Willow Smith Signs with Jay-Z

Posted by Antoinette R. Banks | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010

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Willow Smith, the 9-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has released her first single, 'Whip My Hair,' which has already been viewed over 300,000 times on YouTube after 2 days of being released.
Jay-Z said in an interview with Ryan Secrest this morning:  
"I heard the record first before I knew that it was recorded by a nine year old and I was like, man that record's a smash," Jay-Z said, "I believe in superstars. I believe on big records on superstars and I think she has both."
"She has a child's innocence but she has a clear vision of who she is and who she wants to be," Jay-Z said, comparing Willow to a young Michael Jackson.

Many people suggest she’s too young to step into the music game…but let us not forget that beauty’s like Britney Spears, and Fergie all started out around 9 on MMC. AND Raven Symone put out a single when she was 8 written by Missy Elliot called “That’s What Little Girls Are Mad Of.”


At any rate, I'm feeling this one...Justin Bieber eat your heart out. 

You're Not Dating Him...You're Dating His Woman

Posted by Antoinette R. Banks | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

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Ladies, no one is really saying this…but I’ll just say…when you’re dating a man that’s involved with someone, you’re not dating him…you’re dating HIS WOMAN.

Now, take a deep breath and think about it.  AND I MEAN REALLY THINK ABOUT.  You feelin’ him because he compliments you? Because he knows how to tell you if your eyeshadow looks amazing? Because he says, “you wearing them shoes.”  The point is…he knows how to say certain things because HIS WOMAN has pointed them out. Because she has molded him into the perfect, articulate,  mature, well groomed man that you and your girlfriend’s  3-way call cuz you can’t believe he says (let me roll my eyes) all the right things.

As we get older, it seems we’re more desperate to not want to be alone.  But please, for the sake of REAL woman…stop messing with that taken man.  How dare you force yourself to believe, “baby, I only wear the ring to keep the chicken heads off.  I only want you,” knowing darn well you cringe every time the light reflects off it.  How dare you go get your vajayjay waxed just “in case” his needing a shoulder to lean on translates into needing a wet hole?

Stay strong ladies. Your days away from that special breakthrough that you need, just believe in yourself.  Mr. Right will come along...but only when you’re on your own individual path to success. 

Where Are You From?

Posted by Antoinette R. Banks | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

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I was born in books...a subject only a writer could conceive of. One who understood words as verbs. Laced with perfect metaphor; Therefore, poetry in motion. Intricate from a BC tapestry, now tied with the Most High’s Ancestry.

Is Chris Brown A Problem For "Takers"?

Posted by Antoinette R. Banks | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010

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News across the web is centralizing on Chris Brown possibly being a problem for Takers.  Although one of the producers for the film, Will Packer, said Brown’s legal troubles had nothing to do with the release date, the facts are clear.  Filming for Takers began in 2008 and has been delayed MULTIPLE times. His optimism is comforting to Brown’s career as he says, “I think this will give him the opportunity to have the focus on something positive he has done, which are hard work and a great performance," Packer said.

In weeks leading up to the release of Takers, Brown’s face has actually been removed from most of the advertisement…sheesh.

And according to CNN, pop culture expert, S. Tia Brown says, “the marketing has been smart in that while the film has a majority African-American cast, it has managed so far to avoid being typecast, while still courting that demographic.”  She also goes on to say, “"It was shot in a way which doesn't make you think 'black movie,'" Brown said.”All of the guys are in custom suits and they are classy crooks, not drug dealers or something stereotypical."  Now…I typically love the words that effortlessly flow from Ms. S. Tia Brown…but let’s be real…this whole movie is a stereotype. I’m glad they not saggn, with gold teeth, sucking on chicken bones in the back of a car to small for 24’s…but the majority of the film’s actors are black…playing bank robbers.  It’s not the kind of blatant disrespect in my previous post, but more visually gentle in a Hollywood sort of way. 

There’s no question that the gentlemen bandits look fabulous strolling away from explosions but really, the film itself took a bunch of second-string actors too young to get a role in 'The Expendables' and put them in a very average cops and robbers flick.
Kudos to my baby daddy-Michael Ealy…always a good a sight for me.  Wait…did I just type that? 



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