The Ratchet Report: Draya & Sundy’s Oscar Party Fight, LHHNY’s Rashidah Ali Back in Court, & Lamar’s Pushers Stole $250K in Jewels from Khloe??
Brawl In Beverly Hills between LA Basketball Wives Stars
Basketball Wives of LA get into a heated confrontation…. Draya Michele and Sunday Carter of the new season of Basketballs wives of LA get into a verbal confrontation at an Oscar Party. The reality stars kept the drama going even off camera at the Uptown Magazine event during Oscar weekend. Shows from this season have only appeared a few times, but I conclude that there is going to be tons of drama. Reports from several press outlets stated that the two women yelled and argued at a civilized crowded venue while co-star Malaysia Pargo stood close. Apparently the women had been arguing about issues they are having on the show as well as comments Sunday Carter allegedly had been making about Draya during press interviews.
Well, if anything, they have definitely boosted ratings by acting like two High School children with nothing else better to do but hey it gives me something ratchet to write about…. Thanks Ladies!
Love and Hip Hop NY Rashidah Ali Back in Court
Reality-star Rashidah Ali facing parole violation…. Back in 2011 the infamous, unapologetic, no holds bars boss chick Rashidah Ali was arrested for fraud. Ali was convicted on charges of stealing and using a credit card from a professional athlete that she had known. Court reports that Ali didn’t get any jail time, but was put on parole for the conviction. A judge violated Ali’s parole after missing several scheduled parole meetings and never paid restitution per order of the court.
I’m sure Ali has the money especially after all the guest appearances she has made on the show. On top of that, she is planning a lavish wedding on the show that she kicked her former BFF Tahiry Jose out of, I must add. Ali was spared by the judge and was not in violation this time. Hopefully, she has learned her lesson.
Lamar Odom Drug Dealers Possible Suspects of Home Robbery
Odom dealers may have stolen wife Khole Kardashian’s jewelry…. After further investigation and several testimonies about Odom’s drug debt, police think his pushers could have been the perp’s in the burglary of his home. Whoever robbed the home took a reported $250,000 worth of jewlrey from Khole Kardashian. Several sources say that Odom owed the dealers several thousands of dollars and would always blow them off when they contacted him to recoup whatever he owed. Cops say because there were no signs of forced entry, they think it was an inside job by one of their staff members that may have been working with the dealers.
Lamar Odom’s has a net worth of $50 million. I have no clue of why he would be in debt with anybody. I just hope that for his sake, his gorgeous wife Khole Kardashian, and the kids, that he seeks the help he needs.
This week “Really Award” goes to Rashidah Ali. How can you skip out on parole meetings and appear on several episodes of one of the highest rated shows in America?
Parole + Restitution – Non Reporting – Non Payment of Restitution = Not a Good Move #THINK
On Thursday, Feb. 27th, Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou welcomed a sold out (and diverse) crowd to the first ‘InterSessions: Art x Hip Hop Dialogue‘ event held at the High Museum of Arts. The sit-down conversation about the ways in which hip-hop and art intertwines included Atlanta rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr and High Museum’s curator, Michael Rooks. The ArtxHip Hop series kick-off was created to coincide with Art Papers Magazine’s “Art x Hip Hop” issue, in which Pecou was its guest editor.
The candid conversation between the three gentlemen began with the acknowledgement of arts close relationship with hip hop. Since hip hop’s inception, from graffiti to fashion, art has had an undeniable impact on the culture. Pecou navigated the evening by asking his guests questions regarding their entry into their perspective industries, how art transcends into their world, the future of artxhiphop and society’s acceptance, and other insightful things. Both Pecou and T.I. shared a similar story on how they both made the decision to pursue art and rap as a career. T.I. explained how it was LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad” that intrigued him enough to want to learn to rap. Pecou, on the other hand, mentioned Goodie Mob’s first album Soul Food as his inspiration to want to learn more about hip hop. Their love of the music is what both pinpointed as the common factor for which they owe their appreciation.
Michael Rooks, the official curator for the museum, understands too the relation of both worlds. The audience members learned more about his position within ArtxHipHop. And that is, the next piece of the puzzle that holds the two together. Rooks job is to manage and maintain the integrity and authenticity of historical artifacts.
Throughout the evening, Pecou, T.I., and Rooks opened the minds of most of the audience members who may not have known anything about their lives and careers. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to see the three worlds collide, understand one another, and accept each of their individual existences.
Here are a few photos from the ArtxHipHop event:
To find out when is the next ArtxHipHop event, follow the series on Instagram @ArtxHipHop!
The new business-building book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, debuted recently in nationwide bookstore outlets. Its author Ben Horowitz is a venture capitalist and apparent hip-hop head who co-founded, Netscape Communications. Horowitz is also the brain child of AOL, Inc, LoudCloud, and now runs a venture capitalist firm alongside, Marc Andreessen.
In his new book, the Silicone Valley guru showcases his love for the hip-hop culture by writing raps to relay key principles of managing a business.
To punctuate his points, Horowitz quotes the hip-hop lyrics of rappers such as Kayne West, Jay-Z and Nas, almost as frequently as he cites the insights of high-tech luminaries like Andreessen, former Intel Corp. CEO Andy Grove, former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and CEO coach Bill Campbell. His hip-hop references include repeated uses of the N-word and Horowitz drops “f-bombs” throughout the book.
He believes the coarse language helps convey his message.
“The confrontations and the conversations that I write about in the book are hard,” Horowitz said. “The lyrics I use express the emotional intensity that goes with the logic in the book.” (Source: AP)
Horowitz is a multi-millionaire who doesn’t boast about his net worth. However, he uses the harsh realities of ever-changing ups and downs of running multi-million dollar companies with lyrical wittiness that can surely attract the attention of those consumed by hip-hop. And if you think that Horowitz used the “rap thing” for publicity purposes, think again. The former Columbia University college student actually formed a rap group in the 80s called Blind and Def. The three-man group recorded four songs, but never obtained a record deal. He has been a fan a rap music since its inception.
If you think “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building A Business When There’s No Easy Answers” may be a good book to read, go over to Amazon to purchase it now for $21.77!
Definition: A performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments.
The best way to understand what a ROI is, is to look at how it is calculated. To calculate the ROI, use the following formula:
ROI = (Investment Gain – Cost of Investment) / Cost of Investment
The final number is either captured as a percentage or ratio. Regardless, what the formula does is show the investor if the investment is worth undertaking. With all investments, you take risks. But, by calculating the ROI, you as the investor can get a glimpse into the profitability potential of that investment.
