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Wendy Was Right: “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” Rakes In 3.2 Million Viewers And Is A Big Hit Despite Being Terrible
I’m pretty sure that the people behind “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” had no intention to make the biopic good. They just wanted to put out trailer after trailer, picture after picture and entice die-hard Aaliyah fans to give it a try, and they knew everyone would be talking about it. Hell, they didn’t even have rights to Aaliyah’s music, so that should have been a huge red flag. But controversy definitely brings big ratings, and I guess Wendy Williams was right:
“E’rybody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched.”
According to Shadow and Act, the Lifetime original movie pulled in 3.2 million viewers during its world premiere on Saturday. It was 2014’s second-highest rated TV movie, coming in after Lifetime’s other big hit, “Flowers in the Attic.” According to S&A, “Aaliyah” was #1 in Google Trends and was a top trender on Twitter on Saturday night. And let’s not forget that the documentary Lifetime aired after the biopic, “Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah,” also did really good, bringing in 2.7 million viewers.
So in the effort to damn the movie to hell through verbal lashing, everyone on Twitter ended up giving Lifetime and Wendy Williams what they wanted–a hit.
UPDATE: “Whether You Loved Or Hate, You Watched”: Wendy Williams Defends Aaliyah Biopic As Timbaland Continues To Trash It
UPDATE: Despite all the backlash, Wendy Williams is feeling good about the Aaliyah biopic, mostly because so many people watched it at the end of the day, even if they watched to rag on it:
“I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend. E’rybody got an opinion. Well I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched. It was the second highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far. Not just Lifetime. But all of cable! And I must say, ‘Flowers in the Attic’ is number one, and then us, so thank you. We all have opinions, but I must say, if you still want to see the Aaliyah movie, it comes on tonight at eight o’ clock on Lifetime. And by the way, you Alexandra Shipp, did a terrific job as Aaliyah.”
Unless you were living under a rock the entire weekend, I’m sure you know good and well that in terms of quality, Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic was panned by just about everybody. I personally watched it up until they introduced the Timbaland and Missy characters and I started feeling like I was watching the biggest joke I’d seen since Norbit. But I did see that Timbaland was trashing the film to hell using memes on Instagram, even though he didn’t watch it. He spoke in detail about why he was against the biopic while talking to Ebro in the Morning today and said that even though he didn’t watch the movie, he knew that it shouldn’t have been made and was going by what fans were telling him.
“I don’t know whose fault it is…I’m going by the fans. One of my close friends sent me the picture I first posted and I was like, man, pictures can say a lot. I felt like every picture said everything I probably would say in an interview.
I felt like, let me make it known that I really hear ya’ll fans. I’m very upset about it. Fans kept sending me great pictures and posts…I got 100 every hour. If I could have posted every picture I got, it would have been crazy.”
The producer said that he was bothered by the idea that the first time Aaliyah’s story was brought to life for fans, it was on Lifetime and was done in such a poor manner.
“That’s what made me go off the way I did. It was the first initial time and it was like, wow! This is how ya’ll gone really do it? Ya’ll really gone put this out? I always thought it was a rumor. I thought it was a joke, but evidently it wasn’t. Then I started to realize, wait a minute, this is really, real. As a businessman I’m like, I’m really the one that’s kind of dumb because I really shouldn’t have paid it any attention or gave it attention…the more attention we give this thing, the better it is for them. Support Baby Girl and don’t watch Lifetime. Make a real statement.”
Timbaland said that he hasn’t been in contact with Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, or Hankerson’s son Jomo, but the family, including himself and Missy, were all in agreement that they wouldn’t entertain a biopic until they were sure it was going to be done right and they were all ready.
“I haven’t reached out to Jomo or Barry. I know for the first time, everybody was all in agreeance on everything when it came to baby girl and this bio. It wasn’t done right. This is something that people want to hear from, hear from me anyway, and hear from Missy. If you can’t get Missy, I speak on the behalf of all of us when I say that I think it was done wrong.”
Throughout the interview, Ebro Darden kept asking Timbaland if he blamed Wendy Williams for the poor quality of the movie. He says that he doesn’t but acknowledges that everyone involved with the project clearly doesn’t care about how important Aaliyah is to her fans and music in general–it’s all about the money:
“They care absolutely not. And everybody keeps telling me, stop blaming Lifetime, blame Wendy. I didn’t follow the story so I gotta believe the fans. I don’t want to just diss this lady like that. I want to know the full details before I really, really go in. Only thing I know that I can go in on is that you’re showing a mockery on TV. That’s what really bothered me. Out of everybody who has passed away, Aaliyah has a special anointing in the air that people will not let die. When you talk about Aaliyah, everybody wakes up and it’s amazing to me. I think that kind of brought me to tears. To see my music and what I put into all these years, last this long and have that effect on people. The way people support her even after death, I don’t even think they rave over Michael Jackson the way they rave over Aaliyah, and I think that’s amazing.”
It was definitely an interesting interview. But with all the backlash that the film received over the weekend, I was feeling a little bad for Alexandra Shipp, who played Aaliyah. People were pretty harsh on the 23-year-old. But she did foresee the negativity, telling TIME:
After it was released that Zendaya was cast in the role, I remember reading all the backlash. It was kind of ridiculous. I was like, “This girl is a great actress. She’s going to do a great job, and it’s a great production.” Once I got offered it, I wondered if that was going to happen to me. But then I read the script and talked with the producers and talked about how they wanted to make this movie great. I had to put all that stuff aside. I deleted Twitter off my phone. I deleted Instagram. And I just did my job.
So yesterday, despite the uproar online, Shipp took to Twitter to retweet the positivity and thank her fans.
“Thank you to everyone who tuned in to #AaliyahMovie last night. Means sooo much! Much love!”
Check out Timbaland’s interview with Ebro in the Morning below:
If we could crown a queen of shade, the award would undoubtedly go to Wendy Williams. Known for her boisterous personality and style, Wendy Williams has served shade to any and everyone. She holds absolutely no cut cards and is loved just as much as she’s hated for it. Her latest shade catcher is the gorgeous new mommy Kelly Rowland. In an exclusive interview with Marc Lamont Hill of Huffington Post, Williams shares her thoughts on Kelly Rowland naming her son, Titan.
Wendy: Well I hope that the boy can live up to that because I’ll tell you what, a “titan” is not short. and he’s not scrawny. “Titan” to me is, even if he’s short, he’s wide and cut, and you gotta play the game of life like a titan. You can’t be a loser. So I hope that he can live up to it.
Marc Lamont Hill: He ain’t gonna be no loser with them parents. Well, that parent.
Wendy: She hasn’t worked in a while though. Nobody’s buying her music. She was a judge on the judges’ shows and she’s not on them [now] and mind you, I love Kelly Rowland but I’m just calling it the way it’s factual. Her husband is her manager, but is her career on the go up or on the come down?
So Titan then is going to have to make his own [money.] He’s going to have to be smart in school and make his own bones and hopefully he’ll be able to live up to the name. Again, I love Kelly Rowland, but I have to call it the way I see it.
In addition to her shady comments about Kelly, the TV host also talked about her image.
I had to be that person. People ask me do I have any regrets…no, none. I had to be that person so that you all would pay attention so that I could get a talk show. I didn’t know I was headed towards a talk show and the person that I was [then] is still the same person I am [today]. Now, I only have one hour to say my piece, in radio you have 4 hours to dig a deep hole for yourself honey and then you pull those listeners up and they are fanning the fire!
But I have no regrets also, you have to remember, when most people met me through the radio, I was a 22 year old girl. Now I’m a 50 year old wife, woman, mother, community member and what not and no, [The Wendy] Show is not a heavy duty “kumbaya show,” but I’m not a heavy duty “kumbaya girl.” Our show is light and fun and if you squint, there might be something that you might learn.
Wendy also talks about the Lifetime Aaliyah movie, Lil Kim, The Soul Train Awards and more in the interview.
