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We really can’t say we’re surprised to hear that Kelly Osbourne is leaving “Fashion Police.” After all, when the whole scandal between Giuliana Rancic and Zendaya Coleman broke out, Osbourne was quick to take to Twitter and proclaim that if Giuliana didn’t apologize, properly, for her comment, she would say goodbye to the show.
Well, Rancic did apologize. And Osbourne even commended her for it, tweeting:
“It takes a strong woman to apologize & makes a forgiving woman even stronger! #ThisTooShallPass”
But perhaps, after further reflection, she realized it just wasn’t a good fit; because, she quit anyway.
The network confimed with this statement.
“Kelly Osbourne is departing E!’s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers,” E! said in a statement. “Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Friday, March 30th at 9:00 p.m. and no decisions have been made on her replacement.”
TMZ first broke the story and said that Osbourne officially quit on Friday.
Perhaps Osbourne felt like the joke was a reflection of the nature of the show and the people behind it. In fact, “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush said the joke was written by a “Fashion Police” writer and was not something Rancic came up with by herself.
According to other sources, Osbourne had other issues with the show’s producers before the Rancic controversy. She was said to have been unhappy with the way the show was produced after the death of Joan Rivers.
What do you think about Kelly’s decision to leave the show?
We’ve already talked about the communication problems Kandi and Todd are having, all being played out on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” In addition to dealing with distance and the failing of their musical, “A Mother’s Love,” the two are only having sex once a week.
And Kandi is in her feelings about it. So she suggests that they attend marriage counseling. Todd doesn’t really think it’s that deep and feels that if they make some compromises, they should be good. But apparently, “they” is just Kandi.
He did have a suggestion about how they could fix their bedroom issues.
“Let’s be real. I’m not Tyson Beckford and you’re not Rihanna. When’s the last time you didn’t have the bonnet on and you put some heels on?”
Then Kandi said: “I had the bonnet on my hair before we got married and it was not a problem.”
Todd: If I say the bonnet doesn’t turn me on, you gotta be like ‘You know what well maybe I don’t need the bonnet on. Like, you have to compromise.
And then in his confessional:
“Man have you seen a lady at night with a bonnet on? The most thirstiest dude wouldn’t get it up!”
The words sound harsher typed out than they actually were, which is why I included the video at the top. So you can get a true sense. The way they discussed this situation, with jokes, laughter and even some touchy-feely throughout, I think Todd and Kandi will be just fine.
But this bonnet discussion has always been so fascinating to me. I mean, Black women have been wearing bonnets for at least a century at this point. But all of a sudden Black men are coming out of the woodworks talking about how they don’t find them sexy.
Before Todd, there was Shawn Bullard from “Match Made In Heaven” and one of our male writers made a similar comment about bonnets killing the mood in a random g-chat conversation.
I mean, I get that they’re not exactly the sexiest things around but since when did a bonnet stop someone from getting it in? As a man, you can make a production out of ripping the bonnet off before you get started or gauge your skills in the amount of time it takes for you to work it off during the deed itself.
I’m with Kandi, Todd knew about her bonnet before they got married. Just like a whole lot of other Black men. Someone suggested that Black men started dating White women and now they want to act brand new. Who knows? But the brothas gotta be more sympathetic to our hair struggle. Matter of fact, if they think back to the days when they were wearing braids and waves, they know that they used to have to sleep with a scarf on as well.
Black hair requires care.
And we’re not our hair but our hair is a part of our lives. And just like other elements of life, when it comes to sex, you just have to work around it.
Though Giuliana Rancic’s apology last night seemed sincere and heartfelt to me, there are still some who are refusing to accept it. But more importantly, other Black women in the limelight who stepping forward to show their support and solidarity.
First, there was fellow loced sister Selma director Ava DuVernay, who wrote this under Zendaya’s initial open letter.
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) February 24, 2015
Then “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington commended Zendaya on her open letter to Giuliana.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 24, 2015
And finally, Solange spoke about the ways in which the show had been speaking about the fro on the red carpets for years. And she even referenced the time In Touch Weekly compared her hair to a dog. That didn’t go unnoticed. In true Solange fashion, she provided the perfect response for it.
— QPrinV3 (@QPrinV3) February 25, 2015
India Arie even released a “Songversation” about this whole thing. See what she said.
