Kanye’s Yeezy Clothing Brand Owes California $600K In Taxes 

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And the hits just keep on coming for Kanye West as not only does he have to cough up $200,000 monthly in child support, but now his Yeezy clothing brand is going to have to give Uncle Sam his just due as well.

NBC News is reporting that the Yeezy clothing brand owes the state of California back taxes at the tune of $600,000. To make matters worse, at least three notices were sent to Yeezy apparel back in July 2021, February 2022 and September 2022 before they were ultimately hit with a tax lien as they were being ignored. As to why the debt was never paid even though Yeezy was flourishing and raking in the big time dough, well…

Four tax law experts said the amount owed by Yeezy Apparel is significant and could be a sign of deeper issues at the company.

“Multiple California tax liens, adding up to $600,000, that’s certainly a sign of either extreme incompetence or extreme cash problems,” said USC Gould School of Law Professor Edward McCaffery, who specializes in tax law. “That is kind of an Amber Alert for the financial health of the enterprise.”

This was while Kanye was enjoying billionaire status too so paying back $600,000 would’ve seemed like pocket change for him. Now that he’s back to millionaire status, it might sting his bank account a tad bit. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Ye has run afoul of California’s state tax collectors as he’s been giving them the run around for about a decade.

NBC News found 17 government-imposed liens in California against three of Ye’s businesses and a charity created in his name dating back as far back as 2012. Four of the liens were labeled active with no indication of them having been terminated or paid.

“Tax lien indicates that the state maintains that a debt is owing to the state,” LoPucki said. The majority of the liens reviewed by NBC News were issued by the California Employment Development Department. 

A representative for the department said it could not comment on taxpayer information.

No wonder this man admires Donald Trump so much. Not only do they share a love of white supremacy and Nazis, but they also love not paying their taxes.

How this ends up getting resolved remains to be seen but Kanye definitely has the money to pay it off. Why he hasn’t just stepped up and paid what he owes is anyone’s guess at this point.

What do y’all think of this situation? Should Ye just pay up or should he continue to act like this has nothing to do with him? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Oh, How Sweet It Is: Ava DuVernay Makes History As The First Black Woman On A Ben & Jerry’s Pint 

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In 2022, this shouldn’t be a first, but one of many by now, but we will still applaud this. Iconic director Ava DuVernay has made history by becoming the first Black woman to have her image on a Ben & Jerry’s pint.

The progressive and woke ice cream company proudly revealed earlier this week that the 50-year-old director who gave us powerful projects like When They See Us and Selma, will be the face of a new flavor aptly named “Lights! Camera! Action!”

The new ice cream flavor is curated by Ava DuVernay and consists of vanilla ice cream with salted caramel swirls, graham cracker swirls and gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough.

It will be available in dairy and non-dairy options, so don’t worry our readers who can’t handle lactose; you are good and can indulge in the ice-cold treat.

In a statement shared by Variety, DuVernay said, “Ice cream is a simple joy of life. A comfort food that I’ve turned to on many days — making sunny ones brighter and dark ones sweeter.”

She said the collaboration with the ice cream company is a “thrill ride,” adding, “I’ve long admired [Ben & Jerry’s] for their commitment to social justice. I had the opportunity to work with food scientists to create a flavor with all the ingredients that I personally love for a cause close to my heart.”

Ava DuVernay Sees Being On A Pint A Bigger Win For Women of Color

The director also sees her becoming the face of a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor as another way to amplify women of color.

“There’s no women of color overall [on Ben & Jerry’s pints]. And so they understood that that’s something that they wanted to change, and I’m happy that I was able to be involved in being a part of that change,” DuVernary told PEOPLE

Adding, “I’m not taking it too seriously, but I do think that it’s important to walk through doors that have not been opened. And it’s not an accomplishment because someone has closed the door and then opened it. It is an action that needs to be taken. And so I’m glad that they’ve done it. And if I can support that, I’m happy to do it.”

