WTF!? Sean Levert, brother of Gerald Levert, son of O’Jay alum Eddie Levert collapsed in the Cuyahoga County Jail while serving time for failing to pay child support. Sean, 39 was rushed to the hospital and died from unknown causes. In November 2006 Levert passed away at 40 from a concoction of prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs. Best known as a member of the super group Levert, Sean also made appearances in movies like New Jack City. Damn, say a prayer for Eddie. Story still developing…
Source : Hypebeast
Although conceptually driven footwear has hit a low point over the last year, the New Balance A14 576 exemplifies the solid workings of what concepts can do for a sneaker. The 576 references an unlikely source of inspiration in coffee beans to create the colorway. The upper is comprised of hemp and cork with a printed insole and painted ‘N’ logo. Slated for a release in August of 2008.
As of lately alot of attention has been paid to the increased production of heroin in Afghanistan (post Taliban), the world’s leading supplier of dope but with these recent busts in South America it is clear that coke output isn’t slowing up anytime soon. Authorities in Peru seized 1.5 tons of cocaine (peruvian raw?) from a small international cartel who were reportedly “armed for war” at the time of their apprehension.
They were in possession of $11,000, jewelry, two motorcycles, two vehicles, telephones, radios and equipment to package the work. No details on the weapons was made available. In the middle of the month (3/15) Venezuelan police discoverd 2.9 metric tons (3.2 tons) of coke in a shed. They were in pursuit of one suspect at presstime.
A few days prior, in Puerto Rico US authorities (US Coast Guard) seized 456 kilos (1,005 lbs) of coke packed in 17 suitcases on a boat off the eastern shore of the island. In the Carribean territories alone, authorities have claimed to have seized upwards to 1,600 kilos (3,527 lbs) of coke estimated at $54.5million since October of 2007. With this amount just getting caught in the strainer imagine how much yayo must be on the streets undetected?
Did you hear about the CIA plane that crashed with 3 tons of coke on it…coming from Colombia?
CLICK HERE for related posts.
Wrestlemania proved this Sunday “to be the greatest show on earth”. With a jam packed four hour program that featured the likes of Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Raven Symone and many others the WWE broke attendance records and pay-per -view viewers.
With all the bells and whistles Vince could of possibly imagined, the main event was Floyd Mayweather vs. The Big Show.
ORLANDO, Fla. – At WrestleMania XXIV, Floyd Mayweather put his “money” where his mouth was, running his professional record to 40-0 with a shocking knockout of the 7-foot, 441-pound Big Show.
While he may not have come through on his promise to break the mammoth’s jaw, he did, in fact, shock the Citrus Bowl-record crowd of 74,635 WWE fans and millions more watching around the world on pay-per-view by felling Big Show like a giant redwood. The victory, however, didn’t come without a bit of chicanery
With the explosion of cell phones in the last decade, this new report linking cell phones to brain cancers and tumors can’t be welcoming news to customers. Researchers are going to the extreme and claiming the threat of cell phones use is more severe than smoking and asbestos because it’s over 3 billion people who are subjecting themselves to harmful levels of radiation, the ramifications of which will be unknown for roughly a decade. So they are estimating that the dilemma will be so wide spread that it will dwarf the horrendous number of people who succumb to smoke related cancer and asbestos exposure. (In other words EVERYONE is subject). Preliminary tests have shown the end results will point towards an alarming rise of deadly brain tumors, especially in children.
The study, by Dr Vini Khurana, is the most devastating indictment yet published of the health risks.
It draws on growing evidence – exclusively reported in the IoS in October – that using handsets for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer. Cancers take at least a decade to develop, invalidating official safety assurances based on earlier studies which included few, if any, people who had used the phones for that long. Earlier this year, the French government warned against the use of mobile phones, especially by children. Germany also advises its people to minimise handset use, and the European Environment Agency has called for exposures to be reduced.
Full story here
Reuters ran a thorough expose on the social networking phenom, citing the inclusion of superstars like 50 Cent who have created their own networks via Ning. Even though artists maintain healthy followings via Myspace and Facebook, they don’t have access to the most vital aspect of their following, the fans email. With sensitive data like email and demographics, a social networking site can then be monetized by commercializing access to advertisers.
Identified as “next-generation” fan and web sites, social networks are becoming hubs where artists can not only have an intimate connection with their fanbase but they can also directly market to them, effectively excluding the middleman. Now portals such as Facebook and Myspace are looked at as “funnels” which help strengthen the membership on personalized social networks, like the Ning supported Thisis50.
Gina Bianchini, CEO of Ning summed it up best when she said, “They take and use services where they don’t know the users, don’t have access and don’t have full control, and funnel those fans to something they do control.”
Ludacris, the Pussycat Dolls and Ice Cube are cited as artist that have jumped on the bandwagon early and cemented their spots in the blossoming social network field. Ice Cube’s venture, UVNTV is a slightly different service, that allows its members to host their own TV channel. That service, which includes Snoop and Cube amongst its content providers, will be up and running by January 2009. CLICK HERE to read this informative piece on why social networking is the wave of the future. Get familiar, knowledge is power!
With reports circulating earlier this week that Nelly wants to collabo with The Boss(sorry Rick) Bruce Springsteen, it seems his album will finally hit stores in June. After the first single was received luke warm by critics, Nelly has reloaded with “Party People”, a potential smash hit with the biggest selling artist of the last two years, Fergie. Expect features from Ciara, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Akon and LL Cool J.
Brooklyn rapper Mos Def who has a burgeoing movie career(sans Be Kind Rewind) is due to portray Chuck Berry in the Chess Records film biopic due to be released sometime next year. The AP is reporting that filming has already begun in New Jersey.
The Sony BMG film is set in 1950s Chicago and follows the turbulent lives of Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody), and the label’s artists, including Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker), Etta James (Beyonce Knowles) and Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer).
Darnell Martin (“Their Eyes Were Watching God”) is directing from his own script.
Goodwill ambassador Wyclef Jean asked his fellow Haitian bretheren to give up crime and to work for a better future for their native country of Haiti. Jean, an international music star has tremendous respect in the country and his influence is being looked at as a force for good to help the Americas poorest country.
“If you love Wyclef, that means you love Haiti. So you should not be raping women, kidnapping people and children, because there can be no excuse for doing so,” Jean said in Creole in a short ad run several times a day by local stations in Haiti.
Full story here
Note to all the aspiring rappers turned actors, there is a lane for you! Hollywood’s burgeoning Straight-To- DVD market is being recognized and no longer criticized as an underclass but rather a necessary evil. With the success of Black Hollywood’s highest grossing films (Tyler Perry), a secondary class has sprung up in its wake, a class that mimmicks the exploits of Blaxploitation flicks from the 70’s. This system is dominated by former A-listers like Wesley Snipes who routinely turns out Straight-To-DVD’s.
The studios openly acknowledge that they know once a theatrical release targeted to black audiences hit the DVD market it makes a healthy amount of cash, so to cut their costs they opt to go Straight-To-DVD. Blockbuster has become the preferred “theater near you” when it comes to Black cinema. Like the overcrowded “Chic-Lit” market, an astonishing number of Straight-To-DVD’s movies are being produced, indicating that there is a market for this cookie cutter product.
The themes are generally the same, as are some of the actors but it remains to be seen whether their will be a break in the monotony. In the meantime, next time you’re down at the local Blockbuster or online checking out Netflix, remember to snatch up one of those S-DVD’s, you may be creating the next job for your favorite rapper turned B-actor. CLICK HERE for full story.
The Vatican has bad news for its flock around the globe; they are no longer the religious majority in the world. Muslims are. Even though they haven’t released hard figures yet the Vatican has confirmed that 19.2% of the planet pay homage to Allah, while only 17.4 % pledge their allegiance to the Pope. “For the first time in history we are no longer at the top: the Muslims have overtaken us,” Monsignor Vittorio Formenti told Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
The Census was according to figures compiled several years ago. It has been estimated that Catholics number 1.13 billion people throughout the world while it is believed that Muslims were topping in at 1.3 billion. Those numbers are no longer reflective of the reality but hard numbers are not being released.
If all Christians were counted under one banner, the Orthodox, Anglican, Catholic and Protestants then the numbers would swell to 2 billion people on Earth (33%) who call Christ their Savior. While it is noted that Muslims are believed to be outpacing Catholics due to higher birth rates it is also worth noting that Muslim conversion spiked after 9/11 and the War On Terror was implemented. Bush’s Crusade against Islam backfired and resulted in him boosting global membership instead.
The Katrina debacle continues to torment the hurricane survivors and stain the tarnished legacy of the Bush administration. It seems that homeowners given grants are being told that they were given too much and have to repay the overages.
The bid invitation said: “The average amount to be collected is estimated to be approximately $35,000 but in some cases may be as high as $100,000 to $150,000.”
