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:
Vh1 premiered the season opening episodes for two of their highly rated shows Monday night. After the following the explosive part 1 of the ”Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” reunion, the time slot placements on VH1 was strategically on-point and held most viewers by hostage. Also, after viewing the drama that occurred on the reunion show, most viewers needed to let loose of the foolery and tune in to some good ole wholesome television. This is the flip-side of Vh1 that remarkably offset its ratchet-ness.
First up was “T.I. & Tiny’s: Family Hustle” season 4, which dove straight into the love life of their 13 year old son Messiah. Becoming a man involves dating, so what better way to kick off his birthday than by taking a chick on a date. Unfortunately, the date was chaperoned by Tip and Tiny and the rest of the clan. In case you watched the full episode, here’s some extra footage of the family’s Medieval Times outing below:
The Game and his long-time girlfriend, Tiffney, is back as well in “Marrying The Game”. In their first episode, the on-again-off-again couple still are going through the motions. They both decided to separate after last season’s failed wedding plans in order to re-evaluate their relationship. During this time, their three kids have been spending time at each others home. Although their co-parenting techniques are working, The Game has made it a priority to bond more with his kids since he’s away a lot. Peep out his bonding moment below:
PHOTOS: Chanita Foster, Jazze Pha, Kandi Burruss, MiMi Faust & More Celebrate The #1Voice1PowerMovement @ Infusion Bistro
On Monday night, several of Atlanta’s who’s who embarked upon Infusion Breakfast Bistro & Bar in support of various worthwhile causes and the official 1 Voice 1 Power movement. Hosted by Shonuff Digital Media’s Jazze Pha and Beyond The Game’s Chanita Foster, the event was held in efforts to collect backpacks and school supplies to be distributed to local Atlanta city youth and deserving kids in Africa. Attendees also had the opportunity to donate can goods for the Feed The Homeless Tour and monetary gifts for the Atlanta Vikings Youth Football team.
With the ongoing social and political injustices in America, especially those felt after the Trayvon Martin situation, Shonuff Digital Media thought this would be the perfect time to give back musically. As such, a tribute video was filmed over the past few weeks starring Thee Unknowns featuring Akon. The official premiere of the final music video was played on flat screens throughout the venue. “Help Me” received a loud applause and a thumbs up review from many of the guests. The video featured guest celebrity appearances from Nene Leakes, Doug E Fresh, Chanita Foster, Jazze Pha and many others.
The event brought out many of the city’s movers and shakers, media outlets, and entertainment/philanthropic friends. Industry notables in the building were Mimi Faust (“Love & Hip Hop:ATL”), Peter Thomas (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Kandi Burruss (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Jevon Sims & Africa Miranda (“The New Atlanta”), Quad Webb-Lunceford (“Married to Medicine”), Drumma Boy (producer), Big Tigger (radio personality/V103 FM), Frank Ski (restaurateur), and Gocha Hawkins (owner, Gocha Salon). Check out a few of the photos from the event:
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No hate toward the individuals who sign up for these shows in order to advance their careers, but reality television is overrated. In addition to being overrated, the business has succumb to the negativity so much so that we can’t even watch positive shows without labeling them as “boring.” One city, in particular, is the southern version of Hollywood that many actors and actresses are relocating to. This city is Atlanta. Over the past 15 years, the city has grown into this spectacle of hot nightclubs and big business. Atlanta has also become a haven for film/tv production projects.
To help the Georgia economy, the state decided to give tax breaks to film companies. With this came an on-slot of new state-of-the-art production facilities which allowed filmmakers and directors to bring their visions to life. This also led the way for several reality shows to hit the city. The craze started out exciting and entertaining. Now, since more shows are being produced here, it’s has become a bit too much. People, such as myself, are getting tired of seeing Atlanta in the spotlight.
ATL, out of the spotlight…yeah right. That won’t be happening anytime soon. Bravo and VH1, for instance, are bringing new Atlanta-based shows to television by 2014. From what is being said thus far, “The New Atlanta” (formerly titled “Taking Atlanta”) and “Hollywood Exes: ATL” are both suppose to show cast members who are pursuing careers and making the most out of their life. Some may consider this as “positive” television, but we all know there will be a bit of drama. Drama brings the ratings. Atlanta is the breeding ground for foolery nowadays. So it is going to be interesting to see how these shows fare in comparison to other high-rated shows (i.e. “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “Married to Medicine”, “Love & Hip Hop ATL”, etc).
In case you are wondering what both shows are about, check out what the blogs are saying:
According to BravoTV.com…
Over the course of Season One, The New Atlanta will follow five of the city’s trailblazers as they strive to achieve their dreams, search for love, and find resolutions to heartbreaks from the past. Fighting their way to the top, 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.
So who are these movers-and-shakers? Meet the cast of the show below:
A triple threat—actress, singer and model—Africa Miranda is turning heads in Atlanta. Co-creator of the live concept show “The Lipstick Junkies” and the face of several international hair campaigns, her sultry voice and lovely locks have put her front and center in Atlanta’s entertainment industry.
A recent college grad, Alexandra is seen and heard in Atlanta’s hot Electronic Dance Music scene. She is a self-proclaimed “daddy’s girl” on the look-out for a husband who will be able to accommodate her current luxurious lifestyle.
Emily has the looks of the girl next door, but is a force to be reckoned with on her hunt for love. A successful boutique owner, she has quickly emerged as a new leader in Atlanta’s growing fashion industry.
Jevon “Vawn” Sims
Vawn is known in Atlanta’s bustling music industry as the “Go-to-Guy” for artist development and discovering new raw talent. Now writing a book promoting his theories on love and romance, this “bad boy” with “good boy” qualities talks about relationships like never before. His tell-it-like-it-is attitude is one that you will either love or hate.
A partner in an event promotion company, Tribble always has the scoop on the hottest parties in town. An up-and-comer in Atlanta’s entertainment industry, this former arena football quarterback knows what it takes to score on the field but is also looking for a touchdown in love.
Here’s a sneak peek:
“The New Atlanta” will be the second reality show project for Mona Scott-Young (Love & Hip Hop). The show premieres September 17th at 9pm ET.
Apparently, Vh1 is gearing up for a second installment of the “Hollywood Exes” franchise. When the ladies of Los Angeles are off-season, there soon may be a group of Atlanta women who’s going to give viewers exactly what they need.
According to Michelle Brown of StraightfromtheA.com, several sources are saying that Atlanta’s version will have several well-known ladies on the cast. A few members of the cast were apart of ,at some point or another, a very high-profile relationship. Their tumultuous relationships are what made these ladies “somewhat” of a household name. Between the storyline and the celebrity they were married/dated to, this will MOST DEFINITELY make good TV.
Here’s a list of the ladies that is in talks to do the show:
Sheree Buchanan (Ex-wife of former Falcons player Ray Buchanan), Christina Johnson (Ex Wife of Cee-Lo Green), Tameka Foster Raymond (Ex-Wife of Usher Raymond), Kim Elba (Ex-wife of Idris Elba), Monica Ambrose (ex-wife of Ashley Ambrose, a former NFL baller who played for several teams including the Atlanta Falcons) and Monyetta Shaw (Ex Fiance’ of Ne-Yo).
Check out http://straightfromthea.com/2013/08/01/hollywood-exes-atlanta-cast-photos/#ixzz2ap2HkXyN for more detail info on the back history of these ladies and their relationships.
‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’s’ Joe & Teresa Guidice Faces $5M Fraud Charge; Out On $500K Bail & Stripped of Passports
This is a case of “when reality shows, goes horribly wrong.”
Real Housewives of New Jersey reality stars Joe and Teresa Guidice is in hot water again. Over several seasons, their stardom went from positive to straight negative due to family issues, backstabbing, lies, and deceit. Now, a lot of the deceit that went on behind the scenes with the couple’s finances are being exposed.
This week in a Newark, New Jersey courtroom, the two were charged with misappropriation of documents which resulted in tax, mail, and wire fraud. The Guidice’s are accused of filing false tax paperwork and forging signatures. The federal charges total an estimated $5,000,000 and could land the two in prison for 55 years.
If you recall, the couple caught some flack about two years ago for their ongoing money problems. Joe Guidice was charged with forging the signature of a former business partner on a $300,000 bank loan. This left the couple scrambling for money and at one point, auctioning off some of their household furnishings to raise a little extra cash. Many suspect that Guidice’s charge may have urged the federal government to begin an investigation on the business activities of the couple.
Joe Guidice’s parents are the ones who co-signed a $500,000 bond, which set them free from these current charges. Joe, a non-U.S. citizen, faces deportation if found guilty of either one of the 39 counts he’s being indicted for.
Source: NY Post
Talk about putting your money where your mouth is…
Oprah Winfrey is reported spending $2 million for an exclusive interview with Hollywood bad girl Lindsey Lohan. Over the past few years, the world has seen the actress career and life deteriorate right in front of our eyes. Her battle with drug addiction and overly-exposed family problems caused the starlet to lose her shine and bankability. The constant bouts with law enforcement and the judicial system ultimately left Lohan in jailhouse orange serving time. Well, she’s now on a mission to repair herself and her image. And what better way to jump start that process than by appearing on the OWN Network.
The network has finally confirmed Lohan’s appearance after several months of contract negotiations. The star will be meet with Oprah once she’s finished serving her court-ordered rehabilitation at the Betty Ford clinic. Lohan’s mom, Dana is a supporter of Oprah and believes that, if anybody, she can give her daughter the best guidance for a new healthy and prosperous way of living.
“If there’s any mentor you could choose, there’s nobody better than Oprah. This is a great opportunity for Lindsay. We are all very excited about it,” she said.
Lindsey Lohan’s post-rehab sit down with Oprah Winfrey is expected to occur sometime in August. Lohan will also reveal her life via an eight-part reality show which will air in 2014.
Love & Hip Hop’s Erica Dixon Scraps Engagement Ring for $10K; Was It Better To Pawn vs. Consignment?
Last night’s episode of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta was one for the history books. There was a lot of drama popping off between most of the cast members. K. Michelle questioned Ariane’s ability to sing and wasn’t too supportive of her wanting to become a background singer. It was a complete surprise to a lot of viewers whom had no idea she sung at all. And from the sounds of what Ariane pulled off last night during the auditions, she may need to take a few more vocal lessons. DJ Babey Drew and DJ Traci Steele continued their uneventful bickering back and forth. Traci has a new man now and her baby daddy wants to feel the brother out before she allows him to be around their child.
Poor Rasheeda…smh. The second season has not treated our girl right. Rasheeda is not only pregnant, but is also having MAJOR trouble in her marriage to Kirk. During the episode, Rasheeda was made aware that Kirk had been out frolicking with a chick name Mary Jane. Although Kirk tried to justify his actions by saying that Rasheeda “unofficially” gave him a “hall pass”, she wasn’t too pleased and went HAM on him. She pulled a Waiting to Exhale move and set fire to his clothes in the front yard. LOL
But the most ratchet part of the episode was the beef between Erica, Momma Dee, and Erica’s mom Mignon. The yelling (and almost fighting) session began because of Erica’s decision to pawn the engagement ring that Lil Scrappy gave her. The reason she wanted to do that is because Scrappy was in jail and she wanted to make sure their daughter was financially taken care of. Erica stated that her and Scrappy made the decision years ago to not go the child support route. This agreement only stands firm if he make sure Emani has everything she needs. Well, nowadays, Scrappy has had several run-ins with the law and has been confined several times. This is an unstable lifestyle in Erica’s eyes. Therefore, she’s taking it upon herself to make things happen.
So, her and Momma Dee take a visit to the jeweler who sold the ring to Scrappy. Momma Dee questioned Erica’s true loyalty and love for her son. She didn’t believe that Erica was really down for her son. She felt as though it was shady that Erica was quick to get rid of the ring.
