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K. Michelle has been letting us know that she has major plans of starring in her own reality show ever since she announced her departure from “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” last year. And now VH1 is finally confirming the spin-off series.
In a recently distributed press release announcing several new series, the network revealed that production for “Untitled K. Michelle Project” is well underway. Details about the series, which is set to debut in Fall 2014, are still fairly scarce, but according to the release it will “follow the “Love and Hip Hop” star’s bright music career.”
“It looks as if ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star K.Michelle finally has everything she’s ever wanted,” reads the show’s description. “Success, fame, a hit album – but is it all it’s cracked up to be? VH1 will follow K. as she learns to balance life, relationships, and bona fide superstardom with the help of a dynamic group of friends. It may appear like she has it all together, but nothing is as it seems in K’s crazy world. Notorious for her red hair, razor-sharp wit and fiery tongue, K.Michelle navigates New York City and her life with a renewed dedication to her son, her friends, and her career. K.Michelle has the life she’s always dreamed of, but will it ever be enough?”
Speaking of new reality shows, VH1 also announced that they will be debuting a spanking new reality show about iconic New York radio station Hot 97 titled “This Is HOT 97.”
“‘This Is HOT 97′ is a 30-minute unscripted comedy series that gives viewers a look inside this iconic radio brand. HOT 97 is the global mecca of Hip Hop and R&B music, and this crew functions more as a family than a group of coworkers – they go hard for each other, but above all they live, eat and breathe HOT 97. The series will also feature cameos from the well-known celebrities who regularly visit HOT 97 as on-air guests including Kanye West, Macklemore, Rick Ross, Mack Wilds, Wale and many more. Each episode of ‘This Is HOT 97′ will draw upon the ambitions, rivalries and quirky personalities of the cast to capture all of the comedic and sometimes downright awkward moments that happen at the station on a daily basis. Tune in to the series premiere of ‘This Is HOT 97.’”
Similar to K. Michelle’s new show, “This Is HOT 97″ is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young and is schedule to debut at the end of this month.
Apparently both series are a part of a new initiative to bring more diverse programs to the network.
“With these greenlights, we are delivering a diverse mix of bold, big-hearted programs that will reflect and expand on our signature mash-up of music, pop culture and nostalgia,” said Susan Levinson, EVP of Original Programming and Production. “From scripted, to docuseries to humor to reality, we are superserving our audience with a wide array of cut-through programming.”
Check out a teaser of “This is HOT 97″ below. Will you be checking out either of these shows when they air?
This Is Hot 97
‘You Would React The Same Way:’ K. Michelle Says People Shouldn’t Make Assumptions About Her Because Of Reality TV
When K. Michelle’s name is mentioned, her angelic voice isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, often times, people are reminded of her intense outbursts that have occurred on “Love & Hip Hop” and “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.” But the “Can’t Raise a Man” singer insists that people shouldn’t make those judgements and assume she has a bad attitude solely based off of what they’ve watched on a TV show.
“I realize, when I was walking down the street people would run to the other side, that they might not perceive it [my behavior on the show] as good all the time,” she said during a recent appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show.”
She adds that she’s probably one of the more calm “Love & Hip Hop” cast members.
“They think I’m mean. But really, if you ask the producers of the show, they will tell you that I was actually the calmest one on the show. I just had the best climax, so that’s what you got to see.”
The singer also argues that it’s unfair for people to assume they know what she’s like after simply witnessing her intense reactions when placed in troubling situations on the show.
“I don’t think it’s fair at all because they don’t know me,” she explained. “You know what you see of me at that moment. You will react the same way as me to a lot of those situations. I’m just bold enough to do it in your face and not care. So, those reactions from those blogs and everything, I make their hits go up. So they should thank me and or maybe even send me a check.”
Watch K’s interview on the next page.
