#TRENDSETTER: Kanye West’s YE Album and Kim Kardashian

#TRENDSETTER, Art, Articles, Culture, Music, Non-Fiction

By: Steven Underwood

You have an opinion on Kanye’s new album?

Dope. I don’t.

Over the past year, Kanye West has found some justified criticisms, and the fact that he leveraged that criticism into publicity is no one’s fault but the consumers who fell for it. Me? I wasn’t into it, I didn’t buy any of the outrage and any issue I took to his comments were mine own. I very pointedly stated this to a specific twitter account for fine art and art cultivation:

“When I cancel someone for being hazardous to our culture, I don’t mean it ironically. A man stands by his word, and an artist stands by their heart.”

It could be because I wasn’t that much of a fan of Kanye’s to begin with. I know of some who would skin their baby sister alive to breathe Ye’s backwash, and that inflates the legend that was Kanye West for me, but there was really not that much satisfaction I reaped from him.  I bopped to “Jesus Walks,” and “All Falls Down”; I know that College Drop-out was a defining moment for Hip-Hop. I know Donda raised better, and deserves better than what this minstrel show is presenting to us, but I don’t care about Kanye West. Never did. And probably never will.

Speaking of Donda – Kim Kardashian sustains herself on being a trash person and making “ignorant” comments just to increase her revenue that consists itself on drama, negativity and the outrage generated by the stupidity her family perpetuates, so I will NOT be focusing on the Donda’s House scenario much. What I will do, is say I am excited to donate to the advancement and mission of the new community support and outreach program that fills the voice of Donda’s House with the staff that has done such a terrific job at empowering the Community Kanye West once hailed from and Kim Kardashian flies over on her way to some sadidy penthouse.

There are too many underground rappers out here to cape for Kanye West.

Check out the single, “Jungle”, by Villenz from Columbus, OH.

https://open.spotify.com/album/0xabwsZqgrSuaTq419Wqom

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/illy/1017166404

For more music by Villenz, follow their SoundCloud.

https://soundcloud.com/anunnaki-villenz

 

Disagree? Change my mind below in the comments.

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#TRENDSETTER: CONGRATULATIONS TO ‘STREET SERENADE APPAREL’’s GIANNA ROSS @ the #WCWFashionShow

#TRENDSETTER, Fashion

By: Steven Underwood

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#Wcwfashionshow set it off with Gianna (or Gia, as she is affectionately called)’s ode to the Streets.

Yesterday, New Jersey native, Gianna Ross, released her street inspired collection for Street Serenade Apparel. Her line focused on the dynamic looks of rap, hip-hop and black culture, celebrating the fierce nobility in our nouveau noir generation. The bold Centenary University Alum’s showcase stunted, featuring several of her sorors as models for her collection.

“Heart Beat Of The Streets”

An ode to the Streets, Culture, & the People that arose from it. Using the streets as our muse & embracing our journey, from the ground up🥀✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

Do what Janelle Monae said: Femme the future and follow her Movement!

IG: streetserenadeapparel

IG (Owner): Gia_lizz

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#INSPIRE: LOVE FOR GQ

#TRENDSETTER, Articles, Non-Fiction

“I want to be an authentic, unapologetic warrior for black culture and the culture of the street and how it moves. My thing is most importantly to change the narrative of the black race. I can’t relate to anything that isn’t about that.” — Love, formerly Sean Diddy Combs, for GQ April 2018.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from his shoot. Got any favorites? Comment below!

#LISTEN: KISS THE BOY BY KEIYNAN LONSDALE

#TRENDSETTER, Music

By: Steven Underwood

Listen to LEGEND OF

TOMORROW’s Keiynan Lonsdale’s newest single about love, happiness and acceptance. Keiynan Lonsdale is not only known for playing Kid Flash/Wally West on THE FLASH, but coming out as bisexual earlier this year.

For other versions, head over to http://keiynan.com/

Like the song? Comment below!

#DEADPOOL: DONALD GLOVER LEAKS FANTASTIC ‘DEADPOOL’ SCRIPT VIA TWITTER

#TRENDSETTER, Articles, Culture

By: Steven Underwood

“For the record: I wasn’t too busy to work on Deadpool.” Tweeted Donald Glover, moments before dropping a 14 thread false pilot episode, featuring topical jokes such as Sanaa Lathan biting Beyoncé’s and Tekashi69’s (lack of) rap skills. This BOMB dropped just after Glover and his brother parted ways with the Deadpool animated series, where “differences” in creativity were cited. (Pictures below).

