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So Y’all Not Gone Pay For Your Kids? Celebs With Child Support Drama

April 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Celebrities continue to prove they’re regular people just like the rest of us, unfortunately in some of the worst ways possible. When it comes to these celebs with child support drama it took a judge to get them to cough up cash for their kids. Were they to blame or were the mothers of their children asking for too much?

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Nas was happy to take himself off of the market and marry singer Kelis but that marriage soon went up in flames. In December 2009, the Queensbridge rapper was ordered to pay the R&B singer $51,000 a month in alimony and child support, but the bad economy worked in Nas’ favor and 13 months later he was able to convince the judge that his payments should be lowered. Even though at one point Nas was in arrears and owed Kelis more than $300,000 in back child support, the judge agreed to lower his payments to $20,000 a month in alimony and $5,000 in child support.

Nas To Headline With Nicki Minaj And 50 Cent For Hot 97 Summer Jam 2014 Concert

April 3rd, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb 

50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Young Money, Trey Songz and more will hit the main stage of Hot 97′s Summer Jam this year.

Hot 97′s Angie Martinez, Miss Info, DJ Enuff and Mister Cee announced the line-up for the festival on Wednesday.
Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Nipsey Hussle, Chinx, Jhene Aiko, Mack Wilds, and August Alsina are booked for the festival stage.

Summer Jam 2014 goes down Sunday, June 1 at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Below, the full Summer Jam 2014:

Main Stage:
50 Cent
Nicki Minaj with Lil Wayne and YMCMB
Nas
Wiz Khalifa
Trey Songz
Dj Mustard with YG and Ty Dolla $ign
Kid Ink
Sevyn Streeter
Troy Ave
Action Bronson

Read more about Summer Jam at EurWeb.com 

Nobody Does It Like Hype: The 15 Best Hype Williams Music Videos

March 25th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Hype Williams has been making music videos since the early 90’s. With budgets that rivaled independent movies, Williams has worked with everyone in the game from The Notorious B.I.G. to Beyonce. Here’s a look at some of the 15 best Hype Williams music videos

The Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa”

The Notorious B.I.G. made waves with his first single “Juicy” but it was his second single “Big Poppa” that really helped put the Brooklyn emcee on the map. Set inside of a brownstone with a club-type atmosphere, Biggie said his rhymes while party-goers danced and others gambled over a game of dice. There were plenty of cameos in the video as well, including Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Busta Rhymes, Heavy D and of course Sean “Puffy” Combs, who was there in a hot tub full of women along with his then-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim.

Evening Eye Candy: Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones…Aka, Nas

March 21st, 2014 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones has been on the scene since the late ’80s, and as he has become one of the greatest rappers of our time (and all time), he’s managed to age gracefully and deliciously. The 40-year-old rapper, businessman and father of two might not be the luckiest in love (we still miss him and Kelis together), but if he’s looking for a new lady, I know quite a few women who would be up for the task. Hell I’ve seen quite a few ladies throw marriage proposals his way on social media alone. If you’re not that acquainted with the good looks of Nasty Nas, this one is for you. Enjoy!

“It’s Over. I’m over it:” Kelis Discusses Nas Divorce With The Guardian Guide

March 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nas has made headlines quite a bit in the last two of weeks, but it hasn’t been for some amazing new music project or for a new movie that he’s starring in. Instead, he’s being mentioned by a couple of women who have played major roles in his life. Just yesterday we told you that his ex and mother of his 19-year-old daughter, Carmen Bryan, expressed concerns about his mental health. Now, his ex-wife, Kelis Rogers, is also discussing the iconic Queens rapper.

“I’ve been divorced for almost five years,” the “Bossy” singer told The Guardian Guide. “It’s over, I’m over it.”

Though she says their relationship is over, she says her ex-husband’s decision to speak openly about their breakup on his last album, “Life Is Good,” forced her to speak about it.

“But what I would say is that last year I was made more aware of it because my ex-husband decided to talk about stuff that I hadn’t shared with the world.”

“He slipped my wedding dress on to his album cover [2012's Life Is Good],” she explained. “So now I have to talk about it! I had no idea it was happening, I was like, ‘What the…?’”

While Kelis admits that the album forced her to discuss some things about her breakup, she says that talking about it didn’t really bother her too much.

“It didn’t affect my life. I’m not living that life now. I’m super-content and at peace.”

