Gentleman Caller? Gabourey Sidibe Explains Her Experience Working as a Phone-Sex Operator

Gabourey Sidibe takes Gentleman Caller to a whole-nother level. That’s right! Our girl once worked as a phone-sex operator to pay her bills?

In her upcoming memoir, the 33-year-old opens up about her experience entitled, “This Is Just My Face”.

According to acclaimed entertainment blogger B. Scott,
Glamour published an excerpt of the book — some of which you can read below.

Gabby writes:

I was 21, couldn’t afford to go to school, and couldn’t get a job. I searched for one for weeks. Months. But since I had very little experience, no offers came my way. To be fair, I was unqualified for most jobs that didn’t involve flipping burgers. All I had under my belt was a one-day stint selling knives during my freshman year of college. I’d also tutored a girl who could barely read when I started working with her. Am I a wonderful person for teaching a child to read? Obviously! I’m basically Jesus. But did that make me employable at 21? Apparently not.

My therapist suggested telemarketing. This felt like something I could probably do; I had a pleasant speaking voice that didn’t match what I look like in person. Listen, I could lie to you and say that I happened upon phone sex while looking for telemarketing jobs, but we’re friends now! You know me! As soon as my therapist suggested “telemarketing,” I heard “phone sex.”

I’m not sure how the ad was worded. It may have said, “Phone actress.” I know it said, “No experience necessary.” Base pay and the potential to make $15 an hour. Yasss! I called the number. A woman gave me an appointment to interview to be a “talker.”

Honestly, I thought I’d be walking into a dungeon with girls in ripped underwear chained to radiators, moaning into receivers. I was surprised to see a normal-looking office with pictures of employees on the wall. Inspirational quotes on banners hung from the ceiling. I sat down with two other women who were also being interviewed. First, we talked numbers. The talkers made a base pay of $7 an hour, but if you were a good talker, you could make up to $15 an hour in commissions. Commissions broke down to about 10 cents a minute for every phone call, but after 10 minutes, they doubled to 20 cents a minute and tripled to 30 cents a minute after 30 minutes, and so on. If a caller liked you enough to request you by name, you made $2 before you said hello.

Then the interview turned into a workshop about what to say and what not to say. Tips included: The caller will tell you what he wants you to say, and all you have to do is listen and then say it. For instance, if the caller says, “Are you wearing something sexy?” the answer is “Yes.” We learned that phone sex isn’t about getting the caller off; it’s about stalling so you can make money. A good talker makes the caller forget he’s paying to talk to you. She makes her answers as long as possible to keep the money rolling in. So, “Are you wearing something sexy?” “OMG! I am! It’s new too! I went on a shopping spree with my roomie! We’re the same size in panties, but my boobs are bigger than hers, and I borrowed her bra and stretched it out so we went shopping for more bras, and I saw this super-cute lacy teddy. It’s red with black bows on the bottom with these straps that hook to my panties! My butt looks like a heart when I bend over! The seat of the panties is mesh, and you can see through it so…! But I’m wearing a silk robe over my teddy because I just had a visitor. My weird neighbor asked to borrow milk. Really? Milk? He’s like obsessed with me. What are you wearing?” See what I did there? If that guy’s not already coming or whatever, he might want to know more about that roommate. He might want to know more about those panties and maybe even that weird neighbor. If the caller is freaky, he might want to know more about that milk.

We also learned what we shouldn’t say to a caller. There were FCC regulations that meant we couldn’t discuss certain things on the phone: drugs, weapons, blood, or anything of a sexual nature pertaining to anyone under the age of 18. A lot of men would call and say, “My stepdaughter is eight,” and the talker had to say, “Let’s keep the party for people above the age of 18.” Some men would then say, “My stepdaughter is eight…teen.” Creep. But just so you know, there’s more than likely no stepdaughter at all. No wife. Every call is about a fantasy. If a caller wants you to stab him, you politely decline and make him aware of the rules. You can spank, but no wounds and no bleeding. Some callers want to be choked to death. You offer to choke them until they pass out, but they are to remain alive.

