Listen, Erykah Badu does not have the sense Gawd gave a billy goat. I don’t know what possessed this heffa to stroll her ass to the middle of Time Square, chose a corner, and start singing for money, BUT SHE DID. Not tea no shade, the ish was funny as hell. Erykah broke out into an impromptu song, and the mess she was saying was so funny. Majority of the people that were passing her buy looked at her like she was crazy. A few actually stopped and gave her a donation. I know Erykah said work wasn’t honest but it pays the bills, but damn girl. Check out her creative New York street experiment, and prepare to laugh.
A note from Erykah:
“In no way is this video a reflection of my feelings about homeless or unfortunate families nor individuals who have no other means of survival in our world,” she said in the video, which was taken at 8:00 p.m. on Oct. 10. “Instead, this short film was shot w/ my iPhone and edited in iMovie for entertainment purposes only and serves as a personal ‘hustle’ experiment for me.”
Chile… It looks like Althea may have spilled all her business, and gotten attacked by Joseline all for NOTHING. I just got off the phone with my good girl friend from production, and she just let me know that the powers that be have no intentions on paying Althea, and Benzino & Althea are not happy about it. Now I love Althea & Benzino, but real talk, why should they pay her? Hell, you performed like a circus clown for free for an entire year, now you want to demand wages? Additionally, its not as if Althea was sought out by the people responsible for bringing Love & Hip Hop Atlanta to light. In all realness, Althea is a couple people removed from an actual cast member, so I’m not really understand how much compensation her and Benzino are really expecting.
Where a lot of these reality tv personalities go wrong is that they do not maximize the leverage they have with the platform they have been given. If Althea & Benzino were strategically marketing her music, his magazine, or other business ventures through the Love & Hip Hop platform, they wouldn’t be pressed about a payroll check. They better take notes from Kandi Burruss. Kandi has used RHOA to advertise all of her other business ventures, and this strategy has proven to be very lucrative.
All in all, check or no check, I’m pretty sure Althea and Benzino and their ‘Ghetto Love’ will be returning.
R&B Divas LA has been green lit to shoot season 3, and production will commence without the Puerto Rican mute Claudette Ortiz. That’s right, non speaking Ortiz has been given her walking papers. Quiet as it kept, and I’ve said this before, I don’t know how Claudette made the roster in the first place. Quite frankly, with her very short-lived career and meager contribution to music history, Claudette is as far away from being a true R&B Diva as people in hell are far a way from ice water. I mean seriously, her group City High had two hits, and she was a featured artist on a Wyclef track. I promise you, I am not trying to go in on Claudette, I actually like Claudette, I’m just keeping it real.
The word on the curb is that Claudette get let go because she was making extra demands without realizing she was hanging on by a wing and a prayer , and was the most boring cast member on the show. The Powers that be were somewhat insulted, and told Ortiz and her demands to take a long walk off a short pier. It’s rumored that Claudette was asking for an increased styling allowance and other miscellaneous superficial request. Lowkey, TvOne should have granted her request for an increased styling budget. Claudette stayed walking around looking like a high school student going to check their locker. Oh Well…
Prior to R&B Divas LA, Claudette shared with us that she was borderline homeless. I hope Claudette does not have to return to using that ‘caramel completion’ to make ends meet. Work ain’t honest but it pays the bills. With all those damn children, in the words of Precious’s mama, “you better take your ass down to the welfare!” I hate that this happen to Claudette, solely because she needs the exposure, and moreover the check. However, the net effect to the show will be ZERO. She wasn’t contributing anything anyway. Filming starts in about a week, and I’m being told that production is scrambling to find a replacement. Hopefully they are able to secure a true R&B singer with a rich history, a catalog of music, and a story. We shall see… I’ll most definitely keep you guys posted.
Who would you like to see join the cast of R&B Divas LA?
Y’all can cuss me out all y’all want, and say whatever y’all want to say about me when it comes to Kenya Moore. I JUST DON’T SEE IT FOR HER. I don’t feel like anything that Kenya does in genuine. If you are going to give to charity, give to charity. No need to get on Instagram and turn it into a “look at what I’m doing” campaign. No tea no shade, I will acknowledge that despite Kenya’s motives, this contribution is a great thing For the Detroit Public Schools System. However, I want to know, what the hell took Kenya so long to stroke the check? Hell, Nene challenged her to make a 20k donation MONTHS AGO. Better late than never huh? I’ll tell you what took so long, the broke b!tch didn’t have it. With RHOA getting ready to air soon, Bravo has issued another one of the ladies incremental payments, and now Kenya was able to write the check. Ha!
As for Nene’s 20k matching of Kenya’s contribution, y’all know it’s coming. Something in my spirit tells me that Nene is probably going to donate even more to one-up Kenya. If petty competition fosters donations being made to needy causes, than I am all for it. All jokes aside, let me say this loudly to Kenya Moore:
Kenya, THANK YOU so much for your contribution to charity. You didn’t have to do it, but you did. 20k is a pretty substantial sacrifice from anyone’s personal funds, and for this, God is going to bless you!
I do have a few nice bones in my body! Let me point out that Kenya was supposed to hand deliver the check to her former high school. They had an assembly planned in her honor and all. For whatever reason, Kenya couldn’t attend.
“I’m disappointed for a variety of reasons,” said Glenda Price, president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.
“The students at Cass Tech were preparing to perform. There has been so much anticipation about her visiting the school.”
Oh well lady, shut up and take the check. If it ever makes it there. LOL! BYE
Nessa Girl. I swear one day I’m a Media Personality/Blogger/ Comedian, and the next day I’m a damn Grief Counselor. My tea cup has been filled to the rim with disgruntled Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast members who are feeling slighted because their pay checks are not measuring up to those of their Hollywood counterparts. To add insult to injury, the Atlanta cast members are feeling like they have put in far more time to help build the franchise as well as garnered far greater ratings. So why is it that the Hollywood peeps are getting paid more?
Let me start of by saying, I cannot not verify anyone’s wages. Clearly Mona is not going to divulge them to me, and I have not seen anyone’s 1099. However, it is not far fetched to believe that certain members of the Hollywood cast are raking in far more coins than some of the people in Atlanta. It goes without saying that Soulja Boy is probably earning the largest salary of any Love & Hip Hop cast member across all the franchises. If I had to guess, Ray J would probably be number 2, and Omarion is most likely number 3. In all fairness, all 3 of these guys had pretty solid careers PRIOR to the show, and are still relatively in demand on the open market. No tea no shade, but the cast members from the Atlanta cast who were celebrities prior to show were hasbeens. A hasbeen has to take what they can get, a relevant celebrity has the leverage to demand what they want.
In building the Hollywood franchise, there was a need for some heavy hitters. I mean, it is Hollywood right? So why are so many of the Atlanta cast members in their feelings? It is my opinion that the Atlanta folks are feeling slighted because they are making sex tapes, having abortions, throwing bottles, getting jumped, being made to look like whores, and losing friendships for ratings, while the Hollywood folks are going to dinner, building play pens, and having launch parties for far greater wages. Yeah I think I would feel some kind of way too. Oh well, a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing right? I guess one could try to negotiate for a pay increase. Though you do run the slight risk that the powers that be may get offended and tell you to take a hike. The way I see it is, prior to the show, you were a hasbeen with no check. Now, you are a hasbeen with a check. Be grateful for what you have, and stop counting other people’s coins. I’m sure all the Atlanta folks that are complaining were disproportionately paid higher than their counterparts at some point in their careers. It’s the circle of life…
No tea no shade, I’m not going to say that I am shocked, I will say that I did not see this coming so soon. I honestly have mixed emotions about Phaedra Parks divorcing Apollo. It is always hard when a family unit has to transition. For those of us who are products of divorce, we can tell you that it takes years for the dust to finally settle and for all parties involved to find a comfortable state of being in this world. Not that it was any of our business, but I was curious to know if Phaedra planned to wait for Apollo? I mean, 8 years is a long damn time. I guess Phaedra figured, “ain’t no need in both of us being in prison”.
Phaedra appeared on ‘The Elen Show’ and says she had no idea of Apollo’s criminal wrong doings. Now… Phaedra is my girl. But uhmmmmm… It’s just hard for me to believe that two people are living in the same house, and one person is totally clueless as to how the hell the other person earning a living. It is my opinion that if anything, Phaedra “chose” not to know, leaving herself available to a plausible deniability defense.
I really didn’t [have any idea]… I work. I just got my fifth college degree. I am pretty much an over achiever. I have two very small children.
I just stopped breast feeding three months ago… and so I really didn’t have any idea that any of this was going on until he called and said, ‘Hey, Ive been arrested and I’m having this problem but it’s not true’… and that obviously wasn’t the case. ~Phaedra