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Growing up, I didn’t have a crystal clear picture of what I wanted to do or the woman I wanted to become. You always heard about how accomplished doctors and lawyers were, along with educators and those employed in the civil service who try to pay it forward.
Nowadays, I’m a bit scared about what we consider success and the concept of leaving a legacy.
To celebrate his wife reaching 30 million Twitter followers, Kanye West thought it was a good idea to post nude images of Kim Kardashian for all to see. This is nothing new for the couple as they both seem to think it’s a wonderful idea for assets typically left for the bedroom to be on full display — and full frontal for that matter. For just $10 bucks, folks could view Kim Kardashian completely nude in last year’s Paper magazine, or pay $18 to see everything she’s working with in Love Magazine. Aside from questioning an obviously askew moral compass, I have to stop and think about what it is that drives Kim, Kanye and their brand. Is success for them having millions of social media followers who they entice with explicit photos? What legacy are they leaving, and how will it impact their daughter North’s concept of what it takes to build a brand and leave something for the next generation?
Kim and Kanye certainly aren’t the only ones capitalizing on questionable behavior. Many would consider Mona Scott-Young a trailblazer when it comes to the entertainment industry. Her company, Monami Entertainment is responsible for popular reality television shows like the Love & Hip Hop franchise with spin-offs in Atlanta and Hollywood (the original takes place in New York City). Will her legacy be her ability to break through doors previously closed to African Americans, or criticism about the “ratchet” content she creates that continues to exploit Black stereotypes?
Or what about the new cult-classic show Empire that has quickly made its network the most-watched in Black homes? Is it another case of exploitation or pure entertainment that shouldn’t be taken so seriously? Many would argue how refreshing it is to see an all-Black cast deliver memorable performances on a show co-created and executive produced by Blacks.
At the end of the day, life and business is about supply and demand. Should we get mad at those in a position to create content for the general masses who capitalize on what people want to see, or question their ideals about building a legacy of value, going beyond gimmick and popularity?
We’ve seen how folks who we thought were on the straight and narrow can easily tarnish their legacy due to poor decisions. Bill Cosby was a pioneer in creating positive images of Black family life with The Cosby Show and A Different World. Yet, his legacy continues to come under fire after numerous allegations of sexual assault. And what about Dr. Ben Carson, the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head? It’s safe to say some have lost respect for him after his remarks that equated Obamacare to being the worst thing since slavery.
What is your definition of being successful or leaving a legacy? Is it always about the bottom line, or should your morals affect your business decisions?
Many of us have been wondering why Kanye West is okay with nude photos of his wife floating around the Internet—including R&B singer Tank, who recently called out the rapper. His rant came during an appearance on web show Have a Seat Radio during a segment called “The Golden Chair,” where celebrities are afforded the opportunity to give someone else the Sit The F-ck Down” award.
The 39-year-old prefaced his rant by explaining that although he is a fan of Kanye, he can’t really get with Yeezy’s obsession with folks gawking at Kim’s naked body.
“As much as I am a fan of this guy, I think he definitely deserves this golden chair. Im’a go Kanye.”
“I just want to know how many pictures of Kim are we going to put out there with barely no clothes on? I just want to know how many pictures of your wife—with a baby—like you know what I’m saying?”
The “Please Don’t Go” singer went on to say that this type of behavior sets a poor example for the couple’s only daughter, North West.
“At a certain point we have to grow up and we have to be examples for our children. Alright? Let’s stop putting this married woman’s assets all over the place.”
As for his own personal life, Tank says that you’ll never see any wife of his plastered all over the web in her birthday suit.
“As a man, when I get married, I’m not putting my woman’s assets out on the blogs for people. That is mine,” he said. “When I oil it up, I’m oiling it up for me.”
What are your thoughts on Tank’s comments? Is he sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong?
