Nobel Literature Head: US Too Insular to Compete

via Breitbart

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) – Bad news for American writers hoping for a Nobel Prize next week: the top member of the award jury believes the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing.

Counters the head of the U.S. National Book Foundation: “Put him in touch with me, and I’ll send him a reading list.”

As the Swedish Academy enters final deliberations for this year’s award, permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said it’s no coincidence that most winners are European. Continue reading

Kanye West Mom Surgery Bill Vetoed

via Yo! Raps

The death of Kanye West’s mother, Dr. Donda West, prompted California lawmakers to partially enact a bill requiring potential cosmetic surgery patients to first undergo a physical examination. Weeks after going into effect, the governor has vetoed the bill.

In addition to requiring a physical exam, the bill (written by Assemblywoman Wilma Amina Carter), would have also required patients to disclose their complete medical history and get a doctor’s clearance. Citing the state’s 85-day delay in passing a new budget as the reasoning, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill.

In other Kanye West news, the rapper is linking his Dr. Donda West Foundation with the Live to Give Campaign to present a concert in Washington D.C. focused on community empowerment.

All of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to selected charities.

For more information go to or call (301) 605-5324.

Travis Barker Released from Hospital

via Yo! Raps

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been released from an Augusta, GA., hospital after suffering severe burns in a plane crash more than a week ago.

According to spokeswoman Beth Frits, Barker was released on Monday morning (September 29).

Shanna Moakler, the ex-wife of Travis Barker and the mother of their 4-year-old son, has been by his side for the last week, according to reports.

Barker and DJ AM were the only survivors of a learjet crash just before midnight September 19 at the main airport in Columbia, S.C. The plane crash killed four others and left DJ AM and Travis Barker with second and third degree burns.

Barker was released three days after his friend and celebrity DJ, DJ AM, left the hospital to return to Los Angeles by plane.

Both will fully recover but doctors estimate that recovery to be lengthy.

In related news, DJ AM has made his first public appearance to pay tribute to one of the duo’s deceased friends, only nine days after the crash. He attended a memorial service for Chris “Lil Chris” Baker, who served as an assistant to Barker for several years and was a close friend to both musicians.

Rumor: Eminem’s New Album titled ‘The Empack’?

Well details are slowly leaking out about Marshall Mathers aka Eminem new LP supposedly titled The Empack via G-Unit producer Sha Money XL. Can we at least get some music please to see what he has got to offer this time around? Hip Hop DX has got the scoop:

According to longtime G-Unit affiliate and former VP Sha Money XL [click to read], Eminem‘s long-rumored return will amount in an album titled The Empack. The producer and executive made the revelation by way of a recent post on his website

Warning to Hip Hop coroners and doubters, that “2009 will not be your year,” the effort will come as part of a triad of monster releases from 50 Cent (Before I Self-Destruct) and Dr. Dre (Detox). With the first release slated to arrive in the closing three weeks of 2008, the return is likely a dominant return from Interscope Records, who backs all three artists, which each signed the next.

Empack, if in fact titled that, would be the first solo release from the Detroit native since 2004’s Encore [click to read].

Cynthia McKinney Reveals 5000 Men Killed During Hurricane Katrina [VIDEO]


This is something that if true is a basic crime against humanity. Skip this post if you want but this is a serious story we need to look at. This country is in shambles!!

Yesterday, Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, held a press conference to reveal 5,000 black males were suspiciously murdered during Hurricane Katrina.
According to McKinney, the names of the 5,000 are contained in a Pentagon computer. She claims the men were prisoners whose bodies were dumped in a swamp. 😕

I do recall New Orleans prison officials releasing a large number of black prisoners after Hurricane Katrina when rising water flooded the prisons. Does anyone know what happened to those prisoners?


Grid of 100,000 computers heralds new internet dawn,used to find God?

This is definitely something we should be watching because this is some extraordinary work they are attempting and any mistakes could cause a virtual black out. If what they are saying is true this will change how we use the internet forever.

A network of supercomputers called the Grid will allow information to be downloaded quicker than ever. Tasks that took hours will now take seconds

A network of supercomputers called the Grid will allow information to be downloaded quicker than ever. Tasks that took hours will now take seconds

via Times Online UK

A network of 100,000 computers providing the greatest data processing capacity yet unleashed has been created to cope with information pouring from the world’s largest machine.

The Grid is the latest evolution of the internet and the world wide web and computer scientists will announce on Friday that it is ready to be connected to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

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Edgar Brofman Jr. Buys Muppet Mansion for $28.5 Million

Recession? What recession…I wonder if they’ll be taping the Kanye Muppet episodes in this crib.

via New York Observer

In April, when Leslie and Brian Brille, the global head of investment banking for Bank of America, put their East 69th Street mansion on the market for $32 million, only three years after they bought it from Jim Henson’s estate for $12.4 million, this reporter wondered about fickleness.

“He decided,” broker Carrie Chiang said about the banker earlier this year, “he wants a doorman.”

In retrospect, it was unfair of The Observer to even bring up fickleness, considering that the house has been bought up by a couple who have reached an entirely new, genuinely awesome, word-redefining level of picky, vacillating indecisiveness.

According to a source, Warner Music Group chairman-CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., an heir to the Seagram liquor fortune, and his wife, Clarissa, have paid $28.5 million for the house, which was bought by Jim Henson in 1977 and turned into Muppets headquarters. Continue reading

House Rejects $700 Billion Bailout Plan

via Yahoo

WASHINGTON – The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation’s financial system, ignoring urgent warnings from President Bush and congressional leaders of both parties that the economy could nosedive into recession without it.

Stocks plummeted on Wall Street even before the 228-205 vote to reject the bill was announced on the House floor.

Bush and a host of leading congressional figures had implored the lawmakers to pass the legislation despite howls of protest from their constituents back home. Despite pressure from supporters, not enough members were willing to take the political risk just five weeks before an election.

Ample no votes came from both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. More than two-thirds of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats opposed the bill.

The overriding question for congressional leaders was what to do next. Congress has been trying to adjourn so that its members can go out and campaign. And with only five weeks left until Election Day, there was no clear indication of whether the leadership would keep them in Washington. Leaders were huddling after the vote to figure out their next steps. Continue reading

[audio] 50 For President

Curtis is reloading as he preps his next project, Before I Self Destruct. On this cut its Curtis annoucing his platform for president.  Oncoming Recession? No problem, 50 says its nothing a lil’ opium can’t solve.  So here is a prelude to the cook-up he’s whipping up in Detroit with Dre and Em, for all you fiends.


T-Pain Cover Art for Upcoming Album, Thr33 Ringz

via ProHipHop

T-Pain has been stirring the pot of controversy with his purchase of a hearst and now that the cover art for his upcoming project has been released, the stirring continues.  As reported by the good folk over at ProHipHop it is being alleged that Pain jacked the circus concept from Christian rapper CY. Whether there is any validity to this or not is up to the reader who can compare the concepts by going [HERE].  Nonetheless expect Thr33 Ringz to be dropping on November 11, and at least 9 of these singles will be living atop the charts from now til the next album is prepped. 

Congressional Black Caucus Presents Obama with Phoenix Award

via Epoch Times

Washington, D.C—Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama spoke on economic and racial injustice as he received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix award at the 38th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) dinner on Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C.

Senator Barack Obama received the honor, just one night after the first presidential debate with John McCain. According to the CNN Opinion Corp. Survey, 51 percent of viewers polled said that Barack Obama did a better job in the debate, compared to 38 percent who said that John McCain did a better job.

