There’s a price to pay for being famous. From stalkers to wild fans to traitors in the staff, being a celebrity can be dangerous. While the stars make it look glamourous, the world is constantly reminded that being well-known is more complex than it looks — just look at tragedies like Kim K’s Paris robbery and the murder of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.
Further proving that having the world’s attention doesn’t keep you safe, CNN political commentator Angela Rye is getting death threats, presumably for dating rapper Common. Details of the occurrences are scarce, but according to TMZ, Rye said the threats began shortly after her and the “I Used to Love H.E.R” rapper went public.
Rye, who has already filed a formal report about the threats, said that the messages started out as simply agitating rather than actually dangerous. She explained that the messages, which were sent to her phone, her social media, and her email, only began to scare her when the sender got more specific about her movements. The person behind the threats began referencing places she and Common went that were not made public. The last email Rye reported was received on Aug. 5, read in part, “Yr dumb dead ass gonna be found in a river” and “Let me catch ya ass I’m put the paws on ya.”
With LAPD granted search warrants to access the stalker’s social media, the Threat Management Division is looking into Rye’s complaints.
For the Love of Common
News of Angela Rye receiving death threats, sadly, comes after Common and the political analyst went public earlier this year. While dating rumors started over the summer, the couple didn’t make it public and official until they showed up (looking super cozy) at the Creative Arts Emmys in September. Born Lonnie Rashid, Common seemed ecstatic to have Angela by his side, as he hit event photographers with big smiles all night long.
With his new bae by his side, the Just Wright actor won the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics award for his track “Letter to the Free.” The song was featured on the documentary film 13th, which won the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Writing for Nonfiction Programs, and Outstanding Motion Design awards.
“This is really for the people that are incarcerated,” the rapper and activist said in an Instagram video. “We believe and know that we can bring the love to the people that’s locked up. That’s what we are doing this for. This is gonna make me do more work. But hey, I’m celebrating too though.”
“Although I’m honored and excited beyond belief for this award, my motivation for doing this song was from the heart like it always is,” he humbly continued.
Afterwards, no one was more proud of Common’s Emmy recognition than Angela. She posted a lengthy message on Instagram, solidify that they are truly the wokest couple in Hollywood/hip-hop.
Alongside a photo of Chicago-born artist raising his award into the air, Angela wrote in part:
“Super proud of this guy for having a big #EGO, which is not to be confused with a big ego. Here he is giving thanks to the Almighty for his Emmy just like he does for taking every breath, every single day. I’m thankful for his tremendous example of humility, leadership, kindness, and creativity. May we all be inspired to #WORKwoke. ✊🏾💕 #heisSOdope”
Shooting for the highly sought after EGOT, Common only needs to win a Tony award now. Send Angela some well-wishes in the comments and SHARE this article.