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We Can’t Believe They Couldn’t Make It Last! Surprising Celebrity Breakups Of 2012

December 20th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Rhea Pearlman and Danny DeVito

Rhea and Danny are like Hollywood staples. The couple met in 1971, moved in together two weeks later, and, oddly, didn’t marry for another 10 years in 1982. Still, they’ve got 40 years under their belt which is why news that the two were divorcing in October hit fans so hard. The good news is as of earlier this month, Danny told Extra the pair is still working on their marriage and that they’re “still together – just separate, but together.”

Better be.

MN Year In Review: Our Funniest Articles Of 2012

December 17th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.

You know part of our job is to keep you guys laughing and these hilarious articles of 2012 did just that.

1. Usher, It’s Time to Move On, You’re No Trey Songz

Last week, I heard Usher’s new song, Lemme See – And this is why I don’t listen to the radio anymore.

The song, which features a verse from former correctional officer with benefits and a 401k plan turned make-believe gangster-rapper, Rick Ross, is about Usher going out one night and meeting a girl in the club. And after getting drunk off of Merlot and his female companion for the night taking her pants off, our hero in the song has decided to take his shirt off – to show his chest. And I guess from there they get it poppin’.  And we wonder why the yougins’ are freaky as all hell…Read more.

2. There’s No Place Like Home? Not When You Move Into An Apartment From Hell

Trying to find an apartment in New York City when you don’t live in the city is a nightmare — not that trying to find an apartment in New York City when you’re in New York City is much easier. But unless you have a lot of money and a broker who actually wants to earn his 15% commission, you’re going to end up sacrificing some of those things that would be considered normal amenities in any other city in America just to put a decent roof over your head….Read more.


Ok, so the likelihood of us, regular, around the way girls, ever getting an opportunity to date a celebrity will probably never, ever present itself. Most of us, over the age of thirteen have realized this. While the glitz and glam of being on the arm of a famous beau would be fabulous (at times), there are some men who just would not cut it. No matter how much money these celeb men have, it can’t hide the fact that they’re either ignorant, lame, or down right repulsive. Check out the men we’re talking about and let us know if you agree….Read more.

4. Straight Comedy: Meet Keyoncé Bowles, Beyoncé’s Siamese Twin Sister

When people imitate Beyoncé they usually go for her over the top stage performances or her intensely choreographed music videos. Rarely, do we see someone try to take on Beyoncé the woman. I know you’re probably thinking Maya Rudolph just gave it a try shortly after the birth of Blue Ivy in that SNL skit. That she did. But let me tell you after watching this video made by vlogger, actress and singer, Jade Novah, Maya has nothing on this Beyoncé impersonation. (No shade, Maya. We still love you.)…Watch here.


It’s getting warmer outside, and with the change in weather comes a change in mood–folks want to be outside! But also with a change in weather comes a whole lot of ratchetness. From too little clothes to very aggressive men, when the weather takes a turn for the better, people act a hot a** mess. Keep your eye out for these things and people…Read more.


Up until two days ago, I tried my best to keep from watching Vh1′s “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta.” I knew it was going to be a ratchet mess and frankly I can’t take too much more of black women embarrassing themselves on television when we have so few positive images anyway. But, at the downright prodding of my sister, I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about while I was on vacation. After one episode, I was hooked. Whether I “like” them or they make my skin crawl, all of the characters are so entertaining. But one of the cast members and her quick-witted catch phrases, caught my attention. And that would be K. Michelle. Though, I don’t always agree with the way she handles her altercations, I have to admit the girl can turn a phrase. Surely, you’ve noticed. And if you haven’t, check out some of her catchier ones on the following pages…Read more.


In the ’90′s if you didn’t have baby hair, you weren’t doing much. Black folk across the country spent countless hours in the mirror, using a toothbrush and gel to shape the perfect swirl around their edges. Slick and sleek was the look and no one was trying to be caught with frizzy edges. Check out the artists who took the baby hair phenomenon to a whole new level…Read more.

8. The Sweetest Sound Known To Woman Is The Soft Thud Of Her Bra Hitting The Floor After a Long Day

Apparently I missed a very exciting celebration yesterday and you likely did too: no bra day. The thought alone conjures up all sorts of images—was this a grand feminist statement rivaling the 1960s, did some college co-eds come up with this an excuse to walk around like playboy models, and most importantly who was walking around with no bra on when they know they needed one—but the day actually had a more somber meaning. The idea was crafted last year by a 19-year-old girl from California who goes by the online name of Anastasia Doughnuts as a statement to raise breast cancer awareness and stand in solidarity with women who no longer have to wear bras because of breast disease. While the cause was noble, as women thought about the reality of what not needing to wear a bra would mean, most of those who still have to wear one couldn’t help but think about one thing: how much they hate these things…Read more.

MN Year In Review: The Biggest Celebrity Successes Of 2012

December 14th, 2012 - By Kendra Koger
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In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.

celebrity success

Sometimes we’re so bombarded with sad news and negativity about celebrities that it gets a little draining, so instead of talking about the bad stuff, we decided to try to find 9 successes from celebrities that occurred in 2012. We’re not going to lie, it was hard, but we think we found some good ones to make you smile, so let’s get to it!

MN Year In Review: The Most Anticipated Celebrity Baby Births Of 2012

December 12th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.

Everyone loves a new baby and in 2012, the public couldn’t wait on the birth of a handful of celebrities’ babies to goo-goo and gaga over. We can’t lie, we were pretty excited about these babes too. Check out this list of the most anticipated babies of 2012.

MN Year In Review: Beloved Stars We Lost In 2012

December 11th, 2012 - By Meghan Williams
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of these and all other stars we’ve lost in 2012.


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Larry Hagman

Actor Larry Hagman lost his battle with throat cancer on November 23. In the years before his death, he hadn’t done much acting, but fans of the hit TV show “Dallas” knew Hagman well; as the villainous JR Ewing, he achieved international fame and lasting recognition. Hagman was 81 years old.

MN Year In Review: 10 Of The Hottest Evening Eye Candy Of The Year

December 10th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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It’s been a good year for eye candy. From delicious footballers with bodies like BOW to much loved actors and secret crushes, these 10 men put the candy in “Evening Eye Candy.” Maybe that’s why their slideshows reached insane views this past year. From the always fought over Jason Momoa, to the return of Lee Thompson Young, IN a particular order, this is some candy we couldn’t get enough of. Check out the top 10 eye candy of the yizear!

10. George Wilson

Hmmm, should we blame it on the eyes? How about the delicious Milk Dud head? And you can’t forget about those lips ladies! No matter what it was, Wilson received some big views this year when his gallery dropped on September 10. To this day when I look at his photos I can only say, umm umm umm!

MN Year In Review: 11 Black Stars We Lost In 2012

December 7th, 2012 - By Meghan Williams
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of these and all other stars we’ve lost in 2012.


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Whitney Houston

Singer Whitney Houston passed away on February 11 due to accidental drowning complicated by heart disease. The star was best known for her powerful vocals and crossover success as an actress in films like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting To Exhale.” She was 48 years old.

MN Year In Review: Our 10 Most Shocking News Stories

December 6th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.

With so much going on every day, most news stories end up being big today and forgotten tomorrow, but these 10 stories were so shocking, sad, and disturbing they stuck with us all year. Check out the list:

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No Excuse At All: Mother Arrested After Holding Baby Under Scalding Hot Water For Crying

In April, 18-year-old Port Richey, FL, mom Chekayla Dampier was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse after she put her 7-week-old baby under scalding hot water to punish him for crying excessively. A little over a week later, the baby boy died from the burns he suffered as a result of the 142-degree water which left him with severe burns to his head, chest, arms, and even his eyes and ears.

MN Year In Review: Our 10 Most-Read Essays

December 5th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.

Though you might think slideshows make this site (yes, we sense the shade), it’s the unique essays penned by our team of writers that really make the Madame Noire voice and spark the discourse we enjoy having with you — our lovely readers. Here’s a list of the 10 most-read essays we’ve published this year. Which one’s your favorite?


1. I’ll be honest, I feel like Lala is my celebrity BFF. Last season I only watched her show because it filled a gap somewhere in between my Monday night TV lineup, but after a few episodes I realized she wasn’t boring, she was the type of down to earth, unwaveringly loyal friend, mother, and wife of a pro athlete that I think I would really like in real life. Her show and her personality definitely grew on me. With the premiere of season 2 last night, I was pretty excited to see a group of girls hanging out together, sharing laughs, and catching up—especially after the foolishness that came on before her show—but unfortunately that’s not exactly what I got…Read more.


