Early Groundhog Day morning, Bow Wow and his ex, Kiyomi Leslie were involved in a domestic dispute. With mugshots circulating showing Bow Wow’s scarred face, everyone is wondering what happened.
On WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, the on-again-off-again couple documented their troubled relationship. However, they split up in November. During an interview with Hip Hop Weekly, Kiyomi shared the two decided to go their separate ways and she was focused on her budding career. Stating it was difficult because of how public their relationship was, Kiyomi will find it harder to put their past behind her. Saturday, they had a very public disagreement that landed the former lovers in jail.
According to a representative for the rapper, Kiyomi is behind Bow Wow’s bruises and cuts. Shattering a lamp on his face, Kiyomi attacked Bow Wow after hearing he would be attending Super Bowl related engagements without her.
Although both parties were arrested by Fulton County officials, they aren’t facing the same charges. According to online jail records, Bow Wow was charged with battery substantial harm and Kiyomi was charged with battery. Officials said both parties were able to go before a judge to petition for signature bonds. Set at just $8,000, Bow Wow and Kiyomi were released.
A representative for Bow Wow released a statement to confirm several details. Disclosing the extent of his injuries, the rep said:
Shad ‘Bow Wow’ Moss was wrongfully arrested earlier this morning, for the first time, after being beaten by an out-of-control intoxicated female, Ms. Leslie Holden, in an Atlanta condominium. The only two independent witnesses both corroborated his version of events, indicating that Ms. Holden was simply out of control and was without a doubt the primary aggressor. For no logical reason, officers arrested both parties despite having clear-cut evidence that Bow Wow was the victim in the case. Ms. Holden beat him with a lamp, bit him on his side, and spit on him while Bow Wow continually made efforts to avoid her. Bow Wow suffered multiple injuries, some of which are visible in his mugshot. Ms. Holden’s mugshot, on the other hand, speaks for itself despite her allegation to police that she broke a fingernail.
Following his release from police custody, Bow Wow was seen partying. Posting pictures and several videos on his IG story, the former child star was spotted alongside Jermaine Dupri and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Kiyomi has also returned to social media, but she has not released a statement.
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Noname Drops “Song 33” in Response to J. Cole Diss
Chicago musician Noname has responded to J. Cole in her latest release “Song 33.” If you recall, two days ago we broke down the Noname/J.Cole beef and why many were calling Cole’s controversial song “Snow on Tha Bluff” misogynist and patriarchal. Noname appears to address the diss track and more on her latest release “Song 33.”
As soon as you press play the track hits you right in the feels. A sample saying “Oh, I have ambitions, dreams / But dreams don’t come cheap” opens the song, then immediately we listen to Noname discuss the patriarchal society in which Black women are forced to exist – a society that undervalues and ignores Black women. She said Oluwatoyin Salu’s name.
I saw a demon on my shoulder / it’s looking like patriarchy
Like scrubbing blood off the ceiling and bleaching another carpet
She takes aim at J. Cole for staying silent while Black women routinely “go missing,” yet immediately having something to say when she called him out on it.
One girl missing another one go missing / One girl missing another
But niggas in the back quiet as a church mouse / Basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out
Noname lists all the brutalities happening to Black people and Black women while at the same time, calling him to action. She reminds us Black women are going missing.
I guess the ego hurt now / It’s time to go to work / Wow
Look at him go / He really ‘bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?
When it’s people in trees?
She then criticizes the internet at large for being too easily distracted by the “beef” and losing sight of “the new world order.”
It’s trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?
And this is all y’all receive? / Distracting you from the convo wit organizers
They talkin abolishing the police
This the new world order
Noname has always been an outspoken champion for Black women’s rights, often bringing attention to crimes committed against Black women that regularly go unheard. In her response to J. Cole, the musician again uses her platform to not only highlight the inherent patriarchy that causes so many Black female victims of violent crime to go unnoticed and forgotten, but to also galvanize Cole, to publicly and boldly challenge him and everyone listening to be the vanguards of a more just and equitable society.
Noname’s call to action is one that has been repeated by women of color for years. Tarana Burke (below), a woman of color and the founder of the “Me Too” Movement, initially began saying the phrase to remind women of color that they are not alone when they struggle with coping with sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Kimberlé Crenshaw (below), another woman of color and an outspoken feminist and civil rights activist, coined the term “intersectionality” to explain the myriad obstacles Black women face in society and how those obstacles compound on one another to create a unique brand of discrimination against them.
As we take each and every day, but especially this Juneteenth, to reflect on the painful history of the United States and remember the priceless cost of freedom, we must heed Noname’s call and begin to acknowledge the ways we Black Americans are not free, the ways Black women are not free.
And we must do it in a QUEEN TONE!!!