Fox News finally fires Bill O’Reilly over sexual harassment lawsuits

Somewhere Maxine Waters is smiling right now and is amongst millions of people who are happy this  misogynistic racist asshole has finally been canned.

via NY Mag

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

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[video] Dame Dash: Lyor Cohen Ruined Roc-A-Fella

Dame has been hitting on all cylinders with these interviews and I am gonna post every single one of them.

 Dame Dash explains why he called music industry exec Lyor Cohen a “culture vulture” on Instagram, telling VladTV that he believes Lyor should move on from Hip-Hop and “stop raping our culture.” He then questions what Lyor and Joie Manda have contributed to Hip-Hop culture while holding higher positions at esteemed music labels.

Speaking about his own interaction with Cohen, Dame says that he’s never had a problem with Jay Z, and says Lyor “ruined” Roc-A-Fella Records. He also shares his thoughts on Lyor’s new label 300, saying that he’s probably “robbing whoever he’s in business with.” When Young Thug, who’s signed to 300, is brought up, Dame says the label might not be taking the Atlanta rapper on a ride, because he’s managed by Birdman.

At the end of the interview, Dame says that he believes label execs like Lyor and Joie should be questioned about their roles. He also adds that he can’t be blackballed by the execs, as they don’t cut his checks.

[video] Jay & Dame Rock The Apollo (Throwback)

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Wow, this sh*t is like an early X-Mas. Jay and Dame on one stage personifying that rare chemistry that will never be duplicated again (not in our era) and performing one of my favorites nonetheless. Its apparent from this that Dame is Robin to Jay’s Batman and its a damn shame that these two let the sh*t get past the point of repair. LMAO @ the FOI holding the stage down, was this when Guy Fisher and them still had the Apollo?  Oh yeah, two words before we part…Sauce Mothaf*ckin‘!!

[video] L.A. Reid on Charlie Rose

I meant to throw this up yesterday but lost focus…know I like the man affectionately known as “L.A.” but I don’t dig how the victors get to rewrite history. It’s obvious Dame ruffled a few weather, especially over at Def Jam but for the execs to be attributing the success of Kanye West to Jay-Z when the people who were there know damn well it was Dash who was riding with the “Gay Fish” is an insult to history. He offers up some keen perspective on some other topics, so this clip is worth viewing to see how and why the game is in the state that it is…blame it on the musicmen!

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Joint Ventures: Tiret Jewelry x LSE x Range Rover

 

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New York-based jewelry designers Tiret (Owned by Damon Dash) and British auto designers LSE, known for their two-door Range Rover conversions, have worked together to build the new Tiret Coupe. Based on the Range Rover Sport, the Tiret model is built with “diamonds and Swiss precision,” along with other luxe materials.

The SUV includes a surprising amount of diamonds built into the instrument cluster dials, with a luxurious “Tiret clock” built in. Tiret’s watchmaker Daniel Lazar designed the gauges and clock to give the vehicle a truly unique look and feel inside. The Nappa leather seats don’t hurt, either. For this model, engineers have built large, flared wheel arches to house the 22″ LSE alloys. Custom twin chrome tailpipes round out a package that includes LED lights, exclusive woodwork, and glass panoramic roof. Click HERE for the full story

Source: Allworldcars.com

Dame Dash headed to divorce court!

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Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear co-founder Damon Dash has been slapped with divorce papers by wife Rachel Roy. The stunning fashion designer piled onto Dash’s already sizable stack of lawsuits when she filed for divorce from her husband of four years this month in Manhattan Supreme Court.damon-rachel
Ed Hayes, a lawyer for Roy, declined comment, and a Dash spokeswoman did not return calls or e-mails. An electronic record of the case says the divorce is for “nonmonetary relief” and should be resolved by February.

Dash and Roy, who put her own name on a women’s fashion line, got hitched in Mexico in January 2005. They met when Roy was working at Rocawear and have two daughters.

The breakup is the latest legal mess for the has-been hip-hop titan, whose empire – which he once pegged at “about $50 million” in a New York magazine profile – has crumbled under massive debt, bad business deals and one suit after another.

Dash, who in 2005 sold his stake in Rocawear to Jay-Z for $20 million, owes $2 million in state taxes, and a bank has started foreclosure proceedings on his two Tribeca condos.

