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Cute Kid Alert: Can You Guess Whose Cute Kid This Is?

September 16th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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How beautiful is this little lady?

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She is Zyla Moon Oluwakemi, the daughter of rapper Wale and his girlfriend Chloe Alexis. The little one was born on July 22, and Wale revealed her face for the first time this week.

Along with her adorable face, the rapper shared his thoughts on what he’s learned about life since having her, and how he’s coped with negativity coming at him from all sides — particularly on social media. Wale said that he plans to take a break from social media so he can refocus on the positives in life, first and foremost, baby Zyla.

“I had too much faith in humanity,” he said. “I had too much faith in an industry that could never love somebody who had/has faith in said humanity. Thinking with my heart. Misunderstood is an understatement. Day in an [sic] day out I’m trying to convince somebody to see things my way, it often gets lost in translation and just sounds like complaining or”whining.” I been Tryna [sic] win a debate that’s not even winnable. I’ve been playin ping pong with my feet against a wall.”

He continued: “I’m the epitome of ‘a work in progress’ better or worse. I love my supporters and fans. I got to figure out many things to improve my trajectory. I gotta work on being more positive. As hard as it is I have to TRY HARDER to embrace the good in my life. Waking up to people wanting me to die on a daily basis isn’t the most pleasant but I got to work on ignoring it. Maybe I lost all my faith in humanity. Maybe I got to work on being happier. I’m gonna fix what gotta [sic] be fix [sic] one way or another. I have to DO BETTER. SHiNE is what I have to train myself to do. And God willing I will. If not for me.. For Her.”

It’s beautiful to know that Zyla is keeping the rapper inspired in a hectic and sometimes toxic world. (I can’t even imagine how much worse it is in the spotlight.) The day she was born he delivered a similar message while stating his plans to raise a young queen.

“My focus is renewed, I’m infinitely in love with my princess and I truly appreciate all the love you have shown her and how understanding many people who knew were,” he wrote. “Imma keep workin on me and pray to God I can design a young princess who flourishes to an absolute queen .. I got u baby…U go girl…You are my everything and I’ll see to it we SHINE my precious Zyla.”

Love it!

End your Friday with your heart smiling by checking out video of baby Zyla during bath time:

#BabyZ 🌙

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Wale Welcomes His Baby Girl Into The World With Touching Instagram Post

July 24th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo Credit: Instagram

Photo Credit: Instagram

It was just a three months ago that we reported rapper Wale sat with Billboard for a candid interview that revealed many details about his life we weren’t privy to. He opened up about his struggle with depression, substance abuse and his ex-girlfriend suffering a miscarriage.

“The girl I was with, we tried for a long time to have a child,” he told Billboard. “And when she finally did [get pregnant], she miscarried at 10 or 11 weeks.”

Although the miscarriage occurred fairly early into the pregnancy, Wale admits that he already began making plans for his unborn child.

“I was visualizing my child’s face. We gave it a name and everything. All of that went away.”

On Friday, Wale shared exciting news that he and longtime girlfriend, Chloe Alexis, welcomed their first born, Zyla Moon Oluwakemi, into the world in New York City after a long labor process that began on Wednesday.

On Instagram, he also shared the news:

“My focus is renewed, I’m infinitely in love with my princess and I truly appreciate all the love you have shown her and how understanding many people who knew were,” he wrote. “Imma keep workin on me and pray to God I can design a young princess who flourishes to an absolute queen .. I got u baby … U go girl .. You are my everything and I’ll see to it we SHINE my precious Zyla.”

Overjoyed . I keep the most important things in my life so far away from people because I’m sensitive . Quite possibly too sensitive to even be in this business nevertheless I spoke on the downward spiral that ensued after complications with my previous child… For that reason I kept this very private as I prayed every day to receive this blessing . Thank You to all my friends so many , Iman/Teyana . Draya and O.Mel and Robyn. Finn Balor Neil Lawi. Bryson, Kehlani WizardEd.. So many ppl that stayed up wit me and talked me thru such a sensitive subject … I named my album SHiNE when I knew my babygirl was on the way …I want to be a better man than I ever been. I’m so flawed I’m so imperfect and the world knows it… I just want to honestly be the best version of myself I can be.. My focus is renewed I’m infinitely in love with my princess and I truly appreciate all the love you have shown her and how understanding many people who knew were .imma keep workin on me and pray to God I can design a young princess who flourishes to an absolute queen .. I got u baby … U go girl .. You are my everything and I’ll see to it we SHiNE my precious Zyla

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Congrats, Wale and Chloe!

ICYMI: Wale Was The Opening Performance At Obama’s Final State Of The Union

January 16th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Back at the house 🔵🌙

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Tuesday (Jan. 12), was a big night for hip-hop, the White House, and rapper Wale, as the D.C. native made history has the first rapper to open a State of the Union address.

After a warm introduction from Terrence J, Wale took the stage and rocked the crowd at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with an array of his hits including the 2009 Lady Gaga-assisted “Chillin,” The White Shoes, and “LoveHate Thing,” a personal favorite amongst many, including Obama himself who requested he add that to his set list.


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“The leader of the free world having a rapper in the White House. God bless him. Hip-hop forever,” Wale said, both humbled and thrilled at the opportunity.

However, this wasn’t his first invitation to the White House, as Wale also teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama in support of her “Reach Higher” initiative with a special performance and speaking to students about higher education and career services. During his historic set, he also revealed that his fifth studio album is titled Shine and will be released this year.

Press play and watch how the historic moment unfolded.

Did Y’all See? Are Black Men To Blame For Women Butchering Their Bodies?

November 20th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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This episode of “Did Y’all See?” is all about relationships. We’re discussing Mo’Nique’s open marriage situation and whether or not you should allow your man to step out on you if you can’t provide something he wants sexually.

We’re also talking about rapper Wale apologizing for making Black women believe that they needed to have enormously large behinds in order to be attractive. His meme raises the question are Black men responsible for the butt enhancement craze?

And lastly, on a more personal level, is it inappropriate to enter a married couple’s bedroom?

See what the MadameNoire editors had to say about these topics in the video above.

Are Black Men Responsible For The Dangerous Butt Enhancement Craze?

November 18th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Even with what we now know about the dangers of butt injections and other rump-enhancing procedures, women continue to go to these perilous lengths in hopes of attaining a perfectly shaped bottom. Recently, a meme has been making its rounds on social media, which features the image of a woman with an unrealistically large and disfigured-looking backside. The message that accompanies the image reads:



Dear Black Woman,

This has to stop. This is not attractive. As Black men, we apologize for misleading you to believe that this is the quintessential Black woman. Sorry for not cultivating, protecting, and loving your mind, soul, spirit, dreams, and ambition.

Wednesday, rapper Wale reposted the meme on his Instagram page with a personal message attached.

I can speak for most of us… I’m sorry if I ever made y’all feel like you need to ruin what God gave you..

Some girls say they don’t care what nobody thinks… I find it difficult to believe that one would alter [their] body this significantly for themselves…It must feel like sittin’ on a stack of phone books when they use the potty. Ladies, I promise we like y’all for bein’ sexy . But we LOVE y’all for being everything else.

While I don’t expect anyone to probe too deeply into Wale’s caption, I am interested in hearing what others think of this meme in general and what it essentially represents. Quite a few men I follow on Instagram have reposted it, and while I’m not quite sure how sincere they all are, it seems that at least some of them feel somewhat responsible for the dangerous path that booty praise has sent some women down. Take Wykesha Reid, for example, who died last February following her fourth butt enhancement procedure.

“Everybody else got big booties,” said Patrice Kelley, the woman who raised Wykesha,“So she wanted a big booty.”

It was an extremely tragic situation and unfortunately, Wykesha is one of many.

