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Being a famous celebrity isn’t always about popularity and fortune. Sometimes, it entails battles with the law over money, criminal allegations and scandal. Bouncing back from these legal issues, these celebrities have made a significant career strides after problems that could’ve shelved their careers for good.
What with the onstage freak outs during his new 15-city tour and his previous unceremonious exit from The Dave Chappelle Show, you might not think there is much to learn career wise from the seemingly volatile comedian. Think again. According to the The Huffington Post, there are some positive things everyone can take from Chappelle on how to deal with success.
1. Have a healthy distrust of fame. “Fame for me is like a place, a country I’m taking a tour through,” Chappelle said in an interview with Esquire magazine in 2006.
2. Be prepared for criticism. When Chappelle’s Hartford, Connecticut show was being disrupted by hecklers recently he decided not to continue. Despite the anticipated criticism, Chappelle stuck to his decision and stopped the show.
3. Don’t change your values to go mass market. In 2005, Chappelle famously passed on a reported $50 million contract with Comedy Central saying he was uncomfortable with the response to his racially-charged humor from white audiences. “I want to make sure I’m dancing and not shuffling,” he told Time magazine.
4. Maintain a sense of mystery even this age of overexposure. Chappelle may be on the comeback trail, but he maintains his distance. He lives in rural Ohio with his wife and children, doesn’t have a web site, joined Twitter last year, and then quit after just 11 tweets.
5. Keep it real. Chappelle started his career on the comedy club circuit while still in high school and keeps close ties to these roots. He drops in on comedy clubs often, usually in surprise appearances that only generate more buzz about a comeback, reports the HuffPo.
6. Simple is best. He has gotten rid of all the flash–no elaborate sets or costumes, no entourage. He doesn’t even have an assistant. Jason Zinoman in The New York Times noted Chappelle “only needs a microphone and a stage to lay claim to greatness.”
7. Don’t believe the hype. If you start believing all the praise you fail to be self-critical. As the HuffPo reports, when people congratulated Chappelle on leaving TV with his integrity intact, Chappelle responded, “That’s great: I’m going to go home and make my kids some integrity sandwiches.”
So Dave Chappelle’s has barked back at hecklers and in the process, denounced the entire city of Hartford.
During the Chicago stop on the Funny or Die comedy tour, Chappelle took a moment to lampoon his controversial performance in Connecticut, calling the crowd evil and full of young white alcoholics. He also said that he wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all “crackers” but didn’t want it to be on YouTube. Said Chappelle:
“I would never go back. I wouldn’t even go to Hartford for gas. I don’t want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut.”
I made it no secret that Dave Chappelle is probably one of my most favorite comedians of all times (I have quoted enough of his material in my pieces that there should be no doubt of my love otherwise). I followed his comedy for years, before he got the “Chappelle Show.” At a time when his audience was mostly comprised of college frat, Half-Baked white boys. Back then, I always wondered how he managed to perform such racially loaded material in front of those audiences without calling any of them “crackers.” And then the whole “Chappelle Show,” “I’m going to Africa to clear my mind”- thing happened and then I realized that actually no, he actually does know how to deal. But yet and still he finds himself, voluntarily, in front of these same sort of homogenous crowds again. I don’t know why he keeps putting himself in that position – other than the love for it. But if it is purely out of the love of it than he could just do his passion in some homogenous black venues, where white folks would be forced to be on their best behaviors. Of course, “black Isht” always comes with a pay-cut and unique sets of problems of its own. Perhaps the Funny or Die people offered him lots of dough, which helps take the sting out of feeling like a minstrel? If so, there is no judgment in that as everybody has to eat.
However, it feels like we are hearing more stories nowadays about entertainers, who have basically walked off or threatened to walk off a performance, just because they didn’t like the audience. Just recently, R&B singer Brandy walked off a stage in South Africa, after only 40 people – out of the 90,000-capacity stadium – stayed to see her perform during Nelson Mandela’s Sport and Culture Day. Although he didn’t walk off his gig, earlier in this year Lupe Fiasco had to physically be removed from the stage after he decided to buck his audience and perform the same anti-war song for 30 minutes straight during a ticketed Obama reelection party. And of course, there is the great and legendary Lauryn Hill, who has become rather infamous for showing up to concerts late (sometimes in excess of three hours) and then telling understandably agitated fans that they can leave if they feel she’s not worth the wait.
