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Al Sharpton Leads Protest Of Rap Lyrics In 20 Cities

Reverend Al Sharpton led his “National Day of Decency Initiative” yesterday (August 7), a protest event that took place in more than 20 cities across the United States, singling out “degrading” rap lyrics.   Cities that held major protests included New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Richmond, Jacksonville, Chicago and Detroit.   Sharpton led a group… Read more »

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Kanye Shoots Down Live TV Debate With 50 Cent

Rapper Kanye West has shot down a proposed live “presidential style” debate with rapper 50 Cent over their upcoming albums Graduation and Curtis, both due in stores on September 11.   The idea of a presidential debate was posed to 50 Cent during a live appearance on BET’s 106 & Park. Hosts Terrence J and… Read more »

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Common, Chrisette Michelle Headline Heineken Red Star Soul Concert

Grammy-award winning rapper Common will be among the artists on board to perform at this year’s Heineken Red Star Soul concert series.The event, which kicks off Aug. 15 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, will feature various entertainers including Chrisette Michelle, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Raphael Saadiq and Raheem DeVaughn.In addition to the performers, Heineken Red… Read more »

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AHH Stray News: Swizz Beatz, Lily Allen, Iran, Disco D

Superstar producer/rapper Swizz Beatz will speak to over 600 New York area students during the “It’s Showtime: In Theatre Event Series” this Thursday (August 9) at the AMC Lincoln Square Theatre in Manhattan. MTV’s Sway will co-host the event, which takes place from 6:00-8:00 pm. In addition to speaking, Swizz Beatz will perform, answer questions… Read more »

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50 Cent Employee Arrested on Gun Charges

Police arrested a man who claimed to be affiliated with G-Unit rapper 50 Cent, after shots were fired during an argument over a chain given to him by the rapper.   The Hartford Courant reports that police arrested Dwayne McKenzie, 26, early Friday morning (Aug. 3) in Hartford for firing a 40 caliber Glock during… Read more »

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50 Cent Accepts Offer To Debate Kanye On Live TV

Superstar rappers Kanye West and 50 Cent will go head-to-head on September 11, the day both artists’ sophomore albums land in stores.   While fans of both rappers have relished in the friendly rivalry that seems to be brewing between the pair over the release date, 50 Cent has actually accepted a challenge to debate… Read more »

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Diddy Launches New Women’s Line, Ad Campaign

Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Sean John clothing line has partnered with G-III Apparel Group to launch the new Sean John Women’s collection.   G-III is one of the world’s top manufacturer and marketers of licensed clothing brands, owning the fashion licensing rights to Calvin Klein, Guess?, Nine West, House of Dereon, IZOD, Tommy Hilfiger and other… Read more »

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Daddy Yankee Sued For Copyright Infringement

Reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over a song contained on his multiplatinum third album, 2004’s Barrio Fino.   In a lawsuit filed in United States District Court for the Central District of California, plaintiff Victor M. Lopez Jr. alleges that Daddy Yankee used a musical composition on the… Read more »

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