Sure, our curves were admired and praised by Black men long before they went mainstream. You know, back when other races criticized us for them. And yes, grown women should be held responsible for the decisions that they make, but are men also to blame for also placing too much emphasis on a specific body type?

Noirettes, we want to hear your thoughts so please weigh in below.

First Lady Michelle Obama Teams Up With Wale For Education Initiative

July 20th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher educational initiative is now collaborating with rapper and Washington D.C. native Wale to promote higher education and career services for youths. Wale is scheduled to support the initiative at the White House this upcoming Thursday by performing and speaking with students.

In a press release, The White House communication team said: “As part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome more than 130 college-bound students from across the country to participate in the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit. These students are being sponsored by 70 non-profit organizations, and represent a mix of urban, rural, foster, homeless, special needs, and under-represented youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college.”

The Beating The Odds Summit will also host a panel with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Brown University senior student Manuel Contreras; E! News co-host Terrence Jenkins will serve as the panel’s moderator.

Wale spoke of the collaboration, by saying, “I’m beyond honored & grateful to be involved in the First Lady’s ‘Reach Higher’ initiative & to have the opportunity to sit down with her, as well as perform for the kids of D.C. I believe that the youth are the first step in creating a better country, so to be involved in a program that aims to enrich their lives is truly the greatest reward. Having grown up in Washington, D.C., being invited to the White House by the First Lady is a dream come true. Thank you to Mrs. Obama & her entire staff for this opportunity.”

h/t Hip Hop Wired

Bria Murphy Is A Runaway Bride In Wale’s “Matrimony” Music Video [Watch]

June 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Bria Murphy and Wale have reunited for yet another music video, which appears to be a follow-up to Wale’s 2013 hit “Bad.”

This time, Murphy is a runaway bride who abandons her husband-to-be on their wedding day for an ex who can’t seem to get it together. This video is for the D.C. rapper’s latest track, “Matrimony,” which features Usher Raymond.

If you haven’t heard the single yet, Wale is informing a lover that he’s not currently the man that she needs, but that this is not a reflection of how he feels about her.

Usher sings:

If there’s a question of my heart, you’ve got it
It don’t belong to anyone but you
If there’s a question of my love, you’ve got it
Baby don’t worry, I’ve got plans for you
Baby, I’ve been making plans, oh love
Baby, I’ve been making plans
Baby, I’ve been making plans
Baby, I’ve been making plans for you

Wale raps:

My sincerest apologies, I mean it
I’ll admit it, all being pathetic
I’m in my late 20s still never been to a wedding
Guess the idea of that lobby empty do not sit with me well
It’s not your fault they try to get me, cause I’ma need to sail
Cause I’m selfish and I need you to myself
Tryna see you afloat but don’t wanna see you on sale
Cause I failed and see you bout to cry
Cause when I enter they city they leave without they pride
And I’m sorry, and you starin’ at my comments
Fearin’ it’s gone always be you sharin’ me with all them
Wrong, how dare I say ignore them
Preparing for that day, I leave you here and switch you for them
It’s hard, you know temptation and all
Out here tryna see if my relationship’s strong
Get a place in the charts or runaway from your heart
Gave this music my all, nothing is sacred no more
I’m wrong
But I’m promisin’ you better though
And your friends sayin’ let him go
And we ain’t gettin’ any younger
I can give up now but I can promise you forever though

As you may recall, this is the track where Wale addresses his ex-girlfriend’s miscarriage.

“The girl I was with, we tried for a long time to have a child,” he told Billboard back in April. “And when she finally did [get pregnant], she miscarried at 10 or 11 weeks. I was visualizing my child’s face. We gave it a name and everything. All of that went away.”

Watch the video for “Matrimony” below. Are you feeling this track?

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Wale Reveals Ex-Girlfriend’s Miscarriage: “I Was Visualizing My Child’s Face”

April 1st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In a candid interview with Billboard, rapper Wale welcomed the world into his personal life by opening up about his recent struggle with depression, substance abuse and his ex-girlfriend suffering a miscarriage.

He first revealed the miscarriage on his new track “The Matrimony,” which features R&B crooner Usher.

“The girl I was with, we tried for a long time to have a child,” he told Billboard. “And when she finally did [get pregnant], she miscarried at 10 or 11 weeks.”

Although the miscarriage occurred fairly early into the pregnancy, Wale admits that he already began making plans for his unborn child.

“I was visualizing my child’s face. We gave it a name and everything. All of that went away.”

Speaking of becoming a parent, Wale says that his relationship with his mother isn’t exactly the warmest.

“All these rappers, they do songs about their mothers. I’m Nigerian — my mother didn’t encourage me to do this. Even when [my first album] Attention Deficit came out and I had kind of made it, most parents would have been like, ‘My baby did it!’ but I don’t have that. My mom didn’t come to my [youth football league] games,” he explained. “I can’t even explain to my mom what my job entails. She just knows that all of her bills are going to be paid.”

Apparently, things have always been this way with the 30-year-old and his parents, which is why the opinions and approval of others means so much to him.

“I didn’t have one-on-ones with my mom or dad. I was in juvenile facilities a lot. My point is that I grew up with the outside world meaning the most to me. This is in hindsight — I’m trying to figure out why I’m this way. I rely on the people’s opinions, because I don’t have much outside of that.”

As for his internal battle with depression, the D.C. rapper explained that he was feeling down about his career, which led to his reliance on substances to keep him going.

“I was depressed not being where I wanna be in my career when I’ve put the work in,” he shared. “I wasn’t sleeping. I was drinking all day and I didn’t have anyone to go to. I couldn’t fight it. Those are some of the demons I talk about on the album.”

He admits that there was a drug for every kind of mood he was in.

“My confidence was shot, so I’d be taking whatever to keep me in a good mood, to get me in the right mood for an interview. I’m not going into the details as to what I was taking, but there’s definitely something for that. Just like there’s a f-ckin’ app for everything, there’s a damn pill for everything. Or something you can pour in your glass.”

Check out the rest of Wale’s interview here.

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“I Miss My Baby”: Kevin McCall On Not Being Able To See His Daughter Due To Drama With Eva Marcille

January 27th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Eva Marcille reportedly files restraining order against Kevin McCall following violent domestic dispute.

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We told you over the weekend that after feeling fed up with his situation with Eva Marcille, fed up with their issues keeping him from seeing his daughter, Marley, and being super fed up after watching Marcille flirt with Wale on Instagram, Kevin McCall found himself venting on social media. He basically said he was giving up on fighting to see his daughter, and was instead, leaving things in God’s hands:

“See you 2019 my princess [kiss emoji] God got it [praise hands] I surrender it ALL to him it is out of my hands Father in the name of Jesus I relinquish it ALL to you. Bless my children life’s not fair.”

Though he would quickly delete those comments, he left up video clips on Instagram of phone conversations with Eva. They can be heard arguing about why she won’t let him see Marley, feeling threatened by him, and a lot more.

It was overshare to the max, and in a brief chat with The Breakfast Club this morning, McCall explained his recent behavior, his troubled custody situation, and whether or not he really did all the things that caused Marcille to seek a restraining order against him.

Why He Insinuated That Wale Had Herpes, And What Made Him Apologize

I never spread a rumor that Wale had herpes. All I said was, ‘I’d never be jealous of a man with herpes. Drop the mic.’ But whoever got offended by it, that’s up to them.

I got a call from him and he came at me respectfully. So I felt like, the bigger high road thing to do was to just apologize. To not make it bigger than what it needs to be.

I insinuated it. So, this is what ya’ll gotta think about: If the shoe fits, wear it Cinderella.

Why He Lashed Out At Wale And Eva

I just been going through it with my baby. I miss my baby. I feel like Wale is one of my colleagues. I feel like with us going through our stuff in our private life, she shouldn’t be doing stuff like that. And as for him, I didn’t say anything about him. I said something to her on his page, but I didn’t say nothing about him. If I had something to say about him, I would have said it to his face. He know how I get down.

How He Will Deal If She Dates Men In The Entertainment Industry

That’s cool. They just have to deal with her baby daddy. I’m not trying to cause trouble, but it’s just gotta be a certain type of guy around my children.

On The Allegations Of Domestic Violence Towards Eva

A lot of my side wasn’t public because we made a deal that we weren’t gonna talk about it. And when that deal was broken by her representatives, you know, saying some crazy stuff about her safety and this and that, I started catching on to what was going on. I didn’t want to break my silence until I knew what was going on, because I still loved the girl at the time. I feel like family is important and you can’t let the devil come in and tear that up so I wanted to fight for mine. I felt like putting her out there too early was just gonna hurt my baby, cause that’s her mama.

Why He Said On Social Media That He Would See Marley In 2019

I said that because I had a recent conversation. I’m not going to talk about what was in the conversation. Basically, that was thrown in my face to basically hurt my feelings because I was saying ‘If you do fear for your life, let’s go to a police station and talk. Or lets sit down with mediation and talk and figure out a date or things I can do to just meet with my baby. That’s when she said, ‘Nah, you can’t see her ’til 2019.’

On The Last Time He Saw Marley In-Person

Sometimes she’ll let me pick her up and take her to church, but it’s probably been like a month or so.

How Allegations Of Abuse Have Affected Him

I wish society would stop jumping so much to the side of anyone, whether it’s male or female. Domestic violence is nothing to play with. It’s not something to just put on a man or woman. Restraining orders are not something to just play around with because it did mess up a lot of my money. And it was not true. I’m here to say it was not true.


Very tricky and sad situation. Hopefully they can come to some sort of medium so that Marley can have access to the both of them without drama. Check out his chat with The Breakfast Club below…

And check out his new song, “Naked Truth,” which is on this very complicated situation. It’s not bad!

“He Got Herpes”: Kevin McCall Insults Wale On Instagram…And It’s All Over Eva Marcille

January 23rd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If we’ve learned anything from celebrities on social media, the last place you want to be when you’re recovering from heartbreak is online. You’re liable to say and do some things that you will regret…just ask singer Kevin McCall.

We told you earlier this month that the singer seemed to be pining over his ex, model Eva Marcille, who is the mother of his daughter, Marley.



If you’ll recall, the pair split after a domestic incident in March, where McCall reportedly kicked down doors in the home they shared, and tried to take baby Marley out of Marcille’s arms during an argument. She would later file a restraining order against McCall, and he lost custody of their daughter temporarily.

But things have improved between them and as previously mentioned, McCall has been giving Marcille the eye once again.

But is she giving the eye to another man?

Marcille commented on a particularly nice picture of rapper Wale with the kiss emoji:

Ballerific Comment Creepin —- 🌾👀🌾 #evemarcille #wale #kevinmccall #commentcreepin

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Innocent, right? Even though Wale didn’t do anything in particular to deserve the animated smooch, McCall got jealous and commented on the photo, calling Wale “weak.” He went a step further and took his anger out on the rapper, claiming that he had herpes…


Part 3: It just got real messy in #TheShadeRoom 😩 #KevinMcCall VS. Fan! #Clapbackseason #Wale #EvaMarcille

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#kevinmccall says #wale has herpes after he caught #evemarcille leaving kissed under his pic #commentcreepin

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But someone must have told McCall that he was behaving like a child, because he turned right back around and issued a public apology to Wale, admitting that he was in his feelings when he dissed him:



Even after all that, neither Wale nor Marcille had a response for his shenanigans. McCall has since deleted all of his statements from Instagram, but then again, this is the Internet, so nothing is ever gone…

On a more positive side note, can we talk about how cute Marley is?! She’s getting so big!



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