Not The One: Solange Snaps Off On Hater Who Was Mad Her Son Speaks French
Solange loves her kid.
Recently, the singer, DJ and fashion muse posted a video of her son giving a speech at his fifth grade graduation–in French. #Fancy
Now, while most folks were giving love, one “fan,” Ryce_S wrote in the comments section, “What was the point of him learning and speaking French? Is French going to get him into heaven? Is French in his history? Is he French? Guide him to study African history, culture, language etc. and The Bible! His history! That’s what is important.”
She went on to say, “Stop raising our black little boys to be Euro men.”
Gurl bye. Well Solange clapped all the way back reminding this woman that Black folks from the Diaspora speak all kinds of language including French.
“It would literally be too long a post to respond here. We’d have to get into euro standards of how we are both wearing our hair (girl, I love a good weave and blue eye shadow too,” she responded. “But what I will say is one of the key factors in making a decision on whether to embark on the French Immersion journey, was actually made with the hopes of him being able to travel to many countries in Africa and connect, experience and learn. He has since been able to use that line of communication in Senegal, Rwanda and Morocco…” she added.
BLOOP. Folks are gonna learn one of these days.
The Weeknd Cancels Appearance On Jimmy Kimmel Because Of Donald Trump
Singer The Weeknd will not share the same space as GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump–he and rapper Belly canceled their Wednesday recorded appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
According to the Associated Press, Belly said they canceled because they didn’t want to share a stage with Trump and disagrees with the reality star turned politician’s beliefs.
“I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world — from religion to race,” Belly said in a statement. “I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that majority of us don’t agree with.”
He added, “I’m here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music. I create songs people go to sleep and wake up to, songs that they fall in love to. For me, being Muslim and being somebody that appreciates my access here in America, I love the fact that I’m able to be here. To play my part in this business is a privilege and a beautiful thing. The fact that I could lose that ability through the actions of someone such as Donald Trump isn’t right to me. At all.”
That’s what you call sticking up for what you believe.
The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira’s Advice to Young Female Writers: ‘Go Where You Are Loved’
Tony-nominated playwright (Eclipsed) and badass Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira recently talked to Harpers Bazaar. about diversity in Hollywood (and Broadway) and shelled out some pretty sound advice for young writers of color.
On being a “minority” storyteller:
“I never consider myself a minority. I see people who look like me in Barbados, in Trinidad, in Haiti, in London, and in Brooklyn. So I don’t know what the heck anyone means when they call me a ‘minority’,” she says. “There’s something about that word to me. It just minimalizes people.” She also questions the existence of “minority stories,” instead pointing to the universal appeal of a story told well—and honestly. “If a story is telling a truth, then why shouldn’t it affect everybody?” she asks. “I’ve been affected by [the work of] white men before. Why can’t black women on stage tell stories that can affect white men in the audience?”
Her advice for young women writers:
“Have a vision. Identify your outreach. The lack that is unjustifiable in what narratives are yet to be told. Embrace that burden on your heart to get that story to be told. That burden is a blessing. Then get to work. No excuses. No one in the world can do what you can do. Tell the story the way you only can tell it, so don’t deprive the world of your uniqueness.
This is a big one: Go where you are loved. How many times did I have to learn that? And how often do I meet young other writers who speak about how this avenue and this artistic director and this agent didn’t see something through, didn’t respond the way they hoped and desired.”