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Did Y’all See? Azealia Banks Allegations And Nicki Minaj’s Truth About Black Men

October 21st, 2016 - By Quindara Lazenbury
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In this episode of Did Y’all See? we’re speaking on Azealia Banks allegations against Russell Crowe, Nicki Minaj’s truth telling about Black Men and we’re also asking what would you do if a teacher sent home a note asking to stop using coconut oil in your child’s hair?  Get into all this tea on Did Y’all See?

Here’s One Of Azealia Banks’ Russell Crowe Receipts

October 19th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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When media outlets started reporting on the Azealia Banks Russell Crowe debacle, she advised us to “stay tuned” because she has receipts.

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And one of those receipts just got posted on TMZ by way of a video of Azealia explaining she wasn’t the aggressor in the situation, i.e. she didn’t say anything to the tune of, “You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino sh-t” and actually raise a glass and cock it.

Of course Azealia is playing the part of the innocent party, standing by her claim that Russell spit on her and called her the n-word and stating that she absolutely will not be signing with RZA after he refused to stand up for her. She also told The Sun of the incident:

“This is a stain on me. My ­femininity feels stained. I feel stained as a woman, I feel mishandled, I feel mistreated, I feel dirty.”

Unfortunately, this video is more like a layaway receipt than a true receipt because unless we see footage of what actually happened inside that Beverly Hills Hotel Room, we’re still not sure who to believe. Watch the footage for yourself and tell us what you think.

Azealia’s attorney, who released a statement after the incident earlier in the week, says his client will be on TMZ Live later with more details.

Russell Crowe Physically Throws Azealia Banks Out Of Dinner Party Over Alleged Threat

October 17th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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A very bizarre story is being reported by TMZ and backed up by social media posts from Azealia Banks who, it seems, was physically thrown out of a dinner party Russell Crowe was hosting. The reason for the removal is currently up for debate.

Saturday night Azealia took to Facebook to relay the ordeal, alleging Russell called her the n-word, choked, and spit on her before throwing her out of his Beverly Hills hotel suite, charging that a room full of men stood by and watched as it happened.


One such man, according to TMZ, was rapper RZA who invited Azealia to the dinner party as his guest. But according to their sources, Azealia was the instigator of the drama. Eyewitnesses say Azealia laughed out loud at Russell’s music selection, and then called him and at least one other guest, “boring white men,” TMZ reports. When a female guest defended Russell and urged Azealia to stop with the insults, she reportedly responded with a threat: “You would love it if I broke my glass, stabbed you guys in the throat, and blood would squirt everywhere like some real Tarantino sh-t.”

Surprisingly, Russell, reportedly let that behavior pass — along with the subsequent use of the n-word multiple times after — but when Azealia actually reached for a glass and cocked it back the actor had enough and “grabbed her in a bear hug and carried her out of the suite.” He then called hotel security to remove her from the premises.

As you can see, there’s a slight variance in the retelling of events between the two, but TMZ says four guests gave statements during the investigation and they each used the word “erratic” to describe the way Azealia was behaving. RZA even reportedly said his guest was the one who used the n-word, not Russell. Still, Azealia argues she wasn’t in the wrong, posting on Facebook at 3:15 am: “I have receipts. Stay tuned.”

We will. After all, this is the same woman who spit on and punched a man on a flight in September 2015 because she wanted to deboard the plane more quickly, and who was arrested for attacking a security guard at L.A. club Break Room 86 two months later. And this is the same actor who has earned a reputation for having a terrible temper after getting into four public altercations between 1999-2005, having gotten into a physical brawl with a fellow New Zealand business man and also throwing a telephone at a concierge in two of the incidents.

“I Am Still Brown”: Is Lightening Your Skin Okay If You’re Doing So To Deal With Hyperpigmentation?

June 17th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Azealia Banks has been bleaching her skin.

As much as it pains me to say that and I was hoping it was an Internet conspiracy against good lighting, it’s apparently true.

There was a single cover for her track “Slay Z” where the musician appeared lighter than normal, but after a while, no one thought much of it. However, after posting images of herself recently in Brazil looking paler than usual, filters be damned, her followers began to make comments about bleaching being a possibility:

Congrats Brazil ! I’m not bald 😩😹

A photo posted by Azealia Banks (@azealiabanks) on


And not only did she admit to lightening her skin, but she admitted to using one of the more controversial products on the market–Whitenicious.

In an interview with Bossip, a rep for Whitenicious by the name of Rebecca Matamba also confirmed Banks’s use of their product, and stated that she’s not the first nor the last well-known star to use it:

She loves Whitenicious and has tweeted about it multiple times…She is one of our many celebrity clients but she is just one of the celebrities who uses it and doesn’t care who knows. She is just a beautiful woman experimenting and trying new things and she looks great. People should focus on her talent instead of her skin. After all she’s in an industry where everyone is getting a little nip and tuck here and there, the difference is others lie about it but she is open about it, because it’s her body not anyone’s and people should focus on her music.

As a former Banks fan, and a Black woman, I was definitely taken aback at the revelation that she had bleached her skin. Say what you want about her, but that’s just sad.

Whether it was makeup or good lighting, to me, the two things people couldn’t take away from Banks included her skill on the mic and her glowing skin. But to see her proudly tote Whitenicious on her page and use it as if it’s daily lotion is a testament to a warped view of herself. However, what really hurt my heart more in the conversation about her choice to lighten her skin was the number of people who defended such beauty measures, citing evening out skin tone as the reason Banks, and many others, would even consider using something that has, time and again, been cited as causing great health risks.

“Its [sic] called making your skin tone EVEN , a lot of us dark skinned women have dark spots and very uneven tones , so it would look HELLA dumb if she just fixed one area,” an Instagram follower noted. “yahll [sic] acting like she went full out , she is still brown . calm down”

In response, Banks said, “thank you! I am still brown” and would follow up on social media with “Because my p—y still purple” when someone asked how she could be so pro-Black but lighten her complexion.

Other women online also stated that it wasn’t a big deal.

“She uses it to even her complexion (black people often suffer from hyperpigmentation and bad acne scarring), darkened knees and elbows,” a woman said. “Much like a fade cream and she admitted she’s thought of using it to change her skintone but that she won’t.”

“I’m a proud dark skinned woman but my face is literally 2-3 shades darker than the rest of my body and I would totally do this (not necessarily bleach, but I’m looking into peels, fade creams, etc). It’s called evening out your skin tone. She only used it on her face to even it out,” another woman added.

Through Banks’s story, it became clear that more women than you would think are opting for lightening creams to deal with hyperpigmentation issues. However, there are numerous products on the market recommended by experts that don’t require completely morphing your skin tone to deal with dark spots. As pointed out by the UK’s The Guardian, there are serums and spot treatments that help to minimize the intensity of dark spots that can be applied. Products that are truly meant to just even things out by lightening up dark spots–not lightening up all of your skin.

Jennifer Linder, M.D., a dermatologist in Scottsdale, Ariz. told ELLE that using sunscreen could help to keep spots from darkening. And as Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd told Ebony, it’s about treating the spot–not your entire face or body. As she put it, “When people treat dark spots, they tend to get halos, which means the skin around the spot gets lighter. Treatment has to be more localized, so you have to get the active ingredient just on the spot.”

So evening out and completely lightening up skin? Two totally different things.

And I can’t help but wonder (aside from why we don’t tan instead of lighten) if a desire to appeal in this industry played a big part in her decision to lighten her skin. Or worse, if the treatment, past and possibly present, of men influenced this need to do something about these alleged spots. Banks, whose dermis always seemed pretty even, and dare I say, flawless in photographs and videos, has spoken openly, albeit, harshly about men, specifically Black men, when it comes to their treatment of her and Black women as a whole. During a heated back and forth with rapper Wale before her Twitter account was closed a few months ago, Banks had this to say when speaking on whether or not Black men protect her.

“But they don’t. Even when my suffering is public, no one steps out to protect me.”

And in tweets pointed out by Black Girl Long Hair, Banks also had this to say in the past about being mistreated:

“Seriously… The treatment I get for being a dark skinned woman just makes me want to lay down and die sometime”

“They hate us, and they treat us like dogs, then turn around and ask why we’re mad”

“I don’t care what anyone says: men in general despise dark skinned women.”

Her statements are very similar to those of fellow female MC Lil Kim, who has clearly altered not only her skin but her overall appearance over the years. Back in 2000, she spoke about the effect the comments of the men in her life had on her viewpoint with Newsweek:

“All my life men have told me I wasn’t pretty enough–even the men I was dating. And I’d be like, ‘Well, why are you with me, then?’ ” She winces. “It’s always been men putting me down just like my dad. To this day when someone says I’m cute, I can’t see it. I don’t see it no matter what anybody says.”

But as is the case with Kimberly Jones, attacking Banks for her decision to change her skin doesn’t do anything to help. At the end of the day, only she really knows what makes her happy and why she makes certain decisions. However, for other women who see her and comment that she “looks better” or that they’re looking to try the same methods, it’s important to know that there are other options. There are other options aside from a product that goes so far out of its way to push lighter as better that it puts “White” in its name. There are other options to help deal with hyperpigmentation. And as someone with a very uneven skin tone who came to the conclusion that I needed to embrace my bespectacled skin, trust me when I say there are other options.

As a strong woman who has spoken so openly and proudly about Blackness in the past, it honestly saddens me to see Banks, a beautiful woman, try and rid herself of a facet of that Blackness (even if she’s “still brown”) — and to see so many other women who see nothing wrong with doing the same.

9 Black Celebrities Who Support Donald Trump

March 15th, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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Recently, the campaign for presidential candidate Donald Trump said that it had intentions of getting 100 percent of the Black vote.

We all know that’s crazy talk, but he does have his supporters within the community.

And in the interest of airing them out, here is a list of the 10 Black folks who are #TeamTrump2016. Please note that Omarosa, Dr. Ben Carson, the National Black Republican Association and Tootsie Roll and Blow Pop, also known as Diamond and Silk did not make the list. As that’s like saying water is wet.

2015 Wasn’t Their Year: Stars Who Are Going To Have An Awkward Christmas

December 23rd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Do you think Steve Harvey’s family clowns him at the dinner table? When negative headline news hits around the holidays, celebrity Christmas celebrations are guaranteed to get awkward. Wonder how Christmas dinner is going to go at the homes of these folks…

Why Azealia Banks Was Right And Where She Went Wrong

September 24th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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If I were Azealia Banks, and I had been caught on camera calling a Delta airline flight attendant a gay slur, I would probably just go on ahead and apologize immediately.

Yes, I know that she is bisexual, which makes her a part of the LGBTQ community. And I also am down with the train of thought that the oppressed can reclaim and repackage words of their oppression. Sort of how Black folks have done with the N-word or women with the B-word or poor white men with the term “redneck.”

Still, fa**ot is very gender specific slur, which is more often than not is used to demean men (be they homosexual or otherwise) in particular. Therefore as a non-target of that slur, it is probably best that Banks not only apologizes for using it, but vow to eradicate that word completely from her entire vocabulary. As this is not the first time she used that slur. And at this point, it is becoming extremely problematic.

Speaking as a woman who identifies with the likes of Banks (i.e. strong-willed, outspoken and very protective of myself), I know making an apology isn’t going to be easy, especially when you have been wronged.

And let’s be clear: there was a wrong committed against Banks too.

If you watch the 43-second video of the now infamous airplane incident, you can clearly hear Banks demand that the flight attendant let go of her bag. You can also see her struggling with the attendant to get herself and her bag free from his grip. And you can also see he vehemently refused her demands.

I understand that not everyone is as passionate as Banks. But I also don’t know too many people who would have stood calmly around as they were being held against their wills. Could you imagine this happening to a White woman? I certainly can’t. Not without this fictitious White woman squealing bloody murder and crying those magical White tears, which seem to always get them out of trouble.

