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How Tank’s Twitter Blunder Sadly Propels “The Angry Black Woman” Mantra

October 14th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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Last Friday, singer Tank did something that caused the Twitterverse to burst with undiluted displeasure. He tactfully shared a picture of him and his lovely girlfriend and mother of his child, Zena Foster, who is clearly light-skinned. And since we live in an age where posting pics to depict how sweet life is has become a standard operation, it is admissible for him to let us know that he is happily taken. But then he did the unthinkable. He captioned the picture with a query about why dark-skinned girls are so venomous towards their light-skinned counterparts. Apparently naysayers verbally attacked him after they were privy to the image of his girlfriend.

First off, thank you Tank for finding the perfect way to Set it Off. You obviously knew what would ensue after expressing your frustration at dark-skinned women who as always are seen as the culprit by not only the world at large but by our very own men. So let me break it down for you. There is no rivalry between the darker and lighter hued women, rather the battle is with men like you that enjoy publicly attacking our countenance and belittling our worth for all to see and revel.

We have spent centuries carrying the load that for all intents and purposes should have been reserved for our men, but due to the consequences of historical measures, we were forced to be more than we bargained for. As a result of this early manifestation, we have continued to struggle to maintain the level of balance that women from other races are capable of achieving effortlessly. Perhaps, this is because of the support and basic respect they receive without having to beg or demand it. If only Black women could be so lucky! How different things would be. The “angry Black woman” description would be a contrived and archaic label that holds no immediate relevancy. But alas, we are stuck with the realization that no matter how much we sacrifice, it will never assuage the deepened anger of Black men who seem intent on punishing us for the cracks in the foundation that threaten their temperament daily. But yet, despite the humiliation, rejection and outright disrespect, we soldier on in their defense and dutifully pick up the slack when abandoned and left to the vices of this losing battle.

Tank is confused and fed up with the reaction he received after he posted a picture of his girlfriend. Whatever comments he received from the women who object shouldn’t be regulated as the anthem of ALL dark-skinned women. A handful of opinions shouldn’t be the permission you need to once again regulate us in a negative light while propelling the “victimized” state of light-skinned women who have “suffered” so much due to the unwavering wrath of their darker nemesis. Yes, life hasn’t been easy for these selected women, but at least they have men like you and loads more to console them and assure their dignity in ways that their darker counterparts are yet to fully appreciate.

I am certainly not defying all Black men, but enough of you need to be brought to task and reprimanded for your vocal and emotional callousness. I am a dark-skinned woman and I am content with every facet of my being. Every woman regardless of skin color should feel weightless and confident with her genetic makeup. Trust, there are plenty who look like me and feel the same way I do. I am also an equal opportunity dater, so I could care less how many Black male celebrities latch on to the type of women they feel perfectly compliment their status. I am immune to the shock value that comes with acknowledging how light-skinned women are automatically given access to the “glamorous life” and treated with symbolic reverence. This isn’t “an angry Black woman” ranting and raving – this is simply a proven fact.

That being said, Tank, you are a cowardly troublemaker, who asked a question that you knew would be destructively divisive and illicit a barrage of corrosive remarks, mostly from women that have already been deemed “angry” enough. “Aren’t we all black at the end of the day??” Really Tank? You want to go there? Please don’t tell me that you are completely oblivious to the consistent strife pummeling within our community. If the answer to your question were Yes, then we wouldn’t be challenged with evidence of our displacement nor would there be a constant virus permeating our thwarted spirits which in turn hinders our progress and renders us incapable of overcoming our crippling sedated state.

None of us are ignorant to these occurrences in our society, including Tank and all the other men like him who thrive off of dangling their garnered merchandise in our faces in a manner that encourages retaliation and then have the nerve to question why we passionately reject their overt stance.

For the record, Dear Sirs, Black women don’t have time to be “angry” or bitter, because we are way too busy raising your children, advancing our viability and exploring the options around us that from where I am standing look pretty damn good. Furthermore, trying to engage us in banter involving light vs. dark skin is an exhausted and outdated tactic that yields no results. Save that debate for your attentive girlfriends who have all the time in the world to engage you. The rest of us have bills to pay and careers to nourish.

 

“What Do Dark Skinned Women Have Against Light Skinned Women?” Tank Blasts Haters For Comments About Girlfriend Zena

October 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Me n @zenafoster just have a lot of fun!..lol. #lifeshouldbethatway #stronger

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There’s a definitely a setback to being famous and trying to share the person you love and care about most with the public. While most fans will applaud your happiness, others will scrutinize your relationship, and in some cases, the looks of your partner. That seems to be the case these days for many celebrities (just ask Omari Hardwick and Lance Gross), but it looks like Tank has had quite enough.

While on Twitter yesterday, singer Tank decided to confront his followers about comments made about his girlfriend and the mother of his two children (one is on the way), Zena Foster. It didn’t take long for me to find one of those comments on a picture of Zena:

Tank doesnt want anything to do with black women. “Too much drama” and we probably make up 98% of his fan base smh love his music, but I won’t buy another cd or go to another concert. #bootleg #eyecandy #bootlegeyecandy

I can’t say he necessarily started the conversation with the right question, but he definitely got his followers and fans talking.

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The responses to his question varied. Some of his fans told him not to go there (“smh…@TheRealTank just go ahead and log off now bae. You can’t win this one.”), others agreed with him (“@TheRealTank I agree it’s IGNORANT!! AFRO-AMERICANS have enough to deal with…racial profiling, BWD, COPS the list goes on and on!”) while some told him that it has a lot to do with the behavior of black men (“@TheRealTank or that our men do not want to admit they help with the divide between color within our culture. #gaveintothehypeofwhite”).

But what would your response be to such a question? Was the question poorly worded?

So This Is What Happened When MadameNoire Tried To Work Out With Tank

September 16th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Would you want to work out with Tank? We thought we did until we naively showed up to a New York Sports Club on a Friday a few weeks ago to find a bootcamp-like setup that involved us getting our butts whooped by three of Tank’s trainers for at 30 minutes. And on top of that, we had to learn the dance routine from the TGT singer’s new video. Ladies, the only thing that saved us was looking at these handsome men with muscles push us to our breaking points because this ish was hard! Watch the video and tell us what you think.

Pass Or Play? Tank Serves Maxwell-Like Vocals With “Hope This Makes You Love Me” Single

July 31st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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When we were first introduced to Tank in the early 2000s, he found a place in our hearts with his honest lyrics on “Maybe I Deserve.” As his artistry grew, he went on to earn production credits for working with King Bey, Jamie Foxx, Donnell Jones and Aaliyah. After years of albums, songwriting credentials, and a stint with TGT, Tank is back with a solo jam “Hope This Makes You Love Me” about a man who admits his flaws to his significant other in order to gain her love and trust.

Aligned with a new sound, Tank channels his inner-Frank Ocean by transitioning the production of the song into a new beat. With a Prince-like vocal range, Tank reminds us why he has lasted so long in the industry. “Hope This Makes You Love Me” will appear on Tank’s sixth solo studio album, Stronger. This ear candy-filled album will be released on August 12, 2014! We hope this makes you love it, just as much as we do.

Take a listen below!

4 Kids & Counting: Tank Is Expecting Baby Number Five

July 14th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last summer, we told you that Tank—who is currently the father of four children—expressed a desire to have six more children so that he could have ten in total.

“I want to get married and do it the right way. Do it the right way, maybe have three more and after that three. I love kids, I think the generation is what’s most important. We’ve had our chance to make our choices and they need our lives in time to influence the next generation and give them the right understanding and pour the knowledge into them so that preferably, they can make this place a better place or survive in whatever this place is going to become.”

Well, apparently he’s one step closer to his goal. The TGT singer recently announced via Instagram that he’s expecting a baby boy with on-again, off-again girlfriend, Zena Foster.

The couple’s little bundle is due January 2015. Tank and Zena currently have one daughter together.

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Tank Responds To Young Money Winning The BET Award For “Best Group”

June 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If you watched the BET Awards with us last night, you probably scratched your head in confusion when you saw that not only was Young Money nominated for the Best Group award, they won that thang. For those of you who are out of the loop, Young Money is not a group. They’re a record label. They do not rehearse, perform and travel together consistently like groups traditionally do. It would be the equivalent of calling Motown a group. No, they are a collection of artists.

Also nominated for the best group award were A$AP Mob, Daft Punk, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and  TGT, Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank.

It was odd. And apparently, we weren’t the only ones who noticed. Today, Tank tweeted about losing to the non-group today on Twitter. See what he had to say.

Now, was Tank a little petty saying he didn’t want the award? Sure. Of course he wanted the award or he wouldn’t have attended. But everything else is true. It was a bit of a joke. What do you think about Tank’s tweets? Was he keeping it trill or was he in his feelings and should have kept these things to himself. 

Thug’N B: The 15 Most Thug(ish) R&B singers

May 20th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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They don’t look like the R&B singers your parents grew up listening to but they still can sing. We take a look at R&B’s most thuggish singers.

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In the late ’90s Mr. “Y’all ni**as gone make me” sang about another woman creeping in his bed with the other members of the R&B group Dru Hill before leaving them to go solo. Sisqo released the monster hit “Thong Song” and his solo career took off. Once his debut album Unleash The Dragon was released, Sisqo was everywhere but soon after he a good run, Sisqo disappeared from the scene. Behind closed doors, Sisqo had reportedly knocked up a 14-year-old Kenyan girl who was living in Switzerland and was refusing to pay child support. Dru Hill has been trying to pull off an official comeback for several years now. Dru Hill is currently on tour and expect to release a new album within the year.

“This Is What’s Wrong With The Church Now” Tank Blasts Gay Minister On Instagram

May 13th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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We told you Instagram’s Direct Message feature was going to cause some trouble. And though this is certainly not the first example of someone being put on blast, this one says quite a bit. Recently, one third of TGT, singer Tank, took a screenshot of one of his Instagram direct images and posted it on his account for all to see.

It was a man, who Tank says claimed to be a minister, exposing himself in a video. Tank didn’t delete the video or keep it to himself, he took a screen shot and posted this lengthy message on Instagram.

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I first apologize for this image to all my fans and anybody who sees this! This man is claiming to be a minister and sends this to my DM!! This is what’s wrong with the church now! Misrepresentation of God and who he really is!! This is the devil operating in our sacred place! We can’t allow this ANYWHERE!! I have no problems with homosexuals BUT I do have a problem with this!! What message were you trying to send a straight man “minister”? I hope ur bishop everybody in ur congregation become aware of your actions! If you’ll send this to a celebrity God only knows what ur sending to kids and etc!! The devil is working and this is what it looks like! I won’t stand by and allow it to happen! I will take this down soon, BUT this serves as a warning to you perverts infiltrating our churches!! You’re not welcome!! I pray that God deals with you swiftly and accordingly!!

If you’ve ever been the recipient of an unsolicited genitalia picture, you know the disgust and violation Tank feels. And we don’t have to tell you that someone who claims to be a  man of God shouldn’t be sending video–not photos–but video of his wang to strangers. That’s wrong on a whole ‘nother level.

But we have to say that Tank took things a bit too far when he made the assumption that just because the man was gay and completely inappropriate, that he was automatically a pedophile. That’s a stretch and an unfair characterization to place on someone without proof. Literally, it’s one of the worst things you can call a person.

I will say he does bring up a good point about the church. Gay, straight or somewhere in between there is no part of the “church” game–or the common decency game–that would make it ok for you to send an unsolicited, unwanted picture of your junk. It’s no bueno. Still, I feel a way about Tank putting this man on blast like this. Was the man wrong? Sure. But Tank doesn’t know what type of scrutiny this man might suffer in this alleged church, if he is indeed outed in this way. Basically, I don’t know if Tank should have taken it upon himself to expose this man in what could potentially be a physically or emotionally damaging situation. Revealing his sexuality to his church members should have been a decision he made on his own, if he ever decided to do so.

