Ben Affleck and Jen Garner Divorcing; Will Jay-Z and Beyonce Last Longer?

Posted on July 1, 2015 with No Comments

Just when you thought Ben Affleck and Jen Garner were going to be the celebrity couple to stay the course -after all, they have been married for 10 years, which is like the equivalent of 30 years in Hollywood years, they up and file for divorce. The kicker is that they filed on their 10-year anniversary -OUCH! Someone trying to make a statement?

Well, when we heard about Bennifer 2.0 throwing in the towel we were reminded of a piece People.com put together 10 years ago musing about whether the current star couples would stay together: Star Couples: Will It Last? 

People.com's Photo Gallery Star Couples: Will It Last?

People.com’s Photo Gallery Star Couples: Will It Last?

Check it out! It features, don’t laugh, Pamela Anderson and Stephen Dorff, Scarlett Johansson and Jared Leto, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, Claire Danes and Billy Crudup, Drew Barrymore and Fabrizio Moretti, Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz (yes, McConaughey must have a thing for Latina women), Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Brandon Davis and Mischa Barton (are they even famous anymore), Gisele Bundchen and Leonardo DiCaprio and…..drum roll please…..BEYONCE and JAY-Z!

Yes, the only black celebrity couple featured in the People.com photo gallery has outlasted all of the other star couples.We know you had your doubts, we had our doubts too, but hey, it’s been 7 years of marriage so far and they’ve been together even longer than that. How’s that for beating those mythical odds about black relationships and marriage? Google it, we won’t bother repeating the biased and skewed numbers, but you can read this article on About.com that busts some of those black marriage myths.

Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater

Posted on June 30, 2015 with No Comments

misty-copelandAfrican-American ballet dancer Misty Copeland has been steadily capturing the hearts of America since joining the American Ballet Theater company in 2001 and has just been appointed Principal Dancer -a first in the company’s 75-year history.

Off of the ballet stage, Misty has been busy racking up accolades and endorsements – she appeared in a Diet Dr Pepper commercial in 2010, danced on a piano as part of Prince’s 2010 tour, became the first ballet dancer to appear in an Under Armour ad in 2014, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015, and featured on the cover.

misty-copeland-time-magazine-coverMaybe this will boost ballet ticket sales, after all their audience is dying out and quite frankly the younger generations are too diverse to sit through Swan Lakes that don’t reflect themselves.

Obama’s “Blackest” Week Ever: Declares ‘You’re In My House,’ and Sings ‘Amazing Grace’

Posted on June 27, 2015 with No Comments

President Barack Obama just might be having his “blackest” week yet as leader of this nation. When we say “black” we mean Black American.

First Obama shut down a heckler that interrupted his speech at a White House event honoring LGBT Pride Month on Wednesday, by declaring, “Listen you’re in my house … it’s not respectful,” and then requesting that the person be removed.

Obama explained, “as a general rule I am just fine with a few hecklers. But not when I’m up here in the house,” to which Vice President Joe Biden clapped him on the back in agreement -in true road dog style.

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Two days later the President eulogized the Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, who was murdered in the racially motivated mass-shooting of a prayer group at a black church  in Charleston South Carolina, and broke out in spiritual song with “Amazing Grace.” Just watching it on a screen made us want to stand up and testify, so it’s no wonder the clergy seated behind him leaped to their feet when he started singing.

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F.A.B: FAMOUS & BLACK…Miss Jackson is back!

Posted on June 23, 2015 with No Comments

Clad in Rhythm Nation black, Miss Jackson strode through LAX with her husband, Mr. Who-Cares-Which Oil-Heir-From-the-UAE-He-Is.

Damita was looking fine, fit and slim and ready to go on tour to school those twerking teeny boppers.

Janet Jackson is spotted as she arrives at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, Ca

Miss Jackson dropped her new single No Sleeep this week, her first new song in SEVEN YEARS!

The sultry song is reminiscent of her Velvet Rope album, but no wonder because she re-teamed with her/our favorite producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Janet kicks off her world tour “Unbreakable” on August 31st in Vancouver.

Take a gander at the fake tour poster making the rounds online…

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…and here’s the real one.

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OVER IT: Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and The Confederate Flag

Posted on June 22, 2015 with No Comments

Blindie is not only over the racial shenanigans of Rachel Dolezal, #ByeRachel, the transition of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn and that damn racist Confederate flag, we’re also WAY over the media hype of it all.

First of all, Rachel Dolezal presents herself as a pathological liar who is in deep denial of reality. This denial of reality includes her parentage, which leads us to question whether she is mentally unstable in some way or is rejecting her parents because of some type of abuse she was subjected to or witnessed.

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And what about those allegations of her biological brother, Joshua Dolezal’s sexual abuse charges against a minor, for which he is set to stand trial. We want to know more about what went wrong in her family and her childhood. We don’t care how she got so tan, or how she curled up her hair. We’ll admit we enjoyed the #AskRachel tweets… a lot, but come on, the NAACP should have fired her for the simple act of lying about something so basic as her race – and not because she was trying to pass but because when confronted by press, she continued to circle the truth in pathetic attempts to keep up the ruse. That’s just pathological and weird!

Here’s the look we get when Rachel Dolezal is mentioned nowadays:

Maya Rudolph impersonating Rachel Dolezal on "Late Night With Seth Meyers"

Maya Rudolph impersonating Rachel Dolezal on “Late Night With Seth Meyers”

 

Ok, now onto Bruce, err we mean Caitlyn Jenner. Good for you that you can finally be who you feel that you were meant to be. This is America and that’s the way it should be for everyone here.

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But please recognize these few things 1) you are transitioning and coming out to the world during the height of trans issues, 2)you were born a white male, the most privileged gender and race in America, 3) you have previously won an Olympic gold medal, which means you were in everyone’s hearts and minds from early on, 4) you are rich, 5) and you live in the safe cushy world of Hollywood. All of these things mean that you are coming out in a relatively safe environment and will NEVER, EVER know the physical pain, the slurs, or the indignation that so many trans people of color, trans people of lesser means, or just the average trans person have endured. A transgender person is murdered every 29 hours, so we’re over Caitlyn’s Hollywood experience of transitioning and would like to hear more from the real trans heroes who walked the walk before any doors were open to them -like Janet Mock, host of MSNBC.com‘s So Popular.

And finally, the confederate flag, a representation of the losing side in a battle. The flag that was to represent the handful of states that wanted to secede from the union -South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, mainly because they wanted to maintain the institution of slavery. You know slavery, one of the integral components of their economy, the institution that was propping up their economy and making their lives comfortable and basically manageable in some of the country’s sweltering hot regions.

The evolution of the Confederate Flag over the years.

The evolution of the Confederate Flag over the years.

 

But here’s the thing, the civil war is over and no matter how many times people re-enact it, the outcome is still the same -the confederacy LOST! It’s OVER, and therefore we are over the confederate flag. It’s just pathetic and divisive to be a United States and hang onto a flag that represents dissent and division.

And this is the look we give when we see a confederate flag -ya SORE LOSERS!

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Full Disclosure: Janet Mock was an editor at Blindie but now speaks, writes and travels the world for trans issues.

Gimme Five: Things We Love About Lee Daniels’ Empire

Posted on March 22, 2015 with No Comments

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Okay, so we know this post is long overdue, but we were so caught up with all of the drama on Empire that we forgot to weigh in on it. So, without further ado, here is a round-up of the five things Blindie loves about Lee Daniels’ Empire, besides the obvious -like Cookie, and Gabourey Sidibe’s character saying her mom is white which is why her name is Becky:

1 – The portrayal of an African American family business!

