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My mind sometimes wonders about how some of my favorite people from the past would fit into this current world; a world that seems to value controversy over talent. The thought of some of my favorite writers, painters, activists, and leaders stopping what they were doing to take a selfie, or hashtagging pictures of their meals with the caption “#foodporn” is funny, but also sad to me.
In this world of popcorn fame that seems to value looks over substance, with actual guides of how to be “Instagram Famous” it can make you feel a little poorly about yourself, society, just everything.
There was a time when personality based reality television were seen as the lowest form of entertainment (right after dog racing). People would relegate these “stars” to the d-list and lower. However, something changed. Maybe it was the shift from dating reality shows to life-based ones. Once people stopped vying for the affections of rappers and rockers and people’s glamorous lives were being shown, reality television was a haven for people to be discovered.
People who were initially brought on “Bad Girls Club” to change their ways were now being offered a few thousand to do appearances, calenders, photo shoots. The need to be an upstanding person paled in comparison to the profitable road of tomfoolery. Heck, some of your favorite reality stars have multiple degrees, and aren’t doing a blankity-blank thing with them.
But with the advent of Instagram and Vine, everyday people are finding their way to getting their names out there. A few pictures or short videos can allow a person to become a lucrative presence and gain followers, and if they’re lucky, endorsements.
However, if you’re considering following this path, can I encourage you to pursue a talent? Something that coincides with your desire to be known for something, instead of being known for your looks? The reason why I say this is because that fame is incredibly fleeting. Why? Because once you get older no one is going to care. Or better yet, when someone younger comes in, they’re gonna replace you.
Why do you think some reality stars keep on doing more reality shows? Or the exact same reality show when they enter into their 30s… Just sayin’.
There are some Instagram people who are famous off of talent, along with their media personalities, like my favorites Mankofit, Maria Kang, TameikaG and others. People who were able to use their love of fitness, coupled with Instagram to inspire and help people.
This post isn’t meant to down anyone, especially reality stars. It takes a lot to make yourself vulnerable to criticism, even if your behavior is completely abhorrent.
However, nurture your talent while you’re also nurturing your ego, because at the end of the day that’s what’s going to essentially nurture you. That’s what’s going to allow you have longevity and a career, rather than just a name.
Now that I think about it, there have always been attention-seeking people. Along with the invention of the printing press and photography, the early age of tabloids featured people who were so popular at their time, but we don’t really remember their names now. We do, however, remember the names of the people who put in work and used their talents to made an impact in one way or another. You have more to offer the world than how you look, make sure the world knows that about you.
Sure they’ve made a lot of money by cashing in checks from reality television, but not everything lasts forever and these reality stars have long overstayed their welcome.
Ray J started off as an R&B singer but he’s made a pretty penny earning checks from reality television. He spent a lot of time in front of the cameras kissing a bevy of ladies looking for love. He also starred on a reality show with his big sister Brandy before he was recruited to bring his talents to “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood.” But since starring on reality television, Ray J has spent little time in the studio or focusing on his music. He’s even gotten into more than one physical altercation with a woman. That can’t be worth it.
If you’ve been watching TV One’s “Hollywood Divas,” then you’ve seen actress Golden Brooks express her disdain for realty stars who end up snagging roles that could go to legitimate and trained actors. That means she’s definitely not feeling these former reality stars who’ve made the switch to acting.
Tami Roman is a reality star two times over. She first lived her life in front of the camera on the second season of MTV’s “Real World.” Fast forward 20 years later and Roman, now a divorced mother of two, was brought in to “Basketball Wives” to spice things up. But in her absence from the world of reality TV, she landed small parts on “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Married… with Children.” Roman most recently starred in a few independent films as well as co-starring with Halle Berry on CBS’ “Extant.”
These reality stars may be living it up on television but they’ve also spent time in some not so nice digs behind bars, too.
For several seasons, Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida were a young couple in love raising two small children on “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” But when the new season starts up, Nida will be noticeably absent. That’s because he’s serving eight years behind bars after he was accused of stealing more than $2 million from over 50 victims and pleaded guilty to mail, wire and bank fraud charges. Considering Apollo was locked up for the same M.O. before we shouldn’t be all that surprised.
T.I. and Tiny have been living out their private marital issues in a rather public manner lately. At one point, things got so bad, that fans were unsure if the couple would make it. But it looks like the couple may have just been expreriencing a rough patch (as most marriages do from time to time) that they were able to work through.
If you’ve been watching the BET Awards along with us tonight, you may have caught a glimpse of the lovebirds looking super cozy in the audience tonight. Not to worry if you didn’t catch it though, Tiny made sure everyone knew that they were at the Nokia Theater as a couple tonight.
In the middle of the show, she shared a photo of herself seated with her hubby (above) along with a caption that reads:
“Guess who’s back RED
Reality television is like a study in psychology. There are some people who are extremely cognitive in making “good” TV, some who seem confused about what they signed up for, and others whose own actions confuse them and that’s when the finger pointing happens. We’re all very aware of the possibilities of editing, or the use of frankenbites, but for some people, they seem completely oblivious to their own behavior and are dedicated to expressing how [insert fall person/editing device] is really to blame. So let’s get to it:
Ever wonder what Evelyn Lozada or Stevie J did before they were reality TV stars? You might be surprised to know. They had to be doing something before cameras followed their every move for us to see. Find out who these 15 reality stars were before the cameras.
Joseline’s past comes up quite a bit on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta, since she was an adult dancer at King of Diamonds in Miami and Onyx strip club in Atlanta. Now you know Joseline couldn’t be just any str!pper, she claims that she was a “…classic str!pper. The top-of-the-line str!pper,” in an interview with Funky Dineva. Yes, let her tell it she was the best to ever do it.
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Police officers were called to the Colorado home of Denver Nuggets player Ty Lawson and his pregnant reality TV star girlfriend Ashley King aka Ashley Pettiford, TMZ reports.
When authorities arrived on the scene, Ashley, who is most known for her role on Oxygen reality show Bad Girls Club, tearfully told officers that she and Ty got into a verbal disagreement after she overheard him on the phone speaking to another woman the night before. She reportedly went on to say that after the argument, she began packing her things to leave, but Ty stopped her by shoving her onto the bed. According to reports she reacted by throwing his phone and breaking it. In turn, he reportedly placed her phone under water.
Ashley, who is six months pregnant, went on to tell police that despite being shoved, she was sure that her baby was okay because she felt it moving around after the incident. Both Ashley and Ty were placed under arrest. Ashley was arrested for criminal mischief due to the damage she’d done to Ty’s phone. Ty was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence and criminal mischief for the damage he’d done to Ashley’s phone. They were both later released from jail on $1,000 bond.
It seems like everyone these days has a reality show and it could be for good reason. For starters, you can get some serious cash allowing cameras to follow your life and dive into your business. We have all seen the craziness known as “real life” documented on television, but how much are people willing to expose for a check?
Check out these reality star salaries. You may be shocked or not as to what networks are willing to pay.