I’m growing to adore female rapper, Nicki Minaj! I used to not like her because all I’d see was fake, fake and more fake. I mean, let’s be real, that butt? That’s all I’m saying.
Moving on. I’d like to say that so much was revealed in the GQ interview, but I was quite disappointed. Nicki Minaj has reinvented herself, modified her image, is being featured in almost every top track, is building an empire, and all that was focused on was the real meaning behind the “Anaconda” video (there was no deeper meaning). What a waste of an interview.
We’ve lost another great one. Hollywood star, Elizabeth Peña, passed away on October 14, 2014. She’s said to have died of natural causes following a brief illness.
You may remember her from the classic movie, La Bamba, or from the back-in-the-day, hit sitcom, I Married Dora. More recently, Peña starred in the popular show, Modern Family. This is very sad and sudden news; condolences to her family and friends.
Was I the only one who didn’t know Ashlee Simpson (younger sister of Jessica Simpson) was married to Evan Ross (Diana Ross’ son…he also played T.I.’s younger brother in the movie ATL)? I was living under a rock, apparently! They tied the knot back in August and seem to be super happy, so congrats! Check out their social media love that I snooped out.
Lately, it seems as though rapper, Nicki Minaj, is reinventing her image to branch out across multiple demographics. We are used to seeing her glammed up to portray a modern-day Barbie, but in recent months she has successfully toned her image down to reflect a more natural beauty. Her change has lead to more opportunities outside of rapping.
Nicki is in the latest issue of L’Uomo Vogue, the male version of Vogue Italia. She was shot by the remarkable photographer, Francesco Carrozzini, who captured the rapper’s effortless modeling abilities. Take a look!
Yes, yes, yes! I admit it! I absolutely, without a doubt, unapologetically, stalk Kim Kardashian’s Instagram page. She has some hot fashion photos, as well as, shots of that gorgeous baby of her’s. I mean, yeah…oooook some hate her, but I think I’m starting to love to hate her and hate to love her at the same damn time. When is she not serving it?! All of the below photos (and above) were snatched from her Instagram (@kimkardashian)… now do you see why I don’t feel guilty?!
Yes, I’m indulging in Hollywood gossip! I can’t help myself, especially when it involves my fellow Philly native, Amber Rose.
As you all know, her and hubby, Wiz Khalifa, are officially getting a divorce (tear). Amber recently took to social media (Twitter) to dispel rumors that have begun swirling around Internet land. Some say she was unfaithful, but Amber Rose says otherwise:
I hope that both parties can move on amicably!
Every once in a while, I like to step away from the mainstream BS and get grounded. I will preface this post by saying, I don’t go to church every Sunday like I used to, so the spiritual simulation that I receive is something I have to really work for and desire enough to seek. With that said, I really spend a lot of my off days thinking, meditating, being by myself, writing, etc.
A thought came to me recently and I began wondering, why do I lend the world so much of myself? Think about it. You want to remain valuable at work so you do the best you can and put in extra hours, pick up other people’s slack, go above and beyond. You want to get in shape so you watch what you eat, go grocery shopping, diet. You want your partner to be happy so you take them on a date, buy them something nice, talk about things, cook a romantic dinner, sacrifice. Whatever it is that you do, think about all of the energy that you put out on a daily basis… what’s left for just you? How are you happy as an individual?
When a relationship or job suddenly ends, what’s the first thing that you think? All of the sacrifices I made, the time, the work… wasted. Sure, there are lessons, but the feeling of disappointment is prominent. I’m learning that if we (the people in this world) begin to take more time for ourselves, if we keep a little something within, if we don’t give everything to the world, we can avoid that feeling.
Personally, in giving so much, I tend to lose myself and I know some of you can relate. I often remind myself that it’s OK to not let everyone in, to not divulge my life, to not always be the one to sacrifice, to keep a little something just for me. Learning this balance has been a constant battle, but I will get there.
Everyone is happy to know that singer, August Alsina, is finally awake after being in a coma for 3 days. He posted the below photo on his Instagram page (@augustalsina) to let his fans know that he is recovering and to say, “thank you!” August collapsed during a performance on Monday and apparently suffered from seizures shortly after. Prayers and thoughts are with him and the Dreamworld hopes for a speedy recovery!
