2015 BET Awards Review

Last Sunday the biggest black awards show took place and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed with the entire show. The performers and surprises and collaborations were truly well thought out. There were certainly some ups and downs about the performers and I’ll get into those now:

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The hosts: Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson hosted the show and to be honest…they weren’t funny. I had already predicted that they were going to be corny because even though I like “Black-ish”, their comedy is corny on the show. Tracee has never been funny to me anyways; she’s pretty and a decent actress but she’s just not funny. Anthony Anderson has his funny moments but he’s not the best stand-up comedian. I believe that BET, and all award shows for that matter, should hire stand-up comedians to host shows. Why haven’t they asked Ricky Smiley, Lunell, Bruce Bruce, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Katt Wiliams, or Dave Chappelle? Or they could even ask Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, or Chris Rock to come back! You know, the REAL comedians! Could BET not afford them or did they just not want to ask them? Are the comedians saying no? The whole point of the award show’s hosts is for them to keep us laughing throughout transitions and we have too many black comedians to not make that happen. BET dropped the ball with Tracee and Anthony. Good effort though.

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Kendrick Lamar: Kendrick opened up the show with my favorite song off of the the To Pimp A Butterfly album, “Alright”. I was standing up on my couch singing “ALLS MY LIFE I HAD TO FIGHT N***A!” at the top of my lungs when I heard that beat. It’s difficult for rappers to entertain me when they perform because all they do is walk around the stage and scream, but Kendrick pulled it off. I’ve never been a huge Kendrick fan but I must give props where props are due. The set was awesome! He was rapping on top of a spray painted police car and with a shredded American flag waving behind him and dancers everywhere. Very entertaining. Did I wish Kendrick would run a comb through his head? Yes.  Did I want him to open the show? No, but still a memorable performance.

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Janelle Monae and Jidenna: I was so excited to see these two because I’ve never seen them perform “Yoga” or “Classic Man” live. I love “Yoga” and Janelle Monae so I had high expectations. I don’t like the “Classic Man” song but I love Jidenna so I wanted him to make me like the song through his performance. Janelle Monae began singing “Yoga” while floating and I was in love with it! But then she got up and started dancing and I wasn’t too impressed with that. I’m not used to her being in that type of clothing either. I felt as though she could have stuck with the yoga theme a bit more but still a great performance. Then, Jidenna slid in in his tailored classic suit and he sang “Classic Man” with a full set behind him from that time period he’s so inspired by. I thought he looked great and did a commendable job but it still didn’t make me wanna buy the song. I will be giving his album a chance though. Overall it was great!

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Chris Brown, Tyga, and Omarion: I never thought I’d see the day of Omarion and Chris Brown performing together but it happened. Chris showcased his new song “Liquor” and he brought Omarion out to perform “Post To Be” and it was pretty good. Nobody sang live but it was nice to see them dancing. They used the same dancers but it looked like two completely different dancers when they switched parts. Sadly, Jhene was nowhere to be found. Where was she? My dream is to see Chris Brown, Usher, and Omarion dance together. It may not happen until it’s time to honor Usher but I would love that. I don’t even remember what Tyga did.

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Avery Wilson: He was one of the Music Matters artists and I recognized him from vine and The Voice. He did wonderful but of course BET cut him off. I hope he does great things with music just like Elle Varner, Miguel, and J. Cole did.

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The Weeknd and Alicia Keys: The Weeknd is slowly trying to grow on me. He won my heart with “Earned It” because I’m absolutely obsessed with that song and he performed “The Hills” as well which is a song I don’t care for, however, one thing I appreciated is that he sounded like his track and I had to give him that. I appreciated the song more. Then the curtains opened and the performance went downhill from there. I don’t know if The Weeknd invited Alicia Keys or if BET set that up but she pulled out her own piano rendition of “Earned It” and it was horrible. Alicia Keys lost her vocals somewhere around that “This Girl Is On Fire” song time and they’ve never come back. The Weeknd should have kept his own performance to himself.

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Donnie McClurkin: Of course you know BET had to take us to church one time so Donnie broke out in song to tribute Andrae Crouch. He sang “The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power” and of course he sounded great as usual. But everyone on Twitter was going off about how he’s a diliverT gay man and didn’t focus on the message. The blood that gives me strength…I received that.

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THE BAD BOY REUNION: Diddy, Lil’ Kim, 112, Mase, The Lox, Faith Evans, French Montana, Biggie, Pharrell… they ALL showed up to do it for the one time! “Peaches and Cream”, “Love Like This”…the hits didn’t end! Lil’ Kim emerged from the ground in her infamous squatting position and KILLED IT like we’ve all been waiting on her to do. Perhaps this new baby is going to revive her career and she did the damn thing. Diddy kept trying to dance and he ended up falling in the hole Lil’ Kim came out of which was hilarious! #SitYoAssDownDiddy #StopDiddyFromDancing2015. Chris Brown even had to join the stage and dance 90’s style along side Diddy’s son … the performance gave everyone life and now Diddy announced a Bad Boy Tour.

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Andra Day: She was the other Music Matters artist and she had me at her first note. I will be buying her music too.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in All 50 States

Mark this date and never forget it.

Same-Sex marriage has been legalized in ALL 50 states in America. According to CNN, “In the 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy…’No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” Kennedy wrote. “In forming a 539121-gay-marriagemarital union, two people become something greater than they once were.

Married same-sex couples can now enjoy marriage by having the same legal benefits as heterosexual couples. This will also be implemented on official documents such as birth and death certificates as well.

This will be a day marked in history.

-Kenya Parks

Bobby Christina in Hospice

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It has been reported that Bobby Christina, the only biological child of the late Whitney Houston, has been moved to hospice care. For months we’ve heard controversial the stories of Bobby Christina battling with her health; we’ve heard that she was taken off of life support and was alive and getting better and we’ve also heard that this was not true and her condition never improved, either way this is an extremely sad day for anyone who cares about the Houston family.

As far as the controversy there are many different stories floating around this unfortunate event. In the beginning, Bobby Brown had announced at one of his concerts that his daughter was awake and everyone was relieved that Bobby Christina had another chance at life. Then the Houston family went back and confirmed this as untrue and that her condition had not improved. Then, Bobby Brown’s sister went on a Facebook rant stating that Pat Houston was scheming for Bobby Christina’s estate money and that Bobby Christina and her mother did not get along with her and requested that she not be in the hospital room. She added that Pat told them to go ahead and allow Bobby Christina to pass because it was too expensive to keep her alive. She said there were some flaky things going on behind the scenes and that she was going to go on an unedited radio show for free to spill all of the tea. Read it here:

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In Pat’s defense, it probably is too expensive and unfair to keep Bobby Christina alive if she’s a vegetable. And it’s not news to me that she and Whitney did not get along with her because she was attempting to get them off of the harsh drugs they were using. Then recently the story broke that before Bobby Christina’s death she and her husband Nick had gotten into an argument that got physical which led her to the bathtub in the first place. This is way too much to handle.

I certainly don’y know what to believe but I will say that I hope none of the rumors are true. If it’s time for Bobby Christina to go then so be it, but she definitely doesn’t deserve the family drama at this particular time. It is devastating that her death was so close and so similar to the way her mother passed away and hopefully this will be a wake up call to all of those who use drugs (if this is for certain the way that she died). My prayers go out to the Brown and Houston family and I pray Bobby Christina goes to her mother in heaven in peace.

Did your favorite celebrity get nominated for the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame, we’ve all seen pictures of it, some have visited and taken pictures, others dream to be on it, and some do get their dreams accomplished by getting a star. The Hollywood walk of fame stars are embedded along 15 blocks of Hollywood boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars represent the achievements of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters and others.  According to the Walk of Fame website, “the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $30,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a charitable foundation”. The funds are then used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. In 2003, the Walk of Fame became a popular tourist destination with an estimated ten million visitors. Each year, the Hollywood Chambers of Commerce reveals the names of the nominees to get a star via their live stream exclusively on the official website www.walkoffame.com. So for those of wanting to find out who the 2016 nominee are, here it is.

Motion pictures: Bradley Cooper, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Kurt Russell, Ashley Judd and Toshiro Mifune (posthumous)

Television: Kathy Bates, Tracy Morgan, Allison Janney, David Duchovny, Rob Lowe, Debra Messing, Roma Downey, Barbara Bain, Gary Sinise and William S. Paley (posthumous)

Recording: Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, LL Cool J, Cyndi Lauper, Shirley Caesar, Joseph B. “Joe” Smith, Itzhak Perlman and “Mama” Cass Elliot (posthumous)

Radio: Ralph Lawler

Live Theatre/Live Performance: Kevin Hart, Angélica María and Harvey Fierstein

Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies. Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire. Hope you see your favorite celebrities there.

Obama Said WHAT?

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Many are up in arms about President Obama using the “N” word during a podcast interview with Marc Maron. The POTUS says, “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know that casts a long shadow, and that’s not cured of it…and it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public, that’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination…societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened 2-300 years prior.” Not so bad , right? It’s not like he was calling blacks niggas for no reason, he was making a valid point, however, many have taken the word out of context and feel as though Presidents shouldn’t be using that word.

Here’s how I feel; Obama is not the first President to use that word, he’s just the first to say it out loud. I’m sure he knows the consequences of his actions, but by him being the first African American President,if there was one that needed to say it first…it should be him, especially after what’s going on in the world right now. He was saying racism is not about white people saying nigger; it’s deeper than that. There is hatred deeply routed within those racist families that are being passed down from generation to generation and those offspring end up acting out and hurting an already oppressed people.

Another point Obama made was about cracking down on gun control in response to the Charleston massacre. Now, I’m all for gun control. I believe there should definitely being a more difficult process to get access to one than there is now. I believe that those who have guns and that don’t live alone should have to keep them under lock and code and hidden from children especially. I believe that those diagnosed with certain mental disorders shouldn’t own guns. I could go on and on about gun control issues, but that’s not the problem. Things like the Charleston tragedy cannot be prevented with gun control alone; this is an issue of race. Racist actions should be punished more harshly than they are, police included. Law enforcement needs to make more efforts in helping enforce racial equality in all corners of the country including the less fortunate areas. Crimes even as small as threats should be taken seriously.

Though we can’t stop racism, having the President on board for change is certainly a huge step. Black people have our eyes on him because he’s approaching his last year in office and he has little time to make a difference. With racists such as Donald Trump trying to swoop his way into office, he’s got to do something before it’s too late. So, no, I’m not upset that Obama used the “N” word. Maybe this will wake people up. Maybe this will provide some clarity. Maybe this will finally be the beginning of Obama taking verbal and physical action against the hideous racists of our country.

It’s A Boy!

Just in time for Father’s Day, Kim Kardashian announced via Twitter that North’s new sibling will be a boy. Picture-perfect family right? I know Kanye is excited to raise his son to be just as “forward thinking” as he is and North is ready to show him how to be the picture-perfect celebrity baby. It’s nice to see the trend of Kardshian females break with a boy since there’s a family full of women. So congrats to Kimye on the new baby boy, and please….don’t name him South.

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Speaking of fathers I would like to wish all of the fathers that are in their child’s life a Happy Belated Father’s Day and here’s some adorable pics of celebs with adorable babies, Father’s Day edition:

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Lakers player Shannon Brown (Monica’s hubbie) and Laiyah
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Chris Brown and Royalty
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Omarion and Megzz
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Jay Z and Blue Ivy
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Kanye and North
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Steph Curry and Riley
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Adam Housley (Tamara Mowry’s hubbie) and Ayden