Russell Simmons, HSAN Honored By Newark, NJ Mayor

Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) will be honored tomorrow (Feb. 2) by Newark Mayor Sharpe James and TRI, Inc. for inspiring and uplifting young people across the country. Chaired by Simmons, HSAN is a non-profit coalition of artists,entertainment industry executives, and community leaders who advocatepositive social change through hip-hop. The group’s… Read more »



Juelz Santana Opening HipHopSodaShop On 125th Street

Juelz Santana has become a financial partner in a new HipHopSodaShop opening on 125th Street in Santana’s hometown of Harlem, New York. The rapper is co-owner of the new franchise, which is licensed by parent company H3Enterprises Inc. (HTRE), a publicly traded company. "We’re gonna rip 125th up," Juelz said in a press release. "It’s… Read more »



The Roots Host Third Annual Jam Session

The Roots will host their Third Annual Jam Session and the crew is encouraging vocalists, musicians, and aspiring artists to take part in the five-hour session Feb. 7 at Key Club in West Hollywood, CA. This year’s gathering will be hosted by Roots frontman Black Thought, comedian Dave Chappelle, and actor Don Cheadle. The invitation-only… Read more »



Birdman Busted on Weapons, Fraudulent License charges

Cash Money Records founder and rapper Brian “Birdman” Williams was arrested Sunday (Jan. 29) on weapons and fraudulent driver’s license charges. The 36-year-old music mogul was charged with carrying a concealed firearm; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; unlawful use of a license by presenting another person’s driver’s license; possession of a fraudulent… Read more »



Discovery Times Debuts Detroit Hip-Hop Documentary, Other Hip-Hop Programming

The Discovery Channel’s subsidiary, The Discovery Times Channel, will air a documentary on Detroit hip-hop on the weekly series “Only in America,” narrated by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff, of The New York Times. The documentary, “The Real 8 Mile,” explores the underground hip-hop scene in Detroit and features three rappers from three different ethnic backgrounds seeking… Read more »



Spike TV Greenlights ‘Blade’ Series

Blade, the Marvel Comics vampire slayer featured in trilogy of big-screen movies, is coming to the small screen and will star rapper/Onyx group member Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones. Spike TV has green-lighted a television series based on the super hero that will serve as the network’s first original scripted series. "Blade" will follow the adventures… Read more »



Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s Front Yard “Toilet Papered” With VCR Tape

Upon returning from the Sundance Film Festival early Sunday (Jan. 29), Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) found that her front yard had been vandalized and “toilet papered” with VCR tape. McKinney had been at Sundance to promote the documentary American Blackout, which focuses on her storied career and the continued disfranchisement of African-American voters and politicians… Read more »



Game’s Manager Jimmy Henchmen Convicted Of Assault

James "Jimmy Henchmen" Rosemond was recently found guilty of beating a Washington D.C. disc jockey during an appearance with The Game, who Henchmen manages. A jury found Henchmen guilty of assaulting on-air personality Xzulu "The Big Lipped Bandit" at 93.9 WKYS-FM in Lanham, Maryland. “We respect the jury’s verdict but we do not agree with… Read more »



Three 6 Mafia Gets Oscar Nod

The 78th Academy Awards were announced Monday (Jan. 30) in Beverly Hills, California and Hip-Hop received a fair share of nods, some expected and others surprising. Three 6 Mafia, mostly known for an underground sensibility, was nominated for an Original song Oscar for their Terrence Howard-executed song "It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” from… Read more »



Former Pimp Of The Year Busted, Police Seek Clues In Ozone Interview

Matthew Thompkins may be a high-rolling two-time Pimp of the Year, but the 35-year-old Bronx, N.Y., native has earned a new title: federal inmate. Last month, Thompkins was arrested in a nationwide federal operation called Innocence Lost, which targeted individuals who pimp underage girls. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Thompkins and seven others were… Read more »