I guess you can never start too young with body image issues. Wal-Mart is planning to unveil a line of makeup called "Geo-Girl," which is aimed at young girls 8 to 12 years old. Along with the usual mascara and blush products, the line will also include anti-aging formulas.
According to the marketing team behind the line the formulas are designed for 'young skin' and contain natural ingredients like white willow bark, chamomile, lavender and calendula, as well as anti-oxidants which are said to prevent aging.
Joel Carden, executive vice president of Pacific World, the brand's manufacturer, says the line is designed for young children who want to use 'real cosmetics, but with natural ingredients.'
All 69 products in the range will be paraben, phthalates and sulfate free, a strategy that is designed to attract parents worried about the excess chemicals in make-up.
Synthetic colours and fragrances are also avoided to reduce the risk of skin allergies.
To keep the young eco-minded generation happy, packaging will be recyclable, says Bauza.
The range will be on the shelves from February 21 and has been developed to replace the Mary-Kate and Ashley cosmetics range which was previously sold through the store.
Walmart says the targetted sector has an estimated 2 billion dollars buying power.
While Wal-mart definitely gets points for using synthetic ingredients and recyclable packaging, I don't know if it's a good idea to sell anti-aging products to young girls. After all they've barely begun grown up, let alone grown old. Of course most little girls (and some boys--although I was more of a high heels and church wigs gal myself. But I digress:) love to play with mama's makeup, so the line will definitely sell. But I think Wal-Mart should think twice before instilling the fear of lines and wrinkles in tweens.
Feast your eyes on a few pics from the FCKH8 2011 Charity Calendar, featuring a bevy of gay-friendly straight dudes stripping down so us homos can get our rights on. Right on indeed! $2 from each calendar sold will go to a fund to fight for marriage equality, suicide prevention and counseling for gay teens. Plus the boys were kind enough to make a video documenting the experience. Watch below:
Now if we could just get a celebrity version going....Boris, Tyson, Brad, Idris Will, LL, Nelly, Rockmond, Reggie.....did I leave anyone out?
Yes you read that right. One Colorado company is hocking soda laced with marijuana. Or as they would be called down south, Pokes (Coke+pot=Poke. Cute right? Lol, cause you know us southerners refer to all carbonated drinks as Cokes :). Unfortunately for weedheads the drinks are currently only be served to medical marijuana patients for the time being, so it'll be awhile before you can run down to the gas station and pick up a six pack. Watch the CNN report below:
For those who thought 300 was more than a little, well homoerotic (lawd those abs!) watch this clip of the graphic novel-turned action flick set to Madonna's "Vogue." And for those with a slightly darker sensiblity (or who just want to see epic battle scenes sans the subversive humor) check out clips from the movie set to Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People."
I have a question, particularly for those who believe in reincarnation. If our present life is just the latest in a long series of realities, then why don't we remember our past lives? True some people say our previous lifetimes manifest themselves in the form of prophetic dreams or random deja vu moments. But if reincarnation is true, why don't we have stronger ties or memories to the person or persons we used to be? Tell what you think in the comments.
P.S. I've been tracking this blog using Sitemeter for a few days so I know I've got some invisible readers out there. Don't be shy, lift your voice (or in this case your fingers) and sang/type lol:).
*Warning. This is a lengthy post. But I've highlighted the important points in red for my skimmers.*
I tried. We all tried. We waited patiently year after year for a follow up to your classic album (a term that gets thrown around too loosely these days) TheMiseducation of Lauryn Hill. Slowly one year turned to two, then five. But we fans stayed strong. We suffered through erractic MTV Unplugged performances, your "call me Miss Hill" demands (by the way boo, Miss Ross the Boss coined that first. Respect the throne. I'm just sayin'), and ignored the constant subliminal shots of shade from Wyclef that you relied heavily on your collaborators for your solo smash. Like I said, we tried.
But after your recent string of trantrums and showing up to shows hours late, I think I feel justified in typing what many former fans are thinking: Diva, you are dismissed! For those not in the know, since embarking on a 17-city tour, L-Boogie has become notorious for coming on stage three hours late, and performing unrecognizable "remixes" of her classic hits that have left fans pissed off and bewildered. Such was the scene at a show last Friday:
"Aside from showing up three hours late to the sold-out event, which was scheduled to begin at 9PM, the 35-year-old left her supporters "confused" and "underwhelmed" by declaring that she was tired of "playing the same music night after night." The former Fugee performed remixes of some of her classics, while urging crowd participation.
"Nobody could participate because NOBODY knew the music!" a concertgoer told Sandrose.com. "Everybody was looking around like 'WHAT SONG IS THIS?'"
Fans also complained that Hill's band was too loud, thus drowning out her vocals. Fed up with her antics, some audience members reportedly booed the multiple Grammy winner before leaving the venue early. "They didn't walk out -- they stomped out!" emphasized the audience member.
Last month, Hill announced that she would launch a 17-date tour, and has been racking up mostly negative reviews ever since. The singer was blasted by several news outlets for her kick-off performance at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, in which she showed up several hours late and made no apology for her tardiness, announcing that she was "worth the wait."
Hpmh. Worth the wait. I have a few reasons why that is SO not the case.
I don't know why, but I've been playing the hell out of the this song for at least week. But then again I've always loved soulful stacked harmonies and a good synth line lol. Get into some old school below:
At least according to Tarot.com astrologer Jeff Jawer, who says the 13th sign Ophiuchus doesn't apply to us Westerners:
"When we look at the astrology used in the Western world, the seasonally based astrology has not changed, was never oriented to the constellations, and stands as … has been stated for two millenniums. Astrology is geocentric. It relates life on Earth to the Earth’s environment, and seasons are the most dramatic effect, which is why we use the tropical zodiac."
Last Sunday I heard a sermon about having faith in faith/belief vs. faith in God. That may sound a little confusing, but the basic idea was that many people have faith in their beliefs, but do not have the faith to trust and/or obey God when he 'speaks' to them.
What stuck out in my mind was a story he told to close the sermon. A mountain climber climbs to the top of a mountain (It could've been Mount Everest, but I'm not sure. Either way, the mountain was very tall). As he begins his descent however, night comes and darkness begins to fall. Unfortunately the mountain climber neglected to bring any supplies or equipment with him to survive the night. He has no choice but to continue his descent. At some point he slips up, loses his grip and begins hurtling down the mountain and most likely to his death. Luckily for him, the rope tied around his waist snaps tightly, leaving him suspended in midair.
Of course, this still doesn't change the fact that he's hanging in midair in below freezing temperatures. So he and God begin to have a little conversation:
The man: "Save me, Save me!" God replies: "Do you really believe I can save you?" The man: "Yes!" God: "Then cut the rope."
It sounds like an easy solution, but the man is in pitch black darkness. He doesn't know how far the drop is once he cuts the rope and becomes afraid. He never cuts the rope and freezes to death. When rescuers come the next morning, his body is discovered hanging only two feet from the ground.
This elicited much "mmmmhmmms" and "My Lords" from the church mothers and congregation. Someone even came forward during invitation (a man to be exact--you know what means--extra salvation points!), and it's easy to see why, if you take the story at face value: God knows what's best for us. All we have to is obey him and have faith, and everything will turn out right. Otherwise, we can face potentially deadly consequences. The story had that perfect mix of drama, action and fear that religion does so well.
But when I really thought about it, I gleaned something very different from the story. First of all, God is supposed to be omniscient. If he is, then he would've known this man's past, present and future. Which means he would've known that the mountain climber would eventually be hanging by a rope in the bitter cold in the dead of night. Most importantly, he would've known the outcome of his request that the man simply cut the rope. And if God already knew, then why would he even ask him in the first place?
Someone reading this post might respond to my query with this explanation: "Because God wanted to see if he had faith. He was testing him!" To which I say: Why test someone when you already know the outcome? Especially if said outcome could mean life or death?
Secondly, this doesn't really jive with the whole "God is our father and we're his children," concept. I don't know about you, but if I was an all-powerful deity and saw one of my kids in process of becoming a human Popsicle, I wouldn't simply say cut the rope. Why only give him half the information and leave room for doubt? Why not scream out: "Cut the rope! There's a pile of snow two feet beneath you!" And if he still didn't believe, I'd shine my holy light and show his ass so he could see! Cause that's what a parent does. At least an all-powerful, omnipotent one anyway.
Which is leads to my main issue: Why is faith good? Why is believing in something illogical and irrational considered a virtue? In every other area of our lives, we're taught to be skeptical and rational, except when it comes to religion. Think about it: if I were at a car dealership and asked the salesmen if I could take a test drive, and he replied "You'll just have to take it on faith," I would think he was a damn fool or a con artist. But if the same man was in a pulpit, everyone would think he's a wise man. WTF?
Getting that job promotion sort of pales in comparison.
If God is so concerned about our lives and eternal destinations, why is he making himself so hard to find? If he truly wanted everyone to avoid a permanent vacation with the Devil, why only speak through "signs and wonders?" That is if you call finding a parking spot or having someone 'healed' of cancer when they had 'round the clock chemotherapy and constant medical supervision a wonder. A good thing? Yes. But parting the Red Sea it is not. But I digress. I swear, it irritates me every time I hear someone say "God told me to tell you," or some other nonsense.Screw the secretaries, I wanna speak to the boss!
God could simply resolve the issue by doing an act so improbable that the world would be forced to acknowledge his existence. Healing an amputee's leg by growing back the original limb for example. Or appearing before the entire planet in all your glory and replenishing the world so no one goes hungry would be a good show of Holy Ghost power. But then there would be no need for faith, and his plans would be ruined, even though he created the plot and knows how the story will end.
But then again, were God to prove his existence, the question of whether you'd worship him comes into play. Let's just say Old Testament God was pretty moody, at least from what I've read.
