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Within a decade, we had a black woman in outer space.  We had a black president and first lady.  We had a few black billionaires and even our first hip-hop artist to be a billionaire.  We now have our first black woman marrying into UK royal family. 

The news hit my iWatch at 6 am in the morning.  I was barely awake as I read the news.  I wiped my eyes and said whatever, as I rolled over in the bed.  I paused again and looked at the news.  Stunned.  I was completely and utterly stunned.  We got a black princess ya’ll. 

My daughter at the age of 4 told me that after she wanted to be a professor, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, and a professional golfer, she wanted to be a princess.  I never want to say no – period, but I did tell her that she is going to college and get a career.  She firmly believed she was going to be a princess. 

“You have to meet someone who is a prince for him to marry you.”

“Okay.  I can meet them at school.”

“You don’t go to a school with a prince.”

“Okay.”

“You need to go overseas and meet someone there.”

“So, there is still hope.”

I guess is what I mumbled to myself.  Just like a decade ago, when I never thought I would see a black man become president, I never thought I would see a black princess.  Why?  Every movie that has a prince meeting a regular person and marrying them has been a white girl, and the occasional brunette white woman.  We don’t ever see a handsome prince select a minority woman of any color.  Why would we ever think he could select a minority woman in real life when it can’t even happen in our fantasy?

Prince Harry changed the image of a black woman in a second. We all saw him date her as privately as a prince can, but that didn’t mean anything.  He is 5th (and soon to be 6th) in line.  So, we just knew that it was just dating.  Never did we think it could be marriage.  But, him deciding to propose to a black woman solidifies that black women are not just beautiful to date, but they are beautiful to marry.

In the midst of this, people are upset that she is called black, while others are upset that she is not black enough.

“She has straight hair, so she is denying her ‘blackness.’” Tell me which black woman has never straightened her hair once in her life.  The versatility of a black woman’s hair is unique enough that she can have straight hair one day, and curly hair the next.  The selection of hair does not mean one hates the hair on her head.

“She is too light, so she isn’t that ‘black.’”  This reminds me of the years in school, in which I spoke to properly to be black.  Or, in college, I was “not” that black because I was too fair skinned.  Yet, I was not light enough to pass, and I am definitely not dark enough to truly be considered black.  When I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the joke would surround me about how I would pass the paper bag test.  I guess that is amusing.

This continual measurement of blackness is interesting because are we now disowning Barack Obama’s blackness or Halle Berry’s blackness, or maybe Alicia Keys or Mariah Carey is not black enough?  Is it Meghan’s features not distinct enough in order for her to be classified as black enough?

You may not be excited, but I am excited for myself and this generation of black girls who can see themselves as having hope to do whatever and be whatever too.  This is not a fantasy; rather, this is the reality.

We got a black princess, ya’ll.

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Ella Mai’s self titled album is a 10 out of 10! Every song is good from start to finish.

First, she had everybody wanting to be Boo’d Up…

Then she had people Tripping…

But now she has everybody talking about this amazing 16 track album.

Ella Mai starts the album off by breaking down her name which is her way of letting people know who she is, but it is a way of people connecting with her beyond the music. I found this to be a different approach for her because I have been listening to Ella Mai before she became mainstream.

One conversation on social media is that people do not like when she starts talking after the song is over but she has been doing this for a while.

Does it bang in the car? The answer is 100% YES. This is an album you can play without skipping a single song. Ella Mai only had three featured artists on the album and that is rare for an artist because almost everybody now has an album with almost everybody featured on it. If you have not listened to the album I would suggest you do!

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The Long Awaited ‘Tha Carter V’ “FLOP” or “NOT”

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4 damn years! After 4 long years, Lil Wayne finally drops Tha Carter V and it sold pretty well despite the mixed reviews that have been floating around. The album was initially scheduled to be released back in May of 2014 but the legal battle with Birdman held him from releasing. After listening I give it a 7 out of 10. When listening it did not give me the Wayne that I was expecting. One tweet, in particular, said exactly what I was thinking.

The #UproarChallenge became popular after social media comedian Shiggy posted him dancing to the song on Instagram.

 

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#Mood : Where The Love Go? 💔🤷‍♂️ @therealswizzz @liltunechi 😂😂😂💯🔥

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Even Wayne’s boys got in on the #UproarChallenge

The songs that stood out the most were Mona Lisa, Open Letter, Hittas, Problems and Used 2. Tha Carter V has some bangers, but if I can’t bang the whole album in the car and have to skip songs there is a problem. Overall the album is a solid good 13 songs.

 

Did the long-awaited Tha Carter V live up to the hype for you? Comment below “FLOP” or “NOT”

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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Call It Quits

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We all saw it coming, unfortunately. Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are reportedly splitting up according to TMZ. The couple who were engaged have called it quits.

Sources close to the former couple tell us AG and PD split this weekend, with both parties acknowledging that it simply was not the right time for their relationship to take off. We’re told the two still have love for each other, but things are over romantically. via TMZ

Sources have also said that the recent death of Ariana’s ex Mac Miller was the breaking point. Mac Miller died early last month on the 7th of September. Ariana posted a heartfelt message on her Instagram.

 

 

This has been a troubling year for Ariana and we wish her the best.

 

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