The reason behind Rick Ross’ Trayvon Martin Line on ‘Mastermind’

Rick Ross‘ new album, Mastermind, is due this coming Tuesday, March 6th. This is Ross’ 6th LP, Mastermind is currently available to stream in its entirety on iTunes Radio, and new music videos for his freelease “Oyster Perpetual” and Diddy‘s new single, “Big Homie”, which features Ross, were released yesterday.
Rick Ross raps on the D-Rich produced “BLK & WHT” with the controversial line :”Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target”

Last year Ross had a stint of controversy concerning his lyrics, as he was infamously stripped of his Reebok endorsement due to his “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it” line on Rocko‘s popular and of-remixed song, “U.O.E.N.O.”. Yesterday Ross had an e-mail chat with Vibe, which ironically marked the two-year “anniversary” of Trayvon Martin‘s murder, to clarify and discuss the context of his current eyebrow-raising rap lyric.

Rick Ross- “It’s so important that today, on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy. I’m never going to let the world forget that name. In my song ‘Black and White’ off Mastermind I say, ‘Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target’. There I’m reminding people that if you’re a black person or a person of any color for that matter in this country, you have to be accurate, whatever moves you make, stay accurate. Even when you’re walking down the street, playing music from your car, you have to stay on point. Black men are being killed and their killers [are] beating the trial. It hasn’t been this much violence against black men since the ’60s. I am Trayvon Martin, we’re all Trayvon Martin. He was from South Florida. That could have been me or one of my homies. So, stay alert and never miss your target. Whatever that target may be. Getting out the hood, providing from your family. Stay sharp. Stay alive. Trayvon, Rest in Peace”.

Source: The Source

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Kid Cudi reveals the official cover art and tracklisting for “Satellite Flight.”

Kid Cudi has revealed the official cover art and tracklisting for his upcoming album, “Satellite Flight.” The rapper/producer designed the album’s cover art himself and has a lot to offer on the physical copy. according to the Cudi , the EP TURNED ALBUM is his “BEST WORK” AND HAS “CLIFF HANGERS.” stated Cudi. “I’m really excited because it’s my best work and it’s a surprise. People weren’t really expecting it. I was just on fire creatively.” Check cover art below….

According to the Cleveland MC, despite now being a full-length project, the album will still fall in line with the chronology of his previous and future works. “It starts where Indicud left off perfectly, and takes you right into MOTM III,” Cudi said. “It’s like a TV show that ends with that cliffhanger. The album ends that way, where you get that one song and before you know it, the song is over and the album is over, but there’s a ‘to be continued…’ There’s more to the story.”
Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon album.. features ten tracks with the lone feature coming from Raphael Saadiq.
 

Source: XXL

Khloe Kardashian Twerks On The Game

Rumor mill has it Khloe Kardashian was spotted dancing with friend/ rapper Jayceon Taylor aka The Game in an L.A. night club. Blogs have reports that the two were allegedly cuffing in the club as Khloe shouted, “I’m single and ready to mingle,”

Jayceon Taylor has denied rumors of a romantic fling with Khloe in the past, the two seem to be in sync on the dance floor.

Source: Vibe

Special anouncement : Kanye West says Kim is pregnant with his baby

This is how Kanye West Told The World That Kim Kardashian Is Pregnant With His Baby!

The news is out! Blue Ivy, move over… There’s a new baby in town! Kim Kardashian is having Kanye’s baby! The news broke last night at Kanye’s concert at Revel in Atlantic City, NJ (Whoop, Jersey!) Randomly, in the middle of the concert, he has the music turned off and just… makes the announcement. But how exactly did he do it? Watch video here

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Celebrities As Dolls: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, The Spice Girls And More PICs

Celebrities As Dolls: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, The Spice Girls And More

There are various signs that one has made it in Hollywood: millions of Twitter followers, a star on the Walk of Fame, a lunch box emblazoned with his or her face.
But for us, there’s one true mark of fame: You know you’re a major celebrity when a doll has been created in your likeness. Here’s a look back at some of our childhood favorites. PHOTOS

Source: The Huffington

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Moments at Made In America Festival,

Made In America Festival: 10 Things Seen and Heard

BY JESSICA LETKEMANN, ERIKA RAMIREZ AND JASON LIPSHUTZ, PHILADELPHIA

Pearl Jam’s inspired live mashup with Jay-Z brought his inaugural Made In America festival to an unforgettable close in Philadelphia on Sunday night (September 2). The Pearl Jam crowd spontaneously erupted into chants of “Hova! Hova!” as the headlining Seattle band crowned its two-hour set melding its rarely played “W.M.A.” with Jay-Z rapping “99 Problems” over the beat and bassline. On a weekend in which rock and hip-hop may have issued forth from the same platform but not at the same time (Drake and Run-D.M.C. preceded Pearl Jam on the main Rocky stage), and in which collaboration seemed to be the spirit of the festival (Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music with Jay-Z on Saturday, 2 Chainz and French Montana with Drake Sunday), it was Jay’s walk-on during Pearl Jam’s rock workout Sunday that brought together the genres and the diverse crowd.

The two-day festival brought plenty of other great moments to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s three main stages, which on Sunday also featured an early afternoon turn by Rita Ora, a guitar workout from Gary Clark Jr., and a raucous second stage set from Odd Future that had some fans squeezed up front waiting for Drake’s main stage gig wistfully mulling bailing out to go check them out. Perhaps only Jay-Z and Beyonce, who went power-walking around VIP areas and just inside barricades to survey the scene all afternoon, or filmmaker Ron Howard, who ran around the festival with a camera and a big smile making his Made In America doc, could have possibly seen it all. But we sure did try.

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– Pearl Jam To Headline Made In America

Here are 10 of the most notable things we witnessed at the Made In America festival this weekend:

1. Pearl Jam and Jay-Z’s excellent “W.M.A./99 Problems” mind-meld Sunday night, which ended with Hova saluting the crowd and hugging Eddie Vedder, and bassist Jeff Ament grinning as hard as a man can possibly grin, was the penultimate song in a 24-song set that thundered from the gate with early favorites “Go” (1993) and “Corduroy” (1994) but swung through tunes from the band’s whole 22-year career and roared with covers that included The Who (“Love Reign O’er Me” in a light rain) and the Clash (“Know Your Rights”). After delving lightly into politics (“I won’t mention any names but… One of the parties wants to make it harder for you to vote. That means that they must think your vote counts if they are trying to keep you from voting. So go out and vote,” ) Vedder gave big thanks to Jay-Z and a laundry list shout-out to the fest’s other performers including Drake (who earlier had profusely asked his crowd to cheer for Pearl Jam). But his most creative name-check was a Ramones-style “Hey Ho, D’Angelo!” at the end of “Daughter.” “Better Man” and “Nothing Man” (1994) and “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town” (1993) elicited the biggest singsongs, but it was the muscular moments, including “Jeremy,” “Do The Evolution,” and “Comatose” (1991, 1998, 2006) that got the crowd leaping up and down. “W.M.A./99 Problems” flowed into an apt cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” that found Vedder running to the extreme ends of the stage to throw tambourines to fans and returning to front center to douse the front rows with the remnants of his bottle of red wine before Stone Gossard and Mike McCready’s squalling guitars hit their final notes and the whole band came to the lip of a stage for a bow.

2. Not all of the action was on stage. The biggest fan at the festival just may have been director Ron Howard, who was spotted here, there and everywhere around the festival happily toting a camera and trying to capture it all for his forthcoming documentary about the festival. Right before Pearl Jam took the stage, Howard was down in the photographer’s pit between stage and the front barricade walking down the line of Pearl Jam fans shaking everyone’s hands.

3. As concertgoers made the rounds on day one of Made in America, rumors spread as to who would Jay-Z bring out during his headlining set. Rihanna? Beyonce? At 9:30 pm Jay took the main stage to put on the best show of the day, and after a special video message from President Barack Obama, Jay blazed through his plethora of hits. An hour into his set, Hov brought out a few unexpected guests: Kanye West and the G.O.O.D. Music crew of Big Sean, Pusha T, Common and 2 Chainz. After capping off the night with their “Watch The Throne” hit “N—as in Paris,” ‘Ye and Jay closed the set with two glasses of champagne and fireworks across the sky.

4. For rock fans wondering where previously announced performer Chris Cornell was on Sunday — the Soundgarden frontman was no longer listed on the main schedule within the festival, with a glaring “TBD” in his presumed time slot — all one had to do was check his Twitter. “Woke up to learn some people fucked up. I pulled out of the MIA Festival 2 weeks ago….” Cornell posted on Wednesday. Still, Made In America found a more than capable replacement on the fly: Gary Clark Jr., the blues-rock virtuoso who performed early on Saturday at the festival, delivered another blistering set to a healthy crowd on Sunday afternoon to become the only non-rapper to grace the MIA stage on both days of the fest.

5. Gray skies cleared up in time for Drake’s set on day two of the fest. In an all-white ensemble, Drake brought out rappers French Montana and 2 Chainz in between delving into his solo hits. Although it lasted only 45 minutes, a few things stood out from Drizzy’s set. Before performing “Crew Love,” Drake shouted out those who brought out their “real friends” and not “fake friends.” Concertgoers then took to Twitter to ask if Drake took shots at Kanye West after he brought out 2 Chainz and said, “Now that’s how you bring out 2 Chainz.” Could Drake have been referring to Saturday night’s all-too-brief 2 Chainz appearance during ‘Ye’s G.O.O.D. Music set? Stay tuned.

6. After Jill Scott brought out another Philadelphia native, Eve, for a joyous rendition of “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” during her Sunday afternoon set, the R&B great welcomed more special guests to Philly venue Union Transfer on Sunday night, at an after-party that benefited her Blues Babe Foundation Scholarship Fund. Drake and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter were among the guests spotted at the dance party, which featured a DJ spinning classic cuts from Prince and Stevie Wonder.

7. Made In America wouldn’t be a Jay-Z-curated festival without an ode to hip-hop legends, and a reunited Run-D.M.C. served as Sunday’s biggest veteran act. With an emotional message written above the stage (Jam Master Jay Forever), Run-D.M.C. delivered their first performance together in 13 years. Joseph Simmons (aka Reverend Run) and Darryl McDaniels (D.M.C.) performed classics like “It’s Tricky,” “Mary Mary” and “My Adidas.” Before closing their show with their anthem “Walk This Way,” sans Aerosmith, Jam Master Jay’s sons, Jason “Jam Master J’Son” Mizell Jr. and TJ “Dasmatic” Mizell, paid tribute to their late father with a DJ set. “We’re dedicating this moment of them scratching to Jam Master Jay,” Rev Run told the crowd.

8. Want to know the difference between Pearl Jam and Bad Boy rapper French Montana? All one had to do was check out their t-shirts on Sunday night. While PJ drummer Matt Cameron complemented Eddie Vedder’s political musings by sporting a “Free Pussy Riot” shirt during the band’s headlining set, Montana offered a more crowd-pleasing choice of attire when he performed “Pop That” during Drake’s set: a white tee with all the members of the Jacksons pictured side-by-side.

