Wednesday, March 31, 2010




Yesterday, Erykah Badu released her much anticipated album, New Amerykah Part II: Return Of The Ankh. Her powerful video for the song "Window Seat" recently premiered and here was Georgia Mae's music guru's response: "I see how Badu got all her men to wear crochet hats and all that other crazy mess. Badu kinda thick up under them Kente cloths!" 


If you haven't heard, Badu removes all of her clothes in the video, but not in a striptease kind of way. Her nudity is meant to make a political statement. (The video also begins with audio from the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.) Unfortunately, I'm not sure if Edd or any other heterosexual man will be paying attention to the message she's trying to convey.  Check it out and let us know what you think. Meanwhile, Edd is going to try to gather his composure and put together a review of the new album. You can expect it this week. 



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Georgia Mae's quest to crown hip hop's queen continues. Four women made it to the Elite 8 - let's see who you chose:


MC Lyte's dominance continued, easily turning back Trina with 88 percent of the vote.


In what I consider a mild upset, Da Brat squeezed by the Lady of Rage with 63 percent of the vote.


Give it to 'em Queen! She got it! Queen Latifah racked up another victory, defeating Left Eye with 75 percent of the vote.


And speaking of queens, the Queen Bee had little trouble with her opposition. Lil Kim beat back Remy Ma with 75 percent of the vote. And stole some of Remy's weave to add to her personal collection.


We now head into the second half of the regional semifinals, so your votes are crucial. Don't get mad at us if your favorite is crushed! Y'all should know the rules by now, but in case you don't, just check below. Voting ends Thursday at 9 p.m. EST.


- Vote for who you feel is the better artist, not necessarily your favorite artist.


- If you're unfamiliar with an artist or just can't remember a person (trust me, we go waaaay back for some of these ladies), simply click the links I've provided below for a refresher. Try not to shortchange anybody.


- Please don't stuff the ballot box. For you computer hackers out there, have some integrity. If Queen Pen miraculously gets 200,000,000 votes out of nowhere I'll call foul.


- Have fun! Spread the word and invite your friends to check us out.


Cleopatra Jones Region Semifinals


Lauryn Hill breezed by her last opponent, but Eve will provide much stiffer competition.




Missy Elliott might not be a match for Foxy Brown lyrically, but can her style and creativity give her an edge?




Florida Evans Region Semifinals


True lyricists collide as Jean Grae meets Rah Digga. I'd pay to see these two battle it out for real.


Shawnna better bring her A-game because Bahamadia has looked unstoppable thus far.




Join us Friday morning for the results and the standings for the Elite 8!
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010





I seem to write about body image at least once a week on this blog, and those of you who are loyal readers know that I am quite excited about the fact that we're beginning to see more curvy models in fashion magazines. Unfortunately, the presence of so-called plus-size models in ads can actually lower a woman's self-esteem, according to a recent study by researchers at Arizona State University, the University of Cologne in Germany and Erasmus University in the Netherlands.


“We believe it is unlikely that many brands will gain market share by using heavy models in their ads,” said Naomi Mandel, marketing associate professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. “We found that overweight consumers demonstrated lower self-esteem – and therefore probably less enthusiasm about buying products – after exposure to any size models in ads (versus ads with no models). Also, normal-weight consumers experienced lower self-esteem after exposure to moderately heavy models, such as those in Dove soap’s ‘Real Women’ campaign, than after exposure to moderately thin models.”


Mandel and her fellow researchers conducted the study based on the popular notion that looking at extremely thin models can negatively affect consumers’ self-esteem and possibly even lead to eating disorders in young girls. Although they did confirm that exposure to extremely thin models can be damaging to most women’s self-esteem, they also found that so can exposure to heavier models. 


The study found that thinner women with a low BMI tended to experience a boost in self-esteem when they viewed all models because they identified positively with the thinner models and saw themselves as different from the heavier models. Heavier women experienced a drop in self-esteem when looking at all models because they saw themselves as different from the thinner, idealized ones and similar to the overweight models. 


Meanwhile, women with a normal BMI had the most shifts in self-esteem, depending on what types of images they saw and could therefore be the most influenced by pictures in ads. For example, if they viewed a moderately thin model, they felt similar and good; if they saw a moderately heavy model, they worried they were similar and overweight.


What about you? Which type of model would you like to see featured in ads? Vote and add your comment below.





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Monday, March 29, 2010

The first round of Georgia Mae's Femcee Tournament is in the books, and last week marked the fiercest round of competition yet!


Here are the results of the Florida Evans Region:


It looked bleak there for a moment but Jean Grae put away Jacki-O with 60 percent of the vote.


Digga Digga (birth name Rashia) and MIA were neck and neck throughout most of the voting period but when the smoke cleared Rah Digga was left standing by just a 10 percent margin. Harriet Thugman was victorious with 57 percent of the vote.


Shawnna proved that she's a force even without Ludacris in her corner, knocking off Ms Jade with 67 percent of the vote.


Poor Lil Mama was way over her head battling Bahamadia, who won with 100 percent of the vote. After her loss, Lil Mama revealed that she was really Lil Bow Wow in drag, confirming my suspicions.


Today we head into the regional semis, which means the competition only gets tougher. If you haven't voted yet, I sure hope you aren't as lazy on your Census forms. Geez, voting is easy - just click over on the right. Voting ends Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST. The rules:


- Vote for who you feel is the better artist, not necessarily your favorite artist.


- If you're unfamiliar with an artist or just can't remember a person (trust me, we go waaaay back for some of these ladies), simply click the links I've provided below for a refresher. Try not to shortchange anybody.


- Please don't stuff the ballot box. For you computer hackers out there, have some integrity. If Queen Pen miraculously gets 200,000,000 votes out of nowhere I'll call foul.


- Have fun! Spread the word and invite your friends to check us out.


Angela Davis Region Semifinals




Trina has defeated one veteran, is she bad enough to take down MC Lyte?


One is too old to wear barrettes, the other is too old for afro puffs but both are monsters on the mic: Da Brat vs The Lady of Rage




Weezy Jefferson Region Semifinals


Can Left Eye's "Waterfalls" drown Queen Latifah's "Black Reign?"


Lil Kim vanquished one of enemies, now she faces another in Remy Ma. Does Kim have ANY friends?




Join us Wednesday morning for the results and the second half of the regional semifinals!
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Noel Gourdin is an R&B singer from Boston, Massachusetts who is best known for his song called "The River." He has released one album titled After My Time. Enjoy!


"Hurts Like Hell" by Noel Gourdin


"Sorry" by Noel Gourdin
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Rap's top ladies continue to battle it out!


Here are the results from the Cleopatra Jones Region:


Khia didn't stand a chance. Lauryn Hill killed her softly with 100 percent of the vote.


Eve established her dominance with a convincing win over West Coast vet Yo-Yo. E-V-E racked up 88 percent of votes.


Honestly, I expected Nicki Minaj to pull off the upset, but it wasn't to be. Missy Elliott whipped the upstart with 75 percent of the vote. And all Nicki could do is make stupid faces. As usual.


Foxy Brown roughed up Diamond with 88 percent of the vote.


Thanks again to those who voted. Now, we head into the final first round matches. If you haven't voted yet, get with it! Here are the rules. Voting ends Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST:


- Vote for who you feel is the better artist, not necessarily your favorite artist.


- If you're unfamiliar with an artist or just can't remember a person (trust me, we go waaaay back for some of these ladies), simply click the links I've provided below for a refresher. Try not to shortchange anybody.


- Please don't stuff the ballot box. For you computer hackers out there, have some integrity. If Queen Pen miraculously gets 200,000,000 votes out of nowhere I'll call foul.


- Have fun! Spread the word and invite your friends to check us out.


Florida Evans Region, First Round


The criminally underrated Jean Grae faces Miami mami Jacki-O


Dirty Harriet Rah Digga goes across the pond to face MIA


In probably the most evenly matched bout of the tournament, former DTP member Shawnna battles former Timbaland protege Ms. Jade


I know y'all remember Bahamadia! She dances with MTV's Lil Mama




Join us Monday morning for the results and the first set of semi-final matches!
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Monica


Still Standing (released March 23, 2010)




So, did y'all watch Monica's reality show "Still Standing" on BET? The only reality TV I submit to these days is the Bad Girls Club and occasional episodes of Cheaters.


What can I say? I like to watch people fight.


Since the only time I watch BET is when I'm forced to endure 106 & Park while in the barbershop, I didn't get to see much of Monica's show - except for one episode.


