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Black Entertainment, Money, Style and Beauty Blogs - Black Voices

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    From Prospect.org:

    The New York Times is the latest paper to take a look at Washington, D.C.'s internal divisions, but it stays in the shallow end of the pool.

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    Rule number one of musical stardom: pay your taxes. Ja Rule, who's already been off the rap radar while serving a two-year gun-possession bid, was sentenced Monday to another 28 months behind bars for failing to file income tax returns.

    The offense, which took place between 2004 and 2006, is the result of youth and lack of guidance, Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, explained during a court appearance in New Jersey yesterday. "I was a young man who made a lot of money. I didn't know how to deal with these finances, and I didn't have people to guide me," he said.



    Luckily, most of this new sentence could be served at the same time as his weapon-possession stint thanks to a ruling by U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz, but Rule will still be expected to pay the $1.1 million in back taxes that he owes the IRS.

    Tax evasion seems to be the Achilles' heel of many celebs, including Wesley Snipes who was sentenced to three years in prison for failing to pay taxes on some $13 million he made between 1999 and 2001; "American Idol" Ruben Studdard, whose failure to pay between 2003 and 2005, the year he won the TV contest, resulted in property liens; and Dionne Warwick whose 11-year default has earned her the title of California's third-biggest tax debt, according to ABC News.

     

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    From the Root:

    There is a magic to almost any arts festival. You can feel the joy and affection flowing through the eager crowds of like-minded people who have come together to revere beauty, creativity and vision. For African Americans, there is no grander celebration of the community's talents than the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, which ended on Sunday. While the music pulses every year at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, the words are onstage at the Harlem Book Fair and the drums can trigger thrilling movement at DanceAfrica in Brooklyn, N.Y., the National Black Arts Festival is an amazing amalgamation of each of these art forms, and much more.

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    From the Huffington Post:

    As Michele Washington walks into a McDonald's in Harlem on a recent evening, exhausted from a two-hour commute and eager for an inexpensive meal, her seven-year-old son, Monty, breaks into a chant that has become a regular soundtrack.

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    From The Huffington Post: A year to the day after Shirley Sherrod was ousted from the Agriculture Department, the former government employee is still seeking vindication.

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    Michele BachmannFrom NewsOne: OMAHA, Neb. - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pointed to one program in particular Monday when talking about wasteful government spending: a multibillion dollar settlement paid to black farmers, who claim the federal government discriminated against them for decades in awarding loans and other aid.

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    The obsession with designer brands has gone too far. Young rapper Soulja Boy's new mixtape the 'Bernard Arnault EP' isn't about a new dance like his mega hit 'Crank That,' instead it's an ode to the luxury brand Louis Vuitton. The mixtape was already downloaded 13,000 times since this weekend, Women's Wear Daily reports, but we can't grasp why. Maybe it's the brainwashing effect of the second track 'Louis Vuitton.' Listen for yourself.






     

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    From The Grio
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    Just by talking to her, you wouldn't know that Vivian Nixon is an ex convict.

    Confident, articulate, and now pursuing a Master's Degree in Theology, Nixon seems more likely to have spent time in a church worship hall rather than a prison hall.

    But it wasn't always that way.


    Many years ago, she got into legal trouble and wound up with a felony conviction.

    Nixon won't say much about it -- other than to note that she spent three and a half years in prison for a non-violent offense.

    She now runs the College and Community Fellowship in New York, which helps female ex-inmates successfully reintegrate into society by bolstering their educational and economic opportunities. In her present role, Nixon encourages former prisoners not to dwell on their past -- even as Nixon acknowledges her own atypical background.

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    Apparently the "Oprah effect" doesn't transcend U.S. lines. Winfrey's audience went into typical pandemonium when she announced that she'd be footing the bill for a trip to Australia last December, but the resulting TV series, titled Ultimate Australian Adventure, underwhelmed viewers and failed to boost Australia's tourism efforts as planned.

    As we reported previously, it was actually Australian taxpayers who shelled out money to fund Oprah's adventure, some $3 million to be exact, including expenses for 300 of her fans. Updated estimates put the cost closer to $5 million. The return, which was valued at over $300 million in global publicity according to Tourism Australia, didn't quite hit the mark. But just how far off it is has yet to be determined as Tourism Australia chief, Andrew McEvoy told the Sydney Morning Herald, "the full impact will be seen over many years to come."

    Experts have relied on visits by Americans (as well as those by Canadian and British residents) to gauge Oprah's influence, numbers which showed that U.S. visits fell 0.8 percent in the first five months of 2011, compared with the first half of last year. The dip was even more pronounced in Britain and Canada, where Oprah's special also aired.

    Australia's rising dollar is partially to blame, but critics also say that the TV series' narrow focus-showcasing only two "stereotypical" parts of the country-was also a factor.

     

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  • 07/19/11--10:10: Maya Rudolph Welcomes a Son

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    It's a boy for Maya Rudolph. The Bridesmaids star, 38, and director Paul Thomas Anderson welcomed their third child, son Jack, on July 3, her rep tells PEOPLE.

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    From Chron:

    Guinea's president narrowly survived an assassination attempt Tuesday after gunmen encircled his home overnight and pounded his bedroom with heavy-artillery, throwing into doubt the stability of the country's first democratically elected government in a part of the world that has long been ruled by the gun.
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    From The Cut:

    Louise Wilson, a professor at British fashion school Central St. Martins, has confirmed reports that Kanye West is working on a womenswear label with British designer Louise Goldin. Wilson herself isn't involved, contrary to previous rumors, although she admits to chatting with him before about fashion stuff. Reports British Vogue:


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    From the Huffington Post:

    From Summer's Eve -- the same feminine hygiene purveyors who once implied you haven't gotten a raise because you're not fresh down there -- comes a new slew of videos seemingly targeting specific demographics.

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    From Psych Central:

    According to Raymond DePaulo, Jr. M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, African American populations do not have higher rates of depression in the US. However, the statistics may be skewed because African Americans are much less likely to report their symptoms of depression.

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    From Nola.com:

    Born Helen Folasade Adu to a Nigerian father and an English mother, the future Sade moved from Nigeria to England at age 4. In 1981, she joined a British Latin soul band called Pride.

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    From American Progress:

    In the midst of the often contentious congressional debate over raising the debt ceiling, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) lost her cool. She implied during a fiery rant Friday on the House floor that some members of Congress were refusing to fund government because President Barack Obama is an African American.

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    From the Telegraph:

    The FBI has been looking into a story by the Daily Mirror that reporters with the News of the World offered to pay a New York police officer for private phone records of some victims of the al-Qaeda attacks on the United States in 2001.

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    From the Chicago Tribune:

    This week's stifling heat and humidity will seem like a mere warm-up if triple-digit temperatures hit the area today, as expected, meteorologists warned.

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    From Westward Patch:

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker vetoed an ordinance that would force small restaurants to post an armed guard during late-night hours of operation, calling for the city council to come up with a "more cost-effective" plan in partnership with law enforcement officials.

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    From Reuters:

    Lawyers representing the hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault met with New York prosecutors on Tuesday, though it was not immediately clear what they discussed.

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