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Monthly Archives: August 2010

PHOTO WORLD: Rihanna Gets Waxed

Rihanna has had a wax likeness of herself created for Madame Tussaud’ss Wax Muesuem in DC. I think it actually looks like her. Check it below.

She donated the outfit from her personal wardrobe, as customary for wax figures in the museums.

Splitting image. She did get a chance to peep the statue as well.

Seems like they’re making wax figures of just about everyone these days… This chick can’t sell concert tickets, can’t hold a tune, but her style is undeniable. Guess that’s all you need to get a wax figure. O_0

Photos courtesy of NecoleBitchie.

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TV WORLD: “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop”

Last night BET presented a one hour documentary titled “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop.” The title is self-explanatory, but the documentary offered a bit more than a flat portrait of women in hip-hop. It explored the orgins, the explosion, and the current scene. There was even a whole segment dedicated to Lauryn Hill. I really enjoyed it. If you missed it, check it below.

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No need to point out the obvious points made about hip-hop being as misogynistic and sexist as the rest of the world. But I did enjoy hearing insight straight from female  emcees of the past and present. If you want to see some behind the scenes footage and few extras, check it out at BET.

(NEW) MUSIC WORLD: Big Sean’s “Finally Famous Vol. 3”

After much delay and anticipated release, Big Sean‘s “Finally Famous Vol. 3” mixtape dropped this morning. I’m at the gig so I haven’t been able to listen,  but you can do that for me. As soon as a I do, I’ll update with a quick review and my favorite tracks. Enjoy.

“Finally Famous Vol. 3” – Big Sean

The mixtape features contributions from Drake, Curren$y, Asher Roth, Bun B, and more. Let me know what you think.

VIDEO WORLD: Fabolous; Jazmin Sullivan; R. Kelly; Trey Songz; Usher

Since a plethora of videos dropped today, I’m dedicating one post to em all…

Fabolous is still pubbing his There is No Competition 2 EP (formerly a mixtape). His latest visual for “Lights Out (I Don’t See Nobody)” has been released. Check it.

I like the song, but I’m unsure of the light up jacket feature and all that.

Next up, Jazmin Sullivan released the video to her new single “Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles)” today. It has a House Party theme. Check it.

I’m still not a fan of Jazmin Sullivan’s voice, but I like the video. It’s cute.

Sidenote: Am I the only person that hasn’t tried Nuvo??

Next up, R. Kelly released his new video to “When a Woman Loves.” It has a classic sound and look to it. Check it.

R. Kelly is reminded all you young bucks what singing really is. He hammed it up for the cameras a bit, but that is a quality tune right there.

Speaking of young bucks, Trey Songz also released his latest video to “Can’t Be Friends.” Comparisons aside, check the video below.

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He’s loving these dark, shadowy videos these days. I like the song and the video though.

While on the whole “R&B Hunk” thing… Usher has released the video to his dance track “DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again.” Ehh… Check the video.

I don’t like the direction his career is going. He needs to re-hire is MOMager!

(NEW) MUSIC WORLD: Justin Bieber x Kanye West x Raekwon “Runaway Love Remix”

Kanye has Bieber fever too!! After tweeting that he’d love to remix Justin Bieber‘s “Runaway Love” and add a verse from Raekwon, it has actually happened. Check it.

“Runaway Love” – Justin Bieber x Kanye West x Raekwon

She, I mean, *clearing throat* may find some new fans via the urban radio spins this is about to get. Honestly, I don’t even need Justin Bieber. If you’ve never heard the original, check it below.

What do you think??

TV WORLD: True Blood: Season 3, Episode 11

True Blood was a variety of teases this week. Tons of buildup, but we’ll have to wait two weeks to see which storylines will end in a climax, which will flop and which will just  set up the show for the next season. With an episode that had multiple Pam sightings it wasn’t hard to enjoy (almost) every minute.

