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Movie Review: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Has Us all Wrapped Up in Mr. Grey's Sadistic Ropes of Pleasure

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The color grey takes on a whole new meaning in the highly anticipated big screen adaption of British author E.L. James’ novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. Known as an erotic page-turner, the Hollywood adaption aims to please and gets pretty naughty indeed.

As the film opens audiences are first welcomed to Anastasia “Ana” Steele (played by Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan); two incredibly different people from two incredibly different worlds. While Ana is a virginal, soon-to-be college graduate who leads a fairly simple life, Grey is a 27-year-old wealthy business tycoon who leads a very complex and secret life that only those that are willing and submissive enough are privy to. As fate would have it, the two individuals are brought together when Ana interviews Grey. As his office door closes and Ms. Steele unknowingly steps foot into his mysterious world the sexual tension begins as the two lock eyes and instantly become enticed by one another. While Ana shyly bites her lip, intimidated by Christian’s dignified manner, he feels out her from head to toe crowning her as his latest infatuation.

The two embark on an affair that takes an early twist as Grey reveals that he is a “singular” man with particular needs. Specifically, he thrives off of pain and pleasure, pushing Ana to explore her sexuality like never before. That is until he prompts her with a nondisclosure agreement that puts a tight grip on their relationship. The lovers embark on a game of cat and mouse as Grey chases Ana, and she finds herself all wrapped up in his sadistic ropes of pleasure.

With a foolproof soundtrack that offers a sensual selection of songs from Beyonce to The Weeknd and more, we witness Christian Grey’s unquenched thirst for control in all aspects of life, especially the physical. Mr. Grey is sweet-natured but rough to the touch causing for a handful of explosive sex scenes that are bound to have you teetering on the edge of your seat.

Not to be confused with Romeo and Juliet’s star crossed lovers plot, Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t skimp on the good, the bad, and the ugly of sex, love, and attraction. If you’re into lusty motion pictures then Fifty is the flick for you. Not even Kim Kardashian’s nude Paper Magazine cover holds a candle to the fervent and sweltering passion director Sam Taylor-Johnson seamlessly translates from the best sellers pages to the big screen. But just one word of caution: enter into Mr. Grey’s world at your own discretion, if you dare.

Fifty Shades of Grey hits big screens nationwide this Friday, February 13th. Check out the official trailer on the next page.

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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