Killer Mike insists all the controversy over black artists playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show masks the most important point — which is huge financial opportunities for the black community.
We got the Run the Jewels rapper in NYC, where he’s promoting his new Netflix series, “Trigger Warning.” We asked Mike about the heat his pal Big Boi and Travis Scott have been taking for joining Maroon 5 … instead of protesting the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick.
Mike’s heard about the push for the artists to take a knee during the show, and says more power to ’em if they do it. However, he’s not coming down on them if they don’t.
As an ATL guy himself, Mike says Super Bowl LIII’s biggest impact won’t be on the field, or on the halftime show stage — it’ll be in the bank accounts of thousands of people getting work because of the event.
He also clued us in on his plans for Super Bowl Sunday — and they don’t involve football. But, there will very likely be a bowl.
Common is copping to turning a blind eye to the allegations about R. Kelly abusing women… saying he and the entire black community should have put a stop to it long ago.
We got the rapper/actor out Tuesday at LAX where he said he’s guilty of not coming to the rescue of Kelly’s alleged sex slaves. He also calls it a systemic failure when it comes to how society values black women and makes no bones about it — if the alleged victims were white instead of black, there would have been more outrage.
An employee at Moschino USA has a code name for black clients who don’t look like ballers — “Serenas” … so claims an ex-employee who’s suing the company.
Shamael Lataillade is suing the Italian luxury clothing company, claiming her female supervisor at the WeHo shop had a specific protocol for black clients if they didn’t have diamonds or carry name brands. In docs obtained by TMZ, she says the woman would call them a “Serena” and instructed other employees to follow and watch them closely — sometimes even writing down their license plates.
It’s not spelled out in the suit, but the alleged code would seem to be a reference to Serena Williams.
What’s more … Shamael claims the supervisor told employees to tell “Serenas” they were out of stock on many items — and even called cops once to report a suspicious black customer. She says the guy turned out to be a high-profile rapper, but she doesn’t name him.
On a personal level, Shamael — a black, Haitian-American woman — claims the supervisor discriminated against her and mocked her as someone who practices voodoo. She was canned for complaining to corporate about the “Serena” code word and other things … according to the suit.
She’s suing Moschino for unspecified damages. The company tells us it denies Shamael’s allegations and adds … it “complies with applicable equal employment laws and values and respects all customers and clients regardless of their race or background.”
Jada Pinkett Smith is really upset there’s a spike in R. Kelly‘s record sales in the wake of the Lifetime docuseries about various alleged sexual misdeeds, and is wondering out loud if black women matter.
The actress posted this video Sunday, wondering how R. Kelly’s streaming numbers have spiked after a parade of people made shocking claims on “Surviving R. Kelly.”
Jada’s asking for some feedback … if she’s missing something — specifically, do black girls not matter enough?
Tons of R. Kelly fans have been defiantly supportive of him, tweeting out messages all weekend like, “Still listening.” Based on the reported numbers, they clearly are.
Unclear if Jada is turning on R. Kelly or if she’s simply voicing longstanding disdain — but one thing we do know … she believes his accusers.
Chance the Rapper says he was taken out of context a while back when he said he didn’t believe R. Kelly‘s accusers because they were black women.
Chance did indeed make that comment on Lifetime’s docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” but the full statement is a little different. He said, “We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression, but black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women.”
He went on … “Usually, n***** that get in trouble for s*** like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it’s light-skinned women or white women. That’s when it’s a big story. I’ve never really seen any pictures of R. Kelly’s accusers.”
Chance the Rapper now says making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake, adding, “I made a mistake and I’m happy that those women are getting voices now and I can grow to understand better what my positioning should be or should’ve been when that opportunity came.”
Al Sharpton says video of high school wrestler Andrew Johnson getting his dreadlocks cut before a match is “outrageous,” and shows a tremendous bias against minorities in high school sports.
The Rev. ain’t buying the argument that the ref was simply enforcing the rules — and accuses Alan Maloney of having a “bias” against black people.
But, Sharpton also believes the hair rule itself it ridiculous — saying, “I think that it clearly discriminates against people that have a certain cultural bend, and come from a certain identity and racial background.”
Sharpton compares the situation to discrimination cases where black employees had been told to get rid of dreadlocks and cornrows to comply with workplace standards.
Still, Al says he commends Johnson for winning the match and rising above all of the B.S. that went down in the gym that day.
A black high school wrestler was told by a white referee that he needed to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit an important match … and the whole incident was captured on video.
Andrew Johnson was about to compete for Buena Regional High School in New Jersey — and was wearing a cover over his dreadlocks … when referee Alan Maloney stepped in.
Maloney told Johnson his hair cover was not sufficient and gave him 2 choices — chop off the locks or lose the match.
Johnson reluctantly chose the haircut — but you can see he’s visibly upset.
Epitome of a team player ⬇️
A referee wouldn’t allow Andrew Johnson of Buena @brhschiefs to wrestle with a cover over his dreadlocks. It was either an impromptu haircut, or a forfeit. Johnson chose the haircut, then won by sudden victory in OT to help spark Buena to a win. pic.twitter.com/f6JidKNKoI