9. D’Angelo took a break from touring alongside Mary J. Blige, to bring a taste of R&B to day one of Made in America. The soulful singer spent quality time behind the keys while performing fan favorite “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” and on the forefront of the stage when showing off with guitar riffs. D’Angelo also treated fans to a new song, “Sugar Daddy.”

10. After their respective sets ended on Sunday afternoon, Rita Ora and Santigold were seen palling around in the media tent while Ora waited to talk to various press outlets. Santigold had another friend by her side as she and her entourage strolled through the backstage area of the festival: a large white Doberman, which was practically the size of the two guys costumed as a dancing horse that Santi brought onstage, followed the pop singer everywhere around the grounds.

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Is Skinny-Dipping In The Sea Of Galilee Sacrilegious?

A pack of lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides, including a nude congressman, took a booze-fueled, late-night swim in Israel’s Sea of Galilee last summer, Politico reported on Sunday (Aug. 19). Which leaves at least one question: Is skinny-dipping at the biblical site sacrilegious?
Not really, Christian leaders and Holy Land experts said.
“Conservative Christians, obviously, aren’t for getting naked in public or drunk anywhere,” said Russell D. Moore, dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
“The location of the Sea of Galilee, however, doesn’t make the story any more offensive to Christians than it is to the general public.”
Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas, the skinny-dipper, apologized for his “spontaneous and very brief dive,” which occurred during a congressional junket. The freshman GOP lawmaker is a Methodist, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Pundits pounced, saying that the incident could cost the GOP in this fall’s elections. Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said the story of Republicans “messing all over this holy site” will reverberate “from pew to pew, family to family, preacher to preacher,” especially within the GOP’s conservative Christian base.
Even Mitt Romney, the likely GOP presidential nominee, denounced the denuded dip in Galilee. “I think it’s reprehensible,” Romney told New Hampshire’s WMUR-TV.
Still, most Christians likely see Yoder’s actions as immature — and a waste of taxpayer dollars — “but not as some intentional act of religious desecration,” Moore said.
When Christians travel to Israel, they often insist on visiting two places, said Todd Bolen, a co-author of the blog Bible Places and a veteran Holy Land tour guide: Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee.
The pilgrims want to see and touch the water where Jesus performed some of his most memorable miracles. Christ recruited four of his apostles, walked on water, calmed a raging storm, and fed a multitude with five loaves and two fish on or near the Sea of Galilee, according to the New Testament.
A sign at a Catholic church at Tabgha, the purported site of the miracle of multiplication, declares that “this is holy ground,” said Bolen, who has taught biblical archaeology, history and geography in Israel.
But the Sea of Galilee, which is really a lake, holds no religious significance for Israelis, most of whom are Jewish. In fact, it’s a source of drinking water and the site of watersports like sailing and jet skiing for tourists staying at the resorts that line the coast. Even Christian tour groups often swim and take boat rides on Galilee. “I’ve water-skied on it,” Bolen said.
So, while the Sea of Galilee remains a significant site for Christians, it doesn’t demand the same reverence as Calvary, where Christ was crucified, or the Via Dolorosa.
Now, if congressmen start skinny-dipping in the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, they might have a blasphemy problem, Bolen said.

Khanyi Mbau Bling and nothingness By CHRIS ROPER

Khanyi Mbau: Bling and nothingness
By CHRIS ROPER

Mail & Guardian Online editor Chris Roper battles to find significance in socialite Khanyi Mbau’s tell-all biography.

When you read about Khanyi Mbau’s reaction to the break up of her mother’s marriage (“Khanyi was overjoyed”) and her recollection of Brenda Fassie’s memorial (“it was as if I was the star of the memorial!”), you know you’re dealing with a deeply unlovely person.

It makes it difficult to avoid the instinctive feelings of distaste that this book has already prompted across a wide spectrum of people. For example, reading the description of Mbau’s idea of being a good mother is guaranteed to make any middle class parent wince: “Khanyi also tries to be there on her daughter’s special days, like her birthday.”

However, a kneejerk reaction would be to do a disservice to the writer, Lesley Mofokeng, who has crafted a bleak tale of existential pointlessness. Although possibly despite himself. But a sentence like “Unit 3 on Melrose Square at Melrose Arch was the address to have” ranks with the finest things ever written about futility and despair, and is easily the equal of Beckett’s: “They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.”

The problem with reviewing a book about a non-entity, or “celebrity”, to use the old parlance, is that you are certain to become embroiled in a battle about who has the right to speak. Because Khanyi Mbau is nothing, in the sense that celebrities are always a construct of society and culture, and can’t exist outside of that construct, every opinion about her necessarily becomes about the person speaking. So instead of falling into the trap of giving legitimacy to the fiction that is Khanyi Mbau, let’s rather look at how this fiction is presented in this biography.

According to the writer, “the story of Khanyi Mbau parallels the new democracy in South Africa. It reflects the changing values of a generation of Born-Frees, tired of the self-sacrifice of the struggle.” And, “Mbau is the unashamed product of the new South Africa.” Such an elision of our cosmogonic myth with a self-serving teleology suggests that we are to see Mbau as having already existed in the very design of our democratic society. It’s bullshit, obviously. There’ve been bubbleheaded socialites using “their wiles and beauty to get ahead”, to adopt Mofokeng’s euphemisms, since the first Neanderthal woman suggestively licked an old mammoth bone in an attempt to get a new fur coat.

The idea that being a self-serving, immoral egomaniac is in some way one of the precious democratic gifts Nelson Mandela bequeathed us, is beyond insulting. You can say many negative things about apartheid, but you can’t deny that as a system for allowing white men to take advantage of penniless black women, it did a far better job than our current government could ever hope to.

Some of the stuff included by Mofokeng seems calculated to make us think Mbau is an idiot. For example, she can see dead people. Lebo Mathosa visits her from the grave, presumably to give her singing lessons. And Mbau is described as a natural talent, but when she gets her big break on the SABC show Hard Copy, she screws it up. “I had to make it work,” she says. “I imagined the line was a diamond and I was determined to polish it until it shone. It was to be the line that would launch me – that would make the career of the great Khanyi Mbau.” But destiny made a fool of her. She couldn’t get the line right no matter how hard she tried. “It was agonising.” What was the line, you ask? “It’s ready.” The producers cut the line, presumably realising that it would be foolish to fight destiny.

Mbau’s contention that she has struggled so that the young girls of South Africa can walk free, hold their heads high and not feel shame at being a kept women paid for sex, is slightly perplexing. I know unemployment is high in our country, but is this really a great career choice? The perplexing part is not that women are forced to make these choices, or that they would want to, but that, given her own experience, Mbau seems to feel they’re worthy choices.

The two major sugar daddies in the book are Mbau’s husband, Mandla Mthembu (“I was basically in the care of this man. His property almost”), and her married lover Theunis Crous (“Theunis bought my soul for R30 000 a month”). Referring to her relationships with older men who gave her money in exchange for owning her, she says, “I was tearing down walls. Breaking taboos. Because of me, younger girls now have the confidence to walk around holding hands publicly with their sugar daddies. They’re inspired by my story.”

I find it difficult to understand the use of the word “inspire” here. You want young girls to believe in the redemptive power of having an older man’s penis forced in them? Or of being kept chattels? Mbau’s sugar daddies beat her up (“Mandla beat me until I bled”), knock her up, and desert her and her daughter (called Cannes, named after … ah, God, I can’t even write it, it’s too depressing). They put naked pictures of her on the internet. Of Mthembu, she says, he “loved anal sex … I remember breaking nails clutching the headboard in pain.”

Mbau’s not exactly a class act. She claims her grandmother is dead so that she can leave the set of Mzansi and go on a Middle East trip with that other celebrity leech, King Goodwill Zwelithini. Here’s her reaction to staying in a hotel room once frequented by megastars like Kanye West: “I fainted on that bed a few times … I should have peed on the bed and left a mark or carved my name into one of the closets!”

Of the four typos in the book, one is a misspelling of the word extravagant. It’s a telling irony. There are some ludicrous examples of Mbau and husband Mandla Mthembu’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (a TV programme that is mentioned many times in this book, and appears to have been Mbau’s bible), examples that suggest that style is not something that you can acquire from watching TV and hanging out at ZAR. “They got special deliveries to their loft of Giovanni’s delicious baby chicken even though the restaurant was right downstairs” (italics mine). I’m not being snide here about the nouveau-riche – I’m despairing at the low level of awareness of millionaires. At least buy your own chicken restaurant, for God’s sake! Even I’ve used Mr Delivery!

At times, Mbau’s vaingloriousness is breathtaking. She styles herself for a photo shoot in a crown of thorns, a la Jesus Christ, “to illustrate how she often feels singled out for public criticism”. She and “fellow star” Jesus are very similar: like Mbau, “Jesus was sold out by one of his own”. Hm. He tried to save humanity’s souls and was sold out for 30 pieces of silver and crucified. Mbau took photos of herself having sex with a man for R30 000 a month, and they ended up on the internet. Am I the only one missing the similarity here?

In the end, the only bit of self-analysis by Mbau that rings true is this: “I sold my soul to the devil but he couldn’t find a buyer for it, so I am lucky to have it back”. Imagine that your sins and excesses are so trite and boringly predictable that not even Satan, the Steve Jobs of temptation and damnation, can find a buyer for it. That’s pretty grim. Although possibly not as grim as Mbau’s idea of what it means to plunge into the depths, and of what constitutes the moral fibre to drag yourself out. “Every day I am surprised by the strength within me. Some people think I’ve hit rock bottom – but that’s okay. They make fun of me for dating a guy who plays the flute. That’s fine.” Antonin Artaud never wrote a better line.

Chris Roper is the editor of the Mail&Guardian Online . Follow him on Twitter: @chrisroper

Source: Mail&Guardian Online

Join the world in making a statement that can’t be ignored on this World Humanitarian Day

This World Humanitarian Day, we want to make a statement that can’t be ignored.

We want the world to say ‘I WAS HERE’, and on August 19th commit to doing something good, somewhere, for someone else.

From major international humanitarian operations to handing out food to the homeless, however big or small let’s show the world that we believe in helping others.

But for the world to take notice, we need to shout it loud, all at once.

Join the UN, Beyoncé and global aid organizations in helping to reach 1 billion people, on 1 day, with 1 message by signing up to thisThunderclap

And on August 19th, we will flood the world with our message.

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“Imagine Peace” by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono celebrates Liverpool’s past, present and future in artwork for the ECHO

by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
Aug 17 2012

LIVERPOOL’S status as a “world in one city” inspired the artwork created specially for today’s ECHO front page by Yoko Ono.

The image, signed “love Yoko” by John Lennon’s 79- year-old widow, features a shaft of light stretching up from the ground into the sky and the message “Imagine Peace” translated in 24 different languages.

It marks the 50th anniversary this weekend of The Beatles playing their first shows as their final line-up – John, Paul, George and Ringo – as well as celebrating the city today.

Yoko said: “The cover represents Liverpool now and in the future.

“The reason I was inspired to do Imagine Peace in different languages was when I came to the city last time I noticed so many people from different countries and it looked like they were feeling so comfortable in Liverpool. I thought that was beautiful.

