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And Then There Were 4: Shaunie Gives 3 BBW Cast Members Pink Slips

June 14th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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It’s a good thing I didn’t place a bet on who I thought Shaunie was cutting from “Basketball Wives” because I would have been wrong. My prediction was that she would leave the show (just as a cast member, I know she’s not walking away from the producer end), and cut Kesha and Kenya since they didn’t really add anything to the show this season, except being punching bags for Tami and Evelyn, but I was only right about one choice.

According to TMZ, Shaunie has cut Kesha Nichols, Royce Reed, and Jennifer Williams from returning next season and the girls will find out the news any day now—although if they read blogs they already know. The supposed reason is that they’re “dead weight,” but if that’s the case, Suzie should have been cut a long time ago because she didn’t even instigate any drama last season and it’s been painfully obvious from the beginning that that’s her only storyline.

It’s not hard to see why Jen is cut, considering her lawsuit and all, although how ironic that when she and Evelyn makeup she gets cut. Can’t have two people actually getting along on one season can we?

TMZ hears Royce was cut because she wasn’t legally allowed to talk about Dwight Howard due to a 2009 gag order, so basically she didn’t have enough drama either— Although that’s nothing new. The main reason is likely the fact that Shaunie and Evelyn refused to tape with her so unless she started dating another man before tapping began, her storyline would be pretty dead too.

I can’t even imagine who they’ll find to replace these three, although I’m sure it won’t be as hard as I imagine. Evelyn’s assistant Nia would fit in perfectly with her slap-happy ways. She better snag herself a baller within the next few months if she wants to actually get paid rather than sued for acting a fool.

Are you surprised at the three Shaunie cut?

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Consider This A Heads Up: Shaunie O’Neal On What To Expect From BBWs Movie

May 7th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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The reaction to news that Shaunie O’Neal and Tracey Edmonds sold a “Basketball Wives”-like project to Fox films was like the cringe heard around the world. Already fed up with the nonsense shown on VH1 every Monday night, many easily dismissed this venture as a feature-length version of either her life or the reality TV show she produces, and people weren’t exactly thrilled about the possibility of either one. In an interview with Vibe though, Shaunie claims the movie will be nothing like the reality series we love to hate and she even suggests the film is an opportunity for her to redeem herself.

“It’s fictional. It’s a movie, so it has nothing… I see people on Twitter saying, ‘Oh god, you guys gon’ take that and turn it into a movie?’ You don’t take a reality show and make it a movie. At least I wouldn’t,” she said. “It’s not a quote, unquote ‘basketball wives movie.’ Even though it has to do with basketball life, it’s not actually taking Basketball Wivesfrom TV and making it a movie. And it’s not about women sitting around arguing or lunching all the time. It’s an actual story. It’s a love story. It’s an empowering story. It’s funny. It’s life. It’s similar—we’ve taken a girl who’s just going into the NBA life and experiencing things and showing the whole story. She learns from the organization. She learns from other wives. And by the end of the story, it’s empowering for women and men. It’s so nothing like the TV show at all. No comparison.”

Empowerment and learning really aren’t defining characteristics of the VH1 show so Shaunie may be telling the truth about this film. During the interview, she also explained why she thought this project was necessary.

“It was important for me to have other outlets outside of ‘Basketball Wives’ to represent myself and who I really am and what I really would like to put out there. Because, again, I did reality TV and I can’t control that. I can’t control how everybody acts and what everybody sees. This, I can control [laughs]. If I come and I say, “This is what I envision, this is what I feel, this is what I see,” with the help of others, we sit around and collaborate on how this vision can come alive and how we can make it entertaining and how we can make people interested. And [Tracey] understood what I was saying. She got where I was coming from. We always wanted to work together on something, be it TV, movie or whatever. We sat around and talked about this for a couple months and I was so eager to make it happen because I needed some other ways to almost redeem myself. Like, this is not what I’m about people, [laughs] so let me show you. And it’s not my only way of showing but it’s a huge start. And it’s one that I know I’m gonna be 110 percent proud of.”

Since the deal was just closed last Monday, Shaunie says production is in the very early stages with the writer still finishing the script. She does know a little somethin’ somethin’ about the cast though.

“We haven’t casted yet, but I wouldn’t call [the movie] a Black woman’s story. It’s going to be a multiracial cast. Of course, there will be Black women ’cause most of the NBA seems to be. But it is going to be multiracial.”

Sounds like “Basketball Wives” to me.

Do you think Shaunie can redeem herself with this film?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Coming To A Theater Near You: ‘Basketball Wives’ The Movie

May 2nd, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Shaunie wasn’t lying when she said she had other projects in the works, but the reality is they’re of the same ilk as the “Basketball Wives” franchise. Variety is reporting that Tracey Edmonds and Shaunie O’Neal have sold a pitch to Fox Greenlight for a feature-length film that’s pretty much ‘BBW’ meets the big screen:

“Drawing loosely from the lives of O’Neal and some of her friends, the Searchlight project centers around a young woman who follows her boyfriend to Miami after he gets drafted into the NBA. Thrust into the world of professional sports, she meets the other players’ wives and learns from their trials and tribulations.”

Sound familiar? Shaunie apparently reached out to Tracey about the project via Twitter and the producer brought fellow “Jumping the Broom” collaborator Elizabeth Hunter on board to write the movie script.

“The beauty of a feature film is that we’ll have the ability to dig much deeper into the stories and characters that come from this very colorful world and create a very juicy, action-packed narrative,” Edmonds told Variety.

It might be a little too soon to start guessing which actresses will play the ladies of the VH1 series, but I don’t think I’m getting ahead of myself when I say let the boycotting begin.

Are you surprised by this project?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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And Now A Word From Shaunie On The ‘Basketball Wives’ Controversy…

April 20th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Through all the “Basketball Wives” hoopla that’s been going on this past week, we’ve heard from almost everyone but the queen B of the BBW pack, Shaunie O’Neal. Well she finally decided to issue a statement exclusively to Vibe on Jen’s fight with Nia and the lawsuit that was announced yesterday, and she basically gave a standard rose-colored glasses political speech. Here’s what she said:

“I’m extremely happy that ‘Basketball Wives’ continues to have another successful fourth season. As the ratings have been through the roof since our season opener, fans continue to tune into the lives of Evelyn, Tami, Jennifer, Royce, Suzie  and myself. As there is always controversy and indifference projected on the show, because we are all individual personalities, I always hope that people will find that as much as you may agree or disagree with the opinions, the behavior, [and] even our different taste in shoes, you are taking a look inside the lives of four complete different women. I will never say I agree with some of the behavior between my girlfriends on the show, but if we were to edit certain things out the show would be scripted and not reality.

As a woman of color with kids, I am very aware of myself, but I also have to be aware that my choices cannot be the same for everyone on the show and I have to respect that. I hope the fans feel they see a balance and know we have always been real with our stories, even though it may not always be a positive portrayal of adult women but real women nonetheless. I look forward to developing other media platforms in the future and hope that fans will continue to support.”

I wish she would speak in specifics for once but I guess that’s how she stays out of drama (and keeps the checks rolling in). So ladies, can she count on you for your continued support?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Two New ‘Basketball Wives’ Added to Miami Season 4 Cast

November 28th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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VH1 still hasn’t managed to add any real basketball wives to the Miami cast of the self-titled show. If you’ve been wondering who the network and Shaunie O’neal would scout to fill Meeka Claxton’s permanently eliminated spot and the one Royce Reed left due to “artistic differences,”  the wait is over. Kenya Bell and Kesha Ni’Cole Nichols will now join Tami, Shaunie, Jennifer, Suzy, and Evelyn for season 4.

Kenya is hanging on to her basketball wife title by a thread, her and her husband Charlie are reportedly in the middle of a bitter divorce. Perhaps that attempt at stabbing him with a box cutter earlier this year has something to do with it.

Kesha, on the other hand, the ex-fiance of NBA player Richard Jefferson, who called off their $2 million wedding the night before the big day–via email—is playing nice. Six figures of “start over” money can do that to you though.

Shaunie told Hip Hollywood she’s still surprised at how many people want to join the show, but I’m not. We see how well it’s working out for Evelyn. According to TMZ, Kesha is fitting in fine with the group so far, but Kenya is already bumping heads with a few ladies.

How do you think these ladies will fit in with the cast?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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