A tough week in the Wade-Union family
Both have kept it very real in the past couple of days
3:43 PMWhen Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade got married last year, they instantly became one of the biggest celebrity couples in the country. It also came with a glut of Hollywood drama, which made their nuptials feel like a scene from a made-for-TV Tyler Perry movie. There was Wade’s high school sweetheart, whom he had divorced, along with dueling tell-all books and, of course, the unforgettable “break baby” situation.
But in the past week, the realities of their lives have drastically changed their family image — a blended family with a famous baller and activist father and a mother who on Friday penned a harrowing op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about her experience with sexual assault. In it, Union discusses her difficulty in wrestling with the denouement of details from Birth of a Nation director and star Nate Parker’s past coming to light. In the film, Union plays a rape victim. For the Los Angeles Times, she points out that she does not take the allegations lightly.
“Since Nate Parker’s story was revealed to me, I have found myself in a state of stomach-churning confusion,” Union wrote. “I took this role because I related to the experience. I also wanted to give a voice to my character, who remains silent throughout the film. In her silence, she represents countless black women who have been and continue to be violated. Women without a voice, without power. Women in general. But black women in particular. I knew I could walk out of our movie and speak to the audience about what it feels like to be a survivor.”
Being a rape victim playing a rape victim in Birth of a Nation must be an impossible position. I'm glad @itsgabrielleu is talking about it.
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) September 2, 2016
Has anyone *ever* done what Gabrielle Union did, calling out their director in an award-bait film prior to opening like that? She is so rad.
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) September 2, 2016
As for Wade, in late August, his cousin Nykea Aldridge was shot and killed in Chicago, the day after he’d appeared on An Undefeated Conversation: Athletes, Responsibility and Violence, hosted by ESPN, during which he discussed how he felt his hometown of Chicago needs to curb its gun violence problem. It was a sad coda on what had hoped to be an uplifting week. And the next day, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was tweeting about it on the campaign trail.
Donald Trump using Dwayne Wade's family tragedy for his own means should not surprise you.
Remember it in November.
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) August 27, 2016
Wow Trumpy is mentioning Dwayne Wade’s cousin in his stump speech. He really knows no bounds, has no class and runs away from taste.
— Touré (@Toure) August 27, 2016
Thursday morning on Good Morning America, Wade explained how much that situation hurt him and left a bad taste in his mouth. It’s been an incredibly trying week for that family, but also one that reflects the struggles of many black Americans. It’s not all about rom-com marriage videos, courtside seats and banana boats, just because you’re famous. When pressed on issues facing the nation, the two have stepped up and been voices to be heard.
That’s one woke household.
Daily Dose: 8/31/16
Don’t question Blac Chyna’s love for Rob Kardashian
While the occurrence was expected out of Brazil, it’s still not a good development. On Wednesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was impeached, a step that does not bode well for a country with its type of problems. Of course, she’d been suspended for the past six months, but considering how tumultuous things were reputation-wise with the nation surrounding the Olympics, it’s not a good look. ABC News’ Miriam Khan has the story.
Though wrestling is not technically a sport, it still deals with issues from a workplace standpoint like everybody else. Drug abuse, discrimination, hiring practices, etc. But the topic of gay wrestlers is one of particular prominence. For lack of a better term, much of the wrestling world was built on the concept of the anti-gay athlete, ancient definitions of the concept of masculinity, etc. All that was once part and parcel with the product. VICE Sports‘ Joseph Jaafari takes a look at the LGBT community in wrestling.
Around these parts, we love Blac Chyna and always will. She came up from her gig as a video vixen and parlayed it into a seat at the dinner table in the Kardashian household, which is a huge deal if you care about being famous. But I’m not going to be the one to say that her interest in her fiancé Rob Kardashian isn’t genuine, mainly because I don’t believe that. Anyway, she helped him get out of the shadows and back into the public eye, which again is a big deal in that family.
Fred Taylor just levied a pretty big accusation against the NFL. The former Jacksonville Jaguars running back took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to blast the league for its practice when it comes to disclosing injuries to its players. He said that he recently went to the doctor and discovered three rather serious injuries that he’d never been informed of in his career. Obviously, that’s beyond unethical, but proving it is difficult. ESPN’s Mike DiRocco has the story.
Coffee Break: If you don’t listen to Desus and Mero, you need to get on that. The two New York comedians have been podcast hosts and TV personalities, but now their operation is fully weaponized. They’ve got their own show on Viceland. This is tremendous news.
Snack Time: WIRED is a fun magazine. I don’t subscribe, but I do pick it up, often. Every once and again, there’s a guest editor, which is always fun. This time, the magazine picked the president.
Dessert: Just saying, here’s a different way to look at things.
All Day Podcast: 8/30/16
A recap of The Undefeated’s town hall, Colin Kaepernick’s stand against the national anthem and the VMAs
9:41 AMAfter spending last week in Chicago for An Undefeated Conversation: Athletes, Responsibility and Violence, the All Day Podcast crew was back in action this week.
Host Clinton Yates, staff writer Justin Tinsley and senior style writer Jill Hudson convened to recap The Undefeated’s town hall meeting, discuss San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s position on the national anthem and break down last weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards.
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On the topic of An Undefeated Conversation, Justin shares what he wanted the public to take away from it, while Clinton recalls a trip he took to a barbershop on Chicago’s South Side while there for the town hall.
The conversation transitions to a discussion of Kaepernick, who has vowed to sit during the national anthem before games “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Jill questions whether or not Kaepernick would have made a comment like this a few years ago, when he was one of the faces of the league.
Last but not least, the crew talks all things VMAs. Justin’s favorite part of the show in two words: Teyana Taylor.
Give it a listen, and if you have any feedback or show ideas, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The magic of Ray J strikes again
He’s black Hollywood’s version of Forrest Gump
4:49 PMWith each passing year, we gain more respect for less interest in William Ray Norwood, Jr. With one TV role, one hit song and one sex tape, singer Brandy’s kid brother cemented himself in Hollywood for the rest of his life. Part goon, part entertainer — his whole life has been like an actual episode of the Real Husbands of Hollywood. If you’re wondering, he’s still making money off that sex tape.
But his ability to show up when crazy stuff pops off has become fascinating. There was the time that he took his radio/Twitter beef into the real world and stepped to rapper Fabolous at a show in Las Vegas. Let’s also not forget that he busted his way into Whitney Houston’s suite on the day she died, because oh, right, they were dating when that happened. Anyway, when news of a police standoff at Chris Brown’s house broke earlier Tuesday, we should have known old Ray would be involved.
The Sexy Can I singer was getting tattooed at Brown’s house (of course) when things popped off, an incident that involves a claim that he pulled a gun on a woman. Brown, who took to Instagram to post his frustration, didn’t see the purpose for all the commotion. But with his history of violence, he does not get the benefit of the doubt.
“At some point, Ray J left the house and when he got to the base of the driveway police handcuffed him and seized his BMW. They checked his ID, uncuffed him and let him go, but kept his car as evidence. He Uber-ed home,” according to TMZ.
Ray J when SWAT rolled up to Chris Brown crib pic.twitter.com/Kz0EfVE8AC
— 🇭🇹Drink More Water🇭🇹 (@BosNaud) August 30, 2016
The thought of having the presence of mind to get that order in while sliding out on the low is classic Ray J. Adding to the craziness is the fact that Brown, Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young and former NBA player Gilbert Arenas are all in the same neighborhood. Check out this video of Swaggy P telling Brown to move, all the while you can hear a police helicopter in the background.
Swaggy P tells Chris Brown to move lmao pic.twitter.com/O1DJz1JWRs
— Igor (@1IgorP) August 30, 2016
If the block is too hot for a man who gets his stuff put on the street by his fiancée, then it might be time to bounce.
Are Drake and Rihanna about to drop a project?
Or maybe they’re getting married
When Drake and Rihanna carried on in their usual way last weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards, fans of both artists speculated wildly about what was going on in their relationship. Aubrey nearly ruined her Video Vanguard Award presentation by going full sensitive, looking like he might actually pull out a ring and ask for her hand during a moment that was supposed to be about her.
There was an awkward kiss, all sorts of memes, then we all went back to our lives. But then, drakeandrihanna.com popped up. With a countdown clock. Which means it’s time for our favorite game: Reckless Speculation! First though, let’s get the details.
An All Day Investigation reveals that this domain was registered in the United Kingdom on Monday. The date at the end of the clock is Sept. 8, a Thursday. It happens to be the day between two show dates in Los Angeles on Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour. That’s 6 p.m. in Calabasas, if you’re counting. Drake’s regular and clothing sites are created through GoDaddy.com (stars, they’re just like us!). RiRi’s site is created through NetworkSolutions.com. So, this could easily be an outside job. Or an elaborate hoax to throw people off the scent, not dissimilar to Drizzy being late for the VMAs due to “traffic.”
Anyway, back to the game. The first guess, again, presuming this isn’t all a hoax, is an album. They’ve certainly made music before and they’re both at the peak of their powers from an artist’s standpoint. The other option is, of course, that the two are getting hitched. According to Entertainment Tonight, the two are now officially dating. And, again, the countdown date is between concerts in Los Angeles. That’s enough time to get to Las Vegas and back.
The larger question is which would we prefer? A union, an album or … both? This country’s two favorite non-American performers might soon make us all much happier.
Sorry guys, a source from Drake's camp says this site is fake pic.twitter.com/MsnSRfZtsh
— Genius (@Genius) August 30, 2016
Bummer. Or, brilliant?
Daily Dose: 8/30/16
Huma Abedin dumps her no-good man
One of the pillars of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is about his wall. He’s going to build it, and apparently Mexico’s going to pay for it, etc. The implication is that President Barack Obama, through his porous policies on immigration, is letting all sorts of people in the country who are either A) “stealing” jobs or B) plotting acts of terror. It’s a dangerous and irresponsible premise, but that’s a discussion for another day. Small problem with that whole construct: Obama has deported more people than any other U.S. president ever has, ABC News reports.
With the Tony Romo situation being caput in Dallas, Dak Prescott is now the starter. Not only will he be the first black man to start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys since Quincy Carter, he’s also a rookie. Starting a rookie in the NFL is just something you don’t do unless you absolutely have to, because there’s nothing that can really replicate what the league is like at game-day speed until it happens. And it almost certainly never occurs when said quarterback was the 135th pick in the draft. FiveThirtyEight’s Chase Stuart analyzes exactly how rare it really is.
Anthony Weiner just can’t get right. My man has a serious problem with sending people pictures of his body, to the chagrin of his family and at the cost of his career. Now, it’s costing him his marriage, as well. Why? Because in his latest episode, he managed to include his child in the photograph, which is just too embarrassing to stand for. If you need a refresher course on just how many allegations and pictures there were, ABC News’ J.J. Gallagher has your back. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, doesn’t have time for this foolishness.
The U.S. Open is underway in New York, and on Monday we got a great match. If you’ve been trapped in a world of only Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic for the past say, two years, you might have missed the fact that there’s an 18-year-old kid from Maryland who is a beast. Yesterday, Francis Tiafoe nearly outlasted John Isner in the first round, but it didn’t end up happening. That match was a thriller, but if you want to learn more about him, check out this feature from 2014 about where Tiafoe came from.
Coffee Break: Few things are scarier than clowns, but this story takes the cake. Apparently, somewhere in South Carolina, there is a band of clowns living in the woods, trying to lure children with candy and money. The clown factor is almost the least scary thing about the whole situation.
Snack Time: The kid who was caught imitating a doctor has been arrested again, but this time, the story’s not so funny. This young man clearly has a problem and needs someone or something to help him out with it.
Dessert: Nardwuar vs. Eric Andre. Wow.
Tina Knowles shares her thoughts on Colin Kaepernick
She’s definitely in his corner
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The people that are so offended and apppalled by Mr. Kaebernick's protest. I 'd like to know if they are as outraged by all the senseless killing of minorities, all of the racial injustices in America, that people are okay with. We turn a blind eye to it and as long as it is not affecting us personally we avoid thinking , discussing , protesting , and doing a thing about it. Here is a man that is taking a non violent stand to bring attention to this horrible problem. He is not saying he does not love or respect his country or our flag,but the flag is supposed to be a symbol of freedom , equality, and justice for all !! Is that really what the flag stands for??? He is saying that it is hard to hear the song that says " The land of the Free and the home of the brave." Because it's not true!!!!! He is truly being brave. Please support him for stepping out and taking a stand . Let's not let them ostracize him let's support him . Mr. Wade said it best "Enough is Enough" What will we do today to contribute to change no mater how small. ❤️
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has set the sports take world on fire with his comments about why he plans to sit during the national anthem before games. It’s sparked a firestorm of debate, and now, musical artist Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, has also chimed in.
The “Mr. Wade” Knowles is referring to here is Dwyane Wade, whose cousin was killed in a shooting in Chicago recently. The Chicago Bulls guard was part of the group of players who stood up before the ESPYS to speak about the police brutality problem in this country. Meanwhile, rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres of the Philadelphia Eagles is also joining in on the protest.
This entire discussion will become very interesting from a TV production standpoint, if once the regular season starts, not only more players refuse to stand, but people in the stands do, too.
Behold, the greatest Vine of 2016
Beyoncé blessed Chance The Rapper with her presence and her touch
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There are moments that are genuine in the music industry, but many more that are super fake. Award shows tend to be cauldrons for the latter, simply because there’s no real reason any of these people would be in the same room, save a paycheck. But every once and again something happens that makes you smile, laugh and squee all at the same time. The MTV Video Music Awards are typically good for OMG moments, but typically of the more shocking, quasi-offended variety.
Chance The Rapper is having a crazy summer. His Coloring Book project is doing the most, and his life is at the point where he’s wearing matching overalls and hats to public appearances. Back to the point, this interview is incredible. Let’s break things down frame by frame.
First off, there’s Meredith Graves, who clearly has no idea she’s about to be a part of history. I mean, she knows she’s with Chancelor Bennett, obviously, but the grace with which the queen just swings through and dominates the situation is borderline unreal. Peep the long approach. Appearing in a gorgeous white gown, Beyoncé’s walk alone has everyone else in the frame wondering just what she is going to do. Then, the best part is the casual look off before coming into frame, as to not *completely* photo bomb the set.
Meanwhile, Chance is getting his shoutout on, grabbing the microphone WWE-style, when Auntie Yoncé rocks his world. Seriously, look at this.
Beyoncé smiles for the camera, makes the requisite contact and moves on. Let’s take this moment to discuss Chance’s gear. First of all, the hat is tremendous. He’s been designing with the Chicago White Sox and New Era recently, so we know that he’s on point on that front. Most importantly, however, is that button. First off, who wears buttons anymore? I wouldn’t know where to buy a button if I tried, and if the place wasn’t called the internet.
The reaction afterward is perfect, and Mrs. Carter is beyond gracious. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson is cold chilling above the buckle. And the Newport definitely got smoked immediately afterward.
i set chance the rapper geeking out over beyonce to the super mario world ending and i'm glad i did pic.twitter.com/Xw59d9tYzq
— Mark (@tole_cover) August 29, 2016
Daily Dose: 8/29/16
Colin Kaepernick is not here for games
12:04 PMI’m over summer. August always feels like the longest month and it’s finally drawing to a close. In better news, I went to Trillectro this weekend. I was the oldest person there and I had zero problem with it.
Chicago is not a war zone. Chicago is exactly what you get when you segregate, defund, disrespect and disorganize people to the point of chaos. Over the weekend, after The Undefeated’s town hall conversation on the South Side in which we tried to discuss how to come up with solutions for the city’s violence issues, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot and killed while pushing a stroller. Summertime is fighting season in urban America, and if those quarrels are settled with guns, many people die. ABC News reports on the latest spike in violence for the windy city.
