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You can have your hair right and your outfit pressed. But if your feet are ashy and your toes crumpled you may as well go on back in the house. If you’ve ever been caught out having a bad foot day, you’re not alone. Check out our list of the the worst celebrity foot offenses.
Sometimes it seems like groupies get all the press. But not all celebrity men fall for fame hounds. These celebrity women hooked up with their men when they had nothing. Then they played the woman behind and beside the man. They started from the bottom and now they’re here…enjoying the limelight with the love of their lives.
Oh Kanye, you slay me.
After taking yet another moment to go on yet another rant – this time to denounce his celebrity status – Kanye went out and did some of the most famous ish ever.
Late Friday night, Kanye tweeted that his new song “New Slaves” and the visual for the song would be projected across the globe on 66 buildings. You read that correctly: he and his team picked 66 buildings in the States, Canada, Brazil, England, Asia and a host of other places to premiere the song.
“New Slaves” sounds much like a culmination of Ye’s previous rants: he’s sick of the big corporations trying to take over, hes not a celebrity, he will smash a photographer’s camera and he knows that people will throw him Maybach keys so he’ll sign a contract. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:
I throw these Maybach keys/I wear my heart on my sleeve
I know that we the new slaves/I see the blood on the leaves
I see the blood on the leaves/I see the blood on the leaves
I know that we the new slaves/I see the blood on the leaves
They throwing hate at me/Want me to stay at ease
Fawk you and your corporation/Y’all [n-word] can’t control me
I know that we the new slaves/I know that we the new slaves
I’m about to wild the Fawk out/I’m going Bobby Boucher
I know that p—y ain’t free/You [n-word] p—y, ain’t me
Y’all throwing contracts at me/You know that [n-word] can’t read
Throw him some Maybach keys/Fawk it, c’est la vie
Lyrically, Kanye might be saying things that, for years, both he and his peers have been scared to say. Most celebrities – and Black celebrities specifically, according to Kanye – know that fame comes at a cost. But this level of “slavery” is one that most of us listening know nothing about: nobody at any of our day jobs is going to offer us big cars to stay at job where we’re likely underpaid.
This is a type of upper class slavery and I suppose, for those people who fall into that class, they know what it is all about.
Anyway, Miss Info has compiled some awesome footage of some of the locations. You can check that out here and also, check out the footage below from the Williamsburg location? What do you think?
Angelina Jolie is a siren, a vixen. Exotic and curvy by Hollywood standards, she made a name for herself slinking across red carpets and film sets as the walking embodiment of sex. She’s the dark-haired beauty who stole the sexiest man in America from America’s blond sweetheart.
She’s the stuff of Hollywood legend. Making her announcement that she recently underwent a preventive double mastectomy all the more jarring.
In a New York Times op-ed, Jolie describes her decision-making and treatment process following the discovery that she carried a “faulty” gene, BRCA1. The presence of which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer (her mother passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 56 after battling the disease for a decade).
“On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman,” she writes. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in now way diminishes my femininity.”
Jolie didn’t have to go public. Not even a whisper of her condition had leaked to the press. She could have had reconstructive surgery, walked the red carpet and rolled her eyes as blogs wondered if she had a boob job. Instead she used her personal struggle and celebrity to give a platform to a serious issue.
This approach falls in line with the humanitarian Jolie has become. An evolution that began when she started working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees after being exposed to humanitarian crises while filming the Lara Croft franchise.
“She’s the biggest name of all, and I think given her prominence and her visibility not only as a famous person but also a beautiful actress, it’s going to carry a lot of weight for women,” said Barron H. Lerner, a medical historian and the author of “The Breast Cancer Wars” told the New York Times.
The cost of testing for mutations of BRCA genes comes in at more than $3,000. Why the high price tag? The biotech company that discovered the gene filed a patent for it in 1995, giving them a monopoly on products that can test for mutations. The Supreme Court is still deciding whether a corporation can file a patent based on a gene invented by Mother Nature and present in every single cell in every single person on earth.
