Lunchtime Links

by Jackie

It’s hump day, celebrate yourself for surviving thriving so far this week! Get into these links while you get into whatever’s in your Tupperware:

Brandy, Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte & YoYo Perform ‘I Wanna Be Down (Remix)’ 

Quarter Century” Season 2 Premiere: Power Rangers [‪#‎QCNY‬: S2Ep1]

Buzzfeed Editor Goes Makeup Free, Learns Important Lesson

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(Jenny Chang for BuzzFeed)

 

What an Experience: Janelle Monae at Lincoln Theater

by Jackie

Janelle Monae electrifies Lincoln Theater (Photo: Me, iPhone 5)

Janelle Monae electrifies Lincoln Theater (Photo: Me, iPhone 5)

 

Sometimes, the universe conspires to bring you exactly what you need when you need it. That’s what happened to me yesterday when I lucked up on a ticket to the DC stop on Janelle Monae’s Electric Lady Tour. Wheeled out onstage in a straightjacket, Monae let the audience know they were in for a performance like none other.  The audience were on their feet for an hour and a half dancing, jumping, and getting low on her cue. Her booming voice filled the theater, and her small frame seemed to glide across stage as she invoked James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Prince effortlessly.

Going to a Janelle Monae concert is akin to attending a Broadway show. The theatrics complement her message of individuality and personal truth. Her show is transformative and I don’t think any concert will ever compare.”You’ve got to love yourself,” she said to the crowd. I heard her loud and clear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Morning After: Rihanna Round-up

Rihanna captured rock star chic with her performance outfits during her Diamonds World Tour. (Photo: Splash News)

Rihanna captured rock star chic with her performance outfits during her Diamonds World Tour. (Photo: Splash News)

by Jackie

My voice is gone. My legs are killing me. And, I have a pounding headache. No, I am not recovering from some warehouse rave, it’s the morning after my Rihanna’s Diamond’s World Tour experience at the Verizon Center in downtown DC.  It was more than just a concert, it was the best party ever. The sold-out arena felt like a night out on the town with your BFF club hopping through set changes from the reggae hall to the rock spot.  [Thanks for the tickets, Santa! 😉 ]

I just had to wear my Rihanna-inspired top. I'm not brave enough to tattoo a bird on my chest, but I will wear a screen-printed tank.

I just had to wear my Rihanna-inspired top. I’m not brave enough to tattoo a bird on my chest, but I will wear a screen-printed tank.

 

Check out my Rihanna round-up:

 

 

 

 

Solange Rocks DC’s 9:30 Club

by Jackie

Washington, DC's 9:30 Club turned into an 80s dance party for Solange's "True" show.

Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club turned into an 80s dance party for Solange’s “True” show Tuesday.

‘True’ Sound

Standing under disco lights, Solange brought the mic right up to her lips, and delivered a command no one ignored,  “I want everyone to put your camera phones down, and dance.” One by one, anxious fans who had been busy snapping pictures of the songstress lowered their phones from the air and started to rock their hips and wind their waists to the bass-heavy “Locked in Closets.”  Setting the tone for the rest of the night, Solange essentially led an 80s dance party at DC’s 9:30 Club to promote her recently released album, True.

The album’s minimalist dance tracks and her old-school set styling transported the crowd to a high school dance.  Lyrics like “Remember when you kissed me / At Jimmy John’s when I was 17” are the soundtrack to the nostalgia of simpler times that are somehow more memorable than extravagant grown-up outings.

After an hour of singing along to her catchy melodies, it’s as if you’ve known the words all your life. Maybe it’s because you’ve written them in your diary, where you thought no one could reach them — that is, until you’re at a Solange concert and she’s singing your secret memories for everyone to hear. Continue reading

Breaking Style News: Skin is Out at the Grammy Awards

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What will RihRih do now?

Sultry songstress Rihanna is among other previously barely-dressed songstresses that had to abide to the Grammy’s new dress code, according to Vogue. The official advisory sent to attendees warns against indecent exposure: “Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could  possibly expose female breast nipples.”

J. Lo’s infamous Versace gown is in definite violation of the new Grammy’s dress code.

 

I am no stranger to dress codes, having attended Catholic schools throughout my childhood and adolescence. I also believe that there is an appropriate way to dress for the office (duh, look at this blog). But, have the Grammy’s gone too far? Is this censorship? If there are no wardrobe malfunctions, what would Joan Rivers talk about?