At times, however, the circumstances surrounding that investment may cause additional fees or returns. So, although the formula above is the way to calculate your ROI, there is room for modification.
To learn more about ROIs, visit www.Investopedia.com.
via press release…
One of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the company will be teaming up with American Girl to present “Truly Talented You,” an event for girls ages 8 and up, in all of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores from March 8-15. Through activities, journaling and crafts, this free workshop will help girls learn to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate their own special talents with the help of American Girl’s newest Girl of the Year®, Isabelle Palmer. Isabelle is a dynamic, talented girl who loves dance and fashion design. When Isabelle doubts her skill as a dancer, she uses her love of design to remind herself that everyone’s talents are unique, and a person shouldn’t compare herself to others. Participants will also receive an American Girl poster of Isabelle.
American Girl, a leader in providing top advice books for girls, developed the events using content from the Isabelle book series by award-winning author Laurence Yep and several of their advice and activities books, which have been hugely popular with girls and parents at Barnes & Noble.
“American Girl is dedicated to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12 with fantastic resources,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We’re thrilled to partner with American Girl on a nationwide event that will encourage girls to develop and celebrate their own special talents—and dream, grow, aspire, create and imagine.”
Space and free promotional items are limited at this event. Parents and girls interested in participating may contact their local store for details on how to sign up. Visit www.bn.com/storelocator for store locations and additional details. Events are free and open to the public. No purchase is required to participate.
Visitors to www.BN.com can also explore the other titles in the American Girl family of insightful books and age-appropriate and educational products, many also available as NOOK Books®.
As previously posted on February 11, the 4th Annual Legendary Awards went underway at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. This special event honored local and national individuals who has impacted their careers, industry, and the people around them. This year’s ceremony was hosted by comedian Rodney Perry and actress Kendra C. Johnson. Those honored were Joe Louis Reliford (World’s Youngest Pro Baseball Player), Jonathan Babineaux (ATL Falcons player), Sugar Shane Mosely (boxer), Cameo (music group), Elisabeth Omilami (actress/activist), Shanti Das (entrepreneur), Madeline Nelson (Sony Music VP). The Lifetime Achievement Award (and most special awardee for the night) was presented to Jim Kelly, NFL Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills Quarterback.
Due to this ocassion being titled the “Legendary Awards”, STACKS Magazine took to the meet-and-greet area to find out exactly what being “legendary” truly is. Our on-site media reporter, Bianca Hawkins, had the opportunity to learn first hand the definition of being “legendary” from Q. Parker (group 112), Sharlinda Parker (entrepreneur/reality star), Sabrina Rowe (entrepreneur), B Angie B (singer), Sonia Booker (wealth expert), Reigndrop Lopes (artist), Case (artist), and Karyn Greer (11 Alive News anchor and recipient of the Media Icon Award).
PHOTOS: Tameka “Tiny” Harris & Mother, Dianne Pope Hosts ’10,000 Coins 4 A Change’ Alzheimer’s Charity Event
On Saturday (March 1), a special event took place at Nancy’s Pizza-Buckhead in support of those who lives are affected by Alzheimer’s. The For The Love of Our Fathers foundation hosted the 10,000 Coins 4 A Change charity event, which VH1′s “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” star Tameka “Tiny” Harris was in attendance. Tiny, along with her mother Dianne Pope, Shekinah Anderson, and King Harris were on-site to greet the crowd and show their gratitude for their support of Alzheimer’s research and caregiver’s assistance.
Many of those affected with Alzheimer’s are not only stricken with the disease, but also placed in unfortunate situations when there’s no one available to care for them. FTLOOF continues to spearhead efforts to financially support these caregivers. This is a cause Mrs. Pope is all too familiar with. Her husband fell ill to the disease and later passed away. This charity event, along with past events, are Mrs. Pope and Tiny’s opportunity to continue the charge of seeing that caregivers are supported and provided the facilities and/or supplies needed to care for their Alzheimer’s patients.
If you would like more information on FTLOOF and/or donate to the foundation, please visit www.fortheloveofourfathers.org.
Check out a few photos from the event:
To see the full gallery, CLICK HERE!
Some interesting information was reported today on CNN Money. The popular source for financial news and resources made claims that fast food and retail store jobs aren’t the only ones making the bare minimum. As you know, Americans working in those industries have been fighting with the corporations and Congress to increase the national minimum wage. President Barack Obama is also pushing for an increase. But, surprisingly, there are other more difficult/hourly engaged jobs that are affected by low wages.
If you could guess which professions are also being impacted, could you? Probably not. For, some of the professions listed below were even hard for me to believe. Check out the list:
Average annual salary: $22,400
Average hourly wage: $10.75
Becoming a regional pilot requires a tremendous amount of time, training and money. Federal rules stipulate that commercial-airline pilots have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight experience, and the training can cost more than $100,000.
But starting salaries for full-time pilots at regional airline carriers average about $22,400, according to data from the pilot union Air Line Pilots Association. For a 40-hour workweek, that would mean these skilled professionals are taking home about $10.75 per hour.
Average annual salary: $21,600
Adjunct professors teach the same kinds of classes as full-time, tenured faculty members at many colleges and universities. Adjuncts have advanced degrees and spend similar amounts of time grading papers and tests.
But because they are not considered full-time, adjuncts are paid far less. According to the American Association of University Professors, a 2010 survey found that their median pay is $2,700 per 3-credit-hour course. This means that even if an adjunct professor teaches between two to four classes per semester, as most tenure-tracked faculty members do, they would still only make up $21,600 per year.
By contrast, the average salary for full-time faculty members was $84,112 and the average pay for a full-time professor at a university that grants doctoral degrees was about $135,000.
Average annual salary: $26,110
Average hourly wage: $12.55
Modeling sounds glamorous, and expensive: walking down coveted runways decked out in thousands of dollars of clothes, being watched by mega celebrities, getting photographed for top fashion magazines, or jet setting around the world.
What’s not to love about that, however, is that despite the 18-hour days and the huge profits they help bring in for fashion houses, models are among the country’s low-wage earners with an average of $26,110 per year, according to U.S. government data.
Home Health Aide
Average annual salary: $21,830
Average hourly wage: $10.49
The home care industry has been booming in recent decades, as more elderly Americans choose at-home care instead of nursing homes. Aides can be responsible for dispensing life-saving medication, as well as playing a vital role in ensuring access to high-quality nursing care in people’s homes.
