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The Recap: Things Get Really Uncomfortable And Increasingly Racist On ABC's 'The Bachelorette'

And we back! 

After The NBA Finals Championship robbed fans of their Bachelorette fix for a week, Rachel Lindsay, the 31-year-old Bachelorette from Dallas, is once again gracing ABC's Monday night primetime slot with her beauty and no-nonsense approach to finding a husband.

Rachel sends home three guys this week, but those rejections are overwhelmingly overshadowed by the drama that occurs between the men and the stress Rachel is battling in her position as Bachelorette. The puzzle pieces of Lee's reportedly racist personality start to fall into place this week. The other men are definitely blowing the whistle on his questionable behavior, but it's unclear of when Rachel will catch wise.

Next week is set up to be a two night special (Monday June 26 and Tuesday June 27) and promises to feature a two-on-one date with Rachel, Kenny and Lee. While we await that disaster, here are the top five moments that stuck with me after the show this week:

We Feel You, Rach.

After the third episode, I predicted that Eric’s rose would be revoked and he’d be sent home. While Eric is still whiney and hot tempered, his foolishness became a distant memory as tensions between Kenny and Lee took center stage. While Kenny and Rachel were having a private conversation, Lee emerged insisting on speaking with Rachel even though he had already had his time with her that night. Later, Kenny, feeling slighted by the interruption, asks Lee to speak with him away from the other men. It’s clear that Kenny is trying to keep his composure, but Lee’s consistent jabbing with snide comments and condescending guffaws leads to the professional wrestlers anger to bubble over and his voice raise, so much so that Rachel can hear him while talking to Bryce in another part of the house.

“Ridiculously annoyed” by all of the drama in the house, Rachel is brought to tears during her interview as she reflects on the weight of the decisions she makes as the first black Bachelorette. “You have no idea what it’s like to be in this position,” she tells a producer as she wipes away tears and refuses to say anymore. I get pressure from so many ways being in this position. I already know what people are going to say about me, and judge me for the decisions I'm making. I'm going to have to be the one who has to deal with that and nobody else, and that's a lot."

She’s right. We have no idea what it’s like to be in her position. Bachelor Nation has always been a messy, petty place. I can only imagine how overwhelming it feels to blend that stress with the stress of having every decision you make analyzed simply because you’re the person of your ethnicity to do so.

YAS, Dean!

Suspicions of Lee’s bigotry began to circulate early in the season after Internet detectives unearthed tweets he posted in 2016, which unveiled his support of Donald Trump, disdain for the NAACP and hatred of Islam. This week, as Lee went from arguing with Eric to openly baiting Kenny into a screaming match, Dean remarked during one of his interviews that, “these aren’t the people he’s used to seeing on a daily basis from a cultural perspective.” When a producer tried to press him about what he meant, he simply flashed a sly smile and replied, “You know what the f**k I mean.” He also went on to call Lee a “b***h” and “full of sh*t.” Two snaps for Dean! Lee’s antics have definitely secured everyone’s vote for house a**hole, but his racist beliefs have yet to make their prime time debut, so Dean is a real one for his foresight.

Later, the start-up recruiter shares a one-on-one date with Rachel, during he shared how losing his mother to breast cancer as a teen and the subsequent estrangement of his family influences his desires to be a father and have a close-knit family dynamic. Even though he is only 25 years old, the youngest man in the house, Dean is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Apparently Rachel is sweet on him as well because at the end of the date she admits that she could definitely see a future with this California boy.

Josiah Doing The Most

After uprooting the group from their California mansion home to Hilton Head Island of North Carolina, Rachel rounded up 13 of her boyfriends for a group date on the high seas. This yacht party featured dancing, amateur rap game and testosterone driven attempts at impressing their lady. Specifically, Josiah proclaimed himself to be the sexiest guy on the boat, flexed his pecks for the camera and boasted that he could do 30 push-ups with Rachel sitting on his back (Spoiler Alert: He only made it to 20). Even after the boat came ashore and the men were thrown into an impromptu Spelling Bee, Josiah’s cocky attitude was still in full force. The 28-year-old turned up his Smooth Operator voice every time his turn came around. Even Chris Harrison thought he sounded like a “late-night DJ.” After winning the competition, Josiah showered his trophy in kisses and love proclamations. He even drank alcohol from it during the cocktail hour that night. There wasn’t much intimacy between Josiah and Rachel this week, but his ego definitely got a good stroke.

