Friday, November 30, 2012

Kanye West Dragged Into Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries Divorce Battle

Kanye West is now officially a part of his girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s divorce case from Kris Humphries.

Humphries’ attorney Marshall Waller made the Louis Vuitton Don sit for a deposition Wednesday in a case that seems to be getting messier by the day.

Ms. Kardashian is now handcuffed to Kris Humphries,” says Kardashian attorney Laura Wasser. “These delays are forcing her to be married. She wants to dissolve her marriage so she can move on with her life. I don’t think Kris has a case, it’s a fishing expedition.

According to TMZ, Waller and Humphries are now asking about the prenup Kris signed, which gives him nothing. Waller has yet to depose Kardashian.

Waller told the judge on Wednesday that “All she has to do is agree to an annulment.” However, he did notify the judge that the witnesses he wanted to depose were making it difficult for him because “these people are hard to locate.”
Humphries is also demanding that Kardashian return the $750,000, 20.5 carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring. So far Kardashian has refused to do so.
Kardashian has been trying to get divorced for over a year and a half after seperating from Humpries 72 days into the marriage.

Courtesy Of SupremeReaction

Eve Talks About Interracial Relationships With Hot 97

 Eve is still adjusting to the fact that she's dating a white guy.
The former Ruff Ryder, who is recording a new album, recently sat down for a chat with Hot 97 to discuss how things are in her life now. For starters, the rapper has moved to London to live with her British millionaire boyfriend Maximillion Cooper.
While she didn't mention how they met, she said they've been together for more than three years and people still give her a little flack for dating outside of her race.
"People came at me like, ‘I can’t believe you’re dating a white dude and you don’t like black dudes no more.’ I’m like, ‘I love black men, it just so happens that my heart went this way right now," she said, adding that she really needs people to stop caring about the topic of interracial dating all together.
Breaking the news to her parents was a whole different issue because Eve characterizes her father as man that seems to follow the principles of Louis Farrakhan. But as long as Max is treating Eve right, they've got no problem with Eve's British beau. “My family is happy, though. [My pops], he’s cool with it," the rapper shared. "He still keeps calling him ‘my friend.’ He’s always like, ‘How’s your friend?’ I’m like, it’s been almost three years [laughs]. But, it’s good.”
Still, Eve admits that being with Maximillion is out of the norm for what she grew up with. "I gotta say, it is weird for me that I’m with a white dude. Trust me," said Eve. While Max isn't the first White guy she's been on a date with, being with Eve is really new for him, too.
"I look at him sometimes and I’m like, ‘You are so white.’ Seriously!"Eve joked, adding that she's had to school him about Black women and our beauty rituals. " I’m the first black girl he’s ever been with, so we are learning. Trust me, he’s been through Weave 101."
She added, "We learn a lot about each other.” One of the things Max is still learning about is Eve's early days in the rap game, and it seems he doesn't take her old image very seriously. He knows about Eve being the Pitbull In A Skirt...and he thinks it's adorable. "He still can't understand it. He thinks it's all cute, which also annoys me sometimes," Eve shared. "He's like 'look how cute you are.' and I'm like, 'Nah, I was hard!'"
And with the holidays upon us, DJ Angie Martinez was curious about how Christmas with their families has been. Was it Guess Who? moment? "It's different for him, but it's different for me too," said Eve."Christmas dinner, I had to get used to parsnips and turnips, and that's fine. They taste good, but you know it's different."
Eve's not quite as open to change with everything, though. "I do look at him and be like, 'I can't believe I'm with a White guy,'" she said. "I don't let him dance. It's not going down. I tell him, 'Look like a pimp. I will dance around you.' I don't let him dance. He can do a lot of things, but he cannot dance."
A rapper moving to London to be with her British boo sounds like a plot line just made for reality TV, but don't expect Eve to have cameras following her around any time soon. "I couldn't do it in a way that they're in my face a lot," Eve explained. "Never say never, but not right now."
Speaking of reality TV, her ex-boyfriend Stevie J caused quite a stir on "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" this year.  Eve can't  say for sure what
"I haven't watched it," Eve asserted. "I just can't allow myself, but trust me when I tell you, people give me updates. What can I say. I was young and dumb. What I hear is out of control."

One of the first people she heard from about the show—and about Stevie J's antics. Though she is loathe to admit it. Stevie was first love and none of the things she's heard about Stevie has come s a shock to her. "I'm not surprised. That's what makes it bad," said Eve, who still does't know what initially attracted her to Stevie on a romantic level even though she acknowledges his talent. "I can't even blame it on drugs or nothing. I wish I could!"
 
