Lil Jon Wins Award for his Signature Wine

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When Lil Jon announced the launch of his own wine company early last year, people were surprised, but it seems to be winning people over.

The rapper/producer recently took home an award from the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition. His 2006 Central Coast Chardonnay took a Silver Medal, and Jon was more than excited.

In all CAPS, an excited Jon tweeted about the win: “FOR ALL YALL SUKKAS THAT WERE HATING ON MY WINE CHECK THIS OUT!! WE WINNING AWARDS TWITT!!! GET U SOME.”

The Chardonnay that won contains “fruit from one of California’s finest Chardonnay growing regions,” according to the winery’s website. “These grapes are picked at optimum ripeness for inviting flavors while retaining the cool climate acidity. This wine can accompany cheeses, chicken, fish, and many other types of cuisine.”

The rapper’s venture is called the Little Jonathan Winery, which Jon says is “a little bit more upscale than regular ‘Lil Jon.’ … This is not no ghetto Boone’s Farm; this is some real wine.”

150 Black Britons return to Ghana to invest

One hundred and fifty Black Britons will return home to the West African country of Ghana for a two-week familiarization visit in some selected communities. They are also scheduled to engage in some business transactions, education, investments, cultural and historical tours.
The initiative is dubbed: “Back to our Roots” tour will open the minds of the Diasporas with culture, historical, business and investment opportunities that exist within the Africa continent. The project is under the auspices of London Elite Forum (LEF), BJ Production and Bubbles VIP based in the United Kingdom. ghana

London Elite Forum is a collection of top London promoters, social and business entrepreneurs that are working together for the benefit of others. The Forum has come up with a three-year project aimed at bringing Africans from across the Diaspora back to their ancestral home – Gambia, Ghana and South Africa.

“Most Africans suffered from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade many years ago, but others have the notion that the continent of Africa is their only true home hence the need for them to return with their experiences and skills gained from the West and Europe to assist development,” a statement from the Forum said.

The organizer of the project Erran Warden, Founder LEF told AfricaNews some British-born national and Diasporans are seeking an alternative place to establish themselves other than the United Kingdom, Europe and America but often do not have the know-how or contacts to fully explore overseas opportunities. Continue reading

[Op-ED] Trans-Coon-ers. by Harry Allen

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That Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which opens today, is a narrative and conceptual mess is neither surprising nor the greatest of its blames. That it is, at critical moments, visually incomprehensible—and this from someone who considered the faceted clatter of the first film’s shifting multiplanes, at moments, symphonic—is the least of its faults.

Mudflap and SkidsThat it endorses crude racism, however, serving up, not one, but two near-buckdancing, shiftless Black stereotypes—the sambots, as one reviewer adeptly punned, Skids, top and above right, and his twin (get this), Mudflap—reveals not only how clearly insulated the white people who work at Paramount and for director Michael Bay appear to be in their racial supremacy, but how out of touch they must be with developing, changing American and world tastes in entertainment. (That’s without even getting into what will surely be Afrocentric outrage at key scenes of desecration.)

Here’s my prediction: Transformers: ROTF will do huge first-week numbers, based on awe-inspiring trailer footage, then rapidly descend in flames from orbit, as people share with friends that the film is a stinking, heaving pile of constipated rhinoceros feces.

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Texas Lawmakers Crack Down On Fake Online Profiles

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In a move aimed at cracking down on cyerbullying, Texas lawmakers passed a new bill that makes it a crime to impersonate people online.

The new “online harassment” statute makes it a felony to create phony profiles on social networking sites with the intent to “harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten” others. The statute defines commercial social networking sites broadly, saying they include any sites that allow people to register to communicate with others or create Web pages or profiles. (Email programs and message boards are excluded from the definition.)

The law was sent to the Texas governor for signature last week.

The move comes at a time when fake profiles are increasingly in the news, thanks largely to the relatively new phenomenon of phony Twitter accounts. Last week, it was widely reported that one such account had already led to a lawsuit. In that case, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa alleged that the parody account infringed his trademark.

The Texas law conceivably addresses those types of profiles on Twitter, although it’s not clear that courts would find that parody creators do so with an intent to “harm” or “intimidate.”

