Posted in 'The Element of Freedom', Alicia Keys, As I Am tour, fashion, Fashion News, Giorgio Armani, Lady Gaga, photos, pictures, Swarovski, Touring It Up

Fashion News: SNEAK PEEK at Alicia Keys’ Giorgio Armani Concert Costumes!


Look out Lady Gaga, there’s another musician rocking out in custom-made Giorgio Armani outfits—Alicia Keys! The soulful songstress, who was dressed in head-to-toe Armani for her 2008 As I Am tour, will rock four dazzling, one-of-a-kind costumes from the Italian designer for her current tour, The Element of Freedom. The first look, a sparkling crocodile-printed military jacket, features crystals and sequins, and is paired with silk leggings and tone-on-tone Swarovski crystals. Other highlights include a one-shoulder silk top with embroidery detailing and crystal-encrusted leather boots. A sexy one-shouldered silk chiffon gown in dark gray–paired with black sandals–completes the third look, while a flirty mini-dress with strong shoulders and cascade ruffles finishes off the assortment. With so many daring looks for her latest tour, we cannot wait to see Alicia work them in concert! For more information on her tour dates, check out AliciaKeys.com.


Courtesy Giorgio Armani
Posted in 'Like a prayer', Currently Reading, Givenchy, Gracing Pages, Interview Magazine, Karl Templer, L’wren Scott, MADONNA, Marcus Piggott, Mert + Marcus, Mert Alas, newstands, photos, pictures, Versace

Gracing Pages: MADONNA Graces The Pages of Interview Magazine


MAGAZINE: Interview
NEWSTANDS: May 2010
MODELS: Madonna
PHOTOGRAPHER: Marcus Piggott, Mert Alas

WEBSITE: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/
NOTES: ‘Like a prayer’, Madonna shot by Mert + Marcus for Interview May 2010. Love her or hate her, the queen of pop nabs the cover of this month’s Interview photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Taking on ensembles from the likes of Versace, L’wren Scott and Givenchy, the musician gets rebellious with the help of lace, leather and a few dangerous accessories styled by Karl Templer.

How has Madonna the singer, dancer, actress, writer, activist, shape-shifting re-inventor eternal controversialist, fashion icon, newly minted film director, and toned single mother of four, managed to become one of the most influential artists of multiple generations? By choosing “dare” every single time.

Here are some highlights from his interview.

GUS VAN SANT: Hey, Madonna.

MADONNA: Gus, is that you?

VAN SANT: Yes. I’m at my house in L.A., just reading the paper.

MADONNA: Are you living in L.A. now?

VAN SANT: I still live in Portland [Oregon], but I have a place in L.A., and I’m starting to work on this film down here.

MADONNA: You’re always working on a film.

VAN SANT: Usually.

MADONNA: But that’s what you do.

VAN SANT: It’s my habit. [laughs] I heard you’re going to Africa.

MADONNA: Yeah. I go to Malawi twice a year. It’s where two of my children were adopted from, and I have a lot of projects there that I go and check up on and children who I look after. It’s sort of a commitment that I’ve made to this country and the hundreds of thousands of children there who have been orphaned by AIDS. I made a documentary about it [I Am Because We Are, 2008], and it’s just become part of my life. I’m going to meet with Jeffrey Sachs [the economist]. I’m sure you’ve heard of him. He’s starting a global education initiative, and I’m going to be his Girl Friday, so to speak. We’re going to hold a press conference to talk about the school for girls that I’m building in Malawi. It’s kind of our way of making sure that every kid has a chance to have an education-more specifically girls, but boys as well. Girls, though, in a lot of developing countries don’t have the opportunity to go to school, nor are they encouraged to go to school, so what we’re doing is the beginning of a dream. But I’m going to Malawi for lots of reasons.

“I think it’s good to get into arguments with people and have them say, “That sucks” or “You’re crazy” or “That’s cheesy” or “What do you think of this?” If anything, it helps you understand what you believe. —Madonna

Seymour Stein is the person who signed me and gave me my first record deal, which was my only record deal… He was in the hospital, and he had me come in to visit him… He made me bring my boom box and play my music for him. He was laying there in bed in his boxer shorts and a wife-beater.—Madonna”

For more on MADONNA, check out the rest of her interview + watch the video at Interview Magazine.

Check out some more photos of Madonna below….














Photo Credit: Interview
Posted in Crushing Over, Model Moment, Model News, models, Naomi Campbell, photos, pictures, Supermodel, Tom Munro

Crushing Over: Naomi Campbell






[Tom Munro shot this editorial for the Naomi Campbell April 2010 issue of Vogue Russia.]

Posted in Beyonce, Beyonce Knowles, Beyonce’, Celebrity News, Jay Z, photos, pictures, tattoos

Celebrity News: Beyonce’ Got A Tattoo Representing Jay-Z!

According to Global Grind, Beyonce’ has gotten a tattoo in honor of her man, Jay-Z.

Read some more after the jump….

So although they don’t hardly speak on their relationship, it’s known that Jay-Z and Beyonce’ are crazy about each other. But this alleged recent move Beyonce’ pulled really shows that she is Jay-Z down chick. Reports, rumors, and pictures have surfaced that the singing diva got the word Brooklyn tattooed on her left hand. Now this may not seem like a big deal, but Bey isn’t from Brooklyn like Jay, so she basically is putting on for her hubby’s city.

Check out some more of the photos below!

Global Grind

~~ I think it’s a nice gesture to get a tattoo that represents your man. It’s better than writing their name on your body. This is just my opinion. I’m not knocking anyone who has their man’s name tattooed on themselves. I just wouldn’t do it personally.

Posted in Cassie, Cassie Ventura, Diddy, Hip-Hop, Nicki Minaj, photos, pictures, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Spotted

Spotted: Diddy and Nicki Minaj

Is that Nicki Minaj?…

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Nicki Minaj — together have sparked the rumors of dating! Diddy was spotted outside of Guys and Dolls Nightclub in West Hollywood on Monday night holding hands with an unidentified female.  As recently reported, Diddy has apparently become the new business manager of recording artist Nicki Minaj. Well, it seems that these photos of Diddy spotted with Nicki Minaj has some people thinking they’re dating, since his arm was spotted around her… hmmm.

If you look closely he’s holding her hand too! Lol…Diddy doesn’t even hold his own girlfriend Cassie’s hand in public.  Strange & Suspicious?!

Well, this rumor seems to be just that — a rumor. But, who knows?!! Only time will tell.

Sources: HipHopRX, Necole Bitchie, X17online

~~Your thoughts on this rumor?

Posted in Celebrity Birthdays, Celebrity News, Matt Kemp, photos, pictures, Rihanna

Happy Birthday Rihanna!!

Rihanna turns 22 today. The singer will celebrate her birthday with a very “private and intimate” bash thrown for her by her boyfriend, Matt Kemp, according to sources.

“(Matt) really wanted to do something nice for Rihanna as she didn’t have much of a 21st birthday last year,” according to E! News.

The party, which was going to be a surprise until she caught on, will be a low-key night with “close friends, Jamaican food, a photo booth, dancing and cake.”

~~”Check out some of my favorite photos of Rihanna below. “Her makeup looks flawless and her style is to die for. I L♥VE IT!!!!”

Singer Rihanna attends at press conference to promote her latest album "Rated R" at Intercontinental hotel on February 11, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.

Singer Rihanna shows off a new bleached streak in her bangs as she leaves lunch at Da Silvano restaurant in Greenwich Village.

Matt Kemp with Rihanna

Photo source: zimbio.com

~~Sounds like fun. I hope your birthday turns out to be a success. Enjoy your night, you deserve it. May all your wishes come true. Happy 22nd Birthday!!

Posted in "Are You Here", "I Would Like to Call It Beauty", "The Blackest Lily", "The Sea", Corinne Bailey Rae, Entertainment, Entertainment News, Jason Rae, Music, Music News, photos, pictures

Music News: Corinne Bailey Rae’s New Album Reflects Dealing With Husband’s Death

In the months after her husband died, Corinne Bailey Rae was fixated on the grieving process – specifically, whether there is a right and a wrong way to mourn.

It’s not as if Rae acted inappropriately after the death of Jason Rae from a drug overdose in 2008. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who dazzled the music world in 2006 with her sunny, silky self-titled debut, dropped out of sight after the tragedy. She spent a good part of her day simply resting, and when she felt like it, taking walks or spending time with loved ones.

She was also confused, in a haze, not knowing how to go forward after the destiny she thought she had was forever altered.

“I’m not familiar with that kind of shock that lasts all that amount of time,” the 30-year-old recalled. “It just sort of takes ages to sink it. You feel it and then you don’t feel it; you know what’s happened and then you don’t really know what happened. …

“Somebody wrote me a letter saying that you need to surrender to it, which I was like, ‘Well, how do I surrender?'”

While Rae still has not come to terms with her loss, she has determined that the grieving process is unique and different for everyone. And for her, it included channeling her emotions into her music. The result is her touching, tender new album, “The Sea,” started before the death of her husband but finished more than a year later.

“There are other people that have had these similar experiences … all different kinds of loss, and I feel like a lot of people don’t really sing about it in popular music,” said an upbeat, reflective Rae during a recent interview. “I want to be that one voice that is saying that this is also a human experience that is worth making music about.”

When Rae first started working on “The Sea,” she was determined to make an album that grew from the dreamy, groove-based tunes – such as “Put Your Records On” – that were becoming her signature. She was looking for sounds that were more aggressive, funky and complex.

“I wanted to make another record that was a partner to, and an answer to, the first album,” the British musician said of her debut CD, which sold more than 1 million copies in the United States alone. “I wanted to write something that was able to match that excitement that we’d feel in the audience.”

She had already started working on new music when her 31-year-old husband, described as a recovering addict, was found dead due to an overdose of methadone. In the aftermath, Rae found herself struggling to adapt to a role she never anticipated: widow.

“Part of that … experience is you can’t imagine a future,” said Rae. “Your imagined future is totally on fire.”

Rae, who lives in Leeds, England, didn’t work on new music, but found her mind occupied with other thoughts. She remembers becoming engrossed in etymology, the study of words, and found parallels in language to her own situation: “‘Grief,’ it’s from ‘grave,’ which means heavy. It’s a thing that lands on you, and there is nothing you can do to sort of make it work.”

It took months for her to cope through her music. When asked what she did, she simply said: “Nothing.”

“It’s hard to explain. “(I went) from being a really active person from having a really full diary to doing absolutely nothing because I had no interest in doing anything.”

She decided to start working on “The Sea” again because she missed creating and because she needed a goal: “I needed to have something to do. The main thing that this album has given me is something to do to take up my time.”

Corinne Bailey Rae“The Sea” is not mournful – there are driving grooves, sultry odes and sweet tunes. But it does contain several songs that reference her husband’s death. The album’s first song, the wistful “Are You Here,” speaks to the confusion of feeling the presence of someone no longer around: “Are you here, ’cause my heart recalls it all feels the same?”

Then there’s “I Would Like to Call It Beauty,” the song that most explicitly deals with death, and named for a phrase uttered by Jason Rae’s brother, Phillip (Rae even gave him song credit). The song’s first lines are, “So young for death, we walk in shoes to big, but you play it like a poet, like you always did.”

“It’s a way different record than the initial idea that she had in her head, but I think it was very necessary,” says Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, the Roots bandleader who worked on the rocking jam “The Blackest Lily,” recorded before Jason Rae’s death.

“If anything, this album sort of provides a kind of resolution to public mourning,” he said.

But for Rae, nothing is resolved: She is trying to figure out how to move on and she still wears her wedding ring.

“The shock of it is still really with me,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine that it’s not going to go back to how it was.”

Source: http://www.corinnebaileyrae.net

“Wow, this album is really going to talk to alot of people who’ve been in her place.” I can’t wait to hear it. Your thoughts?”