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Basketball Wives: LA Newbie Ariane Williams Talks New Season, Draya, And Her Yoga Company:

Although she’s not an “official” Basketball Wives: LA cast member, Ariane Williams still managed to make a memorable first impression on viewers during this season’s premiere episode by confronting show veteran Draya Michele about her ex. The tense exchange left some viewers scratching their heads, but according to Ariane, there was more to the situation than what we saw. During my recent chat with her, the mother of two explained where her beef with Draya stems from, how she became involved with the show, what to expect this season, and how she came to launch her yoga company, o2bArie.Check out highlights from our talk below.

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ON HOW SHE BECAME INVOLVED IN BASKETBALL WIVES:
“Because of my past relationship, I’m pretty cool with a lot of the other wives around the league, and my name was thrown out there that I may be interested in becoming a new cast member, so I was called and approached with it. And I was like, ‘hey why not. I’ll try it.’ It’s an opportunity – you never want to turn down an opportunity.”

ON CRITICISM THE SHOW RECEIVES FOR HAVING ‘WIVES’ IN ITS TITLE:
“I think the show tries to give you all aspects of that basketball world. ‘Cause realistically, there are baby moms, fiancées, wives, girlfriends, jump-offs, I mean they all kind of exist in that world. So I guess that’s what they’re trying to present to you. Basketball Wives is just the name of the show. I think this season though they do a good job of including more wives and the husbands are more involved and active on the show. So you know, I think the people are getting a little bit of what they’ve been wanting to see.”

ON HER ISSUE WITH DRAYA IN THE FIRST EPISODE:
“It’s crazy ’cause you really can’t get the full effect because it’s a lot that went on off camera. It started just because at what point yes, she did deal with my ex. My ex and I are really good friends, and he had a problem with, I guess Draya is known to fabricate things, and I don’t know her that well, but according people I know that know her, I guess she has a tendency to fabricate things. He had an issue with the fact that she was basically going around insinuating that they had this relationship whereas to him he thought they were just f- buddies basically. They never went out, he was like they never went to dinner at a restaurant. I guess it depends on what a person can describe dating as, so he felt some kind of way because how she put it out there. She’s dealt with several ball players, why is his the name the one she chose to throw out there, kind of throw under the bus or whatever. Because he and I are really cool still – we’ve been friends for a really long time – so aside from us being parents, we’re friends. And the way I am with my friends is if my friend has a problem, it becomes my problem, and I feel some kind of way and may address it, you know, and that’s what that was. So basically, me asking her one, why did you fabricate the nature of you guys’ relationship; why not just call it what it was. And two, out of all the players you slept with or been with, why did you chose to throw his name out there? Her rebuttal is that…I guess to her, they were dating, I don’t know. And she’s like, ‘oh, there were pictures’, but we all know how girls are. Girls will be out with somebody and, a guy, snap a picture and put it on the internet. What does that mean? It doesn’t mean you guys are dating; that just means you like to put your business out there. So that was that whole thing. It didn’t come across that way on camera because, as you can see I was kind of blindsided. I didn’t expect to address that situation at that particular time, so I wasn’t prepared to talk about it, but that was really the issue. It was just that why one, why did you fabricate your story like ya’ll were in some type of relationship when you already know what it was, and two, out of all the players you’ve been with, why is his name the one you decide to throw out there. I mean it could be said that because at the time, he had just won this championship; I don’t know, maybe you’re trying to make yourself relevant some kind of way. I guess it was me just saying just keep it what It was.”

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ON ADDRESSING HER EX ON THE DRAYA ISSUE:
“Now that I look back at it, I’m kind of like the way I stand on it now is that wasn’t my issue to involve myself in because at the end of the day, like I told him – trust me, when I talk to him, II keep it real with him too – like I told him, those are the type of women you chose to deal with. And when you deal with chicks like that, that’s what’s going to come from it. She’s not going to be discreet and keep your name under wraps because she’s got all this respect for you and your family. She’s trying to get ahead – that’s the name of her game. So yes, if she’s got to throw a few names out there, she’s going to do so. That’s why you don’t deal with chicks like that.”

ON IF SHE TAKES THE NEW AND IMPROVED DRAYA SERIOUSLY:
“The way I feel about that is this, like, I’m all for people changing, evolving, growing for a better life for themselves. But what I think she’s trying to do is basically like take those huge, elementary school erasers and like, erase her whole past. Like erase the whole book that’s been written, and it don’t work like that. That doesn’t just go away. I feel like I would respect you more if you just say what it is. Like ‘yeah I used to be a stripper, or whatever I did, but I’m changing, I’m evolving, and now I want to be a better person, a better mother,’ whatever. I think her thinking that the dude she’s with is 26, 27-year-old boy is about to marry her right now is pretty naïve on her part. She’s been in the game a lot longer than that to know better, but, to each its own. I hope it works out. And then, you know what they say, karma is a b*tch. So now you’re on the other side of the coin, you know. At first you were the girl running around here with everybody else’s boyfriends, husbands, fiancés, whatever. Now you want to be a wife, and don’t think that you’re exempt from that same scenario. Who knows, you may end up confronting a girl, which I think she does eventually, right?”

ON WHAT TO EXPECT THIS SEASON OF THE SHOW:
“I think you’re go to get a lot from this season. Of course, the drama is there, I mean because naturally when you put a group of women together, especially women who are all beautiful, and successful in their own way, you’re going to get a lot or personality clashing. So you’re definitely going to get the drama. I think what this season brings though is like I said, as you can tell, they’re implementing more of like that family, showing the guys. Last night’s episode [3/3 episode], to me, was amazing. It just made me have a newfound respect for Doug Christie. He is an upstanding guy, like, love him. So I think you’re going to get a mixture of all that, which is what people have been wanting to see on the show.”

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ON HER YOGA COMPANY:
“I started practicing yoga about nine years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. My doctor actually had referred it to me because he was saying how yoga is good for birth and making that transition and that birthing process easier, with the breathing, and the stretching and all of that. And kind of preparing that pelvic floor for pushing the baby, which it really did help me. My first birth was actually pretty darn easy. I was having contractions…I didn’t know I was in labor until my water had broke one night at like one in the morning. Once I got to the doctor, he was like, I had been contracting for two days, and I didn’t feel any of my contractions, and I still wasn’t feeling any of my contractions when I was in the hospital, so they had to give me some type of [inaudible] to induce me so that I could feel the contractions so I could push ’cause I wasn’t feeling any of them. And I would like to say that was due to me doing the yoga during my pregnancy. I didn’t do it as much with my second child, and it was definitely a difference. That birthing process was a lot harder than the first. But yeah, with my daughter, I did it throughout the whole pregnancy, from beginning to end, and it just made that really, really easy for me. You hear all these stories about birth, but for me, it was really not that bad. I think it’s good for a lot of different things. A friend was actually like, ‘you should try to be a yoga instructor.’ They were like, ‘I think you’d be great at it, you have the personality for it.’ You know, I’m real flexible. So I tried it; I went to the classes, and got certified. But another thing that made me more interested in it is that my ex did end up having sciatica – he had a pinched nerve in his back – and ended up having to get back surgery. Once I went through my training for my certification, I learned that there are a lot of different poses that you can do for sciatica, and you don’t have to endure back surgery, which we all know back surgery can go either way. If anything goes wrong, you can end up paralyzed. And so, I was like, wow, that’s cool. They should implement yoga in some of these athletes workouts. It should be mandatory almost, so that’s something that I’m working on.”

o2bArie offers nationwide yoga instruction, which Ariane has provided for the last three years in California. She’s also planning on creating her own yoga clothing line once she completes her final year of college and earns her degree in Fashion Merchandising. To keep up with Ariane’s endeavors, be sure to follow her on Twitter: @o2barie.

Win Tickets To The ‘Hip-Hop Idols’ Show Featuring French Montana!!

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I love giving away goodies to my readers!! Every time a publicist or business owner offers me freebies to give away, I jump at the chance!

The latest freebie I’m giving to one lucky reader in honor of my column making its debut on thehomeofhiphop.com<http://thehomeofhiphop.com/> is a  pair of tickets to the ‘Hip-Hop Idols’ show!! Featuring French Montana, Fat Trel Bodega Bamz, Par-City and P.A. The Lemonade Man and Hot 97’s Bobby Trends and Da Union’s DJ O. Minaya, the show takes place on Friday, March 28 at the Paramount Hudson Valley. It’s an evening of hip-hop, and these artists are continuing to show how much they support each other whether on tracks or on stages!

To enter for your chance to win, simply tweet “I just got the ‘scoop’ from the @HipHopSocialite” (don’t forget to @ me, or I won’t know you want to win the tickets) by March 21. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on my Twitter page the following day. Thank you to The Legion Media Group for providing the tickets, which are on sale now via paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/event/hip-hop-idols<http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/event/hip-hop-idols>.

Jahna Sebastian On Her Daughter And Swizz Beatz: “I Have Always Supported Their Relationship”

Jahna Sebastian is a London based singer, songwriter, and producer, and the mother of hip-hop super producer Swizz Beatz’s 5-year-old daughter, Nicole. Although news of Jahna’s existence came to light at the height of the drama involving Swizz’s nasty split with ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere and relationship with his current wife Alicia Keys, the 27-year-old managed to emerge from the scandal unscathed, and has succeeded in establishing herself as a respected musician independent of her child’s father.

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I recently got a chance to interview Jahna about keeping her pregnancy and daughter a secret for the first year or so after her birth,  Swizz’s relationship with their daughter, her relationship with Mashonda, and her career. Check out highlights from the interview below.

ON KEEPING HER PREGNANCY AND DAUGHTER A SECRET FOR THE FIRST YEAR OR SO AFTER HER BIRTH:
“I did not want the news about my pregnancy and my daughter’s birth to become the reason of his divorce [from Mashonda].. It wasn’t, because I kept it secret from most people and from the media, although I mentioned the name in my immigration case during that time when I was asked but demanded confidentiality from them. On top of that I didn’t even want to have anything with a married man, but I had to put my pride aside to give my child a chance to have a relationship with her father, however it had to happen at the right time. I only reached out with official paperwork after I have found out that the divorce has already been filed for totally different reasons that had nothing to do with my child and I. I wanted to save my daughter from that kind of negativity, because children are innocent. During those two years until I reached out I had to deal with everything on my own without any child support and I was not entitled to any welfare at all either, those were hard times. I have never been on welfare anyway. Having a child in the UK does not give you the right to stay here or get British passport, you have to have other valid reasons to stay and prove that you can also contribute to the community, which I have done. If I didn’t fight for my immigration case at that time, Nicole would have also been deported to Russia. However, at least my daughter has nothing to do with the divorce and everybody was happy to find out about her.”

ON HOW MANY TIMES A YEAR SWIZZ SEES THEIR DAUGHTER:
“Three to four times a year on average. I have always supported their relationship.  That was the initial reason I have reached out in the first place because a child deserves a chance to have a relationship with the father.”

ON IF SHE CONSIDERS SWIZZ A GOOD FATHER:
“Yes.”

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ON IF SHE WAS TAKING SHOTS AT SWIZZ IN HER RECENT POST ABOUT SOMEONE THAT “WON’T LIFT A FINGER” TO HELP HER WITH HER CAREER:
“No, I wasn’t talking about him. I have met many powerful people in the music business in different countries and I have been doing music since I was a child. I have my own path and I am used to working hard to get things in life myself, from earning my degree and certificates to coming to London and working here. I don’t expect anything from anyone, in fact, I believe the harder you work, the more you appreciate every bit of success. I am totally self-made, from the shows I have played to projects I have worked on, it has been based on mutual interests and my professional skills I have to offer and which I have taken a very long time to learn. Music business is still dominated by men and as a female you have to really prove yourself without a man’s influence, which I have been working on since day one. I have also helped other artists in their career and most of them are men. However, usually music is about collaboration and business is about making money together. Music business is about both. Help is something else, it comes out of good intentions. Before I had a child, I made money for myself, now I work to provide Nicole with the best I can and also to give back to my mother, who has done so much to raise me. ”

ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH MASHONDA:
“We keep in touch. It’s all good.”

ON HER SOUND AS A RECORDING ARTIST:
“It has flavors of R&B, dubstep, hip hop, reggae and drum and bass. I like to experiment and try out new things, however I can sing in various genres. My sound has evolved and will continue to transform. I have already re-invented myself at least two times.”

ON HER CURRENT PROJECT, THE EDGE OF LOVE:
“I wrote, produced, arranged and recorded everything on The Edge of Love in my studio Multivizion Music. It tells a story of being on the borders between love and hate, strong emotions. I am a very passionate person, it’s all or nothing for me. It is about sudden changes that a relationship brings and the journey of immediate transformation through them. It is the dialogue between the extremes. It has a bit of Nietzsche, a bit of Kafka and a little bit of cyberpunk. I have filmed four music videos for it : ‘One Day’, ‘Poison’, ‘The Edge of Love’, ‘Desert’ with a very talented young director Kevin Hudson. I also wrote the scripts for two of them, they are all like chapters of the same book unfolding in various ways.”

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ON WHAT ARTISTS SHE WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH:
“I would like to work with Will.i.am<http://will.i.am/>, Pharrell, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Beyoncé, Chase & Status,  Jay-Z, Skrillex, M.I.A., Tinie Tempah, The Weeknd, Drake.”

ON IF SHE WOULD CONSIDER DOING A REALITY SHOW LIKE LOVE & HIP-HOP:
“I have been offered a part in a reality show like that already, but I won’t do that unless the only thing they film about me is related to my work. I prefer acting in films and commercials and the beauty of that is you can be the craziest person on Earth in a movie without being bashed, because it’s the character, not you. You can be the nicest person in real world and play Tony Montana or Lord Voldemort on screen or it can be the other way around. Most of the time acting is actually more real than reality TV, because for your character to be believable you have to really get in to it and you can directly translate your emotions on screen no matter what they are without holding back. I think some talent competitions are good, like The Voice, because they can actually give people solid opportunities to forward their professional careers and it takes courage to go on those shows.”

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ON WHAT SHE HOPES TO ACCOMPLISH  IN HER CAREER:
“I want to leave a mark and make history globally, to be a part of this time and culture worldwide. Money and superficial things are not my goal, you can be famous for being famous easily by doing some silly stuff today, that is not my goal at all, it is creating something great that can hopefully touch people’s hearts around the world. I want to be the master of my craft and there is always room for growth. I also want to be an inspiration to my daughter for her to achieve her dreams. We have a very special connection.”
Jahna’s EP The Edge of Love is now available on iTunes. To keep up with Jahna, be sure to follow her on Twitter: @JahnaSebastian.

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