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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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The VMAs Are Coming! Performers, Nominations, and Early Mistakes

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The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards are set to air Monday August 26th and the hype is already building! With first time performances from Normani, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lizzo lined up as well as Missy Elliott’s Video Vanguard Award, fans are excited to see what surprises are in store.

The list for pre-show and main show performers is making the 2019 VMAs look promising! Megan The Stallion and her bionic knees are set to kick things off as a pre-show performer alongside singer/songwriter Ava Max and CNCO, a Latin American boy band. There’s no telling what song she’ll perform from her growing catalogue, but we know Megan will deliver a taste of that Hot Girl Summer energy. All eyes will be on the main stage when Normani steps up to perform her new hit single, “Motivation”. The choreography heavy performance and catchy song co-written by Ariana Grande is sure to be everyone’s favorite performance, especially if she can duplicate the basketball bit.

Lizzo is gearing up to perform her sleeper hit “Truth Hurts”. Originally released in 2017, the song has popped off recently, ascending the charts in the spring. With a remix hinted that will feature Da Baby, fans will just have to wait and see if she’ll bring him on stage. Also taking the main stage is H.E.R. The R&B songstress whose musical style is described as “downcast post-breakup material” has been nominated for “Could’ve Been” featuring Bryson Tiller, which she is likely to perform. Old Town rapper Lil Nas X is a main stage performer as well as Big Sean. While details of either of their performances have not leaked, Camila and Shawn Mendes can’t say the same.

Last night, Entertainment Weekly haphazardly released an article describing the fauxple’s (fake couple) onstage behavior. As you know, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have been indulging in obvious and unconvincing PDA everywhere they go. Believed to be a staged relationship, the early release of this article is just icing on a stale cake. Neither party has commented on the mistake.

Easily the highlight of the night, Missy Elliott will be performing as she receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Thanking her fans and those who campaigned longest for her to receive the honor, Missy referenced the upcoming tribute during her most recent single, “Throw It Back.” With a midnight premiere, the new single is already being celebrated for its style and is sure to make it into the medley of songs she performs that night.

Are you looking forward to the VMAs this year?

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Hazel E’s Colorist Comments Start Marriage Boot Camp Brawl, Halts Production

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Looks like Hazel E’s mouth has gotten her into trouble yet again! The former Love and Hip Hop Hollywood cast mate and Shanda Denyce were involved in a brawl on the set of Marriage Boot Camp. Damaging furniture and requiring security to ease the tension, producers reportedly put a stop to filming the upcoming season. With the home on lockdown and news of the fight making the rounds, there’s only one question — who won?

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What Started the Fight

In 2017, Hazel E went on Instagram to attack Brooke Valentine, Moniece Slaughter, Jess Hilarious, and others for being “mad [because] they couldn’t pass the brown paper bag test.” The post, which has long been removed, contained a collage of brown skin women and a caption filled with disdain:

“I see all you black a** b*tches that hate me! Stop bleaching your skin, and fix the inside first and maybe all you ho*s wouldn’t be so mad. Love the skin you in ladies… [it] takes a village to take me out, but what y’all fail to realize is I’m still on top, and none of you b*tches WILL EVER compare to me or be on my level. I got money in the streets, anybody lookin for a check hit me up. B*tches mad cuz they couldn’t pass the brown paper bag test. Yep I said it back on my business with my United Nations. Sorry mom you kept me away from these type of girls all my life, you said they would hate me because I’m light skin…you were right!”

At the time, Hazel’s comments were directed at women who were accusing of her then boyfriend, Rose Burgandy, of being gay and lying about his age. She also went on to attack the gay community by commenting beneath Rose Burgandy’s post, “Burn in hell just like God said in the Bible!” She later recanted, because her supporters are predominantly members of the LGBT+ community. But while social media had forgotten about her ignorant remarks, Shanda Denyce did not.

Shanda confronted Hazel over her colorist remarks which immediately began the fight. With the two women arguing, their respective partners, Willie Taylor of Day 26 and model Devon B, started fighting alongside them until security intervened. According to TMZ, a marble table was cracked, several chairs were destroyed, and a set of drapes were ripped from the wall of the Marriage Boot Camp residence.

After the fight, producers held an emergency meeting to discuss whether the season would continue filming. As news of the fight is spreading, supporters of Shanda have flocked to her comments to praise her for “plucking beaks”. Meanwhile, Hazel E’s comments are in shambles after her disgusting comments have resurfaced.

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Mystery Woman Complicates Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Relationship

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Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have been seeing each other exclusively for the last six years. At least, they were until photos of Jamie with a hot, young singer recently emerged. According to multiple sources, Katie has called it quits, but the problems they faced go beyond his wandering eyes.

Citing their long-distance lifestyle and his reckless ways, reclusive actress Katie Holmes says she’s ready to move forward with someone who can commit. The couple began dating privately in 2013 following her divorce from Tom Cruise. Although their relationship status was never formally announced, Jamie and Katie were often seen at public events, vacationing, and exchanging PDA. But things seemed to slow down in February 2019 when Jamie was overheard at a party boasting about his single life.

According to MarieClaire, Foxx told party goers he was happy to be single during Byron Allen’s annual Oscar’s celebration. While Holmes didn’t appear to be phased by the slight, she didn’t let it go easily. Katie began posting racy photos on Instagram and during their first major public appearance at the Met Gala, the couple kept their distance. Not long after this, Holmes allegedly presented Foxx with an ultimatum, either move closer or move out of my life. Foxx apparently chose the latter.

A month after attending the Met, mystery woman Sela Vave posted photos of herself and Jamie getting cozy in an undisclosed location. Expressing her gratitude to him, Sela further fueled the rumors that Katie and Jamie were through. But the question on everyone’s lips is who is she?

Sela Vave credits herself as an actress, model, and musician. Currently repped by Talent Management Group and Vave says that Foxx is just a mentor in her music career. The two were recently on LA’s Power 106 FM to plug her upcoming album. But while all that makes it seem like things are strictly professional, Vave and Foxx have traveled a lot together. In June, they were spotted at the BET Awards together and shortly after, he brought her along to his performance in The Hamptons. Neither Foxx, Holmes, or Vave have confirmed or denied any rumors. A predictable move, especially since Vave is younger than his own daughter.

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