We have the inside scoop (sort of) on all of the drama following the Blue Ivy hair “joke” read by Karrueche on BET’s “106 & Park”. Also, it’s being reported a producer from the show has been suspended. Get the deets inside…
All hell broke loose on Monday when Karrueche Tran (who was guest hosting) read an incredibly insensitive joke about Blue Ivy’s hair on BET’s countdown show, “106 & Park.”
During a segment entitled “Top Six Things Blue Ivy Thought About The VMAs,” Kae read from a teleprompter and said, “I really did wake up like this because my parents never comb my hair [laughs] Sorry Blue!”
Since the show aired, Karrueche has offered up apologies via Twitter and official statements (after the BEYhive went into attack mode), while BET’s President of Music Programming Stephen G. Hill released an apology on behalf of the network. He said the joke was a bad judgment call and that the network had already apologized to Beyonce and Jay Z.
We’re sure you all have noticed that “106 & Park” has not aired since the now infamous hair joke, which lead some to believe it was pulled because of all of the controversy. There have been reports that say BET decided NOT to show “106 & Park” this week after all of the negative backlash.
So we reached out to BET and according to our source, this is a just rumor and NOT fact. It’s unclear if this was always the plan (being that many shows are running reruns right now) or if they really axed the show for the week because of the Blue Ivy drama. Hmph.
And as for the repercussions of the inconsiderate joke on a 2-year-old? A source revealed to the NY Daily News that a producer from the show has reportedly been suspended. No word on if the producer was suspended indefinitely or not, but action was taken to help rectify their huge “mistake.” Sighs...
Guess BET can forget even a Vine video performance from Queen Bey now.
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In yet another example of police misconduct, an award-winning producer missed a chic pre-Emmy bash after cops detained him for "fitting the description" of a robbery suspect. All while he was simply walking to his car after leaving a restaurant. More inside...
On Monday, film and television producer Charles Belk expressed outrage after he was detained, handcuffed and imprisoned by Beverly Hills Police. He recounted the shocking story on Facebook in a post titled, WHEN YOU "FIT THE DESCRIPTION":
It’s one of those things that you hear about, but never think it would happen to you. On Friday afternoon, August 22nd around 5:20pm, while innocently walking by myself from a restaurant on Wilshire Blvd, to my car up LaCienega Blvd my freedom was taken from me by the Beverly Hills Police Department. Within seconds, I was detained and told to sit on the curb of the very busy street, during rush hour traffic.
Within minutes, I was surrounded by 6 police cars, handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb.
Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.
Within an evening, I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded…..All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong “tall, bald head, black male,” ... "fitting the description."
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know at the time that I was a law abiding citizen of the community and that in my 51 years of existence, had never been handcuffed or arrested for any reason. All they saw, was someone fitting the description. Doesn't matter if he's a "Taye Diggs BLACK", a "LL Cool J BLACK", or "a Drake BLACK"
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was a well educated American citizen that had received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, an MBA from Indiana University (including a full Consortium Fellowship to business school) and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School. Hey, I was "tall", "bald", a "male" and "black", so I fit the description.
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that just hours earlier, I was at one of the finest hotels in their city, handling celebrity talent at a Emmy Awards Gifting Suite, as part of business as usual, and, invited to attend a VIP Emmy pre-party that very night in their city. The guy doing that, just DON"T fit the description.
What I don’t get………WHAT I DON”T GET, is, why, during the 45 minutes that they had me on the curb, handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil rights, that they could not simply review the ATM and bank’s HD video footage to clearly see that the “tall, bald headed, black male”… did not fit MY description.
Why, at 11:59pm (approximately 6 hours later), was the video footage reviewed only after my request to the Lead Detective for the Beverly Hills Police Department and an FBI Agent to do so, and, after being directly accused by another FBI Special Agent of “…going in and out of the bank several times complaining about the ATM Machine to cause a distraction…” thereby aiding in the armed robbery attempt of a bank that I never heard of, or ever been to; and within 10 minutes……10 MINUTES, my lawyer was told that I was being release because it was clear that it was not me.
Time has come for a change in the way OUR law enforcement officers "serve and protect" us.
We all do not, FIT THE DESCRIPTION.
So how did the Beverly Hills Cops respond? In a statement, police expressed regret. "The Beverly Hills Police Department deeply regrets the inconvenience to Mr. Belk and has reached out to him to express those regrets and further explain the circumstances."
They added that Charles was "properly detained" given the "totality of the circumstances." SIGH.......
Much like the police brutality and police discrimination issues, it seems like police conduct is easily swept under the rug and bad actions are often "justified". Do those officers owe Charles Belk something more than an apology?
Photos via Charles Belk's Facebook
K. Michelle put on a live show for Touch the Mic Tuesdays in Fort Lauderdale last night. And if you look closely, you can see she’s rockin her Dream Chasers medallion. Mmhmm…more inside….
Last night, K. Michelle and her long Poetic Justice braids took the stage at Cafe Iguana Pines megaplex for a live performance in Fort Lauderdale, FL, sponsored by Hennessy VS.
The “Can’t Raise A Man” singer performed some tracks from her debut album Rebllious Soul before a packed house of screaming fans. And as you can see, chick was stanning for incarcerated rapper Meek Mill. She was flexin’ in her Dream Chasers medallion and during her performance she stopped to sing the hook of Meek’s “Who You’re Around” featuring Mary J. Blige.
She also shouted out, “FREE MEEK” in between tracks.
We’re sure you all remember the fallout between K and her former friend Elle Varner. In a recent interview with Hot 97, K revealed the real reason she called out Elle on social media. And according to her, it had nothing to do with Meek Mill. The "VSOP" singer claims she came for the “Cold Case” singer because she stole one of her favorite songs to use for herself.
But it sounded more like she was butt-hurt because Elle was hanging out and hugging up on her "boo" Meek.
That booty of hers....
Also in the building:
“SisterHood of Hip Hop” star and Warner Bros. Records labelmate Brianna Perry came out to support looking cute in her cut-off shorts and blonde colored cropped bob. We recently caught up with the budding rapper where she dished on following her dreams and receiving her college degree. Check that out here.
Photos: ExclusiveAccess.Net/Brianna's IG