It all started when Govan, formerly of Basketball Wives, joked with Jennifer Williams about the skin tones of the show’s cast.
“I love the group dynamic… I wish you had a little more lightskinned people. Is that racist?”
When confronted about the joke during a cast reunion, Govan wasn’t interested in giving her comments a second thought. She quickly explained it off by saying, “That was to be funny. All of us are light-skinned. So it had nothing to do with nothing. I thought it was funny. You didn’t think it was funny? F*ck you, keep it moving. Alright, cool. Next.”
When the host asked Govan’s brown-skinned cast member Karamo Brown how he felt about the remarks, he claimed to be unbothered, saying, “I didn’t give a damn. Normally, someone says something like that, I’m like, ‘Let me check you.’ But I think it’s just because I’ve gotten to know your personality.”
Pollard suddenly cut Brown off and took the checking upon herself. “He’s licking a** again,” Pollard said of Brown before challenging Govan’s blackness. “Because she’s not even Black,” yelled Pollard.
Govan replied by pointing out that her father and children are Black. Pollard wasn’t hearing it.
“I don’t care about that. When I heard that comment, I did have to pause. But then, I had to dig deeper and know who I was as an African-American woman. And say, “I don’t give a f*ck what she wants to see on the panel. I’m here. As brown as I am. As Black and as beautiful as I am. And if I rip this hair off, yes I do have naps and it’s OK.”
Pollard closed her comments by saying, “If you are Black and you’re standing in it, stand in it in all shades.”
TV One’s Next Fifteen follows Pollard, Govan and other former reality stars including Benzino, Claudia Jordan, Jennifer Williams and Karamo Brown.
1. In 2015, Miley Cyrus revealed that she identifies as sexually fluid, telling Paper magazine, “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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4. Frank Ocean captivated the world with his songs about love and women. When he opened up about his experience falling in love with a guy, he garnered the attention of many more.
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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8. David Bowie was one of the most notable artists of all time, whose sexuality and gender bent all of the traditional rules.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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