Instigating Iggy

When Iggy confronted Eric about his concerns about the way Eric was speaking about Rachel, there seemed to be mutual agreement that he was validated in his actions. This week, when Iggy turned his judgmental eye on Josiah, accusations that Iggy is a sh*t-stirrer emerged, and I couldn’t help but agree. The 30-year-old was so frustrated by Josiah’s cocky behavior (which we all were, but still), that he chose to spend most of the time he had with Rachel to “warn” her about how disingenuous he believes Josiah is. After, as if to clear his conscience, Iggy found Josiah and told him all of trash he had just talked about him to Rachel and is surprised when Josiah becomes defensive. Eric, watching the conversation from aside, compared the current incident to his past run-in with Iggy and dubbed the Chicago-native a “gossip queen.” Although I spent most of the episode wishing Josiah would stop speaking, he did make a very good point: You don’t get an award for telling the person that you just talked sh*t about what you said; That’s not a redeeming action.

Entering The Ring: Lee v. Kenny

Fully recovered from her earlier emotional frustrations, Rachel is ready to confront Lee and Kenny about the argument she overheard. She speaks to Lee first, and he immediately pinpoints Kenny as an aggressor who yelled at him for no reason for nearly half an hour, conveniently leaving out all of his own snide actions and comments. Rachel is not convinced that Lee's side of the story is true, but can't deny that Kenny was the only one she heard yelling. When it's Kenny's turn to give his account of the incident, he's now in the position of having to defend his character. As he continuously insists that he wasn't violent with Lee, Rachel asks why Lee would say that he was. "Because maybe Lee doesn't always tell the truth," Kenny says, which is extremely tame compared to later calling the so-called country singer an "alternative facts piece of garbage" in his interview.

Kenny leaves the conversation with Rachel feeling extremely frustrated that Lee's two-faced nature has possibly affected his relationship with Rachel. The dreaded "To Be Continued" cliff-hanger appears as Kenny pulls Lee aside once again for a private conversation that will no doubt lead to a public discussion.

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Lil Xan is going to be a father.

The rapper shared the news with his Xanarchy fan base on Sunday (Feb. 17) with an Instagram post featuring himself and girlfriend Annie Smith. "I wanted to wait but I just can’t leave my fans in the dark, it’s official I'm going to be a father," the rapper wrote, captioning a photo of the couple.

The 22-year-old vowed fans would be included in this journey, inviting supporters to the impending gender reveal and promising to keep them updated as the pregnancy progresses forward.

"I love you guys so much and hope you stay along for this crazy journey and I’vee never felt more happy in my life all of you are invited to the gender reveal party I promise!" he said.

In the midst of the baby news, Xan also let it slip his sophomore album, Be Safe and some new projects with YouTube are on the way. Based on the excitement that oozed from his Instagram post, the "Betrayed" rapper is more than excited for this next passage of his life.

Things have been looking up for the rapper since entering rehab late last year. Xan was previously in a relationship with singer Noah Cyrus, the younger sister of Miley Cyrus. After that relationship came to an end, Xan started dating Smith.

He also announced this month that he will be apart of Nicki Minaj's European leg of her world tour. Kicking off Feb. 21, the rapper will be on the road with Nicki and Juice WRLD until March when the European portion comes to an end in Switzerland.

i wanted to wait but i just can’t leave my fans in the dark,it’s official im going to be a father 😭💔 i love you guys so much and hope you stay along for this crazy journey and i’ve never felt more happy in my life💔 all of you are invited to the gender reveal party i promise ! Cant wait to show the world everything i’ve been working on at youtube space and my official sophomore album “BE SAFE” and to my baby my angel my sunshine @anniiesmith i love you with all my heart ❤️ thank you for saving me i love you more then words could describe 💌👼🏼💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔

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Lil Xan has been working to improve his life since we last saw him, the rapper reportedly headed to rehab to help his battle with opioid addiction following the death of Mac Miller.

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Jussie Smollett's Attorneys Deny Actor Paid $3,500 To Orchestrate Attack

Sources close to the Jussie Smollett investigation have spoken with several media outlets and allege new evidence shows the Empire actor may have orchestrated the attack, and even paid men $3,500 to go through with it.

The two men who are brothers were arrested Wednesday and released Friday (Feb. 15) without charges. Both men are cooperating fully with Chicago police, and authorities found records they purchased a rope at a local hardware store, which was used during the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh, and Victor P. Henderson, quickly denied the claim made by authorities.

"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with," the statement read. "He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."

On Jan. 29, Smollett was leaving a Subway fast-food restaurant when the actor alleges to have been attacked by two men who beat him, poured bleach on him and tried to hang a rope around his neck. The 35-year-old entertainer, who identifies as gay, said one of the men shouted "This is MAGA country" as well as other racial and homophobic slurs.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said one of the men appeared on Empire and have past affiliation with Smollett.

During his interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America Thursday (Feb. 14), Smollett expressed frustration about not being believed. Sunday morning (Feb. 17) the hashtag 'JussieSmollettHoax' trended on Twitter. The Internet was split with many offering a digital "I told you so" due to the reports, while others, particularly members of the black LGBTQ community, questioning why many were quick to believe the word of law enforcement.

Us straight men waiting on the LGBT community to apologize after Jussie lied pic.twitter.com/0PDmNX4ykZ

— Flickens McCray (@Mickens__) February 17, 2019

I said earlier I'd eat crow if it was proven wrong (...as in *actually* proven with receipts...not just on the word of one of the most corrupt PD's in existence), but really? Nah.

Defaulting to believing survivors, esp of my own community, is just not a praxis to find fault in.

— 😒 (@angryblkhoemo) February 17, 2019

No idea what actually happened w/ Jussie Smollett. But do know that 4 years ago, Chicago PD spent 13 months justifying Laquan McDonald’s murder before releasing dashcam video showing he was walking away before being shot at 16x by an officer. Why are we just accepting their word?

— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) February 17, 2019

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Floyd Mayweather Calls Out Artists Boycotting Gucci "Hypocrisy," 50 Cent Responds

After receiving backlash from the Internet and some prominent figures in hip-hop, Floyd Mayweather issued a lengthy statement on Instagram calling out the "hypocrisy" he sees in backing these premature boycotts on luxury brands.

"Why would we (as a people) agree to a temporary boycott of Gucci for merely 3 months if what was done caused so much strife? Why wouldn't we agree to a permanent boycott of Gucci as well as all other merchandise that fall under the Kering ownership, such as YSL, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and more," he stated. "I'll tell you why, it's because in this day, celebrities and failing artist pick and choose the hottest trending topic as a means of seeking attention and using fake advocacy as their platform when their 'talent' no longer benefit them."

These people are playing hopscotch. First, they're supposedly boycotting the NFL but as soon as the Super Bowl came around, they were either at the game, watching it on TV or throwing Super Bowl parties. Last week, it was R Kelly, this week it’s Gucci. People boycott for trend but turn around and still shop at H&M and watch the NFL.

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The 41-year-old didn't stop there, firing shots at 50 Cent and T.I, who have both publicly criticized Mayweather's choice to stick with Gucci. Recently (Feb 14), T.I. released "F*ck Ni**a" where the emcee spit, "Old greedy a** n***a only thinking about his self" over the mid-tempo track. Blasting the "No Mediocre" rapper's bout with infidelity and Fif's family issues with his son, the featherweight hit harder than any punch he could throw.

"These same celebrities are proud deadbeat fathers and unfaithful husbands using their platform to rally the troops against luxury brands, yet have been the prime contributors of influencing the destruction of our people by way of their musical content and imagery," he said.

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😆champ must have heard that TI song he big time mad. LOL #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bellator

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