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Written by Staff   
Friday, 01 March 2013 23:29

His story inspired a nation... His music inspires the world!
Featuring MICHELLE WILLIAMS  International R&B Recording Superstar


Purchase a ticket for the Atlanta Shows and $5.00 per ticket will be donated to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
Enter Promo Code: TUPAC
February 28 - March 6, 2013
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Trailer:                 http://youtu.be/YXTU3GW_s0g


Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 00:11
Bobby Brown sentenced to 55 days in jail for DUI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:34

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bobby Brown has been sentenced to 55 days in a Los Angeles jail and four years of probation for a drunken driving case.

City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan (mah-tell-JIN') says Brown was sentenced Tuesday after pleading no contest to charges he was under the influence and driving on a suspended license when he was arrested in October.

Brown was on probation for another DUI case at the time.

The 44-year-old "New Edition" singer was ordered to report to jail March 20. He also was placed on four years of informal probation and will be required to complete an 18-month alcohol treatment program.

Brown's attorney Tiffany Feder had no immediate comment on the sentence.

The sentence was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.


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Anne-Marie Green Joins CBS News as Early Morning Anchor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Merrill Knox on January 18, 2013 1:06 PM   
Monday, 25 February 2013 08:44

CBS News has tapped Anne-Marie Green to anchor the network’s early morning newscasts.

Green will anchor “Up to the Minute” and “CBS Morning News.” Terrell Brown, who has been anchoring the newscasts since Betty Nguyen left CBS in April, is returning to his role as a correspondent.

Green joins CBS after eight years at KYW, the CBS O&O in Philadelphia where she was a reporter and weekend anchor. Our sister site, TVSpy, has more details.

More from CBS after the jump.


Anne-Marie Green has been named anchor of CBS News’ early morning news broadcasts UP TO THE MINUTE and CBS MORNING NEWS. The appointment is effective Jan. 21.

Green has served as a general assignment reporter at CBS 3 in Philadelphia since 2004. She reported for both CBS 3 and The CW Philly and co-anchored CBS 3’s weekend morning newscasts. While at CBS 3 and The CW Philly, Green covered several local and national stories including the Amish school shooting in 2006 in the Nickel Mines, Pa. community, the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse, Super Bowl XXXIX and the 2008 and 2009 World Series. She was awarded the Doris Haire Award in 2007 for her reporting on the growing concern over the high number of C-sections being performed in New Jersey and a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award in 2011 for coverage of a fatal duck boat crash in the Schuylkill River.

From 2001 to 2004, Green was a reporter at CITY-TV in Toronto and anchor of Cable Pulse 24, a broadcast on the station’s 24-hour cable news service. Previously, she was a reporter at CKVR-TV in Barrie, Ontario and Rogers Cable News in Mississauga, Ontario.

Green is a native of Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in English. She also holds a postgraduate degree in journalism from Humber College

Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 08:50
Surprise! Janet Jackson Is Already Married PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Blacklow | omg!   
Monday, 25 February 2013 13:11

And you thought Jermaine changing his last name to “Jacksun” was the biggest Jackson family news of the past week?

In an exclusive statement to “Entertainment Tonight,” Janet Jackson confirmed that she’s already married to Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana. A rep for the singer has confirmed the news to omg! as well.

"The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true,” the statement began. “Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy.

With love, Wissam and Janet"

Rumors that Jackson, 46, and Al Mana, 37, were planning a spring wedding started circulating in December. The couple has been romantically linked since 2010. It’s the third marriage for the “Rhythm Nation” singer, following her marriages to James DeBarge and Rene Elizondo Jr. (her marriage to the former was annulled). She was also in a long-term relationship with music producer Jermaine Dupri.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 13:22
In hip-hop, violence is taking on a diminishing role PDF Print E-mail
Written by herald and News   
Sunday, 24 February 2013 19:30
Among the most important rap albums released over the last year or so, one contains a song about Nas’ complicated relationship with his teenage daughter. Another has a track in which Killer Mike outlines President Reagan’s contribution to the prison-industrial complex. A third disc finds Drake pondering the impossibility of real-life romantic connection in the age of the nip-slip Twitpic.

The title of Drake’s record, which last week won the Grammy Award for rap album? “Take Care.”

To say that hip-hop has evolved over the last 25 years — since the days when rappers such as Ice-T and Ice Cube were terrorizing the likes of Tipper Gore, who famously lobbied for the adoption of the Parental Advisory sticker — seems an almost-laughable understatement, equal to saying that the Internet has had some effect on the way we consume music. Once perceived as a site of uncut nihilism, hip-hop has made room, in a way that outsiders can’t ignore, for practicality and ambivalence and staunchly middle-aged concerns. Achievement too.

And it’s become more peaceful, at least on the surface. At a moment in which the depiction of violence in other forms of media appears increasingly graphic, much of the conflict in hip-hop has moved inward, its players fighting battles of ideas and emotions.

How did this happen?

In a sense the music forced itself to change. The back-to-back slayings of 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. (in 1996 and 1997, respectively) served terrible notice that gangsta rap — with its ever-intensifying cycle of threats and reprisals — had gotten all too real, a verbal arms race turned dangerously corporeal. No longer were rappers working in the shadowy in-between-world of showbiz persona, portraying characters on record but retreating to safety outside the studio.

Avatars of a gang-related West Coast-East Coast feud, Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace died the deaths of their alter egos — a dramatic indication that in music, as distinct from movies and television, the separation sometimes disappears between art and artist. Try to imagine Oliver Stone, who last year took up the horrific Mexican drug war in his film “Savages,” in anything approaching the same kind of jeopardy.

But the diminishing role of violence in hip-hop also reflects the genre’s shifting circumstance. One of rap’s central victories is that it can move freely now through subject matter; it doesn’t have to adhere to an enforced set of topics — at least not any more than country or R&B or rock ‘n’ roll has to. And that’s opened the music to artists without the kind of street experience that once seemed required of them.

Drake, for instance, spent his adolescent years as the star of a Canadian teen TV show, while Kanye West (who’s done as much as anyone in recent years to destabilize old hip-hop verities) grew up in suburban Chicago the son of a prominent English professor. Do these performers know violence firsthand? Possibly. But it doesn’t seem to define their outlook, nor is it the thrill we seek vicariously in their records.

“The traditional gangsta-rap narratives don’t hold the grandiose power they used to,” said Nelson George, an author and filmmaker whose work includes “Hip Hop America,” as well as the Chris Rock gangsta-rap spoof “CB4.” Those narratives have been weakened in part through overuse, George said. But he added that violent thrills are emigrating to other forms, such as  games. “If you’re 17 years old, you don’t want to listen to a guy shooting somebody,” he said. “You want to be the guy.”

In response, hip-hop’s allure, more often than not, has turned aspirational, as on ASAP Rocky’s 2013 major-label debut, “Long Live ASAP.” Here this young Harlem MC describes a tantalizing lifestyle populated by beautiful women and filled with high-end luxury goods; one track, “Fashion Killa,” basically amounts to a laundry list of fashion labels: “She got a lot of Prada, that Dolce & Gabbana / I can’t forget Escada and that Balenciaga.” Even-tempered and sleekly realized, the music on “Long Live ASAP” feels uninterested in (or perhaps unimpressed by) the rough concerns of the corner.

The same goes for “Finally Famous” by Big Sean, a West protege with little use for struggle. “I’m just doing better than what everyone projected,” he boasts in “My Last,” “I knew that I’d be here, so if you ask me how I feel / I’m-a just tell you it’s everything that I expected.”

If ASAP Rocky and Big Sean float above gang culture, as though its crude distractions had become passe, other rappers seem stationed outside it. On last year’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city” — named the best hip-hop album of 2012 by many critics — Kendrick Lamar details plenty of violence in his native Compton, where gangsta rap was more or less invented by N.W.A. in the late ‘80s. But Lamar presents himself as an observer, not a participant, a stance the Roots also took for their 2011 album, “Undun,” which recounts the short life of a small-time hood in painstaking reverse-chronological order.

“I turned 20 and realized that life wasn’t getting anyone anywhere,” Lamar told The Times in October. “You hear stories from the ‘80s about people selling dope and becoming millionaires, but in reality it’d just be guys walking around with $70 in their pockets. I knew I wanted something else.”

There are, of course, exceptions to this disarmament. The teenage Chicago rapper Chief Keef — the most visible member of that city’s so-called drill scene — spent a portion of 2012 under house arrest as a result of gun charges; he later made headlines when he appeared to joke about the murder of a rival MC on Twitter. And Rick Ross, that rotund purveyor of good-life extravagance, has been drawn into gang matters of late: Last month, he was caught up in a drive-by shooting in Florida, the apparent target of a group reportedly unhappy with Ross’ lyrical references to a gang leader.

Yet that development seemed to surprise even Ross, who’s happily (and successfully) made himself into a caricature in the years since a website revealed his background as a former corrections officer.

The violence on Ross’ records plays like Grand Guignol; it vibrates on an entirely different wavelength than N.W.A.’s did. The intrusion of actual gunplay into the rapper’s actual life felt weirdly old-fashioned.


Last Updated on Sunday, 24 February 2013 19:54
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