Jolie’s situation is seen as special and high-risk by the medical community. Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 are estimated to cause only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers and 10 to 15 percent of ovarian cancers among white women in the United States. But statistics for other racial and ethnic groups are not available. Odd, given that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than their White counterparts.
Studies show that few Black women younger than 50, a population disproportionately afflicted with and dying from early-onset breast cancer, undergo genetic testing. Only one third of Black women aged 50 or younger who met national guidelines for genetic testing for breast cancer had been referred for such testing.
Moreover, the high cost of healthcare in this country — and the fact that many still lack coverage — make it cost-prohibitive for many to take basic tests, like a mammogram, let alone receive treatment.
Family history and financial status are thought to influence their treatment choices. “Through our study, we determined that 34 participants met national guidelines for BRCA testing,” study co-author Tuya Pal, M.D. said. “But only 13 reported that their health care providers referred them for genetic counseling and/or testing.”
Now that Jolie has the world talking, maybe the issues surrounding breast and ovarian cancer will get more attention.
C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveInTheCity) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).
Yes, look at them now. They are getting paper! First, celebrities rise to stardom via their talents as a singer, dancer, rapper, actor or actress, then they start snagging endorsement deals and the real cash pours in. The rich and famous usually jump at the opportunity of an endorsement because it means mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money — and additional publicity. Remember Beyoncé just signed a whopping $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi? I mean who wouldn’t hesitate to chug down a can of that carbonated drink on camera for that kinda green? But not everyone gets such credible and prestigious opportunities. Sometimes celeb endorsement deals are straight up outlandish and wack, to say the least. Just because you put your smiling face next to a product, doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll buy as the consumer. We may just end up laughing, much like we did with these products.
I wasn’t the only one surprised that Reese Witherspoon ended up in jail this past weekend. And not so much that she ended up in jail, but how she landed there. After her husband, Jim Toth, was arrested for drunk driving, Reese started popping off at one of the officers. Understandable. Though her husband was clearly in the wrong, we all know that the police can be a bit obnoxious and even go so far as abusing their power in making legit arrests. I can understand watching your husband being handcuffed is stressful and unpleasant. But what surprised me about Reese’s encounter with the officers was not that she had something to say to them, it was that she tried–and failed– to pull the fame card.
According to TMZ, she low-key used her status to threaten the officer:
”You’re about to find out who I am.”
And then, “Do you know my name?”
Ugh. I just figured Reese was more down to earth than that. The one thing us regular folk can’t stand about celebrities and the wealthy is not so much that they have more than many of us can even imagine, it’s the fact that they feel like the rules don’t apply to them. Now, don’t get me wrong I’ve received quite a bit of preferential treatment in my lifetime. (I learned at a very early age that well-behaved students could get away with a lot of minor indiscretions because teachers knew their ”acting out” was a rare occurrence.) I’m a fan of “the hook-up” because you just so happen to ”know” the right person. We all deserve to feel special sometimes and it’s human nature to help your friends.
But when celebrities expect to get a pass after they break rules or laws that are set in place to protect them and others, it’s a little disgusting. Like, is anyone going to care that you were in Legally Blonde if your intoxicated husband injures or kills someone? Definitely not.
I don’t want to be too hard on Reese though because she’s since apologized for her actions, saying she’s “deeply embarrassed.” Maybe she was just caught up in the moment. The thing is though, she’s not the only celebrity to fall back on this “famous” card.
Rihanna tried it. She was dancing on tables throwing glass all around when management asked her to leave. Instead of calming down, or leaving the place where she was no longer wanted, she said: “Do they know who I am?” And in her case, it worked. Not only did Rih Rih not have to leave, the club sent free drinks to her table. If somebody’s face had gotten cut up during her shenanigans, the club would have certainly regretted that decision.
I remember back in high school, a group of girls I knew were arrested for stealing from Victoria’s Secret. One of these girls just so happened to be the daughter of the community college’s head football coach. I guess she had taken one too many sips of the “fame” kool-aid. Because as she was being arrested she said to the cops, Do you know who my father is? Gurl boo. Not only did he most likely not know who your father was; even if he had known, it wouldn’t have made a lick of difference. We didn’t live in a po-dunk town in the middle of no where and her father wasn’t coaching a Division 4 team. Those handcuffs were going to stay on. That line became the running joke at school for at least a month. What were you thinking?!
When celebrities attempt to throw their fame around one minute and then claim they’re just like the rest of us in the next, they’re going to have to get the severe side eye.
The whole thing reminds me of a Jay-Z lyric from his song “Lost Ones”:
Except that fame is
The worst drug known to man
It’s stronger than, heroin
When you could look in the mirror like, “There I am”
And still not see, what you’ve become
I know I’m guilty of it too but not like them.
Reese apologized and we can’t really judge her for her actions knowing that if the tables were turned we just might have behaved similarly.
I’m not old enough to remember when Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America, but I do remember when “Save the Best for Last” was the jam. And now Vanessa’s daughter Jillian Hervey has just released her first hit, “Treat Me Like Fire.” And she’s already 23.
It seems like everyone in Hollyweird wants to be a double — or even triple — threat. Will Smith acts, Drake raps, and Snoop’s made so many cameos we’ve lost count. But crossing over ain’t for everyone. Check out these 15 celebrities who tried to step out of the box but should go right back in it.
Life at a 9 to 5 can be rough. When the boss is on you and your co-workers stay on some mess, it’s hard to hold your tongue. And apparently, your job can be tough even if you’re living the dream and getting paid six or more figures. The next time you think about poppin’ off at the mouth, remember what happened to these celebrities who couldn’t hold their tongues.
Word on the street is that Stacey’s diva mentality is the reason she hasn’t been on screen in a hot minute. In early March 2012, there were rumors that Stacey was fired from the movie Supremacy for disrespecting producers and replaced by Lela Rochon. Later that same month, In Touch Weekly reported that Stacey was asked not to return for Season 2 of Single Ladies, despite high ratings, because she “feuded with the cast, canceled promos and caused entirely too much drama.”
In her instantly viral Golden Globes coming out speech, actor/director Jodie Foster remarked: “Now, I’m told, apparently every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and prime time reality show.”
Indeed, back in the day, though gossip mags did their best to publicize celebs’ private lives and scandalous business, stars could get away with separating their person from their persona. Before Being Bobby Brown, for example, viewers had no real idea who Whitney Houston was beyond the honey-voiced, modelesque ingénue Clive Davis and Arista Records put forth.
Veteran music publicist Tresa Sanders has worked with Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Common, Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, Wu-Tang, Bootsy Collins, Nelly Furtado, and Snoop Dogg among others. She says, “In the past the artists that worked were ones that, for the most part, had good product, a really good strategic press plan and a person that implemented it well. Back then it was just the telephone and the fax in regard to communicating with a media outlet so you had to have someone that was a bull dog and at the same time creative. Someone that really was able to come up with angles and a great story.”
Today, not so much. The price of entry to stardom — and the pass to stay there — seems to be full and constant disclosure across a combination of platforms from Twitter to Instagram to reality shows.
Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta castmember K. Michelle told Bossip.com being on the show boosted her career tremendously. “For three years I was singing my little heart out, and y’all was not hearing,” she says of her struggle to find an audience before she went on the show. “Look, I even tried to leak [an] unclothed picture, y’all still didn’t hear. Lord have mercy. Everybody else was doing it… you still didn’t care to hear me sing. And all I wanted was my voice to be heard, my story.”
She continues, “So this show, even though I’ve caught a lot of backlash, I wasn’t selling out shows then. Now I am… Love and Hip Hop has been great for my career.”