AHH Stray News: Melyssa Ford, TJ's DJ's, Busta, 'American Gangster'

Hip-Hop video model/television

personality and actress Melyssa Ford has joined Sirius Satellite Radio as an on-air

host. Ford will be a host on Sirius' commercial free R&B/Hip-Hop station,

Hot Jamz, channel 50. Ford's first day on the air starts Monday, Jan. 15 and her

show will air from 12-6 pm EST. Ford has graced the pages of magazines like XXL,

Maxim and Black Men's Magazine. She has also been featured

in videos by Jay-Z, Mystikal, Jadakiss, R. Kelly and others. TJ's

DJ's has announced the date of their quarterly Tastemakers Only DJ/Music Conference.

The event will take place Jan. 31 at The Moon, which is located in Tallahassee,

Florida. Over 1,000 DJ's, artists, models and industry figures gather during the

Tastemakers conference, which was founded by TJ's DJ's CEO and founder, TJ Chapman.

Registration starts at $50 until Jan. 23 and $75 after. For more information visit

http://www.TJsDJs.com. Busta

Rhymes and his body guard Troy Green were recently found liable for beating up

a 37-year-old fan named Melvin Smith outside of the Corner Gourmet II deli in

lower Manhattan in 2005. According to reports, Rhymes, 34, was ordered to pay

Smith $100,000 for assaulting him, after he asked Rhymes for an autograph on the

street, near City Hall. The victim suffered “serious bodily injuries”

including a cut on his eye that required four stitches. "My client was not

aggressive in seeking the autograph," Smith's lawyer said in previous reports.

"Melvin went in to get an autograph and got a knuckle sandwich instead."

In related news, Busta Rhymes was booked on a misdemeanor assault charge last

week, stemming from a Dec. 26 incident in which Rhymes allegedly assaulted Eddie

Hatchett, 39. Hatchett was seeking back pay when Rhymes and his bodyguards alleged

attacked him. Rhymes has denied the latest allegations.BET

will air its season finale of American Gangster this Tuesday at 10 p.m.

EST. The final episode features Detroit’s notorious drug family, the Chamber

Brothers. The network’s documentary-style show chronicles the lives and crimes

of infamous African-American gangsters. The show has already profiled such infamous

characters as Stanley “Tookie” Williams, Leroy “Nicky” Barnes,

“Freeway Ricky” Ross, Lorenzo "Fat Cat" Nichols, and Troy

and Dino Smith. An estimated 1.3 million viewers watched the first episode profiling

Los Angeles Crips gang co-founder “Tookie” Williams and the series is

now the #1 original series in BET's history.