Md. native makes a splash as celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie

Necole Kane dishes with Nicki Minaj, jet-sets with Rihanna on tour

  • Necole Kane, aka celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie, is a Maryland native.
Necole Kane, aka celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie, is a Maryland… (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun )
September 27, 2014|By Donna M. Owens | For The Baltimore Sun

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, who is in her 30s, 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."

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