Yes, the city backdrop is the same as the former reality show “Sister Wives”, but the characters and approach is a bit different on their new series that aired Sunday night.
TLC’s new reality show “My Five Wives” battles the subject of polygamy through the lifestyle of the Williams household. Brady Williams , 43, has five wives and 24 children. They all live in a small community not far from Salt Lake City, Utah. Unlike “Sister Wives”, the Williams family doesn’t practice polygamy because of religious beliefs. Instead, they simply prefer the lifestyle. Also, using the reality show platform to showcase their family life is not a big deal to them. In fact, the experience has become very liberating for them.
“It really is like coming out of the closet,” said Brady Williams, 43. “It’s very liberating.”
His wives feel the same way, including his second, Robyn Williams, 40, who said: “I feel more free to just be who I am and not be so afraid.”
The Williams family owe a sigh of relief to Kody Brown of “Sister Wives”. Brown and his four wives’ show forced the state of Utah to do-away with a few of their laws against polygamy. Many lawmakers believed that polygamy was a breeding ground for child predators. But, reality shows like “Sister Wives” allowed lawmakers to take another look at the lifestyle and see that these are normal non-voilent, molestation-free households that are capable of rendering loving relationships.
The family that brought that lawsuit against the state of Utah, Kody Brown and his four wives from TLC’s “Sister Wives,” is credited with helping create greater acceptance for plural families. Their show, which debuted in 2010 with footage of the family at their house in northern Utah, was ground-breaking in demonstrating to viewers across the country that not all polygamists are child predators like Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect on the Utah -Arizona border.
Brady Williams and his family is willing to put their lifestyles on television for millions to see as well. There are various parent-parent, parent-child, child-child situations that go on this season on “My Five Wives”. TLC insists that there are dynamics within the family that should keep viewers interested.
TLC is banking on viewers being fascinated by the unique dynamics of a plural family: regular family sit-down meetings among the adults where Brady Williams follows an agenda written on a notepad; side-by-side multiplexes where they live; and nightly family dinners where the children line up like kids in a school cafeteria to get their food.
Then there’s the always-intriguing dynamic among the wives who share a husband. In the first episode, Brady Williams suggests the women work out their issues directly with one another rather than always coming to him, only to see it lead to hurt feelings and shouting.
Among the topics discussed by the family during the season is a possible move out of Utah, maybe even to Washington state.
Meet the family…
“My Five Wives” airs Sunday’s at 10PM Est on TLC.
In what may be the biggest lawsuit seen by the makers of the “Grand Theft Auto V” video game, one of the former cast members of VH1′s “Mob Wives” is playing no games when it come to her life.
According to the Examiner, Karen Gravano, the daughter Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the makers of the massively popular game, claiming her image and life story have been incorporated into the mafia-themed game without permission. Here’s the scoop:
The character that Karen believes is based on her is Antonia Bottino, whose father, former Gambetti family underboss Sammy (Sonny) Bottino, became a snitch. The online synopsis for the game states that Antonia and her family was forced to move from town to town to remain safe.
Karen’s own father, Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, was a Gambino underboss who snitched, helping to bring down famed mob boss John Gotti.
In what may be the most obvious reference to Karen, the character Antonia is not allowed to join a TV show called “Wise B***hes.”
The former reality TV star wants $20 million in compensation and $20 million in punitive damages.
But, isn’t Grand Theft Auto an animated parody of some sorts? The game depicts the life of ball players, celebrities, etc and put them in game-life form. Is she mad because the makers didn’t ask for permission? Or nah?!
@SavingOurDaughters Says They “Did NOT Receive Thousands” Raised at Kenya Moore’s Charity Event on RHOA; Releases Official Statement
SMH…it seems as though Kenya Moore is still up to no good. And this time, she’s dragged a reputable non-profit organization into the mix.
On Sunday nights episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta“, one of the highlights of the evening was a masquerade ball held by Kenya Moore. The ball was held in honor of NeNe Leakes and her support of the Saving Our Daughters organization. In a scene, in which Nene was asked to come speak a few words on behalf of her being honored, it was clear to viewers that NeNe was not prepared and upset in knowing that she’d somehow been set-up.
In a post-show blog post, NeNe expressed her thoughts on how it all went down. She cleared up several untruths about Kenya sending her an email about the event and her involvement. You can read her official apology HERE.
Saving Our Daughters also issued an official statement after being thrown in an unfavorable light during Sunday nights episode. In their statement, the organization revealed what transpired behind-the-scenes between them, the PR firm initially handling the event, and Kenya Moore. SOD also reveals that the “thousands of dollars raised” by Kenya Moore at the masquerade ball is bogus. The organization, in fact, have not received ANY of the proceeds that were donated. Here is what they stated according to StraightFromtheA.com :
On February 16, 2014, Saving Our Daughters was mentioned on the episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta as being honored with a fundraiser on its behalf.
Our charity was contacted by publicist April Love to get approval and give notice of this upcoming event. Much to our delight, we were indeed honored to be chosen. After all, one of our largest financial contributors, Mrs. NeNe Leakes who has been responsible for contributions in the thousands of dollars throughout the years, is a member of the cast.
Days later, to our surprise Ms. Love did contact me and inform me that she had decided to terminate her company’s involvement with this event. At that point, Ms. Moore contacted me to continue moving forward with the event as purposed and planned. This call took place a day before the event was scheduled to take place.
Upon seeing the event unfold on TV, it was noticed that Ms. Kenya Moore stated that she was giving this charitable event in honor of Mrs. Leakes, with Saving Our Daughters as the recipient of the proceeds from the charity event. Honorees at this point were switched without our knowledge, but again, we are appreciative of any and all support for the organization.
Had we been made aware that this fundraising event was in honor of Mrs. Leakes, we certainly would have been present with the plaques and certificates of appreciation that we currently have to present to Mrs. Leakes for her outstanding efforts and support for Saving Our Daughters. This would have been the perfect opportunity for us to honor her, as well. We were not aware of this and it appears that Mrs. Leakes wasn’t aware either.
The light in which Saving Our Daughters was depicted was less than favorable. The organization received several calls from other supporters about our involvement in this event. They were extremely disappointed and felt that the organization was being taken advantage of.
We go on record by stating that we at Saving our Daughters have never and will not ever be involved in any drive where the exact purpose is not clear, stated or held to with only approved changes. We would not ever jeopardize our continuing support from our friends by being a part of what appears to have been tainted from the start.
In closing, Ms. Kenya Moore stated that thousands of dollars were raised at this event. To protect the integrity of Saving Our Daughters, our records show that we did not receive any of the proceeds raised from Ms. Moore’s masquerade ball.
However, we do appreciate the contribution we did receive of $500 for our annual Christmas doll drive for children with cancer.
It’s a shame when people and organizations (that are operating for a greater cause) get caught up in someone else’s foolishness. Hopefully, this situation causes Kenya Moore to handle her events more appropriately and/or stop lying.
Photo Credit: Bravo
@TheKelseyNykole, of VH1′s ‘Couples Therapy’, Shares Her Plans as an Urban/Pop Artist & Being a Positive Role Model [EXCLUSIVE]
Rising starlet Kelsey Nicole Byers, better known to many as Kelsey Nykole, is setting her footprints in the entertainment industry. Kelsey Nykole is currently a cast member of VH1’s “Couples Therapy” Season 4, alongside rapper Ghostface Killah from the Wu Tang Clan.
Kelsey got her start in the entertainment business as a model. Kelsey is currently pursuing her music career and plans on taking her career to new heights. Kelsey has been nominated for music awards at the ‘Atlanta Underground Music Awards’ in 2012, as NYKKY B, and nominated for the 2012 ‘Indy Urban Music Awards’ winning ”Mixtape of the Year” & “Best Female R&B Artist” under the name Kelsey Nykole. She was a chosen artist to open for the ”Paradise Tour” at the Indianapolis Tour Stop and also called to Louisville, KY to open up for rapper Trina. The Indiana native known as “The Midwest Princess” discussed her accomplishments, her future plans, artists, and what she does in her free time during a recent interview.
How did you come up with the name Midwest Princess?
I didn’t come up with the name because of my swag. It was because of my passion and my drive behind my music. I actually got proclaimed that by a few producers I was in a session with. I was really getting around the Midwest and I was running it, building a name and they said you were the Midwest Princess and it kind of stuck from there.
How has your life changed since you appeared on VH1’s Couple Therapy?
My life has changed definitely in a great way. It is changed in a sense that when I walk the streets and when I go places, I get asked by fans running up for photos and things of that nature. It has brought a new platform for me to express my musical passion. I been building a lot more of a fan base when it comes to the music and I get a lot more support when it comes to my music. Which is amazing and beautiful, because you know you work so hard for so long. It comes a time when things start to pay off and that’s how it feels at this point. It’s all good. My life has changed socially because I interact with my fans a lot more on social networks than I used to. I interact with them definitely when I’m out and about. They notice me ’cause of my hair. It is my style and I can’t hide it. I can’t go incognito cause the hair it right there and it’s very noticeable. It’s all good. My life has definitely changed for the better and I’m excited.
Tell us about your singing career as pop/r&b singer, songwriter and are you currently working on anything in the studio?
My career as an artist, as a pop artist is my life, it’s my everything. I have been pursuing this dream professionally for almost five years. It’s been going wonderful. I jumped out there. It’s been my passion since I was a little girl. I knew this is what I wanted to do. Life hits and, in the teenage years, everything kind of blossoms out. I had a tragic incident that happened in my family that really woke me up and made me realize life is short. I have people depending on me and I want to set a great example out here for the person that the tragedy happened to. I really started to go very hard (that can’t stop won’t stop attitude towards pursuing my dreams) and something in my spirit really helps me with it. This is my purpose and what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s been amazing and over the years it’s been great growth, prosperity and blessings. Keeping my name good and respectable, definitely networking and showing my face in the right places and to the right people. Getting results, working hard, growing, developing as a artist and up to the point where it’s go time now. It’s time to take it to another level. As soon as I was done in the studio working on a lot of great music, I flew to Atlanta then to L.A., in the studio building a catalogue, writing and recording great music for my own project; be able to shop it to different artist out here. I’m definitely working on music and got a lot of great things lined up (a few music videos). Everything is all coming in due time. I’m very excited for everybody to hear it. Right now, there is a leak of a song, kind of a viral song – a song I did with super-producer/Grammy-award winning producer, Looney Tunez, called “Can’t Feel My Legs”. My actual single will be released in the spring and we are super-duper geeked about the world hearing the new sound and the music. So yeah, I’m working.
When you’re not in the studio, on TV or modeling, what do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I am working out, rehearsing, talking to family definitely, cuddling and loving on my child. It’s never a dull moment with me. I don’t like sitting around doing a lot of nothing. Sometimes, I will pray. I’m always using my energy and time wisely to ensure continuous prosperity in my career.
Any artists’ music you listen to often on your iPod? And, if you could collaborate with any, who would you choose and why?
I am a hardcore Beyonce fan, definitely blasting her music. I listen to Ghostface music. I listen to Amy Winehouse. I listen to Jazmine Sullivan. If I could collab with anyone right now, it would be super-duper dope to collab with August Alsina. I think we could definitely make great melodic-hypnotizing-sexy music together.
Would you ever do a collaboration with Ghostface?
Yes, absolutely. That’s definitely in the making, so keep it locked. Stay tuned.
What is your biggest accomplishment in this field of work?
I think my biggest accomplishment in my field of work thus far, is being a role model, being inspiring to younger girls. When I get tweets and get comments from younger girls when they want to be beautiful like me or they love my spirit – you know you such a good role model, such a good person. Just that love from these girls. Knowing I’m that somebody they can look up to, to set a new standard, that’s what I think is great for me over everything. I love entertaining crowds. I love the love I’m receiving and the support; getting that kind of response from the youth and from the next generation; being a new person to catch their eye and for them to pay attention to. Knowing that I have to set a great example, gives me life. I love it. That’s definitely what I plan to do. I have a vision board and one of the quotes I cut out says, “Pop stars stop saying you don’t want to be a role model because you’re”. We have a platform, there are people and kids looking at us all the time. They need something positive to look up to. I definitely want to be that. Not saying there aren’t any positive role models out there, there just aren’t enough. I definitely want to be that. That’s huge for me.
What else can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect everything from Kelsey Nykole. You can expect greatness, uncommon success from Kelsey Nykole, movies…the sky is not the limit. I’m reaching for the stars and beyond. You can expect great fashion from Kelsey Nykole, trend setting from Kelsey Nykole. You can expect great things from Kelsey Nykole, please believe that. So keep it locked and stay tuned.
Do you think the Indiana Pacers are going to win the championship this year?
I think they have a strong possibility of winning. They are an amazing team and I’m rooting for them 100%.
So, you think they can beat the Miami Heat this year?
Oh yeah, definitely. They beat them before and they can do it again.
How can fans keep in contact with you with social networks?
You can keep in touch with Kelsey Nykole at HeyKelsey.com, I’m on the web on Instagram and Twitter @TheKelseyNykole. On Facebook and YouTube, you can search me at Kelsey Nykole. When searching for the kid, make sure you spell the Nykole (N Y K O L E). I spell it a little different. You can hit me up on heykelsey.com and find the links for the social networks under Connect tab. Hit me up y’all. Google me. It’s music, news, and interviews. Everything is there for you at your fingertips.
The Ratchet Report: RHOA’s Mama Joyce Strikes Again, Crayton Explains Anti-Gay Tweet, & Rickey Smiley Trickin’ Off Into Debt??
RHOA Mama Joyce Strikes again and taking no Prisoners
Mama Joyce confronts Carmen again…. We have all watched and enjoyed the RHOA for several years. We have watched cast members come and go and build life long bonds, plus friendships that would not usually happen. We have the opportunities to see weddings, divorces, child births and the city of Atlanta get some good exposure. Most of all we have had the chance to see these women grow personally and professionally and “keep it real” all at the same time. The RHOA franchise has shown the world that wealthy people have the same challenges and issues everyday working class citizens have the only difference is the women in the show have just a little more cash flow.
This year the show took an unusual twist when Mama Joyce, the mother of RHOA star Kandi Burruss, expressed her thoughts about Kandi’s fiancé Todd. The last episode Mama Joyce was on sparked super ratings for the Bravo show because of the altercation she had with Kandi’s best friend and assistant Carmen. Well get ready because clips are circulating the web for the next episode and Mama Joyce is at it again. Carmen received some news about “the people in the streets” making accusations that Todd and Carmen were having a secret relationship behind Kandi’s back and confronted the person.
To Carmen’s surprise, Mama Joyce got wind of Carmen confronting the alleged person who happens to be Todd’s ex-girlfriend and left a threatening message on Carmen’s phone. Mama Joyce stated that she was not happy with Carmen confronting the alleged person and threatened to drag Carmen up and down the street.
I love Mama Joyce and think she is a fantastic woman, however, at a certain point in your life some things should be left alone – and this in my opinion is one.
Hide you kids hide your friends Mama Joyce is knocking out everybody or maybe just Carmen.
Patrick Crayton has to back track “there goes the NFL” tweets…
Patrick Crayton Twitter rants about Prospective NFL rookie Michael Sams announcement about being gay…. On Feb 9th Patrick Crayton responded to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s report about the projected mid-round NFL pick Michael Sam announcing being gay. Crayton replied with his beginning tweet “Oh wow!!! There goes the NFL!.” He later went to tweet, “trying to figure why announce and stay in the closet and keep, To urself!!!” Clayton later went on to try to clarify tweets after making such a dumb move and stated.
“A lot of people are mad because I said there goes the NFL,” Crayton tweeted. “I say that because now this young man is (going) to get all the wrong attention for his sexual choice and a lot of players and execs will get asked about playing with a gay guy and they are going to have to lie about how they really feel.
“This young man will come in with notoriety for announcing his sexual choice more then his ability to play the game he loves!!! This will be a major thing in football for yrs to come. So for all u guys cussing at me and calling me a bigot, a–hole or whatever, know where (expletive) I’m coming from before u do what u hate others to do when a situation like this is announced!!” (Source: www.dallasnews.com)
The world is filled with so much hate and scrutiny because a person is rich, poor, black, white, short, tall, skinny or fat, but no one is trying to embrace and love others for just being a human being. I applaud Michael Sams for having the guts to tell his truth and be happy with himself. I understand Crayton has his views and that’s also okay because this is America the land of the free and the brave and we all have our views and opinions. My suggestion however would be to embrace others and try to be more understanding.
In the words of the late Rodney King “Can’t we all just get along?”
Is Cash Flow Really Low for Comedian Ricky Smiley?
Former employee of Ricky Smiley calls former boss out…. We have all heard of the negative comments that terminated disgruntle ex-employees can make about previous employers. This time a former employee of comedian, actor and radio personality Ricky Smiley is talking to the press about his “debt” issues. The former employee stated that Ricky Smiley is up to his ears in IRS debt and back money owed to his previous manager. The former employee went on record stating that Smiley was a compulsive spender and made unnecessary purchases such as boats, cars and very expensive hotel rooms for call girls while on the road. The former employee stated that due to his spending habit and debt issues Smiley fired a lot of his staff and several others quit for various reasons. It was also stated from the former employee that Smiley’s CFO stated that Smiley would have to do live performances to supplement his monthly revenue according to www.celebnmusic247.com.
I’m not sure if this is true because of the source. But, if it is, my advice to Ricky is start booking and planning those shows because the IRS is outchea.
This week “Really Award” goes to my girl “Mama Joyce”. I know you mean well and want the best for your baby girl, but leave well enough alone and let that go. Kandi is a nice and intelligent woman and according to her net-worth, she is very smart… So no worries!
Joseline, Lil Scrappy, Shay Johnson, Big Tigger & Others Attend ‘Sleazy & Zino Bistro’ Private Grand Opening [PHOTOS]
On Wednesday (Feb. 5), Stevie J and Benzino hosted a private grand opening event for their new spot, Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar. The “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” stars brought out several of their cast mates, local celebrities, and industry insiders for an evening of food tastings, Ciroc, and entertainment. Of course, “entertainment” is more of an understatement considering that the LHHATL production crew were in the building catching more drama for this upcoming season’s premiere.
During the course of the evening, DJ A-One kept the party atmosphere hyped before and after the fellas hit the stage to perform. Some of you may not know, but Stevie J and Benzino have a band called The Magnificent 757′s. With help from their band mates, the 757′s rocked the crowd with a few selections. We can’t front…the band sounded pretty good. But, viewers can vouch for that when the show airs. Plus, we have video footage coming soon. So stay tuned…
The turnout was good. In the building we saw Big Tigger (V103FM radio personality), Towanda Braxton, celebrity hair stylist and TV personality, Derek J, rapper Tiffany Foxx, Johnnie Cabbell, singer Shamari Fears-Devoe, rapper Gloss Da Boss, comedian Pierre, and a host of others. Even the WeAreToonz boys, with the new dance craze “Nae Nae”, bust a few moves for the party-goers.
As the top-rated reality television show among African-Americans (per 2013′s Neilsen Sound Scan Data Report), the evening couldn’t end without a few “TV ready” incidents occurring. Out of fellow cast members, Lil Scrappy, Momma Dee, Shay Johnson, Kirk Frost, Joseline Hernandez, Karlie Redd, and of course, Benzino and Stevie J – let’s just say that season 3 will bring more scandals and altercations! From what we experienced at this event, fans of the show WILL NOT be disappointed when the new season airs in May 2014 on VH1.
Special shout out to The Garner Circle and Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar for an awesome event. To view the full photo gallery, click HERE!
RHOA’s Apollo, Gregg & Peter Confirms Their “Non-Paid” Roles on ‘Bethenny’ + Kandi Says “NO” Too During Hot 97 Interview
Three of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” better half’s recently visited “Bethanny” and revealed something that pay surprise a few fans.
Gregg Leakes, Peter Thomas, and Apollo Nida took to the couch and shared some interesting inside scoop. While most fans of RHOA assumes that the fellas get paid for their “sidekick” roles, they confirmed that they DO NOT receive any money as cast members. Peter says they are there basically as a support system for their wives. Perks and other benefits are given instead says Gregg and Apollo.
Check out the video:
Ironically, Kandi Burruss also expressed that the husbands do not receive any money for being on RHOA.
She was recently a guest on Hot 97 in New York where she talked about season 6, her and Todd’s business relationship, managing finances, and the musical she performed in that took place in the city. Program Director and radio host, Ebro, specifically asked Kandi if the husbands make any money from the show. Here’s her reply:
“They [Bravo] kept asking him [Todd], “Would you please? Would you please?”, because I can’t be on the show and act like I’m not in a relationship. That’s not real. And yeah, that’s corny. So, he finally agreed to do it. And then now it’s kind of gotten out of control this season. He’s like, “Ugh…oh my God”. And they don’t pay the guys to be on the show.”
Watch video (at 26:01 mark):
Considering the popularity of the show, you would expect the fellas to receive a little something for their time. It was once rumored that the husbands were paid around $50K a season. Guess that rumor wasn’t true.
DO YOU THINK THE HUSBANDS SHOULD GET PAID?
“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” co-star, Rasheeda, is definitely feeling K Camp’s “Cut Her Off” single. The beautiful and talented mother of two recently let fans hear what’s she’s been cooking up in the studio.
On Monday, Rasheeda got her Instagram flex on via video; spitting her remix verse. From the sound of it, her version is dope. Plus, her choice of words may make a lot of men “shut the h-ll up” for a change. She’s always been known to keep it “bossy” anyway with her raps and business ventures (ImBossy.com and Poiz Cosmetics). Apparently, Rasheeda’s not changing the script on her next project either.
1st Video Clip
2nd Video Clip
Can’t wait to hear what Rasheeda’s got in store for the fans. We haven’t heard from her, musically, in a minute due to the show and her recent child birth. So, it’ll be cool to hear the GA Peach show the naysayers she still got it.
Photo Credit: @RasheedaDaBossChick on Instagram
Well well…look who’s paired up and ventured into the food industry.
Stevie J and Benzino, co-stars of the hit reality show “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”, recently opened a bistro and lounge in downtown Atlanta. The spot is called Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar and it features a delectable menu and chic social atmosphere. Since its opening, the bistro has hosted several events. According to their official press release, the multi-concept lounge and restaurant features themed dishes and drinks that centers around the shows’ characters.
“Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar” serves as a primary featured location for the third season of the VH1 smash hit TV series, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.” It is an upscale facility with a themed style approach, where the food and drink menus tie into characters and other elements associated with the show. Serving its signature creole infused southern dishes, guests can expect a full menu including sweet onion shrimp infused grits, crawfish jambalaya, lobster guacamole dip, and their renowned peach bbq fried lobster tails, all freshly prepared on-premise. The approachable menu is designed to appeal to a diverse, yet social audience.
These two definitely had a plan before debuting on LHHATL. Stevie J and Benzino both are heavy into the music game so it’s clear as to why they chose a “social” bar. And with Benzino’s love for cooking, what better way to take your passion to the next level. Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar has the potential to become a profitable investment for the two gentlemen.
But, how they got to this point of opening a restaurant together is what many are wondering. The cast of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” is currently filming for next season. So, more than likely, fans will get to see it all play out when the new season airs.
In the meantime, if you are in the Atlanta area and want to check out their new spot, the address is 182 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. Enjoy!
Porsha Williams (formerly Stewart) new year is not starting off too well. Seeing her life play out on Season 6 of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, would make a woman second guess the whole reality show bit. But, in her case, allegedly it is her only source of income. So, unfortunately she has no choice but to grin and bear it.
According to TMZ, Porsha Williams is facing financial hardships these days. Word is that she’s behind almost $18,000 in her condo’s home owner association fees. In her divorce settlement, she allegedly receives only $5,000 a month is spousal support. With her on-screen lavish lifestyle, it has to be hard to keep up with the joneses. On the show, for instance, she moved into a mini-mansion in Nene Leakes’ neighborhood knowing that she couldn’t afford it. But, Porsha insisted that this major move would force her to work hard and go hustle for that money. Realistically, how hard will a former stay-at-home/trophy wife work to make them coins? Not too hard.
In addition to being being on her HOA fees, TMZ learned that the condo association has filed a suit against her for the unpaid monies. They have requested that her bank accounts be frozen and her RHOA check be garnished until her debt is satisfied.
All I can say is…Porsha please get a financial advisor or account ASAP, if you do not have one. At this point, she needs assistance on how to properly manage the income she has coming in. If TMZ’s claim that she has moved back in with her mom is true, that’s a great move. It’s a very smart move. You don’t have to keep up the high-priced image for your fans and friends. If they love you, they will love you regardless of where you stay.
Is Kandi’s Fiance’ Todd a Hustler Or an Opportunist? + Real Housewives of ATL Season 6 Ep. 12 [VIDEO]
The ladies of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” hit an interesting spot when discussions about one another’s husbands/boyfriends came up. If you haven’t been watching season 6, there’s been a lot of drama surrounding Kandi Burruss and her soon-to-be-husband, Todd. A lot of their plot has revolved around Todd’s career, money, and his ability to be financially compatible with the Grammy award winning songwriter/entrepreneur. The notion that Todd may be an “opportunist” initially was brought up by Kandi’s mom, Momma Joyce. She heard of rumors floating around the city that he’s only with Kandi because of her riches and close association with industry big wigs. Todd, of course, denied this accusation.
Now, fast forward to episode 12, Todd’s name comes up again. And again…he’s been accused of being an “opportunist”.
R&B singer, Christopher Williams’s “common-law wife”, and good friend of Cynthia Bailey’s, expressed that Todd’s known to be a “hustler”. But, Cynthia’s recount of her statement didn’t regurgitate that way when she spilled the tea on the ladies’ bus ride to a Georgia winery. In fact, the term “hustler” was never used. Cynthia repeated the word “opportunist” to describe Todd. And we all know that if you are called such, it shouldn’t be taken as a term of endearment.
Towards, the end of the episode, the common law wife tried to defend herself saying that Todd was just a guy that seems to elevate himself consistently. Whether it is through his career or a relationship, Todd knows how to “hustle” his way into a better situation. Kandi immediately took that as a jab and pointed out that “that’s OK because he has hit the jackpot now.” LOL
Of course, there were other story lines played out on episode 12. But, for us, Kenya’s wanting to become a mother and Porsha’s house was a bit too boring to even write about.
Anyway, what is the difference between a hustler and an opportunist? Awhile back, we posted an write-up defining what an opportunist was. If you didn’t read it, CLICK HERE. In the article, we told readers what to do and not to do as an opportunist. The gist of it all is that an opportunist is someone that schemes his or her way to get further in life. A hustler, on the other hand, is someone that works hard, connects with the right people, and make the necessary moves in order to put themselves in a better position. Is there truly a difference between the two?
WHICH ONE DO YOU THINK TODD IS? IS HE USING KANDI TO GET AHEAD?
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Dirty Money’s Kalenna, Mimi Faust, Kirk Frost, R.L. & Others Give Back @ ‘Toy Drive For A Cause’ [PHOTOS]
Last night, Nancy’s Pizza (Buckhead-ATL) was the site for Saving Our Daughters (S.O.D.) annual Toy Drive For A Cause. This year, Dirty Money’s Kalenna Harper joined the organization as their official celebrity host. The songstress is one of several iconic artists who has supported S.O.D. in the past (i.e. T.I., Nas, Kelly Rowland, Gerald Levert). S.O.D. is a 501c-3 organization that offers various tools that help teen girls learn how to deal with abuse, hate crimes, school violence, bullying, and self-esteem issues.
Kalenna was joined by many of Atlanta’s taste-makers who all came out to support the toy drive and bring gifts for local children in need. Celebrities in the building were Mimi Faust (“Love & Hip Hop ATL”) and beau Nikko, Robert Lavelle “R.L.” Huggar (singer) and wife Lena, Sabrina Rowe, Sharlinda Rowe-Parker (“Big Rich Atlanta”), and many others.
“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” fans can expect to see more of Kalenna on this upcoming season, which should air sometime in March 2014.
To see additional photos from the event, go to our gallery HERE!
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith for the invite!
Dirty Money’s Kaleena Joins ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ + Joins Saving Our Daughters for Toy Drive (Dec.19 @ Nancy’s Pizza)
Kaleena from the group Dirty Money, remember her? Well, she lives in Atlanta and recently has been spotted around town. Word on the streets is that she is the next addition to the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast. She will join the VH1 show along with her husband, Tony. No one knows for sure what her story line will be. But, it may be safe to say she’ll be working on her solo career. She dropped a mixtape “Chamber of Diaries” early 2012, which recieved pretty good feedback.
What other drama will her and her hubby reveal on the show? Hmmmm…whatever it is it better be as entertaining as the others.
In more Kaleena news….
On Thursday, December 19th (8p-12a), 2013 Saving Our Daughters (S.O.D.) and Dirty Money’s Kalenna will host the Toy Drive for a Cause. Sponsored by Greg Cole of Nancy’s Pizza (3167 Peachtree NE, Atlanta, GA), guests will be able to give back while enjoying good food and special prizes. Kalenna is requesting that attendees bring Christmas gift cards, outer wear, games and beauty products to give to local children in need.
Curtis B. executive director or Saving Our Daughters says “we are excited to have Kalenna join our growing family and becoming one of our philanthropic women that have now put down their celebrity status to make that connection with the young girls that might be facing horrific challenges of life. Kalenna will be joining a rich tradition of supporting musical iconic artists’ such as T.I., Nas, Kelly Rowland and the late Gerald Levert.
If you will be in the city, come out and support Kaleena and a great cause!
Source: ReinChild PR
Hip Hop legend Rev Run, of Run DMC, is returning to television in 2014 and he’s bringing along the gang. Starting on January 4, the DIY network will premiere their new show “Rev Run Renovation”. The show will follow the family (Rev, Justine, Diggy, Russy, and Miley) as they begin major renovations to their 9,000 square foot New Jersey home.
Rev Run and his wife Justine run into a difference of opinion when it comes to design choices for their new space. While Justine wants a new European high end kitchen, for instance, Run on the other hand has his sights on a mini indoor pool and spa.
“You’ll see me and Justine talking about how she wants this house to be transformed—it’s all about her vision,” said Run. “Most of our arguments, like any other couple going through this, revolve around the budget.”
The kids will join in on the fun too as all three (Diggy, Russy, and Miley) all want new custom bedrooms and bathrooms.
“Rev Run’s Renovation” is produced by Rev Run and Michael Lehman. The 10-episode series will air every Saturday at 10pm ET.
Last week, we mentioned that Tameka Raymond was honoring the life of her son in a special way.
Well, many people came out to support Tameka Raymond on Saturday. Despite the cold weather, those who wished to show their support (and get a little fitness time in) joined in on the beautiful occasion. Several known celebrities were in attendance to get their 5K run/walk on: Syleena Johnson (singer/”R&B Divas”), Monifa (“R&B Divas”), Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game Foundation), Rashan Ali (Streetz 94.5FM) and many others.
In case you missed out on the fun, here are a few photos from the walk:
For more information on the upcoming events or ways to donate, visit www.KilesWorldFoundation.org.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith, of Jay Productions, for the exclusive photos!
‘The Sisterhood’ Star, Domonique Scott, Indicted On 1st-Degree Forgery Charges + Exclusive Interview with Husband [VIDEO]
Labeled by viewers as one of the most outspoken of the cast members of TLC’s reality show “The Sisterhood”, Pastor Domonique Scott is back in the spotlight again. Unfortunately, this time it is not in a good way.
On Tuesday, November 26, Domonique Scott was indicted on forgery charges. A Fulton County grand jury found Scott guilty of first-degree forgery and three counts of giving false statements. Prosecutors were able to prove that Scott claimed ownership of a tutoring company in order to illegitimately secure federal funding. In order to qualify for the federal Supplement Education Services tutoring program, she filed fake documents containing false accounting of assets and liabilities.
According to the AJC, Scott submitted a false balance sheet, false statement of net income, a program summary listing a false start date of her company, and a forged letter from a fictitious bank listing an non-existent cash line. Clayton, Dekalb, Bibb, and several other GA counties solicited the tutoring services of Scott’s company based on the information provided on the documents, which were later deemed fraudulent.
The Supplement Education Services program eventually removed Scott’s company from their program.
In related news…
STACKS Magazine had the opportunity to sit-down and talk with her husband Brian Scott back in June of this year. We were invited to an Organo Gold (coffee) marketing event in downtown Atlanta. The initial plan was to interview Domonique. But, she changed it up that night without notifying us earlier in the week that she wasn’t going to do the interview. At the time it was baffling somewhat as to why she didn’t want to sit down and chat. Considering the recent events, maybe this criminal issue was what deterred her.
It is known that the Scott’s lost their church, The Good Life Ministry. After speaking with Mr. Scott, Domonique’s clothing boutique may have faded away as well. Some of the answers he provided were vague. Our discussion, however, did confirm to us that the Scott’s are constantly having financial issues. This revelation was also backed by several public documents involving foreclosures and landlord/tenant citations.
Check out our exclusive footage of that interview below:
Most people know that once you fall deep into debt, it is very hard to get out of it. Sometimes, financial hardships can push people to do certain things that aren’t always legal. Was this the case for Domonique?
With her indictment, Scott faces up to 25 years in prison and up to $400,000 in fines.
We reached out to Mr. Scott for an official statement. He hasn’t responded as of yet.
We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
Exclusive: RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey Talks ‘Carry-On Baggage’, Bar One’s Foreclosure & Why You Must “Do Your Research” Before Starting A Business
As a one of the stars of Bravo’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Cynthia Bailey is no stranger to the spotlight. She became one of the most sought after African-American supermodels, gracing runways and editorial spreads worldwide. With her caliber of beauty and poise, many would be surprised to know that she’s a small-town country girl from Alabama. Cynthia’s escape from the backwoods to the bright lights is a testament to her tenacity and desire to use her talents to help other women entering the industry.
From New York to Atlanta, Cynthia is now a household name that manages to jungle her role as wife, mother, television star, and businesswoman. When she’s not taping for RHOA, she oversees the daily operations of The Bailey School of Fashion. In addition, she continues her entrepreneurial efforts with the opening of Industry Studios along with hubby, Peter Thomas.
Speaking of the two, Cynthia and Peter also penned their first book. ‘Carry-On Baggage: Our Non-StopFlight’, is a relationship book that reveals the “real” about their union. Most viewers of the show have seen them hit a few rocky spots. Whether it was Cynthia’s family not approving their marriage to their ongoing financial disagreements, the couple has spared none. They’ve also had to rebuke several allegations made in the media regarding a pregnancy and the pending foreclosure of their Atlanta-based tapas lounge, Bar One.
Throughout it all, Cynthia has been a soldier. At a point in her life where she’s not afraid to speak her mind, she remains a class act while throwing “shade” with style and subtlety. Her overall presence is impeccable. Thus, she was selected as the first celebrity to have her own signature doll in conjunction with the The One World Doll Project (www.cynthiabaileydoll.com).
Recently, she hosted a fashion and beauty show at Walmart on the southwest side of Atlanta. At the event, I had the pleasure to meet Cynthia and find out about her new book, her business ventures, and what was really going on with the Bar One’s existence.
On Peter and Cynthia’s new book…
The book ‘Carry On Baggage’ Peter and I wrote it. It is about our life and our relationship. How we got together. How I moved from New York City to Atlanta. How we ended up on the show ["Real Housewives of Atlanta"]. It is not an advice book. It’s more of us just telling our story. We got married on the show, a lot of people knew of our whole relationship from the show. You guys (the viewers) been through the ups and downs with us…the highs and lows. And, I feel like you guys only really get to small parts of our life. The book was a great opportunity to give you guys the full story – the back story of who we make it work.
On their new facility across the street from Bar One…
Industry Studios, which houses Derek Blanks Photography, The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, and also Peter Thomas Entertainment. So we just located to a bigger space and it’s huge and beautiful. I think you may have saw it on the first show (episode of Season 6) with the all-white party. That’s Industry Studios. I’m still doing my pageants. I’m still doing the model search. We have the book out. Peter has Peter’s Brew Coffee. Bar One is still doing very well. We are also opening up a Bar One in Charlotte, NC. So, you know we’re working.
On being an African-American woman in business, what type of advice would you give to young girls that want to get into modeling, fashion, or entertainment? What are some key things they should know?
I think one of the key I should tell anyone that is trying to get into the entertainment business, is DO YOUR RESEARCH. Make sure you have some kind of knowledge to even…by the time you get to someone like me, I need to feel like you are serious about it. Really make sure this is what you really want to do. No one wants to waste a lot of their time talking to someone who is on the fence. So, decide what you want to do, then do your research. And then connect with the right people that can help you get you to where you’re trying to go. But, have it together before you get to me because we don’t have to fool with you. [Laughs]
On the rumors surrounding the foreclosure of Bar One…
Oh, we are definitely having some issues with Bar One. It has nothing to do directly with Peter and I. Peter pays the rent for Bar One every month. But the landlord was not paying the bank. So there’s some issues going on. We pray that’s all going to be worked out in time. So just pray for us. We’re working it out. But again, we were doing what we was supposed to be doing. Life happens…
You can catch Cynthia Bailey, on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season 6, every Sunday night at 8PM EST on Bravo TV!
Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Joe Giudice and his wife Teresa is back in the hot seat.
On Monday, two additional indictments came down on the couple – one count of bank fraud and another for loan application fraud. These two new set of charges comes after they were found guilty of 39-counts back in July of this year.
The indictments announced in July accused them of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on a loan. The Giudice’s new set of charges reveals that a lot more tricky were going on.
It is reported that Teresa lied about working as a real estate agent making $15,000 a month. The couple used this method to falsely prepare a mortgage loan application. Joe Giudice failed to prepare tax returns from 2004 to 2008. Authorities believes the couple lied about their net worth before appearing as cast members on the hit Bravo reality show, then turned around and made false claims about their finances in a bankruptcy filing.
In total, prosecutors says the couple banked up to $4.6 million by extracting money from home equity lines of credit, mortgages, and construction loans.
The Giudices will be arraigned next Wednesday on the new charges.
Why Women Who Don’t Earn Their Own Money…End Up Like Porsha Stewart? + RHOA Season 6 Ep. 2 Recap [Full Video]
Real Housewives of Atlanta season 6 is one big continuous reel of drama. After NeNe Leakes beautiful wedding spin-off, Bravo producers knew that this season the ladies needed to offset the romance and bring the heat. Which is why, so far RHOA has given viewers more than enough turmoil in each individual relationship.
During last nights episode, the confrontation between Kenya Moore and Phaedra Parks was filled with assumptions of lewd acts between the former beauty queen and Apollo. Despite Kenya confirming that nothing happened, it is safe to say that their friendship is tarnished and probably will never encompass the two ladies sipping on martini’s at happy hour. Poor Kandi Burruss and her mother Joyce went back and forth about Todd’s genuine love for the singer/entrepreneur. Mama Joyce clearly doesn’t like Todd (or any man that Kandi dates) and believes he’s using her daughter for her money. The shocker of the episode was when Joyce downplayed Kandi’s engagement ring. She didn’t think the ring was good enough for Kandi. This really hurt Kandi’s feelings. A few tears fell down as she explained to her mom that she didn’t care how big her ring was. She was the one that picked the ring out in the first place. So, this was the diamond she preferred and was happy when Todd bought it for her.
While Cynthia experienced some unwanted body adjustments due to fibroids, Porsha Stewart was also disgusted by the treatment she’s been receiving since her husband Kordell filed for divorce. Porsha is on a mission to get her life back together. However, the fact that she has no money (except some spousal support checks) and has to move back in with her mom, is putting Porsha in a very unsettling position. But, who fault is that really? Shouldn’t she have tried to create a career for herself before and after she married Kordell? Why do some women depend on their man to carry them financially? This is what a lot of us hardworking women out here really want to know.
Not to go in on Porsha specifically, but, there are many women married or in a serious relationship who are dependent on their significant others. The lifestyle is great at first. The cars, nice home, designer clothes, etc all courtesy of your man. With all of that being paid for, a woman doesn’t have a care in the world. But, a smart woman knows that at any time all of the material things can disappear. So it is always best to be prepared for when that time comes.
We don’t really know what expertise or talents Porsha has except for singing. But if there are women out here who lack basic on-the-job type skill sets, they may want to take some classes during their marriage. Again, a prepared woman is a smart woman. A woman who has corporate or technical skills can easily pick herself up, get a job, and start earning her own money. Women should never allow their whole entire existence in the arms of a man. Or in this case, leave their existence in the pockets of a man. We would hate to see you end up in the same predicament as Porsha.
At the end of the day, a real man will respect their wife’s choice to have a career and make her own money.
Watch the full episode below:
Chile….the new season of Real Housewives of Atlanta is going to be nothing less than a bunch of hot mess.
In a new extended preview of what’s to come, Bravo TV released the video giving us sneak peek. From the looks of it, a lot of relationships turn for the worst for the ladies. With NeNe and Greg enjoying the fruits of their labor on their spin-off “I Dream of NeNe”, it looks like their marital issues will take a backseat in comparison to the others. Kandi and Todd is in the middle of planning their wedding but things are going haywire. Her mom, Momma Joyce is seen going ballistic towards Kandi’s bestfriend whom she claims may be laying up with Todd. SMH…
Even after having their second child, Phaedra and Apollo is still going through it after season 5′s reunion show. During the reunion, Kenya brought up the fact that Apollo was trying to get with her (aka sleep with her). This season that story line is still fresh and Phaedra is determined to get the bottom of this foolishness. But, the word on the street is that Kenya may not be the only one Apollo has been pushing up on. Hmmm…
Kenya has secured her spot on season 6 and is in the middle of a bitter home ownership fight. She also becomes best buds with Marlo Hampton (whom is said to be having beef with her original bud, NeNe Leakes). What other foolishness Kenya has up her sleeve this season, who knows. We’ll soon find out.
Poor Porsha. After season 5, her and her hubby split. So, she’s on this crusade of getting her life together…and hopefully find a new man. It’s unfortunate that the ATL beauty has to start all over. But, this is probably for the best.
Cynthia and Peter is having financial trouble again. I guess they are going to drag this story line out until they can’t drag it no more. Nevertheless, it’s good to see that they are staying strong even after many people thought their marriage wouldn’t last past one year.
If you are ready for the new season of RHOA, look no further because the ladies are on their way. Season 6 airs November 3rd at 8PM eastern.
In November 2012, several key television and film industry professionals hosted a pitch summit in Atlanta. [READ HERE] The summit allowed aspiring television producers to their ideas and gain instant feedback. Well, this year the group that is spearheading this event is taking things digital.
The Atlanta Pitch Summit 2013 will be conducted via online through a web-based program. The webinar will live and include professionals in production, networks, studios, and agencies. If you have started a project or finished a script, this webinar is a must. The only requirement is that you MUST have a treatment, script, or video and is ready to shop your project to various outlets.
If memory serves us, the show “The New Atlanta” (formerly called “Taking Atlanta”) was a pitch idea that came out of the 2012 summit. As you can see, Mona Scott-Young took a liking to the idea and turned into a reality show on Bravo. So, you never know what may happen with your project.
For more information, go to http://www.areyoupitchreadytvandfilm.eventbrite.com or www.tyjohnston.tv.
Exclusive: Rapper Yung Joc Confirms ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Season 3; Will Karlie Redd Find Love…This Time??
Shout out to Yung Joc, first off, for the exclusive scoop!
Who’s ready for season 3 of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”? As the top rated prime-time program with an average of 2.1 Million viewers (ages 18-49) and the only reality show in the top ten of overall most watched television programs among African-Americans, according to a 2013 Neilsen study, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” producers hit the bulls-eye with its group of cast members. The up and down, drama-filled relationships between Joseline and Stevie J, Lil Scrappy and Erica, and even the surprising events that unfolded in Rasheeda and Kirk’s marriage has kept millions of viewers wanting more. So, of course, Mona Scott-Young and Vh1 is amping up for the next season (#3) with evicted characters (Traci Steele & DJ Baby Drew…allegedly) and a couple of newcomers.
One suspected newcomer in particular is Atlanta’s own rapper Yung Joc. Yung Joc’s name has appeared on several blogs lately about his alleged relationship with Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast member Karlie Redd. Karlie has been linked to several men in the industry (the last being fellow cast mate Benzino). However, in the past few months, the two appeared hand-in-hand at local events, and even hit up Joc’s birthday celebration together. So, what’s really going on? Are the two dating? Is this just to create a buzz for season 3? Well, Yung Joc himself gave me (Ms. Bels) the heads up!
Over the weekend at a birthday/block party for a mutual friend of ours, I spoke with Yung Joc to get confirmation on his upcoming appearance on LHHATL. “Yes, I can say I will be appearing on the new season,” stated Joc. When asked if he’s actually Karlie Redd’s “love interest”, he smiled a little but didn’t quite confirm. “You’ll have to wait and see when it comes on…and see how it all play out,” said Joc.
It’s going to be quite interesting to see how Karlie Redd’s character incorporates the rapper. I’m sure though Yung Joc is going to give this restart to relevancy all he got. Joc is a funny character and seems pretty cool too. So, he may just do very well on LHHATL. One thing I, as a fan of the show, am appreciative of is that Mona finally hired another person that is a TRUE Atlantan. With that, hopefully they will allow Joc to show some of the more down-home, grass roots sections of the city. Lord knows, a lot of us are tired of looking at scenes taped in Buckhead and Midtown.
Taping for season 3 will begin real soon. Yung Joc mentioned that his taping will actually start at the end of the month. Oops…I hope he didn’t let the cat out the bag too early.
Congrats to Yung Joc on the new gig. The hood will be watching!
Photo Credit: Prince Williams, ATLPics
LOL…“I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” has been very entertaining these last two episodes. After having missed episode 3 last week, I decided to watch it at 8pm in order to catch up on the drama. It was definitely worth the wait. My eyes and ears got all that it hoped for two hours straight.
First off, the shade thrown between Diana and Marlo hadn’t slacked up. In fact, the two has somehow included a third person, Lexis . Lexis is a long time friend of NeNe’s who insists that Diana is controlling and possessive. This revelation she shared privately with NeNe, somehow became the fuse that sparked an all out argument inside of L.A.’s Mr. Chow restaurant. But, this post isn’t really about that incident. Instead, it’s about the wedding planner and her shenanigan’s that captured viewers attention in episode 4.
Tiffany Cook is an experienced wedding planner, based out of Atlanta, that was referred to NeNe by RHOA’s Porsha Stewart. NeNe’s dislike on how Tiffany was handling the pre-wedding plans created a strain in their working relationship. In the end, the sh*t hit the fan!
Tiffany’s work background with sports athletes, Michael Jackson (she claimed), and other notables didn’t really mean much to NeNe. During the show, NeNe complained about how Tiffany didn’t follow-up on calls. She didn’t provide any sketches or mock-ups of what the wedding and reception would look like. Heck, the wedding planner hadn’t even given NeNe an estimated budget. This cause major friction between them, which ultimately made NeNe decide to fire her and hire another planner (Tony Conway).
Watch the quarrel between Nene and Tiffany below:
What do you think? Was Tiffany Cook slacking on her job?
In my opinion, YES she was! NeNe Leakes and I can relate in that we both prefer “details.” I don’t care if you planned a party for the Queen Elizabeth. I would still want to know what you are working on day-to-day and how much it is costing. The fact that she hadn’t even given NeNe a budget (from the start) is baffling to me. That’s one of the first things a planner does. And like Tony Conway, planners ask for at least 25% to 50% down payment before any work is done.
So, Ms. Tiffany Cook…this really put a damper on her business. If not with the Caucasian community, it has with the African-American community. Even if she win the defammation suit against NeNe Leakes, her business’ reputation is already tainted.
To watch the full episode, go to www.bravotv.com.
With the transfer of K. Michelle from Atlanta to New York, the new season of Love & Hip Hop looks like it’s going to be a wild one. But the R&B singer won’t be alone. Some of season 3 cast members are returning, along with a few new ones, so we can rest assure that viewers won’t lack anything in the drama department.
Love And Hip Hop is back, and while some of our favorite faces are returning, there’s also a new batch of women in this mix, and they’re not messing around. Rich Dollaz and Erica Mena have returned, broken up, and Erica’s got a new love. A lady love. Joe and Tahiry are back, too, but whether or not they’re off or on depends on the day. And K.Michelle had joined the mix and brings some Atlanta flavor to NYC. Watch this all-new promo to get your first taste of what’s in store for season four. (VH1)
This season should be good. Last season, the NYC crew didn’t live up to the expectations as did Atlanta. Hopefully, Erica’s new love interest and K. Michelle’s new entry into the bunch will prove beneficial for the producers and the network.
Watch the trailer below:
In other VH1 news, one of favorite couples Chrissy and Jim Jones are back with another season of “Chrissy & Mr. Jones“.
This season, it looks like Chrissy is grabbing entrepreneurial life by the bull horns and trying to make a real name for herself. Will this come with a few setbacks? Probably so. Because it seems as though Jim’s 10 year old son has now moved into their household. We can only imagine what issues stirs up because of this. In addition, the hilarity associated with Jim’s mother, Mama Jones will be another reason to tune in. Apparently, Mama Jones is writing a book on love and relationships. LOL…
Check out the sneak peek of the “Chrissy & Mr. Jones”:
If you’ve paid attention to the weekly TV One show “R&B Divas LA”, then you’ll be familiar with Ms. Claudette Ortiz. She’s started in the music business at an early age, best known for her part in the group City High, but stepped away from it for years to be a wife and mother. Well, Claudette recently got her big break at another chance of stardom with R&B Divas LA. During the season, it was revealed that Claudette fell on some pretty hard times. She got a divorce and started raising her kids as a single parent. She was rumored to be homeless and had to live in a shelter in order to get government assistance. But, God has a plan for all of us and it looks like the songstress is starting to see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Right before the season ended, Claudette visited Hot 97 to discuss her family situation, homelessness, and what’s her plans now. It was an interesting conversation in that she kept it 100. She basically stated that while she was married she wasn’t the best at watching her finances. Luckily, however, she had enough of that hustlers spirit to invest in various business ventures so that she and her kids could maintain.
Watch the interview:
For young women who are mothers and are lacking a back up plan, it is very important to always have a Plan B. You never know when the father will leave and leave you stuck raising the kids. Claudette’s advice to manager your money properly is true. If possible, try to invest in real estate or other profitable businesses. Always put yourself in a position to where you won’t have to struggle.
Kudos to Claudette and we wish her the best!
A new group of soon-to-be reality stars were all blue carpet ready last week at the Museum Bar in Atlanta. The event was for a new show they are starring called the “The New Atlanta.” Executive Producer, Mona Scott-Young, hosted the private screening along with the entire cast which includes newcomers Javon “Vawn” Sims, Africa Miranda, Emily Lipman, Alexandra Dilworth, and Tribble Reese.
The television show will be based around their lives as the ”next generation of the city’s trailblazing young professionals who are hungry to achieve their dreams and find love as they struggle to resolve heartbreaks from the past. Aggressive in both their professional and personal lives, each hopes to make their mark in the cutthroat industries of fashion, music, event planning and business while taking advantage of Atlanta’s hot social scene.” (Bravotv.com)
It will be interesting to see how Mona Scott-Young and her team will carve out an uniqueness with this show. With it being several more reality shows based out of Atlanta, it is unclear if the viewers will appreciate The New Atlanta or just chump it off as being redundant or played out. Nevertheless, hopefully the cast members will make the best out of this opportunity.
Check out these exclusive photos from the event:
“The New Atlanta” premieres Tuesday, September 17 at 10/9c. For more photos, please visit us on Facebook!!
Photo Credit: Jonathan Herring, Live & Direct Media Group
Two of America’s favorite reality stars were at it on Twitter. “Love & Hip Hop” star K. Michelle and star of “Tamar & Vince” Tamar Braxton haven’t been seeing eye to eye this season. Both singers have been at odds since a recent Twitter post from Tamar Braxton about record sales towards K.Michelle. K. Michelle went to respond on her Twitter stating that, “Don’t worry about my album sales, worry about finding ur original face! My sales are REAL, nothing political All Hard Work.”
K. Michelle was also reported stating to Tamar via Twitter, “You keep throwing rocks at me and then u run and hide behind Vince’s man boob! U not above getting checked shady boots!”
Despite the apparent beef between the two, which one of them actually came out on top in first week record sales? Well, it’s been a week since Tamar dropped her album Love & War and the results are in.
Both artist sold over 100,000 records but Tamar Braxton took the crown with 17,000 more albums sold according to the Billboard charts. I’m not sure how long this beef will last but I will say both ladies have put out some great music and we have grown to either love or dislike them on TV.
Article submitted by Dameon Daniels, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
NeNe Leakes is making a huge return to television this fall. In addition to being seen on Real Housewives of Atlanta, now fans will be able to see her in full effect on her very own show “I Dream of NeNe”. The show, which will include her husband Greg Leakes, will focus on the preparation of her 2nd wedding. If most remember, her and Greg were briefly separated during the last season (or two) of RHOA. Times had gotten so bad that divorce papers were even drawn up. Some speculate that the divorce was a stunt and that the couple only pretended to break-up for ratings sake (and for a bigger pay check). Whether it is true or not, NeNe and Greg are inseparable. They truly make a good couple. Plus, they’ve been together for years and probably knows one another better than the other. So, why get a divorce when you can renew your vows and get your own show?!!
From the previews, it looks like “I Dream of NeNe” is going to be a hoot. With her close girlfriends in tow and family issues simmering, NeNe is going to continue to excite her fans and piss off all her haters. Hate her or love her once things for sure she is very entertaining.
Be sure to tune on to Bravo TV on September 17, 9/8c. Until then, take look at the sneak preview of “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding”:
Will you be watching? Do you think NeNe can pull off her own show? Let us know what you think.
New Music: Lil Scrappy – “Nyee”; Plus Confirms Return to LHHATL & Details of Recent Fight In Atlanta
Lil Scrappy has been making major progress in his career over the past year or so. From his participation on the highly successful reality show “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”, his stardom has reemerged after being stalled for quite some time. Now, the “Prince of the South” is taking advantage of every opportunity and reclaiming his spot in the rap game.
Recently, Lil Scrappy stopped by a Dallas, Texas radio station (97.9 The Beat) while in town for a show at club Dallas Live. The reality television star took the time to clear up a few rumors concerning his participation on the show and a recent altercation at an Atlanta convenient store.
As far as LHHATL, Scrap confirmed that he will be returning to television next season. Rumors hit the net last week that another Atlanta-based mom and son duo was going to take him and Momma Dee’s place. The newbie’s “allegedly” premiering on-screen next season will be rapper Waka Flocka and his mom-ager Debra Atney. Regardless if this is true or not, Lil Scrappy says we WILL see him again.
Another question came up regarding an incident in Atlanta. Scrappy explained that the altercation started when a homeboy continued to annoy him while inside a local convenient store. He says that the things had reached a boiling point when his homie disrespected his current boo, Bambi. This led to a scuffle in which the cops ended up breaking up the fight. Scrappy did not receive any criminal charges due to his witnessed act of self-defense.
In music news, he released an exclusive track on air called “Nyee”. Not sure if this is going to appear on an upcoming album or what. But, from the sounds of it, he may have a banger on his hands.
Check out the full interview and hear the new song below: