Archive for the ‘1 2 Watch’ Category

The 1 2 watch
January 4, 2010

Attention!  The large void in the female MC game is about to be filled. Nicki Minaj has already proven that she has the fire power to do so.   Originally from Queens, NY, Nicki is new ‘first lady’ of Young Money.  Her verse on the rap group’s single “Bedrock” has become the anthem for all women who aren’t afraid to flaunt their sexuality and her single “I Get Crazy” (featuring Lil’ Wanye) is blowing up the clubs.  Not to mention her mixtapes are doing so well they might as well be albums.

The self-proclaimed ‘mistress’ is being compared to her Young Money teammate Drake for her contemporary and clever rhymes.  Like vintage Lil´ Wayne, Drake and Nicki have really mastered the art of twisting words to make a line more clever than the laws of proper english allow.

I love female MCs.  I think any woman who has the balls to step into any industry heavily dominated by men deserves her respect.  And when you do it well, you gain a fan.  The thing I like most about female MCs  is there take on sexuality.  It puts women in control which is refreshing when the rap industry constantly portrays women as submissive.  Nicki takes female sexuality in hip-hop to another level with her graphic creativity.  That’s what makes her fun and interesting to listen to.

This last semester, like I said in an earlier post, was unbelievably intense.  The work load plus my non-stop schedule made it one of the hardest things I have ever done.  But Nicki Minaj got me through.  I listened to her mixtape It´s Barbie Bitch on repeat.  It´s two-minute samples of songs keeps your attention, while her amazingly witty lyrics make you listen closely.

Although this post is long overdue, and she is already blowing up, Nicki Minaj is the 1 2 watch.

footnote:  Above is the ‘music video’ for “Itty Bitty Piggy” (one of my favorite tracks on her mixtape).  Below is a video of Nicki and former 1 2 watch Wale going at it.  Enjoy.

The 1 2 watch
June 24, 2009

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I went to Beyonce’s I AM… Tour at Madison Square Garden.  I am going to get into that later.  I am so blown away I need to get it together.  Beyonce had no act opening for her for most of her European tour, but the American leg added the new girl group Richgirl.

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I am sold.  Richgirl consists of four young ladies:  Seven, Lyndriette, Audra and Brave.  I cannot pick a favorite yet, but I can say Brave is a diva in the making.  She worked that stage.  Lyndriette is so beautiful with an amazing voice.

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Richgirl has not be on the map for very long at all.  Their first single, “24’s (feat. Bun B)”was released in February of this year.  I wasn’t aware of the Richgirl until their latest single “He Ain’t With Me Now (Tho),” which my friend Tiffany introduced me too.  The song is fire.  The beat is slammin’.  I’m a fan.

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Their style as a group is a mix between En Vogue and the original Destiny’s Child.  En Vogue because all the girls can sing and do on the track.  People are calling Lyndriette a “mini-Beyonce.”  I don’t know about all that, but I can see it.

Richgirl is very new and ‘wet behind the ears.’  That comes across in their live show.  They only performed their two singles and an a capella version of “Over the Rainbow” to ‘prove’ their vocal talent.  It is obvious that someone threw this group together to get them ready to open for Beyonce, but I loved every minute of it.  I think with this exposure, they can do some great things.  Richgirl is the 1 2 watch.

The 1 2 watch
June 4, 2009

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Looks like D.C. is getting a rap star. Yesterday, Rapper Wale (Pronounced Wahh-lay) came out with his new music video for his single “Chillin” featuring Lady Gaga.  I have been a Wale fan for a while.  A Mixtape about Nothing, based off the show Seinfeld is genius to me.

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Wale is a Washington D.C. native and reps it to the fullest.  He was recently signed to Interscope records and managed by Roc Nation.  His debut album titled Attention Deficit is set to come out this fall.  Wale takes a lot of pride in D.C. and incorporates the local music, such as G0-Go and Baltimore Club Music, into his beats and rhymes.

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When I first heard the song “Chillin” featuring Lady Gaga, I was not blown away.  It is not my favorite Wale song, but if it gets him into the Hip Hop spotlight then more power to him.  I was concerned that the video would have a strong focus on Lady Gaga because she is so big right now, but it stays true to Wale and showcases the part of D.C. you don’t see on CNN (shout out to Ben’s Chili Bowl).

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He is gradually becoming more well know.  He recently performed his new single on The Carson Daly Show.  Wale also has a new mixtape called Back to the Feature which will be released later this month.  I think he is making some smart choices with his career and I cannot wait to see what he does.  He is very clever and talented and deserves success. Wale is the 1 2 watch.

RUN to the MET
May 20, 2009

Model as Muse

Finally saw Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I blogged about it even before seeing it because I was so excited. The actually result was phenomenal. I was blown away. Every detail from the music and lighting to the avant-garde hair on the mannequins was flawless. I could go everyday.

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I feel like my 20th Century Style and Design professor Michael Casey produced this exhibit himself. It felt like a giant review of the course. I am happy that I was knowledgeable going into it, because many famous garments from iconic fashion photos are not displayed with the image. The exhibit is great if you are not familiar with fashion history, but is extraordinary if you are.

Above is a clip from the film Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?. This clip is featured in the exhibit when talking about the models and fashion of the 1960’s. At 4:12 Donyale Luna (one of my favorite models of all time) is seen and she looks impeccable. She took my breath away. The metal garments in the film are displayed at the museum.

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Overall, I would highly recommend this exhibit. Not only does it show of classic garments from the past and present, but it profiles the canvas’. The models. You might me surprised at how much you already know.

Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion is running from May 6, 2009–August 9, 2009 in the Tisch Galleries on the 2nd floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hurry!

