Alexis Skyy tried to pull one over on fans recently when she uploaded a photo to Instagram insisting she was not wearing makeup. However, fans were not having it and promptly called her out.
The “Love and Hip Hop: New York” star shared an image posing outside in the Dominican Republic on May 24 and captioned it, “Island Gyal with no make up just a tan 😛 Outfit @fashionnova.”
But the star undoubtedly had on false lashes and it appeared she also wore blush.
Fans took notice and wasted no time pointing it out and chastised the VH1 star for trying to pull a fake out.
“Definitely makeup lol 😩😂”
“But you do have make up on stop it.”
“Well your fine but i can clearly SEE red makeup on your cheeks unless theyre naturally rosey and we know theyre not. You got no reason to lie when your that fine anyway just saying @alexisskyy_”
“Who you kidding?”
This is the latest dose of criticism Skyy has earned.
A recent thirst trap-like pic the LHHNY star posted on Instagram raised eyebrows when fans overlooked her scantily clad appearance. Instead, her followers noticed she had on sneakers as she sat in her home on her white carpet.
“Who just walks around the house w sneakers 🤷🏾.”
“Take those shoes off in the house.”
“This how you dress in the house? 👀 Take those shoes off.”
Still, it wasn’t all criticism for the star. She managed to wrangle several favorable comments.
“Ooooweeee yasss 😩❤️ bae always slaying and snatching edges.”
“Bad Lil Bihh Pretty And Thick 💋 @alexisskyy_ wow! super fine! 😍.”
Even still, scrutiny manages to follow Skyy everywhere. While on “Sister Circle” last summer, the star discussed how she handles the negativity.
“I used to care but I had to say, ‘Why should I care?’ They’re gonna talk about you regardless so you might as well make ’em talk,” she said. “That’s how I feel. So I’m gonna keep being me and being the best that I can be at what I’m doing. Because if you do something good, they talk. If you do something bad, they talk.”
She also said that “staying connected to God” keeps her grounded.
“If I would wake up every morning and read these comments, I probably would want to kill myself at this my point,” Skyy confessed. “But I know who I am.”
It’s no secret the “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” couple have experienced a great deal of relationship woes including the D-Lo manager’s infidelity with former adult dancer Jasmine Washington. The pair eventually rekindled their marriage, which triggered a wave of negative reactions from fans that clearly continues to linger on social media.
Thursday morning, Rasheeda posted a photo of herself and Kirk at a venue for their new restaurant. The pair playfully posed for a picture together, and the “Boss Chick” wrote in her caption, “♊️♒️ that’s us 😜😜 @frost117.”
She instantly received flak on her post.
“This photo would have been better without Kirk 😒.”
“Ya’ll need to be business partners ONLY 🤷.”
“Am I the only who thinks she’s dumb for staying with him?”
However, other fans swooped to the couple’s defense, supporting their relationship.
“Damn will ya’ll let them live!!! 🙄 They’re clearly happy with each other n ya’ll miserable af. She forgave him move on!”
“I’m sick of people judging this married man and woman who show us what REAL marriages go through sometimes, I was quick to judge their situation too , but then forgivness! I’m happy for them!”
Last season, No. 7, the couple ended on a high note once Rasheeda decided to give their marriage “another shot” despite Kirk lying about his love child with Washington. The D-Lo record label manager had an affair with the 28-year-old during season 6 and lied to Rasheeda about the mistress’s pregnancy. However, the Pressed owner eventually found out about her husband’s public affair and separated from him for a few months.
Many folks wondered why she stuck out their marriage until they found out Rasheeda also cheated on her husband earlier on in their relationship.
“Nobody is perfect and relationships have issues,” she told her “LHHATL” cast mates during season 8. “I haven’t always been perfect in my marriage. We’ve had dishonesties on both sides of this marriage. We’ve had infidelities on both sides.”
Offset sure had a lot of folks gushing after he posted an adorable video of Kulture, the daughter he has with Cardi B.
