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Latest Flicks / DeNiro and Pacino, back together again
« on: August 07, 2008, 01:47:38 am »
With the exception of Curtis Jackson, (I kid, 50 is Ok...soul plane, soul plaaaane)
this movie looks very promising.

The music and style all remind me of a Marty Scorsese picture...

...but it's not so maybe there won't be that many n****r references.

General Discussion / Wesley Snipes sentenced to 3 years in Prison
« on: April 24, 2008, 04:25:00 pm »
Damn!  Another one bites the dust.

They won't be satisfied 'til they get us all, will they?

I know there was a white counterpart who made as much or more who didn't pay and didn't receive any time.  This was a straight witch hunt.  I hope they can get concurrent sentences and maybe Wes will be out in 6-8 months.

From Associated Press:

OCALA, Fla. - Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison on tax charges Thursday, a victory for prosecutors who sought to make an example of the action star by aggressively pursuing the maximum penalty.

Snipes' lawyers had spent much of the day in court offering dozens of letters from family members, friends — even fellow actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington — attesting to the good character of the "Blade" star and asking for leniency. They argued he should get only probation because his three convictions were all misdemeanors and the actor had no previous criminal record.

But U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a "history of contempt over a period of time" for U.S. tax laws, and granted prosecutors the three year sentence they requested — one year for each of Snipes' convictions of willfully failing to file a tax return.

"In my mind these are serious crimes, albeit misdemeanors," Hodges said.

Snipes apologized while reading from a written statement for his "costly mistakes," but never mentioned the word taxes.

"I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance," Snipes said.

Snipes said his wealth and celebrity attracted "wolves and jackals like flies are attracted to meat." He called himself "well-intentioned, but miseducated."

Snipes was the highest-profile criminal tax target in years, and prosecutors called for a heavy sentence to deter others from trying to obstruct the IRS. The government alleged Snipes made at least $13.8 million for the years in question and owed $2.7 million in back taxes.

Snipes was acquitted in February of five additional charges, including felony tax fraud and conspiracy. Snipes' co-defendants, Douglas P. Rosile and Eddie Ray Kahn, were convicted on both those counts. Kahn, who refused to defend himself in court, was sentenced to 10 years, while Rosile received 54 months. Both will serve three years of supervised release. Snipes will serve one year of supervised release.

Snipes and Rosile remain free and will be notified when they are to surrender to authorities.

Kahn was the founder of American Rights Litigators, and a successor group, Guiding Light of God Ministries, that purported to help members legally avoid paying taxes. Rosile, a former accountant who lost his licenses in Ohio and Florida, prepared Snipes' paperwork.

Snipes maintained in a years-long battle with the IRS he did not have to pay taxes, using fringe arguments common to "tax protesters" who say the government has no legal right to collect. After joining Kahn's group, the government said Snipes instructed his employees to stop paying their own taxes and sought $11 million in 1996 and 1997 taxes he legally paid.

Prosecutors sought to justify the maximum sentence by raising those and other details from the IRS investigation, as well as a tax loss even for years in which Snipes was acquitted of failing to file a return. Such "relevant conduct" is allowed by law for a judge's consideration at sentencing.

Criminal tax prosecutions are relatively rare — usually the cases are handled in civil court, where the government has a lower burden of proof. Prosecutors said Snipes' case was important to send a message to would-be tax protesters not to test the government.

Feel The Funk / The 'Rap Game' is hilarious!
« on: January 11, 2008, 01:19:39 pm »
This just in...

Thing is like not pass go -- break yo-self and give me my motha-f-ing gouda, niiiii!!!!

Feel The Funk / Nate D-O-Double G has a stroke!
« on: December 31, 2007, 08:31:00 am »

Sports Talk / The Patriots are on Fire!!
« on: December 30, 2007, 09:34:28 am »
That's right.  It's been 35 years, but those Patriots are Perfect.  Now if they can just take it all the way to the Bowl... and win it'll be so, so sweet.

Brady and Moss = 50 reg. season TD passes and 23 reg. season TD catches.

