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Jemar Michael Talks with Queer Black Millennial

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Written by Kenya Hunter

 

If you’ve ever seen the show Dear White People, the obvious names come to mind. There is Sam, the vocal student activist of Winchester who struggles with her light-skinned privilege. There’s Reggie, Sam’s comrade, who just can’t seem to figure out why Sam would choose the white guy over him. Then there is, of course, the white boy, Gabe, whose relationship with Sam offers the discussion of interracial relationships while fighting oppression.

 

But what arguably makes Dear White People the satirical mastermind it is isn’t Sam’s “Dear White People” rants on Winchester’s student-run radio station. Nor is it Lionel, the student journalist who is torturing himself to find his “label.” The reason why Dear White People has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomato would be the supporting characters. Characters like Kelsey, whose naivety accents a much deeper issue of when class privilege intersects with the Black Lives Matter movement. And comedic relief characters like Al, the President of Black AF.

 

Al is played by Jemar Michael, who talked to Queer Black Millennial (QBM) about his character’s role in the Netflix Original Series and what it is like to be a Black and openly gay public figure.

 

Michael found his passion for acting in his hometown, Saint Paul, MN, at the Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing arts. After he graduated in 2009, his career at the California Institute for Performing arts commenced, but came to an abrupt halt two years later. “It just got expensive, and I am not about that debt life,” he laughed. “So I moved back home and got in touch with my agent I had throughout High School and she told me I would be filming (Dear White People, the movie) here.”

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The VMAs Are Coming! Performers, Nominations, and Early Mistakes

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The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards are set to air Monday August 26th and the hype is already building! With first time performances from Normani, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lizzo lined up as well as Missy Elliott’s Video Vanguard Award, fans are excited to see what surprises are in store.

The list for pre-show and main show performers is making the 2019 VMAs look promising! Megan The Stallion and her bionic knees are set to kick things off as a pre-show performer alongside singer/songwriter Ava Max and CNCO, a Latin American boy band. There’s no telling what song she’ll perform from her growing catalogue, but we know Megan will deliver a taste of that Hot Girl Summer energy. All eyes will be on the main stage when Normani steps up to perform her new hit single, “Motivation”. The choreography heavy performance and catchy song co-written by Ariana Grande is sure to be everyone’s favorite performance, especially if she can duplicate the basketball bit.

Lizzo is gearing up to perform her sleeper hit “Truth Hurts”. Originally released in 2017, the song has popped off recently, ascending the charts in the spring. With a remix hinted that will feature Da Baby, fans will just have to wait and see if she’ll bring him on stage. Also taking the main stage is H.E.R. The R&B songstress whose musical style is described as “downcast post-breakup material” has been nominated for “Could’ve Been” featuring Bryson Tiller, which she is likely to perform. Old Town rapper Lil Nas X is a main stage performer as well as Big Sean. While details of either of their performances have not leaked, Camila and Shawn Mendes can’t say the same.

Last night, Entertainment Weekly haphazardly released an article describing the fauxple’s (fake couple) onstage behavior. As you know, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have been indulging in obvious and unconvincing PDA everywhere they go. Believed to be a staged relationship, the early release of this article is just icing on a stale cake. Neither party has commented on the mistake.

Easily the highlight of the night, Missy Elliott will be performing as she receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Thanking her fans and those who campaigned longest for her to receive the honor, Missy referenced the upcoming tribute during her most recent single, “Throw It Back.” With a midnight premiere, the new single is already being celebrated for its style and is sure to make it into the medley of songs she performs that night.

Are you looking forward to the VMAs this year?

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Hazel E’s Colorist Comments Start Marriage Boot Camp Brawl, Halts Production

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Looks like Hazel E’s mouth has gotten her into trouble yet again! The former Love and Hip Hop Hollywood cast mate and Shanda Denyce were involved in a brawl on the set of Marriage Boot Camp. Damaging furniture and requiring security to ease the tension, producers reportedly put a stop to filming the upcoming season. With the home on lockdown and news of the fight making the rounds, there’s only one question — who won?

