Sunday, December 10, 2017

Azealia Banks throws hella shade at Remy Ma during Instagram beef, Remy responds!

Remy Ma and Azealia Banks went back and forth trading insults on Instagram this weekend.

It all started over Remy's interview with Ebro in the Morning where the "Wake Me Up" rapper spoke on the status of women in hip-hop. 

"When I came home it was nothing. It was tumbleweeds blowing through as far as female artists is concerned," Remy said during her interview.

Well, here comes Azealia Banks - who has gotten in plenty of social media spats with a number of female rappers - who jumped all over it and responded to Remy with a long rant: 

"Remy - the hottest things you've released since you've been out of jail are Nicki love letters and she's still miles more important than you," Azealia wrote with a screenshot of Remy's quote.

RELATED: Azealia Banks Shades Lil' Kim, K. Michelle And Even Diana Ross With Skin Bleaching Comments

Azealia then changed her caption and wrote:

"Ahem.... let me rephrase ... Remy ... you absolutely must step your shit up," she added. "The music you have been releasing is some serious old head rap shit and it's 100% unfair that you stand up on your reality tv booster seat and make any statements about female rap as if you have done a single thing to move the cultural needle since you've been home. It is not 2000."

RELATED: Azealia Banks is Mad Again, This Time at Kendrick Lamar: "HOW DARE YOU open ur face to a white publication"

This didn't sit well with Remy Ma who responded by exposing old texts she received from Azealia making her look desperate. 

"Ayo, I know you ain’t talkin about me, dog. You? What?! You been on my dick; you love my style," she captioned the screenshots. 

"Ps: I know you don’t want no smoke so I’ll play ya lil social media games until I allow my team to convince me to stop."

Remy even exposed an alleged text where Azealia supposedly vents about the appearance of her vagina and several more where she disses Nicki Minaj, who Azealia recently publicly made amends with. 

RELATED: Azealia Banks Criticizes BET Awards, Throws Shade at Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea

"DONT FUCKIN CHANGE YA CAPTION NOW!" Remy wrote. "I got a year and a half more of u stalking me, hating on ya new fave, & getting ignored... I’m officially airing out ALL y’all chicks that was on MY line heavy when I touched down & now all of a sudden got amnesia."

Peep the back and forth Instagram exchanges below (click arrow on pics to view more).

If only Azealia Banks spent this same amount of energy towards her music instead of trying to shine in social media beefs.  

Remy also went on Instagram live and talked even more about Azealia and even threw in a couple of shots at Nicki Minaj about her brother


UPDATE: Azealia responded to Remy's response in a near 10-minute rant on her Instagram stories and says to leave Nicki Minaj alone. 

Watch below:


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Friday, December 8, 2017

Grand Harvest Wine Festival review + 6 wine tasting tips

I attended the annual Grand Harvest Wine Festival (for the third time) at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown, NJ.

I'm adding a new wine tab on this website. So, stay tuned for more wine updates and recommendations from me!

The wine festival always takes place outside in October which is the perfect month - after the summer heat and right before the extremely cold winter weather kicks in. For the wine tasting, it costs $25 for admission, $20 in advance, and this includes a wine glass.

When you walk in a little further, you'll see a bunch of tents set up in a huge circle on grass with different wineries where you can sample hundreds of wines. In the middle, you can find tents for artisans and crafters.

6 Tips To Make Your Wine Tasting Experience Flow Better

- Get there EARLY! The festival starts at noon and ends at 5 p.m. The organizers usually start letting people in at 11:30 a.m. and the tents are often crowded. At least if you're early, you get to hit up a couple of tents before the crowd really kicks in around 12:30 p.m.

- I suggest buying your tickets in advance to save money and to avoid the separate line of people who still have to pay. If you purchase in advance and print out your ticket, it's much quicker to get in.

- You are allowed to bring a cooler and chairs. I definitely suggest bringing your own snacks/food, water, and chairs. This year, us wine festival attendees were blessed to have beautiful warm weather verses the other years I've attended where it was much cooler. A lot of people brought their own chairs to kick back and enjoy the music and nice weather. Every year there is a different band that performs. There are a limited amount of chairs infront of the stage and a limited amount of tables near the food trucks.

- Food truck lines were extremely long! I felt like I was at Six Flags waiting to get on a new roller coaster. I waited at least a half hour in line for The Guac Spot truck. Instead of completely wasting my time, I made sure to drink some wine while waiting in line. If you don't want to wait in long lines, I suggest bringing your own snacks.