Tamar Is Not Going To Like This: K. Michelle Covers Tamar’s Song, “She Can Have You” For New Mixtape
Last week, K. Michelle dropped a new mixtape just in time for Valentine’s Day, and there were quite a few covers and new selections on there (26 to be exact) to keep fans satisfied. One particular track that stood out was a “cover” per se of Tamar Braxton’s “She Can Have You.” According to K’s fans, the singer allegedly said that she tackled this song first a few years ago with the help of songwriter and producer TC, but Braxton was given the song and rearranged it (lyrics included) for her Christmas album, Winter Loversland. But since most people were introduced to the track through Tamar, many are looking at K’s version as a remix. After listening to both versions, I’ll just say that both women sound good and that the song, with both lyrics, is a winner. But what do you think? Have a favorite version? And do you think K was being messy for putting this song on her mixtape knowing the bad blood these two have had in the past? Or was it harmless?
Despite it’s name, we all know Love & Hip-Hop has about as much to do with Hip-Hop as the Country Music Awards. And just because you throw a bunch of women who can sang on one reality TV show together doesn’t mean the show is actually going to be about their musical talent as much as it is their ability to throw shade.
Thanks to these sad realities of (faux) reality TV, the general consensus is that the medium tends to do more harm than good and there’s little doubt Nicci Gilbert and Kelly Price wouldn’t co-sign that sentiment after their stints on R&B Divas. But then you have women like K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton whose antics on VH1 and WE tv have catapulted them to major success as singers (y’all can debate that later), which begs the question of whether the problem isn’t really reality TV, but how you use it — or let it use you.
That’s a question that was mulled over, among many others, as part of Music Choice’s Black History Month program entitled “The Diva Debate,” featuring MN’s Deputy Editor, Brande Victorian, alongside actor/singer Mack Wilds, Roc Nation singers Bridget Kelly and Melanie Fiona, Music Choice’s VP of Programming Damon Williams, Moguldum Media Group Managing Editor Anslem Samuel Rocque, and Essence.com Entertainment Editor Yolanda Sangweni, and hosted by Amanda Seales. While Bridget and Melanie vowed to never do reality TV, some entertainment writers noted that there are a few ladies who are doing it right.
Check out a clip of the debate in the video below and tell us what you think about the discussion. Are their any women singers winning in the reality TV game right now in your opinion?
Lot’s of new videos floating around from the ladies of R&B right now. Ashanti just dropped the new video for her song “I Got It,” featuring Rick Ross, and K. Michelle released the visuals for “Can’t Raise A Man.”
For Ashanti’s visuals, she comes off as a sexpot in some risque looks, including a scene where she dances around in a thong (with a fierce bob). She shows off a range of looks in the video, draped in fur, chains and big hair as she reminds a love interest that not only does she “got it” going on in the R&B game, but she’s got it going on in other areas of her life too (including her sex game?):
If your on it, like I’m on it
Then come on it, we gon’ flaunt it
I’m gonna stand on top of the globe
I don’t think you’re ready yet, boy this thing is drippin’ wet
Tell me what your tryng to do?
I can have you floating higher than what you got in that cup
I can tear that thing up, I can tear that thing up
Got you creepin up behind, as your feeling up on mine
Usually I wouldn’t give you none but f**k it, I’m on one
The song is actually kind of catchy, though it doesn’t really sound like Ashanti as much as it sounds like a regular s*xy song that could have come from any woman out right now. But I do respect her hustle and think she still looks great and she sounds good too. What do you think?
As for K. Michelle, she kept it pretty simple and straightforward with the video for her song, “Can’t Raise A Man.” So no, no thongs. She sings in a range of colorful wigs while different women in tumultuous relationships argue with their spouses who beat them, cheat on them, do drugs, and are just some trifling individuals. This is the anthem for quite a few women (as one said on Worldstar: “this song is a testimony for me”) so I’m sure those who already love the song will enjoy the video too. What do you think? Check out both videos and share your thoughts below!
K. Michelle Making “Rebellious Soul” Album Into Musical For Vh1; You’ll Never Guess Who Is Directing It…
The year 2014 is going to be another big year for singer K. Michelle. She has ended her time on both Love and Hip Hop and Love and Hip Hop New York and is preparing not only for her own show on Vh1 (called No New Friends and will start filming on February 10), but to also get ready to tour with Robin Thicke! In an interview with Chicago radio station WGCI’s “Morning Riot” she talked about her excitement: ”I’m going out with Robin Thicke. I’m very excited you know, that he picked me to go out with him, that’s very exciting for me. I’ve been a big fan of his for a very long time.”
But she also says that another big project she’s excited about is the musical she’s doing for VH1. That’s right, a musical, and one that she says will be the “female Trapped In The Closet.” And if that wasn’t surprise enough, K says that it will be directed by Idris Elba (who she says loved the idea) and will star the singer in her first acting opportunity.
“My album, “Rebellious Soul” will be turned into a musical. Yeah, it’s on VH1 and Idris Elba is the director. It’s my first time telling anybody so you guys kind of get it first. I took every song off of “Rebellious Soul” and turned it into a conversation and flipped it. Kind of like a female “Trapped in the Closet.” Turned the whole album around. Idris heard it, loved it, and we decided to team up on it, me and him. Vh1 will air it. And I didn’t want to make it this celebrity thing. Me and him decided we really wanted it to be focused on the story, you know, fun, and laugh and cry. And you know, people have been talking to me about a lot of acting roles and things but this will be my first time really being on the screen.”
K. Michelle and Idris Elba. That’s a very interesting combination. But one person you won’t see K working with in the future is R. Kelly. The two collaborated on music together in the past and she says she learned a lot from him about the business. However, the Pied Piper of R&B made the foul decision to imply that he slept with K. Michelle recently, something she obviously didn’t appreciate.
“[Laughs] I wasn’t upset, I just thought it was really distasteful. And I know, you know, I will always respect him, I learned so much from him. And you know, we all had a point in our life where we, you know, we might need to say things to get different looks or to look a certain way. He did put out an apology for it. I think it was more hurtful than anything because I’ve been so loyal to him. If anybody would say anything…I’ve messed up relationships even with Trey Songz and everything defending R. Kelly. Hopefully me and Trey will be able to talk through it…but you know, relationships in the business that I put on hold for a while just having his back. It’s kind of hurtful for him to come at me like that and make up some things that weren’t appropriate, but he did try to correct it.”
This was one very interesting interview, folks. Listen to it for yourself below and let us know what you think about her upcoming musical, her upcoming reality show, her thoughts on R. Kelly and more.
Nearly two years ago, when K. Michelle was just coming onto the scene. I wrote an Open Letter to her in which I warned that her behavior on the reality show, threatening to fight cast members, stirring up unnecessary drama, calling men gay etc wouldn’t lend well to her career path. I wrote that even though she had been through some mess, she shouldn’t allow it to keep her from moving on to the next level.
I doubt she read it.
Instead, K.’s behavior escalated as the show progressed. She started fighting and bickering with people she had once been cool with… Record execs warned that her behavior was tarnishing her brand. And eventually she admitted that she needed to leave Atlanta so she could focus on enjoying life and the blessings God had bestowed on her, career wise.
And her limited appearances on the New York cast of “Love and Hip Hop,” her lack of appearances in the blogs and the extension of the olive branch to Tamar Braxton–even though she didn’t accept it– all prove that she really is trying to do better. And we have to commend her for that.
But apparently there are some who aren’t quite convinced that K. Michelle has in fact turned over a new leaf.
And so in response to those people, the soul singer recently posted this video, answering the question of whether or not her attitude and behavior will keep her from “crossing over.”
Well, I didn’t come in the game to be class favorite. I didn’t come in this game for people’s approval of my everyday’s life behavior. I came in this game to shake it up a little bit, to be 100 and offer honest music. And that’s what I’ve been doing.
Whatever I want to sing, I’m going to sing it this year. It doesn’t matter, no one’s going to box me in a genre and no one’s going to tell me what I need to sing because of my ethnicity or because of my attitude.
Listen to her full response in the video below.
What do you think, will K. Michelle’s attitude and behavior on reality show hold her back in her career? What do you think of her response to those claims?
If it wasn’t for reality television, we would probably never have known them (or at least as not as well as we do now) but these reality stars decided to turn up their noses on the very thing that made them famous or resurrected their careers.
Tia and Tamera Mowry
Identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry first gained fame as twin teens separated at birth on the sitcom “Sister, Sister.” The twins took a break from Hollywood to attend college before resurrecting their acting careers again. For six seasons, Tia played Melanie Barnett Davis on the hit show “The Game” but the sisters would work together again with their reality show “Tia & Tamera” on the Style Network. The show premiered to record numbers on the network but as each season passed so did its popularity and it was canned at the end of 2013, although according to them it was time to them to get back to living their lives off camera.
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The year 2013 was a pretty amazing one for K. Michelle: Love and Hip Hop Atlanta had another successful season; she finally released her debut album, Rebellious Soul; the album went number two on the Billboard 100 and had a hit song in “V.S.O.P.”; she won a Soul Train award for Best New Artist, and she had her own tour. When we first met her on LHHATL two seasons ago, she was a long road from all this, as record execs barely wanted to give her a chance because of her past. But she’s made it to the big times. We know that, and K knows that, because she wrote an open letter (a la Ciara) for her Instagram followers, counting her blessings from 2013. Here’s what she had to say about the ups and downs:
What a year I had. The overexposed Coochie pic, the constant media bashing, the very obvious shade throwing towards me, winning best new artist at the soul Train awards, #1 R&B album, to V.S.O.P hitting#4 on the charts! SHEESH I thought I couldn’t get any stronger but this year made me a beast! It was me against the world and I made it. I didn’t always handle things right, but I handled them MY WAY. Always honest and straight 2the point. I thank my Rebels 4 being my backbone, y’all fight hard 4me EVERYDAY. I love you. People can say what they want about me, and never give me the accolades I deserve, but they can never take away my gift. It’s even scary to me my ability to connect with so many strong people and broken hearts. I shook this industry up,They can stay mad, cuz to them I’m not supposed to be here right now. But I kept my middle fingers held high and focused on HEARTS not the CHARTS Atlantic Records and MBK have smothered me with love. Love I didn’t even have for myself. Who would’ve thought this little country girl that everybody counted out would make it this far. I’m not class favorite, never wanted to be, but I am the REALEST. You don’t have to like me, But YOU WILL RESPECT MY GIFT. My music. I like this woman I have become. My momma prayed for me, and my God saved me. He is worth of all my praise!
What do you think about all she had to say in her letter? She’s definitely come a long way and hopefully she’ll remain humble as she continues on with all her endeavors. We shall see…
In 2013, Robin Thicke Blurred the Lines, “Scandal” and “Orange is the New Black” were the shows to watch and Miley Cyrus killed off her Disney Hannah Montana image and twerked her way across America. So who will steal our attention in 2014? Here are our predictions for entertainers to watch out for in 2014.
Before 2013, actress Tika Sumpter had a couple of movie roles and television credits under her belt. Best known as Layla Williamson in the soap opera “One Live To Live” and for her recurring role on “Gossip Girl,” the Queens native landed the lead in the most watched show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network: Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots.” The show earned the highest ratings on OWN and was renewed for a second season midway through the first. Expect to see Sumpter continue her reign in 2014 with the hit show as well as starring in BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” alongside Gabrielle Union. Flexing her comedic chops, Sumpter will also appear in “Ride Along” with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, which hits theaters at the top of the year.