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Cultural misrepresentations happens all the time in movies and are overlooked, but when it’s the other way around, it becomes an outcry. We still live in a very divisive world and these Tweets and Ads shows how much further we have to go as a country. Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis who is African American is the new Annie. I saw the movie and thought it was incredible, however there have been a lot of outburst on social media about the color of her skin. Read a few of the disturbing Tweets blow and more in the gallery.
Retail giant, Target decided to promote clothing representing the film with White models when the new lead actress in African American. The line was launched in August to coincide with the movie released.
Motivational speaker L'Sean Rinique Shelton, from Bear, Delaware in the above image, started a change.org petition against Target and so far 3,000 people have signed the petition for the Ads removal and an apology. She calls for the retail giant to remove the 'disrespectful' in-store displays and apologize to the movie's 11-year-old star, Quvenzhané Wallis. She said “In the current stench of racism and division amongst Americans, why would Target singlehandedly disrespect Quvenzhané Wallis and add more pain to injury as it relates to race relations? 'Being African American is not ugly, it is not bad and we are sellable!' The online Ad, does show an African American girl, not the in-store Ad .
Shelton also said that, when the 1982 movie adaption of Annie was released - starring the pale, freckled redhead child star Aileen Quinn - 'everything was about Aileen Quinn or a character/person that emulated her.' Being African American is not ugly, it is not bad and we are sellable! She argues: 'Why does African American actors have to beg for respect, especially as it relates to advertising? [sic] 'Despite most beliefs, African Americans are capable of portraying more than drug dealers, pimps, and other bastardized portrayals of our culture. 'Quvenzhané Wallis earned that role and we demand your respect.'
Annie was produced by Will Smith and Jay Z and was released on December 19. In a statement made to Daily Mail Online, Target representative Jessica Carlson declined to issue an apology, stating instead: 'We had conversations with [Quvenzhane Wallis'] team about being in the campaign, but ultimately it did not come to fruition. 'Fortunately, we had the pleasure of working with Ms. Wallis a number of times, including at a launch event in New York City in November. We had a great experience working with Ms. Wallis and appreciate her efforts in promoting this collection.' Ms. Carlson added: 'With regard to the marketing of the collection, girls from a variety of backgrounds were featured within the campaign, reflecting that anyone can embody the spirit and character of Annie.'
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We have a long way to go as a country.
The 32-year-old rap superstar revealed in her cover interview with the Rolling Stones Magazine, a secret she’s been dealing with emotionally, for a long time. Minaj revealed that she terminated a pregnancy as a teenager. She said, 'I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.'[It's] haunted me all my life. It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.'
Minaj who’s normally private about her personal life, revealed in one of her songs on The Pink Print, that she would have been 16, the same age as her beloved younger brother Micaiah, she raps: 'My child with Aaron would have been 16, any minute/ So in some ways I feel like Caiah is the both of them/ It’s like he’s Caiah’s little angel, looking over him.' Although she didn’t confirm in the interview who would have been the father, but reports suggests that it was an older man from Queens, New York who she met during her time at LaGuardia performing arts school. Read more of the interview here.
This is a new side of Nicki, that her fans the Barbz as she refers to them, are loving. Minaj has always kept her personal life private and it wasn't until breaking up with Safaree Samuels after 12 years together, that she acknowledged a romantic relationship with him. She has always shy away from that topic, although the public and her fans knew they were an item. In the interview video below, she became very emotional when discussing her breakup with Power 105.1, Angie Martinez.
Minaj and Samuel were also involve in a Twitter feud, which she has never done before. She later apologized to her fans. Read here. On a lighter note, a old video surfaced earlier this week of Nicki acting skills while at LaGuardia performing arts school. Watch below.
Tell the truth and shame the devil Nicki. If releasing this secret brings you more peace and freedom, than more power to you. Keep shining and winning.
Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith stuns on the cover of Shape Magazine January/February 2015 issue. Titled, “How She Stays On Top at 43,” the stunning actress talks about her routine to staying healthy and also credits husband actor Will Smith for daily motivation.
Married for almost 20 years, Jada said, “Well, I love when Will looks at me and says, ‘You look so freaking good!’ When my husband of almost 20 years can’t take his eyes off of me? That’s amazing.”
Beauty and a healthy lifestyle is apart of the actress family because her 61-year-old mother “Broke The Internet” during a Thanksgiving break this year with family when she was pictured emerging from the ocean looking amazing.
Husband Will Smith isn’t far behind with the health/in-shape routine at home either. Go ahead Smith family. Being healthy is very important.
