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Lauryn Hill's Thesis On Where Art & Corporate Interests Meet Recalls Dave Chappelle's Escape

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 10, 2012 10:24 AM
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When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/’doing business’. Not only is this unrealistic, it is very dark in its motivation, conveniently targeting the object of their hero worship by removing any evidence that they ‘needed’ or celebrated this very same resource just years, months or moments before.

Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process. It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else.

Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking. To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights! These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech! Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!

Some Sunday morning reading for you folks courtesy of Ms Lauryn Hill.

In case you haven't heard, Lauryn Hill was charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years, the US attorney's office in New Jersey announced on Thursday. 

Hill earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years that she failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said, with her primary source of income being royalties, and the 4 different businesses she owns.

In response to this news being made public, Ms Hill took to the web to respond, creating a Tumblr account, and penning this epic piece on how the unsavory business side of "Show-business" prompted her to be free of it entirely, and live "underground" for a period of time, "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."

It reminded me of this Dave Chappelle appearance on Inside The Actor's Studio a few years ago, in which he addressed, in his own way, what Lauryn Hill gives as reasons for not paying her taxes for 3 years; not that I'm defending not paying your taxes, by the way... Pay your taxes people, otherwise the IRS will come after you, as you can see; I'm just making connections, as I always like to do; but I also believe that they both are trying to have a conversation, and engage us on those pernicious aspects of what we call the entertainment industry.

You can read the entire Lauryn Hill piece HERE.

Here's the Dave Chappelle clip:

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38 Comments

  • Creative writing ideas | June 25, 2012 3:26 PMReply

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  • Muse | June 11, 2012 9:09 PMReply

    "@Nadine--your effort to engage this individual in productive dialogue is commendable. However his illogical comments reminds me of the Facebook rantings from the dude who ate his roommate." This had me cracking UP for a good 5 minutes. Thanks, BluTopaz. And in case Ms. Hill ever catches wind of this thread: I love your work, your energy, your passion, your intelligence...but you still gotta pay your taxes.

  • Clayton | June 11, 2012 1:42 PMReply

    I don't think this is a conversation they really want to have with the public, if they know better. A childhood buddy of mine from Brooklyn tried to have this conversation public on a nationally syndicated radio show and they put him away for good. Like Matt Dillon said in Crash, "Wait 'till you've been on the job (in this case show business) a few more years... Wait 'till you've been doing it a little longer. You think you know who you are? You have no idea."

  • CareyCarey | June 10, 2012 10:30 PMReply

    **SHAKING MY DAMN HEAD** Listen folks, I was hesitent to read this post because of what I thought I'd find. And yep, there it was, it smacked me in my damn face. If it was a snake it would have bit me. I am not prepared to call it "misogyny" because it's much deeper than that. It's like an insidious weed who's roots will not die even though the flowers of it's head are exterminated. It's like a habit, or cancer, with no cure. Only constant monitoring and vigilent maintainance can keep the inevitable at bay. But wait, let me go back to something Nadine said in another post. It relates to my sentiments about this post and the comments. In Nadine's reply on the possibilty of building a fanboy/girl base, she said: "Short answer .... honestly... because we hate each other... we actually HATE each other and look elsewhere for affirmation and adulation" ... "there will be no fanboys/girls on a large scale amongst Blacks in America unless the product reaffirms White Supremacy OR ANY OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS' SUPREMACY and/or pits Black sub-groups against each other feeding the hate". Wow... there it is... which is a perfect segway to my concerns. What the hell did some of you read? Huh - tell you didn't fall for the setup and the Okie-Doke call out, and thus rolled with the other fools who thought the gist of Lauryn Hill's concerns were about her refusal to paying taxes?! Did any of you even read the link, or did you have a predisposition to hate on a beautiful and talented black person? First, her charge was a misdermeaner for failure to fill a tax return! Do you understand that? She did not cheat or lie or refuse to pay, read the freakin' link. IT'S A DAMN MISDEMEANOR!..... "My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.
    As this, and other areas of issue are resolved and set straight, I am able to get back to doing what I should be doing, the way it should be done. This is part of that process." - Lauryn Hill. Those were not the words of a delusional black woman. Actually, if one cares to read her entire "thesis" ( actually read it and absorb it) they will soon find that beneath the spiteful words of the hate mongering of media outlets, blogs and ignorant niggaz (yeah i said ignant stankin' ass negros) there's obviously a very intelligent and caring person. Besides, she not the first person, by any stretch of imagination, who decided that everything that glittered was not gold, and then took a break from the limelight. But yet, many of us are quick to say "She Fu*ked Up". Well, I don't have a Phd in front of my name, so I don't have the answers, but Lauryn called the shot before it popped ---> "When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/’doing business" ~ Lauryn Hill

  • CareyCarey | June 11, 2012 11:13 AM

    @ Laura, yep... we're in there. In fact, from reading you comments on this board, I believe you're the kind of person I could have coffee with. We would chop up some sh*t, laugh a little, and be a bit wiser for doing so. I mean, you've obviously "been somewhere". Not just in a place in time, but in your heart and in your mind, you've been up and you've been down, so you have a wealth of experience and knowledge that I can learn from. So until next time, I bid you adieu.

  • Laura | June 11, 2012 10:58 AM

    @ CareyCarey. I just want to say ...cool. We're all good in the 'hood.

  • CareyCarey | June 11, 2012 10:46 AM

    Yes Laura, I was taken aback by your -- seemingly -- insensitivity towards Lauryn's plight. Again, her back taxes were not the central issue, yet many found reason to focuse on that small point. And believe me, I am well aware of the long arm of the IRS. Yet again, one more time...Lauryn Hill was given a misdemeanor. And the IRS did not pick on Marvin Gaye, nor "go after him" solely for reasons that you implied. And, I am fully aware of Marvin Gaye's journey; his divorce, his battles with Barry Gordy and his lost battle with drugs. Hey, because I've "been there", I am more than sure our opinions and supporting references will differ, but not today. My thang is, I try to stay away from negativity while championing the good about a person, place or thing. I've yet to receive positive rewards from highlighting a person's less than admirable qualities. I used the word "positive" because sometimes it makes us feel good or "better than" when we wax poetic about the ills of others. Now don't get me wrong, if I determine/believe a person's "actions" are detrimental to me or others, I'm gonna talk about that.

  • Laura | June 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    @Nadine. Yes I know what taxes are. I pay them. Whether you believe in the institution or not, they have the law on their side. Period. They make exceptions to no one. Period. Did she have an tax accountant, preferably a CPA, to whom she could turn to during those years of strife. But then again, what do I know about taxes. It's just the I have two siblings who are tax accountants. One is a managing supervisor at the one of the many units at the IRS. Every year they get the new Federal and State Tax books. They have to know the changes in tax law for the current tax year. Both are CPA's, Certified Public Accountant. But then again what do I know about taxes. Let's talk about taxes. Do you travel on any public road or utilize public transportation? Taxes. What kind of air do you breathe? Taxes. Do you eat food? Is it safe? Taxes. Get my drift. YOU HAVE TO PAY YOUR TAXES. THE IRS IS UNFORGIVING WHEN IT COMES TO THAT. THEY DO NOT COMPROMISE. Why is that so hard to understand? You said she pulled away from the industry. I say she CUT TIES from the industry. I named artists who cut ties from industry or decided not to go the industry route. It is not easy to do, at all. It's a hard choice. I understand that. I do not look at Ms. Hill as less of a person because she wants to continue to engage in the industry. She's human. But know this, the nature of the industry is to make the optimal amount revenue from the mass production and distribution of a product. Individual artistic vision be damned. And no she was not living "humbly in NJ. Her name was and still is in the news. We are thinking about her as we write. It's called publicity and public relations. I know she is not at the height of her career. If you are a pop musician consider yourself bless if you are at the top of your game for five years straight. She was big in the 90's. Odds are that she was not going to be in top form (career wise) for 10 years straight. Do you know who Bettye Davis is? Probably not. Look up her story. One of my all time favorite Black Female popular singer. Straight up badass. She totally turned her back to the industry. The IRS don't play. They have the US federal government on their side. Do you think Ms. Hill can win a battle against them?

