AHH Stray News: Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Ma Barker, Hi-Tek

G-Unit’s Lloyd

Banks and the G-Unity Foundation recently donated $10,000 to August Martin High

School in Jamaica, Queens last week. Banks’ donation to his alma mater will be

used to bolster the library. "I wanted to start something new," Banks

told Fox 5 New York. "I will make sure I come back here every year, as long

as they accept me, just to let them know there’s something else beyond these walls."

Banks, who’s debut album Rotten Apple hit stores yesterday (Oct. 10), also

offered encouraging words for students. "I love English, I wanted to know

how to read and count my money, so I love math. You have to take what you want

out of it. [School] definitely puts you on the right direction."Yonkers,

NY rapper Jadakiss was released from prison yesterday (Oct. 10) after spending

three nights in jail for gun and drug posession charges. According police, Jadakiss

and two other men were arrested when police found marijuana and a gun that had

been reported stolen in the car. Jadakiss pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal

possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor

marijuana-possession charge. He posted $5,000 bail and is due back in court on

Oct. 20. Rapper

Ma Barker has inked a deal with Capital Gang Management and is preparing an upcoming

release, Wife of a Don: Unforgiven Sins. The album is a forerunner to her

untitled official debut, which so far boasts appearances from Kool G. Rap, 50

Cent, LL Cool J, Papoose, Joell Ortiz and others. The album also features production

from Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Buckwild, Scram Jones, Shuko, phreQuincy

and Lex Barkey. Wife Of A Don: Unforgiven Sins hits stores on Oct. 30,

while her untitled debut is expected sometime in 2007. Rapper

Hi-Tek will give Cincinnatians a free concert during the reopening of the city’s

Fountain Square. The day-long celebration’s Master of Ceremonies is the legendary

Bootsy Collins, who will host local artists and national acts during the festivities.

In addition to Hi-Tek, a collaborative performance between the Cincinnati Symphony

Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Opera will take place, along with

a reading by Poet Laureate and Cincinnati native Nikki Giovanni, who wrote an

original poem in honor of Fountain Square’s reopening. this occasion. "The

idea is that there is something for everyone and everyone should be here for this

celebration," said Bill Donabedian, managing director of Fountain Square.

"This celebration is representative of what Cincinnatians can expect on Fountain

Square day in and day out — leveraging our community assets and presenting exciting

entertainment." East Los Angeles rock band Los Lobos and Chicago rock group

Ok Go will also performing making their first major Cincinnati appearance. Fountain

Square reopens on Oct. 14 starting at 9:00 am. Hi-Tek’s Hi-Teknology 2

hits stores on Oct. 17.

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