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This past Sunday Vivica Fox fired the shot heard round the world when she insinuated that 50 Cent might be gay. Y’all know the story. Andy Cohen mentioned 50 Cent’s comments about “Empire” losing ratings because of all the “gay stuff.”
And since Vivica famously dated the rapper, he asked her what she thought about all of it. And that’s when she launched into her “pot calling the kettle black” speech where she referenced his “suspect” XXL cover .
Then 50 Cent, who is known for trolling went in on Ms. Fox, all night long.
Personally, I don’t have a dog in this fight. Vivica did too much and 50 Cent is generally vile. His initial comments about the show were homophobic and cruel and so are the ways in which he consistently represents himself. I have nothing for him but I also knew Vivica Fox wasn’t going to emerge victorious from this battle.
Still, Aisha Tyler, of “The Talk” had a very interesting take on the whole situation. She pointed her finger at Fox, solely.
She started with a few jabs of her own talking about Fox’s plastic surgery and hair color that evening.
“I would like to point out, if you look at Vivica, she clearly went to the swap meet and got the Sharon Osbourne. And she doesn’t hold a candle. She did get the 19.99 hair rinse.”
Sara Gilbert took a more logical, equal-blame-for-both-parties approach.
“If 50 Cent would have said, ‘Oh, that season didn’t do well because there were too many Black people on it.’ or Vivica said ‘Oh, I think that person is secretly Black and they’re not admitting it.’ We’re taking this and using “gay” as a way to slam people and I think that’s not ok.”
Then Aisha came in with a more thoughtful response:
“It shouldn’t matter. It doesn’t matter but if he was gay and he was struggling with his sexuality, the last person that should come out and rip him in public is somebody that was in a relationship with him. I just feel like you shouldn’t kiss and tell if you’re a dude or if you’re a woman. It’s classless.”
I’m with Sara Gilbert on this one. 50 Cent was wrong and so was Vivica Fox. Though I’m sure she was trying to pinpoint his hypocrisy, her comments were also anti-gay. It was very clear that she made the claim as a way to shame 50 in the very homophobic Hip Hop community.
I just don’t know how 50 Cent is getting off scott-free in this instance. As Charing Ball pointed out yesterday, this is not the first (and likely won’t be the last time) 50 Cent spoke out against the LGBT community. And let’s be honest, for the past 15 years, he’s had a bigger, more powerful platform than Vivica Fox. If you ask me, his comments and ridiculous crusade against “Empire” are more childish and more mean-spirited than Vivica’s. And though I don’t know too much about Aisha Tyler, I’m shocked she couldn’t see this.
Vivica never kissed and told. 50 Cent is the one that told the internets she licked his a**hole. But she’s the one being called classless. I’m confused.
Surprisingly enough, when 50 Cent said “Empire” was floundering because of too much “gay stuff” no one batted an eye. Because that type of sentiment is excused from men. But when Vivica suggested that he too might be gay, and thus a hypocrite, Aisha starts slinging mud, unnecessarily talking about her facial work and hair color.
Why are you mad sis?
And on a side note, Vivica looked great that night.
Everybody just needs to stop and press the reset button.
At the end of the day, just the way both of 50 and Vivica’s wrongs didn’t make a right, neither did Aisha, coming in adding a third.
You can listen to the ladies’ remarks about the incident in the video below.
If you haven’t heard, Vivica A. Fox and 50 Cent were involved in a full-fledge cat fight this early morning.
I am not going to bore you with too many of the details as I am sure that most of you all already got caught up on the facts while having your morning breakfast sandwiches and McFrappuccinos.
But just to summarize for those who will still complain about not knowing what happened: it involved Andy “Shifty Eyes” Cohen and as usual, he was being messy.
On last night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Cohen asked Fox what she thought about recent comments made by 50 in which he blamed the Empire’s ratings dip on “gay stuff.” First Fox said, “Pot calling the kettle black, is all I’m saying.”
But Cohen was like, nah-uh Barbie-face. You got to give us more! Tell us, what are you insinuating?
Despite her earlier proclamation to not say anything more, Fox took the bait and brought up the 50 Cent and Soulja Boy XXL magazine cover from 2010, which many people on the Internet had pegged as “suspect.” While she clarified that she didn’t think he was gay, she added that there is something “not quite clear” about him.
She also said of the XXL cover: “he just looked like a booty snatcher to me.”
And now 50 Cent is roasting her on Instagram…
There is no doubt that Fox hates 50. And she probably hates him because she was so in love with him, even though it went against her better judgement.
Many of us have been there. For whatever reason, she decided to see the good in him, to look past his obvious trollish ways and get to know the poor misunderstood, broken-winged bird underneath. That’s not really him. He just needs love and hugs. He just needs a job. He just needs support. He just needs a good home cooked meal. I can help him, is what we all tell ourselves.
But then we sober up. And we realize that he is everything that he has presented himself to be.
Now we’re pissed.
Don’t get it twisted: we will move on. We will meet new men and experience new bulls**t. But from now until the end of all eternity, we will also hold a special place of contempt and grief in our hearts for the one we knew damn well we had no business being with in the first place.
It’s like the horror film, The Babadook.
Basically, 50 Cent is Fox’s locked-away monster, eating worms and dirt in her emotional basement.
All of this to say that Fox was certainly silly for starting things with him. For one, addressing 50’s homo-antagonism with more homo-antagonism doesn’t address the original offense. She could have responded to Cohen’s original question with a simple “he’s insecure,” and everybody would have been like, “yeah I can see that.” A more thoughtful response could have spared all humiliation she is receiving now.
But then again, this is 50 Cent we are talking about here. And we know that 50 Cent lives to respond to people regardless of how big or small the infraction – with exception of Chelsea Handler of course.
In some ways, who can blame Fox for attempting to payback? Heck, who could blame anybody?
Let’s review the facts here: 50 Cent is a bully.
Just a couple of days prior to Fox’s haphazard call-out, he was body shaming Rick Ross. Sure, some folks will say that Ross started it. After all, Ross was the first to take a shot at the How to Rob rapper on his Mafia Music track. But that incident happened back in 2008 when President Obama had jet-black hair. Folks change. People move on. And President Obama is rocking the salt and pepper fade.
Now that we are coming up on a new presidential cycle, 50 still ain’t over it. He is still stuck emotionally in the same place he was back in 2008 (heck, some might argue that he is emotionally stuck in a moment in time further back then 2008). I guess Ross is 50 Cent’s Babadook…
Still, 50 Cent’s got a lot of monsters locked away in his basement.
Like Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his estranged son. Not only had she accused him of domestic abuse, but she was also forced out of the home he bought her after a mysterious fire. And then there was Young Buck who 50 Cent “exposed” on the Internet for violating the man code by crying to him on an answering machine about being kicked out of G-Unit. And then there is Lastonia Leviston who is the mother of Rick Ross’ child. 50 Cent was ordered to pay $5 million to her after he maliciously released her sex tape, without permission, as retaliation for the beef with Ross that started almost two presidential cycles ago. And then there is laundry list of other rappers which would take up too much column space explaining just how vicious he has been over his lifetime.
It seems that 50 Cent got a problem with everyone – with exception of Chelsea Handler. And worse, his “problems” with everyone seem to last well past the expiration dates of relevancy.
He even has a problem with “the gays.” And according to MTV News in a 2004 interview with Playboy Magazine, 50 Cent said:
“I ain’t into f—-ts,” 50 says in an interview in the April issue of Playboy… “I don’t like gay people around me, because I’m not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I’m not prejudiced. I just don’t go with gay people and kick it — we don’t have that much in common. I’d rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that’s cool.”
Of course, he would later go on and become a champion of gay marriage, but he still continues to engage in the same homo-antagonism of other rappers, and television shows, and gay people (while he came out for gay rights, he also said that there should be an organization created to protect straight men from gay men touching their “buns” in elevators), that makes me think that he hasn’t changed one bit.
I know there will be some who will say that I am defending Fox because she is a woman. But I assure you, there is no double standard. If anything, 50 cent is the standard. He is able to exist and profit because he is in an entire industry that thrives off of homophobia and misogyny. He can harass people to the point of new lows. He can call people out of their names. He can blackmail and blackball people. And he can even threaten physical harm to people. And he is able to do all of this because we live in a culture that does not check our bullies.
But the moment someone serves the bully with a bit of his own medicine, some folks want to shame Fox and look to 50 some sort of victim. Or worse, a champion.
Nope. While I think Fox was silly and woefully outgunned for such a task, 50 Cent gets no sympathy, or applause, from me. In the words of Bart Simpson, at least she tried…
The last time I checked, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Vivica A. Fox were on good—or at the very least decent—terms. Things were bad for a little while after their short-lived relationship concluded around 2003, but they made amends and Fox even appeared in the rapper’s “Do You Think About Me?” music video six years later.
Just last February, the actress told Meredith Vieira that despite their horrible breakup, Jackson was “the love of her life,” adding that she “loved him very, very much and I always will.” Less than one month later, Jackson responded to her comments, and despite failing to reciprocate those feelings, he seemed to handle the situation as delicately as one could expect him to.
“I saw that after. I was like WOW, that she would even say that at this point. It was a lot of confusion. At that point, I was real green. We at 2003, the release of Get Rich or Die Tryin’, largest debuting hip-hop album, and I’m sitting there like, ‘huh?’ We went out once before the [MTV Video Music] award show. I didn’t know the award show was going to publicly marry us,” he told Angie Martinez in March. “She knew better than I did what was going to happen, so when the train is taking off without you, you kind of feel really uncomfortable, and you don’t get to that point where you get to feel the way that the public is perceiving it. But women are more advanced than men emotionally.”
No harm, no foul, right? However, it appears that something may have gone down between these famous exes behind the scenes because Auntie Viv boldly insinuated that her ex might be into men during Sunday evening’s taping of “Watch What Happens Live.”
As you can see, she clearly meant for the gay comments to be some kind of jab at Jackson. It’s unclear why she chose to go this route, but what is clear is that it was a terrible idea. For one, trash talking your exes is almost always more reflective of you (and where your head is at) than it is them. Simply put, feeling the need to dog your ex 12 years after the fact makes it look like you’re not over it. It just gives them way too much power and confirms that they’re still living rent free in your mind. Just no, sis. Secondly, 50 is the ultimate troll and well, I don’t really know anyone in their right minds who would want to go at it with him. I imagine that getting into a feud of this nature with Jackson would get tiresome rather quickly because he knows no limits. Just, why?
As you probably guessed, Jackson wasted no time going after Fox and the slander against the actress will likely carry on well into the week.
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Viv has since responded to 50’s post, telling followers that she found them to be funny. However, it appears that we can expect her to make some posts of her own in the future, as she insists that she has “some stories in my vault” as well.
Bossip recently posted an interview they did with Marquise Jackson, son of 50 Cent, at the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards. In it, the 18-year-old burgeoning rapper and actor was asked to speak on his tense relationship with his father, and to share whether or not they’d mended fences after their nasty, public fallout in 2013. Sadly, things have not improved.
“Actually, our relationship is still strained,” Jackson said. “But, as far as on my end, it’s all love. I don’t have any problems. But maybe one day we’ll figure it out, and everything can be well. But as of right now, our relationship is still strained.”
Jackson continued to display his maturity throughout the interview, including when he was asked about his mother and estranged father’s poor relationship, which has played out, fallen apart and turned ugly not only in the public eye but been put on blast in his father’s music.
“Of course it affects you, that’s your mom and your dad. And you know, God just gave me the willpower to stay strong. Keep on moving. Keep being positive. That’s all I can do.”
But what struck me the most in his interview with the site, was his response to the question of whether or not he had been introduced to Sire. The 3-year-old child that 50 Cent has clung to, flaunted and nurtured for all of social media to see. Jackson’s baby brother.
“No, I haven’t! I would love to meet him, though. I would love to.”
