I hope none of y’all missed last night’s educational and always classy episode of Basketball Wives. I learned, among other things, never to wear flip flops with a kitten heel, and to duck and cover if I ever find myself dining with Evelyn in a wine cellar.
We resume with the ladies arguing in a cabana. Kesha peaces out, and Suzie walks her out, but thinks better of leaving Kenya alone with Evelyn and Tami to spin more lies. Her word play is ridiculous. Kenya never SAID that Evelyn was loose, she just said she HEARD Evelyn was loose. Tami finds Kenya to be very untrustworthy if she can’t remember what she’s said. Evelyn is stewing quietly, and Kenya decides to cut her losses and leave. Evelyn then rants about Kenya’s elderly kitten heels and her future a$$ whooping.
Royce is meeting with JoJo Brim and Talia Coles to discuss a potential hip-hop fitness video. It sounds like a cool project, and if I weren’t so lazy, I would certainly exercise with a Royce DVD. Jenn and Suzie come over to Kesha’s for wine, and once again Kenya’s kitten heels are the main topic of conversation. Jenn hasn’t had any issues with Kenya, as they both talk about their ongoing divorces. Suzie is appalled her friend may like Kenya, much less think she’s “normal,” and Kesha warns Jenn that she’s being idolized by a cuckoo bird. Kesha also wants to call the other girl who was in the conversation when Kenya called Evelyn loose.
Over lunch, Evelyn fills inShaunie on the Kenya/Kesha debacle. Good gracious, this show is so scripted. Evelyn no longer cares about Kenya and Kesha’s problems with one another. She is mad as fire about being called a ho loose. She is looking forward to speaking to Kesha’s friend, who was present for Kenya’s loose lips. Evelyn’s ring is super ridiculous, by the way. Speaking of Kenya, she meets up with her “favorite girl” Jenn. Jenn totally relates…she’s her own favorite girl. Kenya is able to schmooze her way into Jenn’s good graces. It’s like Kenya is to Jenn what Jenn used to be to Evelyn, no?
Royce visits Tami to talk about her upcoming play. Tami is proud of her friend and having fun until Royce mentions Suzie. Royce hadn’t heard about the food stamps comment. Tami reveals how difficult it is working with Kenya, and Royce jokes that she brought this upon herself. Tami informs Royce that she will be joining Tami to listen to back-up choirs for Kenya. Royce is not on board, but she’s willing to do it for Tami. I do think their friendship is extremely genuine.
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Last night’s Mob Wives followed Renee Graziano’s emotional distress, and it becomes more and more evident that something shady was going on with husband Junior Pagan in regard to her father’s arrest.
Renee is still in a very bad place after both Junior and her father went away on the same day. Karen Gravano understands that, perhaps they needed to be arrested, but she wishes the feds could have at least waited until after Thanksgiving. Over the phone, her friend Nikole pleads with Renee to motivate herself for A.J.’s sake. While, Renee promises she doesn’t let her son see her so upset, she is screaming and sobbing for most of the conversation.
Ramona comes to visit Big Ang at the bar. Ramona shares with Big Ang how horribly Renee is doing. Big Ang has left her multiple messages, but she had no idea things were so bad. They discuss the need to get Renee out to take her mind off of the situation. Ramona can’t believe that Junior would surrender to the feds, and not even tell Renee and A.J. that he was doing so. She knows now that Thanksgiving will be forever tainted for Renee, much like it is for her, as her grandfather died on Thanksgiving. Ramona states that her grandfather was the true definition of “a gangster” that is lacking in today’s society. Big Ang agrees…no one is loyal anymore. Are these women listening to themselves? I know that Ramona loved her grandfather and he no doubt thought she hung the moon. However, for her to be hung up and proud on the fact he was a criminal, is a little off to me.
Carla Facciolo and Drita D’avanzo meet for lunch, and Carla fills in Drita on Renee’s breakdown. Drita can’t imagine what Renee is going through. She thinks that maybe she should take the kids to visit Lee in jail before the holidays. She hasn’t seen him in over a year. Carla tells Drita that Junior left a note before turning himself in to the feds. Drita can’t believe it – she thinks that if Junior was going to surrender, he should have let Renee take him in to say good-bye.
Drita heads to the Drunken Monkey to see Big Ang. She tells Big Ang she is considering taking the kids to see Lee. Drita admits it’s hard to try to shield her daughters from this lifestyle, only to have to take them somewhere as scary as a prison. Big Ang agrees, but she thinks all men look pretty hot in prison uniforms.
Carla and Joe take their kids roller skating. They really are such a cute family. I hope Joe can stay on the straight and narrow because it is obvious his young son truly idolizes him. Meanwhile, Renee goes to Ramona’s for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner. She promises she will stand behind Junior while he’s in jail. Renee has decided to put a positive spin on Junior’s incarceration, because she knows he can’t cheat on her in the slammer. She is brought to tears talking about her father though. Karen arrives and proposes a toast, and Renee starts screaming like a banshee. Celebrate? They expect her to celebrate? She can’t do this – and she leaves. I hope she’s getting some help.
At home, Drita shares a fun moment with her youngest daughter. She hopes to be both a mother and father to her girls, in Lee’s absence. When she tries to bring up the possibility of visiting Lee, Giselle doesn’t want to go. She doesn’t know who he is, she hasn’t even comprehend who “Daddy” is. Even with Drita’s chiding, Giselle is adamant about not meeting Lee. Drita is heartbroken.
Big Ang, Ramona, and Karen take Renee to a drag queen show in an attempt to take her mind off what she’s going through. Big Ang loves a drag show because they sort of remind her of, well, herself. Renee is even laughing – the women can’t believe it! Over cocktails, Drita tells Carla that there are rumors circulating that Junior snitched on Renee’s dad. Carla is floored. Drita and Carla’s husbands were both incarcerated, thanks to rats. Well, thanks to doing criminal activity, but they were ratted out by others doing the same thing. This news makes Carla sick to her stomach.
Karen and Carla meet for dinner, and the pair discusses an article that accuses Junior of flipping on Renee’s father. Of course, Karen needs to clear the air…yes, her father “cooperated” with the feds, but he didn’t do the “scummy act” of wearing a wire. There is no comparison between Karen’s father “cooperating” and Junior “ratting” on Renee’s dad. After setting the record straight on that little issue, Karen hopes that Renee will be able to overcome this madness.
Big Ang has a friend over to her house, and they are chatting about the recent Junior gossip. Big Ang makes it clear that there are rules in this lifestyle and Junior has broken them. His selfish actions will affect how people see Renee and A.J., and that is a tragic thing to do to one’s family. She reveals that when she was arrested, the police tried to get her to be an informant, but no way, according to Big Ang.
Karen and Ramona go to Renee’s house to make sure she’s okay. Renee cannot, and will not believe the article. She points out that the writer has had to recant three different stories. Renee is worried the way things are going A.J. will be losing his mother next, as she’s stretched so thin emotionally. Renee knows that A.J. is being punished for having a father who is accused of being a rat. She apologizes to Karen for having to go through all of this again, as she was labeled similarly due to her father. She breaks down apologizing for not being a good friend to Karen when she returned last year. She is all over the place, crying, shaking, calm, quiet. Karen wants Renee to face the facts that the gossip could be true, but she refuses.
Renee goes to church in hopes of finding some peace. Big Ang goes to visit her sister Janice with a copy of The Post, which basically confirms the rumors that Junior snitched on Renee’s father. Renee is a basketcase and it’s very difficult to watch.
Next week, Renee tries to come to grips with the news. She now believes that Carla has been talking crap about her behind her back. Carla accuses Renee of being extremely paranoid given her current state of affairs.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE? WILL RENEE BE ABLE TO PULL HERSELF OUT OF HER DEPRESSION? SHOULD DRITA TAKE HER DAUGHTERS TO VISIT LEE?
The show features JoAnn and Steve as they work their matchmaking magic on a new batch of singles who have issues finding their Mr. Right. This season promises a man hater, a man eater, a lover of deadbeats, and a very awkward virgin! Wouldn’t it be hilarious if they were all the same person?
It appears that the mother-son dream team will have some pretty difficult cases this time around, and I, for one, can’t wait to see how they handle this bunch. Meet the ladies in desperate need of tough love below!
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE LADIES OF THIS SEASON’S TOUGH LOVE? WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE HARDEST WOMAN TO DEAL WITH FOR STEVE AND JOANN?
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It’s like, if they aren’t causing drama, they would shrivel up and disappear (and would that really be so bad?)…that’s right, I am referring to the ladies of Basketball Wives.
Last night’s episode started where last week’s left off, as Shaunie has tried to separate a steaming Evelyn and a holier than thou Jenn. Evelyn has grand plans to go wait around the corner, pretending that she left, and jump Jenn when she leaves the restaurant. Someone is taking a page right out of the Love & Hip Hop playbook, isn’t she? Oh, Kenya. Kenya, Kenya, Kenya. She intervenes in hopes a story about her best friend from fifth grade will calm Evelyn, much to Tami’s chagrin. Tami is sure that Evelyn doesn’t want to hear Kenya’s nonsense. While Kenya agrees, she keeps talking anyway. Tami found the whole party very entertaining, even if it wasn’t what Shaunie had hoped.
