Wednesday, April 30, 2008
What do you think??
(As seen on Foxnews.com)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
In the wake of Friday's (April 25) verdict acquitting three New York City cops who shot and killed Sean Bell in 2006, Mississippi rapper/activist David Banner, Compton rep The Game and Queens bred lyricist Prodigy have all gone on the record to voice their outrage.
Not one to bite his tongue, Banner has been vocal in his speaking up for hip-hop, as with his stance against Al Sharpton's criticism of rap lyrics as well the mishandled Hurricane Katrina tragedy. Today, he gave SOHH an earful about what he sees as New York giving African-Americans the middle finger, and the "cowards" who allow it to continue.
"I was outraged but I've gotten to the point where I don't get mad anymore," Banner told SOHH exclusively. "I have to think logically. I think one of the problems with America is that we've adapted Bush's cowboy mentality to everything. With the Sean Bell situation New York is basically saying, 'f*ck n*ggas.'"
Banner was shocked that while the three officers were brought up on eight counts, not even one charge against the cops stuck.
"[They] shot Sean Bell 51* times and they got eight counts and you can't convict on one count," Banner said. "Not even endangerment? You shot 51 times homie!"
The rapper said "cowards" allow injustices to go unpunished and he counts himself amongst the lot.
"They know that we not gonna do sh*t," he said. "We ain't gonna do sh*t but beef amongst ourselves. Our generation is a bunch of cowards and they know that and that's including me. All of us, we cowards and if you're not a coward then do something about it.
"All these tough ass rappers, where they at now," he added. "Where are the football players? The basketball players? Where are our senators? Where are the other black cops that work with them cops that shot their children? They're cowards!"
West Coast rapper The Game took his frustrations into the studio and recently recorded the track "911 Is A Joke," which debuts tomorrow on ThisIzGame.com.
"This could have easily been me, my brother, my family," Game said via a press release. So this song is for Sean Bell from my heart. My deepest condolences go out to his family and wife Nicole Bell."
"The NYPD is just a branch of corruption connected to a giant corrupt tree called the United States government," Prodigy of Mobb Deep said via a press release. "Right now we have a government that controls the people, instead of people that control their government. Until we can do that, there'll be several more incidents like the murder of Sean Bell."
And until then, Banner said he has reason to fear.
"It pisses me off, I'm hurt and to a certain degree I'm scared, too," Banner said. "I got to be enough of a man to say that." Sohh
Friday, April 25, 2008
Sean Bell, 23, killed in hail of 50 bullets on night of his bachelor party
NEW YORK - Three NYPD detectives were acquitted Friday of all counts in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed man on his wedding day.
Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper were charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and assault in the 2006 slaying of Sean Bell.
Justice Arthur Cooperman delivered the verdict in a Queens courtroom packed with spectators, including the victim's fiance and parents. The ruling brings an end to a nearly two-month trial.
Bell, 23, was killed and two friends were seriously wounded early on the morning of Nov. 25, 2006 — Bell's wedding day. The shooting sparked protests and raised questions about police firepower and undercover tactics.
During the trial, defense attorneys painted the victims as drunken thugs who the officers believed were armed and dangerous. Prosecutors sought to convince the judge that the victims had been minding their own business and that the officers were inept, trigger-happy aggressors.
"This F-Troop of a unit caused the death of an innocent man and caused the injury of two others," prosecutor Charles Testagrossa said, referring to the classic TV sitcom. "This was a slipshod operation, with no real planning."
Community supportBell's fiancee, parents and their supporters, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and other activists, have demanded that the officers be held accountable. Sharpton said he has sought to temper outrage over the shooting of three unarmed black men and let the trial take its course. Two of the three officers are black.
"We gave the city an opportunity to show that we would be a new city of fairness," he told reporters at City Hall earlier this week.
The defendants, who were investigating reports of prostitution at the Kalua Cabaret, say they became alarmed when they heard Bell and his friends trade insults around the 4 a.m. closing time with another patron who appeared to be armed. In grand jury testimony, Isnora claimed that he overheard one of Bell's companions, Joseph Guzman, say, "Yo, go get my gun."
Isnora responded by trailing Bell, Guzman and Trent Benefield to Bell's car. He insisted that he ordered the men to halt and that he and other officers began shooting only after Bell bumped him with his car and slammed into an unmarked police van while trying to flee.
Guzman and Benefield both played down the dispute outside the club. They also testified that they were unaware police were watching them and that the gunfire erupted without warning.
As seen on MSNBC.com
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Racial Tensions In Crown Heights Again! So, How Come You Didn't Hear About It?