What do you think about Tank’s comments? Do you think it was right for him to expose the man?

Can’t Get Right: Tyrese Begs Arsenio Hall For Forgiveness After TGT Misses Performance

February 20th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’s always something with TGT. Despite, being nominated for a Grammy for their Three Kings album, there always seems to be something or someone–looking at you Ginuwine– falling through the cracks.

Yesterday, TGT was supposed to perform on the Arsenio Hall Show. But they never made it and left Arsenio scrambling to fill the time he had allotted for them. The group had been invited back after they went over so well with the crowd on Wednesday night. Man. We don’t have to tell you this is unprofessional as an artist and just inconsiderate as a person.

Tyrese felt terribly about it and he issued an apology on Twitter.

 

 

TGT fans responded with mixed reactions. One woman said she flew from Seattle to be in the #LadiesOnly audience in Las Vegas and said she was very disappointed. And others offered words of encouragement saying everyone makes mistakes and commended Tyrese for apologizing when other artists wouldn’t have.

Another fan wrote that Arsenio commented that the studio never smelled so good with 200 women waiting for the group.

He also retweeted Tyrese’s apology, thanked the comedians who came through for him in the midnight hour and the audience full of disappointed women.

 

Arsenio’s being very classy about this. And hopefully he’ll allow TGT to make it up to him. Do you think he should give them a another chance to appear on the show?

Is Tank Right? “Robin Thicke And Justin Timberlake Are Doing R&B Music Better Than Us”

February 13th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In an interview with Black Hollywood Thoughts, TGT member and crooner Tank talked about R&B music. I know we’re a tad bit exhausted by artists claiming it’s dead and that there’s too much sex being sung about, but he made some very interesting points. He talked about why you can’t hear real R&B ballads on the radio these days, why Pharrell’s “Happy” is a real R&B record, and why he thinks Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, the blue-eyed soul singers, are making better R&B than most black folks these days:

The Lack Of Radio Play For Ballads and Real R&B:

Name the last time you actually heard an R&B ballad or even mid-tempo played on mainstream radio. You won’t. It’s not exciting enough to them anymore. We’ve moved out of the age of romance and meeting the mom and the father before you take the girl out. Now it’s Twitter and Instagram and everything’s happening so fast that a ballad actually takes too long for the payoff.

So, people actually really singing is too much to think about. Like, ‘I can’t sing along with that. Where’s the guy with the Auto-Tune? I can do that.’ And people are so far into the state of reality and being able to feel like they’re apart of it that it’s actually them, that if it’s too far above their heads, then they can’t relate.

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We have to get back to making R&B for everybody. Not just for one place in time. Not just for the bedroom. Not just for the bathroom. If you think about it, “Happy” is an R&B record that Pharrell just made. That’s an old school, throwback R&B record. That’s what R&B used to sound like.

We have to get back to that. Making that kind of music. “Happy.” So we can sing on the Oscars, along with Pharrell, who’s–him, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake who are leading the charge in R&B music. We can’t hate! We can’t hate on what it is! The truth is what it is. And Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake are doing R&B music better than us. We need to catch up.

Tank also took to Twitter to elaborate on what he was trying to say after the fact:

“When R&B artist start singing about more than just sex and the club we’ll get our life back!.. #truth”

“Check my singles and get back to me if u have something to say on the subject!.. #ileadbyexample”

“Don’t pick an artist to direct my statement towards! The R&B community as a whole is in jeopardy! We ALL have work to do!..”

I  hear what Tank is saying, but there are actually some very talented people making amazing R&B albums these days that might not get the same shine in the mainstream, and while I love JT (who even writes for Bey and Rihanna from time to time) and can appreciate Robin Thicke, they’re not doing it that much better than a Janelle Monae, a Miguel, a Frank Ocean, a Ledisi, a Solange and more. It’s just easier for them to get their music to the masses and on the main stage at awards and more. But just because someone’s music is not number one on radio (who really listens to radio like that these days though?) doesn’t mean R&B isn’t thriving just because what we hear from those R&B artists on the radio sounds more like pop.

But what do you think about what he had to say?