Game Designer Surprises Wife With Black Game Developer Barbie

What do you do if you want to get Mattel’s Game Developer Barbie for your wife, but the doll is available only as a white doll with red hair?

For Marcus Montgomery, the answer was quite simple. As a pro problem-solver, being a game designer himself, he bought a black Barbie and dressed it up in the Game Developer Barbie’s clothes before carefully repackaging it in the box and presenting it to his wife for her birthday, BuzzFeed reports.

His wife, Lisette Titre-Montgomery, who is also a game designer, was, needless to say, delighted.

In a brief video showing the big reveal, Titre-Montgomery could be seen standing in the doorway laughing before asking, “What is going on?” and picking up the doll.

“I love my husband because he’s thoughtful and generous,” she told ABC News in a separate interview. “The thought of him struggling to put those tiny clothes on that little Barbie with those big hands cracks me up. It makes me love the gift even more.”

Montgomery said that his wife’s take on the original doll was “better to have a Game Developer Barbie than not have one at all.”  But he knew he could do one better.

“My ultimate goal was to make my wife smile,” he said, according to BuzzFeed. “That’s really what I wanted. It was a birthday present and I just wanted to make sure she was happy.”

“She works hard, and like all of us, she feels unrecognized at times,” Montgomery told ABC. “A developer Barbie acknowledged her career of choice. It’s exciting. It’s cool, but both my wife and I realize the importance of representation, and it’s something we experience every day.”

And Montgomery is giving props for the brilliant idea where props are due. “Let’s be real,” he said. “It’s not something other mothers haven’t done before.”

Both he and his wife have been working to promote diversity and let the importance of representation be known in an industry that too often can be homogeneous.

Montgomery is the creator of We Are Game Devs, a website that highlights people of color, women and other nontraditional members of the industry: “We Are Game Devs is about celebrating the diversity within the video game industry, which is somewhat unnoticed because of the lack of numbers, so it’s a chance to spotlight their talents and also give role models to people who are trying to become aspiring game developers,” Montgomery told The Root. “Representation is something that is very important to my wife and myself; it is one of the things that drives us to work with organizations like Gameheads in Oakland.” The mission of the program, based in Oakland, Calif., is to prepare young people for careers in the industry.

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12 of the Best and Brightest Black YouTubers at VidCon 2016

Whitney and Bobby. Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri. Flava Flav and Brigitte Nielsen. Lauren London and Lil Wayne. Ciara and Future. Eve and Maximillion Cooper. The list goes on and on, but the fact is that celebrity culture has long been rife with unlikely pairings—some seemingly out of nowhere, others seemingly out of convenience and all simply fascinating in their novelty. And inevitably, eyebrows are raised, along with questions, starting with this one: How exactly did this happen?

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Yet happen it does, with enough frequency that you’d think we’d barely bat an eye by now. But since a rumored relationship between RB royalty Toni Braxton and Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan Williams, better known as “Birdman,” was confirmed last week, shock and awe—with a healthy side of disgust—have been the overwhelming responses.

Now, conventional wisdom might suggest that this latest odd coupling really isn’t so outrageous. After all, these are two high-profile individuals who work in the same industry and, therefore, may have more than a few things in common. But of course, despite a glowing endorsement from Braxton’s mother, there have been countless theories about how—and why—Birdman and Braxton have become an item, with renewed discussions of her much-publicized money troubles, inferences about his sexuality and, most hilariously, suggestions that she’s under duress.

But aside from the obvious entertainment factor in speculating on the whys and wherefores of this union, what’s really interesting is how offensive some of us seem to find the attraction of these apparent opposites. Indeed, despite the fact that most of us don’t know either Braxton or Birdman personally, many have taken the news of this pairing as a personal affront, which bears some examination of its own. What is it about a “beauty and the beast” matchup that rubs so many of us the wrong way? If, indeed, this might be love, then why all the hate?

We Hate Seeing “Bad Boys” Get “Good Girls”

From his song lyrics to his virtual collage of facial tattoos and his much-hyped beef with his flagship artist (the similarly tatted Lil Wayne), the man known as Birdman could aptly be described as a bad boy—a public image that he’s actively cultivated. After his recent antics on The Breakfast Club radio show, he gained even more notoriety but also lost some “respeck” in the process.

There’s a general presumption that a man like this doesn’t deserve nice things, let alone a nice woman, as Braxton is generally assumed to be. But if this coupling flies in the face of our commonly accepted logic about the types of people who belong together, our judgment turns us all into respectability politicians in the process. Reality shows notwithstanding, the fact is that none of us observing from this significant distance really possesses more than our assumptions about what either of these people is like behind closed doors. Truth is, “good” and “bad” are entirely subjective terms. Given that none of us presently has to date either Braxton or Birdman, “good” and “bad” are likely not our labels to bestow.

