Social media is such an integral part of our livelihood. Thinking back to the days before the internet, I wonder how we were able to live without social media. Now, there are millions of households with a computer where families use them for businesses, family interactions, and more.

When we log onto our social media profiles, we do it with a certain level of anticipation; to see what our friends and families are up to, to promote our products, businesses, and anything else that makes social media so enjoyable to use. The downside to using social media is the exposure to double standards and the one-sided perception of beauty…particularly about women and their sizes.

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Social media gives some folks a platform to express their senseless ideologies about women’s sizes, and it just proves how ignorant they are to create memes that undermine women with a slender physique. They’re just as silly as the people who share memes of that nature.

If the woman was born with a vagina, then she’s REAL, regardless of size! Because she’s a size two, doesn’t make her any less, or more, of a woman than the next woman.

What is “real” supposed to be, other than being made with cells, organs, molecules, and atoms?????

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There’s nothing wrong with women, or men, appreciating thicker curves, but do that without demeaning women who are not as curvaceous!

Women…if you are curvy, be proud of that shit, but don’t put down your slender sistah to elevate your confidence. Beauty really does come in all sizes!

Guys…if you appreciate women who are “thicker than a snicker”, then that’s your preference. However, it doesn’t show how much of a gentleman you are when you put down women who are not as thick. What kind of a man does that?

 

These types of memes are full of rhetoric and it’s more problematic than encouraging. People who create and share these memes would think they help boost confidence, but they can cause division and self-image issues more than anything else. The inaccuracy and pettiness of these memes are what burns my soul, and I see them on my social media newsfeed daily. Kids are considered the impressionable ones, but certain adults can be just as impressionable by what they read when the material or content applies to them.

A REAL woman is not based off what size she is, her realness is based off what she’s made of..water, flesh, bones, and in our sistahs’ case…MELANIN! Her confidence should come from how she feels about herself without putting the next woman down.

Society does enough of downplaying women with thicker figures, which is why it should be understood that undermining sistahs with skinnier frames won’t make us feel any better about ourselves. That kind of behavior will only make us look like we need higher self-esteem.

The next time you see a “real women have curves” meme, think about it before you press “repost’. You could be dividing, instead of helping.

 

If you’re a fan of the hit crime drama on Starz, ‘Power’, then you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t understand what I’m saying, let me break it down for you.

During each season, Tasha St. Patrick (played by the gorgeous Naturi Naughton) displays signs of the typical “ride or die” syndrome. As a mother and a wife of a drug dealing-club owner, she is a strong believer in her husband’s rise in the drug empire. That alone, proves that Tasha is nowhere near innocent. She actually encouraged James to stay in the drug biz when he wanted to get out.

 

However, you can’t help but admire Tasha for the shit she’s been through with James, yet, she stays be his side. When James run into an old girlfriend, Angela Valdez, who he later starts an affair with, Tasha’s world starts to crumble. Tasha had to put away that hard exterior and become vulnerable to her husband. It led to a much-needed discussion about how things went wrong in their marriage.

We all saw what went wrong.

When Angela walked into that club, all James saw was old pum pum, replacing current pum pum, and making it new pum pum. (colloquialism for vagina, if you’re wondering)

 

I thought Tasha would just leave the marriage, but my girl had other plans!  She uses their driver, Shawn, to gain  information by flirting with him. The flirting turns into furtive sex with Shawn as a way of getting back at James after finding out he and Angela’s affair.

Despite Tasha’s revenge sex, she still loves James. She loves James so much, she looked past the possibility that James might’ve had something to do with Shawn’s sudden death. (The murderer was actually Shawn’s own father, but let’s save that for another blog post)

Although Tasha’s storyline is glorified for our entertainment, Tasha, as a woman, is relatable…not unrealistic. Her anything-goes personality and sometimes manipulative behavior intrigues us. We put ourselves in Tasha’s shoes, wondering if her actions would be our actions. Would we leave or go after the discovery of our significant other smashin’ another woman? It puts things into perspective for a lot of us, especially those of us who’d feel we’d never develop that “Ride or Die” mentality.

