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T.I. Juggles Fatherhood and the BET Hip Hop Awards on Premiere of Family Hustle

Published by Dior Noir on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm.

(Photo: Courtesy VH1)

In last night’s premiere episodes of T.I. and Tiny’s new reality show Family Hustle “The King” takes us behind the scenes as he adjusts to his family and professional life after an 11 month jail stint. First up his work to-do list: opening for the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards.

T.I. was tapped to kick off the 6th annual awards show that taped October 1, just days after he was released from a halfway house, in his hometown, setting the stage for a grand homecoming appearance. “BET has been an enormous supporter of the ‘TI Brand’ so I definitely want to show up and show out for them,” he said during his reality show. This year’s Hip Hop Awards was also a sort of “do-over” for T.I.:  “This is very important because it was the same show I was arrested at in 2007,” he added.

But although the rapper tells his manager that his number one priority is to “get hot and get paid” he’s confronted with a big decision when he finds himself booked with a BET rehearsal on the same day his sons have sport games. His son Domani doesn’t  take it too well when T.I. tells him he’ll need to miss a football game to make it to rehearsals on time. Ultimately, he chooses his son, showing that in the tug of war between fatherhood and work, his six kids win. “Over the years I’ve grown to love my career. However, I love my family more,” T.I. told cameras.

In real time, we know that T.I. has already killed the opening of the BET Hip Hop Awards hitting the stage with Young Jeezy to perform “I’m Flexing,” but it’s adorable to see the rapper when he’s just chilling off stage as a family man and husband.

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Tiny: I Couldn’t Have Taken The Fall For T.I.

Published by Runteldat on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12:00 am.

As soon as word leaked that T.I. was arrested and would likely be headed back to jail as a result, many people asked why didn’t his wife, Tiny, try and take the fall for him.

In a new interview with XXL magazine, Tiny finally answers you folks who act like it was her bad that T.I. violated his parole.

She said:

“I feel like, if you don’t know the details on it, you can’t say I could take the fall. If I could have, I would have said, ‘Well, yeah, that’s me.’ But it wasn’t able to be done. And for one, there were other people—other friends in the car—that could have taken the fall, but it couldn’t happen.”

I’m surprised it took so long for many to get that. And when people finally stopped criticizing her and remembered the one who was actually on papers, they started to wonder if T.I. will ever learn his lesson.

Tiny says that Tip truly recognizes the error of his ways:

“It’s timeout for any nonsense. We know what to do now. Not that we didn’t then—but things happened, you know. Now it’s for sure. He’s never gonna go back to jail. We can’t have that.”

Good for him. He’s too talented to end up America’s most talented cellmate. Tiny did address one more thing of note—the longstanding rumor that she’s cool with and even recruits other girls for their “open relationship”:

“I’m not on no ‘He might do this.’ No, I’m not one of those girls. This ain’t no open relationship, like, ‘You can do that, and you coming home to me.’ No, it’s not one of those. Definitely not.”

And there it is.

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Tiny Talks Life Without T.I.

Published by Dior Noir on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm.

It can’t be easy holding down a family while you’re man goes in and out of the slammer, but by now we all know that Tameka “Tiny” Harris is up for the job. Vibe caught up with the industry’s biggest ride-or-die chick for a family photo shoot (one picture above) and to see how life has been without having ”The King” of the house around…again. Check the excerpts:

On Life Without T.I.:

“It’s been like a roller coaster. Tip came home at the end of ’09, around Christmas time last year, and it was about getting the family back together.” But his career demanded attention, and he soon began work on his seventh album, No Mercy, as well as his third movie role [Takers]. “He started going back to work, so we was back to our regular schedule,” she recalls. “And then we got married. That was the high of the year, and then three months later he was gone—back again.”

On Their Big Day

After being together for years, Tip and Tiny finally tied the knot last July, months after his release on federal weapons charges. “Jamie Foxx sung me down the aisle, and El DeBarge sung our first song,” Tiny recalls with a smile. Their guest list read like a past and present awards show lineup: Usher, Nelly, Ashanti, Trina, as well as fellow R&B-turned-reality-stars Toya, Monica, and Kandi Burress. “Jermaine Dupri DJed for us; he was a great DJ. The reception was like a big, big party, so I had a ball,” she says with a chuckle. “Everybody was there. Everybody was drunk. Tons and tons of guests came to see us. It was great.”

