Beyonce Knowles: A Positive Role Model?

Beyoncé Knowles has been a popular music artist for as long as some young people can remember, and she has been a positive role model throughout her career. She started her climb to international fame in the early 1990′s. She teamed up with a group of pop-R&B artists to form Destiny’s child. At Destiny’s Child’s peak the group had released a number of number-one hits. Since the group broke up, she has made a prominent name for herself, and is now a household name in American culture. This award season, like many, the pop diva is up for a plethora of awards; including the billboard music awards, and Ellen DeGeneres’ “Webby” award.

Beyoncé is very intriguing as an individual because of her control over her career. The dubbed “Queen Bee” has worked hard to create a personal persona that would last in the constantly shifting market of mass media. Beyoncé is a smart entertainer because of her experience working within the various mediums of entertainment media. She has performed amazingly as a singer, dancer, and actress. This makes any performer a triple-threat; someone who is well versed in every aspect of performing arts.

The way that Knowles dips into many types of projects allows her persona to take on more qualities to be discussed by the public. Music reviewers applaud her way to release album after album, while still giving listeners a new perspective of her persona that was constructed for her fans.

Beyoncé Knowles is said to be a positive beacon for feminism, and role-model for America’s children. She creates her music to be popular, though often includes details that are not always addressed in pop music today. The pop singer believes that women should own their sexuality, though not in a way in which they are not causing others to constantly objectify them. This is interesting because Knowles’ entire career rests on the expectation that people will buy her as a product.

The implications of objectification are complicated, and have far-reaching implications. A fact about the production of Knowles’ “feminist manifesto,” titled 4, reveals that she employed only six women out of the forty-five people who were credited to have worked on the album. This is a high number of males collaborating on a project that was meant to revolutionize female-pop-music. In fact, not a single woman was on her writing team for the songs on the album that addressed her sexual energy.

With this information, the album seems less about being a strong woman, and standing up for equality as a feminist, and takes on more themes of self-acceptance, and owning one’s own personality traits. Many feminist writers are putting down her attempt at labeling her work feminist, and abhor the media that constantly refers to her glorified status as a self-proclaimed feminist. They argue that she constructs a feminist front. She places herself on a stage in front of an entirely female ensemble and belts about how women run the world, when so many men have influence on her empire. Whether or not Beyoncé Knowles is a feminist, or a positive role model for young women is hard to say; in the very least, her albums have facilitated a discussion between academics and the common folk alike.

Opinion by Joshua Shane

Source: http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/beyonce-knowles-a-positive-role-model/

Jessica Alba, Ian Somerhalder and More Stars Go Green: 5 Eco-Friendly Celebrity Causes

Melissa Hebeler

Happy Earth Week!

Eco-friendly celebrities like Jessica Alba and Leonardo DiCaprio have taken their green lifestyles to another level with a variety of environmental initiatives and charitable causes.

The Wolf of Wall Street star, for example, has his own foundation-the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation-which gives grants to charities that improve the environment by providing access to clean water, saving endangered species, protecting our oceans and more.

Check out these 5 eco-friendly celeb causes and initiatives!

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1. Jessica Alba’s Honest Company: The Sin City star founded her eco-friendly company to “help moms and give all children a better, safer start” by providing information on eco-friendly products, healthy living strategies and tips on how to maintain a clean diet. Alba’s site sells products like eco-friendly diapers and wipes for babies, along with eco-friendly laundry detergent and dish soap for parents. A percentage of the sales are donated to Baby2Baby.org, which gives baby supplies to families in need.

2. Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life: The Clueless star created her blog as an extension of her The Kind Diet book. On it, she gives tips and recipes for vegan dieting and vegetarian food, provides editorials on environmentally-sensitive fashion items and fashion issues, and more. The majority of this falls under Silverstone’s “Green Life” section on her blog, where readers can get tips on on how to live a greener life.

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3. Ian Somerhalder’s Ian Somerhalder Foundation: The Vampire Diaries star has made it no secret that he’s passionate about environment issues and animal rights. The award-winning environmentalist’s foundation aims to “empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” The organization distributes funds geared towards global conservation, green energy development and educational tools, and creates awareness about the harmful impact of global deforestation among many other things.

4. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation: Established in 1998, the Wolf of Wall Street’s foundation is dedicated to protecting “Earth’s last wild places and fostering a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.” To carry out their initiatives, the organization teams up with other groups to provide grants for conservation projects and non-profits. DiCaprio’s org has helped numerous philanthropic efforts by providing access to clean water in remote parts of the world, and joined a collaborative funding effort called “Oceans 5″ to help stop overfishing and establish marine reserves. The thesp also produced and created a documentary called The 11th Hour, which documented the grave problems facing the environment, including global warming and deforestation.

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5. Brad Pitt’s Holy Cross Project: The Oscar winner teamed up with Global Green to help lead the organization’s Holy Cross Project in 2006, which pushed for the redevelopment of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina with the development of a zero energy affordable housing development (five single-family homes, an 18-unit apartment building and a community center/sustainable design). The first home was built in 2008. His Make It Right Foundation, founded in 2007, has since gone on to build energy-efficient, green homes and building for communities in need.

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Emma Watson Gets Real About The Fashion Industry’s Biggest Problem

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Just when we thought we couldn’t love Emma Watson any more than we already did, she goes ahead and proves us wrong with some seriously wise words.

The 23-year-old actress has been more on top of her style game than ever on the press tour for her new film “Noah.” However, it turns out she has some choice words for the fashion industry — more specifically its negative effect on young women, and its unrealistic approach to beauty. In an interview with The Guardian, she explains:

As a younger woman, that pressure got me down, but I’ve made my peace with it. With airbrushing and digital manipulation, fashion can project an unobtainable image that’s dangerously unhealthy. I’m excited about the ageing process. I’m more interested in women who aren’t perfect. They’re more compelling.

While we can all agree that Ms. Watson is absolutely gorgeous, it is refreshing to hear that she is not only aware of the dangers from industry pressure, but seemingly has a handle on them as well. Cheers to imperfections, Emma!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/31/emma-watson-fashion-problem_n_5062397.html

Jessica Alba Talks Honesty, Integrity, And Power

Jessica Alba is an actress, mom of two, New York Times best-selling author, and a successful e-commerce entrepreneur. In 2012, Alba co-founded The Honest Company, an online emporium devoted to all things non-toxic and eco-friendly for baby, beauty and home.

This month, the company launched a ” Social Goodness Timeline,” enabling its customers to get a close-up look at the company’s philanthropic efforts, sustainability work, and giving milestones. And the actress’ fans need not worry, because Alba is also back in theaters this September, reprising her role as Nancy Callahan in “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.”

Here, the actress and businesswoman weighs the meaning of power, the definition of success, and the qualities that make a man provocative.

What does honesty mean to you?

Honesty is being true to yourself and to others. An honest life celebrates the authentic and seeks the best choices. It’s the foundation of my business, The Honest Company, and my life.

What is empathy?

Empathy is embracing what we share instead of focusing on what makes us different.

What does integrity mean to you?

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when it doesn’t make you look good.

What qualities does a remarkable man possess?

A remarkable man is motivated, understanding, confident and has a great sense of humor. Also, he doesn’t need to be right all the time.

What qualities does a remarkable woman possess?

A remarkable woman doesn’t ask for permission. She has a clarity of vision, a boldness of belief and a resourcefulness that carries her through any situation.

What is power?

Power is the ability to have people believe in what you can do, even before you’ve done it. Power only exists when others recognize it. We can only be powerful when we recognize it within ourselves.

What is success?

Success is seeing my family thrive and making their own contributions to the world. Success in work is more elusive: once you’ve achieved a goal, it inspires you to create more goals.

Describe one aspect of your dark side.

Technically, it comes from my father’s Mexican-American heritage….but I also have a love for 70%+ dark chocolate with sea salt :)

What is provocative in a man?

Vulnerability.

Grace.

Being a good dancer.

What is provocative in a woman?

Power.

Freedom.

Being unapologetic.

What question stumps you?

This one.

What is feminine?

Femininity is the origin of everything.

What is masculine?