As I’ve said in my piece here, I’m not married, but I expect the married folks to go by the whole ‘Ride or Die’ phenomena, because that’s how you keep a marriage strong. I guess I’m old-fashioned because I don’t think ‘Ride or Die’ should apply to folks in basic (sexual) relationships. Too many folks confuse loyalty with being taken advantage of and as a result, they ‘stick around’, because they feel obligated after putting so much energy into establishing the relationship. They also put up with shenanigans because of how they feel about the person. I guess loyalty depends on what a person is willing to tolerate.

In Tasha’s situation, it’s a bit different. She has financial security, living the lavish (and dangerous) life. She also encouraged hubby to stick it out in the drug game, and she has children with him. It’s clear that Tasha did all the things a wife and mother did before James’ affair with Angela. Even after finding out, she still let her guard down and let the love for her man take over by giving up the honeypot.

Tasha had a moment when she looked herself in the mirror and when I saw that I thought, DAMN! As I saw the tears flow, I could only imagine how it would be for me if I was in Tasha’s shoes. You come to the realization that, even in real life, no amount of love, kindness, dedication, loyalty and soul-stirring love-making will keep a man who doesn’t want to be kept.

Long story short, Angela is an Assistant United States Attorney who had James arrested after allegations that he had her ex-boyfriend and co-worker killed. So much for the new pum pum becoming the current pum pum.

Now in season 4, Tasha puts on her cape, takes care of her children, and bosses up while her man is behind bars. If That’s not “Ride or Die” I don’t know WTF it is!

Tasha is doing what she has to do to keep her family together. As a “Ride or Die”sistah, is that smart or is that being foolish?

Since the release of Jay-Z’s 13th studio album, ‘4:44′, there has been lots of interesting discussion about his obvious response to Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’. Jay has definitely revealed being unfaithful throughout the history-making musical project. However, I feel compelled to remind many folks that ‘4:44’ is so much more than what some of us already assumed.

‘4:44’ was in my opinion, his best work to date, because he’s the most honest and transparent he’s ever been throughout his 20-year career. His lyrics reflect that of a man who has gone through self-reflection/revelation as a husband, father, and son. He also expresses the importance of financial empowerment and touches on lack of black leadership.

 Because of the direction the Hip Hop culture has taken, this album was released at such a crucial time. It’s an album we need so desperately.

A lot of the discussion surrounding ‘4:44’ is  more on the artist delivering the message.  People are too focused on the cheating scandal and the fact that others before Jay-Z preached the same message. Apparently, Jay has “done nothing new”, according to some folks who seems less impressed with the new album. Then you have the rest who simply doesn’t like the beats.

I get that we all have a musical preference, but if you’re a true music fan and a true lover of art, you’d hear what’s beyond the beats and get in tune with the message accompanying the beat.

I say kudos to ANY artist who uses their art to spread the message for our people to level up. I don’t care who spread the message first or last, who said it, and how. We are too busy focusing on who said it first, instead of appreciating the man for the message he’s incorporated in his music.

Via ABC News:

 

“Kill JAY-Z”
The title of the first track on the album is a complete metaphor. The rapper explained to I Heart Radio that the song is “about killing off the ego.” JAY-Z also talks about his relationship with celebrities, including his former best friend, Kanye West. He raps, “But if everybody’s crazy then you’re one that’s insane.” He also addresses his sister-in-law, Solange, and that headline-making elevator fight after the 2014 Met Gala. He raps that he was egging her on. “All you had to say you was wrong,” he added, referring to himself.

“The Story of O.J.”
JAY-Z uses the story of former football player O.J. Simpson as a way to talk about the highs and lows of success, especially as a black man in America. “O.J. like I’m not black, I’m O.J…OK,” he raps unconvinced. The rapper, seemingly addressing young entrepreneurs, also talks about building financial wealth such as by buying property instead of blowing it in nightclubs.

