Michael Arceneaux, EBONY.com contributor and Master of Shade, calls out five of his biggest gripes from the past week. Rejoice and be read. Follow Michael @youngsinick.


1. Was It ‘The Game” Or Your Attitude, Beloved?: In an upcoming essay for The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique reveals that Lee Daniels told her that she been “blackballed” by Hollywood for “not playing the game.” The game in question would be her notorious refusal to campaign for the Oscars. You know, when she was allegedly trying to charge for interviews, which really didn’t matter because for all that apparent pushback she got, she won the award anyway.

Now, I don’t want to speak against someone’s truth, but something in the milk ain’t clean. Like, if Hollywood studios “blackballed” you, what’s the deal with the late night talk show you had with BET or that afternoon radio show that aired on Radio One stations across the country at one point?

Thankfully, the Black Auntie of Daytime, Wendy Williams repeated what others and I have long heard on her show: Mo’Nique is allegedly not the nicest person behind the scenes. Should politics matter as much as they do? No, but we operate in the world as it is not necessarily how we think it should be. But good luck and God bless on the comeback trail, sis!

P.S. You owe Black woman an apology for telling The View that Black women don’t shave their legs. You ignored, Nair, Mo’Nique, not my mama, sister, and my homegirls.

2. Good Riddance, Aussie: Iggy Azalea has left Twitter, and let her and select media outlets tell it, it’s because of “online bullies” talking about her cellulite. Should those random strangers be worried about their own love handles? Damn straight, but Iggy is leaving because after a year of beefing with Azealia Banks and Papa John’s online plus responding to every single person who she feels has ever slighted her (including Steve Madden, who cut her a check not long ago), someone on her time finally told her to shut up. However, let’s talk about Iggy’s claim that, “The Internet is the ugliest reflection of man kind there is.”

Okay, the Internet is also the only reason you have ever mattered not to mention your timeline over the years includes some of the very comments you now claim chased you off social media. Goodbye, audible Blackface. Feel free to never return.

3. GET A JOB, LAZY BROWN FAMILY MEMBERS: As Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in coma, some of her kinfolk are reportedly asking for “thousands of dollars in payment, plus other perks like car services and hotel stays, to do press interviews.” You greedy, lazy, exploitative, tacky somebodies have all got to come together as a unit and fall through a trap door. This does not include the Kang of R&B, of course. Bobby Brown would never behave in such a way, and as a result, I urge you to consider supporting his new venture, selling BBQ sauce and fried chicken mix. I’ve bought it before, this is an endorsement.

4. Beyoncé, Untouched: On one end, I understand why people feel the rush to view celebrities pre-Adobe makeover. We are all bombarded with this idea of maintaining perfection, so whenever someone like the goddess from Houston, Texas looks human, you want to see that to feel better about your own flaws. That said, as a founding and high level member of the #Beyhive, I wish nothing but dry chicken, burnt biscuits, cold red beans and rice, and cement-hard vegan chocolate chip cookies for whoever leaked these pictures. The same goes for the person running a Beyoncé fan site that had the nerve to break Our Lady of Creole Excellence’s trust. Shame on you, heathen. The intent to leak the pictures was ugly so let’s not pretend otherwise. And really, she’s still Beyoncé and you could never, so enjoy those few seconds of encouragement, lessers.

5. Whatever, Yeezy: In his Style.com interview, Kanye West revealed that some of his fashion industry friends turned on him after he started dating Kim Kardashian.

“But as soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars,” he explained. “And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it to me.”

So the fashion industry is full of people who pride themselves on exclusivity and outright snobbery. Needless to say, why is he surprised that a bunch of his fake elitist friends didn’t like him dating a basic cable reality star who used to wear nothing but those stretchy dresses before they hooked up (officially anyway).

Meanwhile, Kanye also said of the high fashion industry: “It was about separation and I think high fashion is about elitism and separation, and I am completely opposed to that …”

Hahahahahaha. What a difference a year makes.