Hip Hop Honors Interview: Ashanti

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All this week, we’ll be bringing you behind-the-scenes interviews recorded during the rehearsals for this year’s Hip Hop Honors (the show taped a few weeks ago, but will premiere on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c). Today’s offering features Ashanti ruminating on her days at Murder Inc., as well as offering a taste of what to expect from her in the future.

Oh, and funnily enough, if you watched this week’s Real Chance of Love 2, you saw that Classy told a joke that didn’t exactly put Real in stitches. Funnily enough, Ashanti tells the same joke in the mini tribute to Def Comedy Jam below, to a slightly better response.

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I Want To Work For Diddy 2 – Meet The Cast!

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A new season of I Want To Work for Diddy is set to kick off Monday, Nov. 2 at 10/9c. Get a better look at the 11 enterprising individuals who’ll compete to become Diddy’s assistant below, but first, peep the press release:

In the midst of one of our country’s largest recessions, we have at least one person who happens to be hiring – Sean “Diddy” Combs. I Want to Work for Diddy is back again for its second season and this time, the man himself will play an even bigger role in his search for the perfect applicant. He will be searching the globe for the one assistant who is up to the demanding, yet rewarding task of working for one of the world’s most high-profile CEOs. A batch of 11 new hopefuls will be granted the opportunity to battle it out for the toughest and most rewarding of jobs in “the business.” This time, the challenges will only get harder. I Want to Work For Diddy 2 premieres Monday, November 2 at 10 PM ET/PT.

After an exhaustive nationwide search, VH1 found 11 determined young men and women with the raw potential to assist and flourish under the wings of one of the world’s most demanding CEOs. Each one-hour episode showcases a range of challenges, many based on the real life experiences of Diddy’s previous assistants. In addition to completing these tasks, the applicants must also do their best to impress an intimidating panel of judges: renowned business entrepreneur and Founder and President of Uptown Records Andre Harrell, Diddy’s ultimate henchman, Bad Boy executive Phil Robinson and Global Brand Director for Sean “Diddy” Combs Capricorn Clark. Throughout the series Diddy will share his business acumen with viewers by setting up a series of challenges that test the skills of business efficiency and perseverance.

Who will achieve the coveted title of Diddy’s assistant? Tune in for all the tears and meltdowns as we find out who will ultimately work for Diddy.

Hopefuls below!

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Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew – Peep The Full Cast

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The latest Celebrity Rehab spin-off, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, will tackle the mostly unexamined world of sex addiction. It debuts Sunday, Nov. 1 at 10/9c. More details are in the press release below, and after that, get a look at the cast of the show on set…

VH1, Dr. Drew and Irwin Entertainment have expanded their documentary series on addiction to examine one of society’s most taboo topics, sex addiction, in the upcoming series Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew. The series is set to premiere on VH1 on Sunday, November 1 at 10pm.

Addictions are nothing new, and most people are aware of those involving alcohol, drugs, and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, but few know about and understand sex addiction. It afflicts roughly 3%-6% of the American population, and just like other addictions, its impact on personal lives can be devastating. The affliction can wreak havoc on the mental and physical health of those afflicted as well as destroy marriages, families, careers and even finances.

Dr. Drew and a team of the nation’s foremost experts on sexual addiction will guide eight patients through an intensive state of the art program. Living together for 21 days, they’ll meet with Dr. Drew in daily one-on-one and group therapy sessions in order to get to the root of their compulsive behavior.

Dr. Drew is a highly respected practicing MD, is board certified in addiction medicine and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at KECK USC School of Medicine, who will once again give viewers an unflinching look at exactly how the rehab process works and what it feels like for participants. Dr. Drew hopes to use his patients to humanize the process and show viewers that treatment is a viable way to break the cycle of addiction.

Beginning Monday, October 26 fans can catch a sneak peek of the season’s first episode on VH1.com – one week before the on-air premiere. Subsequent episodes will be available on VH1.com the morning after they air. Additional video content from Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew including extras from each episode will be available on VH1.com and on VH1 Mobile throughout the season.

Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew is executive produced by John Irwin and Bruce Toms for Irwin Entertainment. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Howard Lapides are also executive producing. Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, and Noah Pollack are executive producers for VH1.

(FYI, that’s marriage/family therapist Jill Vermeire in the shot above with Dr. Drew.)

The eight Sex Rehab patients (along with some biographical info on them) are below…

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Hip Hop Honors Interview: Ja Rule

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All this week, we’ll be bringing you behind-the-scenes interviews recorded during the rehearsals for this year’s Hip Hop Honors (the show taped a few weeks ago, but will premiere on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c). Today’s offering finds Ja Rule reflecting on his Murder Inc. days, and how times have changed. He’s no longer in hip-hop for the money, for example. His explanation is probably less altruistic than that sounds.

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Ray J Attends Danger’s Baby Shower

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For the Love of Ray J lightning rod Danger is pregnant (for real this time!), so her former fellow reality show contestant Stilts threw her a baby shower. In attendance were another Ray J girl, Cashmere, as well as Ray J himself, as you can see in the shot above. Unlike last time, there’s no suspicion that Ray J is the baby’s father — he just showed up to support his girl. Now there is a reality show bachelor who really cares.

Many more shots of the party can be viewed at Bourgy.

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Broke & Famous Coming Soon To VH1

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VH1 will explore the underbelly of celebrity via the one-off special Broke & Famous, premiering Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10/9c, and starring Willie Aames of Charles in Charge and Celebrity Fit Club. Details in the press release below:

VH1 will chronicle the journey of Willie Aames, a once rich and successful celebrity who descended into poverty, as he works to transform and rebuild his life. The 1-hour special presentation Broke and Famous: Willie Aames premieres Thursday, November 5 at 10pm.

As a young star on two of the most popular shows on television, Willie Aames lived the good life, enjoying both wealth and fame. But he is now faced with the prospect of losing his house, his possessions, and his family, after making a series of bad financial choices and living beyond his means. With no acting roles in sight, Willie is in dire straits with no plan to pull himself out of his situation. Enter Sarano Kelley, a tough, no-nonsense financial guru and life coach who will be tasked with giving Willie the wake-up call he needs and helping him to reshape his financial future…before it’s too late.

“Willie Aames is a well-known figure with a story that’s both compelling and, for many Americans, sadly relatable,” said Jeff Olde, EVP Original Programming and Production, VH1. “Willie has the additional challenge of being a public figure, but we believe that viewers can connect with his efforts to transform his life.”

Willie Aames charmed audiences in the role of Tommy Bradford on the series Eight Is Enough. He followed that role by starring as side-kick Buddy Lembeck opposite Scott Baio on the hit series Charles in Charge. Recently, Aames also appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club 2 and Celebrity Fit Club 6: Boot Camp.

Sarano Kelley is the author of the book, The Game – Win Your Life in 90 Days. A self-made man, he entered Vassar College at 16 years old and was earning $400K in commission as a stockbroker on Wall Street by the time he was 23. As a motivational speaker and life coach, Sarano has trained more than 250,000 people.

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Hip Hop Honors Interview: Chuck D And Boots Riley

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All this week, we’ll be bringing you behind-the-scenes interviews recorded during the rehearsals for this year’s Hip Hop Honors (the show taped a few weeks ago, but will premiere on air Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c). We kick things off with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and Boots Riley of the Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. They talk about what Def Jam Records (the subject of this year’s Honors) means to them and Chuck explains why he’s disappointed that a certain someone isn’t on the lineup for this year’s show. If he were 100 percent satisfied with the way things are, he just wouldn’t be Chuck D.

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