Lil Wayne narrowly escaped death in a drive by shooting on Atlanta’s highways early Sunday morning. A tour bus Lil Wayne was riding on was shot up by a street gang associated with a local rapper.
According to TMZ, Weezy and a few other members of Young Money including Lil Twist and Hood were on board at least one of the buses at the time of the shooting. No one was injured in the highway shooting, and it’s still unclear if Wayne was on board the bus that was hit.
Immediately following the shooting the bus was driven to a nearby hotel, and that’s when someone in Wayne’s entourage called the police.
BET Networks on Thursday took the wraps off its 2015-16 upfront slate, a blend of scripted series and reality shows designed to further strengthen BET‘s status as the top network for African Americans.
Among the more high-profile newcomers are: “Chasing Destiny,” an all-female singing-competition series starring Kelly Rowland (Destiny’s Child); “DeSean Jackson: Home Team,” an unscripted show about the women who manage the professional and personal affairs of Washington’s $24 million wide receiver and return specialist; and “Zoe Moon,” a rom-com starring Brandy Norwood as a cosmetics mogul who dives back into the dating pool after divorcing her prizefighter husband.
Ms. Norwood will also suit up for the ninth and final season of BET’s “The Game,” which premieres Wednesday, June 3. Also coming back for a return engagement is the one-hour Gabrielle Union drama “Being Mary Jane,” which was awarded a third season back in February, and Kevin Hart’s sendup of reality shows, “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which kicks off its fourth season this fall.
“We continue to give our viewers what they want — high quality content that respects, reflects and elevates them.” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks, who added that the company has invested in more original programming than at any other time in its 35-year history.
BET also has four movies in the works from Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company that recently re-branded the company’s sibling network, Centric, as the “first network designed for black women.”
As Michele Thornton, senior VP of ad sales at Centric notes, African-American women boast an aggregate buying power of $260 billion and watch more TV than women from any other ethnic group.
CBSNews.com –Walking through the Shibuya section of Tokyo, Ariana Miyamoto certainly turns heads — and she wants to use that attention to change attitudes.
When Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan in March, selected by a panel of seven Japanese judges, her surprise on stage was real, reports CBS News correspondent Seth Doane. She was the first-ever winner to be biracial. Her father is African-American, and her mother is Japanese.
“At first, I didn’t want to compete,” Miyamoto said in Japanese. “But then a close friend who was also biracial committed suicide. That’s when I decided to do something about the suffering he’d endured.”
She said the friend “really hated being half Japanese and not being fully accepted into Japanese society.”
“Japan still has racial issues, and I wanted to do something about it,” she said.
More than 73,000 attended the Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival last weekend as the City of Miami Gardens celebrated the festival’s 10th anniversary March 21 and 22. Approximately 42,000 festival-goers attended Saturday’s show, the first sold-out day in the history of the event. A-list musical talent continues to attract more and more attendees every year. Once a festival of roughly 1,800 patrons in a corner of Sun Life Stadium’s parking lot, JITG is now the fastest growing jazz and R&B music festival in the nation.
This year’s lineup featured Maxwell,Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Run D.M.C., Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., Men of Soul’s Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, and Freddie Jackson, and Jazz in the Gardens All Stars Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers,Lonnie Liston Smith, and Tom Browne. Comedians and nationally-syndicated radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smileyco-hosted the festival.
“This year’s attendance was unprecedented, and our lineup of musical talent was second to none, a fitting tribute to our 10th year of producing an incredible festival experience,” said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “This is our signature event and we are so proud that people from all over the world look forward to attending every year.”
The event also drew celebrities including actors Bryshere Y. Gray and Jussie Smollett, who star as Hakeem and Jamal, respectively, on the new, red-hot, Fox television series “Empire.” They were among several notables who made on-stage cameo appearances, including reality TV star Angela Simmons, J. Anthony Brown, co-host of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” andSybrina Fulton, founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation and mother of Trayvon Martin.
JITG also featured local artists, soul singer Valerie Tyson, saxophonist John Erinosho and Karina Iglesias of NBC’s “The Voice,” along with more than 40 exotic food vendors, a Vendor Marketplace, and the most anticipated lineup for the City’s milestone 10th year celebration.
The City of Miami Gardens was born in 2003 and the then City Council sought to create a signature event for the largest predominantly African-American municipality in Florida, which is also the third largest in the United States. In 2006, the City of Miami Gardens presented the inaugural Jazz in the Gardens, an intimate jazz-only festival featuring food and music, setting the foundation for the decade-long, signature experience that followed, adding R&B to the lineup.
In response to the popularity of the festival, the City of Miami Gardens has added two events to the JITG Weekend: The Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon (WICL) which kicked off the Weekend Friday morning and included an Author’s Lounge and keynote address by Omarosa Manigault; On Friday night, the Opening Night Party gave a preview of the city’s two-day fest and featured the D.M.C. Band and a comedy show hosted by “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” crew.
JITG is unlike any other festival in the nation. From the lineup, to the food, to the weather, the JITG weekend is an unparalleled experience. By its explosive growth in just 10 years, it is certain that JITG is an experience that has earned its stripes, while its guests have earned their tan lines and enjoyed the camaraderie and first class performances year after glorious year.
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Rapper and reality TV star Nelly is facing felony drug charges after being arrested in Tennessee on Saturday.
Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a news release that Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was pulled over about 9:20 a.m. because the bus he was riding in failed to display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.
According to the release troopers smelled marijuana when they reached the bus.
When troopers searched the bus, they found five rocks that tested positive for meth, as well as a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Troopers also say they found numerous handguns.
The St. Louis native is facing charges of felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nelly, 40, was taken to the Putnam County Jail. He soon posted a $10,000 bond and was released.
The “Country Grammar” rapper is facing a number of charges, including felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, issued a statement saying his client is looking forward to his day in court.
“There had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop,” Rosenblum said. “I am extremely confident that when the facts come out that Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.”
Nelly is due back in court to face the charges on June 19.
Viven Palmer, 30, faces charges of battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer. She was released late Tuesday from the Palm Beach County Jail on $5,000 bail.
On Tuesday morning, police were called to the home, where a 30-year-old man was waving and yelling from his front door, “Help, police!”
Officers say they heard a woman, later identified as Palmer, yelling from the home, but when she came outside, she refused to speak with them. Instead, she just put items into a parked car outside the home. Police noted two children, ages 4 and 9, were seen in the car, according to the report.
Though she refused to speak with police and told them to leave her home, her husband said the two were arguing about getting a divorce. He said things turned violent and his wife came after him, damaging property along the way. Police noted the home appeared to be ransacked in their report.
He said his wife ripped off his shirt, poured barbecue sauce on him and hit him. When he fought back, he realized she had grabbed butcher knives from the kitchen, so he ran outside.
Palmer has no previous criminal history, according to county records.
It’s easy to love Rob Lowe, but it hard to love those creepy alter egos in his DirecTV ads. And that was the whole point of them.
But now you must say goodbye to Super Creepy Rob Lowe, Crazy Hairy Rob Lowe, Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe and the rest of his loser pals.
On Tuesday, the Better Business Bureaus’ National Advertising Division, a unit that reviews ads for truthfulness and accuracy, sided with a number of complaints about the ads from cable company Comcast, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The group ruled that DirecTV should discontinue using some of the lines in the campaign, including: “Don’t be like this me. Get rid of cable and upgrade to DirecTV.” The group said that “conveyed a comparative and unsupported superiority message,” adding that there was no proof to back up the claims that DirecTV was better than cable.
DirecTV said it would appeal the ruling, but also said that the Rob Lowe ads were always only scheduled to run through the first quarter of 2015, despite the fact that the message was a boon to business and boosted subscribers substantially last year.
Lowe seemed to be commenting on the decision with this Tweet:
Recent events have underlined my belief that for something to be truly original, funny and subversive, there must also be fallout. #Life
Reggae/Dancehall star Sizzla Kalonji found himself behind bars after using expletives in front police officers. Last weekend, Sizzla was performing at the Falmouth Police Station through an invitation from the Community Safety & Security Branch of the police force.
