Rihanna Accused Of Cyber Bullying

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It was like any other Saturday at first on Instagram. Making the standard rounds on our timeline we caught a picture posted by Rihanna (badgalriri) of an Instagram user: ms_kasharna1 that caught our attention with a side-by-side picture of a young woman and a black goat. The caption underneath read:

“Can you spot the 3 things that are different in these pics? Chile, it’s time to privatize that account!”

The immediate assumption was that this was maybe the singer having fun with a friend. But after reading the comments of fans expressing their disappointment with the “bad gal,” it became clear that the picture was not ill-thought joke. Rihanna responded to the comments saying

“That is what you get when you mess with my family.”

What prompted the incident was the instagram user’s comments on Rihanna’s cousin’s Ella’s (OG_Ella) page. The user’s comment read:

ms_kasharna1: “I swear everyone in Rihanna’s family looks like they’re retarded… Must be the drugs and alcohol!”

Rihanna’s cousin actually responded to the girls comments and screen shot her response.

Rihanna’s cousin posted additional pictures  from the user’s personal profile, a total of four pictures, which has since been privatized. There were claims that the young woman’s Instagram followers increased by 500 users. Rihanna and Ella later deleted all photos related to the young woman. The Instagram user actually changed her profile name and profile picture to a graphic that reads: “Stop Cyber Bullying.”

 

Being that bullying is such a sensitive issue,we will not take a strong stance on this situation. Both parties experienced an exchange of hurtful words. From the user’s decision to accuse someone who is NOT a public figure of looking like someone who has mental disability which is not an issue to make jokes out of. To the cousin’s rebuttal of the user looking like a man and a goat. It was all done on powerful social medium that can really cause an exchange of pictures and information to spread like wild fire.

 

Something unique to note is that most of Rihanna’s fans (who call themselves the Rihanna Navy) also deleted their pictures that they had posted of the young woman. What are your thoughts? Was this cyber-bullying or would you have responded the same way if someone had done something like that to your family member?

The Hoxton An Urban Beach House Grand Opening

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The recipe for an epic evening is simple, according to the The Hoxton An Urban Beach House in the heart of Miami’s social scene. Signature cocktails, and uniquely crafted dishes offered up in a Hampton’s inspired metropolis fit in seamlessly with the pulse of Brickell. The grand opening provided a constant stream of live music, hors d’œuvres and cocktails. The mayor even made an appearance to the new hot spot. If the flavorful samples that were offered up during the evening are a reflection of the restuarant’s regular menu, we would love to have more.

Photographer for the evening: Joseph Adams

The Fusion Issue

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Youtube sensation Ahmir covers the latest issue of Worthy Magazine. The Fusion Issue will be a combination of our music issue and health issue. This issue will have exclusive interviews with the creators of the online show “The Couple,” a health feature with emerging physical fitness authority Tissili Brandi, the increasingly popular electronic music group A Tribe Called Red, and  up- and-coming Miami based songstress Miss Joelle Ashley not to mention an amazing feature with the founder of an online vegan bakery, which is aptly called “The Vakery,” Que Brandon. Those will be just a few of the features that we will be in this upcoming issue. We can’t wait for you to check it out.

Beyonce: “Life is But A Dream” HBO Documentary

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For a while, we were beginning to think that it was just us, but Beyonce’s documentary has confirmed our suspicions that the songstress and actress has carefully mastered the art of sharing just enough to keep us asking for more. A newly-released teaser for Beyonce’s self-directed documentary showed us that entertainer does struggle with the inner debate of how much to reveal about herself. However in this highly anticipated documentary, Beyonce seems to let the world in-in a vulnerable manner. Check out the teaser and let us know what you think. We will be watching. Do you plan on watching?

Conde Nast Names First-Ever Black Editor-in-Chief, Keija Minor

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According to recent reports, Condé Nast has named it’s first editor-in-chief for one its publications in its 103-year-old history. Some are calling the move for the former Uptown magazine editor a step in the right direction and inspiring given the industry’s often racially divided disposition. What are your thoughts about Minor’s move up at Brides magazine?

 

 

Worthy magazine interviews SAV

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SAV, a new Atlanta hip-hop artist, who released his debut mixtape, DROP DEAD, on August 8th 2012.

The originality of his lyrics is punctuated by intelligently interlacedhistorical references to pieces including Harlem Renaissance poet, LangstonHughes’ “A Dream Deferred”, which SAV refers to in his song “Cats and Hounds.” Similar to poetry, SAV’s music alludes to a bigger picture than the words actually represent.

“He’s a wordsmith with the ability to accurately capture the emotion of an instrumental at a level of lyrical prowess that few can exhibit,” said The GM, who produced SAV’s track“Up in the Sky.”

The up-and-coming artist describes his music in two simple words, “It’s dope.” He continues, “My music has a lot of value to it,” which listeners will find evident when they press the play button on the mixtape’s first track “The Adoration.” SAV draws some of his musical inspiration from André 3000, who he deems to be his favorite rapper.

SAV has made an effort to ensure a perfect release ofDROP DEAD, which took two years to produce. In conjunction, SAV will release the music video for “Confu-Zang Wu-Tang” which was filmed in Chinatown, New York City and Atlanta, Georgia.

“SAV works to make good songs. He refuses to abuse a hot beat by throwing a bunch of random unfocused bars on it with a catchy hook; as a southern gentleman, it’s not in his nature,” said The GM.

Editor’s Note: Aaliyah’s Significance

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The singer Aaliyah

 

Being that I have been under the weather literally (Isaac) and figuritively, I have been reduced to being confined to my computer even more than usual. I was reminded yesterday that August 25th marked the anniversary of the passing one of R&B’s most influential icons from the 90s. My Facebook newsfeed was inundated with pictures of the songstress that I once and always will find hypnotically alluring and indescribably beautiful. It has been 10 years since Aaliyah passed away and fans are still posting original handsketches and paintings of the singer.

What caught me off guard was a question posted by Complex magazine, which I believe was intended to be more of a conversation piece than a profound statement or anything incendiary in nature. As an avid listener of Aaliyah, I automatically go on the defensive when anyone challenges her contribution to R&B. The question that Complex magazine posed was: “Would Aaliyah still be famous if she were still alive “(something along those lines). I couldn’t even bring myself to comment. Not that it was really that offensive of a question, but mostly because if anyone commented after me challenging my opinion, it would have been a debate- a drawn out debate.  So instead, I have decided to take to Worthy to do my part as a fan of Aaliyah.  Instead of just answering the question, I will write as a fan who is still effected by her music and inspired by the personal legacy that she left behind.

For me, I remember the singer standing out in a sea of oversexed R&B songstresses looking undeniably young and comfortable in her petite frame and humble physique. Behind an angelic voice that song lyrics that seemed to astutely describe the generation of the time, was an individual who seemed to be completely comfortable with who she was. She didn’t have the coveted wide “hips for days” and the overflowing bosom that guys always seemed to be chasing after. She rocked sweats that always seemed to swallow her. And with a humble bosom and all -wore tight fitting tops that celebrated her petite frame. She was simply Aaliyah not appearing to compete with other belting R&B singers. She knew her voice and she stuck to her style in an industry where a singer would pick up any trait to remain a factor. Aaliyah’s choice to maintain a signature sound conveyed volumes about her personality. Small in physical stature she appeared to have a firm opinion on who she was and who she wanted to be. To someone like me, who regarded the creative minds that created and/or song the songs that I loved as heavenly remnants who walked the earth, Aaliyah was as close to unique as anyone could get.

For me, she was the first public figure I looked towards to accept that my appearance could still be alluring and mysterious. I didn’t have to have the body of Tyra Banks or any other woman that I found myself wishing I could look like. I didn’t need to stock pile on make-up to be beautiful and every article of my clothing did not have to be painted on.

I look at artists today and I still see the influence that Aaliyah had on them. Ciera’s style as comfortable as she may have been in sweats when she first came on the scene- will always be compared to Aaliyah. Whenever I see Solange Knowles or Rihanna adorned in a midriff of any kind, I will always think of Aaliyah and wonder how she would’ve worn it. Good grief even Drake’s tracks feature the singer’s melodic voice.

If she were still here, I believe there would’ve been a place for her music and her presence. Even with fans being as fickle as we can be sometimes. Aaliyah was the poster child for girls of all shapes and sizes who were trying to be comfortable in their own skin. For me, Aaliyah was the first person who showed me that all women have their own unique beauty, which makes them worthy. Everything about her image in the industry was signature. She had a signature sound that stayed with you days after hearing her songs, it always seemed like she had a signature personality that was mysterious and inviting all at once and there was her signature look.

Her life, although it was too short, left its mark on the world and the people in it. Especially with someone like me. She is remembered just as much for her music as she is for her beauty. She defined a style that most women and artists still aspire to today.

Much Love,

Ju’lia Samuels

NEW IPAD MINI: Coming Soon

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The magicians at Apple have at least one last trick up their sleeve. This time, they will shrink their famed IPAD! The latest version of the IPAD will be an IPAD MINI, a seven inch variety of their original creation. How consumers will use the miniature version is debatable but there is no argument about the demand for such a product. Apple’s founder Steve Jobs, once derided the utility and appeal of 7 inch tablets. However. the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire have proven that consumers are indeed interested in 7 inch varieties. A great deal of their appeal is in their lower price point. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet retail for $199.00. The new Apple iPad Mini will maintain Apple’s premium status at a speculated price point below $300 (but certainly above the Amazon Kindle Fire). The new iPad will arrive in time to compete with similar, new products, arriving from Samsung and Microsoft, which will debut the highly anticipated Windows 8 tablets.

HISTORIC HOWARD THEATER RE-OPENS

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The Howard Theater was once a crucial stop on (what was once termed) BLACK BROADWAY.  The famed theater was one of several venues on the royal, procession tours of elite black entertainers. Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, and Billie Holiday, all performed in the “largest colored theater in the world”.

The 102 year old venue, was once considered to be the one of the most exclusive  stages for America’s greatest black performers. It opened in 1910 and was often referred to as Washington’s Apollo. But while the Apollo wouldn’t become receptive to black performers until 1934 the Howard was constructed near the heart of Washington’s black community and as such, was a receptive venue for black performers. The Howard closed in 1980 and it’s structure quickly deteriorated. It’s roof fell through and water damage eroded the once beautiful site. It took 29 million dollars to restore the new theater. The new Howard is filled with HD video screens, and club-style seating. It’s Gourmet menu was designed by Top Chef, and ethiopian-born chef Marcus Samuelson. A veritable who’s who of African American entertainers have come together to celebrate the restoration of the new Howard Theater. Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Boyz II Men, Chaka Khan and Smokey Robinson are all involved in the re-opening.