Tarana Burke Praises Ava DuVernay For Speaking Out Against R. Kelly

According to #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, when the women of color in Time's Up published a letter urging music corporations to cut ties with R. Kelly, the only black woman not involved who spoke out about against the disgraced musician was director Ava DuVernay.

In a sit-down interview with reporter Jim DeRogatis and writer Jamilah Lemieux on Tuesday (June 4) to discuss DeRogatis' latest book Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly, Burke made the revelation.

“We had a Time’s Up situation where the black women in Time’s Up came out in support of #MuteRKelly. What that took is another conversation,” Burke told the audience. “Prior to that, I had one-on-one conversations with black women in Hollywood and black women in music because folks were doing stories and they wanted a prominent black woman to go on record and talk about it. The only one who would do it was Ava DuVernay. The only one.”

Burke also explained that although there may be black female singers in support of #MuteRKelly, his influence is still palpable in the industry.

“I asked a singer who I didn’t even think could have a connection to him, and she said, ‘Well, I don’t know, because we share some writers,’” she continued. “Another woman said, ‘I would love to, but the backlash I would get on Twitter, I’m just not ready for it.’”

On Twitter in 2018, DuVernay chastised R. Kelly and Kanye West for evoking the imagery of lynching as attempts to be exonerated for their actions and comments.

"Evoking racial terrorism and murder for personal gain/blame is stratospheric in is audacity and ignorance," she wrote.

Watch the entire sit-down above.

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Gucci Mane And Wife Keyshia Ka’oir Expecting First Child Together

Gucci Mane and his wife, Keshia Ka’oir, are expecting their first child together, the rapper tweeted on Friday (Aug. 14).

“My beautiful wife pregnant life is good,” Guwop captioned a photo of a glowing Ka’oir showing off her baby bump in black lace lingerie.

My beautiful wife pregnant life is good @KeyshiaKaoir ❤️🔥🥶🏹 pic.twitter.com/gIKF12A3Pg

— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) August 14, 2020

The bundle of joy will be the second child for Gucci, and the fourth for Ka’oir, who reportedly has three children.

The protective mom and cosmetics entrepreneur opened up about her supportive husband in a 2018 interview with New York Magazine’s The Cut. “Gucci is an amazing husband because he supports me,” Ka’oir shared. “A lot of men are intimidated by successful women. Not him, though. He wants me to shine. He wants me to be successful. At least, it’ll have him save more of his money if I’ve got money, right? Because I’m an expensive wife.”

The Wopsters tied the knot in an extravagant 2017 wedding ceremony that aired live on BET.

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T.I. Pens Letter To Lloyd’s Of London Over Company’s Involvement In Transatlantic Slave Trade

Last month, T.I. called out Lloyd’s of London over its role in the Transatlantic slave trade and demanded that the international insurance market fork over reparations to descendants of the enslaved. The company responded with an apology statement published by Forbes on Friday (Aug. 14).

“There are aspects of the market’s past about which we cannot feel pride and this includes the fact that insurers in the Lloyd’s market insured vessels that were involved in the eighteenth and nineteenth century slave trade. As representatives of today’s Lloyd’s market, we are deeply sorry for this.

“We cannot unfortunately undo the past, but we would like to play an active role in trying to level the playing field for Black and Minority Ethnic people in today’s world,” the statement continues. “On [June 10], we announced an initial action plan that focuses on education, research and significant funding for charities and other [organizations] that promote opportunity and inclusion for Black and Minority Ethnic colleagues. There is much more to do and we will work with our Cultural Advisory Group to determine our longer term plans. We will update our website as our plans develop.”

Tip wasn’t so impressed with Lloyd’s of London’s mea culpa. He penned a four-page letter to the company outlining the systematic oppression that has affected Black people for centuries, and reiterated his demands -- which include diversifying the company’s board, and allocating 10% of its earnings, (along with a one million equity line of credit) to descendants of those enslaved.

“We find Lloyd’s actions to rectify the situation to be admirable but insufficient,” he wrote in part.

 

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As promised... Our letter in response to @lloydsoflondon's letter we received 10 days ago. The conversation continues.... This isn't just MY movement...This is for US‼️ All who believe in the message and intention of this call to action sign the petition USorELSE.org #linkinbio

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It’s been an eventful week for the rapper, activist, and father of seven. On a more personal note, Tip caught his 15-year-old son, King, casually preparing to smoke weed while sitting in a hot tub, and streamed the incident on Instagram Live. Although he was clearly upset, Tip's reaction to King brought on more social media criticism, namely over the double standard between how he raises and reprimands sons versus his daughters.

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Nas Announces ‘King’s Disease’ Album, Disses Doja Cat On “Ultra Black”

Nas is back with a new single and album in the works. The Queens MC released “Ultra Black” on Friday (Aug. 14), featuring a verbal jab at Doja Cat.

The diss pops up at the end of the first verse where Nas raps, “Sometimes I’m over-Black, even my clothes are black/Cash Money with the white tee and the soldier rag. We goin’ ultra Black, unapologetically Black. The opposite of Doja Cat, Michael Blackson Black.”

The line references allegations that Doja participated in white supremacist chat rooms, claims of which she has denied.

“Ultra Black,” produced by Hit-Boy, is the lead single off Nas’ upcoming 13th studio album, King’s Disease, due out on Aug. 21. He teased the album on social media earlier in the week with a video montage from his time in the studio with Hit-Boy.

“Finally got that time to work, that alignment,” Nas says of wanting to collaborate with the two-time Grammy winner.

8.21 🔊🎥 #HitBoyOnTheBeats pic.twitter.com/qj6APjCwIX

— Nasir Jones (@Nas) August 10, 2020

Rumors of a new Nas album have been swirling since Big Sean seemingly confirmed that the LP was on the way in February. The following month, Nas revealed that he was working on an album with Hit-Boy, plus another secret project.

“It’s some projects going on,” he said in an interview. “One of them is us working with Hit-Boy….it’s another one I’m working on that I don’t want to disclose.”

Listen to “Ultra Black” below.

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