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Nick Cannon may be able to spot talent on his show America’s Got Talent, but he was recently unable to spot a con artist. Cannon and NFL quarterback Warren Moon were victims of a scam artist. Cannon was allegedly taken for $15,000.
According to prosecutors, a Los Angeles man named George French Jones has been charged with about a dozen felonies. He’s connected with an alleged scheme to fraudulently sell season tickets and shares in the Miami Heat basketball team, reports NBC News. Cannon apparently paid money to get “an ownership interest in the Atlanta Hawks,” says a law enforcement source.
Jones, 45, was named in an 11-count criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by prosecutors with the California Attorney General’s Office who teamed up with the Federal Bureau Investigation, the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Los Angeles Police Department. The counts include fraud, grand theft and identity theft.
The investigation has been ongoing for a year. It started in March 2013 when security reps for the NBA and the Miami Heat notified the FBI in Miami, alleging that Jones tried to sell a minority interest in the Heat “to several NFL and NBA athletes,” states the complaint.
Former NFL player Jarvis Green was offered a share in the NBA franchise for $25,000. Jones is accused of selling Moon and his representative four court-side seats for $200,000.
In this day and age where a celebrity’s every move can be well chronicled, somehow these celebrities managed to surprise us all by popping up pregnant out of nowhere. No announcement, no save the date, just them, the red carpet, and a baby bump.
Lil Kim reigned as the Queen Bee of rap in the late 90’s. Although her career took a nosedive following a jail stint for lying under oath, the diminutive star still managed to release new music. She may not be the hottest female rapper around anymore but the Brooklyn emcee will have a new title to her name. Lil Kim popped up at an event during New York Fashion Week earlier this month with a big bun in the oven. She’s a few months into the pregnancy and her boyfriend and daddy to be Mr. Papers revealed she is having a baby boy.
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Over the years celebrity moms have picked up a pretty bad reputation for treating their kids’ nannies poorly. If you recall, last spring two nannies came forward accusing Kim Porter of abusing them during their stints of employment caring for the twins she shares with hip hop mogul P.Diddy. Though Kim denied the allegations, Mariah Carey has no problem admitting that she can be the employer from hell when it comes to nannies.
“Unfortunately I have to have nannies but I’m very hands-on,” Mariah said during an interview with The Breakfast Club. “I fire nannies like this,” she said snapping her fingers.
She went on to say that while she hates being such a cut-throat, it’s absolutely essential because nannies like to make themselves more important than she is her in childrens’ lives.
“And I hate doing it, but I have to because if they try to make themselves more important in the baby’s mind than me,” she continued.
Mariah also touched on her plans for Valentine’s Day. Apparently, her hubby, Nick Cannon, will be away working.
“He’s not even gonna be home from what I hear now.”
We’d sure hate to be the nannies looking after little Monroe and Moroccan.
Watch Mariah’s interview on the next page.
A couple of years ago, my parents and I were in the car together driving back home to Indianapolis from Cincinnati. Naturally, we were listening to music. We had just celebrated my sister graduating from college so the mood was light and celebratory. And the random selection of songs on my dad’s iPod reflected that, until suddenly a Sounds of Blackness cover of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” came on. Immediately, my mother groaned. “I don’t want to hear this.”
My father, who has been known to take things too far in order to prove a point, turned the volume up. In a voice reserved for people delivering persuasive speeches he said, “We should listen to this. We need to remember what happened.” In the moment I just shook my head at my father’s dogma and settled in as I spent the next 3 minutes listening to that haunting song.
Clearly that wasn’t the time. Both of my parents were born in the ’50′s in the midwest and through their own experience and later initiative, became very well versed in the travesties and tragedies black folks have suffered in America and abroad. And they made sure to share that history with me and my sister. Nobody in that car needed that reminder at that particular moment.
But, that being said, I wonder why certain groups of black folk, affluent and average alike, seem to have such a visceral reaction to anything that reminds us of our country’s dark past. We could point to a whole hell of a lot, but I’m talking about Trans-Atlantic slavery and the subsequent oppression that followed and still continues today.
Every year, I hear black folk talk about how they don’t want to think about, don’t want to talk about or don’t want to see something…anything related to slavery. This year though, with movies like The Butler and 12 Years A Slave, dominating the cinematic conversation, black people have been particularly vocal in their distaste.
I’m sure she wasn’t the first or the last, but certainly the most surprising was Elise Neal who said 12 Years wasn’t great and questioned why Hollywood continues to make slave movies.
