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Fred “Rerun” Berry Passes At Age 52

Fred "Rerun" Berry, star of the hit 70’s situation comedy "What’s Happening!" has passed away at age 52, apparently by natural causes. Friends said that Berry had been in ill health and the legendary actor/dancer had recently suffered a stroke. "What’s Happening!" ran from 1976-1979 and was based on Eric Monte’s 1975 smash movie, "Coolie… Read more »

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Eminem Book And Artwork On The Way

A new book on rapper Eminem has hit the stores, titled “White Noise: The Eminem Collection.”The book focus isn’t about Eminem as much as it is about what others have written about him.The book takes excerpts from newspaper articles and websites, in an attempt to show his influence on American culture.The book examines all sides… Read more »

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Michael Jackson’s Tragedy

With Michael Jackson’s arrest and indictment on charges of child molestation, the American public is now being subjected to the latest scandal involving celebrities and sex. The various media outlets have yet another opportunity to indulge in their customary feeding frenzy, to compete for the latest rumor, innuendo and salacious detail. We are guaranteed the… Read more »

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Sears Gets Down With “Hip-Hop Inspired” Clothing

Retailing giant Sears is hoping to cash in on the popularity of “hip-hop inspired” clothing, with the launch of 50 “urban” shops located inside of the stores.Selected Sears department stores in Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, Chicago, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. will carry the clothing lines in premium store… Read more »

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Scratch Tour Kicks Off In San Diego

Mix Master Mike, The Original Jazzy Jay, X-ecutioners and Z-Trip kicked off the 2003 Scratch U.S. Tour last night in San Diego. Qbert will join the 17 city tour November 8th in Portland, Oregon, when the tour hits the Roseland Theater. The tour will climax in Washington, D.C. with a performance by Humanbeat box wizard,… Read more »

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7-Eleven Preparing Market Test Of Pimp Juice

The Chief Executive Officer of the 7-Eleven has announced that the convenience store chain will carry Nelly’s energy drink Pimp Juice in select stores, despite being the subject of threatened boycott, due to the drink’s controversial name. "You can’t underestimate the bottom line here. The opportunity is terrific," Jim Keyes, CEO of 7-Eleven told the… Read more »

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KRS Drops New Single, Disses Nelly

KRS-One has teamed with Warren G. and Japanese rapper Lil ‘ AI to drop the first single from the QD3 movie Beef. "Let’s Go (It’s A Movement") is hitting radio stations this week. A video shot by Casey Suchan is scheduled to hit BET, MTV and other outlets. “KRS is such an incredible person. I… Read more »

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Kanye West: The Producer That Could Pt. 1

Renowned producer Kanye West is no stranger to the rap game. He knows rap lyrics very well, even appearing on 1999’s “What You Do To Me,” where he dumped a rhyme with the Infamous Syndicate (group consisting of Disturbing The Peace’s first lady Shawnna and now-Chicago DJ Teefa and). Not much to say about Kanye’s… Read more »

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WIll Smith Big Fish In “Sharkslayer”

Will Smith leads an all-star cast in the animated movie, "Sharkslayer," the story of a fish named Oscar who gets caught up in the ocean’s underworld, when he witnesses the murder of the son of the shark mob boss. Smith will lend his voice to the character of Oscar, while Robert De’Niro, Martin Scorsese, Angelina… Read more »

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Little Brother Embarks On First National Tour

The North Carolina trio of Phonte, Big Pooh, and producer 9th Wonder, collectively known as Little Brother, began their first national tour Tuesday (Sept. 23) in Solana Beach, California as a part of the Hieroglyphics Full Circle Tour. The first performance of the 40 plus-city tour was at the Belly Up Tavern, where Little Brother,… Read more »

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Jean Grae Preps “Bootleg” EP

Jean Grae is set to drop her debut album on Babygrande Records/Orchestral Entertainment. The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP is Grae’s second release, since her critically acclaimed debut LP Attack of the Attacking Things. Grae’s first single from the EP is "Hater’s Anthem," which features Cannibal Ox, whom Grae is touring with. Grae is recording… Read more »

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Geronimo Ji Jaga: Soulja’s Story Pt 1

For real, for real: To understand – better yet – to know Tupac Shakur, you must peer beyond hip-hop into history. The family tree that bore Tupac has a lineage of political activists, Black Panthers, and a tightly woven unit all rolled into one prolific individual person that was stolen from the Earth on September… Read more »

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Sgt. Kevin Manning: Same Song

A memory. One evening when I was eighteen years old I came home after my night shift at McDonald’s to a police officer standing in my driveway next to my second used car, a fly burgundy ’78 Volvo. He informed me that my car had been seen leaving the scene of a crime. Allegedly someone… Read more »

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Perfect Timing

Artist: Boo & GottiTitle: Perfect TimingRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Ra’Chelle Rogers Boo and Gotti’s debut album, Perfect Timing would have been if it was released a few summers ago when they were first heard across radio airwaves alongside the Pied Piper of R&B (R. Kelly) on his “Fiesta Remix” single. Wisely, jumping from Rockland… Read more »

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