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On the show’s season premiere which aired on Jan. 9, the Atlanta native revealed that Rivera threatened him with a gun at one point in their relationship. His revelation came as a surprise to viewers who were pressed to know more information about the incident.
Waka stopped by Atlanta Black Star on Tuesday to spill the tea about the explosive situation with his wife.
“I just woke up with it in my face,” the rapper told ABS. “She bucking and s–t and I’m like ‘put this s–t down, stop talking to me with a gun in your hand.’”
Waka couldn’t recall the exact reason why Rivera drew the firearm on him, but believes his wife had no actual intentions of pulling the trigger.
“I don’t think she was going to do it to hurt me. … She did it like ‘brah chill out love me,’” he added.
He said Rivera was hurt by his “disrespectful” actions including his prior infidelities.
In April of 2018, a sorority student of the University of Arkansas claimed she and Waka were “definitely” hooked up inside of her dorm room. She also took to Twitter and posted shirtless photos of the rapper.
Although Waka did not directly address the 2018 alleged scandal, he briefly went into detail about he and Rivera’s discussion about his affairs.
“[She was] like ‘I love you … why are you disrespecting me?’ [and] I had no solid answer,” Waka said.
He continued by saying that he felt his behavior was “normal” until he realized how deeply they affected Rivera.
However, the couple managed to work through their relationship woes. He told ABS that his wife has changed him for the better.
“She helped me make better decisions and that’s what I love about her. She became a friend,” he added. “She fought it out with me. … That’s my woman, it’s not for me to brag about or talk about.”
The “Hard In Da Paint” musician also talked about his and Rivera’s experience on the new season of “Marriage Boot Camp.”
“They played us,” the rapper said. “We all pulling up in the cars, big house. … They got alcohol, you drinking then poof the judge pops up. … there’s no tv. Then you have real professionals talking to you, not somebody the station just hired to act like a judge, no this is a real judge.”
In the We Tv series’ latest episode Waka and Rivera walked into a wrecked and damaged bedroom that mimicked the chaos in their marriage. Waka noted that when he saw the room, he thought it was “disrespectful on a whole another level.”
“I’m like ‘what the f–k what do ya’ll think this is some kids?’” he added. “But then it made sense like wow this is my life, it’s this chaotic? We just sat and thought about it and finished talking and was like ‘yo maybe this match our life.’”
Waka and Rivera have seemingly moved past their marital drama and will be celebrating their 5-year-anniversary with an extravagant wedding ceremony. The event took place Saturday, Jan. 19, ona beach, according to Rivera.
The “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” couple tied the knot in 2014 and secretly eloped. However, for their ceremony this weekend, all of their family and friends will be present including his step-daughter Charlie.
Tyga used a screenshot to refute Soulja Boy‘s claim of having the biggest comeback of 2018.
Last week the “Crank That” rapper barked at his fans for suggesting Tyga had the best re-branding of his image last year by dropping two big songs in “Taste” and “Dip.” This was after the California rapper was mainly associated with gossip fodder for dating a Kardashian and having financial issues. But Soulja said he had the biggest comeback of 2018 for other reasons.
“N—-s up in here talking about Tyga?” he yelled on IG Live.
“Tyga had the biggest [comeback]? Man, get the f–k out of here. I had the biggest come back of 2018. Signed a record deal. Did four new TV shows and signed an endorsement deal with Fashion Nova, released my own smart watch and video game console. N—-s thought it was over for me after all that beef sh–.”
Soulja also dissed Tyga on his much talked about “Breakfast Club” interview.
“Tyga, the n—- who let Travis Scott steal his b-tch,” referencing Tyga’s ex Kylie Jenner.
But the former Cash Money member didn’t respond to any of that, he just posted his digital streaming numbers along with Soulja’s. In 2018 the “Rack City” rapper was streamed 884 million times on the Spotify website, compared with Soulja’s 98 million.
“Who had the biggest comeback?!” wrote Tyga above the screenshot.
