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On Monday, word began spreading that famed Emmy-award winning hairstylist Antwon Jackson had died. Known as a “wigologist,” Jackson was the creative hand behind the many wigs of Wendy Williams and yesterday evening the talk show host publicly shared her condolences over her friend’s death on Facebook, writing:
It is with a heavy heart that I share with all of you the death of Antwon Jackson, my wigologist. He was an Emmy winning stylist and so much more. He was my friend. He had the biggest heart and was a pleasure to work with. I will forever be thankful for your friendship and love, Antwon. Thank you for the laughter you brought into my life and your sweet smile that always brightened my day. May you rest in peace.
Crystal Wright, a longtime friend of Jackson’s confirmed the death of the 44 year old to NJ.com. Though she couldn’t comment on a cause of death or rumors Jackson suffered from Lupus, Wright did share that he had just returned from vacation in Mexico with fiance and fellow hairstylist, Dontay Savoy.
“He was a joy to be around,” Wright said. “He never had a negative word to say about anyone. He was always upbeat. He always had a smile on his face … Antwon was the first person to jump up and say, ‘I’m going to help you with that.’ He was a Southern guy with New York aesthetics.”
Ironically, Jackson’s last Instagram post was a tribute to his work with Wendy Williams, as he showcased the many wigs he created for her and his excitement over the next season of her show.
Our thoughts are with Savoy and the 25-year-old son Jackson leaves behind.
Wendy William’s comments about Jesse Williams’ speech, the NAACP and HBCUs might have caused more damage than we initially assumed.
According to Page Six, “The Wendy Williams Show” has fired several producers including Jason Gabel and at least two other senior staff members.
Page Six reported that “The crew had a big party celebrating what they considered a season well done. The next day [some of them] got calls saying they’d been let go.”
Allegedly executives are interested in re-centering the show around current affairs and pop culture.
Representatives for the show refused to comment.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that these executives were fired because of Wendy’s controversial comments. They may have been the ones to write them. Or they approved them when another one of her writers submitted them for consideration. Whoever wrote or approved the comments, Wendy is the one that said them. It’s Wendy’s name that is on the show and the line. I’m willing to bet that when she said these words, whether she actually believed them or not, she believed that they would do wonder for her ratings. Perhaps Wendy believed that her audience was Whiter than it really is.
After all, Wendy has made quite a name for herself attacking and degrading Black celebrities. Perhaps she thought the same would be true with Jesse Williams. But his words were too true and at a time like this, much needed.
In this episode of Did Y’all See? the editors are calling out two famous women for their missteps regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. The first is Jennifer Lopez who tweeted #AllLivesMatter in promotion of a new song for Orlando shooting victims and the second is Wendy Williams who pretended not to understand the purpose of HBCUs and the NAACP in front of her live studio audience. Watch and weigh in with the editors as they call these entertainers to task.
Wendy makes a living being controversial. But it seems she might have finally taken it too far when she shared her thoughts on actor Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech for his BET Humanitarian Award.
While most people applauded the speech, Wendy took issue with it, wondering why we have institutions like HBCUs and the NAACP.
As we’ve reported before, Williams said, “On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically White college. We have historically Black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
She was dragged from here to kingdom come on social media; but perhaps, it was TV One host Roland Martin’s response that was the most scathing. In addition to telling Wendy to “stick to gossip,” calling her ignorant and suggesting she hadn’t read a book, he also told her “shut the hell up,” all while reminding Williams that the NAACP has always been a multiracial organization. He mentioned that we have “historically White universities,” we just call them universities because in this country, White is seen as the default.
Well, according to The Wrap, Wendy has invited Roland to appear on her show so they can discuss her comments further.
The talk show host made the announcement to her studio audience today. She said that she had been educated by Martin over the weekend, during “a very interesting conversation on the telephone regarding race.” She then said that Martin would appear on the show this Thursday to have “an open dialogue.”
“He’s educated me quite a bit and I hope you can do the same for all of us and we can begin to heal and stop,” Williams said.
Wendy told her audience that she was the one who initiated the conversation.
“I reached out to him over the weekend and we had a very interesting conversation on the telephone regarding race and so I said, ‘You know what? Why don’t you just come to the show?’” she said. “So I’ve invited Roland to the show. He will be here to have open dialogue. Roland will be here on Thursday, so I look forward to this.”
So do we.
Television host Wendy Williams is known for “saying it like she means it” spilling the tea since she stepped on the entertainment scene as a gossip-y radio personality.
Normally, Williams is catching from celebrities, but this week, everyone is giving her plenty of side eyes. Unless you’ve been hiding from civilization, then you already know that Williams’ made some offensive comments about HBCUs and the NAACP while discussing Jesse Williams’ BET Awards acceptance speech during the ‘Hot Topics’ segment of her show:
“On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
After social media drug her back and forth through the mud for her comments, it’s now alleged that Williams lost the show’s Chevrolet sponsorship as a direct result of her comments, according to Lovebscott.com. While there has yet to be an official announcement made of the parting, sources also told the site that the host has been “sobbing all week” but refuses to apologize.
Another interesting fact that should be noted is the fact that Andrea Holmes Thompkins, President and CEO of ACE Media Corp (the company responsible for facilitating the Chevy partnership), is a proud graduate of the illustrious Howard University.
So, y’all do the math, and we’ll keep you updated.
Wendy Williams has been habitually offensive since she was first given a platform to speak to the masses back in her radio days. But there’s a stark difference between talking trash about celebrities and using your voice belittle and discourage justice for the group of people of which you are apart. One of those offenses is somewhat laughable, the other simply unforgivable.
Wendy became the poster child for white pandering yesterday when she criticized Jesse Williams’ speech during the BET Awards with an argument from the Stacey Dash school of thought. She told her audience:
“I must say to you, [Jesse] was on BET. His speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically Black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
There are actually several schools understood to be historically white colleges due to their legacy concerning people of color, and I won’t waste time explaining why HBCUs exist because you already know that answer and so does Wendy. That’s why it’s so disheartening, particularly in the time and literal days we’re living in, to have someone give credence to anglo arguments that having organizations and movements for ourselves is racist, offensive and threatening. Perhaps Wendy is too far removed from her New Jersey roots to understand what it’s like to be likened to a terrorist group simply because you want others to actually believe the lives of Black people matter. Or maybe she mistakes the fact that white people allow her on their network to talk trash about us as acceptance rather than recognizing the pawn that she is.
Whatever motivates Wendy in the morning to spew the things she does, I hope she gains a greater understanding of not only the responsibility but the opportunity her platform represents. So few of us get to share a message with mainstream audiences, and it’s beyond disappointing when those of us who do use our platform to align ourselves with those in power rather than those who need protection and a voice. But let us not forget we, too, have a voice and right now that voice should be used to tune out and turn off Wendy whenever she speaks. Since she’s not doing anything useful with her platform anyway, she shouldn’t mind if it gets taken away.
“I Would Never Shirk My Responsibility” Sherri Shepherd Talks Custody Battle & Says Lamar Sally Is A Swinger
Sherri Shepherd recently sat down with Wendy Williams. And while Sherri is an accomplished comedian and actress, once you get her talking about her personal life, we all want to know what’s going on with her, that trifling ex husband, Lamar Sally, and their custody battle. Well, we know how the custody thing ended. She’s paying thousands of dollars to support his child. And during appearance on “The Wendy Williams” show she addressed those questions and threw plenty of shade at Lamar in the process.
When Wendy asked her if she’d gotten a breast reduction, Sherri said that she’s lost twelve pounds and a husband. And since she was so ready and willing to discuss it, Wendy asked her if she had trouble maintaining her weight with all that she had going on.
Sherri said: “I stressed for a minute. And when you stress, you eat pizza and everything. But once I decided to say ‘I forgive, I let go.’ I started cooking…
Wendy: Forgive who?! The wildebeest?!
Sherri: It has been rough but literally you’ve got to let go and keep it moving.
Wendy: You really do but when you’re paying $4,000 a month…
Sherri: No, more than that.
Wendy: We thought it was $4,000 but with all these jobs…
Sherri: It’s much more than that. This is the thing I want to say. People who know me and you know how much I talk about my son Jeffrey and how much I love Jeffrey. I took care of a grown man for four years, what makes you think I would not take care of his son? I would do that. That is me. You know me. So, I would never shirk my responsibility.
Wendy: Do you ever think you’ll meet the boy, the baby?
Sherri: This is a lot of legal stuff. It’s just too much legalese that I don’t want to go into but know when I do decide to talk— and I will— the tabloids that paid so much money to him to do interviews, are going to want their money back. So, there we go.
Boom! I, for one, can’t wait for the day when Sherri tells her story.
But the tea didn’t stop there. She talked about her date with a younger man. Long story, short, it didn’t go all that well. But when Wendy asked her what type of man she’s looking for, she had this to say.
Sherri: “I want somebody with a job, who makes more than me. I would like to be in a great, healthy relationship. But right now, I’m content. My girlfriends want to set me up…”
Wendy: “That happened with Niecy Nash the first time around.”
Sherri: “But Niecy’s my girlfriend. She got taken. She didn’t know that she was going to set me up with a con artist, an extortionist and a swinger. She didn’t know. I love you Niecy.”
Wendy: Wait, a swinger?!”
Sherri: Pretends to pick up the phone. “Lawyer what? I’m talking too much? Wendy, no they’re going to subpoena you. I can’t say no more on this show. I’m sorry.”
In the rest of the interview, Sherri explains why she won’t be back on “The View,” why she doesn’t regret telling Prince she wanted to make love to him and all of her 50-11 jobs. One thing we can say about Sherri, she won’t let nothing slow her down.
