Love & Hip Hop Atlanta friends Benzino and Stevie J seem to be on the outs again. After Stevie posted an explicit photo of Benzino’s fiancée Althea on Twitter, the magazine owner took it upon himself to come at Joseline Hernandez. He claims that Stevie’s father caught her cheating with the driver.
Benzino is also claiming that the only reason the music producer is still with Joseline is because he’s praying she doesn’t “leak those pics.” The two continued to go back and forth on Twitter until Benzino asked Stevie if he was “bout that.” Stevie did not respond. This is the second social media war for Stevie J in the last few weeks. He recently go into it with his alleged wife Joseline.
One lesson you should learn about Mase – NEVER ask him about preaching while at a music-based event! Konan of 92Q Jams in Baltimore learned that the hard way when he opened up his interview at the BET Awards Radio Broadcast Center with “so the people want to know, are you preaching or are you rapping?” It all went south from there.
Mase went on a rant for several minutes. Unfortunately the audio is not the greatest quality but you can make out a few strong statements:
“Actually the interview right now is about music.”
“It’s time for us as Black people to realize that we can do more than one thing.”
“I think to put someone in a box is somewhat narrow-minded.”
“I only get questions like that from the east coast like Baltimore and New York.”
“I can’t be focused on church questions with HOOD people.”
“If they want to talk about church, they have to come to church and if they want to talk about music, we’re on the air for music and nothing else.”
Ouch! Needless to say this rant went on for nearly four minutes and Mase didn’t appear to be very engaged for the remainder of the interview. What did we learn from this? Maybe that question should have been saved for the very end of the interview. Rappers are sensitive about their ish! Thoughts?
Every Little Step for Bobby Brown these days apparently takes some effort. New Edition performed in Mississippi last week and Bobby was so winded that he was unable to continue. In the video, posted by TMZ, Bobby starts off ok … but then skips a move altogether. Then another. Then he just flat out stops, doubles over, and eventually walks off.
Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2014/07/bobby-brown-tuckers-out-quits-mid-performance-watch/#VoASZKCLhAmWsd4P.99
Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, was sentenced to eight years in prison for bank fraud on Tuesday, July 8, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. According to the site, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star could have been given anywhere between 92 to 115 months behind bars.
As previously reported, Nida, 35, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud. Prosecutors alleged that Nida and his co-conspirators made fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in at least 11 states.
“By pleading guilty today, Mr. Nida admits to his conduct in the past, and accepts full responsibility for it,” his attorney Thomas D. Bever told Us Weekly in a statement at the time. “Potential incarceration will be based on Mr. Nida’s sentencing guidelines calculation as well as a variety of other factors, which have not yet been determined.”
At the time of his plea, a source told Us just how serious the situation was. “His alleged co-conspirator has told all to prosecutors,” the insider said. “That generally means bad news for the last man standing.”
Parks, for her part, has yet to comment on her husband’s predicament. The couple married in 2009.
Can you believe The Cosby Show turns 30? September 20, 1984 the very first episode aired. I was just a little girl a few months shy from my 8th birthday. I can not recall if I remember seeing this episode when it aired or if I remember it when I got older but I do know that I have seen all 202 episodes of one of the best black shows.. scratch that, one of the BEST TV SHOWS ever. It was the one show my parents let me tune in every week to watch.
Since I deputized myself as the BIGGEST fan of the show, I was pretty surprised (and tickled) to see that there were things I did not know about the show that mentalfloss.com brought to our attention. Check it out:
1. HUXTABLE: LIMOUSINE DRIVER?
In Bill Cosby’s original pitch, he played a limousine driver, and Clair was a union plumber. Camille Cosby told her husband that she thought the TV couple should be more representative of their own family—two white-collar professional parents. When executive producer Marcy Carsey sided with Camille, Cosby capitulated and made the patriarch a doctor and Clair an attorney.
2. “MIRA QUE TIENE COSA LA MUJER ESTA…”
Another one of Cosby’s early visions of the show was for Clair to be Dominican, and to have her revert to her native Spanish whenever she was frustrated. He pictured it as a reverse I Love Lucy scenario, where the audience always knew when Ricky Ricardo had reached his limit because he’d burst into a Spanish-language tirade.
3. PHYLICIA RASHAD’S STARE HELPED GET HER THE ROLE
Of all the actresses who auditioned for the role of Clair, Phylicia Rashad caught Cosby’s eye because of the way she argued with Theo during the screen test. Unlike the previous candidates, she didn’t wag her head and she didn’t place her hand on her hip. Instead, she simply stopped speaking and gave Theo a look—and her eyes said enough to frighten any child into submission. Cosby knew immediately that Phylicia was Clair.
