Oct & Nov Favorites: Goldroom’s Saguaro Mix 2020 & Doja Cat’s “Say So” @ MTV EMA

Because 2020 couldn’t end without a reactivation of my nerve pain, I had to put off posting my combined October & November Favorites for a week and then I started slipping into a deep, dangerous bout of procrastination.

So here we are, on December 10th, looking back at the beginning of the last quarter. Cool.

Let’s get on with it.

Favorite News Articles

1. Mindy Kaling had another baby. HOW IS SHE STILL ABLE TO KEEP THE IDENTITY OF HER BABIES FATHER (FATHERS?!) A SECRET PLUS HAVING A WHOLE OTHER KID WITHOUT US KNOWING. HOW?!

2. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are engaged! Hoping he treats her well (we’re watching you, Blake 👀). 

3. Harry Styles hung out at a fan’s house while she wasn’t home after his car broke down. I’d be so pissed if one of my fave musicians dropped by while I wasn’t there 😫

4. Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s reparations bill in California. Gotta start somewhere. #BLM.

Favorite Music

1. Saguaro Mix (Sunsets #5) by Goldroom. Such happy vibes for these trying times.

2. “Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)” by Miley Cyrus and Stevie Knicks. Loving this mashup remix!

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Wardrobe Wednesdays: Ashanti @ 2018 VMAs

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards red pink carpet was a hot mess.

From half-naked dresses to devil costumes (does Amber Rose realize it’s not even October yet?), the fashion looks I saw were a cry for help. Seriously, guys. This isn’t that hard. Wear a casual pantsuit if you can’t figure out what to hide your tatas and hooha with.

Regardless, most of the men looked SUPER (looking at you Maluma) and I’ll definitely give honorable mention to Camilla Cabello and sisters Chloe x Halle.

All of that aside, Ashanti won the night for me.

The singer showed up in a stunning silver number with not one but two slits. The gown was strapless with long sleeves and went beyond floor length.

This is the most leg I saw on the pink carpet without being basically naked, by the way.

I love how tasteful this look is. She shows off so much skin but still manages to leave enough to the imagination.

See below for two options inspired by Ashanti’s VMA dress!

Dress:

1. DHGate, $164.81

2. Fashion Genie Boutique, $77.00

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Zendaya @ 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards

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Apparently, it might not be easy being green, but sure is easy wearing green.

Over the weekend at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Zendaya graced the red carpet in a gorgeous green sheer maxi dress by Zuhair Murad.

Similar to Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, the dress is a gorgeous shade of light green, featuring a plunging neckline and embellished with a lovely floral design.

This shade of green doesn’t seem to be very popular when it comes to sheer maxi dresses, but below are a few options inspired by Zendaya’s look.

Dress:

1. 6pm, $219.00

2.  Lulu’s, $78.00

3. Forever 21, $18.99

 

Fan Art Fridays: Kanye West for President

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As many of you have heard, Kanye West announced his 2020 presidential run during Sunday’s MTV VMA award show.

I can never tell if he’s under the influence when he says crazy stuff like this.

Anyway, it looks like his fans saw this coming and created some campaign art for him. See the original on Pinterest, and enjoy Kanye’s VMA speech below.

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Wardrobe Wednesdays: Cara Delevingne at the 2015 MTV VMAs

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It’s only right that the stars wear stars…

The MTV VMA red carpet saw so many great outfits, Cara Delevingne’s being no exception. Just look at how she’s working this beaded star pattern mini-dress!

What I like most about this dress is the fact that it looks appropriate for an upscale award show after party without trying too hard. I bet the disco ball and the lights at the VMA after party lit Cara Delevingne up in this dress like no tomorrow.

The original dress and heels are still available (who knows for how long) and are marked below with an *. An alternate dress and shoes are listed below as well:

Dress:

1. Net-A-Porter, $12,000.00 *

2. 999 Dress, $29.99

Shoes:

3. Shoebox, $49.97

4. Forward, $695.00 *

Best Performances at the MTV #VMA2014

 

Last night, the MTV VMAs in Inglewood, California at The Forum was the place to be.