I know that gaming is not a ubiquitous part of the gay experience, but for the rainbow children that do partake, you've undoubtedly developed a fascination with one of the women featured below, particularly the ones of the 'fighting' game genre. *Warning: what you're about to read is extremely geeky.*
Admit it. While your boys where busy doing Hadokens with Ryu and Ken, you were perfecting your spinning upside down kicks with this fierce fighter from China. And possibly taking mental notes of her costumes for future drag performances:). If there was a Chicks Who Kick Ass Hall Of Fame, this gurl would be in it. Visual proof below:
Those fans. Those fans. Those fans. Mortal Kombat's creators must've known they were unleashing a gargantuan pink neon sign to a legion of young gay boys when they thought up the princess of the Outworld's best known attack. I mean this bitch could cut anyone down to the ground with one quick swipe of her deadly metallic cutters, then throw it her opponent like a sadistic geisha. Mileena was cool (my gurl could attack with the quickness with her rolls and air kicks) but Kitana was a beast.
Any girl that can fight while wearing stilettos deserves a spot on this list. While Orchid seemed to change races between Killer Instinct and its sequel Killer Instinct Gold (is it me or did she look a helluva lot like blacker on KI Gold?), what didn't change was her arsenal of ass kicking techniques. Babay, Orchid could transform into a gold, flaming tiger, shoot you with an energy blast or finish your ass off with a 32-hit combo. Or if she felt like it, kill you softly with a flash of her cleavage. Lawd knows I would've burst into flames if I'd seen them goodies. Not to mention that a bitch won both of the tournaments.
I know, I know. Technically Storm is a comic book chick, but she's been in enough games to qualify for this post. Plus I just love HER. Ororo Munroe is a goddess lol. She can annihilate an opponent with whatever element she feels like summoning. Wanted to fry your opponent to death with a quick lightning strike? Storm could do it. Felt like blowing them away with a typhoon? No problem. Or did you just feel like being a cold-ass bastard and freeze them into oblivion? Storm's got you covered. The bitch is as versatile as a slab of drumsticks.
Oh you didn't know Metroid's lead character was a woman? Well you betta ask somebody because Samus is built for subterranean, netherworld battles. And unlike the other ladies on this list, she wasn't always an ensemble character; Samus had her own game series way before Lara or Ms. Jill Valentine. But it wasn't until Smash Brothers that we truly learned that Samus don't play.
If there was ever an ultimate fighting game made (meaning it was Mortal Kombat Vs. Street Fighter Vs. Capcom Vs. Marvel Vs. SNK Vs. Killer Instict Vs. Nintendo) this would be my A-Team. Do you have any favorite video game chicks?
Time must really be moving on if Mary J. Blige is turning 40. Sometimes I still think of her as the girl clad in combat boots and a jersey, wailing about searching for a "Real Love." Or the blond chanteuse with the bubble jacket and Florence Henderson haircut (Check the video lol:) who just wanted to be happy. I could go on, cause lawd knows I love some Mary. No other singer has had a greater influence on female R&B in the last two decades, with the possible exception of of Beyonce.
Every new singer with just a hint of grit in her voice (Fantasia, Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan) is compared to her. Pop stars like Britney, Lady Gaga, Fergie and Nelly Furtado have done songs with rappers and incorporated hip hop-style beats into their music. Even my grand diva Madonna has taken a page or two from Mary J's playbook (listen to Bedtime Stories and compare it to My Life). While she's definitely had her ups and downs over the years, Mary has triumphed and secured her status as an R&B icon. Happy Birthday to the Queen of Hip Hop Soul! Listen to a few of Mary's hits below:
I know I'm a little late on this (internet connection issues), but I had to comment on this clip. I love how Marsha deals with such heavy subject matter--homophobia, gay-bashing and suicide--in a way that is empathetic and realistic. It's also great to see the two men in the video are out and not two closet DL queens. In an Associated Press article, Ambrosius explained that the video is tribute to those without a voice.
"I lost a friend and I've had friends that have attempted suicide. There are people that don't have a voice to speak out and show what is happening and what can happen, so I just wanted people to see the honesty in it and be aware," she said in an interview from Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old singer, first introduced as one-half of the Grammy-nominated, British soul duo Floetry, says she has a strong gay following — and needs to support it.
"I go to my shows and my audience is predominantly gay ... I've been approached by many who've said my music has influenced them and we'll speak about experiences that they've had. It's just only right that I give that voice back," she said.
Ambrousius's album Late Nights & Early Mornings comes out on February 22nd. Watch the video below:
Back in November I did post about Pastor Kevin Boyd being sued for sexual coercion by a former church member. However, I posted an incorrect photo of another man, Roger Brooks. Mr. Brooks is not being sued for sexual coercion is not under investigation/guilty of any crime. My apologies to Mr. Brooks.
B Slade continues his prolific output of music with the one-two punch of Gospop, released on Christmas, and Stereotype:Collector's Edition, which was released today. I don't know how he does it. I mean when does he sleep lol? However, unlike his previous Jackson Magic and A Brilliant Catastrophe series, these albums do cost coins to download. You can still listen to the full albums over at B Slade's bandcamp page however. I swear I'll interview him sometime in 2011 lol!