Tamar And Vince On The Wendy Williams Show

Hello my peeps! I know today is Tuesday and not Monday, my monthly posting day and I’m not trying to be shady, people, but this springing back and forth thing has rattled my patience and upset my daily routine a bit! I have been so busy trying to avoid the busyness, that I’m falling behind on my obligations. You dig? Anyho, it’s hard to keep a  good woman down when she’s got game, kinda like Tamar Braxton who was fired from The Real a year ago, had life threatening medical issues and rumored to have had an affair on Vincent, who in turn, was alleged to have a ‘love child’ on her… Tamar, who is turning 40 years old this week, seems to have come into owning her ish.

Bravo to you Tamar! I’m going to check out your rumored new talk show, although there hasn’t been much talk about it from the Steve Harvey camp or from Tamar.  But, Braxton Family Values is entering its 6th season and from recent clips, the premiere looks to be very juicy stuff.

I didn’t post Monday because I wanted to wait for Tamar & Vince’s guest appearance on Wendy Williams in hopes of  a cup of flavored tea to indulge your taste buds with today. The interview wasn’t overly revealing, but Vince disclosed he’d lost 90 plus pounds and that he didn’t know he was so big… now, really Vince? I found that kind of hard to believe, but we own what we want to own about ourselves, people.

I had to go and get new spectacles ( that would be eyeglasses to the Millennia) and I can see better now and I see Reality TV becoming more crass, invasive and over dramatized and frankly I’m becoming bored with it all. Maybe I’ll concentrate on penning a celeb book on the glitz and glamor and the lack of nonrecognition for actors and actresses of color that was old Hollywood. You know something substantial and accurate:)

Here’s a clip of Tamar & Vince on Wendy Williams:

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The Ladies Of Chicago Girlfriends~Chicago’s First Reality Television Show

c5743b14-d61f-11e3-a6e5-12313d239d6c-largeHello, g-mavens, g- moguls and all the curious minded folks out there wanting the real tea in the evergreen world of celebrity and entertainment news! I just got word from a reliable source at Sapphire Entertainment Studios @http://www.sapphireentstudios.com/ that Chicago’s first reality television show is causing quite a stir in Chicago-land and surrounding areas. Apparently, Sapphire Entertainment Studios, that produces shows out of New York , Atlanta and California, might just have hit the jackpot of all jackpots with these savvy and saucy ladies of Chicago Girlfriends I’ve been given the green-light to chat about. The show started filming on April 23rd and will be hosting their launch party on the 29th! Yep, Reality Television in chi-town is about to be off the chain! Just sayin’:)

I’ll be sharing more details once the show begin airing in the fall. I know my peeps and I know y’all come on a ‘need to know’ basis. Don’t front, y’all want to know who the ladies of Chicago Girlfriends are and since it’s my job to know these things, I’m bringing y’all the 411 on the castmates. First up is Ms Alice Boswell.

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Alice Boswell is CEO of Just Me Magazine, Inc. She is also the creator of Chicago Girlfriends. A graduate of City College Olive Harvey in Chicago, Alice is CEO/Editor/Host/Producer/Director of her magazine and TV & Radio Talk Show Host of the same brand as the reality show she created.

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Erika Jackson is an On Air Personality for “JazzE’z Muzic Room” on Urban Broadcast Media/ Host of Chicago Girlfriends on Intellectual Radio; a part of iHeart Radio/Staff Writer for FoxTail Magazine/Blogger for The Consortium/Manager to Artist Ferro’ Haze/Model/Actress . Erika’s feeling about music is simple and creatively put~
“Music Is What Feelings Sound Like” Erika knew music was her calling.After her one and only Son became grown a friend encouraged Erika go back to school and use that captivating voice to broadcast. A year and diploma later from the Illinois Center for Broadcasting and guidance from radio greats Troi Tyler, Bionce Foxx, Davante Stone and Trey Da Choklit Joc to sample different desserts of media, she was hooked.

On Air Personality for her own brokered show, Writer and currently managing an Artist, Erika says this is just the beginning. “If I Can Do It, You Can Too; and I’m still doing it.

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Dequaria Tolliver is a model and business executive. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dequaria was one of 5 children. Her mom, Betty Hughes raised her children to be independent and accountable individuals with a strong work ethic.
Dequaria began her modeling career at the age of 13 after she was selected to be a member of the Walnut Hills High School Modeling Club. She enjoyed learning about the industry and continue modeling to this day.
She relocated to the suburbs of Chicago in 1993 for more opportunities in the Industry and auditioned to become a model with the traveling group for Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Dequaria continued perusing a career in modeling working with some of the Top Agencies in the Market. She has a natural gift for writing poetry and expressing herself through Spoken Word.
In 2007, her life forever changed with the diagnosis of Multiple sclerosis. Dequaria plan to use her influence and resources in the community to raise funds and awareness for research and providing services for the less fortunate stricken with this disease.
She has 3 children, Auvriel 28 (currently in MBA program), Jordan 17 (High School senior) and Jaylen (sophomore in High School).

Side note: I want to thank Dequaria for answering the questions put to the ladies by yours truly. I get that time management for you ladies is cray-cray right about now and hardly wish to infringe. So, how about a rain check?!:) Okay, back to the teas:

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Stephanie McNair, Songstress/Recording Artist, states, “I create lyrics, vocal arrangements, I song both lead and background parts. Majority of my life I have been heavily vested in my music craft. I aspire to be a major successful performing artist. My specialty genres are: Soul, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Inspirational, Trance, House, Hip Hop and World.”
Stephanie StephStaa McNair is a multi-genre female talent and a very dynamic stage performer! She displayed God-Given music interests before she could walk! Her beautiful musical spirit embodies those certain qualities that grabs the attention of many!
This songstress is no stranger to all that comes with a successful music career, she is familiar with the stage, studio, radio, tours, video shoots, photo shoots and magazine interviews(online & print). She has shared the stage with: KRS1, MC Lyte, Yolanda Adams, Regina Bell, Jennifer Hudson, Syleena Johnson, Dead Prez, Lisa Raye, to name a few.
She has four projects under her belt (solo and collaboration). Her vocals have been featured on fellow Hip Hop and Jazz artist(s) on the verge from home base. She is also a cover song lead vocalist for hire, currently she works with 2-3 cover bands. She hosts/engineers a radio talk & tunes show E! Event Social that broadcasts on a weekly basis on que4.org & 1680AM!
StephStaa also appears as a narrator in Will Adams indie film “Sex Ain’t Love.”
This up and coming renaissance starlet has a diverse support base. Her musical gift is what she plans the impact the world with, during her rise to success she wants to inspire and have her own school of arts, to provide more musical opportunities to like-minded individuals. She endured struggles during her upbringing, she’s a hard worker and determined. She’s been walking on a long road seeking musical success. No question, she’s Grammy ready and worthy!

afde7898e757ab73df0d3e4fe3946c66Okay, that’s a glimpse into the lives of the new reality Chicago Girlfriends cast members. Those who got dressed up in their finest duds in support of Chicago Girlfriends, my g-mogul intuition says y’all had a great time. The launch for the Red Carpet press event moved to the W Chicago Lakeshore, 644 N. Lakeshore Drive, to accommodate the response of registered attendees.

Red carpet VIP tickets made available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-girlfriends-red-carpet-press-event-and-launch-party-tickets-24370405539.

Check out the event’s fb page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/991567887630538/

Tomorrow’s not promised, so go out there and just do the darn thing!

holla’

May 13th Update: Chicago Girlfriends is now Chicago Ladies.  More Casting calls going out now!

My Interview With Actor Lyriq Bent On His Leading Role in “The Book of Negroes”

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Okay, now y’all, it took the g-mogul a minute to track down this handsome and busy actor of television and film, because according to his people, the man was busy “working and traveling.” But, finally, Lyriq Bent sat down to answer a few questions about his lead role, opposite actress Aunjanue Ellis ( of The Help, Ray and Sleepy Hollow fame) in the upcoming six part mini-series, “The Book of Negroes” that airs February 16th – 18th on BET.

