Last night the 2019 Golden Globes took place. The star-studded event was full of remarkable fashions, but something seemed off…
— anna brings home the bagels (@hapasareasian) January 7, 2019
Same Old Song and Dance
The 2019 Golden Globes seemed to be a return to the norm as Black cinematography took a backseat to White mediocrity. Despite Black Panther being the top third grossing film of all time, it took home no awards. Nominated in three categories, Black Panther lost to Bohemian Rhapsody, which holds a 62% critic score to Black Panther’s 97%. Aside from Best Motion Picture – Drama, Black Panther was nominated for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. So why the snub?
Strategic category assignment may be to blame. There is no category in the Golden Globes that seems appropriate for comic book films. Still, Black Panther was up against every Black storytelling film that was nominated, with the exception of the highly problematic Green Book. Although favorites from the ensemble cast of Black Panther attended the film, no one was nominated for Best Supporting Actor or Actress.
Further adding to the disappointment, BlackKklansman bore the same fate. Nominated for four awards, the controversial tale of an African-American police officer infiltrating the KKK, went home empty-handed. The feeling the Black community had of finally being represented in media, be it in a fictional country, was met with outright disdain. The awarding of Green Book as a musical/comedy echoed this sentiment.
Golden Globes So White
When it comes to television nominations, The Golden Globes were as White as the Oscars. Ethnic nominees were only in the single digits for television content. When reduced to Black nominees, the number is even slimmer. Although queer attendees shone on the red carpet, Pose was only nominated for two categories and took home no awards. With Regina King as the only Black female nominee, it’s a major accomplishment that she earned a Best Performance award.
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) January 7, 2019
On the heels of the Surviving R Kelly docuseries, many expected more conversation about the #MeToo movement during acceptance speeches. While celebs proudly showed off “Times Up” wristbands on the red carpet, there was no mass call to action. However, the only notable moments were Regina King’s acceptance speech and Sandra Oh’s commentary as host. Lady Gaga accepted the award for Best Original Song for A Star is Born. Despite her history of collaborating with R Kelly, she faced no ire from her peers and did not mention him during her speech. Comments she made in 2013 about the singer have resurfaced and she has yet to make a statement to retract them.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: 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 conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His 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 her 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 had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. 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.”
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 (has) 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 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 about them 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.