This past weekend the hip-hop world collectively tried to cool off as Remy Ma’s “SheTHER” diss sent Nicki Minaj and the internet up in flames. Nothing short of an instant hip-hop classic and arguably a top five diss record of all time, "SheTHER", was a verbal tongue lashing that shed light on Minaj's alleged promiscuity, drug use, plastic surgery, disloyalty, and questionable pen game. Many of the references in the musical kill-shot cannot be confirmed but speculation about the origins of Nicki’s famous derriere has persisted since her breakout mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, in '09.Remy claims Nicki attained her trademark curves through back-alley butt injections and that it makes her a bad role model for young girls who are influenced to do the same. *Now here is where Remy gets an Angela Rye style side-eye* In a genre full of degrading images of black women and constant references to them as “b-tches” and “gold-diggers”, it seems Remy would have something to say about the profession she’s chosen before coming at Nicki as a role model, especially since she considers herself the queen. The elephant on wax is Remy’s violent past. The New York rapper served time for shooting at her best friend -- not exactly "role model" behavior. If anything, it paints Remy as the glass figurine throwing stones in a glass house. Furthermore, Remy used Minaj’s support of her brother -- who’s currently facing criminal charges for alleged sexual acts with an under aged girl -- to shame her and highlight her immoral character is a low-blow beyond measure.What’s worse? Providing support to a criminal or being a convicted criminal yourself? Disregarding the stolen innocence of a young black girl? Or disregarding the life of a young black woman?Remy’s attack is the result of hip-hop fans insatiable appetite for violent behavior and it's ignorance to the morals of the talent that drives it. Whether it’s pedophilia (R. Kelly) or murder (Gucci Mane). Remy Ma solidified her spot as a legendary emcee this weekend by annihilating Nicki over the instrumental Nas' used against Jay-Z with her lyrical wizardry. However, she did not make a solid case for why she deserves our attention or support over Nicki especially since she pulls the "moral" card when talking top...
"Black Beatles", the #1 hit by Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, and Mike Will Made-It is forever synonymous with the Mannequin Challenge. Just when you thought the track couldn't get any better, Nicki Minaj graced us with a freestyle.She dropped the news on Instagram early Tuesday morning.Link in bio BLACK BARBIES - why? Cuz 2 Lil black kids got the NUMBER 1 RECORD IN THE COUNTRY & I'm soooooo happy for Mike Will. Now ✅ that! *my baby Phaedra voice* 💟🎀 #SremmLife #MikeWillMadeIt Guwop on the nmbr one record in the country 🙌🏽A photo posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on Nov 15, 2016 at 3:44am PSTAnd on her Twitter account.https://t.co/60Ffy5I8s8 Black Barbies in the cityyyyy #BlackBarbies 💟🎀✅✅✅— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 15, 2016It's been a hot minute since we've heard the Queen of grace us with a freestyle. From the looks of things, her fans approve.Wigs were snatched left and right.This is why I always keep @NICKIMINAJ notifications on #BlackBarbies 🔥🔥🔥— ⚜ M. Lewinsky ⚜ (@MarkiaTheCEO) November 15, 2016"Young girls always looking for a soul mate. But, I shoulda listened to what mama told me." Shit. Shit. Shit.— αуαи™ (@MiLUVMiSUMNEEKi) November 15, 2016@NICKIMINAJ i knew you dropped music because my phone was going AWF OMG, this remix is EVERYTHING!!!!!!!— Ar-Rian McFadden (@Harajuku__Lala) November 15, 2016@NICKIMINAJ WTF NIC !!!! You didn't even give me time to fully wake up— Barb'Bree 🌻 (@_ProBarb) November 15, 2016When i saw her tweet a soundcloud link pic.twitter.com/cY3H4T2cWY— NasliNas (@nasli_minaj) November 15, 2016I was already in love with #BlackBeatles, and now Nicki comes with #BlackBarbies and I'm obsessed. pic.twitter.com/iagcnCEmsV— S h a r i 👑 (@xojahshari) November 15, 2016@NICKIMINAJ I'M AT WORK SPAZZING! BITCH I RAN TO THE BATHROOM! WHY YOU BE CUTTING UP LIKE THAT— TRINA (@TRINAMINAJ) November 15, 2016IM SHOOK AT 6 IN THE MORNING #BlackBarbies— J O R D A N ™ (@JordanxZolanski) November 15, 2016@NICKIMINAJ BLACK BARBIES SNATCHED ME BALD!!!!!— Jason (@JasonZolanski_) November 15, 2016Don't think she's sleeping on world events. Ms. Minaj even spoke on president-elect, Donald Trump."Island girl, Donald Trump want me go home."Listen to the full track.Are you digging Nicki's freestyle? Share your thoughts below in the comments!Loving Blavity's articles? Sign up for our daily...
Nicki Minaj has released a the trailer for her new mobile game, entitled Nicki Minaj: The Empire.
Minaj teamed up with the same creators behind the successful games of Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. The game will allow her fans to be able to perform, create songs, customize their own homes, and throw parties.
Mobile games have become a lucrative opportunity for celebrities as they engage their fans in an easy way at the palm of their hands. The game is set for release soon.
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Have you ever seen a red carpet look so breathtaking that you wished you could get your hands on but couldn't afford? Brazlian blogger João Paulo (@JohnDrops) has found a way to DIY celebrity looks from household items. Here are 15 of his most hilarious projects:
1. The accuracy of his leg is amazing.
Look: Apresentar trabalho de escola 💅🏻💅🏻🙆🏽💃🏼💃🏼 | doing schoolwork 💃🏼💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻. @saintrecords #Igualquenemdojohn #MetGala2016 #metgala
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on May 3, 2016 at 11:01am PDT
2. His use of a trash bag is both impeccable and thrifty.
Look: Esperando o manobrista trazer minha vassoura ❤️❤️❤️💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💅🏻💅🏻🙆🏽 @nickiminaj | #igualquenemdojohn #MetGala2016 #metgala #nickiminaj
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on May 2, 2016 at 6:19pm PDT
3. Is anybody really surprised at this point that he was able to pull this off?
Look: Vou ali dançar forró 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼🙆🏻 @taylorswift | #igualquenemdojohn #metGala #Metgala2016
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on May 2, 2016 at 4:54pm PDT
4. How Sway?
Look: Chegando no trabalho, virada da balada 💅🏻💅🏻💃🏼🔪 @badgalriri | #igualquenemdojohn #Rihanna #neededme #Ant
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on May 2, 2016 at 8:27am PDT
Poor cheese grater.
A video posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on May 3, 2016 at 8:12am PDT
5. No really, how does he do this?
#bdayjupaes : Rainha do mar 🙅🏻💍🐟💧 @julianapaes | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem #JulianaPaes
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Mar 26, 2016 at 8:35am PDT
6. True Life: I need João to design my next dress.
Look: chego na festa e descubro que tem lembrancinha no final. 🙅🏻💅🏻💅🏻💃🏼 part. @ticibicelli | @kimkardashian | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem #kimkardashian #kardashian @kendalljenner 👻 johndrops
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Apr 5, 2016 at 12:22pm PDT
7. His facial reactions are the BEST.
Look: Esperando a vaca da sua ex, pra montar em cima dela 💅🏻🙋🏻💁🏻💁🏻💁🏻🐄 @katyperry | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem #iHeartAwards #ACMAwards #katyperry @moschino #moschino
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Apr 3, 2016 at 6:11pm PDT
8. Is he selling his designs on Etsy or nah?
Look: Preparando a costela do Outback em casa 🙅🏻💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻💃🏼💃🏼🍗🍖 @gio_ewbank | (DEFINITIVAMENTE, ESSE FOI O LOOK MAIS DIFÍCIL, MEU DELS 😱 Que calor) | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem #gioewbank #GeracaoGlamour
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Apr 11, 2016 at 10:27am PDT
9. This look would be nothing without the broken foil necklace.
Look: quando o boy pergunta cadê o ovo da páscoa dele. @ladygaga 🐰🍫🍫💃🏼💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻💁🏼 | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem #LadyGaga
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Mar 27, 2016 at 2:43pm PDT
10. The bubble wrap just added an extra "pop".
Look: Mainha, sou pura 💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻👯👯👯🙅🏼 @gigihadid | #igualquenemdojohn #flash2016 #gigihadid
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Mar 20, 2016 at 7:43pm PDT
11. Where does he find the time?
Look #tbt: Me esfreguei no asfalto. 👯🙆🏼💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻👊🏼🚧 @laylamonteiro | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem #laylaMonteiro #falsianegasgada
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Mar 16, 2016 at 7:55pm PDT
12. Not Naomi!
Look: Mainha mandou eu jogar o lixo lá fora. 💃🏼💅🏻💅🏻👯👯👯🙆🏻🙆🏻 @iamnaomicampbell | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Mar 12, 2016 at 2:44pm PST
13. Somebody hide this from the #BeyHive.
Look: Indo no culto das flawless com mozao 💅🏾👡👯👯💅🏻💅🏻💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 Glorifica, crazy in love @beyonce | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem #Beyonce #Falsianedejeans
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Mar 7, 2016 at 8:38am PST
14.I can't call it.
Look: Descubro que o crush da solteiro na mesma balada. @kerrywashington 👯👗💃🏼🙆🏻🙆🏻🏆🕴Perdeu o Tapete Vermelho mais tombatido do ano? Fique tranquila monamour! O canal @eonlinebrasil irá reprisar durante a semana: Hoje as 14h, 17h e 21h, terça as 18h e sábado às 19h. | #igualquenemdojohn #tapetevermelhoE #johndropsnoTapeteVermelho #ad
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Feb 29, 2016 at 7:04am PST
15. *closes Instagram forever*
Look: Segurando a porta do banheiro da balada, pra amiga mijar em paz. 💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻💃🏼💃🏼🙅🏻💁🏻💧 @oficialgonzalez | #igualquenemdojohn #igualquenem #Mariginzalez #FalsianenaBalada
A photo posted by João Paulo (@johndrops) on Mar 26, 2016 at 7:59pm PDT
Which celeb look should he recreate next?
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While we were all still recovering from our LEMONADE hangover, Drake blessed us with some artwork for his highly anticipated album, Views From the 6. The artwork features the Canadian rapper photoshopped on top of the CN Tower in Toronto. Let's just say Twitter wasted no time when they got their hands on this.
Here are some of the best memes based off of the album artwork:
1. Enter the Jordan crying face.
had to add my little spin on the drake artwork pic.twitter.com/asWvjSK2ZB
— I'm Creative... AF (@BillionBus) April 25, 2016
2. And, Skai Jackson because we all know Drake is petty AF.
3. We even had a brief cameo from this legendary Drake meme.
4. Birdman in the corner like: "Is this album called Views From the 6 or Sights from Toronto?"
5. This one might just win the Pettiest Meme of the Year award.
Meek's #VIEWS pic.twitter.com/amOwAVFhsJ
— Complex (@ComplexMag) April 25, 2016
6. Na, but Meek was probably looking at this meme in that last photo.
VIEWS FROM NICKI / @Drake pic.twitter.com/SsPW0MG5JO
— Edward Chiu (@edwardjschiu) April 25, 2016
7. Even Bey isn't exempt from this savagery. Behold,"Views From the Cornrows."
The jokes are already coming in. #VIEWS pic.twitter.com/Ja1aZ2fxDy
— 2DOPEBOYZ (@2DopeBoyz) April 25, 2016
8. "Views from 'Where's Drizzy?' a new children's book coming to your local Barnes & Nobles."
