Rihanna’s Pour It Up video is everything I expected. The song itself is about a night in a strip club so why should the video be any less raunchy? Some may not like the overt sexiness and twerk moves but I dig it because it’s what I imagined the video being after hearing the song! It’s sexy and slutty at the same time! Watch it below. What do you think?Show
Twerking is America’s latest obsession. Damn near everyone in mainstream America is twerking or secretly at home trying to.
Miley Cyrus is said to have started the trend but the history of this dance dates way back to the 90′s. An article I read online explains my sentiments best.
The point is, twerking is nothing new. So why a dance that has existed for 20 years, mostly performed by strippers and dancers in unique circumstances, is suddenly fodder for mainstream news — and called “black” — because a well-known white entertainer attempts to do it publicly is perturbing — and telling.
Some people in the mainstream culture have a historically bad habit of discovering something that already exists — like say, “the Americas” — planting a metaphoric flag on it and declaring it found (as in Christopher Columbus’s “New World”), as if it was lost and had no relevance before they arrived to declare it so. Unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on how you look at it — discovering a dance long after its initial hey day doesn’t make it new, or suddenly “in.” It only makes the new discoverer seem late, out of touch, and officially uncool.
Twerking is not something that needs ethnographic explanation. Even if it did, PhDs considering, it should certainly not be carried out by this bunch.
Amen to that! Read the full article HERE. It’s only right that I write this the day after Columbus Day. The moral is even when we know the truth, it doesn’t stop us from celebrating a lie! Happy Columbus Day!
Here’s an ode to twerking. Not in any particular order but 20 twerk worthy songs I love to hate. They are some of the most ignorant/ratchet songs one can twerk to.
1) Ratchet Girl Anthem – Emmanuel & Philip Hudson
2) Gas Pedal – Sage The Gemini
3) Like Terio (Ohh Kill Em) – Delano Edwards
4) Type of Way – Rich Homie Quan
5) Bugatti – Ace Hood, Future
6) Feds Watching – 2 Chainz & Pharell
7) All Gold Everything – Trinidad James
8) No New Friends – Drake & DJ Khali
9) RIP – Young Jeezy
10) U.O.E.N.O – Rocko
11) Rich As Fuck – Lil Wayne
12) Crack – 2 Chainz
13) Boss Ass Bitch – PTAF
Watch video Here – http://youtu.be/N6ihCQZK-r0
14) Don’t Drop That Thun Thun – Finatticsz
15) Amen – Meek Mills
16) Booty Me Down – Kstylis
17) Jesus is my nigga – Fairplay
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18) Versace – Migo
19) Wop – J.Dash
20) Bag of Money – Rick Ross
Anyone read the NYT article yesterday “The Afro as a Natural Expression of Self”? It’s an amazing article which shows the contrast of Afro wearers in the 60′s and 70′s to those whom rock it today. Back then, the likes of Angela Davis and others wore it as a political statement. In a time when it was not socially acceptable, it confirmed their stance and displayed an image of trying to go against the grain. The hairstyle was largely connected with the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Nowadays, people decide to go natural for many reasons but based on the article, almost none of them coincide with the motivations of the styles origin some 50 years ago. The odd thing is although it is becoming more socially acceptable there is still backlash on those who choose to rock their natural manes.
I’ve had friends and family being told that they look “too ethnic” when wearing their natural hair to an interview. Oddly enough, individuals with the same hair texture who choose to chemically straighten their hair are more cynical than anyone else. I’ve read natural hair discussion boards of women being ridiculed by their family. Boyfriends breaking up with women when they go “nappy”. One of the most appalling instances I remember reading was of a teenage girl in high school being tease everyday about her natural hair. Students would taunt her “Did you lose your comb?”, “Is your hairstylist in jail?” “Why are you walking around with slave hair?” It got so bad she decided to just perm it to stop the harassment. After her relaxer, boys walked up to her and said “oh you actually are really pretty.” (major side eye)
It’s society that makes us feel uneasy about something that should not be a point of interest. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but when the beholder has been brainwashed by society’s view of what is gorgeous we react in ways that are out of the ordinary. For instance, S.W. from St. Louis posted this in the comments section of the article.
I have a new baby-fro and am struggling with it. I’m a professional, with an MBA and every weekday morning I wake up and wonder if if I should just cut my hair short because I MAY look unprofessional? It’s stressful to think that the way my hair grows naturally is a potential point of contention, or could be frowned upon by my peers.
I was in the office the other day chatting with our general counsel, who looked at my hair and said, I like your hair. I said thanks, then said “it’s shorter than yours”. He responded sorta bewildered with “that’s true”….My reaction was based out of fear that he was actually negatively judging my hair. So I had to somehow declare that if you deem my hair radical, then I must point out how much more radical your hair is because it’s at least twice as long as mine.
Basically, it feels incredibly unfair that people with hair like mine are relegated to one or maybe two hairstyles in order to be professional, while folks with straight hair can wear it up or down, or with a side spike, or the little tease in the front look, or 7 inches or 3 inches, and it just doesn’t matter. But my hair grows to maybe 3.5 inches long, and I get creeping negative feeling about it. Sucks.
He’s an educated African American male with a career but feels uneasy about how his hair grows out of his head. Why? His inner demons tell him that his natural hair is unacceptable and not professional. Even when negative comments aren’t thrown his way he still feels self conscious about his look. He is stressed over what other people MAY think. Similar to the high school girl mentioned above, his baby fro will probably be cut after receiving one derogatory comment. I can understand his uneasiness because his fear stems from trying to fit into a cultural ideal. And although the hardships of the past are not as relevant in today’s society it still affects our mental state.
