Monthly Archives: November 2011

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Airs Nov. 29‏

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show features the Victoria’s Secret Angels in the annual holiday lingerie runway show, which will include musical performances by Grammy Award-winning artists, Kanye West, Jay Z, Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj, pink carpet interviews with celebrities, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world’s most celebrated fashion show.

Tune-in CBS on November 29th at 9 p.m. (central) to see the Angels with their custom designed outfits, wings and staggering 6-inch heels by famed shoe Designer Giuseppe Zanotti. The “It’s Showtime” themed production show features 6 sections and the $2.5 Million Fantasy Treasure Bra worn by Miranda Kerr. The bra features nearly 3,400 gems including an astounding 142 carats of diamonds in addition to pearls, citrines and aquamarines set on a Gorgeous Push-up Bra.

Victoria’s Secret invites you to Tweet with, #VSFashionShow, the official hashtag of the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Plus, see additional coverage at and

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds

The poster for Tyler Perry’s next film, Good Deeds, was just released.  Film synopsis: A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what’s expected of him, whether it’s assuming the helm of his father’s company, tolerating his brother’s misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley.

This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that’s expected of him for the life he’s always really wanted.  

A moving, uplifting drama about coincidence, courage, and the defining choices we make on our paths to happiness, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds is written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry, and stars Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Eddie Cibrian, Jordenn Thompson, Beverly Johnson, with Phylicia Rashad, and Gabrielle Union. The film opens February 24, 2012.

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VH1 Rock Docs Presents The TRL Decade

VH1 will give viewers a chance to relive all the excitement of the screaming fans, unforgettable moments and music-loving Times Square takeover that was mandatory daily viewing for so many with VH1 Rock Docs Presents: “The TRL Decade,” premiering Thursday, December 15  on VH1.

“The TRL Decade” takes a fun and provocative look at the iconic MTV video countdown show, “Total Request Live,” which aired for 10 years (1998-2008). Beginning as a programming experiment, TRL became a cultural phenomenon, serving as a catalyst for the pop music explosion of the late 1990’s and launching the careers of new artists including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and many others. With a track record of dramatically impacting record sales, TRL soon became the “must” stop on every artist’s press tour, routinely shutting down Times Square with visits ranging from Michael Jackson to Jay-Z to *N’SYNC to Korn.

While the fun was plentiful, there were serious moments as well. The Backstreet Boys memorably chose the platform to announce bandmate AJ McLean’s decision to enter rehab. In an era pre-dating Twitter and Facebook, TRL also became an important forum for both artists and viewers alike to call-in and be heard after the events of 9/11.

This hour-long special features extensive clips and interviews with creators, fans and artists who appeared on the show, including Good Charlotte , Kid Rock , *N’SYNC , Mandy Moore , Nas , Pete Wentz , Korn , Method Man , Lil Jon and others. Former MTV VJ’s Carson Daly, Damien Fahey, Hilarie Burton, Vanessa Minnillo and La La Anthony also give in-depth interviews and share uncensored moments from the show.

Common’s new music video “Sweet”

 Hip Hop star Common launched his new music video “Sweet” with an exclusive online premiere at on Monday, Nov 14th @ 8 p.m. EST/5pm PST. The music video captures not only the devastation left by the 2010 earthquake but more importantly the beauty and power of the Haitian people and the land.

The video can be viewed for a donation of $1, with all proceeds going to J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Founded by Sean Penn immediately after the January 12th, 2010 earthquake, J/P HRO is managing programs in Camp Management, Medical, Rubble Removal, Community and Education, Redevelopment, and Emergency Response Operations.

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Sisters Launch Comedy Sci-fi Series with Puppets‏

Protesters line the sidewalks on Wall Street in New York, decrying corporate greed. Occupy Chicago shut down the city’s Loop area. Angry customers yanked their investments out of Bank of America in outrage at a $5 monthly fee, which was swiftly reversed.

Average work-a-day Americans are fed up with corporate shenanigans and frustrated with unemployment numbers. Enter a Web series meant to inject levity, and even inspiration, into an increasingly ugly situation: “Human Resources.” This 11-part Web series – think “X Files” meets “Office Space” at “Sesame Street”– is the work of siblings and Chicagoans, Kozi Kyles and Kyra Kyles, co-founders of Myth Lab Entertainment, Inc. A new episode will hit every Wednesday starting November 16, 2011.

Nearly a decade ago, the sisters decided to write up a concept Kozi dreamed up as a frightened spectator to a series of layoffs at a former employer. Wondering at workers who were seemingly called away and never returned, Kozi mused that there was something sinister, even supernatural, going on in the company’s HR offices.

“We’ve written several scripts, but this one would have required a robust budget because of the special effects involved,” said Kozi Kyles—who has a background in film and marketing.

“We tabled it to look for ways to fund it,” Kyra said. “But it was always in the backdrop.”

