By Sandra Rose  | 

The members of the legendary R&B group New Edition were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2017 BET Awards on Sunday. But their moment in the spotlight was nearly ruined by fools on Black Twitter who ruthlessly mocked and taunted band member Ricky Bell's transparent hairline.

Ricky was the talk of the evening when he stepped onstage with the group to accept their awards. The singer, who is 49, tried to mask his hair loss by apparently using the same stuff that Jackson 5 band member Jermaine Jackson paints on his head -- with the same tragic results.

The jokes flew on social media once the studio lights reflected off Ricky's shiny dome. If only Ricky had heard about Finasteride and other medications that successfully regrows hair.

Stay tuned for my Medical Minute about recovering your thinning hair and hair loss with the right medications, diet and plenty of water. You don't have to suffer or embarrass yourself by using DIY kits on your head.

Daaaaaam #RickyBell #NewEdition

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  • tintin

    Black twitter is the worst.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    ROFL..see I don't know if this is just us picking fun or being cruel. I know in my family we sit around and just roast each other for fun.. ANYWHO happy Monday yall! You survived the weekend and you employed still good job!

  • Mbailey

    ALL those skin-folk ain't yo kin-folk....

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  • MercifulLove

    His hairline is tattooed on. He's not ashamed of it. There is a video of it on YouTube if you wanna watch him get it done.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Bunch of unemployed/underemployed negroes sitting around looking to find fault with everybody and everything. SMH.

  • Daffany Rose-Gilbert

    Some blacks are just ignorant

  • Noirluv45

    No wonder many of our young people bully others. They see many adults doing it. They act juvenile Instead of being good examples.

  • klwbaby

    My family is the same. If u come to the cookout with a pink and peach walking suit on, we are about to clown u. But like u said, its just for fun.

  • MookieFly

    Oh I that I'm actually workin, you start making posts. Wrong for that lol. If people can roast grandma for her corner store wigs, grandpa can get dragged for his shoe polish fade

  • Quitedeliteful

    It looks like he got his hairline tattooed. Poor guy would get twitta dragged either way -- fill in the hairline, you get dragged. Let your hairline naturally recede you get dragged. Can't win for losing...

  • Vegas1989

    When I saw it I thought about Sharpie Dry Eraser Marker....LOL...

  • Vegas1989

    Right...don't clown if you are going to leave with a frown....I got jokes...LOL

  • Vegas1989

    But New Edition did good. I enjoyed all of them, Chris Brown and Xscape...I thought Mary J..was going to come out hard...But..she didn't and that outfit was too much because she couldn't focus on singing....

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I saw a random video & he was showing how it is tattooed. So, maybe he had it dyed as well................
    *kayne shrug*

  • Ni Ni

    I think Ricky had that tatoo hairline thing. Nothing compares to Jermaine. Twitter makes me sick sometimes.

    Oan, I feel so bad for poor Ricky, this was the second speech he's given when he's almost broke down and cried talking about their constant struggles. The first time was at the Hollywood walk of Fame. I think the end is nigh ?.

  • Ni Ni

    I was surprised she wore something like that.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    I enjoyed them, their tribute, and to top it all off El Debarge sang MY FAVE song ever in LIFE. No complaints.

  • jeniefrumdablocâ„¢

    Congratulations guys... Well deserved ... Loved the tribute ...??

  • SummerBaby

    This was one of the best tributes to date.

  • Yen Chantress

    It is sad that people are so quick on the gas to clown someone. I commend Ricky, he shared with world via a video the process, which is more equivalent to tattooing than spray on. At least he was honest.

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  • Sexy CJ
  • Coy little wink

    Hair loss is only funny until it happens to you...people need to grow up aging is a part of life

  • Please Stop The Madness

    This WAS a good one. I really liked Marsha Ambrosius tribute to Patti that one year. And the year Christina Aguliera sang for Whitney.

  • Desiree Edwards

    We need to do better, why do we always have to bring each other down?

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Yes! I think sometimes we as black people do it in jest but love the people we crack on..some are being trolls and don't have a life so they find anything about someone else to make themselves feel better.. I will crack on NE but them my babies I love them all!!

  • NoTsWeAtiNgThEsMaLlThInGs

    These same ppl have kno idea what their hair follicles gonna be hitting on in a few years. Bet they think about Ricky when that shyt start shedding...

  • KarmaBackAround

    Soo much other greatness was going on during this performance that i didnt notice..maybe i didnt care!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Ima look for the video.... Plenty of people dragging him could probably stand to get their hairline filled in....

  • Latisaj

    Hey yo slick, your looking slick! I'm sorry I had too no pun extended!!

  • We Can Do This

    Just wear a Kangol my dude!

  • KayCeiSoul

    Well I wish Ralph would get his done and let his hair grow back.
    he is giving me all kinds of "Uncle at the BBQ" vibes, and I no likey.

  • Toni ToniToni

    Unbelievable. How dare they disrespect our GREATS! LEGENDS! Folks age and it happens. Geesh

  • KayCeiSoul

    But half the youth lil' baldheaded azzes need it too.
    The age of receding is getting younger and younger. Stress.

  • Mrs.Meenie

    Still a legend tho...The End

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I've seen worse ?????

  • YG

    Lmao @ that Instagram video

  • Rayne

    These kids dumb ass hell nowadays ??

  • NicoleZee

    Why not just go bald or get a hair transplant??? I'm trying to figure out why dudes with money like him and Dr. Phil and Prince William won't just go to the dermatologist to try to regrow their hair. At least they have the money to do something about it! When most men start to bald, why not just shave it all off???

  • Slickone

    Wonder if this pic is old of Shamari and Ronnie they are expecting twins and she is huge on ig.

  • Kimberly

    I thought Ronnie and his wife were pregnant with twins?!? She doesn't look like it in that pic.

  • disqus_MNq5Mrn4CF

    Excellent observation. I agree with you.

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  • Mark mcharm

    you think he is going to pass away at the young age of 49 because new edition is having a comeback year?

  • 100milesperhour

    Unless she's already given birth & snapped back.

  • Noirluv45

    Thank you.

  • LibraGirlonly

    You ain't lying. Smdh

  • Ni Ni

    Thats not what i meant. I meant the end of the group.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Men are losing their hair younger and younger these days. One of my classmates was going bald in high school.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    When I saw El I caught "the vapors". (Biz Markie voice) lol

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I thought people long ago stopped spraying on hair. Ricky Bell needs to just get a baldy. He's not handsome so it really doesn't matter if he's got hair like Rick James or a shiny skull like Sticky Fingaz.

    Shawty Lo, RIP, had started doing the same thing. It looked ridiculous, and I expressed that to him. People can tell when your hair is designed by Crayola.

    By the way, the process involves hair fibers, which are sold for an absurd price at stores like Sally's, and a spray-on color. Results are always tacky.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Busta Rhymes is one fat, ridiculous mess. That shiny thing he's wearing looks like a parachute.

    A parachute that he picked up from Liberace's garage sale.

  • hottlanta

    Yall crazy as all outdoors. I ain't counting the follicles on his head I am counting the dollars he has in the bank. I am a child of the 70's am I remember a lot of Superfly's running around with a head full of hair and no money in the bank. Bro got that 30 years in the industry looooong money.

  • hottlanta

    Liberace stop all he needed was a piano. I thought he was getting ready to wrap a turkey with some aluminum foil for Thanksgiving.

  • hottlanta

    I was digging that outfit. She was fly. What about Tamar looking like a pre-bleached, pre-washed Barbie doll. She is toooo extra for me. She said Vince like white girls so I guess she is getting him his wish is to turn into a white girl.

  • Shira Harding-James

    I did notice this myself last night and although I do wish he would just go bald, the man is a legend, so who cares? I'm sure he is not worried about us peasant folks and our opinions lol


    His hair line did not look bad... I actually like it... Now the struggle line is Jermaine Jackson...

  • Look EveryBOTCH!y, it’s Tyler!

    I'm beginning to suffer from hair loss...and I think it's hilarious. Can't do a thing about it (I am NOT doing surgery). Why not laugh?