The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1997 · Page 25
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Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 14, 1997
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Wednesday, May 14,1997 BULK RATE U.S. Postage Rat? Salina. KS Permit No. 1-17 I Hammer down M.C. Hammer's down — broke and selling his house — but not out By CYNTHIA ROBINS San Francisco Examiner FREMONT, Calif. — The massive white house is on the market again. It's the house that rap built — M.C. Hammer's $12 million spread. The one with the $2 million worth of marble, the indoor and the outdoor pools, the three water-falls and the control panels that regulate temperature, humidity and even draw the draperies. The house is on the market because M.C. Hammer is broke. He declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 1996,claiming $9.6 million in assets and$13.7 million in debts. Seated in his floor-to-ceiling gray marble office — the one with customized marble niches designed to hold his Grammy and People's Choice awards — Hammer breathes a huge sigh, cracks a wide grin and says, "How do I feel about movin' out of here? Relieved." When Hammer, born Stanley Kirk Burrell in Oakland 35 years ago, released "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" in 1990, Forbes magazine estimated his earnings at$33 million. And it appears that he spent every cent. He owned a stable of thoroughbred horses. He started a label called Bustin' Records, which he said "had a $500,000 per month overhead." He owned 17 cars. He hobnobbed with sports greats like Evander Holyfield, Dan Marino and Deion Sanders (one of his creditors, from whom Hammer borrowed. $500,000), not to mention the Sultan of Brunei and members of the Saudi royal family. And he built his dream house right under Mission Peak, with a panoramic view. Beverly Hills Realtor-to-the-stars Elaine Young, who has handled sales for Sylvester Stallone, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Elizabeth Taylor, has the listing — $6.5 million — $5.5 million less than what he paid for it. "When I moved in here, it felt more like I was still on vacation," he says. "In my world travels, I stayed at the finest hotels. I've seen the best." This may account for the razzmatazz quality of Hammer's decorating — the acres of black marble, the mirrored bathrooms, the massive gold and black marble Jacuzzi in the bedroom, the black wall-to-wall carpeting and the marble dining room table made from the same striated marble as the floor. Hammer and his wife, Stephanie, daughters Akeiba, 9, and Sarah, 3, and 18-month-old son Stanley Burrell Jr., are living in the house until it sells. With the help of a customized gym that opens onto a room with an indoor swimming pool and dual-screen large-format television set, Hammer has built up his former!65-pound, 6- foot frame to a strapping 202 pounds. With close-cropped hair and a gold earring, Hammer wears a black, gray and gold Nike warmup suit. His manner is warm but slightly wary. And while he is in the process of saying "goodbye" to his dream house, he is still house-proud. "I've had six fun years living here. But it represents the turmoil I went through the past 2-1/2 years. It reminds me of the trials and tribulations. Yeah, I'm relieved and joyous that we're going. But at the same time, I'm sad. "Material things have never affected me the way they do other people. Some people have a need and a love to make money. My thing is: I have a need to entertain and that makes money. I'll be happy in my next house. I am not defined by the material things around me." File photo After his dlsasterous attempt at gangsta rap fell flat, M.C. Hammer has changed career directions. He has a film for Showtime coming out In August called -connections* and says he has two more films In the works. It's been a rough couple of years for Stanley Kirk Burrell, who has been hit with a series of lawsuits(" You left off the 's'," he laughs when asked about the lawsuit, singular.) "I spent more than $7 million in legal fees. Contrary to popular belief, what got most crazy for me was the reality — the big price I paid for celebrity." With the Chapter 11 filing, Hammer says, "I'm not saying, 'I give up.' It's just the opposite. I'm saying, 'Enough!' I filed bankruptcy to stop the lawsuits. Lawyers are $250 an hour. Just to answer these lawsuits costs you $10,000." "I had too many friends. There were too many unnecessary jobs. I put people on my payroll who never even graduated high school and paid 'em $50,000 a year just so they could see what it was like to have money." These days, Hammer's notorious posse is down to his manager, Travis Jones, and his personal assistant, a man named Orlando. Hammer is also switching career directions, ever since his attempt to try gangsta rap, "M.C.Hammer V Inside Out," tanked. He has a film coming out for Show- time in August called "Connections" and says he has two more films in the offing. "I've toughened up and I've wis- ened up," he says. "Fortunately, none of the lawsuits or people who took advantage of me could take away my talent. God has blessed me to see the big picture — respect and honor the talent. "It was a learning experience and thank God I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had an up-close and personal conversation with God and he spanked me. I deserved it." Traffic stoppers Town gawks at stars WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Tim Allen and Kirstio Alley stopped traffic in this small town as about 2,000 people turned out to gawk at the stars filming a new movie. Main Street was shut clown for two days to allow Universal Studios to film part of "For Richer and Poorer," a comedy about New Yorkers who flee the big city and find new values among the Amish. After getting just short glimpses of the stars, the onlookers went wild when Allen came out and signed autographs. Imagine this Toni (nearly) in the buff NEW YORK — Toni Braxton is leaving little to the imagination these days. The diminutive diva poses with only a strategically-placed sheet on the cover of the latest Vibo magazine and talks sex inside. "I was 20 years old when I lost my virginity," said Braxton, 29, whose hits include "Breathe Again" and "You're Makin' Me High." The Grammy winner stressed that she's very discriminating. "I've never had a one-night stand in my life. "My criteria for having sex now is I have to be damn near in love with the person. In fact, I've recently decided I wouldn't be having sex again until I'm married." Together again Oprah, Glover to make film PHILADELPHIA — Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, who starred together 12 years ago in "The Color Purple," will be reunited in the movie version of "Beloved," Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The movie, which details the life of an escapod slave haunted by the child she murdered, will be filmed in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Civic Center is being converted into a sound stage for the film. 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