“Why do we need movies to remind us of where we used to be? We should be doing things to encourage us where we are right now…”
She continued, “I guarantee you, if I go to the bookstore and pick up 12 Years A Slave, I’m not going to just read about the beatings. I’m not just going to read about people calling each other ni66ers. I’m going to get the full story of an African American man, living in a certain time period; a story about how he met his beautiful wife and created his wonderful family. It seems that the movies only depict the negative.”
Now, I respect Elise’s opinion. But I just can’t rock with her on this one…at all.
First, I understand that some people feel Hollywood has ridden the slave, and downtrodden black folk, train to the last stop. But, I’m in agreement with Alfre Woodard who said, “no one ever complains that there are too many Holocaust movies.” Hollywood, a town financed heavily by Jewish dollars, will never tire of making those movies. Why? Because they want you to remember what happened. Remember that people were treated like less than animals in an attempt to progress an effed up ideology. Remember that darkness, so we’re not doomed to repeat it. That’s why we need movies that remind us of where we used to be. Neal and people of her generation may have a grasp of some of what our ancestors endured. But working with children, I know, for a regrettable fact, that there are far more young people, black, white and everyone in between, who are not being educated about these atrocities.
And in the place of withheld information historically, art, particularly films, have bridged the gap. Even for those who have read about the horrors of this time, seeing it play out on a screen is an entirely different experience. It’s an experience you take with you. It’s an experience that makes you question your own thoughts and appreciate the freedoms we now enjoy.
Personally, after I see a slave movie, I’m motivated not to complain about sh!t. Sure life today has its challenges but I’m free. I can pursue my passions. I’m compensated for my work. I’m able to get up and go when I please. I can express my thoughts– most of them– without fear of physical punishment. No one owns me.
But that wasn’t the case for some people, not that long ago. And not just some people, people in my family. How dare I belittle their experience and continue to ignore their humanity by allowing myself or those close to me to just forget it? Never. I’m inexplicably proud of the fact that I have ancestors who survived such brutalities. And seeing some of what they endured, reminds me and propels me to do better not just for myself but for those who didn’t even have the opportunity to try.
I have to acknowledge the sacrifices that allowed me to live the life I do today. I have to. And honestly, if people, black and white alike, weren’t so quick to sweep the conversation of our history under the rug then perhaps the country wouldn’t still be stumbling over the issue of race and racism.
And as I say all of this, I know that for some people delving into our past is too much. They can’t take it. I’m reminded of Michael K. Williams talking to Arsenio Hallabout his experience playing a role in this movie and how he felt, during filming, that something came over him and he was screaming and crying, in the fetal position, as he was pretending to be a man about to be taken into .
I understand some of us cannot take these type of images into our spirit. Even though I appreciate slave movies, I left 12 Years with a splitting headache. But, if you are one of those people who don’t like seeing these movies, as Elise Neal, Nick Cannon and a host of others appear to be, know yourself. Don’t willingly see a slave movie, just to complain about the prevalence of slave movies later on. There was no way a movie called 12 Years A SLAVE was going to spend more time focused on his married life and raising his children in white society than it was on the 12 years Solomon Northup spent living as a slave.
I’m sure that was one of the most defining periods of his life and I’m so glad that he decided to write a book about it instead of pretending it never happened. Pretending it never happened is what a lot of our ancestors did, attempting to put the pain of the past behind them. That’s certainly one method, one means of survival that I won’t judge them for. I can’t say what my coping strategy would have been coming out of slavery. I would just hope that I wouldn’t begrudge someone else for attempting to tell the gruesome truth of what happened. So that one, it never happens again and two, we can begin to heal from it.
There’s a joke from Chris Rock where he says black have a different relationship with America. He says America is like the uncle who molested you when you were younger but paid your way through college. He’s right. It’s a joke but think about that. If you suffered a type of trauma, could you really heal from it if you and the person who inflicted the pain never acknowledged it? Never talked about what really went down and how it affected you then and still affects you today? Could you heal from it if people told you to stop talking about it and move on? If we’re ever going to start to really deal with racism, those are the conversations we need to have. And up until now, we haven’t had them. As much as some people hate them, slave movies do help.
How can we be mad at that?
Sometimes you know within a matter of minutes if the person you just met is your soulmate and partner for life. That appears to be the case with these celebrity couples who wasted no time moving from dating to engaged within a matter of months or even days.