— India.Arie (@indiaarie) February 25, 2015
I wanted to jump in and defend Zendaya – but she’s doing that BEAUTIFULLY herself.
VERY. WELL. DONE. It’s a powerful thing to be a TEENAGER in the public eye, and feel empowered to speak up in your own defense. STUNNING!
In my opinion, Entitlement in and of itself, BLINDS people to that very entitlement … THUS allowing the behavior exhibited.
I’m not calling Giuliana Rancic a RACIST, .. but OF COURSE it has to do with RACE. To say it has “Nothing to do with race” .. THAT’S why people get mad.
But lets remember HOW difficult it is for a person of Gullianna Ranci’s social context to really UNDERSTAND how we see race in this issue. How race is a pervasive ISSUE in the entertainment industries as a whole.
We need more more compassion in this world. Period
So I’m not MAD at Giuliana Rancic I’m SAD at her. I’m Sad that things LIKE THIS keep happening.
Giuliana Rancic was catching all kind of hell today once people learned about the remarks she made about the faux locs Zendaya Coleman wore to the Oscars. It’s been one of the top stories of the day; but in case you missed it, during “Fashion Police” Rancic said that Zendaya looked like she smelled of patchouli and weed. And obviously, with all the stereotypes, misconception and general ignorance surrounding Black hair and natural hair specifically, that wasn’t the right thing to say.
And though Rancic apologized earlier today, on Twitter, stating that her remark was more about a Bohemian lifestyle than it was about race, apparently she, the network and even Kelly Osbourne felt she needed to clarify and expound on that apology live, on air.
Here’s what she had to say:
“I’d really like to address something that’s weighing really heavy on my heart. I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya‘s hair.
As you know, Fashion Police is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do realize that something I said last night did cross the line.
I just want everyone to know that I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I learned it’s not my intent that matters. It’s the result. And the result is people are offended, including Zendaya. And that is not OK.
Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I hurt, that I’m so sincerely sorry. This really has been a learning experience for me. I learned a lot today and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.”
You can watch Rancic’s remarks in their entirety in the video below.
I’m not going to do a full recap of “How To Get Away With Murder” because I’m tired; but I do want to speak about it a little, simply because I felt like last night’s episode was so Black. And I appreciated the hell out of the writers and actors for making it so.
I don’t have to tell y’all how rare it is to see an authentically Black moment on network television. As much as I love “Empire,” “Scandal” and “Being Mary Jane,” shows that feature Black people, there are few moments where I say to myself “This is my life!” (Doesn’t stop me from appreciating the drama though.)
But last night, there were so many moments that reminded me of Black folk, the good and the bad. There was Ophelia, Annalise’s mother, played by Cicely Tyson, suggesting that she forget the assault perpetuated against her body by her Uncle Clyde. Because that’s what men do, they take things. This could have just as easily been described as a woman’s issue but the notion of suppressing our pain, choosing to talk about only the happy times, or making light of real trauma has been something of a problematic coping mechanism for Black folks in this country, and abroad, for generations.
Then there was the moment where Michaela, discussing Nate’s arrest, asked Annalise: “How are we supposed to be ok with this? He’s innocent…and Black.”
And Annalise responded: “Injustices happen in courtrooms everyday in this country.”
With all the murderers/policemen walking away from the Black bodies they’ve slain unscathed; and in many cases, richer, this comment couldn’t have been any more true, timely and a nod to the very real pain and frustration we’ve been feeling.
But the best and most impactful Black moment, for me, happened as I watched Annalise sit in between her mother’s legs while she parted, scratched and combed her hair. I felt that. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say it was beautiful.
Annalise, a grown woman who usually presents togetherness, was not too grown or too together to sit in between her mother’s legs, talking about their troubles.
Black girls turned women across the world know that story. Even though Ophelia was combing far too hard for my tenderheaded scalp, I remember those days crouched on the floor, nestled near the place that brought me into the world. There’s something about being in between your mother’s legs that makes you keenly aware of the natural hierarchy in the house, even if that house is your own.
While I hated getting my hair combed or washed as a child; watching Cicely Tyson rake through Viola Davis’ fro, all I could do was smile with nostalgia and even appreciation at the love and care my own mother put into maintaining me and my sister’s hair.
The moment was only made all the more sweet when Cicely Tyson’s character revealed that while Annalise thought she knowingly let her be raped, she had actually avenged and protected her child. And even though my mother never had to kill anyone for me, protecting her children is what she and all the good mothers do. And I treasured seeing that reflected on television in such a way.
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Lupita’s teeny weeny afro became a look to covet with detailed haircuts that highlighted her natural texture and showed off both her beautiful face and also her cute hair accessories. This ‘do is a do.
It seems that no one taught us to dislike or even despise our curly or kinky hair. It seems that from the moment we become aware of our hair, we’re trying to correct it. In all actuality, someone did teach us to dislike it. From the women who are lauded as beautiful in magazines, on television screens, watching our mothers sit for hours getting relaxers applied. Having relaxers applied to our own heads before we even fully understood what was going on–the message that straight hair is better has been and continues to be all around us.
And while we can certainly relate as Black women, this issue is not unique to us. Girls and women, of all races and ethnicities, who don’t have naturally straight hair are dealing with these feelings.
So it should really come as no surprise that our daughters, nieces, little cousins and other young girls in our lives don’t hold their hair in high regard. According to a recent commercial, created by Dove only 4 out of 10 young girls think their curly hair is beautiful.
What can help increase that number? Surrounding the curly/kinky-haired little girls in our lives with people who celebrate the texture of their hair. And while you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to start examining how you feel about your own tresses.
This is not news to us. The “natural hair movement” has been attempting to do just that for some time now.
And Dove is making the same statement–with a more multicultural approach. We’ll certainly let them be inspired by our brilliance if it means curly haired little ones–and some older ones–can feel better about the hair on their heads.
Take a look at Dove’s #LoveYourCurls commercial in the video below.
If you’ve seen Porsha Williams for any length of time, you know that the girl stays with a weave. Long ones. Whether she’s doing Farrah Fawcett curls, big, loose curls or rocking it bone straight, we’ve yet to see her without her signature strands.
That was true until last week when Porsha gave us a very short glimpse into what her real hair looks like.
Take a look at the picture below.
And hours later she was back to this.
And the finished product looked like this.
Porsha looks good either way and in the industry she’s in, she certainly needs to protect her real strands. But her natural hair is pretty impressive too. It would be nice to see that every once in a while. What do you think?
Last month, Cut Video, the people behind those Birds and the Bees talks with kids and the grandmas smoking weed for the first time, released a video of beauty and makeup trends from the past 100 years. It featured a White woman with mostly White hair styles from 1910 to present day. It was pretty cool to see how our beauty aesthetic has changed over the decades.
But they didn’t stop there. Yesterday, the company released a similar video featuring a Black model, with naturally textured Black hair, rocking undeniably Black style trends. And it too is pretty impressive; and of course, of particular interest to us.
The video features 100 years in 1 minute but life was given to me in that short time span. I must have screamed “yassss” at least five times watching the different transformations.
Check out the video below.
Don’t you love it!
And then there’s also a comparison video featuring both the Black and White model. Pretty cool. I know I’m probably not the only one who noticed how some styles and looks have made comeback.
3 And 4-Year-Old Siblings Die In House Fire After Being Left Alone So Their Mother Could Get Her Hair Done
Ta’shae Thompson Johnson, 4, and Clifton Thompson Johnson, 3, lost their lives in a fire in their home in Bastrop, Louisiana on Monday. There was no one there to help them get to safety because the children were reportedly left unattended so that their 21-year-old mother could slip out and get her hair styled at a nearby salon.
According to CNN, the children’s mother, Ciarria Johnson, claims that she had arranged for a neighbor to look after her two children while she went to get her hair done. However, authorities say that’s not true. Brant Thompson, state fire marshal deputy, told reporters that she left the kids alone:
“Investigators later determined that Johnson, in fact, had made no such arrangements and that she had returned home only after being contacted about the fire.”
As it turns out, when Johnson left at 1:00 p.m., there were two gas space heaters left on. The fire started (around 4:00 p.m.) when flammable materials set fire after being too close to one of the heaters. She didn’t have anyone check in on the kids while she was out.
A neighbor of Johnson was able to escape her her nearby trailer as the fire spread away from the single-family, wood-framed home.
Johnson has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide, but has not been arrested. According to reports, when she arrived at her deteriorating home after hearing about the fire, she locked herself in her car and made statements implying that she would harm herself. Because of that, she has been taken to a psychiatric hospital in Shreveport at the request of a coroner that was on the scene and is currently under evaluation. Once her mental state is determined, she will have to be booked into jail.