Most of us know the story of how Sherri Shepherd met her soon-to-be ex husband, Lamar Sally. In case you don’t, the two were introduced at a matchmaking party hosted by her longtime friend Niecy Nash.
So now that their marriage is not only over but fizzling, with pomp and circumstance, in front of our very eyes, many are wondering how could Niecy hook her friend up with such a snake. Because Lamar Sally is showing his whole entire behind these days.
Anyway, since Wendy Williams is the woman who asks the tough, very personal questions, she didn’t hesitate to speak about that with Niecy Nash. And her response was quite interesting. See what she had to say.
Wendy: Do you feel guilty about setting Sherri Shepherd up with that man?
Niecy: You know what, I’m going to tell you what. I don’t feel guilty. Here’s the thing. I had a matchmaker party, at my house. But based on where Sherri was in her life, she would have found any version of that man because she was at a place to draw a specific kind of energy unto her.
Wendy: A negative energy.
Niecy: That doesn’t have anything to do with me. I can invite you to the party but I can’t tell you which man to pick.
Wendy: Is your husband friends with that man?
Niecy: They were friendly?
Wendy: So you’ve chosen sides and you and your husband have chosen Team Shepherd.
I think setting up friends is a horrible idea, only because– unless you’re either black or white like I am and you know exactly who you choose if they break up.
Niecy: Well let me just tell you, it wasn’t a hard decision. It wasn’t like we had to set down. It was no fingernail biting. You know what I mean? Sherri is my ride or die, til the day I die. I’m Team Sherri all the way.
That part about the energy associated with Lamar Sally (Sal) is so interesting, right? Niecy didn’t say Lamar shocked them all with his behavior. She said, the place that Sherri was in, she was bound to attract that type of man. And she certainly didn’t correct Wendy when she assumed his energy was “negative.”
It makes me wonder if Niecy had an inkling that Sal was shady from jump but held her tongue because he was what her friend wanted. You know you can’t tell a woman in love nothing…
What do you think?
You can watch the full interview with Wendy and Niecy, which is pretty cute, in the video below.
“This Right Here Is Going Too Far”: Wendy Williams Compares Tiny Changing Her Eye Color To Black Folks Bleaching Their Skin
Ever since Tiny let the world know that she had a procedure done to get her eye color changed from brown to ice gray, people have either loved the idea, bashed her for it, or said that it’s her money and she can do what she wants to. Want to guess which category Wendy Williams falls in?
Despite getting plastic surgery done in the past and wearing wigs, Wendy Williams said on her show that Tiny’s decision to change her eyes was on par with folks like Sammy Sosa bleaching their skin. It’s a scary form of self-hate.
“You know that I believe in changing things. If there’s something about you that you don’t like…You want to get your butt implant, your boobs, your liposuction, a weave–but understand what I’m saying to you: This right here is going too far. Tiny, I love you a lot and I just saw your man the other day on Big Boy’s Radio Show in LA and he was like, thanks for being nice to my wife and Shekinah, but I have to call it like I mean it here. The eyes are the windows to the soul. Getting your eyes permanently done like this is to me as bad as people who bleach their skin. You can self-hate your flat boobs and you can self-hate your flat butt, whatever, but the eyes? I know that colored contacts could be scratchy and itchy and what not, but people still wear them. But getting your eyeballs done like this is as crazy as Sammy Sosa bleaching his skin.
But you know what I like about Tiny? At least she was honest about it. Because the Internet was all abuzz. It makes me love her more that she was honest about this because we could have just gone on and on and on and talked about this operation and she could have kept what we thought were gray contacts in. Because, if I didn’t tell you this story, did you ever believe that you could ever get new eyeballs in a permanent color?”
In case you missed it, this is how Tiny did it:
“I permanently changed my eye color with Brightocular and lovin it‼️ Huge thanks to the incredible doctor(s) for the amazing experience and for making my dream come true! I hated wearing contacts just for the color and it made my vision blurry! Blessed to say my vision is #perfect after my #ice-gray implants! Special thanks to the #Brightocular staff for ALL that you’ve done to make this process happen, you’re amaZing & thank you to the hospital’s staff for your exceptional customer service as well‼️I would also like to raise awareness about those under privileged living with serious eye conditions called ocular albinism, aniridia, and iris coloboma. Brightocular can help you. For more info everyone GO visit the brightocular.com website; to get the #BEST #DEAL when booking your appointment, mention Promo Code #KM404 and tell them I sent you!!! SD Note: Ofcourse any procedure has potential risks but no one has gone blind with brightocular and the success rate has been close to 100%. The media is referring to a story from 2009 and data of side effects from a different shaped and even different colored implant that is currently used in Panama since 2002. Brightocular was launched and patent approved in 2010. We do not recommend using this implant from the doctor in Panama. Brightocular is the only artificial iris implant with the United States patent grooves and channels design to accomplish a successful surgery. For more info on the differences, risks, and benefits of all artificial iris implants used around the world, contact brightocular.”
Check out what Wendy had to say around the 11:30 mark below and let us know what you think.
Wendy Williams is being sued. No, not by some disgruntled celebrity but by a former intern who says the daytime talk show diva failed to pay proper wages.
One intern, Anthony Tart, has filed 12-page complaint against The Wendy Williams Show, Lionsgate, and Debmar-Mercury claiming he and more than 100 other interns were “illegally classified as minimum wage-exempt workers for the chat show,” reports Black America Web. If this is the case, this is a violation of state and federal laws in New York.
But Deadline reports that a potential class-action suit filed in federal court last week claims that this has been the norm at The Wendy Williams Show since 2008. This move allowed the company to minimize labor costs.
According to Tart however, he received no “educational or vocational training” while doing work that full-time employees would typically handle.
“Tart was hired by Defendants in or about August 2012 and performed various tasks including, but not limited to, washing dishes, getting coffee, picking up art supplies, stocking printers, throwing out garbage, and creating a tape library,” court documents state.
Tart wants an undisclosed amount, to be determined by a judge at trial, for the work he did just for one month — between August and September 2012. During that time, he worked there two days per week. So a relatively short stint.
This isn’t the first time Williams has been sued. Former Williams publicist Nicole Spence filed suit against the talk show host and her husband Kevin Hunter claiming that Hunter sexually harassed her. Williams settled the lawsuit out of court.
Aaliyah’s tragic and untimely death in a plane crash back in 2001 left her fans unbearably inconsolable. At the age of 22, she was just on the verge of becoming what her counterparts have presently manifested. Her self-titled album, Aaliyah was a testament to the woman she had become and held promises of what was to come. In hindsight, it was her love letter to us, a perfectly constructed lullaby that would always serve as a reminder of her pure genius and undiluted spirit.
Of course if there is ever a way to celebrate her legacy and keep it virtually intact, it would be to recall the good old days, when she Rocked the Boat and convinced us to “Try Again” no matter what.
But the worst way to pay homage to a beloved star whose presence is aptly missed is to tackily conceive a script rife with clichés and innuendos and cast a random actress in the hopes that she is inspired enough to do it justice, even though she most likely doesn’t possess the passion needed to hold up her end of the bargain. It is also not advisable to produce a biopic if family members are so vehemently against it because it is highly unlikely that it will be dutifully received. Executive producer and TV maven, Wendy Williams swears that the film she was so desperate to produce was “tastefully done” but all signs point to the contrary.
After Lifetime released the trailer for “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” (even the title sucks!), fans have been in uproar, and it’s not just because controversial hip-hop newbie, Iggy Azalea’s “Goddess” is being used as the official anthem, but the scenes and dialogue seem stilted and contrived. Actress Alexandra Shipp, who replaced the more popular Zendaya Coleman, bravely accepted a role that most actresses would run from mainly because nobody wants to be tasked with the responsibility of portraying someone whose heightened appeal and contribution to pop culture is still indelibly substantial. And it doesn’t help to know that family and friends are unsupportive and unwilling to cooperate – that realization alone is a sign that the project is undeniably ill fated.
