Personal Story: Why I’ve Decided To Walk Away From Gossip Blogging

Photo Taken in New York after Love And Hip Hop Reunion Taping “2015”

According to Forbes Magazine nearly 80 percent of small business owners don’t make it pass the first three years. Although ihatemypublicist wasn’t a fully self-sufficient operated business it was a staple in this industry for celebrity entertainment news. So I think it’s somewhat safe to say that we beat the statistics. If you would’ve told me that the site would’ve taken off like it did, back when I started in 2013, I probably would’ve believed you. Notice that I said would because I believed in it that much.

It was just a little after my 24th birthday. I was working at a Media Rep. Firm in Philadelphia and I was growing tired of the work that I was doing there. It was right after Obama’s second presidential term and I was a major key when it came to making sure his radio advertisements were being processed properly before being sent over to the radio stations. We worked with stations all over the country so as you can imagine the pressure was very intense. One screw up from me and my boss was on my back. It felt like I was on a live episode of one of P-Diddy’s reality shows. A mistake from me might include me sending the wrong time or day that Obama’s presidential ad was supposed to play on the radio and if that happened, it would cost the agency representing him tons of money, so I had to be extra careful because everything went directly through my fingertips. Either way after the election I decided that it was time for me to start my own thing and go back to what I was most passionate about. Entertainment Journalism!

So after a couple of months of doing research I came up with this crazy idea of starting this blog and I would name it Four years later and I’ve reached the decision to shut down the site. *Gasps for air and clinches pearls*. LOL yes girl I know but before I fully dive into that let’s rewind a bit.

Six months after I started the site I moved to Atlanta. I chose Atlanta because it was affordable and it’s one of the entertainment capitols for urban entertainment. In the beginning things were really taking off for the site and it was really fun. But over the years I would begin to feel guilty about being a “blogger”. Even though I tried to keep the stories positive and I always came with receipts and facts it didn’t matter. The harsh reality of being a blogger is no matter how sweet, genuine or positive you are in real life you will still be perceived differently. I went to school for journalism and when I wrote for the Hornet Newspaper the only section I wanted to cover was the fashion and entertainment section. That was what the students at Delaware State looked forward to reading most. No one ever looked at me as a messy person when I was doing that so I thought it would be the same in the blogosphere. Unfortunately that wasn’t my reality.

Most people love the website and it’s originality which is what kept me going everyday even through my roughest days. But there were individuals who weren’t too fond of it either. Nor were they too happy about having me around.

I remember once I went to dinner with a particular ‘instagram celeb’, their camp, as well as a good friend of mine and at some point or another during dinner someone mentioned that I was a blogger and how I had this “amazing” website. It made me feel great but it made the individual extremely uncomfortable. Which ultimately made me uncomfortable because I never wanted to be known for trying to defame anyone. That isn’t who I am in real life so I could never be that person behind a computer screen. Sadly you can not change a person’s perception of who you are when you go by certain titles. Unfortunately blogging just so happens to be one of those titles. No one told me this when I signed up though. HA! 

So that was the reality and it would always agitate my spirit. I just wanted to write dope stories that would make an even bigger connection between an artist and their fans. But at times I would be afraid or too ashamed to tell people what I did or who I was. My friends would brag about how dope the site was when introducing me to others and over time I just began to shy away from it. It wasn’t as cool as it was when I first started. That is when I knew that it was simply no longer for me. I’ve been battling with these thoughts for over a year and a half now and I felt it was just time to be honest with myself and my supporters. 

I’m not quitting nor am I giving up on my dreams. When I started the site I was 24 and now I’m 28. I’m a total different person. I was a girl and now I’m a woman and I’ve definitely reached a growth spurt so it’s time to move forward. Besides, I’m sure Kim Kardashian won’t miss me posting about what her and Kanye had on last night anyway. HA!

I appreciate everyone that has been a huge support throughout these four years and I hope you’ll join me on my next journey as I began to re-brand my business and my image. I’m done crying now. Love you all!


Meek Mill Says Being With Nicki Minaj And Waking Up To Her Everyday Is A Dream Come True


He got Nicki he know that he hit the jackpot!

Although rap duo Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have been dating for over a year now that native Philadelphian admits that dating the mega pop star is like living a dream come true. In a recent interview with Noisey Raps the MMG rapper tells them he knew he had  to be with a girl from the hood who would understand his lifestyle. He says:

Where I come from, I can’t just be from the hood and just have a like a total opposite girlfriend, she don’t know nothing about where I come from… she don’t understand me. So, it’s somebody that’ll understand me, somebody that hustles, you know what I’m saying? Somebody that’s aggressive. You know, these the things I like.

Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Meek said being with Nicki is a dream come true because it was something he always wanted in life.

I always seen it like this. I always seen me having one of the top hustling, prettiest girls in the game. That’s how my account was set up. I could wake up in my bed and just look at Nicki, like man this shit, it gotta be a dream ’cause we used to dream all this shit and it’s just going on right now.

Catch the full interview below.

Via: TheYBF

Here’s The List Of Winners From The 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards


It’s lit! We have a full list of winners from last nights highly celebrated 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards. Of course, BET is known for their lit performances, and their traditional rap cyphers. This year BET had the honor of bringing DJ Khaled our Snapchat King to the forefront to host the event, and he made sure everyone knew he had the keys. From Snoop Dogg being an honoree and giving his highlighted speech, ATL’s favorable king TI performance, and various segments honoring the Black Lives Matter movement, this was most certainly a night to remember. Although, Drake dominated the list with 14 nominations, it’s still to early to know who went home with what, so check it out below.

Best Hip Hop Video:

Drake- “Hotline Bling”

Best Collaboration, Duo Group or Group:

Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infared- “All The Way Up”

Best Live Performer:

Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year:

Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year:

Director X

DJ of the Year:

DJ Khaled

Producer of the Year:

Metro Boomin

MVP of the Year:

DJ Khaled

Track of the Year:

Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infared- “All The Way Up”

Album of the Year:

Drake- Views

Best New Hip Hop Artist:

Chance The Rapper

Hustler of the Year:

DJ Khaled

Made You Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)

Kanye West

Best Mixtape:

Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

Sweet 16 Best Featured Verse:

Kendrick Lamar & Beyoncé- “Freedom”

Impact Track:

J.Cole- “Love Yourz”

People’s Champ:

Travis Scott- “Antidote

So in the words of our Khaled “don’t ever play yourself”.

Blogged By: Ashley

IG: @ashleyjanicexoxo

Kanye West Picks Kim Kardashian Up From Airport After Paris Robbery


Kim Kardashian made it safely back to her hubby in NYC this morning after Kanye West had to abruptly end his set at the Meadows Music Festival in New York last night (Sunday) due to a ‘family emergency’.

After learning his wife had been held at gunpoint the 39 year rapper quickly ended his Heartless performance leaving fans in disbelief as he announced he had to depart from the show. According to ABCNews, $10 million worth of jewelry was reportedly stolen from the KUWTK reality star, while remaining in Paris for their celebrated fashion week.

A spokesperson for Kim Kardashian said:

Two armed masked men dressed as police officers were behind the hold up. She is badly shaken but physically unharmed.

A concerned Kanye picked Kim up from Teterboro airport around 11 a.m. and they drove back to their New York City apartment together.  

Apparently the luxury hotel she was robbed in, Hotel de Pourtales, is estimated at about $16,900 a night and it is where Kimye stayed before their wedding. See photos in the gallery below.

Lil Wayne Talks Marrying Gay Couple And Drake Sleeping With His Girl While In Prison


Lil Wayne found himself reminiscing while he was incarcerated at Rikers Island in New York during March of 2010. Dwayne Carter Jr. spent eight months in prison out of a one year sentence but he used his time spent very wisely.

The 33 year old rap legend is publishing Gone Til November on October 11. From performing a gay marriage ceremony for two inmates, Drake confessing to sleeping with his then girlfriend, getting multiple female guards suspended from their jobs, and watching shows such as American Idol. Prison actually brought life into perspective for the Louisiana native.

Imagine seeing grown a– men in jail hanging tissue for wedding decorations, and one of them is Lil Wayne. Crazy.

To waste time Weezy enjoyed watching American Idol however when The Wendy Williams Show came on he would much rather be occupied in his cell. Even behind bars The Mrs. Officer rapper had the ladies falling for him. During his stay two female officer guards were suspended for visiting him.

Maybe there will be some female groupies in this b-tch after all.

Weezy wrote.

Wayne requested for one girl to visit him during this stay and insisted she shouldn’t wear underwear but his plan back fired in his face. He says:

They got caught because they have extensive a– searches before you come in here, so they made her put on a pair of boxers because they knew she didn’t have on panties. Damn!

Wayne also received visits from P.Diddy and Kanye West whom all underwent body searches, according to Page Six.

Although Drake was his YMCMB homie, it didn’t stop him from sleeping with his then girlfriend behind his back. Wayne explained how this troubling news motivated his lowest point while incarcerated.

Finding out that she (bleeped) Drake was the absolute worst thing I could have found out. Drizzy came to see me, he was like, Yeah it’s true. Damn! This is the type of (bleep) a man never wants to find out while he is locked up.

Wayne also ended with stating how prison changed his thinking process and elevated his creative mindset.

I always thought I needed things like being high with my ni–a, a Bugatti, a dope a– crib or some big booty b-tches to be creative. But once it was taken away from me, my creativity was put to the ultimate test.

Will you be buying his upcoming memoir?

Blogged By: Ashley

IG: @ashleyjanicexoxo

Teyana Taylor Gives Advice On Body Goals From Kanye West “Fade” VMA Music Video Performance

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The most talked about event from the VMAS wasn’t even a live performance. Teyana Taylor murdered Kanye West’s new music video Fade.

The R&B singer and fashion creator became every ladies aspiration for body goals, making us run to the gym, and throwing out our midnight snacks, well we’ll try.  The 26 year old is shaking the up the dance floor and breaking a sweat in Yeezy’s new music video with her rock hard abs, kneepads, sports bra, a thong. Her sex appeal and vivacious swag is on another level.

The sultry video included Taylor twerking on the floor, grinding her hips, and even includes intimate shower scenes between Taylor and Iman Shumpert trust me things got steamy quick. The social media love duo prompted their daughter in the end of the video proving how they’re the true definition of family goals. Ye being the mastermind he is knew by using his G.O.O.D Music member to showcase her sexual dance moves and post partum body to 8 months baby girl Junie would make the VMAS the number one topic of discussion on social media, and it worked. The real question is what’s her secret to obtaining her bedroom body? Her snatched body and killer performance has women frantically searching for her tips and rules for working out. Truth is she’s a natural when it comes to this fit life. According to E! News Taylor dropped a few gems on her workout regimen. She says:

I do lazy workouts. Even squats hurt for me. I aint gonna front. I was 6 years old with a six pack. I was one of those brolic little kids. Once I get older I realized, ‘OK, this is not going anywhere. ‘ My arms are already kind of naturally brolic, so I try to work on things that I want more toned. I can give you advice all day on the butt and the legs.

Let me put it like this, at some point Little Debbie was sending me boxes of cakes. I always tell my mom I’m allergic to vegetables. I’m real funny. Like, if I can’t pronounce it or spell it, I won’t eat it. I’m more of a fried chicken, baked macaroni—I eat everything. I don’t eat healthy at all.


Watch the visual below.

Welp, there you have it Teyana Taylor makes it look so easy, so let’s gets this journey started for summer 17 and head to the gym tomorrow, or maybe Wednesday, or next year.

Blogged By: Ashley

IG: @ashleyjanicexoxo

Donald Trump Shows Lack of Empathy Over Dwyane Wade’s Murdered Cousin


Sadly we live in a world where acts of senseless violence continue to plague our communities. On Friday Dwyane Wade’s 32 year old cousin Nykea Aldridge was fatally shot and murdered while pushing a baby stroller in Chicago’s Parkway Gardens. Aldridge was clearly at the wrong place at the wrong time, when two men began to open fire hitting her in the head and arm. Although she was not the initial target she was later pronounced dead at the hospital, and now four kids will forever live without their mother.

My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence, four kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough. The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help and more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!

This is something that didn’t start today, this is something that isn’t going to end tomorrow, hopefully,eventually, we can stop it.

Wade expressed his frustration through twitter as the world and NBA fans shared their condolences with sentimental posts to the Chicago Bulls player. With the sudden lost of his cousin you would’ve thought the living nightmare ended there. Unfortunately emotional intelligence is something Trump has lacked since the beginning of his political run for office.

Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African Americans will VOTE TRUMP!

Trump tweeted. After Trump’s distasteful tweet twitter was filled with so much outrage leaving hateful comments on his page, which initiated Trump later apologizing for his comment tweeting,

My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

Don’t forget the GOP nominee publicly discriminated African American voters last week during one of his rallies saying,

Look how much African American communities are suffering under Democratic control. To those I say the following, what do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?


Blogged By: Ashley

IG: @ashleyjanicexoxo

Frank Ocean Ends Silence With New Albums ‘Blond’ And ‘Endless’


On Saturday August 20th Christmas came early when the world was found drooling over their iphones and androids due to the long and highly anticipated sophomore album. As a result of the torture Ocean put us through, crazed fans lost their sanity when Frank Ocean blessed the hip hop spectrum with his visual album titled “Endless”, music video to intro “Nikes”, and surprised pop up shops located throughout New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. Ocean’s team handed out free copies of his initial title LP, Boys Don’t Cry. The exclusive magazine also included the 17 track LP Blond with features from Kanye West, Beyonce, the late David Bowie, Kendrick Lamar, and Andre 3000. This elaborate magazine was far from disappointing; its size could be compared to a Vogue magazine which contained essays, poetry, and photos by many high ranked artists in the industry such as Yeezy himself.  

The Grammy award winning artist disappeared from the face of the Earth. After four years of speculation to whether Ocean could ever redeem himself has truly come into fruition.

See more below.

I had the time of my life making all of this. Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget that I had to finish. Which is basically everyone of yall.

He’s definitely not lying about that part, fans have been pouring their outrage and frustration out on Twitter and Instagram for the past year. Although Apple Music has categorized Blond under the pop genre, his vocal tracks, feeds off of blues, soul, all while remaining centralized to R&B. Ocean expresses himself as a male whom isn’t afraid to put away his masculine ego and open up to his vulnerabilities, especially to “Ivy” singing:

I thought that I was dreaming when you said you love me.

I’m pretty sure every man and woman can correlate to that one past heartless lover. With his new album and soulful approach can Frank Ocean earn Best R&B album of the year, or is it too early?

Blogged By: Ashley

IG: @ashleyjanicexoxo

Swizz Beatz: The Dean Collection x No Commission Art Fair


Free tickets, free drinks, a view of some of the newest and dopiest art pieces plus live performances, you had me at the word free.

Last week Swizz Beatz held his national The Dean Collection also titled No Commission event geared to appreciate the aesthetics of a range and diverse culture of arts around the globe. Each artist was able to display their artwork for free and was given 100% of the sales which went straight back to the artists. If you weren’t there I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but getting lit isn’t one.  

Throughout Thursday and Sunday Swizz Beatz entertained his guests with drinks (sponsored by Bacardi), food, special guests, and an overall good time. Live performances and special guests varied from Asap Rocky, Fabolous, Pusha T, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, DMX, Young Thug, Angie Martinez, and etc. This private event took place in Bronx, New York where artists and entrepreneurs from fashion, music, and art enthusiasts were able to network while spreading the importance of art to young millennials via social media. To top it off this event hit home for Swizzy because he grew up in the Bronx, guests were able to see the same projects that raised him on the Ferris wheel. While being interviewed by Angie Martinez from Power 105.1 he had this to say:

I want my outlet and platform to be a freedom for the artist and for the people.

I wanted this to feel like a cultural event where your vibing and hearing Spanish, African music, art collectors, billionaires, people that live with their moms, a gumbo pot the U.S. haven’t seen.

Us as a brand can really give back to the culture and do cultural moments like this where everybody can fit in.

His special message to the people at home was, “if you free the artist you free the world.”

Three Girls That Define Black Girl Magic


Meet the three girls that defines black girl magic with their diligence, melanin,  and gold medals Simone Biles, Michelle Carter and Simone Manuel. In Rio, Brazil during the 2016 Olympics a gymnast, shot putter, and swimmer have all epitomized the true definition of remaining committed towards chasing your dreams.

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 26: Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during day two of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Chafitz Arena on June 26, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Simone Biles is presently the first woman ever to be the all around world champion 3 years in a row. Biles unmatched dance and hardcore work ethics have astonished the judges and has given credits the opportunity to rename Biles the best female gymnast. Biles standing at 4 foot 9 inches and only being 19  years old has been linked to becoming the first gymnast since 1974 to win four consecutive all around titles at the U.S. National Championships. She has won fourteen championships medals, (ten being gold) the most ever won by any American female gymnast.

See more below.


Game changer Michelle Carter has become the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic shot put gold medal with 20.63 meters. “With this championship I didn’t worry; I wasn’t doubting myself.” In order to claim her triumph Carter strategized her game plan in order to defeat and upset 2 time gold medalist Valeri Adams of New Zealand just shying off with 20.42 meters.  The 31 year old NFL daughter to defensive lineman Michael Carter received the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship. After receiving her bronze award, it seems Carter was here for one thing and one thing only, a gold medal. Alongside Carter’s free time she enjoys to work on her individual business called and is the founder of You Throw Girl Confidence Camp. Her mission is to empower and educate young millennial women while unlocking their fears and transforming into their best selves. “I want to help young girls to have that confidence in themselves and their abilities to be their best.” With her makeup line  she inspires to give women a reminder on the importance of their physical appearance. Carter’s a game attitude must run through her veins, “I came to compete; that’s one thing my Dad always went over with me: when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. There is no time for thinking, there is no time for second guessing.”


Last but not least is 20  year old Simone Manuel whom tied for first place with Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the 100 meter freestyle. Manuel has officially become the first African American woman to win a gold medal in swimming. Her breath taking reaction of finishing across the line was a tearful sight to watch as she poured tears of joy herself. Although her reaction was priceless, Manuel’s speech was beyond heroic. “The gold medal wasn’t for me. It was for people that came before me and inspired me to stay in the spot. This is all for all who came before me and all who will come after who believe they can’t do it. Sadly at times like this with love and support in our hearts, we’re also reminded of Dorothy Dandridge. The African American woman whom dipped her toe into a pool after being told she was prohibited entry, and afterwards forced to watch the cleaners drain the entire pool from her bedroom window.

Congrats ladies!!!

Blogged By: Ashley

IG: @ashleyjanicexoxo