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Wesley Snipes Suggests Taxes Should Be Taught In High School

He's got a point. 

For years it's been argued that real-world skills should be taught in schools. The latest advocate for the practice includes Wesley Snipes.

The esteemed actor shared a tweet-turned/meme on Tuesday (May 8) via Instagram about a number of practices that should be taught in a classroom, instead through trial and error. They include accounting/money management, credit know-how, nutrition (not the culinary arts), career management, self-defense and mandatory teachings of a second language.

Fans chimed in with more suggestions like agriculture, self-esteem/self-care classes and auto maintenance.  But the most relevant suggestion from the list has to be taxes. In 2016, Pew Research Center poll discovered that 72% of Americans surveyed found that the process is difficult to understand. Low-income and elderly taxpayers usually qualify for free tax assistance, but still one in five Americans miss out on $400 worth of deductions or credit through mistakes.

Financial freedom in black and brown communities is however, on the come up. In 2017, financial expert Ash Cash released The Wake Up Calla guide to finance as told through Jay-Z's critically acclaimed album 4:44. In 2016, Black Lives Matter also challenged tax reform with a nine-point analysis on breaking up big banks, establishing protection for workers and  federally guaranteed low-interest loans.

Snipes' finance journey has been well-documented. While he served time in jail for failing to file tax returns in 2008, his advisers led him astray with misinformation, leading to him not paying taxes from 1999 through 2001. Other celebs have had a similar fate like Fat Joe, who served four months in prison in 2013 for failure to reportedly file income tax returns on over $3.3 million in earnings. Even Ms. Lauryn Hill has compared the inner workings of tax woes to slavery.

With American students not excelling in any category (Science, Math, English) against their international counterparts, a flip in curriculum may do us all a favor in the long run.

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Meek shared the trailer for the Amazon Original film on Sunday (Mar. 17). He said the documentary "explores my life and the flaws in the criminal justice system that have haunted me and others like me." In addition to showing clips of the rapper performing onstage, it revisits his 2007 case, which led to his lengthy probation sentence.

"I never really looked at it like a nightmare," Meek says in the trailer. "I looked at it as real life for a black kid in America. It's just real life."

As you may know, Meek was sentenced to two to four years in state prison for violating the terms of his probation. He spent nearly five months in prison before he was released in Apr. 2018, pending the outcome of an appeal to the Pennsylvania supreme court.

Free Meek is slated to premiere on Amazon this summer 2019. Watch the trailer below.

 

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#FreeMeek explores my life and the flaws in the criminal justice system that have haunted me and others like me. Coming this Summer on @amazonprimevideo 📽🏆

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Louisiana Accidentally Paid It's Residents Double This Tax Season, To The Tune Of $26 Million

It's tax season and for most Americans the best time of the year to get a few extra coins put back into their pocket. If you're a Louisiana resident, however, you received double that in an unintended flub by the state.

According to reports, 66,000 taxpayers received double their state tax refund, totaling $26 million in overpayment. The state is now reportedly trying to get that money back.

The Division of Administration spokesman Jacques Berry blamed the blunder on a computer system malfunction, which is why so many residents had a healthier state refund.

Nola taxpayers shouldn't get excited just yet. Berry said in most cases the payments were made through the bank accounts direct deposit and can quickly be reversed. If the money isn't there, the bank will reportedly contact the individual about payment.

Berry released a statement admitting to the oversight.

“As the State of Louisiana continues to recoup more than $26 million to duplicate individual income tax refunds that were erroneously issued as the result of a computer error, taxpayers are being urged not to take any action. The vast majority of the duplicated funds are expected to be recovered electronically,” – Jacques Berry, Director of Policy and Communication

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Remains Of 2-Year-Old Noelani Robinson Found In Minnesota Ditch

A nationwide Amber Alert came to a tragic end Friday (March 15) when the body of 2-year-old Noelani Robinson was found wrapped inside of a blanket and placed in a Minnesota ditch. The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office deduced little Noelani had been there for some time and died of blunt force trauma.

Authorities aren't sure how the child got into the ditch and if she was killed elsewhere, however, they suspect her father, 34-year-old Dariaz Higgins, who killed her mother, 24-year-old Sierra Robinson on Monday may have placed her there.

According to reports, Robinson became pregnant with Noelani while Higgins was her pimp. The couple stayed together after the child's birth but Robinson later decided to end the relationship and moved to Las Vegas last month leaving Noelani with Higgins

After getting settled, Robinson began trying to see Noelani. On March 9, she reportedly flew back to Milwaukee and stayed with a friend identified as LP. Two days later, Higgins agreed to let Robinson see the child. Higgins picked up Robinson and LP and they reportedly drove around  "talked about old times" and smoked marijuana.

Higgins then drove them to a nearby hotel where he shot Robinson in the chest and LP several times. Robinson died, but LP survived and gave authorities a statement. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales called Higgins " a stone-cold killer,” with ties "all the way down to Miami, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Kansas City. He’s been all over the place.”

Higgins confessed to killing Robinson. He's charged with first-degree murder but they're hoping in a forthcoming interview he'll offer details in his daughter's killing.

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