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Last month we reported that Evelyn Lozada wasn’t interested in returning to the Basketball Wives franchise. She shared with fans via Twitter that the series was no longer a good fit for her life and that she was moving on to bigger and better things. Today we’ve learned what one of those bigger and better things is: Lozada has found a new TV home at the Oprah Winfrey Network. With the help of her family, Lozada will debut a new reality show, currently titled Evelyn.
Slated for a July premiere, Evelyn will revolve around Lozada’s balancing act of mother to a 21-year-old model/college student and 1-year-old. Viewers will also see how Lozada’s relationship with fiancé, Carl Crawford, plays out. The Wrap shared OWN’s description of the show and it reads as follows:
“Evelyn” (working title) follows the lives of Evelyn Lozada, of “Basketball Wives” fame, and her 21-year-old daughter Shaniece. Evelyn is engaged to big league baseball player Carl Crawford and the couple just welcomed their first child, Carl Leo Jr., to the family last March. Between learning to be a mom all over again, setting up a new home in Los Angeles for her and her family, running several businesses as well as dealing with issues surrounding her family back East… Evelyn has a lot going on! Not to be outdone, her daughter Shaniece’s modeling career is taking off resulting in a flood of business opportunities with no clear choice of which to pursue, leaning on her mom for advice which she (sometimes) takes. Each episode is filled with close friends and relatives in the ladies’ lives who help round out a world filled with laughter, support, encouragement and tears as we follow Shaniece carving out the new life before her and Evelyn finally feeling like she has the life she deserves.
Evelyn will be produced by Shed Media, the same media company who produced Basketball Wives on VH1.
Will you be tuning in to see how life has changed for Lozada?
Evelyn Lozada found herself at the center of pregnancy rumors earlier today. The baby talk began over at The Shade Room after Ev shared a photo of her fiancé, Carl Crawford, on Instagram and included the hashtag #hehasstronggenes. Shortly after, a woman who appears to be a relative commented:
“Yes he does. Our whole family! Can’t wait to meet the new edition [baby emoji].”
Then, there was this photo of her son clinging to her body, which many believed revealed a baby bump.
TSR immediately began questioning whether or not the commenter was hinting that the “Basketball Wives” star was expecting, but she quickly shut down those rumors.
“I’M NOT PREGO GUYS…” she commented.
So yeah, that’s that. For now anyway.
We told you late last week that when asked on Twitter if she would be joining season five of “Basketball Wives LA,” Evelyn Lozada made it clear that she had moved past that stage in her life and wanted no parts of the show or the franchise in general.
“I was given an offer, but declined. Just not a good fit for my life, I’ve moved on.”
But the show is still a good fit for Tami Roman, who is officially making the jump from Miami to LA.
Roman confirmed that she is indeed going to show up and show out for the upcoming season after arriving at an event for “Basketball Wives LA” star Malaysia Pargo late last month.
“The people have been wanting to see myself, Evelyn, and Shaunie back on TV. We can’t leave them wanting more. When they asked me to be a part of the situation, I said, ‘Let me get back in there because people are familiar with me from ‘Basketball Wives.’ I’m just here to get to know the ladies. People associate me with being 100 percent real. I’m completely transparent at all times, so I think that’s what their particular version of ‘Basketball Wives’ is missing. Somebody to just come in and give the real. I’m here to just talk to the girls, get to know them, and find out what’s really going on. Get all the tea.
When asked who she is bonding with so far, Roman says she’s open to getting to know everyone.
“I don’t use the term friends lightly, so I don’t necessarily know that I’ll be best friends with everybody. My main focus here is to get to know everybody. Bring the Tami to the cast. Finding out what’s going and help them hopefully be 100 with each other. I’m not here to start drama. I’m not here to cause any problems. It’s[sic] just here to get them to to be able relate to each other and kind of incorporate some of the things from our installment in Miami. We have issues but we’re able to talk about them and get through them. I think that the LA installment was missing that person that could kind of help navigate them through some of their issues.
But when she was asked how she’s dealing with Jackie Christie, who some feels is a manipulative bully at times on the show, Roman was quick to defend the BBWLA vet, because they’re very similar.
“I think that after you cross the age of 18, ‘bully’ isn’t really the proper term. As adults, everybody has the opportunity to stand up for themselves and speak their mind. Stand for something or fall for anything. I think with Jackie, she’s been a poignant personality on this particular installment, as I have been on mine. I’m just here, yet again, to make sure the girls understand that you can have differences. You can agree to disagree. But we’re all grown. We’re all over 18. I hate that term in the context of grown women. We’re disagreeing, and now we’ve gotta get to a point where we can agree to disagree.”
