The tax man is coming after these entertainers with a vengeance. Recently there have been reports that Jermaine Dupri, Offset, and Young Thug have been hit with liens over unpaid taxes, and now Mo’Nique is adding to her alleged bill. Back in 2017, The Blast reported that there were multiple liens against the Academy Award-winning actress: $201K for 2013, $188K for 2014, and $171K for 2015.
At that time, the exact total taxes reportedly owed by both Mo’Nique and her husband Sidney Hicks was $560,625.22, but it looks as if there’s more to be added to that debt. New court documents reportedly show that the Georgia Department Revenue has issued yet another lien against the couple for an additional $60K. This goes back to 2015 and 2016 and includes interest and fees added to the original $31K debt.
According to The Blast, the Department Revenue isn’t going to wait around for long to get the lien paid f. The publication states that if the lien isn’t handled sooner rather than later, the IRS will begin seizing the Hicks’ assets and property.
Klay Thompson is one the most impressive shooters to ever play the game basketball and this past summer, he signed a huge contract extension with the Golden State Warriors. When it comes to endorsement deals, Thompson is actually one the highest-paid players in the league thanks to his sneaker deal with Chinese company ANTA. While it may not be a traditional sneaker brand, Thompson has been putting in work with ANTA and this season, he will be releasing his fifth silhouette.
This latest silhouette has been revealed and the images below, courtesy Sneaker News, show f what the ANTA KT5 is all about. As you can see, the shoe is made with a plethora materials with an overall colorway black, red, and blue. This first colorway is being called “Klaytheism” which is a pretty hilarious yet clever name.
If you’re looking to cop these, they will be dropping in the United States sometime in October this year for $120 USD. Stay tuned for all the latest updates as we will be sure to bring them to you.
Earlier today (September 18th), California governor Gavin Newsom signed AB5 into law.
The purpose of AB5 is to give benefit and wage protections to those who work for both rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft and other crowdsourcing companies. One big downside, however: the law could also “gut the music industry” in the state.
AB5 makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Unlike the former, the latter are entitled to benefits such as workers compensation and have to be paid a minimum wage.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who is the sponsor of AB5, says that the law could affect one million workers in the state. But it might not affect them all in a positive way. Major music industry organizations, including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and Music Artists Coalition, believe that AB5 could wipe out independent music in the state and have been vehemently opposed to it.
Under the law, the following contractors could now be considered employees of music artists:
Gonzalez says that she talked to people in the music industry during the course of writing the bill, but she insists that the industry was unable to come up with a consensus in terms of how to amend the bill.
In the end, she says the music industry preferred opposing the bill instead of amending it. Other industries, by contrast, had worked at creating carve-outs, time-delays, or flat-out exceptions. In fact, the list of industries receiving special exemptions is lengthy, though music industry organizations seemed unwilling to give an inch.
Richard Burgess, who is the president and CEO of A2IM, was disappointed with AB5’s passage and reiterated how it could destroy the local music industry.
But in a joint statement made with the RIAA and attorney Jordan Brinkley, he vowed to keep fighting the law until it includes protections for the music industry. He says until then, it may be difficult to make music in California.
With everything going on in the media these days, it seems like a great time to bring back The Boondocks. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. According to Deadline, HBO Max has ordered two seasons The Boondocks for 2020. The new season from Aaron McGruder and Sony Pictures Animation will debut in fall next year with a 50-minute special. The previous seasons will also be available on HBO Max upon the new season’s debut.
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“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” McGruder said about the relaunch the series. “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”
The story will continue to follow Robert Freeman, and his two grandsons, Huey and Riley Freeman but in the revamp, Uncle Ruckus will be the “tyrannical leader” a suburban community in Maryland.
“The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story Gangstalicious’,” CCO Of HBO Max, Kevin Reilly, said in a statement. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”
With the 2020 elections and R. Kelly‘s upcoming trial, along with 6ix9ine’s case and more, there is plenty content to cover the 24 episode order.
