Social media is still buzzing about an Australian newspaper cartoonist's editorial cartoon of tennis superstar Serena Williams. The cartoonist, Mark Knight, depicted Serena as a caricature of an entitled, spoiled baby throwing a tantrum on the tennis court during her loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday.
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Tyree Smith, founder of ARTlanta Gallery, is excited to debut the ARTlanta Fair; a four day multi-sensory playground featuring works from 50+ visual artists, amusement rides, music, games and artistic performances.
Ballet star Misty Copeland was promoted to Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theater today.
The talented and humble ballerina broke the news on social media. She becomes the first mixed-race female principal dancer in the company's storied 75-year history.
The High Museum of Modern Art has rejected without explanation a painting of bordello singer Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy. Apparently Beyonce thinks she's a modern masterpiece, and that her likeness and that of her child should hang in a museum for art lovers to enjoy.
An unknown artist who calls himself Saint Hoax is receiving death threats for his latest art project.
The project titled "War Drags You Out," features a series of digital illustrations of world leaders in drag.
A gay artist from Russia has responded to the controversy surrounding Garage magazine's photo of a white, female editor-in-chief sitting on a "black woman" chair. Editor-in-chief of Garage magazine, Dasha Zhukova, sparked outrage on social media when the photo was posted on Jan. 20, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many accused Zhokova of being racially insensitive.
NY-based Russian artist and gay activist Alexander Kargaltsev responded to the controversy with his own image of a "chair" featuring a white man on his back with his legs in the air. Do not click the link if you are offended by nudity.
Buro 24/7 website editor-in-chief Miroslava Duma sparked outrage by publishing an interview with Garage magazine editor-in-chief Zhukova Dasha. A photo accompanying the interview shows Zhokova posing on a 'black woman chair'. Zuma, who posted the image on her Instagram and Facebook pages, defended the photo as a work of art. But some are calling it 'racist art'.
Sensitive art critics bristled at the fact that Zuma posted the image during the celebration of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr's birthday.
Someone is ready to splash out serious cash for an "original hand painting" by unemployed nightwatchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is auctioning his painting on eBay.com to raise cash to pay off his mounting debts. With one day left in the auction, the bidding has reached $100,099.99. But a sharp-eyed New York mag writer says the waving image in Zimmerman's painting was stolen from a popular Internet stock image.
NY Mag writer Joe Coscarelli wrote: "The patriotic work appears to be copied directly, if not ripped off completely, from a generic stock image."
The homeless and their crude, handmade cardboard signs blend into the cityscape at most major intersections and highway off ramps. But a group of artists in Massachusetts wants to make sure the homeless signs stand out so motorists won't look away.
"Signs For The Homeless" a project started by artists Christopher Hope and Kenji Nakayama of Massachusetts invited artists to give homeless signs a colorful makeover. The objective of the "Signs For The Homeless" project is to humanize the homeless and make them stand out against the urban backdrop that they have become a part of.
Rudolph West, 63, has been homeless for eight years. He told "Signs For The Homeless" he has trouble finding work due to his criminal record.
As Twitter and other social media proves, most people are followers. They are easily influenced by celebrities and other notables who give them cues on everything from the latest trends to what type of women to date. Last year's craze, popularized and spread rapidly through social media, were 'Planking' and 'Tebowing.' Thank God those trends phased out.
The arrest of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has launched a new trend called 'Hernandezing' -- or wearing your t-shirt over your arms which are positioned behind your back.
Sports Grid has the details after the break.
Rapper The Game is speaking out against a New Jersey ban that prohibits sagging pants on the world famous boardwalk. The law bans the wearing of pants that sag 3 inches below the hips, exposing skin or underwear.
But Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, is outraged by the anti-sagging law which he compares to slavery.
Like most rappers, The Game is blissfully ignorant to the fact that most decent citizens do not want to see the color and brand of underwear he has on.
A bus company has cancelled tours that promised tourists a glimpse into the seedier side of New York "from a safe distance."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the company, Real Bronx Tours, cancelled the tours amid outrage from local residents.
Three times a week, the $45 tour gave foreign visitors a glimpse at food lines, drug dealers chilling outside corner bodegas, seedy housing projects, and a park described as a pickpocket hangout.
The tour website described the Bronx as a borough that was "notorious for drugs, gangs, crime and murders."
Who says rappers can't be cultured connoisseurs of good taste? Rapper Rick Ross proves you don't have to be sophisticated to appreciate the arts. The former Miami corrections officer made his first foray into the art world by purchasing this Richard Mosse photograph entitled Love is the Drug, from the Jack Shainman booth at Art Basel exhibition in Miami Beach. Ross Instagram'd a photo of himself posing in front of his major purchase with Warner Music Group Chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen. Ross captioned the photo: "Just purchased my 1st piece from Art Basel w/my lil homie Lyor. #bossup"
Rihanna's boyfriend, Chris Brown, has figured out a way to keep his ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, around him without raising suspicion. According to Hip Hollywood, Brown hired Karrueche as his wardrobe stylist on his latest photo shoot. This would explain why we see Karrueche around Brown more than we see Rihanna.
Over the weekend I received angry emails from readers concerned about photos of actress Zoe Saldana wearing a nappy afro wig and dark makeup in her role as the late jazz singer Nina Simone.
The 34-year-old 'Colombiana' star was chosen for the part from a list of dark skinned singers and actresses who were more qualified for the part.
Fans of Nina Simone have begun circulating a petition in hopes of garnering enough signatures to present to the filmmakers.
"Playing Nina Simone could be one of the more definitive roles as far as biopics go–it’s not that Saldana a talented actress, but it’s hard to imagine there isn’t another Black actress out there who couldn’t evoke a better Nina," writes Hellobeautiful.com.
Here is another sad sign of the times we are living in. This home video features a St. Louis mother exposing her breasts and dancing in a lewd sexually suggestive manner in front of her two young children. The woman's young son encourages his mother's raunchy behavior as another woman can be heard laughing off-camera. "Look at this booty," says the boy pointing at his mother.
Actor/director Tyler Perry has the same problem that RuPaul was faced with when he peaked in the late 1990s: RuPaul was a drag queen who wanted to be taken seriously.
As an artist you never want to stray too far from your comfort zone. Once you alienate your fan base it's difficult to win them back. With that being said, Perry, 43, suffered his worst box office opening ever with his latest movie, Alex Cross.
Rapper The Game is no stranger to controversy. With every album release The Game pushes the envelope of respectability and morality. The Game's latest album cover is already stirring debates among the religious set on social networking websites.
On the west coast rapper's 5th studio album titled Jesus Piece, Jesus is portrayed as a gang banger with a red bandana covering his face. The color red signifies the Bloods, a violent west coast gang that The Game is known to be affiliated with.
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Someone on Reddit.com posted this absolutely horrific Halloween mask that is so realistic it would probably prompt calls to 911 on Halloween night.
If you're looking for a memorably ghastly Halloween look (and you have a flair for applying makeup), you could get inspiration from a Redditor who goes by the username specialxk. For a recent Zombie Walk in Pittsburgh, she crafted this spectacularly gory optical illusion — look closely and you can see her real mouth hidden inside that gaping zombie maw.
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Tameka "Tiny" Harris was honored last night at the ASCAP Awards held in Atlanta. She arrived in a grey Bentley (a gift from her husband Tip Harris), wearing a fitted black and white dress and Gucci mink trimmed sandals, according to celebrity blogger Tami Reed (Talkingwithtami). Tiny flew into town from Los Angeles just to attend the event. She was in LA with her group the OMG Girlz who are recording their album.
Congrats to Tiny!
After the break, peep the preview of Tip "T.I." Harris' new music video for "Ball", featuring Lil Wayne off Tip's upcoming Trouble Man album. Then check out the premiere of the full length music video following T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle on VH1 on Monday, Oct. 22nd.
Still basking in the success of her hit reality TV series, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,' producer Mona Scott-Young reportedly began shooting her newest scripted series titled 'Gossip Girls,' on location in New York. The new series reportedly stars radio jocks Angie Martinez, Miss Info, Angela Yee, and blogger Necole Bitchie.
This blogger was in consideration as a cast member as well, but I politely declined. (Read the email they sent me after the break.)
The cast is an enigma. These women don't gossip; they just say whatever their celebrity friends want them to say. Miss Info is a sweetheart and a cutie pie, but who the hail cares about Angie Martinez or Necole Bitchie?
