Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway (right) with her daughter Alexandra at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s annual fundraiser at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Dec. 10, 2009, in Los Angeles (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Whenever Patti LaDanielle (aka The Root’s social-content producer, and our podcast co-host, Danielle Young) and I talk hip-hop—like, real hip-hop—I have a tendency to throw on my hip-hop voice, which includes a faux New York accent and a whole lot of “yos” and “sons” and “gods.”

It happened this past episode because Ms. Patti Patti and I started discussing the Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj diss record—the first one, not that trashy second one that should never have been released. I’m just warning our listeners that my hip-hop voice isn’t authentic, and it’s slightly embarrassing.


Look, Remy Ma bodied Nicki. It wasn’t even close. But Ms. Patti Patti and I hate the fact that Nicki didn’t respond and she asked for this ass whooping, or whatever.


On this episode we also discuss Kellyanne Conway Rick James-ing all over the White House couch, and the cultural differences regarding putting your shoes on the good furniture.


We also get into Rachel Dolezal, aka the black gift that keeps on giving, and her new Nigerian name; and which White House official is kicking it with Russian operatives, during a rousing episode of “Your Week Has Been Trumped.”

Last but never least, we interview the legendary Vanessa Bell Calloway, currently starring in the Bounce TV hit Saints and Sinners, who turns 60 on March 20. I know; I was floored, too. She’s super up front and honest about everything, including her disdain for Danielle and liturgical dance.


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Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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