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TLC singer T-Boz is firing back at folks accusing the group of not using money from a Kickstarter campaign for its intended purpose. Earlier this year, TLC asked fans to help finance a new album which was scheduled to be released in October. When October came and went without an album, folks began accusing the singers of fraud.

During an interview on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, T-Boz addressed the controversy directly. “This is the thing, if people would do their research, everybody who donated we sent emails to weekly and on top of that we did a press release.” T-Boz blames uninformed folks on social media for creating drama, saying if those people had actually contributed to the Kickstarter, they would know what was up with the project. “We’re doing right, I sent out the press release … the information been there.”

The “Waterfalls” singer also had words for the Black community, adding, “It’s mostly our people doing it. And you don’t ever see other races on the Internet dogging other people the way that Black people do each other. It’s embarrassing and unfortunate to me.”

Does T-Boz have a point? Do Black folks enjoy tearing each other down more than other races do? Sound off in the comment section.

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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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