Separating the Art from the Artist

Diary of a Genial Black Man

When R&B singer/music festival toilet Chris Brown recently decided to claim Rihanna’s vagina as his property (I believe his eloquent words were “THAT IS MY PUSSY!”), it was par for the course that is the Pebble Beach of douchebaggery. Sure, Brown previously expressed words that sounded like regret about beating Ri-Ri, but you can’t linger on that maturity and retrospective shit when there are pussies to claim!

Stars like Brown and Justin “I’ll beat the fuck out of you!” Bieber are visible in the public eye for their music as well as their public outbursts. They are considered role models to millions, and their every move is as carefully scrutinized as their lyrics. Celebrities engaging in horrendous behavior is nothing new; I’m sure that Jesus handled a camel or two while drunk back in his day. While “they’re just like us” in the sense that humans do stupid things without millions of dollars and…

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Wale – Let A Nigga Know (Ft. Chinx Drugz x Fatz) (Video)

We haven’t heard the last from Wale’s Folarin. “Let A Nigga Know” featuring Chinx Drugz and Fatz is the next track from the mixtape to get a visual treatment.

French Montana – Diamonds (Ft. Rick Ross x J.Cole) (Video)

The whole set is on that red cup movement in the new video for French Montana’s “Diamonds” and they’re all throwing their diamonds up. The video features Rick Ross and J. Cole and is off Mac & Cheese 3. French Montana’s “Ocho Cinco” released earlier today is off the same mixtape. Video, directed by Edgar Esteves.

Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream (Full Documentary)

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Beyoncé premiered her long a waited documentary Life Is But A Dream yesterday on HBO. The documentary gives a better look at who Beyoncé is as a person, and it was made with that intention according to HBO Programming president, Michael Lombardo. “Everybody knows Beyoncé’s music, but few know Beyoncé the person,” said Lombardo. The documentary not only shows “electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage,” but takes you “beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman.” It goes all the way to her childhood in Houston, with home movies revealing the close bond she built with her family. The documentary also shows the present, Beyoncé’s family life including her return to the spotlight after the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.

This was Beyoncé’s reply on why she wanted a documentary.

First of all, I just wanted to cut through the noise. We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture where there’s a lot of information traveling and a lot of talk, but if you really take a look you’ll see that for the most part, it’s not me doing the talking. Making a documentary was a chance to show who I am and what I really care about.

And it was a new experience for me and an opportunity to examine my thoughts and emotions in a new way, to examine how I look at the world and the people around me, especially during a time when my spirit was put to the test. I was starting a business, launching a record and keeping a big secret inside of me, and it was a way to maintain my sanity, to keep my grip on the world.  I learned so much about myself in making this film, and that is what art is for me, an exploration of self.

In an interview Beyoncé said that she went ahead and did Life Is But A Dream, because “HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity.”

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Oprah’s Next Chapter: Beyoncé (Video)

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Beyonce sat down with Oprah for an interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter. They talked about Beyoncé’s HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream, Blue Ivy and what Jay-Z is like as a father.

Oprah sits down with global superstar, multiplatinum artist and 17-time Grammy winner Beyoncé at the London NYC in New York City to discuss the making of her documentary Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream. Plus, Beyoncé opens up about her daughter, Blue Ivy; what Jay-Z is like as a father and a husband; and her heartbreaking miscarriage. Then, find out why she let her father, music executive Mathew Knowles, go as her manager and what’s next for her, personally and professionally.

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Birdman – Rich Gang: All Stars (Mixtape)

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New All-Star weekend mixtape compilation from YMCMB head honcho Birdman “Rich Gang: All Stars” feturing new tracks from Drake, Weezy, Birdman, Caskey & the whole YMCMB team.

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