But most importantly, it is a disservice to the memory of an artist who gave so much and continues to inspire a new generation of talent. Aaliyah possessed a fluidity that she effortlessly brought to her craft. Her life was not devoid of controversy, which is a common trait of most artists, but for the most part, she was devoted to her fans and to the idea of being progressive. The sky was the limit, and the fact that we never got to watch her flourish for more years to come is a hard pill to swallow for those of us who cherished her. So, it’s particularly frustrating to watch her being used as a prop in an attempt to honor her memory when in reality it does nothing more than re-open wounds and remind us of what we are currently missing.
Then you sprinkle the insult of having Iggy Azalea, a white rapper, who is being accused of inserting herself into a culture she knows very little about for financial gain and instant stardom, as the film’s musical source. Azalea is being labeled as a glorified fake while Aaliyah’s accumulated tracks are enduringly valued and lauded.
There are better ways to pay homage to dearly departed celebrities without being offensive or disrespectful. When we reduce their memory to a poorly dramatized rendition of what their lives really represented, it is unforgivable and a dishonorable way to adequately revere them. Needless to say, I will not be tuning into Lifetime’s factory-made confection, Aaliyah’s story is simple and far from generic. She was a girl who chased her dreams and flawlessly made them come true.
“I Thought He Was Asexual” Tasha Smith Talks Tyler Perry’s Baby, Tisha Campbell-Martin And Sex Addiction
Tasha Smith visited the “Wendy Williams Show” recently. And perhaps, by now, you’ve noticed that whenever Tasha sits down, she spills all types of tea. And today, especially on Wendy, was no different. She talked about everything under the sun, from Tyler Perry having a baby, to trying to have one of her own, her friendship with Tisha Campbell-Martin and sex addiction…among other things. She was all the way live. Get into the interview, in the excerpts and then full video below.
Tyler Perry having a baby
Wendy: Tyler Perry is going to have his first child.
Tasha: Can you believe it?!
Tasha: Stop it Wendy! I used to think he was asexual. I didn’t think he had sex…at all! No but seriously… Stop it Wendy!! No, seriously. He’s like an uncle that never has sex. I was just shocked and I’m so happy for him, he’s going to be a daddy. I used to think that he would just be the uncle-daddy, you know?
Having a baby of her own with her husband of five years
Tasha: I’m kind of mad at him, he beat me and my husband to the punch.
Wendy: I remember the last time you were here you talked about desperately wanting to have a baby, a lot of women don’t put that out on national tv.
Tasha: And Wendy we are still trying to have a baby, ok? We are having sex all the time. As a matter of fact, we just got done. Up in your green room. I mean, why not, I’m ovulating. But Wendy seriously, it’s driving me crazy. And if it doesn’t happen this time, will you carry for me?
Wendy: I’m 50!….Would you consider adopting?
Tasha: I would rather do surrogacy before adopting. If I can’t do it, I’d rather find someone who would do it for me.
Wendy: Do you know Sherri? Well, I guess her surrogate’s busy…
Tasha: Well, honey, I don’t want her surrogate. I don’t want her surrogate. And nobody should ever want her husband… I shouldn’t go there but Wendy…Wendy!
Friendship with Tisha
My best friend since I was sixteen! I was 16, she was about 18, 19 in Camden, New Jersey. We met through an ex boyfriend who had introduced us. And I invited her to our house for dinner and she said yes, I couldn’t believe it. She was in School Daze and Little Shop of Horrors and all that. But for her to say yes to come to my house in Camden, New Jersey. I was so happy. We cleaned the house, sprayed it down with Lysol. We got it ready, right? It was ready, it was clean. We had fried chicken it was great. And she comes over and literally as soon as she sat down, a mouse ran over her foot. I was like Noooooooo!
She said she was ok, but the rest of the time she ate with her feet up like this, (Lifts feet up to put them on top of Wendy’s coffee table.)
