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Rapstress Nicki Minaj took us all by surprise when she called out Miley Cyrus while accepting an award during the MTV Video Music Awards in August. Many wondered if her remarks were staged. Now, Minaj is addressing the clash in a recent interview with the New York Times. ‘‘The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?,” said Minaj. “Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’ The comments stem from a statement Cyrus made about Minaj, suggesting she be “nicer” when discussing race and discrimination. Read more.

Oregon Shooter’s Mother Supported Guns

The mother of the gunman behind the Oregon community college massacre is being criticized for showing support for guns. Several online posts revealed that Laurel Harper and her family were knowledgeable about guns and gun laws, and that her son, gunman Chris Harper Mercer, suffered from a mental disorder. Many of her posts were featured on health websites. “I keep all my mags full. I keep two full mags in my Glock case. And the ARs & AKs all have loaded mags. No one will be ‘dropping’ by my house uninvited without (acknowledgment),” a comment from a user name that was linked back to Harper read. The shooter’s father, Ian Mercer, claims his views on guns are completely different from Harper’s. “I’m a great believer (in) you don’t buy guns, don’t buy guns, you don’t buy guns.” Read more.

Lifetime Casts Lead in Toni Braxton Biopic

Lifetime has reportedly cast an actress for the lead role in an upcoming Toni Braxton biopic. Lex Scott-Davis will play Braxton in the movie, based on the singer’s memoir Unbreak My Heart: The Toni Braxton Story. The film will capture everything from her financial troubles to her experience raising a son with autism. Tiffany Hines will play Tamar Braxton, Debbie Morgan will play Toni Braxton’s mother, and Trina Braxton will be played by LaToya Franklyn. Toni Braxton will produce the project. Read more.


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