–A video clip circulated around the internet on Wednesday of Patrick Howley, a white reporter, who made racist comments and complained that there were “so many Black people” at the country music-themed CMT Music Awards on April 11.
One of the Black people who took part in the 2022 show was actor Anthony Mackie, who co-hosted the event, and singer Monica, who performed alongside Jimmie Allen and Little Big Town.
In response to the harsh comments, Monica posted a note on Instagram, alerting Howley of her continued presence on the country music scene.
“I’ve never been more motivated.. Patrick Howley, although your feelings are likely shared by some, it’s NOT by the masses! I have an all star LEGENDARY team of true country artist that are currently working with me that would beg to differ!” she wrote. “This was the first of many times that you will see me! I see You caught that my skin is melanated, but you missed that it was tough! I’m rooted in the word & built to last! See you soon, or should I say ‘Welcome to Wakanda’ gracefully bows w/@anthonymackie.”
Monica ended her note with a reminder about her upcoming country album, writing, “‘OPEN ROADS COMING SOON.'”
Many fans and celebrities commented in support of the Grammy winner. CMT responded saying, “@monicadenise WE love you. Your performance at the show with @jimmieallen and @littlebigtown was magical. AND we can’t wait for the new music you’ve got coming soon.”
–A new Beats by Dre ad arrived on Wednesday, and it features new, unreleased music by Diddy.
The 60-second clip stars top NFL prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux, as he trains for his next chapter in football.
Wearing the new Beats headphones, Thibodeaux works out to the track, while Diddy is heard narrating some of the prophetic lyrics.
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