The comment in the article which most reflects my views on natural hair “This is just how my hair grows out of my head. I’m not trying to make a statement. I’m just more comfortable being who I am.” is so profound. I decided to transition back to my natural locks because I experienced hair damage after many years of flat irons, hot combs, and chemical straightening methods. With the help of the natural hair community on Youtube, I’ve embraced and learned how to care for my unprocessed hair. Being a natural has increased my self-esteem, saved me money and inspired me to encourage others to embark on the journey of self discovery and self love.
The time and money spent to acquire beauty and acceptance by taming our hair is starting to become an option not a requirement. I’m not anti perms or weaves. My stance on natural hair is to love yourself in your natural state first before making alterations. One thing I hate is when people add salt to food without first tasting it. It’s the same with image. Hair does not make me more or less beautiful. It’s just hair. My main goal as a naturalista is to show that beauty comes in many forms. So maybe we are still making a statement whether we mean to or not.Show
So this song is perfect because it combines two artist that I think are amazingly talented, Jhene Aiko and Eric Bellinger.
Eric Bellinger feat. Jhene Aiko – Ex Again
I’m so in love with Jhene Aiko’s sound! Her tone is soothing and pure. I’ve had her EP Sailing Souls on rotation heavy since 2011. Now I’m excited to hear her new music “Sail Out” and “Souled Out”
Come on Jhene! I need this new music in my life! Check out one of my favs from Sailing Souls – Stranger
Jhene Aiko – Stranger
It’s Usher’s little brother and the talent runds in the family. He goes by Eric Bellinger! His mixtapes are soooo good. This is one of my favorite songs from him! To keep updated on his music follow him on Twitter @EricBellinger.
Eric Bellinger feat. Treasure Davis – What You Want
Who doesn’t love gossip and beef? Obviously we do because my twitter feed goes crazy when there is the slightest drama in the entertainment world. From Kendrick Lamar’s beef song to Nikki Minaj vs.Gucci and Now Rihanna vs. Teyana Taylor. Ugh I want to ignore but the drama is just so damn entertaining. I’m not going to go into all the details but the just is Teyana posted a video of herself singing a cover of Anita Baker’s Caught Up in The Rapture on Instagram. Check out the video here.
Today, Rihanna posted a video of her hair stylist in a long weave with a snapback singing the same snippet of Caught Up in The Rapture. It’s a indirect sub towards Teyana Taylor. No @ were posted with the video but check it out here and you can see for yourself. So ask yourself, is Rih just bullying Teyana Taylor and if so why?
Rih is Regina George in mean girls. You can’t sit with us type of ish. The beef is just some petty shit! I like both girls as artist (Rihanna wayyy more) but this has nothing to do with art. This is about what most chicks fight about the D, betrayal and feeling some type of way.
Rih is feeling some type of way.
Why I think Rih’s coming at Teyana Taylor.
1) She’s mad Teyana’s so close with Drake. Teyana might have put a bug in Drakes ear to leave Rih alone. Messing with Rih’s potential peen.
2) Teyana and Rih use to be cool but guess who else Teyana is close with…. Karreuche Tran. It’s “the friend of my enemy is my enemy” syndrome now. She hates Karreuche because she’s Chris’ other love. So when Teyanna gets cool with Karreche it means she is no longer cool with Rih.
Rihanna feels some type of way and is lashing out at her.
3) Because she feels like it! Maybe it’s a when boredom strikes moment. Who knows. It’s petty but ya’ll know how girls do! Don’t think these chicks are any better than anybody else. Money doesn’t buy common sense. So will the beef continue? Will it go from tweets to the streets?
Ughhh I hope not…..
Welllllll not really because if there was no shade then I couldn’t have the tea for you and twitter would not be so entertaining as it is. If the fight did go to the street I think Teyana would give it to Rihanna. Harlem world! She’s about that life! lol So let’s hope it doesn’t go there or we may be seeing other pics of Rihanna bruised and battered. Yikes!
Do you think I’m on point with my reasons for the cat fight? If not, why do you think these girls are at each others throat? Comment please!Show
Breaking Point by Keri Hilson
I love this song! Why I love it….
It’s no secret, women put up with so much crap from men. We tolerate too much. The reasons we do, vary from person to person but most of the time it’s the fear of regret that keeps us around. We don’t want to look back on a love lost feeling like we didn’t give all we could in the relationship. However, we have to realize our happiness is more important than anything. We must cut our losses and move on. Keri’s message in this song is perfect for the women out there who need a little encouragement. Yes we can love someone unconditionally but must still tell them that our love has a limit. Maybe you’re someone who needed to hear this today. Check out the video below.
My current obsession are these social st@tus accessories. I spotted this super hipster piece on a coworker and had to find out where to buy. She sent me to http://survivalofthehippest.com/ . For about $50 + you can create your own hashtag or @ necklace/bracelet in silver or gold. It’s your world, you can custom as you like. Even add diamonds!
The trend of layering necklaces is really cool. There are no more rules. Layer gold and silver, a bunch of delicate necklaces or two statement pieces. Beauty guru, Michelle Phan wrote a great “How to” on layering necklaces HERE.
So visit survival of the hippest for yours. I ordered mine! I can’t wait to get it! It’s sure to be a conversation starter. Maybe I’ll gain more followers too! lol
Would you rock this or buy as a gift for the social media addict in your life?