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Golden Globes: Winners, Upsets, White Feminism

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Last night the 2019 Golden Globes took place. The star-studded event was full of remarkable fashions, but something seemed off…

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.

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.

 

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Porn Star Flaunts Baby Allegedly by Iman Shumpert, Teyana Deletes Social Media

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You and me plus a porn star makes a baby?! Teyana Taylor deleted her IG after finding out Iman Shumpert allegedly got another woman pregnant during a threesome.

Six months ago, Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert went on a Jumpoff Press Tour. The couple went from station-to-station telling all their bedroom secrets. Now, Teyana has gone radio silent. With her Instagram deleted, rumors are swirling that Teyana ditched the platform because their plaything posted photos of her “lifetime gift.”

A screenshot of pornstar Alby Rydes IG with a heart-eyed emoji commented by Iman Shumpert resurfaced today, providing an answer for Teyana’s abrupt disappearance. Fans noticed her account was missing from the ‘Gram three days ago.

We all know Teyana and Iman like to add a special guest to their bedroom every now and then, but Teyana has stated they have rules. One rule in particular is that Iman is never allowed to “finish” with the other woman. So how did this happen? Well, according to Teyana, it didn’t. Unable to remain silent, Teyana has taken to Twitter to debunk the rumors of an extra-marital child.

The interview infamous “Dora the Explorer” interview was July 2018, meaning Alby Rydes would have been well into her pregnancy. Alby has come forward to debunk the rumor as well stating:

“I refuse to entertain fake rumors. Life is too big and time is too short to get caught up in empty drama… BUT to protect my energy I have to respond. Whoever is spreading these rumors just know ITS FAKE NEWS AND IT AIN’T HIS BABY.”

Now if they say it isn’t true, it isn’t true. But the court of public opinion says Teyana is just trying to save face. What do you think?

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Bitter Baby Father Future Says Russell Wilson isn’t a “Real Man”

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Future must be desperate for some press following the release of his new album, The WIZRD. While sharing inspiration for his album, Future discussed his thoughts on his ex-fiancée, Ciara, and her husband Russell Wilson.

Kno Mercy

Future and Ciara have not been a couple for years. We all know if the roles were reversed, CeCe would be every kind of low-down descriptor used for women clinging to their ex. Still, her bitter ex will get no pass from me. Being the bitter baby daddy that he is, Future decided to put his unnecessary two-cents in on how Russ and Ciara’s relationship works.

While the dynamics of a healthy relationship are completely unknown to the five-time sperm donor, Future thought it was his place to discuss Ciara’s happy marriage. Eloquently stating, “he do exactly what she tell him to do”, Future seems to resent Russell valuing his wife’s opinion enough to love and obey her. The audacity?! The unmitigated gall?! How dare Russell Wilson show respect and admiration for the mind of a woman and care for a child not his own? Behaving so childishly, you’d almost think Future was jealous.

Monster

Future thought it was his place to say Russell should be a “man” and tell Ciara to stop mentioning his name in public indefinitely. Gathering all his ignorance like a spirit bomb, Future spewed the following:

“He not being a man in that position. He not tellin’ her, ‘Chill out with that on the internet. Don’t even talk to him. I’m your husband! You better not even bring Future’s name up!’ If that was me, she couldn’t even bring her exes’ names up.”

Now I don’t know just how fried the remainder of Future’s synapses are to formulate such ass-backwards opinions about how successful, functioning men who aren’t abusing prescription substances should govern their marriages. But I do know narcissistic abusive behavior when I see it.

What is clear from Future’s commentary on Ciara and Russell’s happy marriage is this — he’s jealous it is not him and is too prideful to admit he wants the prayer like the rest of us. He does not understand the practice of co-parenting or parenting for that matter. In the past, he has said the mothers’ of his children should simply explain “they gotta make a sacrifice having a superstar dad.” And so he should understand this, Ciara is happy and doesn’t care. But I know that it hurts, I know that it hurts his pride, and he can just go cry in a Nissan.

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R. Kelly Dropped by Sony Music, Former Manager James Mason Surrenders for Arrest

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R. Kelly’s former manager, James Mason, has surrendered to authorities in Georgia following news of an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The walls now closing in on the former R&B idol, R. Kelly has been dropped by his label, Sony Music.

During May 2018, Joycelyn Savage’s father, Timothy, filed a police report with the Henry County Police Department. Claiming his daughter was being held captive by R. Kelly, Mr. Savage asserted the artist and James Mason threatened him for going public. The former manager had a warrant issued for his arrest in July 2018 and managed to evade arrest until today.

R. Kelly's former manager, James Mason, has surrendered to authorities in Georgia following news of an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The walls now closing in on the former R&B idol, R. Kelly has been dropped by his label,… Click To Tweet

The incident report originally filed by Timothy Savage was obtained by CNN and alleges James Mason made “terroristic threats and acts.” Mason attempted to intimidate the Savages, stating:

“I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m going to f*cking kill you.”

James Mason had referred all attempts for contact to his legal representation. It is unclear if he intends to cooperate in the ongoing investigation mounted against R. Kelly and his years of sexual abuse.

#MuteRKelly Forces Labels to Drop Singer

In addition to the possibility of former management providing pertinent information to the feds, R. Kelly has been dropped from his label. According to Variety, Sony Music has decided to dissolve their business relationship with the artist. They are currently working through issues to avoid legal fallout behind their decision.

Sony’s move to release R. Kelly comes after the singer was removed from the RCA records website. Although he has not released new music with Sony since 2016, R. Kelly tweeted earlier this year that fans should expect a new album. With the success of #MuteRKelly campaigns and “Surviving R. Kelly,” it is unclear if the studio will move forward with any remaining projects. Further influencing the studio’s decision was UltraViolet, a women’s organization. UltraViolet commissioned a plane to fly over Sony Music’s LA offices with a sign reading “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly”. Along with the Los Angeles protest, Sony’s New York headquarters had protests staged outside as well.

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