Last week, I was invited to the ATL screening of the much anticipated film “Detroit.” I was excited to see it, because any film that highlights Black history is a film I’m at least interested in seeing.
“Detroit” is based on the civil unrest that surfaced as a result of longstanding police misconduct, particularly, the shut down of a popular underground night club known as the Blind Pig. The takedown was followed by mass arrests, to include Black soldiers who had served in the Vietnam War.
Last week, comedian Lil Duval appeared as a guest on the “World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show,” the Breakfast Club. The discussion turned to the transgender community, as one of the guests that week had been transgender activist, author, and host Janet Mock. While on, the crew asked Duval what he would do in the instance that he’d slept with a trans person, without prior knowledge of the person’s gender assignment at birth. Duval responded by saying that he’d “probably kill them.” Of course…that didn’t go well. There isn’t a PR person on this planet that could make what he said sound good, and honestly, they shouldn’t even try. Immediately after that comment, all members of the Breakfast Club informed Duval that murdering a trans person is a hate crime. However, that didn’t stop people from boycotting Charlamagne, and boycotting The Breakfast Club into this week. But now, I have questions.
As the crew anticipates the arrival of Larry’s mystery boo, Emily struggles to find ways to handle some unfinished business with hers. She ends up breaking the bad news to her man Joseph, and as expected, he doesn’t take it well. He demands that Emily stay away from Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome Agu, but Emily isn’t willing to give up ALL of her vacay fun just yet.
“A hit dog gon’ holler,” my father once said. For those of you who didn’t grow up with grandmas who cooked chitterlings, and the ability to navigate back roads without streetlights, this quote might elude you. But to put it simply, when people are feeling particularly guilty about a thing they’ve done, or continue to do, they tend to respond to general statements and discussions, even if they were never mentioned by name. That is exactly what Future did.
Every now and again, a celebrity makes the mistake of actually sharing their thoughts on social media. I don’t call it a “mistake” because I think celebrities shouldn’t share their opinions, I call it a “mistake” because it turns out that a lot of the things they have to say are, well…stupid. I don’t know if these guys are sniffing too much coke up there in Hollywood, or what-but it’s clear that an intervention needs to be had.
Jermane and Malaku plan a beach getaway to escape the madhouse for a few hours, leaving the rest of the crew back at the ranch to deal with their drama. The two are feeling a little left out, wondering who the special person in Larry’s life is. Emily and her boyfriend Joseph have a nice night in Larry’s suite, getting the alone time that they desperately need. The couple seems to be enjoying themselves, and Emily’s secret is still safe-for now.
Episode 5, and the crew is in for a (very) rude awakening. Larry’s good friend AJ, an actress turned personal trainer and life coach arrives on the scene like a hellcat, muscles flexin’. She’s loud, she’s out of control, she’s passionate. But will she fit in at the house?
Cardi B is an icon. There, I said it. Her ascent to fame has stirred much debate, particularly over the last year. A diamond in the rough placed under extreme pressure in the Bronx, Cardi B has always been about her SHMONEY, and who can blame her? A product of humble beginnings, she admits she was often at odds with her parents, meaning she had to find a way, or make one-and boy, did she ever.
There are white people who’ve gotten invites to our cookouts over the years. White people we consider non-threatening and “down” for the cause. These are white people who despite having white skin, relate more to Black people and Black culture than their peers. We gladly take them in, no questions asked. Teena Marie, Bill Clinton, Eminem, and Bill Maher to name a few. But sometimes, a white person will come along and get way too comfortable. They’ll show up empty handed, they’ll renege in the Spades tournament, and they’ll start taking to-go plates without saying “goodbye” to anybody, or helping to clean up. Unfortunately, at that point, their cookout pass has to be revoked. (See Rachel Dolezal)
It’s Busy Body Bianca’s birthday, and everybody is ready for the ultimate turn up. After learning that Kamani is doing much better after her accident, the crew decides to jump back into the party scene like they never left. Kamani’s close call succeeded in bringing the group together, even alleviating tensions between Kamani, Bianca, and Agu. However, with neck brace and all, Kamani still finds time to call Emily a twist off cap bottle of wine, so I’m not sure how far we’ve actually come.