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In the 1990s, Moesha was the friend we all looked up because she had a quiet confidence about herself. In fact, the television character played by Brandy had many of us glued to our television sets, learning how we too can navigate sticky situations with our parents or crushes. And even though, there’s distance between who we were then and now, none of us have forgotten the lessons we learned from Moesha.
Thankfully, we no longer have to rely on the memories we had from the show because Fuse has declared that October will be Moesha Month!
Promising to fulfill every nostalgic recollection we have of the show, Fuse will air Moesha every Tuesday night in October! Even better, the television network plans to have marathon blocks of the show starting Columbus Day weekend, beginning on Sunday, October 9 from 6:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. to October 10, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.
There will also be throwback episodes featuring our favorite celebrities Jamie Foxx, Lil’ Kim, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Gabrielle Union and Kobe Bryant — because it wouldn’t be a ’90s show if “it” celebrities didn’t make a guest appearance. Right?
Stock up on all your snacks now and get ready to re-live the ‘90s with Moesha and Fuse on Tuesdays, all month long!
Love Moesha? So do we! If we weren’t getting braid envy from the lead character, we were lusting over Q, laughing at Kim, or relating to Niecy. Not to mention that we were trying to figure out Moesha’s reasoning for certain things. For instance: Who passes up on a free Saturn for a busted and disgusted Jeep?! All in all, we learned a lot from Mo’ and her crew, and we have Mara Brock Akil to thank for some of that, as she was a writer and producer for the show. But how much do you know about the series in general? Click through this “Bet You Didn’t Know” post and find out.
Human beings are nosy. That’s why when someone tells us something — anything — we instantly want to know more. You’re engaged — when’s the wedding? You’re moving — where to? You’re beefing with somebody — what’d they do? You’re pregnant — who’s the daddy? Whoops.
That last question there is why Tika Sumpter chose not to go public with her pregnancy until two months before her due date, but in giving us some tidbits about her relationship in Fit Pregnancy did she actually do more damage?
And what about Brandy and Monica? The decades-old bad blood between the two has risen to the surface again, but no one is talking about what really happened. Is the slight shade played?
Join in with the editors of MadameNoire as we discuss these topics and what we would do if we were in Solange’s shoes and a white person told us to sit down at a venue in this episode of Did Y’all See?
Just when you though the long-standing pettiness beef between Brandy and Monica had come to an end, another installment in the saga emerged. Coming on the heels of Monica’s appearance on the season premiere of The Real where she spoke of how she felt about Brandy response to not joining the #SoGoneChallenge of her 2003 hit song, Brandy released her own response today that is heavy on the subliminals, but definitely manages to get her point across.
When Monica proclaimed that she was “unbothered” by Brandy’s remark of “chile bye” in response to a fan’s question about whether or not she would engage in the #SoGoneChallenge that showcased the timeless appeal of Monica’s 2003 hit, many assumed the issue was dead. Well Brandy, never one to let comments at her expense go by unnoticed, took to her Snapchat to let fans know how she felt about it.
In the series of Snapchat videos, Brandy can be heard saying that she responds to being attacked by being positive and that even though people are shady and say shady things, she takes the high road.
Read more about this never-ending feud at HelloBeautiful.com
Over the weekend, we wrote about Monica’s response to the shade Brandy threw at her #SoGoneChallenge. In case you missed it, in her interview with “The Real,” Monica took the highest road. She spoke about love, light and positivity. She said that God used Brandy’s shade to test her. She also shared how much she’s always admired Brandy’s talent. She explained that the only Grammy the both of them have ever won came when they collaborated for “The Boy is Mine.” And she admitted that despite all the bad blood, she would be happy to work with her again.
Her response was a publicist’s wet dream. And Monica came across looking like a saint.
Brandy took a different approach.
In an Instagram post that seemed to simply be celebrating her beat and braids, Brandy issued a response to Monica’s comments.
#Inspire is the only reason #IAm @beautyamazonmua #Gift @drkariwill #Gift #GoddessTwist #Brakari @brakarihaircollection Hey Hey Hey, #IKnowTHEREALStoryThatEverybodyDoesntKnow #NewKeyOnKeyNewMeOnMe #MissSubstance #PositivityIsTheOneThingYouShouldNotFake
It’s all in the hashtags. Notice how the words “The Real” were capitalized. She mentions a story that no one else knows. And then, if there were any confusion the last one told it all. “Positivity is the one thing you should not fake.”
