Movie Review: The Wackness

Studio: Sony Release date: July 3, 2008 Cast: Sir Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, Mary-Kate Olsen, Method Man, Aaron Yoo   Remember the days of 60-minute cassette tapes, young summer love and radio DJs that actually spun records like Biz Markie’s infamous “Just a Friend” or Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Princes’ “Summertime?”  … Read more »



Movie Review: Hancock

Studio: Sony Release date: July 2, 2008 Cast: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron   Cookouts, American flags, daytime drinking and Will Smith movies; is it July 4th already? This year, The Fresh Prince’s annual blockbuster comes in the form of Hancock, a super-hero film of sorts that puts a realistic twist on the classic… Read more »



John Witherspoon: On 63 Cent; Jay-Z & Ice Cube; Friday Part 4? Luda & Yung Joc Swagger Jackin’ Pops?

  If you’ve tuned in to Showtime recently, you’ve probably caught the John Witherspoon You Got to Coordinate comedy special. Now available on DVD, the show is reminiscent of some of the classic stand-up specials like Richard Pryor’s Live On Sunset Strip or Eddie Murphy’s Delirious.   The movie and television star, who is proudly… Read more »



Knockout Nation: Mayorga Eyes Mosley Bout; Pacquiao Ravages Diaz; De La Hoya – Cotto or Trinidad? The Manassa Mauler Remembered

[Photo: Ricardo Mayorga]   Pacquiao Ravages Diaz   There were two main questions going into the June 28 WBC lightweight title bout between David Diaz and Manny Pacquiao.   First, could Diaz impose his bigger size and natural lightweight frame on his smaller opponent? Second, would Pacquiao utilize his attributes of superior speed and skill… Read more »



Movie Review: Wanted

Studio: Spyglass/Universal Release date: July 27, 2008 Cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Common   This one is for the boys. Sexual overtones, gruesome knockout beat downs, swerving bullets that defy a gun’s trajectory, peanut-butter-crazed exploding rats and some tongue-in-cheek humor so you don’t take it all so serious.   The beginning of Wanted… Read more »



Gadget Inspector: Black Music Tech Evolution – The Electric Guitar to Fruity Loops

[photo: Akai MPC3000] When you think about the evolution of music, where does your history book begin?   From Diddley to Diddy, James Brown to Jay-Z, the rules of the game may have changed, but it’s still about groove, beats and having the right sound.   Let’s take a look at just a few key… Read more »



Movie Review: Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot

Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories                             Release Date: June 27, 2008   In the classic 1994 documentary, Hoop Dreams, we had the privilege of following two young basketball hopefuls throughout their adolescence. Basketball was at the forefront of their lives, as well as the motivation for the film and its characters, but seeing them off the basketball court… Read more »



Express Yourself: Black Music’s Fashion Influence – Jay-Z, Kanye, Pharrell, Public Enemy and more

What’s up Fly people of the world?! It’s me again, the one they call The Fly Guy. I’m here representing for Black Music Month 2008.   As you know, Black music has had a huge impact on style in pop culture through the trends that have erupted from its artists’ wardrobes, verses and videos. From… Read more »



Meagan Good and Romany Malco: Bad Girls, Virgins and The Love Guru

  By the time Meagan Good gave her breakout performance in the powerful Eve’s Bayou in 1997, the child star was already a vet in the industry with years of cameos and commercials under her belt.   Good’s girl-next-door image has maintained over the years, as even her bad girl roles have taken on a… Read more »



Adam Yauch: Beastie Boy and Future Hoop Stars Unite at Rucker for Documentary

  No matter how many All Star or All American games you have played in, if you want to earn your stripes in the game of basketball, playing at the Rucker is almost mandatory. Everybody from Dr. J all the way to Kobe Bryant have laced it up on basketball’s most storied playground.   In… Read more »



Knockout Nation: Foreman Reality Show! Abraham Silences Miranda; Ward Prevails; The Thai Tyson Tribute

  Abraham Silences Miranda   Trash talkers have two extremes that befall them throughout their careers. When they back up their tough talk, they receive grudging respect for sealing the deal and admiration for the entertainment they bring to their respective sport.   When they lose, they’re derided as loudmouths who finally got what was… Read more »



Peep Game: Call of Duty 5 and 6? Lightsaber Duel! Tony Hawk’s New Gimmick; No GTA Movie? Guitar Hero Gets Better!

Wow! with E3 coming around the corner, you can feel the excitement in the air!   This week we take a look at Nintendo tackling some of its hardware issues, Sony and Nintendo giving their systems updates, and Square Enix developing some RPG’s for the 360.   Not to mention that both Call of Duty… Read more »



Tech Talk: The Future of DJing? Knight Rider GPS! Listen with iDiamonds

I was trying to think of a theme for this week, but instead I found a variety of hot stuff…a little for work, a little for play and a little something extra. This weekend (June 20-22) NAMM is holding their summer show in Nashville, TN.  NAMM is an international association made up of retailers and… Read more »



Movie Review: The Love Guru

  Studio: Spyglass/Paramount Release date: June 20, 2008 Cast: Mike Myers (x 4), Jessica Alba, Romany Malco, Justin Timberlake, Meagan Good, Verne Troyer, Manu Narayan, Ben Kingsley, Omid Djalili, Telma Hopkins Special appearances: Kanye West, Jessica Simpson, Deepak Chopra, Mariska Hargitay   D.R.A.M.A. is the name of the game for Guru Pitka: Distraction, Regression, Adjustment,… Read more »



