Michelle Williams can add “reality star” to her ever growing resume. The Destiny’s Child member will star and produce “My Sister’s Keeper.” The show, which will be distributed by Entertainment One Television will follow Michelle as she prepares to release her third gospel album, as well as balance her family and personal life. In a press release, Michelle shared: “Working together on my new gospel album and television series, I am excited to share with everyone a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration and journey of recording for the album, performing, fun family times and other unforgettable experiences out together with my dear sisters.” In addition to her guest cameo in Beyonce’s epic Super Bowl halftime show, Michelle is currently on a nationwide tour of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Fela.”
DMX‘s estranged wife took 50 Cent to task after he took credit for the cancellation of her TV series.
The estranged wife of DMX recently took aim at 50 Centover the cancellation of her TV show, “Starter Wives Confidential.” Tashera Simmons addressed Fif’s recent comments that he was responsible for the cancellation of her TLC reality series, which followed on a number of celebrities’ former partners. She said that rappers like 50 Cent – whose whose ex-girlfriend appeared in the first episode of the series - enjoy the benefits of a sexist double standard, while her and her co-stars are penalized for attempting to share their stories. ”I am very disappointed by the sequence of events that has taken place in the last week. It’s disheartening that the show was cancelled after two episodes due to many inflated egos,” she said in a statement. “I am no stranger to television and what just happened was unheard of and completely unorthodox. There were millions of dollars and a lot of hard work put into this project by the producers, staff, and my co-stars. It’s hard to believe that there are still some fundamental issues in our society about women speaking up or having a voice.”
She continued, “It’s okay for rappers to get on television and tell their story about how many times they were shot or how they were heavily in the drug game, but it’s not okay for women to share their story about their life experiences. ‘Starter Wives Confidential’ was more than a show about bitter or entitled women; it was about a group of women stepping out of the shadows of their ex’s and finding their way in life personally and professionally.” As previously mentioned, Fif took credit for the show’s cancellation in a Tweet earlier this week. TLC has since issued a statement indicating that the show was cancelled due to low ratings.
Nelson Mandela’s family members have made the leap into reality TV. Two of his granddaughters star in the reality show Being Mandela to premiere on the NBC-owned network, COZI TV, this weekend.
Starting Sunday (Feb. 10) American audiences will get a 13-episode look into the lives of Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini. The women are aware that their grandfather’s legacy, which includes fighting against apartheid and spending nearly 30 year behind bars, isn’t the kind of storyline for reality TV. “We get asked this question a lot,” Dlamini said. “Is this not going to tarnish the name and is this not going to be bad of the name? But our grandparents have always said to us, this is our name too and we can what we think is best fitting with the name, as long as we treat it with respect and integrity.” The women –who spent a good portion of their childhood in exile to the U.S.– bring up Mandela, and visit the jail cell where he spent 27 years in custody. Now 94, the former South African president never appears on the show, but his ex-wife, Winnie, is featured. Dlamini and Manaway are not only related to a world-renowned freedom fighter, they’re royalty. Their father is Prince Thumbumuzi of Swaziland, but the show isn’t just about pampered royals. It showcases the women’s lives as mothers, and fashion designers launching the line Walk to Freedom, alongside their two brothers.
Faith Evans, otherwise known as my spirit animal, stopped by “The Wendy Williams Show” this morning to talk about her TV One reality series, “R&B Divas,” and her most recent album, “Faith Evans: R&B Divas.” Faith was also asked about her son with the late Notorious B.I.G. and during their exchange, Faith noted just how much Biggie and his son have in common. Plus, harkening back to her days doing “The Wendy Williams Experience,” Wendy took Faye back a bit to prompt her about whether or not she still has any ill feelings towards Lil’ Kim.