Bruno Mars is just about the only person having an amazing last couple of months. He came into the year right after dropping his new album “24k Magic,” which is sitting comfortably atop the Billboard Charts currently with two singles in the Hot 100 and 2nd on the Top 200 albums. Back in October, he got to perform a dope set on SNL to promote the album drop. He also recently graced the stage at the 2017 Grammys not once, but twice getting to impersonate his idol, Prince. Not a bad way to start the year.
This week Bruno Mars announced he had something up his sleeves for us.
Just finished shootin it! I'm gonna edit it, take a bubble bath & then we party. Gimme 2 hours! Let the count down begin #TWILVIDEO
For those of you who thought the 2020 election was behind us, well hold on to your seats because what just may be the most consequential election ever is about to take place in Georgia.
And thanks to a team of dancers from Atlanta, we won’t soon forget just how important the upcoming special election is.
A team of female dancers are focused on turning out the vote for Georgia’s upcoming dual senate run offs.
In the days following this year’s presidential election, Georgia went blue (voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris) for the first time since 1992. And the state saw record turnout, especially among Black and Brown voters. Much of this success is attributed to Stacey Abrams and other activists who helped register a record number of new voters.
Part of the success should also be given to a group of Atlanta strippers and dancers who made a viral get-out-the-vote ad aimed at persuading Black men to go to the polls. But with Georgia’s Senate races facing a runoff vote, the women say the work is far from done, and they are calling on young people to turn out once more.
These Atlanta dancers are hoping to reach an often overlooked electorate: Black men.
Of men age 18-34, African Americans had the lowest turnout among any listed racial group of men during the 2016 presidential election in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties, according to an analysis of the data. Men who identified as Native American had the lowest turnout for Gwinnett, and were followed by Black males.
In Fulton, 29 percent of registered young Black men voted in the 2016 presidential election. Compare that to 45 percent of young Hispanic and 52 percent of young White men in Fulton.
Barnes said she wanted to connect with those Black men who feel voting and its outcomes aren’t for them. And having grown up in the metro area, she knows strip clubs are a big part of the culture — including its massive influence on hip-hop.
Original Story published October 17, 2020:
These are wild times, y’all. We are facing the election of our lifetime and on the line is the rights of millions and the dignity of our nation. This means that everyone is getting mobilized and active to make sure that voters come out in full force on Nov. 3. One ad is catching everyone’s attention.
Get Your Booty To The Poll is using pole dancing to get people to do their duty and vote.
Director Angela Barnes wanted to do something that would catch everyone’s attention during the pandemic and to remind them to vote. Her idea was to get some of the best exotic dancers from Atlanta’s best gentlemen’s clubs to do a PSA about voting. After all, we have all been told several times that “sex sells.”
The ad is getting people talking.
Some people are excited to see the ad targeting a specific group of people to vote. Others are offended that women are being objected in order to make the PSA. However, one this is for sure, the 3.4 million viewers on the tweet shows that the ad is getting everyone’s attention.
The Barnes wanted to target Black southern men, specifically in Georgia.
According to her Facebook post, the video is intended to make sure that Black men in the south go out and vote. One key element in the video that the director points out is the use of ballots as dollar bills on the stage. That’s right. The cast and crew used ballots in place of dollar bills to really sell the idea of getting out to the polls to vote.
Some people are not convinced that the people who are mad are really mad.
It is a very creative way to get people’s attention, especially for voting. There are voting PSAs from almost every organization targeting almost every community. This one is clearly designed with specific people in mind and it seems to be doing its job. This is the viral content voting PSAs wish to be, tbh.
Barnes and the dancers are definitely doing their part to remind you to vote so do your part and get to the polls to vote (or vote by mail-in ballot).
The U.S. is facing a tough and very important election. The Trump administration is fighting to secure another term while Democrats are doing everything in their power to stop them. Communities of color have been the target of some of the administration’s most hateful and damaging legislation.
Get ready to vote. Register your friends. Bring them to the polls. The general election is on Nov. 3 and it is up to all of us to vote to see the policies we want.
While many of us were eagerly awaiting the results of a wildly heated presidential election, many more were waiting to find out what the collab between Maluma and The Weeknd was all about.
Thankfully, fans didn’t have to wait long.
Over the weekend, Maluma and The Weeknd surprised fans with their incredible remix of Maluma’s “Hawái” off his album Papi Juancho. The duo sing together in Spanglish and the music video has people asking all kinds of questions.
The Weeknd is getting tons of love for singing in ‘Spanglish’ on a remix of Maluma’s “Hawái.”
After lighting up social media with an Instagram post that hinted at a possible collaboration, Maluma and The Weeknd launched a remix that had fans of both artists waiting in anticipation.
Turns out the long awaited project was a remix of Maluma’s song “Hawái” from his Papi Juancho album, which he surprise released back in August. The Weeknd now brings his R&B voice to the first verse of the track, singing in a dimly lit club in the music video. It all seems like an extension of his After Hours universe, until he begins singing in Spanish.
During the song, you can hear the Canadian artist sing a few lines in Spanish after opening the remix singing in English.
In the first two hours since the remix was posted on YouTube, the collaboration reached 750,000 views.
The “Hawái” remix is The Weeknd’s second collaboration in less than a week, after he teamed up with Ariana Grande to duet “off the table” on her latest album, positions.
Maluma seems as excited about the remix as his fans are.
In a press release for the remix, Maluma said, “I have always admired The Weeknd so it feels nothing short of a dream come true to have him collab on ‘Hawái’. He brought another flow to it and sang in both Spanish and English which is impressive.”
“Bro, he killed it, because he’s a real artist,” Maluma told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “He’s a real artist, man, what he did in this song. For him, it was like he was doing reggaeton for his whole life. And I knew that his voice in the song could work amazing. And that’s what happened.”
Maluma continued, “At the beginning, when I listened to the first verse when he just started the song… I was like, ‘Bro, this sounds like The Weeknd’s song.’ I couldn’t believe how good it was mixing his vocals with my vocals. And man, yeah, I’m blessed. I’m very happy. This is a huge moment for the Latin culture though.”
But apparently fans are questioning the rapper’s dancing abilities.
Although people are not entirely happy with the song. Many on Twitter pointed out that the Spanish is fine, but the dancing is unexpectedly dorky, especially compared to the Papi Juancho himself, still oozing sex appeal all over the place.
Some were just upset by the whole thing…
Another Twitter user posted a message in which she wrote “Me listening to the Hawaii remix with The Weekend “accompanied by a photo of a visibly uncomfortable child.
What do you think of the remix? How are The Weeknd’s dance moves?