Thursday, October 31, 2013

Another High End Store in Trouble for Racial Profiling! Man....I'm Glad I Shop Discount! LOL


As previously reported in my last blog. Barneys New York is in some hot water with some of their former customers. Being sued by one and sworn off completely by the other Barneys has serious work to do in the damage control department.

But now this new or rather the info is coming to light about Macy's and their situations of racial profiling with regular consumers and Hollywood stars alike!


In the instance with Rob Brown former model and very talented actor. He was in Coach Carter, Finding Forrester, the HBO television series Treme, The Express: The Ernie Davis Story and his most recent project starring alongside Joseph Gordon Levitt in Don Jon. He was shopping for a graduation gift to give to his mom at Herald Square in Macy's. Picked up the last Movado watch they had in that particular style and since it was a display waited for it to be cleaned and wrapped. He left to go and make a purchase at the Sunglasses Hut next door. While still in the store Brown was approached by two plain clothes officers, accused of making a purchase with a fake card, handcuffed and hauled out of the store to the Macys shoplifters section. They kept insisting that he had a fake card and that he was going to jail despite the fact that he gave all the necessary information they needed to prove his identity, they even checked his bag and found nothing. One explanation from cops was that a suspicious employee called police; then there was the excuse that police were in the store doing a sting operation to find a “crooked clerk.” Nevertheless he was cleared of any wrongdoing and let go. He almost missed moms graduation too which the police gave him an escort to but Rob Brown took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the situation (a common reaction by celebrities and civilians alike):

“Got arrested at Macy’s while buying my ma a watch. Thought my card was fake cuffed me and tossed me in a cell. Then they realized they were d**ks." 
"Then the police drove me to my ma’s graduation. Trbl jb #NPYD"
"Careful [black] ppl. If you drop $1000 at @Macys #NYPD might lock you up for grand larceny BEFORE they ask you for ID. #stillappalled #kinda"
"Don’t be black while shopping @Macy’s Police might roll on u"

Either way it was humiliating for Rob Brown and he thought nothing of it until Trayon Christian's situation hit the news. He was inspired by this young mans situation to come forward and speak out about his own run in with the NYPD. He also decided to sue Macys and the New York Police Department.

A spokesperson for Macy’s issued a statement to say, “We are investigating the alleged claims, as we were just made aware of this lawsuit. We do not comment on matters in litigation.” But Sunday night they claimed that their employees had nothing to do with Brown being accused of fraud, but that it was an operation and decision made by the New York Police Department only.



Monday, October 28, 2013

Barneys New York and the New York Police Department are Being Accused of Racial Profiling. Two Situations of Racial Profiling.


There were 2 separate incidents were 2 african americans are accusing the police department and Barneys New York of racial profiling. Sad that the world is still like this:



Trayon Christian, an african american college student from Queens saved up his money from a part time job to purchase a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt. He went to the store made the purchase but as he walked out he was approached by 2 undercover cops. Allegedly these two undercover cops were called on by a store clerk who believed the card used was fraudulent. They asked him “How a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt?” They also asked for ID and to see his debit card. They handcuff him and took him to the local precinct. Christian answered their questions and showed them his ID and card. But it was not enough. He was told that the ID was fake and the purchase was fraudulent. They also said that there was no way a young man like him can afford to purchase such an expensive belt. Christian who saved up money for the pricey accessory from his part-time job at college, said he returned the belt and never plans to shop at the Madison Avenue store again.


Example of the $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt

Earlier this year in February, another african american was allegedly racially profiled. Her name is Kayla Phillips, she was stopped in a subway shortly after purchasing a $2500 purse from the store. Kayla went to Barneys to purchase a (If I had the money I would've bought it to) orange suede Celine bag.  Kayla waited until her income tax return came in to purchase the orange suede Celine bag. She says the incident didn't occur in the store it actually happened a couple of blocks away. She was bombarded by 4 police officers, 3 male and 1 female. She claims they were hostile, rude, and very aggressive. They demanded to see her ID and her debit car, while pushing her up against the wall and just jabbing her with questions. She was confused and didn't understand what was going on.
$2,500 Suede Celine Bag
Barneys New York has released a statement about the news and the Trayon Christian situation:


Trayon Christian has a lawyer and is suing Barneys New York and the New York Police Department. Kayla Phillips also obtained a lawyer and planning on suing the New York Department.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Magazine Love: Jamie Foxx Covers Mens Fitness Magazine!


Jamie Foxx talked to Men's Fitness and a few of his fitness secrets:

1. Do push-ups. Often.
2. Do pull-ups.
3. Believe in “sixes.” Whatever activity you’re doing, do it at least six times.
4. Mix in fitness with your everyday life.
5. Run. Often.


There's more to the interview beyond just the fitness. He talks about his creativity and music. Love Jamie Foxx!!!!!!

Read More Here!



Source: MensFitness

Magazine Love: Kelly Rowland Covers FASHIZBLACK Magazine


Kelly Rowland is a beautiful woman and I'm so glad that she is getting her just due! I'm glad that she is on the cover of this magazine. Congrats Kelly Rowland!




 Source: FASHIZBLACK

Magazine Love" Rihanna Cover the British GQ!


Rihanna is covering GQ Magazine, again! This is her 3rd or 4th cover I think. She's always on the cover of GQ at least once out of the year. Which is cool by me, I like Rihanna. The pictures on the inside are cool though. Scary and artistic at the same time! So take a look at these awesome shots!





Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#RealTalk: Protect Yourself! Watch This 4Pt Series Called Relationship Games by @SpokenReasons for Teens and Adults!


SpokenReasons is a YouTube star, poet, singer, actor; he does it all. Like many comedic channels on YouTube he does the parodies and comic sketches, the whole nine but what sets his channel apart is his ability to be real. In the midst of his hilarity he knows how to bring it home with some truth and clarity.

His mini movie called Relationship Games has been in my Watch Later playlist on my YouTube homepage for a while now. I was waiting for each part to come out so that I can watch them altogether. And as I watched each part, I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. I wasn't surprised at the actions of the characters because I see this kind of stuff everyday. Well no, I take that back. The only thing that shocked me was the fact he knew he was infected with a STD and still acted as if he was as a whistle. I couldn't believe it! You probably reading this like "Whaaa?" But trust me once you watch the mini movie/series you'll see what I'm talking about. All the 4 parts are available below in the playlist so watch, listen, and pay attention. 

Relationship Games is an in-depth analysis of cheating/lying/secrecy and its consequences. 

Watch the Relationship Games Parts 1-4:


I'm telling you, it is definitely a MUST SEE!

If want to contact SpokenReasons here's his info: 

Website: http://www.SpokenReasonsTV.com
INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/SpokenReasons
TUMBLR - http://www.SpokenReasonsTV.Tumblr.com

DOWNLOAD FREE COMEDY MIXTAPE - http://goo.gl/BHVg0

Main YouTube Channel: http://goo.gl/GTrRB
2nd YouTube Channel: http://goo.gl/bsNfc

Twitter: http://goo.gl/QpcJw
Website's Twitter: http://goo.gl/2UORm

Facebook: http://goo.gl/iFDHF
Booking: SpokenReasons@gmail.com

In WHAAAA News: Floyd Mayweather Wants Miley Cyrus to be His Ring Escort for His Next Fight!


Actually I don't even find this the least bit surprising, despite my blog title. In September after his big fight with Alavarez, Floyd Mayweather said he has an idea of who he wants to escort him down to the ring for his next fight. He wants none other than the "Twerk Queen" his nickname not mine Miley Cyrus. 

Miley's music and her polarizing antics have been on Mayweathers mind. He said:
“I was thinking about letting the twerk queen, Miley Cyrus, bring me out,” Mayweather told Billboard via Fox Sports. “Why not? We’ve got to call her the twerk queen; yes, we have to call her that.”
Read more at: NESN
Floyd has or will extend the invite to Miley to join his Money Team and I'm sure she'll accept. I think you'll hear more about this topic during the promos for Mayweather's next fight.

Congrats! Kim K. and Kanye West Are Officially Engaged!


Congratulations to Kim and Kanye West on their recent engagement. I wish you happy years in your future marriage. And stemming from the HUGE wedding to do she had on tv to Kris Humphries. I think this time around its going to be quiet and discreet.

Kanye pulled out all the stops for his proposal to his fiance' Kim. He rented out the AT&T park in San Francisco and had the fields jumbo screen flash "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!". He proposed to her with a 15-carat diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz. He also hired a 50-piece orchestra to play Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful,". But it wouldn't be Kanye he didn't have them play one his hits too. He chose one of his more relationship geared hits, "Knock You Down" with Keri Hilson and Ne-Yo. Kim said yes and its official Kim Kardashian is going to Marry Kanye West! I guess Wendy Williams put her foot in her mouth again! But in her defense she has changed her mind about their relationship, like it matters! LOL. Congrats on your engagement. Have a beautiful wedding and a happy life!

BTW: The proposal was on her birthday this past monday. Happy Belated Birthday Kim and again, Congrats!

Check out the Instagram photos of the event via Huffingtonpost:







Source: Huffingtonpost

Rumor Mill: Pebbles is Threatening to Sue TLC for their Biopic Depiction of Her! And She's Writing a Book to Set the Story Straight!


Pebbles former manager of the greatest girl group of ALL TIME (Still! And if you say Destiny's Child has surpassed them your smoking CRACK they haven't even come close!) is making headlines all across the web for her anger towards T-Boz and Chilli as well as everyone involved in the making of their biopic: CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.

The stories that were being told are sad and down right messed up but not unheard of. In the movie the group was robbed of millions of dollars and were taken advantage of by Pebbles. She was depicted as an evil wench who would work those girls dry to the bone to make money. Because of this depiction and TLCs recent interviews she's threatening to sue the group for slander and defamation of the character.

I guess the story will develop later but she did take to twitter to explain her frustrations as every celebrity does. Here's her tweets:
Here's the interview that she was ranting about:




Friday, October 18, 2013

Magazine Love: Columbus Short and Keke Palmer Covers Heed Magazine!

Heed Magazine has two cover stories this October:  Columbus Short's growth in acting and Keke Palmer's ability to stay grounded through her acting career.

Check out Keke and Columbus' Heed Magazine Covers!





Read the article about Columbus Short in HeedMagazine





Source: SinuousMag & HeedMag 

Magazine Love: Chloe Grace Moretz Covers W and Seventeen Magazine!!!!!


Check out her Seventeen Magazine Spread 








Chloe Grace Moretz is being called Hollywood's new "IT" girl. She's been in over 30 movies but her biggest claim to fame is her role as Hit Girl in the Kick ASS Franchise. But now she's landed the lead in the cult classic horror movie Carrie. It's been modernized somewhat but still has its old appeal. Blood, telekinesis and everything! Now she's on the cover of 2 magazines: W and Seventeen!

Congrats to Chloe Moretz for her massive success!!!!


Now check out her W Magazine Spread





Source: W & Seventeen

Magazine Love: The Beautiful and Talented Keke Palmer Graces the Pages of Rolling Out Magazine!


Keke Palmer looks gorgeous on the cover of Rolling Out Magazine! I've been a fan of hers for years! She's a very intelligent, highly talented actress. She's best known for her role in the movie Akeelah and the Bee and her television show True Jackson: VP. But now she's having a sit down with Rolling Out Magazine about being an actress, growing up in the spotlight and her new role as Chilli in the Vh1 tv movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story which premieres October 21st!

Click here to visit -----> RollingOut to read all the details from Ms. Keke herself on her transition through acting as a child, teen and as an adult. Its a good read. And enjoy the beautiful glamour shots below! 

Congrats Keke Palmer on your Rolling Out cover and I can't wait to watch the TLC movie!








Source: RollingOut

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Shade Alert: The New SNL Cast Has Very Little Diversity (As Usual). But Kenan Thompson Defends the Casting Saying "Black Female Comedians Just Aren't Ready"? Yeah, Missed Me With That!


Saturday Night Live is an institution and every comedians dream job. Its known that if you get on SNL then your career is beginning to take off. Comedians like Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, John Forte, Will Forte, Janeane Garofalo, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Molly Shannon, Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jason Sudeikis, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and others are proof of its enormous reach! Some of these comedians have gone on to make blockbuster films, highly rated television shows and became A-List stars.

But there is a BIG elephant in the room with Saturday night live. For as long I can remember its been a predominantly caucasian male show for quite some time. There were always females on the show about 2 or 3 and 1 or 2 people African Americans, but the casts were mostly made up of caucasian males 98% of the time. Case in point: The original SNL cast with big names like Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase, there was one african american in the cast and that was Garrett Morris. There was a bit more in the diversity department having 3 women in the cast but in regards to race there was just one stand out anomaly. Don't get me wrong Saturday Night Live is a funny show and I remember watching the show as a child and seeing the dynamic of the comedy and comedians change over the years. I still like the show whether its an all white cast or all male cast. No doubt its a hilarious show. But I think they are sleeping on the expansion of the show if they were to diversify their cast.

One of my favorite casts of SNL and this
wasn't a well diverse cast in terms of ethnicity 

According to HelloBeautiful, Saturday Night Live is getting some flack for its new cast of predominantly white male caucasians. Cast member Kenan Thompson says that he agrees with the casting claiming that African American female comedians "Just Aren't Ready". Well he may have a point but his fellow cast mate Jay Pharoah disagrees. Jay Pharoah claims that there is plenty of untapped talent waiting to be displayed on SNL. He was interviewed by theGrio and he says that he knows plenty of women who are VERY much ready to be on SNL. One woman he said should be considered is Darmirra Brunson, who’s currently on Tyler Perry’s “Love They Neighbor.”


Currently there are 3 actors on SNL that are minorities Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson, and Nasim Pedrad

As I said before I just feel like having that diversity can make room for a bigger and even grander show. SNL is one of, if not the BIGGEST late night shows ever. And its a sketch/variety genre has transcended other shows i.e. Mad TV, In Living Color etc. All I'm saying is that these shows had diverse casts. In Living Color was a predominantly African American cast with hispanic and caucasian cast members sprinkled in. But they had a diverse cast as far as the ratio of men to women. As far as Mad TV they had a well diverse cast in both gender and race.

I think that saying that black female comedians aren't ready is probably the most unintelligent thing I have ever hear Kenan Thompson say. Just be real. What you really want to say is that there is a certain image they are trying to display and the women who audition for Saturday Night Live don't fit the bill. 

Let's just read Kenan Thompson right quick, in regards to his career....Ready..Set..Go (my homage to Aries Spears and Debra Wilson LOL): First off when you were on All That you were semi funny and at best you had a few corny jokes that went over. Second on the Kenan and Kel Show it was Kel that carried you throughout the show. He was the funnier of the duo and to be honest I think he would do well on SNL or any other variety/sketch show on the TV. #andimthrough! 

Source: HelloBeautiful and theGrio

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