Latest Flicks / New K.I.T.T revealed for Knight Rider made 4 TV Movie
« on: December 12, 2007, 09:47:37 pm »
Looks cool.Check it

Feel The Funk / New Nas -- Hype S**t!
« on: October 06, 2007, 12:08:02 pm »
At Hiphop

New Nas produced by Chris Weber (yeah, that Chris Weber) Survivng the Times (Mc Serch, Russel, Def Jam) tight!

Vox Populi / Fines, or even Jail Time for Saggin'?
« on: September 16, 2007, 09:13:22 pm »
Associated Press

Don't get caught saggin' in Trenton, NJ or Atlanta, GA

I gotta admit...I feel dumb when one of my fellow brothers is in close proximity to me with his boxers/ass hanging all out the back of his pants. Can you believe that shyte -- I feel dumb?

Feel The Funk / Is Kanye a whiny *****?
« on: September 12, 2007, 03:30:24 pm »

Latest Flicks / The Lookout
« on: August 20, 2007, 04:33:20 pm »
This is an excellent film by an excellent writer in his directorial debut: Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Minority Report). Check it out, matter of fact, pick up the DVD. You won't be sorry. Anybody see it?

General Discussion / Madden '08 Gets Rave Review
« on: August 10, 2007, 08:51:40 pm »

Aw, yeah. Read it and weep guys. And for all others up to the challenge...let's settle it on the field.

X-Box Live Tag: AcWright

Send a friend request and include your HEF Tag.

Let's get it on!

Sports Talk / Trial date set for former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson
« on: April 12, 2007, 01:28:27 pm »
Trial date set for former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson 

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson appeared in court Thursday and learned he will go on trial Aug. 20 on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

Tyson was fresh out of a California rehabilitation facility and said very little during the five-minute proceeding.

"Yes, ma'am" were his only words, uttered after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens asked if he agreed to the trial date, which was pushed back 30 days at his attorneys' request.

Tyson did not speak outside the courtroom, where reporters peppered him with questions and followed him to a Cadillac Escalade.

"We're very pleased with Mike's progress in treatment," said Richard Schonfeld, one of Tyson's lawyers. "He's 72 days sober. We're proud of him."

Tyson was arrested Dec. 29 in Scottsdale. A resident of the wealthy Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, the 40-year-old was pulled over after leaving a nightclub. An officer found bags of cocaine in his back pocket and another in a pack of cigarettes in his car, according to court records.

Tyson pleaded not guilty on Jan. 22 in Maricopa County Superior Court to felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs.

County Attorney Andrew Thomas has said Tyson has run out of second chances, and prosecutors will pursue prison time. If convicted on all four charges, Tyson could be imprisoned as long as 7 1/2 years.

Tyson's next pretrial hearing is set for May 24, but he will be allowed to appear by telephone because his lawyers don't want to interrupt his treatment, Schonfeld said.

Stephens pushed Tyson's trial date back by a month to August because his attorneys said they hadn't seen all the state's evidence in the case.

Tyson was convicted of rape in Indiana in 1992 and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges in Maryland in 1999.

Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at 20 in 1986, when he knocked out Trevor Berbick. Four years later, he was knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas. By 1997, Tyson's career hit a low point when he bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.

 Damn.  I kinda feel sorry for Mike.  Watching old footage it seemed Mike was a cool guy at his core, but bad business and personal choices took their toll and it's been downhill ever since.  He  needed a good friend (other than Cus D'Amato) to tell him once in awhile "Hey, Man, you're f*****g up" 

« on: March 28, 2007, 03:31:16 am »
I like Jazzy Jeff even though footage of him doing his thing is rare.  Not to mention he Transformed it first. 

And JMJ in Krush Groove where RUN DMC is about to perform "The Way It Is", right before Run starts going "Whose House?" JMJ is scratching the f**k out of that vinyl.  Sh*t is tight.  I love that scene.

DJ Scratch from EPMD was a cold fish, too.

Who are some of your favorites and why?

Latest Flicks / The Number 23
« on: February 24, 2007, 03:54:54 pm »
Just saw this.  Don't know what to say... someone go see it so we can talk about it.

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