All Articles Tagged "VH1"

Perri “Pebbles” Reid Advances In Her Quest To Sue Viacom Over The TLC Biopic

September 19th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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If you thought Pebbles was going to be the bigger woman and drop the defamation suit against VH1 for their portrayal of her in the TLC biopic, “CrazySexyCool,” you would be mistaken. The lawsuit hasn’t gone anywhere. Actually, it’s progressed. An Atlanta federal judge ruled that Perri “Pebbles” Reid could move forward.

Last year, VH1’s parent company, Viacom, filed a motion stating that Reid had no case. But last week, a judge ruled against it. If Viacom loses the suit, they could ultimately end up paying Pebbles $40 million in damages.

Reid’s lawyer, Stacey Godfrey Evans told Page Six, “We are thrilled with this major win against Viacom and look forward to justice . . . Ms. Reid worked hard to ensure the success of TLC, and she is ready to present that story to a jury. The negative portrayal of her in the TLC movie is simply not the truth.”

A spokesperson from Viacom said, “CrazySexyCool” was a docudrama, told from their perspectives. “We are confident that our First Amendment rights to tell this story will ultimately be vindicated, although we are disappointed that the court chose not to dismiss the entire case on summary judgment.”

Honestly, when I first learned that she was suing the company, I didn’t think that it would get this far. Do you believe Pebbles has a chance of winning her lawsuit?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor for She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”

Vanessa Williams And Tichina Arnold Team Up To Debut New Show, Daytime Divas

August 24th, 2016 - By madamenoire
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Over the last few years, the presence of African American actors and actresses in leading roles on television has increased to great heights, while also racking up critical accolades, impressive ratings and loyal fans. Now, another TV show featuring a predominately black cast is making its way to basic cable network VH1 and the always beautiful Vanessa Williams and funny lady Tichina Arnold are both set to star.

Industry insider website Shadow and Act has all of the inside scoop on this project, including its deep connection to former The View co-host Star Jones, the official series synopsis and when audiences can expect to see it on the small screen.

Via Shadow and Act:

[Get ready for] VH1’s upcoming hour-long scripted drama series inspired by Star Jones’ 2011 book “Satan’s Sisters.” Set in the bright lights of daytime television, “Satan’s Sisters” is the story of “The Lunch Hour” – a long-running, popular ladies’ talk show in which alliances are forged, careers are made, and bridges are burned. Vanessa Williams will play the role of Maxine, the creator and host of “The Lunch Hour;” described as a formidable, powerful, and decisive woman, who fears she’s being put out to pasture. Tichina Arnold, Chloe Bridges, Camille Guaty and Fiona Gubelmann will all play her co-hosts of the talk show, while “Hit The Floor’s” McKinley Freeman will play Williams’ son and producer of the show.

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Why Safaree Is Everyone’s Lame Ex-Boyfriend

August 22nd, 2016 - By Patia Braithwaite
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The Love and Hip Hop franchise is bursting with life lessons. For instance, your scorned homegirl will ruin your product launch, a “sit-down to clear the air” will always end in a brawl, and studio sessions don’t actually yield new music. The first episode of Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, however, treated me to a different lesson. Safaree Samuels was the harbinger of that truth.

For those who don’t care know, Samuels is a New York rapper and the former boyfriend of Nicki Minaj. The two were together for over a decade, and their breakup was messy (he spent some time claiming to have written most of her catalog). Samuels is now the newest cast member on Love and Hip Hop Hollywood (and the love interest of Nikki Mudarris).

Though sweet Safaree Samuels wasn’t in the premiere episode of Love and Hip Hop Hollywood last Monday, (only the teaser at the end), he did manage to light up the screen during the after-show. How do I know this? Because I diligently sat through the entire thing (don’t judge me). As I sat there, held captive by my own bad taste in TV, I was initially taken with Samuels as he babbled incoherently about Ray J’s wedding. I was captivated as he waved at the camera and uttered the words, “Hey Meek, how ya doin?”  I was deeply confused as he stroked his fur coat (it’s August) while mugging for the camera.

He was essentially a hype man without a rapper…

Now, a sane person would’ve shrugged and changed the channel, but somewhere around the third or fourth pelvic thrust (Samuels was literally dancing on a table at one point), I realized something: Safaree Samuels represents every single lame ex-boyfriend I’ve ever had. That realization was quickly coupled with another: We’ve all dated our own version of Samuels, and we’re all better for having called it quits.

Now, before you roll your eyes and say you’ve never dated a lame person in your life, let me finish. We have ALL dated this guy. Maybe yours was an up-and-coming rapper or maybe a civil rights attorney. Either way, your ex was loud, obnoxious, and attention-seeking. You used to hold your breath in the hopes that he wouldn’t say something inappropriate in front of your friends. Maybe he used to twerk when he was drunk because he thought it was funny, or maybe he tried to “network” with your uncles at your grandmother’s funeral. Perhaps he was convinced that your friends loved his Donald Trump impersonation, and they were all forced to fake laugh when he told sexist jokes at brunch.

Maybe your Safaree Samuels isn’t like Safaree Samuels at all.  It could be that your ex didn’t believe in traditional banks, would never wear fur because he’s a self-righteous vegan who dresses like a Jimi Hendrix, and refuses to wear deodorant.  Whatever the specifics, all roads paved with relationship embarrassment lead to Samuels. The dude may be a talented rapper, he may make for compelling television, but he is, at the core, the patron saint of lame ex-boyfriends. He is the archetype for any old flame who makes you cringe at the mention of their name and who, on cue, knows how to cut up in public.

That said, every once in a while you hear a song you both loved and think: Was he that lame? Maybe it could’ve worked? But when the nostalgia hits, remember Samuels’s pelvic thrusting on a table in his summer fur and hear this truth: You’re better off without him. He might be someone’s soul mate.  He might be destined for great things, but those great things do not include you.

Close your eyes and remember when he tried to talk you into that threesome with your bestie, or the time he accidentally said the word “b*tch” in front of your mom. Now, go on ahead and breathe a deep sigh of relief.

He’s not your problem anymore.


Patia Braithwaite is a New York City based writer. You can read more about her bad taste in men at  She occasionally tweets @pdotbrathw8.

Gin And Juice With A Side Of Kiki: Martha Stewart And Snoop Dog To Premiere New Cooking Show On VH1

August 9th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you didn’t know, Martha Stewart has many friends in the hip-hop industry and she’ll be teaming up with her Gin And Juice bestie Snoop Dog (Lion if you were born after 2014) for a very interesting cooking show.

In a report by the show’s network, VH1, the premise of the cooking series will be centered on Snoop and Martha inviting their celebrity friends over for half-baked treats *side-eye*, food, drinks and conversation “where nothing [will be] off limits.”

“My homegirl, Martha and I have a special bond that goes back,” Snoop said in a statement. “We’re gonna be cooking, drinking and having a good time with our exclusive friends. Can’t wait for you to see how we roll together.”

Martha continued with similar sentiments, adding: “At our dinner party, we will exemplify America’s fascination with food, entertaining and celebrity. Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party will redesign the traditional food competition shows in a new, different and very funny way.”

The new reality series will premiere fall 2016 and Chris McCarthy, President of VH1 and Logo, is thrilled for it to air! “Good parties are filled with fun, food and unexpected guests. Wait til you see what happens at Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party; it will be unforgettable,” he shared. After Martha Stewart’s hilarious jokes in the Justin Beiber roast and Snoop’s facial reactions, we’re sure the show will birth some epic one-liners and GIFs.

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Ice Cube Gets His Game Show On As Producer of Hip-Hop Squares

July 31st, 2016 - By Toya Sharee
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Ice Cube may be straight out of Compton, but it’s clear he’s made it to Hollywood…Hollywood Squares, that is. The Hollywood Reporter says that VH1 is bringing back the beloved game show and putting a hip-hop spin on it. The network has already ordered 20 episodes of the show which is slated to begin in the Fall.

Ice Cube will act as executive producer in the real –life Tic Tac Toe game that will pit celebrity contestants against one another in a pop culture quiz with questions coming from a variety of hip-hop artists, comedians and entertainers seated in the squares of the big board.

“Hip Hop Squares is going to be fun and spontaneous,” Ice Cube said. “Unlike typical game shows, viewers should never know what’s going to happen next.”

We sure hope so, Cube, since the show has been revived several times in the last three decades alone. It was revived twice in the eighties with one version being paired with fellow show, Match Game and then had another run from 1998 to 2004.

Most recently MTV2 aired a similar version by the same name of Hip-Hop Squares. The show was hosted by Hot97’s Peter Rosenberg and featured guests such as Method Man, Mac Miller and QuestLove.  Unfortunately, it was canceled after 2 seasons.

“Ice Cube is one of the most prolific figures in hip-hop history and American culture at large,” said VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy. “We are thrilled to partner with him and CBS Distribution to reinvent one of America’s most iconic game shows with Hip Hop Squares.”

Hip-Hop Squares will join the network along with talk shows hosted by Marc Lamont Hill and Amber Rose. VH1 recently announced they would also be picking up a new version of America’s Next Top Model hosted by singer Rita Ora.

Ice Cube has come a long way from busting up the offices of music execs with a baseball bat (one of my favorite scenes from Straight Outta Compton). We’re sure this will be yet another successful project on the list as he handles his business of taking over Hollywood.

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.