Tamarâs Throaty Tribulations<br />
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Tamar’s Throaty Tribulations

A look at the highs and lows, stunts and shows from this week in Black pop culture

Michael Arceneaux

by Michael Arceneaux, December 13, 2013

Tamarâs Throaty Tribulations<br />
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Tamar Braxton

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Tamar Braxton knows y’all have been clocking her throat and the vocal performances that have been hit or miss as of late due to an injury to her vocal chords. She spoke candidly about it in a recent interview, Tamar is acknowledging the struggle but making clear that she’s about to do what it is required to get better.

In a recent interview, she explained: “I’m on the mend…Some days you know, it’s just not there…like Ariana Grande…our albums came out on the same day and around the same time both of our blood vessels popped, but I had it on both sides she had it on one side and she took a break. Tay Tay went on the road! She just had a baby… OK!? She don’t live with her mama, everybody wants their checks on the first… So Tamar went on the road. I didn’t allow myself time to heal so therefore its going to take me longer and I’m not ashamed. But I can sing my face off at the end of the day its there and I don’t have anything to prove to anybody because whatever I had to prove I've already proven to myself.“

I distinctly remember Phaedra Parks putting NeNe Leakes on blast for pretending not to know her despite both being from the same small town in Georgia with plenty of mutual acquaintances during a previous season’s reason special. That’s why I was surprised that NeNe mentioned how Phaedra was rumored to be the “head doctor” on this week’s edition of the show. Phaedra has since told Andy Cohen on Watch Watch Happens Live that NeNe has apologized. Uh, maybe in private but certainly not on the blogs

NeNe wrote in her most recent entry:

“A hit dog always holla! I never said I knew Phaedra in school. I mean why would I say that? She's 21 years old and I’m 121 years old, right? I'm sure that's what she would want the world to think. Hit your rewind button! I didn't say I knew Phaedra was "The Head Doctor," I said it was a rumor! We have all heard rumors about somebody we didn't go to school with. It wasn't said with malicious intent, but it was said. I'm definitely a jokester, but the one thing I don't practice is lying. This is the show we signed up for! Don't get new now! I can't count the number of times Phaedra has lied about my character. It works like this: don't ever think you can dish on me and I can't do the same to you.”

So in conclusion, Phaedra was right about NeNe knowing her way back when. [Bravo]

A source claims that Kris Jenner is none too thrilled with Kanye West due to her belief that he is messing up the Kardashian brand. A source says that Kris feels with “the recent bragging, name calling and calls for attention are making her brand look bad, and she doesn’t want anything to hurt her empire.  She thinks he is pushing the envelope a bit too far when he brings up religion and is always picking a fight.” The source did note, though, “On the other side, Kanye has never really liked Kris and ironically has thought that her brand would hurt his.” They’re both correct. [Naughty But Nice Rob]


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Solange says she was not shading Ariana Grande when she made a comment about folks emulating Mariah Carey (including herself, which she said in jest on the Twitter). Good for her to clarify, but perhaps the reason why so many people perceived the comment to be shade is due to the reality that Ariana Grande is in fact creating a whole career out of copying Mariah Carey. I bought the album, but that’s true tea all the same. Are you gagging? Do most of you even know what I’m talking about at this point?

Mathew Knowles is going to court in order to restore what’s left of his reputation and convince fans that Beyoncé didn’t record “Daddy” completely in vain. Alexsandra Wright, whom Mathew made a baby boy with, is claiming that Mathew hasn’t been paying his child support. However, Mathew maintains that he’s not a deadbeat, only a little CP time with the last few payments. According to TMZ, “a few of the payments were only slightly late, but past the deadline for being credited, so it appeared Mathew didn't fork over what he owed.” But apparently he’s now late for December so if he doesn’t pay, he’ll officially become delinquent. [TMZ]

The very pregnant Evelyn Lozada will likely not

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