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If you’ve been keeping up with the second season of Love & Hip Hop, you know we’ve been getting two cast mates for the price of — or should I say at the cost of – one. Emily Bustamante’s BFF, the level-headed/match-making/one-liner slinging (three-one-thrizzle, anyone?) Teairra is a staple in recent episodes. Not to mention, viewers have recently been introduced to Erica, the “model” who has a penchant for hair-pulling and hating on video chicks.

So, where is Somaya Reece? The season one alum, musician and resident pot-stirrer has been increasingly absent as the new season progresses. So much so, in fact, that Twitter recently erupted in pleas to bring back the fan favorite… for more than just the opening credits. In a recent interview with the site MommysDirtyLittleSecret.com, the VH1 star opens up about her recent edit (to put it mildly!), her relationship with her cast mates, upcoming opportunities and whether we’ll get so see her again this season.

Excerpts from her discussion are below.

Monica: Why don’t we see you as much on Love & Hip Hop this season?

Somaya: I was in the first few episodes. I have no idea what happened because I did have a lot of story to add yet I don’t see it on the show. The fans made sure they bought me back! There was so much you didn’t see this season, my life is on fast forward right now with great stuff happening and they showed none of it. Like what happens with Swift, the album, the developing friendship with Chrissy [Lampkin], my rap single Eh Mama, my re-negotiation with Barry, my family issues, the image development, my signing with the top talent agency in Hollywood that I got by myself? What happened to all of that?

Monica: Speaking of music, what’s up with your music career?

Somaya: They are covering everyone else’s music process and career development on Love & Hip Hop….interesting! After I signed with my investor I made a mix tape series called “Rebel with a Cause” drops in Jan 2012. Each tape has future album cuts on it! They didn’t show my team. Grammy award producer Richy Pena and a Denver team KMG. I just signed with Rebel entertainment partners who also rep Mario Lopez, Eva Longoria and the list goes on! I have evolved so much since season 1… But fans didn’t get to see any of it!

Monica: Did you know you were cut out of so much of this season of Love & Hip Hop?

Somaya: Not at first, but I honestly am in such a good place, I am working on so many projects that it wasn’t until my fans got pissed that I realized how much I mattered to the show. I’m humbled by the love from the fans.

Monica: What is your relationship with the other girls from the show like now?

Somaya: Do not mistake what you see on TV to be real relationships! None of those girls reach out to me really. I like the girls regardless but truth is the ones that reach out off the show are: Mama Jones, Kimbella [Vanderhee] and Yandy [Smith] once in a while. Emily now and then!

Monica: How many more episodes will we see you in?

Somaya: Love & Hip Hop is on episode 6 out of 10 but I’m only on one more episode! Later there is drama with Kimbella and someone else… I walked Kimbella off the edge, I was a mentor because she is a nice person, I don’t want her to lose her children or go to jail. I realize what she said was just bad timing at Emily’s party. But she is a likable person in real life. I don’t want that to happen to anyone, I’m just not cold hearted like that. Oh and back to this note to anyone though, I can forgive but if you bring s*** to me it’s on! But I’m not looking for it.

Monica: Are you coming back for another season of Love & Hip Hop?

Somaya: Ratings are good but…… I need to decide what I’m going to do because other TV projects that will respect and see the value in my story are scouting me. I’m excited no matter what I decide. I love TV.

Somaya ends the interview with her own star struck situation of late, revealing, “I recently met Beyonce while we were shopping for shoes and she said, “Congratulations Somaya on your career and what you’ve accomplished I’m proud.’”

She continues, “Remember I told Olivia about Beyonce? Beyonce has everything she wants in life and did not have to even acknowledge my presence. Yet she was so humble and took the time to talk to me and tell me she knew me from the show and congratulated me. Now that shows class, and that is how all artists should be. If you know you a bad b***** then you don’t have to hate on another artist. I nearly fainted at her humility! She has inspired me to go harder.”

Here are the pluses I take away from this interview: First, Beyonce is a Somaya fan — that’s pretty Sasha fierce! Second, she still keeps in touch with Mama Jones… and let’s be honest, if I were ever involved in some way, shape, or form with rap videos, “dating” hip-hop moguls or birthing the next generation of adorable little mini-players, Mama Jones would be my most favorite friend and ally. Because I’m “phsychotic.” Finally, she’s being “scouted” for other television venues? Seems like VH1 needs to jump back on the bandwagon it created. And to think, Somaya used to get on my nerves!

