The Basketball Wives franchise has handed out a few pink-slips. So Who Won’t be returning for next season? Jennifer Williams is out. Royce Reed and Kesha Nichols are also gone! Effectively, Basketball Wives Cut every person on the show that refused to engage in the foolishness of last season. Despite Shaunie Oneal’s recent claims that she wants to promote a more positive image, it appears that if you refused to drop a flying elbow off of a table, or if you refused to smack someone in the face, then you were cut from the show. Unfortunately, this maintains the show’s pattern of cutting positive role models from the show. While most, immediately seek to blame the women on the show, decisions such as these make it clear that the violent displays and negativity of the show are management orchestrated and based on decisions made in production. The Producers behind Basketball Wives and Shaunie O’neal- have continuously sent a single concrete message to all of it’s would-be cast members. If you fight, then you can stay. If you wish to conduct yourself with a modicum of dignity like Royce, Jennifer (at least in this season), or Kesha, then you will find yourself CUT from the team.
The details are sketchy but Chris Brown and Drake reportedly fought in a New York nightclub, over Rhianna. The fight began, reportedly when Chris Brown sent a bottle of Champagne over to Drake’s table, as a peace offering. Drake is reportedly dating Rhianna and Chris was reportedly upset over the new relationship. Chris’s peace offering, is rumored to have been responded to with a brief note that read “I’m Fucking The Love of Your Life. Get Over It”. Shortly thereafter bottles of champagne were flying across the nightclub, like a scene out of Mobwives. While we have no first hand accounts of Drake and Chris locked in battle, Drake reportedly punched Chris and hit him with a bottle, before Chris could respond. Brown tweeted a picture of his chin, which had a deep gash. Brown’s body guard was also injured and photographed on a stretcher with a bloody head. Drake is denying responsibility for it. And a young lady, is claiming to have been badly beaten in the malay. TMZ is posting pictures of Hollie C, a 24 year old tourist, who claims that she had a bottle thrown at her head. She was bleeding profusely and disfigured, when she made her way to the hospital, where she received 16 stitches and a tetanus shot.
NeNe Leakes has some new clothes but their not Gucci. She is starting a signature line of affordable clothes, designed to deliver her refined tastes for an affordable price. A Global Licensing Firm, Beanstalk will reportedly help Leakes with this new venture. If NeNe’s personal style is any indication, we can expect, colorful body hugging-wear. We currently have no dates on availability.
The Southern Baptists Convention is poised to elect it’s first black President. The SBC is historically dominated by it’s white membership. The branch developed when southern baptists split with their northern counterparts, over the issue of slavery. Those roots have shaped the organization but the SBC is poised to make a shift. As demographics shift many historically homogenous organizations are finding it necessary to diversify. Diversifying means reaching out to populations that were once ostracized or neglected. The almost certain election of Reverend Fred Luter Jr, will be a part of that outreach program. Luter is the Pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. He leads a congregation of over 5,000. He lead the church through the destruction of Katrina. Now after helping his flock rebuild their lives, he will try to rebuild the Southern Baptists Convention.
It is beginning to look like we may be seeing a Renaissance in Black Americans on Television. Cedric The Entertainer and Neicy Nash are now joining that Renaissance, with a new television series on the TV Land Network. “Soul Man” is centered around Cedric, who plays a former R&B Star, and new Preacher. He leaves the high life on the Las Vegas strip to lead a small congregation in St. Louis. The comedic fodder for the show is supplied by the difficulty his family faces in adjusting to a more humble lifestyle. The show debuts on June 20. With relatively few established shows with large african american casts, and hollywood’s recent willingness to give them a try-it’s important to support new shows (especially efforts that present positive presentations).