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You know imaginations tend to run rather wild when it comes to celebrities and secrets, and the rumors surrounding news T.I.’s wife, Tiny, is apparently sitting on is no exception.
All the speculation began about a week ago when blogger Freddy O posted the pic above with the star of “Tiny Tonight” and wrote:
My girl @majorgirl got some extra big news to tell the world … Hint hint she’s gone have someone new in her life … #winning
Considering Tiny and Tip have been going strong for about 12 years now and, as we see from their interactions on “The Family Hustle,” she can barely keep her hands off him, the someone new can’t possibly be a new man. That’s why everyone is assuming the new addition is a baby. Yup, Tameka, Tiny, Cottle just might be pregnant!
T.I. and Tiny have six children between them. Tiny has a daughter, Zonnique, from a previous relationship and two boys with TIP, King and Major; and T.I. has three additional kids, Messiah Ya’ Majesty, Domani Uriah, and Deyjah Imani. In 2006, T.I. and Tiny tried to expand the Harris family, but on March 22, 2007, their daughter, Lelah Amore, was stillborn six months into the pregnancy. News of a new, healthy bun in the oven would certainly be happy news for the big family — and an interesting dynamic to watch on their VH1 reality show.
So far, reps have failed to confirm or deny any of the rumors so we’ll just have to hold out until Tiny is ready to share her “extra big news” with the world. Do you think it’s a baby?
For their October issue, T.I. covers Upscale wearing a leather jacket and that Crest smile we’ve come to love. Inside the issue, the rapper turned reality star spoke about music executives missing out, the way his image is changing and how the producers manage to get his youngest son, Major, to cooperate and agree to be filmed for the show.
First he explains how he asked Warner Chapel, his music publisher for $7 million dollars and they refused.
“They said, ‘Nah, no.’ And I said, ‘Ok, cool’ and we walked away amicably. And now the Robin Thicke record was the number one record in the world and I am the sole publisher because they didn’t want to cash me out. So thank you, Warner Chapel.”
Woop. Looks like someone missed out.
Then he spoke about being known more these days for being a father.
“I guess a lot of things I’ve done in my career that I’ve gained attention for I wouldn’t have never really concluded that would’ve been a probable outcome… I guess [being known for being] a husband and a father is better than the guy with the machine guns and silencers.”
On turning down a million dollar record deal.
“I get that from The Family Hustle and we’re not even talking managers cut, that’s just me—not Tameka—that’s just what I’m getting,” he stresses, making sure his point is felt. And it is. “I can get that on my own, I can get that on tour.”
On convincing Major to get mic’d up for the show:
“Sometimes he just doesn’t like to be fooled with, like, ‘I’m not into it today… I don’t force him to do nothing. I let [the production crew] handle that. For a while Gushers worked. He was like, ‘Ok, I’ll do one scene for a pack of Gushers and then the Gushers stopped working. One time they came and said, ‘If you come down we’ll give you five dollars’ and he said, ‘What?! I’ll give you five dollars.’”
You didn’t expect Jennifer Hudson to keep her singing relegated to Weight Watchers commercials, did you?
Miss Hudson is back in the studio and it looks like she’s about ready to hear what she has in store for her third album. The first song is a track produced by Pharrell called “I Can’t Describe (The Way That I Feel)” and it has quite the old school vibe.
As Jennifer explains in the song, she’s in love with her man but that’s not enough. She can’t find the write words to describe what she feels about her man and how her body feels when she thinks about her man. All she knows is that it feels…right.
Yes, this is a love song but it also discusses how she feels about her man…intimately. When you add T.I’s “mannish” verse, it goes to another level. You know he loves to talk about how he puts it down and keeps his woman happy.
“I Can’t Describe” has a very 80s sound and the beat reminds me of Evelyn Champagne King’s “I’m In Love.” It seems that Pharrell is taking a lot of influence from 80s R&B music into the R&B music he’s been producing recently.
Check it out and tell us what you think…Pass or Play?
Move over Justin!
Hehe, just kidding. But seriously, after trying to make a name for himself in the industry since 1994, Robin Thicke finally has an album under his belt that topped all genres on the Billboard Charts. About 10 years after the release of his first album A Beautiful World in 2003, Robin Thicke’s new release, Blurred Lines, his sixth studio album, went number one this week selling 177,000 copies. It is Thicke’s highest selling week yet in his career, and he’s clearly riding high because the single of the same name featuring Pharrell and T.I. is still number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at the same time. The single has been leading the pack for five weeks straight. And according to Billboard, this is a huge deal for Thicke, whose debut only stayed on the Billboard Charts for one week, peaking at number 152. Thicke has come a long way from the once insecure artist who worried if his career was ever going to take off. As he told Howard Stern in an interview last week:
“The first album that I put out was the hardest one to get out. I was so afraid of failing that I waited from 16 to 23, 7 years to even put the album out. So then I’m 23, I put the album out finally and what does it do? It doesn’t sell any records. It’s critically-acclaimed but doesn’t sell any records. So the balloon pops, everything that I was afraid of happening. Then, for the next 3 years I struggled with believing in myself and had some problems and started drinking. Tried yoga a few times with my wife, side-by-side. Trying to find God. Then right after my album [is released, my wife decides] that she wants to be an actress, instead of a filmmaker. Now she’s doing love scenes, and I have a failed album… but it ended up making me a good man. Luckily, after 10 years of that, I’m like, ‘Oh heck! Go have a good time, see you when you get home.’”
Congrats to you Robin! Been one of our favorite crooners for years now, and he deserves mad success. Did you pick up the new album?
Today, Clutch Magazine published a piece about how T.I.’s new clean, fatherly image didn’t sit so well with the record industry. In a recent interview with XXL T.I. spoke about Atlantic’s response to “T.I. and The Family Hustle”:
With your reality show and even your books, there’s been a real shift in your image. Do you think you’ve changed?
I do, but a lot people want to take that change and connect it to entertainment. “Oh he got all this money and changed, or “He got in trouble so he changed.” When I got introduced to the game, I was 19. Right now I’m 32. You could take anybody man, police, fireman, journalist, radio personality, actor, producer, from 19-32, he’s gonna change. But my change is publicized. So instead of connecting it to a natural, organic growth, they want to connect it to prison or something else.
Was Atlantic Records happy about the new family-friendly T.I.?
Nah, they hated it. Labels love hardcore T.I. That keeps the cash register ringing. They don’t want me to go to prison and [get] caught though. They want me to be the Teflon Don, and I can’t blame them. That shyte’s se*y. But I’m older, man. I’m wiser, I’m calmer… I’m better, stronger. I’m ready for whatever tomorrow got coming.
I’m giving Atlantic the side eye right now. Surely, they’ve seen enough black, male artists, and know from their own personal lives, that there is–or there should be– a duality between work and family life personas. I get it. Atlantic is about selling records and making money and they probably fear that with T.I. playing the good guy on TV, folks might question his credibility. But I’m a bit surprised that they think showing a black man not only financially providing for but taking care of his kids would cause people to stop buying his music. The black man is truly pigeon holed in this country. Just one of the reasons why young, black men can’t seem to navigate maintaining manhood and masculinity and raising children, society tells them, it’s either one or the other. It’s really high time we, society in general, redefine our definitions of manhood. If a black man taking care of his children can’t be respected, we’ve got this whole life game twisted.
In that same Clutch article I mentioned earlier, the author said:
“Moreover, as crazy it sounds, T.I. is one of the most positive representations of black fatherhood on TV today.”
The instant I finished reading the sentence, I doubted its validity. “No, that can’t be right…there’s gotta be someone else.” But then I started trying to think of positive, black fathers on television. Who is there? It took me a while and I even had to ask my friend. The only person I could come up with was Anthony Anderson on NBC’s “Guys With Kids.” Umm, yeah, that show was canceled earlier this summer. When I asked my friend she came up with Cedric the Entertainer on “The Soul Man.” He is a father but the actress who plays his daughter went from a main cast character in season 1 to a recurring character in season 2, so clearly fatherhood is not the focus here. Then there was Malcolm Jamal Warner, former Cosby kid turned sitcom dad in BET’s “Reed Between the Lines.” The show has promise, though it’s on shaky ground since one the principle actors, Tracee Ellis Ross left the show after season 1.
Then the more I thought about it, besides Heathcliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show” and maybe James Evans Sr. from “Good Times,” the track record for positive representations of black fathers has always been far too slim.
I’m not saying that real, life black fathers aren’t doing what they’re supposed to because there aren’t any on television. But we all know how influential media can be. We saw it when black college enrollment increased after School Daze and “A Different World.”
Regardless of what Atlantic thinks, I’m glad T.I. is showing folks there’s honor in being a father.
Can you think of other positive, black fathers on TV?
While some of you might be rolling your eyes at the thought of it, in the case of my co-worker who loves her some T.I., a few of you might be somewhere excited at the idea that we could be seeing a second installment of ATL soon enough.
In an interview with Rap-Up, director Chris Robinson, who was behind the original classic film (I kid, I kid), spoke not too long ago on the possibility of a sequel. He said that for all he knew at that time, work on a new film was a rumor, but he did speak on what it would take to get one made:
“We all joked about doing an ATL 2, and how down T.I.’s character would be running the comic section of the newspaper and what the twins would be doing. But you never know. If the fans wanted it enough, there would definitely be a sequel.”
Well, according to VIBE, it just might be happening. On his Instagram page, Robinson posted the following picture:
As you can see, the caption says that an ATL II is in the works, and could either start filming or be released by next spring. Robinson went on to delete the photo, but has since posted pictures of Jackie Long (who played Esquire in the film) and Albert Daniels (who played Brooklyn) out together, with the caption “
#ESQUIRE #BROOKLYN #ATL II MEETING #START THE RUMORS!” All I can say is that, one, he needs to chill out on all the caps lock, and two, things are about to get pretty interesting.
While the original ATL is…cute, it was released in 2006. It seems a bit late to try and do sequel, especially since T.I. definitely doesn’t look like he did in the first film, in Lauren London is focused on her new gig on The Game. But I wouldn’t mind knowing what became of Rashad and New New…
But what about you? Do you think a sequel to ATL is a good idea after all of these years?
‘Boobs Are The Least Of Our Worries:’ T.I. Says He’s Not Too Concerned About His Kids Seeing The R-rated ‘Blurred Lines’ Video
There has been quite a bit of controversy associated with Robin Thicke’s sultry summer club banger, “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams and the explicit music video that came along with it. What’s even more interesting about all of this, especially the explicit version of the video, is that T.I. has children, who for the most part are old enough to understand what’s going on, but are all under the age of 18 years old. This of course, left many wondering how T.I. pulled off such a risqué project without his children seeing it. During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, the Atlanta rappers admitted that although he hopes his children haven’t discovered the rated-R version of the video, which is spilling over with topless women and sexual references, he isn’t too worried about it. Check out some of his interview highlights below.
On if he was excited around all of the topless women in the “Blurred Lines” video:
“Well, I won’t speak for the other men. But you know, it is definitely a change of pace for me. I’m definitely not used to being around unclothed women. They were nude true, but it was in a very artsy kind of way.”
On Tiny being on set during filming:
“Well when you have your wife on the set with you, she can attest to the fact that nothing went on.”
On if his children have seen the uncut version of the video:
“I hope not. With all that’s going on today, some boobs are the least of our worries.”
On his “Blurred Lines” verse being a total accident:
“I just happened to be in the studio with Pharrell working on something else and he said, ‘I’ve got this record, man, for Robin, I want you to get on it.’ Usually, me and Pharrell, we work very closely together, we have just an insane chemistry. So when he played it I went right in and did it not knowing, months later and 3 million singles behind, it’ll probably be the move of the year for me.”
Turn the page for footage from his interview. What are your thoughts on his response?
While you were watching the fireworks or checking out the performances down in New Orleans, the Harris family was parlaying in Puerto Rico. And unlike your annoying co worker who wants to show you every single photo from their little backwoods road trip, here’s a family you’re actually interested in seeing. Check out the pictures both T.I. and Tiny posted on Instagram.
While he certainly looks great behind the wheel, we’re wondering if T.I. really knows what he’s doing back there–especially under the influence…
I don’t know why but something about this pic is so funny to me. Beyonce looks like she just wants to lay up under her man, Jay-Z’s looking like “yeah all this s***” is mine.” T.I. looks like the first thing out his mouth was “I’m so happy to be here,” and Tiny looks like she might set some ish off.
Needless to say, last night’s 10th Anniversary celebration of the Jigga man’s 40/40 club was an interesting soiree and this candid pic captures the essence of the night as the King of the South and his lady chilled with Hov and Bey. This isn’t a foursome we often see together, which is why this pic caught us so off guard. And more importantly why are Tiny’s lips pursed like that?
Caption this photo and tell us what you think is going on.
We’ve all watched reality TV shows like “The Bachelor” or any of the “Real Housewives” series and not given it a second thought or batted an eyelash when word came out that one of the couples on the show had broken up. But what about those couples whose relationships have stood the test of time — or at least the test of the cameras and survived the ever so prevalent reality TV curse? Surely they deserve a shout out for their union surviving in a world where audiences tune in to watch their intimate lives day in and day out. Lets look at the celeb reality couples who’ve made their love last under the scrutiny of television cameras and viewers.