And no, I didn’t ask about his marital status, people:) but, rather about his unique first name (pronounced Lyric-like in songwriting) This is how he explained what this g-maven thinks is uniquely odd. Just sayin.’

-There’s no story to my name that I know of. It’s just something my parents liked and ended up naming me

My name is pronounced like “lyrics” to a song.

The cast of The Book Of Negroes include stars like Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gosset Jr. Some of you guys might recall that Louis Gossett Jr. won an Emmy for his portrayal of Fiddler in the 1977 miniseries, “Roots.’ With these great talents in mind, yours truly asked the actor if he was nervous about taking on the lead role.

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I wasn’t exactly nervous, more thrilled and excited to play the part. Book of Negroes is such an incredible story and knowing that put a great responsibility on me. I was also surrounded by such incredible talent on both sides of the camera. Being around that made me want to be better.

-Chekura plays a big part in Aminata’s life and knowing that required that I depict the character as honestly and best as I could. I had many conversations with the author to try to understand the character through his eyes so I could understand how to capture that essence of what Lawrence had originally envisioned for that character.

I asked Lyriq what he wanted viewers to take away from The Book of Negroes.

I want people walk away with their own experience of what BoN has to offer. I’ve walked away with my own experience and I want people to find their own truth.

You guys need to mark your calendars for this historical miniseries airing Monday, February 16th-18th on BET. Check your local listings, people. And there’s more good news for my peeps! After you tune in to watch the miniseries, you can gear up to read more of my interview with Lyriq Bent at my new Celebrity Dish column appearing in the March issue of URBAN IMAGES MAGAZINE-shut the front door!

Alright, y’all can calm down:) In the meantime, I’m gonna leave y’all with a clip of The Book of Negroes.

holla'

NeNe Leakes: “I’m A Hustler And A Grinder”

Good Morning peeps! I have a lot on my plate this morning and I just took my meds, so let’s get it popping (in my best Wendy Williams voice) What? yes, Wendy is still my girl,but by the time she brings the ‘hot topics’ to y’all on her show today, the g-maven will have already given my readers the teas:) Just sayin’

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So, NeNe Leakes sat in the guest seat over at Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live! to dish on the RHOA premiere, herself as a “hustler and a grinder” and also the reunion, where Portia Stewart-Williams was inconspicuously absent. Everybody knows Portia was let go on the show and landed a job on the radio’s popular Dish Nation. She was in an episode or two on the premiere of the real housewives and will appear in a few earlier episodes set to air. There were ‘rumors’ that Cynthia would be let go also,but so far that tea remains to be seen.

Here are some highlights from last night’s Andy’s Q & A with NeNe Leakes:

Andy asks- what NeNe thought about Kenya and Cynthia talking about her on the Real Housewives episode last night.
NeNe- “This is the first time I saw that. Let her have her moment, I don’t have the time. I’m on Broad way.” When Adny askes if they’ll ever be friends again, NeNe replies, “No, No, and No, we shouldn’t be friends again. Bye girls, I’m on Broadway, holla!”

Andy- NeNe, people want to know if you think you’re superior to the other women on the show and are you leaving the show?
NeNe- “Maybe, I won’t stay, you’ll have to wait and see. I’m very over the negative drama…honestly, I do not want to get up and sit with a bunch of negative women who want to sit and do nothing.” And earlier NeNe had alluded to Cynthia in this manner, in regards to their friendship and Cynthia’s new allegiance to Kenya. “Cynthia doesn’t seem to have a backbone she’s never been my lap-dog.”

Andy- A viewer wants to know if you feel bad about calling Peter a “b#tch”?
NeNe- I’d apologized to Peter. We were cool before, but once Twitter started up, Cynthia felt like she had to do something. I don’t think that was the reason for the end of the friendship it was all a part of a master plan.”

