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Q Do you keep in touch with Lonette McKee from original “Sparkle”?
A Yeah, that’s my girl [as in close friend]. She’s in a play now. When she’s working [I don’t call her as much], because she’s really into her art.
Q What do you think about show business?
A I love show business, but I think in order for anybody to get into show business [there’s] one thing you should learn: Taxes. You have to learn about your money. You don’t want nobody to take that from you; then you look like you’re working for nothin’. Everybody, when they leave high school should have a tax class.
Q Explain to me how people in show business — and by being so are a constant reminder to the IRS of their existence — forget to pay the government?
A You’re just ballin’, thinking it’s going to last forever. You’re making so much money sometimes you don’t think [the government] is real. You don’t think they will [come after you] until you get those notices. [Hard laughter.] Then you say, “Oh, I’ve got to go do something!” I did that. I was ballin’. I finally got myself together. I went to Tax School. Me and my uncle. [Laughter] I’m paying them back right now, but I’m good, I’m good.
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