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I Think I’m Almost Done with 'Basketball Wives' and 'Real Housewives'

Once upon a time, watching Basketball Wives and the Real Housewives of whatever region, but particularly Atlanta, allowed me the opportunity to escape from my regular non-red bottom, Louis Vuitton-less life and essentially feel better about myself for not being as ridiculous as the women on the show. That time is no more, because when it comes to these shows, reality TV has become raunchy TV filled with women whose acting skills aren’t quite good enough for the big screen. They are cast into a world full of drama created by no one other than themselves.

We can be honest. Sometimes we don’t mind a good fight--a good, organic fight that is. Someone may get all the way outside of themselves and forget who they’re talking to and the person on the receiving end has no choice but to lay hands on the other to remind them not to do it again. It’s sort of like a kid being spanked. What we’re seeing with these football, basketball, house, I’m-not-really-a-wife wives is people making up physical reactions to real-life situations that don’t even require all of that.

If you haven’t noticed by now, and I may be late, Evelyn Lozada is off of her rocker intentionally. I refuse to believe that anyone walks around with that much anger for no reason, and if she did, she wouldn’t have been able to hide it for three seasons. Though she proclaims her ex-best friend Jen is the one who has changed since starting the show, she’s the one who’s feeling herself now and thinks it’s cute to be known as a bully who’s ready to throw bows at the drop of a hat. There’s nothing attractive about being the friend that no one can take anywhere because she’s going to hurl an expensive bottle of wine at someone or jump over a table and try to “pretend” tackle someone (she knew security would stop her). She’s putting on a full-blown show, and though I don’t appreciate anyone acting as something they’re not, why would you start to behave in a way that actually makes you look worse? Her story line isn’t even entertaining anymore, it’s pathetic and predictable, and that does not make for good TV—reality or otherwise.

Despite having a few years on the Basketball Wives crew the Housewives aren’t much better. That’s because, like the other reality ladies, their drama is overly fabricated. On this season of the show, there were relatively few fights—Sheree and Nene got into it, Sheree and Marlo got into it, and other than that, there were a few arguments and disagreements. It’s that fact that makes me wonder what all the fuss was about on the reunion show Sunday night. If these women could manage a 10-day trip in South Africa together without any real problems (aside from Sheree and Marlo), why is it they couldn’t sit on a stage together and have a sensible discussion during the reunion? Sheree and Nene went at it as though they’d been beefing the entire season, but what happened to agreeing to disagree and being done with it? What’s worse is that Nene tried to act as though she was better than everyone else, while proving she’s just as classless by the way she argued and threw shots at the other women. If she thinks growth is such a wonderful thing when is she going to start to show some?

It’s exhausting rather than entertaining to look at these women argue and bicker and banter all day long over absolutely nothing. I’m not sure who’s giving them direction that viewers want to see predictable and unbelievable drama every time we turn in, but they are definitely wrong.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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