FOX News reports that Mariah Carey has given "American Idol" her walking papers following a publicity stunt with rapper Nicki Minaj that went horribly wrong. Minaj, 30, allegedly threatened 42-year-old singer Mariah Carey during recent auditions in Charlotte, NC.
Many believe that "American Idol" producers signed the loud-mouthed rapper and the arrogant singer to boost the show's sagging ratings.
“When celebrities and role models behave this way on television, it should concern us all,” wrote Dr. Boyce Watkins on Yourblackword.net.
“It seems that black women fighting and trying to murder one another has become the trend of the day, and quite frankly, it’s making me sick.”
I wrote about Django Unchained earlier this year when it was the topic of heated discussions on message boards due to its racist content. Once again, director Quentin Tarantino takes liberal creative license with a film subject.
Expect excessive nudity, sexual imagery, racism and blood in Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx as a slave-turned-bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Singer Rihanna tweeted the title and cover of her upcoming studio album early this morning. The album is titled Unapologetic, and features a naked Rihanna covered with graffiti, including the words "side effects" and "fearless."
Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 19, is set to star in her own reality TV show titled "The Houstons On Our Own," on Lifetime television on Oct. 24. The reality show will follow Bobbi Kristina's life after Whitney's sudden death of an accidental drowning earlier this year.
Also appearing in the program is Bobbi K.'s longtime boyfriend, Nick Gordon; her grandmother, Cissy Houston, Pat Houston, who is married to Whitney Houston's brother, Gary; and Pat's daughter. According to a source close to the show's production company, Whitney never officially adopted Nick Gordon as her son, which dispels the stories about Bobbi K. and Nick engaging in an incestuous relationship.
Pat Houston described the reality show in a statement released earlier this year: "I have been working with Simmons-Shelley over the past few years developing a project suitable for myself and our family," Pat Houston said. "The unexpected passing of Whitney certainly affects the direction of the show. However, it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward."
Bobbi Kristina made her acting debut on Tyler Perry's 'For Better or Worse' in July.
Watch the sneak peak of 'Houston's On Our Own' after the break.
If you wondered why you don't see more of 8-year-old King Harris in episodes of his parents' reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, that's because King is an official member of The Tams!
For months now King has been on the road touring and performing as a regular member of The Tams, who have been entertaining audiences for over 40 years!
The Tams was founded by Tameka's father, Charles Pope, who was forced to retire due to illness. The Tams are famous for such hits as "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy", "What Kind of Fool", "I've Been Hurt" and "Untie Me". According to The Tams' official website, the group has 2 Gold Records and 1 Platinum Single.
Rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris celebrated his 32nd birthday at a private birthday bash held at the posh $19 million mansion of local businessman Lee Najjar. Celebrities in the house included Tip's wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, who hosted the party; Sean Combs, Young Jeezy, Miguel, Kevin Liles, Mike Kaiser, Terrence J, Nelly, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and her husband, Apollo Nida; Yo Gotti, Trae the Truth, Josh Smith, Lil Duval, Big Boi, Bobby V, Mimi Faust, Ariane (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Erica Davis, Jazze Pha, Ed Lover, Funk Master Flex, DJ Drama, Green Lantern, DJ MLK, Jarvis, Trina, Karen Civil, BET Hip Hop Awards executive producer Stephen Hill; V-103 GM Reggie Rouse, local club promoter Big Mike, and more!
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Miami HEAT Champion, Dwyane Wade, hosted his first fashion fundraiser last evening in Miami to benefit his Wade's World Foundation. As part of his ongoing commitment to giving back to the South Florida community, A Night on the RunWade included a benefit dinner, live performances and a fashion show featuring clothing from Dsquared2, Versace and The Webster.
Dwyane walked the runway and did a backward somersault to make his catwalk debut. Gabrielle Union, Alonzo Mourning and fellow teammates Chris Bosh and James Jones were in attendance to show their support.
Earlier this week I received an email from an insider who suggested that rap mogul Ludacris and singer Kelly Rowland were romantically involved. I reached out to a source within Luda's camp who emphatically denied the rumor.
"There is absolutely no truth to that rumor," wrote the source in a text message.