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It’s great that Sheryl Underwood went on national television and begged the Black community for forgiveness, but my question is when is the community going to apologize to her?
What I mean is that earlier this week, Underwood sat with her co-hosts on The Talk and apologized again for comments she made previously about natural Black hair. More specifically, in 2013, Underwood called model and “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum’s decision to save clippings of her biracial children’s hair as a personal keepsake, “nasty.” And she also said:
“I’m sorry, but why would you save afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair. You will never see us at the hair place like, look here what I need is this curly, nappy, beaded…that just seems nasty.”
She not only apologized and explained how she had learned some things about herself since then, but she appeared on the show without a wig or a weave on. That’s right: she did a big natural hair reveal, which at this point is becoming a pretty trite film and television plot device.
I know. That’s shady, but somebody had to say it…
Anyway, what’s interesting about her apology to the community is that she also took the opportunity to talk about the cold reception she received after making that horrible joke. On the show, she said that she was called names like “coon,” “Uncle Tom” and “HN,” which is the TV-appropriate language for calling someone a “house negro.”
Underwood said that while she was personally hurt by the words, she also understood the hurt feelings behind them. In particular, feelings of betrayal for talking bad about natural Black hair on a show with an audience of predominately White people.
But while Underwood may get it, I don’t quite understand why any of that was okay. In fact, I don’t even know why she felt the need to apologize to the Black community at all.
Granted, it was an awful joke. But what is even more awful is that this is how Underwood not only felt about Black hair in general, but her natural hair specifically.
Still, I too remember the reaction she received. In fact, I wrote a piece about it. And in addition to calling her a “coon” and “HN,” she was also called “black gorilla” and told she looked like Wesley Snipes. And many of those comments came out of the mouths of other Black people.
I said then about those racial comments:
“It seems like Underwood is not the only one here with some internalized hate. I wish I could say that these have been isolated comments, but these reactions have pretty much been noticeably consistent since the start of the controversy. And it’s not just Twitter. I have been reading some severe dirt-dragging based solely on Underwood’s looks throughout the blogosphere. It’s quite interesting that those, who in their defense of natural hair, are using such racially charged and inflammatory language as “monkey,” and “gorilla” or making fun of her black gums (which likely is caused from having excess melanin in the skin) and comparing her features to that of a man.”
Was Underwood wrong for the joke? She sure was. Did she need to be checked? Yes. But we should also keep in mind, Underwood likely held those negative feelings about her hair because of a long history of people judging her based on her hair texture as well as the color of her skin. And I am willing to bet that some of those judgments were just as nasty and vile as what was said to her in “defense” of natural hair.
And although it is very honorable that she has once again addressed those comments, she needs to stop apologizing and making excuses for those folks who called her such vile things. And instead, folks need to be flooding her mentions with apologies of their own.
Aaliyah sang “age ain’t nothing but a number” and these celebrity women took it to heart by falling for men much, much older than them.
Kimora Lee Simmons
Some people have a preference when it comes to picking a mate and Kimora Lee Simmons is certainly one of them. The Baby Phat founder married into hip-hop royalty by tying the knot with Russell Simmons in 1998. Eleven years and two children later, she and Simmons, who’s almost two decades older than the long-legged model, divorced. Soon she moved on to Djimon Hounsou, who’s only a mere 14 years older than her. But after five years and a son together, they split up and she moved on to investment banker Tim Leissner whom you can tell has at least a few years on Kimmie.
From a forest made of Christmas trees to an elephant ride while watching the fireworks, these celebrities popped the question in memorable ways.
After she gave birth to his baby North West, we knew that Kanye would make an honest woman out of Kim Kardashian and it was only a matter of time before he popped the question. In true Kanye fashion, the Chicago rapper proposed to the reality television star in front of her friends and family on her 33rd birthday at San Francisco’s AT& T Park. West had an orchestra play while the scoreboard announced his proposal. He then whipped out a 15-karat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring. The couple is rumored to tie the knot in a private ceremony later this week.
