Going For The Gold

AND THEIR OFF…..

Its mid-August and the summer 2016 Olympics are off to a wonderful start. The USA is in the lead! We currently have 16 gold medals and it’s just the start for the rest to come. With all of the events still going on, there are presently 11 gold medals from swimming, 1 from shooting, 1 in judo, 2 in gymnastics, 1 in cycling, and our USA basketball team, comprised of star players like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving, have a #1 position in the events, to say the least.

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We all know of Donald Trump’s infamous slogan, “Let’s make America great again”, well… If there was ever a time to be a proud American, right now is it.

So, word on the street is that it’s a good day to be a Simone.

If you’ve been under a rock, cramped up in your apartment for the past week, or simply have had no communication with the world, chances are you don’t know what’s going on with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chances are also slim that you’re unaware of just who “the Simones” are.

For those that don’t know, “the Simones” are made up of two young women, both named Simone, representing the USA in the Olympics. Simone Biles is a 19 year old young woman from Spring, Texas.

Starting gymnastics at just six yeapic.jpgrs old, but according to usagym.org, Simone now holds multiple titles such as, the 2016 Olympic individual all-around champion, three-time world all-around champion, three-time world floor champion, two-time world balance beam champion, four-time United States national all-around champion, and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, the 2015World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

What a resume! The Olympics are far from over, but Simone is already being called the world’s best gymnast. She even has a signature move named after her that no one has ever completed before. Simone has even received flak from other competitors claiming that they’ve been discriminated against because they aren’t black. Despite trials and tribulations, she’s overcome it all. Simone is just getting started and shows no signs of slowing down!

Simone Manuel, makes up the other half of the dynamic duo. Simone is a 20 year images.jpgold swimmer from Houston, Texas. Simone swam locally within her home town through clubs and organizations. Simone has competed in trials, relays, and other championships, earning multiple silver and bronze medals.

In 2015, Simone became one of the first three African-Americans to place in the top three spots in any women’s division I NCAA Swimming championship. In 2015, Simone had a personal best in the 50 meter freestyle of 24.47.  Simone recently received the gold medal for her swimming event, that’s a first for an African-American woman, with a time of 52.70 in the 100 meter freestyle!

Society has a habit, when concerning sports, to think of men and men only. Some people have even made silly statements saying that there’s no room for women in the athletic world, but women are quickly ending that hysteria. In 2012, Gabriel Douglas, gymnast, made us all proud as she took home the gold. She was welcomed on the covers of magazines, talk shows, marveled by celebrities, even the topic of discussion in songs. This time around, team USA as a whole can be proud of this second reign that “the Simones” bring and African-Americans can look up to these young women who have eliminated the stigma, gone above and beyond, and conquered!

If it weren’t enough to be an African-American, being a woman can be even harder. Double minorities often get the odd end of the stick and too frequently do we settle for what we’re given. Aside from stereotype, stigma, trials and tribulations we all have the ability to ignore the negativity and go for the gold! Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Tracy Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, Toni Morrison, Dominique Dawes, and Gabriel Douglas among many more, are all role models that we can epitomize.

Simone Biles and Simone Manuel can join that list proudly and show off their #Blackgirlmagic! Some of the qualities these athletes have down pat is persistence and humility along with  resiliency, diligence, focus, and  strength. These athletes aren’t simply drafted to compete in the olympics. The olympics is a competition that happens every four years. Athletes train year round, compete in trials, hire the best of coaches, eliminate their social life, and the list goes on. Some may simply see it as a sport but for these competitors it is their dream, all coming true before their eyes.

Instead of Keeping up with the Kardashians, or keeping up with the Jones’s…Keep up with Team USA and the many paved paths these awesome athletes are making! Going for the gold doesn’t necessarily mean to  become the doppleganger to Usain Bolt and win a world title for sprinting, but insted, to simply follow your dreams to the fullest and allow nothing to get in the way of it.

All of this #blackgirlmagic has me proud! Have you been keeping up with #TeamUSA? How do you plan to go for the gold?

 

CelebriTEA: T. Swift and Miss Minaj Exchange Words

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By: Grace Latimore

Twitter was jumping last night.

In case you missed it, the VMA nominee list was released and Nicki Minaj received a little love for “Anaconda” but felt a little slighted in the overall nominations. Nicki felt that her work didn’t receive the credit it deserved  and suggested that her videos would have been better received if they featured slimmer, perhaps Eurocentric, bodies.

nickiGiven the other nominees in that particular category it was kind of clear Nicki was alluding to Taylor Swift. Taylor reached for her @ button and shared disappointment in Nicki for trying to pit female artists against each other going so far as to invite Nicki up on stage…

*cackles* Girl, what?

It looks like Taylor missed the point and Nicki is having a tough week. I wonder how many times Meek has called Nicki this morning?

CelebriTEA: Meek Mill vs. Drake?

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By: Grace Latimore

Now we all know that nothing about Hollywood (or Houstatlantavegas) is what it seems – it’s all lies and lacefronts. But Meek Mill decided last night he was going to let it all hang out. He tore Drake apart and blasted him for having a ghostwriter. Allegedly, Meek and his people found out that Drake had a ghostwriter after recording RICO and Meek claims he wouldn’t have let the song get out if he knew Drake wasn’t the authour. Meek went on to claim Drake never promoted Meek’s music because Meek knew Drake was a fake.

Pardon?

If that’s the case – why is Meek all of a sudden putting Drake out there? Don’t most artists have ghostwriters? If memory serves, both Drake and Meek have credits on their albums for other people. Some suggest Meek may have gotten the truth about Nicki and Drake’s past and took to Twitter in a fit. Others speculate that Meek just has a bone to pick with the industry in general.

Rick Ross tweeted that Drake was better than Meek but soon deleted his tweet.

Let this be a reminder that celebrities are just your average folks with a lot more money and more time to kill.

I’m off to listen to some Kendrick Lamar.

Nicki Minaj’s Ex Safaree Samuels Releasing A Shady Diss Single About Nicki

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By Sydney B.

Ex means: “Thanks for the EXperience. Our time has EXpired. Now EXit out of my life!”

Nicki Minaj’s heart-broken ex , Safaree Samuels, seems to have a different thought about what an Ex is.

Samuels is set to release his new single “Love The Most” this week where he dishes what happened between him and the doll, Nicki.

“Did the good out weigh the bad, or did the bad out weigh the good?” Safaree begins by asking. “You ain’t do it all alone. We took ourselves up out the hood,” Safaree raps in his song as he continuously reminding Nicki of the past.

So far everything seems cool, but as the song continues he just starts to lay out every incident that these two faced together. Asking Nicki,  “You remember what you told me when you wasn’t on those pills?”

Woah..Stop the press! Is he insinuating  that Nicki used to pop pills? SHADY  MUCH!

Of course, Safaree’s heartbroken rant didn’t stop there, as he mentioned her kissing Naz, her new fling with new bay Meek Mill, her refusal to carry his child, and even her alleged cheating.

“Had to watch you kiss Nas and pretend it’s all cool. Inside I was feeling like a motha f–king fool.” Is this the way 12 years should end?

Now if that ain’t just down right dirty! It’s a mere cry for attention. Have you ever made a point to publicly embarrass an EX? Share below.

The gang down at TMZ share a sample of the song. Check it out:

Safaree Samuels Song To Nicki Minaj

 

 

 

Beyonce | Nicki Minaj | Rihanna : Are The “Holy Trinity” Rumors True?

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By Sydney B

When a bey-hive that’s constantly buzzing, a navy that never sinks, and a dollhouse full of barbs join together one could only imagine the amount of damage these three Queens will do together.

Earlier this year, rumors spread about an alleged collaboration between Beyonce, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, but Nicki quickly put the rumors to rest. After new evidence of an alleged ASCAP image surfaced online, this rumor once again had the internet roaring.

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Now it’s no secret that Nicki has teamed up with both of these R&B diva’s separately. With Bey and Nicki’s recent release of the Flawless remix, and Nicki and Rih’s hit single Fly – it’s no surprise if these three produce a chart topping hit together.

In a recent interview with HOT 97’s Ebro Darden, Nicki mentioned that a collab between the three of them would be “a great thing for black women.”

