AHH Stray News: Reebok & Rappers, Bobby Brown, Russell Simmons, Ghostface

Rappers Nelly, Mike Jones, Lupe Fiasco, Daddy Yankee and others will launch their signature clothing lines at the “Rbk: Now Playing” invitation-only event in New York tonight (Mar. 8). Nelly will showcase his new Rbk sneaker collection, Derrty One, while Daddy Yankee will launch the Daddy Yankee collection. Mike Jones, Lupe Fiasco and Lil’ Wayne will promote Reebok’s new Rbk OG collection. The rappers have joined Reebok’s “I Am What I Am” global advertising campaign, which also includes 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and others. “Being part of Rbk gives me another outlet outside of music to express myself creatively,” said Nelly. “Artists today are the style leaders that youth look to emulate, and having my own signature sneaker collection lets me express myself in ways I can’t do through my music alone.”

R&B singer Bobby Brown was arrested for a motor vehicle violation in Massachusetts dating back 14 years. Brown, 37, was attending his daughter’s high-school cheerleading tournament when a Webster police officer conducted a warrant check, which revealed Brown was wanted on misdemeanor charges for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and having an uninsured motor vehicle trailer. Police allowed Brown to drive to the police station after the cheerleading event. He was detained for an hour and released on $40 bond.

Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) have teamed with Chrysler Financial and Anheuser-Busch to launch the 2006 “Get Your Money Right” tour. The outing, which is meant to empower youth, will visit colleges across the country on March 25 at Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theater in Detroit. According to Simmons, the tour will focus on financial literacy, banking, repairing and understanding credit report scores, asset and wealth management, vehicle financing and home ownership. The tour will be moderated by Dr. Benjamin Chavis and will feature various rappers, executives and financial experts. “Poverty and basic lack of knowledge must be challenged,” said Simmons. “‘Get Your Money Right’ is more than a theme. It is an achievable goal when you have the right information. We have high aspirations, but we know to fulfill the aspirations of the hip-hop generation, we have to take the subjects of financial literacy and empowerment seriously and talk with youth in a manner appealing to them.” For more information on the “Get Your Money Right” national tour, visit www.hsan.org.

Ghostface Killah has added a new track to his upcoming album, Fishscale. The rapper recently emerged from the recording studio with the new song, “Momma,” which features recently-signed Def Jam artist, Megan Rochell. Ghostface will also launch a nationwide tour to support the album, due March 28. The outing starts March 5, with 37 stops before winding down at New York’s Nokia Theatre on April 22.

Tour dates are listed below:

March 5 Millvale, Pa., Mr. Small’s Theatre

March 6 Cleveland, House of Blues

March 7 Detroit, St. Andrews Hall

March 8 St. Louis, Pops Nite Club

March 9 Indianapolis, The Vogue

March 10 Chicago, House of Blues

March 11 Des Moines, Iowa, House of Bricks

March 12 Minneapolis, First Avenue

March 13 Omaha, Maine, Sokol Underground

March 14 Lawrence, Kan., Granada

March 15 Boulder, Col., Fox Theatre & Café

March 16 Vail, Col., 8150 Café

March 17 Englewood, Col., Gothic Theater

March 18 Austin, Tex., Fader/Levi’s SXSW party

March 19 Boise, Idaho, Big Easy Concert House

March 20 Bend, Ore., The Domino Room at Midtown

March 21 Seattle, Showbox

March 22 Portland, Berbati’s Pan

March 24 San Francisco, Mezzanine

March 25 Santa Cruz, Calif., The Catalyst

March 26 San Diego, House of Blues

March 27 West Hollywood, Calif., House of Blues

March 28 Anaheim, Calif., House of Blues

March 29 Tempe, Ariz., The Clubhouse

March 31 Austin, Tex., Emo’s Alternative Lounging

April 1 Houston, Warehouse Live

April 6 Atlanta, Roxy Theatre

April 7 Carrboro, N.C., Cat’s Cradle

April 8 Asheville, N.C., The Orange Peel

April 9 Charlottesville, Va., Starr Hill Music Hall

April 11 Baltimore, Sonar Lounge

April 13 Boston, Paradise Rock Club

April 18 Providence, R.I., Lupo’s at The Strand

April 19 So. Burlington, Vt., Higher Ground

April 20 New Haven, Conn., Toad’s Place

April 21 Northampton, Mass., Pearl Street

April 22 New York, Nokia Theater

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