Hello, After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.
Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.
The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future….
This guy needs to get millions for his upcoming lawsuit against these corrupt police officers.
A shocking video is now making its way around the Internet. The video involves a man who was under police suspicion for selling drugs, even though he wasn’t selling anything illegal. The man, Donald Andrews Jr., ran a smoke shop in Schenectady County, New York.
Law enforcement officials in the area were suspicious of the man and regularly sent undercover officers to do surveillance on his store. During one trip, an officer is caught in plain view of store cameras pulling out a small bit of crack cocaine and putting it on the counter when no one was looking.
The legendary ‘Lena Horne’ has passed away at the age of 92. She deserves to recognized by all you R&B starlets who have benefited from her struggle in this entertainment business, when racism ruled the day and you did not enjoy the smoozing with white audiences that we have today.
You performed back then as strictly entertainment for white crowds and were not treated as a diva in anyway. So as you walk your little dogs, and spend mounds of money and Gucci and Louis Vuitton remember who paved the way. The legend Lena Horne passes away at 92.
READ THE FULL STORY HERE….
Source : Huff Post
Luckily nobody was shot, cause that would have turned this into a reel tragedy.
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On June 25th we lost one of the Greatest performers of all time in Michael Jackson. Rather than spend all of our time weeping, we took to the streets to celebrate life of the King of Pop and his many contributions to us his fans!
New Yorker, Ray Fiore gets the party started on West 3rd out side of Negril when he drives up in his eccentrically painted car and begins blasting our favorite Michael Jackson hits.
For More of New York Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson visit:
“Man in the Mirror” on West 3rd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rm6DzKIqsQ)
“Thriller” on West 3rd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii6KMhqwm9k)
Is Bloomberg sending the right message by siding with Israel in the middle of conflict?
NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is heading to Israel along with police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and New York Rep. Gary Ackerman.
Spokesman Andrew Brent says the mayor “is going in order to show his support for Israel.”
The trip comes as Israel launches a ground offensive in Gaza following eight days of punishing airstrikes that failed to halt militant rocket attacks on Israel.
Bloomberg is scheduled to spend Sunday meeting with the mayors of Sderot and Ashkelon and with New Yorkers who have moved to Israel. He’s expected to be back in New York by Monday morning
The mayor has already voiced his support for Israel in recent days, saying he believes Israel has a right to defend itself.
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.
Props to 2 Dopeboyz for uploading this spread for reality show starlet Hoopz.
I am just curious as to all the stars that came out of The Flavor Flav star making hub,if he gets his just due and a check for making these hamburgers into t-bone steaks? Sad reality is probably not. Anyway enjoy Hoopz and go over and cop an issue of King Magazine.
Wanna see what’s going on in London in real-time? Well, thanks to an underground digital broadband telescope now you can. The Telectroscope links visual images of what is taking place near the Thames with images of what is going on at the same time at Fulton Ferry Landing by the Brooklyn Bridge. A HD camera is attached to a broadband connection that is connected from one end of the Atlantic to the other, submerged underwater. The kooky idea, originally drafted early last century, was spawned by a child’s dream of digging to the other side of the Earth. For more on this story CLICK [HERE]
New New York Gov David Paterson isn’t finished at the Confessional. During an interview with NY1 Paterson said he’d tried cocaine a number of times as well as smoked some reefer but those days are behind him.
Dominic Carter: You have?
David Paterson: Yes
Dominic Carter: Marijuana?
David Paterson: Yes
Dominic Carter: Cocaine?
David Paterson: Yes
America’s favorite passtime has returned for a third go-around…that’s right folks Flavor Flav is reloading with a Flavor of Love Part3. Still on a quest for “Mrs. Right” the folks at VH1 were so considerate to give Flav another chance at love after Ms. New York dominated reality TV last season with her runaway hit show, I Love New York 2. Viewers can get a preview of the cast and a glimpse of video clips of the show at FlavorOfLoveWorld.com, VH1’s supported social network that will keep fans closer to the cast for the very first time. The show premiers on Monday, February 11 at 9PM. Below are some of the girls that will be featured this season:
Is nothing sacred anymore? The controversy over bottled water has hit a new crescendo with this new study conducted by 20/20 that has proved what people have long feared…there is no difference between tap and bottled water! Five brands were sent to a lab and compared to the filthiest tap on the planet, New York City faucet water. Poland Spring, Iceland Spring, Aquafina, Evian and K-Mart distributed American Fare were compared and test results showed no difference between the Big Five and NY tap. Then they conducted a blind taste test and tap fared better then some of the bigger brands. They also dished the dirt on where these waters originate from since none of them are true to their brand. Dasani and Aquafina are actually reprocessed tap water, and American Fare came out on top in the taste test. Disturbing? Read more by clicking HERE
Editor’s Note: You mean to tell me they had me paying $2 for bottled water this summer and that sh*t was tap! Damn, these folks is trifling.