Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Antonia “Toya” Carter will be back Tuesday night for a second season of their show “Tiny & Toya” on BET. The first season did quite well, averaging 1.9 million viewers. So BET gave it a 13-episode second season.
The show isn’t quite packed with drama a la “Real Housewives” or even “Keyshia Cole,” but both come across as sweet and likable.
Tiny’s storyline was a bit more dramatic because of her desires to stretch her wings as the love of life T.I. entered prison last year for weapons charges related to purchasing machine guns and silencers.
She’s opened a nail salon Tiny’s Nail Bar in Stockbridge. She said she stops by every other day. She showed me some work one of her employees did on one of her fingers – a mini-portrait of Tiny! (You can see the video at the bottom of this blog entry.)
She wouldn’t say if T.I. will actually show up on the show once he returns from prison. She said he’s more accepting of her doing this show and her entrepreneurial desires. “He’s better,” she said.
The second season will also continue to show her promoting her daughter’s girl group OMG.
Toya, the former wife of Lil Wayne, began dating and will continue to do so season two. “We’re still friends,” she said. Now she has to deal with Lil Wayne going into prison, also on a gun charge. She said her mom, who has been on drugs, has been doing well. She said we’ll see more of her family, including her brothers.
“I’m not as camera shy anymore,” she said.
She’d like to get into fashion and is writing a book. “It’s going to be in diary form,” she said, “a letter to my younger self. Something more inspirational.”
I asked each what they watch on TV. Toya enjoys “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and BET’s “The Family Crews.” Tiny doesn’t watch much new stuff, said she enjoys repeats of “The Game.” “I prefer scripted shows,” she said.
Toya is also into Ludacris‘ latest album and Monica’s, too. She is also into Justin Bieber. “I like that little boy,” she said. “He has some hot tracks!”
Here’s my brief interview with Toya at Phipps Plaza:
Here’s my interview with Tiny.
“Tiny & Toya,” 10 p.m. Tuesdays on BET