So much to do about nothing..
Did I read correctly that the number 1 reason why this new “Two and a Half Men” is better than the old one because Ashton Kutcher is a “comedic genius”? A comedic genius? Is the author of this article his mother? A comedic genius; really?
Just how far has this society regressed that we call these fly-by-nights geniuses? The answer is: very far indeed. As an example, many people call Eminem a genius. Now mind you, the man cannot sing, he cannot write or read music, nor can he play a musical instrument – yet he is considered a genius in the music industry! Just imagine an illiterate William Shakespeare, a Leonardo da Vinci who could not draw or an Albert Einstein who didn’t know math; and calling them geniuses in their respective fields! Not even these TRUE geniuses could be considered as such without mastering the skills necessary to become truly great at their profession.
What is this world coming to? Hey, next thing you “know” is that people will say that Beethoven and Mozart couldn’t write music; Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth couldn’t hit a baseball, Jimmy Hendrix and Carlos Santana couldn’t play the guitar; Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali couldn’t box; the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin weren’t great rock bands and “I Love Lucy” and “All in the Family” weren’t funny sitcoms…
No doubt, people today will probably say that their contemporaries are the “truly talented” ones and that these people were all overrated; fools that they are. All I have to say to that is that ignorance is bliss. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Yahoo
By K.C. Dermody | Yahoo! Contributor Network
COMMENTARY | Ashton Kutcher stole the show during his debut on the first episode of the ninth season on “Two and a Half Men” Monday night. He not only won over the critics, but the millions of fans who watched his hilarious performance.
The sitcom was growing stale anyway after eight years of Charlie Sheen’s antics both on and off television. Kutcher was the right man to bring it back to life. Sorry Charlie, but the premiere episode garnished the most ratings of any in its entire history, with 27.8 million viewers — all without you.
There are many reasons Kutcher is far superior to Sheen, but let me count the ways.
1. Comedic genius
Although Sheen had a knack for playing his character, Charlie Harper, with an excellent poker face, Kutcher has already shown he is far superior in his comedic ability. His energy and charisma draws viewers in and keep them mesmerized.
Kutcher has already shown how talented he is, playing his slightly “doofus” character Michael Kelso on “That ’70s Show” for seven seasons. He played him so well I was shocked to find out how intelligent Kutcher actually is in real life. Did you know he was studying biochemistry engineering at the University of Iowa when he was discovered back in 1997?
2. Sex appeal
Let’s face it, Kutcher is much hotter than Sheen any way you look at it; we female fans enjoy our eye candy too. It always surprised me how many beautiful women Sheen attracted on that show, but that was just a script. Though he was married to beautiful women in real life, he was also known to pay for sexual services. Kutcher, on the other hand, would probably have to be paid for his services.
Let’s compare. Kutcher is 6’3″; Sheen is 5’9″ or 5’10” depending on who you ask. Most women prefer taller men — it’s just a fact.
Sheen has thin, lizard-like lips, while Kutcher has a big, beautiful smile. Sheen has beady little brown eyes while Kutcher also has brown eyes, but they seem to sparkle with intelligence and kindness instead of anger and manipulation.
Of course looks aren’t everything, but Kutcher has that one covered too. Who would you rather be in a relationship with, Sheen or Kutcher? I highly doubt anyone would answer Sheen, who has been known to go on drunken and violent rampages and been accused and charged in more than a few domestic violence cases against his wives as well as other women.
I had forgotten about the time Sheen accidentally shot his fiancee, Kelly Preston, back in 1990. Since then he has had three failed marriages and five children. Kutcher on the other hand has been in a relationship with Demi Moore since 2003, married to her since 2005, and become a doting stepfather to her three daughters.
I am happy Kutcher’s debut was a raving success, and I will become an avid viewer now that Sheen is out of the picture. Good job CBS!
I’m sure Eminem fans will be glad to know that the rapper will be coming out with new material in mid-June.
Personally, I’m not a fan of rap music. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
The pair, who met at a concert in their home city in 1997 and worked together under the name Bad Meets Evil, announced Monday that they’re coming out with an EP of new material in June.
One of the songs they recorded in the late 1990s, called “Bad Meets Evil,” appeared on Eminem’s major label debut, “The Slim Shady LP.”
According to a news release distributed Monday by Interscope Records, the rappers pursued solo careers after their initial work together and became embroiled in a feud.
In the years since, Eminem’s career has reached superstar levels with tens of millions of records sold and Grammy and Academy Award wins. Royce da 5’9″ also has seen success, but on a much smaller scale, with three of his albums charting in the R&B/hip-hop category.
The two mended fences, however, following the shooting death of their mutual friend and fellow rapper Proof in 2006.
“Royce and I started hanging out again and inevitably that led us back into the studio,” Eminem said in a statement. “At first we were just seeing where it went without any real goal in mind, but the songs started to come together crazy, so here we are.”
Royce da 5’9″ said he was “excited to see this project come to fruition considering the long lapse in time between when we worked before and now.”
The new material will be released June 14 on Shady/Interscope Records. Mr. Porter, who is a member of Eminem’s rap group D12, was a producer on the EP.
Interscope said its title will be unveiled “soon.”
And, for the record, Royce da 5’9″ is the Bad half of the duo, and Eminem is the Evil.
This label of ‘genius’ is so over-used… There have been very few true geniuses in the history of mankind. Real geniuses such as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and the like don’t come along very often. Neither do such men as Mozart, Beethoven or Chopin. To say that a rapper such as Eminem, who cannot even play a musical instrument, is “one of music’s geniuses” is idiotic to say the least. It just goes to show how low the standards of our society have fallen. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
But their love for Eminem seems to only extend to the rap categories. Despite being regarded as one of music’s geniuses, he has never won a Grammy outside of the genre — a streak that continued on Sunday.
Eminem, who went into the Grammys as the leading nominee with 10 nominations, including in the prestigious album, record and song of the year categories, walked away with just two: best solo rap performance and best rap album for “Recovery,” which was last year’s best-selling album and marked a triumphant comeback for an iconic figure who stumbled in recent years due to a former drug addiction.
He lost album of the year to Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs,” and his Rihanna-assisted “Love The Way You Lie” lost to Lady Antebellum in the record and song of the year categories.
It marked the third loss in his career for Eminem in the album of the year category, as well as his Eminem’s third loss in the record of the year and second with song of the year.
While the night was a disappointing one for Eminem, it was a dream come true for the night’s top winner, Lady Antebellum. The country trio was the night’s top winner, earning the song and record of the year trophies for “Need You Now.” They won five of their six nominations.
It was their night on top in the pop world after a year of coming in second place. Their crossover hit, “Need You Now,” peaked at No. 2 on the pop charts, and their album of the same name was 2010’s second best-selling album, behind Eminem’s “Recovery.”
But on Sunday night, they were No. 1.
“That is the most humbling feeling in the entire world. It’s going to make us work even harder to make a better record,” said Hillary Scott, as bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley stood by her backstage.
It was the second year in a row that a country act with multiplatinum crossover appeal won big at the Grammys: Last year, it was Taylor Swift, who got four awards and won album of the year for “Fearless.”
This year, that award went to “The Suburbs,” which marked Arcade Fire’s only Grammy win that evening, and in 10-year career in which they have been consistent critic’s darlings. Though the album was considered to be among the year’s best, Eminem was still the favorite — so much so that Arcade Fire’s Win Butler uttered “What the hell?” when they went onstage to accept their award.
Immediately following the win, the group — who had just performed — headed to the stage in an apparently spontaneous move and played their song “Ready to Start,” where band member Win Butler advised: “Everyone leave to this song.”
The night’s biggest upset came in the best new artist category, as jazz singer Esperanza Spalding picked up the coveted best new artist Grammy.
Spalding, 26, was the first jazz artist to win the award, and beat out 16-year-old pop phenom Justin Bieber, along with Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons.
“I feel really lucky today,” she said backstage. “From the world that I come from this is the beginning of the beginning for me.”
Other key winners on the night included Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and John Legend, who all won three awards each, tying them for most wins following Lady A. Usher, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck and the Black Keys joined Eminem with two wins each.
Gaga performed her new single “Born this Way” and entered the stage in dramatic fashion — as usual. She was encased in an egg, then “hatched” onstage to perform the dance tune.
Her hit song “Bad Romance” won best female pop vocal performance and best short form music video. When she won best pop vocal album for “The Fame Monster,” she said Whitney Houston played in a role in the making of her new song.
“I wanted to thank Whitney because when I wrote ‘Born This Way,’ I imagined she was singing it because I wasn’t secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar,” she said.
Eminem wasn’t the only hip-hop star to lose in the night’s top honors: Newcomer B.o.B, who had 5 nods, went home empty handed, while Cee Lo Green’s expletive-laden smash, “(Expletive) You,” also known as the edited “Forget You,” only won best urban/alternative performance.
