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Are Your Business Associations Helping Or Hurting Your Career?

July 30th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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You really need to be careful when it comes to your workplace entourage. There is such a thing as guilty by association. Sometimes “the homies” can’t continue with you on your journey if you want to be seen in a certain light. Then again, many of us make the mistake of trusting professionals in our lives that prove to be everything except about their business.

Donald Trump has once again made headlines for a pretty bonehead move — not that he needs to dig himself a bigger grave in that category. He recently admitted a desire to put a particular woman in his cabinet should he be elected. Noting her intellect and ability to shrug off nonsense, the Trumpster actually thinks that, wait for it, Sarah Palin would be great. Gasp. Now this is the same Sarah Palin who wanted foreign policy cred because she could see Russia from her backyard, thought we should “stand with our North Korea allies” and couldn’t name a publication she reads for information.

In the words of Antoine Dodson, “You are so dumb.”

I definitely understand the importance of rolling with people you generally like, but sometimes they don’t make the best members for your inner circle. This doesn’t mean you have to cease all communication with them. Just think twice about the brand you desire to build and all the necessary pieces to make it work.

Think back to your days in high school and the times you had to work on a group project. Did you automatically pick your besties, even if they weren’t known for their academic aptitude? Halfway through the assignment — and more than likely staying up late to do all the work — you probably felt your choice wasn’t the best for your grade. Now you of course could’ve chosen to carry these people by doing their work for them, but what good would that have done you — or them for that matter if they went to college?

It doesn’t make sense.

There’s nothing wrong with trying to attach yourself to people who are driven to succeed and put in the work to make their dreams a reality. In fact, it needs more thought than just the brush off as it can cost you greatly on your job. This is one of the biggest reasons why you should step outside of your comfort zone and meet new colleagues. You never know who is sitting near you that has the knowledge or a skill set you need for an upcoming project. Diversifying your work group can also show managers you have a willingness to team up with other people that could lead to a future promotion.

I’ve had to make cuts in both my personal and professional life when it came to the people around me and the person I wanted to be. As great as it is to have longtime friends and associates, at some point, you need to determine who builds you up and tears you down. Just because something worked in the past doesn’t automatically mean it will be great for your future.

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?

Dumpin’ Donald: Serta, Nascar, ESPN & More Toss Trump

July 7th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks about Mexicans and undocumented immigrants — who, by the way, are helping to build his DC hotel — are coming back to bite him right in the you-know-what. We reported that NBCUnivision, and Macy’s cut ties with the real estate billionaire mogul, but there are a couple other powerful corporations that are kicking Trump, and his comb-over, to the curb.

ESPN planned to have its upcoming ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic event at the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, but decided against it. The event is a charity that benefits the V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which provides resources for minority groups, including African-Americans and Latinos.

“Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment,” ESPN said on Monday.

NASCAR also announced that it will no longer host an upcoming event at a Trump venue.

“We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that’s what led us to the decision today,” said NASCAR spokesperson David Higdon.

The CEO of NASCAR Sponsor Camping World, Marcus Lemonis, had a lot to say regarding Trump’s comments, which he called “bigoted” and “racist”:

“Our company will not stand to support any person or organization that associates with such beliefs and we feel strongly about distancing ourselves from any negative and discriminatory comments made against any gender, ethnicity, age group or so forth.”

Serta is jumping a’board the we-don’t-associate-ourselves-with-Trump train, too. According to Bloomberg, the major mattress manufacturer will discontinue Trump’s line after the licensing agreement expires at the end of 2015: “Serta values diversity and does not agree with nor endorse the recent statements made by Mr. Trump.”

Even the Big Apple — the city of New York — wants nothing to do with Trump. Mayor De Blasio called Trump’s comments “disgusting and offensive.”

“…This hateful language has no place in our city,” said Mayor De Blasio. “Our Mexican brothers and sisters make up an essential part of this city’s vibrant and diverse community, and we will continue to celebrate and support New Yorkers of every background.”

For more break-ups, check out Gawker.

