2021 is proving to be just as (out there?) as 2020 was. From Gorilla Glue Girl damn near losing every inch of hair on her head to Bobby Shmurda suddently coming home and KimYe’s divorce, February has been full of surprises and shenanigans. Below are 12 of the most viral moments from this month.
After inciting the attempted coup that left five dead and many injured, Donald Trump managed to escape a second impeachment. Despite several republicans voting to the convict the former president, he was acquitted in the trial, with a final vote of 57 to 43 (10 less than the 67 votes needed to impeach).
Gorilla Glue Girl was perhaps the most viral moment of the month. Tessica Brown caught eyes when she went on social media to tell her followers she hadn’t been able to comb her hair in a month, as it was quite literally glued down to her head. Mistaking a Gorilla Glue product for Got2B’s ‘Glued’ Freeze Spray for hair, Tessica showed her followers that no amount of washing it helped.
Soon, she had the entire internet talking — even Gorilla Glue responded with some empathy, as TMZ reported on Tessica’s visit to the ER in an effort to loosen her hair.
Ultimately, it was a Black plastic surgeon by the name of Michael K. Obeng who rectified the situation, even saving some of Tessica’s hair in the process. “You really gave me my life back and I am forever grateful,” Tessica said of Obeng. She would later go on to donate $20,000 from her GoFundMe to a reconstructive surgery organization. We’re feeling all the feels.
Michael B. Jordan makes our list again this month, after he had panties dropping with his Super Bowl LV commercial. The hunky actor played the vessel of ‘Alexa’ and quite a vessel he was. Also worth noting: MBJ’s Valentine’s Day plans for Lori Harvey had absolutely everyone talking. In case you missed it, he rented out an entire aquarium for his girl.
Texans have been going through hell this month as unexpected snowstorms swept the state. As a result, rolling power outages were announced. Many residents didn’t have power, water, or food for days — and it was so cold that some froze to death. Dozens of people passed away from the unbearable conditions, overall. Videos here.
Still, Mayor Tim Boyd called Texans “weak” and “lazy” for not being able to survive on their own. Texas junior senator Ted Cruz straight up left, taking his family on vacation to Cancun (minus the family dog). It’s also worth noting that those who did live to see better days had electric bills in the thousands, as residents were charged more for the power used during these extremely difficult times.
Malcolm & Marie was one of the most anticipated drops of the year, so when it hit Netflix, fans of John David Washington and Zendaya couldn’t wait to tune in. But for some, the movie was a little more triggering and verbally abusive than they expected. Viewers have hailed it as the most stressful, exhausting film to watch — and most believe Malcolm and Marie should have just went to sleep, instead of arguing their issues out. Have you watched?
It’s been a great month for Beyoncé fans, as she blessed the world with a new Ivy Park drop. Featuring Gucci Mane, Bey dubbed the latest collection ‘Icy Park’ and went all out for the promo, per usual. Looking like she transported back to her Destiny’s Child days, Bey rocked a wash and set and put her ample backside on full display. Thee photos come after Parkwood Entertainment singer Chloe Bailey opened up to the world about feeling judged as she embraced her body.
As we mentioned briefly, Valentine’s Day had some of our favorite celebrity couples swooning. Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey, Ciara and Russell Wilson, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, and more did it up and posted their love for the world to see. If you missed all the coupled up cuteness, check that out here.
Another truly viral moment came courtesy of Netflix, as the streaming platform’s limited series Behind Her Eyes left viewers extremely unsettled, to say the least. If you haven’t tuned in, it follows a young woman who becomes entangled with a married couple — but there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes… more than anyone can guess. You’re just going to have to watch for yourself.
Rihanna did not come to play during her birthday month and it felt like the whole world joined in to celebrate the baddest Bajan on the planet turning 33 — in our Savage X Fenty, of course. The one photo above received over 10 million likes and 100,000 comments. Lawdamercy!
After years of shocking marital issues, Kim Kardashian reportedly filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason. The famous couple has four kids together — North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm — and according to reports, Kim would like shared custody with Kanye.
February 19 made one year since up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke was killed on the West Coast. Alongside the industry and Pop Smoke’s family, fans spent the day remembering the “Mood Swings” rapper, celebrating his life, and posthumous success. May Pop rest in peace.