Fast forward to 2009. The bleak economy and jobless outlook drew the sisters back to their original script. Kozi and Kyra re-imagined it as a Web series starring puppets. They hoped their felt-covered stars – including a cold CEO and laid-off family man– would take some of the sting out of real issues in the plot: layoffs, corporate secrecy, and the underemployed.

An early fan of the series was Lil Rel, a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” show. The Chicago native clocked in some hours providing side-splitting recaps of each episode. The overall result is humorous, but hopefully offers inspiration, both to viewers and entrepreneurs.

“We were able to dive in and make this series having no puppet experience and using our own money,” Kyra Kyles—a Chicago-based writer and TV personality—said of the sisters’ recruitment of local talent from Redmoon Theatre, iO Chicago Theater, Second City, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.

“Despite the challenges, it has been empowering to pursue our dreams of launching this series,” Kozi Kyles said.



P. Scott

By Tamara Jenkins 

A contemporary artist with a style ahead of its time, New York native P. Scott has created his own course in the art world. Fusing art and fashion together on fabrics, including denim, Scott has brought together his loves as well as created a signature style he calls “fashionism”.  His talent exceeds beyond art as an established barber and aspiring fashion designer.
His latest exhibit, Vision of a Fashion God, features a Polo Christ, a Gucci Buddha, a Ganesh Ferragamo and an Apollo Versace.  Recently, UnRated Urban got a chance to speak with Scott during the second opening of his exhibit.
When did you know you had a gift for art and/or knew you wanted to be an artist
I really realized that I was an artist and had talents or skills was when I did a project for my art teacher. I duplicated this piece but did it in my own signature way; I did it with colored pencils. It was some gold fish in a glass bowl and it had this really ill checked board type pattern to it. When I did it, I realized I really have skills and this is not just a hobby.
My teacher realized the same thing and he took my piece and never gave it back to me. He said it was plagiarism. I was a young boy and was like what, I’m just trying to learn how to draw. I’m pretty sure he has it to this day waiting for me to become famous.Yeah, it was that good, I think he wanted to keep it for his house or something. I knew then that I had skills.
When I was 11 years old cutting hair, I knew I had some skills with cutting hair, but at that point I  really that sharp in terms of cutting so at that age it was just designs, I didn’t fade, I didn’t have any blends going on, nothing, it was just a line, some designs and there you have it. It wasn’t that good of a haircut, it was more like hair art and then eventually I learned how to do tapers and fades. I guess you could say I initially started off as a hair artist.

Everything to me is like art. When I do hair, it’s a form of art, when I draw and art, obviously that’s a form of art, when I design clothes, that’s a form of art. It is categorized but I choose not to categorize , I choose to put it in one big bowl and call it art.

How would you describe your style

It’s hard to put my style in a box only because I touch on a lot of different styles. I guess you could say expressionistic, contemporary, a little pop, but in all honesty I try to look at my work, I want to coin the phrase Fashionism because my art is heavily intertwined and fused with fashion. Its art meets fashion on all different levels, visually I show you my artistic capabilities with drawing and painting or pastels, ink whatever but I do it on exotic fabrics and that’s how I kind of merge the two and also through subject matter.Somewhere within the piece you’ll see something that references fashion. So that’s why I was like eventually I’ll coin the phrase and call it Fashionism, maybe eventually they will be like there’s a whole other genre of art.
Do you think the cities you’ve lived in (New York, Philadelphia and now Chicago) have affected your art

Yes, definitely. I’m from New York so, I say this all the time, it’s ironic that as an artist I was always trying to find a niche, I was always trying to find something that suits me or that would be unique and people would recognize that as signature style.
I was always searching outside of what was really what I did, which was, since I was a kid, I’ve always painted on different clothes, I’ve always painted on different shoes or whatever it was, it was always somehow related to fashion because in New York back in the day, there was a lot of graffiti done on jeans, denim jackets, everything and then sneaker art became real heavy in New York, so I opened a boutique in New York and I was doing a lot of sneaker art and a lot of custom stuff. But it’s always been that I’ve painted on appeal.
Why did you come to Chicago
I moved to Chicago because I had a business offer. I do the buying for a few stores in New York and here (Chicago) now but at the time I was just doing the buying for the stores in New York. My partner made me a business proposition, he was like you come help me with the two stores in Chicago, help me with the décor, because I’m pretty good at interior design as well, and in turn we’ll get the clothing line going. So I came out here and I was only supposed to be out here for maybe six months at the most and it ended up turning into five years.I ended up managing a few of the stores for a couple of years, but I was like this isn’t why I’m here so I just fell back and started working on the line, which is in the pre-production stage.
Explain this exhibit, Visions of a Fashion God

I found my lane with fusing art and fashion together with the different fabrics, so I was like what can I do that will be provocative, thought provoking and draw people into an exhibit. I came up with the idea of the name and once I came up with the name, I was like that’s controversial, that’s something will draw people in and then I started to figure out what my subject matter would be from there so I conceptualized the exhibit’s name and I went from there.

I did the Gucci Buddha and then I was looking at it and thought I need to do something crazy to it, it looks good but I’m not feeling it all the way so I came up with the idea to put mind, body, and soul, cross the soul out and put fashion. And the colors kind of go with the Gucci, so I added the Gucci, put it in the eyes and added the colors and then from there the whole idea just got birthed and I was like, you know what, Vision of a Fashion God– that’s the name of the exhibit, I’m shooting to do it during Fashion Week so it all coincides and I just ran with it. The initial opening was during the closing of Fashion Week in Chicago, it all kind of fell into place and I just ran with it.

Do you have a favorite piece

From this show I would say the Gucci Buddha the most because I like the posture of the head, I like the way it looks in terms of it draws you in, I like the technique that I used and the concept, it’s the one that triggered the whole series. In a sense it’s the Vision of a Fashion God. I like the Polo Christ too. 
One of your inspirations is Jean-Michel Basquiat? Do you have any others

Yes, Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, I like Monet as well. Those three are very influential on my paint style and how I approach art because I was fascinated with their work. And there are a few newer artists that I like one is from Canada and he moved to New York and does portraits and graffiti type stuff; and Hebru Brantley.
Do you have any upcoming projects

Yes, I’m going to give myself about a month’s rest and then I’m right back at it again.I’m shooting for my next show to be in the spring. Venue, not sure yet, we’re working on that but definitely except to see another show in the spring, either March or April.


A final public reception for the exhibit will be held on Monday, November 21 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Lacuna Artist Lofts & Studios, 2150 S. Canalport, Suite 5C-14, Chicago, IL. For more information on Scott, please visit

Photos by Joshua Smith

The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live— Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®

Three-time GRAMMY® winner Ludacris, GRAMMY winner Lupe Fiasco, and GRAMMY-winning duo Sugarland have been added to the lineup for “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®” ( Previously announced performers are country artist Jason Aldean and five-time GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga, and two-time GRAMMY winner and once again LL COOL J is set to host. The one-hour special takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30 , at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The show, which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network ( from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: , .

This concert special marks the fourth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television. Last year’s airing of the nominations special led to increased ratings in all key demographics for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast earlier this year, delivering the show’s best ratings in all key measures in more than a decade.

In addition to unveiling nominations for the 54th GRAMMY Awards, “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!” will feature a special, live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place on the GRAMMY stage on Feb. 12, 2012.

Tickets for “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” are on sale now at and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000. For discounts on groups of 10 or more, and for more information on VIP packages, visit or call 877.234.8425.

The road to Music’s Biggest Night begins with “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” and culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 , and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Tyrese Celebrates New CD With Hit Single “Stay” and #1 R&B Album on iTunes

November 1, 2011 marks the return of the soulful tenor’s fifth studio recording with Open Invitation.  A 14 song set of classic Tyrese featuring the top 5 single “Stay.”  “After stepping away from recording to nurture and develop my film career, I am super excited to return to my first love of music, which ignited my amazing journey,” says Tyrese.
Tyrese has a unique reinvigoration of passionate, classic R&B which stirs the hearts and souls of audiences.  With a voice so forceful it can roll back time, Tyrese sets out to reignite passion into the genre with his magnetic persona and soulful songs reminiscent of days past.   Open Invitation offers a melodic collective of infectious R&B ballads that will be sparked by the sensational lead single “Too Easy” featuring Hip Hop aficionado Ludacris, and “I Gotta Chick” featuring R&B heavyweight R. Kelly and the red-hot, in-demand emcee Tyga along with the smash hit “Stay.” In addition the exclusive iTunes version of the disc features two bonus tracks.

Making its debut on iTunes as the number one R&B album, Open Invitation takes its place among other Tyrese platinum releases which include his RCA Records debut, TYRESE and Watts 2000 and his Grammy Nominated disc I Wanna Go There which features the monster hit single, “How You Gonna Act Like That” along with the R&B classic “Signs of Lovemaking.”  Open Invitation showcases the growth of Tyrese as a musician and an artist. “I poured my heart and soul into this record.  I honestly believe that this is my best musical effort to date, and I am so anxious to share it with my fans that have patiently waited for my return to music,” says Tyrese.  

This has been an incredible year in Tyrese’s storied career.  In addition to developing his own imprint, Voltron Recordz and an inspirational memoir How to Get Out of Your Own Way which has catapulted onto the New York Times best-seller list.  As an actor, he has starred in two of the year’s most explosive films, Fast Five and Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon both currently available on Blu-Ray and DVD.  With so much momentum it is only natural for Tyrese to return his first love, music. For further information on Tyrese please visit