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Snoop endorses Obama PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Friday, 14 September 2012 01:25

President Barack Obama has received a critical endorsement in his 2012 re-election campaign: Snoop.

Speaking at a panel at the Toronto International Film Festival late last week, Snoop Lion, the rapper and actor formerly known as Snoop Dogg, laid out what GQ described as an "oddly compelling"—albeit expletive-filled—argument for keeping Obama in the White House.

"We need to give Obama four more years," Snoop said at the conference. "Bush fucked up for eight years, so you gotta at least give him eight years. He cleaned half the shit up in four years."

More insight from the Doggfather:

It ain't like y'all gave him a clean house. You gave him a house where the TV didn't work, the toilet was stuffed up. Everything was wrong with the house. So he had to come in and get y'all thing together. And then he went and knocked down our most hated, our most wanted. The one who had our terror warning on red or orange or whatever color it was. He went and found him. The one Bush couldn't seem to find, the one who seemed to fly away on the day of 9/11—he went and found him. Remember that? Don't forget about that. Now everybody is peaceful and able to move around and have a good time. It's because he made that happen. So please don't forget that, you understand me? So give him four [more] years to get this thing together and finish this deal out. You heard what [Bill] Clinton said? You loved Clinton, didn't ya?

News of the endorsement was joked about on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday, when the late-night host said that in addition to his endorsement of Obama, Snoop "also endorsed a sleeve of Samoa Girl Scout cookies."

Obama is not the only candidate in the 2012 presidential race to receive a hip-hop endorsement.

Earlier this month, Nicki Minaj contributed a surprising verse to a new Lil Wayne mixtape. On it, she sings, "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy bitches are fucking up the economy."

On Monday, though, Minaj tweeted that she was being sarcastic.


Source: The Ticket

The Transformation PDF Print E-mail
Written by FAME   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 06:18

We live in a world that is ever evolving just as its people are. A Global economy that is just as polarized as American Politics. Wake Up, America!!!  The transformation is here and finally we have entered a new era of people politics.  No longer are the days when we as a people have to rely on the information delivered from paid talking heads on television. At the speed in which information travels it’s not shocking that the Global economy is just as transformational.  This new Global economy will require that the private and public sector evolve at a paste more rapidly than ever. There are so many big issues to be addressed today such as JOBS; global warming; the cost and benefits of technology and last but not least better education for all.

We as a country should no longer be duped by any political party stuck in the past, and bent on maintaining the status quo. Today more than ever there are real problems and the financial discourse on Wall Street has severely affected the well-being of those on Main Street. Looking back at history, it’s well known that during the non progress era there was enough anger over welfare and affirmative action that it brought about another transformation that would come to be known as the Reagan revolution. Fast forwarding to exactly twenty years ago, this democracy embarked on a new wave of politics when one of the most astute politicians took the stage and changed politics forever. He stated that there were fundamental questions that we should ask: One of those questions was how we make the American Dream of opportunity a reality for all Americans.

During this period we experienced the essence of people’s politics and ironically, this change resulted in a great period of growth and prosperity for all Americans.  Moving ahead to the last decade during an era where our democracy was challenged by a few, the country was plunged into the worst economic period in decades, with ‘greed’ at its root.  The country was temporarily thrown into utter chaos and disarray. Finally, someone with the audacity to question the status quo with a transformational message of “hope and change” presented bold new leadership.  This too, however, was seriously derailed two years into its existence by the advent of a new but very vocal and disruptive group chanting slogans like “let’s take our country back.”

Regrettably, “pragmatism” and “compromise” have become dirty words in this new democracy.  All we can seem to focus on is the things that make us different and drive us apart, rather than encourage the common goals we share. Someone once said, “this nation is more than the sum of its parts, and out of many we are one”. If we truly cared about the American dream we must accept that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together. With this year’s election shaping up as it is, the American electorate’s role and responsibility is being tested, and we should ensure that every vote counts. There are those who set out to oppose and suppress the rights of the people to vote. Today I am proud to say I truly believe that there is no liberal or conservative America there is only the United States of America. Together, we pledge allegiance to the same flag, and together we can help Transform America.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 September 2012 04:23
A Letter From AARC's Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:51

The following is a letter from AARC's Executive Director:

Dear Members and Friends:

Hello! My name is Linda Bocchi, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC), your worldwide leader in hometaping, rental and lending music royalties management. In the past few years, our membership, and activities performed on your behalf, have expanded dramatically. In these hectic times, it is more important than ever to keep you informed of what AARC is doing for our Members, and so, I will be updating you periodically regarding our efforts in protecting and defending your worldwide rights to hometaping, rental and lending royalties.

As you know, AARC is the only U.S. music royalty collective representing featured performers and sound recording copyright owners – both Majors and Indies – worldwide in the area of hometaping. In the U.S., hometaping is authorized under the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 (AHRA). As part of our mandate, AARC collects and distributes U.S. and foreign hometaping royalties, generated in the U.S. by the sales of blank media (CDs and DATs) and recording devices (personal audio recording devices, media centers, satellite radio recording devices, and car audio systems with recording capabilities).

AARC also administers foreign royalties collected for the rental of music by commercial entities and the lending of music by noncommercial entities. For nearly two decades, AARC has successfully protected the worldwide hometaping, rental and lending rights of our 142,000-plus featured recording artists and label Members.