And though their work has required more training and responsibility, home health aides’ pay remained among the lowest in the service industry. A study released by the National Domestic Workers Alliance shows nearly a quarter of home health aides earn below minimum wage.
Average annual salary: $31,470
Average hourly wage: $15.13
Becoming a veterinary technician requires attending a two-year program to gain an associates degree, and veterinary technologists need a bachelor’s degree in order to perform their jobs. They draw blood samples, assist veterinarians during surgery and perform a number of medical tests on animals.
Yet they’re paid an average of about $15 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Wow. Do you agree that these professions should be considered too for a wage increase?
PHOTOS: @BobbiV @Dondria, @IamLaTavia @MarlonWayans Support Hair Product Line @ Bronner Bros. Hair Show
via press release…
Various celebrities and hair brands descended upon Atlanta this weekend to participate in the annual Mid-Winter Bronner Bros. Hair Show. Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans, R&B singer Bobby Valentino, So So Def’s Dondria and singer/”R&B Divas Atlanta” star Latavia Roberson all stopped by the Strength of Nature booth to get a glimpse of their newest product, the Beautiful Textures Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System.
For information on the Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System, visit www.beautifultextures.com.
Photo Credit: James Hogan, Joi Pearson
Special thanks to Saptosa Foster, of the 135th Street Agency!
The Ratchet Report: Papa Knowles Owe $32K in Child Support, Bieber’s Security Guard Arrested, & Parking Goes Bad at Texas A&M
Matthew Knowles Baby Mother Breaks Her Silence….
Papa Knowles called out on National TV…. Alexsandra Wright the mother of Matthew Knowles youngest child speaks out about his neglect to their child. Wright stated that she had no reason to go public about her and Matthew’s business until he decided not to be a father to their 4 year-old son. Wright stated that before she actually got pregnant she and Matthew had a secret love affair during the time he was still married to ex-wife Tina Knowels. Wright is now 44 years old and states that she is barely making it and depends on food stamps to support their son Nixon. She went even further to say that she was asked to let Beyonce & Jay Z raise Nixon as their own before Blu Ivy was born, however, she declined the offer. Wright stated that she didn’t have anything negative to say about the family nor has the family been negative towards her. She only wants her $32k in back child support from Matthew and a chance for Nixon to know his sister Beyonce.
Another Scandal in Bieber Land….
Police seize Justin Bieber’s Escalade…. Atlanta Police Department officials seized the Escalade of pop star Justin Bieber and find marijuana. Bieber and members of his camp have been in the news for the past several months and he has been getting tons of good and bad press. Bieber recently moved to Atlanta after his run-ins with the law all across the world. This time Bieber’s bodyguard was arrested for stealing a photo camera at a fun house Bieber rented for the day according to TMZ. The Atlanta police report stated that the after the Escalade has been seized and towed to police headquarters cops found marijuana and 2 large glass smoking pipes. Although the pipes has marijuana residue there was not enough to charge anyone for a crime. Biebers driver stated that he had no clue about the pipes and it was common to never ask questions.
When Parking Goes Bad for Texas A&M football players….
Police detain 3 Texas A&M football players…. I’m not sure what our colleges and schools are teaching the youth these days, but I think they should add “common sense” as a pre-requisite before each grade. Texas A&M blue chip recruits Isaiah Golden, Darian Claiborne and Devante Noil pulled into a Handicap parking spot at midnight on Tuesday in the College Station Apartments. According to police reports from the officer, he initially detained the 3 boys after he approached the car because he smelled marijuana. The officer asked Golden, Claiborne and Noil to exit the car, and as he searched it, he found an open container. Reports also stated that Claiborne began to shout in frustration about his football career being ruined. Claiborne was also charged with a “noise violation” for continuing to scream and disrupting the search. Golden was later arrested for possession and Noil the top wide receiver recruit in the country was let go.
This week “Really Award” goes to the 3 Texas A&M football players “Golden, Claiborne and Noil”. I want to break this down because for all students or adults everywhere:
Lesson 1: Don’t park in a Handicap parking spot without a Handicap sticker with marijuana and an open container.
I, Abner, had the pleasure of interviewing my fellow University of Central Florida (UCF) alumni Tony Khuu, one of the owners of VAIN Nightclub in Orlando, FL. In 2013, Nightclub.com ranked Vain as one of the Top 100 nightclubs in the US, the first time any club in Orlando has made the list.
Tony started Powerhouse Events Marketing & Promotions (Powerhouse E.M.P.) with Johnathan “Kocky” Hamilton in 2005 to help put their own stamp in the nightlife industry. With the success of Powerhouse, Tony and Johnathan also started Khuu Hamilton Enterprises Entertainment & Promotions (K.H.E.E.P.). K.H.E.E.P. has grown into a brand that specializes in throwing distinct events with a purpose and vision. If you visit or live in Orlando, be sure to check out Orlando’s largest club. VAIN is the nightlife experience you been waiting for.
How long have you been in the business and were you a Business major at University of Central Florida?
Tony: I have been in the promotions and marketing business since 2002. On the ownership side, I am in my third year. I went to UCF for Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
How did it feel to see Vain Night Club make the 2013 Top 100 Clubs in the United States?
Tony: It felt great, especially being that we are the first club North of South Florida to make the list. It’s a blessing to see the growth of Vain Nightclub over the years from the first day it opened.
What do you feel separates your club from others?
Tony: Orlando is a melting pop, and VAIN NIGHT CLUB is ORLANDO! Every night is a different experience that appeals to all walks of life. VAIN alone is a melting pot. It’s diverse and caters to everyone of all nationalities. Tuesday is Latin, Wednesday is Urban Hip Hop, Thursday is College Mainstream Hip Hop, Friday is EDM and House Music, and Saturday is Open Format Top 40.
What are the pros and cons of being a owner?
Tony: Being in the industry there is a lot of good and bad. Being an owner you are put under a microscope from everyone. For example, when you become successful or get into a new situation in life people will assume that you have changed and want to categorize you as “Hollywood”. Why would anyone want to do the same things that they did in college? Why would you as a professional want to run in circles and do the same things over and over again, that is INSANE! It is natural that with success you may do things differently, and move a certain way, which is not necessarily bad thing, because you are GROWING as a person.
