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The Art Of Vlogging: The Do’s & Don’ts of Growing Your Brand On YouTube

January 14th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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youtube logoPerhaps you want to be the ultimate source of guidance for ladies who want their eyebrows “on fleek.” Or maybe you aspire to be greatest hair guru that YouTube has ever seen. Good. You’ve come to the right place, ladies. MadameNoire Business can help you — and your brand — reach new heights on the YouTube vlogosphere. With a solid presence on YouTube, countless opportunities can come flying your way.

We’ve got some valuable tips that will drive your brand to blossom. Here are the do’s and don’ts of YouTube branding.

YouTube Hit With A $1 Billion Lawsuit That Could Force It To Drop 20,000 Videos

December 23rd, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Image Source: WENN

Soon you might not be able to watch certain videos by Pharrell, John Lennon, Smokey Robinson, and many others on YouTube.

The site has been threatened with a $1 billion lawsuit that could force them to remove 20,000 videos by artists over rights dispute.

Music industry veteran Irving Azoff and his company, Global Music Rights (GMR), filed the lawsuit and represents the interests of around 40 music stars. According to Azoff, the video-sharing website does not have the performance rights for thousands of songs they currently offer on its streaming service.

He also claims “that although YouTube may have negotiated deals with the record labels, they have not done the same with the artists,” reports Daily Mail. Azoff feels the site must make deals with the artists as well.

“Many of the songs were previously handled by ASCAP and BMI, which thanks to consent decrees with the Justice Department, were subject to blanket licenses anytime a digital outlet like YouTube requested one. Not anymore,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Azoff told THR that his clients wanted to go after YouTube, as opposed to other sharing sites, because they have been “least cooperative” and are “the worst offenders.”

YouTube has not yet responded to a request for a comment from Daily Mail.

YouTube Makeup Guru Missy Lynn Says Women Should Embrace Their Beauty

November 17th, 2014 - By jade
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In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, makeup guru Missy Lynn shares her story and explains why African American women should embrace their beauty.

To visit her YouTube channel for tutorials and more, click here!

Episode 1 – Curly Nikki 

Episode 3 – Black Girls Run! 

Episode 4 – Black Girls Workout Too! 

Episode 5 – The Curvy Fashionista

Episode 6 – Series Extras


“What Draws Should I Wear Today” Sisters Turn Panty Selection Into A Gospel Hymn

October 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: YouTube

If you’re not careful, your selection of underwear can make or break your day. So choose wisely. Bikini brief for days when you’re going to be moving around and want a snug fit but some breathability. Granny panties when you couldn’t care less and the thong when you want to feel your sexiest.

So many options.

And if you ever need a little song to help you in the morning, the Lowe Sisters have provided that soundtrack. It’s set to an old gospel hymn, I think to the tune of “Look Where He Brought Me From.” (But I could be wrong. I’ve listened to this song so many times, I’ve forgotten the original. If someone can correct me, let me know.)  You can tell from the first note that these sisters grew up in the church because they sang this song, complete with a shouting break at the end. Once you catch the groove, you’ll forget that they’re singing about something as trivial as panties.

Though the sisters recorded this song over a year ago, it’s gained new traction because it’s been played on quite a few morning shows. If you’re a fan of the Rickey Smiley show, you may be familiar but for those of you who’ve missed it, thank me later.


“Kickin It With My Daddy” This Father-Daughter Rap Is Everything

August 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Facebook

I love a good Daddy-Daughter moment. There’s nothing like it. And rest assured that if and when I find them on the internet, I’ll always share them with you, our readers because as we’ve seen, in just the past couple of days, the world can be a cold and dark place. There’s nothing wrong with spreading a little light as often as possible.

Enter Ricky Weems and his eldest daughter Kayliyah. Weems, the father of two, solicited the help of his daughter, who has perfect rhythm, to rap about their relationship. And don’t let the fact that she’s a child fool you. The verses are sick.

Weems posted the video on his Facebook page earlier this month, writing the following:

BREAKING NEWS ALERT!!! Here is the video!! Shoutout to my baby girl Malaya who couldn’t make the video shoot, she was doing a commercial Shoutout to the cameraman Jermaine who’s only 6, but he learning Shoutout to Kayliyah who is a natural!!  Here it is, “kickin it wit my daddy”!! Just a snippet!!

