You wouldn’t know it to see her sitting on the stage, but Jennifer Williams was actually in a really great mood before the taping of the Basketball Wives reunion. She was definitely defensive and angry at times when asked to take responsibility for her actions and confronted by her friends from the show. And yet before she got out there, she was laughing and in pretty good spirits, despite the broken relationships and confrontations she was about to face. We discussed a little bit of everything, from how she feels about Evelyn’s new makeup line to the blog post that started everything to that trip to Vegas that keeps coming up. And yet in spite of all that negative, crazy drama, Jennifer assured me that she’s able to look past and and lives a really nice life.
What do you plan to do after the reunion is over?
Take some business meetings, go back to New York, live a happy life.
Is it hard to watch this show when you have an otherwise happy life?
I don’t watch it as much now.
Do you think you’re done with the show, period? Read more…
No “guest star” on Basketball Wives has been thrown into the spotlight and gained as much attention in four seasons the way that Nia Crooks has. Though she’s been friends with Evelyn Lozada for years (and Jennifer Williams, too), she has never really been visible on the show until that slap she landed on Jennifer’s face. Nia was chilling in Evelyn’s dressing room before the reunion and when the topic of the slap came up in my chat with Evelyn, I just had to ask Nia a few questions to clear things up. In short: It has made her life hell and she regrets it. But here’s what she had to say in a little more detail.
What’s life been like for you since you appeared on the show?
Hell. I could never imagine being in this predicament over something like that. And a person that I used to love is now just somebody I knew. It’s hell. Read more…
Evelyn Lozada has been the target of criticism this season for her behavior on Basketball Wives, but it doesn’t seem to be getting to her, for a couple reasons. Number one, she’s entirely too busy. With a wedding coming up this summer, a new show to focus on, and a new book and makeup line out, it’s a wonder this woman finds time to breathe. But she’s also finding some peace lately because the controversy on the show has truly caused her to look inward at the behavior she’s exhibited on the show and think about how the public perceives it. Evelyn regrets the wine bottle incident more than anything else, she tells me, and has used that as a catalyst to show off the nicer, more family-oriented side of herself in the future, a side, she assures us, that will be fully on display during Ev And Ocho. Here’s my chat with Evelyn from the Basketball Wives reunion.
How’s wedding planning going?
Good! It’s still going! I don’t know how much of this I can talk about though because of the show.
If the show is anything like the scenes of you two together on Basketball Wives, it’s going to be hilarious.
That’s how we are at home, all day. Read more…
Royce Reed is able to joke now about the infamous pool party scene from season one that became her legacy for a while on Basketball Wives, but it seems like it took a little while to get there. But that scene, in which she showed off some interesting dance moves in a contest, was a learning experience for her, she says. “I don’t live my life regretting anything, I live it learning from it,” she told me at the Basketball Wives reunion, and that’s why the Royce we’ve seen this season is a more mature version of the woman we’ve gotten to know. Hear what Royce has to say about all the fighting, her own relationship drama, and what would have happened in Tahiti if she had been there to witness it.
The blog posts you write for us have gotten a really positive reaction this season, you’ve come out as being like this voice of reason on the show these days.
The way I write is really just the way that I feel and it’s not be attempting to be the voice of reason, or me being right or wrong, I just write how I feel. If it comes across like that, great. Not everybody is going to like what I have to say but that’s why opinions are like a—holes, everybody has one. Read more…
Meeting Terrell Tilford, you get the sense that he’s never in a bad mood. Throughout our interview on the Atlanta set of Single Ladies, he was constantly joking around and having a good time, as was everyone on the set of the show while I was there. Tilford, who plays Sean Clark, an old flame of Keisha’s, made it pretty obvious that this is a cast that really enjoys and respects one another. Though he’s new to the show, the veteran actor has worked with his leading lady, LisaRaye McCoy, in the past which made it that much easier for him to settle in.
Did you get your start on soap operas?
Well I came from theater first first and foremost. I’ve been doing a lot of daytime over the years, but last year I was on a series for Lifetime called The Protector with Ally Walker, Tisha Campbell, Miguel Ferrer. I bounced around. I just shot a pilot up in Vancouver with Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas called This American Housewife. Yeah, so I’ve been bouncing back and forth between daytime and prime time, the stage…a little bit of all of it. We’re gypsies, so you know, where the job is.
what do you consider your home base?
Probably Los Angeles because that’s probably where I’m at the majority of the time. But, 40% of the time is in New York as well so, you know, my motto is: Have script, will travel.
what drew you to Single Ladies and this character?
With every show, especially coming into a show that’s already established, it’s about finding the rhythm and the pace and really establishing that rapport with the different actors and establishing the different relationships and really sort of finding where my character fits in. You know, because my character has a history that was already established before I got here. So, it’s a matter sort of owning that and them bringing that history to the relationship…with Lisa Raye, who plays Keisha. Just sort of bringing that in and sort of selling that we were once an item before as well and having not been. Before the show we got together quite a bit, just so that we could bring some depth to what’s on the page.
Shaunie O’Neal has faced a lot of criticism this season on Basketball Wives, and while she’s occasionally been overwhelmed by it, she tells me the only the the cast can do at this point is take responsibility for their actions, move on, and do better. She tells me she heard her critics loud and clear and has plans for a more positive show in the future, though she couldn’t tell me if that talk she had with her pastor had any ramifications for her own future with the show. It’s all still “TBD.”
More than all that drama though, I wanted to know what else Shaunie has on the horizon, like the film she’s co-producing. And don’t worry, I asked her what she was thinking when they pulled that fish prank in Kenya’s room. Our reunion interview is below.
When you know that there’s going to be a touchy subject brought up on a reunion show, how do you feel?
I don’t ever want to see anybody get into arguments but I know it’s natural, it’s normal for people to argue, not get along, and for the most part I just hope it stays verbal. You guys can say whatever it is you wanna say, just make sure it’s being said, that’s it.
When it escalates, like when the bottle was thrown, what are you thinking in those situations?
I mean, you don’t like to see any of that happening, at all. It’s not something anybody can be proud of. You’re thinking, God, there had to be a better way for this to calm down than what just happened. There is always a better way. Read more…
EDITOR’S NOTE: During the Basketball Wives 4 Reunion Show, Shaunie O’Neal promised that the next season of the show would be more balanced and that cast members would “work out issues in a non-violent fashion.” That said, we gave each of the cast members an opportunity to share their experiences from this season on the show with us, and we wanted to give them all equal airtime to present their opinions to you in an unfiltered way.
Kesha Nichols made a name for herself in an unfortunate way this season on Basketball Wives. Even though she made a lifelong friendship with Royce Reed and tried to stay out of drama as much as possible, after making some offhand comments that came back to Tami Roman, she was on the receiving end of Tami’s anger during a girls’ trip to Tahiti that left audiences shocked and left Tami apologizing for the way the situation was handled. When we spoke to Kesha at the Basketball Wives reunion, she told us straight out of the gate that she wasn’t thrilled to be there, but that contractually, she had to attend. Since she’s a lemonade-out-of-lemons kind of girl, we gave her the floor to go off on one of the positive things that came out of her appearance this season, which is that she now considers herself something of an advocate for people who have been bullied. Here’s Kesha Nichols, mostly in her own words.
So how are you feeling being here?
I’m contractually bound to be here. [Laughs] I have to be here. Otherwise, I would have skipped it.
Do you have any regrets from the season?
Honestly, this whole season I’ve been waiting and hoping that something positive would come, and I don’t think they’ve really shown anything positive about me, about black women, about women in general. And I honestly didn’t realize that I was being bullied when I was in Tahiti, I knew that Tami was being mean to me and that nobody was sticking up for me, but when I watched the episode, that’s when I realized I was being bullied, and I’ve been lucky, never in my life have I experienced that, so maybe the reason why I was on the show was to see what it was like to be bullied and be a spokesperson for people that are being bullied. Read more…
It’s really hard to talk to D.B. Woodside when you’ve already seen the man making sweet, sweet love in a shower. He and LisaRaye McCoy had a few love scenes together last season on Single Ladies that have left an impression on my brain, and I feel really bad that it’s one of the first things I think of when get the chance to talk to him. But after a few minutes (of fangirling over his role on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and gushing over said love scene), he admitted that unlike Malcolm Franks, the real D.B. (which is, coincidentally, his Twitter handle) is a quiet introvert who finds his character, who’s currently on the run from the FBI, to actually be a really nice guy.
You were on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which I loved, so I’m going to force a comparison here, but that was a show about a really strong female, and Single Ladies also has really strong women, what’s it like to be a man in those environments?
You have to take it day by day, very slowly. [Laughs] It’s a lot of fun, I’ve been very lucky and I appreciate that, it swings back and forth between being extremely nurturing and loving and supportive, to sometimes like you’re walking through a mine field. But it’s always educational.
What’s your favorite part out playing Malcolm?
He’s someone who’s very up front. He’s someone who knows his worth, and does not allow anyone to steamroll over him. There’s something about that kind of confidence that I find attractive, he’s just very well put together even though he has his own insecurities about relationships.
Kenya Bell laughs heartily (and maybe evilly?) when we talk about her reputation as the crazy one on Basketball Wives this season. Because the funny thing is, when she’s in regular, unprovoked Kenya mode, she doesn’t even give a hint of crazy, she’s just wants to laugh everything off. Though we’ve seen her get heated with Kesha and Evelyn this season, she was never in an actual brawl herself (though she admits she wanted to go back for Evelyn after that bottle was thrown), and it’s hard to imagine what would happen if she actually let “the dragon” out.
During our chat at the Basketball Wives reunion, we also talked about that seemingly never-ending fish prank too. Yes, she smelled it. No, she didn’t know the girls were behind it. I’ll let her explain.
Congratulations on surviving your first season!
[Laughs] It really did feel like Survivor! I won!
How did you feel when you wrapped filming?
I was happy it was over. To be honest with you it was a long, tough season with a lot of cat fights, a lot of drama, and I really did feel like I made it through.
Do you think this season of the show was more crazy than past seasons, from what you knew of them?
This season was definitely more over the top than past seasons, I think that there was a lot of drama everywhere, between a lot of the girls, and it wasn’t resolved for the most part. It just continued on. And it’s still not resolved.
Who knew a night at the roller rink could produce so many storylines? Granted, I haven’t been to a roller rink since 1992, but I didn’t know they were such hotbeds of meeting guys and having your bank accounts frozen by the IRS. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Read more…