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    May 20, 2006
    my my my.........
    Carmello @ a Teen People Magazine Soiree [source: C&I]
    No tryna call no body out, but is he even 21?
    Is that a drinky drink I see in his hand?
    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/20/2006 06:03:00 PM   0 comments
    one more point.......
    Now...Im not gonna sit here and front like...I don't know which clubs are the "white" vs "black" in Baltimore....I identify certain clubs as such as well. It's just that to me hip hop is the common denominator so we have to meet some where in between or hip hop will suffer. I never see advertisements for Hip Hop events held in those other/"white" clubs in the places where alot of the people I know hang out. The only reason why I know about anything out side of stuff my friends and associates or I give is because I REALLY dig. Is that because they don't want us there or is it because they are doing alright without us already or is it because they don't have anyone on thier team to really promote? I see this as a real issue. I see this as a bigger issue than the radio any day. The radio helps some people to sell records and others....NOTHING. Soooo....how to close the gap is the challenge i say! Why do i have to be such a revolutionary? Why can't I just be happy with my dang blog?
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    This and the previous aforemetioned blog entries was/are nothing major...LOL! It just gave me a reason to vent.
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    ......MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove

    Lata!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/20/2006 11:10:00 AM   2 comments
    May 19, 2006
    He needs to go awn and call Tyrone!!!
    Way to show you appreciate all your sugar mama's hard work!
    K -Fed looks really G'd up inthis pic!
    What's up with his mens???
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/19/2006 02:05:00 PM   0 comments
    Is my mic on?? ....is this 06 or 66???

    Source :

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    When I heard Tony Snow use the term "tar baby" while responding to a question in his first televised Press conference today, it actually startled me. Doesn't Tony understand what that phrase means to many people in this country?
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    Video-WMP Video-QT (rough transcript)
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    "..........CBS REPORTER: Why not declassify [the NSA's call records database]? I mean, the President did talk about the surveillance program a day after the New York Times broke that story. This would seem to affect far more people and it did sound like the President was confirming that story today when he was answering questions.
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    SNOW: If you go back and look through what he said, there was a reference of foreign to domestic calls. I am not going to stand up here and presume to declassify any kind of program. That is a decision the President has to make. I can't confirm or deny it. The President was not confirming or denying. Again, I would take you back to the USA Today story to give you a little context. Look at the poll that appeared the following day [...] something like 65% of the public was not troubled by it. Having said that, I don't want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program... the alleged program, the existence of which I can neither confirm or deny............"
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    I asked Judd at Think Progress about it and he agreed. TP then explains to Tony the problem with using that term:

    Based on the context of the term, we believe you meant tar baby to mean: "a situation almost impossible to get out of; a problem virtually unsolvable."
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    But in "American lore," the expression tar baby is also a racial slur "used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people." Use of the term has resulted in people being fired.
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    As Random House notes, "some people suggest avoiding the use of the term in any context." Now that you are no longer at Fox News, you may want to take them up on their advice.
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    ( h/t David Edwards for vid!)
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    More......
    Don't get me started on Couric [my girl, too]
    .....she has absolutely NO spine! DAMN!
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    Snow's defense .....WEAK!
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    Looks like George Bush's spokesperson don't care about Black folk either!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/19/2006 01:42:00 PM   0 comments
    Mobb Deep needs to hop on the "SOS" remix ( HEEEEEEEEEELP!!!)

    [Source: Nah Right....b/c I couldn't have said it better]:

    With Mobb Deep's 2nd week numbers at about 36,675, I'm gonna go ahead and call this one as a flop. Time of death: 5-16-06, 9:15 p.m. I hope all of you people who said the G-Unit move was a good look, and those of you who got tattoo's and praised your boss like he was the Second Coming, are happy with yourselves.
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!
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    Folk are starting to say that Jayonce may have been ova for a min!!! Ahhhh man! I hope not! I like them together - NOW! Crazy thing...last week I read that his new flame was Tierra Marie. I mean...not likely, but how else can you explain them putting money behind her sophomore album.
    whad t whaaaaaaaaad?
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    Anyways....thanks Dana for the link:

    Does Jay-Z have himself a new R&B hottie? The rumor mill suggests that Jay-Z and his girl Beyonce are on the rocks courtesy of the mogul's new 18-year-old crossover sensation, Rihanna.
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    According to MediaTakeOut.com, witnesses who saw the couple at a recent New Jersey Nets game say Beyonce went off on Jigga after he reportedly spent 15 minutes talking to Rihanna on his cell phone.
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    A source sitting close to the couple said Beyonce yelled, "Why do you keep talking to her," then stormed out of the arena before Jay could respond.
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    Rihanna, whose current single "S.O.S." just clocked its third week atop Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, was also spotted out with Jay-Z in New York last month while Beyonce was in Los Angeles accepting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her former group, Destiny's Child.
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    Also, Jay and Rihanna reportedly attended business meetings as artist and label head, dined together at Cipriani's and were seen entering one of the private rooms at Jay Z's 40/40 club, where both reportedly stayed behind doors by themselves for more than four hours, according to a source.
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    Weeeeeeeeeeeelll!!! Jigga seems like he would be the type that HAS to wear the pants in his relationship. He is obviously a strong man...so naturally he would be drawn to strong women
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    .....I've found that only a few man can swallow their pride and let the lady in their life shine. Sometimes its just easier to get you a nice piece of eye candy and call it a day. I wonder if Beyonce's virtuoso is starting to work his nerves.
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    ".....Fuck it, I might wife you and buy you nice whips
    Ma, but you really gotta ride nice dick
    Know how to work your hips and your head's priceless
    Profess you love the Hov', and I'll never let you down
    Get you bling like the Neptune sound
    Okay, hot Hov', too hot to hold
    Ladies love me long time like 2Pac's soul
    Only way to roll, Jigga and two ladies
    I'm too cold, Motorola, two way page me, c'mon"
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    It's confirmed....
    He definitely has a thing for dancers....
    [pic source: Cake and Ice Cream]
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    Rihanna - SOS


    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/19/2006 10:43:00 AM   2 comments
    No Doubt.....Baltimore has produced a few Rotten Apples

    (stream)
    (Mp3)
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    A few weeks back...I mentioned that quite a few rappers are from Bmore, but no longer claim this as their home town b/c many have put down roots elsewhere. Well...Lloyd Banks is one of them. I am still on the prowl for an actual quote, but I'm sure ole boy lived here.
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    Listen for a min ....peep this new Timbo banga! Big Ups to my peoples, Joe!!! He came through with the goods!
    Go Lloyd! but he kinda sounds like someone else
    ...can't put my finger on it tho! ENJOY!
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    I hope one of those links work!
    " I'll house you....Girl, you in my house now"
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    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    I've posted more new MUSIC!!!!
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    edit:
    AllHipHop: Is it true you are originally from Baltimore?
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    Lloyd Banks: I was born in Baltimore. I was born on the run, I grew up in Queens. The only reason why I was born in Baltimore was because my pops was on the run at the time. He took my moms with him to Baltimore, I stayed there for about a year or two then came back to Queens.
    Thanks, Al!!!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/19/2006 10:36:00 AM   7 comments
    Groove Stu DVD Screening & After Party @ Edens Lounge

    GROOVE STU LIVE &DIRECT DVD SCREENING
    MONDAY, MAY 22,2006
    THE CHARLES ST THEATER
    6:00PM
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    "FREE ADMISSSION" with ticket!*
    SPONSORED BY COORS LIGHT
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    CALL DIMITRI @ 443-831-5824
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    LIGHT BUFFET AND LIVE PERFORMANCE BY GROOVE STU !!!!!!!!!!!
    A TOTALLY FREEE EVENING OF "GROWN & SEXY"!!!
    What more could you want!!!
    mwah!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/19/2006 09:59:00 AM   0 comments
    Afram 2006 - Performance slot up for grabs!!!!
    OST AAHF Hip Hop Competition
    Sponsored by Blackout Studios, The Flywire, and Visionary Marketing Group
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    In Search of ONE amazing act to represent Baltimore at the area's hottest festival: The African American Heritage Festival
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    The competition will take place with two preliminary rounds on
    Tuesday, May 23rd and May 30th
    with the Finals on June 6th @ Organic Soul Tuesdays 218 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD more info: www.organicsoultuesdays.com
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    Entry Fee: $5 (regular OST admission)
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    Rules of the contest
    1. No profanity (family festival)
    2. Contestants must supply their own tracks and or musicians.
    3. Time limit: 5-minute preliminary round audition &10 minute final for qualifying contestants
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    How to participate:
    Sign Up in advance by emailing hiphopslot@blackoutstudios.com with the subject line: AAHF 2006
    Include Group/artist Name, Phone, and contact name. You will be notified of acceptance based on space prior to the 23rd. The competition is limited to serious and dynamic applicants on a first come-first served basis. Only the first 15-20 acts to respond will be allowed to compete. No walk-ups!!!
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    How the contest works:
    For notified participants check-in is at 7:30 p.m. Two qualifying rounds, with each contestant performing 5 minutes, on May 23rd and May 30th will yield one finalist each. The two finalists will perform for 10 minutes each on June 6th.
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    The Winner will get a 25-minute opening slot for the Old School Hip Hop All-Stars and $250 (Doug E Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Biz Mark E etc) on Friday, June 16, 2006 at the African American Heritage Festival at Camden Yards.
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    Performers....the time to act is NOW!!!! There are always thousands of people at this show!!! Great exposure is guaranteed!!! For more info....visit www.blackoutstudios.com
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    Thanks, Olu!!! This is a great opportunity you all are offering!!! Stay Beautiful!!!
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    ..............& if you have any questions that they can't answer....or if you are bored.....holla at me @ www.myspace.com/clove and I'll see what I can do!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/19/2006 08:34:00 AM   0 comments
    May 18, 2006
    Black Clubs = Bad experience???
    I am not 100% sure how I fit into the larger puzzle, but one of my personal goals is to become a "familiar" voice for Baltimore Hip Hop. I have made a few blunders along the way, but every day I progress. I have grown increasingly aware of the dangers that have hindered this area's progress in the past and will continue to do so unless we enact some change immediately. The immediate change that is required concerns our thinking. Because I know this to be true...I am very careful about the words I used to describe things.
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    Disclaimer: I am NOT tryna pick on him...because I think his blog [Status Ain't Hood] and other writing [Pitchfork/ City Paper] is on point, but when I read the following line....I was kinda perplexed [for lack of a better word].
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    ".....The track*s organic thump resonates with Miami*s bass history and the stranglehold that mutant house music still holds on Baltimore*s black clubs, but it could work just as well in New York, where hopefully an Afrika Bambaataa sample can still trigger memories the same way a dusty jazz loop can....."[source: 4/17/06]
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    Which are the *white* clubs and which are the *black* clubs in Baltimore? And what do those distinctions mean? Thanks Tom for gettin this party started!!! LOL!
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    Aiiiiiiiight!!! I am no dummy....the division in the scene would be OBVIOUS to Stevie Wonder, but until recently it never even mattered to me. I hang out with people I am familiar with....so for the most part...I*d always hung out with black people. It wasn't until I started getting really involved with local rap that I started to realize that white folk wanted to hear more than Green Day in the club. I was ignorant and lacked exposure. I care now. Shucks ...there are some white folk that are bigger Hip Hop junkies than I...That's whats up!!! Buuuuuuuuut...I never made a decision to not go to a place because it was a "white" club. I wonder....do white people make the decision to not attend events at let*s say...The 5 Seasons because it's been added to white Baltimore*s list of "black" clubs? I have given plenty events at the 5 Seasons and always put my flyers in the same spots that Sonar advertises as well as the other spots like Good Love, Ottobar, Fletchers, Red maple....shucks I live in Charles Village....Record and Tape Traders is next door to my "hang out"....But I can literally count on my hands how many non-black faces I*ve ever seen in the spot. What's up with that?? How can I get a copy of that list?
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    Is it my name?.....Does C Love sound "Black"???...LOL!
    Is it the name of the event? I guess *Get Throwed* is out of the question for the next show!!!
    Is it the design of the flyer [what looks black or *ghetto*? Nooooow....I do see how the first *In the Field Flyer* was crossing the line...LOL!]
    is it the venue??? I view the club scene and Hip Hop scenes as 2 separate entities. Maybe that is where the problems with labels begin. Have we made the mistake of not picking venues that white people already frequent.
    Are the drink specials [or lack thereof] indicative of a black sponsored event???
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    Please...tell me!!! I am asking all this b/c I want to do better! I don't want to be known for giving *black* events if that is a bad thing. But if that is the case...WHY?...when we love Hip Hop [Do you know what Hip Hop iz?]....Im confused
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    There are very few events where there is an equal sampling of the Baltimore population. This has to improve!!! None of us will truly experience the joy that TRUE diversity could bring. I love that Hip Hop has enabled me to form friendships and alliances with people of other races, nationalities and persuasions....I wish others could feel a lil bit of what I feel.
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    Creating more of a melting pot at Baltimore Hip Hop events is one of the biggest obstacles that must be overcome. Our artists need the support of EVERYONE. Ghood music is supposed to be ghood music.....white folk know what is hot just like we do....and I am SORRY, but some of those local groups [who happen to also be white] that KEEP ON getting booked at SONAR suck!!!! Why give the people the impression that there is only one viewpoint that deserves consideration. We need to start spicing these shows up a bit!!!
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    I pray that the people who are out here writing under stand that since not many other people are mentioning us by name...we are responsible for shaping public perception. I am always very curious about what others think about our city....I love the fact that everyone sees something different. I appreciate the bouncing of ideas. I just pray that people give Baltimore Hip Hop [regardless if it's at a black club or white] a chance. Lots of Baltimore artists are on Myspace ...really trying to get their name out there. Get to know them....check out MY page...I switch my music up often. Find a few acts that you like and when you see they have a show advertised GO. That should be your thought process. I have been going to events for almost 2 years on a regular basis and the only fight I EVER saw was at a *white* club....feel me. People*s perceptions of Baltimore will determine if they are willing to venture out to a club or event.....can we all promise to keep that in mind. I could say stuff that would make black people not want to go to some of the "white" clubs, but I don*t cause at the end of the day....It's all Hip Hop & opportunities are already limited.
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    As time goes on....I hope that more people will come out of the wood work and start talking about Baltimore Hip Hop. This is the only way that Baltimore as a whole can generate a buzz...a BUZZ for Baltimore as a whole is the only way that the whole City can benefit from our music.
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    If anyone wants to talk about how we can get some collaborative efforts together that will bring everyone together ...let*s talk. Make sure you are ready to keep it real or please believe I will call you on it. I can*t stand phony *ss people.

    Food for thought:
    Have black people stop liking Hip Hop?
    Do we not like being around one another or around other races?
    Do the promoters at the traditionally white clubs not care about the black dollar?
    Is our presence not desired? If not, why? Are we perceived as trouble makers? Does our presence take away from the authenticity of the event? I ask myself the question of...."does it take away from the authenticity of the event"...because it seems like the only events that are labeled and celebrated as "real hip hop" generally are being given by non-black people.
    Are we just harder to impress? Do we expect more from the acts than non-blacks?
    Are all the things that are said about our superficialness true?
    Does it take for someone else to show us something is hot before it becomes hot?

    These are the kind of questions I ask myself?
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    Other stuff in the NEWS:

    I found out that there is NEW show on UPN that is set in a Baltimore barbershop. Who's seen *Cuts*?
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    WBAL Health Alert
    Police: Gangs Recruiting Elementary Kids
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    Baltimore's Rebel Sun is here to let all you fake gangstas out there know a thing or 2 about living in a war zone.
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    Big Titts - EVERY girl's dream
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    ......The Q remains the best rap station I*ve ever heard, far-reaching and good-natured and locally connected to the point where they*ll throw an hour-long old-school Baltimore club mix on at noon on a Wednesday, with virtually no bourgie silk-shirt slow jams except during the obligatory midnight-love show...
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    They need to give you a job!!! Great writing!!!
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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/18/2006 02:14:00 PM   5 comments
    May 17, 2006
    Bangin Beats music featured in a new 1-woman stage show @ The Theater Project



    Walk a Mile in My Drawers

    May 18-21 (OPENS TOMORROW)
    Written and Performed by Joyce J. Scott
    Directed by Donald Hicken
    With music by Baltimore's Own Beat Magician - Kariz (Bangin Beats)
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    WOW! Big Ups to you, Riz!!! You know...you are my peeps!!! I am so happy to see you recieving the proper platform for your work. You are truly ahead of your time.
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    Baltimore's own internationally renowned visual and performance artist Joyce J. Scott returns to the Theatre Project stage in a show that examines the risks of exposing herself to the world. She incorporates her provocative humor with original music in this new piece. This show is funded, in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    More Information.
    Thurs-Sat @ 8; Sun @ 3.
    Tickets $16 General, $11 Students and Seniors.
    Box Office: 410-752-8558 or www.missiontix.com.

    When I'm not out and about....I'm on MYSPACE

    Damn...them some big azzz drawers for real!...LOL!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/17/2006 12:17:00 PM   0 comments
    Xpress Yourself!!!

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    Featuring the regions very best SPOKEN WORD, HIP HOP, R&B, AND MORE!!!!
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    TONIGHT'S FEATURES INCLUDE:
    • MS. STRESS "THE MADAME OF MURDALAND"
    • SOULFUL R&B SINGER "GREEN TEA" FROM DC
    HOSTED BY: JAHIPSTER (aaaaaaaah, shucks, Dr. Hips in da house)
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    MUSIC BY: DJ JAMES COLLINS OF FERTILE GROUND
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    SYMONE'S SOUL FOOD CAFE (GOOD EATING & LIVE ENT.)
    8700-A LIBERTY RD. - LIBERTY PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER RANDALLSTOWN, MD. 21133
    EVERY WEDNESDAY - 7PM TO 10PM
    OPEN MIC FROM 7:30 TO 8:00,
    FEATURED ARTIST FROM 8:00 TO 8:30,
    MORE OPEN MIC FROM 8:30 TO 9:00
    BOOKED PERFORMER FROM 9:00 TO 9:15
    NETWORKING ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION/CYPHER FROM 9:15 TO 10PM
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    SYMONE'S SOUL CAFE: 410-655-8500
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    & WHEN YOU GET A FEW......check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/17/2006 11:01:00 AM   2 comments
    Charm City
    Ever wonderd how we became known as Charm City?
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    Here are a few clues:
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    "Charm City" is an example of a coined city nickname that has stuck. One article below gives a 1975 date, but it's clearly from 1974. Ad man Bill Evans coined it.
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    .......20 August 1992, Daily Record (Baltimore, MD), pg. 3:
    After more than 30 years as the creative force behind Baltimore's biggest, and most colorful advertising agencies, Bill Evans, the man who nicknamed Baltimore "Charm City" is taking down his dart board.
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    Evans, who is retiring this week as chairman emeritus of Gray Kirk/VanSant, was the point man for a creative team that local advertising executives say brought Baltimore its first national industry recognition.
    (...)
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    Evans also gets the credit for coining Baltimore's ersatz nickname, "Charm City". In the late 1970s, before the Inner Harbor, Evans was assigned to help Baltimore polish its image with tourists. With little more than Ft. McHenry to bring people here, that proved to be no easy task, he said.
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    "Decaying wharfs, rats, hoboes. That was downtown Baltimore. It was pretty bad looking," he recalled.
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    Evans decided the city could direct visitors to other "Charm City" landmarks - parks, churches, Fort Mc Henry, Washington Monument, Memorial Stadium - by offering a charm bracelet at a tourist information center.
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    At each site, visitors could pick up a new charm for their bracelets. The city liked the Charm City moniker, but backed off the bracelet idea. Even though the campaign is long dead, the nickname still sticks.
    Hope this helps!!!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/17/2006 07:00:00 AM   0 comments
    May 16, 2006
    Hate it or love it..the underdog is on top!

