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I tell you, the public perception of Matthew Knowles has gone so far downhill since the days of Beyonce’s “Daddy” track on her first album. After rumors of infidelity — and then proof of it when Alexsandra Wright got pregnant and sought child support from the man some consider to be the modern-day Joe Jackson — plus a divorce from Miss Tina, even Bey had to distance herself from her papa, at least in the public eye. The lack of father-daughter public appearances likely won’t change anytime soon now that Alexsandra is trying to stick it to Matthew again with claims that he’s been threatening her.
According to TMZ, Alexsandra is asking a family court judge to increase her child support so that she can pay for security to protect her 2-year-old son from Matthew, whom she claims has been sending her threatening emails. In September 2011 (yes, you read that year correctly), he reportedly wrote to her and said, “”You hurt my family. There’s a price to pay.”
Now, Alexsandra is trying to put her own price on Matthew, who already pays $12,000 a month in child support. I’d imagine she could find a decent bouncer already with that type of cash flowing in on a monthly basis, which is why this entire legal stunt sounds more like a case for padding her bank account than a legitimate concern for safety. After all, wouldn’t you seek a restraining order not money for personal security? There’s also a request from Alexsandra for money to cover expenses for private school for their son who, again, is only 2 years old.
Matthew seems to not be stressing this ordeal much, as TMZ reports he expects this move to completely backfire on the mother of his child considering Destiny’s Child is defunct and he hasn’t managed Beyonce for two years now. In other words, his money ain’t what it used to be so the amount of support he pays could actually be reduced once the courts start examining his finances.
Now as far as Matthew threatening somebody? Who knows. But if he really said Alexsandra hurt his family, I’m gonna need this brotha to start with the man in the mirror. Was she the one cheating on her wife? Didn’t think so.
Yesterday, we reported that after weeks of petitioning efforts and much deliberation, Oxygen decided to put an axe to Shawty Lo’s one-hour reality special entitled All My Babies’ Mamas. Many were overjoyed to hear this news, simply because the show was felt to be disgraceful to Black families. But Shawty Lo’s reps are saying don’t celebrate too quickly because this isn’t the last you’ll see of him or his babies’ mamas. Publicist Kali Bowyer told RumorFix that after receiving 123,000 emails from people wanting to save the show, they will be fighting against Oxygen’s decision to cancel the show by launching their own petition entitled Oxygen Network: Put Shawty Lo and Baby Mamas back on the air. As you’ve probably guessed, the petition is seeking to appeal to the public’s emotional side, and somewhat implies that by participating in the cancellation of this show, you are literally hindering this man’s ability to take care of his children. It also went on to question why petitioners against the show would “reject” a father who is there for his kids. They even pulled the race card. A portion of the petition reads:
“It’s a sad day in America, when people attempt to reject a father that steps up to the plate, a father who is actively supporting his children & their mothers , not just monetarily but emotionally as well.
Shawty Lo, is in fact a father figure that most young black men today coming from a similar past lifestyle and environment, should mimic in his parental role. With 11 children, which are all clothed, fed, housed and loved in everyway that a parent should love, protect and provide for their child. As well as being a supportive and active partner in the co-parenting of his children with their mothers.
A man is supposed to take care of his children, and the mother (s), weather it be singular or plural.
So here’s the question, would you rather see 11 children struggle with mothers on welfare? Or watch a man support his children? Does it come down to the race card?
Other networks that currently showcase polygamy, promiscuity, and alcoholism, are on the air, with multiple mothers and magnitudes of children. So what’s the difference? Because Shawty Lo is black and a rapper? Yes, I said it he’s black, ( just in case you didn’t already know ).”
What do you make of Shawty Lo’s counter-petition?
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
‘I Know What You Been Doing’: Alleged Baby Mama Of LHH’s Rich Dollaz Threatens To Expose Him For His Criminal Dealings
It seems that “Love & Hip Hop” star Rich Dollaz has once again found himself in hot water. And this time it appears to be far more serious than simply not keeping it real with his current love interest Erica Mena. According to The YBF, Richard has been involved in a very ugly paternity dispute for the last twelve years with model Chaundrea Nicole. The way that Chaundrea told the story almost one year ago, Rich has basically been skipping out on court dates and avoiding a paternity test in an effort to avoid taking responsibility for the child that he helped to create. He is even reported to have been arrested for failing to appear in court for a paternity test. Richard had since come forth to claim that all issues between he and Chaundrea have been settled, but she recently came out saying that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“I just wanted to let you know once again that he has LIED! It’s not “straightened out” he should either have had to take the DNA test while in jail (which I don’t think he did) or they gave him a court date, either way I’m not going to play with him at this point about my daughter because this effects her,” she told The YBF.
She also threatened to expose Rich for his criminal dealings if he doesn’t quit lying and start doing right by his daughter.
“If you keep on, you’re going to be in more trouble than just taking a DNA and child support. I know what you been doing and how you actually came to Memphis illegally and I know what else you did so if you keep on defaming my character, not only will I will be hitting you for child support I will be suing you as well, not to mention the felonies that you have committed!”
Chaundrea didn’t spare Erica Mena in her tongue lashing either. She went on to say that she is determined to teach her daughter about women like Erica who deal with men that fail to handle their responsibilities.
“I don’t want her to think that it’s ok to be like people like Erica because it’s not ok to be whorish to come up and get attention (like she did when she posted that old pic like he is with her when his A$$ was here in a club). I know I will be judged all types of ways but at this point I don’t care, I know what I am doing and I know who I am.”
What is more horrifying than any of the above-mentioned details is the fact that the child involved in all of this is old enough to understand what’s going on. We have got to do better.
Check out an image of the actual court document on the next page. What do you make of this? Does Rich strike you as the type that would try to completely bail on raising his child?
Just last week we told you guys about controversial rapper Shawty Lo aka Carlos Walker’s coming forward to explain how he managed to father 11 children. Many of you were completely outraged when he somewhat insinuated that the conceiving of so many children wasn’t his fault. “I didn’t ask for it, it just happened,” he expressed to MTV News last week. Well, it seems that the Atlanta rapper may not have learned his lesson yet, as word on the the street is that he could be expecting another child.
Underground rapper Jai Jai and ex-girlfriend of Shawty Lo shocked many when she posted a photo of her protruding baby bump to her Instagram page. Although she has not identified who the father of her child is and Carlos has yet to confirm or deny fathering her child, a source informed The YBF that the All My Babies’ Mamas star is indeed the father. Now of course, so far this is all he say, she say. But, you’ve got to admit that this would be a fairly large bomb to drop during the one-hour special. Jai Jai has not been listed as a cast member of the show, but you never know.
According to Sandra Rose, Shawty Lo and Jai Jai dated for over six years. She is even reported to have gotten into a club brawl with one of his babies’ mothers a few years back.
I’m sure All My Babies’ Mamas protestors are somewhere having a fit right now. One would think that a man who has fathered 11 children would know the importance of contraceptives by now.
Check out a picture of Jai Jai and her baby bump below. What do you make of all of this?
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
There has been much controversy surrounding 36-year-old rapper and producer Shawty Lo ever since word got out that he would be starring in a one-time reality special on the Oxygen network alongside his eleven children and the ten women who mother them entitled, All My Babies’ Mamas. Talk of the show even ignited a petition, which threatened to boycott the network and any companies that advertised during the show because of the negative manner in which it portrays Black women. Shawty Lo recently sat down with MTV News to explain his family’s situation and to clear up any assumptions that the public may have made about him and the number of children that he has.
One of the first things that he addressed was his rough upbringing and how he pretty much raised himself after his mother died from cancer. He shared that he eventually wound living a life of crime as a drug dealer, which is where his children’s mothers entered the picture.
“When the money came, a lot of women came. I wasn’t trying to have babies, but once you know, I was talking to these women and once you feel like this girl was your girlfriend, the rubber probably came off. And a lot of them felt that because at twenty-one I saw my first million in the streets and they knew I was the most popular dude in the streets because I was getting so much money, and they would be like they wasn’t having an abortion. They used to take the money and run with it so they could have a baby by the most popular guy in the streets. So that’s how I had all them kids.”
He went on to express that none of his children were conceived while he was a rapper:
“Ain’t none of my kids came while I was a rapper. All my kids came when I was that dude in the streets.”
The Atlanta native also dispelled any rumors that may imply he doesn’t take care of his children.
“I take care of all my kids. You know, I just have problems out of one that feels because she has two kids out of me, I’m supposed to do more for her kids. She don’t want to work, she just wants me to straight take care of them. But you know, it’s all love. I handle it.”
He also took time out to address the heavy criticism that he has been recieving lately for having so many children.
“There’s a lot of fathers that don’t take care of their one. I deal with eleven [...] You can hate all you want to. I didn’t ask for it, it just happened. Now that it happened, I’m supposed to turn my back against it? If I wasn’t taking care of my kids, then y’all would really dog me out. I’m taking care of my kids. I provide for my family.”
Check out footage of his full interview on the next page. Does Shawty Lo have a point? Although having so many children may not be the most desirable situation, is the fact that he provides for them all really what should matter most?
Looks Like Allison’s Still Going To Need Those Food Stamps: Chris Bosh Favored In Child Support Ruling
Chris Bosh has been frequenting headlines for his baby mama drama more so than his athletic ability these days. But, it seems that this may all change soon considering a judge has finally made a ruling regarding the three-year court battle that has been going on between him and Allison Mathis who is the mother of their three-year-old daughter. If you recall, the latest drama between the two has been the result of the courts questioning Bosh’s actual state of residency.
