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Basketball Wives: LA Newbie Ariane Williams Responds To Ex DeShawn Stevenson’s Engagement

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DeShawn Stevenson may have recently popped the question to his girlfriend Jessica Marie, but don’t think his ex, Basketball Wives: LA newbie Ariane Williams, is angry about it.

When news emerged last week that DeShawn had proposed to Jessica with a 7-carat rock, many assumed that Ariane, who has two children with the former NBA baller, was somewhere plotting some bitter baby mama revenge. Considering DS1 DeShawn was at the center of Ariane’s angry confrontation with BBW: LA veteran Draya Michele on the first episode of the current season, the assumption isn’t too far-fetched.

Not one to merely repeat what’s being said by others, I reached out to Ariane directly via email to get her comment on her ex’s impending nuptials. LOLing at the gossip about what her reaction must be, Ariane told me, “I’m happy for him! I think the girl he’s with now is perfect for him.” Well there you go…Ariane is bypassing the route taken by bitter baby mamas by actually being happy for her ex.

By the way, if you’re interested in what Ariane had to say about her beef with Draya during my interview with her a few weeks ago, you can check out the last edition of “The Scoop” by clicking here.

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Wendy Raquel Robinson On What To Expect This Season Of The Game, Reveals Season 8 Has Been Green-Lit, And Talks Tia Mowry And Pooch Hall

Everybody in my circle KNOWS how much I LOVE the football centered comedy-drama, The Game. One of my favorite characters on the show is Tasha Mack, played by show veteran and seasoned actress, Wendy Raquel Robinson. Although the Los Angeles native firstWRR1 appeared on television in a 1993 episode of Martin, most of us were first introduced to Wendy when she played opposite Steve Harvey as Principal Regina Grier (aka “Piggy”) on The Steve Harvey Show from 1996 to 2002. While Tasha Mack is a little more (and when I say a little more, I mean a lot more) rough around the edges than the educated and somewhat uptight Principal Grier, Wendy somehow manages to make the character just as endearing, and one of the most popular characters on the BET series.

Last week, I was beyond excited to get on the phone with Wendy while she was preparing to host the Allstate Gospel Superfest, which took place Saturday in Chicago. During our conversation, Wendy gave me ‘the scoop’ on what to expect this season (The Game‘s seventh), revealed that Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall were suppose to return to the show for the season finale and that season 8 has already been green-lit, and spoke on what it was like to finally win a NAACP Image Award after being nominated ten times. Check out highlights below.

ON WHAT PREGNANCY MEANS FOR TASHA MACK THIS SEASON:

wrr3“Well definitely ups-and-downs are a result of it, and you know she’s really in denial right now, which is so unfortunate because she thought she was done. She thought she was going through the change, and come to find out, she’s going through another change. But I think this is definitely a breaking down of Tasha and the consequences of her actions, and she’s just gotta go very, very, very inside to get it all together, but I want to say it’s a very revealing season for her, it really is.

ON THE TWO POSSIBLE FATHERS OF TASHA’S BABY, POOKIE AND RICK FOX:

“You’ll see one or the other, I’ll put it like that. You’re definitely going to see one or the other.”

ON KELLY’S RETURN AND WHAT ELSE WE CAN EXPECT THIS SEASON (AND THE NETWORK GREENLIGHTING SEASON 8):

“If it’s thrown her [Chardonnay] off in episode 4, you can only imagine how much more it’s going to throw off everything. So Kelly comes back with an unintentional purpose, you know. She doesn’t want to break down the family or anything like that, but it just happens. And I can’t give it away, but I say expect the unexpected, definitely. Expect the unexpected, and yeah, the audience is not going to be ready for it. It’s really going to cause a lot of uproar, controversy, and all of that good stuff, but it’s definitely going to lead us to a season 8, which we just got, thank God. Because the way the finale ends, there’s no way that we could have walked away from the series in that capacity.”

“Controversy lends itself to comedy and it lends itself to great drama. So just when you thought you got comfortable embracing Chardonnay and Jason, boom. And it’s devastating, it’s amazing, it’s great…just stay tuned.”

[Over the weekend, it was revealed that Brittany Daniel, who plays Kelly on the show, took time off after learning she had stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Today, Brittany is cancer-free and opening up about her battle with the disease to help others. I am beyond happy that she is doing better, and back to doing what she loves.]

ON IF MALIK (PLAYED BY HOSEA CHANCHEZ) WILL GET HIS LIFE TOGETHER THIS SEASON:

“He’s getting his life, and he’s finding love along with it. He’s rehabilitating himself, and will he make a comeback? That’s still yet to be determined, but he’s got his life. He’s got his priorities, and he’s trying to keep it together, but he’s definitely got it together.”

ON TIA MOWRY AND POOCH HALL, AND HER EXPERIENCES WITH THE NEW CAST MEMBERS:WRR2

“You know what’s amazing, we’re like a family, and Tia and I have grown to be like the best of friends. And it is kind of like losing a family member, but what they were trying to do – everybody’s schedule is so crazy – they did actually, they were written in to the season finale, but schedules just didn’t work out, so I think you will definitely see them back because it’s a mutual love, you know. Pooch and Tia they do want to continue on and do the show, but you know, things change, careers go in different directions and things like that, but it’s been a wonderful adjustment for Tasha just adjusting to all the new things around her, and I think that’s actually for Chardonnay and I to form a bond that was really unexpected. In terms of Keira and Blue, they’re the new rookies, and it’s such a parallel to what happens in real life because, you know the game. People retire, you know, Jason’s retiring, new rookies come in, so you see the evolution not only of these characters, but you see the evolution of the sport of football itself. So I think it’s quite interesting for me. And I know it’s an adjustment for the fans and the viewers that are really diehard, but hopefully, they’ll stay with us, and continue to watch and appreciate the growth and the change. And change is inevitable, ultimately. It’s a lot of change, but change is good, change is necessary, change is relevant.”

ON BEING THE SUSAN LUCCI OF THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD BY WINNING AFTER BEING NOMINATED TEN TIMES:

“Everybody that’s what they called me too. [Finally winning] was so unexpected, it was so unexpected. I didn’t see it coming, but it was wonderful. And then I’m in a category with my home girls, you know, Tasha Smith, Niecy Nash. So it really didn’t matter if I won – just to be recognized for the work was just amazing, it really was. But I did not see it coming; everybody called me Susan Lucci. It’s hilarious that you even used that reference”.

ON HOSTING THE ALLSTATE GOSPEL SUPERFEST:

WRR4“This is my third year hosting, and each year, it gets better and better, and the talent lineup is absolutely amazing. From Mary Mary to Tye Tribbett to…everybody is pretty much there. It’s exciting because I’ve seen the evolution of gospel music, you know. It’s not just your traditional praise and worship; now, it’s like hip-hop, it’s everything, and everybody’s praising God in their own way. So music has always been a very spiritual connection for me in terms of gospel music, so I’m just having a ball.”

ON REALITY SHOWS LIKE BASKETBALL WIVES:

“I don’t really watch them. I will say that I do get into the Housewives of Atlanta. But in terms of the basketball, I’m not really a real big fan. For me it’s really interesting because I find that a lot of the women are not even married to them, so it’s like, hmmm. I really don’t have a comment about it. It’s obviously a very lucrative franchise – they’re doing movies and things like that – but no, I can honestly say that I don’t really watch those. I would like to see sisters treat each other better and more respectful. A lot of the clips and highlights that I see, there’s a lot of fighting and things like that. I just think we’ve evolved more than that, and I do hate to see those images put out there like that.”

Wendy isn’t just talk when it comes to the images put out there of women of color – she’s doing her part to give back to her community by being a positive image. The 46-year-old opened a performing arts school, Amazing Grace Conservatory, in Los Angeles with her close friend, the late Tracy Coley, in 1996. Although the school teaches acting, voice, and dance, its main goal is to empower its student body, which consists of emerging artists and at risk youth. “That’s been my passion project, my purpose, and my love,” Wendy told me of the school.

For more information on the Amazing Grace Conservatory, visit its website at amazinggraceconservatory.org. To keep up with all of Wendy’s endeavors, follow her on Twitter @IamWendyRaquel.

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