MARY J. BLIGE
Earlier this week Burger King released a commercial on YouTube featuring Mary J. Blidge singing about a new crispy chicken wrap. Shortly after, the ad drew tons of criticism on Twitter for playing off a stereotype about African-Americans and chicken.
Now Mary J. Blige is doing damage control and explains she never signed off on that version of the controversial fried chicken ad that was blasted on the Internet.
Mary J. tells TMZ, “I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that's not what was happening in that clip." She goes on to say, "I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out."
Every year movie (and party) lovers from all over the world flock to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. It's the world's largest independent film festival and includes 10 days of non-stop films, celebrities, parties, mingling, and networking. And Talent Resources has certainly returned to Sundance 2012 with a bang! Their gifting suites have been jam-packed with celebrities swooping up gifts from sponsors such as Rachel Roy, Sean John, Cream of Wheat, The Teaologist, DL1961 Premium Denim, Prasad Medical Skincare, and more!
Everyone from William H. Macy to Mary J. Blige has shown up to get their hands on free goodies. But it wasn't all about receiving; celebs also gave back by signing custom silver Cream of Wheat thermoses that are to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House charity.
On Tuesday, September 27th, Paper Magazine held its 7th Annual Nightlife Awards sponsored by Hennessy and held at Hiro Ballroom. All of New York's nightlife glitterati toasted nominees awarded for their creativity in New York Nightlife. The award show was hosted by Wendy Williams with a special performance by Mary J. Blige. Paper’s October Nightlife issue covergirl, serenaded the crowd with her new single "25/8" and ended the night with her classics "Real Love" and "Family Affair."Socialites and celebrities in attendance were news anchor Anderson Cooper, hotel owner Andre Balazs, British recording artist Estelle, Music Producer, Swizz Beatz, MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger star Paul Lacono, Columnist Michael Musto, and Style Maven Patricia Field. Who knew so many of these folks took part or even cared about New York Nightlife? The winners got disco balled trophies and bragging rights for the year. If you're wondering who won what, here's the list.
BEST NEW PARTY; On Top at Le Bain,
BEST NEW BAR/LOUNGE; Bedlam,
BEST HOTEL WITH A NIGHTLIFE SCENE; The Standard,
BEST MUSEUM WITH A PARTY SCENE; MoMA PS1,
BEST DJ; Nancy Whang,
BEST GAY NIGHT; Clubber Down Disco,
BEST RESTAURANT WITH A NIGHTLIFE SCENE; Miss Lily's,
BEST DESIGNER WITH A NIGHTLIFE INFLUENCE; Nicola Formichetti ,
BEST BARTENDER; Joaquin Simo, BEST NEW CLUB; Westway,
BEST PROMOTER; Fernando Tormena,
BEST CLUB SONG; "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce,
BEST DOOR PERSON; Ian Bradley,
BEST NIGHTLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER; KirillWasHere.
Congratulations to those who were nominated and won, because as stated by the late Amy Winehouse 'without you, there would be no nightlife.'
All images courtesy of Kronikle
More of a mission if you ask us. June Ambrose primary known for her signature turbans has been styling A- list celebrities for over 20 years. The next step? VH1 reality star! As we hold on to our TV remotes VH1 has officially released that Ms. Ambrose will launch her own docu- reality show early 2012 making this VH1's first ever fashion documentary TV show. June Ambrose has been linked to styling folks like Kim Kardashian, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys, Kelly Ripa, Jay Z and Mary J Blige.
The June Ambrose Project will chronicle June and her team of assistants working with established and up and coming artists, celebrities and models who are looking to re-brand their image. Each episode will showcase the person's new image.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of her debut CD, Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys threw a ground shaking show at the Beacon Theatre appropriately titled, Piano and I. Alicia looked wonderful as always up on the stage alongside candles and her baby grand piano; with such exceptional talent, she didn't need much else.
The evening showcased a few cover numbers, which the songstress made her own, including Mary J. Blige's 'Real Love.' Alicia's powerful vocals and star studded performance engaged the audience as everyone sang along. She also included covers from Billy Joel, Brian McKnight, Marvin Gaye, and a prelude of the Beatles' song, 'Blackbird.'
Celebrity stylist, June Ambrose is at it again. This time she has launced her own personal line of turbans that is definitely a trend to rock this summer.
June has provided fierce style for Diddy, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blidge and a list of others from some time now. She is the go-to person at fashion week and has been seen wearing the flyest “color blocking” outfits all over the city.
Ambrose’s new line of turbans been her own signature look that she has been wearing that encouraged her to start her own line of turbans. The idea to start her own line of turbans came from wearing a turban every night during NY Fashion Week as well as making a statement with every outfit.
Amy Winehouse's back from the undead. We already knew she was finally back in the studios for the almost divine Quincy Jones after a long, long, long period of self introspection I should say. You now have the opportunity to discover her new song. I will let you judge the song. Please don't be too difficult after those four years of debauchery.
"It's my party" is her first studio recording since a while and is produced by the usual Mark Ronson. This song will appear on the next Quincy Jones compilation named "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra." The original version of the song was procuded by Quincy Jones in 1963 and number on the Billboard for two weeks.
"Q : Soul Bossa Nostra" will be released on next Tuesday. Mary J. Blige, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean and Ludacris and others will be on the record. Have a look at the song now.
Now that I have fully recovered from my hangover, I can give you the scoop on the Hennessy Artistry 2010. As I approached Cipriani Wall Street, I noticed a line that wrapped around the block and knew that it could not have been the press check-in. After a little investigating, I found my appropiate entrance and was escorted to a tiny room filled with people with cameras hanging around their knecks and recorders in their hands. "Eeek, I'm in the press pit!", which I can't stand so I opted out and headed to an area more to my liking, the bar. With some raspberry and hennessy concotion that was topped with sprite in hand, which might I add was very tasty, I checked out the scene. The crowd was quite eclectic. There were guys in colorful sneakers, ladies in sparkly dresses, a few "isn't it passed your bedtime grandpas?" and wall street banker, upper east sider types.
It was the final show in the Home and Home concert series by way of Yankee Stadium last night. With 40,000+ people packing the home of the Bronx Bombers, Jay-Z and Eminem hosted a who's who of the top names in the music industry. The sold out stadium saw Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, B.o.B., J.Cole, Drake, Swizz Beatz, Beyonce, Dr. Dre, D12, Memphis Bleek and Mary J. Blige on stage. Tweeting live from the show, we heard some fans who shared their personal experience at one of New York's largest concerts in memory.
Sunday's MTV 2010 Video Music Awards more or less pushed any type of celebrity scandals aside for one night and really focused on what was most important: the music. The night started off with Eminem 8 mile style with a special appearance by Rihanna for their Love the Way you Lie collaboration, which was expected. Some other artists to take the stage included Justin Bieber, Usher, Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars, Florence and the Machine and Drake and Mary J. Blige.
Last year's disastrous 'Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time' moment came to a close as Taylor sang Still an Innocent that was directed to Kanye West. A playback of last year's microphone stealing scene was presented right before her performance. West took a different approach. Kanye ended the night with his song Runaway. He didn't speak out about the actual Swift incident but his lyrics were pretty telling. By singing 'I always find something wrong, you've been putting up with my (bleep) too long' it was obvious that he was owning up to his behavior. Have to say, the three ballerinas during his set was a nice touch. One would think it was to represent Swift herself.