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Kenya Moore refrains from Israeli military self-defense tactics

Kenya Moore Issues Statement on RHOA Reunion Fight with Porsha Stewart

If you caught last night’s reunion special for The Real Hoodwives Housewives of Atlanta, then I’m sure you saw Kenya Moore get dragged all up and down crazy town by little Miss Porsha Stewart. (Who just turned herself in for battery charges this past Thursday, and who, might I add, took what has to be the most glamorous mugshot in the history of head-bustin’.) Well, since the cat’s out the bag (and the tracks are on the floor), Miss USA decided to release a statement through her publicist defending the decision to have her opponent jailed.

Moore pinpoints the discipline she used to restrain from unleashing her lethal military training (umm…), claiming she chose the high road for the sake of little girls all over the world who deem her a role model. We should all take heed to Moore’s advice and never let someone get us angry to the point of laying hands—or snatching wigs. Stop the violence.

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(Moore’s statement in full, sent directly to EBONY.com: “During the taping of the Reunion Episode for the Real Housewives of Atlanta, I was violently attacked by Porsha Williams. The episode, which aired tonight, Sunday, April 20, 2014, was taped in front of an audience of over 50 people, which included cast, crew, guests and executives, who served as witnesses. I called 911 to report the incident. The Atlanta police conducted an independent investigation, which included viewing the raw footage of the incident. As a result, Porsha Williams was charged with battery. The authorities will decide her fate, not me.

“There are many inflammatory statements made by cast members to and about each other particularly during the reunion tapings. Many have made untrue, denigrating, disparaging, and inflammatory statements against me in an attempt to provoke me, but I have never reacted in a violent way. My intellect and my brain are my most powerful weapons—not my fists. If people get so angry that they lose control and admittedly ‘black out’ and resort to violence, those persons must be held responsible for their actions. Being a cast member on a reality show does not absolve people of their rights.

“After being repeatedly attacked by an abusive boyfriend at the age of 17, if someone puts their hands on me, I will not just let it go. With that said, I sought self-defense training developed for the Israeli military. I’ve also been trained in weapons. I can take someone down in three moves. It took discipline for me not to respond in kind. As violent responses escalate, they can quickly result in severe injury or even death.   

“Being the second Black woman to be crowned Miss USA, there are little girls who look up to me. I would never want those girls, my nieces, or my future children to see me fighting anyone. That’s the lesson we should all want to send, especially to young people—that no matter how angry someone makes you feel by what they say to or about you, violence is never an option. #stoptheviolence”)

Lauryn Hill Performs with Nas, Pharrell Brings Out More Surprises at Coachella

Nas celebrated the 20th anniversary of his classic Illmatic LP at Coachella with the help of a few legends. Damian Marley breezed through for a few songs. And the hip-hop goddess herself Lauryn Hill slayed the stage performing The Fugees’ timeless “Ready or Not,” and aiding Nasir with “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” before making her royal exit.

God’s son wasn't the only one bringing out vets for his set though. Pharrell called on his boys Busta Rhymes (yet again), T.I., Jay Z and Usher to put on a special show for his audience. (Oh yeah, and Pusha T came out for “Grindin’.”) OutKast also performed a second—and much better—time around with Joi as a special guest. What a great second week it was for hip-hop heads at Coachella.

Read it at Rap-Up, Billboard and Global Grind.

Funkmaster Flex Calls Out 2 Chainz for Delivering the Worst Freestyle on His Show

Funkmaster Flex may have dropped a few bombs on 2 Chainz’s rhyming segment during his show a couple years ago. But obviously the meaning of Flex’s famed bombs no longer signify hot bars, because he just revealed that Mr. Promethazine had the worst freestyle in the history of the Funkmaster Flex show!

The revelation came during an interview with ESPN2’s Highly Questionable, and although he hesitated, Hot 97’s veteran DJ was forced to give up Tity Boi’s name when prompted to unveil which rapper had the weakest performance on his hip-hop radio show. Flex tried to clean it up by saying he caught the syrup-sipping non-spitter by surprise when he asked him to rhyme off the riff, therefore he was ill-prepared. (Hmm.) Maybe someone needs to remind Flex about the definition of “freestyle.”

Read it at XXL.