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The past 12 months have been chock full of celebrity news, intrigue, and downright absurdity. And while some celebrities have managed to become even more beloved, there are some that have become a) increasingly more annoying in 2013 or b) have transitioned from our hot list to our not list. So before we say goodbye to 2013, MadameNoire presents its most most played out, most just-get-out-of-our-face, most overexposed celebrities of the year.
Working on her upcoming mixtape, Hardcore 2K13, Lil Kim was interviewed by XXL on her career, including what she is working on now, and where she thinks she stands amongst the female rappers of yesteryear and today. One major point the Notorious K.I.M. brought up that has people talking, is the reality that women in Hip-Hop just can’t seem to get along like they used to. Kim, of course, had a public beef with Nicki Minaj, and was called out on Twitter by Azealia Banks (who doesn’t get along with too many folks in general), so she knows what she’s talking about. Check out what Lil Kim had to say about all that, and why she’s still the queen:
Why Women Rappers Don’t Collaborate Like They Used To:
You have other women out there who want to be by themselves. They don’t get the art of unity and what inspired that. You can’t come in the game and think, Oh, okay, I’m going to be the only one out here. I don’t want to stand in the line with no other chicks.” It’s still a struggle because when a woman makes it to the top, it wasn’t like that when we were out. When we made it to the top, the real divas—me, Missy, Eve—we had no problem standing in a line. Look, let’s get this money. We did songs together. We just kept continuously doing it even when we didn’t like each other. We did photo shoots even when we couldn’t stand each other. It was more real. Nowadays, it’s just females are jealous. And they want to act like the girl who is responsible for all this doesn’t exist. That’s whack [sic]. That’s real corny, but things will change. That’s the one thing for certain—two things for sure. Things will change.
Where She Thinks She Stands In The Female Rap Game:
I am definitely the queen. I definitely see myself as the queen. I am the one who made it possible for females to be s*xy. That’s just the bottom line. And still rap hard with the fellas. Period.
If She Feels Like She Deserves More Respect Than She Gets At This Point:
I don’t give a f**k. It’s whatever. At this point, it is what it is. The streets made me. They stay at me. There’s nothing that’s gonna take away from my legacy. I’m sorry. It is what it is. I’m dying this way. With the crown on my head, nobody can take nothing away from me. It is what it is. I am who I am. Bottom line.
She made some interesting points, folks. But I think the reality is, she feels this way because there are less female lyricists getting shine and doing there thing right now. There were lots more in the ’90s, so if you didn’t get along with one or two (for instance, like she didn’t get along with Foxy Brown), you didn’t feel so alienated. But now, it’s just Nicki and a few other folks, and Kim is trying to stay afloat, so the petty squabbles stand out more. Well, now you see why folks miss the ’90s so much.
But what do you think? Share your thoughts below and check out her full interview over at XXL.
Sometimes an artist takes the stage and blows everyone away with a great performance. And sometimes, the performance is overshadowed by an embarrassing outfit blunder. Hey, it happens to the best of them. Check out the worst celebrity performance outfits ever.
After living in the shadows of her big sister Toni Braxton, and then her other sisters, Tamar has finally stepped into the spotlight all on her own. The “Love and War” singer took to the stage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards in a risqué outfit and immediately there was a backlash on social networks. Many believed the sheer outfit, complete with black sequins to cover up her goodies, was a distraction from her singing ability. Not one to let the criticism keep her down, Braxton responded to the flack via twitter: “I’m NOT on the red carpet & if u like my performance & outfit thank u if not pray 4 me.”
Back in October when Kim Kardashian felt it necessary to flaunt her post-baby snapback body by sharing a pretty revealing photo of herself in a white swimsuit and Nicki Minaj followed up with a photo of herself wearing nothing but pasties, actress Rashida Jones took to Twitter with a pretty interesting rant about women who act “like wh*res.”
