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Oh No Ma’am! Mo’Nique Defends Roseanne Barr’s Racist Tweets as a “Mistake”

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Oh Sis, what is you doing?! Our good sis Mo’Nique is out here being a headass by defending Roseanne’s racist tweets that ultimately caused her rebooted show, Roseanne to be canceled. Roseanne has been an unapologetic bigot online for as long as Mo’Nique has been blackballed in Hollywood. The irony.

Mo’Nique went on KTLA to talk about being blackballed but it was her comments on her “sister in comedy” that left many shaking their heads.

“Roseanne Barr is my sister in comedy. She is my universal sister and what I won’t do is throw her away for making a mistake. We’ve all said and done things baby that we wish we could take back and swallow and say, ‘Oh.’ But when you’re in the public eye, you can’t and it’s out there. But to put the title of ‘racist’ on her…”

Mo’Nique is that auntie in your family that just loves everybody, no matter what they have done (unless it’s homosexuality), no matter the indiscretion, no matter how harmful the person is, she manages to see nothing but love in their heart. These are the aunts that need to be checked but often are not. Mo’Nique does need to be checked for this unwarranted and unreciprocated support for Roseanne, but it does not change the validity of what she exposed about certain black media gatekeepers in Hollywood.

The truth is that Roseanna is a racist. She has said several dehumanizing things about black and brown people, which is why she gets so much support from the current president. She can’t come back from what she has said, and I won’t excuse her behavior as a “mistake.” A mistake is forgetting an item at the grocery store and having to eat dry biscuits with no jelly. A mistake is not  intentionally comparing a black woman to a monkey.

Roseanne, per her words, said that she thought Valerie Jarrett was a white woman. Barr said Jarrett looked as if the “Muslim Brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” Of course, the tweet has been deleted and an apology was sent out.

I’m still rocking with what Mo’Nique said about the industry and how Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels, and Oprah did her. PERIOD. I only hope this cape she pulled out for Roseanne comes with a job.

And to those of you who were quick to criticize Mo’Nique for defending Roseanne as if her support of Roseanne somehow makes the way she was treated by other Black media moguls okay, just admit you don’t like Mo’Nique, just admit she makes you uncomfortable for whatever reason.

Your misogyny is showing, and we all see it.

 

 

What do you think of Mo’Nique’s comments?

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Basketball Wives, Colorism, & The Negative Depictions of Black Women. Time We Call it Out.

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The State of Basketball Wives In a Nutshell

Basketball Wives is on its eighth season and their eighth episode and nothing has changed over the course of the show. As a viewer, who has watched the show since the Royce and Suzie days, the drama has escalated to something that is absolutely unacceptable. They have enabled bullying, they have stated racist comments, and helped colorism flourish. This is not a reach, there are several examples of this and I will elaborate on them later on in this post. Quite frankly, I am beyond dispirited by the deplorable behavior, Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O’Neal, Feby Torres, and even Malaysia Pargo have shown over time and specifically this season. Yes, Jennifer Williams & Jackie Christie have done their share of foul things too.

Timeline

Let’s look at the timeline of the show. Where do I even begin?

Well, the first season of Basketball Wives (Miami) introduced us to Royce Reed who was a former dancer for an NBA team and an entrepreneur with her own dance company. Royce spoke her mind. She was not dressing like them, she was not participating in the same activities as them, and she didn’t kiss their ass. Furthermore, Evelyn and Jennifer would constantly throw jabs at Royce on the way she looked and the way she dressed. They ostracized her in many ways and she then became the outcast. This is bullying.

Tanya Woods

Next, let’s take a look at the LA branch. Do you guys remember Tanya Williams? Probably not, she didn’t stay too long.

The ladies found her irritating because she was “boring”. I guess having a great vocabulary makes you boring. They also were upset that she did not break up a fight (Malaysia vs Laura). Tanya was flabbergasted that there was a fight happening in front of her. Which makes sense because she is usually around women who have class. Moreover, during an interview she did with Loop 21 back in 2013, she eluded to the fact that there are not many black women behind the scenes encouraging resolution or more positive depictions. As a result, this lets me know that Shaunie O’Neal does not care about the depictions of black women. Yes, these ladies do not represent all black women, but why even have them acting like fools on TV.

Let’s now fast forward to the last season of Basketball Wives and this current season.

OG is a new member of the show, she is a proud Nigerian and she plays professional women’s football. OG reminds me of Royce because she is not quick to agree with the ladies and she formulates her own opinions. Let’s be clear though, OG has not been perfect but for the most part, she has shown viewers that she may be the only real and genuine one on the show.

In recent episodes, OG interfered with some family business between Cece and Kristen, which is never okay. However, what is really not okay with me, is the fact that the other ladies specifically Evelyn, Malaysia, and Shaunie have been having some selective outrage. A couple of seasons ago Evelyn was having conversations with Jackie’s daughter about Jackie, and Shaunie enabled the behavior by not checking Evelyn. So what is the difference?

