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Gilbert Arenas: Agent Zero

Every good player needs a dope nickname. Therefore, Washington Wizard’s guard Gilbert Arenas is set with his Agent Zero moniker. His exploits on the b-ball court wreaked havoc on NBA defenses enough to earn him All-NBA Second Team honors for the ‘06/07 season and off the court his charity (he donates money for every point… Read more »

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NFL WEEK 3 Wrap-up

Game of the Week: NY Giants (1-2) def. Washington Redskins (2-1) Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD Score: 24-17   Finally, the G-men got it together, for the time being.  After two abysmal losses and tons of turmoil to start the season, the Giants needed a win in a big way and they did just that. … Read more »

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NFL WEEK 2 Wrap-Up

All Hip-Hop NFL Week 2 Recap   This is the first of weekly NFL recaps.  Sorry there wasn’t one for Week 1, but I was too busy celebrating my San Francisco 49ers win over the Arizona Cardinals.  Besides, that was the past, let’s take a look at Week 2:     Game of the Week:… Read more »

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Francois Girbaud: Test Of Time

    The tale is as old as time: never burn your bridges. During a celebration for his new line of denim this summer, the once popular Francois Girbaud lit the match that sparked controversy with some of his biggest supporters – the Hip-Hop community. In comments made to the New York Observer, the fashion mogul all but… Read more »

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Lil’ Mo: Pain & Paper

Unless you were in the “know” in the music industry, you were probably surprised that Lil’ Mo had a new album coming out—or you simply lost interest years ago. After years of her legal battles making more headlines than her music, Lil’ Mo has returned with Pain & Paper (Honeychild/Koch). It’s hard not to feel… Read more »

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M.I.A.: Kala

It literally took about thirty drummers to get the gigantic sound of the bizarre dance masterpiece “Bird Flu,” and the effort shows. Unlike her debut (which was recorded in a relatively contained and personal fashion) M.I.A.’s Kala (Interscope) traveled the world with her, all the while taking on bits and pieces of India, Liberia, Jamaica… Read more »

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Mr. Marcus: Come To Daddy

If you’ve ever watched an adult film from the late ‘90s or today, you might know who Mr. Marcus is. And if you’ve never seen his work, some might say there are a few things to gain from watching him in action. Known for wearing his baseball cap while performing, Mr. Marcus has been in… Read more »

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Andre 3000: Class of 3000 Music, Vol. 1

Andre 3000, born André Lauren Benjamin, is one half of Hip-Hop’s buried treasure, Outkast, an accomplished musician and actor, and now Sunny Bridges, a prize-winning musician who gives up touring to teach at his alma mater. Class of 3000, co-created, executive produced and starring Benjamin, is Cartoon Network’s latest attempt to progress with the times…. Read more »

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Billie Holiday: Remixed & Reimagined

Lady Sings the Blues meets the new millennium with this outrageous and daring reintroduction of Lady Day.  Remixed & Reimagined (Columbia Legacy) is a true masterpiece that expands the expectation of “new music” in an era where predictability is expected.  Billie Holiday’s unique jazzy style made major noise throughout the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and… Read more »

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Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Catherine Hall Park in Montego Bay, Jamaica was flooded with Reggae music’s hottest talent accompanied by thousands of local and international fans during the 15th annual Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, July 15th-21st. Sumfest, Jamaica’s only annual week long music festival dedicated to supporting and promoting the lands indigenous music, was divided into three nights of… Read more »

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Pac Man Jones: From The NFL to Pro Wrestling

After weeks of speculation, Tennessee Titans cornerback and return specialist Adam “Pacman” Jones is the newest member of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling.   The former West Virginia University student, who signed an exclusive contract with the pro wrestling company, will make his firs in-ring appearance Thursday (Aug. 9) on TNA’s iMPACT! television show.  … Read more »

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Christian Audigier: Rise And Shine

Christian Audigier set trends with his crystal-laden, detailed designs. There aren’t many celebrity events where you won’t see a signature Ed Hardy cap bearing shimmering skulls and crossbones, a flaming tiger or a studded geisha girl. The stars need to have their favorite Ed Hardy designs wherever they go, and Christian Audigier makes it all… Read more »

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Soulive: No Place Like Soul

With their sixth studio LP, No Place Like Soul (Stax), the New York-based jazz/funk trio Soulive looks to further distance itself from the jam band scene. In an attempt to push its sound in a new direction, the band has added a new member, Boston-based vocalist Toussaint, who appears on most of the album’s tracks…. Read more »

