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Beyoncé Speaks on Owning Her Sexuality in “Out”!

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There is no beating around the bush when discussing Beyoncé’s highly sexual lyrics and videos (i.e., Partition) and she has no problem explaining why she doesn’t care what the critics say.  If we thought that she was on a feminist trip, we were right!

Beyoncé tells Out, “There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists.  Men are free and women are not.”

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Many find it hard to accept this newfound female power since much of her career started with open expressions of faith, religion and her love for the Lord.  Is she crossing a boundary or is she simply showing the world that you can be who you want to be?

Beyoncé goes on to explain, “There is unbelievable power in ownership and women should own their sexuality.”

She also explains her support for the LGBT community:

I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority.

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People may not like her new platform, but she’s showing everyone that anyone can have a voice and a chance to make a difference.  Her plan seems to be working because her latest album has certainly created the type of buzz she needs to get her message of equality and sexual power out to a nation.

The latest issue of Out will be on stands within the next month.

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Singers Can Be Models Too and Ciara Proves That in GQ!

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There’s nothing more breathtaking than beautiful people captured in time via an amazing photograph.  Let’s just say, Ciara’s latest photo shoot for GQ Magazine is HOT, HOT, HOT!  Shot by the Gomillion and Leupold photography team, justice was once again given to Ciara’s picture-perfect sculpture.  Check out her latest photos:

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*Video* Rihanna “What Now”

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Rihanna certainly stretches the boundaries in her latest video, What Now.  As she grows musically and artistically, her work is becoming more abstract, which I think is actually nice to see.  It’s certainly a fresh of breath air and a break from one dimensional videos that are making the cut these days.  Kudos to Rihanna!  Check out the video and enjoy!

Did You Watch VH1′s TLC Movie?

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If you were like me last night, then you tuned in to the much anticipated TLC Movie that aired on VH1.  Let me dive right in!  I LOVED IT! Of course, there were cheesy, sub-par acting moments, but overall it was a success and mainly because of the awesome casting choices.  Surprisingly, Lil’ Mama was the best look-alike in her role as Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes and Keke Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas was a close second, with Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins coming in third.

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Growing up on the female power group, TLC, I had chills for the majority of the movie while I sang along to classics such as, “What About Your Friends” and “Creep.”  There are no words that can truly describe how influential they were, not only in the Pop industry, but to young girls everywhere.  They educated a whole generation about safe sex and being confident, while sexy.  The toughest part was watching everything that they went through behind the scenes and knowing their reactions to tragedies that stuck them.  After watching an entire movie of actresses portraying one of my favorite female groups, it brought tears to my eyes to see clips of the actual trio at the end.  Kudos to VH1 for shedding light on what I believe is the real depiction of what happened during their rise to fame.  To throw you back, here is the actual What About Your Friends video, as well as the trailer for VH1′s TLC movie.

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*Video* Drake Sets the Record Straight in His Interview With Q!

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*Video* Rihanna “Pour It Up”

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Does the “Business” Pimp Out Young Talents? Sinèad O’Connor Pens a Letter to Miley Cyrus!

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Why is it that we see young stars in the industry practically self destruct?  Let’s face it, Disney stars turn into NC-17 rated porn stars in their videos and it only seems to be noted as a problem once they are in rehab.  We have Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and now Miley Cyrus.  We also see male pop stars like Justin Bieber struggle with transforming into adulthood.  It’s kind of scary to know that the industry life can take hold of a child’s innocence and release them as far too daring kids that have grown up too fast.

I will say, I actually like Miley Cyrus.  I don’t think she has fallen off of the deep end yet…in fact, she seems to be somewhat of a marketing genius.  During her MTV VMA performance with singer Robin Thicke, she was mentioned in Tweets at one of the fastest rates in VMA history, with 300,000 tweets per minute.  By the end of the first airing, the VMA’s had over 4.5 million Twitter mentions.  She has one of the hottest singles out now, Wrecking Ball, and you have to admit, she’s gorgeous.  With all of that said, some veterans in the business see a young girl going down the wrong path with her “Twerking for Tweets” mentality and her naked body on an actual wrecking ball.  Singer Sinèad O’Connor writes an open letter to the young Cyrus star.  She states:

I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos…It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.  The music business doesn’t give a sh*t about you, or any of us…They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted… and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.  The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age, which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age. As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image… whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady,” she wrote. “Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now.. Not because you got naked but because you make great records.

