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The truth is in the pudding. Cultural appropriation has been somewhat of an unfortunate thing for a while, but cultural MISappropriation has ascended to new heights in 2013. Cough… cough… Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, yeah you two be doing the most. And that’s why I think the lines that separate white artists identifying with culturally-significant genres of music and white artists appropriating and misappropriating black culture are blurred – while black and other artists of color are not getting the same love as white artists within the same genres.
Let’s start off by saying cultural appropriation and assimilation into another group’s culture is not necessarily the worst thing and is blurred with cultural MISappropriation — a clear disrespect to that culture, but it’s surely complex. There are many white artists that identify with musical genres and influences that have typically been culturally significant to black folks: Eminem, Adele and Justin Timberlake to name a few from modern day who have garnered much respect from black, mainstream and cross-cultural audiences. And in these modern times, music doesn’t have a color, which it shouldn’t! Therefore, there’s going to be some cultural appropriation, but now it’s gotten out of hand.
But before cultural appropriation became today’s issue, R&B was the most popular genre of music in the ’90′s. This is because of the many black fore-artists who fought for their civil rights by appealing to both black and mainstream audiences and making their music so distinctive that white artists could not copy it and change the record cover. Hence, they paved the way for so many black artists to easily crossover in modern-day music. This has shown our progression as mankind (specifically American music) — artists being able to crossover into popular music from Latin pop, to country and hip-hop/R&B artists.
Many white artists identify with black musical influences and even vice versa. You’ll notice music competition shows and social media platforms showcase contestants and aspiring music artists who 20 or 30 years ago wouldn’t be expected to have such soulful voices because they’re white. Black culturally-significant music hasn’t only broken down barriers, but has transcended into touching the masses. And this goes to show music is not simply about color or even culture, but is art of expression moving and unifying people who can identify with the emotions, lyrics, rhythm and voices behind songs and instruments.
But in the 2010s, music moved into a dance-pop sound, when crossover Urban music artists like Usher and Rihanna shifted into a David Guetta-like dance sound. That’s what popular now. R&B as a genre is no longer the most or even one of the most popular crossover musical genres anymore. There are clearly R&B influences in today’s music but it seems like the most popular crossover artists are now white instead of artists of color — specifically black artists.
In particular, I’m happy for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ success. They’ve worked hard and accomplished a lot with their own productions (without a label). But the American Music Awards winning list was dominated by white artists across genres with the exception of pop superstar Rihanna. And the Grammy’s nominations left off many talented black artists. It seems like the uphill battle black artists have gone through over the cross of music’s history is nowhere near done. White artists still outsell and garner more praise. Not only are these white artists talented, which most white artists who identify with R&B/soul and hip-hop music have to be in order to be taken seriously, but their mainstream-appealing skin color still works in their favor.
Eminem is an example of raw talent, perseverance and hard work — yet he has that mainstream appeal I was just talking about, which causes a complexity with cultural appropriation. Yes, he’s one of the greatest rappers of all time; he’s also the best-selling rapper of all time, and you know what he deserves his “Rap God” status. As lyrically and musically talented as he is, he once had to fight for respect as a white-male rapper. Hence, his true-life story inspired his starring movie role in 8 Mile. But how can one question his status of being the best selling rapper of all time without discrediting his talent and even his worthiness of his status? The truth of the matter he is deserving of his iconic success, but young white males identify with him and as huge consumers of hip-hop and rap music, they also make up a significant portion of mainstream American culture and society.
Within who’s left as popular soul-influenced artists, it’s clear some of Adele’s musical influences are black female artists who paved the way not only for Beyonce and Rihanna to be mainstream popular artists today, but for women in general. Hence, totally justifying why Adele relates to making soulful torch and love songs, and to artists like Aretha Franklin who existed within these sub-genres. But with the shift to somewhat R&B influenced dance-pop music of today, I wonder if Jennifer Hudson had written and sung “Rolling in the Deep” would it be as big of a hit? Adele is a pop-soul artist, but Hudson is equally as talented and a respected artist and award-winning musical actress with a soulful Whitney Houston-influenced voice. But Hudson is nowhere near selling as many albums or singles as Adele.
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.
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.”
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.
While nearly every other day celebrity couples are calling it quits, the spouses on this list have lived together happily for years outside of the limelight — so much so that we almost forgot they’ve earned a place among Hollywood’s rare assortment of successful celebrity couples.
Shanice and Flex Alexander
Singer Shanice scored a hit with the song “I Love Your Smile” in the early 90’s. Although her career never quite took off, Shanice quickly settled into married life. It turns out comedian and actor Flex Alexander liked her smile, so much so, he made Shanice his wife on Valentine’s Day in 2000. The happy couple has two children together. Most recently, Alexander made a guest appearance on Vh1’s “Single Ladies” in 2012.
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Robin Thicke Says Dad Had A Parade Of Women: ‘He Had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic—Every Week’
Robin Thicke is no stranger to Hollywood. Having been raised by his big time actor father, Alan Thicke, Robin was exposed to the “fast life” at a pretty early age. During a recent interview with Elle Magazine, while discussing what it was like being raised by his then-single father, Robin revealed that he frequently witnessed his father parading different women in and out of the house.
“My dad was single my whole pubescent period. [Laughs] He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic—every week. I was like, Dang, Pops. He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it,” Robin said.
He went on to say that the first nude women he ever laid eyes on happened to be one of his father’s companions.
“The first time I saw a nude woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, Who is this girl in my shower?”
Of course his dad’s busy acting career caused him to be away from home often, which is when Robin admits he and his friends cut loose.
“I had lots of weekends alone in a huge house with a tennis court, so I’d invite my buddies over. It’d be video games, basketball, chicks, and swimming. I was like a college kid when I was 14.”
Robin also says that his father—who has quite the reputation as a ladies’ man—was always quick to offer lessons about how he should handle his affairs with the opposite sex.
“He was always very intuitive. And very smooth. He didn’t really tell me what to do. He told me what not to do, which is actually more important,” the “Blurred Lines” singer reminisced.
“We were on vacation and some pretty girl walked by. I started ogling her like a 12-year-old boy, and he said, “I know she’s pretty, but you stared at her and followed her across the room. What if there’s a prettier girl sitting two tables away? Now she’s not going to feel special. She’ll say, ‘You look at all the girls like that.’ You’ve gotta play it cool so you don’t look like you’re desperate,” he continued.
With that sort of upbringing, many would’ve predicted that Robin would’ve grown up to be the ultimate bachelor, but he’s actually been with now-wife, Paula Patton, since he was 14 years old. When asked if he believes his parents’ divorce contributed to his decision to settle down early, Robin replied:
“I’m sure when your parents get divorced when you’re seven, maybe as a kid I thought, I’m going to take care of my wife. I’ll be a great husband. But the real reason is because of the person that I met. We’re pretty sure we’ve loved each other for a few lives.”
Back in August we told you that Robin Thicke filed a preemptive lawsuit against the family of late singer Marvin Gaye. The suit came after the family made claims that Robin’s summer hit “Blurred Lines” was an unauthorized derivative of Marvin’s “Got To Give It Up.” Robin vehemently denied their claims, but now, it looks like he may have some more explaining to do.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvin’s family is accusing Robin of copying two more songs from one Marvin’s catalog. The new songs in question are Robin’s “Love After War” track, which they claim was stolen from Marvin’s “After The Dance” and Robin’s “Make U Love Me,” which is being compared to Marvin’s “I Want You.” The counterclaim, which was filed by Frankie and Nona Gaye earlier today, also mentions the song’s publisher, EMI, which is now owned by Sony/ATV. Interestingly, the company has relationships with both parties. The family believes that EMI has breached their contract with the Gayes and failed uphold their fiduciary duties in protecting Marvin’s songs. The countersuit also claims that EMI failed to remain neutral amidst the feud and even tried to intimidate the family from taking legal action against Robin.
As a result of all of the aforementioned offenses, the Gaye family is asking that EMI forfeit all profits from “Blurred Lines” and relinquish their rights to administer Marvin’s song catalog.
“Not only did EMI fail to bring this action, which is necessary to carry out EMI’s duties to protect the Gaye Family’s copyrights. MI attempted to dissuade the Gaye Family from pursuing this action by repeated threats and tactics to intimidate the Gaye Family and its representatives,” reads the countersuit.
“The EMI Defendants control approximately thirty percent (30%) of the music publishing market throughout the world,” the suit continues”
“Accordingly, there is a strong likelihood that conflicts of interest, such as the one in the present case, will arise again between the EMI Defendants and the Gaye Family. Based upon the blatant and egregious breach of the EMI Defendants’ fiduciary duty and their covenant of good faith and fair dealing, the EMI Defendants have proven that they cannot be trusted to remain neutral and impartial, and that they are unworthy of the level of trust and professional conduct which is required of a copyright administrator charged with protecting the Gaye Family’s important interests in copyrighted works created by Marvin Gaye. The Gaye Family should not be compelled to remain in this contractual relationship.”
This is getting pretty messy. The songs in question do sound a bit similar to Marvin’s songs, but as with “Blurred Lines,” it’s a pretty tough call.
Listen to Robin’s “Love After War” below. Turn the page for Marvin’s “After The Dance” on the next page.
You remember when Robin Thicke had long greasy hair and was in his music videos riding around New York City on bicycles looking broke than a joke, and a little bit like Jesus? He was amazing…
Some of you might not remember that throwback, but the crooner has been working at this R&B game for many years. It was hard to take him seriously then, but his voice couldn’t be denied. I bought Thicke’s first album, A Beautiful World, and I appreciated his sound. When he came back around in 2006 with the Evolution of Robin Thicke, he was better than ever, and he did the right thing and got a haircut. The songs were back-to-back winners and he was finally getting some of the attention that he had been seeking for some time for tracks like “Lost Without You” and “Can U Believe.” And don’t even get me started on Sex Therapy, the title track and the song “Mrs. S*xy” were everything to me. He might not have had the mainstream success that other blue-eyed soul singing folks were garnering, but in the black community, we had love for him…and his slick-backed pompadour.
