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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!
Check out more behind-the-scenes pics on the next page.
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?
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?”
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.
Tune in Saturday, November 17, at 10/9c.
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?
Anyone who came across this video of Maia Campbell that went viral in 2009 knows the “In the House” actress was in a bad way a few years ago, seemingly strung out on drugs and hurting from the death of her mother, author Bebe Moore Campbell.
Thankfully, all of that appears to be behind her now, as she revealed in a recent blog talk radio interview. The 35-year-old says she’s clean and ready to make a comeback to the industry—only she wants to make sure she does it the right way this time. Check out some of the highlights of the interview:
On her life
I’ve been sober for two years, and a lot of people can’t say that. I’m timid, shy and broken a little bit by some of the responses [online], but then again so much support from the people saying “No! She’s none of that.” Real friends stepping up … And just showing me who the real people were in my life. It helped me find myself and find out that there’s a real true artist inside of me–that no matter what obstacles may come, he’s not going to let you fall, and he’s not going to let you down.
I started ministering to myself and looking at my heart … Finding my voice … And it just made me stronger. If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. Like Drake says, “It’s far from over…” I listened to the music that people were making, and it kept inspiring me. I started making music, and I just stepped out on a limb. My mom died … So much has happened. I miss people in my life. I miss LL [Cool J]. Debbie Allen came back to the community … And for once so many miracles. I swear so many miracles!
On her career and Internet image
“I went on to do movies, and nobody talked about it, and that hurt me. I did a movie called ‘Rim Shop’ after Katrina had happened in New Orleans. We went down there, and that place looked a mess, seriously. We shot a film out there just to help those people, to bring revenue in and just show our support to their situation. Then, I did a gospel kind of Tyler Perry play called ‘Friends and Lovers’.
“I’m trying to reach out to Tyler Perry about one of the mom’s latest novels. She was nominated for a Noble Peace Prize for literature. [It's called 72-Hour Hold] it was a story about her and my relationship, and I wish that Halle Berry would pick it up and read it if you’re listening. I would love for her to play the lead character.
“There are so many goals and dreams that God has put in my heart while I’m sitting here sober. And I’m not doing the things I use to do. The way they attacked me on the Internet–it was BS. These guys said they were going to shoot a video for my music. I was trying to work independently–and I’m not saying that I was clear headed to believe them, but I was not doing what the heck they said I was doing. They blasted me with the words they put on the screen and just made everybody look at me another way. And I’m like, “That’s really messed up if anybody believes that!” But a lot of people didn’t. And they knew that and came to my rescue and said, “Let’s just get you all the way right.”
Her plans for the future
“I went to Spelman, but a lot of HBCUs named a month after my mom for mental health month because she supported the mental health … Her book was about a girl with a bi-polar mental health issues and her relationship with her mom. It was kind of a bougie little girl that was prive to every freakin’ thing, raised up in The Hills and just had it like that. Nobody took the time to deal with her psychologically. And that’s what ’72-Hour Hold’ is about. That’s the next project that I want to basically get out to producers and Tyler Perry to see if anybody is interested in pushing it.
I want to attach myself to anything-–reality shows, movies–but positive characters. I don’t want to play the crazy girl like, ”Craig, Craig let me borrow your VCR!” It’s too much of that in life, and we got kids out there … I wish they would take that type of stuff off the Internet because the kids have to go to school and deal with reality of that, and it makes it hard for them to learn.”
Sounds like Maia is headed in the right direction. Hopefully the people she’s surrounded herself with will keep her grounded as she reenters the industry.
Check out the rest of the interview on Necole Bitchie.
Do you think Maia can recover from her tainted image? What roles would you like to see her take on?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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