As we all know, Justin Bieber has been no stranger to Black people and Urban/Black music. With Usher as his mentor, collaborations with everyone from Mariah Carey to Future to R. Kelly to Chance the Rapper to Lil’ Wayne… the list goes on & on.
In response to the videos surfacing, Bieber has since issued an apology regarding the matter.
“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family, I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public, I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously, and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then, and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again. Ignorance has no place in our society, and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say, but telling the truth is always what’s right. Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake, and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again … I’m sorry.”
So the question at hand is do we prosecute Bieber for his extremely unacceptable behavior he displayed at a young age or do we forgive him and accept him as the man he is today? Though I don’t condone the use of racial slurs, especially ones pertaining to the African-American community, I do believe that people can change. Do I believe Bieber is a racist? Not at all. We have all said things that we probably regret or will regret at one time or another. It doesn’t excuse it, but it does show that none of us are angels. The only difference between the common person & Mr. Bieber is that he’s famous; We’re not.
He’s issued a seemingly genuine apology and from there, I think we should all move on from the topic.
And to Justin… be mindful of what you say when the cameras are rolling.
Mariah Carey, who has been ducking & dodging questions regarding her next album for weeks, has finally announced the title of her upcoming project, which is due promptly May 27 & available for Pre-Order on iTunes NOW. Featuring collaborations from her twins Monroe & Moroccan, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, Miguel, Wale & Nas, the album is called…
Me. I Am Mariah…. The Elusive Chanteuse.
Above is the standard edition cover while below is the deluxe edition cover:
Though the date has been pushed back, at least finally the diva has announced a title, a cover & a date that is set in stone.
The title “Me. I Am Mariah” derives from a drawing she made during a childhood days that shared the same title. This “personal treasure” was drawn when she was 3 & was included as the album title for its “creative visualization of how [she] saw [her]self with the purity of a child’s heart” says Mariah.
“This album is a reflection of the peaks & valleys that have made me who I am today.”
With “Chanteuse” meaning “A female of popular songs” it makes the extended title of the album “The Elusive Chanteuse” that much more appropriate. Already in iTunes top 10 based solely off of Pre-Ordering, it will be interesting to see what Mariah releases as a single to revitalize interest in the album after the lackluster performance of “You’re Mine (Eternal).”
Amidst a slew of doubts & speculation, Mariah is back to remind everyone who the real Diva is. Let’s hope she delivers her best work since her 2005 critically & commercially acclaimed comeback The Emancipation of Mimi.
To say she looks pretty good is an understatement.
Mariah Carey, known for her bold fashion choices oft times, showed how HOT she still is! Shot by Terry Richardson, this one of many magazine covers Mariah has graced as of lately, with the most notable being her Billboard Magazine cover:
The clocks tick as we patiently wait for Mariah’s next LP, which is due sometime next month. The LP’s cover, track listing & title have yet to be released.
Every year, the “Today Show” announces their line-up for their annual summer concert series. Last year, the series was kicked off by the legendary Mariah Carey & this year, it will be kicked off by none other than Ms. Carey once again.
The diva is set to perform new material off of her upcoming LP, which is to drop sometime next month. The LP’s cover, track listing & title has yet to be revealed.
Mariah will kick off the concert series May 16 while Usher will close the series with a huge performance September 5. Two legendary artists in R&B!
Also, in the line-up is Ariana Grande (August 29), Maroon 5 (September 1), Pharrell (June 5) & Jennifer Hudson (July 29).
There was a point in time where I didn’t believe Mariah Carey’supcoming 14th album was coming out. I labeled this album a myth because all Carey was supplying fans with was false hope. With several delays and single mishaps, Carey had me worried she was competing for Ashanti’s record, which is the most postponed album of all time. But, as of today full hope has been restored, as Carey has exclusively revealed to Billboard she will be taking the surprise approach with the release of the album.
Mariah herself will reveal her album’s title, artwork, track listing, and music all at once via a soon-to-be-announced digital partner. Carey herself explains why she will be taking the ‘Beyoncé’ surprise route.
“I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title,” Carey says, noting that the album takes its name from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.”
Mariah is also aware of the recent string of single releases that failed to compete with her previous hits.
“You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work,” she says. “This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here’s the album.”
So what can fans expect to hear? Billboard says big ballads and uptempo bangers. Mariah Carey’s full cover story with Billboard will be posted this coming Monday.
I don’t think the word excited correctly explains how I am feeling, because it’s beyond that. Knowing Carey and what she is capable of, this body of work for this project will be nothing short of amazing. The currently untitled album will be released May 6 (or before – who knows). Carey will have productions from Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins, Hit – Boy, Big Jim Wright, and Mike Will Made It, plus features from Wale, Nas, and a surprise guest she will not reveal.
Rumor mills are forming a cloud of anticipation yet uncertainty around Mariah Carey & her upcoming LP, which is still scheduled for a May 6 release date.
Despite the diva’s last single “You’re Mine (Eternal)” peaking at a bleak #88 on the Hot 100, it seems as if Ms. Carey is still giving the green light with this project. Last year, her collaboration with Miguel on “#Beautiful” reached Platinum status, peaked at #15 on the charts & was received warmly by critics.
Lately, Mariah fans have taken to twitter to vent their frustrations with the diva’s team. Jeramine Dupri (her manager) in particular, throwing accusations that they are not handling her properly in regards to this upcoming LP. No track listing, cover, title or anything has been released about the LP.. All we know is “May 6th”
Below is a screenshot of Mariah’s album being available for Pre-Order on Amazon.com in the United Kingdom:
Hmm.. Could it be that this album is truly coming?
Also, here’s a screen cap of the album being available for Pre-Order on Amazon U.S.:
As a Mariah fan, I can’t help but be excited.. yet nervous. What is she doing? What’s going on? How is this album going to sell with no lead single making considerable impact on the charts at the moment?
Only time will tell. Until then, we will watch to see if Mariah can do it yet again. I believe she can.