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.
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.
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.