This season, we have Feby and she recently moved to LA to become more independent and work on her music career. Feby already begins to start issues with OG for absolutely no reason but to fit in with the ladies dislike for OG. Now get this, Feby in one episode was talking so terribly about OG with the other ladies and talking about the way she looks and everything else you can imagine. Feby even wasted her time to write a rap song mentioning OG and then lied about it. When OG confronts Feby, OG gets labeled “aggressive”.

Colorism OR Mean Girls OR Both?

Now doesn’t this rhetoric sound like white people describing black people who speak their mind or have strong passions? Evelyn is able to throw tables, throw drinks, and call Cece “Lee Lee” and yet her behavior is never reprimanded. But you know why? It s because of the blatant colorism towards OG on this show, that I can’t stand. When Latinas or light skin women get angry it is sexy or it is justified compared to when black women or darker skin women get angry, it is deemed “aggressive”.

Some may argue that Kristen, Jennifer, and Malaysia are dark skin and don’t get the treatment. However, Malaysia has gotten plastic surgery to gain European features. Let’s be real. Jennifer and Kristen don’t have strong features and they fit Evelyn and Shaunie’s aesthetic. Not to mention, Kristen referred to OG as Kunta Kinte and the ladies laughed. The words they use to describe OG have never been used before towards any other castmate in Basketball Wives history. Lastly, just because you are dark skin girl does not exempt you from making colorist comments.

Royce, Tanya, and OG are beautiful dark skin women with natural features that did not fit their expectations. Let’s keep that in mind.

I think it’s mean girl bullying and colorism all intertwined. Let me know what you all think. Very curious if anyone feels this way.

Now, I understand that this is reality TV and you should expect some mess. However, it makes the show interesting and impactful if there is some type of resolution. Instead, the drama and the antics accumulate and grow into a disgusting narrative.

A couple of seasons ago, Shaunie said Maylasia had no substance.

Shaunie, sis this whole show has no substance.

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Flop or Bop? Hot Girl Summer Gets Mixed Reviews

Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj have finally released the song of the season, “Hot Girl Summer”. The rappers penned the track after linking up in late July and teasing the collaboration through Instagram Live.

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Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj have finally released the song of the season, “Hot Girl Summer”. The rappers penned the track after linking up in late July and teasing the collaboration through Instagram Live.

“Don’t run from me, friend!” Hot Girl Summer is already making waves as the first female rap collaboration to snatch the number one spot on the iTunes charts. Produced by Juicy J, the bad chick anthem celebrating women living unapologetically features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign. Initially expected to release August 2nd, Megan updated her fans that they’d have to wait for the track. But was the delay worth it? According to social media reactions, the decision is split.

While the track currently has overwhelmingly positive reception on YouTube, these Twitter streets are telling a different story. Users aren’t entirely disappointed by the collab, but say that they just expected a bit more from the addition of a powerhouse like Nicki Minaj. Still, others are enjoying the song as a fun, dance track and can’t wait to see how DJs mix it in the club. Although some people are scrutinizing the verses of the two rappers, other’s are calling for unity. Referencing the fallout from the Motorsport collab, one user stated, “Y’all will not nitpick every bar to see who was better and throw unnecessary shade.” I have to agree!

Have you listened to “Hot Girl Summer” yet? What do you think: flop or bop?

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Fan Favorites and Newcomers Join Coming 2 America Lineup

A sequel 31 years in the making, Coming 2 America has a star studded cast. Along with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, the long awaited sequel boasts the return of James Earl Jones and Paul Bates as well as the addition of Wesley Snipes.

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A sequel 31 years in the making, Coming 2 America has a star studded cast. Along with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, the long awaited sequel boasts the return of James Earl Jones and Paul Bates as well as the addition of Wesley Snipes.

The Coming to America sequel is still in production, but it’s gaining traction among fans because of its adventurous casting. Joining the lineup are veteran actors and some of out newest favorites. Wesley Snipes, KiKi Layne, and Rick Ross are all set to appear in the comedy. With a speculated release date of August 2020, fans will have to wait to see how it all comes together. But for now we have limited details for the actors roles.

Of course, Murphy, Hall, Jones, and Bates will be reprising their roles from the 1988 rom-com. But Wesley Snipes has been cast as a character from a family we’ve seen before. The Izzi family, remembered for Vanessa Bell Calloway’s performance as the gorgeous-but-subservient Imani Izzi, is getting a new member. Snipes will be assuming the role of General Izzi, a man who rules a nation that neighbors Zamunda. Few details are known about what roles KiKi Layne and Rick Ross are expected to fill, but the storyline has been leaked.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coming 2 America is about Akeem’s return to the United States in a search for his long-lost son. The film is directed by John Landis, who Murphy has been famously at odds with. You can read the details of their feud below.

Are you excited for Coming 2 America or are you bored with nostalgia films?

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