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Kill It Like Kevin: Business Lessons We Can Learn From Kevin Hart

April 8th, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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As an entrepreneur who’s working toward wealth, I’m completely in awe of Kevin Hart right now. He’s probably the biggest star in Hollywood at the moment, releasing new movies every other month and touring the world in the meantime. One thing for sure, he’s leaving lots of success secrets along the way you just have to pay attention.

Like most successful entrepreneurs, Kevin had a humble start. He was raised by his mother, and his father was in and out of his life and on-and-off drugs since he was a child. Instead of letting his circumstances break him, he used them to build his career.

So, what can we mompreneurs learn from Kevin Hart and his major success? Here are six ways to kill it like Kevin:

Get focused

Success doesn’t happen overnight. With every success story comes a struggle story and Kevin definitely has one of his own. Before landing his breakout role in Soul Plane, Kevin toured tiny comedy clubs under the title “Kevin the Bastard” in hopes of getting his big chance. He admits that he struggled so much in his early days because he was all over the place, trying to be everybody instead of being himself. Once he developed himself and confidently stepped into his career, it finally took off.

The lesson: You’ll never be successful while you’re imitating someone else. Their success is theirs and yours has to be yours. Focus on your own God-given gifts and talents, they’re the tools you’ll need to really take off.

Remain Persistent

The critics and our community called Soul Plane one of the worst movies of all time. Although Kevin still gets criticism for his starring role, it was exactly what he needed to break into Hollywood once and for all. Instead of letting the poor reviews get to him, he used it as ammunition to launch his comedic career and never looked back.

The lesson: Your biggest disappointment could very well be your biggest blessing. No matter what obstacles you’re met with along your journey, let persistence push you toward greatness. Never ever ever give up.

Be OK with outgrowing people

Kevin experienced a very public (and slightly messy) divorce with his ex-wife Torrei. Personal opinions aside, we’re human and sometimes we outgrow people and that’s a part of life. The people who are meant to be in your life will remain, the others will be removed.

The lesson: It’s OK to outgrow the people who are not meant to be in your life. As your career and success grow bigger, your circle will undoubtedly grow smaller. That’s life.

Diversify your portfolio

Kevin went from an all Black cast on Soul Plane to movies with Will Ferrell, Ice Cube and his latest is an animated film called The Secret Life Of Pets. He is surely diversifying his career. He’s toured all around the world and told jokes in countries whose first language isn’t even English. Instead of being satisfied with leading Black Hollywood, he wanted to be one of the hottest men in ALL of Hollywood and he’s done just that.

The lesson: For limitless success, it’s important to open yourself up to diverse opportunities. Don’t put yourself or your business in a box, instead create a brand that will be easily adaptable to all cultures.

Ignore the haters

When Mike Epps (and recently Katt Williams) came from Kevin, he handled it so well. Instead of responding to the hate with hate, Kevin takes the high road and recognized that hate comes with the territory. In fact, he was such the bigger man that Epps (and Williams) ended up looking foolish.

The lesson: When you’re doing something great, haters gonna hate. It’s a part of life and it comes with the territory, so learn to expect it. Instead of fighting fire with fire, use that fire to fuel your future.

Work your ass off

There’s no way Kevin could possibly be so successful without a mean work ethic. Day in and day out, he’s dedicated to his dream and he’s grinding toward his goal. He has yet to become complacent. Instead, he’s seen what he’s capable of and maximized his potential to create positive results.

The lesson: Wealth takes work. Anything worth having is worth working for and your dream will always be a dream until you wake up and make it happen!

Celebrity Tweets Worth A Lot Of Money

February 23rd, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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In today’s world, brand awareness and social media advertising are the name of the game.

With some celebrities boasting Twitter followers in the millions, it’s easy to see how one simple tweet can sway a large audience.  And whether or not they’re actually paid to endorse a company or choose to simply profess their love (or disdain) for a particular product from time to time, celebrities are hooking themselves up and boosting company sales via 140 characters or less.  Some celebrity endorsed tweets are even ghostwritten.  Talk about easy money.

