Oh, Tay Tay, when will you learn? Don’t come for Rihanna, her Navy is relentless!
Tamar Braxton made a visit to Power 105.1 and had a chat with Angie Martinez about numerous things. They covered her various beefs (K. Michelle, Kylie Jenner, Chris Brown, etc.) and how she’s been able to handle them all. Plus, they even talked about her new single, “If I Don’t Have You”, and her upcoming album, Calling All Lovers, scheduled to be released on September 11th. But, it was their conversation about the state of R&B and who should be in that category that got Braxton in some hot water.
While admitting that she’s one of Rihanna’s “biggest fans”, Tamar also said that she definitely doesn’t consider Rih Rih R&B and that she was a bit upset when the “B*tch Better Have My Money” singer was nominated in the Best R&B Album category at the Grammy’s. “It’s called Rhythm and Blues. Ribs and Barbecue. It’s not pop pop pop tat tat tat. It’s soulful. That’s R&B. Every song of hers I’ve gotten my complete and utter life to … twerking. I’m just saying. I love her; I’m one of her biggest fans period, but that’s not R&B music,” Braxton stated. She also had the same sentiment towards singer Sam Smith, saying his music is definitely more pop than soul.
While we think she’s a bit off about Smith, that boy is definitely a soulful singer, we think she’s pretty spot on about Rihanna. No shade, but Rih is practically a Pop icon, with hits that makes us move our bodies, but don’t necessarily stir anything in our souls. Unfortunately, it seems that the folks over the Grammys think the only requirements for R&B are “Recording and Black” not “Rhythm and Blues.”
Check out Tamar’s whole interview with Angie Martinez below. Do you agree with her?
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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