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A Kanye West Video Game? When Do We Stop Buying Into A Celebrity’s Brand?

February 25th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Is our society so focused on pop culture and celebrities that we need to buy everything they throw at us? Don’t get me wrong, there are some products and even services that are pretty darn good, but I’m starting to side-eye those who will put anything on the shelves for a dollar.

In case you didn’t hear, Kanye West has plans to get into the video game industry. This shouldn’t be anything too surprising considering Mrs. West (Kim Kardashian) tried her luck at a mobile game about life and luxury that grossed millions. What makes Kanye’s idea very left field is its focus. He wants you to help his mother get into heaven. “The idea is it’s my mother going through the gates of Heaven,” Kanye explained during a radio interview. “You gotta bring her to the highest gates of heaven by holding her to the light.”

Say what now?

While the thought of trying to honor his late mother in some way is nice, this concept for a video game is a bit…eerie. Plus if you’re a believer in heaven, you kinda know there are certain steps a person needs to take before they pass away to get an admission ticket to the upper room. I’m just saying.

This had me thinking about celebrities, their brands and the things they try to get us common folk to buy. Some items make sense and some things don’t, but if you really enjoy the entertainer, you might be willing to shell out a few bucks. I personally enjoy Steve Harvey and his brand of humor and inspirational reads. Even though he has a ton of jobs, his brand message is pretty consistent which gives a certain authenticity to his thoughts.

Kanye and his “get me into heaven” video game idea doesn’t make a ton of sense, which begs the question: At what point do we stop buying into a celebrity brand?

Maybe his camp doesn’t advise him on trying to create a cohesive image considering his volatile and out-the-box behavior. After all, not everything has to be about music as he has expressed an interest in fashion and design. Perhaps his followers will pick up a copy of this video game when it comes out to support his evolving empire. If fans of his wife were willing to spend their hard-earned money to live her life through a virtual game, who’s to say they won’t do the same for him?

I get the importance of trying to get all the money you can while you’re still relevant. Not everyone is afforded the opportunity of lasting more than 15 minutes. It just seems like certain stars are focused on selling products to gain a check instead of being authentic about the things they enjoy. How many times have we seen a photo–or read a tweet–about a Kardashian pitching a “must have” product that worked for them? Honey you more than likely didn’t use that, so why are you trying to push it on us?

At some point, we’re going to get tired of your “hustle.”

Personally I think there are some serious emotional issues Kanye should uncover in therapy not in a video game. Then again, can you really blame him for working through his issues while getting paid?

Are You Even Excited To Watch? Major 2015 Oscar Snubs & Nominations

January 15th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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The Academy Awards is one of the biggest award shows of the year, and yet, this year’s list of nominees is not all that exciting. Could it be the highlighted films were so-so — or all the “snubbery” happening? Here’s a rundown of this year’s Oscar nominations and people they failed to recognize.

FYI — all of the acting nominees are White.

Surprised?

Golden Globes 2015: Winners, Surprises and Pop Culture Discussions

January 12th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Last night, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took to the stage to host the Golden Globes for the final time. The comedic duo always bring something interesting to the table when it comes to celebrities and pop culture. In case you missed the big event, here’s a rundown of the winners, surprising losers and unexpected antics.

Winners & Snubs From The 2015 People’s Choice Awards

January 8th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Did you tune in to see the 2015 People’s Choice Awards? Hosted by Mom stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney, the night honors some of the best entertainers in film, television and music. What makes this awards show unique are the voters — the people. Here’s a rundown of the night’s winners and those who should’ve won.

New Year, New Love? 2014 Celebrity Divorces

January 2nd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Nick Cannon is upset over Mariah diss album reports: "I will never say anything negative about Mariah Carey. We are forever a family rooted in love."

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Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions for 2015? One popular promise is to not bring baggage from the past into your future, that includes any past partners. It’s certainly no secret how quick stars join together and separate, but did some of these celebrity divorces surprise you?

The Most Adorable Celebrity Pregnancy Announcements of 2014

December 29th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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2014 was definitely the year of the celebrity baby! And in honor of all of the mini celebs born this year, check out some of the most adorable celebrity pregnancy announcements of 2014.

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This year’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was full of surprises, but actress Zoe Saldana took “shocking” another level when she avoided the ice by announcing that she and her husband Marco Perego were pregnant with their first baby!

2014’s Highest Paid TV & Movie Entertainers

December 26th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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It’s no secret how much dough celebrities can command per movie or television episode. With so many successful films and TV shows, one has to wonder about the salaries these folks are working with. Here’s a look at the top earning entertainers of 2014.

Police Shootings, Ebola & Lower Gas Prices: Top News Stories of 2014

December 25th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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This year has been full of headlines that made us angry and some that put a smile on our face. Unfortunately, there seems to have been more negative news stories than good. Here’s a look at some of the top headlines from this year. Of course there were many others, but chances are we covered them in The Social Roundup of 2014.

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Celebrity & Pop Culture Business Fails Of 2014

December 24th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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This year we have seen some crazy things make headlines. One would have to assume many of the things that went down weren’t intentional, but my did they stir up emotions. Take a look at some of the celebrity and pop culture fails that happened this year.

What were your stand outs?

“I’m Just Here To Usher Him:” The Best Celebrity Dad Quotes On Fatherhood

December 23rd, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Tyler Perry

“I see my face in him every day and it’s pretty wonderful.”

Did you catch Tyler Perry at premiere of Selma? Just two weeks after his son was born, Tyler Perry gushed about the joys of meeting his son:

“[I’m surprised] how much of a personality he has of his own,” he says. “Just watching his facial expressions and realizing that this kid has come to me with his own life, and mine is not his and his is not mine. I’m just here to usher him.”

Tyler Perry’s not the only dad getting sentimental during the holiday season. These celebrity dads have beautiful things to say about fatherhood as the year draws to a close.