Monday, 31 January 2011
Tomorrow night's episode of Snog Marry Avoid (BBC Three at 8pm) see's another of my girls doing her thing. The infamous Larissa Summers. We all know that when it comes to Lissy, there really is no 'off' switch for her sex apeal! There's no way Pod can improve! Also, look out for Lissy in the new channel 4 series 'Beauty and the Beast' which takes perspective from people living with facial disfigurements and the lives of the image focused.
http://www.larissasummers.net - click.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
I'm hearing a lot of rumours which are leading me to believe that Robbie Williams and Katie Price will make up the new judging panel on this years X Factor alongside Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh, whilst Cheryl and Simon jet off to concentrate on the US version of the show. Simon Cowell has even gone further to describe Katie Price as his 'woman of the decade'.
“Do I want Jordan as a judge on The X Factor panel? Yeah, that could work,” he said in a recent interview. “Why not? I like her as a person. In fact I'd even go as far as to say she's my woman of the decade."
Saturday, 29 January 2011
After the cataclysmic success of hit TV show 'The Only Way Is Essex' there was always going to be a sequel. I've just received word from a very close contact of mine that he has just finished working a few days preparing for the filming of 'Geordie Shores' which will be a direct take on 'Jersey Shore' but based in Newcastle. He also warned me that this is set to be very explicit and shameful...and we all love a bit of car crash TV viewing! He'd also recently been casting for another new series too...'The Only Way Is Liverpool'. Hurry up and do a Manchester one, we all know that's where the real drama lies.
Friday, 28 January 2011
A campaign has been launched to fight against the so-called corrective rape of lesbians in South Africa.
The campaign was launched following the case of 30-year-old Millicent Gaika, who claims she was raped and beaten for five hours in order to “cure” her of her lesbianism.
The trial against her attacker has been delayed until February.
Unfortunately, Gaika’s case is not a one-off. Alarmingly, 'corrective' rape is a recurrent crime in South Africa. In Cape Town alone there has been more than one corrective rape reported to support group Luleki Sizwe per day, yet no one has ever been convicted of the offence.
Corrective rape refers to the notion that lesbians can, and should, be raped in order to be heterosexual and is not classed as a hate crime in South Africa.
It is often poor, black women who fall victim to corrective rape however in 2008 a former star player of the women’s national football team, Eudy Simelane, was gang raped and killed.
Now, a group of activists are trying to u-turn the issue. Their appeal to the Minister of Justice has gained huge support with 140,000 signatures being added to their petition.
The massive response has forced him to respond on national television.
He stated that 'corrective rape' was “something that we are definitely concerned about” and that he is prepared to contact the South African Law Reform Commission “in order to look at this issue much further” – but no action has yet been taken.
The campaign has gained backing from around the globe and Kelly Osbourne this week posted a link to the campaign on her Twitter page.
To show your support, sign the petition using the link below.
Taken from PinkPaper.com and Guardian.co.uk....read the full story at:http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory/4736/28/1/2011/Campaign-launched-to-halt-so-called-corrective-rape-in-Africa.aspx - click.
Tomorrow night is all about the launch of Discretion at Oracle in Leeds. Absolutely love the new promo pictures! Girls you look great. Anyone wanting to get guestlist, check out 'The Reserved List' group on Facebook. This is going to be a fantastic party...
One of my mates from University who I used to record with has just produced 2 tracks that will be on Tinie Tempah's new album, and 3 that will be on the next Professor Green album. Prior to this he produced a track for UK rapper Sway. Congrats amigo, keep flying the flag + look out for future productions by Soul Unique with Akon's label Konvict Muzik.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
The legendary Bijou Club, Manchester. Playground to premiership, working models and sports stars; notorious for hitting the headlines, for all the right reasons.
I've been hearing all sorts of exciting news about the mass refurbishment taking place at Bijou. New decor, LED dancefloor....I don't know where the rumours start and the truth begins. One thing's for sure though, I can't wait to be back!
MODE 2011 kicks off with the unveiling of the new look Bijou Club 5th Feb.
For guestlist/tables search 'The Reserved List' on facebook.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Everyone has been commenting on the Andy Gray story; the story of a Sky Sports presenter earning in excess of £1 million a year, who was recently sacked for alleged sexism over grounds of 'unacceptable and offensive behaviour'.
So, the question is...when does banter cross the line and become totally unacceptable (a question I myself am often wary of)...?
In Andy Gray's situation, my personal opinion is blurred. Whilst there is no denying the unmistakable apparent underlying smug disrespect for women in the world of football, there is also the knowledge that Andy Gray was in the process of trying to sue News Corp (Andy Gray's employers) for alleged phone tapping.
Some comments made I think were banter.
Others I think were foolish.
What's your take?
Read the full story at http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jan/25/andy-gray-sacked-sky - click.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
On 24 January 2011, Melanie Philips' article, "Yes, gays have often been the victims of prejudice. But they now risk becoming the new McCarthyites", was posted on the Daily Mail website.
Although the Daily Mail has a history of posting homophobic articles (such as infamous Stephen Gately article from Jan Moir), Melanie Philips has truly outdone herself by penning this sickening article.
