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Beverly Bond Responds to #WhiteGirlsRock

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n an exclusive on TheRoot.com, Beverly Bond offers her perspective on the #whitegirlsrock hashtag that launched on twitter with accusations of reverse racism during the airing of Black Girls Rock on BET.

"As a humanist, I believe that we all rock," Bond wrote. "My issue is that the commentary that followed the "#whitegirlsrock" hashtag was not even about affirming dynamic white women. Instead, it was about critiquing or even punishing black women for having the nerve, the audacity and the unmitigated gall to love and affirm ourselves!"

Just ahead of a think tank session with writers, and various media personalities about gender, race, media and identity, Bond's piece explained the need for black girls to see positive images of themselves because of the lack in mainstream media.

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'I'M KANYE MOTHERF--KING WEST'

Kanye West pulled the plug on a heckler at a recent show in San Antonio, Texas, kicking the female fan out of his Yeezus concert after she repeatedly yelled at him from the crowd.

The fan took issue with the Maison Martin Margiela mask that West sports during the show, yelling at the rapper to take the mask off. West stopped singing after the repeated words from the fan, walking over to the audience where the yelling was coming from.

"Now, you can see my face on the internet every motherf--king day," Kanye told the crowd. "I came here, I open up a motherf--king mountain... and you tryin' to tell me how to give you my art. Now tell me something, y'all want me to do this show the way I would do this show?"

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MC Hammer Still In Debt, Owes Uncle Sam $800K

 

MC Hammer (pictured), a rapper who skyrocketed to fame in the early '90s then plummeted to near poverty, is on the Fed's radar again. This time, Hammer reportedly owes hundred of thousands of dollars, according to TMZ.

The IRS reportedly sued both Hammer and his wife, Stephanie, for failing to pay back income taxes for the years 1996 and 1997.

How much is now owed?

Reportedly, a whopping $798,033.48.

And according to court documents, the government has already begun garnishing the wages from Hammer's current limited liability company to pay off the debt.

Hammer, whose actual name is Stanley Burrell, was the toast of the town and rose to the stratosphere with such hit records as "U Can't Touch This" and "Too Legit to Quit." Hammer was known for his elaborate and ultra-glitzy stage performances that included flashy dance moves and riveting costumes like his eponymous Hammer pants.

Hammer's showmanship and elaborate stage choreography typically involved at least 15 dancers, 12 backup singers, seven live musicians, and two disc jockeys — all part of a performance that stupefied his audiences.

The now-51 year old, who attracted a predominantly White following, eventually spiraled downward into debt so deep that he could not crawl out of it. All of the pomp and circumstance, the showy performances, a staff of far too many, outlandish personal luxuries, and excessive spending on family and friends who had their hand out far too many times caused the $33 million man to face $13 million in debt.

By the time the mid-nineties came around, Hammer was left with dwindling record sales, outstanding debts, lawsuits, and an immensely large payroll, so he was forced to file for bankruptcy in April 1996 at a California court.

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Miley Cyrus is MTV’s Best Artist of 2013

(CNN) — More than Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Lady Gaga or Lorde, it was Miley Cyrus who owned 2013.

At least, according to MTV.

After stealing the spotlight at not one but two MTV awards shows, starring in an MTV documentary and taking over the network on her 21st birthday, MTV has crowned Cyrus as its best artist of the year.

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