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When Playboy announced that Azealia Banks was set to cover their annual Sex and Music issue and give a "no-holds-barred" interview, we were expecting that in more of the PR-speak sense and less of the literal sense. It turns out that Banks' Playboy interview is as candid and unrestrained as her Twitter feed. Alongside an interview with Dick Cheney and a surely hard-hitting exposé on the deep web, Banks' thoughts on race, feminism, witchcraft and "sexy Playboy stuff" pack all the more punch in Q&A format. She also opens up about an abusive relationship she was in when she was 17.
Like most things Azealia Banks says, there's a relatable element to them, an element of truth -- she's speaking to black women and girls who shouldn't be afraid to own their power -- but there's also a WTF moment. She'll make an astute comment on race like, "When you rip a people from their land, from their customs, from their culture... People will be like, 'Oh, you're ignorant because you don't speak proper English.' No. This is not mine. I don't even want this shit, so I'm going to do whatever the fuck I want with this language." And then she'll underscore it with, "I'm going to call you a fag or a cracker or a bitch." Which marks the point where it's hard to fully get on board with Azealia's revolution. Nonetheless, here's the best quotes from Azealia Banks' "uncensored" interview, below.
On dating older men:
What's the longest relationship you've had?On black artists and "respectability politics":
Four years. It started when I was 17. He was 43. There's something very wrong with a man that age who wants to date a 17-year-old girl. I didn't know how to shave my bush and shit like that. I had a hairy pussy. I didn't know how to wear perfume. I had neon pink barrettes in my hair. And as "212" started to pop off and my career started to happen, he became jealous. He choked me and beat me up, and of course you should not be fucking with a man who puts his hands on you, but I was stupid and young.
Did that relationship cure you of your attraction to older men?
No, I love older men. The things in an older man's house are better--his furniture, even his knives and his pots. And they smell better. Young guys, they may skip a shower and shit like that.
Is there someone whose career you'd like to emulate?On being perceived as an "angry black woman":
Jay Z. That's the only person I have my eye set on. The race thing always comes up, but I want to get there being very black and proud and boisterous about it. You get what I mean? A lot of times when you're a black woman and you're proud, that's why people don't like you. In American society, the game is to be a nonthreatening black person. That's why you have Pharrell or Kendrick Lamar saying, "How can we expect people to respect us if we don't respect ourselves?" He's playing that nonthreatening black man shit, and that gets all the white soccer moms going, "We love him." Even Kanye West plays a little bit of that game -- "Please accept me, white world." Jay Z hasn't played any of those games, and that's what I like.
If people don't like you, does that mean they're racist?On getting what's hers:
No, not at all. There's misogyny, and then there's something called misogynoir [a term coined by writer Moya Bailey to describe "the unique ways in which black women are pathologized in popular culture"]. We have all these stereotypes in society: The gay man is a faggot and he's over-the-top, or you're an untrustworthy cracker, or you're a loud black bitch. All these things exist for a reason, you know what I'm saying? Yeah, I am loud and boisterous.
And you are black.
And I am black, and I am a pain in your ass. But I'm not really talking to you, and that's what makes those people mad. You're not invited to this conversation. This is not about you.
"I get upset when people are like, "Why don't you just make music?" What would happen if I couldn't sing? Then I'd just be another black bitch to y'all. It's really fucking annoying. Black people need reparations for building this country, and we deserve way more fucking credit and respect."On solving problems with witchcraft:
You said black people aren't supposed to be Christians. What religion do you identify with?On penis < pussy:
I don't want to say, but I'll tell you about one form of the religion. It's called 21 Divisions. When they brought the slaves over to the Caribbean, they syncretized all their African gods with Catholic saints. So in 21 Divisions there are black gods and goddesses, and my mother practiced that when I was little. Whenever problems happened, we turned to 21 Divisions to fix it. It's funny, because my friends on the block in Harlem, their mothers would be like, "Oh, you fucking with that witchcraft. You working roots." You can cleanse people with root work or do bad things to them. But 21 Divisions is celestial.