The Grammy Award nominee also discussed being labeled as an R&B artist.

“I was never an R&B artist. People coined me one but that’s because, especially if you’re in the States, if you’re black and you sing, then you’re R&B.”

As for her musical future, Kelis says she’s not sure if she’ll put out another album.

“I might make another album. I might make 10 more albums. I might never make another album again. It depends on how the mood suits me. I’m not declaring retirement but I’m just saying that I don’t have any musical ambitions any more.”

“After ‘Kelis Was Here’ I was done. I was like, ‘I will never put out another record again, I hate this business, I hate all these people.’ I was in this race that I didn’t even realise that I was in. I woke up and ten years had passed. That was never my plan. My desire was never to put out albums, it was to do musical theatre!”

Read Kelis’ full interview here.

‘He May Be A Paranoid Schizophrenic:’ Carmen Bryan Wants Nas To Undergo Court-Mandated Mental Evalutation

March 3rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last week we told you that Carmen Bryan filed a child support lawsuit against Nas, claiming that he refuses to pay his daughter’s college tuition and medical expenses. Due to wording in court documentation, it was also being reported that Carmen wanted Nas to be thrown in jail, but Carmen says that simply is not true.

“I do not want to see my child’s father go to jail,” she recently explained to Mara The Hip Hop Socialite.

She did, however, suggest that the Queens rapper seek mental help.

“However, I do want to see him get the mental help that I believe he desperately needs. So this situation is a curse and a blessing with regard to the fact that there are some deep-rooted mental issues that I believe exist and need to be addressed.”

As for why she feels justified in speaking on her ex’s mental state:

“Well first off, let me just say my experiences with Nas, my dealings with Nas, and my research all lead me to believe that he does suffer from bipolarism and he may be a paranoid schizophrenic,” Carmen explained. “That’s my personal opinion based on my experiences and interaction with him.”

She went on to recount an experience where Nas allegedly told her that he was being haunted by ghosts.

“An incident occurred with Nas years ago when we were together. I came in the house, Destiny and I, and he was on the couch wrapped up in a blanket; his mom was on one side of him, his brother on the other side, there were a few more people in the house. My first reaction was, ‘Is everything okay? What happened?’ And that’s when Nas told me ghosts were haunting him again, and entities were whispering to him and touching him and bothering him. This is something that he mentioned when we first got together, but I had never experienced him ever experiencing it until that moment. So, I’ve witnessed this long battle with insanity.”

The “It’s No Secret” author adds that Nas’ mental health struggles are quite obvious to those who really know him.

“Anyone that knows Nas, knows him, they know that he’s off. I believe that he is terrified, and he’s afraid of public backlash and humiliation. I also believe that he’s afraid the medication will numb him, or turn him into some kind of zombie so he won’t be able to write and create, which will ultimately ruin his career. These are my personal beliefs based on my past experiences and conversations with Nas. Like I said, I just want to see him get the help I believe he desperately needs, at the end of the day he is Destiny’s father. I’m concerned.”

Carmen also discussed their daughter, Destiny, having to stop school because Nas abruptly stopped paying her tuition.

“This thing started, unbeknownst to me, in June of 2013,” Carmen continued. “Nas just stopped paying Destiny’s tuition. I have a court order that says he has to pay 100% of her secondary education, which is college. Nas dropped out of school I believe 7th, 8th grade, so he’s ignorant and uneducated. He’s a junior high school dropout; he doesn’t believe in education. My thing is she wants an education. After all she’s been through, she desires it, and she deserves it. What she doesn’t deserve is to get half way through an accelerated program, and have to stop because her father refuses to pay the tuition. But this time, I want things to be different. I don’t want him to go to jail – I want him to get help.”

Lastly, she explained why she believes her recently filed child support lawsuit will push Nas to finally seek help.

“My legal team is going to file a motion and ask the judge for an order to have him mentally evaluated before we proceed because like I said, I don’t want to see him go to jail, but I do want to see him get the help that possibly, based on my experiences with him, he needs.”

Do you think her accusations are true?

Carmen Bryan Says Nas Refuses To Pay Daughter’s College Tuition

February 27th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just yesterday we discussed AlexSandra Wright’s failed attempts to collect child support from Mathew Knowles for their four-year-old son, Nixon. Apparently Carmen Bryan is singing a similar tune about her ex, Nasir “Nas” Jones.

According to TMZ, Carmen recently filed court documents against the Queens rapper, claiming that he owes over $11,000 in child support for their 19-year-old daughter, Destiny. In the filing, Carmen adds that Nas is refusing to pay Destiny’s college tuition and medical bills. The “It’s No Secret” author goes on to paint her daughter’s father as a “repeat criminal non supporter” who is intentionally trying to get over on his kid. As a result, Carmen is pushing to have him cited for contempt, which could result in prison time if he doesn’t pay up soon.

This certainly isn’t the first public dispute between Nas and Carmen. Their issues with one another have been highly publicized and well documented over the years. Just last year when Nas received a Grammy nomination for a song titled, “Daughters,” which he wrote about Destiny, Carmen was quick to call him out for failing to invite her to the awards show.

“Smh… How do you not invite for daughter to the Grammys after being nominated for a song called ‘Daughters?’” she tweeted.

“I have so much more to say but I’m busy picking up these pieces. My baby is crushed.”

“Even if Nas does win a Grammy he’s still a loser for not inviting his only daughter.”

Reps on behalf of Nas have yet to publicly comment on the filing. But we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.

“All My Life” And Other Songs Singers Wrote For Their Children

January 23rd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.

Songs Singers Wrote For Their Children

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Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.

Lookin’ Like New Money: Fine Black Men Who Don’t Age

January 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Time has been good to these fine fellas. Maybe it’s something in the water, or something that their money can buy, but these 40 and up fellas could still get it (Note: I just like to say that, but seriously, I don’t just spread my goodies like that). Check out 12 celeb men who just don’t age, and we can’t stop giving them the eye!

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At 49, Lenny Kravitz doesn’t even try to be a sex pot, he just is one. He’s the bad a** rocker we want to get wild with. Hey boo!

A Clean Shave: Nas Invests In Men’s Grooming Startup, Bevel By Walker & Company

December 23rd, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Like many black men — four out of five to be exact — Tristan Walker, a 29-year-old Stanford business school grad, suffers from razor bumps. Being the entrepreneur he came up with a solution and a new company. One that has celebrity backing.

Walker just launched Bevel by Walker & Company, a startup that provides customers with high-end shaving tools by mail. The new venture was launched this month with $2.4 million in backing from investors that includes venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, WME partner Charles King and rapper-turned-angel-investor Nas, reports Forbes.

Walker says he grew tired of looking for the shaving products he needed as a black man in stores, as they were usually relegated to the ethnic products aisle. “It’s not really an aisle, it’s a shelf,” he complained to Forbes. “Then you have to reach to the bottom of that shelf for a package that’s dirty, and then there’s the photo of a 45-year-old bald black guy in a towel on it … that entire second class citizen experience needs to go.”

Walker, who worked as director of business development for networking platform Foursquare, was Andreessen Horowitz’s entrepreneur in residence where he was toying with various startup ideas including building a new kind of bank or fixing childhood obesity. But then he decided on an idea that hit closer to home.

Walker had been dealing with razor bumps most of his adult life. His solution: a single blade, double-edged safety razor, a grooming tool that was actually invented more 150 years ago and patented in 1901. Though he thought it would be great for his market — African-American men — he couldn’t convince investors when he pitched the idea to the Silicon Valley venture capital community, a group not pegged as racially diverse. One potential investor countered that razor bumps just weren’t as big an issue as acne, so why invest in Walker’s company.

But Walker persisted and landed a group of investors that included Nas, whom he met through Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz. Last year,  Andreessen Horowitz announced a $15 million investment in Rap Genius, a company Nas has also invested in.

“As a black man, there are many challenges when it comes to proper grooming and the experience Bevel gives you is one I’ve been envisioning for us all for a lifetime,” Nas told Forbes.

For a one-time payment of $59.99 plus $29.95 monthly, Bevel by Walker & Company sends customers the razor along with replacement blades, lotions and a shaving brush.

According to Walker, his company has more than enough room to grow.  He estimates up to 80 percent of the 20 million black men in America—along with the millions of curly-haired men who make up around 20-30 percent of the total population—are potential customers. And he’s not the only one tapping into this market. Click here for a recent profile we published of Andrea Polk, founder of Solo Noir for Men, another line of beauty products for men of color.

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