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As duas cantoras e intérpretes dos sucessos “It All Belongs To Me” e “The Boy Is Mine” posaram para a revista Ebony onde, para além do editorial, foram entrevistas, comentando sobre diversos assuntos. Leiam abaixo um excerto e vejam algumas das fotos!
Brandy fala sobre o novo namorado, Ryan Press
I wish we were engaged. He’s taking a little long on the ring side of things, but I’m patient. I wanted to impress him. I wanted him to be proud of me; I was inspired by him. So making the record and his being there, it’s just all a part of it. Him and my daughter. I want him to love my songs. I want him to love my voice.
Brandy comenta o irmão Ray J
I know who he is. And I”m pissed off about some of the things I’ve been hearing. It really bothers me that [those are] the kind of things that people do for money.
He’s misunderstood. It’s one thing to have this image of [a ladies' man], but it’s another to become this other type of person that they’re trying to make my brother out to be. I know who he is. This is a man who loves his mama and his sister and his niece. Ray J loved Kim Kardashian. They were irresponsible with their–you know–but he loved her. For five years, he was with her. In his mind and in the world’s mind, he was in my shadow for such a long time. To watch his sister become whatever I became and to not have that same path or that same way it happened for me; to be called ‘Brandy’s brother…’ To finally break out of it, you’re going to brag; you’re going to feel something about yourself. It’s not coming from a bad place, and I can tell you: Some of the shoesRay J’s walking in, you’d take off immediately. You wouldn’t be able to handle the type of shoes he’s in.
A cantora e lenda viva, Toni Braxton, cedeu uma entrevista ao jornal online “Huffpost” onde partilha as suas opiniões sobre os mais diversos assuntos. Leiam abaixo um excerto e não se esqueçam de ouvir e, se gostarem, comprarem o novo single de Toni, “I Heart You”.
Congratulations on your new song, “I Heart You.”
I’m excited. It’s overdue.
And your upcoming album, titled Heartstrings & Synagogue Vibes.
I don’t know where that came from! Someone came up with that. What did you say it was?
Heartstrings & Synagogue Vibes. It’s all over the Internet. It’s described as an album that will fuse dance and pop music with Jewish and Arabic music.
That’s kind of brilliant. I did not come up with that. But no, it is not the album title. I don’t have an album title.
Once you do select a title, what can people expect?
I’m definitely going to have more “I Heart You”s on it. I’m also going to do some sad love songs. It’s going to be half and half. The three faces of Toni may appear.
How will this album be different from your others?
I hate to say the word “different,” because it won’t be different. Who I am as an artist is what I want my music to show. I think in the past there were slow songs that we made dance songs. These dance songs will be dance songs. I’m going to push the envelope a little. Not for anyone else but for myself. I’m feeling kind of sexy. I’m going to be a little more freelance with my sexiness.
What about the rumor that you’re involved with Eddie Murphy?
That’s just a rumor. We’re just friends.
You are very interested in finding your inner slut. Has that been hard for you?
It’s a work in progress. I was married for all those years. Now I’m getting out there and dating and figuring out sex. Everyone says you have to wait this long, and some people say you can do it whenever you want. I’m trying to get comfortable with that part.
We could talk sex all day, but let’s get a little more serious. How are you different now from how you were when you first signed your solo record contract in 1992?
Well, a lot older. As a performer and artist, I’m a lot smarter and have more understanding of the business. It’s changed from the ’90s. It’s completely different now. The younger artists, I feel sorry for them sometimes.
How would you say the business has changed?
Marketing, marketing, marketing. It’s not always about even selling records anymore. It’s about how big you can make your personality, which creates this image that people want. Now you make records as a platform to tour. At least before, you could make a few pennies from record sales, but that doesn’t apply anymore. Now record companies do 360s where they get a part of everything, from the record to touring to merchandising, and the artist doesn’t get a big percentage of their monies anymore.
What do you wish could be done to change that?
I wish there was something like they have for athletes where they have pensions. Performers and singers don’t get that. We have nothing. You see these big performers, and then they die penniless.
What younger artists do you admire?
My favorite of all the girls is Rihanna. I love her. She’s not afraid of her sexuality. I think in our generation – -and not that I’m a million years older than her or anything — but we could only take sexuality to a point. The brave one was Madonna. She did it. She got beat up a lot for it, but she didn’t care. She broke down the original barriers.
No matter what you’ve gone through in your life and career, the one that that always remained constant was your gay following.
I love my gays!
The show you’re on currently is The Braxton Family Values, with your mother and sisters. It’s coming back for a third season, but are you?
Well, I’m going to cut back. I’m going to still be on the show, but I’m not going to be as involved as I was in the past.
You have so many hit songs. Do you have a favorite?
