Thoughts on the Blue Ivy backlash: To be fair, most of the responses to the new photos of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s baby have been appropriately adoring and positive. But Clutch magazine has a reaction to some of the negative comments that explains what they could say about our internalization of racism.
Frank Ocean album debuts at No. 2: The singer’s newest project is at the top of the charts.
LIBOR suit led by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Blake-Rawlings: Two huge civil cases led by Baltimore — one that ended last week as the other gained momentum — spotlight city hall’s emerging role as an aggressive watchdog against the misdeeds of multinational banks.
Websites report that Ms. Melodie has died: According to reports from the Urban Daily and several other music-industry websites, rapper Ms. Melodie (born Ramona Parker), a member of Boogie Down Productions and ex-wife of rapper KRS-One, has died. She was 43. The Root has checked with multiple sources but is not yet able to confirm the reports. Ms. Melodie released her first single in 1988, called “Hype According to Ms. Melodie,” and one album, Diva, in 1989 on Jive Records. Her video “Live on Stage” was one of her biggest hits, and she made a memorable appearance on the 1989 single “Self Destruction.” She also has a cameo in Queen Latifah’s video “Ladies First.”