As we draw closer to the end of the first season of EMPIRE, the show’s star Terrence Howard is speaking up about utlizing the n-word on the show.
During a recent appearance on Access Hollywood Live, Howard explained how his character ‘Lucious Lyons’ is a Black version of Archie Bunker (i.e. racist, bigoted, homophobic) and he weighs in on why he feels using the n-word on EMPIRE could be a means a defusing racism.
For the record, Howard’s view differs from costar Taraji P. Henson, who has said publicly that she’s against the of the word, but he feels it’s time to get real. The Oscar nominee wants to drop the stigma surrounding the word which he believes would make the Lee Daniels hip-hop drama feel more authentic.
I believe, if we’re gonna really tackle racism… If we’re gonna tackle bigotry, if we’re gonna tackle homophobia — we need to tackle it dead on.
Since ‘n*gga’ is used in almost every conversation in most Black neighborhoods why is it that we don’t hear it on TV anymore? Are white people afraid of it? Did they create the word? But if this is something that we use on a daily basis, then let’s address what it REALLY means?
Interesting… what DOES the n-word mean exactly? Howard explains his take on it in the video below… Continue Reading…
Claudia Jordan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta revealed that one of her passions was stand-up comedy.
[READ: RECAP: RHOA S7, Ep17 ‘Fix It Therapy’ + Watch Full Video]
During the episode, Claudia sought advice from a few professionals, like Gary With Da Tea and standup veteran Luenell and she even made a list of bullet points. But when Jordan attempted to try out a few jokes at Atlanta’s Uptown Comedy club in front of an audience of one (they had to fit background character Demetria McKinney in somehow), Jordan proved she’s not too entertaining.
What’s even worse is that I feel like Claudia’s new ‘storyline’ was basically created to clean up her previous attempts at stand-up. If you recall, she feels offensive jokes like saying she can’t see dark-skinned Black people at night, her segment on Jamie Foxx’s show referring to Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle as a ‘waste of light skin’, and comparing Black men to ‘monkeys’ are all hilarious.
More details + check out video footage of Jordan’s offensive onstage attempt below… Continue Reading…
Last night, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) aired Bill Duke’s ‘Light Girls’ documentary, the filmmaker’s follow-up to his exploration of colorism, Dark Girls (January 19, 2015).
Duke explores the pain, privilege and prejudice of light-skinned women in the new documentary, “Light Girls,” which is a spin-off of “Dark Girls.”
[FLASHBACK: The Shade Debate: Are ‘Dark Girls’ Treated Differently? (WATCH FULL VIDEO)]
The Black community once again addressed ‘colorism,’ and Life Coach Iyanla Vanzant was there to lead the way as she detailed how hurtful words and name calling affects younger people as they move into their adulthood.
Diahann Carroll, Kym Whitley, Essence Atkins, Raven-Symone (who once proclaimed to Oprah her desire to not be ‘labeled’ any color) and more opened up about their harsh experiences as light-skinned black women.
“When I had my own show, I used to tan three or four times a week in a tanning bed to get darker. I did,” Raven-Symone revealed in the new doc in reference to her show, “That’s So Raven.”
In case you missed it, watch the full documentary below… Continue Reading…
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I’ve received several emails about an offensive RHOA poster spotted around Atlanta.
For those who don’t know, The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the only all-Black franchise of Bravo’s Housewives and it’s also been the highest rated for several seasons now. No other franchise of the popular related show even has ONE Black character on the cast.
[READ: RECAP: RHOA S7, Ep11 ‘Divide & Kiki’ (WATCH FULL VIDEO)]
Apparently the network (or their marketing agency) decided that it would be a smart idea to take advantage of that fact in their promo materials and have launched something called #BlackWIVESMatter….
More photos + read emails below… Continue Reading…
Another day, another ignorant comment is revealed from coming from The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast and now Claudia Jordan has officially apologized to Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris for her disrespectful comments about her looks.
It all started as the newbie ‘housewife’, who constantly reminded the world of her ‘bi-racial’ identity, and RHOA vet Nene Leakes went head to head during their latest ‘girl’s trip’.
[READ: RECAP: RHOA S7, Ep10 ‘Puerto Read-Co’ (FULL VIDEO)]
Claudia hit WWHL to discuss her outrage at being called a ‘half-breed’ by Leakes during the Puerto Rico argument, and as with all shady reality show stars, Jordan’s own skeletons began backflipping outta her closet! First, the ‘dark-skinned’ comments she made in 2009 surfaced…
[READ: Disrespectful? Or Nah? Claudia Jordan Disses Dark Skinned Blacks in 2009 Video… (WATCH) ]
And then days later another video surfaced where Jordan made comments about Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris being ‘a waste of light skin’!
I almost can’t keep up! But read the full drama filled story about Claudia’s latest issues below… Continue Reading…
Claudia Jordan has got some ‘splainin’ to do!
Jordan appeared on ‘Watch What Happens LIVE!’ last night and spoke about the explosive 10th episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
[READ: Recap: RHOA S7 Ep10 ‘Puerto Read-co’ (Watch Full Video)]
During her stint on the late night talk show, Jordan spoke about the argument she had with RHOA vet Nene Leakes and addressed Nene’s ‘Half Breed’ comment, calling it the most offensive thing Nene said during their argument in Puerto Rico.
Granted, both ladies were disrespectful to each other during the battle and MANY insults were hurled back and forth. It’s expected that some comments would get personal, being that it’s all for the ‘show’ right?
But did you know that way before RHOA, Jordan actually referred to darker skinned Blacks in a derogatory way as well? *sigh*
Details about Claudia’s ‘color issues’ revealed in the video below… Continue Reading…
The announcement that a New York Grand Jury decided NOT to indict the police officer that caused the death of yet another unarmed Black male, sparked public outrage online and off.
If the Ferguson decision didn’t open eyes, the Eric Garner decision did.
[FLASHBACK: #BlackLivesMatter! Killer Mike Speaks Out on CNN… (VIDEO)]
The decision struck a nerve and thousands hit the tweets to voice their opinions about racial inequality in the justice system.
While #BlackLiveMatter and #iCantBreathe topped the trends last night, it was the #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag that opened eyes and sparked a new discussion about White privilege.
Apparently if you’re White in America, you can commit a slew of crimes and not suffer the same consequences a black person might… at least according to many trending stories being shared on social media.
Check out more ‘true confessions’ about ‘Criming While White,’ straight from the mouths of those who know best… Continue Reading…