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Cancel Wendy Williams Show? What About The Black Women She Insults?

August 14th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Wendy Williams is always talking crazy. And yesterday, it was Ariana Grande’s turn to get roasted.

She’s 21, she’ll forever look 12. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean that in a…You know, it’s nice to look younger than you are but when you look too young and then you’re short, she’s only 4’11. I don’t look at her as like a woman.”

First, as a complete aside, I just cannot understand why Wendy was talking about Ariana Grande and Big Sean at this late date. They’ve been broken up for months now. Perhaps this show was a rerun.  But more importantly, for someone whose femininity is constantly questioned, I find it odd that Wendy would say she doesn’t consider Ariana Grande a woman. Maybe she meant to say she doesn’t look a woman and just got caught up. Interestingly enough, though Williams has built her entire empire bashing celebrities, people were outraged about this particular comment.

And the hashtag #CancelWendyWilliamsShow was trending nationwide.

While I have often felt like Ariana gets unnecessarily dragged for her looks, something she can’t control (with the exception of that ponytail), I find  it fascinating that people were so up in arms when Ariana’s name was besmirched when Wendy has said far worse about plenty of Black women.

She routinely calls Rihanna a whore; but when it comes to White women who serial date, like Taylor Swift, she says this is what young women are supposed to do in their twenties. She made fun of the name of Kelly Rowland’s baby, saying it will be hard for him to live up to the name Titan. She called Evelyn Lozada’s son a cash register because she thought he represented a payout for the reality tv star.

And while many recognized Wendy’s flawed morality, I didn’t see any calls for cancelation.

That’s the power of the victimized White girl, honey.

She takes priority over our honor anyday.

Call it the Taylor Swift syndrome, in modern day terms.

In addition to no one defending our, Black women’s honor, it particularly perturbs me that Wendy Williams, is the Black woman spitting such vitriol against all women, but particularly Black ones.

Is it time she toned it down a bit or should more Black people step up when she launches attacks against celebrities within our communities?

How You Doin’ (On YouTube)? The Vital Business Role Of This Popular Social Media Site

July 23rd, 2015 - By Janel Martinez
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When it comes to social media, would you believe me if I said YouTube was king? With many social media users flocking to popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope, to name a few, it’s hard to believe video-sharing website YouTube is as popular but it makes perfect business sense.

A recent Business Insider article discussing the success of “The Wendy Williams Show” points out why the daytime TV show is dominating YouTube. “Wendy” is second in YouTube views and subscribers to another popular TV show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The success of the“ Wendy” YouTube channel can be attributed to its free, shareable videos, the reality TV show vibe and ability to reach new audiences from across the globe. YouTube’s partner program allows for “Wendy” to also generate a profit, which “impacts the show’s bottom line.”

A report released last year by AOL Platforms revealed YouTube is more effective at introducing new products to consumers and converting them to purchase. For those investing in paid advertising, YouTube trumps Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Brands and businesses have found success in growing their audience on this social media network, both through organic and paid means. YouTube has more than a billion active users to date with the number of hours people are watching on YouTube each month going up 50 percent year over year.

It’s crucial for brands to know what makes return users and loyal subscribers click on a video, as well as what would make someone subscribe to one’s channel. One thing that “Wendy” has undoubtedly done is tap into what’s already working for her. She and her team know her audience is looking for one thing, and one thing only, more Williams. It’s why the after-show is a hit and “Hot Topics,” which is the show’s most popular segment, keeps her audience, new and old, engaged with her YouTube presence.

“It’s not scripted, it’s just me talking,” Williams said about the after-show. “I’m very comfortable with myself.”

Tristan Zimmerman, the show’s senior digital producer, knows this. It’s why he and Associate Web Producer Jessica Bell have mastered a strategy of giving viewers more “Wendy.”

Each video gets around 50,000 views or more within a day or two, with some getting closer to 100,000 views, reports Business Insider.

“The after-show came out of that need [to connect with fans on social media],” said Zimmerman. “She’s open to having that sort of conversation and connection with her audience, but she’s not going to be sitting on her phone tweeting in 140 characters.”

As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And with “Wendy” mastering a social media strategy that proves successful (sans the latest platforms), it’ll be a great case study as the social media landscape evolves.

Do you have a YouTube channel for your brand? Tell us how you attract your following in the comments section below.

What Happens When A Woman Tells Wendy Williams She’s Sleeping With A Married Man?

June 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We often hear fables, myths and gossip about women who sleep with married men. Let’s be real, some of us even know these women personally. They’re our wayward friends, the person our cousin used to be back in the day. Some of us have been that woman ourselves.

But rarely do these women present themselves, boldly and proudly to the public.

Well, one such woman stepped forward yesterday on “The Wendy Williams Show” of all places. And as you might imagine, it didn’t go over too well.

During the “Ask Wendy” segment, this woman stood up and said,

“There’s a gentleman that I met a couple weeks ago at an event. He is so hot. And speaking with him for about two minutes or so, the attraction grew. So the problem is, he’s married. The problem is he’s married and I really don’t care.”

Perhaps homegirl didn’t realize that not only is Wendy married, she and her husband Kevin had their own challenges with infidelity in the past. So she was not trying to hear this at all.

And she checked this woman properly.

Check out Wendy’s response in the video below.

“I’m Scared Of Vee” Lorraine Toussaint Talks Her Dynamic Character On OITNB

June 11th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We’re all gearing up for the season 3 premiere of “Orange Is The New Black,” tomorrow and while we don’t know whether or not Lorraine Toussaint’s character Vee is going to return this season, we were happy to see she swung by the purple couch on “The Wendy Williams” show to discuss the Netflix hit dramedy as well as other projects she has in the works.

Read what she had to say about her character Vee, that topless scene and how fans of the show react to her on the street.

 

On her character Vee

Listen, I’m scared of Vee. I’ve never even seen Vee because I’m just scared to watch her. You know, it’s a weird thing. I don’t even know how I got into the character. I looked up what a clinical psychopath actually was because I found out what that was about a half hour before I started shooting. And I just…I flipped a switch in my brain. We all have a Vee inside. We all have that crazy, psychopathic mama that will throw down for their kids. We all have that crazy person inside. So I just let that crazy person drive my car for six months.

On Vee’s death

She had to. No, really she had to. We did a lot of bad things.

Is she coming back for the Season 3?

Hmmm? It drops on Friday.

Do people approach you as if you are Vee?

Yeah they do. A lot of people do. There are quite normal people who love the work and recognize it as the work. I did have an incident in Atlanta where someone walked up to my table at an outdoor cafe and said, ‘I am going to kill you. I’m going to kill you.’ And they were joking but my ten-year-old was sitting with me at lunch and I just had to say, ‘Hi, I’m Lorraine. This is my 10-year-old.”

Going topless

Wendy: …because you’re a woman of a particular age…

…I’m 55. After 50, you really don’t care.

Wendy: Had you ever gone topless before?

Oh hell no!

Wendy: How do you prepare for that?

You show your tits to as many people as will take a look. Your friends, really good friends. Who will tell you the honest to God truth. And then you show the girls to just one or two of your gay, male friends because they will definitely tell you if the girls are worthy.

Wendy: Would you do that for other roles?

No. It’s really scary. You’re so vulnerable. Once I was on the set with the young man–I won’t spoil it in case– but he also was butt naked. So we also had a camaraderie. He was just as nervous as I was so we said, ‘You show me yours and I’ll show you mine.’ It’s scary, you’re really vulnerable but after about 10 minutes you kind of forget that you’re topless. After you’ve shown it all, there’s really nothing to hide.

Watch the full interview in the video below.

Wendy Williams Slays On The Cover Of Ebony

April 22nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Wendy Williams is featured in the next issue of Ebony magazine and her cover shot is giving me so much life. The talk show host and media maven has been looking great lately, but I would have to say that this is probably the best that I’ve ever seen her look!

Inside, she opens up about her marriage and business relationship with husband Kevin Hunter. She also dished on preferring to spend time at home with her family and wondering if her homebody ways will be something she looks back to regret.

“Sometimes I feel a little guilty, like there is going to come a time when all of this isn’t going on and I’m going to regret not lunching at Michael’s with the celebrity girls. But right now, this feels great,” she told the magazine.

I think it will be interesting to read more about how Wendy and Kevin are able to manage their business affairs while still trying to maintain a healthy marriage, especially considering how much shade is constantly hurled at their relationship.

The May issue hits stands Friday, April 24 and will also feature a “grown man’s” guide to grooming and tips on how to actually let go when ending a relationship.

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I’d Never Jeopardize My Marriage: Cory Hardrict Responds To Keke Palmer/Tia Mowry Mix-Up

April 21st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Just last week, Keke Palmer appeared on “The Wendy Williams” show to promote her latest film Brotherly Love. And of course Wendy had to ask her about the rumors that she was trying to push up on Tia Mowry’s man Cory Hardrict.

Keke laughed it off and explained that it was all a misunderstanding blown up by the blogs.

Today, in promotion for the same film, Cory Hardrict and Eric Hill Jr. sat down with Wendy and she wanted to get his side of the story as well.

We have to clear this up from your side…

Alright. Please do.

What went on that got your wife so upset? That your wife was grabbing her wrist…Did Keke try to hit on you?

No! Eric was there. I was right there. They were talking about a book deal. Tia just got a book deal, right there. Naw. It wasn’t none of that. We all cool. Keke like a sister to me. I love my wife to death. I’d never jeopardize that. It was funny. We laughed about it. I was like ‘Oh, that’s crazy.’ I don’t respond to nonsense.

 

Nice.

I just wish Wendy would have asked him what that tweet was about…now I’m starting to wonder if it was someone else.

Wendy Williams Criticizes Vivica A. Fox For Joining Hollywood Divas

April 18th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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TV maven Wendy Williams has absolutely no cut cards. She’s known for her shade and ability to call people out and act like she did nothing wrong. However, her latest bit of shading throwing has us wondering if she’s right.

Yesterday afternoon, Wendy discussed why she didn’t approve of Ms. Vivica Fox joining the reality series, Hollywood Divas.

Wendy stated,

Vivica Fox, I love you, but I hate this idea. You are above this. For goodness sake, you were in Pulp Fiction! What are you doing joining the cast of Hollywood Divas?
Now, there’s nothing wrong with Hollywood Divas and shows like that….but they are for a certain echelon of people. When I think of Vivica A. Fox, I’m not comparing her to Golden Brooks, from Girlfriends.
Golden Brooks was on Girlfriends; respectable career, but where has she been? She’s not supposed to be in the same room, on the same cast as Vivica A. Fox. That’s all I’m saying.

It would be like if Mary J. Blige joined the cast of ‘R&B Divas’….Yeah, she was on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, but that’s the higher tier of reality TV. But what I’m trying to do is show more respect for her to be a real diva of Hollywood…

Vivica for God’s sake, you were just signed for Independence Day part 2. Vivica you can do better, this is a low move for your career.

Now personally, I 100% agree with Wendy. Vivica is like the beloved crazy Aunty that you used to watch in all your favorite movies. She’s been in literally all of the classics, no Viv no. Lawd! She was on the Fresh Prince.

What do you guys think? Is that a good luck for her?

Wendy Williams On Marriage And Children: Will Your Career Suffer?

April 17th, 2015 - By Rich
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Does getting married and having children stunt a woman’s growth career-wise like Wendy Williams believes? Short answer, in my opinion, is yes. Before you start throwing baby bottles at me, hear me out. This is not to say that there aren’t a number of super successful women who hold down marriage, career, and children all at the same damn time. It’s absolutely something that should be celebrated. Those women are out there. But if I’m speaking frankly, I’d have to say that I agree with Wendy.

Trust me, she’s not the first person I want to publicly side with. I’ve never been a big fan of hers. But as depressing as her quote from that Forbes Lifestyle interview may have sounded to a wife and mother with a career, it’s the reality for a lot of women. Getting married and having children adds to your responsibilities, and that makes maintaining your career even harder. Some women do it with ease. But it all depends on your own personal circumstances.

Do you share responsibilities with your husband/baby daddy?

Does your family help you with childcare?

Does your job have a working remotely option? Well, if the answer to all of this is yes, then it’s probably a lot easier for you.

What about the women who don’t have these options?

Without even acknowledging that pregnancy and childbirth keeps you out of work for maternity leave, the more time you take off from your career after that, the more you lose out. Studies show that women who actually take a break from their career to raise their children usually take a pay cut or lesser role when they get back into the work force (if they are that lucky to land a gig). For women who don’t take any time off and jump right back in to their work (and that’s a personal choice, so I hate to hear women judge other women who actually do take off time), it’s a roll of the dice. Some jobs and bosses are a great support system. Others, not so much. Companies and clients who are only concerned with their bottom line will never admit it, but they don’t consider a mother to be the ideal candidate to get the work done. They know that when your kid gets sick, you will drop whatever you’re doing and run to their side. Stay late to finish work? Sometimes, it’s not even negotiable for a mother who has to pick up her kids (some schools will call the police if you are late enough). Unfortunately, the belief more times than not is that someone with kids and a husband isn’t going to work as hard. My opinion is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. But I’m not your boss.

I’ve often been asked how I manage it all. Three kids, a husband, a house and a career. My answer is, I don’t. I believe that the only way to juggle all of this is to be comfortable knowing that you have to sacrifice. And like most moms, I’d sacrifice career before I will sacrifice my kids.

 

The truth is that every individual is different, and being married and having kids should never stunt your career growth, but I believe it does.

 

Williams suggests that women use their twenties to work their butt off in their careers so they have “ground footing” by the time they meet that special someone. That’s one way of looking at it. Or you could have your child while you are younger and start your career later. Some women are okay with not fulfilling their full career potential. Others are okay with not getting married or having kids. And then there are those of us in the middle who just keep trying, hoping that one day, things will change.

 

If I Were You I Would Pay Wendy Williams’ Advice About Not Marrying Before 30 No Mind

April 17th, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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Should women – who want to have a successful career and family – wait until they’re 30 to think about meeting a guy? Wendy Williams certainly thinks so.

This week, the talk show host made headlines for an interview she did with Moira Forbes for Forbes Lifestyle saying that women shouldn’t get married in their twenties because marriage and kids stunt a woman’s career growth. She said she always advises women to “use your entire twenties working your behind off in your career and get some ground footing, then think about meeting that guy.”

There is more to life than work, and there are a whole host of things that can derail your career whether you are married or not. But – for the sake of discussing this topic – let’s pretend that a dream job is everything and that your career success hinges totally on whether or not you are married in your twenties.

The first issue with Wendy’s advice is that it suggests thirty is a magic age. If you’re twenty-seven or twenty-nine then having a career and family is an impossibility, but on your thirtieth birthday suddenly you can have it all?

The second issue with this advice is that it’s conflates being married with having kids. There are married couples who do not have kids and there are women who have kids and are not married. Is it the combination of marriage and children that stunts career growth? Is it one or the other? What are you really saying?

I can’t speak on what having children does to your career prospects because I don’t have any, but I know for a fact marriage can certainly help a career.

Three months ago, I was in a car accident with a semi-truck and seriously injured my right foot. I didn’t want to stay home alone collecting short-term disability checks, so my husband drove me to work every day (including early Sunday mornings!) for three months. When I was offered my first job in television a few years ago, it was a part-time gig. I couldn’t afford to work a part time job if it weren’t for my husband picking up the financial slack. When that job turned into a full-time position, he taught me how to edit my stories, videotaped several of my interviews, and serves as a general sounding board and built-in support system. Good days and bad days, he is always on my side. Being married to him has made me even more successful at work then I could have imagined.

So, I don’t think the answer is to not get married at all. Better advice is – whether you tie that knot at twenty-five, thirty-five or forty-five – marry someone supportive.

In her book, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg noted that “the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is. I don’t know of a single woman in a leadership position whose life partner is not fully—and I mean fully—supportive of her career.”

Like Sheryl, I believe that marrying a supportive man whom you’ve been honest with about your career goals is one of the most important decisions you can make.

If you follow Wendy’s advice but then pick the wrong guy, you run the risk of “using your entire twenties working your behind off in your career” only to have serious marriage problems when you finally do decide to get married.

Besides, building a life with someone seems much better than building a life by yourself and later trying to fit someone else in.

What do you think? Is it a bad idea to find time for love while you’re still in your twenties?

Keke Palmer Explains What She Really Said About Cory Hardrict And Tia Mowry’s Tweet

April 16th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Tia Mowry and her husband Cory Hardrict have a relatively private marriage. Even when the couple would appear on their reality show together, we never really knew much about their romantic relationship. But recently, we got an unexpected peek.

As you know Brotherly Love stars Hardrict and our girl Keke Palmer. The film premiered in LA on Monday and naturally Tia was there to support her man. Keke Palmer, who is also in the film, was on the red carpet doing interviews.

Early on April 15, two days after the premiere, Tia tweeted something interesting and quickly deleted it. TheShadeRoom  saw the tweet and captured it with a screenshot.

Hmm…

Immediately people began wondering who she could have been talking about. It wasn’t long before the internets surmised that it was Cory’s co-star, Keke Palmer. We were all wondering what did she say? Was it really inappropriate? Was Tia really in her feelings? What the hell happened?

Well, in one of the most timely interviews ever, KeKe Palmer appeared on the Wendy Williams show. And Wendy, with the tea, asked Palmer what happened.

She explained:

Wendy:They were intimating that you were crushing on her husband Cory and then later on Tia Mowry addressed it by tweeting, so what’s going? 

I’m sorry to be laughing at this but it is very funny to me because it’s all so twisted. Everything got misconstrued. What happened was, I’ve known Cory since I was 10-years-old. He auditioned for ‘Akeelah and The Bee’ to play my big brother in the film. And in the interview I was talking about how the whole ‘Brotherly Love’ cast, we kind of grew up together. I’ve known Quincy since I was 14. I’ve known most of the cast since I was very young, including Cory. And I was like ‘I’ve known Cory since I was 10 and I was like I’m going to marry this man,’ as a 10-year-old. It was me quoting how I was as a kid. 

That’s not my style. But I do love Cory. I do love Cory and Tia. 

Wendy: Tia, settle down.

Now all of you trolls out there can stop calling KeKe a hoe/thot or whatever other derogatory name you’re hurling this week.

While Keke cleared her name from this controversy, it still doesn’t really explain why Tia felt the need to tweet about Keke talking about her husband. Maybe there’s more to the story that we don’t know. But from the looks of things it would seem that Tia had a moment of insecurity…or something.

This whole story made me wonder how other women would react in similar situations. Until you get the full details, on the surface this does seem a little sticky.

So I want to ask you, if your husband’s coworker, (past or present), said, openly, that she had/has a crush on him, how would you respond?

Personally, I would skip Twitter, I wouldn’t speak to the woman and I would tell my husband, my man, to keep his eyes peeled. You know men can be oblivious to the subtle flirting signs. I would let him know that she might be plotting and he should keep his antennas up and don’t be caught slipping. Some things you should just keep in house so your marriage doesn’t look fragile and another woman is not needlessly dragged into something messy.

What do you think about this situation with Keke, Tia and Cory and what would you do in a similar situation?