Memorial Day Farewells

TGIF g-moguls! I encourage and join with all of you in taking a moment to appreciate those brave men and women who have fought and died for America’s safety, then and now, and to remember the families left behind! Thank you America’s soldiers for all you continue to do.

So, this post is about saying good-bye, of sorts. Folks learned that Phaedra Parks was fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta in April because she, allegedly spread malicious rumors that Kandi Burruss and her husband, Todd, planned to drug and kidnap fellow housewife Portia Williams for a sexual escapade…

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA — “Reunion” — Pictured: (l-r) Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss, Andy Cohen, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams, Sheree Whitfield — (Photo by: Annette Brown/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank)

Now, according to reports, this was a blatant lie told outright to Portia by her best bud on the show, Phaedra, and because Portia trusted the words of her bestie, she repeated this info to Kandi, who went ballistic ( putting that mildly) and feared that her reputation would be damaged. Thus, she brought cease and desist charges against Portia.

The RHOA reunion revealed Phaedra, who stayed mum through all of this heated drama between Portia and Kandi on the show, was the real culprit. After the dust settled a bit, reportedly, Portia and Phaedra are not friends anymore, Ms. Parks alluded that one of the producers had told her this story and she merely repeated it. That allegation was quickly shutdown by Andy Cohen, bravo’s mega millionaire producer and founder of the Bravo franchise. This g-mogul sorta had a soft spot for the lawyer and often talked through the phone at her to speak up when the other women went after her. Good-bye Phaedra , keep your wits about you and remember gurl…” you a lawyer”!

It was news to lil ol me that Tracey Edmonds, ex-wife of the ultra sexy sounding Babyface, and part of Extratv trio of entertainment correspondents (Mario Lopez being the front man) would be existing the popular gossip show in June. Ms. Edmonds posted about her departure on social media, thanking the show/crew and all of her adoring fans for her time at Extra. She was only with the show three years, amid speculation that some folks behind the scenes, initially didn’t want her on the program. They voiced concern about Tracey’s lack of experience in television and her ability to carry the show… well, bye Felicia, whoever y’all are. (insert head roll) I think Ms. Tracey did an excellent job.

Of course, we don’t know the real tea, but something seemed a bit remiss, when the sistah wasn’t showing up in the headlining promos with those other two. Did y’all peep that? Good luck with your new venture on wellness and such, Tracey Edmonds. If you need an expert on the inner working of human nature, I’m your go-to. Just sayin.:)

Y’all know how the g-maven been hanging with those Supernatural boys since its inception on the CW? Well, going into their 13th season this fall, Sam and Dean won’t have Crowley to have their backs anymore, as the quirky supernatural demon has left the building, leaving plenty of fans crying,”Oh, hell no!” It’s reported by hell’s demon that he’s moving on.

Mark Sheppard tweeted that he had no plans on returning to Supernatural and that, my peeps seems to be that. All this g-mogul can say is you do you, fella, cause life is too short. No pun intended, y’all. I loved me some Crowley. Any hew,  just as Nicole Beharie left Sleepy Hollow, one of my fave shows, btw, methinks this might be a case of mistreatment in some form or another or dude could be bored. Anyhow, just g-mogul views people:)

And the last person of interest to take their leave will be yours truly. Okay, so, I’m not saying I’m famous or anything but I’ve had a pretty good run, writing about celebrity and all of this craziness that kept my readers enthralled and curious for 10 years. In some instances she even got the coins. Well, no more fluff, at least for now. I’m taking an indefinite leave from the blogs in order to get focus on my priorities and do meaningful work. You know that work that really matters in the world.

In the meantime, if you’d like to own a copy of the g-mogul’s latest book, championing the woman voice, do pick up your signed copy of Unleash Your Pearls, available now! Hit me up at the book’s email address-unleashyourpearls@yahoo.com and let’s do the thing!