As soon as the deejay entered the stage, his opening remarks were laced with expletives aimed at the same cops who invited him to the event.
Police officers in attendance quickly stormed the stage and placed Sizzla Kalonji under arrest.The incident also angered patrons who told officers that they knew that would happened before they invited the dancehall hit maker.
In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, the former video vixen shared a throwback photo of her and Wiz Khalifa on the red carpet at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.
In the sweet Instagram image the two seemed to be head-over-heels in love. But it was the heartfelt caption that accompanied the picture that exposed Rose’s true feelings for her estranged husband and father of her young son, Sebastian “The Bash” Taylor Thomaz.
“My #ManCrushEveryday you know what it is…. We went wrong somewhere and even if we never ever get back together (Even tho I pray, dream and hope we do) he will forever be the love of my life,” she wrote.
“The media doesn’t make it easy but f— them we gotta live for reality and not society. We forever have a bond because we made a beautiful baby from our Love. Through all the ups and downs of our relationship my heart still beats for him every single day.
“I’m sick of putting on a front like I’m happy without him. I’m not. He makes me happy. He’s the only one who can. Regardless of how our lives turn out in the long run he will always be the skinny tatted up stoner that has my heart,” she continued
Is Tidal for all? Artists involved with Jay Z’s streaming services have been turning their Twitter profiles turquoise and tweeting #TIDALforALL. But Tidal has been getting some major backlash with critics saying Tidal will only make the rich richer. Tidal critics go on to say that Tidal is too expensive for the average music lover. Critics say even a struggling singer won’t do well with the terms of the agreement.
Tidal’s big selling point is that it’s owned by artists. Jay Z, Kanye West, Madonna and other partners say they are taking control after feeling mistreated by services like Spotify and Pandora. But that just makes it seem like Tidal is more for the wealthy owners who already have huge bank accounts.
If nothing else, Jay Z has got the nation talking about music subscription services. Tidal, the music subscription service Jay Z acquired for $56 million through a purchase of Aspiro AB, has been covered everywhere from NBC’s The Today Show to NPR’s All Things Considered and everywhere in between. Not bad for the reboot of a high-definition streaming service that had previously — and quietly — launched in late 2014.
Jay Z defended his expensive tastes, comparing his wealth to Apple, Inc, CEo Tim Cook.
“I guess by having a conversation, and telling people what it is. That opinion came before we even explained what it was — “This thing is horrible! … What is it?” You know? You never hear Tim Cook’s net worth whenever he tries to sell you something. Steve Jobs, God bless, he had to have been pretty rich — nobody’s ever said, “Oh, the rich getting richer! I won’t buy an iPhone!” Yeah, right. It’s not about being pretentious; again, this is a thing for all artists.”
He also compared the TIDAL app to Spotify which charges users $9.99.
“You pay $9.99 for Spotify, so why not $9.99 for TIDAL. We’re not asking for anything else, we’re just saying that we’ll spread that money to artists more fairly. We’re not saying anything other than that, and we’re saying that we’re in a position to bring light to this issue. We’re using our power that way.”
Sources: Hollywood Take/Billboard #tidalforall #tidal #jayz #beyonce
On their eighth day of deliberations, the jurors convicted 11 of the 12 defendants of racketeering, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison. Many of the defendants — a mixture of Atlanta public school teachers, testing coordinators and administrators — were also convicted of other charges, such as making false statements, that could add years to their sentences.
Judge Jerry W. Baxter of Fulton County Superior Court ordered most of the educators jailed immediately, and they were led from the courtroom in handcuffs. Judge Baxter, who presided over a trial that began with opening statements more than six months ago.
One female attorney struggled to contain her emotions as she begged the judge to reconsider sending her client to jail.
She reminded the judge that none of the defendants have criminal records. But the judge was not moved. “They have made their bed and they will have to lay in it,” he groused.
Judge Baxter continuously interrupted the lawyers and admonished them for wasting his precious time.
Sentencing was scheduled for April 8, 2015 , and have been moved to Friday April 17, 2015. This adds an additional 9 days to the defendants sentencing process.