“Smile”
This bluesy feel-good track simply reminds listeners to take a beat to smile. “Bad times turn to good memories/Smile/Even when I’m gone you’ll remember me/Smile,” he raps. JAY-Z also reveals that his mother Gloria Carter identifies as a lesbian. Still, he makes it clear to the listener just what he thinks about it. He raps, “Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.”

“Caught Their Eyes”
JAY-Z explained to I Heart Radio that this song is about “just being aware of your surroundings.” He points to a verse where he raps, “Your body language is all remedial, how could you see the difference between you and I?” He also addressed his streaming service Tidal being sued by Prince’s estate after they claimed he streamed the late singer’s catalog without permission. JAY-Z said: “I sat down with Prince eye to eye/ He told me his wishes before he died.”

“4:44”
Many are calling the title track a response to his wife Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album where she tells the painful story of a woman being cheated on. On this song, JAY-Z raps: “I apologize often womanize/Took for my child to be born/See through a woman’s eyes/Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles/Took me too long for this song/I don’t deserve you.” The rapper also said he was “emotionless” during their relationship before apologizing again.

“Family Feud”
JAY-Z is clearly addressing younger rappers on this song, saying he doesn’t understand the new rap culture. “You rather be old rich me or new you,” he raps. “Nobody wins when the family feuds.” He also addresses the lack of black leaders, pointing to shamed comedian Bill Cosby and Al Sharpton.

“Bam”
Back on his typical Hov talk, JAY-Z collaborated with Damian Marley on this bass-heavy track. It seems that the rapper is reminding himself that despite his missteps and transgressions, he’s still the man. “F— all this Shawn Carter s—,” he says, referencing his birth name. “Sometimes you need your ego/Gotta remind these fools,” he adds on this track.

“Moonlight”
Even JAY-Z was inspired by this year’s Oscars when the best picture announcement was flubbed. On the hook, JAY-Z raps: “We stuck in La La Land/Even if when we win, we gonna lose.” The rapper is commenting on the music industry for hip-hop artists, saying that it needs to progress further. He questions aloud why younger artists are “still signing deals” when record labels often “run off with your masters.”

“Marcy Me”
This track is clearly an ode to Brooklyn and the Marcy Projects, where JAY-Z grew up and which he often raps about. “I’m from Marcy Houses/Where the boys die by the thousands,” he raps, before adding, “Yeah, that’s where it all started.”

“Legacy”
If you had any question just where JAY-Z’s head was, he makes it clear on the final song on “4:44.” His daughter, Blue Ivy, helps on this track that talks about his desire to create generational wealth from his success, rapping, “that’s the key.” Jay-Z adds that if he could make this happen, it would be a first for his family. “Black excellence, baby, let them see,” he raps.

 

‘4:44’ is a breath of fresh air and again, perfect timing! I’d like to think that my people will have an open mind and an open ear to take in the messages in this project that’s most important. It’s more than just his apology to Beyonce for cheating. It’s more than the instrumentation.

‘4:44’ is a musical template for us to strengthen our culture as a whole, as well as enhance our personal way of living.

In this day in age of Hip Hop, it’s awesome to see an iconic Hip Hop artist use his platform to create something that’ll make us want to level up on our black excellence.

Don’t downplay Jay-Z’s efforts to spread the message to his people. He’s done something that some of these new-age rappers WISHED they have the balls to do.

 

 

As of now, ‘4:44’ is exclusively available to Tidal subscribers with pre-existing accounts before the release date and Sprint customers. It’s reported that the album will be officially released next week.

 

(Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

 

 

Whether we like it or not, reality shows has dominated television for years. Since MTV’s groundbreaking ‘The Real World’, it’s been a snowball effect with other networks, including VH1 and BET, following suit and creating non-scripted television for their targeted audience.

 

The E network is making a killing in ratings with the Kardashians and their show, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’. The show debuted in 2007, and E keeps it going with Spinoffs, including one for Kylie Jenner in the near future. However, I’m convinced that their producers ran out of show ideas years ago and viewers are just bombarded with pointless storylines.

I’m just over them.

I don’t know about you, but The Kardashian Klan has invaded my television long enough. I don’t even tune in to the E network, but I see images of them everywhere. At least we know they’ve hired a bomb-ass publicist!