Back in the day, I used to cheer on these sort of acts of resistance and be like, yeah fight the power that be! But now the older I get, the more my time – and more importantly my dollars – become extremely valuable to me. And I can’t help to sympathize with those folks, who too were in those audiences and were well-behaved, appreciative and supporter of the artists. Those folks, who scrapped and saved up enough dollars to cover the ticket price to see the performance plus the price of parking, drinks and other incidentals for the evening. Those folks, who sat in their seats and didn’t hurl obscenity or otherwise heckle the stage act. Those folks, who came on time but because their performer didn’t, had to leave because they only had a babysitter for a few hours. I can’t imagine having sat there for hours to see Brandy sing “Angel in Disguise” (which is my favorite Brandy song), only for her to decide quit because she was unhappy with the audience numbers. Nor could I imagine being another black (or even apathetic white person) person, having sat along side these suburban young white alcoholic torturers, just for the honor of seeing my favorite comedian, give in to the negative cat calls and barracking, and throw his middle finger up at the rest of the performance. While I certainly understand that performers want to be respected I also wonder in earnest, what sort of obligation of respect does the performer have to its audience?
Granted, I am not an performer. I don’t know what it is like to stand in front of crowds, sometimes extremely big ones, of finicky people and entertain them. I imagine that some days are better than others. If it is any relevancy, I do know what it is like to deal with backlash from some of the wonderful ladies and gentlemen of MadameNoire – most of which comes by way of the comment sections. Through that, I have come to learn that in order to put yourself out there for public consumption, you do have to develop a tougher outer shell.
But then again, sometimes the customer is not always right. And in spite of your best aim to maintain professionalism, you just can’t help to air folks out once in a while. Like how not too long ago, I’d seen Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champion of the world, perform in his one-man show, when it was here in town. During the performance, Tyson would struggle and stumble a bit over his script. It was noticeable but not all that distracting. However every time it happened, some folks, mostly white, would take that opportunity to yell out “words of encouragement,” which were more distracting than his actual flub. And at one point during the show, when he again flubbed over yet another line, one of those “encouraging” audience hecklers decided to yell out, “Take your time Mike!” To which Tyson grimaced and barked, “Yo dude, shut the Fawk up!” I imagine that Tyson might have wanted to quit the show plenty of times that night. However he didn’t and instead, those impromptu roast of the audience members were some of the funniest part of the entire evening.
For all the Dave Chappelle fans, let us all just hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.
Chappelle took his talents to Hartford, CT Thursday night for the Comedy & Curiosity Festival and it seems that not everyone was happy to see him.
According to reports gathered by USA Today, Dave hopped on stage for his set and received a mixed reception of both cheers and jeers. Audience members say he was doing “fine” for the first 10 minutes but as people would heckle him, Dave would just get annoyed and say little things back to the audience. Finally, he decided to sit on a stool and smoke a cigarette until it was time for him to get off stage.
But that was only about 25 minutes because according to the Associated Press, that was the minimum amount of time Dave Chappelle needed to be on stage in order to get paid.
In a video clip, you can see Dave moving the stool out the way, picking up his water and saying: “Alright you guys, I like some of you, I hate some of you. I forgive some of you but I don’t forgive all of you. You guys have totally ruined my chances for running for Congress or something. Thank you, good night.”
As the boos increased, Dave walked off the stage to Kanye West’s “Black Skinheads.”
Well, that’s unfortunate. There are other random reports that the crowd wasn’t “that bad” and Dave “brought it on himself.”
Perhaps at his next stops, the crowd will be a little more forgiving so Dave Chappelle can perform because clearly, he is not about that being heckled life.
Do you think Dave Chappelle should even make a “full return” to comedy or should he just chill?
