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Tara Wallace Talks Being Peter Gunz’s Friend ‘With Benefits’ While He Was In A Relationship With Someone Else
During a recent interview, Love & Hip Hop star Peter Gunz claimed that ex-girlfriend, Tara Wallace, actually assumed the side chick role while he was with another woman back when they first met. Though Tara told the Breakfast Club that initially, she was unaware of Peter’s involvement with the other woman, they still continued with their relationship after she found out. Check out some highlights from her interview.
On co-parenting with Peter:
“We are not still together, but we have two children, so that’s a bond we will always have. And we will always have to communicate because of that.”
On learning that he cheated on the show:
“The smack that you guys saw was right after the smack she[Amina] hit me with—that information was a smack. So I found that out in that moment that they were married.”
On Peter claiming she was his original side-piece:
“He said that? Well, I guess that’s part of Peter’s continuous cycle. I’m sure there’s always a triangle involved with Peter. I was dating him. I was in graduate school We were just dating for fun. We were friends. At some point we became friends with benefits. But again, I was in graduate school. I was in New York for the first time. I was just trying to have fun. I thought he was a funny guy. So we were just kind of dealing with each other.”
“He was involved with someone and I did not know. I did speak to this young lady at some point. And I was like, ‘Listen, we’re just friends. I don’t know what to tell you. No, he didn’t tell me [he was in a relationship].’ He said he was breaking up. As years progressed, this young lady moved to another state and at that moment he and I really became close. We became a couple.”
On rumors that she’s a trained actress and the love triangle is fake:
“I wish I were that talented. I am an actress. I do have an MFA. [The show] is good to use as a platform to do what I came here to do. I can probably pay off some of the student loans I have.”
On Amina Buddafly:
“You know, Amina was a person that I was encouraging him to manage. I still do think that Amina is a great songwriter. Mariah Carey should be singing these songs. Nick Cannon should be listening to this, like really promoting this girl’s music. One day I sat him down and said, ‘What’s stopping you from managing her wholeheartedly?’ And yeah…”
On laughing about the love triangle:
“I laugh because it keeps me from going home and wanting to crack him upside the head when he comes in. We don’t live together, but he’s over a lot. We have two kids. I expect him to take the kids to school in the morning and pick them up. We watched the show together yesterday and about four pairs of shoes went flying across the room.”
“When I found out Peter was married I couldn’t eat. I was just in the bed. My emotions were up and down. I mean, that’s a hard blow.”
While we feel for Tara and her situation, you know what they say, how you get ‘em is how you lose ‘em.
Turn the page to watch Tara’s interview.
If you’re too impatient to wait for the New Year to immerse yourself in VH1′s Single Ladies drama, you’re in luck! The network is releasing an e-book series that connects season two’s finale with the upcoming third season, the Hollywood Reporter says.
The e-books, which will be penned by New York Times‘ best-selling author Ashley Antoinette, will follow the show’s troubled trio: April (Charity Shea), Raquel (Denise Vasi) and Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy). The series will consist of three publications. The first one, which will be sold on Nov. 26, focuses on April. The next two will debut on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 and they will center on Raquel and Keisha, respectively.
“They are being individually sold for $3.99 via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes, and as a bundle beginning Dec. 17 for $9.99,” The Hollywood Reporter adds.
Single Ladies is a scripted program that takes place in Atlanta. Three best friends with different perspectives on love and relationships battle their own personal challenges while they search for the perfect partner. Fans will see some fresh faces this season including LeToya Luckett, Damien Dante Wayans, and Lesley-Ann Brandt, the Huffington Post says.
The third season premiere is set to launch on Jan. 6 at 9 p.m.
Will you be tuning in?
In our exclusive interview with Jim Jones and Chrissy Lampkin, the couple answered all of those questions we’ve been dying to know. Chrissy talked about adjusting to having Jim’s son Pootie in their home. Jim’s body posture, which was practically horizontal thoughout the entire interview, changed drastically when she started talking about his son. The two talked about what’s going on with Mama Jones and even when they plan to get married and if they want children. Things only got a little rough when the subject of Yandy came up. Take a look at them in the video above.
And if you can’t get enough of Jimmy and Chrissy, catch them tonight on Vh1 for the season 2 premiere of “Chrissy and Mr. Jones,” which airs at 9/8c.
I’ll be real and say, I’m not a huge fan of Jim Jones…his music or his reality tv persona. He’s just always struck me as a jerk. And even though, he’s certainly not my fave, I can’t help but appreciate the way he seems to interact with his son in the new Chrissy and Mr. Jones Supertrailer. It’s quite heartwarming. And the most life I’ve seen from Jimmy, as Chrissy calls him, in a long time.
Aside from the adorable father son love, we watch as Chrissy and Jim go through their ups and downs. In the trailer, she says they’ve just come through a rough patch. Chrissy tries to establish her own business, though she seems to want to do so under the “Vampire Life” umbrella. And Mama Jones does a photo shoot for her new relationship book. Ya’ll know any and everybody is a relationship expert these days.
Looks like it’s going to be a hoot.
Watch the supertrailer below.
I’m not sure if you were waiting around for it. If you were, we’re very sorry to disappoint you, but it looks like a Basketball Wives reunion show won’t be happening this season.
According to TMZ, as producers were getting everything together for the taping, they came to a pretty major fork in the road. One of the show’s leading cast members, Evelyn Lozada, reportedly pulled out and refused to film. Sources close to the situation say that Ev decided to skip the reunion because she was sick of talking about her domestic violence incident and divorce from ex-husband, Chad Ochocinco, and she knew that the scandal would be one of the major topics of the reunion. The source went on to say that since the show’s remaining cast members like Tami, Suzie, Tasha and Shaunie didn’t have much to talk about, producers felt it would be a waste of time and money to film the hour-long special. As a result they reportedly canceled it and decided not to reschedule. We certainly can’t blame them. Who wants to watch a show about nothing?
Anyway, the insider added that Evelyn is ready to move beyond the cattiness of Basketball Wives and get on with her life. It looks like she may have been right about carrying the show. If you recall, back in September Evelyn boasted that she was definitely ready for her own reality show because she pretty much carried Basketball Wives herself.
“I know I can carry my own show, pretty much carried this one,” she said.
Though many found her statement to be a little arrogant and borderline obnoxious, maybe she’s on to something. I mean, it’s not everyday that an entire reunion show gets canceled because one cast member decided to pull out. But then again, Basketball Wives was pretty much on its last leg anyway. VH1 has yet to officially confirm these reports, but chances are that if the show was happening, VH1 would have aired promo videos for it by now.
Were you kind of looking forward to the Basketball Wives reunion show or did it not make a difference to you either way?
Despite the constant controversy, criticism and backlash surrounding VH1′s long awaited TLC biopic, judging by the film’s rating, all of that drama may have been a good thing. According to Deadline, the made-for-tv biopic has been ranked as the number one original cable movie of the year!
As if all of that weren’t enough, the film was also ranked as VH1′s highest-rated telecast in five years, averaging 4.5 million viewers. On it’s debut night, CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story was also the most tweeted program, generating 1.92 million tweets, which was four times greater than its second place contender, Monday Night Football.
While many questioned why TLC’s remaining members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas chose to create a made-for-tv bio film, as a opposed to shooting for the big screen, Chilli revealed that they wanted their movie to have longevity and that they knew VH1 could provide that.
“I like this way better because there’s more longevity in TV. They’ll show this movie for the next thirty years like they did the Temptations and the Jacksons stories. There’s no pressure of the first weekend and then after a month it goes straight to DVD,” she told The Breakfast Club.
Well, it looks like going with a cable network for the film was a great move–and she’s right, VH1 will play the hell out of that movie over the next few months, years, decades. We’re glad that the ladies pushed past all of the negativity and stuck with their vision for the movie. It turned out great!
Did you check out the movie on Monday night? What did you think of it?
Essence magazine just released a study surveying 1,200 women on their thoughts on black women in media. The respondents felt the images were “overwhelmingly negative.” Some of the stereotypical images highlighted by the women in the study include categories like: “Gold Diggers, Modern Jezebels, Baby Mamas, Uneducated Sisters, Ratchet Women, Angry Black Women, Mean Black Girls, Unhealthy Black Women, and Black Barbies.”
