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It’s hard seeing the cute child stars we once watched on TV grow into adults with legal problems and criminal convictions. But nowadays that seems to be more the norm than the exception. From Dee Jay Daniels to Maia Campbell – check out these 15 former child actors who’ve had legal trouble as adults.
Marcus T. Paulk
Earlier this year, Marcus T. Paulk (the actor who played Myles on Moesha) was arrested following a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, Andi Roxx. According to Andi, Marcus punched and kicked her in the chin and stomach following an altercation that began at a Beverly Hills nightclub. Sad.
Watching Lil’ Mama’s comeback as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1’s TLC biopic was pretty amazing. I was mesmerized by how fully she became Left Eye – mannerisms, facial expressions, style. She did it and she did it well. As gleeful as I was to watch her transformation, I also felt very strange.
Watching the Twittersphere overflow with high praise of her performance on Twitter brought me back to 2009 when the scathing comments about Lil’ Mama first started. Her one silly mistake of casually sauntering on stage during Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ VMA performance shifted Lil’ Mama’s career into neutral despite her successful stint as a judge on America’s Best Dance Crew and her popular song, “Lip Gloss.” We came for her. Hard. We insulted her talents as a rapper. We attacked her facial features. And we laughed loud and hard. We, in essence, bullied her with no remorse. We ostracized her for years but then sang her praises when she killed the role of “Left Eye.” How fickle a crowd.
I started to wonder why it is acceptable. Why are celebrities considered fair game for bullying but not our children in our communities? What makes my 18-year-old cousin who is suffering from bullying in her high school so different from the young Lil’ Mama who made a trivial mistake but was pummeled with cruelty for years since?
Underneath, We’re All The Same
Wealth and fame, though major assets to many of us, only play a supporting role when it comes to the human experience playing out. If every poverty-stricken soul and every rich son-of-a-gun were given the same amount of money and wealth, the only things that would remain unchanged would be their emotions. We all laugh with joy. We all sink into depression. We all have fears. We all have doubts. We all have faith – in something or someone even if it’s not organized religion. We all have specific anger triggers. All of our feelings have been overwhelmingly hurt at some point in life.
If we can understand that – that underneath the materialism and publicity, we all go through the same things – why does there seem to be such a great gulf that divides our small-town bullied children, teenagers and adults from our bullied big screen celebrities?
If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…
When Willow Smith underwent her transformation from child to now pre-teen, the Internet exploded. She was called everything from a w***e to a lesbian. Will and Jada Smith were called out for the parenting skills. All the while, the child had not committed any crimes, had not suffered a public nervous breakdown, and had not been filmed performing lewd acts. She was targeted simply because of her style choices and her age.
Laying it out this way allowed me to see how unequivocally ridiculous we can be as a community of opinionated social media users. The Internet provides an awesome space of free thought and expression, but is every opinion worth sharing? If it’s wrong for another 12-year-old to cyberbully a 12-year-old child whom they see every day in school, why is it okay for us as free thinking adults of reasonable intellect and compassion to berate a child we don’t even know personally?
The Clap Back
It is indeed a Catch-22 for many stars. Their indiscretions are public. They are berated publicly but they cannot defend themselves in the way that everyday people can. More than one celebrity has been shamed for arguing with people they don’t know on social networks; People who sometimes have devoted whole pages to bashing these celebrities. This is not unlike the cyberbullying we fight among our school-aged children. Horrible (and often untrue) information is circulated via the Internet, information that though it might be deleted is never really gone forever. We frown upon that at our level but revel in it when celebrities are the brunt of the joke. And if they fight back? They’re told that they shouldn’t have responded. For, how dare you defend yourself against the everyday people who were just having a bit of fun with you?
There is a difference between voicing your difference of opinion with a celebrity’s choices and persecuting them with malicious content that will never completely be deleted from cyberspace. And at the end of the day, is it really worth it to laugh at someone else’s expense, to attack them, never knowing if your tweet or comment was the last thing to drive them over the edge?
Jada Pinkett-Smith brought said it best in a Facebook status posted earlier this year:
“…Are these young people not allowed to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million times before our eyes? Are we asking them to defy the laws of nature because of who they are? Why can’t we congratulate them for the capacity to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver products that keep them on top. We all know how hard it is to keep our head above water, even in the privacy of our own homes let alone on the world stage. Imagine yourself, at their age, with the spotlights, challenges and responsibilities. Most of us would have fallen to the waste side before we could even get to a crashed Ferrari, a controversial romance, several heart breaks, or an Oscar nomination at NINE. We WISH we could have had the capacity to accomplish HALF of what they have accomplished along with ALL these challenges they face. But…maybe THAT’S the problem…we WISH we could have or even…we WISH we could.”
La Truly is a writer, college professor and natural hair and holistic lifestyle enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and change among young women. Follow her on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.
Being a famous celebrity isn’t always about popularity and fortune. Sometimes, it entails battles with the law over money, criminal allegations and scandal. Bouncing back from these legal issues, these celebrities have made a significant career strides after problems that could’ve shelved their careers for good.
Producers for Lindsay Lohan’s upcoming OWN reality series want nothing to do with her parents.
According to reports, it was an “executive decision” to ban Michael and Dina Lohan from the show. “Producers were struggling a few weeks back with the show’s direction,” TMZ reports, “and after intense debate decided to not include the ‘Lohan family circus.’”
Despite Lindsay’s rocky relationship with her parents over the years, the actress told Oprah that she doesn’t blame them for any of her poor choices.
“I don’t think anything was intentionally done in that way,” she said during her “Next Chapter” interview last month. “I hate what a bad rap people give my parents. Because they are just parents, really, at the end of the day trying to stand up for their daughter and themselves.”
“Nobody’s perfect,” Lohan added. “I love my parents. And I’m not going to say that certain situation, I would have preferred to have been handled differently. Certain things I would have preferred to have been kept within my family, in private. But that’s in the past.”
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Oprah Winfrey has been in our lives for decades, but never ceases to amaze in her ability to get even the most guarded Hollywood A-listers to give fans a glimpse behind the glitz and glamour. Though Oprah Winfrey’s transition from talk show host to mogul and television station owner hasn’t been the smoothest, that hasn’t stopped Winfrey from landing some of today’s biggest interviews, mostly recently with actress Lindsay Lohan. So in honor of her tradition of journalistic excellence and her ability to go where were few other hosts have gone before, the are the most interesting Oprah Winfrey interviews from over the years.
Let’s make one thing clear: I don’t bet against Oprah Winfrey. When the rest of the world took every opportunity to crack a joke about her new network’s struggle ratings, I took the wait and see approach. Ms. Winfrey is a savvy media veteran. It comes as no surprise that she turned OWN right around ahead of schedule. Even after her legendary talk show came to an end, she is still the go-to interviewer for celebrities looking for redemption. Take that Barbara Walters.
Oprah’s Next Chapter has become a hit by leveraging the talk show queen’s notoriety with high-profile guests. Ratings juggernauts for the show include sit-downs with Whitney Houston’s family, Lance Armstrong, and Rihanna. Sunday’s Lindsay Lohan interview was supposed to follow suit. But it didn’t make the cut. Ratings slouched, sagged, and buckled. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The one-hour OWN broadcast averaged 892,000 viewers to the 9 p.m. premiere telecast. The 10 p.m. encore averaged 504,000 viewers.”
Lohan, a tabloid darling who had yet to hold herself accountable for her antics, barely outperformed the average season ratings for Oprah’s Next Chapter. It’s an indicator of a problem that has tripped Oprah up ever since she started doing that “Remembering Your Spirit” segment in the 90s.
In the early days, OWN was criticized for sacrificing entertainment for enlightenment. Audiences want to be better people, but it takes more than inspiration to keep them glued to a television for 30 minutes or more. OWN found success when its leader was able to bring the drama without sacrificing her moral standards (i.e. her Tyler Perry collaboration, The Haves and Have Nots). Her interviewing style needs a similar balance.
The highlights of the Lindsay Lohan interview read like press release. The most titillating thing we learned: Lohan used coke 10 to 15 times. A change from her previous claim of three or five. Shocking, I know.
In true Lady O fashion, Oprah already knows the answer to her problems. Though I’m not sure she realizes it just yet. She says of her interviewing style: “I do the same thing with all important interviews. I did this the other day with Lindsay Lohan. Before I sit down with them I have a little private moment…and I say tell me what you want to get out of this interview. Because I am the facilitator… It’s their business to reveal whatever they want to reveal. “
No wonder celebrities want to come to Oprah’s couch (or invite her to theirs). Establishing that type of trust with a subject makes them feel safe.
Oprah sees her job as one of service: she’s there to help her interviewee accomplish what they want. That’s different from a Wendy Williams, whose directive is to get the dirt. Or a Piers Morgan, a supposed journalist, whose job is to get to the truth. It’s a great strategy for a talk show host who depends on celebrity guests for their livelihood. But it doesn’t always work if you’re trying to give your audience a raw, real look at celebrity lives. Someone like Lindsay Lohan, who has something she wants to hide, isn’t going to be forthcoming.
In a media landscape where everyone’s image is manicured and finessed by an army of publicists, no one wants to tune in to see the image a star wants to present. Reality – not the kind that Vh1 and the like sells, but the real, truth of the matter – is more valued than ever before. But Oprah seems to be too polite to serve it up.
That’s not to say Oprah needs to drop her standards, but at least try not to act like you’re on the guest’s payroll. At least get your $2 milion worth out of their visit.
Here’s hoping the producers of Lohan’s reality show on OWN aren’t taking cues from her publicist as well. If they are, Ms. Winfrey may have another flop on her hands.
C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveOutLoud) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).
So about that Oprah Lindsay Lohan interview…
For those who did tune in, you had the chance to see one of Hollywood’s most talented but most troubled stars divulge information on her addiction, dysfunctional family life, and her hopes for her future. It was definitely interesting, but according to Shadow and Act, it wasn’t enough to get people to truly tune in. While folks over at OWN clearly had high hopes for that episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, it only pulled in an average audience of 892,000 people. According to S&A, the numbers are good for most Oprah’s Next Chapter episodes, but when compared to other high profile interviews for the program, it doesn’t even come close. The interview with Whitney Houston’s family in 2012 brought in 3.5 million viewers, the program’s biggest. Lance Armstrong (where he really didn’t reveal too much except for the fact that he’s a jerk) garnered 3.1 million viewers, while Oprah’s interview with Rihanna (where she admitted that she was still in love with Chris Brown before they publicly rekindled their relationship) pulled in about 2.4 million viewers.
Maybe people have their Sunday TV schedules set on other big shows (preseason NFL, the ratchet-ness that is Big Brother, 60 Minutes, etc.), so this must-see TV event might have slipped a lot of people’s minds. But this can’t be the ratings Oprah was looking for with the episode, because as S&A points out, Lady O signed a $2,000,000 deal to give LiLo a reality show on the network (only eight episodes though). It’s all supposed to show the actress getting back on her feet and resurrecting her career. But if the interview couldn’t even pull in one million eyes, does that mean that folks won’t really be into the reality show like that? We’ll have to wait and see what Oprah and Lohan have in store for us…
Did you watch the episode? And do you think you’ll watch Lohan’s reality show on OWN?
I knew when Oprah announced that she was going to sit down with the 27 year old Lindsay Lohan, I was anxious to see not only what she was going to reveal but also how she was going to come across on camera. As we’ve seen these Oprah interviews can seem like a waste of time, if the celebrities aren’t honest (The Kardashians) and pretty awesome if they decide to be honest, (Whitney Houston). Turns out the Lindsay Lohan Oprah interview was shockingly honest. And Lindsay took full responsibility for the course her life has taken thus far. In case you missed it, here are the highlights below and then the entire thing on the next page.
Oprah: What’s different about this time?
“I don’t think in the past, I’ve ever fully surrendered to the fact that I just need to shut up and listen. In this case, I wasn’t fighting at all. I just let go and was able to just be like ‘you probably do know what’s best because my idea of doing what’s best has not worked for me in the past.’ I came into it just really willing, really craving more spirituality, really open and ready to get really honest.
Would you say you were in denial before?
A little bit. Definitely in the beginning. Absolutely. And the fear of not being able to ‘well, that means I can’t go out and have a drink with my friends ever again?!’ And it’s not about that. All I can do is live in each moment
What did you learn about yourself this time that you did not know before?
I think just learning how to ground myself and to know that I don’t need to go to outside things or outside places or substances to feel anything. It’s all here.
Are you an addict?
What is it you are addicted to?
Alcohol. That in the past was a gateway to other things for me. I tried coke with alcohol. I’d never done those things without it.
Then I read that you said you really hadn’t done coke more than 3-4 times.
I really haven’t done it more than 10-15 times. Of course I said 3 or 4, I was terrified of being judged. I’ve done it 10-15 times.
Do you enjoy doing it?
No. It never felt good the next day.
So why do you do it?
Because it allowed me to drink more. It went hand in hand with drinking.
Are you now ready, at this time in your life, to heal whatever it is that’s kept you from being who you need to be.
That’s what I’ve been doing for the past few months. And it’s a process and I continue to do it everyday. A lot of stuff went on when I was young, with my family. I grew up in a very chaotic home. There were moments of everything just being wonderful and perfect and then things being so uncontrollable and chaotic that it’s something that people go through and unfortunately I waited too long to face it.
She also spoke about her parents and whether or not she feels like they exploited her.
In case you missed it, you can watch the entire interview on the next page.
There are many times in our lives that we’ve done double-takes at the television screen for celebrities we haven’t seen or heard from in a while. “Where have you been?!” Some stars, who have so much potential, have come crashing down — or have remained stagnant — in their careers for some reason or another. But, we’re starting to see some fallen stars who are re-emerging into the spotlight and might possibly reclaim their spot on top. Here’s a list of celebs that we believe are poised for a come up–again.
Who are they trying to fool? Make-up can do wonders but we know these actors were really older than the characters they played.
Singer/actress Amber Riley is best known for her first major role on the hit musical television show “Glee” as the diva-in-training, Mercedes Jones. Though she played a high school girl for four season on the series, the Cali native is actually 27 years old. She should be thankful for that baby face.