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Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle Resign from Official Royal Roles

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In a statement released on their website Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, have announced they are stepping away from their roles as “senior royals” in order to focus on their family and “the next chapter, including the launch of [their] new charitable entity.” 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have long discussed the challenges of living a life in the public eye. Harry, the queen’s grandson, lost his mother Princess Diana in 1997 in a car crash widely believed to be a result of the UK’s rabid press and paparazzi. “Every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back.” 

Meghan has also spoken about the difficulties of being a public figure, particularly as the first American royal and the first Black royal. When asked about the impact the pressure has had on her, Meghan spoke of feeling “really vulnerable” and thanked the interviewer for asking if she was ok because “not many people have.”

In their statement, the royal couple expressed a desire to become financially independent while maintaining residency in both Britain and North America. Reports have suggested their North American location will be in Canada, a commonwealth nation, while their British home will remain at Frogmore Cottage. “Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty The Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use [it] – with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen – as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom.

 

“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course… Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

The office of the queen, Buckingham Palace, released a brief and noticeably lukewarm statement in response to this unexpected announcement saying “discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

The Palace’s comment raises eyebrows as it frankly suggests that neither the queen nor Princes Charles and William – the two in line to the throne – were consulted prior to Harry and Meghan’s decision. While they are not the first royals to step away from their official duties, they are the highest in the line of succession. In November amid the fallout of his disastrous interview addressing his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew stepped down from his working duties. 

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Read Harry and Meghan’s full statement as well as Buckingham Palace’s statement below:

Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke, and Duchess of Sussex*

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year is starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

*While the above is the official statement from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the “Media” section of their website sussexroyal.com shares information regarding how their relationship with the media will evolve to reflect their new work roles. Visit sussexroyal.com/media/ for more details.

Statement on Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

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Tiffany Haddish Does the Big Chop on IG Live

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Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish just took to Instagram Live to do the big chop for all to see! Recently she’s been teasing us with the idea of her chopping off her faux locs, something many Black women are doing in the midst of this natural hair renaissance.

In the short live session, which you can find below, Haddish reaffirmed her decision to cut her hair, and was even a little confused as to why folks were shocked she was doing this. “What is y’all tripping off of? They acting like this sh*t ain’t gonna grow back,” she said.

As she kept cutting, she reminded viewers that she had been toying with the idea for years and finally decided to do it. The actress snipped away as she told us all, “People be thinking I just be running my mouth. When I say things I means it. Who wanna buy a loc?”

Haddish always has jokes for us, even if they are problematic at times. Following rapper Kanye West’s announcement that he was running for President in 2020, she took to Twitter to announce her own candidacy for the office, in a total spoof of West’s tweet. Her running mate? Why, legendary comedian Dave Chappelle, of course.

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Rich Dad, Poor Behavior: 50 Cent and Lil Wayne Joke About ‘Exotic Women’, Daughter Responds.

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A video of 50 Cent and Lil Wayne has surfaced wherein Curtis talks about wanting an “exotic” woman and seems to express an urge to physically attack women who call him out on his “preference”.

If I’m honest, even the most ardent of wig-snatchers might have simply ignored the video, dismissing it as yet another 50 Cent super villain moment. Half-Dollar is in a near-perpetual hotseat for doing things like making fun of Power cast members and attacking his own son on Instagram. What makes this different is the company he’s keeping and the reaction the video elicited. In the video, you can see Weezy’s few remaining locs jostling as he giggles like a 12-year-old with a nudie magazine. Weezy has a daughter. She felt the need to respond.

Before I go any further, I’d like to commend Reginae Carter for what she’s done here. Black women should never feel the need to “take the high road”, but she does. More admirable is how she centers the uplifting of the women who may have been affected by her father’s actions. That’s an incredibly difficult thing to do when family is involved.

All that said, this is not an isolated incident. As I said, 50 Cent is constantly making remarks like this. Most days, he gets ignored. Weezy’s lyrics have always been misogynoiristic, colorist, and he himself has made it clear that he doesn’t have a desire to learn. There’s a long history of these things being ignored. Our community doesn’t do enough to protect Black women. Oluwatoyin Salue’s tragic demise is proof of that, so it feels especially sinister when we see the real-world affects of these sentiments in real time.

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Pusha T Pushes Young Thug’s Buttons with Drake Diss

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Your favorite rapper and investigative journalist is back at it again. According to Young Thug’s Instagram story, Pusha T, Gunna, and Thug did a track together, only for Young Thug to realize that Pusha T’s verse was a follow-up diss toward Drake. Young Thug claimed that he did not “respect” Pusha T’s verse, nor did he know what it was about, calling the whole ordeal “so gay.” (We’ll push past the casual homophobia, for now.)

I can only assume that nothing of interest was found in Young Thug’s family tree, because Pusha responded with yet another attack against Drake! In the span of four Story pages, he claims that Drake was the reason the verse, as well as another verse he did on Rick Ross’s “Maybach 6”, weren’t approved, that Young Thug was only on the song because Pusha demanded it, and finished it all off with the request that he be taken off of the deluxe version of Pop Smoke’s album.

Drake doesn’t seem to feel like he needs to respond, yet. He usually keeps his cards close to his chest. There’s also the fact that Pusha seems dead-set on calling Drake out with every chance he gets. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Pusha T had more information in his arsenal that could further tarnish Champagne Papi’s image. It could also be that Drake just doesn’t want to give Pusha the attention he’s desperately ordering.

It’s all very messy-boots, which the gworls over on Twitter seemed more than happy to eat up.

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