18 05 2010

** Written by guest blogger, Sara E. Speigner **

So I think millions experienced the first episode of the VH1 highly anticipated reality series, Basketball Wives. If you were anything like me, you heard of it months prior and were probably looking forward to it. I remember reading an interview Shaunie O’Neal did and she stated that she was the executive producer and the driving force behind the series. “Awesome!” I thought. Though Shaunie was going through a divorce with Cavaliers Center, Shaquille O’Neal, I had always thought of her as a class act and one of the few who was not trying to be “all up in the mix” but just being a wife and mother to her children.

Shaunie mentioned on the Wendy Williams show that the series would follow “Wives” of NBA basketball players and document the ups and downs, B.S and the pleasantries of the lifestyle not created for every woman, but those who are out here “gettin’ her done.”

(Clears throat) So the show begins with one wife, one fiancée, and excuse my jargon, but 3 bitter baby moms and one who cannot even breathe the name of her child’s father or she will be served papers (Royce!) The one actual married broad doesn’t even like her husband as a person nor trust him as far as she can throw him! One fiancée is the sister of Shaq’s main mistress, I’m curious why you didn’t mop the floor with her the first episode…guilty by association ring a bell to you?

So since we summed that up in a nutshell, my question after watching the first episode was “Shaunie O’Neal, Why?” Why did you agree to go to lunch with VH1 Producers, discuss a concept, agree and sign your name to such nonsense and tomfoolery? Did you honestly believe in your heart of hearts that you were helping to create good reality television? Was this display going to really open the doors and windows into the lives of women who were MARRIED and maintaining great lifestyles while their man brought home the bacon from the wonderful world of professional basketball? Was this honestly your vision? Why was there only one wife selected for the cast? Was she the only NBA wife that would agree to do the show? When you realized you were only going to have one wife, why didn’t you shelf the show? Are you only featured in two of the episodes thus far because you knew this was pure unadulterated manure but it was too far-gone to remove yourself and your name?! You say you have a passion for shoes Shaunie, why didn’t you just hit us in the head with a bad online shoe boutique with 30% off coupons every month? I would not have been mad at you! Why Shaunie?

I just feel stupid after every episode and mad that I spent that 30 minutes, so I have since used that space of time to go take my clothes out the wash, transfer them to the dryer and do some sorting until Chilli comes on. Whoever takes the great leap of faith on the next attempt at extending another reality concept to the public, can we please just call it what it really is? ONE WIFE, ONE FIANCEE, and 3 BITTER BABY MOMS.

– Sara E. Speigner

Is That On Chili’s List?

26 04 2010

I’m still not sure how I feel about “What Chili Wants”. It aggravates me to no end but I keep watching, week after week. This week I had mixed emotions on Floyd Mayweather standing Chili up for their dinner date.

After being in denial for who knows how long, Chili finally admits that she thinks of him as more than a friend. She even brings him a picture from a hot photoshoot they did together, framed and the whole nine. So on one hand, when he called and I watched her expression, I kinda sorta maybe felt bad for her. BUT, on the other hand, because she has been so superficial through this whole search for the “perfect” man, I was hoping it would put things in perspective for her and she can come down a peg or two. (And her infamous list can go in the trash)

I guess we’ll see what she’s gonna do next week, because you know I’ll be watching. ((big sigh))

Photo via

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Brandy Playing the Blame Game?

26 04 2010

I understand that Brandy’s upset about her latest album flopping, and I understand that she feels she wasn’t given the best from all involved, but I don’t understand why she is blaming Rodney Jerkins for the demise of “Human”.

On Sunday’s episode of “A Family Business”, Brandy expresses her feelings regarding Rodney “not giving her his best work” and basically saying that was the reason that the album did so poorly. It’s funny how an artist can listen to the tracks, agree to go into the studio and record the tracks, give the tracks to the record company and then after the album is released, shift blame to the producers or the record company.

Did she not realize that it wasn’t to Rodney’s full potential before it was released? Before she even stepped into the studio to record even? Couldn’t she have said then, that she wasn’t feeling the music? These are the questions I was asking as I watched.

It seems as though Brandy relies on other people around her to make decisions and she just goes along with it. She’s putting way too much trust and power into their hands. When the dust settles, its Brandy’s face on that album cover so maybe this concern should have been voiced before it was too late to make any difference?

I’m Back…Now What’d I Miss?

21 04 2010

I know it’s been a long time, but what better time to return than when my DVR is filled with great reality shows? And might I add that I am soooooo so so glad that Ray J has put down the champagne flutes for the last time. Who was he fooling with that sleaze fest of a dating show? A Family Business is a much better look for him.

Vh1 has a great lineup this season, all though I can’t stomach Basketball Wives for even the first five minutes. I’m not even sure what the title has to do with the actual show. Anyone care to enlighten me?? On a more positive note, I’m loving every minute of Ray J & Brandy, and of course Tough Love never disappoints me. Having the couples on this season is reminiscent of Tool Academy but without the trailer trash backsplash. (Check my rhymes, “Omg, am I rapping?” Lmao at Bran Nu! Love Brandy though)

Vh1 reality shows are usually a hit or miss with me, but What Chili Wants has me on the fence this time. How are you guys feeling about this show? I really liked Chili up until this point but her damn list is working my nerves! She has got to be thee pickiest woman on earth. I think when Missy told her that “Jesus was taken” she hit the nail on the head. She’s not looking for anyone. She either wants to get back with Usher or she wants to get something started with Floyd, she’s only fooling herself because she’s not fooling us viewers!

While others are dedicating their DVR memory space to The Young and the Restless, ((side eye)) I’m more interested in vh1 reality and what’s going on with Kimora over on The Style Network. These shows are definitely holding my attention right now.

Where’s the remote, it looks like I’m going to have a lot to write about?

Forget a Cocktail, Ray J Needs a Shot

9 02 2010

Is everyone else thinking what I’m thinking??  What the ****!  Everything started off in the expected vh1 reunion show normalcy… then out of nowhere here comes Cocktail (the winner of last season) strutting onto the stage. I was soooo not expecting that.  Cocktail started out nice enough, but then went into how Ray J was a dirty dog basically, claiming that he’s not a “one woman man”.

Here’s a little bit more of what went on backstage:

Berry and Ray talked backstage for much longer than what you saw on the reunion. At one point, it appeared that he was crying (she definitely was). Pretty hilariously, as Tanika attempted to get him back out onstage to finish the reunion, he back-talked her. “We need Ray to get to the bottom of this. We’ll have him when we get back!” is how she set up the eventually aborted final segment. “I ain’t comin!” yelled Ray. A bit later, she said, “Ray, come out!” “No!” he yelled back. “Now! You say you want an aggressive woman…” Tanika joked back. Finally, she said as a way to conclude, “I have a feeling it’s not over…” and Ray narrated from backstage, “It ain’t over! It’s never gonna be over!” The fact that he and Mz Berry came back out and could be seen embracing after most people had left the studio…

Ray J 2 reunion, photo via vh1blog

Watching all this unfold, I got a feeling that Cocktail cares a lot about Ray J and is either upset at the fact that he’s moved on or is upset at the fact that he played her (so she says).  Either way, the girl is upset and her tirade has very little to do with her concern for Mz Berry.  This was all a way for her to put him on blast to make herself feel better about their situation.  If Mz Berry wasn’t upset enough, I was upset for her!  That was HER moment and Cocktail Kanye’d her.  She basically took the mic and said, “Look, Mz Berry, Imma let you finish but…”

But nothing, take your a** back home and chill the hell out, please.  That was so declasse. I’m excited that Cocktail made the reunion much more entertaining but at the same time, I’m mad at how it ended.  There wasn’t enough time to end it properly.  😦  Well, if you’re as upset as I am and want to hear Mz Berry’s side, tune into TALKOFTHETOWN411 at midnight TONIGHT!

Mz. Berrayyyyyy Mz. Berry

2 02 2010

How many viewers sang Hurricane Chris’ “She’s Fine (Halle Berry)” when Ray J chose Mz. Berry as his new boo?? I’m doing the dance right now as I write this. 🙂

At the beginning of the season, I wrote a post listing five sure-fire ways to seriously find love on a dating show entitled For the Lust of Ray J.  It feels as if Ray J has taken my advice this season.  He weeded out all the hoochies, psychos and those who like to “smash the homies”.

vh1's Mz Berry

vh1's Mz Berry

In my opinion, Mz. Berry may come with a little bit of baggage but I don’t think it’s anything that Ray can’t handle. She’s older (I hear he likes older women…), experienced and more mature than the “little girls” that Ray was feeling this season. Most importantly, she’s classy and soft spoken. These are very great attributes, definitely a LADY that he can take home to momma.

Now, I’m only 25 years old, myself, and so when I refer to “little girls”, I mean it as a state of mind. Immaturity is not attractive. These girls are running wild, doing whatever, however. Ray J has females like this throwing themselves at him daily. You have to have something else to offer that will keep him coming back for more and keep his mind on you when he’s miles away.

Only time (and the reunion special) will tell if he’s made the right choice. I sure hope he did, because I loved me some Mz. Berrayyyyyy Mz. Berry!

New York is Still Getting Spit On

10 12 2009

“If you lived in a house with a transvestite named New York, you’d spit on her too.”

Who could have made that statement? If you’ve ever tuned into The Flavor of Love, Charm School or I Love Money on vh1, you’d know that it was none other than Brooke (aka Pumpkin) referring to the self-proclaimed “HBIC”, New York. After watching a rerun of Judge Pirro this afternoon and witnessing Pumpkin sue her ex best friend for over $4k, which she loaned to her for a boob job…. ((rolling my eyes)), it’s apparent that it was all a publicity stunt. At this point in the game I’m convinced that nothing Pumpkin does can be taken seriously. She’s in court suing her friend for thousands of dollars and, of course, finds the perfect opportunity to discuss her reality television career and her hatred for New York.

Truthfully, spitting on New York was the best thing that Pumpkin could have done for her career. Her popularity never would have lasted this long, had she not made that trifling move. No one would be thinking about her because…really…she has nothing else going for herself. Oh my fault, I forgot, she’s a Kindergarten teacher and a cheerleading coach! HA! Inside joke for all my Flavor of Love fans. 🙂

After spitting out various insults towards New York (yes, pun intended lol), she got back to the matter at hand. The judge ruled in favor of Brooke and she was free to go back home and think up another hair brained scheme to get back on TV.

(Let me add that she looked a mess)

If you do not regularly watch Judge Pirro, you may want to start. You might see some very familiar faces. It and Taylor Made (both from vh1’s I Love New York 2 and I Love Money 2) also made an appearance on the show. Still not convinced this show is fake as hell?? ((Shaking my head))