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The past 12 months have been chock full of celebrity news, intrigue, and downright absurdity. And while some celebrities have managed to become even more beloved, there are some that have become a) increasingly more annoying in 2013 or b) have transitioned from our hot list to our not list. So before we say goodbye to 2013, MadameNoire presents its most most played out, most just-get-out-of-our-face, most overexposed celebrities of the year.
First Tom Cruise, now Kanye West compares his profession to BEING AT WAR … saying just like soldiers and cops, HE PUTS HIS LIFE ON THE LINE when he goes to work.
Yeezus made the statements to Saturday Night Online this weekend, saying rapping is very dangerous work — “This is like being a police officer or something … or like war or something.”
“You’re literally going out to do your job every day knowing that something could happen to you.”
For more of Yeezus’s comparisons, read more at TMZ.com
On Friday, a satirical online publication, The Daily Currant, wrote that Kanye West likened himself to Nelson Mandela. The publication borrowed phrases from Kanye’s vernacular and things they think he probably would say to create a series of quotes of the rapper comparing himself to Nelson Mandela. Taking into consideration Kanye’s braggadocious comments as of late, it doesn’t seem like it would be that far of a stretch. But it was. It was all a ploy to get people to click on their story. And it worked. The story spread like wildfire with people expressing outrage at “Kanye’s disrespect.”
I didn’t think he would address this one but then again, when people are sullying his name, Kanye is quick to step in. This time he kept it clean and just refuted the false, satirical claims and instead showed respect for Mandela and his legacy.
Props to Kanye for this one. He knows what’s up. But a question for you all, we all understand satire. It makes a lot of things fair game. But we are all aware that Nelson’s Mandela’s name is “trending” so to speak right now. We also know that this comment certainly wouldn’t garnered any attention had Mandela not transitioned recently. Does anyone else find it a bit cheap and sleazy that this outlet used Mandela’s death to get a few clicks or is it all fair game?
“He’s Abandoned All That In Favor Of Being The Straight, Black Liberace”: Aisha Tyler Calls Out Kanye On Lack Of Charity Work
From Black Voices
When Aisha Tyler dropped by “The Late Late Show,” Craig Ferguson wanted to get her take on the Kardashians. The conversation quickly turned to the latest “member” of the clan, the Kardashian-adjacent Kanye West. Tyler said she had a bone to pick with the star.
Tyler started it off by saying that she has a friendly relationship with West, having served on the board of his charity foundation focused on bringing music into schools. “He’s abandoned all that in favor of being the straight, black Liberace and I don’t understand what’s happening,” Tyler said. “I like his ambition, but just feel like he should get, like, a smartphone and say everything he’s gonna say publicly into the phone and then listen back. You know, just for a moment.”
Read more at BlackVoices.com
You know how sometimes you may not care about the celebrity but find yourself reading about whatever is going on with them? Oh, that’s just me? Okay. Well anyway, it seems not even that is happening anymore with Kimye.
According to an expert who spoke with RadarOnline, the minutes are winding down on the Kardashian reign. And the clock is ticking on the Kanye & Kim popularity too. Angie Meyer-Olszewski had this to say about the family and the man who will soon marry into their crew:
“The Kardashian brand is a sinking ship. Anybody who jumps on board will eventually fall. A successful celebrity in his own right, Kanye made a horrible strategic decision by engaging himself with Kim.”
As you know, Kanye attendance on his Yeezus tour dropped to a shocking 4,500 attendees when it made its stop into Kansas City earlier this week. One would have thought it to be some type of joke but lately, Kanye has turned off many people with his antic.
Meyer-Olszewski also had this to say about the reason why many people are turned off:
“When putting two egotistical, self serving individuals together, you’ll create a rather vile spark. And in times of economic hardship across the country, bragging about materialism is typically frowned upon.”
Human behavior expert Patrick Wanis had this to say:
“We are often drawn to people who have an ego and confidence that is derived from their talent. But an empty ego, based on a fake self-inflated image and concept, creates an over powering sense of desperation and superficiality.”
He put that in more professional terms, but it sounds similar to what many people have basically been saying.
Now, while it’s understood that many of you have disliked the Kardashian family for quite some time, many of you have also been fans of Kanye West. Have you found yourself disliking him even more since he’s been with Kim?
Have Kanye’s antics finally worn thin? The Daily Mail reports that fewer than 4,500 people showed up for a Yeezy concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center on Tuesday. The arena can hold 19,000 people. According to the Kansas City Star:
West almost certainly could have filled the Sprint Center five years ago.
‘Tuesday’s poor attendance indicates how his scandalous love life, frequent impolite pronouncements and his gradual shift away from conventional hip-hop have alienated many of his fans.’
Indeed, Kanye’s antics of late have been over the top. Between his comments to Charlamagne Tha God, his run in with Sway, his Confederate flag fashions, and that “Bound 2″ video, etc, etc it’s been an unending cavalcade of crazy from Ye. Even when he’s making sense, he’s so all over the place that it’s hard to hear the message because of the way it’s delivered.
Q Scores that came out last month showed that Kanye’s popularity has fallen precipitously since 2011. His relationship with Kim Kardashian is probably a good part of the reason. While he does seem very much in love, the relationship — or the tabloid interest in it — is bringing out the worst parts of Kanye’s personality, and many of the fans aren’t into it.
Moreover, one of the arguments that he made in those recent radio interviews, when he was going off on Nike, was that his brand is so strong that it should give him entree to every C-suite in the fashion world. Knowing the value of his brand, it’s something that he should be taking greater pains to protect. If his popularity and influence slips, he won’t be able to grow and maintain that tastemaker status that he so clearly hopes to achieve and capitalize on.
The Yeezus tour could also be suffering from a bit of concert overload. In the past few months, there has been no shortage of tours with high ticket prices for fans to spend their money on. From Drake to Justin Timberlake to Beyonce, everyone and their grandmother has been performing on a stage somewhere in the past year. And they’re all asking for at least $75 to $100 to get in the door. With Christmas coming and budgets tight, nobody has the money to go hear Kanye rant to Jesus on stage when you can hear him rant for free on the Internet.
The Yeezus tour is heading to San Antonio, Phoenix, Anaheim, and Chicago, all before December 25.
Sometimes an artist takes the stage and blows everyone away with a great performance. And sometimes, the performance is overshadowed by an embarrassing outfit blunder. Hey, it happens to the best of them. Check out the worst celebrity performance outfits ever.
After living in the shadows of her big sister Toni Braxton, and then her other sisters, Tamar has finally stepped into the spotlight all on her own. The “Love and War” singer took to the stage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards in a risqué outfit and immediately there was a backlash on social networks. Many believed the sheer outfit, complete with black sequins to cover up her goodies, was a distraction from her singing ability. Not one to let the criticism keep her down, Braxton responded to the flack via twitter: “I’m NOT on the red carpet & if u like my performance & outfit thank u if not pray 4 me.”
Kim Kardashian has already snapped once about people discussing how she lost weight in a negative. Now, someone is attacking Kimmy’s parenting skills and she’s not about to put up with that either.
Clearly learning from the Kanye West School of Clapping Back, Kim responded to someone on Twitter on Saturday who apparently questioned the time Kim spends with her daughter North (the user’s account is private):
It could be that Kim had been having a great day with Nori (she and Kanye took her swimming for the first time and she loved it) so someone trying to undermine that just was not going to happen.
In fact, Kim does make a good point. Yes, she’s jet setting around the world with Kanye while he’d on his “Yeezus” tour, but by all accounts, the baby has pretty much been with them every step of the way. Kim and Kanye seem to be doing a decent job caring for North through all of the mass media hysteria and they’re allowed to have fun while still being parents.
It’s starting to look like she is not going to be taking much more criticism all the time from people and when Kim Kardashian claps back (which rarely happens), you know enough is enough. Perhaps that new mommy “protective” light switched on once giving birth (we hear about that with all parents) and anything having to do with North will likely set her off.
As usual, the saga continues.
Everyone is speculating just how marrying Kim Kardashian will affect Kayne West’s career and image. But West has a few ideas of his own.
During a recent interview on “The Russ Parr Morning Show,” West gave his thoughts about this and explains why he loves Kardashian, reports Black America Web. “I measure success that I’m getting to marry the girl I want to marry… and that I finally got a deal to make products. That’s my next frontier,” said West. As far are his marriage, he said he feels that his jet setting with the Kardashians and the celebrity that comes with it could only “help your brand.” Even while using the term, he said “brand is restrictive.”
“For me my brand is humanity. My brand is man,” he said.
He also said he did the Confederate flag t-shirts just because he wanted to do it. “I just thought it was dope. I don’t have a big political message,” he explained.
West, who said he is building the next Walt Disney Co., would not confirm if he was ending his product deal with Nike to move to Adidas. For some thoughts on some of the lessons on entrepreneurialism from Kanye, click here.
His philosophy? “The difference between a visionary and a submissionary is I make decisions based on my eyes not my ears. make it off of what I see not what I’m told,” he explained.
In Sway’s interview yesterday with Kanye West things got a little heated. But once they were able to settle down Kanye gave a quick hard lesson in entrepreneurship.
Kanye began to “turn up,” as Sway called it, when he was asked why he could not make is mark on the fashion game independent of assistance from well-established brands in the space. Many would assume that a person like Kanye could sell anything just based on his name. But according to Kanye, to reach his goal of being mentioned among prestigious designers like Margiela, Balenciaga, and Yves Saint Laurent, it’s not that simple.
Start-up Costs- (1) Costs, excluding acquisition costs, incurred to bring a new unit into production. (2) Costs incurred to begin a business. ~StartHereGoPlaces.com
Kanye mentioned several times in the interview how he’s short about $13 million as a result of pursuing his interest in fashion. This is consistent with most startup businesses. For many, even in high-growth industries, losses are incurred for several years until revenues can surpass the rate of investment needed to grow. For instance, Twitter, which just went public on the New York Stock Exchange and is valued at billions of dollars, is technically not a profitable company.
So although Kanye has sold thousands of Air Yeezys and had successful clothing projects, he still is in the red. Opportunity Costs-(1) The cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative action. ~Investopedia.com
Kanye goes on to speak about how investing time versus earning money makes him feeling compressed, stating:
“As I work on clothing more, I’m not rapping as much. So I’m not in the middle of that Future mix cuz I didn’t do that feature. I’m not rapping as much; I’m not having as much finances. I’m losing relevancy. The relevancy is part of my power that allows my brand to be big… You juggle so crazy.”
As a new entrepreneur your side business always competes with what is financing your business, also referred to as YOUR JOB. Even Kanye can’t afford to take extensive bouts of time away from his bread and butter without risking the entire foundation that holds up his dream to be a fashion designer.
As your company grows and you seek out investors, understanding the control you give up is important. The primary grudge Kanye has with the Who’s Who of the fashion industry is that they want to control him. Not allowing himself to be controlled is making his whole plan to become a fashion king a whole lot harder to execute. However, unlike Kanye, you might be content with growing at a slower pace, in exchange for having full control over your baby (your business).
Entrepreneurship isn’t easy. Even for someone like Kanye West who has the brand, the capital and the contacts to support his endeavors. He still finds it daunting to grow his business from an idea to an empire. Kanye’s rant was based fully on his frustration and his longing desire to achieve his goals.
Just like Sway, I don’t have the answers, but what I do know is Kanye paid $13 million to learn a lesson about the fashion business. As a new entrepreneur you don’t know what you don’t know until it smacks you in the pocket. But hopefully you have enough cash reserve and passion to keep you going until you learn.