Dougie, Lyte Spark Teen Dialogue At NHHPC

“Don’t come here because you like hip-hip,” Deputy Mayor of Newark Ras Baraka told the crowd of teens gathered inside the gym at Essex County College. “Come here because there’s real things going on in the community.” Baraka, along with hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh, rapper MC Lyte and others, including “America’s Next Top Model”… Read more »



Kim Mathers Busted In Hotel

Eminem’s ex-wife Kimberly Mathers was arrested in an Ann Arbor, Michigan hotel, two months after a felony warrant was issued when she failed to return to a drug treatment facilty.Mathers pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in January. She was sentenced to 30 days in a county jail and ordered to attend in-patient drug treatment for… Read more »



Rap Stars Celebrate ‘Pac’s Birthday

Despite what was perceived as a bi-coastal rap war, the East Coast had love for Tupac and it continues today, as a star-studded group will celebrate the hip-hop martyr’s 33rd birthday. The party takes place at The Coral Room in New York on 512 West 29th Street. Appearances include Chuck D of Public Enemy, The… Read more »



Snoop, Slim Thug Sign With Star Trak

Snoop Dogg and Slim Thug have inked deals with Star Trak, the label owned by multi-platinum producers the Neptunes. Snoop will drop an untitled solo album before the year is over. The two albums come on the heels of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo taking their burgeoning empire from Arista and hopping over to Universal,… Read more »



Flavor Flav Stars In ‘Surreal Life’

Continuing their tradition of pitting rappers against other celebrities, creators of "The Surreal Life" have announced the cast of the third season, which includes Public Enemy member Flavor Flav. Flavor will join an all new cast that includes Dave Coulier (Full House), Brigitte Nielsen (Red Sonja), Ryan Starr (American Idol), Jordan Knight (New Kids On… Read more »



C-Murder Second Murder Trial Set For September

Corey "C-Murder" Miller is about to go through it again. A judge in Gretna, Louisiana set a date for the second murder trial for the rapper for September 12, 2005. Miller was convicted last September for the shooting death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, 16, in 2002. He was never sentenced due to allegations that the… Read more »



T-Boz Files For Divorce From Mack-10

R&B singer T-Boz of TLC has filed for divorce from West Coast rapper Mack 10 and, in the windfall, made a series of sensational allegations including death threats. According to the Associated Press, T-Boz (Tionne Tenese Watkins Rolison) said that Mack 10 (Dedrick D-Mon Rolison) cheated on her in addition to threatening her life. Subsequently,… Read more »



Book Publisher Targets Hip-Hop

Riverhead Trade recently launched Riverhead/Freestyle, a new literary division of publishing giant Penguin Group. The new division will focus on feeding a growing demand for books by "Hip-Hop" consumers. The company just published the first title, "Blinking Red Light." The book was first self-published by the author, Mister Mann Frisby, former reporter for the Philadelphia… Read more »



DMX Hit With Lawsuit Over Dog Clothing

DMX was hit with a lawsuit stemming from his involvement in the canine clothing company Boomer 129. Amusing Divisions Inc., the company behind Boomer 129, recently filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court, saying they weren’t aware of DMX’s 13-counts of animal cruelty charges, to which he pleaded guilty in 2002. DMX was ordered to… Read more »



P. Diddy Takes Top Honor At Fashion Awards

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs’ Sean John clothing line landed him the prestigious Menswear Designer of the Year award, a first for an African-American in the world of fashion. The award was bestowed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America on Monday, June 7 at the New York Public Library. Combs beat out such fashion… Read more »



Ray Charles, The Genius, Dead At 73

Pioneering African-American Icon Ray Charles passed away today at the age of 73 due to complications from liver disease. The 12 time Grammy Award winner passed away today at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Charles was diagnosed with liver disease last year after receiving hip-replacement surgery. On April 30, Charles made his last public… Read more »