One of the many things I both love and abhor about Black people is our penchant for letting any and everybody into our culture. One feature on a rap song, a #BlackLivesMatter tweet, or a cute 90s-inspired bop are all it takes to receive the illustrious invite to the proverbial “cookout.” And no matter how many times our alleged allies disappoint us (because they always do), we continue to keep the gate open.One of the many things I both love and abhor about Black people is our penchant for letting any and everybody into our culture. Click To Tweet
And when you leave the gate open, the trash will blow in – the trash in this instance being Michael Rapaport. ‘Who dis white man,’ you ask? If you dig deep, deep, DEEP into your memory bank, you may remember him making cameo appearances in some of your favorite Negrodian films. I specifically remember him as Remy, the racist-outcast-skinhead-murderer in Higher Learning. At some point, Black people adopted Rapaport, perhaps for his affinity for Hip-Hop culture and music? He did direct the critically acclaimed HBO-documentary about popular rap group, A Tribe Called Quest. That’s my best guess because for the life of me, I have no earthly idea when or why he got tossed in the mix during the draft.
What I do remember, however, is Michael Rapaport’s tweet directed at Black football players who decided to kneel in protest to bring attention to high instances of police brutality faced by marginalized communities.
So, in today’s Whites Gon’ White news, Michael Rapaport is trending for being all in the Kool-aid without knowing the flavor. This past Super Bowl Sunday when Black people (rightfully so) were minding their own damn business on Twitter and remembering all the great things Janet Damita Jo Jackson has done for the culture and entertainment using the hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay as a form of resistance against the halftime performance of newly White-ified Justin Timberlake, Rapaport hopped his ass on the hashtag to not only disparage Janet Jackson, but to insinuate that people (meaning Black people because we were the main ones frustrated) need to stop making everything an issue. As if everything ain’t already an issue when it comes to Blackness.
And the MOST frustrating thing of all is that Rapaport could have said nothing. He could have muted the hashtag and kept right on tweeting about the game and his love for his White homeboy Justin. Shutting the fuck up is free, always has been, always will be. But oh no, that’s too much like right. God forbid, a White man, walk by a moment where he and his whiteness are not centered. He saw that Black people, particularly Black women (catch) were having a good time on Twitter, and he felt obligated to come in like the White, wet blanket that he is.God forbid, a White man, walk by a moment where he and his whiteness are not centered. Click To Tweet
Fuck you, Michael Rapaport and your bad skin and your wide, crooked nose.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.