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‘These Careers Aren’t The Result Of A Man Funding A Hobby For Us:’ Melyssa Ford On What Sets ‘Blood, Sweat & Heels’ Apart

January 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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When we first reported on Bravo’s new reality show, “Blood, Sweat and Heels” starring Melyssa Ford and relationship expert Demetria Lucas, many of you questioned what the difference between this show and other reality TV series would be. According Melyssa, the difference is the fact that the stars of this show have real careers as opposed to hobbies that are ultimately funded by rich boyfriends and husbands.

“We are very independent women,” the former video vixen told Jason Lee. “None of us are married, none of us have children. One of us is engaged and one has a live-in boyfriend  but the other four, we’re still trying to figure it out. We just represent that demographic of women who have unapologetically pursued their ambitions and their career goals. These careers aren’t the result of a man funding a hobby for us.”

She adds that although she may have dated wealthy men in the past, she never confused their money for her own.

“We’re self starters and even though we’ve dated men with means in the past, in my case, I’ve never looked at what he had as what belongs to me. That’s your sh**. I want my own sh**. I don’t want what I eat to only be what he brought to the table. I have got to be able to take care of myself because you can’t guarantee anything is going to last. So, that’s who we are. We’re six independent, ambitions, career girls making it hot for ourselves in New York City.”

Melyssa also further explained her career switch from video modeling to real estate.

“The entertainment industry is very fickle,” Melyssa said. “You are hot today and you are ice cold tomorrow. Your relevance and your popularity sometimes depend on you compromising things about yourself and I just wasn’t prepared to do something like that. I had become exhausted by the whole process and I was looking for a way to create a stream of revenue for myself that A) Did not depend solely on my looks or my popularity but depended on my hard work and dedication. I also was trying to find a possible exit ramp. If I chose to completely exit and leave the entertainment industry behind I needed to find something that I could do for a long time.”

Did you catch Sunday’s episode? Will you be sticking around for episode two?

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Demtria Lucas Shines Bright In Bravo’s Premiere Of “Blood, Sweat And Heels”

January 6th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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A few months ago, we shared details of a new reality series on Bravo called “Blood, Sweat And Heels (BSH),” which finally made it’s network debut last night. In case you need a refresher, the series revolves around women in the Concrete Jungle who pound the pavement to turn their side hustles and passions into careers. Taking place in New York City, the series features black women in the media, fashion, and real estate industries.

Melyssa Ford, Demetria Lucas, Geneva S. Thomas, Brie Bythwood, Mica Hughes and Daisy Lewellyn are the women who invite us into their brands and their lives — for good and for bad. Over the course of the premiere, we were stunned and pained to hear Daisy and Brie agree women cannot be world leaders because of PMS. After hearing their comments, Lucas decided both ladies offered a “piss-poor display of womanhood,” and then argued as such on her blog, A Belle In Brooklyn. Daisy, of course, rallied the troops and decided they all need to confront Demetria, while making an off-hand comment about all bloggers being unattractive. And though we have yet to see the aftermath of the confrontation, two things are certain about BSH so far: it is far better executed than Vh1′s “The Gossip Game” and Demetria Lucas stands out from the rest of her cast members.

BSH is not only intriguing but seamlessly identifies with their audience, regardless of their archtype, whereas “The Gossip Game” was only relatable  if you followed the hip-hop entertainment scene in New York. Although some of the women from BSH may be a part of the same industy and culture, BravoTV ensures the cast a more mainstream television  identity. Also, from what we have seen thus far the cast stirs the drama but leaves the cattiness at the door, which is refreshing since viewers are used to the emotional — and physical — trauma reality television usually provides. Demetria Lucas, who has been dubbed the Black Carrie Bradshaw, has become a household name overnight.  Ensuring her site A Belle In Brooklyn logo was seen throughout BSH’s premiere, Lucas is strategically using the Bravo TV’s platform to elevate he journalism and life coach career paths. Let’s hope the other ladies do the same.

Below is a clip from the ‘Blood, Sweat And Heels’ premiere. Did you tune in last night?

