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Most celebrities get tons of love and support from their online fan bases so we wonder how these 15 celebs who seemingly get no social media love — like ever — must feel. But considering most internet users have absolutely no chill, we’re sure it can’t be too great.
The social media dragging of Draya has been fueled by epic fails like her struggly Father’s Day breakfast, stiff twerk video, and attempted dig at Kim Kardashian’s “azz”. But at least our favorite (non)basketball wife of LA has a sense of humor about the whole thing. Right?
It used to be that you were warned about the dangers of meeting strangers online but nowadays it’s not just regular folk that are using social media to find a mate. These stars found love or lust on Twitter and Facebook.
Big Sean and Naya Rivera
Big Sean was with his high school sweetheart since he was 16 years old but after finding fortune and fame, their love deteriorated. Early last year, the Detroit rapper used twitter to meet his next paramour. The “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” rapper first hollered at Naya Rivera on twitter. The two quickly moved their relationship offline and into the real world. After dating for more than six months, Big Sean popped the question and the happy couple became engaged. But earlier this year, the wedding was called off. Several months later the “Glee” star married an old friend.
— Courtney McKenzie (@CeoCourtney) August 20, 2014
The age-old wedding tradition “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is taking on a new meaning for millennial couples. Let’s add, “something sponsored” to that list. (Yes, you read right.)
Soon after Courtney McKenzie, 27, and her fiancée Jamil got engaged; the duo began working out the logistics of their wedding. When they sat down to create the 250-plus-person guest list, Courtney and Jamil, who both come from large families, decided to ditch the big traditional wedding, opting instead for an “elopement-honeymoon” mashup in Thailand.
Originally, Courtney, a marketing professional, thought about sharing the news with family, friends and colleagues via Twitter, Instagram and podcast, but another idea came to mind. The Palm Beach, Florida native figured they could get companies and brands to sponsor their 11-day trip in exchange for logos on everything, from her wedding dress to Jamil’s tuxedo, and customized hashtags in their social media mentions (i.e. #sponsornamewedding and #sponsornamehoneymoon).
“After about a week of planning we launched www.sponsorourwedding.com, a crowd funding platform that will be used to help us and other couples raise corporate sponsorships in exchange for publicity pre- and post-wedding day,” says Courtney. “We thought it was a different idea, and had no idea what people were going to think. We knew that there were other brides who would love to do the same thing because I talked to many of my friends who just got engaged, or are recently married. The overwhelming response was ‘That is brilliant. Why didn’t I think of that?’ We knew we were on to something and are really excited to see what happens next.”
If her social media engagement is any indication of what’s to come, the couple’s initial announcement received more than 40,000 likes and numerous comments and shares. In addition, people who she hasn’t spoken to in years requesting an invite.
Courtney wants to make it known that the goal isn’t to pay for the excursion, but to donate a percentage of the money to charities such as Big Brother, Big Sister and The Boys and Girls Club. Thus far, the couple is roughly halfway to their $30,000 goal and has received three big sponsors. “We are in talks with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies,”Courtney told MadameNoire. “We have a full wardrobe commitment from GlamHotList.com. We recently opened up sponsorships and are excited at all the offers we’ve received so far.”
Would you allow sponsors to buy a spot in your wedding?
Based in New York City, Janel Martinez is a multimedia journalist who covers technology and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of “Ain’t I Latina?” an online destination geared toward Afro-Latinas. You can follow her up-to-the-minute musings on Twitter @janelmwrites.
Many of you may know that Whitney Houston’s birthday was this past Saturday and in celebration of the day and of her life, Yaya Dacosta, the former Top Model whose been cast to play her in the Lifetime biopic, shared a series of photos of the late singer on her Instagram page.
And apparently, there was continued backlash.
I’m sure there were several tweets but on Instagram one user, who clearly follows Yaya, took the time out to express his discontent about her upcoming portrayal of Houston.
@theyayadacosta u do not deserve to play Whitney at all u look nothing like her at all and your career does not any major credits or acting credits to play a woman of such standards as Whitney u and the only major acting role since Take The Lead and I watched it once and it wasn’t all that and @angelabassett needs to learn how to cast the right people and Whitney’s mother should have been there to see who best fits to play her daughter and that is not you
So yesterday she posted a picture of a cave with the following message:
Although I’m a private person by nature, I reluctantly heeded the advice of seemingly knowledgeable socialistas who insist that these outlets- Instagram, Twitter etc.- are the new way. “Connect with your fans”, they say. So I swam out of my cozy cave a little, shared a little, held hands a little- only to have those hands of strangers squeeze and pull and punch. They steal your photos, miss the message, and point to delusion. I’m simply an actor for hire- like Whitney would say, just a human being. Until the consumers we pour our hearts out to on stage or on a movie screen learn that “artist” is not a synonym for “punching back”, I’m going back in. Back to basics. Back to instincts. Protecting my family. Projecting only what the public can handle. When we meet in person, love, humanity, and shared light, are real. But as long as ugly, unhappy people sit their happy meal asses on fat couches and spit venom to make themselves feel better, I swim. Thanking God for my beautiful, beautiful family.
It’s a shame people haven’t gotten over it yet. Thing is, Yaya has been casted, played the role and the movie is “in the can” as they say. It’s over. Your opinions about whether or not she’s the right choice to play Whitney are completely irrelevant now. Furthermore, I’d bet nearly any amount of money that the people who are doing the loudest complaining about the casting of this biopic will be the main ones tuned in.
Katy Perry, the Dark Horse hitmaker, puts on quite a show. Over-the-top extraterrestrial costumes, electric green wigs, sugary-sweet segments, and Egyptian themes. But one 18-year-old missed her chance to watch the spectacle for herself. Her mom, calling her daughter a “spoiled brat,” sold the Katy Perry tickets to a more deserving fan on Facebook, The Huffington Post reports.
“Daughter is a spoiled brat and doesn’t deserve these tickets,” Cindy Bjerke wrote on the Fargo/Moorhead Online Garage Sale Facebook page. Though she paid $110 for the August 23rd tickets, she sold them for $90. She was that upset with her daughter.
“I was not going to give her the tickets,” Bjerke told WDAZ. She did not identify who her daughter was or why she was being punished. “I was not going to let her go to this concert with this behavior that she’s been doing.”
Not everyone, though, was on board with Bjerke’s public confiscation of her daughter’s tickets. Some thought it could have been handled in more private manner.
“I think that’s a personal issue where it should have been handled privately because on Facebook, everyone’s going to see that,” Elgie Eagleman, a Fargo parent, told the TV station.
“It’s not just that humiliating people, of any age, is a nasty and disrespectful way of treating them,” Alfie Kohn, author of “Unconditional Parenting: Moving From Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason,” told HuffPo. “It’s that humiliation, like other forms of punishment, is counterproductive. ‘Doing to’ strategies — as opposed to those that might be described as ‘working with’ — can never achieve any result beyond temporary compliance, and it does so at a disturbing cost.”
While Kohn makes a valid point about humiliation being “counterproductive,” Bjerke’s daughter was not forced onto a street corner with a sign that says, “I’m a spoiled brat. Please buy my Katy Perry tickets. I don’t deserve them.” Now that’s humiliating. The 18-year-old’s identity has remained undisclosed. Secondly, bad behavior shouldn’t be rewarded. What does it say to a child when she can do or say whatever she wants without consequence?
This isn’t the first time a fed-up parent ditched their kid’s concert tickets. Last year, a mom sold her daughter’s One Direction concert tickets on eBay (and you know how big #1D is among the youngsters) as a result of her “lippy attitude.”
“You may hate me now….. But I don’t care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child,” the Australian mom wrote on her eBay description.
Do you think this is a proper way to punish one’s child?
Looks like Chris Brown and Karrueche are on yet another break…and after she held him down during his recent incarceration. Shame.
We knew things were on a downward spiral when Chris was out here liking a Photoshopped picture of him and Rihanna in bed together. While this may seem minor to some, we all know by now that these type of social media behaviors are not by chance. We all recall the days when Chris unfollowed Rihanna or vice versa and the very next day we’d learn that the two were no longer dating.
And apparently, an Instagram like means quite a bit.
Anyway, rumor has it that when Karrueche found out Chris was liking pictures of him and his ex together, she naturally wasn’t too happy about it. Particularly because he made a mini documentary professing his love to two different women. But according to TMZ, Rihanna is only a small part of the problem. A source told TMZ that Karrueche thinks Chris is behaving immaturely, acting like a child spending more time partying than he is making music.
And from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like Chris is taking their breakup all that hard. Instead, he posted a couple of tweets about taking relationship advice from the wrong people and the very trite and degrading “these hoes ain’t loyal” line.
He tweeted: “Be careful who u take relationship advice from. Especially if they are single. They’re single for a reason! Lol #lonelyfaceass.”
And then: “These hoes ain’t loyal but my fans damn sure are!”
It didn’t stop with the tweets, Chris went to St. Tropez. And to add insult to injury, he took one of Karrueche’s friends along with him. And of course the two were photographed together both on Chris’ personal Instagram and by the paparazzi.
Exhibit A: (She’s the girl with the dark hair, also seen with Karrueche in the picture below.)
Karrueche hasn’t exactly confirmed a split but she did post this subliminal picture on Instagram, seemingly directed at Chris.
Sometimes it really is hard to tell who celebrities are referencing with these random memes. But considering how Chris’ comb over conk was all over the internet, this one seems like it’s all about Breezy.
Either way what do you think? Is this it for Chris and Karrueche or is this just another chapter in their relationship tome?
Instagram is, by far, my favorite social media app. I love looking at pictures. You don’t have to have a story because you can create one. Or you can provide a bit more context or wit with the captions. It was already brilliant and then they added the 15 second video feature? Game changed. I love Instagram. And since I’m on it so much, I have a few observations about Instagram, and what our behavior on the app says about the state of our society. Can I share them with you all? Follow me.
R. Kelly is an exceptionally talented musician. But sadly now that all of his dysfunction is out there for the world to see, his illness speaks louder than his talent. While there are still plenty of people who still ride for Kellz and his hypersexual music, other Columbus, Ohio residents weren’t having it. And their complaints resulted in Kelly being removed from the Fashion Meets Music Festival on Labor Day weekend.
R. Kelly was scheduled to perform on August 29, kicking off the three day festival in Columbus’ Arena district.
When news broke that he would not be performing, Kelly’s publicist released a statement: “R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.”
As soon as the festival announced that Kelly would be the headliner for the festival, complaints started pouring in from angry social media users. As you might assume, they cited the rape accusations and the indictment on his 21 counts of child pornography.
Here’s a sampling of what they had to say, according to the USA Today.
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- (Rape victims responded to the Kelly booking with) “sheer horror. That’s why we are upset. Support victims of sexual abuse and don’t ignore them.”
- “Accepting R Kelly as an artist is to ignore the fundamental basics of human dignity. It’s not like he’s just a player and folks don’t dig it. A very real line was very clearly crossed and this is how we choose to express our disdain for the deeds and support for the victims.”
- “Vote with your wallets.”
Kelly was found not guilty of those charges in 2008 when jurors stated that while they believed that it was indeed R. Kelly in the tapes, they couldn’t be sure of the age of female participants.
Before Kelly was ever brought to trial, the Chicago Sun Times started publishing an investigative series which detailed Kelly’s history with underaged girls as young as 15.
Initially, the festival organization stood by the choice of R. Kelly but after the noticed the backlash the decided to ask Kelly to step down. Other performers for the weekend include Michelle Williams, Paper Diamond and Destructo, Future Islands and more.
Personally, I think Columbus made the right decision and I wish other individuals, organizations and venues would keep sending this same message until people realize this man has a very real problem and he should seek help.
Twitter is the place most of us go to write about our fleeting emotions throughout the day, subtweet about your job, comment on the latest pop culture event or share the good and bad news of the internet with the rest of your followers. And unless you’ve managed to join the elite club that is Black Twitter, for the most part, your tweets are a drop in the bucket. But if you’re a celebrity, your thoughts and feelings are weighed more heavily and your presence on this social network puts you in touch with adoring masses or an angry mob.
Most celebs need to ignore the haters and naysayers. But Erykah Badu aka @fatbellybella is just not like most celebrities. And if you come for her and she sees you, you can bet you’re going to get mildly clowned… for an extended period of time.
And honestly, the way some people come at Erykah, most of it is quite justified.
Click through the following pages and see what I mean.
You may seem articulate on paper, but if your employer spots your Twitter page and sees a plethora of spelling mistakes, poor grammar, and text speak, consider yourself rejected. According to Time, a good number of hiring managers have tossed applicants out of candidacy due to sub-par communication skills on social media.
We already know that photos of you drunkenly wobbling around town will have you nixed from the applicant pool, but did you know your grammar is scrutinized, too? According to CareerBuilder, out of the 70 percent of hiring managers who scour through social media profiles to paint a picture of an applicant, one-third have ditched candidates with “poor communication skills.”
According to hiring managers, poor communication skills include, first and foremost, awful spelling. In fact, nearly half of recruiters (47 percent) are nauseated by misspelled words. Be safe and use spell check!
“The employer is more apt to question your professionalism if you show a pattern of misspelled words… or your commentary seems rash, uninformed or non-cohesive,” said Jennifer Grasz, a CareerBuilder spokeswoman.
Secondly, if you really want to repel employers, try not to use any punctuation at all — that really grinds their gears.
“If they can’t punctuate, if they can’t make a coherent sentence, then they are not, in my opinion, what we’re looking for,” says Thomas Anderson, director of HR at the Houston Community College System. “If they don’t punctuate properly, you get a sense that’s the way they probably write all the time.”
Next, all that virtual yelling is an ear sore for hiring managers. Hold back on the caps lock usage. No one likes a loud, obnoxious, social media fool. According to Anderson, skipping over caps lock is social media etiquette 101, so if an applicant doesn’t seem to realize this, HR managers will assume he or she lacks “serious knowledge” in basic social skills.
Lastly, though abbreviations are permissible and even preferred on social media, some employers will cringe at your habit of using “text speak.” According to Time, “it can be a turn-off for hiring managers if your conversations on social networks are riddled with this kind of short hand.”
So what’s the lesson here? Get your grammar up.
“Job seekers should pay special attention to their social media profiles, ensuring all publicly accessible information is professional,” says Susan Vitale, CMO at iCIMS. “It’s difficult for a recruiter to ‘unsee’ these references.”