Posts By Elizabeth Black

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Highlights From The Basketball Wives Reunion: Part One


Part one of the Basketball Wives reunion is over so…What did you think?? We’re surprised it wasn’t more heated (although hearing Evelyn yell for security was pretty hilarious), but no punches were thrown and there were no major attacks to speak of. We did want to highlight a few of the biggest moments though, so just to recap, here’s a list of the biggest issues that were touched on and some of the best images from the show.
1. What’s Gotten Into Royce?

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Participate In The Ton Of Cash Weekly Viewer’s Poll!


VH1′s newest reality competition Ton Of Cash pits fourteen broke contestants against each other to see who has the staying power and strength to win the grand prize of $1 million. Each week, one contestant will be eliminated and forced to go home empty-handed…unless you, the compassionate viewer, want to throw them some extra money. At the end of each weekly episode, you can text a vote to determine whether or not that night’s eliminated contestant will win bonus money. For official terms and conditions and information on how to vote, check out the rules below. And to see which contestant is in the hot seat, tune in to Ton Of Cash each Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.
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LisaRaye Defends Herself Against Accusations That She Got Stacey Dash Fired From Single Ladies


Fans of Single Ladies have been abuzz since last week when a rumor leaked that one of the show’s stars, Stacey Dash, had been fired. Rumors of tension on the set abounded, but in order to quash rumors, co-star LisaRaye McCoy issued a statement on her Facebook page. In her post, she writes: “As everyone know I am in Italy vacationing. I was just made aware of the lies that are being spread by Mediatakeout and other blogs that like to create false stories. I was not even aware that Stacy Dash had been fired from Single Ladies. Furthermore if she has been fired that is a network decision. I don’t have the power to get her fired nor do I have any beef with her. Now im going to go continue enjoying my vacation!”

Show creator Stacy A. Littlejohn also responded to the rumors, writing “LisaRaye is a very strong woman and we love her, but she does not have that kind of power, nor at any time did she seek to influence any casting decisions. Furthermore, no cast member of Single Ladies has the power to get another cast member fired. The 6th-grade back-stabbing that LisaRaye’s being accused of is completely the creation of the uninformed, instigating internet gossip. Please don’t buy into it. Let’s just celebrate that we have a season two coming!!!!!”

Dash herself has not publicly responded to the rumors, and VH1′s staying mum on the topic as well, stating that “no casting decisions have been made for the second season of Single Ladies.”

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Talking Celebrity Rehab Episode 8 With Dr. Sharp And Jennifer Gimenez

Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew is back for a fifth season, and we’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk about the show with Dr. Drew and some of the other staff at the Pasadena Recovery Center to get an inside look at the rehabilitation process. This week, we spoke with Jenn Gimenez and Dr. John Sharp about Sean Young and Jessica Kiper‘s re-entry into the real world, and the tragic death of Mike Starr.

This week we learned a lot about Sean Young’s backstory and how she and her husband both have drinking problems.

Sean’s situation is a really good example of a complex family system. In other words, we could see that as Sean was at home more, that her drinking increased, and part of that was that she was probably around and increasingly dissatisfied with where her career had brought her. The more free time she had, the easier it was for her to kind of drink a glass of wine when preparing dinner, and continue drinking throughout the night with no regrets that she drank too much, so she was looking at this and she was trying to decide how much of this she had to own up to, and how much of this was a addictive problem, she was really trying to come to terms with that.

But the interesting point is that rather than focus on that, she was looking at the same set of issues as they played out with her husband, and how they played out with him. Was he drinking too much, did one beer become four, or what would happen as the night went on? So we did want to help her by bringing him in to address this, but we didn’t want to only focus on him, because we understood that this was also an expression of her own kind of questions regarding herself.

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Setting The Scene: Backstage At The Basketball Wives 3 Reunion


The Basketball Wives season three reunion special is almost upon us! With a season like this one, you know the reunion is going to be a doozy, and I was there to catch a few behind-the-scenes moments and get the lowdown on everything that happened onstage. Most of which you’ll see when the show airs, but some of it, you won’t. So what was happening backstage?
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Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Basketball Wife?


It’s sort of an obvious question to ask, but we here at the VH1 Blog have been wondering, of all the ladies on Basketball Wives, is there a universal favorite? We doubt it, since women like Royce, Meeka, and Tami tend to be of the “Love ‘Em Or Hate ‘Em” variety (well, at least judging by our comments section you either really love them or REALLY hate them).

Now that the season’s come to an end, tell us, who’s your favorite? Do you love Royce and Meeka for standing their ground and resisting the “popular” girls? Do you appreciate Suzie‘s attempts to be friends with everyone? Do you love Shaunie for keeping things (mostly) calm and cool? Or do you prefer the dramatic but also pretty hilarious antics of Jen, Tami, and Evelyn?

No matter who you prefer, be sure to tune in to the Basketball Wives Season 3 Reunion — part one airs Monday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Behind-The-Scenes Single Ladies Text: April And Keisha Use The Carpool Lane

Single Ladies might be done for the season, but we have a couple of final behind-the-scenes texts to fill in what goes on with the ladies when we’re not watching. In the message above, April and Keisha make carpool plans to head out the the hotel opening with Val — little do they know, Val is going leave early and make some very interesting and unwise choices later that night….

For more bonus features, be sure to check out the Twitter pages of Val (@Val_VH1), Keisha (@Keisha_VH1) and Omar (@Omar_VH1).

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LisaRaye’s Single Ladies Stylist Gives Us The Inside Scoop On Her Favorite Outfits From The Season


Like Stacey Dash, Single Ladies actress LisaRaye McCoy never fails to make us jealous because of how good she looks. On camera and off, she has a signature style that she rocks flawlessly. We got a chance to pick the brain of her Single Ladies stylist Okera Banks recently to get the skinny on just a few of the looks that LRaye was rocking this season while she played the sassy, sexy Keisha Greene. Check out our gallery with photos and comments from Banks about her styling process on the set and where to find similar looks for less…you know, since we don’t all have millionaire Malcolm Franks footing the bill for our wardrobe.

And for those of you in Atlanta this week, Banks will be hosting “Okera Styles ATL” on Friday, August 12th at the W Hotel in downtown Atlanta. The L.A.-based Banks is expanding her business to Atlanta, and the event will feature several A-list stylists, entertainers, and past/present clients of hers, so stop by to learn more about Banks’ fashion expertise on Friday!

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Check Out The Do Something! Award Nominees

We’ve told you about the amazing list of celebrity attendees and performers who’ll be at the Do Something! Awards, (not to mention the return of host Jane Lynch), but we’re giving a special shout-out today to the Do Something! Award nominees themselves, the five young people who have made a huge difference in their communities and are up for the evening’s biggest award.

The nominees and the charities they represent are Taryn Guerrero Davis for The American Widow Project, David Schwartz for The Real Food Challenge, Sarah Cronk for The Sparkle Effect, Mark Kabban for YALLA (Youth And Leaders Living Actively) and Adam Lowy for Move for Hunger. Learn more about all five inspiring nominees in the clip above, and after watching, vote for your favorite here. The Do Something! Awards air on Thursday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.
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