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V Exclusive: Chrissy Lampkin Speaks On Her Relationship With Jim Jones, The Power Struggle With His Mom & More

You don't have to worry about Chrissy Lampkin sugarcoating a damn thing! No wonder Jimmy loves her. She's a no-holds-barred spitfire who hopped on the horn with VIBE Vixen to give us the scoop about her forthcoming VH1 show Love & Hip-Hop. Do you think she's just another "rapper's girlfriend"? Did you know she wasn't the first pick for the show? Guess again, fam! She's the livest one in the bunch and there's no suprise that she's opening up about why she proposed to Jim, why his mother Nancy dislikes her so much and why she's keeping an eye on a fellow cast member. -Niki McGloster


VIBE VIXEN: Tell me how you got onboard with Love & Hip-Hop.
CHRISSY LAMPKIN: Well, orginially VH1 gave Jimmy a show and it didn’t really work out. His idea of a reality show and what the crew had in mind wasn’t the same thing, so he was kind of not interested. But we had been doing this for a minute. We had shot two pilots and VH1 liked my personality. We were having the hardest time getting it off the ground and Mona Scott Young came onboard to help Jim and I out, and it morphed into a show with me. They went and got some girls and put it together, and it turned out to be a perfect match; a scenario that felt good.

Oh, okay, so it was a show that centered around or was based off of you?
I don’t want to say it was centered around me, but I was the first one there. Everybody else got added on. It follows everybody’s story. I’m trying to be fair and be humble, but definitely they went and got girls and we all clicked. Like, they brought me other girls and it wasn’t right.

Well some people get it confused and think it’s a show that stemmed from Mashonda’s life.
Yeah, Mashonda will have you believe that. She will tell you that. I never really been one to set it straight, but yeah she likes to exaggerate things.

Oh wow. What’s the relationships between you and Mashonda? Are things not good?
I wouldn’t say that they’re not good, but you know, I keep my eye on her. She can be funny at times.

Wow. Well, I’ll glad you’re talking about this because I want to know your relationship with the other girls as well.
I like Emily. I like Olivia. Somaya, I can’t say that I don’t like her; I just don’t really know her. I just think her views on some things are just not realistic. But you know, that’s what makes the world go ‘round—different types of people. I don’t have anything bad to say about her.

From the trailer, viewers can see that there’s some tension between the girls, but since the show ended, can you say you maintained those same good relationships?
Most definitely. I think if anything they’ve gotten a little better. I respect Somaya for who she is in her lane, and I don’t take it personally. Everyhing’s good. We’re in a good spot, but when those cameras started rolling and they put you in crazy situations, what can come of it? [Laughs]

Were you nervous at all for the cameras to catch personal situations between you, Jim and his mother Nancy?
I wasn’t nervous about it. We’ve been doing this for three summers. While we were filming this last time, it wasn’t real for me. The emotions were definitely real, but I didn’t really sit back and analyze it and think that wow… the world is gonna watch it. It’s been so long coming that I wasn’t really nervous. Now? Absolutely. The world is gonna see just how dysfunctional my life is! It is what it is. You know, maybe it’ll be theraputic.

Do you think this will be an opportunity to clear the air about a lot of things and get some things off your chest?
I don’t know so much about things off my chest, but it’s helping me realize that no matter how hard I try, Nancy will never really accept me, so I don’t take it personally. There were times when I was really upset about how our relationships were working out because I truly love Jimmy, and I don’t want to put him in a bad position. He’s dealing with his mother feeling a way about me, and that’s gotta be a really bad spot for him. I don’t really want that for him, but the reality is I’m not the one causing that. There’s nothing I can do about that.

Is the realtionship with Nancy still like that now?
I have to stay away from her. I really have to stay away from her because I’m not a child, and I refuse to be treated like one. I’m a grown woman as well. I respect her as his mother, but when [she] starts acting other than his mother then [she's] going to get what [she] got coming to [her].

Now, why was it initially so bad between you two?
Because she felt like I have the power. She feels like her son comes to me, as he should as his partner and not run to mama. She just needs to let go and let him frown up and let him be a good partner in a healthy relationship. And she don’t know nothing about that.

Do you think she’ll watch the show and learn a few things? Maybe see where she’s at fault?
Absolutely not. That’s not how her brain works. She’s gonna look at it and laugh at all the ignorance and try to get paid to walk through the parties. That’s where she is with it.

