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“Bye Felicia”: Jennifer Williams Isn’t Feeling Evelyn Lozada’s Apologies Or Friendship

July 25th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Johnny Louis/wenn

We told you earlier this week that Evelyn Lozada had her former BFF, Jennifer Williams, on her mind and wanted to try and mend the friendship they once had. She took to Twitter to publicly say that she had a dream about Williams (it was a funny one) and after her followers told her that she should reach out, Lozada said that she would try.

As it turns out, Lozada says that she DID call Williams. In some posts on Wednesday, she spoke about the importance of letting go of anger and grudges and the importance of trying to be a better person. And in the midst of all that, she let it be known that she did reach out to call Williams, but it’s unclear if her former friend even picked up the phone or called back…

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The same day Lozada divulged all that information, Jennifer Williams only had this to say:

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I know most people were saying that Williams shouldn’t give Lozada the time of day, and I can understand why she wouldn’t (you couldn’t be jumping over tables trying to fight me and then turn around and want to be my friend again either), but I do think it’s big of Lozada to publicly acknowledge that she behaved out of pocket while on Basketball Wives. It might be a little too late, but better late than never, right?

Evelyn Lozada Wants To Patch Things Up With Former BFF, Jennifer Williams…

July 22nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Johnny Louis/wenn

If you used to tune into Basketball Wives, I’m sure you remember the close bond that Evelyn Lozada and Jennifer Williams once had. They shopped together, threw shade together, and they were each other’s support system. However, their friendship fell apart when Lozada started dating Chad Johnson, who Williams called an “attention wh*re.” She wasn’t all that supportive of Lozada’s new relationship, and they eventually had a big blowup. And did we mention that Lozada’s former assistant slapped Williams in the face on national TV? Yeah, things got quite ugly.

Eventually, Williams left the bottle-throwing, table jumping shenanigans of the show behind, and after dealing with his cheating ways and some domestic violence, Lozada left Johnson. Life has gone on, but that hasn’t stopped Lozada from thinking about her former friend.

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After posting this on Twitter over the weekend, followers of the former reality star and future Mrs. Crawford told her that she needed to reach out to Williams, whom she traded in for a no-good man:

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So could Lozada and Williams mend things and become friends again? While Lozada is open to the idea, we’re not so sure about Ms. Williams. She posted this on Twitter last night, and we can’t help but wonder what she’s trying to say…

 

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But what do you think? How do you know when it’s a good idea to allow someone back into your life? And when do you need to leave certain doors closed?

 

“I Have Fought Hard For My Family”: Former Basketball Wives Star Meeka Claxton And Husband Speedy Split

July 17th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Though the title of the VH1 show is Basketball Wives, Shaunie O’Neal’s popular reality program was always pretty sparse on the actual wives. But during season three of the Miami installment, Meeka Claxton was a cast member and an actual wife who was also a mother and entrepreneur. Her relationship with retired NBA star Speedy Claxton seemed solid, as Speedy, born Craig Claxton, always came off on the show as a big supporter of his wife and one to give sound advice. But after eight years of marriage, Meeka announced on PYNK.com that the couple have decided to go their separate ways, at least for now:

Our next chapter will be our best chapter…” This was my promise to my daughters as I looked them in their big brown eyes and explained as best I could that mommy and daddy could not be together anymore.

After 16 years together, 8 years of marriage, living in 7 different cities, 2 beautiful daughters and a championship, unfortunately, Speedy and I have decided to separate.

But not because we didn’t try or because we didn’t want our family to work. If you know me even a little bit, then you know that my family means more to me than anything else.

For the last 10 months I have fought hard for my family because I didn’t get married to get divorced. I love Craig (aka Speedy) and our family more than anything. I believe in the bond of family and the positive effect a two parent household can have on children because that’s how I was raised. It’s #FOE…Family Over Everything and that’s what I have been instilling in my kids since Day 1.

As a mother, I try my best to raise young girls to be independent, confident women but there comes a time when you have to teach by example and this was one of those times.

Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak. Sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go and move on.

Craig is an amazing father and he and I will continue to co-parent. Life is about accepting what is, letting go of what was, and having the utmost faith in what will be…God’s got us

-Meeka Claxton

Meeka will be doing a column on Mondays for PYNK that will detail her transition into the single life, learning to co-parent and trying to ease back into doing things on her own. It’s unfortunate that these two are splitting, but we’re hoping that they will continue to be peaceful and mature about it.

Why Are We Always Talking About The Dysfunction of Basketball Wives And Not Basketball Itself?

July 14th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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You know what conversation has gotten old? Black women and reality television.

We’ve seen the memes, read the think pieces, and have played party to the same humdrum and overreaching conversation, which usually goes: “Black women on reality television are bad black people; black women watch reality television are bad black people too; black women are embarrassing themselves and the community by projecting and supporting images of negative ourselves; black women are embarrassing the black community by making us look bad on television in front of white people; black women are taking a check from white folks to destructively coon out on television, blah, blah, blah…”

And of course it also follows the same conversation trajectory as ones on: “Scandal” and Olivia Pope; “Being Mary Jane”; weaves and perms; birth control; feminism; abortions from Planned Parenthood; and a laundry list of activities, goods and services, which women enjoy. Point is, folks never get tired of telling black women, how our interests, needs and likes, particularly around what entertains us, are a waste of our time, money and a perpetration to white supremacy even when it is hypocritical at best.

But missing from all this repetitious screeching over reality shows is any real critique about the launching pads for many of the characters on these reality shows. Where are the serious analysis, the accusatory memes and finger wagging about black faced white supremacy and the impact on the downfall on the black community on ESPN or in Sports Illustrated or in the black versions of both? Where is the urging of men to step away from the hot wings and plasma television at the local sports bar and grill and throw down their throwback jerseys in mass protest?

What I’m saying is, how can you make claim about Basketball Wives trivialness and overall destructive nature, particularly to the black women’s psyche, and then in our next step, hang around with the bunch of your homies to either watch and play actual basketball?

You know a sport, which is most revered by black men?

You know a sport, which like feminism, was invented by an actual white person? And yet nobody accuses all the brothers, who participate in the sport of self hate, or trying to be like the white man, for playing along with the rules of the game.

The same sport, which today might be dominated by African Americans but had to be integrated, aka bought into, just like we had to do with the rest of the American society? Yet nobody calls the brothers in this particular sport, sellouts or coons or the male versions of Negro Bed Wenches for kowtowing to get into the white man’s game.

Geriatric Thirst: Jackie Christie Posts Topless Picture On Instagram

June 18th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Twitter

Mimi Faust isn’t the only seasoned reality star trying to use her assets to get a bit more shine. Today, “Basketball Wives” star Jackie Christie posted a topless picture of herself on Instagram. And she really let it all hang out.

The image was deleted shortly afterward. People are claiming that the photo was leaked but unless someone stole Jackie’s phone and had time to upload the picture before she deleted it, just minutes later, this is all very doubtful.

There’s really not much to say about this, it is what it is, we’re just wondering why, Jackie why?! Your position on “Basketball Wives” wasn’t in danger, what was the point?

What do you think of this so- called leaked picture? Why do you think Jackie released it? According to several sites, Christie was born in 1969, making her 45 this year. Forty five is no where near the grave but it is entirely too old for these type of shenanigans. Smh.

Jackie has yet to release a statement about the photo.

And umm…for those of you who are dying to see the unedited image, you can do so here.

“God Don’t Like Ugly”: Tami Roman Says A Reportedly Broke & Homeless Eric Williams Is Facing Karma After Mistreating Jennifer

April 23rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Image Source: WENN.com

Image Source: WENN.com

We told you earlier this week that Eric Williams, former NBA star and ex-husband of former Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams, claimed that he had fallen on hard times and can’t afford to pay his past due child support. Not only did Williams say that he has no home (“[The]court-ordered citation for me to appear was not delivered to my home address as I have no home”), but he also claimed that he’s so broke, he can’t afford a lawyer to handle this situation or to appear at scheduled court dates. Williams says that he’s in the “rebuilding stages” and trying to get his life back together.

While many people don’t believe that a man who was once making millions and played for 12 seasons now can’t even afford to show his face in court, Basketball Wives star Tami Roman says she’s not surprised, because that’s how karma is.

She told TMZ that she understands what he’s going through when it comes to being homeless “because I have been there, but clearly God doesn’t like ugly.” 

She also says that while Eric is struggling, the ex-wife he mistreated and threw alcohol in the face of is doing big things.

“Meanwhile, my girl Jen is being a beauty enjoying her new life and loving her new life.”

This is all very interesting coming from Tami Roman of all people. If you’ll recall, Roman was quite the Evilene during past seasons of Basketball WivesShe physically attacked and threatened her cast mates, and was quite the bully (remember the purse stealing incident?). So for her to say that “God don’t like ugly” is kind of a joke. But hey, you live and you learn, and maybe she has.

But what do you think about Eric playing the broke and homeless card, and Roman’s response to his circumstances?

VH1 Lays Off Majority Of Their New York Development & Production Team

April 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The majority of our televisions remain glued to VH1 for their reality shows like Basketball Wives LA  and the Love And Hip Hop franchise. Despite the success of all its shows, documentaries and editorial content, Variety says the network has laid off over 10 staffers. These lay offs occurred in the New York location in the development department. Two major executives, Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland, who were the vice presidents of VH1 East Coast production and development, were included in the staff who were let go.

In a statement released to Variety, a VH1 spokesman said:

“With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York. It’s imperative we accurately structure our teams to deliver the content that our growing number of viewers want from VH1 today.”

You can take away from the statement that, with the network’s success in the 18-to-49 age group, they need team players who are willing to take risks in order to remain relevant. VH1’s programing chief Susan Levison who was hired last year, has focused on restructuring the network. Therefore, she hired television veteran Nina Diaz who serves as the senior vice president of East Coast production and development. The network plans to hire people with the expertise in multi-platform programming because they plan on expanding the use of its app.

 

Tami Roman Filming For New Reality Show, ‘The Roman Empire’

March 6th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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“Basketball Wives Miami” may be a thing of the past, but reality TV veteran Tami Roman has big plans to return to the small screen with yet another reality show.

The mother of two recently began filming a pilot in Houston for her new series, “The Roman Empire,” which The Jasmine Brand reports will feature her two daughters, Lyric and Jazz.

“We are taping this week for an hour pilot and then going forward from there,” the former “Basketball Wives” star recently told the Chicago Tribune.

She went on to say that the show will be a VH1 production and that the storyline will center around her life.

“My focus is getting this storyline about my life in development and making it something VH1 is proud of and brings in viewers.”

In addition to a new reality show, Tami says she’ll also be starring in a new series for CBS soon.

“I have a TV show coming this summer that CBS has asked us not to talk about. It’s with a very well-known and respected Academy Award-winning star. People get to see me back in the lane I was in before returning to reality TV.”

So far no premiere dates have been confirmed.

Do you think you’d be interested in seeing Tami’s reality show?

Love Triangles, Meddling Parents & Ruined Friendships: 15 Reality Show Tropes

February 24th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Sources: Bravo, Instagram

Sources: Bravo, Instagram

I’ll be honest, I’m still a little naive when it comes to reality television.   I don’t think that everything is authentic (because if it was, then it would be called a documentary series, rather than a reality show); however, part of me doesn’t think that it’s as scripted as people make it out to be in various comment sections.  I’m not too big on watching a lot of reality television, but while watching an episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” this season, I experienced entertainment whiplash.

Now, I’m not sure if everything is scripted, but I do know that I’ve seen certain scenes before, like:

 Relationship Stress and Health Scares

A few episodes ago when Mama Joyce finally agreed to step out of Kandi’s and Todd’s relationship.  One of the reasons that she gave was due to her health.  Well… did anyone else have a flashback of “Flavor of Love 2″ when Sister Patterson, New York’s mother mentioned a health scare as a means of dealing with New York’s relationship with Flav?

Where Are They Now? Reality TV One-Hit Wonders From Basketball Wives And Love and Hip Hop

February 19th, 2014 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Reality TV isn’t for everybody, and the following people learned that the hard way. They had bottles thrown at them, their purses stolen, their business put on blast and their hearts broken all for the sake of ratings, yet, they didn’t make it past one season. Where are they now and what are they up to?

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Meeka Claxton

Claxton couldn’t get a break on Basketball Wives Miami. She was either talking herself into drama or she was getting popped in the head by the always crunk Tami Roman. After not getting an invite to return to the show, Claxton went on to do bigger and better things. She has done a few event appearances here and there, supported charity efforts for things like lupus, continued on with her entrepreneurial work (including the clothing brand “Privileged,” as well as Claxton Productions and Million Dollar Girlz), and of course, has blasted Basketball Wives since leaving, speaking on Laura Govan’s comments that Shaunie O’Neal has ruined the show by putting “hos” on it instead of wives:
“It’s the truth. Besides Jennifer and myself there wasn’t any [actual wives]. I’m rich. She definitely wasn’t talking about me. My man got a championship ring. She definitely wasn’t talking about us. I got the ring. The wives ring.

I agree with her. I felt it wasn’t a true representation of the lifestyle.”

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