Category Archives: The LA Scene

The Nonchalance of the Social Blogger

On August 23,The last song that played on my MP3 was  Chris Brown’s “Just Fine.”  By the morning of  August 24, nothing would be just fine. Upon waking I read on several news,social media sites, and blogs that a shooting had occurred at Chris Brown’s 1oak VMA party last night.

The story had minor nuances and major differences from one news outlet to another-as expected in a story such as this one. I appointed my browser to http://www.NecoleBitchie.com, to read the comments regarding the events .NecoleBitchie readers always seem to post the funniest,poignant and sometimes ridiculous comments. Before I read the comments, I decided to read the post and was totally disturbed by Necolebitchie’s blatant disregard for the (proposed) Blogger’s Code of Ethics .

With the continuing prominence of social media and the blog era, the blogosphere stands divided on if a Blogger’s Code of Ethics is necessary or enforced. I feel it is necessary to call out these violations. NecoleBitchie’s disclaimer on her site’s contact press page states ,” Disclaimer: This is a blog site, not a news site. All posts are based on my opinions and thoughts on what may already be reported in the media. I am not a journalist nor do I aspire to be. I am a blogger who created this site as a hobby. And yes, I am bias. I only report on artists/celebrities that I like or find interesting. Thanx – Necole .”  The disclaimer itself violates various standards of blogger ethics.Is bias ever ethical? Should opinion or armchair journalism be consumed as truth  ?Whether identifiable as a  journalist or veteran blogger Necole Bitchie,real name Nicole Kane, should realize often a blog is the only news some readers may come across. So that news needs to be truth and the rest clearly stated as opinion.

Ethic Violation: Tell the truth at all times.

Let’s focus back to the particular article in scrutiny though. Majority of the  article-headline and all- is focused on Chris Brown being shot at and the target of the 1oak shooting. There were Instagram clips (videos have been removed) of brown standing on the table during the shooting and the Necolebitchie.com caption (also removed) stated that Chris was confronting one of the shooters. The video and  screen caps are so grainy one wouldn’t be able to  identify Chris brown, if it weren’t for his trademark blond ‘do.  So how and why was it being reported that Chris was talking to the shooters in the midst of the shooting?  This statement is purely ridiculous speculation  at  best. Also if Chris Brown was the target, he would’ve been a very clear target.

Ethic Violation: Be critical of everything,(even your self). Tell the truth at all times.

Halfway down the page, the story takes another point of focus. Apparently, rapper The Game and his friends got into an altercation with 1oak security. Reports state The Game left the scene and his friends stayed to party.The Bitchie post continues ” They may have turned the rapper(The Game) away because of a previous, decade-old feud with Suge Knight, who was inside at the time.”  Here’s the real story: An ongoing riff between rival gangs  result in the shooting of Suge Knight at Chris Brown’s album release/pre-Vma party. NecoleBitchie is very irresponsible for posting a story, which makes Chris Brown the focal point. Anyone with a brain would know that other than Chris Brown’s name being associated with the event, this story is not about him at all.  Necole knew that by spinning the story her site would get more hits. Interestingly enough, her readers aren’t that gullible. Countless comments point out the shooting was caused by obvious drama between Knight and Game.

The Suge Knight shooting story  on that particular blog is just one example of why bloggers need a Code of Ethics, especially when reporting news stories. Though many bloggers don’t claim to be journalist, they are in fact armchair journalist. If your informative writing is going to be consumed by an audience, one should honor a code of ethics. Without a code of ethics,there’s really not much difference between gossip blogs and fiction.

FROM VINTAGE TO PRISTINE: AN INTERVIEW

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In a sea of Los Angeles fashionistas,fashion wanna-bees, and fashion designers it’s a challenge to be fresh,afloat, and established. By infusing classic fashion techniques and her own contemporary twists, stylist Shavonna White is teaching fashion some new tricks. In a candid sit-down interview,Shavonna White plots out her company Vintage Pristine’s humble start, her inspirations, and eminent takeover of the fashion world.

By Rahni Porter

 Rahni Porter: What’s the inspiration for your company’s name, Vintage Pristine?

Shav White: Basically, vintage is something old. Pristine is bringing something new to life. With the name Vintage Pristine, I wanted to show that something tried-and-true could be re-created and made new.

RP: When and how did Vintage Pristine come into existence?

SW: I’ve been a wardrobe stylist since 2009. My start-up company was called SLM or Swag Like Mine. As time passed, my style and company name evolved into Vintage Pristine. The services provided by Vintage Pristine are fashion consulting,wardrobe styling, and personal shopping.

RP: What would a typical consultation with Vintage Pristine entail?

SW: The first order of business is to establish what aspect(s) of your style or wardrobe would you like to change or enhance. Basic questions to ask are: What are your preferences or favorite items to wear? What would you like to try? Do you want to simply add something new to your style or totally reinvent your image from scratch? What would you never consider as part of your new style integration?

For example, I wouldn’t suggest one of my clients were a bow-tie if they’ve already disclosed this is an item they would never want to try. My goal is for my clients to be comfortable and confident with their new look. Vintage Pristine also focuses on achieving that special look that will also consider the client’s price range.

RP: Describe your website.

SW: My website Vintage Pristine is hosted at Blogspothttp://www.vintagepristine.blogspot.com/). It’s a themed website for love and fashion. It includes my previous photoshoots and look books. My site also includes money saving fashion tips,price comparison/look for less, new styles and advice about love. I also host give-aways from time to time. Right now, I’m giving away a wallet that I designed. Basically, to me this website’s purpose is to make someone smile. Fashion can do that. It just makes me happy.

RP: What stylists do you look up to?

SW: Rachel Zoe is my favorite because of her versatility. I really admire how much she loves her job and that she works hard.

RP: What’s the stylist without the celebrity? What celebrities would you love to style?

SW: I would love to style Gabrielle Union because she’s beautiful. And I love the way First Lady Michelle Obama dresses and I would love to style her. Also there’s Denzel, Russel Brand,Katey Perry,Rihanna. Diddy. The list is so long, there are so many celebrities I look forward to dressing.

RP: I noticed that you mentioned several male celebrities. Most of the female stylists I’ve met focus on styling females. What is your experience in styling the male form?

SW: A good stylist should be able to style a man or a woman. I actually enjoy styling a man more than styling for women,because it’s simpler. With good styling you can make any man look great. Sometimes, I apply masculine attributes to my own style as well. I love dressing feminine. But, I love it taking it edgy,with a little masculine flair. For example, today I am wearing masculine rider boots with an otherwise feminine outfit.

RP: What are your favorite fashion houses?

SW: Most of all I enjoy tagless items, such as one of a kind vintage pieces, or even thrift finds. The famous designer brands I love are Betsey Johnson,Ralph Lauren, and Yves St. Laurent. I loved Yves St. Laurent even more when I learned how much he valued the beauty of the black model because of her curves. I really admire him for that.

RP: It’s very refreshing for a European designer to openly embrace ethnic models. How will you continue on in celebrating diversity in the fashion world?

SW: My look books and photo shoots include models of all ethnic backgrounds. Also, if anyone gives me a call I would style them.

RP: With the popularity of newcomers in the fashion industry, what makes you different from the rest? What would you say to any naysayers, any doubters of your abilities?

SW: When I style a client, I am one with that person. I focus on body type,age,personality and other factors to get a look they can be content about. I never look solely towards trends because my primary concern is bringing out the confidence in my clients. I style them from within.