Earlier this week, The music mogul set off a social media firestorm by suggesting the idea of the show’s return, prompting an outpouring of support by fans.
“MTV and I are back together again!!,” said Combs. “Making the Band is coming back bigger, bolder and more cutting edge. MTB on MTV was the pioneer of reality TV. We’re going to bring that supernatural energy back to the format and bring the world it’s next global superstars.”
In the clip Diddy says, “I’ve made my decision… #MakingTheBand is coming back!!!” he captioned a video detailing his thought process behind bringing the series back.
“Sometimes you live in your own bubble and you may not really know the importance of something you created,” Diddy added in the video. “And with Making the Band, myself and MTV created something special. We empowered young talent from all over the world. No matter what hood they was from, no matter what background they was from, everybody got a chance.”
The business mogul went on to say that he “knows” he’s going to build the “biggest band in the world” and will be doing a “global talent search” to find the best talent. “That means if you’re from India, Zimbabwe, Russia, China, Korea, Africa, Saudi Arabia — If you have a talent and you want to be seen and want to be heard […] and want to do your audition live in front of the world and me, upload your auditions [using the hashtag] #MTBCasting.”
According to a press release, additional casting opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.
We couldn’t be happier to welcome back the incomparable Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to his rightful home at MTV,” said Nina L. Diaz, MTV’s President of Entertainment. “‘Making the Band’ was ahead of its time and the ultimate disruptor – fans everywhere have been clamoring for a return and they are in for the biggest, most iconic season yet.”
The music mogul and MTV are contemplating bringing back the hit early 2000’s series, Making the Band. From 2002 to 2009, Diddy executive produced—and starred in—the hit reality show, which followed rising musical acts Da Band, Danity Kane, Day26, and Donnie Klang in four respective seasons.
Diddy posted a video to Instagram with the caption, “Should I do Making The Band again? 🤔If y’all want me to bring it back, leave a comment with #IWantMyMTB.”
In the video, he explains that one of his first concerns when MTV proposed a remake was (of course) money. “So MTV, they hit me up and said, ‘What do you think about partnering on Making the Band?‘”he says in the clip. “And I was like, ‘First of all, do you have the level of bag that I need for that to happen?’ They said, ‘Yes we have the level of bag.’ But I was like, ‘I have some concerns, because of all of the things that I’ve done. I don’t wanna go back and be doing things and tarnishing my legacy.’ But there’s a lot of people from this new generation, there’s a lot of people that love the show that never got a chance to really see it or experience it.”
Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage on June 23 to present Mary J. Blige with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing the legendary singer for her style and sound, Rihanna also made mention of Blige’s history-making two Oscar nominations in the same year, for best actress and original song for “Mudbound.”
Accepting the trophy, Blige told Rihanna, ” I don’t think you know how much I love and respect you. I’m a huge fan and you inspire me right back.”
Blige then gave a moving speech, in which she explained her resilience both in life and career. Said Blige:
“People always ask, how do I sustain and stay relevant in this industry? It’s because, although I am a leader, a queen, and a living legend. … I’m a servant as well and I’m here to serve. Being a servant is not always glamorous or popular but it’s the job and the assignment that I was given. It’s because in order to be an authority, I had to learn how to come under authority because when the glory is placed on me I give it back to God immediately….”
Read Rihanna’s introductory speech in its entirety below:
“What’s the 411? With one simple question, Uptown Records’ youngest female artist, Mary J. Blige, introduced herself to the world with a brand new vibe. Forever aligning the worlds of hip hop and R&B, she changed the game with her unique sound. And that Mary J style — the backwards cap, the knee pads, the baggy jerseys … y’all know the Mary J. look. And then she took it there … with those thigh-high boots.
And then there are the awards and the accolades. And making history as the first person ever nominated for an Oscar in an acting and music category in the same year.
Happy Mary. Sad Mary. Mad Mary. No more drama Mary. Dancing Mary. We’re here for all of it.
Mary J. Blige: you have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music. You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry. And on behalf of all the women [who] came after you — like myself — thank you for being you ao we can feel comfortable being ourselves.
Thank you for pouring your soul into every track and giving us a song for every feeling. Thank you for showing us that love is all that we need. But we didn’t know how much we actually needed you.
Ladies and gentlemen, get on your feet right now. The recipient of the 2019 BET Lifetime Achievement Award: the undeniable Queen of hip-hop and R&B, Mary J. Blige.”
Earlier this month, Diddy’s ex Gina Huynh spilled all the tea about Diddy and Lori Harvey’s alleged relationship in an interview with unWinewithTasha.
