Essence: How do you deal with the 24-hours-a-day gossip that comes out on the Internet?
Gabrielle: Just last week somebody gave me a baby. This isn?t Perez Hilton or the White gossip people, these are women of color, specifically Black women who, for whatever reason, don?t like the company I keep.
Sanaa: She’s talking about the gossip sites.
Essence: The blogs. Sanaa: That are run by Black women. Gabrielle: And now because everyone is clamoring for celebrity tidbits, the bigger gossip sites and even mainstream entities are picking up on it. No fact-checking, no nothing. And in one week?s time, there were like five different dudes, a baby?I?m a homewrecker. In literally seven days. I can?t point the finger at the White media. They don?t care about us. Paparazzi are not staked out in front of any of our houses. They are not going through our garbage because they don?t care about us in that way. So when you hear crap about us, it is coming from our own community, which hurts.
Nia: We are some of the few Black actresses whose passions are rooted in our community.
Gabrielle: There is this idea that there is integrity in journalism; if it?s written it has to be true. But that?s not the case. When blogs or any of the magazines get it wrong, there’s no accountability. In the next breath, they’ll complain on the blogs that we don’t have enough Black stars. Well, you rip us to shreds every two seconds from our nose to the weave to the clothes to the shoes to the ashy ankles.
Implicit in Gabby’s rationale is that the Black bloggers should be nicer to
the Black women actors because we all share the same ethnicity.
Shock blogging sales ad space. The Black blogger’s and the shock
writers know that. Bol,YBF, and for that matter Imus and Howard Stern
get this as well.
Fresh is a little different in that she won’t hate on you just to do so.
You typically have to earn it, and I have found her writing about women’s
bodies from size 4-14 to be body positive.
Ci Ci at Lenzizm speaks on this very issue when she says,
Hmm… my question is, who are these unnamed black female ? I for one love Gabrielle. I am a black female blogger, and I don’t recall ever saying anything bad about her or any of the other actresses being interviewed. But then, I am just a contributor, it is called “Lenzism” after all. And I got this excerpt from Essence.com, so that flies in the face of her theory about not having any sourcing. To be fair, some blogs do hate on her, but most of the “negativaty” is coming from Page Six or some other print gossip column. The black blogosphere is, however, burning up with negativity because of her comments
Thats not to say that I haven’t been critical, as I know in my most recent post
I was criticizing he level of grease on the women in the Gucci Mane video.
But talking yack about someone’s weave isn’t isn’t my shtick.
Here are MM we laugh, make fun, analyze. The whole 9.
We also own mirrors AND magnifying glasses. We use them too.
Do you think the Black Bloggers are meaner?
Are the artists just being sensitive?