Jada set f — kboys up with a Word of the Day: Entanglement

The Word of the Day we simply didn’t need

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Positive K asked, “What ya man got to do with me?” And TLC wasn’t snitching, proudly proclaiming, “Nobody is supposed to know.” Lil Wayne told women to get a refund altogether “cause he can’t do this and he don’t do that.” And Ne-Yo took the odd route, just telling his girl flat-out, “Lie to me” because he simply didn’t want more details — before he admitted he temporarily “had a slight lack of common sense.” Meanwhile Billy Paul strutted around, bellowing about he’s “got a thing going on, we both know that it’s wrong.”

And while all of these folks were singing problematic songs, either as the cheaters or the ones who were being cheated on, here comes Jada Pinkett Smith to put a smile on the faces of f — kboys and f — kgirls everywhere with a new phrase: “entanglement.” It’s the word that Merriam Webster may send in their daily e-blast, but it won’t have the same punch that cross-legged Jada used during “Red Table Talk” to rationalize her “entanglement” with the motormouth R&B artist August Alsina. (Say what you want about Tekashi69, but at least he was snitching to survive. Meanwhile August Alsina is out here singing like a bird when absolutely no one asked nor knew of his status with Jada.)

Was her word choice wrong? Nope, entanglement literally means, “the condition of being deeply involved.” But it’s the kind of word you use when you want to say someone’s eyes are blue but try to be fancy and choose “cerulean.” Clever as it may be, it’ll surely get you cursed out by anyone but Will Smith — and he looked like he was having a moment, too.

But for the love of your sanity and his (or hers), please don’t assume your partner has Will Smith-level patience.

Don’t set yourself up for Whitney Houston-level “entanglement” research on your credit card receipts (“If six of y’all went out, then four of you were really cheap”).

Don’t make fun of the “entanglement” like Shaggy, who readily admitted, “To be a true player you have to know how to play.”

Review your checking account often if you use the word “entanglement” because the Blu Cantrells of the world will indeed be “beamin’ in the Beamer” while you’re scheming — and “spending to the last dime for all the hard times.”

Don’t downplay what you did. Don’t use fancy words to describe what’s what. Just own that relationship fair and square.

If you like your tires not being slashed, your windows not broken, your car not keyed, your texts and emails unread, your voicemails not recorded, your credit card bills not monitored, your phone not ringing off the hook, and/or your employer’s lobby not being filled with unwanted visitors, whatever you do, please just let Jada have the word. It’s not yours to borrow. She is absolutely the only person on Earth who can get away with it. Well, sorta, ’cause Will half-heartedly joked about getting her back.

Just own up to the relationship — not entanglement. You’re not Jada, and you don’t have her magical powers. F**kboys and f**kgirls everywhere, just tell the truth. And then look him in the eyes and tell him it will never happen again, “We is finished and we is done.”

Writer’s note: All jokes aside, I really think they’re a beautiful duo and am glad they worked through it. It definitely couldn’t be me (nor would it — the odds are slim for running up on a man worth $250 million who is that handsome, charming, funny, likable and will stand on a bridge in Budapest to dance to a Drake song), but I sincerely wish that 25-year couple all the best.

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Laughing burns calories. Let’s focus on our funny bones together.

Shamontiel L. Vaughn

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Check out her six Medium pubs: BlackTechLogy, Doggone World, Homegrown, I Do See Color, Tickled and We Need to Talk. Visit Shamontiel.com to read about her.

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Laughing burns calories. Let’s focus on our funny bones together.

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