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If you have been tuning into Bravo’s hit show Married to Medicine you know things have been heating up for Lisa Nicole Cloud, wife of emergency medicine physician Dr. Darren Naugles. The beef between Cloud and co-star Quad Webb is getting messy with Cloud conducting a background check on Webb. She uncovered Webb’s arrest history and now this season’s story line is centered around Webb’s background check on Cloud that had a few surprises about Cloud, her husband, and a major tax debt. Last season, there was even an altercation between the two women. Obviously, there is no love lost between them.
There may be major drama gong on the show, but Lisa Nicole Cloud is mostly all business. A serial entrepreneur, she has launched numerous companies and, according to Celebrity Wealth, has a net worth of $8 million.
It all started for her when she left the corporate rat race and entered direct sales. As she mastered the techniques of direct sales and then ventured out into her own company. She also started training other people on how to make money from direct sales and began working as a speaker and business coach, developing MLM Millionaires. Add to that a clothing company, books, and philanthropy. Her companies include the Women’s Empowerment Network, Lisa Nicole Cloud Enterprises, Elite Marketing Strategies, Lisa Nicole Collection, LLC. She is also Double Platinum Senior Vice President of 5LINX Enterprises where she launched her direct sales career. She’s been with the company for 11 years.
Cloud tells MadameNoire about her businesses and the show.
MadameNoire: You have a lot going on. How do you juggle all your various businesses?
Lisa Nicole Cloud: Very carefully. But many of my business overlap, such as the fashion and Women’s Empowerment Network. I always look for ways for me to incorporate my business with one another. They all seem very different but they really aren’t. My motivational speaking and coaching evolved from my direct sales business, for instance. And the line of clothes for businesswomen grew out of my “Dress For Success” coaching.
My motto is: “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” I don’t put limits on myself. I am very focused and I move all my projects forward every day.
But still, it is very very important to focus on finding a balance and to make sure everything stays in the air. Also I have a wonderful team. I’m busy but I’m loving it.
MN: Your direct sales business seems to have started it all. But many people shy away from direct sales.
LNC: I think that’s because they misunderstand the business model for direct sales. They think only of the negative side of telemarketing. But nearly every major company is involved in direct sales, from Citibank to Hallmark cards. When you start to educate yourself about the industry you will see there is a lot of annual revenue generated from the direct sales business. Even Warren Buffett owns two direct sales companies.
Direct sales is one of the very few industries where you can make brain surgeon money without an advanced degree. I was in pharmaceutical sales making a six-figure income, but with my direct sales business I was able to retire from that and my husband was able to take a sabbatical. I became a millionaire through direct sales.
MN: How does your direct sales business work?
LNC: I don’t just teach people how to do direct sales, I teach them to look at the bigger business picture. I tell them not just making money but how to turn the money they make into wealth. I took my money and I invested and started other companies.
MN: What is the key to sealing a sale?
LNC: Every purchase that a person makes is more emotional than anything. So I teach my clients to develop relationships. You don’t just tell people to call and ask people to buy a phone. You need to make the sales pitch from an emotional approach, not a logical approach. People buy from people they like and people they trust. They might not even need the product, but if they like you they may just buy to support you.
So if you are selling tea that makes you lose weight, don’t just call and say,”Hi buy some tea that makes you lose weight.” Call and explain what you are doing and ask if the person can support you buy buying one of your products. Say something like, “I have some tea that I am selling that helps you lose weight. Is there any way you can support me in this venture?”
MN: Why did you launch the Women’s Empowerment Network?
LNC: Direct sales is a male-dominated industry. Men are at the top earning the money, but there are actually more females in the industry. I was interested in showing women how to be a wife, mother, successful businesswomen, and civil-minded. The Empowerment Movement came from the women I was mentoring.
Also, I don’t just want to foster financial growth but spiritual growth. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not spiritually grounded you will never be happy.
MN: What’s next?
LNC: Well we’re working on expanding the women’s empowerment tour. Initially it was just a three-day event but now we are adding five more cities, including New York and Ft. Lauderdale.
Also, one of the things my husband has always wanted to do is mission work internationally. Most of his mission work has been in the U.S. So he and I are doing a fashion and lifestyle event for a cause. We will raise money for a medical mission trip to Haiti. We want medical supplies and 15 doctors to come with us. We are also trying to get equipment donated.
Then there are my children, who I am so proud of. My son, who is 10 years old, has a cookbook coming out: DJ Recipes That Rock. And my daughter has a tea set and a doll coming out.
MN: What made you do the TV show Married To Medicine?
LNC: When the show first came to me, I was asked to audition. However, due to a busy travel schedule, I missed the casting. The second year, I was able to attend the audition and was casted. Before I joined the show, I explained to the producers who I was and how I wanted to be portrayed. I also explained that I was not interested in any type of drama…they were okay with bringing on another positive cast member. With all reality shows, you are going to have drama. Due to the fight that took place during the first season, the producers were interested in balancing out the drama with more positive. This season, I became a target and there were some buttons pushed which led to drama, which regrettably is continuing.
But reality TV has also given me a national platform to promote positivity. There is a lot of good you can do if you are strategic.
MN: What has been your biggest business lesson?
LNC: I was always working, working, working. But I realized you can be very successful in business but if your spirituality suffers, if your family life suffers you will never be fulfilled. You have to make a work/life balance. If you don’t have quality time for your family, they might start to resent your work.
Also, I would tell anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit, that you have to find a way to tap into your dreams. If you try and fit yourself into the employee box you will never be fulfilled. So look for an outlet where you can go for it. Start off part-time but figure out a way to turn your passion into a profitable endeavor.
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Fertility is increasingly becoming a concern for women of all ages, and though Black women aren't absent from the conversation altogether, we tend to be late to the party, notes "Married to Medicine's" Dr. Jackie Walters. We recently spoke with the OBYGN and asked her to give us five things we need to understand about Black women and fertility and she broke it all the way down for us, from our tendency to have fertility issues due to our weight and lack of an active lifestyle, to our hesitancy to follow through with doctor's appointments. Check out the video above and get educated.
Just last month, we were reporting the joyous news that “Married To Medicine” Mariah Huq’s was pregnant with twins. The family even posted this adorable announcement on Instagram.
Long before the Huqs announced this pregnancy, they told Bravo that they had intentions to expand their family beyond the son and daughter they currently have.
Sadly, Mariah’s husband, Dr. Aydin Huq took to his Facebook page to alert the couple’s supporters and followers of the show that they miscarried.
Here’s what he wrote:
“Thank you for your well wishes on our pregnancy. It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that we miscarried. This is by far one of the hardest things that either of us have had to go through, and we are truly saddened by this double loss. We ask that you keep our entire family lifted in prayer, and Mariah a speedy recovery.”
Any woman who has miscarried can attest to the physical and emotional pain that comes with losing a child. We’re praying for the Huq family during this very devastating time.
@iluvmariah from Married to Medicine just announced she’s pregnant with twins! #Congrats #Marriedtomedicine #MariahHuq
The Huq household is about to be a full house as Married To Medicine stars Dr. Aydin Huq and his wife Mariah recently announced they’re pregnant with twins!
The cute announcement came via the Instagram post above on The Phillip Network and though Mariah’s response looks about right for any expectant mother hit with that news, the couple’s pregnancy shouldn’t come as much of a shock. Though the Huq’s are already parents to two little ones, Mariah’s bio on Bravo.com states “the powerhouse couple is very excited for the future, with plans to expand their ‘Blackadeshi’ family and have more children.” (If you’re confused about that whole “Blackadeshi” thing, Mariah is a Black native of Chattanooga, TN, and her husband Aydin is a native of Bangladesh; hence “Blackadeshi”.) Perhaps, though, the pair wasn’t quite expecting to expand their family by two at the same time. This will certainly make for an interesting story line on the next season of the show which Mariah executive produces. Congrats to the couple!
We all watched (and laughed) as Momma Dee’s tooth came out during the middle of one of her performances.
Momma Dee took it all in stride, making light of the whole thing, completely unashamed.
But I’m sure she realized if she’s going to do this singing thing, she’ll have to take care of that flipper situation, with something a little bit more permanent. Luckily, Dr. Heavenly, from “Married To Medicine,” was there to step in and help her fellow reality star sister out.
She installed a veneer.
But first, Momma Dee shared the story of how she lost the tooth in the first place.
“I was married to Scrappy’s daddy. We got into it. I remember that night before he went to revival. I told him when I get up, I want the diapers there because I had to put Scrappy on the nursery van. And I woke up and said, ‘Where is the diapers?’ He gon’ say, ‘Well, I didn’t get none.’ So we got into it. He cut off the light, I cut it on. He pushed me, I pushed him. He hit me in my mouth and he did this. (Pulls tooth out of her mouth.) I’m known, I’m a fighter. People were like, ‘Why you ain’t whoop his ass?” I said, ‘Bitch, I was on the floor trying to find my damn teeth.”
Not to make light of a very serious domestic violence situation but Momma Dee is seriously a great storyteller and I watched and re-watched that the video of her tooth transformation, just to hear her say that last line.
Remember how we were all so surprised to learn that Scrappy’s daddy was a pastor? Apparently, he wasn’t always the upstanding kind.
Anyway, now that I know the full backstory, I’m really glad to hear that these women were able to come together and replace her missing tooth. Considering Scrappy was in diapers when her husband knocked it out of her mouth, it’s been a long time coming.
You can watch Momma Dee’s transformation in the video below.
Oral sex tends to be right up there with well paying job when it comes to a man’s list of priorities, but “Married To Medicine’s” Dr. Simone Whitmore has an important piece of advice for women who are not too keen on going down on their man: it’s OK.
The OBGYN, and now reality star, surprised viewers when in season 2 of the Bravo series she told her castmates she rarely performs oral sex on her husband, and in an interview with Sister 2 Sister, Dr. Whitmore explained why her choice isn’t a death sentence for her relationship.
“The thing is, we are all different, and I’ve been married for 18 years. I love my husband; he still loves me. It’s important for women to know, whatever it is you feel comfortable with doing in the bedroom with your husband or not doing, it is okay. It is. It’s okay.”
If you’re mind immediately trailed to the thought, “what I won’t do another woman will,” kill it, Dr. Whitmore advised.
“The reality is, divorce is 50 percent in this country, and I know that there are women who are giving it to him uptown, downtown, sideways, flip it up, rub it, oh no, whose husbands or partners are still cheating on them. The most important message that I would tell any woman is look at you, work on you, love you and demand that he love you like you want to be loved and you can’t worry about the rest. No matter what you’re doing, even if you think you’re doing it all, there is another woman out there who’s willing to do more than you.”
Amen to that. It’s about time women were told to put their own desires and level of sexual comfort above a man’s. But do you think there are many husbands out there who’d be able to handle an oral-less marriage?
"Married To Medicine's" Mariah Huq may have started out #TeamQuad but after the drama we saw between the two this season, we began questioning the reality stars' friendship. That's why when Miss Mariah came by the office we had to ask her about their relationship and how she's fairing with the rest of the ladies since she was excluded from their couple's retreat. Check out the interview above and see why the reality star is still casting for a new season of the medical reality drama. What do you think?
"Married To Medicine" airs Sundays at 9PM ET/PT on Bravo.
A couple of months ago, "Married To Medicine's" Dr. Heavenly Kimes ruffled a few feathers when she proudly shared that she submits to her husband, who is the head of their household, and further let it be known that the example she set is one Black women in particular need to see more of. When we got the dentist in the office we had to ask her about her comments and to explain why she thinks African American women need to learn a thing or two about submission. We also wondered how the medical community has responded to her foray into reality TV and, shockingly, Dr. Heavenly claims she hasn't received any backlash since joining the BravoTV family. Do you believe her?
Check out the video above and let us know what you think about Dr. Heavenly and her husband's example of a submissive marriage.
Have you ever noticed whenever you're watching Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, Real Housewives of Atlanta or Married to Medicine, all the Atlanta reality TV socialites talk like gay men? When Quad and Dr. Simone from the latter Bravo TV show stopped by the office, we had to ask them about this over-the-top trend and particularly whether they've personally received any backlash as a number of gay Black men have requested that women such as themselves stop stealing their lingo.
We also asked Dr. Simone how the medical community reacts to their reality shenanigans and if they're ever embarrassed by their own behavior. Unsurprisingly, they tried to downplay their messiness as only they can. Check out the video above to hear all they had to say. Are you over Atlanta women talking like gay men?
Tune in for new episodes of Bravo’s Married to Medicine each Sunday at 9:00pm ET/PT.
“Married To Medicine’s” Heavenly Kimes On Submission: “Black Women Need To See A Woman Who Takes Care Of A Household”
MadameNoire doesn’t know much about Dr. Heavenly Kimes other than she’s a leading Atlanta dentist and founder of Heavenly Dental Associates, Inc., oh, and a fiesty new cast member on Bravo’s “Married To Medicine” who’s shaking things up in more ways than one.
Already having to defend her stance that a dentist is also a doctor to her fellow cast mates, Dr. Kimes is now explaining her comments about submitting to her husband, who’s also a doctor. As you can imagine, the declaration from such a high-powered woman that she submits to her husband didn’t go over too well with audiences during a previous episode of the show, but wpeaking with Sister 2 Sister, Dr. Kimes didn’t back down from her beliefs, telling the magazine:
“I submit to my husband. I make my husband’s food. I take care of the household. I understand my role as a wife and a mother.
“Black women need to see a woman who takes care of a household, who’s married with children and that’s not seen a whole lot,” she said, adding that regarding the show as a whole, “It should be applauded that all of us are educated. We talk about business, money and relationships. I think that’s a part of the whole scope of life.”
Let’s get back to that whole household thing though, shall we? Dr. Kimes’ position certainly isn’t new and, for many, is a biblical mandate, but we’re going to guess what most female viewers took issue with more than her cooking dinner for her husband was calling him “daddy.” Explaining her vernacular, she said:
“I thought that was cute. When my son was born, I would say ‘Damon’ and both of them would answer.”
Guess the nickname just stuck after, huh?
I don’t know about you but I feel a side-eye coming on. True, we don’t see many brown women who are happily married with children on TV, but are we lacking a submissive role model to show us how to take care of house and home? I’m not sure about that. What do you think about Dr. Heavenly Kimes and her stance on submission?