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Though we don’t see him in the spotlight as much as we did during his Fugee days, Pras has been quite busy spearheading several political projects. According to the Daily News’ Confidenti@l, he has appeared before the U.N. and met with several government officials, including President Barack Obama, regarding his passion projects such as fighting poverty in Haiti and supporting renewable energy in the United States. Friends say that he was also supposed to speak to the United Nations General Assembly next month; however, that may not happen. Sources claim that his sticky child support/child custody battle with former flame Angela Severiano is putting a damper on things.
“He’s in the political arena and is really taking a hit,” a so-called friend of Pras told Confidenti@l.
Apparently, this is all due to him being perceived as a deadbeat father.
“They pulled him from the pool because they obviously can’t be associated with press like this,” the friend continued.
The way Pras’ pal tells the story, the 41-year-old is not opposed to supporting his son, Landon; however, Angela, who reportedly earned nearly $72,000 last year working for a financial firm, is trying to have his monthly payments increased from $3,100 per month to $9,000 per month.
“He’s not opposed to paying additional child support should the court order it based on the child’s needs,” the source continued. “He’s not fighting his child.”
Angela is reportedly arguing to have the payments increased because her arrangement with Pras is making raising their son in her tiny Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, which costs her $2,200 per month, challenging. To that, Pras’ friends say that he recently submitted an $83,000 check to the New York City Child Support Processing Center “to cover child support retroactive from the time Landon was born.” They say that he is also consistently making monthly child support payments as ordered by the courts.
“So why can’t she move again?” Pras’ friend questioned.
According to Angela’s attorney Kenneth Sternberg, she is playing financial catch-up from the three years that she and Pras were on the outs.
“That was money that was due since the child support, and she had to deal with this without him,” said Kenneth. “This case should be over already.”
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Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.
Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90′s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.
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With the large number of Haitian-born celebrities and Haitian-American (and Canadian) stars doing it big, we couldn’t pass on the chance to highlight some of our favorites–and a few we actually didn’t realize were repping Haiti. They are a variety of singers, rappers, actors and artists, but they all have one thing in common (besides being black of course), they go hard for their favorite country (or at least one of their favorites…). Enjoy!
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If you hadn’t heard, my imaginary husband is indeed a Haitian brother. While his father was raised in Puerto Rico and was of Pentecostal faith, the singer’s mother grew up in Haiti and was Baptist. When helping to raise money after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Maxwell spoke about his Haitian roots and his work before the catastrophe to help the fight against hunger. His song, “Fistful of Tears,” was used to help in the relief effort.