  • The “True Death” opening reminded me of how dispensable the secondary characters are on this show. I’m not sure if this is what the producers intended, but I’m definitely going to keep the “no one is safe” attitude in mind going into the finale.
  • Bill went to Fangtasia looking for Sookie and he found Pam. They escalated their interaction from boring vampire mind games to…well…a boring vampire fist fight. I expect a dry fighting style from Bill, but Pam is supposed to bring it just a tad harder. I could only shake my head when the scene ended with her getting bested by Sookie and Yvette.
  • Lafayette and Jesus returned from their V-induced trip and it looks like “La-La” isn’t quite sure if he can trust Jesus now. I hate to agree with him, because I ADORE Jesus, but it seems like whatever freaky things they tapped into will soon show Jesus’ true colors and why he’s drawn to Lafayette.
  • I finally found the soft spot for Crystal that has escaped me since she walked her dysfunctional ass onto my TV screen. She’s living with a “by any means necessary” attitude towards her life and Jason is her out…potentially. I guess this doesn’t make her untrustworthy, but I still don’t think she’s the best pick for Jason right now.
  • Jessica has finally come to terms with her vampire reality: she craves blood and the synthetic stuff will never be enough. Telling Hoyt should have meant that he would leave her, but then we wouldn’t have received the gift of watching Hoyt’s sexy sacrifice. It was such a simple act (she wanted blood, he wanted to give it to her), but the words and the way she slid up him before finally biting his neck…well…it really pulled me into their moment.
  • The Eric and Russell confrontation was mild, considering his initial reaction to losing Talbot. I respected that even in the face of death, Eric’s “begging” never really came off as desperate. It was cute how Pam’s ring tone (or maybe it’s Eric’s default ringer) lightened what was becoming a tense mood.
  • Sam is not a happy drunk. He is not even a fun drunk. He is the drunk guy that you pray doesn’t come to the party, because he’s only going to hurt feelings and make the happy drunks sober and depressed. Terry has consistently been the voice of reason this season and this time was no different. It is good seeing Sam develop a personality beyond the “good guy” persona, but I could do without the liquor inspiration that fueled this whole rant.
  • Jason spent most of this episode recovering from his confession to Tara and Crystal’s revelation. It made sense that he sought out a familiar world by returning to the football field, a place that represented a stronger time for him. I’m hoping they don’t continue with the quarterback storyline, because unless they can tie it into something bigger, it served its purpose for Jason.
  • Whether in the TB universe or the real world, there are few things worse than a mother who insists on dibbing and dabbling into their adult child’s romantic life. Hoyt’s mom is no exception and if the preview for the finale was any indication, it appears that she’s going to take her pushiness to the next level and try to hurt Jessica just to keep her and Hoyt apart. I liked her better when she was under Maryann’s influence.
  • Tara and Andy’s argument (if it can even be called that) was awkward and uneventful. They probably could have either skipped this part or at least made it interesting. There weren’t any threats and after listening to Andy’s reasoning, Tara couldn’t justifiably be angry with him or blame him for Egg’s death. Then again…this is Tara we’re talking about.
  • I may not be a big Bill/Sookie fan, but I enjoyed watching them play the “What if…?” game. It’s something you do with someone you like (or even love) when things are too “complicated” to just be simple and normal. It was a real and enjoyable moment for these two… which meant it was destined to only last for a few minutes.
  • Arlene went to great lengths to rid herself of Rene’s baby and outside of an unnecessarily bloody scene, she has nothing to show for it. The baby is still alive, Terry was celebrating and Rene will make a cameo in the season finale. I’m still unsure of where this is going, but if it brings back Rene (even in a dream sequence) I’m still excited to see how this plays out.
  • Tara and Sam are the two characters most likely to have relationships I don’t care about. Their angry, (self) hate sex was hot enough and they’d probably be great together if either of them were emotionally functional enough to carry a relationship, but unless something changes, I’m still not invested in these two.
  • Sookie has been consistently gullible the entire season. How she continues to believe anything either Eric or Bill tells her the first time escapes me. Maybe she trusts both of them so little that she automatically believes that they would sacrifice her to Russell if it meant they would live. Hopefully Eric’s plan will show her once and for all (or for a few episodes) that she can trust at least one of them.
  • Eric also saw that Pam went a little soft this episode and in a very cute and brotherly way, he tried to snap her out of it. She may be worried that he won’t survive, but I KNOW that his plan will work. And that is exactly what I told myself during those last few moments of the episode. Eric has to survive because he’s 1/3 of the most significant arc on TB. Eric has to survive because his relationship with Pam makes both of them better characters. But mostly Eric has to survive so he can end up with Sookie. My theory for his survival is based on Russell’s age. I’m hoping that because he is significantly older than Eric, he will burn up quicker, giving Pam or Bill a chance to run out and get Eric before he burns as well. I’m patient enough to wait and see how close to accurate this theory will be…mostly because I have no other choice.

Did I mention that the finale won’t be on for another two weeks? For all of you that missed an episode or two, this would be the ideal time to catch up on an almost perfect season. Per usual, here are a few of my favorite quotes. Enjoy 🙂

Pam: This is not just about your relationship, you infatuated tween. There’s a bigger picture.

Eric [to Pam]: You know I love you more when you’re cold and heartless.

Summer: I opened up my heart to him. I showed him my best underwear. There’s nothing else I can do.

Russell: Soon, there will be anarchy – and, then, there will be me.

Crystal: All I gotta do is marry my half-brother and let him breed me until I’m old or dead.

(NEW) MUSIC WORLD: “Monster” Kanye West x Jay-Z x Rick Ross x Nicki Minaj x Bon Iver

I has trying to take a hiatus, but leave it to Kanye to bring me out of my self-planned break. He dropped a new song today, as promised. It’s titled “Monster.” Supposedly the second track from his proposed Watch the Throne EP with Jay-Z. Check it.

“Monster” -Kanye West x Jay-Z x Rick Ross x Bon Ivers x Nicki Minaj

Your thoughts?? Nicki Minaj KILLED her verse, like slaughtered. Say what you want, but she’s showing versatility. I hope Kanye keeps up these G.O.O.D. Fridays with new music every Friday until Christmas.

Editor’s Note: Jay’s verse seems to contain some slight digs at Beans… “all I see is these nigg*s I made millionaires, milling about, spilling they feelings in the air…” Beanie diss perhaps??