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5 Reasons Why Football Wives Never Popped Off

With Basketball Wives season three over and the premiere of Basketball Wives: LA just around the corner, we can’t help but remember another member of the “Wives” franchise that never quite got off the bench – Football Wives. This show about the lives of Pilar Sanders, Amanda Davis, Chanita Foster, Brittany Pigrenet, Dawn Neufeld, Melani Ismail, Erin McBriar and Mercedes Nelson started off with such promise, but eventually the ladies got cut from the team. Here are 5 reasons why we think Football Wives never really popped off.

They Were Wives
Seems like a foreign concept when you look at the casts of Basketball Wives and Basketball Wives: LA, but one of the reasons why Football Wives never popped off was because it featured actual wives. Out of the 8 cast members, 6 were actually still married to their husbands. What does that mean in reality television talk? It means that there were no juicy stories from bitter ex or soon to be ex wives or girlfriends for producers to build a storyline around. Instead we had to watch women in imperfect, but relatively happy marriages who genuinely cared about their husbands. Boring!

Location, Location, Location
Just like in real estate, when you’re creating a reality show location is everything. Dallas is nice, great people, food, etc, but it’s not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of a back drop for the story of women living the glamorous football wife life. You think of glasses of wine on the beach in Miami, expensive lunches at trendy restaurants in LA or shopping trips with celeb friends on Fifth Avenue in New York. The last place you think about is Dallas, Texas.

No Circles
Even though the idea of grown women having impenetrable friend circles that operate similar to the one in the teen flick Mean Girls seems ridiculous, it is this dynamic that keeps us watching Basketball Wives. The never ending debates over who is or isn’t in the invisible “circle” and the constant splits that form between the women each week keeps us entertained. Producers tried to bring this dynamic to Football Wives, but it only ended up being Pilar Sanders against everyone else, which even though it did make for mild entertainment, didn’t cause half of the conflict we see on Basketball Wives each week.

No Real Drama
When you tune into Basketball Wives each week you know for a fact that you are guaranteed to see some screaming, cussing, water throwing and bitch slapping hot mess. On Football Wives the women got into heated arguments, screamed, cussed a little and pointed a few fingers, but those arguments proved to be about as exciting as watching paint dry. Outside of that, the women’s biggest drama was about whether or not they’ll have enough money to live on if their men stopped playing ball and frankly, if we want to hear depressing stories like that we can film and watch our own lives.

No Tami or Evelyn
All reality television shows follow a similar recipe and it almost always includes one person who is unpredictable, loud and ready to pop off at a moments notice and the villain. Football Wives tried to make Chanita Foster and Pilar Sanders the Tami and Evelyn of the show, but neither woman had it in them to go to the lows that our favorite Basketball Wives trouble starters were willing to go. Chanita could never bitch slap someone in the middle of a lounge in Rome and Pilar was far too refined to tell anyone about themselves using every cuss word in the book like Evelyn. Without their two main characters willing to act classless and go hard for the cameras, Football Wives was doomed before the first show even aired.

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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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