Saturday evening on her Instagram profile, R&B singer Ciara debuted a new hairstyle: waist-skimming loc extensions. The style, a temporary version of the loc-ed hair many Black people of all genders sport, sparked discussion both among fans and style outlets.
One in particular, People magazine’s StyleWatch section, posted a story Tuesday about Ciara’s newest mane and stirred a dialogue about far more than trendy summer hair colors. Associate Style Editor Brittany Talarico noted that Ciara is set to wed fiancé Future in a “very elegant affair,” then said immediately afterward in parentheses that the wedding was “another reason [People thinks] she’ll ditch the dreads.”
While the phrase has since been removed, the undertones of Talarico’s words were not lost on some Black readers. YouTube comedienne, natural hair guru and Upworthy curator Franchesca Ramsey pointed out People’s words on her blog shortly after the article was posted. A Black woman with dreadlocks herself, Ramsey noted that the article suggests Ciara could not possibly want to keep her loc extensions for an “elegant” wedding—meaning the locs extensions themselves cannot be elegant. Keep reading »
Famous parents are finally saying enough is enough when it comes to creepy paparazzi photos of their kids, and People has responded to the request for a change of policy with what is seemingly the most wishy-washy, off-target commentary they could come up with.
The magazine has announced that they will only publish photos of celebrity kids that their parents, in theory, agree to, such as at red carpet events. They claim they will no longer be using paparazzi photos of children, except for occasional “rare exceptions” (read: whenever they feel like it).
Is this response really any better than the magazine just ignoring the issue altogether and shamelessly continuing to fill their pages with Suri Cruise pictures like they always have? Keep reading »
So America’s hottest pretty boy douche, Adam Levine, has been anointed the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Though I would totally hit it — however, I would prefer that Blake Shelton also be in the room — I really think People could have done better. As a friend put it on Twitter, “I’ve seen compost piles that are sexier than Adam Levine.” Everyone should know by now that the title of this honor should really be People‘s “Sexiest Man Alive (Who Would Agree To Do A Cover Shoot For The Magazine And Isn’t Embarrassed By All This Award Represents)” — why do you think Ryan Gosling’s never won? Because he would never accept. But think of how many others must have passed for People to finally have arrived at Adam. I’m guessing Idris Elba, Justin Timberlake, the Hemsworth brothers, Chris Pine all said no. Richard Simmons, Bruce Jenner, Scott Disick, Harry Styles … they must have said no too. So now we have Adam. The Sexiest Man Alive. Congrats dude! [People] Keep reading »
Forget how outraged you are that Ryan Gosling was once again not deemed the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People: There’s a real controversy here, and it has nothing to do with the Gos. In 26 years of choosing a sexiest man, the magazine has selected white guys 25 of those times, writes Tricia Romano in the Daily Beast. Even the one exception, Denzel Washington in 1996, is a “lazy choice,” says one of the media professionals Romano spoke to for her column. While Blair Underwood, Taye Diggs, and Idris Elba have been ignored, “Johnny Depp and his rotting teeth” have won twice, Romano writes. Read more…
The rumors are true! People did indeed choose Channing Tatum — star of the “Citizen Kane” of stripper movies, “Magic Mike” — as their “Sexiest Man Alive.” I already told you how I feel about this, but to recap: since Ryan Gosling always turns the award down (this is just my theory, but I think it’s solid), it should go to the second sexiest man alive, which I happen to believe is Channing Tatum. He is hot as hell, has a manly thick neck, and also had an incredible year, having launched his career to a whole new level with the power of his pelvis. Certainly a better choice than Bradley Cooper and I am frankly glad that they stopped giving this BS award to the same roster of aging hotties like Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and George Clooney. So congrats, Channing. I shall celebrate this achievement by watching “Magic Mike” for the 10th time.