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Friday, September 30, 2011

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T-Pain - 5 O'Clock ft. Wiz Khalifa, Lily Allen

Rare Footage Of Cam'ron vs. David Arquette In Basketball!

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Big Sean Talks 'Dance (A$$)' Video & Kanye West's Fashion Line

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14-Year Old Brooklyn Kid, Brian Bradley Steals Show On X-Factor W/Rap About His Mom



A 14-year old from Brooklyn, New York could teach a few rappers a thing or two about swagger.

Brian Bradley rapped a song about keeping your eyes off of his youthful looking mother, but not before he shocked the judges, specifically Simon Cowell.

Cowell was making a comment to fellow judge L.A. Reid, about Bradley sounding like him when he commented that he didn't have a deal yet because of politics.

"Yo, wait a minute Simon, I see you," Bradley said, temporarily stunning Cowell. "What is your problem man are you serious? I saw you man. I swear to my life you're lucky we're not in the streets. Because if this was the streets this is what I'd say to you." said Bradley before asking the soundman to cue his music.

By the time Bradley was done he had won over the crowd and the judges.

"You are arrogant, obnoxious, argumentative, but you are one of the most talented young people I've head in a long, long time," Cowell told him.

L.A. Reid was just as complimentary.

"I used to run this label called Def Jam and all the years that I was there I was looking for you, but you never walked in. So I'm the luckiest guy in the world that you walked into my life today."

Bradley who goes by the rap name The Astronomical Kid, released a music video for the song last October.



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Thursday, September 29, 2011

DMX Could Do 20 Years In Jail!



Ever since DMX was released from prison I've been biting my nails and clutching my prayer cloth, but so far so good. The thing is...I think I'm more worried about him returning to the concrete hotel than he is. In a recent interview, Dark Man X said he could easily do a 20 year bid and still be killin em at 60! *blank stare*

"How? It’s a part of me. I can do [another jail sentence]. I can do it. I don’t want to. Who wants to? Nobody wants to do it, but I can do it. You don’t want to do it. But if need be, I know I can take a n***a face off, sit down and do that time. See, I’m 40. I can do 20 years. I can do 20 years and get out when I’m 60 and still be in good shape. Yeah, I don’t want to. But I know that, Hey, money [puts his hands up as if to fight], Ayyyy, ayyyy, ayyyy, ayyyy. You know? It is what it is. I’ll take a muthafucka face off, like Nicholas Cage. Real talk. Real talk."

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Mother Of Hip-Hop & Founder of Sugarhill Records Sylvia Robinson Dead At 75



Sylvia Robinson, singer, songwriter, pop music visionary and entrepreneur, died today of congestive heart failure. The longtime Englewood resident was 76 years old.

Although Robinson, who was born Sylvia Vanterpool in New York City, had hits of her own as a recording artist — including the infectious "Love is Strange," which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004, and the seductive "Pillow Talk" — she’s best known as the producer of the Sugarhill Gang’s "Rapper’s Delight," the first hip-hop hit single.

It was Robinson who put together the Sugarhill Gang, and whose Sugar Hill Records, run with her husband Joe, released the landmark disc. "Rapper’s Delight," which was co-written by Sylvia Robinson, peaked at No. 34, but that chart position doesn’t begin to measure the record’s impact. It was a shot heard ’round the world — the beginning of a revolution that would transform popular music.

Making "Rapper’s Delight" was a gutsy thing for a businesswoman to do. There was little precedent for recorded rap music, and no way to know if the audience that attended hip-hop parties would be interested in buying a single. But a trip to the New York disco Harlem World gave her a glimpse of the future — and convinced her to put her money and muscle behind the new form.

"As I was sitting there, the deejay was playing music and talking over the music, and the kids were going crazy," Robinson told The Star-Ledger in 1997. "All of a sudden, something said to me, ‘Put something like that on a record, and it will be the biggest thing.’ I didn’t even know you called it rap."

Robinson signed three local Jersey emcees and quickly cut "Rapper’s Delight." The tone of the song — like most of the material that Sugar Hill would put out — was upbeat, playful, even giddy. Robinson’s rappers bragged, but did not threaten.


Star-Ledger file photoSylvia Robinson, the visionary singer-songwriter known as "the mother of hip-hop," has died at the age of 76. She is pictured in this Star-Ledger file photo from 1973.
Robinson always insisted that a band played the riff (borrowed from Chic’s "Good Times") that underpinned the song, but it’s always been suspected that she used an instrumental for "Rapper’s Delight," and, in so doing, kick-started the movement toward sampling.

"She was really good on the artistic level," said the Sugarhill Gang’s Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, "coming up with material and shaping lyrics and melodies into a song, not just a piece of music that’s five minutes long."

After the success of "Rapper’s Delight," the Robinsons built Sugar Hill Records into the premiere hip-hop imprint of the early ’80s. The roster included many of the budding movement’s biggest names: Funky Four Plus One, the Treacherous Three, the West Street Mob.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five put out "The Message" — the first successful rap disc that foregrounded social problems — through Sugar Hill Records. Robinson co-produced the moody recording, which is now recognized as one of the most important in the history of hip-hop.

The success with Sugar Hill Records was the culmination of a long career in the entertainment industry — scouting for acts, searching for new sounds, and daring to set up her own studios and labels. First recording as Little Sylvia in the 1950s, she joined forces with Kentucky singer McHouston Baker, who taught her how to play the guitar. "Love is Strange," the biggest Mickey & Sylvia hit, topped the R&B charts in 1957.

The single shared many of the qualities of her Sugar Hill releases — it was immediate, sexy, raw, built around a catchy riff and vocal performances that radiated personality. The song would be re-recorded by Peaches & Herb, Buck Owens, and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, and prominently sampled by rapper B.o.B.

With her husband Joe, whom she married in 1964, she founded All Platinum Records in Englewood in 1968. Five years later, she recorded and released the racy "Pillow Talk," another R&B No. 1, on their Vibration imprint.





Kid Cudi On Conan O'Brien: Speaks On Copping 5 Pairs Of Nike Mags & More


Kid Cudi visited Conan O'Brien's show yesterday with tales of male groupies kissing him onstage and rocking his new Nike Mag sneakers.

The singer/rapper/actor was promoting the new season of How to Make It in America, which starts this Sunday on HBO.

Right off the bat Conan wanted to know how Cudi got his hands on a pair of the Nike Mag sneakers when only 1500 of the Back To the Future themed kicks were made.

"EBay," Cudi said. "I didn't have an eBay account before then and I just made one up and jumped on as soon as I heard. Technically I got five pair because I got my girlfriend a pair. I didn't want her made at me, so I got four for myself and one for her."

Cudi gives Conan a leather jacket he designed with Surface to Air, and also talked the weird incident at an L.A. concert when a male fan jumped onstage and kissed him in the mouth.



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Showtime Producing Documentary On The Life Of Suge Knight



Showtime Producing Documentary On The Life Of Suge Knight

Showtime has announced plans to produce a documentary based on the life of Suge Knight.

The film “will delve deep into the life and storied exploits of the Death Row Records co-founder as well as the volatile and highly influential era in music that he presided over."


Showtime promises Knight will “personally reveal exactly how it all happened, why it all fell apart, and what the next chapter holds for one of America’s most iconic and mythologized figures.”

"Suge Knight’s reputation and rise to power in the music business has become the stuff of legend,” said producer Bradley J. Fischer told CNN. “Antoine Fuqua and I are thrilled to be partnering with Showtime to tell this remarkable story and take audiences behind a curtain that most have been terrified to even approach.”

Knight will also be producing the soundtrack through his new company, Black Kapital.


No release date information is available yet.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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J. COLE'S ABOUT TO DO HIS NUMBERS!


I just heard a rumor from the AllHipHop team. First of all, I am hearing that J. Cole is expected to do roughly 250k his first week out, based on projected sales. Right now, he's the number 1 album on iTunes. But, check this out, he's also the number 10 album. His clean album is also selling. Last night, J. Cole had a party with his closest friends and industry people in the building. It was pretty cool, from what I heard. Jay-Z and Beyonce showed up to congratulate the young buck. I believe a lot of people were looking to see if Bey was still preggers since there are these crazy rumors that she is not. Anyway, it is what it is on that front! Respect! Cole World!

Trey Songz is the New Face for Rocawear’s Newest Fragrance - Evolution



R&B heartthrob Trey Songz a.k.a. “Mr. Steal Your Girl” has been steadily working his way into the hearts of R&B and Hip-Hop fans all over the world, garnering numerous

Grammy Award nominations, endorsement deals, and tons of Top 10 hit singles.

AllHipHop.com sat down to chat with Trey Songz to discuss his recent appointment as the face of Rocawear’s newest fragrance, Evolution.

“When [Rocawear] came to me about the fragrance, I only had one requirement - that it smell like something that I would actually wear and something that could evolve the fragrance industry,” said Trey Songz.

The Evolution fragrance combines top notes of Mango and mandarin, middle notes of coffee and nutmeg, and base notes of musk and amber for an alluring musky scent for men that makers say women will love.

Check out the audio interview below where Trey Songz describes the scent of the fragrance and why he embodies Evolution:

Tyrese Kicked Out of Delaware Radio Station!



Tyrese claims he was WRONGLY kicked out of a radio station in Delaware yesterday -- and it's all because he TOOK A STAND against liquor stores that operate near elementary schools.

It all happened at WJKS KISS 101.7FM in Delaware -- when Tyrese, who was invited on the show to promote his album, made a PASSIONATE statement about how liquor stores SHOULD NOT be allowed near schools...after seeing one on his way to the station.

During his rant, Tyrese told the DJ, "Get them cats out of here...selling alcohol right across from your kids school, homie -- put the pressure on them homie...you know how to put pressure on dudes selling in your 'hood."

But when the show went to commercial, Tyrese was asked to leave the building -- and the owner of the radio station confirms to TMZ that it was because he felt Tyrese was "disrespecting" the Delaware community.

After the incident, Tyrese tweeted, "I just kicked out of a radio station from a [program director] who had a problem with me speaking on liquor stores that are by elementary schools in Delaware."

He later added, "If you don't STAND for something...you will damn near fall for anything."

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Diddy Invades ATL; Hosts Hip-Hop Party During BET Awards



Hip-Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs will kick off the BET Hip-Hop Awards weekend with an exclusive party at the new Reign Night Club in Atlanta.

A number of special guests are expected to attend the upscale event, which is being promoted by longtime associate Jacob York.

"Diddy unlike most new artists, still believes in entertaining people," Jacob York told AllHipHop.com. "He cracks the mic, he engages the crowd and he brings the energy of the party to another level."

Jacob, who has managed a variety of artists throughout his career, including Cam'ron, Vado, Mase, Biggie, and others, now heads up Jacob York Presents, which is a marketing firm that specializes in corporate and music industry related events.

For Jacob York, the event business has changed along with the music industry, since he launched his company Jacob York Presents, in 2001.

"Everybody with a check book thinks they can book an artist and that makes them a promoter," Jacob York explained. "They don't care about the quality of party music or the satisfaction of the customers and it's made people not want party as much. But those of us who do try to maintain quality find ourselves having to do more or give more to customers."

Diddy's event takes place on September 29th at 11:00PM at Reign Night club, which was the old Vision night club.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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DMC Helps Raise Money For Children By Auctioning Himself Off

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels continues his work raising money for homeless and foster children, by taking part in charitybuzz' latest online auction.

DMC has partnered with charitybuzz.com, to raise funds for The New York Foundling.

One lucky winner can bid for lunch with the legendary rap star, who is a founding member of seminal hip-hop Run–DMC.

In addition to lunch with DMC, the winning bidder will also receive for VIP backstage tickets to the DMC show of their choice.

Fans of Run-DMC should not take this portion of the deal lightly.

Although there are no plans for a Run-DMC reunion as of press time, sources close to the situation told AllHipHop.com that a real possibility of a reunion between the legendary group in the very near future, exists.

Run-DMC retired shortly after the death of Jam Master Jay in 2002, but a reunion is possible, as the group continues to works out minor business details.

The New York Foundling is an organization that has been saving children and helping preserve families, while rebuilding communities since 1969.

The bidding opened today (September 27th) and is available until October 4th. The dealis valued at $10,000.

Bruno Mars' 'Breaking Dawn' Song Will Be 'Dark'

'I'm Team Bella all day,' the 'It Will Rain' singer reveals in new Billboard interview.




Bruno Mars is set to make it rain on the "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" soundtrack. Mars' track, "It Will Rain," is set to drop on Tuesday, one day after the full track list for the soundtrack hits the streets.


"After seeing the movie, I thought that it would be a perfect fit," Mars told Billboard about the lead single off the soundtrack, which is out on November 8 (just 10 days before the movie hits theaters). "The 'Twilight' movies for me [are] a love story. But it's a dark love story," he added. "And I think the best way to describe the song is: It's the darker side of love. I think that pretty much sums it up."

And while the singer didn't reveal any plot details in the chat, he did weigh in on the biggest conundrum of our time: Is he Team Edward or Team Jacob? "Do I wear a Team Jacob shirt or a Team Edward shirt?" Mars teased. You know what? I'm Team Bella all day."

So how did the song come together? The VMA-nominated singer said it "started off with me and the guitar, and I just had this melody in my head and basically laid it down after I saw the film." Mars also said he saw "most of the movie" so he "could catch the vibe and feel where they were going with it."

But since he didn't see a final cut, he has no idea where his song will get placed. "As long as it's not after the credits," Mars joked. "I hope it's in a good [scene]!"

Mars and the Smeezingtons had been working on the track before Bruno was asked to contribute to the soundtrack. In fact, earlier this summer, Mars teased MTV News that he had a song he was super excited to share with his Hooligans, though it's unclear if "It Will Rain" is the same song. "I'm definitely thinking about what's next," he said in August. "I've got a song that I just wrote that I'm extremely proud of and I worked really hard on, and it's gonna come out soon."

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: Pusha T Fires A Scud Missile At Drake



I don't know what happened with these dudes, but it looks like Pusha T is going at Drizzy int his new freestyle. Peep some of the quotables:

“Rappers on their sophomores, actin’ like they boss lords/ Fame such a funny thing for sure, when ni**as start believing all them encores/ I’m just the one to send you off, bonjour/ See yourself as I pull up in that mirror tint/ Skins vs. blouses, you mirror Prince, ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ all of you Neal Brennans, sketch comedy, who is for real penning?”

“The talk don’t match the leather, the swag don’t match the sweaters, the wolves don’t walk with shepherds/ These Margiela verses all you mall dwellers, off the rack suits looking like pallbearers.”

Remember, Pusha and Malice as The Clipse had major beef with Lil Wayne for stealing their swag. This whole thing may be starting up again.

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Michael Jackson death photo shown to jury in Conrad Murray Trial



The manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal doctor began Tuesday with a shocking photo of the singer's dead body and an eerie recording his voice slurring through a purported propofol haze.

The prosecution picture projected in the courtroom showed Jackson's lifeless body on a hospital gurney under the powerful heading "Homicide."

The almost incoherent recording, also presented by prosecutors, was retrieved from defendant Dr. Conrad Murray's iPhone with a time stamp of May 10, 2009 - about a month before Jackson died from an overdose of the surgery-strength anesthetic propofol on June 25.

"When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go,'" Jackson is heard saying in painfully slow, clearly intoxicated speech.

"I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson's Children's Hospital," the labored voice from beyond the grave continued.

"This voice recording documents Michael Jackson highly under the influence of unknown agents," prosecutor David Walgren told jurors during his opening statement.

"(It documents) Conrad Murray's knowledge of what he is doing to Michael Jackson," Walgren said before hammering the Houston cardiologist for his "extreme deviations" from medical standards.