“The whole world is getting very global and it is great that Liverpool is very much like that – not everywhere is.

“It also reminded me of a long time ago when Liverpool was a big port and there were so many people from different countries who emigrated there.”

Yoko was speaking from London where she and son Sean were both at the Olympics closing ceremony last weekend to see performers create Lennon’s face as youngsters from Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and the city’s Signing Choir sang and signed his iconic hit, Imagine.

The New York-based artist, who collaborated on the section of the ceremony, said: “I thought it was fantastic. All the children were wearing their Imagine T-shirts and looked proud of being citizens of Liverpool and citizens of the world.

“They looked like children who represented global peace.” It is 50 years tomorrow since Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr performed for the first time on stage together, playing at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight.

To mark the anniversary, the historic event will be recreated by the Cavern Club Beatles at Hulme Hall in a show starting at 7pm.

Yoko added: “On behalf of John and of Sean, who is half- English, I feel very proud of Liverpool because that was where they started and where John gave us a band called The Beatles.”

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“I didn’t write my raps down for my first four albums – like all, I did it from the head straight to the booth,” Kanye West

In an outtake from Ice-T’s ‘The Art Of Rap,’ Kanye West  stated that he never wrote down his lyrics until his last solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

West admitted that his lyrics went from in his mind then immediately to the booth, but when he began writing them down Yeezy saw a change in quality of his lyrics.

“I didn’t write my raps down for my first four albums – like all, I did it from the head straight to the booth,” he said. “But on this last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I wrote it because I really put myself in the zone that my life was dependent on the success of this album. With that being the case, I said, ‘You know what? No matter what anybody says about me, I can write something that can make someone that hates me the most have to really respect or love the song.’ So even a song like ‘Power,’ I spent 5,000 hours writing it, and it’s really the psychology behind the lyrics; it’s not just blatantly, ‘I’ve got all the powers’ – [it’s] ‘No one man should have all that power.’ It’s word[ed] it in a really sensitive way that opens it up for everyone.”

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It looks like a push back, on GOODMUSIC’s #CRUELSUMMER,

The only thing that’s for sure about Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, is that nothing is for sure. The same goes for his release dates. The group’s album, Cruel Summer, is looking less and less likely that it will make a true impact during the solstice, but according to Malik Yusef, it might be worth the wait. “It looks like a push back, on #CRUELSUMMER,” Yusef, longtime Kanye West collaborator tweeted to a fan. “But our wish has [four] additional features has MOSt DEFinitely been granted.”

The way Malik Yusef worded the tweet, one can only assume that the artist formerly known as Mos Def, Yaslin Bey, will be added to the project along with three other features. According to Amazon, Cruel Summer will be hitting the stores on September 18th, instead of the initially announced date of September 4. It’s looking like a cruel autumn. 

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Check what Avicii is planning this Fall

Avicii Plots Fall Tour, Including Historic Radio City Show

AUGUST 14, 2012

Electronic dance music phenom Avicii** is bringing his head-shaped DJ booth and sweeping vocal anthems to New York’s Radio City Music Hall, as part of a fall tour that will take him from colleges to festivals to concert venues.

The Sept. 27 show, which goes on sale this Friday, Aug. 17, will be the iconic venue’s first featuring a DJ headliner, putting Avicii alongside EDM acts who have claimed that same “first” at other meaningful venues, like Swedish House Mafi**a (Madison Square Garden in New York), Tiesto** (Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.) and Kaskade** (Staples Center in L.A., Calif.).

“There’s a bunch of dates [on the tour] I’m looking forward to, but definitely New York most of all,” Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, told Billboard exclusively.

Joel Zimmerman, the artist’s booking agent at William Morris, calls the Sept. 27 show a “historic and spectacular moment for fans at the iconic venue. It is a credible statement for where Avicii is taking the electronic music experience, which reflects where the music genre has transcended to.”

Today’s announced tour dates run throughout September and include colleges during the week, like Temple, Johns Hopkins and Cornell Universities; and major market venues on the weekend, including Radio City, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and Mansion nightclub in Miami. Also routed are dates at warring Vegas resorts Wynn (XS and Encore Beach Club) and Cosmopolitan (Marquee); Avicii is one of the few big-name acts without an exclusive residency deal at either one.

The large-scale stage show, which Bergling debuted at Coachella this year, features a white, head-shaped DJ booth, with 3D-mapped projections creating immersive visual effects across its surface.

“Over time I’ve gotten more relaxed behind the decks; it’s a different setup than I’m used to,” he says of the highly produced spectacle. “We’re always making changes. It’s just crazy to see how [the show] keeps getting better and better.”

Avicii’s career is running on all cylinders beyond just touring.

Source: http://www.billboard.com

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Upclose with 50 CENT

50 CENT TALKS FREELANCERS FILM, LLOYD BANKS & TONY YAYO, BOXING PROMOTION & KANYE WEST’S “PERFECT BITCH”

By mlelinwalla
August 8, 2012

It’s unbelievable to think that 50 Cent dropped his undeniable classic album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, nearly 10 years ago. Nearly 10 years later and ‘Fif [more than] got rich…but he’s still tryin’. Still tryin’ to make hits, still tryin’ to improve his acting and still tryin’ to make more money. The G-Unit general stars alongside Robert De Niro–for the second time–in the upcoming drama thriller, Freelancers, which opens in New York City and Los Angeles on Friday (August 10). Adding to that is the fact that 50 is trying his hand at boxing promotion with the newly-formed The Money Team promotions, alongside his best friend Floyd Mayweather. Still, ‘Fif hasn’t forgotten about the music, as he preps for the November 13 release date of his upcoming album, Street King Immortal. Here, 50 talks to XXL about Freelancers, his friendship with De Niro, how he plans on changing boxing, why Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo dropping mixtapes isn’t enough, and his thoughts on Kanye West penning”Perfect Bitch” for Kim Kardashian.
By Mark Lelinwalla

In Freelancers, you play a cop. Ice-T talked about portraying a cop and coming from the background he did. How was it playing a police officer?

It was exciting. It’s a challenge, but you understand the spectrum, both sides of the coin. I went to the firing range with New York City police officers just to see what the exact procedure would be to fire the actual weapons and what their protocol is. I went with Robert DeNiro. We had worked together on the Righteous Kill project, so it had come full circle when we worked together on Freelancers.

What was it like working with DeNiro the second time around and do ya’ll hang out, chill now?

Yeah, yeah…if you remember, on that project [Righteous Kill], I got him to do the cover of Vibe. You don’t really see him doing press like that. We got a chance to talk about things away from the actual entertainment stuff. Now, I developed the kind of relationship with him, where I can call him and see if he’s interested in some of these projects.

What did you pick up from working with DeNiro this time around?

I had a lot more scenes in this project. I had a lot more scenes in this project than I did in Righteous Kill with him. What I picked up is how often he makes changes. Him and Forest [Whitaker] are the same. You get in there and you see so many different variations of the scene. Almost every take is different. It’s the same information, but [De Niro] starts from a different place and we got a lot of interesting moments like that. To work with two different Academy Award winners is an honor.

Switching gears a little bit, your man Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is out of jail. We reported about you getting at Oscar De La Hoya on Twitter last week. Are the days of Golden Boy Promotions promoting Mayweather’s fights over now? Are you and the Money Team promoting Floyd here on out?

Well, TMT is a promotional company and it’s actually Floyd’s idea for me to be involved. He asked me to do those things, so it could be more comfortable, so I could do more things in-house. I had a chance to bring over some great talent. We got Andre Dirrell, [Yuriorkis] Gamboa, Celestino Caballero, Billy Dib. We’re working with Zab [Judah].

It feels like you’ve been a promoter within the rap game for years with your marketing and showmanship. What will you bring to boxing as a promoter?

What boxing needs is a younger demographic. Right now, Dana [White] and them, as far as the UFC is concerned, 56% of the audience is from 18-34 and boxing is 30 and up. To bring a more youthful draw to it and provide a showmanship to the actual bouts maybe allow some of the actual theatrics that you see alongside of the WWE. Merge music culture with boxing and pop culture, period. Moms been taking kids to karate class forever. When those disciplines, as far as boxing goes, starts getting implemented in earlier stages, you’ll find a more youthful interest. Cards that are strong with 36 minutes of entertainment have to be developed into 70 minutes. That’s it.

We seen the picture with you, Mike Tyson, Kanye West, Spike Lee and even Bryant Gumbel together following Iron Mike’s one-man Broadway show, Undisputed Truth. Can you let us in on how that conversation between ya’ll went?

There weren’t too many words being said, just, ‘What’s up? You enjoyed the show?’ That’s it. It ain’t nothin’ more than that.

[Yesterday, August 7], Kanye took to his Twitter to announce that he wrote the song “Perfect Bitch” about Kim Kardashian. What do you think?

I mean…if that man feel like she perfect, then she’s perfect. He could mean it and you’ll end up singing the words to it because he’s Kanye. You know how it is? One man’s thrash is another man’s treasure.

Is there such a thing as a perfect chick in your eyes?

I’m not sure. The smartest guys I know have lost being a bad judge of character in that area.

Switching gears again, this time to the music, how does it work out where you and Alicia Keys both have singles called “New Day” in such close proximity and your version has the same instrumental and her same hook as her earlier release?

The actual track was produced originally for [Dr. Dre’s album] The Detox. I was actually recording with Dre for his record and when he played it, it had a chorus that was a little darker. When he sent it to her, Alicia sent it back with “New Day” and it had additional strings on it. He wasn’t sure that he wanted to use it because of creatively where he was at on his project. I was like, ‘I can use that’ because it would be the bright side of what I’m offering in my body of work. He was like, ‘Okay, take it then.’ Obviously, it was a hit. They’re sitting on it and after a while, she recorded additional verses and leaked the record.

With your upcoming album, Street King Immortal, what are some collaborations that might throw people for a loop?

I can’t offer what collaborations I’ll be actually having, but I want to say is the actual project itself was the longest body of work I had an opportunity to work on beside Get Rich or Die Tryin’. It feels like the first step is working real well as far as “New Day” is concerned. As far as what’s next, they’re gonna see what I have next. I’m not gonna wait a long time. You’re gonna hear new stuff from me.

Can you shed light on what that next single’s gonna be or can you not let that out the bag?

[Laughs] I can’t let that out the bag.

Just last month you were very critical of Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, saying they need to “Get themselves together.” Since that time they each dropped a mixtape, Banks with V6 and Yayo with Sex, Drugs & Hip-Hop. Have ya’ll talked?

I actually haven’t spoke to ’em very much. I’m to fault for that, though. I think I disabled them.

What do you mean by that?

I did so much for them that they don’t have a continuous work ethic. They got both of those tapes out there, but did you see any visuals? Anything? There’s certain things that the new guy is doing to create momentum or energy. They just sit there and wait. When someone works for you, you have the habit of dealing with things by not dealing with them.

You may get in the regimen of coming over and doing it for them.
By them not dropping videos to accompany their mixtape tracks, what does it tell you?

