Category: Entertainment Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan/Newsone
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury has finally paid off the $300,000 he still owed his ex-mistress, Thurayyah Mitchell, the personal chef he had a fling with back in 2006 while married to his present "Basketball Wives" reality show star wife, Latasha (pictured), according to TMZ.
Marbury, whose illicit affair cost him $900,000 in "hush money," had only given Mitchell $600,000 of the amount he had promised her to keep their relationship under wraps. The miffed mistress claimed that her ex-paramour stopped shelling out the monies back in 2010, so she took him to court.
Marbury, who claimed that his relationship with Mitchell was "consensual," eventually fired her. But he offered her the nearly $1 million big payoff on the condition that she keep her mouth shut. When Mitchell took the matter to court, she claimed that the relationship with her boss was sexual harassment and that Marbury "made her believe that 'keeping him happy' was a requirement of keeping her job."
Mitchell also had to cook for Latasha and the couple's three children.
Upon hearing the case, the court arbitrator awarded Mitchell the additional $300,000 stating, that she could have sued the player, or sold her story to a tabloid for much more than what she settled for from Marbury. Not making good on Marbury's court-enforced agreement could have resulted in his losing all of his assets.
After late fees and interest, the final amount came to a grand total of $341,153.
But this is whole thing was a waste of his money. Marbury has paid $900,000-plus hush money for an affair that everyone knows about; his wife even talked about it on her hit Bravo reality series!
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 15:05
Category: Entertainment Written by NewsOne Staff
Monique Mosley (pictured), the estranged wife of in-demand music hitmaker, Timbaland (pictured), has reportedly filed for divorce after five years of marriage, according to TMZ.
The couple's parting-of-the-ways is reportedly not a peaceful one as Mosley is allegedly going for her soon-to-be ex's coin-filled jugular. TMZ is reporting that Mosley is asking for financial support for their five-year-old child and for the 10-year-old daughter she had with another man prior to her relationship with the music producer.
The reason why Mosley is reportedly asking that Timbaland support her other child is because she claims he has "publicly and privately proclaimed" the youth as his own.
In addition to support for her two children, Mosley is also reportedly seeking alimony, life insurance, vacations, summer camp, private school and legal fees from Timbaland, who has worked with the crème de la crème of the music industry and whose wealth is guesstimated at around $80 million.
In addition, TMZ reports that Mosley's pockets are hurting, so she is also asking for monies during the divorce proceedings in a lump sum. She is also requesting rehabilitative alimony (which helps a spouse to financially adjust after divorce for a short period of time) and permanent alimony.
Timbaland had better prepare himself as his miffed missus is going to chop him down for some firewood. Timba!
Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 10:32
Category: Entertainment Written by Jineea Butler/NNPA Columnist/Atlantadailyword
In the world of Hip Hop, it seems you need someone to validate you in order to be successful.
Most of us heard of the controversial Kendrick Lamar 'Control' verse and the hype associated with it. He was validated on so many levels by his peers, by his elders, and by his fans. His ambitious lyrics ignited a fire that was desperately needed and gave him the confidence to claim he is the best rapper alive. Many laughed in amusement, some rushed to the studio to refute his claims and many were honored they were mentioned in his tirade.
More importantly, fellow Compton native, co-owner of Built Frum Scratch and Most Hated Entertainment CEO, B.J. Hill, feels Kendrick Lamar is not as authentic as his new audience thinks. "I don't understand how he can rep Compton if he never came outside and experienced what was going on. ... Now a n***** a comes to the hood and gets validated by throwing some money around and everybody forgets the GOOD Kid was peeking out the window at our MADD City."
We have to admit the Hip-Hop game is lopsided when it comes to choosing who will reach the masses. At this point, it's a needle in a haystack gamble to breaking through, unless you are ushered in by one of the mainstream acts. An industry that used to take so many chances on creativity has flat lined into a one size fits all approach.
So where does that leave the future generations of Hip Hop? Forbes recently released its Cash Kings list of highest grossing Hip Hop artists of 2013. The top 20 artists made from $6 million to $50 million, which proves there is money to be made in Hip Hop. But the question is: How?