Walgren said Murray pumped Jackson with propofol as part of a lethal cocktail of drugs then abandoned the singer to make calls and return emails the morning of June 25, 2009.

He said Murray did not have the proper equipment to administer the dangerous anesthetic, waited 25 minutes to call 911 when he noticed Jackson wasn't breathing and "deceived" paramedics and emergency room doctors by not telling them about the propofol when "specifically asked."

In short, he said Murray failed to act like a doctor, and his negligence caused Jackson's death.

"Conrad Murray, with his eyes on an anticipated $150,000 (per month) lucrative contract, instead agreed to provide Michael massive amounts of propofol on a regular basis in complete disregard of all acceptable standards of medical care," Walgren said.

Jackson's famous sister Janet Jackson, his parents and several other siblings filled the downtown courtroom for the first day of the long-awaited trial.

The entertainer's three children were not present, but his eldest son and daughter could be called during the trial since they witnessed some of the chaotic resuscitation attempt.

Murray, 58, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and faces up to four years in prison and a likely loss of his medical license if convicted.

His defense lawyer started his opening statement saying Jackson was responsible for his own death.

Ed Chernoff told jurors that the King of Pop woke during Murray's absence and self-administered enough extra propofol to create a "perfect storm" that killed him "so instantly he didn't even have time to close his eyes."

Murray, who dabbed tears during his lawyer's statements, earlier told investigators that Jackson used propofol for his insomnia - calling it his "milk" -- and that he was trying to wean the 136-pound performer from his addiction over a two-month period of nightly doses.

"Good morning! On way to court. Wish all parties involved were on trial. And not just Murray," Jackson's sister LaToya Jackson said on Twitter before walking through the circus of fans outside the courthouse. "This is DEFINITELY SEEMS LIKE A STRAIGHT MURDER TRIAL!!!!"


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Petey Pablo Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Gun Conviction


Rapper Petey Pablo has been sentenced to spend 35 months in federal prison after trying to take a loaded, stolen handgun through a NC airport last year.

Pablo -- famous for hits like "Freak-A-Leek" and "Raise Up" -- had pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen firearm in a North Carolina courtroom.

As TMZ previously reported, officials found the loaded weapon in Pablo's bag when it went through an X-ray machine at the security checkpoint.

An investigation revealed the gun was stolen in a home burglary in Gardena, CA back in 2005.

No word on when Pablo is set to begin his sentence.

Eric B. & Rakim Nominated For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame


Eric B. & Rakim have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rakim is revered in the hip-hop community for his complex rhymes and delivery. He and dj Eric B. enjoyed huge success in the late 80's and early 90's with hits like "Eric B Is President," "I Aint No Joke," "Juice (Know the Ledge)" and "Microphone Fiend."

They recorded four albums together before Rakim went solo.

This is the first nomination for the duo.

Other nominess include War, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses, The Beastie Boys, the Cure, Heart, the Spinners and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Freddie King and The Small Faces/The Faces.

The New York Times broke down the method used to pick the nominees.


The nominees were chosen by 40 critics and musicologists who serve on the hall’s nominating committee. The ballots will now be sent to a larger group of 500 critics, musicians and industry professionals who vote on them. Every year, the hall inducts at least five artists or groups from the list. The choices are announced in late November and a ceremony will be held to honor the inductees on April 14.

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Jay-Z To Welcome Brooklyn Nets With Eight-Show Concert Series



Hov will celebrate his team with a string of performances in Brooklyn, New York.

In addition to announcing the team's new name as Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z will headline a series of shows at Brooklyn, New York's new arena that opens next fall.

According to NYDN, Hov, who's a part-owner in the basketball team, will perform the shows at the Barclays Center, which will open on September 28, 2012. Sources say that Beyonce, who will have given birth to their first child, will appear at one of the shows, while special performers will grace the stage at others.

The Brooklyn, New York rapper will appear this morning with developer Bruce Ratner and Borough President Marty Markowitz to announce the details of the shows at the Prospect Heights construction site.

"I'm going to open the building with a couple of concerts... maybe like eight," he told MyFoxNY, also explaining the name change. "You know what it is, it's deep love. Biggie had a line 'spread love that's the Brooklyn way. It's a deep love we have for our heroes. We walk around with that."


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9th Wonder Talks 'The Wonder Years' Album, Teaching At Duke, NYU


As 9th Wonder's new album The Wonder Years nears a release, check out our exclusive interview, where the Grammy award-winning producer talks about his latest project.

The Wonder Years, 9th's fourth compilation, features appearances by Raekown, Erykah Badu, Marsha Ambrosius, Talib Kweli, Mac Miller and many more.

Also uuring the interview, the N.C. beatmaker talked about his work as a teacher at Duke and New York universities.


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Amber Rose To Pen Books About "Love, Heartbreak, Sex & Betrayal"



Amber Rose has decided to add being an author to her resume'.

Wiz Khalifa's main lady revealed details about her plans to start writing books via her whosay.com account.


I have decided that I will write books. Something u may not know about me is that I've been writing stories for a long time it was always something personal for me but now I'm ready to share my stories with the world. My books are about being in Love, Heartbreak, Sex, betrayal and all of the things that I've been thru in my life. Stories that will make u feel many emotions based on true events of my past and present. I hope u are as excited to read my books as I am to write them for u -Amb

Benedict hires new football coach



Benedict hires new football coach: Benedict College hired James Woody as the school's new football coach.  Woody replaces Stan Conner, who was fired Friday.

