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Dascha Polanco’s NYFW Statement Is The Eff-U I Needed

September 13th, 2016 - By Quindara Lazenbury
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The presence of “larger” women as a conveyor of beauty is evolving and dramatically rising. As a debatable BBW myself, it is always inspiring to see other women wear confidence in unconventional and unique ways. Let’s take Amber Riley who earlier this year called out a fat-shamers insulting her size on social media. She responded with a calm, “My a– is fat. And the fellas love it. And so do I. So eat it!” We should also peep Danielle Brooks’ IG page featuring all of her golden chocolately-ness and increasingly fitter figure. She slayed at the launch of Christian Siriano’s new collection for Lane Bryant and rocked it out at the Jouvert Festival in Brooklyn.

Recently, Orange Is The New Black‘s Dascha Polanco peeked social media’s interest with her thighs-out, low-cut, black and white striped bodysuit with a Virgin Mary bedazzled, floor-length coat. Dramatic? Yes. Shocking? Yes. Regrettable? Hell no!

Dascha wore the outfit for the premier of The Blonds Fashion Week showcase, a show where many attendees come to demonstrate that fashion is daring and bondage is considered a basic accessory. Therefore, it is no surprise that Dascha chose to arrive in splendidly shocking attire. But what makes the outfit most bold is that Dascha’s ensemble flies in the face of critics who say she shouldn’t wear her legs out and let the entire world see her curvy proportions simply because they are larger than what society has deemed acceptable.

With this simple fashion statement, Dascha is signaling a big F-U to supposed societal and fashion expectations that you have to be a certain size to be free. Dascha’s thighs remind me of my own and her slayage is not limited to a “certain kind of thick.” So walk on Dascha and keep inspiring women to wear confidence in their individual way. Now, I might get a body suit and rock out with a bedazzled cloak. OK–maybe scratch the bedazzled coat.


She Got Her Eggs Cracked: Tiffany “New York” Pollard Is Pregnant

April 14th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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RETRACTION: The article entitled SHE GOT HER EGGS CRACKED TIFFANY “NEW YORK” POLLARD IS PREGNANT posted April 14, 2016 by Veronica Wells, has been retracted by MadameNoire because of new information. According to The Sun, Tiffany Pollard suffered a miscarriage before she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house. She was four months pregnant. She chose not to share the new with her housemates.

NYC: Looking for MadameNoire’s #1 Reader & Ultimate Foodie

February 17th, 2016 - By jade
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Ladies, If you love MadameNoire and you love food, then this post is for you! We’re looking for MadameNoire’s #1 fan who would like to be featured in our next two-part video series with the hottest celebrity chef in NYC. We’re looking for the ultimate foodie to take on a food adventure to some of the best eateries in Brooklyn.

Here are the Rules:

  • Must live in the NYC Tri-State Area
  • Must be available on Wednesday 2/24 to film ALL DAY!
  • Between the ages of 21-35
  • Great personality and is willing to be on camera.

If you meet the above criteria and you’re interested, please e-mail the following to with the subject line: Destination BK MadameNoire’s #1 Fan (Insert Name Here)

  • Name, Age, Location
  • Photo
  • Contact Number & E-mail
  • Why do you love MadameNoire?
  • Why would you consider yourself a foodie?

We will select the winner no later than Monday, February 22nd.

NYPD Captain Pleads Guilty To Pulling Gun On Two Innocent Kids

October 10th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Back in September 2013, New York Police Department Captain Brian McCaughey pulled a gun out and screamed at a 13-year-old and 12-year-old who were harmlessly playing tag on a street in Brooklyn’s Beford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

“Motherf*****,” get on the ground!” McCaughey shouted with his gun drawn, according to kids relatives and sources. After hancuffing and attempting to arrest the teenagers, the mother of the 12-year-old boy intervened on the cop’s wrongful actions. McCaughey then realized that he and his partner were at the wrong address – they were on Quincy Street instead of Clifton Street, which was four blocks away.

“I was just hoping that the (cops) didn’t pull the trigger,” said Yvonne Smalls, the grandmother of 13-year-old Kesean Smalls. “I didn’t even ask ‘What did he do?’ because Kesean has always been a non-confrontatinal kid. It was more a matter of ‘Why are you doing this?'”

After a two-year fight for justice for Smalls and his friend Jahniel Hinds, Captain McCaughey plead guilty on charges of improper force and abuse of authority, New York Daily News reports.

“Pointing a gun at two young boys, who had done nothing other than play tag on their own street, was a reckless use of force that traumatized them and created an extremely dangerous situation,” said CCRB executive director Mina Malik.

As a result of McCaughey’s poor actions and guilty plea, he has been docked 30 vacation days after trying to get the court to lessen it to only 18 days.

Corinia Silver, Hinds mother, said two simple words from the NYPD could have ended the drawn out case: We’re sorry. “I asked for an apology because I know that mistakes happen, but they never did,” she told New York Daily News.



Buffalo Woman Hands Out Resumes On The Street, Scores A Number Of Job Offers

August 22nd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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During a time when the job market is stagnant and Americans are simply unemployed or underemployed, one woman found a way to land herself numerous interviews and job offers.

Carrie Kemeling, 28, quit her job on Saturday (Aug. 15), and by Monday (Aug. 17) she had an interview and 13 different employers offering her a position. So, how did she do it? Here’s a hint: she didn’t use trusty LinkedIn.

Kemeling took an unusual approach to her job search this time around, standing by a busy exit ramp off of a highway in Buffalo, New York with a sign that read: “Not Homeless but Hungry for success. Take a resume”

“I wanted to do something different; instead of just emailing a piece of my work history or dropping my résumé off on somebody’s desk,” she told Buffalo News.

“I’m just trying to get my word out to as many people as possible to show my creativity and innovation, and you know hopefully, I can find something that will make me happy. If people can give money to somebody who is homeless and not looking for work, they can also help someone who is trying to help themselves,” she said. “I believe this is going to be a success story. People want to see self-motivation. And I’m not giving up on myself and never will.” she sai.

On Friday (Aug. 15), before Kemeling quit her job at a local jewelers due to being passed for a promotion, she stood on the pedestrian crossing island passing out her résumé to 20 people and 50 more that following Monday.

“Even though I had a job, I’m still looking for better and I know I’m better,” she said. “I’m looking to find a company who is willing to invest in me and I’m investing in them as well. I’m really extremely trainable.She said she’d been “looking to advance myself for the past year. I sent résumés but didn’t get a response. So now I have the time to stand here and actually put myself out there. If I’m going to give my résumé to someone, I want to give it to someone who wants it.” she said.

The Buffalo Niagara region has been adding jobs at an average pace of 1.4 percent through the first four months of this year, nearly double the growth rate from all of 2014. After receiving a dozen employers offering positions, including the temp agency, a shredding company and an online startup, Kemeling plans to return to the Thruway exit and see what luck she’ll have.

“I want to keep my options open,” she said. “I want to give other candidates a chance. There might be others out there who are interested in hiring me.”


14 Memorable VH1 Love Show Moments

April 28th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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After VH1 announced that they would allow Jayceon Taylor, also known as “The Game,” to attempt to find love on his own show “She Got Game,” it made me nostalgic for the VH1 dating shows of yore.  You know the ones, the “Flavor of Loves,” “Rock of Loves,” “I Love New Yorks,” “For the Love of Ray Js,” and “Real Chance of Loves.”

In anticipation of “She Got Game,” I decided to go back into the old VH1 archives of their golden era of reality shows and bring you a list of some of the most memorable moments.  There were a lot of shows, a lot of crazy people and behaviors, and I’m gonna do my best to include the best.  If I missed your favorites, hit me up in the comment section!

Tiffany “New York” Pollard To Appear On “Botched”

April 14th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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When I think about Tiffany “New York” Pollard, I always think remember the thin, stringy-weaved, cut out, blue dress wearing reality show contestant who mooned Flavor Flav when he sent her home after bringing her back on the show for the second time.

“You brought me back here to open up the same muthf**kin wound Flav?”

But when Tiffany came back for her own show, “I Love New York,” she looked a little bit different. She had fuller hair, she’d put on a bit of weight and her boobs were bigger, a lot bigger. If you were like me, you were so distracted by her words and actions, you might not have noticed the breasts.

But in a new episode of E!’s “Botched,” she explains that they’ve caused her quite a few problems. In a teaser for the show, New York explains why she had the girls done and why she wants them fixed now.

Why she wanted them: 

I grew up in upstate New York, being the granddaughter of a minister. Life was very sheltered for me. Just pretty much church, school and home. I just never felt like I fully fit in. So I found my escape watching television and saying ‘Bitch, one day you will be somebody.

One day I was watching Geraldo Rivera and I saw Dolly Parton walk out on stage. And when I saw that White chick come out on the screen with her blonde hair, her tiny waist and her big tits, I said that’s going to be me one day.”

Why she needs them fixed now

My breasts are jacked up. The sagging, the extra skin. My breasts are unhappy…It’s like one tit is in Africa and the other one is in Europe.

From the looks of things, she’s in desperate need. Which is why plastic surgeons Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif will not only work to correct New York’s breasts, they’ll also be working to fix her deviated septum.

Watch New York explain the extent of her problems in the video below.

New York’s episode of “Botched” will air tonight at 9/8c on E!

What’s The Best U.S. City To Find Love?

December 23rd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Leading personal finance social network WalletHub has conducted an in-depth study 2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Singles, ranking the best and worst places for the 105 million US singles to find the right partner while saving money.

WalletHub looked at stats associated with nightlife opportunities, how active people are on mobile dating apps and more. In their report, WalletHub noted whether singles in the United States were single by choice, casually dating, divorced, widowed or looking for love. Their study also concluded that some singles may lead a perpetual solo life or marry the person of their dreams based on geography.

For those who live in New York City, dating may be tough since the city ranks seventh out of 10 of the worst cities for dating. According to marketing strategists at ConvergEx Group, the average date in the city can cost up to $130, a steep price for cocktails and getting to know you.

The city also comes in the 67th percentile for online dating opportunities and in the 145th percentile for movie costs. WalletHub claims for a single person to have a healthy dating life in New York City, their wallet may take a bruising, especially over the course of multiple first dates. New York’s data goes as follows:

The Dating Scene in New York (1=Best; 75=Avg.)
• 127th – Restaurant Meal Costs
• 145th – Movie Costs
• 60th – % of Single Persons
• 61st – Number of Nightlife Options per Capita
• 48th – Number of Cafes per Capita
• 97th – Number of Attractions
• 40th – Crime Rate
• 67th – Online Dating Opportunities

Number one in the overall “Economics of Dating” ranking was Lincoln, NE. But here are some other places that scored high marks in different categories:

-Lowest average beer and wine price: Milwaukee, WI

-Lowest move cost: Corpus Christi, TX

-Lowest beauty salon cost: Fort Wayne, IN

-Highest percentage of singles: Detroit, MI
To see WalletHub’s entire list of the best and worst cities to find romance, click here.

Will you be moving to find love?

Why Is My Daughter More Socially Aware Than You?

December 8th, 2014 - By Rich
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There’s something in the air that hasn’t been in the air for many years now, at least by my estimation. No, I am not talking about chem trails. I am talking about a change in attitude of people.

So, I decided to take my daughter to a protest march…

Scratch that.

My daughter asked me to take her to a protest march in New York City, where thousands and thousands convened over several peaceful protesting the deaths of Eric Garner, Mike Brown and others that have been killed by police, vigilantes or others that devalue Black lives. On the way to the march, we sat in on a White House call with local civic leaders that quite frankly sounded like a lot of talk. We were ready for action and met with my brother and others of the same mind state.

We took to the streets with the masses of people that chanted “hands up, don’t shoot,” “Black Lives Matter,” “these racist cops have got to go” and other colorful slogans. We were a multi-hued bunch – all races, colors, creeds, and then some. My kid noted a very thin man that had pink on from head to toe. The hyped-up demonstrators stopped traffic, provided civil disobedience, and garnered support from passers-by all along the way. There were 10,000 police officers on active duty, according to my very informal sources.

But you have likely seen what I am writing all on the news, if you even watch it. (Pardon my crassness. I will get to that later.)

My daughter is an empathetic child and has always had a caring soul. In the the days and moments after the failure of Staten Island grand jury’s failure to indicate a police officer that choked the life out of 43-year-old Eric Garner, we talked. And we talked. The talks we had traversed down more roads that the splintered protests of the marches across the nation. My daughter had more commentary than questions this time around so I did a lot of listening. She went so far as to say that basically, after I am gone…she’s still going to have to deal with this mess.

After taking it all in, I concluded that my daughter is smarter, brighter, more full of life, and more socially aware than most of the adults I know. Check out this post of a friend-slash-parent on Facebook.

“Anyone can stand for hours for anything: a protest with signs up or posted up, waiting for the New Years ball to drop. Both pointless. After both events people move on to the next day/year. Change is not coming. Don’t believe the hype.” – a Facebook friend

Who slammed him and broke his backbone?

I don’t know, but as a father, a man, a parent and one-time hell raiser, I’m not the one to roll over. I’m not the parent that ceases to fight for a better, safer world for my child or myself. Moreover, I am not the corny, close-my-eyes-and-pretend-nothing-is-wrong person either. Remember, your children and their children will inherit this world long after we die. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, I never learned how to give up. I cannot believe that my daughter in the last week or so has done more towards positive change than the grown-ups. These people will “like” a playful kitten on a Facebook post than recognize Mike Brown, Eric Garner or racism. Apathy is contagious and kids are often the first ones affected. Not here.

So, every now and then I slipped in some advice to her and she continued on about the injustice.

• I encouraged her to write a physical letter to President Obama, with whom she shook hands with once upon a time. She had a lot of question for him after that White House call.

• She will be writing an “extra credit” paper to her teacher about her experience at the demonstration.

• She will be writing a blog post on the experience as well for a new website.

• Lastly, she will do a video that includes visuals on her experience.

We are at a critical junction in this country.

What we saw was wonderful.

A proverbial spectrum of people were on the same page for a moment in time all across the country on this issue of justice and police brutality. There were even families of NYPD in attendance, I would later learn. Even when the police flashed their batons, in half-riot gear, nobody was scared. I was certainly cautious with my daughter there, but there was an invincible air amidst the crowd that even the police didn’t seem to want a piece of. Perhaps the police were scared. They are human too.

What happens next, may not be so wondrous if this GIGANTIC – largely young – crowd decides to change their position on how to deal with injustice on America. That goes for frightened, defeated parents too.

The last thing I stressed to my daughter before we got to the thick of the massive demonstration was that she will need to be strong mentally and physically.

Its that type of battle on the horizon.

Believe the hype.


Empire State Of Mind: Signs You’re A True New Yorker

November 15th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Famed author John Steinbeck once said, “Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough.” Real New Yorkers know this to be true because it’s the greatest city in the world but what makes you a real New Yorker?

"Pizza pf"


You Fold Your Pizza

Yes, real New Yorkers fold our pizza in half. How else can we walk and wolf down a slice of pepperoni at the same time? That’s exactly why so many of us folded our arms and shook our heads in disgust when we found out that Mayor Bill de Blasio ate his pizza with (gasp!) a knife and fork like some Italian. How could he???