The world might still be recovering from Cardi B fever but if there’s a particular project that is shining through regardless, it’s Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ single.
‘Nice For What’ dropped complete with a video that enjoys cameos from some of Hollywood’s top women including Olivia Wilde, Yara Shahidi, Zoe Saldana, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae and even Blank Panther actress Letitia Wright.
The four minute long single samples from Lauryn Hill’s mega hit ‘Ex Factor’ and is currently enjoying 15 million views on YouTube (as of today).
Just like ‘God’s Plan’, ‘Nice For What’ is also empowering, featuring lyrics like…
You been inside, know you like to lay low I’ve been peepin’ what you bringin’ to the table Workin’ hard, girl, everything paid for First, last phone bill, car note, cable
With your phone out, gotta hit them angles With your phone out, snappin’ like you Fabo And you showin’ off, but it’s alright And you showin’ off, but it’s alright It’s a short life, yeah
See how many familiar faces you spot in this video.
Its about that time when words are to be put into action since Trump is well on his way to the White House; all of them celebrities who threatened to move to Canada (also Timbuktu, Jupiter or the likes) if Trump won the elections didn’t see this coming but its happened.
So far, one celebrity who has seemingly put his money where his mouth is, is rapper Snoop Lion who posted on Instagram his Canada house search, tagging rapper Drake to hook him up. But does this really count considering that he hasn’t actually moved yet?
Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, Samuel L Jackson, Amber Rose, Cher (she actually said she would move to Jupiter) Neyo to name but a few, are some of the celebrities who promised to move to Canada and anywhere else, but so far there’s absolutely no sign of them packing (unless they’re still trying to get over the shock)
Meanwhile Amy Schumer posted a video on Instagram apologizing to Canadians for not being able to make it for her live shows since she is unwell, she went on to ask her fans to reach out to Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump’s message to all the celebrities who threatened to move out of America once he became president was, “don’t let the door hit you on your way out!”
That awkward moment when you dated someone, thought it was going to last so much that you got their names tattooed on your body only for it to not be the happily ever after of your dreams.
No use walking around with a painful reminder of your past right? Well for these stars, what followed was a quick awesome or insane correction to that. You be the judge.
Adrienne Bailon and the Rob Kardashian butt tattoo that she wisely decided she no longer wanted to keep after they broke up.
Angelina Jolie may pass as the perfect lady but even she fell prey to the get-his-name-on-your-arm when she dated Billy Bop. Yeah that and a 90s popular dragon drawing. She has since had it erased it though and beautifully replaced it with the coordinates of the birthplaces of all of her children.
Nas comes in on this list too because no, this isn’t just girl thing. Nas and Kelis were hip hop’s ‘it couple’ long before there ever was a Beyonce and Jay Z but the two split which must have made it awkward for him to walk about with a tattoo of her face and topless body on his arm. So what did he do? Well he apparently decided that a lion’s head with a female body was less awkward. Lol.
Nick Cannon as well proves this is also a guy thing as he so lovingly tatted his entire upper back with the name Mariah and after things headed south for them, he looked to Jesus to fix it and quite literally seeing as how he got a back tattoo of well, Jesus.
Who else is on our list? Charlie Sheen! It can be agreed that some relationships are maybe better off dead but he took that to a whole other level replacing a wrist tattoo he’d done for his ex Denise with his world famous catch phrase ‘winning’.
Finally, I’d never noticed this until today but Rihanna and Chris had gotten similar star tattoos and rather than have them removed, Riri merely had hers added creating a beautiful cluster.
It’s pretty obvious celebrities have major influence when it comes to enticing their fans especially on social media. You as a fan have put these people on a very high pedestal whereby they have a certain influence over you which makes you want to do what they do, east what they eat and basically just follow/obsess (for the extreme diehard fans) over them. Is it wrong? Not at all! Just make sure you don’t get yourself a restraining order and you can obsess all you want.
On that note though, you as a celebrity know how much power and hold you have over the mass audience so it begs the question, how do you use this power? When major issues affecting the society arise, do you just sit back and watch what unfolds till someone approaches you and offers to pay you so that you can actually speak up on it? Whenever I see a celebrity use a hash tag on twitter to promote say a product they claim to have been using for the past five years I always get a bit skeptic because let’s just face the truth, that person has been paid to promote that certain product because of his/her own influence over the society. Most times, some of the posts and tweets we see on twitter/instagram are usually carefully orchestrated by a team of people who have received a significant amount of payment.
I have nothing against getting that money in but when it comes to hash tags like #blacklivesmatter , #africastopebola, #bringbackourgirls, #mydressmychoice etc which are all about very serious matters that affect our society and lives as human beings then does whether or not you are paid count to make you participate and create awareness for some of these issues like stopping hunger, combating diseases, promoting gender equality and helping in the fight against racism? I think not. Do we have to be so wrapped up in ourselves until we are reminded that there are bigger things than us in order for us to take action and use the influence we have for the greater good?
Do something meaningful with your power than just posting selfies all day long and put it upon yourself to speak up on some of these issues whether or not you are getting paid because a better world for me means a better world for you too.