“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” his family said in a statement. “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
The County of Los Angeles medical examiner said in a statement Friday, “In the late morning of Sept. 7, Malcolm McCormick (dob 1/19/92) was found unresponsive in his home located in the 11600 block of Valleycrest Drive in Studio City. Authorities were called and Miller was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:51 a.m. At this time, an autopsy is pending and a cause of death has not been determined.”
While initially counted as a member of the frat-rap genre of the early 2010s, Miller’s career was defined by a refusal to fit in an artistic box. He transitioned from party rap to heady backpacker lyricism to jazz-inflected songwriting in his final two albums. To do so, he often turned away from guaranteed commercial success in favor of experimentation and craftsmanship in his work.
Miller, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, had publicly struggled with substance abuse throughout his career, and had a well-publicized DUI arrest in May of this year. Miller had been open about his addiction issues in the past, and had discussed his dependence on lean — a combination of codeine and promethazine — extensively. After a years-long period of sobriety, he began to drink again. According to tweets from his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, his substance abuse was a reason the pair broke up after two years. “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be,” she wrote. “I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course).”
Miller was born in Pittsburgh in 1992, and first broke onto the hip-hop scene when he began rapping at 14 under the alias EZ Mac. He quickly racked up an enormous following as a good-natured, preternaturally talented wordsmith while still in his teens, releasing a series of mixtapes.
By 2010, he’d ditched the moniker for the simpler Mac Miller, and signed with Rostrum Records, the label of fellow Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, whose career was burgeoning at the time. Miller found wild success in the era of hip-hop blogs as a rapper that catered to fans in his direct demographic: young, and looking to have fun. Among his earliest hits was “Donald Trump,” a light-hearted song that would lead to a feud between Miller and the now-President. That song would be followed by Blue Slide Park, Miller’s 2011 debut album named after Frick Park in Pittsburgh. The album was a commercial smash, receiving disappointing reviews but debuting at Number One on the Billboard charts.
16 wild denim designs that went viral and baffled the internet
In the past year or so, denim has evolved beyond the categories we all know and love.
In place of the boot-cut, skinny, and distressed, the fashion world has spawned some impressively inventive, and baffling, looks.
There was the denim jacket that would only fit Slenderman; there was the one that would swallow you whole. There were jeans for flaunting your butt cheeks and jeans for flaunting your butt crack. There were upside-down shorts and detachable jean legs; denim bustiers and denim thongs.
Below, check out 16 of the wildest denim designs that have left people scratching their heads.
People had a lot to say about these jeans with transparent plastic panels.
In March 2017, the internet was divided over this $95 pair of jeans from Topshop . Featuring large, plastic-covered cutouts over both knees, the pants had some reaching for their wallets and others tweeting in disbelief .
Sadly, if you’re hoping to draw people’s attention to your knees, look elsewhere. This pair is currently sold out everywhere.
Shoppers were not particularly happy about these $425 faux-muddy jeans.
Designed to ” embody rugged, Americana workwear ,” these PRPS pants were ridiculed online in April 2017 after people spotted them on Nordstrom’s website. While the jeans have sold out by now, you can easily replicate the look for less by going outside on a rainy day in boot-cut jeans and rolling around in dirt.
This denim look had some scratching their heads.
While we probably wouldn’t wear these jeans to work, or in public, or in general, at all, enough people clearly wanted to. Originally priced at $570 , the pants were on sale for $399 before selling out.
Many loved these jeans that zip all the way from front to back.
These Reformation jeans, which quickly sold out last summer before getting restocked, are arguably one of the more wearable designs on this list. If the thought of getting your skin accidentally caught in the zipper doesn’t deter you, the pants are currently available in sizes 25 through 31 for $148.
The internet had a field day over this pair of jeans with a uniquely placed cutout.
From the front, these high-waisted pants by ASOS look completely normal, uneventful even. But turn around, and you may end up flaunting your butt crack for the world to see, thanks to the open-back design.
The jeans, which went viral last August, are on sale for $21 right now , for anyone who, as Sia might say, loves cheap thrills.
Shoppers were baffled by this denim-on-denim pièce de résistance.
