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Monthly Archives: May 2011

“Braxton Family Values” Reunion Promo Pics

The Braxton women are all dolled up and owning the red carpet and step & repeat at the taping of their reunion show hosted by Wendy Williams. The taping took place in L.A. at Occidental Studios and with the first season coming to a close, it should be airing soon.

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Naomi Campbell’s Chocolate Lawsuit

Super Model, Naomi Campbell threatens to sue Kraft-Food’ Cadbury for their newest advertisement.

The ad features a Bliss bar resting on a hill of diamonds with a slogan suggesting the company may be comparing Campbell to chocolate. Campbell replied, “I’m shocked. It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me but for all black women. It is insulting and hurtful.” The Super Model has urged African-American consumers to boycott Cadbury’s products. Cadbury as pulled the ads and released a statement saying, “We would never produce any type of marketing we felt might cause offense to any section of society.”

Last time I checked, almost everyone loves chocolate so being referred to as so is a compliment but I guess I can see where her feelings towards this ad or coming from. The issue of race and skin color is so quickly resurfaced but I thought she would have taken more offense to being label a diva by the company.

9 Min. Preview of ‘Dark Girls’ Documentary

In an upcoming documentary titled, Dark Girls,  light is shined on the dark skin versus light skin issue among African-American women. Directors, Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, capture the stories of real women with this very real issue and the truth about a silenced bias within the African-American culture. Slated to be released in fall/winter of 2011, this documentary will stir up some much-needed conversation.

VIBE June/July “SEXY” Issue

Magazine theme issues are genius. They not only give the reader something to look forward to but offers a variety of material on one topic. VIBE Magazine rolls out its SEXY Issue.

Model and glorified girlfriend, Amber Rose covers VIBE’s SEXY issue with rap star Rick Ross on a second cover. Rose is a given. VIBE would have been stupid not to put her on the cover. Although Ross is at the top of my list and is no stranger to a VIBE cover, many are surprised to see the Boss gracing the front of the SEXY issue. Personally, I love that VIBE steered away from typical.

Both artist open up and share things you wouldn’t normally find out in a regular promotional  interview. Rose discusses Kanye West and their break-up, rebounding with Reggie Bush, becoming an icon and more. The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee sat down with Ross to find out what type of woman he likes.

Catch the June/July issue of VIBE for more from Amber Rose and Rick Ross.

First Woman to Represent Jordan

A brand represented by an elite list of male athletes has recently signed on a female. Basketball superstar, Maya Moore signed a historic endorsement deal with Nike’s Jordan brand, making her the first female on the roster. She joins Derek Jeter, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Andre Johnson.

Michael Jordan, the name behind the brand said:

“I am thrilled to welcome Maya Moore into the Jordan Brand. Not only has Maya proven to be a prolific winner on the court, but her hunger and determination to make an impact off the court makes her a valuable addition to the Jordan family. We look forward to working with Maya as she carries her success to the next level.”

Moore was this year’s WNBA number one draft pick. She will be starting next season as a Minnesota Lynx.  Recognized for leading her UConn team to a 90-game winning streak with 2 championship titles, she is considered one of the top women’s basketball players.

She too is excited to represent the brand. On her endorsement deal, she said:

“As a student of the game, it is a dream come true to align myself with a brand that has a rich history in sports. Like most kids, I grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and continue to work relentlessly to reach his iconic status on the court. I’m truly motivated to take my career to the next level as a member of Team Jordan.”

Beyonce Never Fails to Inspire

Since Beyonce’s Single Ladies video, people have lived for her choreography. Beyonce has inspired a ton of remakes and recreates and the choreo for her latest is no different. Art is contagious and the excitement behind dance spreads like wild fire.

Choreographers Sean Bankhead and duo, D-Ray and Marcus have given us their own renditions of  “Who Run the World (Girls)”.  Together the videos have received over 2 million views.

Sean Bankhead

D-Ray & Marcus

Chaka Khan Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

On Thursday May 19th, Singer Chaka Khan was presented with a well deserved star during her Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony in Hollywood, California.

Over a span of 45+ years, Ms. Khan has created classic hits such as “Sweet Thing”, “Through the Fire”, “I’m Every Woman” and many more. She was joined by her mother Sandra, friends Stevie Wonder and entertainment exec Benny Medina.

Maybe now Glee will continue the Chaka Khan wave and finally let Amber Riley sing one of Khan’s classics or will the campaigning continue?

New Obama Campaign Merchandise

After Donald’s Trump birth certificate controversy and now a book by Jerome Corsi titled “Where’s the Birth Certificate?”, the Obama 2012 Campaign team has realized that the drama just won’t go away. So, why not make light of it and add a little humor. Julianna Smoot, deputy campaign manager wrote on barackobama.com, “The only thing we can do is laugh at it and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke.”

So to get everybody in on the joke, the Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign has recently released a line of  merchandise printed with the “Made in the USA” slogan and a copy of the President’s original birth certificate.  Very smart move from the campaign team. The merchandise serves as a humorous yet serious marketing strategy…one among many I’m sure. I can’t wait to see what they come up next.

Wish – “Feel Your Beat”

Baltimore songstress and Jive Records newcomer, Wish debuts a video for her first single as a signed artist. Known for promoting self expression, “Feel Your Beat” is right on track. The song alone exuded a much needed sense of  girl power but the video pushed the sassy lyrics over the top with a fun display of confidence, self love and female empowerment. Keep your ears to the streets. I have a feeling Wish is no remake and will give a new feel of music.

The Weekend’s “What You Need”

If you frequent GMPR, you may be familiar with the mystery R&B act, The Weekend. Known for its sexy tracks, The Weekend continues with the video release of “What You Need”.  Heavily compared to a silent movie, this video adds to the mystery. No clues lead to the person behind the voice.

“What You Need” can be found on The Weekend’s mixtape, “House of Balloons”.  “House of Balloons comes highly recommended by music critics. Don’t miss out. Download your copy at www.the-weekend.com

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