 

Despite the popularity and the entertaining value of The Housewives and Hip Hop of “whatever city”, they are hard for me to mentally ingest, so I cannot bring myself to watch. The idea of grown women calling eachother out of their names and going for each other’s throats every week doesn’t give me that “Netty & Ceily” feeling. You know what I’m saying?

I’d rather see MORE images of US displaying our magic for the world to witness, and I can think of a few folks who can do that and more. These people deserve a visual platform such as a reality show to showcase their brilliance. These young ladies and men inspire, motivate, and are people young black girls and boys can look up to. They’re talented, their art is of substance, and as a fan of each of them, I am proud of how they represent for people of color.

Beyonce and Solange

If another reality show about sisters is what television need, We TV could add Beyonce and Solange Knowles to the lineup after ‘Braxton Family Values’. Their show would chronicle Bey and SoSo’s life off stage as wives, mothers, and siblings. Of course, Mama Tina would get a few cameos each week. We’ll get an inside look at Bey as a mom of three children, including her brand new twins. We would get to witness how Solange used her creativity to produce ‘A Seat At The Table’ and what inspired her to create such a dope ass album.

Chloe & Halle

Speaking of Beyonce, her proteges Chloe & Halle are the epitome of black girl magic! These sisters were discovered on Youtube by Beyonce and signed them to her record label. Their reality show would chronicle their lives as sisters developing the passion for music. Why they started a YouTube channel, and it will also chronicle their experience on tour with their mentor. Their class, their cuteness, and their sense of style is definitely worth documenting for the world to see!

 

Yara Shahidi

This beautiful actress and future student at Harvard is a young lady to watch for. The ‘Black-ish’ actress not only stuns us with her beauty, but the well-spoken teen exemplifies a person of great intellect. If Michelle Obama personally sends a letter of recommendation to your school of choice, YOU’VE MADE IT! You can clearly see by her interviews/speeches, her passion for human rights and social justices. I’m sure her double majoring in African-American studies and Sociology will solidify her ability to spread much-needed messages to her peers. Our young people will need her. Yara’s reality show would chronicle her transition from the set to the classroom.

 

The Cast Of The New Edition Series

These guys seem like such a close-nit cast, It would be nice to watch a documentary-style reality show of their experience from the auditions to the final day of filming.  The series pulled in over 30 million viewers for BET. I was super impressed at how authentic the series was with capturing the group’s rise to super stardom. Well…when you have the actual group members as executive producers, biopics will be better. Pay attention lifetime!

 

Kendrick Lamar

 

Everything I’ve said in this piece about Kendrick Lamar, still holds true for me.

Kendrick Lamar is not only one of the greatest hip hop artists of our time, he is an artist who hasn’t let his fame get the best of him. He deserves a reality show…something I feel his apparent humbleness won’t allow him to do. However, I feel a reality show chronicling Kendrick as an artist who stays grounded in an industry that is over-saturated with rappers in skinny jeans and blouses NECESSARY. We’d get to witness K-Dot in his natural habitat, his hometown of Compton, California. He’d be taking the trash out for his mom in one scene, and in the next scene he’d be in the studio creating another masterpiece and planning another tour Overseas.

 

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I don’t get it….

When we finally get good quality television that us black folks can be proud of and begged for, we turn around and do some ridiculous shit like NOT support.

We’d rather be glued to the ratchet reality shows that make us look bad.

 

To be honest, I know we watch what we like to watch and I get that. I’m not criticizing anyone who likes ratchet reality because it is entertaining. However, I’m convinced there’s a thin line between entertainment and embellished buffoonery. We criticize Hollywood for not scripting shows that depict people of color in a more positive light, and when they finally do, these shows drop in ratings to women who pull each other’s weaves off over cheating athletes and hip hop artists on national television.

Television is becoming so saturated with ratchet reality, that it’s making me nauseous. Do we really want to spend every day watching what “Tameka” do what she does to “Shay Shay” over her side boo, the basketball star? Do we really want to spend every day watching hip hop dudes verbally and physically slaughter each other over music beats and “bad bitches”?

