Last night, FOX premiered its pilot episode of Rosewood, a comedy-drama focused on a private pathologist named Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut), who helps law enforcement solve crimes through his close to perfect autopsy skills. Though its pilot was far from awful, Rosewood turned out to be what many viewers feared it would: a mundane show not even Morris Chestnut’s chocolatey goodness and a perfect time slot can save.
Chris Brown and his on again, off again girlfriend Karrueche Tran are making headlines after a social media battle royal. This clash of words comes after an incident between the two outside of a LA nightclub on June 4th, where Chris forced his way into Karraueche’s car. According to media outlets, the situation continued to escalate outside of Karrueche’s home and later at Norm, a LA eatery.
American Crime is a new cable drama on ABC, created by John Ridley, the mastermind behind the film 12 Years a Slave. The series follows the aftermath of a horrendous crime that devastates a small community, leaving everyone affected. The show follows the lives of families in the community and their connection to the crime. It touches on topics of race, ethics, and morality and I can only imagine how else the writers are going to explore these themes throughout the season.
The ongoing feud between rappers Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks has escalated these past few days after an emotional interview from Banks with Hot 97 on the discrediting of Black artists, using Iggy as an example of what she felt was the degraded standard for excellence.
“I feel just like in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues, black politics, black music, there’s always an undercurrent of ‘f**k you, f**k y’all n**gas, y’all don’t really own s**t’…..the Grammy’s are supposed to be accolades from artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea’s not excellent.”
Banks said she considered artists like Iggy, who win awards over Black artists such as Nicki Minaj, artists who participate in “cultural smudging” and doesn’t categorize their music as hip hop.
The New York native, who has become infamous for Twitter beef and her carefree attitude, explained to Hot 97’s Morning Show team that she hates to be the “bitter Black b**ch,” but she is always going to speak her mind about what she feels strongly about. She also explained that Iggy’s music was no better than Black female rappers, yet she is being hailed as one of the best female rappers of this generation.
This isn’t the first time she has spoken out about the Aussie rapper and her “imitation” of Black culture but hesitation on commenting on problems affecting the Black community.
The artists took to twitter yet again as Iggy Azalea fired back calling Banks a “bully” and a “bigot.”
Azealia Banks has countered Iggy’s response by saying that she is being attacked for being a Black woman speaking her mind. She also made a statement about her opinion of “White Guilt” in regards to the beef.
A twitter account mimicking hacker group “Anonymous” has also gotten involved with the issue, tweeting several threats to Iggy Azalea, demanding an apology to Azealia Banks and the protesters for Eric Garner in New York City. The group threatened to release snapshots from a supposed sex tape starring Iggy if she did not respond to their demands.
The group posted several pictures of racially insensitive and homophobic tweets posted by Iggy Azalea over the past few years, while Banks has strongly criticized Iggy for her controversial lyrics in the song “D.R.U.G.S,” where she called herself a “runaway slave master.” Since Banks’ criticism of the song and a gesture similar to the cracking of a whip in the song’s video, social media erupted with disgust calling the Australian-born rapper a racist. Iggy has since apologized for the lyrics in a letter posted to MissJia.com , calling them “tacky.” The website has taken down the letter but several other hip hop news outlets have posted it to their websites.
In the aftermath, Solange Knowles has sided with Banks in the beef and tweeted expressing gratitude for the rapper’s words.
It seems as though celebrities in this age can’t seem to act civilized despite being directly in the public’s line of sight. That became apparent yesterday after watching the ridiculousness involving R&B crooner Chris Brown’s reaction to the conversation concerning his relationship with model Karrueche Tran on the daytime talk show The Real. Brown was set off by commentary between Bailon and Braxton who speculated that Chris may not be the ideal guy to be with and Karrueche’s friends are beneficiaries of their relationship, so if she should want to leave him, they may not be the first to give her their approval.