“I’ve been seeing the “Holy Trinity,” Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj thing on Twitter and it cracks me up. They always get pictures of us in like the same color and they’ll put it together and tweet it to me, it’s so cute,” Nicki says. “I love both of those girls very much and that would be so dope for black women, especially in a time right now when black women are so scarce; we’re so copied and …..discredited. Not given our full props when we create.

So, of course that would be a blessing. I would love that. I don’t think that would ever happen but I’m just saying, I love that it shows that there is a desire for black women that have a powerful movement to join forces.”

Hmm, if the rumors are true I am beyond excited to hear the raw talent coming from these ladies. Do you think a collaboration between the three of them would be a great way to start off the new year?

Reginae Carter’s Winter White Affair

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[Credit: Instagram @colormenae]
By Sydney B.

She came. She slayed. She went home with two new cars.

You only turn 16 once, and Reginae Carter knew just how to make her sixteenth birthday unforgettable. The Shut Up Wear CEO brought New Orleans to Atlanta last night, as she and a few party guests made their grand entrance as they marched in with a second line parade.

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[Credit: Instagram @Reginaetor_2]
Now of course the Carter Princess’s night didn’t just end there. Lil’Wayne made sure that his baby girl left stunting like her daddy in not one, but two luxury cars. The Young Money icon blessed his daughter with a brand new Ferrari and a BMW.

Sixteen with two luxury cars? Whoa. Go Nae, Nae!

Young Nae gave her guest a show of her own as she performed one of her latest singles. She also received a special performance from Nicki Minaj, who took the time to wish the princess many wonderful birthday wishes. Kandie Buruss, Fantasia, Rasheeda, and many more celebs, with their kids, partied the night away as well.

What a night! Happy Birthday Princess Carter.

Check out the party pics below:

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Nicki Minaj Snaps Over An Iggy Azalea Question

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By Sydney B

Well, it seems that Access Hollywood’s Liz Hernandez wasn’t expecting the amount of sass she received from Nicki Minaj after asking a question about Iggy Azalea.

Liz Hernandez blasted the Young Money rapper on Monday because of her ‘disrespectful’ behavior at the American Music Awards. Sources confirmed that Nicki was “very rude” to press on the red carpet before the show.

“Never in the workplace has someone been so disrespectful to me as Nicki Minaj yesterday. I feel embarrassed to have supported her as a fan,” Liz tweeted as she covered the AMAs red carpet.

Page Six reports the Anaconda rapper got really heated when asked about the alleged beef between her and ‘enemy’ Iggy.

The beef between Nicki and Iggy allegedly stems from Nicki’s BET Award speech where she supposedly took a few jabs at Iggy.

Is it just me or does it seem that every other week someone from Young Money is beefing with somebody new? What do you think about Nicki’s reaction to being asked about Iggy?

Nicki Minaj Gets Sexy On The Set Of Her ‘Only’ Video Shoot

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[Credit: Instagram @nickiminaj]
By Sydney B.

Nicki has been giving us nothing fierceness lately.

Nicki Minaj had no shame in her game on the set of her “Only” video shoot, featuring Drake and Lil’Wayne.

The music video appears to be nothing like her usual booty shaking videos. It seems that she took things a step further and went with a Nazi theme, and she looks amazing. The Anaconda rapper had no problem with showing off her slim thick physique for this video either.

After the shoot, she shared many flawless behind the scenes pictures of herself and label-mates, and boy was a sight to see.

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[Credit: Instagram @nickiminaj]
The bootylicious beauty left little to the imagination as she stood tall, in all black, wearing open-toed platforms, a sheer mesh bodysuit, and topped it off with a black laced veil! Now of course, Nicki couldn’t reveal all her goodies to us, so she covered up just enough wearing a black matching panty and bra set. You can only imagine what Drake and Wayne must have been thinking as she pranced around them, but that’s none of my business.

“Only” is the second single featured on her debuting album Pink Print, which is scheduled to release on December 15th.

What do you think about Nicki’s outfit? Was it a bit too much or did she slay it just right? Comment below!

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[Credit: Instagram @nickiminaj]
[Credit: Instagram @nickiminaj]
[Credit: Instagram @nickiminaj]

Nicki Minaj Gears Up For The MTV EMAs

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Talk about a Young Money takeover!

If we’re not talking about Tyga and Drake’s snafu we’re talking about Nicki Minaj. It was just in July when Drake proved to be a man of many talents when he hosted the ESPY awards. Following in his footsteps is Nicki hosting this year’s MTV EMAs, European Music Awards, in Glasgow. She’ll be ruling the night not only as a host, but as a performer as well.

It’s a barbie takeover of course!

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[Credit: MTV]
Since the announcement, Nicki has really been getting into character for her upcoming gig. To get us ready, the network has released a promo video showing what life would be like after the EMAs. The Nicki takeover is taken to another level, with “Anaconda” playing in the background, everyone will be rocking Nicki Wigs, Nicki Minaj slot machines, and even a Nicki “Anaconda” flag on the moon.

So does this mean we can expect the bootylicious barbie to drop her forthcoming album? We wouldn’t be surprised! It’s a Nicki takeover, remember?

 

 

“Fake” Drake Retaliates

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Don’t send for Drake because when he comes for you he may just hit you where it hurts.

If there’s one thing that Drake knows its industry beef! Especially since he’s beefed with many big named artist like Jay-Z, Kanye, and Kendrick Lamar. Well this time his problem is with Tyga.

Yesterday, in a straightforward interview with Vibe, Tyga held nothing back when he  confessed that he doesn’t like his former label mate, Drake, because he was “fake”. He went on to say that his relationship with Drake, and Nicki Minaj, was forced because they were on Young Money together,  and they never really clicked.

This morning Drake had no problem with retaliating by doing one of the worst things a man could ever do to another man, especially when messing with his territory – he doubled tapped Blac Chyna’s Intragram pics! Five to be exact.

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[Credit: Necole Bitchie]
And now we see just why Tyga may have never rocked with Drake from the start! But could Tyga’s disinterest in Drake steam from more than just their different personalities?

Back in 2010, Drake released a song titled “Miss Me” where he mentions his desires for Blac Chyna:

Call up King of Diamonds and tell Chyna it’d be worth the flight
I’ll be at my table stacking dollar’s to the perfect height
Work something twerk something basis
She just tryna make it so she right here gettin naked
I don’t judge her, I don’t judge her
But I could never love her cause to her I’m just a rapper
And soon she’ll have met another

Whoa there, did he really say that? He sure did!

The irony of this is that a year later, at Tyga’s 22nd birthday party, he and Blac Chyna publicly they were dating. However, according to Nicole Bitchie, just six months before that Lil’Wayne and Drake reportedly made it rain $25,000 on Blac Chyna and her King of Diamonds co-workers Memorial Day Weekend.

This isn’t the first and probably won’t be the last time that Drake beefs with another rapper because of a girl. Remember Serena?

What do you think about this sticky situation?

 

Is Tyga Not A Drake Fan?

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Young Money rapper Tyga had a little more to talk about than just his new album.

In a recent interview with Vibe, the “Faded” rapper expressed his frustrations with not being able to release his forthcoming album The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty. Tyga then went on to talk about his disinterest in a few members within the Young Money Family, in particular, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

He revealed that he was forced to like them because they’re on the same label. Well, it’s clear to see that Tyga doesn’t conform to fake friendships even if it is for the look of the business.

“Yeah, I’m tryna’ go independent. I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki,” Tyga says. “I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together. It is what it is.”

He’s attached to Young Money solely for Lil’Wayne!

“At the end of the day the reason why I signed to Young Money is because of Wayne. Not because of Drake, not because of Nicki. It was because of Wayne and my relationship with him,” he states.  “I try to be cool with everybody, but sometimes, everybody just has different personalities, motives, and different characters. When you realize that, you realize that’s not a place where you want to continue to grow.”

With Tyga having yet to hit his sales goal, despite “Rack City’s” quadruple platinum certification, it’s understandable to see why he cares to leave Young Money. His third album, Hotel California, was a total flop and it’s time for a change, especially if he wants to gain the attention that he’s been craving from fans.

Do you feel that its best that Tyga becomes an independent artist?