How do you think the show would be in comparison to the VH1 series?
Braxton Family Values comes on every Tuesday night 9pm EST. I suggest that you tune in if you haven’t already. This show is a MUST-SEE.
4.5 out of 5 REDDlips.
Beyonce hits the scene again with her new single “Run The World (Girls)”, from her upcoming Album ‘4’. Beyonce has stated that 4 has always been a lucky number for her, being the day of her wedding (April 4, 2008, the day of her husbands birthday (Sean “Jay-Z” Carter, December 4, 1969), the day of her mother’s birthday (Tina Knowles, January 4, 1954) , her own birthday, (September 4, 1981) and of course, the number of albums she will have had under her belt.
Beyonce is known her having her first single off any given album as being an anthem for women (Crazy in Love, Deja Vu, Single Ladies) with big band music and catchy choreography, and the new single ‘Girls’ falls right into line. Now I have to admit that even though I do love Beyonce, I did feel as if the song had to grow on me. I later realized it was because the song was not very radio friendly, and I’m not sure it was a good choice as her FIRST single. BUT, I do realize Beyonce wants to come back into the scene with a bang, which is what she very well did.
Usually when I don’t like a song, after seeing the video it makes the song grow on me a little bit faster. I’ve stated that THIS video, puts you in exact mind of the song. If you love the song, you will probably love the video. If your indifferent about the song, you will probably be indifferent about the video. I don’t feel like the video sways any opinion about the song, which can also be a good thing (if you love the song already, that is).
The video falls directly into the category of Beyonce. Meaning that it has no genre or style of anyone else, a category of her own. The choreography was Beyonce, the fashion was Beyonce, and so was the direction of the video. The fashion was also very couture, which I loved because it had a certain creepy edge without going so far as to actually SCARE viewers like other artists. I noticed that Beyonce has lost some weight in this video; I feel this may be because Beyonce is in a point in her career where being curvaceous won’t be beneficial 😦 which is sad because I loved the curves.
ALL IN ALL: Beyonce doesn’t disappoint, yet I’m not sure if she necessarily WOWs. It was like an upgraded version of the Beyonce genre, without stepping too far out the box. However, the Beyonce genre itself is something amazing.
3 OUT OF 4 REDDLIPS.
Beyonce remixed her single from her sophomore album ‘B-day’ “Get Me Bodied” and made it a fun song that kids can dance to — “Move Your Body”. Inspired by the “Let’s Move” campaign to encourage kids to exercise, this video is full of dance moves to keep the youth and the youth at heart on their feet. I love it!
You may remember JoJo as “the teenage white girl with a soulful voice” back when she came out with her hit single, “Leave (Get Out) and her debut self-titled album.
She later came out with her sophomore album, “The High Road,” not too long after, mostly with soft ballads, with a stronger pop feel more so than R&B. However, fans missed the soulful feel from the 1st album, which featured a remake of “Weak” by SWV.
Jojo (Joanna Levasque) disappeared from the scene for a while, but now she’s back. With a mixtape.
Yes, a mixtape.
“Can’t take that away from me,” is Jojo’s latest project, which I completely fell in love with even after skimming the tracks.
Jojo shows personality through this music; her name appears on the credits of every song.
These strategically organized tracks start off with a fun, upbeat feel with “Can’t take that away from me,” that R&B feel that her fans love, as well as a mixture of other genres. Variety.
Jojo starts off the 2nd track, “Running on Empty” by saying “I’m a PYT with an attitude,” as you can clearly tell throughout the CD.
Midway through the mixtape we see a side of Jojo we haven’t seen in the past. “Just a Dream” talks of a day of a verge of defeat, singing softly “Take it away, I gotta bottle, I gotta finish, Take it away, Take it from me, cuz if you don’t I might drown in it.” The song ends with her rising above,
“If it’s in His plans for me, I will win, I’ll just dream until then.”
The mixtape then takes a turn towards the 80s, with back to back tracks “What You Like,” with a retro beat, and “In The Dark” which puts you in the mind of early Madonna. (REDD‘s FAVES. XOXO)
Of course there is a ballad; “Boy without a heart,” which is pretty much self-explanatory.
The CD then ends with “All I want is Everything” a ‘sky is the limit’ song about living out dreams.
I give this mixtape 4 out of 5 reddlips. It was a perfect mix of pop, R&B, rock, and retro. Every track took an unexpected turn. It told a story, complete with a beginning, middle and end. It definitely showed off those vocals, and a raw side of Jojo that we are just beginning to see. Definitely looking forward to that official album! Check out the mixtape and complete tracklisting here:
And Jojo’s Blog:
It is a day to rejoice in Egypt.
After 32 years of being in office, President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down.
After 3 weeks of protesting by Egyptians, Mubarak was determined to hold power. Until Friday, when protesters practically forced him out of office. Not taking “no” for an answer.
Mubarak flew himself to his palace 250 miles from Cairo.
Ayat feels that to better things the government should be more organized to serve the people.
“I am very proud of the accomplishment,” she said. “I hope it gets better from here.