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"Vanderpump Rules" Controversy: Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute Fired For Racism

Faith Stowers shares her story of the duo's racist actions against her.

Staple cast members of the Bravo reality show Vanderpump Rules, Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, have been fired from the show.

The firings are a result of accusations of racism from fellow cast mate Faith Stowers, who hasn't appeared on the show for several seasons. According to CNN, "New cast members Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were also let go, after racist tweets from their past recirculated."

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RIP to 50 Cent's Feud with Lala Kent and Randall Emmett

"Fofty" was threatening to crack Randall Emmett's head open a few days ago, but now the rapper is "wishing him and his family a very blessed day."

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50 Cent's feud with producer Randall Emmett and his fiancée, Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent was one of the weirdest beefs of the year, if not this lifetime.


It basically boiled down to this: Randall Emmett borrowed a million dollars from 50 Cent and the rapper/co-producer of Power demanded his money back, or else. But soon, things snowballed into a full-fledged mudslinging fest where embarrassing texts were revealed, Harvey Weinstein comparisons were flung, and plenty of memes were born.

It all started when 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson III) took to Instagram to post a clip from Vanderpump Rules of Randall's fiancée, Lala Kent, discussing how her relationship began: she let him "hit it" on the first date, and then got a Range Rover the next day. 50 captioned the video: "10 seconds left in the 4 quarter hoe's are Winning. Do you want A range rover [starry-eyes emoji] yes, bitch yassss. Then just run out [female-jogger emoji, gust-of-wind emoji] and suck a dick. LOL smh [face-palm emoji]."


Lala Kent––whose specific brand of sex-positive empowerment we recently dissected in order to decide if it's actually woke––is very passionate about two things: her man and keeping it real. If you've ever watched Vanderpump Rules, then you know that Lala is quick to clap back and point her acrylic nails in anyone's face who crosses her path. Kent commented on 50's post: "She swears she's a thug from south side Jamaica queens & she's up in here watching Bravo." She continued, "Someone has forgotten where they came from."

It's a big claim from Kent — who grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah — considering the infamous rapper was shot nine times in 2000 and survived. All good feuds escalate at a rapid pace, and this one is no exception.

50 responded by posting a text exchange between him and Randall, where Randall pleads, begs, and asks for forgiveness among claims of having a heart attack and heading to the ER in what would become the feud's most iconic line "I said I'm sorry fofty."


Well, Fifty's not buying it. He even posted a meme accusing Ran of faking the heart attack. The rap mogul is done waiting around, and he's threatening violence if Randall doesn't get the money to him by today, Monday April 29th. He warned in a text to Emmett "Keep playing with me and get ya fucking head cracked in front of everybody."

This spurred Lala to take to her Instagram story (it's not a real fight unless someone goes on vlogging rant) to voice her anger with 50 using the clip of her in a way she claimed served to "diminish the validity of the #MeToo movement."

Fifty raised the stakes when he reposted the video of Kent and claimed that there was no difference between Emmett and Harvey Weinstein. He captioned the video, "Hey how is the Range Rover? There's no difference between Harvey Weinstein and Randel Emmett! This is reality, not reality TV." Can you hear that? It's the sound of a collective "yikes."

50 Cent might have been ready to knock Randall out, but he seemed to have been having a good time milking the feud for all its publicity glory at the same time. Over the weekend, the Rapper was relentless in his mocking of Emmett. Fans went on Kent and Emmett's respective Wikipedia pages and made a few edits to poke fun at the situation and 50 cent even created t-shirts bearing the "I'm sorry fofty" line.

Of course, Chrissy Teigen had to chime in, because doesn't she always? "I never ever want 50 cent to be mad at me," she said on Twitter. "please love me, fofty." KK Chrissy duly noted.

This feud escalated from a simple bitch-better-have-my-money to a full-fledged discourse on the prevailing movement surrounding sexual assault. There may not be a setting that could be more inappropriate for discussing these issues, but nonetheless, it made for good TV. Not sure if Randall is faking the heart attack, or how this will affect Lala's burgeoning musical career, but we can all agree that we hope this arc plays out in the next season of Vanderpump Rules.

As of 20 minutes ago, it looks like the feuders have finally reached an agreement. Fifty got his money and seems to be all good vibes only now as he captioned his latest post "I got my money, so I have no problem with @randallemmettfilms in fact I'm wishing him and his family a very blessed day. 😏positive vibes now guys." The rapper has wiped most of the posts clean from his Instagram page, except for one last screenshot showing that he has, in fact, received the wire.

Randall seems to have cleaned up this mess for now. While the memories may fade, the screenshots will last forever....


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Kim Zolciak Reveals Huge Raise for Show ‘Don’t Be Tardy’

The reality television star and her daughter are raking in around a combined $1.7 million

Kim Zolciak managed to become a standout star from The Real Housewives of Atlanta — and now she's making bank in her own show, Don't Be Tardy.

Zolciak and her daughter just finished filming season 7 of their show and an unknown source just revealed their salaries. The source said the duo negotiated more money to come back and thus, got a raise.

Bravo is giving the mother-daughter duo a raise that would even keep me on the show — Zolciak is now making $125,000 an episode which amounts to about $1.5 million for the season. Her daughter, Brielle Biermann also got a raise — she's now pulling in around $16,000 per episode, amounting to around $192,000 for the season.

A couple months ago, Zolciak made a scene after making racist comments on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She stated her belief that racism isn't real and before that, called NeNe Leakes' home a 'roach nest.' Zolciak later said that her coworkers always play the race card and that she makes no association with her words and racism.

Kroy Biermann, Zolciak's husband and Biermann's adopted dad, also got a cut of the deal. During his career in the NFL, Biermann didn't really need to be paid that much by the show — however, now that he's out, he renegotiated his deal with the show and became executive producer, along with Zolciak.

Don't Be Tardy came to be when she met Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann whom she married in November 2011 — the show itself follows Zolciak for the two months leading up to her wedding. Colin Cowie, a celebrity event planner, helps the duo and different problems arise to entertain viewers, such as Zolciak's mom not wanting to come.

After the first initial season, we follow Zolciak and Biermann around in their new lives — two new baby boys and then two more twins in the next season. It also seems like with the exception of her oldest daughters, the couple is naming their children with 'K' names — Kardashian jealousy anyone?

We don't know if the show will be renewed for an eighth season but with these new raises, it'll probably happen — who knows, maybe by that time Brielle will be a big enough star to host her own show.


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust, Gearbrain and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and a marketing intern.



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THE REAL REEL | Want To Get Divorced?

You Will After Watching Girlfriends Guide

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Even if you are not married, you might watch this show and run out and get married just so you can get divorced. They make "The Big D" look awesome and most troubling of all; this show makes it look easy! The lives of the women on GGD are like little Rubik's Cubes that just need a teensy weensy bit of tweaking, but always fit perfectly back together. I watch this show, while simultaneously asking myself, 'why am I watching this show'? Seriously. Why?

I am of the generation where Sex In The City came out and was revolutionary in its delusional, false, yet so unbelievably attractive portrayal of single-white-rich-women and their lifestyles. So while I wasn't rich, as a 20 year old watching SITC, I was a white female who could watch the show, and fantasize about becoming one of those women, living a glamorous life in NYC. Girlfriends Guide is Sex In The City for the Divorcé and just like SJP can make living in NYC on a writers salary look magnificent, so can the ladies of Girlfriend's Guide. So, as a married woman, I guess this shows lets me fantasize about what my life could look like if I wasn't married…? If I won the lottery? Kind of like how I used to watch SITC and fantasize about that lifestyle? But it's worse, in so many ways. For one thing, they are parents, not just divorced grown ups, but grown ups who are responsible for mini versions of themselves. Of course their children's ability to resiliently process the woes of their dramatic, yet financially cushioned divorces are equally unbelievable, as the kids are mostly unscathed, and somehow bathed, fed, and educated… magically…by invisible nannies.

Ok, so why else do I watch? I honestly feel gross about it, and embarrassed, but anything worth getting embarrassed over is worth writing about. So really I am on a journey to either justify my guilty pleasure, or find some type of psychological understanding for my propensity for ridiculous colorblind, class-less, TV. 80% of me thinks that it's just my own desire to feed myself crap. Like eating candy, I know it's bad but it tastes good going down. What about the other 20%? I'm scared to talk about that part. But I will.

20% of me is really curious about this lifestyle. Would having millions of dollars in the bank and a trust fund for my kids change my own marriage? How many of you have heard a friend say that they can't afford to get divorced? (I was raised watching my divorced parents balance their individual checkbooks, usually having $150 in the bank…total, so I always tell these women, trust me, you can afford it.) I sometimes think my partner and I try harder to make our relationship stronger, because we know if we really needed to, we could separate, we would find a way to make life after divorce work. Could having the option to divorce comfortably, from the beginning, urge people to invest more in their relationships? Maybe, maybe not. Many people divorce financially uncomfortably of course, including my own parents. But…that is not what happens on this show. It's actually quite terrifying how easy they make divorce look, and I would dare say that my dear friends who have gone through divorce would likely be disappointed at this show's depiction of it.

The gals on this show are not divorced the way real people are divorced. Divorce usually doesn't occur after a few months of fighting. This show omits the years of struggling many couples go through, years of weighing the emotional costs of separation, the financial repercussions that result in drastic lifestyle changes, and the many days of isolation many women feel, as they become suddenly social outcasts. Of course these women bounce back, and of course children survive (I did), but this show makes it look fun, exciting, and whimsical, instead of laborious, lonely, and exhausting. From my perspective, divorce can be brave, messy, scary, and confusing… not clear, classy, and fun-filled. I know there is an element of relief that ending a troubled marriage can bring, but there is a difference between re-establishing some psychological stability, and jumping onto a 24-hour party bus complete with evening wear.

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So yes, I do watch this show, and allow myself to fantasize about being a character on it… and I play out that scene, I lose the love of my life, I try to find solace in a man 10 years younger, or older (never is it a similar age range that these women end up with), I picture myself with my girlfriends on vacation, in $600 bathing suits sipping $600 Champaign and then my fantasy gets fuzzy… will my new 25 year old beau try and put the moves on me with my nighttime mouth guard in? And where are my friends who wear exorbitant bathing suits or drink expensive Champaign? And where the heck are my kids! I miss my kids!

Don't get me wrong, I am all for progressive consensual relationships and family styles of any kind. But this show replaces love with lust, commitment with instant gratification, and self help with narcissism. It doesn't do marriage, single-parenthood, or divorce justice. I am one who loves to deconstruct the institution of marriage and the impossibly ridiculous standards and emphasis that our society places on it… but this show is not deconstructing an archaic system that was invented to pass down wealth. This show commodifies happiness in every sense of the way.

The women I know who have been through divorce are warriors who work, and cook, and clean, and provide, not vapid party girls with endless shopping budgets. But yes, I watch it, I wonder what it's like to have piles of dough to blow with zero consequences, but again, that's when my fantasy gets fuzzy. I don't know who in real life could join me on these cinematic benders and my own fantasy makes me lonely, makes me miss my broken front door, and the squeaky wheel on my old car. Most of all, it makes me miss my relationships that are based on connection and love, rather than materials and instant gratification.



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Reality TV Royalty | ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ returns to Bravo

The much anticipated reality TV show revealed a lot in its epic return — while also leaving a bunch of juicy details out

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'KUWTK' was anything but satisfactory. Sure the episode revealed the usual drama that the infamous family faces every day, but not the answer to a question we've wondered about for a while now.

Yes, Kris Jenner decided that it was not quite time yet to reveal Kylie Jenner's "situation" — only hinting at a person taking unsolicited photos at Kylie's house. As Kris was doing interviews, the camera kept pointing at her as she took a serious call concerning the situation and asked her daughter if she wanted the person arrested.

With yet another week of vaguely hinting at Kylie's privacy and current situation, us fans are left disappointed again — I'd honestly feel a bit guilty about constantly talking about her pregnancy if it wasn't teased every time the show aired promos. However, 'KUWTK' definitely delivered on other fronts this Sunday.

For instance, Blac Chyna finally agreed to sign the family law agreement and hopefully will stop causing trouble for the family. The agreement centered around custody payments and other legal negotiations which have been going on for a while now.

Although no one explicitly said anything about Rob Kardashian's revenge porn incident last year, Kim did briefly mention that he should've "controlled himself" because he had sisters. Honestly, he shouldn't have done it anyways as it was illegal and nonconsensual — but the Kardashians aren't ones for remarks to shake the boat.

Kourtney Kardashian was also a subject of this week's episode — she's finally come to terms with her relationship with 24-year-old former model and boxer, Younes Bendjima. While getting ready for a week-long vacation with her boyfriend, she reflects on how she's ready to introduce her kids to him and how Scott Disick is a "co-parenting partner who's not fully reliable."

And who can forget the main attraction of this episode — Khloe's mime prank. In an effort to cheer Kris up, she hired a mime to be cuffed to her mother for an entire day. Like most of the girls' other pranks, it seemed to have both an amusing and annoying effect.

Kris Jenner then showed up to Khloe's house dressed like a mime — and handcuffed herself to her daughter. It was actually a really happy and uplifting scene for the audience considering all the other things going on in the episode.

However, is there more to come? Next week's episode is mysteriously titled "Bun in the Oven" — which could allude to Khloe's pregnancy, Kim's surrogacy or Kylie's pregnancy confirmation. We'll just have to wait another seven days but hey, at least you'll know you're in for a night of antics and drama.

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Can you help find Mrs. Ezra Bloom?

Is Bravo's viral marketing campaign for new show "Imposters" too much?

It was late in the day when I first saw the ad in my Facebook feed: "Help find Mrs. Ezra Bloom"

The ad, which linked to a tumblr, claimed that a man's wife had gone missing, or was a spy, or something. He claimed to be "heartbroken, confused, and desperate for answers."

Not being one to click on Facebook ads, I headed over to my search engine of choice and googled "Mrs. Ezra Bloom."

I knew I had either stumbled upon something sinister, or a weak attempt at a viral marketing campaign.

A couple minutes later, I had results. Despite not being able to find the tumblr I had seen on Facebook, I found a twitter feed called @WheresEzrasWife with three tweets, all allegedly posted by @ezrabloom85 (a protected account with only four tweets).

Who is Ezra Bloom?

According to the @EzraBloom85 twitter, he is a Colts fan, indie rock disciple, and dog lover from Indianapolis. The @WheresEzrasWife twitter links to the tumblr for "Find Mrs. Ezra Bloom."

Help me find my wife

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The text from the tumblr reads:

5 weeks ago, I married the girl of my dreams. Today, she stole everything from me. I married a con artist.
A few days ago I went to the ATM and tried to make a withdrawal—there was nothing left: $0.00. I immediately called the bank and was told that my wife drained the accounts of every penny. When I arrived home, she was nowhere to be found.
I don't know why this happened. I don't know how this happened. All I know is that I need to find her.
I am starting this Tumblr page to share my story with you all, and hopefully spread the word about this crazy situation. I alone won't be able to find my wife, but with your help, I am hoping to track her down and get answers. Her name is Maddie. She is 29 and has brown hair, brown eyes and is about 5'4".
PLEASE share this link with your friends and on your social feeds. I need all of the help and awareness I can get. If you see or hear anything, please leave any information in the comments.

So, another rich guy got conned by his wife and she took all his money?

Think again! A reverse google image search of the Ezra Banks twitter avatar reveals that the twitter avatar is actually the headshot of actor Rob Heaps, who was cast in a Bravo TV pilot called "My So Called Wife," alongside actress Inbar Lavi.

It seems that after a year of production, "My So Called Wife" was renamed "Imposters" and is set to premiere in February.

If you needed more evidence that Mrs. Ezra Banks is a hoax, look no further than Rob Heaps' own twitter page (where he retweeted this image):

Not gonna lie to you though, all this intrigue has me hyped to check out "Imposters" on Bravo, which premieres on February 7th.


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