The tweet seemed innocent enough. Just a tweet from a friend in support of another friend. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until we saw the hash tag that read "#ad" behind the link. This led some of us to congregate immediately in the Direct Message box in the back alleys of Twitter.com where figures of $5K to $10K per tweet were thrown around.
This led some of us to wonder if Ciara is so broke that she is now accepting cash to tweet ads for her friends.
When troubled singer Rihanna danced like a slut in the streets of her native Barbados last week, many people came to her defense, saying her naughty dancing was part of the tradition of the Kadooment Day festival on the tiny nation island.
Well, dancing like a trollop or a hussy may be customary for the other drunks in the street, but Rihanna is a worldwide superstar with legions of female fans -- many of whom are under 18.
Rihanna has a responsibility to her young fans, says singer Mel C, who criticized Rihanna for her inappropriate' overtly sexual behavior, her pot smoking and her drunken binges that are the talk of the industry.
The 37-year-old mother of 3, took to Twitter today and posted:
"For the record. I am a big fan of Rihanna, I am also a mother. People have to take some responsibility because we’ve got to a point where over-sexualisation of young children has gone too far,’ the Mirror reported. I think music is a big part of that. Women in music, very successful women, are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate.
The Spice Girls singer used herself as an example of an artist who performs without over-sexualizing her stage routines.
"Rihanna has responsibility and although culture’s always changing, it’s changed too much. It needs to be dealt with. It’s reached saturation point, we owe it to our kids to protect them. Rihanna’s free to do as she pleases, of course, but I think her take on the criticism she’s had is interesting." Source
Former rapper and aspiring media mogul Queen Latifah recently sat down with Sister 2 Sister magazine's Jamie Foster Brown for an in-depth interview. We love Jamie, but her interviews can be tedious at times. Jamie always plays it safe and she never asks the right questions, such as "Let's discuss those rumors about your break up with your longtime lover, Jeanette Jenkins."
Queen Latifah did touch on her love/hate relationship with social media, saying "It can be very overwhelming, but it can also be great for business."
As for her stance on bloggers, in particular, the 44-year-old executive producer of VH1's "Single Ladies" stopped just short of calling bloggers bullies.
"The thing about social media is there are a lot of people who felt voiceless," she said. "Now, they have a voice, and some people will just say anything for shock value."
I didn't know Shannon Brown's baby mama, Sharde, was on Twitter.com. Not that it's important, but she did drag Shannon through the courts earlier this year to increase her child support. I could have sworn the judge forbid her from spreading vicious lies on the Internets? We'll never know because her Twitter page is locked, and we're not following her.
Rihanna's Stans turned on her in droves yesterday for admitting she starved herself for a magazine photo shoot.
The troubled 23-year-old singer tweeted the following message to her fans on Wednesday, admitting she gave herself wax treatments and starved herself in a desperate attempt to lose weight for the cover of Esquire magazine, which she shot Tuesday.
It's a wonder how singer Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, the father of her 5 children, managed to stay together all these years. They seem to be two extremely immature, self-centered individuals. Marley, who is seeing someone else now, has always denied being the father of Hill's latest seed. And several days after Hill, 36, gave birth to her sixth child -- a boy -- Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob, took to his Twitter page to congratulate his baby mama -- and to fan the flames of speculation:
“I’m forwarding all well wishes to Ms. Hill on the birth of her new son. I’m sure she’ll appreciate the love being sent to her RASTAFARI R.M.
Two days later, Hill took to her Twitter page to respond to the rampant rumors and innuendo with a message that only added to the confusion:
Mr. Marley and I have a long and complex history about which MANY inaccuracies have been reported since the beginning. To speculate without the facts can only cause people to form WRONG conclusions. We both value privacy and for that reason defend and preserve our right to it. Contrary to the numerous reports, Mr. Marley did not abandon me while pregnant with his child. We have had long periods of separation over the years but our 5 children together remain a joy to both of us. Thank you for your concern and I appreciate all of the well wishes regarding the birth of my new son. Until next time, Ms. Hill.”
I'm an avid reader and I know you are a fan of natural beauty and I feel that we feel the same way on how the media portray us "black" women when it comes to our hair and brown skin (like we aren't good enough). This was a very huge deal for me because I grew up with bald edges and very nappy hair and felt that "long straight" hair was the only way for any brown skinned girl to make it. I'm working on a blogging site (BoldisBeauty) where I want all girls of all races to come share their insecurities and more...and come OUT to face their fears of the world. When I finally came out I felt like a million bucks and I want to share that feeling with millions of other women/girls who are prisoners of their own bodies.
Earlier this week, another blog published nude pictures of socialite Amber Rose in sexually suggestive poses. You know the drill: the blog publishes the photos along with some made up story about how they obtained the photos, then the celebrity who leaked the photos takes to Twitter.com and plays the "victim" accusing the blog of stealing the pictures, blah, blah, blah.
Normally I don't waste your time with this nonsense as we are a family-oriented blog. But now comes word that Amber, who is bisexual, is accusing her ex-boyfriend, Kanye West, of leaking the photos to the seedy blog.
I don't believe it, especially since this chick will do ANYTHING for attention these days. But it is blog worthy just the same.
"The company that I was working with no longer wants to work with me because of these pics and that prevents me from getting money to take care of my family," she tweeted on her Twitter page yesterday. I didn't know Amber had a family, and I didn't know she was working? did you?
The company that I was working with no longer wants to work with me because of these pics and that prevents me from getting money to take care of my family. Its a messed up situation when someone so evil comes into ur life and tries to destroy it. I know I'm not the only girl in the world that has taken pics like that but they were very private. I'm sorry for letting my young Rosebuds down. Pls understand this was a result of trusting a person that didn't deserve my trust. I have cried for the past 2 days but I know this to shall p#!@%*#. Thank u for all of ur support.
Apparently Kelly Rowland is still under Mathew Knowles' spell. The "Motivation" singer tweeted the above message urging her nearly 1 million followers on her Twitter.com to run out and buy Beyonce's album, 4, which dropped yesterday. It's sad that Kelly still feels the need to kiss up to Beyonce, even though Kelly has the #1 song in the country. That was nice of her to help boost Bey's sales figures. But let's see if Bey returns the favor.
It's a sure bet that Bey won't ask her 1.3 million followers on Twitter -- to go cop Kelly's album, Here I Am, when it drops on July 26, because Bey is too good to tweet like common folk.