It all started when Govan, formerly of Basketball Wives, joked with Jennifer Williams about the skin tones of the show’s cast.
“I love the group dynamic… I wish you had a little more lightskinned people. Is that racist?”
When confronted about the joke during a cast reunion, Govan wasn’t interested in giving her comments a second thought. She quickly explained it off by saying, “That was to be funny. All of us are light-skinned. So it had nothing to do with nothing. I thought it was funny. You didn’t think it was funny? F*ck you, keep it moving. Alright, cool. Next.”
When the host asked Govan’s brown-skinned cast member Karamo Brown how he felt about the remarks, he claimed to be unbothered, saying, “I didn’t give a damn. Normally, someone says something like that, I’m like, ‘Let me check you.’ But I think it’s just because I’ve gotten to know your personality.”
Pollard suddenly cut Brown off and took the checking upon herself. “He’s licking a** again,” Pollard said of Brown before challenging Govan’s blackness. “Because she’s not even Black,” yelled Pollard.
Govan replied by pointing out that her father and children are Black. Pollard wasn’t hearing it.
“I don’t care about that. When I heard that comment, I did have to pause. But then, I had to dig deeper and know who I was as an African-American woman. And say, “I don’t give a f*ck what she wants to see on the panel. I’m here. As brown as I am. As Black and as beautiful as I am. And if I rip this hair off, yes I do have naps and it’s OK.”
Pollard closed her comments by saying, “If you are Black and you’re standing in it, stand in it in all shades.”
TV One’s Next Fifteen follows Pollard, Govan and other former reality stars including Benzino, Claudia Jordan, Jennifer Williams and Karamo Brown.