Fans were enthused when it was announced Bobby Shmurda would be coming home from prison early. Like Pop Smoke, Shmurda was another NY rapper who’d only just begun to reap the benefits of his success before it was taken away. But, at least the “Shmoney Dance” artist has a second chance.
So far, he seems happy to be home and we love to see it. Check out his most recent photo above.
We love a good thriller!
For our final installment of the series, we’re highlighting classic wig-snatching Thrillers that continue to reverberate in the pantheon of Black cinema while stressing us out in the best ways possible.
Things couldn’t be better for Derek Charles (Idris Elba) who just received a big promotion at work and has a wonderful marriage with his beautiful wife, Sharon (Beyoncé Knowles). However, things go straight to Hell when a temp worker named Lisa (Ali Larter) begins to stalk Derek in creepy moments that set the stage for her death match with Beyoncé.
A veteran operator for an emergency call-center (Halle Berry in a very questionable wig) leaps into action to save a kidnapped teen (Abigail Breslin)before it’s too late.
FBI Agent Helen Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss) races to discover the location of three nuclear bombs, each programmed to detonate in a different city. When authorities arrest the terrorist suspect (Michael Sheen) who announced the murderous plot in a video, special operative Harold Humphries (Samuel L. Jackson) joins Brody in a vicious interrogation to extract answers as time ticks away.
When a massive, unmanned locomotive roars out of control, the threat is more ominous than just a derailment. The train is laden with toxic chemicals, and an accident would decimate human life and cause an environmental disaster. The only hope of bringing the train to a safe stop is veteran engineer (Denzel Washington) and a young conductor (Chris Pine) who risk their lives to save those in the runaway’s path.
Jimmy Bones (Snoop “Doggy” Dogg) is a legendary protector and patron of his thriving neighborhood. Cool, handsome and respected, Bones is the benevolent caretaker of his people until he’s betrayed by those closest to him.
Fast forward 20 years and crime has devastated the neighborhood that still reveres Jimmy Bones as a charismatic emblem of better times who’s about to make a comeback.
SMH, no justice once again.
On May 31, 2020, LaToya Ratlieff was one of several people peacefully protesting during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Fort Lauderdale Florida when she was struck in the face with a rubber bullet.
The force of the bullet broke her eye socket and she needed 20 stitches to close the two-inch gash the projectile caused.
The Miami Herald which has been following Ratlieff’s story also concluded that Ratlieff was struck while choking on tear gas and running away from a conflict that “the police provoked.” The publication added that the shot could have killed the woman who suffers migraines, sees strange flashes, and suffers from memory loss.
According to the Fort Lauderdale police department’s weapons policy, officers using “foam baton” rounds, like the one fired by Ramos, should aim for the head and neck “only if deadly force becomes necessary.”
Still, despite that, the officer who shot Ratlieff, Detective Eliezer Ramos, was cleared of any wrongdoing. The department made the announcement during a news conference Thursday following an internal affairs investigation.
“Detective Ramos identified and targeted an individual who had hurled a projectile at our officers with the intent to cause them harm. The internal affairs investigation has determined that it was not Detective Ramos’s intent to strike Ms. Ratlieff,” said Lynn.
After hearing that the officer was exonerated, Ratlieff returned to the scene where she was shot and told CBS Miami she was stunned by the decision. She also dismissed an apology she received from the Police Chief.
“Interim Chief Patrick Lynn gets to give a very, very bland apology for my experience, as if I had a bad dinner at a restaurant. It’s disingenuous, it’s disheartening but if nothing else it’s invigorating,” said Ratlieff.
Her attorney has also called the entire investigation a “sham” and is calling for the release of the whole case file, not just the summary.
SMH. This whole situation is startling but unfortunately not surprising.
What do YOU think about an officer getting off for injuring LaToya Ratlieff?
Brown suga baaaaby
Last night’s Verzuz headlined by D’Angelo & Friends (who turned out to be Method Man & Redman and H.E.R.) was a super smooth spectacle that gave us dapper Winterfell fashions and timeless CLASSICS with a chill ‘poetry night at a Harlem coffee shop’ vibe that had Music Twitter swooning in their living rooms.
Held at the historic Apollo Theater, fans were treated to a slew of forever JAMS like “Brown Sugar,” “Devil’s Pie,” “Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine,” and preeminent panty-sizzler “Untitled (How Does It Feel).”