Masculinity is hard to define and even harder to defend.

For more information and inspiration visit MariaShriver.com

First published April 14 2014, 7:14 AM

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/maria-shriver/jessica-alba-talks-honesty-integrity-power-n79861

Amanda Bynes sets record straight on mental health: I don’t have schizophrenia

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What’s up with Amanda Bynes?

That question has run rampant since the actress’ erratic behavior last year and news of her mental health issues.

“There has been much speculation about Amanda’s medical condition,” her attorney Tamar Arminak told People. “She has remained silent because she believed it was best to keep her mental health diagnosis private.”

Rumors about the nature of her diagnosis posed several conclusions, with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder being most prevalent.

Now the 28-year-old “Hairspray” star wants to set the record straight.

“However, she asked me to dispel certain rumors,” Arminak continued. “For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it.”

While she didn’t directly address whether she’s bipolar, Bynes is certainly on the road to recovery.

“She continues to undergo outpatient therapy several times a week,” a source close to the family told the mag. “She’s still working through the causes of her past bizarre behavior.”

On Saturday, Bynes posted photos on Twitter of her enjoying a vacation in Los Cabos, Mexico, with her parents. The snapshots show her looking happy and healthy as she sunbathes in a bikini.

It was less than a year ago that the troubled star was forcibly hospitalized for her volatile behavior, which included allegedly throwing a bong out of the window of her New York City apartment and setting a small fire in the driveway of a California residence.

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Speculations of drug abuse were at the center of the reports at the time, but Bynes is now said to be drug-free.

“Amanda currently is on zero medication,” Arminak said. “She’s devoted to living her life as healthy as possible. She’s never had a history of abusing alcohol or hard drugs, and she’s proud to say she’s been marijuana-free for the past nine months.”

Now she is a student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County, Calif.

“Amanda is very happy studying fashion and she hopes to one day design her own line,” her attorney added.

Bynes’ family has played a major part in her recovery as the star remains under the legal control of her mother, Lynn Bynes, until September, if not longer. For now she continues living with her mom and father, Rick Bynes, in Los Angeles.

“We’re so proud of how far Amanda has come,” Lynn Bynes boasted.

Arminak added, “Her family is closely involved with her day-to-day life but they try to give her as much autonomy as possible. She’s doing extremely well. Her primary focus is bonding with her family and being a student.”

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Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/amanda-bynes-don-schizophrenia-article-1.1750821

Drake & Rihanna’s Biggest PDA Moments — Pics

Drake and Rihanna have been speeding force through their relationship and it doesn’t seem like they are slowing down any time soon. From their roller coaster Romance we have pulled together some of their best PDA moments in a gallery. Click below to see.

Drake, 27, and Rihanna, 26, are guarded about the amount of PDA (Public Displays Of Affection) they show to the world but that hasn’t stopped us from picking out some of their best moments of loving to put in a gallery just for you HollywoodLifers.

Drake And Rihanna’s European PDA

Maybe it was all part of the act when Rihanna jumped up on stage at Drake’s concert he was on tour in Paris? Clearly not!

There was no denying the chemistry between the two as they were grinding on each other in front of the roaring crowd. The two were seen whispering in each other’s ears, holding each other close, and looked completely like they weren’t even at the concert.

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Yes, Drake and RiRi were in their own little world on that stage that night, and they have stayed in that world ever since.

Drake And Rihanna Mash-It-Up In Da Club

The two recently had a hot make out session at an L.A. night club. HollywoodLife.com learned exclusively from an eyewitness in the club that Drake and Rihanna got hot and heavy.

“They were all over each other! Others saw them kissing. They were super close. They drank Ciroc, Ace, and D’usse. Drake arrived alone, Rihanna with Mellisa Forde, but they were together in the club. They left separately. Rihanna looked very very happy … her eyes were sparkling … happiest I’ve seen her in a while,” the eyewitness said.

What do yon think HollywoodLifers, do you think these two will push the boundaries of PDA and go for that final walk down the aisle, or do you think the PDA stops here? Let us know what’s on your mind.

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Source: http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/04/13/drake-rihannas-biggest-pda-moments-pics/