Nicki Minaj Appears to Slam Jesy Nelson’s Little Mix Bandmates Amid “Blackfishing” Accusations

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its September jobs report, and the results clearly indicate that Joe Biden’s agenda isn’t working. 

September saw just 194,000 jobs added nationwide. That number represents less than half of the 500,000 jobs that economists predicted -- a devastating miss which reveals a rotten truth about Biden’s failed economic policies. 

This is the second straight month in which jobs numbers have underperformed economists’ projections, and the future doesn’t look bright. Joe Biden has squandered the economic recovery he inherited from President Trump and Republicans, and it’s his failure alone.

A deeper look into the numbers only confirms that we are in dire economic straits. There are 6 million Americans who want a job but are not in the labor force. 5 million, or 22 percent, of the jobs lost since the pandemic began have still not been recovered. And it’s a long-term, running problem: 2.7 million American workers have been unemployed for more than half a year. 26,000 women lost their jobs in September alone. This isn’t a one-off, surface-level economic failure. This is a widespread and comprehensive disaster, and it means that Americans are being left behind by Biden’s failed policies.

Meanwhile, Americans trying to make ends meet are faced with an ongoing inflation crisis that harms workers and businesses struggling to recover from Democrat-led COVID lockdowns. In August, consumer prices rose by 5.3 percent, marked by rising prices for everyday goods like gas, meat, and eggs. In that same month, core consumer prices rose by 4 percent – the highest spike since 1991

The cost of inflation amounts to an extra tax of $175 per month on each American household, or $2,100 a year. Economists are warning that rising prices could be "here to stay for years." 

Businesses trying to stay afloat after the pandemic have to charge more for their goods, and Americans trying to get back on their feet have to pay more as a result. The alarm bells are ringing. We are rapidly trending in a very dangerous direction.

As Biden and Democrats preside over this growing crisis, Republican leaders are showing that conservative leadership is the path to economic recovery. It is no coincidence that through August, 16 of the top 20 states for recovering jobs from the pandemic are led by Republican Governors. 

Additionally, Republican Governors lead 16 out of the top 20 states with the lowest unemployment rates. Republicans champion a robust approach to recovery that prioritizes small businesses and protects workers from government overreach. 

Joe Biden would be wise to follow this example, but he refuses to do so: in fact, he’s working overtime to make things worse. Biden’s proposed vaccine mandate on small businesses will only further crush any attempt at recovery. 

The mandate would likely make labor shortages even worse: one poll found that 7 in 10 unvaccinated workers would likely quit their jobs rather than adhere to the vaccine requirement. This just isn’t the time to add yet another obstacle for small businesses trying to recover and American families trying to make ends meet.

As if an overreaching, anti-business vaccine mandate wasn’t enough, Biden is pushing trillions of dollars in reckless tax hikes and uncontrolled socialist spending. 

You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to understand a simple concept: taking more of people’s money when they’re trying to recover is bad, illogical policy. 

Americans are looking for work and struggling with skyrocketing prices. They do not need to be paying for the largest tax hike in decades in order to fund the Democrats’ laundry list of far-left policy goals. 

Prices continue to rise. Businesses continue to struggle. Millions of Americans can’t find work as families pay more for essential goods.

Biden should be doing everything in his power to lift up Americans, but he is blithely pursuing his political agenda instead. He knows how badly he’s squandering this recovery, and his response is forcing businesses to mandate vaccines and forcing you to pay the federal government more money. 

Joe Biden is a failed president, and American families can’t afford much more of it.

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Little Mix trio UNFOLLOW ex-bandmate Jesy Nelson on Instagram

Daily Mail 11 October, 2021 - 11:30pm

Even Gaston is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World with a new Mickey Mouse Dome Cake now available at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom.

Special 50th anniversary food and drinks are labeled with the 50th anniversary logo on menus throughout Walt Disney World.

This treat is all very one-note, but that note is creamy milk chocolate.

