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With all the nonsense going on between Tiny, T.I. and his alleged mistresses on social media we just knew the days of their family-oriented reality show had come to an end. But, low and behold, VH1 has just released a teaser for the next season of their show, which is slated to air March 31.
Given the quick release date, it’s obvious whatever we’ll see on season 4 of The Family Hustle was filmed way before T.I. started calling out Tiny for showing too much booty on Instagram and friends of alleged sidepieces started taking shots at Tiny about T.I.’s infidelity out in the open. In fact, the bigger news may end up being how this season ends and whether or not there will be a season 5.
Thankfully, what we see in the teaser for season 4 is the Harris family we’ve come to love, with all of T.I. and Tiny’s little ones dealing with love problems of every sort — even little cutie pie Major. Check out the season 4 trailer for the show in the video below and tell us what you think about The Family Hustle Returning? Will you watch March 31 at 9pm on VH1?
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
By now you have all read the reports about rapper T.I slut-shaming his wife Tiny on Instagram.
I’m not going to rehash it as you can read it for yourself in the link above. And while I’m not interested in the personal dealings of their relationship, I am quite intrigued by what has been a very vocal public reaction to this story. There has been lots of virtually hi-fiving T.I for checking his disrespectful wife and preserving the wholesomeness of his household. And lots of body snarking over Tiny’s unusually-shaped derriere. And of course lots of pontificating about the perils of black womenhood, particularly how this “ratchetness” is indicative of why black men wont marry y’all ungrateful skeezers.
In a way, I am not surprised at how, once again, the burden of respectability and morality for an entire community has fallen on the unclothed backside of a black woman. It would appear that culturally, men are unquestionable kings of the household and always deserving of respect while women, who are conditioned to submit all free will (including one to wear a swimsuit at the damn beach), are treated as if respect has to be earned. I am surprised, however, at how many women have agreed with that sentiment.
I’m not the one for traditional gender roles or ideals of respectability. But to those women in particular, who do preach them, don’t you think that if we are going to hold women, to traditional roles and rules of respectability that we should also make sure those expectations apply equally to men too?
For the sake of debate, let’s consider T.I., the patriarch of the family:
- During a luncheon held by Warner Music exec Kevin Liles at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, the “Whatever You Like”-emcee got into a fight with Ludacris’ manager Chaka Zulu. According to witnesses, T.I. punched Zulu in the face and choked him before both crews tore the restaurant up.
- During the 2008 Dirty Awards, T.I. and his entourage, got into another fight with Shawty Lo and his entourage, forcing the ceremony to be shut down and giving the police a legally justified reason to pepper-spray the audience.
- In 2007, T.I missed the BET awards because he was too busy being arrested on federal charges after his bodyguard-turned-informant purchased $12,000 in machine guns and other ammunition and delivered it to the rapper. Outside of being a rapper, T.I, whose real name is Clifford Harris, is also a convicted felon, which makes gun ownership a big no-no. Harris was sentenced to: a year and a day in prison for his weapons charges; 1,000 hours of community service; and some probational time in a halfway house.
- In 2010, Harris was sentenced to 11 months in prison for violating his probation on the above mentioned federal gun charges.
- In 2012, Harris lambasted fellow emcee Azealia Banks for daring to address him personally, despite having a beef with him personally, without the assistance of a man to speak on her behalf. According to published reports, Harris said: “See, the thing about that is I ain’t even know anything about it until just now. I ain’t even see it. I know they are going through their thing. But in regards to her speaking upon me and mine, I ain’t even see it. That is what I consider–and excuse my language–but that’s bitch sh-t. I am a man. You ain’t have no business addressing me. When you get a man, get him to address me and he and I can speak on it. But you and me … Keep dealin with that woman [Iggy]. Y’all handle that. Me and you ain’t got nowhere to go with that.”
- Last year, Harris performed along side singer Robin Thicke and super producer Pharrell in a racy video for ”Blurred Lines,: which many described as misogynistic for having women prancing around wearing a thong and nothing else while T.I and company, were fully clothed.
- I’m not going to list individually all of his debasing lyrics other than to say, despite his claim that his new “family-friendly” image has hurt his record sales, much of his music is still chock-full of usual hip hop cliches of luxury brand bragging, pimpin’ hos, and choppas in the streets. In fact, it would behoove most to know that the song “Ball” is not about playing catch with his son but rather how he spends his evenings childless, club-hopping, spending money frivolously and likely having affairs on his wife. My particular favorite line goes, “The club full of bad b**ches and they came to play. Okay it must be your a$$ cause it ain’t your face,” which is quite poetic considering his very public objection to his wife’s Instagram picture.
Now I’m not trying to sit in judgment over some of the decisions Harris has made in his life. But how do we, the public, finger-wag Tiny over her alleged immodesty when we seem content on ignoring – and even condoning through support of T.I’s artistry – her better half’s equally and supposedly shamelessness? This is why the double standard on respectability does not make logical sense. And we, as the public, should either call out T.I on his hypocrisy or else, say nothing at all.
For sometime now rumors have been circulating that one of hip hop’s most beloved couples, T.I. & Tiny Harris, are headed for splitsville. Different things have triggered these rumors over the years; however, the most recent indicator seemed to come from T.I. himself.
“Dis da first day of da rest of my life,” T.I. reportedly wrote in an Instagram post yesterday. “IG in the last 24 hours my life has changed! No details necessary, just try and accept the change! But if you CAN’T den it’s #f**kwhoever #imwitwhateva… from now on. And that’s on #DoeB ##onPhil. It’s #hustlegangovererrrthang #god #children #thatcheck IN THAT ORDER. What God got for me, can’t nobody take it away. It’s mine!”
The message is said to have been later removed from his Instagram page. Though the message doesn’t specifically address whether or not he’s still with his wife, Tiny, she’s visibly absent from his “revised” list of priorities. To top that off, rumors of the “Whatever You Like” rapper’s alleged extramarital activities continue to swirl. While the couple remains mum regarding the divorce rumors, one person who is speaking out is Tiny’s best friend, Shekinah Anderson. The “T.I. & Tiny: Family Hustle” recently addressed the rumors via Instagram.
“People stop with the BS,” the reality TV star wrote. “@majorgirl and @troubleman31 are good!!!! (They are still together) Don’t believe everything you hear!!!! Don’t believe the hype!!!!”
We certainly hope all is well on the T.I. & Tiny homefront, but it’s pretty interesting that of all people, Shekinah is the one speaking out about their relationship status while the couple remains silent.
I can’t descriiiiiiiiiibe, the way I feel, the way I feel…about this video.
We’re getting a glimpse at totally different J.Hud compared to the Oscar winner we saw in her first music video, “Spotlight.” Her life has changed drastically since her first album dropped in 2008, as well as her size. If you’ve seen enough of those Weight Watchers commercials, you know that Hudson dropped some major pounds and has since been showing off her svelte figure on red carpets and more.
In this video, she puts her body (and that fabulous hair) on full display in bras, swimsuits and booty shorts. All of this is done as she sings about a special kind of love with her man over a beat by Pharrell that sounds like something from the late ’80s (the way she belts out the chorus reminds me of the way Chaka Khan used to sing her hits back then). While I’m not crazy about the song (I’m not sure if it’s something I would listen to in full if it came on the radio), it’s a cute track and Hudson looks pretty fabulous trying to pull out her inner sex kitten for the clip. And as for T.I., can he do any wrong on these type of tracks? The song is off of Hudson’s upcoming third album, which she’s been working on with Pharrell, Timbaland and fellow Chicagoan, R. Kelly.
Check out the visuals below for yourself and share your thoughts. Is it a pass or a play?
2013 is done and in the history books. While most of us are just happy to make it to 2014 alive, these celebrities actually have a lot to celebrate. They had a stellar year and, to put it plainly, were killing it in 2013.
Tamar Braxton has finally come out from the shadows of her big sisters and stepped into the limelight alone. After winning fans, or Tamartians, over on her family’s reality show, “Braxtons Family Values,” Tamar landed her own spin-off, which focused on juggling being a wife and then expecting a baby while getting her solo career off of the ground. All of her hard work paid off when Love and War debuted on the Billboard charts in the number two slot after selling over 115,000 copies. Not wasting any time, Tamar released a Christmas album Winter Loversland a few weeks ago.
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I have to admit, I’m a little late to the ATL train. In fact, I just watched the movie last week. And I dug it. I can see why it has the mini cult following that it does. It’s a cute, little movie– which surprisingly took only 45 days to shoot in the summer of 2005. So here we are, getting ready to dive into the little known facts behind the film, produced, in conjunction with T-Boz and Dallas Austin, by Will Smith’s company Overbrook. Let’s dive in.
T.I. is pretty highly regarded around these parts. The thuggish rapper turned family man is pretty appealing. And as we speculated, he is one of few positive representations of black fatherhood on television right now.
And his stock just went up as far as we’re concerned. T.I. and his wife Tiny made history by having themselves and their six children animated for Vh1′s holiday special called, “T.I. and Tiny: Holiday Hustle Special.”
The special follows the family from Atlanta to the North Pole as they try to find a missing Santa Claus. Apparently, an elf Cyrus tells T.I. that the only person “who could save the King of the North Pole was the King of the South.” So the family takes a candy-striped van to solve this dilemma.
I don’t know about you but I think that’s pretty darling. There can never be enough holiday movies. And there’s nothing wrong with incorporating elements of the hood into the holidays.
Anyway, if you have a few minutes, 39 to be more specific, or you just want to see some animated black folks, check out the video below to watch the entire special.
T.I. and Tiny: Holiday Hustle Special
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?