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Mimi Faust Chats About Helping To Sell Out Shower Rods Everywhere, Being The Next Kim K, And What’s Next For Her
Mimi Faust has had quite a whirlwind week it seems. Ever since news spread about her adult film coming out (as well as the trailer for the new season of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta dropping too) and the x-rated preview for it was was released, tension rods have been selling out for kinky acrobatic folks and her name has been pretty much everywhere. Even TMZ paps followed her around an airport to chat, and with a big smile on her face, she’s clearly happy about all the attention (and you know damn well her man and co-star, Nikko Smith, is relishing all of it). She’s also probably happy about the reported $100,000 she made off of her ‘work’ in the por–I mean, sex tape.
In the video below she was followed and asked about the tape’s influence on shower rod sales, if she was going to put out a line of her own shower rods, if her tape will have as much buzz and be as successful as Kim Kardashian’s tape with Ray J, and about her sex life with Nikko in general. Yes, it was all quite extra. If you’re interested in watching her giggle like a school girl about her risque new career move, check out the video below and share your thoughts (if not, hey, I’m not mad at you).
“The Kim Kardashian Model won’t work for you if you’re a black woman. It just will not. We are not afforded the same expansive boundaries of sexual expression. In fact, the use of the word “hoe” when even Kardashian’s name comes up is still rampant (which I don’t agree with, but that’s another issue for another post). Almost a decade later, Kim still can’t step out from behind the shadow of her Ray J sex tape completely.There is an element of truth there about Kim K. To this day, even though she is a mother, a successful businesswoman and brand, and almost a married respectable woman, the only thing some people want to focus on is that tape and who hit it first. The other truth to that is despite what everybody has to say, she was still able to parlay, well, parlaying on her back (as well as making fake sex faces to the camera) into a respectable empire – plus she got the man in the end. Likewise, there are black women who have survived and prospered after sex scandals. Amber Rose is one. Vanessa Williams is another. And then there is Eve, who as we know, can relate to Faust since she is Stevie J’s ex. She turned out just fine (and engaged to an uber-successful businessman). And how can we forget about Stevie J’s current lady, who had much to say about Faust’s performance in the tape, but seems to suffer from amnesia, particularly about the time she flashed the world her birth canal within days of her first appearance on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. Point is, sexing (and posing scandalously) on camera does not have to be the shame-inducing calamity it is said to be. If Faust plays her hand right, she can make a serious go at flipping all this into something positive. Or she can end up like Montana Fishburne. Whereas Mimi tried to paint herself as the wholesome scorned woman to Stevie J’s sleaziness, it would soon become clear to regular viewers of the show that Faust played an active part in her own victimization. I recall after the first reunion show the time a video surfaced of Faust at the home of or in the studio of Atlanta-based producer Jermaine Dupri. Faust was being confronted by a room full of dudes about her reasoning to stay in a relationship for all those years with a man who repeatedly dogged her out. For some reason, she was filled with bravado, bobbing and weaving in the camera’s lens as she went on a tirade about how all men cheat, and how she was just being “real about my s**t.” As if being open about her dysfunctional and emotionally abusive relationship somehow justified why she continuously allowed the nonsense to stay in her life. The second season of the reality show began with Hernandez taunting Faust, rather boldly to her face, with the derogatory term Molly the Maid. After being embarrassed again by Hernandez and Stevie J on camera, Faust vowed to stay away from her ex and his shenanigans for good – until he showed up, waving car keys and other trinkets for her. Then she was cool with him (or at least his things). Faust took it as a way to show up Hernandez, but of course, being the triflin’ sleaze that he is, Stevie would soon demand some “lettuce” in exchange for his gifts. When she wouldn’t provide, he embarrassed her once again and made her give back his “gifts.” Faust would intentionally “fall” prey to Stevie again at the end of the season, as she decided to show up to his dual proposal ceremony. Although he had embarrassed Faust, because he had managed to make a fool of Joseline the most, it made everything okay with her. For some reason, it always seemed like Faust was on a quest to prove to everyone that she was tough and strong. That she could take it like a “real b**ch” and withstand the pain and embarrassment of it all too. Therefore, it would seem that the sex tape would fall right in step with the other bad decisions Faust has committed to over the years (if we are to believe what we see is real on the show) in order to “keep it real.” And per the course, she might just end up with egg (or something else) on her face. Now I will say that if you are of the impression that the “sex tape” was a staged “porno,” than you have to give Faust credit for having her own agency. Based upon the trailer alone, Nikko really is kind of irrelevant in it all. And as pointed out back in November of last year by Funky Dineva, after initial reports surfaced of this alleged sex tape:I’m not sure what Mimi’s trying to accomplish but unless it’s a lifetime of ridicule and disrespect, then she might have picked the wrong vehicle. She needs a mentor, a life coach and a friend in her corner who can tell her to #OccupyASeat. She needs Iyanla to pull her to the side and say, “Beloved, don’t do this!”
“When your storyline is fading and the love has lost its shine, what else is there to do but produce a sex tape? Well get in the gym and make sure your body is super tight, go to the surgeon and get some top shelf titties, then produce a sex tape. That’s what Mimi and Nikko did. Hell, quiet as its kept, I ain’t even mad with them. This reality TV money is some of the quickest and easiest money there is to get these days. Everyone is trying to get it while the getting is good. What I can respect about Mimi & company as that they were smart enough to orchestrate the entire plan from start to finish. Getting Mimi media training so she can nail her answers when the time comes was brilliant.”Listen, folks have their own ethics, values and morals. While hang gliding from shower rods on camera is not how I would choose to get money, I also understand that some folks too might frown their noses up at being a broke writer. What I’m saying is that as long as it is legal and consensual, who are we really to judge? But outside of doing more adult films and getting better appearance fees at night clubs, what bit of longevity does Faust hope to squeeze out of this “sex tape”? According to published reports, she was only compensated $100k from Vivid Entertainment. Therefore, she is going to have to find something to keep money coming in. Perhaps she could start a sex toy line like Kandi or become an adult film producer like that crazy lady Jackie from Basketball Wives LA. Maybe she can work out a deal with Home Depot for a brand new line of sturdy shower curtain rods? I’m really hoping she has a plan, or else, she is once again playing herself.
“There Could Be Worse Things Linked To My Name” American Idol Nikko Smith Confused With LHHATL’s Nikko Smith
Former “American Idol” finalist Nikko Smith wants the world to know … he is NOT the Nikko Smith who stars in a sex tape with “Love & Hip Hop” star Mimi Faust – but he’s not exactly embarrassed by the mistaken identity.
Nikko — who placed 9th in Season 4 — tells TMZ, his phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from concerned friends and family members who read about a Nikko Smith’s sex tape. He says fans have been tweeting him non-stop too.
‘AI’ Nikko says he’s never dated, or even met Mimi Faust — but adds he’s cool with being compared to her boyfriend — mostly because sex tape Nikko’s hung like a moose.
Read more about the American Idol/sex tape confusion at TMZ.com
While Mimi has been virtually silent on Twitter, Joseline has had plenty to say about the release of Mimi’s sex tape. In addition to the screen shots, vine videos and RTs from others, she posted this photo on her Instagram account.
She also tweeted this message which I’ve had a hard time deciphering.
I’m not going to lie, I can’t be mad at Joseline. From the very first season, Mimi has called Joseline everything but a child of God, while she pretended like she was the classy one. And yet, here we stand today with the Internet going crazy over Mimi’s sex tape. If you haven’t been on Twitter today, you might have noticed that Mimi’s name has been trending all day long, along with “How are you going to explain this to your daughter.”
The whole thing is just terribly sad. While I initially thought Mimi had more sense that this, I quickly learned that she wasn’t the woman she wanted us to think she was. She’s a more hood than a little bit and perhaps even thirsty for the fame and attention. But even still, I would have never guessed she’d “accidentally” release a sex tape.
But, having seen the trailer I have to disagree with Joseline, Mimi wasn’t boring, swinging from the shower rod is an impressive feat.
The whole thing is so ironic. If someone had told me that Joseline was the woman who ended up with a ring while Mimi released a sex tape, I would have said they had the whole game twisted.
You know how it goes with Erica and Lil Scrappy. One minute the “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” couple is on and the next they’re not. And since their split last season both of them have been in publicized relationships. But now…the two are simultaneously single. So of course folks are speculating that they might be getting back together. And recent pictures are adding fuel to that rumored fire.
Yesterday, Erica posted this picture of Scrappy and their daughter Emani asleep in bed with this caption.
Why they sleep though? #waittilltheyseethis @emanirichardson is really gonna be mad. #morning #familyandfriends #teamnosleep
Immediately, folks started rumors. A fake Erica Dixon posted this picture with the following caption on a fake Facebook page.
Erica was quick to get on Twitter and let folks know that she didn’t write that. But she did post the picture. After this one she posted pictures of she and Emani on vacation in Florida, so perhaps Scrappy joined them. If that is indeed the case, that would have been nice. Erica and Scrappy are often a hot mess together but you can tell they’re both invested in raising their child the right way and I respect that.
On another note, I know I may be in the minority here but I really like Scrappy and Erica together. It always seemed to me like a majority of their problems stemmed from Mama Dee’s meddling behind… Oh and the fact that he was probably cheating. Yeah, he’s been dead wrong. Sigh. Who knows. We’ll have to see how this all plays out.
Do you think there’s a chance that Erica and Scrappy would get back together? Do you like them together?
Benzino Says He Knows Why His Nephew Shot Him On Way To Mom’s Funeral; Nephew Says He Did It In “Self Defense”
“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.”
“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.
Yesterday, we reported Love And Hip Hop Atlanta DJ Traci Steele will join the cast of Atlanta Exes. Unfortunately since Steele joined the cast, another cast member has reportedly decided to not be featured on the show.