To question her love for the man is one thing, but did Erica make the right choice in placing the ring on consignment? The shop owner expressed to her that if he purchased the ring back from her, she would receive $10,000. However, if she put the ring on consignment, she could make up to $15,000. So, she chose the consignment route because she knew that additional $5,000 could come in handy. But, was it wrong for Erica to sell back the ring? She should have waited until she was able to talk it over with Lil Scrappy?
Watch the full episode below:
If you aren’t familiar with consignments and how they work, here are a few tips to consider before you decide to sell anything.
1. To get the biggest bang for your buck, your merchandise must look brand new. Shine up your jewelry, wash your clothes, wipe down furniture, etc. The better the item looks, the better the shop owner will be able to offer you a good deal.
2. Take your merchandise to specialize shops. If you are selling coins, go to a coin shop. If you are selling clothes, go to a clothing shop. If you aren’t sure if your local consignment shop accepts the item you have, pick up the phone and call them first. This will save you an unnecessary trip.
3. Always have a price in mind before stepping in the store. Check online for an identical item and determine how much it is worth. This will give you more negotiation power and a good chance of getting top dollar.
4. Check shop references or reviews. Go online and see what others have to say about that pawn shop (i.e. is their percentage high?, will he offer a good deal?, etc).
5. Consignments can take time. Depending on what contract agreement you’ve entered into, a deadline can be set to make sure you receive a payment by a certain day (whether or not the shop sold the item).
Consignments can be the bigger pay-off if you have time to wait. If you are late on a bill or strapped for cash, the pawn route is best for you. It allows you to go in and come out with money the same day.
One thing about weddings…it’s all about the bride. Whatever the bride wants, she gets. In the case of Mrs. NeNe Leakes, her second time walking down the aisle was done completely her way. Heck, even the $1.8 million dollars spent on the wedding, made damn sure it went her way.
Life & Style reports that the Real Housewives of Atlanta star remarried her long-time beau in a lavish ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel-Buckhead in Atlanta. The June 22 fairytale wedding was one NeNe’s always wanted and that the whole experience kept old glam Hollywood alive. “I came up with the idea of having an Old Hollywood theme because I thought it would be completely fabulous and everyone would be able to have fun with it,” said NeNe. The beautiful bride was draped in a $50,000 Baracci gown and switched up at the reception into a $20,000 gown designed by Pnina Tornai. The bridesmaids, which included Cynthia Bailey, Marlo Hampton, Jennifer Williams, and other close friends/family, wore white dresses as well. Their gowns were designed by Gabrielle Arango.
Mrs. “I’m Rich B–ch” went to the bank for this wedding which welcomed 400 guests. Besides the 10-tier wedding cake, guests were treated to a surprise when it came to the reception food. NeNe stayed true to her southern roots and served guests fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits, and biscuits. OK! This may not be the most conventional wedding reception dinner, but it sounds like it was the best tasting. Nothings worse than attending a wedding and the food is blah tasting chicken breast and rice pilaf.
Congratulations to NeNe and Gregg! We can’t wait to see it all unfold on her own special “I Dream of NeNe” on Bravo TV. No air date specified at this time. But, it is reported to hitting the tube in the fall.
Platinum producer and songwriter, Sean Garrett will soon allow cameras into his low-key world in a new reality show. The show, not yet titled, will feature Sean and the struggle he endures raising a teenage son while working in the music business. Insisting that the television program will stick to a family-friendly tip, Sean believes it is time for his fans and those that aren’t too familiar with him to get to know the “real” him.
“A lot of people don’t understand I’m a real father. I am definitely in my son’s life. He and I have a lot of conflict… He is dealing with becoming a young adult.”
“I can’t have the world raising my son, I can’t have the police raising my son. It is important for me to make sure my son understands key to life.”
No word yet on when the show will air or on what channel. But, the multi-million dollar record seller is prepping for the show along with his new mixtape The Inkwell 2. The mixtape will feature Trey Songz and Future. The mixtape will drop in July.
23 Yr Old Brandy Lynn Talks Divas & Wildflowers Non-Profit, Fashion, & Her Plans to Change The Outlook of Black Females [Exclusive]
A lot of you may not be familiar with 23 year old Brandy Lynn, but if you’re in tuned with reality television you soon will be. She’s the adopted daughter of Nicci Gilbert, singer and R&B Diva’s star/producer. Although we were briefly introduced to Brandy Lynn in Season 1 of R&B Divas Atlanta, we will soon see more of her this season (in Season 2 which premiered on May 1 on TV One).
After speaking with Brandy Lynn over the phone, her interview with STACKS Magazine was very professional and kind of surprising. Not many young kids are making the business moves that she’s currently making. So it was great to hear Brandy Lynn discuss her non-profit organization Divas & Wildflowers and the impact it has had on other young women in the Atlanta area. She herself is the product of a drug addicted mother. Through God’s grace, her cousin Nicci came in to save her and raise her as her very own.
With Nicci’s guidance and own life’s experiences in the entertainment industry, Brandy Lynn is thankful. Becoming a full-blown entrepreneur, television show producer, fashion guru, and mentor to young girls are some of Brandy Lynn future goals. It is good to know that she’s currently making huge steps towards those. From the looks of it, the young business woman is ready and eager to take the world by storm.
What will see from Brandy Lynn on Season 2 of R&B Divas?
Brandy Lynn: In Season 2, you guys can follow me through my non-profit organization called Divas & Wallflowers. You all can visit me on www.divasandwallflowers.org. Basically, I came up with my non-profit organization last season. Talking to Monifah’s daughter, Kimmy, I came up with it for young women who need some type of motivation or who have any type of struggles in their life. Also, it is also to bring young women and their mothers closer together.
I have done a couple of events actually. So you guys get to see one event on R&B Divas. I’m so excited that Brownstone performed. That’s just so exciting…and also Keke Wyatt. But, I did a makeover for women who’ve have been through cancer and homelessness, and just different types of things. I did a total makeover for them so they could feel beautiful, outside and in. It was just awesome. It was the bomb girl.
