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Loss of a Legend…Civil Rights Icon & Comedian, Dick Gregory, Has Passed…

Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

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“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

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Dick Gregory was a pioneer in the comedic realm, becoming the first Black comedian to perform regularly in front of White audiences. His act consisted of social satires on racism and societal ills that hit all too close to home.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Dick used his platform and reach to not only make audiences laugh, but fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. His autobiography entitled Nigger, details the pain, heartache, and triumph he and his wife endured during these trying times. It truly goes without saying that Mr. Gregory was a legend among legends right up there with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Bayard Rusting. We love and already miss you Mr. Gregory and the fight for equality and justice will carry on–FOREVER!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

Dick Gregory dead

Dick Gregory was a pioneer in the comedic realm, becoming the first Black comedian to perform regularly in front of White audiences. His act consisted of social satires on racism and societal ills that hit all too close to home.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Dick used his platform and reach to not only make audiences laugh, but fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. His autobiography entitled Nigger, details the pain, heartache, and triumph he and his wife endured during these trying times. It truly goes without saying that Mr. Gregory was a legend among legends right up there with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Bayard Rusting. We love and already miss you Mr. Gregory and the fight for equality and justice will carry on–FOREVER!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Beyonce’s “Black Is King” is a Fashion Smash!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King, which is meant to be the yin to The Lion King album’s yang!

As much as I love and adore Queen B, my old bones didn’t allow me to stay awake til 3 am to watch the premiere, however, I was able to catch it the next day which is all that matters, so don’t judge.  Now when you love fashion as much as I do you’ll often get lost in the wardrobe so bad that they will haunt your dreams at night. Black Is King was no exception as it was chocked full of amazing fashions that seduced and satisfied my craving for beauty. Whether it was big designers like Balmain and Mugler or the local African designers like 5:31 Jerome, she kept it sexy and classy. That being said, I had to list some of my favorite looks.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King, which is meant to be the yin to The Lion King album’s yang!

As much as I love and adore Queen B, my old bones didn’t allow me to stay awake til 3 am to watch the premiere, however, I was able to catch it the next day which is all that matters, so don’t judge.  Now when you love fashion as much as I do you’ll often get lost in the wardrobe so bad that they will haunt your dreams at night. Black Is King was no exception as it was chocked full of amazing fashions that seduced and satisfied my craving for beauty. Whether it was big designers like Balmain and Mugler or the local African designers like 5:31 Jerome, she kept it sexy and classy. That being said, I had to list some of my favorite looks.

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Greek designer Mary Katrantzou has never shied away from a good print.  Ever since her debut collection in 2008, fashion lovers like Anna Dello Russo have all fallen head over heels for her merchandise. Beyonce’s stylist Zerina Akers scored her this amazing number from Katrantzou’s fall 2019 collection.

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Since his days at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci has adored Beyonce. Now that he has taken his talents to Burberry, it was no surprise that Beyonce’s visual album would feature a few Burberry looks such as this one.

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Anyone who knows me knows I love me some Balmain. To my delight Beyonce donned this look from the spring 2020 collection.

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This image teased us for weeks as the world waited for the day of the premiere.  This Valentino Haute Couture creation was made especially for her by Valentino’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli.  I loooove leopard so the fact that not only are the guys covered in it, but the car is as well. That was enough for me.

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The name Loza Maleombho may not be familiar to most of you, however, that all may change after Beyonce wore this piece in Black Is King. 

One thing Beyonce has always been great at has been her innate ability to captivate her audience. Be it her powerful voice, her dance moves( which are always on point ), or her great style she always make sure everyone is talking about it for years to come.

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Just STOP! Terry Crews Makes Acronym for “C.O.O.N!”

Terry Crews has been embroiled in controversy thanks to his comments about the Black Lives Matter movement; likening it at times to promoting Black Supremacy.

In response, Black Twitter has released a number of parodies and memes on Terry Crews, some calling him an “Uncle Tom” and coon.

Terry Crews, in response to the controversy, has created his own–still offensive–acronym for coon in return, causing a new backlash from Black Twitter and proponents of Black Lives Matter.

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Terry Crews has been embroiled in controversy thanks to his comments about the Black Lives Matter movement; likening it at times to promoting Black Supremacy.

In response, Black Twitter has released a number of parodies and memes on Terry Crews, some calling him an “Uncle Tom” and coon.

Terry Crews, in response to the controversy, has created his own–still offensive–acronym for coon in return, causing a new backlash from Black Twitter and proponents of Black Lives Matter.

The tweet shown, below, has coon listed as “C.O.O.N.” or “Conquer Our Own Negativity.”

Black Twitter’s greatest comedians came for him almost immediately:

We have to say we are really disappointed with Terry. “Coon” is highly offensive word used as a racial slur against Black people. One of his fans, that he retweeted, said it best:

Terry Crews please do better or just be quiet. We would suggest he hire an excellent BLACK publicist. We can recommend a few (glances at nails).

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Draya Michele Allegedly Loses “Fenty x Savage” Endorsement Over Megan Thee Stallion Comments

They say put your money where your mouth is, but in Draya Michele’s cast her mouth might have just cost her millions in an endorsement with Rihanna’s lingerie line, “Fenty x Savage!” As you recall, Draya recently joked and made light of Megan Thee Stallion’s shooting by Tory Lanez, and this allegedly got her axed from the deal!

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They say put your money where your mouth is, but in Draya Michele’s cast her mouth might have just cost her millions in an endorsement with Rihanna’s lingerie line, “Fenty x Savage!” As you recall, Draya recently joked and made light of Megan Thee Stallion’s shooting by Tory Lanez, and this allegedly got her axed from the deal!

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Today, the internet speculated that Michele lost her Savage x Fenty endorsement in result of an internet blow up last week when the model made comments about Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez. ” I want you to like me so much you shoot me in the foot,” Michele jokingly said during an interview. This comment did not sit well with the internet as many jumped to Megan’s defense as well as the rapper tweeting her own personal response to Michele. “…Who tf jokes about getting shot…”

After Michele began to catch heat, she quickly apologized through social media, however this week, the consequences aren’t over. Earlier today, rumors began to fly on Twitter that the model has been dropped by Rihanna’s lingerie label Fenty x Savage. The sultry line has a stacked ambassador list including Megan Thee Stallion, which would ultimately serve as a conflict of interest.

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Naturally, Black Twitter pointed to her comments’ being the reason she was let go and followed suit via social media with their sleuthing.

Also, and naturally again, the internet has its own comedic responses to these allegations.

We feel Fenty made the right decision to part ways with Draya–if this happened–and her comments on Megan were the reason. Rihanna is the owner of this company and brand, and a domestic violence survivor herself. Nothing Draya Michele said was funny, especially when women are dying every day in domestic violence disputes–three daily on average!

We are sure Draya will get picked up by another brand soon, but this should teach her that some things do not deserve commentary and can be costly to her.

 

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