Just like President Obama’s statement has had a “halo” effect among some Black voters, Jay-Z has had a similar effect in hip-hop. The rapper’s endorsement has sparked a major conversation about gay rights and homophobia in the American hip-hop music scene—and the conversation has jumped from the barbershops to talk radio, Twitter and Facebook.
Hova’s comments were rapidly followed by similar endorsements from actor Will Smith—who began his career in rap—as well as legendary rap icon Chuck D of Public Enemy. Entertainment, rap icon and fashion mogul Russell Simmons—a longtime gay ally—tweeted his support to his 1.6 million followers: “Extremely proud of Jay-Z for this.” Boxer Floyd Mayweather--who has a history of gay-baiting and homophobia--came out for marriage equality. So did dancehall artist Beenie Man, who has a troubling history of violent anti-gay lyrics.
This week’s narrative was a breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its homophobic lyrics and hostility toward gays—such Busta Rhymes violent remarks about gay men and Ja Rule’s whack comments about gays “ruining” society. And this is despite the fact that many younger Black gay men and women are die-hard hip-hop lovers.
Gay-obsessed and pretty boy boxing champ Floyd Mayweather angrily denied that he is "sensitive" in a contentious radio interview.
Mayweather sparred with SiriusXM's Rude Jude over his potential mega-fight against Filipino boxing champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao. "Why are you so sensitive?" Jude demanded. "You’re not allowed to be sensitive and duck fights. Like, either don't duck fights or don't be sensitive."
"So you ride my dick for a living?" Mayweather said. "Why are you riding my dick?"
Let the slash fiction begin! After his controversial Saturday night win against Victor Ortiz, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrated his victory by gifting BFF rapper 50 Cent with a Hublot watch that retails at $20,000. The rapper Tweeted a photo of his gift: "Look what my boy @FloydMayweather got for me. Cool its called king power SK."
"King Power"? Is that what they're calling it now?
Mayweather's lawyer claims the charge stems from an allegation that Mayweather took an iPhone (smh) from his ex-girlfriend and mother of three of his children. Josie Harris has a different story and says Mayweather "pulled her hair, punched her in the head and
twisted her arm while she screamed for their children, who range in age
from seven to 10 years old, to call 911."
Gay-obsessed and pretty boy boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. delivered a homophobic and racist tirade about Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao on Ustream. Mayweather called Pacquiao a "faggot" several times and said that once he beats his rival—if the fight ever happens—he will force Pacquiao to "make some sushi rolls and cook some rice." Mayweather also promised to "cook him up with some barbecued dog". "Step your game up faggot," Mayweather taunted.
Mayweather returned to UStream on Friday night to "apologize" for the racial remarks—but said nothing about the gay slurs, reports Boxing Scene. "I do want to apologize for what happened the other night," the fighter said. "I don't have a racist bone in my body ... I was just having fun. I didn't really mean it.'
Floyd Mayweather's diva-like behavior during the photo shoot for the new fall issue of SETwas described as a "disaster". The pretty boy boxing champ refused to wear "a single piece of clothing" selected by the stylist and threatened to "shut down" the session if he had to wear "skinny jeans". Mayweather also mocked Kanye West during his latest round of gay panic.
The shots came out—fine flip to the back cover and it's not hard to see why Mayweather's nickname is Pretty Boy—but that's beside the point. Although Mayweather agreed to be on one of the covers for this issue—the Style issue—when he arrived for the shoot he refused to wear a single piece of clothing that was handpicked by celeb stylist Malcolm Phipps. Instead, he wanted to be photographed wearing his own designer duds and threatened to shut down the shoot altogether is he was forced to wear anything that might make him resemble a certain hip--hop superstar from Chicago.
"Listen, I don't have a problem with Kanye West," he says, "but I do have a problem with skinny jeans. And I have a problem with everybody thinking they can put all these wild and weird colors together, too. Dudes today are flooded with a thousand tattoos, a bunch of piercings and bright colors, and pretend like that makes them different. But guess what? They all look alike. And another thing ..."
He stops and stares straight ahead at the Mayweather Promotions banner hanging from the ring. "I just don't like to be controlled."
Earlier in the interview, Mayweather emphasized his need for "control" and added: "I don't feel like I should be forced to do anything that doesn't make me comfortable."
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez face off during the official weigh-in for their much-anticipated fight Saturday in Las Vegas. Mayweather weighed in at a few pounds over limit...
And they are looking at the scale, right?
Mayweather had no problem striking his best vogue and "no homo" poses with Marquez and promoter slash former boxer Oscar De La Hoya. This was a far cry from his appearance earlier in the week on Chelsea Lately to promote the bout. During the interview, Mayweather made random jokes about watersports, cross-dressing and gay sex. It all started "when Chelsea told Mayweather to get comfy and put one of his legs on the chair," reports Cyd Ziegler at Outsports, who offers this transcript.
MAYWEATHER: If I do that then they gonna think I’m heeey [flip of the wrist]. That ain’t my style.
CHELSEA: I don’ think anybody thinks that about you.
MAYWEATHER:: Oh, OK.
CHELSEA: You talk a lot of trash before you fight somebody, right? You like to really…you didn’t like Oscar de la Hoya at all.
MAYWEATHER: Well, um, you wouldn’t like a man who wears fishnets.
CHELSEA: I don’t like men who wear fishnets, unless they’re gay and they’re out of the closet. Then I can support that.
MAYWEATHER: OK, he hidin’.
Mayweather randomly implied actor Eddie Murphy is gay, too.
MAYWEATHER: Eddie Murphy does some great movies.
CHELSEA: Are you good friends with him?
MAYWEATHER: Not good friends with him. We cool. I see him at the NBA Championship game. I see him every now and then. And we speak. Cool guy.
CHELSEA: But you’re not good friends with him?
MAYWEATHER: Not friends like that. I mean, he made good movies.
CHELSEA: I got the movie part.
MAYWEATHER: Why you gotta say that?
CHELSEA: Nobody thinks you’re sleeping with Eddie Murphy.
MAYWEATHER: OK, gotta stay clear.
Lately, boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been living up to his nickname as "Pretty Boy Floyd"—stripping down to his boxer briefs for the press at the Waldorf-Astoria one week, and the next week, posing in Versace and extolling the virtues of moisturizing.
Some previews of Floyd's glamour and skin shots in the upcoming issue of Se7en, the new sports and lifestyle monthly whose editorials are beginning to resemble those seen in Genre or Details.
The undefeated welterweight champ has boasted, "I can go ten rounds and then do a photo shoot" and continues that mantra. Floyd blasts the fashion aesthetic of fellow pretty boy Oscar De La Hoya, his opponent in the much anticipated May 5 super-fight. Floyd declares that De La Hoya "has all that paper [money] but doesn't know how to dress. The other day, the dude had on olive green shoes, a grey button-down, and some blue pants! "
On a more serious tip, Mayweather discusses the intense personal resentment he has had against De La Hoya. (Though you probably couldn' tell from these pictures.) You probably know that for some years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been estranged from his father, the legendary boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. In recent months, the animosity has intensified—De La Hoya wanted Mayweather Sr. to train him to defeat Mayweather Jr. and offered $500,000. The father was more than interested and demanded $2 million. Eventually, De La Hoya passed, but the damage was already done.
"I could never go against my own," Floyd reveals. "My dad was going to work in my corner against me. He said he wanted $2 million. Well, my life doesn't have a price. You can't put a price on my son's life. Everything has a life a price except somebody's life. I wouldn't work against my son for ten million!"
Mayweather has hired his uncle, the well-known Roger Mayweather, to train him for the upcoming super-fight. The Mayweather-De La Hoya bout could be one of the biggest
money-making fights in boxing history: Mayweather stands to make at
least $10 million to De La Hoya's $25 million, with possibly much more
for each if pay-per-view sales satisfy predictions. Should Mayweather win, he will have won major titles in five different divisions.
BTW: If anyone knows how Floyd Mayweather remains an undisputed boxing champ but has preserved his super-flawless complexion and ten-thousand watt smile, please, feel free to share.