Check out a few of my favorite lines (being that I’ve watched this video at least seven times and memorized parts of it.)

Hi my name Kayliyah

I’m my daddy’s oldest 

He always say he love me 

And my daddy show it 

(Ricky– He Do!) 

Finished third grade

Now I’m going to the fourth 

I get good grades on my papers and reports

Got a lot of awards for jobs for well done 

Two times in a row I made student of the month

(Ricky– Leggo!)

And that’s just the half of it y’all. Watch the whole video and look of sheer joy as Kayliyah and Ricky shake up and dance at the end.


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May 6th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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As you already know, MadameNoire spends a great deal of time cranking out videos for our loyal readers, whether they be spoofs, news videos, celebrity interviews, or our most popular series, Ask a Black Man. Sometimes we’re not sure if you catch all of them, though, which is why we want you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can have all of our video goodness in one spot — and be the first to catch our one-on-ones with your favorite stars. And all you have to do to subscribe, is just click the link above and leave your YouTube Username in the comments section for verification. That’s not much to ask for a chance to win a $250 American Express card now is it? We didn’t think so.

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Man Kicked In Head By Train Conductor May Earn $250,000

April 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Watch a Train Driver Kick a Selfie-Taking Man in the Head

Last week, the internet was buzzing over a video of a man trying to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train who got smashed in the face by the train’s conductor’s foot.

Jared Michael Frank, 22, was on a Peru Rails track when the incident occurred. It should be noted, it’s not uncommon for people to walk alongside these trains. Despite being hit, Frank apparently had no injuries. Therefore, journalists called his “selfie video” fraudulent. Whether or not it is, Gawker reports Frank has attracted the attention of media companies with his 23,719,468 views on his YouTube account.

“They’re offering him thousands of dollars in advertising and licensing opportunities,” the blog says. “YouTube’s official monthly figures haven’t been totaled up yet, but Frank could bank anywhere from $30,000 to $250,000,” adds the CBC. Frank can earn anywhere from $2 t0 $16 per 1,000 views and 70 percent share for all of the clicks.

Frank adds, “I’m a little worried, but I have a decent relationship with the licensing company, so I trust them. I did a lot of research first.” Frank agreed to partner with Jukin Media, a media company that  helps those with visual content monetize their content  to increase viewership.

As resident of Canada, Frank stated he will use the money to pay off his recent travels to Peru and go to film school. He says has movie ideas he would like to work on. Surely, none of them involve him getting hit in the head.

Below is his viral video. Do you think it’s real?


Fitness Expert & Emerging Recording Artist Keaira LaShae Uses Social Media To Merge Her Passions

December 3rd, 2013 - By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
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If your 9-to-5 is in a different field from your passion-fueled side hustle, take inspiration from Keaira LaShae. A lead trainer for the fitness company Daily Burn and the creator of the dance-based “Move” workout, LaShae is also a budding R&B star.

On Daily Burn, she takes fans through fun routines that incorporate Bollywood, African, Latin and hip-hop steps. But the amiable trainer also captures the attention of fitness fans on her two YouTube channels — SuperheroFitnessTV and Keaira LaShae — which have cumulatively amassed 60 million views. On both, she extends her workouts with useful tutorials that run the gamut from “How to Dance in the Club (In a Dress)” (1,049,810 views as I write this) to a “How to Booty Pop/Twerk Workout” (157,641 views in just three months).

As part of LaShae’s plan to build her following as a 360 degree entertainer, she often sets her video classes to a soundtrack of her own original music, sometimes breaks into song, and almost always drives traffic to her new singles with links that overlay her videos. And it’s working.

She says a 60-city college tour with Kendrick Lamar is in the works, and she’s about to star in her own dance fitness DVD to be distributed by LionsGate. A meal plan for her health-conscious followers (via her upcoming app) is also soon to be released.

We tapped LaShae’s expertise for pointers on how to build a strong following doing what we love.

Madame Noire: How did you turn your personal love of working out into a business?

KL: I graduated high school early and after that I didn’t want to go straight to college. I was like, “I’ve got to do something else.” So [at 16], I trained at a local gym… under one of the workers there. [I learned personal training] and then got my license when I was old enough.

MN: What made you decide to put your workouts online?

KL: I’ve done it for a while in person for people… but when I did it on YouTube, when I did it online, and people were like “Oh my God, this is amazing,” I was like “Man, I could really do something with this. Not only could I help people and help them have fun while working out and get them in shape, but I can also make money by doing this?”

