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Does Ice Really Love Coco? & Why Pimping Ain’t Always Easy

February 19th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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Ice T and Coco

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I’ve been loosely following the whole Coco Austin and Ice T sex tape scandal and I’m not sure if I should feel sad for Coco, and subsequently her husband Ice T, or chalk this up to just a matter of chickens coming home to roost?

I know that there is a delicious irony in seeing a former rapper and self-professed pimp, who made a career of objectifying women including his first wife, now wallow in the same subjugating cess pool he had once championed. However, it is hard for me to celebrate when there is the exploitation of another woman at afoot, even if she is not the beacon of women progression we hope for.

For all intents and purposes, Coco, born Nicole Austin, is the manifestation of everything that is wrong and chauvinistic with our culture. Not only was her entire image birthed out of a desire to appease the male gaze but more specifically, her entire packaging has co-oped and capitalized on a certain bottom heavy aesthetic, which has largely been synonyms with black women. The anomaly of being a white girl with a booty has provided Austin with opportunities that women with dark hues and more genetically natural curves are not afforded, particularly a starring role in a Vegas show. The mainstream sees Austin’s naughty girl routine as bubbly, vivacious and of course, sexay. However those same descriptives are rarely found or used when discussing your average video vixen. In the latter, we are suppose to feel nothing by pity and sympathy for them. Last I checked nobody was offering Karrine “Superhead” Steffans a show anywhere and her sexual posturing is probably more authentic than Austin’s carbon copy in platinum blonde. But I guess when you are white, it will get it done. Hat tip to Jen the Pen…

However the angst over Austin’s hot persona pales in comparison to the sheer ridiculousness that is the Ice-T/Coco’s relationship – or at least the relationship they play out in front of cameras. There is no doubt that the couple loves playing up the whole pimp ho dynamic, And who can blame them? The entire pimp culture has been glamorized through not only Ice T’s music but through films like The Mack and Dolomite. The two have even gone as far as to dress in the attire at a recent award show. But while the Tees revel in the romanticized version of pimping, mainly the bedazzled pimp cups and barely there attire, real life girls (and some boys) are being sold against their wills into prostitution and used as sex slaves. In fact the average age for a girl recruited into the sex trafficking industry is only 12 years old. Fact of the matter is that pimp culture, violence and sexual abuse and manipulation are intertwined. And the sexual domination of mostly women and children by men is probably not the healthiest image you want to promote as man and wife.

This, of course, leads me to the sex tape, which is being shopped around from some rapper, who no one has ever heard of. And perhaps that the point of getting the tape out there. Name recognition, mainly at the expense of a woman, whose own image is clearly not of her own making nor benefit. Case in point, check out how Ice-T responded when he found out about his wife’s Vegas follies. First he publicly chastised his own wife and then he addressed the “haters:”

Don’t worry about me… Worry about earthquakes and hurricanes.. I got this. It’s not about the come up…. It’s all about the comeback!
Everyone with opinions about MY personal life.. Can ‘Eat a Hot Bowl of D-cks’ Check YOUR b-tch.
My wife checks 100k a week….. Worry about your broke ho….. Not your b-tch. Not your concern.

In all this grandstanding and boosting, however, are there any words directed at the guy in question, even after he has threatened Ice T with physical violence? In the end Ice T still gets to maintain his role as the pimp in the situation while Austin, who had to apologize publicly to her husband for her “indiscretions,” bares the brunt of what often befalls those classified as the product. It would seem that it is only cool and respectable when Austin embodied the free-wheeling, sexay girl persona just as long as the beneficiary was Ice T, her husband. But being sexually free and public for herself? Well now, that is just flat out hoe-ish. I guess whoever said pimping wasn’t easy must never thought about what it is like to be the hoe.

My Ice-T/Coco Moment: The Time My Man Took Indecent Photos With Other Women And Thought It Was Okay

December 20th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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You probably haven’t been paying much attention like that, but last week in Hollyweird, there was drama between rapper/actor Ice-T and his wife, the forever half-dressed Coco. While the “model” is well-known for showing off her interesting assets via Instagram, her hubby wasn’t too happy to see that while in Vegas, she took some pics with another rapper, named AP.9, that were just a bit too friendly. Cheeks were touching, kissy faces were made, there was even some snuggling. And while Coco probably thought they were innocent, when the images were put all together in picstitch form, it’s clear that she should have been somewhere with her husband and not hugged up with this random fool. Ice felt the same way, because he lambasted his lady on Twitter for the pictures:

“Don’t get it twisted, I’m not happy about this s**t. Most of [the pics] are disrespectful and in bad taste. She’s made me look and feel like s**t. I say this on Twitter because there’s no way to avoid the obvious misconduct of a married couple.”

And if that wasn’t bad enough, the rapper she was doing the most with in the photos, AP.9, has most recently claimed that he has pictures of Coco naked that she took while with him in a private room. Clearly this guy is not feeling any kind of way about causing drama between the couple, but that’s what thirsty people do for attention, right?

I really didn’t care much about this story when it dropped. I don’t watch the couple’s reality show, I’m not really a fan of Coco’s attire a majority of the time, and when Ice-T isn’t on Law & Order: SVU, I honestly don’t need to know what he’s up to. But I found myself feeling a certain way after I saw the pictures of Coco and AP.9 being very inappropriate. This is because I suddenly remembered that I had been in Ice-T’s place, where my partner was caught taking suspect pics with other women, and it was sooooooo embarrassing.

While in a pretty serious relationship in college, my boyfriend at the time was celebrating his birthday. I had a lot of big plans for him the day before, but as his big day came upon us, I came down with flu-like symptoms that I couldn’t hide for anything. We did lunch, I gave him his gift, and seeing how terrible I appeared physically, my boyfriend thanked me for my attempts, but told me I was more than welcome to go home and get some rest. And that’s what I did.

The next day, I woke up feeling much better, only to see that my boyfriend had been tagged in a bunch of photos that appeared in my timeline on Facebook. As a quick back story, for some reason, my boyfriend was friends with a girl that I had known first and fallen out with. I accepted that they were cool because I’m not one to give demands about who people can and can’t hang out with. But because she and I fell out so badly, imagine my surprise and rage when I saw that not only had she been in the photos with my boyfriend, but she was acting very inappropriately with him in every picture they were in. This heffa girl and two of her friends went to my boyfriend’s dorm room and brought him a cake for his birthday. While that was sweet, what proceeded was a hot a** mess. Back in the day, Facebook was all about bored people taking pictures on a random night and putting the pics online to show everyone, and that’s what they did. These ladies proceeded to kiss my man on his cheeks, sit on his lap, wrap their hands around his chest, jump up in his arms (booty all in the air), and there was even one EXTREMELY disrespectful picture of my enemy and my boyfriend, him holding her legs as if they were doing the wheelbarrow position (clothes on). She was hella smug in the photos, almost as if she was laughing at my dumb sick behind as I was laid up in the bed trying to get back to my healthy self. And while I could have snatched her (I did in my head), I came for his head, not hers, because he should have known and done better.

When I picked up the phone and called him, I can’t tell you how enraged I was. Not only had he behaved inappropriately, and with a chick I had personal issues with, but he embarrassed me by letting himself be tagged in photos that were seen by many people. After breaking down for him all the ways in which he had gone wrong, he clicked through the photos and realized that they were really and truly bad. He apologized for his mistake then, but even now, the photos are still under “Photos of Me” on his page. This is one of like 200 reasons why things didn’t work out between us.

You know, it’s already hard enough for people to be comfortable with folks having friends of the opposite sex, but when stuff like this happens, trust that you’re supposed to have in your partner definitely starts to diminish a little. What my ex-boyfriend did that he thought was so innocent was actually almost as bad as him cheating, because he not only played himself publicly, but he played me publicly too. Not to mention that he had my friends calling me acting a fool too (one of my close girlfriends at school even took it upon herself to have words with that ex-friend/enemy of mine and drama ensued). Aside from trust being a huge thing in a relationship, RESPECT is essential. When a person does things to compromise their relationship because they were trying to be “cute” or friendly with others, they’re being extremely disrespectful. And even though Ice shouldn’t have checked her on Twitter (tackalicious), she definitely needed a talking to. While me and my college boo didn’t make it for this reason and many more, hopefully this issue will be something Ice and Coco can get past. But for now, let’s hope that the only person she stays hugged up on is her man. Oh, and maybe those really cute bulldogs they own (no more balls in face pics though please)…

Photo courtesy of The Jasmine Brand.

Ice-T & Coco: Do They Need A Lesson in Communication?

December 13th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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From YourTango

A few nights ago, while out partying in Las Vegas Coco Austin, wife of rapper and television actor Ice-T, engaged in some friendly flirting—which was probably totally innocent. However, Coco decided it was a good idea to take suggestive photos of said flirting, and post the photos on her Instagram account for both her husband and the world to see.

According to Us, the photos showed Coco cozying up to rapper AP.9 —one was of Coco playfully closing her eyes while the rapper kisses her cheek; another of AP.9 burrying his face in Coco’s neck while she provocatively stares into the camera.

Ice-T was not pleased by the photos. And he made his opinions loud and clear shortly after on Twitter.

Read more at YourTango.com.

In & Out of Love: Celebrity Odd Couples

February 14th, 2011 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Love is a beautiful thing, especially black love. When it works, (see Will & Jada) it can be a source of inspiration, and when it doesn’t, well, it can become a spectacle (see Whitney & Bobby). Some pairings just work (Jay-Z & Beyonce), and some just clash , even when the greater public can see it and the couple can’t. (Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley)But that’s the nature of love! So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day (kind of), let’s take a look at a few of the couples in Hollywood that didn’t give us “awwww” moments, but rather, had us scratching our heads, all in the name of love.