No more: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer confirmed she won't run for reelection.
Arizona's Jan Brewer won't try to squeeze in another term as governor.
The Republican said Wednesday she won't run for reelection, though she was technically only elected once to the office.
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Brewer was Arizona's Secretary of State when she assumed the post of governor in 2009, after then-Gov. Janet Napolitano left to serve as Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security.
Brewer was then elected in November 2010 and her administration has been marked with controversial decisions - including her epic 2012 finger wag in President Obama's face and her support for SB 1070, the state's 2010 immigration law.
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All eyes were on Brewer in February, when the state legislature presented a bill, SB 1062, that would allow businesses to argue religious accommodation as a reason to refuse service to someone on the basis of sexual orientation.
The proposal sparked a national outcry and ultimately, Brewer said she would not sign the bill because it wasn't good for the state.
'It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want,' she said.
With Brewer out of the running, the Republican frontrunners in the 2014 governor's race include Secretary of State Ken Bennett and former Cold Stone CEO Doug Ducey, who is the State Treasurer.
iCarly star Jennette McCurdy, 21, EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com about all the go-to beauty products she uses! Find out her favorites below.
Jennette McCurdy's Sexy Beauty - Her Favorite Beauty Products
In an EXCLUSIVE interview, Jennette tells us about her favorite beauty products that she's obsessed with!
'For hair, I love Robert Ramos, who is actually my hairstylist and makes really great products that keep my hair healthy. Especially since it has so much heat on it by doing the show.
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It is important to keep your maintenance up full time because if not, you will have breakage and fried hair. My hair has gone through those phases. I use Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream, I use Biosilk, it keeps it very healthy! I don't like oil because it weighs my hair down even though a lot of people like that. I have a lot of hair but it is fine so that doesn't work.'
Jennette always smells good - because she's got a ton of favorite fragrances!
'I love smelling good and think that is very important. It makes a good impression. I like Coconut Vanilla lotion from Victoria's Secret, I love all the Pink perfumes. Flirty, Sweet and Fun, they all have fun names like that. I love those.
I also have Prada Candy, I love that. For face makeup on rehearsal days, I like to keep it to a minimum because it is too much work, too much effort, so I use foundation. I like .I usually don't do eyeliner. I do mascara - I like L'Oreal because it is healthy for your lashes. Plus, always make time to define your eyebrows. Just because you are doing minimum makeup doesn't mean you can skimp on the eyebrows, it has to do with the face shape. I have a round face and I have to add some definition or it's like a blob.'
HollywoodLifers, are you going to try out Jennette's favorite products including the Coconut Passion lotion?
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As humans, we enjoy a vaunted position at the very top of the food chain. Sure, a lion might come out of nowhere and maul us, but where our natural defenses might fail us, we've more than made up for it by inventing guns, bows and arrows, and the like. So if we can eat literally any animal we want to, why do we settle for pigs, cows, and chickens? We should be branching out, unleashing our wild sides, and sampling some more exotic meats on occasion.
These are the best restaurants in America for eating wild game.
We tend to stick with beef, pork, and chicken because they're what we're used to, and they're the most accessible. We'll eat veal or maybe even venison once in a blue moon, and we all probably ate an ostrich burger that one time at Fuddrucker's, or maybe a buffalo burger somewhere along the line, but never gave game meat much thought. And that's a tragedy, because there are lots of delicious animals out there, and it's our right as carnivores to eat as many of them as we can.
Obviously, some animals taste better than others. You won't see us grilling up a muskrat any time soon. But there are plenty of companies that sell game meats like venison, wild boar, rabbit, game birds, and buffalo of incredibly high quality, like D'Artagnan, and companies like Marx Foods that ship meats including kangaroo, elk, alligator, ostrich, antelope, yak, frog, llama, turtle, and camel.
Many exotic meats like alligator and ostrich are incredibly lean; however, meaning that it might not be a great idea to toss a slab of ostrich meat in a frying pan at home and expect it to cook up juicy and succulent. That's why we advise leaving it up to the professionals.
We sorted through dozens of restaurants that serve wild game, and rounded up America's 10 best. In ranking our restaurants, we primarily looked for restaurants that serve the widest variety of animals, but also took into account local renown, atmosphere, and obviously, whether the meat is cooked properly or not.
While you'd be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that's serving a turtle steak (we hear they don't taste very good), many chefs are thinking outside of the box and trying their hand at exotic meats.
Some of the restaurants on our list have been around for ages, grilling huge slabs of game meat for Colorado cowboys. Others are newer, helmed by chefs looking to showcase more than chicken breast.
5Game, Louisville, Ky.
The name says it all: Louisville's Game restaurant serves some crazy burgers, made with your choice of ostrich, kangaroo, duck, lamb, elk, venison, antelope, wild boar, salmon, or Angus beef. You can also sample the meat tartare-style if interested. You have your choice of six types of bread, seven cheeses, nine sauces, and 10 extras including foie gras, pork belly, grilled fennel, and slaw.
Specials include lamb heart burgers (for Valentine's Day, naturally), wild boar chorizo burgers, pheasant sausage, and giant grilled steaks. There may be no other restaurant in America serving burgers made from more varieties of meat, and in such creative applications.
Check out more of the best restaurants to find great meat.
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Obama, with the help of store employee Susan Panariello, shops for sweaters.
That's a lovely shade of pink, Mr. President.
President Obama made an unannounced stop at a Gap store in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday to buy some clothes for his wife and daughters and make a pitch for increasing the minimum wage.
The President was seen picking through pastel sweaters, khaki pants and workout clothes at the store on 42nd St.and 3rd Ave. before attending two Democratic Party fundraisers in the city.
'I'm here at the Gap because it never hurts to bring something back home - I get points,' he joked while sifting through the garments among roughly 20 shocked customers.
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Carlene Whitney, a hotel housekeeper from Queens, described herself as simply 'amazed' after bumping into him.
'He said 'today is a beautiful day to be in New York.' He shook my hand. I was amazed. He's more handsome in person. Very sexy,' she gushed.
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Obama decided to shop at the Gap to spotlight the company's new policy of paying entry level employees more than the minimum wage.
'It's not only good for them and their families, it's also good for the entire economy,' Obama said. 'I want to congratulate the Gap for doing the right thing.'
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He pointed out that the minimum wage is not just going to teenagers; the average age of a minimum-wage earner is 35. Obama has asked Congress to approve an increase in the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, but Republicans are reluctant to go along.
The President paid $154.85 for his purchase, which included a light blue workout jacket for Michelle - size medium - and two button-down sweaters for his daughters, one coral and the other light pink.
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The store's general manager, Humberto Anaya, 33, said the President joked 'about not wanting to pick out pants sizes for his wife and daughters.'
'I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense,' Obama said.
When asked if he'd like to sign up for a Gap card, he declined and paid with his own credit card, according to the store's staff.
'I've got one card,' Obama said. 'In fact I don't always carry my wallet. I brought it specially for you.'
Ryan Stone, above, was wanted on drug charges when he stole a car in Longmont, Colo., early Wednesday and led police on a high-speed chase for more than an hour.
A wanted maniac led police on a wild, high-speed chase through Colorado Wednesday after he stole a car from a gas station and then managed to carjack two other drivers during the pursuit.
The alleged thief, Ryan Stone, was arrested at around 8 a.m. after he crashed at intersection outside Denver and tried to escape police by fleeing through the snow on foot, local news footage showed.
A Colorado State Trooper was injured in the chase, and was taken to a Littleton hospital with non life-threatening injuries, local ABC News reported.
One source told the station the trooper suffered a broken leg.
Authorities said the pursuit began at around 6 a.m. when Stone, 29, swiped a maroon Ford Edge SUV with a 4-year-old child in it from a Bradley's gas station in Longmont.
The child's mother had left the car idling while she went inside to pay for gas, authorities said.
Stone, who cops said was wanted on drug charges, jumped inside and sped off, heading south on I-25.
As police and news helicopters tailed the vehicle, the driver tore through rush hour traffic, veering onto the shoulders to pass other cars.
After exiting the highway, he eventually ended up on I-76, where he headed off a tan minivan travelling on an exit ramp.
Stone, who was dressed in a gold and black jacket, leaped out of the Ford and pulled the driver and another person out of the van, harrowing news footage showed.
He then sped across an embankment and roared through the eastbound lanes of I-76 headed the wrong way.
Authorities said the little boy was left behind in the Ford and was unharmed.
Longmont police were working to reunite him with his mother, a spokesman told local ABC.
In the van, Stone came close to ramming several cars head-on and dodged police stop sticks before ending up on E-470, where he clipped several more cars and gaurdrail, damaging the van.
Minutes later, he crashed into another car, this time a silver sedan.
When that car stopped, Stone crept up to the driver's door and yanked a woman out.
The woman lunged for the door as Stone sped off.
About a mile later, he flew into an intersection near Peoria St. and Lincoln Ave., about 20 miles south of downtown Denver, and slammed into another car, crippling the silver sedan.
He fled on foot through the snow and tried to hop a chain link fence, but couldn't get over.
As officers closed in, he lay on his stomach and was quickly pinned down and cuffed.
Longmont police spokesman Commander Jeffrey Satur told the Associated Press Stone was wanted on a 'dangerous drug' charge after he didn't show up to a court hearing March 4.
Stone was with his girlfriend when she was stopped in an apparently stolen car in Longmont Tuesday night, Satur said. It's not clear why he wasn't arrested then.
Stone was 'definitely running like a person who did not want to go back to jail,' Satur said.
It wasn't yet clear if the driver in the last collision was injured.
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The number of young adults taking drugs for ADHD has soared in five years, particularly among young women, whose use of the drugs is up 85 percent, according to a new report.
The report, from prescription provider Express Scripts, finds a large overall increase in the number of Americans treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a 36 percent rise in just five years. More than 4.8 million people covered by private health insurance insurance have filled at least one prescription for ADHD, the report finds.
'The rapid increase in adult use of these medications is striking, especially since there is very little research on how these treatments affect an older population,' said Express Scripts' Dr. David Muzina. 'It signals a need to look more closely at how and why physicians prescribe these medications for adults, particularly women, who may turn to these medications, or experience symptoms of attention disorders, as a result of keeping up with the multiple demands on their time.'
It probably reflects the rise in diagnoses among children. 'While children are still the primary users of ADHD medications, the number of adults on these medications has been increasing at a much faster pace, up 53.4 percent vs. 18.9 percent from 2008 to 2012,' the report finds.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, 5 percent of U.S. children have ADHD. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to studies showing that 11 percent and more of kids have been diagnosed with ADHD.
'The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011,' CDC says. Other reports show diagnoses have jumped 24 percent in a decade.
And as kids get diagnosed, so do their parents, many of whom didn't recognize the symptoms until they spoke with a specialist about their children.
'Since females tend to present the inattentive form of ADHD and do not display disruptive behavior in school, their symptoms may be overlooked in childhood. As they age, they may become more aware of their symptoms and consult their physician,' the Express Scripts' report notes.
Just under a third of people who had ADHD as children never 'grew out of it', William Barbaresi and colleagues at Boston Children's Hospital found last year.
The Express Scripts' study only covers people with private insurance, but that's more than half the U.S. population. Their team looked at pharmacy claims of 400,000 people.
'The rapid increase in adult use of these medications is striking.'
'Among adults, women far outnumber men in their use of ADHD treatments, the reverse of childhood trends where only half as many girls as boys take ADHD medications,' the report finds.
'The number of males using ADHD drugs plummets after age 18, while women ages 19 to 25 surpass younger girls' use of these medications, 4.4 percent vs. 3.5 percent respectively in 2012.'
ADHD is a very broad diagnosis and covers symptoms from an inability to concentrate and focus to extreme hyperactivity and a lack of ability to control impulses. It's not clear what the causes are, although there's a clear genetic link.
'Research does not support the popularly held views that ADHD is caused by eating too much sugar, watching too much television, parenting, or social and environmental factors such as poverty or family chaos,' the CDC advises. 'Of course, many things, including these, might make symptoms worse, especially in certain people. But the evidence is not strong enough to conclude that they are the main causes of ADHD.'
Many experts say it's the availability of treatments that has caused the rise in diagnoses. There's no point getting a condition diagnosed if there isn't anything you can do about it. Now several drugs can be prescribed, especially stimulants such as Ritalin, also known as methylphenidate, Concerta and Strattera.
CDC says up to 80 percent of kids are helped by the medications.
Behavioral approaches can also help. And children diagnosed with ADHD can access special services in schools, another possible incentive to get a diagnosis and a prescription.
First published March 12 2014, 9:05 AM
Shailene Woodley and Theo James worked opposite each other for weeks making the first of the 'Divergent' films, but they clearly aren't weary of each others' faces yet.
During a chat on TODAY Wednesday, Savannah Guthrie pulled out several magazines featuring the film's two stars. The covers elicited chuckles until The Hollywood Reporter's cover of Woodley lounging provocatively came up.
'I like that (one with you) biting your finger!' cried James, leaning forward excitedly. 'God----! God----!'
'That's all Photoshopped,' grinned Woodley.
With luck, that kind of chemistry will translate on the big screen, where big hopes and plans are in motion for the first film in a series based on popular young-adult books by Veronica Roth. Early projections for the film, Guthrie noted, suggest this new franchise could outstrip the 'Twilight' series at the box office.
Woodley said she knew the series had a lot of fans before they began filming, but didn't pay attention to what readers might expect to see on screen.
'I feel like if we tried to portray a character that everybody else wanted, it would have just been this mess of a human,' the actress, who plays Beatrice, said. 'When you're creating a movie, you're in the bubble of what that film is and you kind of forget that other people know about it.'
That said, the duo worked hard to make their characters come to life, putting a lot of training and energy into their stunt work. It was difficult, said James (who plays Four), but 'you get involved in it.'
He added, 'If you don't kind of finish a day of stunts with lots of bruises, you feel like you haven't done it right.'
'Divergent' opens in theaters on March 21.
BERLIN - Since the first Russian forces infiltrated Crimea on Feb. 28, Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, has spoken to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at least four times on the phone, her spokesman says. In the space of 10 days, she went from warning him to avoid 'any step that could contribute to escalation' to bluntly telling him that Crimea's plans for a referendum on joining Russia are 'illegal.'
Ms. Merkel, 59, a Protestant pastor's daughter, grew up in East Germany under a system in which Mr. Putin, 61, once had a hand, as a K.G.B. agent stationed in Dresden. Fluent in Russian, she literally speaks his language and, arguably, understands his view of the world better than any other European leader touched by the Ukrainian crisis.
It was, by her spokesman's account, tough talk between two leaders who seemingly could not be more different but who are bound by a shared history. According to advisers in both Berlin and Moscow, the two leaders are unafraid to voice their disagreements and they often heed each other.
For all the familiarity, and despite hundreds of hours spent together during more than a decade as the leaders of their respective countries, Ms. Merkel has so far been unable to bridge the gap with Mr. Putin on Ukraine. She appears exasperated by his unwillingness to avoid further provocative steps, much less de-escalate the crisis - she reportedly told President Obama after one recent conversation with the Russian leader that Mr. Putin was in 'another world' - and her government is increasingly signaling a willingness to lead Europe toward a harder line on sanctions and other steps to pressure and isolate Russia.
In confronting the limits of her personal diplomacy, Ms. Merkel is not just at a potential turning point in the Ukraine crisis, but also in her own nation's decades-long debate over how assertive a role to play on the world stage. The nations of Eastern Europe, with Russia looming large over them, are pressing her to be stronger in confronting Mr. Putin. The United States continues to push for more tangible steps than Germany and the rest of the European Union have been willing to embrace so far.
If nothing else, for Ms. Merkel and German leaders across the spectrum, the failure so far to talk Mr. Putin into calming the situation is a blow to their preferred approach to global politics: consensus, painstaking negotiation and the avoidance of ultimatums, let alone force.
Germany and Russia have been trading and warring for centuries, and it was a German-born princess, Catherine the Great, who became czarina and first conquered and absorbed Crimea into Russia in the 18th century.
But since the defeat of Nazi Germany, in which the Soviet Union played a major role, jaw-jaw has replaced war-war. Germany was squarely on the fault line between East and West in the Cold War, and this direct knowledge of division sends a special shudder through the German establishment today faced by the threat of a new European divide.
Germany is at once dependent on Russia for up to a third of its oil and gas, and tens of billions of dollars in trade, while it is also a leading member of NATO, a pillar of Western policy, and the biggest economy in the 28-nation European Union.
Since the 1970s, when Chancellor Willy Brandt embarked on Ostpolitik, or conciliation with the East, the German answer in reconciling those competing tugs has been to promote dialogue.
As Mr. Obama - and Ms. Merkel - face increasing pressure for a more assertive response to Russia, the chancellor has found an unwilling, even intransigent, Mr. Putin, prompting some to wonder aloud whether the German policy is now exhausted.
'There is no compromise in sight,' said Alexander Rahr, a longtime Kremlin observer and the head of the German-Russian Forum, a nongovernmental group in Berlin. 'Nobody really wants to move toward the other.' Ms. Merkel's pleas to refrain from the annexation of Crimea are now outdated, he suggested, given the apparent popularity of Mr. Putin's move in Russia, which governed Crimea for two centuries before the Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in 1954.
'He cannot turn back,' Mr. Rahr said of Mr. Putin and 'she is not helping him out of the situation.'
That is not to say Ms. Merkel has not tried. In addition to speaking with Mr. Putin - more times, it seems, than any other Western leader - Ms. Merkel has placed herself in the special role of mediator. She has also talked several times with Mr. Obama, as well as with the leaders of Britain and France, East European presidents and prime ministers, and the presidents of China and Kazakhstan.
As she tries to nudge Mr. Putin toward an offramp in the crisis, it is not clear what help Ms. Merkel can offer. Despite recent ructions with the United States over the monitoring of her cellphone, she is mindful of her allegiance to Washington and her European partners. She 'must be careful to avoid the impression of going behind anybody's back,' Mr. Rahr said.
On Wednesday, Ms. Merkel is visiting Poland, where it is a measure of her difficult new position that tensions over Crimea are eating at the close ties the two countries have recently forged.
Before Ms. Merkel's visit, the prime minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, took a highly unusual swipe at Germany and the chancellor, as Poland proudly marked the 15th anniversary of its NATO membership.
'Germany's reliance on Russian gas can effectively limit European sovereignty, I have no doubt,' Mr. Tusk said, according to the news agency Reuters. 'I'll be speaking very openly with Merkel, making it clear that the existing climate and natural gas policies risk posing a threat to the security and sovereignty of Europe as a whole.'
Germany has pioneered alternative energy policies since Ms. Merkel mandated the gradual shutdown of nuclear power plants in the aftermath of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in 2011. Poland, which wants to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, hopes shale gas discoveries will gradually help, and in the meantime relies heavily on polluting brown coal to generate power.
In recent years, Mr. Tusk said, Germany 'has been a strong example' of where dependency on Russian energy can lead.
Even so, faced with the unnerving possibility that dialogue will produce nothing in Ukraine, German leaders are sounding increasingly resigned to tighter European Union sanctions on Russia over Crimea, if only, perhaps, to draw Russia back to the bargaining table.
'Sanctions hurt both sides, that's quite clear,' Germany's defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said Monday. 'But if you look at the numbers, Russia has 15 percent of its G.D.P. depending on trade with Europe, Europe only 1 percent,' she added. 'That means that the reliance on a functioning business relationship with Europe is much, much bigger in Russia.'
That is why sanctions should prod the oligarchs and Russian business, she contended, to lean on Mr. Putin 'to bring him back on to the track of talks - he must open a dialogue.'
The Ukrainian crisis has increasingly brought a military response that unsettles Germans, who have largely renounced the militarism that brought World Wars I and II.
The German news media has given prominent play to reports that 12 extra F-16 fighter jets were sent to Poland, whose air force already has 48 such jets, after six F-15s were sent to the Baltic states last week and reconnaissance planes were deployed in Poland and Romania.
In a strong indication of how worried even conservatives are about losing good contact with Russia, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Wednesday gave a statement to Bild, the country's biggest-circulation newspaper, saying that 'great omissions' had been made in policy toward Ukraine. 'The mood of revolt in Ukraine was not intelligently followed. Equally there was a lack of sensitivity in the dealings with our Russian neighbor, especially President Putin,' he said.
'We cannot forget: war is not policy,' he added.
Ms. Merkel's governing partners, the Social Democrats, issued a similar warning. 'Europe stands dangerously close to the brink of a military confrontation,' the party said this week in an unusually tense statement. 'One hundred years after the start of World War I, military force should never again become the means of conducting politics.'
