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Nene Leakes Shows New House On “The View,” Co-Hosts Ask “Where’s The Furniture?”

November 17th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If there was ever an example of a person who can dish it but can’t take it, it’s Nene Leakes. Homegirl is sensitive. Today, she appeared on “The View” to discuss her new role in the Broadway play Chicago. But you can’t have Nene in the place without discussing “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Reality Tea reported that Nene said she might appear on the show from time to time because it was a great career move for her. And in true Real Housewives fashion, she flaunted a bit of her fortune by showing the ladies and the audience pictures of her new house.

But there was something missing…furniture.

And never ones to hold their tongues, Whoopi and then Joy Behar were quick to call her out on it.

Whoopi: But where is the furniture Nene? You’re there but where is the furniture?

Nene: They told me to…I didn’t want to show pictures of my furniture so we gave pictures to you guys when we first bought the house.

Joy: Why can’t we see the furniture?

Nene: Because honey, we have to have security measures. Rolls eyes

Joy: But you’re showing the house…

Nene: I showed the outside and I’m behind many gates, with security.

Joy: How would the furniture?..oh…well.. Waves hands. 

You could tell it was a bit of a nice-nasty interaction. But in case there was any confusion about how Nene felt about the whole thing, she took to Twitter to explain.

She tweeted:

“Just sat with a bunch of mean girls turning up their noses, looking u up & down as if u don’t belong! The HATE was so real & SAD”


Nene certainly has a personality for the stage with all of those dramatics. The tweet has since been deleted.

I like Nene, but let’s be real. When you’re showing pictures of your house on national television, you’re really not concerned about security measures, honey. People don’t have to see what you have inside of your house in order to want to break into it. It’s all quite comical, considering we were all up in through Nene and Greg’s house when they were on the show for all those years. Stop the games.

And if it were someone sitting in her position, trying to push that explanation, Leakes would have asked the same question. If memory serves, she’s had plenty to say about Chateau Sheree…or lack thereof. It’s literally the same thing, just varying degrees.

Just because someone doesn’t agree with you or some of your actions, it doesn’t make them mean.

What do you think about Nene’s appearance on “The View”? Do you think the women were mean to her or did they ask legitimate questions?

You can watch the tense interaction in the video on the next page.

Raven-Symoné Makes Me Miss Star Jones

October 19th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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I hate to say it, but it took us living through the daytime talk show Hell that is Raven-Symoné and Whoopi Goldberg for us to really appreciate Star Jones.

Actually, I don’t hate to say it because truthfully, Star Jones wasn’t even that bad.

Okay, like many of you, there were times when I found Jones a bit annoying. I admit that her constant name dropping and credential-waving, as well as her constant bragging about her lavish lifestyle, got on my last nerves too. And yes, at times she came off as a bit too opportunistic and self-absorbed. Especially the way that she shamelessly sold parts of her nuptials to the highest bidder. Although I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking the most advantage of systems that are definitely, and unequivocally, taking advantage of you, something about it all was pretty tacky.

But (and I could be wrong here) I don’t recall a single moment during her tenure on “The View,” where she acted both maliciously and antagonistically towards folks, particularly Black people. And in an era of the show where we got Symoné the wildly-colored Toucan bragging about discriminating against other Blacks, and Whoopi up there looking like an old-timey self-hating Negro in general, that sort of race consciousness means a whole heck of a lot.

And while I don’t want to go too far down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole here, I do wonder about what was really behind Jones’ abrupt departure from the long-running talk show? Was it really about her slipping ratings or the fact that Jones wasn’t about to shade Black people for the entertainment of White folks?

If I had to go by the receptors on my tin foil hat, I would say it was the latter.

Think about it: “The View” has been on some politically regressive mess for some time now. Long gone are the days when the very smart Meredith Vieira, the very witty Joy Behar and the very accomplished Jones banded together to tell the very dim-witted Debbie Matenopoulos to permanently sit down and read a book (she was ultimately replaced by the very brilliant Lisa Ling).

Back then it was made clear that “The View” would be a show for smart women and that its format would center around news as much as it would about gossip. But with each new drop in the ratings (because at the end of the day, folks don’t like listening to smart women) came a departure. First Ling. Then Jones and Behar. And in order to keep the show afloat, the producers decided to shift focus from news items to round-table debates about “hot topics.”

