Television, film and former Disney Channel star Raven-Symoné made her way to hip-hop and R&B’s bad side in just one Instagram post over the weekend.
Using an iconic photo of leaders in rap’s elite circle to her Instagram, she attempted to make a point about the ills of the Black community and the route to success. But one of the individuals in the picture that she posted to make an example of her point ended up making an example of her with the help of R&B singer Trey Songz.
Atlanta’s King of the South T.I. posted his response to the That’s So Raven actress with an age-old adage, reading, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
“@ravensymone Our sins ain’t no greater than yours ma’am,” he rebutted. “The air must be thin as hell up there on that high horse you sittin on. Somebody please let me know…WTF up wit shawty?”
The photo in question showed the aforementioned individuals toasting up at the brunch in all of their Black fellowship glory and has since circulated online as an iconic symbol of Black excellence. For Raven, however, the roots of their success came from a place she didn’t find so admirable.
“A group of so-called ‘successful’ Black men (minus [Khaled] racially) who became rich and famous from perpetuating the worst Black stereotypes to the ears and eyes of the whole planet like drug dealing, pimping, murdering other Black men and disrespecting Black women,” her post read, which was a repost of a tweet that came over to Instagram in meme form. “I know, making observations is being a hater. Cheers.”
Along with Tip’s discontent with the shade, Trigga Trey showed up to throw some harsher words of disagreement at her.
“It’s so sad that she’s really a clown,” he said. “Speech too.”
The post has been deleted from Raven’s Instagram. However, she insists that it’s due to the nastier comments piling up on it, not her change of heart. Tip’s question and response to her still stands, though.
Check out her thoughts and the responses from both Tip and Trey in the posts below.
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