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NeNe headlined a Risque Vegas Show, called ‘Zumanity’ Cirque Du Soleil and by Andy asked in a game of the same name, who she would save and who she’s let fall: Here’s how NeNe responds:

Save: Phaedra- like
Mama Joyce- cool
Kris Jenner- like
Kandi- hedges on like

Wouldn’t save: Wendy Williams, Cynthia, Kenya and Peter.

NeNe Leakes will be taking over Sherri Shepherd’s role, playing the wicked stepmother to KeKe Palmer’s Cinderella on Broadway and so, yes, she’s a hustler and a grinder folks!

holla’

Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway On: Fashion, Work, and Reality TV

As promised I'm sharing great highlights from my interview with the talented mega actress, producer, star of stage and screen, Ms.Vanessa Bell Calloway! And for the record, this g-mogul must care about her peeps and followers out there, because this post was at the top of my to-do list and one that took time to transcribe. Just sayin' and no shade to MS. Calloway for giving me what I asked for in her authentic responses that all y'all need to appreciate.

This is not the complete interview from the busy actress who is currently starring as Zora Neale Hurston in her one woman play,"Letters From Zora...In Her Own Words, at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. The show runs from October 9th (my sis birthday) to the 26th and reportedly to rave reviews. Ms. Calloway is also super busy with her popular web series "In The Company of Friends." Check out the clip above.

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Here's some of our interview:

g-mogul- Ms. Calloway, as you know, fashion is all the rage these days, as depicted in magazines, on the red carpet and on the runways. What is Vanessa Bell Calloway's fashion style ( laugh here or snicker, hard to tell):)

response- I don't really know if I have a signature style, but, I do like clothes. I love accessories. I love purses and I love shoes. I just feel what looks good on me and what I like. I don't really care about the designer and I'll put an expensive piece with a piece that's on sale. You know I'm doing the best I can.

g-mogul- Would you ever consider doing Reality TV? This is a lengthy response in regards to reality television because we touched upon how she felt about "established" or "learned" actresses doing a reality TV series like, for instance "Hollywood Divas", the new show on TV One and starring Elise Neal, Countess Vaughn, Golden Brooks, Lisa Wu and Paula Parker Ari.

response- My daughter had a reality show on television called Baldwin Hills and it featured her and my family was featured for quite some time. The show was on for 3 seasons and she was on for 2 of those seasons, which started when she was a junior in high school. Then she was a senior and she graduated and went to SPELMAN. We sort of already did that.

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When asked if she'd seen Hollywood Divas and her thoughts on established actresses doing a Reality Series:
Ms. Calloway responds... I don't watch a lot of those shows. I don't know what's it about. ( given a brief synopsis by yours truly) continues:
I think that people do what's best for them. I try not to judge other people motives. I think you do what's best for you...it's not something I'd be interested in, but that's me. It doesn't mean it's not a good thing to do, it just means I won't do it and it's not something I'd be interested in watching cause I don't watch all of those Hollywood Wives and all that stuff.

I don't really like those shows, but that's me and they don't need me to watch. They have a large fan base and their shows are doing quite well...(pause) there's so much on TV these days. You pick what you want, watch what you want and you don't have to criticize it and if you don't want to watch? There's a lot of people who watch it'

Okay, here I had to concur because the g-maven watch all that stuff! What?!

The interview kept going after putting me on hold for a brief moment in time. When we continued Ms. Calloway answered questions in regards to her one woman play where she asked that people on the East coast go and see the play. She also talked about her popular web series ( sneak peek video above) her Radio Talk Show and things her fans might not know about her-

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Y'all just might have to catch all of that and then some when my conversation ( more than an interview) with Ms. Vanessa Bell Calloway continues. In the meantime and between time, go catch the play, tune into the radio talk show and become a fly on the wall at Ms. Calloway's house where she invites you into her space as she entertains good friends such as Elise Neal, Loretta Devine and Vivica A. Fox ( just to name a few) in her web series "In The Company Of Friends."

That's a wrap people!

holla' and always, "treat yourself special."