M.O.T.A.N. – Money Over Tired Ass Negros: The Kelis Edition


Excuse the title.

I just saw the M.O.T.A.N. in the comment section of a blog and thought it was the funniest thing.

No I don’t believe all men are “tired ass Negros” so fellas don’t get your boxers in a bunch.

Now…the Nas and Kelis divorce is something the “average” chick can learn from. The lesson to be had is ALWAYS have your own. Putting your career on hold for a man is a bad idea and even if he is the “primary” bead-winner you need to be in a position that if you want to leave you can…comfortably.

Now Kelis is saying she’s broke. And by broke, I mean by rich folk standards:

Kelis has just filed her financials with the court, making her case to get support and baby expenses from estranged hubby Nas.

Kelis says from 11/08 to 4/09, her average monthly income was $21,616. Hardly poor, but way less than what she and Nas were pulling in while she was with him.

Kelis, who is ready to give birth, has some pretty hefty expenses — $80,831 a month … way more than she says she makes.

Kelis says she hasn’t toured in a year and most of her income comes from her concerts.

Kelis says she spends $14,861 on her mortgage. Her nanny costs $3,500 a month. She spends $15,000 a month on entertainment, gifts and vacations — not too shabby. And she says it cost $175 to have the “baby rug dry cleaned.”

And there’s this … Kelis says she wants to buy “storage to bank the baby’s blood when he is born. The banking is the collection and storage of the stem cells found in the baby’s umbilical cord.” It’s used to treat 70 life-threatening diseases. It all costs $$$

Also her requests from Nas:

Kelis is asking the judge to order Nas to pay spousal support, child support, all pregnancy-related expenses, and one-half of all medical expenses after the child is born. She also wants $3,500 for the baby nurse after the child’s birth, and $20,000 for strollers, cribs and other baby supplies.

Kelis says, “My survival is based on [Nas’] will at this time. If he does not want to pay for an expense, it does not get paid.” The couple was married in 2003. The baby is due this month.

Kelis says she’s entitled to maintain the lifestyle to which she became accustomed during their marriage — they have five homes, fly first class, go to fancy restaurants, and on and on. Most interesting — “There were many expensive pieces [of jewelry] such as a princess-cut diamond tennis bracelet that was recently appraised for $190,000. My engagement ring is an approximately nine-carat cushion-cut diamond solitaire. I have numerous watches…such as Cartier, Rolex, Frank Muller and Chopard.

Now plenty are going to read this and say – she should be able to live off of $21,00 a month – I’m sure she was prior to the added expense of the baby. And if Nas isn’t ponying up any of the pregnancy expenses I can see how that can get mighty expensive. Whether you agree or disagree with spousal support – they are currently still married and he has an obligation to carry some of these expenses.

While I’m not sure I buy her request to live in the same manner to which she has become accustomed, I do believe the child has a right to live the life he would have if he was staying with the parent with the most money. And whatever child support settlement she gets should reflect that.

Kelis seems like a chick who put her own career advancement on hold to be “wife” to her husband. An idea I’m sure Nas didn’t have too many issues with as they seemed to be always attached at the hip and I’ll bet he gave her the “I got you speech.” I’m speculating of course, but if I was a betting woman I’d put dollars on it.

My point is “I got you” always sounds great until you’re filing for divorce for infidelity and abuse (that’s why Kelis filed) and he acts like he doesn’t know you when you’re knocked up with his kid. At times like this you want to know you can take care of yourself and your unborn baby whether your husband is being cooperative or not.

Take heed ladies. While the Nas and Kelis divorce may deal with more duckets than the average joe and jane has, the message is still the same: Money over tired ass Negros – the woman who has her own is golden.

  1. O-dilla 11 years ago

    I agree women should stop expecting men to take care of them. Nas messed up by getting her pregnant. He needs to take of his child. But that doesnt mean he needs to take care of her..what excatly did she stop to be with nas. She had no career. That was her best career move.

    Kellis is actually pretty popular in Europe (at least she was) – she’s just not big here. If she cut out all her touring to stay stateside that’s a big deal and very costly for her.

    Nas messed up by getting her pregnant.

    She wasn’t a jump-off she wa shis wife. There’s no messed up in that.

  2. O-dilla 11 years ago

    So you are saying she didnt go on tour in “europe” casue she was married to nas. then she is dumber than she looks all the singers go on tour regardless if they was married ( Bey, Faith hill, Mariah).For some reason i dont think nas would have minded her going overseas to make money. I agree with the artlcle but this is a bad example. Nas did mess up because she is going to have her hooks in him. Hopefully he will take custody so he doesnt have support her.

    The part about “puther career on hold” which means she wouldn’t have been touring – anywhere. Anyway she said she stopped touring for the last year and they probably had something to do with the pregnancy – and her relationship. I was speculating – but plenty of women famous otherwise) put the career on old once marriage and kids happens. SO it wouldn’t be strange or odd if she did so as well.

    Hopefully he will take custody so he doesnt have support her

    Spare me. They were married. That’s what happens when people marry. She wasn’t some groupie looking for a come up.

  3. Brandon St. Randy 11 years ago

    It’s a recession. And with a kid on the way, maybe she might wanna cut back on spending almost 200 grand a year on vacations and going to the club. Especially when she lost her record deal and isn’t doing anything to be financially viable to anyone. Just my thoughts.

    No argument from me.

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