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Gloria Govan Emerges As Head Honcho On "Basketball Wives: LA"

For Gloria Govan, returning to the Basketball Wives was no problem, especially with the show centered around her.

During the first season of Basketball Wives, we were introduced to Govan amidst the drama surrounding her relationship with her fiancé Matt Barnes and her former Miami cast mates. After relocating to Los Angeles and surviving her first season playing for the NBA's most recognizable team, she’s keeping busy -- both as a mom to her adorable twins and taking on new challenges as a wife and businesswoman staring in Basketball Wives: L.A.

Govan sits down with VIBE Vixen to discuss her role in the new season, starting her own entrepreneurial projects, HeadBanger Accessories and if her and Shaunie plan to mend fences.

VIBE Vixen: Everyone wants to know, what brought you back to the Basketball Wives franchise?
Gloria Govan: When Matt [Barnes] got traded to the Lakers, the production company [Shed Media of Basketball Wives] asked me if there was a group of girls I would be interested in doing a spin-off with. I knew I had the opportunity to bring in the girls I liked and knew it would be awesome for the show. That’s when I came back and thought this was going to be a good opportunity for me. I wasn’t going to be the target; it was going to be with girls I actually liked.

How do you think the show will differ from the original Basketball Wives?
Majority of the women are with basketball players. We have a variety of different relationships. I’m excited to see that part of the relationships and dynamics. We have drama, and we’ve had a couple of confrontations, but, ultimately, we sat down and handled it. We just don’t keep throwing drinks at each other every time we meet.

How are the ties being mended with Shaunie O'Neal?
Shaunie and I are in the same thought that there is no relationship there. Neither one of us are interested in reconciling or moving forward together. When we see each other we are definitely cordial; we definitely stay out of each other’s way.

Who are some of the members you see yourself having a difficult time getting along with?
I think there are a couple of women that I wouldn't say I don’t get a long with, but we just don’t see eye-to-eye. There are a couple girls, but at one part we all get along. Then there comes the natural drama. I really can’t say too much. [Laughs]

Who is the one cast mate besides your sister that you have truly felt a connection with?
Jackie [Christie] and Imani [Showalter] have been in the game, and we share some of the same connections. Jackie has been in the game for so long. Her and Doug remind me of Matt and I so much. They’ve been there, done that and have had a rollercoaster relationship. I would definitely say Jackie. She’s someone I can always go to and she’s always there to give me advice.

Hopefully this won’t be a spoiler, but will we ever see how your relationship advances with Matt this season?
People are going to get to see where Matt and I are coming from. You really get to see a different side of our relationship, and I’m excited about that.

Has Matt's opinion changed about you continuing to be apart of the Basketball Wives franchise?
Yes, definitely. The first season he definitely wasn’t very happy with what was going down. Since we had the opportunity to pitch the girls involved in show, he really likes and respects the girls. We’ve been excited to participate in this show. His opinion and attitude has change.

Being familiar with the charity work and also your new accessories line, will we get to see a more entrepreneurial side of you?
You really get to see the 3-D version of our relationship. Not only you get to see Matt doing things like counseling, you also get to see us as parents and entrepreneurs.

How long did it take for you to get adjusted to watching yourself on television?
[Laughs] It took me a long time actually. I still have trouble. It’s hard because you look at yourself and say, 'Oh my God, I sound that way!' It’s something I’m still working on. I try not to watch as much, but I am finding it a little easier.

Don’t forget to check out Gloria and her cast mates in the season premiere of Basketball Wives L.A. on VH1, Monday, Aug. 29 at 8 PM ET/PT.

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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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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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