So, there’s an urban legend that every time our true and righteous queen Beyoncé sets to break the internet, Kimberly Kardashian-don’t-forget-the-West uploads some semi-nude pictures to her social media accounts in an attempt to set the world ablaze with what amounts to something we can see anytime on Pornhub. Right? Any who, the creole juju that Beyoncé has is just too strong, and Kimberly has now had to set her sights on riding Drake’s wave.
At the top of the holiday weekend, Friday evening, when people are feeling good and scrolling through their social media looking for a few laughs, Drake drops his Duppy Freestyle, a glorious critique aimed at Pusha T’s Daytona album and career to date, which also sent loose cannons at Kanye and Q – Quentin Miller (former ghostwriter). Aubrey starts the track like “I’m in shock…the nerve…the audacity” and then he hits the auntiest of aunty’s deep sigh. Anything that comes after that, you already know.
Send the invoice for the extra 20… https://t.co/41rd4OJeMF
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 25, 2018
Pusha T, subsequently, requests an invoice (referencing a line in the Duppy Freestyle), Drake sends requested invoice, hilarity ensues…and then here comes Kimberly.
@Drake when G.O.O.D. Music sends the money they owe you, will you please help us rebuild Kanye’s mothers house for the youth of Chicago. I spoke to Kanye about it. His response was “fuck the youth of Chicago”
— Rhymefest (@RHYMEFEST) May 26, 2018
I saw you at our studio a few weeks ago so why didn’t you bring this up then @RHYMEFEST ? You were trying to get Kanye to listen to your sub par beats. You have the audacity to use Kanye’s mom name to try to shead a negative light on Kanye.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 26, 2018
So, to be fair RhymeFest who I assume was Kanye’s ghostwriter during his College Registration Graduation days did call out Kanye first via social media, trying to ride the trending wave that Drake created. And, in what I still in my heart believe was Kanye on Kimberly’s phone, Mrs. Kardashaian-don’t-forget-the-West responded in complete white woman fashion. She said the boy had on fake Yeezy’s, she said he was begging her husband for money (she also low-key said her husband was broke, y’all catch that?), and she sort of admitted that neither Kanye nor her are involved with the foundation set up in Kanye’s mother’s name. She also threatened to snatch the foundation from the people who I presume are actually in Chicago and continuing to provide services to vulnerable youth in that city and pass it along to her toddler children to manage? I mean North does seem pretty bright, but running a whole foundation? That seems excessive. Of all her hysterical utterings via Twitter, that was the one that paused me – isn’t that such an entitled white woman thing to say?
To summarize — Kim went full white woman, her stans lived, then she walked off into the sunset feeling victorious and magnanimous. Chrissy Teigen-Legend popped her big circle head in the mix and she’s currently explaining why she isn’t problematic and how she was just watching like everyone else. (Sidenote – these celebrities are going to have to learn when to shut up and log off.)
Most of the blacks are big mad, and reliving Kanye’s betrayal. Meanwhile, Aubrey Graham is sitting in a tower keep in a very tall castle, wearing a smoking jacket with a gold owl emblazoned across the back, his chest is out of course; he is also wearing silk pajama bottoms and fur lined house shoes. He is sitting in a rocking chair eyes turned towards the window, his face in a scowl, shaking his fist in the sky and suddenly he yells, “But I sent an invoice to the boy, they should be talking about me!”
He drops his head into his hands. Smdh, look what y’all did to Drake behind that white woman.
Jada Speaks on August Alsina Drama in Latest Red Table Talk
In her first “Red Table Talk” since the infamous August Alsina-Jada Pinkett-Smith drama began, Jada admitted that she did in fact have a relationship with singer August Alsina.
In response to Alsina’s claim that he was involved in a romantic years-long relationship with the actress, Jada said their relationship began “4 and a half years ago” at a time when both her and August were going through an immense amount of change in their lives.
“You and I were going through a very difficult time,” Jada said, speaking to her husband Will Smith. “You kicked me to the curb.. We basically broke up.” Will agreed that he was “done with her ass” while commenting that “marriages go through that.”
When her husband asked her why she chose the relationship with Alsina, she replied “I just wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I felt good, and it was really a joy to help heal somebody.” Since news of the relationship broke, much of the criticism Pinkett-Smith has faced revolved around her possibly wanting to heal August as he had recently lost his sister and taken on custody of her children. In an interesting comparison, she likened her need to help broken people – such as August, at the time – to an addiction.
She argued that she “was really able to do some really deep healing” before he suddenly broke communication and hadn’t had any contact with her since then. According to both Jada and Will Alsina cut the Smiths off “years ago” and that’s why Alsina even mentioning all this now was so “strange.”.
The actress then went on to thank her husband for being such a good companion that both of them “could make mistakes without fear of losing [their] family.” They both expressed gratitude in each other for sticking around especially when, according to Will, Jada messed up so badly he wasn’t sure he was even going to speak to her again.
The two shared laughs then reaffirmed their marriage some more by talking about how whatever Jada did that had Will so pissed off wasn’t enough to scare him away.
In all, this latest installment of “Red Table Talk” was interesting to say the least. Check it out below.
Simone Biles Stuns On Vogue Cover
Stop everything! Simone Biles, possibly the greatest living gymnast in the world, on the cover of Vogue. She’s giving power. She’s giving sophistication. She’s giving ballerina. She’s giving praise dancer. She’s GIVING YOU LIFE.
We’re all here for it, too. And why wouldn’t we be? Simone is adorable, kind, and the future of Black athleticism. To make this shoot even more iconic, people have also pointed out that her shoot is aesthetically similar to the shoots Annie Leibovitz, who is also the Biles’ photographer, has done for Serena Williams in the past, and I can see it.
One interesting, and sad, parallel here, is that Biles has come under racist fire in the past for her appearance. Leibovitz’s work captures the musculature in the bodies of her subjects and glorifies them. These photos don’t hide Simone’s body or make any effort “accent” them. They center her body, which has been scrutinized throughout the years, in a way that Black people have seen only occasionally in the past. These earth tones? The softness of the focus? The high fashion? You can’t deny any of it!
As you might remember, Serena also did a maternity shoot with a similar aesthetic. (Same photographer) So, I’m interested to see how she if she might do the same if that time ever comes.
Kanye West Isn’t Your Father
Disclaimer: This is the opinion of one young writer, and does not reflect the views and opinions of KingOfReads.com or its proprietor.
I’ve spent a lot of time with Kanye West’s music. I was born in 1994, so Kanye arrived on the scene at a time when I was a developing Queer boy. I had so many feelings, these uncontrollable hormonal emotions, that Kanye’s music really spoke to in some ways. That said, he was trash. Like most of our heroes, he was trash. But we ate it up, didn’t we? Now, some of us have outgrown him. Some of us need to grow up.
Kanye has, yet again, let his ego do the talking. Whether you believe he is serious or not, he wants us to believe that he is running for president. He also wants you to believe he loves Black people. It’s dangerous for you to believe either. Kanye has a non-Black wife, whom he has allowed to scold and threaten the Black people running the foundation named after his Black mother. Kanye was (is?) an ardent supporter of Donald Trump. Kanye implied that slavery was a choice. Kanye’s given you every indication that his interests lie with his current state of mind and y’all (spelled: Black cishet men) ignore the fact that said interests consistently cause harm. That makes you complicit. So let’s talk about it.
As JustLatasha once said, “I’m sorry your fathers never came home.” Kanye is not your long-lost Daddy. Neither is Nas, Jay-Z, J. Cole, or Robert Kelly. These men are businessmen. Their allegiance is to the money they make. Don’t get me wrong. I’m anti-capitalist, but I understand that Black people need money to survive, and in order to leverage capital for progress against oppressive systems. All these men have enough money to survive for several hundred years. Yet, instead of redistributing it or supporting the work of people who have been fighting toward Black liberation for decades, they sprinkle a few tax-deductible dollars into organizations that may or may not actually appropriate these funds correctly, or give you a soundbite that makes you think they’re on your side. Then, they turn around and say things like “we’ve moved past kneeling” and “400 years?! That sounds like a choice.” They spew rhetoric, not backed by facts or even well-thought-out opinion, that undermines people who have done the reading, who have done the research required to participate in the discussion. The problem is, at every turn, Black cishet men want to believe that they’re “playing chess not checkers” when it’s clear they aren’t even on the board.
Y’all have this faith in these men, as if they somehow are providing something substantive in your life. Let’s take a look at a few of the “chess” moves Kanye performed today. He told you vaccines were “the mark of the beast”. He said one of the police officers who aided in the murder of George Floyd didn’t deserve to be in jail. He implied that God was punishing us with COVID-19 and that prayer was all that was needed to stop it. But when he was asked about taxes, this man who’s worth more than some small countries said “I haven’t done enough research on that yet. I will research that with the strongest experts that serve God and come back with the best solution.” And the worst part is that he doesn’t have to answer for any of this. You’ll all do it for him. You’ll defend him until the day he dies because you see him as a patriarch, a father-figure, here to guide you through life in the way your father never could. Guess what, Tiger, daddy isn’t really out for a pack of smokes. He’s in Wyoming with his White wife and a whole lot of money he doesn’t want your dirty little fingers to touch.
Do you feel attacked? You should. Toyin is dead. Tony McDade is dead. Trans women are dying at such a rapid pace, I have lost track. George Floyd’s gasping death is still playing in my mind, and Breonna Taylor’s killers are still not answering for their crimes. These are our chess pieces. You, not Kanye, should be moving them, but your fingers are too preoccupied defending a man who doesn’t know you exist and never wanted to.
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