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André Leon Talley praised Vogue magazine's controversial cover featuring Senator Kamala Harris'.
The Afro-Indian vice president-elect is pictured smiling apprehensively with her hands clasped in front of her on the February 2021 issue. Instead of the glam look, she is clad in casual work clothes and black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers.
The controversial "working girl" cover sparked fury on social media, with many saying the cover was "disrespectful" and even racist.
But Talley, a former editor-at-large for American Vogue, supported his former boss, Anna Wintour, in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday.
"It's GREAT. JUST GREAT. GREAT," he wrote, after Wintour responded to the backlash in a statement on Tuesday. Talley said the cover will inspire young women around the world to wear work clothes rather than expensive designer clothing.
"Her work uniform with her ubiquitous Converse sneakers is aspirational. I predict its [sic] going to set a trend for all young women all over the world, [who] are going to dress like Kamala Harris," he wrote.
Talley, 71, defended 26-year-old aspiring photographer Tyler Mitchell -- the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for American Vogue in the magazine's history.
Talley said Mitchell's layman photography "comes from a universe that is new. He is not aligned with the titans of @vogue photographers before him... His work must be seen through the prism of 2021."
Harris' frantic staffers contacted Vogue editors on Monday after the cover leaked over the weekend. They demanded to know why Vogue chose a "test photo" for its print edition rather than the agreed upon photo of Harris wearing a powder blue pantsuit. The latter photo was chosen for the online digital edition instead.
There were calls for Wintour to step down, but Talley said she isn't going anywhere.
"All I can say is Anna Wintour is not abdicating. And I wish I was there, at Vogue, to celebrate w/the team," he wrote.
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A viral video that shows rapper Wiz Khalifa sharing an intimate father-son moment has sparked debate on social media.
The video shows the 33-year-old "Black and Yellow" rap star kissing his 7-year-old son, Sebastian, on the mouth.
The response to the kiss was largely negative, as many said the boy is too old to kiss his father.
An Instagram user left this comment under the original video source:
"[W]ho in the rightful mind kiss their son in the mouth especially a guy that sh*t is nasty. all you're doing is pushing the agenda more to the public eye and telling kids it's okay to kiss men in the mouth when it's not some of ya are f***ing sick asf ya need jesus fr [sic]."
But not everyone agreed with the judgmental folks.
"Y'all are strange. He kissed his son good morning for like a second," wrote one Instagram user.
Another user wrote: "I don't see anything wrong with it. It was a little peck, They took this way out of context. Yes these peoples are extraaaa, but, that's social media for you! Smh."
And a third wrote: "There was nothing wrong with this interaction... A father showing love to his son. I'm sorry that all young boys can't receive this kind of love from their fathers. Maybe we'd have less toxic men if we normalized farthers showing affection to their sons. IJS."
Sebastian is Khalifa's son with Instagram model and entrepreneur Amber Rose, 37.
Letitia Wright deleted her social media accounts after she refused to apologize for questioning the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
Wright deleted all of her social media accounts after receiving backlash from Twitter's cancel culture for sharing an anti-vaccine video that questioned the safety of the mRNA vaccines.
The Black Panther star deleted her original tweet and defended her decision to post the anti-vaxxer video, which was titled, 'COVID-19 VACCINE, SHOULD WE TAKE IT?'
She wrote: "My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else."
In an earlier tweet, she wrote: "if you don't conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself ... you get canceled."
Wright's former co-star Don Cheadle, pictured on a power walk with his girlfriend Bridgid Coulter, criticized Wright on social media after he viewed the video, according to Rhymeswithsnitch.
The Iron Man star retweeted Wright, captioning his post, "bye, letitia."
He later clarified that he hadn't seen Wright's original tweet before he got caught up in the backlash and overreacted.
An Instagram search for Wright's name reveals the message: "Sorry, this page isn't available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Go back to Instagram."
And a search on Twitter brings users to a page which states: "This account doesn't exist. Try searching for another."