  • FYI from Nadine | June 11, 2012 9:37 AM

    Do you even know what taxes are @LAURA? Here's the 30 minute cute animated answer... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGk5ioEXlIM&feature=related - Here's the 3 1/2 hour serious and detailed answer... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXt1cayx0hs ... Let the "MACHINERY" do its job, it doesn't make sense for "the people" to dispense shame in defense of such an institution. "I believe the problem with Ms. Hill is that she still wants the benefits of the music industry: the limelight, the adulation, and the resources, without the cost." - Laura. Please note that it during the time when she PULLED AWAY from the industry that she stopped paying her taxes (2005, 2006, 2007). She was not at the height of her career, she was actually hiding from the public, and was living humbly in NJ. It is now 2012, yet we're not hearing the IRS talking to her about 2008 - 12 taxes or even the late 90s - 2005 taxes. Yes, you say that maybe she wasn't cut out for the industry... did you listen to Dave Chappelle's clip? It is often the good (introspective) ones who get tripped out and I don't doubt that L-Boogie and Dave were the good ones.

  • Laura | June 11, 2012 8:25 AM

    CareyCarey, I think the issue you have with my statement is blunt way I responded to your statement. That's cool. I am not being facetious. Like I stated below. I don't think Lauryn Hill was cut out for the popular music industry. CareyCarey, remember Marvin Gaye, his divorce to Anna Gordy and his album "Here My Dear". He was in trouble with the IRS. He was going through emotional, and mental anguish. He had a medical issues --he was addicted to drugs. Barry Gordy wanted him write & perform fluff. He had to fight Gordy tooth and nail to put out "What's Going On". Gordy was about the numbers. Gaye was about the art. I could go on. He was THE iconic "Tortured Black Pop Artist". So what did the IRS do. They went after him. They. Did. Not. Care. At. All. CareyCarey I have no doubt in my mind that IRS situation is the least pressing of Ms. Hill's issues. But don't sleep on them. I have seen first hand what the IRS will do if you don't give them their due. For the issue of being an artist. Lauryn Hill can still do her work free from the restraints of the popular music industry. She can be an underground artist. There are great singers that are undergroud artist. Imani Uzuri comes to mind. Great. I mean a great artist. Meshell Ndegeocello was a pop artist. Meshell was Hill's contemporary. Meshell followed her muse. Still putting out albums. Still doing music. Her fans (I am one of them) await baited breath for her new releases and performances. She can do a Bettye Davis (Jimi Hendrix's compadre, Miles Davis ex-wife.) Walk away from the entertainment field altogether and go back home and live a quiet life, NEVER to look back. I believe the problem with Ms. Hill is that she still wants the benefits of the music industry: the limelight, the adulation, and the resources, without the cost. That's not going to happen. She can be an artist, and do her artwork with complete freedom. She can do her work without their interference of corporate interest. She simply have to totally remove herself from the popular music industry. It may be more difficult because as Chappell stated below, she can not get unfamous. But it can be done. I wish Ms. Hill all the luck. But PAY DEM TAXES.

  • CareyCarey | June 11, 2012 1:53 AM

    Laura, obviously the major issue went right over your head. Lauryn Hill's late taxes are the least of her concerns. Then again, maybe you're being facetious? Or maybe you can't relate to the issues in her "thesis"? Maybe compassion is not part of your life's journey? I don't know but I believe your focus is a bit skewed.

  • Laura | June 11, 2012 12:17 AM

    Um, that's nice CareyCarey. Pay your taxes or at least have extensions granted. Uncle Sam don't give a flying f*ck about what anybody think, what's going on in someone's life or whatever. Pay d*mn your taxes or Uncle Sam will take the long arm of the law and pull money that's owed to him out your a**. The End.

  • Turner | June 10, 2012 6:09 PMReply

    Could be she thinks only non artists should have to pay taxes?

  • SHebababy | June 10, 2012 5:08 PMReply

    Where's the post about Gwyneth Paltrow tweeting the N-word below a picture she took with Spike Lee. That Spike Lee has yet to address but everyone else seems to be defending?

  • t. | June 10, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    did she really say: "free speech"?

    shame on her...she's smarter than this...invoking the first amendment when she knows full well that it doesn't apply to private entities or individuals...she herself i manipulating her followers with this type of rhetoric...

  • BluTopaz | June 10, 2012 2:13 PMReply

    Over-commercialization is paying money to listen to a has-been perform songs from a hit album that saw its heyday over a decade ago. I loved that Lauryn was this super talented, gorgeous dark skinned sister who seemed to have it all. But there have been plenty of brilliant artists who have enjoyed success for decades, and did not start believing their own hype the way L has. Ask most of our legends if they have paid their taxes. Any current popularity L has is only because we are sorely lacking for contemporary musical heroes. The IRS does not care about all that mess, and they will take her away from that tribe of hers if she doesn't come to her senses.

  • Nadine | June 11, 2012 4:08 PM

    ... I'm thinking that whatever was written must have pretty ridiculous. I'm glad I didn't see it. Thanks, Laura.

  • Laura | June 11, 2012 11:41 AM

    @Nadine l June 11, 2012 11:12 AM. I don't know who you are. But you are DEFINITELY NOT Nadine. You are probably the SAME PERSON who is @Question l June 11, 2012 12:06 AM.

  • nadine | June 11, 2012 11:28 AM

    BTW - The point is that you can have a post here on S&A on 50 Cent who is a psychotic, racist ...RACIST... RACIST... azz who subscribes to some of the most evil Machiavellian sh!t (even rewriting "his" principles), but he gets NO CRITIQUES from the "BROTHERS" on who he is as a MAN. None. "Cent" actually gets lauded for "makin' that money". Fortune. It's the AUDACITY of people, specifically guys, to get on these boards and label women, whom they have never slept with, as whores or as someone who easily "spreads her legs"... that is just some tacky, woman hating sh!t because it is the male answer for every Black chick who behaves or make decisions that some Black males would not have liked her to have made. Again... I am a whore by that criteria. You can have P. Diddy featured on this site and *CRICKETS*... you get what I'm saying...

  • Nadine | June 11, 2012 10:00 AM

    "We black men and women have been killing each other since the beginning. " - @Q, ... see now that is just not true. Please explain because that is not even in a woman's nature against men (against other women...yup). I didn't understand your second statement either but it seems you felt, understandably, "beat up upon and/or cornered). Don't sweat or even stress it. As for taking "d!ck"... *sigh*... just know it is killing me to not respond...killin' me. ;)

  • question | June 11, 2012 12:06 AM

    All celebrities and performers are whores, especially football players(which I was). Ill logic it I fear not man but I do fear Im losing my mind. You ladies are all right. My strengths and marketability have become my weaknesses. My existence is no longer relevant no matter how many times I get an anonymous made up person to respond to me on the internet. I have projected my self hate on black women because I envy your perserverance. I could never take a Dick.

  • question | June 10, 2012 11:59 PM

    Even cogent, succinct sentences have no meaning if no one is willing to die for them. I am more than ignorant to many ways of the world but I hold myself as proof that there is no growing malice toward black women. It has always been this bad. So many son's of Mister. We black men and women have been killing each other since the beginning. We compete against our families first. Oedipus/Oedipa then siblings. When it comes to competition the only way to win is to kill your opponent. Society fooled us into bwlieving

  • Laura | June 10, 2012 11:28 PM

    Tsk, tsk, tsk. Nadine, Nadine. Really. Really. You're trying to reason with Question. Really. I mean really. Bruthas like Question ain't got much going on. They see the world in Black and White. There is no grey in between, no nuances. He's the type of brutha who believe that the Black woman sole reason for existence is to uplift the Black man. Any sista who don't subscribe to nonsense is harlot who deserve to be condemn to death --or at least near death. They live in this fantasy world of 5 percenter/Black God because it masks their fears and sense of inadequacy. For men (and women) like him Black men should not be held to the high bar of accountability as Black women. It is easy to lash out on sistas because we are the lease protected. He knows (some) Black men gave up the whole idea of protecting Black woman (and children). He is definitely one of those overgrown baby boys. If not, then he's one of those gullible young kids who listen to those old overgrown fools. If he's old --there is no help for him. If he's young --then pray for him.

