[video] The World Stops for the King of Pop Memorial (STICKY POST)

Even in his farewell, Michael Jackson has united people acoss the world and provided us with an opportunity to focus on the power of love rather than on our differences. Anyone who tuned into the live broadcast of the memorial for the King of Pop would at the very least have been moved when Paris Jackson tearfully told the world that “my daddy was the best father.”

While receiving worldwide coverage, Michael Jackson’s memorial was heartfelt and intimate as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz, Usher, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Motown founder Barry Gordy, Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and Bernice King shared their stories.

From Magic Johnson’s story of Michael Jackson enjoying Kentucky Fried Chicken to Al Sharpton telling Paris, Blanket and Prince that there wasn’t anything strange about their father brought truth center stage.

With such a beautiful out pour of love for Michael as he is laid to rest, we cannot help but wish that he was here see and feel our embrace. What if we would have stood up for him when mainstream media sought to destroy him. Only after his death do we hear so many public professions of love and stern proclamations of Michael’s innocence against the child molestation allegations.

Even the admission of Jordan Chandler that his father pushed him to lie on Michael Jackson is not enough to shield MJ from the critics venom as we were forced to listen to damning speculations and negativity that usurped his legend in the mainstream media throughout the week. And while critics took shots, the fans persistently celebrated his life with tributes from NYC to China.

In this, I hope we learn that it is our obligation to stand up for truth and seize the moment to share our love for each other while time allows. Furthermore, we understand that we, the people, the public, have the power to shape to provoke and accomplish real change.

Thank you Michael.

[video] Russell Brings New Poetry Slam to HBO


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Going one-step beyond his critically-acclaimed Def Poetry series, hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons has linked up with HBO once again for a new show documenting the lives of young, aspiring poets.Described as “one part Def Poetry Jam and two parts documentary,” Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices follows teens from New York, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Sante Fe, Honolulu and San Francisco as they prepare to face off in the National Youth Poetry Slam Competition.

The contest, which took place last year, is a part of Youth Speaks’ annual four-day Brave New Voices Festival in Washington, D.C.The series will be narrated by rapper/actress Queen Latifah and will feature a cameo from Idris Elba (The Wire) who hosted the poetry slam finals. Brave New Voices premieres this Sunday (April 5) at 11p.m. EST on HBO

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Two New Hip Hop Magazines Set To Debut

Although we reported last week that magazine sales were slipping, there will be two new additions on magazine stands for you to chose from. The first new offering is The Hip-Hop Business Journal which promises to “fill a void for many Generation X and Y enthusiasts of the culture who are interested in aspects of hip hop that transcends the traditional music and fashion topics that saturate current Hip-hop offerings.”

There will be a heavy emphasis on entrepreneurship, wealth management and education which will serve as a relief from the cookie-cutter formula that the majority of today’s zine’s have been following. The next magazine debuting from Vegas Style Publishing is Video Star Magazine and the area of focus in this venture is the emerging talent that is featured in television, movie and video. Both entities will be accompanied by an internet component that promises to deliver HD quality footage to the viewer.

Both full-gloss mags will be hitting the racks on May 10. Queen Latifah will be gracing the cover of the first inaugural issue of The Hip Hop Business Journal and newcomer Bianca Shadai will be doing the honors on the cover of Video Stars debut issue. Expect the bodacious Deelishis to be holding down issue two.

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