You Can’t Escape Your Past, Take It From Kevin Hart

Critics have blasted Kevin Hart and all those coming to his defense over homophobic comments that the comedian made between 2009 and 2011 on Twitter. The tweets resurfaced last week after it was announced that Hart would be the master of ceremonies at the 2019 Academy Awards. The 39-year-old actor initially refused to apologize for the controversial remarks, arguing in an Instagram video that he has since “evolved” and should not be held accountable for past mistakes. He, however, later issued a public apology on Twitter and stepped down from the hosting gig.

Since then, a number of prominent high-profile black comedians have rushed to Hart’s defense, including Tony Rock, Nick Cannon, and D.L. Hughley.

“So let me get this straight, a comedian tells a joke that offends people and refuses to apologize, and people want to know what I think of that,” said Hughley. The comic then went as far as to call a transgender woman who disagreed with his opinion a sexist slur.

Although Hughley and others argue that comedians are granted a creative license to use offensive language in the spirit of telling jokes, this truth remains the same: your past can, and likely will, come back to haunt you, especially in today’s digital landscape. As a result, this can tarnish your brand and cause you to miss out on endorsement deals and other opportunities.

Here are five ways to use social media effectively and avoid a branding crisis.

1. Present Your Best Self

Like in Hart’s case, how you present yourself online could be the deciding factor for whether or not an opportunity materializes into fruition. Even if you delete a controversial social media post, nothing on the internet is truly ever erased. So keep in mind that you never know who may have taken a screenshot of your post before you publicly undermine your job or a client, rant about a colleague or boss, or document yourself while under the influence.

2. Think Before You Tweet

Many people use social media as a platform to vent and express their grievances about life and its many upsets. Although it’s perfectly OK and normal to share your gripes with others online, sometimes it’s best to avoid posting in the heat of a moment, which can cause you to say something you’ll live to regret.

3. Be Authentic

People have a low tolerance for B.S. and can oftentimes sniff out those who front for the gram, i.e., that time Bow Wow was caught lying about flying around on a private jet. Hence, it’s imperative to be true to yourself when building your social media brand—just make sure it’s your best self, as stated in point No. 1.

4. Post With Intention

Social media platforms give you the ability to control what the world thinks of you and what you represent. Be sure that you’re creating an image that you can feel proud of and posting thoughts that don’t come with a shelf life.

5. What you wear on social media matters, too

According to author and Black Enterprise contributor Gayneté Jones:

Social media wardrobe choices are etched into the minds of viewers. Employers, potential clients, contractors, romantic interests, and other concerned parties usually seek to view your social media pages in the first instance, prior to meeting you in person or giving you a call to organize an important meeting. In a brief moment of scrolling through your page, viewers have obtained a solid impression of who you are and what they believe you represent.

Style expert, Perri Furbert adds, “Your wardrobe is a form of non-verbal communication and usually acts as a deciding interaction factor. People will, unfortunately, judge you based on what they see. It’s very important to express what you want to say to the world in your apparel.”

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Porsha Williams Stands Up For Her Fiance After RHOA Co-Stars Expose His Shady Past!

Most of the Real Housewives of Atlanta stars believe Porsha Williams’ fiance Dennis McKinley is a huge playboy, but apparently, the woman couldn’t care less! In fact, the reality TV star made sure to defend the man against all of those who doubt he’s good for her.

For Porsha, the past doesn’t seem to matter!

The RHOA star thinks that whether Dennis had many relationships or not before committing to her, it is not important!

That being said, she had quite the clap back for all those, and that includes Kandi Burruss, who started the rumors Dennis is a player in the first place!

During an interview for E! News’ Daily Pop, Porsha argued: ‘Allegations are allegations. People sit around what they think they know, or whatever about the past, everybody has a past. He’s not gonna sit up and deny everything word for word. He’s a businessman, he’s out making money somewhere.’

As fans remember, Kandi and her pals, Jami and Carmon were the ones to bring up Dennis’ past during the latest episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Apparently, Porsha’s fiance might have dated more than just one woman at a time over the years.

Furthermore, it was even suggested that he and Porsha actually met while he was in another relationship and he cheated on that girlfriend with her!

Other rumors say he would gift his past flings expensive Rolex watches and even get their names tattooed on him!

Sure enough, Porsha’s name is now inked on his thigh, and the woman also owes a watch from that brand!

Still, despite all the allegations, Porsha has been over the moon since getting pregnant with Dennis and also getting engaged back on October 1!

Is it really a perfect modern fairytale and people are just jealous of their happiness or should Porsha be worried he’ll cheat again?

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John Oliver Exposes Acting AG Matt Whitaker’s ‘Completely Disqualifying’ Past

John Oliver typically starts his HBO show with a “quick recap of the week.” But the Last Week Tonight host spent longer than usual on Sunday digging into the man President Donald Trump has chosen to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

After running down some highlights from the midterm elections, Oliver explained that on Wednesday Trump “did the thing that we’ve all kind of been bracing for,” finally firing Sessions and appointing Matt Whitaker to be his acting replacement. “And everything about that appointment is weird,” Oliver said, noting that instead of promoting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein he decided to “shove white Shrek into the job.”

“And that is troubling for any number of reasons,” he continued, “from the fact that he’s been a regular critic of the Mueller investigation to his questionable judicial philosophy.” But the “most eye-catching” thing in Whitaker’s background, Oliver said, was the patent company that he served on the advisory board for and is now under investigation by the FBI for allegedly defrauding its clients. “World Patent Marketing was a scam,” he declared.

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Watch Andrew Lincoln’s ‘TWD’ Costars (Past and Present!) Say Goodbye

Moving on is hard to do – but the cast of The Walking Dead couldn’t be more grateful for the time they had with Andrew Lincoln. The actor, who has played Rick Grimes since the show’s debut in 2010, will make his final appearance on the drama on Sunday, November 4. Ahead of the episode, the cast – both present and past – filmed a goodbye video for the 45-year-old star.

Scott Wilson, who filmed his return cameo on The Walking Dead before his death at the age of 76 on October 6, opened the video, getting emotional the moment he said Lincoln’s name. “I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Lincoln once more so that was really a great day for me,” he said in the video. Wilson appeared in 32 episodes of the show as Hershel, Maggie’s dad, and was killed in season 4.

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He wasn’t the only past star who appeared in the video. Sonequa Martin-Green, who portrayed Sasha for five years on the show, also chimed in. “To see someone who has that level of excellence and maintains that level of excellence, brings it out in you,” she said. Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Chad Coleman (Tyreese) and Lennie James (Morgan) also took part in the video.

One of the most touching moments in the video were the remarks made by Danai Gurira, who plays the badass Michonne, who happens to be Rick’s girlfriend. “He’s the sort of leader who is like, ‘I want the story to open up for others,’” she said. “I really do think he’s the best leading man on television, and I haven’t worked with everybody but I just believe that.”

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The video ends with a comment from Steven Yeun, who portrayed Glenn Rhee in the series and was killed during the season 7 premiere. “I keep racking my brain to figure out something to say and every single thing kind of fails that,” he said. “So, all I really wanna say is, ‘Andy, I love you.’”

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Vases carved out of shrapnel are displayed next to soldiers’ uniforms and a warplane figurine made out of the remains of a Zeppelin: welcome to the World War One-themed home of Chantal and Serge Giudice.


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Prairie Chic Is Back, Even if the Past Wasn’t So Pretty

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Are bonnets the next Dad hats?

For some, the New York fashion world has begun to resemble a sewing circle. Prairie chic is in enough for the New York Times to declare that 2018 has birthed “a whole new breed of pioneer woman. Call her the Urban Prairie Girl (U.P.G?).”

You can spot a U.P.G. toughening up her high-neck collar, lace hemline, and floral printed frock with Fila sneakers or combat boots. Though she would find Laura Ingalls Wilder’s description of Native Americans in Little House on the Prairie offensive, the U.P.G. can’t help but cave to the nostalgia she feels watching the ‘70s television remake.

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The Stock Market Cleaned Out Billionaires Over the Past Week. Here’s Who Lost the Most

Billionaires have won big in the long-running bull market that may be teetering on the edge of ending. But they’re also set to lose big. Over the past week, the world’s wealthiest have collectively dropped about $ 50 billion in estimated net worth.

What’s $ 50 billion among the world’s uber-rich? Enough to leave a mark, that’s for sure, but they aren’t hurting for cash–yet. For perspective though, in addition to being the amount of evaporating wealth, $ 50 billion is also the amount of the U.S. trade deficit in July, the first round of Trump’s tariffs against China, and the market value of Target–with $ 5 billion to spare.

