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ACTUAL Basketball Wives

The debut of the new season of VH1’s hit Reality TV series ‘Basketball Wives’ debuted last night.
**For more info on the show, check out my Cliche’ Magazine post on the show HERE**
After I did my Cliche’ Magazine  post, I noticed alot of people questioning why the show centers around females who are not ACTUALLY basketball wives (Although some characters have been married to Basketball Players in the past.). One character is even engaged to Chad Ochocinco, who is an NFL player.
These are some of the well-known Basketball Wives out there; and though they aren’t featured on this particular reality show; ironically these ladies have all had one of their own. 
MONICA-R&B Singer Monica is married to LA Laker player Shannon Brown. They’ve been married since November 22, 2010, but the public found out later since the marriage was secretive. Monica had her own reality show, “Still Standing,” to promote her album with the same title.
LALATV Personality Alani “Lala” Vasquez is married to former Denver Nuggets player Carmelo Anthony, who now plays for the NY Knicks. Lala and Carmelo became engaged Christmas Day in 2007; the couple married on June 10, 2010 , which aired on the the Reality TV Show “Lala’s Full Court Wedding”. 
KHOLE KARDASHIANYoungest of all of the Kardashian Sisters, Khole Kardashian was the 1st to get married; and is married to LA Laker player Lamar Odom. Khole and Lamar were engaged for about three weekds before tying the knot on September 27, 2009. The couple then got a spin-off of the show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’  which focused more on the couple called ‘Khole and Lamar’.

KEYSHIA COLE–  R&B Singer Keyshia Cole is just recently got married to Cleveland Cavalier player Daniel Gibson on May 21, 2011. The couple have a son together named Daniel Gibson Jr. Keyshia Cole ‘s reality series ‘The Way it is‘, broke records in 2007 for being the #1 Original Reality TV series of the year. Her album with the same title, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Charts. The show, ‘The Way it is‘ created a spin-off with her mother and sister, ‘Frankie and Neffe‘.
I don’t know about you, readers, but I would love to see a Reality TV Show with all of these ladies TOGETHER. Although the drama of the VH1 series may not be there, these wives already have the fan base that could generate the ratings needed. All of these wives are fairly newlywed, so congratulations and happy marriages to the couples! Maybe a show could come when the couples are little more seasoned.

How do you think the show would be in comparison to the VH1 series?


Meet The Braxton’s

If you thought that Grammy Award singer Toni Braxton was the only talent, loveable member of the Braxton family, then you’ve been hiding under a rock these past few months.
With WE’s debut of the new reality show “Braxton Family Values”, we see a peak into the life of Toni Braxton; following her behind the scenes of concerts as she deals with her Lupis, her bankruptcy.. and her 4 sisters.
The Braxtons may very well give the Kardashians a run for their money (Coming from me this is saying something, I am a HUGE Kardashian fan.) with strong personalities and unquestionable talent as well. The mother Evelyn, was formally an Opera signer and taught the girls how to sing at an early age. All of the sisters were in a group called The Braxtons before Toni locked down a recording contract.



MEET THE BRAXTONS–(from left to right)
Get to know the sisters personality in relation to the show Braxton Family Values
Towanda— Towanda was also very successful musically, playing Lorelle in the Broadway play “Dreamgirls.” She is now Toni’s assistant. On the show Towanda can keep a pretty level head as well (the level levelheadedness dwindles down as the sisters get younger) , except for when dealing with her husband. On the show, Towanda’s tagline is “The Responsible One”, which pretty much wraps her up in a nutshell.
Trina— Trina and Toni resemble each other the most out of the all of the sisters in my opinion. Trina is slightly laid back, but she can also have her dingy moments in the show. Trina’s husband, Gabe has been unfaithful for 5 of the 7 years that they have been together, and the sisters feel as if trying to move past it is making her stressed. All in All, Trina is one of the more gentler sisters on the show
Toni— is the most successful musically as everyone knows, and is also the oldest. On the show Toni is the most laid back of the sisters. She stays calm in hectic situations and knows how to keep a level head, especially when her sisters start their usual arguments.
Traci— Traci’s personalities is one of the strongest of the sisters, she is loud, opinionated, and sometimes brash (the sisters made her attend an etiquette class in one episode), but also humorous. Traci lost the chance of singing background with Toni a while back because she got pregnant around the time. She now wants the opportunity to sing with her sisters again.
Tamar— Last but not least, Tamar. Tamar is the baby of the show, so she fights to make her presence known and very well succeeds. She has one of the strongest personalities of all the sisters, besides Traci, which is one of the reason they constantly butt heads. Tamar is dramatic, loud and obnoxious, and she slowly makes her way from the sister you hate to the sister that you LOVE to hate. Tamar is married to Vincent Herbert, who produces for Lady Gaga, and she plans to make her own solo career, NOT following in the steps of older sister Toni. With all of her “It’s Always my fault.com”‘s and “this is some bull you-know-what.net”‘s, along with antagonizing her sisters, Tamar’s antics make the show an even better watch.

Braxton Family Values comes on every Tuesday night 9pm EST. I suggest that you tune in if you haven’t already. This show is a MUST-SEE.
4.5 out of 5 REDDlips.

Beyonce’s Back.

Beyonce hits the scene again with her new single “Run The World (Girls)”, from her upcoming Album ‘4’. Beyonce has stated that 4 has always been a lucky number for her, being the day of her wedding (April 4, 2008, the day of her husbands birthday (Sean “Jay-Z” Carter, December 4, 1969), the day of her mother’s birthday (Tina Knowles, January 4, 1954) , her own birthday, (September 4, 1981) and of course, the number of albums she will have had under her belt.