Then we started seeing things like Barbara Walters who is the show’s matriarch, giving a rabid defense of Woody Allen against long-standing charges of sexual abuse against minors. And Sherri Shepherd sitting in confusion over if the world is round or flat. And most of the ridiculous things, which have come out of Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s mouth.

In short, these women sounded dumb. I don’t know for sure which demographics the producers of the show were looking to attract after a while, but if I had to guess, it would be the real housewives of White supremacy. Basically, any woman who did not seek to challenge the White supremacist capitalistic patriarchy power structure.

And that is likely why Jones had to go.

As much as folks dislike her personally, what we disliked Jones for had little do with her political opinions. In fact, when it came to discussions around race and even class, Jones was pretty left of center. And in a culture that only wants to remember her as the host who lied about her weight loss and talked too much about herself and her wedding (a narrative put out there by the show’s matriarch), Jones does not get a lot of credit for the ways in which she acted righteously.

This is not to say that Jones was always right. How could we forget the moment when she trashed Anderson Cooper’s coming out moment as an attempt to grab ratings. But Jones understood how racism worked in America and she wasn’t about to apologize nor make excuses for it.

God, I miss those days…

Whoopi Goldberg Comes For Viola Davis: “There’s Been Plenty Of Opportunities”

October 14th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Whoopi Goldberg was recently interviewed by and was asked about Viola Davis’ astounding Emmy speech which moved many of us — except Nancy Grahn, of course, and seemingly Whoopi.

In her speech, Davis proclaimed, “The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity,” a fact many women of color in the entertainment and other industries know to be true.

However, Auntie Whoopi strongly disagreed with Davis’ statement on Hollywood’s inequities. She told BET Reporter Chantal Potter:

 “I’m not sure what that [Viola’s statement] means; Opportunity to do what? You know what I mean.  The truth of the matter is, there have been plenty of opportunities. Look at Scandal! Kerry Washington is there and she’s working her booty off. But they [the Emmy board] didn’t vote for her. So maybe the question is, “What do you have to do, to get voted on?” Not that the opportunity is not there. We’ve had lots of opportunities. See now there will be more parts, more dramas because Viola won an Emmy award. The truth is everyone wants an Emmy, the studios, everyone! So they’ll hire more Black women.”

Girl, what?

Whoopi’s confusing statement means the same thing Davis referenced in her speech. Women of color are marginalized from receiving roles or awards and the opportunities are only offered when another colleague of color earns the said accolades first. This method is unacceptable and not known to be used when casting actresses who are White.

Whoopi and her co-host Raven-Symoné must have some special insight when it comes to hiring people of color that we don’t know about. What do you think?

Check out the full interview below.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit”

August 31st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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As a child of the ’90’s, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, was on the required viewing list. We knew the plot, the songs and chuckled at all the nuns with the huge personalities. Many of us love that movie and know it like the back of our hands. And while that might be the case, there are some behind the scenes details that we never learned. Well, all of that is about to change today.

Isn’t It Just A Number? Celebrities Caught In Age Controversies

August 30th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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R&B songbird Aaliyah may have sang, “Age ain’t nothing but a number,” but not everyone is ready to admit what that number really is. These celebrities have been caught up in age controversies as a result of being elusive or simply just out right lying about their age.

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Karlie Redd

It seems like Karlie Redd and her messy ways were made for reality television. As it turns out, the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star may be a lot older than her cast mates. At one point, Karlie insisted she was in her twenties, but that was before fans found out about her adult daughter. Even though Karlie claims to be in her thirties, word around town is that number may be closer to 50.

Whoopi Goldberg Changes Stance On Bill Cosby + Former Cosby Show Star Says He’s Guilty

July 14th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Whoopi Goldberg has seen the light.

In today’s episode of “The View” she admitted that with all the evidence stacked against Bill Cosby, it would seem that he is indeed guilty.

Here’s how it went down. Today, in a segment by herself, Goldberg was joined by legal analyst Dan Abrams who was there to break down the legality of the case.

You may remember that Whoopi argued, even after Cosby admitted to drugging women to have sex with them, that he was still innocent because he hadn’t been arrested. Abrams told her today that that is because in many states, that statue of limitation, in these various states, have expired, ensuring that Cosby could not be prosecuted for his alleged crimes.