Also, purchasing a pint of “Lights! Caramel! Action!” proceeds will benefit ARRAY Alliance, DuVernay’s non-profit that aims to increase the representation of artists and woman directors.

Oh, how sweet it is.

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ABC Probing T.J. Holmes & Amy Robach’s Whirlwind Romance 

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We hope the bedroom olympics were worth it. GMA 3 anchors T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach could be in big trouble due to their whirlwind romance.

Spotted on TMZ, ABC is now looking into Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes’ relationship to ensure that they did not violate any company policies.

Per TMZ:

Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … ABC’s human resources and legal departments are working together to look into all aspects of the high-profile co-workers hooking up. The goal is to determine if Amy and T.J. did anything to breach their contracts — such as using company resources, like vehicles or drivers, to meet romantically … or pressuring staffers to keep the relationship on the DL.

The celebrity gossip site claims employees were upset with comments made by ABC News’ President Kim Godwin during an editorial call on Monday, Dec. 5. Godwin said the couple did not violate any company policies because, at the time, ABC Network did not take a closer look.

The wheels began to spin on Friday after word of another affair between T.J. Holmes and a former GMA producer. Sources told TMZ that Godwin “worked through the weekend” with other executives before pulling Holmes and Robach from the anchor desk.

After initially being on air after being exposed, Holmes and Robach returned to work before being taken off air after Godwin said their situation was an “internal and external distraction.”

T.J. Holmes & Amy Robach Timeline of Debauchary

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes have been the topic of social media discussion after the Daily Mail came with receipts in the form of 4K photos.

Holmes specifically caught most of the ire for cheating on his Black wife and having the gall to feel a way about Will Smith smacking fire out of Chris Rock.

Both Holmes and Robach are no longer with their spouses, but the optics didn’t look good.

We shall see how this plays out for the GMA 3 anchors.

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DCEU Head Honcho James Gunn Cancels ‘Wonder Woman 3’ 

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When Guardians of The Galaxy director/writer James Gunn took over as the studio chief for DC films over at Warner Bros. earlier this year, he promised big changes and boy is he delivering on that promise.

According to Variety, James Gunn is already making moves over at Warner Bros. and the first official casualty of his new regime is Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman franchise that started off with a bang in 2017 but ended, for now, with a whimper when Wonder Woman 1984 belly-flopped both critically and commercially in 2020.

According to a studio insider, after Jenkins submitted a treatment for a third “Wonder Woman,” she was informed by studio leadership that it did not mesh with Gunn and Safran’s emerging plans for the DC Universe, and the studio would not make the project.

The word came just a day after Wonder Woman star, Gal Gadot took to social media to post how honored she was to have taken on the role and that “I’m still pinching myself to see if I will wake up. Can’t wait to share her next chapter with you”

Maybe Gadot heard Gunn planned on shutting down Wonder Woman 3 and thought if she could show him how much fans loved the franchise with an emotional Instagram post he’d change his mind?

Didn’t work. But that’s not all.

Rumors have been circling that James and his partner-in-crime, Peter Safran, plan on completely rebooting the DCEU over at Warner Bros. which could spell the end of Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman, The Rock’s Black Adam, and maybe even the return of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel 2. Come on, b. Take Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and even Shazam, but let us have Cavill as Superman for God’s sake! We wouldn’t mind seeing The Rock’s Black Adam take on Superman either. Just sayin.’

There is still every chance that Cavill, Gadot, Momoa and Johnson could return to the DC fold in one way or another. They’re enormously popular stars with global appeal who all seem eager to suit up again. Only Gunn and Safran know for sure, however, whether they’ll get the call.

Regardless of who or what, it should be interesting to see where Gunn and Safran plan on going with the DCEU when they reveal their plans next week to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav. One thing we know for sure though is that it can’t be any worse than what’s been done with the DCEU post-Man of Steel. Or can it? Let us know in the comment section what you think of Gunn’s decision to dead Wonder Woman 3 and possibly all other projects in the comments section below.