'Europe stands at a crossroads,' it added. 'We must do everything in our power to prevent a new division of our continent and a regression into a pattern of confrontation long considered overcome.'
Japan loves KFC. There's the Kentucky Fried Chicken traditionally eaten at Christmas, the KFC airplane food, the potato chips, and the KFCs that are unlike any you've probably ever seen.
Today, it was announced that a new 'Adult Kentucky Fried Chicken' will soon open in the The Yomiuri Shimbun Building in Tokyo's Otemachi. Via IT Media, here are artist renderings of this new grown-up KFC:
What makes this KFC differ from others in Japan is that it will serve beer (domestic and international) and have a special dinner menu that includes five different types of pasta.
Of course, the Colonel's chicken will be offered, too. At dinner time, ordering is done via touch panel at each table.
As previously posted, KFC has been planning to create more late night restaurant spots. Back in 2012, it unveiled a fancy KFC bar called Route 25.
Located in Tokyo's Shimo-Kitazawa, this cafe is perhaps unlike any you've ever seen:
'大人のケンタッキー'がオープン ディナータイムにビール、注文はタッチパネルで [IT Media]
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While interviewing music mogul Russell Simmons, Bill O'Reilly went off on a rant about one of Beyonce's latest music videos. Though Russell protests the topic at hand, Bill brings up the Monica Lewinsky reference and goes on to call her sexy 'Partition' music video 'garbage.'
Bill O'Reilly Attacks Beyonce - Slams Sexy Video
Bill O'Reilly is at it again, and this time Beyonce is in his line of fire.
On Monday, March 10, Russell Simmons was a guest on The O'Reilly Factor, which is when Bill asked him for an explanation for Beyonce's 'Partition' music video. Bill asks why Beyonce, a role model for young women of color, would release a video glorifying sex at a time when unwanted pregnancies and fractured families are at an all-time high. Russell is quick to try and change to subject to talk about his new book, but Bill, in his typical fashion, pushes him back to Beyonce by continuing to slam her and the sexy video which references her having sex in the back of a limo with her husband, Jay-Z.
'I believe an entertainer like Beyonce and a mogul like you have an obligation to protect children,' Bill explains. 'Not put out exploitive garbage that you know harms impressionable children. I think Beyonce, what she has done here, is inexplicable. I'm asking you [...] to explain it to me.'
Russell takes the bait, but swings the conversation away from Beyonce and to good parenting choices: 'My daughters make choices based on the inspiration we give them as parents.'
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Bill Questions 'Art' In The Music Industry
Russell, who is the co-founder of music label Def Jam, had a lot to say about artists being blamed for things that are out of their hand during his interview with Bill. During their heated conversation about Beyonce, Russell continued to make valid points about artists and how they express reflections of reality.
'Bill, if you think the art that comes out of a community is the cause of the struggle,' Russell tried to explain, before Bill interrupted him.
'That's art? Beyonce in the back of a limo having sex and referencing Monica Lewinsky is art?' Bill angrily questions.
'Yeah, it is, actually,' Russell tries to explain again. 'She's a brilliant artist, and she's not only by people of color, as you know, she's really one of the top artists in the world. Of every color.'
'I can't understand why the women did it,' Bill explains, but the conversation is finally over.
Although I think Russell was a total professional and handled himself in the best way he could, it's clear that Bill was not satisfied with any of his responses.
Watch Bill and Russell's argument over Beyonce's artistry unfold below:
Tell us, HollywoodLifers - Do you agree with Bill O'Reilly or is he just picking on Beyonce? Let us know your thoughts below!
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LONG ISLAND, New York - The shrill shrieks of young people piercing the ears of those around; best friends leaning on each other for support when emotions grew too overwhelming; sobbing teenage girls giving up their fight against tears for the night.
If we hadn't known any better, we'd have thought we just stepped right into a 'Hunger Games' reaping. But upon closer observation, those shrill shrieks were from pure excitement, those best friends were embracing because they were so happy to be experiencing this moment together, and that girl sobbing one row back was crying tears of pride as her idol urged her to stay strong. That's right, this was the Neon Lights Tour.
