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The ladies of Mob Wives recently got a classy makeover courtesy of In Touch Weekly magazine, which had them going from street to chic!!

In the photos posted below, the girls were put in Park Avenue Princess gear but they were not without some Staten Island accessories! Photos from the make-under are below! During the shoot, the ladies talked season two feuds and what has happened since filming ended. I think it’s fair to say the more things change, well, the more they stay the same!

Meanwhile, on and off-screen besties, Carla Facciolo and Drita D’avanzo are talking about The Lifestyle. Two women, who know more than anyone about what it’s like to live your life in the shadows of organized crime, are explaining what exactly the mafia means and are advising, once again, that being a gangster isn’t so great!

“As a kid going up, I had my uncle tell me they were in the mob,” Carla reveals to The Huffington Post . “I come from a lifestyle of seeing things around me; nothing too crazy –- it’s like going somewhere and people having a different respect for you.”

“But the bad side is that the ones who you love will be taken from you. Your kids are taken away from you -– your life becomes f–ked up.”

“It’s an organization of people who do all bad things,” Carla explains. “You have to get involved with guys who are all into doing something bad. You do wrong things and that’s why you end up in jail.” And neither Carla or Drita want to raise their children to idolize the mafia life, as they have agreed it stops with them.

As for their role, both ladies agree they would rather be mob wives than gangsters themselves. “Anyone can be in the mob, you don’t have to be Italian. I think every person, every type of person, nationality, etc. has that in their personality,” Drita describes. As for what celebrity they think would make an amazing mob boss; both women opined that Angelina Jolie would get their pick!

Moving onto some of the real Mob Wives drama, In Touch Weekly (via their print edition) recently spoke to the cast about their feuds!

Carla, the eternal cool cucumber, admits that she doesn’t really have beef with anyone. “I talk to everybody on the show,” although she is still “testing” newbie Ramona Rizzo. Her good friend Drita has a different take! “I have no desire to speak to Karen [Gravano] or Ramona,” Drita asserts.

And the feeling is mutual! Karen has no desire to deal with her either. “She is a liar and a fake, but I try not to focus on it,” Karen says of Drita. “As far as the drama with her goes, I’m done.” Ramona feels similarly. While she refers to Karen, Big Ang Raiola, and Renee Graziano as “family”, she has zero desire to befriend Drita. As for Carla; she is “just there.”

And, surprisingly, Renee has a new approach and she is getting along with every one of the ladies! “I’m Switzerland!;” she laughs. “I want to be good with everyone.” And so does Big Ang, who never had any feuds to begin with because, well, she’s awesome! Ang describes herself as “the peacemaker,” but admits, “it doesn’t seem like it’s working. I wish we all got along.”

Finally, Drita recently posted an old school photo of herself before the mob and before Lee! Drita in a her high school days was quite the skinny little tom boy. Although, she definitely looked scrappy!

“High School Pic..lol. Handball Champs right here/Undefeated! Ol Skool Crew…miss them:(,” Drita tweeted along with the photo. You can see Drita from back in the day below.

DO YOU BELIEVE CARLA AND DRITA HAVE LEFT THE LIFESTYLE BEHIND? THOUGHTS ON THE FEUD UPDATES? CAN YOU SEE ANGELINA JOLIE IN THE MOB?

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This week has been a battle of the VH1 blogs between two (former?) friends of Basketball Wives, and it’s not pretty.

Royce Reed discusses Monday’s episode, and she has some choice words for her friend Tami Roman…and you’d better believe Tami has somethings to say to Royce as well!

Royce begins, “[F]rom the looks of it Tami had no intentions of ‘listening’ to what Kesha [Nichols] had to say because in Tami Law, she should’ve come to her first. I love you, Tami, but once again I can’t condone your actions. What you did at that dinner was not ‘keeping it real’ it was ‘keeping it rude and disrespectful.’” I found myself ducking when I typed that, terrified Tami was going to throw something at me from all the way in Miami for just repeating Royce’s words!

“There is a way to speak to people, and calling them out their name repeatedly when they are attempting to be respectful to you was not it. It’s sad to say that last night’s episode came across as bullying. That’s NOT the Tami I have gotten to know away from ‘this situation.’ The Tami I know is genuinely funny, kind, professional and respectful. I can call her at any time for real advice and she’s never reluctant to give it. The Tami I saw last night was not the Tami I’ve grown to love as a friend and would be in my wedding. Hopefully more anger management will help because there has to be more to this story.” Hopefully the compliments Royce bestows upon the “off-screen” Tami will keep her from becoming Tami’s next punching bag.

