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All this morning Twitter was abuzz with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion. It happens at least every other year or so but that certainly hasn’t stopped the outrage and the very necessary discussion about what needs to change going forward. The country is different. A Whitewashed Oscars just isn’t acceptable anymore…if it ever was.
While the biopic screenwriters Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman, a White woman and a White man, were nominated for best screenwriters, everyone else involved with the picture was overlooked.
When Wendy Williams said she thought Straight Outta Compton would get more Oscar recognition, Ice Cube said:
“Me too. I’m not pissed. I’m not surprised. It’s the Oscars, they do what they do. The people loved the movie, the people supported the movie, it was number one at the box office over $200 million worldwide. I can’t be mad, you know.”
Onto a lighter note, she asked Ice Cube about his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s performance in the movie and whether or not there was anything that surprised him in the script.
The hotel room scenes. He didn’t know that we had guns and stuff on tour. Back when we were young… and dumb– We was from L.A. We knew what was going on in L.A. We thought we’re going to be in Georgia, we’re going to be in Tennessee. We need to have something because we don’t know how it goes down out there. We realized after a tour or two that we didn’t need them anymore.
And of course she had to know what happened when Suge Knight rolled up on set, ultimately landing him in jail.
Nothing. He wanted to come up there and have a meeting. I thought it was going to be a good meeting. It went left. Security got involved. It went left. I didn’t see him face to face that day. Me and Suge have always been cool even when he was just body guarding for D.O.C.
Check out the full interview in the video below.
On the radio, Charlemagne can be a jerk. He has to be entertaining and say what most of us are thinking and he has to keep the people coming back for more. And he does his job well. And despite the fact that he’s known to make celebrities feel like they’re just not “it,” he does have a softer side. This other side will occasionally make an appearance. Like when he told Musiq Soulchild he used to rock his daughter to sleep to his song “Love,” while simultaneously telling him that his new alter ego”The Husel” was a terrible mistake.
In a recent interview with XO Necole, the 35-year-old radio personality opened up about the people who make him the mushiest. His high school sweetheart turned wife and two daughters, one seven years old and the other four months old.
Check out a few of the highlights below.
What will you tell your daughters about love, relationships and knowing their worth?
You have to show your kids love. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to get married. Me and the mother of my kids have been together since high school. When you have your seven-year-old daughter asking why you and mommy don’t have the same last name, that affects you as a man. It made me think, ‘Well, why don’t we? What’s stopping me from taking that next step?’
Love is something you have to witness. It’s good to see two parents living in the house, embracing each other, laughing and talking; you have to lead by example.
She also understands the value of a dollar, and how hard her parents work to provide the life she has. At seven-years-old, she’s sassy. She already has plans and goals and things that she wants to accomplish, and I’m not going to let anyone take that from her. I’m going to let her be a strong as she wants; I’m not going to let her be submissive to anyone. You have to really empower your children and teach them that they’re bosses, kings, queens and goddesses.
I’ve always said having two girls is “The Player’s Curse.” Whenever you’ve broken a lot of hearts in your life or you’ve treated women a certain way, God will give you women to raise. Everyone says it’s a blessing, I believe that, but I also believe it’s a little bit of karma because it makes me think about how I deal with women. The way I treat any woman is how I would want someone to treat my daughters. I already know someone is gonna read this and say, “look what you did to Lil Mama” (referring to the infamous July 2011 interview on The Breakfast Club where he made the rapper and actress cry). First of all that was five years ago, and my daughters will be well equipped to snap back at jokes better than Lil Mama.
Why he’s decided to keep his wife and children off of social media?
First of all, I’m not raising my kids via social media. I never felt like that was a place for my family to be. I don’t knock anyone who does it, but I don’t want my family on Facebook or Twitter. That’s something I chose not to do. Some of my homies have told me that they wish they would have listened to me and not put their kids on social media because now when they’re out in the streets, strangers recognize their kids. We live in a creepy world where people want to take photos with celebrities family members and that doesn’t make sense to me. I see girls taking pics with Drake’s father and that’s just weird to me.
