AHH Stray News: Diplomats Sued, Arthur Ash Sneak, Illadelph Records Murder Update

The Diplomats, Roc-A-Fella

Records, Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Music Group have been sued by

music publisher Jamie Music Publishing. Jamie claims The Diplomats song “I’m

Ready” from 2003’s Diplomatic Immunity infringes upon Barbara Mason’s

hit “Yes I’m Ready.” Jamie Music Publishing owns the rights

to the song, which was first released on famed Philadelphia soul label, Artic

in 1965.

Run Athletics has

teamed up with Phat Farm and designer Kevin Saer to release a new line of sneakers,

dedicated to greats in the African American community. The “Legacy Collection”

hits stores in Feb. 2006 along with a shoe dedicated to the late tennis legend,

Arthur Ashe. Ashe was diagnosed with AIDS after receiving a blood transfusion

He died in 1993 at the age of 49. A portion of the proceeds will be donated

to help address issues of inadequate health care delivery to minors, as well

as the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, which was founded by Ashe shortly

before his untimely demise. The sneakers are timed to hit stores in during Black

History Month.

Jared Heller, the 35-year-old founder of Philadelphia’s Illadelph Records,

was freed from a prison in Denmark, after officials decided there wasn’t

enough evidence to charge him with murder. Heller had been jailed since April

for the murder of a taxi cab driver in Copenhagan. Reports stated Heller testified

he only helped cut and dispose the body of the cabbie and that the murder was

actually committed by Ahmed Numan Isaac Rahma, whom Interpol police said is

known as “The Jaguar.” Heller was associated with Danish Hip-Hop

band The Loft.