#MusicMonday | @Zendaya Redux.

“Being in control of what I do is the best.”–Zendaya

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Zendaya.

Actress. Singer. Dancer. Zendaya.
I’ve said it before (on #TalentedTuesday) I’ll say it again Zendaya is amazing and her voice incredible. She’s a little hip-hop, a little pop, a little R&B, a little 90s—but all Zendaya.

Listen for yourself. Below is the album version and  acoustic version of her song “Replay” from her self-titled album released in September of 2013.

“I’m kind of creating my own music and I’m kind of creating my own zone, my own lane as an artist. I want to do rhythmic pop,” the artist told MTV News.

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#ConversationStarter: “Do What You Love.”

“Do What You Love”–Andrea Valeria

The pop culture boss, who is, Andrea Valeria recently released new vlog called “Do What You Love” and I wanted to share it here.

I couldn’t agree more with the gal who overdoses in pop culture. Why spend life doing something that doesn’t or only makes you somewhat content with life?

Do something that ignites the fire in you and makes you happy that you’re getting out of bed everyday!

Chime In: What makes you happy? Are you doing that thing? If not, why not?

Visit AndreaValeria.com for everything pop.

Follow @itsaPopOD on Twitter too.

Related: TalentedTuesday: It’s A PopOD

#TalentedThursday: @Zendaya shakes it up on #DWTS.

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Zendaya

This #Talented goes to a triple treat whose star continues to rise–Zendaya Coleman.

The Disney darling gained fame portraying hip-hop dancer Rocky Blue on the sitcom Shake It Up, a series about two teens who land gigs on a local Chicago dance show.

Coleman known mononymously as Zendaya has also released two singles ‘Swag It Out’ and ‘Watch Me’.

The Shake It Up star is the youngest contest to ever grace the ballroom floor on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and she’s even receiving praise from her competitors.

From People Magazine

“I mean, oh my gosh,” Dorothy Hamill told PEOPLE. “Doesn’t matter if she’s 16 or 12 or 100. It was just beautiful.”

Added Karina Smirnoff, standing with her Super Bowl champ partner Jacoby Jones: “We probably won’t be able to do what she did today after 10 weeks! Because that takes years of practice and training.”

Check out her moves below.

DWTS Week One.

Z & V’s First Meeting.

First Rehearsal.

Follow her on Twitter @Zendaya
Like her on Facebook..
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Chime in: Do you see Zendaya making it far in the competition?

Josh’s Note: I’m a Zswagger (nickname for her fans) so I’d love to see her rock it to the mirror ball.

Rest In Peace, In That Deluxe Apartment In The Sky, George Jefferson

L to R. Marla Gibbs, Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley as Florence Johnston, Louise and George Jefferson.

L to R. Marla Gibbs, Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley as Florence Johnston, Louise and George Jefferson.

Sad news out of Hollywood, iconic actor, Sherman Hemsley has died.

Hemsley brought the character of George Jefferson to life in the hit sitcom “All in the Family” and its spin-off The Jeffersons.

After the Jeffersons ended in 1985, he starred in Amen as Deacon Frye.

In the 1990s and 2000s he would reprise his role of George Jefferson, along side his TV wife Isabel Sanford, in a series of commercials and television guest spots.

Hemsley was 74.

Josh’s Note: May you rest in peace Mr. Hemsley along with ‘Weezy,’ Mother Jefferson, Helen, Tom and the rest of the gang in that deluxe apartment in the sky.

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Rest In Peace, America’s Sheriff.

The man who kept the peace in the quirky town of Mayberry has passed away.

Andy Griffith who starred in the self-titled show about a man who was sheriff by day, keeping order in the town, and a single dad by night, rearing his son Opie in the right direction has died.

Griffith & Ron Howard

The show was a hit for eight seasons on CBS.

Ron Howard, Griffith’s TV son, tweeted:

Griffith would later play, attorney at law, Ben Matlock in the 1980s.

Griffith was 86.

Also several actors, who worked with him, remember the man they called friend.

Andy Griffith & Barbara Eden

Barbara Eden, who played the manicurist in a episode of ‘The Andy Griffith Show,‘ remembers Andy.

Paul Campbell, co-star in Griffith’s last film, reflects on Andy.

Josh’s Note: Thanks for the laughs. Thanks for the lessons.

Rest in Peace, America’s Sheriff—Sheriff Andy Taylor.