"I like to feel them out, and then I start talking about my black female problems, and we get into a conversation about race, and then we disagree and don't have another date. Whatever. I'll just hang out with my mother. It's okay, because pussy is way more sacred than penis."[via Playboy]
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, a pre-Cribs, celebrities-at-home series which aired from 1985 to 1994, was about as garish and camp as you could get. John Waters, therefore, was a shoo-in for a segment and apparently made it on the show sometime in the '90s. Unearthed by Dangerous Minds, watch as Waters proudly shows off his fake food collection, a jar of dirt from John Wayne Gacy's yard and other deeply unglamorous "trinkets from hell" while Robin Leach gamely narrates along.
Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Young Thug brought your wildest, rollerskating rink-related dreams to life! In the music video for "Throw Sum Mo" the rap duo and Minaj -- along with cameos from Migos, Mike Will Made-It and Birdman -- make it rain whilst showcasing some very elaborate rollerblade choreography. Check it out, above.
After breaking out last year with Aquarius, R&B singer Tinashe is back with a new mixtape, Amethyst. Producers like Ryan Hemsworth and Iamsu lent a hand on the album on tracks "Wrong" and "Worth It," respectively, and Amethyst has much of the same hazy, dream-like vibe as her debut. According to Hot New Hip Hop, which premiered the album, Tinashe recorded the entire thing "in her bedroom during her 2014 Christmas vacation." Damn. We always spend our holiday vacations eating (and drinking) half our weight in sugary carbs.
Listen to Amethyst, below.
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Sean Zevran is a total dreamboat. He has one of the best bodies in porn and also writes intelligent thought-provoking pieces about topics like bare backing in porn and liberal intolerance on his blog. Talk about a total package. We caught up with Zevran who's recently moved to LA and had lots to tell us about his 4 year adventure in the adult film industry.
Did you have favorite porn stars growing up?
I did not have favorite porn stars growing up. I didn't actually watch much porn until I got into college, and even then it was only sparingly. My initial favorites were Matthew Rush and Brent Everett. Now that I am in the industry myself, I watch a lot more porn and have too many favorites to name. The good thing about being in porn is that I've now fucked quite a few of my favorite porn stars.
What made you decide to get into porn?
I decided to get into porn more or less on an adventurous whim. I had just finished up the last final of my philosophy degree when my friend, Brandon Wilde, whom many readers will know, called to tell me he had sent my contact info and some of my photos over to Randy Blue. I was skeptical at first, but sure enough Randy Blue reached out to me. A few weeks later I was on my way to shoot a solo in Los Angeles. Two and a half years later I signed a contract with Falcon Studios Group. This summer I will have been in the industry for four years now.
Who have been the sexiest costars you've worked with?
I've worked with a lot of incredibly sexy guys, among them have been Topher DiMaggio, Lance Luciano, Armond Rizzo, Brent Corrigan, Ryan Rose, Sebastian Kross, Diego Sans, Nicco Sky, Nick Sterling and many others.
You've talked about race in the past and being a racially mixed man. Is there much racism in porn?
I believe racism in the porn industry is reflective of racism in society. The industry is notably more challenging for black and Asian male models. Furthermore, distinguishing between racism and preference is difficult, and many producers find themselves wrestling with diversity vis-à-vis profits. It's difficult to politicize sexuality, e.g. sexual desires and preferences, but I believe producers can do more to remedy racism by not being so afraid to challenge the status quo. We need to see more of that. I believe a lot of our sexual preferences have to do with social conditioning, and carrying on the status quo only perpetuates racism.
Do you think that society has become more open and less judgmental about people who work in porn?
It's difficult to say whether society has become more open and less judgmental about people who work in porn. Overall, I would say that it probably has become less judgmental. However, within the gay community, there seems to be a split between, what I'll call, puritan (lowercase "p") gays, who try so hard to conform to heteronormativity, and those of us who seek sexual liberation. The latter is obviously more open and less judgmental about sex workers.
