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WTF? Melyssa Ford Pops OFF On ESSENCE Magazine

 

Many people have been upset these last few months with ESSENCE because the magazine hired a white fashion editor.  Others believe the magazine is out of touch with black women as a whole.  Now Melyssa Ford is upset at the magazine because of their recent cover and their "subtle" messages to black women.  Find out her profanity laced issue when you read on...

 

Video vixen godmother/actress/model Melyssa did an interview with VIBE and voiced her opinion about the current cover of Essence Magazine. The cover features Blair Underwood, Boris Kodjoe, and Lance Gross and the caption says "How To Keep Black Men Happy And Faithful":

 

Melyssa : "Right now Essence has on the cover, three of the most gorgeous black men ever created on the face of this fucking Earth. They have Blair Underwood who has always done it for me, Boris Kodjoe whose definition in the dictionary is fine, and then they got Lance Gross—chocolatey loveliness. And you know what they fucking have the nerve to have as the fucking title of the cover story? “How To Keep Black Men Happy and Faithful.” And faithful! How dare you?! It makes me fucking sick. [It’s like saying] ‘Women take note—how to keep your black men healthy and keep from straying from you ‘cause it’s your fault.’ And black women wrote this to their fucking counterparts. As if to say, ‘If he strays, it’s your fucking fault. You didn’t cook enough. You didn’t blow him enough. You didn’t fuck him enough. You didn’t do enough to keep your fucking man healthy or faithful.’ O-M-fucking-G! "

Melyssa: "There are times where I’m surprised at the audacity that they fucking have to put something like that on the cover, but they’re regarded as the soul sista’s bible. They accept a fucking elitist attitude on who they’ll have on the cover and who they won’t? Please. Who was on the cover last month? They were toasting to women above the age of 40, and how beautiful they look, but Naomi’s on the cover? Okay, yes. Granted, Miss Naomi walks a catwalk, and she’s still killing 16-year-old and 20-year-old girls. Yes, but she has serious anger management issues and an overwhelming sense of entitlement, and she is engaged in fucking illegal activity that’s directly related to the blood diamond industry in Africa. And you’re putting her on a pedestal? Is that what you’re doing? But you won’t cover somebody like me because I based the earlier part of my career on my sexuality? My moral compass hasn’t been shifted off too much. My values are pretty good considering the causes that I believe in and places I’ve volunteered my time and given my money to, but you don’t feel the need to ever cover any single part of my career. You don’t even acknowledge that I even fucking exist. But this is what you cover and this is the thing you say? I think it’s hypocrisy."

 

Well *snaps* in a E (for Essence) formation.  She did raise a few good points I have to admit.  Even though she should have gotten to the real point and just asked to be on the cover like she knows she wanted to.

 

I kid.  Kinda.  Thoughts?

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Brat's picture

sorry to hear such catty info

sorry to hear such catty info melissa u got to get back to work i am a avid reader of all the magazines i dont think they can tell us black women how to keep a man they just trying to sell magazine like ur white counterparts lets just give her time to show her skills stop being so catty u r still beautiful and im glad u changed ur life now puff daddy please give me a job
Anonymous's picture

Essence Magazine hasn't been

Essence Magazine hasn't been a black magazine for YEARS (since 2000 to be exact), that is, unless you feel that a white-owned magazine can truly represent black culture; specifically, the ideals, motivations, and desires of Black women (their target audience). So basically what we have here is someone else dictating their perception of you TO you, and in this regard, I believe that Melyssa Ford has a valid point. In fact, insult to injury is added when many of us make our yearly pilgrimage to the Essence Festival to party in the very place where Black folk were quite literally abandoned and left out to dry (New Orleans) just 5 short years ago, where the devastation is still quiet apparent. I bet that you will NEVER see white folks partying at "Ground Zero" in Manhattan, but I digress. However, Melyssa Ford's point fades when it turns into a whiny "why-not-me" rant that really came off as being no more than hater-ation. For all intents and purposes, I will be the first one to admit that Melyssa Ford is fine, but so what. Fine comes a dime a dozen (if not a penny a dozen), and I personally haven't seen anything front-page-worthy beyond her impresseive waist-to-ass ratio. Don't get me wrong, however. I'm not saying that she doesn't possess it somewhere, I'm just saying that her lack of humility and inflated ego makes it difficult to see.....or at a minimum, not worth the effort to even attempt. No diss to MF, I'm jus' sayin'....... But ladies - seriously - define yourselves FOR yourselves. We see white women everyday trying to get tan skin, thick lips, and more voluptuous rear-ends, but I bet that you won't find a white magazine anywhere that acknowledges or admits that this as an attempt for them to embrace a more "ethnic" look, because for them, that would be a slight against their own race. So, when you come across a magazine that disses you (i.e. your look, your relationships, your hair, your size, etc.) while claiming to represent you, please check the source. 2 Fingers, Tungz
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Who is she and what does she

