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ON BLAST: Celeb Wanna Be's Getting Bamboozled By Former "Celeb"?

In Atlanta, former "artist" Tariq Alexander started a company called TSW--which is supposed to be a referral based company to "get people in the entertainment industry". And he's allegedly bamboozling folks who are trying to become a star out of tons of their money. The pyramid scheme is getting blasted in ATL right now. DRAMA. Here's what former employee Yolanda Neals says:
I am a former employee of a growing pyramid scheme here in Atlanta that has robbed many aspiring artists who are desparately seeking to platform their careers in the entertainment industry. There is a so-called "mogul" selling pipe dreams to people by using other black celebrity names to entyce aspiring artists to pay him to get them connected. I blew the whistle and local news station- CBS Atlanta ran a 2 part story on this that aired a few nights ago after the Grammy Awards. We really need a more in depth, nationwide coverage of this story because this company has members all across the country who are still being robbed! Here is the links to the recent news story that CBSAtlanta aired regarding TSW (aka The System Within) which promises to make dreamers stars yet simply took their money instead.
Wow. Dude just looks suspect... Videos under the cut... Part 1 Part 2 The foolery.
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wow like this dude is from

wow like this dude is from the gas house north carolina
noname's picture

THE SAD PART IS MOST OF THE

THE SAD PART IS MOST OF THE PEOPLE HERE IN THE ATL ARE TRANSPLANTS FROM OTHER PLACES LIKE NY, LA, PHILLY, BALTIMORE, DETROIT, TEXAS, FLA. AND THE LIST GOES ON.... IN MY BUILDING ALONE YOU HAVE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES BUT YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM IN A FILM......ATLANTA, GA(MY HOME) IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE.. YOU USED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN HERE AND NOW YOU HAVE TO LOOK A CERTAIN WAY TO EVEN DAMN WAITRESS!!!!!WTF? THERE IS THIS RESTAURANT IN BUCKHEAD AND THEY CALL THEM SELVES AND CARRIBEAN RESTAURANT BUT THEY GOT DAMN MEXICANS COOKING THIS SO CALLED AUTHENTIC FOOD! REALLY COME ON!!THEY OPENED UP WITH THIS BIG RED CARPET EVENT MOVED HERE FROM PENNSYLVANIA OR SOMEWHERE LIKE THAT(BLACK PEOPLE) AND THEY WERE ACTUALLY JAMAICAN.... HOW ABOUT WHEN THE EMPLOYEES WENT TO CASH THERE CHECKS THE DAMN CHECKS BOUNCED... ALL OF THEM YALL .. THEY HAD TO WAIT AT THE BANK FOR THE OWNERS (BLACK HUSBAND AND WIFE FROM JAMAICA) TO COME AND DEPOSIT MONEY... PEOPLE COME HERE AND DON'T RESPECT THE SOUTH AND BRING THERE LAME CHARACTERISTICS TO THIS CITY AND TAINT IT.. NOT JUST BLACKS ( AND I WILL NOT NAME THIS RESTAURANT CAUSE THEY DO NOT DESERVE ANY PUBLICITY) JUST LIKE THIS CON ARTIST THAT RAN THIS PYRAMID SCHEME.. THEY THINK THAT PEOPLE HERE IN THE SOUTH ARE SLOW AND NAIVE BUT IN ACTUALLY WE ARE JUST SMOOTH WITH ALL THAT WE DO.... SO IT IS NOT SURPRISING HE IS FROM NEW YORK... NO OFFENSE BUT THIS CITY IS LAME NOW BECAUSE OF THE TRANSPLANTS .......
sweetgabrown's picture

There is so many people in

There is so many people in Atl chasing fame, its much cheaper than NY and LA. Its really sad to hear these got jacked.
Hannah's picture

RULE #1: Never pay for

RULE #1: Never pay for representation! Real managers, agents get paid when YOU get paid!! Do your homework and don't be lazy.. the entertainment industry is just that .. an industry: You have to do the work!
Chrissy Eve's picture

@ATL Princess PREACH! I left

@ATL Princess PREACH! I left in 2004 to go to college, came back and I didn't recognize how to get home! To much growth...to many people from up North driving like they up North..(we drive smooth down here). My question is, When did Atlanta become the center place for blacks to become celebs??? I must have missed something...I'm still lost! I have no sympathy when people are getting record deals off YouTube. Stop trying to depend on other people to help you, to the top. Everybody wants be on top, why would they help you make it to your dream when they're focused on their dream? STUPID. IGNORANT. NAIVE. Pick one...
Shawn's picture

