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Celebrity Scandals No One Knew About… Until Now

July 31st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Apparently, some celebrities are better at keeping secrets than others. These celebrity scandals have been kept so tightly under wraps we’re just hearing about them now.

Payoffs And Pills: The Most Shocking Details From The Leaked Cosby Deposition

July 27th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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The shocking details of Bill Cosby’s 10-year-old confessions from a deposition have left a lot of us confused and disturbed. Maybe if supporters had known all this information, they would have abandoned the cause months ago.

50 Cent Learned The Hard Way: Celebrity Pranks And Shenanigans That Went Terribly Wrong

July 14th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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When celebrities clown around too much, things can go left really fast. Rapper 50 Cent was recently ordered to fork over $5 million dollars because of a recent prank. But he’s not the only star who has had to deal with some major consequences for their behavior and treatment of others.

“It Was A Poor Decision” Celebrity Breakup Announcements That Left Us With Questions

July 13th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Celebrity breakup announcements make it sound like everything is OK — until you hear the story behind them.

The Streets Are Watching: When A Slip Up Has Long-Term Career Repercussions

July 11th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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At some point, you really have to question whether or not people were born with a common sense chip missing, or just think certain behavior is okay.

You don’t have to scroll through social media very far to see celebrities and other public figures making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Donald Trump must now eat all the words coming out of his big mouth over unthinkable comments regarding Mexico and its people. Needless to say that didn’t go very well with the general public — or advertisers and business partners for that matter — with more and more people cutting ties with the presidential hopeful.

And then there’s Ariana Grande who just recently shot herself in the foot over a video that shows the pop crooner licking donuts at a business and yelling “I hate America.” Not only are police and health inspectors investigating the matter, but Grande had to cancel an upcoming performance at the MLB All-Star Game concert.

Speaking of shooting something off, can we talk about New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul? Even if you don’t watch professional football, by now you probably heard of some fool who lost a $60 million contract from playing with fireworks. Just let that one sink in.

Not to be outdone by anyone’s foolishness is Paula Deen, who was on her way to making a comeback after a horrific racial scandal — can throw that out the window. Did y’all see her son dressed up in brownface? How dreadful.

Let this be a lesson to all of us that what you do both in and out of the office can be bad for business. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life, but you really must ask yourself whether or not certain decisions can tarnish your brand. Anyone can have the best ideas but will find it very hard to see success once professionalism goes out the window.

Even things you put up on social media can come back to haunt you. Just ask Iggy Azalea whose career practically crumbled with the help of controversial tweets. The “Fancy” rapper has been accused of making racial and homophobic rants that had many of her fans jumping off the bandwagon.

You can call people oversensitive these days or folks being reckless with their words and actions. Our world is one centered around modern technology that will screenshot each and every moment in time for a later occasion. Certain things just aren’t worth it and probably are best left for a journal no one can find.

I try to remember this with my day-to-day hustle. Granted I’m not on any of these celebrities’ levels, but a sister needs her coins and can’t afford to lose them from lack of professionalism. From the time I wake up in the morning to when it’s time to go to bed, I always think of myself as a representative of my brand — and you should too (well, for yours). You never know who you’re going to encounter on the streets and how they’re connected to your journey. Do you remember the story of the man who cussed out a recruiter on the train and later had to sit in front of him for a job interview? Luckily for him that man had a sense of humor.

What are ways you try to protect yourself from tarnishing your own brand?

Why Is Every Celebrity Launching Their Own Talk Show?

July 8th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Are talk shows the new reality show?

I was so surprised when I got an email to attend a taping of the Ice & Coco show. At first I thought about why they would need or want an audience to follow them around their reality show. Then I realized it’s a talk show (don’t judge me, I have a newborn). Sure enough, the longtime couple have a Facebook page dedicated to their new endeavor. Ice & Coco premieres August 3 in select cities.

Their show quickly made me think about Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker’s new talk show, The Boris & Nicole Show, that aired this week. Did anyone else remember to watch? I know I forgot.

No one should be shocked at celebrities, their desire to expand their brand and fight to stay relevant for another 15 minutes. Fame doesn’t always last, which is one of the reasons why they pursue outside ventures, like perfumes and clothing. I’ll be the first to admit that I watch a reality show or two, but talk shows — where you actually have to have an opinion backed by some facts or thought-provoking material — are a completely different story. It’s an arena that not everyone can handle, demonstrated by the amount of celebs who’ve tried and failed. Let’s see, there was Kris Jenner, Bethenny Frankel, Magic Johnson and Queen Latifah to name a few. Heck, even Vanessa Huxtable (Tempsett Bledsoe) had a daytime talk show.

It seems like everyone wants a talk show of their own.

I’m a firm believer in pursuing your dreams and taking opportunities that come your way — provided they enhance and not tarnish your brand. After all, don’t all of us want to be credible in what we do? Who knows, maybe Ice and Coco’s new talk show will be a hit. I enjoyed their E! reality show (Ice Loves Coco) and picked up a trick or two I can use in my marriage (kidding… or maybe not). As for The Boris & Nicole Show, preliminary ratings reveal things are off to a great start. In addition to talking about life and marriage, the actors also feature inspiring stories and interviews with celebrities.

Do you think more celebrities should jump into the talk show game, or would you like to see them interviewed on the couch?

I guess it depends on the individual celebrity and what they bring to the table. There are some who provide a surprising breath of fresh air compared to programs currently on television. Ellen DeGeneres is a great example when you consider she was a comedian and actress before her days as an Emmy award-winning host. Steve Harvey is another celebrity talk show host who’s seen great success with his TV show.

From the look of things, this “trend” of celebrity talk show hosts will only grow over time. As with a reality show, if there are enough viewers to keep advertisers interested, networks will continue to reach out to public figures who might be able to capture eye balls.

Do you have a celebrity you’d love to see host a talk show? If so, who is it?

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How Much Of Your Personal Business Is Good For Your Career?

July 1st, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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As much as celebrities fight for privacy and wag their fingers at the media for spilling their tea, sometimes they bring it on themselves. This doesn’t mean we should be insensitive to the fact they do have a personal life outside of entertaining us. But how can they expect the public to respond when they try to capitalize off their own drama?

While rumor control is understandable, how much of your “business” is good for your career?

It seems like the world is trying to piece together exactly what happened to make Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner call it quits. Married for 10 years and a day, the former Hollywood couple have announced they’re filing for divorce. As you would expect, media outlets are digging for as much dirt as possible. Did he cheat? Were his gambling habits to blame? ABC News just reported Affleck will remain on the property to be close to his children. Are all of these “juicy details” really necessary, or should they tell folks in their camp to zip their lips?

Personally, I can’t imagine trying to go through a divorce with my husband in the public eye. Not only are there cameras on you 24/7 but you also have to protect your children and how much exposure they have to what’s going on. With three children under the age of 10, Lord only knows how Ben and Jennifer are handling their changing family dynamic.

Thus far, I think they — and other celebrities who experienced similar life changes — have done a good job of working on personal issues while maintaining their “professional appearance.” Obviously your private life is more important than a career, but do you really want your dirt to spill into the media and affect your coins? Heaven forbid things turn left and you might never recover from the court of public opinion.

Then again, there are certainly celebrities who can’t seem to be quiet about what’s going on at home.

How many ex-boyfriends does Taylor Swift need to thank for helping her sell albums? Notorious for spilling the tea, Swift continues to capitalize on her own personal business. And honestly, who can blame her and other artists? It oftentimes is a very lucrative decision. Would any of us purchase an album that didn’t come from the heart, or at least touch on relatable situations? Nicki Minaj and her longtime love, Safaree Samuels had a nasty break up that resulted in diss tracks, trash talking on Twitter and what seems like a healthy dose of shade at the BET Awards. Sure it made for catchy tracks on “The Pinkprint,” but was all the extra necessary?

Gone are the days when people bow out of the spotlight to take care of their home life. With reality shows that air practically any and everything, many celebs are opting to put their dirty laundry front and center for profit. At the end of the day, it comes down to personal choice and conviction. Just realize that us regular folk will more than likely not have the same luck in the workplace. In fact, you might just get your walking papers should you allow your personal life to spill into your job.

Unfortunately, I’ve been witness to the demise of a relationship on social media where both parties used each other’s Facebook rants to try and get alimony and custody of their children.

What makes for good entertainment doesn’t always work in real life.

What Do You Do When He Cheats? 15 Stars Speak On Infidelity

June 19th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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In the light of Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas’ cheating scandal, a lot of us have been asking ourselves, “what would I do if he cheats?” It’s hard to know if it hasn’t happened to you, so these celebrities share what happened to them.

Is That Drake? Celebrity Look-Alikes Of Different Races

June 16th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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We thought “brother from another mother” was just a sweet saying. But these celebrity look-alikes might just make us reconsider.

“Has Anyone Told You That You Look Like Solange?” Celebrities People Always Say You Resemble

June 2nd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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As soon as someone says “You know who you remind me of?” you know exactly what they’re going to say. From compliments to somewhat shady suggestions, these are the celebrity comparisons people love to make about everyday people.