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As the saying goes, not all that glitters is gold – especially when it comes to contracts in the entertainment industry. Though many celebrities have inked deals that are making them millions, plenty have gotten the short end of the stick by signing what’s often referred to as “slave contracts.” Here are 15 stars who’ve signed bad record deals.
This is how a group can sell 10 million records and be broke: They sign a slave contract that not only pays their management too large a cut of their money, but also requires that they foot the bill for every one of their expenses and retain little ownership of what they produce. Pebbles may be alleging that the women of TLC were heavy spenders, but she can’t seem to explain away the fact that each member only took home about $35,000 a year – at the height of their careers.
“Let’s Ask Wendy About Her Relationship”: Kandi And Fantasia Say Wendy Williams Needs To Mind Her Own Biz
It’s nothing new to hear of Wendy Williams being in hot water with celebrities, but it’s rare that entertainers publicly address the notorious gossip queen. Such is not the case with Kandi Burruss and Fantasia.
Last night, while appearing on “Watch What Happens: Live” with Andy Cohen, Kandi and Fantasia plainly stated Wendy needs to mind her own business. If you’ve been keeping tabs on Real Housewives Of Atlanta (RHOA), you know Burruss’ mother, Mama Joyce, does not approve of her relationship with producer Todd Tucker and, of course, Wendy has thrown in her two cents on the matter. Kandi told Andy Cohen her comments have only made her situation worse, saying:
“Every week Wendy was coming on, you know, saying negative things about my relationship with Todd and then my mom would come [saying], ‘You know Wendy said … even Wendy said …’ Every week. I was like, I don’t care what Wendy said. Let’s ask Wendy about her relationship.”
To back her up, Fantasia jumped in and said:
“Seriously, at the end of the day, I feel like everybody has something that they went through and they have a past. Nobody’s asking her about hers. It’s not her business.”
Though both women were passionate about their angst against Williams, they ended their thoughts on good notes, saying they love Wendy but she needs to lay off on her negative commentary. Fantasia even added when Wendy speaks about you: “It’s good promotions.”
Check out Kandi and Fantasia’s take on Wendy Williams in the “Watch What Happens: Live” clip below. What do you think?
It is hard not to sympathize with Kandi Burruss’ split loyalties during last Sunday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
First there is her fiance, a poor gentile soul named Todd, who is sick and tired of being painted as a villain by Kandi’s mother Joyce. Fiance Todd puts pressure on Kandi to intervene and basically check her mother to which Kandi is reluctant to do because, after all, it is mom…However, being in love and all, Kandi agrees to arrange a meeting by way of dinner alone for the three, hoping that a face-to-face talk about what plagues them both (and by both, I mean Mama Joyce) would help to chill things the hell out. It was certainly the mature, more amicable thing for Kandi to do. However Mama Joyce wasn’t here for compromise – or pasta.
Keeping it all the way live, Mama Joyce told them both that Todd was nothing but a low-down opportunistic thrifty piss-poor provider, who should not be trusted around her money nor her best friend and Kandi was stupid for bringing him into the house without a prenup. Looking Todd square in his eyeballs, Mama Joyce fearlessly told Todd that the engagement ring Kandi was rocking, was complete garbage and Kandi, “she stepped herself down for you.” That’s when she really channelled her inner Buggin’ Out and asked why ain’t there no pictures of the brothers and sisters on the wall, Sal…
Poor gentile soul Todd does his best to muster up his adult assertive voice to tell Mama Joyce that not only does he provide emotionally for Riley, his soon-to-be- step daughter with love, and Kandi’s needs but he also contributes financially to the comfortable lifestyle he shares with Kandi. Although Todd said he was uncertain about signing a prenup, he also told Mama Joyce that the opulence lifestyle, which likely Kandi’s dollars are mostly fronting, that “this all doesn’t impress me.” Now unless he is talking about the god-awful décor, which is reminiscent of the set furniture in every direct-to-DVD Nollywood film produced over the last several years, then sure. But nobody believed that Todd. And his feeble attempt to fake ambivalence became the equivalent of popping a bear with a stick, with Mama Joyce asserting:
“Don’t let me catch you. Let me tell ya’ something, ain’t no river high enough, ain’t no ocean deep enough; ain’t no desert hot enough to keep me off your ass baby…”
I think I have found my new email signature.
In all pseudo-seriousiness, I really do feel bad for Kandi in this situation, who normally has this great relationship with her mother and very much respects both her eternal authority and her opinions. After all Mama Joyce was on point with her previous disapproval of Kandi’s other fiance, which we all know ended tragically. And she is definitely right about the prenup. Just like STIs, divorce is a very real and threatening possibility. And it’s just not wise for a person of that tax bracket to not take the necessary financial precautions in a relationship. Plus it is mom, who else has both experience and your best interest at heart than mom dukes? Not to mention, if you can take it from a dude with a porn mustache and in a candy colored suit with 52 buttons on the inside sleeve alone, why not listen to Mom? But there are times when what can be good advice just crosses the line into interference. And I honestly believe that in spite of her good intentions, Mama Joyce had crossed that line many unsolicited advisements ago.
It’s obvious that in addition to her own daughter’s own happiness, Mama Joyce is also motivated by her own self-preservation, particularly how she keeps talking about “our money” and the lifestyle that “we are accustomed to” on the show. There were times during the family sit-down scenes where it was hard to discern, which of the two motivations was taking precedence. Likewise, there was lots of fear expressed in her words including a fear of losing her daughter. That was illustrated by the rant about the lack of pictures she saw of the Burruss side of the family around the house. It could be very well possible that what Mama Joyce is responding to the very real possibility that she might be losing the reins of control of her daughter to hands of another master.
And this is the reason why Burruss will ultimately have to channel her inner K-Solo and tell her mom to mind her business. Mama Joyce might be right about Todd; ( it is still early in the season so who knows?), however Mama Joyce should also have enough confidence in her parenting skills to know that she didn’t raise a fool. And as such Kandi is capable of being the master of her own destiny and that includes choosing and being accountable for her own mate. And to deny her the opportunity of her agenda and agency, is really kind of selfish? Besides even if she is right about Todd, trying to force them apart will do nothing more than to draw them together again. Something about magnets and science…
The best she could do is offer support – and maybe an “I told you so” when and if it is discovered that she was right all along. But what do I know? Should Kandi tell her mom to butt out or should she take heed of her warnings about Todd?
For the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed the mayhem that erupts when Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss’ mother, Joyce, attempts to stick her nose in her daughter’s relationship. Things got pretty intense during last night’s episode and many fans proceeded to slam the former Xscape singer for not standing up to her mother. In a new Bravo TV blog Kandi responded to those critics, arguing that she does in fact, stand her ground when it comes to her mother. Her blog entry reads:
Well tonight’s episode was a little hard to watch. So many of you tweet about how you think I should deal with my mom. I love my mom, and I will always give her the utmost respect. I know she can be a little tough, but I believe she really does want the best for me even if I don’t like the way she goes about it. I’ve told her a million times that I’m not getting married without a pre-nup. Todd and I already agreed that we were doing one, but I don’t know why she feels like she has to be the one he negotiates it with. Todd did his best to not be disrespectful to my mom no matter what she said to him, which I’m thankful for, but he is more than a little tired of the drama though.
Everyone says stand up to your mama and blah, blah, blah, but believe it or not I do speak my mind to my mother. I just don’t say it in some crazy disrespectful way, because she is my mother. So to everyone who is screaming at me through the TV screen to “do something about my mom,” I’m not sure exactly what you expect me to do. I can only say how I feel, and if she doesn’t listen to me, then what? I don’t agree with my friend Carmon on how she said she would handle it if it were her mom. I don’t believe in cutting off your relationship with your mom. So for now I’m just hoping that over time things will work out for the best.”
What do you think of Kandi’s response? Did you check out last night’s episode?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Last week’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta was a little heartbreaking—at least for me. No preview, trailer or interview really prepared me for that scene with Kandi Burruss and her mother, Joyce. I mean, Kandi is a pretty tough cookie, so to see her shed tears like she did last Sunday night was a pretty big deal. In case you missed it, Kandi and Mama Joyce found themselves in the midst of a heated discussion about Kandi’s fiancé, Todd. You see, Kandi’s mom doesn’t really approve of her relationship with Todd because she feels that he’s an opportunist who is looking to take advantage of her daughter. Though Joyce feels that she has a legitimate gripe against Todd, Kandi finds her mom’s suspicions to be irrational. Kandi also believes that media personality Wendy Williams is to blame for her mother’s suspicions.
“I can tell you when it started. Last year when Wendy Williams was commenting on our show every week and she was like, ‘[Todd's] an opportunist. I think he’s an opportunist.’ Next thing I know, my momma comes back and is like, ‘Wendy said that he was an opportunist.”
