Def Filmmaker Screenings Kick Off In May

Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan’s Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG) announced the details of the "Russell Simmons Presents: Def Filmmakers Screening Series." The series is sponsored by Motorola and and will showcase a new urban film every other month at theaters and venues in major cities across the United States. The first film will… Read more »



Run Loses Poet Laureate Bid

Rev. Run was denied the status of poet laureate yesterday (April 23) in Queens, New York. The winner was noted Korean-American poet Ishle Yi Park who is ironically, a poet that appears on Def Poetry, which was created by the younger Simmons’ older brother Russell. Yi Park, 26, said that she was honored to be… Read more »



VH1 Honors Hip-Hop With New Awards Show

VH1 will honor Hip-Hop’s pioneer’s with a new awards show, "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors." The show is scheduled for October 8. Network president Christina Norman told the Associated Press the event will be annual and was a perfect fit for the network and their new push into pop culture. "The people who grew up listening to… Read more »



Daz Has A Message For Suge Knight

Just one day after being released from prison, Suge Knight’s release has already sparked some controversy, in the form of a message delivered to Knight from former Death Row Records artist, Daz Dillinger. "You f*ggot ass n*gga finally you get outta jail," Daz said on an audio statement posted on his website, "They stuffed… Read more »



Suge Knight Released From Prison

Marion "Suge" Knight was released from prison yesterday, after spending 10 months behind bars for violating his probation. The CEO of Death Row served most of his time at the Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. In a controversial decision, a California parole board determined that Knight punched a parking valet and violated the… Read more »



Dougie Fresh Headlines Hip-Hop Forum

Doug E. Fresh will headline the National Hip-Hop Forum at the Cobo Center in Detroit, presented by the Freedom Institute for Economic, Social Justice and Political Empowerment. According to Reverend Wendell Anthony, chairman and founder of the institute, the forum will focus on the evolving business of Hip-Hop. "We are not just doing a summit… Read more »



Eminem Wins Domain Name Case

Eminem won a case against an Internet site using his name to sell mobile phones, ring tones and picture messages., run by British firm Visitair, was found guilty of violating the rapper’s trademarked name by the United Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The domain was registered a year ago and sold various ring… Read more »



T.I. Sentenced To Three Years

T.I. was sentenced to three years in prison today (April 21) for violating his probation. The Atlanta based rapper turned himself in to authorities on March 30, due to what he described as numerous warrants. "Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you, you just gotta deal with those skeletons in your closet," the rapper… Read more »



The Roots Honored With Hero Award

Philadelphia Hip-Hop band The Roots will be honored with a Hero Award by the local chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the organization that awards Grammy’s. The group is being honored for their years of positive contribution to the creative community of Philadelphia. The group was one of the main Hip-Hop acts… Read more »