Jeannie Mai Pulls Out Of Miss USA Pageant Hosting Gig

July 7th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Shortly after being called out for her decision to co-host the Miss USA pageant after Donald Trump’s recent comments about Latinos, Jeannie Mai has decided to pull out of the show.

The television personality made the announcement Monday, stating that she was unaware of the nature of Trump’s involvement in the upcoming show. Her statement reads:

To my friends & fans,

Last week I announced my heart-felt decision to support the women of Miss USA by remaining on board as a co-host. My focus was strictly on the women involved, who share the same ethics of hard work, commitment and passion for their careers and causes that I do. I have co-hosted for the last five years various Miss Universe events, and I’m grateful for the many women I’ve met and friends I’ve made along the way. I feel terrible that the women competing this year have fallen victim to current events.

Let me be clear, I condemn the recent words of Mr. Trump, and find them immensely offensive. At the time I made my decision to remain part of the Miss USA pageant, I was under the impression that Mr. Trump would no longer be involved in the production of the show in any capacity what so ever. In addition, given Mr. Trump’s ongoing antics, including his most recent episode today with the current Miss Universe, it is clear that Mr. Trump’s actions have and will continue to distract focus away from the real stars of the show – the women involved in the pageant.

Therefore, I am respectfully withdrawing from my responsibilities and commitment as co-host of Miss USA. From the beginning, I announced publicly that I was donating my compensation to a worthy charity. Although I will no longer be participating as a co-host, I still want to support the women competing in the pageant. I feel the best way to show that is to lend my support to this year’s winner of Miss USA and to make the donation I promised to her platform and charity.

Ladies, you worked so hard to get here. I am proud of who you are and wish you the best of luck Sunday evening.

The announcement comes after Mai was slammed on social media by her co-host Tamar Braxton for her previous decision to move forward with the pageant. Mai did not specify whether or not Braxton’s comments swayed her decision to pull out of the televised competition.

To my friends & fans: Last week I announced my heart-felt decision to support the women of Miss USA by remaining on board as a co-host.  My focus was strictly on the women involved, who share the same ethics of hard work, commitment and passion for their careers and causes that I do. I have co-hosted for the last five years various Miss Universe events, and I’m grateful for the many women I’ve met and friends I’ve made along the way. I feel terrible that the women competing this year have fallen victim to current events. Let me be clear, I condemn the recent words of Mr. Trump, and find them immensely offensive. At the time I made my decision to remain part of the Miss USA pageant, I was under the impression that Mr. Trump would no longer be involved in the production of the show in any capacity what so ever. In addition, given Mr. Trump's ongoing antics, including his most recent episode today with the current Miss Universe, it is clear that Mr. Trump’s actions have and will continue to distract focus away from the real stars of the show – the women involved in the pageant. Therefore, I am respectfully withdrawing from my responsibilities and commitment as co-host of Miss USA.  From the beginning, I announced publicly that I was donating my compensation to a worthy charity. Although I will no longer be participating as a co-host, I still want to support the women competing in the pageant.  I feel the best way to show that is to lend my support to this year's winner of Miss USA and to make the donation I promised to her platform and charity. Ladies, you worked so hard to get here. I am proud of who you are and wish you the best of luck Sunday evening.

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15 Times Donald Trump Was An Idiot

July 6th, 2015 - By M A
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We’ll be honest. We don’t like Donald Trump. Donald Trump embodies virtually everything that makes the world a bad place. He’s an overprivileged, self-absorbed, egotistical, biased little man whose decision to venture into politics makes us incredibly unhappy. But, at the very least, we have his constant barrage of idiotic comments to make us feel better and justify precisely why he would be a horrendous Republican candidate for president. In honor of Donald Trump’s most recent disgusting insults against Mexican immigrants, we give you 15 of his most idiotic moments. 

Reelz Will Broadcast Trump’s Miss USA Pageant

July 2nd, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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The Reelz network has agreed to broadcast the Miss USA pageant After Univision and NBCUniversal dropped out. Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants to the US prompted the change. “The Miss Universe Organization, which presents the pageant, is a joint venture between Trump and NBCUniversal,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Explaining the decision, Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said, “The decision on the part of Reelz to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition. As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere.”

