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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?

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???

New Brooklyn DA Vows To Stop Prosecuting Small Amounts Of Marijuana Possession

February 12th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Brooklyn, NY, is moving to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana as new Brooklyn district attorney Ken Thompson has vowed to stop prosecuting low-level marijuana arrests.

“I not only want to keep Brooklyn safe, I want to protect the future of our youth,” Ken Thompson said during his inaugural address. “That means we must change the policy regarding those who are arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

“In 2012 over 12,000 people in Brooklyn were arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana, mostly young, black men,” Thompson said, citing a 2013 report that found blacks in Brooklyn were nine times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession,” he added.

According to Thompson, such arrests clog the criminal justice system, costing the borough substantial time and money, adding “if these defendants are given criminal records instead of violations, it would make it harder for them in the future to live productive lives. We in Brooklyn can, and must, do better.”

When elected, Thompson became Brooklyn’s first black district attorney. During his run, he promised not to criminally prosecute persons arrested for possessing less than 15 grams of pot. Instead, those arrested would be given a non-criminal violation punishable by a $100 fine.

Currently, in New York, possession of small amounts of marijuana is only a crime if it’s “in public view.” Until 1993, New York City averaged less than 2,000 marijuana arrests annually, but under Mayors Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, this rose to more than 50,000 in 2011–more than all the marijuana arrests from 1978 to 1996, combined–as a result of police bringing marijuana into “public view” through stops and frisks.

“Public safety and law and order run hand in hand with civil liberties,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the inauguration of Thompson whom he called a “progressive.”

“Ken is going to help create a new New York in which we make people safe and respect their rights at the same time, and that means ending the overuse of stop-and-frisk once and for all,” the mayor added.

Conversely, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently gave up an effort to decriminalize possession of under 15 grams of weed statewide. Now he’s pushing for a less controversial medical marijuana plan. Do you think it will get through?

White Children, Black Sitters: Photographer Explores Race In Home Childcare

January 16th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When I first moved to New York from Indianapolis, there were a whole lot of things I found to be different from where I grew up. The pace was different. The whole subway thing was different. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of food options constantly available to me. And among these differences, I also noticed that there were a lot of black women serving as caregivers for white children. A lot of them. And from what I could tell when they spoke to the children, most of them were and still are West Indian.

(And…as an aside though we frequently refer to child givers as nannies, I’ve read that West Indian women won’t refer to themselves as such because in Trinidad the word is slang for vagina.) 

Anyway, I was very curious about this West Indian sitter/white child thing. It was so prevalent that it had to be “a thing.” What was it about really? Why did white folks want black women caring for their children? Did it harken back to the days of slavery? How did they find these women? Did these women enjoy their jobs–taking care of other folks’ kids– or did they do it because they had to? And if these women had children of their own, who was taking care of them? I really wanted to write about it. But as a newbie with a full-time internship, I didn’t have the time to devote to reporting this story, especially since I probably wouldn’t have been compensated for it.

So I was glad to learn from The Culturea subsidy of the black women’s site, ForHarriet, that photographer Ellen Jacob created and developed a series called Substitutes. Substitutes explores this very subject of black and minority caregivers watching, and in many cases raising, white children all across New York City.

Jacob spent four years searching the streets for subjects who were willing to speak to her. And not surprisingly, but still disturbingly, she found that many of the women, aged 23-60, were immigrants living on a minimum wage income with no sick pay, holidays or health benefits. And they had their own families to take care of when they got home.

Jacob said: “Mothers talk about how much they love these women and they’re part of the family yet when it comes to money they tend to be much more tight.”

Damn shame…especially since these sitters are entrusted with the lives of these children everyday. But Jacob also said that she was surprised to see the lengths some families went through to ensure that the women who had helped raise their children were able to find employment once their child had grown up.

Below the story on The Culture, a white man, based on his avatar left this almost chilling comment:

I grew up in Apartheid South Africa, my Nanny taught me to read and to write, she protected me and gave me what my mother didn’t. Love. Affection..a sense of self worth.
My childhood was richer for her.
My very character was formed from her qualities.
What she gave me she couldn’t give her own children.