Truth is, there are always two sides to every story. I’m sure something did go down between these two women. Something that may have been a bit muddy and murkier than Monica’s love and light message. Still, if Brandy is not going to explain what really and truly happened, then she should just leave it alone. Because, right now, in the public eye Monica is coming off as the mature and evolved one, while Brandy just looks a bit bitter and petty. Again, that might not be the reality of the situation. But in this fickle business of fame, televised interviews and social media, perception goes a long way.
What do you think about Brandy’s approach to the whole thing? Is it working in her favor or nah?
Veronica Wells is the culture editor of MadameNoire. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”
Just last month, Monica’s 2003 jam “So Gone” was flipped on its head by social media as a viral trend, #SoGoneChallenge. From fans to celebrities, everyone got in on the action, trying their hand at freestyling to the Missy Elliott-produced track.
However, one singer wasn’t too keen on giving the challenge a try. When someone asked if Brandy would throw her hat in the ring, she replied, “Child bye,” which immediately prompted many to believe there was still bad blood between the two singers.
During a clip for the season three opener of The Real, the R&B singer spoke on the situation. Monica had actually come on the show to surprise a fan who participated n the challenge, but when Loni Love asked how she felt about Brandy’s dismissive reaction, Monica kept it real and classy.
“I’ll tell you, I’m not bothered at all,” she said. “Honestly, the old me and the new me are two different things, and this journey of self-progression and self-love and empowerment that I’m on, I can’t go backwards. I think that, that was just a test from God for me and I’ve always thought that she was one of the most legendary people and, has one of the most amazing voices in the runs and riffs. And I just think that it’s, some of it, has been blown out of proportion to a degree, but I can’t tell my kids to do something that I can’t do. So it was just a test for me to, uh, always just take the high road and know that in anything that happens in this life, if it’s meant for you, it’s yours. Nobody can stop it or stand in the way of it.”
Monica even said she’d like to put the drama in the past and collaborate with Brandy.
“I would work with her again. It’s never been an easy situation, but the reason that I would do it, is because we are from a special elite group. It was her, Aaliyah and myself. And it was a very special time where each of us were individuals, we did our own thing and we all made our own mark. And the truth and reality is the only Grammy either of us has is together. So that to me says something special. So yeah, I absolutely would.”
I have personally been “over” the Brandy and Monica beef since right around the time it began. So, I’m sure many of you will accuse me of stirring the pot. But I view this as more of a post to address a general confusion. From the last I heard, the two weren’t just getting along, they had teamed up with one another for the song, “It All Belongs To Me.” The two went on a promotional tour for the single. They appeared on the cover of Ebony and in several interviews they admitted that the things that separated them as young girls were no longer an issue. In our interview with Monica, she admitted that the feud that existed between them as teenagers had a lot to do with marketing and publicity. After all, the song was about the two of them fighting over a man. They’d grown and matured and were no longer in that space. They were even supposed to go on tour together. But that fell through with no explanation from either singer.
And earlier this year, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Brandy said flat out that she and Monica aren’t on great terms.
“It was so long ago, I’m just in a different space. I don’t talk to Monica. We are on different paths.”
But my question really stems from a recent social media post from Brandy. As you know, Monica’s “So Gone Challenge” has been all over the internet. And while there have been several celebrities who participated, Brandy was not one of them. And people wondered why.
When someone asked her if she could do the So Gone Challenge, Brandy responded with two words.
That was enough. We got the message but she took it a step further with another full Instagram post, that has since been deleted.
Meanwhile, if you look on Monica’s page, it’s all about love and light.
Still Working❤️I couldn’t be more grateful.. Life will be filled with moments that you will never forget. The key to continuously being blessed is being aware of what you put out.. Negativity, envy, hate & jealousy are the key to an early demise.. What ever you spread amongst the world is sure to come back to you.. It’s up to you❤I choose LOVE️, M.B. ❤️THANK YOU for my shoes Mommy I LIVE in them #StillHerBaby (clothes: @shunmelson)
So the question is, what really happened between this two?
From all the receipts presented, it would seem that Brandy is the only one to blame for their falling out. Truth is, we really don’t know. After all, Monica’s relationship with Ciara isn’t what it used to be either. Unless Brandy decides to spill the beans, I guess we may never know.
If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t heard new music from Brandy Norwood lately, it might be because her record label is making some shady moves to lock her into a contract. Entertainment Weekly reports the 37-year-old Never Say Never singer no longer wants to be down with her record label, Chameleon Entertainment. EW claims to have obtained documents of a complaint filed with L.A.’s superior court in which the singer alleges her label “will not pay for her to record new albums or allow her to otherwise release music to her fans”. Norwood claims that the move is a bold attempt to bully her into signing a new contract that is far worse for her that the present agreement she is presently under with the label.
