A few days ago, R&B veteran Eric Benet posted a photo on his Instagram profile, which read: “If all you rap about is “killing black people,” “degrading black women,” “abusing drugs,” “materialization,” and “living a low life” – you are not an artist, you are a black face for white supremacy. You are being used to help destroy your own people.”
The post generated opinions from many fans, some who agree and some who don’t. Rapper Fat Joe gave his two cents after a TMZ cameraman asked him to comment on the post by Benet.
“That’s his opinion. I view music as entertainment, man. It’s just entertainment,” Joe says in the below video. “We have different rappers with different messages. It’s all entertainment. If you’re gonna go and you’re gonna live your life behind a rap song, then you’re the fool. …We make gangsta rap people go work out to. People in the Army, Navy, fighting wars, they get hype to our shit.”
Joe also added, “I don’t know what he’s talking about. It’s a shame. I love Eric Benét.”
Rapper Wale also commented on the post, insisting, “Hip-hop always had an affinity for material things,” he wrote in TSR’s comments. “It’s a part of the very fabric (no pun) but does not define the players IN said genre.”
A new day, a new chapter in the everlasting drama between Tinashe, her ex-boyfriend Ben Simmons, and his new girlfriend Kendall Jenner (who he might have gotten together with while he was still with Tinashe). Kendall, for one, is apparently “annoyed” by the whole thing.
TMZ caught up with Tinashe outside a club in Los Angeles and asked her what she thinks of Ben’s plan to hire more security because he thinks she’s stalking him, and she reacted simply by laughing in the reporter’s face. Tinashe didn’t do much other than laugh during this interview with TMZ, which, to be fair, seems like a pretty chill response for someone accused of stalking. Tinashe has said previously that she is “done” dating basketball players after this whole mess with Ben, but if reports are true, she did appear to enjoy at least part of the drama surrounding his new relationship with Kendall. The three found themselves at the same club earlier this month, and TMZ caught TInashe just as she was leaving. The reporter asked how she felt seeing him, and she replied by saying he had been texting her the whole time he’d been in there with Kendall. That was big news for gossip lovers online for a few hours, but soon Ben’s camp denied the rumors, with TMZ reporting that Tinashe admitted she lied about the texts. It was this texting ordeal that triggered reports about Ben’s wish to beef up his own security.
Whatever happens next—and judging by the amount of news generated by these three so far, something will definitely happen—one thing is for sure: TMZ will be right there filming it.
When Acura was putting together its casting call for actors to star in their 2012 Super Bowl commercial alongside Jerry Seinfeld, they had some interesting requirements —specifically, a not “too dark” rule. Dug up by TMZ, the ‘brown paper bag’ casting sheet also wanted the man to look, “nice looking and friendly.”
Immediately, the Japan-based company apologized saying, “We made our selection based on the fact that he [the Black actor cast] was the most talented actor. We are taking appropriate measures to ensure that such a language is not used again in association with any work performed on behalf of our brand.” In a nutshell: someone’s getting the boot. The casting company hired by Acura declined to comment.
Read it at New York Daily News.
According to TMZ, two African American men—Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks—will be filing suit against the creators of the TV dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette citing racist casting practices. After turning up at a casting for the show, Johnson and Claybrooks allege they were both taken aside and asked why they were there. The pair also claims they were left out of the normal auditioning process, and passed over simply because of their race. The news of this lawsuit comes just weeks after many wondered if ABC was finally ready to cast its first black bachelor. Although there is no word on whether or not the show’s newest season will include a non-white lead, many began lobbying for Lamar Hurd, a Portland-based sportscaster, to be cast in the role. TMZ reports Johnson and Claybrooks will be filing a class action lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, and are apparently suing ABC, Next Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television, and the show’s creator Mike Fleiss.