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Do Honorary Degrees Devalue The PhD?

May 13th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Kanye West honorary degree, via Kim Kardashian West Instagram


Well folks, I think I have seen everything. Kanye West just received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thankful for the recognition, “The College Dropout” Grammy winner also mentioned how important the art of “I’m sorry” can be. “‘I’m sorry’ is something you can use a lot,” mentioned West. “It gives you the opportunity to give your opinion, apologize for it and give your opinion again.”

I personally never understood why colleges are willing to hand out honorary degrees, but do understand the marketing ploy. Having a socially relevant and influential figure associated with your institution can certainly help when it comes to funding and attracting applicants. Yet it seems like these days they’ll hand almost anyone an honorary doctorate.

Do you think standards have gone out the window when it comes to the recipient? Or is anyone who makes a splash in pop culture fair game?

“Recipients of honorary doctorate degrees do not earn the degree through academic achievements, rather with generous and altruistic actions or lifetime accomplishments that benefit a community, nation or humanity in general,” one site notes.

This might explain why figures like Bill Gates, Oprah and the late Maya Angelou have complimentary degrees. They made significant contributions to society. Now we want to add Kanye West into the mix? Just to put things in perspective a little, the late great Steve Jobs (y’all remember him) who once gave an amazing commencement speech at Stanford University and didn’t even receive a honorary doctorate. He thought it was weird!

Like West, Jobs was a college dropout whose success is a testament to hard work and dedication. Come to think of it, many celebrity recipients of an honorary doctorate either dropped out of college or didn’t attend at all. Both Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård are two examples of people who received an honorary degree from the very college they left. Mike Tyson dropped out of high school and received a Doctorate of Human Letters from Central State University.

I guess better late than never?

At the end of the day, honorary degrees are subjective. If a college or university feels someone is an appropriate recipient, they will have no problem giving out a doctorate to a celebrity. We might agree with some and side eye others, but ultimately just have to nod and keep it moving.

And what about celebrities with shamed legacies like Bill Cosby? Given he has well over 15 honorary degrees, should they be rescinded?

I personally don’t have a PhD. It’s too much school for me, but who knows what can happen down the road. I do however know plenty of friends and relatives who went to school and put in the hard work to obtain one. Some don’t care if a celebrity gets an honorary doctorate while others think it sets the wrong tone for those pursuing higher education. Why pay so much money to the point of debt when you can just have one handed to you?

Read Surprising Celebrities Who Received Honorary Doctorate Degrees

15 Couples People Don’t Take Seriously

May 6th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Considering the stunts stars pull to pretend they’re not in a relationship one second, only to blab about whatever it is they have going on with another star the next, it’s hard to take a lot of celebrity relationships seriously. But the following courtships are especially difficult to talk about without rolling one’s eyes. From Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill to Kylie Jenner and Tyga, we look at 15 couples people are not taking seriously.

Deepak Nope-rah: 11 Times Stars Wanted Us To Believe They Were Deep When They Actually Sounded Crazy

May 1st, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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We’ve all had those moments when we read a celeb quote that made us roll our eyes and shake our heads because the star absolutely tried it. Thanks to social media, you can always expect a head-scratch worthy quote from a fake deep celeb. Let’s take a look at 11 times celebs did the absolute most.


Kim and Kanye Sue YouTube Co-Founder For Leaking Their Engagement Video

April 24th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last night at the Time 100 Gala wearing Sophie Theallet and Kanye in Haider Ackerman

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Kanye and Kim Kardashian West have  filed a lawsuit against one of the co-founders of YouTube for leaking footage of their October 2013 marriage proposal. Billboard says, the Wests are likely to win their lawsuit against Chad Hurley, who posted footage of their proposal on his news site, MixBit. Hurley, who attended the elaborate event, claims the confidentiality agreement he signed did not bind him from posting the video to his site.

He also says he did not leak the confidential information about the proposal because the proposal was also filmed and aired for Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The Wests’ lawyer believes “Hurley’s new venture, MixBit, was not doing well, he posted the video on MixBit, which provided it with significant publicity, and he did so within hours of leaving the event. A jury may reasonably infer fraudulent intent from these circumstances.”

Hurley’s lawyer refutes these claims by saying it was his client’s First Amendment right to post and protect the video as his own intellectual property. The Wests have not stated how much money they are seeking if they win their lawsuit, but it will be significant ,since their attorney Eric George believes Hurley’s video generated and increased traffic on his site, which has generated a profit.