It’s also not certain that the law would hold up in court. Internet law expert Eric Goldman, director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University, says the Texas law appears problematic for at least two reasons: it singles out social networking sites and bans speech that might be permissible. “The whole social networking exceptionalism is ridiculous,” he says. “There’s no way to distinguish social networking sites from other sites.”

And, he adds, the attempt to ban fake profiles might be unconstitutional because it could end up also criminalizing legitimate speech. “There’s so much potential speech that’s covered by this, it makes me nervous,” he says. Continue reading

FBI Lists 25 Most Dangerous Streets in the US

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I beg to differ. I’m suspicious of any list coming from the FBI especially if they are still listing 125th and St. Nick as a hotspot, this list needs an update. This is probably just another disingenuous attempt to drop property value on inner city blocks so developers can sweep in and disenfranchise some more minorities. After all, its just business as usual.

1) Cincinnati – Central Pwky./Liberty St.
2) Chicago – State St./Garfield Blvd.
3) Miami, 7th Ave./North River Dr.
4) Jacksonville – Beaver St./Broad St.
5) Baltimore – North Ave./Belair Rd.
6) Kansas City – Bales Ave./30th St.
7) Memphis – Warford St./Mt. Olive Rd.
8) Kansas City – Forest Ave./41st St.
9) Dallas – Route 352/Scyene Rd.
10) Richmond – Va., Church Hill
11) Memphis – Bellevue Blvd./Lamar Ave.
12) Dallas – 2nd Ave./Hatcher St.
13) Springfield, Ill. – Cook St./11th St.
14) St. Louis – 14th St./Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
15) Little Rock, Ark. – Roosevelt Rd./Bond St.
16) Philadelphia – Broad St./Dauphin St.
17) Tampa – Amelia Ave./Tampa St.
18) New York – St. Nicholas Ave./125th St.
19) Chicago – 66th St./Yale Ave.
20) Baltimore – Orleans St./Front St.
21) Cleveland – Cedar Ave./55th St.
22) Orlando – East-West Expy./Orange Blossom Trail
23) Detroit – Mt. Elliott St./Palmer Ave.
24) Chicago – Wallace St./58th St.
25) Chicago – Winchester Ave./60th St

Twitter users buy more music: report

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DENVER (Billboard) – A new NPD Group study finds that active Twitter users buy 77 percent more digital music downloads on average than non-users. Additionally, 12 percent of those who have bought music in the last three months also report having used Twitter, versus 8 percent of overall Web users.twitter-logo

“Based on their music-purchasing history, active Twitter users are simply worth more to record labels and music retailers than those who are not using Twitter,” says NPD entertainment analyst Russ Crupnick.

A third of all Twitter user reported buying a CD in the prior three months, and 34 percent reported buying music digitally, compared to 23 percent and 16 percent for overall Web users. Another one-third of Twitter users listened to music on a social networking site, 41 percent via online radio and 39 percent watched music videos online. Overall, they are twice as likely than average Web users to visit MySpace Music and Pandora.

“Twitter has the potential to help foster the discovery of new music, and improve targeted marketing of music to groups of highly-involved and technologically savvy consumers, but it has to be done right,” Crupnick said. “There must be a careful balance struck between entertainment and direct conversation on one hand, and marketing on the other. Used properly Twitter has the power to entertain — and to motivate music fans to purchase more new albums, downloads, merchandise, and concert tickets.”

Women seeking: A man like Barack Obama

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NEW YORK – Monica Weeks has met many men, but at age 51 she says she still hasn’t found her “Barack.”obamas-

Among Weeks and her friends, President Barack Obama’s name has become shorthand for a black man with integrity, character and spirituality, one who loves and values his wife and makes his family a priority — in other words, the kind of man that many black women had despaired of finding.

Weeks said probably every single woman she knows is looking for her “Barack.”

“He absolutely makes me think it’s attainable,” said Weeks, a divorced mom in Somerset, N.J. “For women who are older and seeking a man, I think we can look at him and say, ‘All is not lost.'”

The story is the same elsewhere among black women, who say the new code word for Prince Charming has become so commonplace that they have been asked “Have you found your Barack?” or told others “I’m looking for my Barack.”

Obama’s sex appeal hasn’t hurt — what other president would get high marks in a swimsuit competition? But he has touched a nerve among black women in particular, who consider him an IBM (Ideal Black Man) — educated, eloquent, tall, attractive, family oriented, ambitious and down to earth. Continue reading

[video] Mommy XXX (Life of Pornstar/mother of two)

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Size does matter! Mommy XXX (Demi Delia) upgrades past 36DD’s. She snags the “Friend with the Biggest Boobs” title from pornstar Carley Parker and leaves Allanah Rae feeling small. But, what do her kids think? The life of a pornstar is f*^ked.

Do you like sex? Do you enjoy porn? Do you love your mother? If you answered yes to any of those this reality show about a porn star homemaker and her family is for you.

[Op-Ed] PEREZ HILTON: “Faggot” Only for the Black Folk

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Two and one-half years ago we watched as blogger Perez Hilton almost single-handidly destroyed the career of Grey’s Anatomy Star Isaiah Washington after the actor called cast-member T.R. Knight a “faggott”. Cloaked behind a banner of political correctness, Hilton led the choir in demanding the near media-execution that resulted in Washington — a rare Black male face on primetime TV — losing his job, being publically chastized and attending “sensitivity” training. So be it.

Washington’s behavior was certainly uncool — and it’s likely his long-time bad-itude on set was one reason the Grey’s cast was so quick to see him go. Flash forward to this week and Perez is now the one calling folks “faggot” — and it’s resulted in a bitch-slap! Obviously, Perez’s beat-up was way out of line — but equally out of line is his insistence that his use of derogatory and anti-Gay language is no big deal. Well, according to GLBT rights group GLAAD — it is a big deal and Perez needs to account for it. They’ve asked the blogger to apologize for his bad behavior — which they say “feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance toward our community.” And how.

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Are the Obamas Too “Hood” for the Vineyard’s?

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An excerpt of this piece has been making its way round the net and stirring controversy due to some inflammatory statements made about the First Lady and the President. Here is the piece in its entirety, written by Toure.

via NY Mag

The rumors that the Obamas will be vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard this summer have been spreading since April. Locals are famously ho-hum about these kinds of things, but even they admit that this could be an unusually crowded August on the island, with three sets of Democratic Party royalty descending at once.

The Clintons are expected to return to Edgartown, where they have often stayed at the home of Richard Friedman, a Boston real-estate developer. Caroline Kennedy will be at her mother’s former estate in Aquinnah. And while the Obamas’ plans are still unannounced, most people expect the First Family to settle on Oak Bluffs, at the northeast end of Martha’s Vineyard.

A few Vineyarders say they know whose home it’ll be. “The rumor is that it’s Wayne Budd,” says one, referring to the prominent Boston lawyer who was associate U.S. attorney general under the first President Bush. “He has a very large house with guesthouses that would be perfect for the Secret Service and his staff.” Budd has denied this, and a wealthy friend of the Obamas who claims to have been provided a photo of the chosen house says that the Oak Bluffs rumor is wrong. “The picture I received looks like it could be West Chop,” this friend says, referring to a neighborhood across the harbor. “But West Chop is totally white—so totally white that it would be a surprise.” Continue reading

[video] Philips Carousel Commercial – Adam Berg Commercial of the Year Stink Digital

I can’t think of no other culture that is so fixated on bank robberies and clown’s with a crime element. After all we made The Dark Knight an international blockbuster last summer, remember?

Film-inspired dramas on the Web are as old as BMW Films. But this 2-minute, 19-second cinematic short directed by Stink Digital’s Adam Berg for Tribal DDB is stunningly original, pulling viewers into an elaborate scene of a shootout between police and clown-masked robbers in one continuous — and frozen — shot. The deliciously dark film promotes the Philips Cinema 21:9 LCD TV, the first movie-proportioned TV screen. Found on http://www.cinema.philips.com, the piece smartly targets film buffs by using all the elements of a feature-inspired Grand Prix blockbuster spot. It’s stylish, epic and masterfully produced. The sound design especially amplifies the eerie experience of moving through the frozen landscape, and interactive elements give viewers a plethora of behind-the-scenes content.