It has been reported that comedian Chris Rock and his wife has been separated for almost two years and he's been quietly dating actress and his co-star in their new movie Top Five, Rosario Dawson for a while. They want to go public, but Rosario did not want to be labeled a home-wrecker and Chris did not want his divorce to become the center of his interviews while promoting the movie, but now that it is all over, he is ready to move on. This is all un-confirmed. We are aware that these sources sometimes are just seeking attention. Either way, if Rock and wife has been apart for two years, than I do understand him wanting to move on. People get married in two weeks of meeting each other now a day.
As previously reported. Rock filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 20 years. His attorney released a statement on his behalf, "Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak,' he said in a statement. This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family." Read the article here.
It's obvious that Rock and his wife had issues for a while. Another person cannot steal someone or make someone who doesn't want to leave their marriage leave. Praying for the family as they heal. 19 years is a long time.
After nearly 20 years of marriage, comedian Chris Rock has pulled the plug on his marriage. The funny man filed for divorce from wife Malaak Compton. The beautiful Compton released a statement on Sunday, “After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways. While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”
Rock's attorney also released a statement on his behalf, 'Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak,' he said in a statement. "This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family."
The two were married in 1996 and have two children, 10-year-old Zahra Savannah and 12-year-old Simone.
There have been rumors in the past of the marriage being on the rocks, but they have managed to work through them. I guess they couldn’t hold on. Praying for the family as they heal. 19 years is a long time.
Congratulations are in order for singer Alicia Keys and husband music producer and rapper Swizz Beatz on their second child. Son, Genesis Ali Dean is the name of the newborn.
Alicia took to social media to announce the great news, “The joy, it's a boy!”
This is Swizz fifth child. He has a son Nasir with Nicole Levy, a daughter Nicole with a lady name Jahna, two children with Wife Alicia. Son Egypt Daoud and now the newborn.
Swizz also has one child Kasseem with former wife, singer Mashonda, which ended badly due to infidelity by Alicia and Swizz she claimed and a child with a different woman while they were still married. Her issue with Alicia was so bad that Mashonda wrote an open letter to Alicia at one point, read here.
It seems all is forgiven, seeing that she’s been vacationing with the couple for the sake of their children. Mashonda is in the black top. She sits, as Alicia and her ex-husband show some PDA. God Bless you Mashonda for being grown. At the end of the day, it's all about the children. Congratulations again. A-Keys.
Rapper, actor, author and businessman Curtis 50 Cent Jackson is known as a tough guy. His “street cred” as they call it, is set in stone after being shot nine times and surviving, but even the rapper has a soft spot when it comes to fatherhood.
Jackson has had a lot of issues with his first child Marquise. Their dysfunctional relationship, triggered down because the mother of the child and Jackson relationship is non-existent. According to Jackson, he’s an incredible provider and a great father, but the drama that comes with dealing with his son’s mother every time he wants to be involve in his life, led him to separating himself. He hopes that as his son who is now eighteen, in college, grows up, he can have a mind of his own and the relationship can be mended.
In the main time, he is doing all that he can to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself with his second child, Sire Jackson, he shares with model and video vixen Daphne.
Although social media only tells a fraction of celebrities’ real life, there’s no denying the bond between Jackson and Sire.
He shared these beautiful images of Sire in his Christmas gears and a snap on a plane, traveling for the holiday.
Jackson recently reunited with his group G-Unit and released an EP. With his most recent album, the EP, fatherhood, books and his headphone brand SMS Audio doing well, he isn't slowing down anytime soon. He has continued to shoot movies and is an Executive producer on the hit cable show Power, on Stars.
Jackson recently inked a deal with EFFEN Vodka and also signed a $78 million underwear deal with Frigo Revolution Wear. His job is to promote the brand of upmarket men's underwear. He took to his Instagram to announce the deal,
"I just did a deal for $78 million for underwear. What did you muthaf---as do today?”
Jackson is aware of his blessings. He understands his position and the difference he can make in the world. His humble beginnings also drive and motivate him to continue to give back. He decided to volunteer with one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, Feeding America. The event is Bi-costal and the rapper volunteered at the East Coast Hope For The Holidays event at the Food Bank For New York City’s Community Kitchen & Pantry in Harlem. With 200 food banks across the country, Feeding America has helped feed almost 46 million people. Jackson also did this a few years back, when he announced being apart of a campaign to help fight hunger in Africa. He set a goal to provide one billion meals to hungry children over the next five years. Every purchase of Street King, an energy drink the rapper promotes will provide a meal for a person in need through the United Nations' program. He also visited the continent. Jackson said to reporters at the Feeding America event, “A lot of the stuff I am involved in, people don’t actually know. I just go quietly about it,” when I have time to do it, it’s cool. To be here and run into cool people who are not from my genre of music… that will create things we didn’t know about each other.” Keep up the great work.
