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No Nonsense Telling It Like It Is- Nicki Minaj New Single Cover- Malcolm X Controversy

Never shying away from controversy, Nicki Minaj is true to self!  The latest controversy surrounds her new single cover “LOOKIN ASS  N*GGA” with the infamous picture of Malcolm X holding a rifle, a M1 Carbine.  Since we are all adults here, yes, I am not paraphrasing the single title! So we are about to have a “grown folks” conversation.  Put the kids to bed! 







One of my faithful Facebook blog readers, Amado K. Figueroa, suggested I blog about this topic.  My first impression of Nicki’s single cover, was I am not surprised, this is Nicki Minaj after all.  Sad to say I was not the least bit shocked!  My instinct was to surmise what her motivation would be for using this historic photo with the foul terminology.  That’s how my mind works.  I always want to know why and I am always searching for a deeper meaning.  I guess that is the Virgo and writer in me!  So why did Nicki do this?  The obvious reason being would be to start a controversy and boost the sale of her single.  But there is always a hidden meaning behind the superficiality and I am wondering what was going through Nicki’s mind.

I had a chance to watch the video of her new single and that left me more perplexed.  I was at first thinking in some sort of twisted way Nicki was using the N word in terms of giving Malcolm X props in her own warped way.  As if to say, Malcolm was an OG Nigga!  He was “bout it bout it.” He was cool.   He was fly.  But after watching the video of Nicki berating no good men…or as we women like to say no good niggas, I am even more perplexed!  And the content of her video is another blog in itself!

However, in either scenario referring to Malcom X as a Nigga is disrespectful to his family and his legacy.  I also would like to know did she have to get permission to use the photo?  If so, who gave permission?  And if not, does she have the right to use it or any other photo for that matter?  We all use pictures in social media everyday that we do not have the rights or license to use.  We post pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and add  our own wording and some derogatory connotations.  So is Nicki wrong for doing what society has allowed?  But where do you draw the line between artistic creativity and freedom of speech?  Are we more offended at her use of the N word with a picture of Malcolm or would we be o.k. with her using just the picture of Malcolm?  Or neither?

At present there is a petition circulating to have the single cover removed through Change.org Do I think Nicki Minaj is a creative branding genius that definitely has more money in the bank than me, Yes!  Do I agree with all of her methods, No!  But that is the beauty of conversation and artistic freedom.  Nothing is in black and white and we all have the right to express ourselves.  And if you want change to occur, you can let your voice be heard and do something about it!




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Cynthia Rogers




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Keep Calm its Aquarius Season

So not only is it Black History month but it is also the month of the Aquarius from January 20-February 18 Aquarius rules the skies and it is also my birth month and Sign . Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac, we are the humanitarians of the Zodiac signs they are honest truth seekers, and they are broad-minded and creative people,  alot of people think that Aquarius is a water sign because of its symbol, from his jug the water bearer pours out water like the ideas that come from a unrestrained mind but it is actually a intellectual air sign, that would explain my pure genius lols joke . Some famous celebrities who share my zodiac sign are Michael Jordan, Jennifer Aniston, Abraham Lincoln, Oprah Winfrey, Alicia keys, Babe Ruth, and Rick Ross just to name a few

Some positive traits about Aquarians they are very talented people born with a natural intelligence. They are creative and innovative their  very honest in their business and professional life they are extremely dedicated to their work and craft and that’s what makes them great leaders. Its said that Aquarians are very impulsive they act off of there instincts, I know that with me being a Aquarius this is a true fact for me. Aquarians are also public people and social butterflies they take interest in various topics weather you are talking about sports, fashion, or the weather a Aquarius is always interested in giving there point of view on the particular topic at hand.

We all know that for every positive action there will always be a negative reaction and Aquarius is no different from any other zodiac sign. Some negative traits about a Aquarius is once they have a thought or plan in their mind they can be stubborn and determine their path is a right one regardless of if it is or is not. They can be somewhat emotionless in a relationship are too restless and become bored quite easily. Being somewhat rebellious and eccentric they can be a bit unpredictable in their actions. While very much attuned to the energies around them, Aquarians have a deep need to take time out and just be them selves, personally I like to sit in a very quiet room and do my thinking that way. The key word for this sign is  imagination, because the Aquarian can see a endless world of opportunity and possibilities even when  there appears to be none to the people around them. I could go on and on about the Aquarius Zodiac sign, because I am really interested in studying astrology and Greek mythology but this was just a brief introduction to the Astrology world I hope you found this information entertaining and that’s why I am proud to be team Aquarius.


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Well, T.I. And Tiny had the internet buzzing the other day when the apparently tarnished their picture perfect relationship by posting some cryptic tweets that had everyone wondering if they were on the way to splitsville:

To which Tiny replied:

Now, Tiny’s girl jumped in quick to squash the hype. And later, rumors circulated like crazy after T.I. was a no-show at the Grammys and he and Tiny partied separately afterward.

T.I. says yeah, there was a big argument, but it was over something pretty stupid.  Tiny wanted to walk the Grammy red carpet and watch the show but T.I. wanted none of it.  He says they angrily challenged each other on who would end up having more fun that night.

T.I. says the next morning … they mended fences.

Uh huh.

That don’t sound quite kosher to ME, but hey.  Actually, it doesn’t sound right to a number of people.  The whispers have now turned to conversations about the whole incident being a publicity stunt to promote their new season of their show, and also to promote Tiny’s new Tequila line , which is unnamed at this point and she is trying to get people to submit ideas @ www.tinystequila.com .

