WBA super middleweight
contender Anthony Mundine has caused controversy in his native country of Australia,
because of a new video that features the boxer criticizing the government and
burning the country's Union Jack flag, over the mistreatment of the Aboriginal
people of the country. Mundine is featured in the video for his single "Platinum
Ryder," which was shot in the notorious Sydney neighborhood known as the
the Block. The song compares the British treatment of Aborigines to the Holocaust,
in which six million Jewish people were murdered by the Nazi regime. He also criticizes
Australia's Prime Minister John Howard. "It symbolizes murder, raping, pillaging
of the native people of the land," Mundine said. "The burning of the
flag, we burn it, or the people burnt it, because they want to wash away with
the dark side, with the dark past that Australia's got in its history and let's
move forward, get a more unified place for the people." Mundine (27-3, 21
KOs) will battle Sam Soliman (33-8, 13 KO's) for the vacant WBA super middle weight
title on Wednesday Mar. 7 in Sydney, Australia.
Houston, Texas rapper Bun B of UGK will host "Movie's Houstonians Love," a popular movie series that takes place at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Each year, the museum invites four notable Houstonian's to present and discuss one of their favorite movies with the public. On Feb. 13, Bun B will present Henry Chalfant's 1983 classic, Style Wars, which chronicled Hip-Hop culture in its infancy. The rapper, who is the first rapper to ever host one of the events, will introduce Style Wars, explain how Hip-Hop has impacted his life and conduct a Q & A session with audience members. Former hosts include former First Lady Barbara Bush, Larry Dierker of the Houston Astros and film maker Robert Rodriguez. UGK is preparing a new album, UGK: Underground Kingz. Bun B and Pimp C just shot a video for the album's first single "The Game Belongs To Me."
Swishahouse artists Paul Wall, Lil Keke, Yung Redd, E Class, Coota Bang and Archie Lee will be among the artists performing at Fort Hood's "Heroes Tribute." The event is a welcome home celebration that honors soldiers who have served overseas, their families, Gold Star family members, retirees, veterans, civilian employees, contractors and other military affiliated organizations. The event, which is not open to the general public, is expected to draw over 80,000 people and also features performances by Chingo Bling, Tejano pop group Las 3 Divas, rock bands Narwhal, Wylde Bunch, country & western groups Trick Pony and Harry Luge and Haywire. Fort Hood's "Heroes Tribute" takes place from 12:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at at Hood Stadium.
Lil Jon and his Crunk!!! energy drink continue to support teen girls with the It's Cool To be Smart Charity, by launching a new public service announcement that will air in Atlanta, Cleveland and New York. The commercial, which advocates youth education, will air on BET, MTV and TV One during Feb.'s Black History Month celebration. Crunk!!! is one of the It's Cool To Be Smart's major sponsors. The organization provides teen girls from the Boys & Girls Clubs behind the scenes opportunities in the music industry at major events.