Waka Flocka Flame’s camp is firing back at critics who slammed the rapper after he mad remarks about what he sees as the increasing popularity of White women.
“Used to be black girls was the baddest sh*t, you know what I mean? … White women are poppin’ right now, man. They f*ckin’ poppin’. Imma just be real,” the “No Hands” rapper shared in a recent interview.
The comments ignited a debate on social networking websites, with many Black women taking offense to the comments. “It was so hard to follow this interview and it makes me sad that we have Black men that actually talk like this. It is disgusting that some of these rappers can barely speak clearly in an interview,” one woman wrote on Facebook.
HipHollywood reached out to Waka’s camp following his comments to give him a chance to respond to the drama, and this was the statement released to us by Kali Mari-Bowyer.
“Waka said nothing wrong. Everyone wants to jump on the ‘racial band wagon’, however if the tables were turned and he praised African American women instead, it would have not been an issue because its hip-hop. Waka sees beauty in all women.”
Another source close to the rapper added, “Tell them to get a life, he said NOTHING wrong.”
Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion, but do you think Waka’s comments were out of line? Sound off in the comments.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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