  • BluTopaz | June 10, 2012 11:15 PM

    @Nadine--your effort to engage this individual in productive dialogue is commendable. However his illogical comments reminds me of the Facebook rantings from the dude who ate his roommate. But yeah, the misogyny. Kanye and Jay Z can proudly announce themselves as niggas, but apparently they are not whores who will do anything for entertainment purposes--just bruhs keeping it real. But Lauryn and Erykah are whores-ok. I used to give Lauryn credit for getting away with a lot of arrogant behavior that Black male celebs get away with on the regular. So many levels of self hatred, and they are manifesting themselves more often.

  • Nadine | June 10, 2012 9:58 PM

    "You are no more honorable in futile attempts to defend the honor of these ladies as those who marched for Jena 6." - @Question. I am not really looking to measure my honor for anyone's benefit. I care not about people's opinions in that way. I've found that as a woman, my body determines what is thought of me, not my actions, so my taking stock in opinions of me would be an exercise in foolishness. I do, however, find when things are not addressed, they become worse and then the norm. S&A boards have become increasingly hostile towards BW in their verbally violent tones. NOW, I'm still NEW-ish...haven't been on the site but for, I think 8 months really, so I don't know how Black women, specifically, were being referenced before, but there is something very real happening in the zeitgeist of America and Black Women are feeling it. I will address when I can. I'd be wrong not to. "When did black women become so weak that they beg for protection from anyone."... I do not subscribe to the STRONG Black woman "trope" because that sh!t is killing BW... "dead", but I ask, "When did Black men become so weak that they look towards their oppressors for their only source of affirmation", because that is the society we are living in right now... Some of the references you made, "More men have died for your causes than all the wars. You have stopped battles by forsaken your suitors. Aint no white women been kidnapped just to show her to kings.", I do not understand. Please breakdown and explain. "Your passion is wasted on any celebrity." - you, I often state that I see NO value in "name" actors etc... and that "lesser-knowns" should be given opportunities, ALWAYS. I say this because I don't care for celebrities as they have often been "chosen" by the Hollywood machine and not reflective of our best. I don't understand your last sentence either... you're blaming Erykah for having a child with a man who cheated on her (I can't confirm) with "that family"? I don't understand the connection... "Legs spread open"... phrases like that .... not okay...

  • Nadine | June 10, 2012 9:27 PM

    My response to you was rude... annoyingly ignorant and not typically me. Give me a minute to read your statement as I'm multitasking.

  • Nadine | June 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    @QUESTION - Not even going to read your statement. I said what I needed to say.

  • question | June 10, 2012 9:05 PM

    You are no more honorable in futile attempts to defend the honor of these ladies as those who marched for Jena 6. No men or woman are above reproach. Heroinism is alive and real but not in the voluntarily Hotentot Venus. You are right about the fervor against women, I believe it a semblance of equality the vitriol men spit at each other is bad and just as feminized. @Nadine you believe white men's law protects you? I know society, including maidens may lump all us black men together for that I do not fault them or the ignorant single mother raised black rappers. They merely pitiful performers dancing with their hands out for a talent that no more makes them special as their coarse hair or the melanin in their skin. These women should know and kiss the feet of their brave defendors. Your passion is wasted on any celebrity. I often say there are two kinds of men those who wish to bed their mothers and those who wish to kill their mothers. My mother is already dead, shall I kill her again. I am and was a fame and fortune seeking whore as well. Admitting some truths about myself to strangers dont change not one opinion I shared. Women should fight and die on the front lines of war just as young men. Equality is just death for all. Savagetry is false societies sacrificing the biggest, fastest, strongest freemen while proclaiming protection for all. When did black women become so weak that they beg for protection from anyone. More men have died for your causes than all the wars. You have stopped battles by forsaken your suitors. Aint no white women been kidnapped just to show her to kings. Like white people tells blacks stop playing the victim and fight back. These women just spread their legs and gave away their power. Badu gave it away for free and now her last baby's is screwing a Rothchild.

  • Nadine | June 10, 2012 7:47 PM

    ...and your behaviors are no different than the savage rapes going on overseas in an attempt to control Black women. It seems the only things keeping you all from going straight "savage" are the White man's laws...

  • Nadine | June 10, 2012 7:45 PM

    @BLUTOPAZ... It is actually BACKWARDS land... I've been watching this misogynistic crap growing over the past couple of months since SCANDAL came out. @BLUTO - did you know that you were a whore and that I'm a whore too? 'Cause apparently, that's the logic on these boards with these dudes. Singing for fame and fortune @QUESTION? Shall we paste the lyrics of every dumb Black dude who has come out with songs in the past 13 years and compare them to Lauryn and Erykah's lyrics? Oh, but no, that doesn't matter because Lauryn and Erykah are FAME and FORTUNE WHORES (gotta throw that in 'cause "whore" now being orgasmically dropped DAILY on Shadow & Act), yet interestingly enough we most often see Black "men"/males on the site who wholly subscribing to "green" over all other reason in the quest for success in entertainment on the boards (no amount of compromising is too much - Flo Rida - "Hey, Jasmine" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULZbwEQiRHA), but that's never a problem...when it's a dude... just business. I just ask that you all, with your HATE (as in HATE CRIMES), simply leave Black women alone.... just ignore them, because at this point, it's going to start blowing up in your faces...

  • BluTopaz | June 10, 2012 7:17 PM

    @ Q--There are more people showing up posting this kind of anti-woman filth. Go discuss your mom issues with a therapist. Or go watch a rap video to get your anger & misogyny out of your system.

  • question | June 10, 2012 4:17 PM

    What are a contemporary musical heroes? Do you mean like the Freedom Singers? L-boogie and Badu sing for fame and fortune. They might as well be Sharpton and Jackson. Nobody with a record doing it for the people. Badu is a pussy popper from Oakcliff and L was lifting skirts to help her jewish agent get professional athletes as clients.

  • BluTopaz | June 10, 2012 2:17 PM

    also, how ironic is it that the two of the most socially conscious sisters from the late 90's have re-surfaced in the past week (L and Badu) because of their dubious beliefs/value systems. It's sad.

  • bondgirl | June 10, 2012 1:55 PMReply

    Lauryn Hill is one of my favorite musicians. If a store is playing her jams, I always stop immediately to savor the melody. However, giiiirl only a fool f*cks with Uncle Sam. Pay up like the rest of us.

  • Laura | June 10, 2012 1:17 PMReply

    Er... Ms. Hill pay your taxes. But but having said that. I believe that the sister had a nervous breakdown and came through on other side as a very different person. Some artists despite their talent are not cut out for the grind of entertainment industry. Or they were surrounded by the wrong people during their tenure as mainstream artists. She's simply one of them

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 10, 2012 12:11 PMReply

    Consumens consumit vobis (Consuming consumes you). It is what it is. I understand their reasons and their motivations but... There's no excuse for slipping on your taxes -- that's one. The other thing is, you've got brothas doing two years in the pen right now who won't collect $50 mil for pain and suffering when they fly out. My personal response is the same Marlo gave Vinson in "The Wire" when his advisor said that the prisons and graveyards were full of boys who wore the crown: "The point is they wore it. It's my turn to wear it now." Better to ask that the cup be removed AFTER you've already had your fill -- just sayin'.

  • troy | June 10, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    On this site suggestions are made for and against actors getting certain roles. For and against certain plots. Is this not part of the same damning cycle. These suggest that people on this site not only wish they had power over the industry but power over the stars as well. The right to control the artists so they can become the hero they want them to become. However it is also something very sick about an artists who thinks they have a right to become millionaires because they imitate the act of sharing personal stories with the lame audience. Pledging fealty to masters you never meet. Animals dont do this. Humans create societies to protect them from force but kneel to so many masters that have no more honor to give.

  • Jeremy | June 10, 2012 2:41 PM

    write a book.

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