Where Are Olivia Pope’s Black Friends?

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Articled originally ran on Young Gifted & Ratchet.com

No. Seriously. Where are her Black friends?

I realized I would like Scandal a lot more if Olivia Pope had a Black girlfriend, or two, that she hung out with from time-to-time. How is it possible that this Black woman does not have any Black girlfriends she can decompress with? Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of the show. I love Kerry Washington, and I love the Black Twitter community discussions when the show airs, but, other than that, I’m really not that into Scandal. I can only be interested in the “Black woman fixes White people problem” plot for so long.

The astute cultural critics on Black Twitter noted that Olivia Pope is a career woman, and that is sort of the sole focus of her life on the show. Well, outside of her affair with the White president dude. @Ranity pointed out that, “She doesn’t have ANY friends. Which may speak to the fact that she had no mother and was sent away by her dad to boarding.” I think this is an interesting perspective, and Olivia Pope’s lack of Black friends, women or otherwise, might be intentional, but I still find it a bit odd. @JorgeCotto felt, “If Olivia Pope had friends they would have told her to lose that loser white guy a long time ago!” I could definitely see one of Olivia’s Black girlfriends being like, look girl, it’s time to cut the shit. Haha. Over on Facebook, Khepri T. pointed out that Olivia’s not even liked by her parents though. It’s hard out there for Olivia Pope in the realm of relationships outside of work.  Continue reading

Yolanda Ross Cast As Whitney Houston’s Lesbian Lover Robyn Crawford In Lifetime Biopic

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Y’all can get mad with me all y’all want. Everyone, including Cissy Houston knows that Whitney Houston was in a romantic relationship with Robyn Crawford. Y’all remember the way Cissy Houston answered Oprah’s question “was your daughter gay (paraphrasing)?” Ole Civil Rights Fish got all tight, filibustered for a little bit, then gave “I don’t know” as an answer. Why the hell do y’all think she said “I don’t know”? It was whitney-houston-robyn-crawford-300x237was because she could not concretely say “no”, and “the spirit” and all the “saved juice” she drinks wouldn’t allow her to say yes. I’ve got a feeling that before Robyn leaves this earth she is going to set the record straight.  Since I’m on the subject, I’m of the believe that the pressures that Whitney Houston felt to stay closeted led to much of the unhappiness in her life. We all know what the unhapiness spawned into…

In an Esquire magazine article, Crawford states that she first met Whitney in East Orange, New Jersey when they were only 16 years old and spent years traveling alongside the singer. During the height of Houston’s career, tabloids tried to insinuate a sexual relationship existed between the two, but neither Houston or Crawford would substantiate those rumors. At some point, Crawford also managed a part of Whitney’s career.

Enough about Whitney’s Sexuality. Yolanda Ross is a seasoned actress who received an Indie Spirit Awards nomination this year for her supporting turn in John Sayles’ “Go for Sisters,” will also appear alongside Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis in Charles Stone III‘s indie movie “Lila & Eve.”

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From The Chicken Coop To The The Big House. Lupita Nyong’o Covers Vogue

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Swing low, sweet chariot, Comin’ for to carry me home;

I know that’s right Sojourner Truth fish! Come through haircut, go AWF skin tone. Y’all the moment we all have been waiting for has arrived. Lupita Nyong’o caught the Underground Railroad straight to Anna Wintour’s office and landed on the cover of Vogue. Yes Gawd Hunty! The only other thing left for Lupita to do to solidify her spot as an A-Lister is to appear on an episode of Sesame Street. For real, you know you have really arrived when you land a spot on Sesame Street.

Completely random thought, and its no tea, no shade, I wonder how Lupita would do as Storm in X-Men. For some odd reason, my spirit is wanting to see her in some super fictional Harry Potter type role. Anyway…

Vogue capture the 31-year-old star for it’s July issue in the enchanting city of Marrakech. Nyong’o looks stunning for the cover, which was shot by Mikael Jansson, in a printed Prada dress that perfectly reflects her colorful style. In fact, Nyong’o's entire editorial spread is just as bold and beautiful as she is.

Between her head-turning looks on the red carpet, fronting Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign and becoming the first-ever black brand ambassador for Lancôme, it was only a matter of time before the Kenyan-born beauty made her Vogue debut. ~Huffington Post

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Inside Monifah Carter ( R&B Divas) & Terez Mychelle’s Wedding. (pics)

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Well it goes without saying that Monifah and Terez tied the knot. The lovely ladies and friends of the site tied the not on February 8th, 2014 with a beautiful ceremony in Hawaii. All of the Divas were present and so were the TVOne cameras. I hope like hell Koo-Koo Wyatt was on her best behavior and did not attempt to make Monifah’s moment about her.

“It’s something I’ve never done before,” says Monifah. “It’s all new and wonderful. My life is merged and my spirit has merged with somebody else.” ~Monifah

Check out more pics from the wedding and Monifah’s interview with Essence Magazine.

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Nuns Sue Titty Bar Over Loud Noise And Used Condoms. Where Is Sister Mary Clarence?

Posted in Complete Devastation To The Nation

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Chile I guess Young Jezzy music and used condoms are not for the glory of the kingdom. The Lord said “come as you are”, but these nuns said “take y’all ass back where y’all came from with that b.s” I know that’s right Sister whatever her name is.

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, unless thy neighbor is a titty bar. At least, that’s what the Lord has told the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo in Chicago, who are suing the strip club that moved in next door to them.

The nuns allege that Club Allure is a common law nuisance and broke state law by setting up shop so close to a place of worship. Of course, the sisters also just don’t like the idea of a strip club in general. Sister Maria Noemia Silva tells NBC 5, “It goes against what we believe as religious women. We’re fighting for a safe, healthy environment here, and for the club to close.”

According to the suit, the sisters have witnessed “public violence, drunkenness, and litter, including empty whiskey and beer bottles, discarded contraceptive packages and products and even used condoms.” Sister Maria says she and her sisters can hear loud music at night while they’re trying to pray. Club Allure denies that its operations have caused a nuisance.

Club manager Robert Itzkow told NBC 5, “[Our dancers] aren’t monsters. They’re daughters; they’re mothers, and some of them are Catholics too.” The sisters are no doubt praying for them. ~GAWKER

 

Man Wrongly Imprisoned For 25 Years Sues For $125 Million. Some Consider Him Vindictive, WTF?

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One thing that I love about the comments sections of blogs is that it gives you a look into the minds of people from all walks of life. In most cases its a positive experience, but every now and again you run into an asshole, or some naive blonde bish from Connecticut that is completely out of touch with the rest of society. Jonathon Flemming was incarcerated for 25 years for a 1989 murder that he did not commit. Now he is suing New York City for $125 million (which he’ll never get), and yet, there are people in the world that feel he is being vindictive, and essentially needs to “let it go”.

From the Associated Press:

That’s according to a lawyer for Jonathan Fleming, who spent nearly 25 years behind bars in the case. Attorney Taylor Koss says he filed what’s called a notice of claim Tuesday with the city comptroller’s office. The notice is a first step toward suing the city.

Fleming was convicted for the murder of 22-year-old Darryl Rush. At the time of the murder, Fleming claimed to be at Disney World with his family. More than two decades later, evidence corroborating his abili was uncovered, leading to his release. From the New York Daily News:

Fleming’s near-quarter century behind bars ended last week when a judge granted a motion by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to dismiss his charges.

Investigators, after launching a probe of the case last year, found two documents buried in Fleming’s court file that proved his innocence.

One was a phone receipt from an Orlando hotel showing he was there just hours before the murder. The other was a local police report that quoted hotel staffers who remembered seeing him.

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