That's wild. Well, to step away from the issues with his mom, I definitely want to know how you mustered up that courage to ask Jimmy to marry you?
Because he was taking too damn long! [Laughs] Like, we're already playing house, he’s already stuck with me and sometimes men need a little push.

[Laughs] I can understand that. Was it frustrating to be with this man and he never proposed?
No, because I know what I got myself into. You know, he’s definitely younger than me and to be honest with you, neither one of us is really ready right now to get married, but I wanted to let him know that I love him enough and that’s definitely in my plans. We didn’t’ set a date or anything like that, but I just had to let him know. I do love [him] enough to show that it’s time to grow up and that I’m here for [him].

Now, did you ever see yourself in a relationship with a rapper?
Nope. I’ve been around it for a long time and they have really hard lifestyles. There’s so many thing thrown to them on fast forward from women to money to disappointment. You know, it’s a whole lot to deal with. It just so happened that we fell in love and that was his profession. Fuck it! [Laughs]

[Laughs] Do you enjoy having Emily B around to talk to who is also dating a rapper?
Yeah, it does help. She knows where I’m coming from. Some of the things she deals with I don’t identify with, but if she ever wanted to talk to me about anything, I’m here for her. Our situations are similar but they’re not completely the same. Every situation is unique. Every girl won’t be me and every guy won’t be Jimmy, so the only thing I can say is make sure you truly love this person. You gotta be in it for the right reasons because if you’re in it for the wrong reasons, that shit is going to wear off real fast. You can’t just love the good parts; you got to love all of it.

Tell me more about Chrissy and your identity away from Jim and the show. What pots do you have your hands in right now as far as your career?
Right now, I’m working on a jewelry line and working on a clothing line that’s dedicated to just tops. Nothing really that’s going to change the world just yet, but I’m looking to bump into that during this ride.

Okay, so this is just the beginning stages of all that?
Yeah, I’m trying to see what’s next and embrace it all.

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‘American Soul’ Episode 8 Recap: The Crossroads

Tessa is back, and not only do we finally get the tea on her backstory, but it’s also a full tea party.

Still focused on reclaiming her dance career before she’s too old, Tessa prepares for an audition and comes face to face with her former best friend and former fiancé—the very people who drove her away from dance years ago. We learn that she didn’t just lose her dance career, she lost an entire life—including a baby. And then, she met Patrick. Over the course of the episode, Tessa has long overdue conversations with Prescott, her former fiancé, and Evelyn (Nikeva Stapleton), her former friend. Even though Evelyn played Tessa back in the day, she drops some gems and asks her if she’s really moving forward, or trying to hold on to what was. Tessa ponders the question and, in response, delivers a final audition routine she created during her old dance life in Germany, updated with moves influenced by the Soul Train Gang—a reflection of her new life. After finally having an honest, vulnerable conversation with Patrick, it seems Tessa is ready to genuinely move forward, whatever that may mean.

JT’s brothers in the Continuous Revolution in Progress offer him a chance to “prove (his) worth,” after Detective Lorraine set him up to look like a snitch (which we still don’t understand). Of course, that means participating in another illegal endeavor. We really don’t like Reggie, nor can we understand why JT feels such a staunch loyalty to him, but peer pressure—and thinly veiled threats—are real.

When JT gets “home,” he faces another course-altering decision. After finding a random street character holding his little sister while his mom is in a mid-drug nod, JT finally makes the difficult call to have her committed. We’d be relieved and excited about what this means for him and his little sister if he hadn’t just become more deeply entangled with Reggie and the CRIPS.

The Clarke siblings are ready to assert their independence. Kendall is taking his John Denver albums and moving out (with Flo? Already?); Simone is bucking up to her mom about JT (Simone, your mama might be right on this one); and Encore gets a surprise half-off deal at the studio to record their demo. We owe JT—who we realize is not a real person—an apology for assuming he was going to lose the studio money. He had it in his sock. Smart man. But holding the money might be the only role JT plays in Encore’s recording. While the Clarke siblings are stanning over Lionel Richie and getting ready to go in the booth, JT is at the hospital with his mom. We have a feeling his path will only take him further away from both Kendall and Simone for the last two episodes of the season.

