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VIDEO: JAY-Z FT ALICIA KEYS – ‘EMPIRE STATE OF MIND’

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Check out the video for Jay-Z’s new single Empire State Of Mind featuring Alicia Keys.

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TALENTHOUSE – (CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS)

October 30, 2009 2 comments
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TalentHouse launched on the 27th October 2009 and is a platform for creative collaboration, providing artists opportunities for recognition and compensation.

Talenthouse currently focuses on film, fashion, music, art and photography. Many global brands and acclaimed industry icons are involved with Talenthouse by hosting Creative Invites.

Creative Invites are where an artist or brand invites the TalentHouse community to collaborate on a professional piece of work.

Beats by Dr. Dre, Naomi Campbell, Nokia and Adidas are among the Creative Invites with the aim to discover new talent, design new products and create original content. They are other major artists and brands who have embraced the Talenthouse vision to enable emerging artists from all disciplines around the world to secure recognition and compensation.
 
Here is some more information on Naomi Campbell’s and Dr Dre’s Creative Invites:

Naomi Campbell, the internationally renowned supermodel, has created two “Creative Invites” exclusive to the Talenthouse community.  The first challenge is to find the next international fashion photographer. The second challenge Naomi Campbell has set is to discover the next international fashion model, female or male. The two winners from both categories will have the opportunity to work with a major fashion magazine.
 
Dr Dre,the legendary music producer, has teamed up with Talenthouse to find the next promotional video for his successful Beats by Dr Dre headphones. This invite is open to all aspiring video/film makers interested in creating an artistic, hip and edgy 30-60 second video clip that reflects the Beats by Dre overall mission that “sound matters.”

If you are interested in being a part of this project then log onto www.talenthouse.com to participate in the Creative Invites.

You can also set up your own creative invite on Talent House if you’re looking for a creative collaboration yourself. e.g. if you’re looking for a graphic designer to make a new logo for your blog.

UK NEWS: FOOTBALLER MARLON KING JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS

October 30, 2009 7 comments

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Via Sky Sports News

Wigan striker Wigan striker Marlon King has been jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of a nightclub attack on a young woman.

King, who was celebrating both his wife’s pregnancy and scoring a winning goal hours earlier, was repeatedly “cold-shouldered” by women revellers in London’s packed Soho Revue Bar last December.

When a slightly-built university student became the latest to recoil from his touch, he lost his temper and in an outburst of “completely gratuitous violence” lashed out, “smashing” her to the floor.

Well that’s Marlon’s football career flushed down the toilet!

With three children and a wife to support I just hope he had enough good sense to save some money.

UK NEWS: CINEMAS PULL INNER CITY GANG FILM

October 30, 2009 5 comments

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No surprises here!

Via BBC News

Two cinema chains say, on police advice, they will not show a film about gang culture made in Birmingham.

1DAY follows the violent life of two inner city gangs and was filmed in the Handsworth area, starring local people.

Odeon and Cineworld said they would not show the movie, due for national release on 6 November, in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said the force had not asked for the film to be pulled but it was investigating whether an officer had approached cinemas independently. Continue Reading…….

When I watched the trailer for 1 Day I just knew there would be a problem.

I guess if you live in Birmingham and desperately want to see this film, then you will have to travel to another city in the UK to watch it.

At the moment it’s only been banned in Birmingham but then again how long before it’s banned all over the UK?

Anyway 1 Day will be released in other cities around the UK on Friday 6th November. 

Click here to watch trailer.

Gang violence in Birmingham has escalated over the past 5 years, so do you think the police are right to censor this film there?

2009 BET HIP HOP AWARDS CYPHER – MOS DEF, BLACK THOUGHT, EMINEM

October 28, 2009 19 comments

Now this is good!

UK NEWS: NIGERIAN SUICIDE CHILD RELEASED

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment

 

Via The Evening Standard

A 10 year old Nigerian girl who attempted suicide after being detained in a Gatwick immigration centre for a second time has been released with her mother on the orders of Home Secretary Alan Johnson. Adeoti Ogunsola and her mother will appeal to stay in Britain.  Click here to read more about this story.

This is just terrible. 

Sadly though the chances of them being able to stay here on a permanent basis are still pretty slim.

2009 BET HIP HOP AWARDS FREESTYLE CYPHER: NICKI MINAJ, JOE BUDDEN, EMINEM, KRS-ONE

October 28, 2009 7 comments

Why would they even think to include Nicki Minaj???? It’s complete and utter madness!   The woman cannot rap!

I’m sorry but cold hard cash and bodily fluids had to have been exchanged behind closed doors for this to have happened.

 

UK NEWS: REGGAE SINGER MAXI PRIEST ARRESTED

October 28, 2009 9 comments

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British reggae artist Maxi Priest has been completely off the radar for sometime now.

So let me be the first to congratulate him on his return back into the media’s spotlight.

Via Entertainment Daily

British reggae star MAXI PRIEST has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

The musician, who enjoyed hits with a cover of Cat Stevens’ Wild World and a duet with Shaggy, reportedly attacked a former lover after she caught him in a car with another woman.

Priest was taken into custody by cops in London over allegations he pushed his ex to the floor and ripped her clothes when she reportedly threatened to smash his vehicle with a brick.

He was bailed after spending a night in custody.

I can just  imagine the scene…..

UK TV: BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMMING – WHAT A JOKE!

October 27, 2009 26 comments
Still shot taken from the Channel 4 documentary The White Beauty Myth

The White Beauty Myth (Channel 4 tonight 10pm)

For those who don’t know it’s currently Black History Month here in the UK and our TV networks have decided to celebrate this fact by airing the following documentaries…..

Note: It’s not a coincidence that they decided to schedule these documentaries during this period.

Race & Intelligence:  Science’s Last Taboo ( aired last night (October 26th on Channel 4)  

In 2007, Nobel Prize winning US scientist James Watson was quoted referring to research suggesting that black people were less intelligent than other races. His comments caused a storm of controversy, Watson was condemned. In this documentary, part of the season Race: Science’s Last Taboo, Rageh Omaar sets out to find out the truth, meeting scientists who believe the research supports the view that races can be differentiated as well as those who vehemently oppose this view. By daring to ask the difficult questions, Omaar is able to explode the myths about race and IQ and reveal what he thinks are important lessons for society.

Bleach, Nip, Tuck: The White Beauty Myth. Tonight (Tuesday 27th Oct)  Channel 4, 10pm.

Two documentaries from the Race: Science’s Last Taboo season examine the growing trend for deracialisation surgery.

Make Me White. Tonight (Tuesday 27th Oct), BBC 1, 10.35pm

The One Show’s presenter Anita Rani goes on a journey around the country to discover what it is that makes some people want to have lighter skin.

So who plans on tuning in to these documentaries then?

MADONNA FLIES IN TO MALAWI TO MARK CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

October 27, 2009 5 comments

No longer on a one woman quest to rid the African continent of it’s children, superstar Madonna flew in to Malawi and donned dark shades yesterday as she marked the construction of a new school for girls.

Anyone would think Queen Elizabeth II was paying the country a visit…

Would it not have made more sense to wait until the building is actually standing and then mark it’s opening???

Anyway well done Madge!

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