Finally, Royce addresses viewers who believe she doesn’t have Tami’s back. “A few have questioned my friendship with Tami due to me ‘calling her out’ in my blogs. That’s disturbing due to the fact she does the same to me,” Royce states. “I blog for vh1.com, I can’t be biased. I can’t ride or die for ‘wrong.’ Tami and I do not have a co-signing friendship. We are real friends and will call each other out be it right, wrong, bitch, bougie, etc. I will never sugarcoat anything and neither will she. Do we argue? Hell yes. Do we get over it? Of course! She knows if she needs me I’m there…” Hmmm, you may be there for her Royce, but will Tami even care?

Um, it doesn’t sound like it. Not one to typically blog about the show, Tami felt the need to clear the air (and explain her atrocious behavior) this week.

Of Royce, Tami writes, “I thought that we were real friends, but I personally feel that your position on this is stepping over bounds. As a friend, I would expect you to have a neutral position and not try to defend a grown woman who doesn’t deserve it. You can be friends with both of us without voicing your opinion on the matter because truthfully you weren’t there to witness ANY of it firsthand.”

“You are watching the edited version and basing your so-called ‘non bias’ opinion on that OR you are taking Keisha’s version of what happened and coming at me sideways,” Tami explains, continuing, “There have been PLENTY of times when I haven’t agreed with things you have done or said and I addressed those things with you in private out of respect for you. I don’t bring my concerns to anyone but you and I definitely don’t discuss how I may feel about certain situations with the other girls. As far as they know, I have always had your back even when you were wrong.”

She concludes, “Additionally, there have also been plenty of times when people have voiced their opinion of you around me. First thing I say, as your friend is, ‘Royce is my friend and I don’t want to get involved.’ I would have appreciated you taking the same position. I choose not to get involved with things that don’t pertain to me out of loyalty to the people I call friends. I feel saddened that you couldn’t reciprocate. We view ‘real’ friendship differently and thus we may not be real friends…”

Two things…I love that Tami doesn’t even take the time to spell Kesha’s name correctly, and I find it hilarious when these ladies blame editing. However, Tami does blame a lot of her issues with Kesha based on things the viewers didn’t see. Addressing her new nemesis, Tami says, “To be clear, upon meeting you, I asked you respectfully to discuss anything you had to say about me…WITH ME. I wasn’t confrontational nor was I argumentative. Of course that part was edited out of the show; however you, Royce and Kenya [Bell] know what I said.”

Furthermore, Tami continues, “I don’t walk around with boxing gloves on and I don’t fight everyone I meet. I just feel you should’ve been a real woman and brought your concerns “directly” to me. I can assure you that if you had our dealings with each other might not be so rocky.” Good to know about the boxing gloves. Good. To. Know. Tami also claims that Kesha’s constant crying about “not being black enough” is a lie, and had we seen scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor, we’d know that.

She asserts, “Do me a favor, don’t be such a liar and manipulator. I know you have friends in high “Executive Producer” places, but let’s keep this all the way real. When I met you, I approached you in a friendly manner and I did not have any issues with you what so ever. Everyone in this situation knows I was told you were Caucasian, so when I met you that is why I asked you. In that same conversation (which was edited out), upon hearing your answer, I said that I thought you were mixed but wasn’t sure of what it was…my saying that I thought you were mixed with something was in fact ACKNOWLEDGING that you may be of African American decent. I am a product of mixed heritage and identify myself as a black woman also. I NEVER said you weren’t ‘black’ enough… that is a flat out lie!”

And there you have it, or don’t have it…according to editing. What about that “Executive Producer” dig? Ms. Shaunie can’t be too pleased with that one!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE BLOGS? IS ROYCE IN THE WRONG? THOUGHTS ON TAMI’S EDITING COMMENTS?

Last night’s Basketball Wives was all over the place – charity events, fake dinners, launch parties, and Central Park. Even better? The veterans can’t decide which newbie to hate on, so they just go back and forth between confronting Kenya and Kesha. Always in the middle? Suzie, of course!

Oh Jen, glad to see you again! Yeah, I’m just being polite. Suzie heads to Jen’s new NYC digs because she is bursting at the seams at to talk more shiz about Kenya. She shares the video shoot debacle when Kenya and her posse didn’t realize what all went into renting out the club. Give me a break, Suzie. She sounds like a twelve-year-old.

Kesha and Evelyn meet for dinner because Evelyn thinks Kesha is pretty cool. Kesha is hosting a charity event and she doesn’t want the same kind of behavior that Suzie brought to Royce’s event. Evelyn would love to support her event, but she doesn’t want drama if Jen is also invited. Kesha would like everyone to attend, but if she has to choose between Evelyn and Jennifer, Evelyn will get the invitation. However, Kesha is quick to remind Evelyn that she has no problem with Jen. She does relay her issues with Tami, and Evelyn believes those can easily be resolved if Kesha shoot straight with Tami.

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Last night’s Mob Wives featured a getaway that I was forever thankful not be a part of, as it was cray-cray from the beginning. Renee brought the drama, Carla tried to play peacemaker, and even Karen attempted to maintain some sort of normalcy. She failed. Miserably.

The episode begins with Big Ang, Ramona, and Carla at the track. Big Ang loves some gambling. Karen joins the ladies for lunch, with Carla apologizing for not attending Ramona’s Halloween party. While Karen is convinced that Drita’s party totally sucked, she respects Carla’s loyalty. She suggests a ladies’ weekend in the Poconos, and all the women are excited about the prospect of a trip. Unfortunately for Big Ang, she’s having thyroid surgery and won’t be able to make it. Carla pretty much ends the chipper chatter when she mentions the ladies are forgetting to include Drita.

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The Basketball Wives (are any of them still wives?) are quick to defend the most recent episode. The women, who have been on the show since its inception, still seem to take great pleasure in passive aggressively taking down the new blood. Case in point? Kenya.

Oh, Kenya Bell. Kenya, Kenya, Kenya. She’s had a tough time as a newbie integrating with her fellow cast mates. If they aren’t blatantly mocking her YouTube videos, they are bashing on the disorganized way in which she approaches her budding music career, or talking smack about her weave. Can’t a girl catch a break?

The YBF.com breaks down a recent radio interview Kenya gave to Detroit’s FM 98′s morning show featuring COCO, Foolish, & Mr. Chase. Kenya dishes on this week’s episode. She explains why she was unprepared for her meeting with Tami Roman’s “team” and how she felt to see the other women talking so much crap about her.

In the interview, Kenya, who is from Detroit, begins by stating she is “mad as hell with these hot-ass-mess-chicks. These heffas is hating! We film and you don’t know what people are saying behind your back. So it’s like ‘wow… really?’ It’s crazy!” Wowzers.

Viewers will remember that fateful meeting between Kenya and Tami’s “people” where she showed up late, with no promotional photos and a portable CD player I would have given my right arm for back in 1998. Kenya is adamant that the meeting wasn’t totally as it seemed. She explains, “That was not like a music managing group. Tami’s team is a design team. All they do is basically style and pictures.” Continuing, Kenya says, “They really don’t do anything with music they just wanted to hear my song… they weren’t a music group or anything like that. They basically just do photos and styling for an album cover, etc…”

Kenya also wants to set the record straight about the coat she was wearing that Tami called a “peasant coat.” She says the coat actually cost her roughly $3,000.00 and bears the Save the Queen label. So there!

While it appeared that Kenya was being ganged up on for those ridiculous–but I’ll give her stupid brave–online videos, they have at the very least garnered her lots of attention. She tells the radio crew about her twitter trending, “Third week in a row! So I was just like, ‘Yall hate is making me great!’”

Of course, like all reality stars, especially the new girls who know their time could be fleeting, Kenya is vague about her returning for a second season of the show. She admits, “I don’t know… we’ll see how it all ends up. I’m just the new girl and there’s new girls every year. They just go in on the new girl.” However, Kenya isn’t concerned about how others may perceive her. She states, “My pageant history has given me the confidence where I can hear people talk mess and say whatever and I can still see myself how I see myself as a beautiful talented smart person who is goal orientated and driven.”

And “talk mess” they will. Evelyn Lozada devotes some of her precious personal blog time to the season’s newcomer. I have to admit that ol’ Evelyn didn’t come down on her nearly as hard as I would have expected.

She writes, “[O]n to KENYA! What in the world is going on in that girl’s head (no pun intended)? That weave-wig has to go…like now! Seriously, before she continues to pursue her singing career (and to her credit, she can sing) yet she needs to set up an appointment with @tamiroman’s glam squad, quick like and in a hurry.”  Evelyn also feels the need to put in her two cents on the discord between Kenya and fellow new girl Kesha Nichols.