 
 
Courtesy Of S2S

Wiz Khalifa And Amber Rose Getting Married In Two Weeks

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 Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose will be man and wife before their little one arrives!
The old saying goes, "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby carriage." Though Amber and Wiz are a very modern couple, if a little unconventional, they intend to stick with tradition where their family is concerned.
It was only last year that Amber was gushing about how she and Wiz plan to start a family. This year, the pair got engaged and revealed months later that Amber is expecting, arguably making her one of the most stylish pregnant women ever! With the baby due early next year, they can't wait to make things official. 
“We’re gonna get married before she has the baby and then do the wedding afterwards," he told  Larry King recently. Wiz also gave an ETA on the nuptials during a visit to Hot 97, adding that he and Amber will get hitched either "before or after I get off tour" at a court house!
"We're gonna get like license marriage. A couple of weeks we're gonna have that done," said Wiz, who noted that a lot of people in his circle didn't believe him at first. "You just sign the papers or whatever and it's like a legal thing. It's like 'Bam! You're married.' And then when you have the ceremony, that's when you invite the family. She can fit into her dress."
Wiz also shared with Larry that he's prepared to be a pop thanks to having a solid relationship with his own father. "I got a great dad. Like, me and my father's relationship is awesome, so I only learned the best things about being a father," said Wiz, admitting that he's very excited to meet his son. “I can’t wait. To have a little me running around, it’s gonna be tight.”
 
 
Courtesy Of S2S

Dr. Dre Tops Forbes List For Highest Paid Musician


 Here comes that time again when us regular folk find out who’s earning what in the music world – and it’s no small change. The top 25 earners of 2012 on the Forbes list are a who’s who of every genre of music from Hip-Hop to Rock to Pop and all the way back again. He may not be so prominent on the frontlines of music anymore, but Hip-Hop legend Dr. Dre is still leaving everyone in his dust as his total earnings for the past year rake up a staggering $110 million; likely due to his monster Beats by Dre headphones.
Music veterans U2 and Elton John show the young’uns how it’s done, helping to make up the top five earning $78 million and $80 million respectively, with the youngest earners Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber coming in at numbers eight and ten, bringing in a cool $57 million and $55 million each.
In the Carter household, Jay-Z plays second fiddle to his wife as he earns $38 million with Beyonce beating him by bringing home $40 million for her efforts. Other high earners in the top 25 include Rihanna, P Diddy, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kanye West

 Forbes 2012 Highest Paid List

1. Dr Dre – $110 Million                                                                     
2. Roger Waters – $88 Million
3. Elton John – $80 Million
4. U2 – $78 Million
5. Take That – $69 Million
6. Bon Jovi – $60 Million
7. Britney Spears – $58 Million
8. Paul McCartney – $57 Million (tie)
8. Taylor Swift – $57 Million (tie)
10. Justin Bieber – $55 Million (tie)
10. Toby Keith – $55 Million (tie)
12. Rihanna – $53 Million
13. Lady GaGa – $52 Million
14. Foo Fighters – $47 Million
15. Diddy – $45 Million (tie)
15. Katy Perry – $45 Million (tie)
17. Kenny Chesney – $44 Million
18. Beyoncé – $40 Million
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $39 Million
20. Jay-Z – $38 Million
21. Coldplay – $37 Million
22. Adele – $35 Million (tie)
22. Kanye West – $35 Million (tie)
24. Michael Bublé – $34 Million
25. Sade – $33 Million

Quentin Tarantino Presents "Django" - Official Movie Trailer


 When Quentin Tarantino unveiled the final trailer for his forthcoming film Django Unchained yesterday, to my greatest surprise it featured music from Rick Ross. Whilst MMG’s Bawse is undoubtedly one of the rap game’s most successful method actors, let’s put it this way, I didn’t exactly see him and Tarantino as a natural match.
Anyway, today we have the full track from the trailer, a death dealing slice of hip hop entitled “100 Black Coffins” helmed by Rozay and produced by Jamie Foxx, who also stars in the historical action epic alongside Leonardo Di Caprio and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of a slave-turned-bounty hunter setting to rescue his wife from a Mississippi plantation, and here we get the full bounty hunter sound, as Foxx serves up a truly epic, Western influenced instrumental for Ross to murder.
Django Unchained drops on Christmas Day. Have a listen to “100 Black Coffins” below and scroll down for the new trailer.






Thursday, November 29, 2012

WiseGuy Entertainment: The Price Of Growing Up In Steubenville,OH

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Steubenville, OH has been in national news headlines due to the alarming murder statistics and violence within the city. How has this helped or hurt your music/product being that your label is based there?
 

Agoni Brown: For me Steubenville is home, so I cant say that it helps or even how something like that could help. Other than always havin something happening so you always got something to write about, but it definitely hurts cause the city so small that even though it dont hit your circle directly you still feel it like thats ho2fa's boy Wally that got hit up on the hill or ag's boy Charlie that got hit up on 9th and that's potentially catastrophic to the music cause there aint no telling where or how far shit might go from there.
 
