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A Twitter thread sparked debate over the weekend. A Twitter user suggested women should raise families together -- even if you're not "attracted" to other women.

"Women, even if you're not "attracted" to other women, I promise it's worth it to take a moment and deconstruct the standards of "family" / consider co-parenting with your friends, look up compound living, etc. we really can imagine and implement a new way of life."

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Her followers noted Black women have raised their children with sisters, aunts, mothers and grandmothers.

The Black community is worse off as a result of the plethora of female-headed households.

It seems pointless to encourage more female-headed households.

What we're doing so far isn't working for us.

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A WNBA player sparked controversy on social media when she seemed to blame Black men for the league's low television ratings.

Layshia Clarendon is a male-identified transgender and non-binary who previously underwent a double mastectomy to relieve the anxiety of Gender Dysphoria.

The 29-year-old New York Liberty shooting guard sparked controversy when she compared the Black male thought process to white supremacy in a tweet on Saturday.

Clarendon tweeted:

"The amount of black men who drag our league and blame women for their problems while not making the connection to how that's exactly what white people do to you regarding your race just BLOWS MY MIND. That's the double whammy of being black AND a woman."

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Needless to say, Clarendon's followers (mostly male) went IN on her Twitter timeline:

One Twitter user wrote: "...you can't deny there are a lot of men out there trashing the hell out of the league."

Another Black male wrote: "Blk men are some of the biggest supporter s of the WNBA. Everyday on this app y'all got our names in your mouth."

And a third tweeted:

"Ma'am....I mean sir...I mean whatever tf u wanna be called...u do know that black men are really the only supporters u have for your league right? But u literally just....u know what Nvm."

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Lil Mama sparked outrage on social media when she announced she is starting a "heterosexual movement" to defend straight people against LGBT+ bullying.

"I'm about to start a heterosexual rights movement," the 31-year-old ex-rapper wrote on Instagram last week.

"Y'all fight so hard to be respected and SOME of you, NOT ALL get a kick out bullying people for having an option, how they dress, how their hair and or makeup looks, how much money they have, etc."

Lil Mama, 31, reminded young'ns that there was a time when heterosexuals and homosexuals co-existed peacefully (before sexuality and gender became politicized).

"There are so many people afraid to give their honest opion [sic] because if they do the LGBTQ+ will hear what they want to hear and take statements out of context," she wrote.

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The TV personality, who is sometimes confused for fellow rapper Bow Wow, was quick to say she is not anti-gay but she feels obligated to speak out against the LGBT+ mafia.

"I don't have to prove myself by reminding people that I have loved ones of the LGBTQ+ Community. When I speak I'm not trying to hurt anyone, I'm just speaking my truth, just like you all."

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Lil Mama's posts came on the heels of her disapproving comments about hormone blockers for children to treat gender dysphoria.

"So children are too young to smoke cigarettes, too young to drink alcohol, too young to get a driver's license, too young to go to a club, too young to gamble, too young to rent a car, but old enough to cut off their genitals and/or 'change’ their gender? This is insanity America."

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Among Lil Mama's critics was comedienne/actress Jackée Harry, who tweeted on March 19: "The lip gloss was never really that poppin" -- referring to Lil Mama's hit record.

The 64-year-old "Sister, Sister" star followed up by encouraging her trans followers to be true to themselves.

"Be true to yourself. You were made perfectly. I love you for who you truly are."

But Lil Mama wasn't letting her off so easily, referring to Harry as an "old b***h" who cares more about PC points than protecting Black children.

"Thought you was a Sister Sister, More like Sister Act! That's the problem now. These new young girls don't respect y'all old b****es. Why? Because y'all don't reach out and provide genuine council."

She added:

"You play these internet childish games and end up in a childish mix. WHERE ARE OUR ROLE MODELs? CAUSE IM TIRED OF YALL OLD HOLLYWOOD BULLS***! Kiss my a** Jackie."

Question: Whose side are you on?

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Summer Walker sparked debate on Instagram over the government's response to the impact of Covid-19 on the Black community.

The 24-year-old "Girls Need Love" singer responded to a fan who wrote: "The whole system is corrupt. Burn everything down."

Summer replied: "You literally won't get anywhere doing that but making everyone go into martial law and nobody won't get s***. Y'all need to take that same passion and energy & use it to come together in the black community."

She added: "Black people have no unity. We want everyone else to support but won't support each other but nobody wants to hear all that… so unorganized."

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According to blogger Jasmine Brand, back in May, Summer alleged COVID-19 was created by the powers that be to control overpopulation.

"All I wanna know is if these mf's cared about population control so much why they ain't put a cap on having kids globally like China a long a** time ago. You can have 1 MAYBE 2 & das it and das law, dese ppl with these 8 children families simply would be prohibited. Instead of going welllll over the Georgia guidestones [sic] and deciding to say we're f***ed so let's just create a fake a** virus implement martial law and throw everyone into fema camps murdering by masses. NOW FORGET EVERYTHING I just said. I like about everything I have no clue what I'm talking about."

Summer may be referring to a widespread theory that people who refuse to take Bill Gates' vaccines will be thrown into FEMA camps.

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David J. Johns penned an interesting opinion piece for theGrio.com, in which he praised Andrew and R. Jai Gillum's diverse Black marriage.

"Let's celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same," writes Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition.