Brianne comes face-to-face with the old life and dream she buried out of necessity for the life she chose to have with Joseph. At the beginning of the season, Joseph mentioned Brianne’s former singing career to Simone, and Simone was shocked even as her mother deflected. But she clearly never let it go—seeing a reminder of her singing days sends Brianne into a rage. Not because something terrible happened (that we know of, yet), but because she’s still so hurt over sacrificing such a big piece of herself. When Nate asks her if she wants to cut the visit to San Diego and her brother’s nightclub short, she says she needs to do something first. Is Brianne going to let the music back in?

Don already made one choice: Soul Train over his family. Now, he faces a fight for the show to survive against Dick Clark’s Soul Show, which airs on ABC, one of Don’s essential syndication partners. The next decision is whether to trust the protest and boycott methods suggested by his friend Conrad Johnson (Todd Anthony Manaigo) or take a more ruthless route with Gerald. Frustrated when the civil course doesn’t seem to be working quickly enough, Don lets Gerald off the leash to execute an alternate plan. But when he realizes Gerald’s tactic—placing plants at the Soul Show protest to start a fight—Don’s bothered. Especially when Conrad’s method ends up yielding results. Don will always be in conflict because he’s rarely comfortable with his decisions. When he operates in the straight and narrow, he feels like he’s being taken advantage of; when he plays dirty, he worries about his public image. When Don tries to detach himself from Gerald’s antics, Gerald checks him. He’s already peeped Don’s struggle between being the respectable negro and being a street dude when the situation requires. “It ain’t like you didn’t know, you just chose not to.”

Don’s hot-and-heavy relationship with Ilsa has fizzled out, Tessa’s quit, Brooks doesn’t see the big deal about a competitive show, and Gerald’s idea of being supportive is sketchy at best, highly illegal at worst. Don has presumably slayed the Hollywood dragons that tried to take him down and should feel victorious. Soul Train is a hit, is officially greenlit for a second season, and is still his. But Don’s realizing he doesn’t have true, close allies around him (Clarence Avant once said of Cornelius in real life that you could fit all his friends in a phone booth, and still have room). Delores is not only ignoring his phone calls—more phone calls than we’ve seen him make the entire season—she’s busy with plans that involve separate bank accounts. Don calls his wife one more time to plead for their marriage on the brand new answering machine he bought her. As he hangs up and the episode closes, he collapses—an early glimpse of the brain trauma that plagued him for the remainder of this life.

What the episode got right: Conrad “CJ” Johnson represents young Jesse Jackson, who partnered with the “Godfather of Black Music,” Clarence Avant, in successfully pressuring ABC to take Clark’s Soul Unlimited off the air.

What we could have done without: The scene with Gladys and Don in the lounge. While it was great to see Kelly Rowland reprise her role as Gladys Knight, and we recognize that she’s supposed to serve as some kind of conscious/guide/good luck charm/something for Don, that conversation didn’t move the plot forward in any real way.

What we absolutely don’t believe: That a black mother in the 1970s—the old school black mama prototype—let somebody call her daughter an “uppity b**ch,” then let the same daughter get in her face and slam doors in her house without some hands flying, somebody getting cursed out, or that door coming off the hinges.

What we don’t understand: The relationship between Brianne and Private Nate Barker. He’s fine and all, but what’s his purpose? Maybe there’s more to come in the next episodes.

We’re excited to learn more about Brianne Clarke in the next episode; she’s been an underutilized character so far. There’s a lot to cover, still, in the remaining two shows of the season: Is Simone going to pursue a career in NY? Is JT going to get his foolish self arrested or worse? Is Kendall going to end up with another baby he can’t support? (We feel like Flo has more sense than that, thankfully). Is Brianne going to get it poppin’ with Nate? Is Don going to somehow end up on Gerald’s bad side? We do know Don is getting a divorce, we just don’t know when. Let’s see what happens next.

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'Boomerang' Episode 7 Recap: Family Matters And Pride

Bryson and Simone are a thing, like for real for real. They can’t keep their hands (or tongues) off of one another. As the two of them get steamy in the jacuzzi, a sexually riled up Simone tells her new beau that she wants to treat his face like a bean bag. They are in it, y’all. There’s just one problem — they may be half-brother and sister (insert vomit emoji here). The excitement of finally landing the girl of his dreams is shut down when he reveals that his mother, Jacqueline, informed him that Marcus Graham may be his papa. (Wait. Does that mean Marcus cheated on Angela back in the day? Regardless, what a way to ruin a mood.)