Many thought this jacket was Photoshopped, but it turned out to be just truly gigantic.
Shoppers had a lot of questions about this pair of lace-up jeans.
This unique take on denim went viral in May after people spotted it on Fashion Nova’s Instagram page . Judging by comments on social media, many thought the pants would be tricky to put on and take off. Others joked about the tan lines the jeans’ crisscross design might leave on your skin. The lace-up jeans are still available for $49.99 .
This butt-revealing design raised some eyebrows.
People actually seemed excited by these upside-down shorts.
Cardi B Says ‘It’s Beautiful How Fast Mother Instinct Kicks In’: Kulture ‘Melts Me Like Butter’
Cardi B is enjoying the first few weeks of motherhood — challenges and all.
“Really hard to explain,” Cardi B responded to a fan who asked how it felt to be a mom. “It’s beautiful how fast mother instinct kicks in … never wanna leave my baby side.”
In another tweet, the new mom perfectly summed up the emotional balanceof having a newborn for the first time. “Kulture is not Kulture today she Kiari with the mood 😩,” Cardi B wrote (notably, Kiari is Offset’s given first name). “But o maaann i love my sweet sweet baby ❤️She melts me like butter.”
Denzel Washington’s ED Cure Has Experts In
Awe & Big Pharma Is Terrified
by Rafael Paschito, ARP, Jul 24, 2018
(ARP) – Denzel Washington has made his name in Hollywood as a star who isn’t afraid to speak his
mind. However his latest gambit has industry sponsors seething. Denzel Washington caused a
frenzy last week when he and Dr. Phil unveiled their new Erectile Dysfunction cure on his show. “Dr. Phil and I have done our research, spoken to specialists and industry insiders.” Denzel
Washington said when he appeared on the Dr. Phil’s Show. “And they helped us create this product
Climadex And boy can I tell you, this stuff is potent. I’ve tried Viagra, I’ve tried Red Ginseng, I’ve
tried Cialis. Climadex blows them all away.”
The product is repeatedly selling out within minutes and Denzel Washington says his number one
struggle as CEO is sourcing enough products to be able to adequately service the demand. His
men’s health line is 90% cheaper and five times more effective than others on the market.
Male Enhancement Titans, Cialis and Viagra, were furious, calling for his apology and calling on
studios to drop him from their projects. If those companies thought Denzel Washington was going to
back down, they clearly didn’t know him. He appeared again on Dr. Phil the next day, not to resign,
but to offer viewers free samples.
“I won’t let anyone intimidate me.” He fired back during his appearance. “I am so confident in the
product Dr. Phil and I have created that I am offering free samples to our viewers. Climadex is the
product of thousands of hours of research and development. I wouldn’t talk about something on air I
don’t believe in and have tried myself.”
Denzel Washington’ words coupled with online reports of amazing results got us here at ARP
curious about Climadex so we did some research — here’s what we found.
Is Climadex Right For You?
The short answer is Yes. Climadex is an all natural solution for any man with ED. This product is
unlike anything else on the market; it has TRTT technology that has been researched and tested on
thousands of men experiencing erectile dysfunction with amazing and powerful results.
One thing people on both sides can agree on is that this new supplement drastically works.
According to a new study from researchers, men who took Climadex for 2 weeks experienced
increased libido, stamina, endurance, and energy with their partners reporting increased satisfaction
in their sex life. On average men taking Climadex were able to perform twice as long as men in the
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NFL Rumors: Bill Belichick, Donald Trump Recently Chatted — About Tom Brady?
Cardi B confirmed she was pregnant during a performance on Saturday Night Live after she appeared in a formfitting, white Christian Siriano dress, and, since then, the 25-year-old star has been embracing her baby bump. She’s skipped curve-hugging clothing, opting instead for flowy pieces with details that pack a punch.
Throughout her pregnancy, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper continues to rock typically fun pieces, like the minidress with a super-poufy tulle skirt she wore to the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the sexy black dress and cropped trench coat she rocked during New York Fashion Week, and her Fashion Nova pieces, too.
Former President Bush out of intensive care, making progress
By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press 4 hrs ago Open in app
© The Associated Press Former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral, a family spokesman said.