Which stars do you think will top this list of money-earning tweets?

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Beyoncé

She didn’t exactly tweet about it, but the Twitterverse sure looked for a response from Red Lobster after Beyoncé dropped her latest single, “Formation.”  Though their response to the song and its now famous line was a bit delayed, Red Lobster sales surged by 33 percent after Queen Bey sang about…well, you know.

This Weekend On Café Mocha: Ice Cube And Kevin Hart Share What We Should Expect In “Ride Along 2”

January 15th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This weekend, the hilarious cast of Ride Along 2, Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and Sherri Shepherd will join the hosts of Café Mocha to discuss what fans should expect in their latest film. Afterward, listeners will be updated on the State of Black America by Roland Martin in honor of MLK weekend. Listeners will also be asked what they believe President Obama should focus on during his last year in office. To call in with your response, dial (866) 357-4323.

Afterward, be sure to catch the ladies of Did Y’all See? debate if a man who is engaged should tell his fiancée that he slept with her sister, ten years ago.

Watch all “Did Y’all See?” episodes on our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/MadameNoire.
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What’s Beef? Were These Celebrity Beefs Staged For Publicity?

September 12th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s definitely that controversy sells. But as more and more stars stage beefs and fights to drum up publicity, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real from the fake. Click through the next slides as we get down to business as to whether these celebrity beefs were staged just for attention or not.

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Viewers tuned into this year’s MTV VMAs were left with their mouth’s gaped open during Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech. The Young Money princess called host Miley Cyrus out of her name over the comments she made in an interview leading up to the awards show. Minaj became a trending topic for calling Cyrus a b*tch live on the air, but many felt the entire scene was concocted to spice things up for the awards show. Last year’s ratings were down nearly two million viewer’s from the previous year. Neither camp has commented on the incident, but MTV VMAs executive producer Vin Toffler said, “It was [real]. In no way was any of that planned.”

 

 

 

“I’ve Got To Put This Chocolate In The Freezer.” Kevin Hart Reveals Wedding Date

September 8th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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The last time Kevin Hart opened up about his wedding plans to longtime girlfriend, Eniko Parrish, he let us know that the affair would be small, small and small. But at that point, he had yet to reveal a date.

Well, now that the time is nearing, Hart spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the actual date and even addressed the women who might have been checking for him over the years.

During a charity event, this past Sunday, Hart said, “We’re gonna go August 8th, next year man.”

Then added, “That’s right ladies. I’ve got to put this chocolate in the freezer. So if you wanted a piece, you better take that want and put it in your pocket, because you ain’t gonna get it, because it’s happening August 8th. I’m going to lock this love up in a box.”

And while he’s confident about the date, he doesn’t know much else.

When asked about the location, Hart said, “To be honest with you, I don’t know what the hell is going on. I told her, ‘Do what you want to do, and just come back to me with the finished product.'”

Looks like Eniko has free reign. But Kevin did establish some financial stipulations.

“She has a number, if she goes above this number it’s not happening. That’s all I did, I gave her a budget,”

If there’s anything that Kevin might splurge on, it’ll be his tuxedo.

“That’s a possibility. But that doesn’t make me a groomzilla! That just makes me a man that loves fashion.”

Some of you all might still be in your feelings. But I can’t lie, I’m happy for these two!

While Kevin wants to keep it small, I really hope he decides to share. I would love to see some pictures.

Kevin Hart Would Think He Did Something “Wrong” If Son Was Gay

August 3rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Prior to vowing that jokes about homosexuality are off limits in his comedic routines, Kevin Hart made a quip about fearing that his son, Hendrix Hart, might be gay.

“One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic. . . . Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will,” he said during his 2010 movie, Seriously Funny, before going into a skit about times when Hendrix may have exemplified “homosexual tendencies” to which he would respond, “Stop, that’s gay!”

Hart recently addressed that skit during an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone. Five years later, he admits that he would not tell the joke today because we are living during more sensitive times; however, the comedian’s feelings and dialogue about his son’s sexuality have not changed much. He was willing to further explains his comments.

“It’s about my fear,” he explained. “I’m thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? Not that I’m not gonna love my son or think about him any differently. The funny thing within that joke is it’s me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities — I panicked. It has nothing to do with him, it’s about me. That’s the difference between bringing a joke across that’s well thought-out and saying something just to ruffle feathers.”

He continued:

“I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can. These things become public spectacles. So why set yourself up for failure?”

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Kevin Hart Speaks Out Against Police Shootings, Broken Judicial System

July 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kevin Hart is known to push the envelope in his standup routines, but in the past, he’s been very clear regarding which subjects he refuses to touch. In the August 13 issue of Rolling Stone, after being questioned about whether he feels compelled to address racism and police-involved killings in his standup, the Philadelphia native explained why these issues are among those topics that have no place in his comedic act. Check out some highlights from his interview below.

On officers walking free after murdering unarmed Black men:

“A guy in the hood with two nickel bags of weed gets five years in jail, because they say they want to make an example of him, but I haven’t seen one judge make an example out of one of these police officers that killed one of these young black men.”

On refusing to address police shootings in his comedy:

“When I see videos of children being shot dead by police, I don’t talk about it because it’s something that scares me. Because I have kids. At that point, it’s not a joking matter. There is no joking there. I would not touch it.”

On why he doesn’t acknowledge racism in his standup:

“I won’t acknowledge what I won’t let beat me. Have I experienced racism? Of course. But will I make you feel superior by saying I’ve felt trumped at times? No. I’ll beat you by succeeding. I want to show my generation that a man of color, despite the roadblocks, can still make it. There’s moments when I took to social media and said things, but it’s always been on the positive side. I gave a message to Baltimore: At the end of the day, we’re only hurting ourselves by destroying what we have. We have to go back and live there. We’re torching, firebombing, looting our stuff. We need that CVS! Be smarter than this!”

“It’s not my style of comedy. It angers me, but not onstage. Onstage, my job is to take away whatever problems are in the world, for that brief moment of time.”

Honestly, we can’t figure out why anyone would think that these racist acts of violence would have a place in comedy anyway, but we can appreciate Kevin speaking out.

Read Hart’s full interview here.

Does Chris Tucker Still Have It?

July 23rd, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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Famously known for his fast-talking wit, unmistakable high-pitched voice and raunchy comedic style, funnyman Chris Tucker was all but MIA from the movie scene for years.  Save for a small role in the 2012 Oscar-winning film Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker’s absence was felt long enough to raise questions and rumors about everything from the state of his mental health to his supposedly born-again religious beliefs and his reported multi-million dollar tax woes.  But thanks to Netflix, which recently debuted Chris Tucker Live, an hour and a half stand-up special several years in the making, Tucker is officially back.

I, for one, congratulated Tucker in my head for doing something other than Friday or Rush Hour, arguably his most famous (and reprised) roles.  But stand-up is a unique and brutal beast all its own. In the past, the comedy arena seemed to only have room for one “it” man (or woman, for that matter) at a time.  Right now, it’s Kevin Hart’s world, and we’re just living in it.  So, the question on everybody’s mind is can Tucker hold his own with today’s top comedians?  More importantly, does he still have it?

Offering a glimpse into his personal life and briefly poking fun at some of the aforementioned issues behind his disappearing act, Tucker’s Live is equal parts grown man suite and opus to the dictum, mo’ money, mo’ problems.  Single and admittedly looking for love, the comedian opens with jokes about his problems with modern dating, like the younger woman who took to tweeting while in the throes of passion.  He touches on the extreme differences in relationships when dating vs. being married. According to him, women seemingly turn from angelic and eager to please to demonic, opting for a hands-off, don’t ask me for sh*t, you’re on your own type of approach.  He also joked about his desire to find a woman who can fill out a 1099 form and keep him from going back to Wesley Snipes for tax assistance.

Despite his take on relationships, an issue that most everyone can relate to, from the jump I felt like I was watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory.  “Where’s the funny?” I kept asking myself.  I was literally waiting to laugh.  For me, that didn’t happen until he brought up Michael Jackson.  Tucker befriended the late King of Pop and even made a cameo appearance in his “You Rock My World” music video.  Tucker gives a hilarious, spot-on impression. Soft voice, intonation, dance moves and all, he lets us in on how Jackson loved hip-hop, particularly 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and his penchant for mimicking Rick Ross’ quintessential grunt.  Tucker even took us on a tour of Neverland; marveled at Jackson’s nonchalance over a lion that got loose and the giraffes that casually walked around the property like it wasn’t no thang.

“Michael, was that two giraffes that just walked by the window?”

“It was three.  It was three, Chris.”

But the stand-up special really came to life when Tucker talked about his childhood.  The youngest of six children, he was no stranger to whoopings at the hand of his father and reenacted the time when he and his brother were told to strip and wait for a beating on the couch. Tucker was frantic (and confused), and his brother told him to stay strong. Then his brother burst into tears the second his father got to whooping, which sent Tucker into a fit of laughter, despite not being spared the rod.  Even funnier was Tucker’s reenactment of the time his card-playing father accused a roach on the wall of helping people cheat and peep his hand.

Tucker’s impressions of his no-nonsense mother were equally entertaining.  He reenacted the time when he accidentally ate her breakfast while en route to church, a definite no-no. He also shared the audacity he had to talk back to her (from a distance) when they were in church, the one place where she couldn’t step away to set him straight.  His parents’ completely opposite approaches to parenting give us a look at what it was like growing up Tucker.

Though the stand-up special definitely lagged in places with jokes that went on for too long or that simply lacked juice (like his over-the-top telling of his welcome to Africa, which he kept referring to as if it were a state, not a continent), where Tucker succeeds most is when he’s honest about where he’s been and where he comes from.  Though he might not have answered all the questions about his time away and certainly would have benefitted from delving deeper into personal, more relatable stories that had less to do with fame and money (though intriguing and amusing) and more to do with everyday living and occurrences, he still held his own.  This was no therapy session, but a reintroduction to the public at large in the arena where Tucker first cut his teeth.  Tucker will undoubtedly be compared to contemporary comedians like Hart, but with this special and a role in a soon-to-be-released film, he is proving that there’s still room for Chris Tucker yet.

Kevin Hart Talks Wedding Plans & New Movie On Café Mocha This Weekend

July 17th, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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The Café Mocha crew was at the Essence Music Festival, doing its thing. And so was Kevin Hart. Café Mocha spoke with the superstar comedian during its time in New Orleans.

So what are his wedding plans? He give us details on his life, love and his new movie with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Did Y’all See that Future came forward with his version of breakup with Ciara? Don’t miss the ladies of MadameNoire as they discuss this and other hot news on Did Y’all See on Café Mocha Radio this weekend.

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Kevin Hart Talks Wedding Day Plans: “Small, Small and Small”

July 7th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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If I had to guess, I would have assumed that Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish were gearing up for a huge, elaborate wedding ceremony with a star-studded guest list of approximately 200 attendees. But apparently, I don’t know everything. In a recent interview with E! News, the Get Hard actor revealed that he and his wife-to-be are actually aiming for a smaller, more intimate shindig.

“Small, small and small definitely,” he said. “It’s definitely about us not making a big masquerade. It’s not my style or cup of tea. It will be something special, just a day to be remembered just for us!”

With the exception of the party size, the comedian says that he doesn’t know much else about the upcoming ceremony. He left the planning up to his fiancée.

“My wedding is coming up soon. I don’t like to talk about it cause I don’t know details,” he admitted. “What I do say is, ‘Honey, you have an amount. Don’t go above the amount. Come to me when it’s time to sign the check. It’s your day to be happy.'”

He continued:

“That’s what I have learned. You throw your hands up!”

Hart proposed to his longtime girlfriend nearly a year ago at her 30th birthday party. The couple has not disclosed their official wedding date.

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