Kevin Lyons’ hosts Mountain Dew’s new Green Label Gallery in Brooklyn!

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Art has always been an outlet for the common man. Some of the greatest forms of human expression have elegantly been placed to paper with a few strokes of the pen and paint brush. Surprisingly, one company has become knows this better than most. You would be more surprised to learn that company is none other than Mountain Dew! That’s right one of your favorite soft drink companies has become a lot more hip! Mountain Dew is opening its first ever crowd sourced gallery called “The Green Label Gallery!”

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The Green Label Gallery will not be your run of the mill exhibit. In it you will see digital artwork from all over the world contributed from Instagram with the label, “#GreenLabelGallery.” Some of the pieces seem to be centered around the Mountain Dew label and its original lime flavored drink. Still many more are abstract pieces of eveything from egg shell chickens to spider-shaped bush sculptures. There were over a thousand global submissions for the first ever Green Label Gallery in  Amsterdam. There, the event was hosted by the Chaotic Bastards. This time around designer, illustrator, and typographer; Kevin Lyons will be curating the event. Kevin is the the founder and sole creative director of “Natural Born” and is internationally known for his shows, and dealings with clients like Nike, Converse, Google TV, Umbro, and Stacks. With someone of his caliber headlining the gallery it will be nothing short of amazing!

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Kevin Lyons

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Queens fire back! Derek J defends the trend of Flamboyant Black Gay Men in the media!

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Derek J (l), TS Madison (c), EJ (r)

The portrayal of Black men in the media has seldom been a positive one. Thus, it is not surprising the portrayal of Blavck Gay men would be just as negative or disturbing. Recently, popular culture has portrayed a slew of gay Black men on television, however, they are not quite what you would call masculine or normal. From shows like Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” to E’s! “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” the portrayal of Black men is nothing short of flamboyant and almost drag queenish. One has to wonder where is the Black Gay spectrum? You can look on almost any network and find all types of white gay men from the drag queens and transexuals to closeted athletes. With the noteworthy exception of Michael Sam, this has not been the case. One New Yorker, who also happens to be Black and gay, finds himself disappointed that he cannot see himself on television. “…not all Black gay men wear heels or make up or interested in fashion…some of us just so happen to be gay and we still carry ourselves as men…” These are the words of Trent Britain Jeter, whose now infamous Facebook post sparked a war of words and opened dialogue about the portrayal of Black Gay men in media.

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Trent Britain Jeter

Trent’s post managed to find its way through the grapevine to celebrity stylist and fashion commentator, Derek J. Needless to say he was not happy and responded with the following statement via Instagram:

“Do this post was brought to my attention by@thefabdarylj and the points made in this post are valid and well understood, but it amazes me when people pick and choose what they want to support and stand for. You don’t want to support a feminine gay man in media because you feel that it’s not a good representation of the black gay community. But you will choose to support a woman that has raped the black gay culture of their lingo, fashion sense and beauty creativity. Let me even take it a step further you choose to support the rapper that doesn’t even see your lifestyle and a good representation of the black community as a whole. Before I was on tv I was and still a gay black business owner with a successful salon, that mentors black gay youth and gives back to the community. So with all that said I want to challenge the “masculine” black man that doesn’t like the way that gay black men are being represented in media to stand up and do something about it……. Ooooooo I forgot you didn’t want anyone to know you where gay.”

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Tamar Braxton…Speechless? Say What!

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Tamar, Tamar, Tamar! Are you ok? That is what fans everywhere are asking. Apparently, Tamar Braxton star had a bizarre, physical collapse while on stage. The songstress apparently began to shake, felt exhausted, could not remember lyrics to her own songs, and was missing dance steps! This is definitely reason for concern. Tamar, a stickler, for detail and stage presence never goofs performances and is quick to cancel one if she does not feel she will give the audience a perfect show. Tamar begin to cry on stage as she realized she was falling apart.

Naturally, Tamar was “disappointed.com” and “#apologetic.” She posted the following statement on Instagram to her fans and the Dallas audience she had to abandon: “I really felt like last night was #lightsout for me!! I felt sooo bad I was shaking. I honestly couldn’t remember a lyric ( which is nothing new) a dance step(everynight) but…I never lost my MYSELF where my body took over my mind and left me helpless. I wanted to stay but I couldn’t. I wanted to drink water and catch my breath but I couldn’t. I, Tamar, for the first time who has always been able to figure it out and work through ANYTHING simply couldn’t do ANYTHING but gasp for air and ask for help!! I was powerless and heartbroken.

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4/22/14- “Reliving Teenage Dreams”

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Hey Mikey,

I’m really upset with my ex. We seemingly rekindled our high school relationship when we met up after our ten year reunion.  We even had sex. He stays out of state so I didn’t expect to see him that often, but even when he is in town he doesn’t come to see me saying that he is busy with work. Then I will look on Instagram or Facebook and see him hanging with his friends. I’m trying not to be one of those clingy girls, but we haven’t seen each other since we had sex. I want to know where this relationship is going. Do you have any pointers on what I should talk to him about when we Skype each other tonight?

-Marigold

***Marigold, to be honest this doesn’t sound like you rekindled anything worthwhile nor does this sound like relationship to me. You haven’t seen him since you hooked up at your high school reunion and even when he comes in town he doesn’t make time for you? It seems like you’re still stuck on teenage dreams, and it sounds like you were a booty call to me. Honestly, you should let this go. If someone wants to be with you they will make time for you.  The busy excuse is not acceptable in 2014. Obviously, as you can see, he has made time for his friends and then has the audacity to post it all over a social media. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, until people get this through there skulls: “Treat An ex, like an ex!” Move on!

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2/6/2014- “You Better @ Me, Don’t Subtweet!”

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Hey Mikey!

I’m kinda going thru it right now. My daughter posted a picture of me on her Instagram and Twitter with a hash tag of “#FakeAsHell!” I’m really hurt by this. I thought we were close enough to where if she had an issue with me then she would at least text, tweet, or DM me. I mean damn! I thought we were friends. Should I confront her about this?

-Hurt Mama

***Hurt Mama, your interaction with your daughter sounds a little bizarre. Instead of sounding like a mother and daughter this sounds like a squabble between two schoolgirls! First off I must  advise you to STOP following her on social media. She is your daughter and not one of your peers–treat her as such! Secondly, you SHOULD confront her, but in person. Her actions were disrespectful. Finally; tweeting, texting, emailing, or any other form of communication other than face to face contact is not the proper etiquetter for a serious conversation. Especially, when one person finds themselves so hurt by the other. Don’t let this drag itself out… #GoodDay

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