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What We Are Expecting from the 2017 BET Awards?!

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Let’s get into it. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade and some change, then you know that the BET awards has been coming around every summer since 2001. Sixteen years of music, stars, and moments that have the people talking about it days later! Now they have had their ups (I’m looking at you Beyonce, making Terrence Howard nearly pass out during Destiny’s Child’s “Cater to You Performance” or the legendary Michael Jackson getting down with James Brown). They have also had their downs *cough* Miss Knowles and Jay-Z getting everyone hyped about their performance to close the show, only to “live stream” it much to everyone’s chagrin. *cough* Wait a minute, Beyonce you’ve done this twice! Anyway, that was then, this is now! I may be speaking prematurely, but this BET awards has the opportunity to be one of the best yet, but let us make these expectations very clear in no particular order.

1.) Bruno Mars:
Bruno is going to give an amazing funktastic performance with a medley of songs from his 24K magic album! ( I saw what you did at the billboard awards Bruno. Don’t do it hun, I need the real thing on that BET stage. #Nostream2017 )

 

2.) NEW EDITION WILL SHUT THE HOUSE DOWN:
The recipients of the BET Lifetime Achievement award are always expected to turn the stage out, as we’ve seen from Charlie Wilson to the O’Jays. Prince, we miss you, but some of us are still pressed you didn’t show out like you knew how when you took home the award in 2010, but you are Prince so we just basked in the greatness that was your acceptance speech. This year though, 2017, New Edition, you all have to and will demolish the building. We want to hear everything from “Count me Out” to “I’m Still in Love With You.”

 

3.) Solo Spotlights:
I know there is only so much time allotted for the lifetime achievement award acts, and New Edition has a catalogue long enough to be able to perform for hours, but the fans also want to hear some Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill songs as well. I don’t know how you will pull it off, but I’m merely here to set the expectation, so good luck with that BET!

 

4.) Hip Hop Showdown:
Honestly, just looking at some of the nominees for certain categories this year made my heart hurt because they are all so good. One category in particular that caught my attention was the best Male Hip Hop artist category. We have Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamaar, Future, J. Cole, Drake, and Big Sean. Every single one of these artists have made GIGANTIC moves in the music world in the 2016-2017 season. I’m going to go ahead and predict that it will be between Chance and Kendrick, but you never know.

 

5.) Queens of Hip Hop:
We can’t talk about the boys without discussing the girls, and the best female Hip Hop artist category is just as unpredictable as the male category. Cardi B, Missy Elliot, Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj, and Young M.A. This one is only slightly easier to narrow down. Cardi B and Young M.A have definitely made their mark, but this award is going to either Missy Elliot, Remy Ma, or Nicki Minaj. This will most likely be the year that Nicki’s winning streak gets snapped. Missy Elliot burst back on the scene with danceable Hip Hop bangers like it was the 90s, and Remy Ma really got on everyone’s radar after she released her diss track “Shether.” Once again, it’s anybody’s game.

 

6.) Black Panther:
BET, we NEED to see the cast of Black Panther present the award for best movie. Almost everyone, myself included, has lost all of their follicles flipping out over this movie. It is destined to be a smash! If we can’t get every cast member, we at least need Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, and Michael B. Jordan/Angela Bassett. Okay, that still might be asking for a lot, but find the funds and make it happen!

 

7.) Tie:
7 is a glorious number, so I will wrap it up with this last one. Beyonce and Solange Knowles must tie in one of the categories that they are going head to head in, preferably best female r&b artist. Yes! I want a tie! It has been done before. Can we rewind to the 2011 BET Awards when siblings Willow and Jaden Smith both won the Youngstar’s award? Turn this sibling showdown into a sibling sharedown!

 

That’s all for now folks! Make sure you tune in to the BET Awards Sunday, June 25th at 8P/7C! If you want more information on the show and the artists, just visit their website!
https://www.bet.com/shows/bet-awards.html

As always, have peace in your presence….

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Mo’Nique Sues Netflix for Gender/Race Discrimination

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A lawsuit two years in the making has finally hit the streaming titan. Alleging racial and gender discrimination, Oscar winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique has filed a 39-page suit against Netflix.

As the fight for equal pay within the entertainment industry wages on, Mo’Nique has upped the ante by suing Netflix after years of callouts. Claiming the streaming giant attempted to underpay her for a stand-up special in comparison to other comedic heavyweights, Mo’Nique has highlighted gender and racial bias in the suit. Stating that she had a choice to make, Mo’Nique’s decision to stand against Netflix stems from a desire level the playing field. In a post on Instagram, she said “I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up.”

Citing the offers received by Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and Amy Schumer, Mo’Nique alleges that Netflix’s offer of $500,000 was tawdry at best. The lawsuit states, “When the talent was not a Black woman, Netflix offered to pay, and did pay, astronomically more than it pays to Black women like it offered to Mo’Nique.” Seinfeld’s deal with Netflix was allegedly $100 million for two specials and his interview series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Dave Chappelle’s deal for three specials was reportedly worth $60 million. Both Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais allegedly received $40 million for two show deals. Even Amy Schumer commanded $11 million for a single special. Disrespected by her offer, Mo’Nique’s suit accuses the company of perpetuating the drastic wage gap forced upon Black women in America’s workforce.

Not only offended by having her talent undervalued, Mo’Nique’s suit claims the streaming company’s former Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland used the N-word in a meeting. Friedland was reported by several employees for his insensitive remarks for which he refused to apologize. Even after speaking in front of a Black employees, Friedland refused to denounce his behavior. His lack of racial awareness and sensitivity, Friedland was eventually fired by Netflix.

While Mo’Nique has spoken out to confirm that she is suing Netflix, she asks only for support and love at this time, offering no further comments.

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Did Wendy Williams Shade Nicki Minaj?

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It’s no secret that the Queen of Media and Queen of Rap do not get along. Targeting a certain “soon to be washed-up rapper”, Wendy’s inflammatory comments have drawn the ire of Nicki’s ruthless fanbase, The Barbz.

Tensions between Wendy Williams and Nicki Minaj are at an all-time high following the daytime talk show host’s comments about the rapper’s husband. Wendy drew first blood when she pointed to Kenneth Petty’s violent past. Discussing it on air, Wendy said “I don’t know what he does for a living. I just know that he did time in jail for — he’s a sex offender.” Wendy continued her assessment by stating Nicki is no stranger to such behavior because of her brother’s incarceration before returning to her thoughts on Kenneth. “Well, first-degree manslaughter. Now, he served seven years in prison and he’s also a sex offender. So that means that he…is manslaughter a killer? Okay. So, he’s a killer and a sex offender…Well, Nicki. Congratulations.”

Hearing how critical Wendy Williams has been of her marriage to Kenneth Petty, Nicki Minaj lashed out during an episode of Queen Radio. Hitting back at Williams for her criticism with “It’s not about doing your job.” Nicki says Wendy goes too far. “There are people who report the news and there are people who do it with an evil intent in their heart, viciousness.” Feeling entitled to counter the disrespect, Nicki alluded to Wendy’s failing marriage, saying “And I pray for you because I know you’re hurting and I know you must be sick and humiliated.”

During Nicki’s episode of Queen Radio she continued to air out Wendy’s marital issues with Kevin Hunter. Bringing up his extramarital affair, Nicki targeted what she believed was the source of Wendy’s bitterness. “You’re sat up there being vicious all this time, and paid for that man’s mistress all these years. You paid for her shopping sprees, you paid for her hotels — Bitch, you probably even paid for her GYN bills, you paid to have that baby delivered, ho. How you doin’, stupid?” Seemingly unphased by Nicki’s callout, Wendy had this to say during her show:

“There’s this soon-to-be washed up rapper who can’t keep my name out of it’s mouth. I love it. I sit here like, ‘OK, keep talking. Say some more.'”

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“Where is Frank Ocean?” Drake Booed off Camp Flog Gnaw Stage

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Boo this man! Boooo! Drake thought a surprise appearance at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival would go better than this. The Canadian rapper was booed off the stage after attempting to surprise fans by performing before Frank Ocean’s set.

Drake’s surprise appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw was cut short after he was interrupted by boos. The rapper, who arranged the surprise with Tyler The Creator’s approval, stopped in the middle of “Wu-Tang Forever” to gauge the crowd. Saying, “I’m up here for you tonight. If you want to keep going, I will keep going.” Drake asked “What’s up?” Unfortunately, during the pause, some members of the crowd began booing loudly. Bowing out gracefully, Drake said “It’s been love.” and exited stage left. Hoping Frank Ocean would take the stage soon after, fans were met with further disappointment — he refused to perform.

After waiting nearly 15 minutes for Frank Ocean’s performance to begin, fans came to the realization that he wouldn’t take the stage. Presumably punishing the audience for causing Drake to end his set 20 minutes early, fans are agreeing with Frank Ocean’s decisions. One Twitter user commented “Frank not performing is exactly what a crowd who would boo Drake deserves.” Another user echoed their sentiments, saying “Drake, I’m sorry, bro. I’m so sorry. They didn’t deserve you.”

Although Frank Ocean has yet to release a statement, rumors are swirling that Drake was called in to replace the rapper altogether. Frank Ocean allegedly canceled his scheduled appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw, but there is no indication he stepped down on any of his official social media profiles. However, his name was missing from the lineup of the 2-day festival.

With ticket prices ranging from $270 to $1045, fans are sharing their mixed feelings. Some are disappointed they sold their passes and lost the chance to see Drake, others are furious they held on to their tickets and didn’t get to see Frank Ocean.

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