President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday January 28th, 2014. In case you missed the President’s speech on his plans to raise employee wages and decrease unemployment, check out the full video below!
It looks like the Queen is on a role lately! After accompanying Macklemore and Ryan Lewis during their performance at the Grammy Awards, Queen Latifah has announced that she will sing ‘America The Beautiful’ at the NFL Super Bowl’s pregame show.
This will be her second time performing the song. The first time was 4 years ago at Super Bowl XLIV. Make sure to catch her performance on Fox before the big game!
We all know Queen from spitting hot rhymes, but not everyone knew she could blow too!
Check out the video below of Queen Latifah singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the NFL opening kick off in 2012!
Okay, not quite “the return” of The Cosby Show that we all loved, but one big component from the original show is now working with NBC to develop a new family show. Yasss people, The Cosby Sweaters are on their way back!
Next fall, don’t be surprised to see Bill Cosby on prime time television as a family man again. 22 years after The Cobsy Show ended, NBC just made the announcement that they will more than likely be bringing one of our past from the past, back to the future.
Keep your ears open for updates on the show. Are you excited to see Bill back on the screen or will you be missing his old character on The Cosby’s?
Check out a throw back episode of The Cosby Show below!
ESPN The Magazine’s annual music issue will feature rappers paired with athletes on the cover this year. On one of the covers, you’ll see Nicki Minaj sitting on an amplifier posing with Los Angeles Laker superstar, Kobe Bryant.
Other covers feature Detroit Lions receiver, Calvin Johnson sitting along side Detroit Native, Eminem. You’ll also see Kendrick Lamar, posing with Los Angeles Clipper, Chris Paul. Kendrick openly admitted that he has been a lifelong Lakers fan, so he probably wanted to take Nicki’s place next to Kobe Bryant instead.
This music issue is set to hit stands on January 24th. It will also star Hope Solo, Skylar Grey, Manny Machado, and more!
The New Jersey Supreme Court is now considering whether or not to use rap lyrics as evidence in the courtroom. This idea comes from the trial of Vonte Skinner, who is accused of killing a rival drug dealer. Many of his rap lyrics were used as evidence in court, but was later ruled “highly prejudicial.”
While some rappers may be foolish enough to incriminate themselves, we all know that not all rap lyrics are 100 percent true so this could cause issues within in the judicial system.
What do you guys think? Can rap lyrics be used as legitimate evidence? Check out Bun B’s take below.
The show responsible for discovering singers like Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, and Jordin Sparks is back tonight on Fox! Over the past few seasons, American Idol has not enjoyed the major success and popularity that they did for many years. In fact, the show’s ratings have actually dropped 30% in both of it’s last two seasons.
With this in mind, producers have promised that we can expect to see major changes this season. One of those major changes will be witnessed in tonight’s premier, as Fox Entertainment Chairman, Kevin Reilly has stated in multiple interviews that the show will dramatically cut back on the funny gimmicks that we’re accustomed to seeing during the auditions. They will instead focus more on the truly talented singers.
This will be the first season without judge Randy Jackson, with Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. taking the three seats at the table. This season will also feature a completely new set and theme song.
You can also expect to see the show move much faster as there will be a “Rush Week” where the playing field of contestants will be cut down to 12 in two episodes instead of waiting weeks to see which contestants make it to the big stage. Also, instead of making everyone anxiously wait for an entire hour to see who gets cut during results shows, it will now be only 30 minutes.
So what do you all think? Will these major changes to American Idol solve their ratings slump? Will you be watching? Let us know!
Saturday Night Live has been in the media fire quite often lately related to new cast members and their lack of past diversity. The attention of the subject has caused civil rights leader, Julian Bond, to come forward about a dividing comment he made about his African American race on “SNL” in 1977. Julian Bond made an appearance on “SNL” in 1977 and made the forever ignorant joke that light skin blacks are superior to dark skin blacks.
Bond wrote his letter to The Hollywood Reporter following the announcement of “SNL” new female African American writers, Lakendra Tookes and Leslie Jones and cast member, Sasheer Zamata, regretting his statement. Read Bond’s letter and watch the skit below!
“I hosted NBC’S Saturday Night Live back in April 1977, during its second season. I used to say that I was an SNL host when it was a comedy show, and people would laugh. More recently, I had taken to saying that I hosted SNL when it had black people on it. So as a former host, I was happy to read the news that an African-American woman (Sasheer Zamata) and two black female writers (LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones) were hired for the show because people of color, especially women, have been conspicuous by their absence.
I’m a professor emeritus at the University of Virginia, so I’m delighted that Zamata is a UVA grad. But I’m also a civil rights activist, so I’m appalled that the circumstances of their hiring would lessen — in some viewers’ minds — the talent and skills they bring to the program.
There are sure to be those who think that their race, not their talent, won them their jobs. The women were hired after an explosion of outrage at SNL’s shameful record of minority employment. Before Zamata was hired, in the 39 years since SNL began in 1975, the show had 137 cast members. Only 14 of those were African-Americans, and only four of those were women. The tally for Latinos is even more negligible — only three in the show’s history, all of them men.
Looking back at the episode I hosted, I felt discomfort with a skit we did. Appearing as myself on a mock television interview show about black issues, I told Garrett Morris, one of SNL’s original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players,” that light-skinned blacks are smarter than dark-skinned blacks. Morris, who is darker skinned than I am, did a perfect double take. I felt squeamish then but did the skit anyway, and I feel uneasy about this joke even today. I believed it treaded dangerously on the fine line between comedy and poor taste.
But that always has been SNL’s fine point, the line delineating comedy — and especially satire — from tastelessness. I always have believed that a skillful comedian — or comedienne — can make a joke out of anything. No subject is immune. Comedy is crucial in our lives, especially political satire. The ability to make fun of life’s vagaries helps us deal with them. That may be why there are so many black and Jewish comedians and why their presence on the air is so important.
What do you think of Julian Bond coming forward now about his “SNL” joke? Is it timing or genuine?
The annual Governors Ball Music Fesitval in New York City now has a complete Line Up and it looks like OutKast is taking over 2014 as they will be the headliners!
The show will feature many different artists from all genres of music like The Strokes, J. Cole, Janelle Monae, James Blake and many more! The multi-stage music festival on Randall’s Island in NYC will take place on June 6-8. Tickets go on sale today at 3 pm EST! You can check out the entire line up below!
Beyoncé has always made it a point to stand up for women and independence, so her gender equality essay she recently penned is no surprise. Along with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Beyonce wrote an essay titled Gender Equality is a Myth.
Now that Bey is a mom I’m sure she’s more passionate than ever about gender equality and women being treated as equal. Read what Beyonce had to say below.
“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.
“Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.
“We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.”
What do you think can be done to help create a better balance?