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“I Was A Little Surprised At The Criticism”: Sir-Mix-A-Lot Comes To Blake Lively’s Defense

May 20th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Sir-Mix-A-Lot Comes To Blake Lively's Defense

Earlier this week and then again today on “Did Y’all See?” we discussed Blake Lively and the backlash she stirred up with the caption on one of her Instagram pictures. I wrote that if anyone should be blamed, it should be Sir-Mix-A-Lot himself. We knew that it was only a matter of time before the rapper responded to his name being the center of attention.

Here’s what he had to say to The Hollywood Reporter.

A friend of mine, he said, “Dude, I know Katy Perry did this, one of the Kardashians did this, but I don’t understand, what did this girl do to make everybody pissed off?” So I checked it out, and looked at it and I was kind of … I liked it. You know, I like stuff like that, but I was a little surprised at the criticism.

Let’s rewind to when I wrote the song. And I am in no way trying to say that I speak for all black people. I think that people that do that need to be shut down pretty quickly because it makes us kind of monolithic, which is silly. But the reason I wrote the song was because I always felt that the African-American idea of what was beautiful was shunned. If you go back and look at 1990, 1991, you only saw African-American women and Hispanic women who were either a maid or a hooker. I watched a lot of Law and Order, Gimme a Break, Mama’s House and all those shows, and you saw the same thing. They were always my size: overweight, and that’s the way they wanted to see us. I don’t know who “they” is, but it seems like the powers that be in Hollywood or the heads of magazines or whatever wanted to see us that way.

Now at the same time, what was promoted as beautiful was kind of really waif-thin, borderline heroin addicts. I don’t mean that literally, I mean the look. That was kind of pushed at us, and we were told that it was beautiful, and what I started to see was some people of color either being ashamed of who they were or trying their best to assimilate. So I wrote “Baby Got Back,” not to say which race is prettier — which is silly, because there were white women with the same curves that were told that they were fat, too. There were people that were actually saying that Marilyn Monroe looked bad. They didn’t say that at her peak, obviously, they said it later on.

So I wrote this song not as a battle between the races. I wrote the song because I wanted Cosmopolitan, I wanted all these big magazines to kind of open up a little bit and say, “Wait a minute, this may not be the only beautiful.” I mean, I don’t look at Serena Williams as fat. I don’t think she has an ounce of fat anywhere on her. I didn’t want there to be one voice. I wanted to say, “Hey, us over here! What we feel like is this.”

What I meant by “L.A.” was Hollywood. In other words, makeup or whatever it took to make that face look good, they do it in L.A. But, as much as you can throw makeup on something, you can’t make up the butt. That’s what L.A. face and Oakland booty meant. You can put makeup on that face and make it look beautiful, but a butt is a butt, a body is a body.

What do you make of Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s response?

Why Are We Mad At Blake Lively Instead Of Sir Mix-A-Lot?

May 19th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Yesterday, you may have noticed that actress Blake Lively was trending on Twitter and even Facebook. You might be wondering, what did this little, White lady do that has the internets in a frenzy? Well, while attending the Cannes Film Festival, she posted this picture on her Instagram feed.

L.A. face with an Oakland booty

A photo posted by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on

It’s not the picture that’s causing the stir, it’s the caption.

She wrote, “LA face with an Oakland booty.”

For those you pop culturally literate out there, you may recognize the lyric from Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s famous/infamous “Baby Got Back.” The song was the second highest selling record of 1992, right after Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” That’s how big it was. And the following year, it won a Grammy. And let’s be honest, we all danced to it. We giggled and applauded at the way in which it mocked White people’s disgust for our bodies. And brothas and sistas alike nodded their head in agreement as Sir Mix A Lot explained that while Eurocentric beauty standards frowned upon an ample posterior, they are all the rage in the Black community.

“I’m tired of magazines/ sayin’ flat butts are the thing/ Take the average Black man and ask him that/she gotta pack much back.”

Y’all know it. We could quote these lyrics in our sleep.

But in the midst of shaking our healthy butts we might not have noticed that this song, like so many other Hip Hop anthems, is all about the sexuality of Black women. And I mean that would be all fine and good, if it weren’t the most pervasive message many of us receive from that community. And it’s not just on Sir Mix A Lot, there are plenty of Black men who’ve told us we’re great to f*ck and not much else. He literally says, “I’ve seen them dancin’/To hell with romancin’/She’s sweat, wet/Got it goin’ like a turbo ‘Vette.” The very booty he spends the entire song praising is so distracting, so all-encompassing, that he can’t be bothered to romance the actual woman, the person.

And honestly, I can’t help but wonder if that’s why White people were so accepting and embracing of this song. While it certainly celebrated our natural physique, it also perpetuated some of the classic tropes when it comes to the Black woman’s figure: large and meant for sex. And not just the Black woman, the song speaks about the Black man’s insatiable lust quite a bit too. And even though it also mocked the hell out of White people and their standards, the stereotypes were still very familiar and accessible, ones their own ancestors had created.

