In the middle of meetings and other important tasks that filled my day, I caught wind of some Twitter beef between a few popular rappers and media personalities. I can’t say I read enough of the tweets to know what happened but I have a few observations.
We make really dumb people famous. I was trying put my finger on why and it occurred to me that smart people are far too complex to be discussed through the lens of isolated social media posts. Think about it. It only takes one quote from Donald Trump, Stacey Dash, Raven Symone, etc. to sum up their depth. They aren’t scholars or celebrated thinkers. They’ve not written any books worth reading and probably haven’t read any either.
we choose to make heros and persons of influence out of people who don’t make us think too hard in order to understand them. Even intellectually savvy artists are forced to dumb down their work to be accepted by popular culture.
so… Here’s my challenge to whoever is still reading.nstudy someone complex. Invest some time in an intellectual you respect. Read them. Watch them. Emulate if you want. But, let’s stop promoting ignorant people more than we promote brilliancy.
Halle Berry enjoys Easter with her daughter while vacationing in Hawaii.
Halle may not have gone to church, but the First Family went!
Jay-Z checks into his New York City Hotel!
Lisa Leslie with a burse! I like that she is one of few WNBA woman who show their feminine side!
Jurnee Smollett-Bell checked out the McDonald’s event for the unveiling of their premium wraps. They look nasty. She looks great!
Vivica A. Fox…. she looks great! I like this fashion transformation… She has been looking a lot less cheap lately! SHe and Lisa Ray aren’t sharing clothes anymore?
There will never be a Whitney duplicate. You can’t name one even worthy of being named in the same sentence. There are some greats but Whitney is/was in a class of her own!
Jada Pinkett Smitha nd Willow!
Solange Knowles… Flawless for no reason!
Boris Kodjoe takes a risk.
Janet Jackson and her…. husband!
The lovely Angela Bassett
Dear Keyshia Cole,
I hope this note finds you doing well! I’m writing to address a comment you tweeted yesterday during the Super Bowl regarding Michelle Williams. I was disappointed for many reasons. First of all, it surprised me that an artist would make such a remark in such poor taste when you are aware of the difficulties associated with performing, singing live, etc. That said, you haven’t been as fortunate enough to see big stages such as these in your career so I can understand the degree of ignorance.
I’m also led to believe that you are not aware of the stigma that hangs over your head. You should know very well what it is like to be ridiculed for lack of talent or due to one isolated performance. Remember when the world mocked you back in 2007 after you performed at the City of Refuge? I’ll remind you:
I played your rendition of this Christian classic for a friend and he brought up the point that you could have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of this performance and the size of the crowd, not to mention the Holy Spirit assumed to be flowing through the church. Then it occurred to me that you are often likened to Mary J. Blige, who is the greatest of them all when it comes to performing live with much emotion. She has enough class to respect other artist. If she is your idol, you should follow her lead and fight the urge to offend other working artists.
I could spend a lot of time criticizing you and sharing my feelings about your voice but I digress. When it is all said and done, I think you were trying to be entertaining and didn’t know how much your words would stir up negative energy. You should be more careful. Don’t use Twitter to down people. Use it to promote your own work!
In closing, I think Michelle Williams is one of the most amazing human beings! I love her work and enjoy following her in social media! I would like to marry her. Keyshia Cole will be invited to our wedding. She will sing her favorite rendition of “air.”
All of this Destiny’s Child reunion news is getting me excited! I love football and music! I know that Michelle Williams denies a reunion but I am thinking that maybe they didn’t tell her about it? Just kidding! I can’t imagine Beyonce wanting to share this moment with others. Either way, I’m excited!
Peirs Morgan is a great interview. As many times fans have heard Brandy speak about Whitney and the new project, Morgan found a way to get more out of Brandy, emotionally. I like it! This was a great interview!
Spotted on TheBrandyBlog.com.
I am not going to lie. I don’t get excited about Tyler Perry films. Yes, they are funny, but not always my kind of humor. I probably could loosen up a bit but I don’t like seeing Black men dressed in women clothing. There. I said it. I don’t think it’s funny or cute. Shoot me.
That said, Tyler does well with casting great Black actors and he is the only one still doing it on the big screen! This film is especially a MUST-SEE for me because favorite singer is featured! I needn’t say who but in case this is your first visit… BRANDY! She is casted alongside Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams and Robbie Jones. Can’t wait until March 29, 2013.
Real Housewife of Atlanta star, Cynthia Bailey stops by the Essence Office. Remarkably lovely woman!
Sanaa Lathan… a legend and a class act.
Holly Robinson Peete, an amazing philanthropist, actress, mother and Soror!
Almost a great look for Taraji P. Henson… the pants detail makes them look too small!
My girl Tamia! Lovely singer!
Jordin Sparks is very pretty, too!