4. COSBY WORRIED ABOUT THE STUDIO AUDIENCE’S REACTION TO THE PILOT
The Cosby Show’s pilot was filmed in front of a live audience, and even though there were plenty of laughs where expected, Cosby was worried that the audience wasn’t embracing his overall vision of the series. In the scene where Theo is defending the “D” on his report card, he earnestly tells his dad, “If you weren’t a doctor, I wouldn’t love you less, because you’re my dad. So rather than feeling disappointed because I’m not like you, maybe you should accept who I am and love me anyway, because I’m your son.”
What concerned Cosby about this scene was the spontaneous applause from the audience after Theo’s speech. Luckily the audience reacted even more enthusiastically when he replied with complete conviction, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life!”
5. THE STORY BEHIND THOSE SWEATERS
Cliff Huxtable’s iconic sweaters were the work of Dutch fashion designer Koos Van Den Akker. Van Den Akker was asked by an customer of his in the early 1980s to make a unique sweater as a present for her friend, Bill Cosby. Cosby wore that sweater on camera while filming an episode of his show. Mail poured in as viewers wanted to know where they could buy a similar garment.
Cosby asked Van Den Akker to make more, and a legacy was born. The sweaters’ designer described the process of creating each pullover as a “painting,” throwing various colors and patterns of fabric pieces together on a jersey/wool blend canvas. According to Van Den Akker, each design tread a “very thin line between absolutely awful and something of genius.”
6. THERE WERE ORIGINALLY ONLY FOUR HUXTABLE CHILDREN
At one point in the pilot, Clair asks, “Why did we have four children?” He responds, “Because we didn’t want five.” Originally, Denise was the oldest of the offspring, followed by Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy. But once the series was poised to become a hit, Bill Cosby decided to add an additional older child—one who was away at college and was an example of successful parenting. Enter Princeton student Sondra, the eldest Huxtable child.
7. IN REAL LIFE, SONDRA COULDN’T HAVE BEEN CLAIR’S DAUGHTER
Sabrina LeBeauf, the actress who played Sondra, is only 10 years younger than her TV mom. Sabrina won the role over such staunch competitors as Whitney Houston and future Miss America Suzette Charles. LeBeauf impressed Cosby partly because she had recently graduated from a prestigious university (Yale), just like the character he had in mind.
8. ITALIANS COULDN’T PRONOUNCE “HUXTABLE”
The Cosby Show not only topped the ratings charts at home, it was also a hit internationally—albeit with some minor tweaks made for non-U.S. audiences. For example, in Italy, the surname “Huxtable” proved to be impossible to pronounce, so the family’s name was changed and the show was titled I Robinson (“The Robinsons”) in Italy. Why “Robinson” instead of, say, Smith or Jones? The name was chosen in honor of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.
9. RUDY WAS ALMOST PLAYED BY URKEL
In Bill Cosby’s original vision, the Huxtables had two boys and two girls (this was before Sondra was added to the mix). The youngest child, Rudy, was originally supposed to be a younger brother who looked up to Theo. Eight-year-old Jaleel White (Family Matters’ future Urkel) had auditioned so strongly that his agent told his parents that they should start looking for apartments in New York, where The Cosby Show was filmed.
The producers still had a few more kids to consider, and one of those last-minute interviews was with four-year-old charmer Keshia Knight-Pulliam. Director Jay Sandrich recalled trying to talk to Keshia, asking her if she could remember lines, but she kept looking away from him. He finally asked her what was wrong. The story goes that she pointed to a monitor and said, “That’s me! How can you make me on the TV?” Immediately enchanted, Sandrich moved Keshia’s name to the top of the short list, and Theo became an only son surrounded by four sisters.
10. THEO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE TALLER
The casting call for the role of Theo specified that he was 6’2″ and 15 years old. Malcolm-Jamal Warner, however, was 13 and 5’5″. Nevertheless, he landed an interview on the last day auditions were held. According to Warner, he read the Monopoly money scene with Cosby like a traditional TV brat—hand on hip, eyes rolled, a real smart-aleck. Everyone in the room was laughing … except for Cosby. He asked the young actor if he’d act like that with his real father. With that advice in mind, Warner read for the part a second time and nailed it.
11. VANESSA’S EARLY COLLEGE ENROLLMENT WAS WRITTEN IN SO TEMPESTT BLEDSOE COULD GO TO ACTUAL COLLEGE
Season 7 begins with a “back to school” episode where Cliff and Clair happily usher their brood out the door the morning after summer vacation ended. But why was Vanessa carrying a suitcase instead of a Trapper Keeper? It’s revealed that Vanessa attended summer school so she could graduate a year early, and was now bound for Lincoln College in Pennsylvania. The sudden change in Vanessa’s story arc was due to Tempestt Bledsoe’s desire to get her degree, and Cosby’s determination to help her however possible.
