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Most of us, if not all love us some Iyanla Vanzant. Besides her many accolades, she is a free therapist for us all via her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) show, Fix My Life. Two weeks ago on the show, Iyanla counseled two sisters from San Antonio who had a deep rift between them. Their anger stemmed from traumatizing episodes during their teenage years. As OWN reports:
Iyanla has traveled to San Antonio to meet two sisters in crisis, Barbara and Geneva. Barbara grew up affluently with her aunt and uncle. Geneva was raised by their mother in poverty. At 17, Barbara invited her younger sister to come live with her, but a rift formed between the sisters after Barbara learned Geneva was sleeping with Barbara’s boyfriend, who fathered two of Geneva’s four children. Now, Iyanla wants to get Geneva’s side of the story. Watch as she shares a family secret with Iyanla and opens up about what her sister taught her about being a woman.
During the clip, Geneva confesses to Vanzant that Barbara’s boyfriend would fondle her and coerce her into having sexual intercourse. Despite telling her sister about the rape, Geneva stated Barbara did not believe her. As their sexual relationship progressed, the boyfriend would give gifts and money to Geneva. Unfortunately, during the clip Vanzant did not believe Geneva had been assaulted, instead she told Geneva she was “h-eing”. Her claim on Geneva’s juxtaposition was based on the belief that Geneva accepted the money and gifts from the boyfriend. Vanzant asked: “Did her boyfriend give you money to lay up with him?” When Geneva said “yes,” Vanzant looked upon her disapprovingly.
Although Vanzant is filled with tough-love, her response to Geneva was surprising. Perhaps it was because Geneva became pregnant with her first child at 14 and had two children with Barbara’s boyfriend that Vanzant was disappointed, but her reaction was read as slut-shamming by many media outlets. It seemed to be implied that because of Geneva’s history she knew what she was doing with her sister’s boyfriend. But as we also know, your sexual history should never be an example of how people can treat you. The age of Barbara’s boyfriend was not revealed but he was older than Geneva when he began to have sex with her while she was 16 years old. Geneva also claims Barbara taught her how to be a woman by only dating men who could provide financially for her. Geneva’s history has not given her a healthy perception of relationships but she should not have been accused of “h-eing” especially if she was taught a certain type of behavior in order to survive her living environment.
Check out the Fix My Life clip below. Do you think Iyanla slut shamed Geneva?
Just the other day, I was reminiscing about the goodness of the ’90′s show “Moesha,” and now the rumor mill is swirling with news that a show based loosely on the show might be coming to a television screen near you.
According to Kempiredaily.com, Brandy and Tyler Perry are collaborating on a new television show.
Here’s what the report, which has no verification from… anyone, has to say about the possible new show.
Brandy has been talking about doing her own TV show for a while now, and everything is finally falling into place for her! She recently teamed up with Tyler Perry and is working on her own TV show slightly based off of her old show “Moesha”. We’re not sure if it will be a continuation or a completely different show, but we do now that William Allen Young and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Frank and Dee from Moesha) will be portraying her parents again in this new show. Sources say it will be more mature but will still be comedic and family orientated. Tyler is negotiating with Oprah to get it on OWN but if that doesn’t work out, BET or TBS would be a great back up.
Right now, all of this is really shaky. But we’re reporting it because it would be such a great thing for all parties involved…especially if it ends up on OWN. Annnd it would be great to get answers to the loose ends in the last episode like who was really pregnant and what the hell happened with the Myles kidnapping?
What do you think about the reemergence of Moesha? Are you down?
Last month we told you about one of OWN’s newest reality shows, “Houston Beauty.” The show premiered earlier this month and if you’ve been watching you’ve had a chance to learn a bit more about the characters.
In an upcoming episode of the show, we see how some of the beauty school students, Mia and Queensley, come together to show support for their fellow student Grace, a single mother who is undergoing financial problems. Check out the clip below.
Do you watch “Houston Beauty”? If not, you can start. It comes on OWN every Saturday at 10pm/9c.
I don’t know about you but I used to love to watch “Jon and Kate Plus 8.” I don’t know what it was but those kids and the life milestones they went through with their parents was always fascinating to me. Plus they (the kids) were really funny. But in the midst of enjoying the adorableness that was the Gosselin children, I noticed that as the seasons progressed Jon and Kate were sitting further and further away from one another on that confessional couch. They didn’t look at each other when they spoke and the jokes they used to share seemed few and far between.
Kate would talk to Jon like he was her ninth child and Jon seemed to have checked all the way out.
So it came as no surprise when I learned that they had gotten divorced. It was inevitable. The stress of them raising so many children and their own issues just became too much.
After the divorce, Kate continued on with the reality television thing, appearing on Dancing With The Stars etc. and Jon faded into obscurity with the occasional picture of he and a girlfriend surfacing.
But apparently, people are still interested in what Jon has to say. In a recent Where Are They interview with OWN, Jon revealed that he’s living in rural Pennsylvania working as a waiter. Producers of the show say that they sensed after 15 years establishing a career in IT, Jon and his family are frustrated by the fact he can no longer find a job working in that field.
Jon says he and Kate don’t really have a relationship and there is no cooperation with anything as far as parenting is concerned.
And not only did Jon talk about his relationship with Kate, he spoke about the advancement of his own children.
“I saw my kids not growing up normally, like I grew up and having community. Yes they got to travel the world and yes they got these fabulous things and yes they have trust funds and they are taken care of educationally — great,” he says. “But developmentally, they have problems with their peers. They had problems with talking to other people. They have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what’s right and wrong, of course — I think more so than someone who grows up off TV.”
Now, Jon knows his kids better than any of us do but I still think his comments were entirely too much to reveal on national television when all of his children and their peers are old enough to understand and be hurt by them.
After Jon’s interview, Kate issued a response on her blog:
NOVEMBER 4, 2013
I find it very heart breaking that my children’s father chooses a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the “development” of our children. These opinions are, in reality, value judgements made about our children and they are based on his limited visits (albeit mutually agreed upon) with our children.
Because he has spoken negatively about our children, I feel I owe it to them to respond on their behalf. Each and every one of our children has met and continues to exceed all physical, mental and emotional developmental milestones throughout their lives. Their normal development is regularly monitored by myself, their pediatrician and school staff, as is usual within any family.
It is also very normal in a family, especially a large family, to have a full range of personalities, abilities, talents, hobbies and struggles. Ours is no different. However, anyone who has personally met our children all have the same thing to say: they are the most normal, pleasant, polite, loving and well adjusted children they have ever met. Most even go on to say that they are a “a delight” to be around.
When our kids grow up, they may see their father’s latest interview and wonder why he made untrue and hurtful statements about them. I know that I risk stirring up an unwanted public and private “frenzy” by commenting on this, but, if our children ever stumble upon that interview, I want to be able to point them to this statement so that they know that I publicly set the record 100% straight on this one, for their sake.
That about covers it.
If you ask me, it seems that Jon is not only a bit disconnected but also embittered by the fact that his children are being raised “Kate’s way.” I’m sure that sucks but talking about your children’s developmental issues on television is not cool…not cool at all. There have been times when I thought Kate was certainly thirsty for attention. But in this instance, I’ve got to give it to her. She did the right thing by defending her kids.
What do you think about Jon’s comments and Kate’s subsequent response?
I have to first say that Ms. Patti LaBelle is the embodiment of all things talent, fabulous and diva wrapped into one body. People often compare her to the mainstream equivalent of a consummate performer and artist…someone like a Madonna. And that’s true, to an extent. With eccentric hairstyles and innovative costumes, she was like a pre-Madonna. But, and I mean this with absolutely no shade intended, Madonna, and really no one since, has a voice like Patti’s. No.One.
So, considering that me (and my mama) are borderline Patti stans, I was geeked to learn that Patti LaBelle’s Next Chapter interview will appear on OWN this Sunday.
The two legends sat down at the Apollo Theater to discuss a career that’s spanned over five decades. She also spoke more personally about her battle with Type 2 diabetes, working with her son as her manager, the feud between she and Diana Ross and the hardest life lesson she’s had to learn.
Check out a clip from the upcoming episode below.
Will you watch?
Patti’s Next Chapter interview with Oprah will air this Sunday, November 3 at 9pm on OWN.
OWN just keeps coming with the hits. The newest docu-series for the network, “Houston Beauty,” will follow the lives of the students and staff at one of the oldest beauty schools in the country. The Franklin Beauty School is full of big personalities and big challenges as the students try to earn their cosmetology licenses and change the course of their lives.
For many of the students, there are serious barriers they must overcome before crossing that finish line. And the Jemison Family, the owners and operators of the school since its 98 year existence are there to help the students in their success in beauty school and, more importantly, in life.
Ms. J, whom the students call Mama J, is the matriarch of the shop, who inspires the students through their challenges and attempts to help them stay on track and reach their goals.
Take a look at the trailer below.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who realized just how this s how seems to follow the “Sweetie Pie’s” model. And there’s nothing wrong with that. When something works, don’t bother it. I happen to love Sweetie Pies, so I’m excited about this show. You don’t have to be in the beauty shop for too long before you realize there are characters to be found there. And this beauty school doesn’t seem to be any exception. These women, men and instructors are going to be a hoot.
Tune in for a special sneak peek of Houston Beauty on Wednesday, October 30th at 10/9c and the series premiere Saturday, November 2nd at 10/9c.
To learn more about Houston Beauty, click here.
57-year-old comedian and actor Arsenio Hall is scheduled to make an appearance on an upcoming episode of popular OWN series, Oprah’s Next Chapter.
During the up close and personal interview, Arsenio will open up about his return to late-night television with The Arsenio Hall Show, The Grio reports. He will also address being one of the only African American late-night hosts and why it’s so significant. Of course, Oprah wouldn’t be Oprah if she didn’t dig deep, so viewers will also have an opportunity to hear the media personality discuss growing up feeling like he was destined to make people laugh and the major impact that his Baptist minister father had in the shaping of his comedic career.
As if that isn’t enough, the episode, which was shot at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, will highlight the Coming To America actor’s relationship with his 13-year-old son and why having a hands-on approach to parenting is so important, even though he’s a single father.
In other Arsenio Hall news, the Ohio native has a lot to celebrate, as The Arsenio Hall Show has been performing extremely well, as far as ratings go, Variety reports. During a recent interview with Maxim, Arsenio confessed that he actually has his good friend and fellow comic, George Lopez, to credit for his success and return to late-night TV. The way Arsenio tells the story, back when George had his own late-night show, he would often swing by the set and they would head to Lakers games together. One night while he was waiting around the studio, George asked Arsenio to introduce his special guest for the evening, Snoop Dogg. It was then that he realized he missed late-night TV.
“George said I should bring him out. I was like, ‘No, no, you see the way I’m dressed.’ He says, ‘Do it, man. I’ve got a suit!’ Something happened that night. There was just something the audience gave me, and I knew that I was going to do this motherf*****g show again, even if I had to do it in my yard. I’m thrilled. For the first time in two years, I can’t wait for it to get dark!”Arsenio said.
Oprah’s Next Chapter featuring Arsenio Hall airs on October 20th 9/8c on OWN. Will you watch?
Producers for Lindsay Lohan’s upcoming OWN reality series want nothing to do with her parents.
According to reports, it was an “executive decision” to ban Michael and Dina Lohan from the show. “Producers were struggling a few weeks back with the show’s direction,” TMZ reports, “and after intense debate decided to not include the ‘Lohan family circus.’”
Despite Lindsay’s rocky relationship with her parents over the years, the actress told Oprah that she doesn’t blame them for any of her poor choices.
“I don’t think anything was intentionally done in that way,” she said during her “Next Chapter” interview last month. “I hate what a bad rap people give my parents. Because they are just parents, really, at the end of the day trying to stand up for their daughter and themselves.”
“Nobody’s perfect,” Lohan added. “I love my parents. And I’m not going to say that certain situation, I would have preferred to have been handled differently. Certain things I would have preferred to have been kept within my family, in private. But that’s in the past.”
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it has gotten the television rights to Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The movie starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey (hmmm…) will make its debut on pay television in 2017.
The film opening on August 16 and recently surpassed $100 million at the box office, according to a press statement about the new deal. The movie was also the first of 2013 to spend three weeks atop the weekend box office. The film drew an audience from interested audiences as well as outreach from the NAACP, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and directly from The Weinstein Company, which clearly threw the weight of the company’s name behind the film.
“On the heels of the film’s fantastic debut, we couldn’t be more excited to showcase this incredible movie for our viewers,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN in that press release.
Have you seen it yet? Or are you waiting until 2017 to see it on cable?
If you hate kids, beware of what you’re about to see. If you love children, you’re going to have a field day with the video below. A couple of weeks ago, Mia and Rozonno McGhee of the hit reality show, “Six Little McGhees” came into our studio to talk about what it’s really like raising six toddlers and, yes, they brought their six little McGhees in with them.
As we talked to the Ohio parents, Rosiah, Jr., Olivia, Josiah, Madison, Isaac, and Elijah had a field day tearing our studio up! We’re talking pulling leaves off of fake trees, nearly knocking over bookcases, and one narrowly escaped accident with a pair of scissors (sorry about that!). But despite the chaos of the scene, the proud parents were still able to talk candidly with us about what it takes to raise six 3-year-olds, how their faith in God has kept them grounded from the day they found out they were having sextuplets until now, and how their children have been a blessing in the face of past miscarriages and other familial setbacks.
Check out the interview below and tell us what you think. Could you ever handle sextuplets?