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Is This Picture Of Rita Ora Hugging Up On Jay Z Really That Inappropriate?

May 12th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This time last week, the Met Gala took place in New York City with a lot of fanfare, and thankfully, a lot less drama this time around.

If you’ll recall, after last year’s star-studded and classy event, Jay Z took a street a**-whoopin’ from Solange Knowles over a situation people were never able to get to the bottom of. Many assumed that because Beyoncé allowed her sister to kick and swing at him in an elevator for a quite a few minutes before finally stepping in, the rapper had done something inappropriate.

Fingers were pointed at fashion designer Rachel Roy (she was accused of being flirtatious) and there was speculation of infidelity and marital drama for weeks after the fact. The couple tried to distract people from all of it with their “On The Run” tour. Fast forward to a year later and things seem to be in a much better place for the powerful duo. No more family fighting (just back-to-back white weddings). No more cheating rumors. Just family vacations and walking hand-in-hand. Thank goodness.

So they arrived fashionably late to the Met Gala, went in and enjoyed themselves, and walked out without a care. The only thing people were talking about that night was Beyoncé’s gown and her insane body.

But days later, people have something to say when it comes to the couple’s appearance at the Met Gala, but it has to do with Rita Ora. She is an artist signed to Roc Nation, and a singer known by many for…well, always being pictured at events. We can’t really name a song by her though.

The picture you see above is from the evening of the Met Gala, and it shows a giddy Ora hugging on her boss as he has an in-depth conversation with Diddy. Her chin seems to be on his back, and her embrace, from my vantage point, seems to be one that was meant to be one of those “Surprise!” hugs before the recipient of your squeeze turns around to greet you. It looks innocent considering that she did it in front of everyone, but the fact that such a display of affection was public may also be part of the problem. According to the Internet, homegirl was highly inappropriate at this moment.

“I really think Rita meant no harm but that pic looks bad on her part & makes Jay look even worst. Your suppose to check a female when something like that happens.”

“If ANY woman dares to hug my man from the back, I’m not holding myself accountable for the violence I emit.”

“Maybe she was drunk or overly excited ( for whatever reason), I don’t know. But, this is just too close for comfort. Yes, Rita is like a little sister to both Jay n Bey but uhhhhh, this is a bit much.”

Even your friend Wendy Williams thought Ora was doing too much, but also placed blame on Jay Z:

“A hug is not just a hug. I venture to say that a hug from behind is way more intimate from a hug from the front. Even as a married woman, you can go up and give a man a hug and kiss on two cheeks, and your husband could be standing right there, but you know to create separation and don’t linger. But a hug from the back? Rita Ora knew exactly what she was doing…When you’re married, you have to have your swat game up.”

But some felt it was a harmless hug people have blown out of proportion:

“I think that hug was innocent. Didn’t Jay Z help jump start Rita Ora’s career?”

“I don’t think Rita Ora did anything wrong. I picture her and Jay-Z having a brother sister relationship. I highly doubt Beyonce cares about this photo (which people could and probably ARE taking way out of context) so why do ya’ll care. Sit. down.”

Ora has since had a majority of her Instagram photos bombarded with bees, which only means one thing: the BeyHive has awoken, and they’re piiiiiissed. They’ve told her to “go die,” they’ve made comments about her looks, and they’ve literally just trolled for the past three days. As always, Beyoncé’s fans love to do the most, and it’s not even that serious…

But I must admit, Ora was just a tad bit disrespectful. I don’t think she meant any harm, and I’m under the impression that she has a comfortable relationship with both Jay and Bey. Plus, she’s clearly a fan of Beyoncé. She did her own version of the “7/11″ video, and when asked about last year’s cheating rumors surrounding the couple, Ora quickly came to their defense on “The Breakfast Club”:

“Don’t you dare disrespect Beyoncé like that ever again in your entire life. You should know better than that…that’s just straight-up disrespect. You can’t even go there.”

So she rides for her boss and his wife–she just may be riding a little too hard.

Hugging another woman’s husband from behind is just one of those things you shouldn’t do. You don’t want to give anyone any ideas, and you don’t want to get too comfortable with someone else’s spouse. It can appear as though you’re flirting, even if you swear that you aren’t (just ask Kenya Moore), and it’s like you (yes, I’m talking to you valued reader) trying to hold hands with a colleague’s man, or hugging up on your very married boss. You just don’t do it.

I’m about 1000% sure that Beyoncé was not pressed about this hug (and Solange came to the Gala with her husband this year, so she was distracted and unable to kick a** and take names), so there’s no reason to read Ora for filth. But this is a good example for others when it comes to boundaries and how to behave around someone’s husband or significant other. Since he is her boss and the husband of someone else, she overstepped her boundaries. A light tap to get his attention and a quick hug would have sufficed. And considering that we haven’t even seen Beyoncé display this sort of affection towards her own husband in public, I have to state that it just wasn’t a good look for Ora.

I say all that to say, keep your distance and always remember to have boundaries when it comes to other people’s partner’s, ladies. The last thing you want is to get your reputation dragged, or your wig snatched over a misunderstanding…Don’t start none, won’t be none.

“I Have Four Incredible Daughters” Tina Knowles Lawson Pens Open Letter To Her Children For Mother’s Day

May 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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In honor of Mother’s Day this upcoming weekend, Time magazine asked influential mothers to write open letters to the daughters in their lives. Tina Knowles Lawson was one of those women; and in addition to addressing her biological daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, she also wrote to Kelly Rowland and her niece Angie.

See what she had to say in the letter below.

To Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly and Angie

When I was asked to write an open letter to you, I thought about the hundreds of texts and emails that I have sent to you on holidays and on Sundays, when I ask you to say a prayer to thank God for each other. Every day, I wake up thinking about how much I love, admire and cherish each of you.

I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters. Writing this brought to mind all the ways you guys have been such a blessing to me.

When I’m feeling sad or not-so-cute or maybe a little sorry for myself, and you all include me in your group chat and tell me how hot I still look or how cool I am. Maybe you send me a crazy YouTube video. What actually works best is a cute photo of my grandchildren.

I remember slumber parties after my divorce, when we watched old movies and ate a lot of ice cream. I felt so loved and supported. The roles were reversed, and it was ME who needed nurturing.

I remember my first date when every one of you weighed in on what I should wear.

The obvious things about all of you are apparent. You are all strong, beautiful, intelligent and smart businesswomen. You are so much more than that. You are all kind, generous and you treat people well. You are all amazing mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends. All of you have total self-respect.

Beyoncé, I wish people could see how you are when you’re not in front of the camera or on the stage. How compassionate and kind you are to people, how you look them right in the eye when you speak to them. How hard you work, how generous you are with your time and money. How you don’t care if anyone knows about it because you do it from the heart. I wish they could see you with the Make-A-Wish Foundation kids, how patient you are and how your love has helped to extend lives. Yes, you are a huge star, but you have somehow managed to stay grounded and humble in the wake of all your success.

Solange, I knew when you were born three days late that you would walk to the beat of your own drum. You were always my rebel warrior! Always defending the underdog and fighting for what you believe in. I remember you, at 10 years old, started a petition to remove a bad teacher, and your dad and I were so proud of you. I love that you do not let others define who you are, or what you are. Whether in your music, fashion or your life, you truly are your own incredible, unapologetic person! As tough as you are, you will drop everything to take care of someone you love.

Kelly, I know without a doubt that you were a true gift from God. You came to live with us when you were only 11 years old. You were the sweetest, most kind person I had ever met and you still are. You are also a true survivor. You never give up. Your discipline and drive always inspires me. You make me want to take better care of my body and constantly motivate me to exercise and take time for myself. You have the best listening skills and are a loyal friend to many. I’ve seen you take the jewelry off of your arm and give it to someone because you wanted to make them feel good.

Angie, you are my niece, but we have always been more like mother and daughter! You were always so mature, always challenging me and questioning why. (Fortunately I never believed in the “Because I said so” or “I’m the adult” crap, either.) I always trusted that you would look out for and protect Solange, Kelly and Beyoncé, and you did! You still do sometimes. You are so smart and perceptive, and you see through bullshit right away! You’ve always had our backs. Our own family fixer!! You know I call you Olivia Pope!!!!!

I’m often asked, what was my most proud moment? I would have to say it was at my recent wedding, when all four of you said in your own words that I taught by example and that I helped to make you the women you are today!!!! That was truly my proudest moment!

All my love,

Mom

Beautiful!

The First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray also wrote a very moving letter to her children Dante and Chiara which you can read on the next page.

Put Some Stank On It: Pics From Tina Knowles-Lawson’s Reception

April 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Earlier this week, we posted the absolutely gorgeous images from Mama Tina’s wedding ceremony. But as you well know, after the ceremony, it’s the after party. And with a major musical family like this one, it looks like it was quite lit. Check out some beautiful images that were taken after the ceremony and get your life. 

Since Our Invite Got Lost In The Mail: Inside Tina Knowles-Lawson’s Beautiful Wedding

April 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We seriously root for Mama Tina around these parts. So we were elated to learn that only had she married her manfriend, actor Richard Lawson, her granddaughter Blue Ivy was the one that encouraged the idea. Too precious! And while we wish that we were invited to all events hosted by the Knowles (and Knowles-Lawson) women, that’s just not the way of the world…yet. So, us nosy folks have to take what we can get. And in this case, it’s exclusive photos from People magazine.  First, there’s this one above, which Solange Knowles posted on her IG and you can check out the rest on the following pages.

Solange Business Partner Stabbed 10 Times, Solo By Her Side

April 11th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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We have some pretty disturbing news to report.

Armina Mussa, the business partner of Solange Knowles, has been stabbed 10 times. According to the NOLA.com, Mussa is currently in critical condition at a New Orleans Hospital. Armina has undergone multiple surgeries since the incident.

The business owner was stabbed multiple times by Arronesia Christophe. Christophe told police officers that Mussa yelled at her and attacked her. She stabbed Armina in self-defense. Christophe says Mussa is her friend’s ex-girlfriend.

Since the stabbing, Solange has been by Armina’s side every step of the way. She reportedly dropped everything she was doing to be there for Armina. The two co-own a clothing boutique in NOLA.

 

 

Support Your Sister: Black Women Come To Zendaya’s Defense

February 25th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Though Giuliana Rancic’s apology last night seemed sincere and heartfelt to me, there are still some who are refusing to accept it. But more importantly, other Black women in the limelight who stepping forward to show their support and solidarity.

First, there was fellow loced sister Selma director Ava DuVernay, who wrote this under Zendaya’s initial open letter.

Then “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington commended Zendaya on her open letter to Giuliana.

And finally, Solange spoke about the ways in which the show had been speaking about the fro on the red carpets for years. And she even referenced the time In Touch Weekly compared her hair to a dog. That didn’t go unnoticed. In true Solange fashion, she provided the perfect response for it.

India Arie even released a “Songversation” about this whole thing. See what she said. 


I wanted to jump in and defend Zendaya – but she’s doing that BEAUTIFULLY  herself.

VERY. WELL.  DONE.  It’s a powerful thing to be a TEENAGER in the public eye, and feel empowered to speak up in your own defense. STUNNING!

In my opinion, Entitlement in and of itself, BLINDS people to that very entitlement …  THUS allowing the behavior exhibited.

I’m not calling Giuliana Rancic a RACIST, .. but OF COURSE  it has to do with RACE.   To say it has “Nothing to do with race” .. THAT’S why people get mad.

But lets remember HOW difficult it is for a person of Gullianna Ranci’s social context to really UNDERSTAND how we see race in this issue. How race is a pervasive ISSUE in the entertainment industries as a whole.

We  need more more compassion in this world. Period

So I’m not MAD at Giuliana Rancic I’m SAD at her.  I’m Sad that things LIKE THIS keep happening.

Style To Steal Or Girl, Stop? Black Folks Doing It Big, And Bad, At The 2015 Academy Awards

February 22nd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s Hollywood’s biggest night, and while black folks might not have picked up many nominations (Selma is nominated in the Best Picture category, and “Glory” is nominated for Best Original Song), I was quite surprised to see how many of our stars showed up for the the big ceremony. What are they looking like? I have all their looks for you to see, and talk about, here. So who looked amazing and who didn’t? Let’s chat!

 

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Lupita Nyong’o

In a custom Calvin Klein gown, Lupita returned to the Academy Awards red carpet a year after winning. Her heavily adorned pearl dress with its open back and keyhole detail is one-of-a-kind, and she definitely looks one-of-a-kind on the carpet. And while I like what they’ve tried to with her hair recently, I actually prefer this close, cropped and curled look. Steal!

From A Hot Mess To Hotness: 10 Of The Best Celebrity Style Transformations Over The Years

February 11th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When we first met these stars, they were living and looking a whole different way. All these years later, they’re killing the game with their style, and impressing us with the changes they’ve made to their lifestyle. Whether it was because of love, family, sobriety or whatever, these stars have a new look and a new glow. Winning!

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

When we were first introduced to Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, she was the consistently drunk, tan-obsessed, hair-hump wearing resident of “The Jersey Shore.” All these years later, she has eased up big time on the spray tans, stopped her partying ways, fell in love, had two kids and walked down the aisle. Snooki grew up big time, and her style did as well!

“I Love Her So Much” Solange Posts Adorable Picture For Blue Ivy’s Birthday

January 8th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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The internet may have told you that yesterday little Blue Ivy Carter turned 3. Of course there were hyperbolic comments made about her being heir to the throne, slideshows featuring Blue’s most adorable public moments, even some really entertaining illustrations, like this one:

Solange Posts Adorable Picture For Blue Ivy's Birthday

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But one of the greatest birthday tributes came Blue Blue’s auntie Solange.

But I’ll save the best for last. Before that, Beyoncé posted a picture of Blue Ivy’s birthday set up, complete with an ice sculpture. Check it out.

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See what Solange had to say about her niece below.

It’s almost too much to handle right?

Uncle Sam Don’t Play That: Celebrities In Tax Trouble

January 5th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Solange may have been able to laugh off her tax lien misunderstanding. But Solange isn’t the only celebrity the IRS has been after recently. Uncle Sam has been cleaning serious house. And these celebrities have found themselves seriously in debt.