Where's Drizzy?#VIEWS pic.twitter.com/VnoPHkuQ37
— Complex News (@Complex_News) April 27, 2016
9. ANOTHER ONE.
Idk how but...this L still makes its way back to Meek. #VIEWS pic.twitter.com/HQdOudtFXG
— h.shariff (@haikotelli) April 25, 2016
10. Nah, but seriously though. Drake fans might just rival the #BeyHive.
11. Don't lie-- a Drake, J. Cole collab album would be the truth.
— DJ TrusssMiidemiks (@HeadphoneJones_) April 25, 2016
12. Ernie and Bert already know, and they're teaching the children too.
13. Now y'all know Norm couldn't let this one pass him by.
14. When you realize that you're scared of heights...
15. And when you REFUSE to let that One Dance pass you by.
WHEN YOU LATE FOR CARIBANA AND NOW ALL THE DUFFERIN BUSES ARE PACKED pic.twitter.com/gq3diSpfrv
— most slept on (@DijahSB) April 25, 2016
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Entertainment powerhouse, Nicki Minaj has become well-known over the years for her cut-throat lyrics, bizarre costumes and outspoken stance on feminism. Known to captivate audiences with her every move, it was a no-brainer for TIME to select the 33-year-old rapper for its annual '100 Most Influential People'.
In an exclusive interview, Ms. Minaj details her early quest for power and autonomy over her career. At a young age she made it clear that her future would hold nothing short of boss moves. Nicki also mentions why she finds it important for Black women to be credited for their influence in popular culture.
"I think Black women are held to higher standards. A lot of pop culture takes from Black culture and often times doesn't really say they got it from Black culture," Minaj said. "Magazines are acting like they're just being done for the first time because it's on a white woman's head or it's on a white woman's body, and you have to get used to living in a world that doesn't even acknowledge that you did certain things."
Nicki is all about sharing the wealth. She's passing along valuable advice to other women about boldly seeking fair pay.
"I think women have the tendency to feel that they shouldn’t ask to be compensated as much a man doing the same exact thing. If you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field."
See the full interview for yourself.
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Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Kevin Hart, oh my! Some of the best comedians in the business have shown off their skills on the Saturday Night Live stage during its 41 seasons on-air. But they aren’t the only ones who’ve gotten audiences to cry laughing. Some of SNL’s most hysterical moments happened when our favorite celebrities stopped by. Check out this list of celebs we would love to see make another SNL appearance.
“I’m on a Boat” has become one of SNL’s top skits.
Some of his funniest work was as an SNL host. Maybe we can make #DrakeOnSNL a thing...
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Seeing Cuba Gooding, Jr. back on SNL would be a great complement to his current dramatic work on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Nicki as Kim Kardashian? Hilarious.
It never gets old seeing this former cast member back on the show.
Her reactions in the "Single Ladies" skit were priceless. It would be great to see her reprise her role as, well, herself!
He was so young when he hosted back in season 12! How fun would it be see him back on now that he’s older and wiser?
Oprah hosted SNL in 1986 right around the launch of her talk show. We’d love to see her slay the stage 30 years later. And with #OprahAlwaysOnBeat floating around, she and Beyonce could pair up for an unstoppable episode. #wishfulthinking
Snoop back on the show would be the funniest thing ever. He could discuss his thoughts on the Friends reunion!
David Alan Grier
When we saw him in The Wiz: Live, we were reminded of his magic. We wish he could grace the SNL stage with it once again.
She did a fantastic job playing every black woman ever while hosting during season 39. We know she’d kill it if she hosted again.
He’s one of the longest-running cast members on SNL (he worked on the show for almost 10 years). We know he would get us giggling.
He's consistently funny. Plus, he could bring Damon, Jr. with him.
She’s so funny on Empire, we want to her doing more comedy!
She's known for dramatic roles, but we’d love to see Halle Berry show us more of her funny side.
The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson)
It would be hilarious if he brought his Taylor Swift dance moves to SNL.
