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Not So "Proud Mary?" Mary J. Blige's (@maryjblige) Reveal The Ups & DOWNS of Her Finances!

This last year has definitely been a rough one for singer, Mary J. Blige. Her divorce from husband/manager Kendu Isaacs has only become more bitter by the day. Now, her divorce papers are revealing her financial situation–and it does NOT look good!

via Daily Mail

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The R&B singer, who is in the midst of a bitter legal separation with Martin ‘Kendu’ Isaacs, filed an Income and Expense Declaration in a Los Angeles court on August 8, after she was given a temporary order to pay him $30,000 a month.

Blige, 46, filed for divorce from Isaacs in July last year, citing irreconcilable differences after nearly 13 years of marriage. Isaacs later demanded spousal support claiming the star left him with ‘no source of income.’

Documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, reveal the star earns $326,930 a month – with royalties and earnings from her production company being her main source of cash.

But the paperwork also showed Blige is in hock to Uncle Sam as she owes ‘unpaid back taxes of approximately $6.5 million for the years 2008 through 2016.’

The singer made a note of her debt after reporting a change in income due to a ‘large reduction in my royalties’ over the past year.  

Expense records show she currently pays $14,000 a month for her Los Angeles rental and $2,340 for her two Mercedes-Benz. 

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Her monthly expenses also include mortgage interest, insurance, and real estate taxes for her three homes across New York and New Jersey. 

In 2015, Blige put her eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom, Saddle River, New Jersey mansion up for sale, but it remains on the market.

It was listed as ‘un-rentable’ along with her property in Cresskill which has been boarded up by the city and is in a state of ‘disrepair.’ 

Isaacs, on the other hand, who formerly served as Blige’s manager, had a gross monthly income of $43,977 based on commissions.

Following Blige’s divorce filing, he claimed his estranged wife’s decision to fire him has left him with ‘no source of income.’

In June, a judge ordered the 46-year-old to pay Isaacs temporary spousal support of $30,000 per month. He had originally sought $130,000.

He wanted the Grammy winning songstress to help him pay for expensive meals out, a housekeeper and to generally help him maintain his ‘lavish lifestyle.’ 

According to his court papers Isaacs specifically wanted Blige to cover the majority of the $116,250 he spends per month. He also wants her to cough up $5,000 a month to support his parents and $4,971 a month in support for his two children from a past relationship.

Blige had been fighting against his request, accusing him of blowing money on his ‘girlfriend’ and claiming it as business expenses. 

Earlier reports claim Isaacs had an affair with singer Starshell, who is Blige’s protege. 

In court documents, she accused him of taking $420,000 and using it for what he called ‘travel charges,’ over a two-year period insisting the money was not spent on business-related activities or on activities that involved her.

In a note to her ‘Gross Cash Flow Available for Support’ Blige’s accountant states: ‘However, based on the summary of travel expenses prepared by [Chief Financial Officers of ASCOT Travel Services], Martin Isaacs incurred $419,299 of travel expenses over the period of March 2014 through August 2016 which were deducted as business expenses.

‘Accordingly, we added these amounts back to taxable income since they are non recurring.’  

Previously TMZ had reported that Blige was ‘outraged’ over payment requests from her husband following their split, stating: ‘I am not responsible for supporting [Martin’s] parents and his children from another relationship which he lists as ongoing monthly expenses.’

Court papers also show the recording artist claimed the former couple’s estate is ‘underwater’ to the tune of $10 million and Isaacs contributes nothing to expenses and upkeep. 

We will definitely be keeping Mary in our prayers. We echo Love B. Scott’s sentiments on a new album for her, but we wonder will she have to pay Kendu alimony too. Two words of recommendation for you Mary, “File Bankruptcy!”

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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This last year has definitely been a rough one for singer, Mary J. Blige. Her divorce from husband/manager Kendu Isaacs has only become more bitter by the day. Now, her divorce papers are revealing her financial situation–and it does NOT look good!

via Daily Mail

mary j. blige and kendu isaacs

The R&B singer, who is in the midst of a bitter legal separation with Martin ‘Kendu’ Isaacs, filed an Income and Expense Declaration in a Los Angeles court on August 8, after she was given a temporary order to pay him $30,000 a month.

Blige, 46, filed for divorce from Isaacs in July last year, citing irreconcilable differences after nearly 13 years of marriage. Isaacs later demanded spousal support claiming the star left him with ‘no source of income.’

Documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, reveal the star earns $326,930 a month – with royalties and earnings from her production company being her main source of cash.

But the paperwork also showed Blige is in hock to Uncle Sam as she owes ‘unpaid back taxes of approximately $6.5 million for the years 2008 through 2016.’

The singer made a note of her debt after reporting a change in income due to a ‘large reduction in my royalties’ over the past year.  

Expense records show she currently pays $14,000 a month for her Los Angeles rental and $2,340 for her two Mercedes-Benz. 

continued next page…

mary j. blige and kendu isaacs

Her monthly expenses also include mortgage interest, insurance, and real estate taxes for her three homes across New York and New Jersey. 

In 2015, Blige put her eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom, Saddle River, New Jersey mansion up for sale, but it remains on the market.

It was listed as ‘un-rentable’ along with her property in Cresskill which has been boarded up by the city and is in a state of ‘disrepair.’ 

Isaacs, on the other hand, who formerly served as Blige’s manager, had a gross monthly income of $43,977 based on commissions.

Following Blige’s divorce filing, he claimed his estranged wife’s decision to fire him has left him with ‘no source of income.’

In June, a judge ordered the 46-year-old to pay Isaacs temporary spousal support of $30,000 per month. He had originally sought $130,000.

He wanted the Grammy winning songstress to help him pay for expensive meals out, a housekeeper and to generally help him maintain his ‘lavish lifestyle.’ 

According to his court papers Isaacs specifically wanted Blige to cover the majority of the $116,250 he spends per month. He also wants her to cough up $5,000 a month to support his parents and $4,971 a month in support for his two children from a past relationship.

Blige had been fighting against his request, accusing him of blowing money on his ‘girlfriend’ and claiming it as business expenses. 

Earlier reports claim Isaacs had an affair with singer Starshell, who is Blige’s protege. 

In court documents, she accused him of taking $420,000 and using it for what he called ‘travel charges,’ over a two-year period insisting the money was not spent on business-related activities or on activities that involved her.

In a note to her ‘Gross Cash Flow Available for Support’ Blige’s accountant states: ‘However, based on the summary of travel expenses prepared by [Chief Financial Officers of ASCOT Travel Services], Martin Isaacs incurred $419,299 of travel expenses over the period of March 2014 through August 2016 which were deducted as business expenses.

‘Accordingly, we added these amounts back to taxable income since they are non recurring.’  

Previously TMZ had reported that Blige was ‘outraged’ over payment requests from her husband following their split, stating: ‘I am not responsible for supporting [Martin’s] parents and his children from another relationship which he lists as ongoing monthly expenses.’

Court papers also show the recording artist claimed the former couple’s estate is ‘underwater’ to the tune of $10 million and Isaacs contributes nothing to expenses and upkeep. 

We will definitely be keeping Mary in our prayers. We echo Love B. Scott’s sentiments on a new album for her, but we wonder will she have to pay Kendu alimony too. Two words of recommendation for you Mary, “File Bankruptcy!”

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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The CW Airs Series Finale for “Life Sentence,” Show Runner Reveals True Ending For Series!

We love The CW! The network has some of the best television series out right now, including Riverdale, Supernatural, and The Arrowverse (the term associated with the The CW’s interconnected superhero series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning), and soon the Charmed reboot. However, one of its series that surprisingly intrigued us was Life Sentence, a series centered on Stella Abbott (Lucy Hale), a woman who thought she was dying from cancer, but now has to face the rest of her life after being cured. Stella often finds herself playing catch up as she learns her husband and family have made many sacrifices to keep her incredibly comfortable. The series is sweet, funny, quirky and is now CANCELLED!

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We love The CW! The network has some of the best television series out right now, including Riverdale, Supernatural, and The Arrowverse (the term associated with the The CW’s interconnected superhero series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning), and soon the Charmed reboot. However, one of its series that surprisingly intrigued us was Life Sentence, a series centered on Stella Abbott (Lucy Hale), a woman who thought she was dying from cancer, but now has to face the rest of her life after being cured. Stella often finds herself playing catch up as she learns her husband and family have made many sacrifices to keep her incredibly comfortable. The series is sweet, funny, quirky and is now CANCELLED!

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The CW opted to cancel the series due to low ratings, as it averaged a mere 500K viewers each episode. Star of the series, Lucy Hale has posted the following:

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We really hate to see the series go, especially after watching the series finale. It was so amazingly sweet with each character seemingly getting a hopeful ending. Television has a lot of dramas but Life Sentence really stood out with its message of family first, second chances, and making the most of life. We love you Stella Abbott, and her husband, Wes Charles (Elliot Knight)…our Friday nights just will not be the same with you.

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The series finale defintely had fans of the show in tears as Stella and Wes broke up. The show runner, Richard Keith took Twitter revealing how the series should have ended had it lasted longer.

“They stay friends… then drift apart… then reconnect in Paris at 30 and get remarried, fully knowing the commitment they are making… and they adopt the child of a someone who is diagnosed with cancer while pregnant and chooses to have the baby rather than chemo #lifesentence,” Keith said in response to the fan.

We wish Lucy, Elliot, and the rest of the cast the best of luck in all their future endeavors! For now you can catch all the episodes on demand under The CW. Happy viewing!

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[TRAILER] Edgier, Darker, TWISTED! Rahim Brazil (@rahimbrazil) & Crew Return w/ “Twisted2: Family Secrets!”