Aaron McGruder took to Instagram to share a glimpse the new characters. Check it out below.
The KAABOO festival brand has been acquired by Virgin Fest. Jason Felts will lead the festival next year.
Virgin Fest is the music festival arm of Richard Branson’s multi-national conglomerate, Virgin Group Ltd. Virgin Fest founder and CEO Jason Felts will oversee the launch of the festival in Los Angeles next year. He’ll also oversee KAABOO, which will move to Petco Park in San Diego.
launched five years ago at the in California. Bryan Gordon and Seth Wolkov of Madison Companies helped turn the festival into one with international acclaim.
The sale is a 100% asset sale and will continue to target KAABOO’s millennial demographic. The planned will target the early 20s demographic. With KAABOO under new ownership, fans can expect to see plenty of new entertainment. The press release made a point to emphasize that the branding won’t be changing, either.
“The KAABOO brand and signature, multi-sensory experience around live Music, Comedy, Art, and Culinary will remain and will not be rebranded. Under new ownership, fans can expect to continue to enjoy a hospitality-driven experience that engages all five senses.”
The acquisition was brokered and negotiated on behalf of Virgin Fest by a team at Latham & Watkins led by Ken Deutsch.
Since its flagship property in Del Mar, KAABOO has expanded to the Cayman Islands. In a partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, the festival headed to Dallas for KAABOO Texas. It’s likely Virgin has more international aspirations for the festival as part of its music festival arm.
This year’s concert was headlined by the Dave Matthews Band and Mumford and Sons. That’s the third year in a row the event has sold out well before it takes place. Fans interested in attending KAABOO San Diego at Petco Park can now buy passes for the event.
A few months ago, reports surfaced about a wealthy Democratic donor who was at the center an overdose controversy. In January, a man was found dead after an overdose at Ed Buck’s house. Now, you may have not heard about Ed Buck but he was rich and donated a lot money to the Democratic party. Although the overdose in January may have seemed like an accident, a 37-year-old man had a non-fatal overdose last week at Buck’s home.
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According to CNN, Buck, a prominent LGBTQ+ activist, has been charged with three felony counts battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. He was arraigned this week following the 37-year-old man’s overdose at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. He was arraigned on the charges today. Prosecutors are now urging the judge to set bail at.
At this point, there are three known overdoses that have occurred at his home. Two them were fatal while the most recent one on September 11th wasn’t. The D.A. confirmed that all three them were caused by meth overdoses. 26-year-old Gemmel Moore as found dead at Buck’s house in July 2017. However, there wasn’t enough evidence proving Buck’s role in that death.
Moore’s mother later filed a suit against Buck, claiming he “had a predatory and injurious system soliciting Black men and watching them cling to life.”
Buck wasn’t charged for the death Timothy Dean who died in January 2019.
It appears one the men accused murdering XXXTentacion believes he should be allowed out jail while he awaits trial. According to a report from TheBlast, suspect Trayvon Newsome’s lawyer is demanding the judge grant his client bond.
His lawyer states, “defendant is presently being denied bond. Defendant is entitled to bond as a matter or right, unless pro is evidence and the presumption guilt is great.” He believes Newsome is entitled to pre-trial release and is requesting a hearing be set.
Newsome has been serving time behind bars ever since August 7th 2018 when he was first arrested as a suspect. He is currently being charged with 1st degree murder and robbery with a firearm. The other men charged for the murder were Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright and Robert Allen.
A judge has yet to rule whether or not Newsome will be granted his wish for bond, but one has to think if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s probably unlikely to. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you posted moving forward. Should a murder suspect be allowed out on bond or nah?
If you missed it, Kevin Hart is being sued for $60 million dollars by the woman who was featured in his leaked tape from 2017. She alleges in her suit, Kevin actually helped film their encounter to hype his career, but that ain’t true he says.
