Why we Make Dumb People Famous…

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.

[Weekend Celebrity Sightings] Halle + Obamas + Tyler Perry & More!

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Halle Berry enjoys Easter with her daughter while vacationing in Hawaii.

Sunday Service

Halle may not have gone to church, but the First Family went!

Out and About

Jay-Z checks into his New York City Hotel!

Hoop Star

Lisa Leslie with a burse! I like that she is one of few WNBA woman who show their feminine side!

Young and Talented

Jurnee Smollett-Bell checked out the McDonald’s event for the unveiling of their premium wraps. They look nasty. She looks great!

Tour of Duty

Tyler Perry

Foxy Lady

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?

 

 

[Flashback] Whitney Houston Performs “This Day” on VH1 Honors

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!

 

Today’s Celebrity Sightings – Boris Kodjoe Goes Burgundy + Jada & Willow + Angela Bassett & More!

Mommy and Me

Jada Pinkett Smitha nd Willow!

Spotted Beauty

Solange Knowles… Flawless for no reason!

Eye Candy

Boris Kodjoe takes a risk.

Happy Couple

Janet Jackson and her…. husband!

Pretty Casual

The lovely Angela Bassett

Beyonce Opens Up About her Miscarriage

[BET.COM’s Dorkys Ramos] Her husband, Jay-Z, first mentioned the miscarriage she suffered in the past in his 2012 song “Glory,” but up until now Beyoncé has never opened up about that moment. In her upcoming HBO documentary, “Life Is But a Dream,” Beyoncé talks about losing her first pregnancy and how she dealt with the pain.

“About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life,” she said. “I picked out names. I envisioned what my child would look like … I was feeling very maternal.”

Unfortunately, a trip to the doctor for a checkup revealed that the baby’s heart had stopped beating. So she retreated into her music to help her cope with the tragic loss.

“I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life,” she says. “And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.”

She later became pregnant again and gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy in January 2012.

Beyoncé is expected to reveal more personal details of her life in the documentary, which airs Feb. 16 on HBO.

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Open Letter to Keyshia Cole

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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.”

 

 

[Pix] Beyonce rehearsing for 2013 Super Bowl

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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!

[Video] Brandy Interviews with Piers Morgan @CNN

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.

 

[Movie Poster] Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

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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.

[Celebrity Sightings] Michelle Obama + Cynthia Bailey + Tamia & More!

Model Housewife

Real Housewife of Atlanta star, Cynthia Bailey stops by the Essence Office. Remarkably lovely woman!

Lady In Red

Sanaa Lathan… a legend and a class act.

All Smiles

Holly Robinson Peete, an amazing philanthropist, actress, mother and Soror!

Looking Gorgeous

Almost a great look for Taraji P. Henson… the pants detail makes them look too small!

Soulful Performance

My girl Tamia! Lovely singer!

Little Black Dress

Jordin Sparks is very pretty, too!

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