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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Davis execution delayed as Supreme Court weighs plea

Convicted killer Troy Davis filed an eleventh-hour plea Wednesday evening asking the Supreme Court to stop Georgia authorities from executing him for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer.

The 7 p.m. execution time passed, and state officials waited for a response from the Supreme Court, which had no deadline for a decision.

"We are in a delay, waiting for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court," Peggy Chapman of the Georgia Department of Corrections told NBC News. "There has not been a reprieve issued."

Hundreds of Davis supporters gathered outside the Jackson prison and lined a nearby highway. Crowds cheered and sang "We Shall Overcome" as news of the lethal-injection delay spread. Police in full riot gear were on hand to deal with any possible disturbance if the execution goes ahead.

The last-ditch effort with the U.S. Supreme Court came just 45 minutes before the execution was scheduled and after state officials refused to grant Davis a reprieve in the face of calls for clemency from former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI and others.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Georgia's Supreme Court had rejected a last appeal by Davis’ lawyers. Earlier, a Butts County Superior Court judge also declined to stop the execution.

Producer Cardiak Talks About Crafting Hits For 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks & Upcoming Projects

A lot of fans may have heard of producer Cardiak for the first time when he produced Lloyd Banks' club banger "Start It Up." But the New Jersey based beat maker has a long list of artists he's crafted hits for.

50 Cent, Ace Hood, Young Chris, Joe Budden, Freeway, Havoc, Meek Mill, Lola Monroe, Lil Twist, Fabolous and Mike Knox have all worked with the producer.

Cardiak recently talked to HipHopNMore about what it's been like working with the G-Unit camp.

"Me and Banks have a lot of records done for his next studio album and ‘Cold Corner 2′. The mixtape will be out very soon," Cardiak said.

Besides "Start It Up," Cardiak has produced other tracks for Banks, including "On My Way" from the 2009 Cold Corner mixtape, as well as "Take Em To War" and "Unexplainable" for The Hunger For More 2.

The producer hopes to get in more work with 50 Cent. The two have banged out one hit so far, the hard hitting "Outlaw." Cardiak wants to work more with the G-Unit boss.

"I actually made that beat a year and a half ago. ‘Outlaw’ was one of the first tracks 50 recorded I believe. I actually submitted it to Tony G over at G-Unit for Banks," explains Cardiak "I remember it being in one of the batches. Then Tony hit me up a couple weeks later saying 50 wanted to use it. ‘Outlaw’ is actually the only track we have done right now. But I know he liked a couple joints I played for him so who knows."

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Russell Simmons Looking To Buy TV Network "There's A Lack Of Integration In Hollywood"

When music mogul Russell Simmons tries his hand at something the results are generally very successful.

From starting Def Jam Records, to creating Phat Farm clothing, Simmons has demonstrated that he knows a lot about presenting the right idea at the right time.

With that being said, Uncle Rush has decided to buy a television network.

“I am going to buy a TV network," he told the Wall Street Journal. "When mainstream networks say diversity, they mean segregation. ‘Let’s do some more black TV.’ Instead, there’s all these cultures that should be more integrated properly," he explained. “Instead of giving Paris Hilton a show, for example, you could do one with Amber Rose. You’d be better off. One is hot, the other is not. Networks are a little slow in how mainstream culture is shifting. There’s a lack of integration in Hollywood, and I want to address that.”

Simmons added that he is working on the project with Hollywood producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and that an announcement would be made soon.

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'Dancing With The Stars' Results: Ron Artest First To Go

Lakers star — now known as Metta World Peace — couldn't cut it in week one.

As much as the studio crowd might have been rooting for World Peace, they didn't get it. Basketball star Ron Artest — now known as Metta World Peace — couldn't garner enough votes with his cha-cha and was the first to go on season 13 of "Dancing With the Stars." The field of 12 competing couples was trimmed down to 11, and the L.A. Lakers player and partner Peta Murgatroyd were sent packing.

The first elimination round was action-packed. The professional dancers kicked things off with a sizzling group number set to an amped-up version of Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," followed by the gradual, performance-interspersed reveal of the couples named to the bottom three: Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, Metta and Murgatroyd and later Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus.

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