Pop singer Lily Allen announced she was “retiring” from the music industry three years ago but decided to return to the scene late last year with the single Hard Out Here, along with a controversial video featuring those misguided former Britain’s Got Talent contestants the CEO Dancers.
Hard Out Here failed to set the chart alight and Lily has not released her new album titled Sheezus (*rolls eyes*) yet. So imagine my surprise when I spotted her smug mug on the front cover of today’s Evening Standard showing off her NME Award for ‘Best Solo Artist’ at last night’s ceremony (others nominated in the category – David Bowie, Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West).
This win does not make any sense to me. What has Lily achieved musically over the last three years to deserve an award? As far as I am concerned any credibility that NME had has now disappeared down in to the sewer, thanks to this highly suspicious move.
All I want to know is who paid you off NME?
R&B has been replaced by Ego, Narcissism, the Cult of Personality… all of which has very little to do with actually "Creating Music"—
Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) February 22, 2014
Well said Anita!
Via Access Atlanta
An Atlanta wig designer is suing hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj for $30 million, claiming intellectual property infringement.
In the civil complaint filed Friday morning in federal court, Terrence Davidson claims he and Minaj, his former client, struck a deal to form a wig-making business.
But Davidson claims Minaj, whose real name is Onika Maraj, started the business without his consent or knowledge, turning it into a multi-million dollar business selling his designs.
“I actually hand-made these wigs,” Davidson said. “For me to see them in stores and not getting credit for them is upsetting.”
If I was Terrence I would be ashamed to admit I made those atrocious wigs. Nicki now looks one hundred times better since firing him as her resident “wig maker”.
Terrence will be lucky if he walks away with one dollar.
Several weeks ago Madonna caused uproar after she called her Caucasian son Rocco Ritchie a ‘nigga’ on her Instagram page (Click here to read all about it).
The star was then later forced to apologise.
Last night the 55 year old (who is old enough to know better) rocked up to The Grammys red carpet with a gold grill in her mouth and her adopted black son David Banda in tow. Click here to watch them talking to E! host Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.
Oh dear…. Now isn’t it odd that not long after ‘nigga gate’ Madonna suddenly decides to thrust David Banda even more in to the limelight by showing him off at the Grammys.
This has to be the most suspect and calculating publicity move ever.
*major side eye Madge*.
British artist Estelle has launched her own collection of scarves.
According to the official website the Swaray scarves collection is made from luxurious silks and inspired by colours, patterns and materials passed down from Estelle’s family and collected on tours around the globe.
CLICK HERE to view the collection.
$225.00 (£137.00) for a head scarf – BARGAIN!!!
Well as expected the former waste man from Marcy Projects is falling in to line and has decided to still pursue his business relationship with those kings of racial profiling Barneys, all in the name of “charity”.
Click here to read the original news report.
Last night Shawn Carter aka Jay Z issued the following statement via his website:
In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.
While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.
As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th. - Shawn “JAY Z” Carter.
You need more people Shawn.
Doesn’t this chick have a radio show to present?
BBC Radio 1 presenter and former T4 host Jameela Jamil has posted a blog in defence of her mate Lily Allen, who earlier last week released the controversial video to her new single Hard Out Here (Click here to read all about it).
Presenter now turned racism analyst/expert Jameela had this to say in her blog post titled ‘Another Bloody Blog About ‘Hard Out Here’.
Every morning this week I’ve fallen out of my bed, grabbed my phone, and waded through my twitter feed expecting to read about the Typhoon which has devastated so many tens and thousands of people. It made sense to me that it would dominate all other topics of conversation.
I was wrong. Instead I have spent the entire week hearing of Lily Allen’s new controversial video. Hard Out Here. Everyone’s having their say. It’s (bafflingly) splitting the nation. Few people aren’t weighing in.
I personally thought the song and video were well executed delivering a straight forward message. A good point well made. I saw little scope for such mass debate, so I was curious… and I decided to read.
The moment I almost threw my laptop out of the window was when I knew it was time to say something.
Let us start with the Racism debate. I have read Newspaper articles, at least 40 blogs and countless tweets in defence of the “poor, nameless, voiceless black girls gyrating in the video.” SORRY?
Well having watched the video several times… I can count 4 black girls and three white girls, not to mention Lily, who is fully involved in all of the licking, flicking and twerking. Not to mention the only one to perform Bananalingus.
Exhibit A) Non black dancer being photographed in her underwear.
Exhibit B) Non black dancer being spanked on all fours. Nobody appears to be concerned for her.
Exhibit C) Non black dancer with black dancer sharing what I assume is supposed to be “Tips”
So, I repeat… SORRY???
It is almost racist to discount the girls who aren’t black.
