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Pride goes before a fall.

Ebonee Davis is a fashion model with 342,000 followers on Instagram. She has been featured in American Vogue, Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, CRWN, L'official, Glamour magazine and alongside songstress Solange Knowles in Office Magazine.

She has also worked with such brands as L'Oreal, Fenty X Savage, Ivy Park, and Tommy Hilfiger.

On Thursday, Ebonee, 28, posted a video informing her followers that she lost a 5-figure brand deal because of a post in which she poses provocatively in a fishnet bodysuit. She captioned the post: "My nigga took these."

She said the caption was a "playful articulation of the love I have for my man."

This is "the harsh reality that Black content creators face," she complained.

"After posting that picture and posting that content, I received a phone call from my agent saying that the company thought it was inappropriate."

Ebonee's arrogance and immaturity are on full display as she explains that Black people consider the n-word to be a "term of endearment" (no we don't).

She accused the white men at the brand of projecting "their sexual desires onto me." She continued: "These systems of oppression have threatened the livelihood of Black women for centuries."

"If you can't handle me at my back that ass up, you can't handle me at my I have a dream," she said.

Losing a lucrative brand deal should've been a teaching moment for Ebonee that her post was inappropriate, tacky and unprofessional.

Ebonee is typical of today's influencers who believe they can do and say whatever they want without consequences.

Watch the video below.

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A celebrity hairstylist who earns $1 million a year posting videos on YouTube explains how she made the decision to quit her day job.

Annagjid "Kee" Taylor started out posting 15-second hair videos on Instagram in 2015. She tells NextAdviser, "I didn't know much about YouTube in 2015. I was on Instagram and had gotten popular with hair pictures and videos. And so many people would be in my comments saying 'Do you have a YouTube?'"

"I was like, 'I'm not getting a YouTube and sharing all my secrets with the world,'" she says. "It didn't seem like a fit. I do silk presses all day. I don't do enough styles where I felt like people would want to see me do the same thing over and over again."
 

 
Taylor eventually moved to YouTube from Instagram - and she hasn't looked back since.

She grew her subscriber list to 1.32 million and earns $92,000 a month in YouTube ad revenue or just over $1 million a year before taxes.

Taylor offered advice to other hairstylists who may be considering starting their own YouTube channel.

Record Good Quality Content

"[In] the first week of the month, I'll record at least three to four videos," she says. "That way I'll have footage."
 

 

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"It's harder to do in Los Angeles because all my friends and family and old clients are still in Philadelphia," said Taylor who moved from Philly to L.A. "I really get way more people to film when I'm in Philly. Out here I have to recruit people. But for the first week in any given month, that's what I try to do; I try to get at least three or four videos' worth so I can just sit home and edit for the rest of the month."

Get your View Count Up

Taylor says going full-time on Youtube requires at least 800,000 views. So record good quality content and the views will come.

"I had two or three viral videos early on," she said. "When that was happening, I was getting a nice check, but I wouldn't say it was enough to quit my day job. I wasn't able to really quit my day job until I was consistently getting 800,000 to a million views a month."
 

 
Google pays $2,000 for 1 million views. Taylor needs 46 million views a month to earn $92,000 a month. She says she only posts about 4 videos a month because editing is time consuming.

"I notice some people post [a new video] almost every day. If you can get 60,000 to 100,000 views every few days, you'll for sure hit a million views every month. I never really posted that often because it was a lot of production. Doing YouTube videos is a lot – especially when you're filming them yourself."

She said she always posts a video on Sunday, unless there's an awards show or a holiday.

"I don't post if [there are] award shows or something going on, or if it's Easter, you know, because people aren't going to sit in front of the TV on Sundays. They're with their family. So I try to be strategic."

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Wendy Williams has accepted her fate. According to The Sun, the former daytime TV host has given up her dream of returning to television.

Instead, she is shopping a $100 million podcast deal - and interest is heating up.

Multiple sources revealed to The Sun that Wendy, 57, is shopping a podcast deal that could net her a whopping $100 million.

One source tells The Sun that iHeart Radio and Spotify are interested in a deal with the former radio host.

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Wendy would be going back to her roots in radio if she lands a podcast deal similar to Joe Rogan's. Joe has a $100 million podcast deal with Spotify.

A source close to Wendy explained, "She sees Joe Rogan has a $100 million podcast deal, and now she wants that kind of money."

The source tells The Sun that Spotify is the likely home for Wendy's new podcast. But Spotify execs worry that Wendy may not show up for work.

The talk show guru took an extended hiatus from The Wendy Williams Show for health and personal reasons. Sherri Shepherd has her own talk show in Wendy's time slot. Sherri subbed for Wendy while she was gone.

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Sherri expressed concern for Wendy in an Instagram Live on Saturday, after Wendy said she would not watch her former friend's new talk show.

"I did hear Wendy say she will not watch me on the new show and that's okay," Sherri said. "You know, I understand I'm not mad at Wendy. She's going though a lot."

Sherri asked viewers to keep Wendy in their thoughts and prayers. "I would say that everyone should be praying for Wendy right now. I'm truly concerned for her because I don't feel like there's anybody over there protecting her."
 
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Cinema South Studios

Director Tyler Perry is the first Black man to own a major film and TV studio in the US.

Now Tammy Williams is set to become the first Black woman to own her own film and movie studio.

Williams just broke ground on a massive $135 million studio in Fayetteville, Ga., according to The Hollywood reporter.

Williams said her ambitious project started with a vision. She wanted to build a facility where stories could be told that shapes the way society thinks. She also envisioned a place where people in underserved communities could get on-the-job training.

“It all boils down to having stories told," says Williams. "TV and film are such powerful mediums. Sometimes, they shape the way society thinks and where culture is, helping to bring understanding."

Cinema South Studios is situated on 85 acres in Fayetteville, Ga. (a few miles from Tyler Perry studios). The complex consists of 17 buildings with numerous soundstages and room to grow.

Williams' studio will house a wardrobe rental facility, transportation company, post-production and audio production facilities.

The complex will also house Cinema South Lighting & Grip, the largest minority-owned lighting and grip company in Georgia.

The facility is scheduled to open in 2023.

Take a tour of the proposed studio below.
 

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Law professor and author Ralph Richard Banks wrote a controversial editorial for the NY Post titled "Why more black women should consider marrying white men."

Banks shared examples of successful Black and brown women who are in long-term marriages with white men. He seemed to suggest these women are successful, in part, because they are married to white men.

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Banks lists statistics that show Black men are less likely than Black women to graduate high school and 50 percent less likely to hold a college degree.

He also notes that Black women are the least likely of any minority group to marry outside of their race, quoting data from the Pew Research Center.

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Banks upholds Vice President Kamala Harris (who is actually Indian) as an example of a successful Black woman in an interracial marriage. Harris and Douglas Emhoff, who is white, were married in 2014.

Banks compared Harris to Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is married to Dr. Patrick Jackson.

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Banks says Harris and Jackson (pictured with husband Patrick Jackson and daughter Leila) will be the most powerful women in America if Brown is confirmed to the Supreme Court and Harris becomes president of the United States.

"Rather than partner with men of other races, many heterosexual black women either don't marry or marry black men with whom they are not especially well matched," Banks writes.

According to Pew Research Center, 12 percent of black women were in an interracial marriage in 2017 compared to just 3% in 1980. The statistic is even higher in 2022.

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Actress Jodie Turner-Smith who is married to "The Affair" star Joshua Jackson, has faced backlash on social media for some of her tweets about marrying outside of her race.

According to Banks, "Black women should not be held hostage to the struggles of black men."

He writes that Black women should not have to "marry down," they should "marry out".

Banks, co-founder & faculty director of the Stanford Center for Racial Justice, argues that successful Black women are at the forefront of national media coverage while "there has been little discussion in the media or culture" about their white partners.

He hopes that prominent Black and brown women like Harris or Jackson will help to increase social acceptance of interracial unions.

"If so, then Black women will be able to enjoy the relationship freedom they deserve," he wrote.

Ralph Richard Banks is also the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.

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Kim Kardashian's advice for aspiring business women backfired badly. The 41-year-old millionaire and aspiring lawyer offered tips for working women in a cover story for Variety magazine, while promoting her family's new reality TV series on HULU, "The Kardashians."

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Noting that most women are on social media, Kim said, "I have the best advice for women in business. Get your f—ing ass up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days."

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Actress and frequent Kardashian critic Jameela Jamil was among those offering a reality check to the single mom-of-four.

"Nobody needs to hear your thoughts on success/work ethic," Jamil wrote on social media. Jamil noted that Kim and her privileged siblings made very little effort to collect men, money and material things.

"They shouldn't be asked about their secret to success. They shouldn't answer those questions," Jamil wrote.

"It's all obvious to everyone, and I hope nobody holds themselves to the standards of people who were raised by millionaires. Just take the money, use it for good and chill the f— out when lecturing others about grind and hustle. And learn how to brag without putting others down who have less."

Jamil added:

"I think if you grew up in Beverly Hills with super successful parents in what was simply a smaller mansion... nobody needs to hear your thoughts on success/work ethic."

TV personality Meghan McCain, said Kim ignores the economic and environmental factors that hold women back.

"Being born into privilege is a blessing," McCain said. "Millions of Americans get up at the crack of dawn, work multiple jobs and have incredible work ethic, but are unable to pull themselves out of their socioeconomic station."

She added:

"Kim's comments also play into the archaic belief that some women's careers stall because of their actions. Kim's remarks ignore that inflation is skyrocketing, gas prices are hitting historic highs, society has been savaged by Covid and the world appears to be on the verge of a possible WWIII. All of these factors impact everyone's success."

Twitter weighed in on the controversy.

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The EnrichHER $5,000 small business grant launches today, January 20! Women and business owners of color are encouraged to apply. The EnrichHER Grant supports diverse-led businesses with funds to help navigate today's tough economy.

The EnrichHER $5,000 Grant Contest targeting women and founders of color is now live, EnrichHER announced today. EnrichHER will begin accepting applications Thursday, January 20, 2022 until Thursday, February 3, 2022 at enrichher.com/grant. A grant winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, March 31, 2022. Applicants must be a U.S.-based business owned by a woman or person of color.

As inflation, COVID-19 and labor shortages continue to complicate today's economy, small business owners are under tremendous pressure to manage and grow their businesses. The $5,000 EnrichHER Grant is a lifeline for founders seeking funds for operational needs such as new equipment, a marketing campaign or payroll support.

Registered grant applicants will receive information on financing options, the EnrichHER Accelerator Program, as well as access to a weekly newsletter providing over $50,000 in grant opportunities and pitch competitions weekly.

"I'm excited to begin the new year with an opportunity that will help New Majority founders reach their 2022 business goals," says Dr. Roshawnna Novellus, founder and CEO of EnrichHER, which to date has connected businesses to $14MM in capital.

"Despite the challenges businesses led by women and people of color face, these owners are growing and managing companies that are stabilizing our economy and providing consumers with much-needed goods and services. Their survival is crucial to our community’s ability to get through these uncertain times. I am proud that EnrichHER is playing a role in empowering this demographic of entrepreneurs."

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African news anchor Barmel Lyons went viral for wearing her natural hair on the air for the first time.

The Atlanta-based media host and content creator wore her natural curls on the CBS46 News set for the first time.

Like most Black women, Barmel chooses to hide her natural curls under European style wigs because she has been conditioned to adopt society's beauty standard for hair.

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Barmel posted a video on Instagram after freeing her curls last week.

She captioned the video:

PUT SOME RESPECT ON MY CURLS listennnn the crown is here to stay baby [crown emoji]!

As a reporter sometimes you are faced with challenge of being and doing what's "appropriate" what's considered "acceptable" & “non-distracting” but the #Atlanta community, family and peers have shown me so much love [heart emoji] NO MATTER if you are straight, curly or protective - as long as you are SHOWING UP as YOU Your authenticity will always shine through. There is so much power in my crown [Black power emoji].

Put a "[crown]" emoji in the caption & SHARE this video if you agree."

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Breakout star, entrepreneur, and bestselling author, Taja V Simpson is making waves on the current season of BET's & Tyler Perry's, The Oval.

She is best known for her role as long-suffering wife and White House staffer Priscilla Owen in BET's #1 scripted cable drama, Tyler Perry's THE OVAL.

Taja was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is very proud of her southern roots. Her journey hasn't always been easy, but it's been worth it.

Taja has quickly become one of the screen's most sought-after artists. She is starring in her new film Lola 2, which is slated to begin production in March 2022.

Through this success, she launched her own academy, The Working Actors Academy, which helps advise up and coming actors.

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The award-winning actress believes in helping others and sharing knowledge within the industry. She created The Working Actors Academy to help show actors the ins and outs of how the business works -- a skill that isn't shown or taught really anywhere else.

Membership with TWAA gives an inside look, into the business and teaches aspiring and working actors how to successfully book jobs and has received rave reviews since its inception.

Entertainment isn't the only thing Taja is passionate about. She also loves the beauty industry and she's all about bold looks and bright colors. She started a lipstick line called the Taja V. Simpson Collection.

At the moment, she has three different shades of lipstick on sale in her online store. Taja also launched her own hair growth line, "TAJ. Hair Growth." The company was born out of her own past experiences with hair problems.

Taja is co-author of a best-selling book, "Cracking the Acting Code," which teaches aspiring actors how to jumpstart their acting careers.

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NeNe Leakes has responded to an ex-employee's allegations that she abandoned her SWAGG boutique workers who are still waiting for their final paychecks.

Rumor has it that Nene has fallen on hard times and is struggling to get out from under a mountain of medical bills after husband Gregg Leakes passed away.

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In an email to Sandrarose.com last week, the former employee said NeNe's workers and managers showed up for work at the SWAGG Boutique at the MGM Casino in Oxon Hill, Maryland, only to find the door padlocked and the space empty.

She wrote, "We can't even get unemployment because Nene is refusing to answer and return the phone calls from the unemployment office."

"She is trifling and is really a fake individual who cares about no one but herself. She used us and spit us out like we was trash and gives 2 f*cks about about our livelihood."

Blogger Michelle 'ATLien' Brown, of StraigtfromtheA.com, reached out to NeNe, real name Linnethia Leakes, for comment.

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Apparently, NeNe disputed everything in the ex-employee's email. She claimed her employees helped pack up the store.

"How is it that the employees didn't know that the boutique was closing?" Michelle asked.

Michelle defended her friend, NeNe, saying the 53-year-old ex-reality star is not broke.

"Meanwhile, SWAGG boutique online is still up and running," said Michelle. "Did they shut that down, too?"

Check out the video below.
 

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