Nicki Minaj and the Power of an Image to Create Controversy

Nicki Minaj is one of those celebrities that makes headlines as a matter of course. She doesn’t have to do much. Thanks to her enhanced curves, racy rap lyrics and unsmiling, unapologetically sexual visage, just standing there in one of her over-the-top costumes is usually enough. Case in point, her recent shoot for Elle, which … Continue reading Nicki Minaj and the Power of an Image to Create Controversy

Bill Clinton: The President’s Apology Is Still Missing

I was at the Javits Center working with a client last week when I noticed we were sharing the convention hall with the BookExpo. There was a huge banner advertising Bill Clinton’s new book with James Patterson. I thought, ‘Huh. That’s an interesting pairing. Marketable and attention grabbing, for sure.’ I’m not sure I’ve ever … Continue reading Bill Clinton: The President’s Apology Is Still Missing

Geez, When Did Success Become Toxic? When It’s Black Success

Excuse me, Scott Mendelson? I’ma need you to find your mind quick, ‘cuz I’m pretty sure you lost it. His Forbes piece “Box Office: Black Panther’ Should Terrify Every Hollywood Studio” starts off ok, running down the film’s stats and comparing it to some other heavy box office hitters in recent history. But things quickly take … Continue reading Geez, When Did Success Become Toxic? When It’s Black Success

Janelle Monae: Let It Hang, Let It Bounce, Take a Risk

So, Janelle Monae knocked everyone’s eyes and ears out this week releasing two songs from her upcoming 3rd album “Dirty Computer.” “Django Jane” is an unapologetic female empowerment jam where she knocks mansplaining and tells the world, there’s no point in denying the power of melanin or femininity considering how well both have been performing … Continue reading Janelle Monae: Let It Hang, Let It Bounce, Take a Risk