Big Sean and Naya Rivera
Rapper Big Sean had a longtime girlfriend back when he signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. Even though she was there for much of his success, the couple parted ways in 2013 and soon after that the Detroit rapper was in the arms of another woman. Big Sean met actress Naya Rivera on Twitter first before taking their romance offline and into the real world. After dating for just six months, Sean popped the question this past October.
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Ashford and Simpson. Barack and Michelle. Brangelina. It’s one thing to be a powerful entity on your own, but when you find that special someone who’s also a powerhouse in the world of entertainment, conducting business can be even more fruitful. It seems as though 2014 is ushering in a motherlode of celebrity hookups and engagements. Here is our list of celebrity power couples whose relationships inspire us. And we have a few that we anticipate seeing in future business endeavors together.
Lately there’s been a lot of attention cast on the celebrity men who dip out their spouses or girlfriends for a little loving on the side but there’s little mention of the men who stay faithful – or at least appear to be… Here’s our list of 15 faithful celebrity men who we never hear cheating rumors about.
Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president on January 20, 2009 but long before he was known as the first Black leader of the Free World, he was a husband to wife Michelle. The two met when Michelle was assigned to mentor a young Barack, who was a summer associate. Their first date was a trip to the theater to catch Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and ever since the couple wed in October of ’92, Barack has done the right thing by his wife. They have two daughters together and while he has probably the most stressful job in America, the President and his First Lady appear to be just as in love living in the White House as the day they got married.
Though celebrity couples seem to come and go every day, pets are without a doubt the constant loving presence in many famous folks’ lives. With that said, here’s a look at some of our favorite celebrities and their pets.
Selita Ebanks is no stranger to the Hollywood dating scene. She can proudly call about a handful of showbiz’s elegible bachelors her exes. During a recent interview with Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club, the 30-year-old supermodel opened up about two of her famous exes in particular: Nick Cannon and Terrence Jenkins, revealing that the media was pretty cruel during her engagement to Nick.
“That was a long time ago, I was very young, he was young,” said Selita. “Everything happens for a reason. It taught me a lot especially with media because y’all were very brutal.”
All in all, Selita says that it was through her relationship with Nick that she learned to have thick skin.
“I was called everything under the sun just for getting engaged. But I was very young and it was a lesson that I needed to learn to help me develop very thick skin, so now I just don’t give a sh**.”
As for why things ended with Terrence Jenkins back in February, she admits that he needed to move on for career purposes.
“Everything has it’s time and it’s course,” she said. “He had to move on. He went to LA, he’s doing bigger and better things, E! News doing it big, shout out to him. It was a lot of things. I had to focus more on my acting. We just decided to do our own thing.”
“At times in relationships people tend to put the other person in front of them and they lose focus on what they need to do so I think a little bit of that was happening.”
Watch Selita’s interview on the next page.
Who said that running into the man you were once going to marry and spend the rest of your life with had to be an angry or ugly moment? If you’re Nick Cannon and his former fianceé, model Selita Ebanks, it doesn’t have to be.
The former couple, who were engaged in 2007 after four months of dating (they were engaged in spring and divorced by fall…) had to sit right next to one another when the cast of The Real Husbands of Hollywood visited Katie Couric’s show to talk about the series. Ebanks is a recurring character on the show, and of course, Cannon is one of the “Real Husbands.” The encounter could have been really awkward, considering that when asked about their relationship, how well-endowed Cannon was and how he was as a kisser back in 2011, Ebanks answered with a “meh.” But Cannon and Ebanks were pretty gracious, joking about the interesting seat placement. “Hi, how are you?” she asked as Boris Kodjoe and Nelly giggled like teenage boys. Nick responded to the audience with, “We’ll just clear this all up, we used to be engaged so it’s not an awkward moment. They’re laughing that we’re sitting next to each other but we cool, we’re friends.”
The funny exchange continued when Cannon asked Ebanks, “So what, you didn’t want to sit next to me?” When she didn’t respond, he said, “It’s about to turn into a whole different kind of talk show.” Glad to see that they could laugh it up, despite their past (though I know Mariah was sitting somewhere with the Stinkmeaner face on…). And considering that they work on the same show, I’m sure they’ve run into one another from time to time (even if they try to avoid it). But if Couric had Christina Milian AND Selita Ebanks on the stage with him, well, now that would be awkward! Check out their comical exchange below: