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.

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Kim Kardashian-West’s 7 Best Pregnant Lady Looks

Classic. Chic. Fits.

Sexy and tasteful.

Are you noting a trend?

$3,000 Lanvin dress? Sure!

Lovely in red!

This is what I imagined a pregnant Kim Kardashian would look like.

And relaxing…

 

Essence Atkins Tells Tyler Perry off about Kim Kardashian ‘Experiment’

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… And I think she is a hater!

According to the Huffington Post:

“I found it interesting that Tyler did that with Temptation, hiring Kim Kardashian because she has 16 million Twitter followers, which would seem like a brilliant marketing plan. He has one of the biggest Twitter personalities out there in his movies, and he had one of the worst box office weekends…It’s not a failure, but it did worse than his movies usually do just based on him. I thought that was an interesting finding. Your experiment didn’t work.”

 

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[Hot Links] Bobby Brown, Anne Hathaway, Kim Kardashian, Mary Mary & More

Anne Hathaway apologizes for wearing Prada to the Oscars? Huffington Post

Bobby Brown spending 55 days in jail for… VIBE

Kim Kardashian covers Cosmo! NAYBESA.COM

Taraji P. Henson STrips for PETA… TheYBF.com

Mary Mary lands third Season for Reality Show! The GospelGuru.com

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[Pix] Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Make first Post-Baby Announcement Appearance

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I’ll admit that I doubted the legitimacy of this relationship, but a baby in the oven leads me to believe that this might be real. Now, I’ll note that I am not 100% sold that there is a baby. Kim Kardashian has suffered with follow-through. Like her short-lived marriage, this could be a fluke. Time will tell.

P.S. I’m not sure why she is sporting such dramatic clothing. Continue reading “[Pix] Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Make first Post-Baby Announcement Appearance”

[Pix] Kardashian Christmas Card is Here!

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Check out cards from previous years below!

[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.

[Mag Covers] No Black Cover Women in 2012 for Cosmo Magazine

Tyra-Cosmo-South-Africa-December-2012-coverCongrats are in order for Super Model, Tyra Banks. Even after a long career in fashion, she is still landing magazine covers and wowing the world with her beautiful face and message.

That said, I’m perplexed. In 2012, no Black woman covered the magazines US cover. According to our friends over at ThingsIlearnedfromCosmo, the numbers are terrible! You can check out ALL of the covers here but HERE are some facts!

“When my Cosmo issue came in the mail with Nicki Minaj on the cover a few months back, I was surprised. Not because I don’t adore Nicki Minaj (I do), but because a black woman was on the cover of the magazine. Compared to my stack of other magazines, and thinking back on previous Cosmo issues, this felt odd.

The unfortunate truth is that most magazines (especially their covers) are overwhelmingly white. It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact, something that has become so pervasive in the magazine industry that some magazines resort to having an “all-black” issue of their magazine – the implication being that the norm is, of course, white.

Just how many black women and women of color have even been on the cover of Cosmo recently?

In 2011, only 3 of the 12 covers featured women of color — Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian. The rest? White.

Where are the Latina women? East Asian women? South Asian women?

I decided to take a look at Cosmo’s covers for the past 10 years (2001-2011) to see whether anything had changed.

Here’s what I found.

Total covers analyzed: 132

Note: I didn’t bother analyzing whether the women would be considered plus-size. It goes without saying that none — except Adele in on the Dec. 2011 issue — were.

HAIR COLOR: This was easy to examine. I just looked at the hair color of each person and tallied it up.

  • Blonde: 85 (64.39%)
  • Brunette: 39 (29.55%)
  • Red: 4 (3.03%)
  • Black: 4 (3.03%)

In Hollywood, blonde has overwhelmingly been defined as “better” — sexier and prettier than any other hair color. There’s no real surprise that a lot of the women on the covers had blonde hair, but I don’t think Cosmo specifically chooses women who are blonde for their covers, just that they are more attracted to women who are blonde because blonde women tend to be women who are white.

HAIR TEXTURE: I  went into this thinking most hair would be straight because it’s often known as “white hair” — that silky, “smooth” texture exemplified by women like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon.

  • Straight: 53 (40.15%)
  • Curly: 11 (8.33%)
  • Wavy/professionally curled: 68 (51.52%)

I was surprised to see how many women had wavy/curly hair — or rather, hair that was professionally curled and given waves. It was very, very rare that naturally curly hair was used on a model. Off the top of my head, I can really only recall Debra Messing and that was in 2001. I sincerely thought most women would have been shown with straight hair, since there is this underlying message in American society that “natural” or “curly” hair is gross or ugly. This articleeven talks about how curly hair is seen as “less professional” than straight hair.

But I think the point still stands. Despite the majority of the women on the covers having wavy hair, most of them had their hair styled that way — that is, their was straightened FIRST and THEN given big, luscious curls, the kind that can only be achieved with hair product and curling irons and, quite frankly, “white” hair. (My mom has said she’s so glad I got her white hair instead of my Dad’s Puerto Rican hair.)

The message? Unless your hair is straight, don’t bother with your “natural” texture. Your hair should not be frizzy, at all. It should glisten and bounce like an Herbal Essences commercial.

“RACE”: I put this in parenthesis because race is a social construct and I didn’t have a very scientific way of going about categorizing these women. This is based solely off of the embarrassing amount of pop culture knowledge I’ve amassed combined with something simple — what a person’s skin color looks like. My method is about as scientific as how race is determined in real life because, let’s be real, people are judged entirely on the color of their skin, not whether they look Latino but are actually Italian. Are you light-skinned? Then you’re white. Are you dark-skinned? Black. Somewhere in between? You’re brown.

Note: there were ZERO East Asian women on Cosmo’s covers and I included South Asian women (like Armenian Kim Kardashian) in “brown.” 

  • White: 114 (86.36%)
  • Brown/Latina: 12 (9.09%)
  • Black: 6 (4.55%)

So there’s that. This is the category I cared most about and having hard numbers in front of me just made me feel even more disappointed. Nearly 87% of the women who’ve been on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS were white. And in the past year alone (2011), 75% were white. Less than the average, but not by much.

To be fair, Cosmo IS getting better about this. In 2001, 100% of their covers were white women. And I do recognize that some of the issue is simply that women of color in Hollywood do not exist on the same vast scale as white women. But how much can we blame on that? Cosmo only has 12 covers per year to fill, usually with celebrities — surely there are SOME women of color suitable for their magazine? Mindy Kaling, Zoe Saldana, Lucy Liu, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Sara Ramirez, Maggie Q, Katie Leung, Kim Yoon Jin, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson.

Some years, Cosmo even chose to reuse women who’d already been on their cover instead of choosing a woman of color. Julia Stiles and Molly Sims, for example, graced Cosmo’s cover four times over 10 years.

Here’s a breakdown of the women who have been on the cover multiple times.

TWO COVERS
Hollyanne Leonard (white, model)
Laetitia Casta (white, model)
Britney Spears (white, singer)
Jennifer Lopez (brown, singer/actress)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (white, actress)
Katie Holmes (white, actress)
Mandy Moore (white, singer/actress)
Jessica Biel (white, actress)
Angelina Jolie (white, actress)
Eva Longoria (brown, actress)
Tori Praver (white, model)
Fergie (white, as she identifies, singer)
Hilary Duff (white, singer/actress)
Scarlett Johansson (white, actress)
Beyonce Knowles (black, singer)
Katherine Heigl (white, actress)
Amanda Bynes (white, actress)
Carmen Electra (white, actress)
Ali Larter (white, actress)
Rihanna (black, singer)
Katy Perry (white, actress)
Kim Kardashian (brown, reality show star)
Kristen Bell (white, actress)

THREE COVERS
Vanessa Lorenzo (white, model)
Cameron Diaz (white, actress)
Kate Hudson (white, actress)
Jessica Simpson (white, singer)
Brittany Murphy (white, actress)
Sharon Van Der Knapp (white, model)
Ashlee Simpson (white, singer)
Lauren Conrad (white, reality show star)
Jessica Alba (brown, actress)
Carrie Underwood (white, singer)

Of course, it wasn’t just white women who were on the cover multiple times. Beyonce, Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Eva Longoria were (and I’m very glad!) — but these are all women of color openly accepted in the white community. I feel like you’d never see a woman like Tracee Ellis Ross, who starred on BET’s “Girlfriends” for EIGHT years, on the cover of Cosmo. Sad.

HEADLINES: How much of a woman-hater is Cosmo? How over-the-top and ridiculous can the magazine be? Well. You don’t have to look any further than the headlines to see where Cosmo’s loyalties lie: with him.

  • February 2001: Make him crave you!
  • July 2002: Blow his mind!
  • November 2003: Read his dirty mind
  • January 2004: Turn him on tonight
  • September 2005: 50 ways to be a better girlfriend
  • May 2006: Touch him there
  • June 2007: The thing every man needs a woman to say
  • February 2008: Arouse him like crazy!
  • April 2009: What guys crave after sex
  • March 2010: How to touch a naked man
  • June 2011: 78 ways to turn him on

CONCLUSION: I knew what I was getting into when I started looking at these magazine covers; I knew that the majority of the women would be light-skinned, heterosexual, smooth-haired, perfect-bodied women. I could spend days, weeks, months examining these covers at large — and with 132 of them, I know I’d get really interesting results. This is just the surface and I wanted some solid numbers to back up what I already (sadly) knew was true. If Cosmo really wants to diversify, it’ll have to do more than slap one token woman of color on its covers each year.

Oh, and also, Cosmo hates women. No big deal.

THE COVERS: For those interested, here are gifs I made of each year’s cover. They’re not the prettiest, but they get the point across pretty well.”

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2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

[Baby news] Reggie Bush Expecting New Baby

Reggie Bush have revealed that he and his girlfriend Lilit Avagyan, are expecting a baby! According to an interview on the Paul & Young Ron Show, The Miami Dolphin is excited. Here’s what he had to say:

“I have a little one on the way. We’re pretty excited. We haven’t found out if its a boy or a girl.  It’s an opportunity to raise a child. That’s the most special gift for a man and a woman. I’m hoping for a boy because if its a girl I’m going straight to the gun shop to buy some guns.”

No word from the Kardashian camp on this interesting news, although I am sure she is… well… I am not so sure I can be sure how she is feeling. WATCH VIDEO HERE!

[Pix] The Kardashian Crew Arrives at Biltmore Hotel in Miami for family Photo

 

The Jenner/Kardashian crew arrives at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami yesterday, and do so in style! I don’t normally care much about these people but to look so good, for no apparent reason… in the middle of the day… deserves celebration!