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Using What You Got To Get What You Want

For centuries, parents around the world have raised their children to study hard because at one part in society, in order to be successful, you needed to make good grades and obtain degrees from good colleges. Then, sports and entertainment entered the picture, and parents began to breed athletic sports figures and talented musicians. Upholding the minimum GPA became important and being the best on the stage or on the field was preached in many homes. Versus moving to the best neighborhood based on school districts, parents focused on placing their children in areas with the best sports and arts programs to give their children a fighting chance at full rides to division 1 schools and full scholarships to the best drama and dance programs across the US.

Now as parents begin to birth a new generation, we are beginning to experience a new social wave. What's different in today's society is the profession of reality TV and the business of being successful for being you. With shows such as MTV's Teen Mom, E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, VH1's Basketball Wives and Oxygen's Bad Girls Club, society has seemed to lessen the importance of education and the arts and transitioned into the age old adage "use what you got to get what you want."

Is this the wrong message to send to our kids or is this a sign of the times?

Years ago, models looking to build major brands outside of the modeling world were met with resistance, such as Tyra Banks who used what she had in looks to open doors to create a multi-million dollar enterprise. Now, celebrity parent Kris Jenner is criticized for pushing her children into a career of wealth and fame for doing nothing more than allowing cameras to follow their every move. Should society continue criticizing her methods towards success or begin copying her formula when raising our own kids? With reality stars now building empires in business and leveraging their small screen fame to major roles on the big screen, it's no denying that success can be found amongst talentless individuals who offer nothing more than a good laugh from their everyday life.

It may be time for society to begin accepting this new career path and embrace many decisions to avoid college and head to LA and NY in hopes of being discovered and cast on the newest reality show.

Flip through the gallery to see those who have used reality TV to enhance their net worth and leave your opinion in the comments section!

Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member NeNe Leakes has used her reality tv fame to score breakout roles on The Game, Glee and recently purchased a pizza franchise.
Kim Kardashian turned a private sextape into a 90 million-dollar empire with clothing collections at Sears, perfume, retail stores and million-dollar endorsement deals.
Snooki, now a New York Times bestselling authore, went from Jersey Shore to Hollywood. You can find her hosting red carpets, creating a line of slippers and getting paid to speak at events around the country.
Omarosa Stallworth was accomplished but found spotlight fame on Donald Trump's The Apprentice.  She has since continued to remain relevant in the entertainment industry as a speaker and recently had her own television show, The Ultimate Merger.

Angela Simmons became a household name after appearing on her families reality program, Run's House.  She now operates a sneaker and apparel company (Pastry) with her sister while, remaining relevant with red carpet appearances and paparazzi photos.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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