And then, shifting directions, he spoke about his former relationship with Wendy Williams and how she gave him his big break.
I came from South Carolina to New York and worked for Wendy Williams for free for a year. Wendy and her husband told me they couldn’t pay me, but they gave me a place to stay. You tell me how many kids nowadays would recognize opportunity if there wasn’t a paycheck attached to it. I recognized the opportunity to do something I loved to do on a large scale and I took it.
Growing up I was always a radio junkie. As a kid I would turn on the local radio station’s “Top 9 at 9” I always knew who all of the radio jocks were and I would take my cassette tapes and record different songs on the radio. Initially, I wanted to rap because that’s every guy in the hood’s dream. You have to understand that a young black man just wants to be successful and when we see other people that look like us that are well off, they’re usually in entertainment or playing sports so I wanted to do that.
I have a tattoo of Wolverine holding a microphone on my arm because I thought I was going to be a rapper, but I didn’t realize that mic symbolized my radio career. I didn’t have any formal training, but I wasn’t doing what everyone else did cause. I used to sit back and wonder why radio personalities weren’t asking the most obvious questions or really giving their opinions on the music or the artists. I always wondered why they didn’t sound human. So if you ask me what my talent is, I would say the gift of gab. But I hate that people think this is so easy. I’ll go online and I’ll see someone say that such and such is “the next C. The God” and automatically I assume that they do radio, but I check them out and they’re just tweeting! That’s just words! Get on the mic and let’s see if you can speak well enough to make people gravitate towards you. Keeping someone entertained for four hours is difficult. Wendy Williams has a gift–she can literally turn the mic on and talk for four hours straight, she doesn’t need a co-host or anyone else in the room; she can just find things to talk about and that’s hard to do, I’m still perfecting that. We’ve brought interns in the room on The Breakfast Club and we’ve had them read Angela Yee’s “Rumor Report,” and they sound terrible! Then they realize how hard it is to convey their thoughts to millions of people.
Check out Charlemagne’s article where he discusses being fired four times throughout his career and the lessons he’s learned from those experience, in the rest of the interview.
Where do you stand on public breastfeeding? Should a mom cover their baby during feeding, or let them eat freely and happily?
If you ask Wendy Williams what she thinks about women breastfeeding in public, as well as sharing images of themselves breastfeeding on social media, she isn’t here for it. In fact, Williams is emphatically against it.
She made her feelings clear while sitting down with guest Alyssa Milano this week, who has shared pictures of herself breastfeeding her 16-month-old daughter Elizabella on Instagram many a time, and has received backlash for it. Milano told Wendy that she didn’t really expect people to take issue with something so natural, and Williams had no problem letting the actress know that she was one of those people who wasn’t comfortable with such displays. Here’s how the conversation went:
Wendy Williams: I don’t need to see that.
Alyssa Milano: Why?
Williams: Because I just don’t want to.
Milano: Would you eat under a blanket?
Williams: What I would do is go to the car–
Milano: You would go feed your baby in the car?
Williams: Yes, not on the bench in the front of the big-box store.
Milano: Okay, now I have a question for you. Why is it okay to show that picture of Miley Cyrus with two suspenders over her breasts? And it’s [breastfeeding] not okay? So for you, maybe you’ve sexualized breasts so that’s okay, but having them for what they are–
Williams: They’re more sexual than a feeding thing. I don’t know why I feel this way. I’m a mom also. But, you know, breastfeeding is only for a particular amount of time, the rest of the time, your breasts are sexual things.
Milano: Biologically, they’re not made for sexual things. That’s what we’ve done to them.
The exchange between both women was peaceful, but it was also an awkward one as the studio went silent for most of the talk show host’s controversial comments. Like when she went on to call breasts “fun bags.”
But Milano, who clearly has a positive rapport with Williams after appearing on her show numerous times, found a polite way to tell her “You’re the not norm.” She also said that Williams was lucky her babies weren’t present for the interview because Milano would have gladly whipped out her breast and got to feeding.
After explaining that she only breastfed her son Kevin Jr. for two weeks because he got “ravenous,” and stating that she would rather see a scantily-clad mother as opposed to a breastfeeding one because “once you become a mother it doesn’t mean you take away your sexuality,” she summed up her thoughts by saying that when it comes to breastfeeding, “it just makes me very uncomfortable.”
What do you say? Do you think people have overly sexualized something natural, or do moms need to cover up when they breastfeed in public? Check out this interesting debate below and share your thoughts.
People often wonder why we spend so much time talking about issues of colorism on the site. Personally, I believe in talking about a lot of things until the wound is healed. And there are some serious wounds, on both sides of the spectrum when it comes to issues of complexion.
Look at Hollywood, look at Hip Hop, look at your ignorant family and friends who extol the virtues, attributes and desirability of lighter skinned men and women. The condition worked and it’s deeply embedded.
It’s often members of our own community perpetuating this madness.
Which is why it’s always refreshing to see and hear Black men speak about their appreciation for darker skinned women.
That’s just what Mack (formerly known as Tristan) Wilds recently appeared on “The Wendy Williams” show promoting his new television movie The Breaks.
How did these two get on that topic of conversation. Well, Wendy was asking him about his rumored romantic involvement with fellow artist Sevyn Streeter.
Wendy said, “The rumor on the street was that you were dating somebody named Sevyn Streeter. Were you in love with her?”
“She’s dope. I’ll say that.”
“So you guys weren’t romantically involved?”
“We’re just really, really good friends.”
“She’s really pretty to just be a really good friend.”
“Yeah, she is very pretty.”
Then, speaking mostly to the audience, Mack said, “I love dark skinned girls. So you know, she’s definitely one of them.”
“Who’s talking about complexion? You see this is where my people go in a conversation. Really?”
“It’s just, I don’t know…my mom is brown skinned so I just have a thing about all the different colors that women come in.”
“You don’t have to explain it, you’re adorable.”
Yes, y’all we keep coming back to the colorism topic because there is work to be done. And personally, whether Wendy thought it was unrelated or not, I personally appreciated the hell out of Mack’s comments.
When you grow up seeing Black men date and glorify light skinned girls, ad nauseam, it’s so refreshing to see a young, attractive, talented brotha give love to the darker ladies out there.
Do darker skinned women need his or any man’s validation? Nah. But everyone knows, a sincere compliment can go quite a ways.
So, Mack please keep talking about your love for the darker berries. Feature these women in your music videos. If you ever decide to direct or produce, be mindful of complexion when it comes to casting. It’s so much bigger than dating preferences. Positive words and images that originate from our own communities are not only pleasant and affirming, they’re necessary.
Jermaine Dupri is such an interesting character with a host interesting life and career experiences. So it would only make sense that he sit down with Wendy Williams. During their recent interview, Dupri talked about everything from tax problems, how Iggy Azalea curved him and his relationships with Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.
I mean, when you’re Black, you’re first generation. I’m first generation money in my family. You don’t have anybody to teach you anything you just have to learn. So for these kids and any kid that I’ve mentored, at least they have me to basically show them and see things that they can stay away from.
I just have a heart that doesn’t really care about a lot of things. So, a lot of times people hear stuff about me in the media, it’s stuff that I don’t care about. Like if I have something and I want to move and you tell me I have to pay it off in order to move, I don’t do that. I don’t have time for that. My mentality don’t think like that. I’m ready to go today.
She needs somebody like me in her life. I tried to sign Iggy that’s why I say that. I sent her a tweet, I think, and she thought I was trying to get at her because she’s fine. She kind of gave me the “send my manager, hit my manager.” When I talk to artists, I talk directly to the artist. So she kind of shunned me. But that didn’t make me not like her. I feel like she’s very talented. Artists are not people who know everything that’s why they have a mentor like myself or you have a Clive Davis, an L.A. Reid to hold them down.
JD: I’m the father that Bow Wow never had.
JD: I haven’t spoken to her.
Wendy: She’s married.
JD: That’s for her.
Wendy: That was a moment Jermaine. We had all kind of giggles.
JD: It’s funny because people try to use my life against me. It’s a moment. My life is incredible. I’ve had an amazing career and it’s just getting started. Anything that people say about me, about Janet, about anything that’s gone on in my life, you can’t talk about my life. It’s my life. It’s amazing.
Wendy: How long were you with her? You were with her for like five years or something?
Wendy: Did you ever ask her to marry you?
JD: I think so.
Wendy: Because now she’s married to Wuzz…they live in Dubai or some place…
JD: You looked at me like I’m supposed to know.
Wendy: I’m sorry JD. It would be uncomfortable if you did know because that would mean you hadn’t move on with your life.
Wendy: Are you loving her residency in Vegas?
JD: Yes. That was my idea. They just didn’t take it when I suggested it.
Wendy: Have you ever tried to romance Mariah?
Wendy: You don’t have to be so short with me.
JD: Nah, I’m just saying. You know, they say a lot of times that business people can’t have– that’s my real friend. I’ve known her longer than any husband that she’s had.
You can watch the full interview in the video below.
“Stop Acting Like Everything’s Perfect”: After Losing Two Children, Wendy Says Women Need To Talk About Miscarriages
In the new issue of New York Family magazine, Wendy Williams, who is pretty much an open book about her past, was asked about raising a teenager, her parenting philosophies, and balancing being Wendy Williams the talk show host and Wendy Hunter the wife. She was also asked about the struggles she endured while trying to become a mother.
Williams has spoken in the past about having two miscarriages and how that experience impacted her. But she told the magazine that if she had to give advice to other women about how to deal with such loss, it would be to continue to talk about it. Share your story so that more women know they’re not alone. According to Wiliams, doing so has helped her find peace, and had helped many other women too:
I was five months pregnant when I had my first [miscarriage]. It turns out that what I had was a weak cervix…I had two five-month miscarriages, and [the babies] both had names and the nurseries were set up for both; those were babies. I was on the radio, at that time, in Philadelphia, and I was a popular disc jockey and I had already gone out and done appearances—people saw me with the belly and had heard me talking about it! Then I had the miscarriage and it was like: “Okay, let’s talk about it! Come on, girls!” Turns out, girls all over were like: “This happened to me! And that happened to me…” So I say talk about it, and talk about it often when it’s appropriate, because the only way that we get stronger and more knowledgeable as women is if we stop being such bald-faced liars and stop acting like everything’s perfect. I only breastfed my son for like two weeks and I felt like such a failure…I was collapsed in my closet, just sobbing, and my mother heard me—because she’s nosey—and said: “Wendy, what’s going on?” And I said: “Mommy, I just can’t breastfeed anymore—I’m crying and sobbing and Kevin’s only two weeks old and I just can’t! I gained 103 lbs, and I hate to be selfish, but I need to lose some weight! I’m on the radio, I have a showbiz career going on here! Can I have some wine? I’ve been on my back for nine months and I’ve been trying to have a baby for the past 2.5 years!” I explained this to my mother and she screeches down to my father: “Tom! Bring the car around and bring the coupons for the Good Starts!” Turns out my mom had coupons [for formula] saved up for me… I feel like I’m no less of a woman because I didn’t breastfeed, but women don’t share that stuff—so you can feel like you’re less of a woman. My advice to women and to mothers is: Share stuff if your kid goes through something—whether it’s substance abuse or you bought him condoms or you caught her with condoms! If moms talked more, when appropriate and with the right listening ear, we’d be a lot better.
Her statements remind me of Oprah’s decision to not only talk more about the child she prematurely gave birth to at 14, but to also give him a name. Such revelations can not only provide healing for the women sharing their stories but do the same for the women who have been through similar ordeals.
What do you think of Wendy’s advice?
For better or worse, Wendy Williams is always quick to give her opinion. Whether you like it or not. Most recently her name is all over headlines because of some comments she made about “Empire” front man, Terrence Howard.
In case you missed her show, Williams said that Howard’s personal life is starting to overshadow his character on the show. She means his person drama.