HO2FA: steubenville is what it is man steubenville is da music and da music is steubenville 3 h dat a1 pure uncut columbian wit da rainbow in it, dat bling like da jewels in my pinky ring. Ag n jag like go work to dats like mixing columbian venezulian and peru feel me 4 H DA GREAT IS HERE AND HE BROUGHT DA MOB WIT HIM DA WHOLE GAME IN TROUBLE. real talk
 
What was your reaction when you heard/read about your label, WiseGuy Entertainment being linked to an NYC crime ring that extended down to Steubenville,OH?
 
Agoni Brown: Oh my god, where going down, im hot enough by myself already, as a matter of fact nobody ever say that again. And burn that.(In my steel ball voice) Seriously I was shocked and appalled, I said this is preposterous how could they make up such slanderous accusations about such upright and upstanding members of the community like ourselves that was outrageous.(Old brown eyes look side to side with beety eyes and starts whistling)
 
 Why did you both decide to release a group album?
Agoni Brown: We figured we was about to kick the same door in so we figured we should just kick it in togetha.

How would you describe your styles individually, and how does each style compliment the other on the album?
 
Agoni Brown: That's funny idk how to describe my style, idk if i could call it style. I just talk about my life, what I feel, What i see, What im goin through, and how i feel about it. I aint got no style, i got a testimony. I'm just testifyin' on wax.That's real rap everybody got to respect that. That's that blood type O. That blend with everything.
 
What are you hoping people take from the album? What are the main points/concepts your hitting to drive this home?
 
Agoni Brown: Them boys is dope. They got that good dope, that fire, any type of dope you like. What you like? Tropical droze, exotic beans, crystally powders, or that raw. Them boys got it all. We got a little something for everybody. From little mama's to the mama's, from the young trap stars to the og triple og mack's.
 
What other artists were featured on the album and how did you go about selecting who you worked with?
 
Agoni Brown: We got Jimmy Jones on there, Ghostface Killa, and a couple other honorable mentions that we workin on, but that's a better question for Pauly.
 
HO2FA: jim jones, ghost, my man agoni brown, jag da apostle and more ayo we did our part uncle paully did his and da rest is history

Many different styles have came out of Ohio from Bone-Thugs, Kid Cudi, Ray Cash, Chip The Ripper. When I hear your music & lyrics it sounds more East Coast than MidWest. How would you say this style developed over the more Midwestern style rappers in Ohio?
 
Agoni Brown: I just do what i do im just doin me.
HO2FA: dats easy my g we just a different breed.
 
 Lets talk about how your stage names came about. Describe the meaning behind AG & Hof2a and how those were given to you.
 
Agoni Brown: Which one shit i got so many? AG, Agoni, Agoni Brown, Old Brown Eyes, Black Sunny, Agoni coleone, BS 3X Black, The Bogey Monster, Agulous, Agulous Maximus, Agulous Prime, Old Agulous, man we'd be here all day. All I can say is they all come from AG and AG come from caps pill, so caps pill say AW.
 
What are your personal favorite tracks on the new album and why?
 
Agoni Brown: Man I love the whole shit, its one of them albums you can just put it in and let it play. I can ride to Cleveland with that bitch and not have to change my cd.
 
 Do you find it more challenging to try and brand yourself in this digital era or was the game better before all the technology hit?
 
Agoni Brown: Dont make or break me, salt and peppa to high steppa, Heisman on a half steppa to me. There's pros and cons to both of them. There's pros and cons to everything, fuck it long as your chain blang. 
 
Tell us about the WiseGuy Movement. What does the brand stand for and what is the mission behind the music?
  
Agoni Brown: I just say this, Jag said it the best. We here to transform the game back to the form from which it came. Say my name say my name.
 
 
Courtesy Of RapHead

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lenny Kravitz Starring As Marvin Gaye In New Movie"Midnight Love"


 Lenny Kravitz is set to appear as Marvin Gaye in a new, Julien Temple-directed biopic titled Midnight Love.
Deadline confirm that the singer/musician, who has previously appeared in a supporting capacity in the films Precious and The Hunger Gameswill play Motown legend Gaye in a new motion picture directed by English music documentary and video director Temple.
The new role will be Kravitz’ first leading role and will focus on the early ’80s, when Gaye attempted to deal with his drug addiction and depression, restarting his career in Europe with the help of British music promoter Freddy Colsaerts. After releasing his great comeback hit “Sexual Healing” from Belgium in late 1982, the great soul singer was shot dead by his father a day shy of his 45th birthday.
The film, named after Gaye’s album of that name, will shoot next year, and we are pleased to pass on the information that Temple has already cleared the music rights for the project. Previous projects such as Marvin and Sexual Healing have failed to materialize in recent years, but let’s hope this is the real deal.

Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, & Kerry Washington On The Cover Of Vibe Magazine



 Thanks to my homeboy Daddymack over at HHN24/7 I learned that  Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the lovely Kerry Washingtion are promoting new movie Django. Vibe shot a behind the scene photo set of all the actors and of course you know that Jamie always clowing on the regular basis. For those people who has worked with him in the past know that this is his M.O.

The film revolves around Foxx's character Django, a slave-turned-bounty  hunter, who with the help of his mentor, sets out to rescue his wife (Kerry  Washington) from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leo).
Jamie Sporting all black jeans and a turtle neck /leather jacket plus he had on the personalitie lenses trying to look all sophisticated, But hey The Malcom X frames are in these days.

Kerry was well put together by stylist and make up artist and she rocked all black as well, sporting the 17inch long weave. Checkout how they did in the video below:

 

 


Courtesy Of HNN24/7

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Game Calls Out Sean Kingston For Dating Maliah Michel

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 The Game released a new track titled “Stripper” this Sunday. An ode to the stripper ladies providing him with a great time. He recalls his experiences with both popular strippers Maliah Michel & Tip Drill. Apparently he was messin with Maliah before she was poppin and wasn’t too happy when Drake was into her.
As far as Sean Kingston? According to Game she had him “in his trick bag” and “down on one knee”. Game says a “real n*gga” like him was smashin that for free

Game’s story seems to check out too. Check out Sean bringing her out to award shows all boo’d up as his date, meeting her mom and even showing his love for her publicly on Twitter months ago! With these strippers / video girls in hip hop being known for turning tricks and slanging p*ssy with everyone in the game.  Who knows they may be in love or something.
 
I'm going to have to disagree with The Game on this one because we don't know the intent behind the relationship.  I mean they might really have something special going on.  People change,  The Game wasn't the same person when he first came out on the scene 10 years ago.  Should we really judge a person on their past ? I mean I know we do it all the time but is that rightx? What do you think about this situation?




An Art Key Music Vol.1 Hosted By Femi The DriFish & The Commish

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 What it is folks, folkettes, folklore creatures and folk music lovers?
This is your light skinned Sydnee Poitier aka Femi The DriFish coming to you via email to let you know what it is, where its going to be and why is going to be the jam to finish the year with.

AnArtKey MUSIC is my little monster created music series I'm beginning for the artists, musicians who fall in between genre cracks because they aren't confined to just one style. I recently realized that even though Femi The DriFish & The Out of Water eXperience gets love from the Indie Rock world, or the hip hop world or the spoken word poetry world we still need a place to call home to what we're doing and thats when I figured that it was time to start up my own live music series. This won't be a monthly show until I find venue willing partner up with us to make sure its done right but we will be scouting the bands, artists, lyricists that fit into the frame of what we want to do with this series, in Maryland/DC or out of Maryland/DC. 

Anarchy is defined as lawlessness, rebevolution, chaos, rebellion etc...
AnArtKey MUSIC is our stamp on being able to fit into as many artistic/musical boxes as we want, when the standard rule is, you're only marketable if you are able to fit into one box. 

SPREAD THE WORD AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, FOES, FANTASIES TO; 

AnArtKey MUSIC Vol.1
Saturday December 8th
Doors open 8:30pm
Admission: $7

Featuring:

CURU (Lead Guitarist from Die-Hard Cafe)
https://www.facebook.com/diehardcafe

JENNY HATES TECHNO (Ghetto Punk Rock)
http://www.reverbnation.com/jennyhatestechno

FEMI THE DRIFISH & THE OUT OF WATER EXPERIENCE (Alternative Rock-Hip Hop)
http://www.reverbnation.com/thedrifish

Hosted by Femi The DriFish & The Commish

Chuck The Mad Ox on the 1's & 2's

Location:
The 14 Karat Cabaret
218 West Saratoga St, Baltimore MD

Doors open at 8:30pm
Admission $7


Gather Baltimore stands to win 1K from OxFam America to enhance the work Arthur is doing in our community. Click on the link for more detail

Q Parker (of 112) - "Yes" - {Video}


 Q Parker, for those unfamiliar with the name, is one part of the hugely successful R&B foursome 112. Originating from Atlanta, Georgia and signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, the group had five albums between the years of 1996 and 2005. Also Grammy winners for their contribution to the Notorious B.I.G. tribute record “I’ll Be Missing You,” Q, Daron, Slim, and Michael are often referred to as one of the better R&B groups of the golden era by fans and critics alike. With that said, and a reunion apparently on the cards, the time has come for Q to go it alone and reignite the type of R&B that not only plays the soundtrack to a couple’s romantic evening but also provides the backdrop to many a passionate person’s everyday life.
With a current lack of what some would deem real R&B, just leave it up to the oldies and you’re guaranteed to be provided with some of that good old classic rhythm and blues music. A play on words, The MANual hears Q offers his thoughts of what a man’s book on women, love and sex would sound like in audio format. With features from just Crystal Nicole, Faith Evans and Styles P, it’s refreshing to hear the primary artist dominate the tracklisting without an overhaul of guest spots used to cover up a questionable talent – like many of today’s so-called singers like to do. With so many high points throughout the 15-track LP it’s hard to know where to start the dissection.


