Made In America 2017 Lineup and Playlist

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Made In America released its lineup for this year’s festival, and I’m loving it. Jay Z and J. Cole are headlining, which is amazing. And while many dismiss the small print acts, artists like They. and Smino are playing and I am more than excited.

I created a playlist of one of my favorite songs of all the artists that I would love to see at this festival. Is anyone going?

Cashmere Cat announces “9” track list featuring Kehlani, Ariana Grande

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After releasing the lead single “Wild Love” feat The Weeknd and Francis and the Lights back in August, Cashmere Cat has finally released the track list to his debut album 9 via Instagram. Denoting each track with emojis, the album will feature acts like Kehlani, Ariana Grande, Jhene Aiko and Ty Dolla $ign.

I’m excited for all of these tracks, but I’m really looking forward to the track with Ariana Grande. His previous tracks with her, “Adore” and “Be My Baby,” are amazing, so I’m looking forward to a third track

9 is set to be released April 29.

J. Cole is platinium with no features again

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J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only has been certified platinum four months after its release. His last album 2014 Forrest Hill Drive also went platinum with no features in four months.

While this is an impressive feat, I wasn’t a huge fan of this album. I listen to 2014 all the time, but I only listened to 4 once and haven’t been drawn to listen to it again. I am excited for J. Cole’s upcoming projects, including his tour and HBO documentary.

 

Kendrick Lamar’s April 7th arrives…with a pre-order

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The April 7th that Kendrick Lamar mentioned in “The Heart Part IV” has came and went, and instead of the album that people were expecting, a pre-order went up instead.

The information that was listed along with the pre-order included that the album will be 14 tracks and that Humble will be featured on the album. “The Heart Part IV” is not listed and neither is an album title. The album is expected to be released April 14.

While people felt misled for the pre order, Kendrick never said what was going to  happen on April 7th, and I highly doubted it would be a whole album. I’m also not surprised that “The Heart Part IV” is not featured on the album because that felt more like a buzz single.

You can preorder the album here.

Enjoy Coachella desert free: YouTube is live streaming some Coachella performances

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Coachella is live streaming some of their performances again on YouTube. As someone who has been to festivals before (Pitchfork, Lollapalooza) and have watched a lot of different festivals, including Coachella, at home, I am excited about this.

Advantages of this include it being free, you are in control of the temperature, and the food is so much cheaper. Haha. Jokes aside, a lot of time with the streaming option you get a better view than being there because the camera angels are amazing.

So far announced acts that will be on the live stream include  Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Lorde, Bon Iver, the xx, Future, ScHoolboy Q, Two Door Cinema Club, New Order, and Gucci Mane. More information will be released closer to the date.

My picks for The MTV Movie and TV Awards 2017

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This year, the MTV Movie Awards is becoming the MTV Movie and TV Awards, adding TV shows to the mix. Another change is that the acting categories are genderless.  The TV and movie nominees are mostly in their separate categories unless its an “event” category, like Best Kiss.

Here are my picks below. This was fun because I was familiar with a lot of the nominees. Let me know who you think should win.

MOVIE OF THE YEAR 

Beauty and the Beast

Get Out 

Logan 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 

The Edge of Seventeen 

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE 

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast

Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

Hugh Jackman – Logan

James McAvoy – Split

Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures

Get Out to me was a major movie on so many levels, the acting, the story and the larger social commentary makes this movie a classic, making its an easy pick for these two categories.

SHOW OF THE YEAR       

Atlanta 

Game of Thrones 

Insecure 

Pretty Little Liars 

Stranger Things     

This Is Us      

BEST ACTOR IN A SHOW   

Donald Glover – Atlanta  

Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones

Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead

Mandy Moore – This Is Us

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

I love Insecure, but Atlanta was so good all around. I like how the episodes can be stand alone episodes but also are apart of the serial series.  And Donald Glover acting was so subtle yet hilarious.

BEST KISS     

Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome – Moonlight    

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard – Empire

Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Such a sweet kiss that turn into such a sour situation.

BEST VILLAIN   

Allison Williams – Get Out

Demogorgon – Stranger Things

Jared Leto – Suicide Squad

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead

Wes Bentley – American Horror Story

I wasn’t surprised that she was the villain in the movie, but how this character really trapped all these people makes her the ultimate villan.

BEST HOST     

Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show

John Oliver – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race

Samantha Bee – Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Trevor Noah – The Daily Show

I’ve only watched some of this show, but RuPaul over presentation and concept of this show has always been amazing.

BEST DOCUMENTARY       

13TH 

I Am Not Your Negro 

O.J.: Made in America     

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story 

I can’t believe I watched like over 6 hours of this even after I watch People v. OJ Simpson. But it offered yet another perspective to this complicated case.

BEST REALITY COMPETITION       

America’s Got Talent     

MasterChef Junior 

RuPaul’s Drag Race 

The Bachelor     

The Voice

Seeing these kids stressed out is actually very amusing.

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE       

Adam Devine – Workaholics

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson – Broad City

Lil Rel Howery – Get Out  

Seth MacFarlane – Family Guy

Seth Rogen – Sausage Party

Will Arnett – The LEGO Batman Movie

Lil Rel Howery was basically the voice of reason and said all the audience members thoughts within the movie. His comedic performance and a necessary lightness to the movie.

BEST HERO       

Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Grant Gustin – The Flash

Mike Colter – Luke Cage

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Stephen Amell – Arrow

Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures 

TEARJERKER 

Game of Thrones – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death

Grey’s Anatomy – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo)

Me Before You – Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her

Moonlight – Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him

This Is Us – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate

Write in vote for when William died on This Is Us!

NEXT GENERATION

Chrissy Metz

Daniel Kaluuya

Issa Rae 

Riz Ahmed

Yara Shahidi

Her acting and writing are amazing and she brings in a unique point of view.

BEST DUO       

Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – The Voice

Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery – Get Out

Brian Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield – Atlanta  

Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen – Logan

Josh Gad and Luke Evans – Beauty and the Beast

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg – Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

Huge fan of Get Out but Daniel and Lil Rel aren’t together often. Brian and Lakeith are the cutest best friends ever.

BEST AMERICAN STORY     

Black-ish 

Fresh Off the Boat       

Jane the Virgin       

Moonlight

Transparent   

Funny and an honest portrayal of a black experience in America.

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM   

Get Out   

Hidden Figures     

Loving

Luke Cage   

Mr. Robot

A great movie with an important message.

You can vote for your favorites here.

Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” video is a celebration of the real female body

Kendrick’s video for his video “Humble” has a lot of incredible imagery, but what stood out most out most to me is seeing a real butt.

I’m not talking about a butt with injections compared to a natural butt. I’m talking about a butt with no makeup on it. Yes, people put make-up on butts, especially in videos, and yes, most women, skinny or big, have stretch marks on their butts. It is completely natural, as not even that noticeable or gross, but in videos and magazines, they are altered completely. It is just such a dumb and unreasonable standard for society to make that I glad Kendrick recognized that and showed the truth.

Enjoy the video below