1. According to TMZ, Lil Wayne was hospitalized yesterday in Texas after suffering “seizure-like symptoms” on his private jet, but has been released and is now “doing better.”
2. If you liked “Losing You” as much as we did, you’ll be happy to hear that Solange Knowles’ upcoming full-length called True will be… Read More
Sunday marks the birthday of Solange Knowles, she who is forever destined to be known to the majority of the general public as Beyoncé’s younger sister. It’s a thankless task having an über-successful sibling, especially if you’re a perfectly respectable artist in your own right. Solange, to her credit, has followed her own path admirably, blazing a career path that’s based around working with an eclectic roster of collaborators and generally not trying to match or outdo her sister. For this reason, we’ve always found her more interesting than Beyoncé, and we got to thinking this week about similar artists, those are arguably more interesting than their famous siblings. Here are our selections.
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Photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank has an eye for feminine beauty, and a knack for spotting it at the upper stratum of American society. The daughter of a Napa Valley vintner and granddaughter of the founder of Swanson Foods (the company that brought us the ubiquitous TV dinner), she formed her vision of modern beauty and style while assisting Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Inspired by the strong, working women who she met in fashion, publishing, and business, the self-taught photographer turned her lens on her enterprising young friends to create a portfolio of sophisticated ladies who are making their mark across America. Her striking portraits of writers, models, singer/song-writers, winemakers, fashion executives, and philanthropists — with family names like Hearst, Bloomberg, Kennedy, Rockefeller, Lauder, and Bush — are currently on view at the Lu Magnus gallery on New York’s Lower East Side and compiled in a colorful, new monograph, published by Assouline. Click through a selection of our favorite photos of her posh pals.
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You can tell a lot about a person based on who they religiously follow on Twitter — or least that’s the driving idea behind this new weekly column. Every Monday we’ll ask an influential web editor to share some of his or her most prized feeds with you, along with a few exemplary tweets that will illustrate why you’ll soon be following along too. Our hope is that you’ll get a tiny glimpse inside the creative minds of some of online media’s brightest stars — and a more interesting Twitter feed of your own to boot!
To kick things off, we were lucky enough to score some recommendations from the lovely Amy Odell, the editor of BuzzFeed’s brand-new women’s vertical, Shift. Click through to check out her picks, and be sure to follow her on Twitter here.
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Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of their favorite looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!
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New York-based rapper Theophilus London is on a roll. After dropping his first EP, Lovers Holiday, last month, he’s putting the finishing touches on his debut album and getting ready to take on the world. Not that he hasn’t been noticed already. His early remixes and mixtapes (Jam! and This Charming Mixtape) brought him to the attention of artists including Mark Ronson and Damon Albarn and led to guest turns with Ronson’s Business Intl, Gorillaz, and Dave Sitek’s Maximum Balloon.
Lovers Holiday, which includes guest appearances by Solange Knowles and Tegan and Sara’s Sara Quin, is a perfect taste of the genre-confounding music that London makes — a mash-up of hip-hop, pop, old-school funk, and soul. For an artist who cites Michael Jackson, the Smiths, and Arthur Russell among his influences, it’s hardly surprising he stands out from the crowd as much as he does. In our exclusive interactive interview, London reveals what to expect from his first album, what it’s like becoming the face of two brands at once, and why he still feels like a fan around some of his friends. Plus: an impromptu music video for a previously unheard album track!
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1. Gary Numan (along with a slew of other British musicians), might not make it to Coachella because of the volcanic eruption. [via Brooklyn Vegan]
2. HBO has snagged the rights for three new docs from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney: Freakonomics, My Trip To Al-Qaeda, and his untitled Eliot Spitzer project. [via The… Read More
Last fall when Solange covered Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is the Move” we flipped out, but the track was swiftly removed at the request of Universal Music. Now, thanks to Pitchfork (and Fashion Week), you can watch video of her performing live with Dirty Projectors last Saturday night at Opening Ceremony‘s party for their new store at the Ace Hotel New York. Perhaps this brings us one step closer to an official release for Solange’s version — that is, if she can find the time while working on that new of Montreal album.
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Who said indie can’t have soul? Solange Knowles has really taken the Dirty Projector’s Angel Deradoorian to task with her cover of Bitte Ocra’s standout, “Stillness Is The Move,” proving her dedication to Pitchfork runs deeper than a trip to Grizzly Bear with her big… Read More
It’s embarrassing when you work in new media and you’re having drinks with friends who aren’t and they ask you to explain why anyone would be on Twitter and you can’t. You fumble for a good analogy (“You know how much you love updating your status on Facebook? Well…”), but nothing good comes to mind, and so you divert them with tales of random famous people who are using to site to ridiculous means. Phew.
Which leads in nicely to the list we’ve compiled after the jump. Unlike that fake (and totally not funny) Tina Fey account or the creepier (but relatively harmless) trend of fictional characters tweeting about their lives, these five celebrities are using Twitter for very real evil — be it self-harm or awkward discomfort that they’re inflicting on the masses. Add any virtual offenders we’ve missed in the comments.
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