Posts By Elizabeth Black
Anyone in reality television or in the media knows that if you say one wrong thing, it can get blown out of proportion and turn into a huge story. On La La’s Full Court Life, La La is getting a crash course in how to deal with the press, and it’s really keeping her on her toes.
On this season of Basketball Wives L.A., star Jackie Christie has opened up, at times emotionally, about her mother’s battle with cancer, and today we sadly bear the news that Jackie’s mother, Cora, passed away.
In an interview this morning with radio host Tom Joyner, Christie announced her mother’s passing which happened only hours earlier. “She’s had a long fight with [cancer] and I know she’s in a better place, it was her time,” Christie said on the radio show.
Tonight on Basketball Wives L.A., Cora’s presence at Jackie and Doug’s wedding is a huge, emotional part of the episode, and Jackie said today that of all the many weddings she and Doug have planned, “That would be my special wedding out of the sixteen that we’ve had.” Check out a clip from tonight’s episode here, and tune in to watch the special moment that the Christie’s shared, which is made all the more poignant with this news. Our hearts go out to the entire Christie family today.
VH1 is about to get a little bit more fashionable, with the announcement that celebrity stylist June Ambrose is getting her own show. The network revealed today that Ambrose, who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood for years and calls herself a “curator of style,” will star in a docu-series to premiere in early 2012 that will focus on weekly celebrity image makeovers. For more details, read on!
STYLE ICON JUNE AMBROSE HEADS TO VH1 FOR “THE JUNE AMBROSE PROJECT” (WORKING TITLE)
Scheduled to Premiere Early 2012
NEW YORK, NY- September 19, 2011-VH1 is teaming up with the reigning queen of celebrity style, June Ambrose. Known as much more than simply a stylist, June has been styling and designing wardrobe for some of the biggest names in pop culture for over two decades. Throughout June’s career celebrities such as The Dave Matthews Band, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys, Kelly Ripa, Kim Cattrall, Jay Z, Mary J Blige and countless others have all sought June’s expert advice. “The June Ambrose Project,” (working title) a half-hour docu-series, is scheduled to premiere in early 2012.
Earlier this week, we pointed out that VH1 stars like Olivia from Love & Hip Hop and Laura and Gloria Govan from Basketball Wives L.A. were making the rounds at New York Fashion Week. After days of (seemingly) endless fashion shows, red carpets, television appearances, and other assorted fashion events, we’ve gathered that quite a few of our favorite reality stars were out and about and hob-nobbing with other fashion-loving A-listers. Check out some of our favorite shots of everyone from Mob Wives‘ Renee Graziano, to La La Vasquez chilling with her pal Kim Kardashian, to the Govan sisters meeting Lady Gaga.(!!!)
Oh, and we should note that Gaga, like Adele before her, has admitted that she loves the Basketball Wives. Gloria Govan explained to Life & Style that when they met, Gaga told her that “she didn’t get to watch that much TV, but she really likes the show when she gets to watch it! She was like ‘Wow, you guys are the Basketball Wives, aren’t you!’ It was so amazing that she knew who we were!”
Just because the Miami cast of Basketball Wives isn’t on the air at the moment doesn’t mean they’re in hiding. We’ve spotted Jennifer and Meeka at New York Fashion Week, and on top of that, we just spotted Tami Roman the cover of the October issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine.
Inside the mag, Tami talks about the show, her drama with Meeka, and her relationship, among other hot topics. And after the jump, check out a video taken during Tami’s interview with S2S publisher Jamie Foster Brown where Tami discusses her history of fighting and her Muslim upbringing.
T.I. was originally released from prison on August 31, and traveled by bus to a halfway house where he was planning to serve the final month of his sentence. The Bureau of Prisons alleged that there were unauthorized people traveling with him and conducting business on the bus en route to the halfway house, which landed him back in the clink for two extra weeks until his release today. T.I.’s lawyer Steve Sadow, held fast that there were no rules stating who he could or could not travel with, despite the Bureau of Prisons claim to the contrary. Sadow explained today “He’s been returned to the halfway house. I think it’s because we took a proactive and assertive approach in bringing information to the attention of the Bureau of Prisons.” Sadow adds “I believe he was escorted by prison officials. It was kept under wraps until he got to the halfway house for security purposes.” T.I. is expected to be released from the halfway house on September 29.
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“Shout out to Chrissy!” Jim Jones said as soon as MTV’s Sway brought up Love & Hip Hip during an interview yesterday. Jones was hanging out at MTV for the one-year anniversary of RapFix and talked about the reality show that features him and his fiancee Chrissy Lampkin, and which is currently filming its second season.
“Getting into it, I didn’t really know what I’d get out of it or how it’d make me look,” Jones said. “It’s something they’ve been trying to do with me for like five years and we finally got it down to a science where I could be a part of it and not necessarily make it feel like it’s my show directly. First season I was a little skeptic, I watched it like everybody else, fell in love with it.” Check out the clip above for all of Jones’ thoughts on the drama and rumors (wink!) surrounding the new season, including talk of fighting on the set.
After the jump, check out another clip from the RapFix anniversary show featuring Jones and freestyler Consequence, who performs a rap with a shout out to Basketball Wives. (That one begins around the 8:20 mark.)
Last week, Ton Of Cash lost one of its most unforgettable players, Jonny “The Greek Mystique” Sarhanis. But in true Greek Mystique fashion, Jonny did not go quietly. No, he bid one of the most insane farewells that reality TV has ever seen, involving a speech from Rocky Balboa and the performance he calls “The Animal” that’s gone viral and gotten a million hits on YouTube.
I chatted with Jonny this week to find out the origins of “The Animal” and while I got in some of my own questions, by the end, Jonny was a one-man interview operation, asking and answering his own questions. Behold, the best interview I’ve ever not conducted, plus a GIF of his famous freakout.
You pulled out every quote you could from every Stallone movie in that episode, is that your thing?
I’ve been doing those monologues since I was like thirteen, I used to just do it to make people laugh and at parties, but people love when I do The Animal. That’s like, famous across the United States of America. People absolutely love that. I’m not surprised that America loves it so much and I hope I can perform it again soon on TV. As far as the Rocky monologues, that just touched me. All my life growing up, I watched those movies over and over, non-stop. My parents were concerned because I wasn’t reading as much books as they’d like, but those movies taught me a lot about life and I attribute the message to every day life. It was no secret I was obsessed with the Rocky movies, I have to laugh at the YouTube comments where people are like “He’s doin’ the monologue from Rocky VI!” and it’s like, “No sh*t.”