I thought Aubrey was going to propose to Rihanna on Sunday night. The MTV Video Music Awards were held Sunday night in New York City and it was a fun one. It’s still the best awards show out there, whether you want to admit that to yourself or not, and rapper Kanye West didn’t disappoint. He also didn’t go nuts, but showed his family love and told his fans why he’s famous. Also, Rihanna. Like, seriously. RIHANNA. Anyways, here’s the full list of winners, in case you’re the kind of person who actually cares about who wins these awards. Rihanna.
Dentists are terrifying. A buddy of mine from college is a dentist, as is a girl I crushed on in middle school. I haven’t seen them in years. Every time I have to even think about the concept of someone putting their fingers in my mouth, I sort of freak out. Luckily, I’ve never had a cavity and never had the unfortunate pleasure of someone drilling into my teeth. In the dentist world, apparently there’s a big question as to whether or not flossing actually does anything. FiveThirtyEight’s Katherine Hobson explains how to keep your kid out of that scary chair.
The Colin Kaepernick discussion has your boy genuinely hopping mad. Playing The Star-Spangled Banner before sporting events is a genuinely pointless tradition that needs to go based on the merit of entertainment, never mind politics. In case you didn’t know, that little ditty that Francis Scott Key penned from Baltimore is actually extremely racist and completely not cool. Sorry. Stay woke. Back to Kaep, the whole point of what he’s sitting down for is why people who work, fight and live under that flag exist. Here’s what he said.
Coffee Break: In the world of bad hair decisions, NBA free agent Carlos Boozer is a legend. But who would have thought that someone with his very same initials would make the exact same mistake? Actually, the bit was rather funny and it actually helped the Texas Rangers win a game. The announcers here say it all.
Snack Time: We told you about the Brujas, an all-female skate crew in New York, a while back. They not only empower their own, but they help their own. And when one of them went missing and was found dead in a river, they made sure she was properly memorialized.
Dessert: You didn’t have this much fun this weekend. Goals.
Speaking of Chicago
They’ve got some great public art
7:00 AMAs we’ve mentioned, it’s been a long week in Chicago. I was lucky enough to get the chance to walk around downtown a little bit and look at what was on the walls. This is what I found.
“Harmony” is my favorite.
It’s a California weekend
so watch Kevin Romar skate
— Kevin Romar (@KevinROMAR) August 27, 2016
There’s really not a lot to explain here, expect that skateboarder Kevin Romar does the most and does it well. Sun is shining, heels are flipping and everyone’s having a good time. The camera work here is particularly tremendous, by the way. If you’re wondering, Romar wasn’t lying about running into NBA legend Dennis Rodman.
— Kevin Romar (@KevinROMAR) August 26, 2016
Dwyane Wade’s cousin killed in Chicago
Mother of four was pushing a stroller
12:15 PMIn the 1983 movie Scarface, the lead character establishes a position: no wife, no kids. A ruthless drug dealer who has no problem murdering men he felt deserved it, had a moral code that he didn’t defy, however twisted it might be. In Chicago these days, there are no such rules. Friday afternoon, Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, was killed while walking her children in a stroller, the result of crossfire.
A day before, Dwyane had participated in The Undefeated’s town hall conversation, held at the South Side YMCA, at which he discussed what he felt were root problems for not just the issues in his hometown, but also for black folks in general. Alas, his kin were not immune to the very problems discussed that day.
My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016
According to Chicago’s ABC7 News, “two men approached another man in the vicinity and opened fire … the altercation between the men had nothing to do with her.” She was shot in the head and arm. Aldridge was 32 years old. On a basic level, it’s heartbreaking. Four children no longer have a mother, due to what rapper Guru of Gang Starr once called the “stupid n—– playoffs.”
Not to be outdone by an unfortunate tragedy, comes Donald J. Trump, who is running for president. “Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” he tweeted this morning. Call it heartless, call it crass, call it craven, call it whatever you want. It happened. A person who wants to be in the White House is using the death of a black woman to promote his own brand.