 Cruising over the mid-tempo riff that carefully constructs “Show You How,” Q’s vocal stance is one of convincing qualities. Trying to show the lady next door that there’s life after her ex – a better one in fact – his irresistible crooner ways do enough to win the leading lady over in the end. Any man in a situation where they want to win the heart of a mistreated woman need only this record… and perhaps a dozen red roses just for good measure.
Then at the other end of the relationship scale, “Forced My Hand” hears what can happen to a couple when neglect and lies creep in. Singing, “You gonna cry when you hear this on the radio,” Q’s painful words, for both parties, are as transparent as they come. Breaking down every reason for pushing his ex out of the picture, the slow and painfully sensitive song could ring true for a few tuning in.
With examples of good and bad relationship situations, The MANual wouldn’t be a true R&B album without the complimentary sex record. Fittingly titled “YES,” the cut itself begins with a separate interlude featuring some moaning and ecstasy-filled groaning. Then the very second the track begins you’re thrown in to the mix of high notes and low levels of clothing. Candlelit moments are all that’s missing, but as a listener you’ve got a certain responsibility to not let Q do everything. So on that note get your lighters out.

 
  
Getting his gritty on with Styles P, “Better” hears Q give the streets a love song to relate to. While slow and piano-driven, the track pushes machoism to one side – with the help of two fairly dominant males – and proves that behind closed doors anyone can step outside of their persona for that special someone. With more and more sweet sounding moments throughout The MANual, the likes of “How I Love You” and “Just Us” give meaning to the words ‘flawlessly constructed’, whilst the album’s on-point production is key in making it one of the year’s finest R&B releases.
As an underdog, and perhaps not the most recognised voice of 112, Q Parker has delivered something that no one saw coming. If you’re looking for something to remind you of why you still support R&B, The MANual will make you glad you held out for this one.

Courtesy Of SoulCulture

Alicia Keys - "Girl On Fire" - Official Video Release


 Returning to the frontline and ready to offer up some of her signature sound, Alicia Keys puts out her RCA Records debut Girl On Fire. Her fifth studio album overall, it’s the first time she’s released any new material since 2009’s Element of Freedom. With her marriage to producer Swizz Beatz and the birth of their first son, Egypt, part reason for the delay, there’s also been a shift in record labels, some sneaker designing, and a bit of charity work thrown in to the mix for good measure. Refocusing her energies on the music, her most recent ongoing promotional campaign has seen her very much stroll back in to the limelight, and to a good reception.
With that said, the proof is always in the pudding and they say you’re only as good as your latest result. In this case, with some individually beautiful records featured, as an entire project Girl On Fire lacks that little bit of cohesiveness you’re used to hearing from the New York songstress. However, in comparison to many of today’s R&B/soul/pop efforts it would take the win based solely upon the way in which she carries herself vocally, as well as her ability to experiment with classically non-generic sounds that others daren’t.
With a whole host of individuals contributing to the album in some way, shape, or form, the likes of Bruno Mars, Babyface and Jamie xx are just a few featured names . A name that finds itself on to the credits list more than once is the UK’s very own Emeli Sande. With writing duties on three of the 13 tracks, the best of the bunch comes when Keys closes the album out with “101.” Soft, sensitive, and sweetly alluring, the way in which Keys plays with vocal levels is simplistic yet ultimately effective. More like a lyrical storyboard than a song, the passionate trip you’re taken on as the listener is all thanks to Sande’s framework.

While Keys had a hand in writing every song on Girl On Fire, the album’s better tracks appear to be ones where she’s teamed up with another writing talent. Case in point, the Frank Ocean assisted “One Thing.” Anyone who had the pleasure of hearing Ocean’s Channel Orange album earlier this year will instantly notice the similarities between this song and a number of songs featured on Ocean’s debut. Easy on the ear and beautifully written, the Malay and Keys produced gem is audio relaxation in its purest form.
Choosing not to include the original version of the album’s title track is slightly baffling. Stiff from start to finish, the Nicki Minaj assisted “Inferno Version” of “Girl On Fire” lacks potency. With nothing but a drum to support the two of them, Minaj’s lyrics sound forced while Keys’ vocals can’t carry the entire track. The original version, with its additional instrumental layers, echoes fulfillment with a dose of passion. 
 

 Another questionable decision then comes when the Dr. Dre produced “New Day” sees 50 Cent’s verse cut from the final version. Whether or not it has anything to do with the track being sold to Keys before 50 could use it, New York radio stations are only playing the version featuring 50 Cent. The track itself injects some life in to this otherwise mellow project.
 

 Offering fans of unfiltered soul the opportunity to hear some quality material, “Fire We Make” is by far the album’s most splendid moment. At a steady pace, Keys goes toe to toe with one of the genre’s most respected artists – Maxwell. Quoting and adjusting Janet Jackson’s famous opening line from “That’s The Way Love Goes” – Like a moth to a flame,” Keys vocally lowers her pitch while Maxwell gets his falsetto on resulting in both aiding the creation of a soulfully attractive gem.
Girl On Fire works as a platform to reintroduce one of the genre’s finest exports to the masses. The mix of peaceful practices with a few questionable decisions results in this not being Alicia Keys’ worst album by a long shot, but it’s not her best either. It’s a great place to start for those with little knowledge on the Hell’s Kitchen singer, and with room for improvement there’s bound to be a flood of exceptional material still to come.

Courtesy Of SoulCulture

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wal-Mart Is Costing Tax Payers Millions Of Dollars



  • “The Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce estimates that one 200-person Wal-Mart store may result in a cost to federal taxpayers of $420,750 per year – about $2,103 per employee. Specifically, the low wages result in the following additional public costs being passed along to taxpayers:
    • $36,000 a year for free and reduced lunches for just 50 qualifying Wal-Mart families.
    • $42,000 a year for Section 8 housing assistance, assuming 3 percent of the store employees qualify for such assistance, at $6,700 per family.
    • $125,000 a year for federal tax credits and deductions for low-income families, assuming 50 employees are heads of household with a child and 50 are married with two children.
    • $100,000 a year for the additional Title I expenses, assuming 50 Wal-Mart families qualify with an average of 2 children.
    • $108,000 a year for the additional federal health care costs of moving into state children’s health insurance programs (S-CHIP), assuming 30 employees with an average of two children qualify.
    • $9,750 a year for the additional costs for low income energy assistance.”
  • The total figure is based on the average $420,750 per-store figure, multiplied by 3700 (the approximate number of stores currently in the United States).
  • Source: Rep. George Miller / Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, “Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay for Wal-Mart” 
 

 When confronted with facts like these, how do you suppose the majority of Teabagistan would react? If you suppose that they’d defend Walmart’s cost to the American taxpayer as Freedom Loving Capitalism and Rob Walton’s wealth as rightfully earned through his own “hard work” and “God-fearing American Patriotism,” you’d probably be right. And it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to note that these self-loathing toads would also likely dismiss this information immediately by saying the need for health care reform is a Socialist / Fascist / Communist Kenyan Plot.
With the Republican Party and their presidential candidates at war with labor unions and working and middle class Americans, one day a job at Walmart is going to be the best any of us can hope for.
If the GOP wins, the difference will be that none of the benefits today’s Walmart employees have to rely on to simply live will be available for tomorrow’s Walmart employees. Still, when that day comes, Walmart and Rob Walton will have great tax rates and loopholes because of the Republican party — and they’ll be celebrated as job creators to boot. That’s called the Conservative Circle of Life.

Courtesy Of UMB

Soul Train Awards 2012 Live Performances


  Last night, the 25th annual edition of the Soul Train Awards hit our screens.
The award ceremony hosted by comedian Cedric The Entertainer at Planet Hollywood’s PH Live in Las Vegas, paid tribute to the Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and legendary R&B/Swing group New Edition as well as featuring performances from the likes of Miguel, John Legend, 2 Chainz, Elle Varner,TankGinuwine and Tyrese‘s supergroup TGT, Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole and an all-star tribute featuring the legend, Stevie Wonder.

Watch the full performances below.
Ne-Yo “Let Me Love You”
             

 Keyshia Cole “Trust and Believe” & “Enough of No Love”
            

R. Kelly: Trapped In The Closet Part 3 - Chapters 23-33


After months of teasing, R.Kelly is back with the next instalment of his Trapped In The Closet series.
Picking up from where Chapter 22 left off five years ago, the far fetched story lines and over the top acting are in full flow once more. While we see the return of main characters such as Sylvester, Roxanne, Tina, Reverend Mosley, and of course, Rosie the nosy neighbour, Kellz also introduces two new people to the plot: Dr. Perry and Beeno.
The third theatrical project has already received more mainstream shine than it’s former two chapters by debuting on the premium network film channel, IFC and the attention it’s accumulated has even lead to talks of there being a stage adaptation for Broadway.
After the latest 41 minutes of drama reaches it’s climax, we are left eager to find out what the R&B singer has in store for us next. Definitely a guilty pleasure for any R. Kelly fan! Watch Part 3 below...
 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hollywood Trends: Black Actresses With White Men (Nia Long)


 
Brooklyn native Nitara Carlynn Long, 42, was born on Halloween eve, and is clearly one of the most talented Black Beautiful in Hollywood.
Long’s career include big screen and small screen credits, including Chris Rock’s ‘Good Hair,’ ‘Gospel Hill,’ (2008) opposite Angela Bassett and Danny Glover; ‘Are We Done Yet?’ (2007) opposite Ice Cube, and the critically acclaimed ‘Premonition,’ where she starred opposite Sandra Bullock.
Long, who has racked up three NAACP Image Awards, has also appeared in several movies as a white actor’s romantic interest. Of course I don't have a problem with this she needs to get her money.  But I keep thinking Hollywood is trying to make another "Monsters Ball" a movie I thought was very overrated.  Not to mention she received an Oscar for that movie...go figure..!! Check out the lineup below:

 Nia Long & Jude Law: Alfie

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Nia Long & Giovanni Ribisi: The Boiler Room

Nia Long & Adam Baldwin: Gospel Hill
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Black Friday Is Officially A Bigger Than Thanksgiving


Anti-Black Friday consumers only need to present the following evidence as “Exhibit A – F” to further their resolute stances as to why they haven’t, won’t and never will participate in Black Friday shopping. Black Friday is, by far, the biggest shopping day of the year, according to multiple consumer reports. It takes place the day after Thanksgiving, now considered the calm before the outrageous storm that drenches the entire country, as you will see from the photo above and the videos below.  This is ridiculous fam, this is why I'm so scared if something major was to happen like World War III or some other type catastrophic type event.  Let's remember Katrina, in that short amount of time how people started to resort to primal instincts and balbaric behavior when there is not lights, running water, or police to keep us in line. Are we really that primitive? Yes we are, just look at the things we are willing to do not for food or water for material items that has no real value at all.  Tell me what you think...




NeNe Leakes Sits Down With "The View" About Being Bravo's #1 Show

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 This past Friday, NeNe Leakes sits down with the ladies of The View Whoopi GoldbergSherri Shepherd, and the rest of the ladies. It's now official, The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the most successful show in Bravo's history. Because of this fact, a lot of doors are has opened up for NeNe like her recurring roles on ’The New Normal’ and Glee.  She has definitely taken primetime by storm, which has stared up some jealousy among the other less successful housewives like Kim Zolciak-BiermannLet's face it Kim is a high price prostitute with no class or integrity.  The reason why Kim and NeNe friendship didn't work was because Kim kept forgetting she wasn't a black woman.  So Kim goes and buys are very own slave,.... oops I mean black friend "Sweetie".  Look I'm not saying different races can't be friends, but Kim doesn't respect the sensitivity of what it means to be a black woman.  Stop acting like your issues are the same as mines.  The fact is if Kim was black and she was receiving money from a "Sugar Daddy" she would have been ridiculed by public.  Any way don't get me started, this is just my opinion fam from a black woman's point of view. You tell me your thoughts after you watch the video below.
 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fabolous Talks About The Making Of "The Soul Tape 2" - Video



 Fabolous released his new mixtape The Soul Tape 2 yesterday (October 22nd) and in the video below he talks to OnSmash about the project as part of their “Tale of the Tape” series.
In a candid, 15-minute interview Loso discusses a wide range of subjects, from his inspiration for making the project, to his status as one of the game’s most underrated artists, to why he doesn’t DM girls. Whilst going into some detail about the tape itself, his favourite track, and the producers he enlisted to help him make it, Fab also touches on the issue of his longevity and the generational changes which his music is forced to address.
In terms of future projects, he reveals that there probably won’t be another There Is No Competition tape, but says he’d like to work with DJ Drama again. He says that his new album, Loso’s Way 2: Rise To Poweris likely to drop in late February/early March.

Watch the full interview below:

 

Rihanna x ΜIC ΤΗΞ DΓUΜϟ “Diamond City” New Remix


 Rihanna‘s Unapologetic album is out now [read our review here] and the remix machine that comes with all major releases nowadays is already swinging into operation. Here Mic The Drums takes lead single “Diamonds” and creates what he calls a “little bit of mash up, little bit of ratchet.. all BANGER” by interpolating parts of M83′s “Midnight City” (which you might have heard on Made In Chelsea) and Snoop‘s classic Pharrell collaboration “Drop It Like It’s Hot” into Rihanna’s track.
I’m not the biggest fan of mashups, but this works for me. Check out a video of Mic The Drums playing the remix below, and scroll down to stream the full track via SoundCloud.







Avant & Keke Wyatt - "You & I" - New Video Release

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 It's been a longtime since the beautiful Keke Wyatt of R&B Diva's  and Avant did a duet together. The duo is lethal when making nice, soft and romantic music for the grown up and matured crowd, Noticeable single of all time from Avant & Keke was "My First Love" which was a instant hit back in the year 2000.

The duo recieved high praise from music lovers all around the world to be able to channel another  R&B duo René & Angela who originally performed the song first back in 1983.

Today they're back it with new song and video entitled "You & I" which in the song two lovers give re-assurancethat the love they have for one another will never change. This single will be feauted on Avants new up and coming album"Face The Music" Checkout the video below:

Courtesy of HHN247
 

Halle Berry’s Baby Daddy Arrested & Hospitalized After Oliver Martinez Put Those Hands On Him


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 Well it appears that Oliver Martinez had to "Put them Paws" on Halle Berry's daughters father Gabriel Aubry who tried to sucker punk him.  Apparently Halle must have that "Good Good", because its been two years since they have split.

According to TMZ … Gabriel showed up at Halle’s doorstep with Nahla for a custodial hand-off. We’re told Gabriel was inside the house when Olivier walked up to him and said, “We have to move on.”

According to witnesses, Gabriel then pushed Olivier and threw a punch at his face, but Olivier blocked it and the punch struck him in the shoulder instead. We’re told Gabriel then pushed Olivier to the ground, and Olivier cold-cocked him in the face, and a struggle ensued, ending with Olivier pinning Gabriel to the ground.

In the struggle, Gabriel suffered a broken rib, contusions on his face, and possibly a more serious head injury. Olivier may have broken his hand and suffered neck injuries as well. There are conflicting accounts as to whether Gabriel was rendered unconscious in the fight.

Police were called and Olivier made a citizen’s arrest for battery against Gabriel. Gabriel was escorted to the ER and, ironically, Olivier went to the same ER an hour later. The two were just down the hall from each other.

Law enforcement sources say… a judge has issued an emergency protective order, which requires Gabriel to stay 100 yards away from Halle, Olivier, and Nahla. Wow...apparently we need a Hollywood Exes reality show for men as well because this is crazy.  What would make man who is attracted and one of the top paid models to be still tripping off the breakup of him and Halle.  

Courtesy of HHN247

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Kimora Lee Simmon & Djimon Hounsou Getting A Divorce?

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 Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou according to HHN24/7 the thrill is gone and his been for months now. Your girl Jackie Brown from UnsungHipHop.com has learned that the couple have been separated for quite sometime now.  Apparently Djimon is tired of the secrecy and is ready to move on with his life.  Check out the video below.



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Andrea Kelly Soon To Be Releaseing A R.Kelly Book

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 Andrea Kelly has a title for her upcoming book, but despite its risqué name, she says it’s not spilling the tea about her marriage to R.Kelly.
“I’m finishing up my book, Under the Red Carpet: My Life as R.Kelly’s Wife, and it’s not juice and grease. It’s not a tell-all,” she told HipHollywood.com.
Drea, who keeps it real on her VH1 reality series “Hollywood Exes,” said fans can expect the same from her book.
“I'm real. There's no facade when it comes to me, so I have no problem sharing my ups and my downs because it's who I am. I'm human, so to say that it's all glitz, glamor, fairy tales, pixy dust and glitter, I would be a liar. It's not, and it's okay that it's not because it’s real,” she told Sister 2 Sister.
Like “Hollywood Exes,” Drea said she wants her book to encourage women who might be a bit lost.
“It’s really a self-help book for women. It’s really teaching women how to get back to true essence of who you really are,” she told HipHollywood.com.
While some of her co-stars don’t remain in touch with their celebrity ex-husbands, Drea said she and R.Kelly are still cordial.
“It’s times when that eyebrow be tight, but then you have to go back to ‘This is the father of my children’ and we have to compromise,” she explained.
However, when it comes to R.Kelly the musician, Drea isn’t the least bit conflicted about supporting her ex.
“When he’s good, his kids are good,” she said.
“At the end of the day, I know how to separate Robert Kelly and R.Kelly the persona and the man the rest of the world knows,” she said.

Listen to more from Drea below.


"Hollywood Exes" Cast
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Courtesy Of Sista2Sista

Kanye Set To Do His Thing Three Times In Atlantic City


 Kanye West will be bringing the New Year big boy style, performing three consecutive nights in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the final days of December.
In partnership with Hot 97, Kanye will be turning out on Friday December 28th, Saturday December 29th and Sunday December 30th for a trio of shows, all at AC’s Revel Resort’s Ovation Hall. The announcement comes hot on the heels of news that the Grammy-Award winning superstar will headline 12-12-12, a special Hurricane Sandy Relief concert due to take place at Madison Square Garden on the 12th December.
 Kanye's appearances will be his first visits to Atlantic City this year. Back in July he rocked two sold out, back-to-back shows at the Ovation Hall, where he seems to enjoy performing. Tickets for each show will go on sale on Ticketmaster from 10 am on November 30th. 

Check out footage from ‘Kanye West & G.O.O.D. Music live at Made In America Festival below: