Last night, Taraji P. Henson, posted a questionable video that got fans rethinking attending her next film. Possibly defending R. Kelly, the actress has to clean up her social media mess.
Once Surviving R. Kelly aired, the negative reception came from people who were upset that Black women were demanding justice and were receiving it. Detractors took issue with Black men being easily written off in the media. When compared to what was happening for White sexual abusers in Hollywood, they assumed because they heard no further developments #TimesUp was at a standstill. This became the #FirstThem movement, which asserts White abusers are not met with justice in the same way. Taraji seems to share the same sentiment as Tariq.
Taraji posted a video of herself searching #MuteRKelly which had thousands of posts and #MuteWeinstein, which had none. While she didn’t say anything, her video implied she could possibly be defending R. Kelly.
Attracting the fire of her fans before the release of What Men Want, Taraji has been called out for not understanding the #MuteRKelly movement. The organization and following hashtag were created to bring awareness to the crimes of sexual abuser R. Kelly and end his career as an R&B singer.
Fans wondered how someone in the film industry could conflate #MuteRKelly with #TimesUp and #MeToo. Involving Harvey Weinstein in the matter just made it even worse. He is facing already facing multiple charges while R. Kelly prosecutors are still building their case. When detractors of R. Kelly’s victims bring their gnarled fingers to the keyboard to say “Where is Harvey’s documentary?”, it becomes clear they haven’t done the research. There are currently two documentaries in progress.
Et tu, Taraji?
It is difficult to see how Taraji could just conjure up reason for her video, especially with the backlash Erykah Badu just received. The topic is just too sensitive for many, particularly those who once supported R. Kelly and are finding their silence was complicity.
Along with attempting to equate one man’s crimes to another, Taraji showed she still has some internalized misogynoir to work out. A large portion of R. Kelly’s supporters are Black women who believe that, above all, it is their place to defend Black men from public persecution. They accept the notion that Black women are to work as a shield or sponge to absorb negativity because it is hard to be Black and male in this world. Then what is it like to be Black and female?
Taraji left fans with a brief clarification after hours of educational reads. While fans begrudgingly admitted they suffered through Acrinomy, they hoped Taraji would see the error of her ways. With her film What Men Want set for release Feb 6th and her star on the walk of fame to be revealed Jan 28th, she better start her apology press tour a la Kevin Hart or that film will flop.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.