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Blac Chyna Capitalized on Colorism

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Blac Chyna inked a deal with Whitenicious by Dencia, a company famous for controversy rooted in colorism. Many say this was *not* the move.

 

We all suspected that the bag was getting a little light once she started dating wanna-be rappers half her age. But honey, we never expected she’d stoop to collecting Caucasian dollars! In a move that no one predicted, Chyna has released a skin care product collaboration titled Blac Chyna x Whitenicious. Chyna claims:

Skincare is very important to me as an entertainer and business woman, I’ve been in the beauty industry for several years and having flawless facial skin underneath my makeup is the ultimate goal at all times. I’ve used other products under Whitenicious for the last few years, so this collaboration with the brand is to support, assist and guide other women around the world with introducing easy-to-use friendly products for their daily facial care regiments.

We’re not buying it, sis.

The product, Whitenicious X Blac Chyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening cream, retails for 250 Caucasian dollars. It also comes in a Swarovski crystal jar so you can really feel like a rich White woman. Dencia and Chyna claim the product does the following:

“provides radiant protection. As time passes, skin becomes drier, dull, lines and wrinkles appear and the skin’s natural glow dims. With DIFBC, glowing skin shows less discolouration and unevenness while SPF protection minimises future damage. Skin is bathed in moisture for a brighter beautiful comfortable feel.”

Harsh History

Feeding into the European beauty standard of flawless skin being porcelain, it’s easy to see why this product is raising eyebrows. Skin lightening products are marketed heavily and exclusively in countries where people of color are the dominant demographic. India has Fair and Lovely, Africa sees Nivea Natural Fairness ads, and in the Caribbean cake soap is sold like a drug. The very notion that lighter fairer skin is ideal feeds into a caste system that was literally built on slavery with mixed descendants as middle class. Even now, the practice of skin bleaching for better employment opportunities is alive.

Historically, skin color would determine someone’s access to education, even at HBCU’s. The disappointing practice of the brown paper bag test served as a way to critique candidates for admission. Chyna’s decision to participate in not just marketing but creating a product that strips pigment from Black bodies for money is low. As a parent to a multi-racial child during a time when mixed babies are fetishized, Chyna needs to do better. As a Black woman during a time when White women are blackfishing (n*ggerfishing) for social media campaigns, Chyna needs to do better.

Selling a product that corrects hyperpigmentation is one thing. Selling the product that turned Sammy Sosa into Neapolitan ice cream is another.

Just say “NO” to skin bleaching

 

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K Michelle on R Kelly: “If I Talk, Everybody Going to Jail”

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During an interview with Nick Cannon on Power 106, K Michelle dished about her upcoming album, past struggles, and complicated working relationship with R. Kelly. K Michelle admitted her feelings surrounding the disgraced R&B singer/songwriter’s legal woes are very complex.

K Michelle is no stranger to controversy. The singer once heralded for her academic achievements and involvement at FAMU, has a complicated past that includes a fuzzy professional relationship with R. Kelly. Admitting he is controlling, she says it’s difficult for her to watch him be discarded for his actions. She admits she isn’t defending him but wants the public to “keep the same energy.”

As Nick Cannon led up to inquire about her past experiences with R. Kelly, he empathized with her. He waxed poetic that Black people were “castrating members of the community that brought so much joy to us.”, a sentiment with which she agreed. Continuing that he was indifferent because he had known a different side of R. Kelly, Nick asked K. Michelle what was her outlook on the situation after being so close to the singer. She seemed reluctant to judge.

Stating “I know right is right, and wrong is wrong, but I don’t have a heaven or a hell to put this person in.”, K Michelle thinks the public’s response to Kelly’s actions is inconsistent. Referencing Elvis’ taboo relationship with 14-year-old Priscilla Presley, she alluded to the lack of outrage when one of the biggest stars in history “picked his girlfriend up from school”. As for how she feels about R. Kelly’s fall from grace, K Michelle shared she was in the studio as he was apprehended and broke down.

Watching in dismay with famed producer Jazze Pha, K Michelle said: “I was looking through the booth at the tv and to be standing in the booth and to see that — that was a lot — I just lost it.” Sharing she had a different experience as he controlled only her music, K Michelle says “If I talk, everybody is going to jail.”

Both Nick and K Michelle admit they, along with others, turned their backs on his wrongdoing, but have grown to respect the survivors that are coming forward.