Jazzy...thank you. I think

Jazzy...thank you. I think the problem is that most black people trying to make it in areas other than LA or NY don't really know how the game rolls. It usually takes a few lumps, either personally or witnessing others get swindled, for people to wise up. It would be nice if people who have made the come up would enlighten the others trying to make it. But, what it really boils down to doing your homework. Most people don't take the time to and thus...situations like this happen. And if it's your dream to work your talent, do it. Just be smart about it.
Mo's picture

Tasha, please take that

Tasha, please take that picture down of Kelis already! Everytime I look at it I feel I need a shower. Just funky!
metnwt's picture

i've work in the

i've work in the entertainment industry for 10 years in hollywood and I am always surprised when I see a story like this. If someone thinks you are talented, trust me they will make an investment in you. NEVER PAY anyone to get you connected, it's BS and NEVER works out. If you have children, it's tempting to push them out there, but I would never allow a young child of mine to go into this industry...it eats them alive. Moms think twice, is it for you or them?
jazzy's picture

holla06 This is the black

holla06 This is the black Hollywood, and you have to play the part. Everyone wants to be trendy and keep up with the styles.There are plenty of great things to do, but image is soooooooo important depending on the crowd you run with. There are plenty of stuck up people here who only care about how you look and what you have.The gay scene here is also very big!I lve the spring and summer because there is plenty of things to do.
ATL Princess's picture

If someone looks like O.J.

If someone looks like O.J. Simpson, run the other way!
shellychelle's picture

If u r truly talented, u shud

If u r truly talented, u shud not have to pay n e thng. Sum1 shud be putting money behind u!
BurgerKingB1tchesGet99CentsDoubleCheeseBurgerDudes's picture

If you have the talent and

If you have the talent and are working from a grassroots area you should NEVER have to come out of your pocket to shine. If it's meant to be the "real" managers/producers will find you.
DISGUSTED's picture

@ ATL Princess: damn

@ ATL Princess: damn lol i've been to ATL once and not for very long but what i felt was not nice lol. it just seemed so...i hate to say it, but it seemed bougie LMAOO. but i do wanna go back to experience it more and get a forreal take on things.
holla06's picture

That's craziness all the way

That's craziness all the way around. That shit was expensive too!
Briaanna's picture

do your homework people

do your homework people
ceelish's picture

Scandalous

Scandalous
Sick of it's picture

He set up shop in the perfect

He set up shop in the perfect city
politicallyincorrect's picture

Atlanta is the hot bed for

Atlanta is the hot bed for wanna be celebs. Go to Buckhead and certain parts of ATlanta, all you see is women who want to be singers and video whores, and the men that prey on them. Everyone knows somebody important in this town. damn, I attend service with big boi's wife, and I know one of the ying yang twins ex wife. Everyone wants that connection that will jump start their careers. Women sleeping with d list producers and anybody who has some claim to fame. It's really sad if you ask me. it's pretty easy to get caught up down here if you don't have the right people around around you. I've heard of the company, and my homegirl who was trying to be a model was stupid enough to give these fools $1,000 of her hard earned money. She went to some exclusive d list parties were men just pick out women to screw. I remeber a time you could go to Atlanta and just chill, now you have to look and dress a certain way to dine out or hang out with friends. it's like the black hollywood!
ATL Princess's picture

SMH some people will do

SMH some people will do anything and give anything to be a "celeb". Now they have lost money and they are not anywhere close to the fame and fortune they seek. Scandalous indeed!
Chelly's Two Cents's picture

well if ppl would focus on

well if ppl would focus on getting employed--real jobs--instead of becoming a celebrity then maybe they wouldn't get swindled.
girl6's picture

natasha where's part two...i

natasha where's part two...i didnt see it under the cut at all
natoya's picture

1st????

1st????
trina's picture

suspect indeed...yay first

suspect indeed...yay first
natoya's picture

So sad that i actually knew

So sad that i actually knew him when he lived in nyc. When he talked about opening this company it sounded like a great idea. "I don't want other actors and actresses to struggle for roles like i did, let me help open doors for them." To have gone from THAT back in 2002- to beguiling people out of their money for your own personal gain is truly disheartening. Come home Tariq- you need real people back in your life who would have advised accordingly.
sad's picture

This was on youtube...Pyramid

This was on youtube...Pyramid all day long. Had some actors up in there too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqFUNB3D3wQ
Jump start my heart's picture

In every aspect of life a

In every aspect of life a dream is sold, it's up to you to buy it...
Anonymous's picture

