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Back in October, we told you that fashion forward couple A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman were no more. Although word about the split didn’t get out until the fall, the pair actually split up months before that. In a recent interview with MTV News, the Harlem rapper confessed that the split left him feeling quite depressed.
“Me and Chanel broke up in June and I got really depressed, because I knew that she deserves better than me,” he shared.
He went on to say that he didn’t want to be the bad guy, so they decided to end the relationship.
“And that’s the truth. Everybody knows it. I don’t wanna be the guy to Lauryn Hill her — if you know what I’m saying. I love her so much that I would rather not be with her, than hurt her. That’s not to say that she’s a piece of meat that I can play with.”
It appears that their relationship was somehow able to survive the split though. According to the 26-year-old, they’re still “best friends.”
“That’s my best friend,” Rocky said. “You’ve gotta be mature, to be in this type of predicament and have a relationship. I never really talk about these kinda things, about her, and she never really talks about me so I’m not really gonna say much on the subject but she’s happy and that’s all I want — I want her to be happy.”
“I do know that where I’m at in life, I’m still having fun and I’m young and I need to focus on my career,” he added. “[But] she’s still in my life, so it’s a win, win situation.”
Rocky also expressed that she’s still the apple of his eye.
“She’s one of the most beautiful women that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. She looks like a princess.”
This must be split season, as yet another celebrity couple has called it quits. Rapper A$AP Rocky and supermodel Chanel Iman are officially over.
A source told E! News, “They are no longer together. This happened about a few weeks ago. It was just not working out with both of their busy travel schedules. Time away from each other played a big part in the breakup.”
A$AP Rocky, 26, is working on his second studio album while 23-year-old Chanel is off being fabulous, traveling the world for modeling gigs.
Aside from the occasional red carpet appearance and a photo shoot for the September issue of Vogue, the couple were relatively private with their relationship. Which explains why their breakup is a few weeks old and we’re just now hearing about it.
This is a bit surprising considering the last time we spoke about the pair they were rumored to be engaged.
And as you might gather from the lack of dragging, slut shaming, dirty laundry airing or trash talking on social media, their relationship ended amicably.
The source confirmed that. “They don’t have any hard feelings. [They] only want the best for each other in the long run.”
While it sucks for anyone to go through a breakup, especially when you generally still like the person (as it seems Chanel and A$AP still do), it’s very refreshing to see that they’re being adults about their situation, which is more than we can say for most celebrities these days.
Did you like these two together? Are you surprised to hear about their split?
This summer we fell in love with Great Britain’s Sam Smith and his hit song “Stay With Me” which took over the airwaves.
Today, we found the remix of his latest gem “I’m Not the Only One” from his album “The Lonely Hour.” Featuring Harlem’s very own dime piece A$AP Rocky, the two beautifully weave together what is sure to be this year’s hottest breakup song (no matter your relationship status).
In the first verse, A$AP Rocky can be heard using metaphors that compares Queen Bey’s hit song “Get Me Bodied” to an Ex’s sex life post-breakup. Smith then takes over, explaining eloquently how all humans make vows to one another other, although some couples’ relationship goals are never fulfilled. As the song continues, both artists provide listeners with insight on their love lives while in the lime light, humbly revealing that none of us are exempt from heartbreak or mishaps.
Listen to the “I’m Not the Only One” remix below!
Do you love it?
On the heels of the sudden and tragic passing of natural hair and social entrepreneur, Karyn White, who began The #DarkSkinRedLip Project, another black women’s empowerment movement is gaining momentum to keep her message going. #NoBareLips30, started last year by blogger Keiko Kaveri, started out as just a personal challenge to prove that lipstick could be worn everyday without purchasing anything new.
After posting the simple rules to the challenge on Instagram, Keiko was surprised to see that almost 1,000 photos with the hashtag #NoBareLips30 had been posted in solidarity.
“The biggest blessing of #NoBareLips30 was seeing so much self-love and self-acceptance,” Kaveri wrote on her blog about the overwhelming success of the campaign.
After A$AP Rocky’s outlandish remarks about black women wearing red lipstick last year and even black women coming for other black women who choose to wear various bright shades of lip color, I began to question my own views of wearing lipstick. I was convinced for years that I looked like a clown or a crime scene in red lipstick and that maybe, as a a black woman, those shades just weren’t for me. However, after a conversation with Keiko about #NoBareLips and its success last year, I decided to begin purchasing simple drugstore brands and looking for shades that complimented my skin tone. The initial discomfort I felt quickly faded after I posted a few photos and received such great feedback from other women of color. My confidence in wearing lip color has grown and so has my stash of lipsticks!