So, now to the line Blake Lively quoted. Interestingly enough, it’s more of an ad-lib than an actual lyric. A high-pitched, digitized voice repeats, “LA Face with an Oakland booty” over and over. At first glance and one-millionth listen, it might sound innocuous. But when you think about the fact that Oakland is associated with Blackness and LA is White, the message becomes painfully clear. White is the beauty and Black is the booty. Which sheds some light on the reasons why people are so mad at Lively. When are Black women going to be associated with beauty and not just sexualized for our body parts?

It’s a valid question. And I understand why people would be frustrated and even angry with Lively. But I wonder if I’m the only one who believes most of the blame should be placed on Mr. Mix-A-Lot. After all, he’s the one who gave her the language. And furthermore, as a Black man, a member of our own community, likely the son of a Black mother, he’s more guilty. Blake Lively probably didn’t even think about the deeper meaning and ramifications of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s words. She likely thought, “I’m feeling myself. I work in LA.” “This baby weight has my booty on swole.” “LA Face with an Oakland Booty.”

It’s a shame that in a song that was supposed to celebrate us, also added yet another tool in the arsenal of weapons used against the Black woman. But what’s even more of a shame is that White people, Black men and even us, Black women, were so accustomed to the degradation, so numb to the hyper sexualization, and the uplifting of Eurocentric beauty that it took 24 years and an ignorant White actress to wake up our outrage.

Forget The Chapel, Meet Me At City Hall: Celebrity Couples Who Eloped

May 30th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Most women dream of a lavish, beautiful wedding as a little girl but these 15 celebrity women traded in a trip down the aisle for a trip to city hall.

"Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos"


Daytime darling Kelly Ripa met her husband, Mark Consuelos, on the set of ABC’s “All My Children.” After keeping their relationship a secret for over a year, the couple snuck off to Vegas to elope. Ripa and Consuelos continued to play married couple Hayley and Mateo on the soap opera for six years until leaving the show. Now they have three children together and Ripa is currently the co-host of “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”

When’s The Baby Carriage Coming?! Celebrity Couples We Can’t Wait To Have Children

January 8th, 2013 - By M A
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Most celebs are some good-looking folks. And while we enjoy their brand of attractive for as long as they’re in the spotlight, who is going to carry on that beautiful tradition in the years to come? Babies, babies and more babies. With news of some of Hollywood’s most attractive people hopping on the baby train in 2013, we decided to take a look at 15 wildly pretty couples who we can’t wait to bring a little one into the world. And no we’re not trying to perpetuate the whole baby mama/baby daddy phenomenon that’s going on, we’re just saying these folks will have some cute babes worth talking about whether they decide to put marriage before the carriage or not.

Evening Eye Candy: Ryan Reynolds

October 1st, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We haven’t done a vanilla evening eye candy in a while, and who better to showcase such delicious-ness than Canadian hottie Ryan Reynolds? I’ve been peeping this cutie out since his days on the comedy, “Two Guys And A Girl (and a pizza place),” way before he packed on the muscles, was picked as People’s Sexiest Man Alive and married two very popular blondes. Since all that has happened, everyone has been drooling over Ryan’s sharp six-pack, those bulging biceps, and that adorable face. Sure, he might be a married man again, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a peek at what he’s working with, you know what I’m sayin’? Enjoy!

Rihanna or Blake? Who Wears Red Best?

June 28th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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Boy are we worn out by Rihanna’s ‘I-give-zero-grams-of-ughf’ athletic apparel looks.  So we were relieved when we spied pics of RiRi stepping out of her London hotel last night, wearing a red tuxedo suit accented with a shiny pink lapel and side-seam stripes.  The cropped cut of her straight-legs showed off her white brogues, styled to match her floral corset top.  She completed the quirky look with bubblegum pink lips matching her lapel, and tousled black tresses and bangs a la Zooey Deschanel. She wore the suit to film her new fashion television show with designer Henry Holland and Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts.

Not long after we spied Rihanna in her red tuxedo, we spotted Savages actress Blake Lively in a red boyfriend blazer and matching slim-leg trousers.  Blake’s suit, though a brighter shade of red, was noticeably more sophisticated.  She paired it with a plain black tank and black strappy sandals for her “Good Morning America” appearance yesterday in New York; keeping her beauty look simple with glossy flesh-toned lips, matching blush, and her hair loosely pinned up in the back.

But before you weigh in on your favorite fashion star, peep more pics from each ladies haute red suits at

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Zoe Kravitz Steps Out With Her New Beau

October 6th, 2011 - By madamenoire
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Somebody’s got a new man!

No it’s not me, sadly. But it’s 22-year-old actress Zoe Kravitz, Lenny and Lisa Bonet’s little one gone big. After dating her co-star Michael Fassbender from X-Men: First Class, shorty doo-wop has moved on to Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley. And we’re not mad at her, Badgley is a cutie. The actor used to date his GG co-star Blake Lively for a good while (about three years actually) before she upgraded to Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Badgley and Kravitz are getting cozy all over New York City. The twosome were spotted walking together in SoHo earlier this week being all adorably adorable, holding hands, kissing–all that good stuff. Us Weekly says the two have been casually dating since summer (which actually didn’t end that long ago) and are having a good ‘ol happy-go-lucky time. That’s is what’s up.

Do you think they’re a cute pairing?