Written by BIG CED for The Industry CoSign.com
So, once again, as I do on a daily basis, I am reading the newspaper and I read a story that was a follow-up to something I came across yesterday in the New York Daily News. In Crown Heights, (King of Racial Unrest between Blacks and Jews) there was another incident of an attack that was based on racial tension. This time, it was a Black man that was attacked by Jewish men and maybe this is why it isn’t front page news across the nation. We do know that if it were the other way around, I wouldn’t have to be the one telling you about this new story!
I just find it amazing that Andrew Charles, a 20 year old college student, was attacked by 2 Hasidic Jews on Albany Ave. in Brooklyn and there doesn’t seem to be any interest in the media to cover a story that, had it been the reverse, Black men attacking Hasidic Jews, we would have been force fed the story several times during television newscasts, email alerts and blog entries.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Andre Rieu had the Tuxedo made especially for 3 year old Akim. Together, at the Roda Stadium they played before 18,000 admiring people.
Berlin - Mozart started at the age of four. Akim Camara was only two when he got his first violin instruction at the school of Music, Marzahn Hellersdorf. Today the miracle child is five years old and the youngest student of the college of music "Hanns Eisler". He gave his first concert while still in diapers.
Birgit Thiele still remembers exactly how Akim stood before her with his plastic toy violin in May 2003. This experience took the violin teacher's breath away. Akim still could not speak correctly however; he knew the names of all the orchestral instruments. In addition to that, he had a good ear for music. Birgit Thiele instructed the small boy twice a week for 45 minutes each lesson. Akim participated with enthusiasm and learned unbelievably fast. In December of that year, the two year old played with the school of music at the Christmas-Concert "Schneefloeckchen, Weissbroeckchen"
Nevertheless Akim is a normal little boy who goes to pre-school and likes to play and likes his toy bears and elephants. However, what he loves to play most is his violin or the piano, which he learns as a second instrument. Exactly like young Mozart at that time.
(As seen on http://www.andrerieufans.com)
Andre Rieu & Akim Camara - Dance Of The Fairies
Carla Maffioletti and Akim Camara sing Pie Jesu
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
1) What does Thermal Soundwaves offer the airwaves besides an alternative to fast food radio?
Thermal Soundwaves offers entertainment, culture, politics, travel tips, health and anything else that is essential to living well.
2) How long has the show been on the air?
Thermal Soundwaves has been on the air for 13 years and still going strong.
3) What do you want your listeners to get out of every show?
We want listeners to get information, fun, good music, exposure to art from cities & countries outside of their home market, and a feeling that we are all friends having the same experience simultaneously even though we are not in the same space physically. Lastly, a good time they will tell others about.
4) I know the show travels. Where have you been lately?
The show has recently visited Hollywood, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and St.Louis.
5) What inspired this last mixtape?
"How to get on the radio Vol 2" was inspired from many listeners, producers, or artist who truly ask us that question all the time. We decided to put together an entertaining "self help" mixtape to outline the answer to that very question. You can expect much more in this series. "Odd Couple" was sparked in part from our varying personalities and how they meld together. We also wanted to put together some music from a time where music was just pure old fun and women could vibe to.
6) What's next for Thermal Soundwaves?
Thermal Soundwaves is currently positioning itself to be a recognizable entity across viral and visual media outlets whether; tv, radio, internet, or v.o.d you will see it everywhere.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Cigar Lounge in Harlem
Renaissance Cigar Lounge
1825 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(btw 117 & 118th Street/Madison Avenue)
(212) 348- 7028
Wednesday, April 16 @ 6 -10PM
Hosted by A- Marketing & Renaissance Cigar Emporium
Open Wine & Cognac Bar
$20 (Great price for all things above)
Men are allowed to attend - just highlighting Women & Cigars!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Auditions for Record-Breaking 25-Hour Rap-a-thon Announced
**Tryouts Are April 8th, 10th, 14th and 18th, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm**
The Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem, a fully integrated entertainment and educational complex that uses hip-hop as a tool for teaching youth topics as varied as politics, history and economics, today announced the dates it will be holding general auditions for its second annual Rap-a-thon, a 25-hour event taking place Saturday, May 3rd.
Organizers are interested in seeing rappers of any age, who can rap for 90 seconds straight, with no vulgarities or degrading language. Last year’s Rap-a-thon assembled 117 emcees, who rhymed non-stop for 24 hours. The goal this year is to create a bigger, longer, and even more history-making showcase.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I think I need to go pray! :-) People, do the world a favor and hug your (or any) child today!
The Associated PressPublished on: 04/01/08 Waycross, Ga.
-- A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday.
The plot by as many as nine boys and girls at Center Elementary School in south Georgia was a serious threat, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said Tuesday.
"We did not hear anybody say they intended to kill her, but could they have accidentally killed her? Absolutely," Tanner said. "We feel like if they weren't interrupted, there would have been an attempt. Would they have been successful? We don't know."
The children, ages 8 and 9, were apparently mad at the teacher because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair, Tanner said.
They could be expelled, but a prosecutor said they are too young to be charged with a crime under Georgia law.
Tanner said school officials alerted police Friday after a pupil tipped off a teacher that a girl had brought a weapon to school.
Police seized a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape, electrical and transparent tape, ribbons and a crystal paperweight from the students, who apparently intended to use them against the teacher, Tanner said.
The alleged target is a veteran educator who teaches third-grade students with a range of learning disabilities, including attention deficit disorder, delayed development and hyperactivity, friends and parents said.
Tanner said the scheme involved a division of roles. One child's job was to cover windows so no one could see outside, he said. Another was supposed to clean up after the attack.
"We estimate between six to nine students were involved. ... We're not sure at this point in the investigation how many of the students actually knew the intent was to hurt the teacher," Tanner said.
The parents of the students have cooperated with investigators, who aren't allowed to question the children without their parents' or guardians' consent, he said. Authorities have withheld the children's names.
Martin, told The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, Fla., that administrators would follow school system policy and state law in disciplining the students.
"From what I understand, they were considered pretty good kids," Martin said. "But we have to take this seriously, whether they were serious or not about carrying this through, and that's what we did."
By Texas Teacher
Apr 2, 2008 2:12 PM
As an educator myself and a parent I feel it is our responsiblility to be accountable for our children(s) actions. All this time out and counting to 10 isn't the answer. The children today doesn't respect authority. They feel as if they are the exception to the rules. Society have given these kids so many rights that most parents feel like their hands are tied. I've always told my son if you call CPS make sure they bring you something to wear because how you came into this world is how you will leave the CPS agency. We definitley need to stop the balming game and start taking charge of our children. Let's wake up America and stop upholding their wrong doings.
For complete story and all of the comments go to http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/04/01/threat_0401.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Fontana/TLR Entertainment Releases The Much Anticipated Album
April 1st 2008, NY, NY – Jai Reed’s much anticipated album “Anointed For Purpose” is now in stores. Released on Fontana/TLR Entertainment, the album is a mixture of Praise & Worship with a taste of R&B flavor that offers something for everyone. Currently you can see Jai Reed performing on the Bobby Jone’s Gospel Hour, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and you can find the video for his single “Anointed Me” playing on video show nationally.
The New Orleans’s native is referred to by many as “The Messenger” and has one of the most profound voices of this time. His voice transcends ethnicity and class, with a style and sincerity in delivery that cuts across geographic boundaries.
Al Hobbs, Chairman of the Gospel Announcer’s Guild / Executive Director of the Gospel Music Workshop Of America has this to say about Jai Reed, "We live in a season when the next generations of singers are emerging all across the gospel music landscape. Most are good, many are excellent and if you keep listening, every now and then one comes along that is not just a singer but an artist. Today that artist is Jai Reed”. He goes on to say, “One listen to his debut album and you'll be in awe of his amazing vocal capabilities; his fresh styling, his musical arrangements but, most of all you'll experience the in dwelling of the holy spirit as each song reveals the depth of his love for the king of kings. Jai Reed sings and the kingdom is blessed!"
Jai began sharing his voice with friends and family at the tender age of six. By the time he was a teenager, Jai became a member of the group Endurance; along with group members William Maxwell, Bryon Pierce (Men of Standard), Edward West (Collage) and the late Michael Robinson. He has toured with two outstanding stage plays: Michael Matthew’s production of “Mama I’m Sorry” and Tyler Perry’s “I Know I’ve Been Changed”. He has shared the stage with artists such as Shirley Murdock, “A Woman’s Point of View” and “Let There Be Love” (Electra Records), Melba Moore, “Lean On Me” & “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, David Preston; “Two Wrongs Don’t Make It Right”, “Don’t Say No” and “Can I?” (Geffen Records). Jai is very pro-active in his gospel community, and is the founder of the nationally acclaimed annual conference, “Praise, Worship and the Word” that will take place this year in Mobile, Alabama From May 15th thru May 17th.
For more info on Jai, http://www.myspace.com/jaireedtheartist