Business Manager Says Ex-Haitian Presidential Candidate Wyclef Jean is Broke

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Business Manager Says Ex-Haitian Presidential Candidate Wyclef Jean is Broke

Fugees” singer and former Haitian presidential candidate Wyclef Jean is reportedly flat broke. The Smoking Gun reports the law firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman filed a judgment against Jean after he failed to make agreed-upon payments to reduce his debt. His business manager claims the entertainer is flat broke and “there ain’t no money.”

Jean agreed to pay the law firm $100,000 to settle an outstanding bill of $133,000.

Other records show that federal and state authorities have, since mid-2012, hit the performer with nearly $2.9 million in tax liens (which remain outstanding).

According to New York State Supreme Court filings, Jean last year agreed to pay the law firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman $100,000 to settle an outstanding bill topping $133,000.

As part of a confidential settlement agreement, Jean was required to pay the firm $10,000 by August 1, 2013, and $50,000 by year’s end. The agreement stipulated that if Jean made those two payments, the firm would waive the remaining $40,000 it was owed by the musician. However, the agreement notes, if Jean failed to make the payments, he would be on the hook for the entire $100,000, plus 10 percent annual interest.

Jean, records show, made neither payment.

In response to Jean’s default, Shukat–a well-known entertainment industry law firm–this week filed a $102,027.40 judgment against the 44-year-old entertainer. Source: The Smoking Gun

All I can say is that Haiti may have dodged a bullet when they opted for the current president instead of Wyclef Jean. The fact is, his charity, Yele Haiti, was poorly ran and is an indication of how he handled his financial affairs. Too many black entertainers live far beyond their means and end up broke. They surround themselves with large entourages, buy flashy cars and spend, spend, spend as though the spigot will always run freely with a sh*tload of money, only to find out it was all temporary.

 Business Manager Says Ex Haitian Presidential Candidate Wyclef Jean is Broke

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” Star Benzino Shot While Driving in Mother’s Funeral Procession

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“Love & Hip Hop” Star Benzino Shot While Driving in Mother’s Funeral Procession (Credit: Instagram)

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, was shot Saturday afternoon while driving in his mother,Mary Scott’s funeral procession in Duxbury, Mass. He was allegedly shot by nephew Gai Scott during an argument.

TMZ reports:  We’re told Benzino — former owner of The Source magazine — was shot after an argument erupted between family members in the funeral procession.

Benzino was hit and he was rushed to the hospital.

Remarkably … the rest of the family went on with the funeral and the preacher says when they arrived both the limo and the hearse were blood stained — according to reports. Benzino is currently in the hospital.

Gai Scott, 36, was arrested and charged with assault and intent to murder. Sources say the suspect pulled up in his Bentley next to Benzino’s red Dodge SUV and opened fire, hitting him three times. Scott’s arraignment is scheduled for Monday in Plymouth District Court. Mary Scott died March 20.

Is Oscar Award-Winning Lupita Nyong’o a One-Hit Wonder Because Of Her Dark-Skin?

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Is Oscar Award-Winning Lupita Nyong’o a One-Hit Wonder Because Of Her Dark-Skin?

Is Oscar Award-winning “12 Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o a one-hit wonder because of her dark skin color? The media went all out celebrating Nyong’o intelligence, beauty and talent, but she has yet to announce a follow-up project, though there were rumors of a possible role in J.J. Abrams new Star Wars film. Nothing is concrete and, at this juncture, Nyong’o's next move is unclear.

A recent Hollywood Reporter article, written by Greg Tilday, talks about the “challenging lack of roles for darker-skinned actresses” in Hollywood, and how this may play a role in Lupita Nyong’o finding more work:

“While the stage would appear to be set for her to ascend to the A-list – just as Jennifer Lawrence did after her best actress win for Silver Linings Playbook last year – it’s not that simple,” he writes. “[There's] never been a black actress who has become the equivalent of a Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie.”

The article goes on to cite quotes from Hollywood insiders and experts. Judging from the comments, Lupita Nyong’o's future in Hollywood isn’t looking too bright:

Anonymous studio executive:  ”I don’t think she has an audience – not yet. And there are so few roles for women of color; those roles are just not being written.”

Tracy Christian, talent agent for TCA Jed Root: ”Would Beyonce be who she is if she didn’t look like she does? Being lighter-skinned, more people can look at her image and see themselves in her. In Lupita’s case, I think she has two-and-half, three years. If she can find a franchise – a Star Wars or a Bourne Identity – a big crossover film, or if she’s cast by a significant filmmaker, then she’s golden, she’ll have carved out a unique path for herself … [But] it may require some forward-looking director to push for her.”

