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‘You Got Your Shine Today:’ Fantasia Blasts Fan For Making Rude Comments About Her Niece

August 27th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Fantasia Barrino

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You don’t have to follow Fantasia on social media for long before you realize that she does not play with her children, yet, somehow, “fans” insist on making disparaging comments about them. Back in May we told you how the 29-year-old North Carolina native kindly addressed an Instagram follower who said some nasty things about her daughter, Zion. Now it seems that another female “fan” is trying her luck, but this time, Tasia wasn’t too nice in her approach. This time a follower decided to attack Fantasia’s adorable niece, whom she appears to have acquired custody of recently. It’s currently unclear what the woman said about her preteen niece, but it appears that it had something to do with her clothing. Whatever she said set the “Lose to Win” singer off.

Tasia initially responded to the woman beneath the photo, scolding her for stooping so low.

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She went on to address the woman directly, promising to put her on compete blast.

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As if that weren’t enough, Fanny took a photo from the woman’s Instagram page and shared it with a caption that read:

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The woman has since deleted her Instagram page. Thoughts?

Nicci Gilbert Defends Kelly Price: You Have No Idea How “R&B Divas” Backlash Is Affecting Her

August 23rd, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: Instagram

While most of the ladies who appeared on R&B Divas: LA this season did so in an attempt to reignite their music careers, it appears that the plan may have backfired for famed soul songstress Kelly Price. In no time, the 40-year-old New York native became the show’s number one villain and the least favorite among many fans. As Charing Ball stated earlier this week, it seems that Kelly may actually walk away from the show with less fans than she started with. Why Kelly has been demonized in the court of public opinion is debatable. While some argue that it’s because of the show’s shifty editing, others, like her co-star Lil’ Mo, claim that what you see is exactly what you get and that in real life, Kelly is exactly how she appears on the show. Nicci Gilbert, who has also claimed to be a victim of the show’s crafty editing in the past, recently took to Instagram to defend Kelly and scold “Internet bullies” for slamming Kelly through social media.

“If you are building a brand off of other people’s pain… you’re building a PAINFUL brand and at some point you will FEEL ALL OF IT #thatisall,” Nicci wrote.

“It’s hard to watch people say such horrible things about such a talented woman and friend…BUT TIME HEALS & TELLS ALL @KellyPRice4Real…”

“I see CLEARLY how based on what you see ‘CLEARLY’ you think you KNOW so based on that I understand the REACTIONS AND I TRUST GOD’s PLAN… KEEP WATCHING…”

She went on to say that the negative backlash is impacting Kelly tremendously.

“Instead of people all this energy into destroying someone pray for them you have no idea how this is affecting this woman. It’s not good.”

“The sad thing is how quickly ‘we as a people’ allow them to use ‘we the people’ as tools to destroy our ‘own people’ #IAintIntoThat”

Nicci finished up by adding that she will probably be slammed for speaking out, but she’s not concerned about it.

“I suspect that as a result of me speaking the truth you will see a few more fraudulent blogs, articles, etc., about me soon LOL…#touche.”

“#TheButler made me realize the fight is not over, this time instead of billy clubs and hoses its social media and online bullies #FB #Stick2Gether”

“I woukd rather be broke and jobless than sit back like these women & pretend I dont see this happening. Ive been there so I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE”

What do you think of Nicci’s claims? Would you say fans have been too harsh in their criticism of Kelly?


Follow Jazmine on Twitter @jazminedenise.

An Open Letter On Proper Madame Noire Etiquette: Since Some Of Yall Don’t Know How To Act

December 18th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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Remember in elementary school when a handful of students acted a fool, the whole class was punished as a consequence? I can’t even count the amount of recess time I lost because someone else was misbehaving. Well, this piece is written in that same spirit. For the most part, you, our beloved readers, are polite, thoughtful or hilarious in your responses and respectful of the work we do for you each day. We can’t adequately express what it means to know that thousands of you choose Madame Noire, over every other site on the internet to learn about the latest news, discuss lifestyle topics, or enjoy a hilarious article about or concerning black women. We sincerely appreciate you.