On the “Honeymoon Period” Being Cut Short

“We didn’t really get a chance to go on a honeymoon, because he had to go to work three days after the wedding,” she says. They flew to Los Angeles for the premiere of Tip’s film Takers, and made plans for a honeymoon. “We were just enjoying life. The day that we got caught in California, when the incident happened, we were supposed to be going to the Virgin Islands, because he can’t really go a lot of places, so we had to find somewhere where we could just go. But they were having a hurricane and we weren’t able to go. And when I think back, I’m just like, ‘Why wasn’t we there? Because if we were, we wouldn’t be having this trouble right now. But you know, things happen for a reason. It is what it is.”

This woman sure does have T.I.’s back. It’s nice to see her standing by her man, but I hope that when he’s done with this latest bid T.I. gives his girl a break from having everything on her shoulders. Hopefully she gets that honeymoon!

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Tiny Stands By Her Man, Escapes Misdemeanor Charge

Published by Runteldat on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Everyone’s favorite ride-or-die chick, Tiny, talked to VIBE about the lengths she goes to in order to take care of her husband, T.I.

One, uh, touching, moment was when she detailed how she joined her man at support meetings after T.I. realized he had developed an addiction to painkillers.

Via VIBE:

One of the ways Tiny gave back to her hubby was by showing her support all throughout his drug rehab for painkillers. “I attended a couple of his group meetings to support him. I didn’t want to leave him out there by himself,” she says. “I really wanted to be there and support him and help him get through whatever he had to do. I just felt like it was something very small. It takes an hour of my time. He was going, we’d be together, so why not?”

Let’s all hold hands now and sing Da Brat’s “Ghetto Love” featuring T-Boz.  From the top, folks.

Anyway, in related news Sandra Rose reports the California misdemeanor charge initially leveled against Tiny has been dropped, officially putting her in the clear.

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T.I.: No ‘Tool,’ No Club

Published by Runteldat on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 12:00 am.

If you’re wondering why T.I. doesn’t hit the clubs like he used to, it’s not because Tiny has him on a tight leash (ha at the thought, though).

No, it’s because G.I. Joe’s rap hero doesn’t feel safe in VIP without any weaponry.

Indeed, Tip says he’d rather spend time with the family in order to avoid any potential trouble.

He explained to Complex magazine:

“I don’t go out as much… I’m just uncomfortable having no tool. Even when I have security. I’m more comfortable knowing there’s one around – but not having one myself, being used to having one for so long and being in places and around people that I know got ‘em, I’m just uncomfortable. So I stay out of that environment as much as possible.”

That’s probably for the best.

In other T.I. club news, his own club is in danger of losing its liquor license because one too many drunks have caused trouble.

Via That B!tch from Rhymes With Snitch:

After numerous reports of violence involving drunk patrons, T.I.’s Club Crucial got their liquor license restricted for 30 days and slapped with a $50,000.00 fine.

Atlanta officials wanted to revoke the liquor license altogether, citing a “systematic failure to supervise” but T.I.’s lawyers assured them they had “a viable security plan that addresses security on site”.

The final decision is up to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who is expected to make his decision in the coming weeks.

Do you know what a club without alcohol looks like? Yeah, me neither.

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Tiny and T.I. Married!

Published by Clay Cane on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 12:19 pm.

Chelsea Clinton isn’t the only one walking down the aisle this weekend.  Us Magazine is confirming that T.I. and Tiny are officially married!  They tied the knot in Miami but will repeat the vows in three different locations — a small private island off the coast of Miami, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

T.I. and Tiny have been dating on and off since 2001 and T.I. proposed in July of 2009.  They have two kids together; T.I. has three kids from previous relationships.  There has been speculation over a possible secret marriage ceremony for weeks and now it’s official!

Congrats to them both!

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T.I. Has Advice For Lindsay Lohan

Published by Runteldat on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 11:50 am.

Considering his own history with a jail cell, T.I. certainly has insight to share for celebrities who finds themselves incarcerated.

Speaking with In Touch Weekly, the recently freed rapper joins Lil’ Kim in sharing advice for the newly incarcerated actress, Lindsay Lohan.

T.I. said:

“The first thing would be to recognize and identify the problem. Accept the fact that there needs to be adjustments made — and then it’s all in execution and solving the problem.”

