[THIS HAPPENED]
Kelly Airs “Dirty Laundry,” Kanye Goes Kanye

[THIS HAPPENED]
Kelly Airs "Dirty Laundry," Kanye Goes Kanye

Our weekly look at the highs and lows, stunts and shows in Black pop culture

by Michael Arceneaux, May 17, 2013

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[THIS HAPPENED]
Kelly Airs “Dirty Laundry,” Kanye Goes Kanye

Kelly Rowland, Rihanna and Zoe Saldana

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a rumor about Kanye West being gay, but here we are. According to In Touch, Kim Kardashian felt humiliated at the Met Gala, but not because she was rocking couture from the Haus of Mrs. Doubtfire. The gossip rage says "Kim's humiliation ran much deeper than jabs about a gown. Some online commenters speculated Kanye, 35, is in a romantic relationship with the man who designed her controversial dress, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci."

And then: "There are some facts Kim can't deny. Kanye has spent her entire pregnancy living close to Riccardo in the French capital — 5,600 miles away from his girlfriend. And Riccardo recently purchased an apartment less than half a mile from Kanye's in NYC's Soho neighborhood. Kanye is obsessed with Riccardo. They have a very deep bond." 

I don’t believe this, but I’m sure plenty of people will tag this as reason number 1061 KimYe won’t last. [Grantland]

In related Kanye news, he had another rant. I know, you’re shocked.

The father of Kim Kardashian’s first child said: “One thing about me, I'm the worst kinda … celebrity because all I do is make real music. All I do is sit in the studio and make real, real (bleep). And that's it. That's motherf**ing it. … So I don't want nobody trying to run up on me with no cameras, trying to sell pictures and sh– to magazines, asking me no dumbass questions, throwing me off of my focus …" he continued. "Harassing you all (bleeping) day. I ain't no f**king celebrity." [Miss Jia]

Kelly Rowland’s former fiancé has a message for the Twitterverse: I didn’t beat up Destiny’s second favorite child. In the revealing new single “Dirty Laundry,” Kelly offers a candid account of the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of an ex. He wrote via the Twitter: “So Kelly has a new song. Called #DirtyLaundry.. & what ever she's saying in it ppl thinks it's me. #wow #imnottheonlypersonshedated #wasntme[Roy Williams]

Nick Cannon is ending his weekly syndicated radio show on June 8, writing in a statement: “I've made the difficult decision to step away from my on air duties in radio in order to have the time to dedicate to (my production company) NCredible Entertainment and the various projects that I have on my plate in film, TV, retail and a new album. It is my plan to return to radio and my listeners very soon through my music."

I wish with him until he said music. [Rhymes With Snitch]

Floyd Mayweather’s fiancé is rumored to be cheating on the boxer with Vivica Fox’s ex, club promoter Omar Slim. One source claims “Mayweather found out that Shantel had a cell phone, just to call Omar, and that the two were exchanging crotch/vagina photos.” Well alright now. [Mommy’s Little Secret]

Wade Robson appeared on the Today show to discuss allegations that Michael Jackson molested him as a young boy. He denied it was a “case of repressed memory,” explaining that "I never forgot one moment of what Michael did to me, but I was psychologically and emotionally completely unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse."

As for the charge that he’s only doing this to get money, which he really petitioned the pop star’s estate for and cited sexual abuse: "I've lived in silence and denial for 22 years, and I can't spend another moment in that. In order to truly heal I have to speak my truth and speak the whole truth. That's one thing you'll never see from me. I'm never going to go away with this for the sake of money. I'm never going to be silenced for money. That's not going to happen." [Today]

Mo’Nique regrets telling the world that she and her husband enjoyed an opening marriage. Speaking with Hot 97, the Oscar-winner explains: “My ego got in the way. I thought I was saying to women, ‘You can have your cake and eat it too girl cause I can do this.’ And it backfired. It backfired in a way that they thought well, ‘Oh since he’s so good looking and Mo’Nique’s fat, she’s just going to let this man do anything and run all over on top of her…I didn’t realize the king I had. I was just being old Mo’Nique and having my old ways.” [Hot 97]

Co-executive producer of Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, Carlos King has a theory as to why the original series has taken a tumble in the ratings: “The [Atlanta] cast are way more interesting than the cast of ‘Love & Hip Hop New York.’ I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t a fan of ‘Love & Hip Hop New York’ this past season. But I was a fan of the first two seasons of ‘Love & Hip Hop New York’ because you had compelling characters who were so honest and so interesting  you had Chrissy who is this strong individual who has an opinion and she’s not afraid to express her opinion. And she loves this man who she sometimes questions. Chrissy you’re a beautiful girl, you could have anybody you want to but she loves this man.” [Baller Alert]

Despite rumors that Rihanna was dating J.R. Smith, the pop star denied such stories as only she can. Taking to Instagram to respond to someone blaming her for J.R.’s poor performance on the court, Rih-Rih wrote: “f**k you and your wack ass team!! Nobody dont want that desert thirsty n***a!! He f**kin up cus his ass be hungover from clubbing everynight during playoffs! So your issue with rasshole me” [Jocks and Stiletto Jill]

Zoe Saldana's kicking that post-racial stuff again, y'all: “I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed everyday. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and be anything that I ever wanted to do…and every human being is the same as you. So to all of a sudden leave your household and have people always ask you, “What are you, what are you” is the most uncomfortable question and it’s literally the most repetitive question. I can’t wait to be in a world where people are sized by their soul and how much they can contribute as individuals and not what they look like.”

She went on to complain about labels like ethnic and bisexual. In response, I’d like to quote Kerry Washington: “I’m not interested in sort of living in a world where my race is not a part of who I am. I am interested in living in a world where our races, no matter what they are, don’t define our trajectory in life.” [Necole Bitchie]

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick

 
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