Petty: Iggy Azalea Accused of Hijacking Southern Black Women’s Culture

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Petty: Iggy Azalea Accused of Hijacking Southern Black Women’s Culture (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Iggy Azalea has been accused of hijacking Southern black women’s culture since she became an Atlanta-style rapper. Um, it’s being called the “white appropriation of Hip Hop music.” So, I am guessing that everyone who imitated Bob Marley and other reggae singers hijacked the Jamaican reggae culture. I mean groups like UB40. Is this all we can find to whine about? Really people?

Iggy is a protégé of T.I., one of my all-time favorite rappers. Though T.I. is known for Atlanta-style, crunk Southern bravado that is a hallmark of Black culture in that city, recently he expressed disappointment that “we’re at a place in America where we still see color.” Apparently, color is only relevant when he’s talking about racist acts against Black men, but not when he has to think through his complicity in white appropriation of Hip Hop music.

As a born-and-raised Southern girl, who believes that lazy summer evenings are best spent with your top back or your sun roof open, bass-heavy music booming through nice speakers, while you slowly make a few blocks through the neighborhood, to see who’s out and what’s poppin,’  I resent Iggy Azalea for her co-optation and appropriation of sonic Southern Blackness, particularly the sonic Blackness of Southern Black women. Everytime she raps the line “tell me how you luv dat,” in her song “Fancy,” I want to scream “I don’t love dat!” I hate it. The line is offensive because this Australian born-and-raised white girl almost convincingly mimics the sonic register of a downhome Atlanta girl.

This article was just nothing more than near-sighted pettiness. Read the entire article at Salon.

Rihanna Denies Sending ‘Free Palestine’ Tweet That Came from Her Account

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Rihanna Denies Sending ‘Free Palestine’ Tweet That Came from Her Account

Singer Rihanna is denying that she sent a “Free Palestine” tweet from her official Twitter account. She also denies taking sides in the Palestine-Israeli crisis. The tweet was retweeted 7,000 by her fans before it was deleted.

‘RHOA’ Star Apollo Nida Gets 8 Years in Prison for Bank Fraud, ID Theft

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‘RHOA’ Star Apollo Nida Gets 8 Years in Prison for Bank Fraud, ID Theft

Apollo Nida of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta‘ was sentenced to eight years in prison for bank fraud, ID theft.

Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office, said in a press release, “Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or preceived celebrity status. Nida’s sentence should be an eye opener for other like-minded criminals who scheme to steal victims’ identities, defraud them and ignore the consequences of their actions.”

Nida’s attorney, Thomas Bever, tried to get the sentence reduced citing his client’s poor upbringing but Judge Charles Pannell wasn’t about to buy that. Um, Apollo Nida is 35 and this isn’t the first time he has broken the law.

Judge Pannell did recommend that Apollo Nida be allowed to serve his sentence close to Atlanta due to his family, which includes two young sons with wife, Phaedra Parks.

Ex-Scandal Star Columbus Short Arrested for Public Intoxication at Dallas Bar

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Ex-Scandal Star Columbus Short Arrested for Public Intoxication at Dallas Bar (Credit: Wikipedia)

Columbus Short, former “Scandal” star was arrested for public intoxication Friday night in Dallas after getting into a scuffle over an unpaid bar tab, TMZ reports.

TMZ reports Columbus Short was celebrating the July 4th holiday at Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas when he reportedly got up to leave without paying for his drinks. He reportedly got upset after being approached by a security guard, who he accused of being racist.

Off-duty cops reportedly broke up the fight, but Columbus Short turned on them too. He was later arrested for public intoxication. Won’t someone get this man into some kind of rehab? He’s is slowly self-destructing….

 

 

 

 

Sherri Shepherd Allegedly Seeking to Side-Step Custody of Unborn Child Over Child Support

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Sherri Shepherd Allegedly Seeking to Side-Step Custody of Unborn Child Over Child Support (Credit: SherriShepherd.com)

Sherri Shepherd, soon-to-be ex-cohost of “The View,” is catching heat again. This time she reportedly wants to side-step any parental or financial responsibility for the unborn baby being carried by a surrogate for her and estranged husband Lamar Sally. TMZ reports Shepherd has no genetic connection to the baby, who was conceived via invitro fertilization with an egg donor and Sally’s sperm.

TMZ is reporting sources said Shepherd believes Lamar Sally defrauded her into having a child so he could get child support, knowing he fully intended to divorce her.

The source tol TMZ the couple first tried IVF with her own eggs but that failed and they decided to use an egg donor with Lamar’s sperm and a surrogate to carry the child.

The reports say Sherri Shepherd allegedly wants a judge to rule she has no parental rights for the baby due at the end of August.

If this is all true, Sherri Shepherd just can’t side-step her role as a mother or step-mother to this kid. The baby was conceived when she and Sally were still married.

 

 

‘Opie & Anthony’ Host Anthony Cumia Fired Over Racist Twitter Tirade

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‘Opie & Anthony’ Host Anthony Cumia Fired Over Racist Twitter Tirade (Credit: Twitter)

SiriusXM has fired Anthony Cumia, one half of comedy show, “The Opie & Anthony Show,” after a racist tirade on Twitter after he got a beatdown from a black woman in New York City.

Cumia claims he was assaulted by a woman in Times Square on Tuesday. His racist tirade on his Twitter feed is just despicable. He said he was trying to take pictures of the area when the woman was caught in the fram. She allegedly started punching him after objecting to being in the photographs. He responded by calling her a c**t. He then took to Twitter and raged violently for hours.

During his Twitter rant, Anthony Cumia says “savage violent animal f*cks prey on white people.”

Here are a few of Anthony Cumia’s tweets that got him fired:

Sirius issued a statement confirming Anthony Cumia’s termination:

“SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3, after careful consideration of his racially charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.”

Cumia, who also tweeted “I hope she gets shot,” has since posted a message saying he plans to think things over during the holiday weekend before signing off with “F— Sirius.”

Wyclef Jean and Santana’s World Cup Anthem May Just Irk Right Wingnut Ann Coulter

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Wyclef Jean and Santana’s World Cup Anthem May Just Irk Right Wingnut Ann Coulter

Wyclef Jean and Santana’s official anthem for the 2014 World Cup games is now available on Vevo. The anthem, “Dar um Jeito” (“We Will Find a Way“), also features Avicii and Alexandre Pires.

I guess, if you are with conservative windbag Ann Coulter on being a soccer hater, this song, which is in Portuguese, is “garbage” and is indicative of the “moral decay” of America, thanks to Liberals. By the way, Coulter is defending her screed after she sparked ridicule.

Personally, I just want to move to the beat….

Dar um Jeito” will be performed live during the World Cup closing ceremony at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. The song is available as a single and as one of the tracks on the FIFA World Cup album, “One Love, One Rhythm.” 

Erykah Badu Tries to Kiss PIX 11 Reporter Mario Diaz During Live Broadcast

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Erykah Badu Tries to Kiss PIX 11 Reporter Mario Diaz During Live Broadcast

LOL: Erykah Badu photobombs Mario Diaz, as he conducted a live broadcast for New York’s PIX 11. This comes as Diaz was reporting on train wreck Shia LeBeouf, who was jailed after he flipped out all over New York City. It was also comical to see Erykah Badu try to kiss Mario Diaz.

Erykah Badu tweeted:

Mario Diaz tweeted:

Zendaya Coleman Drops Out of Aaliyah Role in Lifetime TV Movie

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Zendaya Coleman Drops Out of Aaliyah Role in Lifetime TV Movie

Disney Channel star and singer Zendaya Coleman drops out of role as Aaliyah in Lifetime Television movie. E! News reports there were production issues with the project, including problems obtaining the rights to Aaliyah’s music.  A rep forColeman issued a statement saying she was “no longer involved in the project.” No other statements were released.

Aaliyah’s family were against the movie and Zendaya Coleman came under fire on social media for being chosen to play the late singer because she is biracial.

Aaliyah, who starred in “Queen of the Damned,” died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001.

“Designing Women” Actor Meshach Taylor Dies at Age 67

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“Designing Women” Actor Meshach Taylor Dies at Age 67 (Attribution Unknown)

“Designing Women” actor, Meshach Taylor died Saturday night. He was 67 years old. The Emmy-nominated actor was in hospice care at his Altadena home, the Los Angeles Times reports.

He was surrounded by his wife, children and mother when he died at 10:47 p.m. Saturday, his agent, Dede Binder and his son, Tariq Taylor, confirmed.

Meshach Taylor will be be remembered for playing Anthony Bouvier, an assistant to the four main female characters on “Designing Women.” He also played a flamboyant winder dresser Hollywood Montrose in “Mannequin.”

Meshach Taylor battled terminal illness, CNN reports.

The actor’s family posted a heartfelt statement on Facebook:  “It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition.”