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You leave a quiet city for the one that never sleeps; sleep still is in your eyes from all your big NYC dreams. You make this move with just a little over a thousand dollars in your savings account and a newly acquired Camp Counselor position at the YMCA. You’re broke, but content; and you save a bit of money while you crash on a creaky futon in the spare room at your friend’s place. That spare room becomes your bedroom. You pay rent. Not before long, you are working at a different job, one that pays slightly better. It’s an improvement, but months at that job prove difficult for a number of reasons. Dissatisfied with the job, you make the potentially regrettable decision to quit, perhaps to find something better aligned with your personal career goals. Meanwhile, you’re unemployed now, so what do you do?
Well, hopefully you don’t begin this phase by speaking in the second person (like I just did), attempting to generalize a potentially dangerous decision, hoping that others will see the rationale behind it. The situation isn’t unique in itself, there being several ways to find oneself out of work (i.e. quitting, resigning, and termination–being fired or laid off). No matter if you made this decision or if it was made for you, being unemployed can feel like a precarious place to be in, particularly if you have a great deal of responsibilities. So what’s next?
Now is the time to take stock and prioritize, and consider finances. Look at money, identify essentials and determine if being out of work means that you’ll be out on the street soon, or if you have time to coast for a bit. I ask myself the key questions: Do I have any other sources of income? Do I have anything that I could sell to keep myself afloat? Can I pick up some freelance work? Should I check Craigslist or Task Rabbit to get a little spare cash? Should I borrow money from a good friend or a parent? Should I take to the streets, like so many in this city, and dance, rap, preach, beg or sing for ducats? The latter is just a joke actually. In the end, I know that if I have money saved to cover at least two to four months of rent, I have a little wiggle room.
When finances are not the immediate concern, there are only two other things that are important: that I don’t get down on myself and that I get productive. For me, time away from a job means time to write, draw, plan, craft and create. It means time to organize, put things into perspective and search for what I really want–whatever that might mean or be. It means time to search, communicate, network and to keep busy. The last time that I was without work, I wrote half of a novel. It was 30,000 words about a starlet who found herself back in her hometown and under dire circumstances. I also volunteered at a multicultural art gallery and wrote articles for a music magazine. I attempted, at the very least, to be productive. Though, the good Lord knows that I wasn’t always this way. There were times between jobs that I wasted hours sulking, crying, desiring a new job but avoiding the process that it took to get one because I didn’t feel confident, and I would spend a lot of that valuable time playing Angry Birds and eating Cheetos. I learned, and I’m still learning, that not working does not mean that I can’t constantly work toward my goals. If you’re a creative type, use this time to build your portfolio, and if you aren’t, then use this time to expand your horizons. Sweating about not working can keep you from using your time wisely and finding the right job, particularly if you’re exhausting yourself with tireless searches, if you’re actively pursing jobs that you have no interest in, and if you’re going into your interviews with a look of desperation. Remember, you need a job, but you need a job where they also need someone like you. Take a deep breath, keep a level head, and know that the blessing meant for your will come soon enough.
Shea Allen, a local reporter in Huntsville, Alabama, may have thought she was being fiery and whimsical when she published a 10-point reflection, aptly titled Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter, on her personal blog. But her employer, ABC affiliate WAAY-TV, wasn’t amused and instead made a confession of their own: You’re Fired!
So what did she say that lead to her getting her walking papers? Well before I share, let’s see if you can spot the terminable offense:
1. I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.
2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.
3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.
4. I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am.
5. I hate the right side of my face.
6. I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.
7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.
8. I’ve taken naps in the news car.
9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.
10. I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)
If you guessed her irrational and highly offensive fear of old people (number 6) or coping to a federal crime (number 10), you would be wrong. Actually we don’t know for sure as the news station, who terminated Allen three days after the post was published, did so “without cause,” which we all know means, we don’t have to tell you -ish. But what we do know is that Allen believes that her firing had a lot to do with admittedly to going bra-less on the air. That’s right, despite other sources, who confirmed to Gawker that Allen was on her third offense with the news stations, including a 2012 arrest for an unspecified warrant and three-day suspension from the station for running a news package “that contained profanity and racial slurs,” Allen is convinced that it was her top-half commando, which did her in.
