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Yesterday (Oct. 3), Amber Rose shut down the streets of Downtown Los Angeles for her first-ever “Slut Walk.”
The highly-publicized event brought out tons of supporters in an effort to protest against slut-shaming and rape culture. Women happily marched alongside Rose holding signs that read, “My Clothes Are Not My Consent” and “Strippers Have Feelings Too.”
During the event, Amber took to a stage to thank the event-goers and even share her own personal story that most watched play out in the public eye for years now. In particular, she chose her controversial relationships with Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, highlighting the pain and hurt both men brought her. Although wearing black shaded sunglasses, it was apparent that tears were forming in her eyes as her voice trembled and she covered her hand over her mouth as tears uncontrollably started to trickle down her face. Gathering herself together, fans cheered her on and she finally got down to business – starting with Kanye’s “30 showers” comment. “It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that was with Amber Rose … I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim [Kardashian],” West said during an interview with The Breakfast Club earlier this year.
And it begins #amberroseslutwalk #MyMommy #FuckYo30Showers #NoSlutShaming A photo posted by Amber Rose (@amberrose) on
“Unfortunately, I was extremely slut shamed. I was called ‘nothing but a stripper.’ [He said] why would he ever be interested in me, I’m just a bald-head stripper from Philly,” Amber said of West. “I was a golddigger; apparently he had to take 30 showers after being with me. That’s what he said. I get that just washed all my sexy bald-headedness off of his ass.”
When it came to her recent relationship with her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa, she shared the good times of their union and the bad. “In the midst of being hurt – if anyone had been going through a separation, or have ever been divorced, you know there’s a lot of feelings involved and it’s a very difficult time,” she explained. Amber also recalled Khalifa’s hurtful lyrics on Juicy J’s “For Everybody” saying, “He went on to make a song saying that he ‘fell in love with a stripper, but fell out of love quicker.’ As you can imagine, him being the love of my life, regardless if we’re going through a separation or not, that was extremely hurtful.”
“All I ever did was love him and gave him a beautiful son. To be told I was nothing but a stripper, it hurt,” she said fighting back tears.
After sharing her story that many have voiced an opinion on, she forgave West and Khalifa for their comments, admitting that her ex-husband had apologized previously.
“I want to forgive Kanye for what he said about me. I want to let all that negativity go. I also forgive Wiz for what he said. Wiz actually apologized to me already, so I have forgiven him. I suggest that you guys do the same, and I’ll tell you why: because they’re ignorant at times. People are ignorant, and you have to be the bigger person, and be the positive person to forgive and move on and help other people around you that have been through the same thing.”
After watching the video in full and seeing photos on Amber’s Instagram, I’m actually glad she did this walk. A lot of people, myself included, offered side eyes when she first announced the event, but I now understand her intentions.
I admire her bravery and honesty. Many women who are in the entertainment industry wouldn’t’ dare put their issues on full blast for the world to judge. And of course, there were plenty of naysayers of her initiative as comedian Lil Duval made snide remarks suggesting that if one was wondering where the “h*es” were at, they were “marching for sluts rights.”
Since Amber Rose’s rise to fame as a stripper-turned-model, she’s definitely been through some sh*t, to say the least. I don’t always agree with the twerk videos she posts with her gal pal Blac Chyna, but in this instance, I’m riding her with her. Between the shaming Kanye dished and Wiz’s below the belt lyrics, she has a right to talk about her experience. Not to mention, they are two of the hottest rapper’s right now, so their influence is wide spread. Before ever truly getting to know Amber, we’ve all judged her and let the rumors and the reputations of her relationships sway our opinions of her.
In the end, I hope Amber finds happiness and strength through her journey. And with the forgiveness she extended to both men, there’s surely greener pastures waiting for her over this storm she’s endured.
Watch the full video below as Amber shares her personal battles during her first-ever Slut Walk.
When Kanye West took the stage last month at the MTV VMAs to accept the Video Vanguard award, we were blindsided with an unexpected announcement. “I’m running for president in 2020,” the rapper/producer proclaimed. While some shook off his statement as yet another infamous “Kanye rant,” some are actually backing his intent to run for president.
In particular, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has shown interest in West’s 2020 campaign. Kanye has showed appreciation and admiration for Carson before, calling him “the most brilliant guy” in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Today (Sept. 27), Carson appeared on ABC’s This Week and addressed West’s comments and possible candidacy. “Well, I am certainly willing to give him a chance,” Carson told host Martha Raddatz. “He’ll be able to explain things and see if he resonates with the people.”
Carson also said he was impressed with West’s business acumen and hoping to team up with him and other fixtures in pop culture to do something tremendous for societies youth.
Watch the full interview above.
New York Fashion Week has taken over the city and fashionistas on and off the runway have been making major style statements. One thing we noticed is that fall footwear is creeping in early this year. Summer isn’t officially over until next week, but already style stars like Ciara and Solange Knowles have been rocking thigh-high boots. So get ready to step up your shoe game with these four street style-inspired looks pulled straight from fashion week.
Kim Kardashian West
When Rihanna threw a party to kick off NYFW, Kim Kardashian showed up in a monochromatic outfit by one of her favorite labels, Givenchy. But the real kicker was her open-toe, over-the-knee boots. The slip-on boots are rumored to be designed by none other than her hubby, Kanye West, so it’s a sure bet that we’ll be seeing more of these in the near future. In the meantime, try this look on for size for much less.
Many of us remember the shock and even second-hand sadness we felt for Kanye West when we learned his mother, Donda West, had passed away. Later, we would learn that she died after having a series of plastic surgery procedures.
Immediately, everyone held her physician Dr. Jan Adams at fault. But now, he’s coming out once again trying to clear his name.
He initially tried to speak to Larry King, shortly after Donda passed but received a call from Kanye West’s lawyers telling him not to do so. He ended up walking off set in the middle of the interview.
And earlier this year he spoke to the New York Daily News about her death and who he believes is responsible.
Now, in a sit down with “Inside Edition,” he’s ready to tell his version of the story
Adams says after the surgery he wanted to care for Donda to be monitored in a medical facility. But she insisted that her nephew, Stephen Scoggins, a nurse with a PhD in public health, be left in charge of her aftercare.
Adams claims that the day after surgery Scoggins left Donda to attend a baby shower and that’s when she choked to death.
“This lady shouldn’t be dead. All you had to do was sit her up and every nurse on the planet knows that.”
Scoggins, Kanye’s cousin, denies all allegations that he’s responsible for his aunt’s death and a nurse’s board dismissed the case against him.
Adams believes he’s been set up as the fall guy in the whole situation. Again, he said that Kanye should step forward and tell the truth.
“Kanye West can end this by telling the truth. The doctor had nothing to do with his mom’s death. The truth, when you bury it, it just grows bigger.”
Who will ever know what really happened in this situation. Either way, we can all agree that after that much extensive surgery she should have been monitored at a medical facility. Particularly when the doctor who performed the procedures suggested it.
Still, while I sympathize with Dr. Adams losing his practice and his reputations, there’s something slimy about the way he’s going after Kanye specifically.
I doubt Kanye will ever respond to him, acting this way in front of the television cameras.
You can check out clips from the upcoming interview in the video below.
If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s definitely that controversy sells. But as more and more stars stage beefs and fights to drum up publicity, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real from the fake. Click through the next slides as we get down to business as to whether these celebrity beefs were staged just for attention or not.
Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus
Viewers tuned into this year’s MTV VMAs were left with their mouth’s gaped open during Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech. The Young Money princess called host Miley Cyrus out of her name over the comments she made in an interview leading up to the awards show. Minaj became a trending topic for calling Cyrus a b*tch live on the air, but many felt the entire scene was concocted to spice things up for the awards show. Last year’s ratings were down nearly two million viewer’s from the previous year. Neither camp has commented on the incident, but MTV VMAs executive producer Vin Toffler said, “It was [real]. In no way was any of that planned.”
It’s a mystery worthy of a Murder She Wrote and Matlock crossover episode.
Who is Doris?
If you ask me, Doris is no other than Beyoncé. In fact, it is pretty obvious.
But you can’t tell that to the Internet, in particular, her hive. Her fans are all tripping over themselves to convince the rest of us that the onesie-wearing voices in their heads are real, swearing to the great Spanx in the sky that Doris isn’t her.
In case you weren’t aware, Grace Jones decided to pull the Excalibur’s sword from that dusty old rock and slay every single so-called diva on the scene. I’m talking Rihanna’s head on a stick. I’m talking Lady Gaga diced up so severely you could wear her as a meat dress. I’m talking Kanye West being turned into an eunuch.
According to witnesses on the scene, the massacre occurred sometime yesterday when Time Out released an excerpt from Jones’ upcoming autobiography titled, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs. Not only did she call the entertainers out for improperly jacking her style and being fake divas, but she also called them individually out by name – well, almost all of them:
I remember when one of the singers on the list of those who came after me first said that she wanted to work with me. Everyone around me is going: “You have to do it, it will be so good for you, it will introduce you to a whole new audience, you will make a lot of money.” No! It will be good for her; she will draw from everything I have built and add it to her brand, and I will get nothing back except for a little temporary attention. No one could believe that I said no, but I am okay on my own. I am okay not worrying about a new audience. If the f**k don’t feel right, don’t f**k it.
With this one, who I will call Doris, I thought she was trying on other people’s outfits: she’s a baby in a closet full of other people’s clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don’t fit. I could see what she wanted to be when I watched her doing something when she started out that was starker and purer. Deep down, she doesn’t want to do all the dressing-up nonsense; she loses herself inside all the play-acting.
The problem with the Dorises and the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly. There is no long-term vision, and they forget that once you get into that whirlpool then you have to fight the system that solidifies around you in order to keep being the outsider you claim you represent. There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event.
No one knows for sure why Jones decided to call everybody out by name except for Beyoncé. Perhaps she didn’t want to get blackballed? But being the keen sleuth that I am, I noticed that she did leave us a couple of valuable clues as to the true identity of the mysterious starlet named Doris.
The first clue is the name “Doris” itself.
When you think of a Doris, what instantly comes to mind? That’s right: a little old White lady. While pretty shady, it is definitely an odd choice of comparison to make against a contemporary artist, performers who are all pretty young. Maybe she was trying to point out how aged Beyoncé’s blonde weaves are? It is a thought.
However, I’m picking up on a more classic cultural reference here. I’m talking about Doris Day. For the youngins, Doris Day is a film and theater star from the ’50s and ’60s. She’s most notable for playing opposite Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk as well as James Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much. Like Beyoncé, she wore blond hair.
She was also known widely as “America’s Sweetheart” for her squeaky clean girl next door image. And which one of today’s blonde pop stars does that sound like to you?
That’s okay, I’ll say it for you: Beyoncé, aka Miss “Pretty Hurts.” (Seriously, who writes a song about how hard it is winning beauty pageants and being the most beautiful woman in the world? Women like Doris Day.)
The resemblance in image is almost uncanny. However, I know that is not enough to convince some folks that Doris and Beyoncé are the same person. So I point to this passage from I’ll Never Write My Memoirs as exhibit B:
I look at Doris and I think: Does she look happy? She looks lost, like she is desperately trying to find the person she was when she started. She looks like really she knows she is in Vegas, now that Vegas is the whole entertainment world filtered through the internet, through impatient social media. I don’t mind her dressing up, but when she started to dance like Madonna, almost immediately, copying someone else, it was like she had forgotten what it was about her that could be unique. Ultimately, it is all about prettiness and comfort, however much they pretend they are being provocative.
Now diehards might argue that this is passage is in reference to Lady Gaga, who is known for putting together elaborate stage shows, or even Britney Spears, who is currently doing actual shows in Las Vegas. However, Vegas, to me, is clearly being used here as a metaphor to describe the fabricated yet regulated world of the entertainment industry, where image has been known to take precedence over actual talent.
There are some other holes in the Gaga and Spears theory too. For one, Spears hasn’t really been relevant for some time now – not even in Vegas. Likewise, it should be noted that throughout the excerpt, Jones continuously calls Gaga out explicitly by name, including the last line in which she does a roll call of her pupils. More specifically: “Gaga, Madonna, Annie Lennox, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Miley, Kanye West, FKA Twigs and… Doris.”
Now if Gaga is supposed to be Doris, why the need to shade her (or any of them) after she had already been directly called out? It’s just not logical.
Not to mention, who among the starlets has been called out recently for jacking Madonna’s style? Okay, you got me there. All of them. But who blatantly jacked Madonna’s entire Erotica phase for her surprise album concept, in particular, the “Haunted” video?
Now, admittedly, Rihanna plays up the sexy too. But despite what Jones may believe, there is something pretty authentic about her image. For example, if I see Rihanna pretend-smoking a blunt while getting a lap dance at a strip club in one of her music videos, there is no doubt in my mind that she’s about that life in reality.
But nobody puts on an image like Beyoncé. And I mean that with the least bit of shade. Her ability to transform into characters with ease is one of her greatest attributes (besides her actual singing abilities). She is almost like a living and breathing Barbie. And who doesn’t love Barbie?
Still, no one (without the implant) would believe Activist Barbie is really out here leading anarchist rallies against the system through non-descriptive embattled city blocks like she did in the “Super Power” video. Not dressed like that at least. Even her version of sexy is still kind of controlled and refined, never straying too far from what the stage directors tell her to do. What I am saying is that we will never see Beyoncé cut loose in real life as she does in her music. That’s just not her personality.
So as I prepare to rest my case, I ask the jury to consider Jones’s own testimony here. Jones’s legacy wasn’t about creating buzz for album sales by donning elaborate costumes and putting on sexy stage shows. To the contrary, Jones got naked because she saw herself as an artist. And that free-spirited woman we see on stage is who she was in real life. That is what made her not only unique but a disruption to the status quo.
And while that label clearly applies to all of these divas, there is only one Queen B–er, I mean Doris, among them. And I think we all know who that is…
It’s safe to say that the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards was a hilarious disaster. But the night’s biggest moment came from Kanye West. He captured all of (ok, some of) America’s heart thanks to a rant without a streamlined focus. When he wrapped up, he made a bold and hilarious announcement.
“I don’t know what I’m finna lose after this,” West said. “It don’t matter, though; It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Since there are plenty of presidential candidates who lack political experience throwing their hat in the ring, why not Ye? Think about how America would transform into a country built on ideas, fresh sneaks and would no longer be a slave to brands and megacompanies. If Kanye West has your vote, here are 10 amusing things that would happen if he was to take over the oval office in 2020.
Did you watch the 2015 Video Music Awards last night? We did too, and from missing guests to celebrity beef, we were left with some questions about this year’s show that we need answers to.
I had no legitimate reason to watch the MTV VMAs last night. In fact, not having cable, I went through a bit of trouble to actually do so. And honestly, it just wasn’t worth it…at all. There were some noteworthy moments like Justin Beiber crying. (I still root for him.) Fetty Wap not bothering to show up for the Artist to Watch award and of course Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Vanguard Award.
In case you missed it, you can listen to the 12 minute speech in the video below. And while you will regret it later, you should do so just to get an understanding of what actually happened and how bizarre and disheartening it really was. (I’ll also include a transcript on the next page; but beware, it does it no justice.)
When it was all said and done, I laughed at the absurdity and then I shook my head in confusion, then later in sadness and disappointment.
In my mind, I thought Kanye would perform, acknowledge the Taylor Swift bull but spend more time and energy talking to us about the passion and purpose behind his artistry. Never did I imagine that there would be no performance but that Kanye West, a musical genius in our midst, would reduce his entire career to the Taylor Swift incident and not being liked.
I’m not going to pretend that we all don’t worry, ridiculously, about being liked. It’s just human nature. But throughout his entire speech, I just kept asking myself not liked by who though? If I remember correctly, it was mostly mainstream White folks who were upset the big Black man made the pretty little blonde hair, blue eyed White girl sad. Black people knew that Kanye was both right and wrong.
Right in the sense that Beyoncé did deserve that award and wrong because he shouldn’t have been the one to tell her that, in that manner. But there was validity in his statement. And, as he mentioned in his speech, it worked wonders for MTV and pop culture. And catapulted Taylor into a level of stardom she might not have enjoyed without him.
Black people knew and still know that Kanye is arrogant. No one believes in him or herself more than Kanye West. And while I’m sure that irks the hell out of some people, it’s one of the things I love most about Kanye. He is a genius. And in recognizing his own gifts, he should be able to say that. But a Black man proclaiming his own excellence is not only irritating, it’s threatening to White people. That, in combination with Taylor Swift, made him so deplorable. And if he were disliked because of that, it’s certainly something he should have to apologize for. Still, I don’t know that many people who don’t like him. Granted, I’m mostly around Black people…but most of them not only recognize Kanye’s talent, they root for him to win. We know he’s eccentric, like most creatives are, but we also know that Kanye is going to produce. I abhorred the “30 Showers” comment and swore the Kanye I knew and loved had left us for good. And then “All Day” came out. And I had to acknowledge his greatness once again.
My sister literally calls him Cousin Kanye because even when he does some off the wall things, we still regard him as family. We all have family members who act a fool but at the end of the day, it’s still love.
And just like I would be with any family member, I’m glad that Kanye recognized the error in his ways with the Taylor Swift situation. But he’s apologized on several different occasions, publicly and privately. It’s so over. Which is why it hurts me to know that when he had the opportunity to speak about his greatness, about his actual talent, a fact none of us can deny, he made it about Taylor again.
Anyone who’s been watching the award show since the Taylor Swift/Kanye incident, can tell you that it is always about her. Her awkward dance moves, her shady reactions to Justin Beiber, her performances, and her “you-really-like-me?” shocked face when she cleans up year after year with the most moon man trophies. I thought since Kanye had the chance to speak about himself and his art, he would take the opportunity to do so. If not that, perhaps, with it being the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, he would have taken the time to remind us of the days when he told us all, so prophetically, that George Bush didn’t care about Black people. That was true. And it needed to be said. But these days, living in the Kardashian cog, Kanye is not so concerned about race anymore. He believes classism is the new racism.
Classism is an issue. It certainly was in Katrina. But let’s not pretend that they don’t work hand in hand. Particularly when Black people are disproportionately jobless, underemployed and living in poverty.
Perhaps it’s unrealistic for me to expect so much. But the absolute last thing I thought I was going to watch was Kanye West pandering to White people who never really got it in the first place.
For those who can’t watch the video right now, check out Kanye’s full speech on the next page.
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is right around the corner, and if the promos are any indications, the show is probably going to one of the most talked about television events of the summer. The VMAs are where both big moments happen and stars are made. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most epic VMA moments, ever.