Why are some artists changing the skins they’re in?
Maybe blondes do have more fun
It is not uncommon for artists to reinvent their appearance in order to maintain relevancy or to heighten the buzz around a new album. In many cases, such as Bow Wow dropping the “Lil” and cutting off his braids, artists claim that maturity or change in flavor influenced their new-found signature looks.
America can easily recall when Barbados beauty, Rihanna created a name for herself in the music industry in 2005 with single hits like “Pon De Replay” and “S.O.S.” However, since then she traded in her light brown locks and good girl reputation for the dark side with a jet black short cut, and a spicy long red weave. Speculators often question whether fame and fortune has the potential to strip artists of their natural looks and image.
However, it is only fair to consider the many people who have a say in an artist’s appearance behind the scenes. These are the men and women who are makeup artists, stylists, or even production managers who handle and edit lighting during music videos and photo shoots as well.
However, once an artist is established he or she gains more power over his or her image, which brings us to hugely successful singer, dancer, and actress, Beyoncé Knowles.
Beyoncé has come a very long way from the image of a 16 year old dancing and singing in the “No, No, No” video in 1998. As a solo artist, she has established herself as an iconic figure in the music industry, not only because of her voice and her moves, but also the fact that she is curvaceous and unapologetic about her figure, as many African American women are. It is no question that she has a large following that includes young African American girls, which is why I am never surprised that Knowles speaks highly of African American women and the power and potential they possess.
Recently, there has been speculation that Knowles is undergoing dramatic physical alterations. It is obvious that her legendary curves are still kicking, but on a slimmer frame and her skin tone is appearing to be shades lighter. Naturally, dyeing her hair blond makes her resemble a Caucasian more than an African American woman. However, it is apparent that her skin tone has lightened regardless of the hair change.
These two “enhancements” alone in a woman with such a following is alarming, because the African American community, and young girls in particular, looked to her as someone loved internationally by all races, but represented by one—the phenomenal Black woman.
The idea that a woman of such stature and success is struggling with a racial complex behind closed doors is a slap in the face to African American girls across the globe who bought the dream Beyoncé Knowles sold so well: the idea that her Black was beautiful.
As a young Black girl, I watched Beyoncé develop and mature into the cultured artist she is today, and I was a little shocked at rumors of her lightening her skin when they originally surfaced. However, after eliminating the factors of fortune, fame and success, it is evident that “Bey” is human and struggles with the same insecurities that African American women around the globe are faced with. Is it possible that she too, occasionally feels her natural appearance falls short of the American standards of beauty?
Rihanna shot a man to death in her music video ….
The television industry was recently up in arms over Rihanna’s racy promo for “Man Down,” saying that the opening scene where she murders a man in the center of town is unwarranted and inappropriate for network television.
In the video, shots of life in an underdeveloped and impoverished Third World are cut with others featuring celebratory African and Caribbean dancing by young Black girls.
Hip Hop artist Drake earned a leading 12 nominations today for the 2013 BET Awards, while fellow Hip Hop act Kendrick Lamar and rapper 2 Chainz earned eight each.
Drake was nominated five times in the video of the year category, which also features big names such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz and Miguel.
Thanks to “Stay,” Rihanna is the first artist in the 20-year history of Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart to have 10 No. 1 hits.
The singer’s pop ballad with Mikky Ekko pushed her past Katy Perry, who has racked up nine No. 1s since 2008.
As Billboard notes, “Stay” is the second piano-and-vocal-only hit (out of 259 songs) to reach No. 1 on the chart. Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” is the first.
Here are all 10 of Rihanna’s No. 1 songs:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Chris Brown sat alone in court for 35 minutes on Friday while his lawyer talked with the judge and prosecutor behind closed doors in his probation violation case.
The judge emerged from his chambers to order Brown to come back on June 10 because lawyers need more time to look at “additional discovery” in his case.
While not much happened in Friday’s hearing before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin, ultimately it could be big trouble for the singer.
After being hit with a double whammy of the flu and laryngitis, Rihanna’s pulled out of her second concert this week.
The 25-year-old was supposed to perform in Baltimore on March 12, but the show’s since been postponed.
On Sunday, the “Diamonds” singer also had to hold off on her Boston show.