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Just How Talented is F(x)’s Park Sun-Young “Luna”?

5 May

By now, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been f(x) crazy for the last two months, and my obsession doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. It won’t slow down until my big “promotional move” I have planned this summer. But that will be kept under my hat until then…

Just remember to #bfx2us and put your town behind it to show where your love for f(x) is coming from, if of course, you’ve fallen in love with this group as much as I have.

Well, this article is a part of that promotion. My goal is to push for an f(x) tour for, at least, next year.

To learn more about K-pop group f(x):

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x) Pink Tape Review

f(x) Red Light Review

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how Talented is f(x) Victoria?

Just how talented is f(x) Krystal?

Just how talented is f(x) Amber?

To all of you who have watched the music videos, and who doubt the talent of the f(x) members, I will be doing something similar to an artist “portfolio”. In this case, I will be showcasing the musical background and skills of each f(x) artist. This resume “portfolio” of sorts will show all readers why I think these girls qualify to be a part of f(x), why I believe them to be SM’s major female multi-national group, and why I think f(x) has what it takes to make it internationally.

Basically, this is why I think you newcomers should hire them as one of your new favorite K-pop groups. 😉

Drum roll please…

Today, Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be introducing the power vocalist, the amazing dancer: LUNA!

Park Sun-Young “Luna”

f(x) Luna

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Luna is the sweet, compassionate, and extremely talented member of f(x). There is no denying how talented this girl is. This girl has some seriously powerful vocals! She’s been compared to BoA, Queen of K-pop and SM Town’s first major international star.

Luna has a lot of “soul”. Her inspirations include Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson. She is very fascinated with African American culture and music. She often mentions her fascination with African American dances and R&B sounds.

Luna is, by far, the kindest. She has shown the most compassion out of all the other f(x) members.

She is also the most hard-working, as one psychologist in a radio interview pointed out. She LOVES music, anyone can tell, because all she does is sing!

Luna is a bit dorky and funny, too!

Speaking of music, it’s time to review Luna-Bear’s credentials! This should be good.

Luna Can Sing

Really? Do I have to explain? If I do, that’s a shame, because this girl…she’s A-MAZING! If you have never heard her vocals, I suggest you do an about-face and head back to youtube to listen to more f(x) music. Luna is the lead vocalist for a very good reason. She loves to sing and music has a lot of meaning to her. You can tell. She’s not just a great singer, but she feels the music, which is why she’s so good.

I honestly feel she is the best singer in SM Entertainment.

Luna sang “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)” at the Samsung-deong F(x) Showcase performance.

Luna sang “One Thousand Days” on Immortal Song 2.

Luna sang on Immortal Song 2 featuring f(x) mate Amber.

Luna sang Michael Jackson-inspired “I Don’t Know” on Immortal Song 2.

Luna sang “Stupid” on Immortal Song 2.

Luna performed quite a musical number called “Travel Companion” for Immortal Song 2.

Luna singing “Don’t Forget”.

Luna singing “Calling Out”.

Luna singing with Onew the song “Beauty and the Beast”.

Luna sings to the Rumba dance in Girls’ Generation Live.

Luna unveiled herself as the “masked singer” in King of Masked Singer. She sang “Sad Fate” as her final performance.

Luna sang with top vocalists Ailee, Eunji from Apink, and Solar from Mamamoo!

Luna Can Dance

As if that wasn’t enough, Luna can DANCE. The girl was a hip-hop star as a kid. She can REALLY dance.

Luna dancing to “Maybe”.

Luna dancing as a child on Truth Game.

A compilation of Luna’s dancing.

Luna dancing pre-debut.

 

Luna dances in her new solo music video “Free Somebody”!

Luna Can play the Keyboard and Speak Sign

Yep, we have to add this talent to that list: She can play the keyboard!

Luna signs her song in sign language, and shows off her keyboard skills in “The Day the Sun Rises” on Immortal Song 2.

Luna Writes Her Own Music

For Luna’s recent solo mini album, Free Somebody, Luna has written two songs! Apparently, she has come out of the box with song-writing talent!

Luna wrote the songs “I Wish” and “My Medicine”.

Isn’t Luna amazingly talented?! And Luna is all about the music! She may not get as much attention and promotion as the other girls, but she doesn’t need it. She DESERVES to be called Queen!

Luna has acting experience as well. She acted in Saving Mrs. Go Bongshil and the Broadway musical High School Musical in Korea.

Luna always struck me as dramatic, so it’s no surprise she’s a pretty good actress!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x) Red light Review

f(x) Pink Tape Review

f(x) Summer on GN!

Which f(x) member are you? quiz

f(x)’s charm and Venus

f(x)’s Ideal Types by Sun and Mars

f(x) Around the World

f(x) in the USA

f(x) on Olleh: Korea’s most Unique Girl Group

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how Talented is f(x) Victoria?

Just how talented is f(x) Amber?

Just how talented is f(x) Krystal?

Just how talented is f(x) Luna?

GN’s Top 10 F(x) songs (so far)

Girls’ Generation vs F(x): Chocolate Love

Why does GN love f(x) so much?

Who is your f(x) bias?

Funny Reaction videos to f(x) “Red Light”

GN’s LEAST FAVORITE f(x) album?

EXTRAS

USA’s Nylon writes about Girls’ Generation’s Jessica and F(x)’s Krystal, Jungsis!

F(x) Amber and Got7 on We Got Married Global! Which man wins Amber’s heart (Natal chart reading)?

F(x) Gets treated unfair by SM? And EXO is treated better?

Make Your Move, SM’s first American movie has songs from F(x) and Girls’ Generation in it!

F(x) Amber, a part of androgynous inspiration!

The Korean Wave

Venus signs and Love Stories, F(x) Amber Liu is mentioned

Music Core, f(x) mentioned

Jackie Liu, Amber Liu’s Sister, Gets Hurt by Fan

f(x)’s Amber in a parody Korean drama for A Song for you!

SM TOWN WORLD TOUR 2014! f(x) will perform!

2014-2015 Fashion Idea #3: ANDROGYNOUS

15 Feb

I love edgy fashion. For the last couple of months, I have been totally obsessed with the androgynous and metro-sexual styles. This is due, in part, to the fact that I’ve been seeing this style show up more often lately as people begin to embrace their inner “masculine” and “feminine” sides. The whole mystery of it intrigues me, and it’s fun to trick the mind in that way!

To add, there is a huge wave of support from the LGBT community. That community encourages people to embrace who they are, and its influence trickles into the entertainment  industry.

But you don’t need to be a part of that community to appreciate the look.

Many are afraid to rock the look because they are afraid of looking too much like the “opposite gender”. But there are plenty of ways to rock the androgynous look and still look sexy to the opposite sex.

Here a few examples of celebrities, dolls, and book characters who have rocked the look and pulled it off (Read the descriptions below the pictures to learn more about them!) :

Androgynous Women

Marlene Dietrich, one of the pioneers of the androgynous looks. Worn in the 1930s movie Morocco.

Marlene Dietrich, one of the pioneers of the androgynous looks. Worn in the 1930s movie Morocco.

Also one of the pioneers of androgynous fashion (and the equestrian look), Amelia Earhart took a masculine turn in the 1930s with her aviator look, and also sported a cocky, confident attitude along with it.

Also one of the pioneers of androgynous fashion (and the equestrian look), Amelia Earhart took a masculine turn in the 1930s with her aviator look, and also sported a cocky, confident attitude along with it.

Agyness Deyn, one of the most famous models of the 1990s, also known for her strikingly cute anrogynous looks

Agyness Deyn, one of the most famous models of the 1990s, also known for her strikingly cute androgynous looks

Grace Jones paved the way for African Americans to embrace this new look. With the tall hair that was popular in the 1990s, but a dash of glamorous make-up makes her bring the two together to make one dramatic look.

Grace Jones paved the way for African Americans to embrace this new look. With the tall hair that was popular in the 1990s, but a dash of glamorous make-up, she was able to bring the two opposite genders together to make one dramatic look.

Janelle Monae is so GORGEOUS! She has natural beauty and the right make-up to bring out her beautiful face. At the same time, she is usually seen with a retro masculine look: tux and tie.

Janelle Monae is so GORGEOUS! She has natural beauty and the right make-up to bring out her beautiful face. At the same time, she is usually seen with a retro masculine look: tux and tie.

Amber from the female group F(x), a Korean pop group, rocks an urban androgynous look, standing out in a sea of femininity. She makes the look oh so hot! She borrows from other Korean pop boy bands and flaunts it. To add, her charisma makes her likable to girls and boys!

Amber from the female group F(x), a Korean pop group, rocks an urban androgynous look, standing out in a sea of femininity. She makes the look oh so hot! She borrows from other Korean pop boy bands and flaunts it. To add, her charisma makes her likable to girls and boys!

Minzy from 2ne1 adds a Glam Rock/Cyber punk feel to her suit. She turns androgynous fashion into glam couture. She shows that any diva can rock a suit and tie.

Minzy, from the K-pop group 2ne1, adds a “Glam Rock/Cyber Punk” feel to her suit. She turns androgynous fashion into glam couture. She shows that any diva can rock a suit and tie.

Maybe you don't want to go to extremes. No problem! Amber Heard adds more feminine touches to her look, but the high waist pants give her just enough masculinity to make this look a sexy combination of both. It has a retro androynous feeling.

Maybe you don’t want to go to extremes. No problem! Amber Heard adds more feminine touches to her look, but the high waist pants give her just enough masculinity to make this look a sexy combination of both. It has a retro androgynous feeling.

Kate Lanphear takes a masculine business casual look, and turns it into a fashion statement for women!

Kate Lanphear takes a masculine business casual look, and turns it into a fashion statement for women!

Leighton Meester wears the tux, but all the other additions are feminine: purse, shoes, and the long flowing hair give her the right feminine touches.

Leighton Meester wears the tux, but all the other additions are feminine: purse, shoes, and the long flowing hair give her the right feminine touches.

Aaliyah championed the androgynous urban look, and she made it look sexier than ever!

Aaliyah championed the androgynous urban look, and she made it look sexier than ever!

Avril Lavigne in the past would always top off most of her outfits with a tie, which completed her punk look.

Avril Lavigne in the past would always top off most of her outfits with a tie, which completed her punk look.

Da Brat took gangsta to a whole new level with her tomboyish looks!

Da Brat took gangsta to a whole new level with her tomboyish looks!

Janet can make anything look sexy! And here she adds some touches of make-up the highlight her face, but keeps her complete look androgynous. To add, the tux and hat she sports is tasteful.

Janet can make anything look sexy! And here she has some touches of make-up to highlight her face, but keeps a completely androgynous look in the music video ‘Alright’. To add, the tux and hat she sports are tasteful.

BoA, Korea's Princess of Pop, also has rocked the androgynous look on several occasions. She is also able to master masculine dances. Her two inspirations are Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, and it doesn't end at music, but style as well!

BoA, Korea’s Princess of Pop, also has rocked the androgynous look on several occasions. She is also able to master masculine dances. Her two inspirations are Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, and it doesn’t end at music, but style as well!

J Lo dabbles in an Androgynous style for Vogue Magazine, sporting more of a boxer look. Doesn't she look fiercely sexy?

