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Viacom Shoots Down Pebbles Reid’s $40 Million Lawsuit; Requests Dismissal

June 16th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Back in April Pebbles Reid filed a $40 million lawsuit against Viacom over VH1′s highly controversial TLC biopic, “Crazy Sexy Cool.” In the lawsuit, Pebbles argues that she was portrayed “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.:”

According to The Jasmine Brand, Viacom has since responded to Pebbles’ suit and from the looks of it, they’re not backing down. For one, the VH1 parent company argues that as far as they know, Pebbles did have control over the group’s lawyers and knowingly withheld information from TLC in regard to their contracts.

Secondly, Viacom argues that to their knowledge, Pebbles did not provide TLC with copies of their contract, although she claims that she did. In addition to that, Viacom accuses the former music industry executive of turning down merchandise deals on behalf of the group, despite her claims that the ladies were 100% in control over things like that. As for that retraction/apology Pebbles has been waiting for, it doesn’t look like she’s going to get it any time soon. Viacom says that they have not issued a retraction because they do “not believe that the movie was false and defamatory and continued to promote and re-telecast the TLC movie.”

A few months ago we told you that TLC is sticking by the story as well.

“Pebbles couldn’t sue us because we didn’t lie,” Chilli told Bossip shortly after news of Pebbles’ lawsuit broke. “When people talk about lawsuits and then it kind of dies out, you’re like oh, okay. Either they forget it or you settled or something, or they’re okay with people believing what they say is not true, or they had no case. And in that case, she ain’t had no case.”

Viacom is hoping to have the hefty lawsuit dismissed due to the events portrayed in the film being “true or substantially true.”

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TransAmerica: Tyra Banks To Produce Show Following 5 Transgender Women

May 16th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If it’s one thing we know about Tyra Banks, it’s that she’s about her paper. Tyra is able to stay so relevant because she’s constantly looking for ways to keep her name relevant in the industry, despire its changes.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the model turned mogul will produce a transgender docuseries for VH1, called TransAmerica. The eight episode series will follow a group of women based in Chicago who all share the experience of being transgender. The series will show the women living, loving and establishing their careers. It will also show the realities of how their sexualities impact their lives.

Model and activist Carmen Carrera will act as the lead on the show featuring five women. It’s set to roll out later this year or early 2015. Banks will serve as the executive producer alongside Gay Rosenthal.

Susan Levison, executive vp of programming for VH1, said “It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more. This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates.”

This will be VH1′s third show that either stars or features a person from the transgender community. “Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox was on “I Want to Work For Diddy.” The show helped launch her professional career. From there she starred in a series called “TRANSform Me” in 2010.

This is what Banks had to say about the show. “TransAmerica is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women. I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story.”

Carrera, who will relocate from New Jersey, says “Being a woman means everything to me. Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”

Banks will produce the series through her Tyra Banks Co. with Gay Rosenthal who will oversee with Gay Rosenthal Productions and Mark Schulman for 3 Arts. Levison and Nina L. Diaz will work through VH1.

Here’s a run down of the upcoming stars, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Signed to Elite Model Management, Carrera is on the path to becoming a supermodel. Recognized as a leading advocate in the transgender community, Carrera is constantly balancing her career goals with her personal life and reminding others of the importance of friendship. Now this Jersey girl is ready to take the Windy City by storm.

A recent college graduate, Giselle is focused on continuing her education and applying to graduate school. As she prepares for her upcoming sexual reassignment surgery, Giselle is set on finding her perfect man in Chicago.

Natalia is a beauty consultant for Christian Dior cosmetics. She is faced with the challenge of trying to reconnect with some of her family and gaining their support.

Sidney is the ultimate party girl. Struggling with the idea of juggling a social life and professional goals, she is focused on finding her true direction in life.

Victory dreams of becoming a doctor but must deal with the discrimination she receives as a transgender woman. Nevertheless, she won’t allow others to step in the way of her goals.


Does the show sound interesting to you? WIll you watch?

For The First Time In 9 Years, I’m Single: “Marrying The Game” Season 3 Trailer

April 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Just last month we were wondering why The Game was tweeting out pictures of himself on the set of “Marrying The Game” when it was clear that he and long time girlfriend, mother of his children and fiancée Tiffney Cambridge were not getting married. But the absence of a wedding doesn’t stop no reality show, even if that show was initially supposed to be about one’s upcoming nuptials.

Instead, VH1 has revamped the show to showcase Tiffney and The Game living and enjoying their single lives after nine years of trying to work things out.

But the way both Tiffney and The Game are talking, it seems like they want to get back together. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with these two…But keep in mind this season and this trailer were filmed before all the domestic violence accusations surfaced. 

You can watch the new season of “Marrying The Game” on Wednesdays, May 7 at 10:30pm/9:30c.

‘Sundy’s Boyfriend Grabbed Brandi Up:’ Jackie Christie Talks ‘BBWLA’ Reunion Show Riot

April 29th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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If you were able to catch the “Basketball Wives LA” reunion show last night, you saw that it was an absolute madhouse. But according to BBWLA vet Jackie Christie, there’s a lot more to the insanity that viewers didn’t even get to witness due to editing by VH1. As you may recall, tension between VH1 rookies Sundy Carter and Brandi Maxiell erupted into a physical altercation.

“The reunion was bananas! When I say bananas…I haven’t been in an all out riot in 20 years. I couldn’t believe it!” Jackie told Mara The Hip Hop Socialite. “They [Brandi and Sundy] jumped up, and the next thing you know, I’m taking my shoes off to run and get in the middle. Not to fight necessarily, but if need be, I’m going to grab them in a chokehold, that’s what I am going to do.”

Jackie went on to describe the altercation, which got so intense that it resulted in a riot with the audience rushing the stage.

“So when all the ruckus started happening, the audience actually ran down on to the stage – it was bizarre,” she explained. “British takes off running to the right, everybody else crashes the stage. I mean they just came from everywhere! They were running from up under bleachers; they were running everywhere. Brandi, in between all the chaos, she makes it around the group and tries to run at Sundy, but I’m protecting Sundy and the whole group of her family got around her and some of the people that I brought. You know I had a few people I invited.”

As things escalated, Jackie says that at one point, Brandi was estrained by Sundy’s boyfriend.

“I didn’t see the actual blows being thrown, but Sundy told me that she swung a shoe and hit Brandi with the shoe in her face. I don’t know because I didn’t see it, but I do know that it was straight chaos. It was a free-for-all. People were fighting, Sundy’s boyfriend grabbed Brandi up, you know, and told her ‘you’re not going to touch her.’ She was cursing at him; it was crazy. People were fighting, camera guys got hit by accident trying to film. It was an all out brawl pretty much.”

Things got so crazy, VH1 producers eventually had to escort the entire audience out of the studio.

“They made the whole audience get out and went ballistic, and was like, ‘everyone needs to leave – this is uncalled for, this is intolerable’. Shed Media, everybody, VH1, everybody was very on point in getting the audience out of there. It had become a very hostile situation pretty quickly, but I didn’t actually see any physical violence, I just seen that it was chaos. Things flying through the air and people screaming and all kinds of stuff. Yeah, it was straight chaos! I couldn’t believe it.”

Brandi also took to Twitter to confirm that Sundy’s boyfriend did, in fact, put his hands on her.

Did you catch last night’s reunion?

VH1 Lays Off Majority Of Their New York Development & Production Team

April 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The majority of our televisions remain glued to VH1 for their reality shows like Basketball Wives LA  and the Love And Hip Hop franchise. Despite the success of all its shows, documentaries and editorial content, Variety says the network has laid off over 10 staffers. These lay offs occurred in the New York location in the development department. Two major executives, Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland, who were the vice presidents of VH1 East Coast production and development, were included in the staff who were let go.

In a statement released to Variety, a VH1 spokesman said:

“With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York. It’s imperative we accurately structure our teams to deliver the content that our growing number of viewers want from VH1 today.”

You can take away from the statement that, with the network’s success in the 18-to-49 age group, they need team players who are willing to take risks in order to remain relevant. VH1’s programing chief Susan Levison who was hired last year, has focused on restructuring the network. Therefore, she hired television veteran Nina Diaz who serves as the senior vice president of East Coast production and development. The network plans to hire people with the expertise in multi-platform programming because they plan on expanding the use of its app.


Is ‘Single Ladies’ Heading To BET?

April 3rd, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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“Single Ladies” fans you may be in luck! Word on the street is producers are shopping the canceled VH1 series at different networks.

According to Jawn Murray’s Always A List blog, BET is in talks to pick up the one-hour drama, which starred LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi. A publicist at the network is refusing to confirmed or deny the reports, simply stating “We can not comment at this time.”As we reported earlier, VH1 canceled the original series in the midst of its third season back in February. “We’ve been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies,” the cable network said in a statement. “Although we’ve decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show’s fans for their support since the premiere in 2011.”

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Even as Her TV Shows Generate Controversy, Mona Scott-Young’s Private Life Smashes Stereotypes

April 2nd, 2014 - By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
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Mona Scott-Young’s life has all the makings of must see reality TV.

As Executive Producer of runaway reality hits Love and Hip-Hop, and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta, the Monami Entertainment CEO has unadulterated inside scoop on all the drama surrounding her cast members. This should only increase now that her new show This is Hot 97—about New York-based hip-hop radio station 97.1FM—has hit the airwaves.

As if she isn’t busy enough, Scott-Young has partnered with rapper Nicki Minaj to push Myx Fusions moscato. The duo are rare females in the lucrative, male-dominated world of spirits. And she serves on the boards of The RSQ Foundation, The GrassROOTS Foundation, and The Haitian Roundtable.

But perhaps the most compelling aspect of Scott-Young’s storyline is her refreshingly progressive partnership with her husband. While Scott-Young earns her living outside the home, her husband Shawn Young holds down the fort as a stay-at-home-dad to their two children.

The onetime co-founder with Chris Lighty of hip-hop management group Violator recognizes their situation smashes hip-hop’s misogynistic characterizations of women as sex objects whose worth is determined by their proximity to powerful men — depictions that are in part perpetuated by some of the scenarios on Scott-Young’s shows.

“He isn’t just taking care of the kids,” Scott-Young said of her husband, squeezing time out of her non-stop schedule for a phone interview. “He’s taking care of me.”

“He’s taking care of our home, and our household, and, you know, taking care of all the things that allow me to go out there and do what I do for… the personal fulfillment that I derive from realizing my full potential.” She added, “[He’s] also, allowing me the freedom to build something for our children, and to build a legacy for our family.”

Scott-Young praises her partner for being man enough to buck narrow gender roles.

“My husband came from Brevoort, Brooklyn, and he came up in the era of hip-hop’s heyday and I actually met him while he was working for Busta Rhymes, who was one of my clients at the time. So he, in essence, should have been a product of the hip-hop, you know, male-dominating mentality, but he’s also an individual with a different experience that he brings to who he is as a man. And that’s what defined him and that’s what allowed us to have the dynamic that we have within our family, which allows us to have had a successful marriage and relationship for the past 17 years.”

This is a side of love and hip-hop sorely lacking on the small and big screens — and in the wider discussion of rapidly shifting gender roles.

With white women like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and former Hillary Clinton aide Anne-Marie Slaughter leading the heated discussion around what it means to be a mother in the modern-day workplace (even as Yoncé explores a “***Flawless,” very sexual brand of feminism), Scott-Young is in a position to expand the conversation both on screen and off.

But she demurs.

“I think I’m boring,” she says. “I enjoy being behind the scenes. I enjoy producing. And [starring in a reality show] would be a distraction from all of those things. As a matter of fact, it became increasingly difficult to both produce and host the reunion show.”

10 Ratings & Box Office Winners To Look Forward To This Year

March 31st, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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With the sounds of birds chirping before dawn and temperatures inching above 50 degrees, warm days and comfortable nights are not the only things to get excited about this spring and summer season. There are a host of television shows and films to salivate over.

As the critics continue to chatter, take a look at the 10 TV shows and movies we think will usher in top ratings and box office success for the rest of this year.

Isn’t The Jig Up? “Marrying The Game” Returning For Third Season

March 31st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Call us crazy, but we never knew you could be in the process of “marrying” someone for three seasons of a reality show. When the first season of “Marrying The Game” ended after six episodes and no wedding we were pretty sure the series was a done deal. Surprisingly, though, The Game and his estranged fiancée, Tiffney Cambridge, returned for a second season in which eight episodes of co-parenting drama ended with the pair splitting. Naturally, one would assume that would be the end of “Marrying The Game,” but low and behold the Compton rapper has been posting behind-the-scenes pics of filming on set, which proves the show is returning for a third season.

Posting the pic above on Instagram, The Game spilled the beans on the show renewal with the caption: #MarryingTheGameSeason3 behind the scenes…. Interviews.

So far VH1 hasn’t confirmed anything, but this does make us curious about the rumors The Game is joining the cast of Love & Hip-Hop LA. When Tiffney was asked about the show she said she couldn’t speak on her ex’s involvement but noted she absolutely was not involved in the spin-off series. VH1 does have a habit of keeping it all in the family, so we wouldn’t be too surprised if this third season of “Marrying The Game” was just a set-up for The Game and all his drama to bring LHHLA mega ratings. What do you think?

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Tiny Studies For GED In Extended Trailer For “The Family Hustle” Season 4

March 27th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Lots of changes are in store for the Harris family on season 4 of “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” and, thankfully, they all seem to be pretty positive.

VH1 just dropped the extended trailer for season 4 of “The Family Hustle,” which returns to our televisions Monday at 9pm, and as usual there is plenty going on. For starters the family is getting a puppy, and it looks like someone messes up and lets the new family dog do the do in T.I.’s precious white room — which means some butt whoopings could be in store. And secondly Tiny’s getting her GED! In the clip King asks her why she’s studying and she lets her son know she’s getting the credential she never received since she was already apart of Xscape when she was in high school. At 38 years old, it’s great to see Tiny crossing this milestone, especially as her oldest baby girl walks across the stage to accept her diploma.

Check out the full trailer for “The Family Hustle” in the video below. Are you excited?