The Kardashians Are Kopy-Kats
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The Kardashians Are Kopy-Kats

Did I just spill the tea?

Let's be honest, the Kardashians and the Jenners are no strangers to the appropriation of any of the world's cultures. It seems that their favorite cultural appropriation is sourced in Black Culture. From their "boxer braids" (aka corn-rows) and full-lip injections, to their dreadlocks and Bantu knots, the Kardashians and Jenners have a long list of wrongfully credited "trends."

It seems, with their lifeless imagination, that they may finally get exposed for their undeserved fame.

The sisters have been deemed trendsetters when they should have been deemed professional thieves of cultures and ideas for profit. Last week, Khloe Kardashian was called out by Destiney of Dbleudazzled Designs for this very reason.

In Khloe's case, she ordered one of everything, including custom pieces from the Dbleudazzled Designs site, and used them her "Good American" lookbook. In the lookbook, the designs were passed on as Khloe's own without the knowledge of the original designer. Hence, Destiney was at first hesitant to call out the uninspired crook, but took to Twitter to call Khloe out for her snake-like ways.

In similar fashion, Kylie Jenner has shamelessly copied the designs of The PluggedNYC Store, which is owned by a designer name Tizita. You guessed it: Tizita is a Black woman. After being gifted pieces by the brand, Kylie Jenner has 'coincidentally' created a similar line. Kylie has posted selfies wearing the brand before so it's no wonder that Kylie became overly inspired by the PluggedNYC brand.

Meanwhile, while Tizita ensures that she didn't create camo two-pieces, she sure did revive the look from the 90's. Now, Kylie's decision to replicate the brand using her star power is essentially taking money out of Tizita's pockets.

PluggedNYC:


Kylie:


Black women know that the Kardashians have been problematic for quite some time. However, the audacity - shall we say 'caucasity' - of both Kylie and Khloe makes me wonder how ordinary stealing someone's concepts is for this family.

These women must imagine inspiration as a completely different concept than most people, but then again, they obviously have no imagination to begin with. Thus, the lack of independent artistry remains.

Can someone tell me why the Kardashian/Jenner Party isn't over?

This story is poorly covered by the media as if it's worthless. While such Kardashian appropriation is not a new concept, this direct replication of an already-existing brand of clothing by a star should be an issue that receives widespread attention. The lack of such points to the low value that has been placed on Black perspectives and challenges in modern society.

Are Black women, and our contributions to American culture, not worthy of recognition? Not only have the Kardashians snubbed the issues at hand, but so has the media.

When will the time come where Black people receive credit for their abilities to remain trailblazers? Black women continue to get the backhand when we are the very paradigm in which society bases its inspiration. Black girl magic is not a myth, but the world continues to neglect our incantation. Destiney knows that.

Wanting to appreciate the culture is one thing, but straight-up appropriating culture is another. Imitation is not always flattery. Claiming that such cultural transactions are beneficial denies the false veneer multi-culturalism that continues to perpetuate social hierarchies, when Black people are the keepers and creators of such popular culture.

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15 Life Changing Quotes from Kourtney Kardashian

You're literally being so rude right now.

To be honest, I've never been one to keep up with the Kardashians. I'm the type of girl who made fun of my siblings for watching reality TV, but I have a confession: Kourtney Kardashian is my spirit animal. Although currently broken up with baby daddy/Lord Scott Disick, they created the world's most perfect children: Mason, Penelope, and Reign. These kids are rich af and have the best names, genes, and mom in the world. Even though her sister, Kim, usually takes up all the spotlight, Khloe is a fitness boss and Kendall rocks the natural beauty, Kourtney is the ultimate boss bitch. I think we could all learn something from her.

Pizza before bros. Kourt knows that food is life.

Once again...food.

As you should. As we all should!

Bow down, bitches.

I mean, she's honest AF.

The use of tacos as threats...absolutely.

She gets me.

BOOM.

What more could you ask for, I'm here aren't I?

Life's too short not to speak your mind.

Kourtney is literally the best Kardashian

Her nonchalant reactions to Kim's problems are the best

And her slang is on point.

Spirit. Animal.

OK, how about just Keeping Up With Kourtney?

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Weekly Entertainment Recap: 10/16

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Celebrities, amiright?

So this week was the week of ladies, in my estimation. Let me break it down for you.

First, Taylor Swift revealed to the world that she learned a huge lesson after that whole Nicki Minaj Twitter debacle.

In an interview with NME, Taylor Swift said, "I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone's management, I get their number and I text them. It's an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015."

Like I've always said: Celebrities! Stay the hell off Twitter when you're angry. Thank you Tay Sway for finally listening.

And since we're on the topic, Apparently Taylor Swift also wrote a novel when she was 14 called A Girl Called Girl about a mother who wanted a son but instead got a girl.

Okay, T. Swift. I see you.

But the REAL news of the week is Jennifer Lawrence's essay about the gender pay gap in the film industry, published in Lena Dunham's newsletter, Lenny.

In the essay, J. Law talks about how after the Sony hack revealed the payroll for her movie American Hustle--and how her male co-stars were paid considerably more than her and her fellow female co-stars. Worried about looking "spoiled or difficult" she said, she didn't stand her ground in negotiations. But after seeing the payroll, she realized that her male co-stars didn't really give a shit if they looked spoiled.

You go Jennifer Lawrence; four for you Jennifer Lawrence.

Even better, Bradley Cooper voiced his support for J-Law and other women in the negotiation process, saying that he would negotiate with his female co-stars from now on.

"I don't know where it's changing otherwise but that's something that I could do," Cooper told Reuters.

Ughh, AMAZING. Love him.

While, it totally was a week for the ladies, there was also some bad news this week.

Lamar Odom, of Lakers and Kardashian fame was found unconscious in a brothel suffering from what appears to be drug overdose. He is currently in a coma.

I'll update you on the deets next week. Until, then Flockers!

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Weekly entertainment Recap: 3/25

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Celebrities, amiright?

So many good things for you guys this week. Like most of you, I spent a lot of time at airports and traveling last week for spring break, which means lots of time spent on social media and flipping through gossip mags. Let's get started.

This is honestly the biggest thing in romance since, well, like ever. Selena Gomez and the Biebs are supposedly discussing the possibility of rekindling their romance.

I know, I know. Rumors are always spreading about the possibility of this flame lighting once more, but a source close to the pair told E! That this time it might just be true. After they both finish their world tours of course. Fame doesn't stop for love.

Feels

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Speaking of teen stars, Hannah Montana is officially as old as I was when I started watching it. The show celebrated its 10-year anniversary this week. I think that's grounds to go back on the air right? Or at least grounds to add it to streaming options on Netflix. I'd be totally down to Hannah Montana and chill.

LofuckingL HM 4 @itsjeremyscott #beenondatJSswag #HM4EVR ???

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I'm really hoping this next part of the recap is something you have already seen. Kendall and Kylie Jenner, along with big sis Khloe Kardashian went incognito this week and made their way onto a Hollywood tour bus. Kylie documented the ladies' mischief on her Snapchat, and I literally watched it 100 times (ok maybe not literally). But anyways, it was funny as shit.

if u guys don't know why Im the queen of all snapchat.. Watch now lol - kylizzlemynizzl

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And to wrap up the week, Joe Giudice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is on his way to prison. As sad as this may be, thank God we have Teresa back. It's been awhile since I've seen a grown woman flip a table and I'm not sure how much longer I can wait to see it again. Theresa is arguably the most iconic housewife, so it's v sad for reality TV junkies like myself to see her family go through this.

With my Honey ?

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Oh and btw, Cadet Kelly is on Netflix. You're welcome.

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How Well Do You Actually Know the Kardashians? (Quiz)

Or should I say Kardashian/Jenners?

Some equate them to American royalty, similar to Prince Williams and fam. While that may not be true, you can't disagree, there's certainly a lot of fuss surrounding them. See how well you know the famed fam here. Don't forget to share your results with friends!


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Kim Joins Calvin Harris, Throwing Shade Swift's Way

Oh shit, Taylor, you're getting it from all sides.


I literally love the Kardashians. I have no idea why, well aside from the fact that they work it and twerk it everyday. Actually, maybe it's because their voices are a good mix between "valley girl" and betchy. Whatever, in this episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim tells us all what she really thinks about Taylor Swift. Also, don't mess with Kanye, Kim will get you.