Anywho, the cast (aside from Draya Michele and former cast member Sundy Carter) was recently spotted on a trip to Puerto Rico where they shot scenes for the show. Roman was snapped kicking it with Jackie Christie and “boss lady” Shaunie O’Neal, while the rest of the ladies posted images of themselves enjoying all that PR has to offer. Check out some of the images for yourself, as well as Roman’s interview about what you can expect from her in LA.
Two years ago when Evelyn Lozada bailed on the “Basketball Wives Miami” reunion, we figured that she was pretty much through with the franchise.
“When the show was ending, I told my publicist and just talking to my family, ‘I don’t want to do the reunion, I don’t want to talk about my relationship anymore,’ Lozada said back in 2013. “I decided not to do the reunion and then right after that is when I found out I was pregnant. So I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’ I didn’t want to unveil the bump on the reunion.”
Though it seems that “Basketball Wives Miami” is a done deal, spin-off “Basketball Wives LA” lives on. Interestingly, VH1 producers made one last attempt to include Lozada in the franchise. At least that’s what the mom and wife-to-be told fans on Twitter last night when asked if she’d be appearing in the upcoming season of the LA spin-off; especially since she’s now living in Los Angeles.
— Evelyn Lozada (@EvelynLozada) February 26, 2015
Sooooo many sweet tweets from everyone! Thank you for still being here through the good & the bad! BBW would be nothing without the fans.
— Evelyn Lozada (@EvelynLozada) February 27, 2015
Do you think you’ll be tuning in to the upcoming season or are you over it?
Sil Lai Abrams, journalist, domestic abuse advocate and founder of Truth In Reality, doesn’t have any grand delusions that people will completely tune out of reality television. Nor is she really looking to shame anyone with a moralist message about virtue and respectability.
With that said, she does believe that reality television is creating a narrative around womanhood, particularly Black womanhood, that is both damaging and dangerous.
And through the Redefining HERstory Campus Social Action Program and Education Tour, Abrams is looking to inspire young people to – at the very least – think critically about what they are consuming.
On her campus tour, which began late last month at Grambling University and will be making its second stop tonight at 7 p.m at Kent State University tonight (Kiva Auditorium). The aim is media literacy. And during tonight’s event Abrams says she is looking to engage students in conversation on how sexist and racist stereotypes sometimes play themselves out on many of these shows.
After the event, the conversation will continue online for weekly #RealityInTV Twitter chats, where Abrams along with guest experts and media personalities including Roland Martin, discuss topics related to rape culture and institutional oppression, sexism in the media and male accountability. And it will continue on campuses as well, with watch parties and guest speakers, who will drive home messages related to anti-violence and women empowerment.
While the aim is to raise awareness and to alert young adults in particular to what she believes are destructive themes, the ultimate goal is to get young people, particularly young Black women to create counter narratives of their own to what they see in the media.
“Since folks are going to be watching it anyway, you might as well watch it and analyze it with them. It’s not about shaming or passing judgment. But as media consumers, you have to know what you’re watching and what the potential impact is having on how you view situations in real life,” said Abrams.
Like violence against women.
As Abrams suggest, the fairly recent rise in smack down and drag out relationship-themed reality television, like “The Bad Girls Club” and the entire “Love & Hip Hop” franchise, has created a narrative, which appears to both condone and normalize Black love steeped in violence and dysfunction. We laugh, mock and make snarky comments about how these women “deserve it” on social media, but rarely do we consider the context.
Like Mimi Faust from the wildly popular “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” who was stuck for 16 years in a traumatic relationship with music producer and fellow cast member Stevie J. Many people ridiculed her for staying in a clearly emotionally manipulative and abusive relationship for so long. However rarely did anyone consider that prior to landing a spot on the series, it was likely Faust was a pretty economically insecure single mother and that alone made her more susceptible to Stevie J’s exploits.
And then there was the much publicized domestic abuse incident involving former “Basketball Wives” stars Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada. Since Lozada was known for jumping on tables and basically bullying her fellow “wives” on the show, viewers had trouble seeing her as a victim in her real life relationship with the former football star.
“Basically most of the commentary around these incidences sided with the abuser and her perceived lack of proper behavior and decorum were viewed as the culprit. That is a direct result of conditioning,” said Abrams, laying out the connection between reality television and abuse. “There is extensive research, which suggests the viewing of violent images against women increase male aggression towards women. So these reality television shows, which feature violent images of women of color are contributing to the normalization and reinforcing of negative stereotypes that men who are violent or predisposed to violence use to justify and rationalize their abuse.”
There is also more nefarious correlation stemming from these images, which has little to do with abuse, said Abrams. In particular, the White gaze. She recalled a friend’s story about being in Eastern Europe and being confused with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” television star NeNe Leakes – in spite of looking nothing like her.
“It was the only point of reference they have for a Black American woman. So we have to remember that for lots of people, who never come into contact with Black people, this is the only narrative that they see. And that shapes perceptions of us,” she said.
Abrams said that she is no stranger to the lives lived by many of the characters on these reality programs (you can watch this short tour promo clip, which explains more her personal story). Her past includes being a former high school drop out, who struggled with an alcohol dependency issue before going into modeling and eventually the music industry, She was also a single mother with little education as well as a survivor of sexual assault and violence. Those vulnerabilities are the major reasons why she does not sit in judgment of their choices.
But she is concerned about whether or not, these images, which are highly edited, filtered and even scripted, are really letting us see these women’s full humanity or are these women just caricatures, being exploited for cheap entertainment. “There is a lack of balance in the portrayed. When go across all media, we are portrayed as centers around historical racist stereotypes which have been recycled and rehashed for entertainment today,” she said.
With violence infiltrating every aspect of popular culture and media including sports, film and music, It’s hard to say if the onus of these negative images lands squarely at the feet of Mona Scott Young. However Abrams is certain that violence has been a driving narrative of young women, between 18 to 49. She notes that “Love & Hip Hop” is tied for number three in ratings besides WWF wrestling.
“So when the top shows we consume are centered around patriarchy and pushing patriarchal themes, it’s easy to see how abuse is normalized and even how this culture of rape is shaped. That’s why it is imperative that we address the young people, particularly women, to let them know that this sort of behavior is not okay.”
Although a final itinerary has not been finalized, Abrams said the Redefining HERstory tour will be making a number of stops on campuses across the country. She also hopes to work with local organizations in vulnerable communities to reach out to even younger-aged women and men.
In the meantime, Abrams is offering a free downloadable media kit, which was created by developmental psychologist Dr. Scyatta Wallace of JANISAW, a consulting company specializing in leadership development and life skills programs for teen girls and young women, to help educators, youth counselors and other folks have similar conversations with young people in their own communities.
“Even before we take action, first we need people to understand that there is a problem. And then you have to engage them and then they have to become personally invested in the issue. Because what we are talking about here is personal agency. We can’t say that we want greater and more varied public images of Black women and women of color in the media, if we keep supporting those images we don’t want.”
Ever since little Carl Leo Crawford, Jr. was born, Evelyn Lozada has posted adorable pictures of him for the world to see. We’re glad she has been so willing to share such glimpses into infancy, because he’s just the cutest thing.
But one individual in this happy family who has been concealed is Lozada’s fiancé, Carl Crawford. The LA Dodgers outfielder seems a bit shy when it comes to being put out there on social media, so Lozada sticks to posting images of the back of him, or ones that just don’t include his face. And the only time we’ve seen the two front and center in front of a camera together (with both of their faces showing) was when the couple was spotted having date night back in April at Maestro’s in Beverly Hills.
But in a surprising move, Lozada posted a very sweet image of father and son chilling together at home recently, and captioned it “MCM #MyBoys #Crawford”
How cute are they? Check out more adorable images of a growing Carl Leo Crawford, Jr. and his parents below:
My love has two teeth coming in at once! Where is the time going? (Disregard my finger in his mouth lol Only way I could capture this pic) #CarlLeoCrawford #MyKidsAreMyLife #BlessedToBeHisMommy A photo posted by Evelyn Lozada (@evelynlozada) on
Spent the day with my love He just woke up from a nap & was not trying to crack a smile #CarlLeoCrawford A photo posted by Evelyn Lozada (@evelynlozada) on
A photo posted by Evelyn Lozada (@evelynlozada) on
While chatting with Necole Bitchie recently, K. Michelle spoke openly about her dating past, from dealing with NBA stars J.R. Smith (“J.R. isn’t a good guy”) and Lance Stephenson (“Me and him are really getting to be friends”), to the father of her son (“Yeah [he married] my sorority sister!”). But the most interesting tidbit about who she almost dated was what she dished about Chad Johnson. She said in the past that he tried to get at her (and offered to buy her some shoes…), but in this interview with Necole (who revealed that she also dated the former NFL player long ago), the singer said that she didn’t date him because not only was he not inspiring her, but she felt that he had some healing he needed to go through from all his past drama.
And oh yeah, his penis was way too big for her.
“If I can’t write a song about you, I’m not gonna date you. That means you’re not inspiring me and it’s not gonna work. ‘Damn,’ for me was a record [about] Ocho trying to date me and it was a lot of ‘nos,’ and I don’t listen to people but you do have to pay attention somewhat. I was like, ‘Damn, I’m feeling some type of way. Like, I want to try to get to know you and love you but not today.’ And that’s what ‘Damn’ was about. Like, ‘You’re cool but now is not the time for it,’ and that’s real.
His penis is so big Necole, I would not let him have sex with me. Because I did not want him to stretch my walls out because I need them. I need them. I looked at his penis and I said you know what? Uh Uh. I’m not–that thing is unreal. I can’t. I can’t take that.
He’s a cool, nice guy, he still is funny. But between that, I was not screwing him with that penis. And then on top of that, I just feel like he has his own healing and stuff to do. And I was going through my healing of situations and things like that. And it was right after Evelyn [Lozada]. So it wasn’t time for that. And she blocked me on Twitter. I love Evelyn. I’m like, ‘I ain’t got nothing to do with this Evelyn, I really like you.’ So you can unblock me Evelyn, I really do like you!”
I would say TMI, but I’m not going to lie, that was an intriguing bit of information. You can check out their chat below:
Evelyn Lozada Speaks On Domestic Violence, Says Infamous Fight With Chad Johnson Was Her “Karma For Acting A Fool”
As news coverage continues to surround Ray Rice, that elevator video of him knocking out then-fiancée Janay Palmer and the aftermath of it, the conversation about domestic violence also continues.
Evelyn Lozada’s name was brought up in a conversation about women walking away from their abusers on Twitter, and Lozada decided to join in it. She spoke about feeling like part of everything she went through with ex-husband Chad Johnson, including that domestic abuse incident where he headbutted her after she confronted him about buying condoms to cheat, was karma for her bad behavior. All in all, she said that the situation made her a much better person because she realized that she needed to work on herself.
And Lozada has definitely changed from the woman we used to see on “Basketball Wives” back in the day to the mother of a newborn who has traded in bottle and shade-throwing for diapers and a chill life with fiancé Carl Crawford.
She told Life & Style in the past that after her public split from Johnson, she hit rock bottom.
“I had the worst 2012, I thought my life was over. It happened so publicly, and then the passing of my brother-in-law. But that entire incident [with Chad] led me to where I’m at now.
I would say my broken bridge led me to happiness. If I had to do it again, I would because I truly feel complete right now in my life and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
Lozada told the magazine that Crawford changed her life for the better.
“He came into my life at a perfect time. Everything that happened makes me appreciate him 1,000 times more and he also makes me a better person.”
Janay Palmer Releases Statement On Elevator Video Leak, Defends Husband: ‘We Will Continue To Show The World What Real Love Is!’
Yesterday, a major missing piece to the Ray Rice domestic violence saga was revealed when TMZ released footage from the hotel elevator where the troubled NFL star punched his wife, knocking her out cold. Shortly after the shocking reveal, Ray’s contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens and he was suspended indefinitely by the league. Today, the woman at the center of it all, Ray’s wife Janay, is speaking out and her reaction is quite troubling. In an apparent attempt to defend her husband, she slams media outlets and blames them for taking “all of the happiness away” from her family.
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. Nobody knows the pain that the media and unwanted attention options [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us a relive a moment that we regret everyday is a horrible thing.
To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his a** off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE. What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”
Sadly, her statement appears to reflect the Baltimore Ravens’ initial reaction to the incident, which was that Janay is also to blame for the altercation.
After the new footage leaked, the 4-month-old tweet was removed from the Ravens Twitter account, but not before fans began blasting the organization for it.
— Ryan Gorman (@GormoJourno) September 8, 2014
— Chris Wragge (@ChrisWragge) September 8, 2014
Personally, I love mommy Evelyn. Not only has she mellowed considerably, it’s nice to see her devoting her energy to something worthwhile. Over the weekend, Lozada shared an absolutely adorable picture of her son Carl Leo Crawford Jr. And he’s just so yummy, we had to share with you all. Precious. Take a look at the pics she’s posted on Instagram over the past few months.
Underneath the picture above, she included the caption:
Spent the day with my love <3 He just woke up from a nap & was not trying to crack a smile #CarlLeoCrawford
Evelyn says this is how she finds her son every morning, getting his exercise in. #TummyTime