AHH Stray News: Bloomberg & Ice-T, Ludacris, New Wyclef LP, Florida Entertainment Summit

New York City Mayor

Michael R. Bloomberg teamed with rapper Ice-T yesterday (Oct. 4) in New York to

shoot a promotional spot for VH1’s upcoming Hip Hop Honors award show, which pays

tribute to pioneers in the genre of Hip-Hop. Mayor Bloomberg will appear in the

opening of the show, which is set to air Oct. 17 on VH1. The shoot was directed

by Fab 5 Freddy, who is also the co-executive producer of the Hip Hop Honors tribute.

This year’s honorees include the Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell

Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys and Eazy-E. While Ice-T serves as host of

this year’s Hip Hop Honors tribute, the rapper will star in a reality series of

his own titled Rap School, which also premieres Oct. 17 on VH1.Ludacris

continues to expand his acting resume and has signed on to star in the movie Fred

Claus. The movie stars actor Vince Vaughn as Santa Claus’ bitter brother,

who is forced to move to the North Pole. Filming is slated to start this fall

in London. Ludacris will be featured as an angry elf in the flick, which also

stars Kevin Spacey, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, who will play the role

of Santa Claus. The movie is directed by David Dobkin, who directed Vaughn in

the 2005 hit Wedding Crashers. Ludacris’ latest album Release Therapy

is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. Wylcef

Jean is working on his new album, which will be titled Carnival 2. The

album is the sequel to his hit debut solo effort, Carnival, which arrived

in stores in 1997. Carnival contained the hit singles "Guantanamera,"

"Gone Till November" and "We Trying To Stay Alive." Jean is

writing the musical arrangements for Carnival 2, which is almost complete.

No release date was available for Carnival 2. The

2nd Annual Florida Entertainment Summit will convene Dec. 1-3 in Miami, FL. The

summit aims to help burgeoning artists and executives in brokering deals, networking

and develop partnerships. The Florida Entertainment Summit includes panels for

actors, models, recording artists and other entertainment related fields. This

year the event will feature an "Artist Drop Lounge," where new artists

can collaborate and share freestyles. In anticipation of the summit, the Florida

Entertainment Summit has also implemented a college tour presented by Down

Magazine and The Core DJs, which kicks off Sunday Oct. 15 in Daytona Beach,

FL during Bethune Cookman’s College Homecoming and ends Nov 2 in Tallahassee,

FL on the Campus of Florida State University. Other cities on the tour include

Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach & Miami. For more information

visit www.floridaentertainmentsummit.com.

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