What instantly comes to mind as the driver of these images are reality television shows like Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop, which dominate ratings. Millions of people tune in every week to these programs, but with a few clicks of your mouse, one woman, Sil Lai Abrams is hoping to change that. The award winning writer, inspirational speaker, and domestic violence awareness activist launched a nonprofit, “Truth In Reality,” whose mission is to “change the way women of color and violence are portrayed in the media, especially on reality television.”
Social media acts as a major amplifier for these “ratchet reality shows.” Fueling the conversation are women from all walks of life. Abrams noticed even smart, educated, successful women she knew were tweeting and watching these shows.
“It’s very disturbing to see women who call themselves Black feminists or womanists who gleefully support the degradation of their sister,” explains Abrams. So, for the past six months Abrams has worked to meet these women where they are by hosting weekly twitter chats, #RealityTVCheck that reach anywhere from 5,000 to 40,000 people per night (according to her organization’s own analytics).
Every Monday, from 8pm to 9pm EST Abrams leads these discussions along with guest co-hosts on Twitter, at the same time many are watching or preparing to watch their “guilty pleasure” reality shows. We caught up with Abrams to get the scoop on her “#RealityTVCheck” twitter chats and how her personal experiences with domestic violence fuels her passion.
Madame Noire: Why are you so passionate about changing the narrative of black women on reality TV?
Sil Lai Abrams: “Ratchet” reality shows promote bullying and violence as an acceptable way to handle conflict. They also cause viewers to internalize negative stereotypes about women of color while simultaneously sending out the message that we deserve to be abused because we’re “bitches,” “violent babies mamas” or “gold diggers.”
MN: Do you remember the moment that first sparked your passion for this?
SLA: I’m a contributing writer to Ebony.com and TheGrio. My focus has been on domestic violence and relationships. Last summer I was reading through the comments online to an article I wrote about Evelyn Lozada being battered by her then husband, Chad Johnson. It was horrifying to see so many people justifying abusing women. What was even more disturbing was that the majority of commenters were Black women who were justifying or even denying that Evelyn had been abused despite evidence. An earlier piece I had written on Chris Brown battering Rihanna got the same response.
As a survivor of domestic violence and adolescent bullying, I know what it’s like for people to not believe that you’re being abused just because you don’t fit the “profile” of a victim. For years no one believed that it was happening to me because I was a “diva” and my batterer was such a low-key, friendly guy – in public. There were people who said the same thing; I must’ve driven him to do it because I was so “mouthy.” These articles reinforced why I had to do my part to try and shift the cultural narrative towards abuse of women.
Given that I’m a communicator by profession, I figured the way this could happen would be if I could educate folks on the damage of viewing reality show violence as “entertainment” and pushing for greater parity in the ways in which we’re being portrayed in the media. Right now there is Olivia Pope and Michelle Obama on one end and the entire genre of ratchet reality shows on the other. We need all facets of our humanity being shown-not just the violent and stereotypical ones that cause society to demonize us as “Jezebels,” “Sapphires” and “Crazy Black Reality Show Chicks”.
MN: What’s the impact of the negative images shown on reality shows?
SLA: Black women suffer from the highest rates of domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner homicide and HIV infections in the United States. I’m not saying that cable networks have created these issues. However certain types of unscripted television shows are normalizing behaviors that contribute to the over-representation of Black women in these areas. Researchers have also found that young girls and women who watch reality shows tend to have greater acceptance of violence in their own lives. They also are more likely to believe that “mean girl” behavior like we see on shows like with NeNe Leakes on Real Housewives of Atlanta is okay and expected if you want to get ahead in the world.
High Ratings & Twitter Trending: ‘CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story’ Used Publicity (And A 90s Vibe) To Become A Hit
On Monday, VH1 gave the world a nostalgic whiff of the 90s — flashy jackets, funky overalls, and of course TLC. CrazyS*xyCool, the biopic on the drama-filled girl group, truly resonated with viewers; the film drew in 4.5 million viewers — the network’s highest rated original movie ever!
