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Janelle Monae has been outspoken about quite a few things. She’s been vocal in support of Black Lives Matter, penning a song for the movement, “Hell You Talmbout.” She performed at a benefit concert to aid the victims of the Flint Water crisis. And she’s been outspoken in promoting the rights of women.
And now, unfortunately, after the death of her cousin, she’s having to speak out about against gun violence.
Yesterday, the singer tweeted:
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 31, 2016
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 31, 2016
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 31, 2016
Hearing your uncle on the phone while he tries to make sense of his daughter being murdered is the most helpless feeling in the entire world
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 31, 2016
According to the Kansas City Star, Natasha Hays, 37, died when gunfire struck her home at about 3:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Hays three children, ages 14, 16, and 18 were not harmed.
Marco McElwee, who is married to Hays’ cousin said, “She was a hard-working mother of three. She did not deserve this. She did not deserve to be in the predicament she is in right now- for us to be in the predicament that we are in now.”
While a neighbor heard the gunfire and looked out the window to see a gray car with a sunroof and spoiler, speeding away, police have not made any arrests.
McElwee said that Hays worked as a caregiver.
“She spent the majority of her time helping somebody else, and she ended up in a helpless situation. The community lost a good citizen, a good person.”
The family is asking anyone with information about the drive-by shooting to call the police. They are also asking any local businesses or anyone else in the area who has surveillance cameras to submit the video to authorities.
Every death is a tragedy but Monae’s cousin is the latest in a string of relatives of celebrities affected by gun violence. Dwyane Wade’s cousin was recently killed in gun crossfire. T-Pain’s niece was stabbed to death in front of the Walgreens where she worked. And Toya Wright had to bury both of her brothers after they were killed sitting in their car in New Orleans.
Reality star, author and businesswoman Toya Wright’s brothers Rudy and Josh Johnson were killed this weekend in New Orleans according to officers in the city and several news outlets, including Nola.com.
The brothers were discovered inside a car, shortly after midnight on Saturday in the city’s 7th Ward. Both had been shot multiple times and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Toya’s brothers were just two victims of the violence that rocked New Orleans this weekend, as another man was shot to death just an hour later.
At this time, police had not released any information about a motive or possible suspects in the fatal shooting.
In the wake of their passing, Toya posted this memories of her brothers on her Instagram page.
A video posted by Antonia Wright (@toyawright) on
A photo posted by Antonia Wright (@toyawright) on
She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers.
No more hall passes and second chances for Memphitz.
After a five-year marriage that started off good and ended up tumultuous, The Jasmine Brand exclusively reports that Toya Wright is officially calling it quits from husband and music producer Mickey “Memphitz” Wright.
The couple married in June 2011 and have been on a pretty rocky road ever since. Recently, the two appeared on Marriage Boot Camp to mend their failing relationship, but Memphitz’s explosive temper was a clear indicator that their problems ran deeper than any quick reality show could fix.
Toya, who filed the papers on July 8, lists the marriage as “irretrievably broken and there is no hope of reconciliation.” Though the two have been separated for over a year now, that hasn’t stopped the music producer from sharing his love for his ex.
He also posted a meme that gives the impression that he was shocked by Wright’s filing.
A photo posted by Mickey Wright. aka “MeMpHiTz” (@therealmemphitz) on
Still, Memphitz has not responded to the filing outside of Instagram. And in case you were wondering, considering that the prenup (which protects her) is pretty solid, this split shouldn’t get too messy.
Apparently, their issues were too great for Jim and Elizabeth to fix because Toya Wright confirmed her plans to divorce her estranged husband, Mickey “Memphitz” Wright, during a recent radio interview with V-103.
According to the TV personality, who made her debut on “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” Friday, it’s a wrap for the marriage.
“It’s going to be hard to watch and it’s going to be hard for me to relive this situation,” Toya explained to radio host Big Tigger. “This show was filmed a year ago. I don’t know why they waited to so long to release the show, but it is what it is.”
Of course, it appeared that the couple’s marriage was done a long time ago after they appeared on “Untying the Knot,” so it seems odd that they would go on another show attempting to repair the marriage; however, the single mom insists that she really wanted to see if the marriage was repairable — adding that “Untying the Knot” was actually filmed after “Marriage Boot Camp” wrapped.
“We were in a crazy place. When I signed up to do this show, I was in a vulnerable place,” she explained. “I did it with the hopes that we could make things work —at least take the counseling with Jim and Elizabeth.”