We Hate It When Reality Contradicts Our Fantasies

“Beautiful.” “Classy.”Angelic.” These are some of the adjectives associated with Braxton, one of RB’s most celebrated chanteuses. They are not, however, words that generally come to mind when describing Birdman. For at least one generation of men (and likely a few women), Braxton was an early crush—the seemingly unattainable type of woman who not only fed teenage fantasies but also informed romantic ideals well into adulthood.

But to simultaneously idealize Braxton and reduce her to a female archetype is to deny her womanhood—and a woman’s needs. I have no idea what type of attention and affection Birdman might be offering—and won’t try to ignore the added security his purported personal fortune might afford her (or how attractive that kind of business savvy can be). But what I do know is that she’s not alone or wrong in desiring these things. And who knows how long she’s gone without them?

We Hate What It Suggests About Our Own Prospects

This hits a bit closer to home than I’d like, but if Braxton represents a fallen fantasy to legions of straight men (who at least may now feel more inclined to “shoot their shot” with seemingly unattainable women), she may represent something else entirely to single women over 40, who are weighing their own dwindling options in the dating market.

“Is this what’s left?” we wonder, after being urged to “quit being so picky” and abandon our ideals in favor of just finding someone suitable enough to pair off with (as if pairing off were the sole priority). At 48, Braxton still looks better than your average 38-year-old, but she no doubt faces the same obstacles as the rest of us in finding a mate she’s “evenly yoked” with—in age, accomplishments, lifestyle, etc. And if we average Jills are struggling, what’s a multi-award-winning diva to do?

Of course, I’m not suggesting that dating a multimillionaire music mogul—even with a face full of distracting doodles—is to be considered “settling.” But if Birdman seems an unusual suspect, it might simply be that Braxton is thinking outside the box, as so many of us are encouraged to do as we continue to look for love. And ultimately, as unexpected a choice as he might be, if love is what she’s finding with him, is it really any of our business? After all, it could be a typical temporary celebrity fling, or it could be the real thing, over a decade in the making. And as off-putting as the optics might be, can we really begrudge them taking a chance on love? Maybe, after all this time, it’s simply their time.

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Why Jeremih’s Song ‘Oui’ Bothers the Hell Out of Me

Whitney and Bobby. Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri. Flava Flav and Brigitte Nielsen. Lauren London and Lil Wayne. Ciara and Future. Eve and Maximillion Cooper. The list goes on and on, but the fact is that celebrity culture has long been rife with unlikely pairings—some seemingly out of nowhere, others seemingly out of convenience and all simply fascinating in their novelty. And inevitably, eyebrows are raised, along with questions, starting with this one: How exactly did this happen?

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Yet happen it does, with enough frequency that you’d think we’d barely bat an eye by now. But since a rumored relationship between RB royalty Toni Braxton and Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan Williams, better known as “Birdman,” was confirmed last week, shock and awe—with a healthy side of disgust—have been the overwhelming responses.

Now, conventional wisdom might suggest that this latest odd coupling really isn’t so outrageous. After all, these are two high-profile individuals who work in the same industry and, therefore, may have more than a few things in common. But of course, despite a glowing endorsement from Braxton’s mother, there have been countless theories about how—and why—Birdman and Braxton have become an item, with renewed discussions of her much-publicized money troubles, inferences about his sexuality and, most hilariously, suggestions that she’s under duress.

But aside from the obvious entertainment factor in speculating on the whys and wherefores of this union, what’s really interesting is how offensive some of us seem to find the attraction of these apparent opposites. Indeed, despite the fact that most of us don’t know either Braxton or Birdman personally, many have taken the news of this pairing as a personal affront, which bears some examination of its own. What is it about a “beauty and the beast” matchup that rubs so many of us the wrong way? If, indeed, this might be love, then why all the hate?

We Hate Seeing “Bad Boys” Get “Good Girls”

From his song lyrics to his virtual collage of facial tattoos and his much-hyped beef with his flagship artist (the similarly tatted Lil Wayne), the man known as Birdman could aptly be described as a bad boy—a public image that he’s actively cultivated. After his recent antics on The Breakfast Club radio show, he gained even more notoriety but also lost some “respeck” in the process.

There’s a general presumption that a man like this doesn’t deserve nice things, let alone a nice woman, as Braxton is generally assumed to be. But if this coupling flies in the face of our commonly accepted logic about the types of people who belong together, our judgment turns us all into respectability politicians in the process. Reality shows notwithstanding, the fact is that none of us observing from this significant distance really possesses more than our assumptions about what either of these people is like behind closed doors. Truth is, “good” and “bad” are entirely subjective terms. Given that none of us presently has to date either Braxton or Birdman, “good” and “bad” are likely not our labels to bestow.

