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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: To Love and to Cherish

The Real Housewives of Atlanta returned to Bravo on Sunday night, and things took a serious turn. 

As we previously reported back in June, Gregg Leakes is battling cancer. With reality TV filmed months in advance, the hit reality series opened up with a lot of details about the diagnosis. 

NeNe wasted no time in telling viewers all about the diagnosis, explaining that Gregg was taken to hospital in May and said he needed to get prepared for surgery straight away. 

“His health these last couple of years has been a lot,” said NeNe. 

“We were not prepared to hear that,” she continued, adding that she needed to be strong for her family.

“‘I have put on a brave face, but I have had many moments in my car alone and if my car could talk it would probably say ”this b**** cries too much,'” Nene sobbed. 

Gregg opened up about it when some of their friends and family showed up to wish him well. 

“I guess the scariest part about all of this is when we got to the hospital and the doctor saying that we need to do surgery on you tonight or you ain’t going to make it,” said Gregg, adding:

“I went over and prayed to God, and I told him If it’s time, let’s go,” the reality star added of learning he had cancer. 

“I don’t fear death; I don’t want to go. If my work is finished here, take care of them, let’s go.”

That’s when the season premiere turned into a somber affair. Gregg told everyone that he had written a letter for the doctor to give his wife if he did not pull through surgery. 

“Writing that note was the hardest ever thing I did in my life, but you never know what is in you until you are at that door, I never thought I had it in me to beat cancer but know I’m going to beat cancer’s ass,” he said. 

Despite the surgery being successful, both NeNe and Gregg recognized that it could return. 

“You have been my light,” Gregg told NeNe. “I couldn’t do this without you. I couldn’t. I wouldn’t even try. So I want to thank you, baby.”

Elsewhere, Porsha’s new boyfriend made a big impression on just about everyone, and Porsha seemed ready to move the relationship to the next stage. 

“The power of the tongue is real. I said just at the beginning of this year I was going to meet the man I was going to marry, I’m going to get married this year,” she said.

“And here I am completely in love and white is going to be my new color as I am going to be Mrs McKinley.”

Porsha subsequently opened up about how her man was so rich. 

“He does really, really well. America loves hot dogs, and these hot dogs are going to put a hell of a ring on my finger,” she gushed. 

“I just never had this type of connection on this level,” she continued. “He told me he loved me the first day we met and I was like ”I love you too” it felt natural, and we just went with it.”

Porsha later met up with NeNe, and the two chatted about their lives, with NeNe revealing why she was not going sit at home and wallow in despair. 

“I’m the sort of person who would prefer to throw myself into work. I am not one to sit at home in a depression so I will continue to function,” NeNe told her.

That’s when Porsha continued to refer to Dennis as a “friend” and NeNe was quick to point that out to the cameras. 

“Porsha’s been telling me a lot about how she has a new friend, it’s a guy, okay. Porsha has puppy eyes, she’s really feeling somebody,” NeNe dished to the cameras. 

Porsha later said she wanted to keep Dennis away from her castmates, presumably because she knows there’s always some drama. 

“I am very protective over Dennis, I do not want other people in our little world right now,” she admitted. “It is important for us as our friends to show her that we are here for you as well as Gregg.”

But Porsha may have gotten her wish by the end of the episode. Dennis appeared with a box that looked a whole lot like an engagement ring. 

What are your thoughts on the premiere?

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Jill Duggar: I Love Derick Dillard More Than I Love Our Kids!

So Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard …

Things have been pretty weird for them lately, huh?

Well, they’ve been weird for years, but that’s just how things go in Duggar relationships.

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that things have been different.

It all started several months ago when rumors began swirling that Derick was cheating on Jill.

The rumors started with anonymous claims about his unfaithfulness, then when Duggar fans and haters began to notice, that’s when things really started heating up.

And Jill and Derick haven’t done too much to fight those rumors — quite the opposite, actually.

A couple of months ago, Jill shared a photo of her bible, and everyone quickly noticed that she had an entire passage about adultery highlighted.

In the caption of that photo, she wrote that she was praying for Derick, which … not a great sign.

Last month, she shared another photo of more reading material — this time, she had a book about boundaries and creating them with toxic people in your life.

Interesting, right?

But now, in a brand new post, she’s changing her tune a bit.

And it sure is nauseating.

Along with the photo, she wrote a sickeningly sweet caption that she kicked off with a “man of my dreams” hashtag.

(Sad dreams, Jill, but OK.)

She then thanked him “for being my man and my best friend!”

“Love you!” she continued. “When I count my blessings, you’re at the top of my list!”

“So grateful to God for you!”

She wrapped things up with some kiss emojis and a “so in love” hashtag.

For one, it’s kind of strange that she straight up said that Derick is her number one blessing, huh?

Like, “sorry, Israel and Samuel, Mommy loves Daddy more than you.”

For two, pretty much no one was here for this silliness.

“In what universe does a girl/young woman ‘dream’ of marrying a lazy, bigoted, chronically unemployed grifter who drifts from job to job and resorts to GoFundMe scams to support her and her kids?” one of her followers asked.

Another person said that instead of being the man of her dreams, Derick is more likely “a man of your nightmares!”

“I am not really sure what you see in that man,” yet another doubtful fan wrote.

“He is soo full of himself!! The god I believe in would not hate or chastize a person for being gay or transgender.”

Other people pointed out that everything Jill said is really the kind of thing that would be much more meaningful if she actually said it to Derick instead of posting about it on social media.

Still others insisted that she’s just trying to talk him up because everyone hates him.

One of those people said that “Jill has to make him ‘look good,’ it’s a way of being in denial to herself that she is with the wrong person.”

“But she has no choice bc of her family and their values of marrying strangers and arranged at that.”

But whatever her motivations were for posting this, or however mistaken she may be, Derick is still into it.

“Aw, I’m blessed beyond measure by you babe, and I’ll love you forever,” he responded to Jill on Twitter.

“Thanks for being the best wife and mom to our boys! We all love you so much!”

The thing is that no matter what anybody thinks about any of this, and really no matter what Derick does, Jill is never going to leave him.

And how frustrating is that?

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Jon Bon Jovi Taunts Kim Kardashian: You Give Love (Making) a Bad Name!

According to Jon Bon Jovi, Kim Kardashian gives love making a bad name.

Her type of fan is akin to some kind of bad medicine.

While many hard-working families around the world are essentially living on nothing more than a prayer, Kim and her relatives are living off the lewd acts Kardashian went committed while naked on camera with Ray J.

What we’re saying is this:

Jon Bon Jovi is not a fan of Kim Kardashian.

The legendary musician made this as clear as he possible could while speaking this weekend to Australia’s The Sunday Project.

“I think it’s horrific that we live in that world,” the rock star said of how folks such as Kim and her family members can be famous, adding:

“I can tell you I’ve never given 60 seconds of my life ever to one of those Housewives of Blah Blah and Kardashians.”

It’s not evident what prompted this attack by Bon Jovi, but once the singer got going, he couldn’t get over how talented bands can make money by singing a song titled Bed of Roses…

… while untalented people such as Kim can make even more money by having sex on a bed in front of a video recorded and then releasing the footage online. 

“I don’t know their names, I’ve never watched 60 seconds of the show, it’s not for me,” he continued, prior to taking direct aim at the Kim Kardashian sex tape and asking Kim:

“What’s gonna be in your autobiography? ‘I made a porno and guess what, I got famous.’ F-ck, sorry, I’ll pass.”

The thing is, if Kim did write a biography with this title, you just know it would be a best-seller.

“Go and write a book, paint a painting, act, study, sing, play write,” Bon Jovi reportedly added, lamenting how reality stars and Instagram models don’t actually do anything to garner their fame and fortune.

As the saying sort of goes these days, they are famous just for being famous. 

This is a criticism that has followed Kardashian around ever since she got nude and straddled Ray J for Kim Kardashian Superstar.

She has insisited for years ever since that she actually works harder than most celebrities specifically to combat this assumption.

“I think that’s how I was definitely introduced to the world,” she told Oprah in 2012 of the sex tape, adding;

“It was a negative way, so I felt like I really had to work 10 times harder to get people to see the real me.”

The real Kim appears to be someone with very little personality or humor or ability to do much of anything aside from take off layers of clothing.

Despite this perception, though, Kim continues emphasize that she really does work hard on things such as fashion and her various business endeavors.

“It is a talent to have a brand that’s really successful off of getting people to like you for you,” Kardashian said on 60 Minutes in 2016.

“I would think that has to involve some kind of talent, you know?”

In ths same interview, Kim acknowledged the vital role Twitter and Instagram have played in her enormous success, but she also wanted credit for having figured out how to master those platforms to her benefit.

“I totally attribute my career to social media,” she said, confessing that she has “monetized the act of living.”

This is actually a very astute way of describing it.

The public can now choose to either side with Kim and praise her for figuring out how to do this…

… or with Bon Jovi and roll their eyes over it.

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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Adds First Gay Male Couple

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta stars come and go. Sometimes, they get arrested.

But now the series is promising two brand new additions who are bringing a lot to the table in the new season.

These two men will be the show’s first male gay couple.

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is adding some fresh faces to the cast.

More importantly, the hit reality series is adding some overdue represenation in the form of a male gay couple.

Prince Carter and Zachary Jones have confirmed through their reps that they are joining the cast of the show.

Carter is a serious socialite in Atlanta and already involved with the show.

Jones is a fashion model with quite the Instagram following (for reasons that his photos make obvious).

Together, they’re going to take this show by storm.

Speaking to The Blast, the couple talks about how important it is for them to be part of the show.

“As an African American gay male couple it’s tough as hell in today’s society,” they point out.

Both black men and gay men face challenges — being both doesn’t make things easier.

“And,” the couple continues. “There are sooooooooooo many stigmas we’re up against.”

“We are two big personalities,” they say. “Who just happens to love each other dearly.”

The couple’s statement about their aspirations continues.

“With this platform,” they tell The Blast. “We want to show that love has no face or color.”

“But love is all about treating others with respect,” they affirm.

That is definitely true.

They note that love is also about “allowing people to just live their best lives.”

Also true!

Carter and Jones are excited about bringing male gay representation to the show.

They’re looking forward to presenting a “Gay relationship in more of a positive light.”

Reality television has an unfortunate habit of showing some already marginalzied groups in a negative light.

Seeing two young, handsome black men who are in love and living their best lives could do wonders for viewers and for cultural perceptions.

Representation matters for a number of reasons, and can have a real impact on how comfortable viewers are with coming forward to live their authentic lives.

Plus, it’s great to see LGBTQ+ black men shown succeeding on television.

As we mentioned, Prince Carter is a socialite and has already interviewed a number of the show’s stars.

Those stars include Mimi Faust, Karlie Redd, Momma Dee, Bambi, and Erica Dixon.

So he is already part of the community and will now get to be part of it on camera, too.

Jones’ modeling has earned him a massive social media following.

As we mentioned, one only has to look at his Instagram thirst traps to understand why.

Wait, what was I saying? I lost my train of thought somehow.

We should note that while Carter and Jones are this show’s first male couple, they’re not the first gay representation in the franchise — or even the first male rep.

Miles Brock and Milan Christopher were featured on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood back in 2015.

It’s glad to see that the franchise’s Atlanta counterpart is catching up!

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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Star Spice Gets Slammed for “Whiteface”

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Spice went above and beyond to draw attention to her new album.

She purged her Instagram of old photos, and uploaded just a few new ones — in which she has blonde hair and is wearing, well, whiteface.

Spice promises that she has a perfectly good explanation for this controversial choice.

Erica Mena was arrested for drug possession and Stevie J barely avoided jail for being a deadbeat dad in a major way.

Unlike her co-stars, Spice isn’t in trouble with the law, but she sure is in trouble with some of her fans and followers.

See, she released her new mixtape.

One of the songs on it is titled “Black Hypocrisy.”

In order to promote that song in particular, she wiped the slate clean on Instagram and posted new pictures.

These new images all show Spice, well, looking white.

Spice in whiteface video gif

“Wow I can’t believe this, Spice!” wrote one fan.

That same fan continued: “What the F–K have you done?”

Another simply wrote: “Girl you look crazy af.”

“Anything for likes and views… sell out your own… Babylon has your soul,” lamented another in the funniest way possible.

“Enjoy your payment for selling your soul. This is the only attention I’ll ever pay you,” this commenter promised.

“Enjoy thinking you’re white,” that commenter concluded. “Despite your great grandparents.”

Spice With Regular Face

(Here is Spice with her natural skin)

Folks, Spice doesn’t hate her skin. She was promoting her song, “Black Hypocrisy.”

The song itself — which has an accompanying music video — is all about not only accepting, but loving one’s natural dark skin.

There is an epidemic of black people bleaching their skin to have lighter skin.

That’s more about colorism than trying to be white, and it is a problem in the Caribbean and in many part of Africa.

She even speaks about how she was told early in her career that she would have more success with lighter skin. It’s heartbreaking.

Some even blasted her for looking white, as if that were somehow equal to blackface. It is not.

The reality, of course, is that outside of a very few places — places like Japan — “whiteface” is not a problem.

The reason that blackface is so horrific and offensive is not because someone put on too much makeup — it is tied to the history of the practice.

White men used to put on performances in which they would wear blackface and then act and speak in a way that ridiculed real black people.

(And if you see someone in blackface today, the odds are pretty good that they’re aiming to make fun of someone, not making an attempt at flattery)

Spice with natural skin in her music video

In history, blackface wasn’t just rude — it was a racist instrument of oppression.

What came to be called “Jim Crow laws” were named after one such blackface character.

Blackface represents a history of people of privilege punching down.

Whiteface, in America, has no such power because no one in the U.S. is marginalized for being white.

Again, there are places in the world — like Japan — where whiteface can be offensive because the history and dynamic is different.

Spice in music video

It seems safe to say that Spice didn’t bleach her skin just to prove a point.

That would be a weird thing to do for a song in which she sings about loving the strong melanin of her skin.

Instead, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that she’s wearing a whole lot of makeup.

She is parodying the way that some people — including people within her own community — seem to believe that she should look.

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