Month: April 2008

UK NEWS: RAPPER SWAY SUPPORTS NEW CAMPAIGN SET UP TO TACKLE GUN CRIME AND KNIFE CULTURE

UK rapper Sway Dasafo will lend his support to a new campaign called A-VIBE and The Believe Collective, which has been set up to tackle gun crime and knife culture in the UK. The organisation’s objective is to develop ways in which which, social networking sites, blogs and mobiles can provide creative opportunities for young people to represent themselves and their communities. When asked about the new campaign Sway said, “it’s good to finally have a voice for the people that really matter. There’s a lot of []

US EVENT – TY SET TO PERFORM @ KNITTING FACTORY (NEW YORK)

              Respected UK rapper and recent Spitkicker inductee Ty, will be performing at the Knitting Factory in New York this Sunday (April 13th), along side Taylor Mcferrin and Mobius Collective.  So if you happen to be in the NY area on Sunday, I highly recommend that you check out this show.   Details: Knitting Factory, (Main Space), 74 Leonard Street, New York, NY, Tel: 212 219 3006, http://www.knittingfactory.com All Ages / $12 adv // $15 door Text: TYUK to 467467 []

AFRICAN AMERICAN WINS MISS USA 2008

Photograph: AP A 26-year-old entrepreneur from Texas was named Miss USA on Friday, besting 50 other beauty queens for the coveted crown. Crystle Stewart, of Missouri City, Texas, runs a party-planning and motivational speaking company, as well as modeling professionally. She says she wants to dedicate her life to international philanthropy. “I want to talk to people about how to set a goal and achieve it,” she told The Associated Press after the show. “Because I just achieved my goal.” Continue Reading []

SAD NEWS OF THE DAY: JIM JONES’ MOVIE ‘WHO’S DEAL?’, RELEASE DATE PUSHED BACK

Last week I posted the movie trailer of Jim Jones’ new film ‘Who’s Deal?’, which also stars Elise Neal. Within hours of me posting it, the trailer could be seen on other black entertainment news sites all over the Internet and was then universally panned for being the longest running trailer ever made and noted for it’s bad editing, bad sound, the appauling performances from the actors featured, signalling out Elise Neal in particular, and the typo in the film’s title – ‘Who’s Deal?’ should in fact read as ‘Whose Deal?’ Word must have got back to the []

EMINEM TO HEADLINE NELSON MANDELA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONCERT???????

Reports suggest that rapper Eminem will headline Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration concert in London on June 27th. A source tells British newspaper The Sun, “We’re amazed to have Eminem on board. We wanted some of the greatest artists from recent times and Eminem was on the list. Brian (May) contacted Eminem’s management on the off-chance and never expected him to go for it. It’s going to be explosive stuff and it’s certainly a big stage to make his comeback.” (Source)  Eminem????? Nah this []

PIC OF THE DAY: R.KELLY

Apparently R. Kelly is working on a new album which he plans to drop sometime in the summer, and this is a new promotional shot from  the album. Mr Kelly you need help……  

90s RAPPER VANILLA ICE ARRESTED OVER DOMESTIC ABUSE CLAIMS

Rapper-turned-reality TV star Vanilla Ice has been arrested for domestic battery. The star – real name Robert Van Winkle – and his wife Laura had been arguing since Wednesday. It is believed Laura called police to report her husband was hitting and kicking her at their Palm Beach County, Florida home on Thursday evening. Continue Reading Vanilla Ice….. I don’t care what anyone says, the track ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was fire back in the day!

ESTELLE TOLD TO FIX TEETH AND CHANGE HAIRSTYLE?

‘US label Atlantic Records wants Estelle to have surgery on her teeth to help her break into the American charts, say reports. Her bosses also want her to ditch the boyish haircut she has in her ‘American Boy’ video and would like to give her image a complete overhaul, according to The Sun. “The American executives are adamant she makes a lot of significant changes,” said a source. “They want rid of her tomboy hair and want her to get her teeth fixed. []

LEONA LEWIS VISITS MTV’S TRL (APRIL 7TH)

UK singing sensation Leona Lewis has set out on the promotional trail and stopped by the TRL studios on Monday. Leona, whose debut single ‘Bleeding Love” went straight to number one on both sides of the Atlantic, looks set to blow up Stateside and I am really pleased for her. But am I the only one that thinks her songs sound like the type of ballads that Mariah would have sung in the 90s?