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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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Jason Mitchell Loses Representation and ALL Gigs Following Misconduct Allegations

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As the breakout star of Straight Outta Compton, Jason Mitchell made his mark with a spot on performance as Eazy E. His indisputable talent caught the eyes of top-notch talent agencies and management. His star was rising, only to descend with equal speed. The one-time star of Showtime’s drama, The Chi, has found himself out of all jobs and prospects, lacking management, or a talent agency after allegations of “inappropriate behavior”.

Jason Mitchell was in line to star as the lead of Desperados, a Netflix film, when the news of an off-set incident made its way to the ears of producers. While the details of what happened have not been made public, the fallout of Mitchell’s actions has been swift. Since Netflix conducted an investigation into the misconduct allegation, news of the incident spread to the ears of his other employers. This led to Mitchell being dropped by his agency, his management company, Netflix, and Showtime.

Representatives for United Talent Agency, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, and Netflix production company Good Universe have all confirmed Mitchell’s unemployment. In the past, an incident occurred on the set of The Chi. There were allegations of inappropriate behavior involving Tiffany Boone, who plays Mitchell’s girlfriend on the show. While resolved, the history of Mitchell’s repeated complaints of sexual harassment have influenced future decisions. The series was recently renewed but production company Fox 21 Television Studios opted not to pick up Mitchell’s option for the third season.

Jason Mitchell has not made any comments on the matter at this time.

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Snubs and Celebrations: 2019 BET Award Nominations Are in!

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While the major award season has long passed, summer entertainment and music awards season is upon us. BET just announced the nominees for the 2019 awards show.

Taking place on June 23rd at the Microsoft Theater in LA, actors and musicians will find out who stands among the winners and the losers. But the network that claims “We got you” is facing some heat for neglecting to include the queer community.

When it comes to who is looking to win big, all signs point to Cardi B. The “Money” rapper has been nominated 7 times with one award being Album of the Year. Her award nominations span 5 of the 20 available categories the ceremony highlights. While she’s sure to collect some trophies, her competition is rather steep. Cardi is up against The Carters album “Everything is Love.”

For actors, the categories are few and far between, but there’s love to go around…provided you aren’t a queer actor. The critically acclaimed FX drama series Pose is good enough to snatch trophies anywhere but home. BET has not recognized any talent from the series for either best actor or actress despite Billy Porter’s renowned performance. Fans of Pose have voiced their concerns on Twitter, calling out Black Entertainment Television for not rooting for everybody Black.

The full list of nominees is available here.

Are you excited to see who leaves a winner? Tune in June 23rd to find out who shines.

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And Now Our Watch Has Ended: Game of Thrones Conclusion Falls Flat

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Lovers of the fantasy series Game of Thrones tuned in for the nonsensical ending Sunday night. Much to their dismay, the conclusion to the once well-crafted tale left them with more continuity errors and questions than they bargained for.

Caution: This post contains spoilers for the entire series of Game of Thrones!

Howland Reed, The Grand Maester Conspiracy, The North Remembers, Lady Stoneheart. There were so many neglected arcs in the series that led to the rushed ending fans received last night. Although some still look fondly upon the franchise as one of the most enthralling, culturally captivating shows of all time, it’s memory is forever laced not just with what it included, but with what it altered or flat out ignored.

Originally foreseen by George R.R. Martin as having a Tolkien-esque ending where all loose ends are tied, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are being roasted for the botched ending they’ve presented to a longsuffering fanbase. Appearing to have conveniently forgotten the iconic author’s grand plan, D & D stood by as plot lines and character arcs suffered from their deviation. No longer able to contain their frustrations fans have been incredibly vocal with their displeasure. Screaming in a single voice and echoing the cast’s sentiments, the Game of Thrones fandom agrees that this ending is “bullshit”.

The beginning of the series finale focused on Tyrion’s journey to uncover the fate of his siblings and Jon’s journey to convince Daenerys not to be “more of the same.” The Red Keep, thought to be in complete ruin, was still accessible to Tyrion, even as he wandered toward the underbelly of the enormous castle. A torch in hand, he dug through bricks to reach the tunnels where Jamie and Cersei lay. In what would be the first of many “What the f*ck?!” moments of the evening, Tyrion actually discovers the corpses of the star-crossed twins. Viewers watched in disappointment as he managed to stand in an area that should have been clearly collapsed, implying that if the lovers stood a few feet to the right, they might have survived the implosion. A travesty! Yet more cringe would follow as the episode unfolded.

For anxious onlookers who couldn’t wait to see what Sunday would bring, they could feast their eyes upon an accurate leak that described the events. Telegraphing Grey Worm’s descent into heartlessness as he killed enemies of “The Queen”, Jon’s eventual betrayal of Daenerys, and even character endings, it all played out just as the unnamed source said things would. No matter how much we wanted it all to be untrue, there it was in all of it’s ugliness. After 10 long years of production, after 2 long years of wait, Game of Thrones ended with democracy, SIX kingdoms, and Bran The Broken, First of His Name ascending to rule.

The overall reception of the conclusion to the series is a solid “NOPE!”. Viewers and critics have given the episode, titled The Iron Throne, a 57% rating. As social media users continue to share the ways in which the end was unfulfilling for them, book readers are urging them to begin reading the texts. There are still two novels left in the series, giving show watchers access to a true ending and the satisfaction of complete arcs with stunning detail.

Were you disappointed with Season 8? Did you think the series finale was an epic conclusion or did it leave much to be desired?

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