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Danity Kane Discuss Diddy, Putting Women In Power And Colorism

The trio dished on their life-changing experiences within their careers at the hands of men, and a time when one group member was made to feel ugly in her own skin.

Earlier this season, Danity Kane regrouped after a years-long separation to tour the country and perform their tunes. Although D. Woods and Aundrea Fimbres opted out of the reunion, Dawn Richard, Aubrey O'Day, and Shannon Bex rekindled the spark they once had.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, the trio dished on their life-changing experiences within their careers at the hands of men and a time when one group member was made to feel ugly in her own skin.

Richard recalled a meeting with music executive Jimmy Iovine who reportedly said to the singer and her Diddy-Dirty Money partner Kalenna Harper (this is after Danity Kane disbanded), that they were unattractive. "Jimmy Iovine told Kalenna and I to our face, he looked at Puff and said, 'Why don't you have two-light skinned girls?' In front of a boardroom of fifty people," she said.

As for Harper, she issued a statement to Cosmopolitan that Diddy "encouraged" her to keep her looks just as is and that he was asked why someone like Cassie wasn't a part of the trio. "But Puff insisted on the sound matching the look," she said. Harper also added that Iovine referred to her as "now one of his favorite writers and favorite voices to listen to."

O'Day later added that if Diddy encouraged the young stars to fully be themselves, they could've soared to new heights. "Look at after all of that, we're back together and we just did an incredible show that featured all of us in our greatness," she said. "Imagine had he made us believe in it at that age, what we could be right now."

In terms of what the group wishes they could've told their younger selves, Richard shared she would've walked tall in her blackness. "I would've told myself to own my blackness," Richard said. "It was a different time. It wasn't cool to be dark, it wasn't cool to be thin, they had pounds of weave on us. I would've loved if someone would've just told us we was beautiful as is no matter how we looked. If somebody would've been like, 'Black is fly. Don't lose no weight, don't gain no weight. Right there, that looks good.' I would've told my younger self, 'Own that sh*t.'"

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Waka Flocka Flame Say He’s Dedicating His Life To Suicide Prevention And Mental Health Awareness

With the month of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Waka Flocka Flame shared a major announcement with fans. The rapper and reality star is dedicating his life to suicide prevention and mental health awareness, he shared on Monday (May 25).

“I’m officially dedicating my life to suicide prevention and mental illness! Ya’ll not alone Waka Flocka Flame is with ya’ll now,” he tweeted.

Waka’s younger brother, Coades “Kayo Redd” Scott, died by suicide in 2013. In a follow-up tweet, Waka revealed that he’s slowly learning to accept his brother’s passing.

“You have no idea how it feel[s] to wanna [take] your own life man…my little brother took his own life man…and I deal with this fact every birthday because his birthday [is] the day after mines [sic] June 1st. This year I’m officially accepting the fact that he’s in a better place.”

The 33-year-old recording artist, whose other brother was killed in 2000, opened up about losing his younger brother in a 2017 episode of The Therapist, where he revealed that Kao tried to get in contact with him prior to committing suicide.

“Before my little brother died, I ain’t pick up the phone and I seen him call. I was like, ‘f**k lemme call Kayo back, as soon as this s**t lover.’ And I called him back, no answer.”

“What if I would’ve picked that call up? What the f**k is my little brother going through that made my little brother kill himself?”

 

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2 Chainz’s Atlanta Restaurant Shut Down Over Social Distancing Violations

Less than a month after reopening, 2 Chainz’s Escobar Restaurant & Tapas has been temporarily shut down for violating the state’s social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Public Health and Safety cited the eatery on Sunday (May 24), after receiving complaints about the number of customers inside the restaurant and bar. Georgia guidelines limits occupancy to 10 patrons per 300 square feet.

“When I entered the establishment, the entire facility was full of patrons, shoulder to shoulder, and was unable to enter safely,” a DPS officer wrote in an incident reports according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV. The DPS officer also observed the “same violations” that caused DPS to issue an initial warning to the facility.

The manager on duty had security clear out the room but State Police ordered Escobar to close on Monday (May 25) after the violations were not fixed. Various videos posted to Escobar’s Instagram Story prove that the venue was indeed packed with customers.

In April, Georgia’s governor announced that restaurants, hair salons, and other businesses could reopen for in-person service despite the state's rising cases of COVID-19. Escobar, which had been serving takeout orders only, faced backlash after revealing plans to reopen for dine-in service following the governor’s announcement. The restaurant decided to remain closed for a little while longer and fed several of Atlanta’s homeless before fully reopening in early May.

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Doja Cat Speaks Out After Being Accused Of Joining White Supremacist Chat Rooms

After trending online for the entire Memorial Day Weekend, Doja Cat publicly addressed allegations of racism and engaging in white supremacist chat rooms on Tiny Chat.

On Sunday (May 24), the “Say So” rapper posted a lengthy Instagram statement in response to numerous tweets exposing her alleged online activity, including saying “n**ger” in a predominately white video chat room and recording a song named after a racial slur.

“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations,” Doja explained in the statement. “I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”

“I’m a black woman,” she added. “Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very prude of where I came from.”

 

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A day later, Doja took to Instagram Live to further explain herself and deny allegations of self-hate, fetishizing white men, and race play.

Later in the video, Doja denied rumors that she recorded the song, “Dindu Nothin,” to make fun of police brutality. According to Doja, the song was an attempt at reclaiming the little-known slur, though she did admit that the song was a terrible idea.

Watched the full apology below.

 

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