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Cuba Gooding Jr Accused by 14 Women of Sexual Abuse

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After being accused of misdemeanor sex abuse stemming from a reckless night at a Manhattan night club, Cuba Gooding Jr is facing 12 additional accusations of misconduct. The once reputable actor has entered his not guilty plea and will face fourteen women who claim they’ve experienced abuse at his hands.

Tuesday, Cuba Gooding Jr appeared in a Manhattan Supreme Court to answer for charges from an incident that occurred in June. A woman approached the NYPD after being groped by Gooding Jr on the dancefloor. Her call to action led the NYPD to open an investigation which has resulted in prosecutors indicting the actor on four misdemeanor counts. Prosecutors have evidence that Cuba Gooding Jr. has assaulted 12 additional women and plan to bring each complainant in to prove the actor’s malicious intent.

Despite the severity of the charges, Cuba Gooding Jr appeared to be unphased during the proceedings. The actor responded to the accusations in court with a confident not guilty plea and was then released to his legal team. Yet, a questionable statement made by his representation stood out for it’s comparisons to accusations waged against Presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden. Referencing a handsy encounter with a fellow politician, the attorney Mark Jay Heller said the following:

“This indictment constitutes a distorted overreaction pandering to the current hypersensitive climate where innocent common-place gestures are now misperceived and mischaracterized as offensive as exemplified by the incredible condemnation of former Vice President Joseph Biden, who innocently touched a woman’s shoulder.”

As they exited the courthouse, fans expressed their support and reporters attempted to get a statement. However, Gooding Jr. and his lawyer refused to respond to any inquiries.

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Todrick Hall Called Out by Former Dancer for Colorism and Outstanding Debts

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“He is talented indeed, but that talent is squandered by coonery.” Twitter tea is piping hot with details about what it’s truly like to work with Todrick Hall. The multi-faceted YouTuber, best known for his original songs and parodies, has been accused by a former dancer for questionable payment practices and ‘off-color’ behavior.

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Dancer/choreographer Thom White shared some disappointing details about what goes on behind the scenes of a Todrick Hall production. Through a series of juicy tweets, he spilled tea about Todrick’s onset colorism and poor business management. Thom, who was featured in ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ and Todrick’s recent release titled ‘F*G’, stated the singer frequently hires multitudes of dancers for unpaid gigs. Reminiscing over the first shoot, Thom says Todrick needed more than 60 performers for the job but lamented he did not have the budget to compensate everyone accordingly. Acknowledging he wasn’t prepared to bear the expense of his talent, Todrick still boasted how much he was spending on the production of the video, which was $60,000 at the time.

“This is looking a little too chocolate”

Adding further insult to injury, Thom shared Todrick often made comments about the sheer number of Black dancers in his ensemble and went so far as to request “lighter people” to stand behind him. According to Thom, a tour dancer overheard the comments as well. During Thom’s second appearance, a paid opportunity, Todrick remarked it was weird that ‘F*G’ was his first time having an exclusively Black cast for his video. The ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ video was subjected to harsh criticism for its outright whitewashing of ballroom culture. During a Ballroom scene, the infamous ‘Dip’ was renamed “shablam” and negatively received by viewers. However, Todrick was unmoved by Thom who attempted to explain the importance of maintaining the lingo of a heavily appropriated space.

A Scammer?!

When it comes to paying what is owed, Todrick allegedly has a history of underperforming. The entertainer has been accused of non-payment by numerous dancers including Thom White, RDPR alum Manila Luzon, and a production assistant. Claiming to have worked on Todrick’s Forbidden visual album, the crew member says “Team Todrick” wasn’t responding to invoices, leaving several teams to threaten a walk-out. Manila stepped into Todrick’s Twitter mentions to nudge him about non-payment for hosting his 2018 Halloween Ball. But the details of Thom’s attempts to collect payment take the cake. After failing to remit the funds, Todrick ghosted the dancer, ignoring his calls, texts, and Instagram direct messages. Even reaching out to agencies to collect the debt was unsuccessful. According to Thom, several agencies tried to help but BLOC came right out and said Todrick’s camp was “bad, in general”, implying they refrain from doing business with him because of his history.

Todrick’s money woes can be tracked all the way to 2010 when the American Idol contestant accepted money from the families of children who aspired to perform in a failed “Oz, The Musical” production. Still, he isn’t taking this recent exposé to heart. Choosing to dignify Thom’s comments with a single tweet response, Todrick only had this to say in his defense.

Check out the entire exchange below.

UPDATE! Todrick Hall has reached out to the dancer to reconcile.

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