Plus, Michael Brown's funeral will be held today, Google honors Althea Gibson, Common called for a moment of silence at the VMAs, Nicki Minaj has a wardrobe malfunction.
Here’s what we’re gabbing about over our peppermint tea:
Prince has done it again. His Purple Highness has announced that he’ll be releasing two new studio albums on September 30. The first, Art Official Age, will be a solo project released through his Warner Bros. The second, PlectrumElectrum, will be with his all-female band, 3rdEYEGIRL. Art Official Age will include “Breakdown” and “Breakfast Can Wait.” Will you be picking up these two releases? [Pitchfork]
As fun as the MTV VMAs were last night, Common took a second to get real. Before introducing the nominees for the best hip hop video, the rapper called for a moment of silence for Michael Brown and all of the events in Ferguson. “I want you all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown and for peace, in this county and in the world,” said Common. [HollywoodReporter]
Michael Brown’s funeral will be held this morning at 10a.m. Everyone from Martin Luther King Jr.’s son and daughter to Diddy and Trayvon Martin’s parents, are expected pay their respects. The Brown family has asked that those planning to protest not attend the funeral. “We need a moment of silence on our son,” said Michael Brown Sr. “We need peace on his going-away.” [NBCNews]
With the U.S. Open starting today, Google decided to honor Althea Gibson in the Doodle for the day. Gibson was the first African-American to ever win titles at the U.S. Nationals and Wimbledon. She was also the first Black athlete to be named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1957. She even won again in 1958. We honor you too, Althea. [Time]
After her “Anaconda” performance at the MTV VMAs, Nicki Minaj dealt with a major wardrobe malfunction. While performing “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, it was clear that Minaj’s dress was not zipped up in the front, at all. But she played it off well, by sensually holding it together while she performed her part. [People]
Even if you didn’t watch the VMA’s, you probably already know that the Carter family stole the show. Aside from Beyonce’s 15-minute performance, Blue Ivy was the second star. As Momma Bey did her thing up on the stage, Blue couldn’t help but to dance along. And when “***Flawless” came on, we all knew it was her favorite song. Someone caught the little one showing her skills, and we just can’t stop watching it. (P.s. look at Jay’s face) Can you? [Gawker]
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