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Google+ Profile Is No Longer Needed To Access All Of Google

July 28th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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Since Google introduced its Google+ social networking platform, one had to have a Google+ profile in order to engage in its other platforms such as YouTube. But not anymore.

The search guru company has decided to change how it handles the still fairly new platform to better serve its users.

“When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink,” said the company on its official blog.

After receiving complaints from users who did not want to use their Google+ profile in order to access other Google related accounts and platforms, the company is restructuring the network.

In a few months, a Google account will be all you need to communicate with contacts, access YouTube, or share content. YouTube will be the first Google product to undergo these changes.

“As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles,” said Google.

But the company has no plans of getting rid of Google+, instead they seem to be making logical upgrades to the platform. These upgrades include Google+ Collections which will allow users to  share and participate in topics based on the users’ interests. The company will be moving Google+ photos into its Google Photos app and adding location sharing into its hangouts instead of the social platform.

“We think changes like these will lead to a more focused, more useful, more engaging Google+.”

Are you a Google+ user? What other changes would you like to see the company make?

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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Wendy Williams Big Moves in Hollywood


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.

Val Starks Goes Viral: I Am Your Mother Not Your Friend

June 23rd, 2015 - By Kay Hudson
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One of the goals I’ve had when it comes to my children is that I want them to know I love them, but more than that, I want them to know I am their mother and not their friend. I know a lot of mothers who so badly want to be their childs friend, but this idea does not sit well with me. Children who look at their parents as friends often get disrespectful towards their parents, or sometimes think its ok to do certain things because their parents are going to be cool with it. I want my children to know that although I love them dearly, there are certain things I don’t agree with and they shouldn’t be doing it until they are of age…..or out of MY house and in their own house and paying their own bills. :)

I recently met a mother who’s name is Val Starks. She became an internet sensation when she posted up a video of herself berating her daughter. Now many of you might be saying “Well why was she berating her own daughter on the internet?” Well, let me explain.

Val Starks had been having some trouble with her 13 year old daughter’s use of social media. Specifically, Facebook and Instagram. It just so happened that Val’s 13 year old daughter had created several inappropriate pages on Facebook and when Val found out, punished her daughter and even took away privileges, but soon found out that that wasn’t enough.

You see, Val was contacted several weeks ago by one of her friends who stated that Val’s daughter had once again created a Facebook page. Val thought to herself this couldn’t be true because she had just went over the rules with her daughter about having social media. Val thought that the punishments and privileges were working, but clearly they weren’t. Val asked her friend for her password so that she can see for herself what was going on on her daughters Facebook page and boy was Val in for a shock!

Val soon found out that her daughters Facebook page was under the alias of “Infinite Love” and made claims she was 19 years old and a FREAK! YIKES!! To make matters worse, Val’s 13 year old daughter posted photos of herself in her bra and panties! To say Val was furious would have been an understatement.Val decided that she had had enough of her daughters antics and decided to film a video of herself and her daughter, letting the world know what the truth really was. The video was posted on Val’s daughters Facebook page just to let her followers know that she was really only 13 years old and far from a FREAK! However, the video went viral and received over 17 million views in just under a week!

Val said that she didn’t expect for her video to go viral the way that it did, but she has now become an activist for those moms who are going through the same thing she has. If you have not seen the video of Val, you can check it out below:

Throughout the entire video you can here Val Starks setting the record straight for her daughter and her Facebook followers. Val also lets her child know that she is her mother and not her friend! A sentiment I can agree with on any day. When will these kids learn that mothers are here for their best interest? When will these children learn that how they think today is not going to be how they think when they’re 30? Us mothers need to take control of how and what are kids are getting into. These kids are growing up with too much time on their hands which can only lead to 1 thing…..TROUBLE!

I salute Val Starks for taking a stand with her daughter and I wish other mothers would do the same! She didn’t hit her child, she just chastised her! I recently saw a video of a handicapped dad whipping his daughter in the face with a belt behind the same issue. I didn’t agree with that type of parenting, nor did I condone it, but I don’t know everyone’s challenges. Some may agree with me while others wont and thats ok. Just know, Val and I are here to raise our children the right way and if that takes some tough love then so be it!

Val Starks Goes Viral: I Am Your Mother Not Your Friend


7 Reasons Digitally Savvy Moms Love Webisodes

March 31st, 2015 - By Rich
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When you think of Webisodes what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Low-budgets shows made for download or streaming? YouTube videos full of unknown actors directed by filmmakers struggling to get funding? Perhaps you don’t think much at all. Webisodes? Who cares?

You should.

If you’re not up on Webisodes you have no idea what you’re missing. To bring you up to speed, here are 7 reasons you should be watching, especially if you’re a web savvy mom.

7 Reasons Digitally Savvy Moms Love Webisodes

How To Black Hair: Girl Wants Her Parents Permission To Rock Natural Hair

March 16th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Breanna Rutter has a great site called where she shares tips and advice for taking care of natural hair. Recently, she received a letter from a young fan who says her parents won’t allow her to rock natural hair because they don’t think the styles “look proper.” She needs help convincing her parents that natural hair is manageable and beautiful.

Breanna responded to the letter with an informative and helpful YouTube video that the girl, Jemila, can hopefully watch with her parents. It not only addresses the parents concerns, but it also asks Jemila if she’s handling her responsibilities as a young girl (doing her chores, getting her homework done, etc.) which we think is a great approach to talking to a young person who is standing up for what she believes in.

Here’s some of what Breanna’s video message says:

Hair Care Tip #1 It’s easier to convince your parents of something if you already show responsibility.

At this point, it’s safe to assume that your parents are taking care of your hair needs since you have to ask them to make changes with your hair. I can’t tell your parents how to parent and choose what’s best for you but what I can say, is that it is easier to persuade your parents to your decision of going natural with your hair if they are confident that you will be responsible for the health and care of your hair.

Hair Care Tip #2 Propose to go natural while also wearing styles that they think would be proper for you.

Feel free to watch this video with your parents and watch hair care videos with them that I have done so that they can see a variety of styles that can be achieved on natural hair.

 Have your children had to convince you to let them rock natural hair? What were your concerns?

For more natural hair styles and tips, visit

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

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.