    Naaaaaaaaaah.....its not that late.....SHUT UP!!!! As with everything else I do....it's right on time [yeah....Im feelin myself today!] Get Rich or Die Trying just came out on DVD the week of April 02, 2006. I've been preoccupied!!!!

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    Sure.........I could just talk about the movie......but that would not be ME................so walk with me or click HERE and go awn about your b.i.

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    Erebody else............
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    VS
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    SYNOPSIS
    IN
    THEATERS NOVEMBER 9, 2005
    With GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN, rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson follows in the footsteps of his musical counterpart, Eminem (8 MILE), by giving movie stardom a shot. Directed by Jim Sheridan (IN AMERICA, MY LEFT FOOT) and written by Terence Winter, the film tells a fictionalized version of 50 Cent's own troubled life story. Marcus is a quiet young man who adores his loving mother (Serena Reeder). But after she is brutally murdered in an apparent drug deal gone wrong, Marcus heads down the wrong road himself. He abandons high school to sell drugs for local kingpin Levar (Bill Duke) and his underling, Majestic (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Years later, when he reunites with his childhood sweetheart (Joy Bryant) and is thrown in jail, Marcus decides to leave drug selling behind in order to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a rapper. Unfortunately, Majestic doesn't want to let him go, resulting in a tragedy that might destroy his life forever. Much like Curtis Hanson with 8 MILE, Sheridan seems an unlikely choice to direct an urban drama about the blossoming of a gangsta rapper. But that is exactly what makes his film so refreshing. Photographed with a gritty tenderness by Declan Quinn and featuring another scene-stealing turn from Terrence Howard, GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN is equal parts social commentary, crime thriller, and heartfelt drama. Synopsis & photo source: [rotten tomotoes]

    Sounds pretty unoriginal, but hell......how many totally original movie plots are there? NONE! Execept maybe, "Pootie Tang" [-------->] I ain't never seen no movie like dat before......sheesh!
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    ".....the film tells a fictionalized version of 50 Cent's own troubled life story". What the heck does that mean........LOL!??? They got plot twists for ya before the opening credits even roll. While watching the movie....I couldn't help but ponder (constantly.............he he!), "Which parts are fact and which parts are fiction?" This exercise would have been extremely distracting to the average mere mortal [LOL!], but the mystery combined with the suspense - actually made watching the movie kinda fun.
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    My mind was churning trying to decide who is Curtis and who is Marcus:
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    How did 50 develop his trademark drawl? - did his voice sound like that before being shot in his cheek? Was he shot in his cheek?


    "Comin' up I was confused my momma kissin a girl" - was his momma gay???


    The main antagonist in the movie was referred to as "Majestic" - in 50's real life, much of his history with Kenneth "
    Supreme" Mc Griff is public knowledge. Majestic...Supreme...I see the similaritires. 50 has even mentioned him in songs. It has also been suggested that Mc Griff was in some way involved in the murder of 50's real life mother as was the case with Majestic in the movie. [Side note: there is actually a "Free Supreme" MYSPACE page]
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    Didn't 50 mention that he lived with his grandma? - In the movie, Marcus lives with Grandma.
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    Was Terrance Howard Sha Money XXL? - if so................that ninja is a Bad mofo!!!
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    Im tryna figure out if the Majestic "pitbull" in the movie was Domination or Bang um Smurf [silver back gorillas]?.... & was the "Dangerous" character Ja Rule???? ....& who is the crack smokin snitch in the movie - in real life??? Where do the d*mn lines blur????

    I could prolly come up with a few more if I had time......

    Most of the mainstream critics [ Ebert being one of the few exceptions] panned this film EARLY. According to the Internet Movie Database, Get Rich or Die Trying is one of the lowest rated films on (number 27 on the worst rated movies, with a rating of 2.4 out of ten) and is currently featured on its worst 100 list as of February, 2006. At Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of "Rotten" (a score lower than 60%) with only 17% of the reviews being positive.

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    LOL! Dayuuuuum!!! Did it not have any redeeming qualities for anyone outside of Black America??? Most of my peoples thought the movie alright!
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    I can see how the news headlines would make the critics feel like 50 was glamorizing his life by even making a semi-autobiographical film. I mean.....especially when your posters [ALONE] resulted in several protests and canceling of the movie run all together in some locations[above are 2 variations are the posters used to promote the movie].

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    True dat....True dat....he could have dodged the 8 Ball with his first movie and took a part that was far less controversial...But now...that wouldn't be 50 aka "Mr. Controversy"....the man who made his mark by making a song that talked about robbing all the biggest names in rap.

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    My biggest issue with the critics is.......

    What makes his story of trial and error any less enriching than let's say that of "Red Button", the drunkard, one "good eye" having jockey in "Sea Biscuit"? [I loved that movie, by the way] Both had to fend for themselves at early ages and despite their methods...both went on to become highly regarded persons in their respective fields. Both got themselves in some crap they could have avoided. Point being, our life experiences and the choices we make are relative to our personal existence. Both of these men did what they had to do!!! In retrospect, would they have made the same decisions...Maybe, but then again, Maybe not. But without all of the mistakes.....we would have the compelling sucess stories of neither. IMO critics should be given the same instructions as jurors during legal proceedings - "only judge based on what is presented to you" [period]. I think far too many critics went into the theater with preconceived notions and as a result missed the boat. They forgot to wipe off their shit stained glasses before they sat down.