After graduating from high school, Bledsoe told her boss that she’d enrolled at New York University but would be attending classes in the evenings and on weekends so it wouldn’t affect her work schedule. Cosby instead arranged the show’s shooting schedule so that Bledsoe could go to school full-time, which is why we only saw Vanessa sporadically throughout the season. Tempestt recalls that Cosby used to post her grades on his dressing room door.
Chris Brown’s hos ain’t loyal, but his bros sure are … ’cause they straight up carried him out of a Hollywood club and into the waiting ride of Karrueche Tran.
Brown was leaving Playhouse in the wee hours of Monday morning, but not under his own power. Brown’s arms were squarely wrapped around the shoulders of two guys … while a few other people cleared the way.
Tran — Chris’ on-again/off-again girlfriend — was waiting in a sick orange Lambo … ready to whisk CB away. No doubt he napped the whole ride.
As TMZ previously reported, Brown emerged from jail earlier this month pledging he would change his partying ways and never go back behind bars. So much for that.
That’s right, actor & martial arts master Taimak from the classic movie The Last Dragon turned 50! He still has that glow! For many of us who have seen the cult classic, The Last Dragon, starring Taimak Guarriello, the “Glow” reminds of how we often marveled at Taimak’s agility and chiseled physique. Cast by Motown legend Berry Gordy in the lead role, Taimak played the unforgettable Bruce Leroy, the Bruce Lee wannabe in search of “The Glow.”
Taimak has also appeared in over a dozen plays, including Roadhouse in 2004 in New York City, playing the notable role of Dalton in this rendition of Patrick Swayzes 80’s cult classic.
As martial arts choreographer and trainer, Taimak has worked with Madonna and with the rock group Bush. He has guest starred on several television shows, including Ally McBeal, A Different World and Third Watch, just to name a few. Last year, he developed a wellness program for at risk children called Unfolding Dreams. He delivers the seminar in at risk communities nationwide.
Taimak is also a fitness expert that has helped literally thousands get in shape with his fitness DVD called Create the Perfect Package.
BlackDoctor.org recently sat down with Taimak to get his tips on how he continues to look young and remain healthy.
Name: Taimak Guarriello
Birthplace: Born in Los Angeles, raised in New York
Birth date: June 27, 1964
You’ve seen him/her in: The starring role of “Bruce LeRoy” in The Last Dragon.
Filming The Last Dragon Part II
BDO: What is the best health tip you ever received?
Taimak: The best health tip that I’ve ever received states that “What’s good for one person is not always good for another.” People have different body types, various allergies and other circumstances that may cause one person to have different dietary needs. Another great health tip that I can pass along to your readers is to pay attention to the foods you eat. Healthy eating and nutrition is half the battle in creating a healthy lifestyle. Many foods have chemicals and elements that prove to be detrimental to the body. It’s important to read your food labels and do research to discern what’s best for you.
BDO: What’s your biggest struggle/temptation to remain a healthy lifestyle?
Taimak: Fitness and health have always come natural for me at a young age, so food temptations were not such a big problem for me. The biggest struggle that I now have is the mental aspect of health—being able to deal with stress and pressures of life and making sure that doesn’t negatively affect me. Many people don’t realize that our mental truly does affect our physical. I counteract the negative mental strains with meditation and affirmations.
BDO: What would you say is your greatest health accomplishment?
Taimak: Being almost 46 years old, I’m in the best shape of my life, even better than I was when starring in The Last Dragon. As you get older, your priorities change. When I was younger, I wanted to have a huge chest or biceps. Now, it’s more about remaining healthy, being able to run, exercise, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. One of my most recent biggest achievements is that I completed the 26.2 mile New York marathon last year. It was such a thrill running through all five boroughs and crossing the finish line.
BDO: Name one exercise that when you do it, it doesn’t feel like exercise?
Taimak: Strength conditioning and my normal exercise routine have been a part of my life for so long that its just a part of me—its who I am.
BDO: Name one health condition that’s prevalent in your family, and how you work to keep it in check?
Taimak: Various heart conditions have struck some close to me. That is one reason why I’m such an advocate for creating a healthy lifestyle when you’re young so that it can be a part of you and grow with you as you grow.
BDO: In your pursuit of achievement, what keeps you going?
Taimak: The love of my family, friends, and fans keeps going daily. They are my base and my support
Taimak’s fitness DVD, electrochemistry products and youth programs can be found on www.dynasty8.com or www.unfoldingdream.org
Lil Scrappy, the “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star is having legal troubles with the Department of Revenue who have slapped him with a tax lien to the tune of $8,270.18 adding woes to the rapper who already owes money due to legal disputes.
Scrappy, whose real name is Darryl Kevin Richardson II, was handed the tax lien to add to the whopping $258,000 that he already owes after he lost a series of lawsuits.
Chancy Hope won a judgment against Scrappy and is owed $150,000. In another lawsuit, Heavy Rotation, a concert booking company is also expecting $108,510.38 from the 30-year-old rapper. It has been reported that his checks from “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” are being garnished to pay for both settlements.
On April 4th, the Georgia Department of Revenue filed a lien against Scrappy for failing to pay his taxes in 2006. The original amount would have been $2,927 had he paid his taxes then. But, it reached the current amount after a $1,000 in interest, $3,000 in various penalties and another $1,374 in collection and other miscellaneous costs were added on top.
Reportedly, documents reveal that the Department of Revenue sniffed around to see if Scrappy had any personal property to put a lien on. They went through everything he owned and found that he actually didn’t have any assets to put a lien on – at least not for now.
Atlanta’s Lil Scrappy is the protégé of producer and rapper Lil Jon. He discovered Scrappy while performing in a bar, when a fight broke out during his set. He was signed on to Lil Jon’s BME Recordings along with label mate Trillville – making them some of the first entertainers to perform under the company.
Right now, Lil Scrappy has managed to create a loyal following in the Atlanta hip hop scene and all throughout the southeast of the country.
Financial Juneteenth lessons from Dr. Boyce Watkins:
1) Liku didn’t write this article to ridicule Lil Scrappy. Instead, it is to show that the mass promotion of self-destructive culture is harmful to the entire black community. Shows like Love & Hip-Hop lead the way and we should not stand idly by while this is happening. When we have kids who know the latest dance steps before the know their ABCs, we should take a second and question our value system to determine if we are creating a culture that is designed for prosperity or oppression.
2) A few of the signs of manhood are discipline, courage and impulse control. Your father is supposed to leave your inheritance, and too many of our fathers need fundraisers for their children to bury them. If you obtain wealth and use that wealth as an opportunity to engage in consistently irresponsible consumption, you’ll soon find that your purpose in life has been to fatten the pockets of big, white corporations and to guide the people you love right back into poverty.
3) Far too often, mass American media promotes the most ignorant among us and gives them the biggest microphones. While there are thousands of brilliant, hard-working doctors, lawyers, and parents in our community, reality TV has chosen to consistently promote those of us who engage in irresponsible behavior and choices. The fact that this man has earned millions of dollars and has zero financial assets should be openly discussed as a case study of what NOT to do when you get your hands on money as a black man. I am not attacking the brother, but I have to be honest and say that we shouldn’t sit by silently while these sorts of “examples” are being promoted to our children as black culture.
Mona Scott, the creator of this show, should know better. She’s quickly becoming the new Bob Johnson.
Singer Beyonce will appear in your living room. Starting tomorrow at 8:55 pm on HBO, the singer will start episode one of her show Beyonce: X10 right before the hit show, True Blood. The show will have 10 episodes.
On the episode, she will be performing her hit singles, “XO”, “Drunk In Love”, and her other hit singles from the past. This is not the first time she worked with HBO as she released her Life Is A Dream documentary last year when daughter Blue Ivy was born.
Currently, the singer and her rap husband Jay Z are prepping for their “On The Run” tour which is set to kick off in Miami, Florida on Wednesday.
Singer Beyonce will appear in your living room. Starting tomorrow at 8:55 pm on HBO, the singer will start episode one of her show Beyonce: X10 right before the hit show, True Blood. The show will have 10 episodes. On the episode, she will be performing her hit singles, “XO”, “Drunk In Love”, and her other hit singles from the past. This is not the first time she worked with HBO as she released her Life Is A Dream documentary last year when daughter Blue Ivy was born. Currently, the singer and her rap husband Jay Z are prepping for their “On The Run” tour which is set to kick off in Miami, Florida on Wednesday.
Man…we guess Joe Budden did a real number on her! Former Joe Budden boo-thang Kaylin Garcia revealed to Vlad TV that she makes celebrities sign a “dating contract” before they can go out with her! She also talks about the crazy messages she receives online.