But Cee Lo had one of the night’s best performances: Dressed in a colorful feather getup that looked made him look like a gigantic colorful bird, he was joined onstage by Gwyneth Paltrow and Jim Henson Co.’s puppets, giving a funny and unforgettable performance of “Forget You.”
Hey readers… GhostRider of http://ghostriderandfriends.wordpress.com/the-real-life-scenes-behind-bittersweet-dementia/ fame… Here again with the last – but maybe not– piece in my Eminem series.
Last night, Slim Shady – actually Eminem’s alter ego never did surface – appeared on 60 Minutes, an American television news magazine, which has run on CBS since 1968. 60 Minutes is arguably the most respected news program on television. Last night, that bastion of journalism focused its lens on Rap superstar Eminem. This show has been among the top-rated TV programs for much of its life, and has garnered numerous awards over the years. It is considered by many to be the preeminent investigative television program in the United States, meaning that the Marshall Mather’s profile on the show, not only speaks volumes of his talent, but I guess it also shows how much we have changed as a culture in the last 42 years (but that, my friends, is another story).
Mind you reader, I am not really a Rap fan but Eminem is as much, “just a rapper”, as Bono of U2 is, “just a singer.” Eminem is first and foremost a songwriter, and Rap is a genre where the artist starts writing even before becoming involved in the musical part of the song. It is that aspect of Eminem, his writing, which I first became a fan of. Songwriting is a form of communication, as is a poem, a thought, TGO’s blogging, verbal communication, etc., and these all create memes; units of cultural ideas which can be transmitted from one mind to another, thus creating the evolution of culture.
At that level, we all truly make a difference in the world by sharing our ideas. Bono for example, who writes the lyrics for almost all of U2’s songs, uses lyrics which are often rich in social and political themes. His lyrics frequently allude to a religious connection or meaning, and he was also known for his rebellious tone which turned to political anger and rage with the passage of time. As a matter of fact, social and political commentary, often embellished with Christian and spiritual imagery, are a major aspect of U2’s lyrical content.
Eminem on the other hand, turned almost completely inward to write about “the man in the mirror,” and does so in a brutally honest and intensely raw way that makes many a listener, especially those that relate with similar circumstances or emotions, almost uncomfortable. It focuses the listener’s consciousness inward on themselves. The incredible value in this is that if the subject that he raps about is domestic violence, as in his song “I Love the Way You Lie,” it could stimulate a listener going through a similar situation to become aware and thereby creating an experience that they are not alone, leading to personal change, that will play a part in ending a particular cycle.
On the CBS 60 Minutes site, many comments like the following were written by viewers following the airing of the interview:
Never listened to Rap music myself but having 2 sons who loved your music, I always listened to every CD they wanted me to purchase…. After hearing some of the lyrics, whew, I didn’t know what to say!!! I could relate since I too grew up the same way as you! I allowed my sons to listen to your music after explaining lots of things to them and in the process really grew to LOVE your music. Now at the age of 41, I still listen to Rap music but only yours!!! The new Recovery album is exceptional, it showed so much about you, and hearing of your recovery made my day… I too had major addiction issues and it has now been 15 yrs. since being clean. I pray for you everyday and hope that you are able to help millions of others who are struggling with addition issues. You’re so awesome Marshall Mathers, don’t ever forget that… Someday I hope to get the opportunity to meet you, please come to Columbus Ohio!!!
On this note, I’ll leave you with “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”, an early Eminem song that’s as inwardly raw as one can possibly get. Too bad we live in this new and politically correct World Order, which feels it must censor the expressions that Eminem is trying to share with and convey to the listener; where there exists a need to “clean up” certain words, words that CBS 60 Minutes anchor Anderson Cooper described as: “profane as they are poetic.”
GhostRider, of http://ghostriderandfriends.wordpress.com/ghostrider-friends-come-to-life/ , back with another Eminem video.
This week, Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald, wrote a story on how, many black athletes are repeating errors of absentee dads. He described how the New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, on the HBO show Hard Knocks, using his fingers to count his children, appeared to struggle with their names and birth dates. Eight kids by six women in five states. The self-inflicted wound crippling the black community spread on the Internet this week like a popular joke.
I wished it would just end there but I see it going much deeper in our goal-oriented culture. There are the workaholic professional fathers who spend 10, 12 hours a day, and sometimes more, at their jobs and even then, bring work home. Fathers that get caught up in their personal, outside of the family, lives. Even on Fridays, when they possibly could get home a little earlier, the lure of “happy hour” with colleagues keeps them out late. You would not call them “absentee fathers” but their life choices does take a toll on their kids and might continue a cycle.