Dropping mixtapes…that was my ’02 strategy. That’s 2002 marketing. That’s old. You did nothing if you did that. Look what I’ve done with The Lost Tape or The Big 10. There’s videos for everything that was on the tapes. If you’re going to just wing it and drop a mixtape…pick the highlights that people like most and shoot ’em. Go shoot the video.

On Monday (August 6), Young Buck turned himself in to begin his 18-month prison sentence on weapon charges. In an interview with XXL, he said he’s still up for a conversation with you. What are your thoughts on his sentence and possible conversation?

I think it’s unfortunate. I don’t wish that on nobody, having to sit in the joint. But I don’t know how to respond in a nice way to blatant disrespect that was offered. I’m the kind of person that I don’t let go of things easy, I’ll be honest with you. If I’m the driving force behind why the situation is what it is, I’ll accept it. But when I can’t see what I’ve done to offer it, then I think that that was just a plan that didn’t go right. If it went the way they wanted it to, there would still be no white flag. That goes across the board…even with my personal relationships with women. It’s always people looking for what they want out of it.

How do you feel about newer MCs throwing around the phrase ‘classic,’ when talking about their album? Back in the day, that was something that the public would decide.
Well, what rules are we following by?

There was a period, where how many mics you got in the Source meant something or if you got the extra, extra large in XXL. The Top MCs for MTV and them doing that…these different things kinda make people lose interest in where they’re being placed publically. If the person judging you doesn’t even write music, that’s pretty odd for them to place where you are. The person they’re saying is ‘he’s cool, but…’ is selling records, while the person that they’re saying is ‘lyrical’ ain’t selling shit. When you say classic, it’s music that’s going to mark time. Those hit records, you can’t deny them. They’re going to be back. Things trend in hip-hop and there’s cycles. Before 50 Cent, there was DMX that had that kind of aggressive energy. Then, you had Ja [Rule] and Nelly and a lot of the lighthearted music became big. They had big songs, but they didn’t have the same aggression you’d face in the environments that we come out of. That hipster vibe, like the Black hippies, where everyone wanna get high and have fun…it will turn around. I don’t follow the trend of what they’re doing. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ stood apart and it was that thing they gravitated to and it worked with intensity. I feel like this album I’m getting ready to launch can do the same thing.

Source: XXL

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Brooklyn Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, plans on spitting some ryhmes with co-owner Jay-Z

As the old adage goes, some stuff should just be left to the professionals. The Russian Billionaire owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, says he plans on spitting some hot fire with Jay-Z at the brand new Barclay’s Center.

According to Crain’s New York, the owner of the Brooklyn Nets appeared on a Russian television comedy show called Spotlight Paris Hilton, and offered a musical tribute to his co-owner, the Jigga man himself.

‘Mr. Jay-Z, this rap is for you,’ went the English portion of the lyrics. ‘Mr. Jay-Z, this is the first presentation/of real rap music from Russian Federation. Mr. Jay-Z, you are not alone/Mikhail Prokhorov on the microphone.’

According to an email Mr. Prokhorov sent Crain, a remix is in the works, but this time in downtown Brooklyn, where Jay-Z will open the $1 billion Barclays Center with a series of sold-out concerts this fall.

‘Yes, I will rap at his concert,’ Mr. Prokhorov informed Crain’s via email. ‘I am in rehearsals now 10 hours a day and plan to demand joint billing.’”

We’re just going to assume he’s kidding, but when you sit and think about it if the billionaire owner of the building he just built wants to perform at your show, who are you to tell him no? We’ll see this fall as Jay-Z opens up the Barclay’s Center with his series of shows starting September 28th.

Source: Def Jam

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Respect the Shooter: Misha Vladimirskiy x Lollapalooza 2012 powered by Life+Times

Respect the Shooter: Misha Vladimirskiy x Lollapalooza 2012 powered by Life+Times

08.07.2012
By Yale Breslin

This past weekend marked another year of Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza festival. Here, photographer Misha Vladimirskiy captures the three-day music madness, including a weather-related mid-festival “mandatory evacuation.” From FUN., to Flea to Florence + The Machine, Mr. Vladimirskiy spent time with his lens documenting the event for Life+Times.

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Knight shares jump; analysts see discount to book value

Knight shares jump; analysts see discount to book value

Knight Capital Group Inc (KCG.N) shares jumped almost 4 percent on Tuesday, as the embattled market maker began to regain some of its share volume as a market maker before a software glitch caused a huge trading loss last week.

Knight secured a $400 million rescue from a consortium of investors that allowed it to keep its doors open on Monday. The investor group will now own 73 percent of the equities market maker.

In the days after Knight’s $440 million trading loss, customers deserted the firm, causing volumes to plunge. Those volumes are now steadily recovering.

Knight has been the largest U.S. provider of retail market-making in New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq-listed stocks, buying and selling shares for clients.

As a market maker, it also provides liquidity to equity markets by stepping in to buy and sell stocks, using its own capital to ensure orderly activity.

Knight’s share of volume in the Nasdaq 100 tracking ETF (QQQ.O) was 20 percent at noon Tuesday, according to Thomson Reuters AutEx data, above its usual average of 13.3 percent.

In other heavily traded stocks, Knight was handling more volume than in the last few days, but volumes in all names had not reached its levels from before the August 1 snafu, according to those figures.

Knight’s shares were up 3.9 percent at $3.19 in afternoon trade. The stock had traded above $10 one week ago and hit a low of $2.27 on August 2, the day after its technology glitch roiled trade on Wall Street.

SAVED BUT AT WHAT COST?

Jefferies Group Inc (JEF.N) led the investment to save Knight, which included Blackstone Group LP (BX.N), rival market maker Getco and financial services companies TD Ameritrade Holding Corp (AMTD.N), Stifel Nicolaus (SF.N) and Stephens.

Jefferies got the biggest piece of the pie, with shares that will represent a 22.8 percent stake in Knight. Blackstone and Getco will each hold a 16 percent stake, TD Ameritrade will hold 7.3 percent, and Stifel and Stephens each get 5.5 percent.

For other investors, the question is how much Knight is actually worth, given its current circumstances. KBW analyst Niamh Alexander assigned a new price target that is 75 percent of tangible book value; before the loss, Knight traded at 90 percent of book.

“We use a higher discount to (book) than historically to reflect the higher risk profile of the earnings after now two consecutive months of outsized trading losses, and as well as the liquidity and dilution and risk of shareholder lawsuits,” Alexander said in a note on Tuesday.

Barclays Capital analyst Roger Freeman, in a note on Monday, also suggested that a valuation around 75 percent of tangible book value was reasonable in light of Knight’s situation.

BREAKUP VALUE

Knight Chief Executive Officer Thomas “TJ” Joyce said on Monday that the firm would look at its business units over the next few months and decide whether all of the parts should remain in place.

JPMorgan analysts have suggested that investors will look at Knight only as the sum of its parts, in expectation of an eventual breakup. Among the most attractive assets are foreign exchange platform Hotspot FX and Urban Financial, the second-largest reverse mortgage lender in the United States.

Sandler O’Neill analyst Richard Repetto, in a note Tuesday, estimated that Hotspot FX alone could sell for $155 million. Sandler O’Neill advised Knight on its capital raise.

Source: (Reporting by Ben Berkowitz in Boston; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Leslie Adler)

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Kanye West Reveals ‘Cruel Summer’ Album Cover

Kanye West Reveals ‘Cruel Summer’ Album Cover

With one month away till the debut of G.O.O.D. Music’s compilation album, “Cruel Summer” (Sep. 4), Kanye West** takes to Twitter to reveal its official cover.

‘Ye has debuted two singles from the album: “Mercy” and “New God Flow.” “Mercy,” featuring ‘Ye, 2 Chainz**, Big Sean** and Pusha T**, has been on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for 17 weeks, this week, and stays at No. 1. The single, which peaked at No. 1 on July 17, is Kanye’s sixth No. 1, Big Sean’s second No. 1 and the first for 2 Chainz and Pusha.

There aren’t many details of the album for both fans and G.O.O.D. Music artists. Pusha T told Billboard.com that he’s “in the dark just as much as you guys.” “Nothing is conventional with these guys. It’s to the point now, and it’s so bad, because [West]’s been so unconventional… that people won’t even accept conventional shit from him. I know we’re not gonna start now,” he said.

Visit http://www.billboard.com on your computer to check it out.

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TV execs are drooling over the chance to get Phelps under contract

Forget all that retirement talk, Michael Phelps will NOT be done with the Olympics after the London games … that is if network honchos can lock him into a new job — sports announcer.

TMZ’s learned TV execs are drooling over the chance to get Phelps under contract once he wraps up the Games as the most decorated Olympian of all time.

One source, high up at NBC Sports, told us … “The man is smoking hot right now” — and they “would definitely hire Michael” to cover the Olympics in 2016, and other world sporting events between now and then.

Phelps is adamant London will be his swan song — and he will retire as the most well known Olympian on the planet … so, if he chooses to get in the broadcast game there will be a massive bidding war.

NBC holds Olympic broadcasting rights through 2020, so they’d seem to be in the driver’s seat — but a source at ABC told us, “If he would, we would gladly scoop him up to work for us.”

As for his potential salary … it’s a simple formula:
MP x 19 (possibly 22) Olympic medals = GAZILLIONS.

We reached out Michael’s agent, but haven’t heard back yet. Think that guy’s busy?

Source: IFWT

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U.S. Women’s Gymnastics: Everything to Know About Gold Medal-Winning Olympic Team

U.S. Women’s Gymnastics: Everything to Know About Gold Medal-Winning Olympic Team!
By Rebecca Macatee
Meet the new Golden Girls: Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney. Today, the flipping amazing U.S. women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal at the London Olympics, with the so-called Fab Five beating out Russia and Romania for the top honor and securing the first team gold for the U.S. since 1996. So who are the girls representing the red, white and blue across the pond? Let’s get to know these extraordinary ladies. Jordyn Wieber: The 17-year-old gymnast was heartbroken Sunday when she didn’t score high enough to compete in the Olympic all-around final. (In an upset, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas advanced and, due to a quirk in the rules that only allows two per team to move on, Wieber missed the cut despite outscoring many finalists from other countries.) But the reigning world all-around gymnastics champ did complete in team finals Tuesday, helping Team USA to bring home the gold. According to her team profile page, Wieber enjoys “hanging out with friends, shopping, spending time with my family, scrapbooking and crafts.” She also revealed to E! News that she’s a major Belieber and a fan of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Gabby Douglas: This smiling 16-year-old, nicknamed the Flying Squirrel for her prowess on the uneven bars, is one of two American’s representing the women in this week’s individual all-around final on Thursday. According to her team profile, she’s a huge Twi-hard and her favorite show is Vampire Diaries. Aly Raisman: This 18-year-old, who also beat out longtime BFF Wieber for a spot in the all-around finals, told International Gymnast Magazine she considers veteran Alicia Sacramone “a really good role model.” Raisman’s parents stole the spotlight during Sunday’s team qualifiers, swaying from side to side and willing her to “stick it!” Kyla Ross: This 15-year-old isn’t just a pro on the uneven bars: She’s also a fan of E! News’ first family. “Can’t believe we got to meet Bruce Jenner!” Ross tweeted Thursday, linking to a picture of the women’s gymnastics team smiling alongside the former decathlete. “I love the Kardashians” According to Ross’ team profile, she’s also a major Hunger Games fan and loves ABC’s Modern Family. McKayla Maroney: This 16-year-old World Champion vaulter, who soared higher than any other gymanst during the prelims, has a celebrity doppelgänger: Posh Spice! Maroney tweeted, “I love when ppl say I look like Victoria Beckham! haha!” We totally see the resemblance. These two should collaborate–couture leotards, perhaps?

