LES TWINS(DANCING MACHINES)

 

Les Twins

Les Twins

Professionally known as Les Twins, identical twin brothers Laurent and Larry Bourgeois (born December 6, 1988) are Frenchdancers, choreographers, and models. Often referred to by their respective nicknames, “Lil Beast” and “Ca Blaze”, they are recognized internationally for their talents in new style hip-hop dancing.[1]

Born and raised in Sarcelles, France, the self-taught dance duo became the darlings of the French audience in 2008 as finalists on the popular television show Incroyable Talent.[2] They quickly rose to prominence in the United States after a video of their performance on the San Diego leg of the 2010 World of Dance tour went viral on YouTube, surpassing over 6 million views in less than a year.[3] In 2011 they won the Hip-hop New Style division of the prestigious international street dance competition Juste Debout.

Les Twins have been featured dancers for various music artists, including Beyoncé Knowles and Missy Elliott. Standing at 6’4″ (193 cm) tall, the brothers have modeled for French haute couture fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and appeared in many high-profile commercial advertising campaigns.

In addition to teaching their original choreography in workshops around the globe, they are also the founding members of the successful dance team Criminalz Crew.

John Legend: ‘All men should be feminists,’ men should care about women’s rights

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Did you know that John Legend was raised in the Pentecostal church? That’s how he got his start in music – he would sing and perform for his church. I found that out when I was watching the PBS series Finding Your Roots, in which Professor Henry Gates researched Legend’s family tree and found a TON of interesting information andhistorical records. Watching Legend on that episode really changed the way I thought about him – before that, I always considered him a sexy soul singer, but he was so chilled out and sweet on that episode, I now think of him as “Aw, what a really nice man.”

And now I have further evidence that Legend is just a really decent, lovely man. Legend has worked with the charity Chime For Change for years – it’s a charity which “raises funds to improve the lives of women worldwide” – you can see their site here. They work to educate and empower women all over the world. It sounds like a great organization, right? That’s enough to make you like Legend, correct? Well, then this will make you swoon:

John Legend announced The Sound of Change Live yesterday, a concert to raisefunds and awareness for Chime for Change, a charity which raises funds to improve the lives of women worldwide.

The gig will be at Twickenham Stadium, south London, on June 1 this year, and will feature performances from Florence & The Machine, Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding and BBC Sound of 2013 band, Haim. Producer and musician Timbaland will also be joining Legend on the line-up.

At a press conference for the event, Legend explained his commitment to the charity, which aims to promote and empower women internationally.

He said: “All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.” The singer, who has won nine Grammy awards and has collaborated with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and The Roots, cited his mother as an inspiration.

Legend said: “We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.”

[From The Telegraph]

Are you totally jealous of John’s fiancée Chrissy Teigen now? I am. Before yesterday, I didn’t know that Legend was so involved with the cause of empowering and educatingwomen internationally, and I didn’t know he considers himself a feminist. God, he’s just… lovely. I want him.

Also: I really want his blue sweater in these photos. That’s an amazing sweater. Since John is a feminist, he’ll give it to me, right?

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Kim Kardashian: ‘I think it’s a little bully-ish to call a pregnant woman fat’

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Here are some photos of Kim Kardashian leaving her Beverly Hills home yesterday. She was on her way to The Tonight Show, where she was allegedly promoting her part inTyler Perry’s Temptation. Quick: who are the stars of Temptation? Right? I don’t really despise what she’s wearing here… I mean, it’s not flattering, it’s too short and she looks ridiculous, but it’s not as bad as the other stuff she’s worn this week.

You know that Kim has worn a few pieces of Chanel during her pregnancy, right? Well, Karl Lagerfeld was asked about Kim during a recent interview, and Karl was actually sort-of nice about it. He said: “It’s very pretentious to say ‘I don’t want to see this on that person, etc.’ Everybody is allowed to buy it, to enjoy it. I’m not there as a fashion judge, I’m there as a designer.” Which is as nice as Karl Lagerfeld gets, truly. He didn’t call Kim names, he’s just like “Well, anybody can buy the clothes, whatever.”

As for Kim’s Tonight Show appearance… I’m including the videos below. Kim’s girlie-stripper voice annoys me, but the interview isn’t terrible. Kim admits that herpregnancy was “a pleasant surprise… it wasn’t really planned.” As for baby names, she says: “We have a list. And some of them are ‘K’ names some of them aren’t. North is not on our list… but you know what name I do like – but it probably won’t be on [our list]… I like Easton – Easton West – I think that’s cute.” In Part II, Kim talks about her weight and the media and how she doesn’t appreciate being called “fat”.

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Sofia Vergara: ‘I never wanted to be an actress just to be an actress’

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Sofia Vergara has a featurette in the April issue of Vogue (The Shape Issue, with Michelle Obama on the cover), and I can’t say I’m wild about the one photo Vogue has released. Is this racist? I can’t decide if it’s racist, sexist or just stupid to have the most successful Latin actress in America relegated to the kitchen for her photoshoot. On one hand, they put in her a sexy gown. On the other hand, the subtext (or just the “context”) seems to be “Hispanics = kitchen workers”. Perhaps this concept wasn’t as offensive as their first choice, accessorizing Sofia with a bunch of white babies while she models “nanny chic”. Anyway, you can read Sofia’s interview here – she’s funny and interesting and she seems like a good sport about her fame. Some highlights:

She’s freezing her eggs: “you have to put first some peels, and then after——” What kind of peels, pray? “Hormone pills,” she says, “and then after that it is hormone injections.” Aww, does she have to have all those hormones tucked into her? She says yes; at her age, “they want to get as many eggs as they can because usually you produce them but they’re not good. They have to be perfect, perfect, perfect ones. My boyfriend is 37, younger than me, never had kids. So.”