“I'm really looking forward to get going,” Woody said. “My first priority here is to make sure we put a team on the field that can be competitive - competitive week in and week out.”

Woody comes to Benedict with 25 years of experience as an assistant coach, most recently at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Conner was fired a day after the Tigers fell to Fort Valley State 40-23, dropping to 1-3 on the season. Expectations were high for Benedict coming into the start of the season.

“We are very appreciative of the work of Coach Conner,” said Willie Washington, Benedict College Director of Athletics. “But as life has it, changes take place, and this is one of those changes that occurred here at Benedict College.”

Woody will coach his first game October 1st against Miles College in Augusta, GA.

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Just this year actor/handsome fella Michael Fassbender has starred in "Jane Eyre," "X-Men: First Class," "A Dangerous Method," and "Shame," so he's already basically proven he's an acting machine. Now he may just cement that.

With shooting scheduled to ramp up at the beginning of next year, director José Padilha ("Elite Squad" 1 and 2) has told Brazillian TV channel Globo 1 that he wants none other than Mr. Fassbender to be his Alex Murphy in the remake of "Robocop."
Through the magic of choppy Portuguese translation, Bleeding Cool has gotten some semblance of what Padilha said on the show, which is very open for a filmmaker in such early stages on a major project:

"I can’t talk yet, it’s too early to speak, but there are some actors I like. I really like the Fassbender, I’d like to talk to him — I’ll talk to him. There’s a possibility… and there’s a lot of other great actors that would play Robocop. But that’s the idea, to film around January, February, March."

There you have it. Now it's a really good possibility The Last Fassbender will turn the cyborg-tastic project down, especially after already doing the android two-step for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus."

Is Fassbender a good choice to fill Peter Weller's shoes? Fo sho. He is calm, collected, German (actually that's Klaus from "Life Aquatic," but you get the point) and ready to conquer marquee stardom in a big way. Becoming a kill-crazy Spartan for "300" or donning Magneto's big funny helmet and cape was a good start, but if he's gonna do this whole movie star-thing for serious he's gonna need to bring out the big guns. If he's Robocop, that big gun will be holstered inside his leg.

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Atlanta rapper/singer Cee-Lo Green has been tapped to star alongside Whitney Houston in the remake of the movie "Sparkle."

The upcoming version of "Sparkle" is a remake of the 1976 film that followed the careers of three sisters in Harlem who become a successful girl group.

The original version of the film was set in the late 1950s, while the updated version takes place in 1968, in Detroit.

According to Variety, the movie also stars a number of other famous actors.

In addition to Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick, comedian Mike Epps has a role in the film, while R. Kelly has signed on to write an original music for the film.

In related news, Cee-Lo Green has been tapped to voice the role of "Murray the Mummy" mommy in the upcoming animated movie titled “Hotel Transylvania.”

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With over ten years in the rap game, Raekwon has much more to offer the culture in his future.

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According to reports, Jay-Z will headline the first concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Jay-Z, who is a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets, is scheduled to make the announcement on Monday at 10 a.m. about the Barclays Center, which will be home to the Brooklyn-bound Nets in 2012.

A press conference will be held outside of Atlantic Terminal, across the street from the Barclays basketball arena, which is still under-construction, to announce Jay-Z's grand opening performance in September 2012.

In April, Nets officials announced that the Barclays Center would open on Sept. 28, 2012, with a series of concerts and shows, leading up to the Nets inaugural season.

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Morgan Freeman Calls Out Tea Party as "Racist"



Morgan Freeman polarized viewers when he described the Tea Party as having a racist agenda in its opposition of President Barack Obama.

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His comments immediately sparked a slew of reactions around the Web, with people hitting Twitter, Facebook and the comments section of THR's own story to weigh in. Their reactions clearly put them in one of two camps, either supporting or criticizing the actor.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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Sometimes I feel bad for Amber Rose. She seems like she really wants to do the right thing, but the wrong things keep happening. She's got to get herself out of this one though. I'm with Africa! For example, she made a statement about Ghana and that there was no middle class. Well, somebody got out there computer and wrote Amber a lil' letter. Like to hear it? Here it go:

“Did I hear Amber Rose say there are no middle class people in Ghana? And it is either people are extremely rich or extremely poor? I am a living testimony and a true proof that, she is totally uninformed about Ghanaians.

I am not extremely rich and neither am I extremely poor to be living in gutters or dirt as she puts it. I am a middle class Ghanaian and my family has always been middle class. There are several middle class Ghanaians out there living comfortably and not in dirt.

It is absurd enough to bring Amber Rose to Ghana to headline a concert as the only decent credibility this chick carries around is ‘ex-girlfriend of Kanye West’. I therefore expected that she should at least be coached if she is dumb enough not to know that we have middle class Ghanaians.

Not only did Amber Rose parade her ignorance as far as the economic strata of Ghanaians/Africans are concerned, she also presented her view as if there are no poor people in America where she comes from. There are people out there in America living in far disgusting conditions than those she spotted in Ghana.

If someone like Amber Rose wants to comment on Ghana, the best is for her to be informed on what she is saying…And why does she think Ghana is entirely Africa? Gosh! Africa is a continent, Ghana is a country and she just visited Ghana, we have 53 countries in Africa.”

Amber shot back apologetically:

“People have to understand that this is my first time in Africa. This is not my culture. I have never been here so if I said anything to hurt anyone’s feelings then I am really, really sorry. I saw that a lot of people on twitter said ‘don’t just show the poverty, show the rich people’. But for me, the rich people aren’t doing anything for the little kids and the people that are living in poverty so I don’t want to go hang out with the rich people. I wanted to see the kids in poverty. I grew up very poor. So I wanted to go see them, help them, talk to them and inspire them to let them know they could possibly be somebody great. They can be somebody great. So I want everyone in Ghana to know that I wasn’t just saying that ‘Ghana is a poor country and no one should ever come here.’ Anyone that I have spoken to about Ghana since I have been here, I have been saying that it’s such an amazing place. And I’m sorry for not posting pictures of rich people, but it just wasn’t for me to do.”

I think everyone in the States, they have a perception of Africa that it is all dirt roads, people are extremely poor. What I’ve noticed about Africa, since I’ve been here is, that people are either extremely rich or extremely poor. There is no middle class at all.”

What I found funny is Amber was out in Africa giving girls advice on how not to be a stripper. LOL!!

“I went & spoke 2 young girls at an Islamic school in Ghana today about Girl Power education & not falling into the wrong lifestyle as I did as a young girl. I made a lot of mistakes in my life & they’ve come back to haunt me, but now I have the opportunity 2 talk to girls all over the world & to let them know that they should chose a better way & not follow in my footsteps. These girls are Awesome & it was a true blessing meeting them today they have inspired me! #InspireGirls #GirlPower :-) ”

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Former Bad Boy Rapper G. Dep Loses Bid To Get Murder Charge Reduced



Former Bad Boy Records rapper G. Dep is facing a minimum of 15 years in prison, after prosecutors refused to downgrade a murder charge to manslaughter on Thursday (September 22nd).

The rapper entered a Manhattan police station last year and admitted to a 17-year-old shooting.

He was arrested after police reopened the cold case and learned that the victim, John Henkel, died from his gunshot wounds.

G. Dep., born Trevell Coleman, was hoping to have the charge reduced to manslaughter, since he confessed, as part of a 12-step drug rehab program.

According to the New York Post, G. Dep must either take the deal or face trial and a possible lengthier sentence for the shooting, which occurred during a robbery in 1993.

"His decision was made for all the right reasons," the lawyer reportedly said. "The DA should ask themselves whether they made their decision for the right reasons."

G. Dep has pleaded not guilty and will face trial in November if he does not accept the plea deal offered by prosecutors on Thursday.

Exclusive: Henchman Hires Gerald Shargel, Statement Issued; Machine Gun Charges Unveiled



Embattled Hip-Hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has been indicted for allegedly possessing a machine gun and a silencer.

The New York Post reports that assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky unveiled the new charges yesterday (September 23rd) in court.

The machine gun and silencer was found in one of Rosemond's properties during raids conducted by the DEA, during the investigation into his $10,000,000 a year cocaine ring.

To defend himself from the cocaine and machine gun charges, Rosemond has retained the services of high-powered attorney Gerald Shargel.

In addition to representing John Gotti and Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, Gerald Shargel successfully defended Irv and Chris "Gotti" Lorenzo against money laundering charges, when the brothers were acquitted in December of 2005.

"This is my kind of case and it is my privilege to represent Jimmy," Gerald Shargel told AllHipHop.com, while remaining tightlipped about the defense strategy for obvious reasons.

Rosemond could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison on the machine gun charges alone, while he is facing life in prison for allegedly running a continuous criminal enterprise.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that during a hearing yesterday, assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky revealed more details into how Rosemond's drug operation managed to ship cocaine across the country, in shipping crates used to house musical equipment.

Members of the organization, including Rosemond's older brother Kesnar Rosemond, 50, would obtain the identities of people from loan applications that were submitted to an unnamed New York car dealership.

Accounts were then opened at FedEx and Rock–It Cargo, where millions of dollars in cocaine was sent to various recording studios in New York and Los Angeles, with the proceeds being sent to drop boxes on the West coast, in vacuum sealed bags with mustard, to throw off the scent of any dogs sniffing for currency.

Last week, Rock-It Cargo issued a statement denying any knowledge of the criminal enterprise's activities, while reassuring its customers that their shipments were secure.

Rosemond's brother Kesnar has already pleaded guilty to the charges of distributing cocaine and he is also accused of making side deals with various suppliers, without the knowledge of his younger brother.

At its height, Rosemond's company CZAR Entertainment handled the careers of artists like Game, Akon, Brandy, Sean Kingston, Wyclef, Mario Winans and others.

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T.I. is currently in an Atlanta halfway house wrapping up an 11-month sentence for violating his probation.

The rapper is allowed to work however, and has been knocking out tunes with Pharell Williams and Big K.R.I.T.

DJ Drama says the Grand Hustle CEO is working at a rapid pace.

"I was in there the other day, by the second day that I went in I had already heard like 13, 14 songs; new songs," Drama told XXL. "Pharrell came the other day when I was in there. He dropped off a couple new joints. He already sent something the day before. That was done.”

Tip is expected to drop a new song next week featuring Big K.R.I.T.

T.I.'s incarceration may have actually benefited one of his business ventures. A rep for his AKOO clothing line told TMZ that sales increased 25% while the rapper was away.

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In the high stakes battle for Hip Hop superiority, it appears that the two top money earners in the rap game – Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Sean "Diddy" Combs respectively – are in a quiet duel to become the first billionaires by way of their shared industry.

With various streams of revenue flowing for both savvy businessmen, some unrelated to music, the potential is vast for both men according to a recent analysis from Forbes magazine. However, another Hip Hop mogul believes he and his team will eclipse Jay-Z and Diddy in the money race all in due time.
CEO of Cash Money Records Brian “Birdman” Williams threw his and protégé Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint names into the billionaire sweepstakes pot, defiantly stating that the YMCMB machine is well on its way to the top. “I think Young Money Cash Money would be the first billion-dollar brand in hip-hop,” said Birdman plainly in an email to Forbes referencing his label ventures. “We strong and growing every day as a brand and fast. Within the next few years we will be billionaires.”

According to Forbes numbers, Diddy is at the halfway mark with an estimated net worth of $500 million, much of that tied up in Diddy’s business ventures such as his Sean John and Enyce clothing lines along with his stake in Ciroc vodka. Jay-Z is right behind his rich pal with assets that include a lucrative $10 million dollar Live Nation deal, the 40/40 club chain, cosmetic company Carol’s Daughter and his partial ownership of the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets amongst other deals. Continuing the dollar tally, only Dr. Dre and 50 Cent are within range for the coveted billionaire status.

Friday, September 23, 2011

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Troy Davis Is Not Dead



There is yet another great and bloody gash on the soul of America right now, because we allowed a state-sponsored killing of a potentially innocent man to occur in our name, on our watch. Fellow Americans, we must end the uncivilized and inhuman act of the death penalty, of killing people convicted of or believed to be murderers, immediately. If slavery was barbaric and morally wrong in its time, then the death penalty is barbaric and morally wrong in ours. Troy Davis should not be physically dead but, alas, he is.

I feel immense sorrow, was unable to sleep last night, and my very sincere prayers are both with the family of slain police officer Mark MacPhail, and with Troy Davis’ loved ones. We have two tragic life endings on our hands, separated by 22 years, millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and bottomless divisions in how and why a murder case should be handled and judged.

For in executing Troy Davis he has been made a martyr, a symbol of a new movement of awareness about our very busted criminal justice system, of how much race and class come into play when deciding who will be imprisoned, and for how long, who will be executed, and why, and what people are more likely to be executed for killing those not their race. Specifically when Black folks are charged with killing White folks. And, yes, I am aware that a White man named Lawrence Russell Brewer of Texas was executed, coincidentally, on the same day as Troy Davis, for the 1998 truck-dragging murder of a Black man, James Byrd. But, one, it is so rare that a White person is ever convicted (or put to death) for the killing of a Black person, or a Latino person, or an Asian person or a Native American person, in our America. And, second and most important, I am in complete opposition to the death penalty, and that means I did not want Mr. Brewer to be executed either, no matter how apparent his guilt was in the James Byrd death. Neither Lawrence Russell Brewer nor Troy Davis should be physically dead but, alas, they are.

Yet in spite of the racial realities of America, still, a progressive, multicultural army of concerned citizens came together to make our voices heard, in support of Troy Davis, in opposition to the death penalty. I have been an activist of some sort for 27 long years and I can tell you of the numerous movements and mini-movements I’ve ever been a part of, few have been as empowering and uplifting as the work to spare Troy Davis’ life. You could see and feel this online, on facebook, on twitter, in the many email exchanges and forwards. You could see and feel this in the too-many-to-count blogs that have been posted. And I certainly could feel and see it last night at our Brooklyn, New York rally and vigil for Troy Davis, where people of all races, all faiths (or none at all), all avenues of life, came together, in solidarity, for a cause that mattered as much to them as their own lives.


That is why I think it important that well-meaning Americans of whatever background read Michelle Alexander’s astonishing book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Ms. Alexander is a legal scholar and college professor who painstakingly puts down the facts about America’s “prison-industrial complex,” and how it has disproportionately affected people of color. I visit American prisons regularly and have seen first-hand the legions of Black and Latino males locked up for years, for life, or those languishing on death rows, awaiting their capital punishment. Troy Davis happens to be the most famous death penalty case in American history, but real change will only occur when we begin to understand this is a catastrophic crisis deeply woven into the American social fabric and justice system.

Yes, there should be penalties for crimes in America, but there is something critically wrong when Black males only make up a small percentage of the total American population yet are the highest percentile of American prison inmates, of inmates on death row, or individuals with criminal records which will follow many of them for the remainder of their physical lives.



Indeed I thought of this and so much more as I assembled with that mostly young and very multicultural group at Downtown Brooklyn’s The House of the Lord church for the Troy Davis rally and vigil last night. We had no real structure for the program, no idea what was going to happen, but we were clear, as were thousands of others similarly gathered across America, and the world, that we could not go through this modern-day lynching of Troy Davis alone. So we created spaces for ourselves, we burned candles, we marched, we rallied, we prayed, we cried, we held hands, and we Americans hugged strangers in a way I had not seen since the night Barack Obama was elected president and, before that, not since the September 11th tragedy.

For me personally my emotions and spirit felt twisted in a hurricane, like a thick tree broken at its root, because I could not help thinking that I, a Black male in America, could very easily be in Troy Davis’ position. To be sure, some one hundred years ago, White males summarily murdered my great-grandfather, Baine Powell, from my mother’s side of our Low Country South Carolina family, in his community because they coveted his business independence and his 400 acres of land. His widow was left with three mere acres and children to raise solo. As the story goes the fear and trauma left by the killing of my great-grandfather led many of my kinfolk to flee that community, fearing it could happen to them, too. While others stayed, paralyzed with that fear, the story passed from one generation to another in hushed tones of trepidation and warning.

Thus, for some Americans, there is a painful memory of lynchings, of people watching, celebrating, and smiling when a Black man was executed, in many cases for a crime with untrustworthy witnesses and flimsy evidence, as was the situation with Troy Davis. That is why so many took to the social networks and used the term lynching without apology. And these were not just Black folks saying this either. For all Americans know, even in the quiet spaces of our minds, what America’s shaky history is around justice. Matter of fact, when Larry Cox of Amnesty International came out of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison (yes, that is the real name) after witnessing Troy Davis’ execution last night, he declared, pointedly, "I'm deeply ashamed of my country."

Does not mean that Mr. Cox, or any of us, are unpatriotic. On the contrary patriotism means, for me, that I love America so much, know its history so well, know its soul, heart, and mind so intimately, that I am clear what the potential is for America. But we will never achieve that potential, and will forever be semi-participants in the democracy and freedom social experiment, for ourselves, for the world, as long as things like the death penalty, poverty, ghettos, a dysfunctional public school system, and the absence of real-life economic opportunities for each and every American are alive and well.


So if there is ever a time for a national gut check, it is right here. For example, that means that so many people, especially in the state of Georgia, could have said their political careers are less important than murdering a potentially innocent man. Be it the five people who sit on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, or the Chatham County (Savannah) District Attorney, or the judge who signed Troy Davis’ death warrant on September 6, one after another refused to budge, or said they were powerless to do anything further. It makes you wonder how any of these folks can look themselves in the mirror on any given day, how they can, from one January to the next, celebrate the life and teachings of Georgia native son Martin Luther King, Jr., yet casually ignore one of his last lessons about us human beings needing to practice “a dangerous kind of selflessness.” What these officials did, instead, was turn their ears and hearts off from people the world over, hid behind timid statements and telephone and fax busy signals, and either claimed someone else had more power than they, or they simply refused to acknowledge the 7 of 9 witnesses who recanted their stories, the lack of consistent and concrete evidence, and the moral outrage that poured in from Pope Benedict XVI, former president Jimmy Carter, former FBI Director (under President Ronald Reagan) William S. Sessions, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, six prison wardens, and over one million signed petitions.

We can run but we cannot hide, and I sincerely hope the Troy Davis case also increases voter participation in Georgia threefold, especially among younger voters, and that Georgians vote out of office district attorneys, judges, and any elected official who did not listen to the cries of the people at an hour such as this. If not now, then when? If not for we the people, then for whom do you work? But this is what happens when people with clear and multiple political aspirations and clear and multiple political agendas put their careers and maneuverings for power ahead of the people. All the Georgia officials who, at one point or another over the past 20 years have crossed paths with the Troy Davis case, now have to live, for the rest of their physical lives, with the reality that they all took part in a state-sponsored murder. And did little to nothing to halt it.

Indeed, no one that I know, including me, was even remotely suggesting that Troy Davis should have been freed from jail. No. Just make it a life sentence is what I have stated publicly, especially under that huge cloud of doubt. But there is simply no way to kill the spirit of a man, a human being, who maintained his innocence right to the very end, as that lethal injection ended his life at 11:08Pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. As I said in a previous blog, I do not know what happened on the night of August 19, 1989, but I just cannot subscribe to the notion of an eye for an eye. If it was wrong for Officer MacPhail to be killed, then it was also wrong for Troy Davis to be killed. Either we human beings, in America, in the world, are going to practice peace, love, nonviolence, compassion, and mercy toward each other, or we are going to continue down a path toward the destruction of us all, one community after another, one nation after another, one life after another. I am not sure what God you worship, but the one I celebrate does not condone any of this.

Likewise I categorically refuse to walk down that path of despair and hopelessness, for the work for justice is just beginning. Let us see the possibilities created by the short lives of both Officer Mark MacPhail and Troy Davis. Let us pray that the families of Officer MacPhail and Troy Davis one day come together to find the entire truth of what occurred, and become an extraordinary symbol of human unity and human understanding. Let us latch ourselves to that old but reliable mule called history and recall that it took a progressive, multicultural coalition of people power, committed for years, to end slavery in America. That same super-charged energy brought us the presidency of Barack Obama in 2008. So I am convinced that we can come together, stay together, and be together, in this moment, to create a movement to end the death penalty in America and on this planet, once and for all.

And when we do this, Troy Davis’ execution shall not be in vain—



Kevin Powell is an activist and public speaker based in Brooklyn, New York. A nationally acclaimed writer, Kevin is also the author or editor of 10 books. His 11th, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: And Other Blogs and Essays, will be published January 2012. Email him at kevin_powell, or follow him on Twitter @kevin_powell