After performing her single "Run The World (Girls)" during last night's live telecast of the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, singer Beyoncé accepted the first ever Billboard Millennium Award from her proud mom, Tina Knowles, and her nephew Juelz.
The award was created to "recognize Beyoncé's career achievements and influence in the music industry."
Several of Beyoncé's close relatives, famous friends and collaborators -- including First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, The-Dream, U2's Bono, Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Solange and her son Daniel "Juelz" Smith, Barbra Streisand, Matthew Knowles and Tina Knowles -- took part in the Billboard Millennium Award presentation with pre-recorded personal messages about the singer's accomplishments and impact. Lady Gaga, who collaborated with Beyoncé on remixes of their singles "Telephone" and "Videophone," summed it up best: "You represent the dream," she said. Source
Side note: why is Juelz wearing culottes and driving shoes when he's not old enough to drive?
Last night belonged to singer Beyoncé at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas -- judging by the euphoric, greatly exaggerated tweets of Beyoncé's Stans.
Basically, all Beyoncé did was stand in front of a huge white screen and interact with dazzling graphic effects in a movie that was projected onto the giant screen behind her. My astute followers on Twitter noted correctly that Beyoncé stole the graphics part of her performance from Janet Jackson's "Feedback" music video.
After the movie ended, Beyoncé danced with 100 or so underpaid dancers as fireworks rained down on the stage. Then she shook her weave wildly to and fro, before tipping into the audience with an exaggerated cat walk that the gays on the ballroom scene do so much better than her.
I couldn't believe this was the same performance that Bey's Stans on Twitter were raving about! And apparently I wasn't the only one who failed to see what all the excitement was about:
After her performance, Beyoncé accepted her Billboard Millenium award from her mom, Tina Knowles, and her nephew Juelz Smith. Bey graciously thanked Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Then Bey added a nice touch by thanking long forgotten DC members Latavia Roberson and Letoya Luckett. But she curiously left out Farrah Franklin, her wig maker and the manufacturer of her favorite bleaching cream.
Of course everyone made note of the fact that Beyoncé thanked Jay Z -- like what wife wouldn't thank her husband?
If it wasn't for the special effects, the fireworks and the 100 underpaid dancers, Beyoncé's performance would have generated more yawns than Nicki Minaj's did.
Click the link to see more pictures from Bey's performance.
R&B singer Rihanna, 23, tried to recreate that same spark that Britney Spears and Madonna brought to the MTV Awards by kissing on the lips. But Brit foiled Rihanna's plans by turning her cheek at the last minute!
No matter what she did, Rihanna was unable to create any excitement during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards last night in Las Vegas. Her sex-charged performance of "S&M" with Britney Spears fell flat.
Nicki Minaj's performance of "Super Bass" also fell flat. Is it possible that audiences are beginning to tune out these mass produced, canned and vacuum packed artists?
Top Artist of the Year: Eminem Top Album Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift Digital Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber Top Female Artist of the Year: Rihanna Top Male Artist of the Year: Eminem Viral Innovator of the Year: Cee Lo Green Radio Artist of the Year: Rihanna Fan Favourite of the Year: Justin Bieber Icon Award: Neil Diamond Millennium Artist Award: Beyonce Top New Artist: Justin Bieber Top Rap Artist: Eminem Top Pop Artist: Lady Gaga Top R&B Artist: Usher Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift Top Latin Artist: Shakira Top Dance Artist: Lady Gaga
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards took place last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Singer Justin Bieber and rapper Eminem (who was a no-show) were the evening's big winners taking home 6 awards each with the 38-year-old rapper taking the top honor for artist of the year. Teen heartthrob Justin and his girlfriend Selena Gomez kissed passionately after he accepted his 2nd award.
Bieber, 17, won awards for top pop album, streaming artist and song, as well as social and digital media artist, according to Reuters.
Her star has faded but Rihanna can't be touched when her makeup is flawless and her hair is on point. Rihanna's ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to beating the breaks off her in 2009, didn't attend the awards.
As the apocalyptic hour came and went on Saturday (May 21st), hundreds of people Twitpic'd photos of random piles of clothing as proof that 'The Rapture' did indeed occur. They were, of course, joking. But the only people who weren't laughing were the true believers of eccentric California evangelist Harold Camping. Some of Camping's faithful followers lost their life savings believing in the millionaire's faulty prophetic predictions.
