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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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Fix It Jesus! Mo’nique Asks For A Boycott of Netflix After Declining Their Small Offer For Comedy Special

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Mo’nique is shedding light on Hollywood again, but this time the light is a little dim. The Academy Award winner took to Instagram to voice her disappointment in Netflix’s abysmal offer for a comedy special. She claims they offered her $500,000 and that was nowhere near what Amy Schumer was offered.

 

“Hey my loves, I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias. I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, $20 million. Then Amy Schumer went back and renegotiated 2 more million dollars because she said, ‘I shouldn’t get what the men are getting, they’re legends. However, I should get more’ and Netflix agreed.

Still, don’t believe it… take a look at the video for yourself.

#BOYCOTT#NETFLIX FOR #COLORBIAS AND #GENDERBIAS. PLEASE STAND WITH ME. I LOVE US.

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OMG

 

My reaction

Let us not be petty. Mo’nique deserves more than $500,000, honestly. She has proven herself despite being blackballed in Hollywood (allegedly).

Mo’nique isn’t entirely wrong for pushing back against the offer — we do know there is some bias when it comes to women in the industry, and she is a black woman, so she gets it twice as hard.

If it were me, I would’ve taken the money and kept it moving. Let’s be realistic — Netflix isn’t going anywhere, and a boycott won’t be happening for something like this. We aren’t cutting the chord. Plus, Netflix has been offering us some good, quality content lately.

Mo’nique shared the video on Instagram and barely garnered 50,000 views in 5 hours. It took The Shade Room to help it get some attention. Netlix gambled and now Monique is gambling but she has way more to lose.

 

Should Mo’nique have taken the money and minded her business, or does she have a point, even if isn’t very sharp?

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Offset:”I Cannot Vibe With Queers” While Wearing Queer Designers

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Fellow Migos rapper Offset just keeps running into the mess in 2018! The rapper has made headlines for cheating on his fiance of 90 days and now he can add another headline for a verse dropped referring to him not vibing with queers.

He was featured on Boss Life with YFN Lucci. You can hear the song in its entirety below but the “I cannot vibe with queers.” starts at 0:23.

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I will never understand how rappers spew homophobic comments and lyrics like this but continue to wear queer designers and even mention them in their songs. Why even mention you don’t vibe with queers in a song? Cardi B get your man.

Was the verse necessary? Or should we not expect much from someone who records themselves cheating?

 

UPDATE: Offset has now released an apology via Instagram.

 

 

Considering the incident his group Migos had with performing with drag queens during Katy Perry’s SNL performance, I’m not buying it. Not to forget about the group’s comment on ILoveMackonnen the rapper who came out last year. “The world is fucked up. This world is not right.”

 

 

How many more times is the group together and separately going to apologize for homophobic comments like this?

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Singer Seal Reads Fox News, Stacey Dash and Everyone Else

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On Friday, January 12, 2018, singer Seal took to his social media to read Fox News, former video vixen Stacey Dash and every other critic of his January 10th Instagram post. In that post, which Seal re-posted a meme of television mogul Oprah Winfrey with dethroned Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein with the meme reading; “When you have been part of the problem for decades…but suddenly they all think you are the solution”. This came days after Winfrey received her historic Golden Globe honor and gave her much-publicized acceptance speech referencing the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement.

In the wake of his post Seal found himself in a publicity storm with Fox News discussing the merit of his post as well as black Twitter tearing the singer apart, calling him everything from an “Uncle Tom” to a “coon”.

After two days it would seem like Seal had finally had enough and posted a video letting everyone know that he was not attacking Winfrey. In the three-minute video, he refers to Harvey Weinstein as merely the “pig in the picture”. He explains that re-posting the meme was not an attempt to come for Winfrey but rather him calling out the “hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior in Hollywood”.

To further support Seal’s point, in an email obtained from the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild, they stated that the “recent public reports about sexual harassment demonstrate what many of us have long known about the entertainment industry – that discrimination and sexual harassment exists and, in many instances, has been tolerated and/or ignored”.

Seal went on to state that if these Hollywood men looked anything like him they would be facing more than being merely fired. That their firing isn’t real justice for those who have been sexually abused and harassed, these abusers need to be charged.

Before his video ended he addressed Fox New for trying to use him as a pawn against Winfrey and finally coming for the station’s favorite puppet Stacey Dash, advising Dash to keep his name out her mouth and commenting that she can stay living in the Sunken Place.

 

 

Do you agree with Seal?

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