Last Sunday, rapper Tory Lanez was arrested on concealed weapon charges, according to Vulture. Initially, some thought that fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who was in the car with him, had also been arrested. Yet, as the week progressed, more facts were released.
On Thursday, Megan spoke out about the incident for the first time. In an Instagram caption, she wrote, “I was never arrested. This whole experience was an eye opener and a blessing in disguise. I hate that it took this experience for me to learn how to protect my energy.”
This was in response to a shooting that left Megan with a foot injury. In a statement, Megan added that this was “done with the intention to physically harm” her. By the end of the week, Lanez was being looked at as a suspect in this crime. Once word of this hit social media, memes started pouring out.
Inside Tayarisha Poe's cinematic masterpiece
Last Spring, Amazon Studios released “Selah and the Spades” starring Lovie Simone (“Greenleaf”), Oscar Winner Jharrel Jermone (Moonlight, When they see us), and Celeste O’Connor (Ghostbusters). From casting a dark-skinned actress in a leading role to showcasing the intricacies of Black adolescence, there was a lot that filmmaker Tayarisha Poe got right with this quirky teen drama.
Really, the story was not just told through the dialogue. It was also told through the cinematography. Poe noted that a visual inspiration for the film was Rihanna, whose music videos incorporate cinematic elements. When Selah and her Spades walk away at the end, I saw parallels to Rihanna grabbing the gun at the end of the “Man Down” video.
In an interview with the American Film Institute, Poe calls Rihanna an “impossibly cool, seemingly approachable bad bitch.” We see these qualities in Selah Summers.
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