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The Case of Kind Words and Pretty Brown Girls

Last week, Rolling Out magazine released its latest issue, a cover story with D.C- based rapper Wale, whose much anticipated sophomore album, Ambition (his first on Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group) dropped last Tuesday. In the interview, Wale responded to criticism he received in March for his video “Pretty Girls,” which some viewers complained did not feature any dark-skinned women (though some were Black.)

The controversy led to a bizarre Twitter beef between Wale and Kola Boof, a Sudanese born writer who is best known as the former Black mistress of Osama bin Laden. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

“I don’t like @wale because he’s another color struck black man who’s [sic] videos are pretty much white supremacist images,” Boof tweeted. “The fact that @wale is Nigerian makes it all the worse, because he’s setting the wrong example globally for our race. A loser. There wasn’t a single Black woman in ‘Pretty Girls’…so what in the f--- was he saying about African women?? His own race?”

Wale told Rolling Out, “[The criticism] made me realize that people hold me at a higher regard,” “That was when I knew I had to make a change. The most horrible feeling in the world, was that my women think that I don't care about them… I'd rather go broke than for my black women to think that I don't care about them. I would rather lose everything than to have my queens think I'm turning my back on them."

He added, “There’s a special place in my heart for black girls. If you’re black and have a black mother, you know how special they are.

For his latest video, “Lotus Flower Bomb” featuring Miguel, Wale tapped brown skin beauty Bre Scullark of America’s Next Top Model Cycle and Tyler Perry’s upcoming TBS sitcom, “For Better Or Worse."

Only Wale knows the truth of his latest sentiments and whether his misstep in “Pretty Girls” was happenstance or intentional. He’s given no other reason for me to doubt him, and too, because so few rappers who seemingly diss Black women go through the trouble to address it in word, much less action, I’m inclined to believe him. But his new outlook isn’t what raised my eyebrows—first the left, then the right.

Initially, I was disturbed at the number of women e-swooning over Wale’s comments. I wondered ‘are Black women that starved for a compliment that the sentiments of a rapper with an album to sell hit our mush-spot?’ (Admittedly, I’ve become a cynical industry-type.)

But maybe they’re rightfully hungry for a kind word.

Think fast: When was the last time you heard a rapper say something uplifting about Black women? And not like, how he loves that “her waist’s anorexic and her ass is colossal” or some such, but like something anywhere close to ‘there’s a special place in my heart for women who actually look like me?’

Common?

Okay, now try again, but don’t just think of rappers, try anyone who’s a public figure who’s not a Black woman.

Ne-Yo? “Ms. Independent” had all Black girls in the video. Does that count?

That’s all I got.

Is it me, or is this a real problem?

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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