Obama Graces Cover of Newsweek, Debuting May 25


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In an interview with the May 25 issue of Newsweek Magazine, President Barack Obama opened up about how his family is dealing with life in The White House — and how that might change once his tween daughters become teenagers.

“You know, the nice thing is that, partly because of temperament, partly because of Michelle’s unbelievable parenting skills, I’ve just got some happy, normal kids,” the Commander-In-Chief says of daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia, 7. “And all that stuff that’s going on around them, they just kind of miss. We have not seen any effects, any fishbowl effects, yet on them.”

“Now, I worry about them when they’re teenagers where, you know, you’re already embarrassed about your parents and even more embarrassed on TV all the time,” he explains. “And dating I think will be an issue because I have men with guns surrounding them at all times [laughter], which I’m perfectly happy with, but they may feel differently about it.”

Q-Tip Tells Newsweek About Industry Rule #2080


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In an interview with Newsweek’s Seth Walls, rapper Q-Tip shares his opinions on the industry and “record company people.”

The former frontman of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip released his second studio album, The Renaissance, on November 4, 2008.
It took the Queens native close to a decade to release a second studio album due to a various number of label issues. Due to these label issues, Q-Tip’s expected second studio album entitled Kamaal The Abstract was shelved.

“My thing is not like McDonald’s, where you go in and get fast results,” Q-Tip explained to Newsweek. “My thing is like a gumbo or a turkey dinner-you got to let it cook and marinate…I’m not a radio dude; I’m about the long-term. It was like that with Tribe, and it’s like that now.”

Even without an outrageous number of marketing campaigns, Q-Tip’s The Renaissance was still able to reach the Number 11 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
“Their model for getting numbers is broken,” Q-Tip explained. “They realize it, but they don’t have any solutions. They all seem shook. A&R departments need people who really know music. That way, they can make records that last a long time, because eventually it’s going to be about the whole catalog selling again. Especially in these hard times, people want to make sure that their dollar is going to something that’s worth something.”

Now signed to Motown/Universal Records, Q-Tip recently regained the rights to the master tapes of Kamaal The Abstract and plans on putting out the album himself.

NEWSWEEK Poll Shows Obama Opening 15 Point Lead on McCain

Obama is off to the races

“Let the races begin!…Is this what they mean by Gallup Poll?”

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The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows the Democrat with a 15-point lead over McCain

Barack finally has his bounce. For weeks many political experts and pollsters have been wondering why the race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain had stayed so tight, even after the Illinois senator wrested the nomination from Hillary Clinton. With numbers consistently showing rock-bottom approval ratings for President Bush and a large majority of Americans unhappy with the country’s direction, the opposing-party candidate should, in the normal course, have attracted more disaffected voters. Now it looks as if Obama is doing just that. A new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that he has a substantial double-digit lead, 51 percent to 36 percent, over McCain among registered voters nationwide.
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Newsweek: Lil Wayne’s World

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Lil Wayne on the set of 106 and Park holding a blinged out styrofoam cup containing cough syrup. Photo by Gary He   /  AP

Now that the mainstream press has finally picked up on LIL Wayne it will be a real bitch for the real Hip Hop media(bloggers stand up) to get an interview with him, especially with the Chuck T controversy still hanging around. I hope Chuck T has all his projects ready to go because he will never again get this kind of press. Wayne speaks on this controversy with the dweebs at Newsweek(sorry Brian).

The record leaked a couple of days ago. This DJ, Chuck T, is claiming that he leaked it. This album was delayed a year because of another leak. What goes through your mind after all this, that the week before the official release there’s this leak?

Nothing goes through my mind. It harms me in no way because, first of all, I am good music. Bootlegged or not, what you just heard, or what you will hear, is great. And that’s the point I’m trying to get across at the end of the day and the beginning of the morning: that I’m great. Things I say have value and I would love for you to value them, however you get it. I don’t really care about the leak or the DJs that’s leaking it. I’m glad that people even care enough about it to make this situation a topic.

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