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V Exclusive! Jennifer Williams on Basketball Wives - 'I Hope They Don't Just Show The Drama'

VIBE caught up with Jennifer Williams of Basketball Wives to chat about the new season and the drama. She was mum about her situation with Evelyn, which viewers will watch unfold, but she explained what she learned by losing friendship, talked about the progress (or lack thereof) with her divorce and her various business ventures.

What was your experience like taping Basketball Wives in New York?

For me, at first, it was really different filming in New York because I’m so used to Miami but it was actually good because I had just moved not too long ago, so I was getting settled in my place in New Jersey and it was good to be home and film. I think we filmed for almost two months, so it was good. I’m from New Jersey and I got used to being home. When I went to Miami to film, I was a little sad. I had a good time filming in New York.

What have you learned about yourself with the changes going on with you in terms of your love life and your friendship with Evelyn?

I think this past year, I’ve had to make a lot of decisions when it came down to my personal life. For me, one decision was I don’t want any drama surrounding me and I’m trying to be happy, so I’m trying to eliminate all drama from my life. At this point no one is really exempt and really the biggest lesson I learned is just I have to do whatever I need to do to make Jennifer happy.

Is the divorce from Eric officially finalized?

No. I wish I could tell you the divorce is final but it’s not. We’re still going through the process. It’s just it’s a long process. To be honest with you, he’s been kinda dragging it out a little bit. I just got an email from my attorney like, ok, what is he doing? So, I actually need to shoot him over a quick text because he’s kinda dragging out the process.

With that being said, have we seen the last of him on the show?

I have not filmed with him but we still have another seven weeks to go. He hasn’t filmed but you never know with Basketball Wives, there’s always twists and turns and surprises, so don’t quote me on that.

If that happened, I hope things would be ok considering what happened with him throwing the drink on you.

That was the last time I saw him. He threw a drink in my face and I have not seen him since.

Do you think things would have ended differently had you not been on-camera?

Absolutely. When you get on-camera, people’s egos get involved, and I don’t think it would have ended like that because he had never done anything like that before, so I was completely in shock. I don’t think that that would’ve happened if there were no cameras around.

What’s going on with your businesses?

I’ve been throwing myself into work because that’s how I kinda deal with this whole situation with drama and everything I’ve been going through. It’s a good distraction and it’s also something positive. I do have my business, Flirty Girl Fitness and we actually just opened another location in Chicago and that’s going really well, so I’m happy about that. And Lucid Cosmetics, my lip gloss, is definitely my little baby and I’m going through my ups and downs but it’s definitely on a good track and we’re growing. I’m really proud of that because when I started it I was going through the whole divorce and drama. So, to see it actually come to life for me is a huge accomplishment because I’ve seen it from start to finish. I’m really, really proud of that and I’m definitely looking to expand. Bobbi Brown is one of my inspirations because she actually started with 10 lipsticks in Bergdorf Goodman and had like 100 pieces, and didn’t think she was gonna sell it in a month but actually sold it in a day. And four years later she got bought out by Estee Lauder. So, I think she’s like a huge inspiration to me.

Random question, would you compete on Celebrity Apprentice?

Absolutely. I know it’s really, really hard mainly because a good friend of mine (Ne Ne) told me it’s the schedule is grueling. And another friend of mine, Selita Ebanks was on it, and I know it’s very, very difficult but I like to put myself up to challenges and I would absolutely love to do Celebrity Apprentice.

Going back to Basketball Wives, from what you’ve experienced so far with taping, what can fans expect from this next season?

This season definitely has a lot of twists and turns and is probably going to be a lot of things that people would never expect. It’s always funny because I feel like every season, I’m saying this but just when you think it can’t get any crazier, it really does, so it’s definitely one of those seasons where you can’t make this stuff up, like, “Is this really happening?” But you have to think about the fact that we’ve been filming for quite some time and when you put seven girls together for five months, there’s bound to be drama because women can be very catty. A lot of times, people think that our show is scripted but it’s not. This stuff really happened and for me, it’s like I’ve lived my life with all this drama surrounding me. I feel like the show is so drama-driven and I get it, people want to see drama but I just hope that with this season, there’s a little more of a balance, because not only myself but the other woman are doing other things as well outside of Basketball Wives, so I just hope that the show can show some of that and not just all this drama. But make sure you tune in because it’s definitely one of those seasons you don’t want to miss.

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Once Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline in its nearly 20-year history, we knew Coachella would never the same. To mark the superstar’s historic moment, the 2018 music and arts festival was appropriately dubbed #Beychella and fans went into a frenzy on social media as her illustrious performance was live-streamed by thousands. (Remember when fans recreated her choreographed number to O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad”?)

With a legion of dancers, singers and musicians adorned with gorgeous costumes showcasing custom-made crests, the singer’s whirlwind performance honored black Greek letter organizations, Egyptian queen Nefertiti, and paid homage to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Aside from the essence of black musical subgenres like Houston’s chopped and screwed and Washington D.C.’s go-go music, the entertainer performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Black National Anthem,” and implemented a dancehall number, sampling the legendary Jamaican DJ and singer, Sister Nancy, to show off the versatility of black culture.

One year after #Beychella’s historic set, the insightful concert film, Homecoming, began streaming on Netflix and unveiled the rigorous months of planning that went into the iconic event. The 2-hour 17-minute documentary highlights Beyoncé’s enviable work ethic and dedication to her craft, proving why this performance will be cemented in popular culture forever. Here are the best moments from Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary.

