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Rraaorr! VH1 Amps Up The Cattiness With New Animal-Themed Programming

The fur is about to fly on VH1! VH1 is are thrilled to announce a new slate of programming inspired by some of our most beloved hits, but starring America’s most beloved house pets. You’re going to want to paws what you’re doing to hear about this. Among the new shows are Mob Cats, Love & Hip Hop Catlanta, and Love & Hip Hop Meow York, inspired by, you guessed it, Mob Wives and the Love & Hip Hop franchise. And if you though the claws were out on those shows, watch out, because Joseline Fur-nandez and Big Fang are even tougher kitties than human counterparts and they always land on their feet.

It’s the purrfect synergy of America’s passion for adorable animals and all-out catfights. Find out more about our new shows and how you can get your pets in on the action now.

New Programs Present New CATegory for the Music + Pop Culture Network
Open CATsting Call for New Series “Mob Cats” + “Love & Hip Hop: Catlanta” + “Love + Hip Hop: Meow York”

NEW YORK, NY (April 1, 2014) – The cat is out of the bag today as VH1 announced a new slate of original animal-centric programming for VH1’s new Feline Fridays. Greenlights for the new night include “Mob Cats,” “Love & Hip Hop: Catlanta,” “Love + Hip Hop: Meow York” and “Behind The Scratch Board: Kitty Purry.” Sneaks of the series are available now at and in the VH1 App.

New Series Ordered Include:
• ”Mob Cats” tags along with Staten Islands most (in)famous litter as they scratch, paw and pounce their way to the top. These kitties will definitely need all nine of their lives.
• ”Love & Hip Hop: Catlanta” The claws are out as these kittens hustle the game to make it in hip-hop. Some get distracted by laser pointers, though.
• ”Love & Hip Hop: Meow York” These bad kitties are prowling Meow York and they aren’t playing nice in the litter box. The claws will most certainly come out.
• ”Behind the Scratch Board: Kitty Purry” examines the glamorous – and yet still very lazy and indifferent – life of America’s most famous kitty and her famous momma, Katy Perry.

“You can’t deny the growing impact that pets are having on pop culture,” said Tom Calderone, President, VH1. “We know that crossing our proven hit franchises like ‘Mob Wives’ and ‘Love & Hip Hop’ with feline characters and storylines will be catnip to our viewers.”

Additionally, VH1 put out word of an open CATsting call. VH1 is looking for willing and able cats for its new series. To submit your cat for one of the network’s new shows, tweet or Instagram @VH1 a picture of your animal with the hashtag #VH1CatCasting. For every picture submitted VH1 will also donate $1 to a national animal support organization.

For more information, check out, @VH1 and the VH1 Facebook page.

Kevin Purrrrner

by (@lizburrito)

“All I Saw Was A Gun Shooting At Me”: Benzino Describes The Feud That Led To His Shooting

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Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Benzino has spent the last three days in the hospital recovering from two gunshot wounds to the back and the arm, and now he’s spoken out about the situation that led up to his shooting. The Boston Globe reports that a feud over money and over the care of Benzino’s now-deceased mother led to tension within his family. Early details of the shooting claimed Benzino was riding in the funeral procession on the way to the church, but Benzino clarifies that he actually was not on his way to the funeral, he has mourned his mother, Mary Scott, separately that day so he would not disrupt the memorial.

“I didn’t want to be around them. I felt like, I didn’t want any problems. I can love my mother and there doesn’t have to be any problems with family,” he told the Globe. He adds that he encountered the funeral procession by chance as he was driving to meet a friend. “I looked over, there was a car, and all I saw was a gun shooting at me. I was trying to duck and dodge, drive around it, maneuver the car…I was bleeding a lot. I was driving with my thumb in my shoulder to try to stop the bleeding.” The assailant, Gai Scott, is the son of Benzino’s sister and has been arrested and charged with armed assault with intent to murder.

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“Bro, I Don’t Do Television”: This Is Hot 97 Pulls Off Its Series Premiere With A Kanye Cameo

There’s a running gag throughout the series premiere of This Is Hot 97 that, since the radio station is a magnet for huge stars, it should be no problem to land celebrity cameos on the TV show from celebs like Jay Z and Kanye West. In these two clips from tonight’s show, Ebro, the Hot 97 station manager, has his eye on the prize. First, he enlists the help of his pal Macklemore to convince one of his chart-topping friends like Justin Timberlake or Eminem. “I don’t think Macklemore’s gonna work for the big star we need,” Ebro explains. “We all know he didn’t have the best rap album of the year so…I don’t know.”

But can Ebro pull off the biggest coup of all, a guest spot from the elusive Kanye? Read more…

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All Is Revealed On Tonight’s Black Ink Crew: Dutchess’s Dramatic Secrets

Tonight’s episode of Black Ink Crew did not disappoint. There was the crazy relationship drama we’ve come to expect from these co-workers, and the even crazier tattoos they make their living creating for their celebrity clientele. On tonight’s episode, we got a visit from the one and only Mama Jones, and we also learned the heartbreaking news that Dutchess suffered a miscarriage before she and Ceaser took their disastrous trip to Jamaica. Read more…

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PumKash! Mama Jones Goes Under The Ink Gun For A Signature Tattoo On Black Ink Crew

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Love & Hip Hop and Chrissy & Mr. Jones star Mama Jones visited Black Ink tonight to adorn her skin with her signature catchphrase — say it with me: PumKASH!
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What Will The Mirror Make Jackie Christie Do???

Jackie Christie doesn’t usually need much of an excuse to get emotional or heated, she’s just a passionate woman in general. But what if she was actually possessed? Good question.
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We’re Post-Gaming With Hot 97: Tune In To This Is Hot 97 After Hours At 11 PM

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Tonight at 10:30PM ET/PT is the series premiere of This Is Hot 97, and immediately following the show’s premiere, the show’s stars, Miss Info and Peter Rosenberg, will be hosting a live after show that you can watch in the player above.

Tonight’s post show will also feature special guests Ebro and rapper Maino (who has a cameo on the episode). If you want to participate, they’ll be taking your questions via Twitter with the hashtags #thisishot97, #askebro and #askmaino, so watch the episode and then log on to chat live with the cast tonight!!


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VH1 Announces #CandidlyNicole Starring Nicole Richie, Premieres July 2014

Fashion Icon Nicole Richie Hosts the Launch of Styletag

Nicole Richie is one of our favorite personalities in fashion, on Twitter, and in life, pretty much. So we are freaking out a little that she’s bringing her hilarious AOL web series #CandidlyNicole to VH1 this summer as a half-hour show. The series will follow Richie as she and her family navigate life, while she adds her hilarious commentary to every situation. #CandidlyNicole premieres July 17th, 2014. Read on for more details about the new series.


Based on the Successful AOL Online Series “#CandidlyNicole,” the New
Television Series Produced by Telepictures and World of Wonder
Is Set to Premiere Thursday, July 17th With 8 Episodes

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Stevie J. Visited Benzino In The Hospital

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Yesterday we reported that Benzino had been hospitalized after being shot in the Boston area on his way to his mother’s funeral. Zino can rest a bit easier today knowing that the shooter, his nephew Gai Scott, has been arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder. Benzino’s also received a couple of morale-boosting visits during his hospital stay from his girlfriend, Althea Heart, and his best pal and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta co-star Stevie J. Check out the gallery of photos of Benzino on his way to recovery.

[Photos: Instagram]