When Warren G first topped charts in 1994 with his inescapable hit "Regulate," featuring fellow West Coast rapper Nate Dogg, hip hop was no place for gays. In recent years, that has started to change... slowly.
Oh, joy! Y'all have no idea how excited I am to be writing this post, especially given the pivotal role rapper and budding actress Nicki Minaj's image played in the inception of this blog.
I hate criticizing Hip-Hop, but it's definitely become "trap music." I may partake in the ignorant hypocrisy, but like a pitbull, I have trouble defending it.
This album cover got me really questioning whether I should even think about supporting music that comes out of an industry that totally disregards my heritage and continues to use demeaning an misogynistic lyrics and now Photoshopped depictions of African American heroes.
Studies show that being generous with one's time, for example through volunteering, can lengthen your life, lower blood pressure, help manage pain and boost overall feelings of well-being.
Being armed with a complementary version of oneself seems wise and self-sufficient. But female artists and performers are more inclined to allow an alter ego to embrace them. Is it that the community is not supporting them in the right way or do we just expect more from our women, more for our female dollar?
Whether or not she returns to the heights of Goodies, she says, is out of her hands. And Ciara refuses to allow undue pressure -- whether from others or herself -- to make that the only gauge of success for this new record.
I see a lot of people doing what seems to be no-brainer tasks... and they make lots of money. It drives me crazy that people become rich doing things that are so simple -- that I could do. Here are 10 things on my list. (What's on your list?)
Now that Season 12 is over, let's judge Idol's judges, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey, for all they're worth -- and, hell, Seacrest too. Frankly, they all deserve it.
It's been a long road but the "American Idol" finale is finally here. With country singer Kree Harrison and the soulful Candice Glover as the only two...
Candice ended the night belting out "Somewhere" from West Side Story, and her powerful vocals had Keith asking, "How do you that?" and Randy declaring it to be one of the best vocals in "Idol" history.
Nobody was eliminated last week, which meant all four girls got the chance to perform one more time. With another week gone by and all four contestants still in the running, the pressure was even higher to stand out.
Angie won over the judges with Julie London's "Cry Me a River." Keith called it celestially powerful and Nicki and Randy both declared Angie to be the winner of the night.
Over one hundred prominent public leaders, entertainers and civil rights icons have signed a letter to President Obama urging him to support extensive criminal justice reform for our youth. And, specifically, they are calling for his support of the Youth PROMISE Act.
It was "Rock week" at "American Idol," which meant a night of R&B and country singers attempting to pull off powerhouse songs from the likes of Queen and the Rolling Stones.
Angie decided to lighten things up with Smokey Robinson's "Shop Around." Keith felt that she was musically constrained by the song and Nicki aggressively told her, "I think you came out to try to show a different side of Angie that you didn't have to show us."