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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Peter Thomas (who became a housewife himself last season) informed the Sports One audience about two new women joining the cast.
He name dropped Jordan as a new cast member of “RHOA,” said she had chemistry with the cast and was extremely beautiful.
“Bravo crew came out, Kenya [Moore], new girl Claudia, my wife, Kordell [Stewart]. We shot at the bar last night until 2 in the morning,” he said before later adding. “The two new girls are extremely beautiful, so there was a lot of chemistry in the house.”
Although Thomas didn’t give out Jordan’s last names, his interviews follows a similar report that Jordan and singer Demetria McKinney are the newest additions to “RHOA.”
There’s no word yet if Jordan and McKinney are replacing any the cast members from last season. Phaedra Parks could most likely be one of these cast members since her role is limited due her husband’s legal woes.
After four years of calling Eniko Parrish his rib, Kevin Hart has finally decided to make her his wife.
Parrish started celebrating her birthday this past weekend (as she told Twitter followers on Friday, “It’s officially my b-day weekend! Ahhhh! #NikosDirty30!”), and what better way to start off 30 than to be proposed to? Hart announced the news of their engagement on Instagram and Twitter a hot second ago:
And already this big news was trending on Twitter with the hashtag, “So Kevin Hart.” And people weren’t talking about his proposal because they wanted to show him love. No, folks were putting Hart on blast for announcing his engagement the night his ex-wife’s show was scheduled to premiere on VH1. Torrei hasn’t commented on the big news, but I doubt he would put that much thought into all this just to spite her (or at least, I hope he wouldn’t).
Anywho, before popping the question, Hart wished his boo a heartfelt Happy Birthday, saying the following:
“Happy Birthday to the most amazing woman in the world. Today is your day babe & we are going to party like it’s 1999….I love you so much. I’m a better man because of you. P.S your old as sh*t now lmao #Dirty30 #HappyBday”
Congratulations to Hart and his “rib” on their engagement. Now they can get to making the babies that everyone thought she was expecting…
KeKe has been with the TV One reality series since its first season, and while she’s a fan favorite for many, she’s not sure she’ll be back.
“I’ve been offered to do my own spin-off from several different people. So, I’m not sure if I’m going to be a part of this season or not. I may be, but I just really don’t know if I want to,” she explained to Sister 2 Sister.
KeKe, who remains friends with former co-stars Nicci Gilbert and Faith Evans, said harsh criticism from viewers and real-life responsibilities have her questioning whether it’s worth it.
“People always want to look at things like I’m bringing a bad vibe in the room,” she said. “Half the time, I be up in there [taping], it happens to be a day that one of my children has a fever of 106 or 105, and I have to be there because I’m under contract. It just makes a mother feel horrible.”
KeKe wasn’t just speaking about viewers’ criticism. Some of her co-stars have pegged her as the unpredictable, moody one. Though they love that aspect of her personality at times, at other moments, they complain about her unique character.
“I just wish that people wouldn’t judge so much,” she said. “It lets me know what I do and don’t want to do on my own show.”
Get more from KeKe in the September 2014 issue of Sister 2 Sister.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
T-Boz is allowing fans a chance to submit a video, 3 minutes or less, showcasing their talent while singing or rapping.
In an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, T-Boz opened up about her new girl group project and defended comments she recently made blasting female R&B acts for showing too much skin in an effort to sell more records.
“It’s clear that you can sell albums without selling sex,” T-Boz said. “I don’t have a problem with people who want to do that. I just said if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. It’s a choice. [TLC] is living proof that you can sell.”
“Wendy Williams made a comment recently regarding TLC’s ability to sell record with our clothes on. I think she said ‘that was the 90’s.’ Well to help her and to correct her statement… It’s not just the 90’s, because I’m still selling out tours. I’m selling out shows and tours with the same songs.”
Last year, TLC’s VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool made network history, becoming the most-watched original movie on VH1 and the highest rated original cable movie of the year.
T-Boz also weighed in on the highly anticipated Lifetime Whitney Houston biopic, which Cissy Houston slammed last week, saying, “No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby.”
T-Boz who was close friends with Whitney, says she understands how the unauthorized biopic could make Whitney’s family and friends feel “offended and violated.”