As they wait for the DNA test results, Simone and Bryson still try to be business as usual, you know, chillin’ like they used to. Speaking of business, Bryson is all that. Ari may be his boy and all, but when it comes to directing Tia’s music video, Bryson wants an Italian dude to shoot it instead. He just doesn’t believe Ari can execute. All great directors have vision and through Bryson’s eyes, Ari has none. Simone can’t help but agree. It’s obvious that Tia and her bae are not at all pleased with the video production of her single. Bro gotsta go. Tia has never been one to hold back and in a fit of frustration, she does what Simone couldn’t verbalize; she fires Ari.

Like the “big bad boss” he is, Bryson harshly tells Ari that not only will he basically fail at being a producer, but people will notice that he doesn’t belong here. Hold up. Are we sure Bryson and Ari are friends? Tough love is understandable but to completely obliterate the dreams of someone you’ve been rocking with? That’s foul. Unlike Ari, Bryson knows that he was brought up with the keys and basically helped himself to whatever role he wanted in the industry, a luxury he can afford to extend. Why not help your friend out now even with a little guidance knowing his career aspirations?

Bryson may be able to but Simone is not willing to give up on Ari just yet. She lets Ari collaborate Bryson’s pick, Shayan, who is also seemingly having a hard time capturing dope shots. A conversation with Simone about perfecting his craft leaves Ari somewhat disappointed but open to the constructive criticism.

While enjoying the Atlanta Black Pride festivities, an old filing recognizes Ari and waves him down. In catching up, the discussion quickly takes a turn to sexual orientation labels with a judgemental tone and Ari is not having it. Sure, while he was with her, he liked women but sometimes he’d rather be with a man. “Bisexual,” “Gay,” call it whatever, he just likes who he likes, refuses to be put in a box, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What is not about to happen is him being judged by a woman with five kids and three baby favas. Yikes.

That frustration instantly births inspiration. Instead of dryly shooting Tia performing with Pride weekend just happening around her, Ari points out how the world needs to see all black people not caring about what anyone has to say about them, especially when the world includes women rocking $12 jewelry. Sashayers, milly-rockers, and twerkers galore, the video shines on the culture, highlighting Kings and Queens of all shades, ages, genders, and sexualities. It’s a good time. Even Bryson can give up his props and that lead director credit to Ari. You see, Bryson? You gotta have a little faith like David always has.

Speaking of our fave pastor, unlike many Baptist churches, it’s amazing to see that David embraces and participates in the Atlanta Black Pride weekend. With the help of Crystal, David is preaching a message of loving who you are and loving others. His sermon last week no doubt spoke to the soul but if you recall, Crystal did notice that a lovely lady attended the service moreso for David and less so for Jesus. That obviously triggered something. Crystal and David may not have been able to work out their marriage but the attraction is absolutely still there. Could it be one-sided though?

You didn’t think we forgot about Bryson and Simone, did you? It should be noted that for his entire life, all Bryson ever wanted was to be like Marcus Graham, but not like this. David is right: be careful what you pray for. No matter the outcome of the paternity test, Simone and Bryson will undoubtedly be in one another’s life (maybe less like Whitley and Dwayne and more like Denise and Theo).

Well, folks, the results are in (insert Maury voice). In the case of Bryson J. Broyer, Marcus, you are NOT the father! But, you may still have some ‘splaining to do. Now that they are officially not related, Simone can finally go ahead and have that seat. We know, sis has been tired all day. Ow!

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Kevin Hart Debuts Trailer For Netflix Comedy Special 'Irresponsible'

Kevin Hart's latest comedy special, Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, is set to stream on Netflix for all to see. The one-hour stand-up, which was filmed before 15,000 people at the O2 Arena in London, England, will be Hart's fifth comedy special to hit the streaming site.

Piggybacking off of the recent scandals and mayhem, this special will focus on the 39-year-old's friends, family, travel, and a year full of antics that made him "irresponsible."

April 2nd people.....MARK YOUR CALENDARS DAMN IT!!!!! Let’s gooooooooo #ComedicRockStarShit #Irresponsible #Netflix

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The stand-up's taping derives from his most recent tour through North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia which kicked off in March 2018, according to Rolling Stone. The special will be available on Netflix on April 2.

The last time Hart was a trending topic was for past tweets that were deemed homophobic and resulted in him canceling his hosting position at the Oscars. Maybe his content will include this unfortunate situation.

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