Tami Roman has been talking a lot about Evelyn Lozada in recent apperances but in a new interview, Evelyn revealed that these days she’s not talking to Tami at all. When asked about the status of their forced friendship for the sake of TV time and a paycheck, Evelyn said, “We don’t speak, we don’t text, we don’t talk. I don’t have anything negative to say about her, she’s just not someone I choose to have in my life. It’s just…how I feel.” I feel like an increasing amount of viewers now feel that way about Basketball Wives. [Global Grind TV]
KeKe Palmer kept it real as it relates to colorism’s lingering effects on the industry she works in. During an appearance at the Hollywood Confidential Panel, the actress-singer said that her gorgeous self used to pray to have lighter skin. She explained: “When I was like 5 years old I used to pray to have light skin because I would always hear how pretty that little light skin girl was, or I would hear I was pretty ‘to be dark skinned.’ It wasn’t until I was 13 that I really learned to appreciate my skin color and know that I was beautiful.”
She also denied skin-bleaching rumors that I didn’t know existed, responding with: “We need to stop separating ourselves by how dark or how light we are. I have been the same complexion all my life and if you think otherwise, don’t follow me.” [EURWeb]
K. Michelle is single again and once again her drama played out in real time on social media. The singer, songwriter and shade thrower was dating NBA star Lance Stephenson. That is, until she found out that he posted a picture on Instagram that featured his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child in the background…in bed.
After throwing subliminals about male cowards, K. finally said flatly: “I’m single. Ill explain later. I have to do what’s best for me. ❤ If it doesn’t make you smile, know when to walk away. There’s only so much a heart can take. No one deserves to be lied to and cheated on.”
As for the ex in question, she wrote: “I would love to clarify something…I will not hide my pregnancy because of my children’s father has chosen to be untruthful. I will continue to be strong and positive…Men lie, women, lie, but God doesn’t! Blessings are to be rejoiced not denied!” Oh, K. Turn on Toni Braxton’s Secrets, let it flow and move on. [Necole Bitchie]
In "Smithers, release the hounds" news, Iggy Azalea claims that Miley Cyrus stole twerking from her. On Miley being wrongly christened captain of the Twerk Team, Iggy said, “I’ve been doing that onstage for two-and-a-half years. She probably f*cking watched my videos online and decided to try it.“ In the real life, Miley herself admitted that she hung out in New Orleans and picked it up from the Black folks who came up with it. Go away, Iggy. This is why I read you last week, sis. [That Grape Juice]
This week’s round of Chris Brown news is on the “positivity” side that the walking, talking, tweeting anger management PSA says that he yearns for more of. The talented entertainer is doing his part to help fight homophobia in Africa. Via the Twitter, young Christopher Maurice wrote: “Love is not a crime. Gay or straight. Love who u wanna love. Stop the hate & sign here.” The link is a petition pleading for the prevention of attacks against LGBT in Cameroon, a call for the end of anti-gay legislation, and a plea to free all people currently in jail over their sexual preference. Sign the petition and applaud Breezy for lending his name to the cause. [Chris Brown]
Idris Elba talked James Bond and playing Nelson Mandela in the latest Esquire UK.
On playing Bond: “If it f***ing happens, it’s the will of the nation. It’s not because of me. Everywhere I go people are saying, ‘You’d be a great Bond.’ And I want to ask them, ‘Are you saying that because it’s trendy or because you mean it?’ But you can tell by looking in their eyes they mean it.”
On portraying Nelson Mandela: “People are going to judge me for this role,’ he said. ‘I don’t look like Mandela, some say I don’t deserve it. Whatever. For me, it’s important I am who I am, as I present this piece to the world. I’m 40 and I’ve had a great career. I’m alright to be myself at this point. Look, if I never work again, I don’t care. I did my bit, you know?” [The YBF]
Despite going to his house to go upside his head for talking crazy on Twitter, Rocko says he is praying for Gucci Mane. In a recent interview, the rapper explained the day he showed up at Gucci’s house: “I pulled up. That’s what real men do. Real men address their issues head first. It aint no situation where Ima run from nothing. That was my ace. When all that took place I was in awe. I was like, whoa. Nah that ain’t my homie. So I pulled up. We had a conversation or whatever. But homie, he going through some things so I just ask everybody to pray for homie. Hopefully he’ll be better. I ain’t going to hold no grudge because I don’t feel like I can continue to be blessed from doing that.” So bow your heads and pray for Gucci’s blessing? [Crunk + Disorderly]
Remember when Montana Fishburne made a sex tape thinking she would become rich and famous like Kim Kardashian? Neither happened, only we’re only now finding out just how screwed Montana was in the end of her porn deal. Yes, that’s a bad pun, but it’s being used in the context of a bad idea. It’s only right.
Anyhow, Montana said: “Vivid told me they would give $125,000 and 25 percent of the back end, all the sales that are made. Basically, you’ll never see the back end after advertisement. You won’t get the money. It’s a very untrustworthy business.” So what did she end up with? Per an insider, “Lawrence Fishburne’s daughter got burned really, really bad. She got $60,000 dollars and never saw another penny.” [Rhymes With Snitch]
Mo’Nique is in talks with ABC for a daytime talk show that would launch fall 2014. You know, because we don’t have enough of those already. Good luck to you, sugar, but I’d rather you see on the big screen in a quality role. Then again, Hollywood has Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone, so I get it. [Shadow + Act]
Khloe Kardashian is rumored to have told Lamar Odom that she’s about to divorce him ‘cause he abandoned her and love don’t live here anymore. [Radar]
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick