Alright, y’all. Here’s part 2 of the top WTF moments of 2017, as promised! Once again, get comfortable, because it’s pretty long!
Usher Lets It Burn…Literally
If 2016 was the year of celebrity death, 2017 was definitely the year of sex scandals (more on them later). Around the same time reports of R. Kelly’s sex cult were making headlines, court papers were leaked stating that Usher infected a young woman named Maya Fox-Davis with genital herpes. To add insult to injury, the woman stated that she slept with Usher while he was married to Tameka Foster, and she even served as a bridesmaid in Usher and Tameka’s wedding. Just ratchet.
More women—and one man—spoke up, also stating that they contracted the disease after having unprotected sex with Usher, who was not honest with them about his STD status. The weirdest story, however, was when the last woman, Quantasia Sharpton, present her case…along with attorney Lisa Bloom. Most folks couldn’t believe that Usher slept with Quantasia because she was nearly 400 lbs., but that’s not what really shocked me. What surprised me was that although Quantasia was suing Usher, she wasn’t even one of the women he infected. Yes, you read that correctly. The girl tested negative for herpes, and still wanted to sue Usher for pain and suffering. To make the case even stranger, it was later revealed that the girl never slept with Usher in the first place and that she’s actually a pathological liar. Despite that, she’s still getting rewarded with an all-expense paid gastric bypass surgery. Now, that’s what I call justice. *Sarcasm*
Joe Budden’s Bad Attitude
For those of y’all that aren’t too sure who Joe Budden is, he’s the dude that made the song “Pump It Up” back in 2003. It was featured in films such as 2 Fast 2 Furious and You Got Served (God, that movie was terrible), and you can hear it nowadays at sports functions along with Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll” (aka “The Hey Song”). Today, Joe hosts—or used to host—the Hip-Hop oriented show Everday Struggle with DJ Akademics and Nadeska Alexis, and uh…he ain’t the most gracious host. First, he had Lil’ Yachty on his show sometime around the spring, and good Lord, he was a grouch. Yachty, who was 19 at the time of the interview, pretty much admitted that he was happy every day, and that he wasn’t 100% sure about what type of record deal he had. Instead of calmly advising the young man that he should be more mindful of what type of contract he’s been signed to, and being glad that Yachty is enjoying life, Joe went in on him. Black Twitter gave Joe hell for that. I have to give Yachty props for being respectful for the entire episode.
Next, was the 2017 BET Awards. The Everyday Struggle crew went down there to interview some of the nominees, and one of the groups they had to speak with was Migos. When it was time for the interview to wrap up, Joe got frustrated and walked off from the group a few minutes early while Akademics was giving the group props before they went their separate ways. In true Joe fashion, he had to leave the scene scruntching up his face and throwing his microphone down, implying he didn’t want to be bothered with the Hip-Hop trio. A fight almost escalated behind that stunt, and Akademics had to try to calm things down. What did Akademics get for his trouble? Joe later went on his podcast, The Joe Budden Show, and called the man a pussy. *Sigh* Since then, Joe and Akademics have made up (or at least, they led us to believe they have), but Joe left Everyday Struggle on Dec. 19, citing “internal chaos.” Migos went on to make a diss track about Joe called “Ice Tray,” with lookalikes to playing the panel members of Everyday Struggle in the video. They even have Lil’ Yachty spittin’ a verse in the song (he appears in the video as well). Yachty recently informed TMZ that the song was all in good fun, and there was no ill will.
I have to admit, although Joe’s attitude is just…rude, he was pretty damn entertaining, and a lot of folks are saying that Everday Struggle won’t be the same without him. I suggest checking out The Joe Budden Show, by the way. Joe’s still entertaining on his podcast, but he’s also a lot more relaxed and has a much better sense of humor, despite the name calling.
George Zimmerman Threatens Jay-Z
One thing about 2017, the ratchetness just keeps on happenin’. Just recently, Jay-Z announced that he’ll be working on a documentary about Trayvon Martin and how he was killed. George Zimmerman, the man that killed Trayvon (and was unfortunately acquitted of the crime), was none too happy about that. He stated that he would beat Jigga, and that he knew how to “deal with people that fuck with [him]. [He’s] handled that since 2012.” Basically, he’s bragging about killing Trayvon.
What an asshole. I swear I can’t stand this dude. Zimmerman even went so far as to say that if Jigga messed with his family in any way, “[he’d] feed him to the alligators.” This stemmed from the production crew conducting interviews with Zimmerman’s parents. Needless to say, black folks went in, namely Snoop Dogg. Personally, I’d love to see Zimmerman try Jay-Z. Yeah, Jigga didn’t fight back when Solange was whuppin’ on him, but I honestly believe that was because a) nine times out of ten, he was taught not to put his hands on women and b) he may have been feeling guilty considering that Solange was pounding on him because he was cheating on her big sis. George Zimmerman, on the other hand, is an entirely different case. He’s not a 112 lb. woman, and if he comes for Jay-Z, he’ll learn pretty fast that Jigga isn’t a 17 yr. old child innocently walking home armed with nothing more than a bag of Skittles.
All of Tyrese’s Cryin’, Whinin’ and Lyin’
When I was growing up, the king of R&B whining was Keith Sweat, hands down. Today, in 2017, his title has been usurped by none other than Black Ty aka Tyrese Gibson. I know a lot of you are thinking that I’m being way too harsh, but honestly, I’d have a lot more compassion for Tyrese if his stories were more consistent and if he wasn’t hating on someone else’s blessings. Sit tight. This entry is the longest of all of them.
The Tyrese saga started around late fall, when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was apparently in talks about starring in a Fast and Furious spinoff featuring Rock’s kickass character, Luke Hobbs. Tyrese was against Rock having his own spinoff, as it would delay the release of Fast and Furious 9, because we really need another one of those movies ASAP. *Sarcasm* Tyrese texted Rock about not doing the film until he was blue in the face, and when the texts didn’t work, he went on to public Instagram and Twitter posts. However, Rock took the smart road and decided to do the film, much to Tyrese’s chagrin. Tyrese, who seems to have forgotten that Rock has his own light bill and mortgage to pay, as well as two girls to feed and another on the way, went all the way in on Rock on Instagram and Twitter. Every other day, Tyrese posted some nonsense about Rock breaking the Fast Family apart, despite the fact that Vin Diesel himself congratulated Rock on his good fortune (not to mention that Vin realizes that Rock’s spinoff is good for everyone involved, as it expands the Fast and Furious universe). Rock pretty much paid Tyrese dust, with the exception of a shady Instagram video he posted stating that “Big dogs eat and little cryin’ puppies stay on the porch.”
Tyrese later claimed that the real reason he wanted Rock to turn down the Hobbs movie was due to the fact that he couldn’t afford to have Fast and Furious 9 postponed because his ongoing custody battle for his daughter was breaking the bank. However, Tyrese has a club, a private Benihana, as well as a private Starbucks in his backyard. Did I fail to mention that he has a movie theatre in the backyard as well? He also has a private chef, multiple luxury cars (which he had no problem showing off to Rock during their one-sided beef) and life-sized Transformers figurines. Sounds to me like Tyrese is doing what my mother calls “po’ mouthin’.” He continued po’ mouthin’ on social media, and even broke down crying on a now infamous Facebook Live video because he couldn’t see his daughter and was running out of money because of his legal fees…or so he claimed. Rumor has it that he had an opportunity to see his daughter around this particular time, but he passed so he could jet off to Abu Dhabi for yet another trip to the Middle East (see Tyrese’s Instagram page, and you’ll notice that he’s taken these types of voyages countless times before).
Tyrese didn’t stop his nonsense there; oh, no. He then claimed that Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith reached out to him and offered to give him $5M to assist with his legal fees. After Tyrese told that boldfaced lie on social media, Will and Jada let it be known immediately that they made no such offer. By this time, Tyrese was being clowned by just about everyone for his antics. He tried to do damage control on all the erratic posts and videos by saying that his unbalanced behavior was caused by medication that his psychiatrist currently prescribed him. Now, I have a loved one with mental illness, and I can say with all honesty that the mood swings and irregular behavior make an appearance when the medicine runs out, not while taking it. Now it’s true, everyone’s different, and everyone has a different reaction to psychiatric medication. However, in Tyrese’s case, I’m not really buying it, not with all the stories he’s told this year. He even lied about his wife being pregnant (and about her being black). Sadly enough, he’s still immersed in drama. He recently announced on a national radio show that he only married his first wife to keep her in the country, potentially allowing himself and his ex to be charged with marriage fraud. Charlamagne Tha God jumped at the chance to give him a much-deserved Donkey of the Day after that bit of foolishness.
