This is for those that still believe. That still remember the first time they listened to Trap or Die. The ones that applauded Thug Motivation 101, and supported even through The Recession. This isn’t about the relevancy of “trap” music, because Young Jeezy means much more to Hip Hop than that. As an artist whom has received critical and commercial success, he stands in a league all his own, and yet none at all. Hard to imagine but Jeezy finds himself in quite the predicament, a turning point in his career. His current standing in the rap game is as complex as the industry itself, and yet one can’t help but still hear hope when they mention his name. Read more…
ASHER ROTH SIGNS TO DEF JAM; NEW ALBUM SET TO DROP MARCH 2012
NEW RELEASE “PABST & JAZZ SESSIONS” ON iTUNES DECEMBER 20
RAPPER TO DONATE PROCEEDS FROM NEW PROJECT, PABST & JAZZ, TO FIGHT HUNGER IN PHILADELPHIA.
(Nov. 22, 2011 – New York, NY) Philadelphia-based rapper Asher Roth has announced that his sophomore album will drop on the legendary Def Jam Recordings in March of 2012. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2008 debut album Asleep In The Bread Aisle, Roth’s first Def Jam offering promises to be a significant step for the young star. “Def Jam is a great place to call home,” said Roth. “I’m excited to get back to the basics with good, honest music.”
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action
Most of us know all about “Black Friday.” That’s the commercially-conceived holiday when we act a fool in order to get a few discounts on things that we probably don’t even need. I’ve never quite understood the fascination with waking up at 3 am on a cold winter day and fighting with people to break into a building so I could just give away all of my money; it’s kinda like begging someone to rob you.
By TOKEYA C. GRAHAM
I have been a mother for almost half of my life. I had my first child when I was still a child myself. At 19 years old, two years out of high school and four years into what I thought was true love, I became a mama for the first time. As I pushed my 12 weeks-premature, 2 lb., 8 oz. baby into the world, I knew I would forever be changed. And I was right; unknowingly, I stepped naturally into the role that was tailor-made for me. Read more…
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EPISODE ORDER OF TOP RATED SERIES, “WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S”
The cast of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”
Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is picking up 10 additional episodes of the new family docu-series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (a total of 18 episodes for the first season), it was announced today by Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, presidents, OWN. The series, which debuted on October 15, has since shown strong ratings growth week-to-week becoming the network’s highest rated program in the key female 25-54 demo.
“The audience is really responding to this program, and the ratings continue to build, which is a great testament to the show,” said Logan. “We’ve all fallen in love with the Montgomery family. You never know what they’ll do or say next. We couldn’t be more pleased viewers are tuning in to enjoy all the fun,” said Salata. Read more…
RICHARD ROUNDTREE, HATTIE WINSTON, GEORGE LUCAS AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT TO RECEIVE 2011 AAFCA AWARDS
The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will honor the special achievements of iconic actors Richard Roundtree and Hattie Winston, legendary filmmaker George Lucas and Sony Pictures Entertainment, during its 3rd live AAFCA Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 8, 2012, at Light Space Studios, located at the historic Helm Bakery in Culver City California. The organization will announce its complete list of winners during a special press conference at the Universal Hilton on Monday, December 12th. AAFCA is the film industry’s premier African-American film critics group.
“AAFCA is thrilled and honored to bestow recognition to an incredible group of honorees this year,” says Gil Robertson IV, founder and president of the organization. “These individuals and institutions have transformed the face of the cinematic arts.” Read more…
By RACHEL GARLINGHOUSE
If you’re thinking about private adoption, be clear: it’s pricey. Domestic adoptions generally cost between $15,000 and $30,000 per adoption, and international adoptions cost even more. Add in legal counsel, paying birth parent expenses, and travel costs, and adopting a child can really take its financial toll.
Adopting a child is expensive because adoption is an industry; there are staff members to pay, court costs, expensive price tags for background checks, travel expenses and much more. Still, you can make adoption affordable. Consider the following to cut costs and raise capital for one of the most rewarding, enriching choices any one person can me—becoming a parent through adoption: Read more…
National TV Host/New York City Top-Rated Radio Personality and Philanthropist, Egypt Sherrod, continues to spread holiday cheer to the tri-state area’s residents who are in need the most by embarking on the 2nd Annual “Egypt’s Give Back Tour” taking place from November 28-December 3, 2011.
Created in 2010 as the inaugural activity of the non-profit, Egypt’s Cares Family Foundation, Egypt’s Give Back Tour is a 6-day coat, toy, and fundraising drive. The goodwill tour will be anchored by a daily 5-hour radio live broadcast originating from locations in Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, Queens, Newark, NJ, and Plainfield, NJ (heard locally via 107.5 WBLS-FM and worldwide via WBLS.com). With the support of the public last year, Egypt’s Give Back Tour received thousands upon thousands of coat and toy donations for New York Cares, Jersey Cares, Hudson Cradle, and The Children’s Aid Society.
“The goal for the Egypt’s Give Back Tour is to inform the public of how we all have an opportunity to make a difference. Something as small as a gently worn or unused coat or a new toy brought someone happiness for the holidays. I thank the public for responding to the call of action and look forward to this years’ Egypt’s Give Back Tour being even more of a success!,” says Egypt. Read more…
2012 RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM SEEKS TO GIVE $40K EACH TO TEN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card. Current college students are not eligible to apply. Read more…
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