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V Exclusive! Jackie Christie Dishes Advice to 'Basketball Wives' Miami Cast

Before the season 4 premiere of Basketball Wives: Miami, VIBE phoned up the HBIC of Basketball Wives L.A., Jackie Christie, to explain what she’d like to see in the new Miami season. Here’s the good, the bad and ugly. --Kathy Iandoli

VIBE: Being on the L.A. cast, what would you like to see from the Miami cast in season 4?
Jackie Christie: I would love to see more about their families. I’ve gotten to know the girls now watching the prior seasons, and I like what I see. I got to see Evelyn’s daughter. I’d like to see Shaunie’s kids and their interactions. I would also love to see more of their businesses.

You bring a lot of flavor to your cast. Do you feel there should be more of that with the Miami cast?
[Laughs] I think we get that a lot with some of the girls: Tami Roman and Evelyn. Even Jennifer is starting to show it a little more. Shaunie just by nature—and I know her personally—she just seems to be a lot calmer of a person anyway. But Shaunie has fire to her as well and that is yet to be seen. I think it’s really a great cast. Suzie has her own personality. The way they’re doing it is awesome, but I also feel like the more we see more of the girls and the different situations in their work environments, we’ll see more spirited interactions with them.

How would you advise Shaunie to be more spirited in front of the camera?
I would just advise her to show all of her emotions. A lot of people look up to Shaunie and she’s starting this great empire around her. She’s got the shows and sometimes people really want to see emotions from her. I think she’s great; she’s gonna be a voice in a lot of different ways for a lot of women. She was in a long-term marriage with Shaquille, and now she’s doing it on her own. She’s powerful. If she would allow her emotions to show more, that would be great. I would tell her to let her guard down sometimes and just be Shaunie.

Do you have a favorite cast member of Miami?
If I had to pick one, it would be Shaunie.

If there was a fist fight in the Miami cast, who would win?
I would definitely have to say Tami or Evelyn. One of the two.

Tami had some swings in her on The Real World.
Oh my God, I didn’t know that. I have to see that!

If you could offer one piece of advice to the girls in Miami, what would it be?
Be as real as you possibly can, which they all seem to be, and just let the world into your life fully because the fans would love that. In L.A., you get to see the whole story.

What kind of advice would you give to Jennifer as she tries to find a new man?
I think she’s a sweet girl. She comes off as very loyal. I would say just take her time, don’t rush anything. I’m not sure if she’s completed the divorce or if she’s fresh out of that, but just take time for herself. She’s got some great businesses going on; I would focus on those. Let the man find her; don’t necessarily look for a guy. Not to say that she is, but I think Jennifer is one of the types guys would find attractive because she seems down to earth, calm, cool and collected and has a focus.

How do you think she can block guys who want to capitalize off her fame?
I would definitely say get to know who her potential mate is going to be. Be friends first. Find out some of his goals. Sometimes people may not be at your same level economically and financially, but at the same time they have other things in common. Maybe they’re still in school or getting their education in some way and can one day match what you make. But I believe in 50/50, so I wouldn’t necessarily base it on whether he’s successful or not, but do you get along with him. What are his aspirations, what are his values, do they match yours? Really get to know who the person is that she’s going to be with. 

What do you think are some red flags Jennifer should look for?
A couple of alarms are 1) He isn’t patient and doesn’t want to talk about simple things about his life and things that he’s doing. That’s definitely a warning sign. If it’s at the beginning when it’s simple things, what’s gonna happen when it’s time to really talk about something life altering or relationship altering? The second is, is there another relationship going on? Are there rumors or media things going around? Does he have a lot of friends who are females? Have these conversations early on.

Evelyn and Chad’s relationship, how would you advise them to operate on a more open level?
I really admire their relationship. I think they’re best friends and can act silly and have fun. At the same time, they have that commitment level that you need in a long-lasting relationship. I know they’re planning their wedding and getting married soon. I wish them many years of married bliss. Evelyn, I would tell her to ignore the naysayers. There’s gonna be a lot of them. [Chad] is an athlete; [Evelyn] is a celebrity in her own right, and there’s gonna be a lot of people saying things about their relationship. I’m sure there’s already been. She seems to really take it personal; I would just advise her to ignore it. Turn the other cheek, because I took it for 15 years. I was hearing all kinds of different things, but put him first and have him put her first, which I’m sure they do. And I’m sure they’ll be just fine. I would definitely advise them to keep the world out of their relationship, though. Do the shows, share, but make sure when it comes time for any of that hearsay or people butting in, ask them to kindly stay out.

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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."

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Gabrielle Union Slammed For Kissing Newborn Daughter

Filled with that new-mommy joy, Gabrielle Union's Instagram feed has been packed with baby pictures. But a new video with her showering her daughter in kisses is receiving backlash.

Captioned "Kissing Game, She's got my heart on a string," the short video is a less than 30 seconds of the mother-daughter combo kissing on the mouth. Still, some commenters felt that Union was harming the child.

 

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Kissing Game. She's got my ❤ on a string. @kaaviajames 💋💋💋

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"Kissing seems so harmless, but research suggests that you could spread oral bacteria called mutant streptococci through saliva if you have active tooth decay," said one commenter, giving an unwelcome dose of cyber parenting. "And this could increase your child's risk of tooth decay."

With hundreds of people giving unrequested advice, Union offered a response to the comments.

"Hey guys, I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing,” the 46-year-old wrote. "I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work. Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her.”

A classy comeback, the actress stood her ground while defending her right to parent in her own way.

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50 Cent, Starz CEO Detail $150 Million Deal, 'Power' Spinoffs

50 Cent continues to flourish as a television producer as he spilled the tea to Business Insider during their Ignition conference this week on some projects he has coming in relation to his hit series Power.

In a sit-down interview, 50 along with Starz's CEO Chris Albrecht, told moderator Nathan McAlone that although he'll no longer appear on the Omari Hardwick-headed show, he'll be bringing three spin-offs from the show into on-air fruition.

One of the spin-offs will be a prequel revolving around 50's slain character Kanan. Meanwhile, all three spin-offs will be moving simultaneously, according to Albrecht.

"The prequel is my spin-off. I get the chance to come back. I'm dead," 50 said. "It's cool, though. It gives the chance to show the world where all of these characters grew in so you can see the defining moments that developed their imperfections that people are attracted to at the moment. It's exciting. It's TGE, the golden era."

Albrecht chimed in on 50's announcement, saying, "I'm happy to have them all work, but we're determined to have at least one.

"it's important because there's a lot of fans out there that want to see more of those characters and new stuff like BMF [Black Mafia Family], which is going to be amazing. Not easy, but amazing."

Black Mafia Family is another show that will be overseen by 50, about the infamous drug organization that ran rampant in the 1980s headed by Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory.

This news comes almost two months after the October announcement that 50 signed a multi-series deal with the network worth up to $150 million.

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