Sep 04 2009
Maia Campbell flips out in video

Maia Campbell Chips and Flips Video: A Cautionary Tale

Yesterday I heard some rumblings about a video showing Maia Campbell prostituting herself. I wasn’t able to check the video out, but I just took a look and sure enough it is Maia Campbell, but… I don’t see any prostituting going on. Over the years there have been rumors about Maia Campbell having mental issues. Some say she’s bipolar others say she’s schizophrenic. Her mother, the late author Bebe Moore Campbell wrote a book called 72 Hour Hold that tells the ‘fictional’ story of a mother dealing with a daughter who is bipolar and refuses treatment.

As quoted..

the cover of Bebe Moore Campbell's 72 Hour Hold

“Divorcee Kira Whitmore’s beautiful daughter, Trina, was a high school senior and National Merit Scholar with a bright future ahead of her - starting with plans to study at Brown University in the fall. Then suddenly and unexpectedly, Trina changes and Kira innocently ignores a host of symptoms and warning signs. Trina’s behavior eventually becomes more violent and erratic, spurring frantic 911 calls and numerous hospital visits that finally yield a diagnosis: bipolar (manic depressive)disorder. Their lives are literally turned upside down when Trina refuses to take the prescribed medication (mood stabilizers and psychotic drugs) and resorts to alcohol and marijuana use which only exacerbate and amplify her self-destructive behavior.”

That’s what I see in this video..

I’m not going to get into what type of bottom of the barrel dudes would post this video. For one, it’s her reality. Stopping the camera does not beam her out of the car, it only conceals the life she’s living. It’s her ‘secret’ (her word.) A secret that truthfully needs to be revealed if there is any chance of an outside hand reaching out to help her. And that’s if she even wants to be helped.

The ambient effects of a drug or alcohol problem can sometimes be misdiagnosed as a mental disorder, but as with those addictions, to cure it the person has to be a willing participant in the recovery process. Their decision usually involves a wow moment, when they see themselves in the mirror (not literally) and decide they have had enough of the pain, confusion, or depression and seek out a helping hand.

A bonafide mental illness is tougher to deal with. By definition their mind isn’t working right, so how do you help? Tough stuff and why Bebe Moore Campbell wrote the book. People all over the web are saying they pray for/wish the best for Maia. To the point that it’s not a conscious rejection of truth, I’ll double up and plus one for those not so well known in the same situation.

Last word comes from Lovelyti. Let me repeat, I did not see Maia prostituting in the clip. Being treated like one? Yes, and I have no doubt she would take a few bucks to “get to know her.” That said, Lovelyti has an excellent take on the situation..

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 BklynGirl09 Fri, Sep 04, 2009 - 3:16 pm

This is extremely heart breaking for me, i of course dont personally know Maia Campbell, But seeing her this way made tears roll down my face, for these “SO CALLED” men to put this video up, is extremely sad, i couldnt watch the video because i was so upset. Since the passing of her mother, Maia went down a dark path! A Seeing her in Jaheim’s “just In case” video and Tyrese’s “Sweet Lady” Video, just did it for me. Such A BEAUTIFUL Women!!! Im really in disbelief!! I PRAY For her well being and Pray that she does get help and gets better for her sake as well as her childs sake.. God BLESS YOU MAIA…

2 Linda Durham Fri, Sep 04, 2009 - 5:10 pm

I didnt think any thing about that video was funny. My brother is schizaphrenic and does drugs on top of that. He sometimes act they same way. If u are close to someone like that then u wouldnt laugh at all. Its extremely sad.

3 SSAPAThirty Fri, Sep 04, 2009 - 5:45 pm

I don’t believe this clip.  I don’t think that’s her talking. First of all, it doesn’t sound like her voice. Secondly, the voice speaking never matches up with the lips moving. It’s like one of those old kung fu movies.  Highly suspect…doctored… and not very well at all.

