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I’m In The Press This Week (Glamour, Refinery29 & Launch DFW)

I haven’t done much press over the last two years, nor have I orchestrated a PR campaign, so I’m always very humbled and appreciative when journalists reach out to request an interview.

Over the past week, I’ve had the honor to be featured in 3 pieces that were published on Refinery29, Glamour and Launch DFW.

Here’s a summary:

1. Launch DFW : Necole Kane Goes Beyond The Web To The Center Stage

This piece was a very in-depth interview where I spoke about my failures, why it is important that I remain transparent about the ups and downs of my journey and my brand being acquired.

A standout quote:

I promised myself in 2007 that I would never send out a resume. I have not sent out a resume since 2007. Like, how cocky of me to say, but [at the time] I was like I’m tired of getting no. I’m tired of interviewing. I’m tired of proving myself. I’m not sending out another resume. And I have not had to send out another resume since then.

Click here to read more!

 

2. Glamour Magazine – Black Women Have Been Politically Powerful But We’re Not Your Saviors

In this piece, I was featured along with other black thought leaders on the narrative surrounding black women and their political choices.  Read it here

 

3. Refinery 29 – 24 Of Our Favorite Entrepreneurs Namecheck The Businesswomen You Should Follow

 

 

This was one of my favs for International Women’s Day because I had the chance to honor an entrepreneur that I look up to.  It should be to no surprise to anyone that follows me that I chose Myleik Teele, the Founder of Curlbox.   

A key quote from the piece:

As a Black woman, entrepreneurship can feel isolating. Sometimes it’s hard to find a support system of women who can guide you through huge business moments like mergers and acquisitions or even securing an investor. Myleik is a serial entrepreneur and doesn’t hoard the information she knows and the lessons she has learned from creating two successful companies. I always joke around and call her the ‘Oprah for entrepreneurs’ because she really is breeding and birthing a new generation of young bosses through her valuable advice, resources, and retreats.

Read more here!

[News] Will Packer Media Acquires xoNecole

Via Variety

Entertainment production firm Will Packer Media has acquired xoNecole, a lifestyle website focused on urban millennial women created and run by blogger Necole Kane.

WPM founder and CEO Will Packer, whose producing credits include “Girls Trip,” “Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man” and “Straight Outta Compton,” said the addition of xoNecole (xonecole.com) is aimed at boosting WPM’s direct connection with its audiences. In addition, he’s look to adapt content produced by xoNecole for TV series and film projects.

“It fits perfectly with what I’m doing with my company,” said Packer. “I was looking for someone I could partner with who has a highly engaged audience and speaks authentically to them.” He added, “Necole is amazingly gifted in her ability to connect with women and deliver much-needed engaging, smart and empowering content that is aspirational and impactful.”

Financial terms of the deal, which closed in late 2017, weren’t disclosed. The staff of xoNecole will remain located in New York (where Kane is based), L.A. and Atlanta.

WPM is investing in the site to expand video, social and mobile content as well as develop a newsletter and launch in-person events, including activations during Fashion Week and educational and networking events. The goal is to turn xoNecole into a multifaceted digital-media women’s brand akin to Refinery29 or Popsugar.

Packer formed WPM last year in partnership with Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures. The company currently has 15 projects in development across 10 networks and platforms. XONecole is the company’s first owned-and-operated digital property, and Packer said WPM is on the lookout for potential acquisitions in the space.

Kane once traded in salacious celebrity dish as proprietor of gossip site NecoleBitchie.com, which she launched in 2008. Then she shifted gears: In 2015, Kane shut down NecoleBitchie and formed xoNecole with a focus on beauty, fashion, lifestyle, career and travel features. The new site’s mission is to promote positive images of women of color, as well as empower, educate and inspire millennials.

Ending her gossip site “was a very risky and terrifying move,” Kane said, but “I knew I wanted to offer my readers content that was more empowering and purposeful, would inspire them to live their best lives, and was deeply rooted in giving women permission to evolve.” She added, “Will Packer is someone I’ve always admired and respected, and he knows my audience. I couldn’t think of a better partnership.”

Packer said he first met Kane when some of the stars in his films were the subjects of items on her now-defunct gossip site.

“I want to be aligned with someone like Necole,” he said. “She’s had ups and downs, but she’s a survivor and a fighter. She’s also vulnerable and admits her shortcomings.”

The xoNecole team will continue to be led by Kane, overseen by WPM co-founder and COO Alix Baudin, formerly SVP and GM of Scripps Networks Interactive’s digital operations. Thanks to changes led by Baudin to streamline the site’s features and interface, xoNecole’s traffic has doubled in the last three months, according to Packer (who declined to provide specific metrics). “We see Necole as the face of a young and empowered generation of women who want to lift each other up and be inspired to evolve,” said Baudin.

In addition to traditional ad sales, xoNecole will be supported by content marketing and branded -entertainment partnerships, as well as the slate of live events, according to Packer.

Behind The Scenes Of My Shoot For Cosmo Magazine’s May 2014 Issue

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Meet James Demolet and Shiona Turini.

Back in February, I flew to New York in the midst of a snow storm, to shoot with Cosmo Magazine!

Right now, I can’t express how I feel…but it’s a pretty good feeling.  I am a faithful subscriber to the magazine and back in January, right after I returned from break, I decided to make a new vision board which included Cosmo. I received an email from them three days later, no lie!  The law of attraction, having a positive outlook and speaking things into existence is so real!

On the day, the issue hit news stands, I wrote on Instagram:

Im in the New @cosmopolitan Magazine May 2014 issue! Thank you so much @shionat! I remember being on set and I said “I still don’t believe that I am here” and Shiona. The Fashion Market Director said “why not?” And it just reminded me that sometimes we place ceilings on how far up we can go and marginalize ourselves without even realizing it. Anything is possible, and as long as you believe that you are worthy of the blessings that come your way, they will keep coming. This was on my vision board and now it’s real and a reminder for me to never stop dreaming. Thank you guys for the love and support.

For the past year, I’ve had the quote ‘Impossible is just an opinion’ included in most of my social media bios and this is just proof of that. I want to take this opportunity to just send some encouragement to anyone who is beginning their journey and haven’t quite seen the light at the end of the tunnel yet.

When I first started my website, there were more people who told me what I shouldn’t be doing, what I wasn’t supposed to do, and what I would NEVER do than those offering encouragement and support. It had a lot to do with the fact that blogging was so new, and certain rules hadn’t been set yet. We were all just trying to blindly figure it out.

If I had a dime for every time someone told me throughout my career, ‘YOU ARE JUST A BLOGGER’ (as if that word defined who I was and that’s all I would ever be), I would be able to quit everything now and live off of my savings for the rest of my life. Instead of being discouraged enough to quit, I continued to stay focused and as a result, every single thing that I wanted to do, that people told me was not possible, I have eventually been able to do!

I say all of this to say, I’ve always knew I wanted to be in the magazines I grew up on like Ebony, Essence and Sister 2 Sister, as well as Cosmopolitan, and it happened and I am so grateful and humbled by the opportunity. It’s a reminder to keep pushing and keep grinding and keep focusing on that next phase in your journey, while knowing that whatever it is that you want to do and dreamed of doing, can and will happen. You just have to believe it and believe in yourself!

Many thanks goes out to fab, fly chick Shiona Turini for the opportunity. She joined Cosmo last year as the Fashion Market Director and has been bringing a little flavor and diversity to the magazine.  Also, Senior Fashion Editor James DeMolet.

Even though it was a snowing really bad on the day of the shoot, everyone’s energy was so amazing and fun!

Here’s a few pics!

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[I’m Featured In The LA Sentinel] Necole Bitchie: Branding Her Business Beyond Her Blog

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I want to thank Zon D’Amour for this lovely article she wrote that will be published in Thursday’s edition of the LA Sentinel. Seeing as though I haven’t really updated my blog with details on what I’ve been doing since the last post in July, I think it’s a real reflection of where I am in life right now.

Via Zon’s site Aimeramour:
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On a Monday, Necole Kane known to most as Necole Bitchie was summoned to The White House to attend a panel on HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) that was happening the next day. Moderated by television personality, and North Carolina A&T University alum Terrence J. The panel featured actress and Spellman College alumna Keisha Knight Pulliam. The event discussed the misconceptions about HBCU’s and the panelists shared their experiences and success stories for students. When Kane returned home she said to herself, ‘Wow, look where blogging has taken me, to The White House.’

Daily, Kane’s entertainment gossip blog, NecoleBitchie.com receives millions of views as she updates faithful readers with tidbits on urban pop culture as well as doses of feel good, uplifting stories. She recently celebrated the blogs seventh year and though she believes the seventh year is the year of completion she’s almost ready, but not quite ready to move on from the blog. “When you take in celebrity news and entertainment the way I have to take it in everyday, it really stunts your growth creatively. For me to go into my next chapter, it can’t include the celebrity site. I hate to say it but I’m going to have to let it go completely to fully walk into my purpose.” She continues, “It’s a hard pill for me to swallow but it’s one of the reasons why I moved to Arizona, to prepare myself for the next chapter.”

Having lived in nearly ten states in the past ten years including Washington, DC, Maryland, New York, Georgia, Florida and California, Kane recently moved to Arizona to somewhat escape the hustle and bustle of the major entertainment markets and work on finding a balance between her personal and professional life. Many young women look to Kane’s personal blog, IamNecole.com for relationship and career advice. On the blog, she’s been extremely candid about her life experiences from struggling to make ends meet when working at a radio station to a tumultuous relationship with her mother in addition to topics such as chasing significance instead of success.

Kane recently took a hiatus from IamNecole after a very introspective piece entitled, “A Distorted Perception of Love”. She says, “I realized many of the things I was writing about on the blog were about past experiences, things that happened in my childhood and teenage years. I wasn’t drawing any experience from my current life because I wasn’t allowing myself to live life. After that blog I made a vow to myself to love no matter how hard it hurts. I was going to let my guard down and let myself be vulnerable.”

Kane shares an imperative lesson learned from recent dating experience that will be the topic of discussion when she returns to her personal blog. “As women we’re usually upset and frustrated when a relationship ends but as long as we enjoy the moment, even if it didn’t work out, we shouldn’t feel regret. Oftentimes we as women mistake falling in love with a moment, with falling in love with the person we shared that moment with.  I’ve become wise enough to know the difference.”

When she’s not inserting her opinions in posts on NecoleBitchie.com or posing questions to a combined total of over five-hundred thousand followers on Instagram, Kane’s wisdom can be found in 140 characters to her nearly thirty thousand followers on her personal twitter. She once tweeted, “In order to grow a business, it has to grow beyond you.” In 2012, Kane admittedly had a series of failures in attempts to grow her business including spending upwards of $50,000 on trying to get ideas off the ground. At the time, she was also dealing with several lawsuits and issues with the IRS.

At a time when most would have given up by possibly filing for bankruptcy or selling their site, Kane persevered and took time off to reassess her brand. In December 2013 she spent ten days in Paris, France and in December 2014 she spent ten days in Dubai. “As your business grows, you have to know when it’s time to start hiring. I recently hired a Content Manager who helps to choose the topics we’re going to cover and assign stories to writers. Prior to this year, I was far too involved in the site which didn’t leave me with much time to work on expansion.”

She continues, “How could I write a book or take a role on a show if I’m spending eight hours looking for leads on stories and writing content for the website. After a day of blogging and celebrity craziness I’m so burnt out. You have to know when it’s time to hire a team and you have to find people who are just as passionate about the brand as you are. I have a girl on my staff right now, her passion and belief in my brand keeps me going on days where I feel like giving up.”

Kane’s business model is definitely different from other companies but it’s one of the many things that makes her admirable. “I haven’t hired many people with previous corporate experience. My social media manager, years ago, I plucked her from a small town in Florida and we’ve grown together. Although they say, in business, you should hire people in positions that know more than you do, I love that me and my staff all learn and grow together.” She adds, “I love giving young women outside of the major markets of New York and L.A. chances to work in this industry. I remember a woman once looked out for me and told me whatever you do, reach back and give another black woman an opportunity and that’s what I pride myself off doing.”

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Necole Bitchie and TV personality Terrence J. visit The White House for the Champions of Change event honoring successful HBCU alumni.

Apart of Kane’s next chapter includes penning a highly anticipated memoir. A colleague of Kane’s from her time in DC named Brittney Norwood was accused of murder and a Washington Post reporter wrote a book on the infamous situation. “When I read the book, I was so hurt. It painted Brittney as a girl that I didn’t know. I felt like she was robbed of the opportunity to tell her story. The writer compiled interviews from people close to the situation, the victim’s family and thousands of her text messages from years prior to the murder were analyzed.” She continues, “The book also came out around the same time Lifetime released the Aaliyah: Princess of R&B movie where her family wasn’t involved in telling her story. This led me to think that I would hate for something to happen to me and I didn’t get the chance to tell my story in my own words. That really pushed me to make releasing my memoir and going on a book tour my number one priority for this year.”

Kane was most recently notified that she would be honored by the American University Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA) with their Communicator’s Award. “I had a hard time in college because I didn’t speak very well, I wasn’t very articulate and I had a strong country accent. I came from a family where some hadn’t finished high school let alone had gone to college, I wanted to be the next Oprah and go from city to city inspiring young women but those people in college took my voice away from me. By teasing me, they made me feel as if something was wrong with me. Suddenly, I didn’t want to speak in public anymore.”

With great pride she continues, “To now be in a position where am organization wants to honor me with a communicator award is an accomplishment as high on my list as going to The White House. Every year, I think I can’t be surprised any further but the blessings keep coming.”
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[I’m Featured In The Baltimore Sun] Maryland Native Makes A Splash As Celebrity Blogger Necole Bitchie

 

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I’m back from hiatus.

I’ll explain it all later.  In the meantime, the next few posts will be catching up.

First stop: The Baltimore Sun

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I remember back in 2011,  Dan Morse from The Washington Post reached out to me through email and said he needed to speak to me.  Did they want to do a story on me? A small town girl with big dreams?

I immediately felt a breakthrough, because The Washington Post was one of the newspapers that was sold in my hometown.  To be featured would have been a dream.

I responded back to Dan, and immediately found out that he wasn’t contacting me to do a write up on my celebrity blog, but instead had some tragic news for me.

I’ll discuss that tragic news later…

It took three more years for me to get another call from a local newspaper. This time it was The Baltimore Sun (also sold in my hometown), and this time, they wanted to do a feature on me.  What I thought was going to be a small blurb, ended up being the cover story for the Life & Style section!!!

To see it in person was just…

Unexplainable.

Read it below:

 

Md. native makes a splash as celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie

If you keep up with pop culture, Hollywood’s glitterati and, particularly, the “black” blogosphere, you’ve probably heard of celebrity blogger “Necole Bitchie.”

Necole Kane, who grew up on the Eastern Shore and lived in Baltimore for several years while attending Morgan State and Towson universities, is the visionary and CEO behind Necolebitchie.com, one of the hottest urban gossip websites in the country.

The site, which debuted in 2007 and has built a cultlike fan following, dishes up a mix of celebrity entertainment news, pop culture, music and fashion via posts, photos and video interviews on “Bitchie TV,” her YouTube channel.

Necolebitchie.com boasts more than 2.5 million monthly unique visitors and 12 million to 13 million monthly pageviews; her team cites data from Google Analytics. She has about 600,000 followers on Twitter, and her two fun (and occasionally profane) Instagram feeds have some 400,000 combined followers.

It’s all a bit more than she expected, coming from quiet Cambridge, population around 12,000.

“To say, ‘Oh, I’m going to get millions of views, make money and get to share my thoughts with the world?’ No, I would not have imagined that,” says the businesswoman, who is currently based in Los Angeles. “But I’ve always had big dreams.”