Yes, they’re dysfunctional, lying and cheating, but isn’t that typical of a successful family business. Sure the business was started with drug money and founded by a drug dealer, but didn’t most American empires build their wealth on unscrupulous ways like slavery, hello JP Morgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, Aetna, and bootlegging, hello the Kennedy family.

2 – The depiction of the two most denied and ignored realities in the black community – mental illness and homosexuality!

Even though Jamal stirred up the gay drama when he kicked his long-time boyfriend to the curb and started getting it on with his videographer, we’re more interested in how the  conflicts with his homophobic father will be resolved and his reluctance to come out.

As for Andre’s bipolar diagnosis, the verdict is still out whether the show’s creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong have painted a three dimensional character with mental illness or just a stereotype of a mentally ill person. Either way, it gets more people talking about the illness while raising awareness in the black community.

3 -Black art!

The Lyon family may not be the most upstanding family but they definitely know how to support the community and buy black. Here is a rundown of the artists and their featured works:

So far we’ve spotted 5 amazing works by the talented Kehinde Wiley:

  • World Stage, Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, Oil on Canvas, 2013 (pictured below)
  • Rumors of War, Officer of the Hussars, Oil and Enamel on Canvas, 2007 (pictured below)
  • Rumors of War, Le Roi a La Chasse, Oil and Enamel on Canvas, 2007
  • Naomi and Her Daughters, Oil on Cavnas, 2013
  • An Economy of Grace, Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Oil on Linen, 2012
World Stage, Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria , 2013 Oil on Canvas

World Stage, Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria , 2013 Oil on Canvas

World Stage, Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria , 2013 Oil on Canvas

Kehinde Wiley’s art featured on Empire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rumors of War, Officer of the Hussars, 2007, Oil and Enamel on Canvas

Rumors of War, Officer of the Hussars, 2007, Oil and Enamel on Canvas

 

A few pieces by Basquiat: (see one of them below)

Basquiat featured on Empire

Basquiat featured on Empire

 

 

 

 

A beautiful masterpiece  by Jamea Richmond Evans: (see below)

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Wings Not Meant to Fly, ink, acrylic and mixed media collage on canvas 2012

And a bold work by Dallas-based artist Michael Savoie:

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Natural, acrylic on canvas,

 

 

 

 

 

But before you get the notion that all of this modern black art is an obvious choice for the “new money” that Empire represents, check out the works by Monet, Gustav Klimt, and Vincent van Gogh featured also.

4 – The cameos and guest appearances!

Estelle, Courtney Love, Patti Labelle, Snoop Dogg, Raven Symone, Rita Orr, to name a few. We’re waiting for Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey in the next season!

5 – Ratings that generate headlines like these:

“Empire and Its Phenomenal Ratings Ratings a Top Priority for Fox” -LATimes.com

“Fox’s “Empire Just Broke a 23-Year Ratings Record (at least!)” -EW.com

“Fox’s ‘Empire” Continues Unprecedented Ratings Growth” -Variety

 

Prince’s Awesomeness is Confirmed In His High School Basketball Photo!

Posted on March 6, 2015 with No Comments

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This high school basketball photo of Prince Roger Nelson recently resurfaced and went viral after a Minnesota Star Tribune reporter discovered the clipping in their archives and posted it to Twitter.

There are so many great things about the article and photo -the afro, the sly smile, the satin shorts….but the best thing is that these four things have been proven to us:

1 – Even before “Purple Rain” made Prince a music icon, he was holding court -in high school!

2 – Charlie Murphy and his hilarious Chappelle Show skit, where he recounts playing ball with Prince (in heels) and getting dunked on, was much truer than we could ever have imagined. The article says Prince made the junior varsity team in ninth grade and “was an excellent player.”

3 – Prince is truly a renaissance man who can sing, dance, play baseball, basketball was a football player, and can even make pancakes -according to Charlie Murphy. Watch the video below!

4 – At 5′ 2″ Prince does it all and proves that size does not matter! <insert Prince scream here>

 

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