April 13, 2012

Art, Fly-aspora

Mona Lisa Ain’t Never Looked This Good!

It’s Friday. Flyaspora Friday here at theHotness and we thought we’d titillate your senses with a little fine art. I love these two portraits because they reappropriate what is considered classical, high art and dips them low in a point a view and representation that goes against the grain yet supports the woman I see in the mirror every day. Awol Erizku’s “Girl With A Bamboo Earring” reimagines Johannes Vermeer’s famous “Girl with a Pearl Read more...

June 28, 2011

Grooves, Real Talk

Beyonce & The F-Word

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Yes, Beyonce is fly, fierce, fabulous and famous, but is she a feminist? Last night on Piers Morgan Tonight, Beyonce chatted with the CNN talk show host about her new album, motherhood, marriage, turning 30 and being a diva. Wearing a lovely tangerine shift dress Beyonce did not utter the F-word, but she did edge close when she stated, “It is my job to empower women.” Hmmph, sounds a bit like feminist rhetoric to Read more...

December 13, 2010

Hot Grrrls

10 Most Fascinating People of 2010

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Like so many people across the globe, I tuned into Barbara Walter’s special last Thursday evening to see who would make her list of “The 10 Most Fascinating People” and like so many peeps I was pretty disappointed. I can see Mark Zuckerberg and Betty White and was pleased to see LeBron James on her list as well, but Jennifer Lopez and The Jersey Shore cast? Nuh-uh. And I don’t have to like something to Read more...

November 4, 2010

TV/Film

“For Colored Girls” Viewing & Discussion

Please join theHotness.com in collaboration with Real Colored Girls and BlackFemme.blogspot.com for a group viewing of Tyler Perry’s latest cinematic venture “FOR COLORED GIRLS” this Sunday, November 7th at the Union Square Cinema Stadium 14 @1:50PM (group discussion @ NYU immediately following).

Based on the groundbreaking and revelatory choreopeoem “FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF” by Ntozake Shange, the movie adaptation has fostered controversy and myriad responses. What better Read more...

September 24, 2010

Lifestyle, Real Talk

Rebooting Life L-Boogie Stylie

Whoa Nelly, my one-week break from this here cipher turned into six just like that! At the outset I knew I needed a break. Blogging, social networking and the whole idea and notion of being theHotness is a non-stop grind. I have to be online everyday from the minute I step out of bed to the minute I tuck myself back in at night. I have to be in the mix for what seems like Read more...

July 26, 2010

Grooves, Real Talk

Being A Bad Girl: Badu vs. Minaj (Part 2)

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Bad girls make art that comes out of experience and not style. -Linda Goode Bryant

Have you seen the June/ July 2010 issue of VIBE magazine? It’s a double cover featuring Nicki Minaj and Erykah Badu. Both ladies are adorned in body paint. For Erykah it’s the kind inspired by the Indian henna work often seen on Hindu brides-to-be. Nicki’s body paint is more cartoonish than culturally based. Her entire upper body– ta-tas and all, Read more...

May 28, 2010

Lifestyle

Sex & The City II: Reflections

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Whoo-weee Memorial Day Weekend is here and for many of us that means the first real break since January. Now summer is upon us and I can feel New York City finally ease back into a rocksteady sexy sway. This weekend as I remember all those, including my uncles and father, who courageously fought for a country that so often denied them their manhood, their American-hood, I’m looking forward to celebrating life with all of Read more...

February 12, 2010

Grooves

GROOVES: Sade

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Like many grown bootied women I know, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had a major crush on Sade since her 1984 debut. Needless to say, I could NOT wait for February 8th to arrive. On Tuesday night I happily skipped out of my office to Giant Step’s Listening Party at the Royalton and then made a b-line for Best Buy early on Wednesday morning to cop her new joint, Soldier of Love– her Read more...