Civil Rights Group Targets Bravo Over ‘RHOA’ Fight

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Civil rights group ColorOfChange has a bone to pick with Bravo over its African-American centered programs in the wake of Sunday’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion, which saw Kenya Moore attacked by Porsha Williams.

“After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises,” reads the statement, obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’ve been in contact with NBCUniversal last week verbally and shared concerns in writing — specifically about this Real Housewives of Atlanta confrontation that was coming up,” Arisha Hatch, campaign director at ColorOfChange, tells THR.

The group would like to see Bravo enact policies similar to what VH1 has in place for “Basketball Wives.” In 2012, the network and producers enacted a no excessive physical confrontations policy for the series’ LA and Miami franchises.

Hatch says ColorOfChange is not calling for the cancellation of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” as the show — violence aside — does contain positive images of African-American women and families.

Read the full statement from ColorOfChange below.

From the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion to the second season of Married to Medicine, the physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.

Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.

Mimi’s Sex Tape Drama in New Trailer for ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Season 3 (Watch)

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VH1 has released a 4 minute 36 second trailer for “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” season 3, and Lord have mercy.  Ratchet doesn’t even begin to describe this. [Scroll down to watch.]

Of course Mimi and Nikko’s sex tape is one of the season’s major storylines, both before and after Vivid Entertainment got involved in releasing it.

Here’s how the network breaks down the entire season:

1. Stevie J.’s actually happy being married to Joseline Hernandez. Who knew that he’d enjoy being tied down to one woman!

2. Mimi Faust and Nikko make a sex tape — and all hell breaks loose. Mimi is still with her “boo” Nikko (and his tick-tock Rolex), and friend Ariane Davis isn’t too happy about it. At lunch, Mimi reveals to Ariane and Erica Dixon that she and Nikko are thinking of making a sex tape. When the word gets out, Vivid head honcho Steve Hirsch propositions the couple on releasing their intimate vid for a profitable return. Mimi is distraught about it as she’s mom to Stevie’s 3-year-old daughter, Eva, and thinks that Stevie J. is going to make her life “a living hell.” Later we see that Stevie in fact learns about the sex tape and tells Mimi that he is going to take legal action to make sure Eva is in proper care. In addition, Stevie J. tells Nikko that if the tape is leaked, “there will be a problem,” and the two men go head-to-head.

3. Kirk Frost takes a paternity test on baby Karter. After trying to work on his marriage with wife Rasheeda Frost, Kirk is apparently changing his tune and secretly tests newborn Karter to see if the child is in fact his own. He then has friend Benzino read him the results, which Benzino later burns in a parking lot. Next we see what looks like a confrontation between Kirk and Rasheeda with her breaking down in tears.

4. Enter Waka Flocka Flame and his baby mama drama. Season 3 newcomer Waka Flocka Flame joins the fold with his fianceé, Tammy Rivera, and they have their share of drama. Tammy confides in Joseline that he has “changed” and Joseline tells her that “men will be men.”

5. Mimi tells Tammy to beware of Joseline. Tammy is warned by Mimi Faust to be weary of Joseline and it appears to be for good reason. In another scene, we Tammy and Joseline getting into an argument with Tammy throwing Joseline’s stripper past in her face.

6. Kirk makes moves on the new nanny. With Rasheeda looking to get back into the studio, Kirk has been enlisted with choosing the perfect nanny for baby Karter — however, Kirk decides to hire someone who can also take care of him. When the nanny tells Rasheeda that she was under the impression that Kirk and Rasheeda were “separated, co-parenting in the same house,” Rasheeda loses it.

7. Karlie Redd shacks up with Yung Joc and is in for a surprise. Now that we know rapper Yung Joc is joining the LHHATL cast, we learn that his relationship with Karlie isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. In fact, Karlie called Yung out for smelling like other women, and even confronts a woman who says she’s been having sex with him every night.

8. Momma Dee tries to hook Lil Scrappy up with women… while he’s dating Bambi. Momma Dee is back to her old tricks and tells Scrappy that he needs to take his time dating women — while he’s apparently attached to newcomer Bambi. Bambi asks Scrappy if he’s being loyal, and he says “yes,” but Momma Dee drops the bombshell that he “has more than one egg in his basket.” This egg is more than likely the one named “Erica,” who we see Scrappy getting cozy with.
But things get messier when we catch a glimpse of a woman shopping for a pregnancy test. Scrappy confides in Kirk that “she’s pregnant,” and that he and this lady (is it Erica or Bambi?) plan on keeping the baby. Erica and Bambi confront each other (in front of Scrappy and later with Momma Dee) and can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other.

9. Sleazy and Zino “brawl.” During the “grand opening” of Benzino and Stevie J.’s bar, Sleazy and Zino, an argument between Benzino and ex Karlie ends with Benzino’s fianceé, Althea “Thi Thi” Heart, throwing her drink on Karlie and Benzino asking for Karlie to be thrown out. Meanwhile, Momma Dee pulls Scrappy to the side and tells him he needs to learn how to “control” his women. However, we know that a bigger brawl ensued that night with several of the cast members jumping in, and leaving several parties injured.

10. Benzino gets shot. It looks like the rumors are true and the cameras were rolling during the aftermath of the shooting that happened at the funeral procession for Benzino’s mother this past March. We see Athea and Stevie J. sit beside Zino who is strapped up to several monitors and IVs. “Let me just tell you something man. You got a strong support system, you got a lot of people who love you. The best thing now for you to do is relax, you feel me?” Stevie J. tells his sleeping friend.

Watch the trailer for Season 3 of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” below:

 

 

Nicole Richie’s Web Series ‘#CandidlyNicole’ Coming to VH1

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Nicole Richie’s AOL web series based on her various Twitter musings will soon be a TV show for VH1.

The 32-year-old former reality TV star-turned-designer, who is also an author and actress, returns to television with “#CandidlyNicole,” the title of her Internet program that featured her sharing tweets on everything from parenting to pop culture to random observations.

The VH1 version will feature all new content in eight half-hour episodes premiering July 17.

In an interview last year with The Associated Press, Richie said she was interested in eventually bringing the series to television but viewed an online start as “a nice way to experiment.”

Richie starred in the TV series “The Simple Life” with Paris Hilton and was a mentor on NBC’s “Fashion Star.”

Watch a #candidlynicole clip below.

Nephew Claims Self-Defense in Shooting Uncle Benzino

Gai Scott, of Randolph. Mass., stands during an arraignment, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Plymouth, Mass. Scott was arraigned on charges in the shooting of his uncle and reality TV star Benzino, who was shot Saturday during a funeral procession.
The nephew charged with shooting reality TV star Benzino during a weekend funeral procession on a Boston-area highway is claiming self-defense.

Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to armed assault with intent to murder, reports The AP. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing Wednesday to determine whether he’s a danger to society.

Scott shot Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, on Route 3 in Duxbury on Saturday as Benzino came upon his own mother’s funeral procession, authorities said.

“When the dust settles with respect to this case, it’s going to be abundantly clear that Mr. Scott, a licensed gun owner, was acting in self-defense and in defense of his family,” said Jon Ciraulo, Gai Scott’s lawyer.

Benzino and Stevie J in a selfie from the hospital posted on Twitter

Benzino and Stevie J in a selfie from the hospital posted on Twitter

The Plymouth district attorney’s office said in a statement that “growing family tension” between the men was behind the shooting.

Benzino, who was released Monday from South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, said he had paid his respects to his mother in private at a Quincy funeral home but decided to skip the procession and funeral because of tensions in the family over money.

Benzino, 48, a Boston native who now lives in Atlanta, said he was on his way to Plymouth to pick up a friend when he came upon the procession and someone opened fire.

He did not identify the person who shot him by name.

Benzino is a cast member of the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly magazine.

Pair Sues VH1 Claiming ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Was Their Idea

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Two producers are suing the folks behind VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” claiming the reality show was based on an idea they pitched several years ago.

According to TMZTrisha Lum and Nickie Lum-Davis filed the lawsuit against Viacom’s VH1 and MTV, claiming they pitched the idea in 2009, and thought they had a deal to make their show, called “Hip Hop Wives.”

According to the lawsuit, the show was supposed to star current and former flames ofDMXSwizz BeatzIrv Gotti and Jim Jones, but VH1 execs cooled on the idea, saying they didn’t want a show that would compete with its other reality series, “Basketball Wives.”

The Lums say that in fact, VH1 used “Hip Hop Wives” as the template for “Love & Hip Hop.”
They are suing for copyright infringement and seek an eight-figure judgment.

‘Single Ladies’ Has Been Cancelled by VH1

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OK VH1 you got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Yep, if you haven’t heard, “Single Ladies” got the boot from VH1.

The ATL set and produced series from Queen Latifah‘s Flavor Unit will end its run after three seasons.

As of now, the season 3 finale is scheduled to air on March 24.

 

“We’ve been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies,” VH1 said in a statement. “Although we’ve decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show’s fans for their support since the premiere in 2011.”

OK, but we’re at a loss as to WHY the show, which has been delivering good, competitive ratings, is being sent to the showers, so to speak. Anyway, more about that shortly.

It’s interesting to note that “Single Ladies,” which stated off as a made for TV movie, went on to success as a series and opened the door to “Hit The Floor,” which became a breakout hit when it launched.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the show. There was the firing of Stacey Dash and then, right after it was renewed for a 3rd season, in August 2012, creator/executive producer Stacy A. Littlejohn left. Fans had to waith a full year and a half for season 3 to launch this past January and now this.

The show’s cancellation is a collective head scratcher because as we alluded to earlier, it’s doing quite well as far as the numbers go. And isn’t that the bottom line? Its season 3 opener brought in 2.6 million viewers. According to Deadline, the premiere airing and its same night encore combined, “Single Ladies” grew each seasons:, posting 2.9 for the season premiere, 3.2 million for the Season 2 opener and 3.5 million for Season 3.

Again VH1, in the words of Ricky Ricardo, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.

TLC Rocks NY’s Beacon Theater for VH1’s ‘Super Bowl Blitz’ (Watch)

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VH1 is contributing live music to this week’s Super Bowl hype in New York.

The network’s “Super Bowl Blitz” features six concerts over six nights from acts includingFall Out Boy, the Goo Goo Dolls and Gavin DeGraw.

On Thursday night, TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins took the stage at New York City’s Beacon Theater to perform their biggest hits, including “Waterfalls” and “Creep.”

The concert series, hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, is being live streamed by VH1.

Watch TLC’s set below (at the 11:42 mark).

 

 

Pebbles’ Crazy Ass Daughter Ashley Reid Blasts TLC; Threatens Chilli

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The drama lives on. Pebbles‘ daughter, Ashley Reid, has a bone to pick with the remaining members of famed 90′s supergroup TLC.

Miss Reid is claiming that her mother was inaccurately portrayed in VH1′s “CrazySexyCool” biopic about the trio. During her radio show, Ashley exploded, furiously attacking the character of both T-Boz and Chilli, maligning them for reducing the role of (her mother) Pebbles, their former manager, played in the group’s initial success.

“They [T-Boz and Chilli] know what they lied about…They used mostly our family, mostly mom as a pawn for publicity to drive the whole entire film  and she was actually in the majority of it. As the devil, as the super villain and common sense will tell you if you continue the whole entire time to point a finger at everybody else and never take responsibility for anything, it usually means that you need to sit your f-cking a$$ down and take some accountability for something.”

On the biopic’s “untruths”:

“It was especially weird for me to see a bunch of Fawkin lies…that was interesting…I’m just gonna say this really quick. To the American and some South American people, that I’ve spoken to this past week, honestly I am very, very, very discouraged, angered and saddened by how f-cking ignorant and vapid people are. Seriously. …. I’m so used to being on my own planet. For example, growing up celebrities weren’t celebrities to us. They were people who took sh-ts in our bathroom. We ate at the same table. You know what I’m saying already I have a skewed perspective for what a celebrity is period. Which means I don’t know what its like to a maniacal fan….Being a fan is a beautiful thing. To be clinically ignorant is something else. To me these people are why we have the Patriot Act…”

She may be educated, but she’ll still f**k you up!

“Just because I’m educated, does not mean that I don’t know how to be tactless. I don’t know how to rip your f-cking a– open and I don’t know how to put hands on you. Just because you’re educated–fake sleep– and you grew up a certain way does not mean that you can’t go toe to toe with foolishness. It actually means that you have an upper hand on foolishness because you are forever talking down to somebody. I have no problem, going down to somebody’s level it’s the only way they are going to be able to understand me. Instead of me being my self, I would much rather come down to your level so that we can at least have an even conversation.”

She crosses over  into TMI territory when she accuses Chilli of sexin’ her father, LA Reid:

“I’m not gonna talk about Chilli (on) my father’s d!ck or most of the d!cks in the industry in the 90′s…That has nothing to do with the fact that she is a lying person, I won’t even call her a wh0re anymore. She’s claimed that we got it.”

Then there was this threat against Chilli:

“When I said on Twitter, Chilli I can’t wait to see you what I meant by that was I can’t wait to see you to beat your f-cking face into the concrete.”

Now, we know she thinks she’s defending her mother’s honor and all, but based on the quotes above, this child doesn’t appear to be dealing with a full deck.

On another note, they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Hmmm. Well, anyway, it seems like Pebbles and/or LA Reid would pull her aside and tell her to STFU!

In any event, you can read MORE at Madame Noire.

Stung by TLC’s Hit TV Movie ‘CrazySexyCool,’ Pebbles Reid Bites Back

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In the recent VH1 movie about TLC (“CrazySexyCool“) that drew a record 4.5 million viewers,  Perri “Pebbles” Reid, as portrayed by Rochelle Aytes, was not seen in the most flattering light.

In real life, Pebbles was a solo artist married to record exec LA Reid who took credit for discovering the fledgling group and brought her to her then husband’s label, LaFace Records.

In the TV movie she was seen as a big sister type watching out for them in a male-dominated industry. But as far as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, she was a master manipulator who preyed on their ignorance and prevented them from enjoying the financial spoils of their success. TLC ultimately filed for bankruptcy protection. (T-Boz has said the group only pocketed $15,000 after selling 10 million records.)

As we all know, Chilli and T-Boz are the surviving members of TLC and were executive producers of the film.

Well Pebbles isn’t taking her treatment in the film lying down.  Wednesday She released a response statement on her Facebook page. Reid called the film an “unprovoked attack” featuring “many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me.” She said she never cheated or misled anyone. Her attorney is going to demand a ‘retraction” from VH1, whatever that would entail.

Well, at least one of the two original TLC members don’t seem to be intimidated one iota. At the New York premiere of “CrazySexyCool,” T-Boz said, “we can respectfully agree to disagree, but I’m not slandering you,” T-Boz told Necole Bitchie, directing her comments to Pebbles. “You can’t tell me my perception of you and how I felt about what you said or did to me. That’s not slander. That’s called telling the truth, boo.”

Here is Pebbles’ statement in full:

First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers. I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts. I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family. I have needed time to spend with my family and for personal reflection.

The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me. Please know that I have never cheated or mislead anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.

My silence has empowered individuals looking for a payday at my expense. I have held my peace for 20 years and it’s time the truth comes out. I will be sharing my story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time. With all my heart I thank you for your faithful support.

I am extremely proud of the success and massive accomplishments of TLC—the group I discovered, managed, and mentored. I helped push open doors for TLC and other women in this male dominated industry. My sacrifices ultimately opened the door for not only a new wave of female performers in this industry but also a new generation of female executives. That backdrop makes the movie extremely personally upsetting to me.

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Keke Palmer, Chilli, Drew Sidora, T-Boz and Rochelle Aytes attends the CrazySexyCool Premiere Event at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on October 15, 2013 in New York City.

Sales of TLC’s ‘20’ Soar 200% after VH1 Biopic

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TLC’s new greatest hits album “20” is set to stomp into the top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart next week.

Industry sources say the set might sell around 15,000 to 20,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 27, reports Billboard. That could represent at least a 200 percent gain over last week’s sales, when it debuted at No. 72 with 5,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The gain was triggered by VH1′s premiere of its biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” on Oct. 21. Its bow scored nearly 4.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen, making it VH1′s highest-rated original movie ever.

According to VH1, “CrazySexyCool” is also the No. 1 original cable movie of the year among adults and women 18-49.

“20” was released on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and features 13 previously-released hits, along with one new song, “Meant to Be.” The act was last in the top 20 with 2002′s “3D” album, which debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the Nov. 30, 2012 chart.

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