“…. Just recently Lori Harvey, we was actually here in Atlanta at the Superbowl and he invited me to come and I did. We were staying at this house we rented out. We were having parties the whole weekend. She had came over I notice that they were gone like a long time. I was like looking everywhere for them… I suspected he like snuck away with her. Now, [Lori] is at family functions and he invites her to his events and stuff in Miami. They were just in Virginia not too long ago.“
It was previously reported, Gina Huynh shared photos and videos of the business mogul snuggled up to a mystery woman. In the series of clips, Diddy is at one point shown kissing her.
This is Virginia’s first exclusive interview with unWinewithTashaK and says she has a valid reason she’s telling her story.
At the beginning, Virginia tells how long she’s known Diddy:
“I’ve known him for five years. I’ve met him February 2014. Well technically the very first time I met him was September 2013. Because, I was at a fight in Vegas and I went to the Palms and he was hosting there. I kind of met him there, but he says he remember vaguely but then like five months later. When, I ran into him again in Miami February 14, 2014. So, that’s when we like officially met I guess …
I was with a friend. I was visiting a friend in Miami. She had moved to Miami. from Nebraska. And, I was visiting her and we went out the night before met him. So, we we’re out all night and me and her we were with a couple of guys and they were like let’s go to Puffy’s house. It was like 9 a.m. in the morning. I mean no one was there but he was up to though. And, when I first walked in … I’m very a chill person. When I came he was like you are not happy to see me. You at Diddy’s house that means you made it. I was 21or 22-years-old at the time. I’m 27.“
At the 7:59 mark, Virginia says, she’s spent a lot a time with Diddy and even met his kids. Things became so serious she got pregnant not once but twice.
Virginia explains the first time she got pregnant with Diddy’s child. “The first time was October 2014. Well I told him. and he was like you’re getting an abortion right? Then, I was like I don’t know yet. Then, he offered me $50,000 to get rid of it but I turned it down because I just loved him. I wanted to… I was like trying to prove that. I wasn’t the girl that wanted him for money. I just cared about him. I just wanted him to be nice to me that’s it.”
Virginia continues, “The first 3-to -4 months he was really nice to me but after that he started being an asshole. So, I say like the first 3 and 1/2 years he was like mean to me. He was abusive. He was like always belittling me. He was mentally, emotionally, and physically abusing me. He would always compare me to Cassie. and tell me that I’m the bad one. She’s a good one.
Virginia breaks down crying at the 11:37 mark after she recalls a time when Diddy harshly criticize her bad acne break out.
“He would call me “ho” every single day. I think he did it because he wanted me to feel low about myself so that I stick around with him. I just feel like he tried to use. I was naive. and young when I met him. So, I feel like he tried to take advantage of that and manipulate me….”
At the 13:01 mark, Virginia opens up about physical abuse.
“The first time it ever happen which was not even that long into the relationship. I met him in February it was the beginning of May. We were at Meek Mill’s birthday. He had like a mansion party and we went but while we was there I was sitting here and Puff, and then Meek. I was cover with a stand or something probably says like “Happy Birthday Meek” something like that a little was covering me. So, it was me, Puff and Meek. Puff lean forward to talk to someone and say, “Hi” or whatever. I turned over to Meek and say “Happy Birthday.” [Meek] put his hand out and he was like “thank you.” I reach his hand and shook it. And, as I shook Meek’s hand. [Puff] turn around and he saw it. [Puff] got so mad . We probably like stayed for 20-mins after that happen. When we got into the car he like grab my hair. We were in one of those Escalade trucks he like grabbed my hair and cuss me out for doing that. Puss says, “Why in the fuck would you go over there and grab his hands for….?”
At the 15:41 mark, ” [Puff] did this when King Los was sitting in the back. And, when we got to the hotel it got even worst. He took one of my heels and tried to throw it at me. He like mush my face like really hard and made my nose bleed. Every time me and Puff get into like fights like that the only person that ever helped me was D-Roc. Everyone else allow it to happen and look the other way.”
Watch the full interview below:
In the second clip, Virginia talks more about Cassie and Lori Harvey.
At the 6:55 mark, “[Cassie] knew about me like four months into the relationship. [Cassie] reached out to me via text. Basically, [Cassie] said to leave him alone. But, she reached out to me a few times after that. She was never nasty to me. She never called me names or nothing. She was always nice….”
At the 8:41 mark, Virginia talks about the other women in Diddy’s harem.
Virginia says, “…. Just recently Lori Harvey, we was actually here in Atlanta at the Superbowl and he invited me to come and I did. We were staying at this house we rented out. We were having parties the whole weekend. She had came over I notice that they were gone like a long time. I was like looking everywhere for them… I suspected he like snuck away with her. Now, [Lori] is at family functions and he invites her to his events and stuff in Miami. They were just in Virginia not too long ago.
Virginia talks about how women send Puff x-rated pictures.
Virginia says she law a picture with Puff and Lori. The same exact pose that he took with Virginia. They didn’t have any clothes. Virginia says she has no issues with Lori.