The 86-year-old apocalyptic preacher was nowhere to be found at the appointed hour on Saturday. About a hundred reporters gathered outside his home and his Family Radio ministry headquarters, but Camping was ghost (pun intended).
Reporters were lucky to find the few loyal Camping followers who didn't go into hiding after 6 p.m. on Saturday.
So confident was Family Radio special events coordinator Michael Garcia that he spent months travelling the country putting up Judgement Day billboards and handing out Bible tracts warning that the end was near.
"We know the end will begin in New Zealand and will follow the sun and roll on from there. 'That's why God raised up all the technology and the satellites so everyone can see it happen at the same time.
Garcia spent the hours before the rapture at home in Alameda, CA with his wife and six children. He now believes the delay was a further test from God to persevere in their faith. "When you say something and it doesn't happen, your pride is what's hurt," he said.
Congratulations to R&B singer Keyshia Cole and hubby Daniel "Booby" Gibson! The couple got married in Cleveland, Ohio last night, and apparently, they flew off to their honeymoon in a helicopter! Keyshia, 29, and Booby, 25, are parents to Daniel, Jr, 1.
Keyshia revealed her wedding plans exclusively to her "Diamonds" (Twitter followers) on Friday night (May 20) on blogtalkradio before flying to Cleveland (Click to listen).
Both Keyshia and Boobie tweeted their nuptials announcement on their Twitter pages around 2:30 a.m. this morning eastern time.
So the World ain't end. Not yet.. But a brand new world for me and my family has just Begun! #Blessed Wedding Pics coming 2morro! B E Z
Congratulations to @keyshiacole Wishing u guys a lifetime of happiness
Booby, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, will tweet photos from their wedding later today on his Twitter page.
By sheer coincidence, Keyshia and Booby got hitched on the 6 month wedding anniversary of their friends, Monica and Shannon Brown, who wed secretly in their LA home on Nov. 22, 2010. Only Mo and Shannon's parents witnessed their blessed union. But Mo, 30, and Shannon, 25, plan to say say their "I do's" for a second time in front of a larger audience next month in LA. Shannon is a guard for the LA Lakers. Congrats to both of these beautiful couples!
I spotted this spectacular marvel of modern architecture over on ATLien's blog. At first glance I thought it was the product of someone's overactive imagination.
Located along the Marina Bay waterfront in Singapore, the $6 billion Marina Bay Sands resort hotel features three 55-story cascading hotel towers with 2,500 guest rooms, a museum, two theaters, a Las Vegas-style casino with 1,600 gambling tables, floating pavilions, and retail stores featuring cutting-edge labels, in addition to trendy "Celebrity Chef" restaurants.
That submarine shaped structure atop the hotels is the 2.4 acre Skypark. The skypark was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects who merged art with nature and architecture. The centerpiece of the Skypark is the Olympic size Infinity Pool, so named because the edge of the pool seemingly vanishes into thin air. Don't wade into the pool if you're afraid of heights.
If you should happen to topple over the edge, you will land in the double filtration pool just below the pool's ledge. The filtration pool filters the water, heats it and returns it to the pool. I checked, and no one has died going over the side of this pool.
The resort officially opened with a two-day celebration on June 23, 2010 at 3.18 pm. Construction was completed in December 2010.
Tiny always keeps it real! And this is why we love her!
As you are probably aware, Tiny's Twitter page was hacked sometime yesterday evening (May 20). According to Tiny, she wasn't aware that her Twitter account was compromised until her daughter, Zonnique, called her and told her.
Tiny isn't sure when her account was hacked or by whom, but she did take her cell phone to AT&T yesterday to have the SIM card switched out because her cell wasn't working. A few hours later, Tiny's Twitter account was hijacked and someone began sending offensive tweets out to Tiny's celebrity friends and fans.
Tiny and her bestie, Shamra Rodriguez, are in touch with Twitter support and they hope to have this issue resolved very quickly.
According to online reports, the most luxurious residential hotel in New York City has pulled its rental agreement to house accused rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn until his trial.
Strauss-Kahn, 63, was dragged off a jet early Sunday and arrested for allegedly raping a hotel maid. The horny Frenchman, whose sordid reputation for groping women rivals only Arnold Schwarzenegger's, tried to hightail it back to his native France where he was expected to run for President next year.