Blood and Booty: So, What Exactly Was Erykah Badu Trying to Say In Her New Video?

June 4th, 2012 - By Charing Ball
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So have you all seen the new Erykah Badu/Flaming Lips video? You haven’t? Well, I can describe it for you in just one word: Um….

For a more detailed description, the video, which was directed by George Salisbury, features Badu crooning to the remake of Roberta Flacks’ version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” while her fully naked younger sister Nayrok frolicks about in bathtubs full of glitter, then blood, then some substance with a white and thick consistency. I’m just going to come right out and call it semen (seriously, that’s what it looked like). Anyway, the entire video is shot in one sequence repeated three times, with Badu singing, often times butt naked in a tub, while her younger sister gives us full on boobs, then butt and for the finale, a full frontal shot. Did I mention that this was a music video?

Oh, if you were wondering, the Flaming Lips were in the video too-albeit fully clothed. They stood around, beating fur covered snarl drums, twirling aluminum foil and made ugly ecstasy faces into the camera. For a song called “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” ironically, we only get to see Nayrok’s face and that isn’t until the end, when she is dripping the ambiguous white stuff all over it. Try getting that visual out of your head?

The video has been mostly removed from YouTube and scrubbed from much of the Internet, with the exception of a few sites being smart enough to actually download the clip and save it to their own domains. However, if you haven’t seen it yet, know that it’s more audacious than the “Window Seat” video. And it is probably more abstract and eclectic than anything that Badu has ever attached her name too. It’s clear that Badu is seeking to translate her flare for the multifarious into other realms of art but, the video is a serious head scratcher. It is probably the most “WTF” Badu video I have ever seen. And we are talking about Erykah Badu here, so you know that’s saying a bunch.  I’d like to say that I could get past all the naked booty to find a deeper meaning, but I kept coming back to the same conclusion: I just watched a video of a naked woman covered in glitter, blood and semen.  So has Badu finally gone off the deep end?

Christina Aguilera Honors Etta James… Memorably

January 30th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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Christina Aguilera is really one of the more talented, powerhouse voices we have in the industry today. And nowhere was that more evident in the rendition of “At Last” that she performed at Etta James’ funeral service this past weekend. Aguilera, who performed James’ “Sunday Kind of Love” at her first Star Search competition, said that Etta was one of her idols. And she showed her respect and admiration through the performance.

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Her talent is virtually unmatched. Yet, there always seems to be something that prevents Christina from letting her star shine the way it should. Whether it’s a raunchy video, a failed marriage, public intoxication or ill fitting clothing there is always something that prevents us from focusing on her talent alone.  While her tribute to Etta was audibly flawless, visually it was gross at worse and unfortunate at best.

Towards the end of her performance there were streaks of a mystery liquid running down Aguilera’s legs. Some are saying it was blood from her period, while others are saying it was fake tanning spray. Check out the pictures and let us know what you think it is.

We’re sincerely hoping it was the spray.

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Blood Diamonds: Is Human Misery the Cost of Bling?

May 25th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(AOL Black Voices) — Rappers talk about their “bling,” and women lust for the brightest engagement ring they can get. Some people even wear diamonds in their teeth to show how much money they’ve got. Black Americans are dying to have the hottest diamonds around our necks, while other black people are literally dying to supply them. In Africa, “blood diamonds” are intimately related to brutal conflicts throughout the continent, as groups use the diamond trade to finance civil and other wars that have resulted in the slaughter and disfigurement of millions.

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Blood Diamonds: Is Human Misery the Cost of Bling?

May 25th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(AOL Black Voices) — Rappers talk about their “bling,” and women lust for the brightest engagement ring they can get. Some people even wear diamonds in their teeth to show how much money they’ve got. Black Americans are dying to have the hottest diamonds around our necks, while other black people are literally dying to supply them. In Africa, “blood diamonds” are intimately related to brutal conflicts throughout the continent, as groups use the diamond trade to finance civil and other wars that have resulted in the slaughter and disfigurement of millions.

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