In the clip, posted on Tuesday, the 10-month old is singing her mom’s smash hit “I Like It,” in all baby talk, of course. She’s also sporting an adult-sized cap and a cute little Nike shirt, all while hoisting herself up on a coffee table that’s hopefully shatterproof.
A woman in the video encourages Kulture to sing by repeating the “I Like It” chorus a few times.
And as soon as she does, the baby immediately cracks a smile, starts slapping the table and utters the words of the song in her own delightful way.
The baby also comes close to mimicking the exact melody of the chorus, which she repeats several times while playing with a table ornament.
Afterward, a lot of folks said they were amazed that Kulture is already standing up, while others said she bears a strong resemblance to Cardi’s sister Hennessy Carolina.
But plenty commented on how much they loved the little one’s singing and wished they could hear more.
“A platinum hit. Hit the studio and record now. I’m ready to give Kulture my coins now,” someone wrote beneath the clip.
“Hardest song of 2019,” another person opined.
One individual chalked up Kulture’s singing talents to being in Cardi’s womb while she was pregnant on stage.
“She was in her mamas belly as her mom sang rapped danced and now shes ready to make it happen!! Shes gonna b so talented!” that person wrote.
But Kulture isn’t the only child of Offset’s who’s displayed some vocal talent. Earlier this month, the Migos member shared a clip of his son Kody rapping, and people were floored.
Despite a huge falling-out they had in the 1990s, the director Allen Hughes will direct a five-part docuseries on Tupac Shakur, which is said to be “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.”
According to Variety, Hughes will have complete access to all of Shakur’s songs, both released and unreleased, as well as his poetry. He’ll also play an executive producer role.
Hughes, along with his brother Albert Hughes, directed the video for Shakur’s “Brenda Got a Baby” in the early ’90s and cast him in the 1993 film “Menace II Society.” But the late rapper, who was supposed to play the part of a supporting character called Sharif, was fired because he wanted a bigger role. The part eventually went to Vonte Sweet instead.
“We at a table reading and Tupac’s just annoyed. We’re trying to read and he’s just annoyed,” said Tyrin Turner in 2013, who played the lead role of Caine in the film.
Things would really come to a head between Shakur and Hughes on the set of a music video for rapper Spice1, because Shakur and his entourage were accused of assaulting the director.
“As we started getting closer, Allen is on the ground or whatever, but it was like he was fighting like 30 people,” Turner described.
Hughes eventually pressed charges, and in March of 1994 Shakur was found guilty of assault and battery. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail, 30 months of probation and 45 days of community service.
“If Pac had been in the movie he would’ve outshined everyone,” said Hughes about Shakur’s “Menace II Society” role. “It would’ve thrown the whole axis of the movie off if Tupac was in it, because he was bigger than the movie.”
Shakur was gunned down at age 25 in 1996 on the Las Vegas Strip. At this time, a release date has not been announced for the docuseries.
For any women out there looking to settle down with a successful man, Karen Huger has a potential solution.
“The Real Housewives of Potomac” star stopped by “The Wendy Williams Show” last week and gave fans insight as to how she met and married Raymond Huger, Chief Executive Officer of Cheyenne Resources Inc. and CEO and President of Paradigm Solutions International, who has been dubbed the Black Bill Gates.
“I met Ray at the Black Caucus, honey,” says the self-declared grande dame on a May 17 episode of the daytime talker. “I prayed to God and said, ‘I need a man that I can look up to that is not afraid.’ … I went straight to the Black Caucus, honey. Had my secretary with me and Ray saw those girls — they were gorgeous — and I said, ‘is he looking at them or is he looking at me?’ Got rid of the secretary, kept Ray 23 years later.”
Host Wendy Williams agreed with Karen’s hot take. She said that for women to meet the wealthy men they desire, they’ve got to go to places like the Black Caucus and the Alpha Phi Alpha general convention.
“You gotta go where you’re uncomfortable,” Karen adds. “I wasn’t used to it, I wasn’t ready for it. There were high-powered people there, very successful. But I wanted to be like them. So in order to be like them, I had to make myself a student of that circle.”
The advice hit the mark for some who watched the interview.
“They speaking Facts! For a century or more that’s exactly what middle-class black people have done in order to network and meet potential mates, go where educated or wealthy Black people congregate.”
“She is right make yourself available for the kind of men you want to be with.”
“I love Karen she is right surround yourself around people whose level you want to be on.”
Others, however, did not appreciate the message. Specifically, the issue was with it coming from Karen. The “RHOP” star’s marriage has been under scrutiny when she confessed in season 3 that her hubby had asked her for a divorce. As for Williams, she’s filed for divorce from her husband of 20 years, although that’s now come into question.
“They dont know shyt.”
“Do you want a man or an indoctrinated educated soft- fisticated citizen? Are both of these divorce?”
“Isnt it funny how women with no successful track record of a long-term, stable relationship are the ones who feel compelled to give single women relationship ‘advice?’ Why not ask a man you’re interested in what HE wants…or does that make too much sense?”
A 102-year-old Los Angeles-area woman has to vacate her longtime apartment to make room for her landlord’s daughter to move in instead.
Thelma Smith, who’s lived in her Ladera Heights residence for nearly 30 years, was hit with an eviction notice March 8 alerting her that she had to go. As reported by The Los Angeles Times, her landlord is ending her month-to-month lease because their daughter is graduating law school.
“The dwelling is needed as her principal place of residence,” the notice read.
They gave Smith until June 30 to have her things moved out.
The elderly woman’s plight has outraged many across the nation, including former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took to Twitter to voice his frustration over the incident.
“Thelma has been a dear friend for a long time,” Schwarzenegger, 71, wrote in a Twitter post. “Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless. Thelma, I’ll be reaching out to help. Landlords, you’ll hear from me too.”
The bizarre situation left many to wonder if the landlords could legally send Smith packing. It turns out, they can.
The Los Angeles Times explained that under Los Angeles’ Rent Stabilization Ordinance, “a landlord can legally evict a tenant to accommodate a relative’s housing needs.” In an effort to protect low-paying tenants from being targeted, the law also stipulates “that if the units are of comparable housing, the last person who moved in would be the first person forced to leave.”
These protections aren’t as strong in surrounding Los Angeles County, where a temporary stabilization policy was just enacted late last year.
“They use this law to target long-term, low-paying tenants,” Larry Gross, executive director for the Coalition for Economic Survival, told the newspaper.
“It’s pretty outrageous and heartless to be evicting this woman,” he added. “It just shows a perfect example of how tenants without strong rent-controlled protections are vulnerable to displacement and injustices.”
One of Smith’s longtime neighbors, Pauline Cooper, said her friend has been living in that apartment “a thousand years” and pays very low rent. Now, that she’s being pushed out, the centenarian is forced to rely on family and friends for a place to stay.
Cooper said she offered to let Smith, whom she described as “spry,” stay at her place, but the elderly woman doesn’t want to go anywhere. Most of Smith’s remaining family lives on the East Coast.
Family friend Antonio Avelino said it’s the uncertainty that’s worrying Smith, as far a relocation goes.
The Times reported that the city of Los Angeles offers relocation assistance to evicted tenants 62 or older, who are handicapped or disabled, via its Rent Stabilization Ordinance. There’s no such help elsewhere in Los Angeles County, however.
“I’m trying to get her settled,” Cooper told the newspaper.
Smith, who once served as executive secretary for the nonprofit Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation, recently celebrated her birthday at the home where she’s spent the last 30 years.
Now, she fears the celebration may have been her last.
“The only thing that I can say is that I’ve tried to live a good life,” Smith told CBS Los Angeles in a recent interview. “I’ve never wanted to harm anybody.”
