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Kendrick Lamar’s “Photoshop” Video Vixen Has A Name And She’s Frustrated With The Criticism Of “HUMBLE”

Carter Kim clears the air on the criticism surrounding her role in Kendrick Lamar's record-breaking single.

It’s been nearly two weeks (March 30) since Kendrick Lamar dropped his ineffable video for the first single from his forthcoming album, DAMN. Once everyone had the chance to screenshot and share their favorite visuals paired with a select choice of the slew of quotable bars that “HUMBLE.” had to offer, the Internet entered a frenzy over one specific lyric-visual pair. As K. Dot rhymed about how he’s “sick and tired of the Photoshop,” prompting a girl with “something natural like afro on Richard Pryor” to please stand up, a “sugar-brown mama with a Brazilian body-wave frontal” graced our screens.

That “a** with the stretch marks girl” has a name and it’s Carter Kim. While some people will still try to protest against the truth that Kim provides, she let’s ELLE know that she is in fact black - along with French and Korean - and her hair is in fact her own.

Kim opens up and confesses that dealing with being denied because she’s “too multicultural” or “not black enough” is nothing new to her, it’s been a “journey.” That journey was put on display as we all put our Twitter fingers to use to criticize Lamar for casting someone who on the surface didn’t fulfill a picture we believed the Compton native to be painting. Some felt so uncomfortably moved by the representation that they had to fight the urge to “tell him about himself.”

While Kim admitted the most painful part was receiving so much criticism from fellow black women, she offers what the team’s thoughts were on her being the ideal woman for the role:

“They basically told me: 'You are the natural girl that is represented in 2017 in the society that has a ton of imperfections, but still loves herself and still doesn't care what anyone else thinks.' And also: 'You are the music video girl vixen. You are that very exotic pretty girl that the normal girl transforms into.”

With all things considered, the ideation behind it could be a flurry of possible alternatives from masked misogyny as some claim, or choosing a lyric that was relatably the most natural thing in the world that he could possibly think of as he landed on Pryor's afro. Both sides arguing for Man-Man and against him are understandable. But, the truth is no one will ever know what Kendrick Lamar’s intent truly was, unless he decides to clear the air himself. Until then, back to the Twitter drafts and the visuals to debate the topic with this newfound information. What do you think?

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Recently, a video of former NBA player Delonte West appeared on various social media accounts, showing a detained West who appeared to be distressed. The visual prompted reactions from West's college basketball coach Phil Martelli and his teammate at that time, Jameer Nelson, ESPN reports.

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Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help - please read and embrace Jameer’s wisdom - we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful. https://t.co/8IAuTdzCc9

— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) January 21, 2020

In an interview with TMZ, West's agent Aaron Goodwin said the former Dallas Maverick's family is supporting him as well as the NBA. In 2016, West was checked in to a medical facility to treat his mental health. Since being drafted to the NBA in 2004 by the Boston Celtics, West has played for teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Dallas Mavericks.

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On Sunday (Jan. 26), a group of artists will gather on stage to pay tribute to one of music's pivotal figures. The 62nd Grammy Awards will host a tribute to Nipsey Hussle, who's posthumously nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance ("Higher") and Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance ("Racks In The Middle)." In 2019, Hussle's debut album, Victory Lap, was nominated for Best Rap Album.

The tribute will feature appearances by YG, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, John Legend, and Kirk Franklin. In a statement, the showcase's executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, noted that it was a unanimous decision to honor the fallen lyricist.

"An activist, entrepreneur and rapper, Nipsey Hussle had a lasting impact on not just his community, but also the culture at large. There is no denying the influence he had and his legacy will be felt for generations to come," Ehrlich said. "We are honored to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipsey's life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It's sure to be a memorable performance."

On March 31, it'll mark a year since Hussle was murdered outside of his LA-based store, Marathon Clothing. Eric Holder, the suspect, was indicted by a grand jury in May for "one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon," a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reads.

The Grammys will air on CBS on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. EST.

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The new episodic series, titled All Screwed Up, is directed by producer/filmmaker Isaac "Chill" Yowman and is based on the life of DJ Screw and the happenings of his Screwed Up Click label. The trailer shows the many dramatic points in the young Screw's journey to recognition. From crosstown rivals to police harassment, to building a music empire around talented gangstas, the situations he pushed through created the sound that proved to live on beyond his life.

2020 makes 20 years since Screw passed on from what was labeled a codeine overdose in his studio. There are still street stories about what happened to Screw and all the possibilities, but what is for sure is this man's contributions to hip-hop culture can't be denied. His handprint is all over the slowed down and chopped up productions that permeate all of today's top-charting artists from Drake, to Kendrick, to Future to Travis Scott to name a few.

Watch the trailer above and be on the lookout for the network that will carry this sure-fire hit of a series. In the meantime, check out one of Screw's original tapes with his Screwed Up Click below.

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