Season 1 gave us episodes from the POV of Sam (Logan Browning), Lionel (DeRon Horton), Reggie (Marque Richardson), Troy (Brandon P. Bell), Coco (Antoinette Robertson), and Gabe (John Patrick Amedori) — but left out Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson), one of the series’ most notable characters.
“I understand they was going through some things. But if it’s family, you’re not gonna miss a wedding,” Kanye said. When asked if he’s ever asked Jay directly why they didn’t come, or if it had anything to do with rumors that Beyoncé doesn’t like the Kardashians, Kanye basically said he doesn’t know, because he never asked.
Tuesday evening, TMZ posted footage from Oct. 7, 2017, of Thompson blatantly cheating on Khloe with two women at a hookah bar in DC. You can watch the video on TMZ’s site.
In the video, Thompson is sitting with two unidentified (seemingly not-famous) women. It begins with him clearly making out with one before the other pushes his head into her breasts while she grabs his crotch.
This video is the true smoking gun of this entire cheating scandal. There’s no question that it is Thompson in the video and he’s literally caught being physical with two women who are not Kardashian. Hell, they’re not even the same woman he was spotted with in New York! This carries the story from a possible singular incident into serial cheating territory.
Tuesday night, a woman with the Instagram handle @ms.stephaniee_ claimed to be the woman spotted with Thompson Saturday at the Four Seasons. She posted a series of dirty texts from Thompson and a sex video as “proof” of their relationship on her IG story. She even said she was pregnant. But it’s most likely that she was trolling. Here’s why:
1. The sex tape in question is a short clip where no faces are visible.
2. It’s very easy to doctor text messages these days and there was nothing in the messages that confirmed they were actually from Thompson.
3. Everything disappeared by morning, including the account itself.
What really ended it for ol’ girl’s story is that on Wednesday morning, TMZ updated its story about the likely hoax and said the woman in the photo TSR posted is actually an Instagram model named Lani Blair.
Blair allegedly works at strip club in the Bronx — it’s unclear if she herself performs, waits tables, or has another role at the club. We don’t know much else about her because her Instagram page is private. However, she does appear to have some celeb followers, including Snoop Dogg and Blac Chyna. Page Six reported that she didn’t show up to work after the news broke and that her phone is off.
Black Panther is groundbreaking for many reasons. It’s the first Marvel movie with a black director and predominantly black cast. It’s grossed a multi-record breaking $242 million during its four-day opening weekend. It features black women as intelligent warriors and spies who fight alongside men — and often better than them — for the survival of their country. And it portrays Africans as superheroes, in a way that shatters stereotypes and helps black children, as director Ryan Coogler said during a live Twitter Q&A, “never have to be ashamed to be African.”
For the most part, these wins were expected or at least hoped for from the highly anticipated film. But what couldn’t be predicted is the widespread thirst discourse this film, and the gorgeous men who inhabit Wakanda, would spark across the world.
The cause for the “Black Panther Thirst Effect” is simple — there are no ugly men in Wakanda. A fact that could’ve been predicted when Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan were announced as leads, but is made quite clear once you see the pair are just two of the many fine-ass black characters in the film. (Yes, even the extras were fine!) Seeing so many black actors in a film of this magnitude was already overwhelming due to the lack of representation of black people in Hollywood, but for them to be ridiculously attractive was an unexpected plus that left audiences quite literally thirsting for more.
Within hours of the film’s release last Thursday, Twitter timelines, Groupmes, Instagram Stories, and Facebook statuses were abuzz with a plethora of fun not-so-pure thirst tweets as delicious as the men they were about. Marriages were proposed, future family life was imagined, sexual rendezvous were fantasized, and new zaddies were crowned as fans left theaters with nothing but visions of chocolate abs and Jabari men in their head.
The best part of the thirst reactions is that the demographic having the most fun are black women. Not to say that black women deserve to thirst more than any other group, but it’s an experience many people of color don’t get to enjoy nearly as often as we should at the movies. For black women who like men specifically, there are only so many lead roles black male actors get cast for. Now subtract all the drug dealers, trifling baby daddies, cheating and/or abusive husbands, and leads romantically involved with nonblack women, and you don’t have much left. The best 2017 had to offer us on the big screen was Kofi Siriboe seducing Jada Pinkett in Girls Trip, which is why that became such a cultural moment last summer. In Black Panther we don’t just get a couple of boy toys, or only one decent black male character, we get a buffet of MEN to revel in. Every leading man brought his own unique fineness to the film, so much so it’s almost hard to choose a favorite.
T’Challa (Boseman), the Black Panther himself, is as good as good men come. He’s in love with a dark-skinned black woman (Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o) who he’s not afraid to take into battle with him while fighting enemies or be vulnerable with; she’s the first person he went to when he found out his father killed his uncle. And when T’Challa asked Nakia to stay in Wakanda, he made sure to help her fulfill her chosen life purpose versus just selfishly asking her to sacrifice everything to be with him. There’s also the not-so-small fact that Boseman is fine as hell. From his chiseled abs and jawline, to his beautiful brown skin, to that Obama-esque walk that drips with swag — he’s a king inside and out, and we noticed. As one Twitter user playfully mused, “Chadwick Boseman looks like he’d build our children a treehouse, lay consistent pipe everynight and hide love letters all over the house to show his appreciation for me.” He was serving the best of both worlds and fans couldn’t help but want in.
Then there is the resident bad boy of the film, Erik Killmonger, played by Michael the B(ae) Jordan who oozes so much sex appeal that several people took to Twitter to complain about how their significant others were visibly moved by his presence in the film and didn’t even bother to hide it. Jordan is by all definitions a beautiful specimen of a man who has the nerve to be fine in the face with the body of a Greek god — or in this case — an African king. The scene where Killmonger begins to undress as he gets ready to fight T’Challa for the throne can arguably be described as orgasmic. Jordan clearly did not miss one gym day while filming, his muscles were blinding enough to have you forgetting the plotline and overcome with nothing but the desire to connect every single one of the dots on his body, which thankfully, is barely covered for the rest of the film. Jordan’s character, although the antagonist, gave us plenty to lust over. Even in his worst moments, as one black woman on Twitter pointed out: “When Michael B Jordan was choking that lady in #BlackPanther & said, ‘When I tell you to do something you do that shit’ I whispered ‘Yes daddy’.
The breakout star/object of our thirst in Black Panther is without a doubt newcomer Winston Duke who played the leader of the Jabari tribe, M’Baku (or as many now call him on Twitter, Mmmm’Baku). Standing at 6 foot 4 inches and just as thick as he wants to be, M’Baku is more than a snack, he’s a meal. His large frame is topped with a handsome bearded face that can go from extremely sexy to adorably cute whenever he decides to bless you with his warm smile. Crowned by a crisp fade with bronze tips and bellowing bass voice (and bark), he instantly became the top candidate for everyone’s Man Crush Monday. Full on fiction has been written about the man. The cherry on top? M’Baku has the audacity to be as funny as he is fine. His character had some of the best lines in the film (“Just kidding, we’re vegetarian” he told Agent Ross, played by Martin Freeman, after he threatened to feed him to his children). His entire performance had women far and wide ready to put on a Parka, give up meat, and climb to the top…of M’Baku’s mountain.
W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya), N’Jobu (Golden Globe winner Sterling K. Brown), and the younger version of King T’Chaka (Atandwa Kani) all definitely deserve honorable mentions. Kaluuya and Brown have gotten their fair share of thirst long before Black Panther premiered thanks to their roles in Get Out and This Is Us, respectively. But that didn’t stop fans from adding them to their very long potential Wakanda suitors lists. In fact, I think author Demetria Lucas said it best on Instagram and her blog, “I’m a ‘lady’ in America. I’d be a ho in Wakanda. A proud ho. An equal—opportunity ho. They seem like a world that has evolved past sexism, but they might bring back that title for my antics. I’d be criminally ho-ing.”
In conclusion, Black Panther gave black women the thirst they deserved, in a world where the things that bring joy to us so often get overlooked. And to keep celebrating that joy, here are some more thirst tweets:
Salma Hayek on Wednesday revealed more details about the sexual harassment she says she endured from producer Harvey Weinstein, including alleged death threats.
During a discussion with Oprah Winfrey at the Apollo Theater in New York on the Time’s Up movement, and how the Weinstein accusers opened the floodgates, Hayek expanded on earlier allegations of harassment that she said she suffered after the Hollywood megaproducer bought her film Frida. The allegations, which Weinstein has denied, were first made public in an op-ed she wrote in the New York Times.
“He said a lot of things to me over those five years. He told me, ‘I am going to kill you.’ He also said to Julie Taymor, and I didn’t write this in the article, he said, ‘I am going to break the kneecaps of that…the C-word.'”
A representative for Weinstein, who has been getting treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Arizona, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hayek’s comments. Dozens of women, including A-list actors in Hollywood, have come forward with allegations against Weinstein that range from harassment to rape.
