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Mommy Issues: Natalie Nunn On The Ups And Downs Of Being Raised By A Young Single Mom

May 19th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Most of what you’ve been able to see and learn about Natalie Nunn has come through her time on reality TV, and it’s been very bad. Bad Girls Club that is. After making a name for herself on Season 4 of the show, we’ve known her for being a firecracker who runs L.A. But there’s more to Nunn’s story that she recently shared while appearing as one of the stars on the Lifetime program The Mother/Daughter Experiment, which she did alongside her mother Karen Nunn. We learned that the two have had a volatile relationship that stems all the way back to her childhood. Karen had Natalie when she was young (she had her son, Ronald, when she was 18, and Natalie when she was 21), and Natalie described their relationship growing up as “complicated,” mostly because she looked at Karen as more of a friend than an authority figure.

“Growing up, where I’m from, a lot of my friend’s moms when we were in middle school or high school, they were like 60,” Natalie said. “My mom’s still not even 60 and I’m already 30. At one point, when I was younger, my mom was like the hot mom in school. So she was cool, and that coolness I sometimes got confused with being more of my friend rather than, ‘Oh that’s my mom, I shouldn’t talk to her like that.'”

She continued, ” I just always came at my mom like, ‘Oh, she’s the homie.’ Or I’d call her by her first name just to mess with her. And some people would be like, ‘Oh my God, that’s so disrespectful.’ and I’m like, ‘Oh Karen? She’s cool. She’s not trippin’.’ It was originally a fun mother-daughter relationship. But I guess when I got into middle school and high school, it turned into an ‘Oh, that’s so disrespectful, you can’t talk to your mother like that’ kind of thing.”

Natalie said that while making major moves playing soccer for USC, she often stayed with teammates and friends. When she came into contact with their families, she realized that her own was completely different. More and more she would be told that her relationship with her mom was unconventional, but not necessarily in a good way. That’s when things got a bit more complicated.

“My best friend whom I was roommates with when I played soccer in college, her family was a very traditional Italian family,” Natalie said, “and even though she was cool and we were best friends, I noticed she would never say certain things to her mom. But my mom would call and ask, ‘How was last night?’ and I’d be like, ‘Aw man, I had the best sex in the world! Let me tell you!’ And my friend would be like, ‘I can’t believe you talk to your mom like that!’ So it opened my eyes to realize that one, my mom and I have a really cool relationship where we’re really open with each other, but at the same time, she’s my mom and some things need to be completely separate.

She also realized as she got older that she and her mother are very much alike. And that was something that often led Karen and Natalie to bump heads in a very big, loud way.

“She was always on her toes, ready to fight back and argue with me and let me know who was boss, so it was always a back and forth thing. My mom was a single mom so it wasn’t like I really had a dad there to be like, ‘Why are you talking to your mom like that?’ or anyone to step in. So it was kind of like, ‘What are you gonna do about it?'”

But what Natalie also realized was that despite their complex relationship, her mother was always her biggest supporter. From this day to all the way back when she was receiving hell from her many White classmates growing up for being biracial.

“The areas I grew up in were predominately White and the kids would just always have something to say about my skin,” Natalie said. “When I would come home and ask my mom why I can’t take my hair out of my braids and wear them down, she would let me. She’d be like, ‘You want to go to school with all your hair out? Go ahead!’ She would stand up for me, because I was always in a community where I stood out.”

And it’s these realizations that pushed Natalie and her mother to try and work on their relationship by appearing on The Mother/Daughter Experiment. After doing therapy together with Dr. Debbie Magids, she learned how to finally quell that well-known temper of hers–at least with Karen.

“Dr. Debbie gave me an hourglass and told me, before you react to things, and when mom gets me upset or gets on me, I need to take a minute to respond,” Natalie said. “Before I would just lash out. Now I wait. I’ll hold my tongue with her before I respond. Because between her and I, if I say something to her that she doesn’t like because she just said something to me that I don’t like, it’s going to be a problem. We’re two firecrackers and alpha females with a mouth. So it’s not like she got a daughter who’s the complete opposite of her. Me, I’m very demanding and just like my mom. And if you put us in a room together in the past, it was going to pop off.”

In the end, the two have grown closer, and Natalie has been able to fully understand and appreciate the sacrifices that her mother made for her and her brother. It’s that drive, that love, and that openness that Natalie hopes to provide in the same way to her own children someday.

“A mother is someone who you should always be able to go to for advice. Someone who you look up to. I look up to my mom,” Natalie said. “I think she’s a very strong woman. She raised my brother and I alone. She’s the type of mom I want to be. Obviously, we’re different people, but there are certain traits that my mom has that I want to have for my kids someday. I want my kids to feel like I’m always going to be there for them and have their back. We didn’t have money when I was growing up, we weren’t rich. My mom worked two jobs for most of her life. So that hard work ethic that she’s always shown for me and my brother–I mean, we are her main priorities and we’re grown. She took my grandma in for eight, nine years as she suffered with dementia. She stopped her entire life to be at home with my grandmother and take care of her. She’s a simple woman. And yeah, I’m in Hollywood, I’ve been on TV, but honestly, that simple, loyal, ride-or-die type of mom and person is what I want to be for my kids.”

 

“There Were Complications” Natalie Nunn Confirms She Lost Her Baby

February 17th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Natalie Nunn Confirms She Lost Her Baby

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It was just a few short months ago that we were sharing the good news that “Bad Girls Club” alum Natalie Nunn and her husband Jacob Payne were expecting a child. There were few details but back in November, Nunn was more than three months pregnant and told Life & Style that both she and her husband were excited to become parents to either a mini Natalie or mini Jacob.

Sadly, Nunn confirmed in a recent interview with Oxygen that she and her husband lost the child.

Here’s what she had to say.

Oxygen: A lot of fans are wondering, are you pregnant?

Not currently. There were some complications with my first pregnancy. 

Months after Nunn made the announcement, there were several photos of her in the gym losing weight. And her Instagram and Twitter followers began to wonder what was happening and even if she faked the pregnancy as a means to get attention.

Nunn says that wasn’t the case and explained, though she didn’t have to, why she waited to discuss this publicly.

I know a lot of fans were wondering about it, but I haven’t spoken about things because it’s been extremely hard. Hard times are best to share with family and loved ones when it’s new! I just want to respect my husband, and make sure that all the sad stuff that we went through is understood. 

If you’ve never experienced a miscarriage it’s hard to imagine that type of loss and pain. But for those of you who have, it’s certainly not a topic that a lot of women are ready to talk about for some time afterward. I can’t imagine the pain of having to not only let family members know that you lost a child but also fans on social media. It’s quite a bit.

But in spite of the hardship, Nunn says both she and her husband have been dissuaded from trying for more children.

Yes, we are moving forward and doing things differently a second time. We are trying for a due date this year. This time, we’re hoping for twins! 

Nunn also spoke about the type of mother she hopes to be.

 I think I’ll be a really cool mom. We’ll probably take them to Jamaica in the summer, and Jacob and I are really into sports, so our kid will probably play sports. I’ll be the dopest, coolest soccer mom!

We’re really sorry to hear about this loss and hope she and her husband are blessed with a child in the near future.

“They Said I Couldn’t Do It — I Laughed!”: ‘Bad Girls Club’ Star Tanisha Thomas Launches Plus-Size Clothing Line

August 25th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Tanisha Thomas with Plush label brand ambassadors.

Tanisha Thomas with Plush label brand ambassadors. Photo credit: Kimberly Gedeon

Brooklyn cranked out the curves, y’all! Over the weekend,  fierce plus-sized women flooded Club Freeze, a trendy New York  lounge, to support one thing…

Plush.

The brand spankin’ new “dare to wear clubwear” line was created especially for curvy girls by Bad Girls Club godmother Tanisha Thomas and her good friend Bella, founder of PrimBeauty.

And let me tell you, the journey to success for the Bad Girls Club, Celebrity Fit Club, Love Games, Tanisha Gets Married — breathes — and Marriage Boot Camp star was no piece of cake! But giving up wasn’t an option. “When life throws you lemons, throw it back and demand chocolate!” Thomas said.

After some blood, sweat, and tears, edgy cut-out dresses and body cons weren’t the only fruits of their labor. Born out of a clothing line was an inspiring campaign that encourages women to embrace their luscious, ample figures.

It turned into a big movement on social media — it’s huge!,” Thomas told MadameNoireSo huge, Bella says, that even Plush’s curvaceous model ambassadors are getting recognized by random passersby. The message behind the movement? “Be bold, be you!” Thomas said.

The reality TV star spoke with us to give us the scoop on Plush, a possible, might-be-happening, not-so-sure-yet Orange Is the New Black role, and her upcoming projects.

MadameNoire: What’s your ultimate goal for Plush?

Tanisha Thomas:  Originally we were supposed to be a clothing line. Full-on, custom clothing for the curvy, fabulous fashionista. But then it turned into a huge movement on social networks. We want to continue to build that platform. [We want] women to embrace who they are, love who they are, and just let your light shine!

MN: What was the inspiration behind Plush?

TT:  There was a lack of variety for plus-sized women and I think that we will fulfill that.  We plan on partnering with local designers and giving them the opportunity to showcase their work. I’m all about giving to the community; I want to give the people a chance, just like I was given a chance. People second-guess me and say, “Oh please, she’s not going to help me because [another celebrity] told me that they were going to help me, but they never did.” Yes I am going to help you! I want to help you! I am your fan — you’re my sister and you’re my brother. The plan is that we all make it. Not just me. Let’s all get money, it’s all out there!

MN: You mentioned that you were often rejected by others when it came to your career trajectory. How did you find the strength and determination to keep going and stay on track?

TT: I quit all the time! I quit every day. I think I quit every hour —  I think I quit today! But I always get back on track. My thing is, “What is the bigger picture and how can I get there?”  I set these goals for myself and no matter how upset I get, no matter how stressful it gets, I am determined to make sure I follow through. Even if I fall flat on my face, it’s important for me to say, “You know what — at least I tried!”

MN: What’s the plus-sized industry like?

TT: The plus-sized world is very catty; they don’t want to support. We’ve reached out to so many people — especially me being who I am, I thought that would be leverage… and it’s hard. It will stress you out, people will tell you, “You’re not gonna do it, you’re not going to make it.” What you need to do is believe and trust your brand, you know what I mean?

Hold Up: NetFlix Says Tanisha Thomas Is NOT Joining OITNB

July 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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NetFlix Says Tanisha Thomas Is NOT Joining OITNB

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Just yesterday, we reported the “Bad Girls Club” reality TV star Tanisha Thomas was joining season three of one our favorite shows “Orange Is The New Black.” Some of you were excited and others lamented the fact that quality acting roles keep going to reality stars, those who have not studied the craft of acting.

Well, you might not have to lose any sleep over Tanisha taking over OITNB because according to TMZ, a Netflix spokesperson said Tanisha has not been cast for season 3.

Well, this is embarrassing.

That kind of refutes Tanisha’s tweets and Instagram posts as of late.

We don’t know what contributed to this misunderstanding for either party, but whatever’s going on, this is all quite messy.

But we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Bad Girl Tanisha Thomas Joins The New Season Of OITNB

July 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Bad Girl Tanisha Thomas Joins The New Season Of OITNB

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Tanisha Thomas, one of our favorite, somewhat reformed members from the “Bad Girls Club” is going from bad to criminal as she joins season 3 of the hit Netflix series, “Orange Is The New Black.”

Thomas announced the good news on her Instagram account a few days ago, with this picture.

Bad Girl Tanisha Thomas Joins The New Season Of OITNB

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And the following caption: And guess who just got invited?!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 #blessed #oithnbseason3 look our for your girl 😉 

This is a great look for Ms. Tanisha. Though we haven’t seen her do any acting aside from faking the funk on all those reality shows, something inside of me thinks she’ll be an asset to the show. Plus, at this point, I have full trust in the writers and casting directors that make OITNB the magic that it’s been for the past two years.

The new season doesn’t start until June 2015 (sad face), so there’s no word about Tanisha’s character. But you know we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

How do you think Tanisha will fare in this role?

Familiar Faces: 15 Video Vixens Turned Reality Stars

January 28th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Porsha Williams reportedly owes $18,000

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Have you ever been watching television, or having a YouTube binge fest and you recognize a face from reality television?  Now, some of these participants were in music videos before appearing on shows, and others appeared in videos after being on the shows that made them household names.  Whether you see it as a lateral move or not, these reality stars have been able to find multiple avenues to keeping their names out there.

Now, sometimes we can be serious (I know that my articles can be a little heavy), so let’s have a little fun with this post.  At the very least, you can enjoy some of your favorite songs, and if you make it to the last page, you can help me decide who this person is.  IF it is who I think it is…

Let’s have some fun!  Starting with:

You Again?! Reality Show Repeat Offenders Part 2

January 2nd, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Last year, the wonderful Stephanie Guerilus did a list article on 8 faces that have appeared on multiple reality television shows.  This year, we’re back with more people, more shows, and a display of dedication to the reality show hustle like never before.  There are so many (Noah, from Bad Girls Club season 3, and Saddle Ranch, I see/saw you!), but I wanted to include the most notable ones.  Now, I’m not here to bash anyone’s grind.  Actually, it’s the opposite, we’re here to bask in their longevity, starting with:

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Ezra “Buddha” Masters 

In the midst of cultivating an acting career, Ezra also sprinkled reality shows appearances in the mix.  Though many remember his reality show exploits in “I Love New York 2” by his choking up Tailor Made, or his overbearing nature in “I Love Money 2,” he also appeared on “Hell Date,” and “Gay, Straight, or Taken.”

Time To Pull The Plug! TV Shows That Fell Off

November 5th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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These shows started off with a bang — and great ratings — but over time they fizzled out and for some reason, unbeknownst to us, remained on the air.

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“Basketball Wives”

Former basketball wife Shaunie O’Neal had a hit on her hands when she introduced the world to Jennifer Williams, Evelyn Lozado, Royce Reed and Gloria Govan, better known collectively as the “Basketball Wives.” While some of the men in the NBA were upset the women in their lives were given a show, fans tuned in each week to see how the rich, yet slightly ratchet, lived. The show was so successful, it spawned a spinoff version in Los Angeles. But as the cast members changed each season, the show’s fights became more insane. By the time Evelyn jumped over a table barefoot to go after her former friend and fellow cast mate Jennifer, there was a public outcry against the show and a petition was started to end the violence. While the fights have now died down, so did everyone’s interest in the show.

Get At Me Bad Girl: Celebrities Who’ve Been Linked To The Women Of Bad Girls Club

August 26th, 2013 - By Kendra Koger
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Season 11 of “Bad Girls Club” just premiered and it garnered a lot of attention due to cast member Milyn “Mimi” Jensen.  Before appearing on the show, she was associated with being the reason young, uber-couple, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez broke up.

In Milyn opening introduction on BGC, she expressed that being connected to celebrities is nothing new to her.

“I had sex with Rob Kardashian (worse sex ever)… I’m blocked, mind you, by like Dwight Howard…J.R. Smith, like all these athletes I’m blocked by them because they were like:  “Oh, this Itchbay is telling all of our business.”

Ms. Jensen isn’t the first girl from The Bad Girls Club that has been allegedly associated with celebrities either before, during, or after their time on the show, so why don’t we take a look at the women who have:

Pregnant BGC Star Ashley King And NBA Boyfriend Arrested After Domestic Violence Incident

August 20th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Police officers were called to the Colorado home of Denver Nuggets player Ty Lawson and his pregnant reality TV star girlfriend Ashley King aka Ashley Pettiford, TMZ reports.

When authorities arrived on the scene, Ashley, who is most known for her role on Oxygen reality show Bad Girls Club, tearfully told officers that she and Ty got into a verbal disagreement after she overheard him on the phone speaking to another woman the night before. She reportedly went on to say that after the argument, she began packing her things to leave, but Ty stopped her by shoving her onto the bed. According to reports she reacted by throwing his phone and breaking it. In turn, he reportedly placed her phone under water.

Ashley, who is six months pregnant, went on to tell police that despite being shoved, she was sure that her baby was okay because she felt it moving around after the incident. Both Ashley and Ty were placed under arrest. Ashley was arrested for criminal mischief due to the damage she’d done to Ty’s phone. Ty was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence and criminal mischief for the damage he’d done to Ashley’s phone. They were both later released from jail on $1,000 bond.