Below is Ciroc's official response to the casting call sent out to ethnic talent agencies in search of light skinned blacks for a Ciroc promo featuring Sean Combs.
Ciroc's statement was emailed to Sandrarose.com around 2:30 p.m. today. I apologize for the delay in posting it.
"CIROC Vodka has nothing whatsoever to do with this inappropriate and offensive casting call, which was done without the brand's knowledge or consent. We are currently investigating how this occurred. CIROC Vodka has created a brand that defines sophisticated celebration for all consumers, and in no way condones this practice."
I admit I did feel a slight tugging on my leg when I first read this story on the London Sun's website about a baby having a baby. But I linked to the story anyway believing it to be legit.
DNA tests confirm that 13-year-old Alfie is not the daddy of 15-year-old Chantelle's baby.
The questions are numerous, like why didn't The Sun verify the story by making the kid take a DNA test before running with it?
Anyway, Michael K said it best:
Chantelle said she was a virgin. Chantelle was lying. Chantelle was serving that vagina all around town like she was a Hilton. Chantelle is a slut. A slut with a baby. A 15-year-old slut with a baby. This is the part where we silently weep in the corner.
When the story hit, a mob of boys came forward saying they too tapped that shit without a condom. This made Alfie's daddy demand a DNA test. This also made Jesus cry a river which temporarily flooded Britain. Luckily, Alfie managed to get in a paddle boat and he made his way to the DNA testing center. He was tested and there wasn't a match. Alfie is NOT the father. And if you didn't read that in a Maury Povich voice, then you need to watch more TV.
Complex magazine features socialite and reality TV personalty Kim Kardashian on the cover of its current issue. But the editors inadvertently put up an unretouched photo of Kim displaying her plastic surgery scars and cellulite.
An alert blogger got a screen cap of the evidence before Complex completely removed the pic from its site,
Now Kim K doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. On her blog she reminds readers that she is human too -- as if all women inject their butts with silicone to keep up with the naturally thick sistahs.
So what: I have a little cellulite. What curvy girl doesn't!?
How many people do you think are photoshopped? It happens all the time!
I'm proud of my body and my curves and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn't mean I'm perfect.
She sure told you!
This pic was submitted by a loyal reader who bought this CBYA tee earlier this week off a street vendor here in Atlanta for $9.99. Wouldn't it be funny if all of bish boy's fans wore their CBYA t-shirts to one of his concerts?
Actually Rihanna has four guns tattooed on her upper torso. Is something wrong with this child?
Does Rihanna have a thing for violence and violent imagery? I bet Rihanna is one of those sick chicks who's into S&M or she fantasizes about getting her azz beat on the regular. That's the only explanation for why she stayed with Chris Brown after repeated beatings.
Thanks to loyal reader Linda London for the pics!
Rihanna's hairline was spotted last night arriving at Nobu in L.A. No hairline is supposed to look like that even after years of yaki abuse.
Photos: INF DAILY
Janet Jackson and her beau music mogul Jermaine Dupri were spotted leaving the Waverly Inn yesterday in NYC. I've never known Janet to be a show off, but here she is showing off another $14,000 Zagliani handbag. This one is in gorgeous wine color crocodile. LOVES IT! By the way, I have a similar pair of boots like the ones JD is wearing. I've always loved JD's sense of style. Where is his clothing line?
Meagan Good and her beau, NFL star Thomas Jones, attended the Sony Ericsson VIP Party at Liv Nightclub at Fontainebleau Miami last night. We hope she stays with him long enough to finally shed her ho-ish reputation which is legendary, as Wendy Williams would say.
Tennis star Serena Williams modeled her new line of handbags and accessories collection called Signature Statement on HSN yesterday in Miami, Florida. HSN is the #1 destination for celebrities looking to pitch their merchandise.
Method Man looked minty fresh in his green and white Hood Leprechaun outfit on set for the "Mr. International" music video filmed in NYC yesterday. I guess anything is better than droopy jeans down around his thighs.
Back in the 90s we totally ignored those rumors about Red Man and a certain Atlanta male hustler. We're happy to see that we were right. Red Man was looking quite manly surrounded by thick video chicks on the set of the "Mr. International" music video filmed in NYC yesterday.
You youngsters may not recognize, but Erick Sermon (of EPMD) followed in the footsteps of Hip Hop trailblazers who produced records and also emceed. No Hip Hop collection is complete without EPMD's first album Strictly Business.
While I despise makeup on black women, I think Regina Hall would benefit from a little liquid foundation to cover up her age lines. Regina was caught out & about in Philadelphia yesterday.
BET 106 & Park co-host Terrence J attended the Roc4life.com launch party at Greenhouse last night in NYC.
Singer Santogold continues to disappoint us with her sense of style. She should have removed her painter coveralls after she was done painting.
Singer Safiyah looked like a steaming cup of hot cocoa at the Icons Portrait sessions in the Armani Music Lounge during the 2009 Winter Music Conference yesterday in Miami Beach. Don't hate her because she's beautiful without an ounce of makeup on.
Added link to casting call listing.
Loyal reader Kiana was disappointed when she read the casting requirements for a Ciroc Vodka commercial.
First, I'm posting the casting call info to make sure that you don't miss it. Then Kiana's email follows. This is not imagined, it is very real and it's been going on within the industry for far too long! Please forward Kiana's email (or this post) to all your friends to inform them that Ciroc doesn't value them as customers due to the melanin in their skin!
Ciroc promo is this Friday, March 27, 2009
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm and 12:00am - 3:00am
Race: White, hispanic or light skinned african american
Height: At least 5'6 or taller
Size 7 or smaller.
This is a cash @ wrap job and the booking will be thru our partner. Please submit asap.Talent will only be contacted if the client is interested in booking you!!!
Compensation: $35.00 per hour
Loyal reader Kiana wrote:
I am a African-American model in the Atlanta, GA area and I received a casting notice in my email for a job opportunity. I was very excited to see that it was for Ciroc Vodka as I am a huge fan of Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy. Below you will find the casting that I received in my email. As I continued to read the details I became outraged and appalled as I saw that I had been excluded from the job because I am not a "light-skinned" African-American woman. Is this what you tell talent agencies that you are looking for? Is this the type of mentality that you like to promote in your marketing campaigns? It is a shock to me to see that in the same year we recieved the first African American President Barack Obama whom might I add has a beautiful "dark-skinned" African-American wife Michelle Obama, there is still racism running rampant among the world. The William Lynch (google him) theory still prevails and the idea of what is beautiful is still a misconceived notion. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Not just "White, hispanic or light skinned african american" For all the blood, sweat & tears that African-American people have fought to acheive equality and to be accepted in this country, this is a blatant smack in the face and further lets me know that not only is racism still alive and well. It exsists within the race of African-Americans. Black against black. This is no better than the times of slavery when those "light" enough to pretend they were white were able to exempt themselves from slavery and lives of hardship. What message does this send? If you are not light, you are not right? If you are black, get back? What does this do for the self esteem for young "dark-skinned" African American girls every where? Tell them that they are ugly because there skin is too dark? Sean Combs and Kim Porter are themselves what is considered "dark-skinned" African-American people. What image does this promote? One of self loathing? I am very disappointed in this company and in Puff Daddy. This is a sham and a disgrace. I will no longer support him, this company or any other of his business endeavors. I will forward this email to every African-American person that I know and convince them of the same.
Congrats to brwnsugga4you who guessed Keri's one-day sales would be 75-90K. According to Hitsdailydouble.com, Keri's sales are estimated at 80-90K.
This is the invite for Keri Hilson's private album release party this Thursday in Atlanta. The details of the party are being kept tightly under wraps. But if you've ever been to one of MusicBusinessPolitic's parties, you know how they do it.
Kanye West's voice can be heard upon opening the invite. Which leads me to believe that Kanye, who is one of the album's producers, is co-hosting the party. I could be wrong though -- as I so often am.
Keri's debut album "In a Perfect World" is in stores today.
If you and a guest would like to attend Keri Hilson's album release party on Thursday at a secret location, simply guess the first-day sales range of Keri's album. Example: 1500-3000 copies.
The registered member who comes closest to guessing Keri's estimated first-day sales will win a pass for two to Keri's party!
The winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck!
Special thanks to Laura Giles and H. of MusicBusinessPolitics for the invite!
Earlier I posted a comment about Janet Jackson wearing a croc Hermes. But loyal reader Slim -- who obviously knows her handbags -- wrote in to say Janet is actually wearing a Zagliani croc which retails for around $11,000. So maybe JD didn't drop a house on it after all.
I just wanted to correct you in regards to the bag that Janet Jackson was carrying at LaGuardia airport. It is not an Hermès bag but a Zagliani bag. Just thought I would let you know. Have a great day and keep up the great work sista, I am really lovin the blog.
Photo: INF DAILY
I may clown Kanye West every chance I get, but on the low, I fiend for new music from him. These are desperate times for us music lovers whose ears are constantly bombarded by this Bullsh*t they call music on the radio these days.
I hate to say it but Kanye always brings the heat with tracks that we can bob our heads to. Anyway, I typed all that to say, here's the remix to "We Fight/We Love" by Q-Tip featuring Knaye and Consequence.