Earlier in the conversation, Hayek said she had been contacted to be in the first big Weinstein story published by the New York Times, but declined to take part.
“I started crying when they asked me, and I ended up not doing it. And then I felt ashamed, like a coward,” she said. “I’d been supporting women for two decades, but I couldn’t do this… I thought of my daughter… I thought of the shame.”
Hayek added that those were some of the reasons she acted normally around Weinstein for years after the alleged abuse. She never even told her husband or her friends.
“Penélope [Cruz] was furious with me when I told her I was writing the thing [op-ed] because I never told her. And I said to her, ‘He [Weinstein] made the best movies! If I tell you, if I tell Robert Rodriguez — they have business deals with him. He’s not doing the same to you guys. Then I would ruin your business opportunities. I didn’t know there were so many women. I thought I was the only one,” she told the crowd.
“That’s what a good predator does,” said Oprah, who also retold conversations she had had with Reese Witherspoon and other actors whom she chose not to name.
“I said to them, ‘Oh, you are all reacting the way I’ve seen molested children behave,” she said. “They hold the secret because you think you’re the only one it’s happened to. Part of the PTSD, part of the trauma, is that guilt that you held it.”
It took Hayek months to write the op-ed, and although hearing the other victims’ stories at times made hers feel “small” — so much so that she almost didn’t share her story — Hayek said they ultimately empowered her to share her truth.
“I think it’s important to tell victims, ‘You did what you could do at that time,'” Hayek said.
The actor also told the crowd that Weinstein is not the first man to sexually harass her.
“That’s why I could handle him better. I was very strong in front of him and I was smart, I sneaked my way out — maybe that’s why I didn’t get raped,” she said. “I’ve had this problem since I was little.”
When asked how women can heal from sexual abuse or harassment, Hayek said women have to forgive themselves.
“It’s important to take responsibility for the things we do to others, but we must stop apologizing for being attacked and we must move into a place where you can actually have a conversation,” she said. “It is important to release the anger. I don’t want us to go from victims to angry. I don’t want our anger to be our motto. That doesn’t mean we are not angry.
“I am a short, Mexican-Arab, angry woman… but I don’t let that anger blur my vision. I can use that energy to be productive.”
Hayek is optimistic that the #MeToo movement is just that, versus a moment that will eventually lose momentum. “The change was not just felt by the people that spoke but the people that listened,” she said. “There were a lot of men who didn’t even know there was something wrong with it. Men are starting to think and it’s a positive thing. We’ve been working at this for centuries, and our moment came.”
The actor also credited the Trump administration for giving the movement legs.
“I think this happened now because we’re so frustrated of the government getting away with incredible things,” she said. “All the lying and all the covering, it did something good in this case.”
Hayek’s full interview is scheduled to air during Oprah’s Super Soul Conversation special on OWN Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The nominees for AOTY are Jay Z for 4:44, Lamar for DAMN, Childish Gambino for Awaken, My Love!, Bruno Mars for 24K Magic, and Lorde for Melodrama.
A black artist hasn’t won a Grammy for AOTY in 10 years. The last person to do so was jazz pianist Herbie Hancock for his tribute album to Joni Mitchell. Having two hip-hop albums nominated for the prestigious category is also a big deal.
While the obvious Grammy prediction would be Bruno Mars, it would be a shame not to see a rap album win the award. It’s been 14 years since Outkast took home the award for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Lamar has been nominated twice before and lost both times and Jay Z, whose two-decade career has produced 14 number one albums, has also never won the award.
“I wrote the scene, I edited the scene, I thought about the scene for three years, and it still made me cry,” said DuVernay.
She credited Lawson’s and Siriboe’s performances this season for truly taking her vision to the next level and for making the moment as harrowing as it was. “If there was any justice for black performers at award shows, Bianca Lawson as Darla this season and Kofi Siriboe as Ralph Angel will be included in those conversations,” she said. “I work with a lot of actors. The work that they’ve done this season on this young black couple’s relationship — the joy, the pain, the tears, the love, the loves, the child — ah, it slays me.”
“I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt thinking all along that I, a 9-year-old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man.”
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“At the very beginning of my career I decided I was responsible for my own destiny. When I was in talent management there were no roles for black talent, so I said, ‘Fuck that, I’m creating Monster’s Ball.‘ And history was made. No one’s going to tell me I’m grateful for being anywhere, because I’m creating my own destiny,” he said.