Trey Songz is accused of scamming his OnlyFans subscribers to fatten his pockets.
The 36-year-old singer is the latest washed-up celebrity to launch an OnlyFans account to make ends meet until the economy rebounds.
According to Rhymeswithsnitch, disgruntled OnlyFans subscribers claim he charged them $100 for a photo of himself in a shower with a female's hand around his neck.
His fans are upset because they wanted to see more. His body wasn't even soapy. One fan wrote: "Trey Songz charged his OF subscribers $100 for this pic. djdndsksks worms for brains!"
Celebrities are going broke amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Paid bookings and club appearances are drying up as clubs and other businesses are forced to close down.
Fans don't mind paying for OnlyFans content, as long as the content is risqué and NSFW. They say a photo of Trey from the chest up is not worth $100 or any price.
Question: Would you pay $100 for a picture of Trey Songz?
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Keith Olbermann apologized Tuesday for calling President Donald Trump "a whiny little Kunta Kinte."
The former MSNBC host made the remark during a Twitter rant, referencing the fictional slave from the 1976 novel Roots.
"Yes @realDonaldTrump has always been, will always be, and on the day of his bid for re-election, still is: a whiny little Kunta Kinte," Olbermann tweeted.
Olbermann was reacting to Trump's interview on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning.
According to Dictionary.com, Kunta Kinte is a derogatory name for an African refugee.
Olbermann -- who clearly didn't know who Kunta Kinte was -- apologized in a follow-up tweet.
"Just logged back in: I apologize for my previous subtweet of this. I was using an old 70's-80's technique for calling somebody a c**t without writing/saying c**t, just using a sound-alike to call Trump a c**t Deleting previous, largely because this one clarifies the c**t part," Olbermann wrote."
His "apology" prompted a response from actor LeVar Burton who played Kunta Kinte in the Roots TV mini-series.
But the fierce backlash from Black & white Twitter continued.
Journalist Tim Pool tweeted, "Keith Olbermann is a racist."
50 Cent's ex Chelsea Handler says the hip-hop mogul will "absolutely" vote for Joe Biden after Fiddy threw his support behind President Donald Trump last week.
"I DM'd him and said, 'Please give me a call, I don't wanna do this publicly,'" she told NYC radio show Breakfast Club on Thursday.
Handler apologized for telling Jimmy Fallon she had to remind 50 Cent he was a Black man.
"He called me and I just asked him if he was serious." Handler said. "I [was] not telling him, as a white woman, because I misspoke earlier when I said, 'I had to remind him he was Black.' I don't have any business saying anything like that, so I need to apologize to everyone for saying that, because that's inappropriate."
Handler said she asked how 50 could possibly support this "white supremacist" for President. "Whether you're Black or white, it should be a problem for you," she added. "I asked him, and he was like, 'No, I was just screwing around... The taxes are a pain in the ass.' Yeah, but Republicans have told us all how to avoid taxes, so if that's our goal we can figure out a state to live in where we don't have to pay our taxes."
Handler said 50 told her he "absolutely" would be voting for Biden.
Trump supporters on TheDonald.win expressed their disappointment by depicting the rapper as a runway slave being whipped by his master (Handler).
Former Vogue staffers are still angry over a writer's treatment of this old photo of Kendall Jenner showing off a gold tooth at a London Fashion Week party hosted by Burberry in February 2017.
Vogue magazine's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour apologized after former Vogue staffers complained about racism and discrimination.
In a recent NY Times article, former staffers, who are Black, complained that Wintour didn't "keep pace with the public's changing issues with racism" and cultural misappropriation.
They point to the image of Kendall Jenner wearing a gold tooth -- a dental accessory that is commonly associated with Black people.
A Vogue contributor wrote in an article at the time: "The flashing teeth felt like a playful wink to the city's free-spirited aesthetic - or perhaps a proverbial kiss to her rumored boyfriend A$AP Rocky."
Black staff members complained about the article. One Black staffer contacted magazine executives saying "the story insensitively endorsed an instance of cultural appropriation."
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According to the Times, one former employee contacted Wintour by email to explain why some Black staffers were offended by the story: "If Kendall wants to do something stupid, fine, but our writers (especially white ones) don't need to [weigh] in and glorify it or ascribe reasons to it that read culturally insensitive."
But Wintour was not receptive of their complaints. After several email exchanges, she wrote, "Well I honestly don't think that's a big deal."
Condé Nast, which owns Vogue, said in a statement: "The coverage itself is not cultural appropriation."
The implication is that Kendall herself misappropriated Black culture by wearing the gold tooth.
A grand jury in Tyler County, Texas has indicted Netflix for "promotion of lewd visual material depicting a child" when it distributed the French film Cuties.
The controversial film sparked fierce backlash against streaming giant Netflix, with critics alleging it over-sexualizes children.
According to a press release, the District Attorney's Office claims that Netflix, by distributing Cuties, "knowingly promote[d] visual material that depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex and has no serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value."
A spokesperson for Netflix told PEOPLE in a statement on Wednesday: "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. This charge is without merit and we stand by the film."
The film tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction.
Netflix previously apologized for a promo poster of the child stars posing in their dancing outfits. After the film premiered on Netflix on 9 September, the backlash continued as the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. the following day.
A petition on Change.org was also launched, calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over the flick on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe".
"From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be," reads a message on the campaign.
Adele sparked outrage and concern on social media when she posted a photo that shows her wearing a Jamaican flag bikini top and her hair braided in bantu knots.
The 32-year-old pop singer snapped the photo at London's Notting Hill Carnival, according to the photo caption.
Adele further enraged Americans when she left a comment that appeared to mock the Jamaican dialect during the Monica vs Brandy Verzuz battle on Monday night.
"Wah Gwaan! Yow gyal, yuh look good enuh," she wrote. The rough translation is: "What's going on! Wow girl, you look good you know."
There are plenty of white Jamaicans on the island, but Adele is not one of them. It is considered offensive to native Jamaicans when non-Jamaicans attempt to speak Patois or Patwa and end up butchering the native language.
The reaction on Twitter was mixed as many defended the pop star, saying the message appeared to be Photoshopped.
While some claimed the singer was profiting off black culture, many pointed out the star grew up in Tottenham, London and has been surrounded by black culture all her life.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, whose mother was born in Jamaica, commented on Adele's Instagram photo with two love heart emojis and two pictures of the Jamaican flag.
While British journalist Piers Morgan said the entire scandal was "absolute guff" on Monday's Good Morning Britain talk show.
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Joe Biden said the Black community is not as "diverse" as the Hispanic community. He didn't clarify what he meant by that remark.
Biden made the comment during an interview with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) which aired on Wednesday.
National Public Radio's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked Biden whether he would stop the deportation of Cubans, if elected president.
"I'm going to look at every single country in the world... this guy [President Donald Trump] is sending them back," Biden said.
Biden assured Garcia-Navarro he would attempt to restore the Obama-Biden administration's policy of improving relations with communist Cuba.
Biden then added:
"And by the way, what you all know, but most people don't know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things ... it's a very diverse community."
Biden's comment drew mixed reaction on Twitter.com, with some accusing him of being an overt racist.
Twitter user @jg091297 wrote: "He could have said 'they all look alike to me' and this would have sounded less racist."
User @KenAndTonic tweeted: "Wonder how all of his VP candidates feel about this, you know, being all the same and everything."
User @NthingInPrtculr tweeted: "I'm Black and I find what Biden said incredibly condescending, clearly he thinks he can say whatever he wants & still get our votes & I fear that he is right."
But some Black Democrats shrugged off Biden's latest gaffe: @MrNicdraw wrote: "Still better than the alternative. Like wtf."