Sitting down with Charlamagne, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee, the 40-year-old opened up about her LP, why it’s her last, record sales, and her issues with Tiny and Toya Wright. Tamar also was honest about husband Vince‘s recent Sony Music lawsuit, touring with Xscape and Monica, and a whole lot more.
Mona Scott-Young On Keyshia Cole & Love & Hip Hop: Miami Spin-Off
Exclusive Via: TheJasmineBrand
In a recent interview with theJasmineBrand.com correspondent @SmithWorldWide, Love & Hip Hop executive producer Mona Scott-Young opens up about snagging Keyshia Cole on the upcoming season of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. She says,
“You know Keyshia always has great stories to tell. I think that’s what people loved when she had her own show. They love it through her storytelling and her music so we just wanted to give her an opportunity to kind of have another platform to do that. “
When asked if it was difficult to secure the singer she admits,
“Was it hard? You know what, at first she said no for a very long time and then we spent a little bit of time together and I think she realized that, I think she has a story to tell and she wants to be able to tell it and this was a platform to do that. Yeah! So we are excited to have her.”
Mona, who is currently EP’ing Xscape’s new docu-series, confirms that the Love & Hip Hop franchise will continue to venture into other cities. “Houston I love. We wanted to do Houston and we went into Houston to cast and we may go back to Houston but I think it’s pretty common knowledge that we’re doing Miami. Yes! So Miami is coming up but yeah I would love to do Houston. Houston is one of my favorite cities that and New Orleans. Yes!”
Now we all remember that Keyshia Cole explained why she turned down Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, and more during her interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club back on (Feb. 21). According to Cole, Love & Hip Hop creator Mona Scott Young offered her “a little bit more” than $1 million to join the reality show.
“Mona reached out to me a few times and was just asking if I would be willing to do it,” Cole explained. “I think it’s a great platform for artists if you do it right, I wouldn’t want to be in all the crazy stuff.”
We wonder what changed her mind…Hmm.
Check out that interview from earlier this year below.
Taraji P. Henson’s‘Cookie Lyon’ is the best thing about FOX’s ‘Empire’, and with the show entering it’s fourth season, Taraji is keeping it real about having to let ‘Cookie’ go in the future.
Via Page Six:
“I could not do this forever. No. Cookie wears me out!” Henson exclaims during a recent interview with Variety. “She drains me,” the actress adds with a laugh. “She is emotionally all over the place. Those writers, they just keep pushing my emotions with every episode. By the 18th episode [of each season], I’m dead. I got to get far away. I don’t wear animal print. I cut my hair into a bob. I don’t wear a weave because I’ve got to get as far away from Cookie as possible.”
When asked if she has a number of seasons in mind she’d like “Empire” to stay on the air, Henson quips, “Once it’s syndicated — and then I’m like, ‘Thank you. Goodnight!’”
“I learned this from the women of ‘Sex and the City’ — you’ve got to know when to go out. You don’t want to overstay your welcome. You want to go out on a high. You want to be remembered as the number one show on network,” Henson adds. “I’m going to lose my passion, I know me. And Cookie is enough. I can’t do that for so long.”
While playing Cookie is an emotionally taxing role, Henson wasn’t always confident that her erratic character would resonate with audiences. When she first read the script for “Empire,” she says, she was “scared to death.”
“I thought people would hate her,” Henson admits. “Because of the things that she says, it was very risky, because that’s a character that if it’s not handled correctly, it would turn the audience off.”
Henson could have never imagined the success “Empire” would become — many would say, in large part thanks to her Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance as Cookie — but she originally signed onto the Fox pilot because the character frightened her.
“Any role that scares me is a challenge and I don’t back away from challenges. That’s how I pick roles — if it scares me, I have to do it,” she explains. “Cookie scared me a bit and the challenge was, how do I make the audience connect and feel and empathize for her? Once I did that work, I was like, OK, people are either going to love her or hate her. Thank God it worked. Phew!”
Henson also admits that the importance placed on overnight ratings is part of the reason why she actually prefers working in film than TV. We all know that recently she starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.”
“I’m in a unique position on my television show, ‘Empire,’ because I think sometimes television is kind of corporate, and I’m an artist and my brain doesn’t work like that. What I mean by corporate is that it’s like a government job almost — you’re still acting, but it’s a different set-up,” Henson explains, continuing, “Film, I like better. You have a day to shoot one scene and you get to let it breathe, and you have one writer for your character so your character doesn’t feel schizophrenic — sometimes, my characters feel schizo on television because there are so many opinions and so much input … that’s why I like film a little better. One writer, one director, one [studio] head. Not all those voices.”
Although the role of ‘Cookie has been a successful role. I’m sure we all can relate to becoming drained with constantly seeing the typical black woman stereotype in film & on TV.
We know all too well the angry black girl narrative. You know, the one you see on TV: the lady whose always yelling, hand gestures everywhere, neck rolling – the bubble-gum-popping black girl who always has plenty to say, usually something nagging, loud and confrontational. You’ll see her on “reality” TV shows such as Love & Hip Hop and Bad Girls Club, or go back to the 1930s and she was Sapphire on the radio (and later TV) show Amos ‘n’ Andy.
The stereotype has parallels in the “strong black woman” and the “strong independent woman” (of any race): all limit our ability as women to emote, as if the only emotion we can express is anger and our only quality is strength.
These images of black femininity are constantly force-fed to us through the media, and it’s time we started questioning why. The fact that we are consistently portrayed this way says a lot about society’s treatment of black people – the lack of respect and even kindness towards black women.
It’s mentally exhausting to keep seeing these roles in the highlights when it comes to gaining good ratings.
Momma Dee is putting her neck on the line for Trump!
“Love & Hip Hop” star Momma Dee is revealing her political views. The reality star stated that she didn’t vote in the last election, but she does agree with President Trump?! The president of the United States doesn’t get much A-list support he was even canceled by Kanye West, but he does have a strong base among reality stars, so it seems. POTUS, who appointed Omarosa to his staff, can count one of the stars of Love & Hip Hop among his fans. The reality star voiced her unpopular opinion on a radio show this week.
The L&HH Atlanta diva paid a visit to celebrity publicist Domenick Nati’s iHeartRadio show recently, and the topic came around to The Donald. First, Dee admitted she didn’t vote:“I’m gonna be frankly honest… I did not vote and I am glad I didn’t. Wanna know why? It wouldn’t have counted anyway,” she said. “We should have an election of just ‘electoral’ votes and let the United States vote… If you were going to have a vote based off of electoral votes, why would you have all of these folks get up in the morning and take their lunch breaks, get in long lines, vote early? None of it counted!”
Well. It got worse. She then went on to say she supports Trump’s immigration policy and wants him to build the wall: “I believe in his policies on immigration… I think they should pay for the wall,” she continued. “Mexicans wanna come over here and make money. They come over here for every dollar; it’s two or three of em’… and they come over here not paying taxes… they should pay for it.”
Let’s admit that not all of Momma Dee’s beliefs are ludicrous, she does have a couple of points. The voting thing has been debated for decades, and she’s not all the way wrong for choosing not to vote. We all know how the voting process goes.However, expecting the Mexican government to pay for the construction of a wall because American’s want it is crazy.
Firstly, if you’re going to build a wall, build one everywhere. It’s funny how some people always point down to Mexico but never point up to Canada. It might be true that the immigration problem isn’t as severe with the Canadians, but Canadians still frequently come into the country and similar to Mexicans, a lot of them stay. Secondly, if some Americans think that they can just leave the Mexican government with the tab for a wall, they are sadly mistaken. Everything that Mexico exports to America could easily be taxed if they decided to go forth with this madness!