Lauryn Hill’s Concert Was Pretty Good After The Crowd Left

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I paid $140 for wifey and I to see Lauryn Hill and spent the first half of the show thinking how I should have sold the tickets to pay off the wedding tux that I charged, which, by the way, was only $136 from H&M. It's not that she was performing badly. It's just that she was doing some sort of strange alternative remixes of her hits with a Def Leppard tribute band or something who overpowered her voice. It wasn't terrible, just a bit too far left. I'm sure I wasn't the only one thinking "What the hell is this?" because after an hour or so a good portion of the crowd had left.

Their loss. The band fell back and Lauryn went minimal and acoustic. She performed for at least another hour and even though my buzz was long gone I enjoyed it, especially since my whooty was doing the slow motion donk grind. Praise be to the IUD that we didn't make a fourth baby. Anyhow, the show was good overall. Just not $140 good. I'd rather spend half that to see, say, the Lauryn Hill-esque Janelle Monae.

-Dewan Gibson

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Rick’s Cabaret Ordered To Pay Strippers $10 Million In Back Pay, Stock Takes Hit

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Rick's Cabaret (ticker symbol: RICK) is a publicly traded company that specializes in an alternative commodity, ass. A judge ruled last Friday that they have to pay their talent minimum wage and $10 million in backpay. As of 10:36am PST today, Rick's stock is down 69 cents (seriously) to $10.09, a 6.4 percent hit. From CNN:

More than 2,000 current and former exotic dancers in New York City were awarded $10 million in a class-action lawsuit they brought against their employer, Rick's Cabaret.

The federal judge's order came on Friday, four years after the dancers filed their lawsuit alleging the company cheated them out of wages. The award covers unpaid wages from 2005-2012.

For the dancers, the ruling follows a court victory last year when the judge ruled that they were considered hourly employees who deserve to be paid minimum wage. Rick's Cabaret argued that the dancers worked as independent contractors...

According to court documents, Rick's Cabaret failed to pay the dancers minimum wage and kept some payments that should have gone into the dancers' pockets.

While it is true that a patron pays a dancer $20 for a personal dance, these are considered "performance fees" and are not considered regular wages. The club owes the dancers back pay for their hourly wages, the court ruled.

-Dewan Gibson

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