Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ incredible year continued on Sunday night with two wins at the 2013 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Currently on tour, the rap duo took time before hitting the stage at Miami’s American Airlines Arena to accept their award for “Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album.” During his acceptance speech, Macklemore quoted the great Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke on racial profiling, inequality, and the fight against racism. The duo later returned to perform “Can’t Hold Us,” via satellite.
“And due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it.”
(Step dancers from New York and Washington D.C. in formation at the Rick Owens Paris Fashion Week show)
As a designer, some of Rick Owens’ collections are just a few asymmetrical hemlines away from a Tatooine executioners convention. But his business acumen and creative focus is admirable…and what Rick Owens did this week at his Paris fashion show is incredible.
The show featured all female step dancers instead of traditional models. So instead of a sea of lily-white (with a rare fleck of brown, black and yellow) rib cages, there were bodies of color, and in a range of shapes and sizes. And instead of the usual dour-face, vacant stares, and stork-like prancing seen on all the other runways, these women were stomping, scowling, and signaling…unfazed by all the fancy pinched powerbrokers staring at them from the front row. And by the end of the show, both the designer, his models and many of the audience were in tears.
According to reports, Owens and his team sourced competitive step teams from the web: The Washington Divas, Momentum, and Zetas, all from Washington, D.C., and The Soul Steppers from New York.
Janille Hill, 30, who lives in Harlem, says her step dance group started working on the performance last May. But she didn’t quite believe it would happen until the plane ticket was in her hand. “It’s like, a designer in Paris who wants to do step?” she said, wiping tears from her cheeks.
Mr. Owens found them on Google. “I thought putting that on a Paris runway was just the sort of collision I love,” he said. (via Wall Street Journal)
More video and photos from the Rick Owens Paris Fashion Show…
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It’s never a dull moment with Juicy J, is it? As if making you play a stripper game to stream his upcoming album wasn’t trippy enough, Taylor Gang’s most turnt up is now offering a $50k scholarship to “the best chick that can twerk.” Juicy has yet to announce the formal entry rules, but we’re guessing it’s open to every female not named Miley Cyrus (or Amber Rose for that matter).
im giving out a 50k scholarships to the best chick that can twerk
If you’ve been watching these 2 Chainz vlogs, you’ve really gotten an inside look at what he’s thinking. In the second of his mini series, “Sacrificing My Life,” Tity Boi explains how he’s used the metaphor of basketball and translated it into his rap career, taking the opportunity of “coming off the bench” and “becoming a permanent starter” aka rap superstar, in his own right. He recalls a conversation he had with Kobe Bryant, about how he admired his work ethic, and even though he didn’t see him at the gym shooting freethrows, the results were proven on the court during game time.
He’s really taken that same mentality and used it to his advantage. And we’re about to witness it with the release of his sophomore album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time.
Watch the 2 Chainz mini series episode after the jump….
Legend: It’s not often you hear of rappers helping out in the community (unless it’s around holiday time, or paid for by a corporate sponsor), but Nas is of a rare species. While visiting Washington D.C., Nas and his manager Anthony Saleh were watching a news broadcast , when a tragic story grabbed them and sparked immediate action.
Stanley Young lived in Washington DC but two weeks ago, he lost his home after the store he lived above caught fire. To make matters worse, he also lost his construction worker job during the process and is now living at a local Holiday Inn as he scrambles to find a roof and put food on the table for his 8 kids, who just lost their mother a year ago.
The story moved Nas and Ant so much, they wanted to not only help the Young family themselves, but also crowdsource a way for the public to join in their mission.
Kanye West’s non for profit organization, Donda House, which was named after his late mother just launched a music writing program aimed to help at-risk Chicago Youth. Ye’s longtime friend and collaborator Rhymefest will be one of the names set to teach the free program, dubbed “Got Bars?.” Students ages 15-24 can apply for the program until August 2nd. In a recent interview with Jet, Donda House executive director Donnie Smith described the focus of Got Bars?
JET: So, tell us a bit about Got Bars? What is this program about? Donnie Smith: It’s a music and art training program. We’re looking to recruit between 20 and 30 young people between the ages of 15 to 24. The main purpose of the program is to take young people interested in either pursuing music as a hobby or a career and teaching them the fundamentals of creative writing, music writing and recording. Also, we focus on health and wellness. In order to pursue a goal in creative arts, you must be disciplined. We have an ex-professional football player running that component. He’ll teach students how to create an individualized fitness plan and give them tips on nutrition and different types of exercise, including yoga.
Mikky Ekko’s “Kids” single has been a favorite here at MissInfo.TV and for good reason. He recently took his talents to yourstruly to give them a live performance of the track with nothing but a piano playing to compliment his soft vocals. Before getting into it, he explains that the song came to him during the London riots, when he was thinking about how different things were when he was growing up.
Watch Mikky’s awesome performance of the track after the jump..
What’s better than Florence Welch covering Daft Punk’s undisputed summer smash “Get Lucky?” A drunk Florence Welch covering Daft Punk’s summer smash “Get Lucky.” Over the weekend, Flo stopped by a party in London and hit the stage with the band during soundcheck. What ensued was her taking a tequila shot on stage after it was handed to her (which put her over the top), and in between tracks, she let out a wild scream that sounded like something out of a Halloween exorcist movie.
Thank God it was all captured on video for us to see (thanks HuffPo). Florence looks like that chick to take tequila shots with, right?
Kanye West’s run-ins with paparazzi have become the center of a spectacle for trolling and commentary than we could have imagined, but one unlikely person to stand up for Yeezy lately has been legendary singer, Cher. Speaking on her past troubles with the pap on Twitter, she voiced her opinion on the matter and called them “parasites,” and thanks Kanye for his efforts.
Times are even harder for Detroit right now after the city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy with reportedly $18-$20 billion debts. Performing at The Palace of Auburn Hills on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour on Saturday night (July 20), Beyonce looked to uplift the city’s hopes by dedicating a rendition of Sam Cooke’s 1963 classic, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
The performance was accompanied by a video montage of some of the D’s biggest icons, including Aretha Franklin, Eminem and Kid Rock, before concluding with the message, “Nothing Stops Detroit!”