Fabolous has maintained relevancy throughout two decades, and his clever punchlines play a major part.
The Brooklyn native stopped by The Breakfast Club and DJ Envy asked if anyone ever took offense to one of his punchlines and “pressed” him, and you’d never guess who did. “You know who actually stopped me? Solange. It was some mixtape freestyle, and I said ‘if you could have Beyonce would you take Solange? Luckily she didn’t run down on me in an elevator.”
“The first person I saw was B,” he continues. “She was like ‘let me holla at you.’ I went over there and she was telling me they rock with me — I didn’t think when I was saying it, I didn’t connect like that. With Beyonce, I ain’t gonna share the exact conversation but she told me, these are people. Saying something like that could personally hurt her. I said ‘I did it, and when I see Solange that I’ll apologize to her. I ended up seeing her, years ago. I beelined to Solange to apologize. She was stiff. I was like ‘ey what’s up.’” He proceeds to mimick her nonchalant response. “I was like, I didn’t mean any malice but I apologize for it,” he continues. “She was like, cool.”
“It really woke me up,” Fabolous confesses. “Up until that point, I would say anything in a rap if it was catchy.”
Social media was in a frenzy after the Academy announced the Oscars nominations last week. Users claimed a handful of actors were snubbed including Adam Sandler, Lupita Nyong’o, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Lopez.
We may not know why the actors were excluded from this year’s award ceremony, but a voting member of the Academy didn’t hold back on why Lopez was “snubbed.”
“I would have been shocked if she did get it,” Terry Moore said. “First of all, Hustlers is not an ‘Oscar movie. It’s a little too rough around the edges, and I’m assuming some other people in the acting category didn’t see it. Florence Pugh seems to have gotten the J.Lo spot — maybe because Little Women is a [prestigious] movie and she’s a bright, new star. Actors tend to think of Jennifer Lopez as a phenomenon more than an actress, per se. [It’s like last year, when] Lady Gaga lost the Oscar to Olivia Colman — a real actor’s actor.”
Moore did applaud Sandler’s Uncut Gems performance but she added, “He does cheesy Netflix comedies that are really dumb… Unfortunately, actors become brands. Sandler’s brand doesn’t scream ‘Oscar,’ but Leo DiCaprio’s and Jonathan Pryce’s do… If Adam Sandler has another great film, he’ll be nominated. If Eddie Murphy has another great film, he’ll be nominated.”
It’s important to note that Moore is 91-years-old so Hustlers may not be her cup of tea. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1952 and was once married to Howard Hughes.
It’s the new year and it’s safe to say fitness was at the top of some of our resolutions. Michelle Obama took to social media to share her 2020 work out playlist on Spotify.
The playlist features upbeat tracks like “Drogba (Joanna)” by Afro B, “One Kiss” from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, “Soulmate” by Lizzo and “Clique” by Kanye West, Big Sean and JAY-Z. She even threw in some nostalgic tunes like Jennifer Lopez’s “Feelin’ So Good” (feat. Big Fun and Fat Joe) and “Feels Good” by Tony! Toni! Toné!
Mrs. Obama also has you covered with the cooldown part of your work out. You can breathe and stretch to soothing records like “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith, “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean and “Show Me Love” by Alicia Keys (feat. Miguel).
The Obamas have built a reputation for sharing their music interests. Michelle Obama made a Valentine’s Day playlist for Barack Obama last year, and the former President closed 2019 sharing his favorite songs of 2019.
Listen to our forever First Lady’s playlist below:
Despite being nearly 50 years in orbit, there are parts of the world where hip-hop culture is not necessarily widely accepted. Senegal, the West African country known for its stable government and civilian rule where 94% of its population are Muslims is one of those places. However, there is a group of people in Senegal who believe in hip-hop and Mina La Voilée is one of them.
Mina La Voilée is French for Mina the veiled. Mina is a 27-year-old rapper from Dakar, Senegal who is also practitioner Sunni Islam, the country’s predominant religion. In a recent profile by BBC, when speaking about the backlash she frequently encounters from pursuing rap, the Genji Hip Hop rapper revealed how most doubters drop the label “satan” to express their discernment.
“My story is that I wanted to be a musician. But I couldn’t do it because of my veil and rap was the music that spoke to me the most. I was told that you can’t be a veiled girl and a rapper at the same time.”
Mina is not alone, either. She is one of the main rappers of Genji Hip Hop, a Senegalese female hip-hop collective with up to 70 young women featuring rappers, DJs, graffiti artists, dancers, and singers.
Whenever Mina grabs the mic, she does not box herself in with her religious sector. She considers herself to be a pure musician with a message. Veil or no veil. Even those who are close to her recognize this. However, her modernized, civilized, and open-minded approach has rubbed some of the people of Senegal the wrong way.
“Firstly, there are people who encourage me, who say the veil has nothing to do with being a musician. There are also insults. Some people tell me I’m the embodiment of Satan and I’m just here to spoil the religion.”
Keep in mind, Mina la voilée is not the average western-influenced type of artist who is going to consistently rap about relationships, material things, and clout. Leave that up to the afrobeats artists of West Africa. She views hip-hop as a gateway to vocalize change. Through rap, Mina has evolved into an activist fighting for women’s rights in Senegal where the resistance to revolt comes to war with religious devotion.
“As a woman, I think there are topics that I would be able to speak about more than men. For example, underage marriage, the fact that women have no right to speak, female genital mutilation, rape, and other crimes. People are going to call me a feminist, I’m fine with that,” she said.
“Recently in Senegal, there are girls who have been raped and killed. This phenomenon is growing here in Senegal.”
Mina La Voilée’s courage to take on hip-hop’s rap element is an inspiration for many of the veiled women of Senegal. With the aggressive restriction on women’s choice, Mina’s concerts have encouraged young veiled women in Senegal to come out of their homes to attend and enjoy themselves. The act is bittersweet for the women of Senegal. The act is also revealing about how hip-hop can be used as a powerful tool to push for a human right as destined as freedom.
Victor Cruz stopped by the Wendy Williams show and the talk show host is known to ask the questions we all want to know the answers to.
When asked about marriage he revealed that is something he “absolutely” wants to do. He slammed rumors that the model and actress is expecting but he looks forward to having more kids in the future. “I do [want more kids],” the former NFL player said. “I want my little boy, I need my football player.” Cruz already has an 8-year-old daughter with his ex.
Victor Cruz also spoke candidly about how the pair met. “And, we had always kind of been friends,” he explained. “I would always see her around and we would always have a conversation. As I got reintroduced to her through a mutual friend, I was like, ‘Man, I gotta take a shot at this. If I want her to be my girl, if I want to take her seriously, I gotta take a shot.’”
Being politically correct seems to be an overarching theme in the media. Everyone is super careful not to say the wrong thing… or so it seems. Words that have never been used on the radio and on television before now flowing freely. You can’t say the “f” word or “ass,” but you can say the “b” word and a bunch of other words.
We definitely can’t say the “n” word.
And DJ Envy, host on The Breakfast Club, is acutely aware of this.
So when Angela Yee was giving her “Rumor Report,” she said a word that caused him some caution.
She said, “Alright Damon Dash… He is upset with WeTV because he said the ‘reneged’ on a promise…”
In the clip on IG, Envy asks his co-host, “And you quoted Dame Dash when you said the ‘re-word’.”
Yee responds. “When I said what?” Charlamagne chimes in, “The ‘re-word’?”
Envy went forth adamant that harm had been committed, “The re-n-word.”
He thought that the word “renege” was a variation of “n*gger.”
WHAT IN THE NAME OF HARVEY IS HE THINKING?
Truth is… many racist people have used the word that sounds like the slur to make it a slur.
Back in 2012, when we had a real president, there was a popular bumper sticker being sold with the Obama logo on it that said, “2012: Don’t Re-nig.” The woman that created them and sold them, was a Forbes writer and contends that they are not racist at all.
Paula Smith of Hinesville, Georgia has a company called Stickatude.com. And they’re selling their own version of an anti-Obama bumper sticker that reads “Don’t Re-Nig 2012.” Ms. Smith told me in a telephone conversation on Saturday afternoon that the bumper sticker has been in their inventory since June 2010, but just in the last few days it’s started selling. The price is $3. Ms. Smith insisted that the bumper sticker is not racist. I asked her about the “N” word, for which “nig” is the shortened version.
‘Re-Nig’ is Racist? Who Knew! by March 22, 2012 by Ed Brayton
However, the word “renege” is not a racist word at all when used in proper context and spelled correctly. According to etymologyonline.com, the word originated in 1540s, meaning to “deny, renounce, abandon,” from Medieval Latin renegare, from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + negare “refuse,” from PIE root *ne- “not.” Meaning “change one’s mind” is from 1784.
So, Angela… to answer your question… you are not in trouble at all.
Oprah Winfrey has been romantically linked to Steadman Graham throughout her entire career. The couple has been together since 1986 but aren’t officially married.
Stedman did propose once and the famed talk show and she explained why they never made it down the aisle.
“In 1993, the moment after I said yes to his proposal, I had doubts. I realized I didn’t actually want a marriage. I wanted to be asked,” Oprah explained in her self-titled magazine for next month’s feature. “I wanted to know he felt I was worthy of being his missus, but I didn’t want the sacrifices, the compromises, the day-in-day-out commitment required to make a marriage work. My life with the show was my priority, and we both knew it.”
Oprah Winfrey explained that their “spiritual partnership” wouldn’t have lasted if they got married. “I thought he was nice enough, but I wasn’t that impressed,” she said of their first date. “He was polite, yes, and kind. The sort of guy who sits with an ailing friend. Tall and handsome, for sure. But actually too handsome, I thought, to be interested in me. I figured he must be a player. So did all my producers. They warned me not to get involved with that Stedman guy.”