Dr. Todd Boyd, School of Cinematic Arts professor at the University of Southern California:  ”If [an Oscar win] didn’t benefit Halle Berry, who would seem to have, appearance-wise, the kind of package Hollywood likes, it’s hard to imagine things are going to materialize for Lupita.”

It’s a sad commentary that a potentially great actress could be sidelined and hampered by biases in Hollywood. Lupita Nyong’o is just as good an actress as Sandra Bullock and certainly better than Jennifer Lawrence, for example. Octavia Spencer, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar award for “The Help” hasn’t had another successful movie role. Viola Davis, who is a dark-skinned sister hasn’t had one that comes close to her success in “The Help” either.  Mo’Nique Imes-Jackson, who won an Oscar for her role in “Precious,” hasn’t seen many acting roles since then. Alfre Woodard hasn’t had much success in winning awards either, though she one of the best actresses on the scene today.

The fact is, the entertainment industry hasn’t been kind to black actress, especially the darker-skinned sisters. The amount of role and awards they get prove this point. R&B legend Patti Labelle always said racism still exists in the entertainment business. It’s a shame that we still haven’t overcome…at least the dark skin actresses.

Oprah Winfrey and Ex-Stepmother Head for Court Showdown Over $1.4 Million House

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Oprah Winfrey and Ex-Stepmother Head for Court Showdown Over $1.4 Million House

Oprah Family Drama: Barbara Winfrey is facing eviction from the $1.4 million home talk show diva Oprah Winfrey bought for her to live in. A court hearing, which is scheduled for Monday, could bring to an end the legal wrangling that has hung over Winfrey’s family since her father, Vernon Winfrey, filed for divorce from Barbara in 2012.

Barbara Winfrey, who was married to Vernon for more than 20 years, is appealing to Oprah to call her so they can talk “woman to woman.”

According to the Tennessean, 66-year-old Barbara Winfrey said she will have nowhere to go if she’s evicted and that she will be left with bad credit, which will prevent her from renting a new home.

A judge ruled in Barbara Winfrey’s favor in the divorce, in which her husband claimed inappropriate marital conduct, but the house she lives in is registered in the name of Overground Railroad, a company started by Oprah Winfrey.

As part of the divorce settlement, Barbara Winfrey was offered a different property in Chateau Valley, Nashville, for free but she didn’t accept the offer. The deal also included having to sign a confidentiality agreement about Oprah Winfrey but Barbara said, “I’m not going to sign anything.”

Oprah Winfrey’s spokeswoman told the Tennessean that an offer was also made to Barbara Winfrey to sell the house in question and split the proceeds equally. Again, she turned that offer down too but she seems to be walking that back now. She claims she was never offered any money from the sale of the house and that she wasn’t trying to take anything from Oprah. Um, you be the judge….

#CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert is Under Fire for ‘Racist’ Tweet

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#CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert is Under Fire for ‘Racist’ Tweet (Credit: NPR)

Comedian Stephen Colbert, host of the “Colbert Report” is under fire for a ‘racist tweet’ that spawned the #CancelColbert hashtag. He trended on Twitter last night when the official account linked to his Comedy Central show tweeted this:

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#CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert is Under Fire for ‘Racist’ Tweet

The outrage on Twitter was merciless:

The offensive tweet has since been deleted. Stephen Colbert is distancing himself from the tweet, claiming he did not post it and has nothing to do with managing the @ColbertReport account. Comedy Central also confirmed he has nothing to do with managing the account:

For the record, Stephen Colbert personally tweets here:

Backstory to initial Colbert Report tweet:

The ‘offensive’ quote is from a segment where Colbert joked about Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins franchise, who came under fire earlier this week when he tried appease critics of his team name by starting an initiative to address struggles facing indigenous tribes across the nation. The initiative is titled the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation (Oh the irony). Critics have dismissed the initiative as “a stunt” and “an insult.”

Colbert has played an Asian character named Ching-Chong Ding-Dong in past episodes of the Colbert Report. Some have labeled the character as “an offensive caricature.” Colbert’s joke about Dan Synder inspiring him to start the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever, showing “the Asian community that [he cares]” – was an attempt to satirize Synder’s weak attempt to silence his detractors.