Summer is young, Atlanta is sizzling, and The Web World continues to grow! For months now we have been teasing and talking about Rahim Brazil’s Twisted highly anticipated second series, Twisted 2: Family Secrets, and now we have the first official trailer for you to see!
When we last saw the characters of Twisted mayhem had ensued resulting in death, termination–oh and incarceration! Twisted 2: Family Secrets picks up where the chaos left off. Our motley crew seems to be trying to move on with their lives without the clinic, but that does not mean there’s no drama involved. In fact, from what we can tell from the trailer, the drama and chaos are only going to increase! Indeed this trailer shows that this second season will be edgier, darker, and pushing boundaries we may have not have seen for a while in a web se

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Summer is young, Atlanta is sizzling, and The Web World continues to grow! For months now we have been teasing and talking about Rahim Brazil’s Twisted highly anticipated second series, Twisted 2: Family Secrets, and now we have the first official trailer for you to see!

When we last saw the characters of Twisted mayhem had ensued resulting in death, termination–oh and incarceration! Twisted 2: Family Secrets picks up where the chaos left off. Our motley crew seems to be trying to move on with their lives without the clinic, but that does not mean there’s no drama involved. In fact, from what we can tell from the trailer, the drama and chaos are only going to increase! Indeed this trailer shows that this second season will be edgier, darker, and pushing boundaries we may have not have seen for a while in a web series.

As you can see Martel Star, November, Chris June, Siren, Robert Brown, and Toni Bryce reprise their roles of Nick, Duke, Marcus, Star, Robert, and Vanessa, respectively. These new faces, are relatively new to the Web World, most of them we recognize from Twisted outings or behind the scenes. Of the new faces we are excited to see include Marcus Jones, celebrity hairstylist & make up artist (he can do a lot more, but we cannot fill up this article with his accolades–GOOGLE HIM); Ebony Shinelle, a rising publicist in Atlanta who has her eyes and thumb print on a number of Web Stars and local rappers. Most of all, however, we are happy to see Rahim back in front of the camera! We wonder where his character fits in the grand scheme of things.

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We have to say this has truly made our day. It is so good to see growth and as you know we sometimes have an affinity for the “darker” side of things at HeyMikeyATL. Still there are so many questions–How is Vanessa going to make ends meet? Does Marcus really have the balls to kill someone? Who is the light skinned vixen that has caught Star’s eye? You all just be sure to check back here for more updates on Twisted 2: Family Secrets! Happy viewing!

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[VIDEO] The Dopest Animated Promo! Check Out “Ye vs. The People!”

Kanye West has definitely become one of the most controversial people on the planet. Whereas we loved him for his crazy style and bravado, nowadays people–especially Black people–have mixed feelings about him following his commentary on slavery, basically stating it was a choice. One of the opponents to his thoughts and point of view has been none other than the self-proclaimed, “King of The South,” TI.

Interestingly, most people have not been hip to the buzz that Kanye West and TI dropped a single called Ye vs. The People,  where both of the rappers presented their sides of the argument, with TI being the self-appointed “Voice of The People.” Producer, Cory Mo, and animator, Cartoon Buck, released an animated music video for the single and we LOVE it!

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Kanye West has definitely become one of the most controversial people on the planet. Whereas we loved him for his crazy style and bravado, nowadays people–especially Black people–have mixed feelings about him following his commentary on slavery, basically stating it was a choice. One of the opponents to his thoughts and point of view has been none other than the self-proclaimed, “King of The South,” TI.

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Cory Mo

Interestingly, most people have not been hip to the buzz that Kanye West and TI dropped a single called Ye vs. The People,  where both of the rappers presented their sides of the argument, with TI being the self-appointed “Voice of The People.” Producer, Cory Mo, and animator, Cartoon Buck, released an animated music video for the single and we LOVE it!

The video really captivates both sides of the argument and perhaps is how a real rap debate should go–where people actually listen to each others’ sides and agree to disagree. We met Cory Mo, through author, screenwriter, and producer, Kimberly Jones (About Him, About Her). “Me and my partner did an animated video for Big Boi’s single he dropped about six months ago, the one by Big Boi, Gucci, and Pimp C [“In The South”]. When that song came out I felt the message was just so dope that we had to go with this song. We haven’t really presented to them, but we did it to let them know we do animated videos.”Cory Mo reveals.

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Cartoon Buck

Surprisingly Corey Mo remains mostly neutral when it comes to taking sides, seeing validity in both of their arguments. “I’m not necessarily on either side. I understand TI 100%, but Kanye isn’t really saying anything malicious. They both have valid points. He’s just fucked up, wearing that maggot hat thinking he’s going to change people…I felt its a dope ass message and people need to see the shit. Me and my boy, [Cartoon] Buck, are just with it and trying to put our footprint on the thing.”

Cory Mo and Cartoon Buck are super talented and we are really hoping this animated music video goes viral! Check out their other aforementioned video below, In The South! Happy viewing!

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