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Rihanna has 11 #1 singles on the Hot 100, and now the Bajan superstar can officially add actress to her resume. Riri just made her silver screen debut in the sci-fi thriller, Battleship, and while folks were hoping the #RihannaNavy would make this movie #1 at the box office, it was pretty much an expensive flop. But she’s not the first singer to step outside her comfort zone to act and not have the best results. And at the same time, there have been many singer-turned-actors who’ve had major success on-screen. They’ve solidified the obvious: in this economy, two jobs are better than one. Let’s take a look at some other musicians who decided two lanes were better than staying in one.
Jada Pinkett Smith has released the first episode of her new webseries, “Red Table Talks.” The series follows an open and honest discussion between Willow, Jada and Jada’s mother, Adrienne Banfield Jones. Jada hope that other families are encouraged to participate in similar dialogues with their own family members.
In the first episode the ladies talk about what it means to be a good mother, the guilt Adrienne feels for her drug use and not being the best mother to Jada and Willow’s regrets over being famous.
Check out this very honest video below:
Do you have conversations like this with your family members? Are there issues you’d like to discuss but can’t find a way to break the ice?
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By Desire Thompson
Like the late Christopher Wallace once said: “More money, more problems.” However, he never said that with more money, your head has to get bigger and egos will spin out of control. Everyone’s favorite celeb psychiatrist, Dr. Drew Pinsky, studied over 200 celebs in 2006 using the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, which studies narcissistic tendencies. The study rates people on a 1 to 40 scale, with 40 being “extremely narcissistic.” On average, celebs scored a not-so-surprising 17.84, which is higher than the general public. While all of this may be obvious news to some, it isn’t to all. Celebs want to keep their names out there, so just know that with every Twit pic, status post and club appearance they do it isn’t for the fans…it’s for themselves. Take a look at some celebs that have let their egos get bigger than their paychecks.
The R&B singer/songwriter hit the scene in 2008 with her song “Energy,” and eventually received a great deal of mainstream appeal with her hit, “Turnin Me On.” While she was finally beginning to be known for her own music rather than the songs she penned for Ciara, Beyonce and other R&B divas, she decided to take jabs at all of those individuals in 2009 on the remix for “Turnin Me On.” Lines included things like, “Go head tell these folks how long I been writing your songs… I been putting you on… check the credits hoe!” When confronted about her comments she simply reversed all of her words, but continued to talk smack about other singers (who can forget when she refused to pose with a magazine that Bey was on the cover of?). But hey, as long as you don’t hate her cause she’s beautiful…
Here’s the thing: almost everyone knows at least ONE “gold digger” who is only interested in chasing the next dollar. I certainly don’t like the idea of gold digging but as I get older, I find myself questioning whether or not it is really “wrong” to go for what you know. The people on the following pages have all been considered gold diggers whether it be because they’re trying to pocket some dollars of their significant others, trying to find their own fame, restore their image…or for any other reason you can think of. What do you think? Is it wrong to date someone with money (or power or fame) just so your star can shine a little brighter?
Humor me. Have you ever wanted to live the life of a celebrity’s significant other? Come on, be honest! I mean, I’ve imagined what it would be like to date Lamman Rucker (you just can’t deny that kind of fine) in my head, and the perks seem pretty amazing. Well, if you’re really serious about it, your best bet is to find the man when he’s in his humble beginnings and on the come up and stick with him for better or worse in the hope that he blows up like these men did. Check out their ride or die ladies.
Word on the street is that 29-year-old Kaela Humphries, sister to New Jersey Nets star (and Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband) Kris Humphries, just signed a deal with Ford Models. Kaela has done some modeling work in the past, but signing with Ford is huge. In any event, it’s kind of safe to say that with her brother’s name out there (whether in a positive or negative way, it’s still out there), that probably helped her get her foot in the door with Ford. If so, Kaela wouldn’t be the first celebrity to use his/her sibling’s notoriety as a platform to get their own names out there, only to end up creating their own lane and doing their own thing. Janet Jackson just might be the poster child for gaining celebrity off a name, but creating her own massive following and success. But check these other folks out who attained similar success…and of course, those who didn’t.
