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Dove commercial creates controversy

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer

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Dove is known to be an inclusive brand featuring women of different sizes and races in the brand’s advertisements.

Recently, Dove faced controversy due to a commercial featuring an African American model wearing a brown T-shirt who took her shirt off, revealing a white woman wearing a beige shirt. Some people took offense to the ad, saying that it was insensitive and racist. Dove ultimately took the commercial down due to the overwhelming amount of backlash.

This is not the first time Dove has been the center of controversy due to its choice in advertisement. Back in 2011, the brand was under scrutiny after it featured an ad that showed three women in front of an image of different types of skin textures. The white woman was in front of the image displaying soft skin, while the African American woman was standing in front of the picture that showed dry skin. In addition to that, Dove offended some customers again when it included a “normal to dark skin” label on one of its products.

There is a divide between the public’s perceptions of what Dove was trying to convey in its latest ad. Students on campus had mixed views about the promotion. Although the majority of the public seemed to be offended by Dove, others believed the message was taken out of context.

“I did not think that there was anything wrong with the ad,” said Dave Smith, a freshman MBA major from Connecticut. “I thought it was fine.”

Lisa Jenkins, a freshman biology major, said, “I thought that Dove should have known better and, ultimately, they just missed the mark,”

The model featured in the ad, Lola Ogunyemi, made a statement sharing her views on the negative reception the ad received.

“I don’t feel it was racist,” Ogunyemi said. “The screenshots that have taken the media by storm paint a slightly different picture.”

However, the model made it clear that she was not informed by Dove how the commercial would turn out.

“This did not represent the diversity of real beauty which is something Dove is passionate about and is core to our beliefs, and it should not have happened,” the company said in a statement.

The controversy shed light on the ongoing issue that is seen by major companies and their lack of sensitivity.

Earlier this year, Pepsi was under scrutiny because of a commercial featuring Kendall Jenner. Critics claimed that Pepsi was imitating the Black Lives Matter movement and in a way de-escalating the seriousness of the campaign.

Shea Moisture was under fire for its choice of advertisement as well. The brand was accused of having a lack of representation of different hair types. Customers thought the company’s ad was straying from its core values.

 

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Eminem’s the talk of the BET Hip Hop Awards

Carlie Beard | Staff Writer

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This year’s BET Hip Hop Awards were filled with unexpected twists and turns that kept viewers’ eyes glued to their TV screens.

DJ Khaled, one of the most respected DJs in hip-hop, hosted the show. He brought along his 11-month-old son, Asahd Khaled, who also happens to be the executive producer of his latest project, “Grateful.” Nicole Tuck, his partner and mother of his son, was also present at the awards to support Khaled.

The Miami native was excited to host the awards show because the event took place in his hometown at Fillmore Jackie Gleason Theater. DJ Khaled won the awards for MVP of the Year and also DJ of the Year.

From the cyphers to the performances, hip-hop’s greatest were in attendance, including stars such as Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Trina, T-Pain and Yo Gotti. Some rookies were also present, such as rappers Dave East, Playboi Carti, Tee Grizzley and Cardi B. Cardi B was there to collect a plethora of awards. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper took home four awards for the night, including the award for Hustler of the Year.

Rap group Migos performed their latest single, “Too Hotty.” Cardi B, Flo Rida, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti and others hit the stage as well.

Now to the crowd favorite: the cyphers. The cyphers this year were in groups, as usual. They featured rappers like Fat Joe, Tee Grizzley, Belly and Zoey Dollars. There was even a cypher that featured only female rappers, known as “Femcees.”

The moment that had everyone talking was Eminem’s cypher. During his cypher, Eminem called out President Donald Trump for his lack of concern when discussing issues the U.S. faces, such as gun control and Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. Eminem also addressed his fans by saying, “And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line, [you’re] either for or against.”

Hampton senior sports management major Kris Johnson-Anderson, who is from Atlanta, offered his thoughts about Eminem.

“His performance was very relatable to what’s going on in society,” Johnson-Anderson said. “[It] brought awareness to a nonprofit organization, the NFL, and how it is constantly making money off of a controversy such as the Colin Kaepernick protest. It was significant that Eminem brought attention to immigration and health care in America.”

Johnson-Anderson added, “Although, it is important that we discuss topics [like] police brutality and racism in our country, we must also place more emphasis on what is occurring in and around our country. For example, a hurricane relief effort for Puerto Rico or the fires that are killing people and leaving some missing in California.”

Kendrick Lamar ended the awards ceremony by taking home three awards. He also won the most anticipated award for Album of the Year. Other artists nominated for the award included DJ Khaled, Future, J. Cole, and Jay-Z.