Reality star Masika Kalysha’s daughter may be growing up in hip-hop, but the adorable 3-year-old has a knack for beauty. Khari Barbie Maxwell is the daughter of the “Growing up Hip Hop: Atlanta” star and rapper Fetty Wap.
Kalysha took to Instagram posting a clip of her precious daughter beating her face with pink lipstick. With over 190,000 views, Kalysha says to her daughter, “Oh Wow! This is beautiful, thank you Khari!” “I love this beat girl; I wasn’t even going to wear makeup today,” she added.
Along with her commentary praising her daughter’s makeup skills, Kalysha put in the caption: “Beat by @KhariBarbie I’m wearing #Barbie by @kharibarbiebeauty go over to @kharibarbiebeauty to catch the sale! available now at KhariBarbieBeauty.com 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 “
The toddler had fans gushing in Kalysha’s comments.
“Makeover by Khari Barbie. That’ll be $79.99…you gets no freebies. This ain’t Sephora!”
One fan stated she needs to “book her for my friends wedding 😂😂😂😂 how much she charges for a full beat?”
Another fan complimented Khari, stating, “She’s hitting all the contour spots too! She knows exactly what she’s doing! ♥️♥️♥️👏🏻”
While another fan said Khari is “booked and busy.”
With the heart eyes emoji, and a red heart, another commented that she loved her voice and stated that the 3-year-old is focused.
Khari also painted her mommy’s knuckles, with someone in the background commenting, “Most people can’t pull that off.”
It looks like Khari may have a future in the beauty industry if she keeps it up. From the looks of Kalysha’s comments, many people are going to be lining up to get their face beat by the makeup artist.
Kalysha always posts sweet pics of Khari smiling and enjoying life. In March, she checked a fan for trashing Khari’s dad Fetty Wap in the comments of a picture featuring her daughter.
“why tf r u under my child’s post being childish? Smfh I post what i choose on my page dumb ass. Y r u so pressed sis?”
It’s been about six weeks since Dwyane Wade played his last NBA game and walked off into the sunset to retirement.
The 37-year-old played in the league for 16 years before he hung it up, and with 82 games in each season — not including the playoffs — it’s safe to say that Wade hasn’t had much time — or inclination — to enjoy the simpler things in life. Like wandering up and down the aisles of his local grocery store or taking his dog to the veterinarian.
That’s something that his wife Gabrielle Union claimed Tuesday during an interview on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
“He has no idea what’s happening,” she explained. “When he got into the NBA he didn’t have any money. He was pretty close to poverty and then he’s retired and does okay for himself. But he’s like, ‘What is this place? It’s got all kinds of khaki shorts and cargo shorts, and there’s all different colors.’ I’m like, ‘That’s Old Navy.’”
And car washes are also new to the future Hall of Famer.
“He’s never been to a car wash. He’s like, ‘I love it there,’” said Union. “He has no idea how much milk costs. He’s like, ‘What is that? Like $20?’ I’m like, ‘No. What kind of goat’s blood milk are you [drinking]?’ He’s like Rip Van Winkle. He has no idea.”
But even though Wade’s professional basketball career is officially over, in a recent interview with TMZ, the Chicago native said he won’t feel retired until the start of training camp next season, when players head back to their teams.
He’s already begun living like a retiree, however, because last month Wade shared a photo of himself with his family lounging at a Florida Spa.
Union, meanwhile, said it’s interesting to watch her husband experience normal things for the very first time, which she seems to get a kick out of.
“We have five dogs and he’s never been to the vet,” she told Corden. “He’s like, ‘So, is there a V.I.P.?’ I’m like, ‘No. There’s a general waiting room where we take the dogs.’ He’s like, ‘Then what?’ I’m like, ‘They get treated like the other dogs.’ It’s all discovery. He’s so excited.”
After viewing, several fans were disappointed in Williams going back to the show.
“You went back on this 🤦🏾♀️ too much drama.”