The nation’s 41st president is expected to remain at Houston Methodist Hospital for “several more days,” spokesman Jim McGrath said. Bush, who is 93, is being treated for an infection that spread to his blood.
“He is alert and talking with hospital staff, family and friends, and his doctors are very pleased with his progress,” McGrath said in a statement.
He noted that Bush was more focused on the Houston Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves “than anything that landed him in the hospital.” Bush, frequently accompanied by his wife, has long been a fixture at Houston sporting events.
Bush was hospitalized on Sunday, a day after he attended the funeral and burial of his wife, Barbara. Married for 73 years, the Bushes were the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. Barbara Bush was 92 when she died on April 17 at their Houston home.
Bush sent a tweet earlier Wednesday thanking Houston for its “professionalism and obvious care” during the memorials and services for his wife . He specifically cited Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the city’s police and transit agency “and really all Houstonians” for “making Barbara’s visitors and funeral guests feel so welcomed.”
He also thanked St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the funeral was held and where he and his wife worshipped for years, and Second Baptist Church, which served as a staging area a few miles away for city buses that carried thousands of visitors to St. Martin’s for a public viewing a day before the funeral.
McGrath said the former president is thankful for everyone sending prayers and good wishes
Toni Braxton Confirms her Engagement to Birdman, Shows Off Her Massive New Ring
The singer revealed her engagement in a teaser trailer for the upcoming season of her reality series ‘Braxton Family Values.’
Wedding bells are chiming on the horizon for Toni Braxton and Birdman.
The 50-year-old singer and the 49-year-old rapper are engaged!
Rumors of their engagement began swirling weeks ago when the “Un-Break My Heart” singer was spotted wearing some shiny new hardware on her ring finger. However, Braxton confirmed the news on Facebook on Monday.
Sharing a new teaser for her WE tv reality series Braxton Family Values, the songstress is seen sharing the exciting news with her loved ones.
“I have an announcement to make,” she teased her excited family. “I’m engaged!”
The news is seeming welcomed by Braxton’s sisters, and the singer also gives fans a look at her new, enormous engagement ring.
Their lives may change, but the sisterhood remains the same. #BFV is back in March!Posted by Braxton Family Values on Saturday, February 17, 2018
Braxton and Birdman (whose real name is Bryan Christopher Williams), began dating in May 2016 and made their first public appearance together at the BET Awards later that year. Braxton was previously married to musician Keri Lewis for 12 years. The couple, who divorced in 2013, share two sons — Denim, 16, and Diezel, 14.
Last year, Braxton admitted that she was “anxious” over her burgeoning relationship with the rapper during an episode of her reality show.
“I haven’t been happy in a long time outside of work. Work brings me extreme happiness. When I’m on stage and I’m performing, that’s the only time that I get those butterflies and I feel totally happy with my life,” she shared. “A romantic relationship? I haven’t had time for that — I should say, I chose not to make time for it, but it’s right here in front of my face: happiness.”
CARDI B ALL-STAR WEEKEND 2018 LIT FINALE
REST IN PEACE “TAYLOR!” a humble soul taken from us too soon!
We lost a Prince by the name of Taylor yesterday 12.7.17
Taylor was recently diagnosed with a secondary cancer (MDS) and is now battling aggressive AML Leukemia. He has exhausted all treatment options and is currently in palliative/hospice care.
However, he’s been taking a special oil from our friends at PharmaXtracts and has been living his best days! Without the oil, he would not have the chance to live his life on his terms. He has been stable the past few months, only having therapeutic blood and platelet transfusions to help give him energy. Taylor has been fighting cancer for over 4.5 years and will not give up now. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Team Hammond is a foster and adoptive family from Las Vegas, Nevada. We have adopted 6 small special needs children out of foster care over the past 10 years.
One of our superhero sons, Taylor, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He is the bravest boy we know. He was hospitalized and received a mix of intensive inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy. We are grateful that he is under the care of one of the top Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists in the nation.
We have no doubt that he will beat this. He is a tough boy, but as sweet and genuine as only a child can be. He is in good spirits and loves all the well wishes he has received. He hates the pokes and pricks, but loves the popsicles and pudding. He enjoys watching SpongeBob, Wipeout & The Cosby Show. He is currently homeschooled to limit his exposure to germs.