The pageant has aired on NBC for the last 11 years and was set to simulcast on Univision for the first time. Trump is suing Univision for $500 million.

During the announcement about his decision to run for president, Trump said, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Macy’s, Flo Rida (who was supposed to be a musical act) and Roselyn Sanchez, who was slated to host the show, are among the many people and companies that have nixed their Trump associations over the controversial statements.

Trump Sues Univision For $500 Million, Gets Dumped By Macy’s

July 1st, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Update: Macy’s has joined NBC in dumping Trump for his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants.

Under pressure by a MoveOn.org petition to break with Donald Trump, the department store said today in a statement, “We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation… In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”

Trump responded in usual combative fashion: “Both Macy’s and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators, who are not looking out for the people they purport to represent, but only for themselves. It is people like this that are actually running our country because our leaders are weak and ineffective.”

via CNN

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Donald Trump is suing Univision for $500 million after the network cut ties with the presidential candidate over offensive comments he made about Mexican immigrants. The Miss USA pageant was scheduled to air on Univision on July 12, but the Spanish-language station has put the kibosh on that plan.

Trump says he also has intentions of suing NBCUniversal for breaking with the pageant and forcing Trump off of Celebrity Apprentice.

In an initial statement, Trump called NBC “weak” for taking action in response to Trump’s comments.

“As a consequence of their inappropriate actions, Univision and NBC have abandoned 51 wonderful young women who have come from all over the United States to pursue their dream of being crowned Miss USA,” Trump said in a statement.

Instead of airing the beauty contest, NBC will broadcast American Ninja Warrior in the three-hour slot. No other network has stepped in to take the broadcast. Variety says the pageant will now be livestreamed on MissUniverse.com/MissUSA. The contest also needs to find new hosts after Cheryl Burke and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts pulled out.

During his remarks announcing his presidential bid, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” He later expanded on the comments saying he was talking about the US’ lax immigration policy and a trade policy that puts this country at a disadvantage.

If that’s what he wanted to say, he needed to choose better words to express that, something Trump is not known for. It doesn’t look like Trump has a chance of being President of the US, but he could be in for a lesson in talking about the issues appropriately while he’s on the campaign trail.

Donald Trump Has Always Been Racist, So Why Is He Being Fired Now?

June 30th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Well, it seems that the only way a high-profile person can get away with making racist comments in America is to make them against non-Hispanic Black people.

In short, rarely does anyone get fired. In fact, some people may actually agree, cite freedom of speech or forgiveness, and rush to defend the racist from “unfair” persecution. Hell, the person may even end up making more money after saying something racist against Blacks. Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and Charlie Sheen all did. On the other hand, a high-profile person makes a racist statement about Latinos, and suddenly pink slips are flying everywhere.

This is why I am not giving NBCUniversal any praise for finally giving real estate mogul and petulant loudmouth Donald Trump his walking papers. As far as I am concerned, they should have fired the chronic race-baiter long ago.

If you haven’t heard, Trump made these derogatory statements about Hispanics and undocumented immigrants during an announcement for his presidential run:

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him to clarify his statements, Trump doubled down and said:

“I like Mexico. I love the Mexican people. I do business with the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over. And they’re bad. They’re really bad. You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country.”

In a statement released on its website, NBCUniversal announced that they were parting ways with Trump:

At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC. “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.

Well, isn’t that very nearsighted of them…

Don’t get me wrong: I am glad they fired him. His comments about Hispanics were despicable. But Trump, who stars in his ego-driven reality show The Apprentice, which recently finished its 14th season, has been making racist comments for years now. It’s just that his targets have mostly been Black people. So where was NBCUniversal’s concern about dignity and all that jazz then?

In particular, where were they in 2011 when the Donald basically accused President Obama in an interview of being an affirmative action baby who wasn’t qualified to be admitted into any of the Ivy League schools he graduated from? Or the time in 2012 when Trump played birther and offered up $5 million to anyone who could prove that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States?

And granted, NBCUniversal wasn’t airing any of Trump’s shenanigans back in 1989 when he took out full-page advertisements in four New York newspapers calling for the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully accused and convicted of beating and raping a jogger, to be put to death. But NBCUniversal was airing his shows last year when Trump wrote an editorial for the New York Daily News calling the city of New York’s settlement for wrongful imprisonment of the innocent men a disgrace. He said that “Settling doesn’t mean innocence,” and doubled down on the idea that the men were guilty despite being exonerated for the crime.

That editorial came a year after Trump went on an inflammatory and flat-out racist rant on Twitter against “the Blacks” for allegedly causing all of the crime in New York. As reported by Urban Daily, Trump tweeted:

“According to Bill O’Reilly, 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks-if you add Hispanics, that figure goes to 98%. 1% white. Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed. When it comes to violent crime, and if we are going to solve the problem, we must stop being so politically correct-must tell it like it is!”

Or how about last year when Trump went on Twitter again and blasted the show Black-ish, which is loosely based on show producer Kenya Barris’ upper-middle class life in predominately suburban white America, for being racist. And I quote: “How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled ‘Blackish’? Can you imagine the furor of a show, “Whiteish”! Racism at highest level?”

But why would a network air a show called Whiteish when we can just tune into NBCUniversal during any part of the channel’s broadcasts?

Stil, NBCUniversal had no problem continuing its relationship with Trump even as he continued his baseless attacks on Black people. Like last year when he blamed the Ebola outbreak on President Obama and suggested that the United States needed to ban West Africans from coming into the country. And they stood by him earlier this year when he took to Twitter to blast President Obama – again – over the Baltimore riots. He said, in part,”Our great African-American president hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

It would seem that Trump has never really lived up to NBCUniversal’s alleged commitment to respect and dignity for all people. And yet, through all of his dog whistling and direct attacks against Blacks, Trump and his toupee still got to keep their jobs. Perhaps NBCUniversal didn’t want to further upset one of America’s fastest growing minority groups? Or perhaps hating on Black people is just not that important to them? But you have to wonder, what really took so long?

You’re Fired! NBC Cuts Ties With Donald Trump

June 29th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Donald Trump’s big fat mouth has cost him yet another business relationship. Monday, NBC announced that they have severed ties with the 69-year-old mogul.

At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group, and that relationship will continue.

The decision comes on the heels of a racist speech delivered by Trump following his presidential candidacy announcement.

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” Trump declared. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you… They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

He went on to make a bizarre promise regarding the building of “Great Wall” at the Mexican-American border that will supposedly be funded by Mexico. As to be expected, his off-the-wall comments were met with much criticism. Shortly after the incident, Univision decided to drop Trump’s Miss USA pageant and Roselyn Sanchez stepped down as a co-host of the competition. A petition urging NBC to end their relationship with Trump attracted over 200,000 signatures.

Clown.

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Roselyn Sanchez Steps Down As MISS USA Co-Host After Donald Trump’s Immigrant Comments

June 27th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Oh Donald, please stop talking.

Roselyn Sanchez has stepped down from her position as co-host of the MISS USA competition after Donald Trump’s latest antics. According to E News,

Sanchez took to Facebook to address bowing out of the pageant in Spanish, which loosely translates to, “As a Latina, proud of my roots, culture and all that we have contributed to this nation, I decided to cancel my participation as cohost the Miss USA pageant. Not tolerate the so disrespectful and hurtful words out of the mouthof Mr. Trump.

“It seems incredible that in his speech to announce his candidacy, has had that lapse of intelligence and decency. Mexicans, like all Latinos, contribute positively to this great nation. We are the force that keeps the country afloat. I was very excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as co-host of this great event in which many Latinas have shown, but more excited I have loyalty to my people.Enough of racism and influential” people belittling us. Univision, thanks for having me and for honoring your audience and cutting relationship with everything that has to do with Trump.

Sanchez was, of course, referring to Trump’s comments in his June 16 presidential-bid speech, where he said, “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people […] It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably—probably—from the Middle East.”

Sanchez isn’t the only one jumping ship. Her co-host Cristian De La Fuente and Univision have also pulled out. Someone please tell Mr. Trump to stop talking. Thanks!