Tameka Raymond and "Wild 'N Out" model Brittany Dailey are clearing up rumors. Find out what Tameka had to about VH1 producers editing her to be a villain and what Brittany had to say about the Nick Cannon cheating rumors inside…
If you’ve been watching the brand new season of “Atlanta Exes” you’ve noticed the “Negative Nancy” attitude Tameka Raymond seems to always have. We’ve seen her be quite critical to her friend/castmate Sheree Buchanan and the mini showdown between Tameka, Torrei Hart (above) and Atlanta DJ Traci Steele.
But, Usher’s ex-wife wants her fans to know that this is not who she really is. Most viewers are aware that Tameka was going through a very trying time in her life with the lost of her son Kile Glover in a jet ski accident and the nasty, very public custody battle over the two sons she shares with her ex. On top of that, she also found out that one of her sons was diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile diabetes.
Tameka wants her fans to know that the negative portrayal of her character is not her true character. She took to her website, to explain why she did or said what she said. And here’s an excerpt of what she wrote:
As with any reality show, we filmed hundreds of hours from which aggressive editing was initiated to elevate tension and create story. All of us, the entire cast understood this going in. We signed up for it. However, several scenes were placed together that did not happen in real time as they appeared. One joke, one side-eye or one critical comment transposed to another unrelated scene can create synthetic arguments that in reality did not occur. Editing can be and is dangerous!
The episodes you are watching were shot during the months of January through April of 2014. In those months, I was faced with the daunting task of moving out of my home, learning of my 6 year old’s diagnosis of (Type 1) juvenile diabetes, and enduring the trial surrounding my son, Kile’s death. Oh and filming a show…
When you watch the show, you may wonder why I ‘appear’ to be so negative. Or you may ask yourself, why did that happen? Or why did she say that? –I was going through a lot in my life. This isn’t solicitation for pity, rather understanding, especially from those who’ve experienced such times in their lives. I felt we were putting together a fluid narrative, but the editors took much of the logic out in the editing room and omitted a few kinder, more lighthearted scenes. So, much of what you saw attitude wise didn’t make sense. And when things don’t make sense the viewer assumes the worst – which is exactly what is happening.
As you have seen in only three episodes, it has gotten out of hand and turned into something like the other Reality Series – the same ones I turned down in the past. The ones that further the stereotype of Angry/bitter Black women. I am disappointed and frustrated to be presented like that. I am not that woman. I am blessed with a wonderful family, genuine friendships, and vast opportunities to inspire and affect change in the lives of millions. A responsibility I take seriously.
In episode 1 or 2… When Sheree stepped into lunch with her stomach out wearing (gasp!!) a white bra, I had an unfortunate knee-jerk reaction. ‘White bras’ are a pet peeve. I do believe they should be outlawed. I am actually working on a book called “White Bras and other Faux Pas,” so although my reaction was probably inappropriate, to me, it’s just that serious! Truthfully, we laughed for so hard about the subject and my reasons, of course that too ended up on the cutting room floor. Death to White Bras!
I have made mistakes. When the producers asked to film my T-Market (Flea Market) event in support of my “Kile’s Word Foundation”, I honestly should have never agreed to it. That was my fault. Once there, the producers felt the scenes didn’t have “enough action.” So, I was told they sent Torrei and her friend Traci Steele to start some shit – and shit they started! Not the optimal plan…
If you have been watching in episode 3, you have seen me say some unkind things about Torrei’s sisterlocks. A note to my Natural sisters: I have total respect for Natural Hair. In fact, underneath my weaves I’m natural too! I respect the choice and discipline required to go natural. I just do not subscribe or applaud those ‘synthetic’, presto additions that are supposed to emulate natural hair. After all, a weave is a weave is a weave!! We are all in the same gang! LOL! Please don’t be mad naturalitas, I love natural hair, be it locks, braids or an afro they are beautiful indeed… I am a little tense about bad edges however… that’s another blog post.
Torrei in a couple of scenes even had the bold audacity to speak about my kids. She even said on camera that people “around town” are saying that Kile’s death may be Karma. I wonder which town she is referring to, because if it’s Atlanta, That is my town. I have been in Atlanta for 17 years, compared to her four (4) months, be clear that is not how we roll. That is so inappropriate as to be beyond description. I hope no mother has to experience the pain of losing a child. For those that have implied that I have used his passing as an ‘excuse’, my only response is you try and decide which one of your kids can you live without? Once you conclude that the answer is NONE, maybe then you will understand the veracity of losing a child. The fact that she was even able to say that on camera is unconscionable. All things aren’t up for television banter nor do I take ANYTHING involving my children lightly. That’s when I lose it… yeah all bets are off about my Kile or any of my “five heartbeats”.
The bickering about my custody case, etc… are all based on misinformation, gossip and innuendo. None of it is factual. Just for the record, as always, I have shared custody of my children and nothing else should be used against me for a damned Reality TV show that is not based on reality, but ratings. Ignorance is just that… Don’t believe everything you read about me, unless I verify it. Period point blank…
Get the rest of her LONG letter here.
By now, we pretty much the gist of these reality shows. DRAMA! So, it should really come as no surprise to the "stars" if the producers “paint a certain picture” because…that’s what they do. And if you give them the material, well...
And in other rumor news...
Since we found out Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon were headed down Splitsville Lane, there have been rumors going around on what actually caused the breakup. And one of those rumors, that we never really believed, was that he slept with one of his “Wild ‘N Out” models from his MTV show.
