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The Recap: ABC's 'The Bachelorette' Has The Men Physically And Emotionally Wildin' Out

It's week three, and oooh baby, what are they doin? 

Tuesday night (June 5), the men of the Bachelorette entered their third week of courting Dallas native and civil defense litigation attorney Rachel Lindsay. Based on the arguments and confessionals that took place, it’s clear insecurities and doubts have begun to spread through the mansion like a contagious disease. Blake, Fred and Eric each let their emotions get the best of them this week, and the outcomes are anything but ideal.

At the end of last week’s episode, recently-eliminated DeMario had returned to the mansion and was requesting to plead his case. Rachel agreed to hear him out and headed for the front gate with trusty sidekick (and host) Chris Harrison. The other men, having caught word of the uninvited guest, were on her heels when the screen cut to black and the dramatic “To Be Continued” cliffhanger appeared.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty of this week’s episode with a round-up of the five most memorable moments.

1. DeMari-HELL NO

Taking Rachel by the hand, DeMario attempted to take ownership for the messiness that ensued when his secret ex-girlfriend Lexi crashed a group date and revealed his playboy tendencies. The self-described executive recruiter came just short of begging Rachel to let him back into her heart and the mansion, but our girl was immune to his charm. “What I saw in the gym yesterday, that was a boy,” she said. “I’m looking for a man.” As the old adage goes, “When someone shows you their true colors, don’t try to paint a different picture.” Clearly Rachel was in no mood to play arts and crafts with DeMario’s smooth lines and questionable character. The 30-year-old with a lot of growing up to do was sent packing for the second and final time.

2. Blake and Lucas Play Themselves

As the cocktail party reconvened, the rivalry between Blake and Lucas (a.k.a “Whaboom”) picked up the drama where DeMario left off. Blake has often expressed that he can’t focus on his relationship with Rachel while Lucas is still trying to Whaboom his way into her heart. They’ve each expressed their disdain for each other to Rachel at one point or another. This week, Lucas told Rachel that Blake had stood over him while he slept one night and seductively ate a banana, a story he has since admitted to Jimmy Kimmel was false. It seems our bachelorette finally grew tired of wasting her time with the “he said, he said” because by the end of the rose ceremony, both men were left with barren lapels and broken hearts. Blake maintains that he hates Lucas and blames him completely for being eliminated, but he honestly has no one to blame but himself. If Blake had spent more time wooing Rachel and less time bashing Lucas, he wouldn’t be on national television hating from outside the club—er, we mean mansion.

3. Baby Freddy Takes An L

An appearance on The Ellen Show should have been a fun and carefree outing. The men danced Magic-Mike-style through Ellen’s studio audience and played a revealing game of Never Have I Ever. As Fred learned more about the state of Rachel’s relationships with his housemates, his insecurities began to consume him. Most of his interactions with The Bachelorette have involved her fixating on their past camper/camp counselor dynamic. Later, after the group relocated for drinks and conversation, the 27-year-old executive assistant asked Rachel if he could kiss her in an attempt to replace the childlike image she has of him with something more grown and sexy. However Fred asking permission to kiss Rachel instead of just going for it creates a very awkward encounter between the two, followed by a long and very French kiss. Fred says the kiss gave him visions of their wedding. Rachel, obviously turned off by the being asked to be kissed in the first place, says she felt like she was kissing a little boy. Ouch. Fred is sent home moments later. This encounter brings about the topics of asserting masculinity and what defines masculinity. We're not by any means saying Fred’s approach makes him less of a man. We're sure his reserved approach works for some women. Rachel just wasn’t one of them.

4. More Anthony, Please.

Anthony (who we honestly don’t get to see enough of because DAMN *insert heart-eyes emoji*) joined Rachel for the second one-on-one date of the season. The two prospective lovers mounted horses for a shopping venture down Rodeo Drive. No storefront went un-trodden as they led their horses into various establishments and remained saddled while trying on clothes and western style boots. Not sure what was funnier: store owners acting like having enormous animals in their place of business was a normal occurrence or Anthony’s horse leaving a massive, smelly parting gift on the floor of one of the stores.