Jameela also tweeted:
And it's not racist. There are girls of varied race in the damn video. Get a grip people.—
Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 15, 2013
Overwhelmed by the lovely response to the Lily Allen blog this morning. Ta very much. Spread the word and give the woman a break.—
Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 16, 2013
Jameela who along with her many supporters believe they are in a position to tell others what we should/should not deem as racist or offensive, attempts to make the point that Caucasian dancers are also featured in the video. But if you watch the video those dancers (and Lily) are modestly dressed in comparison (see above) and are rarely seen, yet the black dancers (modern day Sarah Baartmans – watch her tragic story here) receive the most screen time and have been instructed to “twerk” for dear life (people tend to forget that in the society we live in women of African descent and Caucasian women are generally not treated the same). The decision to show them in this light was a deliberate one. Lily and the director had the agenda set long before those foolish and naive dancers agreed to take part in this level of buffoonery.
And for the record, I don’t actually buy mockney Lily’s reasoning for making this video. The reality is she was no longer ‘relevant’ so decided to rip a page out of Miley Cyrus’ book.
Anyway back to her mate Jameela. Everyone is entitled to their opinion including BBC Radio’s resident clothes horse. But really Jameela “I wrote this in your honour”, could you sound any more licky licky? But don’t worry, job well done. I’ am sure you and the dancers featured in Lily’s dubious music video will all receive Christmas party invitations this year for your ‘services’.
In response to Jameela’s blog post ‘quote of the day’ has to go to Mad News reader Wow.
She sounds stupid for writing the 41st blog in response/defence of Lily Allen video instead of writing a blog on the typhoon which has killed tens of thousands of people who are still in need. Maybe next time she should follow her own advice. And she is as blind as a bat.
I'm not arguing any more. All my points are on the blog. If u tell me I can't comment on racism because I am not of that race, YOU'RE RACIST—
Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 16, 2013
Hahahahahahahahahaha. Oh Jameela you are funny.
Yesterday singer Lily Allen released the video to her new single Hard Out Here, which has now been branded racist. In the video a troupe of black dancers “twerk” and do all sorts with their buttocks.
CLICK HERE to read Black In Asia’s Tumblr post criticising Lily and the video.
Lilly who claims the video is meant to be “light hearted and satirical” wrote:
Privilege,Superiority and Misconceptions
1. If anyone thinks for a second that I requested specific ethnicities for the video, they’re wrong.
2. If anyone thinks that after asking the girls to audition, I was going to send any of them away because of the colour of their skin, they’re wrong.
3. The message is clear. Whilst I don’t want to offend anyone. I do strive to provoke thought and conversation. The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women within modern pop culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all.
4. If I could dance like the ladies can, it would have been my arse on your screens; I actually rehearsed for two weeks trying to perfect my twerk, but failed miserably. If I was a little braver, I would have been wearing a bikini too, but I do not and I have chronic cellulite, which nobody wants to see. What I’m trying to say is that me being covered up has nothing to do with me wanting to disassociate myself from the girls, it has more to do with my own insecurities and I just wanted to feel as comfortable as possible on the shoot day.
5. I’m not going to apologise because I think that would imply that I’m guilty of something, but I promise you this, in no way do I feel superior to anyone, except paedophiles, rapists murderers etc., and I would not only be surprised but deeply saddened if I thought anyone came away from that video feeling taken advantage of,or compromised in any way.
The dancers have responded to the criticism via Twitter and they are happy with the video.
It's a case of doing what you love liberally vs doing what you've been conducted to do..—
Monique Lawrence (@Monique_Lawz) November 13, 2013
I find that when you ignore people..it's speaks volumes. And with that.. good nite 😴💤—
Monique Lawrence (@Monique_Lawz) November 14, 2013
"Twerking does NOT define black women but for 1000s of years black women often use hips, bum and waist whilst dancing. "Twerking" aint new!—
Seliza Sebastian (@SelizaShowtime) November 13, 2013
I think that Lilly was trying to be clever and funny and its backfired, but on this rare occasion I am not angry with mockney Lily. A woman in her privileged position will never understand why this video is a problem. My anger is directed towards the dancers who signed up to star in the video. Why agree to take part in this bottom of the barrel buffoonery? We really need to stop accepting these embarrassing and damn right degrading roles.
I tell you there are people out there who will not hesitate to throw their self respect out of the window, and will happily help to promote stereotypes for free catering, exposure, the chance to appear alongside a celebrity and a cheque.
No one held a shot gun to those ladies heads.
Check out Hard Out Here.
“I’m delighted to be able to call Mi-Soul Radio my new home, and I’m really looking forward to being able to play the music I love on air.”
After Global Radio officially “rebranded” Choice FM and turned it in to Capital Xtra Jigs resigned the following day after 24 years service.
Former Choice FM DJ Natty B has also just joined Mi-Soul. I wonder who will be next…..