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Basically a video girl/booty

Basically a video girl/booty model.....nothing more.
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That comment was so ignorant and racist! You have low self-esteem issues..
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Anonymous's picture

And for every black woman

And for every black woman that "stinks", I can find 5 more other women who stink. And for every black woman who has had a man leave her, I can a slew of other women who men have left them...your point please? Besides being rambling idiot. And how you gonna say a black woman doesn't cook? I guess all those slaves were being fed by white women. And I guess all those women cooking every Sunday after church are Chinese. Chile please! And no one wants kiss your stankin' , loud, no cooking azz!!!
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YoungCosby's picture

If the Editor wasn't white

If the Editor wasn't white this article either 1) wouldn't exist or 2) would have been more positive! lol It's an issue because the thought is it's an indirect stab at Black women & suggesting we don't know how to keep our men happy and faithful. I just feel that men will cheat if that's what they want to do regardless of race!
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i was with her up until the

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and FYI I had enough of ur 'i

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1. she jealous 2. she has no career 3. who cares 4. who cares if a white woman is fashion editor 5. Essense is a great magazine with great informative articles, beautiful images and can beat the breaks off stupid Jet magazine and aint talking bout nothing Ebony magazine so stop complaining.
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Essence can put famous men and their long-term girlfriends, the current mistress and cheater combo, people with drug problems but talent, and people with criminal histories but money and fame on the cover. But they won't put a video vixen on the cover. Those people are more famous than she is. They have to draw the line somewhere. What does she mean because of her background they're hypocrites? Her success and fame is because of what she does - what's in her background is the only thing she's done to be famous. What else has she done that they could talk about? Is she in relationship with someone more famous, has she built a business, has she overcome some personal problem that the readers know about and could relate to? They know their audience, and it's not people who celebrate video vixens or want to see hustler type poses on the cover. If you don't appeal to their base you shouldn't be on the cover. Karrine would be first in line if they wanted to have a vixen cover, she's had famous relationships, business deals, and bestsellers. But yeah, the covers are repetitive - like all fashion/lifestyle mags.
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HELLO?!?!? EXACTLY WHO IS

HELLO?!?!? EXACTLY WHO IS MELISSA FORD? lol THE AUDACITY TO FEEL SLIGHTED BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT ON THE COVER OF ESSENCE. WELL,,NOBODY KNOWS WHO THE H**L YOU ARE!!
Anonymous's picture

how is naomi engaged in

how is naomi engaged in illegal diamond activity? she's not even accused of a crime by the people who KNOW the case. no crime has been proven by anyone in the whole diamond drama. if you're gonna scream to the world, try to get it right before you speak. and before you comment on 'blood diamonds' take an hour and look up the topic and see what experts like Jack Jolis have to say about the practical impossibility of determining which diamonds are 'blood diamonds'.
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I don't believe in the whole video vixen movement I consider them to be glorified groupies. Her points with Essence are valid. essence is such a commercial magazine now. The same people make the cover month after month. I can see where she is getting this from but If the article is about looking great. Naomi looks great! Her feet?!?!?! not so much
BtchPlze's picture

WHAT MEL IS SAYIN IS. NOW

WHAT MEL IS SAYIN IS. NOW THAT A WHITE PERSON IS THE EDITOR THEY ARE GOING TO TELL THE SISTAHS ON HOW TO KEEP THEIR MEN. LIKE HOW FCKN DAREU. ESPECIALLY WITH THE ESSENCE MAGAZINE. THE ONLY MAGAZINE THAT CATERED FAITHFULLY TO THE WOMAN OF COLOR. NOW ITS THE SAME MAGAZINE THAT IS TEACHING THE WOMAN ON HOW TO KEEP THE BLACK MEN BECAUSE NOW THE CURRENT TREND IS TO MARRY A WHITE WOMAN. ME PERSONALY I DNT GIVE A FCK COLOR IS COLOR BUT LETS NOT FORGET THE COUNTRY WE ARE IN. ITS AMERICA. WHERE AS MUCH AS WE MAY NOT LIKE TO HEAR IT. THE WHITE MAN RULE. OK?!
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You ignoramus, the white editor is the Fashion Editor, sweety!! She deals with the clothing, jewelry and accessories--not with the articles. live, READ, and learn.
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Anonymous's picture

Kids take notes! Shaking your

Kids take notes! Shaking your ass for videos wont get you high places! Amber Rose is just that lucky rose that grew out of concrete! And her 15 mins will soon be up...Get an education and respect your body young women! Think about it, if Oprah was in her teens and 20's being a video "hoe" would she be where she is at today? Hmmm i dont think so...melyssa needs to go read a book and stop tryna get featured in Essence.
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Beyonce shakes her ass in videos and no amount of education will allow you to get paid as much as she does.
Anonymous's picture

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Yeah kids Oprah was whoring around and doing coke in her 20's and she's the richest woman in America.
Anonymous's picture

Well Said!!!! It obvious she

Well Said!!!! It obvious she didn't even open the issue. When will women learn being a hoe won't get you as far in life as an education and class?
Anonymous's picture

You have a good point...but

You have a good point...but society is overruling education and class...to get ahead in today's world...I mean we have a teenage baby mama Bristol Palin being dawned as a star getting her shine on...on dancing with the stars...and AMERICA is voting for her...let's not even mention Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and the infamous Amber Rose...they are largely known for what...exactly...so you see most of these kids today parents were young uneducated classless individuals...so the apples are not gonna fall far from trees...this young generation is on the demise and sadly enough...they could care less...Good Day!!!
Anonymous's picture

OMG! Melyssa is retarded! The

OMG! Melyssa is retarded! The magazine actually says "WHAT makes Black men happy (and faithful)" This is not a HOW TO....its opinions BY AND FROM black men!!! LMAOOOOOO
MELYSSA HAS AN ANGER MNGT PROBLEM!'s picture

I think one point she was

I think one point she was trying to make about the title underneath that cover...is now they are gonna have white women trying to tell black women how to take care of they man...on that note...I totally agree...I'm sorry but no white person can teach me how to be black or how to have the backbone to a black man...in part no one can teach me how to do me...IJS
Anonymous's picture

Is she not aware that this

Is she not aware that this blood diamond gift took place in the 1990's? LOL Is she not aware that Naomi was NOT on trial, but she was called to TESTIFY in someone's trial at a court that really has little to no jurisdiction. LMAO A profanity laced tirade seems like an anger management problem to me. She couldn't even control herself and properly communicate. LMAO Ms Melyssa needs to sit her half white ass DOWN! The nerve!
MELYSSA HAS AN ANGER MNGT PROBLEM!'s picture

Exactly. Melyssa needs to

Exactly. Melyssa needs to fall back. Even the valid points she made were lost in all her profanity. How do these comments make her the perfect Essence cover girl? Naomi, Iman, and Liya were featured because they are all supermodels - not video vixens or whatever Melyssa Ford does now. Naomi isn't perfect, but when it comes to modeling Naomi has paid the cost to be the boss. All women's magazines talk about how to keep man. If the story doesn't pertain to me, I glance at it and keep it moving. All the articles won't be for every body. Maybe Melyssa should start her own magazine to see the articles that she'd enjoy. Hopefully she'd enroll in an English class first so she could step up her vocabulary!
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Exactly. Not only that, Naomi

Exactly. Not only that, Naomi immediately got rid of the diamond by donating it to charity, which was the smartest thing to do. And now stupid ugly-faced Melyssa has the nerve to put out incorrect info? Chile please.
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I truly do understand her

I truly do understand her point...
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And what is that?

And what is that?
Yeah Really's picture

What's wrong with knowing how

What's wrong with knowing how to keep and take care of a black man?? ALL women should know how to take care of their man. relationships take works and youhave to LEARN how to do it- its not automatic to know how to give to a person unselfishly because we are selfish by nature...she just mad cuz they won't let her on the cover. A lor of people don't know how to form and keep male/female relationships. Ladies we don't know everything we need to be open to learning.
knockitoff's picture

WOW LATELY SHE BEEN ON POINT

WOW LATELY SHE BEEN ON POINT ALSO SHE TALKED ABOUT THE INDUSTRY AND HOW THEY SELL THEIR SOUL. SHE REALLY SAID IT IN A NUTSHELL, VIDEO VIXEN OR NOT. YOU GO MELYSSA!!!!
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Video Ho trying to be

Video Ho trying to be significant. LOL
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