Mayweather vs McGregor: Fight of the Century

conor-mcgregor-floyd-mayweather-boxing_3466309It’s official, Floyd Mayweather will step in the ring and do battle with the mixed martial artist, Conor McGregor, on August 26th! Just in case you’re wondering, this is a boxing match – no mixed martial arts will be involved. This is a huge opportunity for McGregor! If he can pull a win he would be considered the best all around fighter in the world! McGregor is making his professional boxing debut against one of the greatest boxers of all time.

McGregor is in his prime, he is strong, he is a skilled fighter, and he is large. Mayweather is a professional boxer who has honed his skill, but he is smaller and older. This fight may come down to experience and knowledge vs. brute strength and stamina. This is going to be a good fight and I am HERE. FOR. IT!

The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena, and it will broadcast via pay-per-view. This fight will go down in history.

Who are your bets with? I’m going with McGregor.



Did Beyonce’ Give Birth?

Beyonce’ Giselle Knowles-Carter done had them babies ya’ll, or at least that’s what her fans think. According to the BeyHive, Beyonce’ went into labor yesterday at UCLA Hospital. The Shade Room received this anonymous tip last night:

Dear ShadeRoom,

Y’all already know I love Beyoncé! My homegirl works at UCLA Hospital and she spilled some tea about my girl Queen Bey!

She told me that Beyoncé and her team showed up to the hospital and that they’re in the process of shutting down the whole 5th floor. She also said that they’re moving patients to another building.

Also if y’all noticed hair legend Chuck Amos posted a picture of him and Bey with the caption, “Hang in there, Mama.

In addition to this Shade Room tip, sources say a significant amount of security has been spotted at UCLA, and the entire 5th floor has been shut down. On top of that, celebrity hairstylist Chuck Amos posted a throwback pic of him and Beyonce’ with the caption, “Hang in there, Mama!”

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If that’s not enough, DJ Khalid was heard flapping his fat lips about the arrival of the twins. So, what gives? When will we be updated on the status of a pregnancy that seemed to have gone on for an eternity? Probably when Beyonce’ is good and damn ready. The woman is trying to get two tiny human beings out of her body without issue, breastfeed, recover, and enjoy her little ones before she’s forced to perform a world tour, and mother three kids, Adele, and the rest of her Beyhive.

Give her a second to breathe.



Tinashe Speaks

Have you heard of Tinashe? Have you listened to any of her music? Tinashe isn’t tinashe-4-vn1plastered to the front of every magazine and you’d be hard pressed to hear any of her music in heavy rotation on mainstream radio, but why? Tinashe is signed to a major record label, she’s easy on the eyes, and she’s talented so what’s the deal? Well, Tinashe recently sat down with The Guardian for an interview in which she discussed sexism, colorism, and some other -isms that have stopped her from fully realizing her dreams.


“There’s a lot of sexism in the music business….when you’re in these studios, it’s all men.”

Tinashe speaks on the lack of female producers/engineers in the music industry, as well as the lack of support from male counterparts. We see a lot of this in the music industry but we don’t really recognize it. Think about Beyonce and Rihanna, they are top Black female artists who are both backed by Jay-Z. Jay-Z started and still heavily impacts both Beyonce’ and Rihanna’s careers. Nicki Minaj was introduced to the mainstream via Lil Wayne. Nicki still has the full support of one of the top male rap artists – Drake. Every successful female in the music industry is connected to a man who has either introduced her, backed her, or has reintroduced her rebranded image to the world. Tinashe does not have that backing in an industry that is, unfortunately, still dominated by men.


images“There are hundreds of male rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you’re a black woman, you’re either Beyonce’ or Rihanna.”

In the interview, Tinashe speaks on the competition among black female artists. Fans seem to form an allegiance to a specific artist, boycotting all others. I only see this with black artists. Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Katy Perry, and Lady GaGa can all co-exist and experience success but for black female artists, there is only room for Beyonce’ and Rihanna. It’s the same for black female rappers; Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj can not co-exist and experience success as two completely different rap artists. Instead, they have to battle it out for an imaginary “top spot”. Why?


“…I feel like I don’t fully fit into the black community; they don’t fully accept me, even Tinashethough I see myself as a black woman.”

Although Tinashe identifies as a black woman she says she’s not black enough for the black community. Tinashe is Zimbabwean and Danish, Beyonce’ is African American and French. I don’t think Tinashe’s heritage has any impact on her unfavorable luck in the music industry. Do we deal with colorism in the black community, HELL YEAH! Usually, that colorism looks like the self-hate you see when a black person deems his fellow black man ugly because he has darker skin. Honestly, the superiority complex of many of the lighter skinned people in the black community should work to Tinashe’s benefit, much like it did for Beyonce’.

I enjoyed the interview, mostly because it provided me the opportunity to meet a new artist. Although she made a few valid points, I couldn’t help thinking maybe Tinashe should try something different if her current career isn’t working for her. During her interview she said, “..I’ve never, ever thought, I’m going to work in a mall.” When I read this I thought, is working an average 9-5 a lesser thing to her? Does she feel entitled because she can sing and dance?  We are all meant to do something, but just because I can carry a tune and I watched MJ slay world tour after world tour doesn’t mean I was born to do the same thing. At the end of the day, Tinashe sounds like a jealous, bitterly frustrated young woman who needs to find a better day job. The music industry is full of sexism and it will remain that way as long as we have young women willing to overly sexualize themselves, and compromise for fame. Tinashe, sounds like you’re in the wrong profession.


Congrats, Warriors!!

Warriors versus Cavaliers NBA FinalsThe Golden State Warriors have grabbed their second title in three years! I haven’t watched basketball since Kobe retired but, I’m happy for Durant, Curry, and the Golden State crew. Lebron and the Cavs continue to fall short even though Lebron played great ball this year, so what’s the deal?


I’m no sports analyst, but stay with me here. The Cavs played great ball this series-cheating refs aside- but Lebron James Kevin Durant
their team definitely had some deficiencies. Golden State was just the team to exploit those deficiencies and take the win! The Warriors was built for a championship win – they were the better team. Lebron fans think he deserves better. Maybe he will side with them and leave the Cavs for another ready-mix setup? Personally, I side with the fans who say Kobe did more with less.


The Warriors grabbed Kevin Durant and he balled out! The dude put up some serious numbers every time he hit the court – five 30 point games! Durant was Golden State’s Golden Ticket. The Cavs had no way to stop Durant, nor could they handle a very solid Golden State team.

Now, I wouldn’t be petty if I didn’t mention…….


khloe-kardashian-b-600x800When Tristan Thompson began dating Khloe Kardashian we threw away any hopes of the Cavs winning the championship. If you follow the “Kardashian Effect” on men, it never ends well. Could the Kardashian Curse be the reason behind the Cavs loss? I think Game 5 was, possibly, Tristan’s best game of the series. I’ll hold off on blaming the Kardashian Curse…for now.

The Cavs are a great team but they still need some restructuring. The better team won and it’s as simply as that. Great job Warriors…great job!




Why We Hate Nicki Minaj

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At the time of this writing, Nicki Minaj is the most talked about female artist in the world.  While Nicki is, arguably, one of the best female emcees to ever grab a mic, she is also one of the most hated.

But, why do we hate Nicki Minaj? What did she do to annoy the public at large so fucking much?


Nicki Minaj has openly displayed her terrible attitude on many occasions. Nicki’s interviews, Twitter, and Instagram post all showcase a woman with a terrible attitude, and a propensity for online bullying. Nicki has tried to explain her bitchiness away as the same simple rap swagger that men are celebrated for but no one is buying it. Beyonce’ has followed in Michael Jackson’s footsteps as the greatest living entertainer and she does it with grace and humility. Don’t get me wrong, Beyonce’ may be the biggest egotistical bitch of them all but she hides it well – something Nicki has just recently begun to do.


Everything about Nicki Minaj is a gimmick…she’s a fraud. He lyrical ability has diminished over the years and the hype that surrounds her is largely based on the infatuation of her insanely obsessed pre-teen fans. Rap fans do not respect her, nor do they take her seriously – Remy Ma made sure of that. Nicki’s rap cadence is dated, her lyrics are juvenile – much like her fans, and she lacks substance. Nicki Minaj is a “Barb” – completely manufactured. She has managed to become a rapping Kardashian of sorts.



Nicki Minaj gained notoriety by selling sex and exploiting the female body, let’s not forget Anaconda was one of her biggest hits. Nicki’s fanbase is largely young girls, yet her discography contains more hypersexualize content than Too $hort? She is a walking contradiction, willing to do anything to make money. Strong, powerful women are running businesses and fighting to the top of their field with their clothes on and dignity in tack. A woman can succeed without using her body, she is infinitely more than a fat ass and a pretty face. We need more successful mainstream artists showcasing real powerful women.

At the end of the day, Nicki Minaj is just another woman who has been used by the industry and tricked into thinking it was all her idea. Like a cheap gumball at the mall, she looked shiny and tasted good at first but in the end, she’s just another flavorless, gray ball of sticky shit we all desperately want to be scrapped off the bottom of our shoe.



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