Connect with us

Celebrities

People: Britney Spears’ Father Jamie Is Suspended as Conservator of Her Estate After 13 Years

Published

on

After 13 years and months of contentious court filings, Britney Spears‘ father Jamie Spears has been suspended as the conservator of his daughter’s estate.

One week after Britney’s attorney Mathew Rosengart asked the court to suspend Jamie, 69, and formally appoint a temporary successor, Judge Brenda Penny did so on Wednesday in Los Angeles, swapping Jamie for John Zabel.

(cont.)

My favorite part of this hearing is when Jamie Spears’s lawyer says her new conservator John Zabel is unqualified because he’s not a “licensed professional fiduciary.”

Jamie is an abusive drunk who is bad with money! What were his qualifications other than sperm???

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Celebrities

Billy Porter’s Ego would like for you to know he wore dresses before Harry Styles.

Billy Porter is the latest in a long line of blurred gender lines in fashion.

Published

on

Our beloved Harry Styles is in the news because he was minding his business and Billy Porter got salty about it.

I’m mostly joking. I don’t really care that much about Harry Styles (even though! his albums are immaculate), but it’s unfortunate that this necessary conversation has to happen at his expense. Harry Styles is just doing Harry Styles. He doesn’t bother anybody, he’s nice to everybody, and he just wears his little outfits. The praise he receives for those outfits is hyperbolic in relation to any ground that he’s actually breaking, because he’s not doing anything that scores of musicians haven’t done before him. I did not now for sure that Boy George was a man when I was a child. That is groundbreaking non-binary presentation in popular entertainment, not Harry Styles putting on a dress.

Harry Styles has the enormous privilege of being a straight, white, cis male sex symbol who was in a boy band. Anything he does that is counter to what that mold would typically do is going to receive way more praise than that same event would garner if performed by anyone else. That is what Billy Porter is trying to say in this interview with The Sunday Times.

“I feel like the fashion industry has accepted me because they have to. I created the conversation (about non-binary fashion) and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time…I was the first one doing it and now everybody is doing it. I’m not dragging Harry Styles, but… He doesn’t care, he’s just doing it because it’s the thing to do. This is politics for me. This is my life…I had to fight my entire life to get to the place where I could wear a dress to the Oscars. All (Styles) has to do is be white and straight.”

Billy Porter is absolutely right. All Harry had to do is be white and be straight, but let’s not make assumptions about what he does and does not care about. Harry himself has said that he’s always liked “fancy dress” from a young kid and his sister, eyewear designer Gemma Styles, says their mother used to dress them both up, but Harry was the one who actually liked it. Harry’s philosophy on style is the same one I have:

“You can never be overdressed. There’s no such thing. The people that I looked up to in music—Prince and David Bowie and Elvis and Freddie Mercury and Elton John—they’re such showmen. As a kid it was completely mind-blowing. Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it. I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit. Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away. When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play. I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything—anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something.”

Is Harry Styles non-binary? No. But gender shouldn’t be boiled down to what clothes you wear, because clothes don’t have a gender. They’re just clothes. I am not non-binary, but I’ve been doing my nails and wearing heels off and on since high school.

That said, I didn’t know who Billy Porter was in high school. I didn’t put on “girls’ clothes” because Billy Porter made it okay to do so. I didn’t realize men could wear “women’s clothes” because Billy Porter opened the door for me. Billy Porter’s ego has erased all of the people who opened the door for him to wear his outfits of varying taste level on a red carpet.

Andre Leon Talley’s shiny muumuus and dramatic capes paved the way for Billy Porter.

B. Scott suing BET for being forced to take their make-up off and sport a ponytail to report on the runway paved the way for Billy Porter.

Miss Jay’s bobs and heels and ruffles on primetime television for ten years paved the way for Billy Porter.

And those are just the ones I identified with. That’s not even touching on Prince’s assless yellow lace awards show performance or Sylvester telling us we don’t have to take our clothes off to have a good time or Andre J being the first man in a dress on the cover of a high fashion magazine.

This is a lesson in ego muddying your point. You can have the most valid point of view in the word and initiate an overdue conversation that we probably should be having, but if you center yourself, a big chunk of your audience is going to bypass the conversation altogether. Very few people are actually breaking new ground. It is 2021. Somebody came before you. Somebody laid the cobblestones for the path you walk.

Harry Styles is the latest in a long line of glam rockers pushing the boundaries of masculinity. Billy Porter is the latest in a long line of blurred gender lines in fashion. Just because Billy Porter thinks he deserves a Vogue cover doesn’t mean his point is completely off the mark, but he’s not the pioneer he thinks he is.

 

facebook.com/SoLetsTalkAbout/
twitter.com/RafiDAngelo
Email: rafi@soletstalkabout.com
Venmo: Rafi-DAngelo
CashApp: $RafiDAngelo
paypal.me/soletstalkabout

 

 

Continue Reading

Celebrities

Tina Turner cashes in.

The Queen of Rock & Roll has sold it all.

