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Benzino Says He Knows Why His Nephew Shot Him On Way To Mom’s Funeral; Nephew Says He Did It In “Self Defense”

March 31st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Benzino and Stevie J – Instagram

We told you on Sunday that Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star, Benzino, was shot during a funeral procession for his mother in Massachusetts. Sadly, as the story goes, the gunman was his own nephew, Gai Scott, 36. Benzino, born Raymond Scott, 48, was riding in a Dodge Charger near the funeral procession, and his nephew was in a Bentley. At some point, their vehicles came side-by-side and Scott opened fire. Benzino was reportedly hit three times, including in his back and in his bicep. The tension between Benzino and his nephew had been growing for some time and obviously boiled over on the way to the funeral.

Now, in an interview with WXIA in Atlanta, the LHHATL star claims that the attack on him by his nephew could have had a lot to do with the fact that Benzino confronted his sister, Maureen Scott, and her son in the past about taking advantage of his mother (whose funeral the family was attending on Saturday).

“In the past I felt like, yes, my sister and my nephew was taking advantage of my mother. Yes. I spoke up about that, I don’t know what it caused now, but I did speak about it years ago.  There were some loans taken out of her house.”

He also told The Boston Globe what he saw when he was fired upon on Saturday:

“I looked over, there was a car, and all I saw was a gun shooting at me.”

Benzino is home from the hospital today, but his nephew was arraigned this morning in court. He has been charged with armed assault and intent to murder.

Surprisingly, according to The Boston Globe, the nephew’s lawyer,  Jon Ciraulo, says that he shot Benzino in self-defense and he has filed a not-guilty plea for his client. Ciraulo is also a lawyer for Benzino’s sister and says that Benzino has lied on Gai and is just seeking attention at this time:

“When the dust settles, this case will be shown to be self-defense.

My client and his family, including Maureen [Scott] vehemently deny any accusations that Benzino is making. I would suggest that he [the uncle] has an agenda in utilizing and self-promoting at this time.”

But Benzino’s long-time attorney, Martin K. Leppo, says Gai’s behavior was anything but in self-defense:

“Six shots into Ray Scott’s car, and he chased him on the highway. That doesn’t sound like self-defense to me.”

The drama continues, and we’ll keep you posted on new developments.

Stevie J and Benzino Join Forces To Open Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar

January 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In case you’ve been wondering what Stevie J and Benzino have been up to during the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” off-season, you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve been putting their business and entrepreneurial skills to the test. According to Hip Hop Weekly, the reality stars and longtime friends have partnered to open up a new venue in Atlanta, Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar.

“It is an upscale facility with a theme-restaurant style approach, where the food and drink menus all tie into characters and other elements associated with the TV show,” the weekly describes the restaurant.

Apparently we’re going to get learn all about the bistro, as it’s reportedly going to play an intricate role in “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” season three.

“Sleazy & Zino Bistro and Bar is one of the featured locations in the storyline of the 3rd season of the VH1 smash hit TV series, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” which is currently in production. The new season’s premiere episode airs on April 21, 2014.”

The fellas celebrated their grand opening on New Year’s Eve and judging by the photos, it looks like everyone had a good time.

Check photos of the venue on the next page.

Creep Life: The 13 Most Triflin’ Men On Reality TV

November 26th, 2013 - By Davisha Davis
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Everybody talks about what a bad look reality TV is for black women, but let’s not act like these characters do black men any favors. Here’s are list of the 13 most trifln’ men on reality TV — from worst to least worst, and in that order. Let us know if you agree with our picks.



1. Stevie J

Stevie J needs no introduction. We’re all familiar with his antics and how he manages to get away with the unbelievable. Stevie never answers questions and Joseline and Mimi still love him all the same. Stevie J invented the trifling reality TV manbook and for that he deserves the number one spot.

Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places: Benzino Gets Reality Dating Show, “Sucker For Love”

October 15th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While you were still trying to rap your head around the batch of side-eye worthy reality shows going on right now, this news comes out. According to the JasmineBrand and the man himself, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Benzino is going to get a Ray J/Flavor Flav-esque reality dating show called Sucker For LoveIt will be produced by you know who, Mona Scott-Young, and get this–Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez are allegedly also going to be helping to produce the show. Talk about a major come up for Miss Joseline!

The reality personality and rapper took to his Instagram to share the news, which he was clearly geeked up about:


And on Twitter, he’s been responding and retweeting statements from his followers about the show, including telling them to “drink up and tune in.” The show is reportedly set to air once the third season of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta ends next spring. And as you can see above, a logo for the title of the show has already been made. Wonder what Karlie Redd thinks about all of this, because if she’s not his love interest/dramatic ex on LHHATL, her air time is going to get cut big time.

So now that this news is out there, the question is, would you date Benzino? As we know from the show, he has a sensitive side (remember when Karlie had him crying after he made her breakfast in bed?), he’s business-minded, and according to Instagram, he’s been trying to keep it s*xy for you at the gym:



BOW! Don’t front ladies, you know you just fell in love (the sarcasm is real right now)…

Celebrity Men Who Are Clearly Going Through A Midlife Crisis

September 10th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Getting older certainly isn’t easy and while some men age with grace and dignity, these 15 stars have been anything but graceful. And quite honestly, we think they’re going through something, say a mid-life crisis?

Celebrity Men Midlife Crisis


John Kerry

John Kerry ran for president in 2008, but after losing out to the incumbent President Bush, Kerry went back to work on Capitol Hill as a senator. Earlier this year, President Obama tapped Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. And while he has a lot on his plate dealing with various international issues and the recent events of a chemical gas attack in Syria, Kerry’s change of appearance has a lot of people talking. Sixty-nine-year-old Kerry’s droopy face has been looking less droopy and even a little wider. His rep attributes the new look to exhaustion but a bad Botox injection or recent plastic surgery to the face can also be the cause, as some have speculated.

Old Flames & The Convention of Lames: Memorable Moments From Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Episode 11

July 2nd, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night’s episode was a doozy! Everybody had an interesting story line. So you know there is much to discuss. Buckle up and let’s do this [like Brutus.]

Benzino Quits ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ After Being Called Out By Stevie J: ‘My B**** Made You Famous Enough’

June 6th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: Twitter

I’m not really sure what kind of response Benzino was expecting when he released his ridiculous diss track about Joseline Hernandez titled, “Smashed Da Homie,” but it definitely wasn’t the one that he received. Yesterday Stevie J took to his Twitter page to blast his former friend for disrespecting his lady and as to be expected, his response was pretty harsh.
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After being verbally assaulted by his former friend, Benzino announced via his Twitter page he will be quitting Love & Hip Hop Atlanta because he values his friendships more than he does his slot on the show, but not before getting into verbal cat fight with Stevie.






This entire situation is a hot mess.

PASSSS Or Play…Or Pass: Benzino Releases Joseline Hernandez Diss Track “Smashed Da Homie”

June 5th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Watching the first season of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” I used to wonder why Karlie Redd, aside from trying to get put on, would want to mess with Benzino. But after the release of this tacky, “Smashed the Homie” track, I can see that they’re cut from the same cloth called petty. Karlie Redd is still trying to convince Rasheeda to do a K Michelle diss track when she clearly has bigger things to worry about, like why her husband is asking her to get an abortion.

But I digress. The topic of today’s post is Benzino. This 47 year old man is releasing songs that literally take words out of Ray J’s mouth. You may remember he popularized the phrase “smashed the homies” in his reality show “For the Love of Ray J.”( And ya’ll know how we feel about Ray J.) In this video, Benzino employs a Joseline Hernandez look-alike to bounce her booty cheeks, dry hump him and look into the camera, lips slightly parted. As she’s doing all of this Benzino raps and sings, with the help of autotune, about how this Hernandez doppelganger wanted to do some “animal ish” with him even though she already had sex with his friend.

She says she want to get to know me. Even though she smashed the homie. She wanted to do it like some animals! I tried to tell her to keep it low-key.

Benzino hasn’t necessarily been popping in the music industry for decades now; but with his involvement in the highly respected Source and even HiHop Weekly, he still had some credibility. But after this…

Watch the travesty on the next page.…but as someone who viewed the entire video in complete horror, you can get the gist after the first minute. A person can only hear the phrase “animal sh!t” so many times before losing IQ points.

Broken Hot Pockets And Strip Club Confessionals: LHHATL Episode 4 Recap

May 14th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Last night, K. Michelle showed her natural behind on the fourth episode of LHHATL, while Kirk and Scrappy just decided to watch nekkid booties at the strip club all while swapping marriage advice. And let’s not forget the love triangles between Stevie J., Joseline, and Benzino, and Traci Steele, DJ Baby Drew, and a strange woman at his home. Bottom line: there was a lot going on and we’re still early into the season. Check out what went down.

Benzino Tells Us The One Thing He Wants LHHATL Viewers To Know: ‘I Have A Neck!’

May 9th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Once we got Benzino in the office to ask him all the serious things we wanted to know — like if he really slept with Joseline and is still seeing Karlie Redd — we couldn’t help but ask a few crazy questions as well. The main thing we wanted to know is if the so-called Zino Grigio pays attention to all the people coming for his neck (literally!) every week, and if so how he feels about the personal criticism. See what he had to say as he shows off the one asset he wants everyone to know he (kinda) has.

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