Lots of Famous People, Like Usher And Taylor Swift, Are Calling For Juneteenth To Be A National Holiday
Today is June 19th, aka Juneteenth, a holiday that calls for both celebration and sobering reflection, while examining the history (and ongoing history still being written) regarding slavery in America. My Canadian public school education failed to teach me that slavery wasn’t technically abolished until June 19th, 1865, when slaves in Texas were finally made aware of the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier. Juneteenth has been observed since 1866, and was more widely recognized starting in the 1970s, but the conversation around Juneteenth is significantly louder this year, due to the ongoing activism surrounding Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality protests. And according to some people, like Usher and Taylor Swift, it’s high time Juneteenth became an officially recognized national holiday in the United States.
Kelis’ first album Kaleidoscope sold at least 416,000 copies, and her second album Wanderland didn’t do nearly as well (it sold 17,000 copies in the UK). Both albums were produced by The Neptunes. Kelis’ third album Tasty, which The Neptunes also produced, was her biggest seller thanks to Milkshake. But while Kelis’ milkshake was bringing all the boys to the yard, one of those boys wasn’t Pharrell Williams with a check for the profits from her other albums. Kelis claims that The Neptunes, Pharrell and Chad Hugo, paid her nothing for her first two albums.
Pharrell Williams has washed his hands of Blurred Lines stating that he wishes he had thought about how it would make someone feel before being a part of it. He’s not wrong, Blurred Lines did always feel like a song pulled directly from a date rapist wet dream. But with a super catchy beat.
Pharrell told GQ in an interview that older white women would react to that song in a big way and so he didn’t think it was “rapey“. And as Chris Rock pointed out in his stand up, some women will dance to ANYTHING with a beat. The amount of women who scream, “As the sweat drip my balls!” is insane.
Ever since Duchess Meghan married Prince Harry, it seems like there’s been no end to the stories about Meghan’s alleged demanding, difficult, stuck-up, spoiled, wasteful, too-Hollywood, diva duchess ways, etc… We’re barely a year out from the day Meghan married Harry, and every day since, the British press has basically been that aunt who lowers her sunglasses dramatically and hisses, “Oh you’re NEVER going to guess what she’s been up to now.” So nobody should have been surprised when Meghan recently spoke about her relationship and implied it hasn’t been all red carpets and tiaras.
How nice it must have been for her to be in the presence of royalty. After all, it’s not every day that one meets the indisputable Queen of Music, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. I’m of course kidding, because I’m sure Beyoncé – a noted Duchess of Sussex fan – was also very thrilled to be meeting a royal like Duchess Meghan.
Two years ago, a judge declared that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ripped off Marvin Gaye when making their date rape anthem “Blurred Lines.” The case is now officially done. And those dudes, who knew they were wrong in the first place, now have to collectively pay Marvin Gaye’s estate five MILLION dollars. And I hope you read that last part in Dr. Evil’s voice because that’s what I heard when I typed it.