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Say what you want about this family, but do they know how to show up and show out? Yes they do. Kris Jenner threw her annual Christmas Eve bash and of course her children and special guest were all there to help their “Momager” celebrate.
Kris took to Instagram with this message and images of her Belvedere vodka beverage of choice, for the extravagant event. 'Getting ready for my Christmas Eve Party and look who just hooked me up!!!!! Thank you @belvederevodka @msgigismart @jbrawnycat3 #belveRED #belvedereRED #amazing #Partayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.'
Kylie and Kendall Jenner did their best to show their Kardashian big sisters how it’s done. The two younger siblings looked stylish in their white ensemble.
Big sis Khloe not to be outdone, she took to her Instagram to show her outfit for the bash. She wore a sexy black dress with a lower neck showing cleavage and exposing a leg.
Kris, who was missing for the most part of the night, probably entertaining her guests, took a moment to take a picture with Khloe. The dark shot, showed both ladies silhouette well and the lights in the background, helped add a festive vibe to the image.
Kris who is 59-years-old is doing her best to keep up with the Kardashians (Kim, Khloe and Courtney). With her divorce from husband of 22 years Bruce Jenner now finalized, Kris has moved on with a man young enough to be her son.
33-year-old Corey Gamble is Kris new man. He’s originally from Atlanta, GA and works for singer Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.
After 22 years of marriage and raising all those children together, Bruce will always be welcome. With their failed marriage behind them, most assumed he would miss out on the fun this year, but he did not. He was there celebrating with his children. He took time to take this picture with his daughters Kendall and Kylie.
Noticeably absent from most of the images, was big sister Kim Kardashian. Kim is on her third marriage with husband, rapper Kanye West. With the rumors of divorce a constant topic, many assumed they were apart for the holiday and that Kim skipped her family event, but she showed up with her husband. Friend Jonathan Cheban (on the right) joined Kim Kanye in the snap below.
Big sister Kourtney was absent. Kourtney just had her third child with partner Scott, so it made sense why she didn't make the event.
Former Extra host Maria Menounos, was also in attendance with her boyfriend. Menounos departed the program in May. She signed a deal with E! and a deal with NBC Universal-owned network. She will now host an entertainment series called, Untold With Maria Menounos, which is an hour long.
Newly single Khloe continued to have fun with friends and the man of the hour Santa.
The most talked about Jenner lately Kendall, showed off her beautiful dress.
The most talked about Jenner lately Kendall showed off her beautiful dress. Kendal relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga, who was absent or didn’t take pictures with his rumor girlfriend, has been the talk of the town because the teen is 17. Many thinks their relationship is inappropriate being that she is not yet 18.
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Everyone looks happy. At the end of the day, this is what life is all about. Being the best you, living, having fun with friends and family and being surrounded by love.
The singer and her family could've picked a sunny tropical vacation, but decided to have a Wihite Christmas instead in Iceland.
Beyonce was in great spirits as she playfully made faces to the camera.
The couple attempts to dispel those pregnancy rumors, by toasting with champagne in the snow.
Beyonce also shared images from her husband's birthday celebration earlier this month. The rapper turned 45 on December 4th.
She took an image from her 7/11 video to wish her fans a happy holiday. Checkout the gallery for more images from the vacation.
Merry Christmas you two and Blue. Safe travel.
What a beautiful family. Vanessa shared the family Christmas card on her website and the picture without the Christmas message to her Instagram a few days ago. The soon to be mother of two and wife of singer, actor and TV host Nick Lachey, wrote, "Today I wanted to wish you a Happy Holiday from my family to yours, and share our 2014 Lachey family Christmas card. This photo was taken on Camden’s birthday and it’s my favorite picture of all four of us… at least, so far!"
The happy couple will be welcoming a daughter to the family very soon. It seems as though, the baby is not the only addition to the family. Nick and his younger brother Drew, formerly of boy band 98 degrees, opened a sports bar in their hometown Cincinnati Ohio.
The official launched of the Lachey's Bar, will open in their hometown of Cincinnati on January 1.
Vanessa took to her Instagram to express how proud and happy she was for her husband and brother in-law Drew. She wrote, "I am sooo happy & proud of these two! Their dream of opening up a sports bar in their hometown is coming true!!! @lacheysbar opens on New Years Day! Kick off your year right! #Cincinnati #HometownBoys @nicklachey @thedrewlachey."
Wishing The Lacheys nothing but the best. Keep building that empire.
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