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Texas DJ Suspended Over Racist Obama Remarks

By: Rizoh An Austin, Texas, disc jockey named Sam Allred has been suspended over racially insensitive remarks on air about Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Nelson Linder of the NAACP told Austin’s KXAN TV that the group is working on getting Allred to apologize publicly. Here’s a transcript of the controversial on-air conversation between Sam Allred and Bob Cole, hosts of KVET’s Sam and Bob show: Allred: "What happened to Bama Rock or whatever his name is?" Cole: "He’s moving up in the polls. Obama." Allred: "He’s a likeable guy." Cole: "He’s ‘clean’ is what what’s-his-name said. Joe Biden told us that." Allred: "Clean darky." Cole: "Sammy!" Apparently the station held some serious discussions about Sam’s remarks, because after they came back from a commercial break he tried to set the record straight by saying: “See, I was making fun of politicians who say things like that.” The NAACP disagrees. “That kind of ignorance has no place in this country in 2007," said Linder. "To me, the entire context was basically inappropriate," he said. "Humor doesn’t lessen the impact of racism, and I think that should be very, very clear to everybody." Allred, on the other hand, vehemently denied that anything controversial was said on the show. “It’s called the First Amendment,” he said, “and you get the right to say anything.” In what they’re hoping to pass off as an apology, KVET said this on their website: “During an on-air broadcast on3/1/07 onKVET FM, a statement was made that might have been heard as offensive to some of our listeners. It is not our station’s intention to be offensive. It is our stations’ policy that we do not discriminate against individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation.”

Nas and Kelis Star In ‘Mr. and Mrs. Jones’, Announces Tour

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Kelis had a dust up with the law last week; MTV is looking to make her and Nas into the next Nick and Jessica, Dave and Carmen and Travis and Shanna. MTV announced that plans for “Mr. and Mrs. Jones”, a reality show featuring Nas and Kelis in their everyday lives, business as well as personal. "This is a show featuring two people whose dynamics are entirely their own,” MTV president Brian Graden told “He tends to be very quiet, and she knows exactly what he needs when he needs it. While other shows have focused more on the domestic side of these couples, we are taking a much stronger point of view and catching up to them when their tour is beginning." In the mean time, Nas will be hitting the road this spring to promote his Hip-Hop is Dead philosophy to the masses. The tour begins on April 4 in Cleveland and will run until May 2, ending in San Diego. Here’s the itinerary: 04-02 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues 04-03 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Tavern 04-05 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa 04-06 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues 04-07 Orlando, FL – House of Blues 04-08 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution 04-10 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle 04-11 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater 04-13 Washington, DC – Love Nite Club 04-15 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel 04-16 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis 04-17 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus 04-19 Detroit, MI – State Theater 04-20 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater 04-21 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom 04-22 Minneapolis, MN – Myth 04-23 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant 04-25 Denver, CO – Fillmore 04-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Harry O’s 04-29 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues 04-30 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues 05-01 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues 05-02 San Diego, CA – 4th & B Concert Theater

Bizzy Bone Goes Homeless, Gets Closer To God

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno While Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are busy plotting their comeback, longtime fans have been wondering where fallen member Bizzy Bone has been. Apparently he’s been walking. In a campaign he calls the “Walk in My Shoes” campaign, Bizzy walked from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio to Cleveland, Ohio in an effort to come closer to God as well as tout the importance of ending homelessness. "Wandering in my desolate state, I had an overwhelming desire to surrender myself. My journey then became spiritual and my relationship with God was personal, between me and him,” Bizzy said in a press release. "I walked for a purpose. I walked for people who have no home, fame, fortune, or glory. I walked for those people who didn’t care whether or not I am a Grammy Award winner or sold millions of records. I walked for the people who have no one to turn to in their time of need. I walked for the real soul survivors." In addition to his campaign, Bizzy just inked a deal with Virgin Records and After Platinum Records and plans to release his new album, A Song For You, later this year. But more than anything, he wants to focus more energy on his Walk in My Shoes campaign and form alliances and partnerships with non-profit homeless organizations. "I’ve learned more about life from the homeless, who are the ultimate survivors than I have anywhere else,” he said. “I admire them. I’ve learned a lot about respect because I’ve seen and lived their struggles first hand. When I realized I could be useful in communicating what I had learned, I thought maybe it would inspire other people to educate themselves on this issue and do some good."

