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The Recap: Only One Black Man Survives ABC's 'The Bachelorette' Two-Night Special

Someone you wouldn't expect and no one was rooting for.

Week five of the thirteenth season of ABC's The Bachelorette presented viewers with a pair of 2-hour episodes, which saw the elimination of six men and the conclusion of the ongoing friction between Kenny and Lee.

After four hours spent navigating the peaks and valleys of Bachelor Nation this week, here's a recount of five moments that still have us talking:

Willfull-Lee Ignorant

As Lee misguidedly attempted to vent to Will about his frustrations with Kenny, Will took it upon himself (as people of color are too often burdened to do) to educate Lee about why adjectives such as “aggressive” and “violent” strike a nerve with Kenny. “When you call him aggressive, there is a longstanding history in this country of regarding black men in America as aggressive to justify a lot of other things.” Unfortunately (and expectedly), this is beyond the so-called country singer’s realm of comprehension and his mind lands on a problematic conclusion. “So he’s the guy that gets mad and plays the race card and tries to get away with everything he does.” Considering that Kenny has never verbally insinuated that Lee is racist (even though he’d be correct) or even denied that he yelled at Lee, this accusation holds no merit and only serves to further reveal the Nashville native’s clouded, xenophobic point of view.

Bamboozled By A Reality TV Cliché

The two-on-one date between Kenny, Lee and Rachel received so much hype and fanfare that I feel bad for being surprised by how substantially it under-delivered. Nothing occurred on the Norwegian hillside that was more dramatic than what we’ve already seen. Lee lied to Rachel about Kenny, Lee lied to Kenny about lying to Rachel, Rachel sent Lee home, Kenny and Lee exchanged harsh words. That’s it. That’s all. The two foes never physically fought. The clip of Kenny with a bloody eyebrow is cut from a Viking match during a group date, which occurs later on.

The story line of the Kenny/Lee rivalry was predictable and lazy to begin with (large, “scary” black man and racist white man butt heads. Very original. Never been done before), but the fact that the climax of their interaction was misleadingly portrayed to viewers by producers makes the whole ordeal feel like a waste of airtime.

Josiah's Ego Takes A Hit

During a rose ceremony, Josiah’s arrogance hit an all-time high. “If she doesn’t give me a rose, there is something wrong with her brain,” he says during an aside interview. The 28-year-old also raved about how amazing he is and how he can’t wait for Rachel to "experience every layer" of him. Rachel, who had previously expressed suspicions of Josiah’s disingenuous nature, was obviously unimpressed with the layers she had experienced. He was left without a rose, which he attributed to the bachelorette’s “poor judgment.”

Why Sis, Why?!

After an adorable one-on-one date and hardly any screen-time to follow, Rachel forced viewers to break-up with Anthony when she neglected to give him a rose during the traditional ceremony. I felt personally victimized by this elimination. Rachel prefaced the ceremony by saying that she can’t see the men she’ll be sending home as a future husband, but I'm 100 percent sure that if she was to look up the word husband in a dictionary, Anthony would be perched on the page with a wink and a smile. I will carry this devastation in my heart for many episodes to come. R.I.C (Rest In Chicago), Anthony. I'll meet you there.

And Then, There Was One

Despite surviving two-on-one torture with Lee, Kenny and Rachel mutually agree that there is too much uncertainty in their relationship to warrant keeping him away from his 10-year-old daughter any longer. The two part ways in the most amicable goodbye I've ever seen on the show, but Kenny's departure left me to face a devastating truth: Eric is the last black man left among Rachel's suitors. This has forced me to accept that black love will not reign this season because there is no way Rachel is going to agree to an engagement with Eric after she realizes how immature and insecure he is.

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Myspace Loses All Music Posted Before 2016

After losing the bulk of its users to other budding social media platforms, the once popular Myspace reportedly lost every single piece of content uploaded before 2016, including songs, photos, and videos, BBC reports.

According to Myspace, the site is blaming a faulty server migration for its large deletions, which is believed to have happened more than a year ago. This is when members started reporting that access to certain content older than 2016 was made unavailable.

More than 50 million tracks from 14 million artists have been lost, including music introduced by the "Myspace Generation." Beyond the music, pictures and videos stored on the server are nowhere to be found.

Though Facebook's craze led to a decrease in users, the rebrand, which centered around giving artists a place to build a platform, has been made virtually obsolete by years worth of content that's no longer.

Myspace published a statement on the site apologizing for the incident: "As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your backup copies. If you would like more information, please contact our data protection officer.”

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Comedienne Jess Hilarious Under Fire For Xenophobic Comments Toward Sikhs

Jess Hilarious came under fire Sunday (March 17) after she uploaded a video showcasing relief after four Sikhs were removed from her flight. The Lil Rel star defended her statements and said she was scared.

"If I'm scared I'm scared. F**k y'all. F**k how y'all feel," Jess said. "Y'all mad at me because I don't side with any other black person, because I don't side with every other race. F**k y'all. I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it. F**k y'all, and I'm not flying there. We were evacuated, bitch. Why? Why? with no technical difficulties or nothing."

The Internet quickly sent the comic a digital side eye for her xenophobic comments, which came two days after 51 Muslim men and women were gunned down in New Zealand. The youngest of which was 3-year-old Mucaas Ibrahim.

what if Jess Hilarious’ middle name is Notthat?

— Jamal (@JamalJimoh) March 17, 2019

A day after Muslims were ambushed and murdered while praying (death toll now at 51), Jess Hilarious hops on Al Gore’s internet to brag about+defend getting 4 people with turbans kicked off a flight because she didn’t feel safe.

— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) March 17, 2019

Xenophobia is really disgusting.

The hate for Muslims is disgusting and Jess hilarious is trash and not worthy of a platform. https://t.co/qotZ9AwMLO

— Mistress George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) March 17, 2019

One Twitter user, a DJ who goes by the name DJ The Gypsy pointed out Jess' comments run rampant within other parts of the black community.

Jess Hilarious’ anti-Muslim rhetoric sheds light on a very important topic; Islamophobia within the black Christian community

— dylan (@dylanthegypsy) March 17, 2019

The backlash Jess merited did, however, highlight not everyone shared her sentiments.

https://twitter.com/anildash/status/1107315609921093632

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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.

Beyoncé

This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.

 

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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this https://t.co/FEGSw3GM9V

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019

https://twitter.com/SassySouthpaw20/status/1106642402448732160

https://twitter.com/riridotxo/status/1106924628851728384

Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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