Thursday, August 6, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAYS: MCDONALD'S 'CALVIN'S GOT A JOB' COMMERCIALS!



Back in the early 90s McDonald's created a series of commercials centered on an African-American teen named Calvin from the neighborhood. Through each commercial we saw Calvin's progression from a wayward teen to becoming a part of the management team at McDonald's.


The commercials were meant to promote McDonald's commitment to giving back to the African-American community by providing jobs to people in the community and a possible career path. 

Shoot, you could very possibly even one day own a McDonald's franchise if you let these McDonald's commercials tell it.

"Hey, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. But now... now I'm washing lettuce. Soon I'll be on fries; then the grill. In a year or two, I'll make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in." -Maurice (Louie Anderson), Coming To America

Take a stroll down memory lane and check out the Calvin's Got a Job commercials after the break plus more!

MARIAH CAREY RECEIVES STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME + MORE!



Yesterday (August 5), Mariah Carey received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. 

The singer was supported during her Walk of Fame ceremony by her 4-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe (Roc and Roe), the President of Programming for Black Entertainment Television, Stephen Hill, director and producer Lee Daniels and Brett Ratner, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records, L.A. Reid, and Mariah's fans she affectionately calls lambs.

Mariah's twins Roc and Roe

l-r: Stephen Hill, Brett Ratner, Mariah Carey, Lee Daniels and L.A. Reid

Check out more pictures from Mariah Carey's Walk of Fame ceremony plus video of Moroccan showin' out, after the break!

IT'S A CELEBRATION B!TCHES!: LAURYN HILL'S SON ZION CELEBRATES 18TH BIRTHDAY + MORE!


Smile! Rohan Marley and Lauryn Hill pictured with their son, the birthday boy -- Zion Marley!

Yesterday (August 5), Lauryn Hill's oldest son child, Zion Marley celebrated his 18th birthday and as they say, it was a lituation!


Rappers Jadakiss and Fabolous help Zion celebrate his 18th birthday.

L-Boogie must've pulled some strings because two of New York's finest, rappers Jadakiss and Fabolous were in attendance to help Zion celebrate his birthday

Check out more pictures after the break plus an awesome throwback!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

LET PHILLY DOWN: MEEK RESPONDS TO DRAKE IN 'WANNA KNOW' + DRAKE'S 'BACK TO BACK', SAFAREE'S 'LIFELINE' & NICKI MINAJ'S MESSAGE TO EX




Late this past Thursday (July 30) Meek Mill released Wanna Know, a diss song in response to two diss songs, Charged Up and Back to Back that Drake released in the past week.

 The feud between the two rappers began over a week ago when Meek revealed via Twitter that Drake "don't write his own raps" and was assisted by a ghostwriter named Quentin Miller. For more on that story head here.

Listen to Meek's Wanna Know, Drake's Back to Back, Safaree's Lifeline plus Nicki's message to Safaree, after the break!

SANDRA BLAND'S MOTHER: "SHE WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE NEXT CHAPTER IN HER LIFE" + BOOKING VIDEO RELEASED




Last week Sandra Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal sat down for her first interview since her daughter was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas. 

Earlier this month, 28-year old Sandra Bland was unlawfully arrested for allegedly committing a minor driving violation. To read more on that story head here.

Last Thursday (July 23), Al Sharpton spoke with Mrs. Reed-Veal on his show PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

Al Sharpton: First of all how are you holding up?

Geneva Reed-Veal: By the grace of God. How else do you hold up?

Watch Mrs. Reed-Veal's interview and more after the break

THE TIME JANET JACKSON LOWKEY SNUBBED BIGGIE + JANET'S 'NO SLEEP' VIDEO FEAT. J. COLE




Back in 1995 when Biggie was the hottest rapper in the game and Michael Jackson was well, Michael Jackson! Seriously, since when has Michael not been hot? He passed away over six years ago, and he's still has two albums on this weeks Billboard 200 charts.

So like I was saying, the year was 1995 and comedienne and TV personality Bill Bellamy was still rockin' a wave nouveau and presenting alongside Biggie, MTV's Video Music Award for Best Dance Video. Michael and Janet Jackson took home the Moonman that year for their collaborative smash single Scream.



Check out the video of Janet lowkey snubbing Biggie plus watch Janet's latest video, No Sleep featuring J. Cole after the break!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

IN 'EPIC' NEWS!: PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS KENYA AS THE "FIRST KENYAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT" + #BLACKLIVESMATTER & MORE!


President Obama lands in his ancestral home of Kenya!

President Obama made his first trip to Kenya, the birthplace of his father, Barack Obama, Sr., since becoming the "first Kenyan-American President” of the United States of America! He told the crowd of 4,500, packed in a sports hall in Nairobi,
"I am proud to be the first American president to come to Kenya, and of course I'm the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States." 
The President arrived in Kenya on Friday, July 24, the first stop on his four-day trip to Africa where he also visited Ethiopia.




The President is greeted by his sister Auma Obama and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Uhuru is the son of the first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta.
The senior Kenyatta is famously known for leading Kenya to independence from British colonial rule in 1963. 

One purpose of the President's trip to Kenya was to attend the Entrepreneurship Summit which was held in Nairobi this year. The summit focuses on economic development. 




Check out more pictures of the President's trip to Kenya plus video of him dancing during a State House Dinner and more after the break!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

REST IN PEACE: BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN PASSES AWAY AT 22 + NICK GORDON UNDER INVESTIGATION




Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away today (July 26) at the age of 22, in Duluth, Georgia.



The only child of the late singing legend Whitney Houston, Bobbi-Kristina Brown died today surrounded by family at the Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia.

Bobbi's family moved her to the hospice care facility last month (June 24), after being hospitalized since January 31, 2015, when she was found by her wanksta a__, opportunistic, allegedly abusive a__, scheming a__, bitch-made boyfriend Nicki Gordon and their mutual friend Max Lomas, unconscious in a bathtub at Bobbi Kristina's home in Roswell, Georgia.

Check out MORE pictures of Bobbi Kristina through the years plus find out how Bobbi's best friend is helping authorities investigate allegations that Nick Gordon was physically and mentally abusive towards Bobbi Kristina. 

DRAKE RELEASES 'CHARGED UP' DISS & MEEK MILL RESPONDS + MORE!


Sidebar: Damn, Champagne Papi done got all fine and whatnot! *waves* Heeey, boo! *wink*
At the close of Drake’s Beats 1 radio show, OVO Sound, yesterday (July 25), he decided to release a diss track titled Charged Up.

The diss track is aimed at Meek Mill in response to the controversy Meek started this week when he disclosed via Twitter (I mean how else do people communicate nowadays. *insert sarcasm and an eye roll*), that Drake not only uses a ghostwriter, but he also used a ghostwriter for his verse on the track R.I.C.O.

R.I.C.O. is a track that appears on Meek Mill’s latest No. 1 charting album, Dreams Worth More Than Money.

Interesting enough, both Drake and Quentin Miller are listed as writers on the song credits.

Listen to Drake’s Charged Up below!

Friday, July 24, 2015

DIRECTOR KNOWS BEST!: 'SELMA' DIRECTOR AVA DUVERNAY TWEETS SANDRA BLAND'S ARREST VIDEO EDITED + AUTOPSY PHOTOS & MORE!


**Warning:** This post contains strong language which may be unsuitable for children.



If anyone knows a thing or two about video editing, it's award-winning director Ava DuVernay!

This past week (July 21-23) DuVernay tweeted, "I edit footage for a living. But anyone can see that this official video has been cut. Read/watch. Why? #SandraBland."

The director's tweets were in reference to Sandra Bland's arrest video footage released by the Waller County Texas Police Department earlier this week.

For those of you Chicks and Dicks who have not been following this story, Sandra Bland was a 28-year-old African-American woman who recently relocated to Texas from Chicago, Illinois, to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University.

Sandra was pulled over for a minor traffic violation by a coward ass, punk bitch ass, sucker state trooper named Brian Encinia on Friday, July 10, 2015. Apparently Sandra actually saw Mark buster ass Encinia speeding up behind her and did what any reasonable driver would do, and drove her car out of traffic and pulled over on the side of the road.

However, Encinia being the bitch-made punk that he is decided Bland had committed a minor driving violation for not signaling when she drove her car out of traffic and pulled over on the side of the road in an effort to comply with Encinia's hoe ass, who reportedly was trailing behind Sandra Bland's car at a high rate of speed.

Several minutes after Encinia pulled Bland over for an alleged minor driving violation, Bland accurately asserted her legal rights and appeared unintimidated by Encinia's presence.

This devilish coward bitch Encinia then forcefully removed Bland from her vehicle, threatened to "light [her] up" with a taser,  slammed Bland's head into the concrete pavement and UNLAWFULLY arrested her for resisting arrest.

On Monday, July 13, 2015, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell. The Waller County Jail claims she committed suicide, but we ain't buying that shit it! 

Check out the footage of Sandra Bland's arrest after the break plus more from Ava!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: THE TIME TUPAC SHOT TWO CORRUPT POLICE OFFICERS... AND GOT AWAY WITH IT!



How Sway?

According to varying reports, deceased rap legend Tupac Shakur was in Atlanta for a concert performance, when two off-duty Atlanta officers in plain-clothes alleged that a car carrying Tupac and his entourage nearly hit them and their spouse as they walked across a street in Atlanta.

However, according to Tupac's step-brother Morpreme Shakur, Tupac was being a Good Samaritan and came to the defense of a stranger who was being harassed by the two off-duty officers

Morpheme says Tupac witnessed two men --he claims Tupac had no idea that the two men were police officers, harassing a Black man. When Tupac went to assist the man, the two officers told Tupac to "mind his business". Morpheme said shortly after this exchange, the officers took out their guns and used them to smash the windows of the vehicle transporting Tupac.

According to Morpheme, Tupac then kneeled to one knee, drew his gun and fired shots at the plain-clothes off-duty officers, hitting both plain clothes officers in the buttocks.

Check out a video of Morpreme explaining the shooting and more after the break!

MEEK MILL SAYS DRAKE DOES NOT “WRITE HIS OWN RAPS!” + MEET DRAKE'S "GHOSTWRITER" QUENTIN MILLER & MORE!

*Read Meek’s tweets from the bottom up.*


Meek Mill is on his "I said what I said" (shouts to NeNe)!



And Meek said or rather tweeted, "Stop comparing [D]rake to me too…. He don’t write his own raps!" Meek continued "That’s why he ain’t tweet my album because we found out!"


Read MUCH more of Meek's tweets plus meet Drake's "ghostwriter" and MORE after the break!

MEET THE ELBAS!: IDRIS SHARES PHOTOS OF SON WINSTON & DAUGHTER ISAN


Cuteness!

Actor Idris Elba recently posted a picture on his Instagram page of his adorable son Winston. 

Idris captioned the photo: "Win win." Idris and his girlfriend Naiyana Garth welcomed Winston into the world in 2014.



Check out more pictures of Winston and Idris' beautiful daughter Isan Elba after the break!

WHAT'S BEEF?: GHOSTFACE KILLAH CHECKS ACTION BRONSON FOR TALKING RECKLESS ON SPORTSNATION



WHAT'S BEEF‬?






Beef is when Ghostface Killah puts DOWN the remote control and informs you: 'I want you to enjoy your summer...


Ghostface Killah, a founding member of the legendary rap group/crew the Wu Tang Clan, had to  check rapper Action Bronson earlier this week after Bronson went on ESPN's SportNation and tried to break fly/get cute.

...And that's your fat funky a__, n____! -Ghostface Killah

Check out Action Bronson's appearance on SportsNation where he got Ghostface ALL the way f__ked up and Ghost's reply after the break!

Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 BET AWARDS RED CARPET + PRESSROOM + CANDIDS PICTURES


Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross hosted this years BET Awards

The Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards took place this past Sunday (June 28) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California and I made it back into the country (Sidebar: I can't wait to do a travel post, hopefully in July or August about my trip!) just in time --actually I missed the first 45 minutes, to watch the Awards! 

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, who star in ABC's hit television show Black-ish, were the hosts of this year's award show, which marked the 15th anniversary of the BET Awards.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Ciara and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather

Black-ish star Miles Brown (his smile *melts*) posed with his TV parents on the red carpet.

How freaking adorable is Miles in this picture?!
Singer/actress Brandy graced the red carpet.

2015 BET AWARDS PERFORMANCES [PHOTOS + VIDEOS] + #BLACKLIVESMATTER!


Kendrick Lamar's Opens 2015 BET Awards with Alright




I haven't been feeling Kendrick Lamar since he made these comments,
What happened to [Michael Brown] should've never happened. Never. But when we don't have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don't start with just a rally, don't start from looting -- it starts from within."
However, he opened the BET Awards with a powerful performance with Alright.

2015 BET AWARDS WINNERS' LIST + JANET JACKSON ACCEPTS 'ULTIMATE ICON' AWARD [PHOTOS + VIDEO]






1. Rae Sremmurd won Best Group

2. Common "Extend a Hand"  and John Legend won Best Collaboration for Glory

3. Kendrick Respectability Politics Lamar won Best Male Hip Hop Artist


Rapper Nicki Minaj brought her lovely mom Carol Maraj onstage when she accepted Best Female Hip Hop Artist award.

During her acceptance speech, Nicki gave a shout out to new rapper DeJ Loaf for being "very, very interesting to [Nicki] and super forward."

Oh, ok...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS WIN THE 2015 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP + ANDRE IGUODALA AWARDED MVP + RILEY CURRY + FUNNY GAME 6 MEMES + LEFTOVERS



The Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA championship last night (June 16)!


Way up... I feel blessed! #GodIsSoGood


For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA champions! 

The Warriors beat the LeBron James' led Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 of the NBA finals. 



To see over 80+ pictures of:
  • Game 6;
  • Riley Curry;
  • the hilarious memes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, etc... and;
  • leftover pictures from Game 1 that I never got around to posting, click the READ MORE link below!

Friday, May 29, 2015

NBA FINALS 2015: LEBRON JAMES' CAVALIERS VS. STEPH CURRY'S WARRIORS + RILEY CURRY!



Finally an NBA final series I can actually get excited about watching!

I was born in 1980 and raised in the 80s and 90s, so I grew up truly spoiled with regards to witnessing some of the greats in the NBA, NCAA, NFL, Track and Field, Gymnastics, and even the NHL --never have and never will be able to get into baseball #SorryNotSorry, achieve amazing feats in their respective sport.
Growing up, you could be a girl obsessed with Whitney Houston, En Vogue, and the color purple; be extremely talkative and inquisitive; ALWAYS seem to be getting into trouble with your friends; and still some how manage to know the names and positions of the starting 6 players on almost every NBA team.
However, somewhere around the mid-2000s

Monday, May 18, 2015

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!: NICKI MINAJ TEAMS UP WITH BEYONCE IN "FEELING MYSELF" [FULL VIDEO]



Nicki Minaj released her Feeling Myself music video featuring Beyoncé, off of Nicki's The Pinkprint album, exclusively on Tidal a couple of hours ago!

BUT, here is the gotcha, gotcha! You have to subscribe to Tidal to watch the video in its entirety.

After finishing my write-up, I haphazardly found an embedded code for the video *pats self on the back*.

Now, I heard through the grapevine that Tidal has been offering a free 30-day subscription for its service since 'The Press Conference', a month or so back. However, I'm just not interested because:
  1. My short-term memory has been shot to shit since attending law school, so I would mess around and forget to cancel my Tidal subscription before the trial period ended and be blown (*chants* Student loans, student loans; must pay off my MASSIVE student loans or at least die trying!); and
  2. I'm not into streaming music --I just don't get how people pay to listen to music when they could just purchase it. I only do ownership, no take backs!
There are a couple of clips of the Feeling Myself video floating around Instagram, and this one struck a cord with me.



A video posted by Be Crvel. (@crvelsummer) on




I like gangsta Beyoncé --we could hang! Check out the FULL Feeling Myself video after the break!