With seemingly everyone policing the bodies of black women so closely and viciously, it is easy to want to give up on defining our own beauty standards. There is always an article, a rap lyric, or a debate about how we should look. If we choose to apply makeup, others expect a reason other than us wanting to look good and feel good for ourselves. We hear ” some black women shouldn’t wear this,” “some black women look crazy wearing that,” all the time. Those baseless and oppressive critiques were the exact reason why Keiko thought up #NoBareLips30:
“I wanted to do something fun as winter was approaching. I wanted to prove that it is possible to wear various shades of pink, red, purple, brown, and orange as a brown lady. I wanted to throw on my lipstick and snap selfies without having to answer to the inquiries of who I was looking good for.”
With the rise of social media, criticism has risen, undoubtedly. However, social media has presented itself as a tool of empowerment and solidarity for many who probably never would have connected without it – especially women of color.
If you use social media and would like to participate in the Spring 2014 edition of #NoBareLips30 here are some of the details:
- #NoBareLips starts on April 28, 2014 and ends on May 27.
- There will be a calendar and you will need a red, a pink, a brown, a nude, and a bunch of fun shades!
- You don’t have to post every day.
- Use the hashtag: #NoBareLips30 and please unlock your accounts for the thirty days (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook are the most popular social networks for this challenge).
- Have fun!
For those who missed the first #NoBareLips30 T-shirt campaign, never fear! Ms. Kaveri may be releasing another line soon. Be sure to check her site for updates and for testimonials about the first round of the #NoBareLips30 challenge.
La Truly is a writer, college professor and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly and check out her site: www.hersoulinc.com.
Speaking of marriage, it’s rumored that Victoria’s Secret Angel Chanel Iman and boyfriend, A$AP Rocky are engaged to be married.
Sources tell Page Six that the Harlem rapper recently proposed to the 23-year-old beauty and she “happily accepted his proposal.” According to the insider, the couple has decided to keep their engagement quiet for now. So far, they have yet to confirm on deny the reports. And Chanel was recently spotted at Montblanc’s 90th anniversary celebration without an engagement ring.
Rocky and his supermodel boo have been an item since early 2013 and have been spotted arm-in-arm at several red carpet events together. For the most part, they’ve managed to keep their relationship business out of headlines. So if the rumors are true, it may be a while before the big news is officially confirmed.
Last night Pharrell’s new album “Girl” streamed on iTunes radio, much to fans’ delight. By morning, though, any excitement for the producer’s new project was dimmed by concerns over his album cover and its lack of color — and by color we mean Black women. No matter how you feel about this particular situation, Pharrell is far from the first Black man to be called out on this issue. Check out this list of artists who offended plenty of fans by not featuring black women in their videos.
In Hollywood there are pretty boys — you know the Diddys of the world who place photos of themselves on Instagram with cucumber patches under their eyes and take more time to get ready than the average woman — and then there are men who are just plain pretty. They have the long eyelashes, soft facial features, and grooming habits that just make you swoon and say, you know what, that’s a pretty man right there. Check out our favorite pretty celebrity men.
Musician Prince has always had an androgynous look about him. With his high cheekbones, deep, soulful eyes and soft lips, the Purple One has worn clothes such as ruffled blouses and boots with heels that at the very least could be labeled unisex. The legendary artist has been romantically linked to beautiful women but he’s always been the prettier one in the relationship. Prince, who normally wore his hair similar to Halle Berry’s signature short hairstyle, debuted his new look sporting an afro on ABC’s “The View” which made him look a little more masculine.
A$AP Rocky will probably think twice before he raises his hand to slap another female fan. Back in July video footage surfaced of the Harlem rapper forcefully slapping a female fan at a concert in Australia. Two months later, another woman by the name of Lisa Wade came forward claiming that the 24-year-old problem child slapped her at this summer’s Made In America festival in Philadelphia.
“He slapped me pretty hard. My whole neck shifted. I was in shock and couldn’t even think straight afterwards […] He literally slapped me in my face. He looked at me and slapped me. I had a mark. I was bruised. I went to the hospital. I had to leave the concert because I was so upset […] There’s no excuse for a man to ever hit a female… ever. Am I gonna sue him? No, but I want to make sure that he gets prosecuted for this and he gets in trouble because this isn’t the first time that he’s done it and it isn’t the first time that a performer or a rap star has hit someone in the face and hasn’t gotten in trouble for it,” said his latest alleged assault victim who recently pressed charges against him.
Now it also appears that Rocky’s alleged slap-happy ways have also caused him to miss out on a gig at York University in Toronto. According to TMZ, hip hop’s problem child was scheduled to perform at a music festival being held at the university next week, but the student federation pulled him off of the concert expressing that “the event cannot proceed until this matter is resolved.” They were also sure to specify that just because they dropped him from the event doesn’t mean that they believe he’s guilty.
Welp, it doesn’t mean they think he’s innocent either.
What do you think of their decision to pull the plug?
I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed that A$AP Rocky’s been acting a fool pretty much the entire year. There were his comments about darker skinned, black women wearing red lipstick, just a couple of weeks ago he was seen slapping a female fan and then during the MTV Awards, audiences thought he was throwing slight shade to Jason Collins and his sexuality by the weird facial expressions he was making while the two were on stage together introducing rapper Macklemore.
If you don’t remember the strangely, awkward moment, take a look at it again in the video below.
Immediately, people assumed that A$AP really did have a problem with Jason Collins despite his words to the contrary.
In an interview with Stashed, A$AP explained that he’s actually not homophobic at all and apologized to Jason Collins for how it might have appeared on television:
“I’m mad that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic,” said Rocky. “I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it. I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and Isht, and you know… I really don’t think that’s funny. I saw they were making all the memes and pictures and making fun of him. There’s people out there that think I was doing that to be funny, and truthfully I got gay people in my family. I don’t give a Fawk if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this N***a when they are talking about gay people, that’s all. You know what I’m saying?”
Once again, A$AP was doing well all the way up until that second to last sentence. You found it odd that they had you standing next to him? The only point was about unity, bringing people who would seem like polar opposites together. Apparently A$AP didn’t get that.
Check out the interview from Stashed on the next page.
Yesterday we told you that Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky was under fire for allegedly slapping yet another fan. In case you missed it, the 24-year-old has been charged with assault in Philadelphia after a fan by the name of Lisa Wade accused him of slapping her square in the face during a concert. Wade recently spoke to TMZ regarding the incident and she expressed that she definitely wants the rapper to pay for his actions—especially since this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of hitting a female fan.
“He slapped me pretty hard. My whole neck shifted. I was in shock and couldn’t even think straight afterwards,” Wade told TMZ.
“I was actually a little bit dizzy. I couldn’t even defend myself [laughs].”
She went on to describe exactly how the incident occurred.
“So me and one of my friends, we were rocking out to 2 Chainz. He was performing, which was absolutely amazing and I hear people screaming, ‘A$AP Rocky is walking through.’ So at the moment, all of these girls were like pushing and shoving me and my friend to get to him and then I guess as soon as he turned around, I happened to be right there. And out of nowhere, I made eye contact with him and he just slapped the hell out of me,” Wade said.
When asked if she wanted him to actually be prosecuted for the alleged assault, Wade made it clear that she wants him to pay for what he did to her.
“Absolutely, he literally slapped me in my face. He looked at me and slapped me. I had a mark. I was bruised. I went to the hospital. I had to leave the concert because I was so upset.”
She also insists that the alleged assault was no accident.
“I said mistakenly because he didn’t target me and I wasn’t the one touching him or whatever the situation was with all of these other girls.”
She adds that A$AP’s camp has yet to reach out to her, but even if they did apologize, she still wants him criminally prosecuted. Wade also reluctantly claimed that she doesn’t plan to sue.
“There’s no excuse for a man to ever hit a female… ever.”
“Am I gonna sue him? No, but I want to make sure that he gets prosecuted for this and he gets in trouble because this isn’t the first time that he’s done it and it isn’t the first time that a performer or a rap star has hit someone in the face and hasn’t gotten in trouble for it.”
“It’s absolutely unacceptable. Why do I have to go to the hospital and be hurt because of you? It’s just unacceptable. It shouldn’t have happened,” Wade concluded.
Turn the page to hear Lisa Wade’s interview. Thoughts?