Whew! That’s a lot of foolery in such a short amount of time!
BET Comes Back In a Major Way
When I was a small child, BET was a powerhouse TV network among the African-American community. Everyone I knew tuned in to watch classic shows like Video Soul, Teen Summit, Rap City, 106 and Park, and BET Talk. However, by the time I finished college, BET was looked upon as a joke with its lackluster production and the shortage of quality TV shows. When other predominately black networks began popping up like TV One and Centric (which, ironically enough, is a BET sister channel, but it still gave the original network a run for its money), BET pretty much paled in comparison. In 2017 though, BET decided to play no games.
First, they released The New Edition Story, a three-part miniseries that featured great production, excellent cinematography, and even better acting. The miniseries introduced New Edition to a new audience and pushed BET back to the forefront. BET didn’t stop there. They premiered other great movies and TV shows like Tales, The Quad, Rebel, Madiba, and The Comedy Get Down. Combined with the already critically acclaimed series Being Mary Jane and The Real Husbands of Hollywood, along with killer award shows like the BET Awards, Black Girls Rock! and the Soul Train Music Awards, BET has arguably claimed its position as the #1 African-American network once again. Congrats to BET for being one of the few good WTF moments of 2017.
All the Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Drama!
As y’all may remember, Rob Kardashian fell head over heels in love with Blac Chyna sometime in early 2016 and she soon became pregnant with his child. By the time their daughter Dream was born and Christmas rolled around a few weeks after her birth, Chyna showed her true colors and dumped Rob like a bad habit, confirming what we all pretty much figured about their relationship. Apparently, in 2017, Rob and Chyna tried to “work things out,” or at the very least, attempt to co-exist, but that didn’t go very well. Chyna was havin’ her little fun on the side and she eventually let Rob know that there was no chance in hell of them officially getting back together. This time, ol’ boy didn’t go quietly. Rob spent the better part of that fateful July day posting all kinds of videos and photos of Chyna, and spillin’ all kinds of tea. Everything from allegations of Chyna using drugs around their daughter to revenge porn was exposed. When Rob’s Instagram account was closed due to all the lewd content he posted, he just moseyed on over to Twitter and continued to put Chyna on blast. Rob and Blac Chyna were trending all day, and I was right there, watching all the craziness unfold. Here’s a few of the posts that are slightly suitable for work and children (well, maybe not children):
The drama didn’t end there. Chyna decided to fight back the best way possible: litigation. She called the one and only Lisa Bloom to take on her case, and of course, Ms. Bloom went straight for the money. It turns out that posting revenge porn is actually illegal, and Mr. Kardashian was looking at possibly doing a little time. Chyna also alleged that Rob physically abused her, and even filed a restraining order against him. Rob fired back by also suing Chyna, stating that she was the one that was abusive. T.I., the king of putting his two cents in, decided to do just that, and the next thing you know, he was the one put on blast. Rob retaliated by claiming that Chyna had a threesome with T.I. and Tiny (now why did poor Tiny have to dragged into this? She was minding her own business). Chyna even filed lawsuits against the rest of the Kardashian clan for harassment and for ending her short-lived reality show, Rob & Chyna. Things have since calmed down, slightly. They’ve both agreed to joint custody of Dream and Chyna’s even closed her lawsuits against the Kardashian sisters, except Kim (the reason for that remains unknown), and she dropped her domestic abuse suit against Rob. Chyna is still seeking compensation from Kim, Kris, and Rob for ending the series. Let’s just pray that these two will eventually grow up and co-exist for the sake of their child.
Part 3 coming soon!
—Written by Nadiya