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Monthly Archives: December 2010

How To Step Back Into The Spotlight

If  your a celebrity who once topped the charts and sold out shows but is now struggling to reclaim the spotlight, just follow in the footsteps of female rappers, Lil Kim and Foxy Brown…or NOT.

Both rappers haven’t been very relevant in the past couple of years but seem to have this bright idea that will assist them in snatching up the spotlight. What’s the bright idea you ask. It’s simple…Make a come up by putting someone else down.

After being laughed at numerous times in the media, Foxy Brown is just about ready to release a brand new track. In a recent press release, Foxy announces her new track as a diss to Lil Kim. The press release reads, “the most anticipated response since Jay-Z’s Takeover.” Foxy’s Christmas Massacre to be released on Dec. 24, will address her issues with Lil Kim.

I wonder if Lil Kim even cares about Foxy’s upcoming lyrical attack because she is way too busy these days bashing Nicki Minaj. As you all know, Kim released a Nicki Minaj diss track titled, Black Friday. She received a lot of buzz from the track. Although I am not surprised by the buzz surrounding the diss track, I am however surprised that she thought it was okay to make a video for it. Who does that? Kim is really trying to capitalize on her 10 minuets of buzz.

Making a come-up by putting someone else down is the oldest trick in the book but at the end of the day it doesn’t say much for you or what you can produce. Why not get in the booth and record on your own accord. Beef is only fresh for but so long, so when people move on how will you? Although I think it is lame, I hope the diss track technique is only the beginning for these ladies because I would love to hear more from them.

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Blackface, Cupcakes, Duncan Hines…Oh My

Beloved baking brand, Duncan Hines, released an ad on YouTube titled, “Hip Hop Cupcakes”, for their NEW “Amazing Glazes”.  The ad, released last week was quickly pulled. Very reminiscent of   Blackface found on minstrel shows,  the commercial featured chocolate frosted cupcakes with exaggerated eyes and red lips humming a tune. Critics and consumers have spoken and the controversy surrounding the so-called “racist” commercial is not as entertaining as the director hoped the commercial itself would be. “I wanted to create an entertaining and engaging way to show bakers that this glaze makes everything you top taste better and more exciting,” says Josh Binder, who directed the video and came up with the concept.

Binder’s explanation is weak. This commercial demonstrates a clear lack of research. Simply surveying consumers may have given the company a general sense of feelings about this ad. I think the ad shows a slight sense of insensitivity towards the African-American community but maybe the African-American community is being too sensitive. I think not but I am sure others beg to differ. Either way the ad was pulled, and I am proud of those who spoke up. I appreciate a good opinion especially when it gets results and makes a difference.

Digital Deaths Resurrected


The most followed celebrity tweeters “sacrificed their digital lives” and ceased tweeting just six days go to help save the real lives that are affected by HIV/AIDS in African and India. The celebs that joined the campaign agreed to stop Twitter and Facebook updates until $1,000,000 was raised for the Keep A Child Alive foundation.

The campaign launched on Wednesday, December 1st, World AIDS Day, as part of KCA’s larger fundraising effort BUY LIFE which was developed by advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day New York.

Followers were called to buy back the lives of the digitally deceased and the followers answered. On December 6, 2010 the goal of $1,000,000 was reached. The public as well as the artists who participated in the campaign donated to raise half a million dollars in less than one week and today pharma billionaire and noted philanthropist Stewart Rahr has generously offered to match this amount.

As of December 6, 2010 all participating artists including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Khloe Kardashian, Lenny Kravitz, Jay Sean, Swizz Beatz, Serena Williams, The Buried Life, Elijah Wood, Janelle Monae, Nikki Sixx, Kimberly Cole, David LaChapelle, Daphne Guinness and Bronson Pelletier have returned online. Their digital lives have be resurrected…how clever.

If you have ever underestimated the power of a celebrity on Twitter, I am sure you will not do so again. To be honest, I wasn’t sure of the results this campaign would receive myself. People aren’t down for donating money now a days but I guess if you take a couple of celebrities away from a twitter craze population your sure to get bucks. Kind of sad, but that is the reality we have created. Face it, our world is celebrity and internet driven, which are two essential tools for a public relations campaign.

Pink Fridays With M.A.C

With competition being so intense in almost every industry, a good brand may be the only thing to set you apart from the pack. With that said, I say this…Nicki Minaj’s brand is STRONG. The female rap star started a Barbie movement and now she is creating a Pink empire.

M.A.C Cosmetics teamed up with Nicki Minaj to bring you Pink 4 Friday Lipstick, a bright yet creamy satin formula designed by Minaj herself. The lipstick was created to celebrate the release of her debut album, Pink Friday. “For them to name the lipstick after my album makes me feel like I can do anything in the world because they are such an important brand and such an important staple in our culture,” Minaj told PEOPLE Magazine.

