We were all waiting to hear from Reebok regarding Rick Ross and his controversy. Ross has come under A LOT of scrutiny regarding the lyrics in U.O.E.N.O. with Rocko.
On Thursday, Reebok released a statement regarding Ross’ release:
“Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so. While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse. At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross.”
Of course after being released, Mr. Officer had someone write up an apology for him:
Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize.
To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.”
This apology comes a little too late. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t think about what he was saying before he laid the lyrics on the track.
Originally, Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway was supposed to wear Valentino dress this past Sunday at the Oscars. However, she backed away and chose another dress when she learned that others like Jennifer Anniston and Sally Fields would be wearing similar dresses. Her changing dresses (to a dud of a looker) ruffled quite a few feathers, so she issued an apology.
“It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans,” said Hathaway. “Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honour of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
Sunday, everyone watched as we looked at the Red Carpet of the Academy Awards to see who would be the best and worst dressed of the night. I picked my personal favorites.
Jennifer Hudson continues to wow us with this shape. She came this year in a blue Roberto Cavalli gown, showing off a little leg too. Charlize Theron was the picture of perfection in her white Dior gown and pixie hair cut. Kelly Rowland has been on such a roll this award season. She was an ABC correspondent for the red carpet, and she wore a black & white Donna Karen gown. And last but not least, everyone’s favorite Bond Girl. Halle wore a Versace gown and sparkled and dazzled the red carpet.
So we guess that memo didn’t apply to the after Grammy parties. Rihanna changed clothes, and showed up to the Island/Def Jam in an all white mid drift bearing dress. This, in my opinion, was better than the red.
FORTY THREE year old Jennifer Lopez wore a Kaufman Franco dress to the Las Vegas premier of her new film Parker. I saw a tweet the other day that said Jenn gets better with age. I think I might have to agree!
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In this month’s issue of the magazine, Dawn talks about the influence of her newly released album, GoldenHeart, that just came out on January 15th.
I feel like now we’re in a time where we are very divided, angry, and we hate a lot. I think with my music what I am trying to do is build an army of people who fight for something together instead of against each other. With that inspiration I wanted you to have the “Armor On” to guard yourself and prepare for the battle. What goes on in the album is that we actually stand together and fight for one another on the front line and we’re not fighting against each other, we’re fighting with each other for the people who don’t believe that we’re beautiful enough, great enough, brown enough, or white enough.
It seems like it’s cool to be the ‘ex’ girl or even the side girl, depending on who you ask. And who’s made this cool, Karrueche Tran. She sat down with VIBE Mag to discuss her ex Chris Brown, The Kill, and more.
VIBE: How did you come up with the concepts for your clothing line? Karrueche Tran: Chris [Brown] wanted to do a female line for his men’s line ["Black Pyramid"]. So he asked me to take over and “The Kill” was gonna be a women’s only line but it’s actually unisex.
How long have you two been planning this? It’s been a few months. When I first started, I pretty much thought of the name. Then from there, we started making very basic sample t-shirts, hats, beanies and socks. That’s what a lot of people saw online and on Instagram. They saw certain people wearing it, so it created this really big buzz in our very first stages. We got a little bit ahead of ourselves and we wanted to do this really awesome launch on 12/12/12, but we kinda had to slow it down ‘cause things weren’t 100% completely done. That’s why we waited.
How is the name “The Kill” representative of your life? I was at home one day and this song “In For The Kill” by La Roux was stuck in my head, so “The Kill” stuck out to me.
Since Chris has his own lines, what advice has he given you in terms of being the creative director for “The Kill?” (Laughs) He hasn’t really given me advice. He completely trusts me with this line. He’s seen my designs and he loves everything so far. He definitely has my back and pushes us forward as well.
How hard is it to work with Chris with everything that’s going on? At the end of the day, he will always be a friend. We’ll always care about each other. We won’t allow that to interfere. Our business is business.
If you could sit down with Chris and Rihanna in the same room, what would you want to get off your chest? For everybody, emotionally, that would just be way too much. I’m a very mature person so if the time ever did come where we would need to sit down and talk, I’d do it. I’m a mature person. I can work it out but that would be a lot. (Pause) Yeah, it would be a lot.