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J.K. Rowling launches Harry Potter book club online

J.K. Rowling launches Harry Potter book club online

Author J.K. Rowling launched an online book club for young readers on Tuesday and will appear in a live global webcast in October from Edinburgh, Scotland, to speak with her fans about the magical world of Harry Potter.

Rowling’s U.S. publisher, Scholastic, which developed the Harry Potter Reading Club website, said it will be a destination for fans of the British boy wizard and a tool for parents and teachers who want to set up book clubs to introduce children to the joys of reading.

“Scholastic has been in conversation with educators, librarians and other book lovers about ideas for bringing the Harry Potter books to new readers in exciting and different ways,” Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade, said in a statement announcing the club.

“The Harry Potter Reading Club is a direct response to that feedback and provides an entry point through which the thrill of these books can be shared with new generations of Harry Potter fans both within and beyond the classroom.”

The live webcast with Rowling from her hometown will be presented by the club at noon EDT (0500 GMT) on October 11 at http://www.scholastic.com/hpreadingclub.

Scholastic, which described the webcast as a “live virtual author visit to classrooms,” said it will be Rowling’s first opportunity since 2007 to interact with young readers and to discuss Pottermore, http://www.pottermore.com, a website launched in April to help fans navigate through the tales of wizardry and witchcraft.

The Harry Potter Reading Club will include a guide for everything about the boy wizard, an overview of the series of Harry Potter books that have sold an estimated 450 million copies worldwide and were transformed into eight hit movies, and information about Rowling, the world’s first author billionaire.

Scholastic said it will add activities on the site every month.

Source: Patricia Reaney; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Leslie Adler

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The 2012 Olympics: Kirsty Coventry goes hard for TeamZIMBABWE

The 2012 Olympics: Kirsty Coventry

by Dexter Padayachee

Zimbabwean swimmer, Kirsty Coventry, 28, is one of the more promising medal competitors at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Coventry made her international debut at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, which brought her attention at the age of 16. She was the first Zimbabwean swimmer to reach the semifinals at the Olympics, and was subsequently named Zimbabwe’s Sports Woman of the Year.

Upon completing her secondary school education at the Dominican Convent High School in Harare, Zimbabwe, Coventry was awarded a scholarship to Auburn University in Alabama. There, she completed her degree in bospitality, with a minor in Business over the course of five years. She continued to swim competitively for the Auburn University swim team, and captained the team for the 2004-05 academic year. Coventry’s performance as a part of the three-time national championship team (2002, 2003, 2004) won her various accolades in America. She was named the NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year (2005), the SEC Female Swimmer of the Year (2004, 2005), and was awarded the National Honda Award for Swimming (2005). She has also won seven NCAA titles and fourteen SEC titles (2001-2005).

Coventry’s gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley (IM), at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, commenced her international medal-winning career. She currently has 34 international medals to her name, and is the world-record holder in the 200m backstroke after winning gold at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. Coventry has been recognized for her outstanding performance in her home country, Zimbabwe, as well as through the African continent. After winning one gold medal and three silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, President Robert Mugabe awarded the swimmer US$100,000, a portion of which was donated to charity.

However, Coventry has been the recipient of criticism from various sources due to her “Switzerland” stance on politics in Zimbabwe. She has been questioned about her decision to not condemn President Mugabe and about her neutrality within Zimbabwean politics. She believes that a neutral position would benefit her in the long run, as she plans to return to the continent and help her fellow countrymen and women.

Although a promising medal winner in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Coventry is aware of her younger competition; 29 is an advanced age for a swimmer. Also, she dislocated her knee during a training run in March this year. But Coventry still seems determined to add victories to her name. Coventry stated on her website that she plans to move to Johannesburg, South Africa, saying that: “I believe that being closer to home and in a country where I ultimately started my swimming career I can have a bigger positive impact on younger athletes wanting to follow their Olympic Dreams.” We at Africa.com are definitely cheering for Kirsty Coventry!

Source: http://www.africa.com

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Snoop Dogg Debuts First Track as Reggae Alter Ego Snoop Lion

Snoop Dogg Debuts First Track as Reggae Alter Ego Snoop Lion
The West Coast rap legend creates a new lane for himself.
By Reggie Ugwu

After nearly 20 years and 11 albums in the rap game, Snoop Dogg is looking for a change of pace. Last weekend the West Coast icon announced plans to release an album of reggae songs under the alias Snoop Lion, and now he’s giving fans a taste of the new direction with new single “Lalala.”

Produced by Diplo’s dancehall fusion outfit Major Lazer, “Lalala” finds the Doggfather singing along to a chilled-out reggae groove. 

Lest observers write Snoop Lion off as a joke, Snoop has created all new social media accounts to go along with the persona. Not to mention that the Dogg has begun locking his signature plaited mane.

“Sing wit me now!” he recently wrote on Twitter, posting a link to download “Lalala” on iTunes.

Snoop Lion’s first album, Reincarnated, doesn’t yet have a release date.
 
Source : http://www.BET.com
 

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Dark Knight Rises Tragedy: All Hazards Removed From Suspect’s Apartment

Dark Knight Rises Tragedy: All Hazards Removed From Suspect’s Apartment
By Sierra Marquina

People are breathing easier in one Denver, neighborhood. That’s because Dark Knight Rising massacre suspect James Holmes’ booby-trapped apartment has been officially cleared, according to the Aurora, Colo., Police Department. Aurora police informed residents, locals and followers of the James Holmes Dark Knight Rises tragedy via their Twitter Saturday that “All hazards have been removed from the Paris Street location” in which Holmes was residing. The authorities also informed those who occupy areas surrounding Holmes’ apartment building that they can return. Although residents living in the shooter’s building can’t come home quite yet, authorities have successfully removed all hazards from the suspect’s apartment. According to a police press conference held this afternoon, Holmes’ unit contained multiple threats of booby traps along with IEDs, trip wires and accelerants with trigger mechanisms. Entry into the rigged apartment was made by a robot controlled by a bomb tech, because, according to Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, “This apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it….who was most likely to enter it? A police officer. Make no mistake what was going on there.” Kaitlyn Fonzi, an unsuspecting 20-year-old student who lives below Holmes, was also a possible victim to the entryway booby trap. Fonzi said that after being irritated by techno music blasting from Holmes’ apartment at midnight Thursday, she attempted to confront him by yelling that she was going to call the cops. Yet, upon realizing the door was unlocked, Fonzi trusted her instinct to not open the door and returned to her apartment–a move that no doubt saved her life. Fonzi tells CNN her decision to return to her apartment has her “counting my lucky stars.” Two devices constructed by the shooter in the unit were intentionally and safely detonated at the site by explosives experts. As for how Holmes acquired the materials to booby trap his apartment and allegedly conduct the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, authorities revealed that a number of packages were recently delivered to the suspect’s apartment and school address, which may have contained the ammunition and weapons accessories he obtained on the internet. The University of Colorado Police Department deployed bomb dogs and searched buildings on the adjacent medical campus as a precaution, to ensure that there were no hazards left by the suspect. Nothing was found, and no radioactive materials or biohazards are missing from the facilities. Holmes, who surrendered outside the movie theater exit to police after the shooting, was booked into the county’s detention facility on Friday afternoon, according to Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson. The 24-year-old suspect’s legal representative is James O’Connor, head of the public defender’s office that covers the 18th Judicial District. Holmes is being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, with an advisement hearing scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Arapahoe County Courts in Centennial, Colo. , where prosecutors have 72 hours to file charges.

NOTE: According to a White House official, President Barack Obama is scheduled to travel to Colorado Sunday to visit with victims of Friday’s shooting and their families and confer with state and local officials.

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Nas’ Life is Good gets ‘XXXX’ on HipHopDX album ratings

Nas wears the multiple hats of ladies man, urban griot and voice of the people, fine tuning these roles to near perfection on “Life Is Good.”

Nearing two decades in the game, Nas is embraced with high esteem, as his mere presence demands attention given his innate knack for leadership coupled with unrelenting lyricism. We’ve watched from the sidelines as Nas achieved a lot: obvious career highlights include his prolific debut with 1994’s Illmatic, the boldly titled 2006 release of Hip Hop Is Dead, and the gall which once found him at odds with dominant New York City radio entity Hot 97 after a legendary battle with Jay-Z. Like most rappers carrying a movement on their backs (in this case, it’s arguably Queens), the impetus for stellar work weighs a ton. Faced with lofty critical expectations, Life Is Good is an up close and personal tenth release from Nas.

Regularly praised for his versatility, Nas wears the multiple hats of ladies man, urban griot and voice of the people, fine tuning these roles to near perfection on Life Is Good. Having traveled various confusing paths over the years causing detractors to charge him with coasting off of early accolades, this album lends serious credence to the notion that he holds a fixed seat in Rap royalty dating back to the golden age. A reminder of his glory days, “Loco-Motive” finds Nas in a zen-like state musing, “I know you think my life is good cause my diamond piece/but my life been good since I started finding peace,” the song ending with an all too welcome backhanded compliment, “For my trapped in the ’90s niggas.” Other intentional nods to the past are “Reach Out” (as singer Mary J. Blige does a New Edition rendition) and “Bye Baby” (which samples New Jack Swing group Guy), an open letter to his ex-wife Kelis that gracefully comes to grips with the permanent ending to their marriage. While always introspective, Nas boldly chooses to discuss a topic on the latter track that has been under intense public scrutiny. Sonically, though, these portions of the album indicate a desire to reach an older audience that has loyally followed his career’s many phases to date. The downside to that though, is boxing out a demographic more likely to follow a rapper half Nas’ age with the same fraction of skills.

The complete package displays an obvious maturation from the veteran that is effectively in tune with a focus many have considered missing for some time, as “A Queens Story” (honoring deceased hood legends and Rap talents from Nas’ borough) and “No Introduction” are adventurous moments sure to please original subscribers and younger fans alike. While subject to debate, “Summer On Smash” (accentuated by Swizz Beatz’ infectious hook and Miguel’s vocals) also attempts effectively bridging the gap between today’s radio demographic and aging listeners, much like the provocative non-fiction of the recent single “Daughters.” Minor infractions such as “Stay” and “You Wouldn’t Understand” can be overlooked given a vocal command, delivery and passion from Nas largely thought to be almost obsolete. The biggest disconnect on Life Is Good lies in Nas’ ability to couple his strong lyrics and discussion topics with well-rounded songs. While clever wordplay and social commentary are strong suits, they tend to take a front seat to a complete composition. In a world where the value of a song outweighs the value of the words it contains, this can pose a problem to even the strongest career – including a living legend. Still, Nas carries the torch for what many artists today are lacking, and in continuing to do so will always have that lane primarily clear. It’s one he mastered at the onset of his career and doesn’t appear to be surrendering any time soon.