August’s message to fans:
This is a bit graphic but i wanted to share this w/ every follower of mine. iWoke up out of a 3 day coma… &This guy @banggang_moneyteam right here never once left my side. What I’m tryna say is cherish the ones in life who cherish you & take good care of yourself. Your life can be gone in a split second’. I’m recovering well and thankyou for all of your prayers & concerns. -Yung
By far, one of the hottest and sexiest couples, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling welcome their baby girl! The two were rumored to be expecting and it has finally been confirmed that, well, they were. Mendes and Gosling are not revealing any photos or the baby’s name just yet, but I’m sure she’s gorgeous, just like here mama! CONGRATS!
As an Eagles fan, this is a hard post to write, but it is my journalistic duty to cover the story regardless of my personal bias (tear). Eagles’ player, LeSean McCoy, is under fire for a recent incident that took place at a popular Philly restaurant, PYT, earlier this week. His normal nice guy demeanor must have been on a “BYE” because McCoy supposedly left a 20-cent tip for his server (oh snap!). Since then, social media has been lit up with every response, including a copy of his signed receipt. Now, as a bartender, I can relate to getting stiffed on a tip. However, it’s usually from a disgruntled guest, a cheap a$$ or maybe even someone who is just having a bad day. I could not imagine what my reaction would be if a MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR NFL PLAYER left me less than a $1.00 on a $60.00 tab.
As the world began to take notice, actor Charlie Sheen decided to chime in via Twitter and publicly pledge $1,000.00 to McCoy’s server. He tweeted:
McCoy didn’t feel much remorse for his actions and actually defended his choice by saying:
Just to be honest, I tip on my service, and there’s a difference between good service and bad service and just having a bad day…There’s a big difference with between being rude and just disrespectful. That’s how that works. Listen, anybody that knows me knows I’m not disrespectful. Any restaurant that I go around in Philadelphia, I tip very well. I’m very respectful. You check on that restaurant and everybody is talking bad about that place…You can’t just disrespect somebody and [expect] them to tip you. I don’t care who the person is. That’s why I left my card, so they could see my name. Simple as that.
As far as his reaction to Sheen leaving a thousand dollars for the server, he added, “That’s cool…I’m happy he’s finally doing something positive.”
The owner of PYT, Tommy Up, was the first to spread the word about this whole ordeal when he posted a pic of McCoy’s receipt on the restaurant’s public Facebook page. He also wrote a statement that read:
I would like to address the LeSean McCoy tipping situation and our role in it. For starters, I take total and complete responsibility for sharing this receipt. It was not our server’s decision, it was mine. I am to blame. I decided to take action after some serious thought. And while I’d like to apologize to Mr McCoy, I cannot in good conscience do so. I stand by my actions one hundred percent. Mr McCoy and his three companions came into my place on Monday afternoon, and immediately the whole staff was excited. Mr McCoy is a skilled athlete and is one of our beloved Philadelphia Eagles. A true Philly legend and a sports hero. Understandably my staff was really pumped, especially on the heels of they terrific win the day before. (Go Eagles!). Mr McCoy and his friend sat inside at a booth next to my management and next to me. They were given excellent service. Impeccable service. If anything, our server was a little nervous as was our food runner, because they are big, big fans. He and his group, from the moment they sat down, were verbally abusive to our staff in the most insulting ways. The derogatory statements about women and their sheer contempt for the staff serving them wasn’t the end, however. After Mr McCoy and his group left I looked over and saw their server, my friend, with his head bowed down and with a very confused look on his face. I took the receipt out of his hand and I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so callous. Mr McCoy had left a .03% tip for our staff. Our staff that was beyond excited to see him walk into our burger joint and was excited to serve him. That’s twenty cents on a tab of over $60. Twenty cents that our server has to split with the food runner and the bartender. Two dimes from an insulting multimillionaire. I bet Mr McCoy is usually an awesome dude. And everyone has their bad days. But I’m from Philly and have had the pleasure of meeting many of our bad ass sports heroes. Ron Jaworski I met as a kid and I love. Iverson I loved. Mike Schmidt! You name ‘em. I love all of our athletes past and present. Hometown heroes who treat those below them with some respect. And maybe Mr McCoy was having a “bad day” after his big victory all that, but the reports of him receiving “bad service” is a complete slanderous lie, and my crew here is better than that and deserves better than that. At the end of the day, I did what I felt my heart told me to do. And I don’t want anything from Mr McCoy, but…maybe an apology to his server who gave him excellent service would be cool. Again, I am the owner and I take full responsibility for my actions. Eagles fans, I feel ya. Id be pissed too. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do and stick up for his friends. Hate mail should be directed to email@example.com. I will respond to you right after I catch up on this mornings hate mail.