Mega-producer Pharrell Williams is feeling the heat for neglecting to feature a black woman on the cover of his new album, titled simply “G I R L”.
The cover features Williams, 40. posing with three women — 1 Caucasian, 1 Hispanic and 1 LSLH. All four are clad in bathrobes and dark sunglasses.
Williams, who recently married a mixed race woman, said, “The woman I’m standing closest to, she is black and she’s been a friend of mine for a long time.”
I beg to differ. It is ignorant and racist to assume that people of mixed parentage are black. This is the type of backwards thinking that is reinforced by people who still believe in the archaic one drop rule.
Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj, 33, has apologized for using an iconic photograph of human rights activist Malcolm X to promote her new single “Lookin Ass Nigga”.
In a post on her Instagram page, Nicki, who is no stranger to controversies, said the photo was never intended to be the official cover art for her single.
“I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single,” wrote Minaj, who calls herself Harajuku Barbie.
Minaj added she has nothing but the utmost respect for Malcolm X’s family.
A California school is under fire for planning to serve fried chicken and watermelon for Black History Month. Black students and parents at Carondelet High School rushed to the media complaining bitterly about the items on the lunch menu at the all-girls school.
A Colombian Councilman has denounced Colombia’s national treasure Shakira for helping Bajan singer Rihanna to — in his words — “promote lesbianism” in Shakira’s new music video.
Marco Fidel Ramirez, a conservative Christian politician from Bogota, tweeted that Shakira’s music video for “Can’t Remember to Forget You” was “simply disgusting” and an “unabashed glorification of lesbianism.”
In the music video, Shakira and Rihanna wear skimpy bathing suits and caress each other passionately.
The Internet is buzzing about the upcoming “celebrity” boxing match between disgraced rapper DMX and child killer George Zimmerman on March 1. The fact that anyone considers Zimmerman to be a celebrity is nauseating. The fact that urban blogs are covering this story with apparent amusement is shameful.
The fact is, any boxing match involving Zimmerman will almost certainly be a fraud.
I've apologized several times for using the word "Tranny". I don't realize that it was a slur. I'm very sorry for my poor choice of words.
— Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) February 1, 2014
LGBT groups succeeded in extracting an apology from ‘Precious’ star Gabourey Sidibe after she repeatedly uttered the slang word “tranny” during an appearance on Arsenio Hall’s show on Jan. 23.
A British newspaper shocked readers with a headline that referred to lounge singer Beyonce as a whore’. The UK’s Metro newspaper quoted outraged parents who dubbed Beyonce a ‘whore’ for her disrespectful performance during the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday.