Ex-TLC Manager Moves Forward with Viacom Lawsuit; Subpoenas Chilli and T-Boz

Ex-TLC Manager Pebbles Moves Forward With Viacom Lawsuit

It was just a year ago when the popular TV biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” aired on VH1 — focusing on the personal lives and, career ups and downs of the super girl group, TLC.

And one person in particular hasn’t forgotten the TV film’s epic showing, and that’s Pebbles! She’s still not only suing Viacom for $40 million, but has also subpoenaed T-Boz and Chilli.

Pebbles is still upset about her portrayal in the TV biopic. She claims to have paid the group fairly; and she said she was never involved with the group’s LAWYERS.

Also, she’s claiming in the legal documents that the film portrayed her, “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.”

Pebbles is demanding Chilli and T-Boz — who are the TV biopic’s producers — serve her with any documents they’ve discussed about her to Viacom.

Also, she is requesting to see the script’s outline of scenes involving her as TLC’s manager — specifically focused on the scenes where she reacts to T-Boz’s health issues and where she discusses the group’s contracts.

T-Boz and Chilli haven’t responded to the subpoenas, but Viacom asked for the lawsuit to be thrown out — claiming they didn’t portray Pebbles with malice, and it was accurate portrayal of the group’s ex-manager.

 

VH1 Orders ‘Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip’ (Trailer)

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The network that brought you “Love & Hip Hop” and “Love & Basketball” will soon birth a reality series following Tameka “Tiny” Harris and her hairstylist best friend Shekinah Jo as they drive around soliciting customers for their new hustle – a mobile hair salon.

Titled “Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip,” the spinoff from “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” will have cameras tracking the pair as they take their operation on a cross-country road trip to hook up weaves across America.

The series launches with eight episodes on Oct. 13.

Watch the promo below:

 

VH1 Renews ‘Hit the Floor’ for Season 3

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VH1 has renewed its cheerleading drama “Hit The Floor” for a third season.

The show’s current second season is a ratings success and huge on social media, especially among women, notes Susan Levison, EVP of original programming and production. “We look forward to seeing what kind of trouble the Devil Girls will get into next season.”

The series follows Ahsha, who comes face-to-face with the drama behind the scenes of a professional NBA cheerleading team.

The second season of “Hit The Floor” will wrap on August 11 with season three expected to premiere in May of 2015 with 10 new episodes.

Chilli Still Has Her Checklist: ‘Compromise Didn’t Get Me Anywhere but Heartbreak’

Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas speaks during the "Fake Off" portion of the 2014 TCA Turner Broadcasting Summer Press Tour Presentation at The Beverly Hilton on July 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

The last time we saw Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in a reality series was four years ago, when she was searching far and wide for Mr. Right in VH1’s “What Chilli Wants.”

The 43-year-old TLC singer and single mom is still in the hunt and says she’s remains confident in her decision to wait patiently for a man who meets every requirement on her lengthy checklist.

“I know what I’ve gone through, and how I’ve compromised in the past too much, and I didn’t get anything out of it,” she says. “It didn’t get me anywhere but heartbreak.”

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Chilli, who will appear as a judge in the truTV competition series “Fake Off” this fall, thinks its ridiculous to lower your standards just to have a man. She meant it in 2011 when her love life was on national television, and she means it now as she privately samples the dating pool.

“I’m not a media whore, so every guy I date, or in relationships, I’m not setting up press conferences to talk about it and give details,” she said. “But I have normal relationships and go on dates and stuff, and I’m telling you, it’s just not what I’m looking for. And I’m not into wasting my time or anybody else’s time, so it’s like, if we see it’s not gonna work out, move on.”

Below, Chilli talks about the misconception that celebrities can easily find love, how hard it was putting her dating life on reality television, and what men say to her about that checklist.

Marlon Wayans to Host VH1’s Annual ‘Philly 4th of July Jam’

Marlon Wayans speaks onstage at the TBS / TNT Upfront 2014 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 2014 in New York City

Marlon Wayans has yet another gig.

Fresh from hosting the MTV Africa Music Awards in May, and currently hosting the TBS comedy competition series “Funniest Wins,” the youngest Wayans brother has just been announced as host of the fourth annual Philly 4th of July Jam.

The event, part of the city’s WaWa Welcome to America Festival, will be simulcast on VH1 and Palladia on Friday, July 4 from 8-11 p.m. ET and live streamed on PhillyJam.VH1.com the VH1 App.

Four-time Grammy award winners and hometown favorites The Roots, will perform and serve as the house band with this year’s lineup, including: Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Aloe Blacc.

Capping off the musical event, the evening will include a fireworks display over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In addition to hosting the fourth annual Philly 4th of July Jam, the actor and comedian can currently be seen presiding over the TBS comedy

“Funniest Wins” premiered on June 20 and runs for eight episodes, Fridays at 10 p.m.

Tyra Banks Behind New VH1 Reality Show about Transgender Women

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VH1 has ordered the eight-episode hourlong reality series “TransAmerica” from Tyra Banks and Gay Rosenthal for a late-2014 or early-2015 premiere, reports Deadline.

The show follows a group of Chicago women who are united by the shared experience of being transgender and follows them as they navigate dating, family and professional ambitions.

The cast features:

Carmen Carrera, who was recently signed to Elite Model Management and is on the path to becoming a supermodel and recognized as a leading advocate in the transgender community as constantly balances her career goals with her personal life.

Giselle, a recent college graduate who is focused on continuing her education as she prepares for her upcoming sexual reassignment surgery.

Natalia, a beauty consultant for Christian Dior cosmetics who is faced with the challenge of trying to reconnect with some of her family and gaining their support;.

Sidney, the ultimate party girl, who’s struggling with the idea of juggling a social life and professional goals.

Victory, who dreams of becoming a doctor but must deal with the discrimination she receives as a transgender woman.

The series is executive produced by Banks for The Tyra Banks Company, Rosenthal for Gay Rosenthal Productions and Mark Schulman for 3 Arts Entertainment.

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.

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