After seeing her in Top Five, she could certainly hold her own with the comedy pros of SNL.
A man of many talents, we always love to see Ludacris let loose.
Taraji P. Henson
The queen of shenanigans, she’s perfect for SNL and should be on the show more often.
A classic comedian who we can’t help but wish could be on SNL every week.
These folks haven’t hosted before but would definitely be tons of fun on the show!
Sasheer Zamata, Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharaoh, Leslie Jones and Michael Che
They’re already part of the SNL cast, but we’d like to see them as leads!
This feminist has a sense of humor! She turned slut-shaming on its head in a fantastic partnership with Funny or Die and was hysterical playing Charlie’s ex-love on Black-ish. She would easily make a kickass SNL host.
Happy #InternationalChocolateCakeDay #LetThemEatCookieCakes 🍪🎂🍪🎂🍪🎂🍪🎂🍪🎂🍪 @tarajiphenson 👀 #SheAINTReallyMyMama
A video posted by Jussie Smollett (@jussiesmollett) on Jan 27, 2016 at 2:53pm PST
He was pretty funny on New Girl, but imagine if Prince’s expression-less face was on “Black Jeopardy.” 100 percent perfection.
Who would you like to see back on SNL? Let us know in the coments below!
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If you missed this video the first time it surfaced, you need to take the time to watch it now. After the debut of "Lookin' Ass," filmmaker Pierre Bennu laid Nicki Minaj’s single over a section from Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat, a racist cartoon from 1941 that pairs way too well for comfort.
Don't believe me? Watch it for yourself and let me know your thoughts in the comments below
The password is: Self-hate.
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Allusions by A. Lekay is a designer swimwear brand that caters to women from all walks of life. Altrichia Cook created this brand by way of her desire to feel sexy and beach appropriate while preparing for vacation in March of 2013. Using social media to chronicle her trip, immediately she discovered her creation could be a lucrative business.
Fast-forwarding to two years later, she has successfully become a globally recognized brand and collaborated with major entities such as Maybelline NY, and has been featured in an array of media publications including Essence magazine, BuzzFeed and MTV Style.
Allusions by A. Lekay Swimwear offers high-waisted swimwear and empowers women to live life fierce and fearlessly. From the runways of New York Fashion Week to Miami International Fashion Week to landing on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine, worn by Nicki Minaj, Altrichia Cook is no stranger to hard work, fearlessness and connecting with others. This Polk County native has epitomized the essence of what it means to be a game changer.
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The undisputed instigator of hip-hop beef who is routinely and marvelously dragged is none other than the than Meek Mill, also known in federal court as Robert Rihmeek Williams. He apparently didn't learn from his public shaming last year, so recently the MMG lyricist returned to an empty boxing ring ready to spar in a match he would undoubtedly lose.
These are the six stages of a Meek Mill beef:
1. Release diss track
A video posted by @rapradar on Jan 16, 2016 at 4:47pm PST
Reminding the public he is indeed a rapper, Meek dropped the 4/4 EP, which includes an “I’m Da Plug” freestyle. Including shots fired at Drake. Oh man, not again.
2. Receive unsolicited response
— Norm Kelly (@norm) January 17, 2016
Norm tried to save Philly another embarrassment.
3. Instigate secondary beef
U pop shit on social media 24/7 ... U never in the places everybody b at.... The whole queens say you a rat.... Ross baby mom hit you for that check you sick .... Ross finished you "career over? How dare you speak on that? .... All you artist that came under you broke" ya son hate you smfh! Ya swag on below "0" lol hold up..... U always hating on puff and Hov other go getters from ya city...... U going broke and you miserable .... U really miserable bro.... You like 40 on the internet all day Mayweather ain't got tickets for you nomore .... Ya liquor is piss... U really miserable and don't really have friends ... You scared to play the mixes everybody b at! U never played with me in person because u know how we rocking lol I'm done wit you ... This my last insta-fingers post for a min lol Norm Kelly hold up...... Young black dude that came from nothing vs old white racist man from Toronto.... I got more money than you already? You took the real "L" in life champ! Oh fif all y'all dudes do is talk about Nicki ... This just my real life my fault for snapping on y'all weirdos! Hov gave you a half of bar bro ski... I bet any amount of money queens would trade me for you! "You the one made it cool to b a hater" I'm out Sincerely -instafingers @iamdiddy @ceoslow stop letting this dork play around ... He already been shot 9 times lol he like a vegetable or something .... @irvgotti187 can you clarify that he told on y'all? We need answers!
A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Jan 17, 2016 at 11:24am PST
When one beef goes stale, Meek cooks up another, maybe to remain in the conversation. Meek saves room on the EP to target 50 Cent. The bullying maven viciously responds.
LMAO Hey shit head, your career is over already.you better focus on getting Nikki pregnant so you can at least get child support girl. new meek emoji lol
A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 17, 2016 at 11:00am PST
4. Attempt to defend
I got 50k to donate to waters ... Let's see if we can have @50cent match me! I'm pretty sure "flint" supported us! Serious post contact .... Roc nation will purchase for me and ship! Not even just him all entertainers! I ain't got the tine posting memes and shit... "Way too trill for that" @dallaslifestyle it's my dawg hometown too! #FORMLKDAY
A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Jan 18, 2016 at 10:56am PST
Meek strains to deflect 50's social media onslaught. It's tough to reduce meme on meme crimes.
Hip Hop's first retarded MC. This nut make philly look bad. I got put some new philly artist on because this fool. SMH #SMSAUDIO #FRIGO
A video posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 17, 2016 at 11:12am PST
KANAN RELOADED coming soon. Shit Head 💩💩💩 #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO
A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 17, 2016 at 12:02pm PST
5. Acquire additional troops
#IrvGotti comes to #MeekMill's defense and throws shade to #50cent
A photo posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on Jan 17, 2016 at 12:42pm PST
New challengers approach the battlefield. Team Meek recruits Irv Gotti, who adds his two cents regarding 50's alleged fraudulent history.
Your boss Police fuck MMG.
— Tony Yayo (@TonyYayo) January 17, 2016
Team 50 has G-Unit labelmate Tony Yayo attack MMG label boss, Rick Ross.
6. Silently retreat
Say less.... Just watch these characters!
A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Jan 17, 2016 at 11:43am PST
Meek calmly secedes from battle, ultimately sealing the coffin on his fate.
He was a 💩head, but he was a good shit head. #SMSAUDIO
A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 18, 2016 at 8:27am PST
50 claims this victory with Mortal Kombat-style finishing memes.
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The Socialhood Watch monitors these hash-tagged streets for acts of civility and criminality alike. Just as the world turns, the tide of public opinion sways from minute to minute. We can praise your fave’s "woke" post today, yet drag them for their ignorance tomorrow. Read this week’s report below for the good, the bad, and the ugly in celebrity post.
The Good - Twitter Celebrates Ziggy Stardust
Sunday night, an icon was lost when rock legend David Bowie succumbed to an 18-month battle with cancer. The world not only mourned the passing of the 69-year-old Blackstar producer, but fans and celebrities alike paid their respects to Bowie's legendary career.
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace 🖖🏾 #RIPDavidBowie
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016
"I don't know where I'm going from here but I promise it won't be boring." - RIP David Bowie pic.twitter.com/2WTxnWoX6v
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
The Bad - When Bonnie Met Black Twitter
Monday evening was the highly-anticipated College Football Championship pitting undefeated Clemson against record breaking Derrick Henry and Alabama. The event opened with the singing of the National Anthem by award winning performance artist Ciara. While the performance may have raised a few eyebrows, the "Promise" songstress looked stunning in a full-length gown.
Unfortunately some felt Ciara's attire was inappropriate for such a family-oriented event, specifically ESPN's Bonnie Bernstein.
Dear Ciara. You're stunning. But this is a National Championship Game. Kids are watching. Cover up.
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) January 12, 2016
Hitting send was a beckoning for Black Twitter to assault Bernstein's mentions, challenging her critique as nonsensical.
RT @BonnieBernstein Dear Ciara. You're stunning. this is a National Championship Game. Kids are watching. Cover up. pic.twitter.com/0vHbrxZDDY
— kate boss. (@FUCCl) January 12, 2016
OH THE HUMANITY ✌ RT @brad_fisher11 @BonnieBernstein like this Bonnie? On live tv where kids are watching! pic.twitter.com/PSE76LwTzN
— Slevin Kelevra (@ToeKnee2GX) January 12, 2016
@OJTheNigerian She probably is
— Thursday night live (@Nigerianscamsss) January 12, 2016
RT @dcmadness202: Dear @BonnieBernstein, Cover up. There are kids watching pic.twitter.com/dv4su81Fl8
— Les (@LesIzMore) January 12, 2016
Although some did voice their agreement with Bernstein's remarks, it seemed Bernstein only made it worse when she charged her naysayers with pulling the race card.
Truly am amazed at how people take a tweet (that includes a compliment!) & wanna make it about race. Seriously. Grow up. Watch the game.
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) January 12, 2016
These tweets summarize this perfectly.
.@BonnieBernstein Try doing some of that growing up you just prescribed for everyone else.
— tj matheny (@TJECS206) January 12, 2016
.@BonnieBernstein OR, it's about how you think your morality, and someone else's kids, should determine what Ciara or any woman, wears?
— tj matheny (@TJECS206) January 12, 2016
The Ugly - Nicki Minaj vs. Teen Mom
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Sometimes celebrities are just like regular people. Nicki Minaj proved this last week while binge-watching MTV's Teen Mom, and having some explosive reactions to one of the show's subjects. Seeing Farrah Abraham's nasty attitude toward her mother, Minaj took to Twitter belittling the young mother, even calling her out her name. Abraham answered back, and soon their respective fans jumped into the fray. The tweef continued and marked a new low for Abraham who enlisted her own daughter to clap back.
Minaj's only reply, however, was to the media who used non-smiling photos of the rapper when reporting the Twitter spat:
Hey US WEEKLY I'm smiling here https://t.co/BrmH1glNdR
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) January 10, 2016
No smiling photos of me in your archives? 😬 @1027KIISFM ~ lol smh
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) January 10, 2016
Here I am smiling 😩 pic.twitter.com/QmgXCZO0tf
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) January 10,...
I’m a Nicki Minaj fan. I’m not a super fan — I didn’t follow her when she was still underground and all that — but I enjoy her music and vibe with her "no BS" attitude.
This past weekend, Nicki fired back at Farrah Abraham, a Teen Mom cast member, starting yet another celebrity Twitter feud.
As bad as it might be to say this, I loved it. Nicki Minaj has been known to call out what doesn’t sit well with her. Her clapbacks directed at MTV, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus this summer were widely seen. She spoke about demanding her orgasm and explained why modern cultural appropriation can be upsetting for black women.
I admire her fearlessness. I appreciate that she has expectations and does not settle for less. I love that she lets no one slut-shame her. She’s like my inner voice. She says what she feels and she states it eloquently. She has a platform and uses her celebrity to discuss the things that matter to her. She might not be the queen of feminism — that title would go to Audre Lorde, bell hooks or Angela Davis, of course — she’s opinionated, interesting and doesn't let anyone silence her. It’s nice to hear celebrities with that much influence speak about things that matter.
You might not agree with me, but at a time when people deny the existence of male privilege, tone police like there’s no tomorrow, pretend they’ve never heard of cultural appropriation and tout the idea of “reverse racism,” Nicki Minaj is often just what I need: a courageous black woman who won't let anyone or anything stop her. She’s quick, witty and tough — all qualities that make for a great superhero, as far as I'm concerned. ...