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VH-1's "Single Ladies" Gets A Brand New Lady In Denise Vasi

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by Emmanuel Akitobi
December 5, 2011 10:16 AM
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TV Guide is reporting that VH-1's scripted series Single Ladies has added Denise Vasi to its cast, according to executive producer Queen Latifah.  Vasi, who Latifah calls "a perfect addition to the Single Ladies cast", will be replacing Stacey Dash, who announced her separation from the program in September.

From TV Guide:

Single Ladies, VH1's first scripted program, is about three friends in the world of Atlanta fashion, fame and music. Vasi will play Raquel, a businesswoman from a prominent Southern family. LisaRaye McCoy and Charity Shea also star.

Production on Season 2 begins in January; the series will return some in early summer.

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19 Comments

  • Lakeisha | June 1, 2012 9:51 AMReply

    Denise Vasi is a poor soul who can't act to save her life. A truly terrible actress even for a soap opera. She has as much personality as Kirmit the frog who is a puppet, which by the way can convey more emotions than she is able to. The Elmo voice is not attractive. She didnt even have a lead role on AMC. She was so terribly bad that AMC hid her for the last two years and gave her character next to nothing to do. They only kept her because she is dark skinned and they didn't want to look racist on the show. Students in school plays have better acting skills that is for sure. At this point she is delusional if she thinks shes an actress and she needs to face reality and that is SHE ONLY GETS CASTED BECAUSE OF HER LIGHT EYES! Stacy was amazing & you cant compare a 5 course mealat Phillip Chow to a chinese buffet!

  • NiKi | May 30, 2012 9:53 AMReply

    I just read this interview/article Denise "Vasi" AKA new girl on Single Ladies gave lol Ok so u say u r family oriented? your a liar because you haven't spoken to your mother or step dad in YEARS. I read blogs about you and people that went to school with you called u out like the cheap SKANK that u are. You HATED your family and so u moved in with your grandmother in Brighton Beach N.Y. Your name is NOT Denise "Vasi" is Denise FELIX. You slept with almost every guy in John Dewey High School as well as Reynolds J.H.S. You met Noah Tepperberg, a really old ugly fat white man who had connections into the industry (yes I saw pictures of u with him on google) he helped u land a role on All My Children and then u dumped him! You later moved on to Russel Simmons, and u saw u weren't getting ISH out of him so u moved on to the next fellow who was rich and owned a "pasta shop (Hello Pasta in NYC)" Oh wait I missed one, u were engaged to Sevan Arslanian another connected man in the industry, u lasted 48hrs and that was that. Now you are dating another poor soul, Anthony Handler a big time music video producer who helped you land this current role. You'r teeth are FAKE(I saw pictures of you when you were young) Your face is all BOTOXED out to the point where you cant really move it. Your head is too big for your body and you lack in the acting skills. EVERYONE on this planet knows that the ONLY and I repeat the ONLY reason why you have made it this far is A) Your colored eyes AND B) You sleep with high powered men to get ahead in this industry! Point BLANK! It's not shocking to believe because well, we saw you on screen TRYING to act and you are ABSOLUTE torture to watch! You will always be a hood-rat. Stacy is a talented amazing lady and u honey will never measure up. Your acting shouldn't be aloud in a kindergarten play.

  • Deb S. | May 30, 2012 4:24 PM

    Do you personally know her or something? I wouldn't say Stacy is super talented.

  • Miles Ellison | December 7, 2011 6:46 PMReply

    This is still on?

  • ty | December 6, 2011 9:16 AMReply

    I wonder if white people have the same problem in their community? Pale skin vs Olive skin, Blond hair vs Brunette or Red hair! I'm sure they do but just don't let it eat away at them and cause them to dislike their own race. So sad that we as a black human race can't get over our racism in our own community, but we expect the white community to get over racism period. You should be proud of who you are and comfortable in your skin and when that happens you will see black is black no matter what shade our brothers & sisters come in. Not watching a show based on someone skin color, hmm where have I heard that before?

  • Akimbo | December 6, 2011 12:45 PM

    Uh, yeah. Blonde vs brunette; the only difference is that a brunette can easily become a blonde. There's also rich vs poor, educated vs un, preps/goths/hipsters/hippies/princesses/etc vs everyone else, and so on. White people don't see themselves as a community as other ethnicities in the US (have to) do, so there's nothing to tear apart. They are free to be assholes, saints, fat, skinny, conservative, or liberal without race being a factor. Outside of the hardcore racists, there is no "us" with them; there's only "not like me."

  • AccidentalVisitor | December 6, 2011 12:49 AMReply

    A stunning woman...who can't act to save her life. A truly terrible actress even for daytime TV's standards. She has as much personality as a Barbie doll, which by the way can convey more emotions than she is able to. She is the master of the blank stare and the babydoll voice. She does have a bit of a vocal following to be sure. With that and her stunning looks she would have gotten much more to do on AMC, despite not being white, if she was at least close to being an average actress. However she was so bad TPTB essentially hid her for the last two years and gave her character next to nothing to do.

    Then again maybe she has gotten better. But I doubt it. Has the potential to make Stacy Dash look as formidable an actress as Angela Bassett.

  • Mekisha Hale | December 5, 2011 3:42 PMReply

    Finally an actress was found to replace 'Stacy Dash' now with the actress 'Denise Vasi' who will replace the character that was played by actress 'Stacy Dash'. Even thou I'm disappointed that "Stacy Dash" won't returned,finally VH1 network has found the replacement of her character on the show "Single Ladies"

  • Cherish | December 5, 2011 2:30 PMReply

    Wow, paper bag test is still in effect. Glad to see other picked up on this. It's ridiculous. Black/brown skinned = hood/ghetto, light-skinned/mixed = sexy, classy. WHY do we keep doing this to ourselves? And why do keep accepting it?

  • KeepingItReal | December 5, 2011 11:38 AMReply

    Elise Neal would've been a better replacement!

  • MOST ESTEEMED | December 5, 2011 12:21 PM

    EXACTLY WHO I THOUGHT OF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mark | December 5, 2011 11:19 AMReply

    P.S.

    I only watched because of Stacy Dash, who's been a favorite of mine since 'Clueless.' However, it did disturb me that neither of the black women starring in the project was medium or dark-brown skinned.

    Vasi is an established actress who brings a fan base from All My Children, the beloved daytime soap that was cancelled this year. That does count. Orphaned AMC fans might take a chance on Single Ladies because of Vasi. Therefore, I can understand the hiring.

    Additionally, Vasi is also Latina, which hits another demo for the network.

    That said, I do hope that Gabourey Sidibe does lose weight for her own health. As Monique explained after slimming down, zaftig may be fine but it's not healthy. Diabetes and high blood pressure are killers in the African-American community.

  • Most Esteemed | December 5, 2011 12:15 PM

    Mark, I used to watch AMC religiously, and the only black characters who had a dedicated fan base was Jesse & Angie. Second, if they were going the Latina viewers route, there are WAY better actors other than Denise Vasi, who has built her career on playing black women. Unless she speaks her lines with an authentic Spanish accent and incorporates the Latin culture into her arc, 99% of viewers are going to think she's black/Creole/bi-racial. Bravo's Andy Cohen wouldn't even do this. This is what VH1 honcho Jeff Olde meant when he said he's going from "oh no they didn't fare to mature"?? "I Love NY" gets 2-3 of her own trashy shows, but when it's time to be "classy", let the quadroons and octaroons rule! So Shaunie O'Neal & Queen Latifah can only produce show about dark-skinned women when they are pulling tracks out of each other's hair? The heart of my point is really in what we allow each other to do, but can easily call "racism" to people who are not even closely affected by us. I understand the points you made but maybe I didn't make myself clear: "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." -Matthew 7:5

  • Most Esteemed | December 5, 2011 10:58 AMReply

    Black people love to challenge the authenticity of a film or show that is absent of blacks, but rarely one absent of black women who represent the majority of America. Nope! Not watching the colorism-fest! Pass.

  • B | December 5, 2011 12:00 PM

    *I mean "color-struck" trash.*

  • B | December 5, 2011 11:59 AM

    Agreed! It just disappoints me that Queen Latifah produces this trash.

  • Akimbo | December 5, 2011 10:44 AMReply

    You mean a pretty light-skinned actress was cast and not Gabourey Sidibe?

  • Akimbo | December 5, 2011 2:30 PM

    That was sarcasm directed at Orville.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/gabourey-sidibe-says-shes-attached-to-a-cool-dark-comedy-to-shoot-next-year-titled-whats-the-matter-with-margie

  • Mark | December 5, 2011 11:07 AM

    Gabourey Sidibe? Who already has a steady gig on the Big C and just starred in Tower Heist? Why would she want to appear on VH1's low-budget soap opera???

    Seriously, anyone watches Single Ladies knows it's a trashy, fun but low-brow soap that is not known for high-caliber acting.

    As for colorism, yes and no. Stacey Dash and her replacement, Denise Vasi, are light-complected but the show does have guest actresses and actors of different hues.

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