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Pharrell Williams Loves Black Women, Hates Race Issues

Via Ebony:

Pharrell Williams gives one of his most provocative interviews on topics ranging from women to racism, in the November issue of EBONY magazine.

In honor of the annual Men’s issue, the producer and co-judge on the NBC hit series, The Voice, speaks candidly about how the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. impacted him as a Black man, husband and father. Williams’ shares:

“I don’t talk about race since it takes a very open mind to hear my view, because my view is the sky view. But I’m very troubled by what happened in Ferguson, Mo.”

“When things like that happen, we need to be a united cell. We need connective tissue to be linked by spirit and spirituality.”

“For every individual who gets killed, someone should build a school or teach a child. We really need to balance things with positivity”

Williams also hits on personal controversy. The Virginia native addresses the rumors surrounding his bias against Black women, which sparked when the cover for his latest album, Girl, showcased only non-Black females.

“I love Black women,” says Williams. “If you don’t think I love Black women, then you don’t understand me.” He continues to add, “I have obsessed over Black women since the days of Jayne Kennedy, Beverly Peele and Roshumba Williams. Those are the women I daydreamed about growing up.”

The issue also explores several other profound, discussion-worthy topics. EBONY magazine’s special report, “Dirty Little Secret,” features a riveting expose on the sex trafficking industry, how it affects young Black girls, and how readers can get involved as chronicled in the last installment of the Saving Our Girls series.

“You’re being raped, you’re being beaten and you’ve been kidnapped,” said Keisha Head as she shares her story with at-risk girls and those who have been trafficked. “Every night, a different horrific thing is happening and you’re escaping with your life,” she added. Head now works with organizations such as youthSpark, which seeks to end sex trafficking.

Additional features include a “men’s only” roundtable on relationships and intimacy; EBONY magazine’s Men Who Lead series, which highlights successful men who are small business owners; and EBONY magazine’s 20 biggest moments in sports. EBONY also offers an array of life skill articles on how to plan for family and friends as they visit for the holidays.

For more, readers can find the November issue of EBONY on newsstands October 14th.

Pharrell Williams Debuts “Happy”—The World’s First 24-Hour Music Video


Pharrell is on a ROLL, y’all!

Pharrell Williams, ICONOCLAST and i am OTHER Entertainment announced today the release of “Happy,” both the official music video and the world’s first 24-hour music video. The song is prominently featured in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster Despicable Me 2 and on the film’s soundtrack.

The video clip was directed by the creative duo We Are From L.A. and was filmed entirely on Steady Cam, requiring the crew to walk nearly eight miles per day over the course of 11 days. The production took place in Los Angeles and more than 400 hundred extras—including many celebrities—appear in the video.

A maverick concept, the 24-hour video is the first of its kind. Viewers may visit 24hoursofhappy.com, where they are automatically taken to the point in the video that the time on their computer reflects. At the top of every hour, Williams performs for the duration of the song, and he appears 24 times in the video. Directly following his performance every hour, 14 unique cameos play in four-minute intervals. Users can watch the video in real time or skip to a different time of the day and share favorite moments on Twitter and Facebook.

In Despicable Me 2, “Happy” is heard during a pivotal moment in the storyline, and he wanted to re-create that feeling with his music video. “Gru, the lead character who’s no longer a villain, has fallen in love and feels so much joy he literally dances through the streets,” said Williams. “That kind of happiness is so infectious; you can’t help but smile.” Williams calls the song his best work to date.

The clip features celebrity appearances including two of the film’s stars, Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove; as well as Jamie Foxx; Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt from Odd Future; Jimmy Kimmel; Magic Johnson; Kelly Osbourne; Sérgio Mendes; Ana Ortiz; Issa Rae; and Bevy Smith, among others.

Pharrell Williams Is Hitched!


The super producer has finally wifed his girlfriend of several years Helen Lasichanh, according to reports.

The lovebirds, who are parents to – get this – 4 year-old son Rocket Man Williams were married in front of a slew of other celebrities, including Usher, Busta Rhymes, and other stars in the world of music and entertainment.

We should have seen this coming as the two applied for a marriage license on October 7th. But because we did not, it is only further proof that if stars really want to keep their private lives private, it is indeed possible.

There are no official photos yet from their wedding ceremony, but rumored to be there was star photographer Terry Richardson, who will probably be releasing some o the general public in 5,4,3,2…

Congratulations to the couple and here’s to many years of wedded bliss together!

Additional reporting: A. Neff King

Birthday Bitches

Pharrell Williams is 39.

Tommy Cash is 72.

Michael Moriarty is 71.

Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 70.

Max Gail is 69.

Jane Asher is 66.

Agnetha Faltskog of Abba is 62.

Mitch Pileggi is 60.

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 46.

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry is 45.

Paula Cole is 44.

Krista Allen is 41.

Pat Green is 40.

Image via Getty Images

CELEB SPOTTING: Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz Among Guests at Pharrell William’s star studded dinner at Bungalow

Last night Target and Bevy Smith honored Pharrell Williams with a star studded dinner at the Chateau Marmont’s iconic Bungalow one in West Hollywood and let me tell you, the stars were out in full force!

Target wanted to celebrate William’s many accomplishments, which recently includes scoring this year’s Oscar music alongside Hans Zimmer. Guests enjoyed the seated dinner which included special toasts by pop star Usher, Target’s Greg Cunningham and host Bevy Smith.

Other celebrities who showed up to schmooze with Pharrell included: Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Chelsea Handler, Andre Balaz, Jared Leto, Usher, Samantha Ronson (who was not deejaying the event), Ellen Pompeo (actress), Jeffery Deitch, Lupe Fiasco, Jesse Williams, Johnny Knoxville, Terry Richards and Mariel Haenn.

A couple of quick observations…does anyone else think Cameron Diaz looks half in the bag, pregnant or just…not like herself? And does Charlize Theron EVER look bad?

Images via Wireimage

Gloria Estefan says her daughter is an “amazing musician”

Gloria Estefan 2.0?

Gloria Estefan is legend-freakin-ary. Even though she took a few years off to focus on being a mama, she is back to the music scene and is gracing us with a new album.

The interesting part of this whole album? Sure it is brand new with new material and a new look on life, but it was produced by Pharrell Williams! Estefan spoke with Parade.com about her new album, how she hooked up with Pharrell, her musically talented daughter and more. We’ve got the highlights from our friends at Parade below.

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