This is totally outrageous due to the fact that it took the government way too long to get aid to these people and now they are adding insult to injury with trying to recoup money from these families who are still not back to normalcy. Tragic indeed.
Full hogwash here..
Well, OK. This is how we should be seeing Lebron off the court. This is a still of the Vitamin Water ad that will feature Lebron, airing during the NBA 2008 Playoffs. Usually the “Obey Your Thirst” athlete can be found pitching Sprite, but following in the footsteps of Shaq and Curtis, Bron Bron is demanding that you obey your thirst and get you some Vitamin Water. Since they have him playing a lawyer I want to hear him do the “You can’t handle the truth” line, that should be classic!
Peeped this over at Necole Bitchie
I saw this over at the homie RealTalkNY’s site, and he asked the appropiate question, is this the worst NY Knicks team EVER? Watch as Jared Jeffries gets his ankle’s broke! Ewwww
The rise of the blog serves many purposes but one of its unanimous strengths is its ability to give a voice to the voiceless. I got wind of this blog while surfing the net and I thought I’d pass it on for those who want an honest account of what is going on behind the walls of America’s penitentiaries. Episodes of Oz, The Wire or Prison Break should be as close as we get to the pen in the future, but in the meantime lets not forget they got two million brown bodies behind those walls.
CLICK HERE to visit a blog written by prisoners
Men are on the verge of getting an extra option when it comes to contraceptives. In addition to condoms and vasectomies scientists have said they’ve broken through and created the first male birth control pill. Yeah, you heard right, the “morning after” pill for dudes is on its way to market. “We used to talk about men ‘sharing the burden’ of contraception. But these days, many men talk about wanting ‘control.’ Men want to control their own destinies,” says Elaine Lissner, director of Male Contraception Information Project. The key ingredient is a synthetic hormone called Progestin, which ceases ovulation in women and decreases the rate of sperm production in men. Pending approval from the various medical clearinghouses this product can be seeing its way to pharmacy selves in three years. CLICK HERE for more info.
Spotted @ Nextthing
Spotted @ Yeeah
Now there are about a million blogs who bash Amy Winehouse everyday so it has never been of interest to the Street Knowledge contributors to add on to her troubles, but these before and after pics were such a contrast. With new pics and videos coming out everyday and the most recent showing some very severe skin infections it was amazing to see her when she was not so famous but looking much better and much healthier. Thoughts?
Source : Hypebeast
A pack of new Dunk Supreme’s hit tier 0 outlets this weekend. The three monochromatic colorways seen here are part of a larger six pack drop which also includes multi-colored colorways. The uppers feature a mix of both leather and nylon with white filling in the swoosh and sole. Available now Satuday, March 29th at Sneakerology.
Pop superstar Madonna has again changed the game with her upcoming promotion and marketing for her latest album Hard Candy due to released next month. With a new single with Justin Timberlake gaining traction, she has leveraged her power to cut deals with advertisers who will align her songs in commercials for their products.
In addition to getting fat checks from major corporations she is also getting the a ton of free promotion which will sustain her music in the minds of consumers. Great marketing moves that artists from all genres should take a look at. (wonder if Big Daddy Kane will make an appearance)
[Madonna,Big Daddy Kane, and Naomi Sex Pic] after the jump..
“These companies want their customers to know about their links with Madonna. They are going to promote the deals and her music online and in extensive television, radio and press adverts.”
Full story here
Culminating what has been a horrendous week for the hip hop community with various cases of false accusations, shootings, and convictions, Philly rapper Beanie Sigel has been thrown back in jail by the judge for failing to adhere to his strict parole guidelines.
Still cant believe that Jay Z is letting an above average, borderline legendary MC like Beanie suffer after he repeatedly stuck up for Jay when every rapper and his momma was attacking him and his credibilty. Sigel deserves better.
Authorities said Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, gave a false urine sample to probation officials on Feb. 29 and also tested positive five times earlier this month for controlled substances, including Xanax and Percocet.
Guess like Lil Wayne he can’t put down that Purple Rain, shame.
More at Nahright
This is a new section we are starting on Street Knowledge. Dude of the week! We will profile somebody in the news that deserves to be highlighted for his contribution to pop culture and its ever changing landscape. This can be for the good of the world or the bad. But impactful nonetheless.
This week is Sinbad. He gets the award for calling out Hillary Clinton for lieing about her experience in Bosnia.
Full story here
Last week we posted a clip from asshole Pauly Shore who said some very nasty things about black comedians. They have responded to his rant with a rant of their own.
Earlier this week we posted the news that Photosop Express now has a BETA version avaible for free online. Now we return to bless you with a link that gives you access to 80 of the nicest Photoshop tutorials on the planet. Especially now that Hip Hop beef dictates that you bring some ill Photoshop skills to the battle, we thought you might wanna bookmark this! Dugg it up over at Digg.
CLICK HERE for the LINK
For related posts CLICK HERE
More unbelieveable news. A few months back there was tragedy where three young men were attacked and one killed by an escaped tiger at a San Francisco Zoo. Well police are reporting that the one of the surviving victims has been caught stealing last holiday season’s hottest item the Nintendo Wii. Now with a pending blockbuster lawsuit against the city of San Francisco it seems that Amritpal “Paul” Singh Dhaliwal would have better things to do then stealing a Wii controller. SMH
According to the police report, Amritpal “Paul” Singh Dhaliwal tried shoplifting two Nintendo Wii controllers between 6:20 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Dhaliwal, 19, and his brother Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, filed a claim against the city of San Francisco for negligence and defamation
Full story here
More heat from Hypebeast
In a bizarre case out of Dallas, it seems a 12 year old runaway was stripping for two weeks and the club where she danced nude has remained open despite being busted by authorities.
The sixth-grader danced at Diamonds Cabaret over a two-week period late last year, authorities say. They also say they found a 17-year-old girl working in the club in January.
“I think they just didn’t care,” her mother said. “She’s 12, but she’s got the body of a 20-year-old. All they were thinking about was the money she could bring in.”
Full story here
The death of Heath Ledger has fueled unprecedented interest in the upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight. On the heels of that excitement Warner Bros. has released its international poster officially igniting The Dark Knight campaign. They also threw out a script synopsis so fans can draw a mental picture of what the Batman Joker showdown will play out like. Enjoy.
“Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask in “The Dark Knight.” The film reunites Bale with director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime…until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace–Batman’s most personal and vicious enemy yet–he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes.”
Hello can you hear me now? Raul Castro, the other Castro Brother has just lifted cellphone restrictions on the island of Cuba. Now Cubans can enjoy a priviledge that was once reserved for government elite; something so simple as talking on a cellphone. On a paltry state salary of $20 it may be necessary for Cubans to recieve outside support if they want those shiny popular gadgets like the iPhone or a Sidekick though.
If you happen to be in possession of a license from Maine or South Carolina due to the state government arguing with the federal government, ID’s from these states will not be recognized at federal ports, like airports and buildings after May 11. These two are not in compliance with the federal governments request that all of the states approve the Real ID program. There are several states that asked for extensions but Maine and S.C. haven’t made their request. The Real ID will be a national identification program that is scheduled to be implemented by Jan. 1, 2010. After this date residents of these two states will have to present additional ID, preferably a passport to travel abroad. To read more of this story about the Real ID program CLICK HERE
Now that Barack has aired out America’s dirty secret and publicly stated that “Racism” is still a thriving institution in this country, other people has willfully crossed the bridge and began to pitch rocks of their own. Condeleezza Rice, not wanting to be left out of the burgeoning discussion on race has went on record speaking about what she describes as a “birth defect.” She explains that “blacks” haven’t benefited from the fruits of their labor because they were inherently deprieved as a result of free labor aka slavery. “Black Americans were a founding population,” she said. “Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That’s not a very pretty reality of our founding.” In this interview with Washington Post reporters Rice also said, “descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that…That particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today,” she said.
This movie is definetly shaping up to be a mega hit. More pics from the movie after the jiz-ump.
KILLA! Cam returns via Mariah’s remix for “Touch My Body” on Pac’s “Ambitionz Of A Ridah” beat that he always seems to murder when he’s making a comeback. Now if only he would make an appearance.
CLICK HERE for the REMIX BABY!
The chips are starting to fall all over the place now that the LA Times has retracted their damaging story tying Diddy & Jimmy Henchman to the ambush that resulted in Tupac getting shot at Manhattan’s Quad Studio. Even though Chuck Philips has issued an apology Jimmy Henchman is calling for his head and Diddy is considering suing the Times. Check out the excerpt from an interview conducted with MTV’s Sway where Henchman lays his case out:
“I lived with the rumor of what happened to Tupac for the last 14 years,” Rosemond said Thursday afternoon. “And rumors are rumors — either you believe them or you don’t — but when you have a reputable newspaper like the Los Angeles Times with a Pulitzer Prize winner like Chuck Philips to validate a rumor, then it becomes real. It becomes real in your life, real to the people around you. When you Google me, this affects me regardless, forever. I could always rebut a rumor, but this is something that’s well more damaging. And I think Chuck Philips had no regards to my reputation, for myself as a businessman, myself as a father, a family man, somebody’s son. And I think he did irreparable damage to my career, my reputation and everything else. I don’t think there is no other reward for me or my family that he can do. An apology isn’t going to do it. There has to be some form of reprimand in the sense of his job. He needs to lose his job.”
CLICK HERE for the rest of the story.
This is just in the concept phase but I’m sure it will have the couch potatoes salivating. A Bang & Olufsen touchless remote? This is one for the ages!
UPDATE: Remy’s people posted this plea for her fanbase
Please write letters about how Remy and her music has positively affected you, influenced you, inspired you, etc…in hopes that the judge will be lenient in Remy’s upcoming sentencing. Thank you all for your support.
This had the be the worst week ever for Brooklyn’s own Papoose, Pap-poose. First he loses comrade Cavlar in a hail of bullets Downtown Brooklyn, then on Thursday his girlfriend Remy Martin was convicted on all charges stemming from a shooting last year outside of a Manhattan nightclub. This prompted him to release this response and come clean about their rumored relationship:
“We always wanted to keep our personal lives personal, so that’s why we never went public with our relationship,” he wrote in an e-mail to MTV News. “Right now, I just feel like she gotta live through me. Yes, we were scheduled to be married on a yacht April 27th. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we are now making arrangements to be married in prison…All her supporters who feel Remy had an influence on their life should write a short letter to the judge asking for the shortest sentence possible,” he wrote. “Send it to LettersForRemy@gmail.com.”
CLICK HERE for more of this story. I’m sure we haven’t seen the end of this chapter. Stay tuned.
Boy the truth must really hurt. Now that Obama has sprayed the Black Flag and aired out America’s dirty little secret, critters are popping up all over the place voicing their displeasure with being called out. I saw this over at Davey D’s blog and as he noted this is the same Pat Buchanan who is employed by numerous news outlets when he clearly has a biased opinion about the reality of a viable “black” candidate on the path to victory. The kitchen sink, kitchenette, cabinets and fridge have now officially been hurled at Mr. Obama. What will they think of next…
Brief for Whitey
by Pat Buchanan
How would he pull it off? I wondered.
How would Barack explain to his press groupies why he sat silent in a pew for 20 years as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered racist rants against white America for our maligning of Fidel and Gadhafi, and inventing AIDS to infect and kill black people?
How would he justify not walking out as Wright spewed his venom about “the U.S. of K.K.K.
America,” and howled, “God damn America!”
My hunch was right. Barack would turn the tables.
For those Kanye loyalists if you wanna see more of the artist that blessed the cover of Ye’s Graduation album you should check his exhibit coming to the Brooklyn Museum in mid April. On the 15th Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will be given full honors at the museum as they display upwards to 90 pieces of his highly acclaimed work. Make sure you don’t miss this one! CLICK HERE for more info.
Forbe’s Magazine just released their forecast on the brightest 10 New Stars on the horizon and you guessed it, the web assisted phenom known as Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em was at the top of this chart also. Forbe Magazine took note that Soulja Boy utilized the new platform of marketing music via the web to garner a hit that exploded on radio, the “old-way” of doing things. It is understood that the next megastar is going to have to brilliantly synergize both platforms to transcend what is being seen as a diminishing music industry. Sean Kingston came in second, cited for his monstrous summer hit “Beautiful Girls” which garnerned Kingston a spot in America’s living rooms by appealing to Grandmothers and Grandchildren alike. Wanna see whoelse made the cut? Well ya gotta CLICK HERE!
According to Miss Info word is that ex-Dipset/Byrd Gang member Max B was shot on Wednesday in a botched robbery attempt in Long Island. Supposedly he was shot twice, treated for his wounds then he signed himself out of the hospital a la Tupac-Makaveli style, living up to his Bigavelli moniker. Although details are sketchy Info is saying she recieved a call from a women claiming to be Max B’s publicist and she varified that he was home healing, even though she described his condition as critical. Earlier Wednesday, another Arthur Kill alumni was murdered on the streets of Brooklyn, when a single shot took the life of aspiring rapper Cavlar. Could somebody tell KRS-One he needs to rush that Self Construction project ASAP!
For related story CLICK HERE