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People Are Calling Kelis A Gold Digger After Opening Up About Her Domestic Abuse But Latina Twitter Ain’t Having It

Kelis Rogers, best known as Kelis, the singer behind the 2006 feminist anthem “Bossy,” has never projected herself in a way that could suggest that she is anything less than a woman of strength. Throughout her career, the “Milkshake” singer has been vocal and upfront about her opinions not just on how the music industry operates but how it treats its female artists as well. Still, despite her known quality of being frank, the part Chinese-Puerto Rican music artist has actively made a point to stay tightlipped about her relationships, particularly about the one relating to the father of her son and ex-husband Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones AKA Nas.

In a recent interview, however, Kelis broke her silence to speak about the abuse she endured during the couple’s seven-year relationship. Her recent admission has Latinas across social platforms ready to open about their own experiences with domestic abuse.

During the interview, Kelis spoke openly about her tumultuous and abusive relationship with Nas and the many years of shaming slung her way that kept her from speaking up.

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In an interview with Hollywood Unlocked, Kelis accused hip-hop recording artist and rapper of being mentally and physically abusive during the course of their relationship. “I’ve waited nine years to say anything. I’ve never talked about this man. Ever … Did he hit me? Mmhmm. Did I hit him back? Mmhmm,” she admitted. “I’m not afraid to throw a punch, but I wouldn’t have started it. I’ll participate in ending it, but I wouldn’t have started it.”

At one point the singer admitted that she had considered going public about the abuse after seeing Chris Brown’s 2009 assault of Rihanna.

“I remember so clearly, when the pictures came out with that whole thing that happened with her and Chris Brown, and the only way I can describe it was like Double Dutch. ‘Do I jump in? Do I say it?’ Cause I had bruises all over my body at that time. I remember being in Atlanta, sitting in the kitchen, and I was like, ‘Do I?’ And I wasn’t ready to walk. I just wasn’t. And so I didn’t say it.’”

She did, however, file for divorce from the rapper two months later. In perhaps one of the most poignant parts of the interview the singer recalled being called “crazy” by Nas’s fans in the months following this. She also shared how in the years since their breakup, as news headlines have reported on the legal arguments between the two musicians including her file for parental support for their son, she has been accused of being a “gold digger.”

And for the most part, Latina Twitter has expressed how the interview has them feeling BEYOND seen.

Domestic abuse in the Latino community is a very real issue that 1 in 3 Latinas will deal with in their lifetime. So often women fear speaking up about their abuse, not just because of the threats they face from their partners, but the rejection and accusations they risk taking on as soon as they out their abuser as well. In the years since her divorce from Nas, Kelis has often found herself on the receiving end of harsh criticisms for her decision to divorce the rapper. One look at #Kelis, which is currently trending on Twitter, and it’s easy to find a slew of derogatory words being attached to her name simply because of her decision to open up about Nas’s abusive behavior.

Many women have taken to Twitter to share their own experiences of being shamed into silence after enduring abuse. 

Various women on the platform are beginning to open up about their experiences with abuse and victim blaming for staying in a relationship that threatened their lives.

Some are even thanking the singer for speaking on an issue that hits way to close to home.

Similar to the #MeToo movement launched in October last year, women have expressed how Kelis’s interview has reminded them that they are not alone.

One woman quickly pointed out how Nas’s abuse didn’t just come with physical blows either.

Throughout the interview, Kelis underlined the many different ways the rapper inflicted emotional wounds on the singer as well. During one portion of the interview, she described how the rapper withheld financial support for her and her child after she had given birth by refusing to help make payments on a house they owned together.

Some called out how Nas has actively worked to silence Kelis by shame labeling her through his music and interviews.

While Kelis has remained silent about the couple’s divorce for years, Nas has been extremely open about his criticisms over his relationship with Kelis. In 2012 he wrote and recorded the album “Life Is Good” after Kelis left him and filed for divorce. Not only did he air out his personal account of the relationship on the album he also made her wedding dress a focus on the “Life Is Good” cover album as well.

Kelis’s account of her relationship is a heartbreaking one, still women are hopeful that her strength of speaking up will cause another trend.

Many have hope that her honesty will inspire more women, particularly of the hip-hop and music realm which has largely gone unscathed in the wake of # MeToo, to share their stories.


Read: 5 Things To Know About Latina Girls And The Sexual Abuse-To-Prison Pipeline

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

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In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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ANTM’s Eva Marcille Bravely Comes Forward With Her Story Of Having Hide In ‘Multiple Places’ To Evade Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

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ANTM’s Eva Marcille Bravely Comes Forward With Her Story Of Having Hide In ‘Multiple Places’ To Evade Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

Shade is often thrown around on any given episode of the Real Housewives franchises. Gossip is what makes the reality show interesting. Sometimes, however, when lies spread, the truth that is ultimately revealed can be hurtful and speak more about reality than what was intended.

On last night’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” one of the women, Marlo, tried to come for a castmate to poke fun at her financial woes. The shade turned out to expose longtime abuse.

Eva Marcille revealed on RHOA that the reason she has been moving from house to house isn’t that she’s lacking money but rather scared for her safety.

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“I still feel a sense of threat,” Marcille told her castmates on last night’s episode. “I have had to move five times, and I still feel a sense of uneasiness. He’s just so petty sometimes. I’ve walked outside of my balcony before, and he’s been standing in the dark. And it is the scariest feeling ever.”

Marcille is an American actress and former winner of the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model who is of Puerto Rican descent.

Marcille alleged that she has a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Kevin McCall due to stalking and domestic abuse.

The couple, who share a daughter together (though she refers to him as a “donor”), separated in 2015. She has since gone on to marry Atlanta lawyer Micheal T. Sterling; they too share a child.

Marcille dispelled gossip that she and Sterling have frequently moved around because of financial troubles.

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“Every time I move, he finds me,” Marcille said on the episode. “Because of that, I live in multiple places. Safety is a priority for me.”

Sterling took to social media to support his wife by saying “Everything we got, we earned the hard way. And every day that I wake up, I work for legacy, not labels. Motivational use only.”

Marcille told the women that a former friend, who she had a falling out with, began spreading lies about her. “The lies are real gross, and the hate is beyond,” she said on Instagram.

Her alleged abuser, who’s had a history of erratic behavior at least on social media, said Marcille is just using the claims against him as a fake storyline.

“It’s sad when she gotta keep using my name for her storyline if I was the husband I would be like “Real hoe of Atlanta is you out your mind, or is you still obsessed with your child’s Father? Why is he in our storyline so much ain’t I enuff headline for our relationship?” McCall said on Twitter.

Marlo also said on last night’s episode that Marcille was using old claims to back up her current financial situation.

Last year on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Marcille said that McCall has never been a part of her daughter’s life.

“He thinks that biology is more important than being present,” Marcille said of McCall. “He’s extremely dysfunctional, and he’s not at a place where it’s safe for himself or for others.”

Fans of Marcille were quick to offer her support on Twitter.

The less reasonable are demanding more details.

Others were quick to highlight their favorite and most empowering quotes from Eva on the episode.


READ: News Of This Woman Killing Her 11-Year-Old Daughter Because She Suspected Her of ‘Having Sex’ Is Proof Of The Perils Of Purity Culture

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