Martin Lawrence Putting In Work

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Martin Lawrence has been getting a lot of attention for his roles in the John Travolta-led flick Wild Hogs and got a few laughs for his voice over work in Open Season but he’s going to keep it moving. Lawrence is currently filming The Better Man, a flick about a single dad and successful talk show host who begins to re-evaluate his life when he returns home to attend parents 50th wedding anniversary in the deep south. Taking place in Louisiana the film is being directed by Malcolm Lee and will hit theatres in 2008. Lawrence also announced that seasons two and three of his sitcom “Martin” will drop this month. In addition, Lawrence will also be producing a talent show for Starz called “Martin Lawrence Presents The First Amendment Standup Comedy Show.” Look for it to debut this month.

MTV’s Greatest Hip-Hop Group’s Of All Time?

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For the last couple of weeks, MTV and have been counting down who they think are the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. Their criteria was choosing groups with at least two emcees, so Eric B & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions or Gangstarr were ineligible. The hip-hop heads on the MTV staff each submitted their top 10 groups with each #1 pick getting 10 points, #2 pick getting 9 point and so forth. The result? 10. UGK 9. Fugees 8. Salt ‘N Pepa 7. EPMD 6. A Tribe Called Quest 5. Wu-Tang Clan 4. Outkast 3. Public Enemy 2. N.W.A 1. Run-DMC The MTV News staff admitted that there were glaring omissions most notably the Beastie Boys. Other legendary groups missing from the list include the Geto Boys, De La Soul, and pioneering groups the Cold Crush Brothers, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 and the Sugar Hill Gang. The MTV News staff will be publishing stories this week defending their choices as well as giving those left off the list and honorable mention. Check it out their list and reasoning behind it here: MTV

Kanye West Orders $4000 Food Delivery From The U.K.

By: Rizoh Kanye West will pay upwards of $4000 just to get a taste of onion bhaji, Ayre fish, assorted biryanis and pappadums, specially prepared in the UK. According to BBC News, the meal will be delivered from Wales to New York along with British Raj’s head chef. The 3,000-mile transatlantic takeaway will involve temperature controlled ice containers, a helicopter ride to Heathrow and a business class flight to New York, followed by a limousine to West’s door. West is part of a group of eight people being catered for by the south Wales restaurant via a music promotion company. The same company had previously ordered food from the restaurant for a Snoop Dogg after-show in London. Restaurant owner, Masud Ahmed, said: “It is unbelievable; I didn’t even know this Snoop Dogg man had eaten our food before. And when the order came in on the fax we had no idea who Kanye West was, we had to type his name into Google.” Ouch! So much for being an international rap star. Here’s the best part though: If Kanye were to walk in to the restaurant and order the same thing, it would only cost him $17.50.

Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker Don’t Know How to Stop Winning Awards

By: Rizoh Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker continued their awards sweep at the 38th NAACP Image Awards. The pair—who won best actor and best supporting actress at this year’s Oscars—enjoyed the same recognitions again at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ceremony held in Los Angeles. Djimon Hounsou picked up the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Blood Diamond. Best film recognition went to The Pursuit of Happyness, which stars Will Smith and his son. Below is a list of 2007 NAACP winners—music category: Outstanding New Artist: Corinne Bailey Rae. Outstanding Male Artist: Prince Outstanding Female Artist: Mary J. Blige. Duo or Group: The Roots. Jazz Artist: Glady Knight. Gospel Artist, Traditional or Contemporary: Kirk Franklin. Music Video: Mary J. Blige, "Be Without You." Outstanding Song: "I Am Not My Hair," India.Arie. Outstanding Album: "Dreamgirls" (Soundtrack)

50 Cent Says Cam’ron Has AIDS!!

By: Rizoh The much-publicized feud between 50 Cent and Cam’ron has spilled onto a 2nd round showdown. After landing the first jab with his “Funeral Music” video, 50 now teams up with Young Buck on a song called “Hold On” to deliver more lyrical assault to Cam’ron. While the song doesn’t really contain any direct disses to Cam or the Dipset crew, 50’s disparaging statement at the end of the track is clearly targeted at Cam. “"Talking about you got I.B.S./N***a, you got A.I.D.S." The line is a reference to Cam’ron’s song, “I.B.S.,” which appears on Killa Season. On the song, the Dipset General admits to having suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, “This is a true story/I got stomach pain, don’t matter sun or rain/Thought that it went away, uh oh, here it come again.” Watch Young Buck & 50 Cent’s “Hold On” Video below:

Tyrese Still Fiddling With His ‘Alter Ego’

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Tyrese is still tinkering with the whole Black-Ty rapping career experiment and is now taking it on the road. His double album, Alter Ego, featured one CD of all R&B and the other CD with him rapping as Black-Ty. The VH1 Soul Presents The Alter Ego Tour launches on March 3 at BB King’s in New York and will run until April 1 ending at Trocadero in Minneapolis. Tyrese recent made headlines with reports that he was hitting his girlfriend, but no charges were ever filed and Tyrese denied the accusations. Here’s the itinerary for the tour: 3/3, New York, NY, BB King’s 3/5, Philadelphia, PA,Theater of Living Arts 3/8, Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues 3/11, Winston Salem, NC, Ziggy’s 3/12, Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theater 3/15, Los Angeles, CA, Wilshire Ebell Theater 3/16, Los Angeles, CA, Wilshire Ebell Theater 3/17, Atlanta, GA, Georgia Freight Depot 3/21, St. Louis, MO, Society 3/23, Memphis, MI, Plush Nightclub 3/24, Oklahoma City, OK, Déjà vu 3/25, Shereveport, LA, Shreveport Conv. Ctr. 3/27, Toledo, OH, Club Bijou 3/28, Jackson, MI, Rocket Nightclub 3/29, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino 4/1, Minneapolis, MN, Trocadero

British Court: “Diddy Ain’t Diddy Here”

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno This week a British court ruled that Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs breached an agreement with a London-based producer that he would not use ‘Diddy’ while he’s in Britain or on any products he sells in Britain. Earlier this year producer Richard ‘Diddy’ Dearlove, who owns the ‘Diddy’ name in Britain, filed a lawsuit against Combs claiming that he breached a 2006 agreement where he wouldn’t use the ‘Diddy’ name in Britain by using the name on MySpace and YouTube, which Brits access internationally. The British judge didn’t demand Combs to change his name or stop using MySpace or YouTube, however, but he did rule that Combs advertised himself as ‘Diddy’ in the song “The Future” from his Press Play album, which violated the agreement. Combs agreed to perform a different version of the song when he is in Britain. As far as the whole MySpace and YouTube situation, it will go to a High Court in October unless the two sides can come to some sort of new agreement. In July 2006, Combs paid Dearlove $20,000 for damages for misappropriation of the name and wrote an agreement for its use.

Bobby Brown Too Broke To Make Bail, Radio Station Comes To The Rescue

By: Rizoh Bobby Brown is fresh out of jail and he has a radio station to thank for his bail. Brown, who had been sitting in jail for three days, accepted DC radio station Hot 99.5’s offer to pay the $19,150.00 owed in child support on BB’s behalf. In exchange for the payment, Brown will put in a week’s worth of work on Hot 99.5. He will be provided with his own security, transportation, and accommodation. In a statement released by Hot 99.5, the radio station said that they’re “really doing it for his children.” “We sympathize with Bobby and hope that this will give him a head start and will put him back on track,” said Hot 99.5 radio personality Kane.

Prodigy: “I Don’t Give a F**K About 2Pac”

By: Rizoh Prodigy is running his mouth again. This time, he’s taking shots at the late great Tupac Shakur. Well, sort of. Asked about his decision to sample 2Pac’s vocals on his song “New York Sh*t” despite being a victim of Pac’s wrath on wax, P told that artistic decisions take precedence over petty feuds. Well, not exactly in those words. “It’s all about how the chorus sounds—‘Oh that sh*t sounds hot together-the Biggie and the ‘Pac sample sound good…’ I don’t give a f**k about Pac! I’m just saying that sh*t sound hot together; that’s an ill idea for a chorus. It don’t matter what Pac did or whatever…that’s not the case. The case is the shit sound like a good record.” Too bad he couldn’t summon the courage to make such statements while ‘Pac was still alive.

The Gloved One Considers Las Vegas Proposal

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.”

‘Nigga’ Banned In New York

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.

Jeezy Pilots D-Boys of America

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


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