But ever since he did “Blurred Lines,” everything has changed for him. I’ve heard his name more in the past year than I had all the other years combined, and that song has been in Lord knows how many commercials for products and movies. Thicke has finally reached the level of success he’s been working for, and while I want to be as happy for him as he probably is for himself, I’m not really happy for the changes that have come with all this success.
While I don’t mind the questions he gets from media about how he maintains his relationship with Paula Patton, I don’t need them to be in the media talking about how big his junk is. I don’t think it’s cute that he’s out here groping random chicks in the club because he can now and then decides to explain it away with “Let’s just say, everybody had a good time that night.” I don’t want his father talking to the media about why Robin and Paula should adopt Ethiopian kids to take their “power couple” fame to the Brad and Angelina level. I don’t want to think of the man I used to jam with singing “Wanna Love You Girl” getting twerked on by a bony 20-year-old having an early life crisis while he stands there in a Beetlejuice get-up. I don’t want his music being caught up in rape controversies. I don’t want him to have to sue Marvin Gaye’s family, someone that he’s called his “idol.” I want to go back to having him all for myself. And the fact that the album you drop after your biggest hit ever is artistically lacking due to party songs and creepy come-ons doesn’t help things. Why not show these mainstream EDM dancing folks what we’ve loved about you all along? Why try to switch up your sound now that you’ve received their attention?
I get it. The bigger you get, the more that things about your life have to change. Thicke has even stated that when speaking to Oprah on how the couple has had to change their lifestyle for all the new attention they’re gaining: “We’ve had some fun and wild parties during our illustrious marriage [laughs], and now we realize, you know, you can’t even come into the after party without a confidentiality agreement now.” But it’s just kind of sad when it happens to artists you know have too much talent to be out here behaving like all these folks who don’t and need the attention. Not only is the music morphing, but the couple we once used to “awwww” over because of their love has now reduced a few people like me to deep sighs and side-eyes with all the oversharing they’ve been doing in recent interviews.
It’s kind of crazy to think about someone who deserves all the fame and success that Thicke has at this moment and feeling like he needs to go back to being a hidden talent. Once you have a top 10 hit, it’s like the world all of a sudden needs to know everything about your past, your present, your sex life, your thoughts on twerking and other things that really don’t matter. Truth is, there has always been something so unique about Thicke’s voice, his songs and his output into music that I don’t want him to become another overexposed POP singer. That’s what everybody’s doing right now, and Robin, you’re not like everybody. Congratulations on the fame, but I would be lying if I acted like I didn’t want that old thing back…
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are a pretty interesting couple. Just this week during an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, the “Blurred Lines” singer confessed that he and Paula get so wild at parties, they make folks sign confidentiality agreements.
“We’ve had some fun and wild parties during our illustrious marriage and now we realize, you know, you can’t even come into the after party without a confidentiality agreement now,” Robin said.
If you recall, in Robin’s “Blurred Lines” video, there’s a balloon message that reads:
“Robin Thicke has a big d***.”
When asked about that scene from the uncut music video, Paula told Glamour Magazine that she found it to be pretty amusing.
“It’s cool, it’s funny, it’s awesome!”
When questioned about the accuracy of the statement, Paula says it’s pretty spot on.
“Robin’s like, ‘Listen, if I’m, you know, in the Miami Heat’s locker room, I don’t know where I stand, but…’ But I think that the statement is fairly accurate!”
Paula also blamed Robin for turning her into a “bad girl.”
“He ruined me! Gosh, I hope I’m still a good girl and a bad girl at the same time. And I think that every girl should know the bad girl inside her—and that doesn’t make her bad, you know.”
Cheers to letting it all hang out… I guess.
A few months back a photo of very married R&B crooner Robin Thicke feeling up on a woman—who was not his wife—hit the web. In no time, the woman in the photograph came forward, accusing the “Blurred Lines” singer of trying to sleep with her while his wife, Paula Patton, was only a few feet away. With the exception of an issued statement from Paula’s publicist, the Thicke’s haven’t done much to address the scandal. Robin recently sat down with media maven Oprah Winfrey for an episode of Next Chapter and guess what? He finally addressed the photo and story behind it… well, sort of.
“There was some trick photography involved there,” he joked. “Let’s just say it’s 3:30 in the morning. It was a joke that got filmed,” he continued.
While nosy folks like us would love to know exactly what that joke was, Robin didn’t bother sharing. Instead, he expressed how hard it is to deal with things of that nature when you’re in a celebrity marriage.
“It’s never easy once it’s in the press. I think that’s what you have to deal with in the celebrity-type marriage. Let’s just say everyone had a good time that night,” he finally said.
He went on to say that he and Paula have had some pretty wild nights together, but due to their celebrity status, they’ve had to slow down a bit.
“We’ve had some fun and wild parties during our illustrious marriage and now we realize, you know, you can’t even come into the after party without a confidentiality agreement now.”
“I sure hope [we can settle out of court]. You know how weird it is to be in battle with my idol?” he asked.