Demi Lovato's much-anticipated tour finally 'touched down on the East coast' (see what I did there?) at Nassau Coliseum Tuesday night, and even with all the previews, teasers and mental preparedness I thought I had, I still wasn't ready for the show.
While I would love to recap the entire night - from Lovato playing drums, guitar, and piano, to the singer belting out her version of the Oscar-winning 'Frozen' track 'Let It Go' - I'll settle with presenting the top moments of the Neon Lights Tour.
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The girls of Fifth Harmony hit the stage for a fun and care-free performance, including a cover of Destiny's Child's 'Independent Women,' showing off their impressive vocals - I heard those whistle tones, Normani! - and adorable dance moves. U.K. pop group Little Mix followed up with their infectious beats, hard-hitting dance moves, and impeccable vocals. They got the crowd going with their cover of En Vogue's 'Don't Let Go' and a cappella rendition of their song 'How Ya Doin'?'
Demi Was Sick?! The night before Lovato hit the stage at a packed Nassau Coliseum, she let the world know that she was sick. In fact, she even opted for a game of Pictionary instead of her regularly scheduled performance on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,' and canceled the VIP sound check she typically has before all of her shows. But being the trooper she is, the singer insisted that the show go on.
The last thing I would EVER want to do is cancel a show, with that being said I'm super sick tonight so it may not be my best show BUT I'm
- demetria lovato (@ddlovato) March 12, 2014
SO excited to perform for you guys but I may need you to sing most of the show for me!!! Hahaha
- demetria lovato (@ddlovato) March 12, 2014
Let us be the very first to say it: if she hadn't tweeted that she was sick, we would not have guessed it! Lovato's vocals were up to her usual standard, hitting her high notes, falsettos, and all around incredible range like she could do it in her sleep. In fact, the first and only sign of her being under the weather came when the singer took a moment to speak intimately to the crowd, and her hoarse throat can be heard clearly.
Can We Have Waterworks With A Side Of Flipping The Bird? Never has it been more acceptable for an arena packed with tween girls to flip the bird than when Lovato sings 'Really Don't Care.' As the singer triumphantly sang 'I'll walk right up to you and put one finger in the air,' she was met with no fewer than 15,000 middle fingers. And that was just the first sure sign of Lovato's teenage fans showing that they have a grungy side. Bras and the occasional trucker hat was thrown onstage, and when Lovato let her Shakira-like hip motions take center stage, I could've sworn I was in a sea of growing boys.
But when the pink-haired 'Heart Attack' singer took a moment to soak in the crowd, she let us all in on a very personal detail: it was at this very Coliseum last summer while here for 'The X Factor' auditions that she got the news that her father had died. Lovato sang 'Nightingale,' a song she said took on new meaning after that. No fewer than two songs after that, the singer sat behind a piano to sing her emotionally raw song 'Warrior,' and the fans that managed to make it that far into the night without tears broke down - yes, even me.
Demi: Through the Years With long-time pal and fellow musician Nick Jonas working as creative and musical director for the tour, he admitted that, 'The biggest challenge has been just trying to rethink some of the music and see how we could compliment it with lights and video.'
And that he did. The stage was fully equipped with lights that changed with every new song. Songs that I've heard countless times were reimagined to be almost entirely new songs - the most notable being a shift from the pop-rock original arrangement of 'Here We Go Again' to a slowed-down version that allowed for the singer's high-notes to fly.
A screen at the back of the stage played Lovato's many music videos, as well as video content exclusive to the tour. When the 'Made in the U.S.A.' singer belted out 'Warrior,' a powerful video of her clad in a knight's armor played in the background. Our personal favorite was the montage of the singer's old videos, showing her evolution to where she is now - even embracing her 'Camp Rock' roots with a few bars of 'This Is Me.'
But no moment was more powerful than the video of news clips of when the singer first announced she would be checking into rehab. The packed Coliseum grew quiet, perhaps even solemn, as the clips played. The mood quickly shifted as the news clips skipped forward to when Lovato made her healthy comeback, appearing at all the interviews with a brave smile and an open heart. Lovato walked onstage at that moment to sing her triumphant 'Skyscraper,' and is lifted above the crowd to show that she has truly risen above all she has gone through.
Lovato has 11 more shows here in North America before packing her bags and taking the Neon Lights Tour to South America.