AHH Stray News: Afrika Bambaataa, Bizarre’s Wife Shot, TJ’s DJ’s, Penthouse Mag

Hip-Hop pioneer

Afrika Bambaataa will be among those honored with a permanent street sign in

a Bronx Week Walk of Fame induction ceremony taking place later this month.

Bambaataa, a Bronx native, will be recognized along with legendary Broadway

producer Manny Azenberg, best selling suspense author Mary Higgins Clark, football

hall of famer Art Donovan and Grammy-nominated percussionist Bobby Sanabria.

Borough president Adolfo Carrion, Jr. will unveil the signs during the event,

which takes place at 11 a.m. on June 25 at the corner of Grand Concourse &

E. 161 Street. Admission is free and open to the public.

According to reports,

more tragedy has struck rap group D12. While details are sketchy, D12 member

Bizarre’s wife Sindy, leader of the rock group Sindy Syringe was shot in Detroit

on May 26. While details are sketchy, a posting on D12’s official website stated

Sindy, who is signed to Bizarre’s Red Head Records imprint, is home recovering

from her wounds.

TJ’s DJ’s Record

and CD Pool and Ozone magazine have teamed to create the 2006 Tastemakers/DJ

Music Conference, as well as the 1st Annual Ozone Awards. Taking place in Orlando,

Florida from Aug. 4-6, the conference will allow attendees to network and celebrate

the various achievements the southern entertainment industry has accomplished.

Panels, a fashion show and concert are all slated to take place during the two

day event, which concludes Sunday, August 6 with the Ozone Awards at the Bob

Carr Auditorium. For more information visit www.tjsdjs.com.

Rappers Ice Cube

and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. are among the artists featured in the July issue

of Penthouse magazine, dubbed The Penthouse Music issue. In the article,

the rappers discuss a number of topics, including the evolution of Hip-Hop and

racism in Hollywood. "You’re gonna face old Hollywood that wants to keep

the status quo and then you’ll face people who don’t want you in the game because

you’re not a thespian — you even have your own people hating you in various

ways," Ice Cube tells the adult magazine. The magazine also lists the rising

stars of Hip-Hop, R&B and Reggaeton, naming Papoose, Shareefa, Consequence,

Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco as stars to watch in 2006.

Hip-Hop scribe

Soren Baker recently authored a new book documenting the evolution of Hip-Hop

culture and rap music titled The Music Library: The History of Rap and Hip-Hop.

The book chronicles the advancement of the genre and its effects on the Hip-Hop

culture. Geared toward middle and high school students, the seven-chapter book

also examines a variety of topics including “The Roots of Hip-Hop Culture,”

“The Rise of the South” and “The Rap Business Explodes.”

“It is an honor to have been able to write this book,” Baker said.

“Hip-Hop and rap have been integral parts of my life since I was about

10 or 11 years old." The offering also features several sidebars, quotes

and colorful commentary from Afrika Bambaataa, Mary J. Blige, Schoolly D, Diddy,

MC Lyte, Fabolous, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Layzie Bone, 2Pac, Chingy, the

Outlawz, Yukmouth, David Banner, Eminem and Lil Jon among others. The Music

Library: The History of Rap and Hip-Hop can be found at traditional and

online retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon.

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