Bomb Squad member
Hank Shocklee has announced that he is authoring a book on the making of Public
Enemy’s landmark 1989 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us
Back. Shocklee produced the album along for Def Jam along with fellow Bomb
Squad members Keith Shocklee, Bill Stephney, Carl Ryder and Eric Sadler. The book
will give readers an in-depth look at the production techniques, sound design
and production philosophy behind the album. The book is slated for a Spring 2006
Author Nikki Turner will
host a book launch party for her latest novel, “The Glamorous Life,”
her first novel published by Random House’s imprint One World Books. The
event will take place at the Downtown Club of Richmond, Virginia on May 6th.
Turner’s previous works include “A Hustler’s Wife,”
“A Project Chick” and “Girls From Da Hood.” “The
Glamorous Life” hit stores on April 26th and Turner will make appearances
in Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, New York, California and Georgia in the coming
weeks to support the release.
Jay-Z’s S. Carter Academy and Reebok are seeking out interns for the summer
months. As part of the Jay’s S. Carter Academy’s curriculum, members receive
internships in the sports and music industry. The academy is seeking one intern
for the New Jersey Nets, a company that Jay-Z has invested in. One applicant
will be selected for the six-week internship for the Nets. Entrants will be
judged on an essay, academic and professional credentials. Applications are
being accepted now through May 15, 2005 at http://www.scarteracademy.com.
Guide to the Galaxy” which stars rapper Mos Def, landed at the top of
the box office this weekend, raking in more than $21.7 million, edging out “The
Interpreter,” which took in $14.2 million in it’s tenth day being
in theaters. Ice Cube’s “XXX: State of the Union” debuted
at #3, raking in $13.7 million over the weekend. Studio execs with Sony were
disappointed with the numbers "XXX" posted, stating: "Maybe people
just associated Vin Diesel more with that role than anybody thought."