GLAAD Condemns Perez Hilton’s Use of Anti-Gay Slur

GLAAD Condemns Perez Hilton's Use of Anti-Gay Slur
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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is speaking out after Perez Hilton admittedly used an anti-gay slur in a confrontation with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

Perez, who is openly gay, admitted in a video blog that he used an anti-gay slur against will.i.am during a confrontation in Toronto on Sunday night, which was corroborated by will.i.am in his own video blog. Perez said in his blog that during his conversation with will.i.am: “I made the split-second decision — that I was gonna say what I thought was the worst possible thing that thug [will.i.am] would ever want to hear,” and then called the Black Eyed Peas singer the anti-gay slur.

“These are vulgar anti-gay slurs that feed a climate of hatred and intolerance toward our community,” Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD, tells ET. “For someone in our own community to use it to attack another person by saying that it is, quote, ‘The worst possible thing that thug would ever want to hear,’ is incredibly dangerous. It legitimizes use of a slur that is often linked to violence against our community. And it sends a message that it is OK to attempt to dehumanize people by exploiting anti-gay attitudes.”

“We have reached out to Hilton and asked him to apologize for promoting this anti-gay slur and we would ask media outlets to avoid repetition of the slur in their coverage of this story.”

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DHS To End Domestic Satellite Spying Program

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Yeah what do they need with big, clunky satellites when they got Blackberry’s, GMail and Twitter? Surveillance has gone mobile/digital

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to kill a program begun by the Bush administration that would use U.S. spy satellites for domestic security and law enforcement, a government official said Monday.

Napolitano recently reached her decision after the program was discussed with law enforcement officials, and she was told it was not an urgent issue, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about it.

The program was announced in 2007 and was to have the Homeland Security Department use overhead and mapping imagery from existing satellites for homeland security and law enforcement purposes.

The program, called the National Applications Office, has been delayed because of privacy and civil liberty concerns. Continue reading

[video] Obama Defends Bush After ‘Treacherous’ Spin by CBS News Host

Damn, the stress looks like its starting to get to Obama. I haven’t seen him this bent up since he was running against that mad man from Arizona. Now in addition to the stacked deck he’s got to deal with they wanna weigh his conscious down with jibberish being spewed at him by Bush & Dick aka Dumb & Dumber. Please gimme a break, but he should’ve prosecuted those clowns when he had the chance. They obviously think something is sweet bout his trigger finger.

[video] Chris Brown Hops on Plea Deal, Avoids Jail Time…Rihanna makes appearance

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LOS ANGELES (AP) –
Chris Brown has plead guilty to one count of felony assault on pop star Rihanna.

Brown entered his plea before a preliminary hearing was scheduled to start in Los Angeles on Monday. Brown is in the process of waiving his rights.

Brown’s alleged victim, Rihanna, had been on standby to testify on Monday.

Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos (GEHR’-uh-gohs), says the deal includes five years of supervised probation and six months of community labor.

The judge expressed some concerns because Brown is not a California resident, but it appears Brown will be allowed to do his community service in his home state of Virginia. He’ll have to return to California for updates every three months.

Scott Storch Lands Reality TV Show

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Hitmaker Scott Storch has reportedly signed a deal to star in an upcoming reality show and will give viewers an inside look at his personal life within the music industry.

The show will give an introspective look into the life of this dynamic and incredible talent. The show will also document him making hit records with all of the hottest acts in the industry while opening the door to the hot and trendy Miami music scene. Also, it will capture Mr. Storch’s ups and downs in the volatile music business. (California Chronicle)

Executive producer David Weintraub has confirmed the deal and spoken on what fans should expect.

