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'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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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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Yvette Nicole Brown and Gabourey Sidibe were some of the actresses who were vocal about the treatment of actors of color when faced with beauticians in Hollywood.
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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 https://t.co/gl3b64Omtj

— 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! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— 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! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— 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! https://t.co/A1Q9ZpvXmH

— 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.

Beyoncé

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 https://t.co/FEGSw3GM9V

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

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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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