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The Pending Exile of Morgan Freeman

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Several years ago, when it was okay to openly sexual harass women in a room full of people on camera, maybe 2015, maybe 2016, I came across a video clip of a young white woman attempting to interview Morgan Freeman as part of his press tour for whatever movie he was in at that time. I remember feeling disgusted by Freeman, and that video reminded me of why I’ve always felt deep disdain for old men. Some old men are sweet like grandpas, and some old men are not. Unfortunately, I can’t tell from a distance who is who, so I pretty much hate all old men.

But, I digress. The point is, up until I saw the visual proof that Freeman is a creepy old man, I rather enjoyed him as an actor. I mean, Morgan Freeman taught me the meaning of expeditiously. He told the white leader of the armed forces to shut up and sit down, and he did. Who is a better God than Morgan? Plus, he saved a whole cave full of white women and cousin Faith.

 

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When news dropped this weekend that eight women accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior, I was not at all surprised. I remember when his step grand-daughter was murdered by her abusive boyfriend, and the story circulated that perhaps Freeman had been allegedly having a sexually inappropriate relationship with his step grand-daughter. As I said, I was not surprised.

However, for those who feel compelled to unfurl their capes and climb up that rolling hill that you will eventually die on for the likes of Morgan Freeman, let me offer you some solace. First, Morgan Freeman been on his Kanye before Kanye was on his Kanye which means he doesn’t see it for your poor, black ass, and he wants you to lace your boots up and work hard like he did. Second, it’s okay to be disappointed in someone you admired. It’s okay to still consume their work if that’s what you desire. It’s okay to acknowledge that someone you like might be an asshole but you still like them anyway. You ain’t got to justify it. Third, America has very efficient tools to take black men down expeditiously; they hardly need to fabricate sexual harassment claims by multiple women to accomplish that.

Isn’t it odd how many problematic men are associated with the word genius? Almost like, we call them a genius to absolve them of their harm? Click To Tweet

And finally, whenever you start to feel anxious that this might be the Black male celebrity they make an example of, which for some reason, you have decided to take personally because you’re probably a creep too and worried that the next women you exploit or assault will get justice, let me remind you of how many Black male celebrities continue to prosper after sexual assault allegations:

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Tupac was convicted, got out of jail, got signed and proceeded to make some of the biggest hits of his career. Posthumously, multiple movies and documentaries have been created about his life (do any of them show how he allegedly let all his homeboys rape that girl?). Tupac lives on in everyone’s hearts and minds as an icon and musical ‘genius.’

Mike Tyson, who was also convicted, eventually produced a critically acclaimed documentary that aired on HBO. He has a show that airs on Cartoon Network.

Kobe Bryant, a ‘genius’ shooter and basketball legend, continued playing for the LA Lakers and winning several championships after he was accused of anally raping a woman. We don’t even bring that little rape situation up anymore.

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Michael Jackson, a musical ‘genius,’ continued to prosper and sell albums after being accused of sexually inappropriate behavior with children. Including his name on this list is a risk because people love Michael so much that we all collectively don’t acknowledge those allegations. He lives on in our minds and hearts as a legend and an icon.

Robert Kelly married a child more than twenty years ago and continues to be featured on rap songs, continues to sell out concerts, and continues to get booked for tours.

Of course, the most prolific serial rapists of our time, William Cosby is also considered a ‘genius’ for what he did for Black representation. Yes, he was recently convicted for his crimes, but he still got to spend the majority of his life quite comfortably even though his exploits with women were well known in the industry and among the common folk. For Cosby, it’s a race between death and sentencing at this point, but either way, he has enough resources to live out the rest of his days in relative comfort. Even the Cosby conviction can give you some peace of mind; it lets you know that you can continue to be a terrible person exploiting and assaulting women without fear of facing consequences until you’re too old for it to matter in any real way anyway.

Sidenote – Isn’t it odd how many problematic men are associated with the word genius? Almost like, we call them a genius to absolve them of their harm?

Anyway, I will be fine if I never see Morgan Freeman and his gnarled teeth in another movie. Let’s not even call it canceled anymore because too many people come back from that. Let’s exile them, excommunicate them, make it so they disappear from public consciousness. Erase them from the mainframe like they did Sandra Bullock on The Net. That’s where I’m at with it, how about you?