Sources told TheBlast that Kev would never do anything to further his career that would harm his wife or family, and anyone who thinks otherwise is “ridiculous and wrong.” They added, if you really think about, it doesn’t make sense for Kev to concoct this type stunt that could jeopardize his wife & family, when at the time he’s career had already skyrocketed.
Reports suggest that Kevin’s team is finding evidence pointing the finger at his longtime friend, JT Jackson, who allegedly tried to get paid for giving the tape back to the comedian. Apparently there are direct messages asking for a specific amount money for the tape and a search history on his computer about how to get paid BitCoin.
Whether or not this woman will be successful in the lawsuit remains to be seen, but we’ll most definitely keep you posted moving forward. Don’t be surprised if this ends in a settlement.
In a recent Instagram live session, Gordon addressed his fans and told them he is going to play this year although it’s going to be “somewhere.” He isn’t promising a return to the Chargers and even said “it would be a waste talent” should he miss the entire season. Thanks to an article from ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, we know exactly why Gordon is sitting out right now.
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“Gordon desires a contract extension that will compensate him among the top running backs in the league like Todd Gurley, David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell, who earn an average $13 to $14 million annually. During training camp the Chargers fered Gordon a new contract that doubled his salary at roughly $10 million annually.
Gordon likely will continue to sit and wait to see if his leverage in negotiations changes during the season, depending on the Chargers’ record or injuries at his position.”
Stay tuned for updates on Gordon’s holdout situation as we will be sure to bring them to you.
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry recently sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols during which he discussed his plans to play in the 2020 Olympics, the new-look Warriors, and some recent comments made by former teammate Kevin Durant.
Specifically, Curry was asked about some things Durant said in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, including his feeling that “nobody could get a full acceptance me there,” because he wasn’t a home grown talent like Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
“I mean, that’s tough,” Curry told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “There’s so many narratives that go on, especially when you’re at the top the league. No matter how, you know, the full transition happens to Brooklyn, him separating himself from the Warriors — that’s gonna happen. I think he knows, you know, what we were about as teammates, what we were about as friends on and f the court. And again, nobody is gonna take away the accomplishments we had. But at the end the day, whatever he, you know, needed to do to make that decision and however he wants to explain that — that’s just what’s gonna happen.”
“Well, I don’t care what plays we ran,” Curry said. “We won two championships. And at the end the day, we had a lotta talent and there was an expectation us figuring out how to balance all that. And we talked a lot about it throughout the three-year run. It wasn’t always perfect, but I think in terms , you know, the results and what we were able to do on the floor, that kinda speaks for itself. We all wanna play iso-ball at the end the day in some way, shape or form. But I’d rather have some championships too.”
Curry and the new-look Warriors will begin their quest for another championship on October 24, as they host the Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers at their new arena in San Francisco. Click here to check out Golden State’s new uniforms for the upcoming season, including a San Francisco throwback to be worn in select games.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Carolina Panthers, well, simply put, it has. The team has started the season 0-2 and in those first two games, Cam Newton didn’t play like himself. The MVP-winning quarterback has been having a rough campaign so far and now, it’s gotten even rougher. We reported yesterday on how Newton didn’t practice due to a lingering foot injury. There was no word on the extent his injury and whether he’d have to miss time but according to safety Eric Reid, it might be more serious than originally expected.
While speaking to reporters, Reid confirmed that Newton is currently in a walking boot. The Panthers have not confirmed whether or not Newton will be able to play on Sunday, although it’s clear that he isn’t feeling his best right now. This is a horrible development for the Panthers as they are trying to pick up their first win the season and Newton gives them their best chance to do so.
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Since the start his career, Newton has suffered numerous injuries which have kept him f the field for long periods time. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck retired from the NFL this past fseason thanks to his lingering injuries and some fans are worried that Newton could do the same.
If you’re a Panthers fan, this can’t be how you imagined the season playing out.
Team USA’s participation in the 2019 FIBA World Cup was a total failure as the Americans finished seventh in the tournament, marking their worst finish ever. Although the roster didn’t include the United States’ best players, it was still a supremely disappointing finish and one that will linger until Team USA takes the court again next summer.
And fans should expect a much different outcome when Team USA heads to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. In a recent interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry announced that he plans to represent Team USA next Summer, which would be his first time ever competing on the Olympic team.
“That is the plan, for sure,” Curry tells Nichols. “You know, obviously knock on wood, you don’t want any injuries or things like that to interfere.”
“Definitely wanna go,” Curry said. “I’ve never been on the Olympic team. I’ve been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it.”
It remains to be seen if the NBA’s other superstars will follow his lead, but Curry seems confident that the roster will look a whole lot different when the games begin in Tokyo.
“We’re still the best,” Curry said. “If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms , you know, representing us in the Olympic stage and the commitment’s been there, and I think it’ll be there next year.”
The WWE is doing everything they can to boost ratings and gain exposure as they prepare to move SmackDown Live to Friday nights on Fox starting October 4. In an effort to do just that, the company linked up with Offset for a surprise appearance alongside Charlotte Flair during Tuesday’s taping at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
As seen in the footage embedded below, the Atlanta-native donned Ric Flair’s pink robe as he introduced Charlotte prior to her match against Sasha Banks. Offset also hinted at a new Migos album during an interview immediately after his in-ring work.
Check out the highlights:
As noted, SmackDown Live will be making it’s premiere on Fox on October 4th and the company is bringing back a number WWE legends as part a 20th anniversary special. The list superstars scheduled to appear including The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair and Sting.
Her “hotties” may fawn over her every word and track all her social media moves, but not everyone is a fan Megan Thee Stallion. The Houston rapper has had a phenomenal 2019 as her career has catapulted into stardom in what could seem to be overnight by the untrained eye. The 24-year-old has gone from a college student with rap star dreams to an international superstar with a No. 1 song under her belt within months.
Yet, Megan’s twerk-filled shows and barely-there fashion choices have been the center criticisms. On Tuesday, the rapper was featured on the well-known fashion publication Fashion Bomb Daily’s Instagram page where they showed f her purple snakeskin-style custom look that she wore during her live show in Buffalo, New York. FBD‘s readers were not kind as they called Megan’s attire “tacky,” “designer stripper clothes,” and one person questioned if Megan only wore panties during her performances.
Megan’s stylist EJ King was bothered by the responses, to say the least, and he shared his thoughts with a comment his own. “Half the people making comments have nothing to fer this world but hate and and negativity,” he wrote, adding that “it’s only in black culture do we tear down our own kind, and ridicule, judge and disrespect each other for the same sh*t that happens in white culture that they are praised over!!!”
The celebrity stylist stated that Megan is a positive influence for young girls as she encourages them to continue their education. He also called out the double standard because there are plenty other artists who dress similarly including “Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera so on and so forth!!!!” He ended things by saying he doesn’t care about the negativity and doesn’t need to defend his work. Check out a few more King’s styles he’s created for Megan and let us know if there is a double standard for female rap artists versus pop singers.
Jeremy O. Harris, the writer for the Broadway show Slave Play has responded to backlash against Rihanna for her actions made at the preview his show. As the story goes, Rihanna not only arrived late at the event (forcing Jeremy to push back the start time) but was also seen texting during the show. Considering that Rihanna inspired certain aspects the play, Jeremy made it clear that he has no regret towards the “Work” singer’s actions.
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“Two things I learned today about the Type theatre maker I am: When my idol texts that she’s running late. I hold the curtain for her. When my idol texts me during a play I’ve written, I respond,” he shared on Twitter.
Directly responding to a user who wasn’t pleased with Rihanna getting special privilege, Jeremy wrote: “To dead this weird discourse that has popped up… The patron saint the play I wrote is literally a pop star, fashion icon, and Demi-goddess named Rihanna. Her words are all over it. She’s a 9th character in the play. When Dionysus is coming you hold the curtain,” Jeremy added.
At the end the day, Rihanna and Jeremy are over it and everyone else should be too.