J Lo dabbles in an Androgynous style for V Magazine, sporting more of a boxer look. Doesn’t she look fiercely sexy?

If you really want to go to extremes, you can try to imitate Lady Gaga's androgynous look!

If you really want to go to extremes, you can try to imitate Lady Gaga’s androgynous look!

No can make androgynous look sexy quite the way Madonna does! This ringmaster style is sexy and unique!

No one can make androgynous fashion look sexy quite the way Madonna does! This ringmaster style is sexy and unique!

Natsuna Watanabe plays Girl Ranma, and takes on a literal androgynous role in Ranma 1/2 Live action

Natsuna Watanabe plays Girl Ranma, and takes on a literal androgynous role in Ranma 1/2 Live action

Keira Knightly decided to dabble in androgynous fashion in her role as Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean. Doesn't she look like a fierce warrior here?

Keira Knightly decided to dabble in androgynous fashion in her role as Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean. Doesn’t she look like a fierce warrior here?

Some toys have gotten into the trend. Particularly the American Girl franchise. Felicity Merriman was one of few dolls that came with her own pair of breeches, trousers only worn by men in her time. She tops it off with a riding hat. Unfortunately, this retired. But it can give you some ideas...

Some toys have gotten into the trend. Particularly the American Girl franchise. Felicity Merriman was one of few dolls that came with her own pair of breeches, trousers only worn by men in her time. She tops it off with a riding hat. Unfortunately, this retired. But it can give you some ideas…According to the book Meet Felicity, she “borrowed” a pair of breeches from her father’s apprentice, Ben, so she could sneak off to visit her horse, Penny. It was also so she could run and move faster. This outfit wasn’t marketed for the main line, but could be an accessory for girls and their dolls. This doll has a back story that begins on the brink of the Revolutionary War.

American Girl also marketed Kit Kittredge in androgynous fashion. She was the only doll to have androgynous fashion marketed in her main line. This pair of overalls was given to her by her brother because she outgrew her clothes, according to the accompanying book Kit Saves the Day.

American Girl also marketed Kit Kittredge in androgynous fashion. She grew up in the 1930s during the Great Depression (obviously when the veterans of androgynous fashion began their style). She was the only doll to have androgynous fashion marketed in her main line. This pair of overalls was given to her by her brother. She wears them to make it easier to work in her garden, and possibly to supplement for the lack of clothing items, due to the fact that she outgrew her old dresses, and since she can’t afford new dresses, according to the accompanying book Kit Saves the Day. In the story, it also helps her disguise as a boy! Kit has also been marketed with a baseball outfit.

Of course, you know the ever popular Bratz dolls have tried any edgy fashion you can think of, and the tomboy look is no exception.

Of course, you know the ever popular Bratz dolls have tried any edgy fashion you can think of, and the tomboy look is no exception.

My Scene Barbie doll added some androgynous additions to her fashions. She was marketed as liking edgy fashions. Though the dress adds just the right feminine touches, the tie makes it more masculine. We also can't forget Delancey, the tomboy doll!

My Scene Barbie doll added some androgynous additions to her fashions. She was marketed as liking edgy fashions. Though the dress adds just the right feminine touches, the tie makes it more masculine. We also can’t forget Delancey, the tomboy doll!

Sailor Uranus was one of the first androgynous cartoon characters to show up on television. With her beautiful hair, and snappy suits and school uniform, she is definitely one of the most attractive characters on the show.

Sailor Uranus was one of the first androgynous cartoon characters to show up on television. With her beautiful hair, and snappy suits and school uniform, she is definitely one of the most attractive characters on the show.

Let’s try some Androgynous looks for the Gentlemen!

Androgynous Men

Prince was the King of Metro Sexual, and he was still sexy! He made rocking purple a norm for men. With his curly locks, who can resist.

Prince was the King of Androgynous, and he was still sexy! He made rocking purple a norm for men. With his curly locks, who can resist?

Captain Jack, played by Johnny Depp, makes one smexy guy in his metro sexual look! Back in the days of pirates, men often wore laces, silks, satins, puffy sleeves, and long hair; styles we'd generally think are feminine! Well, Johnny Depp made this style popular again with this role.

Captain Jack, played by Johnny Depp, makes one smexy guy in his androgynous look! Back in the days of pirates, men often wore laces, silks, satins, puffy sleeves, and long hair; styles we’d generally think are feminine! Well, Johnny Depp made this style popular again with this role.

Some of these celebrity men decided to dabble in make-up and even wear their hair long! But they still look good!

Some of these celebrity men decided to dabble in make-up and even wear their hair long! But they still look good!

Taemin decided to grow, color, and cut bangs when it came to his hair! It leaves people wondering, but the girls still think this man is hot, if not hotter! Wooo!

Taemin from the Korean boy band Shinee decided to grow, color, and cut bangs when it came to his hair for the video Sherlock! But the girls still think this man is hot, if not hotter! Wooo!

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, kept his hair long and often wore loose feminine fabrics. In this photo he looks like a beautiful man!

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, kept his hair long and often wore loose feminine fabrics. In this photo he looks like a beautiful man with the make-up and loose white shirt! Quite a sensual picture of him, and oh so hot!

Adam Lambert looks stunning in make-up and nail polish! Yes, he's gay, but he's still hot to girls too!

Adam Lambert looks stunning in make-up and nail polish! Yes, he’s gay, but he’s still hot to girls too!

Andre from Outkast pressed his shoulder-length hair out, giving him quite an androgynous look!

Andre from Outkast pressed his shoulder-length hair out, giving him quite an androgynous look! That hair is so silky, I want to touch it!

Gackt is known for his sexy androgynous looks. In this photo, he curled and braided his long pretty hair, but he makes it look masculine. This guy is also known to wear eye liner.

Gackt is known for his sexy androgynous looks. In this photo, he curled and braided his long pretty hair, but he makes it look masculine. This guy is also known to wear eye liner.

Count D, from the anime Pet Shop of Horrors, is VERY androgynous, and oh so sexy and seductive.

Count D, from the anime Pet Shop of Horrors, is VERY androgynous, and oh so sexy and seductive.

The Ken doll has recently become famous for his metro sexual appearance and the light tones he has on his clothes. He's the first male fashion doll.

The Ken doll has recently become famous for his metro sexual appearance and the light pastel tones he has on his clothes. He’s the first male fashion doll.

B. Scott (although considering himself transgender) gets a lot of attention from women who just wish he could give women a chance! Though guys may not necessarily admire him, you can learn. Perhaps try wearing your hair long and wavy?

B. Scott (although considering himself transgender) gets a lot of attention from women who just wish he could give women a chance! Though guys may not necessarily admire him, you can learn. Perhaps try wearing your hair long and wavy?

So maybe you can try these looks! Keep an open mind, step outside of your comfort zone in fashion, explore your options. There are many ways to appeal to the opposite sex. Sometimes it’s okay to borrow some styles from the opposite gender. At one time, all men wore stockings, bows in their hair, heels, and even long robes! Pink was a boy color, but now girls rock it as their own!

Don’t be afraid to take a chance! We live in an age where trying new things is a part of modern society.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

I don’t do “Adult” Stuff. I’m Just a BIG KID.

10 Feb

So recently I was attacked by my mother who feels that instead of doing the “adult” stuff she used to do in the ’80s, I enjoy stuff for kids. She tacks all kinds of “mental” disorders to my enjoyment of video games, toys, cartoons (Japanese anime, I try to explain the difference), sometimes reading children’s fiction and manga/comic books, and playing laser tag at my local bowling alley. Don’t get me wrong, I go to clubs to buy $10 dollar drinks. I’ve only been to one concert, and that was for Utada when she was in town. I prefer to spend my “happy time” doing things I love. I hang with friends, but I’m not always under them like she was. I need my space for introspection and relaxation. My more extroverted mother doesn’t get that. She can’t really understand people who think differently from her. Just like she can’t really understand my love for ALL KINDS of music. Every time I listen to rock music, or K-pop, I’m considered “weird” or demented because I’m a black girl who doesn’t care about Beyonce or the latest in wack rap music. I’m tired of being called the next Michael Jackson and  I’m tired of being pinned with the Peter Pan syndrome.

Not to unload my familial issues on everyone, because that’s not the point of this article.

The point is it’s ridiculous how there’s this “code” that defines you as an adult. Like you have to make these certain “rites of passage” to be considered a successful adult and your own personal quirks are not included. You’re not allowed to like what you like, regardless if what you like is timeless and wholesome. It’s as if what I like harms anyone, which it doesn’t. I do enjoy doing adult things like taking vacations, spending extra time with a lover, and partying all night, but why can’t I also enjoy a good Disney movie, an interesting video game, and a well-made toy also? I feel people who let go of their childhood interests are only making themselves older. Some of them even look older. My uncle gets the same hounding, and he’s 10 years older than me! He was working on being an entrepreneur, and what did my family tell him? Get a real job.

The thing that really fires me up is when people want to pin immaturity with interests. I always thought one’s “actions” defined maturity. And I can name many people who do “adult” things irresponsibly. Like drinking and driving…To me, THAT’S immaturity. Or drinking so much that you miss work altogether…Recently, something like this happened on youtube where a girl age 17 attacked my channel saying that I was in my 20s and liked kiddie things, calling me immature…but what kind of action was that?

To me, we are living in the 21st century and all kinds of “old” and  “outdated” rules are being demolished, especially the societal behavioral standards that are just outright dumb.

What “rites of passage” am I talking about? Some are very important, but some are downright stupid.

1) By age 8 you should know how to ride a bike and should know how to clean a home.

2) By age 12 you should have had a crush or boyfriend/girlfriend

3) By age 14 you should no longer be playing with toys (not even looking at them)

4) By age 17 you should have your driver’s license, and should be full-bodied

5) By age 25 you should have a job, college experience, or marriage with kids, and this is where you shouldn’t have time for cartoons and video games.

Well, I have a job and college experience, but I still like what I like. And what I choose to do with my money and time is my choice. Ya know, it’s as if  people don’t like to see others happy. When they’re miserable and lonely, they want you to feel their unhappiness.

BTW I can’t stand my family.

So have any of you had this experience where you’ve been pinned with the Peter Pan syndrome? Leave a comment and let me know! Shout out to all of my Big Kids!

G6vMo8R5gEk

Generation Next: Do you remember the late 90s, Y2K?

5 Jul

Anyone who grew up in Generation Next probably remembers the following between 1995-2003:

Pop culture……We are generation “Scorpio” which also defines our generation. All we care about is sex, violence, and power. Our generation is marked by everything dark and mysterious…we hate superficiality and anything “cheerful”…anything mystical, psychic, and occult. We transformed ideas of tranformation, lost the adult “rites of passage” other generations before us had, and are the only generation who can’t find jobs in the recession, still living with parents well into our twenties, and take a while to get married, if at all. But we still find ways to rebel against society, use the internet as our way of gaining social power, and stick to ourselves in our secretive and mistrustful minds. We are also quite an emotional generation….dangerously emotional.