Her giant engagement ring: Her engagement ring is a square diamond as big as the Ritz (with a triangular diamond shoulder on either side). It takes up the whole bottom joint of her ring finger. “I love it,” she says, “because it’s big enough. If it had been bigger, I couldn’t have worn it every day.” She laughs. “And if it had been smaller, I wouldn’t have liked it. It’s heavy, but I don’t take it off even to work out.”

Her accent: She has struggled with her heavily accented English, she laments. When she moved to L.A., she decided to take “accent classes, you know? Like speech classes? To see if I can fix it a little bit. But I spent so much money, so much time, and then when I would go to auditions I was always thinking about the pronunciation because you are supposed to put the tongue like this or—you know—like this, so then I would forget to act, and I was not getting any jobs, because all I wanted was to say the words right. And then one day I said, You know what? That’s it. If I can’t get a job with my accent, then this is not a job for me.”

Getting clothes tailored: “The key for my body is tailoring,” she says emphatically. “I spend more money on tweaking and fixing the clothes than the actual clothes. So I have to go to the tailor, and he would sew a seam in a little bit because my size is difficult. It’s not that it’s bad, I am not complaining—it’s just that once you know how to tweak it, you look like you are well dressed. For example, jeans that go all the way up here. So I tell the guy, OK, you know what needs to be done; I don’t even have to try them anymore. He knows to do it so when I sit the jean doesn’t go all the way down. It’s just learning what you have to do. Not for something simple like a T-shirt, but for a piece that I like, I always have to have it altered.”

Her boobs: “I mean, a normal girl will just put the dress on and leave. I need them to be like an armory. My dresses are like a work of art inside because, you know, I am 40 years old, I had a baby, and I am a 32F boob. And they are real still. When they are fake, you take the bra off and they are still there, perfect! Me—no, so I have to bring them up! I have to build the dresses up to here so that the bras—ach, it’s a whole, der—ugh—tchah!”

Actress and businesswoman: She says that “all the things that I dreamed in my career to do, all the businesses that I have, like my Kmart collection, like all the endorsements that I have [for Diet Pepsi and CoverGirl] and you know all the charities that I wanted to fund—it’s all because of Modern Family. So I am taking advantage while I can, to make money like I can now, because why not? It’s part of my job, doing what I like. I never wanted to be an actress [just] to be an actress. I wanted to be an actress or a celebrity with a business. For me, I never even knew I could be funny or act.” She laughs. “I went to dentist school.”

[From Vogue]

As always, I sympathize with the big-boob thing. I went shopping this weekend and I just wanted to get in and out of the stores, so I didn’t try anything on. While everything that I got technically fits me, I got too many blouses that fit me in the bust but need to be taken in through the waist. Ugh. During the interview, Sofia also talked about growing up in Colombia and how she was always flying to Miami when she was younger, and how much she loves Scarface – to the point where she named her son after Steven Bauer’s drug dealer character. Also, I kind of like how open she’s being with her plans to have a baby – reportedly, she and Nick Loeb are having a baby via surrogacy.

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Beyonce releases a preview of her new single “Bow Down”: awesome or awful?


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Here is the new single cover (?) image for Beyonce’s new single, “Bow Down”. I actually think the cover image is adorable and tongue-in-cheek… sort of. Like, is Beyonce capable of doing “tongue-in-cheek”? Is she capable of anything other than an in-your-face narcissist? But… is it sexist to roll your eyes at Beyonce’s Queen Beysus routine? If Justin Timberlake put out a similar cover with a similar “Bow Down” like order to the peasants, would we hate him as much? I think I personally would hate him MORE than Beyonce. Because Beyonce IS legendary, more so than JT. She’s a legend in her own mind, of course. But she also delivers.

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The first part is super-annoying and it reminds me of the worst parts of Nicki Minaj’s songs. Right? As for “Bow down, bitches!” Eh. Unless Benedict Cumberbatch says those words, I’m not into it. Like, I would hestitate to even write those words to all of you, my fellow bitches. Something about the word “bitches” with the command “bow down”. It’s making me feel… ugh. Gross. The twirly part after 1:20 is sketchy, right? Basically, this is not a good song at all. Blah. bey31

Mama June, gay-rights advocate, attended the GLAAD Awards: awesome?



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Here are some photos from Saturday night’s GLAAD Media Awards. Mama June (from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo) was there! Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was nominated for a GLAAD award because the family is incredibly pro-gay. Mama June’s brother (I think?) is gay and both Mama June and Honey Boo Boo Chile have made a number of pro-gay rights and pro-tolerance statements. Considering they live in the heart of Georgia, it’s a big deal! So it’s cool that Mama June came out and celebrated with her gay fans. She wore this tiered black dress which is… not good. But she’s showing off her weightloss, which is impressive.

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Snooki and J-Woww look terrible. What happened to Snooki, for the love of God?Weight loss and new veneers?

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