10 Things We're Talking About This Week: 7/6/12

10 Things We're Talking About This Week: 7/6/12
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 06, 2012

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“Happy Fourth! What makes this day even more special is that it’s the day our first child was born. Happy birthday, Malia! We love you.” Michelle Obama, on Twitter

2 of 10 David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images

Hey, Mindless Behavior: no making fun of Lauryn Hill’s tax problems. That’s my job.

3 of 10 Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET

Women complained that D’Angelo performed at BET with his shirt on. Be careful what you wish for. It’s been 14 years and age happens to everyone. The six-pack I had in 1998 has become more like a 24-pack these days.

4 of 10 Michael Buckner/Getty Images For BET

And the winner for Best Actor is… Kevin Hart? What the hell? He beat out Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle at the BET Awards? #speechless

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GQ reported if President Obama wins a second term, he’ll tackle the Drug War. The article says the war on drugs “devastated entire communities… and has led to a generation of young children, disproportionately Black and minority, to grow up in dislocated homes.” Okay—but crack did that too.

6 of 10 Jamie McCarthy

Olympic legend Michael Johnson says a “superior athletic gene” is why Blacks dominate sprints. How does this gene explain all the sports we do not dominate?

7 of 10 Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix finished in a tie for third place in the 100-meter dash, so were supposed to have a winner-take-all to determine who made the Olympics. Cool. But then Jeneba dropped out. I get it, though: It’s one thing to finish 2nd in an 8-person race. Totally different when it’s just two people running. #pressure

8 of 10 Splash News

They’re shooting a Jimi Hendrix biopic, but the late guitarists family isn’t letting them use any of Jimi’s music. That’s the film’s second biggest problem. The first: Andre 3000 is the star.

9 of 10 Alberto E. Rodriguez

Beast of the Southern Wild is beginning to open in more theaters. Make sure you see it, if only to witness Quvenzhané (kwa VAN ja nay) Wallis as Hushpuppy. Will Oscar come calling for the now 8-year-old?

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“4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19-years-old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.” —Kanye’s protégé, Frank Ocean, revealing that he’s gay on Tumblr.

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