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Pop Addict: Nene Leakes, Kodak Black and Terry Crews

Hello, all my guys, girls, and pop addicts on the VSU campus. This week I’m serving up Oolong tea, so let’s get into it.

Coach Inc. the iconic and trendy luxury handbag and accessories company is changing its name to Tapestry. The name change is happening because of industry competition to create a new inclusive luxury fashion house, to rival with greater known houses like Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennesy (Louis Vuitton, Dior, Givenchy and Fendi), Kering (Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, and Gucci) and Richemont (Chloé, Alïa, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels). Coach Inc. has acquired Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade over the last year. Now at first I didn’t understand why this was happening, but I can see the practicality in the corporation name change. I hope that the corporation doesn’t start naming Coach bags “Tapestry” bags. All in all, the business strategy is going to succeed or flop, so I guess we’ll just wait and see what happens.

Nene Leakes is one of the most notable cast members that started the Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise. With all of Leakes’ popularity, and reputation, she still hasn’t learned how to not voice everything on her mind. She is currently on a stand-up comedy tour, and let’s just be real, she can’t take the comedic pressure. This week on her tour, Nene couldn’t take the booing that she was receiving from her audience. Leakes stated to one of her female guests that she hoped that her Uber driver raped her.  What really shocked me, is the fact that Ms. Leakes was  surprised when she received backlash. Like sweetie, is your lace front squeezing your brain to tight honey? The joke was tasteless and I’m honestly disappointed in her. A couple of days passed, and she went on Instagram live where she cried and apologized to all of her fans. Leakes should’ve won an Oscar for the victim role she was playing. This won’t be the first nor the last time that her reckless mouth will get her in trouble.

Y’all’s favorite rapper Kodak Black is now getting just what he deserves. Honestly, I don’t care how much you like his music. He’s a rapist; I’m just calling a spade a spade. He’s facing up to 30 years in prison. Black is being indicted on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. My heart smiled with glee. I’m not happy for someone else’s misfortune, but I will not sugarcoat serious issues. He allegedly raped a teenage girl. I wish that people would not be so blind. Rape is serious and your favorite rapper is a rapist. Get over it. I don’t care if he is gone for 50 years. It’s justified, and I hope that the victim will get peace with whatever the verdict is.

Miley…Miley…Miley. Miley Cyrus released her new album “Younger Now”, and let’s just say that nobody wanted it, and she should’ve kept it. It’s a flop. When the news dropped on the social media outlets, I laughed SO hard. She really did all of this “changing” and “growing” just for it to be a flop. As most people know, in 2013 Cyrus was going through the whole, “I can twerk. I like to smoke weed. I hang out with all of the rappers and I’m cool” phase. I liked that phase, and I thought that was her true self, so I supported her. Now she has “grown” and she’s not the same person. I’m not opposed to growth and I’m glad that she did. I just think that it was a sales ploy that flopped. I also think that she changed herself to get back with her lover, Liam Hemsworth. He left her before her radical “Bangerz” era, and that to me signified the change. Most people think that Cyrus was trying to appropriate the Urban-American culture so she changed her image and tried to be the “girl-next-door” again. Clearly, America wasn’t interested. Like I said, I don’t deny the growth, I’m just not here for the cookie-cutter pop girl image. Sorry.

Terry Crews is a phenomenal actor. An actor that minds his business and tries to stand up for causes that matter to him. On Oct. 10, he took to twitter and tweeted a story about how he was sexually harassed by a Hollywood executive IN FRONT of his wife. He said that the executive groped him by his privates. Any man would be ready to fight, but instead, Crews decided not to, simply because he didn’t think that the situation would play out for him. If he were to react, he thought that it would be in the papers, and that no one would believe him or they would’ve thrown in the fact that he’s a 240 pound man. Either way, Crews didn’t speak out because he saw more harm being done to his career and reputation than the Hollywood Executives. Sexual harassment can happen to men as well. People always try to throw in a man’s size as if that counteracts the embarrassment and trauma that it causes the male victim. I hope that people realize that’s also why it takes victims so long to speak out about what happens to them. America stop being sexist, and fix your point of view.

That’s all the tea that I have for this week. Remember to check back next week to get your teacup filled!

Story by JaCorey Moon, Assistant Entertainment Editor.

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