When producer Stevie J first landed on our television screens during the initial season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” many were shocked when he revealed that he had five different baby mommas. Because we saw how he treated his daughter Eva, the child he shares with MiMi Faust, many expected Stevie to be a creep when it came to women, but a doting father when it came to his children. All of that was discovered to be nothing but smoke and mirrors when former record executive Carol Antoinette Bennett came forward and told the world Stevie owed more than a million dollars in back child support for the two children he shares with her.
In an effort to tell her truth, Bennett held a press conference on October 31, 2013 to share her story of struggling to collect what rightfully belongs to her children. Recently, RadarOnline posted a story stating right before the press conference, Stevie J, real name Steven A. Jordan, left a voicemail on Bennett’s phone saying, “What’s going on, uh I see all this press it’s going crazy and then I see something ’bout a press conference on October 31. I would ask you not to do a press conference…so let’s try to figure out what we doing, what’s goin’ on aight?”
That voicemail did little to deter Bennett from speaking out. In fact, Bennett, with her legal team present, spoke to The Urban Daily about how she and Stevie J first started dating, how his children reacted to seeing their father’s antics on television, and what she expects to come out of her speaking up about the whole child support matter.
TUD: Why choose to speak about Stevie J’s child support case now?
CAB: Well, it didn’t just happen now. This has been an ongoing situation. We’ve actually been to court twice. The thing is I haven’t been the one pushing to go to court. He’s tried to go to court to not pay anything and has been denied twice. So basically, I’ve just been feeling that the system has been failing me and there’s not much I can do. My kids are in high school. My daughter just started high school so we’re preparing for college. It’s time for saving. We have to make sure that they’re not just prepared academically. We have to make sure they’re prepared financially as well. We had an agreement in the child support order that he would provide insurance. But nothing [has] been covered by Stevie for the last twelve or thirteen years.
When you two first got together was he anything like what we see in television?
When we first met he was a good guy. We had a lot in common. We were both seriously connected in the business. He comes from a nice, big family. I don’t come from a big family, but we bonded over our love for family. He had a daughter and was very good with children. We were engaged for about two and a half years. We had known each other quite a while before then because I worked with Uptown Records and Motown Records. He was working with Jodeci at the time and he used to always tell me, “You’re gonna be my wife.” I told him, “No. No. No. I won’t mess with any artists!” He said, “Well, I’m not an artist.” So that’s how the whole thing kinda started. Then we had my son. Then we had my daughter and in between that he got a publishing deal.
What do you say to those people who believe you’re only doing this because he’s on TV and making money?
That’s the misconception. My kids are 14 and 16. He has not made a voluntary payment in years. There’s a court order in place to pay x amount per month. If you don’t pay that, even if you can come close, it technically didn’t occur. He’s missed 168 payments. The reason why, this (is) my own speculation, because he’s been able to get away with it, why not keep doing it? Where’s the enforcement at? Okay, he doesn’t have a passport. He still can live, he’s just not going out of the country. It’s just being negligent and not taking on responsibility for your kids, but he doesn’t mind doing it for any other women.
In the initial press release we got from you, you referenced the 1992 Child Support Recovery Act, which says it’s a crime to leave a state owing more than $10,000 in back child support if the child support case has been outstanding for two or more years. When he was getting ready to leave New York, why didn’t you say something to him then about the child support?
First of all, I am extremely independent. And with or without him, I’m going to take care of my kids. It’s been done already. They made it to their teens. Honestly, I thought the system was there to protect me and my children. The problem is because it’s New York state, when you go from state to state, the state isn’t able to go beyond state lines. The case would have to become federal for New York state to enforce the child support law.
Another thing is that a lot of his monies were being kept in businesses. When you change the name, it’s hard to continue to track those businesses. He changes the business name every two years. Also, he moves money and puts it in other peoples’ names. That’s what I think is happening. That’s what I’ve come up with because he does have companies.
The few payments that have been garnished from him–I should say seized rather than garnished because garnished means it came from a paycheck and seized means they had to go and get it. So whether it’s a publishing check, you know publishing checks come like four times a year, there may be something to come out of it. There may not. It’s the luck of the draw sometimes. One time I received a check for $35. I’m not sure where it came from.
The thing I need you to understand is I’m not looking to throw him under the bus. I can say that literally and figuratively. I’m not looking to have him locked up or go to jail. I just want him to be responsible. If you live in another state and you’re not able to see your kids or physically be there for them, you now have an obligation to make a payment. He has just decided he isn’t going to do it and there’s no enforcement. Because there’s no enforcement, he feels like he can get away with it. That’s inappropriate because when my kids need shoes, they’re looking at me. My son is going to be getting his license soon and he’s going to want a car. Guess who he’s going to be looking at for that car. He’s going to be looking at me.