Who could forget the Smart Guy? The younger brother of Tia and Tamera Mowry, you could catch Tahj stealing screen time from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on Full House way back in the day. And while his older sisters were busy taking over television with their show, Sister, Sister, he one-upped them by getting his own TV series, Smart Guy. The show only aired for two years, but in that short time, Mowry became pretty big (and pretty freaking adorable). That was 1999 though, and nowadays, he looks…not as adorable, but still decent. Last time I checked he was doing cameos on The Game with Tia, trying to get a music career off the ground, and this year, he’s allegedly supposed to be working on a film called, Baby Daddy…well, alrighty then.
It was the mid 90’s and life was good. TGIF was in full effect on the ABC network, instead of Facebook, AOL instant messenger and chat rooms connected you more to complete strangers than friends and no one could tell me that I wasn’t going to marry Marques Houston, the lead singer of the popular boy band Immature who would later be known as IMX. At the most intense point of my fandom, you could find my walls literally wall-papered in posters of glistening boy pecs and the single “I Don’t Mind” from their first LP blasting faithfully from my room every morning before school. Whether it was Jodeci, Hi-Five, Shai, N’Sync, Boys II Men or Backstreet Boys we all had boy band or pop star crushes that captured our hearts, and lifted them up only to send them crashing. Don’t let your favorite one, whether it be the “The Quiet One” or “The Dangerous One” be pictured with the next hot, new starlet and suddenly you felt that you were in an emotional rollercoaster with someone you’d probably never meet.
Now in a time of Twitter and Tumblr, fans of today have one thing that the teen version of me didn’t: What seems to be a direct connection to the celebrities they either would love to be or love to be with. And more and more the fame monster is preying on the prepubescent, making the obsession with lifestyles of the rich and famous dangerously delusional.
We’ve got the Beliebers, Justin Bieber’s personal disciples who spread the written gospel of “Baby” and “Never Say Never.” Then there’s the Rihanna Navy who make sure everyone gets drenched in Rihanna’s reign of girl power and stand as the ultimate FU to demure unfashionable females everywhere. Chris Brown’s Team Breezy held it down for the boy through all of his ups and downs. Trey’s Angels make sure ladies everywhere can show their appreciation for the chisel chested Songz for a mere $30.00 a year membership fee. And if Drake should be proud of anyone it should be Team Drizzy for following him across the globe and making sure a fan book is always there waiting for him.
For the longest time I didn’t even know what Amber Rose’s speaking voice sounded like. After all, she was just arm candy. The pretty, bald girl on Kanye’s arm. Once they broke up I thought that it would be the end of her red carpet appearances. But I was so wrong. Amber suddenly started making moves and by then she had a lot to say. About everything. From her ex, Kanye, to her new love Wiz and her acting and singing aspirations.
So here we have it. Her new single entitled “Fame.” I can’t say I’m truly surprised. I’m actually a little glad that Amber is contributing something to the world. Naturally, the track features her boyfriend Wiz. As far as the quality goes… it’s nothing that’s going to blow your mind but I’ve certainly heard and expected worse.
Check it out below.
Is it just me or does anyone else think this sounds just like Justin Bieber?
So what do you think? Was it as bad as you expected? Do you actually like it? Let us know in the comment’s section.
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The game has changed; and according to about 99% of the people who are sick of basketball wives’ antics, the change is not for the better.
Tanya Young, ex-wife of New Jersey Nets player Jayson Williams, recently talked to the Daily Beast about the difference between dating an athlete now and when she first met her ex in the 90s.
“When I met and married Jayson 20 years ago, the wives and girlfriends received no attention at all. No one cared who they were married to or who they were dating.
