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Laverne Cox has had one hell of a week educating the world on transgender people.

Just last week, the Orange is the New Black star spoke out following Donald Trump’s announcement to reinstate the ban on transgender people in the military. Now, the trans actress is breaking her silence on a dangerous comment made by comedian, Lil Duval.

During a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club, the comedian gave his two cents on what he would do if he slept with a woman and later found out she was born a man. “This might sound messed up and I don’t care: she dying,” Duval said.

Host Charlamagne Tha God then chimed and suggested Duval can’t kill trans people. In response, the comedian said: “I didn’t say I was gonna kill transgenders. I said, if one did that to me, and they didn’t tell me, I’mma be so mad I’d probably kill them.”

Duval was then questioned about being politically incorrect and even then, he didn’t back down. “That’s the good thing I like about being me,” he said. “I can say what I want and do what I want and people understand where I’m coming from. They understand I’m not coming from a place of malice. They know I’m just speaking my mind.”

It was pretty obvious Duval didn’t understand the weight of his comment, so Cox took it upon herself to educate the world and the comedian of course, on why his joke was dangerous.

“Some folks think it’s ok to joke about wanting to kill us,” she tweeted. “We have free speech but that speech has consequences and trans folks are experiencing the negative consequences with our lives. It hurts my spirit cause this isn’t funny. Our lives matter. Trans murder isn’t a joke.”

Folks, meanwhile, are calling for Duval to apologize, but he is seemingly resistant.

Duval, however, is defending Charlamagne who is also being blasted for not doing more to correct the 40-year-old. During an appearance at Politicon on Sunday, Charlamagne was interrupted by two women protesting on behalf of the trans community. “We are to a joke,” the women could be heard yelling.

In response to the protest, Duval tweeted: “Leave ‪@cthagod out of this. Cuz I think he might be gay too. But he still my friend.”

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Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting

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Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”

 

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