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May 18, 2009

I am so excited for Precious, formally know as Push: Based on a novel by Sapphire. This movie looks incredible.  It’s introducing Gabby Sidibe as Precious and she is really bringing it.  But the breakout-star is Mo’Nqiue.  She has been raking in the awards and receiving great reviews for this role.  It is a big step up from Hair Show and Phat Girlz.  The movie won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and has Oprah’s stamp of approval.  The cast is full of a weird mix of actors who haven’t really had a chance to shine, including Paula Patton (Idlewild & Deja Vu) and Mariah Carey (Glitter), but the mix seems to work.  I hope they hold this movie until Oscar season cause it is looking like a good contender.  Plus, that gives me time to read the book.

The Girlfriend Experience is something I came across on Apple Trailers.  I know nothing of the film or the people in it, but the trailer was so interesting.  I was blown away.  It was clever and very well edited.  The star Sasha Grey, is an acclaimed adult film star who is making her debut in a mainstream film. If the movie is anywhere near as fascinating, I will see it.

Little Ashes is going to be nuts.  I cannot quite figure out how I feel about it.  It is Robert Pattinson‘s chance to prove he himself as a talented young actor, maybe the next Leo, and NOT a typecast for every tween romantic comedy.  Twlight put him on that map but if he wants Hollywood to take him seriously, he has to wow us here.  Playing Salvador Dali can go really right, or really wrong.  He seems to have picked a good role (Hollywood loves a straight playing a gay), but can he follow through?  The preview looks weird, and a little anti-climatic.  I hope I’m not disappointed.

Finally, Nine looks like heaven.  It is basically everything I live for in a Hollywood movie musical.  It looks like a combo of everything I love from Moulin Rouge mixed with everything I love from Chicago and Dame Judi Dench to seal the deal.  It is over flowing with Academy Award winners so the fact that Fergie is in it throws me off.  This also look like an Oscar contendor, so I am sure we will not be seeing it in theatre for a while.  This is high on my list.

It’s about time!
May 13, 2009

I have been waiting for this since I was about 3-years-old and it’s finally here!

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Disney has finally made a BLACK Princess Movie! The Princess and the Frog is set to come out around Christmas time.  I heard about the movie a while ago and I am so excited to see it has a release date.

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The plot is the classic story of the Princess and the Frog Prince.  You know, the one where she has to kiss the frog and it break a spell and turn him back into a prince.  But it’s got a little soul.  It is set in New Orleans in the 1920’s. Plus there is a a “Cajun” firefly that just seems drunk. What’s not to love? Disney is approaching it like a legitimate princess cartoon movie and bringing back Ron Clements and John Musker (the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin).

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And to put the cherry on top, Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) is the voice of Princess Tiana.  The cast is full of stars including Terrence Howard, Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman and Jennifer Lewis.

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Honestly, it is about time for a black princess.  Without getting too detailed, Disney has given almost every other race a princess movie.  And yes, I’ve noticed.  We had Pocohantas, Mulan, Jasmine, Belle (who’s french), and a red-headed mermaid that the Irish people could claim, but black people had nothing.  I remember having to pretend Nala from The Lion King was black just cause she was from Africa, but she’s a lion!

footnote: Brandy, Whitney and Whoopi and Disney’s version of Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was amazing, but NOT a princess movie.

Penis Power.
May 7, 2009

If you haven’t seen this… you MUST watch it.

Sure it is long, but it is SO real. Everything this woman is saying is so true. And she holds nothing back. If you can get past the sexual hilarity and vulgarity,  Alexyss K. Tylor really gets into some psychological things that you ladies out there need to hear.

Penis Power


footnote: “All penises are NOT created equal.”

The 1 2 C
May 5, 2009

If you go to 1 museum this summer, make it the Met.  The Costume Institute is hosting the new fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.  The event is made possible by Marc Jacobs as Honorary chair with Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and Anna Wintour as c0-chairs.  The exhibit focuses on the relationship of high fashion designers and beauty icons who inspire them.

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The exhibition starts with Christian Dior and the ‘New Look’ of the late 1940’s through muses and models of today.  The exhibit will highlight timeless beauties like Dovima, Dorian Leigh, Twiggy, Peggy Moffit, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and many more.  Not only will the model’s be profiled, but the revolutionary designers who used them to inspire and showcase their designs.

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After taking 20th Century Style and Modern Design last year with Professor Michael Casey, I have a new appreciation for the relationship of designers and their muses.  Casey was a huge fan of these profound relationship through fashion history and made sure we got it.  I am so excited this exhibit is coming out now when I can really appreciate it, after studying it last semester.

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The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion’s gala took place last night.  It opens to the public tomorrow.  It will be open May 6th through August 9th.  So, if you take a trip to the Met, make sure you make time for The Model as Muse exhibit and Maelstorm.  They are the 1’s 2 C.

Make me FAMOUS!
April 29, 2009

Alexis Jones in the Ms. FIT 2009 Pageant

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April 28, 2009

The Orphan preview showed before Obsessed and I have never seen a theater so scared 30 seconds into a trailer! Nothing’s scarier then a creepy little kid. This is a must see if you’re a scary movie person.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is my least favorite book out of the series, but it is looking like my favorite movie so far. I think the movies only get better. And ever since I saw Daniel Radcliffe’s breathtaking performance in Eqqus, I see legitimate actor. Check it out!

Taking Woodstock looks so good. It is right up my best friend Courtney’s ally. Emile Hirsh is involved and he picks great roles (minus Speedracer). If Across the Universe and Milk had a baby and Ang Lee is the surrogate mother it would be Taking Woodstock.