By: Rizoh Word on the streets is that singer and hip-hop hook supplier Akon will soon take his polygamous family to the screen. According to mediatakeout.com, the U.S-born Senegalese megastar will soon lunge into the celebreality world along with his three wives. The show, reportedly in its pre-production phase, will zoom in on Akon’s lifestyly behind the scenes his wives are expected to feature prominently. An insider told Mediatakeout.com that one of the three women is African while the other two are America. During an appearance on Hot 97, Akon disclosed that he believes in polygamy. "My dad has four wives. It’s all about maturity," Akon told Angie Martinez in September. He added: "I can afford to have as many wives as I want to have. Now will I choose to have it is my choice."
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By: Rizoh Apologizing on "The Late Show with David Letterman" wasn’t enough to mend the broken relationship between Michael "Kramer" Richards and his African-American audience. The comedian, who railed against the black community recently when he referred to two hecklers as "niggers," has gone a step further by hiring strategic speech and media relations expert Howard Rubenstein. Rubenstein’s first task was to ring up Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Richards appeared on Jackson’s syndicated radio show, "Keep Hope Alive," where he offered another apology for his racist remarks. "The way this came through me was like a freight train. After it was over, when I went to look for them, they had gone. And I’ve tried to meet them, to talk to them, to get some healing," Richards said. According to publicist Howard Rubenstein, Richards has sought psychiatric counseling in Los Angeles to learn how to contain his anger. "He acknowledged that his statements were harmful and opened a terrible racial wound in our nation," Rubenstein said. "He pledges never ever to say anything like that again. He’s quite remorseful." Watch Michael Richards’ apology video
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After winning an American Music Award for Best R&B Artist-Male, and then sonning Michael Richards for his racist remarks (“When I see him, it’s on. I’m not going to let him get away with it. If I’d have been in the audience he would’ve had to put his dukes up. He probably should go get a private island somewhere, cause if I see him…"), Jamie Foxx has announced a nationwide tour. The tour will launch on December 26 in San Diego and run until April 5, ending in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Here’s the itinerary: 12/26/06 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre 12/29/06 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena 12/31/06 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena 01/04/07 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Music Hall 01/05/07 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre 01/06/07 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre 01/13/07 Denver, CO Lecture Hall @ Colorado Conv. Ctr. 01/19/07 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center 01/21/07 Washington, DC Verizon Center 01/22/07 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena 01/25/07 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center 01/26/07 Buffalo, NY Shea’s Perf. Arts Ctr. 01/27/07 Syracuse, NY Landmark Theatre 01/28/07 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena 01/31/07 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theatre 02/01/07 Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse Centre 02/08/07 Columbus, OH Veterans Memorial Auditorium 02/10/07 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena 02/15/07 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center 02/16/07 Las Vegas, NV Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort 03/01/07 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre 03/03/07 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena 03/08/07 Houston, TX Toyota Center 03/10/07 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre 03/11/07 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center 03/15/07 Memphis, TN FedExForum 03/16/07 Nashville, TN Andrew Jackson Hall 03/17/07 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum 03/18/07 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium 03/23/07 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena 04/05/07 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this year, Beyonce was looking for female musicians to form an all-girl band for her upcoming tour. She held audtions and picked 12 girls that came from Houston, Atlanta, New York City and even Israel. Now Beyonce is looking for dancers for her 2007 tour. Beyonce is looking for male and female dancers, 18 years and older of any nationality. She’ll be holding auditions in December in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, New York and Chicago. Here’s the current audition schedule (for more information check out beyonceonline December 6 & 7 Los Angeles Alley Kat (1455 Gordon) December 9 Atlanta Dance 101 January 6 Houston location TBA January 11 & 12 New York location TBA January 27 Chicago location TBA
By:Rizoh 50 Cent has lashed out at Hollywood for double standards after seeing the poster for the new James Bond movie, "Casino Royale." The "Casino Royale" billboard shows 007 actor Daniel Craig toting a gun. "Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ comes out and they want to protest because they see a gun in my hand but James Bond comes out or Mr & Mrs Smith will come out with guns and it’s acceptable," 50 Cent lamented. 50 was alluding to the backlash he caught when the promotional poster for his "Get Rich or Die Tryin’" movie depicted the 30-year old rapper with a gun. One version of the the billboards showed 50 Cent in a crucifixion pose with a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. Despite the rapper’s claims that the image was only intended to communicate his struggle to escape street life, Paramount Pictures pulled some of the ads. "You can see any kind of gun there is to see on the covers of films. You can go in Blockbuster and see every gun that was ever made," said 50. "Let’s not start with 50 Cent and stop with 50 Cent. Let’s do it everywhere else and make it unacceptable period. I would gladly join the rest of entertainment if we get there."
