Y’all know I love my trashy, hair-pulling, scotch swilling, spandex wearing, bartender STD spreading, limo riding, funeral home owning, Hermes wearing, polygamous, tax evading reality stars as much as the next person (okay, more…much more), but it’s not my favorite reality genre. Weird, right? Sometimes, I don’t want drama. I want food porn, and if it happens to come with a side of Curtis Stone, so be it.
Top Chef is my all time favorite Bravo creation. Give me Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, an insane Quick Fire, and throw in Hugh Acheson’s eyebrows every now and again, and I am one happy gal. Even with twelve seasons under its belt, the franchise always manages to delight with colorful characters and creative challenges that leave me wishing I could prepare uni and sweetbreads as part of my daily diet.
Well, it’s no Bound 2, and for that I am very, very thankful! Kanye West is premiering a new video, and instead of riding a motorcycle with his naked wife Kim Kardashian, he’s walking through a field with precious daughter North. The father-daughter duo is even dressed alike in Kimye regulation black and blah. His latest single “Only One” is a tribute to his daughter and his late mother Donda, and the video is directed by Spike Jones.
The song is a collaboration with the great Sir Paul McCartney. I’ve still not gotten over that whole Twitter situation where some teens saw a picture of Kanye and the iconic Beatles star together and wondered who was the old man hanging out with Yeezy. Kids today. That was a joke, right?
So last week’s boat ride on Mob Wives was a success, wasn’t it? Last night’s episode began right where the last one ended…with Karen Gravano wanting Natalie Guercio served up on a platter for her to demolish. With friends like these, who needs enemies? Regardless, Big Ang keeps smoking her (is that a clove?) cigarette while trying to figure out where her loyalties should lie. It’s got to be exhausting!
At Drita D’vanzo’s Lady Boss store, she is working on promoting her store with a calendar that she hopes can showcase her make-up, skincare, and jewelry. Karen arrives to help Drita put together her “old Hollywoody meets mobster” vibe. Drita plans to put the proceeds from calendar sales back into the community. Speaking of, Karen wants to host a poker night, and she wants to invite the new Natalie. Drita thinks is a good idea so they can all see how Natalie 2.0 interacts with the crew.
All of her food porn on Instagram has me wondering if she’s planning to follow in the steps of a few of her RHONJ cast mates and create her own cookbook. I’m guessing its theme would be how to eat delicious food and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. One can’t help but notice how wonderful Caroline looks these days, and she’s sharing her weight loss journey with fans.
I digress, this post is about forgiveness, which doesn’t seem to be part of the vocabulary of most Bravolebrities and VH1 showboats. However, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi is turning the tables and making amends with one time frenemy and Atlanta Exes star Tameka. What’s next? Will Usher follow suit?
I’m just going to say it…JoJo needs to go-go. Her mother is grating on my last Dance Moms nerves, and that’s saying a lot. You know it’s bad if Abby Lee Miller thinks you’re kind of a crappy person! The episode begins with Nia and Holly arriving to the studio. Nia timidly tells Abby that her grandfather is in failing health. She tells Abby that she is looking forward to going to Los Angeles, but she may have to travel back home to visit him if he gets worse. Nia bursts into tears, and it’s nice to see Abby comforting her student. That’s a glimpse of the Abby I hope exists off camera.
In the pyramid, Abby chastises the second place group number and welcomes back JoJo for a second week. Geez. Holly speaks up, asking if sending the girls on auditions and opening a new studio may be too much on her plate when it comes to choreographing the competitions. Nia is on the bottom of the pyramid for being the leader of the second place group dance, followed by Kendall for sloppy foot placement. Kalani rounds out the bottom for failing to bring the girls up to her level of dance. Instead she’s gotten quite comfortable on their level. Maddie is the bottom of the second tier for not participating in last week’s competition. She tells her teammates what she got to do in her absence…which is basically hang out with a bunch of celebrities. JoJo is in the second spot, but Abby chastises her for being to sassy. Kira pipes up with an impression of JoJo, speech impediment and all. Yikes! Jessalyn doesn’t think that her daughter needs to tone down in the least. MacKenzie is deserving of the top spot after her victory.
Before we begin, may I congratulate Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris on the birth of their daughter? Mona, did you have your Love & Hip Hop cameras in the delivery room? Speaking of babies, the episode begins with Amina Buddafly and Peter Gunz returning home from the hospital after the birth of daughter Corie. Peter has decided to focus on his new family now that ex Tara Wallace has given him the boot. He chooses to come clean with Amina now that everyone is home safe and sound, and he admits that he wasn’t on a business in Trinidad, but instead he was on a family vacation in Barbados with Tara and their kids. She is livid to learn that she’s his second choice. Amina swears she’ll never be able to forgive him…at least not for a few hours at least. Peter doesn’t understand her frustration. Shouldn’t she be happy he’s finally telling the truth?
Despite Erica Mena’s protests, Rich Dollaz and Cyn have totally changed their tune when it comes to their relationship. They are finally in a place where they don’t want to kill the other out of jealousy. In fact, Rich can’t wait to introduce Cyn to his new artist Precious Paris to see if a collaboration could be in their future. Before the pair meets, he also wants Cyn to taste test his new liquor to see if she is still willing to be the face of his brand. Precious Paris arrives, and she and Cyn hit it off immediately. Cyn shares her desire to create a tribute song for her brother who recently committed suicide. Cyn feels like she failed her brother, but Precious reminds her that she couldn’t have done anything he didn’t want her to do. Cyn hopes she can reach others who are suffering through her music. Precious and Cyn toast their new collaboration with Rich’s liquor.
So yesterday was a big day for Love & Hip Hop stars Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris as they welcomed their daughter to the world. As of yet, no pictures have been released of their baby girl, but Mendeecees shared some photos of his almost wife in labor and then sharing a post birth smile.
Fans of the show have been on baby watch for a while, as Yandy looked about to pop in the above-picture she posted on Instagram Friday with the caption, “God…is amazing. Amen. I know I’m not smiling but I’m happy on the inside, blessed on the inside, and so thankful all over.” We’ll keep scanning social media for pictures of the latest addition to L&HH, but in the meantime, check out Mendeecees’ pictures leading up to the birth. Well, at least I think the pictures are Mendeecees…I can’t tell. #watermark #necessary?