And that’s when my heart sank. I guess you can call me dramatic, but his response, even through a broad grin, reeked of hurt. Not only does he have a brother in the world that he hasn’t met, but one that, in a way, has been lauded as his replacement. The golden child. And where does Jackson’s connection with 50 fall at this point? To the young man being resigned to seeing his estranged father only on TV:
“I do watch Power! I see that he killed me, but I don’t know why. I don’t know why he killed me, man [laughs]. I mean, well, it is what it is. It’s all entertainment I guess…”
I think this whole situation between the rapper and his son hurts my heart as much as it does because it reminds me of the terrible relationship that my brother and nephew once had, and how it impacted the relationship my nephew had with the rest of us, but specifically, his connection to his little brother.
When my nephew, now 23, and his twin sister were little, their relationship with their father was great. My brother got along well with their mother, his ex-girlfriend, and when things were good. We were able to see the twins all the time. But when things went south with my brother and his ex (support disputes, jealousy, etc.), things went downhill for everyone. All of a sudden, we couldn’t see the twins at all. Their mother would pick up and move, and we could barely get a phone number to keep in touch. Things went this way for years. And while my niece’s relationship with my brother was steady (she’s consistently stayed in contact with him since obtaining her first cellphone), the relationship with my nephew hit a wall.
My brother went on to have a son with his new wife (who also came into the picture with an amazing daughter), and they were a family. A unit that my nephew missed out on.
When he would come around the family as an adult, he wouldn’t really talk much to his little brother, who, shy and knowing the volatile relationship my nephew had with the family, was nervous about saying anything. All that despite the fact that they both loved sports (they get that from their dad), played them well and could probably relate on that front. Instead, they would stay on their sides of the room, and when it was time to take a we-don’t-know-when-you’ll-come-around-next photo, it was always awkward. But when my nephew would leave, and I would ask his little brother what he thought of him, he would only say that it was nice to see him, but that it would be even nicer if they could actually talk and have a relationship.
Seeing that isolation firsthand, bestowed upon all parties involved, broke my heart. And that’s why this situation with 50, Marquise and Sire makes me so uncomfortable. I know how low it can go.
But I also know what maturity and love can bring. Despite some really shaky moments here and there, my brother was able to get it together and repair his relationship with my nephew. It’s not perfect, and they’re not in the backyard throwing the old pigskin around or anything like that. But they have found peace and spent time together when my nephew is home from school. And by fixing that relationship, my brother allowed the relationship between my nephews to grow. Those two now call one another “bro” and post pictures of one another on social media from time to time. It’s not a miraculous jump, but it’s growth nonetheless, and I know my young nephew (now 12) appreciates it.
What I’m trying to say is that it would be nice if Marquise and 50 could finally work things out, because the longer the father acts more like the child and continues to allow that relationship to deteriorate, the more damage will be done. And this will be especially damaging to the relationship between Marquise and Sire.
And what’s even more tragic about all of this is that 50 believes Marquise has allowed his mother to get into his head, to believe bad things about him. And that is the root of why things have gone sour. That may be true. But the reality is that, in the last few years, the rapper hasn’t shown his son much positivity to make him believe any different. The behavior and mistakes a child makes, and the behavior they exhibit towards a parent, can often be blamed on what they’ve seen, been subjected to, and on the basic fact that they’re a kid (and most children can’t help but be immature).
What’s 50’s excuse for such immature treatment of his first-born son?
If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s definitely that controversy sells. But as more and more stars stage beefs and fights to drum up publicity, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real from the fake. Click through the next slides as we get down to business as to whether these celebrity beefs were staged just for attention or not.
Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus
Viewers tuned into this year’s MTV VMAs were left with their mouth’s gaped open during Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech. The Young Money princess called host Miley Cyrus out of her name over the comments she made in an interview leading up to the awards show. Minaj became a trending topic for calling Cyrus a b*tch live on the air, but many felt the entire scene was concocted to spice things up for the awards show. Last year’s ratings were down nearly two million viewer’s from the previous year. Neither camp has commented on the incident, but MTV VMAs executive producer Vin Toffler said, “It was [real]. In no way was any of that planned.”
Update: Variety reports the Federal Communications Commission has approved the AT&T-DirecTV merger, allowing AT&T and Starz to create a new deal to distribute hit shows such as “Power” and “Outlander.” In a statement, both companies shared:
“AT&T and Starz have reached an agreement to continue our longstanding relationship.”
This agreement occurred, surprisingly, after executive producer 50 Cent accused AT&T of racism in several social media posts that went viral. The negotiations between the two companies were finalized hours before the deadline to renew their contracts approached.
Original Report- July 20,2015:
In the midst of 50 Cent filing for bankruptcy, the executive producer of Power, now has a bone to pick with cable provider AT&T.
The telecommunication company is stalling on an agreement to carry the Starz channel, making viewers who have them as cable providers or their cable branch U-Verse unable to view 50’s hit show. During a Twitter rant, 50 accused AT&T of being racist and shared that it, along with U-Verse has plans to discontinue service for cable channels that carry “urban” television shows.
It’s just a set back to the 500,000 AT&T viewers that won’t see POWER next week. It’s AT&T’s fault.… https://t.co/6qMgSCgE8F
— 50cent (@50cent) July 19, 2015
Man Im sorry I have say this, but AT&T is racist they have had issues in the past and here we go… https://t.co/69rOlT4ke6
— 50cent (@50cent) July 18, 2015
Power kicked off its second season with more than six million viewers an episode via multiple plays and platforms, reports Deadline Hollywood. Half of Power’s viewers are African-American which is reportedly more than any other scripted show on premium cable. Starz is also the second most subscribed premium cable channel after HBO. Starz secured its deal with AT&T in February 2012 and Starz Play, Encore Play and Movieplex Play were added to U-Verse in December 2012.
A Starz spokesperson released a statement on the issue:
“Starz is in ongoing negotiations with AT&T U-verse to continue distributing its 30 Starz and Encore channels and services at a fair and reasonable rate… Without a new agreement, the millions of AT&T customers who have chosen to subscribe and pay for Starz and Encore will be at risk of losing these channels and the popular original programming like Power and Outlander, as well as thousands of movies. Starz has enjoyed a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with AT&T until now. We are hopeful AT&T will negotiate in good faith and that we will reach a fair agreement that allows its customers to continue to get great entertainment at a good value.”
However, AT&T responded by noting, “Starz and their paid talent can spin up whatever they like, but the bottom line is we’re NOT going to negotiate a deal that is bad for customers. In these negotiations, our customers are all that matter to us.”
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has been ordered to hand over an additional $2 million in punitive damages to Lastonia Levinston, the woman who sued him for publishing her sex tape , the New York Daily News reports.
As previously reported, it was revealed that 50 filed for bankruptcy shortly after he was ordered by the same jury to hand over $5 million to Levinston for violating her civil rights and causing emotional distress.
Jackson’s attorney, James Renard, obviously disagrees with the ruling, and argues that his client has already been punished enough for his actions.
“His true financial condition has been exposed as a result of this trial,” Renard said.
“By your verdict, you have in some effect, changed fame to shame, changed celebrity to notoriety, tarnished the brand. That in a way is a form of punishment that will affect Mr. Jackson, and we accept that. That’s had a tremendous effect,” he told the jury.
Levinston’s lawyer Phillip Freidin, who suggested that the jury order Jackson to pay $15 million in punitive damages, mocked him over the bankruptcy filing.
“I should be so broke, with $10.6 million in cash in the bank,” Freidin said.
It doesn’t appear that Mr. Jackson will be able to wiggle his way out of this one, but we shall see.
There are no monsters in this world, but I do believe that there are some folks out here who enjoy playing the part of the villain.
Like Suge Knight. Like Omarosa Manigault. Like Floyd Mayweather. And like the most villainous of them all: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
Sure, I once enjoyed leaning back to “Wankster” while poppin’ bottles in the club. And yes, I understand that I just equated a man who has pledged to feed one billion people in the world (and thus far, has fed a few million) to Freddy Krueger. Jackson has proven that he is not just a reformed thug who can rap, but a humanitarian as well a serious actor who once starved himself for a role in which he played a cancer patient. And like most conscious folks, I too hate making statements like this about Black men who have been villainized enough by the mainstream media.
But let’s be serious here: Jackson is not really a nice person. And he has never been a nice person. In fact, he can be downright treacherous. And this is why I have a hard time believing anything that comes out of his mouth, including his recent claims that he is broke.
As many of us have come to understand about Jackson, beneath that warm smile is a man who is always in revenge mode. He is quite the petty individual. Ready to annihilate anyone who may get in his way or he views as a threat. He built an entire career on it. Not only did he come into the hip-hop teaching people “How to Rob an Industry Ni**a,” but his unprovoked and unwarranted attacks on Ja Rule’s sing-song rhyme style is what ultimately propelled him to the top.
And that is just the cheeky stuff. After all, Ja Rule and his timeless love ballads were easy targets. But there have been beefs he was involved in, which at times bordered on sociopathic. Like his entire dispute with Rick Ross. He tracked down Tia Leviston, the mother of one of Ross’ kids, and lured her to New York with a shopping trip at Gucci. He did all this in exchange for an interview in which she bad-mouthed Ross as a deadbeat dad. If that was not evil enough, he would then turn around and betray Leviston by buying her sex tape from a scornful ex and releasing it to the public, all in the hopes of further embarrassing the Miami rapper.
And all of this started over an alleged dirty look at the BET Awards. Ross, of course, isn’t the only one who has been the target of retaliation from Jackson. In 2008, he uploaded a privately recorded conversation between himself and G-Unit member Young Buck, in which the rapper cried about money woes and his dissatisfaction with the group. There is also his public beef with his son Marquise, which has resulted in them being estranged from each other for years now. He has also made a sport of antagonizing a number of rappers and others artists in the entertainment industry, including Nas, Jadakiss, Jay Z, Fat Joe and Sean Combs. In fact, the only person he never snapped back at was comedian Chelsea Handler, who he still professes his love for. And this is after she talked about him like a dog. But I digress.
In some ways, you can kind of understand how he became like this. As this archived Rolling Stone profile of the rapper notes, Jackson was mostly nurtured by the streets. The son of a single mother who was a crack dealer murdered when he turned eight, Jackson would start his own career selling drugs at 12 years old. It was said that Jackson was known to rob other dealers while using violence to maintain his stronghold on the block. His ruthlessness would result in him getting shot nine times. However, he would use those lessons he learned from drug dealing to guide him through the often cutthroat music industry and business world.
And then there is the attention. In hip-hop, which places value on authenticity and how closely tied a rapper’s personal life is to his lyrics, Jackson came off as the real deal and a truth teller. Among some in the Black community specifically, who value wealth building outside of the constraints of racism and White supremacy, he would be a symbol of self-empowerment. And to the mainstream, he became a manifestation of the American dream of pulling one’s self up by the bootstraps. This image he has crafted for himself would ultimately shield much of his anti-social behavior. But it can’t completely hide the fact that Jackson is just a monster – or at the least he plays one very well. And that can’t be ignored.
Jackson has cried broke to a bankruptcy judge and very few believe him. It could be true. Jackson’s promoted lifestyle could be just another way in which he harvests the much-needed attention, power and validation he might not have received as a kid. And he wouldn’t be the first rapper to live beyond their means (ahem, Hammer) and perpetrate about their lifestyle (ahem, Rick Ross).
But there is also a pretty good chance that he is pulling a fast one. As many have noted, his bankruptcy filing comes only days after another judge sided with Leviston in her $5 million suit against the rapper over the release of her sex tape. And as Jay Hathaway writes in a piece for Gawker entitled: “50 Cent: I’m Not Rich, I Just Borrowed Tons of Cool, Expensive Shit:”
The thing is, 50 is probably bullshitting about bullshitting. He has an $80 million endorsement deal with Reebok, plus $78 million from an underwear company, and $23 million from Interscope Records, all admitted to in court. And then there’s the reported $100 million he made from the sale of VitaminWater to Coca-Cola back in 2007? He told the court an NDA prevented him from revealing how much he actually made.
If all that money’s gone, the rapper who was smart (or well-advised) enough to take equity instead of cash on that VitaminWater deal mysteriously got significantly worse at managing his finances over the past half-decade.
The thing is, it’s his word against not only his past but his current public image. And based on what we know about Jackson and his past, his claims of being broke just don’t add up.
Hip hop mogul 50 Cent, who has been ranked by Forbes as one of the richest artists, testified in court this week about his lack of finances during a court’s case about a sex tape involving Rick Ross’s ex-girlfriend Lastonia Leviston’s invasion of privacy.
While appearing in a Manhattan state Supreme Court, 50 testified that his lavish lifestyle is an illusion. After the jury ordered 50 to pay $5 million in damages, he filed personal bankruptcy protection in Connecticut. USA Today reports the bankruptcy filing listed his assets and liabilities between $10 million and $50 million. Fifty’s lawyer James Renard said his client is worth $4.4 million. When questioned by Leviston’s Attorney Philip Freidin, 50 told him many of the luxury items he has, he rents, borrows or leases instead of purchasing. When asked about a recent photo he posted of a 65-karat ring on social media, 50 said, “It’s a borrowed piece of jewelry from the jeweler.”
Leviston is suing the “Baby By Me” rapper for releasing 13 minutes of her sex tape she created with her boyfriend, online. In the released sex tape, 50 is seen wearing a wig and taunting his rival and Leviston’s daughter’s father rapper Rick Ross. 50 claimed Leviston’s ex-boyfriend who she created the tape with, gave him the video and told him Leviston didn’t mind if it was released. During the trial, 50 apologized to Leviston by saying, “I’m sorry if you feel like I hurt you.”
As for his finances, 50 Cent revealed he has only been paid as much as $100,000 for appearing at a nightclub and the movie Spy. As for his other endorsements and jobs, he didn’t divulge how much he financially receives per gig but shared his accountant would know better than him.
Over the weekend, 50 Cent went on a Twitter rant about AT&T and U-Verse dropping Starz and other channels that air “urban content” like his hit show, Power. The Queens hip-hop mogul said in several tweets that AT& T was racist.
Interestingly enough and unexpectedly, 50’s frenemy Diddy has now partnered with the same reported telecommunication provider to air his entertainment channel, REVOLT TV. In a press statement, it was announced “AT&T* U-verse® and REVOLT have signed an agreement to make REVOLT, the multi-platform, multi-genre music network founded by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, available to U-verse TV customers. REVOLT will be available in the U300 package as early as July 27, 2015 and will include rights to On Demand video and content on the go, giving AT&T U-verse customers virtually unlimited access to Combs’ “#1 name in music.”
Of his new partnership, Diddy said, “This is a historical day for REVOLT. With a major player like AT&T, more people will be able to access the hottest music and original content on every screen and device. This agreement shows the world that REVOLT is a force in the media industry. “
AT&T’s Chief Marketing Officer Mel Coker said the deal is exactly what their customer wants. “AT&T is excited to bring REVOLT programming to our customers. REVOLT is a great fit as we strive to bring our customers the content they want, when and where they want it,” he noted.
AT&T and U-Verse customers can visit REVOLT’s website for their local channel listing and times.
Although Diddy did not flaunt his new victory on social media, as of yet, he took a minute out to tell his followers to “walk with God all the time,” in the video below.
I was on the treadmill this morning reflecting on how there have been times that I have taken God for granted! When I don't pray. When I don't take out the 15 minutes to meditate on my blessings. When I get so busy and caught up in this world. God forgive me! But the flipside is when I'm at one with GOD there's nothing! Nothing! I mean nothing! That can stop me! Or you! None of us are perfect. But try your best to walk with God today! #GODBLESS #WATCH