What I find strange in this dustup is that Stephen Colbert is running like Usain Bolt from a character he created. Um, the tweet came from that character, that is very offensive.

Only Copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s New Album to Be Held in Yahya-Designed Silver Box

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Only Copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album Being Held in Silver Box (Credit:  Forbes)


The only copy of legendary rap group the Wu-Tang Clan’s new album, ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,’ will be kept in Yahya’s box and sent around the world. You will only be able to hear the album at designated  “listening events” in museums, galleries and festivals, with nominal admission fees being charged.

Wu-Tang Clan hired British-Moroccan artist Yahya to build the ornate silver box, Forbes reports. Only one copy of the album will be made. At the end of the world tour, the album is expected to be purchased for millions of dollars.

Robert Diggs, known as RZA, Wu-Tang Clan’s producer, said the idea for the single copy album came from the group’s relationship with Cilvaringz, a music manager they met in 1997 during a European tour. RZA also said the single-copy album was also influenced by Jay-Z’s Samsung album released last summer.

But is this a sell-out to the group’s true fans? In a statement on the album’s website, Wu-Tang Clan sought to explain the strategy behind the one-copy album, bemoaning the “mass replication” that erodes the value and quality of modern-day music. The group also compares itself to music greats such as Beethoven, Mozart and Bach, concerned about an industry that’s supposedly “in crisis.”

RZA told Forbes that the group is “about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before…We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” Talk about grandeur!

The fact is, a big chunk of the group’s fans may view this as a sell-out. You see, the whole idea of it ending up on the hands of one person is prohibitive to the majority. The bidding process alone will guarantee that “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” will fall into the hands of the person with an enormously fat bank account that rivals the megarich. Um, in other words, the average person will have to pass on this one. So, yes, Wu-Tang Clan’s novel idea can be viewed as a sell-out of its fans.

 Only Copy of Wu Tang Clans New Album to Be Held in Yahya Designed Silver Box

Evelyn Lozada Rips Wendy Williams for Calling Newborn Son a “Cash Register”

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Evelyn Lozada Rips Wendy Williams for Calling Newborn Son a “Cash Register”

Gossip diva Wendy Williams may have thrown some shade the wrong way when she called Evelyn Lozada’s newborn son a “cash register.” Lozada ripped Williams in a Facebook post, even throwing some shade on her husband’s alleged infidelity. Oh my!

A little background — Wendy Williams went in on Evelyn Lozada during Monday’s #HotTopics segment of her show, saying “Evelyn gave birth to a cash register – I mean a baby boy. I didn’t mean to make that cash register joke, but you see why it’s easy to be said.” Williams joked in reference to the baby’s father being worth almost $150 million. She also referred to Carl as Evelyn’s ”cash register” a few times.

Watch Wendy Williams go after Evelyn Lozada:

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Willie Robertson: Gays Going to Hell Because Bible Says So

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Willie Robertson: Gays Going to Hell Because Bible Says So

Here we go again, another member of the “Duck Dynasty” clan is condemning the gay community. Willie Robertson said gays are going to hell. Um, why? Because the Bible says so.

Willie Robertson was defended his dad, Phil Robertson’s anti-LGBT comments in a recent interview on CNN. He agreed that gays and lesbians were sinners who won’t go to heaven because the Bible says so.

You will recall the elder Robertson told GQ magazine, that “a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus.”He also said, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Willie Robertson did not repudiate his father’s controversial comments, but dug in. He accused GQ magazine of having an agenda. He said, “Phil just said what he thought, you know, what was on his heart.” He added, “I believe what the Bible says.” He compared the LGBT community to drunks and thieves.

‘RHOA’ Drama: Gregg Leakes Was Right to Confront Peter Thomas

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#RealityTV: ‘RHOA’ Star Gregg Leakes Has a Point When it Comes to Marriage

In a recent episode of REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA (#RHOA), following failed attempts by PHAEDRA PARKS (@PhaedraParks) to be viewed as a victim, was a subplot brewing  that many weren’t prepared for.  #JustKidding

KENYA MOORE (@KenyaMoore), star of the franchise, is slowly overshadowing all other cast mates as she appears to stand nose to nose with NENE LEAKES (@NeNeLeakes) for the throne.  Kenya pulled off an amazing accomplishment – she recreated NeNe Leakes’ PILLOW-TALK episode and kicked it up a notch.   You remember that episode with all the fighting – APOLLO NIDA (@ApolloNida03) and PETER THOMAS (@PeterThomasRHOA) caught on camera hazing BRANDAN DESHAY (@BrandonDeShay) – CHUCK SMITH, former “ball player” with the ATLANTA FALCONS hiding behind his wife for protection.  #YeahThatOne


Dismissing the men with the hope of the women having time to discuss some lingering tensions amongst them, Kenya’s goal was to create a platform to rid the ladies of all “negativity”.  Although there were small strides towards unity in the end the conversations led the women right back to the places they were at the outset of the meeting.  #ItWasGoodWhileItLasted

The experience with the women was typical, but what would happen among the men was not the norm, it was explosive.


As the MEN OF RHOA, including “Ms. Lawrence”, exited to an available hotel room  nearby a conversation between Peter Thomas and Gregg Leakes got heated.

Peter, you know me and you cool, but I’ve been carrying some things with me ever since Kenya had that little fashion show thang and you stepped up in my wife’s grill,” stated Gregg Leakes.  Peter’s immediate response was “That’s your interpretation.”

But this is what I really want to say to you Peter, I got love for you – I’m not in love with you, but if you ever come up in my wife’s face like that and I’m present its going to be a showdown,” stated Gregg in a humble yet cautionary voice.  #CautiousButSerious

Gregg is right!  When it comes to marriage, no man is to sit idle while another grown man – for any reason – establishes himself as a physical threat to your spouse.  Since the charity event Kenya Moore sponsored where NeNe Leakes acted immaturely – the Social Media world appeared to turn on Peter noting his obvious and continual conflicts with female cast mates AS WELL AS his HOT TEMPERED LANGUAGE towards women, especially married women.

Gregg’s confronting Peter was long overdue and some even argue ‘a day late and a dollar short.’  However, anytime a HUSBAND has an opportunity to establish boundaries with a MALE FRIEND regarding the treatment and expectations around his WIFE – confrontation is in order!

In typical testosterone fashion, voices escalated and both men stood up from their chairs leaning in close towards one another.  TODD TUCKER (@Todd167) sought to get in the middle of the older lions, but the remaining men requested him to let them have at it in the fashion men handle THIS TYPE business.  Todd reluctantly stood back while Gregg and Peter continued their shouting match.

Gregg’s recollection of a few details from the event were a bit cloudy as he confronted Peter, but that is expected when you see an aggressive man in your wife’s face, especially one with liquid courage.

Gregg’s growing problem is his wife’s confrontational spirit.  Married men, for the most part, might calm down in public if their own wives found themselves acting negatively but most will NEVER TOLERATE ANOTHER WOMAN challenging them in such a manner.

NeNe Leakes must take responsibility for the chaos she creates.  If she continues to proclaim CYNTHIA BAILEY (@CynthiaBailey10) as one of her best friends, then she is going to have to reconsider how she entertains Bailey’s husband – Peter – in public, especially before cameras.  #MenDontDoPunkedWell

In the end, Gregg’s point is understood and should be respected and honored by Peter.  Equally true, Gregg is going to have to have a convo – preferably on camera – with his wife NeNe about her approach and aggressive language toward other grown men, especially Married men.

I guess the big question is – Why didn’t Cynthia say anything?  She stood in silence and didn’t do much at all.  Is she that indebted to NeNe that she will just sit back and allow her “bestfriend” to refer to her husband as a “B!TCH”?  #MoreLater


#RealityTV: “Naked and Afraid” Latest Episode ‘Damned in Africa’ Doesn’t Disappoint

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#RealityTV: “Naked and Afraid” Latest Episode ‘Damned in Africa’ Doesn’t Disappoint

Season Two of DISCOVERY CHANNEL’s (@Discovery) NAKED AND AFRAID (@NakedAndAfraid) kicked off with a bust and then a bang! 

Before Episode One could get started in the Peruvian Amazon the unidentified male contestant tapped out.  A replacement was brought in halfway through the show and both the original female and replacement male participants tapped out – leaving nearly half a broadcast to cover.

Eventually, individual Season One cast survivalists – LAURA ZERRA (@LauraZerra) and E.J. SNYDER (@EJSnyder333) – came to the rescue and conquered the Amazon while teaching the viewing public along the way about the proper way to kill an animal when the animal is giving its life for your survival and protein.  The two built an amazing raft to paddle their way to their extraction point.

Episode Two introduced us to EVA RUPERT (@eva_rupert) and JEFF ZAUSCH (@jeff_zausch). 