Life Is Good is a dual relief for Nas and his supporters as its title lends itself to interpretation as a reconciled statement to gossip obsessed tabloids. The weight lifted from his shoulders has provided with him a reinvigorated energy unifying the masses, rectifying the ongoing harsh criticism of his poor beat selection and strengthening the case for his importance throughout Hip Hop’s folklore.

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“THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” tops the charts on opening night!

“THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” SHATTERS BOX OFFICE RECORDS!

By Ajon Brodie
 
The Dark Knight Rises has risen to a chart-topping opening night!

The Batman flick starring CHRISTIAN BALE and ANNE HATHAWAY grossed over $27 million on its Thursday midnight opening. This shattered Marvel’s The Avengers opening, which had a $18.4 million midnight gross.

“DARK KNIGHT RISES”: WHY YOU NEED TO SEE THIS CHRISTOPHER NOLAN EPIC BLOCKBUSTER!

A Warner Bros. executive, who was extremely thrilled with the movie’s outcome, said:


“This is effing huge!”

The film, which opened in over 3,700 theaters around North America, had dedicated fans in line for hours, just to check out Christopher Nolan’s final installment of Batman.

If you haven’t seen the movie of the summer, you’re definitely are missing out on an epic film.

Numbers don’t lie!

Source: Global Grind

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Cash Money’s New York Times Bestselling Authors Ashley & JaQuavis To Release Next Book In “Murderville” Trilogy

Cash Money’s New York Times Bestselling Authors Ashley & JaQuavis To Release Next Book In “Murderville” Trilogy
by Jake Crates

Cash Money Content/Atria books has announced the release of their new thriller book called, Murderville: The Epidemic.
The book is written by a 26-year-old Flint, Michigan-raised couple that goes by Ashley & JaQuavis, who are on the heels of writing several, previous New York Times best selling books.
Ashley & JaQuavis, the real-life Mr. and Mrs. JaQuavis Coleman, are the youngest African American co-authors to make two appearances on the New York Times bestseller list.
In addition, the couple co-authored more than 17 bestselling novels, and have ghostwritten 15 books for other well-known authors to date – more than any other literary duo their age.
“Ashley & JaQuavis’ books connect with the hip-hop generation and speak to the streets in the same way that hip-hop music does,” said Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams co-founder of Cash Money Records and Cash Money Content. “With two New York Times bestselling books under their belt, we saw this signing as an opportunity to take urban fiction to the next level in the same way we took hip hop music to the next level. The Epidemic is Ashley & JaQuavis’ second book with Cash Money Content and we’re looking forward to a future of nothing but hits.”
Ashley & JaQuavis’ New York Times bestselling series, The Cartel, was the first trilogy from the talented team, and The Cartel 2 debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at #29 (November 2009), while The Cartel 3 made its debut at #27 in August 2010.
Cash Money has optioned the film rights to The Cartel trilogy and has already set into motion their plans for bringing the series to life on the screen.
Murderville: The Epidemic is the second release from the Murderville trilogy, and is the second release from their deal with Cash Money Content.
The two also have budding solo careers, as Ashley’s solo projects include The Prada Plan 1, 2.and 3, Guilty Gucci and Moth to a Flame. JaQuavis’ solo projects include The Dopeman’s Wife, The Dopefiend, The Dopeman: Memoirs of a Snitch and The Day the Streets Stood Still. In addition the couple has stayed busy shooting their first feature film, Hard 6ix, which stars Ashley and is directed by JaQuavis.
The couple will hit the road in support of the book starting in July at New York City’s Harlem Book Fair, and will make their way through six cities including Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Dallas Fort-Worth.

Catch Ashley & JaQuavis on the Cash Money Young Author’s Tour:

July 21 – NYC -Harlem Book Fair
July 24 – Baltimore – TLJ Bookstore – 7pm – 9pm
Aug 4- Atlanta – Medu Books Greenbriar Mall – 3pm – 5pm
Aug 5 – St. Louis – Missouri Black Expo 1:30 pm
Aug 11 – Maryland – Cartel Bookstore – Booksigning 3pm – 6pm
Aug 25 – Dallas – Tulisoma Black Book Fair – 1pm -3pm Aug 25 – Fort Worth – Dockshop Book signing – Forth Worth 5pm -7pm

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N.B.S……. Redefining Independent…on BigBang Records

N.B.S……. Redefining Independent…on BigBang Records

Hometown favorite’s N.B.S. (hip-hop duo of cousins E’Flash + V-Knuckles) connect with longtime collaborator and fellow #Vets member DJ Dow Jones, Shadyville DJ’s, and Nightlife Type DJ’s to bring you a crowd-sourced artistic exploration of frustration and growth.
Fueled by life and requests from rabid fan response on social media, N.B.S. says “Fuck It” and bares all in this one-off while they ready their forthcoming release “The Smokefest” which features the likes of Bishop Lamont, Slaine, Reks, Snowgoons, Checkmark (of Skitzofreniks), Tum Tum, Virtuoso and more.
N.B.S. were also recently featured in the latest release from hip-hop power house production team Snowgoons album “Snowgoons Dyansty” on 3 tracks with the likes of Ghostface, Joell Ortiz, Sean Price, and Ras Kass.
Be sure to check-out N.B.S. touring in Paris, Amsterdam, and the Czech Republic for the annual Hip-Hop Kemp alongside Danny Brown, Mos Def, Elzhi, Snowgoons, Virtuoso, and more.

Download N.B.S. “Fuck It” at:
http://www.sharebeast.com/s7isvhe9oitg
or
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9l976o

Stream N.B.S. “Fuck It” at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XM3oiwCGhM

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B.G. Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Gun, Witness Tampering Charges

B.G. Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Gun, Witness Tampering Charges

By Allen Starbury

New Orleans rapper B.G. is going away … for a long time, after being sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on Wednesday (July 18) for gun possession and witness tampering charges.

According to Nola.com, the 31-year-old rapper (real name: Christopher Dorsey) arrived in court in a standard jail jumpsuit, but for some reason sat in a wheelchair. He was facing up to 40 years, after admitting guilt back in December 2011 by pleading guilty.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurice Landrieu sought a lengthier sentence, claiming his music profited off the NOLA’s “cycle of violence” in court on Wednesday.

While U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan agreed, expressing her disdain for B.G.’s music videos, she declined to use them as a basis for the longer sentence. The judge said she believed that the rapper’s songs and videos “may have contributed to the murders of young people” in New Orleans, noting that he extolled retaliation and fostered an atmosphere of violence.

B.G. was arrested back in November 2009– alongside two others — following a traffic stop in New Orleans. During a search of the vehicle, police found three guns, along with loaded magazines and two extended magazine clips.

Being a convicted felon, he faces a lot of time behind bars.

He originally pleaded not guilty, back in February 2010 and was released on bond. However, he was indicted on a new witness tampering charge in May 2011, after authorities found out he had one of the other men arrested (Demounde Pollard) sign a false affidavit claiming ownership of the weapons.

By pleading guilty in court, he admitted guilt to all charges and was facing 40 years in prison.

While he confessed, B.G.’s attorneys made it clear that he was not cooperating, staying in line with his “no-snitch” philosophy, which the rapper seems to point to in one of his last music video: “This f***ing ratting shh**, man, this sh** here is getting out of hand / Man, it’s call T-Y-C. Take Your Charge.”

B.G. was one of New Orleans’ brightest rap stars at one time. He signed with Cash Money Records at the age of 13, and enjoyed platinum success in the late 1990s with the LP, Chopper City In The Ghetto, which featured the smash hit, “Bling Bling.” He was also a member of the Hot Boys, a hip-hp supergroup comprised of Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Young Turk.

Throughout his career, he released countless albums and mixtapes, his last being 2010′s HollyHood.

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Pharrell has popped the question…and she said yes!

Congratulations are in order for one of the best rapper/producers in the game. One half of the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams, is ready to quit living in sin with his son Rocket’s mother, model designer, Helen Lasichanh. Our source tells us that the two were all hugged up at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival over the weekend, and news just broke today on MediaTakeOut that Pharrell has popped the question…and she said yes!

We hear that skateboard P has given Helen a huge rock, and the two are already planning for a Spring 2013 wedding.  Congrats to the happy couple!

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The fan is dead, long live the phone?

The fan is dead, long live the phone?
By Tom McGowan

Jesse Owens’ triumph over the Third Reich in Berlin at the 1936 Olympic Games, Zinedine Zidane’s perfect volley in the 2002 European Champions League final, Tiger Woods’ astonishing chip-in at the Masters in 2005 or Rafael Nadal celebrating in the growing dusk around Wimbledon’s Centre Court after overcoming Roger Federer in 2008.

All iconic moments in the history of sport, forever etched in the memory of spectators lucky enough to be able to say “I was there”.

But these days witnessing greatness is clearly not quite enough for the modern sports fan as countless spectators religiously record career-defining events on mobile devices and post their own personal accounts on various social media websites.

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“The pleasure of sport lies not so much in witnessing an event as talking about it,” explains Ellis Cashmore, professor of Culture, Media and Sport at England’s Staffordshire University.

“We’ve all at some point sat at home and watched a fight or a tennis match in isolation and it’s never as enjoyable as when we are in company, talking about the competition as it unfolds. Mobile phones have opened out the possibilities. We can talk to anyone, anywhere while the action is taking place.”

One event to have resisted the tidal wave of mobile technology which has swept through society is the British Open — golf’s oldest major — which will take place for the 152nd time this weekend.

Why U.S. golf has a healthy future

But this year the R & A, which governs golf outside the United States and Mexico, has relented, allowing spectators at north-west England’s Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club to bring their phones into the event for the first time since 2006.

“The attachment people have to their mobile phones is getting ever stronger,” R & A head of communications Malcolm Booth told CNN.

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Weather London Olympics’ biggest threat?

Weather London Olympics’ biggest threat?
By Chris Murphy

London has spent billions preparing to host the 2012 Olympics, constructing state of the art stadiums, overhauling transport links and installing anti-aircraft missiles to beef up security.

But there is one thing organizers can’t control: The Great British Weather.

Recently two titanic events of the sporting summer — tennis at Wimbledon and Formula One’s British Grand Prix — have been hit by violent storms and the persistent rain that has been stalking the UK for months.

Only this week a major concert in London was canceled after a series of severe deluges rendered Hyde Park unsafe for the thousands of fans who bought tickets.

With just 15 days to go until the opening ceremony and forecasters predicting more turbulence ahead, Olympic officials and their government partners are making contingency plans for those events that could be decimated by adverse weather.

As well as umbrellas, a mass of red, white and blue ponchos will be on sale to keep patrons dry, yet those who have spent the most on tickets — up to £2,012 ($3,100) in some cases — could well be stationed in the parts of the Olympic Stadium that aren’t fully sheltered.

Many events, such as the beach volleyball on Horse Guard’s Parade and the show jumping in Greenwich Park, are open and vulnerable to whatever the elements decide to throw at them.

Photos: Olympic sports add variety to photographer ‘diet’

The W-Factor

But despite fears the July 27-August 12 sporting extravaganza could be a washout, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has stressed that combating the challenges the UK’s unique climate offers has featured heavily in its seven years of meticulous planning.

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Sage Stallone Sylvester Stallone’s son dies at 36

Sylvester Stallone’s son dies at 36
By the CNN Wire Staff

Sage Stallone, the 36-year-old son of actor Sylvester Stallone, died Friday.

“Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone,” his representative said in a statement. “His compassion and thoughts are with Sage’s mother, Sasha. Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man. His loss will be felt forever.”

Sage Stallone’s attorney, George Braunstein, told Los Angeles TV station KNBC that Sage Stallone was engaged to be married and was working on various film projects at the time of his death.

He acted in several movies, including “Daylight” and “Rocky V” with his father.

The younger Stallone also co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a company that describes itself as “dedicated to the restoration and preservation of motion pictures historically held in very low regard.”

Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old son dies

Sylvester Stallone launches menswear line

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DMX Hospitalized After Four-Wheeler Crash

DMX Hospitalized After Four-Wheeler Crash

DMX was hospitalized after a four-wheeler accident on Saturday.

The rapper suffered a concussion after losing control of the vehicle near his South Carolina home and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Although DMX says he crashed and flipped over while going down a hill, it appears he did not suffer more serious injuries.

It’s not known when he’ll be released, according to TMZ, which spoke with the rapper.

DMX has had an eventful couple of years — hopefully he recovers quickly and takes it easy after this latest incident.

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Billionaire HK property tycoons charged in bribery case

Billionaire HK property tycoons charged in bribery case
 
By Alex Frew McMillan and Twinnie Siu

HONG KONG – Thomas and Raymond Kwok, the billionaire co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties, and Rafael Hui, Hong Kong’s former No.2 public official, were charged Friday in a bribery investigation surrounding Asia’s largest developer.

The Sun Hung Kai probe, Hong Kong’s biggest corruption case since its anti-graft agency was formed nearly 40 years ago, involves one of Asia’s most powerful families and the world’s second-largest property company with a market capitalization of $32 billion.

The charges involve payments and unsecured loans of more than $4 million and come amid other investigations of government officials and a turbulent political transition that has set off waves of protests from Hong Kong citizens angry about a host of issues including cronyism and cozy ties between government officials and the city’s tycoons.

Friday’s charges came a day after the anti-graft agency arrested Hong Kong’s development secretary on suspicion of corruption, dealing a fresh blow to the city’s new leader, Leung Chun-ying.

Two others have also been charged in the Sun Hung Kai case. Thomas Chan, the Sun Hung Kai board member in charge of land purchases, and Francis Kwan, a former banker, were charged by the city’s Independent Commission Against Corruption. Kwan is a former chief operation officer of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange.

A total of eight charges were filed against the five men, who appeared before a Hong Kong judge on Friday and said they understood the charges, including conspiracy to offer advantages to a public servant and misconduct in public office.

Hui, who was calm throughout the half-hour proceeding, was named in each of the eight charges in connection with alleged payments and unsecured loans totaling about HK$34 million ($4.38 million).

Raymond Kwok delivered a statement on the courthouse steps, saying “I firmly believe I haven’t done anything wrong. The Hong Kong judicial system is very fair. I will do my best to defend myself against those accusations. My goal is to prove my innocence.”

Thomas Kwok declined to comment and Thomas Chan also declined comment.

The magistrate hearing the case ordered Hui and Kwan to surrender their travel documents and remain in Hong Kong. Public prosecutor Kevin Zervos said Kwan was “a flight risk.”

All five were released on bail and ordered not to contact a list of prosecution witnesses given to the court. The case was then adjourned until October 12.

The ICAC said the alleged offences took place between 2000 and 2009, with six linked to Hui’s tenure as Hong Kong’s chief secretary. Hui faces two misconduct charges alleging he accepted rent-free use of two flats while head of Hong Kong’s retirement authority and two unsecured loans.

He is also alleged to have accepted payments to “willfully misconduct himself” to be “favorably disposed” to Raymond and Thomas Kwok and their interests and to Thomas Chan, according to the charges.

Reuters reported in April the ICAC was investigating payments to Hui, before and after his official role, in relation to Sun Hung Kai [ID:nL3E8FP300].

Hui and Thomas Kwok face a joint charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, while Hui and Raymond Kwok faces a similar charge.

Hui, Thomas Kwok, Chan and Kwan are also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, alleging they conspired together for Hui to receive a series of payments from Thomas Kwok, Chan and Kwan.

Shares of Sun Hung Kai, Asia’s most widely held property stock, fell 0.7 percent at the open, but were up 0.5 percent when trading was suspended. The shares have slumped 14 percent since the March arrests. Trading in Sun Hung Kai units SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Ltd and SUNeVision Holdings Ltd, was also suspended on Thursday.

Sun Hung Kai has applied for permission to restart trading on Monday.

UNCERTAIN CORPORATE FUTURE

The Kwoks have remained in their roles at Sun Hung Kai and have maintained their innocence since the case first came to light in March. The legal process in such a high-profile prosecution may take as long as seven years with appeals likely on either side.

The company has repeatedly said it has contingency plans in place should the co-chairmen be unable to continue with their duties.

The company said late on Friday that it has named its head of residential sales, Victor Lui, and its head of project management, Mike Wong, as deputy managing directors, to assist Raymond and Thomas Kwok in discharging their duties. It also named Thomas’s son, Adam, 29, and Raymond’s son Edward, 31, as alternate board members to their fathers.

The family-run company is governed by a trust that controls 43 percent of the company’s shares and which is overseen by the Kwoks’ 83-year-old mother, Kwong Siu-hing, who retired as chairwoman last December after brokering Thomas and Raymond’s ascent to the top of the company. They run day-to-day affairs and oversee a 12-man executive committee.

Also involved in the case but not charged on Friday is Walter Kwok, the family’s elder brother, who was ousted as chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties in 2008 and is estranged from his brothers. He was arrested at the end of May.

Walter, kidnapped and held for ransom in the late 1990s, lost a power struggle to his brothers and had to cede control of the company’s top role. Sources close to the family say Walter’s return to the company is not an option and he rarely participates in board meetings.

The family-run company is unlikely to bring in outside top management to replace the Kwoks, although it brought in outsider Patrick Chan in 2009 from Hang Seng Bank as chief financial officer. The company is known for its deep bench of middle management.

“The market has gradually built up more confidence that it has priced in this issue,” said Alfred Lau, a property analyst at Bocom International. “This will remain an overhang for the company for the longer term until the case is settled.”

SENTINELS OF HONG KONG

Sun Hung Kai is the world’s second-largest property company. It and rival Cheung Kong (Holdings) dominate Hong Kong’s home-building and office-development industries.

With revenue of HK$62.6 billion ($8.1 billion) in the fiscal year ended in June 2011, the property arm makes half its money from building new apartments, with the rest from renting office and retail property. It pays $1 million in tax to the Hong Kong government each year.

The Kwoks, valued by Forbes magazine at $18.3 billion before their arrests, rank locally in wealth only behind Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, founder Cheung Kong.

Sun Hung Kai developed the city’s two tallest buildings, the International Finance Centre and the International Commerce Centre, which stand like sentinels on either side of Victoria Harbour. The conglomerate, founded by the Kwok brothers’ father, also has businesses in the city’s bus and waste disposal sectors.

(Additional reporting by Venus Wu; Clarie Lee, Tan Ee Lyn; Editing by Matt Driskill, Michael Flaherty and Anne Marie Roantree)

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Guerrilla Black Caught in Credit Card Scheme

Guerrilla Black Caught in Credit Card Scheme
by Jake Crates

Seattle federal prosecutors have uncovered a credit card hacking scheme that’s resulted in the arrest of three people, including California rapper Guerrilla Black.
According to the Seattle Post Intelligence, the 33-year-old Los Angeles rapper, born Charles Tony Williamson, is accused of buying used credit card information, stolen by two other individuals.
Co-conspirators David Benjamin Schrooten, 22, of the Netherlands, and Christopher A. Schroebel, 21, of Keedysville, Md., have already been indicted.
The credit cards in question were previously used at Seattle businesses..
Prosecutors allege that Guerrilla Black stole over 27,257 credit card numbers netting at least $150,000.
Schroebel has already pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

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Nas teams up with Moet & Chandon to launch the “2012 Moet Rose Lounge Series.”

Nas Tapped To Launch Moet & Chandon’s “2012 Moet Rose Lounge Series”
by Morris Moore

(AllHipHop News) Queens rap star Nas has teamed with Moet & Chandon to launch the “2012 Moet Rose Lounge Series.”
Nas will be joined by co-hosts Q-Tip and DJ Wonder and the trio will kick off the supper-club style tour, on July 16 in New York.
“I’m excited to serve as the inaugural host of Moet & Chandon’s Moet Rose Lounge 2012 series,” Nasir “Nas” Jones said in a statement today (July 12). “It’s an honor to celebrate the next chapter of my career with the support of a sophisticated brand like Moet.”
The evening will feature a private intimate sit-down dinner, to be followed by a private event, that will double as a release party for Nas’ new album Life Is Good.
“As the ultimate champagne of celebration, Moet & Chandon is very proud to be hosting and toasting Nas’ Life Is Good album release,” said Keith Howard, Moet & Chandon Brand Director. “The ‘Moet Rose Lounge’ events are always about acknowledging success and accomplishment and we are so pleased to be hosting a dinner and after-party this year for honoree and Hip-Hop icon Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones.”
After the date in New York, the “2012 Moet Rose Lounge Series” will make stops in Miami and Los Angeles.
Hosts for the Miami and Los Angeles dates will be announced at a later time.
Previous Moet Rose Lounge hosts have included popular artists like Common, Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz and others.

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Russell Simmons Dating Miss Universe Leila Lopes ?????

Russell Simmons Dating Miss Universe Leila Lopes

Age ain’t nothin’ but a number–just ask Russell Simmons! The 54-year-old hip-hop mogul and 26-year-old Leila Lopes (better known as Miss Universe 2011) were all smiles Tuesday on the red carpet of the Trishna screening in New York. Uncle Rush tweeted a picture of the Angolan beauty. “Who is this in the back of the Bac,” he wrote. “Follow her @MissUniverse.” Lopes retweeted the business magnate, adding a “:)” of her own. Of course, this beauty queen isn’t the first younger lady Russell has romanced. Last August he was spotted packing on the PDA with then 34-year-old Melissa George. The duo even mingled with Russell’s ex-wife, Kimora Lee, 37, and her husband, Djimon Hounsou, at an East Hampton fundraiser. As long as Uncle Rush keeps up with his inspirational tweets, we’ll be happy for him no matter who he’s dating.

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The Rollin’ Stones #mUsIcAl_LEGENDS

Browne: Why we still love the Stones
By David Browne

Was 1962 the year classic, post-’50s rock was hatched? Let’s make that case. Fifty years ago, the Beatles recorded their first session at London’s EMI (later Abbey Road) studios, cutting an early version of “Love Me Do,” and Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys released their first albums. And it was exactly 50 years ago that the first incarnation of the Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones, along with pianist Ian Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor and drummer Tony Chapman — played their first concert, at London’s Marquee Club. The band was still so embryonic that they called themselves the Rollin’ Stones.

Of course, being reminded that the Stones have been around for five decades is almost unnecessary. The band hasn’t had a Top 10 hit in over 20 years, but whether we want it to or not, it never seems to have gone away. From Keith Richards’ garrulous best-selling 2010 memoir, to Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger,” to Jagger himself hosting “Saturday Night Live” this year, the culture always seems to circle around to the Stones just when you’d think we’d all had enough of them.

Part of that is intentional: To some degree, the Stones have always been driven to be competitive in the pop marketplace. “Absolutely,” Richards told me in an interview in 1997. “It gets in the blood, man. Arrogant, elitist sons of bitches that we are, we still think we’re getting better.” But part of their eternal appeal is out of their hands, too. Why do we still care about the Stones after a mind-boggling 50 years? A few possible reasons:

Their songs and catalog. As obvious as it is to say, it really is about the music. There’s a reason pop church lady Susan Boyle could cover “Wild Horses” or that “Saturday Night Live” could send off Kristen Wiig with “Ruby Tuesday” and “She’s a Rainbow”: The best Stones songs, meaning ones written before roughly 1980, are eternal and built on impeccable melodies.

For all their bad-boy images, Jagger and Richards seem, in retrospect, like one of the last of the great songwriting teams — Lerner and Loewe, or Bacharach and David, with more groupies and pharmaceuticals. Even work that seemed lesser at the time — 1973’s beautiful stupor, “Goats Head Soup,” for instance — holds up better than you’d expect. The way the Stones continually paid homage to black music — from covering Muddy Waters and Solomon Burke to a disco-era hit like “Miss You” — also gave them a broader fan base than many of their peers.

The Mick and Keith dynamic. Little in old or new rock comes close to the testy yin-yang relationship between the band’s two founding members and longtime Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em duo. Over the years, they’ve publicly sniped at each other, culminating in Richards’ dishy depictions of Jagger as a preening diva in his memoir, “Life.”

Those comments — and the way much of the media used Richards’ words to pile on Jagger themselves — missed the point, though. What always made the Stones so magnificent was the way Richards’ crusty musical conservatism was balanced by Jagger’s pop-chart-driven opportunism, and vice versa. They need each other, and in so doing, they’ve become their own endlessly watchable rock ‘n’ roll reality show.

Stones as metaphor. The Stones embody a time when rock ‘n’ roll wasn’t just “outlaw” culture; it propelled the culture. That’s no longer the case, as a recent conversation with a teenage music fan confirmed to me. An avid pop lover, she doesn’t listen to any “rock” (that is, music made by men or women who play guitars). For her, EDM — which used to be called techno or electronica — is the new rock; Its big beats, drug allusions, and the way its bombastic thump offends anyone over 40 (or anyone who prefers traditional verse-chorus pop songs) make it the modern-day version of rock.

Factor in pop, hip-hop, and country, all major genres these days, and you can see how rock is now one small slice of the cultural pie. For many, the Stones are a vivid, last-gasp reminder of a time when rock — and white males — dominated the landscape.

They don’t make rock stars like that anymore. With a few glorious exceptions, like Jack White, many of today’s major rock bands are charisma-challenged or nondescript. Onstage, they’re uptight. almost asexual. Contrast that with the sight of Jagger at least year’s Grammy Awards, working the stage in best rock-preacher mode and singing Solomon Burke R&B classics in a green suit. The performance should have been hokey, but it was shockingly spellbinding after all these years.

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Gambling game: Football’s battle with betting

Gambling game: Football’s battle with betting
By Tom McGowan

Soccer stars have plenty of spare time, and plenty of money, so this week’s revelations of players gambling on events during English Premier League matches should come as no surprise.

Claus Lundekvam’s claims that “spot-fix” betting was rife when he was a player have attracted the attention of world governing body FIFA, which is also battling against the widespread problem of match-fixing.

The Premier League has a well-documented gambling culture, with big names such as Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney owning race horses and featuring in big-stake “card schools” on international and club duty.

Before them, England internationals Tony Adams and Paul Merson had highly-publicized problems with gambling and alcohol.

Former Southampton player Lundekvam is the latest to talk candidly about footballers’ vices, revealing that he and other top-flight stars made money out of betting on minor events in games such as the first throw-in or corner kick.

Swiss court: Former FIFA president took $1.5M in bribes

“For a while we did this almost every week,” Lundekvam told a Norwegian television channel. “We made a fair bit of money. We could make deals with the opposing captain.

“For example, betting on the first throw, the first corner, who started with the ball, a yellow card or a penalty. Those were the sorts of thing we had influence over.

“The results were never on the agenda. That is something I would never have done. We were professional competitors. Even though what we did, of course, was illegal, it was just a fun thing.”

Strict regulations and laws govern what professional footballers are able to gamble on, but are football’s lawmakers taking the problem seriously enough?

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Floyd Mayweather Sr. Going To Train Drake For His Potential Fight With Breezy

Rumors: Is Floyd Mayweather Sr. Going To Train Drake For His Potential Fight With Breezy?
by Sydney Lace

This Chris Brown vs. Drake potential pay-per-view fight seems to be growing some legs. Not only did the boxing promoters raise the offer from $1 million for the loser to $5 million for the losing party and $9 million to the winner of the match, but now we hear that they are offering Floyd Mayweather, Sr. up as the trainer. Mayweather, Sr. is, of course, the father of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

RumorFix is reporting hat Celebrity Boxing guru Damon Feldman has signed Floyd Mayweather, Sr. to train either Brown or Drake for the bout.

Chris Brown has already accepted the offer to throw down with Drake, but promoters are still waiting for Drizzy to give them the green light to begin the process. $5 Milli to get in the ring with Chris Brown…should Drizzy accept? Even with Mayweather, Sr. in his corner, do you think Drizzy could hold his own against C.B.?

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50 CENT CONFRONTS STEVE STOUTE AT KNICKS GAME

50 Cent and Steve Stoute had what looked like a heated brawl during Saturday night’s New York Knicks vs Golden State Warriors game at Madison Square Garden.

A picture is worth a thousand words, cameras captured a few snap shots of the confrontation which didn’t seem too pleasant.

Though no word was captured from the encounter but looking at the pictures, for real they are worth a thousand words, the vendetta may stem from Fif’s time Sony/Columbia when he was dropped after infamously being shot in 2000. At the time, Stoute was the President of Urban Music. 50 has since spoken about his distrust for the former music mogul. More recently, Stoute excluded Jackson from his list of influential artists during an interview with The Breakfast Club saying the Queens rap star hasn’t been relevant in a while.

Photos: Paul J. Bereswill/AP

Source: XXL

Another banger from Miley Cyrus & Pharrell “Come Get It Bae”

Miley Cyrus’ creative collaboration with Pharrell Williams bore fruit on the singer’s 2013 LP Bangerz, which saw the R&B Renaissance man providing production on neo-funk-pop-lite tracks like “4×4″ and “Get It Right.” Cyrus returns the favor now with a cameo on Pharrell’s upcoming album GIRL, lending her twangy purr to the spare, thudding “Come Get It Bae.”

“Hey!” ejections pepper the track like a layer of additional percussion, with Pharrell’s falsetto and Cyrus’ likable croak harmonizing to sound like an androgynous choir; “You wanna ride it, my motorcycle?” they sing together. Like most of Pharrell’s music, it’s both nostalgic and futuristic, the soundtrack to a hoedown throwdown in space where everyone’s on sizzurp.

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Source: Sam Lansky for TIME

YOUNG MONEY’S ‘RISE OF AN EMPIRE’ TRACK LIST REVEALED

As the 11th of March draws near Young Money will be releasing their second compilation, Rise Of An Empire. After unveiling the album art last week, today the track listing has been revealed. The entire collective of Lil Wayne, Birdman, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Mack Maine, Euro, Lil Twist, Shanell, Chanel West Coast, Cory Gunz, Gudda Gudda, Flow, Jae Millz and PJ Morton get placements on the 12-song project. Drake’s “Trophies” gets a slot on the album appearing as track No. 2. Check out the previously released videos for “WE ALRIGHT” featuring Euro, Lil Wayne and Birdman, and “LOOKIN’ASS” featuring Nicki Minaj.
Check the entire track list, below.

01. We Alright – Euro Featuring Birdman & Lil Wayne [Watch Video]
02. Trophies – Drake
03. Bang – Lil Twist Featuring Euro & Cory Gunz
04. Senile – Tyga Featuring Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne
05. Induction Speech – Euro
06. One Time – Lil Twist Featuring Tyga & YG
07. Hittin Like – Shanell Featuring Chanel West Coast
08. Lookin Ass – Nicki Minaj [Watch Video]
09. Fresher Than Ever – Gudda Gudda Featuring Jae Millz, Flow, Mack Maine & Birdman
10. Back It Up – Lil Twist Featuring Tyga
11. Moment – Lil Wayne
12. You Already Know – PJ Morton Featuring Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda & Jae Millz

Source: XXL

Volcano erupts in Indonesia, 100,000 evacuated, airports closed

JAKARTA – A volcano erupted late on Thursday night on the heavily populated Indonesian island of Java, sending a huge plume of ash and sand 17 km (10 miles) into the air and forcing the closure of three airports.

Mount Kelud is 140 km south of Indonesia’s second biggest city Surabaya, a major industrial centre.

The cloud from the eruption was seen as far as 9 km to the west, and forced the shutdown of airports at Surabaya and the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo.

“Areas to the west of Mount Kelud, including central Java, Yogyakarta, Cilacap, Magelang, Temanggung and Boyolali are still experiencing showers of ash because last night the biggest eruption … threw sand and ash 17 km into the air to the west,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said by telephone.

Cilacap is home to a major oil refinery, but there was no immediate word on whether its operations had been affected. Its refineries supply about a third of the country’s fuel needs.

The agency later said the cloud was dissipating and that the volcano was no longer erupting.

Nugroho said the agency was still trying to confirm reports that two people had died.

“We don’t have data yet on how many people have been evacuated in total. We can say 200,000 people were affected. We received reports of deaths but we have not verified them yet,” he said.

The eruption caused minimal damage to buildings, Sutopo said, but had left 3 to 5 cm (1 1/2 to 2 inches) of ash and sand on roads.

An estimated 200,000 people live within a 10 km radius of Mt Kelud, one of nearly 130 active volcanoes in the world’s fourth most populous country.

At least 11 people were killed earlier this month in the north of the island of Sumatra when Mount Sinabung erupted. The volcano has been spewing lava and ash for months, forcing thousands to flee the area and destroying crops.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wrote in a message on Twitter that he planned to visit the area near Kelud.

Source: Reuters