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Top 5! Hot Topics That Brought The Heat In July

July has been quite an eventful month in entertainment.

I’m talking about social media wise. Our timelines have been busier more than ever these last couple of weeks, with breaking headlines and coverage over some of the most shocking and just plain idiotic topics to scroll by on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It almost seems as though once the warm weather comes out so does the shade, drama, and scandals. Check out the top 5 hot topics this past month had to offer our social media.

R Kelly’s “Alleged” Sex Dungeon
So “allegedly” R. Kelly turned underage women into sex slaves … so claims the family of one of the young women who is living with the R&B singer. Kelly has since denied the rumors but as you can see social media won’t let it die.

Usher Letting It Burn
This case really threw us all for a loop, Grammy Award-winning singer Usher reportedly had to pay a $1.1 million lawsuit settlement after claims that the performer gave a close family friend herpes.
The woman, who was reportedly a celebrity stylist, and get this, best friends and bridesmaid to Usher’s then wife Tameka Foster accused the performer of “consciously and purposefully” not notifying her of his infection while having unprotected sex. I guess you can say the singer is bringing a whole new meaning to “Let it burn”. Seriously though, wrap it up, it only takes 2 seconds promise.

Donnie and His White House Shenanigans
You guessed it! Donnie has hit us with “another 1” (in my DJ Khalid voice). If it’s not one thing it’s another, after the whole denial of Trump Care going down earlier in the month, to him bashing Sessions via his infamous Twitter account to even STILL finding a way to poke at both former President Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton. Trump has had quite the eventful month. At this point, can you really be surprised with what Donnie is doing? I mean really? He hasn’t even been in office for a year, and he’s caused more hell than ever. At this point just buckle up, and ride with caution, because this is going to be a long, very long 4 years. Oh, and he just banned trans people from the military too. (smh)

Keeping Up With Rob & Chyna
Joanne the Scammer would be proud, Rob and Chyna definitely made headlines for yet another dragged out social media fight. Rob and Chyna went at it once again via Instagram, when Rob accused Chyna of cheating, in which led to a frenzy of leaked photos, videos, and a hell of a lot of shade. However, Chyna has the last laugh because not only was she granted a restraining order out of it, but also a viable lawsuit. Can’t wait to see it all on the new season of KUWTK!

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Introducing Sir and Rumi Carter
I had to keep it cute for the last top moment that July has had to offer. Queen B finally gave us a glimpse of her and Jay-Z’s latest additions to the family. Born on June 13th Sir and Rumi Carter both asleep in mothers arms, made their official debut to the world via Beyonce’s Instagram.The image captioned, “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today” while using several emojis to accent the joyful mood.

 

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July has been quite an eventful month in entertainment.

I’m talking about social media wise. Our timelines have been busier more than ever these last couple of weeks, with breaking headlines and coverage over some of the most shocking and just plain idiotic topics to scroll by on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It almost seems as though once the warm weather comes out so does the shade, drama, and scandals. Check out the top 5 hot topics this past month had to offer our social media.

R Kelly’s “Alleged” Sex Dungeon
So “allegedly” R. Kelly turned underage women into sex slaves … so claims the family of one of the young women who is living with the R&B singer. Kelly has since denied the rumors but as you can see social media won’t let it die.

Usher Letting It Burn
This case really threw us all for a loop, Grammy Award-winning singer Usher reportedly had to pay a $1.1 million lawsuit settlement after claims that the performer gave a close family friend herpes.
The woman, who was reportedly a celebrity stylist, and get this, best friends and bridesmaid to Usher’s then wife Tameka Foster accused the performer of “consciously and purposefully” not notifying her of his infection while having unprotected sex. I guess you can say the singer is bringing a whole new meaning to “Let it burn”. Seriously though, wrap it up, it only takes 2 seconds promise.