To be specific, she said:
Here’s what disturbed me about last night’s episode and you can agree or not agree. I’m tired of fighting with you all. Terrence Howard’s flow when he rapped was great. It brought me back to “Hustle and Flow” times. And I get that he’s like a Master P-ish type of character, you know he’s made this Empire and stuff but even Master P doesn’t need to rap anymore…I don’t want to see Lucious Lyon as a rapper on the show. He’s too old for that number one. And number two, Terrence Howard your personal life has taken over to where, if by chance, they took you off the show, I would be happier than mad. There! I said it.
I feel like between him being allegedly abusive to women in his personal life, him giving an 18 page nutty interview to “Rolling Stone” magazine where he talked about all kinds of nuttiness. He made up his own math, he remembers being in his mother’s womb, going back to the way he treats women. It has usurped his whole situation at “Empire” and the show could do without Terrence Howard. I’m sorry, it’s the way I feel.
You can watch the clip in the video below. Her comments about Howard start around the 3:48 mark.
Howard caught wind of Williams’ comments and issued this statement via his Twitter account.
I have been a fan of Wendy for years. Shame on anyone who speaks without knowing the truth… What she did was irresponsible and hurtful!
— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) October 3, 2015
@terrencehoward I forgive you Wendy… Thank you for loving the show and supporting Taraji! To the Empire!!!
— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) October 4, 2015
Terrence sounds a lot like Sean Penn to me, calling Wendy irresponsible. Penn’s attorneys made similar comments about Lee Daniels when he referenced Sean Penn’s “allegedly” abusive past.
If you ask me, Wendy was kind in her analysis of the situation. She used the word alleged; but in Howard’s very public divorce, he himself admitted to being abusive, attempting, at times, to rationalize the behavior. It’s been a topic of discussion for some time now, with both Lee Daniels and Taraji P. Henson coming to his defense.
And that is very distracting when you’re trying to watch a Lucious Lyon character with his own issues with misogyny and all around evil.
You need look no further than last week’s episode where Lyon rapped about a “Snitch Bitch.”
The lyrics don’t exactly paint a pretty picture.
“Now the picture’s faded bitch, I’m done witcha”…
You aint nothing but a snitch bitch, snitching ass Bitch…
I’ll never trust another single one of y’all…
Backstabbing bitches get you knocked off…”
When my coworker was playing the song in the office, someone who had yet to see that particular episode, asked if this was Lucious or Terrence speaking. And really, that’s a shame. But based on some of his actions, it wouldn’t be too hard to believe.
I’d be lying if I said I disagree with Wendy. Lucious is a great character and Howard plays him well. But let’s not front, Cookie is the star of the show. Taraji P. Henson could easily carry it. And with all the hell Lucious raises, there are plenty of people who would want to take him out. It would certainly make sense in the context of the story.
That being said, I don’t believe Howard should be fired. I believe he should seek help. And in the meantime, he should absolutely chill in his personal life. I would hate to see him go the route of a Columbus Short.
What do you think could “Empire” survive without Lucious Lyon? Is Terrence’s personal life getting in the way?
Tamar Braxton is an interesting lady. And if nothing else, she’s candid and entertaining. She joined with her pal Wendy Williams on the purple couch to talk about her life, career and motherhood. See what she had to say about having more children, “Dancing With the Stars” and healing from past relationships.
On possibly wanting more children
Well, at first I would be like ‘Girl, no!’ But I feel like–you know cuz I grew up with a big family– I feel like he needs a playmate or something. But when I ask him Wendy he’s like “No, no no, no, no, no!” So that’s what it is…I feel like he knows what he’s talking about.
He really likes it when it’s just the three of us. But I’m ok with it. I really don’t feel like being pregnant, at all!
Why she wanted to join “Dancing With The Stars”
I really wanted to do it because I can’t dance. The only thing I could do was twerk. I was like ‘Ooo girl, you can’t put your hands on your knees every time you hear a record. It’s not age appropriate all the time. Every song?! Really, every song? Now I can do the cha-cha. Now I’m learning how to do the rhumba.
Singing about her past relationships…How does Vince feel about you singing about that?