Recaps of the best moments from the show are available on BET.com.

 

TV fans thirsty for drama turn to ABC on Thursdays

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor

TV producer Shonda Rhimes, who last week became the third black woman named to the Television Hall of Fame, is back at it again with her most anticipated “Thank God It’s Thursday” lineup yet.

The “T.G.I.T.” hit shows include “Grey’s Anatomy” (in its 14th season), “Scandal” (seventh and final season) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (fourth season). The new seasons premiered Sept. 29, so if you missed them, you still have a chance to catch up.

Channing Dungey, the entertainment president at ABC, explained to reporters at The Hollywood Reporter why Rhimes and the network decided to end the political drama “Scandal.”

Dungey noted that Rhimes – who joined Oprah Winfrey and Diahann Carroll in the Hall, according to Essence.com – had always envisioned a seven-season drama. The “Scandal” season was already planned out, but due to recent political issues, it had to be rewritten. Apparently, the show was going to relate too closely to modern reality.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production staff did not want the show to seem as if it was mimicking real life scenarios.

One Hampton University student responded to the series ending in an unexpected way.

“All good things come to an end, so it is better for the show to leave on high note rather than [to] have it still dragging on,” said Angelique Brown, a junior from Long Island, N.Y.

She further explained that Rhimes knows how to leave audiences wanting more instead of having people question why the show is still on.

In the interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rhimes mentioned that she only expected “Grey’s Anatomy” to be seven seasons as well. As the show goes into its 14th season, viewers are still sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting to see more.

“It is the only show that makes me emotional,” said Amaiyah Beverly, a senior psychology major from Washington, D.C. “I really feel for the characters. I cannot wait for the next season.”

Rhimes has had a long run with the network and has created hit shows along the way. She coined her own term, “T.G.I.T.,” to promote her Thursday night shows.

It is rumored that Rhimes is going to add another show to the lineup – a Romeo and Juliet drama called “Still Star-Crossed.”

With the outcomes of her previous shows, will this show be just as successful?

It’s a mystery. But viewers can expect drama, love and even more drama from Rhimes’ current shows.

 

Kardashians and Jenners keep delivering surprises

Carlie Beard | Staff Writer

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The baby of the Kardashian-Jenner family is having a baby?

According to a TMZ report, reality TV star Kylie Jenner is expecting a child with her
boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott. The couple has been in the spotlight for the past year on multiple occasions, from getting matching butterfly tattoos to buying each other expensive gifts.

Shortly after rumors of Jenner and rapper Tyga breaking up, she often was spotted with
Scott. The makeup guru was criticized for jumping from one relationship to the next.
Insider.com stated that Jenner is either four or five months along and that it could
possibly be a girl. Recently, though, Jenner posted a picture with her best friend, Jordyn Woods.

In the photo, Jenner was slightly showing her slim stomach, which made people question
whether or not the pregnancy reports are true.

According to OK Magazine, the couple did not plan this pregnancy, if she is, in fact,
pregnant. Many people who constantly keep up with the Kardashians know that this family is known for what some critics refer to as “publicity stunts.”

Some found it suspicious that this news went viral right before the “Keeping up with the Kardashian 10 th Anniversary Special” aired. Was this another one of famous “mom-ager” Kris Jenner’s stunts, or was it one heck of a coincidence?

When Ryan Seacrest, executive producer of KUWTK reached out to Kris Jenner to
find out if the story was true, she replied with, “Kylie’s not confirming anything.”

As if these pregnancy rumors were not shocking enough, news spread just days after
about Khloé Kardashian. It was reported by PopSugar.com that she will be expecting a child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson, a power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kardashian is divorced from former NBA player Lamar Odom.

To top it off, Kim Kardashian-West announced she and her husband of three years,
Kanye West, will be expecting a baby via surrogate. Kardashian-West has had previous issues with infertility and has even discussed the surrogate possibility on the show.

Breeon Buchanan, a Hampton University senior journalism and communications major
from Philadelphia, said the family is “doing the most,” and that it “is suspicious [that] all three pregnancies occurred around the same time.”

With three possible new additions to the family, who knows what to expect next from the
Kardashian-Jenners?

CoverGirl’s diverse makeover is pretty inspiring

Selena Roberts | Contributing Writer

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CoverGirl continues to enhance the diversity in its lineup of ambassadors. New additions
include actress Issa Rae and celebrity chef Ayesha Curry.

The cosmetics brand has made an effort to be more inclusive. Hampton University
students have taken notice.

