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Exclusive: Wendy Raquel Robinson Says Constant Criticism Of “The Game” Hurt: “I Was Very Sensitive To The Fans”
In June, BET’s hit show The Game will premiere its ninth and final season. After a whole host of cast shake-ups and storyline mixups, one constant presence throughout the show’s run has been actress Wendy Raquel Robinson. She plays Tasha Mack on the show, the mother of football star Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez) and the sassy businesswoman trying to build her management company from the ground up. After all these years and all those episodes, Robinson will miss the series, and most importantly, she will miss her cast members, many of which she says she’s built a lifelong bond with. What she won’t miss though, is the criticism the show has received over the years. After starting strong on The CW only to be canceled and revived by BET, many fans of the show felt that once it came to the network, the quality of the program decreased. Premiering on BET with an unusual leap forward in time, from there, the storyline included too many changes and wild plot twists for some original viewers. Many had been complaining about the series since it returned in 2011, and things only got worse when it decided to move forward without original lead cast members Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall. Robinson admits that such criticism was often tough to deal with and at the end of the day, she just wanted to do the job she was hired to do.
So we chatted with the lovely actress about that and discussed her nonprofit organization, Amazing Grace Conservatory, which helps young people cultivate their skills in the performing arts. We also talked about what’s next for her, including a major role as Cruella de Vil, and her leading role in the new film, Mysterious Ways. In it, Robinson plays a grieving mother named Marilyn, whose life changes when she encounters a homeless man named Mozart, played by Gary Dourdan. In an effort to help Mozart get his life back on track, she is actually able to get her own life back on track and let go of her pain so that she can flourish. That film is currently available on the Urban Movie Channel. Check out the trailer for it, and our chat with Robinson.
Since Tiffney can’t seem to marry The Game, perhaps his celebrity friends can set him up with women for another reality show on VH1. Sound too messy to be true? Well, it’s happening.
Just today, the network sent out a press release confirming the new one-hour weekly series starring The Game as he embarks on his national summer tour.
Despite the fact that he was professing his love to Tiffney in February, saying he wanted her back, the rapper is now looking for a new woman. And he hopes to find her being turning the reigns over to some other people.
We all know The Game from his hit VH1 series “Marrying The Game” as an amazing father as well as family man, that goes without saying. But what we don’t know is if there is a woman out there that would satisfy him enough to slow him down. In the past we’ve seen him give being a family man his all, but sometimes in life and love other cards come into play. Now, in the new series “She’s Got Game,” The Game sets out in pursuit of his perfect love match while he embarks on a national tour. The 10-episode series is slated to premiere summer 2015.
Tired of picking the wrong women, in “She’s Got Game,” Taylor turns to his celebrity friends to see who can help him most when it comes to matters of the heart. Each celebrity will select a young woman to accompany Game on his national tour. But which women will succumb to the not-so-innocent rock star lifestyle, and which will have his back and ultimately win his heart?
The Game aka Jayceon Taylor also serves as one of the show’s executive producers.
We already know this is gearing up to be the hottest of messes, but will you watch?
Things between Tiffney Cambridge and rapper The Game have been in shambles for quite some time. Ever since they exposed their relationship on the Vh1 reality show, “Marrying The Game,” she’s accused him of being too juvenile and stuck in the stereotypical disrespectful ways of a rapper. He felt that she was too controlling and uptight. Eventually, those issues, along with more serious ones, pulled them apart while they were trying to plan their wedding, and from there, things got ugly. At one point, there were allegations that the rapper broke Cambridge’s nose during an argument, and he claimed that she was keeping him from their kids.
But a lot of time has passed, and things have improved between the two, even though they aren’t romantically involved again. However, that doesn’t mean that the rapper doesn’t want to make something happen again with the woman he was so close to marrying.
Cambridge posted a picture yesterday of Beyoncé and Jay Z on the set of their short film for the “On The Run” tour. The Game decided that was the perfect time to remind Cambridge of how he feels about her, and when a fan told him to go get his “woman” back, he said that he has tried:
I do think that Cambridge brought a sort of calm and stability to The Game’s very hectic lifestyle, but at the same time, they seemed to be going in two different directions. Do you think the two should get back together? Cambridge’s followers sure do…
“It’s undeniable the Love you too[sic] share, she is Queen and she definitely brings out the King in you! If you don’t go and sweep her off her feet, we are rooting for you @losangelesconfidential”
“I think it’s safe to say you guys have a lot of supporters that want to see yall together. Of course we never know what goes on behind closed doors, but we all fell in love with you guys from the show. Hope it works out for you guys!”
“You guys have a beautiful family. And even tho, we all make mistakes we can always forgive and forget and try to make things work.”
When “The Game” first made its official appearance in 2006, viewers were drawn in with the amazing writing, and great acting from the ensemble cast. After a premature cancellation, and a revival through BET, “The Game” has reached a large audience and brought the dramedy four more seasons.
As the final season is about to begin, I wanted to honor this amazing show with a list of some of the best episodes.
A small caveat, this list is only comprised of the CW episodes. I went through a period without cable, and never caught back up with the BET episodes.
It was hard to cut it down (my original list had 27 episodes, and I was trying really hard to not include everything), but I think I have a pretty decent list.
If I missed your favorite, let’s talk about it in the comment section!
We told you last week that after an outpouring of love from fans wishing, hoping and waiting for Melanie and Derwin to make a return to “The Game” for the final season, Tia Mowry confirmed that it won’t happen:
“The [love] I am receiving from fans of Melanie on ‘The Game’ is so amazing and touching! I couldn’t just ignore. I had amazing 5 yrs on the show and feel so blessed to be[sic] have been a part of it:) Many are asking if I am making a return for the last year, and the answer is no. But again, I felt so blessed, so blessed, to have played Melanie Barnett!#melanieandderwinforever.”
As it turns out, soon after, Pooch Hall also decided to say that he too is “def done” with the show and that he has another show to think about in Showtime’s Ray Donovan, so people need to move on already.
That still wasn’t necessarily enough for Hall’s followers, who felt that because Tia and Pooch made the show as Melanie and Derwin, they should come back. In response, he said that BET had a chance to bring him back, but they backed out of the deal, so he’s not interested in making a return:
“i mean i cant speak for her but im def done… they didnt ask me to come back well they did like a year n half a go i said yes then it fell apart… so i just concentrated on my new show #RayDonovan on #showtime”
“its over boo…they had the chance to have me…”
“they done its a wrap ive moved onto #RayDonovan @showtime is my new network n home…get at me over there…”
This isn’t the first time that Hall has talked about how he was supposed to return to “The Game” in the past, only for those plans to fall through. He said in 2013 that the way BET did him was “hurtful”
My contract had ended and BET said, ‘We’re gonna get you on for season 6.’ I literally booked “Ray Donovan” a week out. And when we were making my deal with Showtime, they knew how strong my fan base was so…..Showtime said you still can work over at “The Game.” And when I went back to BET with news and was like let’s make this work, they didn’t return my phone calls or emails. Everyone was like why’d you’d leave “The Game” and I was like “I didn’t leave.” It was hurtful. I felt that we all made “The Game” what is it today.
While it’s nice that people would love to see Tia and Pooch make a return to “The Game,” with or without them, it’s time for that show to go and for folks to let Melanie and Derwin go too…
Emotions ran high this weekend after news of two NYPD officers being gunned down in Brooklyn began to circulate. In response to the slayings, rapper Jayceon “The Game” Taylor took to Instagram with a screenshot snatched from one headline with a caption that reads:
“I guess y’all ‘can’t breathe’ either #RIPEricGarner #AllLivesMatter #ShitHasToChange #Now”
Of course, considering that two people who had absolutely nothing to do with the deaths of Eric Garner or Mike Brown were killed in cold bold, his post came off as insensitive to some. So he followed up with another post explaining his previous one. According to Taylor, the post was in “direct response” to the disgusting photo of three men mocking protesters by wearing shirts that read: “I can breathe,” which had been circulating on social media.
His reaction continues:
“The comment in my last post was a DIRECT RESPONSE to the picture above: I didn’t say it was cool that 2 cops were murdered senselessly while sitting in their car. These weren’t the cop(s) that killed ERIC GARNER so it wasn’t necessary they die in that manner the same as it wasn’t AT ALL necessary ERIC GARNER die in the way he did.