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Amanda Seales is Not the One

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Earlier this week, the ladies of “The Real” celebrated their 1,000th episode. Hosts Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Amanda Seales happily celebrated the momentous occasion with laughs, tears and a bottle of champagne. 

The celebration continued as the ladies were interviewed by “Extra” correspondent Jenn Lahmers.

During the interview, things became a bit awkward when Lahmers referred to Seales as the “newbie” and began to insinuate that she and fellow co-host, Mai, had “butted heads on a couple of topics.”

Immediately, Seales cut her off saying, “Have we? Stop!” She followed that up by stating emphatically, “That’s’ not the territory we’re coming from. We’re not butting heads. And I think it’s very, very important, especially at a table of diverse women to very clearly delineate the difference between having a difference of opinion than butting heads. You’ll know when I’m butting heads because when I butt heads, there’s only going to be one head standing and as you can see, we’re still here,” as she embraced Mai.

Mai and Seales followed up the quick read with a toast as the other ladies chimed in, fully supporting everything Seales had expressed. 

Earlier today, Seales posted a snippet of the exchange via her personal Instagram page with the caption, “To Gather.

She tried it. Don’t come for me unless I send for you. I am not hostile. I’m passionate. Happy Black History Month ❤️✊🏽”

Seales made her debut as the newest co-host of “The Real” on January 6th.

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Watch Premiere of Fat Joe & Dre’s “Hands on You” Ft. Bryson Tiller & Jeremih Exclusively on TIDAL

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Today, Fat Joe & Dre are teaming up with TIDAL to exclusively release the music video for “Hands on You” featuring Bryson Tiller and Jeremih. The song is the latest single from the duo’s joint album, “Family Ties,” which was released in December 2019 and included guest appearances from Cardi B, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Remy Ma, Anuel AA, Ty Dolla $ign.

Boi-1da and Rich Paul (LeBron James’ business partner) co-produced “Hands on You”, which features Joe and Dre rhyming over a sample of LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl.” Directed by entrepreneur and executive Irv Gotti, the music video takes place at LIV nightclub in Miami and includes a touching tribute to Big Pun, Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant.

 TIDAL members can watch on TIDAL.com/FatJoe

Fat Joe has previously collaborated with TIDAL on a variety of initiatives, including TIDAL X: Puerto Rico and TIDAL X: Brooklyn, as well as music video premieres for “Deep,” “Pullin,” “Money Showers,” and more. 

The premiere of Fat Joe & Dre’s “Hands on You” track adds to the growing list of exclusive music video content that TIDAL offers – cementing the platform as a premium destination for fans to connect with their favorite musicians. TIDAL is a pioneer in delivering exclusive premier access to its subscribers with high-profile music, videos, original content, livestreams, tickets, merchandise and live experiences fans cannot find anywhere else.

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SZA, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani on the Cover of Rolling Stone’s Women Shaping the Future Issue

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Rolling Stone magazine hit us with a trifecta of talent for their second annual, Women Shaping the Future issue, out March 3. 

On the cover, sweet-faced Normani, brash in your face Megan Thee Stallion and innocent, doe-eyed SZA are each clad in leather ensembles that match the unique persona’s we’ve come to love. 

SZA burst onto the scene in 2014 with her ep debut, Z. Since then, the singer/songwriter has been featured on chart-topping songs with Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Rihanna. 

Megan Thee Stallion grabbed our attention with her summer anthem, Hot Girl Summer, and has been giving us “Hot Girl” vibes all year long with no signs of slowing down.

As for Normani, formerly a member of Fifth Harmony, she’s given us plenty to celebrate as she embarked on her solo career. Just last year, the sultry vocalist collaborated with DJ Calvin Harris and released her first single, Motivation, along with a viral music video.

As we approach Women’s History Month, we’re excited to learn more about how each of these ladies plans to shape the future. 

According to Rolling Stone, “In addition to revealing, in-depth profiles of these three artists, the issue also contains exclusive interviews with Regina King, Stacey Abrams, Natasha Lyonne, and other prominent women in entertainment, sports, politics, and culture.”

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