Twitter was overrun with talks about the TLC film. Users tweeted about the the performances of Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora, and Lil’ Mama who played Chili, T-Boz, and Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, respectively. Others gushed about “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls” and other hits as TLC’s dopplegangers performed the R&B group’s signature dances with precision. Overall, CrazyS*xyCool dominated the Twitter conversation with nearly 2 million tweets — the most talked about broadcast that night.
While everyone is rushing back on YouTube to relive the TLC experience, the current frenzy over the 90s trio came from Bill Diggins, TLC’s longtime manager, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I had to be very frank with them about where they were in the marketplace today.… I just felt the window closing,” Diggins says. “We decided that we would all join forces on it and focus on a big comeback.”
And come back they did. Slong with a record-setting film, TLC is releasing a 20th anniversary album, pushed by L.A. Reid’s Epic Records. The timing is so perfect, everyone’s still buzzing about them (they’re still trending on Twitter). ”Just because only two are still a part of the group, he didn’t want anyone to think they were done yet. They’re talented, they still have a lot of music in them and he wanted to figure out how to bring their story to life,” said Carlene Robinson, VH1′s senior vice president.
As you may have seen, the remaining members of TLC hit the airwaves everywhere to promote the new film, including a stop at MadameNoire. The original members as well as the cast made the rounds on every morning news show, on talk shows, and took a walk down the red carpet for a celebrity premiere. They wasted no time getting the whole nation intrigued by the most anticipated TV film of the year.
“[TLC] wanted the truth to be told, so I would say that you’re not going to get a more accurate depiction of these girls’ lives from anybody. This is the good, the bad and the ugly,” Diggins added.
Many, like DJ Envy from Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club, have wondered why TLC didn’t release this movie in theaters. ”For me, I like this way better because there’s more longevity in TV. They’ll show this movie for the next 30 years like they did with The Temptations and the Jacksons. You know there’s no pressure of the first weekend — and after a month, it’s over and it goes straight to DVD,” said Chilli.
That sounds like it was a wise decision. As a TV movie, the biopic had access to the masses. In theaters, it would have competed with films like Gravity, Carrie, and 12 Years a Slave. It would’ve forced fans to choose where to place their box office dollars… and it could’ve lost in the decision making process. On TV, everyone watched from home, and sang along. This biopic will certainly be replayed on the tube for years and TLC’s story will be passed on even when the 90s are an even more distant memory.
I wouldn’t get ridiculously excited, because the promo isn’t more than 16 seconds, but considering that we haven’t seen any sign of the show since August of last year, this should satisfy any Single Ladies fan’s hunger…for now…
The show is set to return in January of next year and is sure to make a bang after such a long absence. Plus, there are a wealth of new faces coming in to cause trouble. LeToya Luckett, who is set to play the founder of a media management company named Felicia Price, spoke with us recently about her character (and don’t forget to check out the full interview):
“I play a character by the name of Felicia Price who’s a record exec. She’s a different kind of gal. She doesn’t take no flack from her employees. Very strong-willed. All about fashion. Almost like, have you seen Devil Wears Prada? Like that character. Yeah, same vein. So you already know what to expect from that.”
If that’s not enough, Damien Dante Wayans (from Second Generation Wayans previously on BET) will show up as a smooth manager named David Berenger for Price’s company, and actress Lesley Ann-Brandt of the TV show Spartacus will also appear as a crafty gold-digger named Naomi Cox. Word is, she’ll have an impact on the relationship of one of our main favorites: Keisha (LisaRaye), Raquel (Denise Vasi), or April (Charity Shea). Sounds messy…we can’t wait! How about you? Check out the short sneak peek trailer below and let us know what you think!
Well noirettes, it’s about that time again. Money-making Mona is gearing up for the season four premiere of her brainchild, Love & Hip Hop and the show will look a little different from previous seasons. For one, many major characters have been cut, including singer Olivia, Rashida Ali, Lore’l, Raqi Thunda, Jen The Pen, Consequence and Winter Ramos. If you recall, back in May we told you that a large portion of the cast went on strike and refused to film after contract negotiations went awry. Unfortunately for them, their protests seemed to have backfired because there are many new faces included in this season’s line-up.
Turn the page to meet the new cast and to see who will be returning from last season.