Thanks to ratchet reality television, we’ve been inundated with imagery that captures the false perception of black culture. I’m convinced that people of color who are television entertainers are only good enough to “entertain” in a way that is selectively acceptable to mainstream Hollywood. We can’t tell a story that is too deep like ‘Underground’, too eye-opening like ‘Sense 8’, too heroic like ‘Pitch’, and ’24 Legacy’ and too light-hearted like ‘The Get Down’. Shows like those aforementioned will not succeed in ratings because apparently, we like folks to have dragged out fights over pure fuckery.

I have to stay mindful of the entertainers who don’t mind getting a check for a good fight scene! As long as we keep watching, they’ll keep getting paid. Get yo’ money, boo!

All I’m really trying to say is give these scripted shows a chance! They really are GOOD QUALITY SHOWS, but we’ll never know because we keep out channels tuned into VH1, which is the network for the ratchiest of ratchet! We’re even losing ratings on video streaming sites like Netflix. How does ‘The Get Down’ get canceled?!? That’s about the origin of Hip Hop, for crying out loud!!!

I’m pleasantly surprised that ‘Blackish’ is still on the air!

Let’s see how long ‘The Carmichael Show’ lasts!

 

These shows gave a good fight!

‘The Get Down’-This show lasted one season on Netflix

‘Pitched’-Fox canceled the drama, Pitch, after just one season. It was about the first woman to play in the major leagues.

 ‘Underground’-Even with a huge following, this critically acclaimed series lasted only 2 seasons, after the WGN’s parent company was purchased by the right-leaning Sinclair Group. The reason? They said they were going to move away from scripted shows.

‘Legacy 24’– Despite the huge reboot starring Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins, the Fox series failed to deliver in ratings. It lasted one season with Hawkins. The original ’24‘ starred Keifer Sutherland., lasted over 8 seasons.

‘Rosewood’-Morris Chestnut’s police procedural drama was canceled after two seasons on Fox.

‘Doubt’-I have to actually research this one because I never knew about it. Doubt, the CBS drama starring Dulé Hill and Laverne Cox was axed after only two episodes.

‘Sense 8’-Lasted 2 seasons on Netflix

 

 

You attend a concert for your favorite artist….

The last thing you expect is to get punched by the artist you admire….

Instead of maintaining your dignity…you make peace with a twerk.

Watch how that goes down before I share my thought piece.

When I watched the footage obtained by TMZ, so many thoughts gathered.

I’ve also heard mixed reaction, including those who say that it was the woman’s fault for what happened. Yes…she could have had a weapon of some sort and Jackson had a right to keep himself unharmed…yada yada yada.

Let’s be clear….we all know she’s wrong for trying to pull the man off stage. Although Jackson appeared to have thrown the punch to free himself from her grasp, he was still wrong for it. If you have 10 bodyguards on stage protecting you, why the hell do you feel comfortable enough to use your fist on a woman half your size?

Anyway….

This piece isn’t about Jackson throwing the punch….
this piece isn’t even about the woman pulling him off stage which she shouldn’t have done…

What has my blood boiling is the fact that this woman publicly shamed herself, influenced by her admiration for this artist. As soon as Jackson threw that punch, he smelt a lawsuit and that’s why he quickly called her on stage.

I can hear the inside convo….

50: “Lemme see what you workin’ wit’, Shawty…do your thing.”
fan: “‘Aight…”

This is what happens when celebrity worship and the objectification of women collides.

It was obvious that the woman didn’t care that she was just jabbed with a grown man fist to the chest…a place where her beating heart resides!

Dude used her admiration for him with requesting a twerk, and she didn’t mind at all. Sore chest and all, homegirl twerked like cash  raining on her…because 50 Cent, her boo….let her.

There’s a problem when we allow ourselves to be degraded….especially in public for the country to see. We’re spreading the message that it’s okay, or even normal, to accept misogyny into our space.

That incident was a clear example of the admirer being intimidated by a person with fame and mental power so much that she didn’t want to react other than twerking for her favorite rapper.