OK, so maybe we all haven’t been asking this, but as a lover of T.I. I can admit I have been a hater of Tiny. And as my Twitter timeline often shows on Monday nights, and obviously author Shahida Muhammad’s as well, lots of women find themselves asking, out of all the women T.I. could have, why did he choose Tiny?…Read more.


So I caught the latest addition to the Isht that So & So Says meme called Isht that Natural Hair Girls Says and I got a good chuckle out of it because it just reminded me of how sometimes the whole fascination over natural hair gets to be ridiculous…Read more.


A few months ago, I went on a date with a gentleman who  really had me scratching my head. When I initially met him, I can recall thinking that he was perhaps more sensitive (aka, feminine) than most of the guys I engage. However, I decided to be nice and at least get to know him a little more before drawing any conclusions. I left my number with him and within a few days he’d arranged to take me to dinner at a restaurant I had been eager to try. While I had resolved to keep an open mind, in my head was the reality that I would need to see some unbridled manliness (whatever that is) during this date in order to be comfortable with seeing him for a second one….Read more.


I went to go see Pariah over the weekend and actually, I really enjoyed it.

The film, which was written and directed by Dee Rees (protégé of Spike Lee’s protégé’), is a coming of age story of Alike, a 17-year-old Black girl from Harlem coming to terms with her own sexual identity as a lesbian and must waver the waters between her conservative mother, played by Kim Wayans, and her contradictory father, played by Charles Parnell. The film has been getting lots of praise for highlighting the invisible voice of black female queers in the community; however, the intense and strained relationship between mother and daughter has such a universal theme, which makes it relatable to just about anyone, who once struggled in their youth…Read more.

MN Year In Review: Our 10 Best Open Letters

December 4th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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In MN’s Year In Review, we’re counting down our top stories as well as the biggest moments in television, music, movies, and news.

Madame Noire is good for writing an open letter to someone or some “someones” to try to correct what we see as suspect behavior, express admiration, or spread a little positivity to the noirettes holding it down. We did plenty of all of that in 2012. Here are the best, funniest, and most honest open letters we published this year (in no particular order).


Dear Mary J.,

Gurl, you know we love you. Like for real. We love your triumph. We love your music. We love your passion. But we have no love whatsoever for the recent debacle you decided to lend your image and vocals to. Mary, sometimes ignorance really is bliss; because up until a few hours ago, I had nothing but warm fuzzy feelings for you…Read more.


Dear Single Sistahs,

I am writing this letter to my Single Sistas who desperately desire a relationship, to those whose biological clocks are ticking, to those who are at the end of a relationship, to those who feel as though they will always be a bridesmaid and never a bride, to those who are currently playing the dating game, on a hiatus from it or have simply retired from it, to those who are moving out and moving on, to those who fear being alone, to those who are settling for less, to those who are divorced and refuse to open their hearts, and finally to those who have lost a love, and feel as though they can never love again…Read more.


Dear Goatee,

I’ve been clocking your style for a while now. It started with a subconscious glance, a double look and finally I allowed myself to drink you in completely. I’ve come to the conclusion that you are beautiful…Read more.

 4. An Open Letter To All The “Playas” And Man Wh**es: You’ve Had Your Share Of Women, But Wait ‘Til You Meet Karma

To All of the heartbreakers out there,

I’ve always wondered how some of you can be so cold. How you can have a wife here, a mistress there, and 30 side chicks spread everywhere, yet tell someone that you only want to be with them. Does sleep come easy knowing that your promiscuous ways and playboy antics crush hearts and bruise self-esteem, causing pain and bitterness for women who love you more than you love yourselves?…Read more.

5. An Open Letter To My Single Parent Sistahs: Be An Example To Your Child

Dear Single Sistahs,

I am writing this letter to all of you who are singly mothers by choice, by force, by divorce, or by other circumstances. I am writing this letter to all of my Single Parent Sistahs to encourage you to be the best mother and parent you can be to your child or children. I’m writing this letter to encourage you to be your child’s parent, particularly be your child’s mother because as the first woman in your child’s life, you set the tone for how he, she or they will view, treat and react towards women. You set the tone for how your child will view women because you are the first example of a woman he/she will see and know…Read more.