The “Pretty Boy Swag” writer replied after that and repeated what he said during his IG Live rant last week, that he had the biggest comeback because of his business deals. Recently, Soulja also claimed to be the first rap star on the Internet and said he deserves 5 percent of all rappers’ streaming revenue.
“This message is for all my beautiful queens,” she begins. “I was [scrolling] on Instagram and just looking at how beautiful Black women are. We are, like, so beautiful. We need to learn to embrace that more. Embrace the natural you. Because we are bad, we are beautiful with or without the enhancements. So love the skin you in. Be-You-tiful. Because that’s what you are and enjoy your day.”
She cemented that message further in the caption writing, “GM beautiful Queens. Wishing u ladies a blessed and productive day. Be- You- tiful #positivevibes #blackgirlmagic #beautifulbosses.”
The memo left fans feeling moved and thankful.
“I love & live for messages like this stay blessed”
“Salute QUEEN. So many black women and girls are at war with themselves because of Instagram and other social platforms. As you said it’s important to embrace yourselves and not look at this as a competition, the internet is undefeated it’s the Devils Video Game, pray my daughter watches this video, thanks again.”
“I Love the message continue to inspire!!!! Your message is definitely heard and felt. You continue to be BeaUTiful!!!!!!!!!”
Wright’s followers also marveled at how gorgeous she looked sans all the makeup.
“Thank you toyaaaaa I currently have no lashes on because my lash lady is on vacation & I must say I am loving & embracing it Thanks gorgeous @toyawright ”
“Aye you’re a perfect example to follow, fine without any make-up on. Woo lawd… ”
“This woman is beautiful inside and out and nobody can take that away from her so whoever is have several seats.”
The second-time mom is taking her own advice after moving past some post-partum shedding that left her edges to thin out after welcoming daughter Reign last year. When she disclosed she’d been growing her hair back thanks to hair supplements, most fans responded just as kindly as they did to her recent video.
“Your hair is really healthy and long.”
“There’s your edges ”
“That happens to me every child birth…this last time i was completely bald on my edges. It’s the worst but I love my babies! I’m grateful mine grew back too!”
NEW YORK (AP) — Album of the year nominees Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae and Post Malone will perform at next month’s Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy announced Thursday that Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Dan + Shay will also hit the stage at the Feb. 10 event. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Others battling Cardi B, Musgraves, Monae and Malone for album of the year are Drake, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. and the Kendrick Lamar-curated “Black Panther” soundtrack.
Lamar is the top contender with eight nominations, followed by Drake, who is up for seven awards. Carlile and Drake’s frequent collaborator, producer Boi-1Da, earned six nods, while Cardi B, Lady Gaga, H.E.R., Maren Morris and Childish Gambino scored five nominations each.
A Black fashion student is under fire for her “Chinoiserie” swimwear line that critics say “fetishizes” Asian women.
NYC-based fashion brand Palais Du Dèsir posted an Instagram video Saturday promoting its new reversible Chinoiserie bikini, which will be available for purchase on Chinese New Year, or Feb. 5. Vanessa Danelle, who attends the Fashion Institute of Technology, is the designer and owner of the brand and says the suit can either be worn as swimwear or lingerie.
The term “Chinoiserie” refers to Chinese motifs and techniques that are applied to Western designs, including art, furniture and architecture. Online critics took issue with Danelle’s Chinese-inspired swim line however, and accused her of cultural appropriation.
Twitter user @taejkang was among those who asked the designer to remove her creation, arguing that the swimsuit “promotes the over sexualization and festishization of Asian women.”
“It was brought to my attention one of your most recent products sparked a bit of controversy,” the user, whose real name is Meena, wrote in a private message to the brand. “As a POC and a company empowering POC, I’m sure you are familiar with how harmful things like racial sexualization and cultural appropriation, can be. I ask that your company remove this product from the market, in respect to Asian culture and women alike.”
Danelle didn’t take too kindly to the assertions and essentially told the concerned user to step off.
“There are no Asian women wearing my clothing, so how does it oversexualize Asian women?” she responded, according to screenshots obtained by NextShark. “It’s just fabrics, and if Black people can’t use Asian fabric, lmk (let me know) where that law is written.”
In her sharp rebuke, Danelle said Meena was “disrespectful” for even asking her to remove her designs from social media and that her swimsuit wasn’t going anywhere.
“I’m not here to please you or any of the Internet trolls who dislike my work,” she continued. “Stop looking for a reason to be offended… I’m not going to entertain stupidity any longer. My post stays, but you can go.”
As of Wednesday, the swimsuit post was still on Instagram but the comment section was disabled.
In an interview with Blavity, Danelle said she’s still shocked by the backlash she received.
“When the controversy began, I initially had no reaction because I couldn’t (and still can’t) understand where it stemmed from,” she told the website. “What I think incited the backlash is simply the sensitivity of our society [and] a tad bit of ignorance.”
She added: “The people who have accused me of ‘racism’ and ‘cultural appropriation’ are those who have misinterpreted the words’ meanings thanks to social media.”
Tami Roman is feeling appreciative for several women in her life.
The star of BET’s “Carl Weber’s The Family Business” on Saturday, Jan. 19 uploaded a meme in praise of those who have entered her life and boosted her achievements.
“Every now and then, a person with no agenda, no ulterior motive and no self-interest will take pleasure in helping you to succeed, grow and live your purpose.
“This person will operate in love, will seek no praise and will want nothing in return,” the meme read.
Roman added in the caption, “S/O to the Queens in my life that keep me uplifted, empowered, focused, covered in prayer & answer whenever I call, cuz I be needing help chile I love you all SOOOO much SWIPE @monascottyoung @jillythunda @grayceeme @wendijturner @patricespiritualadvizor @danikaberry @dremanabdallah
Got some men on the squad too! #ganggang #ItTakesAVillage #SoBlessed.”
Roman is collaborating with Scott-Young on a reality series called “Beverly Trill Billies.” It’s focused on her relationship with boyfriend Reggie Youngbloodas the pair blend their families in Los Angeles.
The show is said to be a spin-off of “Basketball Wives” and Roman was pictured at Scott-Young’s Monami Entrainment offices in August.
“I’m thankful that the spin-off is coming now because I get to show the many different facets and dimensions that aren’t actually seen on ‘Basketball Wives,’” Tami told Life & Style of the project in July. “You know I have this great guy, I have great children, I have a great career, I do a lot of philanthropy work, I’m involved socially in my community and outreach programs and I have an amazing blended family, and so it felt like the right time to do something like this.”
The new show has helped fuel speculation that Roman won’t return to “Basketball Wives” next season. And recently, she confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that she’s still in talks about her status for season 8.
“If I were to go back, certain changes would have to be made for me to be comfortable in that environment,” she said Jan. 12. “But we’re still in talks. I don’t necessarily know if I’ll return, but we are talking about how everybody can be comfortable in that environment.”
Plus, he’s the only one who met with the mothers of victims to discuss police brutality and to explain his involvement with the NFL, after it seems the league has locked out Colin Kaepernick for protesting that very issue.
The SoSo Def founder posted a video of himself attending the meeting, but didn’t disclose the location. He also explained the mothers requested the sit-down and did so after inviting the women to one of his events to discuss the police killing their children.
One mother, Monteria Robinson, said her son Jamarion was shot over 70 times while sitting in his girlfriend’s living room and suggested the police lied by saying he engaged them in a shootout. Through a private investigator, the mother learned that her son was actually shot in both palms of his hands and received more shots when he was already lying on the floor.
Another mother, Felecia Thomas, said police killed her son Nicholas at work, and she questioned why Jermaine would even associate himself with the NFL.
“Take a knee is the biggest protest since the ’60s, and you’re crossing that picket line,” she said. “And no amount of money J.D., does not matter, because it’s blood money. You’re not in the Mercedes-Benz [Stadium], the white man has you outside Mercedes-Benz.”
Dupri, seemingly offended, shot back and said he gave the mothers opportunity to raise awareness at his event, and said they had misinformation about the money he received.
“I’m making money to do what I do as an entertainer. But the platform that you’re asking for and the platform that she just asked for before you spoke, is to let people hear what you’re saying,” he explained.
He then dismissed claims from the group that he invited them to a concert and not somewhere else to discuss their children.
In the comment section of the video, a lot of folks praised J.D. for meeting with the group, while others were a little confused about what was actually accomplished.
Singer Ashantiis showing off her feminine curves in all the right places on Instagram.
The performer on Jan. 16 uploaded a photo posing in a sequin pin-stripped jumpsuit accented by a plunging neckline and a chain belt.
“Womanly…” the star captioned the post.
Fans couldn’t help but take notice of how great the star looked and let their feelings be known in the comments section.
“As beautiful as ever!”
“Would someone put a baby in this woman already sheez @ashanti.”
“Perfection sick pic!”
This is far from the first time Ashanti has blown away fans with her flawless Instagram pics.
Back in December, the singer posed in a fitted black midi dress that once again featured a plunging neckline. A silver chevron pattern adorned the frock, which included a matching choker collar.
Earlier that month, the star made even more waves when she posed in a yellow bikini by GSaints Swimwear. Little was left to the imagination thanks to her cutout, caged-style bikini bottom.
“Dope as Always Queen.”
“OMG…Never seen a body like this ooo. Babe you just dey make me Craze ooooooo lol.”
“Just simply beautiful and gorgeous Ashanti.”
“All NATURAL! and still one of the baddest!”
The simple clothing-focused posts are no mistake, either.
While speaking to Forbes in December, the star expressed excitement over her Miss Circle x Ashanti collaboration, which includes the crystal dress mentioned above as well as the jumpsuit.
“The inspiration behind the collection was just being a fearless and confident boss,” she said. “I want women to feel sexy and classy, and still handle their business.”
But while Ashanti has won tons of praise from fans who adore her model looks, one fan on her recent photo wondered if she’d ever get back to doing music.
“Let me get this straight, u still singing or ur a model now?” the asked.
The good news is the star disclosed that she’s got plans for new music.
“I cannot wait for people to hear my new project,” she said. “Metro Boomin and I are putting something special together. On top of that, I’m working with Tory Lanez, Swae, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Wiz Kid along with a few more surprises.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall. But while Trump cast the move as a “common-sense compromise,” Democrats were quick to dismiss it at a “non-starter.”
With polls showing a majority of Americans blaming him and Republicans for the impasse, Trump said from the White House that he was there “to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border.”
Hoping to put pressure on Democrats, the White House billed the announcement as a major step forward. But Trump did not budge on his $5.7 billion demand for the wall and, in essence, offered to temporarily roll-back some of his own hawkish immigration actions — actions that have been blocked by federal courts.
Following a week marked by his pointed clashes with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it was not clear if Trump’s offer would lead to serious steps to reopen the government, shut for a record 29 days. Trump’s move came as hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without paychecks, with many enduring financial hardship. Many public services are unavailable to Americans during the closure.
Democrats dismissed Trump’s proposal even before his formal remarks. Pelosi said the expected offer was nothing more than “a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives” and that the effort could not pass the House
“What is original in the President’s proposal is not good. What is good in the proposal is not original,” she later tweeted.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also panned the proposal as “more hostage taking,” saying that it was Trump who had “single-handedly” imperiled the future of the immigrants he proposed to help.
The New York Democrat said there is only “one way out” of the shutdown. “Open up the government, Mr. President, and then Democrats and Republicans can have a civil discussion and come up with bipartisan solutions.” he said.
Democrats had made their own move late Friday to try to break the impasse when they pledged to provide hundreds of millions of dollars more for border security. But Trump, who has yet to acknowledge that offer, laid out his own plan, which officials said had been in the works for days.
Seeking to cast the plan as a bipartisan way forward, Trump said Saturday he was incorporating ideas from “rank-and-file” Democrats, as top Democrats made clear they had not been consulted. He also said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would bring the legislation to a vote this week, though Democrats appeared likely to block it. McConnell had previously stated that no vote should be held in the Senate until Trump and Democrats agreed on a bill.
Trump’s plan seems to stand little chance of getting the 60 votes needed in the Senate. Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat the White House has looked to as a possible partner on immigration negotiations, said he will not support it. And Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, another key centrist, said she would study the details of the plan but did not commit to vote for it.
She added of the shutdown: “This needs to end now.”
Trump’s remarks from the Diplomatic Room marked the second time he has addressed the nation as the partial shutdown drags on. On this occasion, he sought to strike a diplomatic tone, emphasizing the need to work across the aisle. He maintained a border barrier was needed to block what he describes as the flow of drugs and crime into the country — but described “steel barriers in high-priority locations” instead of “a 2,000-mile concrete structure from sea to sea.”
The proposal was met with immediate criticism from some conservative corners, including NumbersUSA, which seeks to reduce both legal and illegal immigration to the U.S. “The offer the President announced today is a loser for the forgotten American workers who were central to his campaign promises,” said Roy Beck, the group’s president.
At the other end of the political spectrum, Trump’s offer was panned by progressive groups, with Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, calling it a “one-sided proposal.”
Trump embraced the shutdown in December in large part because of angry warnings from his most ardent supporters that he was passing up on his last, best shot to build the wall before Democrat took control of the House in the new year. After his announcement Saturday, some supporters appeared unhappy with his effort to bridge the divide with Democrats.
“Trump proposes amnesty,” tweeted conservative firebrand Ann Coulter. “We voted for Trump and got Jeb!” she said, in a reference to Trump’s 2016 rival, Jeb Bush.
In a briefing with reporters, Vice President Mike Pence defended the proposal from criticism from the right. “This is not an amnesty bill,” he insisted.
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney also sought to increase the pressure on congressional Democrats in advance of Tuesday, the deadline for the next federal pay period and the day officials said McConnell would begin to move on legislation.
“If the bill is filibustered on Tuesday…people will not get paid,” he said.
Mulvaney said that Trump had not ruled out one day declaring a national emergency to circumvent Congress to get his wall money — as he has threatened — but added that Trump maintains that the “best way to fix this is through legislation.”
Trump’s son-in-law and senior aide, Jared Kushner, along with Vice President Mike Pence, had led the efforts build the plan Trump announced on Saturday, according to three people familiar with White House thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. After a heated meeting with Pelosi and Schumer that Trump stormed out of, the president directed his aides to bypass Democratic leaders and instead reach out to rank-and-file members for ideas.
To ensure wall funding, Trump said he would extend temporary protections for three years for “Dreamers,” young people brought to the country illegally as children. Administration officials said the protections would apply only to the approximately 700,000 people currently enrolled in the Obama-era program shielding them from deportation, and not all those who could be eligible. The plan would offer no pathway to citizenship for those immigrants — a deal breaker for many Democrats.
Trump also proposed a three-year extension to the temporary protected status the U.S. offers to immigrants fleeing countries affected by natural disasters or violence. Officials said the exemption would apply to about 300,000 people who currently live in the U.S. under the program and have been here since 2011. That means people from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti — countries that saw the status revoked since Trump took office — would get a reprieve.
Democrats, however, criticized Trump’s proposal for failing to offer a permanent solution for the immigrants in question and because he refuses back away from his demand a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which the party strongly oppposes. Democrats have told Trump he must reopen government before talks can start.
Trump had repeatedly dismissed the idea of a deal involving Dreamers in recent weeks, saying he would prefer to see first whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, survived a court challenge.
On Friday, the Supreme Court took no action on the Trump administration’s request to decide by early summer whether Trump’s bid to end that program was legal, meaning it probably will survive at least another year.
But during a recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump hinted at the possibility, saying he would consider working on the wall and DACA “simultaneously.”
A previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of “Dreamers” broke down a year ago as a result of escalating White House demands.