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Offset and Cardi: “It’s Over!”

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In an Instagram video, Cardi let everyone know she’s single. The rapstress calmly said she’s done trying with her baby’s father.

Never once saying Offset’s name, Cardi let us know she’s free. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t see this coming. We’d also be lying if we said we weren’t happy for her. After more than a year of cheating scandals, Cardi has finally decided to let that man go.

How bad was their romance? Let’s dig in.

Cuban Doll

Just hours before Cardi took to IG, rumors were swirling that Offset got caught in a ménage à trois with Cuban Doll. Cardi was in Miami filming a video with Yung Miami of the City Girls while Offset was working to set up the tryst. In messages posted by Insta user @MMMForeign, Offset is seen arranging to meet in either Atl or Nola. Outing her friend, Persian Princess throws Cuban doll under the bus for trying to get close to Cardi while being closer to Offset.

Baddie Gi and Jade

Not best friends but siblings, Cardi set it off on these girls. Baddie Gi and Jade are the two bartenders that Cardi allegedly had her squad assault at the strip club shortly after giving birth to Kulture. For her actions, Cardi is facing charges and because of her absence in court she may face a warrant for arrest. The two maintain hey have not had affairs with Offset. However, Jade faces the brunt of the criticism. The rumor started by Twitter user @dilptl77, spread like wildfire and led to not one, but TWO assaults. The second assault, where Cardi was present, is what prompted Jade and Baddie Gi to lawyer up.

Faith Nketsi

Also known as Queen Twerk, Faith Nketsi is a South African Instagram model and CEO of Feline Management. Offset ran into Faith while in Johannesburg for a concert. Video of the two seen in Nketsi’s IG stories showed them being friendly in the wings offstage further fueling rumors. What really raised eyebrows was the fact that she spent the entire day with them, even meeting them at the airport.

To make matters worse, Nketsi has recently been accused of running a prostitution ring servicing the wealthy. These claims surfaced after a woman employed by Feline Management claimed she was sexually assaulted by 6 men and offered R20,000 ($1463 USD) for her silence. If Nketsi did not service the Migos herself, then maybe she supplied the girls who did. This scandal caused Cardi to break up with Offset. She then took to IG to recant, saying “the Bronx girl in me always have to go to the extreme.”

Las Vegas Orgy

This story, broken by TashaK, implicates Offset AND Quavo who was dating Saweetie at the time. Tasha alleges that a woman contacted her on Instagram to share an encounter where she and several of her friends were invited to what they thought was an after party. Cell phones, cameras, anything that could potentially record evidence was checked at the door. Allegations of colorism and fat shaming in their selection process were included. The whole story just sounds like a mess.

Celina Powell

Xocelina is the LEAST reputable source of information, but when it comes to her and Offset, the only lie was that he was the father of her child. Cardi took to IG to address several of the rumors surrounding their fling. Celina and Cardi went back and forth for weeks over the paternity of Celina’s child but Offset’s infidelity was never once questioned. Celina even taunted Cardi, roasting her for Offset being stupid enough to sleep with her.

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Miss Mulatto

Everyone found out about this one courtesy of the iCloud hack of December 2017. The video was leaked by Famelous who spoke with Cardi and confirmed it was Offset in the flick. Right before this leaked, Cardi bought Offset a Rolls Royce for his birthday.

These are only a handful of the encounters Offset had with other women. Honestly, it’s embarrassing. I applaud Cardi for finally prioritizing herself. Her career, her child, and her needs deserve the attention of a man who will be present and faithful. Having moved towards getting a divorce, things are already looking up.

What do you think? Too little too late ?

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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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