I had a Nicki Minaj-athon on my ipod yesterday morning while carrying out some domesticities. I hadn’t realised just how good her album Pink Friday is. As much as some people slate her, her style is unique, eccentric and I like it. It suits her because she carries it off with such confidence. After all, as Gok Wan says *puts on Gok voice*: “It’s all about the confidence”.

I love how she has different fringe hairstyles in a range of colours, lengths, textures (frizzy, straight curly) and patterns (the leopard print ones – wow!)…

I finally got a Nicki-inspired fringe (well, just a fringe really) four weeks ago after much deliberation. I wasn’t too convinced when I looked in the mirror but my hairdresser reassured me that it suited me. It’s growing on me day by day and I’m used to it now. Mind you, I’m not as brave as Nicki to go for the bright colours.

What celebrity hairstyles have you been inspired by? Did it suit you? Were you one of those ladies who changed their hair colour when Rihanna or Cheryl Cole dyed their hair red?

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Check out the video to Mystrogen’s 2009 UK Rap up produced by Colin Emmanuel a.k.a Black Einstein. A very witty and humourous sum up of all the shenanigans that took place in 2009.  I need not say more:

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I felt very uneasy watching this interview but I think the interviewer, Jian Ghomeshi, handled it all really well. I wondered how I’d cope in such an awkward interview and came to the conclusion probably not as professionally.

ph20090220010061451819841I was taken aback when I saw the photo (left) of  battered and bruised singer Rihanna that “was taken after Chris Brown [her boyfriend] allegedly beat her”. 

Published on website TMZ, it reveals the facial injuries she sustained during the suposed domestic altercation she had with Chris Brown (aged 18) on February 8th.

There was specualation that the photo may be fake but the tatoos on her left shoulder confirm that it is her.   

Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, turned 21 years old on Friday (what a 21st birthday to remember, or not as the case may be), the day the photo was published.

On the Oprah Winfrey Show last year, Chris Brown talked of how he had witnessed domestic violence when growing up and vowed never to lay a finger on a woman. If this incident is true then it sadly seems like a case of (as stated in the Bible) ‘the sins of our forefathers shall be passed on from generation to generation’ thus proving that lessons have not been learnt. 

According to the UK charity Women’s Aid, “1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime- many of these on a number of occasions.”

His career will no doubt be affected. The alledged accusations of attempted murder, apparently mean that if charged, he could be sentensed to 6 years in jail.

Lately, whenever I’ve heard a Chris Brown song, I can’t help but think about the whole furor- taking credit away from the quality recording artist that he is. The incident seems so random and has totally diminished my view of Chris Brown as being the sweet, playful character that I often see on TV.

In a statement Brown said that he was “sorry and saddened” by his arrest and accusation of attacking a woman and is aparently seeking councelling.

I am in no way condoning dometic violence- no one should have to go through that- but there are two sides to every story and for every action there is a reaction. Obviously her injuries are unpleasant and very much the focus of the media but I can’t help but be inquisitive in terms of what actually provoked Chris Brown to react so. ‘Why?’ is the question on my lips and only the two people involved know the answer.    

All is a bit misty at the moment and unresolved legal issues make it difficult to comment freely.

Click on the link for the BBC’s report on the incident.

Since Fish Go Deep released ‘The Cure and the Cause’ in 2007  I’ve been listening to a lot more funky house music (a loose definition for a commercially orientated disco influence sub-genre of house music).

What I like about this genre of music is its ability to totally immerse me in its smooth grooves . Its a kind of up-tempo, old skool garage cocktail with a hint of soca style beats, needing little in the way of lyrics.

I overheard some kids on the bus enthusiastically talking about a track called ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ by The Wiggles, at which point one of them thought it would be quite fitting to play it out loud on their mobile phone. Fortunately I was getting off at the next stop, so didn’t get a chance to hear the whole track. However, I was curious about the song that had excited the kids so much that their discussion actually turned into a mini dance off…so, as you do, YouTubed it when I got home. What I saw put a smile on my face.

“It’s time to get funky…Head, shoulders, knees and toes… Ladies Let me see you get down low… Man dem let me see you keep it sho.”

The video naturally triggered my memory back to my primary school days when the head, shoulders knees and toes game was a regular morning energizer. I like the edgey, stylistic and playful element to the dance interpretations. I admittedly wanted to join in (ok, I did). But I can totally understand how this song could get very annoying.

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