Typically, we reserve Saturdays as the day to post articles written by our readers for our Saturday Submissions secton. When I read Clayton’s article, I knew I had to post it today, regardless of the day. Firstly, I was going to write about it myself so why duplicate. Secondly, I felt Clayton did a great job on it. He took a pretty similar stance as I was going to take but since he’s an American citizen it has more impact. Check it out and see how you feel on comments made by rapper T.I. Be sure to post your opinions at the end of the post. Without further ado, here is Clayton’s submitted post.
In the next issue of the magazine Vibe, set for release on December 6th, rapper T.I. shares his thoughts on homophobia and “against” homosexuality.
Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a dick, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That shit was funny to me. And it’s kind of true.’ While T.I. makes clear that he supports anyone’s sexual preference, he then connects, in his opinion, a current oversensitivity among gay people with a consequential and ironic offense of the First Amendment. “They’re like,‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ … That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.’
There are two things one wants to do after reading this: the first is to get all huffy about the joke and the second is to start throwing insults at T.I. for his drug sentence and probation violation. I’m not going to do either and I’m asking you to do the same. What you should do is look at the last three sentences…then destroy the two points he makes and that others, from Rick Santorum to Carrie Prejean, have made countless times before.
My girl Kelendria aka Kelly Rowland is once again serving up a serious amount of fierceness . This time around it’s for UK’s Stylist Magazine. The “X Factor” UK judge channeled her inner Beyonce and took advantage of the photo studio’s fan machine to the hilt. There’s so much weave and feathers flying around, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a healthy helping of collateral damage left on the floor after the photo shoot.
In addition to the stunning fashion editorial styled by Alexandra Fullerton, the “Lay It On Me” singer (love that song) sat down with Debbie McQuoid for an enlightening interview. She discusses coping with aging, jealousy from other females, her relationships with former Destiny’s Child members and plenty more. Here are a few quotes from the editorial piece.
Yes. I love getting older. The grey hair bit I’m still getting used to – and the gravity [laughs]. But other than that, I love it. Things just start to click. I started developing as a business woman. I now know I need to make sure that everything is right for me, not for anybody else. And OK, that might be selfish, but there’s nothing wrong with being selfish, as long as you don’t abuse it. I have to think: ‘What do I want in the next 10 years? Do I work hard enough? Do I have my priorities straight? Am I waking up early enough to catch the worm and going to bed late enough to make sure everything is done?’ Delegating is something I’m still working on.
They’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaack. Some of the original supermodels of the 90s are gracing a fashion magazine cover once again. It’s great to see some of them back. Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon are showing the newbies and actresses how it’s done. Hopefully, this signals the return of the supermodel era. The OGs (originals) have not only joined forces for Harper Bazaar UK’s December 2011 cover and photo editorial, but also for a short film for Duran Duran.
Directed by the genius that is Jonas Akerlund, the supermodels pose as members of Duran Duran for the group’s new short film SLASH music video for “Girl Panic“. Think of it as a modern-day George Michael “Freedom 90” model-filled music video. Crawford also starred in that iconic clip. The real-life members of Duran Duran make cameos in the visual as bellhops, paparazzi and chauffeurs. D&G designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, also make an appearance.
“We have made some pretty ambitious videos over the years, but this one was certainly the most challenging to date,” Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran said. “Coordinating the schedules of five of the world’s biggest super models, Jonas, and the band was no easy task – but we couldn’t be happier with the finished film. It has all of the ingredients that we feel are important – it’s humorous, glamorous, sexy and very Duran Duran.”
Let me preface this by saying Jen Lindley was by far my favorite character on “Dawson’s Creek“. Sorry Pacey, Joey and Dawson, but it was all about Jen for me. Sucks that the writers killed her off for the series finale. Oops spoiler alert. Since her teen drama days, Michelle Williams has certainly come into her own. She’s managed to transition from teen TV star to bona fide Hollywood A-List film actress. I couldn’t be any prouder, even if she was my own daughter.
With already two Oscar nominations under her belt, she’s poised to garner a third one for her riveting performance in an upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic. In an interview for Elle UK magazine, Williams discusses her new film and her experience playing the iconic movie star. What stands out the most from her interview isn’t her thoughts on her new movie, but a revelation on why she keeps her hair short. Be prepared to bring out the tissues. I got a bit verklempt after reading it.
Do you recognize the name Josey Greenwall? Well, if you’re a country music fan, you may remember a younger him being a Nashville music superstar. However, when Josey decided to make the tough decision to openly come out as gay, he was immediately dropped from his label. Despite the obstacle, Josey didn’t let that stop him and continued to move his career forward. He has since become a very successful model and has many acoustic covers on YouTube garnering him tons of views.