After their shopping trip, Anthony and Rachel had dinner against a beautiful city skyline and talked about what they envision their future family life to be like. They ended the night with slow dancing to the sultry sounds of a jazz quartet. We're definitely a fan of this match-up, excited to see if it survives the ever-changing winds of #BachelorNation.

5. Oooh Eric, what is you doin?

Eric, who has been mostly flying under the radar so far, really showed his crazy card this week. A majority of his screen time this week was spent speculating that Rachel isn’t emotionally available and questioning her intentions. When Iggy tried to confront him about what he was saying, Eric immediately became defensive and started raising his voice.

For the second group date, Rachel invited Raven, Jasmine, Corrine and Alexis from Nick’s season to evaluate some of her suitors. Raven asked Bryce and Lee whom they felt wasn’t the right choice for Rachel, and they both said Eric. Raven reported back to Rachel, and Rachel confronted Eric about what he’s been saying about her. Somehow Eric was able to smooth things over with Rachel and even managed to snag the rose for that date. Later, a pissed-off Eric rounded up the other men to demand why he’s being talked about. Lee, who has recently been called out for racist comments, antagonizes Eric further with snide comments. The conclusion of the encounter has been reserved for the following week, but we're predicting that Eric gets his rose revoked.

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Skip Marley Talks Working With H.E.R. On New Single "Slow Down" And Living In A Genreless World

Skip Marley's new single "Slow Down" is dripping with good intentions. There's a sultry yet soothing flirtatious energy between the singer and his very special guest, Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. The two complement each other well as they share lyrics of budding love.

Produced by Rykeyz, the track released Friday (Nov. 8) plays towards Skip's daily affirmations. "Love is limitless. Love has no boundaries. Love is almighty," he tells VIBE. "When you speak of it, it's very almighty. It's a luxury because it really has no limits. I'm a love warrior. I might keep that title for something (Laughs)." The singer-songwriter takes this energy into every song he's created. From his debut single "Lions" to collaborations with Katy Perry, Major Lazer and uncle Damian Marley, the grandson of Bob Marley is keeping the family's musical lineage strong and rooted in love.

Skip says the creative process of "Slow Down" came together quite smoothly. After writing the song with Nasir Atweh and Bibi Bourelly, he wanted a collaborator who could share his musical and loving energy. Enter H.E.R., who brought a dose of special lyrics and charm to the single. "As soon as I heard the [completed] track I was in love. I just grateful that she jumped on the track with me, it means a lot," Skip says.

Below, we chat with Skip about "Slow Down," how he manages to remain genreless and what we can expect from his debut studio album.

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I love every nook and cranny of "Slow Down." How did the collaboration with H.E.R. come to be? 

When I made the song, I was looking and wondering who could be a feature and then I thought of H.E.R. because I love her vibe and her energy really. As soon as I heard the [completed] track I was in love. I just grateful that she jumped on the track with me, it means a lot.

I saw you both shared a stage recently. 

 

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Big tings a gwan 🙏🏿Slow Down come FRIDAY ✊🏿 @hermusicofficial

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We did! She was performing with Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Hollywood Bowl. I was able to be a part of it and be able to sing. We were actually able to premiere the song there. That was the first time we played it live so that the moment was really nice. We were asked to sing a cover of "Turn Your Lights Down Low" too. That was crazy.

 

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let Jah moon come shining in 🌑

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What I enjoy the most about your music is that there's no set genre. We talked to Damian Marley about this and he shared how important to be genreless.

Yes, you have to follow the spirit. You're free to create.

How important is that to you these days? 

Well, for me, it's always been important from the start. I just love music because it's seasoned with expression you know. I've always thought that I can connect with any genre of music as long as I feel a message or music you know, or like, the beats or whatever, you know. I've always been like that since learning how to play instruments and knowing hip-hop, reggae and the blues. It's just about knowing yourself and reaching your goals.

Who is someone from the past–living or dead–you'd like to work with? 

Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, my grandfather (Laughs), James Brown, Jesus. The list is endless.

Can we expect a video to "Slow Down?"

Yes, we shot the video for it and I'm dropping an acoustic version of "Slow Down." It's more heartfelt. After that, we're looking towards the project which is very, very soon. We're thinking of January.

That's the best way to welcome the new decade. No pun intended but what is the vibe of the "Slow Down" video? 

The vibe is very street, very rural you know? There's a nice connection between a guy and girl, catching eyes for the first time. A lot of things happen and the next thing you know she's gone and I'm gone. I'm saying, 'Slow down, be in the moment with me. I saw you from across the room and I just had to say something.'

How do you view love these days? 

Love is limitless. Love has no boundaries. Love is almighty. When you speak of it, it's very almighty. It's a luxury because it really has no limits. I'm a love warrior. I might keep that title for something (Laughs).

Lastly, what can you share with us about the album? Is it a combination of songs you've been sitting on and new recordings? 

It's a bit of both. It's really trial and error with music. It's picking and choosing while fine-tuning the ones you really love. You'll know when it's right. There's no other way than right. You can't go left.

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Lil Rel Howery's Distaste For R. Kelly Stems From Working On The Set Of 'Trapped In The Closet'

Lil Rel Howery's acting journey kicked off in a very odd way thanks to his encounter with R. Kelly. The comedian paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday (Nov. 6) where he looked back on his early days in Hollywood and how he lost respect for R. Kelly over the years.

The two crossed paths when Rel worked as a stand-in for Michael K. Williams' character on Trapped In The Closet. While on the set, he met another stand-in who happened to be a backup dancer for R. Kelly. The two had an enjoyable conversation but the woman refused to talk to him the next day. Her reason was very similar to the sentiments heard by other women who have crossed the singer's path.

"There was another stand-in, a young lady that was actually one of his background dancers too for a couple of his tours. We were just talking the whole time, getting to know each other, laughing, and having a good time," he recalled. "But every time she laughed, I found him just, like, staring at me. So we come back to set the next day right and she's not talking to us at all, right? At all!"

"I pulled her to the side and I'm like 'Yo, did I do something?' and she was like 'Nah, he doesn't want me talking to y'all' and I was like 'Who?' and she's like 'Robert!'" he added. "So she didn't talk to us the rest of the time we were filming it and it was just, like, it was just crazy and I remember him smirking about it."

But that wasn't the only time the two were in the same place. During a birthday party for the late John Singleton, Rel rejected an invite to meet R. Kelly.

"I guess he wanted to meet me and he sent somebody to me and we were all in this VIP area . . . 'Man, I'm good,'" he said. "That's a true story. I'm like 'I'm good' and the thing about it is, it wasn't even about the allegations with me. He was so extra like that sometimes and I ain't like that. Everybody knows I'm from the West Side of Chicago and I own who I am. That's too much, bro. Just come speak to me, fam."

Rel is currently promoting his HBO comedy special, Live In Crenshaw. The special debuts November 23 at 10 pm ET.

Watch the interview below.

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Whitney Houston's Close Friend Robyn Crawford Details Romantic Relationship In New Memoir

Whitney Houston's personal life has been explored ten times over since her untimely passing in 2012 but one of her closest friends wants to share with the world the Whitney she knew and ultimately fell in love with.

In excerpts to People Wednesday (Nov. 6), Robyn Crawford presents a strong bond between the two in her new memoir, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston. The singer and Crawford met in their youth while working at a summer camp in East Orange, New Jersey. From there, their friendship blossomed into something more romantic. With homophobia running rampant in the 80s, Crawford says they never looked at labels but enjoyed the experiences they shared together.

“We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay,” writes Crawford. “We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever.”

As their journey continued, Whitney's star began to rise which put allegedly put their romance on ice. “She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore,” writes Crawford. "Because it would make our journey even more difficult. She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us....and back in the ’80s, that’s how it felt. I kept it safe. I found comfort in my silence.”

Whitney's relationship with Crawford was mentioned in the 2018 documentary Whitney. Created by the singer's estate, the film focused on the singer's legacy and didn't include first-hand accounts from Crawford. Family members were weary of their special friendship.

"I’ve never seen them do anything but I know that she was something that I didn’t want my sister to be involved with," Whitney's brother Gary stated in the documentary.

But Crawford is finally ready to tell her own story while "lifting" Houston's legacy.

“I wanted to lift her legacy, give her respect and share the story of who she was before the fame, and in that, to embrace our friendship,” she tells People. "I'd come to the point where I felt the need to stand up for our friendship. And I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent."

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston is expected to hit bookshelves this fall.

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