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Oh Mob Wives, you never disappoint…completely. Last night we started seeing the breakdown of Renee and Junior, and not much of anything else.
Carla is trying to teach Drita how to flirt that doesn’t involve her comparing her biceps to those of potential suitors. They go dancing in the city, but Drita is quick to warn any men that approach her that she likes to get violent. Save that for the fourth date, Drita. At least Drita realizes, the guy she hopes to meet isn’t one of the many meat-heads who are watching her dance on the banquette. She is ready to leave after one of her dance partners cops to knowing Drita’s soon-to-be-ex Lee.
Big Ang is dining with Karen and Ramona. All of their crime families go way back, and Karen likes walking down memory lane. Ang has changed her hair. I’m on the fence about it. Big Ang tells the girls about her arrest, which occurred thanks to her friend wearing a wire. I am sheltered. I think to myself that I would be more concerned about being arrested than blaming the people who got leniency for putting me in that situation (however, I’d be mad at them too!). Own up to your mistakes, people! Big Ang kind of does…
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Oh, good gracious! When the most recent season of Basketball Wives began, only Royce Reed served as a regular blogger for VH1. Of course, as the drama unfolds, the women can’t seem to stop writing on their own blogs in retaliation – each perceiving that they must, no matter what, tell their side of the story.
Case in point of late? Tami Roman. Her latest blog is entitled “It’s Not My Job to Blog BUT I’m Going to do it Anyway.” Well, if that doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what does…. In her blog Tami does what all those before her have done, which is to blame editing for her bad behavior! Excerpts of that insanity is below.
“Watching this episode made it official…it’s my turn to play the angry black woman. I don’t want to address [too] many things because I will see all of these ladies at the reunion and I’m much more of a face to face person, but here goes…
Suzie–I want you to pay for my next therapy session because that is what saved your life at that birthday dinner. You have a bad habit of saying the wrong stuff at the wrong time. Now, I have forgiven you for that brief glitch in your brain, but that is the absolute LAST time you’re going to get a pass. I do like you and I know you are “simple” at times, so I’m willing to put this past us.
Kenya–You hit the nail on the head and you know I think your ass is crazy, but you SAID that last night. I’m not a bad person, but I deal with people a certain way and I try to be upfront. I asked both you and Kesha to just come talk to me…you did that and she didn’t. I don’t respect a woman who isn’t forthright, especially at 30 something years old. Regarding your speech…girl go sit the hell down. That ish was crazy! You don’t even know Shaunie like that – you had been around her all of two times when you made that speech. It was supposed to be heartfelt, but you made it really awkward for her at her own party. Although, I hope they show you singing…now that was classic…
Jennifer–In the moment, your apology seemed sincere, but watching it back…girl, why you lie in my face…Sidebar: Your speech was comical. People really had to hear the whole thing because between you and Kenya, I have NEVER seen anything like it. You made a speech about yourself and tried to pass it off as something special to Shaunie. I hope VH1 releases the uncut version of some of these moments. I’m just saying…”
Sidebar, I am not a Tami fan (that’s not really fair to say, as I’m not really on board with any of these women), but I am glad to hear that Tami saw what I saw in Jen’s balcony “apology” to Tami, regarding Jen’s Lucid launch. Fake much? Jen needs some acting lessons.
“Royce and Kesha–That little meeting in the country store – again the main crux of my beef with Kesha was edited out. In that moment Kesha said she would’ve went off on me, but she didn’t want to embarrass me. I see where this show is going and I have to take the good with the bad. Kesha will be the “edited” version of a victim and I will be made to look like the angry Black woman or the bully. It is what it is because I accept full responsibility for my REACTIONS. Other than that, NO words, speechless…I can’t…”
When–pray tell WHEN??–will these women stop blaming editing? You aren’t edited when you act like a fool, why should viewers believe that somehow, some way, you’re kindness and normalcy has been edited OUT of the show? Gracious. Again and again, gracious.
“Evelyn–Your face was priceless last night! Now here is the thing…you nor I handle things properly once we get heated….That clutch to the dome was funny as hell though. Your aim, the precision…chiiiilllleeeee.
PS- Shed and the editors, whatever Kesha is paying you, I’ll double it just so the viewers can get the truth. I can’t wait to see how you screw me over with the Tahiti footage.”
I do love to see how Tami and Evelyn’s friendship has blossomed…it’s like the girls in high school who try so hard to get in good with the girls who they know can bring them down if they aren’t careful. Remind me again that these are grown women? Tami challenging the editors? Yikes!
Giving Tami’s frenemy Royce Reed equal blog time, she has some choice things to say as well. Royce is actually extremely diplomatic in her blog, admitting that she was wrong in judging Evelyn’s intentions when it came to Kesha and touting her friendship with Tami…strange after the pair’s most recent debacle. She even takes offense to Suzie’s “bank account/food stamps” comment on behalf of Tami. My favorite outtakes follow:
“Jen, there are bougie country girls. That statement was a bit much and I’m sure a lot of people in the Carolinas aren’t feeling you right now. Not sure if you watch RHOA but Phaedra is the epitome of a bougie country girl…love herrrrr!!!
Next the conversation I had with Tami shows the strength in our friendship. Although Tami is upset with me presently, I don’t think it’s that serious. I came to her and expressed my feelings. If we are friends, I should be able to talk to her about any and everything including when I think she’s wrong. The conversation didn’t seem to go anywhere but I didn’t leave with scars and bruises so it still went well. It’s good to be able to agree to disagree, laugh it up and go to Lario’s for some ceviche right after.
Now enough of the cookie cutter stuff…It’s time to discuss The Birthday Dinner…dun dun dunnnn OMG! First of all who let Evelyn have all those shots of liquid courage??? Y’all know how things get when people get a few drinks in them. This whole dinner was a mess. From the toast Kenya didn’t need to give to the second toast Evelyn gave slurring her words. I’m just shocked that they did all this in Phillipe Chow! But seriously though, did Jenn call Evelyn a bird? Did Evelyn tell Jenn to take the contacts out her face???? LMAO “I can’t” No, it wasn’t the time or the place to have all this drama but it was funny! When the yelling started it was definitely time to leave…BUT not without a memorable exit. All I have to say is HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO GET HIT BY A CLUTCH PURSE???Never turn or keep your back turned to an enemy…and you damn sure don’t stay sitting when they’re standing up coming towards you. We need to get Jenn is some basic self defense classes. I’m going to need her to at least learn how to bob and weave…just sayin…”
I do have to add my two cents…was Royce watching Jen react to Tami in regard to the Lucid launch? Nothing was resolved and I don’t think anything was “cleared up.” But I do have to agree, as a Carolina girl, Jen has no clue what she’s talking about when she brings up “the country.” I’d be happy to show her around. If nothing else, these women are incredibly entertaining, and I am looking forward to the rest of the season!
Royce also posted an old school picture of pal Kesha, and let’s just say, you want to see this! That photo is below.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TAMI’S BLOG? COMMENTS ON HER “EDITING” ACCUSATIONS? THOUGHTS ON ROYCE’S BLOG? IS SHE JUST TRYING TO GET BACK IN TAMI’S GOOD GRACES?
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It’s been the battle of the Basketball Wives blogs after the latest episode, with the duo formerly known Jenevelyn (or Evennifer, if you prefer) duking it out via their personal blogs about birthday toasts, food stamps, and Evelyn swatting Jen in the head with her clutch. No biggie.
Jennifer Williams discusses why she seems different this season, defends her toast to Shaunie O’Neal by blaming the ever blamable “editing,” and vows to rise above the drama. Good luck with that! She writes, “Where do I start? Let’s just say the drinks were flowing and that is normally when things go left. First off, my speech was not about myself it was about how I thought Shaunie was a good example for me to look at because I feel she made the best out of a negative situation and she is now happy. But again, the beauty of editing!”
“As you have watched me for three seasons now, I am never the loudest one in the room, I do not try to be nor do I want the focus on me,” Jen explains. “Overall, I think what happened at Phillipes was immature and unfortunate. Sadly, sometimes when the red light on the camera comes on you never what you are going to get. I call it the Red Light Special! ‘You ain’t about this life.’ Hmmm, what life is that? The life I am about is trying to be happy and making strides to be an independent woman. Overall, I hope Shaunie enjoyed her birthday despite the drama!”
Next, Jen addresses her cast members accusations that she’s a different person. “’Jennifer has changed.’ Now all of a sudden if I’m out in NYC with my friends outside of the show it’s a problem? It is refreshing to not have to talk about the drama of Basketball Wives all the time. And we all have friends outside of the show. I have always split my time between Miami and NYC so its obvious I am going to have friends here,” she states.
