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Mary J. Blige Allegedly Facing More Debt Problems

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bligeReports are going crazy again about the beloved Mary J. Blige. According to TMZ Mary J. Blige is now in trouble with the IRS for federal taxes that went unpaid for 2009 ($574,907.30), 2010 ($2,203,743.53) and 2011 ($647,604.60).

This debt does not include a little over 900k that she allegedly owes to the state of New Jersey. Blige also allegedly owes 2.2 million on a defaulted bank loan and is facing a lawsuit that claims the singer took out a $250K loan for her charity and never paid it back.

There has not been a statement from Blige’s camp but we have seen Mary J.Blige get her hustle on. Blige starred in the Lifetime movie “Betty and Coretta”. The singer just recently wrapped up filming for the feature film, “Black Nativity”, which also stars Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker.

Blige has not personally commented on the matter, but does she really need to? During a “Hot Topics” segment, on “The Wendy Williams Show”, Williams extended an invitation to the singer, to come on the show, to set the record straight about her alleged mounting debt problems, but nothing ever came of it.

Sometimes it may be best to keep silent about such matters, as commenting on it may only make the matter worse. Unfortunately, Mary J. Blige’s colleagues are not fairing so well financially either. Just this month, Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison and three month of home incarceration for back taxes. Ron Isley and Wesley Snipes also served time for not paying.

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  1. Madhi

    May 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    It is unfortunate that black celebrities are not aware of remedies available to them when such situations occur in their lives. If they claim to be US citizens, taxpayers, voters, etc. in America, then they are owned as is the case for most black people in America. I am sure that none of the celebrities we have read about recently with IRS/tax problems, know anything about their rights as indigenous people. But why would black celebrities or black people know this because if they did, then slavery would no longer exist in America, not for celebrities or the rest of black people in this country.

    • MARK KING

      May 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      This is another example as we need to make information available to the entertainment business community when it comes to tax law. I know Ms Blige probably had attorneys and financial planners but did not have a tax man. I am sure she would not be in this position. I am willing to help the entertainment community please share this information thanks

  2. DMONEY

    May 20, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Ophra should open an academy for big money management.

  3. SYLVIA

    May 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    There is no special training for paying your taxes! Anybody making that kind of money should know not to handle it like Loose Change. There is no special provisions for a lack of common sense. You need an accountant! and maybe another to watch him. These people don’t want to pay their accountants, as they dont want to pay Uncle Sam they think they or someone in the family can do it. Well they cant! Michael Jackson was brilliant when it came to his finance and his money he got the best money people around. He has leans on a warehouse full of stuff, but they cant touch his money, not even his family! His mother and children and his children’s children are fixed for the rest of their lives! Joe don’t get a dime!

  4. Harold

    May 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I like her, but she should pay her debts like I do–no sympathy.

  5. LAWAZIZ

    May 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Why do we have”CIVIL RIghts Organizations” If they are unable/unwilling to help-aide & assist our people who need help! Why do we have our colleges,institutions,HBCUs,if it is not to advance “OUR PEOPLE”!? Are we just here to make money for “OTHERS TO EXploit & Tax/JAIL US!?Where are OUR ACCOUNTANTS? Who’s protecting & Watching “WEALTH”? All of the so-called leaders should create”Non-profit & ” For Profit Companies/Corporations to oversee and protect the wealth & assets of AfricanAmericans.This should be ONE of The Missions of ALL of our Colleges!

  6. Faruq

    May 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    LawAziz , you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. Celebrities from our community often entrust themselves and their wealth to folks who don’t look like them. I have often told my more affluent clients that I’m just not concerned with their legal issue rather I’m concerned that they continue to succeed because through their success and giving back our community grows and obtains some of those things that we lack but maybe provided for others outside our community. I truly believe that their success and community conscience is a benefit to our community. The problem is that they have to see that and move away from a self centered existence.

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