'Basketball Wives' Showdown: Miami vs. LA

It’s been a month since the latest installment of the “Wives” franchise, Basketball Wives: LA, has premiered. After five episodes, we’re sure you’ve already noticed some of the similarities between the new LA cast and the O.G. (triple O.G.) crew of Miami.

Click through to see how the ladies measure up as we put them head to head in a battle for the Basketball Wives crown!

Gloria Govan vs. Shaunie O’Neal
From the very first episode of Basketball Wives: LA, it was clear that producers intended to portray Gloria Govan as the West Coast version of Miami head honcho Shaunie O’Neal. While we’re sure Gloria could probably hold her own in a catfight, she just doesn’t seem to have as much edge as her Miami counterpart. Gloria’s “mother hen” routine often comes across as forced.

Shaunie is a business woman, and outside of producing the show, we knew of the former b-ball wife's history as a reporter for a local Miami news station. All we’ve seen of Gloria, so far, is her time spent eating lunch and coaching a basketball team, a move which seemed oddly convenient.

Winner: Shaunie O’ Neal. Over all, Shaunie just has better H.B.I.C swag.

Malaysia Pargo vs. Tami Roman
Every good reality show needs a no-holds-barred wild card. Who's on deck? Malaysia and Tami, for sure. It only took one smart remark for Malaysia to snatch off her earrings (and shoes!) hood style. After popping Laura Govan in the face during the very first episode of the season, Malaysia had every viewer in shock. We’ve all seen what a little wine and a ‘talk to the hand’ gesture can cause Tami to do, yet these two heavyweight champs are not created equal.

While both women proudly wear their hood cards on their chest like a bad tattoo, Malaysia’s good life in LA has softened her up a bit. Tami, on the other hand, has literally had to go from mansions to food stamps, and that kind of struggle has become the backbone of Tami’s tough demeanor. While Malaysia might think she’s currently too good to be “ghetto,” Tami could give a damn about appearances and is ready to pop off at any time and, literally, anywhere.

Winner: Tami Roman. There really was no competition, Tami officially gold-plated and sealed her #1 Pop-Off card during her run on Basketball Wives. (Remember that trip to Rome?)

Honorable Mention: Laura Govan. Even though she would be no match for Tami in a Roman bar fight, Laura did square up merely weeks after having a baby.

Kimsha Artest vs. Evelyn Lozada
Both of tese two ladies call the Empire State home, and it definitely shows in their cocky, in-your-face attitudes. We haven’t had a chance to see Kimsha much on Basketball Wives: LA, but it’s clear from the first two episodes that she doesn’t take much ish.

But Evelyn? We’ve seen and heard a lot over the past three seasons. She definitely is not one to play with and will throw down with the best of them. Evelyn has fought verbally and physically (by throwing drinks) with nearly every member of the Miami crew. This latina guards her “circle” like Mufasa guarding his Pride.

Winner: Evelyn Lozada. Evelyn really wins this one by default. Since we haven’t seen what Kimsha is really bringing to the table yet, our money's on Ev.

Imani Showalter vs. Jennifer Williams
At first glance, these two women just seem like eye candy of the casts, but make no mistake there is more than meets the eye with both women. Jennifer usually comes off a slightly ditzy, bourgeoisie princess, but she proved to be a smart business woman.

While we’re not clear on what exactly Imani does for a living, she definitely has something that Jennifer lacks--backbone. She may be the pretty face on Basketball Wives: LA, but, unlike her counterpart Jennifer, Imani is not opposed to speaking her mind, standing up for herself and even causing a little drama.

Winner: Imani Showalter. Imani has the ability to stir some things up this season. Definitely a little more entertaining than Jenn.

Meeka Claxton vs. Jackie Christie
Even though these two actual wives seem to have similar lives, they couldn’t be more different. Meeka was the last and least popular additive to the Miami mix. Her loose lips and stuck up attitude may have made for some really good drama, but in the end, no one liked her enough to want to interact with her.

Jackie, however, seems to be well-liked by all her cast mates. Even though she tries her best to act like a lady, her down to earth, brazen attitude keeps the drama flowing.