When I heard last week that Laura Prepon, who plays Alex Vause on Orange Is The New Black, was leaving the show because she hadn’t signed a contract to be tied down to the second season, I was heartbroken. Not literally, but you get my attempt to be over-dramatic. Of course, she’s not the main character, but she’s the main reason Piper is in prison, and the sexual tension between Piper and Alex was a big part of the whole shabang. So what is she going to do next? Who knows. But she’s not the first famous person to drop out of a popular television show at its peak thinking the show needs them more than they need it. Sometimes these stars move on to bigger and better things. And sometimes…well, their careers end up at a standstill. Here are a few folks who left their massive hit shows to good and bad results.
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If you hadn’t heard the news, Prince has decided to stop loathing the Internet and new technology long enough to allegedly join Twitter. Under the name @3rdeyegirl, which is the group he’s part of along with the talented Donna Grantis, Hannah Ford and Ida Neilsen, the Purple One has slowly embraced Twitter. He has even allegedly been occasionally posting mind-blowing photos of salad and captioning them in numerical cryptic ways only he does best (“Did eye add 2 much pepper?”). But the Tweet that has everybody talking this week is the introduction of the group’s new single “Breakfast Can Wait.” The Tweet that introduced it features single art that includes Dave Chappelle as Prince, holding a plate of pancakes like in his hilarious Chappelle’s Show “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” skit. If you’ll recall, in the skit, Murphy tells the story of playing basketball against Prince at his home in the ’80s. When singer ended up beating him, he offered Murphy and his group of flunkies some pancakes. To make the single art even more funny, the image was posted on Twitter with the caption, “Game: Blouses.”
A preview of the actual single was also posted with the photo, and it’s definitely hot! Check it out for yourself below and let us know what you think. Good to know that Prince found that skit (watch here) to be as hilarious as we did.
Russell Simmons’ New YouTube Channel Releases “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape,” And Folks (Like The NAACP) Aren’t Happy About It…
As quick as the controversial video went up, it has already been taken down. Why? Because it was that big of a hot mess.
There’s not much I can say to make anything about a clip called Harriet Tubman Sex Tape make sense, because it doesn’t, but here’s the back story of it all.
According to Shadow and Act, mogul Russell Simmons and Awesomeness TV CEO Brian Robbins teamed up to create a collaborative YouTube network called All Def Digital, and amongst its offerings are a lot of comedy skits, including a series called B-Rock. The series is supposed to be a comical spin on President Obama and his alter ego (his own sort of Sasha Fierce I guess), and all the funny adventures that go on in the White House. As Shadow and Act pointed out, All Def Digital is definitely going with the outrageous, because not only are they basing a series on the POTUS, but just recently they released Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, which as you were probably thinking, speaks for itself.
The clip is supposed to be an “off-record account of how Harriet Tubman blackmailed her master into letting her run the Underground Railroad.” And it’s supposed to be light and funny. Problem is, it’s not. Starring DeStorm Power, Shanna Malcolm and Jason Horton, Malcolm, who is supposed to be Tubman, has one of her slave friends tape a sexual escapade with her master to blackmail him into helping her get the Underground Railroad going. There’s an actual sex scene (that’s more raunchy and silly than sensual) where he’s on top, and then she’s on top. All in all, it ends with Tubman sitting on a bed smoking, telling her master that she has something on him that could ruin him if he doesn’t allow her to start the Underground Railroad.
While some are offended by the short, a few saying they’ll never support anything Simmons does again, others are hopping mad, including the NAACP. They reached out to Simmons already to share their disappointment in the video, and Simmons decided to remove the video. He posted this response about his decision on his website, Global Grind:
More than anything, I think I was just bothered by how not funny it was as a whole. And at more than three minutes!? Dave Chappelle could maybe get away with something like this, but this particular offering just came off ten times worse because of the cringe-worthy moments and a lack of good jokes. Plus, I personally think certain things just don’t need to be joked about, especially when you’re talking about putting “Harriet Tubman” and “sex tape” in the same sentence. I would tell you to check out the video and let me know what you think, but since it’s still not clear if it has been taken down or not, you might not be able to in a few hours. But if you can’t view the video posted below, just know that you didn’t miss anything worth seeing. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that this was a terrible idea…
*Dave Chappelle is co-headlining Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival alongside Flight of the Conchords duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The comedian — who famously walked away from his popular Comedy Central show in 2005 — will hit 13 cities on the tour, which kicks off Aug. 23 in Austin and winds through such cities as Houston, Detroit and Camden, N.J., before wrapping up in Phoenix on Sept. 22. (Tickets go on sale Friday.)
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You Can Save All That, Bruh: Wyclef Jean Says He Would Be Happy To Help Lauryn Hill With Tax Troubles (“My Door Is Always Open”)
While I’m always for people lending a helping hand to folks, and Lauryn Hill could definitely use some help paying off her tax debt (and with a few other things), the idea that Wyclef Jean would offer out of all the people in the world just seems…odd. But that’s what he has done.
In an interview with DJ Green Lantern and Boss Lady on the Sirius radio show Invasion Radio, ‘Clef acted as if he wasn’t aware of her tax troubles or that she was even facing sentencing (which was postponed this week until early May), but he wanted to make it clear that despite their past squabbles, he wouldn’t want to see her end up in jail, or to see anything bad happen to her at all.
“That’s deep. What I could say to that is that at the end of the day, my heart goes out to her. I’m realizing…I have not been following that news at all…But I definitely wish her the best. That’s definitely a serious issue. Once again, if she’s listening, at the end of the day, my door is always open. I never closed my door to her in a sense of, if she ever needed anything, I was never the one to block–but she had mad people around her. But at the end of the day it’s one thing I learned about life. We could beef as much as we want, but if something was to really happen to her, I would feel bad. My arms is open…This is the first that I’m hearing about this news…but if she’s listening, I’m open.”
Hmmm. And on top of that, ‘Clef discussed the attempts in the past to get the Fugees back together and why each time was futile. A lot of if had to do with a lack of trust between members he claims, and he talks about how it led to him creating the very epic “Hips Don’t Lie” with Shakira–one of the best selling singles of all-time:
“Dave Chappelle got the Fugees together. He came and met us individually, and he didn’t have a deep story. He was just like, ‘I love the band. I think you guys should come rock with me.’ He’s funny, he’s pure, and he’s honest, and I felt other people were trying to get the band back together so that they could make billions. It’s hard with the Fugees because money never came first for us, integrity always come first. We ended up doing that, I thought it was great. When we went to the studio, keep in mind, when we did The Score, or when I met L and Pras when I was little…it was clear what everybody did in the group. What I am to the Fugees is like what will.i.am is to the Black Eyed Peas, it’s clear. I felt like once we came back, I felt like that trust was lost. I didn’t have that title no more…So then I went on and I worked with Shakira and I gave her the biggest song of all time. Written by Wyclef Jean, get it straight. I felt sad about the Fugees thing though.”
“There has to be a level of trust on what is it that every individual is doing. Like me, I’m a producer. What I’m best at doing is, I know how to create artists. I know how to blow up artists. I do it over, and over and over again…The time that I worked with Lauryn and the amount of stuff I put together with her, I haven’t come across a female remotely close. When she’s focused the talent is the most ridiculous. It sounds like four aliens in one. For me, I respected her in that sense and she respected me as a producer. But I think what hapened was, so much time had passed and so much new groups were coming out so it was like, “Does this dude still got it?” And then I went on and tapped that thing for Shakira, but I was more wanting to do it for the Fugees, but if I went to the Fugees I wouldn’t have had “Hips Don’t Lie.”
Seems ‘Clef and Lauryn have just been at odds for too long. But I wouldn’t encourage her to take this man’s offer, seeing as how he’s been dogging her in public for the last few years. Especially after that whole issue he brought up for his memoir claiming she told him that her son, Zion, was actually his. Just seems like another thing for him to throw back in her face in the future. Run Lauryn, RUN!
What do you think about his comments?
While interracial relationships are not nearly as uncommon as they once were, we’d be lying if we said that the dating and marriage histories of some of the nation’s most outspoken black social activists didn’t come as a surprise to us. Let’s take a gander at socially and politically active black men who dated outside of their race.