FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER!Beanie Siegel failed to pay his taxes for the years 2003 through 2005 and now faces 2-years serious jail time. U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois also imposed a year of supervised release after the sentence during which Beanie will payb ack taxes, interest and penalties he owes.
Beanie Siegel Gets TWO YEARS Behind Bars For TAX EVASION!
The IRS found that Beanie did not file tax returns from 1999 through 2002, except for a $10,000 tax payment in 2001 while he earned more than $2.2 million in taxable income for those years. So he owes $728,536 for those six years. He was not charged with tax offenses for the years 1999 through 2002 because the statute of limitations had expired. He has until Sept. 12 to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons.
But on a happier note, Beanie is back doing music. Chris Schwartz, CEO of hip-hop label Ruffhouse Records, has announced that Beanie will drop his first album for the label This Time will be released August 28. Chris said,
“We’re extremely proud to be re-launching Ruffhouse Records with Beanie Sigel as our first artist. His sentencing today doesn’t change any of that in the least. Regardless of this unfortunate situation, Beanie has created a tremendous body of work that is totally worthy of the Ruffhouse name. It’s almost ironic that the sentencing is happening on the eve of this record, because this record is about introspection and redemption. Beanie is truly one of the great lyricists in the hip-hop game. He stands tall among all the major MCs and he’s revered by all hip-hop aficionados around the world.”
In Memoriam Maria Cole, Mother Of Natalie Cole Dies
M aria Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole, the widow of singing legend Nat “King” Cole, and in her own right a Big Band singer, died Tuesday in Boca Raton, Florida, after a brief battle with cancer, her family announced. She was 89. “Our mom was in a class all by herself,” her three children said in a statement Thursday. “She epitomized, class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady. We are so blessed and privileged to have inherited the legacy that she leaves behind along with our father. She died how she lived — with great strength, courage and dignity, surrounded by her loving family.”
Born Maria Hawkins in Boston in 1922, Maria and a sister moved to North Carolina to live with an aunt soon after her mother died in childbirth. She took voice and piano lessons as a child, and after graduating in 1938 from the Palmer Memorial Institute — then one of America’s most prestigious African-American prep schools — she returned to Boston and sang with a jazz orchestra. She soon moved to New York to pursue a music career with jazz great Benny Carter’s band.
In 1943, she married Spurgeon Ellington, a Tuskegee Airmen flyer during World War II. He was killed in Georgia two years later during a routine postwar training flight.
After performing briefly with Count Basie and swing music innovator Fletcher Henderson, Cole’s big break came when Duke Ellington hired her as a vocalist. She stayed with him until 1946, when she began soloing at New York’s Club Zanzibar as an opening act for The Mills Brothers.
It was there that she met Nat, and they were married on Easter Sunday in 1948 in a lavish ceremony in Harlem. It was only six days after Nat’s divorce from his first wife became final. The two were married for almost 17 years, until the soft-spoken singer died of lung cancer in Santa Monica in February 1965.
After her husband’s death, Maria produced a James Baldwin play, sang on The Ed Sullivan Show, created the Cole Cancer Foundation and was active in charity work.
The Coles conceived — Natalie, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter. She was born in 1950 as the Coles’ first child. She was followed by Nat Kelly Cole, adopted in 1959 (death in1995), and the twins Timolin and Casey, who were born in 1961. In 1949, the couple had adopted Carol (known as “Cookie”), the daughter of Maria’s late sister. Cookie passed away in 2009.
In addition to her three daughters, survivors include her sister, Charlotte; her son-in-laws Gary and Julian; and six grandchildren. A private service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles at a date to be determined.
Christina Milian –VS- The Dream?
Last month Christina Milian hinted all was not well between her and ex-husband The Dream regarding Dream's lack of participation in raising their daughter Violet [click here if you missed that].
In a candid interview Christina goes into detail about Dream's absentee parenting...
Christina tells Houston's 97.9 The Box
“All I care about is my daughter, and when it comes to the case of parenting and having another parent, I really would like her to have a father in her life."
"I’m not happy at the moment, but I have come to the realization that I have to be 200% mom for her. And it’s not about finances it’s about spending time….”
Well, Dream is tired of Christina's mouth...
Check these Tweets out here.
Terrell Owens Misses Child Support Court Date, Facing Jail Time
Terrell Owens can’t seem to get things together when it comes to his baby mama drama . Owens appeared on Dr. Phil with three of his — in Dr. Phil’s words — baby mamas to try to work out some of the drama and now it looks like he’s headed to jail if he misses court again. Owens told an Atlanta radio station that, despite professional setbacks and bad investments, he’s not broke.
Still, T.O. conceded that his “circumstances have changed.” And those circumstances could change again — into jail time — if he doesn’t start making his child-support payments. CBS reports according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV, Owens is $20,000 behind on his child-support payments to Melanie Smith, the mother of their seven-year-old daughter. Smith says that Owens previously agreed to pay $5,000 a month.
“It’s a tragedy, not only that we are here today.
This is the third case she has had to file in the last year,” Smith’s attorney Randy Kessler told WSB.
Owens’ attorney David Hartin took responsibility for his client’s absence blaming poor communication. The trial has been rescheduled for July 19 and if T.O. is again a no-show he could face time behind bars.
Owens, 38, reiterated that he’s willing to do whatever it takes
“My numbers speak for themselves,” he added. “It’s not a matter of performance, I think everyone saw that my last year in Cincinnati. Once I get on the field I play football. Everything else is out the window.”
First things first: He should plan on showing up in court next week.
Dawn Richard, “Puff said I wasn’t going any further with Dirty Money….”
Fans and critics have watched Dawn Richard transform seemingly into several different facets of herself. From her inorganically matched stint with platinum-selling girl group Danity Kane to her exploration of eclectic sounds with Diddy-Dirty Money, the 28-year-old Armor On singer has now emerged as an independent artist. With that choice, obviously, comes controversy and unwarranted backlash. But while many artists may struggle to find their solo niche among a sea of sound, Dawn confidently knows who she is and has been the same all along.
“Me and Dirty Money, me and Danity Kane, it’s all the same person,” she tells me. “Puff said I wasn’t going any further with Dirty Money, so I chose to keep writing my own story.”
And she did. One that encompasses a style that resembles strength, unpredictability and resilience.
On an unofficial summer Friday, the former Making The Band star steps onto a photoshoot set ready to work. In the midst of fainting (almost) over a pair of red Marc Jacobs wedge sneakers, Richard talked at length about current “cool” pop stars, the standouts of today’s music generation and how she intends to carve out her space on the style spectrum.
“Check the track record. [Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money] were always ahead of fashion trends,” she says. “We were pushing the limits in everything. Danity Kane had five lead singers, which was unheard of, wearing Heatherette; we were doing 10-part harmonies. And Dirty Money had a mogul as a leader. It’s never been your typical aesthetic.”
Nowadays, the underrated singer-slash-dancer champions a lane she feels is less traveled. Today, it seems the experiences alongside the face of Bad Boy–including meeting Karl Lagerfeld, sitting front row at countless fashion shows and being called into record with music’s top producers–play out like ancient history. Forced, essentially, back to square one, she’s looking to build something all new, all her own. Tying tribal sounds to classic R&B melodies is just another way to bridge her left-field status to the vision she hopes will be remembered.
“I want to be reminiscent of Brandy. She will always be the vocal Bible to me; I’ll be the misfit of music, the rebel of music.”
Of course, I ask about the ever-rebellious Rihanna, but Dawn quickly resists any comparison: “Rihanna is Rihanna. I want the music and the style to be daring in itself. I’m pushing androgyny with the patterns and the presence of armor. It’s not too exaggerated, that’s what the sound is. There’s a presence of strength [in the image and music].”
Almost two years beyond Last Train to Paris and a few months past the release of her latest EP, Dawn is staring down the barrel of her debut album GoldenHeart, the first installment of a trilogy. Fans can expect it to be edgier, fresher yet not one set thing.
“You can expect the unexpected with me. I’m not what you wanted or what you thought I would be. I just wanna be me–more of movie, more epic.”
Hot Shots: Monica Makes Moves With Gospel Singer and
Like idol Whitney Houston, fans of ‘Love All Over Me’ maestra Monica have long known of her love for gospel music.
Consistently citing the genre as one of her personal favorites, it’s no shock that the singer joined forces months ago with gospel powerhouses James Fortune
Now to the fortune of listeners, the hold for the single’s accompanying video is shortening as snaps from the set have surfaced online. See the three in action and take a listen below (thanks to our friends at GospelPundit):
The snaps surface days after Mo brought down the Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium with her rendition of Whitney Houston gospel favorite ‘I Love the Lord’
Mariah Carey Puts FABULOUS Bahamas Villa On The Market For $5.5M!