Nicole Ari Parker: It’s A Beautiful Life

  From major motion pictures to primetime television, Nicole Ari Parker (or Kodjoe, if you will) has been a standout actress in Hollywood for over a decade.   While people didn’t know much about the fresh-faced thespian before her quiet but memorable role in 1997’s Boogie Nights, she was actively building her resumé from the… Read more »



Game Review: The Bourne Conspiracy

  Publisher: Vivendi Games/Sierra Entertainment Platform: PS3, Xbox – tested on PS3Release Date: June 3, 2008 Rating: C+   It does not exactly matter who Jason Bourne is, because in Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Conspiracy, you get to play the storied amnesia patient. While the PS3 game’s action and gameplay is pretty good, it’s just… Read more »



It’s All In The Game: What Will It Take to Win?

  The 2008 NBA Finals have given us a few things we didn’t expect: Huge leads, huge comebacks, and now two huge games that will decide the 2008 NBA champion.   Boston held home court with relative ease (despite a furious fourth quarter comeback that came too little too late for the Lakers in Game… Read more »



Black Music Month: The Troubled Genius of Jimi Hendrix, Bushwick Bill, DJ Screw, Mary J. Blige, Rick James, Ray Charles and more

African-American musicians have made significant contributions to the rich culture of our country and the world. June is Black Music Month, and is dedicated to the recognition of African-American artists who have enhanced our lives through creating some of the world’s most treasured music.    Our musical roots span a diverse means of expression that… Read more »



Knockout Nation: De La Hoya’s Last Fight? Tyson Hires Hitman? Calzaghe-Jones; The Easton Assassin Honored

  De La Hoya Searches for December Opponent   With the abrupt retirement of Floyd Mayweather last week, Oscar De La Hoya’s three fight plan for this year has disintegrated.   De La Hoya had been in negotiations for a September rematch with Mayweather. With that deal off the table, the Golden Boy was left… Read more »



Peep Game: Nintendo Dominates! PSP Price Hike; EA on the Edge! Xbox Price Drop, Finally?

  Metal Gear is on our minds, we can’t lie. In playing through the series this week, David Hayter’s voice still doesn’t tire us.   Between bouts there was a lot of news, including Nintendo dominating the charts, Sony getting bold with a new controller redesign, and Unreal Tournament 3 finally getting a release date…. Read more »



Movie Review: The Incredible Hulk

 Release Date: June 13, 2008Studio: Marvel/UniversalCast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Lou Ferrigno The Hulk is incredible! Yeah, I said it, and better than ever. Forget what you’ve heard, this is what you want to see.   I wasn’t really expecting much after Ang Lee’s Hulk flopped back in… Read more »



Gadget Inspector: Fun Auto Style on a Budget

[Photo: Driving Emoticon]   Automotive gear used to be so simple: radio, 8-track, fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror and a faux leopard seat pad.   Nowadays, the choices are endless – from the most high-tech gizmos to the neatest little gadgets.   In Part Three of our auto overview, we’ll look at the… Read more »



Hill Harper: Art Of Life – Barack, Kanye, Self-Esteem and Letters to a Young Sister

  Hill Harper has one of those “everywhere” faces. Not the paparazzi-obsessed Page 6 type everywhere – but more subliminal. Kind of like that robot dancing dude on the Chappelle Show that seems to get his background cameo on every episode.   The noted actor is everywhere because he’s as well-accomplished off screen as he… Read more »



It’s All In The Game: Playoffs – To Sweep, Or Not To Sweep…?

  Just like they’ve been doing all playoffs long, the Boston Celtics took care of business at home, winning the first two games of the NBA Finals.   Now KG and company are halfway on their way to getting what Stephon Marbury calls the “shiny stuff.”   But don’t start thinking sweep yet for the… Read more »



Knockout Nation: Holyfield’s Foreclosure? Williams’ Payback! Lopez Stunner! Mayweather Retires… Again? Pavlik Routs Lockett! Mora Upsets Forrest; Remember The G-Man

  Williams Destroys Quintana in One   Paul Williams had a point to prove this past Saturday, June 7. In the wake of his first professional loss to Carlos Quintana, Williams has been called an overrated, defenseless, light punching welterweight.   As he gingerly walked to the ring, this time accompanied by James Brown’s “The… Read more »



NOW HEAR THIS EXCLUSIVE: “My Drive Thru” – Pharrell, Santogold, and Julian Casablancas

Just in time for the summer, Pharrell Williams, Santi “Santogold” White and Julian Casablancas of the Strokes have come together for “My Drive Thru,” a high-tempo, bouncy groove that sounds like sunshine. The trio wanted to work together due to their mutual admiration of each other’s work, and it shows. “My Drive Thru” combines three… Read more »



Peep Game: KG on NBA 2K9! Xbox is #1; DiCaprio as Bushnell? GTA IV Saving Take-Two? Sony’s New New! Darth Vader’s Apprentice Gets Soul

  This week Peep Game has gotten the Don King out of our systems, and we’ve grabbed a pack of smokes and a bandana. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is on the way this week, much to the joy of all gamers!   We take a look at gamer demographics, and the… Read more »