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Whites Gon’ White: Interloper Michael Rapaport Is Back to Telling Black People When and How to Resist

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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.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share News of the Loss of Their Unborn Child

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Early Thursday morning Chrissy Teigen and John Legend let the world know of the loss of their unborn child. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking post to social media, Teigen described her and husband John Legend’s “deep pain you only hear about.” She went on to talk about how the couple does not typically name their children “until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before (they) leave the hospital,” but somehow they fell on the name “Jack.”

The heartbreaking news comes just days after first being admitted to the hospital for what she described as heavy bleeding. However, two days ago, she assured fans that both her and baby were healthy and doing well. Teigen, no stranger to social media, continued to engage her following, giving brief updates along the way, when shortly after midnight she shared photos of her and John in the hospital cradling their newborn in the immediate aftermath.

While her husband has remained largely unproblematic and scandal-free, Teigen has been the frequent target of scathing criticism – much of which is completely valid. From her ridiculing Black hair, to her seemingly mocking intimate partner violence when she referenced Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s incident, Chrissy Teigen has been the focus of such harsh vitriol that she has threatened to quit social media altogether on multiple occasions. Sharing such personal news with the world may come as a surprise to many. 

Overwhelmingly, however, the internet’s response has been positive and embracing. Celebrities and non-celebs alike have offered words of support to the couple as they go through this difficult time. See both the model’s post and the heartwarming responses to it below.

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Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43

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Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.

The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen. 

As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences. 

The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison

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Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.

The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.

Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.

“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].

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