There ain’t that much admiration in the world.

I wonder what went through her mind when she felt that blow…
I wonder how she REALLY felt when she was requested on stage…

Something tells me that Jackson succeeded in avoiding a lawsuit. Homegirl was on that stage going through a moment of male privilege, celebrity worship, and sexual objectification. Twerking for a man after he punches you in the chest kinda solidifies that notion, and sadly, she probably didn’t think it was a big deal.

I’m convinced she went home that night and bragged how she got to be on stage with her boo.

Let’s talk about this Pepsi ad Ft. Kendall Jenner (now pulled after negative reaction) because the folks who conceptualized this tone-death visual fuckery had no idea it would make people upset…and rightfully so.

Before I go in, press play below

 

So, here we have a Kardashian who “brings people together” by ending a protest with a beverage……..

This has to be the lowest of the low for any marketing team trying to sell a product. The Pepsi brand should be ashamed for mocking the movement and using that girl to do it. Sooo, no one in the marketing department mentioned that the ad was a bad idea???

I don’t blame Kendall. She obviously saw dollar signs when she signed that contract and didn’t think twice about how the ad would affect people. You can’t expect someone in their early twenties and haven’t experienced much life to understand.

Pepsi basically undermined the works and dedication of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the seriousness of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter in under two minutes. We’ve heard the term, “don’t shoot the messenger.” Well, poor Kendall was the messenger who was caught in the crossfire.

 

Now, let’s talk about how Bernice King, daughter of Martin, GATHERED Pepsi with just one tweet….

 

 

Nothing about this ad was cute and for Pepsi to trivialize the protests of police brutality, killings, and racism for a product sale shows how disingenuous the brand truly is of the movement.

Kendrick Lamar recently released new music that we’ve been anticipating. But, like most of Kendrick’s material, his new single, “Humble”, comes with some controversy and THIS TIME, I’m really not sure why.

Read the lyrics below from the 2nd verse

“I’m so fucking sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks.”

 

Before I share my discombobulation over the outrage of some of the women, hit play below to the visual to K-dot’s “Humble”.

 

I’ve played this over and over again to feel the outrage that’s been sparked by some of my sistahs and to be honest…I’m still perplexed. In fact, the more I listen, the more I dig it.

I’ve been following the outrage of some of the women on social media…particularly Twitter and I’ve read some valid points about misogyny in Hip Hop. That’s a general observation I’ve had for years as a hip hop fan. However, I don’t see the need to knock the brotha for simply expressing in his art that he doesn’t mind flaws and that’s EXACTLY what he’s doing.

In my humble opinion, I feel like some of you folks need to project your anger over the objectification of black women at those who truly deserve it. How about this beauty expert? –>read here

I’ve been reading and hearing that Kendrick is “problematic” and “expressed his own sexual desires”. I’ve also read and heard that the word “bitch” was used numerous times in the video which also sends the wrong message.

One…you have to understand hip hop and have listened to it long enough to know that his usage of the B word was not intended for his female listeners. In fact, if you’ve been following Kendrick since “Control”, you’d realize “Humble” is a diss track.

Two…This artist expressed love for natural beauty, yet all some of you hear are a certain group of women being empowered while another group is being “shamed”.

Nowhere in this single is this artist expressing disdain for any group of women. None of his lyrics display disrespect to those who have had plastic surgery. I fail to hear where he’s said anything negative towards women who wears weaves and/or has had plastic surgery through this single. Saying he wants to see a natural ass with stretch marks is not him expressing that we SHOULD be one way or another.  I take that as an expression of overlooking flaws and seeing beauty that’s natural….and natural, in itself, is beauty.

The man even expressed he’s sick and tired of Photoshop images, but y’all wanna be mad about that, too! If he would have said we should post Photoshopped images and images with layers of filters to alter our natural appearance, then y’all would really have something to be outraged about!