“This week’s celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular. #stopactinglikewh*res,” she began. “Let me clarify. I don’t shame ANYone for anything they choose to do with their lives or bodies,” she continued. BUT I think we ALL need to take a look at what we are accepting as ‘the norm.’ There is a whole generation of young women watching. Sure, be S*XY but leave something to the imagination.”
Though most probably agree with Rashida that Kim and Nicki were doing the absolute most that week, some found her use of the word “wh*re” to be a form of slut-shaming. The Parks and Recreation actress responded to those accusations in an essay for the January issue of Glamour.
“I’m not gonna lie. The fact that I was accused of ‘slut-shaming,’ being anti-woman, and judging women’s sex lives crushed me. I consider myself a feminist. I would never point a finger at a woman for her actual sexual behavior, and I think all women have the right to express their desires. But I will look at women with influence—millionaire women who use their ‘sexiness’ to make money—and ask some questions,” she explained.
Rashida went on to say that what she did was not “slut-shaming,” but simply holding folks like Nicki and Kim “accountable.”
“There is a difference, a key one, between ‘shaming’ and ‘holding someone accountable.’ So back to the word wh*re. My hashtag was ‘stopactinglikewh*res.’ Key word, acting. Like I said, I’m not criticizing anyone’s real sex life; as George Michael tells us, ‘Sex is natural, sex is fun.’ But the poles, the pasties, the gyrating: This isn’t showing female sexuality; this is showing what it looks like when women sell sex. (Also, let’s be real. Every woman’s sexuality is different. Can all of us really be into stripper moves? The truth is, for every woman who loves the pole, there’s another who likes her feet rubbed. But in pop culture there’s just one way to be. And so much of it feels staged for men, not for our own pleasure.)”
“I understand that owning and expressing our sexuality is a huge step forward for women. But, in my opinion, we are at a point of oversaturation. It’s like when TV network censors evaluate a show’s content. Instead of doing a detailed report of dirty jokes or offensive words, they will simply say, ‘It’s a tonnage issue.’ One or two swear words might be fine; 10 is too many. Three sexual innuendos is OK; eight is overkill. When it comes to porn imagery and pop culture, we have a tonnage issue. Let’s at least try to discuss the larger implications of female sexuality on pop culture without shaming each other. There’s more than one way to be a good feminist.Personally, I loved the Lily Allen ‘Hard Out Here’ video — a controversial send-up of tits-and-a** culture. She helped start a conversation. Let’s continue it.”
Nicki Minaj serves a good bubblegum realness. She’s cute. She’s fun. She’s pastel pink, turquoise and lavender from head to toe. And while I like her bright and precision-focused contouring, I have a small issue with her: I dislike her pink lipstick and I equally dislike its influence as a valid makeup trend for women.
Not everyone has the confidence or Nicki’s impeccable grasp of color theory to wear the babydoll pink lip. Women see the look on Nicki and think, “I’m totally one of the Barbz. I can do this look.” Then when they rock it, they end up looking like scared, unsure versions of Christie, the friend who we all knew growing up was absolutely not the equivalent of Black Barbie.
It looks ashy. It often looks crusty. It looks like both of these things on EVERYONE. It makes me think a woman suffered a brief-yet-intense flashback into her five-year-old body and got unapologetically overzealous with the pink sidewalk chalk. Usually, I’m not one to have hard rules about a visual choice that easily washes away with soap and water, but I have to voice my deep disapproval of this frosty-lip business.
Because of the popularity of her makeup style, Nicki Minaj has people even more addicted to two things we already love: a bold shade of lipstick and MAC Cosmetics. Now we feel like we’ve got to spend $15 on a lipstick ensuring we’ve secured the perfect malty mauve shade of Pink Friday, and if there’s no dupe for the shade, we settle for Candy Yum-Yum.
Even my sister, a conservative accountant who dresses like Michelle Obama, has been affected by this trend. She now purchases Easter egg pink lipliners and blushes from her favorite beauty supply store. It’s gone far past being a fad for college girls and Nicki’s stans, and it has taken a role in the fashioning of the young professional crowd. Please let the madness stop!
