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Breaking Up with the Real Housewives of Atlanta

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I have been watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta for the better part of my adult life. I’ve sat through the boring episodes, I’ve laughed at the funny episodes, I’ve yelled on the Internet at the women and their poor choices. I have given Bravo my Sunday evenings for ten years, and now, with heaviness in my heart, I have to let RHOA go. It’s not me, it actually is you. We have come to the end of the road. *cue Wanya and them*

Why is that when its Black girl time, some White woman has to crash the party and “white” it all up? The Black girls certainly aren’t over in New York or Beverly Hills or Orange County or Houston stretching their voice across the dinner table or dancing on beat at their parties, but I digress…

I really tried to enjoy RHOA this season, I promise I did, but Bravo dragging Kim Zolciak from whatever swamp she built her house on and dropping her off on my Sunday evenings was the last straw. Ten years ago, when we were still living in the afterglow of our first Black president and still had the warm and fuzzy feeling that perhaps, just maybe, racism was dying, Kim was only a minor annoyance with a bad wig. Now that the antichrist has taken office and we officially understand, in the immortal words of Classic Kanye, “Racism still alive, they just be concealing it,” seeing Kim and her White privilege stumble across my screen with her dollar store red cup just feels like more than a Black woman should have to bear. I am not entertained.

This is what makes Kim so hard to watch – she walks on set and pretends to be completely oblivious about how her own actions, within the context of the way America is set up and the current political climate, can be construed, at the least, as racially-motivated. Being called a racist is not the same thing as being called a nigger (with the hard -er) and she, along with all the other racially-inept Whites, have got to stop pretending that it is.

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Any time anyone says they don’t see color, be afraid, be very afraid; however, when a person who holds racial privilege claims to not see color, this means they are either stupid (which could be true, because public education is lacking, but that’s another story for another day) or it means they are purposefully ignoring the race-based hierarchal structure that has existed in these United States of America since inception. They are most likely ignoring it because they benefit from it. It is nearly impossible for any person, of any race, to not develop an anti-Black ideology. This country was built on anti-Blackness.

When a person says they don’t see color, that means to me, that they have never critically analyzed the way in which something as insignificant and uncontrollable as race provides privilege to some while silencing others. This also means that if that person has never critically thought about it, they can’t correct their children or friends or spouses or neighbors. The cycle continues. And that’s how this new generation of dummies end up on the Internet telling everybody about how they poisoned their Black roommate or how they can say nigger because they are in the South now. You see how that works?

Not seeing color in no way absolves a person of confronting the racism that exists in this world, nor does it excuse a person’s clearly, racially-coded language and behavior. Click To Tweet

Not seeing color in no way absolves a person of confronting the racism that exists in this world, nor does it excuse a person’s clearly, racially-coded language and behavior. So, let Kim go back to her show where I can continue to ignore her existence or pack her family up and move on down to Houston and get a check there. I don’t care where Kim goes, I just want her to leave RHOA alone.

If Bravo can do me that favor, then maybe we can make it last forever.

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Bitter Baby Father Future Says Russell Wilson isn’t a “Real Man”

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Future must be desperate for some press following the release of his new album, The WIZRD. While sharing inspiration for his album, Future discussed his thoughts on his ex-fiancée, Ciara, and her husband Russell Wilson.

Kno Mercy

Future and Ciara have not been a couple for years. We all know if the roles were reversed, CeCe would be every kind of low-down descriptor used for women clinging to their ex. Still, her bitter ex will get no pass from me. Being the bitter baby daddy that he is, Future decided to put his unnecessary two-cents in on how Russ and Ciara’s relationship works.

While the dynamics of a healthy relationship are completely unknown to the five-time sperm donor, Future thought it was his place to discuss Ciara’s happy marriage. Eloquently stating, “he do exactly what she tell him to do”, Future seems to resent Russell valuing his wife’s opinion enough to love and obey her. The audacity?! The unmitigated gall?! How dare Russell Wilson show respect and admiration for the mind of a woman and care for a child not his own? Behaving so childishly, you’d almost think Future was jealous.

Monster

Future thought it was his place to say Russell should be a “man” and tell Ciara to stop mentioning his name in public indefinitely. Gathering all his ignorance like a spirit bomb, Future spewed the following:

“He not being a man in that position. He not tellin’ her, ‘Chill out with that on the internet. Don’t even talk to him. I’m your husband! You better not even bring Future’s name up!’ If that was me, she couldn’t even bring her exes’ names up.”

Now I don’t know just how fried the remainder of Future’s synapses are to formulate such ass-backwards opinions about how successful, functioning men who aren’t abusing prescription substances should govern their marriages. But I do know narcissistic abusive behavior when I see it.