I don’t really listen to myself. When I hear me on the radio, I turn it immediately. My favorite song to sing is not the ones you think, like “Un-break My Heart” or “Breathe Again.” I like something fun like “Please.” I do like “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”
How important is it for you today to have a top-40 song?
For me, being an established artist, they are important, because they show that I’m still vital. It shows that I’m still current, and that I still matter. For me personally, it’s all about the music. It’s really just getting out there and doing something that will allow me to tour.
After everything you’ve accomplished, what are you the most proud of?
That I’m still here. That’s really a big deal.
A super cantora, actriz, compositora e produtora Alicia Keys é capa da revista VIBE de Abril onde no editorial para a mesma mostra-nos um lado seu nunca antes visto. Vejam aqui, na Ténê, algumas das magnificas fotos tiradas.
Brandy aparece na revista YRB onde fala sobre o seu próximo álbum, Two Eleven, brevemente nas lojas, bem como sobre a colaboração do produtor, compositor e cantor Frank Ocean no mesmo. Leiam abaixo um excerto abaixo e disfrutem das fotos.
“His music speaks volumes, and I was able to experience that before everyone else knew,” she says. “I always knew he was really special and I just wanted to see how we could vibe, what we could come up with together in the studio this time around. He’s just a genius. I think his songs have so much substance and so much depth, and you need that on an album as well.”
A irmã de Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, partilhou com a revista Complex, assuntos como a sua personalidade, a relação com os pais e a gravidez da irmã. Leiam abaixo um excerto da entrevista:
“… sobre se gostava de ser submissa ou dominante:
Strong, independent women share this sentiment of wanting to be taken over sexually behind closed doors. It’s the natural balance for a woman like me.
I’d rather live in the U.S. than Europe.
I talk sh-t about the American way, and how much more together Europe is as a society, but traveling as much as I have, there are lots of things I appreciate about home. I plan on living in Europe at some point, but for now I’m good in Brooklyn.
I’d rather be on the cast of Love & Hip-Hop than Project Runway.
I’ve never seen Project Runway, but I’m a huge Chrissy [Love & Hip-Hop star Christine Lampkin] fan. I’d need to take boxing lessons from her first though, nahmean?
I’d rather be the cool aunt than the authoritative aunt. The closer my sister came to motherhood, the more stern she was with my son, Julez, but when he was between the ages of 1 and 4, she put the s in spoiling. I had to deal with the cool aunt for seven years, and I’m ready for payback! Late nights, candy binges—I’m doing it all!
I’d rather have known my parents when they were younger than only know them as my parents.
My mother was the most stylish, flawless woman I’ve ever seen. My father had a little cool, but my mother was a different breed of cool. I’ve looked through photographs of her that inspire me today. She’s partied at Studio 54, hung out in ski chalets in Colorado, and played Cleopatra in a play in Egypt. She’s insanely cool in her 50s, but I wouldn’t pass up being with her in her prime!
I’d rather be the protector than the protected.
I’m naturally the protector—being a mother and having a famous family. You have to navigate when it’s right to protect. I’ve made mistakes, but just know, if you step to me and mine, me and Chrissy gon’ have to f-ck you up.”
O Cantor, compositor e produtor de êxitos como “Crazy” e “F*ck You” (e também jurado/treinador no talent-show The Voice) é capa da revista Jet onde entre outros assuntos conta a história por trás da canção “F*uck You” que em parte rendeu-lhe os 20 milhões de Dólares que lucrou em 2011 (#WINNING). Leiam abaixo um excerto:
“The success of the song is completely ironic to me because I just wanted to be dropped from my label,” Green reveals. “Atlantic just didn’t understand me, even after I was signed. So I was like, ‘What’s the most ridiculous thing we can do?’ I couldn’t believe they liked the song. I was trying to oﬀend them.”
Como todos sabemos, Samuel L. Jackson, para além dos inúmeros filmes em que participou, é também conhecido por falar tudo o que pensa. E o actor de 63 anos não fugiu à regra e mais uma vez foi totalmente sincero sobre diversos assuntos na entrevista que cedeu à revista Ebony, onde chega inclusive a ser capa da mesma. Leiam abaixo um excerto:
Sobre o presidente dos E.U.A., Barack Obama:
“I voted for Barack because he was black. ’Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them,” Jackson said. “That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean sh-t to me. In the end, he’s a politician. I just hoped he would do some of what he said he was gonna do”
Sobre o uso da palavra “N*gga”:
“Because it was used on me in my house, often . . . I know the word [bleep] as an admonishment, an endearment, a criticism and an invective. So I use it; I don’t run from it. I don’t have an issue with it or who says it. I always put it in the context of how it was used on me,”