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I live for a good coloring book. And as we’ve discussed around these parts, you should invest in one since adult coloring books help alleviate stress. If you’re still on the lookout and just so happen to be a hopeless romantic, I have the perfect option for you: Modern Lovers: The Relationship Goals Coloring Book.
Brought to you by Belly Kids, the book pays homage to some of the celebrity couples people can’t seem to get enough of. The curator of the coloring book, Michael Coley, told Mashable that the artists behind each of the illustrations wanted to create “a picture of love gone right.”
“We’ve come together to create something fun, cute, a little bit dorky but immensely positive and warming.”
The book includes the likes of Bey and Jay (drawn by Elena Boils), Kim and Kanye, and though she’s never claimed him publicly, Rihanna and Drake. Fictional couples even get some love, including Mulder and Scully from The X-Files and Jon Snow and Ygritte from Game of Thrones.
With the right set of colored pencils, a pencil sharpener on deck, and a glass of wine, this coloring book seems like it will give you quite a bit of entertainment — and of course, all the relationship goals. It can be yours for just $9.
For her 19th birthday, Kylie Jenner celebrated in Turks and Caicos and her lodging was free—courtesy of AirBNB. She and her friends stayed in a swanky 23-bedroom villa that had amenities such as a private tennis court, private chef, butler and of course an open-air massage table. Although the tab was free.99, (instead of the typical $10K per night) AirBNB received major publicity from both Kylie’s and her sister Kendall’s social media pages.
Now their big sister Kim and her brother-in-law Kanye want to receive the same perks from AirBNB, only, this time around they’re not celebrating a wedding anniversary or even a birthday. In fact, Time Magazine claims the controversial couple would like AirBNB to host them in a Manhattan apartment that’s worth $30 million for New York’s Fashion Week. Their stay in the Big Apple will also coincide with the launch West’s Saint Pablo Tour which will commence August 25.
The New York Post reports if AirBNB does allow Kim and Kanye to stay on one of their properties for free, the vacation rental business will only pay the owners of the alleged property $150,000 for their entire stay. A spokesperson told the Post: “The plan would be for Kimye to live there for a few months for free, and Kim will post on social media about the apartment, like her sisters did from Turks and Caicos. Airbnb would pick up the tab for the rent.”
Must be nice.
Y’all know I’m not a fan of Kim Kardashian; still despite his many flaws, problematic logic and slut shaming ways, a part of me still roots for her husband Kanye. I want him to do and be better. And while I don’t know if I’ll ever see that day, Kanye doesn’t need any help getting in his own way.
But for whatever reason, Taylor Swift seems to be hellbent on perpetuating this narrative that Kanye West is the villain in her story. While I think Taylor is an exceptionally talented songwriter and artist, I can’t stand the way she behaves in public. I shake my head when the camera insists on panning to her dancing awkwardly at award shows. I roll my eyes and kiss my teeth every time she acts shocked and stunned when she wins an award at these shows. And when she took the stage at this year’s Grammys to accept and award of Album of the Year and slam Kanye for a lyric in his song, “Famous,” I almost vomited.
If you don’t remember, Swift looked the camera knowingly before she said,
“As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
For those who haven’t heard, the line Taylor was referencing goes like this:
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex./ Why? I made that b*tch famous.”
At the time, I was like I get it. She wasn’t ok with Kanye saying the two had sex. Or that he made her famous. Still, for someone who said she wanted to distance herself from the whole Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West discussion, as someone who has openly sung and spoken about forgiving him, she does quite a bit to keep that old 2009 interaction going. More on that later.
Though she tried to play the victim in the incident, all of it came back to bite her in the butt when Kim Kardashian uploaded a few SnapChat videos of Kanye speaking to Taylor specifically about the line.
You can watch them below.
A video posted by Baller Alert (@balleralert) on Jul 17, 2016 at 8:41pm PDT
Taylor: And I really appreciate you telling me about it. That’s really nice.
Kanye: Oh yeah. I thought I just had a responsibility to you as a friend.
Taylor: I never would have expected you to tell me about a line in one of your songs.
Kanye: Thanks for being so cool about it…relationships are more important than punchlines.
Taylor: Go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way.
Kanye: All I give a f*ck about is you as a person and as a friend. I want to do things that make you feel good. I don’t want to do rap that makes people feel bad…then he quotes the lines to her.
Taylor: I don’t think anybody would listen to that and be like that’s a real diss, like she must be crying. It doesn’t matter that I sold seven million on the album before you did that, which is what happened. You didn’t know who I was before that. It’s fine…I’m always going to respect you… And I’m really glad that you had the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend. And if people ask me about, I think it would great for me to be like ‘he called me and told me the line before it came out. Joke’s on you guys. We’re fine.’
But when the song was released, when people asked her about it. That’s not what she said or the tone she took. After the Grammy’s speech, her reps released this statement to GQ.
“Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West. However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place. It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware of being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”
But that’s not it. After Kim’s Snapchat reveal, Taylor released another statement on her Instagram profile.
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world. Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”
I just can’t take her seriously.
One minute she’s about love and light and forgiveness, taking pictures with Kanye, singing songs dedicated to him, ki-ki-ing on the phone and the next she’s playing victim in the public eye. What’s so interesting about her response is that when she made the Grammys speech, she didn’t speak about women being called ‘b*tches” when they make it in the industry. She spoke about people taking credit for her fame. When the statement was issued to GQ, she completely downplayed the nature of the conversation and was vague what she did and didn’t have an issue with. She and her people could have easily said that while Taylor thought the “have sex” or “made her famous” line was tongue in cheek, she didn’t appreciate being called “that bitch.” It’s still a valid concern. But it’s the lies and half truths she tells that make me sick.
And I don’t say that lightly. The narrative of the beautiful, frail, helpless White woman being bullied, attacked, or intimidated by the strong, overpowering Black man is one this country knows all too well. In fact, it’s this narrative of the “threatening” Black man that we’re fighting against today. Now, to be fair, I don’t believe that Taylor is trying to insinuate that she fears for her life or career because of Kanye, but she’s made it clear that she has been emotionally threatened by his words and thoughts. And it’s her right as a woman to say and feel that. But don’t make it more than it really is to gain sympathy. Don’t one minute call Kanye your friend, saying that you’ll always respect him and then the next, when you’re speaking to the public, wonder why Kanye and his wife won’t leave you alone. They won’t leave you alone because they thought y’all were cool. They won’t leave you alone because you gassed him all the way up on the phone. Kim, specifically, won’t leave you alone because you keep trying to make her husband the big, Black, bad guy because it suits your career. And more than that, it plays into a trope White America, can not only recognize but believe. And why wouldn’t they? The dangerous Black man archetype was created from way back, perpetuated in the media. It dictated the rules of law enforcement. It caused thousands of innocent Black men to be incarcerated unjustly or at rates drastically higher than White criminals. And it’s this narrative of the inherently threatening, intimidating, bullying, dangerous Black man that is causing so many innocent ones to lose their lives at the hands of police officers who, like Taylor, benefit from perpetuating such a story.
I’m never here for that. But at this time, when this narrative is causing us to literally lose our lives, Taylor can miss me with her sob stories.
As told to Veronica Wells
I was really excited when North West was born. While I abhor what the Kardashian women stand for, building brands off of Black names and the appropriation of Black culture, I, for better or worse, still love Kanye West. I liken him to that family member who consistently acts a fool; but you remember the days y’all used to laugh together, sleeping on the living room floor in your grandma’s house, so it’s still love there. I actually refer to him as Cousin Kanye.
So naturally, with him being the cousin in my head, I was excited to see his daughter, especially after I learned that she and I shared a birthday. When they finally shared the first image of her, on that God-awful Kris Jenner show, I was geeked like the rest of this pop-culture-obsessed world. Thankfully, my coworkers were just as curious as I was, so I was happy to share the image of little North West around the office, once I found her on the internet.
Everyone was cool about it, providing the obligatory “oooo’s” and “aawwwws.” But one coworker, the lone White woman in our office, who perpetually works my nerves, looked at the picture of North on her father’s back and said, “She’s adorable!” and then, “Thank God she doesn’t look like Kanye.”
Now, I told y’all Kanye is imaginary fam. So I was already sensitive. But not only does North resemble her father, I didn’t appreciate the attractiveness being solely attributed to her non-Black mother. And furthermore, Kanye is just not ugly.
Instead of giving her a whole lecture, I just looked at her sternly and said, “She does look like Kanye.” Holding the gaze until she understood that her comment was offensive.
Then she started back-peddling.
“Oh, oh…well, I guess…now that you mention it…she does.”
I nodded. And we went on about our day.
I told some of my friends about this story; and while most of them understood, citing similar stories from their own coworkers, others thought I had overreacted or misinterpreted the intention behind her words.
But having worked with her for as long as I have, listening to and occasionally swallowing all of her snide, racially tinged remarks, I don’t feel one bit bad about finally letting her know, I’m not the one to play with.
If you’ve listened to Kanye’s latest album, The Life of Pablo,you might have found, like I did, that it’s actually quite good. The production lives up to his standard. The features add and don’t subtract. And the lyrics are witty and often times, comical. In his song “Feedback,” Kanye says “Name one genius that ain’t crazy.”
I heard the line and I chuckled and then thought about the realness of it. Artists need to be able to see and process the world in new and different ways but still remain relatable. That requires a type of thinking that is left of center. And Kanye has always been that. And honestly, I’ve always appreciated that. In a world that teaches people, particularly Black people, that there is something wrong with us, that we’re less than, it was always inspiring to see Kanye with his unyielding love for himself and confidence in his art. He could acknowledge his insecurities but still knew he was one of the greatest. And I agree. There’s a reason of this confidence and bravado.
But the eccentricities, or “the crazy” associated with genius can’t go unchecked. And these days, and really since his mother passed in 2007, it seems that Kanye has lost one of the few people who grounded him. And his behavior has been indicative of that. There were the attacks on Amber Rose, the support of Tyga “getting in early” with Kylie, the physical attacks of the paparazzi and most recently the rants. From the outside looking in, it seemed like same old Kanye. But the “rants” became more frequent.
In addition to the recent tweets, Kanye recently spoke at a club about Amber Rose and Taylor Swift. I’m sure you’ve seen it. It’s all over the internet. In case you missed it, you can watch it below.
People are watching these videos for entertainment purposes. Dr. Phil says Kanye is doing all of this for attention. But I’d argue there’s something else going on. Not because I’m a psychologist but because the people who have typically been the closest to Kanye are now starting to distance themselves. I could speculate what happened between he and Jay Z; but it’s his relationship with Rhymefest that seems to be more telling.
Rhymefest, Wests’ longtime co-writer, recently stopped working with him. When Twitter users said that they wished Rhymefest were still working with him, he said:
“my brother needs help, in the form of counseling. Spiritual & mental. He should step away from the public & yesmen & heal.”
Could this be sour grapes at having been dismissed? Possibly. But Kanye’s behavior and Rhymefest’s tweets seem to suggest something different. And until there is a change, we should stop viewing these “rants” as a source of entertainment but for what they really are, symptoms of deeper, unresolved issues.
Today, Kim Kardashian saluted the birthday of her deceased dad Robert Kardashian (he would have been 72 years old) by releasing the first picture of her son with Kanye West, Saint. And her husband, who mourns the loss of his mother Donda West (who died from after receiving multiple plastic surgeries nine years ago), is celebrating her in a different way.
The loss of a parent is a wound that never fully heals. I am not sure if Kanye would agree wit me, but, if I were a betting man, I think he would. This commonality might the only thing we have in common at this point in life, Kanye and I. Certainly, there is some frivolous stuff about Hip-Hop and whatever, but mainly this loss of parent thing…I can relate to that with him.
Now, he’s created a video game of his mom Donda West flying a Pegasus into heaven. Not so much…
Going back to November 2007, when Donda West died it, stung for me personally because I was blessed to meet hear earlier that year at Kanye’s 30th birthday party, which is probably the most fun I had any any industry event to date. It was a marvelous gala. And even before the party, my site AllHipHop.com had interviewed Madame West because she dropped a book “Raising Kanye.” From all that I could see, she was an awesome woman in her own right. A professor. A single mother. And insanely proud of her son, Kanye.
My dad passed way before Kanye’s mother. His name was Charles Creekmur. He was an educator, along with my mother. To this day, I never used a “Hip-Hop” name, because I wanted people to know my name, my dad’s name. I know it may sound a bit corny, but it has been my living homage to him. The other part of my homage to him has been living the sort of life he would be proud of (while staying true to myself). My dad was my hero, but I have never conceived a dedication like Kanye has in store for Donda West.
Kanye West premiered the game, a for-sale product called “Only One” at a sold-out crowd at New York’s Madison Square Garden that showed his mom soaring through pink clouds to heaven. “The concept is my mom traveling through the gates of heaven,” Kanye told the crowd. Apparently, techies in San Francisco were not interested. I am interested. Now, my first instinct was, Kanye is wildin’ with this game and here’s another one of Kanye’s antics. Then I thought about the stuff I pondered after my dad’s death. The only thing I can print is that I considered creating a comic book in the image of my dad as a super hero. It drives you mad.
I don’t believe this video game will ever come to the market and, if it does, it will be internet-based and free. This is kind of like Kanye’s new album, which dropped last week on Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal for “free.” It has also reportedly been downloaded “illegally” over 500,000 times. Kanye now has the money and the power to do anything he wants. If he wants ,the game can happen. Here is what cannot happen so easily — recovering the grief of losing a parent.
Rhymefest, Kanye’s friend and former writing partner, said that his comrade needs counseling. He might be right. So many people – especially creatives – find ways to deal with grief. Drugs. Alcohol. Work. Honestly, I cannot fathom what the loss of a mother is like. The Life of Pablo is a spiritual work. Some people won’t be able to get into it, because I think its simply Kanye’s form of counseling. I never did counseling, but I buried myself in everything I could (no drugs or alcohol either).
So, let Kanye do the video game. Donda West deserves it. Maybe I need to turn my dad into a Marvel character. A movie, not comic.
Thanks, Kanye. And, frankly Yeezy has named a number of efforts in the name of his mother, including artistic and philanthropic movements in Chicago. Kids adored my pops. Maybe we all could take some cues from Kanye. Turn the insanity into something positive. And live like we are dying.
Sorry if this ain’t the condemnation that you came here for. I guess, I’m not so far off from Kanye. I just don’t really like to own my inner savage. Believe it or not…I think Donda is happy at her son now. Married. A dad. Massive success. Even if true peace eludes her son.
Kim and Kanye aren’t exactly known for privacy. So we were wondering when we’d get a chance to see their new son Saint West.
And it looks like today is the day.
Kim shared this picture of her son through her website.
Check him out.
Pretty adorable, right!
Kim included this note about her reason for sharing the picture today.
Today is my dad’s birthday. I know there’s nothing more in the world he would have wanted than to meet his grandchildren. So I wanted to share this pic of Saint with you all.
His eyes are closed but do you see more of Kim or Kanye in his face?
Are you surprised the couple waited this long to share their son’s picture?
When Kanye West announced that he was $53 million in debt, we all raised an eyebrow. How can someone who makes millions get that far behind on their bills? Well, as it turns out, Kanye West was speaking figuratively about his massive bills. That $53 million is the amount that he’s invested in his own companies. And if he can get Mark Zuckerberg to invest that cool billion in him, his financial house will soon be in order.
But the rest of the celebrities on this list aren’t just broke because of investments. These stars managed to get themselves into mind-boggling amounts of debt. Everything from IRS debt to balling out of control helped these stars find themselves millions of dollars in a hole. What’s even more unbelievable? How some of these stars managed to work their way out of their debt. Get ready to feel better about your own credit card bill and learn some hard lessons in finance from these celebs with the biggest debts in recent history.
Last week, we asked you all what you thought about a collaboration with Kanye West and Kirk Franklin. Some of you said “Sure, why not?” While others said that you weren’t down for it, for one reason or another. Well, this past weekend, we got to see the two of them in action and as you know when you actually see the finished product, it’s often better (and sometimes worse) than you may have anticipated.
As for this performance with Kanye, Kelly Price, The Dream, Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin (and a special appearance from Fonzworth Bentley), it was the former. Kelly Price’s vocals are unmatched in the industry, Chance was spitting hot fire and Kirk Franklin came out and prayed over a prostrate Kanye West.
Now, that may sound like a bit much especially on prime time television. But the stage had been set for that moment and I was actually feeling it, Kirk’s prayer specifically actually.
A lot of folks in the Christian community felt like Kirk and Kanye’s worlds are so different, they shouldn’t intermix.
Franklin took to his Facebook page to address that school of thought.
I say the prayer was the most powerful part to me because Kanye seems to be such great need of it. Kanye has always been eccentric and different, like most geniuses. But there are times watching him where I feel like there’s something else going on, something deeper, something not readily visible to us, the public. I don’t know him and I have a bad habit of diagnosing people but he might be hurting, like so many other people are.
If you know anything about Kirk Franklin’s life, you know he’s been through his fair share of struggles as well. He might just be the very person Kanye needs in his life.
Seeing Kirk and Kanye together, reminded me just why Franklin named his album Losing My Religion. There are so many people focused more on doctrine instead of loving people, like Christ commanded, even those who may appear different from us.
Check out the performance with the two men below and share your thoughts below.
Honestly, there are very few things that Kanye West can do or say that will shock me.
Still, I was not expecting this.
According to Rolling Stone, West’s latest hip-hop album is actually a gospel album. Although it was initially titled So Help Me God, changed to Swish, and most recently was Waves, the album has been renamed The Life of Pablo and will “premiere” in New York City tonight.
It will also reportedly feature no other than Grammy-Award winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin.
In a recent interview with Big Boy in the Morning, West said this of the album:
I’m trying to open up hearts, minds. You know when I was sitting in the studio with Kirk [Franklin] and we were going through it, I said ‘This is a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it.’ But it’s still a gospel album. It is the gospel according to ‘Ye. It is not exactly what happened, you know, in the Bible, but it’s a story, an idea of Mary Magdalene becoming Mary. I played some of it for somebody the other day and they said, “Good luck.” Man, I am offended by the word “luck” because of the amount of work I put in. And the fact that this is a God’s dream, my pastor um, pastor Rich explained what that means when you say “a God’s dream”: It’s a dream that can’t happen without God. That means whatever amount of energy I got, in the hour in the morning when I can play with my daughter or go back and see my wife or go work out, I spent every other waking moment working on this album. And I am still only doing one percent – two percent – of the work. And God is doing the rest of the work. And my mom had Teddy Riley change his flight and come back to the studio. Robert Kardashian is making sure that all of the deals is getting done. He is still doing deals for controversial Black people from up in heaven [laughs].
It’s like, West always starts out making a point and then decides to get weird…
Naturally, folks, particularly in the church, are upset. For instance, Craig Lewis, who is a writer for ExMinistries.com, called the duet “ blasphemy.”
More specifically he writes:
Jimmy Iovine of Interscope (pictured with Kirk Franklin) has worked hard on merging the sacred and the profane to create an apostate form of Gospel Music aimed at removing the true Good News message of Jesus! He has promoted the most vulgar, perverted music our world have ever seen. He has fused this with Gospel Music through Franklin to unleash a great deception and make the true Gospel Message non effective. Now Franklin is causing many to lose their religion and adopt a belief with no boundaries, no regulations, and no biblical precedent! This gives grounds for the acceptance of Kanye West’s project by the Christian community!
The bible speaks explicitly about people changing God’s truth into a lie in the end times. The word also tells us to not have fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. (scriptures below). This project is a work of darkness if I have ever seen one. And yet, Kirk is in fellowship with it and you will be too if you purchase it! Embracing artists like these in any way is against God’s word and for men to change His word to fit their agendas is blasphemy!
Of course, West’s recent spiritual enlightenment is nothing new. He has long claimed to be a god and has included a lot of religious imagery in his work. In fact, one of his biggest hits was a song about how Jesus walks with even the most disenfranchised and downtrodden among us.
Likewise, Franklin’s involvement with the project, while not exactly the duet most would expect to happen, is not all that surprising either. He has long been criticized for producing songs that incorporate much more secular rhythms and language than “traditional” gospel themes into his glorification of God. And just last year, the “Wanna Be Happy?” singer came under fire for naming his latest project, Losing My Religion.
But in a recent interview with MadameNoire, Franklin said the reason he chose that album’s particular title was because of the following:
So that we could see Jesus. So that they could be content and complete in Him and not try to live up to systems that all they do is create weights for people. It’s almost like the Pharisees that condemn Jesus for the healing on the Sabbath. They were more concerned about the law than they were about the love. And even in the 21st Century, we still see that happen where people may have tattoos and earrings and look a certain way or not the most consistent churchgoer – we condemn them.
Listen, I like Franklin. And I kind of get how a collaboration (at least on a song) with West can work beautifully. As an agnostic person who talks to God (or just myself – who really knows?), I always preferred the idea of a more accessible Christ than the fire and brimstone one, which gets the most play in religious circles.
However, I do see how some religious folks might be bothered by this. There are a lot of people out here using the Bible, Jesus and the spiritual belief systems of individuals for personal enrichment and flat-out debauchery. And I’m talking mostly about West here.
I get it. He’s an artist. And if West is really serious about this project, like he was in his College Dropout days, then I could see it working.
But let’s be also honest: This is Kanye West we’re talking about. And this entire whore into Madonna imagery, while titillating, suggests to me that this is going to be another dark and twisted ode to his lovely wife.
But I am curious to see what folks think. Leave your comments down below.