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“I Have A Daughter And I Have To Set An Example”: Maia Campbell Talks Staying Clean For Her Child

October 25th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last year, we watched Iyanla: Fix My Life and had the chance to learn more about the life, the struggles, and the return of actress Maia Campbell. The former In The House star was trying to get back on her feet after battling a hard drug addiction (including crystal meth) and dealing with her own bipolar disorder. Those issues played a part in Campbell’s strained relationship with her daughter Elizabeth. But on the program, mother and daughter came together to hash things out since Elizabeth was living with her father and didn’t have a good relationship with Campbell after she lost custody. But since that episode has aired, Campbell has been doing so much better and says that she’s been staying clean for her daughter. As far as their relationship, things are improving, and she says that her daughter is interested in becoming an actress like her. Check out what she had to say in an interview with iPower Richmond 92.1′s TT Torrez:

Her Daughter’s Impact And Making A Comeback:

“I’ve made some mistakes. I had to make a turnaround in my life. This is my new expression to the world and this is my comeback and this is my moment. This is my chance to say, ‘This is what God made of me, I’m still worthy.’ If I was a one hundred dollar bill, and I was all messed up, someone would clean me up and use me. I’m still worth something!

I have a daughter now and I have to set an example. That was what got me grounded in trying to do better. I have to live my life differently. I have to change the way I was living my life. I can’t live my life so far away from the positive things that kept me rooted.”

When She Realized Her Live Was Spiraling Out Of Control:

“It was the using and the self-hatred and the arguing with my family–just running away. You’re supposed to be doing something better for yourself than just running away. I was young. It was various [drugs]. And I’ve been clean for four years, and I’ve been taking care of myself. The best thing I can do is stay working, stay on the right path and stay away from all that.”

Dealing With Negativity From Those Who Might Not Want To Work With Her Again:

“I’ve learned that there are some true believers. I have true friends everywhere and I have a true friend in God, and I have a true friend in me. So it doesn’t matter who in the flesh wants to deny me. Jesus had people who denied him. You can support your own means and say, ‘this is what I stand for.’ This is basically the statement I’m making with my life.”

Elizabeth’s Aspirations To Act:

“She wants to be an actress and she’s done some Disney commercials recently and some other acting and some videos on YouTube. She doesn’t listen to any other people as far as management. She’s listening to her father. And she doesn’t have any agent yet. She’s not exactly on a show because she hasn’t gotten the training yet. When she gets the training, she’ll probably pop onto something a little more lucrative, I’ll be proud to sit by her and support her.”

Glad to hear that things are looking up for Maia and her daughter, and hopefully we’ll see mom on TV again real soon sharing her talents. Check out her full interview on the next page and let us know what you think.

Sneak Peek: Maia Campbell Confronts Her Old Self On “Iyanla Fix My Life”

November 12th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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If you’re anything like me, you remember watching episodes of “In The House” with LL Cool J and what we thought was up and coming actress, Maia Campbell. Campbell was the dark-skinned beauty who played the self absorbed teenager on the show. We all expected to see more of her but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Years later, we would learn from a very shocking video, that Maia was addicted to drugs. But now, Maia is clean and speaking to Iyanla for OWN. We told you about this earlier, but now there’s a sneak peek. Check it out below.

Preview: “Fix My Celebrity Life”

Tune in Saturday, November 17, at 10/9c.

Fix This Fallen Star: Embattled Actress Maia Campbell To Appear On “Iyanla: Fix My Life”

November 10th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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About a decade ago, actress Maia Campbell was on the verge of really blowing up. The beauty who captured everyone’s attention on “In The House,” by hosting the show “Twenty-Four/Seven” and acting alongside Tyrese in the “Sweet Lady” video was swooned over by men everywhere, and the women were even giving her props. But after 2000, it seems the actress had her share of personal struggles, including battling with a drug addiction, and her star began to fade.

Well, she’s been able to turn things around, but before she can completely start anew, according to Bossip, she will sit down with Iyanla Vanzant and discuss the rough road she’s come from and determine what she needs to do to fix her life now. One of the big topics that will be tackled is of course her past drug addiction, and the video that spread around the Internet some years back of Campbell allegedly high on drugs, and how the negative attention she received from it all affected her. It has also been said that Campbell has struggled with schizophrenia and her family has battled mental illness in the past, so it will be interesting to see if Iyanla touches on that during their sit-down.

