Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New | Video: Nicki Minaj "Pound The Alarm"

Nicki Minaj returns to Trinidad in her new video, "Pound The Alarm." Watch it Below.

Fashion | Homage: Louis Vuitton employs Mos def to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

"Muhammad Ali is the epitome of an outstanding personality - a true living legend in boxing and far beyond,"
-Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton's Core Values is celebrating their timeless classic pieces  with "The Greatest Of All Time."

Copy This | Copy That: Teyana Taylor Recreates Janet Jackson

Photographer and actor, Lance Gross and Teyana Taylor teamed up to create their own rendition of  Janet Jackson's iconic "Rolling Stone" 1994 cover. Are we Sorry Ms. Jackson or did Teyana do her thang?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Diggy Simmons | New Gold Flow

Dear music lovers, does Diggy Simmons have what it takes the be the NEXT BIG rapper?

Check out his latest and you decide ...



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Drake: "I'm the First Person To Successfully Rap and Sing."

While talking backstage at one of his highly-anticipated concerts in south-east London Drake made a VERY bold statement.

“There were people who incorporated melody before me,” says Drake  “but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.”

Keyshia Cole had "Enough Of No Love" SNEAK PEEK [video]

One of R&B's hottest crooners: Keyshia Cole teamed up with director Benny Boom for her latest single "Enough of No Love."

The dramatic effects of the video compliment the tone of the song, in which Cole sings of an unrequited love that she is giving up on.

The single also features Lil Wayne.

The full video is set to drop sometime during this week.

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Jay Z Is The Executive Producer for NBA 2K13 [video]

" I want to show that an artist can ascend to the executive ranks. " Jay Z

Fabolous Brings Out Lloyd Banks and Ryan Leslie in NYC

New York City got the pleasure of seeing Fabolous, Lloyd Banks AND Ryan Leslie when one of Brooklyn's most well-known rappers stopped in The Big Apple for his Backstage Connection Tour.

Watch a performance and Fab speaking on "Loso's Way 2."

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Justin Bieber: As Long As You Love Me SNEAK PEEK

After fans were let down when the sneak peek didn't appear on ABDC, Bieber finally gave them what they were so anxiously awaiting.

The sneak peek for his latest single (featuring Detroit based rapper Big Sean), "As Long As You Love Me," shows off Bieber's maturing good looks as well as a  bit of his acting skills.

Born This Way | Lady Gaga goes NUDE

Lady Naked GaGa!
Lady Gaga loves her lil' monsters so much that she decided to share a very intimate picture with 27 million of her fans.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fashion | Spread: “Fierce Creatures” W August 2012

W Magazine has teamed up French photographer Patrick Demarchelier and extraordinary stylist Edward Enninful to create an editorial filled with FIERCE CREATURES. Take a look at models, Meghan Collison and Zuzanna Bijoch, while they give us art at its finest.  

Jay Z News | Made In America

Jay Z has clearly Made It In America (Frank Ocean's voice) because he has managed to put together an all-star Labor Day Weekend Festival. With all of the most desirable artist performing, this festival has the potential to become a highly-anticipated annual event.
 Find out how Jay Z managed to capitalize on his fans once more. 

This Week In Music | Tyga, J.Lo, J.Cole, Jhene & More

Ex-Stripper + Rapper = Baby Lil' Miss 40+ just won't go out of style. Guess who is out of  Rap Hibernation? It's TRRRUUUU that 2 Chainz released his tracklist? Our Condolences are in order to a R&B Beauty. We got some foreign love. Should she S T O P rapping?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fashion | Spread | Valeriia for ELLE Serbia

Our most loyal readers know that we post snapshots from fashion editorials daily on our FB  Page, but occasionally when a spread really catches our eye it will be up for a feature here on the blog. I could not help but be in breath-taking awe by Valeriia in a spread for ELLE Serbia. From the styling to her unorthodox and striking poses, everything is a win for me. While I am not familiar with this model, it is clear that her talents speak for themselves. 
Warning: Extreme Fashion Ahead. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tomorrow's Star TODAY: Syesha Mercado

In an effort to keep MUSIC alive VOGUE | Diaspora proudly continues to spotlight and promote the world's beautiful stars. I do use the word "star" lightly, because it's a word that's constantly misunderstood.

A star doesn't have to necessarily get constant spins on the radio... or have the most followers on Twitter... a star... or a VOGUE | D star has to have RAW, FRESH, UNAPOLOGETIC TALENT!

Now, without further ado... I'd like to present #TeamVogueD with a woman who is definitely a VOGUE | D(iva)!!!!

New | Video: Childish Gambino "Fire Fly"

Check out the story that Childish Gambino's latest video tells...