According to Rolling Out, Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond will no longer star in “Atlanta Exes” because while Raymond and Steele were filming this past Saturday, the two got into a heated argument at Raymond’s Estelle boutique. Apparently Raymond was hosting an event in honor of her son Kile who passed away two years ago when Steele approached Raymond to ask why she doesn’t get along with Steele’s friend and Kevin Hart’s ex-wife, Torrei Hart.
Michelle Brown from StraightFromTheA reported:
“With camera’s rolling, Steele immediately ‘turned up’ for the show and acted out at the event in front of several surprised customers. From what I’ve heard, Traci came into the store yelling and screaming at Tameka asking why she didn’t like Torrei and blah blah blah. Tameka could be heard stating, ‘this isn’t the place for this’ and Traci continued to press the issue.”
After their argument, Raymond allegedly resigned from the show because of the drama that ensued at her late son’s event. DJ Traci Steele, on the other hand, stated on her Instagram: @torreihart Why are they stalking my page???You are always going to be mad at what you see. @vh1 I’m making cast members quit.” She has since deleted her subliminal post.
“Atlanta Exes” will debut on VH1 this spring. What do you think about this mess?
Before all hell broke loose at the opening of Stevie J and Benzino’s restaurant, “Sleazy & Zino Bistro & Bar,” The Jasmine Brand got a chance to speak with Kirk Frost about a couple of things, mostly focusing on his indiscretions last season and the way he embarrassed himself and his family stepping out on Rasheeda. While there are plenty of people who find Kirk vile, as one of three married couples, and the least dysfunctional, in the whole “Love and Hip Hop” franchise, there are folks who want them to work it out. And it seems that that’s what he and Rasheeda are attempting to do. See what he had to say.
Jasmine Brand: What was the lesson you learned from your situation on the last season of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”?
Kirk Frost: The lesson I learned was don’t try to prove a point to your wife and do dumb sh*t.
JB: Will we be witnessing that same type of drama this time around?
KF: Nah man. I’m trying to get on the right page. I want to get to a point where I can have Rasheeda back as a business partner, as a friend, as a wife, as a husband to her, and being a good guy and being a good father. I mean…I’m not perfect but I’m just hoping that she can get past it.
You can check out the rest of his interview over at The Jasmine Brand.
And in other Kirk and Rasheeda news, from the looks of both of their Instagram pages, the couple will appear on the cover of the March issue of Sister 2 Sister Magazine. Look at that playful side eye she’s giving him! She jokes but it’s clear these two are staying together, if they ever broke up in the first place.
“I Didn’t Know I Had An Issue”: Stevie J And Joseline Tackle Back $1.2 Million Child Support Allegations
“My kids are 14 and 16. He has not made a voluntary payment in years. There’s a court order in place to pay x amount per month. If you don’t pay that, even if you can come close, it technically didn’t occur. He’s missed 168 payments. The reason why, this (is) my own speculation, because he’s been able to get away with it, why not keep doing it? Where’s the enforcement at?”Stevie J, a father of five, must have been feeling the heat of all the allegations, because he decided to sit down with Bossip, and his wife, Joseline, to clear things up. He claims that Ms. Bennett’s motives are murky and that whenever he talks to his kids, they say that everything is fine:
Joseline also jumped in to give her 10 cents, saying that Stevie’s exes are still in love with him. Here’s what she said about everything.“I’ve just been seeing a lot in the press. I didn’t know I had an issue. We were in Philly just hanging out with my kids. I had a show in Philly. We chillin’, we at the mall with the kids. Me, wife, even baby momma was there, Ms. Bennett. But you know, it’s all good. But then I see I owe a million and some change! It’s like everybody want their day in the sun, everybody wants to be hot. I talk to my kids every day on Facetime, and I see ‘em and I’m like, ‘What’s going on Superstar?’ ‘Ain’t nothin, everything good.’ Everything’s good? What’s this then? Everybody got their motives, you never know what’s on people’s minds.”
“I tell Stevie they still in love with him, all of them. Where does anybody, court, judge, anybody, tell a father that they owe 1.2 million dollars to f**king kids? I think it’s bull with the courts and the baby moms. I feel like, if you take care of your kids, buy them food, buy them whatever they need, your kids don’t need $1.2 million. What the hell they gon’ do with that?”Joseline also opened up about her own plans to have kids with Stevie, and she says that she’s waiting.
“We already have plans to have kids when we go to Vegas in about five years. But he don’t want five years. But I’m only 27, I just started living life. Can I get five years!? He’s got five kids, I got enough kids. Five kids is enough for me. I’m going to have one or two, I just want to wait.”Stevie does have five kids, ages ranging from three to 18, but from the interview it looks like he’s not trying to slow down anytime soon (“I’m at peace. I’m happy with my wife.”) But until he gets these child support issues resolved, he might want to… Check out video of their interview with Bossip below and let us know what you think.