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Is Missy Elliott Dissing Miley Cyrus On “WTF?”

November 14th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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When the legendary lyricist Missy Elliott released her new song “WTF (Where They From)” featuring Pharrell Williams and dropped a banging visual to accompany it on Thursday (Nov. 12) the nostalgic feels of her iconic status came rushing back.

Her first music video in seven years, Misdemeanor’s die-hard fans rejoiced at her return and the slick video that reprises her role as the eclectic, ever-evolving artist who could make even a trash bag look fashionable.

However, over the praise and cheers she received, Internet trolls were standing on the sidelines waiting to say any and everything to add some controversy to Missy’s grand comeback. No one can deny how sick of a track the Virginia natives created not Missy’s solid flipping it and reversing it dance moves in the video, but some are raising questions about her new single — in particular who the subject of the track may be.

In true social media fashion, the digital streets are talking and saying that Missy is taking shots at Miley Cyrus on “WTF.” “The dance you doing is dumb,” Missy says on the opening of the track. “Stickin’ out your tongue girl/But you know you’re too young,” she continues.

Of course, Cyrus is notoriously known for her outrageous and very uncomfortable twerking performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV Music Video Awards. And as far as the tongue thing, she can’t keep it in her mouth ever. Every photo she poses her, her tongue is the focal point. Slate even pondered the same question that everyone is asking, saying that “there might be a layer of cultural appropriation bite-back involved in the song as well, which might speak to Miley’s statements to The New York Times about Nicki Minaj.”

While some of the lyrics do seem pretty ironic and fit the bill of Miley Cyrus, it’s hard to think that Missy Elliott would really be putting that much energy or thought into a 22-year-old who hasn’t even reached her level of fame or respect.

Myself like many deem Missy Elliott to be on the best artists from the late 90s/early 2000s. I was only just a kid when she stepped on the scene with her super duper fly finger waves, but I knew there was something very special about this woman from the beginning. From her ear for sonically pleasing sounds to her dope fashion sense, Missy has always been an original.

However, I find it unfortunate that her long-awaited comeback is being clouded with fuss about the subject of the song possibly being Miley Cyrus. (And people wonder why some artists are leery about putting out new music.) We all know little girls who are a bit too grown for their age, right?

At the end of the day, Miley is surely the least of an icon’s worries –or so at least I hope.

Nicki Minaj Explains Why She Had To Check Miley Cyrus At The VMAs…And We Get It

October 7th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Nicki Minaj Explains Why She Had To Check Miley Cyrus

Shortly after the VMAs nominations were announced, there was a flurry of lightweight controversy. Nicki Minaj stepped forward to say that she was disappointed to see that the visuals for her song “Anaconda” weren’t nominated for video of the year. She attributed it to the network preferring videos that featured thin women. And she even dropped some realness saying that Black women contribute too much to pop culture for it not to be recognized on the world stage.

All facts.

Afterward, both Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus either questioned or condemned her remarks. Taylor was just confused and she and Nicki were able to come to an understanding later, even opening up the show together.

But it was Miley who made some character judgements about Minaj. And she took them to the media.

In her interview with the New York Times, she repeatedly said that though she didn’t really know what was going on,”There’s a way to talk to people…” and “I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.” She said her comments were not polite and than said Minaj is “not too kind.”

Completely out of line considering Minaj was not directing the tweets at any one artist. She was speaking about the state of the industry.

And Nicki had a few words for her.

We all witnessed the tense interaction when Nicki took the stage to accept her award. After she thanked her pastor, Minaj said, “And now, this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press…Miley, what’s good?’’

MTV cut Nicki’s mike, but, if you read her lips you could see her saying: ‘‘Don’t play with me, bitch.’’

Personally, I thought she was joking. She was not. And she made that point very clear in her recent piece with the New York Times, entitled: “The Passion of Nicki Minaj,” she explained why she had to come for Miley.

‘‘The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’

Yes, Nicki.

It’s about time someone in the Hip Hop industry stopped cosigning Miley’s foolishness.

What’s Beef? Were These Celebrity Beefs Staged For Publicity?

September 12th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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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.

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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.”




Forget Miley: What Exactly Is Nicki Minaj Doing To Promote Diversity In The Industry?

September 4th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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The first time I realized that I have a deep disdain for Miley Cyrus was during this past Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

She has always irked me. To be specific, it irks me when she sticks her tongue out, wears those stupid Lolita-inspired buns, and, you know, makes her annoying music. But her irksome ways never pushed me to the point of disliking her.

I remember going to the supermarket and hearing one of her songs play over the store’s sound system. A man walked past me and said something about how Miley Cyrus is destroying our nation. I guess he expected me to share in his condemnation. But I was like “What? Um, okay. Ha-ha-ha…”

Women always get blamed for the downfall of society, so I wasn’t too keen on co-signing his observations – until I started reading Cyrus’s comments about Nicki Minaj. In particular, the dismissive tone she took towards the rapper’s grievances over the lack of body and other kinds of diversity among this year’s VMA nominees for Video of the Year.

It was this comment, in particular, made in the New York Times, which roused the bees in my bonnet:

I didn’t follow it. You know what I always say? Not that this is jealousy, but jealousy does the opposite of what you want it to — that’s a yoga mantra. People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way. If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.

This was when I realized that Cyrus’s self-proclaimed feminism ain’t all that intersectional. I don’t want to get into all the ways her statement grated at me as I feel that many other writers on this here Internet have done a beautiful job of taking her to task already. But what I will comment on is this idea that Minaj, who, mind you, didn’t come out of pocket in those original tweets, needed to have her tone policed. You know the thing that people do when they can’t defend themselves against a statement and can’t refute it? They blame their inability to do so on how you said it. As if Minaj is supposed to ask polite permission first to be taken seriously.

Still, despite Cyrus’s simple comments and Minaj’s complaints, who really cares? This entire beef is all centered around stupid validation from an already problematic institution (and I am talking about MTV here). And none of it really is having any effect on our lives. I totally get that. But for an artist like Minaj, who is making both money and a name for herself in the industry, it has to burn that her efforts are not being fully recognized. That’s why I get her impromptu call-out of Cyrus during the award’s show.

And yet, as beautifully frank as that call-out was, there is something that kind of bothered me about it all. It has nothing to do with the comments made recently by talk show host Wendy Williams about Cyrus only being a kid. As far as I am concerned, if Cyrus is old enough to talk sh*t to an elder, she is old enough to get called out for it.

But rather, I started to think: Just how committed is Minaj to promoting diversity within the industry?

What I mean is that in the span of her entire career, I have yet to see Minaj promote any new artists, particularly a Black woman artist in the industry. Not a rapper (though there was an awkward compliment given to Dej Loaf at the BET awards). Not a singer (minus an already heavily established Beyoncé). Not a single other Black woman.

According to this Nicki Minaj Wiki page, she has tons of collaborations, including a couple of tracks with Miami-based rapper Trina, and, of course, Beyoncé. However, most of her collaborations have been features on other people’s albums. And the grand majority of those have been with well-established pop (i.e. White mainstream) artists and male rappers. Some of those collaborations include the very people she now denounces.

I remember there was a time when all the popular women who rapped during a particular era would get together and do lady anthems. There was also a time when artists, including the lady ones, would try to promote up-and-coming rappers in the industry. But while Minaj has been good at promoting herself, I can’t say the same about her efforts for others. Granted, the way Lil’ Kim came at her upon her arrival on the scene probably influenced why Minaj seems content on holding the lane just for herself. I get it, but it’s not necessarily right.

So while I agree with her that Cyrus was out of line, I would also have more sympathy for her cause if Minaj was helping to bring more sisters up and along in the industry.


Umm, Where Was Beyoncé? Serious Questions We Have About The 2015 VMAs

August 31st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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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.

The Best And (Mostly) Worst Fashions From The 2015 VMAs

August 31st, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The VMAs are known for shocking moments and insane fashion, and last night’s ceremony was no exception. Sometimes the stars knock it out of the park, and sometimes they fail…miserably. Let’s look at some of the best and (mostly) worst fashion moments from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

You Too Oprah? 16 Celebrity Women Who Tried Pot

April 20th, 2015 - By Deron Dalton
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16 Celebrity Women Who Tried Pot

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Whoopi Goldberg, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are among celebrity pot lovers and are very open about it. Nevertheless, there are many more celebrity women who have at least tried marijuana that some folks probably didn’t know about.

Have Several Seats:15 Celebs Caught Being Racist

February 10th, 2015 - By Rich
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We must admit some of these ‘caught out there’ moments of celebs being racist are quite hilarious (see Chelsea Handler’s grape soda can) while others are heartbreaking (Michael Richards, Paula Deen) because many brown and black folks really adored these stars. But the biggest takeaway from this list were all groups across the board are caught out there? Everybody’s a little bit racist.

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15 Celebs Caught Being Racist

Culture Vultures? White Artists Who’ve Been Accused Of “Trying To Be Black”

November 26th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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Miley Cyrus/Twitter/WENN

As popular and successful as some of the artists are on this list are, they have been criticized for or are often accused of stealing black culture. But do you see it? Check out the following celebs and let us know what you think about accusations that they’re trying too hard to be something they’re not: black.

9 Times White Folks Tried To Claim A Black Trend As Their Own

November 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When you consider the fact this country was founded on the principle of taking from others who had already been there and done that, it’s really not surprising that this behavior is still going on today, in smaller, more passive ways. Oh, don’t get it twisted the government is still figuratively raping and pillaging but that’s another story for another day.

What I’m talking about are the micro ways in which fashion magazines. pop culture websites and mainstream culture adopts vernacular, dances, hair and fashion trends from the Black community and pretends they’ve stumbled upon a new trend. It happens quite often.

Check out a few examples on the following pages.

And for more on this topic, check out the trailer for “Bleaching Black Culture,” which is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon now.