Also, I have an online boutique coming very soon that I am so excited about. It should be out by the first [May 1], no later than the 5th of May. I sell all types of stuff. It’s so cute. A portion of the proceeds go to Divas & Wildflowers.
Being 23 years old and African-American, what are some of the things you believe are plaguing the young black females? Why is it important to have these other positive outlets?
Brandy Lynn: A lot of the young children nowadays look at these videos, listen to this music, and they want to be what they see…which is not good. I just really want to help. I just want to be able to talk to young people to tell them that’s it’s a new generation. You have to work hard. Right now, it is a good thing to work hard and try to get your own business and get mentors to talk to. I had to get a mentor to talk to. I had a lot of people to talk to and it helped me so much. It helped me so much that words can’t even explain. Young people go through a lot. They really don’t know which way to go. So it’s up to our adults right now to really teach us and point us in the right direction. We really need help right now. This generation needs help. I would say that the best thing for us young adults to do is get a good mentor. Be around positive people and listen. Like my mom say, “stop talking and listen.” I just think that it’s a great thing to have a mentor. You can’t do it by yourself. It’s teamwork and teamwork makes the dream work. I’m happy I learned that at a young age.
I also decided to do a charity event for prom makeovers. I picked two young ladies and I custom made their dresses. I totally made them over for prom from top to bottom. I help anybody that needs help.
So, do you design clothes?
Brandy Lynn: Yes, that is my passion. Helping people is my purpose in life and fashion is my passion.
With the new boutique, what exactly will you be selling? Any custom pieces?
Brandy Lynn: I’m definitely going to have some custom pieces with the Wildflower brand. I’m going to have custom scarves. Scarves are coming out first. I’m going to start off small, but work my way up though. I’m going to have lipsticks, lip-glosses, cute little different stuff, Wildflower stuff. I will also have a blog on the website and six different ways you can wear my scarf. I’m going to show everybody how you can wear the scarves. I’m going to do updates of makeup and fashion, and just everything that teens need. I’m going to do inspiration speaking on it. I’ll have poems. I’ll have all different kind of things on there.
Who inspired you to get into fashion and to start the non-profit organization?
Brandy Lynn: I definitely got all of my inspiration from my mom. Every since I was little, growing up and watching her get up and do her makeup and go perform, going shopping and seeing all of the different clothes, I was in love. I am in love with clothes and everything. She inspired so much with my fashion and with my business and doing my non-profit. I don’t know if you know. But last season I mentioned that she [Nikki Gilbert] is not my biological mother. I am actually adopted by Nikki. She is my biological cousin, my real cousin. But that’s my momma because she raised me as a baby. So I came up with the non-profit because I longed for my real mother. I do talk to her from time to time but she has a drug problem. I like to talk to young people to inspire them that no matter where you come from or what you been through, you can still be what you want to be in life. You can grow and bloom into this Wildflower and that you can be beautiful and do whatever you want to do.
As far as your future goals, what do you aspire to do in the next five to ten years?
Brandy Lynn: I plan on having multiple businesses. I plan on having my own TV show. By then, I may be producing. So, I’m learning from miss Nikki Gilbert. I plan on, in the next five to ten years, somewhere being married, having my businesses and being okay and good. Living life and being happy. Maybe open up a couple centers, Wildflower Centers to help the youth.
To stay updated on Brandy Lynn and the Divas & Wildflowers organization, go to www.divasandwildflowers.org. You can also follow her on Twitter @IAMBrandyLynn.
Shout out to Jakeem Smith for making this happen. Thanks!
Our favorite tough girl is back! It’s been a minute since STACKS Magazine spoke with Bernice [READ HERE]. At the time, she was adjusting to the new fame, her role, and the overwhelming support from her fans. At one point she was released from her duties as a tow truck driver. But the Tremont Towing family welcomed her with open-arms. Since then, she’s been working hard on nights and weekends in the city of Miami and South Beach. Her hard work and dedication is all for the benefit of her lovely mother. Coming from humble beginnings, she’s on a mission to build an empire so that her mom won’t have to work anymore. She truly has a heart of gold. Of course, though, once you piss her off all hell can break loose.
In season 3 and 13 episodes later, the fans can expect to see some interesting conflict from the Miami-native and the Tremont crew. “It’s a lot of drama. It’s a lot going on, man. Definitely, inside house [Tremont] it’s a lot going on. Basically, the dad got hurt last year (Season 2). People who he trying to get to take over to pretty much run the company while he deal with his health issues…so it’s a lot“, says Bernice. With the show premiering tonight on Tru TV, Bernice is somewhat limited in what “tea” she could spill. But she ensures that the fans will get a more in-depth look into the interactions and emotions that flow within the Tremont office. The health issues with Robert Ashenoff, Sr (the Boss) and the newborn of Christie Ashenoff has made way for someone else to manage the day-to-day operations. This new turn of events has caused a huge stir in the office. From Bernice’s point of view, it’s a matter of control. Unfortunately, everyone can’t be the boss.
Basically, it’s the drama. Everybody want to be the boss. Everybody want to be chiefs, but don’t nobody want to be indians. It’s crazy. Christy have had the baby and she was out for a while just dealing with trying to run stuff. But, everybody help each other out. But, it don’t usually work out like that when money is involved. And everybody trying to get a couple dollars. It’s just crazy! Exciting, crazy, and a lot of drama. This year is going to be more drama-filled I would say.
South Beach Tow started off with the crew towing cars and reactions of random individuals who didn’t follow parking instructions. Over the seasons, however, each crew member’s personalities started to shine. The viewers became in love with the characters and not so much with the act of towing a car. Apparently, the producers of the show has recognized this and will continue to push the stories behind the cast. In season 3, this will be evident as more drama with the crew jumps off. While the company is in a management transition, the staff will be more emotional and conflict will arise. According to Bernice, yes there will be “hella” conflict. She says, “You know, depending on who take over and who’s the boss, everybody don’t like everybody. It’s just like a family. Some people can be good as a friend, but can’t be good as a boss. You feel me? It’s just crazy. A lot of bumping heads.”
