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Among the mixed opinions and speculation, celebrities such as David Banner, Common and Keke Palmer have all taken to their social media to state their feelings on the shooting of Mike Brown and the aftermath occurring in Ferguson. T.I. and Nelly are the latest in the line of celebs to make some comments.
Some criticized Nelly’s delayed response to the tragedy in his hometown, but he recently took to Instagram to express his feelings and also sat down with VIBE for an interview.
In reference to his untimely response, Nelly says:
“When [the shooting] initially happened, I was in Finland. I don’t have enough information. I don’t know what to say so I said, ‘At this time, my blessings and my strength go out to the Brown family’ because at the end of the day, it’s not an injustice, it’s murder. It’s an injustice if [the officer] does not pay for it.”
He also expresses that he doesn’t agree with some of the reactions that have taken place:
“What we need to do is support the Brown family because we don’t know. We [can't] plan against [the police] that plan and strategize for a living. That’s their job. We got barbers out here. We got fathers. We out here on emotion because these are our babies so you can’t attack from that aspect ’cause you can’t win.”
Nelly says that it isn’t wise to act on our initial feelings:
“We cannot use our last resort first. Now they’re prepared. There is no element of surprise. We the smallest in their world. Black people make up 13 percent of St. Louis. We not making sure we do the right things because we’re so stuck thinking about this shit. We gotta plan ahead. We can’t blame the ones that don’t know better.
There’s three of us in this situation: The ones that don’t know better—can’t blame them ’cause they ain’t seen better—the ones that know better but act like they don’t, and the ones that know better that’s trying to say something but we killing them and they got the best plan.”
Even with all the violence occurring in his hometown, Nelly is trying to stay positive and encouraging everyone else to do the same:
“Keep the peace, keep the focus in mind.”
“The focus is this young man lost his life and he wanted a future, he had a future, so let’s make sure we take the positive out of that, embellish and make sure that young brothers and sisters that came out of this same situation are able to go on and live in his name.”
Rapper T.I. echoed Nelly’s sentiments stating:
“We needed to play chess instead of checkers. We should have waited to see if justice was going to be served first … We shouldn’t have played our strongest hand first.”
I must say the men make a lot of sense. I was very troubled to see people justifying violence and looting because they were angry. Choosing to reflect on the situation and work through your feelings before taking action doesn’t mean you’re defending the police or those who have done wrong in this situation. It simply means that if we hope to make any real change, we can’t keep acting on our feelings destroying our homes, neighborhoods and our culture from the inside out hoping that will make others take notice and change their behavior. I feel like the life of Michael Brown is getting lost in people’s fight for proper media coverage and personal political agendas.
J. Cole and Elle Varner chose not to make any “official” statements, but express their feelings through their art. Check out their singles below:
Who thought they’d see the day when R. Kelly of all people would be jumping on a track with the avant-garde…dutchess…princess maybe…whatever Gaga is, of pop? But it looks like that’s what you can expect from her new album, ARTPOP. Lady Gaga dropped a sneak peek of the song “Do What U Want” for a new Beats Studio headphones commercial with Best Buy. On it, she’s singing “Do What you want, what you want with my body,” and in turn Kells jumps in with, “Takin’ these haters and we roughin’ ‘em up and we lay in the cut like we don’t give a…” The song is definitely a smooth dance track, though it sounds nothing like her current hit, “Applause.”
My expectations for the track weren’t the highest, and of course, the preview is only about 30 seconds, but so far it sounds pretty good. I did a little jig and everything, and it takes a lot for me to do a body roll in my chair. But don’t be too shocked about this collabo, because Gaga has also teamed up with Too $hort, T.I. and Twista for a recent track called “Jewels & Drugs.” As for “Do What U Want,” the full song will be ready to go on Monday, Oct. 21. Her new album as a whole, ARTPOP, will be released on Nov. 11 for the Little Monsters to go gaga over.
Check out the snippet of the track below and let us know if you think it will be hot.
Just when you thought all of the controversy surrounding Robin Thicke’s summer smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” had somehow died down, you find out that there’s more. According to NBC News, five British universities have banned the song from their campus bars, arguing that it “excuses rape culture.”
The student union organizations at Kingston, Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby and West Scotland universities have all axed the controversial track from their campus playlists due to what they have perceived to be misogynist lyrics.
“The song hugely objectifies woman and excuses rape culture. It is a man suggesting that there are ‘blurred lines’ when it comes to sexual consent and that is unacceptable. We felt we needed to take a stand,” said Hollie O’Connor, student union president at the University of Derby.
Hollie went on to say that she received a ton of supportive emails since pulling the song from the school’s playlist and “not one which comes close to a complaint.”
“If I had 1,000 students in one of our bars and only 10 percent felt uncomfortable with the song being played then we’d have failed them.”
A similar ban implemented over at Edinburgh University was set in place by a larger campus campaign to “end rape culture on campus.” According to campaign organizers, “a significant proportion of students and the wider population hold dangerous victim-blaming views about women who experience rape and sexual violence.”
As for the students at Leeds, education officer Alice Smart says, “the lyrics of the song [Blurred Lines] conflict with our core value of equality and our commitment to having zero tolerance of sexual harassment… we have asked our resident DJs to remove the song from their playlists.”
Smart added that although there are many other songs with similar themes and offensive lyrics,”‘Blurred Lines’ was singled out in-particular due to its commercial success and the recent negative publicity surrounding it.”
“D*mn, Why They Wanna Stick Me For My Paper?” Celebrities Who Lost Major Endorsement Deals For Acting A Fool
If Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have taught us anything, it’s that you had better watch your filthy mouth, because it could very well hurt your pockets. But they aren’t the first celebrities to get the boot from a company for acting a complete donkey. Or in the case of some of the celebrities on this list, for just being themselves. Here are 10 who lost lucrative endorsement deals over the years because of their antics.
It still makes me sad to think about how on top of the world Chris Brown USED to be. Back in 2008, he was the guy every mom wanted their young daughters to date, and he was blowing everybody’s mind with his great dance moves and catchy songs. But then that terrible altercation occurred the night before the Grammys in February of 2008, and his fame was forever altered. And of course, he was also hit in the pockets. Brown was dropped as the spokesperson for Wrigley’s gum, and while you might say, “Who cares about some Doublemint Gum?” if it wasn’t for writing jingle for the company, we would never have “Forever” (“Double your pleasure, double your fuuuuuun…”).
So Major And King Have Girlfriends Already!?: See The Season 3 Trailer For “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle”
How can you not love T.I. and his family after two seasons of The Family Hustle? They’re absolutely hilarious, but heartwarming to watch. And despite the “KANG” persona we get to see all the time from T.I. the rapper, it’s nice to see T.I. as the father and head of his household, and doing it oh so well looking after six kids with Tiny. And in this new season of the show, which will premiere on April 8, the Harris family takes Hollywood by storm, goes on a skiing trip (and struggles big time), tries their hand at Nascar and does their usual clowning around from time to time. But a big thing happening in the new season is that the kids are testing the dating pool, including Messiah (see T.I. try and teach him how to do the yawn-and-put-your-arm-around-her move) and Zonnique–who gets the rundown that pretty much no man will ever be good enough. But surprisingly, Major (who turns five this year) and King (nine this year) have found themselves in young love already. I know, crazy right!? Check out the trailer from the new season and let us know what you think. The Harris family is back!
Will you be tuning in? If so, remember to check out the premiere on April 8, 10/9c on VH1.
Exactly one week ago, news spread like wildfire that YMCMB rapper Lil Wayne had been hospitalized after suffering from a seizure. While the reports on Wayne’s medical condition conveyed by the media were very conflicting with the statements released by friends close to the “High School” rapper, the common consensus was the Weezy was in fact hospitalized.
While most members of Wayne’s camp expressed that he was fine and just resting, TMZ reported that the rapper was near death. A tweet was eventually sent out from Wayne’s Twitter account saying, “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.” The tweet was enough to put some at bay, but skeptics believed that Weezy’s camp was hiding something and that there was some truth to TMZ‘s claims. Some even expressed that they wouldn’t believe he was okay until they saw a photograph. Well, the New Orleans rapper decided to give fans something better. He recently released a video blog, thanking fans for their love, alongside his pal and fellow rapper T.I. Interestingly, the video was acquired by TMZ.
“What’s poppin y’all? Tunechi in this b***h. I just want to say thank you to y’all for y’all prayers and y’all concerns and all that. I swear to God I felt that love when I was laid up in that mother f***ing hospital bed. I want all y’all to know that I’m good. A n***a more than good,” he says in the video.
He then went on to plug for his upcoming album, I Am Not a Human Being II.
“Also, my bum a** album still coming out March 26. ‘I Am Not a Human Being II.’ You can go get that if you want. But if not, it’s all good, whatever. Also, I’m still going on tour, America’s Most Wanted Tour [with] my closest friends in the game. Speaking of my closest friends in the game, I got my n***a right here to elaborate on that subject.”
Then enters T.I.
“What’s happenin? What ‘s happenin? You good, I’m good, we good, it’s all good. Ain’t nothing to it. Aye hustle game, young money, partna. I hope you brought money cuz it’s going down [more T.I. jibber jabber] July 5th… Get you some barbecue on fourth come holla at us on the fifth… If I say it and it’s a lie n***a, Popeye a punk.”
And finally, Wayne brings it all back in.
“I’m more than good. But, thank you for real. Thank you all out there for your prayers and all that. I’m more than good. I swear.”
You gotta love T.I.s ability to code switch. On T.I. & Tiny: Family Hustle, he articulates himself so well, but only God knows what he was saying in that video with Wayne.
Skip over to the next page to watch the video update.
TMZ is known for getting the scoop on all things celebrity, most of the time before anyone else knows about it. They have spies pretty much everywhere.
But when they get things wrong, they have a tendency to get it really wrong…and they don’t always admit to their mistakes (often just omitting a sentence and acting like it never happened).
By now, we all know rapper Lil Wayne has been hospitalized for seizures (there were reports that he slipped into a coma but he or someone from the team tweeted he was okay). While his condition was apparently listed as critical, TMZ took it upon themselves to run a story that said Wayne was being read his “last rites” which happens when a person is on their death bed. They’ve since taken the story down but didn’t even apologize for printing something that was incorrect and unverified.
Well, T.I., who is a good friend of the rapper, got wind of the story and he was not too pleased. He took to his Twitter account to let TMZ know that he was…upset. We warn you, the screencapped tweets are chock full o’ cuss words so if that’s not what you want to see, scroll on down.
That was probably putting it lightly. Although his language was extremely harsh, it appears his heart was in the right place. As a family friend, he was trying to shield the negative and incorrect stories from Wayne’s family members.
Hopefully those seizures were not a result of his alleged habit of drinking sizzurp but if so, we’d hope T.I also played the role of big brother is talking to Wayne about giving that up.
Oh how I miss the days of Justin Timberlake singing and dancing around on my TV screen instead of just standing around while talking and trying his best to be a character actor. Off of the FutureSex/LoveSounds album, “My Love” was one of the standout tracks from the album, and definitely one of the most live with its bass-bumping Timbaland beat. The video was fabulous as well with the slick dance moves, the well-dressed men and the sleek way it was shot in black and white. Personally, I was just jamming to the track on the train earlier this morning and it definitely made me want to pull out the old-school body roll. If you need something to put you in the right mood for a long day, you won’t regret checking this chic clip and awesome song out. Happy Friday friends!
Bow Wow’s daughter, Shai, and the Harris family aren’t the only ones getting cute this week. Thought I’d share this photo of Isabella Freeman, the daughter of “My Wife and Kids” star Jennifer Freeman and her ex-husband, Earl Watson. The cutie patootie was spotted shopping at Whole Foods in her denim jumpsuit, pink sandals, and huge floral headband. And my eyes could be tweaking, but I think she’s pushing around a child-size cart. Isn’t she adorable?
Speaking of adorable kids, Bow Wow (who received a lot of heat last week for child support issues and his financial situation) and Joie Chavis’s daughter, Shai, was seen having fun with her grandmother, Teresa Caldwell, this past weekend The little one in her floral dress and bow headband was in vogue with her granny, and Teresa even put her pic side-to-side with her son’s baby picture. As she says: “The same face.” I can see it!
And T.I in his brightest sweater, Tiny and their large family got together for a photoshoot with InTouch where they channeled the Cosbys. With the exception of Zonnique of course, T.I’s genes are very strong in these kids. Did they do the Cosby’s justice?
Though times have certainly changed and we rarely see groups anymore, the groups of yesteryear live on and we sing their songs like they just came out yesterday. When a group broke up, they gave a simple excuse similar to, “Oh, we just wanted to do something different.” Maybe…or maybe not. Check out the real reason some of our favorite groups broke up…