How are people so easily

How are people so easily influenced to part with their money? I took my daughter to what was "supposed" to be an audition for child actors.. I noticed immediately it was a scam. I was already skeptical from the jump. My daughter is at this age where she wants to act, she doesn't know about scams. I didn't want her to think I wasn't supportive so I took her. They started asking for money as soon they told us she made the first cut. If someone is interested in your looks or talent, they will PAY YOU, not ask you for money! This is idiotic.
Brig's picture

Somebody had invited me the

Somebody had invited me the TSW mansion. I already work in the industry behind the scenes and i knew it was a scam as soon as the guy opened his mouth. They had a little video with some D-list actors in it supporting it and I'm sure they all getting a little kickback. Sad. Hope he has a good lawyer. Wonder what he is doing with all the money he making? Making some more low-budget movies he can star in, paying the rent on the TSW mansion he lives in.
Da Truth Hurts's picture

Why does everybody and their

Why does everybody and their mum want to make it in the entertainment industry??? Do you clearly not see that MANY people are one-hit wonders, and even those that are supposed to be established aren't selling CDs etc. So why would you think YOU can make it? I blame all these rappers who glorify their worlds, knowing damn well that most of their ish is rented and borrowed. To me, the entertainment industry is shady. It isn't cut out be be what it is. Even if I could sing, I would rather have a background job (eg. songwriting etc). It seems like that is were the big money is anyways.
Ewurafua's picture

B-A-N-A-N-A-S!!! Why would

B-A-N-A-N-A-S!!! Why would you give someone $499 w/o getting guarantees. I cannot say I feel sorry for grown folk
BtchPlze's picture

Triniti... It sounds from

Triniti... It sounds from what you say like you stole from the company? first ideas and then members? Is this the case? I've used TSW for years with no problems so have a few family and friends. It works for people with realistic expectations...Also they should have investigated people the company actually helped or those who actually benefited, because that would be helpful in determining what's true, and what's false! SMH s this really BIASED or is it just me??
Anonymous's picture

I was with this company from

I was with this company from its beginnings in Atlanta! If the company had honest entensions based on the ideas presented it could have been a realy good thing, however Tariq had other ideas that did not have the best interest of the members! I sat in his office on many occations asking logical questions but getting ilogical answers! He wanted me to be part of the company. I had no probs as long as we would represent an Honest company whereas the the benifits outweigh the expense and also that the benifits are real and solely dependant on obtaining members! I created a Mock Website using the Ning system based on his request for a new site only to be later told that I stole from them..I quickly reminded him of how his company stole from members and how the federal trade commision would not be in favor of this model. As a former member, fustrated with the poor implimentation of his site and the lack of real benifits. I felt compelled to help the members. I already had my own site that was free called My2unes allowing creative folks to express themselfs with out all the limitations of his site! Me and a partner decided enough is enough we left the company and started a company offering far beyond what he promised. I have intergirty and do care about my members anyone can google me and see who I am as I am very Transparent! Be on the look out for a new company offering real services and NO BS! www.streetreadynetwork.com www.my2unes.net If anyone has been taken advantage of TSW please feel free to call me and I can answer any questions you may have and I can give you real information and real facts of what makes the Entertainment Industry work! I to this day feel bad over all who lost with TSW and want to do what I can to help those who got taken advantage of! My conatct is 404 536 7631 Triniti
Triniti Coclough's picture

THIS IS THE CORRECTED VERSION

THIS IS THE CORRECTED VERSION OF THE ABOVE POST I was with this company from its beginnings in Atlanta! If the company had honest entensions based on the ideas presented it could have been a realy good thing, however Tariq had other ideas that did not have the best interest of the members! I sat in his office on many occations asking logical questions but getting ilogical answers! He wanted me to be part of the company. I had no probs as long as we would represent an Honest company whereas the the benifits outweigh the expense and also that the benifits are real and NOT solely dependant on obtaining members! I created a Mock Website using the Ning system based on his request for a new site only to be later told that I stole from them..I quickly reminded him of how his company stole from members and how the federal trade commision would not be in favor of this model. As a former member, fustrated with the poor implimentation of his site and the lack of real benifits. I felt compelled to help the members. I already had my own site that was free called My2unes allowing creative folks to express themselfs with out all the limitations of his site! Me and a partner decided enough is enough we left the company and started a company offering far beyond what he promised. I have intergirty and do care about my members anyone can google me and see who I am as I am very Transparent! Be on the look out for a new company offering real services and NO BS! www.streetreadynetwork.com www.my2unes.net If anyone has been taken advantage of by TSW please feel free to call me and I can answer any questions you may have and I can give you real information and real facts of what makes the Entertainment Industry work! I to this day feel bad for all who lost out with TSW and want to do what I can to help those who got taken advantage of! My conatct is 404 536 7631 Triniti
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