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It’s just the beginning of April, but already Maino, Macy Gray and Kendrick Lamar are already among the artists who appear in the teasers of the premiere season of Gossip Game. Still, said Kim Osorio, one of the stars of the show, it’s not about cameos from people who are used to being on camera.
“You have to tune in,” she told BET.com when asked about who else to expect. “That would be considered a spoiler.”
“I will say,” she continued, “all of us are living and breathing this, so everyday we’re doing interviews, we’re talking to people. So you will see more celebs, but that’s really not what this show is about.”
What it is about is turning the lens on an all-female cast of hip hop writers for the latest installment from Mona Scott-Young’s reality TV productions (which includes the Love & Hip-Hop franchise).
Rivalries, amorous relationships, ratchet behavior — all of the sorts of behind-the-scenes life that the ladies usually report on — show up in their own lives for the new series, which premiered on VH1 April 1st.
However Osorio, former editor-at-large for BET.com and current editor-in-chief of The Source and VP of editorial and content for it’s sister magazine, Jones, is no stranger to the drama. She penned an autobiographical tell-all of the most scandalous time in her own life, Straight from the Source.
"You know things happen to everyone," she said. "People go through things in their life, in their career, and you learn how to deal with them and you learn from that."
"I think the biggest mistake you can make is acting out of character or showing people that certain things can affect your judgement, and so I’ve learned how to handle things better. I’ve learned how to react to things better and I’ve realized when I do that, I’m a happier person."
Scott-Young refers to Osorio as the "oracle," the "wise one" of the group.
"But, I’ve never experienced the cameras before and all the attention on this level ... So far so good, but I’m watching it unfold in front of me and I’m watching alliances be made and I’m watching things get more competitive among certain cast members and they weren’t [like that] at the beginning,” Osorio warns.
The show is still in production, she said, and that’s what makes it "even more interesting."
Fellow former BET journalist Sharon Carpenter, who is now a reporter on Russell Simmons’ Global Grind website; Angela Yee, co-host of Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club; K. Foxx, co-host of Hot 97’s The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show With K. Foxx; Jas Fly, a freelance writer with a twice weekly column on Vibe.com; and bloggers Ms. Drama and Vivian Billings also make up the starring cast.
(Photos from left: Harsha Gopal, PacificCoastNews.com, John Ricard / BET)