Lupita Nyong’o has been named People’s Most Beautiful Person. This is such an honor. I remember having the debate about Pharrell blaming people’s insecurities and projecting their delusions because of his choice in women for his album cover. Although personally I’m not bothered by the album cover or the women on it, I couldn’t help but think about Lupita Nyong’o, and her speech at the 7th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.
I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned…And then…Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t.
I remember Lupita Nyong’o talking about seeing model Alek Wek for the first time and how Alek’s face on runways and magazines changes Lupita’s concept of beauty. She no longer prays to God to turn her night-shade skin light. It’s in that moment that Lupita realizes that beauty isn’t just white. I take offense to the words “projecting delusions”
Tomorrow will mark the 20th year since Nas released his debut album Illmatic, and 20 years later not only has he been labeled as a hip hop legend in just that city of New York but worldwide. For the past few months the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the legendary album has been endless. This week Nas released Illmatic XX, which is a remastered version of the original album along with unreleased remixes and an unreleased track, “I’m a Villian”. Aside from that, there has also been a number of interviews that have been released. These interviews shed light on Nas’s upbringing in the Queensbridge section of Queens, NY. Along with reflections from hip hop heavyweights who talk about Nas’s journey as well as his huge impact on the hip hop game. Nas also performed the entire Illmatic album in it’s entirety last month at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as apart of his “One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide Festival.
Just this past Wednesday the documentary Time Is Illmatic premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker, the documentary talks about the making of the album as well as the influence it has had on the hip hop culture and even the musical impact Nas’s father Olu Dara has had on him.
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Now that his debut album Testimony is finally in stores, August Alsina has been all over promoting the album. One of the biggest stops on his promotional tour was New York City where he made a visit to both The Breakfast Club of Power 105.1 and 106 & Park. During his interview he spoke to DJ Envy and Angela Yee about his beef with Trey Songz and how he rather not deal with his attitude. He gets more personal and talks about the current relationship with his mother, how life has changed and the crazy fan interactions he has had. However, the highlight of his promotional run thus far happened when he made the visit to 106 & Park. Co-host Keisha Chante mentioned the Trey Songz situation and August simply replied:
I just told ya’ll not to ask me that sh*t when I got up in here.
Check out the clip below:
I can understand his frustrations because that’s been the number one question in his interviews and he is steady trying to promote his debut album and it seems like everyone is only trying to add more fuel to the fire.
Check out the “Get Ya Money” music video & Breakfast Club interview below. . .
This week Drake made the announcement that he will be hosting this years Espy Awards, and it’s only right since he was named the global ambassator for the Toronto Raptors at the beginning of the season. After his announcement people took to social media to express their likes and dislikes of Drakes new hosting gig. Drake than went over to Jimmy Kimmel where he participated in a segment of “I Witness News” as the Fake Drake to hear random people’s thoughts about him. The video was extremely hilarious and it even looks like Drake made a new friend in the process.
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Earlier this week 50 Cent payed a visit to the Breakfast Club as he was the first official guest on their new morning show on Revolt TV. In the interview he talks about all of the new music he’s been releasing for his upcoming album Animal Ambition. He talks about working with Trey Songz on his new single “Smoke”, as well as the other new music he’s been releasing lately. He touches on his former beef with some rappers and the current beefs that he still has. He also explains why his relationship with Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo went south and much more.
Check out Pt. 2 of the interview & 50′s new single “Smoke” ft. Trey Songz. . .
With the success of her debut EP Call Me Crazy But. . . Sevyn Streeter is back to offer her fans a new music video. “nEXt” is one of the seven songs that appear on the EP, the original is a solo record but Sevyn tapped west coast rapper Kid Ink for the remix. Directed by Derek Blanks and inspired by the BET original scripted series Being Mary Jane, Sevyn talks about how her ex boyfriend ends up being her next boyfriend. Yesterday she stopped by BET’s 106 & Park to premier the video and she also mentioned a surprise that will happen in the coming weeks after host Keisha Chante mentioned the other version of the music video that has already been shot. A few months back Sevyn released a trailer for the first video which featured rumored boyfriend Mack Wilds.
Check out the music video below:
Check out Sevyn’s interview on 106 & Park and the “nEXt” trailer featuring Mack Wilds. . .