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*Actress LisaRaye McCoy recently weighed in on the Lil Kim/Nicki Mianj debate after Usher caught heat over his comments about the female hip-hop stars.

Usher sparked fury among the Barbz (Nicki’s fanbase) after he told Swizz Beatz that a Verzuz battle between Nicki and Kim wouldn’t work because the Brooklyn emcee paved the way for the “Queen” rapper. 

The R&B crooner described Minaj as a “product” of Lil Kim. 

And LisaRaye agrees.

During a recent appearance on Out Loud with Claudia Jordan, LisaRaye addressed Usher’s remarks, saying: “We can all stand together queens and we can all say that all of us are acknowledging the fact that Kim came before Nicki Minaj,” she said, per Hot New Hip Hop.  

“So Nicki, just take a seat. You don’t have to sit down for long, but just take a bow. Just like Beyoncé said, ‘Bow down b*tches,” LisaRaye added. 

As you can imagine, her comments were met with mixed reactions.

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*”The Player’s Club” star is also facing criticism from Turks And Caicos Islanders for comments she previously made on Jordan’s show, saying she “turned their island around” after marrying (her now ex) former Prime Minister Michael Misick.

As noted by MadameNoire, Claudia joked that she “upgraded the island,” to which LisaRaye replied, “damn right! Say it for the b—hes in the back!”

Adding, “I did more for that island than I did for my own country and my own business, my own self,” she said.

“I became the poster child for Turks and Caicos because Turks and Caicos was a jewel of an island, an elite island, that no one knew about until I said, hey, here we are over here! An hour away from the Bahamas! An hour and a half out of Miami! We’re right next to Haiti! It’s beautiful! The sun and the sand and the water, come see what I found over here! I did that and I started businesses over there. I started opportunity over there and I did nothing for here,” LisaRaye explained. 

After Claudia explained that she herself was harassed online over McCoy’s comments about the island, LisaRaye defended her remarks on Jordan’s show this week.

“Those people in your inbox were probably people who can’t even afford to go to Turks and Caicos, so next,” she said. “Secondly, that would be absolutely ludicrous for me to say Turks and Caicos wasn’t known, although it wasn’t known to me when I first met Michael. I didn’t know anything and didn’t even know how to pronounce it. But I stand by what I said.”

She went on to explain, “As their first lady, I brought a lot of attention to Turks and Caicos Island. But that’s what I planned to do and that’s what I wanted to do,” she continued. “I brought the film festival there. I built a theater there. I brought the first ever carnival there, music festival. Calling my friends saying, hey, we may not have it in the budget to pay your fee, but if I can make a vacation out of it for you because I’m the first lady of this small country, and I want to shed some light on here, can you bring your talent over here so you can entertain our people?”

LisaRaye added, “I still feel that is a second home for me, so I will always be the poster child for Turks and Caicos Islands because it’s beautiful and because I called it home and I do want everyone to see it and know about it because they should,” she added. “It’s right next door to us. So that’s what I said and that’s exactly, again, what I mean.”

Scroll up to hear/watch LisaRaye and Claudia dish about the controversy via the clip above. 

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SOTAstream, the free, online festival showcasing the best music from local WA musicians will be live streamed here on PerthNow this WA Day, from 2pm to 8pm on Monday 1 June.

When: Monday 1 June

Time: 2pm – 8pm

Co-presented by WAM and Streamed live from Freo.Social

SOTA (State of the Art) Music Festival is back with a 2020 socially-distant edition – SOTAstream.

Featuring a dizzying line-up of local talent streamed live from music mecca Freo.Social straight to your living room, back yard, local park or wherever you are around our State, you will get a front row seat to the hottest event this WA Day long weekend.

With venues forced to close and artists unable to perform due to COVID-19, SOTAstream gives some of WA’s most recognisable musos the chance to get back performing in front of crowds, albeit separated by a screen.

The line-up stars outstanding fan favourites, in alphabetical order:

  • Abbe May
  • Carla Geneve
  • Drapht
  • Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
  • Methyl Ethel
  • Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
  • San Cisco

Streaming live MONDAY 1 JUNE 2pm – 8pm (WST) here on PerthNow, so be sure to bookmark this page and come back to tune in and watch the live stream.

SOTAsteam is derived from the desire to support, nurture and grow creative opportunities for local artists, and position contemporary music as a leading cultural identifier for WA.

When is WA Day?

WA Day is always held on the first Monday in June. In 2020, it will be on Monday 1 June.

What is WA Day?

In April 2012, Foundation Day was formally changed to WA Day following bipartisan political support in the Western Australian Parliament.

This welcomed in a new era for the State with WA Day being a universal celebration of all Western Australians, recognising our Aboriginal history, early European settlers and the many people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Western Australia their home.

As a vast geographic area comprising many different urban, rural and regional communities, as well as being a very multicultural community, the emphasis for WA Day celebrations is on inclusion of all people no matter how long they have called themselves Western Australians.