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.

Nicki Minaj to retire?

Melayna Posted by Melayna at September 6, 2019 16:41:37 September 6, 2019 16:41:37
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Yesterday, without warning, right in the middle of a relatively uneventful Thursday, Nicki Minaj announced her retirement. Not to be confused with a moment for haters, or even critics, or as she calls them “cocksuckers” or “the Nicki hate train”, this was just for the Barbz. Nicki’s exact wording, in a tweet that has since been deleted, was:  “I’ve decided to retire & have my family. Full Story

Megan Thee Stallion's Paper Magazine cover

Melayna Posted by Melayna at August 9, 2019 15:53:18 August 9, 2019 15:53:18
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Megan Thee Stallion covers the new issue of Paper Magazine which is only right, as she’s the inventor and muse for Hot Girl Summer. Anyone tapped into current hip-hop knows that the internet is truly undefeated, making and breaking careers, propelling underground artists, mixtapes, and singles to stardom that used to be the work of the label system. Full Story

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Melayna Posted by Melayna at August 6, 2019 18:10:53 August 6, 2019 18:10:53
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It was just this past January that it was announced that brilliantly vibrant comedian, former talk show host, and comedy writer Robin Thede would be creating A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO. Executive produced by Thede herself and Issa Rae, it was clear that the project would be special, and it did not disappoint when it premiered last Friday. Full Story

A$AP Rocky returns home 

Melayna Posted by Melayna at August 6, 2019 14:05:24 August 6, 2019 14:05:24
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Rapper A$AP Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) and two members of his crew were held in a Swedish prison for almost a month stemming from a June 30th street fight in Stockholm that was documented (at least partially) on video. On its face, it seems like Rocky was attempting to deescalate the fight when the video begins. Full Story

Antoine Fuqua is the one who’s married 

Melayna Posted by Melayna at July 30, 2019 19:33:15 July 30, 2019 19:33:15
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Last week, we saw a messy cheating scandal unfold. Paparazzi caught Nicole Murphy kissing director Antoine Fuqua, husband to actress Lela Rochon, in Italy. We are thirsty in these Black gossip and Twitter streets so we immediately judged the kiss as romantic, and just as quickly as Nicole put out this statement Full Story

Ayesha Curry: it’s not about the milly rock

Melayna Posted by Melayna at July 18, 2019 20:11:20 July 18, 2019 20:11:20
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Yesterday, Ayesha Curry was trending again and I have enough experience in this arena to know that it could not possibly be positive. Entrepreneur, mother of three and wife of NBA superstar Stephen Curry, Ayesha for some reason gets people deep into their online feelings virtually any time she does anything. Full Story

Missy Elliott covers Marie Claire

Melayna Posted by Melayna at July 17, 2019 15:08:23 July 17, 2019 15:08:23
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This week, Marie Claire profiled living legend and prolific hit-maker, Missy Elliott. Missy remains a pioneer in the industry, a hip-hop and R&B icon for over 20 years. Winner of 4 Grammys (nominated for 22), and having sold 30 million records, any discussion of Missy starts with where she sits, on top of the hip-hop world, solidly on anyone’s top 5 or top 10 lists. Full Story

Will Meghan McCain leave The View? 

Melayna Posted by Melayna at July 5, 2019 16:48:23 July 5, 2019 16:48:23
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Since beginning her controversial tenure at the The View two years ago, Meghan McCain has consistently made headlines. Often conflating her identity to being a Republican with a current libertarian politic and personal enemy to Donald Trump, roundtable discussions and interviews have more and more become about Meghan herself as she centers her personal narrative. Full Story