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Basketball Wives, Colorism, & The Negative Depictions of Black Women. Time We Call it Out.

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The State of Basketball Wives In a Nutshell

Basketball Wives is on its eighth season and their eighth episode and nothing has changed over the course of the show. As a viewer, who has watched the show since the Royce and Suzie days, the drama has escalated to something that is absolutely unacceptable. They have enabled bullying, they have stated racist comments, and helped colorism flourish. This is not a reach, there are several examples of this and I will elaborate on them later on in this post. Quite frankly, I am beyond dispirited by the deplorable behavior, Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O’Neal, Feby Torres, and even Malaysia Pargo have shown over time and specifically this season. Yes, Jennifer Williams & Jackie Christie have done their share of foul things too.

Timeline

Let’s look at the timeline of the show. Where do I even begin?

Well, the first season of Basketball Wives (Miami) introduced us to Royce Reed who was a former dancer for an NBA team and an entrepreneur with her own dance company. Royce spoke her mind. She was not dressing like them, she was not participating in the same activities as them, and she didn’t kiss their ass. Furthermore, Evelyn and Jennifer would constantly throw jabs at Royce on the way she looked and the way she dressed. They ostracized her in many ways and she then became the outcast. This is bullying.

Tanya Woods

Next, let’s take a look at the LA branch. Do you guys remember Tanya Williams? Probably not, she didn’t stay too long.

The ladies found her irritating because she was “boring”. I guess having a great vocabulary makes you boring. They also were upset that she did not break up a fight (Malaysia vs Laura). Tanya was flabbergasted that there was a fight happening in front of her. Which makes sense because she is usually around women who have class. Moreover, during an interview she did with Loop 21 back in 2013, she eluded to the fact that there are not many black women behind the scenes encouraging resolution or more positive depictions. As a result, this lets me know that Shaunie O’Neal does not care about the depictions of black women. Yes, these ladies do not represent all black women, but why even have them acting like fools on TV.

Let’s now fast forward to the last season of Basketball Wives and this current season.

OG is a new member of the show, she is a proud Nigerian and she plays professional women’s football. OG reminds me of Royce because she is not quick to agree with the ladies and she formulates her own opinions. Let’s be clear though, OG has not been perfect but for the most part, she has shown viewers that she may be the only real and genuine one on the show.

In recent episodes, OG interfered with some family business between Cece and Kristen, which is never okay. However, what is really not okay with me, is the fact that the other ladies specifically Evelyn, Malaysia, and Shaunie have been having some selective outrage. A couple of seasons ago Evelyn was having conversations with Jackie’s daughter about Jackie, and Shaunie enabled the behavior by not checking Evelyn. So what is the difference?

This season, we have Feby and she recently moved to LA to become more independent and work on her music career. Feby already begins to start issues with OG for absolutely no reason but to fit in with the ladies dislike for OG. Now get this, Feby in one episode was talking so terribly about OG with the other ladies and talking about the way she looks and everything else you can imagine. Feby even wasted her time to write a rap song mentioning OG and then lied about it. When OG confronts Feby, OG gets labeled “aggressive”.

Colorism OR Mean Girls OR Both?

Now doesn’t this rhetoric sound like white people describing black people who speak their mind or have strong passions? Evelyn is able to throw tables, throw drinks, and call Cece “Lee Lee” and yet her behavior is never reprimanded. But you know why? It s because of the blatant colorism towards OG on this show, that I can’t stand. When Latinas or light skin women get angry it is sexy or it is justified compared to when black women or darker skin women get angry, it is deemed “aggressive”.

Some may argue that Kristen, Jennifer, and Malaysia are dark skin and don’t get the treatment. However, Malaysia has gotten plastic surgery to gain European features. Let’s be real. Jennifer and Kristen don’t have strong features and they fit Evelyn and Shaunie’s aesthetic. Not to mention, Kristen referred to OG as Kunta Kinte and the ladies laughed. The words they use to describe OG have never been used before towards any other castmate in Basketball Wives history. Lastly, just because you are dark skin girl does not exempt you from making colorist comments.

Royce, Tanya, and OG are beautiful dark skin women with natural features that did not fit their expectations. Let’s keep that in mind.

I think it’s mean girl bullying and colorism all intertwined. Let me know what you all think. Very curious if anyone feels this way.

Now, I understand that this is reality TV and you should expect some mess. However, it makes the show interesting and impactful if there is some type of resolution. Instead, the drama and the antics accumulate and grow into a disgusting narrative.

A couple of seasons ago, Shaunie said Maylasia had no substance.

Shaunie, sis this whole show has no substance.

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The VMAs Are Coming! Performers, Nominations, and Early Mistakes

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The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards are set to air Monday August 26th and the hype is already building! With first time performances from Normani, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lizzo lined up as well as Missy Elliott’s Video Vanguard Award, fans are excited to see what surprises are in store.

The list for pre-show and main show performers is making the 2019 VMAs look promising! Megan The Stallion and her bionic knees are set to kick things off as a pre-show performer alongside singer/songwriter Ava Max and CNCO, a Latin American boy band. There’s no telling what song she’ll perform from her growing catalogue, but we know Megan will deliver a taste of that Hot Girl Summer energy. All eyes will be on the main stage when Normani steps up to perform her new hit single, “Motivation”. The choreography heavy performance and catchy song co-written by Ariana Grande is sure to be everyone’s favorite performance, especially if she can duplicate the basketball bit.

