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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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Amanda Seales is Not the One

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Earlier this week, the ladies of “The Real” celebrated their 1,000th episode. Hosts Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Amanda Seales happily celebrated the momentous occasion with laughs, tears and a bottle of champagne. 

The celebration continued as the ladies were interviewed by “Extra” correspondent Jenn Lahmers.

During the interview, things became a bit awkward when Lahmers referred to Seales as the “newbie” and began to insinuate that she and fellow co-host, Mai, had “butted heads on a couple of topics.”

Immediately, Seales cut her off saying, “Have we? Stop!” She followed that up by stating emphatically, “That’s’ not the territory we’re coming from. We’re not butting heads. And I think it’s very, very important, especially at a table of diverse women to very clearly delineate the difference between having a difference of opinion than butting heads. You’ll know when I’m butting heads because when I butt heads, there’s only going to be one head standing and as you can see, we’re still here,” as she embraced Mai.

Mai and Seales followed up the quick read with a toast as the other ladies chimed in, fully supporting everything Seales had expressed. 

Earlier today, Seales posted a snippet of the exchange via her personal Instagram page with the caption, “To Gather.

She tried it. Don’t come for me unless I send for you. I am not hostile. I’m passionate. Happy Black History Month ❤️✊🏽”

Seales made her debut as the newest co-host of “The Real” on January 6th.

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Watch Premiere of Fat Joe & Dre’s “Hands on You” Ft. Bryson Tiller & Jeremih Exclusively on TIDAL

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Today, Fat Joe & Dre are teaming up with TIDAL to exclusively release the music video for “Hands on You” featuring Bryson Tiller and Jeremih. The song is the latest single from the duo’s joint album, “Family Ties,” which was released in December 2019 and included guest appearances from Cardi B, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Remy Ma, Anuel AA, Ty Dolla $ign.

Boi-1da and Rich Paul (LeBron James’ business partner) co-produced “Hands on You”, which features Joe and Dre rhyming over a sample of LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl.” Directed by entrepreneur and executive Irv Gotti, the music video takes place at LIV nightclub in Miami and includes a touching tribute to Big Pun, Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant.

 TIDAL members can watch on TIDAL.com/FatJoe

Fat Joe has previously collaborated with TIDAL on a variety of initiatives, including TIDAL X: Puerto Rico and TIDAL X: Brooklyn, as well as music video premieres for “Deep,” “Pullin,” “Money Showers,” and more. 

The premiere of Fat Joe & Dre’s “Hands on You” track adds to the growing list of exclusive music video content that TIDAL offers – cementing the platform as a premium destination for fans to connect with their favorite musicians. TIDAL is a pioneer in delivering exclusive premier access to its subscribers with high-profile music, videos, original content, livestreams, tickets, merchandise and live experiences fans cannot find anywhere else.

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SZA, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani on the Cover of Rolling Stone’s Women Shaping the Future Issue

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Rolling Stone magazine hit us with a trifecta of talent for their second annual, Women Shaping the Future issue, out March 3. 

On the cover, sweet-faced Normani, brash in your face Megan Thee Stallion and innocent, doe-eyed SZA are each clad in leather ensembles that match the unique persona’s we’ve come to love. 

SZA burst onto the scene in 2014 with her ep debut, Z. Since then, the singer/songwriter has been featured on chart-topping songs with Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Rihanna. 

Megan Thee Stallion grabbed our attention with her summer anthem, Hot Girl Summer, and has been giving us “Hot Girl” vibes all year long with no signs of slowing down.

As for Normani, formerly a member of Fifth Harmony, she’s given us plenty to celebrate as she embarked on her solo career. Just last year, the sultry vocalist collaborated with DJ Calvin Harris and released her first single, Motivation, along with a viral music video.

As we approach Women’s History Month, we’re excited to learn more about how each of these ladies plans to shape the future. 

According to Rolling Stone, “In addition to revealing, in-depth profiles of these three artists, the issue also contains exclusive interviews with Regina King, Stacey Abrams, Natasha Lyonne, and other prominent women in entertainment, sports, politics, and culture.”

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