“It is inspiring to see faces such as Issa and Ayesha as the face of the brand because they
are people who not only look like me, but they are people that I can relate to,” said Hannah Collins, a freshman chemical engineering major from Memphis.

This is not the first time CoverGirl has made news for including diversity in its brand.
Nura Afia, a beauty vlogger, was named an ambassador last year. She was the first woman to wear a hijab in a CoverGirl advertisement. In addition, Maye Musk became the oldest woman to be the face of the brand at age 69.

CoverGirl keeps evolving by adding new faces that inspire women everywhere to
welcome their individuality because that is what makes them beautiful.

Rae and Curry join other celebrities such as Katy Perry, Sofia Vergara, Zendaya and
Janelle Monae as faces of the brand.

Rae has evolved since her “Awkward Black Girl” days on YouTube. She is the author of
a New York Times bestseller, the producer of the hit show “Awkward” on HBO and now the new face of CoverGirl.

“I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my
favorite magazines, casually flipping through CoverGirl ads,” Rae wrote on Instagram.

“Never in my life did I imagine I’d be one. I am so honored and so excited for what’s to come.” She added, “My character is ever-evolving, and makeup is a tool to help transform my persona.”

It has not been revealed if Rae will have her own makeup line. Still, it is an honor to be
named a CoverGirl ambassador.

Curry has been expanding her brand in the past year as well. She is the host of her own
cooking show, “Ayesha Homemade,” which airs on Food Network; a cookbook author; a
restaurant owner; and is set to release her line of cookware at Target in the upcoming month. In addition to making a brand for herself, she is the wife of NBA superstar Stephen Curry and mother to Riley, age 5, and Ryan, 2.

Ayesha Curry broke the news about CoverGirl via her Instagram account.

“I am so honored and thrilled to join the iconic women of the CoverGirl family and be a
part of a brand that empowers women to embrace their originality,” she said.

CoverGirl announced Curry would have her own line of makeup. She introduced a new
mascara, the Peacock Flare Mascara. The formula of the mascara allows lashes to appear as full as the feathers of a peacock. This product will be available in November.

Happy Death Day Review

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor

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Happy Death Day is the 2017 horror rendition of the 1993 movie Groundhog Day with a
bit of a twist.

The new film, which was watched by 200 Hampton University Students during a private
screening at the Virginia Air and Space Center this past week, takes reliving the same day over again to another level.

College student Tree Gelbman, played by Jessica Rothe, awakes to an unordinary
birthday celebration. Someone wants to mark this as her last day on Earth. Tree is obligated to find her killer before they find her. With a list of suspects, she sets out every day with a new plan on discovering who is after her.

Israel Broussard stars as Carter. Tree leans on Carter throughout her journey of
discovering what is happening to her, leading to an intense attachment. Carter unknowingly becomes Tree’s confidant, for he is essential in her decision-making process. Their relationship normalizes the life of a college student and made the film relatable to the audience.

The space center theater was filled with excitement, laughter and frustration as Tree faced each day.

Hampton junior strategic communications major Ludwidg Louizaire, from Miami, said the movie was “a bit frustrating at first because I was not sure what was going to happen, but it all tied together pretty well.”

It was important that the audience did not get lost in the repetitiveness of the storyline,
and that they instead remained engaged throughout the movie. Students were impressed with the unexpected twists and turns of the story.

Once the movie surpassed understanding the characters and the storyline, it grasped my
attention even more. Tree’s never-ending journey was enticing as each day she developed a more intricate plan. I was intrigued by the way the writers captured the same scene while still altering the essence of it each time it was repeated.

In a Skype interview with Rothe, she said, “We kind of got to map out the progression of
the script and how Tree’s journey escalates.”

The cast of the movie was successful in creating the suspense that any horror film needs.
Also, the lighting gradually darkened as the story progressed, making the scene more intense.

These elements worked together seamlessly to give the audience a full Blumhouse–
home of hit thrillers Get Out and Split–experience. There are common themes of horror, comic relief and subliminal messages that are present in each movie.

If you loved either of those movies, be sure to go see “Happy Death Day” when it premieres Oct. 13.

Power Leaked Episodes

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor

We almost lost the hit television show, Power. In the middle of season four, there was a leak of a couple of episodes for the series on Facebook. A few weeks later, Curtis Jackson, also known for his stage name, 50 Cent, admitted to being responsible for it. Jackson is an actor and executive producer for the show. At first, Starz executives were upset about the leaked footage, but as the episodes were released on the network, it caused a surge in ratings. The executives were then more accepting of what happened.