What do you think?  Is Miley headed down the wrong path or is she building an empire?  While you try and figure that out, check out her video Wrecking Ball that has everyone up in arms.

*Video* Kanye West Gives Powerful 4 Part Interview to BBC

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Source: ThatGrapeJuice.net

300th Post: Summer Re-Cap

With the cold weather moving in far too early, I guess it’s a good time to wrap-up my summer and show you all some of the fun that I’ve been having.  I say it all the time, but I’ll say it again…I think music makes the world go ’round!  I didn’t quite have enough time to go away, but I managed to sneak in some fun when possible.  Between working and sifting through the many thoughts in my head about where I want to live in a year, it was MANDATORY to get in some dancing and friends/family time.  I will preface this re-cap with this statement: I spent time with the people that are nearest and dearest to my heart and people that I knew I could genuinely ENJOY myself with.  That’s so key!  So, if you take nothing else away from this post, remember that there is NO time for drama in this lifetime and so much time for daaaancing (lol)!

Keeping in line with the whole music idea, I was able to see some of my favorite artists this year.  I never posted about this (and I know this is a summer re-cap, but hold tight), but I got the chance to see DAVID GUETTA in concert (I even got media passes to go back stage)!  By far, one of the coolest and most amazing nights I’ve had at a concert.

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David Guetta

David Guetta(That’s me!)

Fast forward past the Rihanna concert that I went to because I already posted about it right chereeeee!

I made and impulsive decision with my friend Talia and decided to take a road trip to my hometown, Philly, for the Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Legends of the Summer tour.  It was super duper cool to attend an outdoor concert (since it was arena tour) with thousands of screaming fans.  Check it out!

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Had a freaking awesome time and had great seats (winning!)…to top the summer off I spent my Labor Day weekend in Philly again for Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival!  It was SO freaking hot outside, but I saw some great acts including: Solange, Beyoncé, Empire of the Sun, Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Dead Mouse and many more!

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made in america(This was during the Beyoncé performance; it was so packed!)

Thanks for taking a peek at a few fun moments over the past several months!  I had a blast and will update you on my concert-going experiences after I attend the Beyoncé concert in December and the Magna Carta World Tour in January!!! WOOOO-HOOOO!!!

Meek Mill vs Kendrick Lamar: Is It Beef or Dangerous Waters?

Source: EatingHipHop.com

Source: EatingHipHop.com

Most people can appreciate a good Hip-Hop rivalry.  With some rappers turning to mainstream styles of music, it’s easy to feel like the Hip-Hop culture isn’t what it used to be.  Then there are rappers who remind everyone that Hip-Hop is still alive and their passion for wanting to be the greatest, turns into true rap beef.  Recently, rapper Kendrick Lamar has been catching some heat for stirring the pot with his “Control” verse that called out some pretty famed artists such as Drake, J. Cole, Wale and Meek Mill, to name a few.  In response, Meek Mill stayed true to his Philly bad boy persona and fired back in his new single, Ooh Kill em:

Man you claiming you the king of New York
What the f–k wrong with you n–ga, step back

Hundred shots, aim straight at your snap cap
Everybody want the crown so I snatch that

Heard your gun go doo-dooo-dooo
Well my gun go blap-blap-blap-blap

What the f–k I gotta whisper to n-ggas
To earn my respect just to get to these n–gas

Go Ether, Takeover or Jigga on n-ggas I really go 2Pac and Biggie on n–gas
What the f-ck wrong with him
Like really I’m sick of you n–gas

You’ve been in the game like a year and some change
And you feeling yourself so I’m killing these n–gas like…

What was Kendrick’s response?  Well, let’s just say he used a recent performance in Brooklyn, NY as his opportunity to set Meek straight:

I been doing this shit for years. I mastered this sh!t.
I have no time for irrelevant n—as [or] new n—as.
There’s one n—a in particular that needs to realize that there’s ‘levels’ to this sh!t.
I’m MOTHER F–KIN’ KING KENDRICK.

The drama spilled over to Twitter and let’s just say…things are heating up.  I hope the beef stays as beef and not violent.  We all know the reality of how wrong things could go.

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