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Matt James addresses ‘Bachelor’ racism controversy

Matt James addresses ‘Bachelor’ racism controversy

Matt James, the star of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” is breaking his silence on the controversy that has enveloped this season of the series.

James, who is the show’s first Black lead bachelor, addressed Chris Harrison’s announcement that he would step aside as the host of the franchise for an undetermined length of time following controversial remarks he made that reignited conversation about the reality franchise’s problematic history regarding issues of race and diversity.

Harrison was being interviewed by Rachel Lindsay, a current Extra host and former star of 2017’s “The Bachelorette,” when he defended a current contestant who was photographed at a plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.

“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” James wrote on Instagram. “Chris’s failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch.” Adding, “As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years.”

Harrison has since apologized. It’s unclear when or if he will return to the franchise.

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Chaka Khan and Idina Menzel remake ‘I’m Every Woman’ for International Women’s Day

It’s the remake of all remakes.

Chaka Khan and Idina Menzel, two of music’s most powerful voices, have teamed up for a new version of Khan’s iconic 1978 single, “I’m Every Woman,” to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The music video, in partnership with CARE, features leaders and activists Dolores Huerta, Sheryl Sandberg, Laverne Cox and more. CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.

“International Women’s Day means a lot of things to me. It’s about raising awareness and celebrating women’s achievements — socially, culturally, politically, artistically,” Menzel told CNN in a statement.

“I am truly honored to be here to partner with CARE for International Women’s Day. This organization has been around since World War II. CARE is the creator of the ‘care package’ for god’s sake! To be able to be here with my hero, Chaka Khan, is one of the greatest days for me. I would have been here no matter what, but to be here alongside Chaka, singing one of the greatest songs ever, is a true milestone for me.”

Khan echoed Menzel’s sentiments with her own statement to CNN, “Women, we don’t get enough accolades or enough of this kind of attention. Women should be revered in the highest of ways. Women are the crazy glue holding the stuff together, in the family unit, on this planet, everywhere.”

The #IMEVERYWOMAN will feature a weekly conversation series streaming on Wednesdays this month.

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