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Brittney Griner Freed In Prisoner Swap 

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Brittney Griner is on her way home in time for Christmas. On Thursday (Dec. 8), the WNBA star was freed from a Russian penal colony in exchange for an infamous arms dealer.

“I spoke with Brittany Griner,” said President Joe Biden in a statement from the White House. “She’s safe. She’s on a plane. She’s on her way home after months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held in intolerable circumstances.”

Griner’s wife, Cherrelle Griner, was with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House, which also took to social media to announce the news.

According to various reports, Griner was released in exchange for the release of Viktor Bout, an arms dealer nicknamed the “Merchant of Death.”

Griner was in custody for nearly 10-months after being detained and convicted for having vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her luggage while attempting to leave Russia from a Moscow airport. She had recently been sent to a penal colony to serve her 9-year sentence.

Check out reactions to Griner finally coming home in the gallery.

 

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Summer Walker Responds To Being Dragged For Seeking “White Or Gay” Assistant 

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Summer Walker appears to be big mad at Black people for being big mad at her anti-Blackness, and now it’s just unclear if this sweet Summer child has any kind of social awareness whatsoever.

It all started when the Atlanta-based songstress posted a job opening on her Instagram account earlier offering $2,000 a month for a male assistant who is at least 25 years old, knows how to “build stuff” and—here’s the weird anti-Black kicker—is “preferably white or gay.”

Apparently, Walker thought Black people were being unreasonable in wondering why the hell a Black woman would prefer to give her coins to a white person specifically.

“And then to be talking about, ‘Why a white man and why a gay man?’” Walker said in response to the backlash, according to Hip Hop DX. “I’ve always hired Black people. Everybody that works for me is Black. If I wanna hire a white person, y’all sound like y’all discriminating, what’s the problem?”

Sis, this is like a Kanye hair away from being a “White Lives Matter” post with all that discrimination nonsense, but do continue…

“I want a gay man ’cause I don’t want nobody hitting on me and I wanted a white person, because honestly, you n*ggas, y’all know how n*ggas act. I’m honestly really tired, I’m really tired, but that’s a different f**king story.”

So, basically, despite allegedly hiring Black people frequently, you prefer a white person because you think Black people behave in a certain negative manner. Sounds anti-Black AF to me, but OK.

Summer said she ultimately hired a Black man for the job, as she continued to rant like she’s, for some reason, surprised she wasn’t able to be a Black woman appearing to exclude Black people from possible employment without Black people on social media coming for her.

From Hip Hop DX:

She continued: “How about we mind our business? I’m using this platform how I’m supposed to use it — for business. I ended up hiring a Black man and paying more than $2K, but still, the fact that y’all are really in my DMs harassing me about nothing that you know nothing about.”

Summer Walker also revealed she’s paying the employee a slightly higher salary of $2,500-a-month to help out with errands while clarifying what she meant by wanting him to “build stuff.”

“Bottom line, y’all need to go out and touch grass,” she said. “Y’all don’t fucking know what you’re talking about, don’t know me from a f**king can of paint, and y’all out here writing think pieces in my DMs about shit that you have no clue about. I just blessed somebody, just got f**king $2,500-a-month to do f**king nothing, once a week. F**king take out my trash, f**king bring in my groceries.

“‘Oh, you want that n*gga to be Bob the Builder.’ Yeah, n*gga, click clock a toy together and throw some batteries in that muthaf**ka. I have to be on my own, I’m not tryna be doing that shit no more. I don’t care, I’m not doing none of that shit. I’m doing mom things, I don’t wanna do anything else that I don’t feel like doing.”

She added: “The fuck, y’all really make my asshole itch. I don’t know how Beyoncé does it — she don’t say sh*t.”

I meeeean, Beyoncé knows how to refrain from alienating her Black audience. Summer Walker better hope she doesn’t find out the hard way what happens to Black artists once Black fans stop f**king with them. Just sayin’.

 

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HHW Gaming: Xbox Partners With Calm To Support Gamers Mental Health 

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Playing video games is widely considered a means to decompress and relieve stress. Xbox and Calm are teaming up to give gamers and those who don’t pick up the sticks a chance to experience the stress relief gaming provides.

Wednesday, December 7, the Microsoft gaming company announced its partnership with Calm, the highly toted sleep and meditation that will see the first-ever video game soundscapes from Xbox’s first-party games Halo Infinite and Sea of Thieves.

Starting today, Calm users can relax and say woosah to the “meditative sounds of whirling waves and chattering birds from the ocean expanse of Sea of Thieves and the ambient alien sounds of Zeta Halo from Halo Infinite,” a press release stated.

Both soundscapes are available to subscribers of Calm Premium, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can enjoy the new video game-themed soundscapes with a new perk providing them three months of Calm Premium for free and then 50% off their first-year subscription when they sign up.

That offer is only valid for new Calm Premium subscribers.

Xbox Unveils A Set of Initiatives That Will Help Mental Health Causes

Also announced are initiatives allowing gamers to donate to causes dedicated to mental health just by gaming. They even curated a selection of games from its subscription service to help gamers escape life’s trials.

  • Xbox Games Studio, The Coalition will donate 1% of net revenue from all Gears of War games and merchandise to organizations working to prevent suicide and combat loneliness. This year, players can purchase the 2022 Benefit Tee from the Xbox Gear Shop, with all proceeds benefiting Crisis Text Line.
  • Microsoft Rewards members can earn and donate points to organizations supporting mental wellness, including Crisis Text LineThe Games, and Online Harassment Hotline (Feminist Frequency), and Take This.
  • Xbox has also carefully curated a selection of games from Xbox Game Pass that provide an escape from the trials of life and help players connect with their unique identities, including Persona 5 Royal, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Disney Dreamlight Valley, Unpacking, and Stardew Valley.
  • Xbox Ambassadors will share their personal perspective on the role that gaming has played in their mental wellness journey to help support others.
  • Throughout the month of December, the Xbox Plays team will host Twitch Takeovers with guest streamers to share their favorite feel-good games, stress relief tips, and more.

Shoutout to Xbox and Calm for looking out for our mental health.

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Tory Lanez Slapped With Third Additional Charge In Megan Thee Stallion Shooting Case 

Tory Lanez Hit With New Charge In Megan Thee Stallion Case

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Tory Lanez is no longer on house arrest but now faces an additional charge in the Megan Stallion shooting case.

First reported by The Shade Room on Tuesday, Dec. 6, Tory Lanez was additionally charged with a felony charge of discharging a firearm with gross negligence. The Canadian varmint was previously charged with assault with a semiautomatic handgun and carrying an unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

Both charges are in connection to the 2020 shooting in the Hollywood Hills where Lanez allegedly shot Megan Thee Stallion. 

“A felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence was added to the information,” a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office rep told Complex.

In an amended complaint from the State of California dated Dec. 5 obtained by Complex, it stated that “in the commission and attempted commission of the above offense, [Tory Lanez] personally inflicted great bodily injury upon Megan Thee Stallion.”

The court docs also describe Lanez’s alleged actions claiming they involved “great violence, great bodily harm, threat of great bodily harm, and other acts disclosing a high degree of cruelty, viciousness, and callousness.”

Tory Lanez Has A History of Antagonizing Megan Thee Stallion

Lanez has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, but Megan Thee Stallion has stood firm in her claims. The Houston rapper spoke to Gayle King in an interview for CBS about the incident marking the first time she had done so publicly.

Thee Stallion also claimed the pint-sized rapper even offered her to pay her $1 million to keep quiet. Later that same month, the “Say It” crafter was found to be in violation of a protective order in connection with the case.

Lanez also got booted off The Fall Back In Love Comedy & Music Jam tour after sucker-punching August Alsina. Lanez was also found to have violated a restraining order due to his Megan Thee Stallion subtweets.

Photo: Greg Doherty / Getty / Tory Lanez

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Aaron Judge Secures $360M Bag For 9-Year Deal With The Yankees 

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Aaron Judge has knocked one out of the park during his off season. The slugger has reportedly re-signed with the Yankees for $360 million.

As per ESPN, the outfielder has apparently re-signed with the New York Yankees. The Sacramento native was in high demand during his free agency stint and with good reason. The left hander had a record breaking 2022. On July 30, Judge became the second-fastest player in history to hit his 200th career home run (behind Ryan Howard), launching a two-run shot off of Jon Heasley of the Kansas City Royals. On Aug. 29, during a game against the Los Angeles Angels, he hit a 434-foot home run off reliever Ryan Tepera. He became only the tenth player in Major League Baseball history (and third player in Yankees franchise history) to record multiple 50 home run seasons.

On Sept. 7, Judge hit his 55th home run during the first game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins off rookie starting pitcher Louie Varland. He became the fourth player in MLB history to hit 55 plus home runs and steal 15 plus bases in a single season, joining Babe Ruth (1921), Sammy Sosa (1998), and Ken Griffey Jr. (1997–98) on the all-time list.

Ninety-five years after Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in a season, Judge became the third MLB player in American League (AL) history to hit 60 home runs in one season. His blast to left field was off Wil Crowe of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 20. He also became the fastest Yankee to accomplish this feat, doing so in 147 games. On Sept. 28, Judge hit his 61st home run off Tim Mayza of the Toronto Blue Jays, tying Roger Maris for the most home runs in a single season in American League history.

Leading up to his free agency period, General Manager Brian Cashman made it clear the Bronx Bombers wanted him back. “We’d love to have our player back,” he said. “We would love to continue to call him our player every step of the way as he follows what looks like — as long as nothing happens — a career path that will lead him to Cooperstown. I would like him to be in pinstripes every step of the way.”

Judge nor the Yankees officials have yet to confirm or deny the contract.

Photo: Getty

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New York Jury Finds Trump Organization Guilty Of Tax Fraud 

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Finally! Donald Trump has been found guilty in a court of law. No, not for inciting an insurrection against the U.S. Government or for meddling in the 2020 Presidential Election, or for defaming rape accuser, E. Jean Carroll, but for tax fraud.

Hey, something’s something, right?

According to The Gothamist, a Manhattan jury just found the Trump Organization guilty on all 17 felonies related to tax fraud including first-degree scheme to defraud, conspiracy, criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. While this verdict doesn’t mean that Donald Trump will see anytime behind bars, it does potentially spell the end of the Tump business “empire” and will put the squeeze on Cheeto Jesus’ grifting pockets.

Though many suspect Donald Trump directed his Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg to commit every felony that Trump Org. was convicted on, Weisselberg refused to point the finger at Trump and became the fall guy in the process.

The former president was not personally named as a defendant in the criminal case, in which Weisselberg previously pleaded guilty to 15 felonies and testified at the Trump Organization’s trial.

“Disappointed with the verdict in Manhattan, but will appeal,” Trump said in a statement. “After looking at millions of pages of documents, over many years, much to the detriment of record setting murder and other forms of violent crime that are taking place in New York City, the government was able to get an employee to ‘plea’ in order for a very reduced sentence.”

In a post to his Truth Social platform in the hours prior to the verdict being reached, Trump accused Bragg of “fighting a political Witch Hunt for D.C. against ‘Trump’ over Fringe Benefits.” After the verdict, Trump’s attorney told reporters he plans to appeal, according to Reuters.

After a 13-year tax fraud scheme that saw the company compensate some of its top executives with off-the-books perks that allowed them to avoid paying income taxes, a little justice has been served for those who want to see Trump held accountable.

“This was a case about greed and cheating,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose office led the prosecution, said in a statement. “In Manhattan, no corporation is above the law.”

With everything that Donald Trump has seemingly gotten away with, Donnie seems to be the closest thing to the new “Teflon Don.”

While one would think such a verdict would bankrupt the Trump Organization, they’re only facing a maximum penalty of $1.62 million when sentencing is made on Jan. 13. Donald Trump probably made more than that selling those made in China “Make America Great Again” hats over the years. SMH.

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