The crème brûlée center just tastes like custard, but that does break up the milk chocolate taste well.

It’s a solid fun dessert that will take a good picture and make many guests happy.

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Jesy Nelson Says Her 'Intention Was Never to Offend People of Color' After Being Accused of 'Blackfishing'

Yahoo Entertainment 11 October, 2021 - 11:30pm

Appearing on Instagram Live with Minaj — who defended Nelson and seemingly slammed Nelson's former bandmates — Nelson addressed the controversy and said that she never intended to offend anyone with her music video.

"I personally want to say that my intention was never ever to offend people of color with this video and my song because like I said, growing up as a young girl, this is the music that I listened to," Nelson, 30, said. "These are the videos that I watched and thought were the best. For me personally, '90s R&B were the best years in music. I just wanted to celebrate that. I just want to celebrate that era of music is what I love."

Following the release of her song, she faced criticism from Black social media users for allegedly tanning her skin darker and attempting to look biracial while singing about wanting a man who's "so hood, so good, so damn taboo" with "tattoos and them gold teeth."

RELATED: Little Mix Members Unfollow Ex Bandmate Jesy Nelson Amid 'Boyz' Blackfishing Backlash

"My intention was never, ever, ever want to offend anyone and genuinely it actually does really hurt me that may have offended people and actually, like, hurt people's feelings just by genuinely celebrating something that I love," Nelson said.

Referring to comments about her skin tone, Nelson said she had not gotten any "fake tan" prior to the music video.

"I'm just really lucky as a white girl that when I'm in the sun, I tan so dark like, so many people have said to me before like Leigh-Anne [Pinnock] in the group has said, 'You sure you're like not mixed-race because you've got darker than me in the sun. That's crazy,'" Nelson claimed, referring to her former bandmate. "I wanted to come on this live today as well and show everyone my hair is naturally curly. I've always had curly hair. I got it from my dad."

"I genuinely didn't think I was doing anything wrong, because I've got naturally curly hair," Nelson added.

RELATED: Jesy Nelson and Her Little Mix 'Sisters' Haven't Spoken Since Her Exit: 'There Has to Be Space'

Nelson was asked about the accusations in an interview with New York's Vulture, stating that she never received this sort of backlash while she was in the group and that she's "just 100% being myself."

RELATED: Jesy Nelson Recalls Being Part of 'Machine' of Little Mix: 'I Was Really, Truly Unhappy'

"If you look at me on X-Factor with my big curly hair, I was wearing trainers and combats — that's who I am as an artist and as Jesy," she told the outlet. "Now I'm out of Little Mix, I've gone back to being who I am. Like I said, I don't ever want to be an artist who's being told what to wear or what music to make. I want to be authentic and true to myself, and if people don't like that, don't be my fan. Don't be a part of my journey."

The magazine stated that it had scheduled follow-up calls with the songstress to discuss identity and blackfishing, but Nelson's team canceled them and instead provided a statement.

"I take all those comments made seriously," Nelson told Vulture in a statement. "I would never intentionally do anything to make myself look racially ambiguous, so that's why I was initially shocked that the term was directed at me."

While she did not mention her directly, Minaj, 38, referred to leaked screenshots from Pinnock where she allegedly criticized Nelson for blackfishing.

"Take them text messages and shove it up your f—ing ass," Minaj said about the texts. "Let her enjoy this time. If you was in this group and haven't talked about this s— for 10 years... If you want a solo career baby girl just say that... If that's how you felt, why were you kiki'ing with her and being in videos with her for 10 years."

While Nelson's former bandmates have not publicly addressed Nelson's new song, they all unfollowed her on Instagram over the weekend.

Nelson left the group last December citing how being in the group had been "taking a toll" on her mental health. She has since shared how "truly unhappy" she felt in the group and revealed in an interview last week that she and her Little Mix "sisters" had not spoken since her exit.