We know you have expectations for our site. You want our facts to be correct, to read content free of spelling and grammatical errors. You want to be considered in the stories, videos and  other projects we decide to pursue. We know this and surely appreciate those of you who politely let us know when you feel we are not living up to those expectations.  This piece is really not for you. Though you are more than welcome to continue reading, you are the children who’ve behaved well all school year.

This piece is for those who may need just a friendly reminder about who we, Madame Noire, are, what we’d like for you to know about the work we do and what we expect from you, our readers.

Things We’d Like For You To Know

Those Annoying Slideshows
Trust us, we read the e-mails, the Facebook posts, the comments on the site and the tweets, asking us what the hell is going on with all the clickity, click clicking. Unfortunately, at this time, and probably for a long time to come, the slideshows are here to stay. As troublesome as you may find them, they are always, and I do mean always, our most read, best performing stories. They keep you on the site longer, they increase our page views and most importantly let advertisers know that people are actually coming to and staying on our site, long enough to see whatever message they may want to share with you. As obnoxious as that may be, the ads make sure that the editorial staff and other writers can get paid and also that our readers won’t have to pay for MN’s content. If that still doesn’t do it for you, please know that slideshows are not easy for us to prepare either. It literally takes hours to upload photos, write copy, edit and promote a single slideshow. They’re not exactly a walk in the park for us either; but they’re a necessity and we know, from the numbers, that quite a few people learn something or enjoy reading them.

Madame Noire is not one person
For some reason, quite a few people are under the impression that Madame Noire is one woman. Madame Noire means “black woman” so all of our black, female readers, are Madame Noire. She is every black woman. If you’ve checked our “About Us” page, you’ll see that Madame Noire’s editorial staff  is composed of five women and we currently have two interns. With that being said, please keep in mind that all the content you see everyday on the site as well as the posts you see on Facebook and Twitter is either written or edited by one of these five women. With an average of almost 30 stories published a day, not counting the stories published on our Business Page, that’s a lot of work for just five people. It’s work we enjoy doing; but it’s not easy and when things aren’t perfect, or to your liking, it may take us some time to address those valid concerns.

Caps Lock is offensive
Some of you may have missed this internet etiquette lesson; but as a rule of thumb, typing in Caps Lock is the equivalent of shouting in person. It’s offensive and a bit uncalled for if you don’t have a personal vendetta against us. Not only that, it’s incredibly hard to read and if you type that way on our Facebook page, Facebook will assume it’s spam and will hide the comment from view.

Listen Up Ladies: 7 Things We’d Like to Say to Our Facebook Followers

March 15th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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It was Erykah Badu who spoke some of the realest words when it comes to us creative types, “Keep in mind, that I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shyt.” I don’t know if the screaming fans, waiting for her to perform what we now know as “Call Tyrone,” truly understood what it means to showcase your work for public consumption and criticism. It is simultaneously gratifying and nerve-racking. And the stakes are heightened when your work is published on the internet. Why? Because the internet is the land of trolls. Nasty, attention seeking people who get off on spewing absolutely vile words, all behind the guise of an avatar and the protection of a computer screen. You can type virtually anything without consequence.

Even the non-trollish become hostile and emboldened by the lack of person to person interaction. While it would probably be best to ignore the naysayers, meanies and especially the trolls; it’s hard to do so when you put your time, energy and effort into creating an environment where black women reside and reign. One of our editors expressed this sentiment best, “Even if I didn’t agree with a presentation or something one of our Facebook followers created for work, I wouldn’t go up to her job and call it garbage. That’s just rude.” Real.Talk.

All of that being said, or communicated, this article is a rare and honest look into the minds of the artists behind this site, the content we create and why we do what we do, the way we do it. If you read and remember these rules, we guarantee your Madame Noire experience, as well as ours, will be much more enjoyable…