Written by Tatyana Jenene @TatyanaJenene
Who even knew that America’s Next Top Model was still with us on the air? The last time I watched Eva was the diva, Tocarra was still chubby and Yaya was telling any and everybody who would listen that she was a Brown University graduate, and smarter than your average model. Nevertheless, a former ANTM contestant is suing Tyra Banks for $3 million dollars for breach of contract.
Angelea Preston appeared on Season 14 and 17 of America’s Next Top Model and claims that was denied the grand prize in season 17 because of her background as an escort. Angelea auditioned for season 12, made the semifinals, but didn’t make the house. The Buffalo, New York native auditioned again for season 14 and placed fourth in the overall competition, so naturally she was a shoo-in to be a contestant for season 17, which was the “all-star” season.
Angelea claims that she was denied the grand prize of $100,000 and a contract with Cover Girl cosmetics because of her past in escorting. Angela claims that the producers and Tyra Banks -who is executive producer of the show, knew that she used to be an escort before casting her. According to the court documents, there was an unaired scene from season 17 where Angelea thanked Tyra for changing her life, specifically things she has done in the past that she wasn’t proud of. When Tyra asked her about those things Angelea replied “Things I’m not proud of to get money.” Once her past as an escort was exposed, they disqualified Angelea, recorded a new finale and named Lisa D’Amato the winner. Continue reading
“Work ain’t honest but it pays the bills” ~ Erykah Badu
Don’t judge me from my past, cause I don’t stay there no more. If you promise not to Judge me, then I won’t judge Ms Bling Miami. No listen y’all, I don’t make the news, I JUST REPORT IT. Email reports have been piling in, and ‘The People’ say Pascal Rowe, aka Ms. Bling Miami was pedaling pocket books. Not the kind you get from Saks Fifth Avenue, but the kind you get from Flatbush Avenue. The consensus from the reports is that this activity took place about 6 years ago, and her alleged specialty was Gucci.
Ms. Bling Miami also was heavily into selling knock off bags about 6-8 years ago. Gucci was her specialty. Her stuff was so good you couldn’t tell the difference just by looking. I know, I purchased at least 6 bags from her at a little less than half off. Then my friends started buying bags too…she used to trade bags for weave services (shade) After about a year the bags start to fall apart & you were just stuck with it. So that leads me to believe a lot of her items are fake. Back then, she started blinging things for celebs like the Kardashians (I.e. laptops, office phones) then she gained more of a celebrity clientele from that. But I agree, there’s much more hidden tea with this one. Doubt those bags are real though. ..no one has a Celine in every color…keep it believable baby!
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All tea all shade, I am sick and tired of both K. Michelle’s ass and melted milkshake face ass Lil Kim when it comes to beefing with people publicly. Give it a rest already. In the latest installment of ‘who’s got the slickest mouth’, Lil Kim addressed some things that K. Michelle had to say about her on The Breakfast Club with some long ass soliloquy. K. Michelle came through with one of her quick one liners and rendered Lil Kim’s thoughts obsolete, just like her current musical career.
For those of you who don’t get the PayPal joke, when Lil Kim dropped her last highly non anticipated mix tape, her atomic bomb that she was supposed to be dropping on Nicki Minaj, she claims she sold 113,000 in 28 hours on PayPal
“Thanks to you guys!! #lilkimblackfridaymixtape sold 113,000 copies in 28 hours which made me the #1 seller on paypal ever =) !!! THANK U!” wrote Kim to her followers, saying that she crashed the money transfer site. “Sorry 4 the link issue too many hits shut the paypal system DOWN! LOL.” ~ Lil Kim
Girl bye! Wasn’t nobody believing that sh!t then, and ain’t nobody believe it now. I’m so not hating on Kim, but if she was pushing units like that, every label, distribution house, promoter, and Jehovah’s Witness would be knocking at her door.
I don’t feel like regurgitating the story surrounding this beef from start to finish. The sh!t is too exhausting. Go look it up elsewhere. See the rant from Lil Kim below that prompted K. Michelle’s cha cha cha. Continue reading
Houston! Prepare For Lift Off ~ Gawd knows y’all need it
Listen, there is no hiding my disdain for Houston Texas. Yes it is a progressive city for African Americans, the cost of living is cheap, and it is a major city. I’ll give it that, but the hairdo’s, fashions (or lack there of), and the personalities are not where its at. Here to highlight all the lateness that Houston has to offer is ‘Tha Life Houston.‘ From producer George Smith, Tha Life”Houston” is the latest installment from Tha Life Web Series Franchise. You guys may remember ‘The Life Atlanta’, series follows the lives of six African American Black Men who struggle with their careers, relationships, families all while navigating through the Atlanta jungle of Gay life.
January 6, 2015, GHS entertainment will introduce the newest installation within the franchise, “Tha Life: Houston”, featuring Aliyah Crawford, Deon Walker, Matthew Wharton, Kaivyn Valentyno, Justin White and Justin Roach. “Growing this franchise was very important to me but I knew that before we would venture to any other city, Houston would be first on the list. This is my hometown and I have a connection to this city unlike any other”, says Smith.
Unlike the Atlanta cast the Houston installation show gives a wrenching inside look of the peaks and valleys of not just gay men, but introduces it first transgender character, Aliyah Crawford. “It is extremely exciting to be a part of ‘Tha Life’”, says Aliyah Crawford. “For a very long time the transgender community of color has been hidden in the background even among gay men and women until now. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more of us pop up everywhere and anywhere. We are a living breathing part of this society as well”. ~ Press Release
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“WE CAN’T HOLD THESE WOMEN TO HIGHER STANDARDS THAN OURSELVES.”
Some of you guys may have heard of Carlos King, Producer Extraordinaire. For those of you who have not, let me tell you about this b!tch. The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, and now Hollywood Divas are all masterpieces of this television visionary. When it comes to addressing the stigmas, stereotypes, and standards for black women in reality television, who better to address it than the Queen that made these chicks stars in the first place. I mean honestly, I know y’all don’t expect Joseline Hernandez to be the spokesperson for the movement, and Nene Leakes says “bridemaids”. B!tch i just fell out typing the word “bridemaids” PAUSE I need to catch my breath.
Whether it’s a table-flipping catfight or stinging allegations of a marital affair between castmates, the bar keeps getting raised for reality television year after year. But particularly in the Black community, a chorus of critics have accused shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop of propagating painful racial stereotypes, especially regarding Black women, in order to drive ratings. In the following open letter written exclusively for BET.com, Carlos King, executive producer of Real Housewives of Atlanta and Hollywood Divas, answers his critics.
I often get asked the question, “Do you have any guilt for perpetuating negative stereotypes of Black women on reality television?” And my answer is always a simple: No. I then always ask myself if my white counterparts get asked the same question, and I highly doubt they do, so why the double standard?
I am beyond blessed to have worked on two of the top reality shows in the history of the world; I executive produced Love & Hip Hop and I am currently the executive producer of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Please take a look at my reality as a Black gay executive producer in Hollywood, and in doing so I hope that you’ll come to understand the difference between being transparent and being stereotypical. Too often individual behavior is implied as a direct reflection for an entire race of people and justified as a stereotype. This is an unfair double standard that I must address. ~ Carlos King
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Nessa Girl, this right here is music to my ears. Xscape was one of my favorite musical groups. I can remember when I was a young girl, walking up and down the halls of junior high school singing ‘Understanding‘ to the top of my lungs.
For years, ‘The People’ have wondered what the hell happened to this group, why’d they break up? We’ve heard multiple versions of the story, but never once did we get everyone’s story, at one time, in once place. Interestingly enough, I’m most interested in hearing Tiny’s recollection of the chain of events that ultimately lead to the demise of Xscape. On a high level, we know the divide and the rift is basically between Kandi and the Scott sisters. Tiny is cool with all of the ladies, so I’m interested to know what truths Tiny can reveal that have never been heard be for, or were shrouded by the other ladies emotional disdain for one another.
Could we be one step closer to an Xscape reunion? Probably not. Honestly and truthfully, as a collective, a club or promoter would only probably book Xscape for a bout 20k. After you subtract expenses and divide it 4 ways, there isn’t enough money left to make rent. Besides, Kandi and Tiny are pulling that in on individual bookings on their own. Sucks to be the other two. I don’t think that is far fetched for us to see an Xscape performance or something on an award show in the near future. A certain group member said she would never come together to do anything with the former group, and she’s been persuaded to do the Unsung documentary. Perhaps she’s coming around…