Well, T.I. spent many months behind bars. Lindsay will likely only be in jail for 13 minutes.

Still, if there’s any post-prison life for a celebrity to lead, it’s definitely Tip’s.

On his plans for his continuous community outreach, T.I. revealed:

“In association with the city of Atlanta, we’re doing a summer camp for boys, 10-13. It’s got everything from health and fitness to academics. And we’re teaching them entrepreneurial skills and about things like how to open up bank accounts. The intention is to teach them good habits.”

Live and learn, Lohan.

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Rumor: Tiny & T.I. To Marry This Weekend

Published by Runteldat on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

While one celebrity couple is denying claims that they will wed this weekend, another rumor has placed a separate celebrity couple in their place.

According to the YBF, Tiny and T.I. may finally tie the knot this weekend.

The site reports:

According to our source, T.I.P., Tiny, and the family along with The OMG Girlz and their parents and friends are all in Hawaii.  Apparently, they just arrived on Monday.  And the couple is allegedly set to wed on a private island this weekend.  Tiny did say in numerous interviews months ago that she and T.I. would likely have a summer wedding.  So we wouldn’t be surprised if all of this wedding talk rings true.

Somewhere T.I. is telling us to mind our business.

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The BET Awards Comeback Kids

Published by Dior Noir on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

To be honest, I usually yawn my way through awards shows but I still can’t stop talking about last night’s BET Awards! There were so many entertaining moments but hands down my favorite part of the awards fete was watching the comeback kids work.

Kanye set the tone for the night spitting “Power” from the top of a mountain reminding us all that while he may have had a brief hiatus, we need him and his beats back on the music scene.  It was good to see T.I.back in the mix performing after his stint in jail and El Debarge do a set that showed that great music never goes out of style (he’s set to release his first album of new material since 1994 this year!). I even loved seeing the cast of The Game on stage thanking the fans for reviving their show which will come to BET (get ready for Derwin’s baby mama drama!).  Still out of all the comeback appearances, last night belonged to your boy Chris Brown.

I was crossing my fingers that it was him underneath the mask (sorry Usher) when the set up began for the  Michael Jackson tribute and sure enough he popped up!

Chris did an amazing job channeling MJ and danced his tush off to “Remember the Time,” “Smooth Criminal” (those glow suits! Work!) and when he hit the moonwalk during “Billie Jean” I got shivers and was pretty much done then! Yet when he grabbed the mic to sing “Man in the Mirror” and couldn’t even get the lyrics out because he was choked up and visibly crying the audience got emotional. It was as if he was finally getting a moment to release all the tension from the past year and almost begging us to see that he’s trying to be better. I’ve heard people debate whether or not his emotions were genuine or staged and some have even side-eyed Chris saying that his tears probably weren’t for Michael at all, but I think the King of Pop, someone who knew what it was like to be practically crucified for his behavior in his personal life, would’ve been pleased with that performance.

Just when we thought he was done, Chris won the AOL Fandemonium Award an honor chosen the fans, and gave credit where credit was due: “Bottom line, I couldn’t never do this without my fans. Team Breezy, all the support I’ve been getting from day one. I just wanna say one thing: I let y’all down before but I won’t do it again, I promise. I love y’all.”

YES!

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Tiny on Season Two, T.I.’s Change of Heart, & Her Future Plans

Published by Runteldat on Friday, April 2, 2010 at 12:00 am.

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Tiny continues the publicity trail for the premiere of the second season of Tiny & Toya.

This time, Tiny sat down with T-Marie of Hotlanta Buzz blog to discuss the new season of the show and a couple of questions/rumors that continue to float around her.

Among the things she discussed was T.I.’s changing attitude about the show. Initially, T.I. didn’t want her to do the show but according to Tiny he now enjoys the show given he had the opportunity to watch it while in prison.

Speaking of the show, Tiny promises the new episodes will “add a little spice” and that you can expect surprises from both her and Toya Carter.

As far as rumors go, she spoke again on the wedding, whether or not the biological father of her daughter, Zonnique, is involved in her life. She also tapped into her work with her Alzheimer’s foundation, and her business plans – including a potential book called How to Love a Black Man.

Check out the video below:

ONE ON ONE WITH TAMEKA “TINY” COTTLE from HOTLANTA BUZZ on Vimeo.

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