Month: March 2011

UK NEWS / VIDEO: SMILEY CULTURE PRESS CONFERENCE (LIVE)

The family of UK reggae star Smiley Culture aka David Emmanuel, who died Tuesday 15th March in suspicious circumstances during a raid on his home by the Metropolitan Police Serious Crime Squad, is holding a press conference at the Karibu Education Centre 7 Gresham Rd Brixton SW9 7PH now. In attendance and speaking on behalf of the Emmanuel family will be Merlin Emmanuel. A long time friend and associate of Smiley’s, Asher Senator will speak along with other members of his immediate family. []

BILL COSBY TELLS RUSSELL SIMMONS TO “GET THE F**K OUT OF MY FACE”/ MY THOUGHTS

On the 7 March Bill Cosby and mogul Russell Simmons both attended The Jackie Robinson Awards Gala in New York, but sometime during the evening Bill turned to Russell and told him to “get the f**k out of my face”, after Russell told the Cosby Show star he “loved him”. In 2009 the two clashed after Russell publicly criticised Bill for his State of Emergency campaign which he created to help promote socially conscious rap music, but on the night of the []

UK MUSIC: AYO FT ALEX MARTIN – ‘MIRACLE’

Check out rapper Ayo’s new single Miracle featuring new vocalist Alex Martin. Miracle will be released on the 15 May. I thought auto-tune had more or less been laid to rest but no it’s still alive and kicking! There is nothing original about this track. We’ve heard this kind of song before. But Miracle will get the air play and may become a chart hit because this type of sound is all the rage now.   Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

UK NEWS: MOBO AWARDS 2011 TO TAKE PLACE IN GLASGOW

MOBO awards founder Kanya King held a press conference  today and announced that the 2011 ceremony will take place in Glasgow (Scotland). She also confirmed that the event will be held in Glasgow in 2013, and on it’s the 20th anniversary in 2015. I think that this is a good move. When they held the 2009 event in Glasgow it was a huge success. The show was well organised and the audience was hyped up and lively. But last year’s event in []

UK NEWS: INBETWEENERS WRITERS ‘INTERESTED IN CREATING SITCOM STARRING DIZZEE RASCAL’….

Pop Dash reports that writers from the hit Channel 4 show the Inbetweeners have expressed interest in writing a new comedy series starring Dizzee Rascal. A “source” apparently told tabloid rag The Sun (who seem to be huge “supporters” of any and everything “URBAN” these days) Damon and Iain like the idea of making a funny show about a rapper. Urban artists are usually portrayed in negative or bleak circumstances but they want to do something different. Dizzee is a big personality with loads of charisma and []

FOOLISH UK NEWS OF THE DAY: SECRET LOVER OF 7/7 BOMBER SAYS HE TURNED HER LESBIAN

  A young woman who had an affair with married 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay claims that his betrayal turned her off men for life and she is now a lesbian…. Via The Evening Standard A teenager who was the secret girlfriend of 7/7 suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay told today how she has become a lesbian because she “can’t trust men”. Lindsay, 19, was married when he detonated a bomb on the Piccadilly line between Russell Square and King’s Cross on 7 July 2005. But he was []

NATE DOGG DIES AT 41

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that singer Nate Dogg (real name Nathaniel D. Hale) has died. The cause of death has not been specified yet. The star had however been in ill-health for sometime and suffered two strokes – one in 2007, the other in 2008.   Nobody could write or sing a hook like Nate. When he teamed up with Snoop Dogg, Dre and the Dogg Pound it was just pure magic. Rest In Peace Nathaniel  D. Hale aka Nate Dogg.

UK NEWS:80S BRITISH REGGAE STAR SMILEY CULTURE DIES

It’s been reported that British Reggae star Smiley Culture (real name David Emmanuel died this morning.  He was 48 years old. Click HERE to read more… Emmanuel, born and raised in South London and was educated at Tulse Hill School. Prior to his recording career he worked as a DJ with the Saxon Studio International reggae soundsystem, where he worked with a number of other reggae artists, including Maxi Priest, Papa Levi and Tippa Irie. Smiley burst on to the scene in the []

UK NEWS: MIDSOMER MURDERS FANS DEFEND ‘RACE-ROW’ PRODUCER

Well it’s all kicking off now! Since it was announced earlier today that Midsomer Murders co-creator/producer Brian True-May has now been suspended, after saying in an interview that there was no place for ethnic minorities in his show, the fans and the show’s stars have come out to support him. Click HERE to read more…. I wonder what the script writers have planned for future episodes. I just know that there are plans to incorporate in the odd “ethnic” character now.  Will a Grime emcee with short dreads from Brixton just appear in []