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So feel free to tweet any and everything you think you've perfectly nailed with the caption "SWISH!" today. We, along with Nicki Minaj, will be working tirelessly to make sure IHOP doesn't get out of line with this one.
Following Bjork's creepy new sea-anemone-chic "lionsong" video, and the gutting MoMA-commissioned short film for "Black Lake" -- in which fluid flows down the singer as she splits in two, collecting between her legs -- we get something that is somewhere in the middle: Otherworldy, eerie and amazingly yonic. Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang and described as the "moving album cover" for Vulnicura, we see Bjork morph in an out of a molten, fluid form and her physical self, stitching a pink gash in her chest with thread that flows out of it. Indeed, in the sacred words of Azealia Banks by way of Playboy, "pussy is way more sacred than penis."
Speaking as a friend, why didn't anyone stop Meghan Trainor from sending this embarrassing letter to her boyfriend? Or rather, "future husband"? We all have that one friend who is really bad at making decisions when it comes to guys, but don't we all have that other friend who is there to keep that friend in check and stop them from writing crazy letters in the form of song? Maybe not, in Meghan's case.
Everything was going swimmingly for Wiz Khalifa during a game of "Catchphrase" on the Tonight Show last night until partner Miles Teller asked him to name Taylor Swift's ubiquitous chart-topper "Shake It Off." Wiz Khalifa deeply does not know this Taylor Swift song, or apparently any for that matter, and gives Teller a look of sheer panic and blankness that we can only compare to when someone at a party asks you what you've been up to lately. It's awesome. Watch above.
In honor of the fact that Jimmy Kimmel is taping his show down in Austin all this week during SXSW, the talk show host decided he wanted to give back to the city by shooting a TV commercial for a local business. He chose Vulcan Video, a video rental store that specializes in, among other things, "Canadian TV" and "Asian Horror" ("they like wet-looking ladies with hair in their face," the clerk tells Jimmy when he asks what makes "Asian Horror" different from "Horror"). Jimmy films three spots for the store and gets a little help from a local friend: Matthew McConaughey. Watch their delightfully weird commercials, above.
ITS TRASH TO HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S ERRORS, I AM FUCKING HOT-- EARL (@earlxsweat) March 17, 2015
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DAMN-- EARL (@earlxsweat) March 17, 2015
TOO MANY FUCKING COOKS-- EARL (@earlxsweat) March 17, 2015
DON'T TRUST IT IF IT DOESN'T COME FROM THE SOURCE-- EARL (@earlxsweat) March 17, 2015
Although his album release didn't exactly work out as flawlessly as Beyoncé's, Earl Sweatshirt shared a new track and music video, "Grief," which is as dark as the title suggests. His album also got a gloriously depressing title: I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. According to the iTunes tracklist, Earl Sweatshirt's current tourmate Vince Staples, among others, appears on the album, out March 23. Watch the video for "Grief," above, and check out the album art, below.
Wilson Park Summer 1993
Benjamin Myers (right) and Friend
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How would you define your style?
Quavo: Our fashion style is very legendary and very classic. I feel like it's different, and I feel like everybody got our own different style to bring to the table. When we all come together as one, it just make it look so unique and different, and it's something we all doing: trendsetting.
Takeoff: We like the Transformers -- we come together from different scenes.
Do you have any specific style icons that you admire, musical or otherwise?
Offset: Outkast. We listened to Guwap [aka Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane] coming up.
Quavo: We kind of like the new Outkast. They're comparing us to the Beatles. They're comparing us to legendary people. We didn't grow up listening to them but we knew of these people. We just wanted to be in that same name bracket. The people we grew up watching and listening to -- Outkast, Gucci Mane, Hot Boys, Lil Wayne, Master P -- all that type of stuff, we took those styles and made it our own.
Takeoff: We killin' 10, 12 chains on. Slick Rick style with so many chains on, they be like, "How many chains on your neck?" That's where we get that from.
How is your music reflected in your fashion sense? Or vice versa?
Quavo: We rap about our fashion so much in our music, and how we dress and how we set the trends, and how we came up. We came up talking about our swag anyways. That's what blew us up.
Where did the obsession with Versace begin?
Offset: You know Biggie and Pac, how they be wearing Versace. When we was coming up we was like, "Man, we gonna get that when we get us some money."
Why Versace over other big name fashion houses, like, say, Gucci or Prada?
Takeoff: It's a different feel; we got a different print. When you put it on, you just feel different. We just wanted to keep it like that.
You guys are famous for accessorizing -- watches, chains, backpacks, sunglasses. Do you have a favorite accessory that you never leave the house without?
Quavo: I can't even see without my vintage Versace frames. I don't go nowhere without them on. I can't even live without them. Every time I throw them on, I see all the haters, and I see where the money at.
Speaking of accessories, what's your current favorite strain of weed?
Takeoff: In Cali, we got the Migo Gas! We got our own strain in California, man. Migo Gas.
What makes a great chain?
Takeoff: The Migos chain, if you look at it real closely, it's got a lot of creativity in it. Quavo, he drew it up on paper and went to the jeweler and they made it. But you see Quavo, you see Takeoff, you see Offset. Everybody on there. You can see everything.
Offset, you're the only Migo who doesn't rock dreads. Why's that?
Offset: You gotta update, man. I dreaded up.
What do your closets look like? They must be packed with stuff.
Offset: Got two, three, four closets. Man, you might get lost in the closet!
Takeoff: We got our own personal [closets]. It's flooded, classic -- Givenchy, all designer brands. We got an upstairs closet, we just put everything in there. All my clothes can't fit in my old closet.
Despite the wrath of Kardashians scorned, Amber Rose continues to speak openly about her feud with Khloe, her thoughts on Tyga's relationship with Kylie and her relationship with Kanye West. My perception of Amber Rose has always been akin to "I could care less" up until now, but in the face of her divorce from Wiz Khalifa, who allegedly cheated on her, and her former boyfriend of 2-years, Kanye West, acting like he doesn't even know her now, I've come to appreciate Amber Rose. As a strong woman. As a person who is unafraid of her past. And, perhaps most winningly, as a person named Amber Rose who has decided to host a slut walk called "The Amber Rose Slut Walk." This is an appreciation of Amber Rose.
It seems safe to say that the phenomenon of Amber Rose first entered our public consciousness when she started dating Kanye West in 2008. Unfortunately, like many nebulously "famous" women, our attention only gets diverted to them once they are seen in connection to an ostensibly more important man. Like Kim who came after her, Rose was given the label of Kanye's muse. In various corners of the internet, dedicated to celebrity and Kanye obsessives, there are mini requiems to "Kanye Era Amber Rose," marking the distinction between what she was -- is -- and what Kanye briefly turned her into. Additionally disturbing is an old VH1 bio (lol, VH1) that calls Amber Rose the "quintessential American Dream story." Beyond "rags to riches" -- of course, Amber Rose fought her way out of poverty and abuse -- I can't help but think that there's another "American Dream" story that they're referring to. The narrative that starts with a woman utilizing her body, one of the few meager means she has been afforded, and ends with some rich dickhead "saving" her or, less drastically, elevating her. The classic white knight at a strip club, metaphorically or not.
Once Amber Rose started dating Kanye West, she was born, in a sense. Once she was seen on Kanye's arm the "Who is Amber Rose?" primers started popping up. Yet none of them really answered the question. A profile on Rose from 2009 in Elle magazine, Rose was simply reduced to her body. Wearing a catsuit, she explained, like it was an important or particularly juicy bit of gossip: "My hips are a 38 and my waist is a 24." She then went on to discuss Kanye, his opinions of what she wears, all under the banner that this was crucial information. Which, I guess, it was in 2009. In 2009 she was Kanye's new muse and therefore a fashion dilettante worth recognizing. Fast forward to 2015 and the same media song and dance surrounds Kim, too. You might remember that Rose, like Kim in this very magazine, was also styled as an homage to Jean Paul Goude's work at her peak "It Girl."
