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BET Premieres Two New Series

 

BET premiered two new series on Tuesday night, ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ and ‘Second Generation Wayans,’ which both take a fake look at the real lives of some male celebrities. The network has been trying to change its image by introducing more original shows, and I found these to be some interesting additions to their lineup.

Created by it’s star, comedian Kevin Hart, ‘RHOH’ got it’s start as a skit during the 2011 BET Awards. Billed as the “fakest reality show on tv,” Kevin and his famous frenemies, which include Boris Kodjoe and Robin Thicke, play poker, avoid their wives and s*** talk each other about their careers. It’s all in good fun though, and although I thought there was too much of him, Hart makes a good center for the show. Making himself the butt of jokes and even getting beat up by a kid, he hilariously illustrates being the pains of being a wannabe baller. It’s a great parody of  Bravo‘s ‘Housewives’ franchise, where women fight over nothing and think every little thing they do is special. Kevin is the show’s main narcissist, the Countess LuAnn if you will, but his interactions and run-ins with the likes of Nick Cannon and rapper Nelly make it enjoyable. The ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ type skewed version of reality works because it’s a look at what it might be like to just be known as Mariah Carey‘s husband, or the guy that sang “Hot In Herre.”

 

Mr. Hart also made an appearance on ‘Second Generation Wayans‘ as himself. The show chronicles the mishaps of a couple of Wayans that you’ve probably never heard of, and that’s their problem. While both Craig and Damien Dante Wayans have worked behind the scenes on a number of projects for their family, it’s been hard for them to break out on their own. They have the name recognition, and talent, but they can’t get their foot in the door, even after they get some advice from uncle Marlon. The irony here is that they have this show on a network, but you have to wonder if they struggled the same way their characters did. Tatyana M. Ali, best known for playing Ashley Banks on ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ plays their assistant Maya and George O. Gore II, an honorary Wayans who played Damon‘s son Junior on ‘My Wife and Kids,’ moves away from acting to become a producer. One standout scene featured singer LeToya Luckett collecting her son from Craig, who is obviously afraid of her. It’s a bit like a black ‘Entourage’ but the guys are better looking.

So I think BET has two solid shows on their hands. They each take a look at what it’s like to be black actor in Hollywood these days. Even if you have the name, the looks and the talent, it’s hard but you do what you gotta do to succeed. As fake as they might be, the the shows deliver some real laughs.

2012 BET Honors: Mariah, Stevie and The First Lady

 

The 2012 BET Honors celebrated the achievements of director Spike Lee, the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, track and field coach Beverly Kearney, poet Dr. Maya Angelou, singer Mariah Carey and musician Stevie Wonder. The event was hosted by Gabrielle Union and was attended by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama and Aretha Franklin. FLOTUS was on hand to honor Dr. Angelou whose tribute included her famous poem “Still I Rise” performed by Queen Latifah, Willow Smith, Jill Scott and Cicely Tyson.

Performers included Common with Anthony Hamilton and Stevie rocked the stage twice, acknowledging his amazing career and that of his friend Spike Lee. The show ended with a salute to Mariah which kicked off with Kelly Rowland performing Carey’s hit “Fantasy” with Raekwon, then Carey’s friend and idol Patti LaBelle brought tears to Mariah’s eyes, and mine, with her rendition of “Hero.

Carey was introduced by her husband, Nick Cannon who bough their son Moroccan on stage with her. Roc’s sister Monroe was said to be backstage, Mariah even joked that they both had to be sewn into their dresses.  How darling is that?

 

Didn’t I write this yesterday? More buns in the Hollywood oven!

There’s something in the VOSS water in Hollywood, you guys.

We here at Dipped in Cream can only WISH we were endorsing VOSS water. Hmmmph.

Nothing special about celebrities having babies, as much as mags want you to believe that, however, every even semi-relevant person is getting knocked up all of a sudden.”Let’s see.  I’m not making a movie? Oh hey, let me get pregnant for some good press! And maybe I can sell the pictures!”

Kate found another skinny, rocker babydaddy.

Let’s start off with Kate Hudson, shall we? The 31-year old actress is pregnant with her second child. “They couldn’t be more excited,” the source says of Hudson’s being pregnant. “Kate is really happy. She was always excited to have kids again at some point.” She has a son, Ryder, with her ex-husband, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes.  Kate started dating Muse front-man Matt Bellamy last summer, much to the dismay of all of his fangirls. Here’s hoping the next Muse album doesn’t suck but congratulations to them both!

Cory Hardrict and expectant Mama, Tia Mowry Photo: Getty Images

Moving on to Tia Mowry, who is expecting her first child with husband, actor Cory Hardrict. Tia’s series,  The Game premiered to much fanfare last night on BET, and now she has much more to celebrate. The couple says in a statement, “We are both so excited to be parents. We have been wanting this a long time!” Mowry is due July 3 and the pregnancy will be documented for a show on the Style Network which will air later this year.

The Cast of "The Game" on BET

Now that she’ll be a Mother Mother (I’m so sorry) in real life, I wonder if they’ll make her character on The Game pregnant as well.

Rachel and husband Rodger

Celebrity stylist, and now designer, Rachel Zoe announced her pregnancy last year, but she has  revealed the sex of the baby. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Zoe’s husband Rodger Berman let the cat out of the Gucci bag, it’s a boy! If you watch “The Rachel Zoe Project,” you’d know that Rodger was really pushing Rachel to have a baby.

Rachel is still a nut. Look at those HEELS.

[Editor’s Note: DivaJulia added the photo of Rachel Zoe wearing those crazy high heels while 7 months pregnant, knowing FULL WELL she did the exact same thing when SHE was pregnant with her sons…and she’s owning her hypocrisy.]

Zoe, 39, is seven months along but still working as hard as she did before. “I’ve been asked to slow down,” she says. “But to be totally honest, it’s kind of next to impossible when you’re planning your show and launching your collection, and in the middle of award season.” Wow, how motherly.

Do they make baby Chanel trench coats? Oh well, I’ll be over here. Drinking and NOT getting pregnant.