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Rihanna Goes THUG LIFE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Westside   
Friday, 27 January 2012 13:11


Many hip hop, rap and pop stars have gotten a THUG LIFE tattoo in honor of one of hip hop’s best rap artists Tupac Shakur, but when pop princess Rihanna got one; and then Tweeted about it – many were surprised. Comment boards and message boards lite up with ‘this girl is no thug’, apparently missing the point of the Tupac inspired tattoo.

Rihanna’s twitter tweets started with -

"I #LOVE my new tattoo!!! Can't wait for yall to see it!!! I got it in 'Tibetan' this time!!! #approved," she wrote of her white-toned tat, an homage to rapper Tupac.”

"I'm thinking I shoulda got a tear drop instead!!! #THUGLIFE maybe next time," Rihanna later tweeted, joking about the possibility of getting the traditional prison tat on her famous face. "All eyes on Rih, betta picture me rollin' #THUGLIFE."

And even on Twitter fans and followers started to tweet "You're not a thug. stop it."

Granted most of Rihanna’s fans were probably born after 2Pac was assassinated, but the meaning of THUG LIFE is not a thug. Since she said it was in homage to one of hip hop’s greatest MC’s Tupac Shakur THUG LIFE would mean by 2Pacs definition: THE HATE U GIVE LITTLE INFANTS F*CKS EVERYONE. It is more of a social statement than a statement of thugism.

Later on Rihanna tweeted "#RIHPac back!!!," she continued to go on her tat-driven Twitter spree, adding, "I can't deny it, ima riot..u don't wanna f--- with me!"

In another tweet, the star said, "NEVER!!! RT @Fiend4sports: @rihanna Thug Life!! Don't let Pac memory ever die."

Rihanna met most criticism with "Chill babes #noshade. Err'body has an opinion, but yall know what yall can do with them!!! #THUGLIFE," she wrote, showing a humorous side to the whole thing.

I don’t see the big deal. Rihanna has many other tattoos. She has 15 now as a matter of fact, so why the big deal over THUG LIFE? To me it brings back a more memorable time in hip hop when the G.O.A.T. – Tupac Shakur (2Pac) walked among us. ---- Peace

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2012 13:12
Did the SOPA/PIPA Protest Prove to be a Success? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Friday, 27 January 2012 10:11

If you were among one of the 162 million who tried to visit Wikipedia on Wednesday you would have seen a dark screen explaining their 24-hour blackout in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).

The site has been restored since then, but a BBC report explains how Wikipedia still plans to actively protest these bills that promote federal censorship of the internet. Though we now understand internet access as a human right , bills like SOPA and PIPA could give federal government the power to limit what we can legally access on the internet.

People who visited Wikipedia during the 24-hour blackout were given a link to find and contact their local politicians regarding these bills. About 8 million people reportedly utilized these links to contact politicians. Google reports that they were able to bring more than 4.5 million signatures to a petition opposing the bills.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg also threw himself into the debate on Wednesday urging users to, “Tell your congressmen you want them to be pro-internet. We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet's development. Facebook opposes Sopa and Pipa, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet.”

Since yesterday’s protests many lawmakers have withdrawn their initial support of SOPA and PIPA. CNN reports about the bill’s co-sponsor Florida Sen. Marco Rubio statement to withdraw his support. Sen. Rubio took his Facebook to explain why his position changed, writing, “I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.”

What do you think of the recent protests of SOPA and PIPA?

Do you think Wikipedia made the right move by going black for 24 hours?

Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 06:39


You vote – They Rock! Hard Rock Rising gives fans the power to decide who performs at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide as the battle of the bands gears up for the local, live music phase of the competition. More than 12,000 bands have entered the Hard Rock Rising competition for the chance of a lifetime, to be on the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and additional headlining performers at Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London.

The Rise of a Local Legend

Beginning on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Hard Rock Rising allows fans to choose the live performance lineup for local events at Hard Rock Cafes around the world. Fans can vote by downloading free tracks from bands of their choice at their local Hard Rock's city-specific, Facebook page.

After fans choose their favorites, participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring the local bands who received top votes. Bands will then be judged live by a panel of local industry experts and participating bands' representatives, with one winner being selected from each location. For full rules and a list of participating locations visit www.hardrock.com.

Rising to the Occasion – the Road to Hard Rock's Main Stage

Local winners will then compete against 86 bands from across the world, via an international fan voting round on Hard Rock Facebook pages. Finally a panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals will select the top three winners.

The first place winner will be flown to London for the ultimate rock star treatment, including a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2012. Second and third prize winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, in ReverbNation PROMOTE IT credits, a revolutionary tool that creates targeted, highly effective Facebook advertising campaigns for musicians and venues promoting songs, Facebook pages and concerts.

Greetings From Hyde Park – Hard Rock Calling 2012

Hard Rock Calling, an iconic festival now in its seventh consecutive year, has established itself as one of the UK's premier outdoor music events. The 2012 festival will take place from Friday, July, 13 to Sunday, July 15 in London's Hyde Park. Headliners for the festival will include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who will take the Main Stage for their second Hard Rock Calling performance. Hard Rock Calling 2012's performers will join a long line of rock 'n' roll greats who have previously taken the stage at this iconic festival including: Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, The Killers, The Police, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Hard Rock Calling, produced by Live Nation and presented by Hard Rock International, is a unique and historic musical event with a main stage, second stage, renowned bands, on-site Hard Rock Cafe, as well as a variety of additional attractions. For further information on the 2012 artist lineup and ticket details, visit www.hardrockcalling.co.uk.

Visit www.hardrock.com for details on event dates and times, and head to a Hard Rock Cafe location in your city to watch your favorite local bands battle for the opportunity of a lifetime!

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 06:39
JAY Z Carnegie Hall Concert Tickets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Friday, 27 January 2012 07:35

In his most intimate performances in years, hip hop rapper Shawn "JAY Z" Carter will headline at Carnegie Hall, in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, raising money for United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation on February 6, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. and February 7, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m. EST. Concert goers will get a once in a lifetime experience as JAY Z takes the stage at the New York landmark to raise dollars that will help fight poverty, boost on-time graduation rates in underserved New York City schools, and put college within reach for low-income students across the five boroughs.

Tickets will be available on Monday, January 30 at 11:00 AM EST at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge: 212-247-7800, or at Carnegie Hall's Box Office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. VIP ticket packages that offer exclusive access to pre- and post-events are also available during the public ticket sale. For information on sponsorship opportunities or VIP tickets, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Poverty has the strongest correlation to dropout rates. New York City has the largest income gap in the U.S., and thirty percent of children in New York City live in poverty. Because of statistics like these, coupled with the fact that thirty-nine percent of New York City students who enter high school will not graduate on time, United Way of New York City, The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and Shawn "JAY Z" Carter are coming together to get children and youth the education they deserve and to put higher education within reach.

Aretha Franklin Ends Three-Week Engagement PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 January 2012 04:03

Aretha Franklin has called off her engagement to William "Willie" Wickerson only three weeks after announcing their plans to wed. "Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly," Franklin told Us Weekly in a statement. "There will be no wedding at this time."

The Queen of Soul, 69, had previously announced elaborate plans to marry Wickerson in Miami Beach this summer, with a reception aboard a private yacht. "We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends," Franklin and Wickerson added in their statement.


Source: Rolling stone

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