Mariah Carey has put her fabulous Bahamas villa on the market for $5.5 million. Mariah Carey is selling the fabulous villa where she married Nick Cannon in 2008.
The home sits atop a white/sandy beach and has a 40ft swimming pool.
RHOA’s Phaedra Parks Shows Off Her Donkey Booty In A Swimsuit Thong
Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks showed off her donky booty, rocking a thong, covered in a black mesh fishnet cover-up. Kandi shared the photo on twitter, tweeting:
My girl @PhaedraParks rocked her thong swimsuit today with confidence! No one could concentrate!!! LOL I luv @PhaedraParks she’s not afraid 2b herself. Get her ?#DonkeyBooty?fitness DVD when it comes out!I sure will!
What do you think of Phaedra’s swimsuit shot? A bit too provocative for a mother to wear outside of her home? Of if you’ve got the body, go for it?!
Gladys Knight To Be Judge On Apollo Live
I n June, Aretha Franklin expressed her interest in being a judge on a popular reality TV talent show like American Idol or The X Factor, but complained she or other legendary singers such as Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle never get called. Luckily for Gladys Knight, that call has come in. On Wednesday, BET’s sister network Centric announced that the eight-time Grammy Award winner will take the role as lead judge on Apollo Live, a new singing competition at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater. The new series, premiering in the fall, will put a new spin on the popular Amateur Night.
Doug E. Fresh and New Edition’s Michael Bivins will also join Gladys at the judging table. Jamie Foxx is executive produce of Apollo Live and will be hosted by comedian/actor Tony Rock.
Lil Wayne caught with his Jumpoff?
After this picture of Lil Wayne in post-coital repose showed up online the jump in the photograph defends her relationship with the Young Money Millionaire...
Well look at the tweets
This chick is THIRSTY!
Hot Shot: Nicki Minaj Goes Gold In The Philippines
While there’s been an effort by some Pop sects to downplay her commercial success, there’s no denying Nicki Minaj‘s pull on charts the world over.
Not sure what we mean?
Well, watching her latest single ‘Pound The Alarm’ rise 118 UK spots in the space of two weeks in the UK, its predecessor ’Starships’ break the US chart record for spending the most consecutive weeks in the Top Ten, the Rapper welcomed more good news hours ago.
For, in what extends her lead as Pop’s highest selling debutante, the MC’s first album ‘Pink Friday’ has been certified Gold in the Philippines for shipments of 10,000 copies.
Awarded with a Gold plaque during her visit to the nation, her latest feat arrives before the launch of her UK arena tour this winter.
A tour, which will make her one of the only Rappers of any genre to headline at London’s 02 Arena.
Whitney Houston Mansion Still Up For Sale
Whitney Houston’s New Jersey mansion is still up for sale. According to “The Star Ledger,” the five-bedroom, five-bathroom property in Mendham has been on the market for more than three years. The late pop icon bought the home in 1987 for two-point-seven-million-dollars.
Realtors say there was a lot of interest in the property following Houston’s death earlier this year. The large home was the site of Houston and Bobby Brown’s 1992 wedding.
Madonna being sued by The SalSoul Orchestra over the song ‘VOGUE’
And now a record company is reportedly trying to sue the singer for copyright infringement.
VMG Salsoul has filed a lawsuit against the 53-year-old megastar, claiming she used samples from Salsoul Orchestra's 1977 dance song Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh, I Love It).
In hot water: Madonna is reportedly being sued after not paying for samples used in her hit song Vogue
According to TMZ, the company believes Madonna sampled horns and strings from the track – and never paid to do so.
VMG Salsoul has even explained why it has taken so long to file the offending lawsuit.
The record company claims that the samples are not immediately obvious.
The company claims they have only just discovered this due to new technology
They allegedly have only been detected recently due to new technology which is able to isolate and identify sounds.
Listen and you decide.
Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh, I Love It):
VMG Salsoul is demanding unspecified damages in the copyright infringement lawsuit.
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘The Honey Pot’
Well slather me silly, it seems like quite some time since we’ve had us some bottom biscuits to dig into. Now someone pass that jelly, or honey, some people like honey.
I don’t, but that’s okay, we’re all here to enjoy!
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY!!!