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Prince: Planet Earth

To be a Rock artist is one thing, but to be a true Rock Star is another. The first step towards the latter category often begins with creating a persona that’s not only larger than life, but larger than even the imaginations of the audience. Prince has certainly done that, but after thirty-plus years, it’s… Read more »

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Bob Marley & The Wailers: Roots, Rock, Remixed

Summertime playlists are consumed with Bob Marley’s mellow rhythms, political awareness, and overall timelessness. In the spirit of updating remix projects heard by Motown, Verve, Blue Note and other boutique labels, Roots, Rock, Remixed (Quango) sidesteps the Legend followers for a pure Marley experience, with contemporary tempos, rhythms, and reconsiderations. Some of these mixes reach… Read more »

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STRESS: IT MIGHT KILL YOU

“Crush, kill, destroy stress… Pain stress / My brain can’t even rest / It’s hard to maintain the pressure on my chest ”-Organized KonfusionI wake up with the idea that somebody is trying to kill me frequently enough to worry me. In fact, the notion in itself is a coarse, raw form of tension that… Read more »

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Ball 4 Real: Hoop Dreamchasers

    Hoops and Hip-Hop go better together than chicken noodle soup with soda on the side. Whether it’s Master P never giving up his dream, or Chris Webber banging out beats for Nasir, we’ve seen the glamorous side. But on the gritty, the Ball4Real ballers and rappers are kind of the same, both speak with… Read more »

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Movie Review: Talk To Me

    Talk to Me is a homecoming movie for Washington, DC. It stars two of the best actors of today, Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This fascinating story explores the life of a local deejay named Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene (Cheadle), an ex-con whose career began as a deejay in the socially conscience times… Read more »

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Can You Kick It?

As we watch the barometer rise, we watch the clothes come off.  With little to adorn the body, the focus shifts to what to put on your feet. The barebones back-to-basics nature of summertime fashion means your footwear must be up-to-par.  Anyone can rock ordinary store-bought, ready-to-wear sneakers, but customized kicks are undeniably unique. As… Read more »

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Kelly Clarkson: My December

Politics and music in the music industry have had a complicated long-lasting marriage. Question that? Just check the eve of Clarkson’s My December (RCA) release. She’s canceled a tour, fired her manager, and stories of her effort to release this “un-commercial” album flooded the media waves just as much as the album itself. Though Clive… Read more »

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Kelly Rowland: Ms. Kelly

Stop feeling sorry for Kelly Rowland; she doesn’t need your pity. Since the effectual break-up of Destiny’s Child, Kelly’s stalled solo career has often been attributed to Beyoncé’s supposed “lead singer syndrome” or a nonsensical plot by Matthew Knowles to keep his biological daughter in the spotlight (as if he wouldn’t want them both to… Read more »

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Chrisette Michele: I Am

She is Chrisette Michele and with her debut, I Am (Def Jam), this constituent of the House of Hov delivers one of the quietest, yet most powerful albums out there. With collaborations from Salaam Remi, John Legend, Will.I.Am and Babyface, the team of producers and writers is a combination that resulted in an album much… Read more »

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Da Brat: What You Like

Reality television is nothing new to Da Brat, although after participating in VH1’s Surreal Life, she thought it was a wrap. Settled back into the music grind, she started her own label, Rare Breed Inc., and signed long time friend and rapper MR. [pronounced mister] and two groups from Arkansas; Ment 2 B and Pressure… Read more »

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NBA Mock Draft Pt. 1

Well, if you were struggling to stay awake throughout this year’s NBA Finals matchup or simply decided to stop watching and watched Celebrity Fit Club instead like I did, remember that the NBA Draft is a little less than two weeks away.  Although completely overrated in my opinion, this draft has the potential to change… Read more »

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Hoodman Clothing: Politics as Usual

    In Hip-Hop fashion, it’s more about making “a statement” than making a statement. As confusing as that may be, anything that’s perceived as propaganda is often considered cheap, and thus undesirable.    For Edwyn Huang and his Hoodman Clothing line, it’s entirely the opposite. At over 30 dollars a pop, Hoodman shirts are artistically designed… Read more »

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Warren G: Pushing Weight Like Rhymes

Warren G is one half of the Hip-Hop representation on the fourth season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. Along with the other half, Da Brat, the G-Funkster is challenged with moving a different sort of weight. During the course of the season, the celebrities were divided into two overweight teams and the squad that dropped… Read more »

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Gadget Review: LG KE850 Prada Phone

The LG KE850 Prada, with its smooth interface and sharp touch screen that isn’t made to be operated by a stylus but actually by the user’s finger, lately has heard comparisons and been accused of a rip off  (by non mobile world community) to Apple’s iPhone, which is kind of strange considering LG announced this… Read more »

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