Meghan Markle’s Black Lives Matter Speech

Amanda Seales is leaving “The Real”… Lili Reinhart’s big announcement… Lea Michele defense… Someone tweeted at Halsey… and Meghan Markle’s Black Lives Matter speech

After six months, Amanda Seales says she’s leaving “The Real.” In an Instagram Live, Amanda said her contract was up anyway and she decided not to renew it “because it doesn’t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I cannot speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to and where people that are speaking to me in disparaging ways are not being handled.” She also said, “Do not try to create some false dissension between me and the cohosts of ‘The Real’….There is a whole pandemic and an uprising going on and you still can’t find s*** to do but try and create some kind of conflict that doesn’t exist? …What ya’ll don’t understand is grown women do grown women business. That’s what y’all don’t understand, and what I gotta do with my business ain’t got nothing to do with them sisters.” Before she joined the show officially, Amanda served as a guest co-host several times, taking the place of original panelist Tamar Braxton, who was fired in 2016. At the time, Tamar blamed her co-hosts, but she apologized three years later.

Lili Reinhart made a big announcement yesterday on her Instagram story. While inviting people to join her at the West Hollywood LGBTQ+ for Black Lives Matter protest, Lili said, “Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman. And I will be joining this protest today. Come join.” Lili and Cole Sprouse have been on and off for 3 years. They are currently off. Cole was recently arrested at a protest in LA.

In case you missed it, Lea Michele was called out by former “Glee” cast mate Samantha Ware for making her one season on the show a living hell. Other cast members have come forward to say, yeah. Lea was pretty awful. In fact, Heather Morris — who played Britney — described working with Lea as “very unpleasant.” But at least one person has Lea’s back. Australian actor Dean Geyer played Lea’s boyfriend on “Glee” in 2012. He said Lea was the most welcoming cast member when he joined the show. Dean said, “I can only speak for myself and my own experience, but from what I saw during my time on set, there was nothing but professionalism and a genuine sense of community amongst the cast and crew. No one showed any signs of discomfort while Lea was on set.”

When someone tweeted at Halsey that she “never claims her black side,” Halsey didn’t let that one slide. She tweeted back, “im white passing. it’s not my place to say ‘we’. it’s my place to help. i am in pain for my family, but nobody is gonna kill me based on my skin color. I’ve always been proud of who I am but it’d be an absolute disservice to say ‘we’ when I’m not susceptible to the same violence.” Halsey’s mom is of Hungarian, Italian, and Irish descent while her dad is African-American. In a 2017 interview with Playboy, Halsey said, “I look like a white girl, but I don’t feel like one. I’m a black woman. So it’s been weird navigating that.”

Meghan Markle is the first member of the Royal Family to speak out about the Black Lives Matter protests and the death of George Floyd. In a surprise online commencement speech to her former high school — Immaculate Heart High High School in LA — Meghan admitted, “I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would get picked apart. And I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.” In her six-minute speech, Meghan said, “George Floyd’s life mattered, and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered, and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we don’t know….” But Meghan also noted that people are standing in solidarity and communities are coming together to finally do something to stop these senseless acts of racism. And she encouraged the graduates, “Now you get to be part of rebuilding. And I know sometimes people say, ‘How many times do we need to rebuild?’ Well, you know, we are going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt. Because when the foundation is broken, so are we.” .

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