Back in August, we reported that despite Bosh having been a player for the Miami Heat for three years, he was claiming to be a resident of the state of Texas as opposed to a resident of Florida where one would assume is where he actually spends most of his time. Bosh’s bizarre request wouldn’t matter so much except that the being a Texas resident part would only require him to award his child’s mother with $2,600 per month in child support, while being a resident of Florida would require him to cough up 3% of his monthly take-home pay, which is about $30,000 per month.
Obviously everyone including Allison peeped his motive for wanting to be listed as a Texas resident, hence the reason why the two were still going back and forth to court, up until yesterday that is. According to Gossip Extra, a judge ruled in favor of his request to be considered a Texas resident.
The unemployed Allison Mathis clearly isn’t taking this ruling well. Jane Carey, Mathis’s attorney described the ruling as a “miscarriage of justice,” shared that they would be appealing and expressed her feelings regarding child support policy in the state of Texas.
“Everybody knows that Texas is rough on horses and women,” Carey said. “Now, I guess that any young man in Florida who makes big money should get a Texas address before they have a baby… They’ll save a lot of money that way.”
It is difficult to call this one. While I certainly don’t believe that a 3-year-old child needs $30,000 per month to be taken care of, it also seems a little cowardly that Bosh would go to those extremes to keep from supporting the child that he helped to create, especially when Allison is petitioning for food stamps.
What do you think? Was Chris justified in his actions?
Earlier this week, it was reported by multiple news outlets that rapper Kid Cudi, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, voluntarily gave up custody of his daughter Vada after being involved in a very bitter and exhausting year-long custody battle with her mother. The report which originally came from TMZ implied that the rapper “gave up” custody of his daughter as a result of a “history of violence and drug addiction.”
The Grio is reporting that Mescudi’s attorney Lauren Blair is now coming out stating the claims are false and insisting that Scott and the child’s mother reached an “amicable agreement” back in August of this year and that the agreement is reflective of the fact that ”both parents are fit and proper persons to have custody of their child.” While Blair says that the terms of that agreement will remain private, she did release a formal statement regarding the controversy. Check out some of the statement below.
“There has been several reports that “Kid Cudi gives up full custody of daughter” which several gossip sites re-ran under the headline “Kid Cudi Gives Up Full Custody of His Daughter Due to ‘History of Violence and Drug Addiction.’” The statement that Kid Cudi gave up full custody due to a history of violence and drug addiction is simply false. The truth is that in August 2012, Kid Cudi and his daughter’s mother jointly reached an amicable agreement on the issues of legal custody and parenting time. While Kid Cudi’s lawyer, Lauren Blair of the Chicago-based law firm, Pedersen & Houpt, will not comment on the details of the parties’ custody and parenting agreement, which are private, she did state that the final custody judgment in Kid Cudi’s case expressly acknowledges that “both parents are fit and proper persons to have custody of their child.”
Ms. Blair also made clear that allegations of a purported history of drug and alcohol use and violent behavior that were made in the early stages of the case were based on “stale” information from internet videos, interviews and other “unreliable hearsay sources” about alleged isolated incidents with unrelated persons as far back as December 2009, June 2010 and July 2010. In fact, Kid Cudi voluntarily agreed to take a drug test to dispute those allegations and to dispel any notion that he was unfit to parent based on allegations of illegal drug use, and the test results came back negative for drugs.
Kid Cudi was also never proven to be an “absentee dad” or a deadbeat dad who didn’t want to be involved in his child’s life or tried to shirk his parental obligations. The court formally acknowledged that Kid Cudi had, since his daughter’s birth, “attempted to establish a relationship with the child and visit with the child when not on tour, or when he is in Chicago or in the state of Ohio where both parties are originally from.” The court also recognized that Kid Cudi had voluntary provided financial support, including child support, rent and other monthly payments, for his daughter since her birth until the time that a child support order was entered as part of the normal course of the case.
“Both parties, as well as the judge and the parties’ lawyers, worked very hard over many months to reach an amicable resolution because everyone saw that it was in the child’s best interest to do so and saw two parents who both deeply love and care about their child.”
We’re happy that the two parents were able to reach an agreement for the sake of their child — and that he’s not a violent drug addict.
Jazmine is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
It only took four seasons, and probably an even longer time than we know, for Sheree Whitfield to finally go after her ex-husband, former NFL star Bob Whitfield, for child support money owed to her. Now, the former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality star is finally getting what’s due to her children because according to TMZ, Bob has just 21 days to pay her the $75,000 owed in overdue child support.
According to legal docs obtained by TMZ … Bob admits he failed to make 38 monthly child support payments of $2,142 to the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star … more than $81k.
Bob claimed he simply didn’t have the money — and had asked the court to lower his obligation … but that was denied.
Now, the two sides have struck a deal in which Bob has agreed to hand over $75k before Nov. 11 … or face the consequences in court.
In addition to the $75k, Bob has also agreed to pay $1,000 per month for the next 12 months — before reverting back to the original $2,142.
In TMZ’s snarky fashion, they added a little “fun fact” at the end of their report noting that back in 2000, Bob signed a six-year, approximately $30 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Read between the lines: there’s no reason he should be anywhere near broke as he claims 12 years later. Ah well, at least Sheree’s children will finally get the money they’re due and hopefully he’ll keep up with future payments. It also sounds like she made a good move, passing on Phaedra’s legal counsel and getting a new lawyer.
I’m just going to say it, Pilar needs to get a job. The estranged wife of Deion Sanders has had her publicist, Kali Bowyer, send in documents to RumorFix regarding an emergency request her attorneys have filed to get Deion to continue his child support payments. Pilar claims she’s been forced to move out of her house because without his cash, she can’t afford heat, hot, water, or any other utilities. *eye roll*
As Rumor Fix tells it:
Deion was ordered to pay $10,500 a month in child support in April, but because the two are locked in a court battle no payments have been made.
According to court documents obtained by RumorFix, Deion makes $161,565.25 a month and is worth $250 million. His attorneys are claiming the $10,500 in child support is extreme and six times what everyone else in Texas pays. Plus, they claim paying the utilities is not a child support expense.
Before this crisis, Pilar’s monthly expenses were $24,600 — that includes expenses for the children like organic meals, cellphones and special hair products for their daughter.
Futhermore, Pilar claims that the $10,500 a month is just six percent of Deion’s income.
Bowyer tells RumorFix exclusively, ” This is a horrific situation that Mr. Sanders has placed Pilar and the children in, by completely disregarding his, not only court ordered obligations, but as well as his obligations as a father to provide support. It clearly comes as a great shock to see that one of America’s beloved athletes would turn his back on a hungry child, especially his own. While Pilar has pleaded for the courts to take a stand and enforce the existing support order, she has yet to see any relief in the matter.”
We already saw Pilar’s breakdown of “needs” before. When she found out she would only be receiving half of the money she requires to fund her outrageous necessities she should have started cutting corners. She’s just as guilty as Deion, if not more, in my opinion for letting things get to the point that she has no electricity or gas. Deion, of course, says this entire tale is BS. When he saw the story on RumorFix, he sent them a message on Twitter saying:
“@RumorFix lol kids are with me half the week. Check your facts whole articles wrong. Lol God bless u. A lie don’t care who tells it.”
When are these two going to be divorced already?
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Someone must have told Bow Wow being a deadbeat dad isn’t a good look for BET because he hopped on Philly’s Hot 107.9 the other day to clear up the drama surrounding the so-called Mr. 106&Park. A lot of folks have been giving him the side-eye about claiming to be broke in court last week in order to pay a certain amount in child support, leaving people wondering 1) what kind of daddy are you, and 2) where did your money go?
Bow answered all those questions and more with radio host Q Deezy, telling him:
“Here is the honest truth. I felt like I wanted to be on child support. I felt like that was the best thing for our situation. I’m sure there’s a lot of men out there listening and their baby mama don’t like the new chick, you know what I’m saying. So for me to move on with my life and let her know that everything is still gravy, I felt like the best thing for us to do was to go about it that way. Which I love it because its confirmed money to my daughter. So I’m fine with it and I’ve wanted to be on [child support] so that I can live my life and not feel like I’m attached to a woman or that a woman got screens on me. I don’t like that. I don’t play that.”
But is he on the financial struggle bus (you know with only $1,500 in his bank account like he told the judge last week)?
“Hell no! You know men can put themselves on child support, right? Sometimes, it’s worth doing it so that you can have that freedom. Ain’t nobody wanting to be dealing with a woman who keeps blowing you up. I’m happy about it and now she can live her life peacefully. She can do whatever she wants to do and date whomever she wants to date and for me, I’m just going to continue on with my career and living life. I’m happy as can be….For the record, I have no issues with my BM (baby mama) not one.”
Wondering whether Bow Wow is just all talk, Q Deezy also asked him whether he still has unprotected sex. Thankfully the rapper said no:
“One and done. I learned my lesson. I just want to let all them young fellas out there know that there’s nothing wrong with having a kid but just make sure you have it with the right one. But I love mine and I love my situation but if you don’t want no headache and no issues definitely wrap that thang up.”
On another note, Q Deezy also asked Bow Wow the other question everyone has been wondering about his new gig, which is what happens when Ciara comes on the show. According to him:
“Ima just do what I do. Ima be Bow.”
Alrightay. How are you feeling about Bow Wow’s take on fatherhood?
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