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Amber Rose is tired of being shamed and dogged for her assumed behaviors while men are congratulated for them and women with lighter skin and faker bodies are rewarded. So she’s arranging a Slut Walk in Los Angeles. And she sat down with “Entertainment Tonight’s” Brooke Anderson to talk about just a few of the recent actions that caused her to put this whole thing together, like the Twitter back and forth with Khloe Kardashian and Kanye West’s recent comments about having to take 30 showers after the two broke up.
Check out a few highlights from the interview and then the whole thing in the video below.
Why she’s having a slut walk?
It’s important for me because I deal with it everyday. I deal with it via social media, people out on the street. They don’t quite understand why I post what I post and how I speak on social media. I just recently dealt with that with my ex saying that he had to take 30 showers after he’s been with me.
We were happy when we were together and now all of a sudden I’m getting slut shamed because we’re not together anymore and it’s unfair. And I feel like women deal with that constantly on a daily basis and I’m sick of it. And I’m here for my girls and we’re going to do the Amber Rose Slut Walk this summer and it’s going to be awesome. I’m going to do it in LA this year and then hopefully, New York, Chicago, Miami like branch off.
How are she and Khloe these days?
She can come to my slut walk too. I mean, I don’t hate Khloe. I don’t hate her.
This is the thing because I was a dancer at a very young age– yes, I could have totally minded my business when it came to her younger sister and her relationship; but me being a dancer at such a young age, dealing with older men gave me the humility and knowledge to speak on such a subject. So I can understand why it came across the wrong way to her. I get it. But that’s a phone call she could have had with me.
She didn’t have to tweet 11 times and try to humiliate me when the only reason why these girls have careers is because their older sister had a little fun on tape. Let’s be realistic. Which I never ever hated on that. I’m all over a woman making something out of nothing. If you can do something and bring your whole family on, make millions of dollars? That’s dope to me. I love that. But I feel like because Kim is dating my ex is kind of weird. But I would love for them to reach out. I don’t have a problem with those girls.
Check out the full video below.
Amber Rose has been on “Ether” mode as of late. After inviting Khloe Kardashian and her entire family to have several seats on Twitter, Muva also proved her tact and class by choosing not to air out Kanye West’s dirty laundry after he jumped in the mix.
Amber Rose did begin stripping at the age of 15. Amber Rose does post plenty of thirst trap pics on Instagram – string monokini anyone? Amber Rose is a mother and no, that will not stop her from posting instructional twerk videos.
Muva Rose is certainly no one to play with. While her truths and way of living may turn off the prudes in us all, there is much to learn from her, including these 10 lessons.
Remember that old saying, “Wow, you look like a million bucks!”? I’d say it comes from a certain truth — seeing as Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Rihanna spend a jaw-dropping fortune on looking and staying perfect for the public spotlight. From 24-karat gold facials to personal masseuses, perfection ain’t cheap!
Let’s take a look at how much the three most talked about divas spend on their appearances — by the numbers.
Kim K reportedly spends over $1 million a year to maintain her beauty, says the Daily Mail.
The most famous Kardashian spends $42 – $455 on facial creams and cleansers.
To protect her olive skin from the sun, Kim Kardashian shells out between $48 and $85 on SPF 30 and 50 facial sunscreens.
“I have this at-home LED light therapy machine called Quasar MD Plus that I got it for my psoriasis because I’ll try anything,” Kim Kardashian told In the Gloss. If you want one of your own, be prepared to spend $795.
On make-up, including brushes, foundation, bronzer, contour kits, mascara, and lashes, she spends between $11 and $62. Two of the products she mentioned happened to be part of her own line, Kardashian Beauty.
Kim K says that at the end of the day, she wipes off all her make-up with Neutrogena’s Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, which costs an inexpensive $1.83.
Because I’m convinced this whole interview was a paid sponsorship, let’s see what the rumor mill — which I surprisingly have more faith in — has to say about Kim K’s beauty regimen.
According to Hollywood Life, the curvaceous star spends $2,175 a week getting beautified. That includes $300 for a 24-karat gold facial, $500 for weekly glygolic peels, and $2,500 bi-montly visits at Beverly Hills salon Bailey’s. Her favorite facial, HL adds, costs $1,269!
Every month, the sultry starlet gets Fraxel ($800) and Velashape ($3,000) laser treatments to keep the cellulite at bay.
As for her luscious hair? Well, she bought that for about $800 from the Shade salon in Beverly Hills.
Beyoncé isn’t as publicly open about her beauty regimen. But the streets are talkin’ and Queen Bey also drops $1 million a year to stay “flawless.”
No Beyoncé — you did not wake up like this.
OK! Insider speculates that Bey spends her big bucks on personal spray-tan artists, personal masseuses, skin products, chemical peels, and botox — ouch, the Partition singer was right. “Pretty Hurts.”
When it comes to Beyoncé’s locks, Hype Hair swears that the songstress spends over $100,000 — the extensions Bey wore during her Mrs. Carter World Tour last year is rumored to be valued at $145,000. Unbeweavable!
And here’s a wacky rumor, according to The Loop: Beyoncé spends $85 — per finger — to get a gold manicure. If you do the math, that’s $850 for both hands. Is it true? I don’t know, but I secretly want it to be!
The Island Princess allegedly spends — wait for it — $56,000 a week on her appearance according to Yahoo! Lifestyle Rumor has it that RiRi pays her dermatologist $11,000 a week to be on call.
“She gets laser skin tightening, oxygen facials, photo facials, even the infamous vampire facials. It’s not just her face, she gets laser treatments on her body too,” according to a source.
She pays her lash expert, hair stylist, and tanner $5,500, $2,800, and $1,000 a day, respectively. Her make-up stylist, Mylah Morales, makes a pretty penny at $3,700 a week.
Wearing nothing but unprocessed human hair, Rihanna’s hairstyles can hover around $7,000.
Hey, what’d you expect? Perfection is pricey.
After Kanye’s recent Breakfast Club interview, where he essentially confirmed that Tyga and Kylie are indeed dating, their names are all over the internet. In case you don’t know the background, Tyga is 25 and Kylie Jenner is 17, making their relationship inappropriate at best and illegal at worst.
And while he swears they are not romantically involved, the two spend entirely too much time together and even took a trip to Paris with one another. I don’t have to tell you how wrong this is. Most of us are crystal clear about the age of consent being 18 in this country. And yet, here we have Kanye cosigning their relationship and commending Tyga for being “smart” for “getting in there early.”
Meanwhile Amber Rose was criticized for saying what we all know to be true: Tyga should be ashamed of himself. Period.
So what does Tyga do in response to all this chatter?
Well, after he got on The Breakfast Club and said that Black people don’t understand “White friendships”, this morning he posted this picture of Kylie Jenner on his Instagram page.
Yo…this dude is a troll of the worst variety. So you’re just going to tell the world that you’re proud of your pedophilia Tyga? I’m not here for any of this. And I’m certainly not here for the people who are suggesting that we “mind our business” or just go with it because, hell, it’s the Kardashian family.
There are far too many underaged girls being preyed upon by grown men and the more people rationalize this very public and grotesque display of it the more this type of problematic and damaging type of thinking starts creeping into the general consciousness.
So I’m with Amber Rose with this one. Tyga should be ashamed to show his face…and certainly shouldn’t be posting Kylie on his IG. And Kris Jenner…sigh I just don’t know what to call a woman that would allow this type of relationship. No lie, the only word that comes to my mind is pimp.
That whole family is sleazy and Kanye was the one who had to take “30 showers” before he could enter into the klan because he was with Amber Rose?!? GTFOH.
Kanye West recently stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club and he did not hold his tongue one bit. The rapper spoke on just about everything including his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose’s feud with the Kardashian clan, why he rides so hard for Beyonce and the controversy surrounding Tyga’s relationship with Kylie Jenner. Check out a few highlights from his chat below, but please brace yourself.
On if he feels he should reach out to Amber:
“She’s just soaking in the moment. I don’t feel compelled to do nothing. If Kim dated me when I first wanted to be with her there wouldn’t be a Amber Rose.”
On if Kim sent him inappropriate texts while he was with Amber:
“I wish. I would have gladly, happily would’ve liked to. It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone who was with Amber Rose. She wasn’t sending nothing. I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim. Don’t ask me no more [laughs] I just want to be respectful.”
On if Tyga and Kylie Jenner’s relationship is inappropriate:
“I think he got in there early; he’s being smart. They closer in age than a lot of relationships that I know. I knew Tyga was smart.”
On the Kardashian brand’s impact on his business affairs:
“It’s helped. It shows my ability to bridge the gap.”
On Kim’s Paper magazine shoot:
“Respected art can break class. One of the things that shut up a lot of people is the fact that Jean-Paul Goude took the photograph. He used to shoot Grace Jones and Grace Jones’ figure was as new and different as Kim’s physique was. Our position of power, we’re not going to accept the physique that was given to us. The one that was told to us was the proper way to look. My daughter has a chance of being shaped like my wife. Between this age she is now until the age when she’s like that, I’m going to be fighting for that shape to be considered the highest of class or at least equal to how someone looks at a skinny model.”
On why he rides so hard for Beyoncé:
“It’s really ironic that every time [I speak out about award shows] it’s Beyoncé. For some reason…why is it Beyoncé? Why don’t I go off on like you know, whoever is going off on my wife on Twitter and sh-t like that? Why do I cater to…you know I think Beyoncé is a great representation of an artist working hard and trying her best and getting the results from it. Beyoncé’s previous album wasn’t as well received as this new album. She went low like I went low on my album and delivered something that everybody loves. In America, we have to respect greatness when we see it.”
“You can’t have somebody hit all the shots and you not give them that credit […] People look at Beyoncé and say because she’s rich—respect to Hov—but she’s a beautiful woman, she’s talented and they figure she’s got everything so she doesn’t need nothing else. I think she needs the proper accolades because she’s an inspiration.”
You can watch Kanye’s full interview on the next page.
Fashion statement, or bad parenting move? Many people are speaking out about baby North West’s “BabyYeezy” bulletproof vest she wore while watching daddy, Kanye West’s Adidas fashion show, with mommy, Kim Kardashian, reports The Daily News.
The one-year-old wore what Kardashian tweeted was “BabyYeezy” bulletproof vest.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 17, 2015
Maybe Kayne was inspired by the controversial “Vest or Vote” campaign by social justice group The Dream Defenders last year in which the group took out ads of featuring kids wearing bulletproof vests. It was a very graphic effort to get out the vote for the midterm elections n Florida.
Whatever is inspiring West’s fashions most attendees at his New York Fashion Week show were not too impressed. Not even North, who cried during the show.
“Kanye West wants to be a fashion designer. And he wants it really badly. But the reviews are in on his most recent collection and the result is…meh,” reports The Daily Beast. All around West got thumbs down for his line, which some dubbed Walking Dead wear.
Wearing shredded clothing in drab earth tones, the models made a depressing march down the catwalk. The clothes may in tatters, but the price tag isn’t. One sweater by West costs $600.
It’s not that West hasn’t had a successful turn in fashion. His show brands, from Nike to Adidas to Louis Vuitton, have consistently sold. But his clothes designs left much to be desire.
Should he leave his day job? Knowing West, he won’t give up.
Even a blind man can see that Kanye West is madly in love with his wife, Kim Kardashian, but the “Bound 2” rapper admits that forming a relationship with his dream girl came with a price. According to the designer, most of his fashion friends wanted no parts of Kim and when the two hooked up, they distanced themselves from him.
“Soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars. And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it to me,” he told Style.com
However, according to West, things eventually changed for him, but this turn-around didn’t come without effort.
“She was always my muse, now she’s become other designers’ muses,” he expressed. “The so-called traction that I was getting in the high-fashion world was completely thrown out the window and I was finally allowed to go to school.”
“Every day I was in my mom [Kris Jenner]’s house, in my little brother’s old room, Rob’s old room, re-tailoring a Céline skirt, re-tailoring a Saint Laurent jacket, re-tailoring a Zara top, re-tailoring Wolford … And day by day by day, [Kim and I] learned, we got better. We looked at the photographs together and she improved my style, we improved each other.”
Despite the rockiness encountered on the road to romance and fashion, it seems that West wouldn’t trade the experience for the world because through it all, he found his “purpose.”
“I didn’t know who I was until I had a daughter,” he admitted. “And then I realized that the purpose of life was to protect her and my wife at all costs. And that is who I am.”
Check out Kanye’s full interview here.
The most ignorant word in the English language might have to be “classy.”
We often use it as an adjective to describe refinement and respectability. However, I wrote before about the term also being used to justify and even mask some pretty despicable behavior from folks. This time around, it’s being used to encourage slut-shaming.
We all know how slut-shaming works: Basically, a woman can be an ax-murdering, tax-cheating, baby-kicking, don’t-know-how-to-fry-a-piece-of-chicken-worth-a-damn bogey(wo)man, but she better not have had sexual relations with multiple men outside of a good religious-based marriage (with a man), or else, she’s a slut. And there is nothing worse for a woman to be in the world than a slut, right?
Hell, you don’t even have to be promiscuous to be considered a “slut.” Sometimes a shortened hemline can get you that label. Sometimes it is how you talk or even where you were born, which could result in you wearing the scarlet letter. You can just be an attractive woman in a space where men are scarce and be hit with the “slut” label. I was actually called a “dumb slut” one time for cutting a guy off in traffic. Try to make sense of that one…
But while it is true that every woman in society has to maneuver around the landmines that can get them labelled as sluts, it is also true that “class” is often used as a shield to protect some while also being used as a tool to oppress others: like women of more marginalized identities.
I see much of that at the center of the Amber Rose and Khloe Kardashian Twitter/Instagram beef. Rose, who used to date Kanye West, who is now married to Kim Kardashian, called herself standing up for her new BFF, Blac Chyna, who has a child with rapper Tyga. In case you missed it, Tyga is allegedly getting a little too close with 17-year-old Kylie Jenner, the younger sister of Kim Kardashian, who was Chyna’s good friend at one time.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Rose says this:
Amber Rose: “She’s a baby, she needs to go to bed at 7 o’clock and relax. Nah, I’m over that. That’s ridiculous. He should be ashamed of himself. That’s how I feel, for sure.”
Angela Yee: “What happens if you run into them in LA?”
Rose: “I ain’t speaking to them. At all. That’s ridiculous He has a beautiful woman and a baby and left that for a 16-year-old that just turned 17. Like, hah. But guess what, that’s up to her and her mother.”
I get Rose’s point here. This is a grown man who broke up with the mother of his child only to turn around and pal around with an individual who hasn’t even come into adulthood yet. There is something predatory in all of it that bothers me. If I were Kris Jenner, no way would I want Tyga, who clearly has issues he needs to sort out internally, to be around my impressionable child. And if these were non-celebrities with non-celebrity identities, I think a whole lot of other folks would likely feel the same way about this situation too.
However, Rose’s last thought about it all being “up to her and her mother” is what she probably should have stuck with when asked to comment about their relationship. After all, none of this is any of her business. You don’t see Blac Chyna saying anything and sticking up for herself. Matter of fact, when the beef started, it was Chyna who sent out an Instagram message about how “unbothered” she was with the whole dust-up (some best friend she is…). So why is Rose being so messy?
Me thinks there is tinge of jealousy and envy simmering beneath the tweets. As noted in an article from Complex, in the same interview, Rose made some equally side-eye worthy remarks about another Kardashian sister. In particular, she tells the Breakfast Club:
“When Kim first came out, I was like, ‘Who the f**k is this Puerto Rican girl with Paris Hilton?! This b***h is beautiful!’ Yeah, I thought she was Puerto Rican, I’m from the East Coast. So, that’s initially what I thought of Kim. I was just like, ‘Wow, this girl’s amazing.’” So, what changed? “But it’s just sh*t that I see her do, like she posted a selfie, and she had like one of her boobs out of the bra or whatever. It’s just fake to me,” Rose said. “If I wanna have my titties out, on a beach, that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. “I’m not gonna have my titties out and be like, [impersonating Kardashian] ‘Oh my god! I can’t believe like, uh, they caught me with my boobs out!”
Well that might be because the masses don’t react the same way to a bare-breasted Rose as they do to a naked Kim K. And that is no shade. Both are beautiful women with exceptionally crafted bodies, but as Awesomely Luvvie once wrote, The Kim Kardashian Model doesn’t work for black women.”
In other words, while a topless and bottomless sex tape made by the daughter of a late high-powered attorney is viewed as shocking, cheeky and even artful, a nude Rose is not. Why? Because it’s not viewed anywhere out of the normal realm of what we kind of expected from a biracial former exotic dancer from the low-income part of South Philly. Therefore, no one is going to care too much if Rose is on the beach topless, because in the minds of the masses, she never embodied the ideals of what we deem as “classy” anyway – even if the “class” we are talking about here is who has access to selling “respectable” yet s*xy images.
And that has to rightfully bother Rose, who makes her living off of her image, especially her body. Truth be told, she should have been the one who #BrokeTheInternet with that viral and history-making editorial styled by Jean-Paul Goude. Hell, she has the better and more natural form, with the legitimate genetic roots. But that pesky white woman privilege got in the way of all of that. So once again, it is Kim K’s sexuality that gets endorsed and institutionalized by the system, while the blogs are debating if the pictures of Rose standing on a balcony overlooking a beach in a string bikini makes her looks like a classless slut, or worse, a classless slut and bad mom.
According to the Huffington Post, a study published last year in Social Psychology Quarterly has revealed “that when a particular group of women call each other ‘sluts,’ it has little to do with perceived or actual promiscuity, and everything to do with social class.” I can definitely see that. And I’m sure that’s what Kylie’s big sister Khloe meant to highlight when she decided to fire back at Rose in a series of tweets for meddling in family business. In particular, she writes in two tweets:
“’I was a stripper since I was 15 years old,’ Amber Rose told Foxx. Please don’t worry about my sister who has a career & her sh*t together at ONLY 17…people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. (2) Please stop talking about us in interviews mama. None of us talk about you.”
To which Rose would respond:
“I’ll be that lil whore to support my family like ur older sister is a whore 2 support hers. We’re even”
Well, those are just fighting words. And that’s what happened for the rest of the afternoon. The two “celebs” traded jabs, memes and old leaked pictures about who was the sluttiest of them all. A winner in the slut wars has yet to be declared, but it was clear that Rose definitely was in her feelings.
And who could blame her? If Rose was stripping since 15 years of age, then she didn’t have the privilege of protection, which Kylie has in her life. And I’m guessing the same can be said for Rose’s BFF, Blac Chyna, who started her dancing career supposedly at 18 years old. There was no silver spoon in place to pay off media, clean up images and pad her fall in the event that Tyga tried to screw her over and leave her as a single mother. Everything for those two has been a grind upwards. And while Kylie’s decisions are respected by the public at large as an exercise in being sexually liberated, unfortunately, we haven’t really come around to seeing either Rose or Chyna, who are adults now, as anything more than glorified sluts.