“Noooooo.. they did you so dirty last season! You’re better than this! Why go back?! I hate how they ganged up on you.”
On fan responded to the comment above. “I’m confused too I don’t understand why she would go back.”
“I thought you wouldn’t be coming back. I thought actually you said you were done!”
Others praised the move.
“I’m so happy you’re returning. You know I’m always Team Jennifer Williams 💕”
“Get your money mom lol 😍”
“Yesss I was hoping you was back.”
While Williams has made it clear she does not want to go back on the show, she also acknowledged contractual obligations may not leave her with much of a choice.
“I honestly would like to move forward in my life,” she said during a sit-down on “The Breakfast Club” in September 2018. “I still am under contract, so I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I do know that allegedly the production company got fired, so I don’t know what’s gonna [happen] with the show, but I just want to move forward.”
But while this serves as confirmation from Williams herself that she’ll be back, she’s made at least one indication that she’d be returning before.
In March, Williams had followers shook when she posted a photo on Instagram appearing to be filming a confessional scene.
“Solid gold, never gold plated… ⭐️,” she wrote in the caption.
Instantly, fans flooded her comments section with inquiries.
“Please tell me you are back on #basketballwives ❤️❤️😘😘 no matter how you look last season just go in on this season with a open heart and just hear everybody out.”
“Looks like a confessional set/look 👀”
“Is it true you’re going to return to BBW hun? @jenniferwilliams.”
With the 2020 presidential campaign underway and a crowded field of candidates, hopefuls on the Democratic side seek to distinguish themselves from the pack, while others find themselves justifying or explaining their past positions. One of those candidates is former Vice President Joe Biden, and the issue is the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that he championed as a member of the Senate, and which President Bill Clinton signed into law.
The bill, which Biden has called the “1994 Biden Crime Bill,” as the Washington Post notes, contained measures such as a “three strikes and you’re out” component requiring a life sentence without parole for certain repeat offenders who commit a violent offense under federal law, an abolition of federal parole, and a substantial increase in mandatory minimum sentences and less judicial discretion for federal crimes, among other provisions.
The legislation also allocated $8.7 billion to states to build more prisons, with more money promised if the states ramped up penalties. In addition, the bill banned 19 types of semiautomatic assault weapons, placed 100,000 new police officers in the streets, and authorized the death penalty for a host of new crimes. According to the Brennan Center, the bill fueled the prison boom by encouraging states to construct more correctional institutions — a 43 percent increase in prisons from 1990 to 2005 — and fill the beds.
Nevertheless, at a recent speech in Nashua, New Hampshire, Biden denied the 1994 law had any impact on mass incarceration. “This idea that the crime bill generated mass incarceration, it did not generate mass incarceration,” he said, arguing that the 1994 measure covered federal crimes, while 90 percent of the convicted go to prison based on state charges.
The issue of mass incarceration and the 1994 crime
bill dogged Hillary Clinton during her 2016 run for the presidency, due to the emergence
of the Black Lives Matter movement and changing attitudes regarding racism in the
criminal justice system, police abuse and the need to reform “tough on crime” measures
and end mass incarceration.
When Bill Clinton left office, the U.S. had the world’s highest incarceration rate, with Black people accounting for the vast majority of imprisoned drug offenders, although they were no more likely than their white counterparts to use drugs. Mass incarceration has hit the black community hardest, creating a caste system and disrupting families, depriving people of their voting rights and perpetuating poverty.
On the campaign trail in 2016, Hillary Clinton faced criticism for her 1996 remarks in which she by implication referred to Black and Latino youth as “super predators.” Stumping for his wife, Bill Clinton made embarrassing remarks during his confrontation with Black Lives Matter activists — defending the crime bill and Hillary’s super predator remarks, and accusing the activists of coddling criminals. However, the previous year at the 2015 NAACP convention, Bill Clinton paved the way for his wife’s 2016 run by apologizing for his role in mass incarceration, telling the crowd, “I signed a bill that made the problem worse, and I want to admit it.”
The 1994 crime bill has a complicated history that could get lost in the current debate on policing, the justice system and the Black community. For example, there are questions as to whether the bill was responsible for a drop in crime, a trend that began even before its enactment. Studies suggest the 100,000 additional police officers on the street played a role in lower crime rates, along with socioeconomic factors such as lower alcohol use and an aging population, while imprisoning more people likely had no more than a limited impact on crime.
Further, while the crime bill faces condemnation 25 years later for the racial impact of mass incarceration on the Black community, the entire leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democratic-controlled Congress at that time supported the bill, despite present attempts to rewrite the history of its passage. Then-CBC Chair Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) said the caucus “put our stamp on this bill” due to its anti-crime provisions and not to do Clinton a favor, while Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-Mo.) said the CBC was primarily “concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population.”
At a time when Black America faced gang violence and the crack epidemic in their cities, many Black politicians and community activists viewed the draconian crime bill as necessary, however flawed, thereby promoting a punitive piece of legislation. Those who grow up in high-crime areas are affected by those experiences, as Michael Fortner, a professor of urban studies at the City University of New York and native of Brownsville, Brooklyn, told Slate.
“And these academic discussions, these ideological discussions about crime, completely ignore the terror in the streets. They completely ignore how crime shaped whether you went to church at night or how you felt coming home from work,” Fortner said. “Once you add that to the picture, I think crime policy becomes less suspicious. That doesn’t mean it becomes less problematic. These were dumb policies. But they begin to have a logic that is not strictly tied to racial or economic imperatives,” he added, noting that politicians responded to pleas from people in urban neighborhoods who wanted to live in safety. Black people supported these punitive anti-drug, anti-crime measures in the 1970s and 1980s, and in the 1990s Clinton sought to appeal to white working class voters who were straying from the Democratic Party with a “tough on crime” message.
While Biden refuses to take responsibility for the negative impact of the 1994 crime bill on mass incarceration, one of his rivals is taking a different stance — Sen. Bernie Sanders. Briana Blueitt, communications staffer of the Sanders campaign, told Atlanta Black Star that even before the passage of the Crime Bill, Sanders, then a member of the House, had spoken out against the mass incarceration implications of the legislation.
For example, in April 1994, Sanders said that through government neglect and “a grossly irrational set of priorities, we are dooming today tens of millions of young people to a future of bitterness, misery, hopelessness, drugs, crime, and violence.” Then-Rep. Sanders added that “all the jails in the world — and we already imprison more people per capita than any other country — and all of the executions … in the world will not make that situation right. We can either educate or electrocute. We can create meaningful jobs, rebuilding our society, or we can build more jails. Mr. Speaker, let us create a society of hope and compassion, not one of hate and vengeance.”
In other speeches on the U.S. House floor, the Sanders campaign noted, Sanders criticized the United States for having the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world and concluded the country must grapple with “the root causes of crime,” including “poverty, lack of education, lack of jobs, and lack of hope.”
Ultimately, Sanders voted for the 1994 crime bill, and announced his support because the legislation contained the Violence Against Women Act. “I have a number of serious problems with the crime bill, but one part of it that I vigorously support is the Violence Against Women Act. We urgently need the $1.8 billion in this bill to combat the epidemic of violence against women on the streets and in the homes of America,” he said in June 1994.
In August of that year, Sanders noted that six women in his state of Vermont had been murdered the year before, all by abusive spouses. “Perhaps most important to me, however, this crime bill will provide $8 million to Vermont to allow us to deal with the epidemic of violence against women,” he said, arguing the bill would “finally allow us to give women the protection that they have long been denied.”
Biden, by contrast, has sought to take credit for sponsoring the 1994 crime bill without taking responsibility for its role as a catalyst in mass incarceration, or acknowledging that the law played any role in the aggressive imprisonment of Black people in the name of the war on drugs.