My comment also suggested that #AllLivesMatter &#ShitNeedsToChangeNow but you simple minded f-cks skipped right over the real message to pull whatever negativity you could from my post… As expected.
One thing about me is, I’m ME. I’m not running from my views or opinions & I’m standing firm on anything I say… So while all of you trying to find the HATE in my post, there is NONE. What their is…. is an opinion of a man that believes the deaths of innocent people are never OKAY. Never has been !!! It just so happens, that I’m BLACK. It just so happens I grew up as a minority & have been a victim of racial profiling & police harassment in my youth the same as many so I can relate to the continuous STRUGGLE to change the way the GOVERNMENT deals with it’s own employees when they’re supposed to be highly trained professionals who loosely abuse the right to them wearing the badge given to them. ‘PROTECT & SERVE’ does not mean ‘CHOKE & KILL’ an innocent unarmed man….
Retaliating for Eric Garner’s murder the way the MEDIA portrays it happened wasn’t the answer either but it happened…. SO WHAT NOW… Do police KILL more civilians ??? Or do civilians KILL more police ??? Y’all can’t see what’s happening to our country ? Or all YALL still too focused on an iPhone app to get off of it to take a REAL LOOK AROUND ??? & you ask me, do I like police: NO !!! Do I hate police: NO !!! Have I experienced more police abusing their authority than not: YES !!! So that’s why “I” say F-CK THE POLICE !!! That’s “MY OPINION”…. Does that mean I think it’s dope that 2 innocent cops were murdered: NOPE. But does it change my view on crooked police: NOPE !!! So… You can hate me, not like me, say F-CK GAME or UNFOLLOW or never support my MUSIC again because I have an opinion… SO WHAT, I DO NOT GIVE A F-CK !!!”
Of course, many tried to twist his words and suggest that he was somehow encouraging the behavior of Ismaaiyl Brinsley, which honestly didn’t seem to be the case.
What are your thoughts on The Game’s response and reaction to critics?
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Tami Roman On Losing Weight After A Diabetes Diagnosis, Falling Out With The Game, And Why “BBW: Miami” Fell Apart
In part I of her interview with The Jasmine Brand, Tami Roman revealed that she had found love with a much younger man (17 years her junior) and said that he will appear on her upcoming reality TV show, a spin-off that focuses solely on her and her family.
In the second part of her interview, Roman is talking about what’s going on with that reality show, what happened with her previous reality show, “Basketball Wives: Miami,” what the deal was with rapper The Game publicly cursing her out on Instagram, and how she slimmed down to her current size. Here are the tidbits that had us talking:
Why We Haven’t Seen Another Season Of “Basketball Wives Miami”:
Well, we did Season 5 and even though our ratings were good, they weren’t what we were familiar with because we tried to change it for people. People didn’t want to see the drama, they tried to boycott us, they didn’t like the fights and all of this othre stuff. So we decided to focus more on what each girl was doing, what career paths we were taking–not really getting into the drama that our relationships can be, and people didn’t like it. So it’s like damned if you do, damned if you don’t. So we didn’t know if we were coming back or not and in the interim, Evelyn had a beautiful baby boy and her relationship. She’s focused there and Shaunie’s got L.A. still going and other things going on and then I’ve got my thing going on. You take the fan favorite three and their doing something else, it’s kind of like how do we bring this back?
If She Would Ever Join “Basketball Wives LA”:
I think L.A. is going good. I don’t think they really need me in their situation. I don’t want to catch no cases. I’ve been doing very well, staying out of jail [laughs]. You can change but the inner workings of you sometimes–people can push those things. I think they are good the way they are. I would love to see Miami come back with an All-Star version, you know? Bring Jen back, bring Royce back the starters and some of the heavy hitters that came later and put us all together. I don’t think that’s going to happen [laughs].
If She Still Communicates With Members Of The Cast:
Honestly, I haven’t talked to anybody in a very long time. Communication is different now, you don’t have to pick up the phone. If you like somebody’s picture on Instagram, you’re still cool with them. In that sense, I have liked Tasha’s pictures [laughs]. Suzie will hit me up from time to time. And I love Royce. So if I had to say the person I deal with most out of everybody, it would be Royce…Everybody left the show on one accord. There were no problems.
The Status Of Her Upcoming Spin-Off Reality Show:
The pilot went really well and we are actually in the midst of negotiations with several networks regarding that situation. Because what happened was, what we originally shot, it took so long for people to make a decision that that stuff wasn’t really good anymore. So we went back and shot more stuff. Now the new concept for “The Roman Empire: The World According to Tami,” is so great that we’ve got several people interested. We will be announcing it soon.
How She Dropped The Pounds So Fast With Halle Berry’s Help:
Okay, we can address this. Everybody saw me have smart lipo on the show. It’s no f**king secret and I was trying not to curse, but I had to let one slide. So they saw that on the show, but I had not been diagnosed. I was literally thinking, ‘why am I gaining so much weight? I’m going to have to figure out a way around this.’ A year later I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and literally I just start losing weight. You can either go this way or that way. Once I found out, I still didn’t really honor the fact that I had it. Even with NV [dietary supplement caplets], I only got to a size 10 or 12. I continued to eat and not really care. It wasn’t until I started working on “Extant” and I was talking to Halle, who is also diabetic, and she said “Tami, the truth of the matter is — you either wanna live or you wanna die. You can continue thinking what you think and doing what you’re doing, but you’re not going to be here long.” And that like really hit home for me. So I changed up my whole diet and eating and trying to be healthy and live right, and now people say I’m too skinny [laughs]. Now, I’m a bobble head.
Rumors About Her Bleaching Her Skin:
No I don’t bleach my skin…You know what, I’m gonna curse my make-up artist out LOL. No, I do not bleach my skin. I think that is not a process, that most African Americans partake in. We’re happy with our shades….And I have not had a nose job and I have not had a facelift…When my make-up artist contours me, they say I have a nose job. If she puts my eye liner on a different way — I’ve had a facelift….I feel like I’m aging backwards…I’m healthy, I’m doing the right things for my body, my skin and all that stuff so, thank y’all.
Why Rapper The Game Publicly Disrespected Her:
Tiffany was one of my best friends. I’m a very strong personality and sometimes when men and women have issues in their relationship and you inject a best friend who is very strong and opinionated—they don’t like that friend because they know that friend is telling the real about your situation. So that’s why he was upset with me although we have since talked and mended fences. We have no issues. He came to terms like ‘It’s not you–we have to work on our situation.’ So he kind of took me out of the hole. Game…I’ve always respected him & never had a issue with him and that’s the road we are on today.Tiffany is still a friend.
You can check out both parts of Roman’s interview below:
On Monday, BET announced that season nine will be the final season of their popular dramedy “The Game.” According to the network, production for seasons eight and nine are currently underway.
“All good things must come to an end and after celebrating four successful seasons of THE GAME on BET, the Network has announced production is underway on the show’s final two seasons. In January 2011 the cult following of The Game proved that the show was a fan favorite with 7.7 million viewers for its premiere debut on BET. With seasons eight and nine, we’re excited to end on a high note by giving Sabers fans a chance to bid farewell to their favorite players on and off the field.”
Apparently, the decision to end the series after season nine came from the show’s Executive Producer Mara Brock Akil.
“Shows do end,” Mara told BET. “That is a part the business. I’m very happy BET gave The Game five additional seasons to explore these characters and this world. We made history when we got to the network and it’s nice to be able to celebrate the great achievements of the show.”
When asked if there are any storylines that she wishes she would have changed, Mara had this to say:
“No, I don’t live in that place. I don’t regret anything that we’ve done.”
I was a pretty big fan of “The Game,” so the fact that the show will be able to have a finale and wasn’t just snatched off of the air makes me happy. Hopefully, Melanie and Derwin will return or at least make a few cameos for the final season, which is set to air in 2015.
Are you sad to hear that an end date has been set for “The Game?”
Have you ever started a Facebook page for your favorite celebrity or product? Well, Stacey Mattocks did when in 2008 she opened a Facebook page for her favorite TV show, The Game. Her page became such a hit that BET took notice and began to do business with Mattocks to promote the series. And with the help of Mattocks’ page the show’s popularity grew and the Facebook page garnered massive likes.
But things went south when BET wanted to take over the rights to the page. A messy lawsuit ensued last year. Finally a judgment has been rendered — and it could have a major impact on how we define who owns what on social media. A Florida judge has ruled that Facebook likes are not the property of page creators. According to the ruling, Mattocks can’t establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million likes she collected.
Mattocks had sued the Viacom-owned cable channel for “allegedly committing tortious interference, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and copyright infringement,” reports The Hollywood Reporter. Mattocks later amended the lawsuit to add a claim of unlawful conversion.
In her lawsuit, Mattocks charged that BET initially agreed to pay her $30 per hour to work as a social media “freelancer” and later offered her an $85,000-a-year salary, which she turned down. According to Mattocks, BET pulled out all the stops to change her mind, even flying her out to Los Angeles for promotional interviews. But when she refused to transfer ownership of the fan page to BET, Facebook temporarily shut down her account.
What followed was a “Letter Agreement” with BET under which the network agreed that Mattocks wouldn’t be excluded from the page. In turn, she agreed to grant BET full administrative access. Mattocks says she signed the agreement under duress.
BET also tried to buy the page, offering $15,000; Mattocks requested $1.2 million, according to court papers. The negotiations continued and Mattocks dropped BET’s administrative access on the Facebook page from “manager” to “moderator.” BET, in turn, to issue a cease-and-desist letter. In the letter BET cited intellectual property and a demand to Facebook that it remove the page. This prompted Mattocks’ lawsuit.
“Based on the record, Mattocks cannot establish that she owns a property interest in the ‘likes’ on the FB Page,” writes the judge in an opinion (read more here). ” ‘Liking’ a Facebook Page simply means that the user is expressing his or her enjoyment or approval of the content. At any time, moreover, the user is free to revoke the ‘like’ by clicking an ‘unlike’ button. So if anyone can be deemed to own the ‘likes’ on a Page, it is the individual users responsible for them. Given the tenuous relationship between ‘likes’ on a Facebook Page and the creator of the Page, the ‘likes’ cannot be converted in the same manner as goodwill or other intangible business interests.”
The judge also dismissed Mattocks’ tortious interference claim, writing: “While BET may also have had other financial motives in disabling the Page and Twitter account, no record evidence shows that BET took these steps for purely malicious reasons.”
So remember, if you thinking to make money off a Facebook page for a product or other person, according to this judgment you have no legal ownership of pages’ likes. Be sure you know what’s yours and focus on monetizing those elements. Everything else belongs to users, Facebook and the Internet.
“Thanks For Helping Me Grow As A Person”: Despite Past Drama, The Game Sends Tiffney Cambridge A Loving Birthday Letter
Rapper The Game and former fiancée Tiffney Cambridge have been through a lot over the years. From breaking up to making up and trying to make it down the aisle on their reality show “Marrying The Game,” to the former couple allegedly getting involved in a violent fight earlier this year that resulted in Cambridge sustaining a broken nose (when we asked her about that fight she said, “I prefer to just keep some things private and personal between Jayceon and I.”) and the rapper claiming that she was turning their kids against him, the two have had a very volatile relationship. But as Cambridge celebrated her birthday on Sunday, the rapper sent her a very loving message on Instagram, thanking her for making him a better person despite all they had been through.
“Happy birthday to the beautiful @lovetiffney… The best mother, care taker & provider for our children I could ever ask for. In relationships, there are ups & downs… negatives & positives but no matter what the years have brought & left… On this day I want you to know that you are both acknowledged & very appreciated. Through the years, we’ve been through a lot but no matter how big the hurdle…. We got up & over it & have always managed to get back to a peaceful existence. & again, for blessing me with @kingjusticetaylor & @lilmisscali.. I am forever in debt & will make sure you guys are always taken care of…. #1 because it’s in me to do so & #2 is because you are very deserving of it…. Thanks for helping me grow as a person & being there to say the least. Enjoy your birthday….. & do not let anyone steal your sunshine. Love”
Looks like these two might be on better terms, or at least, he cares enough to just acknowledge all she does for her birthday. Either way, it was a nice gesture from him.