Swizz Beatz owes more than $2.7m in taxes

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz owes the US government more than $2.7 million in unpaid taxes. According to reports, the 34-year-old has had tax liens totalling $2.6 million filed against him by the federal government in the US; the state of New York has filed a further tax lien for $98,246.18 in unpaid taxes from 2010, reports TMZ. Beatz, whose real name Kasseem is David Dean, married singer Alicia Keys and has a two-year-old son named Egypt. He also has three other children by three women — Prince Nasir, 12, six-year-old Kasseem, and four-year-old Nicole. The Grammy-winning Beatz has produced for every major name in the record industry, including Beyonce, Chris Brown, Dr Dre, and Kanye West. He has his own record label, Full Surface, which he set up when he was 23. According to reports last month, Keys is currently close to signing a $12-million deal to buy the Englewood estate belonging to actor Eddie Murphy. The deal is significantly less than the original asking price Murphy originally put the home on the market seven years ago for $30 million. The couple are also selling off their plush New York pad, which is on the market for $18 million. Beatz is understood to have bought the home in February 2010, shortly after Keys fell pregnant with Egypt.

— Daily Mail

The Oscar for most adorable couple goes to...

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell may be Hollywood superstars, but they looked like any other normal loving couple as they enjoyed a day out together last Saturday. The pair couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces as they were spotted leaving their Los Angeles home. Hawn, 66, decided to wrap up warm with a jacket, which had a fur lined hood. The hood almost threatened to cover her whole face as the Private Benjamin actress snuggled into her warm outfit. Wearing sunglasses and jeans, she beamed with delight as she headed to the car. And her long-term partner Kurt Russell wore a colourful top, and sported greying hair and beard as he joined the actress for an adorable day out. Wearing crumpled trousers and some crocs, Kurt may have not looked his most stylish, but he didn't seem to have a care in the world. Although they have never married, the couple — who have a 26-year-old son, Wyatt, together — are still going strong and the actress believes their relationship works because they don't take it for granted.

— Daily Mail

Victoria's Secret apologises for controversial costume

Controversies against the Native American community continue to pile up in popular culture, most recently with the Victoria's Secret 17th annual fashion show. The lingerie brand took to its Twitter last Saturday to apologise for offending fans after images surfaced of model Karlie Kloss in a feather headdress, suede vest, skirt, and turquoise jewellery. "We are sorry that the Native American headdress in our fashion show has upset individuals. The outfit will be removed from the broadcast," Victoria's Secret reps wrote to its 1.4 million followers on Saturday. The Caucasian 20-year-old stunner followed suit on her Twitter, writing: "I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone. I support VS's decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast." After outrage came from Native Appropriations and For Accurate Indigenous Representation Media, they received an official apology from Tammy Robert Meyers, a spokesperson for Limited Brandswhich owns Victoria's Secret. This fashion fetishising of the Native American clothing and customs came six days after ska-pop band No Doubt pulled their 'Cowboys and Indians'-themed music video for Looking Hot within a day of broadcast.

— Daily Mail





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