- Wine tasters are given a pencil and a couple of sheets of paper which includes the wineries and all of the wines they sell. I highly suggest making notes of all of the wines you absolutely love and perhaps cross off the ones you don't like at all. This makes it easier to remember which ones you like so you know what to purchase.

- You can open bottles of wine that are purchased at the festival (no outside liquor is permitted). If you're doing the wine tasting, I say, don't drink too much of the wine you buy so you have time to walk around all of the tents. The same wineries are pretty much there every year with most of the same wines. So, if you're a vet like me and already know what wines you like, you can attend the festival and skip out on the wine tasting all together so you don't have to pay the admission fee. Just purchase your wine bottles, kick back, drink, listen to good music and relax.

The Yummy Wines I Purchased

- One Nation Blueberry, Pink & Red from Villari Vineyards, $27.50 for the entire box (three bottles come in a box). - Santa's Little Helper from Valenzano Winery, $11. This is one of my personal favorites. A great wine for the holidays! - Red Raspberry Moscato, $12.95, and Artisan Orchard Apple/Cranberry Blend, $7.95, from Tomasello Winery. - Give Peach A Chance from Auburn Road Vineyards, $12.83.

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K. Michelle disses Mimi Faust and Rasheeda on 'F*ck Your Man' + Stream her new album here!

K. Michelle's new 21-track album shares her life experiences and features appearances from Chris Brown and Jeremih. 

Kimberly: The People I Used To Know album cover

The R&B sonsgtress confronts double standards on the Kim Kardashian-inspired “Kim K." She even shades her former Love & Hip Hop Atlanta buddies, Mimi Faust and Rasheeda on her interlude "Fuck Your Man" where she sings:

"But I'm better than you and him
'Cause I don't want nobody with 40 rings
And a baby that's not from me
Or have me hangin' from the shower rod, recording me..."

Bloop! Shots fired!

K also dropped new visuals to accompany the song:

Stream Kimberly: The People I Used to Know below on Spotify or listen to the entire album here on YouTube. 


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Migos, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B drop new 'MotorSport' video

MigosNicki Minaj and Cardi B have finally shared the visual for their new collaboration “MotorSport" which debuted on Apple Music

"Motorsport" will be featured on the upcoming Control The Streets Vol. 1 compilation project from the Quality Control label coming out Dec. 8 and also serves as the first taste off Migos’ forthcoming album CULTURE 2.

Check out the full video below!


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Beyonce presents Colin Kaepernick with Muhammad Ali Legacy Award (video)

Beyonce made a surprise appearance as she presented Colin Kaepernick with the Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night (Dec. 5).

"Thank you, Colin Kaepernick," Beyonce said. "Thank you for your selfless heart. And your conviction. Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequences or repercussions, only hope to change the world for the better."

During his acceptance speech, Kaepernick promised that "with or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people."


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lil' Mama says she has forgiven and grown since her infamous 2009 VMA's moment of crashing Jay-Z's performance

Jay-Z celebrated his 48th birthday yesterday and Lil' Mama decided to drop him a birthday message on her Instagram page. 

The "Lip Gloss" rapper posted a photo of her and Jay, the photo that was snapped in 2009 of her crashing his and Alicia Keys' Video Music Awards performance

This was the infamous moment when she took the stage uninvited and tried to pose next to Jigga and Alicia. Afterwards, Lil' Mama apologized and Hov called the act "outta line." She was ridiculed by fans. She also revealed that she lost a lot of work because of it. Lil' Mama meant no harm by it and said she was just trying to celebrate New York where both her and Hov are from. 

Eight years later and on Hov's birthday, Lil' Mama brought up that moment, again. Many people were confused in her comments as to why she would post that particular photo of her and Jay along with the caption: "IM STILL STANDING WIT YOU ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOV."

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But, Lil' Mama didn't stop there. 

She posted another photo, this time a picture of Jay Z alone, and she wrote a longer message to clear up what her first post meant. The 28-year-old rapper says she has grown and forgiven.

"My Last Post was Intended to acknowledge growth. That night, two of my hometown Heros felt disrespected and in return I felt neglected. However time heals all and give us the gift of hindsight (20/20 vision) where we can see things clearer, learn and grow from them."

She continued, "Even having to overcome the scrutiny that came with my choices, I still find it in my heart to forgive and LOVE in Hopes That it is returned upon me."

"I recently watched Jay Z’s interview with The New York Times editor and chief and leaned so much about forgiveness and pushing culture forward. I am inspired by your honesty, vulnerability and maturity. I’m ready for dialogue."

If I was Lil' Mama, I wouldn't even bring this up anymore. It happened. Shit happens. Now, just let it go. 

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Lady Luck squashes her beef with Remy Ma

Lady Luck has had ongoing beef with Remy Ma for some years now. She even dissed Remy's epic "Shether" track which was directed towards Nicki Minaj, saying it sounds like Remy weighs 500 pounds when she raps.

The New Jersey-born rapper who stars on Bravo's First Family of Hip Hopeven revealed that she had some dark times in her life after her battle with the Terror Squad rapstress.

Well, now it looks like Lady Luck has turned over a new leaf. She recently posted a freestyle where she shouted out a bunch of female MC's and paid homage to them, including Remy, who she tagged in her caption and added a white flag emoji next to her name ... looks like Lady Luck called a truce!  

Remy liked the post and the two of them followed each other on Instagram!

Also, I DM'd with Lady Luck and asked her if they're cool now and she said, "It's a start."

Good for them!

#FreestyleFriday😜 Wanted to pay homage to every female rapper that influenced me that I can fit in 60 seconds🤣. TAG WHOEVER YOU HEAR❗️..and let them know I appreciate all they do for the culture 🙏🏽 @queenlatifah #MsMelody @darealmonielove #Boss @imroxanneshante @mclyte @brickcitybabe @darealpepa @yoyofearless @theladyofrage_ @sosobrat @foxybrown @lilkimthequeenbee @remyma 🏳️ @brooklynbabs @therealmsjade @vitababybaby @therealeve @shawty2mics @trinarockstarr @therealrahdigga @themamamiax @missymisdemeanorelliott @jackieoproblems @ms_laurynhill @lilmama @azealiabanks @hennynhoes @siya @briannaperry @iamcardib #QueenOfTheRing @nickiminaj 👑 and so many countless others! #DoItForTheCulture #SpreadLuv #RePost #TheresManyMore #OnlyHad60seconds😩 directed by @hahzy_ohmg 📽 #SheGod 👑
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TV REVIEW: The 'She's Gotta Have It' remake is a must-see + why I love the Nola Darling character

Spoilers for 'She's Gotta Have It' ahead...

I recently finished my binge of Spike Lee's new Netflix show She's Gotta Have It, which was released on Thanksgiving Day. Although I never saw the original 1986 black-and-white film, Lee's updated 10-episode TV series immediately got me hooked! One can quickly watch this show in a weekend as it only took me two days to bang out the first season. 

This show also had thee dopest soundtrack which can be played here on Spotify

Watch the official trailer for the TV series of 'She’s Gotta Have It'

About the empowering Nola Darling and why I love this character

She's Gotta Have It centers around Nola Darling (portrayed by DeWanda Wise) and her three very different lovers whom she refuses to commit to: "the polite and well-meaning" Jamie Overstreet, "the self-obsessed model" Greer Childs, and the "immature, motor-mouthed," Mars Blackmon, as they are all described. Also, from time-to-time, Nola sleeps around with a woman, Opal (whom she seems to like more than her three suitors). 

Nola refuses monogamy, describing herself as a "sex-positive, polyamorous pansexual," as she makes it clear that she's nobody's property. 

What I absolutely love about Nola is the fact that she never felt any shame about who she truly is. She's sexually free, she has it under control, and she never hides it. 

Nola was super open with the fact that she dated whomever she wanted. In fact, she told her three dudes and was upfront about everything. She set her rules in place, laid them out on the table, and left it up to her guys with whether or not they wanted to deal with it or not. 

You can say what you want about Nola, but her three lovers did not have to stick around and deal with her rules. Opal didn't. When Nola thought she was ready to commit to her part-time lesbian lover, Opal shot her down because she couldn't get on-board with Nola's lifestyle and knew Nola wasn't fully ready.  

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Since the release of She's Gotta Have It, social media blew up with Nola 2.0. With characters like Mary Jane from Being Mary Jane, Issa from Insecure, and Lynn from Girlfriends, you would think this generation isn't so taken back by a strong, sexually free character. I think Nola is a liberated woman. However, when I scrolled through Twitter to peep the reactions of others, I saw a bunch of tweets slut-shaming Nola and calling the character a "hoe" and a "THOT." 

While I found Nola refreshing (because she had this 'I don't give two fucks' type of attitude), many criticized the character for juggling three men so freely. If there is any one thing to criticize Nola for, it would be the fact that one of her lovers is a married man, although he likes to say his relationship is complicated and him and his wife are somewhat separated. Technically, he's married and Nola should just leave him alone all together. 

Nola lives in a gentrified Brooklyn brownstone, she's a struggling artist who can barely pay her rent on time, and she's hustling, working multiple jobs (as well as lovers) while focusing on living her dream of becoming a successful artist. Nola is woke, she smokes joints in bed, she receives orgasms on the regular, and she also teaches art to kids. She's not your goody two-shoes Clair Huxtable-type of character. She's flawed, she's young, she can't commit, she's free, she's experiencing, she makes mistakes, and she's still trying to get her life together, and that's okay. 

Nola also slacks in the friend department at times, like when she broke girl code and slept with one of her friend's ex. Not okay. Her character is far away from perfect and it's that sense of realness that I love. 

In the last episode, all of Nola's lovers meet face-to-face. And, while it's awkward at first, all three of them sort of become okay with the other one being there and they follow suit. 

Maybe I like Nola so much because I can relate to her in some ways. I too, at one point, had multiple sex partners. But, unlike Nola, I didn't have the courage to tell everyone who was involved in my life that I was seeing other people. And, sometimes when I was seeing other people, I wasn't even single. It was kinda fucked up, I know. 

I can feel some readers judging me now. Have a look at my La La Diaries series and feel free to judge me even more. 

Craziest 'She's Gotta Have It' Moment: When Shemekka's butt implants popped

Aside from Nola's lovers, she also has a trio of good friends, Clorinda, Shemekka, and Rachel. Shemekka, who is a single mom, works for a burlesque club as a server and she struggles with her physical appearance and is convinced her lack of a booty is inhibiting her ability to be a dancer. Shemekka decides to get butt injections - God knows what is getting pumped into her butt - at some back-alley, nasty looking motel and she winds up getting a botched surgery. 

I literally cringed at the scenes when the needle was going into Shemekka's butt as I knew she was making a huge mistake. Then, she got an infection and winded up in the hospital.

I'm glad Spike Lee and his writers decided to touch base on this because there are many young girls and women out there who are going through this and some are dying from these botched surgeries. I can't believe women subject themselves to this in real life. It's sad. 

Hopefully there's a second season where we can see more of Nola's friends and also see how Shemekka is dealing with the after effects of her surgery after her butt implants popped. 

Favorite character: Mars Blackmon

She’s Gotta Have It
Nola and Mars 

Mars (played by Anthony Ramos) was my absolute favorite out of all of Nola's men. His character definitely stole the show. Although Mars is a bit immature, he constantly has Nola's back. Even when Nola was being a jerk and at times it seemed like she didn't deserve Mars, he was always there for her and she could count on him. Mars hustled for her and often times called Nola his girl. He even prayed for her and her success, ya'll! 

Overall, this series is a much watch! The show is a beautiful portrayal of a carefree black woman who is still trying to figure it out. Hell, most of us in our thirties are still trying to get our lives together!

Check out She’s Gotta Have It, available to stream on Netflix now.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dafuq?! This Iranian teen had 50 surgeries to look like Angelina Jolie

An Iranian teenager reportedly underwent 50 surgeries within a span of a few months to look like her idol, actress Angelina Jolie. 

Before the surgery
Sahar Tabar is supposedly Angelina's biggest fan and will do anything to look like her. The 19-year-old also went on an extreme diet to maintain her small figure. 

Peep photos of Tabar's transformation below:

(Photos via Instagram: @sahatabar_official)

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Cam'ron talks Mase beef, says he once found a dildo on his sink (video)

Cam'ron visited the Breakfast Club this morning to clear the air on his ongoing feud/beef with rapper Mase. 

"I've never dissed Mase in my life," says Cam'ron. "I don't mess with Mase no more, cause me personally I just go by a different standard than people. Once you start playin' with God and start taking people's money, and say rap is the devil then come back and rap cause you ain't got no money, I just can't pump with you. I'm not sayin' I'm the most religious guy in the world, but I don't play with you when you play with God. There was a time when he was like 'yo, you know Deacons is gettin' that money.' I was like it's over. I can't really mess with you."

The Dipset rapper insisted Mase provided misleading content on his diss song "The Oracle" and he also told the story about a time he found a dildo on Mase's bathroom sink.

Check out the full interview below:


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