Do you think the Wests should be suing Hurley for leaking footage of their engagement since their lives are highly publicized in the media?

Will The Rumored Jay Z/Beyonce Collaboration Boost Tidal’s Tanking Numbers?

April 23rd, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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Jay and his celebrity friends just recently launched the music screaming service Tidal, which he paid a whopping $56 million for. But already there’s drama. And leave it to Kanye West to add to it.

After deleting all references to Tidal on his social media accounts, West has started promoting the service again, reports the New York Daily News. No word on why he initially deleted the Tidal info after coming out as a celebrity partner in and supporting the venture.

There is some speculation that West decided not to back a sinking ship. The app has dropped out of iTunes’s top 700 most downloads chart this week, according to BGR. Meanwhile BGR reports that for the same week, Pandora and Spotify took the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on the U.S. iPhone revenue chart, respectively. And, despite new competition from Tidal, this was the first time two music streaming services have hit the top four in sales at the same time, reports  E! Online.

Tidal sat in the number 19 spot for a minute, but then fell below number 200 in a couple of weeks.

Why the slow down on Tidal? Maybe it is the price point. Users can pay between $10 a month for digital audio-quality or $20 a month for CD-quality sound. But that doesn’t compare to free, which a lot of fans are looking for in their music services. Tidal’s owners — Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Madonna and Rihanna among them — already have millions. So asking for more money is, no doubt, leaving a bad taste in some people’s mouths.

And some say the functionality of the app isn’t up to par.

There is also speculation as to why the West social media tantrum; that he is jealous over the news that  Jay Z and Beyoncé plan to release a joint album exclusively on Tidal. The news comes from  DJ Skee, host of Skee TV, reports The Huffington Post.

The Carters have not confirmed the rumor, however. But an album is in works, confirmed in Billboard in February.

But it could be a good move to lure in new Tidal subscribers. If Jay Z’s personal phone calls didn’t help boost Tidal numbers, a collaborative CD from the power couple could.

Separately, there’s been some upheaval within Tidal such that the CEO and 25 employees have been ousted.

Lee Daniels, Kanye & Laverne Cox Make This Year’s Time 100 List Of Influencers

April 16th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Director and Empire producer Lee Daniels, Kanye West and Orange Is The New Black breakout star Laverne Cox are among the notable names on this year’s Time 100 list of influencers.

Of Lee Daniels, Oprah says, “He forces you, in every breath, to stay in character. To find the bone-marrow truth in every scene, no matter what it takes to get there. He’s a truth seeker.”

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla writes of Kanye, “Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose.”

And writing about Cox, trans activist Jazz Jennings says, “She’s done so many amazing things—not just acting on Orange Is the New Black but also loving herself enough to share her story with the world. She’s a pioneer for our community.”

Other notable names on the list include Mellody Hobson, businesswoman and Dreamworks chairwoman; ballerina Misty Copeland; Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative; Tony winner Audra McDonald; and Kevin Hart.

Of course, there are questions about what exactly an influencer is. Also on the list is Kim Kardashian who, Martha Stewart says, “is a media phenomenon.” Still, many would question just how influential she is, or at least how influential they want her to be.

And even more people might question a list that would put her on the same list as author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dr. Jerry Brown, who fought ebola in West Africa and artist Chris Ofili.

But influence here seems very much determined by the impact one makes on culture and society. The list — other names on there are Bradley Cooper, President Barack Obama and the Notorious RBG, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — is comprised of people from across industries and geographies who are doing and creating the things that have us tweeting, IGing and thinking of the present and future in different ways.

How do you define influence? And any thoughts on this list?

Kardashian Kuteness: North West’s Most Adorable Instagram Moments

April 15th, 2015 - By M A
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There are plenty of adorable celebrity children. But when it comes to dominating the Internet with too-cute-for-words Instagram shots, North West is the leader of the pack. For no other reason than our love of adorable baby pictures, we’re taking a look at some of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s child’s cutest photos.

Paper Or Plastic? 15 Celebs Who Went From Customer Service To Hollywood

April 14th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Before all the TV shows, movies, commercials, and endorsement deals came through, some Hollywood celebs had to wake up in the morning and get their customer service on like the rest of us. With jobs ranging from a Burger King cashier to a singing waitress on a cruise ship, these stars have paid their dues. Check out 15 celebs who went from being sales associates and food service workers to becoming Hollywood stars.

Dame Dash & Kanye West Join Forces For Streetwear Brand Karmaloop

March 30th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Karmaloop is a sinking ship. The menswear clothing brand is millions of dollars in debt, suffering major loses from not-so-smart investments, and fell victim to customers’ shunning of traditional brands. But don’t worry, Kanye West and Dame Dash are here to save the day, Billboard reports.

“We linking up and we decided to buy Karmaloop — we just talked about it, it’s gonna happen,” Dash said in an Instagram video about his joint venture with West. “We just about to do some new sh**, you know, stick together culturally — take over the world and create a whole new industry and just play the game fair.”

Karmaloop spiraled out of control and eventually had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last Monday, according to The Boston Globe. Some say the streetwear brand was overly ambitious when it decided to launch other businesses Monark Box, Miss KL and Boylston Trading, which cost money but yielded no returns.

The fashion retailer also thought it was a good idea to launch Karmaloop TV, which was also a flop.

According to The Boston Globe, Karmaloop incurred between $100 million and $500 million debt. The company is chained to Insight Venture Partners of New York for $8 million and owes $1 million to Google. And there are several more creditors.

“Approximately $10 million is owed to Eastward Capital Partners V, L.P., and another $15 million of debt owed to other junior and subordinated secured lenders. In addition to certain trade debt, the Debtors also owe certain creditors unsecured amounts on promissory notes and loans,” JD Supra Business Advisor wrote.

Despite the troubles, Dash and West are feeling emboldened and told Greg Skelkoe, the founder and CEO of Karmaloop, that they are willing to revive the brand for a piece of the pie. Skelkoe was in talks with the duo on Tuesday and said, “I am here to stay no matter who we join forces [with].” He stopped short of calling the deal definitive.

Dash, in particular, is passionate about reviving Karmaloop, especially since he’s out to get the company’s rival. “I’m going to put Complex out of business for f**king with me. I don’t like them. It’s a war between me and them,” Dame declared, according to AllHipHop.

True or False? You Never Know A Man Until You Tell Him No

March 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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You Never Know A Man Until You Tell Him No


Like most of us in various Internet communities across the country, the good people of Very Smart Brothas, were discussing Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and their recent comments directed at their shared ex, Amber Rose. The article was good (as expected) and generally expressed what I felt about the situation (minus the love I have for Amber Rose). Essentially, Panama, the author of the piece, was arguing that it was super wack for both Wiz and Kanye to attempt to slut shame or berate Rose now that they were no longer with her; especially Wiz, considering Amber is the mother of his son.

Both Kanye and Wiz knew she was a stripper and both decided to date and perhaps love her anyway. But the minute the relationship went sour, all of a sudden her being a stripper was a huge problem. And not only was it an issue, Amber, a woman they had both publicly and repeatedly acknowledged as their lady, was suddenly dirty and unworthy of their time and affection.


But it was in the comment section that I found something I wanted to ask you all, our readers and commenters, about and see if you agreed with the statement: You never know a man until you tell him no. 


Now that is interesting.

You might be wondering did Amber tell Wiz and Kanye no? Why yes, yes she did. She’s said that she is the one who broke up with Kanye. That’s a hard no. And in response to his infidelity, she told Wiz no [more] when she filed for that divorce.

But it didn’t just happen with Amber and these rappers. It happens to us, “regular women” everyday.

I believe the commenter or someone responding to her referenced the men on the street who, when they’re trying to holler at you, call you all types of Queens and Goddesses. But the minute you tell that same dude you’re not interested or have a boyfriend, then suddenly you morph into a bitch who was ugly anyway.

Beyoncé even had a song about something like this about a man who flipped when she said they couldn’t have sex. It’s called “Yes.” 

Ladies, sing along if you know it:

I said yes to your number and 

And yes to you dating me 

Yes we can be together

But you got to wait for me

The first time I said no, 

It’s like I never said yes.

In the name of fairness and equality, we could say the same is true for woman. No one likes rejection. But men, who have largely been programmed to place much value on their pride and ego, are perhaps more likely to take a bruise to the ego far more personally and lash out because of it.

I was discussing this notion with a man earlier today and he argued that a woman can learn just as much from a yes as she can from a no. Basically, he said you don’t know a man until you see his reaction to all of your responses.


But I still think watching someone when they’re not getting what they want is far more character revealing and informative than watching them when they’re satisfied and content.

But those are just my thoughts. What do you think about the statement? Do you think it applies to men and women equally or does it tend to be more egregious in men due to pride and ego? Share your thoughts.