Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth Courtesy Photo
The woman who made every conscious Black person breathe a collective sigh on the NBC reality show â€œThe Apprentice,â€ Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, recently embarked on a new life path --- clergy. Manigault-Stallworth officially enrolled and began studies at United Theological Seminary on Mon., Aug 17 in Dayton, Ohio.
According to UTS Associate Dean for African American Studies, Ivan Hicks, the 35-year-old Ohio native had a spiritual awakening that led to her being â€œcalledâ€ to ministry.
â€œOmarosa will pursue a doctor of ministry, which will take about two years to complete. She has expressed a calling in her life and it is our opportunity to provide leadership and guidance as she makes a transformation. Weâ€™re excited about her coming to school at UTS,â€ Hicks said.
Manigault-Stallworth grew up in Youngstown, four hours from Dayton and remains a welcomed-daughter of the state. Her appearances on â€œThe Apprentice,â€ â€œThe Celebrity Apprenticeâ€ and â€œThe Surreal Life,â€ brought attention to the upwardly mobile African American woman, while also reinforcing some stereotypes of Black women as stern and non-emotional.
As for the transformation from reality television â€œbad girlâ€ to God-driven, Hicks said that he has met with Manigault-Stallworth and felt confident about admitting her the program, because of it.
â€œShe certainly has a heart for ministry. In fact, some of the good things and bad things weâ€™ve done in our lives help us to actually relate and to be more widely accepted as ministers,â€ Hicks said.
Manigault-Stallworth was also featured on the Discovery Channel's new show, â€œPlastic Surgery: Before and After,â€ going under the knife alongside her mother, Theresa, 64, to have a breast enhancement surgery, a tummy tuck and liposuction. Her surgery took her from a â€œnegative-A cupâ€ to a small D.
The move toward God also came in the knick of time as Manigault-Stallworth has begun having more run-ins since the reality television gigs than when she was on them. Most recently, while a guest on the â€œWendy Williams Showâ€ to promote her new book, â€œThe Bitch Switch: Knowing How to Turn it On and Off,â€ Manigault-Stallworth pitched insults at the host about her need for a nose job and a better wig, almost bringing the two to fisticuffs. Williams said of the incident, Manigault-Stallworth came out onto the set with an attitude and being invective, something Williams was only too happy to return.
â€œShe came out and immediately started this diatribe about how she would not be disrespected. Honest to goodness, I had to look closely into her eyes to see if everything was â€˜okay.â€™ I donâ€™t know where that came from aside from her trying to create her media moment,â€ Williams said.
Williams later responded that Manigault-Stallworth was the embodiment of an â€œA.B.W. â€“ angry, Black woman.â€
But now, with a calling on her life and all of the high drama behind her, Manigault-Stallworth said she is happy to be returning home to Ohio and to school.
â€œI am looking forward to returning home to Ohio and beginning my studies at United Theological Seminary. It has been two years in the making. I made a very personal decision to enroll and study the word of God. I want to grow as a person and finally discover what Godâ€™s purpose for my life is,â€ said Manigault-Stallworth, who received an undergraduate degree from Central State University and a Masters Degree from Howard University.