June 05, 2014
Aries March 21 – April 19
Money news has uplifting potential and business affairs seem to be in a good place. However, it helps to research your options on Wednesday, when you could miss the best deal or misread someone's signals. As Mercury rewinds from Saturday, the coming weeks could be ripe for electronic malfunctions and unexpected setbacks on the home front. However, it's just as likely that you can resolve an issue that's been ongoing for some time. There's the potential for a lucrative deal to show up on Sunday.
Taurus April 20 – May 20
Though you naturally tend to be sensitive to the feelings of others, Taurus, today you might be so in touch with the needs and desires of those around you that you sense what they want even before they know it. Spiritual, emotional, or psychological insights might come to you throughout the day. You could even have some prophetic dreams. Write down whatever seems particularly significant. You'll want to remember it later.
Gemini May 21 – June 21
Sensual feelings make you eager to please others, particularly as a partner's support may be important this week. Meanwhile, as Mercury regresses in your personal financial sector, this may be a sign that it's time to review your options. Consider consolidating and reorganizing debts to avoid stress and increase earning potential. Later in the week you may find that misdirected energy could upset a friendship. Exchange words of encouragement and peace instead. If you're feeling generous, treat someone special to a lovely dinner.
Cancer June 22 – July 22
A new project may get the stamp of success, as early news concerning it seems encouraging and promising. If you have a new idea to sell, now is the time to promote it, as positive influences hint that friends and key people in your life may be willing to support you. Concerning matters on the home front, you may feel like hiding your feelings, particularly if personal matters are dragging you down. However, with a heart-to-heart discussion, much of this could be resolved sooner rather than later.
Leo July 23 – August 22
You may have an intuitive hunch regarding a business idea, but don't rush to complete it before checking the details. Another reason to delay signing deals or contracts is Mercury retrograde, which could coincide with delays and confusion. If holding back isn't possible, be prepared for changes. However, these could work in your favor. Later, a romantic opportunity may show up in the professional or work realm. This could be a passionate interaction, so be sure you want to proceed before you make a first move.
Virgo August 23 – September 22
A number of powerful events could increase the level of love and positive energy in your home, Virgo. Visitors with a spiritual or metaphysical focus could bring some new and exciting information. Good news that you never expected could raise everyone's spirits. A meeting with a humanitarian or spiritual purpose might take place. Whatever it is, expect your home to buzz with great vibes. Enjoy
Libra September 23 – October 22
You could read too much into something this week, especially if it seems to promise more than is actually there. Take your time before making a decision, especially if you're about to spend a lot of money. Friday encourages social options with a chance of an exciting meeting. Someone may impress you enough for you to want to know more. Mercury rewinds in your career zone, so you could experience one or two setbacks to a chosen goal. But biding your time could be beneficial at this stage.
Scorpio October 23 – November 21
A secret could unravel this week, but only if you want it to. You may think that by sharing your problem you not only have a better chance to resolve it but might also feel less burdened. Chatting with a trusted pal might bring relief as well as give you the confidence to share in other ways. Feelings may run deep where relationships are concerned, as a powerful lineup enhances the passion and commitment in a relationship. Whether this is romantic or business oriented, the interaction could be productive.
Sagittarius November 22 – December 21
Relationships show extra sparkle, with the potential for an exciting love adventure showing up. If things have been a bit dull in this department, you might want to sprinkle a little stardust and head out for some great entertainment. Starting Saturday, Mercury regresses in Cancer, which is your sector of shared resources. You might be better off delaying a loan or mortgage application. Wait until this phase has finished. If you don't have any leeway, expect a few delays and perhaps a change of plan.
Capricorn December 22 – January 19
Be careful of mixed signals, both on Wednesday and from Saturday, when Mercury goes retrograde. Business or romantic relationships could be couched in mystery or mired in confusion. Be sure you know what you're getting into before you commit to anything. But passion can flourish so long as you take things one step at a time. Meanwhile, a focus on lifestyle can be useful for sorting out your priorities regarding health and work issues. Knowing what you want could be crucial to success.
Aquarius January 20 – February 18
With Mars now forging ahead in your travel and adventure sector, thoughts of faraway places and exotic climes may fill your head. However, you might want to consider a journey of the mind as you explore a new subject, learn a skill, or earn a qualification. Anything that expands your horizons can bring bigger opportunities down the line. Mercury rewinds in your lifestyle sector, so check that your antivirus software is up to date and keep an eye on important documents and files in case they disappear.
Pisces February 19 – March 20
The saying that true love never did run smooth might have been spoken during a Mercury retrograde period, like the one starting this week. As it also occurs in your romance sector, you might need to take things in stride over the next three weeks or so. A passionate influence might entice you to overcome your nerves and commit to a date anyway. There is lots of fun to be had despite any unexpected events that could test your resolve.
June 05, 2014
By MESFIN FEKADU
Mariah Carey’s latest album kicks off in wonderful and typical Mariah form: She sings a song that immediately pulls you in, which has ranged from a killer club jam to a searing slow song in the past. “Cry,” a torching, emotional tune, is the song that does its job on “Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse.” You feel like you are about to experience musical bliss, and most of the time Carey has been able to hit it out of the park.
But like many veteran all-stars, there comes a time when singers make more errors and can’t score a hit like they used to. Sadly, that is what is happening with Carey.
The batch of tracks on her 14th record are enjoyable, but they don’t have the pizazz and spark of her past albums, including 2009’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” her worst-selling album, though musically it was one of the year’s best works.
“Elusive Chanteuse” borrows from Carey’s earlier work — and while the powerful singer still has the vocal chops, her songs find her looking too much to the past. The downtempo ballad “You're Mine (Eternal)” is “We Belong Together” 2.0, while the bouncy “Thirsty” sounds like it was recorded a decade ago. And tracks like the Q-Tip-produced dance number “Meteorite,” “You Don’t Know What to Do” and “Make It Look Good” are album-fillers that don't help the project stay on track.
Carey has been recording the album since 2011, and she’s struggled with its singles, from “You’re Mine” to “The Art of Letting Go” to “#Beautiful,” a mellow outtake featuring Miguel that was released a year ago and peaked in the Top 20. Throughout the struggle, she called megaproducer Jermaine Dupri to come onboard as her manager and executive producer to shape the album. The magical duo, who have collaborated on hits such as “Always Be My Baby,” “We Belong Together” and “Don’t Forget About Us,” haven't completely lost their charm, but the thrill is somewhat gone.
June 05, 2014
Fashion rules are made to be broken, Rihanna told a glittering crowd of fashion industry leaders on Monday June 2, and her outfit dramatically conveyed that message: a sheer fishnet gown, sparkling with thousands of embedded crystals, that left little underneath to the imagination.
The singer cemented her role as a fashion luminary by receiving the 2014 Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Her trophy was presented by Anna Wintour, the powerful Vogue editor, who said that with Rihanna, “the point is to be audacious — even jaw-dropping or button-pushing.”
Accepting the award, Rihanna spoke of her origins in Barbados, where “I didn’t have a lot of access to fashion.” But, she said: “Fashion has always been my defense mechanism.” Even as a child, she told the crowd, she used to think: “She can beat me, but she can't beat my outfit.”
“I can compensate for all my weaknesses with my fashion,” she said, adding: “There are rules, but rules are meant to be broken.”
Also honored at the annual CFDA ceremony at Lincoln Center were a number of top designers. Joseph Altuzarra won the womenswear award, and the menswear prize went to Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the duo behind the Public School label. Sisters Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row won the accessories award.
The international award went to Raf Simons of Dior, and the CFDA lifetime achievement award went to designer Tom Ford, who quipped that he hoped it didn’t spell the end of his career.
“Please have me back in another 25 years,” Ford joked. “I promise I’ll wear a toupee and walk with a cane.”
She was introduced by model Naomi Campbell, who choked up when she described her admiration for Hardison. When Hardison came onstage to accept her trophy, so did 16 models of color, standing behind her and smiling. She spoke passionately of the need for diverse runways — “just let them model,” she said — and added that things were improving throughout the industry on that score.
The annual CFDA show, hosted this year by director and screenwriter John Waters, always draws a mix of fashion insiders and Hollywood. This year, one of the biggest names was Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who presented the womenswear award to Altuzarra.
Nyong’o, who has become as famous for her choices on the red carpet as her skyrocketing acting career, told the crowd that if there was one thing she had learned in a year of film festivals and awards shows, “it is the power of fashion.” She wore a cropped Suno jumpsuit, in multi-colored stripes.
Other Hollywood stars in attendance included Blake Lively in a short Michael Kors dress, and Emmy Rossum in a green chiffon J. Mendel gown. Greta Gerwig wore a bright orange Zac Posen gown.
But none made as big a splash as Rihanna, in her translucent outfit designed by Adam Selman that was embedded with more than 200,000 Swarovski crystals. The gown was accompanied by matching, elbow-length gloves and a glittering headscarf.
