Girl Keep It! Mariah Carey to Perform New Year’s Eve Special…Again

 

Mariah Carey is returning to the stage…the one we’re trying to forget about. Yes,  social media backlash, a media circus, and public embarrassment can’t keep a good diva down. The “Dreamlover” songstress announced on Instagram her plans to return to Dick Clark’s “New Years Rockin’ Eve” event.

Still incredulous? I don’t blame you, but there’s proof below.

Take 2. #RockinEve #NYE 🎉🥂

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Now, this doesn’t mean I’m counting her out just yet. Mariah Carey is, if nothing else, resilient. Many times during her long (and successful) career, she’s been counted out by the media. However, at some point it’s time to just bow out gracefully. The girl has hits on top of hits to her name. There’s really no reason for her to perform to begin with. I get that she wants to be “seen,” but really? There has to be some other way to handle whatever new project she’s hoping this will call attention to.

I mean, it’s going to take her performing a miracle on stage to make us forget this:

If nothing else, expect this to be entertaining…even if it’s for all the wrong reasons. Will you be tuning in?

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Aaron Carter Confirms Bisexuality

 

This has been quite the year for Aaron Carter, bisexual implications aside. After a harrowing journey to overcome his drug addiction, the “I Want Candy” singer is ready to fully embrace his sexuality.

Speaking to Jeffrey Masters about his change of heart after initially only planning to date women, Carter revealed:

“I definitely embrace my bisexuality and, you know, it’s still new to me. Who knows what the future has to bring.Whether it’s a relationship with a guy…I’m single, and I look forward to what the future has to bring when it comes to a good relationship.”

Most of you will recall how Aaron Carter snatched us from our seats with that tweet. At first, he told TMZ that he had no interest in women. Isn’t it funny how things change so quickly? Oh, and about that tweet. Here’s what he said initially:

Don’t expect proto-Bieber to fly out of the gates with his new boyfriend any time soon though. When Jeffrey Masters asked if he still had misgivings about dating a man, Aaron said:

“No, I don’t feel like that. I don’t know, I’m still confused about it. About bisexuality…I don’t know, I’m single right now. I don’t know what’s gonna come my way.”

And how will these revelations shape his upcoming music? Well, he’s still figuring that part out.

“It’s something that I’ve already thought about for the album after this one. It’s already been thought through.”

Aaron, honey, if you need some help, I know a rapper who recently revealed he uses Grindr. I’m just saying. Birds of a feather, my dear.

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Eminem Teases New Music Video With Beyonce

 

Newly homosexual Eminem is in “pre-hype mode” for his upcoming album Revival. The song hasn’t gained much traction on the Billboard charts, but there’s still hope. What the rapper needs is a key visual to really kick-start this new era of his. So how is he planning on catching our interest this time around?

Enter Beyonce, the visual artist.

According to the short video released by the Eminem, it looks like he’s going to be serving us THEATER, hunny! Check out a teaser clip from newly-released duet “Walk On Water” below.

It looks quite interesting, but only time will tell at this point. Beyonce’s other duet with Ed Sheeran, “Perfect,” managed to knock it out of the park. Maybe there’s still hope.

Or maybe I could just, you know, enjoy the song. There’s also that…

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Eminem Admits to Using Grindr

 

Is Eminem gay? I know, what a tabloid-y question. But according to Slim Shady himself, he may be playing both sides of the fence. Interesting.

In a recent interview with Vulture magazine, the “Lose Yourself” rapper was asked about his dating life, and his response was…well…unexpected.

When asked if he dates anyone, he responded:

“It’s tough. Since my divorce I’ve had a few dates and nothing’s panned out in a way that I wanted to make it public. Dating’s just not where I’m at lately.”

Of course, it get more interesting from there. Here’s a direct pull from the actual interview:

Interviewer: “When you were dating, how’d you meet people? Tinder?”
Eminem: “I mean, yeah.”

Interviewer: “Are you being serious?”
Eminem: “Yeah, Tinder.”

Interviewer: “Really?”
Eminem: “[Laughs] And Grindr. I also used to go to strip clubs.”

He also professed his love of going to strip clubs, telling the interviewer, “What can I say? Going to strip clubs is how I was meeting some chicks. It was an interesting time for me.”

So there you have it. Eminem just casually admitted to using a gay hookup app. Yes, the same rapper who at one time was infamous for his love of homophobic slurs. But you know what they say. The ones who constantly use the slurs are the ones who like to…you know what? Never mind. I’ll just leave it at that for now. I’m still in shock.

Of course, this is Eminem we’re talking about. I’m sure he’ll either deny or say it was all a joke by the time I finish typing this article out.

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R. Kelly Caught R. Kelly’ing: Underage Victim Steps Forward

A  young woman has stepped forward with shocking claims concerning R. Kelly. According to her, she was allegedly groomed and molested by the singer not long after that infamous 2008 trial. Strap yourself in, sugars.

Jerhonda Johnson alleges that she met R. Kelly while the latter was at the center of his child molestation trial. You’ll recall that during this time he faced 14 counts of child pornography. Johnson claims she was 16-years-old when the abuse began. A timeline of accusations for the “Step in the Name of Love” bandana-wearer can be found here.

On why she is now choosing to come forward:

“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do. I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him. He’s brainwashed them really bad, and it kind of reminds me of Charles Manson. I just really hope I can help these women out. Kelly needs to be stopped.”

Of course, Kelly’s representatives have all denied all of the accusations, dismissing them as attempts to further harm his career. Of course, it’s uncertain just how much can be salvaged at this point.

Kelly’s team responded with:

“The allegations against Mr. Kelly are false, and are being made by individuals known to be dishonest. It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career. Mr. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation.”

If you’ve been following the R. Kelly drama, you’ve noticed many of his supporters say the same thing about his alleged sex cult. Instead of acknowledging R. Kelly’s well-documented pattern of behavior, they’ve decided to let it fly. Why? Because “They’re all consenting adults.” Well, that’s not entirely the case anymore according to Johnson. Will they continue to defend this man even as new evidence seems to mount with each passing day? Only time will tell.

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Azealia Banks Performs “The Big Beat” On “Good Day New York”

Not gonna lie, folks. I had several chicken jokes in store for you, but I’m going to save them for a better time. And we all know a better time will eventually arrive when it comes to our beloved Azealia Banks.

You either hate her, love her, or are confused as to what planet she’s actually from. However, the general consensus is that Azealia Banks makes damn good Hip Hop music. With that being said, the “Ice Princess” chocolateer graced the “Good Day New York” stage to perform “The Big Beat,” pulled from last year’s mixtape, “Slay-Z.”

Curious as to how that went down? Keep readings, my sugars.

Okay, not bad, right? Now here’s my main problem with watching this performance. Are you ready for it? I cringed.

I didn’t cringe because her performance sucked. On the contrary, Azealia Banks is not a boring performer by any stretch. I cringed because at this point in the game, the girl should be doing so much better than a crimson curtain backdrop with two hit or miss backup dancers. I was one of the ones who rooted for this girl to succeed. Of course, that was prior to the whole “tar baby” tirade on Twitter during the height of her hysteria. Is it possible for someone like Azealia to make a comeback? Unfortunately, there is.

Chicken-slaying and self-hate aside, you have to remember who our president is. If he can be as belligerent as possible and sit on the highest seat in America, then why can’t Azealia see mainstream success? I mean, I’m not personally about to buy it. I’m the cousin who came to the cookout to be nosy and watch. The real question becomes…

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I Really Tried to Like the Wonder Woman Movie

I really tried to like Wonder Woman. Really, I did. As one of my ultimate favorite superheroes, I was more than excited when they announced she would get her own standalone movie. Still, I found myself dazed, confused, and well…bored upon seeing her grace the big screen.

As someone who’s always prided himself on being one of the few people in my circle who can actually enjoy things without picking them apart, this was a hard pill to swallow. I went to see a movie with a 92% Rotten Tomato score, and I ended up being unimpressed with it as a whole.

A few things that really bothered me?

The Action

The action scenes were amazing…when they weren’t constantly interrupted by slow motion close-up shots. Diana would kick a bad guy. Said bad guy would fly out of a window in slow motion. Time would speed up when Diana turned around to face another baddie…only to slow down again when she reached for her sword. Every. Single. Punch. Nearly every step taken in an action scene involved the overuse of slow motion. It became jarring the majority of the time.

The Pacing

This movie was too long. Let’s face it. Much of its screen time could have been reduced, especially the scenes in the third act. By then, it felt like the movie was padding itself to make you wait until the inevitable final boss battle at its climax. Hopefully this doesn’t become a habit with DC’s movies being overlong just for the sake of it (looking at you, Justice League).

The Villain

For every wonderful superhero, there has to be a bad guy or a bad situation that truly elevates the story and raises the stakes. Ares’ anticlimactic reveal at the end of the film was both disappointing and boring. By then, I was ready for the end credits to roll, and the fight scene between the two was nowhere near as impressive as Wonder Woman’s fight against Doomsday.

You have to understand. Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, male or female. After the unnecessarily botched Batman v. Superman, much was riding on Wonder Woman’s big screen success. With Marvel continuing to kick DC into the ground in terms of consistency, redemption was necessary.

Enter Wonder Woman. No, literally. I’m still amazed at how someone can mess up a movie about Superman and Batman fighting each other, but it still happened. One thing many critics agreed on? Wonder Woman was the best part of the movie.

So, no I didn’t have a problem with Gal Gadot’s performance. I didn’t think the story was lackluster. I thought it was pretty consistent with its source material. I didn’t have a problem with the woman-only screenings or the ridiculous politics surrounding the film. I simply didn’t like it. Yet, I understand and respect its position as a game-changer for female superheroes (and female leads in general).

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Would You Date a Guy Who Used to Stink?

Now hear me out. Would you date a guy who used to stink or didn’t practice proper hygiene? No, I’m not “asking for a friend.” It occurred to me (and many of you I’m sure) that there are those of us who don’t exactly keep ourselves very clean.

It can range from bad breath to borderline refusing to wear deodorant. Now this isn’t something exclusive to men. I’ve met plenty of women who suffer from poor hygiene habits as well. That article is for another day. Today, we’re focusing on the male species.

So, say you spot this wonderfully attractive guy  while at the bar one night. All evening, the two of you try to communicate telepathically that you’re interested in one another from afar. You finally manage to snag his attention. He smiles this gorgeous, porcelain-set smile and begins to approach you.

His stench introduces itself to you before he has a chance to close in.

You begin to sweat, red lights begin flashing, the beautiful stranger begins to morph into one of the zombies from “Thriller.” You find a way to excuse yourself from the bar just before he reaches your seat. What wasted potential, right? You tell a couple of your girlfriends about him before you make a hasty retreat. Now that they know he stinks, he’s a goner.

Now say one of this dude’s homeboys calls him out on his funk (or God forbid his own mother). He reminisces on the night when he tried to approach you, but you sprouted wings and flew for the nearest exit. He realizes maybe he needs to get himself together before he tries to approach another woman (or man, whatever).

If you ran into him again, would you date him? Would you even allow him to approach you? What would be going on through your mind the next time you saw him? This time around, he smells quite delectable, his skin looks better, and he’s even started ironing his T-shirts. Would your first encounter with him still dull his new shine in your mind?

Look, first impressions are everything, right? From a personal standpoint, I’m not saying the dude is doomed to be alone forever. We all have our faults. However, some would still be repulsed by his stinky history. Others would be willing to give him a second chance.

Which one are you?

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When Will BET Cancel Chris Brown?

 

Before we get to Chris Brown, let’s make something clear. The BET Awards were nothing short of a Mortal Kombat tournament this weekend. The Ginyu Force Rap group Migos nearly Kamehameha’d Joe Budden after the latter made a dramatic exit in the middle of an unnecessarily shady interview.

Of course, the action didn’t dare stop there. A member of Chris Brown’s party later punched one of Migos’ members, Quavo, leading to your typical Tuesday morning high school brawl. Luckily no one was severely injured during the scuffle, but it still begged the question. Why was Chris Brown invited in the first place?

This is the same man who was just slapped with a 5-year restraining order by his ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran. This is the same man who threatened violence against her over JEWELRY he had GIFTED HER. Meaning, the jewelry was no longer his. And anyone who’s followed the troubled rent-a-thug knows this is far from surprising behavior. Since the infamous 2009 incident involving Rihanna, Chris Brown has repeatedly found himself either directly or indirectly involved in violent situations. What’s more, he has proven for nearly a decade that he isn’t going to change said behavior any time soon.

So then why is he able to perform at the BET Awards time and time again? Most importantly, why was he allowed to even be at the same event as Karreuche given their hostile relationship? What message is BET trying to send to its young female viewers? You now have two documented instances of Chris Brown either threatening violence or actually becoming violent towards women, and he’s still allowed to perform on and host after parties on your network?

When is enough going to be enough? What is Chris Brown going to have to do to someone before its’ decided that his presence is detrimental to the efforts of domestic abuse survivors? Hopefully, there will not come a day when he does do something awful enough. Still, BET, your network is accountable. What will it take for you to cancel Chris Brown?

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Janet Jackson’s Creative Director: “She Would Never Accept a Payout”

This is starting to get messy already.

Heavily-debated Queen of Pop Janet Jackson is currently facing a firestorm over the legitimacy of her…you know…personal business regarding her marriage.

After reports surfaced that she and Wissam Al Mana had divorced, it wasn’t long until the public immediately honed in on finances. Labeled the “billion dollar divorce,” the commentary on Janet’s failed marriage has gotten pretty nasty.

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