Yesterday, my dreams came true when I got to talk to Mob Wives star Angela “Big Ang” Raiola on the phone. Big Ang in real life was pretty much exactly how she is on the show: kind, hysterical, and full of those belly laughs she’s become famous for. Consider this part one of our interview (I’ll post the rest of it tomorrow), in which I get down to the important stuff: Who is Big Ang’s ideal man? The answer isn’t all that surprising, but it’s cute to hear her fawn over her dream guy. Big Ang Week just keeps getting better and better around here!
Oh, John Gotti. I thought he was the most handsomest, classiest, and I personally knew him. That’s…the kinda guy I like. [Laughs] That’s definitely the guy. He was so handsome, and the way he used to carry himself and walk into places, I’d be like “Hi, John!!” I knew him, and that’s the kind of guy I’m talking about. I knew John before he became who he was and he was handsome from the day he was…I used to work in a big wise guy bar in Brooklyn called The Nineteenth Hole and he used to come, and he wasn’t even “John Gotti” like he was when he died, he was nobody at the time. Matter of fact, I think he had just come home from jail, he wasn’t even a wise guy then. He was just so handsome, I used to stare at him all the time.
Is there anyone now who comes close to him? Or a celebrity you have a crush on?
Armand Assante is my favorite! That’s my other favorite! And he even played John Gotti, so that was the best.
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The Mob Wives have taken swearing and turned it into an art form. If you don’t believe us, watch the clip above to see the glorious, expletive-laden tapestry they weaved in season one. And now they’re taking those filthy mouths and turning them into something positive with the Mob Wives Swear Jar contest. If you swear like a mob wife, simply enter your name into the swear jar on the Mob Wives Facebook page for a chance to win up to $1,000 every week in January. The contest runs through January 31, so enter every week to up your odds of winning! The more people who enter, the bigger the pot gets, so tell all your f—ing friends to enter, too. At the end of the month, one person will win a trip for two to NYC to meet the mob wives themselves, so what the f— are you waiting for??
When we started Big Ang Week on the VH1 Blog, we figured we’d throw up some Tweets, some GIFs, and be done with it. We had no idea how much this woman had captured your hearts. Yes, there are about a thousand fan-made GIFs out there already (in addition to the ones we already made), and someone made an actual ringtone of her laugh, but some of you have actually made some fan art that we’d like to call out for being seriously impressive. Check out some of the art that’s been created in her honor.
Renee Graziano appeared on The Breakfast Club radio show yesterday, and we have to say, normally we don’t learn a ton of new, revelatory gossip from press interviews, but there’s something about the way that these hosts manage to coax information out of their guests that’s impressive. When Renee appeared on the show, she discussed a lot of topics ranging from her surgery to her depression, to her own connection to Lee D’Avanzo, and we admit that some of the things she revealed blew our minds a little. Here are some of the things we learned from Renee (caution, spoilers ahead if you’ve been staying away from real-life Mob Wives news in order to see it play out on TV, a few topics Renee mentions will be addressed later this season on the show):
The woman that Lee D’Avanzo cheated on Drita with was none other than Junior’s own girlfriend.
If you’ve been wondering whatBig Ang‘s relationship is with the women, it turns out she’s Renee’s aunt’s best friend.
Renee says she and Carla were “on our way to making up,” but Carla made comments about Renee’s son that Renee thinks are unforgivable. Aside from Carla, Renee speaks to everyone else in the cast.
She attributes her twenty-plus year struggle with depression to “the lifestyle” and the effects that it’s had on her.
She confirmed that Junior wore a wire in order to cooperate with the Feds, and as a result, Renee’s own father had to return to prison. She also said that she currently does not know Junior’s whereabouts.
Before Junior wore the wire and disappeared, they were making plans to get married for a second time.
Watch the entire interview above for more with Renee.
When T.I. isn’t at home with his family teaching his kids about secrets and how to treat women, he’s on the road performing or plugging his new book, Power And Beauty. Last week, we saw Tip on the road doing press for the novel that he wrote, and this week, we’re thrilled to tell you that we actually received an excerpt from the book that you can read right here. The description alone is exciting enough: “Set in the dangerous shadows of Atlanta, Georgia, Power & Beauty is a dark, gritty story of sex, violence, hustling, and redemption centered around Paul “Power” Clay and Tanya “Beauty” Long—two kids facing long odds and lethal temptations, yet whose miraculous, unbreakable bond ultimately becomes their salvation.”
Read the excerpt after the jump, and to find out how to purchase it online or to just get more information about the book, click here. Read more…
In addition to being a TV star and a music manager, Love And Hip Hop star Yandy Smith is a fashion entrepreneur. In our Head To Toe style feature with Yandy, she discusses her style, which she calls “business chic,” and part of her business includes her jewelry line called Everything Girls Love. All of Yandy’s accessories come from her line, but when it comes to clothing, she goes high fashion, rocking the Alexander McQueen. We love how Yandy can combine her goofy personality with her head for business, like when she tells us one minute that her dress “just lays on my booty nice,” and then in the next breath she tells us to “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” She’s like a seminar in how to keep things fun when you’re keeping it professional. For more shots of Yandy’s Head To Toe style, check out the gallery below, too.
Carla Facciolo was largely absent from last night’s episode of Mob Wives because of her rift with Renee that got her blacklisted from the party, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t missed. In fact, Carla is so beloved by some fans, that she’s got a whole song dedicated to her, performed by J. Gamble & Zacky ‘D’. It is amazing. How can you not love lyrics like “Kids acting up/Pop’s not around/Strong Italian mother holding it down,” and samples of Carla doing interviews with Power 105??
Have a listen to “Her Name Is Carla,” and tell us what you think! Since it’s Big Ang Week, may we ask that you guys also pen a song in honor of her, please? Read more…