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Video: FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna, Kanye West And Paul McCartney


After dropping teasing hints about her new album for months and surprising the world by dropping a new single under her new own imprint, Westbury Road Entertainment, Rihanna has released the hotly anticipated music video for her collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West FourFiveSeconds.

Rihanna is known for her daring and risqué outfits as well as bold visuals which are often controversial but she offers none of that in this stripped down, black and white video to accompany the mostly acoustic song. Instead we are offered the jeans-clad trio earnestly crooning and playing to us in close ups and mostly solo shots in an unusual aspect ratio for most music videos with the occasional delightful frames of the entire trio. This is Rihanna giving us herself in a raw, emotional and unfiltered way that is in some ways reminiscent of what she gave us in Stay.

FourFiveSeconds is at No 4 on iTunes chart behind Missy Elliot’s Work It, which gained massive sales and airplay boosts thanks to a well received Super Bowl Half Time Performance. It also debuted at No 37 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart making Sir Paul the oldest act to chart here. It also currently sits on Billboards other charts at No. 19 on the Digital Songs, No 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No 54 on The Hot 100.

Watch it below:

Rihanna, McCartney and West will perform FourFiveSeconds at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards that will be held on February 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Femme Fatale


Femme Fatale is a collaboration between photographer Amleya Clarke, make-up artist Alpheus Lythcott and photographer Shawn Fields. It is a Barbadian fashion and beauty photo series much like an amalgamation of a lookbook, fashion zine and portfolio. We’re proud to feature young, local, talented and up-and-coming designers and diverse models who all share our passion for style, creativity and celebrating the beauty of our Caribbean women through our work.

Femme Fatale is about the beauty, strength, mystique and character of Caribbean women. These photo editorials include story-driven narratives such as Search for Paradise and Points Beyond; creative concepts such as the Fierceronette, and modern and classic takes such as in Into the Light and Soirees D’ete. We also have a special spread with Ebony Kellman of Make-up Doll Cosmetics, a local make-up line whose products have been used in some of the shoots.

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NexCyx has a new single! “Eternal Summer”


Check out the single from Bajan band NexCyx – “Eternal Summer“:

The Official 1st Anniversary Post!


It just came to my attention that this blog has just passed the one year of existence mark! Interestingly enough the 1st post came on September 19th 2011 and the last post (before this) also came on September 19th (2012)!

Of course there was a long break in between there but…  the milestone is still worth celebrating.

I thank all of you who have taken the time to read my posts and hope you have learned, been inspired or benefited in some way from them. I also would like to thank those of you who have followed the blog.

Now on to the future!

Here’s what to look forward to:

  • Reviews and recommendations
  • Interviews and artist features
  • A dancing Unicorn
  • Expanded and improved content base

Happy Autumn (or Spring if you’re in southern hemisphere)!

 

D. A. Boxill
Dream | Aspire | Believe

 

(P.S.  I was joking about the Unicorn dancing, it’ll probably be too drunk and might be singing)

Blessings


 

By Daniel Boxill

Blessings are wonderful. Some believe them to be acts of providence or simply luck. Whatever the belief, blessings usually indicate a positive change in fortunes for a person.  One would expect therefore, that when I received my blessings one beautiful afternoon, that I would have been pleased.

However in Bajan (Barbadian dialect) “to get blessed” refers to the act of being defecated upon by a bird. The warm, green and white blessing decorated my arm, pants, guitar case and Coke bottle, complementing my favourite green shirt. At that point, it just seemed like the crowning moment of an extremely frustrating day.

Hours later however, in the safety of my home (and after a good scrub down), I reflected on my blessing.

Life is full of these blessings. They come in all kinds of flavours but one thing they have in common is that they are seldom truly appreciated at the moment they arrive. They arrive unexpectedly and often cause emotional distress, higher heart rates and blood pressures and retaliation in the form of well-aimed shots of expletives.

But we all need these blessings. For example, they fertilise the earth and many plants depend on them for spreading their seeds. Contained in this waste matter is a hope for new life for, hope for a future, hope in the most unlikely of places.

Hope is something most of us definitely need in these uncertain and challenging times. As unemployment figures continue to rise and even the most optimistic of economists predicts very little improvement in the immediate future, hope is all some have left. Many people don’t even have that much.

The economic fiasco the world has faced has cost too many people their jobs, houses, relationships and all of their material possessions. Even those who’ve managed to keep a job are often doing so with reduced hours and are barely hanging on to what they have. Even so, material possessions mean very little when you can’t eat.

I believe we are all blessed no matter our situation or how little we have. I also believe we are more blessed by blessing others. Be charitable and help others out in whatever way you can. If you can’t afford to give financially, donate yourself and your time. Sharing and being there for others will go a long way and be a lot more beneficial to persons than waiting for our governments to wade through their bureaucracy and political tribalism to sort out the economy. Solutions should always begin with oneself. Waiting on others and expecting them to solve our problems may leave us forever waiting.

I was ready to give up, waiting on others to solve my problems for me. This blessing reminded me I have the power to change my fate and that I truly am blessed.

If I ever meet the bird again, I’ll be sure to thank him but I’ll make sure I have an umbrella this time.

(Originally published: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/americas-and-caribbean/blessings-arrive-unexpectedly-and-often-cause-emotional-distress )

About Author: Daniel Boxill is a freelance multi-media artist. With a passion for music, literary talent and a background in art and design, multi-media artist is an apt title. He is freelancing while currently pursuing his undergrad degree in Literatures in English from The University of the West Indies‘, Cave Hill Campus located in his native Barbados.

 

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