Bill Cosby: Why His Confessions Have Proven What We All Feared

Well the proof is in the pudding, Jell-O pudding pops that is. Bill Cosby’s 2005 deposition has been released, revealing one startling fact: Americans would rather believe a wealthy man than 47 scorn women.

Judge Robreno disclosed on Monday, July 6th that Bill Cosby admitted to both drugging and raping women in the 70’s. Obviously nothing could be done to “America’s favorite father” because of the statute of limitations law; however the judge claimed his reasons behind unsealing the documents was a result of Cosby’s continuous need to position himself as a “public moralist”.  That fact paired with the stark contrast between criticisms of the black community and his personal immoralities was astounding. The judge decided that the public needed to know the truth.

Once this information hit the media Cosby supporters were appalled and quickly turned their backs. Among the supporters, R&B and Soul singer, Jill Scott took to twitter to as a means for expressing her disgust, “I stood by a man I respected and loved, I was wrong. It hurts!!!”  The remaining networks that continued to air The Cosby Show have canceled its syndication. Even Disney has backed out of their support by removing his bust following the wake of his sworn testimony.

Not everyone has changed their minds about The Cos though. Whoopi Goldberg and Raven Symone, co-hosts of The View, have continued in their claims that not enough evidence has been presented.

Does the 2005 testimony cement the allegations against the actor/comedian? Does Bill Cosby’s moral finger waging while hypocritically engaging in immoral acts mean his legacy is null and void? Should Whoopi Goldberg and Raven Symone be marked the village idiots for their loyalty to Bill Cosby?

Here’s my two cents:

When the allegations first hit the media earlier this year, I quickly became offended. I would rant about the unfair demonization of prominent black figures and refused to deem him guilty by public opinion alone.

When I got wind of Monday’s news I, like Jill Scott had to swallow the hard pill that the creator of positive black imagery on television is really a serial rapist. Ouch. The truth hurts!

Facts are facts and if you continue in a faulty opinion, even when faced with hardcore evidence, you are foolish.

So am I implying that Goldberg and Symone are foolish?  In short, yes!  if they choose to stay in darkness then so be it, it’s their opinion and are free to express.

I am more so dumbfounded by Hollywood’s sudden desire to dismantle a person’s artistic endeavors based upon moral standards.

Woody Allen was allegedly having sex with his underage stepdaughter and once she came of age divorced his wife and married her. He was not found guilty in a court of law of molestation, yet logically, you would assume that his desire for his stepdaughter didn’t start the day she turned 18. Be that as it may, Allen’s star on the walk of fame has not been removed and as a matter of fact was recently honored.

But wait, there’s more!

Roman Polanski allegedly raped and sodomized a 13 year old only to receive an Oscar for “The Pianist”. Sean Connery is a celebrated actor who has openly admitted that in order to win an argument with a woman it is absolutely right to open hand slap her. John Lennon, a beloved artist whose music has influenced generations, has been documented and said himself that he had a problem with physically abusing women. R. Kelly urinated on young girls and before his bodily liquids could dry we were stepping in the name of love and confessing that He saved me.

It seems to me that morality trumps violent abuse against women only for SOME prominent figures.

Am I in any way an advocate for celebrating societies sick and twisted yet gifted individuals? No. I do believe we should make it fair across the board. Withdraw Oscar’s, remove stars, dismantle statues, discontinue music play, cease movies from the big screens, take shows off syndication of EVERY individual who engages in abuse against women whether it has been proven in a court of law or not.

Does this ideal sound far-fetched? Maybe.

If we are “pretending” to be such a moral and upstanding society that abhors perversions, injustice, and violence then let’s dig deep into our fabric and finally admit that systematic racism is STILL a problem in this country.  Lets work to finally give the Native Americans credit for discovering the USA and strip Christopher Columbus of his title as the “founder” of North America.

Is that a stretch? A tad.

The point is, we are all hypocrites. Admit it and remedy it.

Ugh. How am I supposed to watch my favorite episode of “The Cosby Show” without cringing at the sight of Cliff Huxstable!

Why Jussie Smollett of Empire’s Sexuality Confirmation Should Be Applauded

Lost in the obsession over blonde hair and an unsurprising racist video emergence, Jussie Smollett has finally confirmed his sexuality.

Recently the Empire actor and Columbia recording artist stopped by Ellen to discuss his role on the sensational Fox television show. After answering a myriad of typical questions, Jussie made it very clear that “there was never a closet” for him. In other words the actor reinforced the gay rumors that have surrounded him from the moment the show spotlighted his incredible talent.

Is Jussie’s sexuality a cause for concern?

Here is my two cents:

What I am about to write may be offensive for some and liberating for others.

Aside from the fact that the young man’s talent is enough and his sexuality should NOT be something he has to confirm with anyone; I applaud his bravery and think it is encouraging for not only members of the LGBT community but everyone.

We all have something that we consider a personal truth that may not be popular or even shunned by society. We should uphold every person who is willing to go against the grain and just BE themselves in high esteem.

Also, I don’t know if I was the only one who cried like a baby after watching the “put the boy in the trash can” scene but it unlocked so many memories.

I have a cousin who is close to my heart. He loved to play dress up. He wrapped himself in sheets and pretended he was in a fabulous gown. He put on his mother’s heels and obsessed over Brandy’s version of Cinderella starring the late great Whitney Houston.

He was also teased from as early as 6 years old. He would run to me and cry on my shoulder and of course it was my duty to find the culprit and beat them up. I rode in the back seat of cars holding his hand as his father called him everything but his beloved son.  I dried his tears as we both vented about how every male father figure who entered his life, including his biological father, chose his younger and more masculine brother over him.

After viewing the season 1 finale of Empire, my cousin took a stand and came out to his mother.

I could not be more proud.

The once guilt ridden, scared, and fractured boy has finally emerged into a man who is true to himself.  There is no more hiding for him. No more telling his big cousin to fight the bullies. No more questioning what is WRONG with him. No more accepting less because he was taught that he was less than. NO MORE.

He is now a strong, loving, kind, courageous man who has come into his own.

And for that my hat is off to Jordan Banks.

My hero.

Keep fighting to BE true to yourself no matter who hates it or loves it.

Why Wiz Khalifa’s “For Everybody” Is Slut Shaming at Its Worst

Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, just released a new song with Juicy J titled “For Everybody”. Aside from its sub par beat and catchy hook, there is nothing special about the song except Wiz’s verse.

Juicy J starts with his normal nursery rhyme cadence and just as he was about to bore me to sleep, Wiz Khalifa enters with, “I fell in love with a stripper…”

Unless you were born yesterday or not a fan of Hip Hop, the stripper line was a dead give away that he was talking about none other than Amber Rose, his ex-wife and child’s mother.

Side note: given the events of Amber Rose’s infamous, and personally gratifying, twitter feud with Khloe Kardashian and Kanye West, I must say she has enough snap retorts and comebacks to be a stand up comedian.

Okay back on topic.

In weeks before the release of the song, Wiz posted a disturbing picture of his son’s birthday party and mentioned that he didn’t make it. The subliminal message there was just as blatant as the song.

Is Wiz trying to paint Amber Rose as a bad mother? Is he wrong for putting their business out there for everyone in the world to see? Is his verse slut shaming?

Here is my two cents:

Wiz Khalifa’s verse is very disrespectful and slut shaming at its worst. Why, you ask? If a man should have respect for any one in the world, it should be for the mother of his children. Regardless of where Amber was when he met her, the truth is he married her. Getting on songs and crying about he fell in love with her and tried to save her but she was on Instagram acting more like a THOT than a wife is a cop-out. If she was such a “hoe” then he shouldn’t have married her and certainly shouldn’t have had a child with her. Yet there he was all over my magazines, Twitter and Facebook feeds “boo’d” up and proud about it. Obviously if there was any “hoeness” about the woman, it was enough for him to put a ring on it and impregnate it.

Dear Wiz: instead of getting on songs and flooding my Time line with sympathy pictures and verses in which you are all but directly telling us Amber is being a bad mom, go sit down in a counselors office with the woman and WORK IT OUT!

I have no empathy for someone who will call his son’s mom a hoe on a song, devaluing a woman who gave birth to his son; meanwhile in videos and pictures with all kinds of women. If she is “for everybody”; SO IS HE.

I don’t have enough space on my page to go through how men are the BIGGEST hypocrites when it comes to slut shaming. Telling her she gets around but forgets to note that HIS private area has been in more walls than a tampon. PLEASE.

What would make a man think a woman would like someone who has slung his nasty Johnson all around the world then when it tired and disease ridden,  drag his limp bizkits to her after it eroded to a nub?

I digress.

In the words of Chris Brown, YOU KNEW WHAT IT WAS. You knew her back story, saw her with Kanye, and followed her social media pages.

So how about we man up and try to develop a functional co-parenting relationship with her. After all it takes one to know one.  If she was a whore when you made a connection it just simply means she was drawn to the slut within you.

For the sake of that cute little baby Bash, get off social media with this P.P. (personal problem).

And one more thing, Wiz didn’t save her, Kanye did. That is if you think a woman is in need of being “saved” by a man in the first place.

Yeah this is shade! [sips tea then side eyes an obscene picture of Wiz and Amber tongue kissing on the red carpet]

Why Michael Jordan Made Forbes 2015 World’s Billionaires List

Whether you are a basketball fan or not, chances are you have heard of the NBA legend Michael Jordan.  Not only did he change the game of basketball but he broke records off the court with entrepreneurial endeavors. As a matter of fact, it was those ventures that landed him on Forbes 2015 World’s Billionaires List.

If you are thinking that it was his long-standing shoe deal with Nike which (the shoes you and your cousin may stand in long lines and fight over), it wasn’t; not that the unconfirmed 100 million a year in sales doesn’t help. Actually, Michael Jordan’s ownership of the former Charlotte Bobcats now Charlotte Hornets is what hoisted the greatest basketball player of all time into billionaire status.

Michael Jordan is now worth 1 billion dollars and is ranked as the 1,741st richest person in the world! This confirms him as one of only 9 black billionaires as well.

My two cents:

Jordan took ownership of the basketball team so that he could stay close to the game in 2010. Now he is reaping the benefits of smart business decisions. This is proof that if you constantly work at things that you love, you will not only feel great but reap massive financial rewards as well.

I tip my shoes in your direction Michael Jordan; keep showing us why you are the G.O.A.T

Why Michelle Rodriguez’s “Stop Stealing White Superhero’s” Comments Are Completely Ignorant

For the first time in her career, Michelle Rodriguez made national headlines with her ideals on Hollywood and diversity. A TMZ reporter asked “The Fast and the Furious” actress if the rumors about her playing The Green Lantern were true in which she answered by denying the fact. She also added that minorities should stop being so lazy and stop stealing white superheroes. She drove a nail in the coffin with a suggestion to all minorities: make up your own superheroes.

Michelle Rodriguez later delivered a half-hearted apology for “once again sticking her foot in her mouth”.  There was widespread outrage that a minority would make such ignorant comments.

Were her comments really that offensive? Why would a minority make negative commentary about minorities?

Here’s my two cents:

History has proven that cultures borrow from one another.  If you doubt that then take a look at general American cuisine, religious practices, and nearly every facet of human existence.  However, let’s place the obvious to the side for a second.

The idea that superhero’s are of a “white” culture and only white actors and actresses should portray them is complete and utter ridiculousness. First things first, these are super heroes. They are fictional characters that were originally drawn during a time when white supremacy was at its height. This by no means implies that the comic book artists made up these characters to further that agenda; it just means that at the time this was the trend. Go back and look at some old Tom and Jerry cartoons and you will see a very stereotypical “Aunt Jemima” character.

We can all agree that America has evolved past SOME of its racist ways. If Hollywood would like to further push the envelope and give minorities a different take on America’s classic super heroes’ that would include them. I say that is a GOOD thing.

The point is to end the stereotype that nothing good can come from being anything other than white, straight, and male in America.

Now let’s put a pen there and shift gears. Some of the most popular fictional characters that did derive from minorities have been portrayed by white actors and actress. Characters such as Queen Cleopatra, a real historical figure by the way, was an Ethiopian woman of African descent. In the movie, God’s and Kings, The Egyptians were all played by white actors and actresses. Egypt is in Africa friends, if you did not know, and they were dark-skinned African people.  Charlie Chan, a comic book detective who was originally Asian, was depicted by a white actor wearing yellow face, Alicia Nash, a Salvadoran woman in the novel turned film A Beautiful Mind, was played by a white actress, and Tonto, a native American character in The Lone Ranger, was played by a white actor as well. This is just to name a few.

So let’s face it, Hollywood has “white washed” many of minorities’ heroes and heroines.  Therefore, Michelle Rodriguez made a statement that lacked comprehension and understanding of the struggle her fellow minority thespians have endured.

And this is why there was so much outrage and it is warranted. Please read a book and understand your history before advising others about their “laziness”.

Why Did Michelle Obama Challenge Beyonce to “Gimme Five”?

Today marks Michelle Obama’s 5 year anniversary campaigning her infamous initiative, “Let’s Move”.  To commemorate this occasion, the First Lady challenged the talented pop singer and entertainer, Beyoncé, to “gimme five”.  Beyoncé gladly accepted and posted a video in response.

The challenge was actually extended to everyone who is willing to take part. Mrs. Obama asked that everyone upload videos of themselves doing 5 things that are positive contributors to their health.

Beyoncé’s video detailed 5 various exercises that she includes in her daily routine. And to think, you guys actually believe that Beyonce is one of the celebs who would solve her weight gain by “sucking” it out! Well she is one of the very few who work hard at maintaining a beautiful physique that we all would love to emulate.

Is this challenge worth it? Here is my two cents: it’s better than that dumb ALS ice bucket challenge. Yeah I said it, dumping ice water on your head was doing what to bring awareness to ALS? NOTHING. I never took the challenge because I didn’t get the correlation.  Please note, I did not state that ALS is dumb.  It is heartbreaking to know that there is no cure for this disease. If you are suffering from ALS and are reading this, my heart goes out to you. By the way, how did I know that ALS has no cure without a single google search or can describe at least two symptoms? Luscious Lion from the critically acclaimed Fox television show, Empire of course.

Okay, so back on topic, “gimme five” is an excellent challenge and I totally love it! First Lady’s video with the President was super cute and reminds me why I love them so much.

So I will be posting my “gimme five” a little later today, after I eat a cheeseburger! Nah just kidding. As a 32-year-old who is fighting off pregnancy weight, I have taken my health seriously these days.

How about you?

#gimmefive