Listen I feel her because I too hate bras. I hate the padding; I hate the itchy lace; I hate the straps that dig in or are always too loose to be useful; I hate how the really good ones cost so damn much and most importantly I hate the under wire, which by the way had to be invented by a sadomasochist because who else would think it was a good idea to place a metal rod into fabric lining? Most days, I can’t wait to come home and slip that bad boy out through the sleeve of my shirt and toss it into the other pile of chest torture devices.
I also believe that they are the most useless articles of clothing ever created since the fifth pocket inside of the pocket on a pair of jeans. And in case you are still holding on to the clever manipulation of Mad Men, who convinced you of some medical significance to bra-wearing, a French study has already debunked that myth, concluding that not only do bras not offer support but they may also cause saggy breasts nor do they help with back pain. Matter of fact, the study, which followed women for 15 years, suggested that those, who did not wear bras had firmer breast and were likely to see a 7 millimeter lift as measured from their nipples each year. So yeah, those who are daring enough to buck social trend and go bra-less deserve a promotion and an award for being a bad A$$ woman.
But despite Allen’s insistence, I just don’t buy for one second that’s being a bra-less renegade is why she was fired. Call me jaded but I think trying to conflate what was obviously a long, laundry list of other reasons to get fired with some sort of feminist cause of concern is kind of tacky too. Either that or this is just the case of a painfully unaware white woman on the planet. In either instance, I’m not crying for her, Argentina. After all she is a pretty, young, white woman with a knack for attention-seeking. In short, she’ll be alright.
When will celebrities learn that once they sign on the dotted line for an endorsement deal, they have to walk a fine line and stay out of trouble? These stars found out the hard way, how their personal lives could negatively affect their bank accounts.
A few weeks ago Paula Deen found herself in a public relations nightmare after the transcript of her deposition in a racial and sexual harassment lawsuit leaked. When asked if she’s ever used the “N-word,” the Queen of Butter replied, “Yes, of course.” Although Deen tried her best to deny she was a racist, she was vilified in the media. As the story grew, one endorsement deal after another fell by the waist side. The Food Network opted not to renew Deen’s contract. Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Smithfield all abandoned ship. Once the second highest paid celebrity chef, it is estimated that Deen’s slip of the tongue could cost her as much as $12.5 million in earnings when the dust finally settles.
We wondered if this day would come and it looks like it is finally here. According to Talking Points’ National Affairs Reporter Hunter Walker, Paula Deen has been given the axe following the eruption of her racial scandal earlier this week. Walker broke the news on Twitter, saying:
RT @hunterw Statement from Food Network spokesman:Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month
— MadameNoire (@MadameNoire) June 21, 2013
Earlier this week, the National Enquirer blew the lid off of a $1.2 million lawsuit alleging the chef had used the n-word numerous times, habitually made racial jokes, and treated her black workers as slaves. Initially the Food Network said they would monitor the situation, but now they’ve decided to take action and fire southern favorite from their station. Good move!
Check out her irrelevant (second) apology below.
Is K. Foxx Peacing Out? Rumor Has It Hot 97 Might Be Replacing Her With A More Interesting ‘The Gossip Game’ Co-Star
Radio personality K.Foxx might be out of a job as conflicting reports say that she was allegedly fired from or quit Hot97′s morning show this week. K.Foxx is also a co-star on the newer reality show ‘The Gossip Game’ which follows seven women and chronicles the ups and downs and ins and outs of entertainment journalism/gossip. Though the show was meant to highlight all things good and progressive, it seems that it has become one of many reality shows to showcase mostly the drama among women of color.
“I can’t believe this. And yet, I can. In what seems like an endless soap opera, K-Foxx of the Hot97 morning show has been unceremoniously fired. I am not fully aware of the circumstances surrounding the termination, but is ON! Now, we saw on “The Gossip Game,” the reality show she starred on, that she at times clashed with E-Bro, her boss AND co-host. What the hell just happened? On top of that, I am hearing that one of her co-stars on “The Gossip Game” may be her replacement!…”
However, in an updated post, Bossip reported:
Update: We spoke to an insider at HOT97 who tells us that K. Foxx has not been fired, but confirmed she plans to leave the show. More details coming soon!
Though we can’t speak to the credibility of the inside source, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched that K.Foxx would leave Hot 97. It’s been no secret that K.Foxx has had a little trouble here and there at the station, being the only female on the morning show. And honestly, I’m not sure she adds much to the show anyway. So, perhaps if/when she leaves she can move forward to something that suits her better.
Both Ebro and Rosenberg, two more radio personalities on the Hot97 morning show tweeted that they would never hire someone from the cast of The Gossip Game, to which ‘The Gossip Game’ co-star, JasFly replied, offended. Oop! Or maybe she’s the replacement?
We wonder how this is going to play out… But at the end of the day we wish K.Foxx the best.
A North Carolina woman is planning to bring legal action against a former employer after she was reportedly let go for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Venita Short told ABC news she was fired from the New Life Baptist Daycare and Preschool in Fayetteville after she told the staff she was expecting and was immediately questioned about her plans to get married.
Short said she told the church administrator who inquired about her long term plan, ”I plan to get married one day, but not because I’m pregnant.”
It was at that point that the administrator told Short the daycare committee would have to determine if she could work at the facility or not, and the obvious ending was that she could not. What makes the firing even more baffling to Short is the fact that before she was fired, she took care of several children of single parents at the church. And what’s more, even though she had worked at the church for just a year-and-a-half, she had already received at least three pay raises based on her positive reviews.
With the Pastor of the New Life Baptist Church, Ed Wilson, neglecting to return calls to ABC 11, there has yet to be any formal explanation on Short’s firing, other than the one she told the news station:
“They told me I was fired because I am pregnant and I am not married.”
Short said she is currently in the process of hiring an attorney to take the matter to court. Do you think she has a case? What do you think about unwed mothers working in Christian centers being fired for the message they’re assumed to be sending?
It seems most fans of the reality show “R&B Divas” aren’t necessarily fans of one diva in particular, Nicci Gilbert, but her comments in a recent interview with The Jasmine Brand may change your opinion of her just a bit.
The site talked with the executive producer of the TV One show and asked her about her power as the EP, and when they asked whether she would ever use her position to get anyone kicked off the show — like her arch enemy Syleena Johnson, she said absolutely not.
“First of all, I would never exercise that authority,” Nicci said. “Never in a million years because you know what, at the end of the day, I’m a business woman. And the only woman that I think should not be on the show is a woman who is just not adding anything one way or the other. And who doesn’t want to be there? But I would never. People have children and families and lives and that’s the reason I reached out to everybody. I’m not taking business to the personal level unless of course something happened to a degree where it was just like you know me or her. If it’s ever a me or her situation, then it’s her.”
OK, so that last part wasn’t as nice, but you can’t say it wasn’t real. And speaking of a me or her situation, Nicci also addressed, for the umpteenth time, whether her 0wn head was ever on the chopping block at TV One. Speaking on whether there was any truth to rumors she was fired, she said:
“Absolutely, positively none. I was never, ever–I have a really great relationship with TV One, a great relationship with TV One. TV one is the only entity that has the ability to say “you’re fired.” At the point that they say they’re fired, that is just basically them saying we don’t want to see you on camera anymore. Because in terms of me being fired as an executive producer and stuff like that, we got contracts to protect us from just a random firing.”
By now, you may be wondering just what are the perks of being an executive producer of a reality show you star in — besides the funds — and from Nicci’s point of view, there really aren’t many, if you want to stay ethical that is. She told the site:
“People think we have the ability to go into the editing room and say, ‘Oh on take that out, no we don’t want that.’ If that did in fact happen it wouldn’t be fair to the other ladies who are our friends and our peers because you know I would be like ‘Oh, my teeth look so big right there; I look fat.’
So to stay neutral, I think that it’s best if we are on camera not to have the ability or the right to edit other people or be a part of that. We did see the first few episodes of season one and then after that I was like, ‘Oh okay, so this is why I didn’t see the other ones,’ but again we do have creatively in terms of producing the show, I think everyone really produces their own story. You know what I mean?
Check out the rest of Nicci’s interview on The Jasmine Brand. What do you think about what she said?
Broadcast reporter A.J. Clemente had his first and last day on the air over the weekend.
While preparing for his debut on North Dakota NBC station KFYR, he didn’t realize he was on a live mike. Nerves clearly getting the best of him, he could be heard saying “F*****g s**t” just as his co-anchor Van Tieu was kicking off the 10pm broadcast. At first, he was suspended for the slip. Then he was fired. Apologies came from all sides, including Clemente, who has taken to his Twitter account to reassure everyone that he’s taking it in stride and to thank everyone for the support.
But the question is whether the punishment is bigger than the crime. Yes, it’s live TV and totally unprofessional. But it’s also really funny (clip below). And clearly, the guy wasn’t going to make it a habit to use this kind of language during the broadcast. When you hire young people to do big jobs, there’s bound to be a mishap or two. Heck, when you hire old people to do a job, mistakes will be made. A slap on the wrist probably would’ve been sufficient.
But what do you think? Should AJ have been given another chance?
Update: Our rookie reporter of the week, AJ Clemente, made an appearance this morning on the Today show, where he talked about the circumstances surrounding his disastrous first evening on the air in North Dakota. Turns out it was a “storm” of different things that set up the now infamous clip, and Clemente says he fully expected to be fired for the mishap. But, because when you go viral things happen, he got the chance to tease some upcoming segments during his morning show appearance. That’s a resume booster if ever there was one.
It should also be noted that in a poll of Today show viewers, more than 86 percent said they don’t think AJ should’ve been fired. He’ll be back in the studio in no time, we predict.
A KFC franchise in Tupelo, Mississippi is in some hot water over the hiring and firing of 59 year-old Eunice Jasica. Once a former bus driver and department store security associate, Jasica fell on hard times becoming homeless in December 2012. She lost her job, home, and livelihood, and in efforts to get back on her feet, Jasica found housing at a nearby Salvation Army where she applied for employment eventually landing an offer earlier this month in food prep.
Her hopes of a new start however would quickly dwindle as franchise owner Chesley Ruff informed her upon arrival for duty she would not have employment with the fast food chain. “He told me to come back when I had an address and transportation,” notes Jasica. “But how am I supposed to get all that without a job?”
Why would the general manager offer employment to a homeless woman for the franchise owner to fire her? The Clarion-Ledge reports Ruff claimed he never extended employment though signed documents from the general manager prove otherwise.
Since the story broke, Ruff’s story has changed citing fear of commitment due to lack of proper housing and transportation. Then he altered his excuse yet again saying Jasica had no prior food prep experience and was “too elderly” to possibly perform necessary duties.
Perhaps Ruff would have been better off not saying anything at all? Do you think he has justified concerns, or has a wrongful termination suit on his hands?
There are always three sides to a story: his, hers and the truth. Former Essence editor-in-chief Constance White has decided to put her truth out first.
In a recent phone conversation with Journal-isms, White says she was fired from her position as EIC and that the job was never what she expected when she was hired in 2011.
“I went in there with passion and excitement and high expectations. It wasn’t what I expected at all. What needs to happen is the reader is getting lost and the reader has to be at the center. To make their world smaller is unacceptable.”
White added that readers have sensed what’s been going on behind the scenes for quite some time.
She also said that a lot of her issues came from her disagreements with Time, Inc editor-in-chief Martha Nelson. White said Nelson actively worked to limit the voice of black women:
“When was the last time you saw Essence in the community advocating for or talking with Black women?”
Welp. If you listen to the conversations of black women about Essence, there is almost always a discussion about the portrayal in the magazine and how “desperate” they make women seem.
White also says she was never able to make the creative hires she desired to better the publication. In January, White says she and Nelson had a “straw that broke the camel’s back” moment and she was told to leave her position. When she asked if this was something they could discuss, White says Nelson told her the final decision had already been made.
Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., released the following statement on Friday:
“We truly wish Constance well. Essence exists to affirm and inspire Black women. We always have and we always will.”
Finally, White says although she is concerned with how Essence will continue to maintain its position in the publication world, she wishes it all the best.
Wow. What do you think about all this? Have you noticed changes in Essence over the last few years? Have they been positive or negative?