This week on America's Next Top Model, Tyra came up with some SUPER-batshit ideas and had the contestants do a bunch of weird stuff, and everyone argued with one another. So basically, it was more or less just like every other episode.
Equipped with "special guest" Tyler Perry and his infinite range and knowledge of the acting world, Tyra had the girls complete a challenge in which they were assigned a character and sent out into the public to embrace said character and interact with random people at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. This was especially entertaining being the character choices were either a tourist, a rapper, a diva or a street performer. And even more so because Tyra, along with Perry, sat in a undisclosed location and fed lines for the girls to repeat to strangers through an ear piece. (You know, like David Letterman used to do and now Ellen does and acts like she started it when in reality, Steve Allen started the whole bit a million years ago? Yeah. That one.)
Overall, I'd just say it's a good thing these girls are models and not actresses. Most notable, of course, was Victoria as an erratic diva, stalking up and down the street yelling for everyone to stop looking at her. Perhaps she was playing a little too close to character? Still, nothing was more entertaining than when her persona decided to approach a homeless man, dramatically offering him food whilst screaming "I am a philanthropist!" and he threw it back in her face. I guess he wasn't as hungry as he looked. Not enough to deal with her crazy bullshit anyway.
We also saw a lot more camera time for a girl named Kristin this week, who came into the competition proudly informing everyone that she's always been a mean girl and got suspended from high school multiple times for physical violence. What an accomplishment. Luckily for us, as well as the casting agents, Kristin has played true to form and continues to parade around the house yelling at everyone who so much as speaks to her and lamenting about how hard it is to be pretty. Yawn. Kristin has also flat-out stated that her plan to win the competition is to taunt all the other girls until they get angry enough to to hit her so that they'll just be kicked off. I hope at least one girl falls for her scheme, because I strongly believe that Kristin could benefit from a good beat-down.
Try as I might, I remain underwhelmed by most of the girls this cycle, but fascinated with Victoria. And by fascinated, I mean completely disturbed and intrigued by this chick. For a minute in last week's episode, she came across as normal and I toyed with the idea of actually even liking her... until she called her mom on the phone and started sobbing with excitement again. This week, Victoria stayed true to her crazy and didn't disappoint. When speaking about her best picture win, she mentioned to the other girls that the moment she won, the first thing she thought about was her mother. You know, the one she gets all the emotional support she needs from so she doesn't think she needs a relationship?
I think one of the other contestants, Allyssa, summed it up best when she said, "Whatever. You miss your mom. You are attached to her dick. If she lets go, she's going to die. We get it." I assume Victoria isn't planning on letting go of her mother's dick anytime soon. And similarly, I don't plan on letting go of hers.
Written by: AmandaRae
The world experienced the "homegoing" of singer Whitney Houston as her funeral was streamed live for fans and the public who were kept at a distance. Many of her famous friends came to celebrate her life and achievements including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder who performed during the ceremony. Oprah Winfrey and best friend Gayle King arrived together, Mariah Carey is said to have sat with L.A. Reid and sobbed while Bebe Winans sang and remembered the "crazy Whitney" that he loved and knew so well.
The funeral was overseen by Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick, who kept a careful watch over "Nippy" and spoke softly, but with purpose throughout the ceremony.
Tyler Perry gave an emotionally-charged and lovely speech. It was Mr. Perry who provided the private plane that flew her body from California to New Jersey so she could be laid to rest.
Another of the most touching moments came from her The Bodyguard co-star Kevin Costner who spoke about how he fought to get her cast in the movie and how they bonded over growing up in Baptist churches.
"You weren't just good enough, you were great. You sang the whole damn song without a band. You made the picture what is was. A lot of leading men could have played my part, a lot of guys could have filled that role. But you Whitney, I truly believe, were the only one who could have played Rachel Marron at that time. You weren't just pretty. You were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn't like you Whitney. They loved you."