It is possible to swoon over a signature look popularized by a celeb of the moment and not be influenced to recreate the exact same look for yourself on Saturday night (or, you know, Monday morning for some of us). Just because Nicki won’t give up on the pink lipstick doesn’t mean the rest of us should feel compelled to cruise the Wet n’ Wild display because we’ve been influenced by her famous cupcake-inspired cuteness. Now, if you feel pastel lipstick is your thing and Nicki Minaj stole the look from you, then by all means, continue to wear it out and own it. But for the rest of us, let’s stop acting like mindless followers, forgetting our own likes and dislikes when it comes to how we adorn our faces.
Most trends do trickle down from designers to rich socialites and celebrities and then down to those of us cruising the bargain bins for cheap makeup (remember that cerulean blue read Miranda gave Andy in The Devil Wears Prada movie?), so to some degree, we are inspired by something someone else wore before us. I get it and I understand. A woman should take a trend, if that’s what she chooses, and make it her own if it’s calling her name. But what is bothersome about strawberry milkshake tinted lipstick is that grown women are aspiring for this look before even thinking about whether or not it suits their personality, their aesthetic, their mood or their look as a whole.
Let this trend die. Just allow it to quietly fade into the shadows like tattoo-inspired chokers, shiny denim short sets, rhinestone-adorned bandanas, jeans with a 3” rise and other embarrassing trends some of us fell for. Take inspiration from Nicki Minaj, or anyone else, and have confidence. Own your look. Own it all. Just don’t own that pink lipstick, though.
“Why he get Nicki Minaj tatted on his ligament?” It was a question Nicki posed in her song, “I Feel Free,” but in an life imitating art moment, it’s one she’ll probably be asking her hype man/boo thang Scaff Beezy aka Safaree Samuels.
In a Vlog documenting the experience, SB explained why he felt compelled to get Nicki’s likeness tattooed on his arm.
A lot of people out there tattoo somebody that they don’t know. Why not tattoo somebody that I know, you know? *looks at left arm* The Bob Marley? I don’t know what I was thinking…I said yeah, let me get something for Jamaica.
The tattoo which is a beautiful piece of artwork took 8 hours to complete the first session but his arm got too swollen to continue. He had to come back later for another 4-5 hours to finish.
Even if they’re not dating, homeboy is in love.
Check out the video of the experience below and tell us what you think of the tat.
Looking for a unique gift to give the music lover on your Christmas shopping list? Nicki Minaj might have the solution. She has just debuted “Pink Pro” headphones just in time for holiday shopping.
In celebration of Pink Friday, Minaj has launched her own line of headphones for Beats By Dr. Dre, reports The YBF. The headphones go along with her successful Pink Pill speakers and urBeats in-ear buds, which she released previously. “The Nicki Minaj beatsbydre collection is now complete. Pink Pill Speakers, Pink Earbuds, Pink & White Pros #HappyPinkFriday,” said Minaj on Instagram.
In addition to Minaj’s new headphone, Beats by Dr. Dre has a few other new items. The Beats Studio debuts solid bass and noise cancellation–but it’ll cost you. This year’s update to their Studio over-ear headphones comes at a retail price of $299.95. Beats also has noise cancellation capabilities, reports USA Today. That could come in handy.
More consumer based than for actual studio use, the headphones not only look good, offer good sound, but according to USA Today, they don’t put too much pressure on your eardrums.
And speaking of those noise cancellation capabilities, have you seen the new Beats ad with NBA star Kevin Garnett? We can see why he’d want to keep the sound out. Actually makes you feel a little bad for the guy no?
Did Lauryn Hill really write “Miseducation”? Is anything about Rick Ross real? We all thought it was tacky when it was reported that Lil’ Kim stole her album art from Canadian makeup artist Samantha Ravndahl, but Kim isn’t the only artist out there with sticky fingers. Some of your favorite tracks, lyrics and even performances have supposedly been stolen from other folks.
Is it an accessory or a necessity? These 15 celebs prove that although they may wear weaves out in public, they actually have a head of beautiful hair underneath it all.
Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp
We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.
Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”