Television

Anyone who is anybody can’t forget the grand children Networks of Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel. Rugrats and ALL That defined Nick, until the Rugrats grew up and Kenan and Kel left All That and so did Nick Cannon, and Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, Toonami, Ed Edd and Eddy, and Powerpuff Girls defined Cartoon Network. But MTV was infested with a bunch of teeny boppers who began filling the channel with their pop videos. At least we still had Michael Jackson… VH1 was filled with oldies. And BET actually had funny comedians on Comic View and showed black movies and shows. Let’s not forget Nick Jr. owned Blues Clues, Face, and Little Bill, while Playhouse Disney had Little Mermaid and Madeline…they even used to show Timon and Pumba, Arabian Nights, and other “Disney-like shows”. Back then, cable was just becoming the “It” thing. I still remember My Brother and Me and Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage witch. Fox and ABC were big back then, UPN too…Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, which also came on Disney Channel along with Boy Meets World, Growing Pains, and Brotherly Love…with those Lawrence Brothers that everyone loved. Disney even had shows like the Famous Jett Jackson, So Weird, and The Jersey. Courage the Cowardly Dog was like So Weird…except weirder…Scooby-Doo was still big. We liked a lot of mysteries like Shelby Woo and the occult like So Weird and Goosbumps….we also loved Power Rangers and Anime as kids. Barney was even in our slot time, though I always preferred Kid Songs….and Zoom, the new version. Aurthur was our show too! And even Sesame Street, especially Elmo’s World. And we weren’t too far from old classic cartoons from Tex Avery, Toonheads like Bugs Bunny, and even some Animaniacs….best time for television. In later years, we supported shows like Lizzie Maguire, the first tween show to make over a million viewers, and That’s So Raven which was the first longest running show on Disney Channel. We loved Lindsey Lohan…until she got cracked up.

Remember tha babies who could talk?

What a creative show! Back when Klasky was running things: Rugrats!

The Simpsons, South Park, 90210, Living Single, Baywatch, X-Files, Law and Order, and other nighttime television. Not to mention, watching the Bulls game was far more entertaining than it is now.

Technology

Computer was just becoming a part of the home, and laptops was spreading jobs across the nation. And everyone used to chat on AOL…it used to talk back and say “You’ve got Mail” which used to be so cool. Of course, I was always on yahoo…..Then MP3s came out, though you could only play one song at the time. CDs were still pretty big. Downloading became big like two years after 2000. But people still bought CDs, and everyone had a CD player with big headphones….The DVD player was it, but then everyone found out Playstation 2 could play DVDs and it was done. Playstation 2 was like the biggest thing, though Dreamcast and Gamecube also marked the generation. Of course, realistic graphics were the biggest thing back then. LOL Remember Street Fighter, Tekken, Final Fantasy? And NBA Live was regular too.

Playstation, remember? LOL

Literature

It varied, actually towards the end, kids stopped reading and started again. Babysitters’ Club, Sweet Valley, and American Girl marked the generation. For boys it was between How to Eat Fried Worms, There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, Help! I’m trapped in Obedient School Again, Anamorphs, and Goooooosssbumpsss!!!! Who doesn’t remember Goosbumps? That was like the biggest thing. Then Harry Potter came out like in 1999 or before, and that took over. A Series of Unfortunate Events was big too. And Pirates of the Caribbean marked the later generation.

GOOOOSSSEEEBUMMMPSS!

Music

It sucked balls. Pop idols like Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls took over the industry. Who can forget the Hansen brothers? Pure lamety. Then here came Britney, the first teen solo act, and she influenced the whole world to come out with pop imitations. Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore who dyed her hair for the “occasion”, and all of these pop groups like Dream and Play, and just too many pop artists to count. And then the boy Britney Spears came out, Aaron Carter. Even black people changed genres like After Dark and Blaque…TLC was the biggest group…until, well you know. It was back when Jesse McCartney was part of the group Dreamstreet. Hoku and Myra marked Disney and Nick movies for their contributions, and Baha Men music swept the world by storm. Then in 2001, it seemed Dark Child took over everything, and so did 50 cent…later Avril Lavigne stole Britney’s shine in the early Y2K years. Then all these poprock artists came out of the closet, of course singers like Michelle Branch, Lindsay Pagano, Vanessa…can’t remember the rest of her name, and even Pink came out of the closet with her “real self”. Evanescence also dominated the industry. Metallic and Coldplay were even at their peek. All the most hard-core music marked our generation….along with the most giddy… If only Panic! At the Disco had been around….

Britney Spears when she was a little innocent...only a little...

The wildest group around! Spice Girls!

Original famous style! Avril Lavigne!

50 Cent back in 2003...

Fashion

I remember overalls….which no one wears anymore. Jordans were popular too…Capri pants were the “it” thing…and for some reason…ponchos….baggy pants, bandannas and scarves, and surfer boy hair cuts. Jean jackets and Timbaland boots were in too. That’s what Spongbob used to remind me of back in 2002, his debut…a surfer, valley dude, which those bleached-blond idiots were the “it” thing. Now, Spongebob is just a geeky idiot…Ponytails, and scrunchies were popular. Lip gloss had just become a big thing. Belly tops were “oh-so revealing” but not compared to now…especially if you consider Gaga’s “no pants rule”. Skorts were popular, and no one wear those either. Numbered tees, like with “57” or “23” and words all over the pants. And because of 9/11, everyone was wearing red, white, and blue. Feathery and hot looking jackets marked later generations. Like this:

Jackets of early Y2K...

jacket

And these checkered and worded jeans:

checkered pants?

Backstreet Boys look...LOL

Words and Sayings

The words and sayings that came back were “Cool” and “Awesome”, but we also added “Totally hot” and “bogus” and “wack” and “corny” and “lame” and who can forget “psyche”. “Wicked Cool” and other sayings that are too funny to repeat. “For shizzle my nizzle” was popular too, and you could add of “izzles” if you liked. And” then “it’s off the heezy for sheezy. “Da Bomb” was it too. And “Bad” or “Sharp” was in too. “Totally Rad” was in too. LOL This is funny.

This is really a walk down memory lane…

I feel sorry for this generation. Sorry later generation, you missed out on the best age to be a kid. Your Television Network producers have gotten so stupid they can’t even read their own network titles. Instead they show everything but music on MTV and live actions on Cartoon Network. Not to mention, the face of Disney is no longer Mickey, but Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus….

No one uses their voices in music anymore, it’s now been replaced by cheap equipments that electronically “disguises” real voices.

Glad I grew up in Generation Next.

Movies

Movies ranged between Sixth Sense, Scissors hands, well really anything with Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. Matrix marked the 21st Century. We also had “Ritchie Rich”, remember the little blond boy from Home Alone? And let’s not forget the Disney movies. The best movies in the 90s were the Disney movies, hands down, like Lion King, Huntchback of Notre Dame, and Beauty and the Beast. Of course, there were some pretty good thrillers here and there, and other children’s movies like Little Rascals which had Mary-Kate and Ashley, America’s Twins. Also, Dennis the Menace. Remember Free Willy? LOL That movie still makes me laugh. Childrens’ movies had reach their peak in the 90s. The first child actor won an acting award, Haley Joel Osment, and you used to see him everywhere before his sister went all “Hannah Montana”…though he still acts as Sora on Kingdom Hearts, which is all I care about.

A white person being nominated at the BET Awards???

30 Jun

Should it be or should it not be a controversy? That is the question.

This year, the BET awards have had mixed reviews. A lot of people hated last year’s BET MJ tribute because first off it was unorganized. But this year:

This year also had the biggest MJ tribute by Chris Brown, which brought his reputation back.

Now, should this really be a controversy?

I’m going to say this. In today’s generation, as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, is a generation that has opened their minds. “Free Your Mind” comes to mind by En Vogue when I think of this generation. This generation is color blind. So, for people like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez to be nominated at a BET award is nothing to the generation that feels we are all equal and united within the human race. That is reality. It is a great dream, and a great way to think about the world. Many little black girls love Justin Bieber just as much as the little white girls. And so, it has become a part of the black nation to listen to all kinds of music instead of just the “stereotypical” black music, like rap, hip-hop, and R&B.

What is disturbing is that, like I said in older entries about Network channels, check under the movie and television sections, is that the Network “leaders” can’t seem to read their own channels. Why do I say this? It’s because BET is BLACK Entertainment…and you see white people being nominated? Not that I have anything against it, but stick to your Network title so you won’t confuse people. It’s like MTV who doesn’t air music, Cartoon Network who is now airing Live actions and no variety cartoons, and Disney not showing anything Disney-related like Mickey Mouse.

Another reason they should consider nominating black people is because naturally black people are not that popular in the nation we live in. Black people need some exposure. As “equal” as we want to be, naturally the nation’s majority is white, and naturally white people don’t like everything “black”. Lady Gaga over En Vogue…Taylor Swift over Corinne Bailey Ray… Paramore over FeFe Dopson….truly, it is the blond, blue eyes that seems to top the charts much more frequently this year than any other look….so yes, it would be nice for some blacks to be nominated…

However, truly it’s all in one’s perception of “black”. Is this Network about showing people what black people are doing today? Yes, this is Black Entertainment, but it all goes back to what blacks are being entertained by, right? So what do they like nowadays? As people actually begin to “equalize” the “majority” begins to dominate. Why? Because naturally, everyone begins to take ideas from each other, and the “white” race’s ideas are the majority. They own a large amount of businesses, and have serious financial power in the US. Maybe…just maybe blacks aren’t being entertained by other blacks…maybe they are more entertained by Bieber…

Or is this Network about SHOWING only black entertainment? Meaning black people who are contributing to the Entertainment industry? If this is the case….they messed up the BET awards AGAIN.

It also goes back to the title “Black”. Do they mean you have to be of the “ethnicity” or the culture? There is a distinct difference. The African American classify themselves as “black”. Anybody who had ancestors that came from Africa would be considered black. Of course, there are white people who were born in Africa, and move to the US. I’m not sure if they would be classified as African American or black…but they wouldn’t be classified as “black”, so… though blacks come in all shades…Well, anyone of darker skin. We’ll put it like that.

But as far as the culture goes, anyone can be raised in a culture of people and look nothing like them. Though I am of African decent, I was born and raised in America, therefore, without my intention, my culture is American. However, African American is a culture, and it is not as exclusive as a “color”. Many people can be born and raised in the African American culture, having been exposed to African rooted music, styles, language, and other forms of entertainment. With that being said, BET could be expressing how our culture is influencing the world. Though Bieber and Eminem are white, they have taken into styles that were generally “black-dominated” and made it their own.

Whether that is a good thing or bad thing is up to the reader.

Some people say it’s bad because now “white people” will take over everything, and “blacks” will dominate nothing. Some people are not as exclusive, and feel that it’s good because it shows just how much African Americans influence the Entertainment industry. I mean, without black people (and good looks), Justin Bieber would not be this famous. Literally, his music is nothing special.

But see, that’s the only problem I have with BET. They are just throwing up any artist who is famous. But Justin Bieber…it’s obvious he only got famous for his looks. His music is nothing special, and without that cute “baby doll” face, he would not be as popular as he is. His music is…crap, plain and simple. Lyrics are cheesy, weak, and unoriginal. His whole genre is generic, and kind of another Usher tune. I might as well listen to other artists. And no fan, not one, can tell me why Justin Bieber is so special without bringing up his looks….I mean, this is quite a superficial generation. What are we teaching our kids America?

But that’s my thoughts on this issue. I praise Chris Brown for having the courage to face that crowd and make a tribute to Michael Jackson. Quite brave of him.

Surprised I didn’t see Beyonce or Jay-Z.

I really think BET awards should cancel. It’s just another Grammys. If white people can be at both, then BET awards is just another Grammys. The whole point of BET is to promote black people…I would hope so. Maybe the goals of the network has changed. But if that’s the case, get rid of it, and stick to the Grammys.

Remembering Michael Jackson this Weekend…

28 Jun

Just remembering the Memorial of Michael Jackson today, and remembering how great of an artist he was. He has officially been gone for one year and a day. And though he is gone in body form, his music and talent lives on. I just hope it can make an impression on this generation, who seems to feel that anyone can get famous without hard work, talent, and skill. In a generation that uses technology to gloss over their imperfections rather than working hard so that they can allow their imperfections to become strengths, they can’t imagine the hard work MJ put into his music and performances to make it magical for everyone.This generation believes in getting something for nothing.

I’m not interested in his personal life, as you all know I am into professional career. I care more about how they do the work, and whether they do a good job. And no matter what people say about him, no one can ever say his music was crap, a rip-off, taking a fart on his listeners, like some artists I’ve mentioned in older entries. He used his real voice, he knew how to use his voice, at the same time entertain his audience with amazing dancing skills. His performance could never be compared to any artist, but even if you didn’t watch him, just hearing him sing was amazing. You could enjoy your cassette/record/CD on a quiet day at home, or attend a live concert and enjoy the complex dance steps, and breath-taking stage and lights. He offered anything a musician could offer.

Not to mention he donated to so many charities, wrote so many novels, biographies, and autobiographies had his time to shine in TV shows, cartoons, and movies. Not to even mention the many awards he won, and the many important people he met. So I’m going to dedicate this post to the King of Pop.

This song was funky tune about the feeling of love and making love…a kind of party tune. If you look at the music video it looks like a force is pulling those balls here and there…

This song is also a party tune. But it’s a slower jam, kind of a cool off period in a party. It’s also about how music brings people together.

This song is another party tune. It’s by the Jacksons, and it’s about how music can make people dance without anyone realizing it. Interesting…This reminds me of a Powerpuff Girls episode called “Blame it on the Boogie” for all you Generation Nexters….

This song came after the Jacksons traveled the world. They became more open-minded after all of those experiences. This song is about peace and harmony in the world, and trying to love and understand one another, despite our outer differences, and learning that people are naturally not that different on the inside. We all have the same color blood. The video has rainbows, things in nature that everyone can enjoy, and references to the vast universe that all of us share.

The Wiz was a movie that was made from the Wizard of Oz that was meant to enter more African pride in the movie. Of course, some things were different from the original. Some elements were much more adult and modern. This song is about people not necessarily attacking you physically, but attacking one’s insecurities so that they won’t better themselves. The scarecrow wouldn’t move because he felt less worthy because the crows made him feel too dumb to do so. Somebody compared the scarecrow to being on a crucifix and being humiliated by the crows, though it’s just rumors.

This song is so sad. MJ said in his Moonwalk Autobiography that this song is actually meant to express a real experience he had. It also is meant to talk about how it was hard for him to find the right girl. MJ was a shy guy. Bold onstage, but timid on a personal note. This is about him learning what real love was just a little too late. It’s about love being more than “she’s mine, and I’m hers” but more like something that continues beyond possession, or beyond having someone to love. Great song, beautifully sang, meaningful lyrics, and passionately performed. A+. Ballads are his favorite songs.

This song is about being careful about choosing lovers, especially for someone in the “celebrity world”. “Lies Become the Truth” is what can happen if you get too involved with lovers in that kind of world. Everyone wanted a piece of MJ back then, and he had to be careful. They wanted his money, wanted to claim him, and they would stop at nothing for that claim. He said he had some people ask him if the name came from Billie Jean King, the famous tennis star at the time. The answer was no. LOL What a controversial world the music industry and celebrity world is. Fame makes people crazy. This video seems to be MJ going around town trying to avoid the paparazzi, who seems to be stalking him to find out everything he’s doing. MJ also improved the life of a homeless man who got love in the end…

MJ wasn’t specifically in this video, but he did sing in the song, which was about a woman who made love torture for a man. A woman who caused only pain and gave no pleasure. The MV seems to be a “spooky” kind of video where the leader, a woman, is in charge of all of these ghouls, from giant eyes, skeletons, etc.

Of course, everyone knows this video. LOL This song is about people always trying to prove how hard they are. This goes back to my last post…And in their attempts to prove their “masculinity” or “dominance” or power, everything has to end in violence. Someone is always trying to argue to prove who’s right and who’s wrong, when really it doesn’t matter, and shouldn’t be taken as far as violence and bloodshed. People always want to fight until their last breath instead of finding a peaceful way to solve a problem. Of course, the MV itself looks like a bunch of thugs who want to fight each other, and have planned this battle in the back of a garage. And MJ seems to be a young kid who lives nearby and hears the violence, or could have been a part of one of the gangs, but was tired of it, tired of trying to fight, and left his home to put an end to it.

The song seems to be about a woman who wants a little space and freedom, but the man doesn’t want her to have TOO much space and freedom or they will grow further a part. The music video is funny. It’s about Paul and MJ playing a con game on people to get some money. They are putting on quite a show for the people, and the demand for them is high. Of course, they get in trouble with the sheriffs for their con games.

This song is about MJ protecting his girl from anything scary, and also expressing how much more thrilling he is compared to the most thrilling scenes, which is true. I would have rather gone to see an MJ concert than see a scary movie. Scary movies are the best time for two lovers to cuddle together, and for girls to feel safe, right ladies? Muhahaha! Okay, obviously this video is about a 1950s movie, that seemed to come true in the 1980s to MJ’s date. He keeps freaking her out, turning into these ghouls. LOL

Are you bad? MJ says if you’re truly bad, you’d be able to make a difference. A truly “bad” person, used in slang terms, mean someone who is untouchable. And to MJ an untouchable person is someone who can stand up to those who oppress others, change the world for the better. He believes all a bad person gets is the rewards of going to prison. This video’s story is about a boy named Darrell who’s mother sent him to a boarding school out of the ghetto hood so he could get a better education. After the term was over, he was forced to return to the hood, where his “bad” friends, who were different from him, took a day to hang with him. Of course, they noticed the difference in their friend, and at first lightly teased him. His friends were obviously less educated and didn’t have as much money, so to prove their worth, they stole off of the streets and picked fights with victims. Of course, this didn’t sit well with Darrell (MJ). His friends began giving him problems, saying he ain’t bad, and well….we have the music video.

Ahh….guys ever want to try this? Maybe when you go to a club, try to get a girl with a song and a dance? LOL Nah, just be yourself. That’s the ticket. MJ constantly has MVs about him being some wimpy kid that can’t seem to hang with the cool and gangsta crowd. He’s just different. This is one of those. He is hanging with this crowd of boys who are very rude, approach women in a rugged, less charming way, and he just isn’t like them, despite his attempt to fit in. The older man he talks to gives him some advice and tells him to be himself. And MJ…well, his best way of getting girls to like him, something he feels confident in, is singing and dancing. And well, it was a much more charming way, a little funny and weird, but cute. And so he got the girl he wanted.

This song is heart-reaching. This song is about MJ realizing that though he is living comfortably, others are not. This song is his realization that in the cold he can bundle up his coat, while others don’t have one. If you have the money, is it wrong to make sure others have? Try to take care of others and give a piece of what you have. People say, “I have to think about me too.” “A selfish kind of love” is that kind of thinking MJ is talking about. We need each other. In such a society where the rich get richer and poor get poorer, better known as capitalism, there needs to be poor. But is such a system right when there are people who are hungry? Money is Evil. That’s my philosophy. In any country, it is. This video shows some of the evils around the world, and the real heroes who tried to make a difference and many were killed, and it’s always the good ones who die. Reminds me of a poem by the Mad Poet aka Melissa Dean called Open Your Eyes, check it out on youtube sometime. One thing the song states is if we want to make the world better, we have to make ourselves better, and look at that person in the mirror.

This is one of my ultimate favorites! I just love it. The song is about a woman, who was also mentioned in several other songs later, who is a prostitute. She loves to sleep with all the stars just for fortune and fame, to gain a carefree life. In this song, she wants MJ. This woman is very good at seducing to get what she wants. And so many famous men get trapped into her web. This reminds me of another webpress blog about people in high places getting prostitutes (mostly politicians, but it’s common among all the rich and famous). When people get money, it’s hard for them to avoid people who want a piece of it. A curse to be poor and unnoticeable, a curse to be rich and famous. The music video is showing a performance of MJ’s, but in the middle of the Perf, Diana shows up, hops her little self into his limo and waits until the show is over.

Another Part of Me is similar to Man in the Mirror. It’s bout coming together and spreading MJ’s message of peace, harmony, and love, and how we are all a part of this planet. So we have to come together and spread this message. This is our planet. If you have a problem, don’t point your finger, do something.

This song can be interpreted in any way. The lyrics are in reference to a criminal who is so smooth in his crimes that there are no clues left behind them. One of his victims is Annie. The name came from the little blond girl in the video. The song is not about a real criminal, but it’s about how smooth a real crescendo from MJ could be. A sharp beat comes in so smooth, that no one knows how it did. The criminal struck the crowd with his beat. They are the victims of his music.

Speed Demon is a machine song, MJ said. The video seems to be about MJ once again being a “smooth criminal”, escaping the fans who are desperate to get an autograph. Even the “police”  (paparazzi) want a hold of him with their “camera guns”. MJ is always on the move, and has to be, in order to give more to his fans…but get away from them too.

Naturally, though everyone wants to be different and original, the real original people hate being so. That was the case with MJ. He was fierce about his privacy, and during the “Stephen Glass” era of media, just about anything could be put into the media without sufficient facts. Of course, nobody recognized it at the time, and to this day, still don’t. Watch Network… MJ was one eccentric dude behind the stage, though what famous person isn’t….but he was so famous, that he was constantly the object of scrutiny. There was not one country he could go to retreat. That meant tabloid monsters and predators could easily get the best of him. And his come back? “Leave Me Alone”. MJ says he gave all his loving and you took it for granted. He tried to be a good person. I guess this is why rich people are so evil. If you are too nice, people talk about you. You almost have to be selfish to get some respect in that kind of “world”. The video reminds me of Gulliver’s Travels. You see the “dogs” building their amusement park all over MJ’s body. Which to me seems to be in reference to paparazzi using him as the object of their amusement.

Liberia is a country in Africa, and MJ loved his African women. He loved romance that was like in a movie. He said he was always fascinated with women and men and they way they interacted. That’s especially evident in Human Nature, another one of his songs. But this video…LOL…he got all of the famous celebrities of the 90s together, I’m assuming to shoot a movie. It was set in Liberia, but they were just reading the lyrics, and the whole time, he was shooting them, while they were waiting for him. Cute.

This song is about melting the ideas of racism and color. Does it matter if we’re black or white? We’re all human, we’re all brothers from the same mother.  This song is about mixing and blending cultures. Everyone is equal. This MV shows a variety of different dances from different parts of the world. It begins with a kid playing his music loudly. Of course, he blasts his father around the world. And then we begin to see all of these dances of the world. Pretty cool.

All for MJ! Enjoy!

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