‘Blood, Sweat & Heels’ Brawling Stars Prove Reality TV Isn’t for Everyone

"Blood, Sweat & Heels" star Geneva S. Thomas. (Photo: Bravo)

"black-ish" and "Survivor's Remorse" broach the topic of spanking and the Carters renew their vows. Plus, there's my weekly watchlist and what's hot (Leslie Jones joining 'SNL' cast) and not (Boko Haram's latest kidnapping).

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Everyone shouldn’t be on TV. Everyone doesn’t need cameras following them around capturing every detail (no matter how ratchet) of their life. Nope, reality TV isn’t for everybody. And that, in my very humble opinion, includes “Blood, Sweat & Heels” star Geneva S. Thomas. Ms. Thomas was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly cracking, yes cracking, a vodka bottle over the head of her castmate Melyssa Ford while they were filming the show’s second season. Yeah, I was very surprised (and disgusted) when my bestie shared the news (via TMZ) with me. According to numerous reports, including by witnesses, the two were in each other’s faces which led to an altercation that involved food throwing (reportedly by Melyssa) and Geneva throwing a bottle (or champagne glass) at Melyssa. Geneva was charged with felony assault and Melyssa was hospitalized and received three stitches to close the gash on her head. Plus, there’s video! Damn!

"Blood, Sweat & Heels" cast. (Photo: Bravo)

Geneva, you went from having a clean record and being a respected pop culture journalist to having a felony charge (last month she was arrested for skipping out on an $18 cab fare)? You can face jail time! Girl, no amount of anger and frustration is worth that. And neither Geneva nor Melyssa (a former video model) seemed like the type who would engage in the “typical” reality show malaise. I mean, isn’t that why “Blood, Sweat & Heels” was created, as an alternative to the bottle tossing and weave tugging performances featured on other reality shows? Isn’t that why successful, professional women were cast? And several times, Geneva (she also edited my work when she was at Ebony.com) chided castmate Mica Hughes for her inappropriate and occasionally alcohol-influenced behavior. I don’t know the situation leading to Tuesday’s brawl (I’m sure we’ll learn when the show returns), but it seems like she would be more aware of her reputation especially since she was read for flth last season based on how some viewers perceived her attitude. They thought she (along with fellow castmates Demetria Lucas and Brie Bythewood) behaved insensitively toward Mica right after her father’s death and disliked her opinionated comments about the other ladies (People called the trio bullies). To make matters worse, Mica told her (on camera) that she looked like Wesley Snipes’ “To Wong Foo” character Noxeema Jackson (remember when Bravo did a side-by-side photo of Noxeema and Geneva?). I know she probably joined the show thinking it would help her professional brand (Demetria, a popular blogger and author, told me it helped hers) but the opposite has happened. Based on several comments on Twitter and other social media platforms, she wasn’t a favorite on the show. Yep, being on that type of platform is turning out to be a nightmare for the 30-year-old.

I do hope things work out for Geneva. She really seems like a nice young lady. I also hope she and Melyssa, who my friends say is very sweet, take anger management classes. As a matter of fact, I think all reality stars should have such training (I was about to type, “who wants to see grown women fighting,” but many people are drama addicts who love watching train wrecks). “Blood, Sweat & Heels” was a ratings hit for Bravo, earning 2.5 million viewers-–the highest-rated series premiere in the network’s history. Bravo hasn’t released “Blood, Sweat & Heels” return date nor confirmed who’ll return for the second season (real estate broker Brie, who is pregnant, reportedly isn’t coming back). Style expert Daisy Lewellyn also is a part of the cast. Check out a clip from “Blood, Sweat & Heels” below and watch more here.

Watch a clip from “Blood, Sweat & Heels”
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To Spank or Not to Spank?

ABC's "black-ish" stars Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow, Marsai Martin as Diane, Anthony Anderson as Dre, Miles Brown as Jack, Laurence Fishburne as Pops and Yara Shahidi as Zoey. (Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Wednesday’s “black-ish” episode really took me back, way back to a time when parents could spank bad kids. Yep, my childhood. Now, I wasn’t a bad kid. I was actually well-mannered and obedient, something many people may attribute to the fact that my parents (and the nuns at my elementary school) whooped my butt when necessary. Would I do the same thing with my kids? Hmm, I don’t know; hopefully I won’t. And that’s the same quandary Dre and Rainbow were in when it came to disciplining 6-year-old Jack. See, Rainbow and Jack separated in the mall, leaving her and a mall security guard frantically searching for him. She was hysterical, like any parent would be (and like my mother once was when my then 2-year-old sister got lost in the mall). Turns out little Jack is a trickster who was hiding from his mother. Rainbow was furious and told him that Dre would spank him when they got home. Up ’til that point, I think only Andre Jr., 13, had ever been spanked. The Johnsons were new school (black) parents who rely on timeouts and talking as enforcement. And it seems to be working for them as their kids are well-mannered and good (a little smart-alecky at times but I’ll let ’em pass). I’ll refrain from sharing the outcome (you really should watch it) but I will share something I did learn from it: parents really did whoop (we say whoop in my house) their kids with Hot Wheels tracks?! You see, two weeks ago, it was revealed on Starz’s new series “Survivor’s Remorse” that basketball star Cam Calloway’s mother Cassie used to whoop him with Hot Wheels tracks. I was surprised when I heard the toy was used as a weapon (though, it doesn’t surprise me as parents back then would use anything) but even more so when the reference was made on “black-ish.”

“black-ish” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC and “Survivor’s Remorse” airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on Starz. Watch both spanking episodes below.

Watch “black-ish”
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Watch “Survivor’s Remorse”
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The Carters say “I do” … again
Reports claim that Bey and Jay have renewed their vows. So much for all of the divorce and cheating rumors. According to E! News, the couple’s shopping for a home in Neuilly Sur Seine, wealthy west suburb of Paris. Paris has always been special to the Carters. “We love Paris,” Jay Z told the Parisian audience at the last “On the Run” stadium tour show last month. “It’s special to us because we got engaged here, and this is where Blue Ivy was conceived.” Good for them. Read more about their vow renewal here.

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The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: “Saturday Night Live” writer Leslie Jones becomes a cast member (Good for her).
NOT: The fight between Bravo reality stars Geneva S. Thomas and Melyssa Ford (Yeah, this ain’t nothing nice).

HOT: Pregnant mommas Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and Zoe Saldana (They’re adorable and make me want to have a baby. Almost.)
NOT: Boko Haram suspected of kidnapping 25 more girls (Really?! Damn…).

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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