The commercial airliner was just minutes from departing Kennedy Airport when the NYPD swarmed the plane.
A Manhattan judge set Strauss-Kahn's bail at $6 million -- $1 million of that in cash.
Strauss-Kahn's third wife, art heiress Anne Sinclair, paid the $1 million in cash plus a $5 million secured bond for his release. But the judge granted bail with stringent conditions. Under the terms of his bail, Strauss-Kahn had to find a temporary residence that will accommodate video cameras and armed security guards who have orders to take him down if he attempts to flee.
So Sinclair agreed to pay the posh Bristol Plaza hotel $200,000 per month to house him. But the Plaza backed out of the deal at the last minute today once it discovered Strauss-Kahn would be staying there.
The beautiful 32-year-old maid, identified by various news outlets as Nafissatou D., said she was minding her own business cleaning up Strauss-Kahn's multi-room suite, when he emerged from the bathroom naked and chased her down the hallway in the suite. He yanked her into a bedroom, where he raped her, according to a police report.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lavished money and gifts on his 2nd family, according to his mistress' former sister-in-law.
Mildred "Patty" Baena's sister-in-law Nora Vela told the NY Post that Schwarzenegger spoiled Tanner, the now 13-year-old son he had with his former housekeeper.
Baena worked as Schwarzenegger's maid for 20 years. After Tanner was born in 1997, the 'Governator' lavished money and gifts on Tanner and his older brothers, Roger, 24 and John, 32.
According to Vela, Schwarzenegger made Roger his Godson when the boy was just a toddler. "He opened Roger's first savings account with $2,000 for the occasion," she said.
"It was a big deal."
"When Roger turned 18, Arnold got him a job as a makeup artist, working with one of the big studios," said Vela, the ex-wife of Baena's oldest son, John.
According to Vela, Schwarzenegger jetted the family around the world on exotic vacations along with his estranged wife Maria Shriver and their four biological children.
The neighbors wondered aloud why Arnold was so close to the family next door. Vela said she always suspected Tanner was Schwarzenegger's son but Baena denied it.
"We thought it was strange that he was so lavish with them," Baena's former daughter-in-law, Nora Vela, told The Post. "Roger and [Patty's son with Arnold] would get all of these gifts and then they would go on vacations with Arnold, Maria and their kids," Vela said.
"It just seemed strange that they were so close." "[Patty] kept saying the boy was not Arnold's," Vela recalled. "We were constantly asking, but she would always say, 'No! No!' " Source
Last night was the premiere of “The Hangover Part II” in Los Angeles. One of the movie's stars, Kirsten Bell, tried her best not to be upstaged by the primate star, Crystal the monkey, but the monkey wasn't having it.
Crystal the monkey owned the red carpet last night as her human co-stars could only stand back and admire her audacity. If Crystal could speak she would have appeared on "Good Morning America" this morning, grousing about how the human cast makes more money than her when she's the star of the movie.
Kirsten Bell wore a color-blocked peach and ice grey silk chiffon sleeveless dress from J. Mendel's Spring 2011 Collection.
Pop icon Janet Jackson had to watch her step as she tipped to the red carpet at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap in Antibes, France yesterday.
Janet apologized for her tardiness after taking her time squeezing into her Haider Ackermann full length skirt. Janet just celebrated her 45th birthday on Monday (May 16), and she looks just as glamorous as she did 15 years ago!
Singer Keri Hilson released this music video for her single "Lose Control" featuring Nelly, off her album No Boys Allowed. As usual, there's scenes of sexy, scantily clad Keri writhing and groping herself as the music undulates around her. "Shaaa-ake, wind and roll/Let's lose control," she yaps. Then Nelly's testosterone fueled raps breaks up the monotony as he gets dragged by Keri and her scantily clad dancers about midway through the Colin Tilley directed clip. That's about it.
A tip was called into the police after a computer-generated image of the boy wearing a t-shirt with the words 'Aviator Series', was broadcast nationwide on Monday.
The mystery of the dead blond boy was solved on Wednesday when a state trooper approached a blue pickup truck at a highway rest stop two states away in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The truck matched the description of a blue truck that was seen in the area where the body was found.
The woman inside the truck had a confession she wanted to get off her chest: "I killed my son. I want to kill myself," she told the state trooper.
Julianne McCrery, 42, was placed under arrest. She had been sitting in her truck reading a bible when she was arrested.