After reviewing the script, Glover stated that it was likely his “different” approach that scared away the prospectively lucrative deal.

By different, I of course mean Black.

What do you think? Do you agree Sanaa Lathan bit Beyoncé’s face? Where do you imagine Gambino’s series fitting in? Comment below

#ONYASHELF: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY TOMI ADEYEMI ‘REVIEW’

Articles, Music

By: Steven Underwood

TL;DR: Snow-haired black girl, Zélie Adebola, comes from a race of magical and oppressed race in a world without magic known as Maji. Hated for their violent power and spiritual culture, Zélie embarks on a quest to return the power to her people alongside the timid, yet progressive daughter of the very king who slaughtered their people – and most importantly, her Maji mother – Amami. If only the heir to the crown of Orisha, Inan, shared his sister’s views, rather than a coveted secret.

“Safe?”

Yemi meets my eye with a hatred that impales me like a sword. Though her mouth never opens, her voice rings in my skull.

“Safe ended a long time ago.”

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The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the last examples of why the novel cannot be doomed at such a pivotal stage in the decolonization of Culture. Just as we excavate the shrines of closeted racists, misogynists, sexual predators and bigots from our Art, there leaves open space and room for us to erect new geniuses of the craft. This is not their playground anymore. This will never be their playground ever again. Take from that what you will people who expect us to feel bad for forcing our way through the door and eliminating the mediocre or dry.

With that said, Tomi Adeyemi showcases the brilliance of a story driven by the necessary spirit of characterization. Starting with her protagonist, Zélie, an arrogant and fiery force of revolution and fight, we witness the unfiltered anger that comes with those oppressed. Rather than depicting the narrative of noble forgiveness and the superior power of peace, the author manifests a character who cannot and will not forgive or love an oppressor who wishes her harm that is included in the narratives of specific groups penned by people with an extremely obvious bias in laying the stakes within forgiveness.

This characterization forces out a story that is fresh and exciting because of how simplistic the view is: that you can be all-consumed with anger, and still not be wrong for refusing to relinquish it. Zelie’s fire is by far the most exciting part of the story. Equally, Adeyemi creates a supporting cast of complicated heroes and anti-villains whom emphasize the very real fears of fighting against a society that benefits you, and only seeks to benefit you (Amami): of the realities of resistance and the double-sided nature to those who seek to raise equality only when they themselves are put at risk for oppression (Inan).

Despite a elementary magic system embrightened by a prose and cultural significance that shames the simplistic and forwardly lackluster nature of Harry Potter, the world-building incites feelings of wonder and dream, and even a sadness that even in a world as spectacular as that illustrated by Adeyemi, we still witness the atrocities and pains we find so common in our every day life.

I recommend this book for anyone interested in a decolonized approach to conventional Fantasy or interested in Speculative Fiction.

8.5/10

-1 for Generic Magic System

-.5 for Convoluted Ending

#WATCHITALLFALL: SNAPCHAT EARNS $800MILL DOWNFALL FROM RIHANNA

Articles, Culture

By: Steven Underwood

This past week, SNAPCHAT came under fire after featuring a tasteless ad comparing two photos depicting singer/icon Rihanna with the caption: “”Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown.”

Rather than taking person offense, Rihanna’s commentary on the controversy was instead in defense of all survivors of domestic abuse: “Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there!” Rihanna stated in a brief Instagram caption. “But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb!”

Chris Brown also responded in an amazingly tactical fashion, through attorney, Mark Geragos. “Whoever posted this at SNAPCHAT needs to be slapped.”

According to Vanity Fair, since the controversy was exposed, the ad has since been taken down and SNAPCHAT has suffered a  $800 Million dollar loss: another nail in SNAPCHAT’S growing coffin.

 

Featured Photo Courtesy of New York Times

#MAKEITMAKESENSE: WANDA SYKES JOINS THE MARCH, ‘Netflix offered me less than half’

Articles, Culture

By: STEVEN UNDERWOOD

WORDS TO KNOW: Misogynoiry – misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles in bias. It was coined by queer black feminist Moya Bailey.

