Janelle Monae is featured in the September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair. Inside of the mag, the unconventional artist talks about her outfit choice, music influences and what is she proud of the most. Read the highlights of the interview below.
On why she wears black and white only: “It’s part of having something that’s transcendent. You could time travel, you could go all over the world, it won’t ever go out of style. It’s just a part of a ‘brand’ that I created, even if nobody was watching. I know what I like: if you go to my closet, I have at least four of everything. Once you find what you like, it’s like it worked yesterday, it works today, it’ll work tomorrow.”
We already reported that Lauryn Hill was facing tax problems as she failed to pay taxes from 2005 to 2007 and now owes $1.6 million dollars in back taxes.
She had her first hearing with a federal court yesterday, where plead guilty to the tax evasion charges.
“Hill spoke little at her hearing today and stood attentively with her arms crossed in front of her chest when the judge first addressed her,” reports NJ News. “She appeared in a white button-down shirt, blue blazer and long coral skirt. She did, however, take issue with two statements made by U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp that she discussed in whispers with Hockman at length. Hill raised her concerns withREAD MORE
Karrueche was out and about NYC with Breezy’s entourage this morning, smiling all happy. She is definitely a ride-or-die chick for Chris Brown
Ludacris his girl, Eudoxie and singer Monica were partying it up in Atlanta’s strip club. The rapper splashed over $10,000 in the club..eh, sorry, but that’s nothing to be proud of. It’s just sad to me.
Not only Lauryn Hill got problems with IRS these days. R.Kelly got even bigger problems as he owes $4.8 million in back taxes. The singer allegedly didn’t pay any taxes off his income since 2005. This is how it looks like if broken down:
“$1,472,366.77 from 2005, $710,520.51 from 2006, $376,180.11 from 2007, $1,122,694.90 from 2008, $173,815.18 from 2009 and $992,495.24 from 2010, bringing his grand total to $4,848,072.71.”
The spokesperson for R.Kelly told TMZ:
“R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied.”
I’m sure the man got enough money to pay $4.8 million without really hurting his pockets.
In the meantime, R.Kelly will be headlining the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, which will be taking place from July 15 to July 21.
I just wanna know why celebrities out of all people always have some troubles with paying taxes?!
We haven’t heard much from Lauryn Hill even since she came back about 2 years ago. With the recent controversy, surrounding her not paying taxes during the three year period from 2005-2007, Lauryn took it to her Tumblr to address the issue and explain why she took a break from the music industry and the world.
The letter is very long, so for those of you who doesn’t feel like reading, I will briefly sum it up. Lauryn basically said that by leaving the music industry, her intentions were never to abandon her fans or music in general. Once she got successful, she realized how corrupted the industry was and she felt that it was necessary for her to step away from it in order to provide a safe and pure environment for her kids, free of any kind of prejudice and injustice.
I’ve been a fan of Lauryn since the very first day and to me her revelation letter is nothing new, because no matter how crazy media was portraying her, I knew she was not crazy. Read the letter below.
“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda. Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars forREAD MORE