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From Black Enterprise
Recruiters and employers have used social media to vet employees, and many workers have had to deal with the potential fallout of access and issues of privacy in the name of landing —or keeping—a gig.
In many cases, prospective employers have requested usernames and passwords to get information, posing even more of an issue for workers who may not want their boss privy to their messages, updates and hidden photos.
Well, now, New Jersey workers can look forward to no more snooping, as, according to reports, the state’s new law barring employers from asking for social media account passwords has finally gone into effect.
Read more about this victory for privacy on BlackEnterprise.com.
Bruno Mars’ star is shining bright and it looks like things are about to get even brighter. He’s expected to be announced as the performer for the 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Show!
While Bruno is quite the entertainer, this one comes as a bit of a surprise. But according to sources who spoke with the Los Angeles Times, said the big announcement could come as soon as Sunday (this is week one of the 2013-2014 NFL season). If he gets the gig as the big act for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, his stock would easily skyrocket through the roof. The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events.
The Times says that neither the NFL nor Fox (they carry the Super Bowl on their station for all of you non-sportsnistas) would comment on Bruno taking the stage by storm, but an NFL spokesman did say that both Miley Cyrus and Janet Jackson have been “ruled out as performers.”
They still have Janet “jokes,” huh? Moving on.
The 2014 Super Bowl will be taking place in New Jersey at the Met Life Stadium, home to both the New York Giants and New York Jets, and since that announcement, there’s been a lot of talk about what local is big enough and current enough to hold down that stage. Bruce Springsteen is almost always in that conversation but he likely wouldn’t be able to keep the attention of younger viewers. So it looks like they completely scrapped the idea of a local act and just went with someone who could likely please everyone
There’s something about Bruno Mars and his shows that makes people of any age love him. He appears to be charismatic, put on an electric show and almost always sounds great. His Moonshine Jungle tour has received rave reviews and there’s no doubt that if he kicked it up a few notches, his show would be perfect for a 15 minute performance on the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
His career is still in its semi-early stages but he just might be ready for this.
What do you think? Would you be excited to see Bruno Mars as the performer during the 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Show?
“He equaled himself to being a prophet. As time went on, he was god-like. I had to call him, ‘my god.’ He equated himself to Jesus Christ … He would sit us all down and lecture us about his greatness and his power … At another point, he equated himself to Prince and Michael Jackson.”
Poor Lauryn Hill. If it ain’t one thing it’s another with her — although I’m wondering when she’s going to learn that people don’t play when it comes to their money. We all know the Grammy-Award winning singer is in major trouble with the IRS, having pled guilty to tax fraud last year. Now she’s being sued for eviction by her landlord and could find herself out on the street.
According to TMZ, Lauryn’s been renting a mansion in South Orange, NJ, since 2009, but apparently stopped paying rent last month. As a result, her landlord went to court to file a legal ultimatum demanding that she pay up or get out. Apparently she still hasn’t paid, so the landlord is moving ahead with the eviction lawsuit.
Unlike Lauryn’s odd reasoning for not paying her taxes — she claimed she had received frightening threats — she likely has a somewhat decent reasoning for not paying her rent. According to TMZ, next week Lauryn will be sentenced for tax fraud and since she’s facing several years in federal prison, paying rent likely isn’t at the top of her list of priorities — if she even has the cash to pay. Still, the landlord needs his money too and it’s not the smartest move to add more money woes on top of others. Let’s just hope her babies have somewhere to stay for the time being and after if, unfortunately, she goes to prison.
Oh, Pedro. Just when the world was getting ready to offer congratulations to 44-year-old Pedro Quezada, the New Jersey man who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot Tuesday, news comes out that he’s something like a deadbeat dad. According to CBS News, Mr. Quezada owes $29,000 in back child support.
“[A]uthorities said Quezada owed child support payments that go back to 2009. It’s not known which of Quezada’s five children, who range in age from 5 to 23-years-old, are covered under the payments.”
I wonder if that child is who the Dominican Republic native was referring to when he said he wanted to use his earnings to help those in need? On Tuesday when he claimed a lump-sum payment worth $221 million –$152 million after taxes, which is the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history — Quezada said he hadn’t made up his mind on what to do with the money, but he could “use a good car and give back to his community and ‘help those in need,’” CBS stated.
Regardless of whether he had child support payments in mind or not, authorities intend on making sure that $29K gets shelled out. According to CBS:
A spokesman for Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik said the sheriff’s office’s warrant squad is attempting to find Quezada to resolve the matter.
Spokesman Bill Maer also said the state Lottery Division generally satisfies such judgments before winnings are released. He added that Quezada is subject to potential arrest like everyone else until the warrant is satisfied.
Anyone else hear Biggie’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems” playing in their ear?
Mary, this is…out of hand.
In documents obtained by TMZ, singer Mary J. Blige has been hit with a tax lien by the state of New Jersey. The documents state that Mary owes the government $901,769.65 in back taxes. They didn’t state what years the IRS is seeking back pay but she’s probably missed at least two years.
This is just the latest string of financial problems and embarrassments for Mary. It was just over a week ago that we told you she defaulted on a loan from Bank of America and now owes them over $500,000. When she was asked about it, she said was that all she can do is just keep pushing on on and “let haters hate.” Ahhh yes, those haters sure do know how to get you in alleged financial trouble, don’t they?
But even prior to that, she defaulted on a $2.2 million dollar loan and before that, she was sued because of her charity not paying back money.
It would seem like when you suddenly find yourself in major situations like this on an almost consistent basis, not only would you fire your accountants (even if they’re flesh and blood), but you might also consider taking some accounting classes so you can figure out how to go over the books yourself. There just doesn’t seem to be a logical reason for these things to keep happening.
TMZ reached out to Mary’s reps but so far, they’ve received no response.
Al Sharpton and Governor Chris Christie are almost always on opposite ends of the political spectrum, so it came as somewhat of a surprise when Sharpton offered to lend a helping hand to the New Jersey governor.
During this past Tuesday’s episode of PoliticsNation, the activist praised Christie for his ability to kick back and poke fun at himself, even when it came to a subject as sensitive as his weight, during his humorous appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
“Now I don’t agree with much of Christie’s politics, but he’s real. He can make fun of himself and he’s not afraid to do the right thing,” Sharpton said.
He went on to say that rigid Republicans should take a lesson from Christie and lighten up, in addition to saying that if the Governor was ever serious about shedding some of the excess weight, he knows a guy who can get him on the right track.
“Governor, if you’re ever serious about dieting, I know a guy you can get some advice from. Call me,” Sharpton said, before queuing a throwback photo of himself in his heavier days.
Considering how high tension has been running between Democrats and Republicans lately, I think it’s great to see these guys not at each other’s throats. Although Sharpton was joking about getting together with Christie to formulate a diet plan, you could tell there was a small ounce of seriousness in his voice. I would love to see these two get together as Sharpton helps Christie reach his weight loss goal; especially since Chris has been speaking out pretty candidly regarding his struggle with losing weight and overeating.
“If you talked to anybody who has struggled with their weight, what they would tell you is ‘every week, every month, every year, there’s a plan… Sometimes I’m successful, and other times I’m not. And sometimes, periods of great success are followed by periods of great failure,” expressed Christie to a reporter.
“I weigh too much because I eat too much.”
Check out footage of Sharpton offering Governor Christie weight loss advice on the following page.