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SOMAYA’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU SURPRISED SHE GOT THE BOOT SUCH A SEVERE EDIT THIS SEASON? THOUGHTS ON HER ONLY KEEPING UP WITH A FEW OF THE LADIES? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE OF SOMAYA?

The girls of Teen Mom 2 are at it again. They make a good decision, then they make two bad decisions. They seem to be on the right track, then they derail faster than Chelsea can whine that Adam’s changed. And the guys? Oh the guys! I know boys mature slower than girls, but COME. ON. It’s time to step up to the plate, with everyone acting like adults. There are children involved, after all.

We rejoin Jenelle Evans as she moves back in with mom Barbara after filing domestic violence charges against Kieffer. She is trying to redeem her failing grades and focus on her upcoming nineteenth birthday. Her mother seems passively supportive of her daughter’s efforts, but she is concerned that Kieffer will throw her back off course. The two both agree that Jenelle spending time with son Jace is the right thing to do.

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Last night’s episode of Love & Hip Hop was a hodgepodge of car shopping, conversations with Chrissy’s aunt Cookie and cat fights. Chrissy still struggles with the status of her relationship with Jim, while Yandy introduces an interloper with some awesome hair-pulling skills.

Jim Jones is buying me a car at the Audi dealership looking for his first white car (he lost a bet) and mocking Chrissy’s reaction when she finds out about his new purchase. It is a beautiful car, fit for a hustler. Jim’s words, not mine. His friend promises to get the bleeped ready (after much rewinding I am going to definitively type he said he’d get the “puff puff” ready) so they can christen the car on the ride home. That gorgeous car won’t even be off the lot before it reeks of marijuana.

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Perhaps they should call it Basketball Wives: Law and Disorder! Two of the original Basketball Wives are on the receiving end of some pretty hefty-and ridiculous sounding-lawsuits.

TMZ.com is reporting that Evelyn Lozada is being sued for allegedly benefiting from hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled to her illegally from ex-fiancé and NBA All-Star Antoine Walker. Walker, who filed for bankruptcy last year, made $110 million from his NBA career… and that’s not counting the bank he pulled in from additional deals and endorsements. How does one person — actually, how do one hundred people — blow through that cash so quickly?

Walker’s bankruptcy trustee is questioning Lozada’s part in the whole situation because Antoine apparently gifted his ex-fiancé with $560,000 when he knew he was going broke. The trustee is claiming fraud regarding Walker’s money transfer to Evelyn, stating it was an attempt to conceal funds from his actual creditors. The trustee further accuses Evelyn of using that money to open her high end shoe store, Dulce, in Miami.

Evelyn is crying foul insisting that she knew nothing of Walker’s money troubles. She admits that Antoine gave her money to pay some bills, but she is adamant that Dulce was founded on proceeds from her engagement ring from Walker, not from the $560,000 that the trustee is trying to recover. Because that’s better, right? Regardless, Evelyn believes she is pretty safe from these recent allegations, and I can’t say I blame her. Sources close to Evelyn reveal she had no clue that her ex was in such financial trouble.

Also looking down the barrel of a lawsuit is Evelyn’s co-star and biffle Tami Roman. It seems that Tami has gotten herself into quite the hairy situation… pun intended.

The same site is highlighting another litigious timeline in which Tami requested some weave hair extensions from Constance Corleone (and no, she’s not the newest addition to Mob Wives) who is the owner of Bella Dream Hair. The suit claims that Constance was kind enough to gift Tami with some fake hair, and she was mortified to learn that Tami was starting a hair line of her own aptly called Curls By Roman.

The cusp of the altercation hinges on the fact that Tami advertised her line of faux hair with pictures of her wearing extensions from Bella Dream Hair. That’s some serious stuff, y’all! After the drama began, Tami issued a press release (who am I kidding?) tweeted, “Fraudulent people trying to take credit NOT. People trying to take credit for this hair. WTF they crazy.” Who needs legal representation when they are that eloquent?

TMZ.com reports that Constance is suing the diva for a mere $500,000 (chump change!) and she demanded Tami return the gifted hair. Tami responded, “Mad that I already mailed that S**T back2u cuz I got they address-would took it to Constance myself lying bitch.” It appears Tami is looking the gift hair in the scalp mouth!

DO YOU THINK EVELYN HAD ANY IDEA ANTIONE WAS IN SUCH DEBT?  SHOULD SHE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAYING ALL THAT MONEY?  WHAT ARE YOU THOUGHTS ON THE LAWSUIT AGAINST TAMI?  DOES SHE OWE BELLA DREAM HAIR?

While I hope that all RT readers are enjoying a wonderful holiday, Teen Mom alum Amber Portwood spent her Christmas behind bars. It’s much sadder and not nearly as hilarious as these posts should be.

After facing multiple violations, the young mother found herself in jail due to her failure to comply with the terms of her probation. On December 19, Amber was charged with possession as well as reportedly refusing to adhere to a mandatory urine sample.

TMZ.com is reporting that probation officers visited Amber on December 16 for failing to keep a court mandated appointment. An affidavit provided by Anderson, Indiana policeman Sgt. John Branson reveals that Amber was found in a “very groggy” state. Branson continues that officers found a bottle of mixed controlled substance pills for which Amber could not provide prescriptions. Amber cited that “her housekeeper throws all that kind of stuff away.” She’s got a housekeeper?

According to the site, officers discovered “32 Hydrocodone pills, 6 Soma pills, 2 of another muscle relaxer, 3 of a different kind of Hyrdocodone, and then 1 pill they were unable to identify.” Amber remains in custody until her hearing on January 13. MTV, please stop celebritizing these girls’ lives. God knows she’d probably be in a very similar situation if she’d never darkened the door of the network’s season-wide public service announcement… but at least she wouldn’t have banked full of extra funds with which to ruin her life, as well as the life of her precious toddler.

Of course, while you and yours were chowing down on turkey, dressing and (in my case) killer lasagna, TMZ has obtained Amber’s Christmas slammer menu. The website reveals that while we were enjoying bounties of deliciousness with family and friends, poor Amber and her fellow inmates were feasting on “turkey sausage pizza” (which was described as ‘a meat-like substance on top of the pizza’), a side of carrots (cold, not steamed), peas and some pineapple.”

Wow and wow. While I’d like to funny (and I do firmly believe that pineapple was a missing and necessary staple of my Christmas smorgasbord), it hurts my heart that anyone, including the awful Amber – who needs to serve her time and change her life — isn’t getting the precious time with loved ones I’ve been allotted. #blessings

Here’s hoping you and yours are reveling in this wonderful time, burying the hatchet and savoring your time with those you hold most dear!

THOUGHTS ON AMBER’S INCARCERATION? DO YOU BELIEVE ALL OF THOSE PILLS WERE PRESCRIBED TO HER? AS THIS ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS AMBER’S CHRISTMAS DINNER, WHAT DID YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ENJOY OVER THE WEEKEND?

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It’s the holidays and in the spirit of goodwill towards all, I will try my best to keep the snark out of this post about the ever present Taylor Armstrong and her plight to remain in the spotlight while playing the role of doting mother and grieving widow in light of estranged husband Russell Armstrong’s suicide. Because honestly, who am I to say that she’s not? And FYI, that wasn’t sarcasm it was me attempting objectivity. Weird, I know.

Hollywoodlife.com caught up with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star on December 22 as her five-year-old daughter and friends decorated cupcakes at a Beverly Hills bake shop. Taylor told the site, “My daughter Kennedy is doing good, we are both getting stronger every day. We are just taking it one day at a time. We know we are going to make it.” Taylor also revealed that young Kennedy wants an iPad for Christmas. Me too! #nosnark

Taylor explains that it is difficult for her to watch this season unfold knowing how everything plays out in the end. She admits, “It’s difficult watching the show because we taped it so long ago. But I do get to see other people’s perspectives so I understand them better. But it’s difficult doing reality TV because you experience the drama in your life when you are experiencing it and then when you watch it months later on TV you re-live it.” And then you keep doing interviews about, thus reliving it again, and again, and again.

On the most recent episode, Taylor and Russell were turned away at the door of Kyle Richards’ annual white party. No hard feelings, according to Taylor. Really? Not one to burn the bridge with her strongest, and perhaps only, ally hold grudges, Taylor shares that she’s remained close with most of her cast mates. She reveals, “We are all pretty good about keeping in touch. I talk to Kyle the most because we live close to each other and our kids play with each other. I see her a lot. I saw Lisa [Vanderpump] the other night.” So the ladies are still socializing — nothing skips a beat in Beverly Hills, it seems!

Taylor also takes the opportunity to promote her upcoming autobiography discuss her latest project which is near and dear to her heart. She hopes her book, which will be released on February 7, 2012 (she must write fast!), will serve as a catalyst to help others discuss the sensitive and extremely important subject of domestic violence. “I want my book to inspire people to talk about [abuse] — to make it a conversation, because if it’s not talked about, there can be no change,” explains Taylor.

Radaronline.com also reports that the reality star wants to prioritize her life before she hits the dating scene. While volunteering for the 1736 Family Crisis Center, Taylor told Star Magazine, “I’m learning to love myself. I’m OK being by myself and just being a mom.”

Taylor reveals that a new romance isn’t in the cards yet for her, as she’s focusing her efforts elsewhere, continuing, “I’ve got to make sure that my little girl is in the best place possible before anything else. I am having a blast with my little girl. I need some Taylor time for now.”

Also on her agenda is bringing more awareness to abuse victims. “I have a domestic violence background from my childhood,” Taylor explains. “The subject is something that is very near and dear to me.”

WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S DIFFICULT FOR TAYLOR TO WATCH THE CURRENT SEASON OF RHOBH? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE’S MENDED FENCES WITH THE LADIES? WILL YOU BE BUYING HER NEW BOOK? THOUGHTS ON HER DATING AGAIN?

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, SAFE TRAVELS, AND BEST WISHES TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL RT READERS! :)

Deck the halls with Kardashian stories! Fa la la la la, blah, blah, blah, blah! Because it wouldn’t be just another day if she wasn’t doing just another interview, Kim Kardashian is opening up about her failed marriage, the recent and tumultuous media backlash, and her sincere apologies for her part in the Kardarshiscam her family’s staying power and the future prospects of the Kardynasty.

Pagesix.com is reporting on Kimmie’s recent cover story for the Hollywood Reporter which cites her as one of the past year’s biggest “rule breakers.” In her interview, Kimmie discusses the family’s growing number of reality shows and threatens promises the shows will continue and multiply. She states, “There are so many of us, but I think we’ll see more of my younger siblings.”

With the family starting to focus on the next generation of Kardashians Jenners, Kylie and Kendall, as well Kim’s younger brother, Dancing with the Stars alum Rob Kardashian, the overexposed reality star predicts their “television monopoly will ‘go on for years.’” When is the next rapture scheduled? Geez Louise!

When will the rest of the planet have some relief? That’s simple, Kim reveals. The Kardashians will stop assaulting us from all fronts tabloid, television series and E! specials as soon as the money stops rolling in it is no longer “fun”. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but she means when it stops being fun for them, not us… because, in my opinion, it stopped being fun for me a while ago. Kimmie vows, “When the fun stops so will we.” Um, can the viewing public please get that in writing?

Pimpmomager Kris Jenner was shockingly right by her favorite daughter’s side for the interview, giving her two cents on the klan’s monopoly. Kris boasts, “I’m really proud at how hard we’ve all worked this year and what we’ve accomplished. We roll as one big unit, so whether something’s sad, happy or tragic, we come together as a family and everything falls into place.” And the money keeps falling into their inflated bank accounts. But whose fault is that? They definitely have an audience, even if most of that audience seems disgusted by them.

Not addressed in the magazine’s year-end double issue? I’ll give you two guesses, and the first one doesn’t count. There is no mention of her blink-and-you-missed-it marriage to basketballer Kris Humphries, not to be confused with her shoved-down-your-throat-even-people-who-live-under-rocks-saw-it wedding. Also absent from the article was any mention of the recent allegations that many of the products produced and touted by the Kardashian empire are created in Chinese sweatshops. Now, how surprised are you that those minor issues were inadvertently left out of the article? It’s Kimmie’s world, y’all. We’re just living in watching it.

Poor ex-husband Kris didn’t even get a mention in Kim’s interview, so you’re probably wondering how’s he’s holding up in this whole media firestorm. Well, with the NBA lockout over and Kris back playing with his beloved New Jersey Nets, things couldn’t be better for the dude glaringly left out of the Kasdashian Christmas kard (sorry, I couldn’t stomach starting Christmas with a “K” as much as it would have fit. I’m not going to give Kimmie Christmas!). He’s doing great… minus that entire Karbacklashian he’s facing.

Hollywoodlife.com reports that number 43 isn’t letting fan hate affect his time on the court. A source reveals, “[Kris] is letting it slide and not reacting negatively too it. He wasn’t really affected by being booed as he expected it from the Madison Square Garden crowd, especially playing for the other team.” Yeah, I’m willing to bet all the poor sportsmanship he was met with was purely a result of not playing for the home team.

The site reveals that nearly everyone in the huge venue booed the guy when the game began. That’s just not right! Kris, however, seems to be taking it all in stride. The insider continues, “He doesn’t blame Kim. This is all about playing basketball and he refuses to let the boos and hatred get to him.” He’s certainly a bigger person than I am, literally (thankfully, at almost 6’0, I’m not quite at Amazon status yet) and figuratively. Keep up that great attitude Kris because chances are it’s going to be a looonnnggg season.