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    FYI: This was not a movie to watch if you were looking to strengthen your belief American values....LOL! What the hell are American values anyway??? This movie offers a glimpse into a "different" reality - ONLY. It was a characterization of a boy coming of age in Jamaica, Queens during the 80-90s. If the existence he [Marcus] lived is foreign to you....I can see how one could label this as another story where the bad guys are portrayed as the hero. But, I THANKFULLY saw something different!! Its is what it is....one man's amazing story!!! I've seen Marcus' story in too many people to name. You REALLY want to talk about something......let's talk about the conditions that are necessary to create a "Marcus". LOL! Nah...I already know that's not gonna happen.....it's so much easier to dissect this movie. Folk may have read waaaaaay more into certain parts than they should......I think far too many critics opted to review a flick they were predisposed to hate.
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    Let'$ give 50 his prop$!!!!
    During the same stretch of time:
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    The Gotti Brothers were indicted and their money laundering trial began. 50's name was all in the news. Text messages were the crux of the government's case. Apparently several of these messages implied that Supreme had ordered the hit on 50 in 2000.

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    Mc Griff's antics finally caught up with him [peep the Baltimore connection] This is the same guy that 50 has named as involved in not only his shooting, but also the killing of Jam Master Jay (Run DMC).
    Also see:
    Feds seek death penalty [source: Vibe].

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    As reported: 1 December 2005 (StudioBriefing)
    Police in Syracuse, NY have blamed the
    50 Cent movie Get Rich or Die Tryin for an increase in gang shootings in the city. In an interview with the Associated Press, police Lt. John Brennan remarked, "The movie glorifies gang life. ... I think it may have opened up some of the wounds between gangs that had been feuding with each other." Two of the shootings occurred in a mall where the movie was being shown, one of them following a fight that took place inside the theater as it was being screened, police said. [source: IMDB news]

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    Ok.........but I didn't see any gangs.....LOL! Ooooooooh wait, Marcus' "crew" was the gang - I guess [symantx].

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    Many of the stars including Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje [
    Majestic] spoke out publicly about the wrong impression the media was giving people about the movie. Who remembers Adabesi from "OZ"??.....he taught me that male homosexuals come in all shapes, sizes and persuasions. I am forever changed. he he!!! Director Jim sheridan mentioned in an article that it pisses him off that "Everybody keeps saying, 'You know, you made a black movie,"....he goes on to say..."And I keep saying, 'No, I made a movie. I made a white movie. I made the same movie if I were making it in Dublin or London or anywhere...."I didn't approach it like it's special. I'm used to Belfast. It's the same." Thank you for that, Mr. Sheridan!!!

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    About the movie
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    Strong points:
    50 was reportedly very involved in the entire creative process....the original name for 50 Cent's movie was "Locked & Loaded", but was later changed by 50 because he felt the title would better resonate with his fans [source:
    Ebay Movies]. I personally agree..... "GRDT" is better!!
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    I could easily follow the story and there was very little "dead air".
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    The cast was amazing....Terrance Howard does it again. This guy can play any part [pimp or preacher] and come across as equally convincing. I am glad to see this guy get his due. The young 50 is such a cutie. He is really growing up!!! Mom played a small, but effective role in the movie. You understood that he had a very loving relationship with his mother - 50 may not be that bad after all! Joy Bryant was great!!! She is so pretty. Grandma and Grandpa were great. I feel like the family life aspects of this movie were the best I've seen. I've never seen a movie where they showed this slice of Black American life. This movie is prolly the closest to my existence and those of the many black people I know. "Times are hard, but we manage."
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    I had a strong grandparent in my life. My grandfather's house was the "drop off" spot for everyone. My grandparents were in no way rich, but they managed to buy a home and raise several generations under the same roof. They lived their version of the American Dream. Cousins, nephews, grandchildren.....all piled up in one twin bed, on the floor or on the couch.....annoying the hell out of one another because our feet touched or gettin mad because it was your turn to sleep next to the cousin that peed in the bed....LOL! Those are they type of memories this movie's family scenes evoked.
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    The "window shopper" scene - took me back to when I was a kid and I used to look at the sneakers in the window wrapped in plastic [lol! Was the plastic sposed to slow down the yellowing process???]............scheming of ways to get my mother to buy them for me instead of those Pro Wings she pointed out in the payless window. No mo payless sneakers for me.....Yes! These are really Nikes, baby!
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    The cinematography was interesting [remember the shot when they showed the transition from young Marcus to teenage "Ceasar". [I BET.......that is the shot that they used on that animated looking Massacre video game cover]
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    The music supervisors did an excellent job of scoring this movie. This was a period piece........so the music and clothing were very essential to creating the allusion of a "particular moment in time". I loved it....50's mom was a real pistol...and you know your boy had a pait of Air Jordans. He was rockin the throwbacks....dudse were prolly in the theater lusting.
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    I don't think I heard any non- 50 music except when he was in the car with his mom. OMG!!! Did that Chaka Khan moment take you back too?? "Baby, Baby when I look at you....." Remember when boys would actually sing the girl parts of songs and not feel all self-conscious.......LOL! Back in the day…my cousin Damon was the biggest Micheal Jackson fan...we used to sit by the record player for hours listening to "PYT" ova and ova again while he would do his dance moves and wear one of my grandmother's white ushering gloves....LOL! Those were the days. The opening sequence and accompanying music made me feel like I was in the car with them. Hot ish!
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    I have to agree with Sheridan....If it weren't a black kid named Marcus.it truly could have been any one....I could just as easily see this story, set in the Appalachian mountains.....and a coal miner's son is trying desperately trying to get out of the moonshine business and break into the highly competitive honky tonk business or........a young Russian boy orphaned at 7 after his mother was murder by her john and after years with the
    Red Mafiya he decides he wants out of the arms business and wants a piece of the America dream..................I could go on and on.........Think outside the box. I think this movie was far less about a young black man coming of age in the 80 & 90s and was far more about a person accomplishing a goal despite the odds - a universally understood and respected aspiration.
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    In closing,

