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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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Su-I-(De)-Cide

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Su-I-(De)-Cide. Really?! Are you deciding to commit suicide when you let yourself become just “one of them?”

Budding author Olivia Thompson thinks so as she takes us on a journey to discover what “living” means when who we are is pre-determined by everyone and everything that came before us. In her four short stories, we meet Zaba, a college-bound student fighting against social stigmas after learning her best friend is HIV positive; Raven, who does anything to force a drug dealer to feel the consequences of his choices; Kiyomi, who struggles to survive each new day, and; a nameless character who can be anyone of us in the midst of conflict. Through these stories, we learn that life is a beautiful experience, but it also has a habit of breaking people.

Although Miss Thompson began writing at three, this is her first publication. Born with a stutter that made her afraid to speak and the victim of bullying, she dove into creating imaginary worlds where characters used a voice she was too afraid to use herself. Behind the desktop, she was in control. Yet, as she got older she learned that no one is ever in control, and her imaginary worlds took a different turn.

Her debut title, Su-I-(De)-Cide, is available now on Amazon!

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On This Day, A Legend Is Born: Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Welcome Baby Boy

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Earlier this morning Chrissy Teigen broke the news that her second child with singer, John Legend, was born.

The couple already has a two-year-old daughter named, Luna, and now she has a little brother. While we don’t know the baby’s name yet or even seen a picture (taking notes from Beyoncé I see), we congratulate Chrissy and John for expanding their beautiful family.

(From left to right) Chrissy Teigen, Luna, & John Legend

Look at this adorable video John posted on Instagram calling the baby!

With #GoogleDuo, I can video call with my son before he's even born! #ad

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Here’s what Twitter had to say about the announcement:

 

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#MuteRKelly vs #TurnRKellyUp

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In retaliation of the Mute R Kelly campaign, which was launched because of the inhumane treatment of women, many of which who were under the legal age of consent, in an alleged sex cult and harem, Kelly has been accused of running for many years.

Kelly has launched the Turn R Kelly Up movement. Over the weekend during his show in North Carolina, Kelly gave out t-shirts and briefly addressed the crowd, with what appeared to be a “woe is me” cry for support.

 

Watch the plea here:

Kelly has been accused of sleeping with teenagers for years. He was first accused of marrying singer Aaliyah when she was only 15 years old, that marriage was annulled. He was then accused of sleeping with singer Sparkle’s niece, while she was only 14 years old and making the infamous sex tape, in which his reputation for giving out golden showers precedes him to this day.

Quite frankly, Kelly’s reputation overall is absolutely horrific. There are countless stories regarding how Kelly has a God complex because he has been able to get away with a lot of sick and twisted acts, with little to no repercussions.

Kelly Was Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

The singer was arrested in June of 2002 on child pornography charges, he posted $750,000 bail but then was arrested again in January 2003 on 16 additional child pornography charges, when photos of a naked, underage girl were found on his computer.

In addition to the accurately depicted Pied Piper persona, Kelly has also severed ties with his brother, Carey Kelly, who he expected to take the fall for his devious behavior, in addition to singers Neyo, Jay Z, and countless others, because of his superiority complex.

Recently, celebrities such as John Legend, Shonda Rimes, Viola Davis have banded in the #TimesUp movement to mute R Kelly, which has resulted in music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music pulling back on the promotion of Kelly’s music. His music will still be available, it just won’t be highlighted.

Kelly’s Team Jumps Ship

In addition, Kelly’s female attorney, publicist, and assistant have also jumped ship. This can’t be a good sign. I’m sure they know much more about the inner workings of what goes on with Kelly’s alleged occult, behind closed doors. They don’t want to go down with him, permanently ruining their name and reputation, by supporting a predator.

It truly appears that all of Kelly’s dirt and wrongdoings are about to catch up to him. Although there will always be those that turn a blind eye to the singer’s misdeeds because he is such a gifted artist (which is reflected in his sold-out performance over the weekend in Fayetteville, NC).

#ItsAboutDamnTime Movement

Soon and very soon we will be transitioning from #TimesUp to #ItsAboutDamnTime, and others that follow behind R Kelly will think twice before violating young, impressionable women ever again. Until then, we are waiting and watching, with popcorn in hand.

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