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“He Was Like, ‘What Are You Doing?'”: Tiny Finally Opens Up About Changing Her Eye Color And What T.I. Thought About It
Something that brought Tiny Harris so much joy has also brought her a lot of controversy. You already know the story behind Tiny taking a trip to Africa (she didn’t specify where exactly) to get a procedure done where her eye color was permanently changed from brown to ice gray. Despite the possible complications that could arise (including “glaucoma, cataracts and corneal problems”), she told ABC News in a new interview that she feels good about the procedure and hasn’t had any trouble since having them changed two weeks ago. Here’s how the medical-grade silicon ended up in her eye, according to the singer and reality star:
“They go into the eye and they make a little slit. They take an implant and it’s folded up. They open it [and] spread it over your eye.
They told me that the procedure was going to be quick, five to 10 minutes an eye. They woke me up. It was very blurry, then it kind of fades in.”
After the procedure was finished, Harris said that she loved what she saw (“They are amazing”). But getting it done wasn’t something her husband, rapper T.I., was necessarily all for.
“He was like, ‘What are you doing?’ But he loves them. He’s OK with them as long as they’re healthy and I’m not having any problems.”
So what does she have to say to the public, who criticized her heavily for surgically altering her eye color?
“I just wanted to do something different. And I have the right to do that. It’s my body.”
You have to give her credit for being so open about all this. While I wouldn’t dare mess with my eyes (hell, they struggle enough as is), if I were her, I probably would have just done it and just left people to guess about it. But hey, in her case, why hide what you’re proud of…?
Check out her chat with ABC News and discuss.
T.I.’s latest CD, Paperwork, has surpassed sales expectations. The album debuted at No. 2 proving the King is back. It sold 80,000 copies in its first week, reports Rap Up.
According to Billboard, industry forecasters had predicted the album would sell just between 65,000 to 70,000.
Paperwork is the rapper/actor’s tenth album and features guests spots from Pharrell, Usher, and Chris Brown, sold 80,000 copies in its first week. It follows 2013′s Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, which also debuted at No. 2 with 179,000.
Paperwork is the first in a series of albums the rapper plans and T.I. has already announced the next two albums will be The Return and Love and Liability.
Hip hop newbie Logic landed in the No. 4 slot, selling 73,000 copies of his debut album Under Pressure. And 82 percent of its total sales were through digital retailers such as Google Play, who discounted the album to $3.99.
Considering the recent drop in rap music sales, these two releases proved that hip hop is far from dead. “This week sees an improvement from last week as far as hip-hop albums on the charts are concerned, with five albums cracking the Top 50, as opposed to last week’s four. Childish Gambino’s Kauai has ended its three-week run on the charts, while T.I. and Logic’s albums are newcomers to the charts this week,” reports XXL. And three albums from the previous week stayed on the charts–The Game’s Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf (dropped 15 spots to take No. 23), Jeezy’s Seen It All (stayed at No. 38), and Lecrae’s Anomaly ( No. 44).
Beyond hip hop, Chris Brown’s X nabbed the No. 29 spot, selling 9,991 copies of his sixth studio album. Boyz II Men’s Collide debuted at No. 35, selling 7,688 copies of their album, while Keyshia Cole’s Point Of No Return album was in No. 50 spot, selling 5,562 copies.
Whenever I talk to people about “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle,” I often hear the same thing over and over when it comes to the kids: “I looooove Major!” Yes, the littlest Harris is a big hit with people because, well, he’s adorable, and he already has quite the personality. So I had to share with you how the 6-year-old celebrated “Celebrity Day” at his school this week (all we had was Twin Day and Wacky Tacky Day when I was in school…). Out of all the celebrities in the world, Major decided to dress up exactly like his father would for the big occasion. Check out what both Tiny and T.I. had to say about Major getting his Hustle Gang on:
My lil buddy Major had celebrity day at school today… Guess who he went as?… Lol #ProudPops #FamilyHustleorDIE A photo posted by @troubleman31 on
My Majorbaby don’t need no filter he looking just like a celebrity I know!! For celebrity day at school!! #mybabyboy A photo posted by Majorgirl (@majorgirl) on
Major definitely nailed it!
T.I. Speaks On His Chat With Snoop Dogg To End ‘Beef’ With Iggy Azalea, And Tells Iggy’s Haters To “Kick Rocks”
We had the chance to check out T.I.’s album listening party for Paperwork, hosted by Hot 97, and as usual, the rapper was quite entertaining. In between playing new tracks from his ninth studio album, T.I. took questions from fans through Ebro Darden about life outside of the music. One question that was asked of him was what he said to Snoop Dogg to quell the rap veteran’s social media squabble with Iggy Azalea. T.I. is Iggy’s mentor, in case you weren’t aware. The rapper admitted that he didn’t have to say much because Snoop had basically decided before their call that things went too far.
“First of all, I have the utmost love, admiration and respect for Snoop, so the conversation never began or made its way to that. It was just like, ‘I’m in the crossfire big dog, what’s going on? [laughs] I can’t dodge many more.’ When I called him, after ‘What’s happening!’ he was like,’Heeeey, I know what you’re calling for. I know what you’re calling for and guess what? It’s over. It’s nothing.’ Me and him have a longstanding relationship. The only real elaboration was, the man just said ‘Hey, it was a joke that went too far. It ain’t nothing, for real. It’s over.’ And then I went to, ‘So how’s the kids?’ When Snoop says it’s over? It’s over. My sister man, she’s ‘voiceterous’…She’s outspoken, you know what I mean?”
No, “voiceterous” is not a word. But back to the matter at hand.
When speaking on Snoop and Iggy squashing their drama, T.I. was also asked about the femmeC being a polarizing artist. Some people either really like her or they can’t stand her. For the latter folks, T.I. had a message:
“Who cares about them? For real, success speaks for itself. In this day and age, if the only thing you have to speak down on a person about is their race or whatever it is, or their accent? C’mon! Does anybody come at Idris Elba for not really sounding like Stringer Bell? This is a part of art. Ya’ll gotta realize what art is. Do you want someone to just get in front of you? Or do you want someone to entertain you and really put on a show to the best of their abilities? That is what’s most important. The time, effort, energy, thought and application of skill that goes into her art, that is what is important. All that other sh*t, the blasé blasé woop de woop, man, go on with that! Because that’s not important. That’s a small voice in a crowded room. Imagine if you pack out Madison Square Garden and you got Jay Z about to walk out. If there’s one itty bitty voice in the corner saying ‘That ni**a ain’t sh*t,’ for real, it’s like, what is this voice over here?! [laughs] At the end of the day, beat it, cuz. Kick rocks with no socks.”
You can check out some of T.I.’s thoughts from the listening party, specifically on Snoop and Iggy’s situation, below.
I was hoping that the Instagram/Twitter sparring between Snopp Dogg/Lion and Iggy Azalea would result in both of them verbally punching each other until they got exhausted and had no other choice but to retreat to their corners to have a damn seat. But alas, the fuckery never tires…
Seriously, there are no winners in this situation.
For one, Snoop Lion is a lying ass lion – pure and simple. He targeted the girl in a meme. Now, whether it was for play or for real (more on that later), is debatable. Point is, old girl was offended. And being the more mature one of the two, he could have easily cleared the entire situation with an “My Bad, I wasn’t trying to offend…” or “I didn’t mean it like that…” But instead, he basically goes ape-shit on her some more.
Now granted, some of the back and forth between the two was pretty funny (you got to give Azalea points for the picture of Snoop under the caption: When Your Drug Addicted Aunt Gets Clean jab), but some of Snoop’s rhetoric was unnecessary aggressive and just flat out mean. And it is quite hypocritical considering that his original defense to all of this was that, he “was only jokin.” But it stopped being funny after Azalea spoke up for herself and even had the gall to throw a couple of insults of her own in his direction. Then it turned personal for him. And then came the threats of further harassment if Azalea didn’t learn that she “Betta not say shit.”
Snoop’s violently antagonistic reaction is a powerful reminder of just how dangerous the ego can be. Also misogyny. As there is little doubt that his passionate responses to her, which got less funnier by the tweet, was being fueled by a broken ego, further shredded by a woman with enough gall to stand up for her self – and to a man. And while some folk might want to dismiss it all as usual business within rap beefs, I highly doubt that Snoop would have even called out a male rapper on Instagram like that, even if he was only joking. And I highly doubt that he would have let the “joke” get this far if this too had been a male rapper. He probably would have respected the other man’s frustrations and likely apologized – much like he had after T.I reportedly stepped in to mediate the beef.
And while none of us should be surprised that a man, who is responsible for such classic women-empowering songs (snark for those, who don’t know) as “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None),” might be a little misogynistic, he does not get a pass for misogynous behavior just because he is known – and celebrated by most – for his misogyny. Moreover, while I’m not feeling Iggy Azalea one bit artistically, I think she had Snoop’s entire behavior pegged right when she tweeted out: “its like the guy that asks for your number and then says you ugly and a bitch when you say no…”
With that said, she is neither hero or saint in this situation. While it is undoubtedly true that Snoop acted horribly, I’m not sure of exactly why she was mad in the first place?
Granted, Snoop compared her untouched face and facial features to an albino makeup-free Black woman with corn rows, but how is that a bad thing? And what about the comparison was so offensive? The albinism? Or the Blackness? Or maybe even the cornrows? No seriously, why was she mad?
What’s most perplexing about Azalea’s angst here, is that there was another way to take this meme. Basically, it could have also been read as a compliment, saying that she might be a White blonde-hair Australian, but beneath it all she is just one of us. You know, down? Now, I’m not necessarily a fan of the Black pass, but some Black folks have been praising culturally-appreciative, “cool” White folks like that for many years (ahem, Teena Marie…).
And sure the message within Snoop’s original joke might have been audacious, but Snoop is not Afternoon Tea the Dorchester. Snoop is Hip Hop. Therefore, I would think that a fellow emcee within this audacious space – particularly a rapper, whose entire career thus far has centered around mimicking the cultural and aesthetically distinctions of certain Southern Black woman – would feel a tinge of honor with being compared to said imitated Black woman.
Even if Snoop meant it offensively, which is admittedly is arguable, she could have turned it around on Snoop and discussed all the ways in which he missed the mark with that joke. Black women are beautiful. Albino women are beautiful. And we are all worthy of respect. But instead she got mad. And not just regular mad, Azalea put a cape on it and got super-mad within an entire Twitter rant about how he allegedly betrayed her – for calling her a Black woman. Nope, neither of the two here deserves any bit of sympathy here.
What I see in this beef isn’t so much how Black women have been left to their own devices against similar attacks levied at them while everyone in the world seems to want to step in and defend Azalea, which has been rightfully pointed out by fellow emcee and abuse taker Azealia Banks. But more so, it’s about how a Black woman is being used as both agitation as well as a source of offense and worse, no one has bothered to apologize or even think about her at all in this matter.
Well, I’m thinking about her. And somewhere in this vast world, I hope this anonymous woman, whose picture had been misappropriated as fodder to fuel this beef, eventually comes forward to burns their records and tell both of these losers to go to Hell.
Last week T.I. traveled to Africa–Tanzania, to be exact–and caused a stir for saying he “ain’t afraid of no Ebola.” (In case you’re worried about Ebola, get the facts.) He is about to cause another stir. The rapper/actor not only performed at the mega Serengeti Fiesta 2014 in Tanzania that gets an average of 500,000-plus people annually, but he also debuted his clothing lines (Hustle Gang, Akoo and Strivers Row) at the Leaders Club in Dar es Salaam.
It seems T.I. took to heart President Obama urging Americans to invest in Africa during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit earlier this year. And why not. Africa is an untapped market for most American companies and it is one of the fastest growing markets globally. So it seems like a smart move on T.I.’s part.
According to Jason Geter, CEO of T.I.’s Atlanta-based Grand Hustle Records, “For us, we are excited to bring our brands to Africa and specifically Tanzania.” The economy of Tanzania is projected to grow by around seven percent in 2014 and 2015, according to the African Development Bank.
“We think this is a great market that is ready for our products and I look forward to not only introducing our designs to Tanzania but also looking at the local fashion scene while we are there,” says Geter.
For the launch, T.I. attended the Pop Up Shop event, where fans had the chance to buy authentic Hustle Gang, Akoo, and Strivers Row clothing. Boutique owners were also there to place orders to sell in their shops, reports allAfrica.
It’s time for T.I to dust off his acting skills. For those of you who don’t know, T.I will star in Marvel Studios’ new super hero movie, “Ant-Man”!
Although the rapper cannot disclose which character he will be playing, T.I did tease fans during an interview with V100.7 Radio. He stated, he would be playing “a superhero’s homeboy”. We’re hoping this superhero in particular is Ant-man himself. In addition to T.I, another familiar face has been cast to the movie, Wood Harris.
We absolutely love seeing African Americans win roles in major franchise movies. In addition to T.I and Wood Harris, Anthony Mackie recently starred in Captain America and Michael B Jordan will play the Human Torch in the The Fantastic Four reboot.
Check out T.I’s interview above.
“Home Of The Brave And Free, Free Just To Murder Me”: TI Drops “New National Anthem” In Honor Of Michael Brown
Earlier this week we told you that T.I. took to Instagram to speak on the unrest in Ferguson. In the first post he spoke about the role “ignoring & mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people” has played in all the protests and fury spreading through Ferguson. But in a second post, he had some stern words for violent protesters and looters taking advantage of this sad situation:
“What I see us doing is just as futile as swinging wildly into the wind,waiting on the air to get tired. One question to MY PEOPLE: What are we changing…Really? Look at us. Destroying our own community, but continuing to spend money in theirs. Refusing education… re-volving in the same cycle of ignorance instead of e-volving out of it. I must admit that I TOO am disgusted wit America’s treatment. I TOO demand change. But Goddddaaaaamn man…. Look at us!!!!!”
But just that quick, in the same vein of Lauryn Hill and J. Cole, T.I. has turned around and put out a song about not only the killing of Michael Brown, but Trayvon Martin and the injustices that black people are dealing with in general. The track is called “New American Anthem,” and I will say that it’s pretty good. As he said on Instagram, “know dis may ruffle some feathers…. But my people need to hear this…. BAD!!!!” At the end of the song, T.I. has some questions that need an answer:
“Let me ask you something. If the kids are the future, tell me why you can get more for being C.O., than you can for being a teacher. Tell me why it means more to the government to pay the people who got to watch over the prisoners, more than the people who got to keep the children from becoming prisoners. That make sense? Tell me why 9 ounces of crack will get you more time than a rape right now. Tell me why them crazy white boys can tote a gun but I can’t right now. Yea I had felonies, I done did dirt in the streets, but I ain’t ever gave it to anybody that didn’t deserve it. You know what I mean? I ain’t ever ran in no public place with no pistol shooting no innocent people. I ain’t never ran in no school, killing no kids. Man this is the result of you refusing to deal with the issues at hand. We are a product of the environment you placed us in…we aint do it…we just lived through it.”
Check out the song for yourself below and let us know what you think:
From The Grio
In an August 7 interview with Chris Witherspoon for MSNBC.com, T.I. addressed the ongoing feuding between female hip hop emcees including Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim.
Minaj allegedly threw “shade” at Iggy Azalea at this year’s BET Awards during her acceptance speech for Best Female Hip Hop Artist.
And last week, Minaj caught the attention of Lil’ Kim after appearing on Beyoncé’s “Flawless” remix and delivering the line, “the queen of rap, slayin’ with Queen Bey,” prompting Lil’ Kim to release a diss record targeting Minaj titled “Identity Theft.”
T.I. said feuding in hip hop is inevitable, especially when women are involved.
“They’re women, okay. All due respect to women … but that’s what women do,” T.I. said. “You can catch women waiting on the bathroom and they are like, ‘what are you doing? I was right here first. What are you doing?’”
“I just think that it’s a competitive sport already in hip hop, and anytime that you have women who have to compete for acknowledgement in the same area … [feuding] is inevitable. But they’re women … let them handle that.”
Read more on T.I.’s thoughts on Yonce’s artistry at TheGrio.com
T.I. recently stopped by “The View,” where he discussed his ninth album, “Paperwork,” rumors that his marriage is in trouble and when he intends to bow out of the rap game. Check out some highlights from his interview below.
On his new album, “Paperwork:”
“It’s different for me just as far as the sound from T.I. that people have grown to know and love. It’s been merged with the new level, ahead of the curve sound of Pharrell Williams. He’s executive producing it. So Ijust think it allows me to approach audiences from a different angle.”
On video vixens knowing not to get too close:
“If you notice, there’s just certain parts of the torso that you got to keep [away from]. Yeah. You know, you give a little shoulder and then bring it on back. Just keep it respectful.”
On rumors that his marriage is in trouble:
“What that mean? As long as they say there is trouble in paradise because trouble is inevitable, but it’s okay as long as paradise is still there.”
On learning to cook:
“You know, I sat around and got hungry one day.”
On when he’ll leave rap to be a full-time actor:
“I have a certain number of albums in my head that I think I may have to still offer the industry and then I’ll pull back and apply my efforts and energy to other areas of entertainment.”
It seems like he and Tiny are going to be okay, which is great news.
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