Bethenny Frankel Promotes New Book And Thinner Look On Facebook

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Bethenny Frankel’s return to the the Real Housewives of New York was exciting news for both Bravo and fans of the show who have mourned her loss for several seasons. Outside of Ramona Singer, few ladies on the East Coast franchise have ever garnered praise from both viewers and critics alike. And with continually sagging ratings, Bethenny’s return will add a much needed boost to an otherwise boring but mildly popular show. To get a better idea of what her storyline may be about, one need look no further than her Facebook page. The Skinnygirl creator posted a pic with her new Skinnygirl Cocktails book which showcases recipes featuring her enormously popular line of mixers and wines. But the image also showed that her product must be working because Frankel is looking very thin. So much so, that the vast majority of comments from her fans and followers center on her promoting an unhealthy body image. To be fair, Bethenny has always been petite and her thinner look could also be due to an ill-fitting, oversized dress. Also, the comments are of genuine concern and very few are mean-spirited. Still, in this day of women and girls suffering more and more from body dysmorphic issues and the media continually promoting an unrealistic, thin body type, we can only hope she hasn’t fallen into this trap.



Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo Cancelled By TLC Amid Allegations Mama June Is Dating A Convicted Child Molester

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After the cancelation of Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo by TLC, many are wondering who will be the next victim in the universe of reality television. In a year that’s seen an Atlanta Housewife booked for assault during the Reunion, an Atlanta housewife’s husband sentenced to prison for identity theft and New Jersey’s Theresa and Joe Giudice both receiving prison sentences for bankruptcy fraud, it’s been rough for those sacrificing their personal lives for fame. Mama June is the latest victim even though she has committed no crime. However, her decision to reignite with former flame, Mark McDaniel, after he was released from a ten-year prison sentence for aggravated child molestation is startling. Especially considering one of the victims was Shannon’s daughter, Anna Cardwell. Her daughter released a statement saying she, “was hurt” and had no intention of letting her daughter anywhere near Mama June if there is any chance McDaniel would be around. After Shannon and McDaniel were caught on camera shopping for a house, TLC swiftly cancelled any and all things related to the show. The network, showing support for the children of one of its most lucrative franchises, has hired counselors to assist with any questions the kids may have. For the record, June Shannon has vehemently denied involvement with McDaniel and claimed to have not seen him since he was released in March of this year. However, the pictures and a statement from daughter Anna claiming June recently told her, “I don’t belive you,” is in sharp and disturbing contrast to Shannon’s statements. We can only hope the situation will resolve itself soon and in the best interest of the minors potentially in harm’s way.


82 Year-Old Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dead

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Legendary fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta, has died. The announcement was made by family members and was a shock to the luxury and Haute Couture family that has embraced him during an illustrious career. For more than fifty years the oft described ‘Sultan of Suave’ dressed countless celebrities, royals and every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. Though de la Renta announced a struggle with cancer in 2006, he recently said that he was “totally clean”. There are few in the high-end luxury and Haute Couture world that are as hands on or have established the devoted following Oscar de la Renta has. The Spring 2015 Runway collection presented earlier this year was one of the most glorious and detailed and is sure to be even more covetable. In his 82 years on this earth, Oscar de la Renta’s designs were sheer perfection among few perfectionists. He will be missed…


John Galliano To Return To Fashion World As Creative Director Of Maison Martin Margiela

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John Galliano is back where he deserves to be. Late Monday WWD broke the news that Maison Martin Margiela had acquired the designer as its Creative Director. The news was soon confirmed with an official announcement from the French house and quickly celebrated by longtime friend and supporter, Naomi Campbell on InstaGram. It’s been a tough journey for the famed designer who all but lost it all after his drunken, antisemitic remarks were caught on video at a Parisian café. He lost his position with Dior and was pretty much persona non grata throughout much of the fashion industry. However, glimmers if his genius still emerged with the design of Kate Moss’ wedding dress, a capsule collection for Oscar de La Renta and an appointment as creative director for Russian perfume brand, L’Etoile. His first collection for Martin Margiela will be an artisanal line to be shown during January’s 2015 Couture week. And though it is unlikely to be done with the over-the-top, pomp and circumstance as his famed celebrations for Dior, Galliano’s will be one of the most anticipated shows in a long time.


