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Franchesca Ramsey On Dove’s #SpeakBeautiful Initiative And Why It’s Important To Take Time Away From The Internet As Much As Possible

October 21st, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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honored to share the stage today with these inspiring women for @Dove's #speakbeautiful kick off event! #DovePartner

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Did you know 72 percent of girls face bullying and negativity online, which hugely affects their self-esteem? In an effort to boost their emotional intelligence and confidence, Dove launched the #SpeakBeautiful squad, where powerful women in the science, entertainment and media industries come together to teach pre-teens tips on how to conduct themselves on the internet.

To help with the brilliant initiative, Dove asked Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter, Parenting expert Jeanette Kaplun and the host of MTV’s Decode, Franchesca Ramsey, to share a special lesson for the girls to learn. Ariel taught the girls how to be an up-stander instead of a by-stander, especially when they see bullying online. Jeanette Kaplun gave pointers on how to take your power back with a selfie, telling the girls they must define their worth instead of looking for it in likes, comments or rates (systems where teens score each other based on appearances). And Franchesca, who was dubbed the “word wizard,” gave insight on the importance of knowing how the language you use online can affect your reputation and harm someone else.

In our interview with Franchesca, she revealed the importance self-care, her thoughts on women using misogynistic language and who from FX’s Atlanta and ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder would make the best Democrat and Republican presidential nominees.

MadameNoire: You use the internet and social media extensively in your line of work. What self-care tips do you use when you have a chance to un-plug?

Franchesca Ramsey: It’s important to take time away from the internet, as much as possible. For me, I love working out and my husband and I do it together in the mornings! And it’s really our time to check-in with each other but it’s also our time to really not think about work or what’s happening on the internet. Self-care is really about taking care of you and focusing on feeling good about yourself–mind and body.

MN: We wrote about a study that found women using misogynistic language the most on the internet. What are your thoughts about that?

FR: That’s really disappointing to hear but in some ways not surprising because we live in a world that sends a lot of negative messages about being a woman so it’s hard to not internalize it. I think a program like #SpeakBeautiful is so important when I hear about [a study] like that because it’s really important for us to speak positively about each other, ourselves and the world around us. So, the first thing we need to do is work on feeling good about ourselves and reflect that online. So, when you have that girl friend who’s saying those negative things about herself, to really speak to her and say, “Hey! You’re awesome. There’s no reason why you should say you’re ugly or whatever negative thing that it is. It’s important we encourage and uplift each other.

MN: Sound advice! So, let’s play a game! Pick Presidential candidates and their vice presidents using characters from the hit shows, Atlanta and How To Get Away With Murder.

FR: For the Democratic presidential candidate, I would pick Earn and his vice president would be Paperboi, of course. For the Republicans, I would pick Frank as the presidential candidate and Laurel would be the vice president.

#WeAreOrlando: MTV To Air Special True Life Episode Dedicated To Pulse Shooting Survivors

July 28th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Honoring the survivors and victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre June 12, MTV will be premiering a special True Life series titled, We Are Orlando. Set to premiere on August 15, four survivors will open up about how they are mentally and physically rehabilitating after the traumatic event.

Tony Marrero, 32, who was shot four times, reveals how he was able to escape but shared in the documentary that he lost his best friend, Luis Velma, 22. “People think that because I got released from the hospital and I’m in rehab right now, that I’m OK. I’m not OK, and [it’s] not only physical. I can’t even start with mentally,” Marrero told MTV’s production crew.

Also featured in the episode are Joshua McGill, Patience Carter, and Tiara Parker. Patience and Tiara lost their best friend and cousin Akyra Murray during the shooting and Joshua, fortunately, left the Pulse premises as soon as he heard gunshots but came back to help victims who had been shot.

Watch how their lives are unfolding in the trailer for We Are Orlando, below.


h/t Cosmopolitan

10 Times BET (And Other Networks) Threw Shade

May 26th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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If you’re going to throw shade, you want it to be epic, especially if you’re throwing shade on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other forms of highly visible social media.  Shade is the not so secret key ingredient to countless diss tracks, Twitter beefs, and celebrity feuds.  There’s no magic formula, but the right amount of shade can also translate to countless views, likes, retweets, follows and overall activity all up in your mentions (not to mention, news stories on all of the entertainment shows).

No one is safe from the shade.  I repeat.  No one is safe from the shade.  Case in point: TV networks are even getting in on the action.  Whether they’re dissing other channels or fellow competitors, awards show performances or rehashing old celebrity beef, numerous popular TV networks have proven that they’re perfectly capable of stirring the pot with epic shade and disses.  Sometimes the disses work, other times, they backfire.  Here are some prime examples of shade thrown from the most unexpected of places–your favorite networks.

First Look: “MTV’s True Life: I Had My Cousin’s Baby”

December 30th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Since its debut in 1998, MTV’s “True Life” has remained an award-winning success by unveiling the unconventional lives of young people across the United States. Still living up to the hype in its 2016 season, “True Lifes” latest episode: “I Had My Cousin’s Baby” will follow two women who decided to pursue romantic relationships and become pregnant by their cousins.

One of the women featured in the episode is Alexis (pictured above). She is six months pregnant with her cousin Andrew’s baby and while she prepares for motherhood, she is also trying to collect bail for him. As she petitions their family members to help with the fee, Alexis feels hopeless because they cannot ignore the nature of her relationship with Andrew.

While Alexis struggles for her family’s help and approval, another woman named Grace has decided to move across the country to Los Angeles with her husband/cousin Dylan and their two children. Since their marriage has severely fractured their other family relations, the two hope their marriage and family will receive acceptance in the West.

But will it?

Below is the sneak peek of the episode. Be sure to tune in on MTV on December 31, 2015, to catch the full episode.

#TBT: Amazing MTV Unplugged Perfomances You Forgot About

November 26th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In 1989, MTV debuted their critically acclaimed show, MTV Unplugged! The series was centered on award-winning musicians performing their music without using amplified instruments (such as the electric guitar or synthesizer).

Two years after the Unplugged series began, Paul McCartney recorded and released his “unplugged” performance, becoming the first major artist to release an MTV Unplugged album for the series. Thanks to him, fans received the opportunity to purchase the savory  acoustic renditions of featured artists’ performances.

Since it’s #ThrowbackThursday and we’re being thankful, reacquaint yourself with the performances that made MTV Unplugged an iconic phenomenon. You’ll also see how much your favorite artists have changed over the years, too!

The West Wing: 10 Things That Would Happen If Kanye West Were President

September 1st, 2015 - By Alexandra Olivier
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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.

Tragedy: How Kanye West Reduced His Entire Career To The Taylor Swift Incident

August 31st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

Remember That Time Beyoncé Announced Her Pregnancy? 15 Epic VMA Moments

August 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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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.

Show ‘Em How It’s Done: Nicki Minaj Will Open The MTV VMAs

August 29th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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When Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” music video was not included in MTV’s VMA nominations for Video of the Year, Onika was not a happy camper.

The rapper explained her disappointment in their choice tweeting, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it.”

Aside from her sentiments on the so-called “snub,” Nicki hasn’t written MTV off. According to the network,  the Head Barb in Charge will kick off Sunday night’s show with a special performance.

Minaj opened the VMAs last year with a cheeky performance of “Anaconda” and a melodic performance of “Bang Bang” alongside Ariana Grande and Jessie J. There has been no word on what Nicki’s set will include, but we’re sure she’s going to bring it.
The 2015 MTV VMAs will air live on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

Nicki Minaj Skirts Race Issue Discussing VMA Firestorm On GMA

July 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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When Nicki Minaj expressed her frustration about MTV failing to nominate “Anaconda” for video of the year, we immediately assumed she referencing an issue of race. MTV has a very long history of pushing Black artists and other artist of color into the margins.

The story dominated the news cycle, particularly when Taylor Swift came out asking Nicki why she was coming for her, when she had been nothing but supportive. You know the mainstream is always here for Taylor’s victimization.

But before her performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Nicki addressed the Twitter discussion. And her comments made us wonder if this was about race at all…

Read the excerpts and then watch the entire interview below.

Well, first of all I spoke to Taylor Swift yesterday on the phone. She was super, super sweet and she apologized. She said, ‘You know look, I didn’t understand the big picture of what you were saying but now I get it.’  

So we’re all good. 

I was just saying– I posted something on my Instagram and it just showed the stats of other videos that had been nominated previously and there just seemed to be a little funny business going on.

“Anaconda” had such a huge cultural impact and on top of that we broke the Vevo record. So, this is actually my third time breaking the Vevo record and Anaconda, therefore should have been nominated for it. And I do think that if it was one of the pop girls, they would have had many nominations for it. 

I think I got two nominations for Anaconda for female and for hip hop but it should have been for the year. 

I think that we just have to have both images for girls. We can’t have only one type of body being glorified in the media because it just makes girls even more insecure than we already are. 


In addition to mentioning body type and pop in her initial Twitter rants, she also said:

“I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pope culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.” 

She later deleted that tweet.

During her comments this morning, she softened her language a little bit, referencing body types and pop vs. rap. It’s coded and watered down a bit for the White folks but the implications are still the same. Pop= White, Rap= Black. Slim bodies = White girls. Thicker bodies=Black girls.

But maybe the predominately White crowd and White host weren’t ready for the race talk.

What do you think about Nicki’s explanation on GMA? Do you think people will understand the greater, deeper, racial implications behind her message or will they be lost in the sauce?

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