Lizzo is gearing up to perform her sleeper hit “Truth Hurts”. Originally released in 2017, the song has popped off recently, ascending the charts in the spring. With a remix hinted that will feature Da Baby, fans will just have to wait and see if she’ll bring him on stage. Also taking the main stage is H.E.R. The R&B songstress whose musical style is described as “downcast post-breakup material” has been nominated for “Could’ve Been” featuring Bryson Tiller, which she is likely to perform. Old Town rapper Lil Nas X is a main stage performer as well as Big Sean. While details of either of their performances have not leaked, Camila and Shawn Mendes can’t say the same.

Last night, Entertainment Weekly haphazardly released an article describing the fauxple’s (fake couple) onstage behavior. As you know, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have been indulging in obvious and unconvincing PDA everywhere they go. Believed to be a staged relationship, the early release of this article is just icing on a stale cake. Neither party has commented on the mistake.

Easily the highlight of the night, Missy Elliott will be performing as she receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Thanking her fans and those who campaigned longest for her to receive the honor, Missy referenced the upcoming tribute during her most recent single, “Throw It Back.” With a midnight premiere, the new single is already being celebrated for its style and is sure to make it into the medley of songs she performs that night.

Are you looking forward to the VMAs this year?

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Hazel E’s Colorist Comments Start Marriage Boot Camp Brawl, Halts Production

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Looks like Hazel E’s mouth has gotten her into trouble yet again! The former Love and Hip Hop Hollywood cast mate and Shanda Denyce were involved in a brawl on the set of Marriage Boot Camp. Damaging furniture and requiring security to ease the tension, producers reportedly put a stop to filming the upcoming season. With the home on lockdown and news of the fight making the rounds, there’s only one question — who won?

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What Started the Fight

In 2017, Hazel E went on Instagram to attack Brooke Valentine, Moniece Slaughter, Jess Hilarious, and others for being “mad [because] they couldn’t pass the brown paper bag test.” The post, which has long been removed, contained a collage of brown skin women and a caption filled with disdain:

“I see all you black a** b*tches that hate me! Stop bleaching your skin, and fix the inside first and maybe all you ho*s wouldn’t be so mad. Love the skin you in ladies… [it] takes a village to take me out, but what y’all fail to realize is I’m still on top, and none of you b*tches WILL EVER compare to me or be on my level. I got money in the streets, anybody lookin for a check hit me up. B*tches mad cuz they couldn’t pass the brown paper bag test. Yep I said it back on my business with my United Nations. Sorry mom you kept me away from these type of girls all my life, you said they would hate me because I’m light skin…you were right!”

At the time, Hazel’s comments were directed at women who were accusing of her then boyfriend, Rose Burgandy, of being gay and lying about his age. She also went on to attack the gay community by commenting beneath Rose Burgandy’s post, “Burn in hell just like God said in the Bible!” She later recanted, because her supporters are predominantly members of the LGBT+ community. But while social media had forgotten about her ignorant remarks, Shanda Denyce did not.

Shanda confronted Hazel over her colorist remarks which immediately began the fight. With the two women arguing, their respective partners, Willie Taylor of Day 26 and model Devon B, started fighting alongside them until security intervened. According to TMZ, a marble table was cracked, several chairs were destroyed, and a set of drapes were ripped from the wall of the Marriage Boot Camp residence.

After the fight, producers held an emergency meeting to discuss whether the season would continue filming. As news of the fight is spreading, supporters of Shanda have flocked to her comments to praise her for “plucking beaks”. Meanwhile, Hazel E’s comments are in shambles after her disgusting comments have resurfaced.

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Mystery Woman Complicates Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Relationship

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Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have been seeing each other exclusively for the last six years. At least, they were until photos of Jamie with a hot, young singer recently emerged. According to multiple sources, Katie has called it quits, but the problems they faced go beyond his wandering eyes.

Citing their long-distance lifestyle and his reckless ways, reclusive actress Katie Holmes says she’s ready to move forward with someone who can commit. The couple began dating privately in 2013 following her divorce from Tom Cruise. Although their relationship status was never formally announced, Jamie and Katie were often seen at public events, vacationing, and exchanging PDA. But things seemed to slow down in February 2019 when Jamie was overheard at a party boasting about his single life.

According to MarieClaire, Foxx told party goers he was happy to be single during Byron Allen’s annual Oscar’s celebration. While Holmes didn’t appear to be phased by the slight, she didn’t let it go easily. Katie began posting racy photos on Instagram and during their first major public appearance at the Met Gala, the couple kept their distance. Not long after this, Holmes allegedly presented Foxx with an ultimatum, either move closer or move out of my life. Foxx apparently chose the latter.

A month after attending the Met, mystery woman Sela Vave posted photos of herself and Jamie getting cozy in an undisclosed location. Expressing her gratitude to him, Sela further fueled the rumors that Katie and Jamie were through. But the question on everyone’s lips is who is she?

Sela Vave credits herself as an actress, model, and musician. Currently repped by Talent Management Group and Vave says that Foxx is just a mentor in her music career. The two were recently on LA’s Power 106 FM to plug her upcoming album. But while all that makes it seem like things are strictly professional, Vave and Foxx have traveled a lot together. In June, they were spotted at the BET Awards together and shortly after, he brought her along to his performance in The Hamptons. Neither Foxx, Holmes, or Vave have confirmed or denied any rumors. A predictable move, especially since Vave is younger than his own daughter.

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