The blogger — who sports wild curls and favors playful, sexy outfits in crayon-box colors and stiletto heels — can be seen walking red carpets at award shows, movie premieres and industry parties, and mingling with the likes of P. Diddy, Alicia Keys, Gabrielle Union and Ludacris. Out in Hollywood, she’s become friendly with personalities like LaLa Anthony and Tyrese.

The site is updated with posts around the clock. A pic of Beyonce and Jay-Z on a yacht in some exotic locale? She’s on it. A selfie of Kim and Kanye smooching in an elevator? Yep. J-Lo and rapper Iggy Azalea showing off their, um, assets in a video? Check and check.

Kane, has also snagged one-on-one chats with performers Nicki Minaj and Ciara and boxer Floyd Mayweather, among others, while the site’s contributors have interviewed such celebs as Will Smith, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Kevin Hart and the late Joan Rivers, to name a few.

Kane herself was profiled with other hot bloggers in the May issue of Cosmopolitan, and has been featured in outlets ranging from The Huffington Post and CNN, to VIBE, Ebony Magazine and the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

She was invited to go on the whirlwind 777 tour with Rihanna (seven shows, seven countries, seven days), and is part of the documentary that resulted. And she’s racked up national blogging honors, including a 2014 nomination for “Best Hip-Hop Online Site,” at the annual BET Hip Hop Awards. The show, which taped in Atlanta this month, is scheduled to air Oct. 14.

The blogger traveled back home to Maryland for her birthday in September. She opened up about her humble beginnings, the perks and pitfalls of covering celebrities, and trying to become as big as Oprah.

On life in a small town: “I was born and raised in Cambridge. It’s tiny. I was the only child in my household, and most of my family lived within a five-mile radius. We were pretty broke, so we didn’t travel out of state or things like that. But I did love reading books, and I was a good student. For many people in my community, the options were working in a pickle plant or at Wal-Mart. I knew I wanted to go someplace else and build a new life for myself.”

School daze: “I had so much fun at Morgan but wound up transferring after about two years. In my senior year of college at Towson, I lost my mother, who had cancer. She hadn’t told me anything until late in her illness. My father had died two years earlier. After my mother died, I was devastated. I dropped out of school.”

Moving to Motown: “I moved to Detroit, where no one knew me, and started over. I got an internship at one of the big radio stations in town. I have an amazing work ethic, so within a few months I was promoted to a paid position in the promotions department. Music executives and artists would visit the station, and that’s where I got my first taste of that world.”

Big city blues: “In 2006, I quit my job to move to New York City because I wanted to live out my dream of working for a music label. But I was a small-town girl, very naïve and wide open. I was floating in the wind — I was temping and couldn’t find a permanent job. I was forced to come back to Maryland and move in with my aunt. I had my mom’s old Honda Accord but didn’t even have enough money for gas. I felt so defeated.”

Accidental blogger: “I started blogging partly as a way to cope with my grief. My aunt eventually kicked me out because she couldn’t understand why I was on the Internet all day instead of looking for a job. Looking back, that was a turning point. I am very ambitious, and I knew my potential. I drove down to Atlanta. I was homeless for a while, basically sleeping on friends’ couches. But I continued blogging. It was so new back in those days. No one knew where it would go.”

A brand is born: “I was a fan of Nicole Richie and her TV show “The Simple Life.” And [fellow blogger] Perez Hilton had done his play on Paris Hilton’s name. So I came up with this persona of “Necole Bitchie.” It’s definitely an alter ego. On the homepage of my site, there’s a photo of the quiet and nerdy girl being choked by the glamour girl.

“Executives at Def Jam, Interscope and Atlantic discovered my site when it was a baby — I think they thought it was way bigger than it was. They invited me to come and check out their artists, gave me concert access.”

Blogging as business: “At some point, blogging became a real business. Compensation depends on your ads. A lot of money is at stake. There are agencies and blog networks, and while they help you make money, they take a percentage of your revenue — sometimes 50 percent. In 2011, I made a bold move and decided to leave the blog network. I brought the sales in-house, and a trusted family member handles that side of things.

“I have had to learn about contracts, collecting invoices from writers who contribute to my site, and avoiding lawsuits. New bloggers often Google images and post them, but if you don’t have permission, the photo agencies will come after you. I have been sued.”

Undercover celebrity: “I have access to celebrities, but I can walk into a room with them and feel really weird. Because I’m never really sure how they feel about bloggers. I was at a cookout this summer at the home of a celebrity couple. I would never invade the privacy of the people there by posting anything. Some celebs recognize me, and occasionally they get upset if I write something they don’t like. I sometimes wish I’d never put my photo on my site. It’s better sometimes if you can be anonymous.”

Online manners: “When I first started blogging, the tone was more negative, but now I try to keep it positive. People get online, and they just slam each other. I don’t tolerate that, period. I don’t have time to respond to every publicist, and some of them think I don’t like them, but I know what works for my audience. About 70 percent are women; 40 percent are ages 18 to 24. I’m trying to entertain them, but I also try to inspire them. They should feel like they’re getting news from a friend.”


Big dreams
: “I’m busy expanding my lifestyle brand. I just collaborated with CupCake Mafia in Atlanta on a line of T-shirts called The Dream Chaser collection. It will be sold online, and available as of Oct 1.

“I want to do so much — the model is what Oprah has done. God doesn’t let me become complacent. I like what Will Smith once said: ‘Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.’ “

My Interview With Huffington Post Live’s Marc Lamont Hill

 

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Here’s an interview I forgot to post:  My interview with Huffington Post Live!

Back in May, I sat down with Marc Lamont Hill for an in depth discussion on my rise from living on couches to building a successful blogging empire.

Now, one thing I have to say is that when I do these interviews, I try not to sugarcoat anything. I think blogging has somehow become glamorized over the past few years. People follow bloggers on social media and think they are hanging out and partying with celebs every day and going home to write about it, but I don’t feel like bloggers are really disclosing the obstacles they face behind the scenes. 7 figure lawsuits from photo agencies, bad business managers, huge IRS bills, etc have all been a part of my journey, and I try to talk about that and all of my mistakes in hopes that someone else who is on the come up will learn from it.

We dabbled into that a little during my interview, and I also revealed to Marc Lamont that I recently was approached by both Floyd Mayweather and Nelly over something that was posted on the blog.  I also made the revelation that if I could go back and do it all over again, I don’t think I would have made the decision to show my face on my blog. (I’ll get into that a lot more later).

For aspiring bloggers, I only had this word of advice:

Blog about something you’re passionate about. A lot of people jump into celebrity blogging because it’s popular and because of the money. When you’re first starting out you have to dedicate your life to it and you’re going to make a lot of sacrifices, so make sure it’s something you’re passionate about. Be consistent, do what makes you happy not what everyone else is doing and find your voice. With a lot of celebrity blogs out today we’ve lost our voice because as you get bigger people don’t want you to say how you feel and everyone sounds the same. Keep your voice.

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P.S. Marc Lamont Hill is a cutie. Hey boo!

You can watch the full video below

[CentricTV] Necole Bitchie Opens Up On Pain, Success & New Beginnings

Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 1.16.29 PMLast week, I sat down with CentricTV.com editor Gerren Keith Gannor to talk about my start in blogging, my future after blogging and how the impact of the deaths in my family have affected me.

Two minutes into her interview with CentricTV.com, Necole Kane, widely known by the moniker “Necole Bitchie,” is in tears.

“Damn. Every time someone brings up my parents…” she says before stopping mid sentence to dry her eyes.

The famous blogger’s mom and dad both died at the age of 42, just two years apart from each other and, as expected, it’s something that remains a soft spot. In fact, death has become quite a devastating theme in her life. Before her parents, Necole’s grandmother had passed when she was 16, and just last year, she reveals, she lost her other grandmother as well.

“It’s something I didn’t publicize,” she said. “I didn’t go to the funeral and it’s only because you get tired of your last memory of people being in a casket.”

Kane, who’s website NecoleBitchie.com is the one of the fastest-growing celebrity news sites on the Internet, tells Centric despite her traumatic personal story, it’s only been used to light a match to her burning success. But more importantly, it’s taught her to value life that much more.

“I think that’s why I work so hard because I don’t know how much time I have here,” she says.

If her six-year career as a blogger is any indication, Necole will be here for as long as she wants to be.

Before urban bloggers were posting selfies with celebrities and building their “brands,” there was Kane. Her girlie persona and transparency came at a time when most bloggers hid behind their computer screens. The site, which attracts mostly women, has propelled the smalltown Maryland native to a stage she didn’t exactly intend to be.

Back in 2007, Necole quit her radio gig and took a leap of faith by moving to New York City in order to pursue a career at a record company.

“I didn’t know how to sell myself, so it was hard for me to get a job,” she admitted.

In an attempt to prove she had the goods to market herself, Necole started her blog, which continues to be one of the most read urban sites on the Net.

It’d be safe to assume that Kane’s many bouts with adversity is what got her this far. Through the loss of loved ones, and being broke and homeless, Kane seemingly made a way out of no possible way. However, she points out there’s a price that comes with success.

“They see the fun. They say ‘I want to be just like her’ or ‘I see her on the scene at all these celebrity events,’ but they don’t know how much you sacrifice to have a website of that caliber,” she said. “I sacrificed family, friends because I couldn’t afford to [stop]. There’s always something breaking and somebody’s always willing to take your place or steal your audience.”

After a rough year of lawsuits, and her grandmother’s death, Kane says she took a 10-day vacation overseas in 2013 that changed her outlook on her career and personal life.

“I realized you gotta work smarter not harder,” she said. “So I hired writers and help to open up a little time to live.”

But even with the success of the site, Necole tells Centric her dreams and aspirations go far beyond blogging.

“I don’t want my legacy to be that I was some great celebrity gossip blogger. I want my legacy to be something more impactful,” she says.

Kane says when she was younger she was inspired by Oprah Winfrey just when her talk show was beginning to take off. When Winfrey started doing city tours, Necole was amazed at how many women – of all races – paid to see her. She, too, wanted to have that kind of effect on people. But when she went to college, Kane says she was often teased for her country accent.

“I mispronounced words and everybody thought I was unintelligent. They mocked me when I talked and I was like OK that’s not what I want to do anymore,” the self-described introvert said. “I let those people steal my voice and they took my dream and I think I want to get that dream back.”

While she’s not entirely sure when or what her exit strategy will be, Kane says she thinks about it often and makes it clear that she wants to separate Necole Bitchie from Necole Kane. One way of doing that is also blogging on her personal website IAMNecole.com.

Eventually, Necole says, she wants to turn to book writing and inspire people around the world to go after their dreams, the same way she did so many years ago.

“You have to block out the noise so you’re not comparing yourself to other people. Don’t follow anyone else,” she says. “I don’t know what’s next. I just ask God to just use me and guide me to my next chapter.”

Via Centric.

The Black Weblog Awards ‘Blogger Of The Year’ Dinner

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Necole Bitchie Black Weblog Awards

On November 2, I was honored as the ‘Blogger Of The Year’ by the Black Weblog Awards in Houston, TX. Before I was presented with the award, they played a video tribute that featured my friends, business associates and those closest to me, and I was an emotional wreck afterwards.

In my speech, I talked about how it was always my dream to go from city to city and inspire people, but that was cut short when I went to college and people teased me for the way I talked. I also addressed how people can discourage others from following their dreams, and how we never know how our words will affect people.

It’s crazy how one person can say something that kills your dream. You really have to be careful with the way your words affect people and I think as celebrity gossip and entertainment bloggers, we don’t really realize how one thing we may say about a celebrity can really affect their dream. And I don’t want to be that person.

“I believe when someone gives you a platform to speak, you should always say something meaningful”

Catch my speech below:

My Interview With Houston’s 97.9 The Box

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Shortly after the Black Weblog Awards in Houston earlier this month, I sat down with JJ of Houston’s 97.9 ‘The Box’ for some chit-chat on blogging.

Catch the highlights:

On why I don’t bash celebs on my website
First of all, I know there are girls watching and they want to mimic what you do, and if you are out there bullying people, then they feel like it’s cool and then they are going to want to bully people. I’m also getting older. When I first got into the game, I said what I wanted about people, and then it took me back to a place where people said things that weren’t so nice about me, and I said [to myself], ‘How did that make you feel?’ Once you do that, you strive to do better.

I was having a conversation with my videographer earlier, and I said that I always think about my legacy. Nelly recently said

My Interview On The Breakfast Club Morning Show

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A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t stop by Power 105.1FM’s Breakfast Club Morning Show. I’ve followed DJ Envy, Charlamagne and Angela Yee’s careers for a long time and our relationship is one of mutual respect, so I had to drop by to tell them how much I’ve appreciated their support. While there, I dished on the behind-the-scenes of blogging (a lot of the things that people do not know about like lawsuits), as well as celebrities I may or may not have dated, and beef with bloggers.

Take a listen below:

My Visit To The Sway In The Morning Show

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Last Monday, I stopped by “Sway In The Morning” to chop it up with Sway, Heather B and Tracy G as the featured guest on celebrity wire.  While there, I talked a little about blogging before diving into the hot discussion of the day; ‘Should  women propose to men?’

I absolutely would not! Ever!

Anyway, since it was a celebrity news segment, Tracy started things off by revealing that Jenny McCarthy recently said that she made the first move when it came to approaching her current boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg, and she wouldn’t be surprised if she ended up being the one to propose.

Now, keep in mind, Chrissy from Love & Hip Hop proposed to her longtime boyfriend Jim Jones and although he said “Yes,” the couple haven’t gotten married yet, however, actor Michael Jai White’s ex-wife Courtenay Chapman proposed to him and he married her two days later. [Hey, it works for some folks!!]

Catch highlights from our thoughts on the “Women Proposing To Men” topic below:

Sway: There’s nothing wrong with [a woman proposing to a man.]

What I would do is take that proposal and tell her to hold it and allow me to do it bigger and better but if a woman knows what she wants…Heather B: Who does this work for? What females propose to what men? It doesn’t work…

Necole: I definitely wouldn’t. Men, they normally wait until they are ready financially. If I’m making that decision for him, I’m probably wearing the pants in the relationship and I don’t want to wear the pants.

Men are so passive nowadays. You gotta guide them to do everything. You might have to [propose] in 2014. In 2013/2014, men aren’t taking the initiative

I’m Covering Black Web 2.0 Issue 2: ‘The Business Of Blogging!’

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Good Morning!!! One of my favorite tech websites, Black Web 2.0 has relaunched with an amazing new layout, and I am excited that they decided to feature me in their brand new issue. In the feature, broken down into three parts, I discuss what I love to do when I step away from the computer, as well as the actual business side of blogging and my future plans.

I was honored when they first approached me for the interview for many reasons as that site actually believed in my brand from the very beginning.   Back in May 2010, they published an article “Does the $20 million dollar gossip blogger exist?” which stated that if it was any blogger in the urban space that would have the type of success as Perez Hilton, it would be me.  That really expanded my idea of what the potential of my website and brand could be and over the years I pushed harder because of that article alone.  They also followed up with Living The Bitchie Life: Lessons In Growing A Brand.

In the newest article, I made the statement:

My idea of success has changed now. There’s a constant push to be the best and be on top to the point where I look around and realize that I’ve missed everything just trying to be the best. Success is doing what you love and also being fulfilled. If you have a career but you’re not really living I don’t feel like that’s success.

I look at my accolades, photos in the picture book, the magazines, etc and realize that everything was just a blur.  Have I lived? Did I really live in those moments? In the new year, I’ve made a promise to myself that I will live life. That it is okay to take a day off. A week off…even a month if I have to.

What’s the point of roses if you can’t smell them?

Read my feature over at Black Web 2.0.