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Can’t Knock The Hustle: Why I Believe A Relationship Will Get In The Way Of My Career Ambitions

July 3rd, 2014 - By Erica Renee
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I hustle hard. As cliché (and almost corny) as it sounds, I thrive off of working hard and coming up with new ideas to put into action. Every day I’m working to get my money up, hoping to one day reach a level of financial wealth, and I work even harder to make sure my life is in line with my purpose. I hustle hard. Point. Blank. Period. That is until I find myself in a relationship.

Don’t get me wrong, when I have a man I still work hard, but it’s just not as hard as I do when I’m single. Now that I’m in a transitional phase of my life (advancing to the next level in my career, deciding on a new home, and launching a business), I can’t help but wonder if a relationship will stand in the way of my hustle.

In the past I would give a side-eye to women who proclaimed they were not in a relationship because they were focusing on their career. I couldn’t fathom the thought of a woman choosing to surpass love to solely focus on work. Now, I get it. Not only do I get it, but I think I’m becoming one of those women.

The question of love vs. career intertwine in the heavily-discussed debate that most of us independent women find ourselves in the middle of: “Can women have it all?” Well, I think Oprah answered the question best. Yes, women can have it all–just not all at once.

I think it’s possible to have love and a budding career, but I think it gets a lot more complicated to have love and a serious hustle. It’s certainly not impossible and a woman can do whatever it is she sets her mind, heart, and spirit to, but for a woman who has a goal and a deadline when it comes to her career, a relationship could be a hindrance.

This all depends on where she is in the stage of her career (Oprah has assistance and assistants). If she has to grind it out seven days a week and nearly 24 hours a day, where is the time for romance? Sure, she can carve out an occasional day to relax, unwind, hang with the girls, or even go on a date, but is this enough time to devote to a serious relationship?

Relationships can be a positive addition to your life and at times can even serve as a motivator, but when the hustle is real… you know, you have to eat, sleep, and breath it. I’m starting to think that relationships could possibly get in the way.

A relationship requires time and work, and lots of it. Right now, during this transitional phase, I barely have enough time for myself. Adding someone to the equation would mean neglecting some of my daily goals and commitments. Or maybe it’s just a matter of prioritizing and managing time. Nonetheless, I can’t help but wonder if I should just hold off on a romantic commitment until I have more time for more than just my goals.

Just like Oprah, I do believe that women can have it all. But I’m also unsure if it can all be ‘had’ at one time. I want to be in love, but I also can’t neglect my hustle; and a time-consuming relationship at this time could get my priorities all messed up.

Ladies, do you think relationships are ambition killers?

“Together Again”: Cast Of “A Different World” Reunite To Chat With Oprah [Photos]

June 12th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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“I know my parents love me, stand behind me cooooome what may…” That was the first thing you would hear every time A Different World started playing on TV (usually on Thursday evenings). The sitcom came on during the good ‘ol days of television–before reality TV, and when there were a wide variety of black folks represented on the silver screen. And now, the cast of the show is reuniting for Oprah Winfrey. 

Cree Summer, who played Freddie Brooks, posted pictures on Instagram with her old cast mates on set of what seems to be the taping of the OWN network’s Where Are They Now? show. While Lisa Bonet, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charnele Brown (Kimberly Reese), Karen Malina White (Charmaine) and Marisa Tomei weren’t present, all the other main characters showed up and still look pretty good! That includes Daryl M. Bell, Sinbad, Dawnn Lewis, Summer, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy and Debbie Allen, who produced and often directed the show.

This isn’t the first time that the cast has reunited for TV. In 2006, Nick at Nite did a week-long marathon of A Different World episodes, and some of the cast came together to reminisce.

In 2012, Allen said that she would like to reboot the show for a new audience, and many people seemed to like the idea. But nothing will touch the greatness of the original, and this cast of characters.

Check out pics from the cast’s time with Oprah below and on the next page.



Inspirational Commencement Speeches That Challenged Us To Dream Big

May 27th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Can you remember back to your graduation ceremony? It’s a day that comes with great happiness and a bit of fear as you enter the workforce and adulthood. For this reason many institutions seek commencement speakers who can inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams. Here’s a look at the most inspirational commencement speeches that challenged us to dream big. Perhaps it will even speak to your current situation.

Tiny Bundles Of Joy: Celebrities Who’ve Given Birth To Preemies

May 27th, 2014 - By Meghan Williams
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Every year nearly 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States, and can suffer from a range of short- and long-term health problems like apnea, jaundice and anemia. Although delivering, caring and sometimes even losing a premature baby can be a trying experience, many celebrities like Sherri Shepherd, Celine Dion and others have been open and honest about their experiences as parents of preemies. Here are 15 celebs who’ve given birth to premature babies.

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Sherri Shepherd’s son, Jeffrey, was born 15 weeks early, weighing just 1 pound, 10 ounces. Doctors doubted that Jeffrey would ever be able to run – and while he does have some developmental delays, he’s progressed much further than was initially expected. Which is exactly why recent accusations of Sherri being a neglectful mom by her ex-husband are especially shocking.

Oprah, Tyler Perry Hit With Federal Lawsuit Over ‘The Haves & The Have Nots”

May 21st, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Parables Entertainment and its executive Vanessa Lynn has filed a federal lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, claiming they stole the idea for their hit show The Haves and the Have Nots. The lawsuit targets Oprah’s production company and Tyler Perry himself.

According to the story, first posted by The Jasmine Brand, Lynn says she wrote a screenplay called Affairs and had it copyrighted. That script — about a man running for mayor of a small town and his drama-filled family– was made into a play in 2008 then became available as a video on demand in 2011. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to cease the copyright infringement of the OWN program and a piece of the money made from the successful show.

The Haves and the Have Nots is scheduled to return to the network on May 27 at 9 pm ET, this coming Tuesday. The show left off on March 11 with a “network high ratings,” reports TV By the Numbers, with 3.6 million viewers. OWN ordered another 20 episodes to air through 2015.

At this point, with so many lawsuits tossed at people in the entertainment industry over stolen ideas, we wonder how executives like Oprah react when they get news of another case. Can they shrug these things off? Or is it as bad as it sounds?

OWN To Air A Docuseries About First Openly-Gay NFL Draft Pick, Michael Sam

May 15th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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michael sam OWNOprah’s OWN network has ordered a docuseries that will follow NFL draft pick Michael Sam as he prepares to join the St. Louis Rams. Sam is the first openly-gay player in the NFL. The docuseries will be produced by the same team that brought us Lindsay, the docuseries about Lindsay Lohan.

“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Oprah said in a statement. “The next real-life story we follow in The Untitled Michael Sam Project promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”

The show will also dive into the scrutiny he receives from the media and both the personal and private adjustments he’ll have to make as he moves into the NFL. Sam say he hopes his story will be an inspiration to others.

“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” he said in a statement. “…And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. ”

At the moment, Sam has the NFL’s best-selling jersey, beating out top draft picks. Sam was the 249th pick, selected by the Rams days into the draft process.

[via The Hollywood Reporter, Variety]

Dr. Diddy? 12 Celebrities Who Received Honorary Doctorate Degrees

May 12th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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With graduation season in full swing, there has been an increase celebrities being asked to give commencement speeches. Many of them inspire us not only with their star power but also with lives that have been an example to dream big and work hard to reach those goals.

But does that mean they are entitled to a PhD?

Here’s a look at 12 celebrities who received honorary doctorates. You might be surprised by some on the list and not so much for others. Are you a part of the group who believe it’s OK to honor them? Or do you think it’s unfair that they’re rewarded without cracking the books?

#TBT: Oprah’s 1983 Daytime Host Audition Tape Revealed

May 8th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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At 60 years old, Oprah Winfrey is not a aged monolith but a powerhouse. The broadcast talent who extended her brand to become one of the most recognizable faces in the world, started from humble beginnings. And fans were reminded of this when she showed her 1983 audition tape to her daytime TV show audience in November 2005.

Today, the video was made available on the network’s official YouTube channel.

At 29, Winfrey sits confidently in a pink and black set, talking about the origin of her unique name. But that’s not the most shocking aspect of the tape. What’s shocking is how much she’s developed as a women and professional over the course of 30 years. She truly has come up and it shows in more than one way.

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“The Plantation Days Are Over” Oprah Talks Donald Sterling, Hints Magic Johnson Might Buy The Clippers

April 29th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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The internet has been buzzing since this week when LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments leaked for all the world to hear. All types of celebrities have weighed in on the controversy including Kevin Hart, Magic Johnson (who was most directly involved), Laz Alonso, and a host of others who are close and not so close the arena of professional basketball. Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who is competing against the Clippers in the playoffs, has even called for a boycott of Game 5 of their series. 

This morning, TMZ caught up with Oprah to get her take on the situation. They asked her if she had any advice for Sterling in the midst of all of this.

Oprah responded, “I don’t have any advice. But all I gotta say is- we’re off the plantation. The plantation days are over.”

Yesterday, on CBS’ “The Talk” Sheryl Underwood suggested that Oprah purchase The Clippers franchise and so the paparazzi asked Oprah is she would consider it.

“No, I won’t be buying the Clippers, but I hear that Magic Johnson might be. That would be really cool.”

I have to agree Magic Johnson swooping in and saving these players from Sterling’s racist reign would be awesome. In fact, it sounds like something straight off the pages of a Django script.

Lastly, the interviewer asked Oprah if she were to sit down with Donald Sterling, what would be her first question. She wasn’t too quick to answer this one. She said she’d have to sit with it.

“You would want the first question to be the most revealing. You would think long and hard about that question.”

What would you want to ask Donald Sterling? Nothing comes to the top of my mind. It seems like he’s pretty much told us who he is.

You can watch Oprah’s interview below.

Does Black TV Have Less Sympathy For White Celebs? Did Oprah Let Go Of Lindsay Too Easily?

April 26th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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I spent last Sunday keeping up on what might be the only season of Lindsay on the OWN Network. The docu/reality show followed troubled child star turned tabloid favorite Lindsay Lohan as she struggles to get her life and career together after several very public run-ins with the law and a few stints in rehab. For some reason, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the ginger teenage drama queen. And the series showed that’s exactly what Lindsay is like off the set too. But when it comes to stars like “Lilo”, I feel like it’s one thing to have to go through growing pains and parents who seem two “Danny Tanner” talks past adolescence themselves even when you’re not famous. But for some reason *cough* money *cough* the media sticks to these stars and milks every scrap of a story they can find to exploit them, which makes any progress they may be making that much harder.

If you aren’t familiar with the tension between the show and the network, you may recall an interview that took the Queen Bee of media completely out of character. Oprah tells an assistant how people warned her not work to with Lilo. During the interview Oprah tells Lindsay to “cut the bulls**t”. She cautions her in a friendly but “don’t F with me way” that if Lilo wants to let the show go to just say so. She reassures her, “If that is the case, then you’re not going to be f—ing up.”

Lilo probably should have taken O up on her offer and left with some dignity. After countless episodes that barely feature the star because she isn’t willing to wake up for call time and lengthy texts to the production staff with the same excuse (“I just need this day to myself”) Oprah gave Lindsay the boot. Not to mention her shallow sobriety which left her sponsor even saying no comment and now the latest Lilo walk of shame: The Sex List.

I’m torn. On a network like VH1 Lindsay’s sloppy shenanigans would’ve been a ratings inferno giving viewers a front row seat to the downward spiral. It kind of makes me respect Oprah’s integrity to not support someone whose life doesn’t seem to be improving. At the same time rumors flew that the show was being canceled because of poor ratings (the finale pulled in only 335,000 viewers and ratings dropped a whole 52% since the show’s premiere). I can’t help but feel if Oprah was so concerned, she’d give Lilo (who is clearly failing at getting her acting career on track) another chance. But Oprah seemed more concerned about her own ruined reputation as the talk show save-a-heaux than Lindsay actually getting better. It was even said that she was offended that Lindsay was so private on the show, yet all of these stories about her partying were in the headlines all the time. It was like she caught feelings because she couldn’t get an an exclusive on the train wreck to rack in ratings for the network.

I’m not going to assume it’s necessarily a race thing as much as it was a ratings thing, but I couldn’t help but feeling like if this was Whitney Houston we would’ve gotten all the interviews she was willing to give no matter how many times she relapsed. I almost felt like Oprah felt Lindsay was just another entitled TV star and there was something very transparent about her support. Oprah treated Lindsay just like the tabloids we witnessed stalking her: Like an easy headline. And when the starlet’s mishaps failed to turn into profit, Oprah cut her loose. She wanted a big name to draw in ratings and the opportunity to say she broke through to a star that no one else could. Instead Lindsay made a cool 2$ mil by staying in her bedroom, and partying and BS’ing for most episodes. Some might say that makes her the loser, but I think it says a lot about when attempting to exploit someone goes awry.

I mean seriously: Oprah knew what she was signing up for, but when Lindsay’s diva demands didn’t turn into ratings, Oprah backed out and suddenly decided she wouldn’t or couldn’t help. I’m not saying Lindsay didn’t dig her own grave, but if people really want to help her they should do just that and not back out when their abilities get tested or when it isn’t advantageous to them.

The show in some ways says more about the Harpo honcho’s failures than Lindsay’s. People expect things when a star sits across from the media maven. There will be tears, words of wisdom, a dash of Oprah “keeping it real”, secrets revealed and revelations. It’s like Dr. Drew meets MTV Cribs. But Lindsay didn’t give Oprah that. She did exactly what she’s known for and proved that not every celeb falls into the fetal position when in Oprah’s presence. I think Oprah realized that and shut down shop before anyone else did too.

Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a  passion for helping  young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health.  She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about  everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.