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EASY LIVING MAGAZINE (APRIL ISSUE): AMY WINEHOUSE

March 21, 2008 14 comments

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Photograph: Carolyn Djangoly

This photograph of Amy Winehouse will feature in the April issue of ‘Easy Living Magazine’.

It’s aim? to raise breast cancer awareness among young women.

Amy standing holding a guiter, naked, with black tape covering her nipples.. hmmmmmmmmmm….. O…K…….and how exactly does this image raise awareness?

This just reminds of me of the annual “raise awareness” testicular cancer campaign. Every year they wheel out male celebrities to pose naked with an apple or book, strategically placed in front of their manhood.   

People just end up focusing on the naked celebrity and forget about the cause!

Would it not have been a better idea to feature beautiful yet powerful black and white imagary of women who are currently battling the disease, a long with in depth interviews?

As for as I’m concerned they would make more of an impact.

Your thoughts please……

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RAPPER JUVENILE PUT ON BLAST!

March 21, 2008 9 comments

Juvenile failed to attend his daughter Jelani’s funeral but performed at the Hypnotized concert in Augusta, Georgia on the same day (see pic below), and later attended an after party.

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Photograph: Chadwick Bringham

The brother of Joy Deleston, Dwayne Deleston has written an open letter to Juvenile, slamming the rapper for not attending his daughter Jelani’s funeral.

Jelani was murdered a long side her mother Joy and sister Micaiah (11) in February. Her brother Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

Read letter below….

“To whom it may concern,

I’m praying this information reach the right person to expose the truth about how Juvenile has used his deceased innocent daughter he ignored. My name is Dwayne Deleston and I’m the brother of Juvenile’s deceased baby mother Joy Deleston. It’s disturbing to know Juvenile never had a relationship with his deceased daughter but accepts the sympathy like he was a good daddy to the child.

It’s not fair to the people who care. Juvenile and his family are receiving all the condolences like they cared about my sister and her kids. Juvenile didn’t have a father and daughter relationship with my niece. My sister tried for years to communicate with Juvenile and his family concerning Jelani since Jelani’s date of birth to Jelani’s unexpected date of death but Juvenile and his mother ignored his child…Continue reading

Juvenile’s publicist recently released a statement that went on to explain the rapper’s decision to perform at the Hypnotized concert.

According to his publicist Juvenile had no choice but to perform, due to “contractual obligations”, and it would have been “difficult for him to legally get out of performing”.

However proceeds from the concert would go to a “Jelani Memorial Fund”

 

 

LEBRON AND GISELE VOGUE COVER CAUSES STIR

March 21, 2008 10 comments

I posted the Lebron James and Gisele Bundchen Vogue cover on here several weeks ago and a number of you noted that the image used was a little suspect, likening Lebron’s posture/pose in the photo to that of King Kong (See below) 

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Writer Jemele Hill over at ESPN.com also had this to say….

“LeBron’s image clearly means a lot to him, maybe even as much as pursuing a championship. And that’s why I can’t understand why he would allow Vogue to feature him with supermodel Gisele Bundchen in such a distasteful manner. LeBron has Gisele in one hand and a basketball in the other. LeBron is dressed in basketball gear, with his muscles flexing, tattoos showing and bared teeth. Gisele, on the other hand, is wearing a gorgeous slim-fitting dress, and smiling. But Vogue’s quest to highlight the differences between superstar athletes and supermodels only successfully reinforces the animalistic stereotypes frequently associated with black athletes.

A black athlete being reduced to a savage is, sadly, nothing new. But this cover gave you the double-bonus of having LeBron and Gisele strike poses that others in the blogosphere have noted draw a striking resemblance to the racially charged image of King Kong enveloping his very fair-skinned lady love interest. Vogue deserves criticism, but more blame should go to LeBron and other black athletes, who need to exercise stricter control of their images. If LeBron is brave enough to wear a Yankees cap at an Indians playoff game, picking up a history book and educating himself shouldn’t cause a strain. As it is, LeBron was the first African-American male to grace Vogue’s cover. Too bad it will be memorable for the wrong reasons. Continue reading

Now are we totally justified in thinking that Vogue’s motive behind the image used was racist, or are we just being over sensitive here?

Your thoughts please….. 

MISSY ELLIOTT SEEKS FEMALES FOR NEW AD CAMPAIGN

March 21, 2008 5 comments

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Missy Elliott and adidas Originals announced yesterday (March 20) the worldwide launch of the Respect M.E. talent competition “Stand Up Be Seen,” which will commence this month.

“Stand Up. Be Seen,” aims to recruit 10 female ambassadors for Missy and her urban themed street wear brand Respect M.E.

The Stand Up Be Seen competition will launch in the United States, Argentina, the Asian Pacific Region, China, Japan, Korea, Europe, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Switzerland.

If you are interested in entering this competition then click here to enter.

PICS OF THE DAY: HOLLYWOOD FINALLY HONOURS ANGELA BASSETT

March 21, 2008 5 comments

The beautiful and talented Angela Bassett was finally honoured yesterday with her own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

Congratulations Angela. You deserve it!

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View more pics here

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