The Hip-Hop community has come to one consensus. Mutually, we all agree that Phylicia Rashad is our mom… our TV mom anyways…. and so when she went on Sway in The Morning and he asked her about if she is on social media… her response was something that we should all take to heart.
“No.” She responds to Sway. “My mother said that ‘people need not know you personally.’ Everyone need not know you personally.”
She continues with her signature Claire Huxtable cut-eye, “I think social media has given some anonymous people a very loud voice.”
“And you just need to be a little careful about yourself and what you are putting out there.”
Tyler Perry adds that this why no one has seen his son. Even though the young Perry is five years old, his father has opted to allow the child some anonymity while he can have it.
“I refuse to put him in this place of… throw[ing] you to the world [by] putting your picture everywhere.” Perry continues. “… He doesn’t even know who he is just yet.”
The two were on Sway Calloway’s Sway in The Morning radio show on Sirius Radio with the rest of the cast for Perry’s new show, “A Fall From Grace” that drops on Netflix on January 17th.
Tyler Perry and the cast of A Fall From Grace, Crystal Fox, Bresha Webb, and Phylicia Rashad, visited the Sway in Morning show to promote this new and apparently unpredictable story.
The interview also provides a platform for Tyler Perry to respond to his critics that have taken shots about him writing his own scripts and speaks on giving other people the opportunity people as they push to get into the industry.
Cardi B hasn’t released music in a while, but she’s still doing numbers out the gym.
A lot of people didn’t think the “Bodak Yellow” rapper would last this long, but her debut album is still charting after its 2018 release.
Invasion of Privacy the longest-charting debut album by a female rapper on the Billboard 200 according to chart data. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hillspent and impressive 91 weeks on the charts. Cardi’s IOP is on its 92nd week.
This doesn’t come as a surprise because we recently reported that the Bronx rapper’s album is the highest streamed female album in Spotify’s history. Bardi Gang is still waiting on her sophomore album, which she said she has been working on.
Cardi B offered a very short preview of an upcoming single produced by Wheezy. Does it sound promising so far?
Believe it or not, Hollywood has always been obsessed with Black women and our culture.
Maybe obsessed is not the word… fetishized by how absolutely amazing we are. We are more than just a hashtag. And while #BlackGirlMagic is a cool idea… there is no such thing as hocus pocus when it comes down to Black women. We are intentional and our stories are more than sister-girl-fairy-dusted tropes. Thus, when we think about Black women and the very sensitive portrayal of their lives in sororities, one can’t help but take caution. Does Hollywood care to get it right? Or will sorors be portrayed as petty girls who are all elite snobs, looking for husbands in their brother frats.
We say “nope.”
Thank goodness three Black cinematic offerings, written or directed by Black filmmakers have gotten it right.
ONE: DO THE RIGHT THING
Many people were exposed to the thrills of Black College by watching Spike Lee’s School Daze in 1988. While it was filmed in the historic Atlanta University Center, this fictional school was a composite of the schools at the time that were housed in the consortium. At one time there were seven: The former Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark College, Morris Brown College, Interdenominational Theological Center and Morehouse School of Medicine. School Daze presented them as Mission College and while you might think that the scenes being referenced regarding sorority life are “The Coronation” or the “Wannabe/ Jiggaboo” musicals… there is a more intimate moment that got Delta all the way right.
Do you remember when Dap and Rachel got into an argument in his room?
Rachel had shared with Dap that she wanted to pledge Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (like of course) and he tried to forbid it. She told him that she like what they were doing, that they were positive and about serving the community.
Old Spike got this all the way right! Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on Jan. 13, 1913, 107 years ago. From the very beginning of her origins, the organization had scholarship, sisterhood, and service at its core. Rachel indeed would have been a great Delta at the fictional Mission College.
TWO: QUEEN SUGAR
There has to be someone on the staff that is either a Delta or Delta-ish, because there have been all kinds of Easter eggs throughout the seasons that point to the largest sorority in the world. Like that time that Mellisa Harris-Perry, a decorated member of Delta Sigma Theta, came on to chat it up with her soror, Nova Bordelon.
While they don’t say it, why wouldn’t she be one? Sure she has some deep-seated thangs going on, by Nova is a go-getter and the exceptional. She and her sister Charlie both ferociously attack social justice and civil rights with all of their hearts, and what makes us believe that is a “Crimson and Cream” family is all those African Violets planted all over the place. The African Violet is the official flower for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Yup… them two supposed to be Deltas in the show.
THREE: THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY
Oh, how this movie touched so many. Two of the characters, Shelby and Mia seem to be members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It also appears that Mia’s husband, Lance is a member of Omega Psi Phi, the fraternity often linked as the brothers to Delta. Delta Sigma Theta has no official brothers… but many folk actually rock with this concept of “Coleman Love.” Don’t think so hard… a whole bunch of folk. Lance even has a conversation with the other men in the film about friendship being essential to the soul… Boom Pow!
But the most endearing part is when Mia transitioned and her “Sands” placed an African Violet on her casket.
Happy Founders Day to the beautiful women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Hope this made you smile on your day.