The boy was identified by various media outlets as Camden Pierce Hughes, age 6, McCrery's son.
McCrery, of Texas, told police that she had given Camden too much cough medicine. But an autopsy revealed the boy died of asphyxiation (suffocation).
A mom whose daughter was removed from her home after she claimed to inject the girl with Botox, now says she manufactured the story for money.
Sheena Upton made worldwide headlines last week with her claims that she injected her 8-year-old daughter with Botox to improve her chances of winning beauty pageants.
Upton now admits she was approached by British tabloid The Sun and offered $250 to assume the role of "Kerry Campbell" for a story called "I Give My 8-Year-Old Daughter Botox."
"The truth is I have never given my daughter Botox, nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant," she wrote in a sworn declaration obtained by gossip site TMZ.
The Botox story began to unravel after CPS workers removed the girl from her home following Upton's appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America". Investigative sleuths in San Francisco couldn't locate a resident named "Kerry Campbell" in any of the public databases.
ABC has repeatedly stated in the past that they never pay "compensation" for interviews. But in her sworn declaration, Upton said she was paid $10,000 to appear on "Good Morning America".
An ABC News insider tells TMZ, "There is no truth to the story about compensation, but they did pay a broker no more than $10,000 to license photos."
Upton states in her declaration that on May 17, she took her daughter to the UCLA Medical Center and, "After my daughter received a full medical exam, the results indicated that she has not ever received treatments including Botox or other such injections."
According to TMZ, the UCLA medical reports were forwarded to child welfare officials, who then returned Upton's daughter to her custody, with the provison that a cousin would stay with her and the child for the time being.
He must have been so proud: former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver, 55, and his mistress of 20 years, Mildred Baena, 50, gave birth to his sons only 5 days apart.
According to London tabloid, The Daily Mail, Baena and Arnold's son, Tanner Baena, 13, was born on October 2, 1997 in Burbank, California. Maria's son, Christopher Schwarzenegger, was born on September 27 of that same year.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver have three other children besides Christopher: Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, and Patrick, 17.
R&B singer Trey Songz, 26, was seen filming a music video for "Take Off", his collaboration with British rapper Chipmunk in Miami Beach, Florida yesterday.
Chipmunk is huge over in England, and he's trying hard to break into the United States market. But without much swag to overcome a name like Chipmunk, it's going to be difficult. Trey received 2011 BET Awards nominations for Best Male R&B Artist and for the Coca-Cola Viewer's Choice Award.
Former Xscape member Kandi Burruss celebrated her 35th birthday with friends and family at Straits Restaurant on Tuesday (May 17). L-R: Local rapper Rasheeda, Kandi, Tiny, Antonia Carter, hair stylist Derek J. Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net
Kandi and daughter Riley, 8
L-R: Ludacris' publicist Jamal Coleman; event planner Nicole Garner, and Taiye Samuel
T-Pain has found a friend in Ke$ha. After sharing the bill at last weekend’s Wango Tango in Los Angeles, the Auto-Tune King and pop punk struck up a friendship, even giving themselves the nickname “K-Pain.”
“I’m not saying @keshasuxx and i had sex or anything I’m just sayin I love that ‘fuck everybody else’ attitude. She dresses how she wants she performs the way she wants, she does HER,” tweeted Teddy P., who followed the “Blow” singer to Las Vegas. “On my way to Vegas to stalk my music girlfriend.”
Ke$ha felt their connection, writing, “Um. Fucking love u @TPAIN . U get me.”
Now that she’s landed André 3000 and B.o.B on remixes, will a K-Pain collabo be next?
I almost titled this post "Chickenheads" but I caught myself. Season 3 of VH1's moderately popular, sports groupie-themed reality TV series 'Basketball Wives' premieres Monday, May 30th. There's a new cast member groupie named Meeka Claxton, and despite the rumors, troublemaker Royce Reed will be back cutting her eyes and acting all innocent after instigating drama between the other cast members.
Season 2 veteran Tami Roman tried to jump start the drama by coming for Evelyn Lozada and somebody else on Twitter.com yesterday. But nobody cared.
Anyway, here's more details. I don't expect there to be a season 4.
