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December 2016

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Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents a Hip-Hop Event and Photography Exhibit: See Images

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Art Basel is home to many fun events, and the Hip-Hop Event and Photography Exhibit co-hosted by Timothy White and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from Run-DMC
at EAST, Miami is no exception. Presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery, the exclusive experience featured images of hip-hop legends, photographed by Timothy White, Danny Clinch, Janette Beckman, Clay Patrick McBride and others. I must admit to sneaking out to tour EAST, Miami, which boasts its signature restaurant Quinto La Huella; a poolside bar & lounge and a beautiful rooftop destination bar called Sugar. As for Morrison Hotel Gallery, it’s the world’s leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. See pictures below.





Tuesday

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December 2016

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Vintage Trouble at the Firepit Sessions — Watch Now

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When my buddy Adam Labov alerted me to his most recent Firepit Sessions in Silverlake, I demanded he keep the performers quiet. Adam always keeps it quiet, but I could have used our friendship to find out the lineup, and I deliberately did not. Labov has elite taste, and I trust him. Also, there’s nothing like a private concert around a firepit in someone’s backyard, and a surprise just adds to the intimacy of the event. But when I arrived and entered Adam’s abode to use the restroom, a very kind gentleman introduced himself to me, and I immediately knew his identity. It was Ty Taylor, the lead singer of Vintage Trouble, and he had just finished performing with the Dixie Chicks on tour. Taylor’s kind demeanor was only confirmed by his on-stage performance, with the electric singer explaining that at the end of the day, music is really about performing for your friends in someone’s backyard. Music is about connections, and how better to connect than at these Firepit Sessions? Vintage Trouble lived up to every expectation, proving that their live performance is just as strong, if not stronger than their album. Their energy is ummatched, as is the quality of sound in Labov’s backyard. He’s a humble maestro. Watch Vintage Trouble perform at the Firepit Sessions below, and visit the Session website here for more info.

Monday

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December 2016

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Emily Keener Performs at Hotel Cafe on 12/7 — Go See Her

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Just who is Emily Keener, and why is she worth seeing live at Hotel Cafe, a staple for music lovers in Los Angeles and the home of today’s talented up-and-comers? The seventeen year old singer/songwriter from Ohio gained fame as a top 12 contestant on ‘The Voice,’ and her avid passion for music has produced nearly 100 original songs, three EPs and two LPs. Her new album, “Breakfast,” is a breath of fresh air at the end of a long day (I would know, since I played it at the end of my long day), and it’s worth a listen. According to Keener, “This record is the result of the most intense and transformative year of [her] life,” and though she had some stunning performances on ‘The Voice’ covering classics (i.e. Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years“), she’s at heart a songwriter, and she’s ready to spread her wings with original tunes. And now’s your chance to see her live. Head to Hotel Cafe on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30).

Thursday

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December 2016

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Tomi Lahren v. Trevor Noah: A Healthy Debate Worth Watching

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Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren clashed with The Daily Show host Trevor Noah in a 25-minute debate Wednesday night, and though the media has painted it as a win for Noah, I actually thought it was a healthy debate with excellent points on both sides. The tumultuous twosome took on many hot-button issues, including Black Lives Matter, Trump’s win, and sitting down for the national anthem. One particular item of note is Lahren’s point that Black Lives Matter promotes violence against police officers and Noah’s counterpoint that those violent individuals do not represent the essence of an entire movement. Lahren likened the movement to the KKK, and Noah continuously drew a distinction, saying that the KKK’s agenda is fundamentally racist, while Black Lives Matter is not.

Noah had a few jabs, beginning with asking why she’s so angry, and later responding to her claim of not “seeing color,” with “so what do you do at a traffic light?” He also won one major point, asking how if a group of violent individuals can represent an entire movement, then should the group of violent police officers that gunned down unarmed black men represent all police officers? Her logic would suggest so. I would have also pointed out that her logic would imply that the KKK represents Donald Trump, because if they are marching in the streets using his name, then don’t they represent him? As for the national anthem, I think people are free to do what they like, but the debate is still worth discussing.

I commend Lahren for holding her own in the discussion below. I’d also like to note that though I personally voted for Hillary Clinton, I find many of her actions to be heinous, and it’s infuriating that Noah and many others in the media give her a pass. This was a choice between deplorables, and I voted based on the lesser of two evils. I find racism to be more objectionable than corruption, but if you’re going to engage in heated topics about leadership, she should also be condemned. Watch below and make your own judgments. And if you’d like a taste of Tomi’s more outrageous “final thoughts,” watch the second video. 

Thursday

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December 2016

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Jennifer Aniston Joined the Mile High Club — With the Pilot

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If you thought Brad Pitt traded up, think again. One might think he exchanged a girl-next-door ‘Friends’ star for a seductive villainess, but Jennifer Aniston’s appearance on Ellen proves that Pitt’s luck on airplanes might have looked much different had he stayed with America’s sweetheart. Aniston revealed that she’s had sex in the cockpit of an airplane with the pilot, proving that private planes come with multiple benefits that us standard civilians don’t get to reap. Watch below for the funny revelation.

Thursday

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December 2016

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Bella Hadid Blows a Banana — Cause That’s Cool

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There’s a fine line between empowering and humiliating when it comes to selling sex, and it’s difficult to articulate. For instance, I don’t mind Kim Kardashian posing naked or baring her genitals, and I would guess it’s because that’s been her brand from day one. To quote Howard Stern, she might be the most famous porn star in history. So why does the new video starring Bella Hadid for Love Magazine make me cringe? Is it because I find blowing a banana inherently gross? Though I fully support the actual act, I draw the line at simulating it for clicks. Love Magazine is known for their off color features for their holiday advent calendar, and Hadid kicked off their 25 days until Christmas countdown with the video below. Need I also point out that smoking a cigarette in a “sexy” way is grossly objectionable in 2016 (80’s throwback or not).

Wednesday

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November 2016

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Five Times Justin Bieber Made Actual Sense

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Justin Bieber recently denounced Instagram, solidifying his intent to stay off the social media platform following the harsh treatment of his then girlfriend, Sofia Richie. In a babbling rant, Bieber said, “Nah, I don’t want to get my Instagram back. Instagram is for the devil. I’m sure … I think hell is Instagram. I’m, like, 90 percent sure. We get sent to hell and we get, like, locked in the Instagram server. Like, I’m stuck in the DMs. I’m trying to climb my way out and I can’t.” If you can decipher his rant you might realize he’s making a decent point. Why would someone of his stature voluntarily submit themselves to hateful comments while sharing his happy photos? Once a certain level of fame is achieved, the backlash is sometimes too tough to take. But has Bieber turned a corner? Though some have suggested he’s an entitled punk, I posit that the pop tart is growing up, judging by some select quotes below.

1. He’s drained by fan energy

Many celebrities thrive on meeting their fans, but their tour meet-and-greets seem like a personal nightmare. After all, I get a throbbing headache after talking for hours at a group dinner, so I simply can’t imagine the exhaustion of a one-on-one with rabid fans. Of his sound decision, Bieber said, “Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression .. The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders.”

2. He doesn’t like to perform at awards shows

Though it never occurred to me before, artists that perform at awards shows are actually hitting the stage for a group of non-fans, thus likening the experience to just starting out in the industry. While the audience is trained to smile and clap, that’s precisely why The Biebs resents the experience, saying, “I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there [seem to be] worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow.” Something tells me he will break his promise, but it sure seems like a sensible choice. His fan base is big enough to withhold from the “hollow” pandering.

3. He protects his love interests

Bieber’s choice to quit Instagram began with his bold bid to protect his new lady love. Though he and Sofia Richie have since broken up, he left the world with a thoughtful, short statement, saying, “If you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”

4. He’s never bashed Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have had a very well-known, on-and-off relationship, and though Gomez has publicly picked on her ex, once telling Letterman that she “made him cry” and later saying that he exhausted her, Bieber has always taken the high road.

5. Sometimes he’s not in the mood for pictures

Celebrities have often likened fame to being a zoo animal, and Bieber is no exception. But when his desire for privacy was misconstrued as ungratefulness, he was Swift to counter with, “If I’m walking somewhere or arriving somewhere and you guys are asking me to take a photo, if I don’t respond, if I continue to keep walking, the likelihood is that I probably don’t want to take a photo at that moment. If you start screaming louder that’s not going to make me want to take a photo more.” Can’t a guy just take a barefoot stroll in peace?

Tuesday

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November 2016

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Derek Hough Ditches DWTS for NBC’s ‘World of Dance’

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There is no bigger fan of Derek Hough than myself. But when today’s news broke that he’ll be joining Ne-Yo and Jennifer Lopez as judges for a new “dance competition that will feature solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance,” I couldn’t help but feel crestfallen. First, forgive me for wanting to see Hough actually dance rather than sit behind a judging table. I’d have preferred an X Factor format where each judge gets a team and competes with their own choreography. Hough should be choreographing a Broadway play, not doing this. Second, JLO’s judging days seem slightly overplayed. Unless her contribution on another talent show is significantly different than her previous stints, it feels as if she’s doing more talking than creating. Yes, she’s JLO and she can do both, but isn’t this more of a glorified money play than an actual quest to find dance talent. Lastly, I will ask the same question we ask on Passover. Why is this night/show different than other nights/shows? That remains to be seen.

Sunday

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November 2016

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Why ‘Bad Moms’ Didn’t Work

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If there was ever a movie about basic bitches, ‘Bad Moms’ is it. This poor man’s ‘Bridesmaids’ also proves the importance of having diversity in the writer’s room, because never before have I seen such whiny, white privilege. I like the idea of good girls gone bad, but if turning up the dial on one’s boxed in life means ditching school activities in favor of champagne at lunch, then these ladies not only need a lesson in real fun, but also in living in the shoes of those less fortunate. And speaking of diversity, Hollywood is still far behind the rest of the world, as the only black person in this cast is Jada Pinkett Smith, who has almost no lines, in addition to wearing outfits made for a shiksa queen. It’s offensive and nearly cartoonish in 2016 to cast someone solely for the purpose of avoiding the very point I’ve made in this review.

‘Bad Moms’ stars Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell, who play the overworked, under appreciated mothers in need of a break, and Christina Applegate foils as the buttoned-up PTA nemesis with Pinkett Smith to smile and nod at her snotty tone. Concepts can only go as far as the creativity behind it, and the trite writing, coupled with the prosaic escapades just doesn’t cut it. I’d also like to point out that Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis should have swapped roles. Bell is far more capable, and though I’m a fan of Kunis, she doesn’t present enough depth to this character. For example, you’d think she’d take more than a few days to get over her husband’s infidelity before embarking on a quest to “get laid.” I realize it’s a comedy, but comedy often requires stronger acting chops than drama, and Kunis is more of an ensemble player than a leading lady. As for Bell, she’s a star, and she’s only gotten more polished and capable with time, effort, and the right choice of roles.

I’m always rooting for a female-led comedy, but this one just fell short of the mark, which explains it’s lackluster returns. My apologies for this extremely belated review, but plane time means movie time, and I simply couldn’t resist voicing my objection.

Thursday

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November 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Let’s Talk Turkey

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Another Bachelor baby was brought into the world. E! Online

Kanye West might spend Thanksgiving at the hospital. People

Sofia Vergara called Joe Manganiello the “love of [her] life.” Pop Sugar

Amy Schumer and her boyfriend celebrated one year together with a lot of love. USA Today

Kylie Jenner went topless with Tyga on Instagram. Fox News

Jessica Simpson has beautiful children. Wet Paint

Melania Trump and her son won’t be moving to the White House. NYP

Supernatural’s Mark Sheppard is married. Brides

Carrie Fisher had an affair with Harrison Ford. Movie Pilot

Jersey Shore’s Deena Cortese got engaged. Starcasm

Blac Chyna gave birth to another Kardashian spawn. Daily Mail

Rebecca Romijn isn’t happy Gigi Hadid’s “mommy” entered their feud. Bravo

Naya Rivera is divorcing Ryan Dorsey after two years of marriage. Too Fab

Alicia Silverstone got naked to protest wool. RTW

Actress Amber Tamblyn is expecting a baby girl with David Cross. Yahoo!

Is Kendall Jenner dating a Laker? Mirror

Adele has baby number two on the way. ELLE

Ashley Olsen has a new man. MSN

Larsa Pippen traded Scotty Pippen for Future (Did she check his stats first? No one trades Pippen). SOHH

 

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