Drama makes for good television. But fans don’t worry, there will still be a lot of car towing going on. Unfortunately, Bernice couldn’t give any specific situations that will occur this season. But rest to sure that there wil be some wild and crazy stuff going on with the citizens of Miami. And the people of Miami sure do love them some Bernice. After mentiong to her that our first interview garnered a boat load of comments and support from fans, Bernice is still humble. She hasn’t let the fame get to her head and probably never will. Fans see her all the time in the streets of Miami. She humbly stops to take a photo or even sign an autograph. Despite what we all see on television, she’s very nice and a lover of the people. All of this is still a bit overwhelming though. But she’s handling things quite well with her longstanding friendships and support from family.
One thing about it, I’m from Miami so people will definitely recognize you. I love the people. I’m a people’s person. It’s pretty much the same. It’s still overwhelming, like, I communicate with the fans. I try to stay as humble as I can. Before all this, I knew a lot of people. So now, you got a lot of people on your side, backing you, and who want to see you do well. Of course, you got the people who hate. As long as they hate to the point that they are watching (the show) to hate, I’m fine with that sh*t. It’s all the same. It’s the same with everything. It’s just surreal. I have to tell the truth. I’m just thankful that people are really f**king with us like that. It’s good for me.
Stalkers stand back though! LOL. With the popularity, Bernice has encountered a few strange occurences. We tend to hear about strangers showing up a celebrities front door step. Not only this is crazy, but it is also dangerous. And it will be if you show up at Bernice’s house. Luckily she has not received an unwelcomed visitor as of yet. But she says that she has had several strange phone calls. “No, but somebody been calling my damn house. I don’t know how they got my number. They must be paying for that sh*t to get all your information. [laughs] But, I’m about to change it and block it. Listen, I have no clue. My number been the same since I was in middle school. It never been listed“, Bernice explains.
You got to love her. She upfront and don’t take no mess. And she appreciates all her fans. With her filming schedule being as hectic as it is, she does plan to get out and meet some of the fans. So, there could possibly a city-to-city tour on the way. Bernice understands the importance of having a fanbase and would like to reach and touch them and show them some love. One thing is for sure, she never wants to lose touch from where she came from. She states, “they say “you don’t change, people change around you.” That is so true because you know people change around you everyday. But, I still got the same friends. We still hangout. We still love each other. We still have fun. If I f–ks with you, I f–ks with you and if I don’t I don’t.”
Catch Bernice tonight at 9:30PM on Tru TV’s South Beach Tow. Follow her on Twitter @Bernice_SBTow!
Cee Lo Green is bringing himself and the rest of the mob with him to the world of reality televeision. Cee Lo’s upcoming reality series titled “The Cee Lo Life” has been given the green light and picked up by TBS.
The series which will consist of six episodes will follow Cee Lo as he reunites with his former Goodie Mob group members Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo. Fans will be allowed a more in-depth look at the personal side of the group members especially Cee Lo’s. According to the president of TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies, Michael Wright, the show will be a “fun and funny journey packed with great music.”
“The Cee Lo Life” is scheduled to premiere early next year while Goodie Mob’s upcoming album Age Against the Machine is slated for release on June 18th. This will be the first album from the group since their last album release in 2004.
It’ll be interesting to see the direction the fellas take musically and to see them working together again. Hopefully this time they’ll have all their ducks in a row.
Remember Tionna Smalls from Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas’ reality show “What Chili Wants”? In the case that you don’t, she was the relationship expert that was attempting to assist Chilli with her journey of finding love. If you ever got a chance to check the show out, then you know that Tionna was no joke and was definitely no holds barred when it came to telling Chilli how it is and what she thought.
Well after being featured on that show Smalls is moving on up to big and better things by way of her own reality show. Based on her book, “Girl Get Your Mind Right”, Tionna has landed a show of the same name on the MTV network. On the show, Tionna will tackle relationship issues and advise 20 single ladies on their man problems. Throughout the season she will attempt to transform the ladies where their looks, behaviors and attitudes are concerned. The ladies will later be sent out on a date which will be filmed by a hidden camera.
Check out what Tionna and MTV’s Senior Vice President Tony DiBari had to say about the show. You can also peep the trailer below.
According to Tony DiBari:
[The show allows] us to take a look into the specifics of many more girls and each episode will wind up being more relatable. They’re looking for guidance and boundaries from someone other than their parents. We felt the combination of the genre and the personality like Tionna, who is so unique, made a lot of sense for us. We thought the hidden-camera took the genre to the next level. We wanted to take it one step further and really put it all to the test.
For a long time, dating shows were a real big part of our programming slate and we’ve kind of fallen away from that recently. It remains something that’s important to our viewers, and also because dating has changed so much recently that it feels like the right time to get back into that space.”
For those of you that will be tuning in, Tionna’s “Girl Get Your Mind Right “ premieres on May 20th at 6pm [EST] on MTV.
On Wednesday evening, Atlanta’s movers and shakers congregated at the Museum Bar in support of TV One’s R&B Divas. Regarded as the “Wednesday Night Social” event, the venue was packed with supporters patiently waiting to get a glimpse of what drama would unfold in Season 2. All though all of the “divas” were not in attendance, Nicci Gilbert and Keke Wyatt held it down as official hostesses. Other industry notables spotted were Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game & Divas & Cocktails), Brandy Lynn (Divas & Wildflowers), Egypt Sherrod (V-103FM), Shay Johnson (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), DJ Traci Steele (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Wanda Smith (Frank Ski Morning Show), Lisa Wu Hartwell (Real Housewives of Atlanta – Season 1), and a host of other celebrities and industry insiders.
Below are a few VIP photos from the event.
In case you missed our exclusive interview with the show’s creator and executive producer, Nicci Gilbert, check it out HERE.
Tune in to R&B Divas ATL each and every Wednesday night at 10PM on TV One!
Exclusive: ‘R&B Divas’ Nicci Gilbert Switches It Up for Season 2; Talks Self-Improvement, Syleena Johnson Beef & Expanding Her Brand
In the heaving world of reality television, one things for sure, the cameras don’t lie. Meaning that, although some trickery may occur with the editing, we visually get to see a person for who they truly are. The almighty lens tends to capture truths about a person. But, it is during the playback that each cast member get the opportunity to see their flaws first-hand. At that point, it is up to that individual to decide if change is needed. This is true for one star of TV One’s hit show R&B Divas, Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert.
Despite the rumors that were swirling around about Nicci’s separation from the show, she confirmed that those rumors weren’t true and will indeed be a part of season two. However, her portrayal in season one led to many negative comments from viewers. This didn’t sit well with Nicci. So much so, she acknowledged her flaws and dedicated herself to making positive changes in her life. Not many women can call themselves out and act on it. This is what makes Nicci a “real” woman.
As creator and executive producer of R&B Divas, her transition from music to television has been a trying one. As one-third member of the 90′s R&B group, Brownstone, over the years her passion for music diminished. This caused a fair share of disagreements amongst her cast members in season one. Some friendships remain while other friendships hit a low blow. But, her new found love for production and clothing design has launched Nicci into another creative space that is just as self-gratifying as music.
STACKS Magazine had the pleasure to talk to Nicci recently to get an exclusive in-depth look into who she is as a celebrity and businesswoman. She went into detail about her involvement as executive producer and the R&B Divas franchise. Also, Nicci spoke candidly about her feelings towards the other cast members, the effects of reality TV on the Black community, empowering full-figured women, and various projects she’s working on.
In the later part of 2012, several rumors were floating around about you being fired from R&B Divas. You then released a statement stating otherwise and that you will indeed be on the show. Well, it’s great to know now that you will appear in Season 2. But what is even better news, to me, is that you are one of the Executive Producers of the show. Is that true? Can you confirm that?
Nicci: You are correct. I’m actually the creator and executive producer of the show. So I actually cast all the women that you see on the show and some of the women in LA as well. It’s a new age in media. So I understand that anybody with a laptop can start a rumor. I just think that all is well is good because it gives us instant access to our fan bases and resources to promote our brand. It also can be a little convoluted and full of s–t. So that’s pretty much what that was.
I definitely have differences with my producer partners. Not with the network. TV One and I have a great relationship. But, I absolutely have differences with my producer partners. You know what it’s like when you are building a business and you have ideas and you get partners. We don’t always see eye to eye. So some of that stuff that you were getting from sources and other producers or whatever, you know where just people leveraging and using their relationship to make official statements. None of those statements were official. As I’ve expressed on numerous occasions, until you hear it from TV One or from me, don’t believe everything that you hear. But yes, unfortunately, I was the victim of some fraudulent recordings by some people who were in a “semi-official” capacity who happen to be partners that Faith and I brought on board to be a part of this as well. I understand now that’s what people want to hear. Most people aren’t interested in the upwardly mobile, empowering stories with black women. So this is something we’re still working to get to.
As Exec. Producer, what was the vision behind the show? Do you think that the show accomplished this?
Nicci: As people get a little bit more comfortable you’ll see the truth. You’ll see a little bit more of the truth come out. You’ll see a little bit more drama. Originally, the idea was that I didn’t see any real representation of the relationships with other women that I knew (i.e. my girlfriends, people I worked with). As far as us representing truth, us being honest and forthright, us all being singers, what makes us tick and what make some of that great soul music come out our spirit and out of our voices. That part of it, I think, is amazing. I hope that it continues to grow and evolve from there. I didn’t know that when you are playing the TV game sometimes you got to have a little extra drama. Sometimes you got to plant a couple seeds of B.S.. I hope that doesn’t overshadow and I hope that we don’t feel the need to compete. Because of course, when you have somebody blowing their brains out on TV, there’s going to be a million people that will want to see that. I hope that we can continue to be the example of a positive show. The truth is that we all have a little bit of ratchet in us. That’s nothing surprising. Everybody knows somebody like somebody on Love & Hip Hop or whatever. But typically, when you don’t like somebody you don’t want to be around them. You don’t have to sit up and be friends with them. You don’t have to sit and have cocktails with them. Unfortunately, that’s the formula for a successful show. Get a bunch of people who don’t like each other. Create reasons for people not to like each other. BOOM! There it is…two or three million [viewers]. My goal was to have a group of people that were friends and that like each other, empower, and uplift each other. Hopefully, we’ll stay that.
Bels: In the media you caught flack for being bossy and rude…
Nicci: You know, anything you say can and will be held against you in the editing room, right out. You know what I’m saying. I said everything that came out of my mouth. One of the things I wanted to encourage us to do as a people, just in general, is we hear something and we see something and we believe that sound bite. We believe the 15 sentences that come out of a person’s mouth on the television. None of these women are weak. None of these women are going to let me disrespect them and be rude.
Based on these things and how the audience itself put you in this box as being this type of person, did you find yourself having to change anything in this upcoming season as far as how you interact and communicate with other cast members?
Nicci: Absolutely! Last season, which people would never believe because again, we believe the sound bite. But last season, I spent a lot of time because I was executive producer and creator. I was a boss. We were literally trying to make sure that some of the things that were happening behind the scenes that people didn’t see [some of the cursing out and flipping out and all that stuff when the cameras were not rolling]. When the cameras were rolling, it was my objective to be kind of like, “yall let’s not do this.”
This season, I’m nobody’s momma. We’re all grown. Going into this, the ladies agreed to do this because they were like we’re your friends. We love each other and as long as you’re involved and it’s not going to damage our careers. So I was holding on my chest the responsibility of making sure that it didn’t turn into that show. Clearly with this particular group of people it could turn into that in a heartbeat. And it did behind the scenes. This season, I came into the situation and said “aye look, we’re going to just put it all on the table. I’m not going to look crazy by my damn self. I’m going to say exactly what it is. I’m not trying to protect anybody. I’m not trying to mother hen anybody. I’m going to handle my business and do what it that I need to do for me. But I am going to let you know that on camera that I’m not going for that this time. This flipping out behind the scenes and when the cameras are rolling “ooh no… NO.” We’re going to just keep it real and if this is what this is.”
I learn to just be more honest. I learned to be more honest and not try to control grown women. And that’s exactly what I was trying to do last season. Not because I wanted to control someone’s career, but because I wanted to prevent us from going down that road, which you’ll see this season. There is definitely a lot more drama. Some people are going to love it. Some people are going to not care one way or the other. Some people are going to definitely see that some of this is definitely drama….A LOT of drama.
Bels: Yeah a lot of times in any situation when there’s a group of women, especially strong minded women…
Nicci: Right! Like, I’m on the only strong minded one in the group. News flash! That ain’t the case. Yo, do y’all really think I could just flip out on them and they just sit there looking at me. Half the time, I was talking to the producers off camera. But because it came out of my mouth, it made for good TV.
Who would you say is the person(s) whose personality you just can’t seem to mesh with? On the flipside of that, who do you consider a “friend” or someone that you enjoy their company and spirit?
Nicci: Syleena Johnson. And as plain as simple as this…I don’t do “putting hands on folk” in any capacity. I don’t do because I’ve have a couple cocktails and flipped out. I don’t do any of that. I’m grown. Not only am I grown, I’m the person who brought you into the situation. For that reason alone, I think I should be respected a little bit more. I just don’t get down with people that don’t accept the truth. If you can’t handle the truth, you don’t need to be friends with me.
Well I mean… I think all of the ladies on some level have a good spirit about them. But, Faith (Evans) and I have been friends for the longest time. She is hands down. I’m older than her by a year or two. But, she is my counselor. She is such a resource for me because she’s been affected by this industry a lot longer than I have and in a lot more serious situations. Faith is definitely my friend, my sister. We go back 20 or so years. Anything I need, she’s there for me. Our children know each other. That is genuinely my friend.
Keke (Wyatt) is one the most honest women I’ve met in my life. I love her so much for her honesty and her truth and her vulnerability. I learned so much from her about not caring what everybody else thinks as long as you can get to a place of healing. I think Keke is a star. I think she is the star of this franchise.
And Monifah is obviously “Iyanla” to everyone. [laughs] Mo’ and I go back 10 years.
Angie (Stone) and I have known each other for a while. But, it’s different when cameras start rolling. When you see people like NeNe Leakes, Evelyn Lozada, and Tami Roman, who all of which are “go-get’em” girls. I’m not mad at anybody getting their checks. Especially NeNe, you put the work in for this money that you’re getting. But, when you have this kind of success and you see that as the blueprint, you’re going to get all kinds of characters that feel like “I can scream and curse and fight better than all of them.” And it’s just not that important to me.
Speaking of NeNe Leakes of Real Housewives of Atlanta, do you think there are too many shows? Plus, do you think African-American women are tarnishing the culture?
Nicci: Yes. I think it is unfortunate. But, I think it used to be where we were really concerned about the black man. I come from the age of crack. If they weren’t smoking it, they were dealing it. I’m from Detroit. Unfortunately, all of my cousins are locked up. Now, “they” figure because we had to learn from a lot of our mothers who were single mothers and had to learn that male/female hustle. Unfortunately, they realize “oh it’s not the black man we have to deal the degradation and all that stuff that need to happen. Damn, they’re over there. Those [women] are the ones that are going to empower the black man.” Not to get too deep, but it’s really unfortunate. It’s like crabs in a barrel. It’s the only thing you can get…is drama and ratchet-ry. If that’s the only thing that’s going to pay your bills and feed your kids, what are you going to do?
So the problem isn’t the African-American woman because we have African-American women who are not ratchet. I love the Gossip Game. Love that show. I love Mary Mary. I love Kim Whitley’s show. I don’t think there are too many reality shows. I think that they are not going anywhere. They are cheap to make. I think people having a platform, is amazing. I hope that R&B Divas becomes the franchise for TV One that ‘Housewives’ is for Bravo. I hope that people come to realize that all that is left in our community is the black woman. I mean…not ALL that is left. Unfortunately, the women who are holding the community down; the people that are holding the families down are black women. Now, these kids are flipping out. Girls walking up to people doors beating them down like, “you said something to me on Twitter.” It’s ridiculous. I think yeah, you can show that. We all want to see that ratchet-ry. Everybody, when they were a kid ran to see the fight. I didn’t. But, a lot of people did run to see the fight in the circle. But, where are the shows that help to inspire and empower. I looked up to Patti Labelle. I looked up to Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin and we could see them in their gowns singing on stage. We respected them as icons and legends. We can’t allow this to happen with this franchise. And if and when it does, I’ll be building another one because I’m not going to do it.
Bels: and it starts with the producers….
Nicci: You know what’s really crazy. This is what I definitely want to get out.
This was Faith and I first TV experience. So, yes we are partners in the franchise. We are executive producers of any spin-off, any extension of the brand or any franchises or whatever. But, we do not make the final call on edit. That is Think Factory Media. Think Factory Media does not consist of black women. They are great. They are amazing. But, they are not us. TV One is the network. We brought Think Factory Media on board and introduced them to TV One to do this. We created it. We spent our own money shooting the pilot and flying everybody down. We cast the show and everything. But from there, we kind of washed our hands of it. It wouldn’t be fair for us to be on camera and have the ability to edit ourselves any ole kind of way.
Let’s say… we look like angels and the other ladies looked horrible. To level the playing field, we had to have a neutral party during the edits. But, what I didn’t expect is the disrespect that I experienced as a new producer. So now, I can empathize with Shaunie O’Neal. I can empathize with Mona Scott (Young). Because I understand that at the end of the day, I mean I don’t know what their deals are but, I would assume that Shaunie is not sitting in the editing base saying don’t do that. It may not be difficult for Mona because she’s not on the show. But it is difficult for someone on the show to be unbiased in the editing room. I’d be worried about myself. I’m not even going to hold you up. [laughs] I’d be worried about my brand. So, we do not.
However, I do agree that we still have to be accountable. My way of being accountable when it comes to that – I’m still going to get my check and I’m still going to get my credit. But, I will not be on the camera doing that.
In season 1, you made it clear that singing was no longer a priority for you and that you were diving into ventures outside of music. One of those ventures was Curvato Clothing Line. How’s the clothing line going?
Nicci: It’s going really well. We are about to launch our 2013 collection at “Full-Figured Fashion Week 2013” in New York City. I’m really excited about that. It is going to be sexy. It’s going to be confident. I’m a new designer so I’m learning. Our business will be a year old in August. So I’m definitely learning how to be better. The beauty of the whole Curvato movement is that it was born of me being subconscious and insecure about my body. I’m a big girl. So you know back in the day it wasn’t as accessible as it is now. It is a lot more accessible to be curvy and larger. You can be empowered. So, I really want the clothing line to represent that more than anything. I’m not trying to beat out Versace or Donna Karan or anyone. I’m just trying to create options for plus-size women. More important than anything, empower and inspire little girls who may need to see a reflection of who they are, looking fly. Know what I mean? And not like a mumu. So, the clothing line is a brand and a lifestyle for me. We are expanding the brand.
We’re launching a new online destination called AllThingsNicci.com, which houses all of the different brands. Along with that, we are re-launching Curvato Lifestyle this year. It will include a Facebook-like community for big women, curvy women and girls. So you’ll be able to set up a profile. You’ll be able to interact. I’m excited about that. In addition to our boutique, we are going to be updating it much more often. I finally got a styling team together. We’re excited. I think the clothing line is here to stay. We are going to reach for big box retailers in a minute. I kind of wanted to be in business and learn things and have an understanding of what it was before we started really reaching out to some of those larger retailers and trying to get things in stores. I just wanted to live in it for a minute. Now we’re ready to take it to the next level. I’m going to do a curvy pageant next year in 2014. Which I’m super excited about. So, Curvato is here to stay. You’ll see us…I lost some weight like Jakeem (Smith), Nicci’s executive assistant and a PR contact. He has lost some weight. We’ve been on our fitness grind. It’s been a long process. But we are getting there. So, I’m really excited about sharing that which is something I’ll be sharing on Curvato as well.
Are there any other business ventures in the works? Checking out J. Smith’s website, I noticed an announcement that you were in search of comedic script writers. Is this something you can talk about?
Nicci: Yes. In addition to that, we have Divas and Wildflowers, which is my daughters’ Brandy charity. I’m super excited about that. She’s using her love of fashion and makeup and all things girly to help inspire young girls. So, I’m helping her put together a series of events and fundraisers for that. R&B Divas L.A. will air this summer. I’m really excited about that. Faith and I are working. In our little prayer basket, we have R&B Divas New York, hopefully coming soon. Hopefully, TV One will be pleased with the whole franchise and the momentum to give us that. Of course, there’s my baby which is called Divas & Cocktails. Divas & Cocktails, in short, a fun little late night show. It’s kind of like “Watch What Happens” meets “Wendy Williams with a little bit of “SNL”. So it’s sketch comedy, standup, live musical performances, lip service, the talk, the tea, and celebrity interviews. It is coming every Wednesday night, at 11pm, right after R&B Divas online at DivasandCocktails.com. I’m definitely very excited about the possibility of that being picked up by a major network. It is in the hands of some cool people as we speak. So, I just want to continue to build my brand as a producer and content provider. That’s sort of it.
Throughout this process, what have you taken away? Are there any life lessons or food-for-thoughts that you can share with our readers?
Nicci: Yes absolutely. I learned a lot of things about myself that I’d probably would not. Anytime you see a mirror of yourself in any capacity, you’re like “ole Lord Jesus I need to lose some weight. I need to stop talking so loud.” I learned a lot of little things about Nicci that I didn’t really realize. I mean it is one thing to be loud. It’s another thing to be doing it on TV with a microphone. So, I learned that I could fall back a little bit and evaluate a little more, which is always good in any career. As a human being, if we’re not growing, you know what the alternative is. I definitely see that I’ve influenced and inspired a lot of young people, which has been a passion for me. I want to continue to do that and continue to build. I’m actually developing a show around Jakeem and Brandy and some of the other kids. They are grown, but, young people that I work with.
So you know…just seeing what works, what is effective and what’s not; understanding the business of television a little more; understanding what it is I need to stand for and represent. I’m very pleased with the fact that in spite of all the horrible “she’s terrible, she’s a bitch, she’s mean, she’s awful.” In spite of all of that, as hard as it is, any human being waking up to negative press every week, eventually, it’s going to break you and you’re going to be like “what the hell did I do? This isn’t what this was supposed to be.” But, then you realize who it’s coming from. Then you realize who the comments are coming from. You really sit back and think it’s ridiculous for me to have such an ego that I would think that that stuff really mattered and defined who I was. Faith and Mo’, these women are still (most of them) my friends. My husband and I are still happily married. The people in my life who matter and know me they understand it.
Now, it’s the real hard thing for me too. It really affected my mother in a negative way. My mother is like “you are the nicest person ever and you’re my child and I know you better than anybody else.” You know what I’m saying. So, it’s hard for her to see all of that. “Oh my God they fired you and you created it.” And I’m like, “Ma!” So, that’s tough. The affect that it has on my family is very very tough. And that’s when I will…you’ll get that “Detroit coming from Chicago-Mansfield” Nicci. And I have to remember that at the end of the day we’re here, we are breathing. For the most part, we are successful. To live in the moment that it’s real and to not allow the moment that is reality TV to define who I am in my real life as a woman.
Tune in tonight and watch the Season 2 premiere of R&B Divas, at 10PM on TV One!
You can follow Nicci Gilbert on Twitter @niccigilbert and stay connected 24/7 at www.allthingsnicci.com.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith of J.Productions!