Cause baby, now they’ve got bad blood…. {My opinion on the Tay Swift v. KimYe drama}

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

So, unless you’re literally Patrick Star and live under a rock, you know about the Tay Swift v. KimYe drama that’s happened for about a week now. 

(Just in case, I’ll fill you in – Kanye released a provocative lyric about Taylor. Kanye just being Kanye, ya know? After backlash, the “Life of Pablo” singer took to  Twitter claiming Tay gave him permission to use the lyric after an hour long phone call. Well, the queen of breakup jams fired back claiming to never have known. Wife-of-the-Year Kim decided to prove Taylor did give consent by posting a recording of the hour long phone call on her Snapchat Story). 

I’ve been texted and tweeted about asking for my opinion. Originally, I was planning on doing a video blog about it, but life has gotten in the way and I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I don’t want to leave you waiting any longer, so I figured just a classic blog post. (Don’t worry though, I’ve been brain storming some vlog ideas!)

You’ve asked and I’m here now to answer….

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Okay, so first off, I want to preface this by saying that I am both a Kardashian fan and a TaySwift fan. I’ve seen Taylor in concert twice and start my morning by watching the Kardashian/Jenner’s Snapchat stories. I blast Taylor often for mini karaoke sessions in my car and will truly keep up with the Kardashians by following them on social media and binge-watch KUWTK.

And going off of those confessions, I’m going to confess that lying is one of my biggest pet peeves. Growing up, our biggest household rule was to never lie. If you messed up, admit it. It was always better to just have open and honest communication. Guess that wasn’t necessarily the case for Tay (harsh? Sorry, I haven’t had enough coffee today).

Openly lying really made me loose some respect for Taylor. She’s always gone where others weren’t before – not afraid to bash her ex in a song and leave some sort of proof in the capital letters on her CD, openly tell Ellen about her break up with Joe Jonas, and shed light on her “Bad Blood” with Katy Perry. She seemed to be confident to take on any confrontation, but it seems it was only when she was the one who had the upper hand…..

In the conversation with Kanye, Taylor said “…jokes on them…” referring to backlash when fans start to raise their eyebrows about the song and her knowing. I think it would have been more of a “girl boss” move, that Tay tries for, if she was just like “YUP, Kanye told me and I’m blasting this song nonstop at my Rhode Island mansion with my BFF squad on the Fourth of July.” Mad respect with the latter, but that’s not how things happened. Instead, she’s got some teardrops on her guitar for the backlash she is receiving from everyone on the Internet.

In the mess of this, I also think Kim deserves a lot of props, hey, a Wife-of-the-Year certificate or another wall of flowers from Kanye. She stood up for her man and made sure to be his biggest supporter, even when times got tough. Isn’t that what love is all about?

Next up on expressing my opinion, the social media that occurred after.

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The only comment I have for Taylor’s Instagram note, especially seeing as everyone with a Twitter account has commented on it with a meme, is in regard to her “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of.” That statement in itself, when reading it the first time, made me laugh as hard as I do at “Modern Family.” Like Tay, w h a t? That sounds like the type of babble a girl starts to say after a few too many glasses of Barefoot.  There were so many different ways you could have said that. Using those words just made it much more easier for fans to side with Kim and Kanye. However, the tweets with this statement, were what the trendy, cool kids call “lit.”

As for the way Tay’s Girl Squad stepped in, I’m not surprised. If someone where to expose one of my best friends or even do anything to put them in negative light, I would be there to support them in any way, shape, or form. And for Hollywood….that means Twitter.

And just the same way that Khloe, Kendall, and the rest of the Kardashian/Jenners stepped in to support Kim. BFFs are pretty much the same thing as siblings, so of course each side’s squad jumped in.

And that concludes everything I would have said in a video blog, except this time I’m wearing my glasses and a not-messy-on-purpose messy bun. But like I said, I promise I’m going to work on a new video blog soon!!!!

B U T: moral of the story, SparkNotes version for ya’ll- Am I going to stop listening to Taylor, even though I lost a little bit of respect for her in the situation? Absolutely not. Real fans are there for her music, where there is no doubt that she’s relatable and talented.

But for now, I’m just going to wait for Tay to release a song bashing the Reality Queen and use “I would like to excluded from this narrative” to boys at the bars.signature 22222

My must have songs for the weekend, TIDAL + your chance to see Lil Wayne

This post is sponsored by TIDAL and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Sparkle and Shine possible!


Happy Thursday, readers!

Someone please tell me how it is already the weekend? As the weeks fly by and I get closer and closer to graduation, I live for those weekend nights of getting ready to go out with my best friends. It’s these nights, the nights I count down to starting on Sunday, that I will think back to myself, smile, and laugh about when I am in the scary real world in a few months. Which is why, to prepare for your nights of slapping the bag and dancing on table tops, I am sharing my top five pregame songs.

Jordan Belfort by Wes Walker // I’m Okay/Drinking Rum & Redbull by Beenie Man //

 Too F**cked Up To Call by 2AM Club// Doses & Mimosas by Cherub //

All Night Longer by Sammy Adams

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And to continue to aid your music needs for the weekend, I want to introduce you all to TIDAL! TIDAL, often vocally supported by Kanye, is a global music and entertainment platform. The modern, easy to use music streaming service offers a wide variety of artists, genres, and videos. TIDAL also includes live-streaming, granting uses access to celebrity-only events that Spotify and Pandora users don’t have the option of seeing. How else was I able to watch Kanye, Kim, and the rest of the Kardashian klan at the Yeezy Season three show? Plus, any true Kanye fan knows that one can only hear The Life of Pablo album on TIDAL. Need more incentive to start using TIDAL? Well, I have just that.


TIDAL has partnered with Lil Wayne to promote community service among college students. Sparkle and Shine is joining them, too!

Until February 29th, all undergrad college students at a four-year university can participate in TIDAL’s Social Wave for Change competition. Students must publicly post a photo or video of them completing any type of community service act (such as one participating in QTHON or your school’s version of the dance marathon) on their Instagram page or onto TIDAL’s Facebook wall. In the post, each student must include #TIDALXChange, their school name, and tag a friend.

From there, a panel of judges selected by TIDAL will check out all the submissions to determine the finalists. Finalists will receive a silent disco event for their school. The winner will receive a Lil Wayne concert near his/her school! How cool?! Can you imagine listening to middle-school dance anthem Lollipop in person?

All participants are eligible for a 3-month complimentary subscription to TIDAL.

Find out more on the competition’s FAQ page.

I’d love to see your posts, so make sure to tag @sparkleshinesam on your Instagram posts and @Sparkle and Shine on your Facebook posts.

Enjoy the weekend!

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