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….
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share News of the Loss of Their Unborn Child
Early Thursday morning Chrissy Teigen and John Legend let the world know of the loss of their unborn child. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking post to social media, Teigen described her and husband John Legend’s “deep pain you only hear about.” She went on to talk about how the couple does not typically name their children “until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before (they) leave the hospital,” but somehow they fell on the name “Jack.”
The heartbreaking news comes just days after first being admitted to the hospital for what she described as heavy bleeding. However, two days ago, she assured fans that both her and baby were healthy and doing well. Teigen, no stranger to social media, continued to engage her following, giving brief updates along the way, when shortly after midnight she shared photos of her and John in the hospital cradling their newborn in the immediate aftermath.
While her husband has remained largely unproblematic and scandal-free, Teigen has been the frequent target of scathing criticism – much of which is completely valid. From her ridiculing Black hair, to her seemingly mocking intimate partner violence when she referenced Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s incident, Chrissy Teigen has been the focus of such harsh vitriol that she has threatened to quit social media altogether on multiple occasions. Sharing such personal news with the world may come as a surprise to many.
Overwhelmingly, however, the internet’s response has been positive and embracing. Celebrities and non-celebs alike have offered words of support to the couple as they go through this difficult time. See both the model’s post and the heartwarming responses to it below.
Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43
Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.
The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen.
As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences.
The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.
It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison
Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.
The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.
Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.
“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].