Video: Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Common perform at Farragut H.S. | On That Noise: We Love Chicago Hip Hop

Kanye West decided to spend his 33rd birthday continuing the legacy of his mother Donda West, in giving back to the community. The All-Star also brought Chicago rappers Common and Lupe Fiasco along with him to encourage Chicago Public School Students with their high energy performance.

The Kanye West Foundation’s third annual Stay in School event brought West to Farragut Career Academy and John Marshall Metropolitan and Percy L. Julian high schools, unlike in past years when West brought students to the House of Blues and Chicago Theatre to watch him rhyme.

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Young people speak up about Sexting & CyberBullying on MTV’s “Over the Line”

MTV’s “A Thin Line” Campaign encourages young people to understand the difference between digital use and digital abuse.

With articles regarding sexting, constant messages, spying, digital disrespect and cruelty; I must say this is an excellent website!  I believe that the best way to overcome an issue is to understand that you are not alone and the “Over the Line” section of A Thin Line allows young people to address difficult personal issues without ridicule.

Users can make anonymous posts or create a profile to share their experiences and have peers rate whether their situation is “Over the Line.” I’ve been reading the posts and I have been compelled to comment.    Check it out!

The application will include stories that range from the humorous to the dramatic and plugs into Facebook, he said.

Fifty percent of 14 to 24 year olds have been the target of some form of digital abuse and 30 percent have sent or received nude photos of other young people on their cell phones or online, according to a December study released by MTV and the Associated Press.

Twelve percent of those who have sexted have contemplated suicide, which is four times higher than those who haven’t, the study concluded.

Sources: Fast Company Blog; ABC

Brooklyn Event: House of Art this Weekend

Featured Artist: Alonzo Adams


Internationally acclaimed artist Alonzo Adams has garnered numerous awards and accolades. He is blessed to have many prominent collectors adorn their homes with his work.  Among them, Dr. William H. Cosby, Dr. Maya Angelou, Alonzo & Tracy Mourning, Patrick Ewing and Earl Graves just to name a few.

Featured Artist: Monique Luck

Monique is a phenomenal emerging artist.  She continues to receive awards and recognition around the country. Many of you have seen her work in our House…it usually doesn’t last long. Now we invite you to meet the woman behind the Mask.

House of Art Gallery 373 Lewis Avenue         Brooklyn, NY
RSVP or call 347.663.8195

Saturday, March 6, 2010
Meet the Artists Reception 6pm – 10pm
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Artists Discussions and Interviews 3pm – 7pm

TYRA BANKS’ Beauty Inside & Out Campaign

Tyra Banks Beauty Iniside and Out Campaign

Tyra Banks launches Beauty Inside & Out Campaign today.

With an extensive career as a super model and hit series “America’s Next Top Model,” it would be an understatement to say that Tyra Banks knows a thing or two about being beautiful.

However, Tyra continues to use her celebrity and her talk show “Tyra” to inspire women of all shapes and sizes to embrace their “Beauty Inside & Out.”

I think it is always good to see people confronting issues concerning body image because when we look in the mirror we have to embrace ourselves where we are today.  We have to reject the narrow-minded ideals of beauty that are often projected and range from having the biggest “ghetto booty” to being dangerously thin as a result of anorexia or bulimia.

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New Trend: Check for No Label Watches!

A couple of days ago we went to a photoshoot for Def Jam Recording artist, MANN and got hip to a watch with a cult following.  NO LABEL WATCHES.   Check them out and let us know what you think.

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Champaign Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed 15 Year-old African American Youth

SOURCE: Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

15 Year-Old Kiwane Carrington, Fatally Shot by Police

15 Year-Old Kiwane Carrington, Fatally Shot by Police

On Friday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2009, Champaign police fatally shot an unarmed 15 year-old African American named Kiwane Carrington. The name of the Champaign police officer who did the shooting or how many police officers were involved has not been released. The Illinois State Police are currently investigating the death.

Champaign police responded to a call at 1:20 p.m. of an alleged burglary in the 900 block of W. Vine St. According to a statement from Champaign police at 5:30 p.m., they were “confronted” by two 15 year olds when they arrived. Both refused to obey the officers and get on the ground. A physical struggle ensued during which a weapon “was discharged resulting in the fatal wounding of one of the subjects.” Although the names of the officers involved in the struggle have not been released, Champaign Police Chief R. T. Finney’s shoulder was sprained in the incident.

The second youth was arrested, charged with residential burglary, and taken to the Youth Detention Center. Because he is a juvenile, his name is not being released.

15 Year-Old Set on Fire in Florida

Youth Violence is everywhere.  Regardless of race or sexual orientation, bullying is on the rise and needs to be addressed.  This is more serious than an old-school fight at recess.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Three juveniles are in custody in connection with an attack on a 15-year-old boy who was deliberately set on fire near a Deerfield Beach apartment complex pool, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were called to the Lime Tree apartments in reference to a teen who suffered a burn injury at about 3:15 p.m. Monday.When deputies and firefighters arrived, they found the victim, Michael Brewer, sitting in a lawn chair near the pool. The teen had been burned extensively above the waist, and he said that he was splashed with a flammable liquid and then set on fire.

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Allegations of hazing in the Navy

Source: CNNAllegations of hazing in the Navy

(Joesph)Rocha says others, including his chief, suspected he was gay when he showed no interest in sexual escapades with women. He became a prime target, he says. “It was everyday for 28 months, for 16 hours a day. Nothing I did was good enough; all of my achievements were overshadowed by ridicule of my sexuality.”

In its own investigation of the Bahrain unit, the Navy found more than 90 incidents of hazing and other abuses. It says sailors were “hog-tied’ … force-fed liver dog treats and told to make dog and duck sounds” and “…duct-taped to a chair, rolled outside, and then left in a dog kennel until released.” That last example, Rocha says, was about him.

According to the investigation, Rocha and several others in his unit also allege the man who ordered much of the abuse was Chief Master-at-Arms Michael Toussaint. “He loved his authority. He loved his power,” says Shaun Hogan, who served in Bahrain with Rocha and says he was hazed as well. He and other sailors told CNN that Toussaint created such an atmosphere of fear, no one was immune – even Toussaint’s number two, Jennifer Valdivia.

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Common Wants To Curb Chicago Youth Violence

Source:  Steven Roberts, with additional reporting by Jayson Rodriguez

Following death of Derrion Albert, rapper says it’s ‘our responsibility’ to teach kids to value their own lives.

In the wake of the tragic death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert, many hip-hop artists have spoken out about violence, not only among the youth of Chicago, but in other cities like Atlanta and Newark. Nas wrote an open letter to Chicago teens following the honor student’s senseless beating death, urging them that they were fighting the wrong war.

Killer Mike blogged, apologizing to Albert and the four teens charged with his murder, Silvonus Shannon, 19; Eugene Riley, 18; Eugene Bailey, 17; and Eric Carson, 16, for letting them down. David Banner also addressed the situation in his song, appropriately titled, “Something Is Wrong.”

MTV News caught up withCommon at Wednesday’s Hennessy Artistry 2009 Seriesshow in New York, and the legendary Chicago MC echoed their sentiments. “For me, I grew up around it, but I have a great mom, have a wonderful stepfather and great family around, and I know every kid is not provided that blessing which we should naturally have,” Common said.

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Early Saturday Night Live: Eddie Murphy

Early Saturday Night Live: Eddie Murphy

Early Saturday Night Live: Eddie Murphy (1983)

On Oct. 11, 1975, NBC debuted a scrappy late-night sketch comedy show, giving it a shot as a replacement for reruns of Johnny Carson. Three and a half decades later, it may not be as funny or fresh as it once was, but Saturday Night Live is still kicking. In the 2003 oral history Live From New York, James A. Miller and Tom Shales interviewed the show’s cast and crew about the good, the bad, and the ugly of those early days — now, go down memory lane with those stories, plus archival photos of Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and more.

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Truth Exposed: NY Daily News Co-Signs Roxanne Shante’s PHD Lies

It seems that online magazine Slate Magazine takes the ideals of journalism more seriously than the Daily News, which ran a story celebrating lies old-school rapper Roxanne Shante has spread over the last decade about receiving a PH.D from Cornell University.  In this digital age, Slate used old-fashion methods of fact checking that apparently slipped the mind of Daily News writer, Walter Dawkins.

An investigation by Slate has revealed:

  • According to Warner, neither it nor any of its subsidiary record labels ever had a contract with Shanté, and it was not obligated to pay for her education. Indeed, there’s no evidence that it ever did.
  • Shanté—real name Lolita Shanté Gooden—doesn’t have a Ph.D. from Cornell or anywhere else. Indeed, she admitted it in an interview with Slate. And Cornell has no record of Gooden (or “Shanté”) ever attending or receiving a degree.
  • According to Marymount Manhattan College records, Shanté enrolled there but dropped out less than four months later without ever earning a degree.
  • New York state records indicate that no one named Lolita Gooden or Roxanne Shanté is licensed to practice psychology or any related field.

With more recent female rappers Lil Kim, Remy Ma, Da Brat and Foxy Brown spending time in jail for various forms of “keeping it gangsta,”  Roxanne Shante’s fraudlent story was thought to be a point of inspiration for young women and men seeking to find purpose beyond rap.  While working on my thesis documentary Little Miss Hip Hop, I briefly spoke with Roxanne Shante who said she would be up for an interview and speaking at the University at Buffalo about opportunities for women in hip hop.  However, I never heard from Roxanne Shante after I explained that I wanted to set up an interview at her office and I wanted her to share information about her practice.    I thought that I was just being dissed, when in reality Roxanne Shante was avoiding the truth.

Click Here for the full article at Slate Magazine:  Roxanne’s Nonexistent Revenge

Malaysia Woman to be Caned for Beer Freed

Even though I don’t really drink beer, I still say God Bless America for the right to have a brew if I so desired.  I respect this woman for her strength.  While we in the United States still fight for equal wages as men, we should not take for granted our freedoms as women across the world fight for rights and freedom of choice.

Source: BBC

Islamic officials in Malaysia have unexpectedly freed Kartika Sari Dewa Shukarno, who was due to be caned six times this week for drinking beer.

She pleaded guilty to the offence under Islamic law committed in 2007 and has not appealed against her sentence.

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Hill Harper’s new book “The Conversation” takes on Black Relationships

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The  CSI actor and author of “Letters to a Young Brother” and “Letters to a Young Sister,” Hill Harper discusses black relationships in his new book “The Conversation.”  While the official release date is September 8, Harper encourages people to support “The Conversation” via pre-sales to prove to prospective sponsors of his planned city-to-city book tour, which includes town hall discussions, that this issue is important.

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