Please stop

If you’re a fan of Kendrick Lamar, then you’d know he tells a story and expresses his thoughts and feelings through his art.  If you’ve listened to two of his biggest albums, then you’ve listened to his struggles with negative thoughts, feelings on black on black crime, self-love, love of black people and being black. With his art, he could easily continue to evolve as a lyricist, especially if he continues to praise the natural beauty of a black woman as he has in “Humble”. That’s big for any hip hop artist to do because we (natural women) aren’t celebrated properly as much as we should be.

This faux outrage is draining and unnecessary, to say the least. Y’all wanna be mad at someone? Direct your anger towards Bill O’Reilly for trying to come for Maxine Waters!

 

 

 

 

Heeeeyyyy, beautiful people!!!!!!

I’m so happy to be back and doing what I do best! Did y’all miss me?

 

So many good things in my life have transpired. I moved into my new home, started a side gig, and I also started a new business venture, which will cause some blowuptuism! As of now, I’m getting used to all three, but none of it could keep me from creating content for you, my friend. I just needed some time to “reprogram”. Now, that I’m back, I’d like to share what I’ve learned and/or discovered while I was out of commission.

While I was away, I’ve also noticed a few of these celebs wanting to show off with their petty meter turned up to the max. One of those celebs is singer/actor, Tyrese. Tyrese took to the ‘gram to “advise” black women to basically alter their appearance for “real” men.  This brotha actually told women what to do with their bodies based on his personal opinions. His misguided attempt to give “advice” to black women came off as a rant that was offensive, misogynistic, and it was definitely unsolicited. The 38-year-old newlywed has since deleted the controversial post, but Essence has it and there’s a great article on it, as well. Check it out here.

 

While I was away, a 13-year-old girl’s visit on Dr. Phil for disruptive behavior has resulted in a reported million dollar investment for her. More on why I’m disgusted will be on another post.

 

While I was away, we’ve lost a rock n roll legend, Chuck Berry.

 

While I was away, reports of missing teens in the Washington, DC area has been at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, the FBI has located Tom Jersey’s missing jersey that was stolen after the Superbowl. Read my rage about this in a forthcoming thought piece.

 

While I was away, I’ve discovered how important it is to accept what is. More on that later…

 

While I was away, I’ve learned that Rachel Dolezal still believes she’s black.

 

While I was away, I saw Tameka “Tiny” Harris prove that making boss moves is your best revenge.

 

While I was away, Kendrick Lamar showed the world why he’s a Hip-Hop genius.

 

While I was away, I wondered if ‘The Real’ could survive without weekly guest hosts.

 

While I was away, I’ve learned that celebrity opportunities can be birthed from Youtube.

 

I’ve learned and discovered all the aforementioned and so much more. I cannot wait to share my thought pieces on everything.

Thank YOU for being patient and sticking it out with me.

 

I’m glad to be back 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember how us black folks used to say “(s)he sound black!” when we were introduced to a Caucasian singer with a soulful voice. We never realized how absolutely ignorant that was to say but in some of our defense, it was only natural for us to react in such a way because we were pleasantly surprised that a non-black person could belt notes so soulful and with so much feeling.
According to Wikipedia, Rhythm & Blues (R&B) is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African-Americans, at a time when “urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat” was becoming more popular.

 

 

 

Today, R&B’s popularity has reached its’ highest peak with the help by some of today’s biggest entertainers, and guess what….NONE of them are black. I think it’s safe to say that R&B is no longer a “black thing”. In fact, our talented white entertainers are proving that soul has no color.

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I  want to dedicate this post to the late great Teena Marie. I was a kid when I discovered that she was white when my mother brought home her classic album Robbery. I was truly amazed because her music exudes a passionate soul that I thought only a black woman could vocalize. Her singing skills were impeccable, to say the least. I loved how her African-American fans embraced her & “adopted” her as their blue-eyed sister of soul. Since my discovery of Teena, I hold on to that memory when I’m introduced to a Caucasian R&B singer. At this day in age, when urban culture is becoming widely popular & accepted, the development of R&B singers goes far & beyond the kid from the projects now. The love of urban culture & the birth of R&B singers are also developed in predominantly white neighborhoods.

 

 

How do you feel about white artists labeled as R&B singers?

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