Mo’nique: ‘Be Humble Sit Down’

Oscar award winning actress Mo’nique had a few choice words for Lee Daniel, Tyler Perry, and Queen Oprah Winfrey. So let me rewind and give you some background history.

In 2010, Mo’Nique won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Precious. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she shared that Hollywood began to blackball her because she remained steadfast on attaining her worth as a highly successful actress.

“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago,” she said. “And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ And I said, ‘I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.’ And I said, ‘Well, what game is that?’ And he gave me no response. The next thing he said to me was, ‘ Your husband is outbidding you.’ But he never asked me what [salary] we were asking for. Your know, my husband [actor and producer Sidney Hicks] and I had to change things so we wouldn’t have to depend on [others]. So we do it independently.”

Over Mother’s Day weekend Mo’nique had a few choice words for Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry and even Queen Oprah Winfrey.

During a Mother’s Day comedy show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Oscar-winning star of “Precious” went off on three of Hollywood’s biggest names accusing them of “white-balling” her.

“So no I was not blackballed, I was white-balled by some black d—-s who have no balls,” said Mo’Nique during her show. “Thank you Mr. Lee Daniels, thank you Mr. Tyler Perry, thank you Ms. Oprah Winfrey.

The whole time I was watching this video I kept thinking about Kendrick Lamar’s new song “Be Humble, Sit Sown.” Those are my words of advise for Mo’nique. Keep it classy and keep it moving.

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How Motherhood changed me for the better.

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Mother’s Day was yesterday and it put me in a reflective mood. I became a mother at the tender age of 21.  My son came two months after a devastating family loss. He brought great joy to his father and myself. My oldest son made me want to be a good parent. I chose to go back to college and earn my bachelor’s degree.  I then went on to earn my graduate degree. My oldest son is now 20 and is a sophomore student in college. Where does the time go. I gave birth to my second son when I was 30 years old. He benefited from having a more wise, financially stable, and educated parents. My second son is one of the kindest people I know.

Motherhood is challenging. Especially when you are a working mother sometimes their is guilt especially when I am thinking too much about work. However my career and job bring me a great immense of joy. I have learned that pursuing my dream is good motherhood. I try to be as present as I can be when I’m at home. Turning off my cell phone. Checking in to see how their day went. Every day I work hard to try to be the best mother and person I know how to be. I have learned from my children patience, unconditional love, resilience. Yesterday my feelings of gratitude grew stronger  because to be a mother is such a special gift and honor.

As I think about my own mother and all the sacrifices that she made to provide me with a good life. To be able to still spend time with my mother laughing, gossiping, crying is such a joy. Many of my close girlfriends have loss their mother’s over the years. They have all stated how devastating it is to lose your mother. I cant imagine the pain they must feel.

I have  been a parent for twenty years, and I can’t imagine my life without my children! Parenting is both the hardest and most amazing job I have ever had. When you’re a mom, there is no such thing as a day off, and yes, exhaustion becomes your new normal. But you just figure it out!

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Kevin Hart: Third time is a charm!

A huge congratulations are in order to Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish who are expecting their first child together.  The comedian and his wife Eniko Parrish announced over the weekend that they are expecting their first child together—Kevin’s third.  Hart has two children from his previous marriage to Torrei Hart. Eniko took to Instagram on Mother’s Day to announce the big news and even revealed the sex of the child, writing, “I am so ready for our next chapter… Overjoyed! it’s been an amazing experience thus far and I can’t wait for what’s to come.. thank u guys for all of your well wishes. Happy Mother-to-be Day to me! P.S. It’s a boy, straight chillin’ already.”

Hart also covers the June 2017 issue of Essence magazine. Pick up you copy on Friday 5/19.

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Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliot!

I was so excited to see Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliot on the June 2017 cover of Elle Magazine. Missy Elliot is a brilliant artist, writer, fashionista, and producer.

The 45-year-old covers Elle‘s June Women in Music issue and candidly talks about what it took to “build a legacy.” She says:

“One thing I won’t do is compromise. I will never do something based on what everybody else is telling me to do. And have to kick myself in the ass every night. Nah… I wouldn’t want to do something just to fit in. Because I never fit in.”

While not fitting the stereotypical mold of what a female rapper looks like, Missy’s style is just as vibrant, bold, and beautiful. So it’s no surprise that Elle and Marc Jacobs (whose fall/winter 2017 designs set off the entertainer on the magazine cover) are inspired by her tenacity and grace.

 Missy, thank you for being a inspiration to a generation of women and for teaching us that nothing looks better than being the very best version of yourself.

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Phaedra Parks allegedly fired from ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

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Phaedra Parks the queen of shade and alternative facts has been reportedly fired from Real Housewives of Atlanta. When I first started watching RHOA it was fun and lighthearted. None of the other housewives franchises can read and throw shade like the Atlanta housewives could. However over the last few seasons the show has taken on a dark mean spirited turn. Seeing black women hurl insults and degrade each other is not funny. It’s just plain sad. I was so disgusted by the turn of events this season that I think I am done with all of this foolishness. Phaedra straight up lied on Kandi. You can tell Kandi was genuinely hurt by Phaedra action.

According to E! News, Phaedra Parks will not be returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The news comes after the shocking revelation during the four-part reunion special that Parks was the one to start the rumor that Kandi Burruss and her husband, Todd Tucker, had planned to drug and rape fellow housewife Porsha Williams.

After the reveal, the other women were clearly shocked, with Cynthia Bailey saying, “All the years I’ve done the show, this is some crazy s–t right here.”

Even Andy Cohen, the host, could only say, “I’m shocked.”

Phaedra may have lied herself outta her coins. What you think Culture Keepers?

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Could this woman have been our former First Lady???????

New Book Claims Barack Obama Proposed Twice to Another Woman Before Michelle.

A new biography on former president Barack Obama claims that he twice proposed marriage to a woman he was dating before Michelle.

David Garrow, author of the new book, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” identifies the woman as Sheila Miyoshi Jager, who met the budding politician in the mid-’80s when he was a community organizer in Chicago.

In the book author David J. Garrow, spotlight  Obama’s relationship with Sheila Miyoshi Jager when he was living in Chicago in his early 20s.

She was of Dutch and Japanese ancestry and, like Obama’s distant mother, also studied anthropology.

Although the couple were a natural fit, Jager told Garrow that their life together felt isolating – “an island unto ourselves” in which Obama would “compartmentalise his work and home life.”

At the time, Obama was a community organizer who tried to write fiction in his free time, but he already believed he would one day become president of the United States, and Jager was one the few people he told of his ambitions.

She quickly realized he had “a deep-seated need to be loved and admired.”

As the relationship progressed, they started discussing marriage. “In the winter of ‘86, when we visited my parents, he asked me to marry him,” she told Garrow.

Ironically, Jager’s parents were opposed to the union due to concerns over Obama’s professional prospects and because they thought she was too young. She told Barack “not yet,” but they didn’t split up.

But Jager believes Obama changed around the age of 25 in 1987: “He became… so very ambitious very suddenly,” she told Garrow.

“I remember very clearly when this transformation happened, and I remember very specifically that by 1987, about a year into our relationship, he already had his sights on becoming president.”

However, Obama believed that to fulfill his political destiny, he needed to “fully identify as African American.” Garrow explains that as a black politician in Chicago, having a non-African-American spouse could hinder your prospects.

This put pressure on Jager and Obama’s relationship and they suddenly found themselves arguing about race and politics all the time. The “resolution of his black identity was directly linked to his decision to pursue a political career,” she said.

Of course, it wasn’t as if Obama didn’t care for his girlfriend at all – he did – but he “felt trapped between the woman he loved and the destiny he knew was his.”

By the time Obama was about to leave Chicago to go to Harvard Law School the relationship was falling apart, but that didn’t stop him asking Jager to go to Harvard with him and get married – never mind the fact that she was going off on a research trip to Seoul.

Jager thinks this proposal was mostly “out of a sense of desperation over our eventual parting and not in any real faith in our future.” The couple went their separate ways.

After his first year of law school, Obama met Michelle Robinson at the law firm where she worked and he was a summer associate. They soon found themselves in a serious relationship.

However, Jager was not completely out of the picture as she was soon to arrive at Harvard on a teaching fellowship.

“Barack and [Jager] had continued to see each other irregularly throughout the 1990-91 academic year, notwithstanding the deepening of Barack’s relationship with Michelle Robinson,” Garrow writes. But Jager admitted she felt bad about it.

After Barack and Michelle got married, however, his relationship with Jager became no more than the very occasion letter or phone call, only when there were serious things to discuss.

Although Jager and Obama’s relationship came during a formative time in the future president’s life, it’s his marriage with Michelle that saw him through his years in the biggest job on the planet.

This book is spilling a lot of tea. Culture Keepers what do you think?

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Self Care Tuesday: Sleep


Getting proper rest is key to self-care and well being. Unfortunately, I am a commuter and I wake up at 4:30am. At times I don’t always practice what I preach. By nature I am a night owl. I have to train myself to go to bed early, however when I don’t get enough sleep it impact the way I show up with people I am committed to serving. When you don’t get enough sleep you put yourself at risk health wise.

Individuals exhibiting normal sleep patterns will generally sleep 7-8 hours per night. Numerous studies indicate that individuals who routinely experience fewer than 6 hours of sleep per night, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, often suffer physiological and emotional consequences, including:

  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Memory loss

So tonight turn off that television early and get a good night of sleep.

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Blac Chyna and Tyga getting back together?

Have these two pulled off the ultimate scheme? Blac Chyna and baby daddy Tyga sparked rumors that they’re getting back together on Sunday, April 30, when they were spotted partying at the same club in Miami. According to Hollywood Life they may find their way back into each other arms. What do you think Culture Keepers:

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Nite and Day 2.0: Al B. Sure and biological son Quincy Sure Combs mend fences with new song!

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It appears that Al B. Sure and his son Quincy Combs has mended their relationship.

Quincy who was raised by his biological mom Kim Porter and her ex-boyfriend Sean “Diddy” Combs, just released the video for his new song, “I Can Tell You (Nite and Day 2.0).” The track updates his father’s classic 1988 hit, “Nite & Day.”

Via TMZ:

It’s a big step in their relationship. If you recall … Quincy penned an open letter years ago praising Diddy for always being there when Al wasn’t. At the time, Quincy said he always wondered about Al — “Where he was? What was he doing? and most importantly, Was he even thinking about me?”

We’re told things have slowly gotten better since then. Al and Quincy have been going out to dinners and their relationship is the best it’s ever been.

Click on link to check out the video  below:

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