*Remember the Michele Ndegeocello song, “You Made A Fool of Me?” It would be a safe bet to assume that one reality show contestant is singing those words right now.
Poor girl actually believed the producers of the TV reality show, ‘Dating Naked’ when they said they would not show her private parts during a mud wrestling scene with her male companion.
You often wonder what the motivation behind some of the stuff people choose to participate in on these TV reality shows is…besides money, but after all is said and done, even that can cause some sleepless nights if what you did to get it is questionable.
*To be able to celebrate your blackness out loud, without feeling the need to conform, justify, downplay or apologize, is a beautiful thing. And contestants in the Miss Black USA Pageant fully embody that spirit.
“Any time you are considered a subculture, it’s important to have your own reward system. If you try to assimilate, you will always be looking for validation from the majority group. That can do damage to your psyche,” says Karen Arrington, who founded the Miss Black USA Pageant. “Miss Black USA contestants celebrate their own unique traits and differences…don’t have to conform to European standards. They define their own standards of beauty, which come in various shades and sizes.” Continue reading →
*The picture alone says a lot about what award-winning actress Halle Berry hopes to achieve with her latest fragrance, “Wild Essence Halle Berry.” With this fragrance the Oscar winner aims to “capture the sensual essence of a women in nature,” and with the help of a sheer, black mesh dress against a jungle backdrop, no less, Berry makes it actually look possible. Continue reading →
*As if trying to keep her head up as she grieves for the dad she adored was not enough, Zelda Williams – daughter of late actor, Robin Williams, has vowed to get off of Twitter and Instagram “possibly forever” after trolls sent her fake images they claim is the body of her dead father. Continue reading →
*Award-winning television/radio host and best-selling author Steve Harvey, hosted one of the hottest nights of entertainment at the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards on August 9th, bringing the 12th year of the awards show to Atlanta for the first time, before a packed crowd at Philips Arena.
Honoring businesses and community leaders, educators and more from across the nation, Harvey presented one of the biggest lineups of award-winning entertainment for the show, with performances from Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, Tamela Mann, India.Arie, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, joined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Sherri Shepherd, Shemar Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keke Palmer, Erica Campbell, Kirk Franklin, Holly Robinson Peete, and more, taking the stage to present the 12 Neighborhood Awards categories. Continue reading →
*Those of us old enough to remember first “met” the actor and comedian, Robin Williams as the alien “Mork” on the ABC television series, “Mork & Mindy” (circa 1978-1982). But is was through his incredible work and charitable commitments over the decades, that he became much more – like a beloved friend, portraying some of the most hilarious, memorable and endearing roles – such as the comedy classic, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the over the top DJ in “Good Morning, Vietnam,” and “Jumanji.” According to a police report, Williams, 63, was found dead this morning in his Bay Area, Tiburon, home from an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. Continue reading →
*Researchers release a new report that revisits an age-old concern about how black women are being portrayed in music videos. Clearly, these so-called works of art are engulfed in overtones of racism and sexism, researchers say, according to the International Business Times.
The report, Pornographic Performances, was released in Britain by End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object, and condemns the portrayal of women in pop videos as hypersexualized and “endlessly sexually available” objects. Continue reading →