We Hate It When Reality Contradicts Our Fantasies

“Beautiful.” “Classy.”Angelic.” These are some of the adjectives associated with Braxton, one of RB’s most celebrated chanteuses. They are not, however, words that generally come to mind when describing Birdman. For at least one generation of men (and likely a few women), Braxton was an early crush—the seemingly unattainable type of woman who not only fed teenage fantasies but also informed romantic ideals well into adulthood.

But to simultaneously idealize Braxton and reduce her to a female archetype is to deny her womanhood—and a woman’s needs. I have no idea what type of attention and affection Birdman might be offering—and won’t try to ignore the added security his purported personal fortune might afford her (or how attractive that kind of business savvy can be). But what I do know is that she’s not alone or wrong in desiring these things. And who knows how long she’s gone without them?

We Hate What It Suggests About Our Own Prospects

This hits a bit closer to home than I’d like, but if Braxton represents a fallen fantasy to legions of straight men (who at least may now feel more inclined to “shoot their shot” with seemingly unattainable women), she may represent something else entirely to single women over 40, who are weighing their own dwindling options in the dating market.

“Is this what’s left?” we wonder, after being urged to “quit being so picky” and abandon our ideals in favor of just finding someone suitable enough to pair off with (as if pairing off were the sole priority). At 48, Braxton still looks better than your average 38-year-old, but she no doubt faces the same obstacles as the rest of us in finding a mate she’s “evenly yoked” with—in age, accomplishments, lifestyle, etc. And if we average Jills are struggling, what’s a multi-award-winning diva to do?

Of course, I’m not suggesting that dating a multimillionaire music mogul—even with a face full of distracting doodles—is to be considered “settling.” But if Birdman seems an unusual suspect, it might simply be that Braxton is thinking outside the box, as so many of us are encouraged to do as we continue to look for love. And ultimately, as unexpected a choice as he might be, if love is what she’s finding with him, is it really any of our business? After all, it could be a typical temporary celebrity fling, or it could be the real thing, over a decade in the making. And as off-putting as the optics might be, can we really begrudge them taking a chance on love? Maybe, after all this time, it’s simply their time.

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Report: Okla. Inmate Died After Being Strangled by Jailers

A Caddo County, Okla., jail inmate died after being strangled when jailers put him in a neck hold, The Frontier reports.

Darius Randell Robinson, 41, died April 5, just a few days after being arrested on warrants for unpaid child support, the site notes.

Jailers initially said that Robinson had tried to escape his cell while they were cleaning up items he had destroyed, The Frontier notes. According to an autopsy report, Robinson began “acting violently and agitated in his cell.” Also from the autopsy, which was released Wednesday:

When the jail staff opened his cell door to check on him, the decedent reportedly charged the staff. He was subdued, handcuffed, and pepper spray was reportedly used. In addition, it was reported that a neck hold was also used to restrain the deceased. While lying handcuffed and prone on the jail floor, the deceased became unresponsive. There was a report of white foam coming from his mouth.

According to the autopsy, Robinson suffered a broken neck, several hemorrhages and abrasions from his handcuffs. The probable cause of death is listed as asphyxiation due to “manual compression of neck.”

According to KSWO, his death was ruled a homicide.

In response to the new details regarding Robinson’s death, attorneys for Robinson’s family are standing firm in the belief that he died because of the application of excessive force.

“Tragically, the autopsy confirms what the family suspected; Darius Robinson died as the result of excessive force. Specifically, the medical examiner concluded that Darius died from injuries consistent with manual strangulation. Darius’ injuries were directly caused by jailers at the Caddo County Jail,” the attorneys said in a statement Wednesday after the release of the autopsy. “This conduct is outrageous, and inconsistent with jail standards throughout the United States. We trust that the District Attorney will follow the law and file the appropriate criminal charges immediately against those jailers responsible for the strangulation and homicide of Darius Robinson.”

Family members told The Frontier that Robinson was arrested for child support cases dating back to the late ’90s and relating to children who are now 18 and 19 years old. Those children, they said, lived with him at the time of his arrest.

Robinson’s family also claims that jail staff initially said Robinson had died as a result of a heart attack and that staff failed to mention that he was pepper-sprayed and put in a neck hold while handcuffed.

According to The Frontier, the family is demanding the release of video from inside the jail. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is reportedly looking into the death.

Read more at The Frontier and KSWO

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Do You Really Have to Keep Inviting a Friend to Parties When the Friend Always Says No?