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It’s a fresh start for some of Hollywood’s most notable names in 2014. While heartbreak came knocking on their door, it’s not all doom and gloom for these stunners. With a new year comes new opportunities to find the loves of their lives. So in honor of these strong, resilient women, we take a look at 2014’s newly single celebrities.
Not every woman is interested in dropping her last name after marriage or even taking their husband’s name at all and quite a few leading ladies had no problem keeping their maiden name entirely. There was no hyphenation or dropping of anything, because the name they were born with was perfectly fine. Unlike these women who kept their husband’s last name after divorce, these women didn’t bother making the change to begin with.
The diva of all divas, Diana Ross, has been married twice and kept her last name during both marriages. She married music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, which led to divorce in 1977. She remarried billionaire shipping magnate Arne Naess, Jr. in 1986 and divorced in 2000. The last name Ross rings bells across the world so it makes perfect sense that she hasn’t changed it.
From Gwen Stefani to Jennifer Hudson to Kim Kardashian, Hollywood’s hautest moms and a slew of others show you how to werk the jumpsuit and flaunt your curves. Get to clickin’!
It seems as if every week a Hollywood star gives birth then pops up on a magazine cover or runway a few months later flaunting their slender frames and sleek abs. Although some women lose baby weight faster than others, here are 15 celebs that snapped back to their pre-baby bodies in no time.
Diva and R&B singer Mariah Carey shocked the world when she announced she married her husband rapper, actor and entertainer Nick Cannon. After struggling to conceive, the happy couple surprised everyone one more time when it was revealed that Carey was pregnant with twins. Once Monroe and Morocco were welcomed into the world, the “Butterfly” singer went to work right away to lose the baby weight. Because she gave birth via Cesarean, Carey was unable to exercise right away. The current “American Idol” judge signed on to be the spokesperson for Jenny Craig and ended up dropping 70 lbs. in six months. “I realize that 90 percent of losing weight is my diet,” Carey said in an interview with Shape magazine about how she lost the extra pounds.
First Dating, Then Comes Divorce? Celebs Who Forgot To Ditch The Ring Before They Jumped On The Dating Train Again
Who remembers the days when you actually had to be single in order to date? Nowadays it doesn’t look like you have to necessarily be single in order to start your mingling. More and more people are entering the dating game before they even bother to sign their divorce papers! Which box do you check for your relationship status with a girlfriend/boyfriend and a wife/husband?! You may find it totally confusing, not to mention draining, but these celebs have all the energy in the world when it comes to hoping on the dating train before load off their baggage.
Even though Toni and her husband Keri Lewis (you know the light skinned cutie from Mint Condition) separated in November 2009, never making it final hasn’t stopped this Braxton from ‘searching for love’. She’s seemed to have stop searching now that she’s sparked up a flame with… Eddie Murphy! The two have been ‘friends’ for a while now but we all know how the celeb ‘friend’ game goes. One day their mere fans of each other’s work the next day their vacationing together. One thing’s for sure Toni doesn’t believe in waiting for the judge to tell her it is okay to move on!
This year was full of drama from all sides, but some celebrities took the foolishness way too far; consequently, we’ll never look at them the same again. Here are 15 famous folks we lost respect for in 2012 and who we hope can get their ish together in 2013.
Dirty lyrics are one thing, but Short crossed the line when he gave gross and probably illegal advice to young men on how to take it “to the hole.”
The details are too gross to include here and, thankfully, XXL took the video off their website shortly after this was published, but the “fatherly guidance” included graphic details on what to do with your fingers when you’re alone with a girl. I don’t know how anyone could buy another XXL or Too Short track after that.
Spring is here, finally. And as the sun is shining a bit more, the temperatures are going up, and that means we’re going to be wearing less clothing, mamas. Sound elementary right? But what we’re getting at is it’s time to start eating better and looking great. This should always be the case, but we all know that when spring has sprung, all of a sudden we tend to snap into the season of getting in shape.
Need a little inspiration? Follow in the footsteps of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars who eat well and look great.