Our friends and family have shown us so much support. We have set up this page to allow all of those who wish to help us during this journey. Every dollar, prayer, well wish, and good thought has not and will not go unnoticed. Every donation is appreciated, no matter how big or small. All donations go to helping offset all related costs of Taylor’s care.
We love and appreciate all of you. If you have watched our journey, you know there is a greater good at work in this family. This situation will not stop us. It will make us more determined and solidified to continue the work we have started in our children.
We thank you and Taylor thanks you for your time and generosity. Please feel free to contact us at any time. Follow us on twitter at @Team_Hammond and on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/LordPleaseHealTaylor for our latest updates.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department releases a timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. USA TODAY
‘Thoughts and prayers’ is not a platitude and time spent with God is never wasted. But prayer is not an excuse for inaction on guns.
Sen. Chuck Grassley sent out a standard “prayers for victims” tweet after the Las Vegas shooting.
The response was swift — and brutal.
NYCNewbies tweeted: What is your prayer? “I pray the families of those killed don’t realize just how complicit I am in the proliferation of mass shootings”?
Peter Jacobson added: Your prayers are not enough! There’s no reason for US citizens to own weapons that can cause mass murder. It is insane to think otherwise.
Christie Rosalie: .@ChuckGrassley instead of praying, stop accepting NRA $ and start changing gun laws.
Joseph Papryzcki: Laws stop this, not prayers. Do your job.
You get the idea.
Grassley said Wednesday he hadn’t seen the Twitter response but cited a Bible verse calling on prayers for all leaders: “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” — 1 Timothy 2, 1-2.
“So you can’t denounce anything that involves prayer with government or for people because that’s our responsibility to do,” Grassley said during his weekly conference call with Iowa reporters.
He also said this: “I take an oath to uphold the Constitution, not an oath to uphold the Bible. So I have to do what the Constitution says. And the Supreme Court’s very clear about the right of individuals to have firearms.”
I’ve been watching the backlash rise against the expression of thoughts and prayers for a while now, with more than a little unease. We’ve seen snarling responses to prayers offered for victims of hurricanes, floods and wildfires along the lines of “get off your knees and donate/volunteer/work to stop climate change.”
The assumption is that an offer of prayers is either just a meaningless platitude or it’s merely a hypocritical façade for someone who doesn’t really care enough to act. That attitude is a self-made trap and it will prove counterproductive to those who care about gun control and other progressive causes.
Grassley was noncommittal about the possibility of any sort of gun control legislation, and that makes me mad. I’m furious that 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured after the shooting in Las Vegas. I’m livid that this keeps happening and nothing is done to prevent the next time.
I’m disgusted that the National Rifle Association and its allies have bribed and bamboozled so many elected officials into thinking the Second Amendment precludes restricting the tools of mass murder. I’m offended that our elected leaders, including President Trump and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, keep saying now is not the time to discuss gun regulations. If it’s up to them, that time will never come.
But don’t tell me not to pray about it. Don’t tell Grassley not to pray, either.
Prayer, to me, is not a passive act. Time spent with God — expressing gratitude for his blessings, asking for help, or just quietly listening — is never wasted. I brought regular prayer back into my life just over a decade ago, and it has made an enormous difference. Prayer and God’s grace are helping me get through the recent tragedy of a young friend’s suicide. It’s giving me strength to help support his parents and to work for change in our state.
Prayer is action. It’s not an excuse for inaction. I believe if those who offer prayers actually talk to God instead of just tweeting, they may gain greater wisdom and strength to do what’s right, not just what’s politically expedient.
I realize that many people who post “thoughts and prayers” on social media are really doing neither. I understand the impulse to call them out. Even so, we expect our public officials and neighbors to express concern for those who suffer and would fault them if they were silent. Even shallow gestures can help attract the attention of people who will actually do something for those in need.
It’s foolhardy for those who feel strongly about gun control to convey the message that they are anti-prayer. That is not the intention, perhaps, but that is the perception that pro-gun advocates and politicians will seize upon. They’ll say, “Look, these people are attacking your religion. You can’t let them win.”
It’s exactly the same trap that people who care about racial injustice are falling into when they allow the other side to portray them as anti-flag and disrespectful of the national anthem. I choose justice for all and respecting the flag.
To those of you who agree with me that our country needs responsible gun control, I say, don’t put God on the other side by attacking prayer. We need all the help we can get.
The new season of “Saturday Night Live” wasted no time getting topical — or mocking Donald Trump — with an opening sketch that featured Alec Baldwin skewering the president for his response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico, threatening Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ job and mentioning his stand-off with the NFL.
“It’s all part of the plan. The more chaos I cause, the less people can focus,” Baldwin joked as Trump, wearing golf clothes in the Oval Office. “Let’s keep the chaos coming.”
In the sketch, Baldwin’s Trump was unclear that Puerto Rico was an American territory, hung up on the mayor of San Juan, put Sessions playfully on his lap and admitted he liked football. “People say I remind them of an NFL player because I’m combative, I like to win and I might have a degenerative brain disease,” Baldwin said. His Trump said he rewards loyalty but then ends the sketch palling around with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.
How Selena Gomez’s lupus led to a kidney transplant
So what is lupus and how did it cause her to need a kidney transplant?
Lupus is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms can masquerade as other illnesses.
It’s an autoimmune disease, meaning the body cannot differentiate between its own healthy tissue and foreign invaders. The antibodies or blood-borne proteins responsible for deciding biological friend from foe cause inflammation in various parts of the body. These problems tend to flare up and then abate over time.
It’s especially common with women, who comprise nine out of 10 lupus patients, according to the National Institutes of Health. (But men don’t get off so easy — the ones who do get lupus tend to have more severe cases.)
“It’s a very rough disease,” says Naveed N. Masani, a nephrologist and the medical director of the outpatient dialysis unit of New York University’s Winthrop Hospital. “You feel for these patients and what they go through. It’s not just the kidneys, but joint pain, rashes, fatigue. They feel lousy.”
Lupus can also affect a patient’s bone density, heart, liver, pancreas, and brain.
Lupus loves kidneys
“Lupus is the ultimate autoimmune disease,” Masani says, adding that “60-90% of patients with the disease have kidney involvement.”
The kidneys, Masani explains, “are kind of prime real estate, if you will, for the combination of your body attacking itself and the products they make. The kidneys are your filters. Every minute of the day, 100 drops of your blood pass through your kidneys to get cleaned.”
In the case of lupus nephritis patients, he says, granola-shaped clumps of waste get stuck in the kidneys and accumulate, progressively damaging the kidneys.
Masani says it’s not unusual for kidney function to decline to the point of needing dialysis or a transplant within a couple of years, as Gomez did.
“Depending on when patients get diagnosed and how bad things are, (kidneys) can deteriorate rapidly.” But not always, he notes, adding that new medications have helped slow the decay and topple kidney failure as the leading cause of death for lupus patients. (Now it’s premature cardiac disease, he says.)
But they have to be able to tolerate those meds, Masani cautions. “They have a lot of side effects.”
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR EXTORTION DEMAND
FBI Has Suspect
Kevin Hart Victim of Multi-Million Dollar Extortion Demand in Sexually Suggestive Video
Kevin Hart was the victim in an extortion attempt to the tune of millions of dollars, and we’re told the FBI is on the case and has a suspect.
Law enforcement sources tell us … an anonymous person contacted Kevin’s camp and provided the video TMZ described Saturday … showing Kevin and a woman in a sexually provocative situation. The video then cuts to a bedroom where there appears to be sexual activity on a bed, although you don’t see who is in the bed.
We’re told the person demanded a multi-million dollar amount in return for keeping the video private. There were actually several demands, and at one point the amount hit 8 figures.
Our sources say The FBI knows who the woman is who interacted with Kevin, and they either believe she is the one who made the money demand … or someone who got hold of the iPhone that recorded the encounter made the demand. Either way, FBI agents think they know the identity of the culprit.
Sources close to Kevin will not say if he’s the one in the bedroom, although they do say the woman who is on the various videos has had sexual relations with another celebrity — a TV star — and they believe he might be the one in the bedroom videos.
