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A$AP Rocky Addresses His Controversial Black Lives Matter Comments Again

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In 2016 when the Black Lives Matter movement reached a fever pitch, rapper A$AP Rocky made several comments about the movement and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri stirring up plenty of controversy throughout the Black community. During an interview, he rudely declined to address the situation in Ferguson following the shooting of Mike Brown saying “Why would I feel compelled to rap about Ferguson? I’m not about to say that I was down there… I’d be lying. I live in fucking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate.” His words drew widespread criticism with many labeling his comments “anti-Black.” 

Over the years A$AP has tried to clarify his comments, much to no avail. His comments came back to haunt him last year while he was imprisoned in a Swedish jail for months with many on the internet wondering if his unjust jailing will change his opinion on BLM. 

In an interview with YouTuber Kerwin Frost, he claimed to be surprised that people were still speaking on his comments from years ago. “I thought I addressed that in the past and to be in jail hearing people still trying to stir up some weird shit… in those old interviews, I used to say ‘I think it’s inappropriate for me to rap about things I didn’t help with… I felt like when it came to Ferguson, J. Cole went down there and he actually was on the news and he helped. I felt like he deserved to rap about it. So when someone [asked] me that in 2015 I’m like: ‘I just feel, personally, if I’m in SoHo or I’m here I can’t even talk on that’… That’s appropriating. … It’s not sincere. It’s pretentious.”

Whether his latest clarification helped thaw his years-old comments over remains to be seen. Check out his interview with Kerwin Frost below.

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Megan Thee Stallion Says That She Was Shot “I Suffered Gun Shot Wounds”

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Megan Thee Stallion has revealed that the injuries she sustained at Kylie Jenner’s pool party were much more serious than we originally had been led to believe. In a post on Instagram, Megan makes clear that she was not only shot, but shot intentionally.

More information is needed to understand exactly what happened that night. For instance, Megan says the attack was intentional. Originally, I thought that the only gun in this scenario was Torey Lanez, but Megan’s story either indicated that I was wrong about that or wrong about Torey Lanez, in general. Mind you, this wouldn’t be the first time we’d be duped by Torey. If you’ll recall, this is the same man who faked his support for dark skinned women by claiming that someone had replaced them with light skinned women and he, the knight he was, came in and switched them back. That isn’t to imply that he had any hand in Megan being shot, but it is peculiar that we’re suddenly hearing about a second shooter.

At the end of the day, we are forced to sit and wait until Megan and her lawyers feel ready to tell us more. I do know one thing for sure, though. If anything happens to Megan, I might have to intervene.

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Porsha Williams and Yandy Smith Arrested While Protesting for Breonna Taylor

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Everybody’s favorite Peach and the Love & Hip Hop princess were recently arrested for protesting outside the house of the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Videos circulated of the arrest, leading to an outpouring of support for them.

Since these uprisings began, Porsha, specifically, has transformed from a walking glamor-shot into a head and flats-wearing protester. Together, she and Yandy have put their money and bodies where their mouths are in order to bolster the voices of justice-seekers and help protect protesters.

That was clear to see when Porsha X and Yandy Luther King were released from prison 12 hours later. One way in which celebrities can help in these situations is by ensuring that people are treated more fairly by proximity. While police departments have no problem being needlessly aggressive toward protesters, having a celebrity in the mix can sometimes cause them to rethink some of the more heinous actions, so as to end up another headline. I’m not sure that this was the case in Kentucky, but these women seem to be making an effort to use whatever resources they have to push society in the right direction.

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ViacomCBS Cuts Ties With Nick Cannon for “anti-Semitic” Comments

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Nick Cannon has put his foot in his mouth, once again. This time a different crowd has noticed and the consequences are much heftier than his annually-scheduled dragging.

Unfortunately, Nick Cannon has a podcast. In a recent episode, the conversation took a turn down a very rough, ahistorical road. That’s right, everybody, Nick Cannon appears to be a Black Isrealite. If you don’t know, the Black Isrealites are a group of people who believe they are God’s chosen people, Jews, and that the White Jewish people of today are simply imposters who have taken on the identity for themselves. As you might have surmised, a general distaste for White Jewish people is a heavy thread here, as is the kind of paranoia that moves a man to bomb his own career.

The main comments that people are focused on are those made about the Rothschild family. This is a common talking point for those who believe the Jewish community is secretly controlling the world. Nick should know that if your belief system gets an “A+” rating from both Hitler and Farrakhan, maybe you should get a little more introspective. Alas, instead, he tweeted a non-apology and proceeded to retweet his supporters as they came to his defense.

Of course, there are a few aspects of this moment that complicate this story. The Black community has long been subject to White supremacist capitalism. White Jewish people have been able to build communities of sustained wealth in America, partially due to their Whiteness. Given the current moment, people have seen fit to call out how that subscription to Whiteness has negatively impacted the Black community. On top of that is the uncharacteristic swiftness with which the cord was yanked on Nick Cannon’s career. Viacom claims to have reached out to Nick, but were dissatisfied with his response. That is fine. But I’d be lying if said I didn’t wonder what this would look if the rolls were reversed and Nick Cannon was a White man. While there’s really no defending him— and I’d never want to— the response to his actions isn’t quite sitting well with me. Their statement on the matter is thus, according to Variety:

ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him. We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds

ViacomCBS, Variety

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