Published

on

“I’ll give up all that other stuff, but only if I get to keep my name. I worked too hard for it, your honor.” — Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It, during the divorce from Ike

And now that she’s done using it, she’s sold it to BMG. To that I say…

Good for you, Anna Mae. Good. For. You.

Tina Turner has sold her music rights to BMG, the company’s CEO Hartwig Masuch tells Rolling Stone — marking the latest event in the trend of major legacy artists cashing in on their copyrights.

Included in the deal is Turner’s artist’s share for her recordings along with publishing rights, neighboring rights and her name, image and likeness.

(cont. Rolling Stone)

I know the entire script for What’s Love Got To Do With It. It has been one of my favorite movies for as long as I can remember and I can’t count all the people I’ve forced to watch it. When I was in boarding school, I had a little crush on a boy a couple of floors above me, and even though he had a girlfriend, I still made him watch What’s Love with me, because he was special. Fast forward around 8 or 9 months and he had broken up with his girlfriend. On a trip to a flea market he saw something I’d like and brought it back to the dorm with him. It was an old LP of Ike & Tina “Fool In Love,” a song he remembered from the first movie we watched together almost a year earlier. I still have that album too…

Anyway. I have a lot of memories connected to Tina Turner, so when I heard she sold all of her rights to not only her music but her likeness and her name, I was shocked. I knew how much she suffered building up that name, and I knew how hard she worked to rebuild it out from under the shadow of her abusive husband for the second act of her career. Why would she sell her legacy to a company? She has three living sons that she could leave it to. Isn’t that why we build empires and legacies, so our names and works can live on through the generation after us?

However, aside from the fact that I don’t know her family dynamics and it’s none of my business, sometimes money is better. Tina Turner has cashed out — if she wants to leave the money evenly to her sons, she can do that. You can’t split rights evenly. The heirs would have to agree on business deals over and over in perpetuity, and I’ve watched enough Prestige Dramas on HBO to never expect siblings to be on the same page about the direction of a company.

Perhaps more important than the next generation is the fact that Tina Turner is done. She started her victory lap with the Tina! musical and ended it with the Tina documentary on HBO. She’s been semi-retired from performing and recording since 2009, and now she has stepped completely out of the spotlight. Tina has been sharing pieces of herself with the public for sixty-five years and now she’s finished.

There’s something bittersweet about it. Cher will be performing until the wheels fall off. Madonna would rather launch herself into the sun than quietly retreat into private citizenry. We think of the great divas as women who can’t live without the crowds or the adoration or the creative act of putting new music together, but I’m not sure that’s something I ever felt from Tina Turner. Young Anna Mae was this great natural talent who didn’t sing like anybody else, didn’t move like anybody else, and didn’t look like anybody else, and she used her gifts. That’s what you’re supposed to do, but they’re forever intertwined with the man who discovered them and she’s never been able to find peace with it. When she said in the HBO documentary that she hasn’t had a good life, that the good doesn’t outweigh the bad she went through, I teared up. Here is the most iconic woman in Rock & Roll on the cusp of retiring from public life forever telling us she didn’t have a good life, because of all she went through to be Tina Turner.

And now she doesn’t have to be Tina Turner anymore. She’s done all she wants to do with it, so now she sold it to a company she trusts to protect her legacy. People build and sell businesses all the time, sometimes over and over. When Tom sold Myspace, nobody asked “what about your legacy!” He got the money from the sale to do whatever he wants to do with it. Selling the business of Tina Turner has netted Anna Mae millions (probably hundreds of millions) of dollars, but we only feel differently about it because we see a creative’s career as being more personally significant to the person than we do an entrepreneur’s career.

In this case, Tina Turner has been putting distance between herself and the public, herself and her career, for the past decade. And if anybody in music has earned the right to bow out on her own terms, it’s Tina Turner.

 

facebook.com/SoLetsTalkAbout/
twitter.com/RafiDAngelo
Email: rafi@soletstalkabout.com
Venmo: Rafi-DAngelo
CashApp: $RafiDAngelo
paypal.me/soletstalkabout

 

Continue Reading

Celebrities

Page Six: Prince Harry tries chicken and waffles for the first time at Melba’s in Harlem

Published

on

Harry and wife Meghan Markle stopped by Melba’s — the 114th Street restaurant owned by Harlem legend Melba Wilson — on Friday after visiting elementary school PS 123.

A fellow diner at the restaurant said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were served Southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles, spring rolls, catfish, collard greens and yams.

The onlooker said, “Harry said it was the first time he’d ever tried chicken and waffles and remarked it was delicious.”

(cont.)

None of this is important.

And I absolutely savored every word the same way Harry ate them greens up.

It’s a nice break to just read something pleasant. Princess Meghan is doing her good duty and I’m happy to have them checking out my neighborhood. I personally have never taken a white man to go get chicken & waffles, but that’s why Meghan is the Princess of America and I am not.

 

facebook.com/SoLetsTalkAbout/
twitter.com/RafiDAngelo
Email: rafi@soletstalkabout.com
Venmo: Rafi-DAngelo
CashApp: $RafiDAngelo
paypal.me/soletstalkabout

 

Continue Reading

Trending

%d bloggers like this: