Rep: Kanye West not banned from Haiti telethon
Outspoken rapper Kanye West has not been banned from Friday’s “Hope For Haiti” telethon. Internet rumors claimed that West, 32, was not invited to participate because he criticized then-President Bush during a televised 2005 Concert for Hurricane Relief (“George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” he said) and for interrupting Taylor Swift’s 2009 MTV Video Music Awards speech. “Kayne has to make everything about himself. He will do anything to steal the spotlight and, well, this night it’s just not about him,” a source told AOL’s Popeater. But a rep for MTV tells UsMagazine.com: “That’s absolutely not true. We DID reach out to Kanye.” (Continue Reading…)

Haiti contributions deductible for 2009 taxes
The Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday that will allow taxpayers to deduct cash donations to Haiti earthquake relief on their 2009 tax returns instead of having to wait to file the claims next year. Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee from both parties introduced a bill Tuesday that makes contributions made between Jan. 12 and Feb. 28 count toward an individual’s or family’s 2009 taxes. The House unanimously approved the measure Wednesday. (Continue Reading…)

Unauthorized Oprah bio coming in April
Kitty Kelley, biographer of the rich and famous, is getting ready to release an unauthorized biography on talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. The 544-page book, “Oprah: A Biography,” will be released on April 13, with a first printing of 500,000 copies, according to the Crown Publishing Group. “We are excited to be publishing the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful and admired public figures of our time, by the most widely read biographer of our era,” said Tina Constable, a vice president with Crown. (Continue Reading…)

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Haiti contributions deductible for 2009 taxes

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