The show will air on November 17, and Campbell took to Twitter to share the news of her upcoming episode, and friends of hers also went out of their way to get the word out through the social network:

”Iyanla, Fix My Fallen Star airs Nov 17 Tune in!!!! It’s been a long time coming.”

Maia has been sober for about two years now, and she’s looking healthy and happy these days. I’m sure the episode will be interesting, but more importantly, I’m sure doing the show in general has been therapeutic for the actress (and daughter of the late Bebe Moore Campbell, who has written on mental illness in their family). People can see the new her and move past whatever videos have been posted, rumors have been spread and lies that have been told about her over the years. I’m excited for her! What about you?

I’m a Survivor: Maia Campbell Talks New Career and Sobriety

February 2nd, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Anyone who came across this video of Maia Campbell that went viral in 2009 knows the “In the House” actress was in a bad way a few years ago, seemingly strung out on drugs and hurting from the death of her mother, author Bebe Moore Campbell.

Thankfully, all of that appears to be behind her now, as she revealed in a recent blog talk radio interview. The 35-year-old says she’s clean and ready to make a comeback to the industry—only she wants to make sure she does it the right way this time. Check out some of the highlights of the interview:

On her life

I’ve been sober for two years, and a lot of people can’t say that. I’m timid, shy and broken a little bit by some of the responses [online], but then again so much support from the people saying “No! She’s none of that.” Real friends stepping up … And just showing me who the real people were in my life. It helped me find myself and find out that there’s a real true artist inside of me–that no matter what obstacles may come, he’s not going to let you fall, and he’s not going to let you down.

I started ministering to myself and looking at my heart … Finding my voice … And it just made me stronger. If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. Like Drake says, “It’s far from over…” I listened to the music that people were making, and it kept inspiring me. I started making music, and I just stepped out on a limb. My mom died … So much has happened. I miss people in my life. I miss LL [Cool J]. Debbie Allen came back to the community … And for once so many miracles. I swear so many miracles!

On her career and Internet image

“I went on to do movies, and nobody talked about it, and that hurt me. I did a movie called ‘Rim Shop’ after Katrina had happened in New Orleans. We went down there, and that place looked a mess, seriously. We shot a film out there just to help those people, to bring revenue in and just show our support to their situation. Then, I did a gospel kind of Tyler Perry play called ‘Friends and Lovers’.

“I’m trying to reach out to Tyler Perry about one of the mom’s latest novels. She was nominated for a Noble Peace Prize for literature. [It's called 72-Hour Hold] it was a story about her and my relationship, and I wish that Halle Berry would pick it up and read it if you’re listening. I would love for her to play the lead character.

“There are so many goals and dreams that God has put in my heart while I’m sitting here sober. And I’m not doing the things I use to do. The way they attacked me on the Internet–it was BS. These guys said they were going to shoot a video for my music. I was trying to work independently–and I’m not saying that I was clear headed to believe them, but I was not doing what the heck they said I was doing. They blasted me with the words they put on the screen and just made everybody look at me another way. And I’m like, “That’s really messed up if anybody believes that!” But a lot of people didn’t. And they knew that and came to my rescue and said, “Let’s just get you all the way right.”

Her plans for the future

“I went to Spelman, but a lot of HBCUs named a month after my mom for mental health month because she supported the mental health … Her book was about a girl with a bi-polar mental health issues and her relationship with her mom. It was kind of a bougie little girl that was prive to every freakin’ thing, raised up in The Hills and just had it like that. Nobody took the time to deal with her psychologically. And that’s what ’72-Hour Hold’ is about. That’s the next project that I want to basically get out to producers and Tyler Perry to see if anybody is interested in pushing it.

I want to attach myself to anything-–reality shows, movies–but positive characters. I don’t want to play the crazy girl like, ”Craig, Craig let me borrow your VCR!” It’s too much of that in life, and we got kids out there … I wish they would take that type of stuff off the Internet because the kids have to go to school and deal with reality of that, and it makes it hard for them to learn.”

Sounds like Maia is headed in the right direction. Hopefully the people she’s surrounded herself with will keep her grounded as she reenters the industry.

Check out the rest of the interview on Necole Bitchie.

Do you think Maia can recover from her tainted image? What roles would you like to see her take on?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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