According to Eva’s Twitter account  her interests are in “Survival. Motorcycles…Artist. Entreprenuer…” she expresses herself as a “…Vagabond lady. Gypsy girl…” and fundamentally believes in “… higher purpose. greater good...”  | CLICK HERE to visit Eva’s Website

According to Jeff’s Twitter account he is a “Survivalist, Adventurer, Traveler and Entertainer! And hails from “…Pocatello, Idaho…” | CLICK HERE to visit Jeff’s website

Dropped off in the middle of Massif D’Isalo, Madagascar are survivalist Eva and Jeff.  According to write ups in Madagascar news, they will “…face boa constrictors, black widows and unforgiving desert.”  Considering the promos regarding this episode shows Jeff biting the head off of an animal – this is sure to be an enthralling episode to watch.

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If the producers’ desire was to show conflict between Man and Nature with the subplot of conflict between Man and Woman, Idealist and Realist – they got it right on this episode.

From the start, we are introduced to Jeff who is a devote Mormon and newly married.  Prior to his coming onto the show the newlyweds discussed NO SPOONING regardless of how cold it got in the wild.  Well, it did get cold in the wild and on screen Jeff explained to viewers that he couldn’t assist his partner Eva with warmth.  #HowCruelButUnderstandable

Jeff is a hunter and is willing to annihilate anything he needs to survive.  In contrast, Eva – his survivalist partner –believes there must be a purpose for every action in nature.

Although Eva seems resolved not to disturb the natural order of the wild, all hell breaks loose in her idealistic ways when – while sleep – she notices her lip becoming numb.  Not knowing what has happened to her she soon discerns that she may have been bitten by a scorpion.  Once she realizes a scorpion has bitten her her resolve quickly disintegrates and her next wish is to find a rock to KILL it.  #GameOn

Prior to her scorpion encounter, Eva was unwilling to destroy a series of BLACK WIDOW Spider Nests that were in the cave she and Jeff determined would be their place of shelter.  Following the bite, Eva was more than eager to build a torch to destroy the nests and willing to torch the spiders herself.  #ChangeOfHeart

This proved to be an important strategy for Jeff.  Although Jeff’s desires differed from that of Eva’s, he deferred to her strategy to keep the unity between them and in the end won Eva over.

Remember that “animal” I alluded to earlier?

After Jeff and Eva found a boa constrictor in the wild (actually, Eva was a beast and reached down and captured the boa by the back of the head, and with the sharp knife, she brought as her only allowable tool, she cut the head off) they later over-cooked the snake and it was useless to eat.  Eva stated, “It taste like chalk.”

This amazing capture and cooking mishap brought the teammates a bit closer to the edge of delirium.  Jeff would venture out by himself to find food and stumbled upon a lizard that had already eluded him twice.  This time, Jeff,  a bit over the edge – was determined to capture the lizard and in a scene to remember for all time #NakedAndAfraid – he placed the living lizard in his mouth, bit off its head, spit the head out, and then shouted  in victory over his conquest  into the  wilderness of  the Madagascar.  #WhatTheWhatThe

In several scenes, the viewer can see and hear Jeff praying.  Although it was a gutsy display of faith aired over television it was refreshing to see DISCOVER not shy away from this aspect of Jeff’s life.  After all, at one point an hour after praying – the survivalist ran upon another boa snake.  This time Jeff grabbed it by the back of the head and chopped its head off.

Not willing to make the same failed cooking decisions as the last attempt, the two decided to slowly “smoke” the snake.  The end result, the contraption built to smoke the snake caught fire while they slept and in a rush to put out the fire –the snake was also rendered inedible.  #Snake2Survivalist0

In desperation the team seeks to salvage any possible portions of the snake and discover the snake was pregnant with eggs.  #UhOh #iHearPETAcalling

As the 21st day approached, the two team members successfully survived their experience and head towards their extraction point.  They arrive at a mountain made of a soft substance and must climb it with caution – a fall here could ruin all of their advances.  In an anticlimactic scene the two arrive at the top of the mountain and build a fire as a signal for their extraction point.

In the distance Jeff and Eva see a truck and its driver recognizes the two have ended their challenge and heads towards them for extraction.  THEY DID IT!  And, to be honest they did it without much drama.

In the end, although their strengths, ideals and perspectives where vastly different – their determination to operate as a team strengthened them over the challenge of the elements.  They overcame the dangers lurking in the Madagascar wilderness and survived to tell about it.

We will explore future episodes of this broadcast in the near future!