The limited edition addition to M.A.C is only available online for four Fridays which started on November 26, 2010. YOU HAVE 2 MORE FRIDAYS TO GET YOUR NICKI MINAJ LIP FIX. Pink is in when it comes to lips so this is definitely a good buy especially at limited edition for $14.95 a stick.

Did She Really Just Say…

“The Way You Love Me” – Keri Hilson feat. Rick Ross

Did she really say just say f*** me? Yes she did, and Miss Keri is not apologizing for it. Keri Hilson’s highly controversial song and video for “The Way You Love Me” is being talked about all over the net and on radio. The controversy has sent her on a spree to defend her work. In her latest interview with blogger, Perez Hilton, Keri completely opens up about why she wrote the song and her choice of words.

“Perez, I don’t want to be held and caressed every night. Sometimes, I do want to be f*cked. You want it good sometimes. I’m talking about one man in the relationship, not being a slut or a whore or being paid to do things. It is racy but I can’t allow other people or the media to dictate what I can or can not do. TLC didn’t do that, Josephine Baker didn’t do that, Janet didn’t do that, Madonna didn’t do that. We can’t approach art from a fear perspective. You have to be fearless and stand for what you believe in. I’m a freak, it’s no surprise. I’ve been a freak in other songs. I’ve been a freak in other videos and we should make no apologies, ” said Keri Hilson.
More from the Interview with Perez…

PH-Did you set out to do that song with the purpose of un-wanting to be controversial?

KH-Absoutely not, everything that I wrote about is from that perspective… how we really think and feel about certain things and breaking point we really know that we deserve more. I write from a perspective of just knowing just not talking bullsh*t. [Like] “Pretty Girl Rock”, no matter what anybody says your beautiful.

PH-Would you change anything differently about the video?

KH-Absolutely not. The dirty version was recorded…I didn’t expect to put the dirty version [on the album]. If you look closely I’m singing the cleaner version, which is actually on my album. “The Way You Love Me” I say “thug me” ..it has the same sentiment, I’m not cleaning that up. Being thugged & being F**ked are very much the same thing. I know kids might pick up the album and I didn’t want that to come out, however, I wouldn’t take it back.


PH – Why was the dirty version of the video released if that’s not on the album?


KH- Actually, I had nothing to do with the dirty version being synced to the video because like I said, if you look closely I’m singing “thug” and I’m singing “loving” instead of “pu**y.” Like I said the sentiment is the same. I’m okay with it because I sang it and that’s the sentiment and this is meant for adults. If I were to do a video for kids, we would put back the clean version but like I said this song is not meant for children.

I can appreciate the fact that she is not apologizing for what she put out. If you don’t believe  in what you produce than who will?  Honestly, I think all the attention surrounding her new single is great. I think it is going to make people want to hear more which will boost her record sales. It goes back to the saying, “Any press is good press.” In a Beyonce and Rhianna world sometimes you have to do something out of the box to stay on the radar.

Get SMAK’ED With Vintage

“Vintage isn’t always about something being worn and old; it also includes items that may in fact just need a second chance,” said SMAK Founder and Creative Director, Krista Fraser.

“Vintage with a contemporary flow” is the message behind SMAK, the latest online vintage boutique. SMAK launched its official online shopping website on Black Friday,  November 26, 2010 and deemed that day SMAK Friday. Ever since its highly anticipated launch, SMAK has generated quite a buzz.

Fashion is forever evolving but TODAY it is not just about what’s in now but what was in then.  SMAK encourages and gives men and women the opportunity to discover the classic yet timeless style of vintage fashion. Fraser’s vision to give customers exclusive pieces, unique for those obsessed with fashion is now reality.

Shop SMAK now at www.shopsmak.com. Do thrift in the comfort of your home and find boots, purses, sweaters, blazers, blouses, pants and more all at affordable prices.

Follow SMAK for all their latest updates @
http://twitter.com/SMAKboutique

Dear GMPR readers,

Guess what! GMPR is back. It has been well over two months without any post and I feel like such a loser to have left my readers hanging like that. I apologize and I hope you accept.

I actually got a job (well two but recently dropped one)…can you beleive it. Check me out LOL, I went from no job to dropping jobs. I have been super busy but I hate that I continuously pushed what I love so much (GMPR) to the side. I am back now and ready to write. I can’t promise you a post every day like before but I can promise that GIRL MEETS PR will be more focused and targeted.  So, check GMPR from time to time. I will keep you updated through Twitter (www.twitter.com/girlmeetspr) and a Facebook page will be coming very soon.

Love,
Melissa J.

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