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What We All Should Learn from the Vandalization of LeBron James’ Home

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It’s time to get deep.

As you may know, on Wednesday (May 31) it was reported that a racial slur was painted on a gate at the home of LeBron James. You know what word it was, the N-word. LeBron has addressed the situation giving his own statement.

“…No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. We have a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”

The incident has gone viral, sparking a number of reactions from celebs and members of the African American community. This follows the appearance of a noose in the segregation exhibit of the Smithsonian African American Museum. A somber mood and dark cloud seemed to settle in for many of us this week.

Let’s start with the irony. When the incident was reported, they said that a racial slur was painted on the gates of James’ Brentwood mansion in Los Angeles. Brentwood, does that sound familiar? It should because it was the same exact neighborhood that O.J. Simpson resided prior to his arrest for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. If you’re like me and absorbed all things O.J over the years (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”, “O.J Simpson: Made in America”) you know why this is not shocking. O.J. at one time referred to himself as “the Mayor of Brentwood”. That changed very quickly once he was arrested. You see, the vandals of LeBron’s home aren’t rednecks. They are likely neighbors or peers. People who want to remind him that he doesn’t belong there, as they have before. LeBron himself sighted that racism is always there, it’s just usually concealed. Those residents probably always felt that way about LeBron, but many racists have been emboldened since our new “president” took office. The uptick in hate crimes reveals what has always been there beneath the surface. Hatred isn’t isn’t new, it’s as American as apple pie.

 

I thought response LeBron’s response was honest and candid. He let the world know that even he wasn’t immune to the horrors of racism. However, I want to put it in the proper perspective. I’ve been Black all my life, but I have never been a n*gger. Nor do I know any. What is a n*gger? Whenever the word is said, people always look to Blacks. In my mind, since it is the worst thing you could call someone, it must be the worst thing you can be. So given that, the person who painted it wasn’t talking about LeBron. They were simply writing their own name.

We are not n*ggers, and we can no longer allow that word to paralyze us. Each time we react to it, we give away our power. When people use that word, that is literally their “trump” card. It is their best and typically only shot to attempt to hurt and offend you. If you don’t react, they don’t have a plan B. The devil doesn’t have any new tricks. 400 years and they can’t find a better word? In 400 years of oppression, we have risen from slaves to scientists, doctors, engineers, President. N*ggers and nooses? 400 years later they are still using their great-great-great-grandfathers version of racism. To all the racists I have this to say: When I see or hear that word n*gger and hear about nooses, I’m not angry or offended or hurt. I’m bored. Bored by the lack of creativity that racists have. If you’re the masters of the universe like you claim to be, then surely you can do better. And you’re going to have to because we are still here. In 400 years, we’ll still be here. You have LOST. No matter the obstacles, Blacks have survived. You can continue to oppress us, beat us, and kill some of us, but we aren’t going ANYWHERE. You may as well give up while you’re behind.

We are a strong, beautiful, resilient people. We thrive in chaos and adversity. We will not be intimidated or fearful. We must continue to face each day with grace and dignity. Because we are still here, 400 years later. Stay encouraged and amazing. There is nothing more Black than that.

 

What are your thoughts on LeBron’s home and the increase in hate crimes in America?

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Nicki’s Barbs versus Bardi Gang: Motorsport Receipts

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There’s a trail of failed mainstream rap careers and they all end with some level of disrespect that tarnished an up-and-comer’s reputation, resulting in an industry blackball. That could have easily been Cardi if Nicki was really *that* girl. Everyone thought Nicki was bluffing when she spoke out about being forced to rewrite her verse for Motorsport, but it has now been proven to be true.

The importance of being earnest in the entertainment industry is imperative for newcomers, especially for someone whose career has skyrocketed as quickly as Cardi B’s. While many gather to celebrate her success, there are some who believe that she has not given credit where it is due, something many once believed Nicki was notorious for. In an almost karmic twist, now it is Nicki who has been snubbed in favor of a new flavor, adding prudence to the proverb “The same people you see going up, you’ll see coming down.”

Feeling Attacked

Allegations of jealousy and relationship tension surrounding the collaboration and release of Motorsport in October 2017 have resurfaced, but now with receipts. Just as Nicki Minaj has returned from her social media hiatus with two new singles on #NickiDay, Cardi B’s phone has suffered a data breach and screenshots of texts between Offset and Cardi have corroborated Nicki’s claim that it was Cardi that forced her to change her verse. Knowing there isn’t a complete sentence between the two of them, those text messages were a messy read! Here’s a play by play of what was *allegedly* said between Cardi and Offset. In light of recent social media account deletions, I will not be posting screenshots. However, you can view them on Twitter and Insta.

He Said, She Said

Stating not so eloquently that she felt targeted by Nicki’s original lyrics, Cardi confided in her now fiancé that she spoke with her label, Atlantic, and they convinced her The Migos set her up for failure by adding Nicki to the track, setting her up to be the weaker female lyrically on the song. She didn’t understand why the verse was not immediately sent back for a rewrite, implying Offset thought there was no offense. Cardi was offended enough to ask for a rewrite but her management didn’t fully see eye to eye on the matter. They probably insisted she was taking things too personally.

To be perfectly honest, this entire situation wreaks of insecurity and is a whole hot mess, but I digress. Cardi went on to say her management understood she felt disrespected but complimented how well her verse was performed. Unamused, Cardi felt no one would care how good she sounded if she was being insulted on the track and hinted this was the type of instance that could end relationships. It was unclear if she was referring to Offset or her label. She even went so far as to say she didn’t want anyone to think her man was a traitor. Fearing she would really leave him over the issue, Offset asked Cardi to go back to her label and demand they “make that hoe take your name out of her mouth and clean that bitch up or it’s a dub”. Cardi expected financial restitution for the offense as well as a rewrite. I’m not sure if they cut an additional check, but we all know Nicki did end up changing her verse.

