LALA ANTHONY PROVES THE KEY TO BEING A GREAT WIFE BEGINS BEFORE MARRIAGE

By Imani Brammer

Lala Anthony, actress, author, and reality television star, took the stage with Hot 97’s Miss Info earlier this month, at the 10th Anniversary of The Circle of Sisters Expo in New York City, where she spoke about the power of respect for one’s womanhood. In this world of patriarchy, where women are referenced, paid, and exist in relation to men, Lala says that true power lies within a woman who is deeply rooted into her own lifestyle of financial security, healthy interests and self-love.

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When Did Beyoncé get a Thigh Gap?

By Imani Brammer

Recently, social media erupted with an uproar over Beyoncé’s Instagram, when users discovered that Queen Bey’s picture perfect Instagram wasn’t actually so perfect. Over the years, the world has watched Beyoncé fluctuate through weight phases, from her tiny waist and wide hips, to her voluptuous butt and angular face, to her thick — now skinny thighs. In fact, Beyoncé’s legs look so thin, that she appears to have a thigh gap, something we’ve never seen from her before. It turns out, Beyoncé was photoshopping some of her photographs.

The irony here is that while everyone is striving to be Queen Bey, Queen Bey is striving to be something else. This shows, that though her every move and shimmy is performed with an idolizing level of accuracy, perfection does not stream through her veins. Like anyone else, she is sometimes laden with insecurity. Bey’s notorious photoshopping activity is a direct act of self-consciousness.

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Mac DeMarco, Fangirling and 4Knots Weirdness

By Imani Brammer

Mac DeMarco’s brown bucket hat coincided perfectly with the South Street Seaport’s fisherman theme laden with ship docking ports, hippies and cool breeze. As the Pier 16’s ocean waves moved freely behind him on stage, a ship sailed the water just as he approached his chorus, “ooh, when life moves this slowly,” in his song, “Cooking Up Something Good.” His dirty blond hair gently blew beneath his hat. The 4Knots crowd cheered as he excitedly picked up the beat on his guitar and screamed into the microphone, “chewing Nicorette!” He eased back into the chorus with his unabashed and dry, yet tranquil tone.

After his evening performance Saturday at The Village Voice’s 4Knots Music Festival, the fan girls and boys spotted him outside the concert: there was no hesitation to stand in line and await an epic DeMarco selfie.

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Was Maya Angelou a THOT?

By Imani Brammer 

In the wake of Maya Angelou’s death, as the masses grieve, send condolences and partake in the influx of Maya Angelou internet remembrance via poems, quotes and self-created paragraphs, there is also a legion of individuals who are using Maya Angelou to belittle women. Across social media platforms is a wave of prevailing memes, tweets, Facebook statuses and Tumblr re-blogs to support the new word replacement for ho: THOT, (which stands for That Ho Over There). Now that THOT is the going anti-feminist pop culture term used to denigrate women and deem them worthless, there has been a recent overload of a common theme that states, “You’re not allowed to appreciate Maya Angelou if you’re a THOT.”   

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Ed Sheeran Recreates Beyonce’s Drunk in Love

 By Imani Brammer
Ed Sheeran stopped by Elvis Duran’s morning show Friday and  transformed Beyonce’s steamy summer night sex ballad into a road trip with the girls, picnic in Central Park, and bike ride along horse stables melody.
It’s safe to say that Sheeran makes the lyrics more clearly audible, singing “faded, faded, faded” with perfect annunciation, taking his time as he gets through the words. He even softly pronounces every syllable in surfboart, although it’s pretty awkward to watch Sheeran passionately sing about “swerving on that wood” in that charming British accent he possess. He described it as a “fun happy song that’ll make you giggle.” Right.

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The MTV Movie Awards Objectified Men And It Was Great

By Imani Brammer

It seems like MTV was all about posing men as sexual objects Sunday night, as The Best Shirtless Performance category was followed by winner Zac Efron flexing his robust muscles and surfboart abs. The category consisted of more men than women, (Jessica Alba being the sole woman within the category). Though it is safe to say that women are normally more sexualized than men, we can all agree that men are also objectified within their own right. After constant sexualization of the female sex, let’s be real: objectifying men serves as a huge guilty (but not really though) pleasure. No one’s mad at Zac Efron for reminding us of that either. (Wink).

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