Sooooo yeah…I’m thinking this was all a way to hustle up an audience for Tiny’s liquor, which I’ve NEVER heard of until this story dropped, cuz the break up story makes no sense, and neither one of these two are slow, lol.

Bet it works tho…


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No Nonsense Telling It Like It Is- 2014 Grammy’s In Review!

Well looks like the rumors were true, Bey & Jay got the party started last night at the 2014 Grammy Awards!  Some thought the performance was a little too naughty!  I guess they missed seeing her new videos.  That should have given a clue to what kind of performance we could have expected!

There were a lot of unexpected moments including performances and award winners!  But thank God for DVR and LL Cool J’s lips!  I am sorry but half way through the show I somehow became so disenchanted that I had to take a nap. But after my little nap I was able to rewind and catch right back up.  During my little doze I did miss the return of the Geriatric Country Reunion with Willie Nelson and The Good Ole’ Boys!  Glad I slept through that!

Some other disturbing moments for me were as much as I love Pink, I am afraid she needs to learn some new tricks and I thought Lorde was having some type of psychotic episode during her performance.  I woke up with “Royal” in my head.  Not good!  And you know I cannot leave Pharrell out, Mr. Park Ranger in capris himself!  All I can say is, artists are truly free spirits but in need of better stylists!  But he has all the Grammy’s so who am I to judge!

And one of the best performances during the night was Daft Punk, including Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Mr. Le Freak himself, Nile Rodgers!  Made you want to  go and “get lucky”  last night!  Love the song, but can someone please explain to me the concept of these French men with Darth Vader masks on!  All I know is they must have been hot as heck!



I did enjoy the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “going to the chapel” performance.  I wasn’t sure what was going on with Madonna looking like a cowgirl on crack acting as if she had stage fright! Thank God Queen Latifah was the hype girl!  Guess she knew Madonna needed some help!

Speaking of hype- so was the Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons performance!  I do hope after the Grammy’s someone pulled Taylor Swift aside and told her not to ever dance like that again!



But all in all the Grammy Awards were once again unforgettable and still political.  No award for Blurred Lines and Kendrick Lamar or anyone else for that matter!  But that is why we have the Soul Train Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards!  You can’t get robbed there at least not too badly!  




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Cynthia Rogers


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Song of the year: “Royals” Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde)

Best country album: “Same Trailer Different Park” Kasey Musgraves

Best pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox” Bruno Mars


Best rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail” Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake *side note:Jay Z said Blue Ivy had a gold sippy cup now… /\___/\__________* 

Best pop solo performance: “Royals” Lorde

Best rock song: “Cut me some slack” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear


Best new artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (not surprised at all!)

Best music film: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney


Best music video: “Suit and Tie,” Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z

Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams (that hat tho…)

Best R&B album: “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys


Best rap performance:“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

Best rap song: “Thrift Shop” Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis

Best rap album: “The Heist,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Imagine dragons collabo w/ KendricK Lamar !!!!


Best rock performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons(I LOVE THIS SONG!)

Best metal performance: “God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath

Best rock album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin

Best alternative music album: “Modern Vampires Of The City,” Vampire Weekend

Best country solo performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker

Best country duo/group performance: “From This Valley,” the Civil Wars

Best country song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne

Best american roots song: “Love Has Come For You,” Edie Brickell and Steve Martin

Best americana album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

Best bluegrass album: “The Streets Of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band

Best blues album: “Get Up!,” Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite

Best folk album: “My Favorite Picture Of You,” Guy Clark

Best regional roots music album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Best pop instrumental album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert

Best traditional pop vocal album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble

Best new age album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan

Best improvised jazz solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter

Best jazz vocal album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter

Best jazz instrumental album: “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington

Best large jazz ensemble album: “Night In Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic


Best gospel/contemporary christian music performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs(Every time I hear this song I tear up)

Best gospel song: “If He Did It Before . . . Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett

Best contemporary christian music song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)

Best gospel album: “Greater Than [Live],” Tye Tribbett

Best contemporary christian music album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa

Best latin pop album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa

Best latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia

Best regional mexican music album (including tejano): “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

Best tropical latin album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Best reggae album: “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” Ziggy Marley

Best world music album: “Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings and “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best children’s album: “Throw a Penny In The Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi

Best spoken word album (includes poetry, audio books & storytelling): “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert

Best instrumental composition: “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer, composer

Best instrumental arrangement: “On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger

Best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist(s): “Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)

Best recording package: “Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)

Best boxed or special limited edition package: “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith and James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)

Best album notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)

BK: “Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965” and “The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums”

Best engineered album, non-classical: “Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (Daft Punk)

Best remixed recording, non-classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)

Best surround sound album:”Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)

Best engineered album, classical: “Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

Producer of the year, classical: David Frost

Best orchestral performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Best opera recording: “Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna and Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer

Best choral performance: “Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor

Best chamber music/small ensemble performance: “Roomful Of Teeth,” Brad Wells and Roomful Of Teeth

Best classical instrumental solo: “Corigliano: Conjurer - Concerto For Percussionist and String Orchestra,” featuring Evelyn Glennie and the Albany Symphony Orchestra

Best classical vocal solo: “Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw

Best classical compendium: “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Best contemporary classical composition: “Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider, composer

Best comedy album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin

Best musical theater album: “Kinky Boots”

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Sound City: Real To Reel”

Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer

Best song written for visual media: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Best dance recording: “Clarity,” Zedd Featuring Foxes

Watch STEVIE WONDER perform with Daft Punk & Pharell!!!

Best dance/electronica album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk


Best R&B performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway


Best traditional r&b performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.


Best R&B song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley andJustin Timberlake

Best urban contemporary album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna


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