All Articles Tagged "VH1"

Everything You Need To Know About The Amber Rose Show

July 7th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Amber Rose, also known as Muva Rose – How To Be A Bad Bitch author, emoji maven, SlutWalk leader, entrepreneur and feminist – is adding yet another title to her growing repertoire: late-night talk show host.  On July 8 at 11 p.m. (tomorrow night), VH1 will premiere her pop-culture friendly The Amber Rose Show, making Rose one of a few women to ever host her own late-night talk show. What can you expect? Interviews with industry experts, celebrity guests, Rose’s point of view on the latest celebrity gossip, woman-on-the-street type interviews and an opening monologue, to name a few. This is a late-night show, of course. While we gear up to watch the self-proclaimed SVP of Women Supporting Women strut her stuff, here’s a little sneak peek of what promises to be one of the most talked about and exciting shows in VH1’s recent lineup. Will you be tuning in to watch The Amber Rose Show?

Is VH1 In The Works Of Producing A Jodeci Biopic?

July 3rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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In the past few years, biopics of our favorite R&B and hip-hop stars continue to pop up left and right. We’ve seen CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, Straight Outta Compton, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, The Miki Howard Story, and more. Most recently, it was announced that an epic three night miniseries chronicling the legendary music group New Edition would air on BET in 2017.

Now, there’s another all-male R&B group of the new jack swing era that’s allegedly ready to tell their story. Word on the street is that VH1 will be producing a biopic on the lives of DeVante Swing, and Mr. Dalvin, K-Ci and Jojo, better known as Jodeci.

The hip-hop-tinged quartet was formed in 1988, releasing their debut album Forever My Lady in 1991, which featured chart-topping hits like the title track and “Come And Talk To Me.”

As of now, reports explain that Mr. Dalvin (@MyRockStarStyle) announced the news via Twitter, saying, “Jodeci fans follow me 4 your all access pass into the making of the VH1 Jodeci movie.” However, the account is not verified and could be a simple troll account.

Nevertheless, we can all still dream and cross our fingers that VH1 produces this biopic. What do you think? Would you tune in?

Clap For Him: Marc Lamont Hill Lands New VH1 Late-Night Talk Show

June 30th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Over the years we’ve Marc Lamont Hill strength his hustle and influence from a African American Studies Professor at Morehouse College to hosting Our World with Black Enterprise and HuffPost Live to serving as a correspondent for BET News and a CNN political commentator.

Now, Hill is testing the waters with his very own show on VH1, a weekly late-night series called VH1 Live!. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, which is produced by Embassy, known for Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, will showcase a pop culture spin on entertainment news and gossip. Hill will also interview the network’s popular stars, highlighting the must-see moments on the network’s favorable shows and fusing in his own opinions with his approach that’s been billed as “raw street savvy.”

The series is set for a Sunday, July 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT debut. Will you be tuned in?

Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott & Lil Kim To Be Honored At VH1’s ‘Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens’

June 20th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s been six years since VH1’s Hip Hop Honors has graced our television screens, but the staple celebratory ceremony known for “recognizing luminaries who broke new ground and propelled the genre into the cultural phenomen it has become,” is making its return live from New York City on July 11. And y’all, it’s about to be one for the history books. Trust!

Dubbed All Hail the Queens, this year’s focus is the ladies of rap who infiltrated the male-dominated industry and laid out the blueprint for female’s who wanted to have their voice heard and make it known that they could go bar-for-bar with the guys, too. So who would be deserving of such a revered status? As expected, the lineup is one of epic portions: Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, Salt-N-Pepa, and Spinderella. All pioneers and trailblazers that truly deserve to be honored by the community for their artistry.

VH1’s Hip Hop Honors will air Monday, July 11 at 9pm ET. Will you be tuned in?

Nicki Minaj Set To Receive VH1’s “Big In 2015” Honor From Someone Who Paved The Way

November 14th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s safe to say that Nicki Minaj has been dominating 2015 — sans pink wig.

From her chart-topping third studio album The Pinkprint to an extensive world tour to giving the world the Beyonce collab we’ve all been waiting for, Ms. Onika Maraj is out here putting numbers on the score board for female emcees.

Now, VH1 is giving the Head Barb in charge a proper send off for her unmatched work ethic, as she will receive their “Big In 2015” honor. And of course, for someone as popular and groundbreaking as Nicki, they had to make sure the award presentation was a special one. So, they’ve secured Queen Latifah to present the “Anaconda” rapper with the forthcoming telecast ceremony.

Just two years ago, at the start of Latifah’s daytime talk show, she invited Minaj to appear as a guest. The two talked rapping, guys and much more, but it was Latifah’s assurance that Minaj was on her way to Billboard success that stroke a chord. “You’re one of the top five in the business period,” she said to Minaj. Fast forward to now, Latifah’s sentiments still hold true.

VH1’s “Big In 2015” will air on the network on Dec. 7 at 9 p.m.

Safaree Samuels Hints At VH1 Reality Show

July 8th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Although he’s no longer romantically tied to Nicki Minaj, it’s quite evident that Safaree Samuels is determined to maintain a spot in the limelight.

Tuesday, the ex-boyfriend of the popular rapper hinted to fans on Instagram that he may have a reality series in the works with VH1. In the post, which featured an image of Samuels in the VH1 office, he thanked God for opened doors and new opportunities. And before you go assuming that Mona Scott Young has gotten him in her clutches, Samuels says that he definitely won’t be appearing on “Love & Hip Hop.”

So there’s this Man above called God I pray to.. Last thing I checked he ran the world… Not humans.. #blessed #2coast1day #STUNTGANG #andnothisaintLovenhiphop #iwouldnever #nothingwrongwithitbutitaintme #myshit #no1elses #Wouldyouwatchmyshow???

Considering that we’ve been seeing Samuels for years, but never really knew much about him outside of his relationship with Nicki, a reality show certainly has the potential to answer a lot of burning questions. Hopefully, should the network decide to move forward with the series, he keeps it classy.

We’ll definitely keep an eye out for more information concerning this potential series. Does this sound like something you would be interested in watching?

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14 More Memorable VH1 Dating Show Moments

May 25th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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Can I be honest with you all?  I love having the opportunity to rehash some of these crazy moments!  When I did my first list, I tried to limit it to only 14, but I had so many of them!  There were also some that you all added in the comment section.  So, if you’d please, let’s look at a few more.  I hope you all enjoy!

Serious Question: Should Mona Scott-Young Have Been Included On Essence’s Game Changers Cover?

April 28th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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There is nothing like seeing someone who looks like you on the cover of a magazine. Beautiful Black women, all shades, and hues, lending their testimonies of struggle and success. That is why I felt an extreme sense of pride when I saw the May cover of Essence magazine. When I picked up the magazine, smiling back at me were five of the most prominent Black storytellers, directors, and producers who have the added bonus of being amazing women: Issa Rae, Mara Brock Akil, Debbie Allen, Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay, dressed in all white. I immediately flipped through the pages to read the article.

Over wine and cheese in Beverly Hills, these women discussed everything from the increase in the number of young people of color in the business and the positive effect it’s having on mainstream television, to the strain success has had on their personal lives. I could feel the camaraderie and respect amongst these women through the page. It was inspiring.

After I had read the article, I turned on the television, and on came Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Out of nowhere sprang an interesting thought. I could not help but to wonder if there is room for Mona Scott-Young at the table with her fellow Black storytellers and producers?

Mona Scott-Young is the founder and CEO of Monami Entertainment. Under Monami, Scott-Young holds both film and television credits. Her most popular production is the Love & Hip Hop docu-series on VH1. The franchise is the top-rated show on VH1, with the season 4 debut of Atlanta pulling in 6.2 million viewers, marking the show’s highest rated season premiere yet.

It seems that many people have a love-hate relationship with Scott-Young. They hate the content of the Love & Hip Hop franchise, deeming it “ratchet television.” However, there has to be something people love about it because they keep tuning in every week. Within right, people are always questioning Scott-Young’s motives and why she would produce a show where Black women are portrayed as stereotypical characters who are violent, argumentative, loud, oversexed, and belittled by men. In an interview with MTV’s Sway, Scott-Young said that these women “have every right to tell their stories. I think they’re valid stories, and judging by the numbers, they’re stories that people want to see and hear about. But if this is not your cup of tea, there are other great shows on other networks that you may view as well.”

And she is right. There are other great shows on other networks to indulge in. Two of my favorites are ABC’s Scandal, written by Shonda Rhimes, and BET’s Being Mary Jane, written by Mara Brock Akil. Both ladies, as previously mentioned, graced the May cover of Essence and were touted as “Game Changers.” Scandal chronicles the turbulent life of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), Washington’s most prominent “fixer.” One major part of Olivia’s storyline is that she is having an affair with the President. Affairs seem to be pretty popular on television these days–just watch the first season of BET’s Being Mary Jane. Mary Jane Paul (Gabrielle Union) has a lucrative career in broadcast journalism and this past season, she landed the prime time anchor position on her network. Yet at the height of her career, Mary Jane finds herself single and feels that the only way she will be complete is if she gets married and has children. Mary Jane, like Olivia, in an attempt to move past a very married admirer, explores a sexual relationship with several different men. While their lives are a bit on the messy side, we tout them as complex characters. Real women.

But are characters like Olivia Pope and Mary Jane Paul also perpetuating some of the same stereotypes and negativity about Black women that Scott-Young is accused of showcasing? Are the women of Love & Hip Hop just as complicated as these two beloved protagonists?

Akil, like Scott-Young, is unapologetic about including the sexuality of black women in her stories. In the Essence article she states, “We’ve been presented before as asexual or as whores. No, I’m a human being. I’m a human being, and human beings were made to be touched and have sex so that they can make more human beings. That’s just how it works. I certainly want to highlight it. I want our humanity in our sexuality.”

Rhimes agreed with Akil and said, “I just began a systematic push that we were going to talk about sexuality equally, in the same way. We’re not going to pretend that…Listen, if you could shoot someone in the face on television…I hope to God my child never shoots someone in the face, but I really hope she has wonderful sex.”

This systematic push is evident in all of their shows, and even in Scott-Young’s programs. These women have chosen to tell the stories about Black women as authentically as they know how without allowing the burden of stereotypes to deter them from creating work they feel is necessary. Rhimes, Akil, and Scott-Young both manage to monopolize their perspective networks in a predominantly white male industry. That, in and of itself, should be commended.

Don’t get me wrong. I am disheartened by some of the women’s choices on Love & Hip Hop. Moreover, being a part of a Black Greek Letter Organization, I could not bring myself to support Sorority Sisters, a program Scott-Young was allegedly tied to at some point in time. However, even though I may disagree with some of her content, it does not lessen the history she is making on television.

As Akil said, we — Black women and men — are human. We make mistakes. We are not abnormal. We are not strange. Some of us go off to college and become successful in our careers while others may remain loyal to the ways of our ‘hoods. We are doctors, lawyers, and scientists. We are also strippers, drug addicts, and adulterers. Just like every other race, we are full of complex and very different people. Because we are ridiculed and stereotyped so much we try to hide and cover up those members of our community whom we feel don’t represent us well. However, no matter which category you may fall into from those looking from the outside in, as an individual, you do not fit in a box, and your story deserves to be told.

So should there be room for Scott-Young at the table (or on the cover) when discussing Black women who are making strides in telling our stories on film and television? Absolutely.

Ask Dr. Renee: What Is A Keloid?

April 16th, 2015 - By Dr. Renee Matthews
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What Is A Keloid

A woman named Asabi Barner has filed a lawsuit against Black Ink, the tattoo shop featured on the VH1 show Black Ink Crew. She went to the tattoo shop in Harlem, New York to have a tattoo she received at 18 covered up. Since covering up the tattoo, Barner’s skin has developed keloids on the left breast, the same area where part of the new tattoo was placed. Her lawsuit claims Black Ink was reckless, careless and negligent, and the reason she has the large scars.

What is a keloid?

A keloid is an area of irregular fibrous tissue formed at the site of a scar or injury. A keloid is a type of scar but unlike other scars it does not subside over time. It is a tough, thick scar that rises above the rest of the skin. There is no known reason for why people develop keloid scars. They usually appear after trauma or injury to the skin but can also appear without trauma or injury. Keloids develop most often on the chest, back, shoulders, and earlobes. They seldom develop on the face (with the exception of the jawline).

Who is prone to developing a keloid?

According to research, people of African descent are seven times more likely to develop a keloid scar than our European counterparts. Although people with darker skin are more likely to develop them, keloids can occur in people of all skin types. In some cases, the tendency to form keloids seems to run in families.

Unfortunately, tattooing can also lead to keloids because of the trauma caused to the skin by the needle used. Barner may never have had a keloid form from her other tattoos or piercings, but as I previously stated, the chest is an area prone to developing keloids. I am not a tattoo artist, but the size of her previous tattoos may be why she did not experience any keloid formation. The tattoo that she received from Black Ink was rather large (a chest plate) and involved more trauma to her skin which, unfortunately, formed a keloid.

Treatments for keloids

These are some of the current treatments for keloids. They may or may not get rid of the keloid and the discomfort that may come with it, and sometimes the treatments can cause a larger keloid to form. Please visit a dermatologist and discuss options with them before proceeding.

  • Cortisone injections (intralesional steroids): These are safe and not very painful. Injections are usually given once every four to eight weeks into the keloids and usually help flatten them. However, steroid injections can also make the flattened keloid red by stimulating the formation of more superficial blood vessels. (These can be treated using a laser; see below.) The keloid may look better after treatment than what it looked like before, but even the best results leave a mark that looks and feels quite different from the surrounding skin.
  • Surgery: This is risky because cutting a keloid can trigger the formation of a similar or even larger keloid. Some surgeons achieve success by injecting steroids or applying pressure dressings to the wound site for months after cutting away the keloid. Radiation after surgical excision has also been used.
  • Laser: Pulsed-dye lasers can be effective at flattening keloids and making them look less red. Treatment is safe and not very painful, but several treatment sessions may be needed. These may be costly since such treatments are not usually covered by insurance plans.
  • Silicone sheets: This involves wearing a sheet of silicone gel on the affected area continuously for months, which is hard to sustain. Results are variable. Some doctors claim similar success with compression dressings made from materials other than silicone.
  • Cryotherapy: Freezing keloids with liquid nitrogen may flatten them, but it often darkens or lightens the site of treatment.
  • Interferon: Interferons are proteins produced by the body’s immune system to help fight off viruses, bacteria, and other challenges. In recent studies, injections of interferon have shown promise in reducing the size of keloids but it’s not yet certain whether such results will last for the long-term. Current research is underway using a variant of this method, applying topical imiquimod (Aldara), which stimulates the body to produce interferon.
  • Fluorouracil: Injections of this chemotherapy agent, alone or with steroids, have also been used to treat keloids.
  • Radiation: Some doctors have reported safe and effective use of radiation to treat keloids.

I am not an attorney but in my medical opinion Ms. Barner cannot blame Black Ink for her keloid. Instead of seeking out a lawyer, I think she should go to a dermatologist, preferably one that has had success removing keloids from Black skin. I will continue to watch how this story unfolds. If you have any other questions about keloids, please Ask Dr. Renee.

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Dr. Renee Matthews has appeared on WGN’s “People to People”  where she discussed different health topics. She started her media career with her own radio show on ReachMD, a programming source for health professionals. In addition, Dr. Renee has been a featured medical correspondent on Sirius XM’s “Sway in the Morning.” 

Twitter: @AskDrRenee

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Wait, What? The Game Is Looking For Love On New VH1 Reality Show

April 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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The Game Is Looking For Love On New VH1 Reality Show

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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.

VH1 writes:

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?

Wow…just wow.

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?