Denise Vasi has been spending the last five months or so settling into her character, an Atlanta society gal with a heart of gold named Raquel Lancaster, on Single Ladies. We’ve spoken to her about the character and she’s told us that Raquel “comes from high society Atlanta…[but] Raquel doesn’t come with the pretentiousness that she could.”
In a new interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine, Vasi elaborates even further on the character. Vasi explains “Raquel, when you first meet her, she’s going to go through something that propels her into this life-changing journey. She goes through something that drops in her life like a bomb, and she spends the rest of the season figuring out what she wants.” Her character is an old friend of Keisha’s, but she explains where she’s been hiding saying “She’s a longtime friend of Keisha’s. Raquel used to summer with her aunt who lived next door to Keisha. So, they used to spend their summers together, and they’ve been like sisters ever since. They’ve always communicated. We just didn’t see Raquel ’cause Raquel was traveling for work.” You can read the full interview with Denise to find out more back story and what to expect from Raquel, and tune in to the Single Ladies season premiere Monday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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The last time Gloria Govan was on our TV, she was confirming that she and Matt Barnes were over. It was last fall during the Basketball Wives L.A. reunion show, and Gloria, who had spent the entire first season of the show working on her career and herself decided she needed some time and space away from Barnes, with whom she has twin boys. Gloria even told us “right now I’m taking my time to grow as an individual,” but that she would “never say never” to reuniting. But ever since then…well…Gloria and Matt can’t seem to stay away from each other.
And now, the rumor is that not only are they back together, but they’ve gotten engaged again. Necole Bitchie ran a photo of Gloria and Matt together, with Gloria wearing a ring that she’s shielding with her finger, causing speculation that it’s an engagement ring. Gloria was the first to admit that they have a roller coaster of a relationship, but whether or not a wedding is in the works, we wish them all the best. What do you guys think of the rumors?
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You may not have heard the name Rita Ora yet, but it’s seemingly only a matter of time before she becomes a household name. The UK-based pop star is Jay-Z‘s latest protégé, and is already being called “the new Rihanna.” Ora, whose song “How We Do (Party)” is in the running for this year’s Song Of The Summer crown, was born and raised in Albania, so when she popped by our offices here in Times Square recently, we made sure to ask her about a member of the VH1 family with Albanian roots: Drita D’avanzo from Mob Wives.
“I love her, she is my GIRL!,” Rita joyously explained. “She’s the prime example of an independent woman … [Albanian women] sometimes do come across as agressive, but it’s always from a good place, you know? Unless you trigger us wrong!” Then, Rita turned directly to the camera to proclaim, “Keep doing your thing on Mob Wives, and I’ll still be watching you Drita. I really am supporting her!”
Well, apparently the feeling is mutual. Drita and Rita exchanged complimentary tweets the other night, which we have for you below!
Dr. Jenn Berman has been counseling people and offering advice to people in need for some twenty years now, but on VH1′s Couples Therapy, this marks her first time working with a group of ten celebrities whose relationships are in desperate need of repair. We’ll be checking in with Dr. Jenn each week to chat about the progress of her patients on the show, and what she really thinks of their behavior. This week on the show, DMX faced his mother for the first time in years for an emotional reunion, and Angelina and Chris struggled to co-exist with Chris’ manager, Nicole.
When DMX’s mom walked in, I was actually really surprised that their session went so smoothly, I thought it might be more volatile.
I think it went well because we all worked really hard to get everyone in the right state of mind beforehand to have that happen. And I really emphasized with him, we’re not here to debate what happened, we’re not here to discuss “did she beat you that way or hit you this way,” we’re here to connect and to see if there’s anything to salvage. Because this is a man who clearly needed the comfort of his mom. Just like any parent, X’s mom had her own limitations, and for him to see what her limitations are and to potentially get some nurturing from her was really healing for him, and to know she loved him was really important to him.
Were you surprised by Nicole’s behavior when she arrived at the house? She came, but then she wouldn’t be in the same room as Angelina, then she threatened to leave…
I thought it was very revealing about her feelings toward Chris.
June Ambrose knows fashion, and she basically dictates what’s on point at any given time. So when she dishes out free style advice, we listen. The Styled By June star reveals her must-have dress for the season in the clip above, for any girl wanting a fun, flirty look that’s totally current. And in the clip below, watch as June giggles while explaining that “There’s an old Hollywood diva trapped inside my body,” and that diva refuses to wait on a man. Words to live by!
Each week during the season on House of Consignment, we’ll be talking to eDrop Off owner and woman whose wardrobe we covet, Corri McFadden, about her take on every episode. This week marked the final episode of the first season, and the drama was kicked into high gear when Corri ended up firing her right-hand woman, Nicole. Read our final installment of interview series with Corri below, where she discusses the hurt she felt after learning Nicole was talking about her behind her back, and what it was like cleaning her own closet out for this episode.
Let’s talk about your own closet clean out. You’ve said you rotate your closet a lot, right?
I sell my own stuff all the time. There will be days where I’m getting dressed and something just isn’t working, so I’ll bring it to the office and list it then and there, but when I transition my closet and really get in there and overhaul every few months, because I’m constantly consuming, I’ll bring in like thirty to fifty pieces.
Can we discuss your Juicy Couture jumpsuit?
It only had a “J” zipper on it! It wasn’t one of the velour track suits! I wore it on a boat! Listen, Juicy Couture is a great collection. The velour tracksuits have seen their day unless you’re under sixteen, but the “Jenny From The Block” days are gone.
Each week during the season on House of Consignment, we’ll be talking to eDrop Off owner and woman whose wardrobe we covet, Corri McFadden, about her take on every episode. This week, Corri and her crew held a charity warehouse sale that ended up being a bigger project than they expected.
Episode nine featured the warehouse sale for charity, I wish this episode was longer because I could have watched this forever, it was so fun to see how fast-paced that day was.
I know, that episode needed to be like three hours. Actually, it could have been forty-five minutes long because that’s how long it took to sell out.