Jen concludes, “I am single and why not enjoy myself? It’s so easy to point the finger and say what someone else has done but try pointing it at yourself and see what happens. We all have flaws and make mistakes. All I can say is I am happy with the direction my life has gone and the family and friends who now play a role in my life, I am not going to let the pettiness upset me.”
Evelyn Lozada also dishes on the episode in her blog, revealing why the women seemed rude laughing at Kenya Bell’s speech, Suzie Ketcham’s “food stamps” comment, and her drama with Jen. Of course, she blames her behavior on the second oldest reality show excuse–wait for it–the a-a-a-a-al-alcohol! She begins, “The reason why we were laughing during Kenya’s speech is because that was only our third time filming with her so for her to even feel like she wanted to give a speech, shocked the sh*t out of us. We didn’t know Kenya from a can of paint and it was all very strange.”
Surprisingly, Evelyn cuts Suzie some slack about her food stamps faux pas, writing, “Oh Suzie…that alcohol is a BEAST. You know, I grew up on welfare; I had my daughter on welfare and on WIC. No one wants to be reminded of those hardships during a birthday dinner in front of everyone. However, if Suzie were sober, she would have NEVER said that.”
“Listen, I am going to be all the way real!” Evelyn continues, “We were all having a cool time and I was buzzed prior to the second toast to Shaunie, so I know how Suzie must have felt because had I been sober, I would have never given that second speech. I’m glad I made that comment about loyalty though because being a ‘loyal friend’ is important to me and Shaunie has been a loyal friend that has NEVER changed.”
Evelyn explains, “What makes me so angry is that Jen really doesn’t get it and she keeps telling people she doesn’t understand why I’m so angry. AGAIN, when you are supposed to be a LOYAL friend, you just don’t go popping off at the mouth on the radio or turn to a blog to talk crap about your friend and her man. Jen isn’t the type of person to sincerely apologize and this is where a portion of my anger lies.”
“Jen’s thought process really is that transparent!” exclaims Evelyn. “Because she’s a college graduate and grew up a certain [way] she thinks she’s better than everyone else. My thing is, even if that was my situation, I would never talk down to anyone else or ever talk about someone’s livelihood or how much money they have in the bank during an argument. I don’t care about any of those things and would never attack where someone came from.” Doesn’t care about any of those things? Could have fooled me!
Evelyn sums it up, revealing, “There is so much going on behind the scenes that you guys don’t see. It may look like I’m getting angry for no reason but there is so much more to the story and I can’t WAIT for you all to see the real deal. As the show progresses I promise you ALL will have an A-HA moment and be truly AMAZED.”
There was one juicy little nugget from Evelyn’s blog that wasn’t about that horrendous dinner. It appears to be a bit of a threat to cast mate Royce Reed. She writes, “Who the hell does Royce think she is, Dr. F’N Phil, with all of her opinions. Tami [Roman] has been nothing but loyal to Royce and in my opinion is the only reason Royce is still even relevant. I’m just saying. She needs to be real careful with that.” First of all, all this “I’m just saying” BS needs to go away. Who does Evelyn think she is, Danielle Staub? Second, does that sound like a threat to y’all?
Speaking of Evelyn, she’s got some new t-shirts to hawk, so get out your checkbooks! The newest spring break tank top is all about “You Ain’t About This Life!” You really have to admire a woman who can run her mouth in a fit of rage and then turn around to make a t-shirt out of whatever she screamed out during a fight. You can purchase them evelynlozada.com. See pictures below.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LADIES’ BLOGS? DO YOU THINK JEN’S SPEECH WAS THE PRODUCT OF BAD EDITING? COMMENTS ON EVELYN’S STATEMENT? WILL YOU BE BUYING ONE OF HER LATEST SHIRTS?
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The relationship make-over show, Tough Love is returning for its fifteenth season and this time the gang is headed to Louisiana!JoAnn and Steve Ward, the mother-son matchmaking duo, will be taking over New Orleans and putting eight single, and unlucky in love, women through boot camp in “The Big Easy.”
Steve believes different cities means different styles of dating and he is ready to tackle southern gentleman and southern belles in the city known for its wild nightlife and its southern customs.
Despite the new city, be prepared for the same ol’ Steve – he’s not changing the brutally honest approach that made him a success, and these delicate southern flowers aren’t getting the white glove treatment! The ladies will be put through the ringer with a series of funny, yet difficult challenges, and be set up on dates hand selected by JoAnn and Steve.
Tough Love: New Orleans premieres April 15 at 9 PM/8c on Vh1! Bios for the new cast coming soon!