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.
Uncle Snoop Get Your Apology to Ari Lennox Ready
Apparently, everyone’s favorite uncle likes apologizing. Fresh off of his apology tour for his controversial comments towards broadcast journalists Gayle King, Snoop Dogg decided to comment on Ari Lennox’s Instagram live to instruct her to “grow your own hair.”
Yesterday, the Dreamville songbird took to Instagram Live in true Ari fashion to document her trying on a new lace front wig. Not known for wearing wigs, she struggled with figuring out how much lace to cut and securing the hair as she entertained her followers with hilarious gestures and commentary.
Eventually, a snippet of the video ended up on The Shade Room for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Moments later, Snoop was unnecessarily commenting under the video.
In no time, women were coming to Ari’s defense, reminding the legendary rapper that his wife and daughter are no strangers to wigs.
You’d think men would know to leave their opinions to themselves when it comes to women’s hair, especially black women, but clearly, Uncle Snoop forgot to read that particular memo.
Once Ari caught wind of Snoop’s comments, she delivered a lovely little shade tree, posting a photo of Snoop wearing a blonde wig with the caption, “Uncle I just…I just thought we had an understanding….”
Following the backlash that he’s currently receiving, I can already envision the apology that’s sure to follow. Perhaps someone should remind Uncle Snoop that the best apology is changed behavior…
DJ D-Nice Has Spun His Way Into the Living Rooms of Thousands
Every day, legendary DJ D-Nice (a.k.a. Derrick Jones) spends countless hours helping thousands of global citizens forget about the coronavirus pandemic and financial woes with his “Homeschool” parties.
Initially jumping on Instagram Live to cure his boredom while “self-isolating,” D-Nice had an audience of a few hundred, mostly friends. As word began to spread, it grew to a few thousand. By Sunday, over 160,000 people joined his live for a virtual party that included the heavyweights such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Fallon, and Vice President Joe Biden.
During a CBS This Morning interview, D-Nice shared, “I literally just played what feels good. I wanted people to feel good. I wanted their experience to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.” And he’s done just that. While on live, his comment section is a constant stream of cheers, shout outs, and music-lovers asking, “Where the drinks at?” It feels like the best VIP section you’ll ever experience but from your living room.
“No matter what your problems are, you can put on a good tune and it just takes you away and I was trying to do that,” he explained. “It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole experience and everyone escaping what’s going on today just for a few hours.”
While some of his neighbors have complained about the noise, D-Nice is committed to keeping the party going as the universal language of music is playing a vital role in keeping us all connected.
We have DJ D-Nice to thank for that!
Jay Electronica & Joe Budden Used Their Twitter Fingers to Exchange Insults
It took 10 years for Jay Electronica to release his highly-anticipated album, A Written Testimony. While some are singing his praises, others are incredibly disappointed. One such person is former rapper turned media personality, Joe Budden.
Budden used his platform, The Joe Budden Podcast episode Dry Snitching to express his disappointment. Budden proclaimed, “You’ve been missing for ten years- which is cool, ’cause you’ve been living life. But that confidence that I thought you might’ve been living life with is suppressed…that lens that I’m looking through paints the story of a different MC. And that MC is one that would get smacked around by Hov on every song.”
In response, Electronica took to Twitter and posted a video clip of DaBaby saying “fuck it,” directing the tweet at Rory, one of the co-hosts on Budden’s podcast.
Shortly after, Budden responded referring to Jay-Z’s performance on A Written Testimony, where he appears on eight of ten tracks. “I never got absolutely mopped around on my own project either… @ me, not Rory.”
Here’s how the rest of that conversation went:
The tirade ended with Electronica demanding credit for “lighting up” the podcast episode.
Electronica released A Written Testimony on Friday, March 13th. It’s his first solo album after more than ten years of delays with features by Jay-Z, The-Dream and Travis Scott, with additional production by The Alchemist, No ID, Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy.