Many have come and gone, but reality TV personality Omarosa Manigault celebrated a decade of working in the entertainment business in 2014.
“The key to my longevity in this industry is that I approach it as a business. I have always been a good business woman and so being successful in ‘show business’ comes naturally. Nearly 15 years in TV requires a lot of determination and staying power,” Omarosa told AlwaysAList.com.
“The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” star, who was engaged to the late Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan who died in 2012, appears next on WE TV’s “David Tutera’s CELEBrations.” On her episode, which premieres tonight, Omarosa has the famed event planner David Tutera organizing a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“St. Jude is so important to me because of the incredible work that they do and helping to fight childhood cancer and catastrophic diseases. The work that they do has been life-changing and life saving. They believe that ‘no child should die in the dawn of their life’ and I believe in St. Jude and that’s why am so honored to serve as a Sunday of Hope ambassador for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” she explained.
The 40-year-old ordained minister—who is assistant pastor of the Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles—said that partnering with Tutera to benefit St. Jude was a dream come true.
“This experience was one of the most rewarding of my life and my ministry. This is the third year that my church, Weller Street Baptist has participated in Sunday of Hope so I felt a tremendous amount of responsibility to get this right and raise a lot of money for such a worthy cause,” shared Omarosa, who joined season two of Kym Whitley’s “Raising Whitley” on the OWN Network as a recurring cast member.
The former bad girl turned preacher may also have the gift of prophesy. In the fall of 2013, Omarosa appeared on Bethenny Frankel’s self-titled talk show and after a tense exchange between the two reality stars, she predicted Frankel’s show wouldn’t last another season.
“In the Bible, 2 Chronicles 20:15 teaches us not be afraid or discouraged because the battle is not yours, it’s God’s,” she preached about Frankel, before adding: “I believe in letting go and letting God fight your battles!”
Speaking of battles, the Youngstown, Ohio-bred talent had a terrible feud with the newest “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Claudia Jordan during their “Celebrity Apprentice: All Stars” season in 2012. Once Jordan was fired for failing to take Omarosa to the board room and then criticized on social media, she went on a press tour and made incendiary comments about Omarosa. She also made irreligious accusations about Omarosa’s relationship with Duncan, and had a verbal spat with her on the red carpet at the 2013 BET Awards.
Omarosa said Jordan’s actions on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” on and off screen continue to showcase the worst of her character.
“I was very disappointed to learn about her continued attack of women of color and their skin complexions. Especially Claudia’s comments about T.I.’s wife Tiny Harris and the complexions of dark African-Americans. It’s obvious that she suffers from self-hate and believes and practices colorism! We know colorism can be worse than racism at times because it is against your own. It really comes from her obvious ignorance and mis-education about standards of beauty in our culture. Claudia should use her platform on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ to uplift other African-American women instead of tearing others down with her practice of colorism,” she offered.
While she offers lessons in colorism like she delivers the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a pulpit on Sunday mornings, Omarosa really hopes she can really teach people about the importance of St. Jude this Friday night. Though her appearance on “David Tutera’s CELEBrations” is bound to be entertaining, her ultimate desire is to show the significance of giving back to those in need.
Omarosa’s episode of “David Tutera’s CELEBrations” premieres on WE TV on Friday, Jan. 16 at 10pm ET.
VIDEO: Watch a sneak peak of Omarosa’s episode of “David Tutera CELEBrations” below.