Evelyn observes, “The beef between her and Kesha is a mess. I don’t really know what to say. I think Kenya could have come at Kesha a little better especially since Kesha is the thorough and professional type. I know we are filming and we approach things when we meet up however Kenya should’ve had that conversation with Kesha in private. There was no need to throw a jab like that in front of all those people. I’m all about keeping it 100 but that was a bit much.” That’s a fair opinion, don’t you think? Evelyn is, after all, notorious for fighting her battles off camera and keeping it klassy on the show, right? Right? RIGHT? Oh, gracious.

In other Basketball Wives news, Tami is hating on Kesha. On an upcoming episode, Tami and Kesha have a brawl. Did it have anything to do with Kesha trying to move in on Kenya’s husband? Tami recently tweeted about the most recent episode, “OK so they just cut the part out where Keisha [sic] exchanged numbers with @kenyabell’s husband & tried 2keep it on the low #shady.” If that’s true, Evelyn won’t be the only one bringing dramz this season!

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF KENYA’S INTERVIEW? HAS SHE RECEIVED AN UNFAIR EDIT? DO THE OTHER LADIES KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE NEWBIES TO JUDGE THEM? WHO WOULD YOU BET ON IN A FIGHT, KENYA OR KESHA?

Mob Wives Chicago
Following the major success of Mob Wives, it only makes sense that the VH1 network would expand the series with a spinoff!

Herein comes Mob Wives Chicago, which is set to début this Spring on the network! Even better, VH1 has also released the names and biographies of the five cast members.

The cast is pictured above, via the Chicago Suntimes, from left to right: Leah DeSimone, Renee Fecarotta Russo, Pia Rizza, Christina Scoleri and Nora Schweihs.

The press release states, Mob Wives Chicago will follow “the lives of five women allegedly connected to “The Outfit,” Chicago’s version of the Mob, as they bear the cross for the sins of their Mob-associated fathers. With lives that are right off the pages of a story book, each woman has chosen her own way to live her life in the city that was once home to Al Capone, sometimes in spite of and many times because of who her father is.”

So, what can we expect on this new series? According to VH1, “these women battle their friends, families and each other as they try to do what’s best for themselves and their children. But ultimately, it is the ghost of their fathers they battle, living and dead, as they try to overcome and persevere in the face of these men’s notorious legacies.”

Below are more cast photos and bios of each lady!

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Last night’s Basketball Wives was, per the usual, a hot mess of hating on the new girls, horrific dancing, and bad behavior at a charity event. Hmmm, was it a rerun?

The episode begins in Miami, with Evelyn coming over to Tami’s house to visit. Evelyn is so over the infidelity rumors, and Tami totally understands the lifestyle of an athlete, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s cheating on her. She advises her friend to ignore all the press. Evelyn has tried to tell Chad that the rumors don’t just affect their relationship, they affect their children. Tami is convinced the pair will be happily married in no time.

Evelyn takes the red-eye to New York to meet the new girls with Suzie. Evelyn is keen on Kesha’s style, but she is questioning Kenya’s weave. Kesha can’t get over Suzie’s constant penis references. For Suzie, Evelyn brings up Kenya’s Youtube videos. Evelyn is impressed that Kenya is open to taking down the videos, after hearing that they aren’t sexy or good. Evelyn feels a tad (just a tad) badly about bringing the videos’ suckiness to Kenya’s attention.

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Last night’s Mob Wives was more about tricks than treats, with the women divided between two, that’s right, TWO competing Halloween parties. The horror!

Drita D’avanzo and Carla Facciolo are taking their kids to pick out some pumpkins for Drita’s upcoming Halloween party. Carla thinks it is going to be a fun, drama-free party based on the guest list. Both hope that Renee Graziano will attend, and for a little while she’ll be able to enjoy herself and shake off the funk of Junior going back to jail. Carla and Drita are worried about Renee and all the stress she unnecessarily takes on in her life.

Ramona Rizzo is dining with her friend Lina, who has known her since before she married her now ex-husband. She reveals that she got disowned by her father because she didn’t marry an FBI—full-blooded Italian. Ramona’s first husband was Arabic, and she was hoping that because he was from a different culture, she would be so far removed from the criminal lifestyle. She was wrong about her husband, just like she was wrong about her current boyfriend.

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