Speaking of Rihanna before the show, designer Posen called the pop star a fashion risk-taker who skillfully melds red carpet glamour with a rebellious streak.
“She takes risks and she marches to her own drum and she knows what she likes,” Posen told The Associated Press.
Rihanna also has a great appreciation for designers, Posen added: “That’s why people love to dress her.”
Also singing Rihanna’s praises was popular designer Alexander Wang, a nominee for both the womenswear and accessories awards.
“I love my girl RiRi,” he said. “She’s fearless. She has guts. Even in sweatpants, she owns it!”
May 29, 2014
Will Smith Developing Annual New Year’s Eve Special
Stepping in the shoes of Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, Will Smith will be developing his own Annual New Year’s Eve Special. Smith and his production company Overbrook Entertainment are reportedly developing a New Year’s Eve television special that will parallel to Dick Clark Productions’ “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” According to the New York Post, “As of now, it’s being shopped to the networks. It would feature musical performances, possibly one by Will.” There is talk of his friend David Beckham joining him in this new venture. Sources say Smith’s people want to film it in Miami and include his friend David Beckham: “They want to do something with Beckham and his focus on his Miami soccer team.” Smith and Overbrook Entertainment are looking to party town Miami as home to the new festivities. There is no word on whether the special will be a family affair with wife Jada, son Jaden and daughter Willow.
Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer teaming up for FX Comedy “Partners”
Two TV-comedic icons will double the laughs with new series “Partners.” The FX comedy follows two opposing Chicago lawyers who are brought together by circumstance. Marcus Jackson (Lawrence) is a soft-hearted community activist going through a divorce. Allen Braddock (Grammer) is a highbrow lawyer who’s just been fired from his father’s firm. But after meeting in court, the pair develop a strong partnership and friendship. Alongside Lawrence and Grammer will co-star Telma Hopkins, Rory O’Malley, McKaley Miller, Edi Patterson and Daniele Watts. The series will air two back-to-back episodes every Monday for five consecutive weeks, reports TVGuide.com. “Partners” will premiere Monday, Aug. 4.
Angela Bassett to Direct Lifetime Original movie “Whitney Houston” detailing the life and career of the icon and her tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown
Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett will make her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie Whitney Houston. Scheduled for a 2015 world premiere, “Whitney Houston” chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown, from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both. “I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story,” said Bassett. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.” Produced by The Sanitsky Company, Whitney Houston will be executive produced by Larry Sanitsky (Betty & Coretta). Shem Bitterman (Betty & Coretta) wrote the film’s script.
Original Talk Series “exhale” to air exclusively on ASPiRE this June
ASPiRE’s popular weekly original talk series “exhale” continues with four all-new episodes in June. No issue goes untouched, the talk show tackles Feminism, Childhood Health and Wellness, Education and Reinventing Your Life. Season two of the eight-episode series continues to air through June 25th on Wednesdays at 8p.m. only on ASPiRE. Hosted by five dynamic, successful African American women – journalist and media maven Angela Burt-Murray; actress and comedian Erin Jackson; director, writer and actress Issa Rae; blogger, author and TV anchor Rene Syler; and actress Malinda Williams, “exhale” brings viewers honest, funny and candid discussion on a wide range of topics affecting African-American women. Shot on location in Los Angeles, an intriguing range of special guests including Tracee Ellis Ross, Kimberle Crenshaw, Feminista Jones, Sahar Simmons just to name a few join in the conversation and fun. ASPiRE and the hosts further connect, engage and continue dynamic, nimble dialogue with the audience through social media. For more information, please go to www.aspire.tv/exhale, Twitter on @ExhaleTV, and Facebook at facebook.com/ExhaleTV.
VH1’s “The Tanning Of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop” Earns a Emmy nomination
Steve Stoute’s VH1’s “The Tanning Of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop is a contender in Outstanding Documentary Non-Fiction Series category for the Primetime Emmy Awards. The series follows an in-depth look at hip-hop as a pop cultural movement, whose profound influence eventually paved the way for the election of Barack Obama. The series was directed by Billy Corben & Alfred Spellman and premiered on VH1 in February 2014. The documentary included interviews and footage of Hip Hop influences such as Diddy, Dr. Dre, Norman Leer, Mariah Carey, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Pharrell, Nas, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Fab 5 Freddy, Jimmy lovine, Al Sharpton, Cory Booker, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ron Howard, and Stoute himself, among many others. The documentary is based off of former music executive Stoute’s bestselling novel, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy.