This morning The Breakfast Club released exclusive audio received from Ensa and Erinn Cosby regarding their father’s sexual assault allegations.
Ensa’s statement: “The accusations against my father have been one-sided since the beginning, and when he tried to defend himself he was sued in civil court. I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal. How the charges came about being made against him, how people were willing to believe them before they were ever scrutinized or tested. How people who tried to speak to support him or people who questioned the claims were shut down and ignored. How the media created the story and the outcome before any court will ever test the claims. How my father is being punished by a society that still believes Black men rape White women but passes off as “Boys will be boys” when White men are accused. My father has been publicly lynched in the media, and my family have had to stand helplessly by and watch the double standards of pretending to protect the rights of some but ignoring the rights of others“.
While I think that this was a well-written statement, I did have a few thoughts on it. First, these allegations aren’t new. I’m old enough to remember back in the late 90’s when they first surfaced but somehow disappeared soon after. Second, when the allegations were brought back to light this time they weren’t by a woman or anyone of another race. It was Hannibal Burress, a Black male comedian who mentioned them in a stand-up comedy show performed in Cosby’s hometown.
Now I am a huge fan of the Cosby show, as watching it as a child with my family brings back so many memories. However, I have always been conflicted about what to believe. I’m never one to blame the victim and we have to remember that Bill Cosby is not actually Dr. Huxtable. There is truth to her statement in the way that Black males are treated versus their White male counterparts when it comes to rape. From Tupac and Kobe Bryant to Nate Parker, Black men are vilified to the highest order when accused of rape. Kobe Bryant lost endorsements and was dragged through a criminal trial. The Birth of a Nation bombed at the box office following critical acclaim and a studio bidding war for the rights, due to the negativity surrounding Nate Parker. Now someone like Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers had multiple allegations against him, but no one seems to remember that. Casey Affleck went on to win an Oscar this year, following allegations from two female coworkers. Roman Polanski has won an Oscar and countless awards following his conviction (not accusation) of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Bill Cosby is set to appear in court June 5 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. As we are getting closer to his day in court, I do wonder if this is why they decided to speak out now.
What are your thought regarding Ensa’s statement, and Bill Cosby’s case in general?
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.