Whoopi didn’t know this.

She said:

“I always thought that rape cases were open-ended. You’re saying that all that is left to these women is the court of public opinion.”

“If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I got to say all of the information that’s out there kind of points to guilt. I always thought they would have the opportunity to take him to court.” 

“You’ve got a serial rapist, he’s been on the streets for 30 years,” she added. “I have to say I thought that, ‘Yeah, here’s all the information, take his ass to jail. I find out from you that that’s not possible. So I can’t say anymore ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ I can’t say that anymore, because there’s no way to prove it.”

Most of us knew this. But perhaps the most useful and productive part of the discussion came when Whoopi and Abrams talked about how the state shouldn’t put limitations on the time frames in which women are able to come forward, bringing their rapists to trial.

At the end of the segment, Whoopi even encouraged viewers to contact their state representative and contact them about the statue of limitations on rape cases.

I’m not going to come for Whoopi. Because to me, there’s no victory in being “right” with this type of story. Furthermore, as a person who loves to be right more than…a lot of things, I can speak to the difficulty and the righteousness in coming forward and admitting that you were wrong. That’s me though. There’s no telling the type of damage victims of sexual assault, particularly Bill Cosby’s victims, endured hearing these notable, respected figures in the media question their stories.

You can watch the full segment below.

Find out which former “Cosby Show” cast member believes Bill Cosby is guilty as well, on the next page.

Where Do They Stand Now? 11 Stars Who Defended Bill Cosby

July 8th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Bill Cosby has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. A slew of women came forward last year, sharing their stories of being drugged and sexually abused by the now infamous Hollywood legend. This week, a deposition from 2005 went public, showcasing Cosby’s guilt in his own words. This has caused many stars who initially defended him to backtrack while others still say his guilt hasn’t been proven.

Check out the 11 celebs who put it all on the line and defended Bill Cosby. Find out which ones regret doing so and which ones still stand by him.

You Too Oprah? 16 Celebrity Women Who Tried Pot

April 20th, 2015 - By Deron Dalton
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Whoopi Goldberg, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are among celebrity pot lovers and are very open about it. Nevertheless, there are many more celebrity women who have at least tried marijuana that some folks probably didn’t know about.

Jenny McCarthy: “The View” Will Be Cancelled Within A Year

April 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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“The View” has been going through what we’ll call growing pains for quite some time now, but according to former host Jenny McCarthy, the show will be cancelled within a year—unless ABC changes their approach.

The 42-year-old, who was let go from the show after just one season, compared the network and its inability to stick with one formula for the show to serial daters on Tinder.

“It’s like a serial dater. Stick with one boyfriend and don’t go on Tinder. Give that relationship all you’ve got and ride through the bumps and waves,” McCarthy told the New York Daily News.

As you’ve probably noticed, in just a few short years, the show underwent some pretty drastic changes—including several hosts.

“I only say that (will happen) if they don’t stick to that idea — which is to allow something to simmer rather than transitioning so many different things, like, change a chair, change a table, change the background, change the people.”

She went on to imply that producers are impatient and that they do away with strategies and personalities before they’re given a chance to flourish.

“If it doesn’t boil quick, you’re out,” she explained. “I feel like they’re not allowing anything to grow. They want instant gratification. So they’re very scattered, and until they kind of commit to an idea, I think they’re going to have problems.”

When asked if she thinks the show will ultimately go under without executive producer and former co-host Barbara Walters, McCarthy had this to say:

“I think to some extent, yes, but I think the longer they give it time, a new generation (of viewers) become first-time mommies and they get used to having those faces and growing up with them through those first baby years. That, too, will take time. But for right now, it’s still left missing the captain.”

What are your thoughts on her comments?

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Paper Or Plastic? 15 Celebs Who Went From Customer Service To Hollywood

April 14th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Before all the TV shows, movies, commercials, and endorsement deals came through, some Hollywood celebs had to wake up in the morning and get their customer service on like the rest of us. With jobs ranging from a Burger King cashier to a singing waitress on a cruise ship, these stars have paid their dues. Check out 15 celebs who went from being sales associates and food service workers to becoming Hollywood stars.