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Can Maia Campbell Make It “From the Bottom Up”?

October 18th, 2016 - By Michelby Whitehead
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Maia Campbell is a a true gem. In the 90’s her presence in television and film did something for me and many other black girls around the world because she represented something different. The characters she played on South Central and In the the House were often articulate and street-smart with just a little bit of bougie to seal the deal. And it didn’t hurt that she was a a beautiful girl with long silky hair that was all hers!

Over the years, her name has been singing on the blogs because of her health and bad relationships. Maybe her Iyanla, Fix My Life appearance has allowed her to regroup and get past the negativity because Miss Maia is back in the limelight as a cast member on the new season of From the Bottom Up. Produced by R&B singer Nicci Gilbert, the Centric TV show follows the journey of “five women striving to change their lives, rebuild their families and live their dreams.” This is a new opportunity for the actress to grace the small screen and could really help her get back to business—if she has the right story line.

We want to see Maia win on this season of From the Bottom Up and here’s how we think she can.

Mental Health Awareness– We don’t see many Black women in leading roles actually address their mental health issues on reality TV. It would be refreshing to see someone share their story from a victorious outlook and offer sincere advice for others coping with bipolar disorder.

The Mommy Life–  Maia has a gorgeous daughter named Elizabeth and we never get tired of seeing Black women raise smart, confident girls; that’s most certainly lacking on reality TV.

Her Music–  Several years ago Maia began recording music. Perhaps we’ll get to see her in writing sessions and collaborating with hitmakers. Hey, Kim Zolizack took a shot at recording and it actually created a hit song!

Her Mother’s Legacy- Maia is the daughter of author Bebe Moore Campbell, who wrote critically-acclaimed novels like Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine. It’s time for the younger generation of reality TV watchers to be introduced Campbell’s work.

Writing Her Own Book– Maia needs to tell her story in her own words. This will position her for other opportunities like public speaking and put an end to speculation about her personal life. From what we hear, this may already be in the works.

Making Boss Moves– Any opportunity to be on television should be well-calculated—especially reality TV. If  reality stars are not careful their camera time can turn into drink-throwing drama and pettiness, which we currently have enough of! Maia should definitely spread her wings by introducing a viable product or service, or become the face of a recognizable brand now that she has this new platform.

Reclaiming Her Acting Career– “Emotional memory” is a term to describe when an actor uses real-life past experiences to play a role. Maia has been through many trials and heartaches from her parents’ death to her own battles with drug addiction and mental health. With these experiences, it is time to show her range as an actress in major projects.

We’ve seen a few celebs make a solid comeback with the help of a reality show. Hopefully, Maia can do the same and impact the lives of other women who are facing obstacles she’s faced.

Do you think a reality show was the right move for Maia Campbell after such a long hiatus? 

Actress Maia Campbell Arrested In Georgia

February 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Splash News, TMZ

Unfortunately, it appears that 90s actress Maia Campbell is in trouble once again. According to TMZ, the “In the House” star was arrested in Riverdale, Georgia over the weekend for disorderly conduct.

Officers were called to a Waffle House after Campbell allegedly began behaving erratically and causing a scene. The responding officers realized that she was drunk and tried to offer her the opportunity to leave the restaurant on her own, but she refused. As a result, she was taken to the station and booked on disorderly conduct charges.

Sadly, this is Campbell’s second run-in with police since the New Year began. She was also detained by police last month in Atlanta following an altercation at Burger King. According to a police report, she began cursing at a family after she accused their child of taking her wallet. She responded to the officer who came to arrest her by calling him a “f-cking f-ggot.” Cops say that she later denied using foul language during the incident and arrest, stating that she only speaks the “King’s language.”

This, of course, is extremely unfortunate considering that many of us watched with hopeful hearts as the 38-year-old struggled to piece back together the remnants of her life with OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant back in 2012.

Clearly, this woman is still battling a lot of demons. Hopefully, she can find her way back to the path of sobriety that she was once so determined to stay on.

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The Curse Of Child Stardom? Former Child Actors Who’ve Had Legal Trouble As Adults

December 2nd, 2013 - By Meghan Williams
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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.

child actors who've had legal trouble as adults.

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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.

“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.

“I Get To Choose How People Treat Me” Iyanla Vanzant Recaps Her Past Guests & Drops Knowledge

July 26th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Can I please share with you how excited we were to speak with Iyanla Vanzant today?! And she was everything we thought she would be. Warm, genuine and enlightening!  It was a beautiful experience for all of the MN editors. In part 1 of our interview with Iyanla, we spoke with her about the guests who appeared on season 1 of her OWN show “Iyanla Fix My Life.” She explains why she approached each celebrity guest the way she did.

She answered our questions about Evelyn Lozada and whether she’s concerned about her going back to “Basketball Wives,” whether she’s still not speaking to DMX, why she was pushing Sheree Whitfield to admit she got the house for herself and then how Maia Campbell is doing these days.

In the midst of her updates, she also dropped some gems we can apply in our lives as well.

Be sure to be on the look out for more videos, in the coming weeks, from our interview with Iyanla.

She’s Baaack! Maia Campbell Seen On Set Of New TV One Series

May 22nd, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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This is shouting news y’all! OK, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but when you think of what this woman has been through, this is definitely awesome news.

True Exclusives and Miss Jia have both posted pics of actress Maia Campbell that suggest the formerly addicted teen star is on the brink of a comeback. According to the sites, the “In the House” starlet is gearing up for a new role in an upcoming series on TV One, and she’s in the midst of good company. From photos posted on the sites, the series looks to be the second coming of a slew of teen stars from our favorite ’90s sitcoms. We see Maia alongside Cherie Johnson of “Family Matters” in some shots, as well as Ken Lawson from “The Parkers.

And did we mention Maia looks great? The last time we saw the daughter of author Bebe Moore Campbell was on “Iyanla Fix My Life” in November. At the time, the 35-year-old who suffers from bi-polar disorder and has been addicted to drugs, was just beginning to be on the mend, talking with Iyanla about her issues from the past and her hopes for the future. Now, just six months later, she appears to have truly done the work Iyanla so often talks about and is ready to get back to honing her craft as a working actress in Hollywood.

So far, we don’t have any specific details on this new series but this news is promising, at the very least for Maia and her recovery. Here’s wishing her the best of luck!

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Source: Miss Jia

Check out more behind-the-scenes pics on the next page.

MN Jam Of The Day: “Just In Case” By Jaheim

December 18th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Such a simple song, but something about “Just In Case” hits the spot, day or night. The great vocals by Jaheim and his background singers make this song a winner, and the beat (suspiciously close to Next’s “Wifey”as someone on YouTube pointed out) can get your head bobbin’ or your feet moving. I’ll let you decide based on your setting how you will jam to this one, but I’m sure you will enjoy it one way or another. Shout out to Maia Campbell, as she played his better half in the dramatic video, and a big shout out to Jaheim’s stylist, who needed to be fired for the horrible bedazzled joints he was wearing from head to toe (but I do remember everyone wearing those blinged out bandanas back in the day). But great storyline, and wonderful message. Definitely take Jaheim’s words to heart, and let the person you love know how you feel…you know…just in case. After last Friday’s horrific events, it’s more important to do so than ever loves. Enjoy, and have a great day!

Was this your jam?

Was It Time For Iyanla To Try To Fix Maia Campbell’s Life?

November 19th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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At this point I can officially say that I am unashamedly a STAN of Iyanla Vanzant and her new show on OWN, “Iyanla Fix My Life.” Every single time I watch an episode of the show I walk away shouting the life coach’s praises and thinking about all the lessons she inadvertently laid out for me to learn while working on someone else, but after watching Saturday night’s special with actress Maia Campbell, I came away from the program feeling somewhat uneasy.

Maia, as most of us know by now, has been notoriously exposed as a former drug addict, thanks to World Star Hip-Hop and opportunistic observers with a camera who splattered footage of the star having a drug-related meltdown all over the Internet. Since that time, Maia has gotten clean, boasting two years of sobriety, but her problems are far from over. For one, the 35-year-old suffers from bi-polar disorder and will always have to be on medication that, from her appearance on “Fix My Life,” appears to keep her in a somewhat dazed state. Second, the actress still appears to be mourning the death of her mother, author Bebe Moore Campbell, who died of brain cancer in 2006. Third, she is still confined to an assisted living facility which she is expected to remain in until at least March, which means she also does not have custody of her 12-year-old daughter. To say Maia’s issues are multi-layered would be an understatement, which is why I don’t think she was quite ready for Iyanla to “fix her life,” at least not in the public eye.

Personally, it was uncomfortable for me to watch Iyanla put Maia through various exercises, like acting out the traumatizing experiences from her past, like the drug meltdown that was caught on tape or the breakdown she had on the set of “In the House.” Perhaps it was just the acting aspect that seemed awkward to me, but as I observed Maia’s somewhat lifeless eyes and child-like demeanor, I almost felt like what I was seeing was something that I shouldn’t have been watching. One hour could never be enough to fix the troubled star’s life, much like all of the other individuals Iyanla works with, but there’s an enormous difference between helping someone with mental illness who is a recovering addict, and someone who is a bully with mommy and daddy issues. Shoot, even Evelyn got two episodes, Maia clearly needs much more than that.

And that’s the other reason some parts of the special rubbed me wrong. Though I will testify about Iyanla’s abilities from now ’til kingdom come, all I could think while seeing her on OWN was that a psychiatrist, rather than a life coach, would be much better fitted for helping Maia through the recovery process. I don’t doubt that Iyanla could bring the actress to an awakening at some point, but there were times during the show when I wasn’t even sure Maia could fully comprehend what was going on. I also felt as though Iyanla, being a friend of the family, perhaps should have passed up on the ratings opportunity and really put in work with Maia off camera. At the very least, I hope she is providing ongoing counseling to Maia because I’m not sure their session even scratched the surface of her issues, despite the fact that she has indeed come a mighty long way.

I think all of us who loved Tiffany on “In The House” and remember what a beautiful woman she was are rooting for Maia to overcome these obstacles in her life, but unfortunately after Saturday I walked away from “Fix My Life” feeling more sad and deflated about the teen star than optimistic about her future. Hopefully there is some other work going on behind the scenes that will allow her life to one day be fully fixed.

Check out some footage from the episode here. What did you think about Maia Campbell’s appearance on “Iyanla Fix My Life?”

Brande Victorian is the deputy editor for Follow her on twitter @Be_Vic.

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?