You can check out the full interview, in the video below.
In this week’s episode of “Did Y’all See?” we’re talking about relationships, reality tv and ridiculously fly women, all over the age of 50. First up, we’re talking about Sheree and Bob Whitfield rekindling their romantic relationship and whether it’s a good idea to date your ex husband. And in another, more real life example, we discussed a woman whose fiancé told her he only started dating her because she was unattractive. The story made us wonder if we could stay with a person like that. Then we moved on to Margaret “Shug” Avery, Naomi Campbell’s mother and Elise Neal killing the game over the age of 50-years-old.
And of course we played another game of Who’d You Rather, with our first unanimous decision.
Check out this episode of “Did Y’all See?” and let us what you think about all these topics.
Many of us become mortified when we think about the idea of asking a man out. But when it comes to Vanessa Williams, it certainly worked out for her. Big time. Last year, Williams married Jim Skrip after she asked him out on a dare while they both were vacationing, separately, in Egypt.
She shared the story during a recent sit down with Wendy Williams.
“I was on vacation with Sasha, who’s the same age as little Kev. And this was in 2012, after she finished studying Greece and Egypt. So I said, at the end of the year, I’m going to take you to Egypt so you can go to the pyramids and I can take you to the Nile. So we did our tour and we jumped on the Nile cruise. And we were going to our last site and our tour guide said, ‘I sat next to this guy he’s traveling alone and he’s single. You should go talk to him.’ I said, ‘C’mon…” So I went up to him and he was wearing on a Buffalo Sabers t-shirt. And I said, ‘Are you from Buffalo?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, “My mom grew up in Buffalo and my brother’s a big Bills fan.’ We started talking football and stuff, collected our bags and stuff.”
Then Wendy wanted to know if he recognized her as the Vanessa Williams.
“He knew who was but he never would approach me because he’s a gentleman. He saw me with my daughter so he never would approach me.
Then my tour guide kind of dared me. Well, ask him out tonight. I said, ‘C’mon it’s my last night. He’s already on his bus how am I going to get in contact with him?’ She said, ‘Hold on a sec.’ So she calls his tour guide and the tour guide said, ‘Here, the phone’s for you.’ I said, ‘I know it’s my last night and I know we just met but can you have dinner with me at my hotel?’ And he came with me and we had a beautiful 3-hour dinner.”
She explained that her daughter Sasha was totally cool with it. The two dated for three years before Skrip proposed.
Then she spoke to Wendy where she talks about her decision to return to Miss America pageant and her nude photo scandal versus celebrities who take and share the photos today.
“Well the difference is, the betrayal like Erin Andrews and mine, since there was no release, again that was a betrayal. When it’s a choice, that’s another thing. When you use it as a vehicle to get attention, that’s another thing. Apples and oranges.”
You can check out Williams talking about her husband, her new show “Satan’s Sisters” and her new clothing line in the video below.
Perhaps Wendy Williams should take a page out of Holly Robinson Peete’s book. Last week, we told you how Robinson Peete and her husband had to find creative ways to be intimate once their children entered the picture—including their “shaggin’ waggon,” which is where they go to get away from the kids and spend sexy time together. Williams and her husband, on the other hand, just get straight down to business whether their son is home or not. And well, that leaves room for pretty awkward experiences considering that the family has a no-closed-doors policy in their household.
Recently, the media maven opened up to Conan O’Brien about the time her then 13-year-old son discovered her giving her husband a sexual favor.
“I’m loose in some ways, and uptight in others. Like, we don’t close doors in our house. There is no need for him to be in his room with the door closed,” Williams said of her parenting style. “I get it. But here’s the deal: we walk hard in our house, or we’re clearing our throats, that’s the warning sign that ‘here I come!’ You just don’t tiptoe to somebody’s room. I respect him. When I come to see his room, you hear it. Or I’m ‘ahem ahem Kevin, here I come’ and I walk slow to give him a chance to clean up, and we don’t close our doors either, but if you walk in on me and my husband, you’re going to get a surprise.”
“Once, when he was 13, he got a surprise, and he will never do that again. He walked in on me giving my husband a favor, at 2 o’clock in the morning.”
“And he forgot to clear his throat and stomp,” went on. “Well, he didn’t hear anything. And then he looked and what do you think we did? Continued!”
According to Wendy, Little Kev left without incident, and he never made mention of what he saw; however, she admits that he did behave differently towards her the next day.
“He was going out with some of his friends and I usually, we leave the house with a hug and a kiss. We hugged, but he wouldn’t kiss me. He didn’t kiss me!”
“Our son, I guess, is very chill in a lot of ways,” she added. “We’ve never had the conversation about it and in my mind, if we ever do have it, I’m gonna lead with, ‘Well, at least your mother and father love each other,’ which is more than I can say for some of the kids that you’re growing up with. So enjoy that.’”
Good point, but we still feel kind of sorry for the kid.