Cam Newton

No surprise here: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, 6′ 5″ quarterback led the Panthers to a spectacular 15-1 regular season. The team’s only loss was to our Atlanta Falcons 20-13 in week 16.

The Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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Tamar Braxton

Singer and daytime talk show host Tamar Braxton turned 38 today (Mar. 17). But Tamar and her husband Vince Herbert aren’t in the mood for celebrating. That is because they are in danger of losing of losing their Calabasas, CA. mansion, according to a source.

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Solange Knowles

News surfaced this month that Beyonce‘s little sister Solange Knowles owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $50,000 in back taxes.

While $50,000 may seem like chump change to someone of Beyonce’s stature — Solange is not Beyonce. Celebrity Dirty Laundry blog has proof that Solange is in dire straits and in need of a serious cash infusion.

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Lauryn Hill released from prison

Singer Lauryn Hill, 38, celebrated her release from prison today with a new song entitled “Consumerism”. Like most of Hill’s songs, the single covers Hill’s obsession with a materialistic society.

Hill was convicted of income tax evasion in May. She served three months in federal prison after paying paid $900,000 in back taxes.

“Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side,” Hill said in a press release. “Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level”.

Lil Wayne pays the IRS $7 million

When Lil Wayne hits the road on July 9th with rappers T.I. and 2 Chainz for the 40-city ‘America’s Most Wanted’ tour, rapper Future will not be with them.

“I haven’t been on the road in a minute,” Weezy told MTV News on May 3. “I’m ready to get back out there and I’m going out there with Future and ’em, and they’re going to obviously take over; I’m just playing the back field,” he said.

That same day, PepsiCo announced it was dropping Lil Wayne (and the tour) from a sponsorship contract due to offensive lyrics in one of his songs.

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Lauryn Hill leaves court

Somber signer Lauryn Hill was spotted leaving a Newark, New Jersey court Monday (April 22) after a judge postponed her sentencing and gave her two weeks to pay $504,000 she owes the IRS in back taxes. Hill, 37, fell behind in her taxes after claiming she took a 3-year hiatus from show biz to find herself. Prosecutors charged the Grammy winner with “willfully failing to file income tax returns with the IRS” for 3 years. According to Hill, she wasn’t obligated to pay taxes for those 3 years since she wasn’t working. But the judge disagreed, saying Hill earned a modest sum of 1.8 million dollars from 2005-2007. She faces up to 5 years in jail and an additional $100,000 in fines.
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