The Intentional Blackness

“Instead of me bringing out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”

Throughout the documentary, Beyoncé made it known that everything and everyone included in the creative process leading up to the annual festival was deliberately chosen. “I personally selected each dancer, every light, the material on the steps, the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid,” says Beyoncé. “Every tiny detail had an intention.” When speaking on black people as a collective the entertainer notes, “The swag is limitless.” Perhaps the most beautiful moments in Homecoming are the shots that focus on the uniqueness of black hair and its versatility. What’s appreciated above all is the singer’s commitment to celebrating the various facets of blackness and detailing why black culture needs to be celebrated on a global scale.

Beyoncé’s Love And Respect For HBCUs

#Beychella — which spanned two consecutive weekends of Coachella’s annual festival — was inspired by elements of HBCU homecomings, so it was no surprise when the singer revealed she always wanted to attend one. “I grew up in Houston, Texas visiting Prairie View. We rehearsed at TSU [Texas Southern University] for many years in Third Ward, and I always dreamed of going to an HBCU. My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world and life was my teacher.” Brief vignettes in the film showcased marching bands, drumlines and the majorettes from notable HBCUs that comprise of the black homecoming experience. In the concert flick, one of the dancers affectionately states, “Homecoming for an HBCU is the Super Bowl. It is the Coachella.” However, beyond the outfits that sport a direct resemblance to Greek organizations, Beyoncé communicated an important message that remains a focal point in the film: “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

The Familiar Faces

Despite being joined by hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers on-stage, the entertainer was joined by some familiar faces to share the monumental moment with her. While making a minor appearance in the documentary, her husband and rapper/mogul Jay-Z came out to perform “Deja Vu” with his wife. Next, fans were blessed by the best trio to ever do it as Kelly and Michelle joined the singer with renditions of their hit singles including “Say My Name,” “Soldier,” and more. On top of this star-studded list, Solange Knowles graced the “Beychella” stage and playfully danced with her older sister to the infectious “Get Me Bodied.”

Her Balance Of Being A Mother And A Star

Originally slated to headline the annual festival in 2017, the singer notes that she “got pregnant unexpectedly...and it ended up being twins.” Suffering from preeclampsia, high blood pressure, toxemia and undergoing an emergency C-section, the entertainer candidly details how difficult it was adjusting post-partum and how she had to reconnect with her body after experiencing a traumatizing delivery. “In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms. Just, internally, my body was not connected. My body was not there.” Rehearsing for a total of 8 months, the singer sacrificed quality time with her children in order to nail the technical elements that came with the preparation for her Coachella set. “I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … and I’m hungry.” Somehow, throughout all of this, she still had to be a mom. “My mind wanted to be with my children,” she says. Perhaps one of the most admirable moments in the film was witnessing Beyoncé’s dedication to her family but also to her craft.

The Wise Words From Black Visionaries

Homecoming opens with a quote from the late, Maya Angelou stating, “If you surrender to the air, you can ride it.” The film includes rich and prophetic quotes from the likes of Alice Walker, Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, and notable Black thinkers, reaffirming Beyoncé’s decision to highlight black culture. The quotes speak to her womanhood and the entertainer’s undeniable strength as a black woman.

Blue Ivy’s Cuteness

Last, but certainly not least, Blue Ivy‘s appearance in the concert film is nothing short of precious. One of the special moments in the documentary zeroes in on the 7-year-old singing to a group of people whilst Beyoncé sweetly feeds the lyrics into her ears. After finishing, Blue says: “I wanna do that again” with Beyoncé replying with “You wanna be like mommy, huh?” Seen throughout Homecoming rehearsing and mirroring Beyoncé’s moves, Blue just might follow in her mother’s footsteps as she gets older.

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Trailer Released For Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five Flick, 'When They See Us'

Ava DuVernay's last work of cinematic excellence is coming pretty quickly. The writer and director's forthcoming film When They See Us has officially released the trailer, and in the 30th anniversary of the very event it memorializes. The Netflix film, which takes a look at the true story of the Central Park Five—five black teenaged boys who were falsely convicted for the April 19, 1989 rape of a white female jogger—is set to hit the streaming platform on May 31.

The four-part series will follow the lives of Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Jr., Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise over the course of 25 years, allowing viewers to follow their perspectives from accusation to conviction to exoneration to their eventual settlement in 2014.

 

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On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts. May 31 on @Netflix.

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When They See Us boasts a laundry list of talented stars, including Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, and Marquis Rodriguez.

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Wendy Williams' Estranged Husband Reportedly Fired As Executive Producer From Talk Show

Wendy Williams’ estranged husband, Kevin Hunter, was reportedly fired as an executive producer on her eponymous talk show, Deadline reports. The news follows a tumultuous time for the host, who allegedly filed for divorce due to Hunter’s reported infidelity.

Since 2011, Hunter served as an executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show. Nationally syndicated and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, the company issued a statement on Hunter’s departure. “Kevin Hunter is no longer an Executive Producer on The Wendy Williams Show. Debmar-Mercury wishes him well in his future endeavors,” a spokesperson for the company told Deadline.

Williams tearfully admitted on her show in March that she relapsed and was living in a sober house. Prior to that, she embarked on a brief hiatus from the show due to health concerns as she was recovering from a fractured shoulder. The show then took another hiatus because of her bout with Graves disease.

Hunter recently spoke out publicly about the divorce and has expressed remorse for what he did to their marriage. “I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans,” Hunter told PEOPLE. “I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs.”

“Twenty-eight years ago I met an amazing woman: Wendy Williams. At the time, I didn’t realize that she would not only become my wife, but would also change the face of entertainment and the world," he said. "I have dedicated most of our lives to the business empire that is Wendy Williams Hunter, a person that I truly love and respect unconditionally."

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