Beyonce is known her having her first single off any given album as being an anthem for women (Crazy in Love, Deja Vu, Single Ladies) with big band music and catchy choreography, and the new single ‘Girls’ falls right into line. Now I have to admit that even though I do love Beyonce, I did feel as if the song had to grow on me. I later realized it was because the song was not very radio friendly, and I’m not sure it was a good choice as her FIRST single. BUT, I do realize Beyonce wants to come back into the scene with a bang, which is what she very well did.

Usually when I don’t like a song, after seeing the video it makes the song grow on me a little bit faster. I’ve stated that THIS video, puts you in exact mind of the song. If you love the song, you will probably love the video. If your indifferent about the song, you will probably be indifferent about the video. I don’t feel like the video sways any opinion about the song, which can also be a good thing (if you love the song already, that is).

The video falls directly into the category of Beyonce. Meaning that it has no genre or style of anyone else, a category of her own. The choreography was Beyonce, the fashion was Beyonce, and so was the direction of the video. The fashion was also very couture, which I loved because it had a certain creepy edge without going so far as to actually SCARE viewers like other artists. I noticed that Beyonce has lost some weight in this video; I feel this may be because Beyonce is in a point in her career where being curvaceous won’t be beneficial 😦 which is sad because I loved the curves.

ALL IN ALL: Beyonce doesn’t disappoint, yet I’m not sure if she necessarily WOWs. It was like an upgraded version of the Beyonce genre, without stepping too far out the box. However, the Beyonce genre itself is something amazing.


Fairytale Meets Real Life! (in Terms of FASHION)

Being that Cinderella is my all time FAVORITE Disney Movie, I just had to blog the similarities between Prince William’s wedding wardrobe with the new Dutchess of Cambridge, Catherine (Kate) Middleton, and  Cinderella’s marriage to Prince Charming. Even the Wicked Stepsisters of the Fairytale have resemblance to the William’s Infamous Cousins, Beatrice and Eugenie. Yes, it may be far fetched but entertaining nonetheless. 
**Photos Courtesy of Hollywoodlife.com**

Beyonce’s "Move Your Body!"

Beyonce remixed her single from her sophomore album ‘B-day’ “Get Me Bodied” and made it a fun song that kids can dance to — “Move Your Body”. Inspired by the “Let’s Move” campaign to encourage kids to exercise, this video is full of dance moves to keep the youth and the youth at heart on their feet. I love it!

"Can’t Take That Away From Me"

You may remember JoJo as “the teenage white girl with a soulful voice” back when she came out with her hit single, “Leave (Get Out) and her debut self-titled album.

She later came out with her sophomore album, “The High Road,” not too long after, mostly with soft ballads, with a stronger pop feel more so than R&B. However, fans missed the soulful feel from the 1st album, which featured a remake of “Weak” by SWV.

Jojo (Joanna Levasque) disappeared from the scene for a while, but now she’s back. With a mixtape. 

Yes, a mixtape.

“Can’t take that away from me,” is Jojo’s latest project, which I completely fell in love with even after skimming the tracks. 

Jojo shows personality through this music; her name appears on the credits of every song. 

These strategically organized tracks start off with a fun, upbeat feel with “Can’t take that away from me,”  that R&B feel that her fans love, as well as a mixture of other genres. Variety.

Jojo starts off the 2nd track, “Running on Empty” by saying “I’m a PYT with an attitude,” as you can clearly tell throughout the CD.

Midway through the mixtape we see a side of Jojo we haven’t seen in the past. “Just a Dream” talks of a day of a verge of defeat, singing softly “Take it away, I gotta bottle, I gotta finish, Take it away, Take it from me, cuz if you don’t I might drown in it.” The song ends with her rising above, 
“If it’s in His plans for me, I will win, I’ll just dream until then.”

The mixtape then takes a turn towards the 80s, with back to back tracks “What You Like,” with a retro beat, and “In The Dark” which puts you in the mind of early Madonna. (REDD‘s FAVES. XOXO)

Of course there is a ballad; “Boy without a heart,” which is pretty much self-explanatory.

The CD then ends with “All I want is Everything” a ‘sky is the limit’ song about living out dreams. 

I give this mixtape 4 out of 5 reddlips. It was a perfect mix of pop, R&B, rock, and retro. Every track took an unexpected turn. It told a story, complete with a beginning, middle and end. It definitely showed off those vocals, and a raw side of Jojo that we are just beginning to see.  Definitely looking forward to that official album! Check out the mixtape and complete tracklisting here:


And Jojo’s Blog:




It is a day to rejoice in Egypt.
After 32 years of being in office, President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. 
After 3 weeks of protesting by Egyptians, Mubarak was determined to hold power. Until Friday, when protesters practically forced him out of office. Not taking “no” for an answer.

Vice President Sulieman’s statement: “In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic. He has mandated the Armed Forces SupremeCouncil to run the state. God is our protector and succor.”

Egyptian Ayat (YaYa) Soluiman says that she is extremely proud of the fact that they fought for so long for this. “You see many arabic countries have dictating presidents who have been in office as kings,” she said. “it’s easier in those countries for a politician to abuse his power.” She also noted that it was “extremely scary” since communication was cut off, she could not talk to any of her family members. Ayat compares the ruling of Mubarak to the ruling of Saddam, with less brutal killings.

Mubarak flew himself to his palace 250 miles from Cairo. 

Ayat feels that to better things the government should be more organized to serve the people.
“I am very proud of the accomplishment,” she said. “I hope it gets better from here.