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Teyana Taylor Returns to IG, Releases WTP music video

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10s, 10s, 10s across the board! Teyana Taylor gave us body and brought it to the ballroom in her W.T.P. music video.

After leaving the platform because Def Jam didn’t release the video for WTP on time, Teyana is back. She returned to IG yesterday, posting a still frame from her video captioned with a touching message.

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First time I met YOU (LGBTQ/ballroom) I was 15. An age when I didn’t feel my prettiest, didn’t know who I really was ya know. I was still finding myself in this crazy world like any other normal 15 year old but it’s so crazy how before I became the woman I am today, most importantly, I was accepted with open arms by YOU. YOU made me feel so beautiful. YOU embraced my strong features, YOU embraced my big hair, YOU embraced everything about me like no other and I knew from that day on that YOU would a home for me and would forever be apart of who I would become & something I would love and forever embrace AT ALL TIMES. Stepping into the industry shortly after, I realized that a lot of people did not embrace YOU the way I did, I was confused I could not understand for the life of me why YOU wouldn’t be embraced! Why the hell was people ashamed of YOU!! My sweet 16 I had YOU part of it and it weirdly did not make the episode, I had YOU in my very first music video at age 16 that you also oddly didn’t make it in. I never understood why but it hurt me. But I never let it stop me from EMBRACING & LOVING YOU. So I continued to always remind people that this is me! This is who I am. Once I realized that them NOT embracing YOU had become a repetitive thing, I vowed to continue to represent YOU whenever to whoever!! And that one day when I am where I want to be and I have control and power I would WORK MY PUSSY unapologetically to the world with you and make sure the world see where I come from and not have to worry about ANYONE editing YOU out or being ashamed of MY HOME. YOU have taught me to embrace my sexuality, tap into my sexy, love my strong features, love my body and the list goes on and on. It’s so dope to finally do something for/with YOU that WE CONTROL UNAPOLOGETICALLY. I love YOU so much and thank you for everything. I want to thank my staff and crew, I want to thank all the icons, legends & kids for making this video magical W/O YOU no pussies would be WORKEDT!💕 and @_mykki_ thank you for ur voice and presence on WTP my love.❤️ swipe to see full caption.

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WTP is a self-directed ballroom tribute filled with cameos and references to Paris is Burning. Throughout the video, Teyana pays homage to the culture that helped her find herself. The video features queer dancers, models, and an iconic cameo from Lena Waithe. Establishing herself as the Muva of House Petunia, Teyana directed crews in New York, Atlanta, and L.A.. She even contributed to the editing and credits an all-female production company for the shoot.

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K Michelle on R Kelly: “If I Talk, Everybody Going to Jail”

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During an interview with Nick Cannon on Power 106, K Michelle dished about her upcoming album, past struggles, and complicated working relationship with R. Kelly. K Michelle admitted her feelings surrounding the disgraced R&B singer/songwriter’s legal woes are very complex.

K Michelle is no stranger to controversy. The singer once heralded for her academic achievements and involvement at FAMU, has a complicated past that includes a fuzzy professional relationship with R. Kelly. Admitting he is controlling, she says it’s difficult for her to watch him be discarded for his actions. She admits she isn’t defending him but wants the public to “keep the same energy.”

As Nick Cannon led up to inquire about her past experiences with R. Kelly, he empathized with her. He waxed poetic that Black people were “castrating members of the community that brought so much joy to us.”, a sentiment with which she agreed. Continuing that he was indifferent because he had known a different side of R. Kelly, Nick asked K. Michelle what was her outlook on the situation after being so close to the singer. She seemed reluctant to judge.

Stating “I know right is right, and wrong is wrong, but I don’t have a heaven or a hell to put this person in.”, K Michelle thinks the public’s response to Kelly’s actions is inconsistent. Referencing Elvis’ taboo relationship with 14-year-old Priscilla Presley, she alluded to the lack of outrage when one of the biggest stars in history “picked his girlfriend up from school”. As for how she feels about R. Kelly’s fall from grace, K Michelle shared she was in the studio as he was apprehended and broke down.

Watching in dismay with famed producer Jazze Pha, K Michelle said: “I was looking through the booth at the tv and to be standing in the booth and to see that — that was a lot — I just lost it.” Sharing she had a different experience as he controlled only her music, K Michelle says “If I talk, everybody is going to jail.”

Both Nick and K Michelle admit they, along with others, turned their backs on his wrongdoing, but have grown to respect the survivors that are coming forward.

