“The Breakfast Club” co-host Rashawn “DJ Envy” Casey is under attack for comments he made regarding the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
Ma’Khia was gunned down by a Columbus, Ohio police officer on April 20 when she attempted to stab a woman during a fight over an unmade bed at a foster group home.
DJ Envy chose the side of reason and facts during a debate with co-host Charlamagne the god, who allowed anger to rule his emotions.
After the show, Black Twitter went into a frenzy, attacking DJ Envy and calling him a sellout.
“I understand people are upset and they have the right to be — but what I don’t like is this cancel culture, when they try to cancel somebody for an opinion,” DJ Envy tells Page Six.
“It doesn’t hurt me … because people are mad about what’s going on and I’m mad and upset as well. But I know who’s on my side and who’s not. I know who tries to help the community and who doesn’t. We sit here and raise money every year for organizations that fight against this. I help our community with financial freedom and learning about buying their own homes, and their own investment properties. So people can have financial freedom so they can use their own money.”
“Every case is different,” Envy told Page Six. “And in this case, if I pull up to a scene and see a girl chasing another girl about to stab a girl, my job as a police officer is to make sure that girl doesn’t get killed. And the law allows me to stop that killing or that stabbing by any means necessary. That’s what the law allows me to do, on both sides.
“The whole situation is tragic and it’s sad because that system failed that young lady. The fact that she’s out there fighting at 16 with a grown woman. The fact that the older man seen in the video would rather kick the girl on the ground and join the fight instead of stopping the fight, all these things come together and the system failed that girl and it is sad.”
He added, “Everybody’s saying [the police] shoot first, but he possibly saved that [other girl’s] life … if she would’ve stabbed her who knows if she would’ve lived. She could have got cut in the throat, in the face, we just don’t know what could happen.”
DJ Envy is the son of a retired NYPD cop, and a victim of police harassment. He said he “has experienced with both sides of the spectrum.”
Watch video of DJ Envy and Charlamagne’s debate below.
Sisters With Voices, aka SWV say they plan to use their famous Michael Jackson sample during an upcoming Verzuz lipsync battle with Xscape.
Tamara “Taj” Johnson (left) and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons (center) joined “TMZ Live” on Thursday and were asked if SWV will play their hit, “Right Here (Human Nature Remix),” when the R&B group battles Xscape on Saturday.
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TMZ suggested there would be “potential backlash” from the “cancel culture” if SWV played the song during the Verzuz.
Taj and Lelee see no issue with playing the sample. They say they didn’t even pay Michael for the sample of his 1983 hit, “Human Nature,” and they wouldn’t be successful if not for Michael.
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The ladies say it’s not their job to judge Michael by canceling his music.
SWV fans agree. One Twitter user wrote:
“The people with this alleged “potential backlash” won’t even be tuned into the Verzuz so this will be a non issue.”
Another user tweeted: “If they DIDN’T use the MJ sample there would be an even bigger blacklash!!!!”
And a third wrote: “People still trying to create anti MJ controversy in 2021?”
Law Roach was named “Top Stylist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The 42-year-old designer graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter issue that spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during the pandemic.
Law shares the cover with his longtime client, model and singer Zendaya (left) and model Anya Taylor-Joy (right).
He wears Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston accessorized with boots by Christian Louboutin. Model and singer Zendaya is wearing Valentino and Bulgari with Christian Louboutin pumps. And Anya wears a Dior frock and Louboutins.
Law is best known for creating stylish looks for everyone from Zendaya and Lady Gaga to Viola Davis and Ciara Wilson.
Business boomed for the gender-bending stylist despite the lockdowns.
“I run a global, multimillion-dollar business. I did really well, even in COVID,” he said. “So that part of it is great, you know. As a person, I just want to do the things that I’m doing now and figure out more ways to help other people.”
Law shared images from the THR cover shoot on Instagram. He captioned the gallery:
“Thank You @hollywoodreporter for naming me STYLIST OF THE YEAR….. thank you to my @zendaya and @anyataylorjoy for making this cover so special. And thank you to all my clients for trusting me with something so important as your image!!!! I’m truly grateful.”