Monthly Archives: May 2012

2012 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

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.

Nicole

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?

Crazy.

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

Nicole

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.

Nicole

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

Nicole