Melayna Williams

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Melayna Williams is a legal-educated, anti-racism advocate, writer and podcaster. Her work is grounded in community mobilization, social justice, critical race theory and intersectional feminism. She has worked in human rights law, education law, alternative dispute resolution and sexual assault crisis response. She hosts Black Tea on Frequency Podcast Network and her work has appeared in Macleans, Flare, Vice, Photo District News, NOW Magazine and West End Phoenix.


Everyone loves Lizzo

Melayna Posted by Melayna at June 24, 2019 19:35:31 June 24, 2019 19:35:31
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Last night, Lizzo performed fan favourite “Truth Hurts” at the BET awards, in an incredible wedding dress atop a wedding cake with her dancers. As usual, Lizzo was totally herself: powerful, electrifying, and fierce. As Lainey mentioned earlier Full Story

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BET honours Nipsey Hussle 

Melayna Posted by Melayna at June 24, 2019 16:25:50 June 24, 2019 16:25:50
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Last night at the BET Awards, some of the most meaningful moments were the ones honouring Nipsey Hussle, who was tragically gunned down in front of his store, The Marathon Clothing, at Crenshaw and Slauson, on March 31st, 2019.  The area in Los Angeles, known to Crips as the Rollin 60s, is where Nipsey grew up and worked to transform by opening multiple business ventures and opportunities, particularly for ex-gang members like himself Full Story

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Does Tory Lanez mean it? 

Melayna Posted by Melayna at June 20, 2019 20:26:51 June 20, 2019 20:26:51
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Tory Lanez emerged from his troll/rapper cave last week to expose what seemed like colourism against dark skin models at his video shoot for “Good Love”, a Nafe Smallz song he is featured on. I actually think Lanez is talented, and makes great music, but it often gets overshadowed by him being dragged on the internet. Full Story

Jesse and Taylour in Florence

Melayna Posted by Melayna at June 20, 2019 14:52:48 June 20, 2019 14:52:48
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It’s super refreshing to see Jesse Williams in the news for a baewatch and not leaked details of his messy divorce and custody battle. A few months ago, we learned that he was dating bombshell actress Taylour Paige and he seems happy. Which, contrary to the internet’s opinion, is a good thing. Full Story

Cassie & Alex’s pregnancy announcement 

Melayna Posted by Melayna at June 13, 2019 19:47:30 June 13, 2019 19:47:30
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Cassie is pregnant with her first child! She made the announcement early this morning, captioning the adorable picture of her and her boyfriend, Alex (most fitting last name ever) Fine as follows:           Full Story

Drake is not immune

Melayna Posted by Melayna at June 12, 2019 13:39:49 June 12, 2019 13:39:49
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Drake and Chris Brown’s new single “No Guidance” has hit #1 on Apple Music, with Chris celebrating the win on Instagram and Drake chiming in in the comments: “Jeeeeeeez....wait till the video drops - also are we the first mortal enemy duo to go number one on Apple Music?? #guinessbookofrecords” We all know the origin of their conflict is that they share an ex: pop star, makeup mogul, and fashion icon Rihanna. Full Story

Lena Waithe's The Chi drama

Melayna Posted by Melayna at June 10, 2019 17:26:28 June 10, 2019 17:26:28
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In the past few weeks, we have seen some serious drama unfold publicly from the set of  the Lena Waithe Showtime drama ,The Chi. Suddenly one of the stars, Jason Mitchell was thrust into the spotlight in a negative way, getting dropped from not only The Chi but also the Netflix movie Desperados, and his agency, UTA, for multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Full Story

Twitter comes for Future over Rolex

Melayna Posted by Melayna at May 29, 2019 15:09:58 May 29, 2019 15:09:58
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Last week, baby Future celebrated his 5th birthday and was gifted a Rolex from his father, Atlanta rapper Future. Due to baby Future having three high profile parents (Ciara, Future, and stepfather NFL superstar Russell Wilson), imaginary parents, caregivers, and childhood psychology Twitter went in on Future. Full Story

Miley raps about Nicki 

Melayna Posted by Melayna at May 28, 2019 19:45:34 May 28, 2019 19:45:34
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Nicki Minaj is in the news. Usually this makes me happy but Miley Cyrus has decided to speak on her to roll out three singles. On one called "Cattitude," Miley raps “I love you Nicki, but I listen to Cardi.” As fans, we can joke about the Nicki hate-train which she has, in the past, benefited from, but there are other times when we should analyze the ways people dislike black women for no reason, which I elaborated on last year for Vice Full Story