Whitney was also eulogized by her mentor and the man that helped to make her famous, Clive Davis. "She never took anything for granted. She was never arrogant. She was always appreciative."
At the end, her bronze casket was carried out to the sounds of her beautiful voice signing " I Will Always Love You." Unfortunately her godmother Aretha Franklin was too sick to attend and sing , but for everyone who was there it was a chance to talk about the woman they had the privilege to know and work with.
Whitney Houston was more than just a singer and an actress. She was a mother, a daughter, a wife and a friend. Whitney gave us a lot, and in her final performance, she took us all to church.
Written by: Brittani
When I read this open letter written by Tyler Perry (a survivor of horrendous sexual and psychological abuse himself, I felt the need to share the letter in its entirety. Maybe some of you know why this is such a personal and painful subject for me.
Having said that, I wonder if it's more difficult difficult for boys and/or men to come forth and tell someone about the abuse they are experiencing. Are people so numbed to girls being molested that it's become no big deal anymore? Please don't read anything negative into that question. These boys--who are now MEN, have been carrying around a painful darkness in their souls for most of their adult lives. I actually think it may be more difficult for a boy or young man to admit the shame they feel. The boys who were groomed and raped and controlled by those men who were authority figures in their lives had no choice but to keep quiet. The coaches were their "GOD". Why would they tell on "God of Penn State"? Why would anyone who knew about the abuse want to risk pissing off Joe Paterno by going over his head to intervene and help these kids? Why would Joe Paterno want to risk his glorious career? I'll tell you why: BECAUSE THOSE KIDS DIDN'T MATTER TO THEM.
"Do you know that at the young age of 11 you had more courage than all the adults who let you down? All of the ones who didn’t go to the proper authorities, all of the ones who were worried about their careers, reputations, or livelihoods. All of the ones who didn’t want to get involved. Or even the ones who tried to convince your mother not to fight. You are stronger than them all! I wonder what they would have done if it were their own child.
I had a few of those adults in my life, too. They knew and did nothing. One of them even said to me that it was my fault, because I allowed myself to spend time with the molesters. And yes, this was someone who was in power and could have called the police, but instead this person allowed this criminal to go on molesting other young boys for many years. When I did tell a family member, I wasn’t believed. I suffered in silence. But not you, my young strong hero, you have done what many of us wish we could have done. You used your voice!
You know, now that you’re older you need to be aware that the aftermath of abuse may affect you for a very long time. But that’s OK; just know that the strength it took for you to talk about it then will help you get through it now. I often tell myself that if I made it through that experience as a child, then surely as a man I should be able to get past it. It still may take you a while, but that’s OK too. I have known people who have gone through the same things that we have, but unfortunately they were never able to admit it, and it destroyed them. They never went for help, and they let the abuse defeat them. Some of them went to prison for crimes, some are addicted to drugs, and some have even committed suicide. I know that none of these things will happen to you. You are too strong for that!
No matter what happens next, just know that the hardest part is over. I wish the coward and very sick individual who hurt you would have the courage to admit his wrong and not put you through a trial. But he will most likely profess his innocence until the bitter end. And probably, all the while, yelling at the top of his lungs about all he has done to help troubled young boys.
You may have to go through with that trial, and you may feel all alone when you’re on that witness stand, but just know that there are millions of young boys and grown men who are standing with you—including me. If every man who has ever been molested would speak up, you would see that we’re all around you. You may not know all of our faces and names, but my prayer is that you feel our strength holding you up. You will get through this; you’ve already endured the worst part at age 11. Now fight on, my young friend, fight on! We are all with you."
I don't need to add anything further to this open letter by Mr. Perry. He eloquently wrote all that needs to be said, but we can all count on more and more men coming forth with courage to tell their horror stories perpetuated by monsters they trusted.
Please do take a moment to read Tyler Perry's own story right here. He has made such a success for himself that he is indeed a survivor, not a victim. I wonder if I'll ever feel that way.
Written by: Diva Julia