It’s alleged that Nick is carrying on a relationship with the video vixen turned “model” and that he is also paying for her lavish L.A. apartment. In addition to Brittany, Nick has also been linked to Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend Jasmine Sanders (he dated her shortly before linking up Karrueche).
But according to Brittany, the rumors involving her and Nick are NOT true. She took to her Twitter to debunk the gossip tweeting:
Let me just address this right now.. I've never had an inappropriate relationship with Nick, never been in a room alone with Nick.
— Brittany Dailey (@brittanydailey) August 28, 2014
He's my boss and a friend, that's it. Idk where this rumor is coming from. That's some crazy shit.. Smh.
— Brittany Dailey (@brittanydailey) August 28, 2014
Well, there's that. Still no word from Jasmine though…
Photos: Tameka's IG/Brittney's IG
Gabrielle Union’s bestie Essence Atkins, along with her husband, will be officiating her and Dwyane Wade's upcoming wedding ceremony. Plus, we have the deets on the confidentiality agreements guest attending the wedding have to sign. More inside….
Who knew Essence Atkins was an ordained minister?! "Being Mary Jane" star Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat baller Dwyane Wade sure did. And they have requested that she, along with her husband (who is also an ordained minister), officiate their nuptials in Miami on Saturday!
Although D. Wade and Gabby have been trying to keep wedding deets top secret, Gabby's long time best friend Essence spilled a little tea on their upcoming ceremony. During an interview with Hip Hollywood on the red carpet for Entertainment Weekly’s pre-Emmy party, the actress revealed she and her husband will be officiating the couples’ nuptials. She said her husband officiated Alphonso Ribeiro’s (Carlton from "Fresh Prince") wedding about two years ago, so D. Wade and Gabby requested for the both of them to do theirs.
When asked how she felt about Gabby not having any bridesmaids, she responded,
“I’m not feeling any way about it because I’m actually officiating the ceremony.”
Oh?! And how long has she been an ordained minister?
“A while ago…[but] this will be my first time.”
Talk about pressure!
Speaking of the lovebirds' wedding...
Someone in Gabby and D. Wade’s camp has slowly been leaking information about their wedding. And now we have the deets on the nondisclosure agreement guest must sign to attend their luxe Miami wedding.
TMZ got a hold of a copy of the confidentiality agreement that must be signed before anyone even thinks about attending their ceremony. Everyone has to sign, mom, dad, grandma, caterer…everyone!
Guests have been asked not to bring any cell phones or cameras and anything seen or heard at the wedding shall stay AT the wedding. And if anyone decides to break the rules….guess what? They’re going to have to cough up some cash! Any person found violating the agreement will be fined for unspecified damages.
So...will these nuptals air on a BET wedding special? We wouldn't be surprised...
Some of our YBF favs descended upon Atlanta this week to help Ludacris celebrate the 9th Annual Luda Day Weekend. See pics of Angela Simmons, Monyetta Shaw, Big Tigger, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lance Gross, NeYo and many more inside. Plus, Ne Yo and Monyetta seem to still be pretty close these days....
It's that time of the year again...not Labor Day..it's LudaDay in Atlanta. The annual charity weekend is comprised of a series of events that raise money for The Ludacris Foundation( to further their commitments toward youth and the Atlanta community). Ne-Yo was spotted walking in with his mom Lorraine. His Compound Foundation was one of the weekend's biggest donors.
Among the Atlanta notables in the building for the Annual Charity Bowl Event were ex-couple Ne-Yo and "Atlanta Exes" star Monyetta Shaw. Fans of Monyetta's new show know that she and Ne-Yo still live together and are very serious about co-parenting and raising their kids in a healthy environment.
But...we're just saying...this looks like a bit more than co-parenting. It's great that they can "play" together.
Clothing designer and lifestyle blogger Angela Simmons came out to support Luda.
We all know that the Simmons family prides itself on philanthropic works (e.g. The Art For Life gala) and Angela is continuing down that road.
Keshia Knight Pulliam attended with her boo Big Tigger.
In addition to supporting Luda, Keshia does great things for youth in Atlanta with her Kamp Kizzy Foundation.
Actor/photographer Lance Gross took time to give back to the ATL community too. By the way, he recently signed on to start in the rom-com "BET On Love" with Brandy.
It looks like Walter Jackson's brief stint of RHOA as Kenya Moore alleged boyfriend is still getting him into all the right parties and events in Atlanta. And since Kenya's away in Puerto Rico....he showed up to the event to support. And it looks like he's trimmed down....looking good Walt!
We're impressed that with all of his success, Ludacris (above with Kenny Burns) is committed to bringing awareness of the struggles of under privileged teens to the forefront.
Luda chatted it up with Angela.
Dwight Howard, of the Houston Rockets, made the trek to Atlanta.
Dwight bulked up for the camera with Big Tigger.
Keshia had a chance to catch up with her good friends Monyetta and Angela.
Radio personlity Ryan Cameron played in the tournament.
Singer Mila J took time out from promoting her new song "My Main" (featurign Ty Dolla Sign) to attend the festivities.
Kenny and daddy-to-be Lance played against each other. Heeey Lance.
Although Luda touched the trophy, his team did not beat the squad lead by music producer Lil Ronnie (who played on behalf of the Josh Powell Foundation to benefit youth athletics). Kooks like a fab night of giving back!
Photos via Paras Griffin & Cordy Scarlett/Prince Williams/ATLPics.net