Erykah Badu and Q-Tip cover the newest issue of Trace Magazine and you can peep the full issue for free over at Trace’s official site.
by AF The Department of Justice approved the XM and Sirius Radio merger. The AP is reporting: The transaction was approved without conditions, despite opposition from consumer groups and an intense lobbying campaign by the land-based radio industry. The combination still requires approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which prohibited a merger when it first granted satellite radio operating licenses in 1997. The Justice Department, in a statement explaining its decision, said the combination of the companies won’t hurt competition because the companies are not competing today. Customers must buy equipment that is exclusive to either XM or Sirius, and subscribers rarely switch providers.
by AF DMX joins Michael Madsen and Aramand Assante in new horror movie, The Bleeding. According to Variety, the story centers on an ex-Army Ranger searching for the killer of his parents who discovers a family of vampires in a former chemical weapons factory-turned-nightclub.
The husband of singer Corinne Bailey Rae has been found dead in a London apartment. SKY News reports the body of 31-year-old Jason Rae was found around 3:15 PM Saturday, a victim of an apparent drug overdose. Cops reportedly arrested a 32-year-old man for "supplying controlled substances." That man was then released on bail. No word on if Corinne was home at the time. Jason Rae was a saxophonist with the Haggis Horns. The 29-year-old Bailey Rae is best known for her hit "Put Your Records On." Our condolences go out to the Family source
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico endorsed Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race for president today. "Barack Obama will make a great and historic president," Richardson told a rally in Portland, Oregon, with Obama standing at his side. Richardson said Obama’s recent speech on race in America, saying he "understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans." "He appealed to the best in us … as a Hispanic American I was particularly touched by his words," Richardson added. Richardson, who served as United Nations ambassador and energy secretary in the Clinton administration, dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination on January 10. Stats: Barack Obama Pledged: 1,413 Superdelegates 209 Total: 1,622 Needed to Win: 2,024 Hillary Clinton Pledged: 1,242 Superdelegates 243 Total: 1,485 Needed to Win: 2,024 John McCain Pledged: 1,243 Unpledged RNC 82 Total: 1,325 source
In a recent interview with Ballerstatus, Ray J implied that Marques Houston and Chris Stokes are gay lovers: Here is an excerpt of the interview: BallerStatus.com: There was a track on [your new CD] where you came at Chris Stokes kind of raw. Ray J: F— that mother—–. Man, that n—-’s a bitch. He’s a thief. He tried to take my records and pull me off of television shows and put Marques Houston on the shows, basically replace me. It was a lot of weird things going on over there and I felt like he was trying to dig into my money and try to compromise my career. He and Marques Houston take it in the butt together. I’m real, so I say it how I see it.
Paperboy, whose real name is Mitchell Charles Johnson, was popped in Merced, Calif. after cops found a small amount of pot and a prescription bottle not in his name after a traffic stop. Johnson was booked on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and transportation, illegal possession of prescription medication and driving on a suspended license. He was released after posting $10,000 bail. During his best days in the hip-hop world, Johnson was known for his song, "Ditty," which garnered him a Grammy nomination for best rap solo performance and a No. 24 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1993.
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