Grammy-winning singer Dionne Warwick, has filed for bankruptcy because of unpaid taxes that total about $10.7 million. According to reports, her debt started growing in the 1990s, and was originally only $2.2 million. After 50 years in show biz, the singer said all she had to show for it was $1,000 cash; assorted pieces of decades-old furniture; clothes; artwork and paintings; two fur coats, and two pairs of diamond earrings. The vast majority of her debt is $10.2 million in tax claims from the IRS and the state of California. She also owes a former manager about $500,000, and ran up a $20,000 Visa card debt, court papers showed. With the amount she currently owes, this is bound to be a long, drawn out case.
The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) honored the special achievements of iconic actress Cicely Tyson, vanguard film studio Screen Gems and the renowned Pan African Film Festival during its Special Achievement Awards Luncheon held at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, CA. The organization also introduced its Ashley Boone Award, named for the pioneering former president at Fox Studios, which will be presented to Will Packer and Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films.
Just because he allegedly squashed beef with Snoop Dogg does not mean Suge Knight isn’t up to his old tricks. Not one but two bench warrants have been issued in California for the Death Row Records founder’s arrest.
TMZ got the scoop:
Suge was SUPPOSED to be in court Thursday … regarding two cases — one from 2011 and one from 2012 — when cops busted him driving on a suspended license … of all things. He was sentenced to 3 years unsupervised probation for one of the incidents. The other was still pending. But now, a rep for the L.A. County Superior Court tells TMZ … Suge was a NO-SHOW at a recent court date for both cases. We’re told the judge immediately issued two bench warrants — one for $5,000 and the other for $30,000 — which means cops can arrest the music exec on sight.
While the Death Row glory days are long gone, Knight’s current gig is managing troubled comedian Katt Williams. Missing court dates isn’t the best example to give his comedian client, who has had well documented issues with the authorities himself. Also, last year, Knight threatened to “beat the dog sh-t” out of Rick Ross since the Maybach Music Group rappers rolls with Sean “Diddy” Combs.
MC Hammer was arrested for obstruction yesterday, but claims that it was actually a case of racial profiling. According to TMZ, the “U Can’t Touch This” rapper says he was arrested for obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting and officer. He claimed that the officer pulled out his gun and asked, “Are you on parole or probation?” He was booked and released from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California. Taking to Twitter, Hammer detailed what he says actually went down. “Chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said ‘Are you on parole or probation?’” he wrote. “While I was handing him my ID he reached in my car and tried to pull me out the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet. .. It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help (MallCop) !!! But make no mistake he’s dangerous .. only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge. I was citied for obstruction smh. You have to know me to understand I was laughing when he was grunting and pulling on me .. I had just left the weight room .. I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!!” Hammer was most recently in the news for failing to pay $780,000 in back taxes and was being sued by the government to recoup losses. The lawsuit was filed in December 2011. Santa Rita police are yet to comment on the matter.
Christopher Dorner has found a fan in Ab-Soul. Dorner, wanted for killing three people, has been seeking revenge on the Los Angeles Police Department, with no one aware of what his next move will be. The former officer began his killing spree on Super Bowl Sunday, shooting the daughter of a retired police captain, and her fiancé. A day later he took on a few cops, one of which was killed. Going on the run last week, Dorner posted a manifesto unveiling shady practices and racism on the force, words which moved Ab to show his support.
As the manhunt continued as far north as the San Bernardino Mountains, late Thursday, Interscope Records rapper Ab-Soul posted a photo defending the fugitive on his Instagram page, quoting Dorner’s 11,400-word manifesto, in which he outlines plans to kill law enforcement officers and their family members.
“This was a necessary evil,” Ab-Soul posted, quoting Dorner’s manifesto, and adding his own comment: “God Bless You Sir.”
So far, the post has received more than 3,200 likes and 500 comments, many supporting the statements.
One commenter calling themselves Popsapien referred to Dorner as “The BLACK RAMBO” and another, Gnodiaz replied: “Everyone else [is] misinformed idiots. He killed officers as a statement because the system he worked in was corrupt and they discharged him [from] attempting to reveal how corrupt it was.”
Ab-Soul and his manager did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Police in California have launched a massive manhunt for Dorner. After releasing his license plate number to the media, Dorner ditched the vehicle by setting it on fire. He remains at large.