So when I was little I used to love watching the MTV Video Music Awards. There were great performances, and lots of fun celebrities and, antics going on live from Radio City Music Hall. Now over the show’s long history it has been at a number of locations including, The Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (that’s the show with Britney Spears’ infamous ‘Gimme More’ performance where she looked lost and bored), the American Airlines Arena in Miami and The Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles among other locations.

MTV.com announced this years show will air live at 8pm EST on Thursday, September 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This is where The Lakers play their at home games so it’s a big deal.

I almost guarantee you that this year’s show will have a big social media influence. They will probably have live tweets running across the screen while the show is airing. Maybe they will move the voting process for the fans (fans can only vote in the viewer’s choice category, and that category wasn’t even in the show last year), maybe they’ll even let viewers vote to decide which commercial they want to see during the breaks and what order they want the performances to go in. I don’t know, I’m just throwing ideas out there into the universe.

One thing is for sure, most loyal viewers of the award show can tell you that over the last 10 years the show has just gotten a little boring. The last great show to me was the 2002 show, when Jimmy Fallon hosted. The recent shows have been full of predictable gimmicks, whack performances, whack jokes and too many commercials. I usually just tune in and out of the show now. I used to be glued to the tv when it was on and then I would watch the replays over and over again.

Oh well. What do you think about the Video Music Awards show? Will you be watching? Do you care anymore? Sound off in the comments.



Mike Zuckerberg is 28 Years Old Today

I’m amazed that he is only 28 years old. Between you and me I feel like he has been 28 for like 5 years now. LOL. Anyway in the 8 years Facebook has been in existence a lot has changed in the landscape of social networking.

For starters: Myspace…what is that again?

Close to 900 million people are now within 1 click of each other.

Facebook’s presence is so felt that a movie was made about its inception. What other website you know had a movie made about itself? And it starred Justin Timberlake…’nuff said right.

There are now parody social networking sites out there…Google+ anyone? It’s basically the same thing as Facebook, just in a different outfit.

It has completely changed the way people communicate with each other, becoming one of the most popular websites of all time. Most people who have a Facebook page check it at least once a day.

And did I mention that Zuckerberg is now one of the richest men in the world, with an estimated networth of $17.5 Billion… and he’s only 28 years old. With all that money do I need to wish him a happy birthday?


What do you all think about Facebook’s rise to the top with young Zuckerberg at the helm? Sound off below.


What Kanye West Doesn’t Like

Our favorite cocky MC  Kanye West decided to come back to twitter the other day to address some fashion choices he just does not like, here they are:

“I hate button up shirts with hoodies”

“I hate hoodies with sport coats”

“I hate sport coats with button up shirts, jeans and dress shoes”
“I hate khaki trench coats with jeans and off brand work out sneakers”
“I hate khaki cargo shorts”
“I hate big ass striped scarves”
“I hate long ass sideburns with the line up RnB beard”
Don’t let him catch you wearing any of this or he will call you out on his twitter. LOL.

Find Our Missing

This is a new TV show that airs on tvone about black missing people. As we all know mainstream media hardly ever gives as much attention to black missing children as they should. Most of the major cases of missing people that are national news usually involve little white girls and boys. This not to take away from those cases because they are all sad and deserve to be seen but I just don’t quite understand why black missing people don’t get much coverage. According to the black & missing foundation, black people account for 33% of all missing people in this country last year. This is a very important issue and Find Our Missing aims to help solve some of these cases. It airs Wednesdays at 10pm. Check it out.

BlackLight SpotLight: Elle Varner

I know most of you are looking at this picture and saying, “She’s pretty but who the hell is she?”

I get it, she’s brand spanking new. So new that I’m not sure if her song “Only Wanna Give It To You” featuring J.Cole charted very high on the billboard charts when it came out last summer.

I’m spotlighting her because she is a great singer who has a social media presence that I feel will only blossom further once she’s a household name. For now her team has her active on Facebook and Twitter. She is more active on Twitter, but she posts to both sites at least once a week. She interacts with her fans in a very authentic and genuine way. I appreciate that.

She dropped a mixtape online last year called “Conversational Lush” that contained some songs that will not make her debut album, “Perfectly Imperfect”, coming out later this year. I think you can still find it online now, it was free and completely legal. My favorite song off the mixtape is “Do You Want To”. Her current single, which is off the mixtape, is called “Refill” and you can find the official music video on youtube.com/vevo.com right now.

Everyone needs to get familiar with her so go do that. She should be huge by this time next year. And she can actually sing, sounds just like her record too.

Any up and coming or underground artists that you’re just crazy about? Do you follow them on any social networks? Let me know who they are  and what they do in the comments.


The Voice

ImageOk so last night I missed the newest episode of NBC’s “The Voice”. I was at an Elle Varner show at S.O.B in New York City’s SoHo and my DVR just decided to forget to record it. I’m bummed. I am and have always been a huge fan of the show and it’s format. The celebrity judges (Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton) pick singers based solely on their voice at the beginning of the competition. Once they get 16 singers on their individual teams, they proceed to mentor them and then eliminate the worst of the best until they get to 16 singers in the entire competition. From there America votes for their favorites and the coaches/judges send one singer home who was in the bottom three for that night. This process keeps up until a winner is chosen and the show is over.

They have a great social media presence. The Voice has a staff of what I assume are interns, posting updates about the show, the singers, and the coaches. These updates just don’t come on the night of the show, they are around during the entire time the season is on the air. And sometimes they post during the off season as well. They are on Facebook and Twitter. 

America can vote via iTunes (by buying their fav singer’s song from that night), by texting and by calling on landline phones. Each person can vote up to 10 times a night. So far they haven’t had any voting glitches so I say it’s a pretty fool proof voting system.

The Voice airs Mondays at 8pm EST and the results show airs on Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC.

Check it out if you haven’t yet, the 2nd season is almost over.

If you have watched the show, what do you think about it? Let me know in the comments


Tupac at Cochella

Tupac came back from the dead to perform the Cochella Music Festival this past weekend. This is a pretty cool use of holographic technology (even though it’s not a hologram, it’s a 2-D image being projected onto a screen. Calling it holographic just sounds better.)

“Tupac” performs alongside Snoop Dogg for two songs, “Come With Me, Hail Mary” and “Gangsta Party”. It’s really convincing by the time they get to the second song. But alas, he’s not real and disappears into the abyss at the end of the performance.

This performance apparently cost around half a million to pull off. Since it was such a success, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to take this hologram on the road in the future. Of course there are some who feel this is not ethical but I have to say it is pretty cool none the less.  This video has been watched over 4 million times since being posted Monday April 16, 2012.

Race Issues in Hollywood: “Girls” and “The Bachelor”

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Recently HBO debuted a new comedy called “Girls” about four twenty something white women trying to live in New York City. It’s created by Lena Dunham and produced by Judd Apatow. The show debuted to over 870,000 viewers but it did leave a foul taste in the mouths of many. One major concern was that there was a very noticeable and at this point in time, unacceptable, lack of brown skin in this show. The only black person was a bum.


When she Dunham was by Huffingtonpost.com asked about this issue her response was this : ” We really tried to be aware and bring in characters whose job it was to go “Hashtag white people problems, guys.” I think that’s really important to be aware of. Because it can seem really rarified. When I get a tweet from a girl who’s like, “I’d love to watch the show, but I wish there were more women of color.” You know what? I do, too, and if we have the opportunity to do a second season, I’ll address that.”

OK then…

Then just today the producers of “The Bachelor” have announced they will be served a class action lawsuit claiming racial discrimination in the casting process for the show. The two plaintiffs are claiming they were turned away at a Nashville casting call before they could even actually audition. They say the overheard a producer questioning why they were there because they are Black.


People have been questioning this show’s lack of diversity forever. Last year in response, executive producer Mike Fleiss told Entertainment Weekly they always want diversity but, “it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”

So you gonna play that card?

Here’s what I have to say to both these responses, BULLS#!T!!!

There are more the enough people of color looking for work in Hollywood and they want to be seen and heard just as much as their white counterparts. How can you say you will wait for next season to cast in color? How dare you even accuse actors of color of not coming out to auditions? The reality is Hollywood is just as racist as it’s ever been with a lack of quality programming or parts being offered for minorities. And for the parts where the race is not specified, white people just get casted more often. Nothing will ever change in Hollywood if the ones in charge don’t wake up and change their ways.

What’s your take on this issue? Let me know in the comments.

Nicole M. 


Have you all checked out…

…Wendy Williams’ “The Aftershow” on her Youtube channel? If not you should. I know that a few people have reservations about Ms. Williams at times but I think she is so much fun. Her talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show” runs Mon-Fri at 10am on FOX. Usually after each show she goes up to her office and she talks about anything and everything. Sometimes she gets interviewed by bloggers and journalists. Sometimes she lets her glamour squad come in and talk about how they prep her for the show. Most times she talks about the show that she just finished and the guests she interviewed, etc. It’s just a more messy and real version of herself. She’s not too different from herself on TV but on TV she has to be a little more “PC”.  One thing I love is that she mentions she reads the comments people leave on her page and she’ll respond to them if a lot of people say the same. Do yourself a favor and check out her Youtube page @ http://www.youtube.com/user/WendyWilliamsShow.

Nicole M.

What I would like to see on Facebook

Apps Facebook could use:

1. A “love”, “dislike” and “meh” buttons. Plenty of people have already said this in the past. It surprises me that Facebook hasn’t added them already but if they did that it would make interacting on Facebook more dynamic. People could let people know how they really feel without having to say it.

2. A “See what had happened was…” posting option. This would be for long drawn out status updates that tell a story. I’ve been known to post long status updates that get cut off and I just absolutely hate it. If they had a “See what had happened was…” update button it would be great, then people like you and me can rant on and not have to be interrupted by character restrictions.

3. The ability to post captions directly on photos with the bubbles like in comics called, “Caption This”. Throwing up funny captions on photos is always fun and really this idea is sorta there already. You can tag people in photos, and when you run your mouse over a person’s face their name pops up. The “Caption This” option would work the same.

If you could add something to  Facebook what would it be. Comments below please.

Nicole M.