The urban community will gather at the world famous Apollo Theater on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the 10th Annual Justo Mixtape Awards. The ceremony will be hosted by Hip Hop DJ pioneer, Red Alert. The first of its kind, the Mixtape Awards celebrates and honors deejays for breaking new records and artists and creating promotional brand buzzing tools. The brainchild of Justo Faison, a music industry marketing and promotion veteran, the Mixtape Awards was created to bring attention and recognition to the mixtape subculture, often the first stop for new hip hop artists, both signed and unsigned. Solidifying its hold on the urban culture, while broadening its audience, this year new categories have been added to the ballot. The new categories include: Best International DJ, Best Raggeton Mixtape DJ, Best Reggae Mixtape DJ and Best Mashup Awards. Power 105.1 is the official radio sponsor for this year’s award show and Sucker Free Sundays, on MTV2, will broadcast live as Steve Rifkind is awarded, Mixtape Top Executive and Lifetime Achievement Award for a Special Edition: Justo’s Mixtape Awards 2006. The world famous Apollo Theater, a New York City and New York State landmark, will host this year’s event and continues to celebrate and promote the cultural heritage and performance traditions of communities of color, while preserving and building upon the theater’s rich history and serving as a cultural and educational resource for the community and the public at large.
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Unfortunately, this personalized ring tone is only available to Sprint and Nextel customers, who can set it up as Ringers (ringtones) or Call Tones (ringback tones) by downloading it from their phones. Sprint will also begin streaming the first two videos from Chingy’s album, Hoodstar, "Pullin’ Me Back" and "Dem Jeans," as well as an exclusive interview Chingy did with one of Sprint’s VJ’s on Channel 33 or Channel 35 on Sprint TV, which is available on Sprint Power Vision phones. With the success of his latest single, "Dem Jeans", Chingy is taking it a step further. The young emcee has recorded 123 personalized ringtones using the hook "Damn Girl, how’d you get all that in Dem Jeans?" from the single, but replacing "Girl" with 123 different female names. Chingy laid down each hook in the studio using names like Jalisa, Lakeisha, Mariah, Oprah, Beyonce and others.
By:Rizoh Eminem clinched the "Favorite Male Rap/Hip-Hop Artist" award at this year’s American Music Awards held last night (November 21) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Both Kanye West and Chamillionaire were nominated for "Favorite Male Artist" and "Breakthrough Artist" respectively, both failed to win. Below is a complete list of winners from the 2006 AMAs: • Pop-Rock: Male artist: Sean Paul Female artist: Kelly Clarkson Band, duo or group: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album: "All the Right Reasons," Nickelback • Soul-R&B: Male artist: Jamie Foxx Female artist: Mary J. Blige Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas Album: "The Breakthrough," Mary J. Blige • Country: Male artist: Toby Keith Female artist: Faith Hill Band, duo or group: Rascal Flatts Album: "Greatest Hits Volume 2," Tim McGraw • Rap/Hip-Hop: Male artist: Eminem Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas Album: "Monkey Business," The Black Eyes Peas • Adult Contemporary: Artist: Kelly Clarkson • Latin Music: Artist: Shakira • Alternative Music: Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers Contemporary Inspirational: Kirk Franklin Artists: Breakthrough (New Artist): Carrie Underwood
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Veteran emcee A.G. (aka Andre the Giant), of the much lauded hip-hop group, Show & A.G., has announced that he’ll be joining the 2KSports Mixtape Live Tour. The tour, which celebrates the connection between hip-hop and video games, also features Dan the Automater, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), Casual (of Hieroglyphics) and Common Market. A.G. will be promoting his new album, Get Dirty Radio, which features production from J. Dilla, Madlib, Lord Finesse, Show, Tommy Tee, Oh No, DJ Design, Jake One, Cochise with appearances from Aloe Blacc, Party Arty and Lil Roze. Here’s the tour dates: 11/29/06 – SLO Brewing Company – San Luis Obispo, CA – 18+ 11/30/06 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA – 21+ 12/01/06 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA – 16+ 12/02/06 – Senator Theatre – Chico, CA – All ages 12/04/06 – Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR – 21+ 12/05/06 – The Nightlight – Bellingham, WA – 21+ 12/06/06 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA – All ages 12/08/06 – Suede – Park City, UT – All ages 12/09/06 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO – All ages 12/10/06 – Fox Theatre & Cafe – Boulder, CO – All ages 12/12/06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM – All ages 12/13/06 – Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ – All ages 12/14/06 – Canes Bar & Grill – San Diego, CA – 21+ 12/15/06 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – All ages
By:Rizoh It’s one of the biggest questions on the minds of Nas’ fans, as we get closer to the release date of his Def Jam debut Hip-Hop Is Dead. Jay-Z has already fired back at Cam’ron and Jim Jones via "Dig a Hole" and "Brooklyn High." On the latter, Jay-Z even admits that "Ether"—Nas’ rebound to the Jiggaman’s "Takeover"—strengthened him in the battle department. Will Nas, a certified lyrical warrior, follow suit when Hip-Hop is Dead drops on December 19? "I’m trying to uplift the unity," Nas told MTV News recently. "You listen to Cam’ron’s dis, that was just pieces of "Ether" put together. You have to make a certain amount of albums to be in the ring with me. You can’t have one album or two albums or went platinum one time, or you may have performed in front of 6,000 people once in your life. You have to be somebody in my weight class. You can’t fight like that. That’s not really a battle. "But there are spankings I can do," he continued. "Lyrical, verbal assaults I can do on some of you clowns. But the take on this album is more of a unity thing. I don’t really know if I’m gonna let some of those records fly where I do answer a thing or two. Maybe, maybe not…"
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Kanye West and marketing agency TAOW Productions announced that West will be sponsoring a race car in the Formula BMW World Finals from November 24-26 in Valencia, Spain. West’s car has his famous bear logo along with the logos of the Kanye West Foundation and the United Nations World Food program. The car will be driven by 17- year old racer Philip Major. "Creating opportunities for people to dream and achieve is part of the core focus of the Kanye West Foundation," West said. "The Kanye West Foundation is glad to partner with Philip Major for such a global event. We view our participation as a race to help humanity and hope to raise awareness about my Foundation and the United Nations World Food Program." The Formula BMW World Finals is a competition between the best drivers from the world’s regional Formula BMW series. The second annual event will include 38 drivers from 18 countries. For more information check out formulabmwusa.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After a successful 2006 and a strings of hits Bad Boy Records has announced that they have renewed their relationship with Block Enterprises, the label home to Yung Joc and Boyz N Da Hood and headed by Russell ‘Block’ Spencer. "As we have continued to expand the musical scope of Bad Boy, we knew we had to be plugged into the creative and vibrant Southern scene,” Diddy said. “When Block and I first met, I realized he had an ear for the streets of the South and that he would be the perfect person to be our partner in developing and breaking new talent.The success of Boyz N Da Hood and Young Joc proves that our instincts were right, and there is much more fantastic music in the pipeline from the Block/Bad Boy South team. I am thrilled that we have renewed our commitment to this great relationship." Bad Boy and Block Enterprises are currently hard at work on new albums from Boyz N Da hood and Yung Joc plus debut albums from Boyz member Big Gee and a debut album from Gorilla Zoe. "As the South market grew, Diddy and Bad Boy realized they needed to be involved,” Block said. “I was looking to take the music we make in the South to another level, and the collaboration between Block Enterprises and Bad Boy South was the perfect avenue for both of our companies. Look at the success we have already attained. When the machine is working successfully, you don’t look to fix it, but to add to it to make it better. The renewal of our deal is going to make the Block/Bad Boy South partnership even bigger."
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