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February 28, 2011

Oscar Night: Fashion Winners and Losers

So I know all of my fashionistas couldnt wait for the fashions to walk down the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA last night.  The stars came out to shine on the most glamourous night in all of entertainment, The Academy Awards.  Bold hues and up-do's graced the red carpet as the paparazzi cameras flashed and the borrowed jewelry sparkled in the limelight.

We all know the highlight of the Oscar's is the fashions, so lets get to it:

Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino

Celine Dion in Armani Prive

Gweneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein

Halle Berry in Marchesa

Hilary Swank in Gucci

Jennifer Hudson in Versace

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein

Natalie Portman in Rodarte

Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior
Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang

Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana

Sharon Stone in Christian Dior

Florence Welch in Valentino

Helena Bonham Carter - *side eye*

It appears that RED was the color of the night.  Halle Berry never seems to disappoint on the red carpet and Jennifer Hudson finally got to truly show off her newly svelte figure.  Scarlett Johansson kept it simple in her understated Dolce & Gabbana gown, while Florence Welch and Helena Bonham Carter failed to woo the crowd.  NOTE: Someone please hire a stylist for Ms. Carter ASAP.

Checkout the complete coverage of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Yahoo! at

Who do you think were fashion winners and losers of the night?

February 26, 2011

I'm Not Your Mama, I'm Your Girl, You're Not My Daddy, You're My Man

I recently heard a new track by Kelly Price feat. Stokely (lead singer of Mint Condition) entitled Not My Daddy.  The lyrics of this song made me think about how urban male youth call women "mama" and insist that their girlfriends call them "daddy".  This concept has always been weird to me.  Personally, I believe you have one father and one mother who birthed you.  Those titles should be reserved for your parents, not your lover.  The fact that men call their women "mama" somehow is reminiscent of the Freudian Oedipus complex.  You know the complex that says every man wants to murder their father and marry their mother and vice versa for females.

Are we that screwed up that we want our boyfriends to be the fathers we never had?  Did our mothers fail us to the point that girlfriends need to take on the mother roll and cater to their men like "baby boys".  I think this occurrence really needs to stop and people need to start seeing their significant others as peers, not parents.  Someone you can grow with, play with, laugh with.  Not someone who will nurture you like a child and scold you when you've done wrong.  These twisted roles have created warped roles in our relationships today.

Romantic relationships should not fall under the guise of maternal relationships.  I can't tell you how many times I see women driving their men around town, paying for their meals and clothing, like a mother would her young son.  Or older gentlemen telling their girlfriends what to wear, when to come home and who they can talk to as if they were a protective father.

The madness must stop now.  I urge everyone to shed these maternal terms of endearment and claim their appropriate roles in their romantic relationships.  You are a significant other, not his Mama or her Daddy. 

Kelly Price and Stokely break it down ever so melodically.  These two are definitely two of my favorite R&B vocalists and this duet is a match made in heaven.  Check out the song on youtube below and share your thoughts:

February 25, 2011

Redemption Song: Diddy-Dirty Money feat. Chris Brown in Yesterday

So we all saw the tear-filled performance at the BET Awards where Chris Breezy broke down when trying to peform his MJ tribute, lol.  There were definitely mixed feelings on both sides (Team Rihanna vs. Team Breezy) on whether the tears were a publicity stunt or sincere.  Nevertheless, Chris Brown seemed to weasle his way back into our hearts (well, kinda) with his track Dueces, an undeniable hit.

Now Chris is back with Diddy-Dirty Money (Dawn and Kaleena) on their newly released video Yesterday on the Last Train to Paris.  Breezy is featured on two tracks on the Last Train To Paris, but Yesterday is by far my fav.  The track is slow, deliberate and emotional and speaks to a love lost and the regret that serves as the baggage.  Last Train To Paris is an electic and fast paced train ride that mixes a myriad of styles of music production and inspiration.

Whether you're on Team Rihanna or Team Chris or both, I urge you to drop that extra baggage, pull out your Diddy Beat headphones, and blast this track on the LAST TRAIN TO PARIS!

Check the video:

Diddy-Dirty Money ft. Chris Brown - Yesterday (Video)

February 24, 2011

TURN THE LIGHTS ON: Young Chris Listening Party hosted by Cornerstone and Jose Cuervo Platino in Hollywood

Cornerstone, in conjunction with Jose Cuervo Platino, presented Rico Love (CEO of Division1) and his artist, Young Chris (Division1/Universal Motown artist, formerly of the Young Gunz) at Skybar @Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Blvd. in Beverly Hills, Hollywood adjacent.  The air was breezy and the swag was thick poolside as the infamous bar hosted the likes of hipsters and music and entertainment execs alike.  Private guests sipped delicious and uniquely featured cocktails with wicked names like Young Mochristo and Rico Love and took in the sunny, yet breezy L.A. weather.  Miami’s own, DJ Effect kept the energy going as he mixed popular Young Gunz tracks and Roc-a-fella guest features that Young Chris is known for, just in case you forgot.  I see you Chris!  The atmosphere was mellow and cool, something like the man of the hour.

Rico Love, songwriter/producer most recently known for tracks with Diddy-Dirty Money’s Hello Good Morning and Usher’s There Goes My Baby, and also for his Division1 imprint, reintroduced his artist Young Chris to the Hollywood crowd as DJ Effect spinned new tracks like Philly Shit (a personal fav) and Lay In My Bed featuring Bobby Valentino.  The vibe of the music was perfect for the beautiful, swanky vibe and the gratis cocktails courtesy of Jose Cuervo’s new liquor Platino didn’t hurt.
Celebrities in the spot included: Raheem Devaughn, comedian Chuck Nice, Yelawolf of Shady Records, Fefe Dobson, and newcomer and Jive recording artist Jacob Latimore.

You can check out Christopher Ries aka Young Chris on twitter @YoungChris and you can download his mixtape, The Re-introduction on

DJ Effect

Hipster chic

Loves the bowtie style

DJ Effect, Young Chris and Jiovanni Hylton of Cornerstone

Jiovanni and Yelawolf of Shady Records/Interscope

Newcomer Jacob Latimore of Jive Records and Young Chris

Maya Nichelle signing off....