Apocryphal, badly researched, badly sourced, composed primarily of unfounded arguments, Melanie Philips has sunk to a new 'journalistic' low. The Daily Mail must retract this article and apologise for its publication that attacks gay equality as a ruthless agenda which aims to destroy so-called normal sexual behaviour.
Read for yourself here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1349951/Gay-victims-prejudice-risk-new-McCartyites.html#ixzz1ByBh559I
Write to The Press Complaints Commission to make your disgust known here:
According to the PCC Code of Conduct:
i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.
i) The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual's race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability."
Clearly, Melanie Philips' article violates these clauses.
Adapted for @jskychat from the Facebook Group 'Daily Mail, retract Melanie Philips' disgraceful and homophobic article now' and PinkPaper.com
Monday, 24 January 2011
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Will Smith, along with his ideologies, work ethics and morals has shaped into fast becoming a personal hero for myself and thousands of others. What his family did with 'The Karate Kid' last year was nothing short of genius. With rumours surfacing that the Smiths are about to re-create 'Annie' with Willow Smith playing the leading role, and music mogul Jay Z on the soundtrack I for one can't wait to see how this will deliver. Will Smith is also supposedly filming Men In Black 3, which I'm less excited over but curious to see nonetheless.
Saturday, 22 January 2011
I'm a firm believer that what you wear is an expression of who you are. And after checking out my long time friend Rachel Wotherspoon's brand new online store, there's no question in mind that Tout Nouveau delivers! Cutting edge, priceless couture, unmistakeably authentic. Don't get caught behind...here are just a few beauties....
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Leading up to the grand opening of Tongue N Cheek's latest party, Contagious Behaviour....a funky soulful throwback podcast has surfaced, and I for one absolutely love it. I smell a classic - check it out! Search 'Contagious Behaviour' on Facebook.
And for any Leeds lovers who cannot make the Bijou Club re-launch in Manchester on Feb 5th, get Contagious!
Monday, 17 January 2011
Everyone knows that since the Riri incident I have been known to stop dancing/leave a room/complain at a Chris Brown moment. But as a music lover I have to be honest. This latest offering produced by Benny Benassi is ridiculous! I'm a sucker for top notch house record, and even though every Tom, Dick and Harry on the R&B side of town seems to be trying their luck, this is pure club bliss. Even if it is Chris Brown. Definitely another one for the Bijou Club, Manchester re-launch Feb 5th.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Ok, looks like this is now going to be the first J Lo single of 2011. You already know I love the hair....the bigger, the better! Wouldn't it be great if Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce did a track together for the new album; imagine the video for that!
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Very much in the makings of his last big UK success 'Sexual Seduction' Snoop is back with 'Wet'. I have no doubt in my mind that I will be hearing this track explode all over the North West party scene with the aid of top DJ's Dan Hills, Carlton Delingo and G2.
I've been waiting a long time for the new J Lo album (Love?), and it finally looks like 2011 is going to be the year she makes a proper return to centre stage. She teased us in 2010 in her 'Louboutins', but her latest leak (and rumoured single) 'On The Floor' featuring Pitbull is definitely something I cannot wait to get my groove on with when Bijou Club, Manchester re-launches on the 5th Feb. Love? Yes.
Friday, 14 January 2011
'There's nothing wrong with who I am'; real talk. If I'm being totally honest I wasn't as enthusiastic as everyone else when it came to listening to Jessie J telling me she can 'do it like the man dem'. But this latest offering has enthralled me completely. See excerpt below.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Drake is definitely causing a stir in London and Manchester at the moment. Facebook has been over-ruled as boys and girls from the party scene have flocked to his sell out concerts and his official afterparties (one of which takes place shortly at K2 nightclub in Manchester...and yes, Drake and his entourage will be there). Check out the below teaser for the upcoming collaboration with Nicky Minaj.
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Kanye West's current album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' is definitely one of his best works. But after hearing confirmed news that Kanye and Jay Z will be released a joint album together, it looks like we have yet another reason to be excited about the future of Hip Hop music. Titled 'Watch The Throne', the best in the business are set to re-affirm their status as the Hip Hop greats.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
By now I'm guessing everyone who didn't go to the Drake concert in town saw Manchester scene-queen Pwincess Regan-Piacarra Mottley-Dyce front the new series of Snog Marry Avoid on BBC Three. Manchester hotspot Boutique featured, as did Regan's trademark hair rollers! See excerpt below...and look out for the omnibus. Interview to follow....
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Stumbled across this video on a friends page on Facebook that touches on a lot of issues creeping into the the psyche of the Manchester scene. I'm a firm believer that a good decorum and confidence make up the skeleton of what I consider to be real beauty from within. The beauty that you buy in shops doesn't last forever and only appeals to a certain type of person.
Will Smith has expressed in a lot of his interviews how the power of positive thinking opens doors to success. In films such as The 'Pursuit of Happyness', and 'Seven Pounds' we see the fundamentals of decency and are positively encouraged to have inner strength. See below excerpt from the 2006 film, The Pursuit of Happyness: