*Nicki Minaj has been sued by her former wig designer, who claims she walked away from business plans, then, made money by selling wigs based on his designs without permission.
The lawsuit, filed Friday by Terrence Davidson in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, accuses the rapper (real name Onika Maraj) and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his wig designs. An attorney for Davidson, Christopher Chestnut, said the designer has suffered at least $30 million in losses.
“She lied, cheated, she stole from him,” Chestnut said. “That’s a misappropriation of his intellectual property.”
Tyra Banks attends day 2 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 21, 2013 in New York City
*Tyra Banks is firing back at some wig companies that have been using her name to enhance the curb appeal of certain wig styles without her permission.
According to TMZ, the model-turned-mogul just filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County against 10 companies that make wigs, claiming they’re all biting her “name, photograph, image, and identity,” as well as her trademarks.
Several of the companies have Tyra’s photos and Tyra-inspired wigs on their websites. For example, there’s “The Yaki straight [Tyra-Banks style] wig (pictured below)” the “Tyra Banks custom lace wig #046,” and the “Tyra Banks inspired human hair wig,” which goes for $300.
The Yaki straight [Tyra-Banks style] wig
According to TMZ, a portion of the lawsuit lays out how valuable her trademark is because she’s so well known. As proof, she attached all 11 pages of her IMDB profile as Exhibit A.Banks is suing for an injunction to stop the sale of the infringing products, and at least $10 million in damages.
*The world of television is nothing new for Holly Robinson Peete.
With appearances on “21 Jump Street,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” and “Mike & Molly,” the mother of four is an established presence on the small screen.
Nowadays, Robinson Peete is venturing into new territory with her work on the second season of “Blue,” the hit WIGS YouTube channel web series starring Julia Stiles.
The show, which centers around Blue (Stiles), a single mother who works as an accountant by day and escort by night to save enough money to send her son to a better school, features Robinson Peete as Holly, Blue’s “no nonsense” lesbian boss at her accounting firm.
“She is a very powerful young lady who really knows where she’s going and what she’s doing,” the actress told EUR’s Lee Bailey while confessing to being easily swayed into taking the part by “Blue’s” director and writer, Rodrigo Garcia. Although she welcomed the chance to work with Garcia, Robinson Peete didn’t know her character was a lesbian until her son pointed it out when reading the show’s lines with her.
“It was not part of the pitch. He said ‘I wrote a part for you.’ Rodrigo is an amazing writer and a great director so when he said he wrote a part for me I didn’t even think about ‘Oh. What is it?’I was excited just to go do it and work with him,” she recalled. “I didn’t even know’. It wasn’t part of the pitch, but it was certainly part of what I love about Rodrigo. It’s you never know what he’s gonna throw at you and so I welcomed it and look forward to whatever comes with that.”
With the show being online, Robinson Peete enters a new medium. One she has no problem settling into.
“This is the new way of the world, these webisodes. It’s such a different genre but I really loved it,” she said. “It felt very much like I was shooting a TV series except you can watch in on the web on demand at anytime.”
“What I love about this “Blue” series is that it’s deep. It’s about a woman who essentially has a secret life. She’s a single mom. She’s an accountant during the day and then she’s raising this boy and at night, she’s an escort,” Robinson Peete continued. “It really has some interesting twists and turns. I hope I get to come back and play her boss again because I think there are a lot of other elements that my character, other ways she could go.”
“Blue’s” second season comes at a great time. The show’s first season became WIGS’ biggest first season hit after garnering over 11 million views.
Robinson Peete’s appreciation of the webisode format extends beyond acting. The entertainer is utilizing the medium to produce webisodes for her nonprofit charity, the HollyRod Foundation. In addition, Robinson Peete encourages more people to take advantage of the chance to produce their own content in light of the resources that are available.
“You have to take ownership of your own content. That’s what so many people are doing with a lot of these web series…You may not be making a lot of money, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find an outlet for your acting, whether you produce it yourself or whether you create your own YouTube channel. It’s just unlimited now the opportunity that you have with the Internet and social media and to get your product seen.”
*For any new TV show, it’s a 50/50 chance of finding solid ratings and a loyal audience or fleeting viewings and a short existence.
If Sydney Tamiia Poitier has any say in the matter, the winds will blow favorably towards her new show, “Kendra.” The WIGS YouTube channel drama, which also stars Sarah Jones (Vegas, Alcatraz) in the title role, centers on a nurse (Jones) and her interaction with patients who reveal secrets following surgery while being in the “twilight room” – a hazy gray space where nothing is ever what it seems. Poitier plays Dr. Leslie, an anesthesiologist in the hospital who also finds herself caught up in the web of secrets.
Although “Kendra” marks her first time working with WIGS co-creator Jon Avnet, the series allowed Poitier to reunite with the channel’s other creator, Rodrigo Garcia, whom she worked with on the film “Nine Lives.”
“I immediately wanted to work with him [Garcia] again and when I sat with them to talk about what they were doing, creating all this really wonderful original programming geared towards women and doing it in such a great way, they’re essentially kind of filming these short movies,” the entertainer told EUR’s Lee Bailey. “They’re like films, really and then they get broken up in to episodes. So you get to watch these interesting films about character and life and they’re just really beautiful stories.”
With her interest piqued, Poitier’s involvement was cemented before she even read a script for “Kendra” after seeing footage of what was created for WIGS.
“They showed me some of the material from there and it all looked wonderful and sounded really interesting what they were doing,” she said. “This is sort of the way things are going these days. They’re kind of in on the ground floor in terms of bringing that kind of that quality of material to the Internet in to being able to watch it on your computer or your hand-held mobile device.”
“Kendra” is among a wave of online shows that utilize the Internet as an alternative to what is seen on network television. For Poitier, the movement is a plus in that it “makes it so accessible to everybody, #1.”
“#2,” she said, “it allows people to do this kind of material, which is really, really interesting character driven high-end material that doesn’t always get done in the other formats, whether it’s television or film, because of money and studios and everybody’s sort of worried about making a profit to a certain extent.
“So they tend to kind of play it safe as far as what sort of material they’re gonna do. In film right now everything is action or a certain type of comedy,” Poitier continued. “This allows people to do the kind of programming that I think people really want to see just isn’t quite out there as much in film and television.”
The desire to be part of the movement to showcase quality programming is a no-brainer for Poitier, who summed up her decision to make a career of acting to the profession being “genetically encoded” inside her. The entertainer, who is the daughter of Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier, was recently recognized with the Shining Star award and tribute at this year’s Bahamas International Film Festival. The honor is given each year to an actor or actress whose performances have put them on the path towards a lasting career in the entertainment industry.
“It was just a drive and a desire that I had very, very early on and never went away,” Poitier explained. “No matter how much my parents tried to steer me in another direction, a more stable direction, a more steady direction, my inner compass just kind of kept resetting itself to this, this goal is just something I just have to do.”
“Kendra” airs every Monday and Friday on the WIGS channel on YouTube.
And no, we didn’t spell the legendary actor Sidney Poitier’s name wrong.
No, we’re about to hip you what the Oscar Award winner’s daughter, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, is up to career wise.
Miss Sydney, named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” is starring in an eight-part series on WIGS (www.youtube.com/wigs), the #1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube.
The drama, entitled “Kendra,” stars Sarah Jones (“Vegas,” “Alcatraz”) in the title role as a nurse whose patients, including Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter” franchise, “Awake”) reveal secrets in post-op, also known as the “twilight room” — a hazy gray space where nothing is ever what it seems.
Poitier (“Deathproof,” “Veronica Mars”) plays a doctor in the hospital who also finds herself caught up in the web of secrets.
Poitier is first introduced in the series in episode 3, which premieres tomorrow, Monday, December 3.
Watch a clip of “Kendra” featuring Sydney Tamiia Poitier:
I’m super excited that Katie Couric is going to interview talk show personality Wendy Williams about wigs on her new daytime talk show Katie! Last May Wendy had a ‘wig a day’ theme on her self-titled talk show, and she wore a different wig every day of the month! It’s refreshing that Wendy is honest about wearing wigs, and doesn’t act like women need to hide it. Most people think wigs are just for people with awful, hard to manage hair, or for getting length so they can flip their hair around, or for seasonal costume parties, but they actually do serve several more purposes. Wigs are worn for a variety of medical conditions that hit everyone from women to men and even children; some of these conditions include cancer, alopecia and baldness. Wendy may even address how this hits her personally on the show. No one should be ashamed to wear a wig and Katie will undoubtedly tackle this subject with Wendy in an honest & compassionate way to make sure that anyone wearing a wig knows that they aren’t the only ones! Together Katie and Wendy will likely inspire other women to be SMART, SEXY, TOUGH & FEARLESS all the while whipping their wig back and forth.
Katie, if you’re reading this, can you please ask Wendy all my hot-button questions—like WHO does she buy her wigs from…WHERE does she buy them from…and my most burning question of all—TRADITIONAL or LACE FRONT?! Tell us if the wigs Wendy keeps at the studio are a tax write off. Are they insured? — For how much? I’d love to see how an insurance agent inspects a wig for insurability. I believe Wendy wears wigs because of a medical condition, and I’d like to learn more about that and how it impacted her personal journey to beauty. I’m very curious to know if she prefers to wear human hair or synthetic. I can’t imagine how much she paid for her wigs and how much her entire collection is worth! I suspect all of her wigs are custom made, but would feel a lot better if I knew they were off the rack and that I had a chance at getting similar quality. Not to get too technical, but my burning question is — traditional or lace front? Beyoncé is queen of the lace front, which is why her wigs can be whipped around stage when she’s dancing up a storm, but still I’m stunned by how they attach to her head without coming off! I’ve been obsessed with lace fronts since moving to LA and seeing just how many women here wear them! Not just the rich and famous, but my co-workers and my friends who drop some major dough to get the hair of their dreams.
The wig world is a vast and fascinating world and includes people of all nationalities and ethnicities. There are many misconceptions, like many people think the weave is just for African-Americans, but I have friends of all races who are enhancing their hair from small and large pieces, to buns and smart ponytails to full wigs. They are buying hairpieces to give their hair a fuller look. For nights out on the town they become fashion accessories. It’s become pretty normal and most ladies look at wigs as a casual accessory like a headband.
Celebrities have been fans of wigs and hairpieces for a long, long time. I know that JLO rocks wigs and pieces all the time even for her signature high ponytail that I LOVE. I mean I grew up watching Cher, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Joan Collins from “Dynasty” who wore wigs all the time, but now it’s a younger generation wearing them too! Everybody is wearing wigs in Hollywood and you may be surprised who is on Team Wig! Everyone from Katy Perry and Rihanna, to Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Serena Williams, Madonna, Adele, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga! Well I mean EVERYONE knows Katy, Gaga and Nicki rock out in wigs, but the other women were news to me! I’ve heard that B (you may know her as Beyoncé) has spent more than $1 MILLION dollars on her wig collection and that’s a lot of money. Again, I wonder if it can be used as a business write off? I’ve been looking around for a few wigs a la Beyoncé and if you buy a human hair wig off the shelf they start at $150, but to have a personalized wig they can cost up to and over $10,000! I may need a WIG FUND. Can I use Kickstarter.com for this?!
I spoke with Therris Spears, co-owner of Mane Appearance Salon in Los Angeles about traditional and lacefront wigs. “A lot of entertainers wear extensions and wigs because it’s less tension on their own hair, having to get it pulled on constantly, having heat put on it, less damage with not having to color or coloring your hair regular. It also allows someone to achieve lengths, cuts and colors that your hair may not be able to achieve, but you may have desired. Now you can have it all.” I was surprised when she told me that lace front wigs can only be worn for a few days because they are glued to your scalp/skin.
In honor of this Katie episode, I plan to get my ‘wig on,’ and it would be super-fun if you did too! Whip your wig back and forth on Katie’s “Wig Day” with Wendy Williams this Wednesday, September 19th on Katie.