The night was filled with some serious hip shaking, booty twirling, crying, and pools of sweat from your favorite artists in pop, hip-hop, and R&B.

There was even a wardrobe malfunction. MTV needs to plan better for these last minute outfit changes between performances! Jeez!

If you missed the show, here are the top five VMA performances of the evening:

1. Opening performances (Triple Threat Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J): Oh, how the world wished that Nicki would just let the black dress fall open!

2. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”: I love how she rethinks jumping off the platform. Precious.

3. 5SOS, “Amnesia”: Not a fan of them or anything, but the sound really great live.

4. Maroon 5, “Maps”: Wondering where they are? Outdoor bandshell, baby!

Full performance here.

5. Beyonce Medley (Video Vanguard Performance): As predicted, it was flawless.

Click here for the winners list!

Watch the entire show on demand at MTV.com.

Miley Cyrus Announces MTV Documentary ‘Miley: The Movement’

It doesn’t look like Miley Cyrus’ name is going to come off of our tongues any time soon.

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Between her crazy music video for “We Can’t Stop,” her VMA performance, and the new “Wrecking Ball” video that people are beginning to consider a mild porno, this girl is getting the attention of literally anyone who’s got enough time on their hands to watch/listen to her insanity.

I will admit that the “Wrecking Ball” music video was a very well thought out artistic interpretation of vulnerability. The song is quite amazing itself as well.

With the release of her new album Bangerz, coming out on October 8th, I honestly cannot wait to hear the criticism.

Because, I mean, look what just two songs has gotten her…

You have to understand that since she took a break from music for a bit, she has to make a big comeback so that she’ll still appear relevant.

“Big comeback” is an understatement at this point though, Miley.

A few days before Bangerz is released, MTV will air a documentary titled “Miley: The Movement” at 10pm ET/PT.

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Well, now we all know what most of us will be tuning into on the evening of Wednesday, October 2nd!

“There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs, and it’s going to be completely insane. You’ve gotta be a part of the movement with me,” Miley says in the promo for the documentary.

Maybe we’ll finally find out where all the madness that is now Miley Cyrus is coming from.

I wonder if we’ll see any of Liam in the documentary…

Watch the promo here.

2013 VMAs Pit Fans Experience

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I am forever in debt to 1iota.com and MTV.

I’m still dreaming guys. I really am. If I could give you a minute by minute play by play I would, but I’m still dreaming.

I’m in limbo…

Ok, in all seriousness, here is what I wore. There are no pictures of my Gatsby style attire on my body because I was rushing to get out of the house. So here is the look in layout form.

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That’s right. I wore my Fergie heels. So when DJ Cassidy played “The Time” by Black Eyed Peas, I couldn’t help but sing “I got freaky, freaky, baby…”

Yes. I was THAT girl in the pits. I knew the words to almost every song. I had so much room to dance!

However, I only think I had that much room because my other pit party members were afraid of me…

Sorry?

So I rush to the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and there are a billion and one lines to get in for pit priority.

Lovely, we’re all being punked.

No, no, rest assured, a 1iota t-shirt wearing man told us all: “THIS IS NOT THE VMAS.”

I show them my ID and my priority ticket. They said my name wrong a few times, but that’s cool. I’m not Fergie Duhamel or anything so my reps won’t be on your case.

Blue priority wrist band is now on. Things are getting real.

This is the ceiling at BAM guys. Look at it.

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So now 1iota is trying to get us over to Barclay’s safely.

But wait. This is the VMAS guys. So of course there’s a barricade with thousands of screaming fans at Fulton!

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Alright, I’m convinced. Fast forward through security and now, I get choked up and almost start to cry as I walk past the MTV equipment, and the lights, and, OMJ guys I don’t even know guys. It was so freaking amazing.

Now I’m standing in heels trying to help 1iota fix cameras and stuff. We were basically doing the electric slide for about 30 minutes.

Yeah. A whole bunch of young adults dancing the electric slide on a floor they can’t even believe they’re standing on. Sure.

Oh, and to the girl with the electronic cigarette in the pits during all this shenanigans:

Thank you for almost getting us all kicked out.

So the rest you all saw on television. Of course, I saw some completely different things but here are a few highlights.

Highlights: (IN SOMEWHAT PARTICULAR ORDER)

1. Lady Gaga’s performance: We all knew it would be awesome. Trust me, it was.  Cue the “Applause.”

2. Bubble Butt was on stage with Miley Cyrus. What is life.

3. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” performance. More on that later.

4. Kanye West. Those shadows? THE FANS IN THE PIT!!

5. Bruno Mars. Three gunshots and fire! Lovely! Trying to give me a heart-attack?!!

6. I had three Brits in my midst. Ellie Goulding sitting on Rita Ora’s lap, and Mister Ed Sheeran to their left. I’m still in limbo.

7. KATY PERRY. BROOKLYN BRIDGE. PRISM TRUCK. I think I saw her in my left eye wearing a lace white dress? Again, still fuzzy. “Roar.”

8. Justin Timberlake’s performance. 15 minutes. I danced like I’ve never danced before.

9. NSYNC REUNION.

10. Justin Timberlake sang to me the life of every young girl’s sloppy romance, and then has the nerve to say he doesn’t deserve Video Vanguard?!

SHUT. UP!!

My Favorite Performance:

“Blurred Lines”: Robin Thicke

He pulled blue gum out of that dancer’s mouth and ate it. SEXY.

Well played Mr. Business Man. Well played.

 

Here are some of the pics I took after the show. And a short video.

THE WHISPER BOX LOVES 1iota!!

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Episode Review: ‘Awkward.’ 3×3 “A Little Less Conversation” (with Viggle)

During last night’s episode of Awkward., “A Little Less Conversation”, I decided to test out the Viggle app.

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I’ll tell you more about the interactive app later.

This episode was a lot less dramatic than the first two of the season. It begins with Jenna and Matty walking through the halls. Jenna’s voice over gives a brief reminder of the fact that Matty still wants to talk about the pregnancy scare.

Tamara and Ming come to the agreement that Matty’s response “Sure, babe”, to all of Jenna’s requests means it’s over. Naturally, Jenna is now afraid to be alone with him, because she fears that he will break up with her after the talk.

This show really lives up to it’s title. After Tamara, Ming, and Jenna finish having their little girl talk, Becca, the evil Asian chick, walks by. In order to abort her suspicions of any lingering romantic feelings between Fred and Ming, Henry slides onto the bench out of nowhere and squeezes Ming’s boob.

What?! Can you say AWKWARD.?

Becca then proceeds to quiz Ming on Henry’s life, just to make sure they’re legit. Her smarts really come in handy during this scene.

Jenna realizes that the only thing that she can do to distract Matty from wanting to talk is seduce him. Her love arts fail miserably, and she leaves the “sanctuary” in despair.

Meanwhile, Sadie suspected of killing Ricky. The principal and my favorite character, Val, the guidance counselor question Sadie, implying that she must have wanted to get back at him for his manwhore-ish behavior. She reminds them that there are also 300 other girls who would want him dead for the same reason, and therefore she should not be the only suspect.

Jenna and Tamara decide to have a BFGFBFF, a date involving couples who are also best friends, so that Jenna won’t have to be alone with Matty on their date. Apparently Tamara has been dreaming of this date since she was a wee little girl.

As Jenna leaves school, Matty offers her a ride, but she refuses. Instead, she pretends to be walking home with the closest person in range, Cece. As Cece gives her weird looks, Matty “sure babes” Jenna yet again after she tells him she’ll see him later tonight. To that Cece goes, “Dude, you just got sure babed.”

Even strangers know things are going downhill for the couple.

The BFGFBFF date is hilarious. The couples spend almost half of the date in the driveway playing musical chairs with the passenger seat so that Jenna will be forced to sit next to Matty. Correction, “Chinese Backseat Firedrill,” as Matty calls it. “No offense.”

The couples end up playing a game of Charades during the date where Jake and Jenna share a memory in order to accurately guess a movie. This upsets Matty even more.

Tamara then suggests that Jenna go with her to the “bathroom, bathroom, bathroom” to discuss their boy trouble. The clever Tamara gets Jenna to realize that the only reason Matty is upset is because she told Jake about the pregnancy scare before telling her own boyfriend. Simple as that. And how does Tamara know this? “Because I’m a communicater. And a little bit psychic,” she says.

I respect Matty for wanting to be a man and talk it out. Too many people go on with their lives suppressing their anger, which only causes them to take it out on the people they love. I hope that viewers take a hint from Matty, especially those in romantic relationships, because as cheesy as it may seem, communication is key to any successful relationship.

The Matty-Jenna confrontation was definitely sappy, but I won’t spoil it for you. Head over to the Awkward. MTV webpage to watch it when it becomes available if you haven’t already!

During the show I decided to use Viggle. I heard about it during a commercial on Monday evening, so I downloaded the app a few hours before watching Awkward. in order to test it out.

The app allows viewers to check into whatever show they are currently watching by hitting the Viggle logo as soon as the app opens. The app listens to the television as the characters speak in order to determine which show you are watching. Connect the app to Facebook and Twitter to share the check-in with friends and followers.

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I was unable to share my check in on Twitter for some odd reason, but here is what it looks like on Facebook:

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From then on, Viggle allows you to view the Awkward. Facebook, Twitter, IMDb, Wiki, and Amazon Merchandise pages, all via the app. No need to switch to a mobile browser.

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Personally, I don’t find much use for an app such as this one. I’ll be deleting it from my phone shortly, because I don’t have that much memory left for apps.

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It is great for those annoying commercial breaks though. Click on the Twitter feed for the show to see the outrageous tweets from fans and even the cast of the show.

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If Viggle decides to integrate this app when Smart TV becomes more popular, it may definitely take off. I would suggest teaming up the app with Shazam, so that viewers can easily find the soundtrack to each episode.

P.S. Did anyone else see Fred the ninja at the end of the episode?!

Selena Gomez Bindi Trouble

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I guess all isn’t fair in love and music.

On Sunday, April 14th, Selena Gomez took the stage at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards show to perform her new single “Come and Get It”. The song definitely caught me by surprise when I first heard it last week, with its Bollywood vibe. I can’t say it isn’t a catchy tune.

However, her performance that night stirred up much controversy in the Hindu community. Unfortunately Selena Gomez’s wearing of the Bindi, a traditional Hindu forehead decoration, is not sitting well with them.

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The Traditional Bindi

“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol. It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed. Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions,” said Rajan Zed, leader of the Universal Society of Hinduism in an E! News article about the controversy. They’re demanding an apology from Selena Gomez.

A little harsh there, no?

I don’t necessarily think Selena did anything wrong. It’s art, and it should be appreciated for what it is. I’m sure she meant no harm in wearing the Bindi for her performance.

I personally would not have worn a Bindi for that kind of performance only because of my paranoia that something like this would happen. Instead, I’d wear some kind of Indian forehead jewelry. But then again, they might say something negative about that too.

Not to worry though. Britney Spears has her back. She wrote on Twitter:

“Wow @SelenaGomez… “Come & Get It” on the #mtvmovieawards was incredible! One of my favorite songs out there right now!”

A fan commented on the E! News article “Selena Gomez Bindi Controversy: Hindu Group Offended by Singer’s Forehead Decoration at MTV Movie Awards”,

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A good point is being made here. I don’t see any Catholics pointing figures at people who wear the Rosary and aren’t even of the Catholic faith. The Hindu community should seriously calm down about Selena!

Selena Gomez has not yet responded to the controversy.

In the mean time, check out the performance that started this mess!