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Hundreds Of Loved Up Irish Fans Serenade A Beautiful French Girl13 days ago
That’s what happened in Bordeaux when, after a 3-0 loss to Belgium, Ireland fans, still in high spirits, spotted a lovely blonde French girl and took it upon themselves to serenade her.
If ever you’ve wanted to see a video that compounds Irish stereotypes, this is it. Never have you heard so much slurred singing and the mumbled, incorrect terms of two ballads that are pretty easy to recollect … funny though.
One guy managed to sneak a cheeky kiss at the end; albeit one on the cheek but, you know … she’s hot so it all counts.
Odds on that he thought there’d be some sort of Richard Curtis style holiday romance after that, though … Seems like Ireland are pretty much out of the Euros so he requires something to cheer him up!
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16 Hilarious Reasons That Kids Are Crying27 days ago
You can check out some of our favourites here 😛 TAGEND 1. Bitterly disappointing ..
2. But he’s missing out on so much !
3. The worst .
4. I entail fair enough ..
5. No !
6. How could you ?!
7. Try and say no to that face !
8. So unfair !
9. The horror !
10. Terrible parenting right there …
11. But he seemed like such a nice fellow !
12. Still though ..
13. We’ve all been there ..
14. A travesty .
15. Horrifying .
16. I believe I’ve spotted it …
In ‘4: 44, ‘ JAY-Z Shows How Racism Affects All Black People, Regardless Of Class1 month, 5 days ago
JAY-Z released his 13 th album,on Thursday, June 30 to a craze of hungry fans who waited online until midnight to hearwhat the legend has to say after years without a full album release.
People can’t stop talking about the juicy info he shared about his marriage, household, and celebrity friendships but JAY-Z also has a lot to say about what’s going on in the world, socially.
In other terms, this is JAY-Z being peak JAY-Z, and the music climate is better forof it.
One of the most thought-provoking records onis his mid-tempo song,The Story Of O.J. It’s the only full sung with a video accompaniment on which he addresses class separations within the black community.
He jumpstarts the song with the chorus,
Light n ****, dark n ****, faux n ****, real n ****
Rich n ****, poor n ****, house n ****, field n ****
Still n ****, still n ****
For the opening lines of the first poem, he raps,
O.J. like, I’m not black, I’m O.J. OK.
JAY-Z’s line addresses the infamous quote thatESPN journalist, Robert Lipsyte, told Simpson shared with him during the special.
He overheard a white girl at the next table telling, Look, there’s O.J. sitting with all those n *** ers.’ I remember in my naivet, telling to O.J ., Gee, wow, that must have been terrible for you.’ And he told, No. it was great don’t you are familiar with? She knew that I wasn’t black.
The animated video shows an overstated animation of JAY-Z and other images who represent the different kinds of black people that JAY-Z address in his song’s hook. I consider no coincidence in the similarity of these black caricatures to the racist imagery of blackface minstrel proves that began in the 19 th century.
Instead of poking fun at black people, as these minstrel proves were created to do, JAY-Z’s usage could be perceived as an address of the long-running gags about his African-American facial features, particularly his lip and nose size. The animations are the visual reminder that no black people are excluded from racialized targeting.
JAY-Z follows the opening lines about O.J. with lyrics that not only address black celebrities who have divided themselves from the black community like O.J ., but also raps about the importance of these prominent black celebrities determining their way back by investingmoney and time into the black community.
O.J.isn’t the only black celebrity who repudiates their African-American status.
JAY-Z making an entire ballad surrounding O.J.’s separation is as much about our culture today as it is about a famous black football player not wanting to be considered black years ago.
A patternseems to exist that demonstrates some individuals reaching a phase of success, then attempting to distancethemselves from blackness in some way( by denouncing the label, or otherwise ), which appears to be a result of internalized racism that says a black or African-American identity is somehow less than.
Think Raven Symon, who confidently shared that she does not identify as an African-Americanduring a 2014 episode of Oprah’s
She afterwards clarified to in a statement, writing,
I never told I wasn’t black. I want to attain that very clear. I told, I am not African American.’ I never expected my personal faiths and commentaries to trigger such feeling in people. I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America.
Her clarification still left things a little bit fuzzy, since being a black person who was born in American usually renders you an African-American.
Model, Devyn Abdullah, who won the modeling, also told Wendy Williams during a 2013 interview,
I don’t really consider myself as a black daughter model. I know what my ethnicity is, but I’m fair-skinned and I feel like I have an international look.
Then there’s Tiger Woods, who has chosen not to identify as black or African-American, but instead as aCablinasian. You know, because he’s mixed.
What these celebrities seem tooverlook is that it doesn’t matter how they try to distance themselves from blackness. To the outside world, they are black and can still find themselves in positions where that blackness is targeted. JAY-Z points this out with his still a n **** lyric.
NBA superstar, LeBron James, said as much when his house was vandalized with the n-word spray painted on it just a few weeks ago.
No matter how much fund you have , no matter how famous you are , no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.
Imagine how tough it is when you have that fiscal and famous privilege, and the black heroes you look up to who do have it denounce their blackness or their African-American identities. They are the ones you rooted for because they shined on stages and silver screen that , previously, black people is no more than allowed to occupy minimally, if at all.
That is how I felt when Symon said she wasn’t African-American, after I’d grown up watching her on and adoredher on
Sherepresentedteenage African-American daughters on television when there were so few given starring roles, and it was my hope that she would be proud to carry that label and show the world how valuable we are.
JAY-Z pushes famous black people to abandon this behavior and step into their black identities.
This message of unity in The Story Of O.J. is right on time.
Not only do we live in times when black lives are threatened at every turn, but we also have had other popular rappers send messages that are very contrary to the one in The Story Of O.J.
New school rapper, Kodak Black, only set social media ablaze after he lately stated that he doesn’t like dark-skinned black daughters because they are too tough.
In November 2016, Lil’ Wayne indignation and ostracized a lot of his black fans whenhe shared that he felt Black Lives Matter has nothing to do with him onBefore that, in September, he said on Fox Sports’ reveal that racism doesn’t exist.
In JAY-Z seems to want to challenge his rich peers to check themselves and realize that green money doesn’t negate their black skin.
That said, JAY-Z has some privilegeof his own to check.
Be clear, everyone is problematic somehow.
JAY-Z is right about the still a n **** theory, but denouncing your blackness is no less incorrect than doing things to drawback black people, as he has been accused of.
In The Story Of O.J ., JAY-Z raps about how he’s created his music-streaming service, Tidal, and done other things to teach fiscal freedom to more black people.
It’s alsopublic knowledge that he’s bailed Black Lives Matter activists out of jail, bailedfathers out of jail on Father’s Day, called out the racist War On Drugs, and brought the late Kalief Browders name to the national spotlight.( Browder was a young man who was wrongfully held in Rikers Island for three years and later committed suicide after his release .)
Still, JAY-Ztook part in a gentrification wave when he participated in bringing the Barclays Center to Brooklyn, NY in 2012.
Although the mogulhas since sold his part of the company, he was heavily criticized for bringing ina facility that displaced residents. Buildings were bought out and demolished, as described in the documentary entitled .
People lost their homes, seemingly because individuals with influence and bigger bank accounts had their way.
On, and specifically The Story Of O.J ., we insure a man who seems ready to take some responsibility for his mistakes, recommending others to do the same, and then committing to do better.
JAY-Zhas done plenty of work for black people since the Barclays Center opened, but I hope his current messagealso involvesthe understanding that there’s more than one style to separate yourself from the black community.
If Belle From Beauty And The Beast Was Britney Spears1 month, 15 days ago
‘Welcome to NRA Country’: how the handgun lobby tried to tap into country music1 month, 16 days ago
With big name supporters including Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett, NRA Country is being used to entice younger members to the NRA by using country credibility. But with some artists distancing themselves, can it survive?
I love the NRA, sang Preston Brust on stage at a recent concert in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Brust, who comprises one half of the country duo LoCash, was performing the groups hit single, I Love This Life, a typical feel-good country ode to small towns, trucks and girls.
The setting was the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show, the NR-Abacked hunting and angling trade-show, held for a week each February, that depicts over 200,000 yearly guests and claims to be biggest customer outdoor show in the world.
Saturday evenings concert was presented by NRA Country, the lifestyle brand outgrowth of the NRA that fosters partnerships between the National Rifle Association and the country music industry.
Since its founding in 2010 , NRA Country has tried, with varying degrees of success, to develop close ties to Nashvilles country music industry, partnering with several of the genres biggest superstars and some of its more prominent institutions.
Those ties were on display at the Great American Outdoor show concert, where bright yellow banners that read This is NRA Country, complete with the organizations logoes of two firearms joining together to form bull horns, adorned all corners of the arena. Between acts, video screens above the stage played looped videos of NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre telling things such as: We need to take our country back and fight like hell to save America.
The first words uttered on stage were from the evenings MCs, DJs Nancy and Newman, from the local country station 94.9, who greeted the crowd by saying: Welcome to NRA Country and imploring the crowd to sign up for an NRA membership.
Throughout the concert, the three musical acts performing namedropped the NRA a total of 20 times. During their 45 -minute set, LoCash alone mentioned the organization on 13 occasions, or approximately once every three minutes.
With I Love This Life, LoCash were also the only group that managed to sneak in a lyric about the NRA into one of their ballads. After Brust sang his line about the NRA, the group then handed out NRA Country T-shirts to the crowd and mentioned the organization a half-dozen more hours before closing their situate. God bless the NRA, they screamed, before vanishing offstage.
Read more: www.theguardian.com
Vogue Brazil’s Paralympics Photoshoot Is Unbelievably Offensive1 month, 18 days ago
People such as Tanni Grey-Thompson, who has won 16 Paralympic medals, show their fans across the globe that you can combat against adversity and still be a win, still be proud of yourself.
That’s why Vogue Brazil’s decision touse able bodied performers in their campaignis so disappointing. Instead of featuring Paralympic athletes, they chose to photoshop Cleo Pires and Paulo Vilhena, actors and Paralympic ambassadors, to appear as though they havedisabilities. It went with the caption “we are all Paralympians.”
The campaign is aimed to tie in with the upcoming Paralympics in Rio and increase ticket sales. The shoot wasactually based on two Paralympians, Bruna Alexandre and Renato Leite, but for some bizarre reason the athletes were not featured on the main pages.
Pessoal, Venho esclarecer que estou super orgulhosa de fazer parte desta campanha que a revista #Vogue comeou a divulgar as primeiras imagens desse lindo trabalho. Nossos Embaixadores Paralmpicos Cleo Pires e Paulo Vilhena , nos ajudaram a intensificar e a propagar a campanha com intuito de gerar visibilidade ao Movimento Paralmpico e convocar a torcida brasileira para marcar presena nos Jogos Paralmpicos Rio 2016. Gostaria, de enfatizar que #SomosTodosIguais e por isso a Cleo Pires me representa. Nos prximos dias, vocs tero acesso completo da campanha. #VemComAGenteBrasil e espero contar com toda a torcida brasileira nas arenas assim torcendo, vibrando, cantando e comemorando conosco! #CarregoNoPeito o #CoraoParalmpico. @cleopires_oficial @vilhenap @ocpboficial
A photo posted by Bruninha Alexandre (@ bruninha_alexandre) on Aug 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm PDT
Criticism has been widespread . Vogue Brazil have distanced themselves from the campaign, saying that the idea came from Pires.Speaking to HuffPostUK, they said 😛 TAGEND
“Vogue respects the opinions of readers who disagreed with the campaign format, but reiterates its commitment to promote the importance of Paralympic games. We will continue to support all of the Paralympic committee initiatives that can increase the number of attendees at the Paralympic games.”
Why not just feature the real people that inspired the campaign?