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These were the black entertainment stories that made headlines for all the wrong reasons


What’s pimpin’, pimpin? Formerly hot comic Katt Williams has been making more news for his unpredictable behavior than for his comedy skills of late. This month alone, the diminutive comedian has been arrested (again), cancelled a show 15 minutes before showtime and “then when he did get onto a stage, insulted Jamie Foxx for starring in “Django Unchained” and “outed” him to the audience. Williams led police on a high-speed chase on a four –wheeler, got into a bar fight, was kicked out a hotel in Seattle, retired and then un-retired. In the last few months, Williams slapped a Target employee for allegedly calling him a “n#$#%,” (the employee was fired for supposedly unrelated reasons), was sued by his former personal assistant after an alleged assault and got into his first bar fight.  And that’s just 2012. Williams was involved in a ton of drama the year before as well. We don’t know what he’s on or what he needs to be on but we know dude is for sure off right now. Katt seems headed down a familiar path of destruction and we hope he gets it together before that path leads him to a place that’s no laughing matter.


Let’s see if you’re keeping up. Back in 2009, Chris Brown was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend, superstar Rihanna. In the interim, she dated Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers and he started a relationship with Karruche Tran, a then unheard of model who apparently now has a clothing line. By 2012, rumors abounded that Brown and Rihanna wanted that old thing back. They made a record together  -“Nobody’s Business” for Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” CD.  A series of tweets and subtweets from all parties accounts went around cyberspace (and the world) and Brown himself admitted in a video released to blogs and such that he was in love with two women and that he and Tran were over. But then she showed up in Paris and so did Rihanna and then Rihanna tweeted sexy pics of she and Chris boo’ed up and so….now we’re all confused. Work it out, kids.


Pittsburgh-born rap star Wiz Khalifa had no problem with sloppy seconds, quickly picking up Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend Amber Rose for himself, publicly claiming her as his woman and then knocking her up.  Inspired by the love his ex found, or something, Kanye then gets with reality star and former crush Kim Kardashian, still not divorced from her NBA husband, Kris Humphries, who said it was all for TV anyway. Thus, Kimye, the couple of a thousand photo ops was born. They’re everywhere, you ain’t never there. Surprisingly drama-free, the two attention whores have seemed thus far to be a good fit for the other.


On Thanksgiving Day, right around the time you were asking for a second helping of mac and cheese, Halle Berry’s baby daddy, model Gabriel Aubry was dropping off their daughter in the kind of routine handoff most exes are familiar with. But this was no routine Thanksgiving Day for Aubry and Halle’s current beau, actor Olivier Martinez. Who knows what was said (French is the native language for both men) but when whatever was said was all said and done, Martinez emerged the clear victor after two-piecing Aubrey, giving him a black eye and a few week’s off any modeling work. Knowing how men are, the two are likely to be totally cool after this. In any case, everyone made nice afterwards, with a contrite Berry and Martinez picking up Aubry’s medical bills.


In the New York City night this summer at a nightclub curiously called W.i.P, Drake’s and Chris Brown’s entourages mixed it up in the wee hours after the deejay didn’t play enough of their music. Or the fight was about Rihanna, or who looks the best in skinny jeans. We have no idea. We just know bottles were thrown, Brown got a little cut on the chin, and accusations were flying as far as the bottles. We still have no idea what happened and they probably don’t either.



Reality TV lovers Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada met on Twitter and romanced on “Basketball Wives.” The two seemed to be really in love, even though these pesky stories about Chad’s cheating cropped up ever so often. But these two got hitched in kind of rachet Cinderella style and all was good as they had their own reality show planned. That’s until Johnson and Lozada got into an argument over a condom receipt and Johnson head-butted Lozada, cutting open her forehead. The marriage was over, as was Johnson’s NFL career and their proposed VH1 reality show. Johnson took responsibility and Lozada showed up on “Iyanla, Fix My Life.” Recently Lozada has said she’d like to talk to Johnson again for “closure.” Will it air on the upcoming season 5 of “Basketball Wives?” Guess we’ll have to tune in.


In what seems to be a move to bring in a younger audience,  “American Idol” announced that they’d bring in Nikki Minaj and Mariah Carey to be judges for the upcoming season. While we remain unclear about Ms. Minaj’s qualifications to judge talent, we figured the “Idol” folks knew what they were doing. That’s until Ms. Minaj decided to come at Mariah Carey, winner of oh, about 1235 more Grammy Awards and seller of 14 billion more records than Minaj because Minaj was sick of her “diva” ways. Ms. Pot, please meet Ms. Kettle. We guess this drama will make “Idol” continue to stand out among the overload of televised singing competition shows. We guess.


They should have never given Black people Twitter. Case in point: singer/songwriter Wyclef Jean who didn’t think twice before sending out a Twitpic of himself in red briefs by his Ducati motorcycle. Yup, that’s right. Just off of trashing his ex Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley in his ludicrously boneheaded memoir, Clef then decided that swimsuit model was now a good career choice. Perhaps if he’d heard of lotion on his lower extremities, it could have worked. You be the judge here:


How could he? Michael Ealy, at last count the world’s most eligible Black bachelor outside of Idris Elba, goes and gets married. We didn’t even know dude had a girlfriend! How did he managed to keep both the girlfriend from us and the marriage for three whole months? We weep at this lost opportunity to convince him of the error of his ways. But hey, congrats to Katira Rafiqzada,,,20658215,00.html the new Mrs. Ealy. We can’t hate Mike, she’s pretty. But dang! Give us a heads up next time!


Oh, Stacy Dash, what were you thinking? That you could exercise your constitutional right to vote for whomever you wanted? Of course you can. But hell, let’s face it, Black people don’t agree on much. We don’t agree on music, or Tyler Perry or Kim Kardashian or which reality TV show character we hate the most. But 97% of registered Black voters went for President Barack Obama. You didn’t have to. But once you declared yourself, in a red bathing suit, no less, a Romney supporter, you couldn’t see the blacklash, I mean backlash coming? It’s not like, you ever talked politics out of your pretty little head before. So why now, Stacy? Why? All we can say is, good politicians know who their audience is, which is why Obama’s still in charge and you’re….well…still pretty.

BAW’s 2012 Top Entertainment Stories
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