Donnie and His White House Shenanigans
You guessed it! Donnie has hit us with “another 1” (in my DJ Khalid voice). If it’s not one thing it’s another, after the whole denial of Trump Care going down earlier in the month, to him bashing Sessions via his infamous Twitter account to even STILL finding a way to poke at both former President Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton. Trump has had quite the eventful month. At this point, can you really be surprised with what Donnie is doing? I mean really? He hasn’t even been in office for a year, and he’s caused more hell than ever. At this point just buckle up, and ride with caution, because this is going to be a long, very long 4 years. Oh, and he just banned trans people from the military too. (smh)

Keeping Up With Rob & Chyna
Joanne the Scammer would be proud, Rob and Chyna definitely made headlines for yet another dragged out social media fight. Rob and Chyna went at it once again via Instagram, when Rob accused Chyna of cheating, in which led to a frenzy of leaked photos, videos, and a hell of a lot of shade. However, Chyna has the last laugh because not only was she granted a restraining order out of it, but also a viable lawsuit. Can’t wait to see it all on the new season of KUWTK!

Introducing Sir and Rumi Carter
I had to keep it cute for the last top moment that July has had to offer. Queen B finally gave us a glimpse of her and Jay-Z’s latest additions to the family. Born on June 13th Sir and Rumi Carter both asleep in mothers arms, made their official debut to the world via Beyonce’s Instagram.The image captioned, “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today” while using several emojis to accent the joyful mood.

 

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[ALBUM REVIEW] “85 To Africa” to Hit! Jidenna’s (@Jidenna)Whole Album is a MOOD!

It has been awhile since the “Classic Man, Jidenna, delivered us new music, but his new, sophomore album, 85 To Africa, was well worth the weight! Jidenna has shed the pomade, suits, cane, and casket fresh vests in change for African print attire, braids, and an “awokeness” that the culture is in need of.
Grade: A+

The album is one of this artist truly exploring and learning about himself by reconnecting to his African roots, speaking his mind unadulterated, and celebrating his life and those who love and celebrate him. This album is an ode to the old school link up with strong sentiments of community, real self-actualization, and not to mention an earthiness we cannot help but find appealing. Jidenna is a true jewel to the world of rap and hip-hop, and 85 To Africa, is a direct road map to his soul. Kudos, Jidenna, kudos!

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It has been awhile since the “Classic Man, Jidenna, delivered us new music, but his new, sophomore album, 85 To Africa, was well worth the weight! Jidenna has shed the pomade, suits, cane, and casket fresh vests in change for African print attire, braids, and an “awokeness” that the culture is in need of.

Grade: A+

jidenna 85 to africa

The album is one of this artist truly exploring and learning about himself by reconnecting to his African roots, speaking his mind unadulterated, and celebrating his life and those who love and celebrate him. This album is an ode to the old school link up with strong sentiments of community, real self-actualization, and not to mention an earthiness we cannot help but find appealing. Jidenna is a true jewel to the world of rap and hip-hop, and 85 To Africa, is a direct road map to his soul. Kudos, Jidenna, kudos!

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“Don’t Let Go”: The Supernatural & Thrilling Movie Premiere!

This new suspenseful, supernatural thriller is not one to miss! “Don’t Let Go” is sure to be a hit at the box office, as it thrills the Bronze Lens Film Festival.

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This new suspenseful, supernatural thriller is not one to miss! “Don’t Let Go” is sure to be a hit at the box office, as it thrills the Bronze Lens Film Festival.

As the tenth year anniversary for the festival, this film sure did set the tone for the rest of this annual event. Kicking off the festival, this supernatural film stars actors David Oyelowo from “Selma” and Storm Reid from “A Wrinkle in Time”. Oyelowo plays the role of Jack Radcliff. Jack is a detective apart of the L.A.P.D. who receives an unexpected phone call from his recently murdered niece Ashley, played by Reid. Crazy thing is, he receives the call two weeks after her death. 

