Social Media Can Make or Break Your Relationship — If You Let It
Our parents dated before the age of Instagram, direct messaging and Facebook Messenger. Before the age of “likes,” “RTs” and emojis. Hell, my mother just started using “LOL” in text messages. Sentences like, “Why’d you like that girl’s photo?” and “Why’d you leave a heart emoji under his pic?” actually exist nowadays, and questions like these and others are leading to arguments and breakups. Not acknowledging relationship statuses and coming up short when it comes to Instagram couple photos complete with mushy captions and loads of hearts, are crimes in today’s love languages, and are looked at as legitimate reasons for nixing a budding (or even long-term) relationship.
President Barack Obama joined Rev. Al Sharpton on the “Keepin’ It Real With Rev. Al Sharpton” radio show to discuss why African Americans, who skew heavily Democrat, cannot afford to sit out this year’s election. He also addressed how he feels about Democrat politicians who don’t want to be seen with him on the campaign trail.
With regard to voter turnout, President Obama said among the efforts at risk if the base doesn’t vote are raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women, improving our infrastructure and early childhood education.
“The bottom line is, during the midterm elections Democrats too often don’t vote, Black folks don’t vote, young people don’t vote and we can’t afford to be sitting at home thinking the midterms don’t matter,” said Mr. Obama.
“I’ve got two years left in my presidency and I want to make every single one of them count. I need a partner in Congress, and the truth is in most of the states, most of these congressional districts, if we have high turnout we win. When we have low turnout, we lose.”
Citing the fact African American voter turnout during mid-term elections is generally under 50 percent, the president said, “I know people are trying to stop you from voting and make it harder to vote, but the truth of the matter is, most of the time we stop ourselves from voting.” The result, he said, is too often Democrats lose winnable elections. Black voters ought to approach the mid-terms with the same urgency as they did the last presidential election, President Obama said.
The stars are coming to Cali this Christmas. L.A. radio station Power 106 has announced the lineup for its annual Cali Christmas concert.
Fresh off the release of his new album Paperwork, the King himself, T.I., will hold court at The Forum in Inglewood on Friday, December
In anticipation of their upcoming joint tour, Chris Brown and Trey Songz will team up for a special performance. The R&B superstars have been teasing the tour with their TRGA x BRZY remixes including ScHoolboy Q’s “Studio” and TeeFLii’s “24 Hours.”
This year’s star-studded roster also includes J. Cole, Lil Jon, Kid Ink, Tinashe, G-Eazy, and Kalin and Myles.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 23 at 10 a.m. with a pre-sale starting October 22 at 10 a.m.
If past years are any indication, expect some surprise guests. Last year, Kendrick Lamar brought out Diddy and Big Sean also hit the stage.
Iggy season continues. Iggy Azalea will cap off her breakthrough year withReclassified, a re-release of her debut The New Classic. The project boasts five new tracks in addition to seven songs from her April release including her monster hits “Fancy” and “Black Widow.”
She has collaborated with Ellie Goulding on “Heavy Crown,” which appears in the trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Jennifer Hudson, who guests on “Trouble.” The rapper and singer previously dueted on the Pharrell-produced “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” for JHUD.
Iggy will debut her new single “Beg for It” featuring Danish singer Mø on “SNL” on October 25.
See the tracklisting below.
1. “We in This Bitch” *
3. “Change Your Life”
5. “Beg for It” (feat. Mø) *
5. “Black Widow” (feat. Rita Ora)
6. “Trouble” (feat. Jennifer Hudson) *
7. “Dont Need Y’all”
9. “Iggy SZN” *
10. “Fancy” (feat. Charli XCX)
11. “Heavy Crown” (feat. Ellie Goulding) *
“I don’t know what there is to really talk about,” Nicki Minaj tells GQ’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner of her Anaconda video. “I’m being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video.” Minaj, who refuses to address the female form and message behind her hit, says there’s no hidden meaning, no layer beneath the song or video. “I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we’d be dancing with our friends.” Minaj continues, “She”—Nicki’s character in the video—“is just talking about two guys that she dated in the past and what they’re good at and what they bought her and what they said to her. It’s just cheeky, like a funny story.” But, towards the end of the interview Minaj acknowledges that the video is also about power and control. “I’m chopping up the banana. Did you realize that? At first I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no.’ ” When discussing how the Drake scene immediately follows the kitchen scene, she says, “Yeah, that was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”
Brodesser-Akner sat down with Minaj before her Fashion Rocks rehearsal at Barclays Center. For this performance, she incorporated male dancers. “I went in yesterday, finally saw the dance for the first time, and I saw the guys doing all this sexy stuff that I wasn’t a part of. And I said, ‘Hello, why aren’t they humping me on the stage?’ We’ve got to give them something to talk about again.”
Brodesser-Akner reports that Minaj no longer feels as if she needs to hide behind outrageousness. “I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”