P.S. Stumbled across this really nice tribute, ‘What Andy Griffith Means To Me,’ from a fan and thought I would share it.

#ConversationStarter: Beyond Politics.

First Lady Michelle Obama & Beyonce Knowles grace the cover of Vogue.

This opinion piece, Mrs. O and Beyoncé: A Problematic Love Fest?, has shown up in my social media feeds for the last couple of days so let’s start a conversation here on ‘unscripted.’

Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama and Beyoncé have been exchanging pleasantries with each other.

‘The Pink Panther’ star wrote a public letter to the First Lady expressing how grateful she is that her daughter can grow up in a world where someone in the highest office in the land resembles her.

Mrs. Obama responded to Beyoncé in a tweet, “thank you for the beautiful letter and for being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to.”

Days later People Magazine asks First Lady Obama if she could trade places with anyone in the world who would it be?

“Gosh. If I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé, I’d be some great singer,” the First Lady responded.

The First Lady’s comment caused commentators across the web to take issue from Loop21 to The Root.com.

Now they are facing backlash from readers—The Root.com’s Demetria L. Lucas in particular.

According to Lucas, Mrs. Obama’s admiration of the pop star “sends a damaging, demeaning and dangerous message to women and girls.”

Lucas characterized Beyoncé’s success to the following:

Vibe: Meet Your New Role Models: Kandi, Tamar, Evelyn & Chrissy (Reality Stars).

She is only slightly more role model-esque than three of the four reality stars ironically gracing the current cover of Vibe. Let’s keep it funky, folks: Beyoncé’s talent — the one that’s made her a multimillionaire and a household name — is the ability to habitually line-step on the Madonna-whore dichotomy. That is to say, she has mastered the art of moving her tush like a stripper and her hips like a porn star, and she still manages to be perceived as a lady and some sort of feminist. Women who have done the same or less have faced more criticism.

Her lyrics fluctuate between empowerment lite and sending women nearly back to the June Cleaver dark ages. For every “Me, Myself and I,” “Irreplaceable” or “Love on Top,” there are songs like “Cater 2 U,” where Bey (during her Destiny’s Child days) does everything for her man, from untying his shoestrings to offering a manicure.

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The excerpt above is what stood out to me, several of my colleagues, and many in the social media sphere.

It was a hot topic is the WUMR (one of the stations where I work) studio yesterday and both of my female counterparts brought up how she attacked what Beyoncé wears and how she dresses on stage. Both highlighted that she wears more clothing than the average back up dancer in a hip-hop video and when Lucas compares the ‘Obsessed’ actress’ songs she is comparing song lyrics from two different eras in Knowles’ life.

Before I ask for you to chime in, see what those around the web have said:

While the tweeters are outraged the facebookers run the gambit saying, ‘that’s your opinion, they’re friends, cool, next topic.’ ►See Screenshot Click Here.

Josh’s Note: To characterize the singer, the actress, the entertainer, the designer and the businesswoman— someone who put in fifteen years of hard work to get where she is in life—in the same vein as a stripper, adult film star or a reality star is beyond farfetched.

No, I do not know what message a young woman would receive from the First Lady’s praise (and Miss Lucas is entitled to her opinion).

However, I still differ in sentiment with Lucas.

As a young man, what do I see is two women who admire each other. Two women who respect each other and two women who respect each other’s profession.

What I see is the opposite what is displayed “every time a reality show airs.” Their “‘love fest’ is combating the negative images of black women who pull wigs or throw wine bottles.

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Chime in:

Is it justifiable to compare Beyoncé to a stripper, porn star and the four on Vibe?

Readers do you think Lucas made a correct assessment of First Lady Michelle Obama’s praise for Mrs. Carter?

#TalentedTuesday: Maria Menounos.

“I’m happiest when I’m doing a million things. I don’t see my career going in any one direction. I see myself doing a potpourri of things.” —Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos.

Maria Menounos has rocked since I was in 6th grade watching her on Channel One and she’s on #TalentedTuesday because she is still impressive to watch.

Menounos is a journalist, author, television personality and actress who has taken to the dance floor.

The DWTS contestant is also the entrepreneurial brain behind AfterBuzzTV a new media platform that provides folks a place to go after their favorite show.

Josh’s Note: She inspires me, I like people with great range. As a journo she can go from hard news—interviewing politicians—to soft and chat with celebs. As a career woman she can bounce from one thing to another and evident by her DWTS stint if she doesn’t know it she’s going to learn it.

(Go TeamMenough).