“No one noticed you, but today all you have to do is go on two dates with an NBA player and you’re a star, too. It’s a strange new world, and these young girls get very caught up in the fame more than anything.”
I just had a vision of a young Jackie Christie if things were the way they are today when she met Doug. Can you imagine that?
Tanya says even women who marry players for love have no idea how difficult it is being with someone who’s admired by so many as she talked about sleeping with a knife under her pillow before her husband was eventually sent to jail for killing a limo driver in 2002.
For a lot of women, it seems the shoes and handbags outweigh the negatives of having a professional athlete for a husband, Tanya says.
“young girls today that marry these guys won’t listen to anyone. I’ve tried to pass on what I know, but these young girls pay you no mind.”
Well the men better start paying Kobe some mind and make sure they don’t get caught up without a pre-nup.
Do you think athlete’s wives should go back to being seen and not heard?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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Last night, while watching TV, I heard a newscaster say something to the effect of “Katie Holmes will talk about Suri’s breakdown” when we return. My mom and I gave each other “the look” almost instantly. Breakdown? The girl is 5.
Turns out what Suri really had was a temper tantrum in a toy store in New York City—the kind of thing every 5-year-old does in a toy store, whether it’s KB Toys or FAO Schwartz. In the midst of my search for what all the fuss surrounding Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s daughter was about, I came across a slideshow of the most influential celebrity kids. The Daily Beast ranked more than 70 celebrity children under the age of 6 according to their press and online media mentions in the last year and then asked E-Poll Market Research to measure the relative appeal of children who ranked among the Top 20 in terms of media power.
What kind of power could someone who can barely read, write, or talk have? According to the Daily Beast, “these kids have marketable and measurable influence. They spur clothing sales with what they wear, they sell magazines with their cute faces, and they prop up their parents’ popularity by giving them a human identity far from the glamorous silver and small screen personas.” And what does the site decide to do with that influence? Give the kids a huge dose of unearned fame and unnecessary critiquing.
Next to the names of the top 20 children which include Halle Berrys’ daughter, Nahla; Jennifer Lopez’s twins—with Emma coming in at no. 17 and Max at no. 4; and two members of the Jolie-Pitt clan, is an e-score rank, media rank, and Google rank showing how much influence the child has in each category. All I could think is why is this necessary?
Luckily, these children are too young to know they’re being examined in this way and picked apart for their marketability and influence, but it won’t be long before they become aware and the competitiveness amongst famous siblings grows along with these kids’ hunger for more attention or a recluse from the scrutiny.
I had similar feelings when I came across articles about Zahara Jolie Pitt’s hair extensions this week. Since the articles didn’t take the “why are you putting weave in a 6-year-old’s head” approach, the fact that a young black child was wearing her hair in braids is hardly new and hardly news. Isn’t there an adult celebrity just waiting to be picked on while these people tirelessly comb over how she’s wearing her hair this week?
While there are some celebrity parents who are guilty of drawing the paparazzi’s attention to themselves and their children, the media needs to be weary of the monsters they are creating. Do Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian ring a bell to anyone? The famous for being famous epidemic has gotten out of control and when you start following every insignificant moment of these kids’ lives, they’re being stripped of any sense of normalcy and hyped up to rest on their name as their sole claims to fame for the rest of their lives.
It’s one thing to mention what a kid is doing, it’s another to essentially rank them by how important they are at the age of 6. It sets them up to be critiqued for the rest of their lives—creating either a huge sense of entitlement or an unfair deflated sense of self. It’s almost understandable why Michael Jackson had his kids walk around in masks–almost.
Instead of creating media stories out of nothing, why not sit and wait until these kids do something worth talking about on their own? Celebrity kids never disappoint when it comes to their actions, but let them be of an appropriate age before all the ranking and critiquing starts. They’ve done nothing to warrant it but be born.
Do you think the media has gotten out of hand in their coverage of celebrity’s children? Do you think it will have a bad influence on these children down the line?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.