Winner: Jackie Christie. Unlike Meeka, Jackie is more down to earth and likable by both fans and the fellow wives.

Royce Reed vs. Draya Michele
In the wild, a basketball wife has two natural enemies: The cheerleader and the groupie. That’s why Royce and Draya are the women these wives love to hate. Royce, a former cheerleader broke the “rules” when she had a baby with NBA player Dwight Howard, and that fact makes her public enemy #1 amongst the Miami clan.

Likewise, Draya has been linked to numerous rappers, singers and, of course, athletes. Add to that the fact that she’s a video vixen and you can see why all the other wives clutch their pearls (and their man) whenever Draya is near. These two ladies could care less about their status in the “circle” which makes for friction and some serious cat fights.

Winner: Tie! Both of these women are pretty much hated by their casts and that hate alone could carry both shows.

Suzie Ketcham vs. Tanya Williams
Somewhere in the universe Mahatma Gandhi is smiling. When it comes to peacekeepers, these two are at the top of the list. While their other cast mates are throwing bitch slaps and glasses full of water, both Suzie and Tanya choose to take the high road by staying mutual on all fronts.Suzie was kicked out of the “circle” more times than we can count, but something about her peaceful, don't-hurt-me attitude always made her fellow wives forgive and forget.

However, Tanya may not be so lucky. Her peaceful attitude actually annoys the hell out of all her cast mates to the point where they want nothing to do with her. Tanya still manages to take the high road, but it won’t be long before she’s sitting on the bench next to Meeka Claxton.

Winner: Suzie Ketcham! Even though Suzie is all about peace and love, she has it in her to pop off on the other wives.

Overall Winner: The original Basketball Wives. They always say that the original is 10x better than the sequel. Even though Basketball Wives: LA has only been on for a handful of episodes, it’s clear they don’t hold a candle to the original crew.

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Celebrities Use #ActingWhileBlack Hashtag To Point Out Pitfalls Of Hollywood's Beauty Scene

While being a working person of color in Hollywood is something to admire, those fortunate enough to be working in these spaces often have difficulties finding the right person to do their hair and makeup with the right amount of diligent care.

Model Olivia Anakwe took to Instagram earlier this month to detail the issues she faced before a runway show, when she was disrespected by haircare professionals who refused to work on her textured hair.

"Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?” she wrote. “It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class."

The hashtag #ActingWhileBlack began to spread on social media over the weekend, and people of color chimed in to share their stories.

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared that she often carries her own hair extensions and clothes for shoots, and that having stylists who are untrained in black beauty often runs the risk of them looking bad later on. Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe shared a similar sentiment.

Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell hit the nail on the head in her tweet about the issue with not hiring the right people to work with ethnic hair.

“If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair,” she wrote on Mar. 11. “Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.”

Check out some tweets from celebs on this issue below.


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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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#ActingWhileBlack Makeup & Hair in one bag. The other bags are filled with clothes because some wardrobe stylists don’t know that cute clothes exist in sizes larger than size 10. “Here try on this mumu, I know it’s a little big, we’ll just belt it!” #ActingWhileBlackAndChubby

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya!

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya!

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

If they don’t have the budget to hire a black hairstylist for me, or won’t, I just get the director to agree that my character should have box braids or senegalese twist.

— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) March 11, 2019

PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair. Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.

Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion!

— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 11, 2019

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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.


This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.


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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019

Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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'Boomerang' Episode 6 Recap: Homecoming

On this episode of BET’s Boomerang, the love story between Bryson and Simone begins with a flashback to their freshman year of college. After several years of not seeing one another since their childhood, Bryson is shocked to see a slick-back pony-tail wearing Simone insert herself into his class during a presentation. Nothing has changed with her. Even pre-bob and with Bryson rocking a sharp Steve Harvey-like hairline, even from their younger days, they have always been the dynamic duo of marketing strategy. The product featured this week: Pro-Black T-Shirts.

The devastation of not having his secret love in his life spills over into their sophomore year when a beanie-wearing David and Crystal are happy in their fake hood love. By this time, a rapper named Prisoner has all of Simone’s attention and this makes Bryson big mad. The man can’t even hide it. In an apparent fit of jealousy, he calls Simone out for living under her father’s shadow, in front of everyone. It’s safe to say that sophomore Bry struck out badly.

