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Things We Learned From 'Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta'

Executive producer Mona Scott-Young dropped a bomb on audiences by announcing Love & Hip-Hop's forthcoming Atlanta edition. With the New York episodes filled to the brim with fist-fighting, drink-throwing and relationship drama, fans could only expect (or possibly hope for) the same reality TV fodder from the Peach State.

VH1 definitely didn't disappoint.

Taking their cameras south, Mona and company shine light on the messy trifecta that is Grammy Award-winning producer Stevie J, his longtime girlfriend Mimi Faust and up-and-coming Latina rapper Joseline. Not only will you get your fill of "what the hell" moments with these three, you'll get an interesting yet familiar dynamic with Lil Scrappy, his girlfriend Erica Dixon and his overprotective mother Momma Dee. Lastly, you'll catch up with rising songbird K. Michelle, Trinidadian artist Karlie Redd and ATL raptress Rasheeda.

Vixen caught the full first episode (aptly named "The A List") and compiled a list of things we learned from this dirty south brigade!

1. Hoes are winning. [Note: The entire cast is not included under the term "hoe"]
It might not be fair to throw such a term around, especially at other women of color. But after watching the first episode, it's clear that side chicks and insecure women will do a lot for money and status. Stevie J finds himself juggling his live-in girlfriend Mimi and his "artist by day, side chick by night" Joseline. You might say the women are to blame here, but Stevie's no innocent bystander.

Wealthy men are always said to want their cake and eat it too, but we never suspected Mona would find such a blatant threesome to play out this scandalous scene. 

2. K. Michelle is NOT about drama.
It seems K. Michelle has had a tough time climbing the merciless industry ladder, so from jump, audiences will cheer for her small victories. Also, once things hit the fan for Stevie J, Mimi and Joseline during K. Michelle's birthday party, she's the first to make a quick, but classy exit.
3. Lil Scrappy is NOT with Diamond.
If you had any question of whether the Prince of the South was still romantically linked to Crime Mob's front woman, Diamond, you'll soon find out that he's back with his first love. Enter Erica Dixon.

4. Less fighting is always good.
The women may get rowdy, but it looks like they're sticking to slinging words, not fists. However, this is only the first episode.
5. Rasheeda
Like K. Michelle, Rasheeda looks to be a calm, collected character. There's still a LOT to be learned about her, but so far, she might just be the most leveled-headed.

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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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