Black People Cannot Be “Racist”

Image via Twitter | @DearWhitePeople
Image via Twitter | @DearWhitePeople

By: William Lawson

Let’s have a serious conversation about an age old argument amongst African Americans and white people. Black people cannot be racists. This is a statement I have used plenty of times. To be honest, I used it less than 24 hours ago. I, like most other African Americans, treat the word racism as being interchangeable with institutional racism.

A simple Google search of the word racism gives us this definition “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” When you search for institutional racism you get a more specific definition that claims to be a form of racism that is “reflected in disparities regarding criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education…” If you search further into this definition of institutional racism, you’ll also find a definition by judge William Macpherson that states that it can be “seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behavior which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.”

Now that we are all on the same page as far as our definitions of racism and institutional racism, is there really a difference between the two? How can a group of people that have been themselves discriminated against, been sold, used, beaten, traded, and degraded for sport be racist? Is it even possible for a people that have been broken down physical and mentally for over 200 years have the capacity to ever feel superior and show that? When African Americans are constantly being told that they are lesser, but having everything they create be appropriated. Are we counting saying ignorant things as being racist? Making jokes about stereotypes? If so, we need to read those definitions again.

To summarize, yes, African Americans can say ignorant things, be prejudice, maybe even be bigots, but not racist. African Americans don’t have that luxury. When you think about racism you should also think about power. In terms of acting on racism or having the power to be racist, African Americans (and minorities in general) are far from having the power to be racist. If you take nothing else away from this, take this: racism is two fold and involves having the power to enact the feelings associated with racism onto another group.

Zeba Blay, from the Huffington Post, wrote that “some people simplify racism as one group not liking another, and think ‘racist’ and ‘prejudiced’ are interchangeable. But racism is a concept that operates on both an individual and institutional level.”

The film Dear White People was brilliant and we’ll end with words that bring my point to fruition:

Black people can’t be racist. Prejudiced, yes, but not racist. Racism describes a system of disadvantage based on race. Black people cant be racists since we don’t stand to benefit from such a system.

Over The Weekend (Vol. 2): T.I. Cast In ‘Roots’ Remake, Transgender Woman Cast In ‘Empire’ Spinoff

By: William Lawson

Here’s round two of what you missed over the weekend!

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Looks like T.I.‘s acting career is on the rise. The rapper has acted before in feature films like Identity Thief alongside Melissa McCarthy, Takers, Ant-Man, and the upcoming Ride Along 2 starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

T.I. can add A&E’s remake of “Roots to his acting credits. You read that right. Not only is Roots being remade, but somehow T.I. got his foot in the door and his hands onto a script. According to Rap-Up, the film will also star Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, Lane Garrison, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and G. Hannelius. That’s just the most recent additions, T.I. will also star alongside Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Derek Luke and newcomers Malachi Kirby and Regé-Jean Page.

T.I. is reported to play Cyrus, a headstrong slave who fights for his freedom for the Union Army against Confederate forces. The big-budget reboot of the 1977 original will air across multiple A&E networks including History and Lifetime over the course of four-nights as an eight-hour miniseries event.

Image via TMZ
Image via TMZ

Amiyah Scott may not have gotten the chance to be apart of the current season of Real Housewives of ATL, but she will get the last laugh. Turns out the social media famous transgender woman has been cast in the Empire spinoff created by Lee Daniels.

According to TMZ, Scott got a call from Daniels in August wanting her to read for his new show. Sources also reported to TMZ that Daniels loved Scott’s look and thought she’d be perfect for the new show as one of the singers in a girl group.

The Empire spinoff is rumored to be a prequel, focusing on a young Cookie Lyon.

That’s all for this week of While You Were Way! See you next week 😉

Over The Weekend (Vol. 1): Kobe Retires, Coco and Ice-T Welcome Baby Girl, and Erykah Shades Iggy

By: William Lawson

Image via Marketing Digest
Image via Marketing Digest

This is your weekend entertainment roundup! You’ve gorged yourself on Thanksgiving food, and if you’re a college student you endured the “what are your future plans” and “how’s school” questions. Well, while you were dealing with that, Hollywood had some interesting things happening too.

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Kobe Bryant announced over the weekend that he plans on retiring after the next NBA season. He wrote a poem (see below) via The Players’ Tribune as his farewell to the game he loved and excelled in. Kobe’s career has spanned 20 years, which include him only playing in LA, winning 5 championships, and scoring 32,683 points despite his most recent form injury. Kobe’s talent will be missed.

Dear Basketball,

 

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,
Kobe

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Image via E! Online

Coco (famous for her … personality? Maybe modeling?)  and Ice-T (famous for being the random character on Law & Order: SVU, oh and his rap career in the 80s) had a baby girl by the name of Chanel Nicole.

According to E! Online, Coco shared the above photo on Instagram and captioned it with, “I’m doing great! I had the best delivery! I pushed Chanel out in 3 tries! This was taken not 5 minutes after delivery, called skin to skin contact..better for a more bonding experience”

This is Coco’s first child, but Ice-T has two other children. Oh, and Chanel Nicole already has an Instagram profile (username: babychanelnicole) containing 7 posts and 90k+ followers. Congrats T family!

Image via E! Online
Image via E! Online

Erykah Badu recently released her mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone, and rode that wave all the way to hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday. It is reported by E! Online that while hosting, miss Badu held no punches; she made fun of the show for not honoring rap (the show only honors R&B).

Miss Badu continued her jabs during a skit consisting of her making fake calls pretending to invite certain artists, Iggy Azalea being one. Iggy did not attend the show, she really hasn’t attending anything after canceling her tour dates, but that didn’t stop her from being “invited” by Badu.

The Queen of Neo Soul fake called Iggy and said, “Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea? … Yeah, hey. Oh, no, no, no, no, you can come, ’cause what you doin’ is definitely not rap.” SHAAAAAAADE avalanche. We all know the year Iggy has had so this isn’t new for her. As of now, Iggy hasn’t responded to the joke.

Strippers Are Coming To The Small Screen

Image via Facebook | Ace of Diamonds LA
Image via Facebook | Ace of Diamonds LA

By: William Lawson

Move over Real Housewives, Basketball Wives, WAGS, and Love and Hip Hop! Ace of Diamonds LA (AOD) is coming to TV.

According to TMZ, the notorious strip club is getting its own reality show. The strip club is very popular, entertaining the likes of Amber Rose, Blac Chyna, Rick Ross‘ lady Lira Galore, former Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star Masika, Lil Wayne, former America’s Next Top Model contestant Don Benjamin etc. The list is extremely long and features the elite of the urban world.

TMZ reported that the show is in the early stages and is set to show the life on and off the pole for the America’s top strippers. The show is set to incorporate some of the big name rappers who are regulars at the club. The show will feature the epic Monday night parties (#AODMondays) where the strip club flies in top strippers from around the country.

The producers are still choosing talent for the show (dancers) so it may be some time before the show hits the air. Will you be watching?


Gallery of #AODMonday headliners:

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Anybody Wanna Buy A Butt?

Image via VH1
Image via VH1

By: William Lawson

K. Michelle is constantly going against the grain, and her latest decision to return her famous butt to its normal size is no exception.

K. Michelle has said no to all interviews and press until the completion of her third album, but granted B. Scott an exclusive interview. According to VH1, during the interview, K. Michelle said “I think the older you get, you get tired of having to hop into your jeans!” Ultimately her reasoning for the downsize is because she wants to be taken seriously and being known for having a huge butt isnt getting her that respect.

Before implants (left) After implants (right) Image via Plastic Surgery Hits
Before implants (left) After implants (right)
Image via Plastic Surgery Hits

Dont be confused with wanting respect and being ashamed. K. Michelle has gone on record defending her surgeries. She has been very upfront about her surgeries, even having fat removed on her VH1 reality show My Life. K. Michelle sat down with HuffPost Live and had this to say:

I got my boobs done, I had fat transferred to my butt, I sucked out the stomach. You know, just normal women things…And they say, ‘Are you really going to do this surgery [on camera]?’ I said, ‘Yes, because it’s my life.’ And I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed of wanting to suck the rolls out of my stomach.

She has been so forthcoming more for her young fans because she “[doesnt] want little girls to feel like I really did wake up like this.”

We’ll end with some words of wisdom from the R&B vocal powerhouse:

You don’t have to do anything to be popular. You need to do what makes you happy. Don’t look at me as the poster child of ‘I need to change my appearance’ or whatever,’… ‘For a long time I didn’t change my appearance. And now it’s something that I wanted to do. I woke up in the morning and wanted a little whatever, but you’re beautiful however you are.

Good for you, K. Good for you.

Rihanna Has Started Her Reign Over the Big Screen

Image via Rap-Up
Image via Rap-Up

By: William Lawson

Riri is heading back to the big screen!

Rihanna will be starring in her first ever sci-fi film set to hit theaters in summer 2017. The film is called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and is based on the Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ graphic novel and takes place in the 28th century when humanity discovered time travel, according to Rap-Up.

The director of the film, Luc Besson, made the announcement via Instagram: “RIHANNA is in VALERIAN!!!!! ….and she has a big part!! I’m Sooo excited!!!”

Image via Instagram (@lucbesson)
Image via Instagram (@lucbesson)

Variety reported that she joins a cast that includes Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, and Clive Owen. Filming begins in January of 2016 in France.

Riri had a small role in Battleship back in 2012 and voiced the main character in the animated blockbuster movie Home, for which she also contributed songs to the soundtrack.

Zola’s Story: Prostitution? Kidnapping? Murder? Oh My!

Image via Twitter (@_zolarmoon)
Image via Twitter (@_zolarmoon)

By: William Lawson

During one of my daily procrastination sessions, I stumbled across a Buzzfeed article that was being publicized as including prostitution, kidnapping, and a possible murder.

The story is taken from the Twitter profile of _zolarmoon. On Tuesday night, she uploaded her story in various tweets that have since been deleted but you can read them here. In over a hundred tweets, she tells the story about a trip she took to Florida with a stranger she met while working at Hooters.

According to Buzzfeed, since the story was tweeted, all of the characters have become trending topics on Twitter.

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Image via Twitter

Some people have applauded the story:

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Image via Twitter (@NotSoRatchet)

While some are left horrified…

Image via Twitter (@MaFanon)
Image via Twitter (@MaFanon)

And there are even those wanting the tweets to make their way to Hollywood.

Image via Twitter (@Nkgabi_Motau and @JAMZ_BOND)
Image via Twitter (@Nkgabi_Motau and @JAMZ_BOND)

This story, real or fake, has basically broken the internet (sorry, Kim). Here’s your chance to weigh in. Go here and read the tweets in their entirety. Do you believe the story? Or even find it entertaining? Let us know!

When Will They Learn?

Image via Buzzfeed
Image via Buzzfeed

By: William Lawson

Soon all of the big names in Hip Hop will be one big family, literally! It seems that everyone’s exes and baby mommas/baby daddies are swapping ex partners! What in the world is wrong with these people?

Well, this time Tyga‘s ex and baby momma Blac Chyna is– reportedly–dating Ciara‘s ex and baby daddy Future. That’s not even close to the juicy part. According to Buzzfeed, Blac Chyna has gotten a tattoo that may shift that reportedly dating to definitely dating. This weekend, she got Future tattooed on her hand. Not only that, but the two have only been dating for around 2 weeks! This all seems so familiar. Didn’t Tyga get a Kylie Jenner tattoo? Is this payback? Who knows.

Image via Instagram (@blacchyna)
Image via Instagram (@blacchyna)

Blac Chyna captioned the picture, “thought it was a drought,” which Future can be found rapping on his DS2 album.

Image via Instagram (@blacchyna)
Image via Instagram (@blacchyna)

Is this all just a coincidence? Is she simply referring to her actual future? Do people really think that cursive tattoo font actually looks good? 

Here’s Your Chance to Have Drake On Your Lips

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Image via Buzzfeed

By: William Lawson

Meek Mill has not only been bodied by a singing rapper, but also by a rapper that will soon have his own lipstick via Tom Ford. According to Buzzfeed the lipstick will be named after Drake and will be available here for $52.

The lipstick will reportedly be released on October 30th– just a few days after Drizzy’s birthday–as apart of Ford’s Lips & Boys collection.

If Drake had any input in the color choice, then he definitely likes his women with a darker lip because the shade of the lipstick will be a metallic burgundy.

 

Image via Buzzfeed
Image via Buzzfeed

Looks like 2015 really is a time to be alive. Will you be shelling out $52 to have Drake on your lips?

Guess Lamar Isnt the Only Addict

Image via TMZ
Image via TMZ

By: William Lawson

There are so many ways to start this story. I’ll go with: once you go black, you never go back … even if the person is deeply addicted to drugs and you’ve dated multiple people publicly over the course of your separation.

Khloé Kardashian has taken back her man. That’s no surprise if you follow her and her family on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. She has stayed in contact with Lamar Odom and in the most recent episode of KUWTK she was even flirting with him over the phone. Her relationship post separation is often a subject of confrontation between her and her sister Kim Kardashian-West.

According to TMZ, Khloé has been by Lamar’s side since he was found in a horrible condition at a brothel in Vegas due to drugs. Now that he seems to be making a full recovery, they have called off their divorce. The divorce was originally filed due to Lamar’s drug use, but it seems that this was his lowest point and he has convinced Khloé that he will no longer use drugs.

It’s reported that over the weekend, Lamar promised Khloé that he was done with drugs because he knows that he “cheated death.” TMZ reports that it was right then that Khloé decided to drop the divorce and nurse her man back to health.

Is Khloé listening to a broken record? Is Lamar really done with drugs? Maybe we’ll get those answers in a future episode of KUWTK because, in true Kardashian fashion, there were cameras rolling when Khloé and the Kardashian klan went to visit Lamar in his Vegas hospital room.

Khloé and Lamar through the years:

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[Credit: Fish Wrapper]
Image via Fish Wrapper
[Credit: Fish Wrapper]
Image via Fish Wrapper
[Credit: Fish Wrapper]

Kanye’s Going to Hollywood!

By: William Lawson

Image via TMZ
Image via TMZ

In true Kanye fashion, Mr. West randomly showed up somewhere and did something crazy. In this case he randomly showed up to the final season of American Idol as they were holding auditions in San Francisco.

Kanye performed in front of JLo and the other people on the panel*. Kanye performed for the judges and of course Kim Kardashian-West caught it all on camera. The judges all acted as if they were surprised–and maybe they were–but it all smells of a bad ploy to get a boost in ratings as the show takes its final bow. It wouldn’t be the first time the Kardashians have been called upon to boost ratings for a show *cough cough I Am Cait and DASH Dolls*

Not like you haven’t guessed it, but Yeezus was given the golden ticket which for a normal Idol contestant would mean he made it to Hollywood week.

Image via TMZ
Image via TMZ

*Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban

Love Is Blind

By: William Lawson

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Image via TMZ

Another one bites the dust. Bet she didn’t see this one coming. *pause for laughter* That was my one and only blind joke. Anywho, Stevie Wonder and his second wife Kai Millard are officially residents of Splitzville. The two were married in 2001 but separated in 2009 so this divorce wasn’t a surprise.

TMZ broke the story on October 8 and according to the court documents they obtained, the settlement states that Stevie agreed to pay $25,000 a month in child support for the couple’s two kids (ages 10 and 14). Stevie and Kai have joint custody, but according to the settlement he can take the kids on the road when he tours.

Now, if you’re wondering how a blind man signs divorce papers, then this will make your day: they don’t. Instead of placing his John Hancock on the dotted line, Stevie used his thumbprint. Cool, I know.

Image via TMZ
Image via TMZ

Chris Brown’s Next Album Is Getting the Royal Treatment

By: William Lawson

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Image via Rap-Up

Has fatherhood changed Chris BrownThat’s something that we all have to judge for ourselves. But his recent actions may sway that opinion.

Brown announced today that his seventh solo album will be titled Royalty, named after his 15 month-old-daughter.

Image via Twitter | @chrisbrown
Image via Twitter | @chrisbrown

Chris Brown is currently on his “One Hell of a Night Tour” with special guests Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap, and Teyana Taylor but took the time to tweet out the new title of his album. Brown has been in full father mode since it was announced that he had a daughter with a former model named Nia Guzman. Recently in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Brown had nothing but good things to say about his new role as a father.

I think this was just a blessing in disguise with my daughter because I get a chance to look at her and teach her the right path and also be a father in my daughter’s life…Just to see a smile on her face—just to see the littlest things—is emotional for me, so I just love that aspect of being able to be a father now.

Brown hasn’t given a release date for Royalty but it is expected for this Fall and could even include a track with a contribution from Zayn Malik (former One Direction member). Brown told Capital FM “I don’t shy away from anyone and I think he’s a great artist…Now he’s doing his solo thing, I know he has a huge fan base and the fans are waiting to hear his stuff, so it would be cool to get down and collab.” Brown even referred to Malik as his “homeboy!”

Back to Royalty, here at the Social B., we just can’t get enough! She’s just so cute! Which might be part of the reason Brown told ET that “Being a father is great. I’ve been able to set aside my own wants and necessities for my daughter.”

Image via Instagram | @chrisbrownofficial
Image via Instagram | @chrisbrownofficial
Image via Instagram | @chrisbrownofficial
Image via Instagram | @chrisbrownofficial

Drake + Serena = Restaurant Makeout Sesh

By: William Lawson

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Image via TMZ Sports

Serena Williams did more than just dominate at the the WTA tournament; she won the tournament and got a man.

It has been an ongoing rumor that rapper Drake and Serena had been dating ever since he was spotted in the crowd while Williams played at Wimbledon. TMZ Sports has now verified that rumor with pictures of the two making out in a fancy Cincinnati restaurant on August 23.

Image via TMZ Sports
Image via TMZ Sports

Rumors have been continually fueled by sightings of Drake in the crowd at Serena’s matches. He was in attendance when Williams won the WTA tournament. Shortly after her win the two went to a fancy Sotto restaurant in downtown Cincinnati for Italian food.

According to TMZ Sports, the two had a private room in the back of the restaurant and they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. The two were joined by a group of friends and at one point even ordered a round of shots for the table.

Game on Serena and Drake, game on.


Photo gallery of Serena’s new man cheering her on:

Image via TMZ Sports Drake at the WTA tournament in Cincinnati
Image via TMZ Sports
Drake at the WTA tournament in Cincinnati
Image via Celebrity News Venus Williams greets Drake at Wimbledon
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Venus Williams greets Drake at Wimbledon
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Image via Celebrity News

#CancelWendyWilliamsShow?

By: William Lawson

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Image via B. Scott

Wendy Williams ate crow once on TV already. Looks like she’s spoke out of turn yet again. Ariana Grande fans weren’t too happy with the talk show host when she said some body shaming comments about the singer.

About a week ago #CancelWendyWilliamsShow started to trend online and people started to use that to express their ill feeling towards Wendy and her show.

Funny thing is, the comments were made about Ariana Grande weeks to months ago but the outpour of anger is just now starting to show. Maybe Grande fans don’t watch her show and saw a clip online? Who knows.

Check out some of the tweets that were published using #CancelWendyWilliamsShow:

Image via Twitter | @irauhlin
Image via Twitter | @irauhlin
Image via Twitter | @derrickclifton
Image via Twitter | @derrickclifton
Image via Twitter | @delon03
Image via Twitter | @delon03
Image via Twitter | @supertony93
Image via Twitter | @supertony93
Image via Twitter | @cindyestephanie
Image via Twitter | @cindyestephanie

One word: ouch.