The Quick Read: Issa Rae Wears Belt With N-Word And Roasts Kanye West At CFDA Awards 

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Niki McGloster Jun, 05, 2018

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Insecure creator Issa Rae hosted the CFDA Awards last night where she made two very powerful statements. First, the comedy actress walked the red carpet in a custom blue Pyer Moss gown that featured not only over 180,000 Swarovski crystals but also, most stunningly, a black belt that read “Every N—- Is A Star.” Inside, the award show MC used her onstage time to mock Kanye West, whose recent pro-Trump antics and comments about slavery being a choice have left fans outraged.

“I’m about as fashionable as Kanye is black. Only when it’s convenient,” she said in her opening monologue. “That joke was my choice, just like slavery.” (USA Today)

President of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson will occupy the role of vice chairwoman at Starbucks following the departure of longtime Chairman Howard Schultz. On Monday (June 4), Schultz announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the month and Myron E. Ullman will take his place with Hobson, a director on the Starbucks Corporation, as his no. 2. With Starbucks’ recent issues in race relation, having a Black woman at the table seems to fit the company’s new direction. (Black Enterprise)

President Donald Trump has disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House over difference in opinions over the national anthem. In a press statement, Trumps says the Super Bowl champions “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” Though the Eagles intended to send a smaller group of players, most likely Trump supporters, the Trump administration feels “the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.” Instead, Trump will host a ceremony “to celebrate America” with United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. (CBS Philly)

Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, has been identified as the serial killer behind a string of homicides in Arizona. Reportedly, Jones was in a drawn-out divorce with his wife when he killed six people, including two paralegals, a psychologist, and a forensic psychiatrist connected to their proceedings. On Monday (June 4), Jones was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound when police began closing in on him at the Extended Stay America hotel in Scottsdale. (The Root)

Jada Pinkett Smith was devastated when her son, Jaden, asked to be emancipated at 15. During the latest episode of Red Table Talk, she recalled that moment in their lives alongside Jaden, now 19, her daughter Willow and her mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones. Understanding the struggles of their lifestyle, she would have allowed him to. “I remember thinking to myself, as devastated as I was, I was like, ‘He’s right.’ The time is now. He’s 15. It’s time for him to leave the house,” she says. However, Jaden ended up not splitting from his family because “everything at this house is free.” (People)

Eva Marcille will now have her own peach! After audiences got a taste of her during season 10, the model and mother of two will officially join Real Housewives of Atlanta full time. (Ebony)

Cookbook author and culinary star Ayesha Curry has been tapped to host Family Food Fight on ABC. The new series is a spin-off of an Australian production and will feature contestants that will compete in high-pressure cooking challenges. This gig follows the restaurateur’s TV debut with Food Network’s Ayesha’s Home Kitchen, which debut in 2016. It’s also a new start after ABC cancelled Great American Baking Show last year following one of the judges’ sexual misconduct allegations. (Eater)

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open due to a right pectoral injury which affects her serving arm. During a news conference at Roland Garros, the 23-time Grand Slam champ expressed her disappointment in her inability to play but wants to focus on getting better. “The fact that I physically can’t serve at all is a good indication that maybe I should just go back to the drawing board and stay positive.” The extent of her injury isn’t clear but Williams says she will consult with doctors to figure out next steps. (ESPN)

SZA was inducted into her high school’s 2018 hall of fame. According to the presenter’s Instagram post, the Columbia grad gave words of encouragement and inspired students to not allow their present necessarily define their future. (The Shade Room)

Oprah Winfrey has purchased an $8 million secluded compound on Orcas Island. Built in 2007,  the three-story, 7,303-square-foot main residence is a rustic cabin-like home that features iron and wood accents that have been reclaimed from the Old Sears’ building in Chicago. Fitting for the global media executive who made the Chi her home while hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show iconic 25-season run. The luxurious property also includes two separate, smaller homes that house a gym and yoga studio, an Asian garden and access to a private beach. Winfrey’s latest piece of heaven on Earth is just another addition to her uber-elite residential portfolio. (Variety)