"Fire Fly"

VOGUE | Note: are we feelin' the video?

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Diana Ross Not Impressed By Tyler Perry?

Tyler Perry has made hits at the box office with his movies but there is at least one person who is not impressed... Ms. Diana Ross.

Tyler Perry has said how he would love to work with Ms. Ross and has tried contacting her on numerous occasions, but they all ended in defeat.

Lupe Fiasco to 2 Chainz & Kanye West: "I'm tired of hearing the same songs!"

During an interesting interview with Jenny Boom Boom (Hot 93.7's host of The Hot Afternoon Show) the Chicago-based rapper, Lupe Fiasco, gave a surprising comment on Kanye West & 2 Chainz's latest collaboration.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Jocoby Joyy!

Hollywood is constantly looking for a new "IT" girl...

Well... my VOGUE | Sister will definitely be that one day.

Chris Brown and Rihanna Vacation Together

Did Chris Brown land on Riri's yacht?

Rihanna has been taking over the Instagram world for the past week with photos of her enjoying a "boats and hoes" vacation, as she puts it.

Well yesterday it seems like her ex boo crashed the party.

Amidst rumors of a possible break up between Brown and Karruche Tran, this is quite an interesting spectacle.

Rihanna and her girls did some island-hopping then finally landed on St. Tropez.

Well... this whole story is WEIRD. Karrueche's friends hit her up telling her to "have fun" and to contact them when she got to her destination safely... and a photo of Brown and Karrueche together in France emerged...

BEEF N' Hip Hop: Jae Millz vs. Pusha T

Beef in Hip Hop will never end... I guess that's what makes it a little more interesting.

The latest? Jae Millz takes shots at Pusha T on "Hearing Voices."


VOGUE | Note: did you yawn during this, or was it just me?

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One Year Since Amy Winehouse's Death & Fans Still Remember...

Crazy, bee-hive/teased up-do, up and down weight gain and loss, smooth & soulful vocals, addictions, fears, music... Amy Winehouse gave it all.

Today marks a year since the singer's death and fans are reacting.

Meek Mill Apologizes On Television For Controversial Song...

While at 1O6 & Park Meek Mill did what most people were urging him to do... he apologized.

The rapper received backlash almost immediately after he released a song titled "Amen." Christians across the nation were outraged, including a Philadelphia based Pastor, who engaged in a heated debate with Meek Mill live on the radio. After the conversation ended the Pastor said he intended to get the song banned from air waves, and encouraged people to boycott the single.

Stevie J Proposed To JOSELINE?!

Word in the blogger world is that the dog himself proposed to his mistress/ex-stripper Joseline Hernandez.

Apparently someone who was involved with the production of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" has a big mouth and just had to leak the details!

Beyonce Likes the NEW Countdown Video...

Recently the Bey herself posted this video to her website and congratulated the young boy on a job well done.

Beyonce even went on to say that the boy did a better job in his video than she did in the original.

Check it out...

VOGUE | Note: Beyonce is such a nice person... I'll admit, this video made me chuckle!

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Kimbella & Juelz Santana Welcome A Baby GIRL!

The NY based rapper (Juelz) and his reality TV star girlfriend (Kimbella) welcomed a new baby girl to their family last night.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Forbes' List Of Highest Paid Celebrities Under The Age of 30!

Forbes is good for letting you know just how rich the rich is.

Recently they released a list of the highest paid celebrities under the age of 30 and you'll NEVER guess the high rollers on the list.

Frank Ocean Speaks About His Sexuality

For the first time since Ocean released a beautifully crafted open-letter about his sexuality, Frank Ocean
has spoken about "coming out."

Friday, July 20, 2012

HotSpot Friday | Wet Fete in Miami, FL

Every Friday, I've decided to highlight an event taking place in various parts of the world in effort to inspire our readers to explore the culture of their city. You never know when I'll post about an exclusive event in your town, so make sure you visit VOGUE|Diaspora every Friday to find out which city is hosting the weekend's HotSpot.
This Friday, I decided to take #TeamVogueD down to my hometown...M I A M I. The place to be this weekend if you're in South Florida is Miami Cooler Wet Fete at VERO BY THE BAY: 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway Key Biscayne, FL 33149. Miami Cooler Wet Fete is a perfect opportunity to deal with Miami's notorious hot summer days and night. There will be water slides, foam pits, water balloons, water guns and UNLIMITED MUSIC!!!!  This is said to be the party of the summer, and I have determined it is a MUST ATTEND EVENT. 

