screen-shot-2011-12-07-94542-am screen-shot-2011-12-07-94542-am

Love & Hip Hop's Executive Producer Talks Spinoff Shows, Juelz Santana, and More

Mona is back! You've sent the questions and we've got the answers. Check out Mona's latest blog entry, responding to what you asked on Twitter..

To My Lovers & Hip Hoppers:

Thanks for continuing to support the show! Hopefully it's getting better for you guys by the week. You're actually coming up on what I feel are our best episodes so can't wait to hear your reactions. We're almost wrapped with shooting and I can't tell you how happy that make me! Note to self- shooting while the show Is airing? - Not a good thing. Lol!
Anyway, we got through it and I love that you guys are loving it.
Thanks again for the support and keep watching!!

MSY

With Love and Hip Hop such a success, are we going to be getting spinoffs of the show?

I definitely want to create a franchise as Hip Hop is global and I think there are great women and stories to be told in other markets, not just in the US but Internationally as well. Hip Hop is huge in Germany and France and they have their own stars over there. Can you imagine? But in answer, I have definitely had my eye on a couple of other cities and have put some feelers out there with some ladies, so hopefully there's something to announce in the very near future.

Will we be seeing more of Yandy's work with Monami?

Interesting that you ask as that is an area the network and I always disagree on. They feel that the work stuff isn't as interesting and that the viewers will get bored. I believe our viewers want a balance and want to see different kinds of women represented. But in fairness sometimes the work and career stuff is hard to capture in a compelling way. The personal stuff tends to be more exciting. Anyway, we do see Yandy in work mode and we will make it a point moving forward to continue to showcase that side of her life.  

With Somaya and Chrissy being cordial with one another, is that Jim Jones x Somaya Reece collaboration in the works?

I don't know about that. LoL! The ladies  did "bury the hatchet" this season but I think Somaya moved past looking for that collabo.

Will we see Juelz's reaction to the Chrissy/ Kimbella fight?

Juelz does appear on the show so you will get to hear his thoughts on the things that are going on. He and Yandy have a close relationship and they have a great convo on the show. 

Will Teairra Mari get into any drama on the show? Chance of becoming a regular member?

Drama to me is not always an argument so yes, she does have some very good scenes coming up on the show. Our original intention was that Teairra would make a guest appearance as she and Emily are friends and she was in town, but she was great with Emily and great on camera so we expanded her role and kept bringing her back. We really like Teairra and definitely want to do more with her.

From the Web

More on Vibe

50 Cent offers his condolences to a deceased member of the 'Power' crew.
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Rest In 'Power': Crew Member For 50 Cent's Show Killed On Set

50 Cent offered his condolences to the loved ones of Pedro Jimenez, a crew member who was killed on the set of his hit STARZ show, Power, earlier this morning. (Monday, Dec. 10).

"I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning," wrote the media mogul in an Instagram post, which accompanied a black screen. "My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family."

According to TMZ, "Pedro Jimenez was setting up parking cones for a location shoot in Brooklyn around 4:20 AM when he was struck by a 2006 Ford Explorer. Police responded and Pedro was transported to a Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Jimenez was just 63 years old, and had reportedly worked on the series since its debut in 2014. Reports state that investigators have spoken with the 64-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck Mr. Jimenez, who is also a crew member on the show. No arrests have been made.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family.

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Dec 10, 2018 at 9:29am PST

READ MORE: 50 Cent Reportedly Has A ‘Power’ Prequel In The Works

Continue Reading
Jemal Countess

'Queen Sono' Will Be The First African Original Series To Stream On Netflix

Netflix caught some flack over the weekend after it was reported the streaming behemoth shelled out a smooth $100 million to keep the 90s sitcom Friends. However, staying committed to original content IOL Entertainment reports Netflix will take on it first African series.

Titled Queen Sono, actress Pearl Thusi (pictured above at the 2019 Global Citizens festival) will star in the dramedy which finds Thusi portraying a spy motivated to help the lives of her South Africans, while dealing with highs and lows of a personal relationship.

Netflix's Vice President of International Originals Kelly Luegenbiehl who's in charge of content in Europe and Africa expressed excitement over Queen Sono.

"We love the team behind the show, [and] we're passionate about coming in and doing something that feels fresh and different. It's really exciting for us," she said. "Their point of view and creating a strong female character was really something that also really drew us to it.

Erik Barmack, also with Netflix, said Queen Sono is just the first of many to depict life in Africa.

"Over time our roots will get deeper in Africa and South Africa, and we're moving pretty quickly to that now, and plan to invest more in local content," he said.

READ MORE: Africa's Rising Youth Population Might Face A Job Crisis

Continue Reading

Cardi B Talks Stripping, Nicki Minaj, And Fame On 'CBS Sunday Morning'

Nothing was off limits during Cardi B's recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning. During the special, which aired on Sunday, Dec. 9, Cardi got candid with interviewer Maurice DuBois about her humble beginnings in the strip club, her beef with Nicki Minaj, and how she's been handling mega-stardom.

In case you missed it, check out a list we compiled of the Grammy-nominee's statements below, and watch the interview in the video above.

She called her beef with Nicki Minaj "unnecessary"

Cardi and Nicki Minaj have been at war for most of the year. The beef may have started following their collaboration on Migos' "Motorsport." Over the course of the year, it escalated to a physical altercation during a New York Fashion Week event, as well as many public jabs over social media. While both rappers previously agreed to turn their attention elsewhere, Cardi reflected on how the entire situation was "bad for business."

"A lot of people like to say all publicity is good publicity. To me it's not. That takes away [from] people paying attention to your craft," she said of her feud with Minaj.

Working at the strip club gave her power and a passion for performing

As you may know, Cardi B was previously a stripper before she gained mega-stardom. While she has shared mixed reviews about her past in various interviews, she told CBS that she thought stripping had a positive impact on her life.

"A lot of women here, they taught me to be more powerful," she said. "I did gain, like, a passion and love [for] performing. It made me feel pretty... I'm glad for this chapter in my life. A lot of people always want to make fun of me -- 'Oh, you used to be a stripper!' -- I don't ever regret it, because I learned a lot. I feel like it matured me. My biggest ambition was money. That's what these women put in my head: nothing is important but the money."

Her ability to connect with her fans stems from her accessibility 

Cardi undoubtedly understands how to connect with her fans and followers better than many of her counterparts. After all, the rapper built up her network in such a short amount of time. She attributes her likability to being "reachable."

"When I talk, I make a lot of mistakes," she continued. "Like, I might say words, and the words are not even in the dictionary. But people still like it because you can tell that I'm saying it from the heart."

She never imagined that she could make it this far

Before she made it big, Cardi admitted that she didn't expect her music to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. When reflecting on her first hit single "Bodak Yellow," she stated that she had low expectations at first.

"It hit at 85, and I just felt like, alright, I already did enough," she said. "Then when people was telling me, like, there's a possibility of going No. 1, I was like, 'Oh my gosh -- if I go No. 1, this is going to be crazy... and then it did. I just felt like I was on top of the world."

Continue Reading

Top Stories