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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
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.

Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus lands football scholarship offer from UCLA, new home of P-Diddy’s s PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Cameron Smith   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 08:02


When UCLA offered Cordell Broadus a scholarship, the Bruins were doing more than trying to attract a promising sophomore wide receiver and defensive back for Diamond Bar (Calif.) High. In essence, the program was staking a claim to territory in the L.A. pop culture spotlight, for one very clear reason: Cordell Broadus is Snoop Dogg's son.

Snoop Dogg's son Cordell Broadus — Facebook

As reported by the ESPNLA and the National Football Post, UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. recently offered a scholarship to Broadus, despite the fact that the rising sophomore has spent just one year in high school, and played on the Diamond Bar freshman squad during that campaign. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, the younger Broadus -- Snoop Dogg's legal name is Calvin Broadus -- has a body which could develop into that of a legitimate Division I prospect, but no one knows whether he'll continue to grow.

Of course, Broadus isn't the first son of a rapper to land with the Bruins. Justin Combs, the son of Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, signed to play at UCLA beginning in fall 2012 after an impressive prep career at Iona Prep in suburban New York City. Combs is expected to play at defensive back for the Bruins, so it's even possible (though highly unlikely) that the Bruins could use both the son of P-Diddy and Snoop Dogg in the same defensive backfield come fall 2015.

Regardless of the younger Broadus' potential, it's hard not to feel that Mora Jr. may be offering him a scholarship at least in large part for PR benefits. Snoop Dogg officially claims to be a USC fan, so snapping up a commitment from his son could give the school requisite street cred and offer a certain buzz to a program which sorely needs just such a jolt of excitement.

Diamond Bar's head football coach, for one, was quick to indicate that getting in early on Snoop Dogg's progeny might be a very wise move for the Bruins.

"We're expecting him to really lead us the next three years," Diamond Bar's Ryan Maine, who first tweeted the news of Broadus' scholarship offer, told ESPNLA. "Hopefully [our athletes] get bigger, stronger and keep leading this team."

As for Cordell Broadus himself, the teen said he feels more settled now as a sophomore in Diamond Bar than he did after a sudden transfer from Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High made him a member of the Brahmas just before the 2011 season, as he told ESPNLA.

"The move was difficult when it first happened, meeting new friends and a new team," Broadus said. "It's been good ever since. The competition level at Long Beach Poly is a whole lot different than it is down here, but I've learned that it's all on me and how hard I work."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 08:46
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
50 Cent Hospitalized, Released After SUV Accident PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 07:55

Rapper's vehicle rear-ended by a Mack truck in Queens

50 Cent was hospitalized and released after a Mack truck rear-ended his bulletproof SUV in Queens very early this morning, reports ThisIs50.com and XXL. The rapper was on the Long Island Expressway when the driver of the truck lost control of his vehicle, hitting 50 Cent. He was taken to the hospital along with his driver, but after a few tests on his neck and back, the pair were released from the hospital and are reportedly feeling fine.

50 Cent is gearing up to release his next album, 5 (Murder By Numbers), on July 3rd.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 08:39
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