“This is a monumental moment to see a producer of his caliber let the cameras into his world and see how hit records are made,” he explained. “A lot of people have tried to get Scott to open up the curtain to this process but have never been successful.” (Hip Hop Pop Crunch)

Storch, who has made headlines in recent years for his publicized financial woes, recently spoke on his previous costly purchases. Continue reading

Solar Collectors Covering 0.3 Percent of the Sahara Could Power All of Europe

Saharan Solar Farms: Proposed design of solar arrays that come complete with irrigation-based vegetation

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Solar power is an exciting source of renewable energy, but has so far mostly been used to power little things like homes, cars and small villages. But what if solar energy was used on a scale that would power the majority of Europe? The Desertec Foundation, a Jordanian and German company are hoping to secure financing for a radically ambitious project to harness solar energy in the world’s most barren, sun-drenched expanse, the Sahara Desert. Desertec claims that if only 0.3 percent of the expanse of the Sahara was covered with solar panels, it would power the entire European continent. If up to 1 percent of the desert were covered, it could power the entire world.

Desertec hopes to construct decentralized solar fields across different parts of Northern Africa within the next 10 to 15 years. They predict that these installations will generate about 100 gigawatts of power, which would be sent over high-voltage DC lines buried under the Mediterranean and power about 15 percent of Europe. Their plans get even more ambitious from there. The company hopes to also set up a series of desalinization plants in the area as a source of clean water and for irrigation in the region in hopes of reclaiming portions of the desert. They even have a long-range plan that adds wind farms to the mix. Continue reading

The Wiz in Harlem Starts July 24th

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Join Dorothy Gale and her friends as they, “ease on down the road” to the Emerald City where they meet the most powerful and coolest ruler in all of children’s literature — The Wiz. The Harlem Repertory Theatre’s entertaining and energetic interpretation of this African American Musical theatre classic is certain to please audiences young and old. The WIZ has a brilliant and eclectic score that includes R&B, Gospel and Jazz and will have you humming the tunes long after the final curtain has fallen on this amazing show.

Every Friday & Saturday. July 24th to September 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Augutst 22nd at 2:00 p.m.
September 3rd at noon

Location

Aaron Davis Hall
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

First look: What a weird ‘Wonderland’ Burton’s made

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You might have gone down the rabbit hole before. But never with a guide quite as attuned to the fantastic as Tim Burton.

Those who have grown curiouser and curiouser about what the offbeat reinventor of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory might conjure up in his version of Alice in Wonderland can feast their eyes on this array of concept art and publicity images, due to hang in movie theaters this week to promote the March 5, 2010, release.

“It has been Burton-ized” is how producer Richard Zanuck describes the director’s vision of the Lewis Carroll classic. Many elements are familiar, from the enigmatic Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) to the fierce Jabberwock (Christopher Lee). But none has been presented in this sort of visually surreal fashion.

“We finished shooting in December after only 40 days,” Zanuck says. Now the live action is being merged with CG animation and motion-capture creatures, and then transferred into 3-D.

The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember. Continue reading

Papoose Implicated in Rikers Slashing

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A New York Post article has linked Papoose to a 2006 inmate slashing on Riker’s Island.papoose

Per a source in the story, the rapper was pressured by members of the Bloods organization to give inmates the message to go ahead with the attack. The rapper put on a concert for low-risk inmates, and two inmates were subsequently slashed in the face after he flashed gang signs, according to the Post.

The Brooklyn rapper demanded at the last minute that two of his friends, each incarcerated in different jails, be brought to see his concert in the George Motchan Detention Center’s gym.

Officials initially denied his request but gave in when Papoose threatened to cancel. High-ranking supervisors stepped in and permitted the transfer, according to the article. Continue reading

Did Foxy Get Diva Treatment on the Island?

via NY Post

It’s a jailhouse crock.

City prison officials acted like an entourage of fawning valets for rapper Foxy Brown when she was locked up on Rikers Island, hanging out in her cell, bringing meals and makeup, giving her unlimited TV and phone use, and toting her bags when she was released last April.

Brown, who did nine months for a parole violation after she punched and kicked two nail-salon manicurists in 2006, wore Gucci sneakers and a Fendi scarf — and when they got dirty, new ones were brought to her. foxyjail1

The diva’s jailers also set up an interview and photo shoot with a magazine, which ran a feature on the raunchy rapper that helped hype her new album.

So say outraged Department of Correction insiders, who told The Post that Brown’s coddling was yet another example of an unruly agency flouting its own regulations and security for the privileged few.

“It’s just out of control,” one official said. Continue reading