As the story unfolds, we discover that throughout figuring out the mystery of the murder, Jack reconnects with his niece in quite the supernatural way. However, with him only being able to accept incoming calls from her, he finds himself experiencing random flashbacks.  

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David Oyelowo and Storm Reid in “Don’t Let Go”

As he navigates through the both realities, Jack realizes that in order to save his niece, she has to retrace her own steps & follow his direction. The film is truly reminiscent of the term “trans-temporal projection”. It relates to the transcendence of time, time travel & both the influence and communication of the lapse in time. The film was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes.

Without giving too much away, this is truly one film that will leave you wanting more. With the countless amount of cliff hangers, this film makes the mind wonder, and keeps you guessing. From the level of acting, to the script writing, it’s an amazingly thrilling body of work. The film releases in theaters everywhere on August 30. Make sure you get your tickets, because this is going to be one for the books. 

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brandon karson jordan

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“Transcending!” Strike a “Pose” For FASHION!

Since its’ 2018 debut, the FX drama, Pose, has managed to bring the world of ballroom culture into the mainstream all while maintaining an elusiveness that keeps you longing for more.
It’s hard to ignore the irony when you ponder how a show about trans women in the late 80’s could become so successful during a time that seems to be filled with hate and prejudice. Call it what you will, there’s no denying the impact Pose has had on society as a whole. Never in history have we seen such an embrace of inclusiveness, especially considering the consequences one could face back in the day for even appearing to cross dress.  The stars from Pose have benefited generously from this newfound inclusivity.

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Since its’ 2018 debut, the FX drama, Pose, has managed to bring the world of ballroom culture into the mainstream all while maintaining an elusiveness that keeps you longing for more.

It’s hard to ignore the irony when you ponder how a show about trans women in the late 80’s could become so successful during a time that seems to be filled with hate and prejudice. Call it what you will, there’s no denying the impact Pose has had on society as a whole. Never in history have we seen such an embrace of inclusiveness, especially considering the consequences one could face back in the day for even appearing to cross dress.  The stars from Pose have benefited generously from this newfound inclusivity.

Indya Moore PoseIndya Moore Pose

The beautiful bohemian turned glamour girl, Indya Moore, has had a meteoric rise in the world of high fashion. At the top of the year it was announced that Moore would be recruited for Louis Vuitton’s Pre -fall ’19 campaign. The fashion house would then utilize her for their B Blossom Jewelry collection campaign as well as host for their fashion show in March. Her cover of Elle Magazine’s June issue was one for the history books as it marked the first time a trans woman had graced their cover.

MJ ROdriguez PoseDominique Jackson Pose

Not to be excluded, house mothers (of the House of Abundance/Wintour and House of Evangelista respectfully) MJ Rodriguez and Dominique Jackson have also been blessed by the fashion gods. In 2018, it was announced that Rodriguez would take part in Moschino’s campaign for their collaboration with H&M. The ads were seen everywhere from the pages of the most prestigious fashion magazines to the billboards in Time Square. Dominique Jackson is the latest of the trio to land a fashion campaign. Fashion house, Valentino, recruited the actress to star in their latest campaign for their new VSLING handbags. In the series of video clips, Jackson plays the part of an outspoken woman named Devoray,  who is auditioning for the role as face for the Valentino campaign. Pose director, Janet Mock, can also be seen in the clips alongside Luke Gillford heading the auditions. Jackson is so charming and equally beautiful that it’s hard not to crack a smile.

So what can we hope to take away from all of this? A leggy blonde once said “In fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out.” If that’s true we can only hope that this display of inclusivity is not something that is simply in fashion. The time of inclusion is now and it is up to fashion houses to get on board with the acceptance that trans people aren’t just a trend or an article in the back of a magazine. As the Pose girls continue to bust down barriers,  the naysayers should take a look around , relent their old fashioned views and embrace the fact that the world is forever changed.

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Dominique Bedell

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