And mind you, I did not believe in sex addiction, at all. I just thought you was a hoe, you just nasty, you just had to get it when you wanted to get it and give an excuse on why you getting it. But I did a lot of research on sex addiction, Wendy, and I am fully convinced that sex addiction is no different than alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling all of it. It is an addiction that’s connected to a mental disorder. And I don’t think people just getting hot and hard all the time.
And then you can check out her talking about the much coveted Donna Summer role, shaving her head trying to pull off her twin sister’s look and more in the full video below.
Tasha is a full fool and I love watching her interviews! What do you think about her comments…on everything. Did she take it too far and share too much or did she just say what a lot of us were already thinking?
“We Did It So Tastefully”: Wendy Williams Says Aaliyah’s Family “Would Be Proud” Of The Lifetime Biopic
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B doesn’t premiere until next month, but ever since the news spread that a biopic on the singer’s life was coming out, people have been extremely critical of the idea. No one has been more against it than her family, who released a statement back in June about the project:
Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.
Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!
Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah. We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons.
We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine.
But someone who is all for the television movie is Wendy Williams, whose production company is helping bring the project to life. She sat down with the ladies of “The View” on Friday and spoke about the movie. According to the talk show host, the film is respectful, and will answer questions about the singer that fans have always wanted to know.
“It’s the movie about Aaliyah, you know, the R&B singer who passed away in a plane crash. She was only 22 years old. If she had lived, goodness only knows what her career would have been like right now. But the plane went down. She had a brief marriage with R. Kelly, and in the movie we tell that story. We do it tastefully. The family is not happy that the movie is being done but we did it so tastefully. I think the family would be proud. We’re not throwing anybody under the bus but we are telling a story that, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to know. How did she get started? What did her father say when she brought home a 28-year-old man and she’s only 15 talking about ‘daddy, I love him, we’re getting married’? What!? What!?”
If you missed the first real trailer for the movie, check it out HERE. How do you think this movie is going to turn out? If you’re interested in finding out, it will air on Lifetime on November 15 at 8 p.m.
Jennifer Hudson stopped by the Wendy Williams show this week to promote her new album J Hud. And of course, Wendy asked her all the fluff and puff questions about her son and her new album. But afterward, she wanted to know why oh why J Hud and longtime boyfriend, baby daddy and fiancé of six years, David Otunga, haven’t walked down the aisle and tied the knot.
See what both women had to say.
Wendy: There’s a pink elephant in the room, it’s the engagement ring. While it is beautiful…You’ve been wearing that ring and engaged for six years, so when are you and big David going to be getting married?
J Hud: Well the ring is still there and we will get married one day but again, my thing is, once I get married, I don’t believe in divorce. And so when I get married, it’s for good. We want to be completely sure we’re together, we’re happy and when it’s time…
Wendy: You have a baby and you’ve been together forever! And hello, he’s got a Harvard degree, who wouldn’t want to stay?
J Hud: But I think that’s the key, take baby steps.
Wendy: Baby steps?!
J Hud: That’s my definition of baby steps, baby. You ain’t gotta understand it.
Wendy: Ok, I’ll let it go. When it happens, it happens… but as long as you’re wearing the ring.
J Hud: He has one too, now.
Wendy: How’d did that happen?
J Hud: Well, he wanted one. He said he needed everybody to know that he was taken as well. After he gave me my ring, for his birthday I gave him his.
You know, Jennifer may be looking a little crazy to some of y’all but the way a lot of celebrity relationships play out in the media I can certainly understand her wanting to take her time. There are people who rush in and get divorced immediately. Then there are people who wait forever and still end up getting divorced once they’ve signed those papers. Only you know what’s right for you and apparently a long engagement is right for Jennifer, even if it is a little unorthodox. Point is, if this is what she feels like is going to keep her from getting a divorce then so be it.
You can watch her full interview with Wendy where she talks about her veneers, raising her son as a celebrity mom and her new album, in the video below.