Senator Obama kept in step with his presidential campaign in a speech addressing the economic concerns of the middle class: declining incomes, job loss, and the housing crisis. “Black and brown families are twice as likely to face foreclosure from sub-prime loans,” said Obama. Continue reading

Hennessy Introduces its own Limited Edition Pair of Sneakers

via SSR

An exclusive limited edition (only 500 available) sneaker is available from Hennessy. Yes, Hennessy the cognac. Their getting into the sneaker game with Jhung Yuro. Its called the Hennessy Celebration Hi-Top. There will be 500 available December 1, they will be hand made and priced at $300. The design is brown and cream (like the bottle), soft full grain leather with a suede tongue and vamp, napa pigskin interior and a croc embossed overlay and strap. It also has a non-marking rubber midsole and crepe rubber outsole with a leather logo patch. They can be purchased at Jhung Yuro’s (pronounced “young Euro”) website. Each pair will come packaged in a custom lizard skin embossed shoebox with a braided rope handle.

Chavez say U.S. empire has fallen, must draw up a new Constitution

This guy is speaking the truth people whether you like it or not. We have been shafted by those who were put in place to protect this country’s interest and they did nothing but rob and pillage our economy for their own greediness. For an in depth look at this crisis Read RIP USA: Dissecting The Death of a Dynasty by Paul Moreland.

Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday it was the capitalist system that had caused the financial crisis in the United States and the country should come up with a new constitution.


via Yahoo

Speaking to reporters in Lisbon on the last leg of a tour that included visits to China and Russia, he said: “I think the United States should start a constituent process to create a constituent assembly, a new truly democratic model.”

A constituent assembly is a body elected to draft and sometimes adopt a new constitution.

“It was capitalism that caused the ruin” in the United States, said Chavez, who is one of Washington’s fiercest critics, calling the financial crunch “the worst financial crisis in history”.

“Let the U.S. empire end and let a great nation and great republic rise from the ruin … It’s time to shout ‘Liberty!’ again in the United States,” Chavez said, calling for a new government to be free of the “dictatorship of the elite” such as big banks and corporations.

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T-Pain Buys A Hearst, Preps New Album

This guy with all of his hits is really getting more ecentric by the minute, but who cares? If he wants to be the Hip Hop & R+B version of Ringling Brothers let em’!!

via People

“I have some new favorites – an ’07 Lamborghini Gallardo and ’91 Cadillac hearse,” T-Pain tells PEOPLE. “My hearse has just been painted orange. I just got a blue top put on it and I’ve got a matching blue fiberglass coffin in the back.”

What’s inside that coffin? “Speakers and TVs,” says the rapper, whose hearse was part of a recent photo shoot for his upcoming album Thr33 Ringz, out Nov. 11 on Nappy Boy/Konvict/Jive Records.

Because the hearse was used to transport bodies until recently, T-Pain admits the lingering odors from embalming fluid has been a problem. “We had to Febreeze the hell out of the car,” he says. “Everyone is afraid of it. But I don’t think of it in that way. It’s a car.”

The Unknown ($)20 Trillion Dollar Company


There is a busy little private company you probably never have heard about, but which you should. Its name is the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. See their website. Looks pretty boring. Some kind of financial service thing, with a positive slogan and out there to make a little business. You can even get a job there. Now, go and take a look at their annual report. Starts with a nice litte Flash presentation and has a nice message from the CEO. And take a look at the numbers. It turns out that this company holds 23 trillion dollars in assets, and had 917 trillion dollars worth of transactions in 2002. That’s trillions, as in thousands of thousands of millions. 23,000,000,000,000 dollars in assets.

As it so turns out, it is not because DTCC has a nice website and says good things about saving their customers money that they are trusted with that kind of resources. Rather it is because they seem to have a monopoly on what they do. In brief, they process the vast majority of all stock transactions in the United States as well as for many other countries. And – and that’s the real interesting part – 99% of all stocks in the U.S. appear to be legally owned by them. Continue reading creates contest for artists,win a developement package for $ 30,000 !!!

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Interested artists should follow this link to enter

DJ AM Released From Hospital

Musician Travis Barker, right, and Adam Goldberg "DJ AM " arrive at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards held at Paramount Pictures Studio Lot on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Musician Travis Barker, right, and Adam Goldberg

via TMZ

DJ AM has been released from the hospital in Georgia and is reportedly on his way back to Los Angeles.