He know I got a past. He has one too. And to be honest, a part of growing up– and I feel like I kind of started to grow up in the past few years, finally– so I feel like it’s about accepting and knowing your past. A lot of people are like ‘Oh my God Tamar, we don’t want to hear another song about Vincent Herbert.’ Yes, and that’s great and I am in love and I’m really happy but there is a story behind Tamar. I didn’t just wake up one day and just meet the love of my life. I kissed old gruesome frogs and all the monsters and stuff. So it was important for me to talk about. And really honestly Wendy, I didn’t know that there was a lot I needed to let go.
Tamar also mentioned that she’s really looking for a brother-in-law (a husband for Toni) and a stepfather (a husband for Mama E.)
Check out the full interview on “The Wendy Williams Show” in the video below.
Wendy Williams is never one to shy away from discussions about the havoc that her drug addiction wreaked on her life. And apparently, she’s comfortable enough to discuss the substance abuse issues plaguing those near and dear to her as well.
Monday, Williams revealed during a taping of her talk show that her 14-year-old son, Kevin Hunter Jr., briefly battled a synthetic marijuana addiction.
“It’s one of those pens where you don’t see the smoke, and you don’t smell anything,” Williams told her audience. “I’m trying to make funny on the tour, but in actuality my heart is breaking, and my kid could have been dead.”
The marijuana alternative has been in the headlines lately for its destructive side effects—including seizures, hallucinations and brain damage.
Sadly, Williams says that the teen was exposed to the drug by “a loved one who he looked up to.” She and her husband, Kevin Hunter Sr., eventually discovered that their son had been indulging in the substance after going through his bedroom.
“I was duped. Our kid had been smoking this mess. He got turned out…to the point where he went off the rails for a moment,” she said.
Williams concluded the segment by encouraging parents to be hands-on when dealing with their children and drug use. Thankfully, Little Kev was able to kick the habit after his parents took him to a rehabilitation facility outside of the country.
“To the parents and guardians who are watching right now, just talk to your kids. Fortunately, Kevin has two parents who took harness of the thing. We took him out of the country for holistic treatment. We didn’t want to pump him with psychiatric drugs,” she shared. “I’m glad to say our boy is on the good side of good now.”
Wendy Williams is always talking crazy. And yesterday, it was Ariana Grande’s turn to get roasted.
“She’s 21, she’ll forever look 12. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean that in a…You know, it’s nice to look younger than you are but when you look too young and then you’re short, she’s only 4’11. I don’t look at her as like a woman.”
First, as a complete aside, I just cannot understand why Wendy was talking about Ariana Grande and Big Sean at this late date. They’ve been broken up for months now. Perhaps this show was a rerun. But more importantly, for someone whose femininity is constantly questioned, I find it odd that Wendy would say she doesn’t consider Ariana Grande a woman. Maybe she meant to say she doesn’t look a woman and just got caught up. Interestingly enough, though Williams has built her entire empire bashing celebrities, people were outraged about this particular comment.
And the hashtag #CancelWendyWilliamsShow was trending nationwide.
While I have often felt like Ariana gets unnecessarily dragged for her looks, something she can’t control (with the exception of that ponytail), I find it fascinating that people were so up in arms when Ariana’s name was besmirched when Wendy has said far worse about plenty of Black women.
She routinely calls Rihanna a whore; but when it comes to White women who serial date, like Taylor Swift, she says this is what young women are supposed to do in their twenties. She made fun of the name of Kelly Rowland’s baby, saying it will be hard for him to live up to the name Titan. She called Evelyn Lozada’s son a cash register because she thought he represented a payout for the reality tv star.
And while many recognized Wendy’s flawed morality, I didn’t see any calls for cancelation.
That’s the power of the victimized White girl, honey.
She takes priority over our honor anyday.
Call it the Taylor Swift syndrome, in modern day terms.
In addition to no one defending our, Black women’s honor, it particularly perturbs me that Wendy Williams, is the Black woman spitting such vitriol against all women, but particularly Black ones.
Is it time she toned it down a bit or should more Black people step up when she launches attacks against celebrities within our communities?