By: Rizoh Will there be a Jackson 5 reunion this summer? We can’t bet our money on it. But what we do know for sure is that Michael Jackson is evaluating several proposals, including one that may land him a gig in Las Vegas. According to his spokesperson, Raymone K. Bain, “Mr. Jackson is currently reviewing and evaluating each proposal. He does not believe that he is under any time constraint for making his decisions.” The eccentric pop star released the statement to debunk rumors that he has been unable to find work in Las Vegas. Bain said that Jackson “did not move to Las Vegas to shop a Vegas show. Mr. Jackson is in Las Vegas because he likes the city and found it a convenient location to record with the artists, songwriters and producers who are working with him in the studio.”
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights met on Monday to pass a resolution banning the word ‘nigga’ or ‘nigger’ and variations of the word in New York. Of course, the banning is only symbolic, in that you won’t be fined or get in trouble for using but the council hopes that it will spark discussion on the history of the word. "On any given day you can traverse this city and encounter young people of all races casually using the word in public with no regard or knowledge of the terrible history behind it,” City Council member Leroy Comrie told New York’s NY1 News. "NBA stars and rappers have been the only roll models for far too long,” Kovon Flowers of advocacy group Abolish the N Word added. “The resolution will be a start for parents teachers and families to take their rightful place as roll models in their children’s lives.” Even though there’s no punishment for using the word, Comrie went even farther asking the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences not to nominate artists who use the word in their music for Grammys. Similar resolutions are happening in other cities around the country.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Just days after announcing the Street Dreamz Tour with Jim Jones, Baby, Lil Wayne and Fat Joe, Young Jeezy announced the culmination of his new group, U.S.D.A. (United Streets D-Boys of America). The group features Jeezy, ATL’s Slick Pulla and Panama City’s Blood Raw with plans to release an album later this year on Jeezy’s Corporate Thugz Entertainment imprint with Def Jam. Their first single, “Check It”, is hitting radio this week. Both Slick Pulla and Blood Raw will join Jeezy on the Street Dreamz Tour which launches on March 3 at the Cricket Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tour will run until April 29, ending in Los Angeles. Here’s the current itinerary: MAR 3 CHARLOTTE, NC CRICKET ARENA MAR 11 ORLANDO, FLCONVENTION CENTER MAR 15 RICHMOND, VA RICHMOND COLISEUM MAR 16 GREENVILLE, SC BI LO MAR 17 HAMPTON, VA HAMPTON COLISEUM MAR 18 JACKSONVILLE, FL JACKSONVILLE ARENA MAR 23 CINCINNATI OH US BANK ARENA MAR 24 MACON, GA CENTROPLEX MAR 25 NASHVILLE, TN MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM MAR 28 TOLEDO, OH SPORTS ARENA COLISEUM MAR 29 PROVIDENCE, RI DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER MAR 31 LOUISVILLE, KY LOUISVILLE GARDENS APRIL 1 BALTIMORE, MD 1ST MARINER APRIL 5 LITTLE ROCK ALTELL ARENA APRIL 6 KANSAS CITY, MO KEMPER ARENA APRIL 8 NEW ORLEANS, LA NEW ORLEANS ARENA APRIL 12 MILWAUKEE, WS US CELLULAR ARENA APRIL 13 INDIANAPOLIS CONSECO FIELDHOUSE APRIL 14 ST. LOUIS, MO SCOTTRADE APRIL 15 MINNEAPOLIS, MN TARGET CENTER APRIL 19 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER APRIL 20 DALLAS, TX CONVENTION CENTER APRIL 21 EL PASO, TX COHEN STADIUM APRIL 22 SAN ANTONIO TBA APRIL 29 LOS ANGELES USC
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Fresh off giving respects to their daddy with a huge concert earlier this month, Bob Marley offspring Stephen and Damian Marley will be hitting the road this spring to promote Stephen’s upcoming album, Mind Control. The album, set to drop on March 20, features appearances from Mos Def, Ben Harper, and of course his brother Damian. In addition to providing hot dancehall and reggae tunes, the Marley’s will also donate one dollar from every ticket sold on the tour to Ghetto Youth Foundation, the Marley’s nonprofit organization that provides aid and programs to impoverished children around the world. Here’s the current itinerary for the tour: Fri, Mar. 30, House of Blues, Cleveland OH Sat, Mar. 31, Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Sun, Apr. 01, First Avenue, Minneapolis MN Wed, Apr. 04, University of Iowa – IMU Ballroom. Iowa City IA Thu, Apr. 05, Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino, Kansas City MO Fri, Apr. 06, Boulder Theater, Boulder CO Sat, Apr. 07, 8150, Vail CO Sun, Apr. 08, Belly Up, Aspen CO Mon, Apr. 09, Suede, Park City UT Wed, Apr. 11, The Big Easy Concert House, Spokane WA Thu, Apr.12, Roseland Theater, Portland OR, Fri, Apr. 13, Showbox, Seattle WA Sat, Apr. 14, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC Sun, Apr. 15, World Ski & Snowboard Championships, Whistler BC Fri, Apr. 20, Cal Poly Recreation Center, San Luis Obispo, CA Sat, Apr. 21, The Catalyst, Santa Cruz CA Sun, Apr. 22, The Fillmore, San Francisco CA Tue, Apr. 24, Ventura Theatre, Ventura CA Wed, Apr. 25, House of Blues, San Diego CA Fri, Apr. 27, Coachella Festival, Indio CA Sat, Apr. 28, House of Blues, Las Vegas NV Mon, Apr. 30, Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque NM Wed, May 02, Ridglea Theater, Fort Worth TX Thu, May 03, Antone’s Nightclub, Austin TX Sat, May 05, Jazzfest, New Orleans LA Sun, May 06, House of Blues, New Orleans LA Tue, May 08, 9:30 Club, Washington DC Wed, May 09, Avalon Ballroom, Boston MA Fri, May 11, Nokia Theatre Times Square, New York NY Sat, May 12, Theatre Of The Living Arts, Philadelphia PA Tue, May 15, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON Wed, May 16, Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA Thu, May 17, The Norva Theatre, Norfolk VA Sat, May19, Jannus Landing, Saint Petersburg FL Sun, May 20, House of Blues, Orlando FL
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Wondering if Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is sitting at home watching Beyonce get all the accolades? Hardly. Michelle has been busy doing Broadway. A few years ago she had the lead role of the Broadway musical Aida and has now been tapped to join the touring Chicago production of The Color Purple. She will portray Shug Avery, the sexy blues singer. "This is just a dream come true," Williams told the Associated Press. "I could not pass up the opportunity to do ‘The Color Purple.’ To have the privilege of even auditioning was an honor for me." Fantasia announced last week that she will be playing the lead role of Celie on Broadway (New York), but in Chicago the role will be handled by Jeannette Bayardelle, who Fantasia replaced on Broadway. But Williams will be joined by LaToya London, another American Idol alum who competed against Fantasia in season three. London will portray Nettie. The Chicago production of The Color Purple will run from April 17 to July 22 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre and possibly head to other cities.
By: Rizoh Diddy is currently under investigation by LAPD for assault and battery, says TMZ.com. The man who once rapped, “I deal with many women but treat dimes fair” may have attacked another man in a bid to snatch his fiancée at a post-Oscar party. According to the reports, Gerard Rechnitzer was on his way to the bathroom at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood when he noticed that his fiancee was surrounded by six men, including Diddy. He watched as Diddy engaged his girl in conversation for about five minutes before asking his fiancée to leave with him. Diddy reportedly told the woman about a party he was throwing and invited her to join him. Rechnitzer insisted on leaving with his fiancée. At that point, Diddy allegedly socked him in the jaw. Rechnitzer then called 911. Diddy allegedly left before the LAPD arrived. Stay tuned…
By: Rizoh The Jackson’s may have found a means to renew cash flow in a family that’s been plagued by low record sales and scandals lately. Word has it that Michael Jackson was recently approached about a reunion tour with the Jackson 5 this summer. Sources say the pop superstar met with his siblings on Monday in Las Vegas. Sisters Janet and Rebbie, as well as Jermaine, Randy, Marlon, Tito and Jackie, visited Michael around 7:30 p.m. They then discussed the family’s financial situation and the fact that Jackson has so far been unable to get work in Vegas. Michael has been eager to re-launch his career since being acquitted of child sex charges in 2005. "A successful Jackson family tour could change everything for Michael," says celebrity gossip columnist Roger Friedman. "It would also be a financial boon to a family that needs cash in a hurry,” We can’t argue with that.
By: Rizoh Screen Media Films will release the Hip Hop Life documentary DVD on April 3rd, 2007. The documentary showcases some of the country’s top underground freestyle rappers as they face off in a conquest for “Rhyme City Supremacy”. The documentary pits Houston vs. Detroit. Detroit’s toughest MC battle rappers face Houston’s best street rappers, all on the verge of stardom themselves. Only one ‘hood’ will be crowned the ultimate MC Battle city in this quest of hip-hop supremacy. G-Unit-affiliated comedian T.K. Kirkland from G-Unit blazes the mic while Jadakiss, MC Lyte, and Freeway judge this one-time only hip-hop battle. Hip Hop Life also features real battles, real street footage and live performances by Def Jam artists Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, as well as interviews with New York heavyweight Fat Joe. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO
By: Rizoh Bobby Brown, R&B singer and estranged husband of Whitney Houston, was cuffedand jailed inMassachusetts for failing to make $19,150 in child support payments to former girlfriend Kim Ward. Brown was served a warrant for skipping a child support hearing last October. The singer owes January child support payments to Ward, the mother of his two teenage children: Bobby III and LaPrincia.According to an Atlanta attorney, where Brown currently resides, the 40-year-old singer also owes constable fees and Ward’s attorney fees. "We’re diligently working on getting those funds available from outside sources," said entertainment lawyer Phaedra Parks, who added that she expected Brown to remain in the Dedham county jail until at least Tuesday. "Although this agreement was put in place when he was Bobby Brown the star, this agreement is being enforced when he is not always able to find work," she told the AP. "He hasn’t made an album in quite some years." Police arrested Brown at Attleboro High School where he was watching his daughter’s cheerleading competition on Sunday. Authorities said Brown was cooperative, so they allowed him to drive to the police station after the competition. Brown recently divorced from Whitney Houston after 14 years of marriage. And like that attorney said, he hasn’t been musically relevant in years. So, hopefully they’ll cut him some slack.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Who really knows why it started, but Timbaland was the first to launch a couple of subliminal disses on his single “Give it To Me” featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake. On the song, Timbaland, apparently referring to Scott Storch raps, “I’m a real producer, and you just a piano man/Your songs don’t top the charts, I heard em’, I’m not a fan/Niggas talking greasy, but I’m the one that gave them their chance…” Scott Storch responded with a track of his own with him actually rapping for the first time that we’ve heard. The song, “Built Like This”, has Storch clowning Timbaland’s weight, his partner Magoo and that Tim’s producing partner Danja made all his hits. Storch also has an unknown emcee, Nox, coming at Tim with some “you ain’t gangsta” and threatening him with physical violence. Word is that Timbaland also has another track on his upcoming album going towards Storch as well. Storch is losing popularity among the music industry. Even though he’s a proven hitmaker, he wasn’t invited to work on Beyonce’s last album, even though he worked extensively on her first album, and Christina Aguilera even dissed Storch on the song “F.U. S. S.” from her new album, Back to Basics. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE TRACKS
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno In 1997, shortly after the Wu-Tang Clan dropped Wu-Tang Forever and while rap-rock band Rage Against the Machine was still promoting their 1996 release, Evil Empire, the two groups decided to co-headline a national tour. While Rage rocked on, Wu-Tang fizzled off the tour due to internal issues which was discussed in the film Rock the Bells. Now with a new album in the making, Wu-Tang has agreed to co-headline the Rock the Bells festival with Rage Against the Machine this summer. “It’s definitely our fans’ dream billing. It’s a tremendous honor to have Rage Against The Machine and Wu-Tang Clan perform together,” said event organizer Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union. “I can’t wait to announce the rest of the line-up for Rock the Bells. It’s incredibly important to put some shine on quality hip-hop. The opportunity to galvanize the social and political consciousness of these groups is undeniable.” The Rock the Bells shows will take place in New York on July 28; San Bernardino, California on August 11; and San Francisco on August 18. The rest of the acts will be announced in March. Rage Against the Machine, who broke up in 2000, made headlines earlier this year when they announced they would reunite for the Coachella music on April 29. The 3-day festival sold out in 36 hours.
By: Rizoh Diddy’s 12-year old son, Justin Combs, was captured getting a lap dance from an unidentified girl in some photos that have also leaked onto the Internet. Still on the topic of Diddy’s kid gone wild, a video which shows Justin bumping and grinding with his friends has found its way onto the Internet. In the clip, Justin and step-brother Quincy—Kim Porter’s son with singer Al B Sure—are seen dancing around with their friends for about 7 minutes. We waited till the end of the video to see if a responsible adult will show up to send the kids on time-out, but all we got was more images of Justin humping a teenage-looking girl and licking his tongue. Justin is Diddy’s son from a previous relationship with stylist Misa Hylton-Brim. Should Diddy be held accountable for his son’s actions? See the video for yourself:
By: Rizoh Violence seems to trail rappers everywhere they go. Trina is the latest victim of a concert-gone-awry, thanks to the gun shots fired after she arrived at a strip club for performance in Florida. According to Broward Sheriff’s office, a fight erupted at the strip club and shots were let off after 1.a.m. on Saturday. Law enforcement arrested a 17-year old man allegedly responsible for firing a handgun in the air. The trigger-happy juvenile was charged with discharging a firearm in public. Five people were treated and transported to North Broward Medical Center, according to reports. Two others arrived at the same hospital later unaided. All wounded victims were said to be stable.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though he made his first movie, ATL, last year, 18-year old Evan Ross, son of Diana Ross is becoming a hot commodity. He’s starring in the upcoming film Pride with Terrence Howard and the HBO flick, Life Support, with Queen Latifah. He recently finished filming Gardens in the Night with Tom Arnold and Harold Perrineau and is currently filming Brooklyn to Manhattan, a film about four young escaping a botched drug deal through the subway tunnels in Brooklyn. If that’s not enough, the young actor has just signed on for roles in Burning Sands, a film about five friends forced to ban together as they embark on the treacherous task of pledging a historically black fraternity and Life is Hot in Cracktown, a film based on a book about stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Evan’s momma, Diana Ross was recently on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” giving much love to Evan for his upcoming work.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno On Saturday the 27th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, were held at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood. Although Sharon Stone and her film, Basic Instinct 2 took home four awards (including Worst Film and Worst Actress), the Wayans brothers took home three awards. Shawn and Marlon Wayans took home “Worst Actor” awards for their part in Little Man as well as “Worst Screen Couple” and “Worst Remake or Rip-Off.” Organizers of the Razzies say that the Little Man is actually a rip-off of the 1954 Bug Bunny cartoon “Baby Buggy Bunny”, where a pint-sized thug masquerades as a baby. "I will admit there is `so stupid it’s funny,’ but there is also `so stupid, get out of my face,’ and that’s what this movie is," Razzies founder, John Wilson told the Associated Press about Little Man. Other winners include M. Night Shyamalan (Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actor) for Lady in the Water, Carmen Electra (Worst Supporting Actress), and the Robin Williams film RV (Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment). For more information, check out RAZZIES.
iHipHop Blog Team