Greetings folks! As one of the last new posts of the year, I wanted to give a year-end review of sorts. When I say review, I mean a “Top 5” list for 2017 of various things in entertainment, politics, and sports. I know some of you will agree and others will argue with my lists; but hey, they’re my lists. Oh and I’ve also included five things I wish would happen in 2018. So enjoy!
Hello Readers! Before you read too far into this, let me start by saying this in fact is not Tavion Scott. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Euphonious K.Z.G. That’s pronounced U-Phony-Us. Tavion decided to loan me his platform on this fine Monday. Heck, this Monday and the Mondays to come. See, he asked me to be his first guest writer for his blog which blew my mind. So I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity and space to share my thoughts, creativity, emotions, weirdness, and light with you all. I hope you enjoy this journey with me. Now I’m a novice and an artist…so I’m sensitive about my shit lol.
As a loyal member of the Beyhive, I, like many, am still seething about the results from this year’s Grammy Award Ceremony. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the British songstress Adele. I often find her lyrics to be emotionally impactful and her voice to be an amazing rarity in today’s music industry. With that said, there is no way that 25 was better than the cultural phenomenon Lemonade. Heck, Adele herself even admitted that.
Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. I love everything about it. First and foremost, I enjoy celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. As Christian, you could say that I’m a super fan of celebrating Christ. But I also love going from store to store to buy gifts for loved ones. I love putting up the tree and all the decorations. I love the smell of my grandma’s stuffing and pies, my mom’s macaroni and cheese, my aunt’s cookies, and all the other food that will certainly have me working overtime in the gym. And of course there is the music.
I absolutely love listening to Christmas music. Each year shortly after Thanksgiving, my playlist changes to include some classic holiday hits from Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, and others. There are certain songs and artists I have to hear during the weeks between that Thanksgiving Thursday and December 25th. In fact, I have ten must-hear songs. See if your fav made my cut. FYI, trying to make a top ten list was hard for me. There are plenty of songs I love that didn’t make it on here.
Going into last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, I, like many viewers, was led to believe it would be a night paying homage to the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient, Rihanna. For weeks, MTV and various news/blog outlets had been hyping up this year’s VMAs as a celebration of the island beauty. There was word that she would have this epic performance that would leave people breathless. And on top of that, it was announced that Nicki, Ariana, Future, and Ms. “Britney B*tch” herself would be headlining performances. So with this line up alone, I thought the VMAs would at least be better than last year. But then, oh but then, the rumors about Ye and Queen Bey began circulating. And that’s when I knew Rihanna’s spotlight was in danger of being stolen.
Let’s start with the VMA red carpet. So as a proud carrying card member of the Bey Hive, I’ll admit that Rihanna can sometimes give Bey the business on a red carpet. There have been times when I’ve had to say “ok Riri, you did that.” So if Ms. Fenty was going to start off the night on a good note, I expected her walk the carpet in an outfit that only she could pull off. Welp, she didn’t do that. Beyoncé on the other hand turned heads. While I’m still not necessarily a fan of the dress she had on, when paired with Blue Ivy, I’ll buy into the look. Plus, she had the Mothers of the Movement as her special guests. To be honest, her shutting down the carpet was the moment the VMAs became about her.
Now let’s talk about the actual main event. Rihanna’s opening was a little flat for me personally. Her makeup and hair looked great, but all that damn pink was distracting. I love the songs she performed, but I was still a little underwhelmed. However, up until the appearance of Mr. West, that was the most entertaining part of the night.
Mr. West is a genius. As confusing as his rambling can be, if you pay really close attention, he’s saying something. Last night, he was indeed saying something. But it wasn’t his speech that overshadowed Rihanna, it was that epic video. “Fade” deserves a round of applause, standing ovation, and every award possible in the very near future. Teyana Taylor almost walked away as the real MVP of the ceremony.
Whether you’re a man or woman, gay or straight, if you watched Teyana Taylor dance in that video, you were slightly turned on. Between her outfit, the dance moves, and the body, I got overheated. And it had nothing to do with the summer weather. She has become the epitome of body goals. I hope after that video premiere, that she finally gets the credit she deserves as an amazing talent. Heck, she wasn’t even in the building last night, and I was more impressed with her than any of Rihanna’s three sets from yesterday. That includes the last set where pop’s princess actually sang flawlessly (for her that is).
On to the performance of the night. Beyoncé Knowles Carter. How MTV gave her the opportunity to perform Lemonade on a night that was supposed to be about Riri, I just don’t know. I’m not complaining, because as a Beyoncé super fan, I was excited to see her. And her performance, as always, was in a lane of her own. The outfit changes, the “cakeage”, the dancing, the twerking, not to mention the vocals. I was here for all of it. If I had to critique anything, it would be the fact that Serena was there, but didn’t pop anything on stage during “Sorry.” Bey left it impossible for anyone to follow her. ANYONE.
Before I wrap this up, let me make it perfectly clear. I like Rihanna. I’ve long admired her for creating her own path in this music industry, and for her unwillingness to be molded into something that’s she’s not. However, if MTV was going to honor her with the most prestigious award of the night, they didn’t have to invite two of the biggest names in music to upstage her. Especially, Beyoncé. Queen Bey owned the red carpet, the stage, and heck the awards (given she won 8). So you all tell me, who this ceremony was really celebrating? That’s all I’m saying.
The 2016 BET Awards has officially come and gone, and I most assuredly can say that I enjoyed it better than last year. Now I may be a bit bias in saying that given my favorite performer ever opened this year’s festivities. However, even when she packed up shop and high tailed it overseas following her epic performance, I was still more entertained than last year. Heck, I barely paid last June’s show that much attention until Janet walked across the stage. But this year, I was definitely more in tune with what was going on. I think that mostly had to do with trying to see if BET would live up to the hype of its Prince tribute. Whether or not it did in my opinion, the jury is still out on that. While I expected more out of some performers, others lit the stage with fire. Overall, it was way better than the Billboard’s tribute though. So Anywho, check out my top 5 moments of the show.
Hey folks! As the official start of summer approaches, and my excitement about that grows, I’ve been in search of a summer song. Every year I have that one song that puts me in such a great mood and gives such positive vibes, that I can’t help but to smile and rock out. When I hear it, my head will get to bopping, shoulders to bouncing, hips to shaking, and the occasional stank face will appear. For example, I remember my very first summer song was “So What” by Field Mob featuring Ciara. How many of you all remember that? That song cranked to me. Heck I remember watching the video on 106 & Park.
Hello good people,
As you can probably tell, I’m in a surprisingly fantastic mood as I write this. I’m still breathing, it’s sunny outside, my book is nearing release (I’ll be talking about that more in detail soon), and Beyoncé has graciously dropped her highly anticipated 6th album. Although I, like her millions of fans across the globe, knew she would be debuting the mysterious Lemonade on HBO, I was rocked by the tragic news of Prince’s passing. I couldn’t, and still can’t, believe music lost such a heavy hitter. I mean in all honesty, Prince had to be the most innovative and prolific musician the world has ever seen. Since his death, I’ve been jamming to hits like “Diamonds and Purples”, “Musicology”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Adore”, and of course the classic “Purple Rain”. So in a way, I’ve been mourning the death of a music titan. While I knew a Beyoncé video project was premiering this past Saturday, I wasn’t expecting an album. I kind of thought she would push back the release of an album, and it would be a Prince only weekend (minus the video premiere). However, Bey graciously dropped what may wind up being my favorite album from the Queen ever.
So while I’ve never written about a web series before, I felt compelled to write about the new smash hit About Him. Without hesitation or pause, I can genuinely say that this Signal 23 TV show represents some of the best original programming online. Having only watched two episodes so far, I’ve been thoroughly impressed and entertained.
As 2015 winds down and 2016 vastly approaches, there are a few things I wanted to share with you all. I want to thank you all for visiting According to T. When I started this blog in May of this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had dreams it would become this great site, but I secretly was nervous it was going to fail. Call it the pessimist in me. Well thanks to you the readers, According to T is steadily growing and I’m grateful. It feels good to know that people not only visit my blog, but enjoy the content and are appreciative my little nuggets of wisdom. Going forward, I hope to provide you all with even better material next year. Because most of what I post is contingent upon questions you all ask, make sure you get those into me. Remember, no subject is off limits and everything is kept Anonymous. So here’s to 2016! Before I say bye to 2015, let me leave you all with my year end round-up.