This ongoing story about these brawling Bravo reality stars isn't the only thing that caught our attention this past week. Here's a look at all of the top headlines.
1. “Blood, Sweat & Heels” co-stars go for blood and millions. Remember last week when I told you about “Blood, Sweat & Heels” star Geneva S. Thomas being arrested after allegedly cracking a vodka bottle over co-star Melyssa Ford’s head (reportedly landing Melyssa in the hospital with stitches)? Well, there are new developments. According to TMZ, Geneva’s suing Melyssa for $25 million, claiming the former video vixen “got her falsely painted as a violent criminal.” Yes, Geneva, a pop culture journalist, is suing Melyssa for defamation and she’s not the only getting a summons. Arzo Anwar, reportedly a friend of Melyssa’s and the show’s newest cast member, has been named as the second of “the two women who initiated a physical fight with Geneva on Tuesday, October 21, 2014,” according to a statement Geneva issued that was shared on The YBF. That $25 million is reportedly for “Prima Facie Tort, Battery, Defamation, Malicious Prosecution, Abuse of Process and Intentional Interference with a Business Relationship,” the statement continued, adding that $5 million is for compensatory money damages and $25 million is for punitive damages. Oh, boy! This whole story is unfortunate for a number of reasons. First, Geneva, you know Melyssa doesn’t have that much money, hell, you claimed to have seen her credit credit get declined (Remember “#insufficientfunds”?). Second, Geneva and Melyssa (I don’t know Arzo) should’ve known better to let whatever grievances they had with one another escalate into a food (Melyssa reportedly threw food at Geneva) and bottle tossing fight. Again, both ladies seemed to be very nice and Geneva, especially, seemed to be against reality TV stars brawling. But with Geneva, her whole situation is more perplexing because a year ago, before the show debuted, she was viewed as a respected New York University-educated journalist. Now… people are calling her “ghetto,” “trash” and wishing she’d get locked up. She’s essentially become that which she dissed. SMH.
Watch Melyssa Ford’s credit card gets denied
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2. Ice Cube’s “Sesame Street” visit. Yes, Ice Cube hanging out with Elmo earlier this week was everything! People really got to see another side to “The Book of Life” star. Read more here. Oh, and check out XFINITY’s Ice Cube Collection here.
3. Tiny’s new eye color. Like I said before, if Tameka “Tiny” Harris wants to permanently change her eyes’ color from dark brown to “ice gray,” it’s her prerogative. But, that doesn’t mean people have to like. And it turns out many do not. Including talk show host Wendy Williams who likened Tiny’s eye color changing surgery to skin bleaching. Well… Tip “T.I.” Harris’ wife recently defended her choice on “Good Morning America,” where she also shared she got the procedure, which is illegal in the U.S., done in Africa (unfortunately, this doesn’t surprise me given the popularity of skin bleaching in some African nations). Watch “E News Now’s” coverage below to learn more.
Watch Tameka “Tiny” Harris Defends Eye Color Change Surgery
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4. The claims made in the new Aretha Franklin biography. Oooh Whee! “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,” the newly released Aretha Franklin tell-all, has everyone talking. Sure, the New York Time’s did a review of David Ritz’s second bio (the first was too “sanitized”) on Re Re. But it’s the details that the UK Daily Mail shared that has everyone talking. According to the Daily Mail, Aretha allegedly is deeply insecure and has had several “diva tantrums;” her late father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was allegedly an “orgy-loving” preacher; and growing up in that free-loving environment supposedly lent to her promiscuity (it’s no secret that she had two kids by age 14). Believe it or not, I heard some of the rumors mentioned in the book a few years ago. I’m sure if it’s untrue, Re Re will be very vocal about it. Hey, she’s still one of my favorite singers. Read more here.
5. Melissa Harris-Perry talks about online harassment. On her show last week, the MSNBC host talked about the amount of harassment she’s received online. “I’m at a point where I don’t really retweet anything that I really like because I fear that I will send all of the harassment that comes to me over to some person who doesn’t deserve it,” she said. She makes a good point. Remember when crazed Beyonce stans unleashed hateful comments on dream hampton’s daughter after Beyonce posted a photo with her online? The whole ordeal becames too much that dream (who ghost wrote Jay Z’s “Decoded” biography) quit Twitter (she’s since rejoined). Online harassment really sucks and cyber bullying needs to stop. Check out Melissa discussing the topic on her show below.
Melissa Harris-Perry sounds off on online harassment
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The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Beyonce dressed as a “Rhythm Nation” Janet Jackson and Blue Ivy dressed as Michael Jackson (These Halloween costumes were adorable!).
NOT: Cyber bullying (It’s got to stop!).
HOT: Marvel making a “Black Panther” movie starring Chadwick Boseman (This is all right!).
NOT: Don Surber, a former columnist for West Virginia’s Charleston Daily Mail, calling slain Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown “an animal” that had to be put down (…).
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