Basketball Wives Season 3 begins with Shaunie O’Neal settling back into Miami determined to be drama-free. Shaunie balances a new shoe line, her love life, family outings and being a shoulder to lean on for the other ladies. Can she handle the pressure? Evelyn makes the transition from a basketball wife to a football wife with fiancé Chad Ochocinco. The cameras will catch Jennifer leaving Eric behind and navigating a new lifestyle as a single lady. With Royce’s new larger-than-life attitude, viewers will see if there is enough room for involvement with Jen, Evelyn and Shaunie or if her attitude will take the spotlight. Left hurt and betrayed, Tami works on rebuilding her trust for the ladies and moving on from the past. But before she is able to forget the past, Tami must face an unexpected challenge from Evelyn who is given the unusual opportunity to profit from last season’s blowout in unexpected ways. Source
U got that right. We are not friends. The same way U take friendship seriously i take loyalty serious. The whole world has seen me extend my hand to u over and over again. Only someone who's trying to build a sincere relationship does shows 4 free & supports. u did not pay me a dime 4 none of that. That warrants some type of loyalty and respect. Friend or no friend i would have never let anybody disrespect u on my record but i can't expect everyone to be as real as i am. At the end of the day karma is as real as i am and it's coming to get u. oh wait...if it hasnt got u already... My love & loyalty to u got u a hit, ur friendship with ur friend got u a flop. looks like u need to choose ur friends more wisely dont u think? #teamlilkim LEGGGGOOOO...
Sounds like hurt feelings all around if you ask me. In case anyone is wondering: our girl Monica wasn't nominated for a BET Award either, but you don't see her trippin' about it.
Update I, 2:24pm ET::
@KeyshiaCole just tweeted:
Kim that was a gr8 look 4 I coming out of jail just as it was a gr8 look for missy to have produced it. all I'm saying is don't have everyone thinking I was disloyal as a "friends" cause we were never that and u know it. No disrespect.
And @LilKim replied:
Loyalty and respect has nothing to do with friendship...BOOM... Loyalty and respect is about returning a kindness. Have you ever came out and supported me at my shows? i dont think so.
Update II, 2:40pm ET:
Yes it was a good look for me but it was a great look for u. At the end of the day it was a hit on YOUR album. Sticking 2 the situation. Again I would have never let anyone disrespect U on my song. That's loyalty & respect. End of story.
The BET nominations were announced last night. Troubled singer Chris Brown leads all nominees with 6, and comedian Kevin Hart will be handling the hosting duties.
Unfortunately, a few past artists who thought their body of work was still relevant today caught feelings when they found out they weren't even acknowledged.
Rapper Trina and singer Keyshia Cole took to their Twitter pages in disgust to make their feelings known to the BET network.
In a series of tweets last night and this morning, Keyshia wrote:
That awkward moment when u realize in everyone's eyes your not the sh*t anymore. #POW. I've officially got the memo. Thank mtv/bet... These types of thing R the way they R. I'm not upset about any of it in any way. I hope everyone that goes has a wonderful time... N while we're addressing everything, Lil Kim and I a r not "friends" I take that term very seriously. We made wonderful music. That is it.
She wrote a little more, but you get the gist of it.
Troubled musician Kanye West and a male friend were spotted visiting tennis legend Boris Becker on his yacht in Antibes, France yesterday. Kanye greeted Boris and his wife, and he made small talk with a striking brunette. There was no sight of the mystery blond that Kanye was kissing on a balcony in Cannes in pictures that had tongues wagging earlier this week. One thing we do know: she isn't swimwear model Kate Upton.
Recording artist Keri Hilson performed live during the BMI Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California yesterday. Keri needs a hit song to keep up with the Jordin Sparks' and the Ciaras. She can only stand on red carpets looking pretty for so long before the paparazzi get bored with her. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America
Kanye's ex-beard Amber Rose was spotted wearing red contacts in London today. The ex-stripper is having difficulty keeping the spotlight aimed on her for longer than a minute. Her romance with smoked out rapper Wiz Khalifa isn't bringing her the attention she had hoped for. So my spies tell me that the enterprising opportunist has her sights set on someone else who has the juice to keep her 15 minute clock running smoothly (no, it isn't Kanye).
Just days after announcing a separation from her serial cheater husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a proud Maria Shriver appeared as a special guest on Oprah's Final show taping yesterday in Chicago.
Shriver, 55, moved out of her Brentwood mansion in January after finding out about her husband's affair and love child with the household maid. According to London tabloid the Daily Mail, Shriver miserable in her marriage to the 63-year-old sperminator, but she stayed in the marriage for the sake of her children.