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What Started the Fight

In 2017, Hazel E went on Instagram to attack Brooke Valentine, Moniece Slaughter, Jess Hilarious, and others for being “mad [because] they couldn’t pass the brown paper bag test.” The post, which has long been removed, contained a collage of brown skin women and a caption filled with disdain:

“I see all you black a** b*tches that hate me! Stop bleaching your skin, and fix the inside first and maybe all you ho*s wouldn’t be so mad. Love the skin you in ladies… [it] takes a village to take me out, but what y’all fail to realize is I’m still on top, and none of you b*tches WILL EVER compare to me or be on my level. I got money in the streets, anybody lookin for a check hit me up. B*tches mad cuz they couldn’t pass the brown paper bag test. Yep I said it back on my business with my United Nations. Sorry mom you kept me away from these type of girls all my life, you said they would hate me because I’m light skin…you were right!”

At the time, Hazel’s comments were directed at women who were accusing of her then boyfriend, Rose Burgandy, of being gay and lying about his age. She also went on to attack the gay community by commenting beneath Rose Burgandy’s post, “Burn in hell just like God said in the Bible!” She later recanted, because her supporters are predominantly members of the LGBT+ community. But while social media had forgotten about her ignorant remarks, Shanda Denyce did not.

Shanda confronted Hazel over her colorist remarks which immediately began the fight. With the two women arguing, their respective partners, Willie Taylor of Day 26 and model Devon B, started fighting alongside them until security intervened. According to TMZ, a marble table was cracked, several chairs were destroyed, and a set of drapes were ripped from the wall of the Marriage Boot Camp residence.

After the fight, producers held an emergency meeting to discuss whether the season would continue filming. As news of the fight is spreading, supporters of Shanda have flocked to her comments to praise her for “plucking beaks”. Meanwhile, Hazel E’s comments are in shambles after her disgusting comments have resurfaced.

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Mystery Woman Complicates Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Relationship

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Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have been seeing each other exclusively for the last six years. At least, they were until photos of Jamie with a hot, young singer recently emerged. According to multiple sources, Katie has called it quits, but the problems they faced go beyond his wandering eyes.

Citing their long-distance lifestyle and his reckless ways, reclusive actress Katie Holmes says she’s ready to move forward with someone who can commit. The couple began dating privately in 2013 following her divorce from Tom Cruise. Although their relationship status was never formally announced, Jamie and Katie were often seen at public events, vacationing, and exchanging PDA. But things seemed to slow down in February 2019 when Jamie was overheard at a party boasting about his single life.

According to MarieClaire, Foxx told party goers he was happy to be single during Byron Allen’s annual Oscar’s celebration. While Holmes didn’t appear to be phased by the slight, she didn’t let it go easily. Katie began posting racy photos on Instagram and during their first major public appearance at the Met Gala, the couple kept their distance. Not long after this, Holmes allegedly presented Foxx with an ultimatum, either move closer or move out of my life. Foxx apparently chose the latter.

A month after attending the Met, mystery woman Sela Vave posted photos of herself and Jamie getting cozy in an undisclosed location. Expressing her gratitude to him, Sela further fueled the rumors that Katie and Jamie were through. But the question on everyone’s lips is who is she?

Sela Vave credits herself as an actress, model, and musician. Currently repped by Talent Management Group and Vave says that Foxx is just a mentor in her music career. The two were recently on LA’s Power 106 FM to plug her upcoming album. But while all that makes it seem like things are strictly professional, Vave and Foxx have traveled a lot together. In June, they were spotted at the BET Awards together and shortly after, he brought her along to his performance in The Hamptons. Neither Foxx, Holmes, or Vave have confirmed or denied any rumors. A predictable move, especially since Vave is younger than his own daughter.

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