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We often say there’s nothing like black love and we’re pretty sure the ladies on this list would completely agree because they’ve taken their love straight back to their roots. Here are 10 celebrity women who have found love dating African men.
Keri Hilson named her last album “No Boys Allowed” but after meeting Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, she changed her tune. Born in the Republic of the Congo, Ibaka played basketball in Spain before coming to the NBA. Hilson, who is normally very private about her dating life, was rumored to have a new man in her life and after months of speculation, they came out as a couple in late 2012. Still going strong, Hilson was sitting in the stands cheering her man on a couple of weeks ago when he got ejected from the game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Kendrick Lamar has managed to bring back what hip-hop truists have long said was missing from the music: a respect for the fundamentals.
If you haven’t yet heard the Big Sean song “Control,” mainly because I’m assuming that you just might not be into hip-hop like that, here is a part of the verse, which has everyone talking:
I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all
New n-ggas just new n-ggas, don’t get involved
I’m usually homeboys with the same n-ggas I’m rhymin wit
But this is hip hop and them n-ggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n-ggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n-ggas…”
I think we get the gist.
As noted by Lamar himself, this was not a diss but rather a challenge. A challenge for rappers to get creative and step their games up lyrically. It’s a poignant challenge, as explained in this must see video of 9th Wonder and Young Guru giving their reaction to his lyrical call out/challenge. Said 9th Wonder:
“This is why it is so chess perfect, number one: I’m not going at your coast. I’m telling you that I’m the king of Hip Hop. It don’t matter where you’re from. I got both of them n*ggas in my one hand juggling. I’m the king of the west and east; I’m the king of Hip Hop Period. Number 2: I came at y’all n*ggas on the s**t y’all complaining hasn’t been in the game. This is lyrical; this ain’t about who got the best beat; this ain’t about who got Future on the hook; What he shot at you, is lyrics. What people is missing here is that when we do our arguments about so & so is hot – so & so is nice – to regular people, in a barbershop or something, they always hit you with, ‘he ain’t sold no records.’ Now you got somebody who sold records and is relevant in the culture, to change the Zeitgeist of the feel of what’s going on right now.”
Who knew hip hop was that deep?
Oh and it gets even deeper. The challenge has become so culturally significant that Kendrick Lamar responses have popped up all over the Internet. The hip hop magazine XXL has a nice detailed timeline of all the responses from some of our favorite rappers, and many we have yet to hear from. Likewise, social media sites exploded with hashtags related to the Lamar challenge, claiming four of the top 10 on Tuesday’s Twitter trending topics alone. Bloggers and ordinary fans alike offered up their own rankings and critiques of the responses. And there was plenty of debate too: Did Cassidy comes from the shadows of obscurity and basically massacre this challenge with his nearly six-minute freestyle response? Why was Lupe’s SLR 2 (Kendrick Lamar Diss) so masterfully shady? Who is this dude Los and why isn’t he signed yet? It’s really a beautiful thing when you stop to think about it. And yet through all the creative energy and lyrical competitiveness, what’s missing from this Battle Royale of true emcees, wishing to stake their claims among the lyrical legends, are the ladies.
It’s probably one the most glaringly obvious yet less spoken about omissions to this challenge. Lamar didn’t utter a single female rapper’s name in his call out of all the tops in the game. Doesn’t matter if Nicki Minaj is your personal taste or not, she is still one of the top rappers – male or female – in hip-hop. And she writes her own lyrics. Therefore, omitting her from the challenge does follow the thinking, sometimes subconscious, that women emcees are not valid, or equally yoked, to be seen as competitors.
But even without the personal invitation, there has been a lack of participation from emcees, hailing from the more fairer sex. No Angel Haze, no Sharaya J, or Lola Monroe? I can understand why the more established vets like Jean Grae, Rah Digga and Lauryn Hill might opt to sit this one out. But what about Lil’ Mama? She likes jumping on stages. Or even Azealia Banks? We know how much she loves to beef. Heck, I’ll even take some bars from Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown too – just for the nostalgia. However, the only response I’ve seen from the only woman to speak on the challenge, thus far, has been Iggy Azalea, who only chimed in to say how “awesome” she thought the whole thing was. Honestly, it’s kind of depressing.
Traditionally, hip-hop has always been thought of as solely a boys’ club. And it is – if we only go largely on television and what we hear on the radio. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of ladies taking their places in front of the mic. YouTube is full of this unsigned hype. One such channel called Queen Of The Ring has amassed over 67,000 subscribers and features some of the most vicious female battle rappers this side of a breast cancer ribbon. Despite some folks’ belief that women just don’t have the verbal stamina, word play and sheer grit to hang with the fellas, these women prove video after video that they are fully capable of holding their own with their own brand of feminine machismo. But as noted by UK rapper Lady Leshurr in this recent interview from the Guardian UK, “The only way to promote female rappers is to pit them against each other.” And yet most of these ladies won’t rise above what amounts to a female version of the chitlin’ circuit because this forced segregation paints female rappers as something contrary, or even subpar, to what a more “traditional” rapper looks (i.e. male).
I have heard among many lady rappers, including Jean Grae in this interview on Huffington Post Live, that they don’t like to be labelled as a femcees. I tend to agree with that sentiment. There are no female rappers, there are only rappers. But how else do women re-write or evolve the legacy of what a rapper is, if when in a challenge put out for the “best,” the fellas are the only ones to respond? Any hip-hop historian worth his black and white composition notebook will tell you that the battle is one of the most fundamental parts of hip hop culture. There is nothing more status elevating than the ability to verbally beat your opponent into submission with metaphors, similes, punchlines and good timing. And I don’t care how flashy your gimmick is as an entertainer, if you can’t prove how fit you are lyrically as a rapper, no one is going to take your stuff seriously outside of a few drunken nights at the club. That is why women shouldn’t be on the sideline cheerleading the fellas on in “their” pissing match. We need to see and hear from them. They should jump right in the mix, calling out all these wack dudes, and ending careers too. I mean, who says that the kings of hip hop all have to be men?
From Black Enterprise
Its founders were told they couldn’t do it. But Trillectro returns for its second year this month, and thanks to a little perseverance on the part of Modele “Modi” Oyewole, Marcel Marshall and Quinn Coleman, the one-day music festival owes its scope and impact to a youthful energy that has in a short period become the event’s signature.
Graduates of Boston College, the trio grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and were inspired to create their own musical experience after attending Coachella in 2012. “We camped out, did the whole experience,” says Modi. “It was so surreal. Music festivals are just a really interesting environment because everyone is just excited to spend the next few days with people. Music is a bonding experience, it brings people together. After seeing what that did, we said we need to bring this to DC. It started as a conversation.”
To learn more about Trillectro and Wale’s involvement, click through to Black Enterprise.
From Black Enterprise
Hip-hop artist Wale has added yet another philanthropic element to his award-winning entertainment brand. The Nigerian-American rapper recently awarded a $25,000 scholarship to the 25th caller during his guest appearance on 103 JAMZ, a Norfolk, Va.-based radio show. The winner, Gloucester, Va., resident Lauren Pryor, is a sophomore at Hampton University, a top-rated, historically black college in Hampton, Va.
To read more about Wale’s philanthropic gift, click through to Black Enterprise.
Following in the footsteps of Tom Joyner, who gave Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel a full scholarship to the HBCU of her choice. The Bad rapper, Wale, gave A $25,000 scholarship to Hampton University student, Lauren Pryor. Pryor, a sophomore, who is studying psychology, won the scholarship through radio station 103 JAMZ on June 18. According to the Gazette-Journal, Pryor said:
“I was on my way to a friend’s home in Hampton when I heard the radio challenge that the 25th caller would win the prize. The station said to call between 4 and 5 p.m. I called four or five times. The line was always busy. On about the 14th call I told myself to give it a rest then, I heard a man say ‘hello.’ I didn’t believe it. He told me there were millions of calls and he only picked up the phone 14 times nationwide. Winning this scholarship was truly a blessing. Almost not returning to Hampton University in the fall because of expenses, I was exceedingly fortunate to receive this scholarship. It was truly a test of faith.”
Lauren was able to accept her scholarship at Wale’s The Gifted concert and album release party at the Best Buy Theater. Pryor was even offered the chance to appear on “106&Park.”
Best wishes to Lauren as she continues her education at Hampton University!
In the last few weeks we reported the drama that has been attached to rapper, Wale. From singer Tiara Thomas, who he mentored for two years, leaving his camp to sign with Rico Love and his assistant cursing her out on Twitter, to others often attacking him on his Twitter and saying that he is one the most arrogant rappers on the scene, he’s got a bad rap recently (or for years). But it looks like Wale has a reason to be conceited!
Billboard reported previously that Wale’s third album, The Gifted, would be headed straight to the top of the charts–no disrespect to J. Cole or Kanye West, who released their albums Born Sinner and Yeezus a few weeks prior to The Gifted. Now the verdict is in! The Gifted debuted at number one on the Billboard’s 200 chart selling 158,000 copies. Unfortunately for Yeezy, he dropped from the first to the third spot with his album sales decreasing by 80 percent, a HUGE dip. MTV News reports that it’s one of the biggest drops for album sales in the history of Nielsen SoundScan numbers:
“This represents the fourth largest drop for a #1-debuting album in the SoundScan era, behind other 80-plus percent dippers from Madonna, Lady Gaga and Mac Miller.”
MTV News later went on to report:
Next week’s charts are a mystery, as both Billboard and SoundScan have vowed not to count the one million pre-purchased Samsung-sponsored downloads of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail that will be unlocked at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. The album will not be available to the general public until Tuesday, meaning it won’t chart until the following week.
Although Wale has the number one spot now, do you think Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail will change that in the upcoming weeks? Let us know in the comment section. Either way, Wale has reason to celebrate, and maybe now, he can talk more about his album’s success and less about his issues with Tiara Thomas…
Talk of the deteriorating businesss relationship between Tiara Thomas and Wale has been spreading ever since it was first announced that the “Bad” singer inked a record deal with famed producer Rico Love and Interscope Records. It’s been no secret that MMG rapper Wale had his sights set on Thomas and had intentions of signing her to his label, but unfortunately for him, he didn’t act quickly enough. Although he initially tried to keep whispers of bad blood to a minimum, everything got put on front street when his assistant took to her Twitter page to verbally attack and physically threaten Thomas for being disloyal. With the exception of a few subliminal tweets, both Tiara and Rico remained fairly quiet about everything. Well, until now, that is. Hip Hollywood caught up with the pair on the red carpet of the BET Awards. While Tiara revealed that she and Wale are now on good terms, Rico dropped the bombshell that it was Wale’s friend who insisted that he sign Tiara in the first place.
Tiara on the controversy:
“I know I have a good team that’s surrounding me. I know Rico. He’s awesome and super talented, so I don’t really pay attention to that.”
Tiara on her current relationship with Wale:
“Last week I talked to him. We don’t have any beef. We’re cool. We’re good.”
Rico on the alleged beef:
“It’s a lot of controversy surrounding [me signing Tiara], but the truth is that Wale’s people brought her to me. One of his best friends brought her to me and told me he would love for me to sign her. So it was a lot of things going around that weren’t really all the way true but you know, it was a blessing. So when they brought her to me almost a year ago before the whole record came out, I was already excited and I gave her an offer like this time last year. So it’s a great thing.”
What do your Olivia Pope gut instincts tell you about this?
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“I Don’t Want To Sound Bitter”: Wale Speaks On Assistant Attacking Tiara Thomas On Twitter, And If He Still Holds A Grudge
Earlier this month, we told you about Wale’s alleged assistant taking to Twitter to try and air out Tiara Thomas. Of course, Thomas used to work very closely with rapper Wale, including on the popular track “Bad.” But despite claims by the rapper that he worked with her for two years, she went ahead and signed with Rico Love and his music management company. This, of course, Wale didn’t take well, and neither did his assistant, who went pretty berserk on social media. Here’s the exchange that occurred between the assistant, Reese, Wale and Thomas on Twitter a short while back:
It has been a few weeks and now that Wale’s new album, The Gifted has been released, he went to Power 105.1′s “The Breakfast Club” to not only talk about it, but to clear some things up about that tense exchange between all three parties on social media. Here’s what he had to say about Reese’s behavior, loyalty, and why his camp took things oh so personally:
Wale: “Reese old enough to be my mother. I can’t tell her what to say and what to do. But Reese was raised in the streets for real, so she has a specific code she goes by so it doesn’t necessarily coincide with how people do things in the music industry. She was speaking freely. I tried to tell her to stop but what you gon’ tell a woman–she gonna do what she gonna do. It f**ked with a lot of people in our circle because it was so close. They remember me spending money to fly her around, they remember me going to Joey who was at Warner at the time trying to get her a deal. They remember me taking her to Jay. They remember me taking her to Pharrell. They remember me doing all of these things.”
Angela Yee: “But no paperwork?”
Wale: “Me personally I had a different code by then. I was like, ‘You know what? You gonna mess up the chemistry if you start throwing around paperwork now. Let’s just make our music. We have an understanding, we’re gonna get it done.’”
DJ Envy: “Is that what you did with Ross?”
Wale: “Funny thing is, I wasn’t on paperwork when I did “Pandemonium.” I wasn’t on paperwork when I did “Play Your Part,” me or Meek. For real for real, I can tell you the list of people, artists, everything that was trying to undercut Ross and sign me. And tell me all the reasons why I shouldn’t sign with Ross. But, he gave me an opportunity. But at the same time, everybody wasn’t raised the same. I don’t want to sound bitter. She’s a small girl. I don’t want to sound like a bully or nothing like that, but she did what was best for her career.
I get a lot of flack for everything I do…I’ve tried to find peace in the music business…you can say ‘Wale sensitive,’ but everybody is.”
Interesting. Either way, he’s doing well and she’s doing her own thing. So while Wale and his team might still be a little salty about the situation, it’s time to keep the peace and move on. What do you think about his statements on “The Breakfast Club”?
God Forgives, Twitter Doesn’t: Rick Ross Confuses Africa For A Country And Twitter Has A Field Day Over It
It doesn’t take much for people to get riled up about Rick Ross. When you call yourself a “Bawse,” pretend to be living the life of an actual drug dealing gangster, rap about slipping folks a Molly, and constantly walk around with your breast out, people are always going to have something to say. But Ross had to take a loss this week when he traveled somewhere in Africa (he didn’t clarify where, but he’s traveled to Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria in the past, even filming a version of “Hold Me Back” in the latter country to some side-eyes), and tried to show his appreciation for the trip and Wale’s new album on Twitter. Things went downhill from there:
Maybe if he would have acknowledged that he made a slight mistake and then clarified that Africa is indeed a continent, that would have been the end of that. But he didn’t, and the end-result was all those retweets. Folks on Twitter went on and on as they do, joking about his mistake until at some point, after letting the Tweet stay for a while, Ross or someone on his team decided to delete it. As someone who is constantly on Facebook and Twitter for this publication, it’s easy to make a mistake when you’re trying to quickly move from one thing to the next, so while I might have slowly side-eyed the Tweet, I wasn’t nearly as harsh as some of the folks on Twitter. Here are a few of the responses his mistake received:
“Rick Ross landed in the whole of Africa at once, I swear he writes the fat jokes for himself.”
“You failed Geography?”
“Africa isn’t a country and U.O.E.N.O it.”
Guys, the saddest part is that this is NOT Rick Ross’s first time in the country of Africa. He should have known better! #RoastOn
“That Rick Ross “country of Africa” tweet is the best thing since Ying Yang Twinz named their album “United States of Atlanta”
“@rickyrozay doesn’t know that having sex w/ an unconscious person is rape. Why did y’all expect him to know that Africa was a continent?”
While some might think it’s sad that Ross possibly really thought Africa was a country, it’s even sadder that all this creativity gets wasted on Twitter. Some of these people need to be out here writing for comedians!
He says that he is trying to understand and navigate love and that he is eager to become a father because he has lots of love to give his future children. He also admitted that his own selfishness is the main reason he can’t settle down right now. That’s pretty honest and self-aware of him, right? Check out what he said:
On why he can’t seem to settle down:
“[…] Because of my attitude, my greed. The nature of a man I embody that. I’m a living embodiment of all the flaws, greed, the selfishness. I’ve got all of those things. I’m just knowledgeable enough to speak on them and I’m secure with where I am in my life. A lot of men keep it inside or are living in denial. I just live my life that way.”
“I went through years at a time where I didn’t even really believe in it. I thought it was all chance and chemical imbalance. It was kinda euphoria, when it’s like the right time, the right place, the right shape, the right situation. When you think something is going on in your mind and in your heart but in actuality it’s all lust. As I’m growing I’m still trying to figure out what love is to me. But I think it is different to everybody though. I really do think there’s a different internal definition that’s beyond words for everybody [and] for what love is. There’s relationships where people really can feel love but there not magnums. So, everybody’s description of love might be different and I’m still trying to figure it out.”
On showing emotion:
“Emotion is a taboo in hip-hop. I don’t know when that started. But I just feel like we are supposed to be poets and we cant sing and do all that – emotion is suppose to come through our words. So when you take that emotion away, you’ve got a bunch of s**t that’s monotone and you’re not really feeling nothing. […] I feel like emotion is good in hip hop. [They'll say being emotional] is like being a woman or whatever. That’s how it is. […] I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m kind of an emotional person. That’s what makes me make songs like “Lotus Flower Bomb” or a lot of things people fell in love with on my mixtape.”
How do you feel about his candor? Do you agree with his philosophy on Black men, hip-hop and love?