UK NEWS: ESTELLE STILL NUMBER 1

Congratulations to Estelle who celebrates her fourth week at number 1 in the UK chart, with the track ‘American Boy’ featuring Kanye West. Estelle’s album ‘Shine’ will drop on April 15th (Europe) April 29th (US).

SISTER 2 SISTER FRONT COVER (MAY ISSUE)- ASHANTI

Cover spotted @ Concreteloop Ashanti with mum and sister – YAWN!!! Solange – YAWN!!!! Flavor Flav – YAWN!!!! I purchase Sister 2 Sister Maazine every month because it’s a major source of entertainment for me. The magazine features in-depth interviews with some of the biggest stars within the world of black entertainment, but that isn’t the only reason why I make a point of checking it out each month. No! Its founder/editor-in-chief/journalist Jamie Foster Brown who provides the biggest source of entertainment. The constant fawning over the celebrities she interviews and features []

QUOTE OF THE DAY: ALICIA KEYS

Photograph: AP “‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.” (Alicia discusses her theories on ‘gangsta rap’ in the May issue of Blender Magazine)

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 []