Month: August 2008

IS ISLAND DEF JAM ABOUT TO FIRE JERMAINE DUPRI?

A Def Jam source has informed resident SOHH.com writer Gyant, that the head of Island Record’s Urban Division, Jermaine Dupri is about to be given his marching orders! Gyant writes: “After several failed projects, which includes Janet Jackson’s Discipline, Mariah Carey’s E=MC2 and Johnta Austin’s permanently shelved project it looks like the powers that be have had enough and JD’s time as head of Island Records’ urban division has come to an end. I am being told that JD’s termination papers were being drafted []

2008 OLYMPICS: USAIN BOLT CLAIMS 200M GOLD WITH RECORD

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt added the 200m crown to his Olympic 100m title in an incredible new world record time of 19.30 seconds in Beijing. The 21-year-old, who won the 100m title in a world record of 9.69 secs, powered past the field to cross the line and smash Michael Johnson’s mark of 19.32. American defending champion Shawn Crawford took silver with team-mate Walter Dix getting the bronze. Continue Reading…….. Click here to watch Congratulations Usain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blap! Blap!

DAMON DASH SUED OVER MISSED MORTGAGE PAYMENTS

Picture Source Hip-Hop entrepreneur Damon Dash is being sued by Eastern Savings Bank, for missing the monthly mortgage payments on a pair of Manhattan apartments. According to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Dash has failed the $78,504 monthly note for the apartments since January. Dash is in danger of losing the apartments, which are located in the trendy Sugar Warehouse and in the Atalanta. Dash, who founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z in 1996, also faces over $10,000 in late fees []

CORSPE KEPT UPRIGHT FOR 3 DAY WAKE IN PUERTO RICO

A Puerto Rican man has been granted his wish to remain standing – even in death. A funeral home used a special embalming treatment to keep the corpse of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina standing upright for his three-day wake. Dressed in a Yankees baseball cap and sunglasses, Pantoja was mourned by relatives while propped upright in his mother’s living room. His brother Carlos told the El Nuevo Dia newspaper the victim had long said he wanted to be upright for his own []

SONY LAUNCHES NEW URBAN LABEL

Sony has launched a new urban imprint dedicated to reviving the practice of artist development, AllHipHop.com has learned. Battery Records will be lead by Penalty Records Founder Neil Levine and distributed through Sony’s RED Marketing Group. While operating as it’s own independent company, Battery Records will primarily be responsible for the early-stage development of certain artists on the rosters of the RCA and Zomba groups of labels. “We started operation back in mid-June, so it’s a brand new division,” Neil Levine told []

2008 OLYMPICS: BRITAIN CHRISTINE OHURUOGU WINS 400M GOLD MEDAL

Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu romped home to take the 400 metre gold medal in Beijing today. Ohuruogu produced a storming finish to overhaul favourite Sanya Richards and win in a time of 49.62 seconds and add Olympic gold to the world title won in Osaka last year. Richards tied up badly down the home straight and could only finish third behind Jamaica’s Shericka Williams. Ohuruogu admitted it was a dream come true to land Olympic gold. She said: ‘ I don’t know where []

UK NEWS: JADE GOODY ENTERS INDIAN BIG BROTHER HOUSE / DIAGNOSED WITH CERVICAL CANCER

Jade Goody Reality TV star Jade Goody has spent her first night on the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother.  (WHY????? I can’t believe they invited her on the show SMH….) It comes 18 months after the 27-year-old was accused of racism towards Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty in the UK show. Goody told Indian audiences before she went in to the house the incident with Shetty was “in the past” and that she was “not proud of it”. Shetty takes Davina McCall’s []

MASTER P TAKES ON BET WITH NEW CABLE NETWORK, ‘BETTER BLACK TELEVISION’

Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, is launching a family-friendly cable network, Better Black Television. The network will provide “positive content for a black and brown culture,” according to a company statement. BBTV, set to launch in 2009, will be a general entertainment channel running a wide range of scripted, unscripted and news programming, including drama and comedy series, movies, animation, reality, politics, sports and entertainment news, children’s educational and teen programming, as well as “responsible hip-hop music and videos.” Source  []