At first, it certainly appeared that WE were the “Friends” until Method Man and Redman popped up to perform “Left & Right” and “Break Ups 2 Make Ups” setting the tone for D’Angelo’s stunning duet with H.E.R. who joined him to perform “Best Part” and Lauryn Hill’s “Nothing Even Matters.”
As expected, celebs flooded the comment section where Lena Waithe’s ‘interesting’ commentary sparked hilarious chaos along with whispers of a potential appearance by Lauryn Hill who just sauntered into the Apollo to perform.
Now, if you were wondering why the singer’s Verzuz wasn’t a head-to-head battle like the rest, Swizz Beatz explained D’Angelo was actually scheduled to battle Maxwell ON VALENTINE’S DAY which would’ve obliterated panny drawls across the universe.
Swizz also praised D’Angelo’s professionalism noting that the “Brown Sugar” singer showed up THREE HOURS early for his show that included a warmup with DJ Scratch.
“That man pulled up to Verzuz three hours early. D’Angelo was the earliest in Verzuz history tonight. So, don’t get him showing up at the time he did (an hour after the show was scheduled to start) mixed up with the pre-show, which was by DJ Scratch.”
Did you enjoy D’Angelo & Friends last night? Tell us down below and peep the funniest (and pettiest) tweets from the vibey event on the flip.
Cheers to Black History Month!
Gentleman Jack extended the storied brand’s winning streak with its refreshingly diverse Culture Shakers program designed to celebrate the contributions Black and Latino bartenders continue to make in the spirits industry.
In its first year, six bartenders from across the country (Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, New
York, and Seattle) were selected to showcase their craft by paying homage to industry
trailblazers, drawing inspiration from their roots, and celebrating their unique cultures through
the art of mixology.
“Through Culture Shakers, Gentleman Jack honors creators who take the extra step in their
craft and strive to leave a legacy within their communities,” said Keenan Harris, Jack Daniel’s
Senior Multicultural Marketing Manager.
We caught up with Atlanta-based Culture Shaker Myiah Butler who showed us how to make her signature Brown Sugar Baby cocktail during a super fun conversation you can watch below:
When you’re done, you can check out this short video by Jamaican filmmaker Storm Saulter who captured the Georgia native’s passion for educating her clientele about the history and background of the liquors she uses to create well-crafted cocktails.
“As a filmmaker and visual artist of color, I find it critical to capture our voices and histories in a way that unwraps complex social and cultural dynamics,” said Saulter.
“I’m excited to work with Gentleman Jack on this compelling storytelling opportunity of Black and Latinx cocktail culture using my passion of film to do so.”
To further pay tribute to the historical impact multicultural bartenders have on the cocktail industry, Gentleman Jack partnered with ‘Black Bottom Saints’ author Alice Randall. Her best-selling book explores Detroit as the epicenter of mid-century American Black cocktail culture.
“African-Americans have played a central, but often unheralded, role in the development of the
cocktail, the cocktail bar, and cocktail culture,” said Randall.
“Thomas Bullock and Ada “Bricktop” Smith are each viable candidates if we want to claim one person who has made a greater impact on the cocktail than any other single person.”
As a smooth Tennessee whiskey that utilizes a second charcoal mellowing process to achieve greatness, Gentleman Jack strives to embrace the creator in us all who takes the extra step to craft what’s real and strives to leave a legacy.
For more info on Gentleman Jack’s Culture Shakers program (and Myiah’s Brown Sugar Baby recipe), click here.
Get to know the story behind Billie Holiday’s controversial “Strange Fruit,” now the subject of Hulu biopic “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
Taylor Swift cancels Lover Fest tour after postponing it originally in 2020. She shared on social media that she could not reschedule the dates.
Sickness, poverty, joblessness, and death are not the only glaring issues COVID-19 has brought upon the world. There has also been a deeply concerning spike in violence against Asians due to the first cases of the coronavirus being reported in China.
Professional baller Jeremy Lin has been very vocal about the matter. In an Instagram, he spoke candidly about some of the racism he has experienced while he was on the court. In his post, he begins by talking about all of the racism Asian Americans experience, pointing out they are tired of it.
“Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans. We are tired of being told that we don’t experience racism, we are tired of being told to keep our heads down and not make trouble,” he writes. We are tired of Asian American kids growing up and being asked where they’re REALLY from, of having our eyes mocked, of being objectified as exotic or being told we’re inherently unattractive. We are tired of the stereotypes in Hollywood affecting our psyche and limiting who we think we can be. We are tired of being invisible, of being mistaken for our colleague or told our struggles aren’t as real.”