    Not saying this was the best movie in the world, but 50's acting far from sucked. I've developed a greater appreciation for 50, the artist. I thought the pace of the movie was good [not too long..not too short] & the music and costumes were on point [folk earned their guac]. I loved 50's shy "Marcus"............for the first time 50 actually seemed human to me. His vulnerability was endearing. This movie made me realize that I never really looked at him as a real man. I wonder is 50 gonna start calling himself, Curtis Jackson......like your boy Luda......oh my bad call him Mr. Chris Bridges aka the Oscar Winner!

    Overall......I feel this is a great addition to my movie collection. This puppy is NOW sitting right next to BLOW. That's prime real estate!!!! Now......I can't say that I am ready and waiting for the next Curtis Jackson feature film, but I can say.....I won't just start crack up laughing for no reason next time someone says his name and dramatic epic in the same sentence!!! After having grossed over 30 Million + in the theaters alone..........it's safe to say that Curtis Jackson [the actor] is here to say. But then again let me not presume......I assumed the same would happen for Eminem, but it didn’t - go figure!!!

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    In my opinion, the fact that he not only shot a film, recorded a soundtrack of all original music and promoted the movie/DVD in the States and abroad all while so much other stuff was going on in his life really speaks volumes about the determination of 50 cents [I think this is true on the screen and in real life]. He was in the middle of a storm during one of the biggest times of his career. This makes me want to learn more about 50 and has made me more curious about his life......which I think was the plan from the jump!!! I still have questions..............guess I have to buy his next album and see if he will elaborate more.

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    Regardless of whether you believe that most of the story is fact or fiction.....................you can't deny...........in both real life and on the big screen.........."Hate it or love it....the underdog ended up on top"..............Gots to love that!!! Go 50 it$ your Payday!!! I hope you party like its your Birthday!!!
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    If you are interested in further cracking the code.....check out this new book:

    The reviews of it make it seem like it will make for a good read. But, heeeeeeeeeeey…all reviewers' comments should be viewed as entertainment......much like the way you are supposed to review a movie....especially one like Get Rich or Die Trying..... EVERYTHING ain't for everybody!
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    Interesting side note:
    The white Mercedes Marcus (50 cent) drove throughout most of the movie had a sunroof in some shots, and not in others. LOL! I am sure we all have plenty of examples of this happening....but to refresh your memory and to learn about other movie blunders you can use to impress your friends or next date.....you can find more movie mistakes @
    MovieMistakes.com

    I'm not on the big screen like Curtis Jackson YET...........but I'm staring on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove already!!!!

    Hip Hop Lives!!! Watchout NOW!!!

    Edit:

    I know this post was hella long...this was an exercise in free writing. It's great to do it sometimes.....

    The one negative aspect of the movie:

    We didn't see HOW he got on?? I saw the writing of rhymes, but not the actual grind. That was the one part that took away from the whole movie. I don't think they did a good enough job of showing what steps he took in his quest for stardum [when did he ever fail?]. This movie kinda gave the false impression that him wanting to rap was all he needed to become this mega star, Ceasar. That was kinda weak..... & the ending was kinda blah! Unlike 8 Mile's climactic ending where you celebrated B. Rabbit's accomplishments.

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/16/2006 09:02:00 PM   4 comments
    Sooooo much to do...nothing to wear!!!

    Tell me that logo is not d- BOMB!!!!
    The Charm City Roller Girls have a NEW fan!!!!
    I love this kind of stuff!!!
    + they are using my favorite color...LOL!

    Check out the pics from their inagural show down and what looks like the kind of party I wanted to be invited to next go round!!! I looooove a good party!!! [note: gots to be nosey and look around....I was all through these folks photo album..LOL!]

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove

    Be eazy yall!!!!!!!!!!!! Team 50 @ the 5 Seasons tonight!!! BIG BAD BEAT BRIGADE

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/16/2006 10:14:00 AM   0 comments
    May 15, 2006
    I got your Blade aw-iiight!!!!
    Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones Interview
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    Spike TV chatted it up with Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones about being Blade in the new series [<-----more pics] from Spike TV.
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    TheBigBadWolf: Do you feel any pressure being the first person to play Blade since Wesley Snipes?
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    Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones: No.
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    TheBigBadWolf: What research did you do for this role? Was it strictly the Blade movies or did you read the old Tomb Of Dracula comics?
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    Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones: I did research yeah, but not too much because I have already read the comics. I am a comic book head, do you know what I mean? I read comics every week on Wednesday when they come out.
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    TheBigBadWolf: That's good to hear. I wish Marvel had a Blade comic that would come out.
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    Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones: With the show coming out they might put it back out again.
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    This pic alone just leaves the man soooooo open for jokes....I'ma save mine...I am speechless...he he! Great day for Hip Hop or are you now in route to burn all of your Onyx albums, posters, tapes, etc??? LOL! He is gonna make sure he doesn't get type casted as anybody's thug!!! Who saw "Flight of the Pheonix" ???....he isn't that bad. I guess this is Hip Hop "grown up"......Move ova, Wesley!!! Bravo, Sticky...you were always the sexiest member of Onyx and your verses always were the most pumped. I am sure you are the biggest hit in your household, right about now!!! To hell with the street$!!!
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    Related News: AHH

    Im not a character on the new show, but I am on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    holllllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/15/2006 02:45:00 PM   2 comments
    I've heard of costly mistakes...but $5 Million?

    DESPITE GETTING FIRED - STAR'S A WINNER
    As I am sure many of you know by now....Star (NYC shock jock ^^^ Pictured above), was
    fired from Clear Channel for making nasty comments regarding the things he would do to DJ Envy's 4 year old daughter, but what you may not have heard is that....he is still going to get his $5 million in yearly pay. This man.....is not a TOTAL dummy after all [ jack ass maybe...DUMMY NO !] ....Word has it, he's guaranteed to get the cash, because it's written in his contract. <------That is a powerful word!!!
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    Points to ponder: Is he going to recover from this? Will he be able to re-invent himself? or does this not even matter cause he'll now go on to satellite radio and really cake? I hear that XM is in need of "personalities".... compared to their Sirius competitor, they are ....how should I put it???...very BLAH!!! May be "S&B" will find a new home after all..... and with that $5 Mil..Star can hire someone to tell him when to STFU!!!
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    Party on MYSPACE @
    www.myspace.com/clove

    Come to think of it....We now have another great use for the word coon...LOL! The word must be reserved for truly unique individuals or else it will become dilluted. I never could think of a definition for the "Baltimoreanese" use of the word...LOL! until now..... Star is a COON !!! On second thought...if your were Buckwild...would you want to even deal with this coon any more? ROFL!

    PEACE

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/15/2006 11:31:00 AM   0 comments
    Huhm maaaaaaaaaan! (POWER MOVE ALERT)

    I am lovin this headline................
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    EGYPT replaces The Star & Bucwild Show as co-host of Power 105.1 FMs New Morning Show
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    LIVE With Tigger & Egypt
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    New York, NY (May 13, 2006) Egypt, a 10-year veteran on-air personality, will join New York Citys Power 105.1 FM morning show as co-host of its new syndicated program LIVE with Tigger & Egypt, replacing the morning show formerly known as The Star & Bucwild Show, Monday through Friday from 6am-10am ET.
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    Egypt, better known by her fans as the sexy and vibrant personality heard on Power 105.1 FMs airwaves on the weekends from 6-10pm, has been a notable personality on New York City radio for over 5 years. Prior to joining the Clear Channel family, Egypt was a member of the 107.5 WBLS team as their midday personality. Over her ten-year reign as one of the better known Queens of radio, she was an on-air personality with Philadelphias 100.3 The Beat and later moved on to Baltimores 92Q where she was voted by Baltimore magazine as the #1 personality in the City. In addition, Egypt was named #2 on R&R Magazines Power Player on the Rise Top 10 List.
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    Along with her extensive background in radio, Egypt is also a noted television personality. She is better known for her charismatic and warm personality on the syndicated WB daytime TV hit, Home Delivery where she was a part of a team that helped change peoples lives for the better. The radio and television industries took notice of her versatility and star-quality and awarded her the Executive to Watch Award from NABFEME (National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment).
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    Currently you can catch Egypt on the Internet as host of AOLs Top 11 Countdown and as co-host of UPNs Talk Model, the Internet talk show where she and April (from Cycle 2 of Americas Next Top Model) talk to the recent cast offs of the show and viewers call in with thoughts and questions surrounding the recent episodes. For more information on Egypt and her dynamic career please visit: http://www.EgyptOnAir.com/ .
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    For press inquiries please contact, Katrina Boswell at 212.465.3375 / Katrina@katwalkmedia.com

    WOW!!! This is beautiful news!!! Send your congradulations to her on myspace @ http://www.myspace.com/egyptonair I don't think this could have happen to a more beautiful person - freal!!!


    mwah!
    ..............When one door closes .....one always opens...so true...so true!!!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/15/2006 10:55:00 AM   0 comments
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