Domestic Efforts

I am happy to announce that AARC's enforcement efforts in the U.S. have succeeded in increasing the list of manufacturers/importers that pay hometaping monies. In addition to distributors of CD and DAT devices and blank media that have traditionally paid royalties, AARC's enforcement efforts are responsible for adding distributors of home theatre media centers, satellite radio recording devices and car audio systems to the ever-growing list of royalties payors. AARC's efforts, which include membership in the Consumer Electronics Association and vigilant monitoring of new technologies, continue to ensure all distributors of hometaping equipment and blank media pay the requisite royalties. This continues to be a top priority for AARC.

Efforts Abroad

Our triumphs, however, are not restricted to the U.S. Internationally, AARC has 23 hometaping, rental and lending agreements with our sister societies around the world. These agreements were negotiated in conjunction with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund. We have made great strides in the past year alone; in fact, AARC succeeded in signing agreements with collectives in both Germany and France, two countries with considerable music markets. We also signed agreements with Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece and Sweden. Finalizing these many agreements can only mean great things for our Members, particularly in these tough economic times. With many other exciting agreement opportunities on the horizon, the future promises to bring even more great news.

These accomplishments are the result of our tireless efforts around the world on your behalf. To ensure that other nations recognize the rights of the performers and labels of U.S. music to be protected and compensated, we engage in labor-intensive negotiations with our international counterparts around the world. Our efforts include in-depth legal analysis, negotiations (both via visits to and continuous communication with collectives around the world), and membership in the organization of societies that administer performers' royalties around the world, including involvement in its legal and royalty administration committees. Our work, however, doesn't end with the signing of international agreements.

The status of copyright royalties – particularly hometaping royalties – in other countries is often a precarious one. Many governments still refuse to extend royalty rights to U.S. music and its rightsholders. What's more, many countries are legalizing hometaping without compensating rightsholders. And so, our efforts to protect and defend your hometaping rights worldwide are ongoing, and often entail lengthy battles with foreign governments and collectives.

Many countries have hometaping laws, like the AHRA, which create royalty rights for recording artists and record labels. However, each nation's laws and societies' regulations include complicated requirements regarding such things as data exchange and taxes. The royalty collection process can be overwhelming for an individual claimant. AARC's expert staff ensures that each country's legal and procedural requirements for collection of royalties are satisfied for each and every one of our Members.

We work hard – leveraging our expertise and dedication – to protect your rights. This fight, however, is far from over; dozens of nations still refuse to recognize the right of performers and labels to be compensated for the use of U.S. music. As AARC continues to fight and defend your rights worldwide, we are confident in our ability to bring all countries with hometaping, rental and lending laws to the negotiating table.

In short, great things are happening at AARC, and it would not be possible without your support and membership. We hope to work with, and for, you for many years to come. We will continue to fight the good fight for you, our valued Members.

We are here to represent you! If you've been contacted by an organization other than AARC with regard to your worldwide hometaping, rental and lending royalty rights, please contact us to confirm your membership with AARCyour collective.

Thank you,

Linda R. Bocchi, Esq.
Executive Director

Learn more about AARC at www.aarcroyalties.com.

WAR and Percussionist Sheila E. Share the Stage at CHCI's 35th Anniversary Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Friday, 24 August 2012 00:46
Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) announced the performance of timeless funk sensation band, WAR, and legendary percussionist, Sheila E., during its 35th Anniversary Awards Gala Concert Finale on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Together, both artists will deliver a potent mixture of high fidelity and soulful melody, to celebrate 35 years of CHCI's commitment towards serving the Latino community. The concert finale is brought to the CHCI stage by Anheuser-Busch and Toyota.

WAR's music has been a timeless thread in the quilt of American pop culture since 1969. Sheila Escovedo has been slamming drumsticks since the tender age of three, following in the footsteps of her father and legendary percussionist, Pete Escovedo. She also maintains a heavy involvement in charitable organizations as a dedicated philanthropist.

This year, CHCI will be honoring actor, producer, comedian, and writer George Lopez and community activist Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch (ret.) with the highly coveted Medallion of Excellence Award; alongside renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, who will receive the prestigious CHCI Chair's Award during the Gala. The CHCI 35th Anniversary Awards Gala Host is PepsiCo. This year's exclusive media partner is Univision and Emmy Award-winning Univision News anchor Maria Elena Salinas will emcee the awards show.

Each year, the CHCI Annual Awards Gala is the hallmark event that launches Hispanic Heritage Month in Washington, D.C., and serves as the unifying event for the Hispanic-American community. Proceeds from the Gala benefit CHCI's award-winning leadership development programs which include: Ready to Lead (R2L), the Congressional Internship Program (CIP), the Public Policy Fellowship Program (PPF), and the Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP).

This year CHCI is going social so that more can enjoy the 35th Anniversary Awards Gala celebration. Facebook is the official CHCI Social Media Partner. CHCI will be highlighting Facebook posts throughout the evening and web streaming live thanks to AT&T, this year's CHCI Technology Partner. Please "Like" CHCI at www.facebook.com/CHCIDC to fully experience the event.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 August 2012 00:58
Tech N9ne Krizz Kaliko • The Movement • Wize Fool from the NYC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frenkie   
Friday, 06 July 2012 21:20

Jul 12, 2012 | Thursday


Starland Ballroom

570 Jernnee Mill Rd
Sayreville, NJ

Cost: $25 advance, $28 day of show + applicable surcharges
Thursday, July 12th / Doors 6:30PM ** SPECIAL MAKEUP DATE FROM JUNE 16 ***The Hostile Takeover Tour Tech N9ne Krizz Kaliko • The Movement • Wize Fool • An all-ages to enter, 21 to drink event. Your tickets from June 16th will be honored at this event. Questions? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2012 22:12
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