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So just hours after we told you that rumors were swirling that Evelyn Lozada is pregnant, she decided to go ahead and confirm it.
Speaking to PEOPLE, Evelyn seems pretty excited about the news:
“I am so excited to announce a wonderful blessing — I’m pregnant!”
In continuing with her statement, Lozada says she can’t wait to start the cycle again:
“I’m excited about being a mommy all over again. This is something I’ve been wanting for years and I can’t believe it’s finally happening.”
Now, for the big question: Who is the father? Well, Ev was pretty coy with PEOPLE because not even they were able to drag that answer out of her. But we are wondering if Carl Crawford of the Los Angeles Dodgers is preparing for a new addition to his family.
Lozada is already mom to 20 year old Shaniece Hairston. In a photo caption on Instagram, Hairston said she can’t wait to meet her new sibling.
You know, Evelyn Lozada seems to be glowing in her pregnancy. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it’s a strong possibility we’ll see more pictures leading up to the birth of the baby followed by, who knows, a reality show surrounding the pregnancy. How does Second Time Around sound?
Anyway, we can now officially say…congratulations, Evelyn!
Well folks, it looks like former Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada may be expecting more than just a potential reality TV spin-off show. According to TMZ, the 37-year-old Broolyn-born entrepreneur is pregnant with her second child!
Though these reports have yet to be officially confirmed or denied by Evelyn and her reps, a source who claims to be a close friend of Lozada is saying that she is six months into her pregnancy. The source went on to say that the pregnancy was planned and that the father is actually someone who Ev has been seeing for almost a year, adding that things have gotten pretty serious between the pair. The snitch did not reveal who the mystery man is, but if we had to take a random guess, we’d say it might be L.A. Dodgers player Carl Crawford. The two were spotted together earlier this year and were rumored to be be dating. Of course at this point, this is all pure speculation, but we’re pretty sure the entire story will be revealed in no time.
While a confirmed pregnancy would be major news, I can’t say that it’s all that shocking, as Ev has been pretty vocal in past seasons of Basketball Wives about her desire to have more children. If you recall, she and ex-husband, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, spoke about having twins at some point in their marriage, but unfortunately, things didn’t work out. We’ll certainly keep you posted as this story develops. And if the rumors are in fact true, congrats Ev!
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Well folks, the skin bleaching police are on the loose again. Just last month we told you that Love & Hip Hop star K. Michelle was being accused of bleaching her skin. This time they’re going after Basketball Wives’ Tami Roman. It’s unclear exactly when the rumors actually began, but it appears that they were triggered by a few recent photos shared to the reality star’s Instagram page, in which she looks a lot lighter than she did back when she emerged on the Basketball Wives scene. Fans also pointed out the drastic difference from how she looks now in comparison to how she looked during her Real World days. Once Twitter users caught wind of the rumors, they showed no mercy.
“Tami looking like Bella from ‘Twilight,’” wrote one tweeter.
“Tami went full LaToya Jackson. SMDH, she was naturally beautiful. This is so unnecessary,” said another.
“Why Tami out here looking like a ghost?” another fan questioned.
While some fans instantly assumed that Tami bleached her skin, others reasoned that her lighter appearance was probably due to her use of the wrong kind of makeup.
“Tami got a whole shelf of white woman foundation on her face,” added one tweeter.
In Tami’s defense, it’s also possible that she has been using an Instagram filter that makes her photos appear lighter.
What do you think? Is Tami bleaching her skin or are folks going overboard as usual?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
It looks like the upcoming season of Basketball Wives LA is going to be filled with plenty of drama—not that we had our doubts or anything. The Govan sisters have made it clear that they’re not returning for the new season and VH1 producers have already filled their spots with two new cast members, Sundy Carter and Brandi Maxiell. After last season, it seemed that X’ing the Govans out of the equation would minimize conflict among cast members, but apparently not.
According to TMZ, Draya and her new co-star Sunny Carter got into a pretty ugly fight at a Los Angeles night club recently. Sources close to production claim that the fight broke out after Sunny said some not-so-nice things about Draya’s NFL-playing boyfriend, Orlando Scandrick. Although Draya was punked by her more aggressive co-stars like Laura Govan in previous seasons, the pint sized reality star proved that she is not one to back down these days. Eyewitnesses claim that Sunny walked away from the fight with a black eye.
Draya may have “won” one battle in the name of love, but it looks like she’ll have to defend her love quite a bit this season, as sources say that a few of her other co-stars have been dogging out her man; insisting that he’s less than faithful. We also hear that Draya skipped the cast trip to Paris. It’s not clear if her reason for bailing is related to her co-stars’ criticism of Orlando, but I’m sure we will find out soon enough.
Are you looking forward to the new season of Basketball Wives LA?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
It looks like former Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams is up to more than just developing a new reality show with Mona Scott Young. According to Shadow and Act, the 30-something-year-old reality star is also gearing up to make her acting debut. The film, which is titled I Love Cinema, is an independent project directed by Just Another Girl On The I.R.T director, Leslie Harris.
Jennifer will be starring in the project as a sultry professor who is “obsessed with film both in the classroom and the bedroom, but the Professor’s Film Fantasy World is shattered by racial controversy and a crazy media circus all seemingly out to get her.”
“I love movies that’s why I wrote the screenplay ‘I Love Cinema’. It has the tone of some my favorite classic films like ‘Network,’ ‘A Face in the Crowd’ and ‘Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’ … but ’I Love Cinema’ has a contemporary twist with college students dealing with real stuff, an actor from some of your favorite movies and TV shows and musical artists from our slammin’ Hip Hop and R&B soundtrack,” said Leslie.
Jen and Leslie have joined forces to promote a 30-day Kickstarter campaign, through which they hope to raise $35,000 for production costs.
”I’m so happy to be able to play Layla. I’m honored. I think it’s great to see how the characters develop throughout this movie. I think you’ll be really impressed and I just ask that you help us with this challenge to bring it life and I feel like you definitely will not be disappointed. I’m going to do my best job,” said Jen.
Check out clips from I Love Cinema on the next page. How do you think Jen will do as an actress?
Jennifer Williams Says She Didn’t Trust The ‘Basketball Wives’ Production Team; Talks New Reality Show
Back in October we told you that former Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams would be returning to reality television. The long-legged beauty revealed that she’d been collaborating with media maven Mona Scott-Young. During a recent appearance on T.D. Jakes’ Mind, Body And Soul, Jen opened up about her new series.
“Now going through it, I’m going to be having some control over editing… I want to be able to tell my story 100 percent,” Jennifer said.
In addition to expressing a distrust of Basketball Wives producers, Jennifer added that they spent a lot of time focusing on her deteriorating relationship with former BFF Evelyn Lozada.
“‘Basketball Wives’ didn’t show my evolution. I feel like it just focused on drama with a friend. I just want to tell my story in the right light,” she continued.
The entrepreneur also touched on being assaulted by Evelyn’s assistant, Nia—an incident that she credits for making her a stronger person.
“I don’t live with regrets so I feel the experience I went through was supposed to happen. Honestly I feel like it made me a stronger person, I had to go home that night [of the assault] and deal with my feelings. It really did make me a stronger person.”
Jen appears to have grown so much since leaving Basketball Wives. I’m pretty excited to see what she and Mona come up with.
Jazmine Denise is a celebrity news and entertainment blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
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.
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.
Evelyn Lozada recently opened up to OK! Magazine about her desire for sincere friendship. The hot-blooded reality star expressed that although she has plenty of superficial part-time friends, she’s at a point in her life where she just wants solid friendships.
“The only one that I’m friends with is Shaunie [O’Neal]. I may talk to Suzie [Ketcham] from time to time. I don’t tell her any secrets or anything like that. I’m just at a point in my life where I just really want real friends. I don’t want the fake, part-time friends. I’m too grown for that.”
Many of you got a kick out of her statement. And honestly, I can’t blame you. I mean, it’s pretty ironic that the ring leader of the mean girls, who acted as the gatekeeper of “the circle,” constantly dictating who was in and who was out, all of a sudden wants real friends. Though I was thoroughly amused by the irony of it all, in the same breath, I have to confess that I also understood where she was coming from. As women, our lives are filled with plenty of acquaintances and whether we want to admit it or not, many of us are unknowingly a part of numerous social circles. We have our work “friends,” our neighborhood “friends,” our college “friends,” our church “friends” and so on. Often times, it’s not until we’re really going through something, until we really need someone to confide in, until we need a sincere ear to listen to our problems without passing judgement on us, do we realize that although we’re constantly surrounded by these female acquaintances, very rarely can we actually call any of them friends and really mean it.
If I can compare Evelyn’s mirage of friends to anything in my own life, it would unfortunately have to be my “church friends.” We worship together. We fellowship with one another. We pray together. We support each other. Genuinely. But when I found myself dealing with some serious challenges in my life–you know, those real life-altering challenges that only sincere, unconditional love and support can help you to get through–I came to the sad realization that I wasn’t 100 percent comfortable with completely opening up to any of them. There I was, just like Evelyn, with this massive social circle and unable to call on one solid friend in my time of need. This certainly is not to say that there’s anything wrong with these women, it’s just that true friendship is indeed hard to come by. It’s not something that can be forced, rushed or summoned. So when Evelyn says that she’s ready for real friends, I get it.
I remember being about 8 years old and bragging to my mother about how many best friends I had. I’d named at least 10 girls from my fourth grade class before my mother began laughing to herself. You know, that kind of laugh older women do as if to say, “Child, you have a lot to learn.” I stopped mid-sentence and looked at her, wondering what was so funny. She simply responded that I’d be lucky if I have two good friends by the time I left college. I didn’t get it then, but I certainly understand it now.
Alex Lickerman of Psychology Today compares true friendship to romantic attraction. Though common interests, values, history, commitment, principles and equality are crucial to setting the groundwork for solid friendships, there’s an additional unknown factor that seems to hold these bonds together.
“Of course, we may have friends who fit all these criteria and still don’t quite feel kenzoku (A Japanese term that suggests a bond between people who’ve made a similar commitment and who possibly therefore share a similar destiny. It implies the presence of the deepest connection of, of lives lived as comrades from the distant past). There still seems to be an extra factor, an attraction similar to that which draws people together romantically, that cements friends together irrevocably, often immediately, for no reason either person can identify. But when you find these people, these kenzoku, they’re like priceless gems. They’re like finding home,” Alex wrote.
In this way, I don’t think any of us are that different from Evelyn. Those of us who have been blessed with real friends more than likely cherish them and those of us who don’t have them would like to (even though we may not always like to admit it). And while these bonds can’t be forced, as Alex notes, we can prepare for them by first becoming true friends ourselves.
How many true friends have you been blessed with? What makes those friendships different from your other relationships?
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I’m not sure if you were waiting around for it. If you were, we’re very sorry to disappoint you, but it looks like a Basketball Wives reunion show won’t be happening this season.
According to TMZ, as producers were getting everything together for the taping, they came to a pretty major fork in the road. One of the show’s leading cast members, Evelyn Lozada, reportedly pulled out and refused to film. Sources close to the situation say that Ev decided to skip the reunion because she was sick of talking about her domestic violence incident and divorce from ex-husband, Chad Ochocinco, and she knew that the scandal would be one of the major topics of the reunion. The source went on to say that since the show’s remaining cast members like Tami, Suzie, Tasha and Shaunie didn’t have much to talk about, producers felt it would be a waste of time and money to film the hour-long special. As a result they reportedly canceled it and decided not to reschedule. We certainly can’t blame them. Who wants to watch a show about nothing?
Anyway, the insider added that Evelyn is ready to move beyond the cattiness of Basketball Wives and get on with her life. It looks like she may have been right about carrying the show. If you recall, back in September Evelyn boasted that she was definitely ready for her own reality show because she pretty much carried Basketball Wives herself.
“I know I can carry my own show, pretty much carried this one,” she said.
Though many found her statement to be a little arrogant and borderline obnoxious, maybe she’s on to something. I mean, it’s not everyday that an entire reunion show gets canceled because one cast member decided to pull out. But then again, Basketball Wives was pretty much on its last leg anyway. VH1 has yet to officially confirm these reports, but chances are that if the show was happening, VH1 would have aired promo videos for it by now.
Were you kind of looking forward to the Basketball Wives reunion show or did it not make a difference to you either way?
Essence magazine just released a study surveying 1,200 women on their thoughts on black women in media. The respondents felt the images were “overwhelmingly negative.” Some of the stereotypical images highlighted by the women in the study include categories like: “Gold Diggers, Modern Jezebels, Baby Mamas, Uneducated Sisters, Ratchet Women, Angry Black Women, Mean Black Girls, Unhealthy Black Women, and Black Barbies.”
What instantly comes to mind as the driver of these images are reality television shows like Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop, which dominate ratings. Millions of people tune in every week to these programs, but with a few clicks of your mouse, one woman, Sil Lai Abrams is hoping to change that. The award winning writer, inspirational speaker, and domestic violence awareness activist launched a nonprofit, “Truth In Reality,” whose mission is to “change the way women of color and violence are portrayed in the media, especially on reality television.”
Social media acts as a major amplifier for these “ratchet reality shows.” Fueling the conversation are women from all walks of life. Abrams noticed even smart, educated, successful women she knew were tweeting and watching these shows.
“It’s very disturbing to see women who call themselves Black feminists or womanists who gleefully support the degradation of their sister,” explains Abrams. So, for the past six months Abrams has worked to meet these women where they are by hosting weekly twitter chats, #RealityTVCheck that reach anywhere from 5,000 to 40,000 people per night (according to her organization’s own analytics).
Every Monday, from 8pm to 9pm EST Abrams leads these discussions along with guest co-hosts on Twitter, at the same time many are watching or preparing to watch their “guilty pleasure” reality shows. We caught up with Abrams to get the scoop on her “#RealityTVCheck” twitter chats and how her personal experiences with domestic violence fuels her passion.
Madame Noire: Why are you so passionate about changing the narrative of black women on reality TV?
Sil Lai Abrams: “Ratchet” reality shows promote bullying and violence as an acceptable way to handle conflict. They also cause viewers to internalize negative stereotypes about women of color while simultaneously sending out the message that we deserve to be abused because we’re “bitches,” “violent babies mamas” or “gold diggers.”
MN: Do you remember the moment that first sparked your passion for this?
SLA: I’m a contributing writer to Ebony.com and TheGrio. My focus has been on domestic violence and relationships. Last summer I was reading through the comments online to an article I wrote about Evelyn Lozada being battered by her then husband, Chad Johnson. It was horrifying to see so many people justifying abusing women. What was even more disturbing was that the majority of commenters were Black women who were justifying or even denying that Evelyn had been abused despite evidence. An earlier piece I had written on Chris Brown battering Rihanna got the same response.
As a survivor of domestic violence and adolescent bullying, I know what it’s like for people to not believe that you’re being abused just because you don’t fit the “profile” of a victim. For years no one believed that it was happening to me because I was a “diva” and my batterer was such a low-key, friendly guy – in public. There were people who said the same thing; I must’ve driven him to do it because I was so “mouthy.” These articles reinforced why I had to do my part to try and shift the cultural narrative towards abuse of women.
Given that I’m a communicator by profession, I figured the way this could happen would be if I could educate folks on the damage of viewing reality show violence as “entertainment” and pushing for greater parity in the ways in which we’re being portrayed in the media. Right now there is Olivia Pope and Michelle Obama on one end and the entire genre of ratchet reality shows on the other. We need all facets of our humanity being shown-not just the violent and stereotypical ones that cause society to demonize us as “Jezebels,” “Sapphires” and “Crazy Black Reality Show Chicks”.
MN: What’s the impact of the negative images shown on reality shows?
SLA: Black women suffer from the highest rates of domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner homicide and HIV infections in the United States. I’m not saying that cable networks have created these issues. However certain types of unscripted television shows are normalizing behaviors that contribute to the over-representation of Black women in these areas. Researchers have also found that young girls and women who watch reality shows tend to have greater acceptance of violence in their own lives. They also are more likely to believe that “mean girl” behavior like we see on shows like with NeNe Leakes on Real Housewives of Atlanta is okay and expected if you want to get ahead in the world.