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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.”
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!
“Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star Amara La Negra is totally behind Spice’s decision to go white face for her album, because she believes Spice had a noble purpose and executed it brilliantly. Amara tells TMZ, the haters who have…
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.
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.
“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.”
(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)
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.
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.
“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Spice has a lot of people talking the day she’s pushing out new music — but they’re not talking about her singing — it’s her white face. Spice posted a pretty shocking image of herself with super light skin…
Thomas Markle has spoken out for the first time since learning his daughter is pregnant.
As previously reported, someone close to Meghan’s controversial and sort of crappy father claimed a few days ago that Thomas was “absolutely delighted” over the blessed Royal News.
But now we’ve heard it directly from the polarizing man himself.
“I was sitting in line waiting to cross the border [between the U.S. and Mexico, where he lives] when I heard the baby announcement on the car radio,” Thomas explained to the Daily Mail on Sunday.
And how did he feel?
What emotions ran through his body upon discovering that he would be a grandfather?
“The first thing I thought about was holding Meghan in my arms as a newborn 37 years ago,” he said emotionally and profoundly, expounding as follows:
“I thought, ‘My baby is having a baby.’ It was a very proud moment.
“I was filled with love, joy and happiness for both my beautiful daughter and my son-in-law. A new baby is a blessing and I look forward to seeing a little Meghan or a little Harry.”
Thomas, of course, has lamented many times in the past about how his relationship with Meghan is non-existent at this point.
He has complained to the press about a lack of access to his daughter and even talked in detail about how unfair it will be for Meghan to keep him from his grandchild, presuming this is what will happen down the line.
The Duchess, for her part, has never said such a thing.
Or much of anything at all when it comes to her dad.
Thomas has lived a quiet and reclusive life in Mexico for years.
He was invited to the Royal Wedding in May, but bowed out at the last minute due to health problems and due to his embarrassment over paying members of the paparazzi to snap pictures of him.
The relationship between father and child has been VERY strained ever since.
According to an Us Weekly source, Meghan did not tell Thomas about the pregnancy ahead of the public announcement last Monday.
“He found out the same time as the rest of the world,” this insider says.
Kensington Palace alerted everyone to the pregnancy via an announcement that reads:
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.
Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.
On a tour of Australia in the days after this announcement, Harry and Meghan both made references to the forthcoming baby.
We don’t yet know if it will be a boy or a girl.
But we’ve heard he or she is due to be born in early May.
“I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me,” Thomas tells The Mail, adding of how he did or did not find out:
“Me not getting a call is most likely a misunderstanding about my two back-to-back heart attacks and me missing the wedding. There has been so much misinformation and lies that perhaps made them mistrust me.”
In conclusion, he had only kind things to say about Meghan and her journey to come:
“I wasn’t surprised by the baby announcement. Meghan loves children and she and Harry have been talking about wanting a family from the start. I’m delighted for them both.
“She’s always been wonderful with children and most of her friends have families so she’s used to being around kids.
“She will make a fantastic mother.”
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Something happened in the past few years in the Teen Mom universe, and somehow Kailyn Lowry has turn into one of the most hated cast members.
If not the most hated cast member, honestly.
It's been pretty wild to watch, especially since Teen Mom also features people like Jenelle Evans and Bristol Palin and Amber Portwood and …
You get the point.
Still, lots of people really can't stand this girl, for whatever reason.
But you know who doesn't hate her?
Chris Lopez, that's who!
1. A Roller Coaster of Emotions
2. In the Beginning …
3. Well Then
4. Not Great
5. Wonder Why?
6. Why Though?
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Drake took a break from his creepy AF friendship with Millie Bobby Brown to talk about a different child.
This time, he’s talking about his previously secret son, 1-year-old Adonis.
And Drake is gushing over his baby boy.
Drake fathered Adonis with former adult film star and current French artist Sophie Brussaux.
Speaking ot LeBron James on LeBron’s new HBO series, The Shop, Drake could not hold back his paternal affection.
“[He has] crazy blue eyes,” Drake gushed, adding: “Baby blue eyes.”
They’re called baby blue for a reason — a lot of babies have blue or gray eyes as infants and then develop other colors as the age.
“He’s already in the pool shooting the basketball,” Drake brags.
Once he starts on the subject of his son, he can’t hold back, saying: “I’m just excited.”
We could roast Drake for the layers of hubris required to have a son named “Adonis.”
But honestly, what he has to say is just really heartwarming.
Drake admits that he has been drawing upon “all of the things I’ve learned from and through my father” about being a good parent.
“And,” Drake adds, he credits: “the incredible things I’ve learned through my mother.”
He says that they have taught him so much “about patience, about unconditional love.”
A 1-year-old requires a great deal of patience.
It was not until June of this year that Drake confirmed that he had a secret son.
He revealed this information on his album, Scorpion.
Though he was thrilled to ultimately learn that he had a son, Sophie first had to get attorneys and prove paternity.
“I am a single father learning to communicate with a woman who,” Drake says, rephrasing to: “We’ve had our moments.”
“I do want to be able to explain to my son what happened,” Drake admits.
Drake wants to be honest, he says, “But I don’t have any desire for him to not love his mother.”
In fact, Drake says: “I don’t ever want the world to be angry at his mother.”
“We have found ourselves in a situation and we are both equally responsible.” Drake explains.
That is, generally speaking, how sexual reproduction works!
“Now,” he says. “I’m just really excited to be a great father.”
“No matter what happens,” Drake affirms. “I have unconditional love for the mother of my child”
He says that he feels that way “because I want him to love his mother and I have to project that energy.”
“I didn’t come from that [peace],” Drake admits.
“I came from my mother being like, ‘Your dad is this.'”
“My dad would never speak ill of my mother — ever, ever, ever,” Drake says. “My mother is the nicest, kindest, sweetest woman.”
“But,” he adds. “She’s a woman scorned and a woman who is exhausted.”
“I was really hard on my parents for giving me sort of a childhood that I had to wrap my mind around as I grew,” Drake says. That’s totally fair.
“Multiple times,” he says. “I sort of suggested that they could have done a better job at co-parenting, sticking together, not being so divided.”
There is such a thing as too much unity between parents, but Drake’s not suggesting that, either.
Drake even went into how difficult it was to break the news to his parents that he was becoming a father.
“I think I was more scared to tell my mom,” Drake admits.
“Because,” he explains. “My mom has had real relationships with women in my life over the course of my years that I’m sure she would expect or be elated if I were to have gotten one of those women pregnant.”
Instead, he had a child with a woman with whom he was not in a relationship.
Drake concludes: “It was tough for me to tell her that it was somebody that she never met.”