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Author: Alexis J

TalkAboutIt Tuesday: Megan Thee Stallion & G Eazy

This week on #TalkAboutIt Tuesday 🎤 we are talking about this viral video of #MeganTheeStallion and #GEazy getting a little cozied up together over the weekend. The video sent social media ablaze with some hilarious memes and sparked discussions about interracial dating. Megan put the rumors to bed this morning and tweeted that she is in fact not dating G Eazy.


So what do you think of the whole ordeal? What were your initial reactions to the video? Are you relieved that they aren’t officially a thing? Or were you rooting for them? Comment, tell us what you think, and let’s talk about it!

How Rejection Taught me to Reassess My ‘Accomplishments’ for the New Year

By Alexis J

As we rang in 2020, our social media timelines were filled with everyone’s “biggest flexes” as people listed off what they’ve accomplished through the year. Every turn of the year — and in this case turn of a decade — pushes us to reflect on what goals we’ve reached and what our plans are to level up over the next 12 months. Usually this is a very easy task for me, but at the end of 2019, I was having some trouble.

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TalkAboutIt Tuesday: Lizzo

It’s #TalkAboutItTuesday on #LexxxTalkAboutIt. 🎤 Today we are talking about @lizzobeeating who had social media in a frenzy when she wore a controversial outfit to a Lakers game over the weekend. #Lizzo wore a t-shirt with the back cut out exposing her whole behind. .
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Some people said the outfit was inappropriate for a public setting and others said people were simply body shaming Lizzo and wouldn’t care if a smaller woman wore the same thing 🤷🏾‍♀️ .
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What do you think? Was she out of line for wearing that to an NBA game? Or was the internet overreacting? Comment, tell us what you think and let’s talk about it!😁👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
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#lizzo #nba #lakers #lizzobeeating #lizzooutfit #lexxxtalkaboutit #truthhurts #media #entertainment #host #onairtalent #pittsburghmedia #talkaboutittuesday

#TalkAboutIt Tuesday: Omarion, Lil Fizz & Apryl Jones

It’s #TalkAboutIt Tuesday on #LexxxTalkAboutIt 😁🎤 This week we are talking about the dramatic love triangle between @omarion , @airfizzo & @aprylsjones ‼️ I’m sure you’re well aware that #FizzandApryl are currently dating and #Omarion seems to be unbothered. And how perfect is it that Omarion JUST announced he’s going back on the #MillenniumTour, this time withOUT his bandmates 😭😭 .
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What do you think? Are Apryl and Fizz allowed to do what they want? Do you think Omarion really doesn’t care? Why is he being so calm about the situation? How would you react??
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Like, share, comment and let’s talk about it! 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

#TalkAboutIt Tuesday: Summer Walker

#LexxxTalkAboutIt presents a new segment called #TalkAboutItTuesday where Alexis J will bring you a hot topic that you should be talking about every week! Today’s topic: @SummerWalker and having social anxiety as a famous entertainer.


What do you think about the topic? Are fans being too harsh on #SummerWalker and her mental health? Or is she just in the wrong business with fans spending hard earned money that expect more from her as a singer? Comment, share, tell us what you think and let’s talk about it!

***My opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the company I am employed by.

LexxxTalkAboutIt covers ‘Levels Fest’ in Pittsburgh

LexxxTalkAboutIt had the chance to cover ‘Levels Fest,’ a local hip-hop festival in Pittsburgh hosted by Levels Agency. We spoke with several local vendors as well as artists that hit the stage backstage during the concert.

Check out some footage from the festival below:

Top 5 moments from the 2019 BET Awards – Let’s talk about ’em!

By Alexis J

I have to admit, the 2019 BET Awards was one of the better efforts from the network in the last few years. Continue Reading

How social media is triggering us all in the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death

By Alexis J

Sunday evening, I was watching Duke lose to Michigan State in the elite eight round of the NCAA tournament. I was also actively scrolling on Twitter, participating in the game’s commentary on my timeline. That’s when the rumors began to swirl online that LA rapper Nipsey Hussle had been shot.

When tragic news like this breaks on the internet, my first thoughts, just like a lot of people on my TL, is to confirm it. I look for articles, tweets, and credible sources to confirm — or hopefully discredit — the rumors, especially when it comes to celebrities and deaths, as we’ve seen the internet falsely kill celebrities in the past.

The first detail to come out was that Nipsey was shot 6 times…and we were all hoping that it was a lie.

After the news was confirmed that he was gunned down in South Los Angeles in front of the Marathon Clothing store Sunday afternoon, more and more disturbing images began popping up online: Surveillance video of the shooting, videos of Nipsey on the ground from different camera angles, his longtime love Lauren London rushing into the hospital in a panic.

All these images were circulated online within 2 days. And as disturbed as I was, I could not look away. 

Not to mention the outpouring of support, sad statements, and grief-filled posts from fans and celebrities alike.

The consistent sentiment was that THIS particular death felt different. Nipsey’s death made people feel sadness even if they weren’t a fan of his music. I am 100 percent sure that some of that was due to who Nipsey was as a person: a philanthropic activist who worked to give back to his community and uplift those who came from his environment.

But I couldn’t help but question how much of this pain we all felt was triggered by what I deemed ‘social media grief.’

“When you’re constantly looking at the same trauma it becomes vicarious trauma,” said Sharise Nance, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional at Hand in Hand Counseling in Pittsburgh.

Ms. Nance, who has been in the profession of psychology for 20 years, said when news breaks that a public figure died or a tragic national event happens, it’s important to be self-aware of what you can and cannot handle when navigating social media.

“If we consume too much grief online, it often replays in our minds and we’re continuing to re-feed the grief. It’s like having a wound in the brain and re-injuring it. You have to give it time to process and heal,” she said.

So I asked her what were some ways we could deal with social media grief in a way that wasn’t triggering and without creating trauma for ourselves.

The first thing she assured me was that shying away from the information may not work and that it was OK to grieve.

“It’s important for us to be up on current events especially when news affects the black community, and it is also okay to be grieving.”

I assumed the answer was to simply not look. Don’t go on social media when tragic events happen. Log off. That should be easy, right?

Ms. Nance said that isn’t always the way to go about it.

“I wouldn’t advise someone to completely disconnect from social media. It can be a helpful tool. I would suggest taking a social media diet or social media detox.”

Ms. Nance suggested that if the information you consume online becomes too triggering, set a timer for yourself. After 20 minutes passes, for example, and you’ve gathered all the information you need, ask yourself are you becoming obsessed with the incident?

If you choose to delete your apps for a couple of days, be mindful of how you feel when you don’t have access to the traumatic information and learn how much you can handle, she said.

“When we are on social media, we can mindlessly scroll and not realize how much time has passed. Be intentional when checking your apps. Get the information you were looking for and when it comes to anything beyond that, ask yourself do you need to see these comments people are making or these photos being posted?”

Another aspect I noticed of social media grief is being exposed to how so many people in the world handle the grieving process. A fan criticized 50 Cent on Instagram for posting about a car show before posting about Nipsey’s death— to which 50 replied that he would say something when he was ready (in a very 50 Cent kinda way).

It seems as though when someone dies, social media puts pressure on you to say something. As if the rule is “if you don’t post your sadness, then you don’t really feel it.”

“We can’t put rules around grief,” Ms. Nance said. “In today’s world, we have more access to people so people are keeping score- ‘Are you posting your grief? Are you protesting? Are you speaking out?’ If someone has trauma, their role is to take care of themselves first. Everyone is in different stages of grief at different times.”

I saw a lot of older hip-hop heads comparing Nipsey’s death to Tupac’s, for reasons beyond the obvious West Coast affiliations. Both men preached a message, spoke with a purpose, and made music that moved people to action.

Ms. Nance was about 16 when Tupac died, and she said she found out listening to WAMO radio station on her way to school. She and her friends discussed it when they got to class, but they didn’t have the same immediate access to information as we do today. So they just kind of moved on from it.

It doesn’t feel like we’ll be able to move on from Nipsey’s passing quite the same.

So I hope we all learn to take care of ourselves, on and offline. Grieve how you want for as long as you want. Step away from your phone if you need to. Be intentional with your screen time. Ms. Nance says you can’t control what images are posted online by others, but you can control your response to it.

“If there is a person sharing images that are triggering or things you don’t want to see, you can mute it or simply unfollow them.”

***My opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the company I am employed by.

LexxxTalkAboutIt’s 2018 wrap up: best song, best album, best movie, favorite moments

Alexis J and Jay wrapped up 2018 on episode 18 of LexxxTalkAboutIt by recapping some of the craziest moments of the year — both personally and in pop culture. We also picked our faves for album of the year, best song of the year, and best movie of the year, while setting some personal goals to kick off 2019!

Here’s what we came up with:

Best album of 2018:

Alexis J | Cardi B- Invasion of Privacy (Runner up: Meek Mill- Championships)

Jay | Nipsey Hustle- Victory Lap (Runner up: Jay Rock- Redemption)

Best song of 2018:

Alexis J | Sicko Mode- Travis Scott ft. Drake & Swae Lee

Jay | Tie between Sicko Mode- Travis Scott ft. Drake & Swae Lee and Boo’d up – Ella Mai

Best movie of 2018:

Alexis J | Black Panther (Wakanda forever)

Jay | Black Panther

Favorite person to watch in 2018:

Alexis J | Cardi B

Jay | Joe Budden

Craziest moment in hip-hop culture in 2018:

Alexis J | The beefs! Drake vs Pusha T & Cardi B vs Nicki Minaj

Jay | Drake vs Pusha T beef

Craziest personal experience of 2018:

Alexis J | Attending my first National Association of Black Journalist conference in Detroit

Jay | Moving back home from Philly to Pittsburgh

Biggest personal lesson you learned in 2018:

Alexis J | This year was so much patience and having to just trust. One step has to lead to your next step and you can’t skip any steps no matter how bumpy the road gets. There was a lot of “Why God?”s and questioning why I was there in that circumstance, but learning that there is a reason and it’s to get to whatever is coming next.

Jay | 2018 was a lot of patience. I was very ungrateful of a lot of blessings I had. I was doubting myself and then you get blessed and you’re like “what was I worried about in the first place?” So it’s just time and patience and learning just to calm down and everything will work out for the most part.

Catch the full final episode of #LexxxTalkAboutIt for 2018 here:

***My opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the company I am employed by.

Episode 18 Credits:

Music: Yung Kartz- Bensound.com

Cohost/Co-producer: Jaylen Jordan @_Itolnlyjay

Special thanks to StudioME

‘Gimmie Roses Now’ Review: We need to highlight local talent in Pittsburgh more often

“To me, this is going to be the most culturally relevant event the city has ever seen.”

Blaire C., founder of Document My Day production company, said that with conviction a few weeks before her event “Gimmie Roses Now” came to fruition.

Spoiler alert: she was right.

Gimmie Roses Now, a hip-hop cypher and spoken word showcase that highlighted local talent from Pittsburgh, was not only relevant to what our generation deems to be “the culture,” but it also advanced it.

From the time you walked in the doors of Senseless, the venue for Gimmie Roses Now which is in actuality a sneaker store that sells urban apparel and hip-hop paraphernalia, the intimate vibe made you realize that this event was not just meant for you to spectate.

You had to feel it.

“The 90s hip-hop vibe that Senseless has really set the mood from jump, (and the rap snacks),” said Shantale Davis, a local photographer (@shanshoots2) and poet who performed at the event.

“I liked the intimate setting because on a stage you can’t always hear the crowd reaction until a big punchline, but in the cypher you can hear it all the way through.”

Yes, like she said, there were old-school rap snacks as refreshments, the perfect addition to an environment that was already reminiscent of the 90s when rappers would freestyle on street corners.  

The red lighting accentuated the theme and the name of the show, a play on words for the phrase “give a man his flowers while he’s still here.” When I interviewed Blaire as a guest on the LexxxTalkAboutIt podcast a few weeks back (episode 11), she described the inspiration behind the title.


“I really wanted to have this cypher because I feel like we wait, as people, for bad things to happen to celebrate each other. It’s a celebration of life once somebody’s gone.”

I immediately blurted out the phrase that correlates with exactly what Blaire described, and to that she said “The title of the event is Gimmie Roses Now.”

“I want people who’ve been grinding, really trying to change the trajectory of their life and really rap out of this stuff… I want them to understand, ‘You’re valued. We fuck with you.’”

That message was made loud and clear.

“It was just incredibly refreshing to get together in the city and vibe out. No huge bells and whistles or production. Black people just being themselves and living the culture,” Shantale said.

 

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Dozens of us gathered around and witnessed rounds of freestyles, poetry, and continuous rhymes in battle style, all sparked by a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” better known as the black national anthem by Pittsburgh’s own Cameron Chambers.

The cypher was hosted by Fu Underwood (@imjustfu), who himself has put on poetry events in Pittsburgh.

In an interview after the event, Blaire said she was happy to see the reaction from all who came.

“Everyone was enjoying themselves. I didn’t see one person leave looking displeased. Not one. I loved the vibe. It was a positive place to be,” she said.

Eric Cruse, a comedic rapper building a name for himself through social media (@everybodyknows_e) and stand up comedy, described the cypher as “raw creativity at it’s best.”

“Top 10 events I ever took part of,” he said of the showcase. “The feeling of hearing somebody go before you and knowing that you gotta top that , you know, that pure competition is an unmatched feeling, especially when you’re a random wild card they ain’t know about.”


As an audience member and not a participant, I left there saying “Pittsburgh needs more spaces like these for creatives.”

Although the numbers may be fewer than those of a bigger market, Gimmie Roses Now showed that the passion for self expression is just as vibrant in this city.

“I have been fortunate enough in my life to have been exposed to all sorts of things, all sorts of people and and all sorts of places. I know that Pittsburgh and a lot of the people in Pittsburgh haven’t had those same opportunities,” Blaire said.

“I know because I put on this event in Pittsburgh and exposed people to something new, that someone’s gears started turning. Maybe now they have an idea for something else because they were exposed to Gimmie Roses Now.”

That’s exactly what I hope happens. I too was exposed to creative spaces outside of Pittsburgh during my time away from the city. So when Blaire said “culturally relevant,” it made me think what exactly the culture is here and who contributes to it.

When most people think of Pittsburgh artists, you think of names like Hardo or the late Jimmy Wopo (whose younger brother, Baby Jway  age 13, performed at Gimmie Roses Now) and a certain trap sound is connected to the city.

Gimmie Roses Now showed that the talent here is more diverse than meets the eye.

“Getting the event together was a lot of work. I was in a city were things like this just don’t happen. No one had ever saw an event like what I was trying to put on. I spent a lot of time just getting people to trust me enough to participate,” Blaire said.

To that point- I’m not surprised.

I’m not mad at the party promoters who bring Young Dolph, Shy Glizzy, Lil Baby, Lil Boosie or other mainstream rappers to Pittsburgh for shows. It takes an artist with a particular sound to bring a major crowd out in this city.

But Blaire C. showed us we need not forget about the talent we have right here. Especially those with a different sound like Jvggy Hendrix, MyFavoriteColor, or BangaCyss who all performed at the event.

Even when it takes a little bit of work to do so. The promo for the event alone, mini video clips previewing each artist posted to social media with flyers and information about the performers- all created by Blaire with some help from her team, showed it pays to be thorough.

One recurring theme here in Pittsburgh is that there is somewhat of a lack of support for hometown creatives and entrepreneurs.

I think I can agree with that, and this event showed how much the artists here are hungry for it.

We need to give out more roses.

***My opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the company I am employed by.

Catch a recap of LexxxTalkAboutIt Ep. 11 ft. Blaire C.- Being honest with yourself here.

Special thanks to Blaire C. @bleeeezo

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