The documents claim that Norwood is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and calls out in particular, Breyon Prescott, head of A&R at Epic Records. Norwood also accuses the label of not holding up its end of the deal in regards to the 2012 release of Two Eleven, a record that was supposed to be the first of a five-album deal. Norwood’s legal team says, “pursuant to the Agreement, Chameleon was obligated to pay recording costs for the second album in the amount of $600,000, 10 percent of which it would owe promptly following receipt of notice that Norwood had commenced recording of the second album.” The lawsuit also alleges that the lawsuit alleges that Chameleon suspended Norwood’s contract in April 2014, sending her a letter wherein the company accused her attorney of telling Chameleon’s president that she had “failed to cooperate” with the label.
Brandy released the single “Beggin’ and Pleadin'” earlier this year and also premiered the sitcom Zoe Ever After on BET. I don’t know about you all but I’m ready for some Never Say Never type of R&B revisited for 2016. She offered some reassurance to EW that she’s in the studio working on something new:
“There’s definitely [an album] in the works. I’m recording in Los Angeles. I’m working, singing, and I’m ready. Nothing is going to get in my way.”
We hope B-Rocka can knock those pesky legal troubles out the way. In the meantime we’ll be patiently waiting.
In college I self-diagnosed myself with anxiety. Sounds a bit crazy, right? Well, my mother said the same thing. Nevertheless, I always felt nervous to the point of a panic attack when faced with an issue or wanting to prove myself. I would try to relax but nothing ever really worked.
Today, at 24 years old, I’m proud to say that I’ve been able to control my nervous jitters and simply stay calm. While I do notice anxiety and nervous jitters are triggered more often when I’m under lots of pressure, it’s nowhere near as bad as it was before. I never visited a therapist or sought out medical attention for my own random fear of judgment, but in a recent interview starlet Brandy had with Entertainment Tonight, she made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my struggle.
The singer/actress revealed that she has “adult nerves,” a term she coined due to her age and battle with anxiety. While many would think of the entertainer as fearless individual since she’s been performing in front of audiences since she was a teenager, that wasn’t the case when she got back into the spotlight. Brandy revealed that her new show Zoe Ever After took lots of prayer and courage.
“There were a few different steps I needed to take in order to get back to the space where I could carry and hold my own on a show again. I went into the Zoe experience wanting to feel that [Moesha confidence] all over again,” she said.” “My nerves are worse now. I was fearless as a kid. I have adult nerves now and basically they don’t go away. But I’m blessed enough to not allow them to cripple me. I’m just inspired all over again in my life!”
In support of Brandy’s own sentiments, I’ve learned to take anxiety in strides and not let it consume me. I realized the more that I thought about it, the more I would let it take over my mind to the point that I couldn’t focus on anything else but my fear. While Brandy didn’t necessarily go into detail about how she got over her nerves, other than simply pushing forward, there are a few different lifestyle changes I’ve made that have definitely made an impact on myself.
To begin, waking up early to meditate for ten minutes has been great routine. I noticed that the first thing I would do every morning was grab my cellphone and scroll through work emails. Instead, I don’t pick up my phone until an hour after waking up — unless it’s an emergency of course. This down time allows me to center myself and prepare my spirit for a positive day. Limiting my alcohol and caffeine intake has also helped a lot. I no longer drink alcohol or caffeine, which is quite hard in my field of work, but I’ve been dedicated to making it work for the past three months. Now, I opt for water all day, everyday. This keeps me refreshed and mobile without all the added sugar, which actually worsens anxiety. Sleep is also another factor that many count out. Unlike the recommend eight hours, I was clocking in at around five hours, sometimes less. These days I’m a stickler for getting home early enough to get my proper rest and relaxation to keep myself cool, calm and collected — even under pressure.
As always, we’re interested in your own stories too. Have you ever suffered from adult anxiety? What do you credit to combating it?
Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart Lifetime biopic drew 3.6 million viewers, becoming the network’s most-watched film in a year. Did you enjoy it? Because we sure did. Narrated and executive produced by Toni Braxton (who sang her own music in the movie), Unbreak My Heart followed the success of Lifetime’s much talked about Aaliyah and Whitney Houston biopics. Whose life story would you love to see on screen next? From Missy Elliott’s comeback to Brandy’s interesting career and love live and Jennifer Hudson’s incredible story, here are some candidates we think Lifetime should consider.
Vanessa Williams made headlines as the first Black winner of Miss America, a title that she would later relinquish after a Penthouse scandal threatened her burgeoning career. But Williams bounced back and conquered virtually every sector of entertainment: the musical charts, Broadway, film, and television. If that doesn’t scream biopic, I don’t know what does.