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To Stand Or Not To Stand

I’ve taken a little bit of a hiatus. I was touring Italy and getting my entire life. Now, I’m fortunate enough to be back in New York… Yay?

Sigh, let’s get it… ha

Hot Mess #1: Kate Upton for reckless tweeting

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the protest of Colin Kaepernick. The star quarterback of the SF 49ers is refusing to stand for the U.S. national anthem, which happens to play at the beginning of every professional football game.

Kaepernick’s decision is sparking numerous debates on whether or not the act is disrespectful.

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I understand the different arguments. For some, standing during the national anthem is a way to honor those who fought for the freedoms of this country and around the world. So, if someone refuses to stand, it could be seen as an ultimate lack of respect for veterans and military in particular. For others, however, the national anthem is not a song that represents the freedoms of all Americans, so declining to stand is more of an acknowledgement of this fact.

Whatever your feelings toward the national anthem, I think it’s important that we all educate ourselves on 1) the history behind the song and 2) the true intention behind those refusing to stand.

In response to the kneeling of Miami Dolphins’ players yesterday, model Kate Upton tweeted, “This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other,” followed by a picture of the protest.

Although I can understand Kate Upton’s stance, I think we should acknowledge the respect that players did show to all those who braved 9/11. The players stood during the 9/11 tribute, and only knelt during the actual playing of the national anthem. In addition, their kneeling is meant to be a gesture that honors military (as opposed to completely sitting) while also standing up for what’s right.

Personally, I just think that the Kate Uptons of the world are not ready for the Black resistance that’s been growing these last few years. With incidences like Travon Martin and Eric Garner being recorded every day and posted to social media, the anger of Black Americans and people of color has finally tipped the scale. People have had enough and America is only feeling divided because of how “loud” minorities are starting to become.

Let’s be honest. Most Blacks and people of color have always been “woke” in this country, but we haven’t always been collectively this vocal. Now, everyone is starting to give zero f&*ks, and quite frankly, I think it’s making many Americans a little uncomfortable.

Maybe that’s a good thing?

p.s. I encourage everyone to learn their U.S. history. It’s fine to debate, but we should all understand the complexities of the national anthem. Slavery and the national anthem: The surprising history

Not to mention, if anyone is to be truly pissed in this country, it should be the Native Americans. Stripped of everything and slaughtered, they’ve had it pretty rough and still have to continue to put up with America’s b.s.

Thousands Protest North Dakota Pipeline  #staywokepeople

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Anyways, we are all arguing over the national anthem, but it’s not even the best song to represent this country. Personally, I think “America The Beautiful” should be the anthem. #Justsayin #RIPRay

Hot Mess #2: Anyone coming for Hillary Clinton

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During a 9/11 ceremony yesterday, Hillary Clinton grew ill and almost collapsed. Part of Hillary’s health scare was captured on camera, and had many wondering about the presidential candidate’s overall health. Now, it’s been reported that Hillary is recovering from pneumonia and dehydration. #scarystuff

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Although it’s understandable that people are concerned, I think that we should all focus more on Hillary actually getting better and less on this being a sign of her “weakness” as a candidate. Yes, the Clinton campaign probably could be managing Clinton’s health better, but I do not take one scare as a sign of her being unfit to lead this country.

I mean, just look at what she’s accomplished! lol

To be honest, both presidential candidates are old and could drop dead at any moment (harsh, but true). Let’s just choose to send them both well wishes and hope that they have many more years ahead of them.

Hot Mess #3: Malia Obama’s trash friends for being trash

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I won’t spend too much time on this, but recently, Malia Obama has been “lucky” enough to be caught in a series of photos showing her around drugs and alcohol.

Now, I’m not really here to be the photo police, but I find it interesting that there’s always a leaked photo of the President’s daughter on Snapchat…

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Malia isn’t doing anything out of the norm for a teenager. However, it bothers me that more and more we are starting to see photos of her simply trying to lead a regular life on social media. And, all this does is prove that random heifers and “friends” cannot be trusted…

Thank God Malia will be out of the White House next year and can live her gap year in peace. I can only imagine trying to grow up under a microscope…At least the Obamas always appear to be supportive of their daughter.

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Scandalous Meets Stupid

As painful as Mondays are, I always love sitting down with a bowl of cereal and blogging. Can we say sanity check?

Let’s get it!

Hot Mess #1: Nate Parker and his rape scandal

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Okay, so I actually have all the feels when it comes to this latest story about Nate Parker. In case you missed it, Parker was in the news a few months ago for his film, The Birth of a Nation, which tells the story of rebel slave, Nat Turner. After Sundance, The Birth of a Nation was purchased by Fox Searchlight for a whopping $17.5 million, putting Parker on the road to Hollywood A-lister.

It wasn’t until recently that news of Parker’s troubled past came to light. Back in 1999, Parker was accused of raping a female student while studying at Penn State. His alleged victim then went on to commit suicide in 2012.

As a woman, I couldn’t be more disgusted by the idea of any man getting away with rape. As a Black American, however, I question the timing of this story being published in outlets such as Variety. The Birth of a Nation was set to perform incredibly well come October, and now its fate is somewhat up in the air as people debate whether or not to support Parker and his film.

Look, I’m not saying that we should not discuss Parker’s past. I am saying, however, that I hope that people will understand that The Birth of a Nation is much bigger than its individual contributors. Hollywood has not always been the biggest supporter of Black narratives, especially narratives that don’t include a “white savior” and include a Black uprising. If The Birth of a Nation performs well at the box office this fall, then it will only help to show film executives that there is a true market for this type of storytelling.

Anyways, I could go on forever about this topic and probably write an entire essay about my feelings on both Parker and the movie. For now, I’m going to switch gears and show some love for another Black film that has no controversies surrounding it.

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Hidden Figures, a movie about Katherine Johnson, an African American physicist who made significant contributions to NASA, stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer, and already looks A-mazing. 🙂

Watch the trailer here —> Hidden Figures

Hot Mess #2: Ryan Lochte for just being a mess

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Ryan Lochte has never struck me as the brightest star in the sky, potentially not even shining at all…

Last week, the media reported that Lochte and a small group of American Olympic swimmers were robbed at gunpoint at a Rio gas station. When interviewed, Lochte claimed that the robbers pulled out guns and even placed one to his forehead.

Long story short, all of the details from the “robbery” turned out to be one giant lie. Video footage shows Lochte and crew vandalizing private property and getting into a fight.

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Needless to say, Lochte and the others are now paying for their poor judgment. Sponsors including Speedo and Ralph Lauren have dropped him. #AMess

Hot Mess #3: Gabby Douglas and her haters

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U.S. gymnast and Olympic champion, Gabby Douglas, just can’t seem to catch a break. From her bad hair days to her “attitude” during the Rio Olympics, Gabby has given her random social media haters one thing to comment on after another.

Now, I’m not going to lie. When I was watching Gabby watch her teammates, Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, compete in the individual all-round for gymnastics, I thought her attitude was trash. At one point, all the girls in the stands were clearly cheering for their U.S. teammates, while Gabby sat with a sour face.

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Yup….

Even though I’m not really here for Gabby’s attitude, I’m also not supportive of the major hate she’s received her entire career. I mean, come on. If Ryan Lochte can be a complete idiot and be defended by NBC reporters, then Gabby Douglas can be left alone.

Hot Mess #4: Donald Trump for playing the white savior

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In the latest of hot mess events, Donald Trump attempted to gain Black supporters.

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The Republican nominee stated that the Democratic Party has failed African American communities and that Blacks have nothing to lose by voting for him…

I’ve already mentioned how important it is for us to get rid of the white savior storyline, so you already know how I feel.

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No more comments on Trump…

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Natural Hair, Do Care?

Happy Monday, everyone! As I continue to count down the days (yes, I’m already counting) until the weekend, I hope that you guys are having a much better week than me…Let’s get it!

Hot Mess #1: The Today Show for setting up my people.

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One of the biggest trending stories this week involved Youtube stylist, Deepica Mutyala, and model, Malyia McNaughton. Deepica was appearing on the Today Show to teach women at home how to style their hair effortlessly. Unfortunately for Deepica, there was nothing effortless about working with Black hair.

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On the one hand, I commend Deepica for requesting a Black model and trying to be inclusive. On the other hand, however, I think it’s a mess that she didn’t take the time to educate herself about styling Black hair before appearing on the show. I also think it’s a mess that the Today Show didn’t do a trial run with Deepica before the segment. After all, everyone knows that even “live” television can be rehearsed to perfection. Sigh..

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p.s. Two props and a bag of chips for Malyia for keeping her cool. She even smiled through the pain and embarrassment.

Hot Mess #2: Tyga for being broke and purchasing luxury vehicles.

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If you’re unfamiliar with Tyga, just know that he’s a rapper turned questionable boyfriend of Kylie Kardashian Jenner.

Since becoming a couple, Kylie and Tyga have had one rocky relationship. Regardless, of their ups and downs, however, one thing remains consistent, Tyga’s purchasing habits. Tyga has bought Kylie expensive gifts in the past, leaving the people to ask, “With what money?”

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Tyga has technically had several hits as a music artist, but none of those would enable him to afford a Maybach for his girlfriend…I guess he doesn’t mind adding himself to the list of broke rappers…

Hot Mess #3: Bow Wow for “retiring” from rap.

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Apparently, Bow Wow has officially announced that he is retiring from rap. Yay?

The rapper hasn’t had a hit in years, so it’s a little confusing why he would feel the need to retire from something that no one has associated him with in years.

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Personally, I think that Bow Wow is just going through a quarter life crisis (even though he’s technically 29). It literally is the only thing I can think of to explain his bizarre statements lately.

Bow Wow Won’t Vote Because He’s ‘Mixed’

Yeah…that happened…

At least Bow Wow’s recent behaviors have reminded me of his past accomplishments like growing hair longer than girls.

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Hmmm…I wonder if this hair would have been easier for Deepica to style. Curious minds want to know. lol

Hot Mess 4#: R. Kelly for just being a mess.

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Ever since I can remember, R. Kelly has been questioned about his dealings with underage girls. Remember when he married Aaliyah when she was only 15??

Anyways, the R&B singer appears to have a new girlfriend, 19-year-old  Halle Calhoun. Technically, Halle is of age, but this move definitely makes fans wonder about R. Kelly’s past.

The Internet Reacts To R. Kelly’s Girlfriend

At least Kelly has never been caught with child pornography like Mark Salling…

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How did we not know??? #AMess 😦

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Balloons!

Sometimes I question why I choose Monday nights to blog. Then, I realize that Mondays can be rough and so it’s best to set the tone for the week. Well, hopefully… Let’s get it!

Hot Mess #1: Hollywood for still not understanding #OscarsSoWhite

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In the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter. It was a direct result of the lack of diversity seen across the nominations for various categories, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and so on. The Twitter chatter was so loud that Chris Rock, who hosted the awards ceremony, had to address the diversity conversation live.

Needless to say, that didn’t turn out so well. Remember when Stacy Dash, the one actress who’s probably lost her “Black card,” walked out on the stage…

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Yeah…Anyways, apparently, Hollywood still hasn’t gotten the memo about the need for more diverse representation on the screen, giving roles written about people of color to white actors.

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Luckily for us, we have talented POC individuals like Constance Wu, who stand up to the ridiculousness that is Hollywood. Constance stars in ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat,” a hit comedy about an Asian-American family, and has been very vocal about Hollywood’s diversity problem.

Constance Wu Slams Matt Damon’s New Movie

Yup, I’ll let you guys read that one for yourselves…Sigh, when will Hollywood ever learn? Audiences are craving for diversity. Just give it to us! lol

Hot Mess #2: Donald Trump for being too lazy to educate himself

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Honestly, I really don’t have that much against Donald Trump (I’m going to ignore his racist, chauvinist comments for a second. Bear with me.) More than anything, my real issue with Trump is the fact that he almost refuses to learn anything outside of his own outrageous opinions.

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Trump’s questionable stance on both domestic and foreign affairs is quite scary. The good news is Russia will not be going into the Ukraine because it already has…#AMess

Hot Mess #3: Anyone who has nothing better to do than bash Malia Obama

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Over the weekend, Malia Obama chose to have fun at Lollapalooza instead of  hanging out at the DNC, a decision that all teenagers probably would have made. But, of course, the haters are going to hate and talk about everything from her attire to her dance moves to the fact that she passed on the DNC.

Well, news Fl-A-sh. One, Malia is a teenager wearing typical teenage clothes, doing typical teenage things. Two, she’s not running for office and her whole life has been nothing, but one long speech after another. So, let’s let the girl live.

Hot Mess #4: Bill Clinton for probably loving balloons more than U.S. citizens

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Even though Malia did not watch the DNC, I, along with the rest of America, chose to witness the A-mazingness that was Bill Clinton playing with balloons.  Who knew that Bill could be THAT happy?

 

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In the words of Ludacris, “Balloons!” lol

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Yas Kim, Bye Taylor

It’s been two weeks since my last post. With all of the Black Lives Matter protests, hate crimes, and terrorism going on, I really didn’t feel like it was appropriate to blog about celebrities. I also didn’t want this blog to become a political nightmare filled with my frustrations, so alas, I waited. I waited for the perfect inspiration, and now I have it.

Let’s get it!

Hot Mess #1: Taylor Swift for being a fraud

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Last night, I watched the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Per usual, it was reality trash at its finest.

A large theme throughout the show was how the media vilified Kanye West after the release of his song “Famous” and its music video. In the song, Kanye says “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous,”  referencing the 2009 Taylor Swift drama at the VMAs.

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After the song’s release, Taylor acted ultra offended by both the lyrics and video. Luckily, we have Kim Kardashian to set the story straight. Kim stood by her man, claiming that she had recorded evidence that proved Taylor was actually aware of the song all along.

Sadly, I went straight to bed right after Keeping Up and missed the gloriousness that was Kim K.’s Snapchat. Apparently, Kim snapped several clips of Kanye talking to Taylor Swift about his song and ultimately getting her approval….Smdh

Read the full story here –> Kimye Feuds With Taylor Swift

According to TMZ, Taylor is now considering taking legal action against Kimye for the leaked video (it’s illegal to record someone in the state of California without their permission). Personally, I hope Taylor doesn’t take legal action. Legal action won’t solve anything, just make her look even worse…

Tumblr Posts That Sum Up The Kimye Taylor Swift Feud

Hot Mess #2: Tom Hiddleston for dating Taylor Swift

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Let me just say that I LOVE Tom Hiddleston, but I feel like he’s depreciating in value the longer he dates Swift. Before, he was this tall, mysterious Brit. Now, he’s just another one of Taylor’s boy toys…

I’m not sure if he’s being considered for the new James Bond role or not, but if he is, he should bail on Taylor’s messiness soon. He can also burn that t-shirt from July 4th. #gross

Hot Mess #3: Wendy Williams for her comments about HBCUs

Last week, Wendy Williams received major backlash when she denounced historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the NAACP on her daytime talkshow. Like, who does that?

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Anyways…Due to her comments, Wendy lost Chevrolet as a major sponsor and had to invite TV One journalist, Roland Martin, to her show for some serious damage control.

Read the full story here –> Wendy Williams Faces Tough Critic 

I love Wendy for her big mouth and sometimes childish viewpoints, but hopefully she has learned to be a little smarter.

Stick to stories about Kimye, Wendy. Leave racial issues to the real journalists…

Hot Mess #4: Stephen Colbert for hijacking the podium at the RNC

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There’s no question that the funniest story today is the Kimye vs. Taylor Swift feud, but Stephen Colbert also provided some much needed entertainment when he crashed the Republican National Convention. Dressed in a Hunger Games inspired costume, Colbert announced, “[Donald Trump] has formed an alliance with Indiana Governor Mike Pence. It is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican hungry for power games.”

Watch the video here –> Colbert at RNC 

Whether you found Colbert’s joke funny or not, you have to admit that it was pretty ballsy…

 

Honestly, I just want to say that I am so grateful for the messiness this past week. Things have been a little too heavy and I’m glad that we have something funny in the media again. Thank you, Kimye. Thank you.

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