Rapper Lil Mama issued an apology for a comment she made about trannies on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” As a judge on the show, Mama chastised Leiomy Maldonado, a ‘transgender Beyonce,‘ and said, “Leiomy, come on. Your behavior…it’s unacceptable. I just feel that you always have to remember your truth. You were born a man and you are becoming a woman. If you’re going to become a woman, act like a lady.” After an LGBT group complained to her and MTV, Lil Mama apologized. [GLAADblog]
Actress Hope Davis talked about how it takes a bangin’ makeup artist and a costumer to turn her into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who she is playing in a biographical film about the Clintons and former British prime minister Tony Blair. “The pantsuits have been made exactly to spec. There are some bright pantsuits,” she said. [NYTimes]
Tyler Perry will write, direct and produce an adaption of the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” by Ntozake Shange, a series of 20 poems about black women’s experiences with love, domestic violence, and other issues. [Variety]
Teachers in Britain lashed out at advertisers for contributing to the “sexualization” of children by “infiltrating” their lives with too-sexy toys. The National Union of Teachers said girls, pre-teen and teen girls suffer from “inappropriate” toys, tee shirts and lingerie, like Bratz dolls, padded bras, and shirts which say stuff like “So many boys, so little time.” NUT (not a good acronym, guys) advised the government to set up a commission to regulate the advertising industry and be more “socially responsible” for youngsters. [Guardian]
Madonna’s latest record seriously sounds as good as it is: Hard Candy. With her 11th album, my girl crush Madonna still manages to make me feel like a virgin, touched by her irresistable beat for the very first time. The sugary pop tracks, like the single “4 Minutes”, are tasty grooves, combining the dance floor dynamic of her best hits with an R&B bump and grind. Always on top, Her Madgesty enlisted an orgy of the most lickable men in music to do it with her: Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Timbaland, Danja, and Justin Timberlake.
Madonna’s not the only taste of female awesomeness out today: check out releases from Santogold, Portishead, Robyn, Carly Simon, and Lil’ Mama. [Pause And Play: CD Front]