A Manhattan judge even ordered the city to seize his luxury Chevrolet Tahoe SUV last year when he couldn’t make the $714.99 monthly payment. He’s also being sued by law firms and landlords for not paying his bills.

The fall has been a spectacular one for Dash, who sipped Champagne on a yacht in Jay-Z’s video for “Big Pimpin’” – then emptied his bottle of bubbly onto bikini-clad beauties in a hot tub.

“He’s broke, he’s got nothing left,” a source said.

Memphis Bleek Talks Leaving Roc-a-Fella

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via HipHopDX

Rapper Memphis Bleek recently took time to discuss his departure from Roc-A-Fella distributor Def Jam .

“Jay’s the kindest nigga that walk the face of this earth and everything ain’t money,” said Bleek in a video on HipHopBeef.com, rebutting rumors that Jay-Z didn’t look after his artists. “Nigga gave everybody he knew that he came up with rhyming with opportunity, that’s all you can ask for…You know Hov broke bread…I left Def Jam…I had options to put out another album on Def Jam but then I had a meeting with him and he made it real clear to me, ‘Why do that, you got the opportunity right now to run your own company. I’ma get you the distribution deal for Get Low Records, you sign your artists, drop your albums under Get Low and I’ma still executive produce.'”

Bleek also spoke on Roc-A-Fella’s initial breakup, saying that “I saw it coming…I ain’t seen or speak to Beans in forever, I ain’t seen the Gunz in forever…I definitely ain’t seen or speak to Peedi Crakk.”

As for his relationship with Dame Dash, “It was weird. Dame always was cool to me. He looked out for me as a youngin…He was a good dude. You know how they say – with money, it changes a lot of things. It changed Roc-A-Fella.”

Exclusive Preview: “This Is Jim Jones”

via DrJays

This Is Jim Jones official trailer

“What n*ggas can’t do is what I do with my eyes closed” – Jim Jones

Rap fans – if you think you know Joseph Guillermo “Jim” Jones, think again.

In his new, full-length documentary, This Is Jim Jones (directed by Carly Carol), the 33-year-old Harlemite gives fans a rare glimpse into his life of glaring extremes; an existence punctuated by its star’s perennial underdog status.

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The chronological order of the scenes is often muddled, but there are ten basic chapters:

Chapter 1 sheds light on Jim’s journey from boy to man. It includes childhood pics, memories from his mother Nancy (addicted to crack cocaine when Jim was young), tales of growing up with Dame Dash in East Harlem, his estranged father’s untimely death from HIV/AIDS, his legendary temper, and becoming affiliated with the Bloods as a teen.

As Dame earnestly tells us he “didn’t expect Jimmy to be the guy I passed the torch to”, we see Jim beginning to build serious relationships within the music industry. We’re then given a glimpse into his business acumen with mention of his ventures at KOCH, Asylum Records and Sony BMG; a closer look however at how he actually worked on and sealed these deals would have been appreciated.

Chapter 2 begins to shed light on Jim’s relationship with Cam’ron. When Jim says “his success was my success”, he means it. It also shows that while Cam was Dipset’s frontman for the most part, Jim was creeping on a come up in many ways, including pioneering the rock-inspired, skull and crossbones-infused fashion look. Jim and fellow Dipset member Juelz Santana discuss their new “splash” movement; when an interviewer asks Jim if he’s running out of it, he replies in genuine shock: “Am I running out of splash? How is that possible? I’m the wishing well!”

Chapter 3 delves into The Diplomats movement, exploring the relationship between Jim, Cam, Juelz and Freaky Zeakey. It focuses primarily on Cam’s original label deal with Sony and eventual move to Rocafella via his relationsip with Dame.

Chapter 4 breaks down Dipset’s tenuous relationship with Rocafella’s kingpin, Jay-Z. Continue reading

[video] Cam’Ron Catches a Case of Amnesia during Interview

All of sudden the Dipset cuddling comes to an abrupt end. This interview is a break from previous ones where Cam states what it would take to get him and his former team back together. This time around he throws all them negroes under the bus by refusing to acknowledge that he even knows them, which is such a far stretch of the imagination but ignoring your beef is sometimes way worst than committing energy to it.