Reasons To Shop | HRH Collection

I have no idea why it took me so long to feature and share this brand with our style obsessed readers. I found Alex, creator of HRH collection, well over a year ago on Youtube and never looked back. It was her super chic OOTD vlogs that lured me in, and her fun & flirty personality that ultimately made me subscribe. Alex is a great representation of all things chic, classic, & luxe which is manifested into her jewelry line, HRH. Find out exactly why her custom, handmade pieces should be apart of your jewelry arsenal.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Morgan Freeman Says the Law Banning Marijuana Is the "Stupidest Law Possible."

During a recent interview with NewsWeek, actor Morgan Freeman had quite a lot to say about America's "stupid" law banning marijuana.

Lindsay Lohan In A New Pornographic-Like Movie?

Lindsay Lohan is no Liz Taylor in the current movie she is filming.

Instead Lohan plays a "drunk" who gets, for lack of a better term, laid.

Souljah Boy says " God Forgive Me."

Souljah Boy gives viewers a look at his life in his latest video, "God Forgive Me."

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Ray J Laughs At Kim Kardashian

Looks like Ray J finds Kim Kardashian's words of wisdom quite funny.

Why do you think he's laughing at her?

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In Case You Missed It: George Zimmerman Interview

Due to my own personal biases and strong opinions I won't comment... Just watch and formulate your own opinions.

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Drake Spends 7.7 Million On New Mansion!

Drake is definitely eating good, and apparently he's LIVING good too!

The 23-year-old rap star just purchased a home in Hidden Hills, California that would make even the richest of the rich jealous.

Jennifer Williams drops Lawsuit!

Looks like there's been a change of heart! 

Nia Crooks, one of the stars of VH1's "Basketball Wives" has been relieved of a lawsuit that was brought against her by her co-star, Jennifer Williams.

Alicia Keys Chops It Off!

What A Brave Soul!

In the picture collage below (taken from her Instagram account) you see a brand new, freshly cut Alicia!

B.G. Former Cash Money Rapper Given a Prison Sentence of 14 Years!

B.G., 32-year-old ex associate/label mate of Lil Wayne was charged with gun possession and witness tampering. He was found guilty of both accounts. The rapper already had three felony drug convictions on his record.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Music | Video: Lil Wayne ft. Big Sean

My Homies Still

VOGUE | Note: Artistic or insane? You decide.

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When I Was In Vogue | Conquering The French Riviera

Last week, I showcased the beauty of France in my "Lost In France" Editorial. This week, I'm taking #TeamVogueD to the French Riveria. Being that I'm a South Florida girl, I'm usually not impressed by foreign oceans. However, the endless beauty of the French Riviera captured my being as soon as I arrived in France. I took 4am promenades along the coast, had midnight skinny-dipping sessions with my roommates, and enjoyed gelatos under the Mediterranean sun. I made a lot memories on the French shores, so I had to share the French Riviera with you.

My model's name is A. Johnson, and this is the story of a French women conquering the scary world with poise, strength and class.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Game Vs. 40 Glocc

Two of G-Unit's ex-members seem to have as much resentment towards each other as they do for ex-label mate 50 Cent.

Rapper The Game shows off his "tough guy" role in this approximately 2-minute long clip.

Where Are They Now?

A Bronx Tale

After recently seeing the hit 90's movie in its entirety (I'm ashamed to say it took me this long), I was inspired to do a little research into the whereabouts of the actors in the movie. Of course we all hear about Robert De Niro, but what about the others? Here are the tales of three specific cast members...

& the VOGUE | Diva is?!

Who Rocked It Best?

Photo credit: FOX via Getty Images, we do not own rights

This beautiful, bright, tangerine colored dress was designed by none other than the beautiful Mrs. Victoria Beckham (pictured right).

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Real Mistresses Of Atlanta

It seems this wasn't just a rumor! The Real Mistresses Of Atlanta apparently has been picked up by a network and will hit television screens.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fall FW 2012 Coverage | Valentino Couture Show Review

I will never understand how Valentino can continuously be so modest yet show-stopping in nature. The brand is never overly fussy or complicated, but still commands the attention of any room.  For f/w couture 2012, Valentino still presented true, unaltered beauty. Check out our favorite looks below.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rihanna Lands Cover of Bazaar Plus Interview

On her rebellion:
“I’m rebellious through my music, through my fashion, tattoos, and my hair. I have been conservative in my love life… it’s pretty much nonexistent. If I come across someone who I find really cool, I’ll hang out. But the minute I find that we’re getting too close I just—I don’t let people in.”

Justin Bieber Says Paparazzo Nearly Killed Him!

Justin Bieber claims he reached speeds of over 100 mph in his ever-so-famous whip, a chrome Fisker Karma, all because he was being "harrassed" by paparazzi.
Bieber, 18, is now filing suit against one specific paparazzo accusing him of harrassmet and reckless endangerment of not only Bieber but others who were on the road as well.

Justin Bieber talking with LA officers

NEW MUSIC VIDEO | French Montana ft. Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne

French Montana throws what seems to be an even bigger "house party" than Meek Mill's in his latest video "Pop That," which features artists from both MMG and YMCMB.
Check it out here:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guy Style | Big Sean MADE Gold Jewelry

 In fashion we know that trends work in a food-chain type order. The designers are king because they ultimately decide what will be worn. Shortly after, celebrities and socialites catch on and endorse these looks, with the basic regular individuals wanting to emulate the famous. Without that second step, the celebrity endorsement, trends would have no credit or authority, and would ultimately fail to reach the masses. Think Kanye West & leather pants, or Beyonce & Louboutins...I mean sure people were wearing them, but these individuals are to credit for their popularity among urban culture. With that being said, I attribute the return of Gold Jewels to Big Sean.

When I Was In Vogue | Lost in France

wanted to share my French experience with #TeamVogueD, so while in France I decided to capture the beauty of the country the best way I know how...THROUGH FASHION. As a result, I harassed two young ladies into letting me style them from their personal wardrobe and gave them a photo shoot in the midst of France. This is the first of two post. 
My model's name is Sylvia, and this is the story of a girl trapped among the raw beauty of France.

New | Music: Frank Ocean ft. Andre 3000 "Pink Matter" & Nas "Bye Baby"

Last Night, Frank Ocean streams his amazing debut album, Channel Orange; while Nas released an audio tell-all entitled, "Bye Baby," from his new album "Life Is Good." Nas reveals what went wrong between him and Kelis, and Frank Ocean teamed up with Andre 3000.
Can't go wrong with two lyrically genius, so listen and tell
V O G U E | Diaspora what you think.

Reality Blues | Love & Hip-Hop ATL + Joseline Debuts Song

 Hands down, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta is the best soap opera out. Producer Mona Scoot has brought the drama for your mama, and we all watched it go down last night. Watch the full episode below, and listen to Joseline's debut track "Bailar." 

Monday, July 09, 2012

NewMusicMonday | A-SickA

#TeamVogueD, its about that time. This week for New Music Monday, we've decided to take you up north to Upstate, NY.

Rapper A-SickA, who is originally from TreeCity but now resides in the DMV, is an unsigned artist who claims he has the potential to kill the HipHop game with his slick metaphors and stiff punchlines over smooth and unique beats. 

Is he really the next big thing?

You Rockin' wit him or Throwing Rocks at him??

New | Music: Honey Cocaine Remakes "No Scrubs"

Rapper Honey Cocaine remakes TLC's classic "No Scrubs" single. This cover was released via Honey Cocaine's "90s Gold" mixtape, which dropped todayI have never heard a Honey Cocaine song, however you cant remake "No Scrubs"  and expect me not to check it out. So, listen to Honey Cocaine's attempt to remake "No Scrubs" and tell us what you think: 
Slap Her or Commend Her?

Fashion | Spread: Anne Vyalitsyna in Numéro China

For Numéro China's June/July 2012's Issue, they teamed up with the amazing Anne Vyalitsyna to produce their "Body Double" Editorial. 
This is Everything You Want | Everything You Need.

Reunion | Bliss: Nas & Lauryn Hill "If I Ruled The World"

This weekend at the OpenAir Festival in  Switzerland, Nas brought the iconic Lauryn Hill on stage to perform their all-time C L A S S I C, "If I Ruled The World." Check out the epic performance, and embrace the feeling of jealousy.

Director's | Cut: Jeredon O’Conner

What happens when a simple childhood past time manifest into a destiny?
From the moment the ladies of V O G U E | Diaspora met Jeredon O’Conner, we knew he was a very gifted filmmaker. During our interview, we discovered that Jeredon's desire to become a filmmaker started while he enjoyed the simplicity of playing with his toys. Like most children, Jeredon explained that he would create characters and stories while playing. However one day, he decided to record his toys while he played...that was the spark that ignited his fascination with film. On set with Jeredon, I witnessed his ability to maneuver the camera with finesse while capturing scenes that the regular person would over look. With these skills, this rising sophomore from Howard University, has already began to brand himself as a prolific story teller. 
So how could we NOT share Jeredon O'Conner with #TeamVogueD???

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Essence Music Festival | D'Angelo Live

First of all, I have to commend D'Angelo for being able to beat his addiction to drugs. As a lady of color, I have witnessed its effect on the black community and realize that most are unable to find a way out. I hope and pray that D'Angelo's recovery can be an inspiration to those battling the disease. 

On another note, lets talk about how G R E A T D'Angelo sounds after all these years...Check it out for yourself #TeamVogueD.