To this day she is in my dreams and the loss I feel not knowing her still or having her presence near is far greater than the loss of my own mother. Sometimes I cry for her.

I cry also for the lack of respect and value that my parents showed.

Ellen Jacob’s photography series is on view at SohoPhoto in New York City through February 1

Check out more of Jacob’s pictures on the following pages.

Costly Lies: Police Convince Woman To Falsely Testify, Man Receives 25-Life Sentence

January 7th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’s no secret that the police are shady. And were even more so in the ’90’s. But luckily, the truth is finally coming out. Even if it’s 20 years too late.

According to The New York Times, on September 10, 1994, Antoine Stone, a street preacher in Far Rockaway, Queens was killed. And Robert Jones was sentenced to 25 years to life for his death. Jones was convicted in large part to eye witness testimony from Joan Purser-Gennace.

Well now, 20 years later Purser-Gennace has come forward recanting all of her testimony. She testified that she was coached by the police to frame Jones.

“They said, ‘This is how I want you to say it,’ and it was a lie.”

As she was testifying many of Jones’ family members burst into tears.

The hearing was granted after a team of lawyers filed a motion claiming that exculpatory information was not given to defense lawyers and Mr. Jones’ lawyers did not investigate a significant lead. The motion also cited the recanted statement of another key witness.

Prosecutors tried to limit the hearing to deal solely with the credibility of the witnesses’ retracted statements. But Justice Joseph Zayas allowed the hearing to also include possible misconduct from law enforcement officials.

Purser-Gennace, who is now 57, explained how she eventually came to falsely identify Mr. Jones as the murderer. She testified for a nearly six hour hearing that Queens detectives harassed her, visiting her home nearly ten times with a photo of the man they initially wanted her to identify.

She said the detectives took things even further by threatening her husband and her children and even hinted that her immigration status might be jeopardy. She explained that when she tried to explain all of this to the assistant district attorney, Debra L. Pomodore, Ms. Pomodore became enraged.

Another witness, who identified the Mr. Jones’ bike as the one he used to flee the scene of the crime, is also set to recant his statement.

After the hearing, Justice Zayas will decide whether or not to throw out Mr. Jones’ conviction and order a retrial.

Mr. Jones’ family was also there and spoke to reporters after the hearing. Mr. Jones’ sister Gertrude Jones-Pinnock was overcome with emotion speaking about her brother who had been incarcerated since she was a child.

“His life has been stolen, 20 years.”

And though she’s saddened by the injustice, she doesn’t harbor resentment toward the witnesses, specifically Purser-Gennace.

“I’m not angry with her, I feel sorry for her her; they threatened her too, threatened her children, threatened her husband. I am so grateful that she is coming forward to tell the truth.”

Another lawyer commended Purser-Gennace for being so courageous. She’s testifying without immunity meaning that she’s admitting she lied under oath and could be punished for it.

But Purser-Gennace told an assistant district attorney “It was eating me up inside.” He asked her if she was just doing this hoping that the truth would help free a convicted man.

Her voice raised to a shout as she explained, “The truth, to set me free.”


A Step In The Right Direction: New York To Treat Prostitutes As Victims, Not Criminals

September 26th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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They call it the oldest profession in the world. But prostitution and sex trafficking, in many respects, is also one of the last surviving forms of slavery in this country and throughout the globe. Which is why it’s good to know that the state of New York is going to start treating men, women, boys and girls who are working in the sex trade, whether voluntarily or through coercion, as victims and not criminals.

The state will attempt to steer these individuals toward medical treatment, job training and other services to lead them away from the sex trafficking industry.

Chief judge, Jonathan Lippman announced the initiative Wednesday, noting that it was the first of its kind in the country.

Under the new system, prostitution cases that go beyond arraignment will be sent to a special trafficking court. There, a judge, prosecutor and defense attorney will discuss. If they find that the defendant is a victim in need of help they will refer that person to services tailored to their needs, including drug treatment, education, job training, health care or immigration help, among others.

Defendants who comply with the recommended services will have their charges dropped.

The state is establishing special courts to handle prostitution cases and expects most of them to be set up by the end of next month. Lippman believes the program could help thousands involved in the industry.

While Judge Lippman acknowledged that prostitution is criminal, he also noted that the special courts will make efforts to ensure that “there will be no further victimization of these defendants by a society that can be divorced from the realities of this modern-day form of servitude.”

Lippman explained that a vast majority of people charged with prostitution crimes are being exploited or at the risk of exploitation. Often in sex trafficking the victims are forced into prostitution attempting to pay back a debt or with the threat of physical harm.

Advocates against human trafficking also note the importance of mandating and enforcing stronger penalties for the people who fuel this industry, like johns and the traffickers themselves.

David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the court, noted that these services will be offered at no further cost to the tax payer. All expenses will be handled by the various service organizations.

Bookstaver also noted that fewer sex trafficking cases will free up the courts and end up saving money in the long run. But more importantly, he said, “You’re saving people’s lives.”


Rihanna Shares Photos Of Her Turn-Up In Barbados For Kadooment Day

August 6th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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While I hate the phrase “turn up,” Rihanna is definitely the queen of living such a lifestyle and living it well. The Bajan beauty is back in her beloved country of Barbados to celebrate Kadooment Day, which is the finale of the country’s Crop Over celebration. It originally was known as a festival to help signal the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest, but from the outside looking in, it’s Carnival! Folks dance in the streets (booties are definitely shaking) and wear ornate costumes for the Crop Over. If you’ve ever been in New York City for Labor Day Weekend and have been in the center of the West Indian Parade you get it…Ri Ri hasn’t been shy in sharing her time back home and all the twerking that has ensued while there through her Instagram account. The singer, adorned in a white bikini with crystals and both a hefty headpiece and wings and has been letting loose with her best friend Melissa, her assistant Jen, and her grandfather (who was fully clothed if you were wondering). Check out more images of the bad gyal living it up for her first big break since the end of her Diamonds World Tour. Who’s trying to go to this Crop Over celebration next year? Send a sista a ticket…#turnup.

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Two New Cities Join The Fast Food Fight For $15 Minimum Wage

July 30th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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The chants could be heard near the MadameNoire offices yesterday as fed-up McDonald’s employees protested their wages in New York City. Fast food strikes are sprouting throughout the United States and have now reached a total of nine cities, reports ThinkProgress.

The fast food industry has swollen 58 percent since the recession, according to NBC News, the sector with the largest growth compared to mid-and-high paying jobs. But the painfully low wages that fast food corporations offer has forced two new cities, Kansas City and Flint, Michigan, to join the fight against the unsustainable wages.

Just last week, McDonald’s unintentionally broadcast how difficult it is to live off its $7.73 an hour wage. Their budget manual created for employees attempted to make their pay seem sustainable by assuming employees work two full-time jobs and pay $20 per month for health insurance. This sent a firestorm of outrage and may have caused a new wave of cities to merge with the current seven cities picketing against the fast food industry.

Workers around the country are pressuring large corporations to cave into paying their employees $15 an hour; this demand is far higher than President Obama’s push for a federal minimum wage of $9 an hour. Let’s face it, the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 is unlivable. As MN as reported before, a minimum wage of at least $14.17 an hour is needed to live a bearable life in the United States. Also, “[t]oday’s minimum wage workers have far less buying power than their counterparts did in 1968,” reports

An owner of a Quiznos restaurant cringed at the thought of a heightened minimum wage. “The $15 an hour minimum wage would – I’ll tell you right now frankly, and I’m not exaggerating—it would put us out of business,” Brett Habernicht said. However, supporters of a higher minimum wage commonly use Costco as a model; they pay their employees an hourly wage of $20 plus benefits. “The company recently reported $459 million in profits from a single quarter, up 19 percent,” ThinkProgress added.

“[C]an McDonald’s sell burgers for $1 if it’s paying employees $15 an hour? Probably not,” reports the Wall Street Journal. “McDonalds has said the Affordable Care Act will cost it another $10,000 to $30,000 per restaurant.” Now isn’t the best time, when unemployment is still high, to impose the higher minimum wage strain on businesses, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody Analytics told WSJ. “[I]t’s pretty hard to ask franchisees to try to digest the cost of health-care reform and also minimum wage at the same time.”

Whose side are you on? Do you think a $15 minimum wage is detrimental or helpful for the economy?