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Celebrities put their names on just about anything and makeup lines are no exception. From “Basketball Wives” to supermodels and singers — everyone is getting in on the beauty business with their own brand of cosmetics. Here are 15 celebrity makeup lines we’d consider to beat our face.
Vidalux Cosmetics by Evelyn Lozada features different lip glosses, lipsticks, bronzers, eye shadows, liners, blushes and more. The line is fun and colorful and Evelyn’s beautiful daughter Shaunice serves as the spokesmodel for the website.
Kanye West is slowly becoming the Pistachio Disguisey of the hip-hop community.
You might think I’m referring to West’s latest rant – the one where he was admittedly loose off that goose and making convoluted and almost irrational statements about Pusha T’s contribution to the the fashion community. More specifically,
“All these ni**as trying to extend their muthaf**king T-shirts, trying to throw numbers on the back of their sh-t….this muthaf**king Pusha T. For ni**as with a T-shirt line that has numbers at the back of their sh-t, f**k you.”
That’s right, all you biting-behind football players, soccer players, little leaguers, referees, cattle ranch cows, inmates, graduating-class-of-whatever-year folks –you have been warned to pay up for your bootlegging or risk a pissy-drunk West showing up to your middle school graduation, ready to snatch all the numbers off your backs.
Seriously, what a horrible lush. While he really should learn to hold his liquor better, this latest West outburst is not what I’m referring too. Rather, I’m speaking about his code-switching.
As nonsensical and out-there-past-yonder he has been lately, it pales in comparison to the tone in which he tends to say those crazy thoughts, particularly how that tone appears to change depending upon the recipient. For example, see his appearance on Kris Jenner’s short-lived talk show, where it was noted widely that Mr. West sounded a little airy and more European than usual. As stated by the website Awesomely Luvvie:
“This is WEIRD as hell. Am I tripping? I mean, what he’s saying about loving Kim is cute and stuff but THIS VOICE! What is that? This ain’t the Kanye we’ve known in ANY way. He is so different and it’s odd. The voice coming from his mouth ain’t what it used to be. What happened?? Don’t believe me, just watch his speech from 2008 Grammy Awards and tell me that man on Kris Jenner’s show sounds the same.”
Let’s be clear here: it is common for folks of the same environmental space to adopt certain linguistic rhythms and intonation patterns. In fact, there is a great deal of scholarship and research done into the different ways in which black folks and white folks interpret the English vernacular. What folks have to accept is that there is nothing wrong with those differences in speech. And sounding like a black person, including the penchant for Ebonic and cultural slang, does not make one less intelligent no more than sounding white makes one less black.
It’s hard to figure out why West, who seems most vocal about just about everything that seems to bother him nowadays, would feel the need to speak in such a contradictory manner. Usually this kind of grammatical correctness is reserved for us mere mortals in need of steady paychecks and benefits. And then I remember the tough few years image-wise West has had. All of those years find their roots in the Taylor Swift incident, which has landed him squarely on the list of the five most hated men on the planet – right behind Osama Bin Laden and right before The Devil. Since then, he has been ridiculed by the press; he has been chased and goaded into fights by paparazzi; and he’s basically been ripped to shreds by just about everyone – including the President of the United States. West has certainly done stuff to contribute to his treatment, however, the pressure and constant ribbing in the press could explain why he feels the need to communicate differently.
A while back, I caught this interview with Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champion of the world, who spoke very candidly about the need to tone himself down, in order to make himself appear less threatening to the mainstream, which is largely accustomed to viewing him through his controversy. When I saw West sitting on the oversized couch, across from his child’s grandmother, explaining to a sea of white faces how he is misunderstood – even going as far as to denounce himself as a “crazy drunk black guy in a leather shirt” - I wondered how much of this new speech was meant to make himself appear, just like Tyson, as less threatening? It’s sad to think, but it is still very much true that even a black man revered for his artistry by folks of various cultural and racial backgrounds and is at the height of what is success here in America, might have to capitulate – even if it is just vocally – just to be taken seriously.
Of course, there is always the possibility that black-sounding West might have been an act all along. Yeah, I know. That sort of linguistic caper would require a huge conspiracy involving years of planning. However, West is a product of two highly educated and middle class black professionals. Not to mention that validation is important in hip-hop. And there are some rappers, whose entire personas are borrowed; even going as far as to shoot themselves for a “rep.” So it is possible for a rapper to be compelled to fake black speech, particularly black street vernacular, in order to be taken seriously by his peers as well as the general public. Would it have been possible for hip-hop to embrace a more nasally and European sounding West? If Drake and his frequent trips in and out of black speech are any indicator, the answer is pretty much a no. It’s ironic that the language used to colonize and castigate a people could now serve as their litmus test pronouncing “authentic” black identity.
Twerking isn’t just a dance. It’s a cultural phenomena. Somehow in the last several months the stylized butt wiggling and gyrating known as twerking has moved from the dance club to being a favorite among some of Hollywood’s biggest names. But all is not well in the twerk-erverse. While we applaud the effort some celebrities have shown to tap into their inner dance machine, there’s a few that we simply have to call out. Their heart was in the right place, but when it comes down to it, these 14 celebs should just leave the twerking alone.
Many feel all great artists get their inspiration from other great artists but there’s a thin line between using someone’s song as a muse and outright ripping them off. These 15 musicians have been accused of stealing another artist’s music.
R&B singer Alicia Keys took a break from making music to start a family. Returning to the scene with a brand new image and a new album, the New York native lit up the charts with her single “Girl On Fire.” Too bad the song that helped re-launched her career would lead her right into a courtroom. Songwriter Eric Shurman has accused the “Foolish” singer of using his 1962 song “Hey There Lonely Girl” that was used by Eddie Harmon for her hit song. Last December Shuman filed a lawsuit against Keys, who is now a girl getting sued.
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Anybody who’s ever run into an ex unexpectedly knows how awkward the whole thing can be. Whether it’s at a wedding, a club, a family event or just at the supermarket, seeing a former flame always seems to involve increased heart rates, sunken stomach feelings and fake pleasantries. And with celebs it’s surely no different. Although they typically hire schedulers and publicists to ensure that they never have to face or even discuss an ex, some situations are just unavoidable – like these 15 awkward, celebrity ex encounters.
When Drake Accepted The BET Award For “What’s My Name”
Possibly the most awkward BET Awards moment ever – and you know there have been plenty – was when the winner for the Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award was first announced as Chris Brown – then as Rihanna – and then as Drake, who appeared onstage to accept the award. Clearly there was no best way to handle this situation, but Drizzy’s simple comment of “Well, that was awkward” probably summed it up most accurately.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Sharon Osbourne, who left hosting the terrible America’s Got Talent and will return to the judge’s table on the UK’s X Factor (and will continue on as a host on The Talk), was asked what she thought of the some of the biggest names in music out right now. Because she is her husband’s manager (Ozzy Osbourne if you’ve been living under a rock), takes new acts under her wing, and has like 15 jobs, she has become some kind of an authority on musical talent to mainstream folks. While she lauded Taylor Swift, calling her “brilliant” (“She is a great role model for young people, and she’s got a brilliant business mind on her”) and even says that she idolizes Justin Timberlake (“We say he’s the best all-arounder. He’s funny, he can sing, he can write, he can produce, he can act”), she finds Justin Bieber “cute,” she says that she feels sorry for him and his attempts to act out. But what does she have to say about Kanye when his name was mentioned? She doesn’t feel sorry for him, and she finds him far from brilliant, instead saying that she thinks that his talent and looks are just average:
“I have no time for him. He bores me. I said it on the show, he’s an average-looking man with an average talent, but he’s a great salesman. He should sell cars because they would f**kin’ fly out the door. He’s his No. 1 fan.”
While I’m sure we can all agree that he definitely is his own number one fan and cheerleader, I would say that his talent is bit more than average (just see the list of songs he produced that you might not have known about), but alas, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, right?
What is yours?
What can we say? She’s a beast. Despite naysayers who counted Oprah out after her network OWN got off to a rather slow start in 2012, the media mogul is still the hottest thing around according to Forbes because she just topped their annual list of the 100 Most Powerful celebrities.
How’d she do it? Well for starters, between June 2012 and June 2013, Oprah made an estimated $77 million. And even though that’s down $88 million from last year, that’s still a heck of a lot of money. But Oprah wasn’t even the highest earner on the list, it was her high rankings in metrics like press mentions and social networking power that earned her the top spot this go ’round. And she’s in good company. Six of the top 10 positions on Forbes’ most powerful list are held by women:
2. Lady Gaga (ranks number two in press mentions)
9. Taylor Swift
10. Ellen Degeneres
Wonder where Rihanna is? Despite being number one in press mentions and having an insanely strong social media presence (thanks to the Rihanna Navy) and quite a number of endorsements, she was just shy of cracking the top 10, landing at number 13 on the list.
Check out the full top 100 here. What do you think?
What were these celebrities thinking when they made these silly comments? Did they really think the other person would laugh it off or not react. We’re sure they will think twice before they open their big mouths again or do something else outrageous.
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Some celebrities just tower over the rest. Standing at 5 feet and 11 inches or more, these 15 women command attention whenever they walk into a room.
Model turned mogul Kimora Lee Simmons put her stature to good use. Standing at an even six feet, Simmons got her start in modeling early on. By the time she was ten years old, Simmons was 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Her mother enrolled her into modeling classes at the age of 11 and soon after Simmons found herself in Paris. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Simmons was picked on because of her ethnicity and height. The 37-year-old mother of three credits modeling with giving her the confidence that she has now: “[Modeling] was a real turning point for me because everything that people considered weird about me before, well, suddenly Karl Lagerfeld said it was OK. He’s one of the biggest names in fashion, so all of a sudden it gave me a validity and introduced me to a whole other world.”
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There have been many artists that have crossed over to different music genres for a variety of reasons, but these 15 and their circumstances are among the most interesting. Click on to find out who made the list and why.
From Rap to Reggae
Last month, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dog) released his reggae crossover album titled Reincarnation, which debuted at number 16 on the Billboard charts – miles away from the number 1 spots earned by game changing albums like Doggystyle and Tha Doggfather. But though Reincarnation underperformed – or over performed, depending on who you ask – Snoop has made it very clear that he’s committed to his new sound.
You’ll remember Snoop Lion adopted the moniker after converting to the Rastafari movement and undergoing a mental, spiritual and musical transformation in Jamaica. Alongside the album, he also released a documentary by the same name that captured his journey of renewal.