Time to celebrate Brits in all their glory with the 2014 Brit Awards. Let’s see which (mostly English) celebs wore what and wonder why. Then, single out some for BEST, WORST, and most WTF look of the night. (For more British fashion goodness, check out this BAFTA Awards fashion post.)
February 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
So The Grammys bore a new meme: Pharrell‘s hat.
Sorry, but I’m not ready for this to be a new thing.
Let’s take a look at what others wore to this craptacular awards show!
January 27, 2014 at 11:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Just in case you forgot, Beyoncé and Jay-Z love Barack and Michelle Obama, and the First Family love them, too… so much so that Bey and Jay were invited – Blue Ivy in tow – to the White House to celebrate Michelle’s 50th birthday this past weekend.
We all know by now that a party ain’t a party unless you take photos to post on Instagram/Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook/etc. so Beyoncé made sure to share some of the fun of the day: sitting with Bo, the Obamas’ dog, letting Blue doodle on the floor… laissez les bon temps rouler, as they say.
January 20, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Beyoncé has been lauded as a bit of a feminist icon throughout her career, but especially after the release of her self-titled album in December. The record covered lots of different themes, from sex and lust (PLENTY of that) to the way society shapes young women into people who lack self-confidence and aim only to please other people. I think Bey is a great feminist (even if she does have a few too many tickets on herself, so to speak) and now she’s taken it to the next level by writing an essay about gender (in)equality.
Here’s en excerpt from the essay as published on The Shriver Report:
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.
If women received pay equal to their male counterparts, the U.S. economy would produce $447.6 billion in additional income.
Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.
We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.
The full essay can be seen in the latest issue of The Shriver Report, entitled ‘A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink’, which is available on Amazon for free until tomorrow.
In any case, I dig what Beyoncé is saying here and it’s certainly ridiculous that women are still paid less than men for the exact same job, and that certain fields are still unfriendly towards inclusion of women – tech and sciences being the biggest culprits here, but there are plenty of others. Still, it’s a shame we have to have Beyoncé point out the obvious for us to pay any attention to it, even though it is a great thing that she’s using her status for good.
January 14, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
I’m not sure what went wrong here, really. I love Cheryl Cole, generally. She’s a fantastic dancer – like, freakishly good – but you’d never be able to tell from this video, which she filmed while on vacation over the holidays. It seems like something a teenage girl would rope her two friends from high school into doing to put on YouTube. Like, it’s so bad that I almost didn’t believe it was Cheryl at first.
Alas, Cheryl was feeling inspired by Beyoncé‘s female power anthem ‘***Flawless’ and so she put together this little video, which Bey herself apparently liked since she gave her a little shout out on Facebook for it.
January 13, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
I’m back on the Beyoncé train these days – hey, if you’ve listened to the self-titled album, you really can’t blame me – so I loved reading that Bey crashed into a booth at Sing Sing Karaoke in Miami on Tuesday when she heard the girls in it were singing her song ‘Party’. Kelly Rowland was with her, and the girls took forever to even realise that it was Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland standing in front of them.
The worst part of this story is that one of the girls was sleeping (yes, in a karaoke booth – she must’ve been wasted) and Beyoncé photobombed her and NO ONE EVER WOKE HER UP. Let me put it out into the world now that if I was sleeping somewhere and Beyoncé walks in and you don’t wake my ass up, we are no longer friends. In fact, we’re probably mortal enemies. However, I also have to ask: how on earth did this girl NOT WAKE UP? Of course the other girls will have been losing their shit, and she’s got Bey snuggling up to her to take pictures and she’s still dead to the world? SMH on that one. I mean, look at this:
Those girls were probably shitting themselves. Even if they weren’t massive Beyoncé fans (and these days, who isn’t? Shh, I know many of you hate her!), the shock of having a massive celebrity like that walk into a random karaoke night would be enough to make anyone a little crazy.
I still want to hear from the sleeping friend, though. And I also want to know why, of all the Beyoncé songs in the world, they picked ‘Party’. I mean, come on, people. Step up your game.