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Rapper LL Cool J Comes to the Defense of Maia Campbell After Guy Posts Video of Her Begging for Drugs



by G. Brown

This story shows us two sides of human nature. One is the despicable, disgusting side of  man who thinks it’s funny to laugh at the misfortune of a former star.  The other is the side is portrayed by LL Cool J who saw the video posted of his former co-star begging for drugs and stepped up to ask fans to help him help her.

Maia Campbell was the beautiful young woman who co-starred with LL, Debbie Allen and Alfonso Ribeiro in the 1995  “In the House”.  The show wasn’t a big hit, but it kept a loyal audience for four years after premiering on NBC before moving to UPN for it’s final seasons.  The show introduced American audiences to Maia Campbell who’s beauty and talent helped her land a Young Artist Award the first year of the show and along with her cast members pushed the show to snag an Emmy nomination.

Campbell’s career showed  a lot of promise with her also starring along side Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur in John Singleton’s  film”Poetic Justice”.

Then, her career and life took a turn for the worst as a rumored drug addiction robbed her of roles, money, even custody of her daughter.

Over the weekend, video was taken of Campbell where many often see her on the streets of Atlanta, asking random men if she can do sexual favors in return for drugs.  One young man she approached thought it would be funny to video her and post it on Youtube.

Most viewers found taking advantage of a Campbell who aside from a drug problem has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder as anything but funny.  The comment section is filled with contempt for the man who posted this.











Campbell’s already heart breaking story seemed to dive deeper into despair with the 2006 death of her mom, Bebe Campbell–a best-selling novelist and journalist.  She was only 56-years old when brain cancer claimed her life.  The reverberation of her tragic death continues to ripple through the life of her daughter Maia who seems to have no one who cares about her now.  But there is…

Rapper turned actor LL was one of countless people who got wind of the video over the weekend.  LL is now asking fans to help him find his former co-star and he had harsh words for the young man who posted the video.








Glad to see LL step up, but what took so long?  It’s been common knowledge that Campbell was in trouble since she appeared on life coach lyanla Vanzant’s  “Iyanla: Fix My Life” show in 2012.  It seems like all of Hollywood turned its back on her.  But this isn’t just a Hollywood problem–it’s a heart problem when Black people have so little concern for another Black person who is hurting.  The young man made another video to respond to all the critics trying to spin his action as a cautionary tale to others about the devastation of drugs.  But nobody’s buying that load of nonsense and most see him for what he truly is—an opportunist trying to cash in with a trending video.  Selling the dignity of others for 15 seconds of a trending video. How can this young man be so insensitive, so bereft of just human kindness and compassion that he would post the video of someone suffering through life.  Parents used to teach children not to laugh at others, the Bible says not to rejoice at the misery of others.  But Karma might be what this young man most want to be wary of.  Life has a way bringing back what we put out there.One day he might be down and out and somebody with a phone puts him on blast for others to laugh at.

What do you think….was it ok for this guy to post video of Campbell?  Do you think it will help deter anybody from using drugs like the poster claims?


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  4. Butterfli

    July 12, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    People have to understand that your life is. YOUR LIFE!! I know LL is concerned and just because he is well off do not mean he is obligated but I know GODS plan will be revealed yes she was beautiful then and still is she just need the right person to care about her and Prayer ?? to help I know LL will do what he can but the rest start and is up to Ms Campbell Iprayfor your healing and I thank LL for his kind words and caring. People stop judging other people and help one another Love ❤️ can fix anything Ms Campbell keep your head up and really take the help that LL offers you. GOD BLESS

  5. Gracie

    July 12, 2017 at 12:01 am

    God…the creative spirit always has a way of getting attention where its needed…how would LL..have known about this, obviously he was not in touch with her…and it’s not like he didn’t know that she had precious issues…Maia real problem I think is the lost of her mother…and outstanding author…I would probably lose it to under all that has transpired…i’m surprise she hasn’t taken her own life…shes still alive for a reason..lets see how this all plays out…I am still so hurt that she has relapsed like that..her behavior was absolutely disheartening…Maia so so sorry…?

  6. Nyabinghi Djehutti

    July 11, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Actually, Kevar Johnson, Maia Campbell played the role of “Shante” in Poetic Justice. So, it is you that should do due diligence before criticizing G. Brown’s journalistic integrity.

  7. Shawn J.

    July 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Shame on the guy who filmed Maia Campbell when she’s in trouble! May God have mercy on him! 🙁

  8. strangerthanfiction55

    July 11, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Bipolar and cocaine is a lethal combination. Why is it that her mother or father haven’t had her legally declared incompetent and danger to herself? This way they could have her institutionalized to get her stabilized. What is wrong with her people?

  9. childofthesixties

    July 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Sad to say but you can only help the addicted when they are ready to help themselves. Yes, you can give them money and housing but how long will it last until they are back on the street, they must seek professional help and when they receive help they must stay away from those that helped drive them down that path. My heart goes out to this young lady and no one deserves to be mocked or made fun of in this situation. The guy that posted her to You Tube is a snake in the grass and I suggest that he be very careful as he walks thru life, someone may have to help him one day. Everyone is fighting their own battles, some worse than others.

  10. Kevar Johnson

    July 11, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Unfortunately…this happens to many people…everyday. Nothing new here. Unfortunate that people think that exploiting people is funny. G. Brown…you are a journalist. You should perform more due diligence when you report. This lady did not star in Poetic Justice along side Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. Please do better as you use your platform to provide fact and accurate info.

  11. Dr_H

    July 11, 2017 at 1:46 am

    I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again we AmeriKKKanized KneeGrowpeans are completely f**ked up here in AmeriKKKa and the more debauched this Satanic AmeriKKKa becomes the more we wish to indulge in it’s debauchery ! AmeriKKKa is the Eighth Beast of Revelation ………

  12. Nyabinghi Djehutti

    July 11, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Hollywood is modern day Babylon and a den of heathens who prey upon the hopes and dreams of those seeking a successful career in the entertainment industry. Those in control of opportunities belittle and chip away at people’s selfesteem until their determination turns to desperation. The requirement of assimilation to the drug culture is a ploy used to turn those who are granted opportunity into cash cows as they spend the vast majority of their income on cocaine, overpriced real estate, and goods & services all owned and supplied by the same people that run the industry.

    Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the trap or strong willed enough to resist the peer pressure and since there are not enough opportunities for everyone who seeks them, it is the marginally successful and still more that no one ever hears of that fall victim to the predatory practices of Hollywood’s “gatekeepers.” Then, when the opportunities wane and the money dries up, those who lived lavish life-styles on cocaine highs become homeless and have to resort to smoking crack due to their addiction.

    So, though it was despicable for that guy to post the video publicly, it does serve as a cautionary tale, nonetheless. May the spotlight on her condition serve as an impetus to turn her life around and hopefully save many others from a similar fate.

    It is interesting to note that many people who are addicted to cocaine get diagnosed with so-called “bipolar disorder,” especially when suffering withdrawal symptoms. However, I wonder how much their addiction is a factor and how much the diagnosis is motivated by the profit of providing an alternative dependency on pharmaceuticals. Besides the stress of addiction, I have personally seen the psychological abuse that industry personnel, from execs to “talent buyers,” inflict on opportunity seekers to test their desperation or loyalty, or merely for amusement. This is the insidious moral corruption of the gatekeepers to success. However, when an aspiring entertainer considers this treatment as normal and necessary to endure to achieve success, it seems almost inevitable that they will develop mental instability.

    There is a desperate need for black people to establish their own industries with higher moral standards. Therefore, I applaud The Reel Network for endeavoring to encourage and establish alternatives to traditional Hollywood for opportunities in film and entertainment, as well as news media. Keep up the good work!

    P.S.: G. Brown, your writing keeps getting more impressive and insightful.

  13. NBA is fixed

    July 11, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Hollywood is using deceptive and satanic images of wealth and luxury to lure our children into a industry of debauchery, sex and drugs. Maia Campbell, Lark Voorhies, Jamie Foxxworth, Farrah Franklin and so many other black children have become tragic victims of the darkside of hollywood. If there are any black girls and black boys who have a desire to become hollywood celebrities; STOP! Stop watching so much television (Especailly BET)! Read books, get your education and a regular nine to five job. Please do not make the same mistake as these sistas.

  14. NBA is fixed

    July 10, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    This message is for all black girls and black boys who want to have a career in hollywood. LEAVE HOLLYWOOD ALONE! HOLLYWOOD IS THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND! Maia Campbell sad situation is not unique. Sadly, countless numbers of former child stars have lived heart breaking, tragic lives when they become adults. If you want more information as to why so many former child stars end up on drugs, watch the documentary, An Open Secret.

  15. Billy_Ray_Valentine

    July 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Hell you mean “What took LL so long” to come to her rescue. That man has his own life to worry about. He is not Maia Campbell’s father.

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