This song is about Eminem’s own career’s effect on his relationship with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Hailie. It talks about him not being there for his daughter, and the effects of his fame and career, on his own family. He uses the artistic venue of a methaphorical dream.
He uses an interesting setting to tell this story, one he should be admired for using, and one that I doubt we’ll ever see the likes of a Lindsay Lohan or a Paris Hilton using – a support group a la AA or NA which suggest that members regularly attend meetings with other members and share their particular recovery problems as Eminem does thereby raising the viewer’s consciousness to the process in itself.
It is always in awareness, in our consciousness, that “cycles”, have a chance, big or small, of being broken and you don’t see many songwriters these days, much less rappers, addressing them like Eminem does.
Without further ado:
GhostRider of http://ghostriderandfriends.wordpress.com/ghostrider-friends-come-to-life/ fame here with the first of series of three guest blogs.
Just a week ago in a phone conversation with my long-time friend, TGO, your blog host, I ended it passionately by saying how, “…the cycle just had to end.” In that conversation – and my friend and I must have somewhat matured over the years because we would have never discussed the topics we do today – the context was of a different nature but this article caught my attention as there are many “cycles” that we must bring an end.
Kudos to Eminem for being able to look deep into his own abyss and write a song like this. Needless to say that it has its critics and a generation ago, it would no doubt have had twice as many. When I was a teen, I don’t even think that the label, “Domestic Violence” even existed and people certainly didn’t talk about it much.
With stars like Eminem and Rihanna bringing more awareness on the subject matter, it does not take a big stretch of the imagination to see it less and less of an issue in future generations.
An applaud to Megan Fox, which according to Yahoo! Finance, and stars opposite Lost actor Dominic Monaghan as one half of a physically abusive couple, has given her salary to the Sojourn House, which provides battered women and their kids with a place to rebuild their self-esteem and their lives.
Refer to story below by Rochell Thomas, and then watch the video.
Come Back on Monday for the second in this series…
In Eminem’s controversial new video “Love the Way You Lie,” love and violence intertwine seamlessly. One moment, a couple sleeps in each other’s arms, the next, they’re violently fighting, tossing bed sheets. Later, they kiss passionately, pressed up against the same wall the man has just punctured with his fist. All the while, Rihanna croons the chorus which includes the line, “That’s all right because I like the way it hurts.” But is it really all right?
Less than 24 hours after MTV debuted the video for Eminem’s chart-topping single about the evolution of his relationship with his ex-wife, Kim, many are wondering: Does “Love the Way You Lie” glamorize domestic violence?
“The most important thing the video is doing is raising the topic of dating violence among young people,” Stephanie Nilva, executive director of sexual assault and trauma resource center Day One, told MTV News.
An expert in relationship violence and domestic abuse prevention, Nilva praised the clip for accurately depicting a pattern typical of abusive relationships. The video stars actors Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox as a couple involved in a relationship that starts out passionately and lovingly but quickly devolves into a violent affair.
Nilva said the video is especially potent because of Eminem’s and Rihanna’s personal histories with violence or abuse. “Eminem’s history is …as someone who sings a lot about violence,” she said. “And Rihanna’s experience [is] as someone who was abused by Chris Brown.”
That history, she added, is what will make people look at the video and see “that the message is not ‘Don’t you want a relationship like mine?’ The message is a warning sign.”
During the four-minute span of “Love the Way You Lie,” Rihanna alternately sneers in the frame and seems to physically diminish before finally crumbling to the ground in front of the burning house that serves as her backdrop throughout. The images may be melodramatic but symbolically, they are accurate, according to Nilva. “Someone who is victimized in a relationship does become smaller, does lose their power and their strength.”
“I think we tried as hard as we could to not glorify the violence, to try and explain that this was a relationship that is by no means ideal and a relationship that probably should have ended a lot sooner than it did,” Monaghan told MTV News recently. “The concept of ‘Love the Way You Lie’ was essentially a look at the relationship that Eminem was in with his wife, Kim, so I kind of felt like I was playing Eminem a little bit, and Megan Fox was kind of playing Kim.
“It’s the story of them getting to know each other, and it’s the story of their tumultuous relationship, and it was the story of the breakdown of their relationship,” he continued. “Ultimately, what I think he’s trying to say in the song … is that he should have walked away a little bit quicker than he did and not let it get as messy as it did.”
To learn more about how you can prevent or get help for dating abuse and domestic violence, visit DayOneNY.org. If you are involved in an abusive relationship and would like help you can also call 1-800-214-4150. Love should not hurt.