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On January 1, 2011, Oprah unleashes her network across the country. Here’s a preview of the very self-helpy and reality-heavy lineup.
The Gayle King Show. A given.
Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes is a backstage doc-style look at the final year of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Oprah called upon all her favorites for Master Class including Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, Sidney Poitier, Dr. Maya Angelou, Diane Sawyer, Lorne Michaels, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
Also in the mix, a reality show about an Indiana prison, a couple cooking shows, myth-busters for miracles, and a Hoarders ripoff with Peter Walsh. Both Laura Berman and Lisa Ling snagged shows, along with several other Oprah Winfrey Show regulars, but the most exciting notion of all is the return of Rose O’Donnell to the daily talk show format.
“When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He bossed up. No negative connotation behind bossed up, but lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch.” - Nicki Minaj
For months folks have been chomping at the bit to get at Pink Friday. Does it live up to the hype? Does anything ever?Minaj comes strong, hard, and quick with tight rhymes paired with poppy techno beats and eighties revival (Simple Minds, Annie Lennox, The Buggles). No doubt, this is a formidable debut worthy of your attention.The album is not without its flaws. Nicki spits power on Roman’s Revenge, but whiny whiteboy Eminem’s tired woman-beating rants drag her down and undermine her credibility. Why ladies like Minaj and Rihanna dim their shine with that misogynistic troll, I’ll never understand.Nicki’s at her best grimy and bass-heavy on Did it on ‘Em, though this moody track isn’t a likely hit single.
“If I had a dick, I would pull it out and piss on ‘em.”
Rihanna does some interesting vocal work on Fly, but I wish these two ball-busters had recorded a track with sharper teeth. Collaboration-heavy Pink Friday also includes moments with will.i.am, Kanye West, and Drake. Occasionally, all this collabo feels like gilding the lily.
Mostly, I’m just grateful for a fierce, uncompromising talent bringing something fresh to the scene. Welcome Miz Minaj.
“The world makes you into a bitch, no matter how quietly you go, so you may as well go kicking and screaming.”“The thing women have got to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it.”
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