It’s been real exposing the real. Have a great Memorial Day, my peeps. Stay safe.

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Clara B. Freeman aka celebrity g-mogul.

 

 

 

MaCray Debuts His Style On LA Hair

Happy New Year, g-moguls!  I know how all media will be dishing on the Golden Globes today, but she’s not like the others, people. You see, if it’s not reminiscent of the glitz and glamor of old Hollywood, then this g-mogul could give less than a care. Honestly, I hardly know any of the new young celebs and frankly, they don’t make movies like they used to. It’s the world of Reality Television, folks. Although horror movies remain my favs. Props does go out to Meryl Streep for keeping it real in her speech. Saw snippets from talk shows where she so eloquently held America’s new president-elect/ former host of celebrity apprentice and Putin’s new best friend accountable for the harm he’s done and still doing with his loose lips that imitated a disabled reporter.

The award-winning actress didn’t call him by name or even regurgitate the countless derogatory remarks he’s made about president Barack Obama, women and people of color. Congrats to Tracee Ellis Ross and Viola Davis, African-American actresses who finally got recognized by a polarizing white people’s Hollywood medium for their outstanding performances. Keepin it real that’s all.

I got hundreds of views from y’all these last weeks leading up to the premier of La Hair, on a post I penned back in 2012 on the colorful and outspoken hairstylist, Macray. I  correctly predicted him as the new break out star on the now defunct, CHICAGOLICIOUS! Y’all can view that post here:  https://wwwclara54.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/mccray-chicagiolicious-breakout-reality-tv-star/ I’ve decided to quench your thirst with more about Macray as he joins Kim Kimble’s LA Hair, along with 5 other new stylists. Yes, Kim Kimble got rid of Dontay, China,  Anthony, Terry and the rest of her old crew, except for the nail stylist Naja, who Kim uses to spy for her.

Kim Kimble’s new crew was put in place to boost the reality show’s ratings and bring in more cash for the network and for her. A cautionary warning for these shows to consider, is that the viewers can spot contrived and over dramatized crap a mile away. When Kim and her sister get into a squabble right out the gate, it’s not believable. And speaking on “fake”, how many of you think Welcome To Sweetie Pies, Ms. Robbie’s son, Tim has found a new girlfriend in Jennifer Williams ( first seasons Basketball Wives) and who believe she needs Tim to help launch her clothing line? And how evident is the lack of chemistry between these two? The closest they came to intimacy was her saying “babe.” Come on OWN, your viewers are not imbeciles. Trust that the g-mogul is on the trail of this insanity. Okay, rant aside. Now, back to the topic at hand…

In the premier episode of Kim Kimble LA Hair, Macray has toned it down a bit…disappointingly. He sports a neatly trimmed beard and haircut ( loved the locs though) and portrayed a calmer demeanor. Perhaps he’s getting a ‘feel’ for his new gig before breaking into his authentic self. He’s also a dad of three. I don’t know if it’s with his white lover from the South or not, but the two of them  appeared on Chicagolicious and were hilarious together as Macray tried to deal with his lover’s jealousy. I predict there will be entertaining drama from this former history teacher whose star is ascending.

More tea on the new Kim Kimble LA stylists:

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1. MaCray- former history teacher finally broke away after teaching for two years to follow his dreams of becoming a hair stylist. I predicted his breakout star power back in 2012 and the g-mogul with the most-est (me) believe he’ll change Kim Kimble’s La Hair for the betterment of all…

2. lah_cast-bio_giorgio_1920x1080-e1482163774243-1620x540Giorgio Van Gogh- no relation to the painter, people 🙂 is an actor straight from the old school antics (he is an actor) and a bit of a showman as evidenced in Thursday’s premier. I think he also will be catering to the whims of Kim Kimble. Giorgio reportedly got his start doing appearances at hair shows…

3. lah_stacey-bio_1920x1080-e1482180559621-1620x540This is apparently a very established woman in her own right. Stacey i barber to the stars, having celebrities like Will Smith and Mike Tyson as clients. She seems to be the most level-headed (maturity) of the crew.

4. lah_cast-bio_tiger_1920x1080-e1482163234936-1620x540Tiger! This Asian persuasion seems to be more flamboyant than Macray. Add ambitious to the mix and Macray might have a bit of competition on his hands. I mean who can go wrong with reality profiles like Tamar Braxton and Blac Chyna among his pedigree clients?

5. lah_cast-bio_james_1920x1080-e1482164062924-800x799James Wright had a good thing going before joining Kim Kim LA Hair. He’s been backup singer to many in the business, including Toni Braxton and Michele’. We all know him as the “Pattie Pie” guy. The YouTube sensation singing the praise of Patti La belle’s sweet potato pies a couple of years back. Reportedly, Patti wasn’t paying James for her surge of new fame and fortune, but she did invite him to cook with her! Can you say stingy & cheap? Just sayin’

6. lah_cast-bio_jay_1920x1080-e1482164592269-1620x540Okay, so I deliberately saved this newbie wonder for last. Jay reminds me of how “green” and “clueless” yours truly was when she left home at 18 to claim her fame and fortune…dang still tryin’ to claim that ‘fortune” doncha know, but I digress. Jay has little experience but she has a big personality and the first rule of thumb for her was the importance of how first impressions matter- in that you have to dress for success in Kim Kimble’s salon. The crew was ordered by Kim to give Jay a much-needed makeover. Jay was a good sport about it and loved the results. I predict that Jay won’t be getting along with the opinionated Naja, but time will tell.

Here’s a sneak peek from the premiere airing Thursdays at 8pm on We TV.

She did the mike drop?

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Oprah’s Favorite Things Amazon Gift Guide

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Okay, so, I know a lot of y’all love Oprah. I thought I’d do something fun and different on this post for your holiday shopping pleasure by letting y’all know that the queen just released her 140 plus page favorite things Amazon gift guide! Yes, people, this is quite a list of some of Oprah’s favorite things. A word of caution, you won’t be finding any door-stopper or Black Friday deals here. Just saying.

So all of you who work hard for your money and need to feed and clothe your babies? Don’t go there! This is not the time to be trying to keep up with a billionaire:) Here’s the amazon link: https://www.bfads.net/adscan/featured-sale/Amazon-Oprahs-Favorite-Things

Okay, Oprah, now will you buy my book?

I voted early today. Make sure y’all vote November 8th!

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Trending Celeb Updates for October

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Happy October G-moguls! Thank y’all for not bailing on the tea blog, now that I’m posting monthly. Did I forget to mention how Y’all Rock!  A big shout out to Celeb Dirty Laundry @celebdirtylaund for the recent Twitter follow! People I don’t be making this stuff up:)

Anyhew, here are your celeb teas for October that includes a brief run through of my opinionated thoughts about what’s really going on in the world of celebville.

A big ole “sorry” going out to Wendy Williams for criticizing the way she hocks her clothing line everyday on the show. It does get a bit old, boring and tired, but listen every show is advertising products, either to line their own pockets or line the pockets of the networks they work for, so the g mogul can’t be a hypocrite by hating on Wendy’s hustle.

I do have a bone that needs picking, though, Wendy. Why did you/r executives have Jason and another producer take the fall because you didn’t know your black people history? I mean, every person (black, white, brown, red) should know something about the NAACP! The firing wasn’t a good look , Wendy. Just sayin.’

I was a bit shook up to hear about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce. I cannot rejoice over the breakup of anybody’s marriage, especially when kids are involved. My thing is, why are people smacking their lips with glee over this? I’m not team Jennifer Aniston or any exes that came before. That’s somebody’s personal thang, happening between two people and the rest of the world needs to butt out.

It blew my mind to read that Kevin Hart was the highest ranking comedian to top Forbes Magazine’s list of rich celebrities. Seems Kevin drew in over $87 million dollars between June 2015 and June 2016, landing him sixth place on the Celebrity 100, FORBES’ annual list of richest celebs.The newly married Hart even beat out the top ranking comedian, Jerry Seinfeld and dude is still going strong. Now, a little birdie told me, actually Eddie Murphy said he was curiously considering returning to the standup stage. Well, Eddie does have like 9 or 10 kids and he is still funny as heck, so why not?

I was bummed to learn that Nicole Beharie wasn’t returning to Sleepy Hollow and that Tom Mison was getting a new female and possibly romantic lead. My next thought was what about Lyndie Greenwood aka Jenny Mills? We can say goodbye to Caitlyn Jenner’s I AM CAIT, which got low ratings. But, those darn Kardashians keep on trucking.

Where’s Tamar Braxton sans The Real? And how many of y’all rooting for Rob&Chyna? Keep it on the real, though! I wish success and happiness to everrrbody.Just sayin 🙂

I want y’all to mark your calendars for my new book, Unleash Your Pearls Empowering Women’s Voices due out soon. Traditional publishers take about a year to produce a product and I’m waiting for my book release- all entrepreneurs know, “if you don’t have a product you can’t make a profit”and I’m in need of my frigging product:)

Anyhew, y’all can hit up the book’s email address for more news and to claim your autographed copy  from the g-mogul @ unleashyourpearls@yahoo.com

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Okay, see what I just did? I’m advertising my book’s distribution just like the celebs and talk show hosts and their guests making public appearances to sell their latest products. Capitalism feeds the world!

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Back- Stabber -TV- Show On Amazon.Com

So, my peeps, I’ve sort of come out from my self-imposed hiatus from the blogs (due to internalizing all the crap that’s piling up in such discriminatory and violent practices leading to loss of life; impacting our children health and well-being and the safety and protection of our families and loved ones) I’ve grown sick & tired of the ugliness of trolls sprouting inflammatory rhetoric on social media,in the news media and so forth and decided enough was enough. I was and do remain in need of self-care in my sabbatical space of healing. I also needed to commit to doing work that made a positive impact and have commenced to do so…I’m finally on the right road again.

I’ve decided to continue monthly postings at Clara’s Celebrity Tea Blog and also began this posting schedule at my other blogs. Posting monthly will allow me the freedom I need to concentrate on other meaningful projects where I use my platform to bring awareness and accountability via articles, film, interviews, webinars and so forth.

Recently, I received this email:

We just wanted to follow-up with you about our new Amazon TV series ‘Back Stabber’. My name is Ryan Zamo, and I am the 27-year-old creator and writer of the new show. Since our June 24th premiere on Amazon, we have received national media coverage for our inspirational back story behind the project, and our messages of acceptance, equality and anti-bullying.

However, most importantly, we are excited to announce that on Monday we got the word from the HFPA that we are officially up for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards! [Including best limited series, and best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television]

Ryan, an openly gay man asked me to join other media in bringing his message to the masses. It didn’t hurt that he gave the ultimate compliment to our site. ( I say “our” because I’ve grown so accustomed to your faces, real and imagined):)

“With just about 90 days left until the final votes are cast, it’s never been more crucial to get our story out. Seeing you are one of the most influential outlets when it comes to doing so, we know having your media power and coverage will help us do just that”!

Okay, y’all I’ll take that:)

As a heterosexual woman of color, my message in sharing Ryan’s work is clear~ ” Get your head and heart right and stop the hate!  Wherever love is God is. I appreciate your continued support and remain humbled and blessed to know that my work in all areas of my writings have yielded me a spot among such great company.

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Recap Of Fun Summer Fashion From The Wendy Williams Show

Hello everyone! Today is June 1st, which means I forgot to send the usual monthly post for y’all. Well, people, it’s because the g-maven penciled time off dates from her two other blogs (subtle plug) https://clara54.wordpress.com/ and http://wisewoman2.wordpress.com. She forgot to post at the tea blog. This clearly means she’s off her game, but have no fear, she got ya!

Instead of the usual brand of teas today, however, we’re gonna talk about fashion. Yep, fashion is always fun and because the g-maven is “resting”, we’re just going to talk summer fun fashion and what’s trending for everybody. So, are we good?! Y’all know celebs like Kate Hudson and Beyonce’ have come out with their brand of athletic wear, and there’s the Jenner girls for the younger generation. But, did y’all know that some real housewives brought their line of clothing to HSN and made money hand over fists? Lisa Rinna even quipped how she makes more money in a few hour on HSN than she does doing an episode of the reality show (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)

NeNe Leakes would know a thing or two about that conversation, considering she sold out her whole line of clothing at a HSN appearance, also. These celebs know how to get their coins. Speaking of which, Wendy Williams is a walking billboard, advertising her clothing line on the show. I mean, she literally wore pieces from her line everyday and had the animated Suzanne ( the one who gets Wendy’s audience riled up and clapping) to wear them too. I suppose that’s a great way to push your product, but, the opinion of this g-maven? It came off as Wendy being thirty and tacky:) Just saying. Y’all know Wendy is my gurl, but Jeez.

Here’s Video of Some Fun Summer Fashions obtained from an episode of The Wendy Williams Show.

I’m going for the off the shoulder tops, two piece or dress trend that can be athletic inspired. White and floral pieces are always a good summer choice. Body conscious pieces are not on my preferred fashion to-do list, but they’re striking pieces as well. Remember, white out fashion is the summer fun stand out.

Thank you ladies & gents, for the support of your follow! I hope to see y’all in July with brand new teas that will be well worth your wait. 🙂

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The Ladies Of Chicago Girlfriends~Chicago’s First Reality Television Show

c5743b14-d61f-11e3-a6e5-12313d239d6c-largeHello, g-mavens, g- moguls and all the curious minded folks out there wanting the real tea in the evergreen world of celebrity and entertainment news! I just got word from a reliable source at Sapphire Entertainment Studios @http://www.sapphireentstudios.com/ that Chicago’s first reality television show is causing quite a stir in Chicago-land and surrounding areas. Apparently, Sapphire Entertainment Studios, that produces shows out of New York , Atlanta and California, might just have hit the jackpot of all jackpots with these savvy and saucy ladies of Chicago Girlfriends I’ve been given the green-light to chat about. The show started filming on April 23rd and will be hosting their launch party on the 29th! Yep, Reality Television in chi-town is about to be off the chain! Just sayin’:)

I’ll be sharing more details once the show begin airing in the fall. I know my peeps and I know y’all come on a ‘need to know’ basis. Don’t front, y’all want to know who the ladies of Chicago Girlfriends are and since it’s my job to know these things, I’m bringing y’all the 411 on the castmates. First up is Ms Alice Boswell.

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Alice Boswell is CEO of Just Me Magazine, Inc. She is also the creator of Chicago Girlfriends. A graduate of City College Olive Harvey in Chicago, Alice is CEO/Editor/Host/Producer/Director of her magazine and TV & Radio Talk Show Host of the same brand as the reality show she created.

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Erika Jackson is an On Air Personality for “JazzE’z Muzic Room” on Urban Broadcast Media/ Host of Chicago Girlfriends on Intellectual Radio; a part of iHeart Radio/Staff Writer for FoxTail Magazine/Blogger for The Consortium/Manager to Artist Ferro’ Haze/Model/Actress . Erika’s feeling about music is simple and creatively put~
“Music Is What Feelings Sound Like” Erika knew music was her calling.After her one and only Son became grown a friend encouraged Erika go back to school and use that captivating voice to broadcast. A year and diploma later from the Illinois Center for Broadcasting and guidance from radio greats Troi Tyler, Bionce Foxx, Davante Stone and Trey Da Choklit Joc to sample different desserts of media, she was hooked.

On Air Personality for her own brokered show, Writer and currently managing an Artist, Erika says this is just the beginning. “If I Can Do It, You Can Too; and I’m still doing it.

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Dequaria Tolliver is a model and business executive. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dequaria was one of 5 children. Her mom, Betty Hughes raised her children to be independent and accountable individuals with a strong work ethic.
Dequaria began her modeling career at the age of 13 after she was selected to be a member of the Walnut Hills High School Modeling Club. She enjoyed learning about the industry and continue modeling to this day.
She relocated to the suburbs of Chicago in 1993 for more opportunities in the Industry and auditioned to become a model with the traveling group for Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Dequaria continued perusing a career in modeling working with some of the Top Agencies in the Market. She has a natural gift for writing poetry and expressing herself through Spoken Word.
In 2007, her life forever changed with the diagnosis of Multiple sclerosis. Dequaria plan to use her influence and resources in the community to raise funds and awareness for research and providing services for the less fortunate stricken with this disease.
She has 3 children, Auvriel 28 (currently in MBA program), Jordan 17 (High School senior) and Jaylen (sophomore in High School).

Side note: I want to thank Dequaria for answering the questions put to the ladies by yours truly. I get that time management for you ladies is cray-cray right about now and hardly wish to infringe. So, how about a rain check?!:) Okay, back to the teas:

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Stephanie McNair, Songstress/Recording Artist, states, “I create lyrics, vocal arrangements, I song both lead and background parts. Majority of my life I have been heavily vested in my music craft. I aspire to be a major successful performing artist. My specialty genres are: Soul, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Inspirational, Trance, House, Hip Hop and World.”
Stephanie StephStaa McNair is a multi-genre female talent and a very dynamic stage performer! She displayed God-Given music interests before she could walk! Her beautiful musical spirit embodies those certain qualities that grabs the attention of many!
This songstress is no stranger to all that comes with a successful music career, she is familiar with the stage, studio, radio, tours, video shoots, photo shoots and magazine interviews(online & print). She has shared the stage with: KRS1, MC Lyte, Yolanda Adams, Regina Bell, Jennifer Hudson, Syleena Johnson, Dead Prez, Lisa Raye, to name a few.
She has four projects under her belt (solo and collaboration). Her vocals have been featured on fellow Hip Hop and Jazz artist(s) on the verge from home base. She is also a cover song lead vocalist for hire, currently she works with 2-3 cover bands. She hosts/engineers a radio talk & tunes show E! Event Social that broadcasts on a weekly basis on que4.org & 1680AM!
StephStaa also appears as a narrator in Will Adams indie film “Sex Ain’t Love.”
This up and coming renaissance starlet has a diverse support base. Her musical gift is what she plans the impact the world with, during her rise to success she wants to inspire and have her own school of arts, to provide more musical opportunities to like-minded individuals. She endured struggles during her upbringing, she’s a hard worker and determined. She’s been walking on a long road seeking musical success. No question, she’s Grammy ready and worthy!

afde7898e757ab73df0d3e4fe3946c66Okay, that’s a glimpse into the lives of the new reality Chicago Girlfriends cast members. Those who got dressed up in their finest duds in support of Chicago Girlfriends, my g-mogul intuition says y’all had a great time. The launch for the Red Carpet press event moved to the W Chicago Lakeshore, 644 N. Lakeshore Drive, to accommodate the response of registered attendees.

Red carpet VIP tickets made available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-girlfriends-red-carpet-press-event-and-launch-party-tickets-24370405539.

Check out the event’s fb page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/991567887630538/

Tomorrow’s not promised, so go out there and just do the darn thing!

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May 13th Update: Chicago Girlfriends is now Chicago Ladies.  More Casting calls going out now!