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Why I’m Here For Amber Rose’s Talk Show

May 3rd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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The rumors that Amber Rose was getting a talk show have been around for quite a while now really. At one point, people were reporting that both and Blac Chyna were going to do the show together. Well today, The Hollywood Reporter finally verified the long-time rumor with their exclusive report.

According to HR, the talk show will air weekly on VH1 and will be produced by both Dr. Phil and his son Jay McGraw. The show will premiere sometime this summer, though a date had not been released yet.

Rose will conduct interviews with her celebrity friends and lead discussions that are provocative, entertaining and humorous conversations on pop culture, motherhood, relationships, friendships, race and entrepreneurship.

Let me just say, I’m hopeful about this talk show.

Now, there is the high chance that it could follow in the path of so many celebrity-hosted talk shows and flop. But I think Amber has a bit more to offer

I happen to really appreciate Amber Rose.

I like what she’s been able to do for herself since the ending of her relationship with Kanye. I really admire the ways in which she uses her platform to speak on issues of equality, slut shaming and feminism. At her much discussed and denigrated slut walk, Amber shared the story when she was first slut shamed as a 14-year-old. When a boy, during a “game” of seven minutes in heaven told her to get down on her knees. She didn’t know what the image would insinuate but as soon as she did, the boy opened the door, revealing her, in this compromising position, in front of her classmates. Whether people get it or not, she stands for something. She stands for the women who have been made to feel less than for being sexual beings or even being perceived as a sexual being. And there are millions of girls and women across the world experiencing what she did at 14 and what she still does today as a grown woman.

And despite her taking “well-timed” pictures with Kim Kardashian, I really think she has quite a bit to contribute.

The way she schooled both Tyrese and Rev Run on the oft-misguided and misogynistic show “It’s Not You, It’s Men” was one of the most beautiful moments in recent television history. These men, particularly Black men, who want to make money off women, should know something about our experiences and our feelings. And I was happy she was the one to give them that perspective.

That lesson, along with the “finger in the booty a$$ b*tch” comment directed at Mr. West, is the very reason why I’m so hopeful.

Amber’s voice is a needed one. And if she avoids the fluff and actually engages in the conversations we need to be having, then it could be a great show.

The report mentioned that she would be speaking with her celebrity friends about these topics. If said celebrities are insightful and thoughtful and not afraid to speak freely, unafraid of the industry, the show could be entertaining. If not, it’ll go the way of “Kocktails with Khloe”…cancelled.

Somehow though, I think audiences are interested to hear this newer and more authentic opinion. Come through Amber.

What Does Tyrese Really Mean When He Says He Wants A Soft-Spoken Woman?

April 19th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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These days, no one is really surprised when Tyrese says something silly. It’s essentially a part of his brand now. The only difference is that now his platform, thanks to the good people at OWN, has expanded.

His latest observation comes from his Instagram page though. Interestingly enough, Tyrese used a picture of his fleet of cars to talk about everything from people who’ve used him as an ATM, chasing your dreams and the type of woman he wants to one day “wife.”

 

All white fleet with beige guts…………. I was just asked today what qualities attract me at this point in a women…. I love a woman that’s smart, confident, educated, self sufficient, (( available to be as spontaneous as this lifestyle I live.) I use to be attracted to women with HUGE personalities LOUD and AGGRESSIVE and I would always it a wall…. Now I’m in a zone where I am ONLY attracted to women who’s voice is so soft and she has the energy and presence of grace and regal sophistication….. Not subservient REGAL!!! As sexy as my small collection is I never leave home I’m too grown for clubs and turn up every night….. Although I make moves sometimes…. I’m on my #GrownManShit heavy……. I can’t wait to get home…….. I don’t remember the last time I lost sleep over a hater….. This is a life and lifestyle that I’ve earned… I use to feel bad about being so blessed and allowed people to play me, use me, take advantage of me… Play on my emotions to get shit out of me cause I had more….. That ATM is shut all the way down…… I’m 3,500 flights, a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of stages and political warfare into this life and lifestyle if you want it get off your ass and GO GET IT!!!!!!! Message to my future wife…… Hello!

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For those who didn’t want to sift through the sh*t, the portion about women read as follows:

“I was just asked today what qualities attract me at this point in a women…. I love a woman that’s smart, confident, educated, self sufficient, (( available to be as spontaneous as this lifestyle I live.) I use to be attracted to women with HUGE personalities LOUD and AGGRESSIVE and I would always [hit] a wall…. Now I’m in a zone where I am ONLY attracted to women [whose] voice is so soft and she has the energy and presence of grace and regal sophistication….. Not subservient REGAL!!

I mean, I really don’t want to give too much credence or spend too much time on Tyrese’s thoughts. He’s proven time and time again how he really feels about women. But we can all read between the lines here, right? Though aggressive could simply be code for outspoken, I’ll give him a side eye and a pass on that one. Perhaps he meant aggressive as combative and argumentative. Still, if the same adjective had been applied to a man, quite a few women would raise their hands saying they’d take one.

I won’t even dissect the fact that Tyrese just characterized all his exes using the most lazy and trite stereotypes associated with Black women: aggressive, huge personality (read: attitude), and loud. We can all see the caricature he’s drawn. Y’all know her well. Partially from some real life women; but in my case, mostly from what the media has presented as the only type of Black woman out there.

While all of it is problematic, the most interesting point, for the purposes of today’s discussion, is “loud.”

I mean loud can be annoying and obnoxious and damaging to your ear drums. But it’s Tyrese’s next words that point to what type of loud he really means. Now that he’s moved on from the loud women, he’s ONLY attracted to women whose voices are soft.

Tyrese is not the first man or woman I’ve heard applaud women with soft voices. My grandfather bragged about the softness of his mother’s voice. He smiled thinking of the way he could barely hear her when she called for he and his siblings in the Jamaican countryside.

When I was a child, my grandmother, also Jamaican, scolded my sister and I because she could hear us laughing, talking and playing outside. I was completely confused by her statement. We were outside and thus, using our outside voices. What she was trying to communicate though was that it was unbecoming of young ladies to be heard making noise, even in the midst of play. We were supposed to be soft-spoken, or in this case soft-playin’.

I hope you’re beginning to see the ridiculousness. Are little boys told to tone it down when they’re playing outside? Are men with soft voices attractive? There’s a different implication when you call a man loud vs. when a woman is loud. With a man, you may very well be talking about the volume of his voice. With a woman, it likely speaks to character.

After all, what does the volume of someone’s voice say about them as a person and the type of romantic partner they’ll be?

Absolutely nothing.

It’s the implications of being “loud” or “soft-spoken” that tell the real story.

So, what is the obsession with women and softer voices? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself since my grandmother told me to keep it down, outside, all those years ago.

Essentially, there is power associated with the volume and tone of your voice. When someone describes a person as having a “booming” voice, you imagine that person, usually a man, standing in front of a crowd of people, commanding their attention. If a woman has a booming, loud voice, we imagine her yelling, nagging, talking too much, being too opinionated.

A woman with a softer voice is easier to swallow. I’m willing to argue that soft-spoken alludes to more than just tone but also an unwillingness to express her opinion at all.

But let me be clear here, there’s nothing wrong with having a naturally softer tone. There are some women who are born with those voices.

And then there are others who adopt that way of speaking in an attempt to please men.

I just completed Jane Fonda’s autobiography, My Life So Far. And it’s fully of gems. But one of things that stood out to me the most, came toward the end of the work, when she talks about her reaction to feminist psychologist Carol Gilligan’s work. In the introduction to her book, In a Different Voice, Gilligan explores the ways in which women choose to communicate, in using their voices and remaining completely silent.

She talks about women feeling things but not speaking them. She writes:

“Women’s choices not to speak or rather to dissociate themselves from what they themselves are saying can be deliberate or unwitting, consciously chosen or enacted through the body by narrowing the passages connecting the vote with breath and sound, by keeping the voice high in the head so that it does not carry the depths of human feelings or a mix of feelings and thoughts or by changing voice, shifting to a more guarded or impersonal register or key. Choices not to speak are often well-intentioned and psychologically protective, motivated by concern for people’s feelings and by an awareness of the realities of one’s own and others’ lives. And yet by restricting their voices, many women are wittingly or unwittingly perpetuating a male-voiced civilization and an order of living that is founded on the disconnection from women.”

I read that and Jane Fonda read that and thought about the ways in which making the voice higher or remaining completely silent had played a part in our lives. For me, I know I raise my voice particularly high when I ask someone, man or woman, for a favor. My voice is naturally deep so I can hear myself doing it. I don’t want him or her to interpret my request as a demand or command. And even though I rarely ask people to do things that are outlandish or exceptionally inconvenient, I make my voice higher because perhaps I want them to take pity on me, feel compelled to help. In my mind I know the request is reasonable but my voice conveys something different.

Jane Fonda says she’s able to track her growth and development as a woman in relation to when her voice began to drop. And she’s not talking about pre and post puberty. She’s talking about when she was already a full grown woman. Amazing.

I mentioned earlier that soft-spoken might mean unspoken. Every woman knows what it means to bite her tongue to save a man’s ego.

Just the other day, my sister posted a meme on Facebook:

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I’ve watched my mother do it with my father. I did it too much in a past relationship and now I think I’ve found a good balance. And like Gilligan said, it’s a noble practice, attempting not to hurt the ones you love.

But there’s a flip side to it. Constantly silencing yourself for the sake of a man’s feelings can leave you voiceless. It happens quite often, actually. And y’all it’s dangerous for men to be the only ones speaking, the only ones heard, in relationships, in business, in society.

Any man who’s truly interested in knowing and loving a woman, in her entirety, better be prepared for her to speak up. And it might not always be soft.

Iyanla Vanzant Says She Doesn’t Want To Marry Again Because Marriages Aren’t Equal Partnerships

March 7th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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What is the real purpose of being in a relationship? Well, according to Iyanla Vanzant it’s not for fun. On a recent appearance of “It’s Not You, It’s Men,” with Tyrese and Rev Run, Vanzant talked about not only her past relationships, the reason for them and why she will never get married again.  But unlike Oprah and Shonda Rhimes, it’s a bit different. Iyanla has been married before. Twice to the same man, in fact. So, while these ladies know what they don’t want for their lives based on what they feel marriage would be like, Iyanla has done it and knows she doesn’t want to go back to the life.

First, she explained that the reason she married her first husband was because she was seeking her father’s approval. But she also said something that seemed to catch Rev Run completely off guard.

Here’s the thing, relationships are not where we go to have fun. Relationships are where we go to heal and where we go to learn. And who you’re going to attract is the person that’s going to bring to the forefront the thing you need to learn or heal or the thing that’s going to help you grow the most. 

Later in the segment, Iyanla further explained, “Anytime you go into a relationship to stop being by yourself, the relationship is doomed.” Then later, in the context of a marriage, she said, “Two people come together to demonstrate the presence of God’s love and to a vision.”

So with all those positive things to say about relationships, their functions and even their benefit to other people, why doesn’t Iyanla want to be married again?

I would be a great wife. You know what? I would not be a great wife based on the definitions and the standards of today. I’m a great partner because I see my partner as my equal. One of things that happens in our relationships is we either pick up somebody who needs our help or pick up somebody that can help us. Love and pure relationship and commitment can only exist among equals. Cause if I see you as less than, I can’t commit. If I see you as more than I can’t commit. So today, I’m looking for an equal. And I don’t want to be a wife. I want to be a partner. Because wives have to do stuff that I’m not doing. 

All of this made me think, there really is something to be said about older women, who don’t necessarily adhere to traditional gender roles and religious doctrine about submission being able to be in successful relationships and marriages?

For successful women over 45 years old, it must be difficult to find a man, especially a Black man, especially a Black, Christian man, who won’t want his woman to submit, who won’t want to be the breadwinner or exercise some level of control and dominance over his wife. And being famous and, let’s be real, rich, she would have to find a man who was a.) so wholly and completely comfortable with his contributions to the relationship that he truly doesn’t mind her making more than him or b.) someone who did make as much as or more than her so that he actually feel comfortable in the relationship.

Even amongst the younger generation, you might find yourself hard pressed to find a man who genuinely wants to be his girlfriend or his wife’s equal. For the relationship advice I hear, it’s mostly about men and women adhering to often antiquated gender roles. Relationship experts will tell women that a man needs to be the one to provide but then call women gold diggers if they express the desire for a man who can do that.

Even though women have been in the workforce for decades now, and centuries if you’re talking about Black women, there is still this expectancy that though you might be contributing equally or more financially, as a man I must be dominant.

And women like Shonda, Oprah and Iyanla who are dominating and seem to be enjoying that life, I can’t see them agreeing to play a subservient role once they go home. For as much as people have to say about relationships, it’s very interesting that we don’t hear about equal partnerships all that much.

Do you believe that there has to be a dominant party in relationships? Would you want to be in an equal partnership?

Check out the full episode in the video below.

 

The Way You Dress Is the Way You Want To Be Addressed — Do You Agree?

February 21st, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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This Saturday (Feb. 20) it was all about the ladies on It’s Not You, It’s Men, Tyrese and Rev Run’s new love, sex, and relationship show on OWN TV.

Actress/comedian Yvette Nicole Brown and model/actress Amber Rose were the guests of the night, keeping it real about about a woman’s perspective on various topics.

Most interesting, Rose, who has received lots of backlash for her past and confidence when it comes to sexuality, spoke at lengths about “no meaning no” and feeling comfortable in her skin.

Rev Run brought up the notion of dressing how you want to be addressed, and she was not here for it at all replying, “Oh, boo! That’s not realistic. Stop it,” as the crowd clapped in agreeance with Run.

“If I want to wear a short skirt or tank top and I’m at the club having fun with my friends and I feel sexy, I’m not DTF (down to f**k),” she added. ” I’m not even looking at you. I don’t even want to have sex with you. I didn’t come here to have sex. I didn’t come here to hook up with nobody. I came out here with my girls and I feel pretty. I’m not asking for nothing.”

Clearly, both Tyrese and Rev Run didn’t agree with Rose’s sentiments of dressing however you want without having a stigma attached to your forehead. Basically, many people equate a woman dressing proactively to being loose.

As a 24-year-old woman I understand Rose’s argument, but I also understand Run’s notion, too. I think the sexiest thing a woman can have is confidence, and that truly is what Amber has. Because her body shape is voluptuous and the clothes she wears may be a bit snug, I don’t believe people should judge her as a slut or anything along those lines. However, it’s true that the way you dress also says something about you to the world. You are essentially expressing yourself through clothing, but clothes also don’t define a person.

Amber also shared that she is sexual assaulted almost on a daily basis, whether it’s men asking to grab her a** or women fawning over her boobs and asking to touch them. Simply, just because the way someone looks is not an invitation for judgement or disrespect in Amber’s case.

At the end of the day, this notion of dressing how you want to be addressed definitely has a misogynistic tone to it, but I also see where it can be true. Giving someone their space and dignity should always be first in every situation, including this one that many other women have been faced with before.

“I’m not mad at y’all because that’s how society raised all of us,” Rose said to Tyrese and Run. “I’m a former slut shamer. I’ve called hoes a million times, you know what I’m saying? And now I’m not; I’m a former slut shamer.”

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Amber or Run?

Tyrese Says He Wouldn’t Marry A Woman He Hadn’t Slept With First…Do You Agree?

February 19th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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In college, I did something I swore I would never. After seeing this guy around campus, talking to him and deciding I was feeling his vibe, I asked him out on a date. We went out a couple of times and things were going really well. So well, in fact, that after spending a good week and some agonizing about it, I figured I should tell him about my situation.

I drove over to his apartment to talk. And after a few good minutes of trivial conversation, I told him that I was a virgin, that I’d made a decision to try to wait until marriage to have sex. He chuckled for a second and shook his head, a knowing smile spreading across his lips.

Then said, “I used to be just like you.”

I took that as a good sign.

But he continued. “Then I had sex. And it’s like Pringles.”

I filled in the blank with the popular slogan. “Once you pop…”

We talked for a minute about, interestingly enough, his sexual past a few other things. I thought, ‘Great, he didn’t kick me out. That must mean he’s cool with it.’

But as he was walking me out to my car, he said, “I could never marry someone I had never had sex with…sorry.”

Maybe that sounds harsher than it really was. But I told him I understood. And I did. He was saying what was true for him. And, as virginity has the tendency to do, it let me know that he wasn’t “the one.”

I was giggled down writing this story because I hadn’t thought about it in quite some time. But today, it came flooding back.

Tyrese and Rev Run, his co-host on OWN’s “It’s Not You, It’s Men,” made an appearance on “The Doctors.” And during that time, they were talking about sex before marriage. While Rev Run, is presumably, a proponent for waiting until marriage, Tyrese is not.

“It’s enough people getting married and filing for divorce. There’s enough people out here saying, ‘I’m a born again virgin. I’ve had sex before, but I’m just going to hold back.”

“I don’t know, I’m still trying to figure it out. I’m not going to have sex, I’m not going to touch you because it’s biblical.”

“However, I would say, I’m not willing to potentially marry bad sex. ”

“If I have one car to test drive, you gotta jump in and do a couple turns. Put in reverse, back up. I’m not marring bad sex!”

I sometimes wonder if Oprah looks back on the decision to hire Tyrese and cringes. Long before he signed that contract, Tyrese had made a name for himself saying and doing some disconcerting things, especially when it comes to his opinions and thoughts on women.

I mean, Tyrese is certainly entitled to his opinion. Sex is an important component in a romantic relationship. And if he doesn’t want to enter a marriage without being sure that it’s good, I understand that, just like I understood it with homeboy back in college.

But can I tell y’all, I am so, so tired of not only Tyrese but many others comparing women to cars, inanimate objects, with miles on them. Not only does it suggest that a woman is something to be bought or obtained, it also suggests that she has the ability to depreciate based on the number of sexual partners or what you, a man, thinks about the workings of her vagina. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the days of “You remind me of my Jeep,” are over.

Additionally, what I also don’t understand about Tyrese’s comments are the way he equated bad sex with the divorce rate. I’m sure there are some people, somewhere who couldn’t make it work because of a lack of sexual chemistry; but I’m willing to bet that most people who commit themselves to another for life, are not going to let something as “fixable” as bad sex cause them to leave their marriage.

Since Tyrese is giving so much advice these days, I would love to know what caused his marriage to fall apart.

Perhaps that will come up later during the course of the show.

But until then, what do you think about Tyrese’s comments about not wanting to marry someone who is celibate?

Watch his full comments and Rev Run’s rebuttal in the video below.

Tyrese Posts Open Letter To Donald Trump: “This Is Not How You Make America Great Again”

December 27th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Open letters via Instagram has become a trend amongst many celebrities lately. From Chris Brown to Lupe Fiasco to most recently Countess Vaughn, 2015 was undeniably the year of IG-based open letters.

Next up to bat is Tyrese, who took to his personal account to speak out against Republican candidate Donald Trump. In the post, the R&B crooner addresses Trump’s “antics” that have caused lots of controversy during this election run. The photo he posted exhibits several Muslims kneeling, praying outside of the New York City Trump Tower, which he described as heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.

“You’ve offended my #Muslim community, and created racial boundaries and set my people up for hate crimes and to be targeted for bigotry because of the “acts” of some,” he wrote. “Islam is PEACE….. THE ACTS OF SOME of ANY GROUP doesn’t justify you spreading hate towards ALL of my people in the Muslim and or Arab community…. I’m deeply hurt and bothered by your antics and hatred towards my Muslim and Arab people.”

Tyrese continued saying, “This is for sure the most narcissistic self and family sabotage filled presidential campaign I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.” The singer/actor also goes on to show his distaste for Trump’s hurtful words filled with discrimination, showing hope that “the real people of America” will show up and stop him on voting day.
Read Tyrese’s full letter below:

This really breaks my heart…… And inspires me at the same time……. The Muslim community decided to come together and pray IN FRONT of the #TRUMPTOWERS in NYC – Open note to Trump…. He has no idea of what’s about to happen……… He has mastered the art of winning #Battles….. But he’s for sure going to lose the #WAR…….. The antics and the gimmicks look good and feel good right? Got you really thinking your doing it right?? ……… But when it’s really time? #WATCH America show you how we #REALLY feel…… And we’re not talking about manipulated pole numbers……. United we stand…. Together we fall…… You’ve offended my #Muslim community, and created racial boundaries and set my people up for hate crimes and to be targeted for bigotry because of the “acts” of some…. Islam is PEACE….. THE ACTS OF SOME of ANY GROUP doesn’t justify you spreading hate towards ALL of my people in the Muslim and or Arab community…. I’m deeply hurt and bothered by your antics and hatred towards my Muslim and Arab people…. You’ve offended my Latin community, you’ve offended my african American community – You will see…….. This is NOT how you make America great again…… This is for sure the most narcissistic self and family sabotage filled presidential campaign I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime……. It’s going to take forever for your daughter who I think is brilliantly smart to recover from the land mines……… I feel bad for anyone in this country right now with the last name #Trump – when it’s all said and done and the smoke clears…. You will remember what I said……. This is NOT how you make America great again…… I’m speaking on behalf of the #Human and all religious and spiritual and sexual preferences you must be and will be stopped – #VotesDontLie the real people of America is going to show up and stop you when it counts the most… #votingday

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Tyrese Gifts 8-Year-Old Daughter With Her Very Own Island For Christmas

December 5th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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When most of us were 8 years old, for Christmas, we hoped to get things like a digital camera to snap selfies with friends; clothes and accessories to explore our sense of style; and maybe an iPod (or Walkman) to listen to our favorite songs on repeat. However, this youngest generation is on a roll with some of the most extravagant gifts one could ever fathom — eve grown adults.

On Thursday (Dec. 3), Tyrese Gibson announced that he bought his 8-year-old daughter, Shayla, her very own island for Christmas. (Now, let’s all say, “What?!” in unison.) The singer/songwriter and actor revealed the big news when Entertainment Tonight asked him to share the “most lavish or over-the-top gift” he’s ever received or gifted.

“Well, I just bought my daughter an island,” he said. “Can’t say [where]. She knows all about it and the island is called Love Island. I’ll be putting it up on my Facebook soon.”

As always, we’re interested in your thoughts. Sound off in the comments and share your opinion. Also, have your parents ever gifted you with something so extravagant like Tyrese. If so, what was it?

 

To My Brother And The R&B Community: Tank Apologizes To Tyrese

December 3rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Just yesterday, we reported about the way Tank had to check his friend and group member Tyrese.  When Tyrese issued a challenge to R&B singers asking them to produce a full R&B album with no Hip Hop features, while conveniently standing in front of his Billboard Top 200 albums plaque, Tank didn’t take too kindly to it.

Tank chastised Tyrese for presenting the challenge as if he were the only artist producing R&B music. He mentioned people like Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott and more. He said Tyrese’s success is great but it was clear that he only posted the video and issued the challenge as a way to brag.

I read his comment and thought: facts.

But Tank, being that he has an actual relationship with Tyrese–a close one–, felt like he should have handled the situation better.

He issued this apology to both Tyrese and the entire R&B community.

I told y’all, I thought Tank was absolutely justified in checking Tyrese but I also agree that social media might not have been the place for it and it takes a big person to publicly admit when they’ve done something wrong.

Tyrese Issues R&B Challenge, Tank Says It’s Just A Way To Brag

December 2nd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Tyrese is obviously feeling himself these days. His independently released R&B album Black Rose did exceptionally well. So well, in fact, that six months after its debut, Tyrese is still bragging about it. He posted this video, conveniently standing in front of his Billboard 200 Top R&B Album plaque, issuing a challenge to real R&B singers.

Here’s my challenge to every R&B singer in the game, do a pure R&B album with no Hip Hop features. A pure R&B album. Can you do it?

Interestingly enough, Black Rose featured Snoop Dogg, a rapper, on the track “Dumb Sh-t” but apparently, that’s neither here nor there.

Well, one R&B artist didn’t take too kindly to the challenge. And he just so happens to be very close to Tyrese.

Tank, who is a member of Tyrese’s R&B super group TGT, and also featured on Black Rose, wasn’t really here for this challenge.

He left a comment on Fameolous expressing his distaste.

“no the challenge is shade! None of us have heard of Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, etc!! It’s not a challenge he’s just indirectly flaunting his success!..lol. Which is fine but don’t act like you the only one doing R&B Music!.. lol.”

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Yes, Tank tell the truth please!

Y’all know I’m personally not here for Tyrese so I appreciate Tank for calling a spade a spade. This is all about bravado not any particular crusade for R&B music as Tyrese would have us believe.

Now, might Tank be a little salty that his solo album didn’t sell all that well? Perhaps. But he also knows Tyrese pretty well and is probably able to see through all the bull he likes to present as gospel.

There are plenty of “pure R&B singers” still in the game. Many of which have already completed Tyrese’s “challenge.” And more than just the ones Tank named. It’s insulting to his fellow peers if you ask me.

I’m sure all the REAL R&B singers in the game will watch this video and roll their eyes. They’ve been doing this. And just now that Tank has finally gotten some deserved shine, after over 20 years in the game, he wants to brag like it’s a feat never been accomplished before. Stop it. Particularly when the promotion of that album was a bit nefarious. (To give you the short version, Tyrese was stealing people’s Facebook videos, uploading them as his own and then hyperlinking the website to buy Black Rose.) Shady boots.

Either way, what do you think about Tyrese’s challenge and Tank’s response to it?

Tyrese Pays Compton Teen’s Morehouse Tuition

August 12th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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We always try to give credit where it’s due, and Tyrese Gibson just earned a ton of points in our book.

The controversial singer recently paid it forward by picking up the tab for a Compton teenager’s Morehouse College tuition.

The lucky Californian is popular Instagram personality, Lorenzo “Zo the Motivator” Murphy, who announced the heartwarming news on the social networking site Tuesday.

As of today, I begin my journey as a Man of Morehouse. I am beyond grateful and thankful to be a part of such great legacy. None of this would be possible without God, @tyrese, the support from my family and of course, my relentless hard work. Annually, Morehouse is around 45k-50k, and as you can imagine, that is a lot of money. I thank God for placing @tyrese in my life. It is because of him believing in me and investing in my future, that I am able to receive my education. I am amongst the world’s greatest leaders, and I want to thank @tyrese for giving me the opportunity to pursue my academic and career endeavors at Morehouse College.#zothemotivator #comptontomorehouse.

Murphy’s mother is currently working two jobs to make ends meet, so Gibson stepping up and assisting with that hefty Morehouse bill has to be a relief.

Major shout out to Ty for helping this young man chase after his dreams.

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