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Gabrielle Union (right) said the coronavirus shutdown is hitting Black entertainers hard. In a recent interview, the 47-year-old actress said she and her celebrity friends are just a paycheck or 2 away from going broke.
Gabrielle is pictured above with her "L.A.'s Finest" co-star Jessica Alba.
"For most certainly Black entertainers, Black celebrities we don't really... for all of the Oprahs and the people who have just a lot a lot a lot a lot of money -- most of us are one or two checks away from not having money to pay for all of our things, you know what I mean?"
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She added that some celebrities live beyond their means and are paying for everything on credit.
"So this stoppage of work and money is impacting marginalized celebrities the most. You know like all those influencers you see who take all the trips, they're in Dubai one week and they're in London in the next week in Paris next week and they seem to be everywhere. They may not have a lot of liquid income. And you can't charge your rent. You have to pay your rent. So if you don't have the opportunity to do all the things you need to do to be the influencer, your money's funny. And if your money is funny, you don't have much of anything."
Georgia, Florida and nearly 2 dozen other states have reopened or are opening and lifting restrictions so their residents can go back to work.
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Lee Daniels, left, came to the rescue of deadbeat dad Damon Dash, right, who owes $950,000 in back child support to his baby mamas Rachel Roy and Cindy Morales.
The money is part of a debt Daniels owes Dash to the tune of $1.7 million. Dame loaned Daniels the money to invest in a movie. But Daniels never paid the cash back, prompting Dash to take to social media to embarrass the father of two.
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Dame was arrested in New York City last month for failing to pay child support. Following his release from jail Dash claimed he turned himself in and paid off his large debt to his exes.
"I went to turn myself in with money! I already paid it! And I still walked in with cuffs," Dash said outside the courthouse. "No more warrants. Everything is clear."
But Daniels' offer to pay off the debt suggests Dash did not pay the money like he claimed.
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An Atlanta man says he and his fiancée are being held captive in a Mexico hospital because they can't afford to pay his $14,000 medical bill.
Stephen Johnson was vacationing with his fiancée, Tori Austin, on a Carnival cruise ship headed to Cancun.
Two days into their trip, Johnson fell ill and was diagnosed with diabetes, and infection/inflammation of the pancreas and kidneys.
Ship doctors recommended Johnson seek emergency treatment at a hospital on the mainland. Johnson was rushed to a hospital where he was in intensive care for three days.
Because Johnson and Austin don't have insurance, the hospital demanded payment via cash or credit card on the spot.
Johnson is still too sick to be discharged, but hospital administrators told the couple that, if he is discharged, he can't leave the hospital until he pays.
Austin shared photos of Johnson in a hospital bed with Good American America. "We were physically assaulted by the administrative staff," Austin told GMA from her fiancé's hospital room. "They were physically pushing on him!" she added, before adding that hospital workers "locked the windows".
Austin told GMA that she offered to pay $7,000 in cash upfront and she was willing to work out a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.
Johnson told CBS46 that he is in "hell" and that he and Austin have no idea when they will be allowed to leave the premises.
They are pleading for help from the U.S Embassy and Consulates in Mexico.
Update: Tyler Perry has offered to pay the hospital bills for Stephen Johnson. According to Channel 2 Action News, Perry was watching Good Morning America on Friday morning and saw the couple's plight.
Channel 2's Justin Gray had been texting with the couple when he got a call from Perry offering to help. Johnson and his fiancée are on their way home to Sandy Springs, Ga.
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Billionaire Robert F. Smith made headlines in May when he made a generous pledge to pay off student loans for Morehouse College graduates.
Now Smith has extended his pledge to pay off the debts of their parents as well.
The pledge to pay off student loans for Morehouse grads and their parents will cost Smith $34 million.
The graduates learned of Smith's new pledge to pay off the educational debt of their parents in a letter sent out by the school.
"On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we're gonna put a little fuel in your bus," said Smith during his surprise announcement at Morehouse College in May.
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"Now I've got the alumni over there. This is a challenge to you, alumni. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans," said Smith, referring to his wife, Hope.
22-year-old finance major Aaron Mitchom figured he could pay off $200,000 in student loans in 25 years if he allotted half his salary to the debt.
After hearing Smith's announcement at the commencement in May, Mitchom cried.
"I don't have to live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I was shocked. My heart dropped. We all cried. In the moment it was like a burden had been taken off," he said in an interview after the commencement.
Tina Mitchom, Aaron's mom, said eight family members, including Mitchom’s 76-year-old grandmother, co-signed on the loans to help him graduate.
"It takes a village," she said. "It now means he can start paying it forward and start closing this gap a lot sooner, giving back to the college and thinking about a succession plan' for his younger siblings."
Damon "Dame" Dash once loaned Lee Daniels $2 million which he never repaid. Dash is not happy with the famed "Precious" director for defaulting on the loan. So he put Daniels on blast for all the world to see.
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Reality TV star and R&B singer Tamar Braxton is finally unloading her and husband Vincent Herbert's high maintenance Calabasas, Calif. mansion.
Page Six notes that the couple listed their luxurious Mediterranean style manse for a whopping $15 million.
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