Many of the artists on the list have endorsement deals, products and tour to get the bulk of their money. Many of the artists are also veterans and have connected to the newer members on the roster, essentially helping their proteges boost their brands and sales. What gets lost in translation is how someone who has not attained this type of success gets to that.
Do we continue to base the Hip-Hop community's success mantra on stories of high school drop outs who beat the odds? Former prison inmates who found their way to Hip-Hop royalty? While this is all valid, what percentage of the population is able to attain success at these odds?
Let's begin to focus on what Hi- Hop has spawned. Let's tell stories that inspire young people to follow a path that will not lead them to a stale mate.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:15
Category: Entertainment Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan/Newsone
Jackson dynasty matriarch, Katherine Jackson is reportedly hopping mad that her son Jermaine is in debt to the rafters, yet he just purchased a $160,000 Ferrari sports car.
The pricey little Italian number was purchased smack dab in the middle of jury deliberations in the wrongful death suit that the Jackson family filed against concert promoter AEG Live. Earlier this month, the jury ultimately determined that AEG Live was not negligent in the death of the King of Pop and will not have to pay damages to the Jackson family.
According to published reports, Katherine recently bailed out Jermaine financially. Alejandra Oaziaza, who has two children with Jermaine's brother Randy and two with him was reportedly strapped for cash, when the former Mrs. Jackson allegedly went to Jermaine to obtain rent money so she could keep a roof over her children's heads.
Jermaine, though, claimed that he did not have any money to give to Oaziaza, so Katherine reportedly stepped in to help out her former daughter-in-law who actually used to live with her at the Jackson compound.
Jermaine has also been dragged into court over child support monies that he allegedly owes Oaziaza. The court ordered the former Jackson 5 member to cough up $3,000 a month in child support for his teen sons with Oaziaza, but he reportedly gave his ex-wife only $5,621 for the period from April 2012 through April 2013.
To add insult to injury, Katherine was reportedly talked in to filing the wrongful death suit against AEG by Jermaine and Randy and is regretful of such a costly move since it only resulted in exorbitant legal bills.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:38
Category: Entertainment Written by Dion Robouin/Atlantadailyword
Wanda Sykes is a very funny woman. The comedienne, best known for her roles on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Inside the NFL" as well as roles on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and her own short-lived sitcom "Wanda at Large," will be bringing "a big bucket of chuckles" – her words – to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 12. But the Washington D.C. native and former National Security Agency (NSA) employee isn't all jokes all the time.
She's got serious opinions on topics like NSA information leaker Edward Snowden, the ongoing government shutdown, the state of national security and whether or not the name of the Washington football team ought to be changed. That's not to say her opinions aren't also funny, but she has clearly done her homework.
In anticipation of her comedy tour rolling through the Atlanta metro area, the 49-year-old happily married black lesbian mother of two spoke to the Atlanta Daily World's Dion Rabouin about who she is and what fans can expect from Wanda Sykes onstage and off of it.
ADW: You've got a show in Atlanta coming up soon. Tell me about your memories and experiences in Atlanta?
Wanda Sykes: I've always had great shows in Atlanta. People really come out and support me. They are always fired up. I love the city. Last time I was there I got to go to the aquarium and ... I don't know if she's in town or if she's gonna be in town, but my friend Jane Fonda is an Atlanta girl. So yeah, lot of good memories, lot of good food. I call my little tummy, my little fat roll, Esther, and she's always happy when I say we're going to Atlanta.
ADW: A lot of people know you from your television work, but now you're married, you've got kids, what is Wanda Sykes like today, onstage and offstage?
WS: Onstage, they can expect [to see] all those things – I'm a mother, I'm a wife, so all those problems that other parents and married people have, I have the same problems. I'll talk about being a woman, being a black woman, being a gay black woman. It's all authentic. It's all coming from my real life. So they can expect all those things. But the main thing they can expect is to laugh because above all things, I'm a comic. That's what I do, that's what I love to do. I love to make people laugh. That's my main focus and that's what I'll be bringing to Atlanta is a big bucket of chuckles.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:56
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