Do you all think it was fair of Cardi to demand Nicki rewrite her verse now that the original cut has made its way to YouTube?

 

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Mariah Carey Opens Up About Mental Health Struggle

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In the Black community there are several things that we refuse to discuss, one of which is mental health. The stigma surrounding mental concerns as being a “White problem” frequently keeps people within the Black community from coming forward and when they do, their concerns are met with criticism. We say things like “You’re just having a bad day,” or “Man up” while simultaneously encouraging one another to check on our strong friend. So which is it? We owe it to ourselves to talk about the dark cloud of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more or we’re doing our community and ourselves disservice.

I lived in denial

Mental health can encompass many things and for Mariah Carey, it’s tackling her Bipolar II disorder. For those of us old enough to have witnessed the unedited moment firsthand on MTV’s TRL, Mariah Carey had a breakdown in front of adolescents in July of 2001. She entered the set dressed in an oversized T-shirt and pushing an ice cream cart, only to shed her clothes and pass out treats while eating a popsicle seductively. Carson Daly stood in awe, uncertain why she arrived as she rambled “You’re my therapy session right now, Carson. Every now and then somebody needs a little therapy, and today is that moment for me.” She would soon be treated for “exhaustion” shortly after the ordeal, all while being ridiculed during her absence. I empathized.

I thought it was a severe sleep disorder

In an interview with People magazine, Mariah laments, “I didn’t want to believe it.” She believed her mental disorder was career-ending and lived in fear of someone exposing her. Speaking from experience, it can be an unmanageable burden to suffer in silence with a mental disorder, diagnosed or not. It can ruin job opportunities, relationships, friendships, and cause irreparable rifts in families. I mean, no offense, but look at Azealia Banks. The girl is fully capable of writing a bop but her outbursts and history of controversy keep her career in the shadows instead of the spotlight. Even in the midst of recognizing she needs help, her fan base and detractors alike withhold empathy because of her mouth. While this article isn’t intended to critique the shift of empathy based on one’s status as legendary, I will say this. It is *mighty* strange how Azealia has been open about the need for discussion and acceptance of those struggling with mental health issues for a while, but people are collectively deciding that empathy ends where problematic begins and I think that’s counterproductive.

It can be incredibly isolating

Like many Black artists who have struggled publicly and privately with depression, Mariah Carey hopes we can reach a point where the stigma surrounding mental health issues in America is lifted. She’s reached a point of comfort allowing herself a moment of clarity to express she’s in a good place and encourages others to seek treatment. “It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.” I wholeheartedly agree.
For anyone who is suffering in silence and needs help, you can reach out to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at dbsalliance.org. If you would like support via text message, you can text HOME to 741741 and a Crisis Counselor will respond. If you need to talk, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Hotlin

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Tristan “Third-Trimester” Thompson & Khloé Kardashian Cheating Timeline

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Tristan Thompson & Khloé Kardashian are having the most interesting week ever. News broke earlier this week of Tristan allegedly cheating on Khloé weeks before her due date. The first video of Tristan kissing up on a woman at an NYC nightclub leaked and now TMZ obtained video of him and the unidentified woman making their way into the Four Seasons.

 

TSR STAFF: Myeisha E.! @myeisha.essex ________________________________________ #Roommates, there’s more!!!! ________________________________________ So earlier today, video of Tristan at a NYC club leaked and you can see a girl all up in his grill. Well, #Roomies THE TEA RUNNETH OVER!!! We have exclusive footage of the two of them leaving the DAY party (where you saw her all up in his face) together and arriving back to his team HOTEL around 8:30pm on April 7th. He got there wearing a black Supreme jacket, and FOUR hours later, the pair reemerge from the hotel with Tristan changing his outfit for the next event. _______________________________________ Then they hopped into the same SUV and headed to Soho House (for the night party) in the Meatpacking district, which is a member’s only club with strict cellphone policy. Then at 5am, they returned to his hotel together AGAIN and he even held the door open for her like a gentleman. _______________________________________ The next day (April 8th), she was seen again leaving the hotel (while Tristan stayed behind in the hotel) around 8pm still wearing her exact same outfit as the night before. Sis even had an overnight bag in hand! 📷: Splash News #TSRExclusive

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Now reported surveillance video also obtained by TMZ shows Tristan kissing two women from back in October.

TMZ obtained this surveillance video recorded October 7, 2017 at a hookah lounge outside Washington D.C. You see Tristan with 3 women, 2 of whom are fully engaged with Khloe’s baby daddy.

Tristan makes out with one of the women, tongue and all. The other grabs his head, brings it to her chest and he motorboats her. And the same woman grabs his junk.

The video was recorded the night before the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Washington Wizards. via TMZ

The video doesn’t make it any better.

Amongst all of the mess, the mystery woman who accompanied Tristan to his hotel has allegedly been found. A screenshot of her on SnapChat throwing some massive shade has surfaced. Chile, this is too much.

NOT IMAN SIS!!!!

She wasn’t the only throwing subliminal shots. It seems Khloé’s bestie found a way to throw a jab at Tristan.

 

Page Six is reporting that Khloé went ballistic after finding out. The streets are saying you lose them how you found them. Apparently, Tristan Thompson has a thing for cheating on women during their third-trimester.

Should we believe all of the hype? Tristan had to be either bold or stupid or a mixture of the two. Where is Kris Jenner? Is this one of her schemes to come to us with a new spinoff show? I have questions when it comes to the Kardashian’s.

Khloé seems to have a thing for black basketball players and Tristan seems to have a thing for cheating on pregnant women. YIKES.

What do you think, is this a little Kardashian Karma? Are you caught up?

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