Tracy Morgan Responds To Wal-Mart’s Claim He Is Responsible For His Injuries

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Actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan, is speaking out on his lawsuit against Wal-Mart. Morgan was injured more than four months ago when a Wal-Mart truck driver rear-ended the limo bus he and colleagues were riding in.The driver who was close to his limit of hours behind the wheel either lost control or fell asleep and struck the bus going more than 20 MPH over the legal limit. Morgan filed a lawsuit against the retailer and now we’re learning just how the chain responded. According to court filings, Wal-Mart claims the injuries and death caused by the incident were “…caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device.” Morgan sustained a broken leg, nose and broken ribs and his comedian friend, James McNair, was killed. Two others were injured in the crash. Morgan released a statement that he couldn’t believe “Wal-Mart was trying to blame me.” The multi-billion dollar company responded that it hopes to enter settlement discussions soon. Meanwhile, Morgan is still recovering and, having suffered brain injuries, may never work again.


New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice and Husband Headed To Prison

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It was the day the reality television world has been looking forward to for the last year. When Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe pleaded guilty to a multitude of fraud charges early this year, the October sentencing date was what many were waiting for. Would Judge Esther Salas be lenient on the Real Housewives of New Jersey star as a first time offender? Or, would she send a clear and strong message that the criminal actions of both required and deserved jail time? The prosecution recommended maximum sentencing guidelines due to the severity of the crimes. Joe was sentenced to 41 months in prison and would likely be deported upon release. When it came to Teresa, the judge conveyed that she had considered probation. However, citing the government’s report of the great lengths Mrs. Giudice went through to conceal guilt and assets in the bankruptcy hearing, the judge ordered her to report to prison in January 2015 for 15 months. Teresa will be allowed to spend the holidays with her family. And more than likely, spend a little time filming something for Bravo before joining Apollo Nida “asunder.” Hey, she has over $400,000 in restitution to repay. Who would have thought that year’s ago when Teresa flipped that table during the first season that she would eventually wind up headed to prison. It’s a tough lesson to learn that greed and the love of money will end up costing so much more in the end.


Cissy Houston Puts On A Show Singing Background For Aretha Franklin

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DaFuq was Whitney Houston’s momma, Cissy Houston doing behind the Queen of Soul? The dead diva’s mother was front and center backing up Aretha Franklin on last night’s David Letterman. Queen Re-Re was there to promote her latest album and did a stirring and soulful rendition of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. Meanwhile, Cissy was busy rolling her eyes, cutting some mean side-eye glances and just altogether looking unbothered. She clearly didn’t give a good or bad damn as she was caught staring at the floor or looking up to the ceiling during Franklin’s vocals. But, Lawd, if this woman didn’t start mouthing the lyrics to the song when her time came to sing. The other four or five background singers looked happy as they danced in unison and smiled at the opportunity to sing with a living music legend. Houston looked like they should have been happy to sing beside HER! She didn’t even try to do any moves and looked like she done missed every single dance and singing rehearsal. And when it came time for that audience involved clap, why did she look like she was trying to turn the lights out in the studio? All those white folks sitting in the audience able to keep time with the music and she up there just clapping like the show over. We all love us some Cissy Houston but the chill on social media was non-existent. The memes were fast and furious and drop dead hilarious… But not nearly as funny as the I ain’t never been thirsty in my life realness of Cissy’s performance.


Wendy Williams Hangs Her Head As The Drama Is Unleashed On R & B Divas L.A. Reunion

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Wendy Williams appeared exasperated at times in Part I of R & B Divas, Los Angeles Reunion. Of course, so were many of the viewers that got a first-hand look of the foolery that is Chanté Moore. The aging diva, who must have gotten a pay increase to finally add some hair to the other side of her head, continually deflected, played the victim and never owned up or acknowledged her part in any shenanigans. Clearly, Chrisette Michelle and Lil’ Mo had issues and confronted her on everything from the diva’s anthem to her diva behaviors. Chanté kept squirming around the issues to the point where even host Williams called her out on some of her shade. But the eye opening and jaw dropping statements came from Leelah James. The normally fro-rocking songstress went in deep and pointed out what she saw as rudeness towards the cast and the filming crew. But when she referenced why Moore needed to show up with security, Wendy uncharacteristically lost her composure and just looked down shaking her head. Moore’s excuse, she felt threatened by the bahavior of Lil’ Mo in the rain forest. But when it came out that Chanté had hugged it out with Mo only Weekes prior at the Essence Festival, the truth of her character was revealed. It is clear that Chanté feels herself above the other ladies. And her actions throughout the season were more about elevating herself at the expense of her castmates. Let’s see if she can redeem herself in Part II…