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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."

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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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Update: Kevin Samuels' untimely death has been confirmed by family members. He was 56.

The self-professed "image consultant" was found unresponsive in his Atlanta apartment on Thursday morning.

His death comes 3 days after The Root published a scathing article titled "When Will Kevin Samuels Finally Be Canceled?".

Samuels grew a large following on YouTube by degrading and humiliating Black female callers.

The news of his demise was first reported by Instagram blogger Gossip of the City on Thursday, May 5.

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The Root published a blistering editorial about YouTuber Kevin Samuels titled "When Will Kevin Samuels Finally Be Canceled?"

The writer, Candace McDuffie, asked: "Why does Kevin Samuels continue to have a platform when it's built on the backs of the women he hates?"

Samuels, who calls himself an "image consultant", is a vindictive, anti-woman vlogger who dispenses misogynistic advice and degrades Black women on his YouTube channel.

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McDuffie was offended that Samuels, 56, referred to women who are 35 and unmarried as "leftovers."

"If you have made it to 35 and you are unmarried, you are a leftover woman," he said last week. "You are what is left. Men know that there is likely something wrong with you. Whether you want to hear it or not, I'm going to go there with you. I'm telling you the truth that you don't want to hear."

McDuffie writes:

"Samuels himself is 56, twice divorced and currently unmarried yet somehow he — and all men — are excluded from this logic. Despite data proving single and childless women are the happiest population subgroup, the self-proclaimed influencer still voices his deep-seated contempt for us. Statements like these reinforce sexist beliefs that we alone carry the burden and shame of singledom. Not to mention, Black women are constantly being reminded about the discriminatory nature of modern-day dating."

She continues:

"We are the least likely to be approached on dating apps and for years have been barraged with statistics claiming that we are the group also least likely to marry. Samuels not only plays on the hysteria that a woman's greatest fear is being single — he amplifies it. For Black women, his words are even more damning."

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Cardi B was awarded an additional $2.8 million in punitive damages and attorney's fees after winning her defamation lawsuit against a YouTube vlogger.

The mom-of-two won a $1.25 million verdict against Latasha Kebe after a week-long trial in Atlanta.

Cardi, 29, filed suit against Latasha in 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia that hears cases in Atlanta, where Latasha lives.

Cardi sued for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress after Latasha, 39, allegedly called her a prostitute, claimed she used drugs, and was infected with herpes in a series of videos.

"None of the aforementioned statements about plaintiff are true," Cardi's legal team replied in her lawsuit filing. "Plaintiff was never a prostitute or a user of cocaine. Plaintiff has never, and does not now, have herpes, nor has she had herpes outbreaks on her mouth."

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On Tuesday, Cardi was awarded an additional $1.5 million in punitive damages, plus $1.3 million for attorney's fees, DailyMail.com reports.

Latasha and her attorneys plan to appeal the verdict and the award money to Cardi B, who may never receive a dime.

After the verdict on Monday, Latasha tweeted:

"My Husband, Attorney's, & I fought really hard. I want to thank them for their long hours and sleepless nights. Winos it's only up from here. See y'all in a few days. Back to work."

She also thanked the 1 million subscribers of her "unWine with Tasha K" YouTube channel:

"I forgot to thank all of the viewers for all of your support. In this business, this is part of the protocol. Everyone in my seat has been through this, & this ain't the last. This comes with the territory. See y'all Friday! It's long overdue!"

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Cardi B prevailed in her federal defamation lawsuit against a YouTube vblogger who slandered the rapper online in multiple videos on YouTube.

Cardi B, real name Belcalis Almánzar, filed a slander lawsuit against LaTasha Kebe, aka Tasha K, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in 2019.

Kebe allegedly posted videos to her YouTube channel accusing the rapper of being a prostitute with a drug problem who was spreading herpes.

The videos about Cardi B increased Kebe's YouTube subscriber list to over 1 million and earn her at least $1 million a year.

After a week-long trial, Kebe was found liable on 3 separate claims, with a verdict of at least $1 million to Cardi, TMZ reports.

Cardi took the witness stand last week and tearfully confessed she was suicidal as a direct result of Tasha's stories.

The judge presiding over the hearing said any potential punitive damages will be determined in a future hearing.

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Who knew Kevin Samuels had a shady past? They say he was practically chased out of Oklahoma for allegedly scamming high end stores and fragrance houses.

Before Kevin reinvented himself as a relationship guru on YouTube in 2020, he was allegedly a scammer who scraped by as a fashion consultant and cologne expert.
 
RELATED: Off the Market: Kevin Samuels dating IG Model Brittany Renner?
 
In a YouTube video, an unidentified sales rep at Bloomingdales called Kevin a "con artist" who made a habit of buying expensive colognes and returning the bottles the next day for a refund.

The sales rep claims Kevin made a nuisance of himself in Bloomingdale's and other high end stores in Atlanta.

He allegedly threw his weight around, demanding special treatment in Bloomingdales.

"He's a f****** con artist who comes into stores begging for fragrances," the sales rep said.

After studying video algorithms, Kevin transitioned from reviewing colognes to degrading women on YouTube.

He studied YouTube videos by Tommy Sotomayor and other women haters and basically stole their content.

Kevin, 51, reinvented himself as a suited and booted gentleman with a bit more culture and savoir-faire than Tommy and the others.

Kevin grew his YT following by degrading and insulting Black women under the pretense of helping them to see the error of their ways.

Before long, Kevin had amassed a loyal following of more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube and finally managed to pay off back child support for his teenage daughter in May of last year.

Watch the video below.
 

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Youtuber and dating expert Kevin Samuels counsels a 27-year-old woman who is eager to win back her "high value" ex-husband.

The woman's high-value husband divorced her after telling her to seek therapy.

That's always a bad sign when a spouse or significant other advises a woman to seek professional help for her mental problems.

But it gets worse.

Kevin gets the caller to admit she is currently married to a man 25 years her senior.

The caller says he's a good provider who bought her a home. However, she wants her ex-husband back because he's a high-value man who's 15 years her senior. She adds that her ex is better looking than her current husband.

Needless to say, Kevin has very little patience for today's "modern woman" - as he calls narcissistic sociopaths who only consider their own selfish needs.

I fast forwarded to the woman's call below. But you can watch the full video here.
 

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Officials believe a body found in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, is missing 22-year-old YouTuber Gabby Petito.

An autopsy is currently underway, Teton County coroner Brent Blue confirmed to Fox News Digital. The body was found on Sunday by a search team with the aid of bloodhounds.

Authorities say the human remains fit the description of Petito, whose mysterious disappearance generated headlines all over the world.

The "Van Life" vlogger was last seen in August in Grand Teton National Park with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23, who is considered a "person of interest" in her disappearance.

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The couple traveled from New York to Wyoming on a cross-country road trip in August. Laundrie raised suspicion when he showed up alone in Petito's van at his parents' home in Florida on Sept. 1.

Police discovered Petito's 2012 white Ford Transit parked outside the Laundrie home on Sept. 11, after Petito's mother reported her missing.

Laundrie quickly lawyered up and refused to speak to police.

On Friday, Laundrie's lawyer reported him missing. However, Laundrie's family insisted he was "in hiding" due to the growing crowd of news media and curious onlookers outside the Laundrie home.

Laundrie was last seen at the home on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Inside Edition aired police bodycam footage that shows a distraught Petito moments after a heated argument with Laundrie during their road trip in Utah.

A witness spotted the couple arguing at a grocery store and called 911. Police pulled the van over outside Arches National Park.

"We've just been fighting all morning," Petito said in tears in the bodycam video on August 12. The officer asked her to step out of the van and she complied.
 

 
"I just quit my job to travel across the country, and I'm trying to start a blog — a travel blog. So I've been building my website, so I've been really stressed," Petito said.

"She just gets worked up sometimes," said Laundrie who was observed with fresh scratches on his face.

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Petito told the officer she was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder. She said she feared Laundrie was going to drive off and leave her stranded at the grocery store.

Laundrie told the officer she scratched him when he pushed her hand away.

A family of travel vloggers believe they spotted Petito's van parked off the road in Grand Teton National Park on August 27, around the time it is believed Petito went missing.

Jenn Bethune shared footage of the van on YouTube. She spoke with Petito's mom who thanked her on Sunday for sharing the footage.

The video footage was the lead that prompted authorities to search the park for Petito.
 

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Federal authorities are investigating whether a former employee of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) leaked information about incarcerated singer R. Kelly to a blogger.

Kelly was arrested over 2 years ago in Chicago and extradited to New York to stand trial on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

According to BOP records, the employee accessed R. Kelly's files on a computer server 153 times in 2019. The employee had no authority to read the records.

Prosecutors asked a judge for permission to subpoena the employee's computer after YouTube vlogger Tasha K reported information only a prison employee would know.

In the affidavit which was unsealed in federal court in Chicago August 18, the employee is identified only as "Officer A."

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Kelly is identified as "Inmate A... a nationally recognized celebrity whose criminal case has received media attention."

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Lausch, confirmed "Inmate A" is Kelly.

Details contained in the affidavit was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The employee accessed records pertaining to Kelly while he was an inmate at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in 2019. The employee worked at the Thomson Correctional Center from May 2019 until December 2019 when she retired, according to the affidavit.

BOP records shows the officer in question used her BOP password to access Kelly's records between July 15, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019 — even though the officer was not assigned to the MCC and was not authorized to access them.

In total, 60 BOP employees accessed Kelly's records from July 15, 2019, through Jan. 8, 2020, according to the affidavit. But the officer in question accessed the records 153 times.

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Tasha K, real name Latasha Kebe, 39, runs a popular Instagram blog and YouTube channel called UnwinewithTashaK. Her last known address is in Atlanta.

Tasha K reported information about Kelly known only to BOP employees, such as inmate calls, visitation logs, emails and funds, the affidavit said.

Tasha K's Instagram and YouTube channel were monitored by a federal agent after she published Kelly's visitation list and revealed a date of Dec. 5, 2019, at 8:07 a.m. in a Jan. 12, 2020 Instagram post.

The agent wrote that BOP records showed the employee accessed Kelly's records at that same time. Other BOP employees accessed the records at other times of the day, the agent wrote.

The employee also sent an email from her official BOP email address to a Gmail address on Nov. 13, 2019, and attached a 12-page document that contained Kelly's visitor records and money logs, according to the affidavit.

Tasha K reported some of the details in that email attachment in a Dec. 22, 2019 YouTube video, the agent wrote.

No charges have been filed against Tasha K.

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According to TMZ, a judge recently tossed Tasha's $3 million lawsuit against rapper Cardi B, in which she claimed the rapper assaulted her after she reported allegations about the star's minor daughter, Kulture.

Kelly faces federal racketeering charges in Brooklyn alleging he recruited women and girls for illegal sex and filmed child pornography.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He faces up to life in prison if found guilty on all counts.

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NeNe Leakes sat down with blogger Michelle "ATLien" Brown for an in-depth discussion last week.

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star dished about her relationships (if any) with former cast members, ongoing rumors, and if any cast members showed up at the grand opening of her new lounge.

The discussion took place at the newly opened The Linnethia Lounge, located right here in upscale Duluth, Ga., about 15 minutes northeast of crime-ridden Atlanta.

Kudos to Michelle for getting NeNe to reveal the hurt and pain caused by NeNe's dismissal from the show she helped create.

None of NeNe's cast members showed up for her grand opening. You could see the pain and disappointment in her body language.

She said only one cast member retweeted her flyer advertising her club, however, NeNe didn't sound grateful.

More interesting is what NeNe didn't discuss during the interview, such as a rumored cash settlement from Bravo Network that prevents her from discussing the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding her dismissal.

Watch the interview below.
 

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Kwame Brown and Tommy Sotomayor are waging a war of words on YouTube. They both claim one is using the other for Internet fame.

Brown, who played in the NBA for 12 seasons, gained Internet fame for responding to his critics in YouTube videos.

He took offense when Sotomayor said, "I'm the one that helped you start your YouTube career."

Brown insists other people helped him get started on YouTube. He said he exchanged texts with Sotomayor maybe twice in the past year. "How did we become such good friends?" Brown asked sarcastically. "Its almost like you want to stand on my shoulders."

Sotomayor responded to Brown's rant on his livestream. Watch the videos below.
 

 

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Notorious gossip vlogger Tasha K (left) got a phone call from Sabrina Peterson after her show Friday night.

Sabrina (right) is the woman who accused rapper Tip "T.I." Harris of putting a gun to her head.

After her allegations went viral, a number of women came forward to accuse T.I. and his wife, Xscape singer Tameka Harris, of drugging and trafficking them.

No charges have been filed against the couple, but the damage has been done to their reality TV careers.

Tasha K is the vlogger known for spinning wild stories about celebrities for 'likes' and views on YouTube.

She was in court last week for a preliminary hearing in rapper Cardi B's defamation case against her.

Tasha recorded the phone call between herself and Sabrina on Friday. Both women scream over each other and call each other names.

Your auntie only watched half of the video. It's difficult to hear anything due to all the yelling.

Tasha claims Sabrina threatened to "cut" her. Tasha threatened to provide receipts proving Sabrina cut someone else and was previously jailed for assault.

Watch the video below.
 

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YouTube viewers lashed out at vlogger Myka Stauffer and her husband James after they gave up their adopted son, Huxley, because he was too much to handle.

Myka and James earn thousands of dollars a month documenting their family on YouTube.com. The Stauffers have three biological children.

Their revenue increased when they documented the difficulties of trying to adopt baby Huxley from China.

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The couple celebrated when they were finally approved to adopt Huxley in 2017 when he was a baby.

Stauffer, of Ohio, told her 700,000+ YouTube subscribers he had "stolen" their hearts. Their subscribers were genuinely happy for them.

But this week, the couple confessed to rehoming Huxley, a 3-year-old who has special needs.

In a new video, Stauffer revealed that Huxley would be going to a "new forever home" after discovering he had additional medical needs beyond his autism and a brain cyst.

"After multiple assessments, after multiple evaluations, numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit in his medical needs," Stauffer said in her tearful video. "He needed more."

The couple's decision drew intense criticism on Twitter and other online platforms, as many accused her of exploiting the boy for profit and giving him up when he was no longer profitable to them.

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One viewer wrote: "I'm sorry but you did fail as a mum. You wouldn't have given up your own child."

Stauffer claimed the accusations were "insidious" and "hurtful." She added: "Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like, 500 per cent."

Stauffer also claimed that she and her husband have not shared "95 per cent of the struggles" they had with Huxley and she could not share any more details out of respect for the boy's privacy.

The YouTuber went on to say that she and her husband have been updated on his progress and experts found him a family "they felt would ultimately be the best fit".
 

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