Lin gets personal, sharing his own experience with racism that he endured while playing professional basketball.
“Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called “coronavirus” on the court. Being a man of faith doesn’t mean I don’t fight for justice, for myself and for others.”
Lin quickly rose to prominence in the NBA during his brief but memorable stint with the New York Knicks during the 2011-12 season. The 32-year-old baller went on a torrid run dubbed “Linsanity” that saw him drop 38 points on the late Kobe Bryant and led the team while the Knicks’ superstar at the time, Carmelo Anthony, was out due to injury.
Lin’s success made him one of the most distinguished Asian players in NBA history. Unfortunately, “Linsanity” didn’t translate into a permanent home for the baller. He bounced around the league and did manage to win a ring as a reserve on the 2019 Toronto Raptors championship team.
Now, Lin is currently hooping as a member of the Golden State Warriors affiliate team in the G League bubble down in Orlando, Florida, where he is averaging 19.6 points, 7.2 assists, and 1.6 steals per contest. Don’t be surprised if the Warriors or another team calls him up during this unique NBA season which has seen teams severely impacted by COVID-19.
Jeremy Lin has responded since making his claims and, in a tweet, said he would not be sharing any names of the individual or individuals who called him “coronavirus” on the court.
“I know this will disappoint some of you but I’m not naming or shaming anyone,” Lin shared in a Saturday tweet. “What good does it do in this situation for someone to be torn down? It doesn’t make my community safer or solve any of our long-term problems with racism.”
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 27, 2021
Lin’s announcement comes a day after ESPN’s Marc J Spears reported that an official told him that the G League would investigate Lin’s claims.
Photo: STR / Getty
How JT gonna get wifed up before the summer???
City Girl’s JT and Lil Uzi have fans speculating they’re getting serious with their mysterious relationship, but could they be walking down the aisle together soon? Yesterday the stars had the internet talking after fans connected a ring Uzi purchased to the ring JT wore in her IG story on her marital finger.
“Married to the game,” Uzi wrote in the caption, sharing the purple gemmed ring. The rapper copped the jewel from the same jeweler who provided the reported $24 million diamond implanted in his forehead. Moments later, JT posed with the same ring in the mirror.
Does this look like an engagement announcement to YOU?
After the ring went up, JT and Uzi appeared to flirt online, sharing corresponding tweets to each other. As entertaining as their tweets are, the obvious subliminals fueled rumors even more before they were deleted.
“Turnt a h*e to a house wife,” Uzi said in his post. JT responded with a mirroring tweet that read: “Turnt a trick to my husband.”
Before sparking marriage rumors, JT addressed some of the commentary from fans about her rumored boo. Apparently, some fans think they look like opposites attracting each other and have been sending her negative comments. JT shut down fan expectations of who Uzi is “supposed” to be dating, cussing out the haters.
“Y’all use to be in the comments calling him adorable y’all just don’t like me or feel he suppose to be with a weirdo or white girl but nah he with me,” she said to trolls. “A ghetto b*tch getting that rock Star check f*ck what y’all gotta say! Honestly.”
Do YOU think this means Lil Uzi took JT off the market?
The Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” told us that we should “kick the truth to the young Black youth” which is redundant but meaningful…
…that is NOT what is happening at an Atlanta-area high school.
There is a viral video circulating around social media of a Pebblebrook High School forensic science teacher named Susan McCoy who attempted to teach her students that Breonna Taylor is responsible for her own death. We would say that we can’t believe it but that would be a lie. We can totally believe it. White people very often find a way to blame us for being violated, abused, mistreated, killed, or otherwise done dirty. It’s a function of the supremacy algorithm.
Take note of the fact that Susan had ZERO idea what the f**k she was talking about and her students had to fact check her bulls#!t in real-time because she was so loud and so wrong about all the details surrounding Breonna’s death. She’s an embarrassment as a teacher of any type but ESPECIALLY as someone who purports themselves as an authority on forensic science. But there’s no such thing as systemic racism, right?
After David Dennis Jr. blew up Susan’s spot, the folks at the Cobb County Schools executive office reached out to him to say that they are looking into the matter.
Subsequently, Susan McCoy manufactured this mealy-mouthed, non-descript, s#!t-eating “apology” that means absolutely nothing to us.
Ma’am…go to hell.
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