Wright went on to say that the show taught her a lot about herself and helped her to realize that she and her soon-to-be ex-husband weren’t a match made in heaven after all.
“I can honestly say after filming this show, I learned a whole lot about myself. I learned about Memph and I. We weren’t as compatible as I thought we were. It was crazy.”
“We’re not together,” she went on. “That’s no secret. We are getting a divorce.”
Considering that one of the more interesting aspects of “Marriage Boot Camp” is the suspense of not knowing which couples will decide to stay together and which ones will divorce, it’s interesting to see that Toya already disclosed how things will end.
Did you check out the new season of “Marriage Boot Camp”? What are your thoughts on it so far?
In middle school and in my earlier years of high school, I played volleyball. And for volleyball we had summer training. And since I hadn’t gotten my license yet, my friend’s older brother would pick us up from our house and take us to volleyball practice at my high school, which, in hindsight, was completely unnecessary since we literally lived across the street from my high school.
But, truth be told, both of us had a thing for each other, so it worked. Every time he’d pick me and my sister up, he’d be bumping something. I remember I was in his car this first time I heard 702’s “I Still Love You.” Usually, he played some jams on our two minute ride from my driveway to the gym. But one day, we got in the car and as soon as he pulled out of my housing edition, he started blasting Three 6 Mafia’s “A$$ and Titties.”
For those who are unfamiliar, the lyrics are far worse than the title. It goes, “A$$ and titties, A$$ and titties, A$$ and titties and big booty b*tches.” Later, one of the group’s members talks about how he’s just got to get his dick sucked. Real classy stuff.
It was pretty awkward. Not only was he the only boy in the car, his sister was riding shotgun. That was a song for a solo ride or for him and his boys riding around. But y’all know high school boys can be a little oblivious. So it was his sister who had to tell him to turn that off. Suddenly, it was as if the words and their meaning started seeping into his head. “Oh! Yeah.” And he switched to something else.
I would end up in his car as I got older and that never happened again. But that moment stayed with me.
I was reminded of it again when I listened to Toya Wright’s interview on The Breakfast Club. Toya told the crew that she’s all about respect. And she doesn’t allow the men she’s dating or the boys her daughter is dating to play derogatory music around them. Charlemagne was quick to remind her that Lil Wayne was her ex husband and father to her child. But she said, it doesn’t matter. And Wayne knows better than to bring that around her.
It was pretty interesting. I guess because the assumption is that if you get with a rapper, you automatically approve of his content. But for Toya, not only is that not the case, she doesn’t even want to hear it being played around her. Interesting indeed.
Her interview made me wonder what our readers thought about this topic. There’s no shortage of music that degrades and derides women. It’s everywhere, especially in Hip Hop. And seeing that Hip Hop is a Black art form, it’s supported heavily by Black people, men and women alike. We’re not going to even pretend that many of us haven’t, at one point or another, listened and enjoyed songs that didn’t exactly uplift us. “Loyal” was a huge hit. Still, some of us have made a conscious decision not to engage in that type of listening. But if our dates, boyfriends, or husbands haven’t, how do you want him to juggle his musical tastes with your need to be respected?
We told you last week that Toya Wright was out here giving estranged husband Mickey “Memphitz” Wright eight days out of the year where he could go and do just about anything, and anybody. And despite knowing that such scandalous information was going to be shared on national television via Bravo’s new series Untying the Knot, the heat must have grown a little too hot in the kitchen, because Toya went on the radio to explain herself.
When the news of her controversial episode hit the Internet, Toya was pretty defiant against criticism, basically saying that people don’t really know her life–and that many put up with far worse for far less. But after the episode aired on Sunday, Toya claimed that producers cut her full response to Memphitz’s revelation about his eight hall passes. And she took to Twitter to let folks know that she wasn’t happy about it.
Feeling some type of way about the editing (per her words: “when they edit out what you really said”), Wright visited the Rickey Smiley Morning Show to set the record straight. So what’s up with their relationship and the hall passes?
Well, Toya and Memphitz are in the process of getting a divorce. They’ve been separated for almost nine months, and, unfortunately, “we’re moving in two different directions.”
They’ve been moving in those opposing directions for quite some time. Hence the reason for the hall passes–according to Toya:
“As far as the hall pass thing goes, I felt like I was already at the friend zone with Mickey. We were moving in two totally different directions, so go ‘head! Do what you do. That’s what you wanna do. Because guess what? My focus is on my businesses, and my No. 1 priority is my daughter. You can’t get it together and it’s so much going on, I’m not about to be bothered with that. And let me set the record straight: That stuff never came about when things was all good.”
To sum things up, Toya made it clear, in the third person, that “She’s not trying to keep no man that don’t want to be with her.”
As for one of the things that left their relationship in such a strain, Toya reiterated that Memphitz was pressed for years about the fact that he didn’t get to “defend himself” against abuse allegations coming from K. Michelle on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.
“I really didn’t think it was a good look…I felt like that would be going backwards to go on the show and go back and forth with your ex. He has been holding that over my head. He blames me for it.”
As for that ex, K. Michelle has been sitting in the audience, like the rest of us, watching Memphitz’s shenanigans play out in front of and behind the camera. Clearly, she finds it comical because she posted this on Twitter on Sunday.
And she followed it up on Instagram with this message to the ladies, telling them to know their worth as she shared her testimony.
I don’t really have a response to all this because I don’t want to kick Toya while she’s down, nor do I want to talk crazy about K. Michelle (as the adage goes, if you don’t have anything nice to say, you have to shut that mouth…). But what do you make of all this?
I almost set this post up as a serious question, would you give your man a hall pass to cheat?, but I figured that answer would be met with a resounding “hell no!” so I thought it best to just tell you about a woman who would. Her name is Toya Wright and she’s married to Mickey Wright, aka Memphitz, and they’re currently having relationship issues because… hall pass.
The deal is Toya gives her husband of four years eight days per year to do whatever he wants, no questions asked. We actually have about 27 questions to ask about this whole set up, like why 8? why him? where they do that at? and girl what?! But we guess we’ll have to wait until the debut episode of Untying The Knot which airs this Sunday at 10 pm on Bravo to get to the bottom of their mess.
One thing we know for sure is whatever infidelity Toya appeared to be trying to avoid with the the eight-day hall pass doesn’t appear to be working, as she came across some very suspicious photos of half-dressed women on a $10,000 camera she bought her husband when he claimed he wanted to get into photography. Thus far, all he’s gotten into is bed with other women for a photo shoot he describes as some sort of creepy Peeping Tom fantasy which I must admit doesn’t really help his case.
Watch the episode preview below and try to figure out for yourselves why Toya, seemingly a smart girl, would fall for this okie doke. I believe my coworker said it best when she declared this is what happens when you try to be your man’s friend. I concur.
Oh and one more fun fact: she’s not allowed to step out at all.
When Toya Wright and Memphitz wed back in 2011 and shared their picture perfect wedding ceremony with the world, we all just knew they’d be together forever–the chemistry between the two read lifetime lovers.
However, in nearly four years their enviable relationship turned from sugar to sh*t as the martial bliss they once shared ultimately became marital woes, resulting in the two separating. Just earlier this year in February, Wright sat with Necole Bitchie for an exclusive interview that not only confirmed but also explained the reason behind their parting. Surprisingly, the accusations of abuse towards ex-girlfriend K. Michelle took a toll on both Memphitz career and marriage to Toya, which she had denied bothered her in the past.
Since the announcement of their separation the two have not be in contact, as far as we know. However, earlier this week, the two were spotted together. They were at popular Los Angeles restaurant Crustaceans having what looked like a couples dinner with another estranged couple, former Basketball Wives L.A. cast member Brittish Williams and her ex-fiancè, European basketball star, Lorenzo Gordon.
Toya nor Memphitz have spoken further about the status of their relationship, but from the looks of it they might possibly be trying to patch things ups.
It looks like Toya might have been telling the truth when she said that her husband Memphitz Wright was having some mental challenges.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, police are searching for Mickey “Memphitz” Wright and have issued warrants for his arrest. On Friday evening, the former music executive and reality tv star, was accused of pulling a gun on car wash employee who he accused of stealing his weed.
The accusations become a little more believable considering there is surveillance video documenting most of the tense and threatening interaction.
Memphitz had his jeep cleaned Thursday afternoon and according to Harold Huntley, the car wash employee, when he took Memphitz’ car, he smelled marijuana. When he returned the car, Memphitz accused the employee of stealing his weed.
He told reporters, “He comes back and is like, ‘You stole my weed, you stole my weed.’ I was like, ‘Nah, man,’ and then he pulled a gun out on me and was like, ‘It’s gonna be your life or it’s gonna be my weed,’”
Huntley called the police and that’s when Memphitz snatched his phone and ran off.
“He was like, ‘Man give me the phone, give me the phone. What’s it gonna be? Your lit or your phone? Is it really that important?”
Felony arrest warrants have been issued for armed robbery and aggravated assault for Wright.
Police later found the jeep, the handgun and the stolen phone a few miles from the car wash. But Wright was no longer with the items.
They believe he called someone to pick him up.
You can watch the exchange in the video below.
And though he’s a wanted man, Fameolous_ discovered that Memphitz is still very much connected and in the know. He was caught liking a couple photos on the gram over the weekend.
After all those people were riding for Memphitz, swearing he would never, I know K. Michelle is somewhere shaking her head.
Ooo wee. If we thought Toya was going to take the high road during this separation between she and her husband Memphitz, we might have been mistaken. In promotion for Reginae’s episode of “Super Sweet Sixteen,” she stopped by the “Wendy Williams Show.” And since her personal life is really juicy these days, she also talked about her marriage and how she’s handling things.
And child, she kept her cool for most of it but there was some drama. Check out the highlights from the interview below.
Do you think the party was too extravagant?
Reginae is a great child and it’s her sixteenth birthday. Everybody do it big for their kids’ sixteenth birthday party…if they can. If you can go all out, go all out.
What do you think about Wayne and Christina Milian?
I don’t think about that.
Then Wendy got right into the state of her relationship with Memphitz.
Why are you separated?
My husband started to feel like he was living in my shadow. When I met him he was a big music executive. He discovered talent like T Pain, K Michelle, all different types of artists. And to go from begin a music executive to being known as Lil Wayne’s ex wife’s husband…it just started to take a toll on him.
What happened to his career?
He started mixing business with pleasure. He got into a relationship with his artist, K Michelle and it was a lot of allegations that he beat her and stuff like that. The person that you see right now, that’s a person who’s dealing with a lot of hurt and pain and that’s just how he’s choosing to deal with it.
Have her allegations affected your marriage?
I wouldn’t say she affected my marriage. This is how I feel about the whole situation, there’s three sides to every story: her side, his side and the truth. And to be honest with you, no one knows the truth only the people in that room. And you know, we’re all going off the information that we believe to be the truth. So we all are entitled to our own opinion.
How is he mentally right now?
You see he’s acting out on Instagram. How he chooses to deal with his stuff is how he chooses to. How I choose to deal with mine is different. I’m hurt too. I decided to write a book called “How To Lose A Husband.”
Would you like to reconcile?
I would love to work things out with my husband because here’s the thing Wendy, a lot of people get married and when things go wrong they give up on their marriage. You make a vow, it’s for better or for worse.
Did his appearing on Tiny and Toya affect his position at Sony?
Absolutely. I just feel like they didn’t accept him in a tv world. They were looking at him like, you’re more of a behind the scenes type of guy now you’re “mister tv man.” In that world, the tv industry, reality that is, is not really respected.
Memphitz asking Toya to join “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”
Mona Scott Young asked Memphitz and I to join the show. And to me, that’s not something that I want to be a part of. And I didn’t feel that was the right thing to do for my marriage. We were newlyweds. To go on a show to go back and forth with your ex…I was like ‘No. You go on the show. I’m not going on the show.’
After Wendy and Toya had time to talk all of their grown women talk, she called Reginae out to chat about her recent birthday party, the drama between Birdman and Wayne and her future plans.
The best part was getting my car because I love driving. My security…he’s been teaching me how to drive since I was 14 years old.
I home-school now. This is my first year of homeschooling, so up to ninth grade.
Wayne and Birdman
With me, I love them both and that’s business. My loyalty belongs to my father, anything that he goes through. I love my father and I love my godfather. When my father was in jail, my godfather, he took care of me. So I love them both and I’m praying that they get through whatever they have…
Why Memphitz wasn’t in the show
Toya: He was at her Super Sweet Sixteen. They cut him out of the special, I guess because of what is going on. But he plays a very important role in her life.
Are you going to college or are you going into the industry?
I’m going to, of course, go to college still. But I am going to sing and rap. But right now, with the label goring through what they’re going through I’m on hold as well as my father.
Why did you leave the OMGirlz?
It was business . With the different labels and who to sign with…it was just a business thing.