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Jim Jones Reprises Play On March 24th

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via Allhiphop

Harlem, New York rapper Jim Jones will launch a five-day run of his critically acclaimed play Hip Hop Monologues.

Jones will perform in five different showings, which will take place March 24-28th at the 37 Arts Theater in New York.

Hip Hop Monologues, which is produced by Damon Dash, Sony Entertainment and J Kyle’s Korner Ent., originally debuted in November 2008.

The play featured Jones performing songs from his latest album Pray IV Reign in the form or a scripted story.

Hip Hop Monologues is an autobiographical telling of Jones’ life, which centers around his family, fame, fortune and jealous rivals.

After advice from an elder, Jones is faced with the decision of pursuing his career or returning to life on the streets.

During the play, Jones will be backed by a live band conducted by Om’Mas Keith of SA-RA, as well as a number of professional actors.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (March 10). Prices start at $40.

Choke No Joke Readies Roc-a-Fella Documentary

I’ve actually seen a screening of this and people are gonna be floored when they see how huge Dame’s ego was especially since he’s transformed into a kindler, gentler type of guy.

via NY Post

JAY-Z and Damon Dash‘s dirty laundry from their Roc-A-Fella Records breakup is about to go public. jigga2

Former BET producer and Roc employee Choke No Joke is releasing a documentary next year – titled “I Am Choke, No Joke” – about the infamous crumbling of the hip-hop empire founded by former fast friends Jay and Dash. In a SOHH.com interview, Joke says: ” ‘Dame’ was a camera freak. He loved people to tape him, ’cause he started thinking he was a star . . . Ever since the ‘Big Pimpin’ ‘ video, he started gettin’ a little light and it started to get to his head.”

Joke claims that Dash’s signing of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and his proposal of Cam’ron as a vice president of the label (which Jay-Z rejected) were among the disputes that drove a wedge between the two. “Jay wasn’t feeling none of that [bleep],” Joke said. Continue reading

[video] Dame Talks Future Moves

Damn, it hurts to see a man with such an inflated ego like Dame humbled by his own shortcomings. Everyone that arose out of Def Jam with a superhuman ego has been deflated to former images of themselves, from Dame, to Jay, to X, to Irv, to Ja and the list goes on and on.  It’s like Def Jam is a Buddhist conversion farm for some of these dudes, they all come in like Ari Gold from Entourage and leave on some Swami sh*t like Rick Rubin.  F*ckin’ hilarious, sad, but hilarious.

Foreclosure for Roc-A-Fella founder Dash’s homes

Source: Nahright

Dame Dash is in the midst of losing two properties in Manhattan.

Dame Dash is in the midst of losing two properties in Manhattan.

It seems that record and fashion mogul Dame Dash, who recently signed a multi-million dollar deal for wife’s Rachel Roy collection, is in deep debt with his luxury properties in Manhattan. Many have said that Dame has had a tremendous fall since he broke business ties with former partner Jay Z.

via IHT

Roc-A-Fella Records company co-founder Damon Dash and his wife are in jeopardy of losing two of their Manhattan apartments after apparently failing to pay their hefty mortgages.

The bank holding the mortgages says in a court filing Dash and Rachel Roy owe $7.3 million on the properties and it has begun foreclosure proceedings.

Eastern Savings Bank says Dash and Roy were supposed to make monthly payments of $78,500.

Efforts to contact Dash’s lawyer and publicist by phone and e-mail have been unsuccessful.

Dash is the estranged business partner of rapper Jay-Z.

Dame Dash & Wife Rachel Roy Announce Mega Deal Worth Billions For Clothing Line

via Allhiphop

Couple Damon Dash and Rachel Roy have announced a joint venture with Jones Apparel, Inc to expand the Rachel Roy Collection fashion brand.

The Rachel Roy Collection was launched in spring 2005 to favorable reviews in the fashion industry.

The line is currently available in luxury department stores such as Nordstrom and Saks, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.
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Dame Dash’s Baby Mama Is Alleging Neglect For Dame Jr.

Producer Damon Dash, right, and his son, Boogie Dash, arrive for the New York premiere of \"Mr. Untouchable,\" Monday, Oct. 22, 2007.  (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Although we try to steer far away from gossip, rumor or innuendo we would be doing the reader a disservice if we didn’t report news fit to print. It bother us to post this about the homie Dame but his baby moms is alleging in court documents that his spiraling finances, struggling marriage, pending rape charge and continuous drug use is interfering with the rearing of his child, Damon Dash II aka “Boogie.”

She says the 16-year old is suffering in school and has been living without electricity for a prolonged period of time. Regrettably if this has any truth to it this is sad to see the remnants of the “Death of a Dynasty.” To read the full document CLICK [HERE]

Jim Jones: Thin Line Between Love & Hate

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The good folk over at Complex conducted an interview with Dipset Capo, Byrd Gang Boss Jim Jones, who elaborated on why he has a deep-seeded disgust for his nemesis Jay-Z.  He lets on to the fact that it is indeed a  very thin line between love & hate.  Not only did he admit that Jay was once his favorite, but he actually liked Success off of American Gangster with Nas.  He also speaks on an encounter he had with Cam on New Years Eve, at a bank of all places.  He speaks on his admiration for Dame as a businessman, his upcoming projects and answers questions about the origin of his “swag.”  Below are some excerpts from the interview but peep how Jones acknowledges the effect of going “viral” :

 How important is Internet marketing now?Jim Jones: Very important. Everything is viral! I just learned that word the other day?everything is fucking viral. I guess that’s the Internet, MySpace and YouTube and Bossip.com, all that type of shit.

When’s the last time you spoke to Cam?_

Jim Jones: Last time I saw him was Christmas Eve, we were both in the bank doing bank withdrawals. In the best place we could ever run into each other, in the bank ’cause we’re getting money, ya dig? That’s that Diplomat shit right there. Ain’t that the best place to run into somebody, like “What’s up? I’m coming to get a quick $30K, what you coming to get,” he’s like “I’m about to get a quick $40K,” I’m like shit we’re still getting money, I can’t get mad. That’s just for Christmas, just for the pocket.

C: Did he mention anything to you about going on stage with 50?(Click here)

Jim Jones: Jones: He can’t tell me what I can do. I’m a grown man, I’m a boss of this shit, what I do for my own career and what I do for publicity is what I do. I always have my own edge, and there’s a method to my madness. It works for me and it works for us at the end of the day. I got a song with Game right now, so nobody can tell me what the fuck to do, and when to do it. I do what the fuck I want to do if it makes sense for me, and where I’m goin’. As long as it’s not going to taint the brand, you can’t tell me shit

 CLICK HERE for the full story

Fight The Powers That Be

Check this clip out from QD3 titled “Rappers vs. Bush” capturing Hip Hop artists voicing their contempt for the current administration and their thoughts on the political process…classic

“If you don’t vote you’re not going to die, you’ll just live terribly”                                                                                           -Killer Mike

The Youtube (Accidental) Audition (NY TIMES ARTICLE)

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By JOZEN CUMMINGS

NY TIMES ARTICLE LINK

The idea of a star being born from Web video isn’t new. There was Lonelygirl15, for instance, the fictional teenager whose YouTube videos drew an international audience last year.

But the Web is usually where those stars stay. Which is why it was notable this year when the director Chris Robinson featured a largely unknown kid named Samgoma Edwards in the rapper Jay-Z’s latest video. Back in 2004, Edwards, who was then 11, began a collection of homemade music videos for Jay-Z songs with the help of an older brother and a friend. The series, which they called “Young Hov Project” and posted on YouTube, featured Edwards as Jay-Z — a no-brainer role for a young man who looked so much like the rapper. The videos soon went viral and won Edwards and his partners many fans, including Robinson.

So when Robinson began looking for someone to play a teenage Jay-Z in the video for the hit song “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is. . .),” all his casting director had to do was log on to YouTube. Though more than 100 people ultimately auditioned for the part, “it had always been in the back of my mind that this is someone I needed to work with,” Robinson says of Edwards.

In the final cut of the video, which appeared on national television in November, shots of the real Jay-Z partying at his 40/40 nightclub are juxtaposed against shots of Edwards as Jay-Z in 1988 partying at a community center. With his uncanny imitation of Jay-Z — and his accidental audition, courtesy of YouTube — Edwards steals the show.

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