By now, we all know that the business of trolling is really just a cry for attention. We all know that very empty, miserable, sad, dejected, unhappy, sour apple bitter bitches go online and say mean things to people who they barely know. Some even go as far as posting lackluster YouTube videos dedicated to their business of trolling.
While it is perfectly acceptable to troll Trump and his thugs, Beyoncé haters, and LeNard, it is not acceptable to troll brand new babies.
Toya Wright, reality star, author, and ideal representative of the New Orleans accent, recently gave birth to her baby girl, Reign. Excited about her bundle of joy (as she should be), Toya commenced to post pictures of her fresh-out-the-womb baby online. Tameka Tiny Harris also posted pictures online while holding the new baby, who we all noticed had gotten darker (as most Black, new-born babies do) since Toya posted the fresh-out-the-womb pictures. Within days, the creepiest of the creepy trolls started to leave negative comments about the baby.
The comments became so outrageous that Reginae decided to power up one of her iPhones and sans makeup or filters, proceeded to drag the Internet on behalf of her new sister. She commented that people had been mean to her online since she was a child, and she refused to let the same thing happen to her sister.
While no one explicitly linked the trolling to colorism, one cannot help but to draw a connection between the darker color of the baby and the online bullying.
This situation just reminds me how much people, and I’m talking to Black people specifically, really hate dark girls in this world. I cannot believe that in 2018, we are still playing out the light skin/dark skin psychological warfare that the colonizers subjected our ancestors to. Our ancestors were too preoccupied with trying to survive the day, so they had no time to critically analyze why their oppressors were setting up hierarchies within the slave community based upon skin color, a characteristic no one had any control over – not the creation of lighter skin tones which usually resulted from a rape nor the Eurocentric features that seemed to draw attention and would eventually become the standard of beauty.I cannot believe that in 2018, we are still playing out the light skin/dark skin psychological warfare that the colonizers subjected our ancestors to. Click To Tweet
It’s so sad because just last week we were all celebrating that beautiful dark skin prevalent in Black Panther and this week, some of us, have decided that we have nothing better to do but leave nasty comments about a baby online. How sad.
Uncle Snoop Get Your Apology to Ari Lennox Ready
Apparently, everyone’s favorite uncle likes apologizing. Fresh off of his apology tour for his controversial comments towards broadcast journalists Gayle King, Snoop Dogg decided to comment on Ari Lennox’s Instagram live to instruct her to “grow your own hair.”
Yesterday, the Dreamville songbird took to Instagram Live in true Ari fashion to document her trying on a new lace front wig. Not known for wearing wigs, she struggled with figuring out how much lace to cut and securing the hair as she entertained her followers with hilarious gestures and commentary.
Eventually, a snippet of the video ended up on The Shade Room for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Moments later, Snoop was unnecessarily commenting under the video.
In no time, women were coming to Ari’s defense, reminding the legendary rapper that his wife and daughter are no strangers to wigs.
You’d think men would know to leave their opinions to themselves when it comes to women’s hair, especially black women, but clearly, Uncle Snoop forgot to read that particular memo.
Once Ari caught wind of Snoop’s comments, she delivered a lovely little shade tree, posting a photo of Snoop wearing a blonde wig with the caption, “Uncle I just…I just thought we had an understanding….”
Following the backlash that he’s currently receiving, I can already envision the apology that’s sure to follow. Perhaps someone should remind Uncle Snoop that the best apology is changed behavior…
DJ D-Nice Has Spun His Way Into the Living Rooms of Thousands
Every day, legendary DJ D-Nice (a.k.a. Derrick Jones) spends countless hours helping thousands of global citizens forget about the coronavirus pandemic and financial woes with his “Homeschool” parties.
Initially jumping on Instagram Live to cure his boredom while “self-isolating,” D-Nice had an audience of a few hundred, mostly friends. As word began to spread, it grew to a few thousand. By Sunday, over 160,000 people joined his live for a virtual party that included the heavyweights such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Fallon, and Vice President Joe Biden.
During a CBS This Morning interview, D-Nice shared, “I literally just played what feels good. I wanted people to feel good. I wanted their experience to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.” And he’s done just that. While on live, his comment section is a constant stream of cheers, shout outs, and music-lovers asking, “Where the drinks at?” It feels like the best VIP section you’ll ever experience but from your living room.
“No matter what your problems are, you can put on a good tune and it just takes you away and I was trying to do that,” he explained. “It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole experience and everyone escaping what’s going on today just for a few hours.”
While some of his neighbors have complained about the noise, D-Nice is committed to keeping the party going as the universal language of music is playing a vital role in keeping us all connected.
We have DJ D-Nice to thank for that!
Jay Electronica & Joe Budden Used Their Twitter Fingers to Exchange Insults
It took 10 years for Jay Electronica to release his highly-anticipated album, A Written Testimony. While some are singing his praises, others are incredibly disappointed. One such person is former rapper turned media personality, Joe Budden.
Budden used his platform, The Joe Budden Podcast episode Dry Snitching to express his disappointment. Budden proclaimed, “You’ve been missing for ten years- which is cool, ’cause you’ve been living life. But that confidence that I thought you might’ve been living life with is suppressed…that lens that I’m looking through paints the story of a different MC. And that MC is one that would get smacked around by Hov on every song.”
In response, Electronica took to Twitter and posted a video clip of DaBaby saying “fuck it,” directing the tweet at Rory, one of the co-hosts on Budden’s podcast.
Shortly after, Budden responded referring to Jay-Z’s performance on A Written Testimony, where he appears on eight of ten tracks. “I never got absolutely mopped around on my own project either… @ me, not Rory.”
Here’s how the rest of that conversation went:
The tirade ended with Electronica demanding credit for “lighting up” the podcast episode.
Electronica released A Written Testimony on Friday, March 13th. It’s his first solo album after more than ten years of delays with features by Jay-Z, The-Dream and Travis Scott, with additional production by The Alchemist, No ID, Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy.