Many people will tell you that your significant other should absolutely be your number one cheerleader, supporting you and loving you above all else, and there is no one that exemplified this more last weekend than business mogul and rap superstar, Jay-Z.
Beyoncé headlined Jay-Z’s Made in America concert, Labor Day weekend which has become a staple in Philadelphia. While Queen Bey was on stage dazzling the crowd her husband was caught in the audience singing along to her hit song “1+1” and it gave me and everyone else that watched it all the feels.
Sometimes though showing too much love can get you in trouble—especially if you’re a teacher.
Adrian Perez a teacher at McCabe Elementary School in Mendoza, California got in a bit of hot water for using Kanye West as mode of inspiration in his classroom. The teacher reportedly used lyrics and song titles from West to title theme activity bulletin boards.
The administration of the school has since stripped the classroom of all Kanye-esque materials. Perez said this of his classroom, "I was innovative while designing this classroom. I aspire to be the Kanye West of teaching: Kanye West is one of the most influential people in the world and is the best at what he does."
Perez added, "I want to be a positive influence to my students and be the best teacher I can be for them."
Pop Off of the Week: Grace Jones vs. Pop Divas Everywhere
What does it mean to be a blueprint, to be an original underground thinker and artist? Look no further than Grace Jones, the ultimate rock star, who just recently headlined AfroPunk 2015 in New York.
In an excerpt of her forthcoming autobiography, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs published in Time Out magazine the artist extraordinaire has this to say about copycats.
Jones on trends...
Trends come along and people say, ‘Follow that trend.’ There’s a lot of that around at the moment: ‘Be like Sasha Fierce. Be like Miley Cyrus. Be like Rihanna. Be like Lady Gaga. Be like Rita Ora and Sia. Be like Madonna.’ I cannot be like them—except to the extent that they are already being like me.
On reaching new audiences...
Everyone around me is going: ‘You have to do it, it will be so good for you, it will introduce you to a whole new audience, you will make a lot of money.’...No one could believe that I said no, but I am okay on my own. I am okay not worrying about a new audience. If the [f--k] don’t feel right, don’t [f--k] it. I am okay not worrying about a new audience.
Poliwood Round-Up: Trending Topics in the #BlackTwitterverse This Week
Trend of the Week: #SerenaVsVenus
In their 27th showdown on the court, tennis rock star sisters Venus and Serena Williams took center stage this week at the U.S. Open. The sisters gave fans a nail biting match.
And while it was Serena who finished the match victorious, continuing her march towards history, in everyone’s eyes, these sisters and what they have meant to tennis over the past 17 years, are both extraordinary winners.
THREE: Return of a Queen
In 1983 Vanessa Williams was crowned the first African-American Ms. America.
Unfortunately, the same year Williams was crowned would be the same year she was forced to resign because of a nude photo scandal.
Now, 32 years later the Tony, Emmy, and Grammy nominated star will return to the Ms. America pageant as head coach.
In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts, Williams shared her thoughts on how scandals are used nowadays. She said, “that's crazy, to think that you can look at a scandal and think that that would be good for your career, where for me, it took every ounce of credibility that I had ... and wiped it out."
You can catch Williams on the 2016 Miss America pageant, which airs Sunday.
TWO: Mistaken Identity or Profiling?
While tennis star James Blake was waiting for his car to take him to the US Open he was tackled, handcuffed and arrested by not one, not two but five NYC police officers.
Why? Apparently Blake fit the profile of a man accused of credit card fraud. Here’s the thing, credit card fraud is a non-violent offense so even if Blake WAS the “assailant” why was such force deemed necessary in the first place?
With a series of high-profile deaths of unarmed black men, women and boys and heightened conversations and surveillance of police brutality it’s puzzling that police continue with the same discriminatory practices of racial profiling. When will it end?
ONE: Coming to America
The treatment of Syrian refugees in Europe has been heartbreaking to watch. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled their war torn homeland in search of safety in Europe only to be treated like criminals.
Several countries have opened their doors like Germany and Sweden with the Pope calling on Catholics around the world to open their hearts and homes as well.
This week, President Obama announced that our government needs to prepare for at least ten thousand Syrian refugees being admitted into country next year. While the number may startle some, refugee organizations believe the U.S. needs to go further admitting at least 65-100K. It’s unclear yet how exactly this plan will unfold in the coming months.