AHH Stray News: Common, Russell Simmons, DJ Vlad, Bubba Sparxxx

Rapper Common is

presently working on the follow-up to his critically acclaimed album, BE, and

the rapper says it's coming soon. "Finding Forever is out at the end of

September. We're workin' on it daily. Production [comes from] from Kanye West,

obviously [he 's] producing' a lot of it. Kareem Riggins and J Dilla. It's special.

We just tryin' to grow with the music," Common told AllHipHop.com. The

Chicago rapper also stated that he's starring in a new film called Smoking

Acres, which will be out January, 2007.

Russell Simmons

spoke to a group of youth yesterday to celebrate idealism on the campus of Columbia

University. The discourse occurred at City Year's annual convention of idealism,

called "cyzygy '06," which is a weeklong convention devoted to youth

aged 17 – 24. The purpose of the yearly convention is to emphasize the

"power of citizen service" and inspire its youth "to change our

world - one child, one neighborhood, one country at a time." Simmons was

joined by David Eisner of Corporation for National and Community Service and

Sue Nokes, a senior vice-president at T-Mobile. The overall convention pulled

together approximately 1,500 City Year corps members and hundreds of corporate,

civic, and community leaders. Tonight (June 15), former President Bill Clinton

will address the convention attendees.

DJ Vlad has sold

the rights to his popular Hot In Here DVD to Just Fabulous TV (JFTV),

a 24-hour urban entertainment channel in the United Kingdom. The current installment

in the series features the likes of DMX, Dipset, Bernard Hopkins, Lil' Flip,

Karrine 'Superhead' Steffans and Busta Rhymes, among others. Hot in Here

3, which was co-hosted with Ed Lover, will be re-purposed in the UK under

the moniker DJ Vlad Presents. Under the Sky Network, DJ Vlad Presents

expects to reach nearly 10 million homes in the UK. "I've always had a

big fan base in Europe. So its an honor to get my tv show into millions of homes

in Europe," Vlad told AllHipHop.com. "As time goes on, the world is

accepting the role of the DJ as much more than someone who just plays records."

The show is already being broadcasted on Russell Simmons' Def On Demand channel.

Kanye West, 50

Cent Rick Ross and Bubba Sparxxx were honored by the RIAA (Recording Industry

Association of America) on June 14 for their achievements in ringtone sales.

Sparxxx told the Associated Press that he only recently was made aware of ringtones

affect on his bottom-line as an artist. "I had no idea about the importance

of ringtones, but I do after coming here. I sold 800,000 ringtones. Now I know

it's an exciting innovation," Bubba Sparxxx told the AP.