So how exactly has the stock market selloff impacted the net worth of world’s richest people? Here’s who took the biggest bath this week, and how much it cost them:

Jeff Bezos (-$ 15 billion)

Amazon’s founder, the world’s richest person, stood to lose the most. And that he did. Jeff Bezos’ net worth dropped from $ 161 billion a week ago down to $ 140 billion on Thursday. That still puts him standing arms akimbo on top of the heap of lesser billionaires, but his company’s focus on consumer goods, which could be further affected by import tariffs and trade wars, could push him closer to more diversified super rich.

Bernard Arnault (-$ 5.9 billion)

Arnault is the longtime chairman and chief executive of LVMH (Mo?t Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE), the world’s largest luxury goods company. He’s also the richest person in Europe, and accordingly, his net worth went down with the crash, from $ 73.5 billion to $ 67.6 billion. At one point, he was down to $ 66.9 billion, but his portfolio seems to be rebounding already.

Warren Buffet (-$ 5.4 billion)

Even the Oracle of Omaha couldn’t predict the market volatility of this past week. Buffet initially saw gains from the $ 90 billion he started with a week ago, climbing to $ 92 billion by Oct. 9. But ultimately, he came crashing down, finishing Oct. 11 with an estimated $ 84.6 billion

Pony Ma (-$ 4 billion)

The China-based Tencent is one of the world’s largest Internet companies, and Pony Ma (Ma Huateng) is the founder, chairman, and chief executive, and maintains extensive holdings in the company. While Tencent dominates Chinese gaming, chat, investment, and other arenas, the global stock pullback pushed his net worth from $ 32 billion down to $ 28 billion.

Bill Gates (-$ 3.9 billion)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has shifted out of the fast-paced life of a technology dominator into the role of public-health and education philanthropist. But despite regular transfers of wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he doesn’t find himself pulling his pockets inside out for change. Gates, the second-richest person in the world, saw his worth drop from $ 98.7 billion to $ 94.80 billion in the last week.

Larry Page (-$ 3.8 billion)

Google co-founder Larry Page remains actively involved in the management of Alphabet, the holding company of Google and other ventures, has been buffeted lately by concerns about the company navigating forward with a reported China-targeted search engine acceptable that country’s censors, and military-contracting work. Page’s net worth dropped from $ 57.10 to $ 53.30 billion since Oct. 4.

Fran?ois Pinault (-$ 3.8 billion)

Fran?ois Pinault, among France’s richest people and the head of one of the nation’s wealthiest families, is the 82-year-old self-made billionaire behind Kering, which owns a large array of luxury-goods brands, like Gucci, LVMH, and Yves Saint Laurent. He also personally owns Christie’s, the long-established auction house. His portfolio slumped from $ 32.4 billion to $ 28.6 billion.

Sergey Brin (-$ 3.6 billion)

Google’s other co-founder has similar holdings and suffered similar losses as his partner, Larry Page, with Sergey Brin dropping from a reported $ 55.6 billion to $ 52 billion.

Frank Wang (-$ 2.54 billion)

Frank Wang may seem like an outlier and a relative unknown in this list, with a net worth estimated on Oct. 11 of just $ 6.74 billion. But he’s also one of the biggest net losers, dropping from $ 9.28 billion in the last week. Wang’s holdings are tied up in DJI, the biggest maker of commercial and civilian drones in the world, and a company he founded in 2006. As a privately held company, estimates of his net worth over the short term may be more volatile, but DJI has a high degree of exposure to Trump’s trade wars with China from several angles, including the cost of raw goods globally and import tariffs imposed on the lucrative American market potentially reducing revenue.

Steve Ballmer (-$ 2.4 billion)

Bill Gates’s earliest lieutenant, Ballmer took over Microsoft for several years and missed out on the mobile revolution. Forced from the company, he’s found solace in $ 40.1 billion of personal wealth, down from $ 42.50 billion a week ago–and his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team.

Mark Zuckerberg (-$ 2.1 billion)

Despite the many investigations, disclosures, and security problems Facebook has faced in recent months, Mark Zuckerberg saw the least losses among his dot-com peers. He was worth $ 62.9 billion a week ago, and now $ 60.8 billion.

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Nicki Minaj reflects on abusive relationships from her past

Hip hop star Nicki Minaj reflected on painful memories as she opened up about abusive relationships from her past.

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Looking back at past Yankees wild card games heading into do-or-die matchup with A’s

The Yankees and A’s, two teams well acclimated to the highly-debated wild card system, will battle it out Wednesday night for a chance to take on Boston in the ALDS.

Let’s take a look at the Bronx Bombers’ history in the do-or-die wild card game, infamously introduced for the 2012 season.

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