What the public fails to realize is that, the way the people around view you in your new position and that perception has changed! My partners and I have pretty much the same circle of friends since college. Instead of drinking every night, we like to stay sober so we can wake up because we have 100+ employees that relay on the place to be packed and to be ran properly. It’s good when its good, and its bad when its bad. I love what I do. I’m passionate about it and we feel we are built for it, and just have to take it all within stride. In life you just have to find balance in all you do. Balance work and your personal life, too much of ANYTHING is NEVER good for you.
Why is it difficult for most clubs to stay open after 4 or 5 years?
Tony: It’s difficult because most club nights (and clubs in general) last about 3-5 years assuming everything stays the same. Eventually, the public will get bored and will look for something new. That is natural. There is an advantage in being in small markets because not many new venues pop up like places like Vegas and Miami; not until recently here in Orlando at least. There was a run before the last 2-3 years ,there were no new venues. As owners and promoters get older, their lives evolve so sometimes they may not be in touch with what the trends are and what is hip.
What’s the most important aspect of the nightclub experience?
Tony: The customers…making sure they are having a good time and are pleased. When that is accomplished, you will get repeat business. There is a reason it is called hospitality.
How can readers keep up with you and Vain Night Club through websites (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) ?
Jermaine Dupri is in the news again. To no surprise, however, it is due to another financial mishap. This time with one of his ex-business partners.
In January, Eddie Weathers filed a $1 million civil lawsuit against Jermaine Dupri for unpaid profits earned from a business they both owned. According to the court documents retained by RadarOnline, both men established Dieniahmar Music LLC in 2005. The name derived from the names of Dupri and Weather’s first born children. A year after the business was established, Dupri entered a co-publishing deal with EMI Music. Weathers says that Dupri told EMI, “he was the sole owner of Dieniahmar Music, when in fact he was not.”
Therefore, from 2006 to 2013, royalties were paid to Dupri and his business manager directly from EMI.
“On April 11, 2008, Weathers received a check from Mauldin’s new business manager…in the amount of $275,752.97 which represented two years of back pay royalties due Weathers,” the civil suit states.
Weathers claims that when Dupri hired a new business manager in 2011, Willie Carter, his payments ceased, or came late, or were just a fraction of what he was owed.
And when Dupri told Weathers he planned to sell Dieniahmar Music to EMI in April 2013, he claims he was promised a $238,000 cut — which he never got.
Weathers is suing Dieniahmar Music, Jermaine Mauldin, and Willie Carter for $250, 000 plus any other royalties owed. He is seeking $1 million.
Chicago-born rap artist/actor/author, Common, recently spoke on why he refuses to stop using the word “n*gga”. Over the years, well-respected individuals has spoken out against the word like Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Maya Angelou, and many others. Although some believe the word should not be brushed off as a form of slang and granted usage by our Black society, there are quite a few people that embraces it as part of the culture’s vocabulary and shouldn’t be taken so serious.
As this back-and-forth dialogue continues in our society, here’s what Common had to say about it:
“At one point, my mother asked me not to use it, at one point Dr. Maya Angelou said she didn’t support it and you know, I love her. I told mom, ‘This is the way we talk. This is part of the language and when I’m speaking to the people that need to receive the word, I’m speaking in the language that we do talk and if I talk over those people’s heads or I don’t use language that I naturally would speak in my raps, they may not get the message and that’s what I think our attention behind the usage of the word has to be understood.
I won’t stop communicating like that but I will make people aware that it’s certain people who shouldn’t use this word because of the root of the word. Yeah we took it inside our house and made it our own and now we brought it out to the world. Fortunately hip-hop is at the level it is but unfortunately some people don’t understand that they shouldn’t use it so we gotta make them aware. ‘No, you can’t use this word. This is something that’s off limits to you.’”
What do you think? Is Common reasoning okay? Or should he consider not using the “N” word anymore?
Source: Diary of Hollywood Street King
Statistics has shown that most Americans take their financial situation for granted. This can be true for non-American individuals as well. Of course, your geographical location may play a part. But, a financial crisis can affect anyone, anywhere, and at anytime. And, statistics say that none of us are prepared to handle them.
According to these statistics, Americans (in particular) have difficulty with being “proactive” when it comes to financial preparedness.
- 46% of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.
- 40% of baby boomers now plan to work until they die.
- 87% of adults say they are not confident about having money for a comfortable retirement.
- 36% of Americans say they don’t contribute anything at all to their savings.
Okay. As you can see, these statistics are shameful. We are clearly not prepared if changes occur in various stages in our lives. But, what are these “changes”? And, what should a person do in order for them to become better prepared?
1. Your kids college careers – Keep a timeline of when your child will graduate from high school. Map out a yearly plan on how much you’d like to save towards their education. Start saving now, not tomorrow. Also, research and apply for college grants or other forms of financial assistance.
2. Loss of job – Always have 6 to 12 months of emergency funds stashed in a savings account. The amount should be based on your total monthly expenses (or how much it cost to maintain your household each month). This will prepare you for any unfortunate layoff’s or separations. If you are a small business owner, devise an escape plan or ways to keep your business afloat, in case difficulties arise.
3. Economic downfall – Think of ways to survive an economic shift. What jobs are you capable of doing that can help you earn money while enduring an economic crisis?
4. Real estate or stock market changes – Stock markets fluctuate all the time. The real estate game is just now seeing a favorable shift after being the cause of America’s economic crisis a few years back. So, to prepare yourself, create a secondary plan that will keep you afloat in case your investments take a huge dip.
5. Other circumstances (i.e. divorce, health scare, death) – Be proactive by, again, writing out a P.O.A. aka Plan Of Action. Don’t wait until a parent dies or you get a divorce. Create a list of “what if’s”. These questions will help you pinpoint which income stream(s) will serve as the monetary source for any potential life change. Also, your list of “what if’s” should include names, places, and estimated costs. The earlier you plan, the better off you will be when the unfortunate time comes.
This process may take a little of your inner psychic. It’s all about being prepared for anything. Therefore, a proactive thinker should incorporate “sudden changes” into their budgets. Take control of your life while you still have time.
Source for Statistics: TonyRobbins.com
Chile…it has to be embarrassing for both parties when news like this won’t seem to go away.
Ludacris is back in court regarding parental authority over his newborn child, Cai Bella. As some of you may remember, news broke last year that Ludacris had a child outside of his long-time relationship with another woman name Tamika Fuller. Fuller, a former waitress at Atlanta’s Magic City exotic dance club, took Luda to court and requested an absurd monthly child support payment ($17K). But, the rapper/actor fired back at her claiming to be broke, thus asking the judge to reduce the amount to $7K. The judge sympathized because of the recent death of Luda’s Fast & Furious co-star, Paul Walker, which caused production of the film to be halted.
