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Taraji Caught In Media Firestorm for Comparing Weinstein and R. Kelly

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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.

Equal Justice

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.

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#BBHMM: The Game’s Royalties Seized Until $7.4 Million Judgment Paid

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The Game’s attempt to avoid paying a $7M judgment after losing a sexual assault case has been put to a halt by a judge. Ruling in favor of Priscilla Rainey, who accused the rapper of sexual battery, a judge has seized the royalties of The Game’s catalogue until the debt is paid.

In 2015, Rainey lodged a complaint that the rapper assaulted her, forcing his hand beneath her dress to touch her bare genitals and buttocks. While The Game denied these allegations in court and on social media, the judge ruled in Rainey’s favor that he should pay $7.4 million to make amends. Approaching the court after months had passed without receiving any payment, Priscilla was determined to get what she owed from her abuser. The battle for restitution against the “How We Do” rapper began March 1st 2018, when Rainey filed documents demanding financial records.

Looking to prove The Game had been hiding money to avoid paying the judgment, Rainey hired several private investigators that stated he’d diverted millions. In addition to hiding cash, the investigation uncovered he’d acquired assets under pseudonyms controlled by himself and his business management. Now, with a new ruling, The Game has been informed that his royalties will be seized by Priscilla until the $7.4 million balance is paid.

According to court documents, “commission, royalties, contract receivables, deferred compensation, income, wages, payroll, salary, and accounts receivable” are all up for grabs. Should The Game attempt to disobey the court’s decision, he could be found in contempt of court and face some jail time.

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Diddy Confirms Making The Band is Returning to MTV

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Hoping to recreate pop culture history, Diddy and crew are on the hunt for the world’s most promising singers. The Bad Boy Records executive issued a global casting call through Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. But the fiercest competition will be using Smule.

For the first time ever, Smule has partnered with MTV. Offering their users a list of curated songs to choose from, wide-eyed prospects can use the app to create video auditions shareable on every social media platform. While anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to compete, contestants must also be able to comply with the rules and eligibility requirements. Looks like someone better be ready to get that Junior’s Cheesecake!

Making the Band has not aired since 2009, but fans spammed the hashtag #IWantMyMTB, prompting MTV and Diddy to come to the table. Using the hashtag #MTBCASTING, singers now have a new chance at getting discovered. However, the details of their talent search have yet to be revealed. Through a rabbit hole of links, you can view the Terms of Use and User Content Submission Agreement. Just be sure to read the agreements before submitting your videos as the contracts are effective once your clips are posted. There’s a lengthy segment titled “Rights Granted to MTV”, which gives them, in so many words, the right to use and otherwise exploit any ideas, concepts, or content displayed in your submission without any credit or compensation. So stay sharp!

Hopefuls are already posting their talents across social media. Will you be joining them?

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So So Deaf: Jermaine Dupri Critiques the State of Female Rap

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During an interview, Jermaine Dupri was asked by two hosts to name his favorite female rapper. Believing he’d list Megan Thee Stallion or Cardi B, Dupri’s response caught both the hosts and music aficionados off guard. Comparing the current roster of popular femcees to “strippers”, Dupri’s glaring act of misogyny has gotten him checked by the artists themselves.

For decades, airwaves have been flooded with male artists rapping about their sexual prowess, bevy of hos, material expenditures, and sale of drugs. But Jermaine Dupri doesn’t find fault with the repetitive, and occasionally elementary, lyrics of his peers. His ire was directed toward women whose bars are about celebrating their bodies, turning up in the club, and dominating men. Failing to note the similarities in what content is released by both men and women in the rap game, Dupri posed a weak argument that female rap lacks lyrical diversity.

As pointed out in Cardi’s response video, there are plenty of female rappers that don’t write about their bodies at all, they simply don’t receive equal support. And as the acting CEO of So So Def, you’d think Jermaine Dupri would take the initiative to seek out talent that raises what he believes is the bar. But no, the “Grammy award winning songwriter and producer” has no female rapper signed to his label aside from Da Brat and Tyeler Reign. Tyeler is the winner of the fifth season of The Rap Game who unsurprisingly still raps about money and designer labels, the very things Dupri would find unimpressive.

Female rappers have been vocal in their disagreement of Dupri’s piss-poor analysis. Both Doja Cat and Cardi B made statements disagreeing with his comments. Ari Lennox even dropped a diss track as a response to his ignorance. But the best rebuttals have been references of Dupri’s track record. Twitter users have been quick to remind us that JD has a history of dismissing the career trajectories of women with potential to be powerhouses in the industry. Perhaps after this wake up call, Jermaine Dupri will take a bit of Doja Cat’s advice and look for the artists he wants to uplift.

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