Our Kevin sources also say the videos were recorded on an iPhone that was propped against an object in the room and such recording without consent is illegal.
The undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and two-weight UFC world champion Conor McGregor have agreed to a boxing match on August 26 in Las Vegas. The fight is expected to become the highest grossing event in the history of either sport.
The fight was confirmed on Wednesday evening, with McGregor tweeting “THE FIGHT IS ON,” moments before Mayweather posted a short promotional video to his Instagram page, along with the caption “It’s official”.
Mayweather was immediately made the overwhelming favourite to win the fight by bookmakers across the world. He boasts a flawless professional record of 49-0, while McGregor has never previously been involved in a boxing match.
Negotiations for the fight have lasted longer than a year, with each man demanding upwards of $100m and insisting that they were the main draw.
The exact financial details of the fight have not been disclosed, but in a media call both parties insisted they were satisfied with how the negotiations had proceeded.
“Everybody is happy,” Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said. “Nobody is bummed out about this deal,” said Dana White, the president of the UFC. He later described the contest as “the biggest fight ever.”
White went on to reveal a number of details about the potentially record-breaking fight, including that the 12-round contest would be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with both men weighing in at 154 pounds.
Mayweather Promotions, rather than the UFC, will publicize the event, which will be available on Showtime pay-per-view in the United States. The PPV price is expected to cost in excess of $100.
“We’re not only drawing from the universe of boxing fans and the universe of MMA fans, we’ve actually tapped into the audience that doesn’t follow either sport,” Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said. “This is an unprecedented event.”
McGregor will be looking to pull off one of the greatest upsets in the history of sport when he takes on Mayweather in his first professional boxing match.
Although the Irishman is a two-weight world champion in the sport of mixed martial arts, he has not boxed competitively since the age of 16, when he was an All-Ireland champion at youth level.
In contrast, Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the best defensive boxers to have ever lived.
He has been knocked to the canvas just once in his 21-year professional career – in a fight he would come back to win via a unanimous decision – and possesses the highest average punch connect rate of any active fighter, according to the respected computerized scoring system CompuBox.
Should he defeat McGregor, he will move ahead of former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano, who also retired with a perfect 49-0 career record.
Here, we preview every element of the contest dubbed ‘the billion-dollar fight’.
Where will the fight take place?
Mayweather Promotions have reportedly reserved the T-Mobile Arena for the superfight.
(for more visit Yahoo Sports)
Has Cultural Appropriation Become A Problem Among Celebrities?
Is race really a conversation we have to have nowadays?
Kim Kardashian is not the first, nor is she the last celebrity to be accused of cultural appropriation.
Just the other day, we talked about Kim being accused of trying to rock blackface for her new ad tied with her upcoming beauty launch.
However, what was not talked about are the various other celebrities who have been accused of cultural appropriation.
Before we begin, let’s get technical for a second.
The legal definition of cultural appropriation is, “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.”
This has been a problem for years, going back to the actual use of blackface in Hollywood.
In industries like fashion, beauty, and more, some feel that it has grown to be a major problem.
Trends like cornrows, hair extensions, long fingernails, and so much more have been exploited for pleasure.
Dr. Akil Houston, a cultural and media studies scholar in Ohio University’s African American Studies Department, says, “Black women are often demonized, caricatured, and body-shamed for their hair, styles of clothing, and cultural production, like dance or vernacular.”
She continues, “However, when a white woman adopts similar styles or the same, they are celebrated by mainstream culture in ways that black women are not.”
Awhile back, former Fashion Police host, Giuliana Rancic, was blasted with backlash after a negative comment that she made about actress Zendaya having dreadlocks.
But let’s not just comment on one culture that has fallen victim of misrepresentation.
The LBGT community, the Hispanic community, Native American community, Asian community, and more are also being used as a form of costume.
It has long been said that Halloween is a major holiday where culture and race are tested.
Costumes that represent culture and race are seen flying off the shelves.
“When one engages in the use of another’s culture it should include respectful citational celebration,” Houston explains.
“Just like you would credit the original author of a written piece or music composition, one should credit a culture whose work serves as an inspiration or canvas from which one draws on.”
Celebrities often wear a style, and now, all of a sudden, have created the “new look.”
While celebrities are not doing anything on purpose, there still seems to be a request to draw a line.
Here are 10 celebrities who have been accused of misrepresenting a culture!
1-Selena Gomez – Bollywood inspired performance at the 2013 MTV Movie awards
2-Katy Perry – Powered face and geisha costume at the 2013 AMA’s
3-Miley Cyrus – 2013 video for black culture reference with the grill and hand gestures
4-Kylie Jenner- Cornrows on instagram
5-Beyoncé – portraying a simplified version of India complete with traditional Indian dress and henna.
6-Khloé Kardashian – Bantu Knots on instagram
7-Marc Jacobs – Spring 2017 fashion show with wool dreadlocks.
8-Karlie Kloss – Walked the 2012 Victoria’s Secret runway wearing a headdress, leather underwear, and moccasin heels.
9-Vanessa Hutchins – Wore an Individual braids wig on snapchat
10-Gwen Stefani – Wore a Native American headers on a 2016 episode of The Voice
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, who shares daughter Luna, 14 months, with Legend, also discussed more serious matters, including whether she wants more kids.
“I would definitely adopt or have foster children,” she dished. “But I loved being pregnant. Maybe I should be scared [of having postpartum depression again], but I don’t know. It couldn’t be any worse than it was – could it?”
A woman who was traveling from Dallas to Minneapolis on an American Airlines flight died halfway while in the air. Unfortunately, she was shown with the least respect as reports say her lifeless body was dragged down the aisle while about 150 passengers looked on.
According to the NY Post, Theresa Hines was only 48 years old and was traveling alone when she collapsed in the bathroom mid-flight. After about 30 minutes, passengers recognized she was missing during the routine landing procedures and alerted the crew. A few minutes later after staff repeatedly knocked on the bathroom door, they called for paramedics. Paramedics tried to perform CPR, but it was a little bit too late.
Passengers then say, staff removed Theresa’s lifeless body from the bathroom and dragged it down the aisle in front of roughly 152 passengers.
Shortly after her death, the airlines released a statement saying “We are deeply saddened by this event and our thoughts and prayers go out to our passenger’s loved ones,”
DeMario Jackson Issues Statement on Bachelor in Paradise: My Character Has Been Assassinated
DeMario Jackson is speaking out about Bachelor in Paradise‘s scandal.
Following production being shut down on the ABC reality spinoff’s fourth season due to “allegations of misconduct,” DeMario, one of the contestants at the center of the incident under investigation, is breaking his silence in an exclusive statement provided to E! News.
“It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” the 30-year-old said in a statement via his publicist, Eve Sarkisyan-Nunn. “I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws.”
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Amber Rose Posted a Picture of Her Bush Online, and Instagram Took It Down
If you don’t follow Amber Rose on Instagram, you probably missed a seriously fire picture she posted on Friday. Rose uploaded an image of herself dramatically posing on a wooden staircase. She’s clad in a bikini top, fur coat, sunglasses, and choker necklace. Her nails are painted a striking shade of red, and she’s covered in oil. Oh yeah, and she’s not wearing any pants (or underpants).
Rose posted the bottomless photo to promote the upcoming third annual SlutWalk—a march Rose organizes to protest rape culture, victim blaming, sexual assault, and slut shaming. The picture was only up for two hours before Instagram took it down. But not to worry—Rose responded by uploading a selfie video and putting the photo up on Twitter instead. “When Instagram deletes your fire ass feminist post, but you really don’t give a f*ck because everyone picked it up already,” she wrote in the caption on her video.
Though Rose clearly violated Instagram’s guidelines by posting a vulva-revealing picture on the site, it’s funny that an image of a woman and her so-called “private parts” still sends the online world into a state of disarray. The picture was a great one—and we love to see Rose embracing her natural pubic hair with the hashtag #bringbackthebush. This goes without saying, but women should be allowed to do whatever they want with their pubic hair (groom it, wax it,leave it be, etc). And if they want to showcase their bush in a killer picture, why not?
As always, Rose is the hero (and general icon) we need and deserve. To learn more about her SlutWalk, visit amberroseslutwalk.com.