Now, TMZ is reporting that Ludacris has turn the tables again on Tamika. He is know fighting for full custody of the baby and for the mother to pay him child support.
The rapper now says in legal docs he’s a “fit and capable parent” and should get full physical custody. He offers up his parental resume, saying he’s always been “an active father” to his 12-year-old girl.
Baby Cai Bella was born only two months ago and has been taken care of by Tamika. Tamika recently took to Twitter making claims that Luda has yet to make efforts to even see the baby.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD LUDA FIGHT FOR CUSTODY? OR NOT?
The WWE Network will launch today, at 9 a.m. EST, and WWE will be offering a free trial for the first week. It will become the first ever streaming network and featuring all WWE live pay-per-events. Fans will pay $9.99 a month and required to have a six-month commitment. There will be live (pre and post) shows during pay-per-views and also for Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. WWE Network will have original programming shows and a huge library of every pay-per-view from WWE, ECW and WCW.
WWE Network will also be available through the WWE app on Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy; iOS devices such as: Apple iPad and iPhone; Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices; Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360; Roku 2 and Roku 3 streaming devices.
Most pay-per-views are usually around $50.00, so the six-month agreement is definitely worth the price. WrestleMania XXX will be the first pay-per-view aired on the WWE Network on April 6, 2014. Vince McMahon has found another way to bring in more WWE fans, make more money in the process, and make it more affordable for the WWE Universe.
50 Cent has verbally made it known on MANY occasions that he was fed up with Interscope and was ready to leave. Well, he’s finally got his wish.
Last week, he announced that him and his label, G-Unit, were no longer on Interscope’s roster. In fact, he has inked a lucrative indie deal with Capitol’s independent services division, Caroline. The new deal will give 50 Cent worldwide distribution and services rights.
This move, however, didn’t damper the relationship he has with Eminem and Dr. Dre. He spoke about them in high regards during a recent press conference.
“I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision,” 50 Cent says via press release.
Eminem even shared his appreciation for 50 Cent and what his career has meant for Shady Records. 50 was signed to Shady/Aftermath/Interscope.
“Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.”
Under this new agreement, 50 Cent will debut his new album “Animal Ambition” on June 3. Fans will be able to receive two new songs from the project instantly when they pre-order the album. Starting March 18, 50 Cent will release a new song and video each week leading up to its release.
Celebrity hair stylist, Terrance Davidson, has filed a $30 million lawsuit against rapper Nicki Minaj. The news of the lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind as it pertains to infringement of intellectual property. No one has every sued for wig/hair designs.
Davidson was hired in 2010 to be Minaj’s go-to guy for all of her big colorful wigs, which helped shaped her stardom into what it has become. But, Davidson’s says that before she fired him as an stylist in 2013, the two struck a deal to enter into the wig-making business.
Davidson claims that Minaj entered into the business and began selling his custom wig designs without his consent or knowledge. He says that she has went on and profited millions off the wigs and he hasn’t seen a dime of the proceeds.
“I actually hand-made these wigs,” Davidson said. “For me to see them in stores and not getting credit for them is upsetting.”
Davidson’s wig styles are being sold under company Pink Personality in stores and via the internet. Pink Personality is owned by Nicki Minaj, and it is being sued as well.
Minaj is being sued for stealing intellectual property and being unable to enter other business ventures (i.e. reality show) in anticipation of the two working together on the wig line.
Davidson is seeking $30 million in damages. Minaj’s camp has not yet released an official statement.
If your at-home DSL wi-fi service is slower than a turtle’s pace, then Google may soon have a better option for you.
According to the Associated Press, Google plans to expand its ultra-fast internet service to 34 additional cities. “Google Fiber” spokesperson stated at a recent press conference that fiber-optic driven service may soon be available for installation in cities such as: Atlanta, various areas in and around San Francisco, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Portland, Oregon.
What makes “Google Fiber” so much faster? The use of fiber-optic cable instead of the copper lines that transmit online data. With Google Fiber, customers will be able to surf the internet up to 100 times faster than most broadband services. They even praises its ability for customers to download an entire movie in less than two hours.
As of now, Google Fiber is only offered in Kansas City and Provo, Utah. The cost of the service is currently $70 per month for high-speed internet service. Package bundles, which include 100 high-definition cable channels, costs $120 per month.
A final announcement of its expansion is due later this year. But, it can take at least two years before the service is actually offered in those cities.
The Ratchet Report: Old VHS Tape Sends Woman to Jail, Senior Citizen Attacked w/ Meat, & ‘RHOBH’ Star Overpaid in Child Support
“The Ratchet Report”
Each week Stacks Mag will bring our readers “The Ratchet Report”…. We will highlight hot topics that have made headline news that make us say “Really”….. We will choose one report to receive the “Really Award” for the most down right ratchet thing we have ever heard of…. So sit back and enjoy as we bring to you “The Ratchet Report”!
Definition of Ratchet in the Urban Dictionary: A hot mess
SC Woman Placed in Jailed for not returning VHS from 2005
Kayla Finley of SC catches a misdemeanor charge and spends a night in jail…. Kayla Finley, 27 years-old of South Carolina, was arrested on Tuesday February 28, 2014 for failing to return a VHS from 2005. Pickens County police department arrested Finley after an active warrant was discovered for failing to return the movie “Monster-In-Law.” The movie featured Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in the popular hilarious film about a feuding soon to be in-laws.
Finley was already at the Pickens County Jail when the active warrant was discovered filed by the store owner several years ago. Court documents show several certified letters asking Finley to return the movie however she never responded to the request. Finely spent the night in jail and was released on a $2000 bond the very next day. Finley reached out to media outlets such as FOX news and stated that she couldn’t return the VHS because she had to move of state and simply forgot.
Super Market Employee attacked by Customer
Frances Slyman arrested for hitting employee with a piece of meat…. Can you imagine coming to work and all of a sudden you are confronted by a customer and assaulted with a perfectly good piece of beef. This story drew national attention after police were responded to a call a Giant Eagle grocery store that 44 year-old Frances Slyman smacked 64 year-old, Alzbeta Barath, with a steak. Slyman was in the super market looking to purchase a pair of “special cut filets” for her and her husband for dinner that evening. Slyman stated that after Barath cut the meat and passed it to her she made a derogatory comment about her husband’s weight. Slyman stated that that Barath comment outraged her so she decided to react and tossed the steaks back at her. Barath decided not to take medical treatments and Slyman was released from jail the same day.
Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Brandi Glanville Possibly Overpaid $100k….
Eddie Cibrian wants his money back from Ex-Wife Brandi Glanville…. Being rich and famous can be fun at times but when you go through nasty legal battles things could get ugly especially during a divorce. The legendary Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls said it best, “Mo Money Mo Problems.”
Actor Eddie Cibrian is accusing ex-wife Brandi Glanville, former model and star of the “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills”, of over payment for spousal support. Cibrian allegedly overpaid Glanville $100k in spousal support and has hired attorneys to retrieve his money. Cibrian legal team contacted Brandi’s attorney Ron Rale with a letter of claims for overpayment and requested immediate action.
TMZ reported that Brandi tweeted,”…Mr.fancy new cars & house man is asking ME for child support.”
This week “Really Award” goes to Frances Slyman for wasting a totally good piece of meat….
#1. You clocked a senior Citizen
#2. There are millions of starving kids in the world
After a long battle against a former financial advisor, the courts have reached a favorable decision in Rihanna’s $35 million lawsuit.
Rihanna was awarded a judgement of $10 million, which both parties agreed upon. She originally sued Peter Gounis, of Berdon LLP, for millions she’d loss in failed ventures suggested by the accountant. Remember, in 2009, the pop singer announced that she was “effectively broke”. She also fired Mr. Gounis.
Rihanna claimed that in January 2009 she had $11 million. By December 2009, she had only $2 million left. Mr. Gounis, during that year, OK’d several large purchases such as the $7.5 million mansion in Beverly Hills, which later turned out to be a dud. The home was ridden with water leakage problems. Rihanna spent over $1 million in home repairs until finally deciding to sell it, which caused her a $2 million loss.
The court documents read: “Mr. Gounis was fully appraised of Ms. Fenty’s financial condition, yet, nonetheless, failed to advise her that the purchase would be unwise.” (Source: LatinaPost.com)
Rih Rih’s legal squad added that Berdon LLP also advised her (via email) to make the purchase(s) knowing that she was experiencing financial difficulties. The accounting firm also failed to warn her about a worldwide tour that was failing. The ticket sales were not turning over as forecast and the firm failed to warn her before the tour ended. She lost millions because of this as well.
Peter Gounis’s argument was that Rihanna’s frivilous spending on designer clothing and jewelry was the real reason why her millions faded away.
Although Rihanna won this case, this should be a lesson to anyone who hire someone to manage their finances.
When soliciting and securing financial services from a firm or individual, always be willing to take a second look at your money at all times. Most firms and advisors are scheduled to give you a full financial report once a month or each quarter (or as often as you specify). This gives you the opportunity to review your assets against your liabilities, determine if there’s money available for major purchases or investments, etc. Mr. Gounis, in this instance, should not have approved the purchase of that $7.5 million mansion. Rihanna only had $11 million in the account. So, why would anyone tell their client to spend over half of their entire savings? This should have been a red flag for Rihanna.
But like a lot of celebrities and athletes, many do not know how to manage a large amount of money. From once being poor to one day becoming a multi-millionaire, this can be very scary and mentally overwhelming. And when you are not educated on how to properly manage your finances, you will be more prone to throwing it away.
In her case, Rihanna trusted the wrong people. This brings us to another point: don’t be afraid to fire people when they are not doing their job! There’s nothing wrong with that. Just because a colleague referred their services, you don’t have to put up with their poor job. So, fire them quickly and look for a reputable accountant. Try several accountants if you have to. And in some cases, hold them accountable for any significant losses (i.e. insurance, earned value milestones, etc).
The key is to be proactive, not reactive. If you can prevent a loss from happening by just being prepared and aware, then stay on your sh*t at all times, make sure your accountant is doing their job, and keep your eyes on your money.
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“Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty.” These words were written by James W. Johnson in the early 1900s as poem and were later made into a song when Johnsons’ brother added music to the poem. This song quickly became known as “The Negro National Anthem.”
Lyrics and music once meant something in our community and had a significant meaning to it. But, that was a long time ago…before we met artist like Khia, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, etc.
During the 17th century, when blacks were slaves and unable to get an education, they relied on doing everything orally. They would make-up folktales/songs to make the time go by, and these were passed down from generation to generation. They [folktales] were very popular within the African-American community. These songs would be about life, religion, becoming free etc. But, our music has changed dramatically since that time. Now, whenever I turn my radio on, the lyrics I hear are about sex, disrespect to women, curse words, and several other things that would cause our ancestors to roll over in their graves. Several people in our communities don’t know anything about the genre of music that was once called “Negro Spirituals.”
Negro Spirituals were religious songs sung by slaves. But, when exactly did music stop being about life and start being about sex?
“Rhythm and Blues” (R&B) originated in the 1940′s. There were bands such as Tympany Five and Wynonie Harris; their lyrics were backed up with different instruments: trumpet, tenor saxophone, piano, bass, etc. Some of their popular songs were “Beans & Cornbread”, which isn’t about food, but the food identifies “friends”. Saying that friends are like a good meal – they go hand in hand. Harris recorded a song, “Good Rocking Tonight” (remake), which was about having a good time with a loved one and enjoying the rhythm and blues. These songs still had a connection with Negro Spirituals.
In 1979, the first popular Rap/Hip-Hop song was born. Sugarhill Gang amazed the world with “Rapper’s Delight”. The song was fourteen minutes long and like the Negro Spiritual genre, this song was also about everyday life and experiences. Instead of working in the fields and living as slave, this was a song about of living in the ghetto and situations one must face. The song also talked about experiences with friends and family members. By the lyrics that are being rapped, it’s easy to tell that life for African-Americans weren’t the same as the 1900′s because the artist don’t sound lonely and depressed. They were no longer rapping about being free, because they were free.
As time change so does the music, lyrics, and the musical artists we hear. Today, both R&B and Rap music has explicit lyrics. On these songs, we hear men disrespecting women and women disrespecting themselves. These songs are about being criminals and whores. It’s quite obvious that the artist has an influence over society; whether that influence is negative or positive is solely up to the artist themselves. Today’s music also talks about life, but it’s not always the life of the artist we’re hearing, it’s the life which sale singles and makes money.
One may think that modern day artist don’t know what real music is, it seems as if anyone who can talk or yell can be a singer or rapper. Although I have so much negativity to say about this type of music and today’s artist, I too listen to these artists and their music quite frequently. I’m just open-minded enough to not have the music influence me in any way.
I am a fan of the old timer’s music. I sit and listen to one of my old school songs and then I’ll listen to a current song. I can’t help but wonder… where did our good music artists go? I sometimes also wonder if we can ever get some of that old soul back, although I know we won’t. I don’t’ worry about the future of our music, in all honesty, I don’t think it can get any worse.
The EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) is a refundable tax credit which allows taxpayers to receive monies if their household earned less than $51,567 during the tax year. Not many people are aware that they can file for the EITC credit, which is why the IRS launched a nationwide awareness campaign to ensure families filed appropriately.
To ensure filers are taking the credit correctly, the IRS offers an online advice assistant at www.irs.gov/eitc. Taxpayers and tax preparers can get assistance with concerns about their family size, filing status, income requirements, and more. The EITC is available for those who work full-time or part-time jobs, self-employed, and even farmers. If you earned $51,567 or less in 2013, by filing for the credit, you can receive up to $6,044 (for families with 3 or more kids) and/or up to $487 filers without children.
However, before you prepare your return, please avoid making errors or false calculations when taking the EITC. Some errors to avoid are:
- Claiming a child who does not meet the relationship, age or residency tests
- Filing as “single” or “head of household” when married
- Over or under reporting of income and or expenses to qualify for or maximize EITC
- Missing Social Security numbers or Social Security Number and last name mismatches for both taxpayers and the children
Even if you are not required to file a return, as a worker, you must file a tax return and claim the credit specifically. To file for the EITC for FREE, there are three options: IRS.gov, Online Fillable Forms, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Care for the Elderly (TCE), or call 1-800-906-9887.
via press release…
As part of its ‘Re-Fun Your Refund’ program, GameStop announced today that it is offering customers a chance to get more with their IRS tax refund check than ever before. Starting today, through March 23rd, customers can get great deals on new and pre-owned video gaming systems, tablets, game titles, and accessories.
PowerUp Rewards members, 18 years or older, who spend at least $75 will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Toyota of their choice, MeMO Pad HD 7ASUS tablets, a next-generation Turtle Beach headset, one of thousands of PlayStation® Plus memberships and Xbox Live gift cards, and more.
“We know our customers work hard for their money and we look forward to offering them fun ways to put their tax refunds to good use,” said Ashley Sheetz, chief marketing officer for GameStop. “With ‘Re-Fun Your Refund,’ we want our customers’ refunds to go further by offering them a chance to win exciting prizes and great deals on the video game products and accessories they want.”
GameStop is partnering with Toyota to offer one lucky grand prize winner the chance to take home a 2014 Toyota vehicle of his or her choice between a Sienna LE, Highlander, RAV4, Camry, Prius, or Corolla. To enter the sweepstakes, PowerUp Rewards members, who are legal residents of the United States, Guam or Puerto Rico, who are at least 18 years old, must make a purchase of $75 or greater at any GameStop store, or at www.GameStop.com/refunyourrefund between February 17 and March 23.
“We have a strong relationship with GameStop because of their sponsorship of the No. 20 GameStop Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. We are happy to extend this partnership beyond the racing program to other opportunities such as the Re-Fun Your Refund campaign,” said Paul Doleshal, motorsports marketing manager for Toyota.
Trade-in to Help Trade Up
To help customers make the transition to a next-generation console this tax season, GameStop is also offering a 50% extra in-store credit when customers trade-in any video game systems toward the purchase of a new Sony PlayStation® 4, Microsoft Xbox One, or Nintendo Wii U. Customers can also receive 30% extra in-store credit when they trade any items toward the pre-order or purchase of some of the hottest next-generation games coming in March such as Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
For more information on GameStop’s “Re-Fun Your Refund” program and all the great exclusive deals and sweepstake prizes, visit a local GameStop store, or go to www.GameStop.com/refunyourrefund.
Something’s in the air. It must be tax season because insulting memes, videos, and quotes have been surfacing the web since early December 2013.
As we all know, anyone making under a certain amount of money is guaranteed to get a couple of thousand dollars back. But, each year the IRS uncovers millions of dollars that has been illegally claimed by Americans. This is not to say that everyone does this, but it is being done. Regardless, shopping centers, car lots and every other store becomes overpopulated when refunds are dispersed. People are so quick to run to a store or car lot to spend the cash, but they don’t think about saving their money until it’s too late. They dress spectacular and fabulous in the top name brands for a couple weeks, trying to show off and impress anyone who’ll watch. Then they’re in a pit (within a month) when bills are due and their bank account reads zero dollars.
One way to make sure your money last is to invest in treasury bonds, savings bonds, put a small amount in a stock market or invest in something worthwhile. If you don’t want to go that far, you can open up a protected savings account, which won’t allow you to make withdrawals from the account for a specific amount of time.
There are number of ways you can save your money and make it double. Just because the money is there, doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend it. Pretend like it does not exist, so when you really need it, it’ll be there for you – hopefully with interest.
Don’t be a victim of the cliché memes.
The Ratchet Report: RHOA’s Mama Joyce Strikes Again, Crayton Explains Anti-Gay Tweet, & Rickey Smiley Trickin’ Off Into Debt??
RHOA Mama Joyce Strikes again and taking no Prisoners
Mama Joyce confronts Carmen again…. We have all watched and enjoyed the RHOA for several years. We have watched cast members come and go and build life long bonds, plus friendships that would not usually happen. We have the opportunities to see weddings, divorces, child births and the city of Atlanta get some good exposure. Most of all we have had the chance to see these women grow personally and professionally and “keep it real” all at the same time. The RHOA franchise has shown the world that wealthy people have the same challenges and issues everyday working class citizens have the only difference is the women in the show have just a little more cash flow.
This year the show took an unusual twist when Mama Joyce, the mother of RHOA star Kandi Burruss, expressed her thoughts about Kandi’s fiancé Todd. The last episode Mama Joyce was on sparked super ratings for the Bravo show because of the altercation she had with Kandi’s best friend and assistant Carmen. Well get ready because clips are circulating the web for the next episode and Mama Joyce is at it again. Carmen received some news about “the people in the streets” making accusations that Todd and Carmen were having a secret relationship behind Kandi’s back and confronted the person.
To Carmen’s surprise, Mama Joyce got wind of Carmen confronting the alleged person who happens to be Todd’s ex-girlfriend and left a threatening message on Carmen’s phone. Mama Joyce stated that she was not happy with Carmen confronting the alleged person and threatened to drag Carmen up and down the street.
I love Mama Joyce and think she is a fantastic woman, however, at a certain point in your life some things should be left alone – and this in my opinion is one.
Hide you kids hide your friends Mama Joyce is knocking out everybody or maybe just Carmen.
Patrick Crayton has to back track “there goes the NFL” tweets…
Patrick Crayton Twitter rants about Prospective NFL rookie Michael Sams announcement about being gay…. On Feb 9th Patrick Crayton responded to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s report about the projected mid-round NFL pick Michael Sam announcing being gay. Crayton replied with his beginning tweet “Oh wow!!! There goes the NFL!.” He later went to tweet, “trying to figure why announce and stay in the closet and keep, To urself!!!” Clayton later went on to try to clarify tweets after making such a dumb move and stated.
“A lot of people are mad because I said there goes the NFL,” Crayton tweeted. “I say that because now this young man is (going) to get all the wrong attention for his sexual choice and a lot of players and execs will get asked about playing with a gay guy and they are going to have to lie about how they really feel.
“This young man will come in with notoriety for announcing his sexual choice more then his ability to play the game he loves!!! This will be a major thing in football for yrs to come. So for all u guys cussing at me and calling me a bigot, a–hole or whatever, know where (expletive) I’m coming from before u do what u hate others to do when a situation like this is announced!!” (Source: www.dallasnews.com)
The world is filled with so much hate and scrutiny because a person is rich, poor, black, white, short, tall, skinny or fat, but no one is trying to embrace and love others for just being a human being. I applaud Michael Sams for having the guts to tell his truth and be happy with himself. I understand Crayton has his views and that’s also okay because this is America the land of the free and the brave and we all have our views and opinions. My suggestion however would be to embrace others and try to be more understanding.
In the words of the late Rodney King “Can’t we all just get along?”
Is Cash Flow Really Low for Comedian Ricky Smiley?
Former employee of Ricky Smiley calls former boss out…. We have all heard of the negative comments that terminated disgruntle ex-employees can make about previous employers. This time a former employee of comedian, actor and radio personality Ricky Smiley is talking to the press about his “debt” issues. The former employee stated that Ricky Smiley is up to his ears in IRS debt and back money owed to his previous manager. The former employee went on record stating that Smiley was a compulsive spender and made unnecessary purchases such as boats, cars and very expensive hotel rooms for call girls while on the road. The former employee stated that due to his spending habit and debt issues Smiley fired a lot of his staff and several others quit for various reasons. It was also stated from the former employee that Smiley’s CFO stated that Smiley would have to do live performances to supplement his monthly revenue according to www.celebnmusic247.com.
I’m not sure if this is true because of the source. But, if it is, my advice to Ricky is start booking and planning those shows because the IRS is outchea.
This week “Really Award” goes to my girl “Mama Joyce”. I know you mean well and want the best for your baby girl, but leave well enough alone and let that go. Kandi is a nice and intelligent woman and according to her net-worth, she is very smart… So no worries!
Sex, sexo, sexe, cekc- no matter what country or language you say it in “sex” still means one thing. Sex is a sexually motivated phenomena or behavior. These days’ people take advantage of their vaginas and penises and use sex as a game instead of a way to show their love and affection for one another. There are so many things that reference sex in today’s society – everything from movies, to music to games and even commercials.
Media portrays sex as something fun and exciting. When it’s [sex] seen in music videos done by celebrities and sexy backup dancers it reels kids in. When it’s seen on shows such as “Secret Life of an American Teenager”, it reels teenagers in. They see these adults portraying teenagers living young, wild and free and they want a glimpse of that life- until they learn that everything that glitters isn’t gold and TV glitters up everything. Most of these characters that were featured in this series had sex drives that were intractable.
Dancing is one of the most provocative actions that lead to sex-juking, twerking, grinding, bumping- all these involves the thrusting of body parts against one another. The issue with our society is everyone is so against teen pregnancy, yet they promote it any and every time they can. Celebrities want to tell teens to do the right thing- go to college, get an education, sex can wait, yet in their music, videos and performances everything they preach to kids goes out the window.
Kids in middle school are even having sex now, the fact that 5th graders are mixed with 8th graders introduces kids to sex earlier than they usually would be introduced to the topic. The bad thing about sex is that it will always be around affecting our youth and making it tempting for them to test the waters.
Sex sales and, with all devices and social networks kids have access to, that makes it difficult to monitor their every move. Trying to keep them away from these things is like trying to stick to a diet- it’s easier said than done.
On yesterday, we featured some cool gift ideas for the ladies for Valentine’s Day. The items we chose were just a few of our “low-cost” favorites. Men who need a little help in making a decision, the gift ideas was there for inspiration. Hopefully, we were able to help some of you.
As for the ladies, sometimes we have a hard time too deciding what to buy our man. But, in case you haven’t picked up his gift yet, here are some items that we believe your boo would love.
Was It Really Worth It? Michael Jackson Fans Awarded $1.74 for ‘Emotional Damage’ Due to Death of Pop Star
A French court recently sided with five die hard fans of the late Michael Jackson in a lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray. A total of 34 fans brought a case against the man accused of killing the pop star on claims that they suffered emotional stress after his death. But, out of the 34 individuals, only five proved their case.
The fans (two from France, two from Switzerland, and one from Belgium) was awarded only $1. 74 each. But, was suing Dr. Murray worth the dollars and time spent going to court? Uh, no.
The only real reason for this was to prove a point, apparently. And, their point was proved that it is possible to sue for emotional damage due to a strong connection with an idol/celebrity. According to the fans attorney, this is also the first known case of this action.
“As far as I know this is the first time in the world that the notion of emotional damage in connection with a pop star has been recognized,” the fans’ attorney, Emmanuel Ludot, told Agence France-Presse.
The symbolism of this case was the main goal of the fans. This was apparent because the fans didn’t request Dr. Murray to actually pay their awarded monies.
Valentine’s Day is approaching and, for most, the next two days will be stressful. Why? Because, most people wait until the last minute to buy their significant other a gift. And not because they are short on cash, but simply because they have no idea what to buy. While some gentlemen rely on the basic gift of flowers, box of chocolates, lingerie, etc, other men try to think outside the box.
Funny thing is…it really doesn’t matter what the final gift is, most of the time us women are just happy to receive something. But hey…
Guys, if you want to keep the cost down but still give your old lady something nice, we’ve found a few gift ideas that should be obtainable before Friday, Feb. 14.