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The past 12 months have been chock full of celebrity news, intrigue, and downright absurdity. And while some celebrities have managed to become even more beloved, there are some that have become a) increasingly more annoying in 2013 or b) have transitioned from our hot list to our not list. So before we say goodbye to 2013, MadameNoire presents its most most played out, most just-get-out-of-our-face, most overexposed celebrities of the year.
Kerry Washington has been fooling us y’all! All the time we’ve been trying to hook her up with co-stars — like Jamie Foxx and Tony Goldwyn — and cracking jokes about her only dating white men, it turns our she’s been dating a black guy all along, and now they’ve jumped the broom!
US Weekly just broke the news that our favorite “Scandal” lady secretly got married at the end of last month. According to the report:
Kerry Washington is a married woman! The Scandal actress, 36, secretly tied the knot with San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha late last month, Us Weekly can confirm.
Records show that Washington and Asomugha filed a marriage license on June 24 in Blaine County, Idaho, though a source tells US that the two appear to have gotten married in the town of Hailey, Idaho, with her parents as witnessses. (E! News was first to confirm the marriage, after a story appeared on sports gossip site TerezOwens.)
“It has been recorded in the Blaine County clerk’s office that Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington have been married on the 24th of June in the town of Hailey, Idaho,” the clerk’s office told Us in a statement.
According to reports, the couple have been dating since the summer of 2012. Washington was previously engaged to actor David Moscow; they split in 2007 after several years together.
Well, color us fooled! Congrats to our favorite girl for getting her groove on with a younger man and walking down the aisle!
What can we say? She’s a beast. Despite naysayers who counted Oprah out after her network OWN got off to a rather slow start in 2012, the media mogul is still the hottest thing around according to Forbes because she just topped their annual list of the 100 Most Powerful celebrities.
How’d she do it? Well for starters, between June 2012 and June 2013, Oprah made an estimated $77 million. And even though that’s down $88 million from last year, that’s still a heck of a lot of money. But Oprah wasn’t even the highest earner on the list, it was her high rankings in metrics like press mentions and social networking power that earned her the top spot this go ’round. And she’s in good company. Six of the top 10 positions on Forbes’ most powerful list are held by women:
2. Lady Gaga (ranks number two in press mentions)
9. Taylor Swift
10. Ellen Degeneres
Wonder where Rihanna is? Despite being number one in press mentions and having an insanely strong social media presence (thanks to the Rihanna Navy) and quite a number of endorsements, she was just shy of cracking the top 10, landing at number 13 on the list.
Check out the full top 100 here. What do you think?
What a way to end an otherwise perfect performance.
Just when everyone was grooving to Miguel’s “Adorn” and giving him kudos for being the only singer to have a nearly flawless performance during the Billboard Music Awards, he goes and does this.
Why someone 4’11″ thought he had enough wing span to successfully jump over a crowd of 50-100 we’re not exactly sure, but the unfortunate end result was two girls’ necks getting caught underneath each of his tiny legs. We’re gonna go out on a limb here and say this part of the performance wasn’t rehearsed otherwise someone would have surely told Miguel this was not worth the risk.
To his credit, ol’ boy still didn’t miss a beat or a note after nearly decapitating these two fans — which begs the question what’s wrong with those other people who couldn’t sing for their lives on stage. But Miguel? You have to know when to leave good enough alone baby.
There was some stiff…ahh who are we kidding? There was some odd competition in the Top Rap Artist category at the Billboard Music Awards tonight. Nicki Minaj, Drake, Flo Rida, Pitbull, and Psy (?) went head to head for the honor during the 2013 ceremony, but when all was said and done the choice was pretty obvious….
Nicki Minaj took the gold!
We’re still trying to figure out how Gagnam Style Psy was even a nominee, but until we have an answer, let’s just focus on the present. Was Nicki your choice for top rap artist?
Tyler Perry‘s non-Madea flick “Peeples” bombed, y’all. That’s a shame too, ’cause we liked it.
If only they could’ve found a way to put Madea in it maybe it woulda had enough juice to be a winner at the box office.
Speaking of which, “Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples” took in only $4.8 million, well below expectations for a film with low expectations to begin with, according to theWrap.
Read more on EurWeb.com.
I’m so excited to launch the newest business column on Madame Noire: “Work It!” Every month we’ll dive into emerging trends, the future of work, and the innovative ways businesswomen are updating how they do business. The nature of work is changing at a rapid pace. Follow “Work It” to get a head start on what the future holds and shake up business as usual to take on this new era.
To establish the “Work It” circle of trust, I’m giving up one my most guarded, secret business weapons: JWTIntelligence. The think tank of one the world’s best-known marketing communications brands, JWTIntelligence’s gift for predicting trends would make Dionne’s psychic friends gag with envy. JWT has released 100 things to watch in 2013. We’re counting down the top ten trends you should be thinking about.
Just as everyone is sitting down to assess their plan of action with their diets, their workout regiments, their careers, and their finances, the new year is the perfect time to sit down and assess your plan of action with your love life. If things didn’t go the way you’d hoped in 2012, for the most part that was no stroke of bad luck. It was an accumulation of wrong decisions, shortsightedness, and perhaps failure to respect yourself and your needs. Don’t just charge into 2013 saying, “My love life will be better this year!” Ask yourself how?What will you consciously do, or perhaps not do, to improve your love life? A great way to begin is to make a list of behavior and treatment you just won’t tolerate. This might help you get started with your list.
I had a friend in college who would walk around spouting this one quote over and over again. He was a little extra in life, so initially I didn’t pay much attention to him. But eventually I started to listen and I realized what he was saying actually made a whole lot of sense. The quote, by Stephen Grayhm, goes something like this: “Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build monuments of nothingness.” It goes on to say, “Those who use them seldom amount to anything.” I don’t remember him reciting that last part, probably because it’s a bit far-fetched. We’ve all made excuses at one point or another.
I can’t go to the gym because it’s too cold outside.
I can’t go to school because I don’t have enough money.
I can’t quit this job and apply for another because I’m too tired after work.
I don’t have the right qualifications.
They might not like what I have to say or offer.
We’ve gotten so good at making excuses that oftentimes we don’t even recognize when our reasoning is valid and when we’ve made them up to hide our own fear or insecurities. While I won’t argue that people who make excuses will never amount to anything, I will say that we miss out on what God has for our lives when we rationalize our way out of opportunities.
Earlier this week, at my church’s New Year’s/Watch Night service my childhood pastor encouraged the whole congregation and especially me by saying that if God has shown you something, or revealed something to you, He will be there with you as you go about the business of achieving it.
He said, if you have a vision or dream to be somewhere, you have to believe that God, if you believe, and…the universe if you don’t, will provide the provision to see that dream through. If you look at any success stories, you’ll notice that there’s almost always a level of sacrifice and a period of struggle before these individuals got to where they dreamed of being.
So in 2013, if you’re not a fan of resolutions, start paying more attention to your own mental chatter. What are you saying to yourself? Are the reasons why you can’t do something, real legit hurdles or are they ways to keep yourself from admitting that you’re scared to step out there, put yourself out there or take the risk of investing in yourself.
Everything might not go perfectly, it might not always go smoothly but instead of making yet another excuse, start where you are, use what you’ve got, do what you can.
Actually Want To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions For Once? 6 Things You Should Do Before You Make That List
It’s unfortunate that most New Year’s resolutions don’t make it past January. For some of us, losing weight lasts just as long as the trial membership to the gym. Eating healthy doesn’t last as long as the expiration date on the yogurt. And the goal to have better relationships usually goes well until someone says something to us that we don’t like.
Every year people rush to make their list of resolutions in hopes of being a better person in the new year; and while it’s not impossible to keep resolutions, usually they’re broken…unless you plan for success. Yes, even your plan needs to have a plan when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.
So before you make that list of changes for the New Year, here are five things to consider that could help you with your success.