Shriver displayed the same lionhearted strength and courage as her mother's generation of submissive women who stood by their man and put their own needs on hold in order to further his career.
She bravely supported Schwarzenegger, even in the face of damning evidence of his rampant cheating. Little did Shriver know that her husband, whom she gave up a promising TV journalism career for, was pursuing and humping his homely maid in every room of the house that they shared with their children.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger have four children together, Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13.
Both Shriver and the maid, 50-year-old Mildred "Patti" Baena, were reportedly pregnant around the same time with their sons. Shriver was led to believe that Baena's son was the spawn of her then-husband, who later filed for divorce from Baena.
Two of Shriver's children, Katherine and Patrick, changed their Twitter.com screen names from Schwarzenegger to Shriver in support of their mother yesterday.
TMZ solicitously obscured the youngster's face, but the boy is believed to be about 10 or 11 years old.
Another woman, a stewardess who worked on board Schwarzenegger's private jet for years, was believed to be the mother of his child. But her son was too old to be sired about a decade ago.
The mother -- Mildred Patricia Baena (she goes by Patty) -- was a housekeeper/assistant for the family for more than 20 years. Her jobs included cleaning, laundry, cooking and other chores.
Sources tell TMZ -- in the late 90's Patty began to "pursue Arnold." She told friends they would have unprotected sex during the day at the house. Patty never slept overnight at the house and no one ever caught them in the act.
We're told when she became pregnant, she didn't tell Arnold he was the father. Arnold didn't learn he was the daddy until the boy was a toddler.
Patty -- who made $1,200 a week -- was treated well by Arnold once he found out. Sources say Arnold was always "generous."
Patty -- who has recently retired -- now lives in a 4 bedroom house with a pool, several hours outside of L.A. with the boy and her 3 other kids.
Troubled singer Rihanna was spotted waiting for her ride outside her Los Angeles hotel today. Rihanna wore a black long sleeve tee with a print screen of legendary reggae star Bob Marley on the front. The 23-year-old Barbadian had just attended a business meeting at the hotel to discuss the marketing push for her next music video, "Man Down" which was filmed in Jamaica last month.
My sources tell me that business meetings with the singer rarely go well because her attention span is amazingly short.
"Man Down" is a reggae-influenced track in which the Barbadian singer shoots a man after an argument.
Video director Anthony Mandler gave MTV the scoop about the music video:
“We shot the video last month in Jamaica and it’s my favorite song she’s ever recorded, so I was really excited to get involved. And it’s just one of those songs that demands a strong narrative and visual, and let’s just say she let me go all the way.”
Mandler proceeds to unleash just about every available adjective to describe his enthusiasm for the project: “I think you can expect something that’s dramatic and shocking and intense and emotional and uplifting and enlightening.”
Based on Mandler’s description, it sounds like we can expect to see RiRi getting a little gangsta as she acts out the lyrics. This should be good!
‘Man Down’ appears on Rihanna’s album ‘Loud,’ which in only six months of release has produced the hits ‘Only Girl (In the World),’ ‘What’s My Name’ and ‘S&M.’ Source
Two major U.S. book retailers have issued directives to their stores to wrap the covers of this month's Dossier magazine in opaque plastic. The retailers fear that the cover photo of 19-year-old, half naked male model Andre Pejic, with his bird chest and 2-pack abs, will offend housewives who might think he's a 12-year-old girl.
Although there are other magazines on the shelves featuring shirtless men in all manner of undress, Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores believe that this particular magazine cover will offend because "the model is young and [he] could be deemed as a naked female."
Dossier co-founder and creative director Skye Parrott was shocked at the retailers' directive to forfeit the magazine orders or agree to be censored.
She told Jezebel.com: "We knew that this cover presented a very strong, androgynous image, and that could make some people uncomfortable. That's partly why we chose it. I guess it has made someone pretty uncomfortable."
She added: "What message are the big bookstore chains sending — that the male torso is only appropriate all-ages viewing when the man in question is ripped?"
Male model Pejic, who was discovered in his native Australia flipping burgers at Burger King, says his androgynous looks makes him feel more female than male sometimes.
"I'm sure most people think of me as a woman. It doesn't bother me anymore and I feel fine about it... I don't consider my looks unusual."