4 Its Real Fri, Sep 04, 2009 - 6:49 pm

There areother videos where the voice matches with the lips. It is her voice, you can find oher pictures and other videos of her which are sad….

5 v watkins Fri, Sep 04, 2009 - 6:50 pm

I agree with you SSAPAThirty.

6 mike Fri, Sep 04, 2009 - 7:25 pm

its confirmed that shes bipolar. It was obviously her in the video. what else was she supposed to be saying (as the potato chips crumbled out of her mouth)?

7 heavenz perfection Fri, Sep 04, 2009 - 9:47 pm

while looking at this video, my heart broke into pieces…i find it very disturbing, that we can take someone faults and short coming, not to mention their illness, and make a public mockery out it…its obvious, this she needs help that only jesus can provide…this is brought about through the prayers of his followers, not those who will just sit around and pass on the word of her downfall…donnie mcclurkin said it best…we fall down, but we get up…so im asking all of you that knows the word of prayer and believe in god’s ability to change and turn around what man has written off and deemed unfit to pray for ms. campbell

8 RosiePosie Sat, Sep 05, 2009 - 2:06 am

OMG !!  People r often not with the right people when they need it the most I recently lost my own Mother & I too felt the pull of dangerous behavior. my Heart & Prayers r hers Maia “we forgive u & love U . U can do anything u want

9 SqBiz... Sat, Sep 05, 2009 - 4:21 am

...with friends like them, Maia, you dont need enemies. Truthfully, i dont even recognize her on the video but if its her, has anyone noticed the eye jammie on the vidoe? its on her left eye, kind of puffy after a couple of days.

10 msbx09 Sat, Sep 05, 2009 - 7:53 pm

This is a really sad situation.  No one should have to go through this. I thought this girl was going places.  My heart goes out to her.  As a child of a schizophrenic parent I understand her situation.  I missed out on being raised by a mother who was institutionalized from the minute I was born.  I hope that those who have the power to help her will do so. No one should be exploiting her situation for a quick buck or for notoriety. I sincerely hope this is not a situation of a man trying to bring a would be successful, beautiful woman down.  That is a weak man.  She will definitely be in my prayers.

11 fonda Sun, Sep 06, 2009 - 1:05 am

This is EXTREMELY heartbreaking. It is a shame that we have so many weak individuals that will make lite of this situation. We need to lift Maia up. Her mother is gone. She needs our prayers. She is beautiful,however she is lost, heartbroken, angry and confused right now. She is probably in a place where she feels as if no one has been able to understand her except for her mother. God please be with her. In Jesus name.

12 MsMoni Sun, Sep 06, 2009 - 1:22 am

My heart is breaking for Maia. Like Chris said, people who have mental illnesses often refuse help because in their minds they don’t need it.  There is no magic cure for mental illness, it’s an in-exact science that requires support and dedication from all individuals involved in the healing process.  I have no words for the individuals who thought it would be entertaining to exploit Maia in her fragile state.  I believe in karma, and we all know what we do to others is sure to be done to us.  I hope there is someone in her life who can reach her and be the support she needs to battle her mental illness and obvious drug addiction.  I will be praying for her tonight, and I hope others find it within themselves to do the same.

13 KOBRA Sun, Sep 06, 2009 - 5:19 am


14 Al-Haashir Sun, Sep 06, 2009 - 7:16 pm

I just hope that with all the publicity that her current situation is receiving that someone: a relative, an old friend, even a complete stranger, reaches out to her and helps her recover…. Her situation is not to be taken lightly or to mocked and shunned… I grew up with TWo parents addicted to drugs, and its a very traumatizig DISEASE! She needs help, and I’d do anything i could to assist in her recovery, GOD BLESS HER!!!!!!

15 Brenda Tue, Sep 08, 2009 - 1:51 pm

Prayer works!  Let’s pray for that this sistah is healed.