His rep released the following statement, “Adam Goldstein has been released from Doctors Hospital. While he is deeply saddened by the events, he is thankful for all of the love and support he has been receiving from fans and friends world wide. We ask that you continue to respect his privacy as he rests and heals and mourns the loss of his friends”.

No new information has been released about Travis Barker’s condition or hospital status.

50 Cent Says Jay-Z was Internationally ‘Unknown’ Until He Wed Beyonce

via Contact Music

50 CENT has taken a sly swipe at rap rival JAY-Z, insisting the 99 PROBLEMS hitmaker was a “no one” until he wed BEYONCE KNOWLES.

Superstar Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, wed the Bootylicious beauty in April (08), and 50 Cent claims it was their union – not the rap mogul’s music – that raised his profile on the international scene.
He says, “I’m a big fan of Jay-Z, but outside of the States and hip-hop circles, no one really knew who he was until he married Beyonce.”

The In Da Club rapper has also disputed reports that Jay-Z is worth an estimated $1 billion (GBP540 million), but is adamant he’s not jealous of his fortune.
He adds, “I don’t believe he’s worth that much! It’s all been exaggerated. I’m comfortable. I don’t want for anything so I’m not in a race.”

50 Cent recently topped Forbes magazine’s poll as the biggest earning hip-hop star of 2008, making $150 million (GBP81 million) in the last 12 months, compared to Jay-Z, who came second with $82 million (GBP44 million).

Angela Jolie’s Changeling’ Poster: Exclusive First Look

Did anyone see Wanted? Well here is some new info and a poster about Mrs. Pitt’s new flick.

via LT, Cinematical

Cinematical has the exclusive first look at Clint Eastwood’s Changeling starring Angelina Jolie.

Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich in a provocative thriller based on actual events. In the film, Christine Collins’ (Jolie) prayers are met when her kidnapped son is returned. But amidst the frenzy of the photo-op reunion, she realizes this child is not hers. Facing corrupt police and a skeptical public, she desperately hunts for answers, only to be confronted by a truth that will change her forever.
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I think it is a good idea because parts of the back story were not fully fleshed out.Glad to see the Big Willie still connected to the franchise. I predict bigger success than the first installment.

via Latino Review

According to the trades, Warner Bros. has set in motion a prequel to the Will Smith starrer “I Am Legend.”

The plan is for Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, with Francis Lawrence returning to direct. Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road banner will produce with James Lassiter, Smith’s partner in Overbrook Entertainment.

The studio has set D.B. Weiss to write a script that is based on a detailed outline that was hatched over the past few months by Smith, Goldsman, Lassiter and Lawrence.

The prequel will chronicle the final days of humanity in New York before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Smith’s character the lone survivor among a mutated mob in the city.

Making a prequel was the only way to extend a franchise that grossed $584 million worldwide for Warner Bros. and keep Smith in the lead role. His character was killed in the first film, after extracting a potential cure for the virus for the scattered survivors.
Weiss at present is scripting the adaptation of Neil Strauss’ book “The Game” for Spyglass Entertainment. He’s also working on a project for Relativity, “Kashmir.”

Google Offers $10million Prize Fund for Ideas that will Change the World


This week, as part of their tenth birthday celebrations, Google have announce the launch of project 10^100 (ten to the 100th), an innovative scheme designed to inspire and fund the development of ideas that will help to change the world.

The internet giant has called on members of the public to share their ideas for solutions that will help as many people as possible in the global community, offering a $10 million prize pool to back the development of those chosen as winners.

When announcing the scheme live on CNN yesterday morning, Bethany Poole, Project Marketing Manager for Google, and Andy Berndt, MD of Google’s Creative Lab, were keen to stress that any idea that could be developed to benefit the global community would be considered. Continue reading

Jay-Z Covers 40th Issue of Time Out New York Magazine

via Upscale Swagger

Jay-Z makes it on the cover of Time Out New York’s 40th Anniversary issue. In the issue Jay-Z speaks on everything New York. From his favorite place to go, to his favorite New Yorkers, and even his favorite moments in New York

Check out this excert from the issue.

You’re the only rapper on this list. We were considering Nas but have this 13-year rule: People on this list had to have had an impact in the last 13 years. And Illmatic was 1994. Should we have included him?Jay-Z: Ah, wow! [Laughs] That’s a tough question. [Pauses] Yeah, only because of the impact of that album, when it’s considered one of the best albums ever created, you have to document that.

How about Kanye? Has he earned it yet?
Jay-Z: He’s from Chicago, but he’s close. I don’t know if he’s had that one album that’s moved the entire culture, but he’s hit it three times in a row. He’ll be on every list one day.

Are you guys really teaming up for Blueprint 3?
Jay-Z: Yeah, actually. We’re partners right now. Starsky and Hutch right now.

And B? What was your first meeting with your wife like?
Jay-Z: I can’t answer that question. [Laughs] Come on now.

Seriously? You guys wrote a song about being in love.
Jay-Z: I’m actually pretty open, especially in the music. And in conversation, when I get to know people. But there’s one side of my life I tend to keep quiet. You have to have some time of sanity. You can’t live with everything out there. You have to have sanctuary.

Read the rest of the article at Time Out New York.

Is the Bottle Service Era DEAD?

via How to Roll

Considering we always thought of the bottle service route kind of pretentious, we hadn’t given much thought to how all that trouble on Wall Street might affect what had become one of New York’s silliest staples.

Leave it to the snarks over at Gawker to see how the crumbling in the financial district has hurt bottle service around the city. And from what they’ve found, it looks like the days of the $500 bottle of Grey Goose may finally be coming to end.

Now comes a press release from nightspots Quo, Myst, and Prime (three of New York’s self-confessed “most successful ‘bottle’ venues”) explaining that they won’t be demanding requests for bottle service in granting entry. Continue reading

Campaign Tees Banned from Voting Polls on Nov. 4

via Huffington Post

Don’t wear your favorite Barack Obama T-shirt or your shiny John McCain campaign button Nov. 4: You might get hassled at the polls.

An obscure, seldom-enforced state law bars anyone from wearing political buttons and other campaign paraphernalia within “a 100-foot radial measured from the entrances of the voting booth.”

With the election just over a month away, the law is suddenly gaining notice: an email begging potential Obama voters to “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE” leave T-shirts and buttons home on Election Day is circulating on the Internet — spurring worried calls and emails to state election officials. The New York Civil Liberties Union plans — for the first time — to include a similar warning in its voter information materials. Continue reading

Lil Wayne to Write Blog for ESPN

via Woooha

Lil Wayne has just signed on with ESPN to write a blog series about his thoughts on the latest and greatest in sports news. Wayne states “This is the first blog I’m doing for ESPN. I don’t watch nothing but sports—no movies, no news, no television shows—so I thought this would be fun.” Who knew Lil Wayne was such a sports fan, we always thought his only interests were tattoos in strange places and drinking “the lean” out of paper cups.

An excerpt from his latest blog posting:
“Because I watch so much sports, I like to think I know what’s gonna happen. But with the NFL this year, some things have shocked me, some things have been just terrible. Like the Bengals. Damn. I kind of had a feeling things were gonna be bad, but I didn’t want them to be this bad. And oh my God the Chargers.

They won on Monday, but it still wasn’t the Chargers. Then again, I think LaDainian is going to figure out how to work his way back through this injury. LaDainian is tough. I think that last game will be a big motivation boost for him. I’ve talked to some people who’ve had similar injuries with the toe, and they tell me that it’s the mental thing you have to get over first. The pain never goes away, so you gotta accept that and just fight your way through it. I think once he gets used to it you’re gonna see he’s the same LaDainian. I’m not worried about him. He’s gonna be fine.”

You can check out the entire post at the ESPN website. And of course readers are already commenting as to if this is really Weezy or if he is pulling a Kanye and having some one ghost blog for him.