Following Mo’Nique’s announcement and call for boycott of Netflix, Comedienne and actor, Wanda Sykes took to twitter to reveal her own experiences with Netflix and pay disparity.

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This pay dispute reveals a mutual pay out of $750,000 for two black women who’ve circulated 50+ years in the entertainment business. This news comes just after the 2nd Annual Women’s March and in the middle of the #METOO campaign, both of which Netflix has all but expressed support of #MeToo and female rights online and in production of “progressive” programming, leading others to question if the support is either performative measures for views or just egregious misogynoiry.

Wanda Sykes was the featured entertainer for the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner, mutually the first African-American woman and first openly LGBT person to perform this task.

Mo’Nique is amongst the most awarded comedians of our time, whom following an alleged blackballing from the wider entertainment industry due to a refusal to promote Precious, cultivated a career as a seasoned comedian and actress outside the influences of wider Hollywood.

Do you agree with the issue of pay disparity in the business? Comment below and follow us for more updates!

#DOSOMETHING: MO’NIQUE CALLS COMMUNITY TO BOYCOT NETFLIX FOR WAGE GAP

Articles, Culture

By: STEVEN UNDERWOOD

This past week, the community was called into action by Queen of Comedy, Academy-Award Winning, Oscar nominee, Mo’Nique when a pay dispute was unearthed for a potential comedy special with Netflix. Where comedienne, Amy Schumer was offered around $12 Million for her special, the veteran comedian, Mo’Nique, was offered only $500,000, revealing a grave pay disparity. Amid the crisis of #MeToo and other pay disputes, including BLACK-ISH’s own Tracy Ellis Ross, there has been arguments of color and gender biases not only with the streaming service, but other production companies – particularly in the light of GIRLS TRIP’s staggering success juxtaposed to the extremely low salary for the actresses involved (Tiffany Haddish) and relative snubbing at the Golden Globes.

In the spirit of fairness, Mo’Nique has invited her audience, fans and Community to participate in a boycott against Netflix for the disparity until fairness is applied.

Associates and Friends of Mo’Nique have taken to sharing Mo’Nique’s legacy of fairness and equality and the tremendous talent showcased by Mo’Nique over 50+ years of work in the entertainment business.

It is known that Mo’Nique poses great risk to her career for challenging Netflix and inviting a sense of equality from the streaming service. Mo’Nique is no stranger to risk, following an alleged blackballing from Hollywood after refusing to promote PRECIOUS just shy of her Academy Award nomination.

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#TRAILBLAZER: DIDDY OFFERS YOUNG H&M BOY $1 MILLION DOLLAR MODELING DEAL

Culture

By: Steven Underwood

Following the recent H&M Controversy, many black and black-coin profiteers  have found cause to take action to adequately punish the company. Musicians such as the Weeknd and G-Eazy have since cut ties from the company, despite the apologies issues by the company.

Never out done, Diddy apparently had a different idea.

According to TVONE,  Entrepreneur and Panther Owner-hopeful, Diddy has reached out to the brilliant young king in the photo and offered a deal worth a whole guap ($1,000,000 USD). There are yet no reports if the child’s representatives have accepted the deal.

How do you feel about this development? Comment below and follow us for more updates!

SOURCE: TVOne

#LOOKOUT: @MEECHONMARS RESTOCKS ‘YOU MATTER” MERCH

Articles, Fashion

By: Steven Underwood

Monday, Actor, Poet and Activist Demetrius Harmon or @Meechonmars announced restocks for his “You Matter” hoodies, available for international shipping, are coming Friday, January 12th to his site.

The hoodies feature a personal message from Harmon on things we tend to forget when discussing mental wellness.

Demetrius Harmon is best knowns for his plentiful contributions to Vine and his BE HAPPY short seen below.

Are you excited for the new merch? Comment below and follow for more updates!

SOURCE: Meechonmars

#LOOKBOOK: CHRISTIAN COMBS AND THE GOLDEN GLOBES

Fashion

BY: STEVEN UNDERWOOD

 

Danai Gurira for ROGUE Magazine’s Winter Issue #8

 

2018 Golden Globe #TimeisUp

 

Christian Combs for DOLCE & GABBANA

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Which is your favorite look? Comment below and Follow us for more updates!