In the latest issue of DNA, Josey talks about life, love, his music and of course, his best friend, Rodiney Santiago who also joined in for part of Josey’s shoot for the mag shot by photographer Richard Gerst. The two frollick in the sand and show off their comradery quite nicely. When Richard asked Josey if he was excited to be on the cover, he said:
Absolutely! I don’t think there are enough words to describe how excited I am, really. I feel extremely honoured to be in such great company with all of the other cover models that have been on DNA’s cover. When I look back at all of your magazines and then see the one with me on the front, it really is a surreal moment that I’m still trying to take in. I think what I’m most excited about is that achieving something like this is the kind of milestone in someone’s career that they never forget.
Aside form the smokin’ hot photos in the mag’s latest issue, Josey and Rodiney teamed up for another YouTube music cover together. This time, the two tackled Britney Spears’ How I Roll. While I know that Josey has quite the voice, Rodiney has proven before that his isn’t the most golden. However, the two pull this song off quite nicely and I almost prefer it to the original. Check out the sexy photos from the mag and the acoustic cover below.
Forget Lawrence of Arabia. It’s all about Janet Jackson of Arabia or should I say Miss Jackson (cuz I’m “Nasty”). The iconic singer looks gorgeous in emerald on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s December 2011 cover. The 45-year-old makes us all green with envy with her apparent discovery of the Fountain of Youth. Seriously, Janet looks like she hasn’t aged a day since her “Rhythm Nation” days. In fact, I might even say she looks even hotter. Check out that slammin’ body.
Jackson posed for photographer Alan Gelati when her “Number Ones: Up, Close, & Personal” tour stopped in the Middle East for a few concert dates. She is currently on the final leg of the tour but has temporarily put it on hold so she can be with her family during the final days of the Conrad Murray trial. Jackson’s Harper’s Bazaar Arabia is sort of a big deal. The issue commemorates both the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 and the 40th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Check out a few pics from the issue below.
There is nothing like prefacing an article with a forward such as this, courtesy of Flaunt writer, Matthew Bedard:
James Franco’s ass stares at me from my desktop. it almost farts in my face. It feels like it wants to. Like it’s wanted to for weeks. But alas, this two-dimensional ass can’t blast any audible sass. It’s simply a photo, intended for our art cover—its gassy desires aren’t relevant. Of relevance is: how did we get here? How did Flaunt Magazine find itself a participant, throughout kept at an usual arm’s length, in the multiplicitous James Franco off-the-backlot artistry—what some amidst the fray might call an egoistic cluster-fuck, but what we’ll call a modern portrait of an ambitious man of means—onto not one, but two covers?
James Franco is Flaunt magazine’s latest cover boy. The first cover (seen above) is what you’d expect to see from the mag, but the second (after the jump) showcases perfectly the personality and the humor of one, James Franco. Baring his ass for all to see with a photoshopped “FLAUNT” tramp stamp just above the crack, the titled reads, “A Thorny Issue: Pruning The Roses.”
The interview with James itself is quite an interesting read. The mag and Franco dive deep into his latest work of self-made, self-produced videos. James goes off on critics who can’t properly judge contemporary art or think his work is “confusing.” While some enjoy the article, I myself found it little self-righteous. But, who am I to judge? I went to the school of self-promotion and networking. However, the art direction on the photo shoot was stunning and by surprise, the photography was done by Franco himself. Check out the secondary cover (aka Franco’s arse) and the rest of the photos from the mag below.
Men’s Health’s November issue featuring Henry Cavill hit newsstands already last week, but I just got my issue in the mail today so I’m just posting about it now. A week late or not, who doesn’t love some Henry Cavill loving? Especially after seeing those pics from the movie set where he was photographed showing off his big burly muscular frame. SWOON. The star of the upcoming Superman reboot, “Man of Steel” showed off his massive guns for the health magazine.
Though he’s the epitome of muscle and fitness these days, you’ll be surprised to know that during his teenager years, he was a little round. That’s a polite way of saying fat. Cavill discusses this, his workout regiment and losing out on major movie roles before landing the coveted Superman gig. Here are a few snippets from his interview with the magazine.
On losing the role of James Bond to Daniel Craig:
“I obviously wasn’t right for Bond. I did [give it my all], and I wasn’t right. That’s all.”
On his childhood:
“Fat Cavill… It’s definitely a mean nickname. But kids are kids. Kids are cruel. Whatever. I was fat.”
On his Immortals role:
“There was a sense of team and camaraderie. We all sweated together, we all bled together, we all ate the same highly inefficient food and just kept on going and supported each other.”