June 30, 2011 8 Comments
Who: RELENTLESS AARON
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The temporary home for The Industry Cosign
The many faces of Nick Kroll and the dynamic duo of Key and Peele will be joining the COMEDY CENTRAL line-up in 2012. The all-comedy network has given pick-up orders to two new, original series, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production. The series pick-ups include: “The Nick Show Kroll,” featuring the comic brilliance of Nick Kroll (“The League,” “Children’s Hospital”); and an untitled sketch-comedy series starring “MADtv” alum Keegan-Michael Key (“Just Go with It,” “Gary Unmarried”) and Jordan Peele (“Little Fockers”).
“I haven’t seen either pilot yet, but I think so highly of the talent involved, I can’t imagine the shows won’t be great,” said Alterman. Read more of this post
The Apollo Theater announced today that it has named Onreé Gill to be the next Music Director for its signature talent competition, Amateur Night. Gill has worked with artists including Jay-Z, Jennifer Hudson, Prince, Missy Elliott, John Mayer, Beyonce Knowles, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and Apollo Legend Stevie Wonder, and currently serves as Musical Director for Grammy-winning recording artist Alicia Keys.
Gill will lead the Apollo’s new house band—featuring bassist Alex Evans, drummer Ralph Rolle, and Matt Oestreicher on keyboard and guitar—at the Theater’s weekly Amateur Night, which continues to draw sell-out crowds more than 75 years after it debuted in 1934. Gill replaces former Amateur Night Music Director Ray Chew, who now serves as Music Director for “American Idol.”
By Anslem Samuel
ho·mo·pho·bi·a [hoh-muh-foh-bee-uh] noun
Irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals
Based on the above definition, someone that is homophobic fears homosexuals. But if you ask the average straight person if they’re “afraid” of gays and lesbians, more than likely, they’ll say no. Disgust, hatred and religious sympathy are the adverbs most would use to describe their feelings towards this group of people. Fear wouldn’t necessarily be a part of their emotional analysis. Well, not on a surface level at least. So, by definition, can someone like that really be considered homophobic? Read more of this post
Hosts: Chia Schonberg, Big Ced, DWI DJ’s Khardier The G.O.D and Duff the Inventor Topic: Hip Hop and Community Day We discuss a new social network brought to you by Google, Alicia Keys new broadway play, the effects of diet soda, and share many opinions for and against the Gay Marriage act with DJ Cool Clyde and Malachai Recorded on 6/29/2011 Read more of this post
June 30, 2011 1 Comment
THIRD WORLD BEGAN EUROPEAN TOUR OVER THE WEEKEND WITH PERFORMANCES IN BREE, BELGIUM AND ALMERE, NETHERLANDS
Third World’s European tour got off to an amazing start with a performance at the Afro-Latino Festival in Bree, Belgium on Saturday, June 25 2011. The annual Afro-Latino Festival features international and renowned artists from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and southern Europe. Over a three-day period, guests are entertained by the best music on three stages in large indoor luxury tents equipped with dance floors. This years’ line-up not only included Third World but also Jamaica’s own, Bushman and Jimmy Cliff.
THE CORNEL WEST THEORY RELEASES NEW LP, JULY 19TH
– Washington, DC-based band teams with Princeton Professor, Dr. Cornel West –
The Cornel West theory: (bottom left) Rashad Dobbins, (far left) Yvonne Gilmore, (back left) Tim Hicks, (center) Sam Lavine, (right back) John Wesley Moon, (right) Katrina Lorraine Starr.
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Cornel West Theory is launching their new LP, “The Shape of Hip-Hop to Come,” on July 19. This record features the six-member band and chief collaborator, Princeton Professor Dr. Cornel West. Read more of this post
June 28, 2011 3 Comments
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins rose to fame as an actress, singer and member of the popular 90s musical group TLC – all while quietly battling sickle cell disease. Now, she is lending her famous voice to encourage people, especially those in the African American community, to join the Be The Match Registry® as potential bone marrow donors and help others – like 11-year-old Imani Cornelius – fight similar life-threatening diseases.
Watkins has partnered with Be The Match® on two public service announcements. The PSAs will hit the airwaves and the Internet in July, which is African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month. Donor registry drives will also take place nationwide throughout the month. Read more of this post
Once again, corruption in the ranks of the New York Police Department and it’s not getting the type of publicity it needs to get. In today’s news, it’s reported (No, it’s not front page headline) that Sergeant William Eiseman, accepted a deal that calls for him to serve weekends in jail for three months. His crime? First-degree perjury and official misconduct. He was also training subordinates how to falsify records and commit perjury, yet, he was only sentenced to serve an approximate 24 days in jail for a crime that carries a maximum sentence of seven years? Why is it that this isn’t newsworthy? You have a police SERGEANT pleading guilty to falsifying records and his excuse was he had the right intent, although what he did was illegal. Yet, the media gets all up in arms about Anthony Wiener showing photos of his genitals via Twitter yet this news barely gets mentioned!
What amazes me is that this police officer, SWORN to uphold the law, actually broke them to try to get convictions, yet, he is sentenced to 24 DAYS in jail. What is wrong with this picture? How are we to know that this isn’t widespread? Where are the politicians on this? How come this isn’t front page headlines? What does Mayor Bloomberg have to say about this? Read more of this post
June 27, 2011 2 Comments
By Curly Nikki
CN: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner, and why?
P: I guess I would be considered a long-term transitioner. My last relaxer was in July of 2010. I wanted to go natural for a few years. I love how natural hair looks. My last relaxer just didn’t leave me feeling good about my hair. It was thinning and just didn’t look as good as it once did to me. Read more of this post
June 27, 2011 3 Comments
By Dr. Boyce
I just spent the week in New Orleans, the powerbase for one of the most talented, powerful and destructive forces in the history of music: Lil Wayne. I’ve admittedly bopped my head to the tunes of Lil Wayne in the past, feeling the same guilt that any man might feel if he were to enjoy a crack pipe or shot of heroin, knowing how these drugs destroy families, individuals and communities. In other words, I consider myself to be a hip-hop insider, and I simply hate the idea of being labeled as a hater. But as a father and black man who has seen too much death and devastation in my family and so many others, I had to say that “enough is enough,” leading me to candidly discuss my decision to walk away from certain styles of hip-hop music. Read more of this post
June 27, 2011 1 Comment
By Anslem Samuel
I’ve been dating someone for about a year. He was really everything I was looking for in a significant other. He’s responsible, kind, open-minded, hard-working, creative, thoughtful… I could go on. Career wise he’s a mechanic, and I’m a college grad still finding my way in the recession. This has never been a problem for me because I’m happy with the person he is and have never thought less of him for not going to college.
June 26, 2011 4 Comments
By Torrance Stephens
June 26, 2011 Leave a comment
So Nokia just debuted their newest device – the Nokia N9 and it is getting A LOT of buzz. I believe this is because Nokia has a lot of people rooting for it. Symbian just wasn’t cutting it though to be quite frank and if the videos and images hold up we are all in for a refreshing treat! You can find the full press release here, but the high points are as follows: Read more of this post