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UK NEWS: N-DUBZ SIGN TO DEF JAM RECORDS

Well according to reports it’s finally happened.. it’s official…. UK group N-Dubz have signed to Def Jam Records. Def Jam’s Vice-President of A&R Max Gousse said, “I signed N-Dubz because they’re great entertainers and speak to London’s youth unlike any other band. We want to bring their message to the rest of the world.”   They speak to London’s youth? You don’t have a clue Max! Go back to surfing Myspace for new talent. I am old enough to remember when Def Jam only signed the cream []

DMX’S GOSPEL RAP EXTRAVAGANZA CANCELLED

Earlier this week I posted the news that former A-list rapper DMX was going to host a gospel rap benefit concert at his church. Click here to read if you missed it. Well the concert has now been cancelled!  Via Ballerstatus Arizona’s Independence High School — who were to host the performance — backed out, after they realized X was involved. Morning Star Sanctified Church’s Pastor King says that they had everything set to go, even taking out a $1 million insurance policy, but []

NIGERIAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO DESTROY A PLANE

What was this fool thinking???? Via BBC News A Nigerian man has been charged with attempting to destroy a plane after he allegedly tried to detonate a bomb on a passenger jet arriving in the US. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, was overpowered by passengers and crew shortly before the Northwest Airlines plane landed in Detroit from Amsterdam. The US Department of Justice said a high explosive and a syringe, believed to be part of the device, were found. Continue Reading….. Innocent Nigerians []

BODY OF 5 YEAR OLD GIRL ‘SOLD FOR SEX BY HER MOTHER’ FOUND

Via The Metro A missing five-year-old girl suspected of being prostituted by her mother has been found dead. The body of Shaniya Davis was found in woods 65km (40 miles) from her home following a five-day search by police and volunteers. Officers arrested Antoinette Davis shortly after her daughter’s remains were found on Monday and accused her of pimping her child. The 25-year-old appeared in court charged with human trafficking and child abuse. She did not enter a plea. Continue Reading…. I []

‘COUPLES RETREAT’ FILM POSTER: UNIVERSAL PICTURES YOU HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO!

It was brought to my attention last night that the international promotional poster for the newly released film Couples Retreat starring African-American actors Faizon Love and Kali Hawk is terribly misleading. A friend told me that Faizon Love and Kali Hawk both have relatively big roles in this film. But you wouldn’t know that from looking at the promotional poster created for the international market. Check out the differences between the US market and the International market posters below.  The poster created for the US market.  OK so Faizon and Kali []

MOTHERS OF SUPERSTAR RAPPERS OFFER ADVICE TO SINGLE MOTHERS

Via Allhiphop The mothers of three internationally known rap stars will lend their time and parenting tips during the Saving our Sons workshop panel event, which seeks solutions to the educational crisis facing young, African-American men. Dr. Mahalia A. Hines, the mother of rapper/actor Common, Dr. Brenda Greene, the mother of Talib Kweli and Sheron Smith, the mother of Mos Def will be on hand at the event, which takes place in the Bronx this Saturday (July 11). The three women will []

UK EVENT: CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER AND EDDIE GRIFFIN LIVE IN THE UK

For those of you who missed the “news flash”, US comedians Cedric The Entertainer and Eddie Griffin will both be perform live stand-up gigs here in London. Choice FM is the promoter behind both shows and apart from promoting both events on their website, the station’s “promotional activities” so far can only be described as shambolic and laughable!  Most of my Twitter peeps who work within the world of entertainment here, didn’t know anything about Cedric and Eddie’s up and coming shows. My friend happened to mention in passing that Cedric would be []

UK MUSIC: SWAY FT AKON – ‘SILVER & GOLD’

UK rapper Sway teams up with Akon on his new single ‘Silver & Gold’, which is about a cold, manipulative, money hungry stripper. I admit ‘Silver & Gold is (kind of) catchy (well the hook is) but it’s strange hearing Sway rap on a track of this nature, and watching him attempt to look suave and sexy in the middle of a nightclub surrounded by attractive women. It’s just strange… it’s just not really him…. This sort of visual scenerio, along with the track’s lyrical content tends to work better when a rapper has []