Shade Court: Kylie Jenner vs. Blac Chyna Is Still Exhausting

Judge Brown here, and boy am I ready to hammer out some judgment and seek justice in the name of glorious shade. In this week’s Shade Court, we have two people continuing to waste their time on a grown man who spells his name like a cartoon character, Erin Andrews calling out her boyfriend and Calvin Harris starting a… » 4/24/15 12:30pm 4/24/15 12:30pm

Shade Court: A Tidal Wave, Shady Angels and E! Online Fails Again

Quite a few brands appeared in Shade Court this week. Some did much better than others. Still, to all the brand strategists and social media managers and plucky interns out there, I have one suggestion: stick to what you know. It’s a slight spin on that ancient adage, “stay in your damn lane.” If you make underwear,… » 4/10/15 12:10pm 4/10/15 12:10pm

Shade Court: Jessica Lange Shines, VH1 Tries, and Nicki Minaj Prevails 

Welcome to Shade Court. Before we begin, I would like to call attention to a moment that highlights the reason I started Shade Court in the first place. If you'll remember, back in January, our friend Chris Hayes appeared in Shade Court and lost handedly. However, Hayes seems to have taken his loss and turned it… » 3/20/15 4:00pm 3/20/15 4:00pm

Shade Court: Matt Lauer, a Confused Business Insider and Queen Cookie

Does anyone else find it amazing that, after 19 weeks of Shade Court, there's still an enormous group of people who are still out there embarrassing themselves? I'm just kidding, that's not surprising at all. In this week's Shade Court, Matt Lauer tries to get back at Ellen, Drake's fans go H.A.M. on Chris Brown and… » 2/27/15 5:10pm 2/27/15 5:10pm

Shade Court: Mother-In-Law Shade, Emojis, and VH1 Goes Off the Rails 

I apologize in advance for the abundance of Kardashians and Jenners in this week's Shade Court. Their presence reveals that even I am but a humble spoke in the wheel of this celebrity machine that they've built to ensure that they'll have more money than anyone could possibly spend in a lifetime. Either that, or… » 2/20/15 3:45pm 2/20/15 3:45pm

Shade Court: Ex-Girlfriends, Petty Pols, and the President

Welcome back to Shade Court. I do this work because I want to make the world better and a small part of me feels like I already have. It's encouraging to see so many Shade Court readers out in the wild correcting egregious uses of shade. You're all learning, and I so appreciate seeing it. Now, if only everyone else… » 1/23/15 4:10pm 1/23/15 4:10pm

Shade Court: Lupita, a Confused People Magazine, and Grumpy Huckabee

This was a truly exceptional week in erroneous shade usage. My list of cases was long, but as Chief Justice of Shade, it was my duty to select only the most egregious cases. The docket was so full that I couldn't even cloud Andy Cohen's sad-sack usage of shade. He, of all people, truly should know better. » 1/16/15 3:45pm 1/16/15 3:45pm

Shade Court: Grandmas, Martha Stewart and ESPN Should Stick to Sports

We're only two days into 2015 but I'm already feeling optimistic. Might this be the year that we finally eradicate erroneous uses of the word "shade"? Might people who have never even see in Paris Is Burning stop trying to use a word they're only mildly-familar with so they can seem cool? I can only continue to do my… » 1/02/15 4:50pm 1/02/15 4:50pm

Shade Court: Reviewing the Year In Shade 

The goal of Shade Court has always been to right the incessant wrongs that are committed in the name of shade. However, this week, with 2014 quickly coming to an end, it seemed like an excellent time to take a look back at some of the actual and truly exceptional instances of shade that have occurred over the past… » 12/26/14 5:10pm 12/26/14 5:10pm

Shade Court: Nicki Minaj Shades Dudes and Many Continue to Not Get It

When I began Shade Court, I did so because I wanted to provide a public service and to preserve the good name of shade. There was a brief moment when I worried that perhaps I would do my job too well and shade would cease to be inappropriately invoked by the masses. Fortunately—or unfortunately depending on how you… » 12/19/14 5:10pm 12/19/14 5:10pm