MN: How did the Daily Burn gig come about?

KL: I started getting hired from different companies because they saw me on YouTube. [I auditioned for a back up position in a Daily Burn video, and] Daily Burn was like, ‘Uh, why in the world did you come in as a back up? What is wrong with you? We saw that YouTube. You need to lead these videos.”

MN: How did you amass 60 million hits on your YouTube page?

KL: Well, it’s a combination of things. I’m a singer and a dancer also, and so, I have one channel where I do singing and dancing and then I have one channel where I do fitness; and I ended up combining the two.

On my singing channel… [viewers] would ask me, “How did you get that figure?” And then I would send them over to my “Superhero Fitness TV” YouTube channel. And with the music on the Superhero Fitness TV YouTube channel, they would ask me, “Who is that in the background? What music is that?” and I’m like, “Oh, it’s mine. Buy it on iTunes.”

So, I just did a lot of like mixing of the two.

Google Dominates Amid Recent Missteps

November 15th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Is Google too big to fail? Well, the search engine is now bigger than all magazines and newspapers… combined.

“It’s on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising,” reports Business Insider.  This means it is pulling in more ad revenue than newspapers and magazines, which is due in part to the faltering state of print media.

Still Google’s last full year results from 2012 are nearing the historic maximum that all magazines combined achieved back in 2007 before the crash. This would mean Google will not only eclipse magazines but also becomes bigger than magazines ever were — even before there was an Internet to compete with.

Though this is good news for Google, the Internet giant has been dealing with various negative issues lately. As we recently reported, YouTube users are upset with Google for taking away the comments section on the site. They are even petitioning to have them bought back.



And people are scratching their heads over a wacky patent Google has applied for. “Google’s Motorola Mobility filed a patent for an electronic skin tattoo, or sticker. Essentially, this patent describes a noise-canceling, hand-free microphone for your cellphone that sticks on your throat,” reports ABC News. The “tattoo” connects to a communication device, wirelessly. And, this electronic skin tattoo can be equipped with a lie detector. The tattoo is  temporary tattoo.

Then there is the criticism of Google Glass. “Google’s track record with the music crowd is abysmal,” reports Wired. So to Google is trying really hard to change that with its digital goggles. They just launched an array of music-centric improvements for Google Glass, including new earbuds and voice commands to help you find and play songs. And they pulled in record producer and engineer Young Guru, known for his work with Beyoncé, Young Jeezy, Rihanna, Jay-Z,  to help promote Glass.

Google has gone through five music services in four years, all which have failed, such as the Nexus Q, a spherical digital hub that could stream music to your home stereo (and digital video to your TV). “But before it actually shipped to the public, the Nexus Q was cancelled and never heard from again,” reports Wired.

Now there’s this push for music fans, who have tons of options to choose from. “But maybe Google would be better off if it didn’t try too hard and just stuck with being the most boring music service out there,” says Wired.

YouTube Users, Angry Over Changes, Petition Google For Comments Section

November 12th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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YouTube users are unhappy.

Earlier this year, Google restructured the comments section of YouTube, integrating it with its Google+ social network, reports The Los Angeles Times. But it seems to have been a bad move as more than 47,000 people are now petitioning YouTube to revert the comments section to its original form.

The petition is being hosted on and it charges that Google is forcing users into creating accounts for a social network they don’t want in order to use the new comments section. Also with the change, users can no longer post comments anonymously, the petition says.

“They have completely RUINED a great thing. Comments were the number one reason why I checked my YouTube account daily. Now that desire is gone,” says the top comment posted in response to the petition on, reports The Times. (That comment, which has received nearly 900 “‘likes,” seems to have been posted under the alias “James Gandolfini,” the late star of the hit HBO series The Sopranos.)

Google debuted the new YouTube comments section in September as a way to cut down the amount of hateful comments left by users, who often posted anonymously.

“The new comments section was also designed to display comments that would be relevant to every individual user. Rather than simply display the last comment left as YouTube previously did, the new comments section emphasizes comments left by users’ friends, the creators of videos, celebrities or comments left by others that have received a lot of interaction,” reports the newspaper.

According to, the YouTube petition is currently the most active one on its website where it was posted on last Thursday. This is one of several other petitions on asking  YouTube to change back its comments section.