Talk show Diva Wendy Williams came under fire from fans of "The Kang" T.I. after he appeared on her show Thursday with his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris to promote their new reality TV show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.
During the interview, Wendy grilled T.I. on the touchy subjects of his past arrest on drug charges and his incarceration for violating his probation. A tense T.I. repeatedly interrupted Wendy's line of questioning, telling her "Life has moved on." (Watch the video here)
After the show, Wendy uploaded a video to her blog and facebook page giving her unique perspective on the tense verbal exchange between herself and T.I.
"What part of ‘you are an ex-con’ doesn’t he understand?," she said. "I get middle America, he’s trying to change his image. He shoulda thought about that before they arrested them…for real. I like T.I. I like his wife, Tiny. But you can’t have it both ways, sir. You go on 'The View' and other shows and give it up but what is it? I’m too familiar with you so that you don’t want to give it up here?"
But the nervous tension flying between T.I. and Wendy on the set wasn't the only topic of conservation on social networks and the blogs on Thursday.
Sisters in particular bristled when a self-confident T.I. gently told his wife to "pause" as she was about to answer one of Wendy's probing questions.
T.I. hushed his wife because the question involved rapper 50 Cent -- a man -- and T.I. thought that he -- a man -- was better qualified to handle it. No real man would sit quietly while his wife spoke on another man's drama.
It was one of those television moments that lent itself to ridicule and scorn from females on Twitter.com who long ago lost respect for Black men.
During a surprise announcement from the pulpit on Sunday, troubled prosperity preacher Bishop Eddie Long announced he was taking time off as pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
"I'm going to take a little time off to work with my family," Long said Sunday. "I'm still your pastor. You'll still receive my direction," he said, choosing his words carefully. "You've given me some weeks to take care of some family business."
The "family business" that Long seemed to be referring to were conflicting reports that his wife of 21 years, Vanessa G. Long, had sought to terminate their marriage.
On Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Long filed for divorce, saying her decision had been reached "after a great deal of deliberation and prayer." The divorce was announced in a press release early Friday morning. But by Friday afternoon, Eddie Long's own publicist released a statement attributed to Mrs. Long stating she was calling off the divorce.
A few hours after that statement was released, the media received word that the divorce was back on again.
Embattled GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has launched a new website targeted at women, titled Women for Cain. This news follows more allegations of infidelity against Cain.
The NY Daily News reports that the site, which is run by his wife, Gloria Cain, features letters and emails from women who support her husband despite the latest allegations by a Georgia woman who claims she carried on a 13-year affair with Cain.
“Dear Mrs. Cain," wrote one supporter from California, "Don't pay attention to these pathetic husband-less women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages. These vindictive women can't find a husband or keep one.”
Another fan from South Carolina wrote: “It's pathetic and shameful women are so desperate for their five minutes of fame that they would position themselves against the greatest potential President Americans could be blessed enough to have."
The website was launched a day after Cain set Monday as the deadline for making his decision to stay in the race for the White House. Cain had said he would "reassess" his candidacy after campaign donations began to decline.
Meanwhile Ginger White, the woman who alleges a 13-year affair with Cain, apologized Thursday to Cain's wife for going public with the affair.
24 hours after filing for divorce from embattled Atlanta preacher Bishop Eddie Long, his long-suffering wife, Vanessa Long, has asked her attorneys to withdraw her divorce petition.
Mrs. Long blames "years of attacks in the media" for her abrupt decision to file for divorce yesterday (Dec. 1).
But in a new statement released this afternoon, Mrs. Long said,
"Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long," she said in an emailed statement bearing the New Birth logo. "I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength and courage."
Yesterday, Mrs. Long appeared to give up on her marriage to the troubled leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church:
"After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long. Accordingly, I authorized my attorneys to file for divorce on December 1, 2011."
The divorce filing followed a tumultuous period for the Bishop, who, earlier this year, settled a sexual misconduct suit brought by 4 former Longfellow Youth Academy students, and a fifth man who was not included in the suit.
Vanessa G. Long released a statement early Friday morning announcing her decision to terminate her marriage to Long, who is the leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.
The statement reads as follows:
"After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long. Accordingly, I authorized my attorneys to file for divorce on December 1, 2011.
It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously, and fairly. I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter.
I also ask that the public pray for my entire family during this difficult period of transition.
Thank you, and may God continue to bless and keep each of you." Source
The divorce proceeding follows a tumultuous year for the Bishop, who, earlier this year, settled a sexual misconduct suit brought by 4 former Longfellow Youth Academy students, and a fifth man who was not included in the suit.
Things got hot and heavy when rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny Harris sat down with Wendy Williams today to discuss their new VH1 TV series, T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle, which features all 6 of their children.
Watch the interview after the break. Also after the break, watch the full episode of their show before it airs on VH1 on Monday, Dec. 5 (courtesy of That Snitch), and watch T.I. and Tiny on VH1's Big Morning Buzz today!
They say there is someone for everyone in this world, and it seems that former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has found his perfect match in former reality TV personality, Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander ('Flavor of Love'). Hoopz works out regularly, but carrying a 400-pound man on her back while balancing herself on 5-inch heels is a feat in itself. She should be commended for that.
It's highly doubtful that Shaq's ex-wife and baby mama, Shaunie O'Neal, would have given Shaq a ride on her back the way Hoopz did on Jimmy Kimmel Live show on Tuesday. Shaunie seems a little too stiff to bend over for any man to ride her back. But true love is expressed through actions, not just words. It is abundantly clear that Hoopz and Shaq share a special kind of love for each other. Good for them!
Watch the video after the break. Animated gifs courtesy of VH1 blog.
R&B Diva Monica Brown sat down with talk show Diva Wendy Williams yesterday. Mo confirmed she is not currently pregnant, but that she and her husband, Shannon Brown, "practice" getting pregnant "regularly". But Mo added that she and Shannon, who was sitting in the audience, do plan on having kids one day, but they already have 3 boys to raise. Mo talked about her new album, which was pushed back. And she shared photos from her and Shannon's wedding.
There's a surprising twist in the ongoing child custody battle between R&B crooner Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, struggling celebrity stylist, Tameka Foster. The NY Post reports that Foster's attorneys have demanded that Usher submit to a drug test as part of his response to her petition to strip him of his parental rights to their two sons.
But, according to The Post, Usher flatly refused to take the drug test. Foster's court documents indicate that a drug test was demanded, in part, because of blog rumors that Usher is a well-known nose candy connoisseur.
The custody battle between Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, is turning to war: Justin Bieber mentor Usher last week rejected a demand by his ex to submit to drug testing after she alleged he was “in delirium” during a January concert in Germany.
She also filed a request for Raymond to submit to drug testing, claiming she found mysterious pills in his jeans pockets in September 2008, and that she believed he was wasted during the Germany concert, according to court documents.
Video circulated widely online at the time showing Usher meandering onstage in front of the crowd and unable to sing. He apologized to fans, and his reps blamed a respiratory infection for his inability to perform.
Foster, however, alleges he was under the influence of something. “I dated him . . . when he’s had a very serious throat condition and he still performs like a champ,” she said. “ I really feel strongly that something was going on there, and it wasn’t, ‘Oh I have laryngitis.' "
She made a further claim in the deposition: “I believe he gets high. And if he doesn’t then he’d take the drug test, correct?”Source
Last night, following 'Love & Hip Hop' episode 3, VH1 aired a sneak peek of T.I.'s new reality series 'T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle', which premieres Monday, Dec. 5.
The series is based on the post-prison life of rapper T.I., and the different hustles that T.I., Tiny and their children have going on. For instance, T.I.'s son Domani, whom he dotes on, is following in his father's footsteps by picking up the mic.
Tiny's friends, who sometimes travel with the couple on the road, provide the necessary drama in the series. But the focus seems to be primarily on cash money, and T.I.'s drive to keep the cash pipelines open now that his legal problems are over.
"No matter how long it took for me to get it right, it never get wrong again," says T.I. emphatically.
He adds: "The most important thing to me in the world: God, family, hustle, in that order."