Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.Those aren’t my words; they belong to novelist James Baldwin. And if there’s ever someone who needs to hear them now, it’s DMX. The 42-year-old rapper and actor’s recent visit to the “Dr. Phil” show will air today. And from what the promo shows, it’ll be lively. Is this a good idea? Will it really help matters? After all, this isn’t his first attempt at seeking televised counseling. Last year, he and his estranged wife Tashera Simmons appeared on VH1’s “Couples Therapy” and last April, he had an explosive appearance on OWN’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” I think DMX successfully tackling his personal demons require something more than celebrity therapy. He needs to face and deal with the deep-rooted issues that’s fostering his erratic and irresponsible behavior. The list tragically goes on from repeated arrests and recently running around a Detroit hotel naked to impersonating an FBI agent and reports of financial ruin. The Obvious — his substance abuse and addiction and mental health issues. But what’s fueling that drug and alcohol crutch? What’s contributing to his mental instabilty? It was revealed on “Couples Therapy” that he had abandonment issues surrounding his mother, Arnett Simmons. A judge ordered her to put a 7-year-old DMX in a center because he was misbehaving in school and she was told to not look back. I’m uncertain what else transpired between then and now but it’s enough pain for DMX to cling. In a previous episode, he shared, “Not once, not once, not once has she ever told me that she loved me” before breaking down sobbing. His mother does love him as apparent from their emotional reunion on the show. But something more happened during their year apart. There’s a lot of talk about women having daddy issues but you’d be surprised at the number of men who have unresolved mother issues. From what I know of the situation, these are the types of matters that need to be dealt with and it would take much longer than an hour to do it. He has to really face some stuff and change it, as Baldwin said. Otherwise, he’s just drama for high ratings and fodder for gossip blogs and TV shows. But maybe his “Dr. Phil”appearance will prove to be a step toward real healing. I guess we’ll find out today. [Watch here]
“Scandal” 101 catches newbies up: Curious why “Scandal” star Kerry Washington is a Hollywood darling? Don’t worry, ABC has got you covered. The network recently released a catch-up video (a really thorough one, I may add) that explains the first two seasons in under seven minutes for those who don’t have time to watch them before next week’s season three premiere. Yep, anyone who watches this video will automatically be inducted as a gladiator! And if you’re still aren’t satisfied, check out previous episodes on XFINITY. [Watch here]
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Evelyn Lozada not doing a sixth season of “Basketball Wives”?: This may be the best decision Evelyn Lozada’s made since ending her marriage to ex-NFLer Chad Ochocinco Johnson (two wrongs won’t make it right). In a sit-down with HuffPost Live, Lozada said, “As far as future season, I signed on to do five seasons and this is our fifth so I don’t really see me doing a sixth season.” After the atrocity that was “Basketball Wives”” fourth season, her marriage to Johnson and appearance on “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” I thought she would’ve taken a break a year ago. The fourth season really was ugly: Lozada throwing a wine bottle at fellow cast member Kenya Bell, Lozada’s assistant attacking her former BFF and cast member Jennifer Williams and a (pre-reformed) Tami Roman holding cast member Kesha Nichols’ purse hostage on their Tahiti trip (my sister insisted I witness that sad mess). I haven’t tuned in for season five, but after public outcry, it’s been reported that the ladies have gotten it together. Lozada admits that she “acted an ass” in season four and told HuffPost Live that she’s open to doing another reality TV show just without a female cast like she’s on now. Whatever she does, I hope Lozada has peace doing it. [Watch here]
Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis “Annie” remake gets release date: Just watching Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” kicked my mommy gene into high gear. So I can only imagine the effect seeing her as little orphan Annie will have on me. Produced by Sony’s Columbia Pictures, the film will be released on Dec. 19, 2014, according to The Wrap. It also stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are among the producers. Photos also have been released showing Wallis looking adorable onset. Look forward to this one! See “Beasts of the Southern Wild” to find out why people fell in love with Miss Wallis. [Watch here]
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Halle Berry, 47, in all of her big belly pregnant glory (Kind of gives hope to those entering motherhood late in life!)
NOT: Beefs between entertainers (Just hug it out already!)
HOT: KeKe Palmer on the cover of “Heart & Soul” magazine (She looks great!).
NOT: The U.S. Postal Service seeking a rate hike for first-class mail (First threats of no Saturday delivery now this).
HOT: Nicole Beharie on Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” (She’s good and has a strong storyline).
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