Whitney and Bobby. Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri. Flava Flav and Brigitte Nielsen. Lauren London and Lil Wayne. Ciara and Future. Eve and Maximillion Cooper. The list goes on and on, but the fact is that celebrity culture has long been rife with unlikely pairings—some seemingly out of nowhere, others seemingly out of convenience and all simply fascinating in their novelty. And inevitably, eyebrows are raised, along with questions, starting with this one: How exactly did this happen?

Picture1
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Yet happen it does, with enough frequency that you’d think we’d barely bat an eye by now. But since a rumored relationship between RB royalty Toni Braxton and Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan Williams, better known as “Birdman,” was confirmed last week, shock and awe—with a healthy side of disgust—have been the overwhelming responses.

Now, conventional wisdom might suggest that this latest odd coupling really isn’t so outrageous. After all, these are two high-profile individuals who work in the same industry and, therefore, may have more than a few things in common. But of course, despite a glowing endorsement from Braxton’s mother, there have been countless theories about how—and why—Birdman and Braxton have become an item, with renewed discussions of her much-publicized money troubles, inferences about his sexuality and, most hilariously, suggestions that she’s under duress.

But aside from the obvious entertainment factor in speculating on the whys and wherefores of this union, what’s really interesting is how offensive some of us seem to find the attraction of these apparent opposites. Indeed, despite the fact that most of us don’t know either Braxton or Birdman personally, many have taken the news of this pairing as a personal affront, which bears some examination of its own. What is it about a “beauty and the beast” matchup that rubs so many of us the wrong way? If, indeed, this might be love, then why all the hate?

We Hate Seeing “Bad Boys” Get “Good Girls”

From his song lyrics to his virtual collage of facial tattoos and his much-hyped beef with his flagship artist (the similarly tatted Lil Wayne), the man known as Birdman could aptly be described as a bad boy—a public image that he’s actively cultivated. After his recent antics on The Breakfast Club radio show, he gained even more notoriety but also lost some “respeck” in the process.

There’s a general presumption that a man like this doesn’t deserve nice things, let alone a nice woman, as Braxton is generally assumed to be. But if this coupling flies in the face of our commonly accepted logic about the types of people who belong together, our judgment turns us all into respectability politicians in the process. Reality shows notwithstanding, the fact is that none of us observing from this significant distance really possesses more than our assumptions about what either of these people is like behind closed doors. Truth is, “good” and “bad” are entirely subjective terms. Given that none of us presently has to date either Braxton or Birdman, “good” and “bad” are likely not our labels to bestow.

We Hate It When Reality Contradicts Our Fantasies

“Beautiful.” “Classy.”Angelic.” These are some of the adjectives associated with Braxton, one of RB’s most celebrated chanteuses. They are not, however, words that generally come to mind when describing Birdman. For at least one generation of men (and likely a few women), Braxton was an early crush—the seemingly unattainable type of woman who not only fed teenage fantasies but also informed romantic ideals well into adulthood.

But to simultaneously idealize Braxton and reduce her to a female archetype is to deny her womanhood—and a woman’s needs. I have no idea what type of attention and affection Birdman might be offering—and won’t try to ignore the added security his purported personal fortune might afford her (or how attractive that kind of business savvy can be). But what I do know is that she’s not alone or wrong in desiring these things. And who knows how long she’s gone without them?

We Hate What It Suggests About Our Own Prospects

This hits a bit closer to home than I’d like, but if Braxton represents a fallen fantasy to legions of straight men (who at least may now feel more inclined to “shoot their shot” with seemingly unattainable women), she may represent something else entirely to single women over 40, who are weighing their own dwindling options in the dating market.

“Is this what’s left?” we wonder, after being urged to “quit being so picky” and abandon our ideals in favor of just finding someone suitable enough to pair off with (as if pairing off were the sole priority). At 48, Braxton still looks better than your average 38-year-old, but she no doubt faces the same obstacles as the rest of us in finding a mate she’s “evenly yoked” with—in age, accomplishments, lifestyle, etc. And if we average Jills are struggling, what’s a multi-award-winning diva to do?

Of course, I’m not suggesting that dating a multimillionaire music mogul—even with a face full of distracting doodles—is to be considered “settling.” But if Birdman seems an unusual suspect, it might simply be that Braxton is thinking outside the box, as so many of us are encouraged to do as we continue to look for love. And ultimately, as unexpected a choice as he might be, if love is what she’s finding with him, is it really any of our business? After all, it could be a typical temporary celebrity fling, or it could be the real thing, over a decade in the making. And as off-putting as the optics might be, can we really begrudge them taking a chance on love? Maybe, after all this time, it’s simply their time.

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