This isn’t just about Simone and Bryson; they’re not the only ones who’ve made transformations over the years (and I’m not just talking about their hair ‘dos). In his earlier life, Ari was less eccentric and more focused on making his family proud as a young black man in college who isn’t running on BPT for class. Ari was as straight as 180 when he’s first put into a situation where he’s forced to confront his sexual identity. As big and bad as he looked while working as a “rough & tough” bouncer at a nightclub, a flirtatious patron sees right through that persona.  After being charmed by the man who helps him realize self, the rainy night sets the tone for a steamy kiss between the two in the front seat of Ari’s car. The look on Ari’s face is a blend of fear, then relief, then ultimately bliss as he seemingly reminisces on his random but welcomed encounter. Although he enjoyed it, Ari didn’t seem to embrace his identity totally. That same year, we see a less hood-David changing more into the Christian we now know and Ari isn’t buying it. Something about this “we can do all things in Christ mentality” rubs him the wrong way. Facing one’s true self is tough.

Junior year, Bryson has a much better barber but things haven’t changed; he’s still checking for Simone. She and Prisoner are still dating if you want to call it that. Prisoner is the type of dude you’d expect to see Simone date in college. He’s flashy, has money, probably doesn’t even go to the school, and he’s rude AF. As Simone and Bryson reconnect for the two millionth time, Prisoner’s pimp tone telling Simone to hurry up is a strong indication he’s not here for their friendship. In analyzing the hair, it’s clear that Simone is not herself. Seriously, at this point, she’s rocking a glueless lace wig.

With her new hairstyle, she realizes that she made the mistake of loving a man more than herself. Prisoner is officially a dub. To celebrate her revelation, she finds herself drunkenly wining and grinding on her childhood bae, Bryson. Does this look familiar? Well, think back to last week when they were doing the same in the parking lot before 5-0 arrived. Because she couldn’t hold it, Simone ends up using Bryson’s bathroom which leads to a very sober thoughts-type of conversation in the bedroom. It is recognized that Bryson has always had a thing for the kid and Simone regrets that she never said anything about her feelings. His commandeering attitude (like the day she walked into his class freshman year) reminded her of the Different World “Strangers on a Plane” episode. It was an iconic one because it’s where Dwayne and Whitley’s love story began. That’s a telling comparison.

With that being said, Simone always felt Bryson was the Dwane to her Whitley. Unfortunately, the timing was always off and just when we think the two finally catch up to one another, cue: the vomit. Poor Bryson. Did someone do brujeria on this kid? He has the worst luck. But, like the gentleman he is, he takes care of his queen to make sure she’s all comfy in her drunken slumber. He whispers, “I love you Simone Graham,” but on the wake up it looks like sis suffers from sudden amnesia. She pulls the “best friend” card, making it clear that it’s friend zone from here on out. Prisoner’s trifling friend calls to offer to take Simone out to eat and in an act of “let me solidify that Bryson knows this is going nowhere,” Simone agrees to go out with her ex's friend. Once again, a blue-balled Bryson is left sorting out his feelings that Simone continues to perpetually confuse.

It’s important to note that the story of Brymone is not a new one. We’ve seen it in many action movies, comic book flicks, and on “Strangers on a Plane” where the geeky male character is overlooked by the badass female, only to win her affection in the end. Nice guys don’t always finish last, but in Bryson’s case, could it possibly be heading in that direction and is Simone even the heroine worth winning? In browsing through what is essentially the best years of any young adult’s life, Simone had many times to figure out if Bryson was the one for her and yet she chose to ignore her feelings. Unlike David, it’s not like she found Jesus; she hasn’t yet found herself.

One thing she does know is that she cannot lose Bryson because it’s possible she may love and need him more than she’d like to verbally admit. He’s no Prisoner or no flashy member of the entourage. He’s the “gentleman who wears tuxedos and makes sure his homegirl is safe” type of dude and unfortunately, that isn’t one Simone is interested in, for now.

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