What is clear from Future’s commentary on Ciara and Russell’s happy marriage is this — he’s jealous it is not him and is too prideful to admit he wants the prayer like the rest of us. He does not understand the practice of co-parenting or parenting for that matter. In the past, he has said the mothers’ of his children should simply explain “they gotta make a sacrifice having a superstar dad.” And so he should understand this, Ciara is happy and doesn’t care. But I know that it hurts, I know that it hurts his pride, and he can just go cry in a Nissan.

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R. Kelly Dropped by Sony Music, Former Manager James Mason Surrenders for Arrest

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R. Kelly’s former manager, James Mason, has surrendered to authorities in Georgia following news of an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The walls now closing in on the former R&B idol, R. Kelly has been dropped by his label, Sony Music.

During May 2018, Joycelyn Savage’s father, Timothy, filed a police report with the Henry County Police Department. Claiming his daughter was being held captive by R. Kelly, Mr. Savage asserted the artist and James Mason threatened him for going public. The former manager had a warrant issued for his arrest in July 2018 and managed to evade arrest until today.

R. Kelly's former manager, James Mason, has surrendered to authorities in Georgia following news of an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The walls now closing in on the former R&B idol, R. Kelly has been dropped by his label,… Click To Tweet

The incident report originally filed by Timothy Savage was obtained by CNN and alleges James Mason made “terroristic threats and acts.” Mason attempted to intimidate the Savages, stating:

“I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m going to f*cking kill you.”

James Mason had referred all attempts for contact to his legal representation. It is unclear if he intends to cooperate in the ongoing investigation mounted against R. Kelly and his years of sexual abuse.

#MuteRKelly Forces Labels to Drop Singer

In addition to the possibility of former management providing pertinent information to the feds, R. Kelly has been dropped from his label. According to Variety, Sony Music has decided to dissolve their business relationship with the artist. They are currently working through issues to avoid legal fallout behind their decision.

Sony’s move to release R. Kelly comes after the singer was removed from the RCA records website. Although he has not released new music with Sony since 2016, R. Kelly tweeted earlier this year that fans should expect a new album. With the success of #MuteRKelly campaigns and “Surviving R. Kelly,” it is unclear if the studio will move forward with any remaining projects. Further influencing the studio’s decision was UltraViolet, a women’s organization. UltraViolet commissioned a plane to fly over Sony Music’s LA offices with a sign reading “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly”. Along with the Los Angeles protest, Sony’s New York headquarters had protests staged outside as well.

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“He Stole My Whole Flow” Soulja Boy Goes On Tirade, Accuses Rappers of Biting His Style

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Soulja Boy said y’all are going to respect his influence tuh-day! During his interview with The Breakfast Club, Soulja discussed his influence over the years and artists who owe him their careers.

During an interview with The Breakfast Club, Soulja Boy was asked who had a bigger comeback. While the rest of TBC suggested Meek Mill did, due to his beef with Drake, Soulja nominated himself, citing “he taught Drake everything he knew”.



The receipts don’t lie. While Drake has since developed his own style, his first single ‘Miss Me’ credits Soulja Boy as a writer. The opening bars of the song are ripped straight from Soulja’s ‘What’s Hannenin’, released in 2007. Earlier in the interview, Soulja discussed his influence on new-age rappers who gained their fame using his blueprint. Reminiscing over the times older rappers would say “Soulja Boy killed hip-hop”, he had this to say:

“When I first came in I got it the worst though. I got it the worst though — from Ice T, from Snoop Dogg, from all the OGs…Now, look at everybody collabing — they love the new generation. I had to take them bullets. Everybody doing what I did. They laughed at me and now I’m being shunned. “

“Ye ain’t no Walt Disney”

Soulja Boy also discussed his other business endeavors. Not beholden to the music industry, Soulja has invested in himself by releasing a game console. When Charlamagne remarked that people are saying his consoles are counterfeit, Soulja made an argument in his defense.

“They always hate on a Black entrepreneur. They’ll give props to the Asians at Nintendo, the White people at XBOX, the White people at Playstation. But a Black entrepreneur, a rapper, the first rapper to come out with his own video game, they gon say ‘It’s counterfeit!’ and its this-and-that and sh*t on me. But Imma keep striving and doing my thing because I made $250,000 in one day.”

Venturing into business for himself, Soulja Boy is among the many rappers who have non-music endeavors. During the interview, Soulja drew comparisons to Kanye West, to which he was not impressed.

After this interview made the rounds, Famous Dex and Soulja Boy got into a heated argument on IG Live.

It’s not exactly clear what caused the beef between the two, but it could stem what what Soulja Boy said earlier in his interview. Laying claim to the reasons for today’s artist blueprint, Famous Dex was named as one of the faves who copied Soulja’s style. For now, the two are leaving their beef on the ‘gram, but Dex has threatened to pull up. We’ll see if that happens. Famous Dex is currently in Australia, relaxing before Sound Splash Festival in New Zealand.

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