With Amber Rose's history in mind, her tweets after Kanye's infamous Breakfast Club interview, in which he denounced Rose for firing back at Khloe and involving his wife, Kim Kardashian (and her sex tape) in the great Kylie/Tyga debate of 2015, seem less petty, although still petty, and more... of something else. It's like she saw herself in Kim, in the "game recognize game" way. In the way that women can see each other.
She went on to clarify her comment in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, "I never ever hated on [Kim's sex tape]. I'm all for a woman making something out of nothing. You know what I mean? If you can do something and bring your entire family on and make millions of dollars, that's dope to me. I love that."
So now it's 2015 and Kanye is with Kim, but, miraculously, Amber Rose still exists despite Kanye's best efforts to erase her with 30 showers. When Kanye West appeared on Power 105's Breakfast Club, he said something that could be considered true: "If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn't be an Amber Rose, you know what I'm saying." Afterall, what is a muse without an artist? Possibly, Kanye would have you believe that a muse is nothing more than a body you can cast in your own image, beholden to the artist's various whims. But Amber Rose is still here. She didn't go away when Kanye broke up with her and she didn't go away after he blasted her on the radio or showered. At 31, Rose has been through a divorce, had a child, stayed boldly bald, and will not stand for any of your shit. That's not a muse, that's a survivor. And now Rose is on to her latest venture: she will walk. She will walk for those 30 showers. She will walk because she no longer wants to be reduced to her body or shamed because of it. "I'm sick of it," she told ET. "I'm here for my girls and we're gonna do the Amber Rose Slut Walk this summer and it's gonna be awesome." With Amber Rose in the lead -- whose Twitter bio unapologetically reads, "MUVA, BALD HEAD SCALLYWAG, MILF, SWEETHEART, BADASS, FEMINIST & ADVOCATE for WOMEN EMPOWERMENT 4 ALL" -- I'm sure it will be.
In her recent cover story for Cosmopolitan Hilary Duff discussed, among other things, her underage romance with Good Charlotte rocker (and Mr. Nicole Richie), Joel Madden. The interview didn't include anything super revelatory about their relationship, which lasted for three years and began when Duff was 16 and Madden was 24, other than the fact that she (probably) lost her virginity to him. Duff said to Cosmo:
"I had a 26-year-old boyfriend, so everyone can make their own assumptions about what I was doing."While we'd forgotten about this mid-aughts love story, as soon as it re-entered our brains, we immediately wondered, "Why didn't more people have a problem with a twentysomething dating a teenager?" Was this just a case of misremembering what happened -- or what was reported -- ten years ago? Doubtful. Several Google searches focusing on articles published during the time in question -- roughly 2002-2006 (just to give the results a wide berth) -- turned up very few hits that made any reference to things like "underage" or "illegal," save for one USA Today piece from 2004.
Similarly, other well-known examples of adult men dating female teenagers back in the day (17-year-old Lindsay Lohan dating 24-year-old Wilmer Valderrama or 17-year-old Hayden Panettiere dating 29-year-old Milo Ventimiglia, for example) elicited very little finger-wagging by the press. For every time that a publication like Vibe Magazine called out the inappropriateness of R. Kelly's relationship with (or supposed marriage to) a 15-year-old Aaliyah, there were many more examples of outlets seemingly condoning these kinds of matches.
Take Jerry Seinfeld's relationship with Shoshanna Lonstein, which began after he hit on the then-17-year-old private school student in Central Park. Though Howard Stern ribbed Seinfeld for his behavior, People Magazine took a different tack back in 1994:
"What distance there is between them on life's time line, it seems, they more than make up for with a similar temperament...The Lonsteins have always approved of the romance. 'Shoshanna is very mature,' says a source close to the family. 'Jerry is thoughtful, a good person. The family have nothing but positive feelings about the both of them. Everyone respects their relationship.'They close the piece with this nice little turn of phrase:
"[Seinfeld] seems serene, a man whose conscience is as clean as his Nikes. 'When I wasn't involved with Shoshanna and was seeing several women, then it was awkward,' he says. 'You go out with one girl and the other sees you with her in the paper. That was uncomfortable. Now I'm not doing anything I'm uncomfortable with. My interest in her is very proper.'Whatever people actually thought about these couplings, there was very little of the media indignation we see today when outlets discuss the relationships (or rumored relationships) between celebrities like, say, 17-year-old Kylie Jenner and 25-year-old Tyga.
Obviously, a lot of this has to do with the rise of the Internet. The crazy proliferation of gossip sites, news outlets, blogs and social media platforms over the last few years means that there's many more voices chiming in about any given gossip story and many more opinions (good, bad, ugly) being expressed. People Magazine and Page Six aren't the loudest voices in the room anymore -- not when you have Amber Rose on Twitter.
What's equally, if not more, important is the fact that the Internet has made the whole publicist-as-gatekeeper-slash-crisis manager-slash-spin doctor outmoded. Sure, mainstream publications still value their good relationships with publicists, who can provide them access to (or freeze them from) their famous clients, but when you have Reddit, Tumblr, and various celebrities going rogue on Twitter, it's clear just how limited a PR firm's control over the conversation actually is.
There's also the possibility that many of the editors running gossip and celebrity sites today are Gen Xers or Millennials who came of age hearing about the uncomfortable-sounding romances by the aformentioned Aaliyah and R. Kelly or Woody Allen and Soon-Yi, whereas their Baby Boomer predecessors grew up during a time when the only thing depressing about a twentysomething Elvis Presley dating a teenage Priscilla was that the King of Rock was off the market.
Or, you know, maybe years of looking at "Stars -- They're Just Like Us!" columns have finally hammered home the message that, yes, stars are just like us. And just because a 16-year-old might be famous, that doesn't mean her relationship with a full-blown adult isn't any less problematic than the relationship between that girl in your sophomore U.S. History class and her 27-year-old boyfriend, Kevin, whom she met at her after-school job hostessing at the Cheesecake Factory.
Whatever the case may be and whatever is (or isn't) going on between Kylie and Tyga, let's hope that the youngest Jenner doesn't wake up in ten years, get interviewed by a magazine, and give the kind of coy non-statement about her former relationship that has the same whiffs of thinly-veiled regret as Duff's.
Perennial cool girl and alternative lingerie advocate Chloe Sevigny narrated a helpful guide to being a New Yorker for i-D. Above, you'll find all her tips for surviving New York with an even amount of whimsy and cliché. Spoiler alert: must love cold, soul-crushing weather.
James Franco is no stranger to quasi-meta introspection as art -- take his James Franco X James Franco selfie calendar for our Break the Internet Issue, or his mirror make-out session for the New York Times a few years back. He's also long-gravitated toward artistic projects with gay themes, with his short film Interior. Leather Bar receiving mostly positive reviews and his various roles as gay characters over the years. As a straight man, does Franco view his work as helping to loosen Hollywood from its firmly rooted homophobia or is this all part of the Franconian wink-wink stunty-ness we've come accustomed to over time? 429 Magazine has put Meta James As Art on steroids for their latest issue, having "Straight Franco" interview "Gay Franco" in an attempt, seemingly, to answer those very questions.
The entire piece isn't online, so it's unclear if those topics ever do get addressed, but Slate excerpted the following, with Franco addressing something that has been at the core of many gossip posts, as well as that time his bros totally burned him on his Comedy Central roast.
Straight James: Let's get substantial: are you fucking gay or what?
Gay James: Well, I like to think that I'm gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I'm also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I'm straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I'm straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren't considered gay.
So there you have it folks -- James Franco is/is not gay. And now, allow us to introduce Substantial Franco: the best/worst Franco of them all.
Last night Jimmy Kimmel reprised his SXSW Lie Witness news segment, in which he interviews attendees about their love for bands that don't actually exist, and the results are as enjoyable and insane as always. Pause that fire new DJ Gluten track you're bumping in your headphones and give it a watch above.