Another rule was that you, the talker, were not allowed to be any race other than good ol’ American white! The average caller is a white male. After oppressing the rest of the world all day, that white dude wants to go home, call a phone sex line, and talk to girls he’s seen in porn or on TV. The average porn or TV actress is white. According to what I had already seen at this company, the average talker was a plus-size black woman. That’s right, white dudes! You might think you’re talking to Megan Fox, but you’re actually talking to…well…me!

But hold on! I didn’t have the job yet! We were still at the interview. Now it was time for the audition. We moved to a room with computers that showed how many talkers were on phone calls and how many were available. We were given names to use based on the sound of our voices. Mine was Becky. Then we waited for calls.

I was pumped! I was ready to be sexy! My phone rang. “Hello? This is Becky! Who’s this?”

“My hand is on my cock, and it’s so hard!!!”


My 45 minutes of training left my brain in .045 seconds. I had no idea what to say! I was 21 years old! I wasn’t a virgin, but I certainly wasn’t some hot and horny temptress who knew what to do with that hard cock. I didn’t know what to do with it in person, and I didn’t know what to do with it in a white-male fantasy. I mean, damn! Where was the romance? I remembered that we’d been told to get the caller’s name, location, and age. I started again.

“Hi! I’m Becky. What’s your name?”


My very first caller wasn’t having any of my “Hi! I’m Becky” bullshit. Three more calls came through; none lasted more than a minute. I wasn’t sexy, and I couldn’t pretend to be. Finally, the trainer said, “OK, you’re done.” I took the headset off so that I could hear that I wasn’t getting the job, but just as it touched the desk, Becky got another call. “Hello? This is Becky! Who’s this?”

“Hi, Becky. This is Connie.”

A woman! A female caller is rare. We ended up talking about Victoria’s Secret bras for more than 40 minutes. I forget how the call ended. I think Connie ran out of time; I don’t think she got off. Actually, I have no idea how to get a woman off. I know what gets me off, but I can’t be sure that pizza and being left alone to play The Sims will do it for other women.

When the call was over, I was offered the job! It had yet to dawn on me that the accomplishment involved men breathing heavily into my ear. I was Melody, girl 1266.

I started the next day. I was given a headset with my number etched into the side of it. The talker floor was a huge dark room where the shades were always drawn. There were usually about 30 talkers sitting in cubicles with a computer sitting on every other desk. A talker never sat next to another girl because the caller wasn’t supposed to overhear the next talker.

We haven’t received our copy yet, but, it’s sending Sparkles to us for now! For more from Gabourey’s memoir, click here.

Entertainment News: Beyonce’s Formation Award Chooses 4 Women to Send to College

According to Hello Beautiful, Beyoncé‘s Lemonade anniversary celebration continues!

In honor of her chart-topping album, the mega-star announced the “Formation Scholars” program, which will provide scholarships to four women from  Howard University, Superman, Berklee College of Music and Parsons School of Design.

The money will be distributed during the 2017-2018 academic year to incoming, current or graduate students studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies.

Application information is available on each school’s website, the announcement states.

So if you’re a strong female student whose unapologetic, “bold, creative and conscious,” you may be selected to get into formation!

[VIDEO] Take a Look at STARZ Power “First Clip” Of Season 4

photo credit: Myles Aronowitz

No doubt Tasha’s hands will be incredibly full start of the Season.

The time could not come fast enough since we last took notice of the dramatic finale in Season 3 of  the STARZ hit series Power.  Hold onto your hats ladies and gents because summer is right around the corner and we are narrowing in on the premiere date of Season 4.

Last backtrack, shall we? When we last saw James “Ghost” St. Patrick, he was handcuffed and on his way to prison, with special thanks to his then girlfriend and U.S. DOA, Angela Valdez.  Simultaneously, we witness Ghost’s son, Tariq, being kidnapped by rival Kanan.  On the receiving end, Tasha, the estranged wife of Ghost opens a picture of her son being held captive.  To make matters worse, Ghost’s best friend and business partner, Tommy was conspiring to traffic drugs through Ghost’s nightclub (Truth) without his knowledge. Okay, are we all on the same page here now?

Let’s continue! The first official clip of the fourth season has arrived and we’re about to be taken for another powerful adventure.

You can watch the exclusive Season 4 clip of Power BELOW:

Another Teaser from the Cast of STARZ Power Season 4 here:

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The official release date has not been set for the show which airs Saturday nights on STARZ.

Check out today’s Top Stories below:

Chance the Rapper for Mayor

Drake is backing Chance the Rapper all the way for a huge political office … now Chance just has to decide to run.

Drake was mobbed Tuesday night by fans and paparazzi shouting all kinds of questions outside Tao in L.A. — he didn’t have much to say. But when asked if Chance would make a good mayor in his hometown of Chicago … He made sure everyone heard his answer!


Chance’s fans started a petition urging him to run. Just show Drake where to sign.

Chance the Rapper Raises $100,00 for Charity at Birthday Bash: Recap

Chance the Rapper Raises $100,00 for Charity at Birthday Bash

On Sunday (April 16), Chance the Rapper celebrated his 24th birthday by giving back to those in need. While partying at Studio Paris Nightclub in Chicago, Chance raised over $100,000 for his charity SocialWorks, Billboard can confirm.

SocialWorks caters to the empowerment of the youth through the arts, education, and civil engineering. Tickets were reportedly being sold last week from $100-$2500. Despite the steep prices, avid Chance fans were able to see their favorite rapper in action along with performances by Ludacris and T-Pain.

“The night was a huge success with Chance’s ability to rally the community to donate for a great cause,” said managing partner of Studio Paris, R.J. Melman to Page Six. “We are proud to play a part in it and are honored to have been chosen by Chance as the place to throw his party.”

Chance also had a huge cake to bring in his 24th birthday. The cake was designed to look like a Harold’s Chicken Shack bucket with a strawberry Mistic alongside it.

In addition to SocialWorks, Chance launched the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund last month to aide Chicago public schools. His initiative came shortly after he made a hefty $1 million donation to his hometown’s public school system.

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In case you didn’t get a #chance to attend. Here’s a little keepsake

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We’re with Drake on this one, #Vote4Chance!


La La Anthony Seen for the First Time Not Wearing Her Ring!

Over the years, La La has proved to be a dedicated wife and business partner to Carmelo, so it breaks our heart to see the marriage
end on this note.

La La Anthony seen for the first time Not wearing her 20-carat diamond ring that was a gift from her husband Carmelo in 2012.
Source shay that La La was forced into Separation from husband after after news broke that he had gotten his side check pregnant.
Here, on yesterday, the paparazzi caught up with La La, and she doesn’t look like she’s taking the breakup well. The look on her face
says it ALL.

Allegedly, Carmelo has justified his cheating saying that all professional athletes do it, according to the NY Post.

Whatever happens, keep your head up,  Sparkle and flow girl!

BREAKING: Serena Williams is really 20 weeks!!!

YAS! Serena Williams is really 20 weeks pregnant or 5 months, however you want to say it. Even though she just announced it to the world … she’s barely showing.

She just posted a profile pic of herself in a one-piece swimsuit and captioned it, “20 weeks.”

Sources connected to Serena say it’s exactly what it looks like … she IS pregnant, even though her reps aren’t confirming yet. So much for all you nay-sayers (insert emoji –pokes out tongue).

Serena got engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian back in December. If you do the math, it kinda adds up. Looks like they might be celebrating with a vacation.

We are simply elated with this sparkling news. Warm congrats to Serena and Alexis — and also to every other female tennis player whose chances of winning a tournament this year just went up!

Dave Chappelle Paying Tribute to Charlie Murphie


Many people were introduced to the late Charlie Murphy via comedian Dave Chappelle’s comedy sketch show. Murphy and Chappelle gave fans many funny, memorable moments. Chappelle paid homage to Murphy at John Mayer’s concert by sharing that everyone in comedy was hurting.

Dave Chappelle Honors Charlie Murphy:

Dave Chappelle honored his friend and Chappelle Show cast member Charlie Murphy while making a surprise appearance at a John Mayer concert in Columbus, Ohio Wednesday. While welcoming Mayer to the Midwest, Chappelle and Mayer joked about their friendship and how they often hang out late. Telling John that he was a sight for sore eyes because he learned some heartbreaking news about the late Charlie Murphy. Referring to one of Mayer’s previous performances, he asked that the lights be sexier as Mayer began to play a song entitled, You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Comedian Charlie Murphy attends BET Networks 2016 Upfront at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET Networks)

Today, I got some terrible news, Chappelle said. My good friend, Charlie Murphy, passed away this morning, and everybody in comedy is heartbroken.

The comedian and Mayer reminisced about Murphy’s legendary “True Hollywood Stories” sketches on Chappelle’s Show. Dave shared how he originally asked Prince to participate in that sketch and he adamantly told Dave “No”. Later, Chappelle revealed that Prince wished that he had participated in the skit. They both shared how they loved Murphy’s phrase about Rick James as Charlie called him a “habitual line stepper”.

John, if you would, there was a night, maybe four months ago, where we were at Hotel Café in LA,” he said. “You were doing a show for 120 people. You went to the piano and you sang this song, and the song you sang that night reminded me of my friend, Charlie Murphy

As Mayer beautifully played, Chappelle shared that the world loved Charlie Murphy’s comedy, his stories, and his spirit. Asking the audience to put away their phones, Chappelle aspired to have the audience store a memory in their mind and not their phone. Of course, someone captured the moment on their phone and it was beautiful.

Famous in his own right, Charlie Murphy was the older brother of the legendary Eddie Murphy. He passed away on Wednesday in New York City at the young age of 57 after a battle with leukemia. A battle that Murphy withheld as many people did not know that he was suffering from cancer.

Prior to his stand out performance on Chappelle’s Show, Murphy worked as a stand-up comedian and acted in many movies such as CB4, Lottery Ticket, Player’s ClubSpike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever. In working with his brother, he co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn and 2007’s Norbit. After Chappelle’s Show, Murphy continued to tour and was slated to appear in the upcoming season of ” Power”.

Rest in peace, Charlie Murphy. You were so loved by many.


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Steve Francis Admitted He was Drunk Driving

Whether you know him as “Wink” from back in the days, a businessman, We R One, balling on the courts or in high spirits; we have all seen happier days for the Ex-NBA superstar Steve Francis.

Here recently, he admitted to 1 count of driving while intoxicated stemming from a crazy Nov. 2016 arrest … but he ain’t going back to the slammer.

Francis appeared in a Houston courtroom Tuesday and pled guilty to the misdemeanor DWI charge. In exchange, he was ordered 3 nights in jail — but the judge gave him credit for time served so he won’t be returning.

He was also fined $1,000 and his driver’s license has been suspended for  up to 1 year.

As we previously reported, Francis was initially pulled over in a black Chevy Tahoe for speeding — but during the stop, the cop noticed he reeked of booze. Francis was also verbally abusive and allegedly vowed REVENGE on the arresting officers.

Cops say they found weed — but that charge was dropped. Hey, it’s Houston!

What many don’t know about the ex-Baller is that he suffers from vertigo. Maybe this is setback will be a major comeback for DMV’s own.

Hopefully, Steve will get back to normal in no time, creating those Sparkle Moments!



Charlie Murphy Kept Cancer From Power Cast & Crew

Charlie Murphy Hid Illness Secret from ‘Power’ Cast and Crew



There is much to be said about television personality and brother of comedian Eddie Murphy. One thing that was a mystery to all is his battle with Leukemia. Charlie Murphy kept his battle with leukemia so private, most people who worked with him on “Power” had no idea he was sick.

Show producers — which stars 50 Cent — said they had no idea Charlie was dealing with cancer. We’re told he never told anybody on set and put in the work like everybody else.

Charlie played a prison guard named Marshal Williams on the show.

Family sources tell us Charlie only disclosed his cancer battle to very close friends and family members. It is said that he didn’t want his illness to define him.

Allegedly there were some family members who knew he was struggling but were shocked when he died … they didn’t know the situation was that desperate.

A rep Starz, where the show airs tells us, “Starz sends our deepest condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. He joined ‘Power’ for our upcoming season, and his talent shines in every scene. We were fortunate to have worked with him.”

He will be missed by many.


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