It’s debatable whether or not Wendy had substantial impact on Joyce’s feelings about Todd, but the underlying issue remains: She’s in opposition of her daughter’s engagement. I imagine that this has to be an extremely difficult position to be in. Relationships are challenging. I presume engagements are even trickier. It seems like it would be a time when a woman would probably need her mother’s support and reassurance the most. But to find yourself in a situation where you’re constantly defending your love to the person (or people) whose opinion(s) you value the most? I’m not sure if I could stomach it.
On one hand, your heart tells you that your parents more than likely only want what’s best for you, while your head reminds you that your parents are mere mortals just like you (i.e., they aren’t always right). Then your head reminds you that your parents have rarely ever steered you wrong, while your heart gently reminds you that true love is rare. At the same time, your head reminds you that your parents have always had a hard time letting go. But your heart has you constantly searching your lover’s eyes for some kind of reassuring sign, indicating that your parents will never be able to say, “I told you so.” It seems only natural that eventually, this tug-of-war between a gal’s heart and her head would eventually place a strain on her relationship if not handled with care. PsychCentral’s Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker describes this scenario perfectly.
“The child of the disapproving parents is caught in a terrible bind. Listening to and responding to either side makes the other feel abandoned, unloved or disrespected. The partner who is the focus of dislike may feel constantly under pressure to prove her or himself to be worthy. If unrewarded, the efforts can soon turn to resentment and anger that spills into the relationship.”
Kandi stopped by the MadameNoire offices recently and let us know that she plans to go through with the wedding, but not having her mother’s support has certainly made things pretty difficult.
“Yes, I’m going to have to go forward without my mother’s blessing unfortunately, because she’s not giving it. So the question for me now is whether or not I’m going to go ahead and do something small—as far as the wedding is concerned. Or I am going to try to do something bigger, which is not really sounding like the best idea for me because I mean, if my mom’s not there then the whole big to-do is not sounding as appealing.”
Kandi has made a decision that Dr. Hartwell-Walker and many others recommend: If all feels right, stick with your partner. This of course, is easier said than done, but Kandi and many others are living proof that it can be done.
So, could you marry someone who your parents don’t necessarily approve of?
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There’s no defending when artists are cheated because they didn’t know better and signed a terrible deal but according to Kandi Burruss, that’s just the way things were in those days (and more often than not, the way it is today).
In speaking with HipHollywood, Kandi discussed whether or not she and the other members of Xscape received a bad deal when they first entered the music industry. Kandi responded with, “Our deal sucked. I think we had the same amount of points. For a lot of people, that was the same.
She continued by saying, “In my mind, no one is gonna just spend all this money and you haven’t proven yourself.”
Many people would actually agree with Kandi’s points. While we don’t know exactly what happened between Pebbles and TLC (though they’ve been telling the same story for 20 years and Pebbles is just start to deny that she did anything wrong), Kandi believes that the biggest problem was renegotiation:
“…It was all about being able to renegotiate on your second time around or third time around. I think that’s probably where the problem was with them because their situation, they weren’t able to renegotiate.”
Kandi Burruss says that in the end it worked out for them because TLC is making millions now and it all started from their issues with Pebbles.
That’s definitely an interesting point of view. Kandi is really well-versed on the inner workings of the music industry so even though this particular situation with TLC has nothing to do with her, she might have a more balanced perception.
I’m sure we’ll hear more artists speaking out if the situation between TLC and Pebbles isn’t rectified soon.
Not too long ago a debate started about whether reality TV stars and the work they do is enough to warrant them one day receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The folks doing the actual placement of said stars said that they don’t consider reality stars for such honors, including Kim Kardashian. Kanye West responded by saying their way of doing things is dated and that Kim is more than deserving since she’s one of the biggest stars in the world. However, most folks agree that being famous for living your life on TV isn’t enough to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and it seems that current reality personality Kandi Burruss feels the same. In an interview with The Jasmine Brand she said it’s something that needs to be earned with a little more work:
“I don’t know about all that. I don’t really think that that would… To me, I don’t really see – not just for being a reality TV star. You’ve got to be doing something other than reality just in order to get a star on the Walk of Fame. I mean, to me, with reality, they’re just being themselves and they’re a little crazy. Some of the people who are on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – to me, they’ve really worked hard to earn that. So I don’t know about this…that’s different.”
Some might try to say, ‘Well, you’re on reality TV,” but Burruss is also an acclaimed songwriter and has had a pretty successful music career. But do you agree with her about reality stars not really qualifying for such a prestigious honor?
What had you talking from last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta? Was it Phaedra and Kenya discussing the inappropriate texting that had been going on with Apollo? Was it Porsha’s hot short wig vs. Kandi’s fuchsia curls? Mama Joyce basically calling Todd a broke buster? Or what about Porsha saying she and her sister were as close as “Siamese cats”? There was a lot going on with last night’s episode of RHOA, and in case you missed it, we broke it down for you here:
Kenya Wins Case Against Her Landlord
This past summer, Kenya’s landlord was having a ball running the reality star’s name through the mud, claiming Kenya wasn’t paying her rent and that she wasn’t taking good care of the space she was renting. But after some messy court dates, a judge eventually threw out an eviction judgment against Moore. After winning the bout with her landlord, Kenya laughed it up with her assistant Brandon and her lawyer, and was flanked by paparazzi! I mean, if you consider two guys with Nikon cameras and a guy pretending to be a reporter “paparazzi.” Too bad we all know those were randoms called by Bravo…
They’re baack! Our favorite Southern belles are bridging both the drama (and the occasional sisterhood) on season 6 of Real Housewives of Atlanta. And judging by last week’s explosive season premiere, we’re in for a bumpy ride. Here, stars Kandi Burruss and Kenya Moore break down 7 things we’re in store for this season.
1. Lots of emotional moments
KANDI BURRUSS: You’ll get to see the personal dramas that everyone’s going through, as well as the drama amongst the cast. Every single time we got together this year, there was some drama. Like, every time. I’m having serious issues with my mother not being happy with my relationship. You’ll see Mama Joyce a lot more this year. You’ll see Todd and I make things work. This year is not just about the main cast this year; we have a lot of guest characters.
KENYA MOORE: I have a lot of family issues that I deal with this year. I feel like I was portrayed in a one-dimensional way on my first season and I feel like this season is about showing who I really am. You’ll see me tying to reconnect with my father and working on my issues with my mom.
2. Kandi explodes!
KANDI: There were times I was taping this season and thinking, ‘This is not healthy for me.’ Most of the time I try to be laid back and let things go. I’m also not a back-and-forth type of person, so when there’s too much back-and-forth I explode and I think that’s because I have so much stuff that I’m holding in. So, there’s some explosive moments this season.
3. Kenya and Porsha’s relationship is still rocky
KENYA: We don’t have much in common—that’s a fact. We all witnessed her taking delight in my pain and what I was going through in trying to have a husband or a family. I just think that’s a bit of karma. I never want to wish anyone pain so when I heard the news of her divorce I reached out to her. At the same time, she never apologized to me. And I don’t think she ever will. If I want to know about lipstick or weave, I call Porsha. But humility and owning up to your actions? That’s not something she knows.
There’s a lot more where this came from and to read about it, head on over to ESSENCE.com. With all the drama going on, this might be one of the highest rated seasons of Real Housewives of Atlanta.
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Speaking of Wendy and the Atlanta “housewives,” Kandi recently expressed a belief that the 49-year-old media maven is actually the reason that her mother, Joyce, despises her current fiancé, Todd Tucker. If you’ve watched any of the trailers for the upcoming season, you’ve witnessed Mama Joyce repeatedly call Todd out for being an “opportunist.” In one scene, she’s even goes as far as to accuse Todd of creeping around Atlanta with one of Kandi’s close friends. While most of us just chalk Joyce’s apprehensions about Todd up to women’s intuition or mother’s instinct, Kandi says that there’s a bit more to the story—and Wendy Williams is actually the one to blame!
“I can tell you when it started. Last year when Wendy Williams was commenting on our show every week and she was like, ‘[Todd's] an opportunist. I think he’s an opportunist.’ Next thing I know, my momma comes back and is like, ‘Wendy said that he was an opportunist.,” Kandi said during an interview with ABC News Radio Online.
Just as she told us earlier this week, she added that not having her mother’s support is the fun out of planning a big wedding.
“I haven’t decided yet if I want something that’s small and just us or if we wanted to do something bigger and invite people. What was stopping me from even planning is the fact that my mom is not being supportive. It’s like, okay do I really want to have a wedding and my mom may not show up or if she does show up she’s going to be mean and negative? You know, you don’t want the bad energy either.”
The former Xscape singer made it clear, however, that she will be marrying Todd with or without her mother’s blessing.
“I just love everything about him…He’s very smart. He’s very intelligent. He’s a leader. He’s not the type that’s going to try and tell me what to do, but he’s great at helping guide me in a way. And I think that I need a man that’s just as strong so he can deal with me because…I can be a little strong.”
Do you think Kandi is giving Wendy too much credit or do you think Wendy’s comments may have influenced Mama Joyce?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.