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Camila Cabello Quits Fifth Harmony — Good for Her

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A few months ago, I wrote a piece about a disturbing Billboard article which revealed Camila Cabello’s personal battle with anxiety. She detailed “awful mental health situations” and said of stardom:

“They sell you this ­present of rainbows and butterflies, and as a 16-year-old that’s what I bought. It’s why I did X Factor and why I ended up in a group. But then you’re working so hard, so young. [Meanwhile] my friends are in college, telling me about their days and what they’re studying. You’re having to put on a smile on a red carpet. It’s like, ‘Who am I? Am I for myself or for this?’ “

Though many might think it’s daunting to dismiss such a glamorous life, after reading that article, I completely support her decision to move on and quit the group that launched her career. Plus, Zayn Malik set the stage for releasing a high-quality solo album that drastically differs from his work in One Direction. He also suffers from anxiety, and I can only imagine that the grueling demands of his pop-group contributed to his crippling panic attacks. But judging from Fifth Harmony’s response to Cabello’s decision to quit, they are less than happy to hear the news, saying, “After four and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well.” Their latent aggression is dismissive at best.

Let this be a lesson to anyone in pursuit of fame. It’s not all “rainbows and butterflies.” It’s hard work, and you’re only young once. Is it worth it? Cabello doesn’t think so, and neither do I. Good luck, Fifth Harmony, and here’s hoping you are actually enjoying the ride. As for your statement, I’d say “grow up,” but I imagine you are already doing that . . . too fast.

Monday

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The Ugly Architect Performs “Little Death” — Listen Now

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I saw The Ugly Architect perform for just about five minutes, but that was enough to appreciate his talent, so his new song is worth a special feature. The man behind the sound and curious stage name is Colorado songwriter William S. Knudsen. Listen to “Little Death” below.

Monday

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ABC Releases Trailer for Menendez Brothers Documentary — A Sensational Mess?

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I love a good true crime story. I was amped for Serial and I watched Making a Murderer during an unhealthy binge. Though there’s an argument to be made against sensationalizing a murder and celebrating killers with publicity, that feeling can be avoided with the proper approach. No such approach was taken with ABC’s new feature on the Menendez brothers,the the two rich kids from a seemingly perfect family who killed their parents for the inheritance. In the trailer below, the music overlay makes them appear to be rock stars, and it’s gross. Watch below and decide for yourself.


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Friday

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December 2016

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Trailer Time! See Television’s Most Talked About Upcoming Shows

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Television has taken on a new life recently, and the splurge in original ideas has nearly surpassed the film industry, whose quest the next big blockbuster has saturated the market with popcorn fodder instead of true, creative contenders. See below to get excited about the new slate, along with some returning favorites.

GIRLS — HBO — Friends Till The End?

NASHVILLE — CMT — Wheelchairs, Whines, and Stalkers

HOMELAND — SHOWTIME — Homegrown Threats and a Leading Lady

SNEAKY PETE — AMAZON VIDEO — Cranston Came to Play

OA — NETFLIX — A Disappearing Act

SHERLOCK — BBC ONE — Game Time

Tuesday

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December 2016

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Mac Miller Releases “My Favorite Part” With Ariana Grande

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Perhaps I have high expectations, but when the lyrics of a song are “you just don’t know how beautiful you are/and that’s my favorite part,” I find myself wincing in pain. Also, while it’s smart to use Ariana Grande as your plus one in a video, you better be worth it. In the case of Mac Miller . . . he is not. Lastly, I think we’re all aware that this is biting off “That Boy is Mine” by Brandy & Monica. See below.

Saturday

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December 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News

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and Evan Peters are going strong. Pop Sugar

Bristol Palin is going to pop out baby #3. TMZ

Renee Zellweger got dragged into court via her boyfriend’s ex. Wonderwall

Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Magro is dating Khloe Kardashian’s BFF.

Sofia Vergara is being sued by her embryos. The Superficial

Paula Patton is back on twitter. Hip Hollywood

Sia  and her husband of two years are divorcing. Just Jared

Minka Kelly and Josh Radnor are dating. Celebuzz

The Brangelina divorce nightmare just got worse for Brad Pitt. E! Online

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are taking it up a notch. People

Jimmel Kimmel is having his fourth child. Yahoo!

Hilary Duff and her trainer are dunzo. Wet Paint

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are having a baby. USA Today

Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas got married. Reality TV World

Naomi Watts talked about her split from Liev Schreiber. Contact Music

T.J. Miller was arrested for a brawl with his Uber driver. Deadline

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom finalized their divorce. CNN

Amber Rose and Val Chmerkovskiy stepped out hand in hand. Us Weekly

Blac Chyna is having trouble trademarking the Kardashian name. TMZ

Wednesday

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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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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.