Kenya Bell has apparently realized that despite the antics on Basketball Wives – at least something good can come of it – her burgeoning music career! Kenya just released a new single titled “Hate Me,” in which she calls out bullies and well, haters. No, she doesn’t name Evelyn Lozada by name, but I think we get the message!
Good gracious, last night was the Basketball Wives Reunion, and I must say I was a tad scared to watch it. The majority of those ladies (bwahahaha!) are seriously unhinged. Once again, John Salley hosts the parade of crazy. He begins by introducing the veterans–Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman, Suzie Ketcham, and Royce Reed, followed by the newbies–Kesha Nichols and Kenya Bell. John next touts Shaunie O’Neal as their team captain. If nostrils looks could kill, John would be a dead man.
He announces that Jennifer Williams is backstage, and Evelyn thinks it’s for the best. What in the world is up with her hair?? John asks Shaunie to address the violence on this season. Is it just me or does she look like a hot pink penguin? She hopes that all her cast mates use the show as a mirror, and she believes that each woman takes responsibility for their actions. Sure they do! Evelyn is always once to admit fault. Shaunie throws around the buzz word “balance” several times before reveling in applause.
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It was the bullying heard ’round the internet (although the same could be said about the entire fourth season of Basketball Wives), and Tami Roman is still discussing her vile behavior towards cast mate Kesha Nichols when the women were vacationing in Tahiti. Tami recently went on the Wendy Williams Show to share her side of the story. Spin, spin, spin, ladies!
Tami begins the interview by addressing the situation and feeling badly for how she acted–or in her mind, reacted. Basically she cites Kesha’s gossip that viewers didn’t see (isn’t that convenient?) as explanation for how she shouldn’t have been acting. Follow? It’s hard, I know.
Tami tries to defend herself while feeling bad for her behavior. She tells Wendy, “It was a difficult time because the truth of the matter is I can’t let what someone is saying behind the scenes…what they’re doing…how they’re acting drive me to that level of frustration but a lot of that you guys didn’t really see.”
Evelyn Lozada keeps managing to expand her brand, despite backlash from viewers of Basketball Wives. However, Evelyn doesn’t seem to care what people think of her. She tells VIBE (yes, she’s a guest editor this month), that if she’s learned anything from fiance Chad Ochocinco, it’s that controversy is a good thing. Of course it is! Highlights of her interview are below, but you can read the whole thing here.
How do you develop a tough skin for [naysayers]?
You can’t do this and be sensitive. For example, you know Suzie [Ketcham], she gets a lot of sh*t from the show. After she films the show, she doesn’t watch it or go on Twitter. She’s like, ‘I don’t know how you deal with it.’ I’ve accepted that this is a part of my life and apart of my world now. The more the show became popular, and I started dating Chad, and I got engaged to Chad, it’s been like chaos.
I’m never going to hide and I’m always one of those people that say TV can be a gift and a curse, and at the same time it’s opened up a lot of doors for me that I never would have imagined. I can look at [the show] and say, Maybe I shouldn’t have handled it like that. Maybe I shouldn’t have thrown that bottle at Kenya [Bell], you know what I mean? If I’m blessed to be on TV for another five seasons, you won’t see Evelyn doing that. I’ve learned from that situation. Me and Tami [Roman] do get a lot of heat because we are straight forward and in your face and controversial. It’s not always positive, but I know we can look back and say, ‘You know what, b*tch, that wasn’t cool.’
It was bound to happen, ladies; you start raking in the dough and eventually your ex-husband will come knocking and want some. Basketball Wives cast member Kenya Bellis feeling the sting of her newfound independent paycheck now that her ex-husband, basketball player Charlie Bell is demanding spousal support.
See, while Charlie makes a modest $100k playing basketball in Italy, it’s nowhere near the lifestyle he was accustomed to while playing for the Golden State Warriors, and it also doesn’t touch Kenya’s alleged reality star salary of $300k for her first season of Basketball Wives (a figure she denies).
Reality stars never cease to amaze me. Namely, one Evelyn Lozada, but that’s neither here nor there. Vibe recently interviewed Evelyn of Basketball Wives, alongside Tamar Braxton of Braxton Family Values, Kandi Burrus of RHOA, and Chrissy Lampkin, formerly of Love & Hip Hop fame. The interview addresses the violence and drama fueled fights often highlighted on these shows, and the women, one in particular, seems to like laughing all the way to the bank. I was, however, extremely impressed to see Chrissy take responsibility for her temper. It’s a long interview, so I’m just sharing my favorite highlights. You can read the whole discussion here, and try not to laugh when Tamar says Evelyn is beautiful “inside and out.” Enjoy excerpts from that interview below!
It’s Basketball Wives time yet again, and last night the ladies were still stirring up drama and screaming their way around the resort. I sincerely hope no one else is staying there on vacation!
Jenn WilliamsandKenya Bellhave arrived in Tahiti. I wonder if they passed Kesha Nichols in the airport. Jenn reminisces about her very similar honeymoon with Eric. On the sunset cruise, Tami Roman is already starting the damage control. She tells Evelyn Lozada and Shaunie O’Neal she wants to talk to Kesha calmly, like an adult, and hopefully they can coexist. What a novel concept. The women are sidetracked when the boat passes Jenn’s bungalow where she is lounging on the balcony. Why is Tami drinking her beer through a straw? Tami decides to try to fix the rift between Jenn and Evelyn, but there are huge loyalty issues.
It was the most disturbing and horrendous episode I’ve ever had to blog about, and I watch some seriously trashy television. Y’all know I have to be talking about the most recent Basketball Wives, right? Naturally viewers were outraged as they watched Tami Roman bully fellow cast mate Kesha Nichols in a drunken tirade while vacationing in Tahiti. While I was certain that an apology would ensue just for the sake of damage control, I wasn’t holding my breath that it would be sincere. Bingo!
On Tuesday, Tami took to twitter to apologize for her horrendous behavior to Kesha. However, presumably due to backlash, she has since deleted her twitter account. According to newsone.com, the first apology tweet stated, I’m not proud of my behavior, but I own up to it and face it. I do apologize 2my family, my friends, my kids & 2 my cast members—Tami Roman (@TamiRoman)” followed by “I just landed in NYC, but I did catch 2nites episode on the plane. As I said earlier, this was BAD, wrong & immature-I apologize…—Tami Roman (@TamiRoman).”