"We've sent a few texts, but that's it. I can't explain it, it's like there has to be this distance," Nelson said in her Glamour U.Kinterview. "We were so close so you can't do in-between, there has to be space and hopefully at some point in the future, we can all come back together."

Little Mix Members Unfollow Ex Bandmate Jesy Nelson Amid 'Boyz' Blackfishing Backlash

PEOPLE 11 October, 2021 - 11:30pm

Over the weekend, fans noticed that Little Mix's Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall unfollowed Nelson after she released her debut solo single "Boyz" with Nicki Minaj and received backlash for what many Black social media users described as blackfishing.

"ALL LITTLE MIX MEMBERS HAVE UNFOLLOWED JESY BYEEE," tweeted one fan as others chimed in saying it was "deserved."

Nelson, 30, initially left the group last December citing how being in the group had been "taking a toll" on her mental health. She has since shared how "truly unhappy" she felt in the group and revealed in an interview last week that she and her Little Mix "sisters" had not spoken since her exit.

"We've sent a few texts, but that's it. I can't explain it, it's like there has to be this distance," Nelson said in her Glamour U.K. interview. "We were so close so you can't do in-between, there has to be space and hopefully at some point in the future, we can all come back together."

RELATED: Jesy Nelson and Her Little Mix 'Sisters' Haven't Spoken Since Her Exit: 'There Has to Be Space'

While it's unclear exactly why Little Mix unfollowed Nelson on Instagram, many fans of the group believe that it was due to her comments regarding blackfishing in "Boyz," which marked her first single as a soloist. The track, which samples Diddy's "Bad Boys for Life," received backlash from Black social media users for its lyrics and her appearance in the track's music video. (Blackfishing refers to when a non-Black person tans their skin or uses makeup to appear to be Black.)

"Baby girl has rebranded herself as biracial/racially ambiguous and is cosplaying as such," said one TikToker upset with Nelson's appearance. "Even to either fetishize Black men or give a thumbs up to appropriation with the lyric 'I like them tattoos and them gold teeth...' Black culture is not pop culture."

Another user on TikTok, Culture Unfiltered, criticized the song's lyrics: "So good, so hood so damn taboo," before saying that Nelson's "blackfishing almost feels like a marketing technique at this point" before referring to the fact that Minaj and Diddy "co-sign" the track and its lyrics by appearing in its music video.

Nelson was asked about the accusations in an interview with New York's Vulture, stating that she never received this sort of backlash while she was in the group and that she's "just 100% being myself."

RELATED: Jesy Nelson Recalls Being Part of 'Machine' of Little Mix: 'I Was Really, Truly Unhappy'

"If you look at me on X-Factor with my big curly hair, I was wearing trainers and combats — that's who I am as an artist and as Jesy," she told the outlet. "Now I'm out of Little Mix, I've gone back to being who I am. Like I said, I don't ever want to be an artist who's being told what to wear or what music to make. I want to be authentic and true to myself, and if people don't like that, don't be my fan. Don't be a part of my journey."

The magazine stated that it had scheduled follow-up calls with the songstress to discuss identity and blackfishing, but Nelson's team canceled them and instead provided a statement.

"I take all those comments made seriously," Nelson told Vulture in a statement. "I would never intentionally do anything to make myself look racially ambiguous, so that's why I was initially shocked that the term was directed at me."

Nelson also pointed to her management for blocking Instagram accounts and deleting comments that accused her of blackfishing on Instagram.

On an Instagram Live with Minaj on Monday, Nelson also hinted at the controversy.

"When you watch this video, a lot of people probably think, 'Well, this is a big change. Her styling has changed, the music's changed but actually, like, this is the music that I grew up on as a kid," she told the rapper. "And this was the music that I was always inspired by. When I was in Little Mix, I just wanted to be accepted. So I changed the way I dressed, went on stupid diets and did everything i could to be accepted."

A rep for Nelson did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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