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Are Drake And Other Men Still Intimidated By Financially Independent Women?

October 3rd, 2016 - By Ann Brown
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It seems Drake is going to be diversifying his business ventures. The Hip-Hop star announced he is opening a gentlemen’s club of sorts. But as writer Amy Zimmerman noted in a recent article for The Daily Beast entitled “Drake’s New Strip Club and His Love and Fear of Working Women,” the new venture is basically a strip club. Drake, however, doesn’t want to call it such. According to Zimmerman, Drake not only has a problem with using the term strip club, he doesn’t like to call strippers “strippers” either, signifying to her he might just have a problem with professional, financially independent women–especially those who take their clothes off and dance for men.

But Drake shouldn’t be ashamed. Strip clubs are mega money makers. Annual revenue for the U.S. strip club industry is $3.1 billion, according to Statistic Brain. And strippers earn an average of $125,000 annually. There are some 400,000 strippers currently employed by 4,000 or so U.S. strip clubs.

According to these numbers, a good stripper can pull in enough money to take care of herself and then some. And, wrote Zimmerman, this is where Drake seems to falter. Instead of big upping the independence of professional women–and strippers are professional women too — Drake wants to “save” them. “Drake is also obsessed with saving women, buying them things, and footing their tuition bills. Given his fetish for raising up fallen women, it was only a matter of time before he opened the world’s most chivalrous strip club,” wrote Zimmerman. She added,” Of course, the greatest irony of Drake’s ill-informed savior complex is that he’s not really the baller he thinks he is. Basically, Drake has relationship dysmorphia—he sees himself as an alpha male, but consistently plays the role of stay-at-home hubby.”

Drake is not the only male with such leanings. In fact, “alpha males”–even alpha male wannabes–tend to want to be the “provider” and are intimidated by successful women. Even though by 2025 more than half of the primary breadwinners in the United States will be women, men still can’t seem to handle this fact. “Lifestyle magazines and romantic comedies also often paint power in women as threatening, especially when it comes to love. Female success scares men away, they taunt. It’s intimidating, abnormal and unattractive. But if you just have to earn more than him, do let him drive and don’t talk about work. How generous,” penned Jenna Goudreau in “Why Successful Women Terrify Us” for Forbes.

In her article, Zimmerman theorizes that perhaps Drake has a “love and fear of working women,” when examining not only his “romance” with Rihanna but his confusing admiration of strippers in his songs. But is Drake like many men? Are these the type of men successful women want? Are successful strippers ashamed of their game?

Be it a stripper or a corporate CEO, women tend to relish in their career independence. We like being able to buy our own goodies and if a man wants to throw in something extra, so be it. Still men–young and old–can’t always mentally accept this setup. “When they meet a woman who put herself through college, makes her own money, pays her own bills, and smashes her own random apartment spiders, they sometimes take it the wrong way and feel emasculated. In reality, they should be glad if we want their company, because it’s truly a matter of wanting him around rather than needing a favor from him,” reported The Bolde.

Do you think most men, Drake included, are still intimidated by strong, financially independent women?

New Study Claims Women Prefer To Be In Long-Term Relationships With Bearded Men

September 28th, 2016 - By madamenoire
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From HelloBeautiful

The rise of the bearded man has become quite a phenomenon these last couple of years. With parties like Must Love Beards becoming increasingly popular and tons of online galleries dedicated to the scruff look, it makes you wonder, where did it all begin?

Perhaps it started when we all witnessed Drake grow some fur on his face. Or maybe it’s because of the burst of interest in seasoned men, with internet sensations like “Mr. Steal Your Grandma“ spreading across the web.

But there seems to be more to the beard craze beyond internet fads. According to the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, men with full beards are viewed as being more attractive for long-term relationships.

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10 Artists You Need To See In Concert Before 2016 Comes To A Close

September 8th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Image: WENN

Summer might soon be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Concerts are still in full effect. Lucky for you, there’s still time to see some of your favorite artists live and in the flesh as they continue to bring fans the music they’ve been longing to hear and experience in person. Beyoncé has been on her “Formation” World Tour, arguably the most anticipated – and also one of the highest grossing – concerts of 2016. No surprise there from the slay maven. But plenty of other artists in numerous genres are doing their thang on stage, and waiting to see you cheer them on in the crowd. Maybe you’ll catch one or some of them when they come to your city. Peep the artists and concerts you need to see before the year comes to an end.

