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“Anaconda” Was Not Nominated For Video Of The Year At The VMAs, And Nicki Minaj Is Not Pleased

Nicki Minaj takes to Twitter to express her displeasure with "Anaconda" not being nominated for Video of the Year at the 2015 VMAs.

Remember Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video? Of course you do.

Yup, those bootylicious visuals for the rapstress’s on-wax nod to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” rounded up the world’s attention by way of Nicki’s voluptuous backside. The nearly five-minute clip prompted a wave of parodies and memes, set a Vevo record for most views in 24 hours with 19.8 million, and still was not nominated for Video of the Year at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. And Barbie – you guessed it – is not pleased.

In a mini Twitter rant, Young Money’s first lady chalked MTV’s memory loss up to the fact that she’s a different “kind” of artist:

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At the height of its controversy, “Anaconda” raised eyebrows with the accompanying cover art and music video, and Nicki used a similar defense. Comparing the praise of the barely-there attire of Sports Illustrated models to her a**-tastic g-string photo, the rapper alluded to the unfair treatment of women of color with regards to nudity.

Does Nicki Minaj have a point? Was “Anaconda” worthy of that Video of the Year moonman?

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CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Has Tested Positive For COVID-19

The 49-year-old brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo announced in a tweet today (March 31) that he tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to people who are infected. Cuomo has extensively covered the coronavirus pandemic on the cable news network during his show titled, Cuomo Prime Time.

"Sooooo in these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus. I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath," Cuomo wrote in aTweet.

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— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 31, 2020

The New York governor said in a press conference Tuesday (March 31) that his brother "is going to be fine."

"Even for essential workers, people have to be careful. Again, I've been trying to communicate that everyone – everyone – is subject to this virus," the governor said. "This virus is the great equalizer. My brother, Chris, is positive for coronavirus. Found out this morning. Now, he is going to be fine. He's young, in good shape, strong – not as strong as he thinks – he will be fine. But there's a lesson in this. He's an essential worker, a member of the press, so he's been out there. If you go out there, the chance that you'll get infected is very high."

Cuomo says his brother “is going to be fine.”

He said he’s young and strong, but jokes not as much as he thinks.

Chris will be quarantined in his basement and worried about his kids.

“He’s my best friend,” the governor said. pic.twitter.com/gmsIi9Qao8

— Joseph Spector (@GannettAlbany) March 31, 2020

"He's just worried about his daughter and his kids and he hopes he didn't get them infected," the governor continued. "You don't really know Chris – you see Chris on his show at night … but you just see one dimension," Gov. Cuomo added.

According the New York Times, Cuomo plans to continue shooting his show, Cuomo Prime Time, from his basement, where he is quarantining himself.

 

 

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Singers Adrienne Bailon (L) and Kiely Williams of the 'Cheetah Girls' pose for photos around Mercedes Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on October 18, 2007 in Culver City, California.
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Kiely Williams Explains Fallout With Adrienne Bailon Houghton And Alleged Fight With Raven-Symonè

Our current isolated way of life has given some plenty of time for reflection like Kiely Williams of the former girl group 3LW and The Cheetah Girls (ask your kids). The tales of both successful groups have been told time after time by fans in YouTube documentaries and members of each collective but Williams has decided to share her side of the story.

Williams hopped on Live Monday (March 30) where she discussed her former friendship with The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon Houghton and the infamous chicken throwing fight with actress/singer Naturi Naughton. The mother of one didn't pinpoint exactly why she fell out with Houghton but did point out how she wouldn't be interested in appearing on her talk show.

"I don't think Adrienne wants to have live TV with me," Williams said. "'Cause she's gon' have to say, 'Yes Kiely, I did pretend to be your best friend. Now, I am not.' You were either lying then or you're lying now. You either were my best friend and now you're just not claiming me or you were pretending [to be my best friend."

The two remained friends after Naughton was kicked out of 3LW, the platinum-selling group known for 2000s pop hits like "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" and "Playas Gon' Play." Williams and Houghton were eventually picked to be apart of The Cheetah Girls with then-Disney darling Raven-Symonè and dancer Sabrina Bryan.

Williams went on to discuss her fight with Naughton, which she denies had anything to do with her skin color. With her mother near, Williams claimed Naughton called her a b***h, leading to the fight. While she didn't clear up the chicken throwing, she stated how she was "going for her neck" and was holding food and her baby sister in the process.

Apologies aren't on the horizon either. “I don’t feel like I have anything to make amends for, especially as it relates to Adrienne,” Kiely said. “As far as Naturi goes, if there was ever a reason to apologize, all of that has kind of been overshadowed by the literal lies and really ugly stuff that she said about my mom and my sister. So, no. Not interested in that. I’m sorry.”

Moving onto The Cheetah Girls, Williams also denied claims she got into fights with Raven-Symonè on the set of The Cheetah Girls films and never outed her as a teen. The rumor about Symonè and Williams was reportedly started by Symonè's former co-star Orlando Brown.

Symonè has often shared positive memories about The Cheetah Girls and their reign but did imply during an episode of The View how co-star Lynn Whitfield kept her from losing her cool on set.

On a lighter note, Symonè, Houghton and Naughton have kept in contact with Naughton and Houghton putting their differences aside during an appearance on The Real. 

Symonè and Houghton also reunited at the Women's March in Los Angeles in January. During Bailon's performance at the event, the two briefly performed the Cheetah Girls' classic, "Together We Can."

Willaims also shared some stories about the making of the group's hits. Check out her Live below.

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Jay-Z And Rihanna’s Foundations Join Forces To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

In hopes of mobilizing an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation (SCF), and Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) have banded together to donate $1 million each to organizations battling the virus.

The funds will assist efforts to provide free tests for all New Yorkers regardless of legal residence status, ensure that daycare workers and their respective facilities meet CDC guidelines to care for healthcare officials and first responders’ children, and while keeping in line with young kids in shelters, the funds will be allocated to providing materials to keep up with studies plus “virtual metal health support” for parents in those shelters.

“In times of crisis it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition and education,” Gloria Carter, SCF’s CEO and co-founder, said. “The only way to get through this pandemic is with love and action.” The funds will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Fund for Public Schools, Mayor’s Fund for L.A., and the New York Immigration Coalition.

The news arrives days after Rihanna's foundation donated $5 million to various organizations battling the pandemic. The funds aimed to distribute ventilators, masks and other necessary protective gear for nurses and doctors. In addition to aiding healthcare workers, both Rihanna and Jay-Z's organizations aim to amplify the nation's attention on prisoners. The number of inmates and officials within prisons testing positive for the novel coronavirus is growing each day, leading the foundations to advocate for releases from jail or detention centers.

“There are a number of populations who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic — those who are undocumented, incarcerated, elderly and homeless, as well as children of frontline health workers and first responders," said Justine Lucas, the Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation. "Now more than ever, we need to support organizations prioritizing the health and rights of these individuals.”

 

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#PullUp @claralionelfdn ・・・ A huge thank you to JAY-Z’s @shawncartersf for joining us in giving a combined $2 million to the #MayorsFundforLA #FundforPublicSchools @aclu_nationwide & @thenyic for COVID-19 response in support of undocumented workers, children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people in the United States.

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