TheGrio: Tell me about your vision for this girl group?
T-Boz: It’s called Project Next. I thought that would be a great name because there’s always a person or a hot group… and then here come the next. I think it’s time for somebody to come out with another girl group. I think the industry is missing real superstars.
Beyoncé has staying power, and there are certain ones that stand out and are truly superstars. Being a celebrity these days and being popular isn’t the same thing as being like Michael Jackson, Madonna or Janet Jackson. What I’m looking for is true raw talent.
Is it fair to call this girl group the next TLC?
I would never call anybody the next TLC, because I don’t think I could do TLC again if I tried to do myself all over again. That was just something unique and special in itself. I think I can take elements that made TLC successful and use those elements in this group.
I think what’s lacking right now is artist development. A lot of the shows that we have out right now will take people, showcase their talent, but they never really take the time to teach them raw artist development… all the elements that it really takes to become a true entertainer. So many of these shows take these kids, tell them “you won,” and then throw them to the wolves.
Will Chili be involved at all in creating this new girl group?
I doubt it. If she wants to come and join or if she wants to add input that’s totally fine with me. But this is actually my team. My brother and I have an endeavor called iCraftMusicGroup and this is our group.
You have been outspoken about how women in R&B music are portrayed as overly sexual. What will you do to keep your group current, yet maintain that “ladylike” essence without being too overly sexual?
It’s clear that you can sell albums without selling sex. I don’t have a problem with people who want to do that. I just said if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. It’s a choice. We’re living proof that you can sell.
Wendy Williams made a comment recently regarding TLC’s ability to sell record with our clothes on. I think she said ‘that was the 90’s.’ Well to help her and to correct her statement, it’s not just the 90’s because I’m still selling out tours. I’m selling out shows and tours with the same songs. Last year we broke records on Vh1 for the best biopic ever on Vh1, and on cable for that year.
It doesn’t have anything to do with getting with the times or following anybody else. People were following people back in my day. People were taking off their clothes back when we were out. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just a choice. It’s not hard to be sexy and still tasteful at the same time. Look at Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys and Adele. You can still sell albums and keep your clothes on.
Why do think there hasn’t there been a chart-topping major girl group since Destiny’s Child?
Every time I turn around I hear somebody saying that they are the next Destiny’s Child or the next TLC. Instead of trying to be exactly what was already done, why don’t you take elements of what they did to be successful?
I think timeless music is missing. You have a lot of great music out, but they are more so songs for today and what’s in the now, instead of songs that can be played 20 years down the line. I think the quality of music, the lyrical content, is not as strong as it used to be.
We got to go behind the scenes of the TLC story with your VH1 biopic. What elements if any of Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid’s management style will you bring over to this new girl group that you are creating?
It’s funny because Pebbles got really upset about the movie. It’s not like I’m sitting here 20 years later still angry. I’m over it, I’m just telling the story about what happened. So that to me was silly within itself. So she’s suing Vh1 and Viacom and all of us now because she didn’t like how she was depicted in the story. I think it’s funny suing someone over how you made me feel. I don’t think we played dirty at all. We didn’t go into her past and everything that she did to us. We just really told people the story of our career.
I can’t take away what she did for me. She gave me that old school artist development. She put me in a rehearsal room for a week straight, only allowing me food and water, until I could articulate who I really wanted to be as an artist. I learned what kind of vibe I was going to have. What kind of dance moves I was going to do. How I was going to look when I did routines. How I was going to be cool. The signature things that I thought would really make up my essence in TLC.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming Lifetime Whitney Houston biopic?
It’s a little different with the TLC movie compared to this Whitney Houston biopic. We had two surviving members to tell our story. When the person isn’t here that makes it a little more touchy because you have to get other people involved, or other people who were closest.
Whitney is not here.
Whitney was one of the first celebrities that I got cool with. She told me a lot of different things to expect in Hollywood. She was such a real person… so cool and down to earth. She always called me her little sister and her little twin. We have the same shape to our noses and the same scar on our throats.
She’s greatly missed, and I hate to hear that her family doesn’t approve of this film. That kind of makes you feel violated. People do want to hear the story because they love her. But if the family doesn’t want it, what do you really do? It is offensive.
This interview has been edited and condensed.