As 2013 comes to a close, it is of course time to look back on the most important moments of the year. Here’s the first of our lists of what 2013 was made of:
Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Performance
Beyoncé comes through and shuts down the Super Bowl. I have to strain to remember who won. The only thing I remember is Bey shutting the lights off after going completely off with the best Super Bowl performance in recent memory. The last one that can compare was probably Prince. Or Janet, but for the wrong reasons.
Justin Timberlake’s return
Justin came out swinging this year with a great performance at the Grammys, followed by the release of the much acclaimed The 20/20 Experience. He made the wait worth it
One of the worst moments of 2013 for me was the Zimmerman verdict. I was truly disgusted with the handling of the case. It all just felt like appeasement for the public following the many rallies that took place to have Zimmerman arrested. It was just a tragic reminder of the lack of value placed on the life of young black men in this country. Unfortunately, Zimmerman is still on the streets, still armed, in spite of repeated run-ins with the law, and even has the nerve to be selling artwork. What is important is that we remember Trayvon and all young men like him who are in danger simply for living. Rest in Peace Trayvon Martin.
Kendrick Lamar Control Verse
Kendrick Lamar came through and shook up all of hip hop with his verse on Big Sean’s song Control. He went against every rapper in the game and challenged them to step it up. The next day the responses started rolling out in one of the most exciting moments in hip hop this year. It gave us what we needed for a minute, a great, pure hip hop moment.
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This year we got yet another phenomenon in Young Adult literature with the explosion of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades book series. Everyone was in an uproar over this book, which was noticed mostly for its frequent and sometimes graphic sexual content. The books are currently in the process of becoming a movie series, much like Twilight. I found what I read in the books very funny. Whichever, Get money EL!
Ellen had many great moments throughout this year. From the throwback Thursday picture with her replacing a Destiny’s Child member to her eye-popping Nicki Minaj costume, Ellen was just really on this year. I love The Ellen Show, I think it’s hilarious and I love how positive and just plain silly she is.
TV this year
Scandal came back with a vengeance for season 3. Every Thursday gladiators were gasping & hyperventilating. It went far to the left a few times, but it kept my full attention. And it’s only halfway done. We have to wait all the way until February for more. I cannot wait!
American Horror Story: Coven
I hadn’t ever watched American Horror Story before this season. I decided to tune in to see Angela Bassett. And I have watched every Wednesday since. Angela & Kathy Bates are incredible & hilarious. Angela is the perfect Marie Laveau. Stays looking gorgeous & reading pretty much everybody, especially white people. I love it & can’t wait to see what happens next.
Yet another show with a black leading lady, Nicole Beharie. The premise for the show was interesting enough, but after watching the first episode I knew it was a good show. If you have not watched it yet, you need to remedy that. It is a great watch.
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black came storming on the scene this year and became a huge success. The Netflix series showed a unique view of a woman’s prison and its inmates. It is hilarious and very thought-provoking. The cast have been everywhere and the inmates were very popular Halloween costumes. It took me all of a weekend to get through the 13 episodes and I wanted more. The series will be returning in early 2014. Tastaaaaayyyy!
The VMAs were very interesting this year. Unless of course you ask Rihanna who looked pissed that she gave in to fans and showed up. Let’s just start with the Justin Timberlake performance. Greatness! He went through his many hits and we were even treated to a N’Sync reunion. It lasted all of a minute and a half, but it happened.
Now to the obvious hugest moment of the show and one of the biggest of the year: The Miley performance. Miley came out in some kind of furry, teddy bear getup, shaking her tailbone with some big black chicks, whipping her tongue back and forth. That was shudder inducing enough, but then Robin Thicke came out in his Beetlejuice getup, she ripped off the teddy bear to reveal a nude colored… I don’t know what that was. A mess.
She proceeds to “twerk” on Robin. It was a viral moment that could not be escaped for a while. Some felt it a smart move on her part. Many others were just disgusted. The aftermath was the mainstream recognition of a race-themed dance (which we’ll get into) and the discussion about cultural appropriation. Miley made a statement that will more than likely be one of the most talked about VMA moments for years to come.
Twerking goes mainstream
Now many have been twerking, juking, freaking, grinding, and such for years. Decades. Yet, somehow Miley’s twerking on the VMAs had it everywhere. Twerking fell victim to what mainstream recognition brings; the watered-down, overblown, over-exposure, and misunderstanding of a thing brought to the spotlight by someone outside of its community of origin.
I didn’t have a problem with Miley’s twerking in general. I had a problem that it wasn’t actual twerking, but other than that I just thought she was going through the urban phase most pop artists hit at some point. It didn’t become a real issue to me until the news stories and scientific breakdowns of twerking. It was everywhere. Videos of white girls upside-down on a door popping their backs. It just became too much. It was even suggested that the origin of twerking was Greek.
The true nature of reckless abandon and pure fun that is twerking became some ridiculous caricature of it. It’s still here though. We still turn up. All we need to hear is “Cash Money records takin over the 99 and the 2000…
Miguel’s leg drop
Miggy hit the leg drop on a girl’s neck during the Billboard awards and the next thing you know there were memes everywhere. It wasn’t funny, but it was. It wouldn’t have been funny if she had been hurt, but since she wasn’t it I can giggle guilt free. Miguel knew damn well he ain’t have no business tryna Evel Knievel over all of those people. Then he got up like it didn’t happen. Had that have been my neck he dived on I would be resting my spine on a hefty sum right now. I still love you Miguel. Just never do that again
Kanye, Kanye, Kanye…
Kanye was in rare form this year. He was just talkin out of the side of his neck and hittin paparazzi with the stone cold stunner like he was an angry employee drunk at the Christmas party. He became a father and got engaged to who he calls the love of his life and yet he still wasn’t happy. There are many great interview moments from this year. And by great I mean cringe worthy. I’ve made it known that Kanye is my favorite rapper. Though that has not changed, I still just want him to stop speaking in public.
Between that new light skin squint and that fair skinned voice, I can’t much take Yeezy. Not to mention that damn confederate flag stuff he tried to pull. He was just too much for me. I enjoyed Yeezus, though it’s not as great as his previous work. I just need him to release music and stop begging white people for recognition and respect in one sentence and then being militant in the next. Just shhhhh Kanye. Stop comparing yourself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and just create. Enough words, more action. YOU AINT GOT THE ANSWERS, SWAY!
So the GOP decided since they couldn’t shut Obamacare down, they’d just shut the whole damn government down. It was a wreck and the geniuses kept it up for 2 weeks. Just a disaster. Sure, the healthcare websites is shotty, but it still works more and better than Congress does. At some point GOP will realize that next year is election year and try to actually do something to get re-elected. In the meantime, I’ll have to keep checking the calendar to make sure it isn’t the 50s. They’re so out of date and just plain ridiculous. I just feel better knowing how they feel every time a new state legalizes gay marriage. Just vote, y’all. We have to get them the hell outta here
Oooh, on the TLC tip
The TLC movie came out and everybody was back to TLC mania. I know I was listening to them for a good 2 weeks straight. The movie was good, the actors were good, but it made Pebbles look all bad. People were on Twitter in Pebbles’ mentions going off. It was pure hilarity. Mostly because everybody has to know there was some foul play involved. I don’t care what anybody says, there’s no way TLC should have ever been broke. But Pebbles is still thriving with her feet kicked up spending Crazy, Sexy, Cool money so she’s only pretending to be pressed. Girl, I see you.
Race was a huge subject this year. From Paula Deen to Zimmerman to Don Lemon to Barneys, there was just a lot going on. And with movies like 12 Years A Slave, The Butler, and Fruitvale Station, the conversation was going to be had, but it was just all bad. So much for post-racial America. Our president is black, but it’s not like he’s not very much hated. 2013 was race-themed. It is particularly disturbing to me because with Google and social media, people should know better. But unfortunately ignorance is passed down from generation to generation so it’s hard to kill. It is unfortunate to feel as a black person that you are still fighting prejudice and discrimination, but the fight is still real. Martin Luther King’s dream has still not been realized. We still have work to do.
With all of the talk of race this year, Black Twitter has definitely found its way into the limelight. Many people don’t enjoy including themselves in Black Twitter, because there is a lot of foolery and ignorance going on in it. But, it cannot be denied that Black Twitter did some good this year.
First of all, they got Juror B37’s book shot down following her interview. The dragging that she received was so real, but beyond that they went to her agent, got her dropped, then to the publisher. It was a proud night. The Paula Deen’s Recipes trending topic was also pretty amazing. I laughed that whole day. They really put her through the wringer. She lost most of her jobs. Just this weekend they got Justine Sacco fired and ambushed at the airport in South Africa. Then they got a woman in trouble for saying she didn’t hire people with “Ghetto” names.
There are plenty of other things I wish Black Twitter would stop, but that’s with everything. Any group is going to have those that you wished would just stop. But I think Black Twitter can be very powerful when the intent is good. Black twitter has even been featured in mainstream. On CNN and in plenty of articles.
Some are always gonna take it too far, but the main point is that people be held accountable for the ignorance they perpetuate. Black Twitter was on it this year. They are not always admirable, but they can get it done. I keep saying they like I’m not involved. Fine, we. We still have more work to do. Let’s just hope the foolishness doesn’t cloud what we’re capable of.
Derrick Rose returns! For a while
This season people, particularly Bulls fans were very excited about the return of D. Rose. It had become a running joke that he wouldn’t be returning after taking over a year off. However, he did return, and though he started off slow, it looked like he would be a force again. Then he reinjured himself. Womp, womp, waaah. He insists that he’ll be back soon, but reports are that he’s out for the season. Whichever, other Bulls players are stepping up, so at this point it doesn’t really matter to me. So long as Noah, Deng, Butler, Gibson, Boozer, Snell, Dunleavy, and others continue to grow and put up numbers, he can stay gone. We get a solid scorer, who won’t keep getting injured, and we’re in there. Go Bulls! Sucks for you though, Rose.
Ms. Hill came back on the scene with a few performances, but most importantly, her IRS troubles. She owed about $1 million in back taxes after not paying for like 3 years. That’s bad enough. Then she goes to court and goes on a Kanye-like rant about why she didn’t pay her taxes. Very political. Basically sounded like her Unplugged. She puts out this atrocity of a song, which I’ve pretty much put out of my mind. She pays the money back, but is still sentenced to serve 3 months. As much as I appreciate most of Lauryn’s music, I haven’t much checked for her over the last few years. Her erratic behavior is of little interest to me. I prefer to remember her as the Sister Act 2, Fugees, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn and forget about anything that’s happened since Rohan Marley came through and did whatever the hell he’s been doing. Bye Lauryn! Either get Iyanla to fix your life, or just stop.
The website has had some really big problems, which I don’t get because they should be able to afford better, but Obamacare itself is definitely a step in the right direction. I know many people who are uninsured and throw over the counter pills at their pain instead of actually getting checked out. It is a serious problem. We should all be able to go to the doctor when we’re not well. Is Obamacare without flaw? No. But it is a beginning to what I hope will eventually look like the healthcare systems of Canada and France. Free!
But GOP will not have it. They make too much money off of the healthcare system. But beyond conspiracies it really just comes down to the question, Why would anyone disagree that it should be easier to access healthcare? What kind of heartless elitists would feel that only money should merit good health? I’ve been dissatisfied with the healthcare system ever since I watched Michael Moore’s Sicko. Hopefully, Obamacare is just beginning of our journey to a good stable healthcare system. In the meantime, let’s get the geek squad to fix the Obamacare site.
It started with Bey, it ends with Bey.
Jay z came out of nowhere and just announced he would be releasing an album in a few days. He put out the app, sold 1 million to Samsung, and changed the games. New rules, indeed. In an age where people say albums don’t sell, artists and record companies are going to have to be more creative. Jay came through and sold a million of top. Then went Platinum.
And then there’s Bey… She really just came and shut 2013 down in the 9th hour. People spent the whole year waiting for her to release a single. Stans were up and down twitter, facebook, and tumblr shouting Where’s teh singal??? She gave us Bow Down/I Been On, Grown Woman, and Standing on the Sun, but those didn’t count. We just figured we’d have to go to the tour, get our lives from the old stuff, and tally off the days that we didn’t get any more Beyoncé music. But then…Oh, but then, we’re on Twitter minding our business and then iTunes links to Beyonce music pop up and everyone thinks it’s fake. Then a few people click and discover its real, by which time Bey has posted “Surprise” on Instagram. And just like that the whole web goes crazy.
It was genius plan and simple. You had to buy the entire album, plus we got 17 videos. It was like Christmas came early! Just a random Thursday night/Friday morning. This is going to change the music industry. Of course the record companies have taken note and will try to implement these strategies for their artists. New rules! The Carters came, they saw, they conquered, and created some epic moments in 2013. Even Blue.