In an exclusive interview with Tamron Hall that aired on Monday, Gillum, 41, came out as a bisexual man with a wife and three children.

Johns, who is same-gender attracted, asked his readers to celebrate the diversity of the couple's modern family.

"I write to thank my brother, Andrew Gillum, and my sister, R. Jai Gillum, for inviting us in. Andrew and R. Jai are a family. Period, full stop," Johns said.

Johns added: "[T]here is a need to battle systemic oppression and marginalization of people who are members of racial/ethnic and sexual minority communities, there are some among us, like myself, who live public lives to disrupt assumptions that we don't exist."

Johns suggests that Black women should protect Gillum and look beyond the complexities of sharing their men with other men.

Johns continues:

"[T]oo many members of our community suffer, often in silence, because we have not done the work, as a community of diverse Black people, to hold space and to have conversations that honor every member of our community. It is for this reason alone that Black people should commit to protecting Andrew Gillum who is among the first highly visible Black men to identify as bisexual.

"At this moment in the movement for Black lives, let’s celebrate Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts for finding love. Let’s celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same. Let’s celebrate the culture shift that holds space for Black LGBTQ/SGL people to thrive—as we are—without having to shrink or hide critically important parts of themselves."

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Former President Barack Obama spoke out about the death of George Floyd, the Black Minneapolis man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck during an arrest on Monday.

In an open letter shared on Twitter Friday morning, the former president spoke of the frustrations expressed in conversations he had about Floyd's death.

He noted that incidents of police brutality cannot be allowed to be regarded as a normal part of daily life.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better."

Obama, who is biracial, said the country must commit to improved racial relations.

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Rapper Jim Jones argues that being a rapper today is more dangerous than being a soldier in Iraq.

Most rap enthusiasts agree that rap music went 10 toes up a long time ago. But Jones's analogy between a rapper and a soldier at war didn't sit well with on Iraq war veteran.

"Heard the comments you made about 'being a rapper is harder than fighting a war in Iraq...' You allowed to have your opinion without any facts nor truth to it, but as a Vet and hip hop fan, I found it extremely disrespectful and ignorant," the vet wrote on Instagram.

The vet, who goes by the username @mramcore, said his unit fought in Iraq in 2004 and lost more Marines in two months than 'rappers' in the past three years.

He added: "Keep talking but there is no comparison!"
 

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Comedian Deon Cole addressed the controversy surrounding the effeminate crushed velvet pantsuit he wore to the 51st Annual NAACP Awards.

The 48-year-old actor reminded his followers that he is a comedian who routinely wears outlandish attire on red carpets.

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"First of all let me say this: any events I've been to I have a track record... on every red carpet, I've always worn something super live, super dope."

He added: "I done been on some of the best dressed lists, by taking chances, as well as I've been on some of the worst dressed lists... but I've always had the balls to wear what I wanted to wear."

Cole said he respected his followers' opinions, but he is "tripping on the hate. The hate that I have been receiving is just unreal."

"I have super tough skin," he said. "But the hatred that you all spew is like crazy to me. And it's always against our own kind."

Cole urged his critics to redirect their anger into something more productive.

"It's about balance, y'all. You can be mad at me about my pants, but use that same anger when it comes to injustice."
 

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Rickey Smiley is taking back that meme he re-posted about society punishing Black boys for wearing dreadlocks while praising Black boys for wearing dresses.

In a meme posted on his Instagram page, the comedian wrote:

Black boy: I want to wear locks to school
Society: Suspended!!! No graduation THUG!!!
Black boy: How about a dress?

The meme concludes with the hashtag "#SocialEngineering."

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Smiley was alluding to the recent controversy surrounding Deandre Arnold, the 16-year-old boy who was banned from attending his prom until he cut off his dreadlocks.

The popular host of the syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show appears to have caved to the pressure after trans groups and their heterosexual allies contacted his radio advertisers.

In a rambling video on YouTube.com, Rickey addressed the controversy, saying he didn't actually create the meme, he simply re-posted it.

After complaining about the cancel culture coming for him, and saying he shouldn't have to apologize for expressing his opinions in a free country, Rickey concluded by apologizing to anyone he offended.

So far, rappers Young Thug and Lil Boosie have no plans to apologize for expressing similar opinions about Dwyane Wade's son, Zaya Wade.
 

 

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Rickey Smiley tackled the issue of society emasculating Black boys while penalizing Black boys for wearing their hair in dreadlocks.

In a meme posted on his Instagram page, the comedian wrote:

Black boy: I want to wear locks to school
Society: Suspended!!! No graduation THUG!!!
Black boy: How about a dress?

The meme concludes with the hashtag "#SocialEngineering."

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Smiley was alluding to the recent controversy surrounding Deandre Arnold, the 16-year-old boy who was banned from attending his prom until he cut off his dreadlocks.

The popular host of the syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show didn't caption his meme, but some of his followers called him out on wearing a dress during his comedy skits.

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One IG follower wrote: "But Rickey didn't you wear a dress on multiple occasions?? i.e sister Bernice?? So I'm kinda lost."

Another wrote: "Black people are judging a black boy wearing a dress and whites are judging both. It's bad all the way around."

And a third wrote: "Every generation has its attack on minority masculinity. Birth of a nation. Civil rights, the project mentality of the 70s, the drugs in the 80s, gangs in the 90s. We didn't want our men violent. More drugs and the glamorization of self destruction of the 2000s now this."