16 dreadhead80'sbabi Thu, Sep 10, 2009 - 1:27 pm

this makes me very sad,i grown up lovin this gurl,some things in life is hard to handle,like losin ure mom and other bad thingd that happened in her life,people always think drug is the way out,drugs only cripples’s u,and whatever ure going thru will always come bak.its also sad how people put all ure business on here and think its funny,none of this is funny,it sickin to me.the people who put all this stuff on the internet to make easy dollas or just for fun….GOD HAVE MERCY ON URE SOULS.i seen she’s in rehab after seeing all this bullshit,Maia God and all ure fans will forgive u,espacailly the one’s who knows the struggle…get better we will be waiting

17 Asha Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 2:19 am

My prayers go out to Maia and others who struggle with the same issues.

18 ron Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 2:32 pm

she look like a screaming monkey

19 Shani Sun, Sep 13, 2009 - 1:31 am

This video is sad…real sad. I can’t even laugh at it.  Not one part of it was funny…well the part where the chips were falling out of her mouth was mildly comical…but it really hurts to see this video.  It’s like you cant even see the same beautiful girl that was on in the house…

20 sabrina Wed, Sep 23, 2009 - 12:48 am

Maia campbell’s behavior in the video was hard for me to watch cause it hit close to home my younger brother who I helped raise and was once close to was diagnosed schizophrenic in 1998 and he refuse treatment or medication instead he used drugs which made his illness worse and brought out the worst in him becoming violent cursing people out who were good to him (including me which destroyed our relationship I haven’t spoken to my brother in years) when somebody close to you is mentally sick it puts stress on the entire family and effects everybody. In our community the effects of mental illness is present in the homeless population,jail population and because most black people who have mental health problems don’t have the resources that white people have (family,access to adequate services,support )they end up not receiving help and sometimes turn to drugs to self medicate or become chronically homeless or self destructive behavior some just need medication and assisted living there are services in every major city seek help

21 Brianna Mon, Oct 05, 2009 - 4:01 pm

when i was a little girl and i would watch her on in the house and on the disney channel movie seventeen again. i used to say man ‘i wish i was her’ because i thought she was so pretty but now that i look at this im like this is not the girl i used to look up to.

22 Above Sat, Nov 07, 2009 - 5:05 pm

Man, I wish I was at that party with all them thick ass legs!

23 Ms C W Tue, Dec 22, 2009 - 11:19 pm

What a lot of people, especially in the black community, fail to realize is that there are many Mia’s and Malcolm’s silently suffering from bipolar, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, major depression and many other DIBILATING MENTAL ILLNESSES. These monsters [mental illnesses] that allow bright young minds to begin developing with high hopes and slowly deteriorate often don’t show up until late teenaged to young adulthood. Mental illness is a thief; it allows you to dream, start developing oftentimes into what appears to greatness and then tears you apart. And, we, their love ones and friends see them suffering and blow off what our eyes and hearts are witnessing and simply say they’re tripping. Well mental illness is more than just tripping. As a result of undiagnosed mental illness, I watched a bright college student’s mind change over a period of a year and couldn’t believe my eyes. I guess the disbelief comes from the fact that we only see how they were before the illness and wonder why they are changing but don’t understand the change. Mental illness is also very difficult for families and even more difficult for someone who thought they were headed towards a wonderful life and perhaps were on their way when mental illness stepped in and instead engulfed them in confusion, madness, and sadness.  Most people can’t even imagine what human beings with mental illness go through. We see the healthy physical body and overlook their unhealthy minds. Oftentimes they themselves can’t even believe it. This is when they refuse treatment because who wants to be associated the stigmas that exist in relation to mental illness. Yet they can NOT handle the chemical imbalance in their brains tha is causing their dysfunction, so they self medicate on drugs and alcohol. Mental illness is an ugly disease and is often unaccepted by many. NAMI, the National Association for Mental Illness is a place to start educating yourself, and maybe with knowledge there may be more help, more love, more empathy rather than this ugly and CRUEL exploitation of an obviously very sick young lady. May God bless her, her family, and make her whole again. Believe me, mental illness equates to brokenness of mind, body and soul.

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