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You know how it is, whenever White kids–or White people are caught acting a fool, there is always some type of ridiculous rationalization. And sometimes–most times– when White people are caught oppressing Black folks, they try to blame their morally bereft actions on the very people they’ve oppressed.
See Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin being responsible for their own deaths; and now, Hip Hop artists being held responsible for the racist chant performed by a predominately White fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Oklahoma.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Earlier this week, we reported that Waka Flocka decided to cancel his performance at the university, after having already performed for the fraternity before. Many of us respected his decision but the anchors of the MSNBC show, “Morning Joe,” didn’t see things the same way. In fact, they thought his decision to cancel the performance was hypocritical.
It was Mika Brzezinski who said:
“If you look at every single song– I guess you call these–that he [Waka Flocka]’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage, full of n-words, full of f-bombs. It’s wrong and he shouldn’t be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself.”
He shouldn’t be disgusted with them?
And the man for whom the show is named, Joe Scarborough, cosigned.
Aaahh we recognize this trope by now don’t we? White people use the n-word and get in trouble and immediately other White people remind us how often the word is used in Hip Hop and how our use of the n-word someone makes their use of it acceptable or understandable.
We can argue all day about whether Black should be able to use the word. But I don’t know why there is ever a discussion about White people doing it. Just don’t. Done. It’s the equivalent of you going home and trying to convince your mom that you should be able to participate in some dangerous activity just because your friend Keisha, does it. Well you can’t do everything Keisha does. Y’all have different mothers and in this context completely different experiences in the world that should forbid you from using the word comfortably.
Leave it alone.
Furthermore, let’s not pretend that this SAE chant is one that was just penned after the emergence of Hip Hop. Judging by the lynching reference and the fact that SAE was founded, has been predominately White and southern in nature since 1856, I’d be willing to argue that this is not a new song. Plus this doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that this is not the first time a racial incident from the fraternity has made national attention.
The first documented incident, you know when the general population started regarding racism as wrong, was in 1982, four years before Waka Flocka was even born, more less making music.
So MSNBC can miss all of us with that weak argument. I don’t even have to expound on the fact that Waka’s use of the n-word is drastically different from the members of SAE talking about stringing Black people up from trees.
Just stop it.
Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one who smelled this bull. And Black Twitter came to the rescue once again with a hashtag showing just how ridiculous the “Morning Joe” anchors were in their thinking.
Check out the best tweets from the #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery hashtag.
Surely by now you’ve heard of the frat video gone viral. In case you’ve missed it, don’t kill me for being the bearer of disturbing news. On Sunday, a video from the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter surfaced on the internet. In it, members of the largest fraternity in North America, are singing a song called “There Will Never Be A Nigger In SAE” to the tune of “If You’re Happy And You Know It.”
The lyrics go as follows:
“There will never be a ni**** in SAE.
There will never be a ni**** in SAE.
You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me
There will never be a ni**** in SAE.”
Someone posted the video anonymously and, justifiably, all hell broke loose. The national chapter launched an investigation and decided to close the chapter immediately. All the members seen in the video were suspended and may be banned from the organization permanently.
Interestingly enough, rapper Waka Flocka was set to perform at the University of Oklahoma next month. But in light of all of the controversy, he decided against it and issued this statement via Instagram.
Respect to Waka Flocka for standing up for what’s right.
When the video first hit the internet, Oklahoma University President David Boren said that if the school could identify the people in the video as actual students, the organization would be removed from campus. Apparently, they did determine that the people in the video were indeed students. And President Boren issued this stern statement via Facebook.
Man. This has got to be one, if not the strongest and sternest stance I’ve seen a university take against an incident of racism happening on their campus. And we’re glad about it.
If you watched the American Music Awards, then you probably saw Waka Flocka Flame in a wacky commercial for Pine Bros. throat lozenges and thought maybe the awards organizers had started adding SNL-style skits to the lineup. Nope. This was for real.
In the ad the rapper, who has been busy touring and preparing for the release of his new album “Flockaveli 2,” promotes Pine Bros.’s natural flavored throat drops. “The clip shows Flame sitting solo on someone’s couch, basking in a suspicious smoke bath. Set to soothing piano lines, the musician — who may or may not have a penchant for greenery — lets you know that if you ever need sore-throat relief, for whatever reason, you should really check this brand out. ‘Can’t live without my Pine Brothers, straight up’,” reports Vulture.
Think it’s strange for such a company to hook up with Waka Flocka? Think again. “It’s actually on par with the awkwardness of the company’s similar Martha Stewart ad that aired during the Golden Globe Awards this past year. That, too, was a low-budget affair with Stewart talking right into the camera about the wonder of Pine Bros. cough drops. The spot was so strange that some wondered if it was some sort of hostage situation, but in an interview with Business Insider, the company confirmed that the ad had helped double sales since its debut,” reports The Washington Post.
And the surreal spot did what it was supposed to–it grabbed attention. It even took the focus from the AMAs for a minute.
Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka and his family are mourning the death of his younger brother, Kayo Redd, who died as a result of an apparent suicide. Though Kayo’s exact cause of death is unknown at this time, his passing was confirmed by his brother:
“My f***ing lil brother killed hisself. F***KKKKKKK LIFEEEEE,” Waka wrote in a tweet that was later deleted.
“Ya big brother love you, Kayo,” he later added. “God, please bless me.”
Kayo and Waka’s mother, Deb Atney, also confirmed the family’s tragic loss via Twitter.
Nicki Minaj quickly offered her condolences to Deb, Waka and their family.
“Devastated by the loss of this precious soul,” the “Starships” rapper wrote in an Instagram post. “Always so sweet to me… I cant even… Sending prayers and all my love to Deb, Waka, Wooh, Quam, Big Joe, Bimmy, the entire fam… Gone too soon Kayo… Gone way too soon.”
According to reports, Kayo was found dead yesterday in Atlanta just hours after promoting the release of his latest mixtape, “Red Kiss.” However further details surrounding his death remain scarce. We send our prayers to Waka’s family during this difficult time.
For weeks industry whispers have speculated that Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame and his fiancée, Tammy Rivera, were the newest members to be added to the cast of popular VH1 reality show, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Talk of Waka and Tammy’s addition to the show seemed pretty believable, especially since his mother, Deb Antney appeared on the show several times in the past. While in New York, the “Round of Applause” rapper stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, where he addressed the rumors.
While Waka admitted that he has not joined Mona Scott Young’s crew of reality stars, he revealed that the rumors are partially true because his boo thang Tammy did.
“I’m not doing ‘Love & Hip Hop,’ my fiancée is doing it,” Waka said.
Of course, we all know what that means, but just to be sure, the hosts asked if he’ll be making appearances on the show with Tammy.
“One or two. I don’t do reality shows,” he revealed.
As for rumors that Tammy is getting paid $500,000 to join the cast, Waka joked that he hopes the rumors are true so that Tammy can fund her own shopping habit going forward.
“That’s cool. I ain’t gotta buy her no more purses or shoes. Those Christian Louboutins are crazy! You’ll see a picture and say, ‘Oh, I just wanna marry these shoes.’ You look them up and they’re like $4,700.”
The Atlanta rapper went on to make it clear that Tammy is no gold digger.
“Until this day, she has never asked me for a dollar. She ain’t ask for this, she didn’t ask for that. The only thing she want is she likes clothes. She’s obsessed with fashion. Like she’ll trade in fashion over me. Anything else, she’s just genuine, I don’t know.”
He also discussed mama Deb’s expressed desire to get pregnant and reveled that he and Tammy have been struggling to get pregnant.
“I want a kid too. I’ve been trying but I’ve been shooting blanks. I already [stopped smoking weed.] I’ve been taking vitamins and all.”
Watch Waka’s full interview on page two.
You Can’t Fire The Prince Of The South! Scrappy Slams Claims That He’s Been Replaced By Waka Flocka On LHHATL
Industry whispers have been indicating that rapper Waka Flocka and his fiancée, Tammy Rivera, are the latest couple to be added to the ever-changing cast of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Immediately following those reports, word also began circulating that Lil’ Scrappy had been axed from the show and Waka— whose real name is Juaquin Malphurs— is actually being brought in to replace him. While the thought of Mona cutting Scrappy from the show around the same time both he and his on-again, off-again boo, Erica Dixon, began new relationships seemed like a bit of a long shot, stranger things have happened. Scrappy recently stopped by 97.9 The Beat and addressed the rumors.
While he couldn’t confirm whether or not Waka, Deb and Tammy have been added to the cast, he did reveal that he will be a part of season three.
“Just to clear something up… just to put some real stuff in your ear, your boy finna be on TV again. I don’t know why they put bad rumors out like I ain’t gon’ be out there no more. I don’t know why they wanna see me in a bad predicament man,” he said.
“I don’t know if Waka gon’ be on there or not because they don’t tell us who gon’ be on there, but we will see,” he continued.
He also addressed recently being arrested for getting into a physical altercation at a gas station.
“Somebody I know just got real disrespectful and irritated the shizanyee out of me. I had to ask him like 50 times to calm down ‘cuz I’m on probation and I can’t be doing all of that. He said the wrong thing to me a couple of times. He looked at my lady friend I had with me and said something to her. I was like, ‘chill out,’ then he tried to you know, buck up on me.”
Check out his interview on page two.
When it was first announced that K.Michelle would be leaving Love & Hip Hop Atlanta to join the cast of Love & Hip Hop New York and star in her own spin-off show, most of us knew that Mona Scott Young would have to think quickly to replace that empty spot with a character worth watching. And it appears that she’s done just that.
According Straight From the A, rapper Waka Flocka Flame and his fiancée, Tammy Rivera, have just been added to the Atlanta spin-off’s cast. The way the story is being told, Waka was being courted by the show’s producers since season one, but his lady, Tammy, had her apprehensions about being on a reality show. As a result, he reportedly honored her wishes and politely declined. It appears that things have changed though. While Waka and Tammy’s addition to the cast has yet to be officially confirmed by producers, it all seems to make sense; especially considering that his super outspoken mama, Deb Antney, is no stranger the show, having made multiple cameos over the past two seasons.
While I do believe that Waka and Tammy’s addition to the cast would make for great entertainment, I don’t know if signing up for a reality show was the best decision on their part. I mean, they seem to be very happy and very much in love, but we all know what reality TV can do to even the happiest of couples. Earlier this month the “Round of Applause” rapper gushed about how amazing it feels to be in love and how much he values his lady.
“If I could you tell what love feels like, I would be a liar. It’s new everyday you wake up, it’s a feeling. It’s like a holy ghost feeling,” he said.
“In the beginning, you know how it goes. It was like everything else. ‘Oh, this girl.’ But she’s always been real from day one though, like 100. You know I messed up once, twice. Then the second time around, I’m going around like Every girl I’m meeting now just want my check. Like, they don’t even want to meet you. They don’t care two cents about what you got going on. Plus, I know her. That became my best friend. So I called her again like, ‘Yo, man. I want to go all the way.’ She’s like, ‘Yo, Waka. You still wanna be a boy.’ So I had to play the cat and the mouse game. Then it all worked out. I feel like I’d rather hand her the world then hand her my hand,” he continued.
We’d really hate to see all of that passion whither away for a few hot minutes of reality TV stardom.
What do you think? Is it a good idea for Waka and Tammy to join the LHHATL cast?
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Nothing makes us happier than seeing celebrities who are willing to give their time and resources to a worthy cause. But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t surprised when these celebrities came out in such fervent support of animal rights. And trust us, it wasn’t just their time and resources they were willing to put out there. From the cute to the downright hot and steamy, we take a look at PETA’s 14 most surprising ads.
I’m going to be honest, we here at MN haven’t always had the nicest things to say about Waka Flocka. Over the short time it took for his career to pop, there have been plenty of side eye and or cringe worthy moments. But today, after stumbling upon a recent interview, I have a some newfound respect for the ratchet rapper.
As we reported earlier this summer, Waka is making things official with his long time girlfriend Tammy Rivera, the two are engaged and got matching name tattoos to commemorate their union.
When Waka sat down with Peter Bailey of “Nite Cap,” he spoke about what being in love feels like:
“If I could you tell what love feels like, I would be a liar. It’s new everyday you wake up, it’s a feeling. It’s like a holy ghost feeling.”
Whoop! After I heard him say that immediately my mind went to that old church song: “When I think about Jesus and what he’s done for me. When I think about Jesus and how he set me free, I just dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance all night!” The church crowd knows what I’m talking about.
But in all seriousness, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that explanation ain’t half bad. In fact, it’s probably one of the better ones I’ve heard. After all, love does often feel like a bubbling up or an overflowing of emotion. And if God is love, it only makes sense that we would experience love for God and love for our partners in similar ways. I’m not mad at Waka Flocka Flame for this.
He continued speaking about Tammy, explaining how he knew she was the girl he wanted to give the world to:
“In the beginning, you know how it goes. It was like everything else. ‘Oh, this girl.’ But she’s always been real from day one though, like 100. You know I messed up once, twice. Then the second time around, I’m going around like Every girl I’m meeting now just want my check. Like, they don’t even want to meet you. They don’t care two cents about what you got going on. Plus, I know her. That became my best friend. So I called her again like, ‘Yo, man. I want to go all the way.’ She’s like, ‘Yo, Waka. You still wanna be a boy.’ So I had to play the cat and the mouse game. Then it all worked out. I feel like I’d rather hand her the world then hand her my hand.”
He even talked about what it’s like dating a woman with a child and how he had his reservations initially.
“In the beginning, I was scared of it. I’m like ‘I can’t date no girl with no baby. I’m still having fun.’ Next thing you know, it’s my daughter, let’s go get your hair done. Let’s do this, let’s do that. Everything she do is cute. I could break my leg outside, when I come in the house, she make you feel like your leg ain’t never break. Charlie. She got a great father but she’s just a kid that has an extra push. I could be mad, she lighten you up all the way. It makes you become a man; I’m her hero. I can’t let her down. If I’m the man she looks up to in her life and I let her down, she’s gonna expect that from every other man from this day forward.”
In addition to gushing about his love for Tammy, Waka had some questionable moments talking about media’s influence on the ills in our community. He also touched on his beef with Gucci, what Dr. King would think about his music and what he asks God for when he prays.
Watch the entire interview on the next page. Interesting stuff.
It’s a good thing Waka Flocka didn’t decide to retire from rap after all. Otherwise, a 53-year-old Florida woman might have never gotten her new lease on life as a single woman.
In one of the most interesting, and oddly inspiring, blog posts we’ve come across in a long time, Dianne D. details the story of “How a Waka Flocka Flame Concert Ended My Marriage and Saved My Life,” writing that “[g]oing to see Waka Flocka Flame in concert was a nail in the coffin of my previous marriage.”
Dianne, who works as a social media communications advisor, details how she had written an article about rappers using social media and said that Waka Flocka had gotten it right. When the rapper got word of her post he retweeted it and began following her on Twitter, a move that the then-married writer says gave her a much needed career boost:
This truly changed my life. As I learned more about Waka (and the entire Brick Squad Monopoly group of talented artists) I got back in touch with my musical roots and interests, and began expanding my follows to include more rap and hip hop artists than social media experts. Through this period, I began blogging reviews of upcoming artists. I was able to meet (via Twitter) some amazing artists and talents, and not just rap musicians but actors, writers, country and rock artists…a truly awesome mix of talent and celebrity.
So Waka’s following and retweeting me gave me happiness, more followers and credibility. He started my new career of reviewing rap artists. I can’t ever thank him enough.
Unfortunately, Diane’s husband at the time wasn’t quite as taken by his wife’s new obsession and when she told him she was going to attend one of the rapper’s concerts, his true colors began to show. She wrote:
My ex NEVER liked rap, my interest in rap & rap artists, or my blogging about rap. When I knew Waka was coming to Ft. Lauderdale, my husband basically said he wouldn’t prevent me from going (as if) but he didn’t want me to go. When I didn’t immediately agree not to go, things got worse. He basically implied that (and I’m paraphrasing) “many black men would be putting their bodies in close proximity to mine.” Also, “since I was so enamored of Waka, if Waka asked, I might go out clubbing with him and end up doing something I’d regret.”…
Of course, my ex probably didn’t really think Waka would ‘co-mingle’ with me, but it was the fact that he even suggested this kind of bullshit scenario that made my mind up for me. I got my Waka concert ticket. I went by myself. And guess what? There were more white people there than anything else, and people from every age group….
Dianne also went the extra mile of paying for a meet and greet session with Waka who remembered his Twitter follower when he saw her in person. All of these elements combined inspired Dianne to go ahead and file them papers. She said:
“[B]asically, the experience with my ex of the Waka concert made my mind up for me. It was time to make that break, and live my life without looking over my shoulder or being beholden to a man who didn’t appreciate me or the interesting turns my life might take. We’ve been divorced for a few months now. I couldn’t be happier.
The moral of this story? Don’t EVER let anyone else keep you from your bliss, no matter what that may be. If someone truly loves you, they will come along for the adventure. Otherwise, get the heck out and live your life to the fullest. Believe me, you’ll sleep better at night and have a song in your heart.
The song in MY heart will always be a song by Waka Flocka Flame.
Who knew you could get all that from a man yelling “brick squad” every two seconds? Congrats to Diane for making the moves she needed to make!