For your after work cocktail: This week Babydaddylicious rapper Flo Rida wraps the production for the music video of "Sugar" on Miami Beach.
I'm looking forward to the video. In addition to enjoying the sights—and who doesn't enjoy seeing a man in white linen pants and ... Ralph Lauren boxer briefs?—there is new respect for Flo Rida after learning he literally "forced" the music video director to cast a black model/actress in the production. The story is blowing up on Facebook and the gossip blogs.
WHEN YOU JUMP, much more Flo Rida and the 411 on the music video shoot.
Atlanta-based gossip blogger Sandra Rose—who first posted these photos—has been following the rampant colorism in hip-hop and rap music videos. Rose published an email from the casting director who reported that although Flo Rida (born Tramar Dillard) personally selected this model, on the morning of the shoot, the director tried to replace her with another actress who was not black. Flo Rida intervened and had to "force" the director to use the sista.
The casting director writes on Facebook: "The producer and the video commissioner came up with the excuse oh we thought she couldn’t get her hair wet so we booked somebody else. Huh? Thank god for BlackBerry and emails. I have mail in my phone confirming that Natasha was ok with getting her hair wet. Its a damn shame that they would go to that extreme to not show a BLACK girl as a beauty object but quick to book them if its a part for a stripper or a whore."
A rapper who doesn't gay bash and stands up for black women. Very easy on the eyes. Who gives out his cell phone number to fans. That works for me.
While we're talking men and the beaches in South Florida ...