DO YOU BELIEVE THE KARDASHIAN EMPIRE IS IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL? IF SO, WILL YOU KEEP WATCHING? THOUGHTS ON POOR KRIS’ RECEPTION AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN?

I remember idolizing the California rich and famous with their million dollar convertible cars, diamond encrusted watches and Peach Pit lunches alongside Color Me Badd. Things Beverly Hills used to be known for: ridiculously lavish lifestyles (thank you, Robin Leach!), Rodeo Drive, a snobby yet endearing Girl Scout troop (hats sashes off to you, Shelley Long!) and 90210.

Things Beverly Hills is known for now: Kyle Richards’ White Party (#sosorrybevhills), Jiggy as well as the Taylor Armstrong and Russell Armstrong tragedy. Whatever happened to “Donna Martin graduates!” and the iconic Pretty Woman mantra, “You work on commission, right? Big mistake. Huge!” Simpler times, I guess.

Because she’s not going anywhere one celebrity site is shedding more insight into Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong’s life… and the decision she may have hoped would secure her a spot on the potential third season of Bravo’s hit show. I’m exhausted writing about it, so she surely has to be tired living it. One would hope…don’t I wish.

RadarOnline.com is citing Taylor’s timing for her divorce filing from the late Russell Armstrong as a necessity to keep her in the network’s good graces. The site is reporting that Taylor “finally decided to file for divorce from her then-husband… because executives at Bravo had implemented a ban prohibiting the couple from appearing on the hit show after Russell sent executives legal letters threatening to sue.”

We all watched awkwardly (insert typical metaphor here — it’s a train wreck… you don’t want to see it, but you can’t look away) on the most recent episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. You recall that Taylor and Russell were turned away from Kyle’s annual White Party by the teary hostess (and a bada$$ Paul Nassif!) after Russell threatened fellow cast mate Camille Grammar with a lawsuit via e-mail for alleging abuse against his wife.

However, it seems Camille wasn’t the only one on the receiving end of Russell’s litigious barrage because a source close to the show claims, “During filming of the show, as the season progressed, [he] started sending blistering letters and e-mails to Bravo and NBC Universal executives threatening lawsuits. Russell was furious that Taylor had discussed their serious marital issues, including the fact that he hit her on multiple occasions.”

The insider continues, saying that Russell was irate “the fellow housewives were now talking about it on the show.” The insider reveals, “Russell would have had no legal leg to stand on because it was Taylor who was telling the girls this stuff. Bravo and NBC decided that Russell and Taylor were more trouble than they were worth, and decided to end filming with them, as soon as it became apparent that Russell was going to continue down that path.”

So what’s a girl to do?  Her spotlight in jeopardy and her husband an alleged ticking time-bomb, the Bravo star did what needed to be done.  The source says, “Taylor decided to pursue the separation first, but then she thought to get back on the show, she would need to file for divorce, so that she could appear on the show again, if she promised executives that she was leaving him for good.” Despite all the clauses the insider throws out in that statement, the entire scene is just plain sad. Whether you believe a woman was so desperate to remain on a television program that she would throw her marriage under the bus or that she was saving herself and her young daughter from terrors to come, the whole situation was/is/and will continue to be horrific and heart wrenching.

The insider continues, “[F]or a very long time [Taylor knew] that she needed to leave Russell because of the verbal and physical abuse. Being taken off a show that she loved doing because of his actions was the catalyst that finally made her pull the trigger on her marriage. Russell knew he was going to be exposed and was in full damage control mode. Ultimately, there was nothing he could do to stop it.”

Taylor won’t be seen on the show again until the new year according to the source who reports, “The episode that will air on Monday night will show all of the girls except Taylor going to Hawaii. Taylor will call the girls, and tell them on speakerphone while they are on their Hawaiian holiday that she had decided to leave Russell.”

Again, regardless of your opinions on this tragedy (and I have my own, believe me) it’s nothing but awful given Russell’s suicide, the fact that an innocent five-year-old is involved, and the notion that it’s all playing out for our “entertainment.” So sad, and yet please know the irony of me writing about it isn’t lost on this gal. Here’s hoping that outside the world that is Beverly Hills (past and present) you and yours revel in family and friends this holiday season.

THOUGHTS ON THIS NEW REVELATION?  DO YOU THINK TAYLOR FILED FOR DIVORCE TO STAY ON THE SHOW?  WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RUSSELL THREATENING THE NETWORK WITH LAWSUITS?

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