It is said that 50 Cent was upset with the Starz network for the lack of recognition the show gets, as it is competing with HBO’s Game of Thrones and it has not been nominated for an Emmy award. The actor blamed Starz because he did not think they promoted the show as much as they should have. Also, the showrunner, Courtney Kemp, said that Starz was unwilling to give them more episodes. This resulted in the loss of details in the storyline. Jackson went to the extreme of threatening to remove Power from Starz. It was rumored to move to BET.

Fans were astounded to find out about the possible move. They were worried about the censorship mainly, for that is what sets the show apart from other shows such as Empire. Power has the ability to do what they want and say what they want, and it would lose that power if it was moved. Fans were even more disappointed to find out that Power may not be coming back at all. Sophomore psychology major, Kayla Packwood, from Somerset, NJ says, “Power is the most interesting show out in my opinion. There is always a new twist and turn that keeps you on your toes.” She continued on to say that she would be devastated if they took Power away.

On Sept. 5, Jackson announced on his Instagram that there was a new deal between him and Chris Albrecht, the head of the network. So, Power will be back with its fifth season. Not only is there going to be more Power, but also Jackson’s new shows, Tomorrow, Today, I Got Away and Black Family Mafia will be airing. According to Vibe Magazine, Tomorrow, Today, I Got Away is a television film about a veteran who is given superpowers in a scientific experiment gone wrong. It will be interesting to see how viewers react to these new works. Power has enhanced 50 Cent’s experience as a producer, so it is expected that he will produce something just as great as Power.

Jackson has taken a step even further by producing a comedy sketch show on BET. It will showcase new music and talent as well. He describes it as “Living Color, but in 2018.” This show will premiere Wednesday Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m.

NYFW

Mackenzie Walker | Contributing Writer

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New York Fashion Week is one of the most sought out shows of the year. It is a semi-annual show in February and September showcasing international fashion to buyers, the press, and public. This year, NYFW was from September 7 to September 13. It featured looks from Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Vera Wang and other designers. The models looked absolutely stunning; however, there was one person who was most excited of them all.

Britinaé Bell of True Beauty Artistry, a makeup artist in Memphis, Tenn., thoroughly enjoyed herself at NYFW. Bell was offered the opportunity to travel to New York and perfect her craft by slaying a model’s face. True Beauty Artistry’s mission is to enhance natural beauty, and that’s exactly what she did. Although nervous and excited, Bell enjoyed the thrill of painting the face of a goddess. The model’s name was Juanika Ellis, wife of the Indiana Pacers’ Monta Ellis. Ellis is Bell’s client in Memphis, but when Ellis found out she was a model for NYFW, she demanded Bell’s services. Bell is one of the best makeup artists in Memphis. She has been nominated three years for the Best in Black Awards and won once in 2016. Ellis personally flew Bell in to perform her services. Ellis had three looks. The first look consisted of a Prada hat, Stella McCartney vest, Levi’s jeans and Givenchy shoes. The second was head-to-toe Philipp Plein. Lastly, the third was a nice ensemble with a Chanel cross-over to match. Ellis was styled by Elly Karamoh, a native French Hideoki Bespoke Connoisseur. The wardrobe, hair, and makeup couldn’t be matched, but a new accessory came into play that caught everyone’s eye.

Despite the designer pieces that were flaunted across stage, the street styles were not overlooked. The “it” accessories that became mainstream this season were sunglasses. Sunglasses are the best accessory, as they bring zeal to an otherwise dull outfit. The sunglasses displayed this season were Balenciaga, Le Specs, Adam Selman, BCBG and Giant Vintage. The shape of the sunglasses aren’t what caught buyer’s eyes. It was the color scheme that turned heads. The colors displayed this year were bright, flamboyant colors: lemon yellows, tangerine, coral, deep wine, maroon and lime green shades. As models fiercely walked through the streets of New York, their sunglasses spoke volumes.

New York Fashion Week has always been every fashionista’s favorite time of the year. NYFW is about showcasing diversity through fashion. Every needle and thread stitched into these outfits was rocked graciously. From street styles to runway and the accessory gala, fall NYFW was a success, to say the least. Stay tuned for some freshly ripped-off-the-runway pieces in your local Nordstrom, Dillard’s, and Macy’s.

Emmy Awards Recap

Selena Roberts | Arts & Entertainment Writer

The Emmy Awards is a time to showcase the most noteworthy and captivating television programs that have premiered in the last TV season. The awards show aired on Sept. 17.

Several television shows have gained the attention of not only the awards show, but also of audiences worldwide because of their engaging storylines, relatable characters, and their ability to captivate the attention of fans. From drama, to sci-fi, to comedy, the following shows have made significant impacts on pop culture.

Every fall brings new TV shows that will get people talking, whether they are controversial or relatable. Returning shows that were brought back by popular demand include This Is Us, Blackish and Stranger Things.

This Is Us premiered last fall, and since then, the family drama has people wanting more. The show focuses on Jack and Kate Pearson and how they go through the trials and tribulations of raising triplets. It illustrates the complicated family dynamic of the Pearson’s and how they navigate through different topics including adoption, self-love, and learning to accept the loss of a loved one. The television show is known for making its audience emotional with its heart-wrenching stories. The first season of This Is Us left people wondering what would happen next to the family. Luckily, this season, they’ll get their answers.

The second season of This Is Us will premiere on Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC. The show was nominated for a total of 10 Emmys. The nominations included one for Outstanding Drama, Best Actor in a drama series, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. This Is Us will definitely remain one of the shows to look out for in this new television season.

Stranger Things will premiere on Sept. 27 on Netflix. After its premiere in July 2016, it still has captured the attention of people of all ages. The show features a small town set in the early 1980s. The series starts off with a focus on a group of friends who live normal lives until one night one of their buddies, Will, goes missing. His friends go through supernatural adventures in order to find Will and bring him home.

The Netflix original was nominated for a total of eighteen Emmys that include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Blackish is returning for its fourth season on Oct. 3 on ABC. The show centers on the Johnson family, an average middle-class African American family. The parents of the Johnson kids try to provide their children with the best, but learn that sometimes it’s best to teach their children the value of hard work and having morals.

The comedy received three Emmy nominations which were Outstanding Comedy series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Wanda Sykes was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the show as Daphnee Lido.
The Emmys proved to be a night full of entertainment, laughs and tears as stars accepted the Emmy statuette. The host of the evening Stephen Colbert opened the awards show with a musical number that included cameos from Chance the Rapper and Anthony Anderson. Colbert’s monologue centered on favorite shows of this season and jokes on Donald Trump’s presidency. Colbert even had a surprise guest in store for the audience: Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, made a cameo. The audience was shocked from the moment he walked on stage. In the end, Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us won the Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actor. This is the first time since 1998 that a black actor won for that category, making this win even more monumental. Unfortunately, those nominated in Blackish and Stranger Things did not win in their categories.

Nevertheless, with all of the anticipated releases this fall, you’re guaranteed to find a show that will have you hooked.

The Results Are in

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor

The results are in. Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, has been crowned Miss America 2018. Mund was able to win the $50,000 in scholarship money by outscoring the other top four competitors: Miss Missouri, Miss New Jersey, Miss District of Columbia, and Miss Texas. The competition consisted of the following categories: Preliminaries, Evening Gown, Swimsuit and Interviews. Mund is the first in her state to ever receive this title. She is a 23-year old graduate from Brown University, and is the first Ivy League winner in the last 64 years.

The pageant was televised on ABC from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sept. 10. The pageant had to battle with Sunday Night Football on NBC and the highly promoted series “The Orville” on Fox. Not only did the pageant have to compete with networks, but also the hurricane that was taking place in Florida. Miss Florida had expressed her concern for her home state and said, “No matter what happens, we are strong and we can do it; we can get through anything together.” These outside factors caused another decline in the pageant’s ratings. The ratings for this year’s viewing brought in 5.6 million viewers; but in 2016, there were 6.2 million viewers, and in 2015, 7 million viewers.

Although the ratings were not high for television, the event topped No. 1 in the Nielsen Social Content Ratings with 1.338 million social interactions. Sunday Night Football was still able to top this on a separate chart for sports with 7.9 million social interactions. As the world is becoming more digital, it is not unordinary to see a surge in social media interactions. People within the younger age groups tend to gravitate towards social media platforms rather than physically watching on television, but does this mean our generation does not care about the pageant as much?

On Hampton University’s campus, there has been little to no promotion for the event, but there is a student who supports the purpose of this pageant. Senior elementary education major Kaitlyn Ceaser, from Chicago, Ill. says, “I think it is interesting to see different women from around the nation be a representation of their state. I love the diversity and the meaning behind it all.” The Miss America pageant is still an American classic that is widely appreciated.

Miss America 2018 hopes to see change within the government in her state and nationwide. Mund dreams to be the first woman elected governor of her state. She hopes to see an increase in women’s interactions with the government due to the lack of the female perspective when decisions are being made. Mund told The L.A. Times, “In health care and on reproductive rights, it is predominantly men making those decisions.” Miss America is setting the example for others to get involved if they want to see the results they desire. She will be heading to law school very shortly.