Monica was sitting around with Timbaland and a bunch of other knuckleheads discussing what black folks always talk about - black women "knowing their place" or something. Monica, clearly as bored as I was, decided to sing a song that she hoped to be her first single. That song was "Everything to Me" and it blew me away. There was a discussion about the track not being radio friendly but I didn't stick around to hear how things went - I turned back to Family Guy.


What? The commercial break was over.


Still, after hearing "Everything to Me," I got pretty excited about Monica's newest offering. She's quietly dropped solid, consistent albums since 1995's Miss Thang. Still Standing proves to be yet another solid outing, but after listening to its 10 tracks, I still felt a bit unfulfilled.


The album certainly has its share of triumphs. "Everything to Me," co-written, among others, by Missy Elliott and Jazmine Sullivan (both of whom need new albums of their own ASAP) reminds us that Monica can SANG. Her vocals, assisted with buckets of emotion and a sample of Deniece Williams' classic 80s cut "Silly," give me flashbacks to the early 90s. You know, when they actually sang on songs. "Love All Over Me," produced by her boy Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, gives me similar chills. Those high notes and hi hats get ME high - in a musical sense, that is. Crack is wack.


But as much as I wanna love this album, nothing else here gets me as excited as the two previously mentioned tracks. The remaining songs are certainly above average, but sadly are just run-of-the mill R&B songs. "Stay or Go" and "Mirror" are decent but Keyshia Cole, LeToya Luckett, Ciara and the rest could churn out the same songs with similar results. They lack the robust harmonies and emotions Moncia brings to the songs I mentioned earlier. This especially goes for "Superman" - you can tell from the title that it's chock-full of played out superhero metaphors. You'll be hitting the 'skip' button faster than a speeding bullet.


See, I can do it too. And it's just as lame.


Still Standing proves that Monica still has plenty of gas in her tank. Next time I hope she spends more time taking us to new places, instead of revisiting the same ol' stops.


And hopefully she won't have to put out another reality show to remind us she's still around.






Best tracks: "All Over Me," "Everything to Me," "Stay or Go"


3.5 stars out of 5
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Thursday, March 25, 2010





If you know me well you know I love The Golden Girls. So imagine how excited I was when I found That's What Bea Said, a new website devoted to quirky quotes by Bea Arthur's Dorothy Zbornak. 


Here's a sample:


"You're a furry little gnome and we feed you too much."


"How come whenever my ship comes in it's leaking?"


"The only time I get in that position is when I give birth."



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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Georgia Mae's battle for female dominance rages on!


Here are the results from Weezy Jefferson Region:


All Hail The Queen! Queen Latifah looked unstoppable as she gained 100 percent of the votes to send Kid Sister back to the nail salon.


In the most competitive contest of the tourney so far, Left Eye and Mia X were locked in a dead heat until Miss Lopes shot ahead to win with 71 percent of the vote. After her win, Lisa mumbled something about grabbing a blowtorch and heading to Mia's house, but we calmed her down.


Sorry, Boss, voters thought that Remy Ma was just a little "Deeper" than you - Remy smashed the Boss lady with 100 percent of the vote.


Charli Baltimore, likely distracted by Lil Kim's dazzling array of wigs, went down in defeat to the Queen Bee. Kim won easily with 86 percent of the vote.


Thanks again to all who voted. If you're reading this and haven't voted yet, stop reading and start clicking! Polls are on the right.


Oh wait, read this stuff first. This round of voting ends Thursday at 9 p.m. EST:


- Vote for who you feel is the better artist, not necessarily your favorite artist.


- If you're unfamiliar with an artist or just can't remember a person (trust me, we go waaaay back for some of these ladies), simply click the links I've provided below for a refresher. Try not to shortchange anybody.


- Please don't stuff the ballot box. For you computer hackers out there, have some integrity. If Queen Pen miraculously gets 200,000,000 votes out of nowhere I'll call foul.


- Have fun! Spread the word and invite your friends to check us out.


Cleopatra Jones Region, First Round


The legendary Lauryn Hill hopes to teach the foul-mouthed Khia some manners


It's East Coast versus West Coast all over again - Philly's Eve vs L.A.'s Yo-Yo


Everybody loves Nicki Minaj these days, but can she drum up enough support to upset the phenomenal Missy Elliott?


Brooklyn bombshell Foxy Brown faces young upstart Diamond




Join us Friday morning for the results and the final first-round matches!
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Editor's Note: This post is a response to a reader's request. After reading Tara's "Letting loose," Ralphinathinks wanted to know how she could let go of her locs without a big chop.  

Contributed by: Tara Walker

A lot of people, including myself at one point, believe that practically shaving your head is the only way to remove locs. That is so not true. Now I didn't say taking my locs out was the easiest or quickest thing I've ever done, but with care and patience they can actually be combed or picked out. Remember that the locking method you used, the amount of time you've had them in and the length of your locs will all (among any other factors) contribute to the experince you'll have taking your locs down. Here's what I did:

-the first thing I did was grab the largest bottle of cheap conditioner I had. If you need to buy conditioner, I'd suggest brands like Suave or V05, because you'll need a LOT of it but shouldn't have to spend more than $4-$5 (even that's stretching it) buying the amount you'll need. When you're first starting out and allowing your locs to mature the use of products that have a creamy consistency, especially conditioners, is discouraged because several are used to help detangle the hair. So once I was taking the locs out, conditioner was the perfect and only thing I used.

-I slathered a bunch of the conditioner all throughout my head, covered it with a plastic bag (just because I didn't have a shower cap), and let it set for a good hour. The conditioner helped soften the locs so they'd be a little eaiser to pick out, so feel free to let the conditioner set longer.

-I then got a rattail comb and went to work. The pointed part I used to pick the ends loose, then as I picked the loc apart, I combed through to completely loosen my hair. As I went through each loc I would add more conditioner, which made it easier to get through the loc.

-I repeated those steps until my hair was loose, then I went through my wash routine and that was it! As I said earlier, how long it will take depends on several factors, but I took mine down in two days, which is actually pretty quick. My locs were between an inch or two long, and they weren't completely locked, so that helped me tremendously. Also one key thing to remember is that if you feel there's a lot of hair coming out with each loc, it's completely normal. Most people can shed between 50-100 hairs per day, so just imagine how much shed hair you'd have just after a couple months, let alone a few years.

Should you have any more questions or maybe would like to see a visual, I'd go to YouTube and search for 'taking down locs'. I also suggest
Nappturality.com, which is a natural haircare forum that I'm a member of and love dearly!


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010





While New Jersey resident Donna Simpson, 42, is on a mission to become the world's fattest woman, several other people who are also intentionally gaining weight are also making headlines. The Guardian's Lynda Cowell recently wrote of a few women who are purposely overeating. Some are doing so to buck traditional beauty standards or to feel liberated. Others gain weight simply because they want to do so. "It is my right to be fat; nothing about making a point," Helen Gibson, a 40-year-old nurse, told Cowell. 


Some gainers point to the fat acceptance movement as their inspiration, but the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance actually dismisses gaining on health grounds and, as Anna North at Jezebel.com points out, would most likely dismiss it on political grounds as well. She writes: 


A cornerstone of FA is the notion that diets don't work, and that many people naturally have fat bodies even if they eat as little, and exercise as much, as others who are thin. By consciously overeating to become fatter, gainers turn this idea on its head. Though they're probably a tiny percentage of all fat people... they may increase fat stigma by convincing the public that fat is, in some cases, a choice.


What I find most interesting is the sexual aspect of gaining weight, which is often glossed over or labeled fetishism in most articles about fat acceptance. As Cowell states, for some gainers "more fat means more sex appeal; the extra flesh that everyone else is attempting to shed fuels their desires." 


This may sound strange, but is it really? As North writes, "many claim that losing weight makes women 'feel sexier' -- is it any more unnatural if gaining weight makes some women feel sexy too?"


This actually makes a lot of sense to me. Though I'm now a size 10 when I was younger I was very thin and wished for a curvier body. I felt this would make me more of a woman and more desirable.


That said, I don't believe that anyone should risk their health gaining (or losing) weight to achieve some image of the perfect body. Simpson currently weighs over 600 lbs and will need to consume 12,000 calories per day to get up to her goal weight, which is about 1,000 lbs. She insists that she's healthy, but considering she currently needs a mobility scooter when she goes shopping, I doubt that's true. 

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Monday, March 22, 2010

The battle to crown the queen of rap rages on!


Here are the results of the Angela Davis Region:


- Instead of asking "Where Dem Dollas At," Gangsta Boo will be asking "Do you want fries with that" after getting totally massacred by MC Lyte. Lyte walked away with 100 percent of votes, establishing herself as a tourney favorite.


- In the tightest match of the bracket, Trina proved she's still the baddest, rebounding from a near loss to beat Roxanne Shante with 56 percent of the vote.


- Lady Luck didn't live up to her name, going down in defeat to the Brat-tat-tat-tat. Da Brat breezed by her challenger with 93 percent of the vote.


- The Lady of Rage is still rockin' rough n' stuff, smacking Amil all the way back to 1998 with 87 percent of the vote.


Thanks to all who voted. For those who haven't, stop being lame and join in! Simply click your picks via the polls on the right. Voting ends Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST. Again, the rules:


- Vote for who you feel is the better artist, not necessarily your favorite artist.


- If you're unfamiliar with an artist or just can't remember a person (trust me, we go waaaay back for some of these ladies), simply click the links I've provided below for a refresher. Try not to shortchange anybody.


- Please don't stuff the ballot box. For you computer hackers out there, have some integrity. If Queen Pen miraculously gets 200,000,000 votes out of nowhere I'll call foul.


- Have fun! Spread the word and invite your friends to check us out.


Weezy Jefferson Region, First Round




Her highness Queen Latifah battles newcomer Kid Sister


Sentimental favorite Left Eye takes on New Orleans heavy hitter Mia X


These two will take it straight to the hood: Remy Ma vs Boss


And the match you've been waiting for - the brawl between Biggie's mistresses Lil Kim and Charli Baltimore


Join us Wednesday for the results and more first round action!
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will return next week. 

In the meantime, spread the word that Georgia Mae is looking for emerging artists who want their new music reviewed. If there are local artists in your town who you think deserve some attention, let us know. 

xoxo,
javacia   
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Friday, March 19, 2010





If you're as much of a Sandra Bullock fan as I am, I'm sure you're fuming right now over the reports of her husband's affair. But some say that instead being furious with Jesse James we should blame Oscar. 


The New York Post reports that in the past dozen years, nearly every woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress has broken up with her husband, boyfriend or lover -- some just months after thanking them from the award show stage. There's Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe, Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt, and Halle Berry and Eric Benet. 

The Daily Beast, also writing on how Oscar breaks up happy homes, quotes Hilary Black, the author of The Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth About Women, Money, and Relationships, on the matter. "I think there's a true cultural expectation implanted in people's minds, unconsciously or consciously, where men feel obligated to be more successful. That can put a lot of pressure on a marriage," she said. "People talk of this gender-equity game that's the result of a post-feminism culture, but I think that a lot of these people grew up watching the man be more successful."

The article also quotes New York divorce lawyer Raoul Felder who says, "Money equals sex equals masculinity. Many men find it demeaning and emasculating when they're outdone by their spouse. It doesn't play well at the bowling alley to be second to the wife."

Before we get carried away, though, let's remember that lots of people cheat and many marriages, especially those in the limelight of celebrity, fail.

As Jessica Grose points out over at Slate's Double X Factor, "if you take one look at the list of best actor nominees and winners, you'll see that their relationship track-records are not much better: 2008 winner Sean Penn's relationship with Robin Wright broke up about seven times; when Russell Crowe won in 2000, he was busy breaking up Meg Ryan's marriage to Dennis Quaid. Though he's never won, George Clooney's love life is pretty checkered-ditto fellow best actor nominees Bill Murray and Mickey Rourke. Hollywood relationships are notoriously hard to maintain independent of Oscar wins..."

Further more, as Irin Carmon aptly states at Jezebel.com, this Oscar curse nonsense simply implies, "That's what you get for trying to have it all."

Give it a rest, people. 

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Thursday, March 18, 2010







I saw this commercial for the first time yesterday. Initially, I started looking around my living room for cameras. The commercial was so ridiculous I was certain I was being punked. Several seconds in, however, I realized this was actually a spoof of just how silly tampon ads can be. By the end of the commercial I was laughing out loud and so proud of Kotex that I was ready to change brands. (Come on Tampax, surely you can think of something witty too.) Kotex is even brave enough to make fun of itself. The clips mocked in the spot are actually from old Kotex commercials.

Question: Do you feel a little squimish reading this because I’m talking about tampons? Knowing Georgia Mae readers, probably not, but I’m sure there’s probably a handful of you hoping this post is going to turn to a different topic soon (sorry, it’s not).

This new marketing campaign by Kotex is not only meant to parody some of the conventions of tampon advertising but also be more frank about menstruation. The website behind the campaign states: “People are so freaky about periods. What gives?” The mission of this new U by Kotex brand is to “stop all the weirdness about periods” and to stop the promotion of tampon and pad ads that have nothing to do with real periods. 

Jos at Feministing.com wrote yesterday that, “When a company's tampon ad mocks its previously criticized ads you know feminism is working.”

But we still have a long way to go. The New York Times reports that the commercial, created by the company JWT, was originally going to include the word vagina, but Kotex subbed in the term “down there” after the spot was rejected by three networks. After the substitution two of those three networks still shot down the ad.

 “It’s very funny because the whole spot is about censorship,” Merrie Harris, global business director at JWT, told the NYT.  “The whole category has been very euphemistic, or paternalistic even, and we’re saying, enough with the euphemisms, and get over it. Tampon is not a dirty word, and neither is vagina.”


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's that time of year - the entire country has been infected by March Madness. Everybody loves a good tournament and here at GeorgiaMae we're ready for a little hip-hop bracketology.


Over the next few weeks, 32 of hip hop's most talented (and notorious) female rappers will wage war for the title of Top Femcee.


Who will wear the ice-encrusted tiara? That's up to you.


To the right of this blog you'll find polls. Simply vote for who you think is the better artist. Before we start, a few house rules:


- Vote for who you feel is the better artist, not necessarily your favorite artist.


- If you're unfamiliar with an artist or just can't remember a person (trust me, we go waaaay back for some of these ladies), simply click the links I've provided below for a refresher. Try not to shortchange anybody.


- Please don't stuff the ballot box. For you computer hackers out there, have some integrity. If Queen Pen miraculously gets 200,000,000 votes out of nowhere I'll call foul.


- Have fun! Spread the word and invite your friends to check us out. Voting for this round ends Friday at 9 p.m. EST.


Without any further ado:


Angela Davis Region, First Round




Hip hop legend MC Lyte takes it to the street against Memphis' Gangsta Boo


Battle-tested veteran Roxanne Shante faces off with bad girl Trina


In a battle that could be almost too close to call, Da Brat goes against Jersey spitter Lady Luck


Afro puffs vs weave: The Lady of Rage vs former Roc member Amil




Join us Monday morning for the results and more first-round action!

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Last week Howard Stern, doing what he does best, caused uproar when he called Precious star Gabourey Sidibe "the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen." He urged the 26-year-old to seek help because "obesity" is a life-threatening condition and also questioned her ability to land any more roles in Hollywood because of her size, saying "she's never going to be in another movie."

Jessica Simpson called the comments disrespectful, Whoopi Goldberg urged Stern to focus on Sidibe's talent, not her dress size, and Sidibe's mother, Alice Tan Ridley, told Stern to "Get a life!"

Ridley went on to say, "I don't see him giving jobs out to anybody, so why should we care what he says?" She added, “He might not hire her, but someone else will."

Looks like she's right. According to
 Access Hollywood, Sidibe has landed a recurring role in Showtime’s dark comedy series “The Big C.” The show stars Laura Linney as Cathy, a repressed suburban teacher/wife/mom who vows to reclaim her left after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sidibe will play a quick-witted student in Cathy’s class. The series is set to debut in late summer. 

Never one to take Howard Stern's side on anything, I do recognize that Sidibe runs the risk of being pigeonholed into roles that are designed for larger women. And those roles are typically in "big girls need love too" comedies that leave you feeling that somehow the full-figured star was not a self-confident heroine, but simply the butt of the joke. However, perhaps Sidibe will be the one to change that. I sure hope so. 

Meanwhile, if Sidibe does decide she wants to lose weight I hope it's because she believes it will make her healthier and not because she believes she has to look like this to succeed. 

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, however, reminds us that you can't tell if a person is healthy simply by looking at him or her.  "Fat does not equal disease and thin does not equal healthy," NAAFA spokeswoman Peggy Howell told TMZ.com. "Achievements come in all sizes."
What do you think? 
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