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  1. Rlb8031

    Pit Bulls And Parolees

    Not to mention an shortly developed addiction to painkillers (after less than a week taking them) and then withdrawal when she went off of them - Tia described it in her book!
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    Bring It!

    No, I don't think the show is fine. But, I think that the direction of the show is driven by the producers and that many of the things you noted as needed changes are only controlled by production, and not by Dianna as the owner of the Dolls or the Dollhouse(s). The only one I think she controls is her presence or absence in Jackson, and she's made clear that she would be making this move, even if the show goes away. She wants to capitalize on the success of the show and move to the next level as a dancer and choreographer, and the work just isn't in Jackson.
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    Married to Medicine Los Angeles

    I think she may have alopecia or some other medical issue. I noticed last night that while she appeared to have acne on her face, her head is perfectly smooth and unblemished. I've had two friends that suffered from alopecia (a guy and a woman) and both had the same flawless skin on their heads - you can't see any pores or hair follicles. Both of them opted to not cover their heads with hats or hairpeices within 4-5 years of being diagnosed. Even if it isn't, I think she is a physically striking woman, with her height and she pulls off the no hair thing really well. Her glasses, makeup and accessories always accentuate her looks.
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    Married to Medicine Los Angeles

    Black women do feel a way about Barbie. If you are of a certain age, Black Barbies were hard to find. You couldn't get one, and even when you did, she had a very particular look which was not reflective of the spectrum of Black womanhood. And it's not just Black girls. Ask any white/Latina/Asian girl who has black hair if they grew up frustrated at the limited number of dolls that looked like them and you'll see they say yes. As for the drug dealer thing, I a little surprised so many people heard what she said as "Her husband is a drug dealer". What she actually said was THE HOUSE look like IT was owned by a drug dealer. It was a statement on the tacky decor- which she wasn't the only one to comment on. One of the other women likened it to something "straight out of Dynasty". And I don't think Imani has decided to be the angry black female. I think she simply recognizes that many people will see her that way, no matter how she acts, so she doesn't even bother to try.
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    Bring It!

    In the FB Live posted above, Diana seemed to say that the decisions about which girls/parents were included in the show is 100% the decision of production. I didn't check the credits, but she made it sound like she does not have any responsibility as a producer and therefore, that she doesn't get to pick and choose who from the "A" or "B" teams are part of the show. According to her, both the moms and the kids audition separately. So a kid might be on because the mother was chosen, and not because the kid is a top dancer and vice versa. Diana moved to ATL, which isn't part of the show, but is definitely part of the reason for all the drama in Jackson. She said in her FB live that she made the decision to do so because it was better for her family and would give her the opportunity to pursue other things -not just running the dollhouse. Evidently, many of the Jackson parents are upset and feel she is abandoning them. This isn't really an option. Families come to the Dollhouse to participate in a full dance program, the idea being that you always want to be developing kids that are good enough to move up and step into the shoes of the ones before them. In any competitive based youth program - sports, chess, robotics, whatever - you will always have those years where the kids coming in are not as good as those leaving, and the ones left behind have less talent/experience. The difference is that for the purposes of the show, they don't want those fluctuations in quality. That's why they import kids like Princess and the little girl from NYC. All four of these are production driven and not necessarily reflective of the way the team runs in real life. Dianna mentioned in the FB Live that she gets $2500 per show to put on creative/stands. That covers costumes, props, music, and any other special needs. In reality, the kids would perform some of these dances multiple times throughout the season, not learn a dance once then never use it again. As for the technical training, she mentioned that Torrey was brought in at her suggestion by production to provide a more technical training for the girls. He's gone now, and that also seemed to be driven by production/mutual agreement, not by Dianna or the Dollhouse.
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    Married to Medicine Los Angeles

    Look- up north here there is such a thing as big man weather. You can't be cuddling up next to Papa Smurf when it's 26 degrees outside. Kandi in ATL and Dr Messy Boots live in warm weather climates where having a big man to wrap around is not necessary. And yes, she absolutely did put in her work early and earned her position. But in my experience, southern and Cali girls were always way ahead of us NY/NJ/Philly girls when it came to tie them up and lock 'em down in undergraduate. No joke, there was one dude I knew who started asking me out freshman year - who I cold turned down daily because he was like 5'2. What is he today? A doctor...
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    Married to Medicine Los Angeles

    This made me keekee! When I was in college I had height and weight minimums (6'2 & 220). Fast forward (*@ years later and my spouse is 5'10 and 190. In heels, I'm taller 😞
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    Surviving R. Kelly

    That's almost it. You can't be charged again in the same court under the same charges for the same crime. You can be charged in a different court (so for example, the state charged you with conspiracy under state law, you win, then the feds charge you with conspiracy under federal law). As you've also correctly pointed out, you can be acquitted criminally, then can be sued in civil court. Civil charges won't result in you ending up in jail, but will assess fines and penalties against you. And yes, Robert Kelley is hood savvy and real world stupid. He's got his pimp game on lock but doesn't even understand the basics of how the law works.
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    Married to Medicine Los Angeles

    Okay, I thought it might be an HBCU. So, why exactly would Simone go there? It's baffling to me...
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    Married to Medicine Los Angeles

    Simone has issues. I was hoping she was gonna step all the way in it just to see the good Dr. Britten put her in her place quick fast and in a hurry. Unfortunately, she only took a baby step down the "what are you" path and when she got politely put in her place she was like "yep, she's a sister". Question, does anyone know where Dr Contessa went to undergrad?
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    United Skates

    I watched it and cried at my lost childhood. We had three rinks that we skated at as kids, 1) the hood rink where we we were only allowed to go for afternoon sessions because it was too rough for us kids to hang out at night; 2) the super-swanky rink which was where all the celebrities would go to skate. It was geared towards adults (white) and tolerated us kids (black) so long as we did not skate in more than groups of two or show up the house skaters with our tricks; and 3) the other hood rink which was over an hour away, but which our parents let us go to because it was on the edge of a pretty wealthy community in the Bronx so the cops kept everyone under control and there were no parking lot fights or trouble in the rink. Currently the go-to rink near me is an outdoor rink, so its really only available May-October. Some of the older skate rats still show up there along with a couple of other outdoor spaces in NYC (Union Square and Central Park), but its nothing like the dark circle with the banging beats of our childhood.
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    The Zoo

    This was covered a lot in Season 1 on the first couple of episodes. They met at the zoo, and evidently she was a wild child and he was pretty straight laced. They fell for one another, dated, got married and have worked together ever since. They are clearly opposites in every way, but it works for them.
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    Pit Bulls And Parolees

    This wasn't a surprise to me. I get the sense that there was a lot of enmeshment between the boys, their issues and her husband. While she alluded to both boys having been close to the edge and having problems, there was a fair amount of public speculation at the time that Aaron either got them involved in drugs and theft or was covering for them when he went to jail. Either way, Tia seemed to want to steer clear of telling any parts of the story of her kids lives' beyond what has been shared as part of the show.
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    Surviving R. Kelly

    Did anyone catch the Red Table Top episode about the show that Lifetime aired following the re-running of the series last night? I thought it was extremely well done, and again provided a bit more insight into the whole story. Evidently, Lisa was a foster child who had been abused while in foster care, prior to her adoption (at six years old). She shared that story with R. Kelly and that was his point of commonality on which their relationship was built. She also shared that he was the first person she told about her abuse. Another interesting piece of information was that she was still a teen herself when she was involved with the 14 year old. She didn't indicate her age, but said she met Kelly at 17, so she had to have been somewhere between 17 and 19 when that encounter occurred. In the original film it always seemed like she was an adult already, so it was interesting to hear exactly how young she was.
  15. ^^^^This. If you looked at some of the posts from the episodes on Clearwater, the Co$ pays a fraction of the total tax its assessed. The vast majority of the property in downtown they pay little to nothing for taxes on.
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