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The Good, The Bad & Ugly Comments About VIBE's ‘Role Models’ Cover

VIBE caused a much-expected stir after unveiling our June/July cover featuring reality TV queens Evelyn Lozada, Tamar Braxton, Chrissy Lampkin and Kandi Burruss. Check out the chorus of ohs and hell-to-the-naws coming our way—the good, the bad and the super ugly.

THE GOOD
(Positive feedback)

Maria Whitaker [email protected]
@Kandi @VibeMagazine @EvelynLozada @[email protected] I think the cover is beautiful. What's the problem?

Jess Sims [email protected]_AsPRing
I don't even mind the @VibeMagazine cover, these "women" (ahem) aren't MY role models, my mother, Maya Angelou & Oprah are...so#kanyeshrug

Bonsu Thompson [email protected]
Mizz Belle Gets IT--> RT @abelleinbk NEW POST: "Vibe Throws Shade; Few See Light" http://j.mp/eH0Gmi @[email protected]

?KeepIt†rill? [email protected]_PrettyMuvfucka
@VibeMagazine put @Kandi @EvelynLozada @TamarBraxtonHer &@chrissylampkin on the cover as role models..the only role model to me is @Kandi

Veshae [email protected]_Asset
Have to go get the @VibeMagazine with my two fav [email protected] and @chrissylampkin on the cover!!!

Kaye [email protected]
@VibeMagazine Can't wait to read this. Even though, I only watched Love & Hip Hop. I still know who everyone on the cover is.

#NeNeBrOwN78 [email protected]
@Kandi @VibeMagazine kandi u shld hv been on the cover by urself due to ur work ethic, talent & mentality. U are role model worthy. #ijs

Britt Bratt [email protected]
Ppl really have some strong opinions about the VIBE magazine cover. Some of them are ignorant to say the least

Brook Lynne Carter [email protected]
This new Vibe Magazine cover headline about role models is really just a silent read.

@BossLadyNYC
This new @VibeMagazine cover has me feeling ALL kinds of ways—and that's what it was supposed to do. Great job to the staff

Chantell O. Black [email protected]
@VibeMagazine wanted to stir controversy and conversation with this magazine cover. They were successful. Just like the good ole days....

THE BAD
(Negative feedback)

T Dot [email protected]_dot_Lee
Calling those ladies "role models" on the cover of @VibeMagazine is an INSULT. Absolutely offensive.

lydia hawkins [email protected]
@VibeMagazine the cover should of said "girls just wanna have fun " but how the heck are you gonna tell me to "meet your role models?"”

Pink lipstick™ [email protected]
@VibeMagazine. I'm sorry but how is Chrissy and Evelyn role models when all they do is fight & disrespect each other on TV.

365 Girl Foundation [email protected]
#365GirlRoleModelDay @therealmarymary Gospel Superstars, Wives, Mothers, God Chasers, Style Divas, TV Stars, Authors,@VibeMagazine #theybad

Ashley Plunkett [email protected]
@VibeMagazine Roll models? Maybe @Kandi & @TamarBraxtonHer, yea. If it is a play on words, I still think it's setting us back.

Marlene Moran
"Role Models" - FAIL - These women are ENTERTAINMENT and should never be elevated to a level where one would consider them role models. - What audience is this for? Young women 18-34 years old? Vibe should have choosen something else to grab the attention of their readers. Kandi Burress seems out of place in this photo. She really has an established career, singer, songwriter, owner of her businesses....

Taji Coleman
Role Models? I'm assuming there is sarcasm in that, like as in a cynical Joke?

Global Leadership [email protected]
I think you @Kandi & @TamarBraxtonHer belong on [email protected] cover but Evelyn & Chrissy oh hell no!!!!!!

Bashanae McClorin [email protected]
I hope @VibeMagazine was being sarcastic with their latest cover story.The word "Role model" and Evelyn shouldnt even occupy the same space.

THE UGLY
(Really negative feedback)

Ms Thing [email protected]_Ms_Thing
is @vibemagazine serious? These uneducated, ill-behaving WHORES will NEVER be my role model. Y'all lost a reader.

Damey Whammey [email protected]
@VibeMagazine what kind of role models are these? How would you explain your choices for the cover when we live in a world with the 1st lady

Laura Carmical [email protected]
@Kandi @VibeMagazine @EvelynLozada @[email protected] Some sexy controversy; the cover is bangin ladies. ????? stars

The Real Housewives [email protected]_Housewives
.. @VibeMagazine thinks @evelynlozada & @chrissylampkin women who have assaulted others are role models? Vibe must be drunk

MissTruth Hurts
WTF! "Role models"! Yeah um, the Apocalypse is truly near.

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary To Add Eminem's Version Of "Stan"

Out of 640 words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Eminem's everlasting interpretation of the word "stan" is among the litany of terms. On Tuesday (April 23), the company tweeted the news with a gif of Beyonce's Homecoming documentary that premiered on Netflix (April 17).

Putting Slim Shady's "Stan" video into literary text, Merriam-Webster defines the title as "an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan" or "to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree: to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something." In 2017, the Oxford English Dictionary also added "stan" to its pages.

'Stan' has been added as both a noun and a verb. https://t.co/Dal0N79sAU pic.twitter.com/q1kBkKR1rn

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 23, 2019

In a lyric annotation for Genius, Eminem broke down the latter part of the chorus ("And even if I could it'd all be gray/But your picture on my wall/It reminds me that it's not so bad, it's not so bad"), performed by Dido, and shared how those lines set the stage for the rest of the song.

"When I heard 'your picture on my wall,' I was like 'Yo, this could be about somebody who takes me too seriously.' So I knew what I was going to write about before I wrote it," he said. "A lot of times when I'm writing songs, I see visions for everything I'm writing. This was one of those."

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Prince's Half-Sister Fears Estate Will Go Bankrupt Over Mishandling Of Finances

Prince's half-sister, Sharon Nelson, has accused Comerica Bank & Trust, the administration that is handling Prince's estate, of mishandling the late artist's finances, Billboard reports. Her family's fight against Comerica has now resulted in thousands of court filings and millions of dollars in legal fees. She predicts that if the company is not stopped, Prince's estate will soon go bankrupt.

"Prince’s estate will be bankrupt by the end of the year," Nelson predicted. "Prince is not resting in peace while this is going on. He's very upset what these people have done to his estate. It's really sad."

After Prince's death in 2016, Nelson and her siblings – the singer's full sister Tyka Nelson, his half brothers Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, John R. Nelson and his half-sisters Sharon and Norrine Nelson – became sole heirs of the estate that is said to be valued between $100 million and $300 million. The family was forced to hire their own attorneys to defend their interests after 45 people claimed to be heirs of the "Purple Rain" singer's estate.

Due to nearly $3 million in legal fees, Nelson said her siblings are not able to afford a new attorney. Although she is able to get by because she is a "senior citizen and I have worked all my life," she said her other family members are barely scraping by.

The family was each awarded $100,000 following Prince's 2016 tribute concert, but Nelson said they have not received any more money from Comerica although the bank continued to receive $125,000 a month for administering the estate.

Additionally, Nelson told Billboard that Comerica continued to make poor financial moves such as paying $90,000 a month to store Prince's unreleased music in a vault in Los Angeles.

There are reportedly more than 2,700 court filings regarding this matter. The court documents include motion, affidavits, memos, and depositions that support Nelson and her family's complaint about Comerica's representation.

In Oct. 2017, Nelson and two of the others heirs filed to permanently remove Comerica from the estate after an allegedly heated meeting. They accused the bank of being verbally abusive and threatening Nelson.  In Dec. 2017, a judge denied their petition to remove Comerica, ruling that it would not be in the best interest of the estate.

Comerica has denied the allegations against them. Bank officials explained in the court filings that the heirs could not receive a dime until a tax bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was settled. Nelson said she found that reasoning odd since Prince died with $97 million in cash and $30 million to $40 million in real estate holdings.

Comerica released a statement to Billboard regarding Nelson's claims. "The estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is a court-supervised estate, which places strict reporting and judicial oversight requirements on Comerica as the Personal Representative," the statement read. "Comerica has complied with all legal and ethical requirements during its administration of the estate. Comerica’s fees and those of the estate’s attorneys are filed with and approved by the Court every four months with complete transparency to the heirs. The attorneys’ fees paid by the estate have been court-approved as reasonable and necessary for the benefit of the estate."

Prince's siblings are currently asking a judge to permanently limit the Comerica's powers as the estate’s personal representative. A hearing is scheduled for May 20.

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Second Man Convicted In The 1998 Death Of James Byrd Jr To Be Executed

In 1998, Jasper, Texas became the epicenter of the nation when James Byrd Jr's dismembered body was found outside of a predominately black church. The rest of his body was found about a mile and a half away.

Byrd was beaten by three white supremacists men and tied to the back of a pick-up truck and reportedly dragged three miles. All men were found guilty for his brutal murder. One was sentenced to life in prison, one was executed in 20111 and another will be put to death today (April 24).

According to CNN, Jon William King, 44 who's been on death row for 20 years, will die by lethal injection.

King has long maintained coconspirator Shawn Berry was solely responsible for Byrd's death. King has appealed his conviction, alleging ineffectiveness from his defense team. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his case last October.

In 2011, Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed and Shawn Berry was sentenced to life. While murders are devastating, Byrd's dragging death placed a blinding spotlight on the racial tension in America. The fallout from the case helped to pass the nation's hate crime bill, named after both Byrd and Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming teen who was viciously beaten to death.

Byrd's family, however, have opposed the death penalty and made it clear they would prefer that King be sentenced to life in prison. Byrd's son Ross has been quoting saying, "You cannot fight murder with murder."

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