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Weekend Wrap Up #4

Did you hear…?

By: Crystal L. Huggins

R. Kelly owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) early $5 million in unpaid taxes dating as far back as 2005.

According to TMZ Kelly, here is what Kelly neglected to pay;

2005 – $1,472,366.77

2006 – $710,520.51

2007 – $376,180.11

2008 – $1,122,694.90

2009 – $173,815.18

2010 – $992,495.24

A total of $4,848,072.71.

A rep for Kelly tells TMZ, “R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied.”

Kelly’s rep didn’t offer an explanation for why the singer stopped paying his taxes. I understand the life of a celebrity can be busy and hectic but how in the world can someone just forget to pay their taxes for seven years. Considering the large amount of money Kelly has made over the years, it makes you wonder why he didn’t pay his taxes. What would the reason for him to not pay? You think Kelly just blew threw all the money he’s made from 2005-2010?

H/T  http://www.theurbandaily.com


Actress and comedian Yvette Wilson has lost her fight with cervical cancer and kidney disease on June 14, 2012. She passed at the age of 48. A friend of Wilson, Jeffrey Pittle, told CNN that she passed away on Thursday around 7 p.m.

After a start in stand-up comedy where she appeared on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam”Wilsonlanded her first acting roles in the 1993 ABC sitcom “Thea” and in the films “House Party 3,” “Friday” and “Poetic Justice.”Wilsonwas best known for her character Andell Wilkerson on the sitcom “Moesha” in 1996. She also played Andell on the “Moesha” spin-off “The Parkers”.

I hope this story would be a warning to young women. According to WebMD

Most cervical cancer is caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). You can get HPV by having sexual contact with someone who has it. You can have HPV for years and not know it. It stays in your body and can lead to cervical cancer years after you were infected. A Pap test can find changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer. If you treat these cell changes, you may prevent cervical cancer.

It is very important for young women to make sure you visit your primary care physician and get tested. If there are any abnormalities in a Pap smear, there is a greater chance to prevent any cervical cells developing into cervical cancer if found early. The HPV vaccine will help protect against two types of HPV for those ages 9-26 years old. Coming from someone who has had abnormalities show on a pap smear and recently received the HPV vaccine, I urge everyone to make sure you get tested and be attentive to your health.

H/T  http://www.people.com


It’s been five years since ABC Anchor Robin Roberts announced to the world that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then she battled and beat the disease.

On June 11, 2012 Roberts announced that she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). MDS is a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia. It is said that it can be brought on by chemotherapy and radiation, treatments that Roberts underwent during her fight with breast cancer. “Sometimes the treatment for cancer can cause other serious medical problems,” Roberts said in her message on the ABC News website.

Robin Roberts said marrow donors “are scarce and particularly for African-American women,” she said. “I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure.”

Unfortunately, the treatment that goes along with fighting cancer can have effects on the body to where a second cancer can occur at some point in time. I personally seen this with close family members affected by cancer. Once the cancer was in remission, it returned years later in another form. Even thought I haven’t physically been in the same situation as Roberts, I can sympathize with her and hope that with her strong will and fight, she will beat this round just like the last one.

Let this be an opportunity to bring awareness to cancer screening and bone marrow donation and how it can help save the lives of many, especially among African American women.

H/T http://www.usmagazine.com



Did you hear…?

By: Crystal L. Huggins

Justin Combs, son of Sean “Diddy” Combs received a full athletic scholarship from UCLA for $54,000. Some are criticizing the situation saying that Justin should not accept the scholarship. If your dad was Sean ‘Diddy” Combs who is according to Forbes Magazine he is one of the wealthiest artists in Hip-Hop, it’s apparent that you do not need the scholarship in order to pursue your education. Why not give the scholarship to someone who really can benefit from it? People get the impression that this scholarship was taking away from those in financial need when it comes to funding for their college education.

A rep from the university tells E! News, “Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability—not their financial need. Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters.”

Other reports mention that maybe Diddy should give the school a donation in return. What do you think? I understand that the scholarship was not just handed to him. Justin did what he needed to do in order to earn it. Justin graduated from New Rochelle Iona Prep in New York with a 3.75 GPA. He also got scholarship offers from Illinois, Virginia and Wyoming. If you come from a wealthy family that can effortlessly afford to pay for your education, why not consider donating the award to someone who can really benefit from the assistance. I think it would be a very generous gesture if Justin donated his scholarship to someone who can truly benefit and may not have the same opportunity because of their financial situation. We all know that pursing a college education can be very expensive. If you are blessed with a privilege lifestyle and did not have to worry about anything growing up financial wise, why not try and give someone who is in need an opportunity that many strive to achieve. (Information obtained from www.ballerstatus.com www.eonline.com )

Ochocinco is no longer apart of the New England Patriots. Is that a big surprised? Look at his performance last season. Ochocino caught 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. I’m not the greatest when it comes to following sports but those numbers just sound bad lol. Even though he was with the team for one season and it may not have been one of his best seasons, he did receive $5.7 million.

Chad took to Twitter with the news. He tweeted:

“Thoroughly enjoyed the oppurtunity to play for the `Patriot’ organization… fans were … wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best,”

“I’m healthy n living life, I’ll be fine,”

He then changed his job description to “UNEMPLOYED BLACK GUY” and changed his Avatar to a picture of himself sitting on a suitcase at the airport, looking like he’s hitchhiking.

Chad’s fiancé Evelyn Lozada also took to twitter and had this to say, “Aww baby you got cut @ochocinco I got your back! I’m the bread winner now, which means I make the rules!” Some people may see her comment as a hit to his ego. From the type of relationship that has been displayed in the media, I think it was all in fun and no hard feelings were really taken by her tweet. (Information obtained from SI.com)


It looks like there is more top Kim Kardashian and Kanye West relationship. West is letting the “mom-a-ger” of the family manager their career. Yes that’s right. Kanye West who has been publicly linked to Kim Kardashian since April has decided to let Jenner manager his career.

According to Media Takeout, The insider explained “Kris [Jenner] is amazing in what she can get. If you’re a [sic] celeb, she can get you big money for tweeting, for sitting at fashion show, for doing interviews … It was an easy sell, Kanye was like ‘sure. But Kris Jenner will reportedly be handling more than just publicity and appearances for Kanye and Kris will be helping Kanye get his DONDA fashion line distributed internationally at major retailers. “That’s where [Kris] can make a fortune of Kanye.” Managers typically take between 20% and 30% of revenue generated by an artist.

Just looking back at the whole relationship since they decided to go public, this can not be more than just a publicity stunt. Once minute, Kim is in love with Kris Humphries and the two get married. After 72 days of being married, the two are no longer right for each other. The he divorce is not even finalized and she is in love and planning a future with West.  I know people fall in love fast and they fall hard but come one now. After only 72 days, you end one relationship and jump right into another and all the media attention is on you. Yes I do believe it’s all about wanting that extra attention, especially when the paparazzi is always there when you make every move. In the industry that those two are in, the more people know you, the more opportunities they have to be seen, heard, and make more money. (Information obtain from http://usmagazine.com )

Did You Hear…?

By Crystal L. Huggins


People grieve in their own way. No one deals with pain in the same manner. That is what makes people different. Jennifer Hudson finally received justice and can have peace of mind. Her ex brother -in-law William Balfour was convicted of murder on May 11, 2012 for killing Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donnerson 57; brother, Jason Hudson 29; and nephew, Julian King 7; on October 24, 2008. After the two week long trial and having to re live one of the worst days of her life, she decides to go to Six Flags the day after the trial ended. While listening to the TJMS (Tom Joyner Morning Show) the hosts felt like that was not a good move for Hudson. They didn’t see fit for her to go to an amusement park after the trial ended. I don’t see what the issue is. I see that as she is trying to put the past behind her and move on with her life. She just needed to have a carefree day from dealing with the two week trial and that is what she chose to do. It’s her life and her decisions.

Reported by the New York Daily News


Related: Weekend Entertainment Wrap up #1

It’s Official! Sheree is out and Kenya is in. Sheree Whitfield is leaving the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and is being replaced by Former Miss USA 1993, Kenya Moore. Moore recently did an interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine saying:


“I’ve had an opportunity recently to be on a reality show. I feel like it’s almost like my duty to take the job because it’s the converse of what we’re seeing now.”


“I can say that it’s an already established franchise. I’m back and forth between Atlanta and L.A….primarily Atlanta. Wink, wink!”


I am still trying to wrap my head around how cast members are selected for such shows. Come on now! The newest cast member is a model/actress. The show is called Real Housewives. Wouldn’t you think that picking a cast member that is actually a housewife be more fitting to the show?  I know the show turned in many directions since is first aired in 2008 but it seems like with every season there are more cast members that aren’t wives. Looking at the past season of the show, only 2 of the 6 cast members were married. I know life happens and relationships change end however, if you are going to keep the show and its current title, why not bring in new people that fit the show and its title.

Information obtained from Wikipedia and other sources

Did you hear…?

By: Crystal L. Huggins


Its official everyone, James Harden, 22 and rapper Trina, 33 are a couple. They were seen together after a recent playoff game. Rumors began to surface in January and the two have been engaging in a lot of conversation via Twitter over the last couple of months. Is it just me or it seems like Trina likes her men young this time around. We know just last year she was linked to Kenyon Martin, 35.


Shaquille O’Neal recently added doctor to his list of titles. Over the weekend O’Neal graduated with from Barry University with his PhD in Organizational Learning and Leadership. O’Neal can be seen as a modern day renaissance man. He’s not only a doctor but a former NBA Player, Rapper, Actor, Police Officer. O’Neal has done a lot in his life and he is not finished yet. According to other reports O’Neal plans on attending law school to pursue his passion for education.


On May 15th Beyonce will receive a Journalism award at the 24th Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet on behalf of The New York Association for Black Journalists. The event is to recognize the work of over 40 journalist and special recognition to former diversity advocate Robert Naylor. Beyonce is honored for her cover story that was featured in the July 2011 issue of Essence Magazine. Since the announcement was made, many have questioned how she can receive such an honor for an article in many opinions, to be a diary entry about a nine month vacation. Considering the prestige of such an award, do you really think an article about time away from your career is worth being in the same category as someone who advocated for the minorities in the news industry?

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