I also can’t see this happening to a White man neither. That hypothetical White man would have called the corporate offices and had that attendant fired before the attendant even thought of grabbing his bag without permission. And I definitely don’t see this happening to a Black man. And not because I feel like they would have held a particular power in this situation. But thanks to the media, which projects toxic images of Black masculinity, the flight attendant would have likely been too petrified out of his mind to touch a Black man or his things.

So while I personally do not condone her calling him the F-word, I would have certainly understood if she had decided to use other choice words instead. After all, what gave him the right to try and keep her from leaving the airplane at all?

Although flight crews on most commercial airlines can legally restrain, or even use force against, an unruly passengers, they can only do so in event the said passenger is a threat to both passengers and the crew. In fact most airlines see restraining and the use of force as an act of last resort and ultimately prefer that flight crews alert the proper authorities and document said incident instead. You know, the people with handcuffs, badges, training and actual authority to detain and arrest?

Considering the flight was over and most other passengers had already exited the plane, the threat to the passengers and the flight crew had ceased to exist. And although there are conflicting reports about Banks engaging in a potential fight with another passenger on the plane, that situation had already been diffused by the time the cameras started rolling. Therefore there was no need to lay a single fingertip on her. And by unnecessarily doing so, he helped to aggravate and escalate an already heated and emotional moment even more.

He should have just called airport security and given them a detailed description of her appearance. Instead he, a White guy, held onto Banks while she was forced to plead her case to one White guy (the pilot). And we wonder why she might have felt a tad bit threatened?

Whether folks like to admit it or not, Black women are some of the least protected and most marginalized people in this country. We are worked more and yet paid less than most others. We are disproportionately affected by poverty and domestic abuse. We are called fat, unmarketable (marriage wise) ranked by the hue of our Blackness and hair types. And until President Obama’s recent speech in front of the Congressional Black Caucus ,about the need to prioritize Black women politically, very few leaders outside of Black women ourselves spoke up for our interests.

As Black women we are told – and most importantly shown – from birth that while we are expected to abide by all of the rules and standards of this patriarchal, White supremacist capitalist society, we shall not expect that system to come to our defense in our times of need. That is why I am not surprised at how easily her victimization has been ignored in this incident. And why she might feel some type of way about apologizing.

And yes I know: many of you think Banks doesn’t make it easy. She is brash, loud, opinionated and occasionally wrong, but she is no more brash, loud, opinionated and occasionally wrong than Kendrick Lamar, David Banner, Lupe Fiasco and any other male Hip Hop counterpart who pops off on Twitter. And yet no one claimed their careers over for using slurs or being obnoxious [a claim that proves itself erroneous every time Banks’ name appears in the news and is subsequently dragged across Twitter. If she don’t matter, why do we talk about her so much?]. For those men, the benefit of doubt would be without question.

In a culture, which regularly regards women and girls as untrustworthy, liars and manipulators, any behavior outside of a curtsy and a huge plastic smile is deemed threatening. This is particularly true of Black woman who have the added burden of overcoming stereotypes of being hyper-aggressive.

But astutely noted by Public Enemy’ frontman Chuck D on Twitter shortly after the airplane incident went viral: “Hiphop blogs posting @azealiabanks because she hurled the F-word on flight attendant. Yet they allow the N-word in their biz model. Both wrong”

Yet, the only wrong we see here is what Banks said.

Azealia Banks Wants Black Media To Stop Covering Her: “You Have Done The Most To Damage My Brand”

August 23rd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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If there’s one thing to be said about Azealia Banks, it’s definitely that the 24-year-old rapper is very passionate about her value as both a woman and an artist.

These days, it has become very common for celebrities and artists to freely verbalize their opinion on things. For Banks, this notion is nothing new: Nicki Minaj’s Madame Tussauds wax figure to Iggy Azalea’s cultural smudging to Kendrick Lamar’s Ferugson comments. The Harlem native is notoriously known to take her frustrations and thoughts to social media to let fans, followers and the general public alike know exactly what she thinks.

This afternoon, she stirred up conversation when she posted a picture via Twitter of an EBONY Magazine article regarding the cultural smudging beef between her and Iggy Azalea. Banks tweeted, “The only time I made it 2 ebony magazine was in a discussion of another white woman. Black media is counter productive.”

She continued sharing her feelings about the article, begging that Black media publications stop covering her because they’ve basically gone out of their way to damage her brand.

Azealia has since deleted her first tweet directed to EBONY, but kept the rest posted on her account.

Check out what Ms. Banks had to say below.


  Do you agree? Or has Ms. Banks’ own ways caused people to focus more on her beefs than her music?

Azealia Banks Is Not Here For Nicki Minaj’s Madame Tussauds Wax Figure

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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When it comes to Azealia Banks, the brash and outspoken rapper from Harlem, people either hate her or love her. Controversy is basically her middle name, as she’s publicly had it out with a handful of celebrities via Twitter. However, while most usually side eye and shun her comments, people are hopping on her bandwagon and exhibiting the latter in regards to her comments about Nicki Minaj’s new Madame Tussauds wax figure.

The “Ice Princess” emcee took to Twitter, of course, to air out her personal opinion on Minaj’s latest accomplishment. Azealia found the statue that displayed Nicki bent on hands and knees like in the “Anaconda” video to be shady. “As much as that woman has accomplished, they had to put her on all fours… Why not standing up with a mic in her hand ???” Banks tweeted.


Earlier last week, Minaj shared a photo of the wax figure with excitement, even posting a pic of a loyal fan that really wanted to show Onika some fan appreciation.


What are your thoughts? Are you siding with Ms. Banks on this one?

Penny For Your Thoughts: Can You Be Pro-Black In Life And Pro-White In Love?

April 15th, 2015 - By Penny Wrenn
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Credit: AP Photo/Jonathan Shor

Credit: AP Photo/Jonathan Shor

You probably know more about Azealia Banks than I do.

However, I’ve done my homework, and in the process, learned a lot about her. I learned that she’s incredibly feisty and outspoken on social media. I learned that she’s not shy about discussing her sex life. I learned that, despite frequently spouting coarse invective (“fa**ot,” “ni**a” and “b**ch”) about other people on Twitter, she proudly calls herself a feminist and pro-black.

I also learned this: Azealia Banks dates “lots of white guys.”

Now, from what I’ve read, she hasn’t said that she only dates white men. The “only” seems to be implied, and it’s an assumption she’s okay with, especially since someone recently asked her on Instagram why she “dated white dudes with money,” to which she offered this response:

“Because black men take black women for granted and I’m too busy with music to be fighting for my rights at home. I already have to fight for respect with the black men in hip-hop so When I get home I like things to be nice and easy. Make sense?”

Azealia Banks probably meant “Make sense?” as a rhetorical question. But “Make sense?” is something I’d like to attempt to answer here.

Or, better put, it’s something I’d like to hesitantly attempt to answer here. I say “hesitantly” because I know Banks is a lively debater and I would be nervous to actually tangle with her in verbal conflict.

My hesitant response to Banks’ “Make sense?” question would be, “Um…no. Actually, it kind of doesn’t make sense.”

To be clear, in my book, people can and should date whomever they choose. My editor Victoria likes to say, “Love is love,” and I wholeheartedly agree with that declaration. Personally, I have dated all across the rainbow. If you saw the last handful of guys I went out with, you might even think I have a singular preference for white men. But many people hear “I date white men” or “I date white women” and they insert an “only” where it doesn’t belong.

Do I date white men? Yes.

Do I only date white men? No.

If someone were to ask me, “Why do you date white men?” My answer would vary, depending on my mood and my audience. I might venture a humorous yet thoughtful response, like,“I grew up as one of only a handful of black kids in a white school. Several of my beloved family members are white (my stepmother and my stepsister). So, hey, what do you expect? An interracial relationship was kind of inevitable.”

Then again, I might act offended at the question itself, and shoot back, “Really? Are people still asking that in 2015?”

But whatever reply I’d give (if I even bothered to give one at all), I’d hasten to avoid what I call, racially escapist reasoning. Meaning, I wouldn’t say (or even imply) that I date white men because there’s something about black men that I don’t like and want to avoid. I wouldn’t make any comparisons about what white men like/do/are/say vs. what black men like/do/are/say. In fact, I wouldn’t bring up black men at all when talking about my decision to date white men. Because frankly, black men have nothing to do with it.

Which is why Banks’ racially escapist reasoning (she basically said, “Black men take black women for granted, so I date white men because they’re nice and easy”) doesn’t make sense to me.

I mean, I get it. But I only get it because I’ve heard it before. The racially escapist explanation for interracial dating is nothing new. For years, people have been similarly defending their relationship choices with some version of “I date white men/women because black men/women are too ____.” (You can fill in the blank with any generalization, like black men/women are too selfish, too aggressive, too mean, too arrogant, too needy, too nagging, too broke, too unfaithful, too untrustworthy, too stingy, too shady, etc.)

There are myriad reasons why one would date outside of their race–from the torrid (exoticism, curiosity, fetishism) to the meaningful (genuine and mutual attraction). 

But my question is: Why are we still asking people who date outside of their race to explain themselves in the first place? 

Then, my next question is: Why are some people’s explanations for why they date outside of their race based upon broad generalizations and blatantly dogging the so-called unsuitable mates within their race?”

Maybe I’m the only one who’s tired of the lame rationale that if you date a white man (or woman) it’s because you’ve got something against black men (or women).

I generally don’t agree with dating any type of man/woman simply because he/she seems like the antithesis to another type of man/woman. That’s not just racially speaking, either. That goes for the guy who chooses to date women with afros, only because he thinks their natural hair means they’re cooler and freer than the so-called stuck-up women who have relaxers. That also goes for the woman who chooses to date guys with a traditional 9-to-5, only because she thinks they’re more financially reliable than, say, writers and musicians who supposedly don’t pick up the check.

I don’t date one type of person simply for the sake of not dating another type of person. If I date guys from Brooklyn, it’s not because I don’t like guys from Harlem. If I date guys with beards, it’s not because I don’t like clean-cut guys. I don’t date someone because he’s the right to someone else’s wrong. I date a guy because I like him. Not because of who he’s not (not broke, not clean-cut, not black). Just because of who he is.

As a black woman who dates white men, I wish Banks had chosen another way to answer the “Why do you date white men?” question, besides reverting to racially escapist logic. So, that’s one reason why I’d say, “Um…no” to her rhetorical question of whether or not such statements “Make sense?”

The second thing is this: All black men do not take black women for granted.

Actually, no. It’s two things: 1) All black men do not take black women for granted. 2) All white men are not “nice and easy.”

I have dated a lot of black men. I can’t think of one of them who took me for granted. (Not to mention that there’s no one word or characteristic that I could summon that would accurately apply to all black men I’ve dated and/or all black men who roam the earth.)

I have dated a lot of white men. I can’t think of one of them who was unfailingly and unremittingly “nice and easy.” (I can’t think of any person or group of people on the planet who are “nice and easy,” in fact.)

There is no one way to describe all people. Period.

Giving Banks the benefit of the doubt, she may have been using a racial generalization simply as a way of being incendiary, controversial, or even artistic. But Banks’ generalizations about black men have raised eyebrows because of her self-professed “pro-black”-ness. Her outspokenness about dating white men has some people thinking that Banks is a walking contradiction.

I enthusiastically support a black woman who call herself pro-black choosing to date white men. But I’m less supportive of a black woman who calls herself pro-black bashing black men when explaining why she chooses to date white men, and vice versa. 

But you tell me: What’s the most pressing matter here? Is it about whether a black woman or a black man has the right to be pro-black in life and pro-white in love? (I’m using both “pro-” terms somewhat loosely, of course. But I hope you know what I mean.) Or is it about whether or not a black person can be “pro-white” in his/her love life without being anti-black?

For me, it all goes back to Banks’ rhetorical question, “Make sense?”

“Love who you love” will always make sense to me as a way of explaining interracial relationships (if they need any explanation at all). But the “I date white men because black men…” thing? Well, that will always leave me scratching my head.