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Are You Mad, Becky? Cardi B and City Girls Twerk Video Dropped And They’re Pressed

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Cardi B and Yung Miami of the City Girls released the video for ‘Twerk’. Featuring the top 20 twerkers who were flewed out, the video left a small demographic wondering “Where are the white girls”?

This is not a joke. Entitled White women complained they were robbed of the opportunity to rattle their coccyges on Twitter following the release of the ‘Twerk’ music video. Lexy Panterra, the loudest among the uninformed, caught the ire of Black Twitter.

Girl, what?

Lexy Panterra, a low caliber twerker, has made millions exploiting her bad dance skills. Gaining popularity for posts on Instagram and Youtube where she ‘danced’, Lexy felt left out when she looked at the video for ‘Twerk’. I guess since she attended the Cardi B x FashionNova launch, she thought she earned a spot. But, Lexy, that’s not how contests work.

The concept and authenticity of featuring unbothered women of every shape and size to dance was brilliant. To disguise your displeasure of exclusion as diversity pandering was disgusting. Just say that the fact that you couldn’t throw a blonde wig on this very Black video upset you and that’s all. The ‘Twerk’ video had absolutely nothing to do with race until you made it about race. But, since you want to take it there, let’s discuss the roots of Twerking.

Turn Your Textbooks to Chapter ‘You Tried It’

Commonly known as twerking, the dance emerged from bounce music in New Orleans but has roots in Africa. Twerk is a large part of the culture that was brought with us during the African diaspora. While its presence spans multiple African cultures, it exists within the cultures of descendants of the Afro-Latin diaspora. The pelvic and hip-isolated movement is known to be, exclusively, the product of the dispersion of African peoples to different countries. None of those cultures are Caucasian.

Twerking, as an expressive dance form, has been racialized, gendered, and labeled as something deviants perform. Having been co-opted by White-again-Black-again Miley Cyrus in 2013, people like Lexy developed privilege to claim the dance form as their own, thereby disrespecting its very Black roots. Twerking was gentrified.

People like Lexy opened dance studios to teach the dance form without consulting the source. Further feeding that sense of entitlement was Lexy’s very own popularity. When ‘Lean On feat. MØ’ was released in 2015, the top search results included her very own monetized struggle twerk video, which spawned reaction videos created predominantly by Black men. Those same twerk videos that got Lexy’s channel views on YouTube and Instagram are now hidden. Like so many others, she used Black culture to suit her needs and cast it aside when it was no longer palatable. For what? I guess for an inclusive music career.

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“Where is Frank Ocean?” Drake Booed off Camp Flog Gnaw Stage

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Boo this man! Boooo! Drake thought a surprise appearance at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival would go better than this. The Canadian rapper was booed off the stage after attempting to surprise fans by performing before Frank Ocean’s set.

Drake’s surprise appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw was cut short after he was interrupted by boos. The rapper, who arranged the surprise with Tyler The Creator’s approval, stopped in the middle of “Wu-Tang Forever” to gauge the crowd. Saying, “I’m up here for you tonight. If you want to keep going, I will keep going.” Drake asked “What’s up?” Unfortunately, during the pause, some members of the crowd began booing loudly. Bowing out gracefully, Drake said “It’s been love.” and exited stage left. Hoping Frank Ocean would take the stage soon after, fans were met with further disappointment — he refused to perform.

After waiting nearly 15 minutes for Frank Ocean’s performance to begin, fans came to the realization that he wouldn’t take the stage. Presumably punishing the audience for causing Drake to end his set 20 minutes early, fans are agreeing with Frank Ocean’s decisions. One Twitter user commented “Frank not performing is exactly what a crowd who would boo Drake deserves.” Another user echoed their sentiments, saying “Drake, I’m sorry, bro. I’m so sorry. They didn’t deserve you.”

Although Frank Ocean has yet to release a statement, rumors are swirling that Drake was called in to replace the rapper altogether. Frank Ocean allegedly canceled his scheduled appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw, but there is no indication he stepped down on any of his official social media profiles. However, his name was missing from the lineup of the 2-day festival.

With ticket prices ranging from $270 to $1045, fans are sharing their mixed feelings. Some are disappointed they sold their passes and lost the chance to see Drake, others are furious they held on to their tickets and didn’t get to see Frank Ocean.

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T.I. Shares That He Goes To the Gynecologist with His Daughter Deyjah to “Check Her Hymen”

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In a move that’s equally as disgusting as YG demanding we protect our “light-skinned pretty girls” while eulogizing Nipsey Hussle at his funeral, T.I. revealed a vile parenting technique. The obsessively possessive father revealed he accompanies his daughter Deyjah to yearly gynecological visits to ensure her hymen is still intact.

Speaking with Nazanin Mandi, wife of singer/songwriter Miguel, on the Ladies Like Us podcast, T.I. revealed a shocking detail about his strict parenting style. Believing his daughter will one day thank him for the experience, T.I. admitted he has his daughter’s hymen inspected yearly to confirm her virginity. Each year after Deyjah Harris celebrates her birthday, she is humiliated by her father through an invasive examination. Describing an encounter from her 16th birthday, T.I. admits to coercing his child into signing over her privileged medical history so he can view the results on his own.

“Usually like the day after the party, she’s enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.'” T.I. continued that the doctor maintains a high level of professionalism. “He’s like, ‘You know, sir, I hate to, in order to share information’– I’m like, ‘Deyjah, they want you to sign this so we can share information. Is there anything you wouldn’t want me to know? See, doc? No problem!”

While T.I.’s policing of his daughter’s sexuality is no surprise, it is interesting to note that he does not follow a similar practice for his sons. Even more alarming, despite T.I’s history of infidelity, he is equally possessive of his wife’s belongings, i.e. her vagina. “You can’t be rationing out stuff, talking about what you’re going to give nobody because what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is yours.” T.I. unfortunately continued, “That means that little thing you got, that little sex box you got is half mine. So pick which side you want, and that’s yours.” He then went on to suggest splitting her vulva “down the middle of the…what do they call it? The, the the, is it ‘uvula’?”

Yikes!

While T.I. is sure to hear about the social media outrage ensuing following the spread of this news, it is unlikely he’ll change the practice before his youngest daughter is of age. Poor girl.

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Poor Race Relations Plague Pete Buttigieg, Not Homophobia

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Pete Buttigieg is under fire for comments generalizing the Black community for their reluctance to support his campaign. Calling Black voters homophobic, the openly gay candidate has caught the ire of prospective constituents and fellow presidential hopeful, Kamala Harris. Although he maintains the narrative that “socially conservative” party members have been a challenge to navigate, Pete’s claims ignore the past of his poor race relations as mayor of South Bend.

As the first openly gay major Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg is struggling to gain the positive attention of a base required to secure the nomination — Black voters. The former mayor believes the socially conservative morals of the Black community pose a significant threat to his candidacy. While he is reluctant to outright call the coveted base of supporters homophobic, the language is still there. In a recent interview, Buttigieg was noted as saying “Americans are capable of moving past old habit, moving past old prejudices” but the hurdles he must jump for the support of Black voters are of his own making.

Unresolved Injustice

Following the shooting death of Eric Logan at the hands of SBPD Officer O’Neill, Pete Buttigieg met with Black Lives Matter reps in a disastrous closed-door session. “Rushed” and perceived as self-serving, Buttigieg’s meeting with BLM was more of a courtesy than a step toward justice. Speaking of the experience, Los Angeles chapter co-founder Melina Abdullah said, “He seemed to have already taken a side. It did seem that he was prioritizing who he thought was important, and it didn’t seem to be Black people.” The meeting ended with the local chapter of Black Lives Matter calling for Pete Buttigieg’s resignation as mayor. While the details of the discussion have not been made public, criticism of the failed meeting has.

During the July phone call and subsequent meeting, the largest disagreement between BLM and Buttigieg was the termination of South Bend PD’s Chief Scott Ruszkowski. Brought on after Buttigieg demoted Darryl Boykin, the city’s first Black police chief, BLM found Ruszkowski unfit to serve the community. Citing his lack of care for Black citizens, BLM sought to hold the chief accountable for O’Neill’s failure to activate his body cam. Noting his outright refusal to fire the chief because of perceived community support, activist Jordan Giger asked, “When you think about these issues, who is the public that you’re thinking about? The white public or the Black public?” Giger continued, Buttitieg took notes, but did not have an answer.

Unaddressed Income Inequality

Outside of the tense relations Buttigieg faced in South Bend due to mishandling of the fallout from Eric Logan’s death, disenfranchised citizens expressed they felt “left behind” in South Bend’s poorest neighborhoods. A 16-year-old resident commented somberly that nothing had changed in his neighborhood. “This sh*t looks the same, every time I walk through here.” However, housing in downtown South Bend has never looked better. Highlighting the city’s income inequality issues, residents have expressed their concern with his lack of progress while critiquing his presidential campaign. Shawn White, a South Bend local, says “How is he gonna run the whole country if you can’t get your city right first?” With more than 40 percent of South Bend’s population being Black, Brown, and subject to the burdens of housing costs and unemployment, many carry the same doubts of his potential as the commander in chief, never mentioning his sexuality as a reason for his incapability. Still, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn insists homophobia is what’s preventing Buttigieg from securing the Black vote.

Perpetuating Stereotypes Doesn’t Bridge Gaps

During an interview on CNN with Dana Bash, Jim Clyburn remarked that the reluctance to vote for an openly gay man residing with his husband was a “generational issue.” Clyburn, 79, believes there’s “no question” Buttigieg’s sexuality is hurting his popularity among older Black voters in South Carolina, but Black voters have spoken out en masse on social media. Pointing to Buttigieg’s troubled race relations, many share Kamala’s sentiments that the presidential hopeful is misinformed.

Attacking assertions of homophobic bias, California Senator Kamala Harris has called out the claims as “misinformed, misdirected, and just simply wrong.” On Monday, Senator Harris pointed out that while biases against LGBTQ+ persons exist, they are not limited one community. She continued that statements singling out the Black community for homophobia and transphobia ignore queer Black persons who are loved, supported, and accepted by those who love them dearly.

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