Black Twitter Rails Christina Aguilera’s AMA Performance 

Black Twitter was not here for last night’s whitewashed American Music Awards showcase on ABC, especially not after Christina Aguilera demolished a tribute to our beloved Whitney Houston.


The reviews came in pretty quickly after Aguilera’s first few notes into the “25th Anniversary of The Bodyguard” performance and everyone’s face in the audience showed sheer anxiety including P!nk and Ciara. 

To see the most viral remarks made by Twitter critics and unschooled fans of black culture appropriation, follow the hashtags under #BlackTwitter or #AMAs2017. 


Another despicable subject that kept raising tweets was the downright lack of representation for the black community as a whole. 

For one who’s ignorant to what culture appropriation may look like: it’s having a white woman pay mediocre homage to a deceased legend of the black community meanwhile the entire show had not one black performer until the very end where she not only was being honored for a lifetime of achievement but had to perform in honor of herself…..we love you Diana Ross!
In case you missed it, here’s a snippet of Aguilera’s performance full of flat untuned notes. They were unbearable and quite embarrassing to watch the “I Am Beautiful” songstress belt out. 

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Throwback: Interviewing Tionna Smalls from “VH1’s What Chili Wants”

In honor of throwback thursdays, I wanted to share my first ever celebrity interview with you all!!  I’m a bit jittery and nervous but I was soooo proud of myself after it was finished.

Just to give you all the preceding events leading up to this amazing feat….I was told to ‘just show up’ to the club where Tionna Smalls and her then client singer Olivia of G-Unit were going to make an appearance.  My friend was the promoter and told me she knew the manager and will ask her to let us interview one of them.

I came dressed in my hottest outfit (in my opinion), a bright orange jumpsuit from Bebe’s with cut-outs on the sides and some very gaudy jewelry to top the bright color! Ha! You couldn’t catch me in such a fit today….smiles!

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Trick Daddy Still Loves The Kids and Black Women Too!

I recently chatted with with Maurice Young, aka Trick Daddy before his upcoming appearance on the Legends of Southern Hip Hop tour to be held in Atlanta this weekend and when I tell you, this man is one of the most outspoken, truth-seeking and rawest people on the planet….you wouldn’t believe me!  Based on the allegations of him slandering Black women on Instagram last October, I wanted to get to the bottom of the rumors and cut out the fluff of majority opinion.

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1st Look: NBA Awards Live Tonight on TNT

Here’s a 1st look at the awardees and celeb cameos from the inaugural NBA Awards to be televised live this evening on TNT.  Drake hosts alongside a mind-blowing performance from the current Queen of Hip Hop Nikki Minaj.  The 2017 NBA Awards begin tonight on TNT at 9pm ET.

Spoiler….Russell Westbrook brings home the “MVP” after sweeping nominations with “Game Winner Of The Year” and “Best Style” awards.  The Oklahoma City Thunder player beat out Lebron James, Isaiah Thomas, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.

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The Singer Ana: New Star on Radar

I caught up with Best-Selling Author Omar Tyree last week to find that his much anticipated career level-up has commenced with the relaunch of Hot Lava Entertainment executive production of hit records with the first of several releases performed by The Singer Ana, 19 year old break-out artist hailing from Indianapolis, IN.  A life-changing opportunity came in March 2017 while the young songstress was attending Indiana Wesleyan University as a Business major & working at a women’s apparel store….Tyree had innocently responded to her online praise of his work, only to discern an extraordinary talent and begin a songwriting tutorship with Ana-short for Apriana.

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Avery*Sunshine talks going on tour & new album

What a rewarding experience to have been on a call with an artist describes by Ebony Magazine as:

“A true soul singer and distinct voice in R&B, Avery*Sunshine is in a lane of her own with a musical presence that is as relatable as it is mysteriously captivating.” Ebony

 

Multi-award winning artist Avery*Sunshine, whose loyal fan base includes music icons Aretha Franklin, Baby Face, Teddy Riley, Jazzy Jeff, and Patti LaBelle continues to bring her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content to every song and concert.

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Star Studded Action at the 10th Annual Queen City Awards 

Despite the cold weather in Charlotte, the red carpet outside of The Community Outreach Christian Ministries was on fire with some the area’s most talented entertainers. The Queen City Awards celebrated its ten year anniversary on Saturday December 10, 2016 with celebrity appearances, jaw-dropping live performances and rewards of some of the most elite talent hailing from Charlotte NC and surrounding areas.

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Exclusive Interview: Lajan Slim of Kayne West’s Label Talks Haitian Roots, Life After Inking A Deal & Voting for Hillary!

By: Nikki M.

Hey Pink Illuminance fans,

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lajan Slim on Tuesday at TCB 5400 Lounge in Charlotte, NC. Lajan is one of the hottest up and coming rapper’s on the East Coast, representing Florida’s Broward County. It wasn’t long into the interview before LAJAN unveiled what all the buzz was about regarding his music. He’s received over 630k views to date from his video release of his hit song ‘Haitians’ on WorldStar this summer.

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