more than the Grammy’s, i look forward to watching the VMA’s every year. it’s when MTV goes back to its roots and focuses on the music.
there were some great performances but none compared to the performance given by Video Vanguard Award recipient, Jennifer Lopez. medley of songs spanning her 19 year musical career- included songs from Waiting for Tonight to her latest hit, which won her the Best Collaboration along with DJ Khaled and Cardi B, Dinero.
but the unexpected breakout performance last night was delivered by Jessie Reyez. 27 year old Canadian singer belts out her hit song Apple Juice. it’s raw, it’s passionate, it’s pure vocals. with a voice like hers, that’s all you need.
click below for each of their performances.
till ll next year MTV.
“how come white people are so pretty?", asks my 11 year old korean american daughter.
my initial reaction is a mix of shock and sadness.
shock, because i didn't think she thought herself as less than and sad because she pointed out a ugly reality. girls grow up being exposed to the causasian-centric media and something very dangerous happens- their reference and standard for beauty becomes very skewed. the traditionally asian features seem less desirable. they think they are less desirable.
there was a time i had similar sentiments.
but you grow into your own.
you embrace what's unique about yourself and less about what you see in the media.
at such an impressionable age, when all they want to do is blend in; how does one explain- you are just as pretty?
that's why movies like CRAZY RICH ASIANS are such an important step in asian americans having space in media. asians need to be represented and little girls everywhere can be proud of their uniqueness.
the sound track consists of various multilingual covers: from madonna's material girl to elvis presley's can't help falling in love with you.
however, it's coldplay's yellow that has drawn the most attention, when coldplay showed reluctance to license out the song due to racist connotations of the word. however, director jon m. chu explained that he wanted to reclaim the word. he told the hollywood reporter, "if we are going to be called yellow, we're going to make it beautiful."
it's all about context.
the same word can be a word of bigotry.
and at the same time, a word of love.
sung by katherine ho, a 19 year old sophomore at the university of southern california and a past voice contestant.
it was the perfect song for the ending scene when love conquers.
click to the link below for katherine ho's rendition of yellow:
TRUE BLUE: June 30, 1986
there are few artists that have remained relevant as long as madonna.
evolving with the times,
inventing the times.
my first cassette tape was TRUE BLUE.
her third studio album released June 30, 1986.
rewinding and fast-forwarding through the album to listen to my favorite tracks.
this album delves into more serious subjects than her two previous.
i remember feeling the angst of the girl that might be living out the real life situation of Papa Don't Preach; singing along to Live to Tell and feeling sad, without quite knowing why.
the music evoked such depth of emotions, even at the age of 8.
60 seconds of my favorite tracks posted on instagram and uploaded to YouTube
I don't remember when or how I came to record these minute videos but I have come to use them to share music on my instagram account. Mostly for the users ease. I sometimes screenshot an album cover or post a picture of the artist but these videos allows the user to hear the music instantly. Which increases the chances of actually sharing music than just posting with a picture and words.
Link to my most recent post below uploaded onto YouTube: Linger - TALA - Single - 6/1/18 - The Cranberries Cover.
after postponement and cancellation to address production issues, here are the new dates and locations
August 10 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 12 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
August 14 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 15 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 17 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 20 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
August 21 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
August 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
August 24 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 28 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
August 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
September 1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
September 4 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
September 5 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
September 7 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
September 8 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
September 9 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
September 12 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
September 13 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
September 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
September 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
September 18 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
September 21 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
September 22 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
September 24 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
September 26 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 29 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
September 30 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 2 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 6 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 8 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
October 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
October 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
October 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
October 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
October 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
October 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
October 26 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
October 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
October 29 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
November 1 – Seattle, WA @ Tacoma Dome
November 3 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
November 4 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
November 6 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
November 7 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
November 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
November 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
for tickets: www.ticketmaster.com/new/drake-tickets/artist/1319371?landing=c&awtrc=true&c=SEM_TPM_ggl_1408231336_59268433601_%252Bdrake%2520%252Bticketmaster&GCID=0&gclid=CjwKCAjwqarbBRBtEiwArlfEIBoUiak37_kjrFYG6grELAf791eEvz_B9REGKePsXwBbSvcHnLkdMxoC73UQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKqr2IW53twCFdF4YgodiIoMGg
foomu27 YouTube Channel
one day i inadvertently placed my phone on the table
with the camera on
facing the ceiling
and what was in the viewfinder
was something interesting
something i ordinarily wouldn't have noticed
so i decided to take a 15 second video of the ceiling
capturing the sounds of the restaurant in the process
now one of the first things i do
when i sit down at a restaurant
is look up
restaurant ceilings and sounds
in boston, montreal, los angeles, new york and paris