#AubRih: Rihanna Finally Kisses Drake After Curving Him At The VMAs

September 1st, 2016 - By madamenoire
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From HelloBeautiful

After the swerve of the century, fans have been wondering if Drake and Rihanna are really dating, or if this is some elongated publicity stunt.

We previously reported the love-struck rapper professed his adoration to RiRi on stage at the MTV VMAs while she received her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. He went in for a smooch, and Rihanna gave him the cheek.


But it looks like the Bajan beauty is getting a little more comfy with her potential romance, as she casually smooches Drake on stage in Miami:

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10 Highlights From Rihanna’s MTV VMA Performances

August 29th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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The 2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient, @rihanna 💫

— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016

Last night during the MTV Video Music Awards, Rihanna, under-30 icon and queen of damn near everything (hey – we haven’t forgotten about Beyoncé), received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Given each year to an artist who has had a profound impact on pop culture, Rihanna is only the 9th solo artist to receive the coveted award since it was renamed in Michael Jackson’s honor back in 1991. In addition to receiving the special award, Ri Ri opened the show – the first of several performances she had throughout the night. And to top things off, the Vanguard Award was presented to Rihanna by none other than Drake, who made a not-so-surprising confession while introducing his favorite bad gyal, Ri Ri (and let’s not forget the billboard he signed off on days before the award show). A night full of great fashion, great moments and great performances, particularly for Black women, we’ve got the best of Rihanna from the 2016 VMAs. Click on to read all about ‘em.

#RelationshipGoals: Modern Lovers Coloring Book Lets You Color Your Fave Celeb Couples

August 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I live for a good coloring book. And as we’ve discussed around these parts, you should invest in one since adult coloring books help alleviate stress. If you’re still on the lookout and just so happen to be a hopeless romantic, I have the perfect option for you: Modern Lovers: The Relationship Goals Coloring Book. 

Brought to you by Belly Kids, the book pays homage to some of the celebrity couples people can’t seem to get enough of. The curator of the coloring book, Michael Coley, told Mashable that the artists behind each of the illustrations wanted to create “a picture of love gone right.”

“We’ve come together to create something fun, cute, a little bit dorky but immensely positive and warming.”

The book includes the likes of Bey and Jay (drawn by Elena Boils), Kim and Kanye, and though she’s never claimed him publicly, Rihanna and Drake. Fictional couples even get some love, including Mulder and Scully from The X-Files and Jon Snow and Ygritte from Game of Thrones.

With the right set of colored pencils, a pencil sharpener on deck, and a glass of wine, this coloring book seems like it will give you quite a bit of entertainment — and of course, all the relationship goals. It can be yours for just $9.

Serena Williams Spills Tea On Drake, Beyoncé And Rihanna In Vogue’s Latest 73 Questions

July 28th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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I don’t know about you, but we here at MadameNoire live for Vogue’s epic video series, “73 Questions.” Instead of the standard interview style, “73 Questions” allows the interviewer to ask their subject a series of random questions as they walk around a specific setting, which usually leads to very interesting answers. In the magazine’s latest video, Serena Williams served up some tea-worthy responses about her love life, career and personal interests that left us gagging for more.

For example, in the highlights below, Williams talked about the one thing she’s not good at, whose closet she would raid, and how she defines love.

If She Had To Raid Someone’s Closet:

“Definitely Mariah Carey! She has some amazing shoes.”

If She Had To Give Anyone a Tennis Lesson:

“Emma Stone.”

Her Hidden Talent:

“An amazing cartwheel.”

What Is Love to Her:

“Love is magical and you may only experience it once in a lifetime.”

The Thing She’s Terrible At:


Find out what the most romantic thing a guy has done for Williams and what she had to say about Drake, Rihanna, and her homegirl Yoncé, in the video below.

9 Times Celebs Publicly Crushed On Fellow Stars

May 11th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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We’ve all had a celebrity crush or two (or three or four) at some point in our lives.  That actor whose movies we HAVE to see just because they’re in them.  Heck, we’d pay to watch them read the dictionary from A to Z.  How about that singer whose silky-smooth voice can melt our hearts with a single note?  Needless to say, most of us will never meet our celebrity crushes, let alone have our fantasies about them come to life.  But there’s one special group of people for whom celebrity crushes just might turn into real-life romance: actual celebrities.  Stars meet each other at parties and award shows all the time.  One celebrity’s people call another celebrity’s people to make meetings, deals and hookups happen all the time.  It’s a pretty common occurrence that reveals one of the many perks of being a famous person: (instant) access.  Despite that, none of the following celebrity-on-celebrity crushes have resulted in coupling.  Not yet, anyway.

If Meek Mill Goes To Jail, Should Nicki Minaj Wait For Him?

December 18th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If Meek Mill Goes To Jail, Should Nicki Minaj Wait For Him?

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2015 hasn’t been the best year for Meek Mill. In addition to embarrassing himself by calling out Drake and then releasing that terrible diss record, he also had to appear in court to determine whether or not he violated his probation by traveling out of the country.

Last week, we reported Meek’s girlfriend, Nicki Minaj testified on his behalf saying that he might be “irresponsible” but is growing up and working on becoming “a quote-unquote adult.”

Way to sell Nick!

According to TMZ, the 28-year-old rapper himself took the stand yesterday. He spoke for more than an hour pleading his case before the judge.

He got emotional as he recalled not being able to see his mother in New Jersey after she had surgery.

Meek made it a point to apologize to the district attorney for calling her a “b-tch” in his song “The Ride.” This same district attorney is the one who said Mill submitted a urine sample for drug testing that didn’t belong to him.

Things got even more emotional when he addressed the judge directly.

“I’m not a gangsta. I’m not a criminal. I have my queen Nicki now. I’m trying to do better and feel like I can be the best rapper out there.”

But the judge wasn’t here for it. She ruled that he was in technical violation of his probation, meaning he will likely serve some more jail time. But she didn’t issue his punishment yet. Sentencing is set for February. Until that time, Meek cannot leave the 5 county area around Philadelphia.

As you might imagine, this is quite a bit for a very new, very public relationship.

While Minaj has the means to visit Philadelphia often, she is also a very busy woman whose schedule may not permit frequent trips to visit her boyfriend.

Furthermore, if he does end up serving jail time, things become even more complicated. Does she wait for him, hold him down? Does she remain monogamous while he’s away?

I don’t know or even understand what Meek and Nicki are doing these days. I can’t put my finger on them. But her statements in his defense don’t seem all that glowing. I would think that if your man’s freedom was at stake, you wouldn’t even allude to the fact of him being irresponsible.

But perhaps the evidence is too damning to deny on the witness stand. I’m sure the last thing she wants to do is perjure himself.

If I were in Nicki’s situation, I would at least have to consider a few things at this point. It’s not like Meek is a young 20 still making those “growing pain” mistakes. He’s a 28-year-old man who let his “beef” (read jealousy) of Drake dismantle all the work he’d put into building what looked like a very promising rap career and compromise his freedom.

And I’m not exaggerating. One of the reason’s Meek is in court is because he left the country, to perform in Canada, for Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint Tour. Now, most people on probation know the terms of it- whether they decide to follow them or not. I believe Meek knew going to Canada was a violation but he was more concerned about showing fans and the Hip Hop community at large that he wasn’t scared to perform in Drake’s old stomping grounds. And now, as a result of that decision he’s jeopardized his freedom. Maybe Nicki’s not one to be in her man’s legal business but I do wonder if she knew that he would be in violation of his probation by leaving the country. And if she did, did she try to suggest that he hang back for this show?

Y’all I hate that another Black man might have to enter the penal system over a technicality but I also wonder how a man who knows what it’s like to be incarcerated, away from his mother, children and his dream, could put himself in a position to be right back in that same predicament. And for what? A beef everyone unanimously agrees you lost anyway.

Lord have His mercy.

Nicki Minaj has said that she wants to be married with children. Now, that her relationship with Meek has come to this crossroad, she really needs to ask herself if she can see herself doing that with a man who, at 28, is still working toward becoming an adult.

Lost A Few Pounds In My Waist For Ya: Celebrity Men Who’ve Transformed Their Looks

December 7th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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These celebrity men have been working it out and tightening it up. Now they want to know, are they on your radar yet?