*Adele is really feeling herself these days as she continues to shed the pounds on her weight loss journey.
The singer is a self-described Beyonce fantastic, who reportedly once dated rapper Skepta. Over the weekend, her love for Black culture was once again at the center of debate on social media when she paid tribute to Notting Hill Carnival, which celebrates Caribbean and Black culture in the U.K. On Sunday, Adele shared a photo showing her wearing a Jamaican flag bikini top and Bantu knots.
“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London 🇬🇧🇯🇲,” she captioned the post. Check out the photo below.
As you can imagine… she’s catching heat over it. Many accused her of cultural appropriation.
As noted by PEOPLE, one follower commented, “black women are discriminated against for wearing cultural hairstyles like bantu knots and locs but white people are not, that’s not fair and that’s why people are pissed off.”
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Another wrote, “Dear white people, please just be yourselves and stop it for good with cultural appropriation. Adele the bantu knots were unnecessary. The Jamaican flag bikini top was unnecessary… Please just stop it,” another follower wrote.
Of course there were some who came to Adele’s defense.
“WE LOVE SEEING OUR FLAG EVERYWHERE!!!!” one person wrote in the comments. “This made me smile . It shows the impact my little island has on the whole world. How influential we truly are.”
Another added: “This is cultural appreciation not appropriation.”
A third noted: “Wow. Just wow! I read comments and I am shocked at how silly people can be! Isn’t it funny that most British African and Caribbean commenters are actually happy that Adele is celebrating their culture, while most Americans are saying she is appropriating a culture?! Gosh! When will Americans learn to stop viewing others with their own warped belief that the world revolves around their opinions and standards? THIS IS THE UNITED KINGDOM. Not the United States. We actually do things differently here.”
Several agreed that “Its the AFRICAN Americans in this comment section trying to speak for us Jamaicans.”
In related news, Adele previously revealed that she wants her new album to be full of soul, which is why she has reportedly teamed with R&B producer Raphael Saadiq to aid in the effort.
The project will be the follow-up to Adele’s “25” album, which she dropped five years ago. According to Gossip On This, the release date has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to The Sun, Adele has asked Saadiq to oversee her upcoming album. She has also collaborated with John Legend on several songs.
“She’s been a fan of Raphael since she was a teenager and loves his back-catalogue. She wants her next album to be full of soul, with a more eclectic sound,” a source told the British paper.
“Adele is pouring her heart and soul into this record, including how she feels post-divorce,” The Sun‘s source added.
Women with A Message – UMe’s Urban Legends Focus on Women’s Empowerment / LISTEN
Los Angeles – With the goal of fostering a community and the creativity it curates, UMe’s Urban Legends division will launch “Women With A Message,” a campaign highlighting grassroots activism, leadership innovation and self-determination from women who have redefined industry, sports and political activism.
The campaign will feature conversations amongst influential women who are crafting and delivering the global message of equality in real time. Rooted in the importance of representation and inspiration, the campaign’s music and editorial (video and written) content is designed to motivate both women and men to help spread the message of equality and respect. Available, HERE.
“Through their stories and voices, we hope to inspire more women to empower themselves and to participate in the upcoming elections. Inspiring more women to exercise their right to vote is about emphasizing the fact that we are all empowered to make choices about this country, in part through engagement in the process of choosing our leaders,” comments Katina Bynum, EVP, East Coast Labels, Urban, UMe.
“From board rooms to conference rooms to classrooms and beyond, heroic women have used their voices both to question and encourage others, and Motown is proud to present pioneers who paved the way in all aspects of culture,” adds President of Motown Records & EVP Capitol Music Group, Ethiopia Habtemariam.
Urban Legends and its editorial partner uDiscoverMusic invited community leaders, athletes and music executives to discuss how music and songs inspire, motivate and play a role in their lives.
Artist features include: Erykah Badu; Kelis; Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Queen Latifah; Salt-N-Pepa; Zhane; and Mariah Carey, whose new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, is available now. Additional features showcase past trailblazers, including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Marlena Shaw.
Music industry professionals tell their stories from adversity to accomplishments and how they are enacting change: Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records and EVP Capitol Music Group; LaTrice Burnette, EVP and GM, Island Records; Sujata Murthy, SVP Media & Artist Relations, UMe; Anastasia Wright, VP Rhythm Nation.
Urban Legends will introduce athletes’ stories as a way of amplifying the pursuit of equality. And of course, a look at the many ways that music motivates is sure to be part of the discussion with professional athletes, including Tamera “Ty” Young, star forward with WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces; Essence Carson, guard/forward for WNBA’s Connecticut Suns and Senior Manager of Label Relations and Production for Motown, Caroline and Priority; Taylor Townsend, tennis professional; and Lia Neal, champion swimmer and two-time Olympic medalist.
Activists will round out the “Women With A Message” campaign wtih Ciara Taylor, a founding member of the Dream Defenders community organizers, and a conversation with Alicia Garza, Creator of Black Futures Lab / Co-founder Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Katina Bynum, EVP, East Coast Labels, Urban, UMe.
About Urban Legends
Urban Legends is the UMG label imprint and cross-platform initiative devoted to the curation and celebration of over three decades of urban catalog music and culture. Urban Legends celebrates the revolutionary and defining recordings primarily of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. At its core, Urban Legends serves as both an editorial content site and e-commerce platform, delivering daily news, editorial features and franchises, and video updates on hip-hop and R&B artists within the UMG ecosystem. Urban Legends is a division of UMe.
The Pulse of Entertainment: Gospel’s Brianna Collins Shows God ‘Honor & Praise’ with New Single
*“See God through my music,” said Gospel’s Brianna Collins about her new single release “Honor and Praise” produced by Drew Baxter. “This song…my gratitude, at the time, about what God had done in my life thus far – my mother helped me with it. I released it on my own. I’m all about worship. It’s a lifestyle.”
The “Honor and Praise” single was written by Brianna, a Kingdom Image Award nominee, and her second single, “Thank You” produced by Bishop Robbie Baxter, from an upcoming EP project to be released in 2021.
“When I started my ministry I was 16,” Brianna said. “I started singing in front of people at age 8. When I was called to do this, I was 16. My godfather said, ‘I want you to lead.’ At 18 I started singing professionally.”
Brianna Collins went on to perform for three-time Grammy Award winning Dorinda Clark-Cole (The Clark Sisters), for her “Singers and Musicians Conference” and her Thanksgiving Rally in Ohio. Collins is also in school pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music at the University of Akron.
“It’s the worshipping that keeps me sane,” she said. “I’m actually going to do an EP with a total of 8 songs next year.”
Aside from college and her music ministry, Brianna is a Worship Leader at her church, the Mass Choir Director and Team Leader for the Young Adult Praise Team at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Akron, OH.
“Love is the message in my ministry,” she said when asked, “It’s the purity of my music, it’s what I’m all about.” www.IAmBRising.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]
Tekashi 6ix9ine Sued For Sexual Assault Over 2015 Video Showing Abuse of Minor
*Tekashi 6ix9ine is being sued by the woman he allegedly sexually abused at a party in 2015 when she was just 13.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe, claims that the rapper and Tauquan “Tay Milly” Anderson sexually assaulted her, and the incident was filmed and later posted online.
The victim suffered “severe emotional and psychological injuries,” court documents state, TMZ reports.
6ix9ine’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, tells the outlet that the rapper will “defend the lawsuit vigorously” once he’s properly served.
Here’s more from TMZ:
Jane Doe claims, on top of being underage at the time, she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and was unable to consent as 6ix9ine and another adult, Tay Milly, made 3 sexually explicit videos which she says they later posted online.
According to the docs … the first video featured Doe performing oral sex on Tay Milly while Tekashi did pelvic thrusts behind her — without engaging in sex — and he slapped her butt. The second vid allegedly featured the girl sitting on 6ix9ine’s lap in a bra and underwear, and in the third … she claims she was laying naked across their laps while Milly groped her.
Jane Doe is suing 6ix9ine and Tay Milly for child sexual assault, child sexual abuse and infliction of emotional distress, the report states.
“By reason of her age, and being given drugs and alcohol which caused her to be in an impaired mental state without her knowledge, permission or consent, the plaintiff was incapable of consenting to the recording,” the document states.
“As an internationally known rap and hip hop artist and performer, defendant Hernandez uploaded [the videos] onto various social media accounts on the internet with the intention and expectation that millions of people would view the videos,” it added.
Tekashi previously took a plea deal in the criminal case in October 2018 for making a music video featuring sex with a minor. He was sentenced to 4 years probation.
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