Pharrell addresses album “GIRL” cover controversy

Skateboard P unveiled his album cover last week. On the cover is the R&B singer/producer in a bath robe with three light skinned girls.

Social media and critics slammed Pharrell for using three white girls and no black girl on the cover — as a black artist. At the Breakfast Club show, Pharrell took time to address the controversy; there’s a black girl on the cover.

“What really disappointed me is they jumped the gun, because the one I’m standing closest to is black. She’s a black girl from Wisconsin that I used to date over 10 years ago. Maybe 12 years ago. That just must suck man for people to look at something and to assume they know what’s going on. If they just bothered to listen to my album, they would know that my album was an ode to women, period.

I was trying to aid in changing the crazy statuesque standard of you gotta be white, waif, and thin for you to be beautiful. It must suck to be that black woman that’s on my cover right now because she’s black. When they find out that she is black, then what?

Then we’re arguing amongst ourselves within colour. Then the argument’s going to be she’s not brown enough. Then my question to you is, are y’all asking me do I have an Indian person on the cover? Why aren’t you asking about a Pakistani person? A Middle Eastern person on the cover.

What are we talking about? We’re making huge strides here. Let’s unify, dude. ‘Cause honestly, if you know anything about me, if you’ve seen any of my videos, you seen any of the girls I’ve ever dated, you know I like ‘em all.. You would know that.”

By Siphesihle Shaun Sekoati

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AKA leaks artwork for new single “Congratulate”

You are seeing it here first, AKA’s new single artwork for the highly anticipated “Congratulate” which is produced by Tazzy of soul and jazz funk band Muzart.

AKA and his designer didn’t shy away from hyperbole when creating this piece of art, and if you think this is hot, then wait till you hear the single itself.

The record is set to make its debut next week with various social media activities happening to build up the hype for the single. Be part of this historic debut by using the hashtag #AKACongratulate. You can also follow the hashtag to see when and how exactly the single is dropping. “Congratulate” will be going onto all radio stations as well as going live on iTunes next week.
AKA’s Instagram video contest

Get creative with your Instagram videos and you might WIN BIG!!! In a short Instagram video, tell us your story of what you are celebrating, what you need to be congratulated on – be it passing your matric, buying a new car, getting married, graduating or even finding a new job – whatever it is, this song is about YOU, the listener!! AKA will choose two winners, and then dedicate a day to help celebrate the winner’s achievement.

One winner will be the the Instagram user with the most creative Congratulate video, and the other winner will be the one with the most likes on his/her Congratulate video. Entrants will have to include the hashtag #AKACongratulate as caption in their videos and we won’t take submission from entrants who have set their accounts to private. Videos should be tagged to @vthseason on Instagram.

Let’s get started!!! #AKACongratulate, AKA looks forward to celebrating with you!!

By Siphesihle Shaun Sekoati

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