From the numerous baby announcements to the birth of iconic music, we can all agree that there hasn’t been a dull moment in the world of entertainment in 2011. Before we leap into the exciting possibilities of the New Year, it is best that we reflect on the priceless memories we’ve left in the previous year. Below are my top most memorable moments of 2011:
1. The Baby Bump Heard Around The World
There are a few moments in Pop Culture history where you can remember the exact thing you were doing. The second Beyonce revealed her baby bump on the MTV awards during her “Love on Top” performance, I knew that this would qualify as one of those moments. I remember sitting in front of my laptop trying to pick up the online live feed to capture the awards since I was having cable trouble at the time. Thankfully, it decided to work at that very moment. Twitter was flooded with comments and on the verge of crashing down the popular social platform. This was the baby bump heard around the world. I believe in 2012, we will be fighting for a chance to see the arrival of the precious new born of the power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z. In 2011 we also witnessed baby announcements from Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff who are both expecting their babies to arrive any day now.
2. The Unveiling of “Dem Babies”
This year was the year of the baby. After keeping us on our toes for six months, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey revealed their twins, Morracon and Monroe in class with Barber Walters on “20/20”. Watch this momentous occasion below. Other couples to bring children into the world in 2011 were Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz and Pink and husband Carey Hart to name a few.
3. Occupy The World
We witnessed a movement in 2011 that demanded attention. The “Occupy” movement showed the frustrations of the working class around the United States and the world. Troubled with the knowledge that the middle class and poor were suffering so that the rich could maintain their wealth pushed many to take action. I had the pleasure of witnessing this movement first hand in Occupy Atlanta. As the knowledge of this movement grew, celebrities showed up to the various sites across the country to show support. Below are a couple of photos captured of Occupy Wall Street supporters.
4. Music Takes A Turn For The Better
There is no denying that music foreshadowed a shift during the year of 2011. It looks like we are on the road to pure emotion, in depth lyrics and storytelling, and creative instrumentation. We were given a hint when the amazing jazz vocalist and bassist, Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist during this year’s Grammy ceremonies. Considered an independent artist, this was the least expected choice but the most deserving. Not as much of a shocker but equally deserved, Adele landed the highest selling album in the U.S of the year with her sophomore release, “21”. A masterpiece to say the least with vulnerable vocals and emotion throughout the album and instrumentation that vibrated through the soul. If this is any hint of what may seep into the New Year, the sound waves will truly be music to my ears.
Looking back on all the moments that we’ve witnessed in 2011, there are too many to list on one page. I am thankful that we were able to witness these moments to be able to one-day say, “ I remember when…” As the clock struck twelve and 2011 became a thing of the past, we are now able to take what we’ve learned and experienced with us so that the best days of our past can be the lowest we see in the future. Happy New Year to you and yours from the Aspire Online Media family!
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‘ Tis the season to have Bieber fever! As the Christmas Season approaches, Justin Bieber unwraps his first single off of his upcoming holiday album “Under the Mistletoe”. During his appearance on the Ryan Seacrest Morning Show on yesterday (Oct. 17th), Justin dropped the first single “Mistletoe”, a rhythmic island swing that closely resembles Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”.
“I got a lot of different genres on there, so I think it works for everybody” Bieb excitedly expressed to Seacrest during his early morning interview. The album is set to be released on November 1st 2011, which features special guest appearances by some of Bieber’s influential artists; Boyz II Men, Usher, the Band Perry and Mariah Carey. “Even though it’s a Christmas album, it’s probably my best album yet”, states the young heart-throb.
On last Thursday, he teased his young audience by releasing a 30 second clip of his charming upcoming video for “Mistletoe”, which is set to be released at 7:45pm EST tonight on MTV.
Justin is said to be joining Lady Gaga and Pitbull, along side Ryan Seacrest at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on December 31st 2011.
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In this 38 -second clip, Beyonce teases us with this fashion forward visual for her single “Countdown”. Beyonce turns into a human clock with black and white stripes as her backdrop. Along with her bright pink and green eye shadow, striking lipstick and pixie hair cut, I can’t help but get a fun retro feel from this video. While proudly displaying her baby bump, Beyonce where’s sexy, colorful leotards while dancing flawlessly throughout the video clip. We will now be counting down with anticipation awaiting the arrival of the full version of this video. Until then, watch the video clip below. Stay tuned to The High Up to see the official video premier of Beyonce’s single “Countdown”.
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