There was a hit television series out entitled “Empire,” and I have to admit that I am probably one of the “very few” who have not been able to watch an episode yet (I am usually playing on those nights). However, I have heard from people who practically “live and die” by the show. Since I don’t know a whole lot about it, I can at least talk about an article that I recently read in regards to it. My understanding is that the actor Terrance Howard is the star of the show. My other understanding is that his ex wife Michelle Howard, was awarded 21% of his earnings over 62 grand beyond her regular $5,800 she is due from him each month. For those of you who would like the particulars, just check out this story link:
The question that might be on some minds today is, “Should it be right for her to take such a huge chunk of his money like that?” Well, legally, the answer to that question is “yes.” The court saw fit to examine his wages and made the appropriate adjustments to his movie career income. Actors, like musicians, usually have income that varies from gig to gig. Some gigs (or shows) may be bigger than others, and therefore the amount of income earned may be higher as well. I have no idea of the details that Terrence Howard went through with his divorce, but if a judge saw in his wife’s favor to grant her a significant portion of his earnings, then he needs to be happy with whatever money he is “allowed” to retain. A LOT of prominent people have to give up huge portions of their salaries to ex wives. I think i remember a situation where Paul McCartney had to fork over “hefty sums” to his ex wife with their divorce settlement. Is there a moral to this? Unfortunately, that might be “several” morals to these types of situations. The first one is an old classic song by the late great Johnny Taylor. The song is simply entitled “It’s cheaper to keep her.” Google it! The next moral is to just “do right” by your lover. Usually a judge will award higher amounts in situations of impropriety. Finally, if you are going to “tie the knot” then make sure you “know that knot well” before you do. There are people (men and women) who will have the intentions of “using you” if they feel they can get away with it. In other words, their sole intention is to “get your money.” Just because you love someone tremendously doesn’t mean that they will love you back the same way. Before going to that next level I think it is advisable to just “make sure.” By the way, I am not saying that this is the situation with this case. I am sure Terrence Howard is happy to be getting major roles and getting paid for them. I am sure he would be happier if he got to “keep more of the money he makes.” In the end “something is always better than nothing.” As long as Mr. Howard’s popularity lasts, then he “and his ex wife” should be “getting paid.” I just hope that when his career (and his money) goes on the decline that the same percentages will be properly allocated for his sake. Either way, I wish the best for the show, and thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today. As always, i wish you the very best that life has to offer. Please make it a great one.
Brett Jolly and Verdine White, one of the members of Earth, Wind and Fire