Posts Tagged: julianne escobedo shepherd

I Came Dressed to Kill: Tracking the Nicki Minaj Makeunder

The cover art for Nicki Minaj’s new single, "Anaconda," is a backshot of the rapper squatting in a g-string. (Oh: There it is.) The visual was, almost immediately, enough to trigger some paternalistic outrage—for how dare a top rapper bare so much of herself in a genre that is so consistently respectful to women?

Throughout Minaj’s career, I’d argue, every outfit, every shift in aesthetic, has been intentional. The “Anaconda” art is a response to the criticism lobbed toward Minaj from all sides, a retort to those who consistently still say she wears butt pads, or has a fake booty, photoshop be damned. "Anaconda" is an [...]


Hard Out Here for a White Feminist

British singer Lily Allen has released "Hard Out Here," her first single since 2009, and the accompanying video is quite the piece of work, in an extreme "WTF, DOG" way.

It starts out promising enough: Lily's lying on an operating table being liposuctioned by rough doctors with American and British accents. They prod her and marvel at the amount of fat she must have removed. Her manager stands bedside, reporting to her which late-night hosts have rejected her services. "How can somebody let themselves get like this, you know?" he complains. She responds sweetly, "Well I've had two babies!" The manager shakes his head. It's all good, winking commentary on [...]


Janelle Monáe, "Dance Apocalyptic"

"Dance Apocalyptic" is the second single off of Janelle Monáe's new album (and her first in three years), The Electric Lady, which is due out in September. Billboard called it "the album that will turn the singer from iconoclast to icon," and the Atlantic Records COO told Julianne Escobedo Shepherd it will have "a lot of songs that can get played on mainstream radio." With that poppy guitar riff, this certainly qualifies.

The first Electric Lady release was "Q.U.E.E.N.," a track with Erykah Badu (go watch the video if you haven't yet). In it, Monáe sings, "Am I a freak for dancing around? Am I a freak for getting down?" From [...]


The Women of Our Year

We salute you, Robin Griffin, Wendy Davis, writers of dinosaur erotica, Kreayshawn, Diane Martel, Adele Exarchopolous, Erykah BaduEmily M. Keeler, Nancy Silberkleit, our mothers and role models and newlywed lovers and really you guys, all of our friends.


Case of the Fake People: On TLC's CrazySexyCool Biopic

TLC is one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, second only to the Spice Girls. They have sold 65 million albums, clocked 10 top-ten Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B singles (bested in girl-group zone only by Destiny's Child), and changed so many of their fans' lives they had to drop an entire album essentially responding to the buckets of inspirational letters they were receiving about it. (Fanmail, you know—"I get lonely tooooo.") Their personal style and spiritual estiílo totally altered the culture; they popularized Cross Colours clothing to a mainstream audience, condoms as accessory (and, by extension, sexual empowerment and maturity), and fused rap and R&B when the twain [...]


"Penis, Penis, PENIS!": The Legend of Nancy Silberkleit

Nancy Silberkleit is, by trade, an elementary school art teacher. She worked with kids in New Jersey, helped set up art education programs in schools and group homes and, according to her official biography, "was instrumental in launching the Hudson Valley Children's Museum, located in Nyack, New York." Additionally—in the parlance of those of us who have taken art classes—she emitted hella art teacher vibes. Silberkleit had long grey hair, glasses, with the air of having been a hippie at one point. Most prominently, her demeanor was kind, engendered trust; she spoke patiently and deliberately.

In 2008, when her husband Michael Silberkleit passed away from cancer, Nancy inherited his position [...]


TLC, Meant to Be

VH1's TLC biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, now has a teaser, and my god, the resemblances are uncanny. That's rapper Lil Mama as Left Eye, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and KeKe Palmer (who was in the womb when Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip was released in 1992) as Chilli. Lil Mama's haircut is especially convincing, though it's hard to compete with a hologram.

I'm hoping the final product delivers more than by-the-book music video reproductions, pretty as they are, but I'm also quite content to hear the opening bars to "Creep" at any time ever, and to see those outfits brought back to life. Remember Left Eye's [...]