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Cuba Gooding Jr Accused by 14 Women of Sexual Abuse

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After being accused of misdemeanor sex abuse stemming from a reckless night at a Manhattan night club, Cuba Gooding Jr is facing 12 additional accusations of misconduct. The once reputable actor has entered his not guilty plea and will face fourteen women who claim they’ve experienced abuse at his hands.

Tuesday, Cuba Gooding Jr appeared in a Manhattan Supreme Court to answer for charges from an incident that occurred in June. A woman approached the NYPD after being groped by Gooding Jr on the dancefloor. Her call to action led the NYPD to open an investigation which has resulted in prosecutors indicting the actor on four misdemeanor counts. Prosecutors have evidence that Cuba Gooding Jr. has assaulted 12 additional women and plan to bring each complainant in to prove the actor’s malicious intent.

Despite the severity of the charges, Cuba Gooding Jr appeared to be unphased during the proceedings. The actor responded to the accusations in court with a confident not guilty plea and was then released to his legal team. Yet, a questionable statement made by his representation stood out for it’s comparisons to accusations waged against Presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden. Referencing a handsy encounter with a fellow politician, the attorney Mark Jay Heller said the following:

“This indictment constitutes a distorted overreaction pandering to the current hypersensitive climate where innocent common-place gestures are now misperceived and mischaracterized as offensive as exemplified by the incredible condemnation of former Vice President Joseph Biden, who innocently touched a woman’s shoulder.”

As they exited the courthouse, fans expressed their support and reporters attempted to get a statement. However, Gooding Jr. and his lawyer refused to respond to any inquiries.

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Todrick Hall Called Out by Former Dancer for Colorism and Outstanding Debts

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“He is talented indeed, but that talent is squandered by coonery.” Twitter tea is piping hot with details about what it’s truly like to work with Todrick Hall. The multi-faceted YouTuber, best known for his original songs and parodies, has been accused by a former dancer for questionable payment practices and ‘off-color’ behavior.

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Dancer/choreographer Thom White shared some disappointing details about what goes on behind the scenes of a Todrick Hall production. Through a series of juicy tweets, he spilled tea about Todrick’s onset colorism and poor business management. Thom, who was featured in ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ and Todrick’s recent release titled ‘F*G’, stated the singer frequently hires multitudes of dancers for unpaid gigs. Reminiscing over the first shoot, Thom says Todrick needed more than 60 performers for the job but lamented he did not have the budget to compensate everyone accordingly. Acknowledging he wasn’t prepared to bear the expense of his talent, Todrick still boasted how much he was spending on the production of the video, which was $60,000 at the time.

“This is looking a little too chocolate”

Adding further insult to injury, Thom shared Todrick often made comments about the sheer number of Black dancers in his ensemble and went so far as to request “lighter people” to stand behind him. According to Thom, a tour dancer overheard the comments as well. During Thom’s second appearance, a paid opportunity, Todrick remarked it was weird that ‘F*G’ was his first time having an exclusively Black cast for his video. The ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ video was subjected to harsh criticism for its outright whitewashing of ballroom culture. During a Ballroom scene, the infamous ‘Dip’ was renamed “shablam” and negatively received by viewers. However, Todrick was unmoved by Thom who attempted to explain the importance of maintaining the lingo of a heavily appropriated space.

A Scammer?!

When it comes to paying what is owed, Todrick allegedly has a history of underperforming. The entertainer has been accused of non-payment by numerous dancers including Thom White, RDPR alum Manila Luzon, and a production assistant. Claiming to have worked on Todrick’s Forbidden visual album, the crew member says “Team Todrick” wasn’t responding to invoices, leaving several teams to threaten a walk-out. Manila stepped into Todrick’s Twitter mentions to nudge him about non-payment for hosting his 2018 Halloween Ball. But the details of Thom’s attempts to collect payment take the cake. After failing to remit the funds, Todrick ghosted the dancer, ignoring his calls, texts, and Instagram direct messages. Even reaching out to agencies to collect the debt was unsuccessful. According to Thom, several agencies tried to help but BLOC came right out and said Todrick’s camp was “bad, in general”, implying they refrain from doing business with him because of his history.

Todrick’s money woes can be tracked all the way to 2010 when the American Idol contestant accepted money from the families of children who aspired to perform in a failed “Oz, The Musical” production. Still, he isn’t taking this recent exposé to heart. Choosing to dignify Thom’s comments with a single tweet response, Todrick only had this to say in his defense.

Check out the entire exchange below.

UPDATE! Todrick Hall has reached out to the dancer to reconcile.

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