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 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!
As always, have peace in your presence….
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to help treat the burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as hot prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session from inside a hospital room, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers he burnt his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything.”
In a more recent Live, Rolling Ray explained what happened that led to his whole wig catching on fire. Apparently, it was just 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 split about his accident. His social media 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 the 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 struggled to conceive since their marriage in 2015. 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.”
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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 [themself] have 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 that 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 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.