posted to their site on Friday and focused on mostly on his life and just a little about his new album, X. The writer, Decca Aitkenhead, didn’t seem anymore into him than he was into her and while reading, you clearly get that impression.
Nonetheless, she asked some questions that have eyebrows raising just a little bit. Now, we’re just going to give you a few clips but please feel free to read it in its entirety:
Chris talks about losing his virginity at EIGHT years old to a teenaged girl and how they’ve helped his current “skills”:
“It’s different in the country. By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.” (…he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: “But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”)
When Aitkenhead asked if he ever wishes he’d grown up in private, his response was quite odd:
“Honestly, where I’m from, probably not. I think me being able to travel from the small town I was from, me already having a good IQ, and you know being intelligent, and regular stuff, I just had to learn more and more of the street life, you know, how to maneuver around a room full of wolves.”
I read it a few times and still am not clear on what that means as it relates to the question.
He describes his abuse towards Rihanna as a wake-up call and a sign that he could no longer act like a wild and crazy, wild young guy. But when Aitkenhead asked if that’s how he felt at the time, he said “no” and followed that with:
“Cos you can talk with all my girls that I did mess with before, and it’s never been a violent history.” Then he switches again: “But at the same time, I learned from it, and it was almost like… I wouldn’t say it happened for a reason, but it was something to trigger my mind to be more of a mature adult. To handle myself in situations, don’t throw tantrums, don’t be a baby about it.”
There’s obviously a lot to take in here and to be honest, the writer of The Guardian article does sound a bit one-sided when she’s not quoting him.
We know how Chris is so if he reads this and hates it, we’ll likely get his side of the story. Or at the very least, we’ll get a rant about how much he hates doing interviews because everyone changes his words.
If you’ve followed music over the years, you know that Sean “Diddy” Combs has taken a lot of hits on the way people “view him.” He’s not always a fan favorite. But for all the times people may have something negative to say about him, it is just as important to highlight the positive things he does with his time.
On Thursday, Diddy took time out of his busy schedule to join the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship for a day of mentoring. He spent time sharing tips on how to run a business as well as how to approach life in an entrepreneurial way. When he was done, Diddy presented the NFTE with a check for $250,000 on behalf of Combs Enterprises, according to Rap-Up.com.
The NFTE is an entrepreneurial training program for high school students, primarily for those from low income communities. They encourage young people to stay on their educational paths and also how to recognize business opportunities and how to make them successful.
In his speech, Diddy said:
“I am honored to partner with NFTE on this initiative because I am extremely proud of the work they do every day, helping over 500,000 young people reach their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. I believe all young people should be given the opportunity to be successful and to pursue their passions and NFTE gives all kids the tools they need to be the CEOs of their future.”
Great job, Diddy, spending not only money but time with young people who very likely look up to him. Hopefully, his words and advise will stick with them as they continue to flourish.
Not all music group members are created equal. Some of them hogged the lime light while others had a permanent place in the back of the stage. Did we miss any of your favorite underrated music group members? Let us know in the comments section!
The N’Sync Extras
N’Sync is all about Justin, Joey and JC. When the reunion rolled around, we realized we forgot about Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass — mostly because they spent N’Sync’s career as glorified backup dancers.
“They Tell Me ‘You’re Not A Real Desginer’,Well, I’m Not A Real Rapper”: Yeezy Denounces Racism In The Music And Fashion Industries
Kanye West sees himself as some sort of savior–for music and fashion. During his highly talked about interview with Radio 1′s Zane Lowe, he attacked the glass ceiling Black musicians and artists face and denounced racism across the cultures, all while ironically using his “White voice” to do so.
As Black people, we all have two voices–the one we put on for mainstream America to make them comfortable and our normal voice that we use around our peers. Mr. West is no exception.
“I look round the room and there is no one here who looks like me,” he said during to Lowe. “And if there is, they are keeping quiet.” His recently released album “Yeezus” is evidence of this. West made is obvious he had no desire to be on the radio, and didn’t make an album docile enough to do so. “I have driven my Truman Show boat into the painting. I have hit a glass ceiling.” he continued, noting that Blacks are limited to only being creative on T-shirts, “but if it’s anything else, your Truman Show boat is hitting the wall,” he said. This all made for a smooth transition into his passion for fashion.
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